Ways To Care For Your Car's Tyres And Make Sure They're Safe *

Monday, 15 July 2019

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-This post is in collaboration with Headley Tyres, all opinions are my own-
Ever since I first started to learn to drive which feels like many moons ago now, I've always had my dad telling me to always make sure your car is safe and check over everything often - particularly the brakes and tyres. He's basically like a teacher and preaches about things a lot (which I'm not going to lie, it can get annoying at times haha) but when it comes to safety I guess it's a good thing. In this post I'm taking about some simple ways and tips on checking your tyres are safe and road worthy and where you can go for new tyres if you live in or near Basingstoke. 

Sort Small Wear and Tear Issues - 
If your car has some small wear and tear issues then don't leave them for too long because wear and tear will just get worse as time goes on and it'll probably leave you with a bigger bill at the end of the day as wear and tear tends to lead to bigger problems. So it's best to just nip it in the bud and get it sorted sooner rather than later. Another little tip is to make sure you clean your tyres properly often because this is a good time to can check for any wear and tear, bulges or onset cracks.

Checking Your Tyre Pressure - 
You should make sure that checking your tyres is something you do at least once a month and also before travelling either long distances or on motorways for obvious reasons. It would be better if you checked every couple of weeks though for the ultimate peace of mind. You should always check your tyres when they are cold and make sure you use a reliable tyre pressure gauge. If you check your tyre pressure when your car or tyres are warm then it won't tell you an accurate reading as the pressure increases as your car get hot. Also don't forget to put your valves back on after checking the pressure! 

Check The Tyre Tread Every 2-4 Weeks - 
The reason why it's so important to make sure you check your tyre tread often is because the less amount of tread on your tyres means a bigger breaking distance as there isn't as much grip left. This means when you brake, you won't come to a stop as quick as you'd like. This is particularly dangerous if you need to do an emergency stop. Also if the weather conditions are bad then you could easily slide off the road or into another car/person so it's just not worth the risk of driving around with bad tyres. Another reason why you should sort out your tyres is because if you are pulled over by the police and you're found to have one or more tyre with a tread depth below the legal limit then they will fine you £2,500 and add 3 penalty points to your license (per tyre!). 

The law says that you should have at least a 1.6mm depth but many known manufacturers would recommend changing your tyres before then when they are at around 3mm depth. So how do you check your tyre tread? You can use a special device called a tread depth gauge or you can do the "20p test" which I tend to use just because I personally find it easier. To do this you just place a 20p coin into the grooves of each tyre and see if you can see the outer band of the coin. If you can't see the band then your tyre is safe and above the legal limit of 1.6mm but if you can see the outer band of the coin then it means your tyres are not legally safe and need changing.

Get New Tyres Fitted ASAP -
If you are in need of some new tyres then get it done ASAP! It's just not worth the risk of potentially putting yourself, anyone who is a passenger in your car and also other people on the road. In Basingstoke tyres are available at Headley Tyres. You can also pop in to get a free tyre check if you have any doubts about how your tyres are doing. 

They stock a huge range of tyres from popular makes and sizes and they are also able to source almost anything within a day or two from their manufacturers and wholesale suppliers. You can order your tyres easily on their site by entering your registeration number and the tyre size you need. You then just choose a brand and book a date and time which suits you. 

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Two New Skin Clearing Products From Dermalogica

Sunday, 14 July 2019

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-This post contains PR/Gifted items as I am part of Dermalogica's Skinfluencer programme, however it contains no paid content. All opinions are my own- 
After my review of the Clear Start Starter Kit*, Dermalogica asked if I would like to try out their two new skin clearing products which are both targeted at adult breakout prone skin. The two new products both contain the active ingredients Salicylic Acid and Niacinamide. So in this post I'm going to be sharing how I've got on with both products and if I recommend them. 

The AGE Bright Clearing Serum RRP £58* has basically been a bit of a revelation for my skin. If you read my recent blog post about having to switch to the mini pill (when I didn't want to) and how it's affected my skin then I can now say I've found a product which has helped to clear up the weird spots. It hasn't completely got rid of them and I can still see the pesky little devils under my makeup but there isn't as many of them and they aren't as noticeable as they were. I know it's the AGE Bright Clearing Serum which has helped because I haven't tried any other new skin clearing treatment product during the time I've been trying out the two new products from Dermalogica. I'll still raise the skin issue when I next see my doctors (when my health anxiety lets me that is) just to see what she thinks and if there's anything she can prescribe that can completely get rid of the weird bumps/spots without having to switch pills again but for now I'm happy to continue using the Clearing Serum to minimise and manage the problem. I've also seen an improvement in my skin overall in terms of how often it breaks out and how much quicker the breakouts go too. So I would definitely buy it again! 

