13 November 2017

4 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO REALLY GET THINGS DONE

Jenna Peffley for MyDomaine

I am the queen of procrastinating and putting off things til the last minute, which isn't so great when you are self-employed and need to motivated 99% of the time. Keeping with blogging and everything else is difficult enough, to stay on top of everything I have had to really up my organisational skills. Now that I sort of actually stick to somewhat of a schedule, I can pass on what I have learnt to help me keep on top of things.

1. Lists:
I found that making lists for absolute everything, is just supernal helpful. It's much more efficient to have your tasks down on paper and where you can actually see them. I came across a really good post by Amber from Ember & March on why you should make lists. Also it's absolutely satisfying to tick off each tasks when you have completed them. 

2. Prioritise:
Having lists make it easy to prioritise and being the extra person I am I like to order my tasks in order of importance and when I have to get things done by. This way you can start of with the most important tasks and work your way down, I find this to really efficient and this way you won't ever fall behind (hopefully).

3. Distraction:
I am the sort of person that is easily distracted, by almost everything and anything, I once cleaned and reorganised the whole kitchen cabinets instead of starting on an essay. I literally have to lock myself in a room and with no distractions (even my phone, which is my number one distraction) to get things done or work at a library or coffee shop. Oddly enough I work better when I am around other people (strangers not friends), maybe I feel pressure to actually work in these situations. 

4. Single Tasking:
I am always trying to do a hundred things at once which doesn't always go so well because I get quite overwhelmed by it all and I end doing less. Over the last couple of months I have adopted the single tasking method, where I attempt to do one task at a time, which has been working so much better for me.Definitely the way forward, it make more senses if you think about it. 

5. Recognising when you are most efficient:
I am pretty useless came late afternoon anything after 4pm I can't be bothered to do anything that requires too much effort. I don't know why but I have become such a morning person, in the past I wouldn't really work during the mornings and just complete minor tasks and leave the more important stuff til the evenings. Which wasn't the best approach to tackle my to do list because since I have started doing more of the important stuff in the mornings, I have found that I am getting more done.  Find out when you work best and set a time to complete your tasks during that time.

Do you have any tips for keeping organised and getting work done ?

Zeynab x

8 November 2017

DRUGSTORE FACE MASKS REVIEWED

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Everyone loves a good face mask right? I am forever trying out different face masks, face masks are my favourite skincare product because with a good face mask you can see instant results.  Over the last couple of weeks I have been trying out the Stila Glowing Reviews Gentle Skin Renewal MaskSuperdrug De-Stressing Mud Mask and the Soap & Glory No Clogs Allowed Mask.

Stila Glowing Reviews Mask:
A gentle scrub mask that exfoliates the skin with fruit enzyme, fruit acids and exfoliating beads, which work together to make your skin brighter and clearer. This mask and I didn't get on, it's supposed to a gentle scrub mask but I found it a little too harsh for my skin (my skin is overly sensitive so that might be it). It made my skin really smooth but it did nothing for my dull complexion, which what I was expecting. It also left my face really red, it could be the harshness of the beads and the fragrance in the mask (but it smells so nice). Maybe I am the wrong person to be testing out this mask, but I don't think it is worth it at £16 and I wouldn't personally repurchase. Might use the remaining scrub as a hand scrub because it really left my skin super smooth and soft. It might be great for you if you have a oilier skin type and your skin isn't as sensitive as mine.

Soap & Glory No Clogs Allowed Mask:
The Soap & Glory is a self heating detox mask, I am usually skeptical of 'self heating' mask because I haven't found one that actually heats up. According to Soap & Glory this mask works to control breakouts and blemishes by unclogging your pores. It also contains glycerin which helps to keep your skin soft and moisturised. The mask is formulated for oily and combination skin types however even with my dry skin I didn't find that it left my skin dried out. To my surprise this mask actually heated up when I applied it to my face, it felt kinda weird but a good kind of weird. It left my face feeling really clean and the process was enjoyable (can you say about a mask?) but I don't think it helped in controlling or preventing breakouts on my skin. The self heating aspect is slight gimmicky and I don't really think it did anything for my skin. 

Superdrugs De-Stressing Mud Mask:
My skin has been really irritated at the moment and very reactive, so I decided to try out this Superdrug De-Stressing Mud Mask with added aloe vera that helps to calm the skin down.  At £2.95 and with a simple ingredients list I didn't think it would do any harm to try it out. It works like any other mud mask, and it left my skin really cleansed usually with mud mask my face is left red because they can be quite strong but with this there was no redness at all. The mask itself has a thick creamy consistency that feels instantly cooling and refreshing on the skin. I would definitely repurchase this mask because it has worked really well for my skin and I would definitely recommend it for those with sensitive skin.

My favourite mask out of the three is definitely the Superdrug De-Stressing Mud Mask (surprise surprise) because it worked the best for my skin and it's so affordable at £2.95, it's an absolutely bargain. Let me know what your favourite drugstore face masks are, I am looking to find some more gems. I know that this post was a little bit on the negative side, but I think that it's useful to read about all opinions on products good and bad. I hope that it helps in some way. I love face masks and I constantly using them. I have put together my favourite masks to combat winter skin, check that out here. 

Zeynab x

2 November 2017

FINDING THE PERFECT NUDE LIPSTICK

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Finding the perfect nude lipstick isn't an easy task. After many late nights reading one too many ''the ultimate guide'' to finding your perfect nude lipstick, I have found mine (doing a little happy dance). Rimmel have some of the best drugstore lipsticks and they have come through for me on this occasion. The Rimmel Only 1 Matte Lipstick in the shade 'look who is talking' is the perfect nude lipstick for me.

I made it my personal mission to find the perfect nude lipstick, anyone would tell you it's an absolute essential. I picked up this lipstick early this year and I have been wearing it ever since, yes even throughout summer. I have the weirdest colouring. I have a quite dark olive-toned complexion, with super pigmented lips. Normal nude lipsticks, the paler ones just look terrible on me, I end up looking like I am ill.

This shade even though it wouldn't be considered your typical nude, I find that it works for me. That's the most important thing to remember when looking for your perfect nude lipstick. What works for me, might not work for you. Nude lipsticks are very a personal business. I have seen girls with darker skin tones pull off paler pinker toned nudes and look incredible but on me, it just doesn't work. No matter how much I may like Victoria's (from Inthefrow) nude lipstick I just can't make it work for me.

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On to the good stuff, this shade is a really pretty 90s brown, don't be scared. It's super wearable, and
of course, it will look different on you than it does on me but it's still a very very pretty colour. These lipsticks are described as a high coverage matte lipsticks. I don't find it drying at all, in fact, the complete opposite it's incredibly comfortable to wear. It's so easy to apply, one of the main reasons that it's become a staple is that I don't need a mirror to apply 1 swipe and that's it. Because it's not super matte, I find that it doesn't last as long (but lipsticks generally just don't last long on my lips, so I wouldn't hold this against it) despite that it does wear really nice and leaves you with that my lips but better tint.

I love Rimmel lipsticks and I am always banging on about the Kate for Rimmel lipsticks, especially the 107 (I have a post on it here). This post is not in any way sponsored by Rimmel and they haven't sent me the products, but Rimmel if you are reading, it's my birthday this month and I would be more than happy to receive all the lipsticks thank you in advance.

Let me know what your perfect nude lipstick is.

Zeynab x