Friday, 17 March 2017

Storage Secrets to Declutter Your Beauty Products *

You never know when you’ll wish you’d kept something. We've all had the experience of instantly wanting something as soon as we get rid of it. The answer is to the dilemma is to keep everything.

Here are some storage ideas to help keep your beauty collection organised and to hand.

Storing at Home for Easy Access

There’s nothing worse than rummaging through a jumbled collection for a particular item. Keeping things organised makes finding items quicker. Organised storage is also pleasing to look at, and that's part of the pleasure in collecting.

  • Use tiered cake stands, or spice racks, to display and store tubes, bottles or small pots.
  •  Keep beauty pencils like lip and eye liners in a standard pencil case or tin. These are also useful for other long, slim items like mascaras, brushes or applicators
  •  Use a desk tidy to keep long-handled brushes in good condition and all in one place.
  •  Use drawer inserts in dressing table drawers to help separate out items. Purpose made ones work very well, but you can also use cutlery containers to good effect.
  • Stand larger palettes of makeup colours in letter racks so you can easily flip through them for the one you want.

Extend Your Collection with Self Storage

Self storage is a brilliant way of keeping a large beauty collection in good condition. The rooms are dark, which helps beauty products last longer as they won’t dry out so fast. Perfumes keep their freshness better when they're stored out of direct light. The natural oils in lotions or other products won't separate, so they won't spoil as fast. The spaces are also dry, so you won’t get any excess moisture inside powders, which can ruin the texture.

Unless your collection is very big, you won't need an entire storage room. Happily, there are also storage lockers to rent, and these are ideal. Storage terms run from one week, so you're not tied into a long contract.

When putting beauty products into storage, package small items together so they’re easy to find. Label everything so items are easy to find. Transparent storage tubs are ideal. Close all lids tightly to prevent spills or drying out. Nail polishes are especially vulnerable, so check on their condition now and then.

Storage Secrets for Holidays

Choosing what to take and what to leave behind for a holiday can be tough. Clever packing can make room for more of a selection, so you don't have to choose:

  • Don’t take full-sized bottles. If you decant into smaller containers, you can use the space to increase the variety.
  • You don’t need much for weekends away. Use small containers like contact lens holders for small quantities of foundation or moisturiser.
  • Use pillboxes to carry earrings or rings. You could slice samples off lipsticks so you can take a variety of colours without packing the whole swivel compact.

Making the most of space and keeping things organised can be a challenge with beauty products. But, with a bit of creative thinking, you can organise even the biggest collection so it's neat and kept in good condition.

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Saturday, 7 January 2017

2017 - Goals and Ambition.

Hello, Hi, Bonjour, Hola, Ciao, Ola, Namaste .... 

The past few days I've done a lot of reflecting. 
I've thought about the past years, especially 2016 and I've come to the conclusion that I will never again let myself fall as much as I did last year. 

I've read a lot of blog posts about New Years Resolutions, and to be frank with you all - I'm terrible at them. I'm not going to waste my time, nor yours by writing a blog post about how amazing 2017 is going to be, and all these changes I'm going to make just to sit here at the end of the year and feel crap about how shit I done at keeping all these promises. 

Instead I'm setting myself goals, I'm concentrating on this new found ambition and motivation and I'm going to focus on the following things .... 

 I need to focus on work - both my full time job and new business. I need to put so much energy into them both. I'm a full time support worker, currently. I support adults with learning disabilities and challenging behavior. I absolutely love my job, but I've had so many set backs in 2016. I've promoted and demoted several times, which was expected because I was only promoted temporarily but the set backs and knock downs still hurt. I think I let certain experiences affect me too much, I definitely took far too much to heart, and let it knock my confidence. When in fact I know I'm amazing at my job and it takes a strong minded, huge hearted, committed individual to do the job that I do - daily.

As for my business, I want to progress.
In just 8 days I promoted to the second position and it was amazing, but there's so much more for me to grasp. There's so much I need to learn, and so many opportunities that I need to get involved in. I want to help so many more people. I want to inspire people! I want to be the person people go to when they need health advice, and I want to support other people to become a business owner. 

