SUPERDRUG COCONUT OIL

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Today I’m going to talk about the Superdrug Coconut Oil which is something I have been using on a daily basis for the last eight months. I’m currently on my third tub and I love the stuff. Superdrug Coconut Oil helps to condition the skin, scalp and dry/damaged hair. This natural product is solid at room temperature, but will gently melt on contact with your skin.

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I use the product mostly on my body. I avoid using it on my face as I have sensitive facial skin and oils can be heavy, which can cause them to clog pores which can make you break out and leave you with bad skin. I use it mostly on my hands, arms, chest and neck area. The coconut oil smells delicious and leaves a subtle coconut scent on your skin which lasts throughout the day.

Because the coconut oil is solid in the tub, it can be difficult to scoop some out using your fingers, but having a spoon nearby solves that issue. If you leave the tub next to a window on a sunny day, or by a warm radiator, the oil will melt down and be easier for you to use.

I rub the solid coconut oil between my palms and after 60 or so seconds, it has melted down into a velvety smooth liquid. The melted liquid is quite thick (not sticky) but once you begin to massage into your skin, the oil moisturises deeply which leaves your skin feeling light and soft to the touch. When the oil is on your skin, it leaves you with a gorgeous sheer glow that lasts hours.

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I have used the melted oil on my hair a few times, but I personally find the texture of the oil doesn’t work so well with my hair. It just sticks in one place and doesn’t glide through smoothly. It makes my hair feel weighed down and heavy and doesn’t distribute evenly. I don’t bother using it on my hair as I have other products that work well and are much more suited to my hair.

Another thing I’d like to mention is I’ve had deep lines on my neck for a very long time. The lines on my neck have always bothered me as I have had them since I was young and always felt like deep lines shouldn’t be an issue for someone my age. But over the last eight months of me massaging this product into my neck, I have noticed that the lines don’t seem as deep and the look of them has improved.

Overall, this is a fantastic product for the skin. I have noticed a huge improvement in the way my skin looks and feels. You can purchase a tub of this for £2.29 which is so affordable and worth buying, the tub will last you months. If you want to pick some up, head to your local Superdrug store or purchase from the Superdrug website here: http://www.superdrug.com/Superdrug/Superdrug-Coconut-Oil-125ml/p/203003#.Vd8ZRvlViko

What is your must have moisturiser? Have you tried using oils on your hair and body? Let me know in the comments!

BEDROOM DECOR

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My post today involves something I am very passionate about. I am obsessed with home decor. I feel like I am constantly hauling goodies for the home, so I thought it would be a good idea to show you some parts of my home and let you know where I got everything from. I’m usually on a tight budget so most things you will see will more than likely be affordable and I will always be honest and make a point if the quality isn’t up to scratch so you don’t go and buy something that will leave you feeling disappointed.

So many people tell me I have a knack for picking out home decor and decorating, so I hope you like my style and see some things you love and you want to go and buy for yourself. I will leave info below which will tell you where I purchased everything from. I will also leave links to the items if they are still available to buy at this moment in time.

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BED FRAME – Argos – Adele Double Bed Frame – Whitewash

DUVET COVER SET – George at Asda – George Home Eden Vintage Patchwork Duvet Range

FAIRY LIGHTS – eBay – 30 warm star indoor fairy lights

WHITE WICKER BASKETS – George at Asda – George Home White Willow Storage Basket and White Willow Storage Trunk

WHITE PHOTO FRAMES – George at Asda – x3 George Home Mini Baroque Photo Frames and George Home White Multipack Frame

FLORAL HEART PRINT PHOTO FRAME – Primark

CANVASES WITH SEWING THEME – George at Asda – George Home Vintage Sewing Canvas Wall Art 3 pack

WHITE WICKER HEART – Poundstretcher – Vintage Wicker Heart

VASE WITH FLOWERS – Home Bargains

VINTAGE BIRD CAGE CANDLE HOLDER – Home Bargains – more info here: £3.00 & under must have of the month

WHITE CLOCK – The Range – White Mantel Clock

CANDLES – Primark

I think I managed to tell you about everything you can see in the picture. I would just like to mention that George sometimes don’t have items in stock on their website, but they still have the items for sale in store. So it might be worth popping and having a look if you’re after something. Sometimes they bring back items that have gone out of stock on their website too, so keep your eyes peeled and check back often.

Did you enjoy this blog post? Do you have a similar blog or blog post you think I would enjoy reading? Leave me a link below!

