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. 

Shapellx

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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Saturday, 3 October 2020

10 Things I Love About Autumn


22nd of September hailed the arrival of Autumn, and honestly, it was freaking March like 3 seconds ago, and we were in a heatwave. Where has 2020 gone? The weather has taken a dramatic drop, going from 27°c on a Monday, to a blustery and rainy 11°c on Wednesday morning. My skin has not adjusted well to this at all!

Autumn has been my favourite season for as long as I can remember, so here are 10 things/reasons why I love this season so much!
  1. Colder weather
    • Jumpers, cardigans, snuggly pyjamas - they are all back in season!
  2. Autumnal colours
    • Reds, oranges, golds. Everywhere looks like it's about to feature a Hallmark movie for the season
  3. Heating is back on!
    • The house feels cosy, and you just don't want to go out
  4. Christmas is around the corner
    • Yes, the dreaded C word! I'm a good third of the way through my shopping as of when I am typing this up!
  5. Bonfire Night
    • Warm fires, and hopefully some socially distancing fireworks displays might be on
  6. TV Shows
    • Although some shows are delayed until winter 2021, a few TV shows are returning this Autumn, and I am excited for some new things to watch!
  7. Fluffy socks
    • Need I say more?
  8. New seasonal products at work
    • With each changing season, we have new products on my deli counter, and last year we had a cheese with dark chocolate in it (it was called Black Cat, and was disgusting, but sold surprisingly well!) I'm excited to see what we get this year
  9. Friends and family meet ups
    • Obviously observing the current virus guidelines in the UK, I'm hoping to be able to see some of my family who I haven't seen since February, and some friends who I haven't seen for quite a while either.
  10. Staying Home
    • I am a home girl. I like to stay home, do nothing and be left in peace. Nothing makes me happier! My quarantine life was pretty much my usual lifestyle anyway, so that didn't affect me too much! This colder weather means more time snuggled up in my bed with some seasonal movies on!

What are your favourite things to do in the autumn season? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :) 

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Tuesday, 29 September 2020

September 2020 Wishlist


I'm technically meant to be on a spending ban this month, but that doesn't mean I can't make a little wishlist for myself when I can finally buy something again! I also haven't done one of these posts for about 2 years now, so I'm due to do one! I've also binged The Home Edit on Netflix, so some of this may be inspired by that... 


What's on your wishlist for this month, and have you picked up any bargains recently? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Sunday, 27 September 2020

September Playlist & Updates!


Hey guys!

Long time no see, right? I'm trying to get back into blogging, and though this might take a while, I'm going to try at least one to two posts a week for now. Hope you're all doing okay in these crazy times we're living in this 2020 year! What a year it has been. 

I had three months off work as I was NHS shielding, and though it was nice to be away from the craziness for that long, the novelty of that wore off after the first month, and then it was just trying to keep into a routine where possible, so I wouldn't go insane! We had a lot of BBQ's, played poker a lot, watched a hell of a lot of TV and movies, ate far too much food, and watched copious amounts of Disney videos and vlogs to keep us happy - as we were due to go back in 2021, but we've now changed that to 2022, as we're still concerned about the virus for next year. 

I've been back at work for three months now, and it kinda looks like we are nearing a second wave and second lockdown, but will see what happens. I'm in a supermarket, and it has been terrifying, absurd, and overwhelming. Many tears have been spilled since I went back on June 22nd. Just getting up each day and doing my best! Thankfully, a large handful of the public I've dealt with have been incredibly understanding and kind to myself and my colleagues, but there's a small amount that have been literal Karens

Things I have learnt during lockdown:
  • How to dutch-braid my hair
  • How to make homemade coleslaw
  • Purging my bedroom is great
  • I put on 11lbs in lockdown - I've finally lost them all now!
  • Social media friends are a godsend
  • Instagram is my fave social media platform right now
  • Planning in my EC products kept me sane for 3 months
  • I really, really, love my family!
  • I missed my friends an awful lot
  • I missed my work friends a lot
  • Going to the pharmacy twice to get my medication was scary as heck
  • Hamilton is now my favourite musical
  • Anxiety purchasing is a real thing

I woke up this morning - a rare Sunday off work kinda day - and decided let's do an update blog post, and share some music I'm loving at the moment. Be warned, most of it is Hamilton music! So here it is, my latest playlist for the year!




