Saturday, 28 April 2018

Beat the Rushower: A Soap & Glory Review

So, picture this, you've had a late night. You've been out having a little catch up which subsequently turned into a bit of an all nighter and you haven't had a chance to  wash your hair. It isn't looking as fresh as it did the night before and that vanilla shampoo smell has faded. What do you do?

Well, until recently my solution would be to throw a hat on and hope for the best...  that was however until I discovered the Soap & Glory Rushower Dry Shampoo!
Now, I am aware that there are a fair few dry shampoo's available and on the market right now, which all do the job more or less, so what sets this one apart?

If I'm honest, I think that it has to be the absolutely gorgeous signature Pink scent of rose and bergamot. Because of the touch release technology, the scent last all day and a quick ruffle of your hair gives you a fresh blast of fragrance as though you've just sprayed it!
The scent isn't too strong or overpowering, as some dry shampoo can definitely be, nearly choking you with how strong the fragrance is. Instead this is light and floral, as though your hair is perfumed.

It is so quick and easy to use, just spritz, ruffle and go! I have really dark hair naturally, and find that many dry shampoos leave an awful white residue in my hair- which I never seem to notice until someone points it out several hours later. But this seems to blend in really well, it may take a bit of working in the fringe area because of there being less hair, but it does leave my hair looking as though it has been freshly washed, rather than being on day two...

This is definitely going to be my new go-to dry shampoo, and I love that it is a good size, yet slim enough that I can fit is in most of my bags to keep with me on the go. It is perfect for using when you are going to uni for some long study sessions in the library, when you don't quite want to wash your hair, but you still want to feel good about yourself, and confident!
A perfect staple for everyone, with it working with all hair colours!

Sunday, 22 April 2018

In Women We Trust -The Young Women's Trust

Imagine feeling alone. 

Imagine waking up and not knowing if you can afford a cup of tea. 

Imagine not having the opportunity to get the job that you want, because you just don't have the right qualifications.

Well, for many young women, aged between 16 and 30, they don't have to imagine this, they have to live it. Statistics suggest that this is in fact a reality for 800,000 (11.1%) young people. These young people are stuck in this situation of being neither in eduction, employment or training. They are unable to earn themselves a wage and fulfil their true potential. This is not because they don't have the ability or the intelligence to do so, but simply because they don't have the opportunity. 

This situation cannot be ignored. How can we allow so many young people with potential to be forgotten? To be denied the opportunity to earn a wage which would enable them to support themselves. The problem often begins in school, with these young people, specifically women, not enjoying the experience. They develop such negative connotations for education which can cause them anxiety about continuing it further. Often they feel as though they have nobody to speak to and confide these fears in. Nobody to turn to for advice and support, and often the only option becomes dropping out or to not even try. So, how can this be tackled?

Well, this is where The Young Women's Trust comes in. The 'Work it Out' Coaching is simply an incredible initiative, with the sessions being tailored for each individual young women. The sessions can be focused on building confidence, job applications, and  basically any other issue you may face as a young woman growing up! I love that they are focused entirely upon the young woman, with the sessions being done over the phone, Whatsapp, or even e-mail if that is what's best, meaning that you don't need to meet anybody face to face, and are available evenings and weekends.
The Young Women's Trust run a special service to try and help prevent these situation from escalating further, instead providing an outlet for these young women to voice their fears and worries, and come up with ways to tackle them head on!

Now, that is what The Young Women's Trust do, but what can you do to get involved and help? As a student it can be difficult to consistently donate to charity, when every penny has to be accounted for and managed. This in itself can be a cause of stress, wanting to do something to help, but not quite having the money to do so. The Young Women's Trust is aware of this issue, and as a result have a variety of different ways for you to make a difference! 

My favourite has to be their slogan t shirts, with the powerful statement, 'In Women We Trust'. It really isn't often when what your wearing has the power to change a life, but for just £12 you can. Not only do the t-shirts help to raise money for the Young Women's Trust, but they also raise awareness of the charity itself, whilst spreading the message of female empowerment!  
The t-shirt is super soft and is a perfect addition to any wardrobe, so if you want to do just one thing then buy a t-shirt, and spread the word. 

Another great way to help is to shop. Yes, you heard me right, to shop! This is called, 'Give as You Live', and all that you have to do is sign up and shop all of your favourite things, and by using their links a small commission is donated to the charity! No need to spend anything that you wouldn't necessarily be spending, yet the Young Women's Trust will thoroughly benefit from this donation. This is such a great concept and really allows you to support charity in everything you do. 

Lastly, there is good old fashioned fund raising! The Young Women's Trust have a pack which you can download with some really fun and unique ways of raising both money and awareness for them. The Gender Pay Bakesale is a fun twist on the traditional bake sale, by highlighing the significance of the gender pay divide. Highlight how far we still need to go to achieve equality by holding a gender pay gap bake sale. On average, women earn 18% less than men. So at this bake sale, suggest that women pay 18% less. If a cake costs £1, men can donate the full price, and women can donate 82p

So, what are you going to do to get involved?

Thursday, 12 April 2018

The Hero Project: Undo Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover

Now, I'm all about brands coming out with cruelty free and vegan products, but sometimes it takes extensive research and a lot of hearsay to find out whether a brand is indeed cruelty free and vegan, so you can imagine that companies which actually boast about this, are hot on my radar!
I was desperate for some new skin care, because I was coming to the end of quite a few of my staple product, and so enters, The Hero Project!

The Hero Project has quite a brilliant and unique stance when it comes to beauty. The focus on high quality products which do exactly what they say, no gimmicks, no nonsense, and absolutely no rubbish in them! Their website mirrors these views and I couldn't help but smile whilst reading such a refreshing and honest philosophy on beauty.

Now, let's take a minute to talk about this packaging guys, because oh my goodness, it is blooming gorgeous! I love how simple and minimalist it is. It feels really expensive and really fits in with the brands overall aesthetic: simplicity done beautifully. Everything feels really sturdy and of a good quality, so, without further ado, shall I get on to the review?

I wear waterproof mascara almost daily, and also struggle to actually remove it almost daily. My routine normally requires using a face wash, and miscella water and even then there is normally still some stubborn mascara which just won't budge! So I am always willing to try something which promises to actually remove it all and not leave my eyes stinging and sore.

"Undo™ truly is your ‘no faff’ waterproof makeup remover. The softening chamomile and cornflower have been carefully plucked from nature to help soothe and nourish your eyelashes and the delicate eye area. Of course, one of our fave ingredients is also present: hyaluronic acid hydrates and conditions without the unpleasant greasiness you may find with other removers."

I decided to to give this a proper test run, not just waterproof mascara, but a pretty hefty amount of liquid eyeliner, and some (a lot) of kohl eyeliner pencil smudged out. I expected it to be all over my face as normally happens after I remove eye makeup, however, I was pretty darn shocked when all I had to do was soak the cotton pad with the Undo, place it over my eye for a couple of seconds and swipe! I then quickly flipped the pad and gave it another quick wipe and it was all gone! I was shook, genuinely shook. I have never used an eye makeup remover which was so effective and left my eyes feeling refreshed and soft! I had to make sure that this wasn't just a flook, so I did the exact same on the other eye and again, all of the makeup was removed and my eyes were feeling incredible!

I absolutely love this makeup remover and it is definitely my new go to product! at £16 I think that this is reasonable and you really are paying for the quality here, it does the job and a lot more, leaving your skin feeling great afterwards with no dry or sore patches from trying to scrub off your eyeliner!

Here is a little before and after shot.

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