Monday, 9 November 2020

Skincare Saviours: Simple Hacks For Healthier, Happier Skin This Winter*

There’s no getting away from the fact that the winter weather brings with it a lot of lovely things; from Starbucks’ famous pumpkin spiced lattes, ice skating, and the festive season, but it also brings with it freezing winds and decreases in humidity that lead to your skin barrier’s beginning to break down. 


That’s why, during the colder winter months, it’s important that you take the time to improve and enhance your skincare routine, ensuring that your skin is protected despite the colder weather. By creating a winter skincare routine for your skin, you can make sure that regardless of the change in temperature, your skin doesn’t suffer as a result. 


Wondering what steps you can take to look after your skin during the colder winter weather? Looking after your skin during the colder months is actually far easier than you might think, it’s just a case of knowing what steps you need to take. With that in mind, below are a few tips and suggestions to help you take better care of your skin during the colder winter months


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Take care of your hands 


It’s easy to forget about your hands when it comes to skincare, but it’s important to remember that during the colder weather your hands can also become sore and dry as a result of the colder temperatures and the loss of humidity. The cold weather - especially high winds and heavy rain or snow - can leave your hands feeling chapped and sore, that’s why taking proper care of your hands is so important. 


If you want to look after your hands, it’s a good idea to think about applying a rich hand cream, and if possible, covering your hands with gloves during colder weather. It’s also important to make sure that you have high-quality, rich in moisture soaps on hand at home, so that your hands aren’t being dried out from other sources, besides the colder weather. 


Don’t forget to take care of your cuticles too; if you fail to look after your cuticles they may split or dry out, causing pain. That’s why it’s so important that you also take care of your cuticle skin, using a cuticle oil on a daily basis - this is especially important during the colder winter months. 


Protect your lips 


The skin on your lips is even more sensitive than the skin on the rest of your body, which is why often, the skin on your lips becomes sore, chapped and dry more easily and more quickly than the skin on the rest of your body. That’s why it’s so important to take the time to look after your lips, ensuring that you aren’t left with dry, chapped, sore lips. 


To keep your lips healthy, soft and nourished, it’s important to make sure that you’re using lip balm regularly. When it comes to lip balm, it’s important to remember that not all lip balms are made equal and don’t work in the same way. 


For instance, lip balms that contain certain ingredients, such as salicylic acid or cinnamic aldehyde and lip balms that are petroleum based, can cause your lips to dry out more. They offer hydration initially but then cause further dryness, requiring constant use of the balm to keep your lips hydrated. Whereas, lip balms that contain beeswax or soy wax are less likely to cause dryness and actually hydrate the skin without taking any moisture away. 


Some of the best lip balm brands include the likes of Burt’s Bees, for instance. The Burt’s Bees products are ideal as they’re all natural and have a beeswax base, which means that these products won’t cause further skin drying. 


Avoid harsh soaps 


You might love that feeling of being squeaky clean but a lot of soaps are packed full of harmful ingredients that can wreak havoc on your skin health - particularly during the colder winter months. That’s why it’s important to try and steer clear of harsh soaps that are actually causing more damage to your skin than doing good. These kinds of soaps can strip your skin of its natural oils, causing dryness and irritation to occur. 


Instead of using harsh soaps, such as cheap supermarket or drug store brands, consider opting for a soap that is made from natural ingredients. The soaps available from stores like Lush and local independent soap makers are a much better option as usually these soaps are made using natural ingredients and are free from harsh or skin damaging chemicals. 


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Pack your diet full of nutrients 


When it comes to having health skin, eating a diet that’s packed full of the right nutrients is important. The fact is that throughout the year, it’s important that you’re eating the right foods, but in winter, when your skin is most at risk, it’s even more important to pack your diet full of skin-boosting foods. 


You want to make sure that you’re eating lots of foods rich in antioxidants to help boost overall skin health. These foods include carrots, apricots, spinach, tomatoes, berries, beans, lentils, peas, fatty fish, nuts, and seeds. 


It’s also important to think about supplements and what you’re using to aid your skin further. For instance, you can buy skin boosting vitamins - these have become increasingly popular in recent years, with more and more people choosing to take vitamins to help boost their skin health. 


Another way to improve skin health is to buy CBD Oil and add it to your diet. CBD oil can help to aid skin health in a number of ways, however it’s most commonly used to reduce sensitive skin and to help manage acne. 


Layer up your skincare 


When it comes to enhancing your skin health during the colder winter months, it’s important that you layer it up. Layering might sound strange but hear us out on this - you wouldn’t go outside in the cold weather in just a t-shirt, would you? Your skin won’t function well if it just goes out in a “t-shirt”, which is where layering comes into it. 


What exactly do we mean by layering up your skincare? Well, it’s simple really, it’s just a case of getting your skincare routine right and implementing the right steps. Ideally, you want to start off using a gentle cleansing product, then you should apply a thin layer of a hydrating facial serum, followed by a rich moisturiser - ideally you want to pick an oil-free moisturiser. The last step should always be to apply SPF protection - even when the weather isn’t hot the sun can still cause damage to your skin. 