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 :)

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Thursday, 10 September 2020

Fashion Tips To Help You Look Great in Sunglasses*


Sunglasses can be a fantastic addition to any outfit if worn correctly. Just slapping on a pair of sunnies often won’t work. It could make your outfit look a little gaudy or it could just make you look silly in some cases. There are many different types of sunglasses to pick from and it’s always a good idea to do a bit of research on the different types before you purchase a pair. Depending on the shape of your face and the type of sunglasses you buy, you could get some drastically different appearances.


So where should you start? What kind of sunglasses should you buy? And are there any tips to help you look great in them regardless of your outfit? We’ll be discussing all that and more in this comprehensive guide on how to look great in sunglasses.


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Picking a suitable pair of sunglasses


It’s important to pick a pair of sunglasses that really resonates with you. When shopping for a pair of sunnies, you need to take a couple of important factors in mind. This includes the size of the frames, the shape, if they can protect you from the sun and also the colour. These are the four basic components that make up a pair of sunglasses. They’re going to be the deciding factors that determine if you pick up a new pair of sunnies or not.


You should keep in mind that it’s always good to try them on before you buy them. While you can get some wonderful sunglasses on the internet, it’s never a bad idea to try them out in a store to see how they frame your face. You want to pick a pair that is comfortable. It should fit your face and it shouldn’t feel too tight around your ears or your nose. Remember that sunglasses are typically worn for a long time if you’re going out with them so they need to be comfortable in the long run.


If you’re set on buying a pair online, make sure you measure your face and look at the dimensions of the sunglasses you plan to buy. This will help reduce the chances of you buying something that doesn’t fit your face. Luckily, many online stores will let you return them if they don’t fit. Buying online also gives you a huge choice of sunglasses to pick from. It can often feel limiting if you only buy from a local retailer.


Picking frames based on your face shape


One huge tip that we can offer is to pick frames based on your face shape. The same rules for buying glasses can also apply to sunglasses. Finding a flattering pair of shades will involve examining your face to determine which of the facial groups you belong to. There are typically four different shapes; round, oval, square and heart. Round faces tend to fit the form of a circle. Oval faces are narrow and long. Square faces have strong angles. And heart faces tend to have a wider forehead that tapers at the chin.


The goal here is to either balance your features by picking frames that oppose your face shape, or highlight it by picking frames that are similar to your face shape. The former option will help to create a more balanced look, but the latter option can be great if you love your facial features and want to highlight the overall shape of your face.


For instance, if you have a round face then you’ll want to go with sunglasses that have sharper angles and straight edges. This will help to balance the overall look and feel of your face. Alternatively, you could go with round sunglasses if you want to bring more attention to your rounded features. This is something that’s down to personal choice, but the first step is always to determine your face shape before you go further.


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One trusty pair or buy several different types?


One of the first questions you might have in mind is; do I buy one luxurious pair of sunglasses or go for several cheaper purchases? The answer isn’t exactly simple and it’s important to choose based on your budget and personal preferences. If you’re going out every single day and want a new pair to fit different outfits then we highly suggest going for cheaper pairs so you have more variety. However, there are some cases where a single pair of luxurious sunglasses can be all you need to create wonderful and exciting outfits.


When buying accessories, it’s important to understand the concept of a statement piece. This is a word used to describe an item you’re wearing that is designed to stand out and draw attention. Think of big beautiful dresses or a jacket with lots of design elements and logos. The goal here is to pick something that stands out among the rest of your accessories and clothing items. When it comes to sunglasses, you can turn a good pair into a statement piece that looks unique, has a quirky frame design or is coloured in a unique way.


In short, it really depends on how you want to wear your sunglasses. If you want to pair them with lots of different outfits then buying multiple pairs can give you more variety. However, if you’re more interested in turning your sunglasses into a statement piece to show off, then you’ll have better luck choosing an expensive designer pair that will stay with you for years to come.


Wearing sunglasses and styling them with your outfit


Finally, let’s finish by talking about how to balance sunglasses with your outfits and other accessories.


