Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Taking Care Of Your Teeth After Braces

Taking Care Of Your Teeth After Braces

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For 2 long years of my life, while I was a teenager, I had braces. 

Back when you're 14, the idea of braces makes your skin crawl, especially if like me, you also had glasses. Let me just say- 'geek chic' does not apply to this combination. 

I soon warmed to my braces and I definitely don't regret having them as they sorted out the gap between my teeth beautifully. 

Also, I think braces are more accepted nowadays, with more adults getting braces and retainers as well as kids and teenagers. 

The want for straighter teeth seems to outway the 'brace-face' stereotype. 

After people get their braces taken off, however, is a different story. I know of a number of my friends who ended up having to get braces put back on a few years down the line as they didn't look after their teeth, and they told me how much they regretted that. 

I, on the other hand, was a teeth goody-two-shoes, making sure I took the best care of my teeth so as not to go through the hell of getting braces put on (and taken off) again!

You may think some of the tips below are obvious ones, but I can't tell you the number of times I've forgotten to do some of these things or put off doing them for months! So if it's a little kick up the butt when it comes to keeping those teeth looking exactly like how they looked when you had your braces off, then take a look below. 

Monday, 4 March 2019

How To Plan A Trip To Thailand

Koh Tao
Koh Tao

Thailand is a great introductory country into South East Asia as it's geared itself more to western visitors while still holding the charm of Asia. You'll probably have heard a fair few people (maybe even people you know) heading to Thailand for weeks strolling on beaches, hitting full moon parties and wearing elephant pants constantly but I promise you it's so much more than this. 

Think peaceful temples, bustling city streets filled with colour and amazing food smells, sanctuaries for rescued elephants, tiny bookshops, drinking Chang's while playing cards by the beach, snorkelling with triggerfish and sharks, dodging monkeys on the streets and climbing through caves for the best views of the coastline. 

If you've already found you've fallen for what Thailand has to offer and have booked your tickets out there, then the next step is to start to plan your trip in more detail. 

Even if you're only just starting to think about heading to this beautiful country, hopefully, this guide will give you some idea of what to expect when planning your trip. 

If you're planning on visiting Thailand while backpacking through SEA, then I've already put together a guide to planning a backpacking trip here which covers all the basics and goes into a bit more detail on certain aspects, so feel free to take a look at that post for some more in-depth info about that. 

But if you're just planning on hitting Thailand this time, then keep on reading...

Monday, 25 February 2019

Finding My Work-Life Balance

Finding My Work-Life Balance

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The elusive work-life balance. 

That magical harmony created between your working life and actual life that stops you stressing and becoming overloaded. 

I don't think I've ever met anyone who has been able to completely and utterly achieve this: some may have found it for a while and then lost it again, and some find it hard to achieve it at all. 

I think the problem with society today is that we're all trying to achieve this perfect work-life balance that stays forever once we have it without doing much work to maintain it. 

If we go around with this idea of perfection in our heads, like with many things, there will be an even greater fall when you realise it'll never be what you're imagining in your head. 

I cannot tell the number of times I've vowed to stick to it like my life depended on it, only to fail it and return to level 1. 

However, one day I decided to stop focussing on this idea of perfection, and come up with my own work-life balance that worked for me, stopped me going insane and didn't matter too much if I fell off the bandwagon. 

Monday, 11 February 2019

Best Valentine's Day Gifts For The Beauty Lover

Best Valentine's Day Gifts For The Beauty Lover

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With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I'm sure they'll be a few people scrambling around to find something for their loved one. 

But when I was planning this Valentine's Day gift guide, I didn't want to go down the conventional route of lot's of romantic gifts because, to be honest, Valentine's Day isn't very conventional any more. 

You have people who don't even notice it at all, and unlike some of the bigger holidays, the 14th February passes by just like another day. 

So this year, I wanted to focus on not just gift's for the beauty-loving lady (or man) in your life, but also for your friends to celebrate Galentine's Day or even an excuse to treat yourself for saying 'well done' for getting through January! 

