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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