20 February 2015

Winter Hand Care.

Why do we need to look after our mitts more in winter?
On winter's arrival, it is with tear-filled eyes that we say our final farewells to floppy hats, high-waisted shorts, and, most importantly, humidity. Throughout the warmer summer months, our skin gets tonnes of moisture from all the humidity that floats about the air, but as soon as the climate changes, the humidity drops, leaving us with bitterly cold, good for nothing, dehydrating air instead.

Here's a quick guide to keeping your hands Action Man smooth. 

- When washing hands...
We tend to wash our hands more through winter because we're 99.9% sure that Linda from Marketing coughed up The Antichrist at lunch last Wednesday. Sadly, to the dismay of Germaphobes everywhere, water dehydrates our hands, especially if the handwash in use contains harsh chemicals or alcohol.
So use a gentle soap with warm water, pat your hands dry and apply a nourishing moisturiser of your choice. 

When picking a hand-wash/moisturiser/lotion...
.Always read the ingredients.
.Pick the mildest, naturalist product with extra added goodness, such as aloe vera or similar wholesome oils and butters.
.Steer clear of alcohol-based products. 
.Pick a moisturiser that is travel-sized so that you can carry it around in your bag. 

- When to moisturise... Constantly!
You should refuel your hands at these check-points throughout the day:
.After waking up.
.After you get your hands wet.
.Before going outside.
.After coming inside - Indoor heating sucks the moisture out of your hands like a Dementor. 
.Before going to bed - You can really lather it on here. 

- When protecting hands from the elements...
.Use SPF all year round, even in winter.
.Gloves Gloves Gloves - Keep'em toasty and covered up!
.Remember to moisturise before going outside - It creates a forcefield like layer of protection around your hands.  

The eyes hands are a window to the soul.
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13 February 2015

B is for Birthday.

I turned 19 last weekend, and aside from a small 'I want to be sixteen again' meltdown or two (seven), I had a grand time. 
This year, I strategically spread my birthday out across three days so that I could maintain maximum levels of sleep in between social engagements, cos being social is tiring yo. 
And with the assistance of 18 + coffees, we went and had ourselves a birthday.

I met up with a beautiful old friend who I hadn't seen in three whole years! We drank coffee, had a giggle and reminisced about our cherished (deeply buried never to be thought of again) high school memories.

I headed out to Boltby Forest through the day to have some quality dog-walking time with my top G, Monty.
Then there was Sunday Night...
There was pizza, cocktails and bathroom selfies - also, who knew birthday shots were a thing?

I met up with some of my wonderful family, and we went to a crazy delicious all you can eat buffet! 
Despite my small frame, I can put back a lot of food and I mean A LOT. I like to leave strangers stunned, perplexed, slightly frightened and reaching for holy water on my exit. Btw, if you are looking to get food wasted, you should definitely go to a Red Hot World Buffet; they are dotted around the UK, and they have a chocolate fountain! Sadly, it's frowned upon if you drink from it like a tap, so don't get your hopes up. I know, I know, it's a cruel world we live in, but hey, I don't make the rules. 
Oh man, Dat Tiramisu! Let me tell you about that Tiramisu, love songs have been written about that Tiramisu, I think I finally understand Adele's 'Someone like you'.

I've also decided that I'm not down with this whole 'adult' thing. 
You can keep the whole alcohol, driving and legally buying crossbows thing, I'm going back to 16 and scratch cards.
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3 February 2015

January Favourites.

Lucy Bees Organic Coconut Oil - God's Gift to beauty bloggers everywhere - if you are considering delving into the world of coconut oil, it's of my highest recommendation that you pick the best quality one which is undoubtedly this one.
The L-Shaped Room - I love this book - I may dedicate a future blog post/5 chapters of my memoirs to it. 
Psyduck - Psyduck has it tough, he is so eager to please, but try as he might, he just can't seem to get it right. 
Burt's Bees Hand Balm - This stuff smells incredible, I am one vodka lemonade away from spreading this bad boy on my toast and having a delicious snack, possibly followed by a quick visit to see the nice men in the white coats again.
Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer - Similar to an 8 year old, I am partial to the odd delicious tasting lip stain. Skipped breakfast? No worries, pop on some Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer and you're good till lunch. 
Lancome Definicils - It's up there with sliced bread and Hugh Jackman's Burly Biceps - two indisputable godsends. 
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact - I finally left pay as you go and joined the rest of the 21st century on contract; it is truly astonishing how long I went on pay as you go for. Books will be written, James Franco will play me in the movie adaptation, Sony will buy the movie rights, and so forth, you know the drill.  
Moleskine Passion Wellness Journal - Trick your friends into thinking you are fit and healthy. 

On The Web.
Youtube Favourite:
Kerralina and her perfect brows - I've considered Kerry to be my much cooler, well spoken, wiser sister for a good few years now, and as someone who hopes to achieve as much as she has through blogging, I would like to shine a light on her general greatest and new(ish) youtube channel - www.youtube.com/user/kerralinabeautyblog  - if you've got a minute, or 12, you should take a look at her brilliant channel and send plenty of support her way.
Kerry's Blog - www.kerralina.co.uk      

Netflix Favourite:
Artifact - Has my love of Thirty Seconds to Mars slipped by unnoticed on this blog? Whether you are a fan or not, you should absolutely watch this documentary. It's an eye-opening doc about the power and control music labels have other their bands and how, more often than not, bands get the butt end of the record deal. Plus - Jared Leto.

Blog Favourite:
Pipdig - Though technically not a blog, it is certainly one for the Bloggers.
Have you ever spent hours and hours tweaking your blog design, only to completely scrap it in a matter of weeks or months? It might have been bad judgement, shoddy craftsmanship and a flux in hormones on your part, but, never fear, Pipdig is here and they'll fix all your blog design issues in a jiff.

Music Favourite:
George Ezra - You love him, your mum loves him, everybody wins. 

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