Monday, 12 March 2018

One word intention - 3 month update!

one word intention for the year

Back at the beginning of the year, I talked about setting a one word intention for the year ahead. This is something I did last year and it was a huge success. It gives me something to focus on, a touch stone to come back to when I’m starting to teeter off the wagon or in need of grounding. Last year, it was all about discovery, and this year, my chosen word was balance. 3 months down the line, here’s a little look at how I’m getting on. 

In two words; I’m struggling

Turns out finding and creating balance in your life isn’t an easy road. But let’s start with the positives. In a bid for more balance in my life I have so far;

  • Re-started my yoga practice. I’m doing it almost daily now but I’m not beating myself up over the days I miss.
  • I’m meditating. Minimum 10 minutes most days. I tried a 20 minute guided meditation but couldn’t stop myself from getting distracted. Still a lot of work to do there but I am loving how much clearer my mind feels afterwards. I’m bouncing between using the Headspace app and following guided meditation videos from The Honest Guys. 
  • I’m aiming for less screen time. I talked about my addiction to scrolling through social media a few weeks back and since then I have been really really trying to kick the habit. In some ways it’s been a win, I’ve been reading a hell of a lot more, but still find myself with phone in hand for no reason

Which takes us on to the less than positive;

  • Trying to take a step back is hard. I’ve always been of the mindset that if a day hasn’t had a million and one things ticked off a to-do list, then the day has been a waste and I am a terrible person. Letting go of that mindset it bloody difficult. I feel like there’s a fine line between resting and being lazy and at times, I feel like I’m just being lazy and using ‘finding balance’ as a pathetic excuse. Is that really the case? Honestly, I don’t know! 
  • Phases. Everything feels like a phase. Especially when it comes to blogging. I have times where I feel like I have nailed the blog-work-life balance, then fall behind schedule and stress about posts and blog-min. I really want to try working on scheduling my time better, but still leaving wiggle room in there so it doesn’t feel so regimented!

Honestly, last year went so much more smoothly than this. I even found myself questioning whether balance was the right intention for me this year. Then I realised I was giving up because it was hard, so clearly, it is something I need in my life. Not everything is going to be easy, but the harder we have to work for it sometimes, the more rewarding it is in the end. 

How are you getting on with your one word intention for the year?

Until next time, 

Title image:Tyler Milligan

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Nuxe Multipurpose Dry Oil and Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm

nuxe multipurpose dry oil review

Nuxe is one of those brands that I see and hear so much about, but for sometime, failed to get my hands on. When I was in Paris last year, Sephora had both the Nuxe dry oil and Nuxe ultra nourishing lip balm for too good to leave it behind prices, so home they finally came with me!

Nuxe Multipurpose Dry Oil

Price: £29
Pros: Smooth, hydrated skin. Visible improvement on scarring. Visible improvement on split ends.
Cons: Takes a while to get to work. 
Would I buy again? Yes
Score: 3/5

Dry oils are a bit of a no-mans lands for me. They either work miracles or they put my skin right back to square one. Since November, my skin has taken an absolute battering from the elements and I’m having dry patches and breakouts like I haven’t in years. Might sound superficial, but it honestly makes me feel sad. My skin is my confidence and when my skin looks like pants, I feel like pants. 

The Nuxe dry oil is a multi-purpose oil, and I’m all for products with more than one use and benefit - you want to see some bang for your buck! But an oil that can be used on your face and hair? Insert my befuddled face here. 

Enriched with nourishing Tsubaki oil (yeah, I had to Google it too), this oil is an antioxidant pumping  machine, that effectively acts as an armoured shield against pollution and other nasty external elements. Not only does it repair the skin from free radical damage, but it does it in such a luxurious way that you feel like an absolute Queen, oh hello confidence!

I’ve been using this on alternate nights (Tartes Maracuja Oil being my other facial oil) after cleansing. It’s so rich, I wouldn’t put anything else on my skin. It takes a good while to soak in, so I wouldn’t recommend putting it on right before bed, give it at least 20 - 30minutes if you can. 2 Sprays onto the palm of my hand then I warm it up and press into my face, neck, ears and d├ęcolletage. 

Nuxe Multipurpose Dry Oil

Don’t expect to see results over night, it took at least 2 weeks for me to start seeing a noticeable difference. I’m still working on some acne scarring issues on my chin from late last year but slowly they are beginning to fade. 

Remember how I said this was for your hair too? Every other week I will go through my hair after washing and drying and snip off any dead or split ends I can find. Once I’m satisfied (and boy is it satisfying!) I warm just one spray of the oil up on my finger tips and then run it through the ends of my hair. I’ve noticed a dramatic reduction in split ends and dare I say it? My hair feels stronger? It leaves a little tactile residue behind on the hair but nothing visible. 

Nuxe Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm

Cost: £10
Pros: Smells amazing, lips feel softer, dry skin repaired.
Cons: Consistency is waxy and uncomfortable on the lips.
Would I buy again? Yes
Score: 3/5

I had to re-write this review, which is why it should have been up weeks ago but is only just now making an appearance! See, in the beginning, I loved this lip balm, but after a few weeks, I started to hate it. Like really hate it. That waxy consistency on my lips was really starting to annoy me, it made my lips feel like they had a layer over the top and if I put it on before bed, I would wake up with this really grim film across my lips. Gross much. 

