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Stationery Steals

27 March 2016
I love stationery, there is no denying it. Notebooks, pens, pencils, the lot - I'm like a magnet for stationary. So when I walked into TK Maxx the other day and spotted these little beauties, I knew that they needed to be mine.




































Both are hardback notebooks, with a soft leather-like cover - dreamy. I picked them up for £4.99 each, but for the quality and all round appearance of the pair, I feel that they were more than worth it. If you're in the market for some new notebooks (especially seeing as it's exam season) then I would definitely suggest a visit to TK Maxx, they have every type of notebook under the sun, from low end school jotters, right through to leather bound notebooks - most of which are unique and the only ones in the shop, like the ones above. I honestly couldn't be more pleased - I'm tragic, I know. All in all, a stationery lovers dream.

Until next time,

xo

My Skincare Saviour

20 March 2016
I digress, this post is something a little different from me, you've probably already guessed that from the title alone but hey, not all change is bad.  Anyhow, let me tell you a little story about my seemingly never ending battle with my skin and the saviour that came to me in the form of Liz Earle.



Through the entirety of my adolescent years at school, I had not one problem with my skin - it was as smooth and clear as a baby's. This is no word of a lie. I would always get asked just how I had managed such a feat? How was my skin always that clear? What is your secret? The answer was that I had absolutely no idea myself if I'm being perfectly honest, I just took it as a given and carried on. BIG mistake. Come my final few months of school and subsequently the next 3 years of university, my face closely resembled a dot to dot puzzle - truly humiliating. I had done a complete 360 overnight and trust me, I was not thrilled. Throw my ridiculously sensitive skin into the mix and things just got a whole lot worse from there.

Believe me, I tried everything that I could to get my skin sorted, I was willing to do just about anything that might help and trust me, there are some weird, old remedies out there on the internet. The matter of my sensitive skin, paired with the fact that it now resembled one of those old school, pop art comics was becoming a problem. Things were getting desperate. Sure, I'd read the beauty blogs and seen the videos of each and every beauty blogger praising the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, sure. However, somewhere in the near 4 years of skin struggle, it didn't occur to me to actually try it. What a mistake that was.

Push came to shove and I made an impulse buy of the Original Cleanse and Polish one day whilst I was in town. I was expecting the usual outcome: red, dry, irritated skin and a couple more spots to add to my ever growing collection. I am praising all of the skin gods out there, because this was not the case. I'll get to the point. If you, like me are in need of a skincare saviour then look no further. Within a couple of days, my skin was looking a whole lot better - 2 weeks later and it had completely cleared up. For real, I couldn't make this stuff up. What about if you have sensitive skin like me? No problem! I've never had any problems with Cleanse & Polish whatsoever and it leaves your skin soft and smooth, which is all a girl can ask for. After discovering this miracle cleanser, I've repurchased it at least 6 times which is always a good sign. I have nothing but praise for Cleanse & Polish and can only praise Liz Earle and all those beautiful people on the Isle of Wight for making me look more human again. Honestly, if you're looking for a new cleanser, this one could be just what you're after.

Handy Things You Might Want to Know:

  • You can purchase Cleanse and Polish online from the Liz Earle website, or it's also available in many Boots and John Lewis' in the UK
  • Ranging in sizes from mini tester tubes, through to 100ml pumps, Cleanse and Polish is priced between £6 and £15.50, depending on the size you go for (prices as of March 2016) but there are always special offers popping up on the website every now and again
  • Cleanse & Polish has won countless beauty awards, just in case you needed conformation that it is in fact that good!
  • It's a hot cloth cleanser: you apply onto a dry face and then gently remove with a hot muslin cloth (which handily you can buy with the cleanser!)
  • Personally, I use the cleanser twice a day as recommended - morning and night, and find that the standard size pump lasts around 1 month before I need to repurchase. If you're keen, there is even the option of buying a 12 month subscription!
  • Lots of other FAQs are listed here for any other queries that you may have!
In all honesty, this cleanser has well and truly saved my skin and I can see it being my go to skin product for quite some time!

Until next time, 

xo




The Fitness Fad

16 March 2016
Fitness. You either love it, or you hate it. There can be no denying though that there is no escaping it - be it that perfectly Instagrammed avocado on toast gracing your feed on a daily basis, or the trainers and sports leggings that everyone and their dog seem to be wearing nowadays. Fitness is in and boy is it big.




Now it's no lie that I love health and fitness. Since I could walk I was involved in every sport going and even now, my degree reminds me on a daily basis the importance of diet and health. Rewind back to January of last year: out of nowhere all my social media feeds seemed to blow up with fitness related EVERYTHING. The world seemed to become obsessed with sportswear and trainers, fitness bloggers took front and centre stage in the blogging world and Instagram became a coconut sipping, avocado filled, exercise loving paradise. It seemed like a fad; something that would die off after the summer, when demand for a "bikini body" tailed off and the sun disappeared. Spoiler alert: it didn't. The fitness fad was resilient.

Here we are, March 2016 and I still can't go a full day without seeing an avocado in some capacity and I'm certainly not complaining. As much as I love to eat all the food (and I mean all of it), that daily reminder acts as motivation to maybe not eat the entire contents of the fridge - I have no shame. I think that in today's world, anything that we can use to encourage and inspire a healthy, balanced lifestyle can only be a good thing. Long live the fitness fad.

Until next time,

xo

Girl Power

9 March 2016
It was International Women's Day this week - 8th March to be precise but hey, you probably already knew that. It was a day in which girls and women from all over the globe came together to promote gender equality and celebrate all that women have achieved. There was even a snapchat filter - that's when you know it's legitimate.




Now I'm not one to usually speak out on such matters and I'm trying to keep this fairly brief, but watching and recognising the achievements of women and girls from across the arts, sciences, sporting and pretty much any other field that you can think of, was pretty cool.

However, gender inequality still exists. I have been lucky enough to grow up in an environment where I have been taught that I can achieve anything and become anything that I want, so long as I work hard enough for it. I have been taught that my possibilities are endless - I'm lucky. We must think of those around the world without these opportunities: the girls who can't get an education because of their gender, the girls forced into marriage at a stupidly young age, even those facing gender equality on a daily basis - be it at work, out and about, or even at home. Unfortunately, it is likely that 99% of women and girls have been the subject of some form of gender inequality at some point in their lives, either on a small scale, or a wider one - myself included.

With a multitude of campaigns and endorsements from women like Emma Watson, Tanya Burr and even Kim K (who gave a rather insightful and personal take on the whole matter), it is lovely to see women come together and support one another, in a bid to achieve awareness and combat such a wide scale and serious problem. It is so refreshing to see women come together and empower one another; a stark contrast from the image that the media so often portrays, pitting women against each other for flashy headlines and page views. It's no lie that it'll be a long time before gender inequality will be well and truly banished but each day, we're that little bit closer.

In short: kudos to all the girls and women who are constantly smashing stereotypes and to those achieving what people told them that they couldn't. And to you - you keep doing you, because I'm sure you're killing it in your own way.

Until next time,

xo