As some of you already know, whether that's from knowing me personally or following me on social media. The end of 2016 I took on a challenge, a health challenge. I did not start this - just for the weight loss. I did not join the business - just for the money.  I felt as though I've struggled for too many years, with both my weight and my health. The weight-loss is an added bonus, but physically I need to become healthier, happier and content. This opportunity was just too amazing to give up on. I've already lost 1 stone and 9lbs, but during 2017 I aim to lose a total of at least 7 stone. Crazy - eh? Not really, not when you think about it. Not when you see the figures that I'm faced with every single time I step on the scales. Not when you begin to prioritize your life and ambitions. I've heard a lot of "Wow, no way"'s when I tell them what size clothes I am, or how much I weigh. Apparently I "carry it really well" .... I do not want to carry it well anymore. I do not want to have to search online stores because shopping in actual stores is too stressful. I do not want to feel uncomfortable in my own skin. I want to be happy. I want to be healthy. I've been so ill these past few weeks. I was hit with the dreaded flu that's been doing its rounds, and I've been left with a chest infection, cold and general crappy feeling since. I'm on antibiotics and I've been prescribed a throat spray but hopefully I can build on my immune system and stay healthy and happy this year.  

I love to travel! I only applied for my passport a few years back, so it's been limited really. I'd love to visit as many different places as possible in 2017. I love to learn about different cultures and I'm a huge tourist when it comes to sight-seeing.
I have two business trips booked so far, which will take me to two different cities (Liverpool and Birmingham) and I am hoping to go back to Majorca - Magaluf in May for my birthday. I'd love to have another 2 trips in there somewhere though. The possibilities are endless. 

So, I'm all about self-development. Whether its small things, or larger. In 2017 I want to learn to love myself. I want to truly be happy and content with the person I am both, inside and out. I'd love to learn a language this year, which I'm unsure of. It's always been a goal of mine to broaden my language abilities, I've just never got around to it. I definitely need to work on my time management this year. I feel like last year I wasted far too much time on certain things, and people. This year I need to prioritize. I think we're all guilty of that though. I guess it's only natural in most cases. I want to become more creative - both business wise and personally. I guess that could include some new ink too. Last but no means least, I want to get active. I'm not too sure whether or not I'm going to join the gym and I'm certainly not going to start signing up to marathons - but I want to get off my fat rear end and start exercising. 

I feel like I go through phases of neglect when it comes to blogging. I have months where it's all I want to do, and my main focus if blogging. Then I have months when I completely forget about it, or I plan to blog and I never get around to it. In 2017 I want to become consistent again. I want to blog about a number of things. I certainly do not want this to become something different now I'm on this health change. I still want to aim this blog around my beauty, fashion and lifestyle posts. With the added health posts, but I just want to be dedicated again. This rolls on from my time management and prioritization. My blog has always been my 'goto' place and I do not want that to change.  

This year I want to move out. I currently live at home with my Mum, and I'm so blessed to have the ability to have a stable and comfortable home life - but I need to fly the nest now. I'm 23 this year, and I want responsibility. Before going anywhere though I'd like to decorate this place first. Which sounds a little Irish when you think about it, but a tidy home is a tidy mind - right? We're due to have the bathroom renovated and I have plans for my bedroom. It would be nice to get those things done before I leave - if I leave. 

Do you have any goals for 2017? 
Whatever they are, I hope you smash them! 

Bye for now, 

Friday, 8 April 2016

FFF: All Things Web

If you're new here, FFF is my Five Friday Favourites. 
A simple weekly post outlining 5 things I favorited the previous week. 

1). I've been loving Apple Music this week. It's £9.99 per month for an individual device or for a family membership (up to 6 devices) its only £14.99 per month. If you're new to it then you can sign up for 3 months free too - which is fab!!  It's great, jam packed with albums, new music and a radio function where you can listen to a genre or particular artist on a playlist. I've found it to be really easy to use, and its always being updated with new music! 

2). So I've finally finished Pretty Little Liars, and despite loving every single moment of it, I'm struggling to fill up my 'spare' time whilst in bed with something else. I've recently started watching Jane The Virgin, which is great! (nothing compared to PLL) but its definitely my new 'goto' when signing into Netflix! 

3). I've been addicted to Ebay this week also, I've always been a fan but I've been a little strap for cash just lately so I've had a spring clean and uploaded a tone of things to my Ebay shop. You can find my shop HERE. I've currently got some clothes and shoes up for sale! 

4). I've been using Twitter a lot more than usual this week, whether its been tweeting myself or going on a re-tweeting and liking spree! You can follow me HERE!! 

5). I'm not a huge fan of Facebook games, but I'm caught up on Kitchen Scramble right now. Again, I don't have much spare time but when I do find 5 minutes I find myself trying to complete a new level. I need a life, clearly!! 

What's something you love this week?

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