Combine creams and balms 


When it comes to your skincare, there’s no need to simply stick to one product type - it’s perfectly fine to combine different types of hydrating products. For instance, having a selection of different moisturising products, from lotions to balms, can help to make sure that whatever nourishment your skin needs, you’re able to offer it. The thicker the balm, the more protection it will offer your skin from the elements. 


Aim to only use products that are made from natural ingredients and are free from chemicals or unnecessary additives. When it comes to choosing a moisturising product, look for products that have a base of beeswax, soy wax, shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter, coconut butter, or any other natural wax or butter base. 


In terms of what product to use when, consider how quickly you need the product to soak in. For example, most cream products soak in fairly quickly and don’t tend to leave an overly greasy residue. Whereas, a balm will take a lot longer to soak into the skin and may leave a greasy residue, due to its high moisture content. 


Create a on-the-go pack 


To ensure that you’re able to take proper care of your skin, wherever you are, it’s worth thinking about creating an on-the-go skincare kit that’s packed full of all of your skincare essentials and can easily be taken with you wherever you go. This pack could include a hand cream - or a solid hand lotion bar, a lip balm, some gloves, and a multipurpose skin balm. 


Pick a zip-up bag that’s small enough to fit in your main bag but large enough to fit in all of the essentials, and fill it up with your skincare must haves for the colder winter months. Whenever you go anywhere, add your on-the-go pack to your bag, so that wherever you go, you always have everything that your skin needs to stay healthy and happy. 


When it comes to taking care of your skin in the colder winter months, there’s a lot more to think about than in the warmer months. As the weather gets colder, your skin requires more care, and getting the approach right is crucial, if you want to keep your skin healthy and happy despite the colder weather. Hopefully, the guide - and tips - above will help you to take better care of your skin this winter, and as a result, have healthier and happier skin, despite the colder weather. 



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Friday, 6 November 2020

Shapewear For Anyone!*

Hey everyone, hope you are all keeping safe and well during the current time in the world! Here we are with another little post for you all - this time it's all about shapewear!

First off, what is shape wear? I found a load of different ways and explanations to try and explain this online, so I'll try and summarise this for you if you've no idea what it is! Shape wear is a clothing item - mainly a kind of undergarment, designed to slightly alter the person's body shape and dimensions, to achieve what some view as a more 'fashionable and svelte figure'. The function of a shape wear is not to necessarily enhance or change a bodily feature, but to make it look more 'clean lined' and to boost the wearer's confidence. 

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The right shape wear can really help with certain outfits, and can really boost your confidence! I've worn a few in my younger and teenage days, and even now I have a couple stashed away for nice dresses when I go out. With the right fit and type of shape wear, such as the products you can find the Best Shapewear at Shapellx Black Friday sales on their website - here you can get that silhouette that you want or need for that particular outfit you want to look and feel great in! 



I love shape wear as I'm more of a curvy and heavy-set girl, so they help streamline my looks, and make me feel more confident when I'm out and about. They even have plus size shapewear, which is additional bonus for me. It can help smooth any lumps and bumps that I'm self conscious about, and means I can focus on enjoying my time out, and not feeling awkward wearing my outfits. It also means that it won't be so tight that I can't breath, as it is tailored for bigger people, such as myself. 


Something that would be super for me is the various waist and thigh trainer that they offer on their website. As this is my one of my 'problem' areas, these would be great for me, and what I would want them to do. There is a wide variety of designs and colours, so you can find the perfect style for you to 'attack' the area that you wish to shape into that svelte figure! 

Or if you just want to try and get a more sculpted look for your tummy, you have the option of a waist trainer for women. These have been seen a lot since Kim Kardashian and other various celebrities started promoting them a few years ago, and I actually owned one for a while which worked wonders for me! Since lost it, so I think it's time I find a new one, and one of these could be it! 

Do you wear shape wear at all, and if you do, how does it make you feel? And is there any particular outfit you will always wear something like shape wear with? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :) 


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Giving Your Products Room To Shine On Your Site*

Whether you’re running a full-fledged e-commerce business with a lot of products to show off or you’re simply selling some additional goods as a bit of a side-hustle, then you should be interested in showing off the best side of your products. The more that you can get customers to pay attention to what you have to offer, the better their chances of converting and clicking that purchase button. So, how do you do it?


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Tell all about it

Perhaps the easiest kind of content to create for the net is written content. Whether you’re selling some products through your blog or you need to create one to go alongside your e-commerce site, there’s no denying that running a blog offers a great opportunity to publish authoritative content on any product you might sell. Aside from inside looks at how products work and what benefits they offer, you can also take a more indirect, but often more convincing route of addressing problems your consumers have or scenarios they might face that could be helped by your product, framing your product as the solution to the topic of the blog post. Either way, end with a call-to-action leading your readers to the product page and it could really help boost posts.


Show and tell

What’s even better than simply telling your consumers about the benefits of a product? Actually letting them see it for themselves. Find out more about product demo videos that you can publish, be it on your website, on YouTube, or on other social media platforms. Some products are better suited for demos than others, but most can benefit from the fact that consumers get to see what it looks like in the hands of a real person, to see how it works in real-time, and to assure them that the product exists and is built with quality. How much of a demonstration you provide depends on how technical the product is, but demo videos are a great way to at least show them off.


