Why FACE MATTERS!

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Face Matters – Anti-aging Skincare Products

Recently, I have been neglecting myself and my skin. With my job, I am often in such a rush to get out of the door on time, I merely cleanse, tone, and if I have some spare time I use a bit of tinted moisturiser. Although it’s technically summer, it definitely feels like winter and with the cold and horrible wind, my skin is so not in the condition I would like  it to be. My skin tends to get incredibly dry, so making sure it is hydrated is such a challenge.

Attending the fabulous #bloggerball event held by the lovely Scarlett, I stumbled across the fantastic, but new to me brand, Face Matters. The founder of the company, Sally, is a charming women who is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about her products. She has combined her experience and expertise in the beauty sector to create the amazing collection of 5 products.

At first glance, these products have very simple but effective packaging, in glass bottles and come with a handy leaflet, detailing the specific science behind how each of the products are designed to work; and how to use the products to gain the best effects.

On the website there is a breakdown of the trails and the reviews of each of the products, which is helpful, and the results gained from this research are pretty good!

So, all of the products that I tried smell divine! This is so important to me, as the scents are not overpowering, instead, are beautifully subtle.

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I was kindly gifted the ALL DAY SPRITZ, which is a cleansing spray that can applied day or night, just whenever your skins needs an extra boost of hydration; preferably after cleansing and before moisturising. It is a great product and I think would be especially beneficial in both winter and summer when the weather tends to affect your skin more.

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Next, I have been applying the MORNING MOISTURE after cleansing. Initially I stupidly put a bit too much on my face! You really only need a pea size amount and use it sparingly as a little goes a long way. The cream is quite thick which I love, and it’s also jam packed with goodness, vitamins, anti-oxidants and collagen which is essential for maintaining youthful skin.

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Last but not least is the amazing and very luxurious BALM. There are a multitude of ways to use this product, as a cream, cleanser or mask. I opted for the latter and it makes my skin feel instantly more moisturised, supple and glowing. This is perfect for extreme weather conditions.

The above products are relatively pricey. However I am a firm believer in you get what you pay for, and the cost per wear of all these products will work out better in my opinion than getting cheaper products.

There are 2 other products, one of which, the EVENING ELIXIR is on my list of products to try as it’s loved by Hello! Magazine, but also, as the products I’ve tried so far are so good, I’m intrigued as to how the serum/facial oil will fair.

So from now on, I am hoping to set my alarm even earlier before work to ensure I stick to my new skincare routine!

I hope you have enjoyed this, let me know your skincare recommendations in the comments below!

Love Career Girl

XO

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#BloggersBall Shenanigans!

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#BloggersBall at DSTRK LDN

So where to start! Massive thanks to the lovely Scarlett London for managing to pull off such a fantastic blogging event!

I am still very new to the whole blogging game and this event was my second blogging event and to say I was nervous would be a definite understatement! The day started off with me manically running around London trying to get my bearings (I’m often in London but still find tubes so freaking confusing!) I was stressing out about what I was going to wear and not getting lost etc etc.

Luckily a lovely group of bloggers organised Pizza Express before the event which was so what I needed. Going to a big blogger event is surprisingly quite intimidating so it was great to meet a slightly smaller group to eat, drink and chat about blogging in a relaxed environment. We were all keen beans & arrived at DSTRK in Piccadilly Circus early and took the opportunity to take a load of outfit photos. Met the beautiful Scarlett and entered the building…

I was absolutely blown away with how busy, gorgeous, interesting and insightful the event was! Often nightclubs look odd once the lights were up but it was a fantastic event with the majority of brands in one section and the other section having a more chilled out vibe with places to sit – thank god because my heels were hurting! There were plenty of opportunities to mingle with other bloggers, brands and get involved with activities and chances to win prizes. For once I actually won a beautiful, colourful scarf!

The 2 and a half hours flew by and a few bloggers stayed on and we ended up having dinner and cocktails, reflecting on the perfect day!

It was a struggle to say the least trying to lug around all the goodies we all received round London and back home, but totally worth it! Everyone was so inviting and lovely, the blogging community is just amazing!

 

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Vatika Naturals Coconut Hair Mask, Shampoo & Face Wash*

First up are the Vatika Naturals hair and skincare products. I have never heard of the products before but apparently are in stores such as Superdrug. Now I have seriously lack lustre hair and so have been recommended these products which supposedly are great for ‘rejuvenating limp, lifeless hair’. They are enriched with coconut, I was given the shampoo and hairmask to try. Yet to use the hairmask but the shampoo… so far so good! It certainly made my already thick hair incredibly volumised. What’s your hair like? Whatever your type, find out which would work best for you here. I used the ‘Dermoviva Honey’ moisture boost face wash with honey, almond and aloe vera along with my trusty Foreo Luna Play facial brush and it works wonders, making my skin feel supple, smooth and hydrated.