The key concept here is to stay simple. You don’t want to overcomplicate your accessory choices because it can end up looking strange or gaudy. If you think too hard about your accessory choices, you might end up with a mismatch of jewellery and items that have no harmony. You want to keep it simple and keep your face as clear as possible. Sunglasses are already quite large and will take up a lot of space on your face. If you then pair it with large dangling earrings, multiple piercings and a fancy hat, it can create a strange and unbalanced look that doesn’t make any sense.


So the idea here is to keep it simple. Put your pair of sunglasses on and look into a mirror. What part of your face can you further accessorize? Do you even need more accessories or do you look fine as it is? Some simple suggestions include adding some small earrings that complement the look of your sunglasses, or even a large hat to give off a summer vibe. Your sunglasses can also pair well with other accessories and jewellery you have. For example, if you’re going for a statement look with your sunglasses, we suggest pairing it with simple clothes that don’t have heavy patterns and designs. This will help ensure that your sunglasses have a chance to stand out instead of being overwhelmed by everything else. If in doubt, we suggest avoiding accessories with too much colour. Keep it simple with neutral colours and you’ll have a much easier time putting together a coherent outfit.


Wearing sunglasses isn’t complicated, but it can take a bit of consideration to choose the perfect pair that goes well with all of your outfits. As long as you put a little bit of consideration into your choices and outfits, you’ll feel a lot more confident and comfortable with your sunglasses on.




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Wednesday, 22 July 2020

New To Driving? 12 Reasons To Buy A Vauxhall Corsa*


There’s no denying getting out and about is so much easier if you’ve got access to a car. For a start, you don’t have to rely on other people to give you lifts. Nor do you need to worry about taking public transport, especially in the evening.
The trouble is, with so many different makes and models on the market, how do you know which one is right for your needs? If you’re new to motoring and you want to keep your costs down, it’s worth considering a Vauxhall Corsa. Here’s why:

1. One of the best-selling cars in the UK

Did you know that, since the model’s inception back in 1993, the Corsa has consistently been one of the top ten best-selling vehicles in the UK? There are hundreds of thousands of Corsa models on Britain’s roads, and you’ll quickly come across one wherever you go.
The Corsa is even a popular vehicle used by many police forces across the UK. These days, the Corsa is now in its fifth generation. It’s still proving to be a popular model for both new and seasoned motorists.

2. Insurance is affordable for new motorists

There is a variety of different engine and trim level options on the Corsa. For example, the ones that have the cheapest insurance groups are the 1.0 and 1.2-litre models such as the SXi.
As someone that is new to driving and hasn’t much driving experience, such examples are ideal for keeping your insurance costs down. Insurers use a variety of factors to calculate insurance premiums, but the main ones are the model and engine capacity.

3. The Vauxhall Corsa is simple to drive

Whether you get an older model or a brand new example, one thing you’ll instantly notice is how easy it is to drive the Vauxhall Corsa. Clutch control isn’t difficult to master in the Corsa, whether you’re driving a 1.0-litre model or something sporty like the 1.6-litre VXR.
Of course, if you’d prefer not to drive a car with a manual transmission, the Vauxhall Corsa is still the right car for you. It’s possible to get Corsas with a four-speed automatic or the clutchless “EasyTronic” gearbox.

4. Parking is a doddle

One of the things that many motorists hate about driving is the need to park their vehicles. One fact you’ll discover as you have more driving experience is how some cars are a nightmare to park!
When you get behind the wheel of a Vauxhall Corsa and look around the cabin, you’ll notice how you’ve got excellent all-round visibility. There are no large blind spots to negotiate, plus the size of the car means it’ll fit in even the smallest of spaces.

5. Corsas are well-built

No-one likes thinking about getting involved in a collision with other vehicles on the road. Yet the sad truth is thousands of people end up in a crash. The Vauxhall Corsa has one of the best safety ratings for vehicles in its class.
According to EuroNCAP, the latest Vauxhall Corsa models score 84% and 86% for adult and child occupants in a crash. Those figures mean the Corsa is one of the safest vehicles in its class.
And when it comes to body repairs, parts are plentiful and affordable. While many people have repairs carried out through their insurance companies, it’s good to know that an official Vauxhall bodyshop is still accessible if you must pay for any repairs yourself.