All of these gifts have very kindly been gifted to me for this post by brands and PR's (which I'm always grateful for) before being roadtested by me to see what's really worth spending your money on this Valentine's Day. Here are my picks...

Friday, 8 February 2019

What's In My Travel Beauty Bag

What's In My Travel Beauty Bag

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When I went to Berlin a couple of months ago, it was the first time I had travelled with just a carry-on bag. 

Some may squirm at the idea of being limited to just one small bag, but I decided to relish the challenge. Let me tell you though: it was definitely harder than I thought it was going to be.

Luckily for me being a blogger and all, I end up with a lot of sample size products that are under 100ml that I keep aside for travel. 

The main thing that I struggled with was fitting all my liquids into just one clear bag. Some of you may have had the same problem in the past, where you come to realise how many things you want to bring count as liquids, even if they are gels and balms...

It may have taken me up into the hour before I was due to leave, but I finally managed to whittle all my beauty products into that one clear pouch that I would need for the next week.

So, what made the cut? 

Friday, 1 February 2019

Backpacking As A Couple - The Survival Guide

Backpacking As A Couple - The Survival Guide

If you're in a long-term relationship, then you may have already been (or are planning on going) on holiday together. 

With your average holidays being between 1-2 weeks, the likelihood of the two of you falling out a lot is pretty slim, due to you being in each other's pockets for only a small amount of time. 

But what is it like to be in each other's pockets for months? Or even longer? That is the question that you'll end up asking yourself if you plan on backpacking together. 

As wonderful as long-term travel is when you are doing it with your other half, things can sometimes get tense, even to the point of make or break

You'll have probably heard that term a million and one times already, but it honestly couldn't be nearer to the truth. 

Think about this: you're going to be spending every day together, for however many months you plan on backpacking, making decisions that affect the two of you while trying to keep safe and feed yourselves. All of those things can mount up until things get tense, and that is only natural. 

However, there are some things that you can do to ensure that you come back from your trip still as a couple rather than as singletons, and these are the tips that helped me when I went backpacking for 5 months with my boyfriend in 2017. 

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

6 Books I Want To Read This Spring

6 Books I Want To Read This Spring

After finally clambering back onto the reading wagon after so long away, I'm throwing myself completely into books with a new found love. 

As you may have read in my reflecting on 2018 post, I've already been keeping on top of my reading goal this year, and I've now moved on to my fourth out of the 15 I want to read. 

To keep track of my reading goal I've started up a Goodreads account, and I have no idea why it took me so long to sign up because now I'm fully addicted to it. 

It's been really helpful to find new books I want to read as sometimes I can look at my book collection and get a bit overwhelmed, so by adding them to my TBR (to be read) list I'm able to have them in some sort of order to read them. 

This was something that I never used to do, but I can now say I've planned what books I want to read over the next few months. Please feel free to be shocked at my organisation, it's scaring me a bit too...

There will be some more reviews popping up on here soon once I've read a few of these, but here are the books that are sitting on my shelf waiting for me to read through the end of this winter into spring. 

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Best Lipsticks For Winter

Best Lipsticks For Winter

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It's been a little while since I've talked properly about beauty here, so I thought it high time to bring it back with a bang for 2019. 

Last year was a year for discovery when it came to beauty, as I soon realised that my skin doesn't like particular chemicals anymore, meaning I have to be really aware of what I'm putting on my skin in case it flares up. 

Even my lips, it seems, want in on the action and I have since had to stop using my beloved Vaseline because that seemed to be what was flaring me up. 

Hopefully, this now means I can get back onto my lipstick game more now they've settled down and I've found myself reaching for this lot in particular. 

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Reflecting on 2018

Reflecting on 2018

I know for a fact before I start writing this that 2018 definitely wasn't as great as 2017. 

Now, don't get me wrong, I've had a great year, but I don't think that anything can top backpacking around New Zealand and SEA somehow

But you know what? I'm okay with that. 

I think the problem that everyone seems to be realising at the moment is that we need to try and make the next year bigger and better than the last, but what's wrong with focussing on the little achievements and moments that made us happy?

So here's what 2018 had in store for me.

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