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Sunday, 12 February 2017

Sunday Summary #20

Sunday again, they are my favourite normally for being so relaxed and having lazy days. I mean, thats what Sundays are all about right? Today has been a lot busier and stressful than I would of expected. I've been up in Cleckheaton visiting family for the last 6 days. I love visiting my family and I don't really get to see them that often so it's good spending quality time with them.

I have been travelling back today on my own for a 4 hour train journey. The first train was super easy just a quiet train, relaxed with spotify and candy crush. However, there was an issue apparently at Manchester Victoria I think something quite bad had happened with someone fell/jumped on the tracks. Not good indeed. So I had to get the tram to Manchester Piccadilly, now I've never been on a tram before it's a lot like the tube in london I think but not underground aha. The staff at the Manchester Victoria station were so so, when I asked one of them what I needed to to, the just pointed towards greggs and went go that way you need the metrolink, I had no idea what this was so I just toddled over and hoped for the best. The next guy was a lot more helpful, explained what happened and exactly what I needed to do.

Anyway I still didn't really have an idea of where I was going, got on the tram, missed my stop and then the anxiety kicked in. I thought I was going to be wondering around some city that I'd never been to before like a lost puppy trying to find it's mummy. I called the other half to calm me down and he did, such a good egg.

Thank god for technology, I managed to use google maps and also helpful people to direct me back to the correct tram line. It makes you really appreciate that people can still be approachable and help you out if you are in need. I would always try and help people if I can. Being in a strange city with no idea where you are can be quite daunting. So my lesson of the week would be to always be helpful and approachable if you can, you have no idea what people are going through.

Apart from my hectic train journey I had a really good week, spent some quality time with my family, had a Indian takeaway which I haven't had in forever! It was so nice, Although it was nice seeing the family and catching up I really missed Scott, we haven't actually been away from each other for that amount of time, it was super odd sleeping alone.

Now i'm just sitting on the last train on the way home bashing out this post so I can have date night when I get home, uninterrupted! How has your week been guys? Let me know in the comments below.


Saturday, 28 January 2017

A Belated Bonjour

Bonjour guys, I  haven't really said an official hello this year yet, so here goes. So far this year has been good and bad. I've been happy, excited, exhausted, emotional and had a sigh of relief. I didn't really know what I wanted last year, work wasn't great and my mind wasn't into blogging. A lot has happened already in 2017 and we haven't even got through the first month. 

I've had a bit of time off blogging due to not feeling well and being over worked. It's took me about a week to write this purely just from bloggers block. I just couldn't get my feelings and words out right.   I've also been off work sick, the doctors have ended up signing me off for 2 weeks. I'm finally starting to feel a bit better and feel more myself. I'm on the sofa in my PJ's having a lazy Saturday with my boyfriend while watching David Attenborough. 

I know what I want from 2017 and I want to make it happen. I want to make healthier choices, really focus on my blog and youtube channel and set up a routine and have regular days I will publish posts and upload videos. There will be a different genre I will be delving into with my blog and channel but that needs preparation and you won't see this for a good month or two.

I'm sorry to my readers for being not with it and not active on social media, while I've been ill, I've either been in bed or on the sofa, taking it easy and binge watching Netflix series. I would love to hear about what you want to do in 2017 and how your year has gone so far. Let me know in the comments below!


Monday, 23 January 2017

All Dried Out: Wipe The Winter Blues From Your Face*

This time of year plays havoc with your skin.  The bitter cold outside and central heating attacking from the outside and a little too much December indulgence niggling away from the inside.  Now is the time to give your skin a little bit of TLC and by following this guide you’ll be enjoying a better relationship with your body!

Start with Hydration

A little detox for your body, nothing to crazy.  Fad diets such as 48 hour juice detoxes are a quick fix but can be too extreme for your lifestyle.  Our body can survive a long time without food but very little time without water.