The AGE Bright Spot Fader RRP £40.50* is a two-in-one spot treatment which aims to reduce the appearance of active breakouts and post breakout marks. The Salicylic Acid helps to clear any active breakouts and the Niacinamide and Hexylresorcinol both work together to help fade any post-breakout marks which also improves uneven skin tones. I really like that it has a spatula-like applicator for ease of use and I also like that you can lock the product so that it doesn't spill out if the tube is accidentally squeezed. It's also good if you're on the go or travelling. I think it works well at reducing any redness and swelling especially if you apply it before going to bed. However out of the two new products I personally prefer the AGE Bright Clearing Serum* just because I feel like I have seen better results from using it every day and I can use it all over my face whereas the AGE Bright Spot Fader is more of a targeted treatment. I also personally think it's quite pricey for the 15ml size so if I was to pick it up again then I'd try and find it at a discounted price. 

But overall they both work at reducing and clearing up spots and any post-breakout marks so I would say if you're someone who doesn't get frequent spots but you want something at hand for when a spot pops up then the AGE Bright Spot Fader* is probably for you. If you're someone like me who has to deal with breakouts and scarring quite often then you'll probably like the AGE Bright Clearing Serum* more.

Have you tried the new products from Dermalogica or are you planning to?
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Ways I'm Trying To Up My Blogging Game

Saturday, 13 July 2019

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I'm always trying to up my blogging game one way or another but there are definitely some things I really want to get better at and I thought I'd talk about what they are in this post and how I'm planning on achieving my blogging game goals this year.

Increase My DA Score -
I really want to get my DA score up to 28-30 because it's been stuck at 25 for a few months now. The main reason why I would love to get it past the DA 25 mark is so I can apply for more DA 25+ paid opportunities when they arise. Obviously when you have a higher DA score it also usually means that you'll be able to get paid a larger amount when it comes to paid blogging collaborations too (most of the time anyway) and your girl has bills to pay and being a self-employed blogger is hard when we go through quiet spells.

Reach Out To More Brands - 
At the beginning of the year I decided that every Sunday evening I would try and reach out to 3 or 4 brands or companies to work with on either a gifted or paid basis. But I feel like I've let this slip a little. I also feel I've lost my confidence a little because there's so many other bloggers around me doing so well for themselves (which is great!) but I feel like my content is no where near as good as theirs. I do want to start doing reaching out to brands/companies/PRs on a Sunday evening again though.

Use Affiliate Links More - 
I'll be honest I tend to forget about affiliates because I just feel like you have to put in more effort when you barely make any money from them each month. However I do want to try and use them more in posts and just see if it's worthwhile to actually use them again now that my monthly page views has increased by a lot. So yep, expect to see more affiliate links in my blog posts starting from now.

Change Up My Photography A Little - 
I have already actually started doing this but I thought I'd pop it in here anyway because I do have a few other photo set up ideas which I'm going to test out soon. Obviously with having chronic pain, taking photos for my blog/insta really kills both my back and pelvic pain and makes it flare up quite bad. I usually have to get in bed after taking photos because it hurts that much. But I do feel like I'm a little bit bored of my photos right now. I have been using my gallery wall as a background lately as well as my polka dot bedding from Asda which I purposely bought so I could use it as a background when it's on my bed and I've also started to use my "Simplicity" backdrop from more often. I also really want to take more home, lifestyle and fashion kind of photos on my insta too. I just feel like having a good mixture will break up my grid a bit. I've also been *trying* to cut back on using my fake flowers in my photos but I just think they are a good space filler but I am on the lookout for new props at the minute.
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What Works Best For My Chronic Pain?

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

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I thought I'd do a blog post about what things help relieve my chronic pain the most. If you're new to my blog then I have chronic back and pelvic pain which all kicked off in January 2018. I personally think that I have endometriosis but the many doctors I've seen just don't want to listen to my pretty obvious symptoms (some of which I've had for literally years too) and now every doctors appointment I go to they just bang on about weight instead of my daily chronic pain. Fun. So I've kind of given up on even going to doctors appointment anymore. I also had a bad reaction to Mefenamic Acid last year when I couldn't breathe properly, had a rash all over my body and it hurt my chest to breathe so since then I've not been able to take any NSAID's (such as ibuprofen) because they're all in the same medical family and I'm really wary of any new prescribed pills I get offered. So in this post I'm talking about what things and ways help me to get some relief from my pain.

The best health discovery for me last year was without a doubt CBD oil. I know I'm always banging on about it but it really does help with my pain most days. I tend to use a 500mg strength but I do have stronger versions for the really bad days. I still struggle day-to-day with my pain and I do find that the CBD helps my pelvic pain more than my back pain but I definitely feel like I can do a bit more than last year when I spent the whole summer in bed basically wishing I just was dead (and no that's not an exaggeration). I also feel like I'm in a better mindset most days because it does help with anxiety and stress levels too. I use both THC free and THC containing CBD oils/balms but they both are totally legal in the UK and they won't get you high like I know a lot of people worry about. My favourite places to buy from are from Bristol CBD, The.DrugStore and I've also been enjoying using the CBD Muscle Balm from BeYou. For when I'm out and about I find Naturopathica CBD Lozenges* are a lifesaver too and they taste nice! 

