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Easy DIY: Nail Oil

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Hi guys!

My previous blog was full of a lot of nail posts. A lot of people requested I did something nail-care related, so I thought I’d share my very simple DIY nail oil with you which is also great on face and body too! It’s fast absorbing, results are visible after a very short period of usage and it doesn’t leave you feeling greasy! On top of that, it’s crazy easy, so anyone can whip it up; and you only need three things. It also makes a great gift.

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The things you will need are:

  • Jojoba Oil (Cold pressed is best!)
  • Vitamin E oil (or gel, as long as it’s pure)
  • Empty amber glass pipette bottle
  • Essential Oil fragrance eg Lavender Oil (Optional)

You don’t have to use amber bottles, but they help provide UV protection for the contents, so they will help avoid any deterioration. Blue bottles also work too. Generally, it’s better to just keep anything with essential oils in a dark glass bottle.

First of all, remove the lid from your empty amber glass bottle and put it to one side. It should be pretty obvious, but this is where your nail oil will be going.

Next, add the vitamin E oil/gel. Gel will help the oil have a thicker consistency, but it’s not as easy to obtain – nor as cheap (in my experience) so here we’re just using oil. You need to fill the bottle up 1/5th to 1/4 with the vitamin E oil. If your hands are particularly ragged, go for the quarter.

Next, fill up the bottle to half way with the Jojoba oil. Replace the lid and roll the bottle and invert it a few times (as opposed to shaking it) so the oils combine. Remove the lid and fill up almost the rest of the way – you need to make sure there is enough room for the pipette and your fragrance oil if you choose to add any; personally, I don’t bother.

Optional Step: Add a couple of drops of your fragrance essential oil if you choose too. Lavender also has anti-bacterial properties. You can even add a good amount of tea tree oil if you want the nail oil for your toenails or acne prone skin. Again, this is optional.

Lastly, put the lid on your bottle, hopefully you’ve not over-filled it! Roll it around to help combine the oils.

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That’s it! Easy peasy. I didn’t even really need to give that much instruction, but I wanted to make sure it was clear. You can use this oil as often as you like. It’s super nourishing and softening.

If you have any hang nails, gently clip them off as closely as you can – don’t rip them off, you’ll damage your skin! Massage in oil as liberally as you like, especially in to the nail bed and cuticles and it should help stave off any future hang nails. I also use this stuff on my face to fight the punishing cold wind as part of my skin care routine (apply prior to moisturising). I put a small amount on my nails and rub it right in to the base of my nails, soaking the cuticles and after, I rub the excess in to my hands. They’re so soft – I haven’t had a hang nail or any nail splitting or peeling in weeks.

I hope this is useful to you! Feel free to share it with anyone whose hands could use some TLC. You could even make some nice labels and whip some up for a gift this festive season!

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Rose and Thistle Wax Patisserie

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen me mention Rose and Thistle before; if not, I’m about to introduce you to one of my favourite, sense engaging pleasures.

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The Rose and Thistle Wax Patisserie is an independent brand, based in Essex, they ship worldwide. Selling hand poured, soy wax melts and candles; they have perfume dupes, Lush dupes and a load of original, beautiful scents. Not only do the products smell amazing, but they’re also super pretty! Tammie originally started he business called “Up In A Bow“, but around a year ago, she started a second business, “The Rose and Thistle Wax Patisserie“. The name is one of the things that made me choose her store out of all of the wax vendors from Etsy, so I asked her how she came up with the name. She tells me that the names come from her children; Rose being her daughters middle name and Perth being the middle name of her son, named after Perthshire in Scotland where her and her husband first went away. The national symbol for Scotland is the Thistle and so Rose and Thistle was born! How cool is that?!

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I first found the shop on Etsy when looking for a Lush Fizzbanger/Love dupe after Cleaves Candles changed the way they sell. I ordered a few Lush dupes and some other scents and really loved what I found. I’d ordered from a couple of other vendors prior to finding this one, but the products were.. pants, to put it politely. All the items I had ordered were mini melts that came in stripey paper bags like sweeties. Cute, I thought, though I prefer plastic cello bags – however, the mini melts in those paper baggies were lovely.