RIMMEL LASTING FINISH LIPSTICK BY KATE NUDE COLLECTION – SHADE 45

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Today I am bringing you my thoughts and a few swatches of a recent Rimmel purchase. I have around 6 or 7 Rimmel lipsticks and I think they are some of the best high street lipsticks out there. They are affordable, have so many shades to choose from and always give a finish that doesn’t leave you disappointed. I was putting together a Superdrug order recently when I came across the new Lasting Finish by Kate Nude collection, so I decided to try one out.

At the moment, the Lasting Finish Nude collection has 5 different shades. The shades are named by numbers with 40 being the lightest and 48 being the darkest. I decided to go for 45 as I wanted a slightly darker nude and 43 looked a little too brown toned whereas the 45 had a slight pinkish tint to it that would compliment my light skin tone better.

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Rimmel say there is a nude for every girl in these 5 shades. They also promise up to 8 hours of wear! But how did I get on?

First impressions were very good. I loved the packaging. The lipsticks come in a peachy nude plastic case with the Rimmel logo imprinted on the lid and around the center. Like usual with Rimmel, the case is good quality and will look gorgeous on every dressing table out there.

The lipstick itself is delightful. I loved the colour, a deep rose nude with a good amount of pigmentation. The lipstick isn’t completely opaque on first swipe, but does give off a fair amount of colour which looks very natural. You can easily build up the colour without the lipstick becoming cakey if you would like a more intense look.

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The formula is nourishing and creamy. It stays on your lips without being uncomfortable or becoming sticky. It is isn’t a matte lipstick, it leaves a slight sheen on the lips. The lipstick lasts me around 2 hours before needing a top up. Sadly it isn’t transfer proof, but I don’t find this a problem really as I find most lipsticks tend to be like that. The lipstick is convenient and easy enough to carry around with you so reapplying isn’t an issue. It would be nicer if it lived up to the 8 hour claim, but I can live with 2 hours.

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Rimmel have also released a Nude nail polish collection, so if you’re into your nudes it might be worth checking them out. You can find more information about the lipstick range here: http://uk.rimmellondon.com/products/lips/lasting-finish-by-kate-nude-collection and nail collection here: http://uk.rimmellondon.com/products/nails/salon-pro-by-kate-nude-collection

Have you tried the Nude by Kate range? What is your ultimate nude lipstick?

TREK PROTEIN FLAPJACKS – NATURALBALANCEFOODS

Good evening everybody! I hope you’re all doing well?

Today I’m going to be discussing protein flapjacks. Now before I start my post I just want to say that I’m a huge snacker. I’m constantly reaching for something to eat, even if I’ve just had a big meal. I tend to snack when I feel a tad hungry, when I’m bored or when I’m feeling sad. I’ve never been one to eat three meals a day and leave it at that. I have always been the kind of girl to grab a handful of food when I’m in the kitchen. It isn’t a healthy habit to have and it’s probably one of the reasons I’m overweight. It’s a habit I’ve never really broken. But after trying the Trek Protein Flapjacks I think I’ve found something which has made a noticeable difference in my snacking habits!

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Natural Balance Foods are a British company devoted to increasing happiness with yummy healthy snacks. Nakd and Trek are both a product of Natural Balance Foods and I am already a huge fan of Nakd. It wasn’t that long ago that I posted a recipe using the Nakd cherry raisins. I’ve never tried their Trek range before as I haven’t really seen them around. But after doing some research online, I can see the cases of 16 are available on the http://www.naturalbalancefoods.co.uk/ website and a few other places like Amazon. You can also pick up single flapjacks in most Supermarkets for around 90p.

I was very kindly sent a mixed case to review which contained the flavours morning berry, banana bread, original oat, cocoa coconut, oat raisin and cocoa oat. Myself and my partner are not huge fans of banana bread so I gave those ones away to my aunt. The first time I tried the flapjacks I opened up all 6 bars so I could take a few photos and give them a taste test. I halved each one and me and my partner sat down and tried them all. Apart from the banana bread, they were all absolutely delicious. The first thing I noticed was how moist and soft they were. The taste was fresh like they had only been baked a few hours before. I thought these were even better than homemade ones. Each flavour was unique and stood out in the flapjack. My favourite was probably the oat raisin which had a little cinnamon kick to it.

The great thing about the flapjacks is how satisfying they are. After only eating two halves each, me and my partner were both struggling to put anything else in our mouths. We have been picking up the flapjacks to snack on throughout the week and already, we have both noticed a big difference in our snacking habits. It’s difficult to reach for a snack when you’re feeling so full. I just wouldn’t feel hungry for 4 to 5 hours which is very unusual for me. My aunt is a nurse and said that she had took them on her shifts to try out. She even said herself how filling they were and how amazing it was they could keep her going for hours on end.

