Friday, 13 November 2015

Essentials For A Happy Workspace

Whether you're a student, you have a job or you do both, everyone needs a workspace that brings out the best in them. It needs to be comfortable, functional and feel like it's your own. Regardless of whether you work at home or in an office here are a few things you can include in your workspace to make for a happier and more productive day!

Decor - This is a big one. Surround yourself with things that you find inspirational and exciting to help keep you motivated. Inspirational quotes and your favourite flowers make for great office additions. I personally like to decorate with magazines and books (There are quite a few stacks around my office!) because that's where I find most of my inspiration comes from.

Sound - I cannot for the life of me work in dead silence and when I am home alone it can be very hard to concentrate without any noise. I am guilty of playing YouTube vids while I work but a good motivational playlist is much better. Some people like classical or relaxing music which is often recommended for study in particular but if you are like me and need something upbeat to keep you going then go for it.

Light - Natural light does wonders for keeping me feeling fresh and awake. On gloomy days like today I always feel a little less willing to stay at my desk and a little more tempted to plonk myself on the couch. A great window can do wonders for a workspace but you may need the help of a pretty lamp.

Scent - Candles help add a feel of luxury and relaxation to any space so I always have one around but sometimes they can be a little strong or unsuitable for a shared workspace so a room spray you can spritz around your personal space can help pep you up!

Fuel - Having water and healthy snacks readily available (and actually consuming them) will avoid slumps in energy and motivation throughout the day and possibly even stop you from searching for that chocolate bar or sugary drink once 3:30pm rolls around.

Tools - Make sure you have everything you are going to need at hand so save time throughout the week. Pens, pencils, scissors, post it notes - whatever you need to keep everything running. Top up supplies regularly to avoid frustration in the middle of a task.

Storage - Having a place for everything will keep you feeling organised even when things get chaotic. Even small pesky things like extra paper clips or tasks you are currently working on can be an annoyance when you are trying to get things done!

What helps improve your workspace?

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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

2X Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove

The Sigma Brush Cleaning Glove has been on my wish list for some time, but I didn't realise how much I needed (wanted) it until I got it. Brush cleaning used to leave my hands feeling sore and dry which was just another reason to add to the long list of reasons to avoid brush washing. When I use this glove though, my hands don't even get wet and my brushes get a proper clean!

I was a little hesitant because the glove is a little costly but since I will be using it so often and it is quite sturdy I am considering it a worthy investment. This glove has two sides, one for cleaning face brushes and one for eye brushes. Each side has different textures that are best suited to deeply clean the brushes they were designed for.

The face side is perfect for getting right into denser and larger brushes, while the eye side has smaller markings to effectively clean smaller fluffier brushes. The thumbs that are made so the gloves can be worn on both hands do a great job of squeezing out excess water and reshaping the brushes ready to be laid flat to dry.

This is my first experience with the Sigma brand so if you have any recommendations for brushes or even the makeup I'd be curious to know!

Monday, 9 November 2015

Currently Consuming #5

It's time for another Currently Consuming post! Here's what I've been loving lately:

I've been all about bagels lately. I don't know how something so simple can be so delicious. Fave combinations include a plain bagel with Nutella and strawberries OR a blueberry bagel with a bit of butter (super unhealthy but ya know, gotta treat yourself!)
I'm back onto the cinnamon tea at the moment. It's so relaxing and a naturally sweet tea. The ingredients are a combination of some of my other favourite teas - fennel and liquorice - they go so well with cinnamon and some citrus. Sounds like a strange mix but definitely worth a try!
I got Netflix about a month ago so now I basically never want to leave the house now. I've been loving Orange Is The New Black, Suits, and Brooklyn 99.
Am I the only one that's ready for Christmas movies already? I may or may not have already watched Elf once or twice...
I haven't come across any new podcasts recently so if you have a favourite leave me a comment and I'll check it out!
I ordered French Women Don't Get Fat because I was curious about a book that had had such long term popularity and it's definitely and interesting read! It has a lot of concepts that make sense when it comes to our attitudes towards food.
Lion In The Wild is my blog obsession of the moment. Kiara creates a mix of fashion, beauty and lifestyle content. Her blog layout is nice and clean and she always posts beautiful bright pictures.

Leave me a comment and let me know something you've been loving to read/watch/listen to!

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Night Time Skin Care Routine

I've changed up my skin care routine quite a bit recently because my skin care concerns have changed. I've removed products that are more suited to younger, acne prone oily skin and included hydrating gentle products that also target the first signs of ageing skin. Here's what I'm currently using at night time:

Bioderma Crealine H2O - Bioderma is my ultimate makeup remover. The main thing for me is that it doesn't affect my crazy sensitive eyes. I've tried a couple of other micellar waters but I don't find that they get my makeup off quite as well as Bioderma does. Also this is the only one I've come across that is completely unscented.

Rosehip Plus Organic Daily Cream Cleanser - This cleanser feels great on the skin, it's soft and creamy so it leaves your face feeling clean and moisturised. I've used it a few times to remove my makeup and doubles up very well as a makeup remover/cleanser but I find that I prefer to use Bioderma first to make sure I'm getting every last trace.

ModelCo Exfoliating Cream Facial Scrub - On nights I exfoliate the ModelCo cream scrub is the one I've been reaching for at the moment. The cream base combined with walnut husks leaves the skin feeling so soft. It's not too packed with the walnut husks so it is a gentle exfoliant but it still does a great job at refreshing the face and removing dead skin cells.

Simple Kind To Skin Soothing Facial Toner - Still loving this one. I've written about it here and here. If you haven't tried it yet I highly recommend it, especially for the great price tag too.

Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum - This serum has been helping add a little plumpness back into my skin. Lately I've noticed that my skin is changing and I should be thinking about using products that help keep those first signs of ageing at bay so this is my current go to to help with fine lines and dullness.

Rosehip Plus Nourishing Night Cream - I used to mix in rose hip oil with my night cream so this helps me skip a step! If my skin is feeling extra dry or like it needs a boost I still add a drop or two to this cream to make it super nourishing. Like the rest of the Rosehip Plus line it has a gorgeous light floral scent and is a quickly absorbing cream. Plus it's 95% organic which is a nice bonus!

Sisley Eye and Lip Contour Complex - I've put a Sisley product in charge of battling the fine lines that are starting to appear around my eyes because, let's face it, Sisley is amazing. I'll keep you posted on how much of a difference this makes because Ive only just recently started to use it regularly.

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