Some diet experts recommend an H2O detox which involves only drinking water for 24 hours.  We suggest a lighter version of this. Enjoy a really healthy lunch then stop eating at 4pm.  Stick to water and clear teas, such as green tea or jasmine tea which have great skin boosting properties.  Go to bed at your usual time and by 8am you will have given your body a complete rest from digestion for 12 hours.  You can, if you like continue this H2O detox through to lunch but with a busy schedule this could be hard.  Instead wake up and have a gentle breakfast rich in protein and healthy fats.  Keep your hydration up and keep including green tea to help you regenerate your skin cells.

Update Your Skincare Routine

The importance of a good skin care routine is well known.  Clearing all the dirt from the day at night gives your skin freedom from everything you clog it up with.  Cleanse, tone and moisturise before bed with specialist products such as these from Vitage and give your skin and extra boost with some natural additions such as Aloe Vera.

In addition to branded skin products using a coconut oil overnight can really help you to reboost moisture on your face.  Central heating and constantly coming in and out of the cold drains your natural oils from your face and can leave you quite sore and red.  So give it extra care.  Some beauty writers swear by using Sudocrem to help reducing redness but this can be quite drying too so don’t use it often.  

Eat Healthy, Eat Well.

Another fantastic treat for your skin is improving the quality of healthy fats in your diet.  Omega 3 is fantastic for boosting the health of your skin.  You can find this in fish such as wild salmon and mackerel.  If you don’t enjoy fish then try adding more Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Avocado to your diet.  Check out My Top Three Healthy Recipe Books for some great ideas!

What we put in our bodies affects our skin incredibly so really think about the types of food you consume.  Too much sugar and caffeine can make your skin look sallow.  Caffeine also contributes to drying your skin and can prevent cell regeneration.

Finally, Get Some Sleep!

When we sleep the magic happens.  So make sure you have a good bedtime routine and give your body the chance to fix the damage the outside world does to it!


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Love Your Staple Pieces For Longer: Top Ways To Ensure Your Favourite Clothes Stay Perfect*

It’s always a sad day when you have to throw away your favourite pieces of clothing. After all, these items have been there for you through many occasions. And you don’t want to have to say goodbye! After all, you might not find something that looks as beautiful as those clothes. However, all is not lost when it comes to your clothes. Therefore, here are some top ways to ensure your favourite clothes stay looking perfect, so you can love and wear them for longer!


Saving Money While Looking Good In Four Easy Steps*

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Friday, 23 December 2016

Best Freebies*

Everyone loves freebies, it's just part of nature. Well for me anyway. As a blogger you do get a few freebies to try out and review for your blog, it is one of the perks of being a blogger. However people, you can get free stuff without being a blogger. On the website gratisfaction you can get the best freebies and sample items to try. It is perfect to try something new and getting little presents through the door always makes you excited for the post man to arrive. If their not on strike again.

When I was in my teens I used to love free stuff like this, it would save you money on the little boring bits you would normally be spending your money on, this can then be used on more 'important' things like make up...

You can also find on companies websites offers for samples and even on twitter. Keep an eye out!

This was a sponsored post.


Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Why You're Not Getting The Most From Your Skincare Routine*

If you have a skincare routine and you’re wondering why your skin isn’t picture perfect yet, there are a few things that could be slowing down your progress. If you’re wondering why you’re not getting the most from your skincare routine, read on to find out…

You’re Using The Wrong Products For Your Skin Type
If you’re using the wrong products for your skin type, you’re only going to make your skin worse. This is why knowing what your skin type is is crucial. Once you know it, you need to keep an eye on it too. This is because skin types don’t always stay the same. You might be normal in winter but oily in summer. You might have dry skin during summer and sensitive during winter. This is why keeping an eye on changes is so important. Make sure you know yours, and then purchase products for it accordingly. If you need help with this, there are so many review sites you can take a look at to see how products have worked for people with skin like you.

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