6. Servicing and maintenance is affordable

Some cars on the market these days might seem cheap enough to buy. However, the real problem is when you need to service those vehicles or carry out periodic maintenance. Some brands charge a fortune for certain parts!
The good news is that’s not anything you must worry about when you buy a Vauxhall Corsa. That’s because the model is so popular and well-known in the UK that parts are plentiful and affordable.
You don’t have to wait weeks for even simple service parts to get shipped to you; it’s possible to go to any car parts store locally and buy what you need! Did you know that it’s even cost-effective to get your Corsa maintained at a dealership?
Vauxhall dealers usually have special offers or fixed price servicing deals for Corsa owners. You can even spread the cost of a “service plan” at your local dealership, so you don’t have to pay out for a three-figure servicing bill!

7. More smiles per miles in the Vauxhall Corsa

It might seem silly to some people but driving the Vauxhall Corsa is quite a positive experience. Even on long journeys, the Corsa will still leave you smiling and can well end up being one of the best cars you’ll ever own.
The Corsa is available in three or five-door configurations, so you’ve got plenty of options if you travel solo or take everything but the kitchen sink with you on each journey!

8. Low fuel costs

Many people will tell you that only diesel vehicles will return the best miles per gallon. One fact that might shock you is how even the petrol engines in the Corsa range are economical on fuel.
The 1.2 16v engine, for instance, can typically give you a range of around 300-350 miles from a full tank of petrol. If you do plenty of long-distance driving, there are turbodiesel engine options to choose.
If you’re thinking of buying a brand new Corsa, you could even consider going for the “Corsa-e” model - the first fully electric Corsa available on the market in its 27-year history. The Corsa-e has a range of just over 200 miles from a single charge, in case you wondered!

9. Sporty options for car enthusiasts

Are you someone that appreciates the engineering and performance of today’s cars? If so, you’ll love the Vauxhall Corsa. As you can imagine, there are many different trim levels for each generation of the Corsa range.
You’ll be happy to know that there are sporty options for motorists that want a car that has high power under the bonnet and an eye-catching exterior. Take, for example, the Corsa “D” and Corsa “E” third and fourth generations respectively.
You could opt for a Corsa “E” VXR which comes with a 1.6-litre 16v turbocharged petrol engine as standard. It outputs 205 brake horsepower and will get you from zero to 60 mph in a mere 6.5 seconds.
Does that seem like too much of an automotive beast for your liking? If so, there are other less-powerful but still sporty options you can consider. For example, the SXi and SRi models are very stylish and capable for everyday driving.

10. Modern features for the modern motorist

It’s no secret that we all live in an age where wirelessly streaming music is the norm, and hands-free calling is commonplace on the road. As someone looking to buy what is perhaps their first car, you want to make sure you get a car with useful modern features.
Thankfully, the Vauxhall Corsa has got you covered. The latest models offer Bluetooth connectivity and hands-free calling. Many options also come with DAB digital radio, plus satellite navigation on certain trim levels.
But, that’s not all you can expect from one of Britain’s most popular superminis! The Vauxhall Corsa comes equipped with features as standard such as air conditioning, power steering, and ABS (anti-lock braking system) to name just a few.

11. The Vauxhall Corsa doesn’t cost the Earth to buy

When you’re new to motoring, the last thing you want to do is pay a fortune for your first car. However, you don’t want to spend too little and end up with a vehicle that fast becomes a money pit!
One thing you’ll notice when you look at prices for brand new Vauxhall Corsas is they are significantly lower than similar models from the likes of Ford, Citroen, and Volkswagen. Another fact you’ll soon discover is the low prices of used Vauxhall Corsa examples.
In short, you’ll find a Corsa to suit your budget. What could be better than that?

12. You won’t want to sell your Corsa

As you know, people’s circumstances change throughout their lives. Many people will end up starting a family, for example, and will need a capable vehicle to carry small humans. The Corsa is an ideal car whether you’re driving solo or have to transport your kids regularly.
Even if you decide to get another car, you’ll likely end up keeping your Corsa! Many motorists enjoy the fun driving experience that the Corsa offers. As such, they just couldn’t bring themselves to sell their pride and joy.

Final thoughts

The above reasons are a small subset of why you should buy a Vauxhall Corsa for your first or next car. It’s a fun vehicle to drive, cheap to obtain and maintain, and even the early models from the 1990s still look aesthetically pleasing.
You’ll quickly find the right Corsa for your needs, and you won’t regret your decision!

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