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FIVE THINGS TO DO DURING A HARD DAY AT WORK

Friday, 21 July 2017

FIVE THINGS TO DO DURING A HARD DAY AT WORK

Hello my lovelies, hope everyone is having a fab week so far. TGIF hey, I am so ready for the weekend.

A quick note before we delve into today's subject. I've been really fascinated with experimenting with my photography and editing recently and so you may see quite a mix up with my photos! In the past I tried to stick to one photo style but I never really enjoyed doing that as I think photography can speak so much. I love the idea of creating different styles with imagery so from now on I will definitely be more experimental. 

But anywhoooo

Today I fancied touching on something a tad different but something many many people experience. A hard day at work. Alongside my blog I work a 9-5 job in the Grain industry, (yes totally random I know). Basically my work involves the organisation of getting grain to mills like Weetbix so people can have their brekkie in the morning. Not quite what I studied at Uni but it's different and I love it. 

And this is completely the thing. I love my job. However it can sometimes (not often at all but still sometimes) be pretty stressful and challenging. Some days aren't always the best day, they can be incredibly busy & hard and sometimes you just want to sneak out of the fire escape and run home. However letting a harder than normal day at work get to you is the last thing you want and recently in our busiest times I have been trying some things to keep positive. So here are some of my top tips for surviving a hard day at work!

1.TAKE FIVE

If you are are struggling at work and something is overwhelming you don't be afraid to take five minutes away from the desk. Unless your boss is a total douche I am sure a quick break from work is allowed in most places. Whether you fancy going outside for some fresh air or popping to the toilets to just put the seat down and sit there for bit - do what you gotta do to clear your head. Just having that 5 mins can do wonders for getting into a better head space.

2.GO FOR A LUNCHTIME WALK

This is something I do everyday, except for those days where it's peeing down. Going for a walk at lunchtime gives you that break away from the office and allows you to distract your mind from work. Creating that separation is so important I feel as we spend 8-9 hours (sometimes more, sometimes less) at work each week day. That's more than half of our waking day! If you are cooped up in an building all day then it can feel suffocating and getting out is just a great way to feel refreshed.

3.DON'T BOTTLE IT IN

The other day I had a pretty busy day at work and things were going wrong left right and centre. I started to feel overwhelmed and before I knew it I was sat at my friends desk in tears. The reason why though was because all day I had let it build up inside of me until I exploded. Once I had my little cry though and chatted with my mate I suddenly felt so much better. Sometimes just getting things off your chest can be a huge relief.

4.SHAKE IT OFF

If something negative happens at work don't let it get to you. Easier said then done sometimes but the truth is if it something happens that perhaps hits a nerve there's no point stewing over it. 9/10 times the next day it will have all been forgotten about. You know, unless it's serious that is then totally don't shake it off. Otherwise just try and take a deep breath and put it out of your mind. Nothing worse than thinking about it in your head and building it up so next thing you know you're plotting how to put salt rather than sugar in someones tea. Nah just kidding I've never thought about doing this...or have I...?

5. MAKE A CUPPA

So in good old true British style this is one of the only medically proven ways to fix a problem. No, but seriously there is something about a nice hot cup of tea that manages to make things feel a whole lot better. So if you're bad day is getting a bit on top of you, take 5 and maybe grab yourself a cuppa. Let that warm goodness fill you back with life and if you don't like tea maybe try a mood lifting food. Chocolate, fruit or maybe even a slice of toast with some jam - there have all been said to be mood boosting foods!







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CARING FOR YOUR UNDERARMS WITH THE NEW DOVE ANTIPERSPIRANT RANGE

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

CARING FOR YOUR UNDERARMS WITH THE NEW DOVE ANTIPERSPIRANT RANGE

Guys, the competitive beast inside me has been released - and it's not a pretty sight.

Strange way to open a blog post I'm sure you're thinking but the thing is I've got a confession to make. I am one of those people who has that annoying competitive side. 

So you're probably wondering what's this got to do with your title, caring for your underarms with the new Dove antiperspirant range? Well the thing is about a week ago I downloaded an app onto my phone called Strava. A little app designed to record the analytics of when you run, cycle or swim. I cycle to work everyday and I am currently training to run a half marathon so I really need to be able to keep track of how I'm doing. Plus it logs your time against others who also do the same routes (hey competitive side coming out nice to see you).

Long story short I downloaded Strava and now I  cycle everyday like a bat out of hell trying to beat my previous days time/anyone also cycling that same route. This equals one thing. Copious and very unattractive amounts of sweating.