You might be thinking, how can these be so filling? They must be full of calories? But each bar contains an average of around 235 calories which isn’t much at all. These flapjacks are HEALTHY, they each contain 9-10g protein per bar and protein is known for helping to make you feel fuller for longer. The bars are wheat, dairy and gluten free so they can be enjoyed by so many of us!

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Have you tried any of the Trek range before? What do you eat to keep you feeling full? Are you a snacker?

CITYCALLING JOB WEBSITE & JOB INTERVIEW TIPS

Today I’m here to share with you some job interview tips I’ve picked up over the years and I also want to tell you about a new and innovative job recruitment website which will help you find the perfect job. City Calling is a website which helps both jobseekers and employers alike by connecting ideal matches together and creating wonderful opportunities.

http://www.citycalling.com/ gives a refreshing approach and allows you to personalise your job search so you can find jobs you’ll love which are relevant to what YOU want. The City Calling website has a huge amount of job vacancies just waiting to be explored.

If you’re looking for employment or if you’re looking to recruit, visiting http://www.citycalling.com/ will be one of the best things you do today. With a clear layout, helpful staff and a very involved role in social media, make sure you visit today to start your career journey.

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Since my blog is mainly beauty and fashion, the main thing I’ll discuss in this post will be appropriate fashion and makeup choices for your interview. I’ll also include some other helpful suggestions which will hopefully help you out.

I think one of the first things that comes to mind when you have a job interview is the panic of what you’re going to wear and how you’re going to look. A job interview is stressful, and you want to do nothing but impress. Employers want to hire somebody who looks smart and presentable, they wan’t to hire somebody who looks right for the job. If you show up unwashed in your creased jeans and tee with messy hair and dirty nails chances are the employer isn’t going to take you seriously. You need to make a good impression and show them that you are able to take care of yourself.

An interview is a very formal moment and the first impressions count. Make sure you are wearing an outfit that suits the environment you will be working in. If you’re going to work in a professional office, don’t turn up in your favourite Friday night dress or your comfortable jeans and tee. Choose something that is smart and well fitted that blends in with the people who surround you. If you’re going to be working with children, add a pop of colour in with a soft muted blazer or cardigan. If you’re going to be working in the fashion industry, add some of the latest trends into your outfit while keeping it smart. It’s all about dressing for the environment in a professional way. If you’re unsure about the right attire to wear, doing some research on the company might help to give you some ideas.

APPEARANCE TIPS:

  • Shower, brush teeth, wear deodorant and clean clothes. It’s important to not smell unpleasant. If you’re a smoker, try to avoid smoking until you’ve finished your interview
  • Make sure your hair is clean, neatly brushed and not covering your face
  • Men and women, find a good skincare routine that makes the best of your skin. Moisturising, cleansing and exfoliating makes a big difference
  • Make sure that your nails are cleaned and filed. A clear nail polish is great for giving a simple and attractive finish
  • If you’re wearing makeup, try to keep it looking as natural as possible (unless the job position requires a more dramatic look)
  • If you’re wearing a fragrance, make sure the scent is very delicate and light.

OUTFIT TIPS:

  • Always dress smartly for the environment you will be working in. Your outfit doesn’t have to be dull and dark. It’s fine to add in some colour and accessories, as long as it isn’t too dramatic and you look presentable
  • Always make sure your clothes are clean and leave them in a safe place until the day of your interview
  • Take the time to iron your clothes and remove creases
  • Make sure your shoes are clean and polished and keep heels at a sensible height
  • When choosing your outfit, make sure you feel comfortable when wearing it so you don’t have the added stress of worrying about how you look
  • Buy clothes that fit you well.

ideaGENERAL JOB INTERVIEW TIPS:

  • Make sure you know how to get to the location of your interview
  • Do plenty of research on the company you will potentially be working with
  • Arrive 10 minutes before the time of your interview
  • Greet your interviewers with a smile and firm handshake
  • Be polite and remain professional
  • Don’t forget to bring copies of your CV
  • Avoid answering questions with a simple yes or no, elaborate and ask your own questions to show you’re interested but try not to ramble on too much
  • Be enthusiastic

I really hope you’ve found this post useful. I know a lot of my readers are teenagers, and I’ve even had conversations with some of you guys through emails where we’ve talked about leaving school and feeling nervous and unsure about what you’re going to do next. I know so many of you will find the http://www.citycalling.com/ website very useful, so please make sure you join up and take a look!