30 November 2015

How To Have A Stress-free Christmas!

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Let's be honest - as much as Christmas is a fun and exciting time of the year, it can also be one of the most stressful. Just getting all your shopping done before the big day can be a task all in itself. Rushing around your local shopping centre, fighting over the last pair of fluffy slippers in your size and just hours and hours of standing around queueing. Urgh! My head hurts just thinking about it.

Well sit back and relax as I have created my own little checklist of how to have a stress-free Christmas!

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1. Order online!
Avoid the crowds all together and order your shopping on line. Yes there is always the postage cost and the worry of whether it'll get here in time but I would rather pay around £10 for next day delivery instead of fighting over things in store. Plus there has been so many occasions when I've seen something I really want on line and I've put off ordering it until I go instore, but then by the time I have, it's gone out of stock! If you see something you like and

2. Reuse / Re-gift.
Every year I look at all the lovely new decorations and baubles being brought out and I really have to stop myself from going mad and buying them all. I did however only buy new ones last year so they will definitely get a bit more show time than just one year! Re-gifting presents is a bit of no-go with some people, but if done right it can save you a lot of money. Just make sure you don’t gift it back to the original sender! Awkz

3. Wowcher / Groupon
These websites have saved my life over the years; not only by their great sales but by actually giving me present ideas! Even this year I had no idea what to buy my dad but after a look on Wowcher, I have now found the perfect gift idea for him! Perfect.

4. Voucher websites
When you do need to splash out on something, then make sure you not only shop around, but if you’re buying online to check out voucher websites such as Vouchacodes.co.uk to help you get the best price possible on those must-have presents. 

5. Cash back websites
The same with number 4, saving money in every available way is just essential over Christmas. Just think, whatever you save means you can buy more presents! Signing up for Cash back websites are super easy and all you need to do is visit the website you wish to purchase from via the cash back website. Simple! 

6. Gift cards
When in doubt, just buy those pesky relatives a gift card to their favourite store. They're definitely not as fun to open on Christmas morning but then at least they can go out themselves and buy something they actually want! Win win!
 
7. Get organised!
This probably the hardest one for me, I am always spotting things and thinking ohh that would be just right for someone and so I buy it, but then I get home and think why the hell have I brought this!? I have now vowed to get more organised by actually write a list of what you really need and stick to it!

8. IOU
Sometimes things just don't work out and you can't always buy that perfect present you was after. It was either out of stock or you was just short of funds - it happens! Well you can send your loved ones a cute little IOU from the money saving expert website until you can buy it. Save of the day!

What are you favourite stress-free tips?
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27 November 2015

Life Update | New Chapter!

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It feels like the last couple of months have been a bit of a blur and it's only recently that I've been able to get my head straight and actually think back about everything that's happened! The main reason that I'm so excited and happy is that I got a new job! Yay me!

At the beginning of October I attended a call back interview for a job that I actually went for a few months beforehand. As it was a call back interview, I'd already been there before and obviously didn't get it which was quite disappointing but the lady who called me back said that since I had done so well in the interview, they'd like to offer me another vacancy for the same job. Of course I jumped at the chance and said yes!

Since I had been at my now old job for nearly 6 years, I had to give a month's notice which felt like an absolute age to wait but finally, those days starting counting down and my last day was here. As you can see from my pictures below, I was thoroughly spoilt and I wasn't expecting any of it! Let's just say it was an emotional day.

I've now started my new job and I'm absolutely loving it although it's such a massive change from my old job! The main difference is that it's full time and I'm coming home quite tired so I have no idea when I'm going to squeeze in all my blogging!

I know this post is a bit of ramble and to be honest, that's exactly what my heads been like for the past month. I just hope that everyone bears with me while I adjust and will stick around while I sort out a proper blog schedule!

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I know it's become a bit of a joke to say "New Year, New Me" but I do honestly think that 2016 will be an amazing year for me and I cannot wait for it to start!
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25 November 2015

Garnier Olia Permanent Hair Colour Take 2!

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If you're a follower of my blog or even my Instagram profile, you'll have noticed that I like to change my hair. A lot. A few weeks ago now I lobbed my hair and although I absolutely loved the cut, I wasn't so keen on the colour.  

Over the Summer I did admit to transition from brunette to blonde and although it was quite successful, I wanted to back to my brunette side for the Autumn/Winter months. Yes, what a waste of time!