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Rose Gold Ring & Bracelet – Jewellery Box. Silver Bracelet – BohoBetty*

Next up the beautiful Jewellery Box. I have seen all these stunning pieces all over social media and was intrigued. At the stall I tried on the Rose Gold arrow ring and it fitted my tiny finger yay! I find it so tricky to find rings that fit! So I was over the moon to find inside the box the exact rose gold ring that I tried – I can’t stop wearing it! Unfortunately the rose gold bracelet doesn’t fit my wrist and falls off which is such a shame! The twinkly silver wrap around bracelet from Boho Betty fits though! This is perfect in summer and especially when it’s sunny as the beads and metal sparkle in the sunlight!

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Seed & Bean Chocolate*

Lastly, Seed & Bean! I tasted the Sweet Orange & Thyme, which sounds a strange mix yet as soon as it hit my mouth the taste sensation was insane! It tastes so freaking good! And if you are headed to Glastonbury I think they will have a stall there! Alternatively to go there website to see all stores which stock these incredible products! They are Organic, Vegan, Fairtrade chocolate bars which are produced in an ethical and sustainable manner, which I think are SO important!

 

 

Love Career Girl,

xo

 

 

*All products marked were gifted to me. 

 

Ibiza really does ROCK!

So those that know me well are aware I’m a little bit obsessed with the beautiful white Balearic Island that is Ibiza. I recently took a friend to the island who’s an Ibiza virgin. And although this was my third time going, it’s hard to get bored of the island when there is so much to offer. It is definitely a party island, however, there are so many stunning, virtually untouched beaches and hidden gems which, if you go, you need to explore!

Below are my recommendations on where/what and how to go about exploring the island based on my time solo & with friends…

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Ibiza Rocks Hotel – Best Hotel Ever!

Best place to stay?

Ibiza Rocks hotel without a doubt. I have always wanted to stay there as friends have raved about how amazing it is and they weren’t wrong! After being delayed for over 2 hours we FINALLY arrived at the hotel to be greeted by the most lovely welcoming hotel staff or ‘hosts’. If you want to be in the heart of the action, you need to be based here. Found in the middle of San Antonio, it’s walking distance to Eden, Es Paradis, the Westend (dirt cheap drinks & a right laugh) and close to bars, restaurants and the buses etc.

 

Stay up late…

Watching the sun go down on the sunset strip is beautiful. We took Cider and sat on the beach, however if you’ve got the dollar sit and have dinner & drinks at Cafe Del Mar/Cafe Mambo. Either way, the DJ Plays music right from Dusk – the atmosphere is glorious! In terms of nights out, Ibiza doesn’t really get started till at least midnight! Want cheap drinks? Head to the Westend, where you will find bars and (small) clubs with ridiculous drink deals – the best place to pre-drink! Here you will also spot a fair few strip clubs & kebab shops – the ideal place for hilarious stag and hen dos. I prefer the big clubs though. Ease yourself in with the smaller clubs like Sankeys, Es Paradis or even Eden – Judgement Sundays is a relatively good night. Yet, don’t go to Ibiza without going to the superclubs. Entry fees are steep, but in my opinion totally worth it and make clubs at home seem insignificant! Be prepared to pay €50 to €80 depending on the DJ. Also best to pre-drink as drink prices inside these clubs are a rip off! My favourite club is Pacha, it’s a little bit more glamorous. Yet all of them are pretty insane and a little bit intimidating as they are so HUGE! Opening & closing parties are not to be missed! Get to the clubs using the party bus, found at San An just behind the ‘Egg’ roundabout. Party buses cost €3 euros each way and stop at all the major clubs and run throughout the night, which couldn’t be more perfect. Pool parties, head to Ocean Beach & for the best boat party ever? Well Ibiza Rocks the Boat was AMAZING! However, also worth checking out Platja d’en Bossa & Es Vedras – which unfortunately I ran out of time to do!

Get Up Early…..

