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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

MADE IN BIRMINGHAM LIVE BEHIND THE SCENES EXPERIENCE


MADE IN BIRMINGHAM LIVE BEHIND THE SCENES EXPERIENCE

Made in Birmingham launched their first “LIVE in Birmingham” episode  last week. Guess what? It was live from our very own Birmingham Jewelry Quarter. The show was hosted by George Hancorn and Tafadzwa Mushipe .

Their personalities lit up the room and allowed us all to feel welcome right away!


The show itself featured :
  • A live audience
  • Special guests
  • Sporting stars
  • Gadgets and gimicks


Live in Birmingham was filmed in the gorgeously vintage decor filled, Ana Rocha Bar in the Jewelry Quarter. Businesses and professionals gathered to watch the live launch of Made in Birmingham on Sky guide 117. During the show guests were tweeting using the hashtag #livefromthebhm and sharing the great time they were having.




Having attended the event myself I was able to see what goes on behind the scenes of a live taping, which I found incredibly exciting. The crew were very friendly and organised and broke the ice with the audience, which made our overall experience much better than expected. We all had a great time, networked with each other and got involved with fun presenter challenges.






Of course we were offered wine and hot snacks, which were incredibly tasty. I couldn’t resist whipping out my phone and snapchatting the entire night!  
I think it’s fantastic that we now have a tv channel for our city that we can depend on  to give us local entertainment. I also feel that this could bring many more opportunities to Birmingham and could turn out to be something very big for our city!



If you guys missed the episode you can watch it right here !




Overall the experience as a blogger was fantastic and I look forward to the upcoming shows on the station!



Hopefully we can meet again for another live taping!
Check out the Made In Birmingham website for catch up episodes and their twitter account @madeinbirmingham for info of what’s to come soon!

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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Fenjal Shower Oil Review



FENJAL SHOWER OIL REVIEW

Fenjal shower oil review


Recently I was sent the Fenjal Shower oil from the classic range to test and try out. I have mentioned countless times that I have dry skin, which is why I am constantly on the hunt for something to help this issue. When I found out about Fenjal I knew I wanted to try it , simply because it’s an oil based product.

Literally every shower gel on the planet ,(even those that claim to be cocoa butter based or milk based) all dry out my skin the second I leave the shower. It’s the most frustrating thing, simply because the dryer my skin is before I moisturise, the more of the moisturiser my body need to take in . basically still leaving me dry in the end because it’s never nourished!

Fenjal is a company developed over 40 years ago by leading swiss skincare experts. The range includes a classic spa skincare range specially formulated with natural ingredients to help nourish , protect and pamper your skin. Fragranced with a unique and secret blend of vanilla, rose and pine needle.


When it comes to dry skin, I know that there are others who have similar skin issues which is why I wanted to review something that could possible help us out!

Ok so on to the review!
FENJAL SHOWER OIL REVIEW


Packaging and Design

You guys know i have to talk about this , as a graphic designer I feel is my duty and obligation. Alright , whoever designed this is 100% focusing on us women for this product. From the curvaceous bottle shape to the subtle hints of pink , it’s very clear who their target market are. The packaging uses words like SPA and SENSATION , which is pretty much what every girl thinks of when they want to relax. The actual bottle is clear so that you can see the colour of the product , which is green . This tell us that they want us to think the product is made of natural resources or has some comparability to organic and nature. So if i saw this on a shop shelf and thought about buying, just by looking at the packaging alone. My initial thoughts would be “hmm this product looks quiet nature filled and natural, it says it’s an oil I can use in the shower! PERFECT and it will help moisturise my skin! Exactly what I need”

SO did the product live up to its packaging hype?

What did the texture feel like?

When i jumped in the shower I wanted to test out how the product reacted to dry skin and wet skin. So at first i only wet half of my body and applied the product to both sides. When applying the product to the dry side, It felt like I was applying a creamy oil . It could be compared to lightly melted vaseline. On the wet side it glided right off . which led me to conclude that this product would work best on damp skin rather than dry or wet skin .


What about the Smell?

