Thursday, 9 November 2017

Building Confidence as a Fashion Blogger to Take Your Own Photo



I'm not great at having my picture taken, and when it comes to taking pictures of myself that's even worse. Many people have their camera face for their Instagram shots, but it takes me more than five or six shots to get the right one. Maybe I'm just a perfectionist.

But If I want to take photos of outfits I thought it was about time I started to practise a little, get myself over how awkward I feel about taking pictures of myself.




After practising a few times and adjusting the settings on my phone, I've come to the conclusion it's not my photography skills that are the problem. It's my confidence.

The camera is easy to sort out, just use a timer to give yourself enough time to get the right stance and facial expression. Then use a photo editor to change the brightness, contrast, shadows etc. until the picture looks perfect.



The big problem is, how do I build my confidence to see myself in my own pictures. Like every other woman on the planet, I don't like the way clothes look on me, I'm self-critical and an even bigger problem is I'm a perfectionist.

So, how can I build my confidence and learn to accept myself the way I look without deleting every picture I take? 


  • Photoshop could be the answer but It's too difficult to learn
  • Take a confidence-building class at my local college
  • Look online for confidence building lessons
  • Re-train my brain to accept the way I look
  • Have my own mantra and say it over and over again
  • Learn to see the beauty in me



However I plan to build my confidence, it'll take time. Planning to see yourself how others see you is daunting, to say the least. 

It's a task that takes courage, perseverance, willpower and probably a few tears along the way.

Do you have a similar problem? How have you built your confidence? Or are you still trying to pluck up the courage to tackle your confidence issues? Let me know how you're doing, maybe we can help each other.







Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Getting Enough Zzzzzz's? Tackling The Signs And Getting More Of It


Sleep! It can often be one of those huge talking points. Many of us don’t get enough of it and so many of us would love more of it. Which category do you fall into? Both? You are not alone. We could all do with taking better control of our sleeping habits and they can be causing us big problems in our day to day lives. I wanted to share with you some of the signs of lack of sleep and a few tips on how you can get more of it.

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The biggest signs of not getting enough sleep

Eyebags under the eyes

Eyebags can not only make us look tired and lethargic, but they can also really affect our confidence as they have a big impact on how we look. Whether you are getting enough sleep or not they can give off the impression that you are tired, and in the workplace, this can go against you. Whether you choose to take more permanent action with companies like Dore Aesthetics or just try to get more sleep in general, this sign of no sleep is one you may want to try and sort out as soon as possible.

A lack of concentration

Are you lacking in the concentration department? Are you able to focus? A serious lack of sleep can affect you in more ways than you can imagine. It might mean losing focus in an important meeting, perhaps while taking public transport or when you are behind the wheel. It certainly isn’t a laughing matter.

Low mood

Your mood can seriously be affected if you are not getting enough sleep. Many people struggle with things like anger or frustration, perhaps snapping at someone when normally it wouldn’t bother you. A lack of sleep can also lead on to things like depression and low mood in general, which is never a pleasant thing to experience.

How do you get more sleep?

Often it is the little changes that you can make to your daily routine and also what you do just before heading to bed that can help you to gain a better night’s sleep in general. Here are some of the things you could start implementing this very evening.

Make sure you are tired

Tiring yourself out is one way to get a good night’s sleep. This could be easily achieved by regularly exercising or remaining active throughout the day. There are phone applications and devices that can track your exercise activity throughout the day which is a great place to start. Even doing 20 minutes where you increase your heart rate by running on the spot or heading out for a job can make a huge difference to your sleep. Avoid sitting down too much. We all deserve a break, but it won’t help you sleep at night.

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Hydrate with the good stuff

Drinking more water during the day can help you in so many ways. Helping you with your sleep is one of those ways. It is recommended to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Try and avoid drinking too much water in an evening, though. This could make you wake during the night for trips to the bathroom. Which won’t aid in a rested night’s sleep.

No more phones in bed

Try to avoid using your phone before bed. It’s not just your phone but all forms of technology and screen time. It can keep your mind working overtime which won’t allow your body to drift naturally off to sleep. There are studies to show that putting phones and tablets down at least two hours before you go to bed allows your mind to relax. If you feel like you need to do something then reading a book is a great alternative.

Does your mattress need changing?

Sometimes it is the simplest of changes that can make all the difference. Changing your mattress to something more suitable could be the only thing you need to do to get a better night’s sleep.

Avoid sleeping in

It may be so tempting to sleep in on the weekends. If you get the opportunity. But this can disrupt your sleep pattern. It’s recommended to wake and get up at the same time each and every day. If you have had a particularly troublesome night’s sleep, then a power nap would be a better option.

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Get outdoors as much as you can during the day

Finally, getting outside will help with your sleep. It works for adults as well as children. Fresh air is nature's remedy and it can also be a great wait to tire your mind. Combine exercise with being outside and you are onto a winner.