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Since that time, I’ve been a loyal customer and I’ve watched the store come in leaps and bounds as Tammie (the stores owner) has been coming out with new scents, new formats for her product, new designs for them and really listening to us customers. If you’ve got a request, she’s happy to do her best to fulfil it. Wholesale orders, wedding favours, custom scented candles, mini melts, she’ll always try to get you sorted.

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The fragrances are generally pretty strong, dupes are accurate, they have a good scent throw, an average burn time at a very fair price. Currently, she sells mini melts, snap bars, brittles, 1oz/2oz shot pots, cute shaped wax melts and candles. She sometimes sells some other unique shapes not shown in her store exclusive to Facebook market nights which she posts details about on her companies’ Facebook Page. My favourites are Birthday Bonanza and Cherry Bakewell, but I basically adore all of her foodie scents.

I’m gonna shut the heck up now because there is only so much one person can say about wax, but I love their melts so much, so I wanted to tell you guys about them! If you order, I’d love to hear what you think and see your haul pictures. Just something so satisfying about seeing pots of wax… Maybe I’m strange. Scratch that, I’m definitely strange!

Art Supplies · Art/Crafts · DIY/Tutorials · Uncategorized

DIY: Washi Duck Tape tabs

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I’m awful at the whole regular blogging thing. Sorry not sorry. I promised myself I wouldn’t force anything when it came to my new blog, that includes imposing a schedule on myself. I’ve got plenty to write about, lots more to post, but I’m only going to do it when I feel up to it. In the meantime, I have lots of notes and thoughts and stuff that I keep in a notebook. It’s really helpful to be able to mark or tab things to help organise my thoughts, and while I use a notebook with two ribbon markers and have an index, it’s not quite enough for me. So what do I do? Washi tape tabs!

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This stuff is really simple guys, and I absolutely love it. Anyone who follows me on twitter will likely know that I am addicted to duck tape. No, really. This is basically me. (not to scale, both horizontally and vertically.)

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Well, a while back, I saw Hobbycraft started stocking duck brand washi tape, so I had to get some. Washi tape is endlessly useful, especially if you like to be organised, but today, I’m gonna share a few ways I use the stuff in my notebook to help sort of “file” my ideas. I used to hate the idea of working on several things in one notebook and fear the blank page, but thanks to numbered pages, an index and washi page tabs, it’s no longer an issue for me.. mostly.

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First, I’ll start with the easiest to move/remove. Paperclips! Paperclips are great to not only hold you pages together, but make little flag markers too. Simply put a small piece of washi tape through the clip, fold it over and trim the end in to whatever shape your heart desires. Personally, I cut mine to look kinda like ribbons. So useful!

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Next are tabs for your actual notebook. Like I said before; these are all super easy! Just cut a piece of washi tape and attach it to your page, fold it over either just on itself or to the back side of the page. Personally, I choose to do it to the back side of the page, it feels sturdier when flipping to it.

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Lastly, two types of page edging! This is great if you want to mark pages or sections, but don’t want anything sticking out of your notebook. Simply put a length of washi tape along the page and fold it over. Or, as shown above, you can do a smaller length piece.

All of these are nice and easy, simple and effective. What I love is that they’re also really easy to remove and replace or whatever you need to do. You can also write on them, use the tape to cover mistakes, wrap cords, tag stuff, wrap boring stationery and so much more.

I hope some of you may find this helpful! Do you already use Washi tape? What do you use it for? I’d love to hear your uses for it!

 

*Some of the Duck Tape Washi Tapes featured in this post were gifted to me from the brand*

disability · Health · Life · Reading · Uncategorized

Why Kindle is superior to the Paperback

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Ooo, that’s right, I said it, I went there! Kindle > Paperbacks.

For many moons, or well, just the one moon, technically, but, it’s been a while; people have argued that paperbacks are, and will always be superior when compared to the sinful e-book. Okay, so I’ll admit, I hands down prefer having a physical form of book, the delight of a paperback in my hands, over my e-reader. There’s the weight, the feel of the pages, the sound when you turn them, that book smell and just… there’s a beauty to it, I’m sure you know what I mean. However, my Kindle is far superior – for some reasons, you may not have even considered.