Although the package says it’s fragranced with vanilla , rose and pine needle , I personally feel like the pine needle has the strongest scent of all. For some this may be a good thing but for me it felt a little overpowering . I had to follow up with a subtle fragranced lotion after .

How much Moisture is there?

When applied to damp skin , it lathered slightly and I could feel that it was providing the deep skin penetration I needed. The moisture level was actually quite satisfying, as once I left the shower i felt that i didn’t need to moisturise , although I did anyway just in case.

Overall thoughts

The Fenjal Shower Oil is a great product that lives up to its hype for sure. I will continue to use it over the next month and see how long it takes after each shower before i need to add moisture. It will be interesting to see if over time it actually reduces dryness in my skin . Also as a spa product I hope that it helps relax my body also. I strongly recommend you give this product a go!

Do you have dry skin too?

Check out my nighttime routine for dry skin

Will you be purchasing the Fenjal Shower Oil? Sound off in the comments below


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Sunday, 19 June 2016

Organise your desktop - Tips to de-clutter your computer

Organise your desktop- Tips to de-clutter


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Being consistently active on my computer, I tend to fill up storage fast . I found that throwing files on my desktop  and saying “  AH WHATEVS, i'll just sort it out later” Became a terrible habit. It got so bad, to the point that you couldn’t even see what was on my desktop, because all of the files were overlapping each other! I knew I had to make a change and told myself “Abbi  just organise your desktop” So I did .


You would think as a design i’d have a much more organised desktop but honestly , my brain is jam packed full of ideas and fun things  I want to get out . So basically my CLUTTERED desktop was a representation of my cluttered brain!
Things are different now obviously, as i'm much more focused and I know exactly what my goals are. I have an action plan in place and that has allowed me to focus on what’s important.


Alright so let’s break it down and discuss how I can help you organise your desktop, make it brain boosting and appear appealing.


GET RID OF THE VISUAL JUNK!

The first thing I did to De-clutter was write a list of everything I knew I would need on my desktop.
  • Microsoft office | Word ,Excel , Outlook and Powerpoint
  • Music/ Video | Itunes , Spotify , Quicktime and VLC
  • Design | Adobe Creative Cloud, Ps , Ai , Dw
  • Notes


I then head to my desktop, made a new folder called FILES and literally dragged everything from my desktop into it. I wanted my desktop to feel fresh, and by doing this it seemed less overwhelming (although I know it's purely psychological, lol all I did was move it from one place to another)

Alternatively you can get an external hard drive and drag everything to that! . (hey why not start fresh!?)

FOLDER THEM ALL

I feel that if I have saved anything to my computer at some point, then It must be important . I wouldn't go through the trouble of saving it if i didn't feel like I might need it . So the next step , As tedious as it may be , Is to put everything into folders and into more folders inside that folder. (sub-folder) Keep narrowing them down to create an archive . I find it much easier to organize my files by Date rather than by name . This way I know that if was was working on something in illustrator last Tuesday called “BRANDING WORK” and then went over to photoshop and created something called “DIGITAL WORK” but they are for the same project; they won’t appear next to each other If I organize the files by name.


Take a bit of time to decide how you want to organise your files, There are many ways to do it  so pick a way that you can consistently keep up with and what works for you .
Here are a few suggestions
  • By file type ( example , all word documents in one folder)
  • By Project
  • By Name (ALPHABETISED, but honestly this I steer clear from . The last thing I remember is the names of all my files)



GET VISUALLY MOTIVATED

It’s completely clear that i’m motivated by bright action packed colours, as they inspire my creative thinking, and boost my brain activity. There are so many ways you can spruce up your desktop, and I personally love to create custom folder icons and custom backgrounds.  So that's what I did first!
Starting with that FILES folder, I gave it a cute and colourful  icon, then I was inspired to create a few more custom icons for my desktop too!

How to create a custom icon on a mac desktop

  1. Create the image you want to use an icon
  2. Open the image with preview
  3. Hit ctrl+A to select all, then Copy
  4. Head to file/folder you want to customise and right click
  5. Select “get info”
  6. Click the current icon in the top left of the “get info file”
  7. Paste your new icon .