So here I am now producing ten thousand litres of sweat a day thanks to my annoying competitive side and I've realised that looking after my body odour is more important than ever. I NEED good sweat protection. So getting to try the release of the new Dove deodorant range was truly perfect timing. With a whole new range of sweet scents perfect for these warmer months Dove have outdone themselves with these addictively fruity smells. 

This year Dove are celebrating 60 years of caring for women's skin and along with it they are bringing a brand new formula for their sprays and roll ons. Well known for their antiperspirant collections being a quarter moisturising cream they have now also added in the same skin care ingredients that are also used in some of their luxury face creams. Hello soft moisturised pits. (That doesn't quite sound as satisfying with the word pits).

Underarm care is such an underrated thing and thanks to Dove my eyes have been opened up to realising just how much you need to look after those areas. A survey they conducted showed that up to 75% of women shave their underarms twice a week and when we shave those pits almost 36% of what we're shaving off is actually skin! So making sure those underarms are moisturised and nourished is more important than you think. Plus the 48 hour protection is everything I need for my cycle commutes to work as it keeps me fresh all day in the office.

The new Dove antiperspirant range is available in the following varieties 


My favourite however? Definitely the Pear and Aloe Vera. The scent is so gorgeous and sweet and leaves you smelling amazing all day! Although that said, all the new summer fruity freshness products are beautiful scent wise!




Thank you so much to Dove for letting me try the new range and also for teaching me a thing or two about how important it is to look after your under arms! 

Has anyone else tried the new Dove antiperspirants?


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TRYING NOT TO FEEL DEFLATED BY THE INSTAGRAM ALGORITHM

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

TRYING NOT TO FEEL DEFLATED BY THE INSTAGRAM ALGORITHM

Long time no speak. 
Feeling kinda guilty that I just wrote that tbh as it'd been about two weeks since I last posted on my blog and I am currently up for the world's worst blogger award...

Jokes aside it has been a pretty busy time with an influx of Birthdays washing in alongside a friends wedding and of course that festival I didn't stop going on about, Glastonbury. All in all June has been hectic to say the least. So with all this going on I admitted defeat and took a step back from my blog to focus on what was going on in my everyday life. During this time however I noticed a huge difference in one of the aspects of my blogging life in particular, Instagram.

Oh Instagram, so easy to hate yet still I strive every day to keep going with it. I love how visually pleasing instagram can be and I enjoy getting to see what my friends and fellow blogger pals are up to BUT ARGH I hate hate hate that algorithm. Judging by my twitter timeline recently - I'm not alone in feeling this.

So as I said above, with my time at Glastonbury the thing that took the biggest hit during my five day absence was instagram. I lost a lot of followers (expected to be honest but still goes to show how much it can mount up) and when I finally poked my head back into the realms of social media, my engagement was prettttty poor. Instagram is certainly making it clear that no matter how hard you try there is no easy way around the algorithm. The little guys like me who have smaller followings and are still trying to grow have now been pushed aside and left struggling to stay afloat in an ocean of online influencers.

It would be a lie to say this doesn't bother me. Some days, it does. It makes me question will I ever manage to get on top of it or am I really good enough to be able to grow my Insta at all? Feeling downbeat about it all however isn't going to change.a.thing. 




The honest truth is that my life goals definitely don't revolve around this little social media app. 
With dreams of travelling around America, one day having a dreamy home and someday owning a little sausage dog family I know that how many likes I get on my pictures will hardly play a part in these dreams. So the best thing to do? I guess it's just to keep your head above the water and keep pushing towards the shore. I love creating captivating images to post on my Instagram and I love getting to engage with other people and their images. So though the algorithm has created a downside I like to remember all the positives of Insta and all the lovely people I have met on there too. People like to try and cheat the system by buying followers and likes but in the long run this will really get you no where. The only way I think you can beat the algorithm is to just keep posting as much as you can and engage with as many of your followers as you can in a genuine manor. Hard work pays off ay!

What do you guys do to try and not get deflated by the algorithm?



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FESTIVAL HAIRCARE WITH STYLE FREEDOM

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

FESTIVAL HAIRCARE WITH STYLE FREEDOM

Hello my huns and welcome to the second post during my festival blogging week. 
With Summer well and truly in swing now we have hit Festival Season and so in the spirit of preparing for going off to dance drunkenly in a field for a week I am bringing some posts revolving all around the festival essentials you might just need! 