I've found that the pill has been helping with my pelvic pain quite a lot. As I write this I've had 3 days with minimal pelvic pain (but my back has been flaring bad ugh). But I definitely feel like for me personally if I do have endometriosis then the mini pill in particular has been helping with my symptoms most of the time. I do still have flare ups but not as often and I'll go hours and/or days with minimal pain now. However if I get stressed out/upset or annoyed about something then it tends to bring on the pain. You can read more about my experience on the pill I'm currently on here.

I've recently realised that Epsom Salts are a lifesaver for my chronic back pain and it's nice to have 20 minutes of relief whilst I'm in the bath. I tend to stick to what I know and buy my epsom salts from Westlab but I recently decided to try their Mindful Bathing Salts and they are so good! The bag contains a mixture of Epsom and Himalayan Salts with Frankincense and Bergamot as well as added CBD oil. It smells gorgeous and I find it really calms my back pain too. They're usually on offer for less than a fiver on LookFantastic and there's various other options too. 

Something else which I think helps my back pain is my Kinetik TENS Machine (from Argos). I did initially buy it for my pelvic pain when that first started but I think it actually aggravates the area and then I tend to be in more pain the next day. But I do find that the TENS machine is good for ovulation/period pains and also my chronic back pain. So I do recommend a TENS machine but if you're reading this and have undiagnosed pelvic pain then just be careful. It does have quite a lot of "settings" but I only use 3-4 of them as I find some of them are a bit uncomfortable. But it was definitely worth buying!

I spend most of my time with a hot water bottle either on my lower back or lower stomach, even in the summer months. I just find that heat really relieves pain and I find it quite comforting too when I'm having a bad flare up too. 

Lastly is distractions... although this isn't an actual pain reliever I find that trying to distract my mind from my pain is helpful. I do this by watching TV shows, films or playing games - I'm currently going through a phase of being obsessed with the Sims haha. I also find that if I'm watching something which is more of a thriller/horror then it'll take my mind off my pain more. I know that sounds weird but it's something I've noticed and I think it's because I'm more on edge and invested into the show/film.

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My First Impressions On Flormar Makeup

Monday, 8 July 2019

-This post contains PR/Gifted items, no paid content. All opinions are my own-
Flormar aren't actually a new brand and I'm pretty sure either someone told me or I read that they have been around for many years but they're new to the UK and they're currently exclusively sold in Primark right now but unfortunately my local Primark don't seem to stock anything from Flormar at the moment. However I was recently sent a few things to try out from the brand. I can't seem to find the prices of the products I've been sent but I know they're an affordable/drugstore priced brand which I love because I really like finding makeup products which are cheap but good and/or dupes to other high end products and there's definitely a high end lookalike in this post.

First up is the Sunset Eyeshadow Palette* which is definitely giving me Urban Decay Naked Heat vibes. It contains a selected of warm shades with both matte and shimmer shades. The shimmer shades are definitely where the pigmentation is at but the matte shades can be easily built up too. I actually don't mind eyeshadow palettes that aren't super pigmented because I like more of a natural wash of colours on my eyes most of the time. However saying that the shimmer shades are really pigmented as you can see by the swatch below. I wish there was maybe one or two warm pink shades in the palette and then it would make it my ideal kind of palette. But I do like it and will be using it often as the shades are my cup of tea.

Unfortunately the Liquid Illuminator in Sunset Glow* is a bit too dark for my pasty skin. I was hoping it would warm my skin up for the summer but it's warm and it basically makes me look orange. But it is very glowy and pretty and I think it would work great in a matte foundation to give it some glow if you have the right skin tone for it. 

The Waterproof Lip Liner in 229* has really surprised me as I find most affordable lip liners tend to be either completely rubbish or they're too hard to apply in terms of sharpness. But the Waterproof Lip Liner is smack bang in the middle as it's not too sharp but it's not super creamy. It almost kind of reminds me of my Charlotte Tilbury Lip Liners which is definitely saying something because they're my all time faves.

Lastly is the Deluxe Cashmere Lipstick Stylo in Throw Back Rose* which I'm a big fan of. It's very creamy and comfortable as well as being super easy to apply. I do think you need to wear a lip liner with it being so creamy and it will need applying a few times in the day with it being a normal kind of lipstick but I do really like it and I'm also a big fan of the rose-pink shade I was sent. 

Have you tried anything from Flormar before?

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