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There are some obvious perks to an e-reader. They save space, they allow you to take an entire library while traveling while occupying only a sliver of the space, e-books are often cheaper, have 99p/introductory offers or some are even free. There are also some less obvious perks. After discussing this with numerous friends, they admitted they’d not really thought about them.

One word. Accessibility. Yeah, paperbacks are great. When was the last time you saw a large print version of a new release by your favourite author? That’s right. Large print books are often more expensive and have far less variety and availability compared to a standard print edition. An e-reader eliminates this worry because not only can a kindle books font size be increased, but the font can be changed to one of a variety that a visually impaired person may find easier to view and at no further cost to them.

Speaking of fonts; what about Dyslexia? Some dyslexic people find it very difficult to try and read a book. An e-reader helps in many ways. As well as being able to adjust the font size, margins and line spacing can be adjusted to change the format of a page which someone with dyslexia, cognitive dysfunction, a learning disability or other impairment may find incredibly beneficial. As well as this, I can’t speak for other e-readers, but the newer versions of Kindle have a font available called OpenDyslexic. This is a special font that adds weight to the bottom of lettering in an attempt to help ease some of the difficulties someone with dyslexia may experience while trying to read.

All these options make reading more accessible to those who may not ordinarily be able to read, or experience great difficulty in doing so. I adore reading, there is nothing like diving in to a book and immersing yourself in an entirely different world, but when your brain isn’t keeping up, it can be really difficult. Okay, so it’s not traditional and it doesn’t have the same charm as a paperback, but what’s the point in all that charm if you can’t enjoy it?

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So, reconsider an e-reader. Users of e-readers may love books just as much as you do, maybe even more so. If you love books that much, surely you want as many people as possible to enjoy the books you love. If an e-reader helps them do that, then surely that’s a wonderful thing?

What do you think? Do you use an e-reader? Physical books only? Have I changed how you perceive e-readers? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Life · Uncategorized

Facts and Favourites tag

Oh shush, auto-correct thingy. I’m British. Favourites has a “U” in it.
Ahem. I mean, hi! The beautiful Cait tagged me on twitter to do this tag, I thought, why not. I have plenty of things planned over here, but I’m currently having some laptop issues – sadface! So, if this post is a bit janky, that’s why. I tag… anyone who wants to do this.

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What is your middle name?
I actually have two middle names, but I’m not gonna share those here :3

What is your Favourite drink?
I’m not sure I have one, if I’m honest! I’m quite partial to a hibiscus peach iced tea from starbucks. I love a strawberry and creamy cooler from Costa too – but I’m lactose intolerant so I strike that for the obvious reasons.

What is your favourite song at the moment?
Nero – In to the Night. Kinda, I love basically the entire Between II Worlds album. I’m not really sure if it’s my favourite as such right now, but it’s one I’ve been listening to a fair bit.

What would you (or have you) name your children?
Claudia, Olivia, Finn.. some others, maybe. I used to think about this sort of thing a lot, but not in more recent years.

Have you participated in any sport?
Loads, in my youth! Netball, Hockey, Football, Trampolining, Badminton, Rounders, Karate, Judo.. I’m probably forgetting some.

What is your favourite book?
I don’t think I have one. I have loads of favourites, I’m a book worm and if you’re interested in what I’m reading, or wanna keep track of your own books, I’m over here at Goodreads.

What is your favourite colour?
A more turquoise shade of blue.

What is your favourite animal?
Hrnnng, hard. Cats. Probably. But I also adore bears, sloths, bunnies (whom I deem all to be named “flopsy”), cows and hedgehogs.

What is your favourite perfume?
Flash by Jimmy Choo, that’s my “signature scent”. People always say I smell nice. Yay.

Where is your favourite place to holiday?
I don’t go on holidays very often. I recently went away for the first time in 8 years. Prior to that, the only regular holiday I am old enough to remember going on is to Ibiza in my teens and tweens. So, I’ve yet to find a favourite I suppose?

On a scale from 1 – 10, rate your childhood.
Probably like a 8. Ask me that question a decade ago and the number would probably be a lot lower. It’ll probably go up a bit as I’m older.

Do you speak any different languages?
I learned French in school, but I can’t remember anything. I did speak very basic, introductory/conversational Swedish, Korean and Mandarin at one point, but that fell out of my brain. I know a small amount of Spanish and I have decent comprehension of Japanese.