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Next step is your desktop picture . You can create something sleek and simple , or just use a simple image and place your icons around the image . I personally respond well to my desktop being split into sections.  That way I can put different icons in different parts of the desktop while Keeping organisation.


Once you have your folders organised , Your desktop background and your (optional) custom icons  you have officially DE-CLUTTERED and organised your desktop!


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What steps are you taking to de-clutter your desktop?
Leave a comment below and let's chat
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Thursday, 16 June 2016

Nighttime Beauty Routine : 6 steps to Eliminate DRY SKIN

Nighttime Beauty Routine : 5 steps to Eliminate DRY SKIN


Nighttime Beauty Routine : 6 steps to Eliminate DRY SKIN

As a blogger I have a very privileged opportunity to test out several beauty products , so i'm never without something to use every day . I’ve testing out so many different product combinations, but with Dry skin it can be the toughest challenge trying to keep your hydrated. I’ve come up with a Nighttime Beauty Routine that keeps my skin soft and moisturised!

Let’s be real, I wear concealer , liquid foundation  and also powdered foundation on a daily basis .. I know you're probably thinking jeez that's A LOT Abbi . ...But with an uneven skin tone and the fact that my skin would dry out after 10 mins of outside air , I Think it’s totally necessary. THE  SKIN BARRIER IS NEEDED Y’ALL!

So let’s break down each Product I use every night to remove that baked cake off my face, and how I keep it hydrated all night!

I start with the KIKO SOFTENING TONER. This product is ACE at getting off makeup!  It’s a light spray that I throw onto a cotton pad and simple wipe the makeup away!  It certainly doesn't completely clean my face , it just eliminates those top makeup layers. I've found that it does a great job at removing waterproof mascara too!

Now it's time to prep my skin for that deep cleanse . Ill use the ARK PRE CLEANSE. It’s so simple to use. The product is a thick clear liquid , almost the consistency of a quality shower gel. Simply place it all over your face , (i like to rub it in a little as it adds in moisture to your skin)  then wash off with lukewarm water.  

Now this next product is a surprising favourite of mine! I was given the full range of products by AIME, at a blogger event , and let me tell you … I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS SCRUB. I tried pretty much all that was given to me and this stood out by a long shot!  I suffer from clogged pores in my T-zone . So clogged that it needs to be unclogged every day! I really don't like to use pore strips because they cause the skin on my nose to crack  or peel . Please excuse the gory details . So after using this product my pores are clog free for roughly two days at time .. BUT HEY THAT'S BETTER THAN EVERY DAY RIGHT!?

The AIME EXFOLIATING POLISH is actually a creamy texture like lotion , with small red microbeads to help with the light skin scrubbing.

Next I'll use a bit more of the Kiko toner and reduce the low moisture level at this point.  Plus this is the perfect opportunity to give myself a full face wipe down incase I missed a bit of makeup here and there .

Followed with the SOND HYDRATING FACIAL SPRAY

LASTLY I apply a the HEAVEN DREAM OIL SERUM for final moisture . I opt for an oil products because it has 5 hours of my sleep time to sink into my face and make sure my face is extremely moisturised throughout the night! . Also prepped for my morning routine !

Nighttime Beauty Routine : 5 steps to Eliminate DRY SKIN

ALRIGHT nighttime routine is complete!

Let’s remind ourselves of the dry skin no more formula!

  1. Oil based MAKEUP REMOVER  or TONER - get rid of any makeup you may have on your face! The last thing you want to do is sleep with makeup on … you'll be punished with a breakout the next day!
  2. PRE CLEANSE - with an oil based product - Prep your skin for the harsh scrubbing it’s about to endure!
  3. Oil Based DEEP PORE SCRUB or MASK - get all of the dirty skin layers off while adding moisture to the layers beneath.
  4. OIL BASED TONER - yes again! Make sure there is no more makeup left on your face. This is your last chance!
  5. OIL BASED .. OIL .. a few drops will do the trick . ( I also recommend Drops of light and Drops of youth by TBS)

What Products do you love to use at night?
Do you have dry skin too!?
Sound off in the comments below and let’s chat!

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