I stopped using it for about 2 weeks, during which time it got really cold. And my lips got really chapped. I tried every other balm in my arsenal but nothing seemed to be working - and there’s nothing worse than cracked, flakey lips, that turn every smile into a grimace. One morning the Nuxe lip balm just rolled it’s way to the front of my drawer and, well folks, desperate times call for desperate measures. So I popped on and hoped for the best.

Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm

And the best I got! Within days my lips finally looked like they belonged to a human and not the lizard people. They looked and felt so soft. The waxy consistency still bothers me but, it’s a bother I’m willing to put up with. I only use the lip balm twice a day and I don’t need to use anything else for the rest of the day. Once in the morning and once before bed and my lips just stay super hydrated! For whatever reason, I don’t get the gross film on my lips when wearing it overnight anymore either - strange but true!

Have you tried either of these products? Have you ever had a product you’ve hated in the past suddenly become a new favourite? 

Until next time, 

Monday, 5 March 2018

Offline habits and hobbies - March 2018

offline habits and hobbies

After talking about my addiction to scrolling through social media a few posts ago, I’ve been making a much more conscious effort to get away from the screen. That in itself caused me a bit of a problem, because if I’m not looking at a screen, what am I doing? 

Here’s my way of thinking, I have been online in some shape or form for years. Mostly writing, from the Livejournal days to back when I was rolling in Amazon vouchers thanks to DooYoo product reviews. I dabbled in forums, I churned out a few articles for Hubpages, and eventually found my way to blogging. Question is, what do bloggers do when they’re not blogging? When they’re not taking and editing pictures, creating content, going to events or pulling their hair out over DA scores and broken links? Outside of spending time with friends and family, it started to dawn on me that I had zero other hobbies outside of blogging. I had zero screen free hobbies *insert screams of horror here*. 

OK, that probably doesn’t sound too terrifying to some of you, but for me, it’s scarier than marionette puppets (and they are pee my pants level scary FYI). I feel like my eyes are constantly stuck to the screen, scrolling through Instagram for no reason or re-reading the same tweets from 5 minutes ago. 

So, with an already too long introduction under the belt of this post, let’s get to the actual point of it. I need offline habits and hobbies in my life. And maybe you do too. 

I’m going to take this on a month by month basis to see what offline habits and hobbies stick. 

Here’s the offline habits and hobbies I’ll be giving a go this month!

Spencerian script

When I was a kid I remember getting a calligraphy set for Christmas, with real fountain pens and fancy paper to practice on. I love it. I don’t remember being very good but I do remember losing running out of all the ink cartridges and never picking it up again. During a sick day YouTube auto play ON binge session, I ended up on a video about Bullet Journal handwriting practice - which then led me to Spencerian. Spencerian is a form of oh so fancy calligraphy script developed back in the 1800’s by Mr.Spencer. I picked up a set of 5 exercise books and a theory book for over a tenner on Amazon and so far, have really enjoyed working my way through them. I’m not exactly discovering an unknown talent, but I’m having fun practicing - and I’m not looking at any screens!


Yes, I have to pop a video on a screen to follow, but I am actively engaged throughout the video, so I’m counting this as an offline, almost screen-free hobby. Not only is this really helping me with my intention for the year - balance - but it’s giving me some much needed self care time on the mat. I’m toying with the idea of checking out some local classes too!


If you really want to switch off from the distraction of the screen, meditation is the way to go. I do follow guided meditations right now, but my eyes are closed and I’m not looking, or even thinking, about the screen. 10 minutes is about the max I can do before I start to fidget, but it’s a good start. Again, this is much needed time for personal self care. It’s ridiculous how much stress actually comes from all this time spent scrolling through social media. Whether your a blogger comparing the numbers or comparing your body to one that has potentially been edited to the impossible - it’s not good for you. End of. 


My longest relationship has been with books. But I’ve found myself really neglecting them of late. Sure, I’ll put the kettle on, I’ll get all snug and comfy, I’ll open up my current read - and my phone will be right next to me. I can see it light up out the corner of my eye, so I’ll pick it up. I finish a chapter - I have a quick 15 minute scroll through Instagram. I put it down, read a line, OH, it’s lighting up again - down goes the book, up comes the phone. It’s bloody ridiculous. I used to spend hours between the pages, the end of the world could not have torn my attention away once upon a time. That’s the level I want to get back to. So it’s head down, book open and phone on the other side of the room. Let’s see how long I can resist it for when it’s not within arms reach - place your bets now!

offline habits and hobbies

Could you do with developing more offline habits and hobbies? I’ll report back next month on how these few went, if I keep them up and what I plan on trying next! Here’s to seeing if it’s possible to be an online content creator whilst spending limited time online someday!

Until next time, 

Header Image Photo by MJ S on Unsplash
2nd Photo by John Jennings on Unsplash