I hope that this gives you a little more insight on how you can be getting more sleep.
*This is a collaborative post. Please read my disclosure for full details.


Friday, 20 October 2017

5 Tips To Avoid Fake Products Pretending To Be Pure Organic


Organic beauty products make big business throughout online stores. Since we've woken up to the dangers of chemicals and toxins in our products, we no longer want to be ignorant and bury our head in the sands. But how can you be sure you're buying 100% organic beauty products?

Below are five tips to avoid fake products pretending to be 100% pure organic.

1. Buy from a Reputable Seller

Looking for new products can take you out of your comfort zone online, hoping to get the product cheaper or find a better deal in shipping costs. But don’t let free shipping sway you if you don’t feel confident in the site.

Always do your own checks on any new website you use. Look at reviews for the site, look at how it’s set up, make sure there’s an email address or phone number to contact them.

If you always buy your organic beauty products from Love Lula, then stick with them. You know the products are 100% genuine, if they don’t have the product you’re looking for, send them an email and they may source it for you.


2. Read the Ingredients List

On the back of every product are the ingredients that go into making them. The ingredients first in the list have the highest volume, the second ingredients the next highest volume and so on.

It’s like shopping for food, if your product has a long list of ingredients you can’t pronounce let alone spell it they’re more than likely not organic or even natural ingredients.

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3. Get a Friend to Recommend a Supplier

If you know a friend who uses organic products, get in touch, ask her what products she uses and if she can verify they are genuine. Having a friend that can give you a recommendation will give you peace of mind and make sure the trust in the product you intend to use.

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4. Read Reviews from Buyers 

If you find a website selling pure organic products, who’s knowing it’s fake? You can find reviews for the website and the product to show whether they are genuine or fake. Do your homework, check everything out. Even ask social media followers if they trust the brand or have any honest feedback about them.

This will give you the confidence to buy the product without the stress of wondering if it’s genuine or fake.




5. Look for the Symbols

All organic products must pass rigorous tests and follow regulations to be certified organic. This gives them access to their symbol ensuring customers know their products are genuine. Although fake sellers will have copied this symbol, there never 100% accurate, so keep your eyes peeled and check for further information if you don’t think it’s genuine.

If you doubt the originality of a product when seeking to buy a product, think twice about buying and maybe look somewhere else. It’s safer to make sure the product is 100% what it says before putting it on your skin. The results could be disastrous for your health and wellbeing.

Stick to online stores you know and are confident they’re making all the checks before buying in their stock for reselling to customers.

Have you come across beauty products pretending to be 100% organic? Let me know the outcome and how you knew they were fake, I’m very interested to hear your story.

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

6 Steps to Healthier Legs

Do you look after your legs? And I don’t just mean shaving them! We take time looking after our skin and our hair, making sure we eat well and get lots of sleep to keep our bodies in top shape. But, how often do you think about your legs? Most of us don’t give them a second thought. They carry us around, all day, every day, we’d struggle to function without them and yet, we rarely think about what we can do to keep them healthily until there’s a problem.

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Many problems can affect your legs. These include varicose veins, spider veins, thrombosis, ulcers and poor circulation. These can range in severity from vaguely uncomfortable right up to life-threatening. So, stop assuming your legs will always be there to support you and start looking after them with these six steps.

Exercise

Exercise is probably the best thing you can do for your legs. You’ll keep them fit, healthy, strong, toned and you’ll improve your circulation, which is a leading cause of most leg problems. Try cardio exercises such as running or swimming teaming with some mild strength training for the best results.

Manage Your Weight

Being overweight puts excess pressure on your legs and makes it harder to do anything. Try to maintain a healthy weight to make their job easier. Exercise will help with this, but eating a healthy and balanced diet is also essential.

Avoid Sitting or Standing for Too Long

Many people that have problems with their legs either work in a job where they are on their feet all day or where they are sat at a desk for extended periods of time. Make sure you take a break from either. If you’ve got an office job, get up and take regular walks to keep your blood circulating and if you spend a long time on your feet, give them the occasional rest.

Massage

Massage is another great way to boost your circulation and keep your legs healthy. Getting a massage is great, but not convenient every day. Invest in a good body brush and brush your legs every morning before you shower. This will help your blood circulate, improve your skin tone and brush of dead skin cells. Making your legs look and feel better.

Put Your Feet Up

Elevating your legs can stop blood pooling in your feet, by literally directing it back towards your heart. If your legs are tired and achy, sit or lie with your feet higher than your heart for a while. You’ll literally feel them get lighter.

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Get Help

If you have any concerns about your leg health, get help before it develops into a serious problem. See your GP or visit Envisage Cosmetic Clinic for varicose vein treatment without huge waiting lists.

Other things that could help keep your legs healthy include walking more, instead of driving, wearing support hosiery and drinking less alcohol. A few simple lifestyle changes are often all it takes to keep your legs as healthy as the rest of you.




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