On Monday you may have caught my post about staying cool in the (hopefully) warm weather with a certain Missguided number - catch the post here if not. Today I am bringing you some haircare must haves kindly gifted by Style Freedom. These guys are a relatively new brand of haircare available in  UK Superdrug stores!


First up is a little hair preparation before heading off to your festihols. If you are like me then you will probably not be one for washing your hair whilst at a festival. Normally the showers are pretty shocking and always freezing cold so I tend to just stick with the dry shampoo and a little mexican shower outside my tent (no judgement please 😝). 

Therefore with all the backcombing, braiding, glitter and dry shampoo that your hair is about to go through, I always think it's a good idea to pay a little TLC before those antics. This is why the new 2-Part Hair Detox Kit is perfect for giving those locks a healthy boost before heading away. The detox kit is quite simple to use and like most hair treatments requires application to towel dried hair. As mentioned in the name, there are two parts to this Detox Kit. Step one is the Purifier which is infused with lovely ingredients like Green Tea and Citrus and it's designed to cleanse the hair of all the baddies we fill it with (aka shampoos filled with silicone and hair products that clog up our hair shafts). You simply apply a small palm sized amount and build a small lather then leave for 5-10mins. You then build up a bigger lather after adding more water and then rinse through until the water runs clear. Next is a Shea butter and Vitamin E infused replenisher which you can run through the mid lengths to the ends of your hair and leave for a further 10-15mins. Once washed out there's no need to apply shampoo and conditioner you can just dry you hair and hey presto...cleansed, detoxed and nourished.

After about a year of box bleaching my hair, my ends are pretty dire and drying out big time. I do get them trimmed on the regular but I think the extent of the damage is quite severe on my hair so gaining back silky tresses is not happening any time soon for me. Therefore if you are looking for a product that is going to save dying hair like mine this isn't really designed for that as it is more of a cleanser. I could see though from above my ends that my hair was feeling so much softer and had gained its healthy shine back so over all I am really impressed. This works so well on hair that hasn't been completely destroyed and is looking for a good cleanse & a healthy boost. I will definitely be using it again before I head off to Glastonbury.


After about two days into the festival your hair has probably gone through quite a lot ( I mean if I don't have at least 10tons of Glitter in my hair by day two am I even doing a Festival right). It can definitely start to lack a certain lustre and look rather dull despite the endless glitter shining through so what better than a little product designed to add some shine. The Pure Shine Spray can be used over dry or wet hair and is a mist like product aimed to boost dry and flat hair whilst taming those fly aways. I think this is a great product to take along for giving your hair a boost in the right direction however do not and I mean DO NOT use too much. I made the mistake of getting a little spritz happy one time and I ended up with a greaseball on my head. Just a slight gentle spray will do you just fine.  

Totally gutted that recently I dyed my hair back to brown which meant that I missed out on getting to try out the new Colour Freedom Pastel range which includes box dyes and a cool pasteliser. This range belongs to the same company and do a huge range of quirky hair colours from Pastels to Greys. This would be so great for anyone who had blonde hair and wants some crazy colours for a festival, I'm sure it won't be long until I try and go blonde again so will be excited to try these when I do. 


Last up are two FESTIVAL MUST HAVES. I mean who doesn't head to a Festival without dry shampoo? Plus a little canned texture for some va va voom? Yes please.
I have been using this Dry Shampoo a lot since I first got it as I am a woman who is on the go a lot and also cycles around so dry shampoo is a saviour for me. It does exactly what you expect dry shampoo to do, keeps your hair fresh and removes that pesky greasy feeling you can get when your hair needs a wash. Plus it has that classic Dry Shampoo smell that I oh so love.
The Canned Texture Spray is perfect for anyone looking to add some more shape and volume to their hair, great for people who have finer hair and want to go all out at a Festival (what's the word count for the amount of times I've said festival now?) Apparently it's best used on wet hair but I have also used it on my hair whilst dry and I think I still have managed to get the same desired effects. 


All in all I am really impressed with these products (though sadly didn't get to try the Colour Freedom bits) and will definitely be bringing most of them with me to Glastonbury next week. I am a huge fan of the pricing too as none of the products are above the £7.99 price which I feel is really affordable!

Has anyone else tried anything from the Style Freedom range, what are your thoughts?
Also what else do people like to take to a festival for hair care? Let me know! 😁



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*This post has been gifted however all opinions are my own