Friday, 15 February 2019

How To Handle Being The New Girl At Work

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At different stages in your career, you’re likely to have a new job. Whether we’re talking about your first job after school or university, or your second job, third, or even a new job in your golden years, you will often get that same feeling, because it can be intimidating to start any new job. You may worry about it or feel apprehensive, and that’s all very normal - trust me. We all feel like this from time to time. However, you don’t have to dread it. Instead, you can be excited about your new job and actually feel ready for your first day. Not only that, but you can make sure that you settle in well without feeling totally green. Let’s see how you can handle being the newbie so much better.

1. Know You’re Qualified

First of all, you need to know that you’re actually qualified for the job. You're the one that got it, aren't you? So, ask yourself - what are you really worried about? You earned this job on merit. Sure, you need to settle in at a new place, but before you know it, your new place will feel like home!

2. Pull Together A Perfect Wardrobe

Now, power dressing is a thing. So, if you want to feel confident, you need to dress the part. On the run up to your new job, you’ll want to think about getting the right wardrobe together. Think about the outfits that you can work with in your role and have them planned out in your mind.

3. Prepare The Night Before

When it comes to the first day, you can really make a difference by preparing properly the night before. We all worry about it, sure, but if you’re prepared, the uncertainty will ease. For this, you’re going to want to lay out your outfit and get your bag ready. Put your phone into your choice of premium phone case, do the same with your laptop, and get a brand new notebook ready too. Swotty? Yes, potentially - but, it will make you feel ready to take on your brand new role.

4. Sleep Well

All that’s left to do the night before is to get a good sleep, because it really does matter, and you really do need to make sure that you’re well rested and ready to take the world by storm. When you wake up, you can then carry that feeling on with a good breakfast and by getting your lunch together for the day, then put your fabulous first day outfit on and get ready to rock!

5. Make A Killer First Impression

Finally, when you get to work on your very first day, you’re going to want to make the right impression, because we all know that first impressions count, and you only ever get one shot. So, decide how you’re going to be. What do you want to be known for? What kind of image or vibe do you want to give off? Then make sure that your actions and attitude follow suit. We all have to be newbies at one time or another, but it’s what you make of your fresh start that counts.
*This is a collaborative post*

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Merlin Haircare Review*

Back in November, I was incredibly fortunate to get sent a couple of full size sample products from Merlin Professionals, who come under the company Fabriah that sell online hair and beauty at a professional standard (hence the name Merlin Professionals!).
What drew me to this brand in particular was that they aren't your traditional hair care company that you would find in Boots, or Superdrug. Each product has been scientifically developed to solve specific hair 'issues', like dryness, or oiliness to name two common examples. They don't have a shampoo, conditioner, and style element to their range, but they instead offer their target market shampoos, treatments, sealers, and styling, which gives them that unique edge to stand out from the competition...


Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Tips For Looking After Your Skin

Good habits = great looking skin, right?

Seriously, if you want to look and feel beautiful, and have better looking skin for longer, you need to focus on what you do each day to maintain both your good looks and your self-confidence.

1. Follow A Skin-Care Routine

By following a productive skin-care routine daily, you will quickly see the benefits on both your face and body. Armed with your skin care moisturizer, toner, and other care products, follow this regimen in the correct order to see the best results from your efforts. By finding time first thing in the morning and at some point in the evening, your skin will look fresh, supple, and radiant 24/7.

2. Drink Plenty Of Water During The Day

Certain drinks are bad for your skin, such as those that are fizzy, caffeine, and alcohol. They can dehydrate your skin, and cause dryness and acne. On the other hand, drinking water is wonderful for your skin, thanks to its many hydrating properties. Experts suggest around 8 glasses a day, but going above that is fine, especially when you are out in the dehydrating hot weather. So, replace potentially harmful drinks with water, and carry an empty bottle around with you so you can top it up regularly.

3. Commit To A Regular Workout

Regular exercise increases your circulation, and this will create a radiant glow on your face. Exercise also lowers your stress hormones, which is good news, as stress can badly affect your face, causing wrinkles, dark circles under your eyes, and itchy, flaky skin. Therefore, find ways to implement exercise into your daily routine, such as walking to work instead of taking the bus or car, and taking time to engage in exercise at home, using some of these activities as examples. Remember to drink plenty of water, as you might need to hydrate yourself after your workout.

4. Eat An Apple A Day

I'm not just talking about apples here (although an apple a day is meant to keep the doctor at bay), but any fruit that is loaded with antioxidants and essential vitamins for healthy and good-looking skin. Eat something in the morning, include a piece of fruit with your lunch, and replace any unhealthy snacks you might normally consume in the day with a piece of nature's good stuff. Your skin will thank you for it, as will the rest of your body, as fruit has many health benefits worth considering.

5. Get Your Beauty Sleep

The phrase 'beauty sleep' isn't a misnomer. It has been scientifically proven that as you sleep, your skin will repair itself from any damage that has been inflicted during the day. Experts suggest 8 hours sleep a night for optimal results, so cut out bad night-time habits, such as engaging in screen time and drinking caffeine, as these will inhibit the quality of your sleep time.


Preserve the beauty and quality of your skin with the habits suggested in this article, committing to them daily for the best results possible. Cut out the bad habits suggested, such as drinking caffeine and eating unhealthy snacks, so you don't sabotage your best efforts to care for your good looks.

*This is a collaborative post*


Sunday, 6 January 2019

The First Chapter: Enlighten

As I recently revealed the front cover of my debut poetry collection, I thought it was about time that I showed you a selection of the illustrations, which will be making an appearance in there too.


Thursday, 3 January 2019

5 Signs You Don't Fully Know Your Partner

We all like to believe that we know the person that we love the most in the world, including all of their opinions and feelings on certain situations. The biggest part of feeling connected to someone else is feeling secure in how well you know them, but this connection can sometimes lead you to overlook the blind spots in their personality. Rose tinted glasses and all that, right?

As much as you want your partner to know you inside and out, you want to know them too. For example, they may already know that you have saved in your history from the numerous impersonal gift cards your ex boyfriends gave to you. They also may know that you prefer tulips over roses, but, surely it’s more than that. Knowing your partner is more than the superficial things on the surface. It’s the deeper issues that you need to know more than the rest. So, what are the five signs you don't know your partner as well as you think you do?

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

My Hopes For 2019

Happy New Year! If you read my recent post (which you can find here), you will know that 2018 was by far the best for me. However, 2019 is already set to be even bigger, and better. 

I thought that it would be a nice idea to do a brief little summary of my hopes for the coming months, because writing things down always helps me to feel more organised, and then I can look back on it as time goes by to see whether I stuck to my word, or not.

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