In my quest to be blonde though, it did give me a chance to try our Garnier's new Olia hair colour and I have to admit that it's probably one of the best that I've ever used! Instead of the usual "creamy" formula you see from other brands, Olia has invented a new formula that uses 60% oil includiong natural flower oils. Not only does this offer the same great coverage as previous colours but I also found that it's definitely less damaging to your hair condition.

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As I said above, the formula is majority oil based and as soon as you have applied to your hair you can feel it working it's magic. It's like a hair treatment and a home colouring kit all in one!

Ignore my terrible bed head in picture one but it was the best picture to show my "before" hair colour! As I am a terrible Ombré lover I did try and keep a bit of my blonde tips and although I don't have the length anymore, I still think it looks amazing!

I have used this hair colour before when I was in my blonde phase so you can read that post here! If you're interested in giving this collection a go yourself, you can check it out here on Superdrug where it's currently on offer!
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23 November 2015

NOTD | Nails Inc London Uptown Nail Polish Review!

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Although I love when I've just freshly painted my nails and they look perfect, I have to admit that I don't tend to get that excited over new nail polishes any more. When you consider that my job is mainly typing all day on a computer, nail varnishes don't tend to last me longer than a few days regardless of their chip resistance. Nothing works! 

I did however get very excited when I opened September's Glossybox and saw a full sized bottle from Nails Inc staring back at me. Not only that but it was in a gorgeous dusky pink shade that I would have actually brought for myself! Thanks Glossybox!

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As soon as I opened my Glossybox, I just had to apply it to my nails to see what it looked like. I was like a child at Christmas. As predicted it's just as gorgeous pink shade as you'd expect from the bottle. Very me!

Since I have problems with the lasting power with nail polishes, I was hoping for over £10 a bottle, it would be pretty good. Unfortunately it wasn't. Even after a couple of days I was starting to see chips appearing on my nails. Not very good!

Although I loved the colour, I wouldn't rate this nail polish too high because it didn't last long at all and unfortunately for over £10 a bottle, I would expect more! As I got this in my Glossybox, I'm not sure where to buy this from although I did find it on the Nails Inc website for £15.00.
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20 November 2015

Bullying Bloggers & Treaclemoon | #BeYou Campaign

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Even with everything terrible that's going on in the world, there are still small time bullies out there who seem to get pleasure in causing other people grief. Whether it's taunting someone to their face or the cat-like bitching behind their backs. It's almost second nature to some people to be mean to people. When did this start being okay?

Now people have evolved and started bullying on social media, where now they can say all their nasty comments without even having to look the person in the face. Nice. I've mentioned this happening between bloggers before in other posts and one thing I really do not enjoy from blogging is that type of drama. I've read stories on other blogs and even seen it happen a few times myself and it honestly makes me feel like we're back in the school playground again.

Well at treaclemoon, they believe that true beauty comes from the heart and is something that can only shine to it's very brightest potential when we have the confidence to be ourselves. They believe in it so much that they've created a whole campaign called #BeYou to raise awareness of the amazing work of BulliesOut.

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As well as BulliesOut, Treaclemoon are also teaming up with bloggers and "social media influencers" to help support and promote the campaign to end social media bullying and to help inspire people to #BeYou and there's a few different ways you can get involved!

-Tweet +treaclemoon_UK or post on their Facebook page an inspiring quote about the joy of being yourself, using the hashtag #BeYou
-Instagram a picture of whatever you feel celebrates something that goes into making you, you. This can be a picture with your friends, a hobby or even your "bed hair" as suggested by Treaclemoon. Don't forget to also tag them and use the hahtag #BeYou
-Tweet or Instagram a picture of you wearing any of the #BeYou merchandise available at their store! 

To say thank you, Treaclemoon sent me the Sweet Blackberry Memories shower gel and #BeYou wrist band! Without turning this into a beauty review post, I will however say that the shower gel smells UHHHH-mazing and it makes me look forward to having a shower! Definitely recommend you trying it out for yourself!

To summarise this post and to not let myself ramble on and on for hours on end, I really support this campaign as I think it's such a big problem nowadays. People don't seem to realise how hurtful and pressurising even one comment can be to someone and instead we should all start to be more empowering to motivate each other!  

What are your thoughts on bullying on social media? 
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