I discovered Formentera island while I stayed in Ibiza on my own. From chatting to the most wonderful ladies on the flight over they recommended hopping on a boat and heading to the Balearic island – and I am so glad I did! Set your alarm and head down to either Ibiza town port or San An (a bit cheaper), catch a boat and spend all day exploring! From 10-6pm the return boat costs €29 but expect to pay a lot once you arrive. If you love more of an authentic experience, of hippy markets, barely touched & unspoilt beaches, some voted the best by trip advisor, then this is heaven!

Head to Old Town Ibiza (Eivissa), stroll around Dalt Villa, Castle ruins and climb to the top to see spectacular views of Ibiza. Same spot is where the International Music Summit (IMS festival) is held, last time I went I missed out on seeing Rudimental. If you can, get a ticket! Buses and taxis in Ibiza are generally cheap, €2 euros from San An to Ibiza Town. You’ll find on the left of Dalt Villa a great spot for soaking some rays & they do the best mojitos, sangria and tapas!

This is only the start, there are so many areas to explore… I arrived in England to 12 degree heat after leaving the lovely 25 degrees heat! I’ve already got itchy feet to be back!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Love, as always, Career Girl!

Xo

Bitchy Bosses & Manipulative Managers

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We’ve all had that boss from hell, right?

Many of the horrible bosses I’m about to describe are from personal experience! These individuals have taught me so much – mainly, how not to manage people! The individuals described below have had serious complaints made about them, resulting in eventual dismissal. Rightfully so! However, it is staggering just how many are still in a position of power. Having studied Occupational Psychology & covering aspects of it within my dissertation, I find it interesting, but also slightly depressing!

People may hate their jobs, but hate managers more

I think it’s so true that individuals don’t leave a workforce as such, they leave because of their manager! The results from my own research were alarming, 100% of my participants HATED their job!

In the past I have definitely hated some jobs because of a manager! Sometimes it’s not really their fault as such. Some individuals unfortunately just aren’t born leaders. Incompetent managers seem to be pretty common. Some don’t seem to have a clue how to do their job, others are unable to make a rota a week in advance. Few just don’t command respect, and view work as play and muck about in front of customers, which is incredibly childish, embarrassing and unprofessional. Some managers are plain detrimental to your career and personal well-being!

Bitchy Bosses

I once had a boss called Betty*…. who was a BITCH! Why? In Occupational Psychology we touched on this aptly named concept, coined the ‘Queen Bee’ boss. Having a female boss is probably worse than having a horrible male boss. Possibly (from my experience anyway) because girls are a lot more subtle, shall we say. This particular boss was very charming to individuals, almost too nice, whilst later, gossiping and spreading nasty rumours. Other traits of the ‘Queen Bee’ bitchy boss include being dishonest, micro-managing, manipulative and two-faced.

I have had female bosses shout and scream at individuals for making minor mistakes, which is ironic, considering just how incompetent some managers are. From relying on other staff members to carry out the bulk of the work and later taking credit for it, to manipulating situations to her, or a favoured co-worker’s advantage, all created a toxic atmosphere. This kind of game play and favouritism is unbelievably unhealthy for everyone involved and makes for a very unhappy working environment.

The Machiavellian Manager

Possibly my worst manager, let’s call him Mick* made me cry a number of times! On first impressions this guy was funny, charming and incredible nice. However, as time got on, his mask started to slip. This guy was not only verbally incredibly aggressive, but would swear, shout and publicly mock and humiliate staff members for making minor mistakes. Providing unachievable targets and tasks, and belittling comments can seriously take its toll! At the time I was 17 and incredibly naïve with regards to working life. It sounds silly, but I had no idea you could say ‘no’ to a manager. Whilst still at college I was expected to work shifts at a drop of a hat, although I was already working about 30 + hours a week! This really stressed me out. I remember at one point being called a ‘F@$king Idiot’… amongst other things! A barrage of insults and accumulating incidents eventually plunged my self-esteem to rock bottom. Turn outs this manager got fired with immediate effect.

Karma’s a Bitch.

If you have ever encountered similar treatment, I would love to hear from you. This kind of behaviour doesn’t happen everywhere, there are good people out there. I have met and worked for the most charismatic, honest, trustworthy, hardworking, capable and inspirational managers too. If you can get out of toxic environments, I urge you to do so. The stress, pressure and borderline depression which can occur from nasty bosses and situations can take a toll on health and well-being and it’s really not worth it. From now on, I vow never to tolerate a bitchy, manipulative toxic manager!

 

*These names have been altered to protect the individuals concerned. Many of these names are an accumulation of attributes from several different bosses. Also check out journal articles on ‘queen bee’ bosses!