Chill Time Essentials // Unplugging

Friday, 10 June 2016
Hey everyone, since the summer's kicked off and I've had a little free time to relax, I thought I'd list and share the simple things I need/do when I'm kicking back and chilling out.
(Note: It's Ramadan atm, so obviously I'm no longer enjoying some of these things right now. If you're fasting I hope they're going well for you.)

1. Comfy Threads.
For me when I'm chilling, I'm all about being comfortable, so something cosy is what I throw on.

2. Tea.
Tea is more than a drink for me, it's basically my life. I love regular tea the most but I also really like herbal teas. If you really want to relax it's better to avoid something with caffeine and try a herbal tea instead. I haven't yet tried a Pukka tea I didn't like, their teas are always lovely and beautifully packaged too.

3. The Perfect Playlist.
Music instantly changes your mood, I go to Spotify to or Soundcloud to find different playlists.

4. TV/Netflix/YouTube.
 I dunno about you, but when I have time to myself I love to catch up on my favourite shows, shows, so Netflix is going to enter the equation.

5. A Good Book.
Sometimes I feel like I'm always way too switched on, checking social media, thinking of post ideas, reading my favourite blogs, etc. Sometimes it all just winds me up and stresses me out. Being unable to really focus on any one thing for too long and constantly switching between a bunch of different tabs can lead to overwhelm. Unplugging for a while is the best (but very difficult) thing to do. Finding a cosy corner to curl up in with a book can be an amazing way to chill out. I really want to get back into reading more again now it's summer.

6. A Scented Candle.
I think a great smelling candle can give you an instant mood boost.

7. Pilates/Stretching.
I'm not a yogi by any means, I just follow different YouTube videos. When I motivate myself to actually roll my mat out and use it, it's great. Trying out some basic simple poses can make me feel super relaxed.

So as you guys can tell, I'm bad to the bone :p.

What are some of your downtime essentials?

Links I Love #3 | Blogging Tips

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Blogging Creatively
I only recently discovered Michelle's blog Daisybutter, and I'm kinda in love with it. This post is a great reminder that your blog doesn't have to be a certain way to be "right". In this post she gently reminds you that you don't have to follow the crowd, if you're being yourself, you'll create a blog that's the "imperfectly perfect you".

50 Awesome Blogging Resources
This is a goldmine of blogging tips and tools. There's an app or website to help with every blogging related thing listed. Design tools, stock photo sources, writing, productivity and idea creation tools, this is definitely one to bookmark.

5 Photography Tutorials Perfect For Bloggers
I love finding useful resources to learn more, this is great post for anyone who wants to up their blog photography game.

Advice on Starting a YouTube Channel & Blog | Q&A
I've recently dipped my toe into creating content for YouTube, and this video is full of tips & inspiration. I love Lavendaire's whole vibe though, I recommend subscribing to her channel if you're into content that's all about inspiring positivity and wellbeing.

How To Brainstorm New Post Ideas
Feeling a little bit stuck for post ideas? This post full of great tips on how to get the ideas flowing.

Hope you found these helpful.
Until next time,
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May Favourites //

Friday, 3 June 2016

Hey guys, I'm sharing my May favourites with you today. I'm just sort of getting into the video making thing. I hope you enjoy it, let me know what you think and subscribe to my channel to see more of my videos!

Until next time,

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Why You Should Choose A Natural Skincare Routine This Summer

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Guest Post | Contributor: Zara Lewis 

Do you know anyone who doesn’t want to have clear and healthy skin? This is especially prominent in the summer when we show off so much of our skin: legs, arms, bellies, backs… Sadly, because of the heat of the sun and high temperatures we sweat a lot and this can cause acne breakouts, among other things. To avoid acne, oily skin, blemishes, and clogged pores, try switching to natural skin care routine, because its benefits are incredible.

Use Hydrating Masks
Hydrating masks are recommended at least twice a week. You will use cleansers daily and exfoliate as well, but all that sweating will leave your skin drier than in other seasons. Mix a third of a cup of oatmeal with half a cup of water, a tablespoon of honey, and two tablespoons of coconut oil. The mixture is incredibly soothing and revitalizing, and your skin will be grateful for the relief. What is more, it can help with eczema and acne breakouts. Those who have dry skin can use avocado and olive oil to restore some of that glow they have lost during the day. Apply a nice mask in the evening and the results will be visible in the morning.

Make Body Scrub In Your Kitchen
Getting rid of the dead skin is important because it will mean that layers which were below all the dead cells can finally soak in nutrients. What is important to remember is to add some oils (olive, coconut, or some other) to the mix because otherwise your skin will stay dry after you have scrubbed it. Use sugar, brown or white, oatmeal, coffee, flour, and fresh strawberries – these will leave your skin wonderfully smooth and soft. Honey, avocado, egg whites, and yoghurt are also beneficial because they will not only moisturize but also lock the moisture in the skin.

Avoid Drying Up Your Skin Further
If you have serious problems with acne breakouts, summer heat will probably make it worse. With all the sweat and sunscreen it will be practically impossible to avoid new breakouts while old ones are barely healed. To get some relief and prevent this from happening, choose gentle cleansers which will not strip your skin of its essential oils (if you dry up your skin your body will produce more oil than before to help it regenerate). Acne treatment products should decongest skin and soothe it so that the redness and inflammation reduce to minimum. Only then can you think about treating acne with a bit more aggressive products.

Detox Your System
Last but not least, it’s important to detox so all the chemicals you have been using for a very long time can get out of your system. The detox process is slow and natural, but you can speed it up a notch by taking in more liquid: water, fresh juices and different kinds of tea. Note that detox is not easy, and there is a great chance you will get skin blemishes and pimples while it lasts, but that is simply your body getting rid of all toxins, and once it finishes all that will be left is clear and glowing skin.

You will be surprised how well your body will react to all natural, chemical-free routine. It might take a while for all the chemicals you have been using before to leave your system, but if you stay persistent and stick to your decisions, little by little you will notice improvements, and in no time you will not have skin problems at all.
If you suffer from acne, find out about the 92 sneaky causes of acne you never hear about.
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