Do you have any siblings?
I do! I have a brother who is 5 years my senior. When it’s my birthday in October, that becomes 4 years until his in December.

What is your favourite clothes shop?
New Look, probably. I buy most of my clothes at ASDA if I’m honest.

What are some of your favourite TV shows?
Currently, my favourite TV show is Orphan Black – sad it’s ending soon! A couple of classic favourite of mine are Fringe, House and 30 Rock.

PC or Mac?
PC, for sure. I’ve used a macbook before, in fact, I own a 2006 macbook and it had some perks, but nothing that outweighed my windows laptop.

What phone do you have?
I have a Motorola G3.

How tall are you?
I’m around 5’5″

Do you have any pets?
I have a beautiful white and tortie cat! Her name is Mitzeee and I adore her endlessly. There are also two cats at my parents’ house, Gemma and Bisto. Also white and tortie, Bisto is the less saturated kind and largely white, I forget what they call that. Generally white and tortie cats are female because it’s a specific genetic trait. When male cats are tortie and white, they have a less saturated tortie colour. Gemma is really small and long furred, so I like to call her Basil (Brush). I’m young enough to consider the family cats “mine” as well, right?

 

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Beauty · make-up · Uncategorized

Free Make-up brushes (Offer over)

Do you want some FREE make-up brushes? If you have Amazon Prime, you can get yourself this pretty set of ten, instagrammable brushes for absolutely free, delivered next day! I was searching to see if Amazon had the new Real Techniques brushes but instead, stumbled upon these!

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What’s the catch? There isn’t one. Unless you count Prime as a catch. If you don’t have Prime, you can still get them free, you just pay for postage, but that’s basically the cost of the brushes – unless you do the minimum spend of £20 for free delivery.

Anyhow, here’s how you get your free brushes!
Go to the amazon page for the Free Make-up Brushes.
See the promotion on the page that is shown in the screenshot below? Click it and hit “Redeem”. The brushes are the same cost as the discount, making them cost £0.00!

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Add the brushes to your cart.
In the cart, the price will not show the discount, but it does at checkout!
Before confirming, check, it should say discounts applied -£4.99, then hit checkout.

I was going to add a screenshot, but this is limited to one per person, you only get the offer for one set of brushes. I already tried and made the purchase myself, so I can’t purchase any more.

All that’s left to do is to wait for your free brushes to arrive. Enjoy! Get ’em fast, I’ve no idea how long this will be available for, it could have been an error or may only be while stocks last. I’d appreciate it if you would share this if you found it useful!

Blogging · Life · Uncategorized

The Blogger Excuse

The Blogger Excuse. Do you know what I’m referring to? You do, don’t you? I think everyone with a niche topic blog is probably guilty of this at some point or another.

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So, what is “The Blogger Excuse”? The blogger excuse is using your blog as an excuse to indulge. Many of us have blogs on topics that we’re passionate and interested in. We can use the blog as an excuse to indulge ourselves and purchase something that we wouldn’t otherwise get if we were blogless – all in the name of content. It’s often a costless and actually fairly pointless activity but we justify it with “oh, but I can blog about it” when in actual fact, we could wait for other reviews which inevitably are written on new releases, wait for 3 for 2 deals and other offers for a product we don’t REALLY need.

So. You have a blog, you follow all of your favourite related brands and their PRs, follow them on twitter, facebook, instagram, pinterest, their own newsletters, the whole lot. You hear of a new product release and you can not wait to get your hands on it… to review on your blog. Not because you need another x/y/z product in your life, but because you fancy it and your blog is the perfect excuse. It’s okay, right? So, you spend a fortune on products that you probably don’t need but they’ve just come out and of course, you’re not alone in this, because as you upload your post, you realise… in come hundreds of posts on the exact same product to the bloggosphere.

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I ask you this. What makes your blog, your post unique? What makes it stand out above all of the other posts of identical nature and often, identical format. (Big, popular blogger does x with their blog, many follow suit because it’s what a successful person does/has?) What makes The Blogger Excuse actually worth it? IS it actually worth it? Or could you actually refrain, save money and create more unique content?

What do you think? Are you guilty of using the Blogger Excuse? I know I sure have been.