Get them involved

The internet is not a one-way medium. Interactive experiences tend to, in one way or another, outperform those that would have your audience play a more passive role. If you can get them involved, you can get your customers invested, as well. For instance, you can learn about video chat software that would allow you to provide demos for your product, but before a live audience. A lot of e-commerce businesses have started following this trend, allowing consumers to ask questions about the product that the demonstrator can then answer by taking a closer look at a part of the product or function when necessary. It helps you cut right through to the questions that are actually on your audiences’ minds.


There are a lot of different ways to give your products that platform that lets them shine. Which of them you rely on depends largely on which works best for your website and the product in question, but hopefully, the suggestions on some of the methods featured above help with that.




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Sunday, 25 October 2020

October Playlist



Hello everyone!

I slacked a little with my posts for a few days, but then remember to upload one to the blog, so thought I'd type this one up while I was here! Another month, means another playlist, and though I want to make the whole thing all about Hamilton again, I won't. So here are some songs I've been enjoying recently - and blame some of them on me finding some of my old old 90's/00's playlists from when I was a kid, and living my best life!




How are you all holding up around the country/world with everything going on? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :) 

Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Monday, 19 October 2020

PeriPage Mini Thermal Printer


Somewhere around the start of June, just before I went back to work after shielding, I decided to re-open my Depop shop! Since then, I've managed to sell around 30 items, consisting of Funko POP! figures, comic books, cosmetics, and more. During this, somewhere around mid-July, I saw someone post about their PeriPage Printer on their Instagram, and I was intrigued, so I had to have a look on Amazon, to see what it was.

Well within 10 minutes, I purchased my own one, for £47.99, which was in a bundle with some thermal paper and some sticker paper. I've since gone on to buy a 4 pack of sticky labels too. 




The main reason I wanted to buy it, is so that I could use the sticker paper to print out people's addresses on when I made a sale. My handwriting isn't fabulous, and I was always worried I would accidentally spell some part of the address wrong, and it would get lost. This way, I could just copy and paste the address from the email into the text section of the app, and I couldn't mess it up! I also used the coloured thermal paper to print off a little receipt for them too, which I would pop into the packaging for them.



To use the printer, you need to download the PeriPage app, and through this, you can print text, pictures, webpages, labels and banners. The images and text can only be in black, and the images are made up of tiny dots, so they're not HQ images, but perfect if you're scrapbooking or wanting a little image to stick somewhere. 



There is currently and old and new version of the app. I find the old one easier to use, so that is the one you can see in the images above. The old version also has a 'discovery' section, where you can print off Sudoku puzzles, colourings, and other little activities. 

Have you tried a thermal printer before, and if so, which one? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Thursday, 8 October 2020

Knives Out | Movie Review


I have mentioned this film a few times this past year, and I totally loved it the first time I watched it. The first experience of this movie cannot be replicated on the next viewing as you already know the outcome, but, you pick up on other little clues the following times that you maybe didn't notice first time!
This was one of the last new movies I watched before all of the pandemic and lockdown happened, and since then, I've just been catching up on movies from last summer that I hadn't seen yet. Maybe that is why I love it so much? Or maybe it's because I'm a big Chris Evans fan, and also couldn't get enough of Daniel Craig's Southern accent. Possibly both!

Knives Out

Released: November 27, 2019

Cast: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, and Christopher Plummer. 
A huge cast as you can see!

Director: Rian Johnson

Plot: When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate, by an unknown source. From Harlan's dysfunctional family to his devoted house staff, Blanc and Lieutenant Elliott (LaKeith Stanfield) sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan's untimely death. (Partially taken from IMDB)

My rating★★★★★



Review

Ooookay. Where to start? I love TV shows like Miss Marple, and Poirot, so this was right up my alley. The trailer looked awesome, stuffed with some of my fave actors - Evans, Craig, Curtis, and I was obsessed with Craig's accent as Detective Blanc immediately. In fact, I'd forgot about the accent when I first watched it, and missed his first few lines as I took me by surprise!

It starts off as a 'who-done-it movie' trope, only for it to be revealed quite early on who killed Harlan. It then turns into a 'how are they going to get away with it' movie, which is what really hooked me. Usually you don't get the murderer until the end, but not this time! Even when we then think we have the whole story, more and more twists and turns happen, until justice is rightfully served.

I was on the edge of my seat watching this. The movie is shot beautifully, the acting is wonderful - Craig, Curtis, Evans and Armas did such a good job with this, that I sadly didn't take much note of the rest of the cast, but they still filled the roles well. This has to be up there with one of the best murder mystery movies I've seen for a while, and is one I like to watch a few times to see all the bits and pieces I didn't notice in the first run, and also to just appreciate how well Rian Johnson wrote and filmed this. 


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If you haven't seen this film yet, I beg you to give it a try as it is a great take on the 'who-done-it' mystery genre. If you have already seen it, what did you think of the movie overall? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)


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