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BEAUTY | EOS Coconut Milk Lip Balm

Thursday, March 09, 2017

I recently picked up this EOS Coconut Milk lip balm from TK Maxx for £3.99. I've previously had an EOS Lip Balm and I really enjoyed using it. 

A couple of weeks ago I was talking to a friend about EOS lip balms as you do. We always have makeup and beauty product chats. I did miss having one of these and then TK Maxx had rakes of them. I love it when you chat about something and then it's almost as if it's meant to be. I knew I wasn't leaving the shop without one. 

BEAUTY | EOS Coconut Milk Lip Balm from TK Maxx

Recently I've grown to love coconut flavours after previously shying away from them and not really enjoying the scent. It does have a very creamy and coconut flavour and scent to it. 

Initially, I was going get the vanilla mint but my last EOS was sweet mint which I loved so I decided to try something different and I'm glad that I did. 

BEAUTY | EOS Coconut Milk Lip Balm from TK Maxx

I've been using this in the evenings before I get in bed and I find it very moisturising. 

Another thing I like about the EOS lip balms is the packaging, I like the quirky egg-shaped packaging. 

For me, there are two downsides one is the RRP as at £6.50 I think this is too much but I did manage to justify the TK Maxx price.

BEAUTY | EOS Coconut Milk Lip Balm from TK Maxx

The second is the base of the previous EOS lip balm was like a bicycle spoke and towards the end of the product, I pushed a bit too hard as I applied it and the remaining product fell through the spokes and I essentially lost a good chunk of the product. For the price, I'd have either expected the full base to have product in or a flat base so all the product could be used. I know I will be more careful with this one knowing the base isn't solid. 

BEAUTY | EOS Coconut Milk Lip Balm from TK Maxx

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Beauty | Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Over this winter I've felt my skin has needed a bit more care. I've done a post in January about my winter skin care routine. 

I class my skin as combination as it is oily and has dry patches. However my dry patches are in the oily areas. I find it a bit odd but I think other people have this as well. 

One of my skin saviours this winter has been the Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask. I've been a fan of tissue masks for a couple of years and usually buy superdrugs own brand ones. 


Beauty | Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask
This is the only product from this range that I've tried but my mum is a huge fan of the range and picked up a gift set in the sale and it contained one of these masks. 

She let me try the mask after I'd mentioned I had been looking for one and had been unsuccessful.

I instantly fell in love with this product. It feels cool and refreshing and makes my skin feel hydrated and smooth.  

Beauty | Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask

One of the things that I don't understand about the product is, it has two layers. A white tissue mask and a blue over layer which you remove once the mask is in place. I don't see the need for this. I can only assume it is to help put the mask in place but I think it a little bit of a waste and don't think there would be any difference without this layer. 

The mask is also very wet and sometimes it feels a little odd when it's first applied but this is more about me than the mask. 

You leave the mask on for 15 minutes and once the mask has been removed there is always some product left on the skin. As I usually use the mask while I have a bath. I tend to run the product in then wash my face in the shower (I always have a shower right after the bath to wash my hair and face - shower is in the bath. TMI, maybe?) 

I was initially using this once a week. However, I've been using other face masks and I've reduced to once or twice a month. 
Beauty | Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask

Beauty | Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask


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GOALS | Update 4 - End of February 2017: The Month of Pinterest

Sunday, March 05, 2017

If you’ve been following me since the start of the year you will already know that I’ve set myself goals rather than resolutions this year.

my 2017 blog goals update 4 End of Feb / beginning of March

As the months go on I’m going to be amending and tweaking things as they still don’t feel perfect but I’ve split my goals into 4 areas Blog, YouTube, Social Media, and Life. I’m also having one blog or social media focus point each month.

Blog

Under the blog header I had three main things that I wanted to focus on and they are detailed below. I just wanted to talk about what I have been doing blog wise this month. 

It felt like time for a new blog template. Do you like it? I do, it's not perfect but it was free and I like it better that what I had. I spent a lot of time looking at paid for templates but I couldn't find one I really liked. 

Some of my mini goals for this month included the new template, posting better pictures which I think I have achieved. 

Fixing broken links. I spent days removing 4 years worth of broken links from my blog. It was mostly old social media links of my own from before I had my custom URL which was even more annoying. 

I've been running a weekly check and new links appear all the time as URLs expire, people change or delete things. My plan is to only run it monthly going forward. 

Below is the update on each of the yearly goals for my blog:


§  Consistency – I’ve cut down to blogging twice a month rather than trying to blog as frequently as possible. I decided to aim for twice a week and I have been meeting this every week. By cutting down I feel like I’ve been putting up better content. We’ll ignore my spelling and grammar for now but I think my photography has improved. I’m adding alt tags to pictures. Making sure I add a description to blog posts and I’ve got into a good routine with this which I hope will continue.

§  Engagement – How do you measure engagement? I’m getting more comments but I haven’t looked at google analytics figures. To be honest I don’t care about bounce rate and exit page information or all the other delightful info you can obtain via Google Analytics. Maybe I should care more.

§   Readership ­­– My visitor numbers are still very low and that can be quite disheartening, especially when I feel like I’m taking more time and effort over my posts.

YouTube
I started off quite strong posting three times a week, then towards the middle of the month. I lost all motivation and haven't filmed any videos. I also think If I had I wouldn't have had the motivation to edit them. 

If you can give me a bit of motivation and inspiration, at the start of the year I had three specific things to focus on and I've put my update below;

§   Replying to Comments – Fail! I’ve become a little dishearten by my YouTube channel. I got a bit of a fly comment a few weeks ago, and normally comments like that roll off me but this one stung. I’ve had some lovely comments and I’ve just ignored them all. Apologies to everyone who has left a comment

§   Build my audience – Surprisingly my subscribers has grown. I know in part to joining in with Facebook groups. I’m just grateful that despite not posting my subscribers has increased.

§   Reduction in posting – Achievement unlocked! I started off well. I was initially posting three times a week and this was against my better judgement. I had decided to post twice weekly but as I had videos ready I uploaded them. I wish I’d rationed them out


LLife

LLife is a funny old thing, it's a real mix of being extremely good and terrible at the moment. This is aall a bit melodramatic but I don't really know how to explain how i'm feeling recently. 

My aims for my life this year are below: 

§  See my friends more – I have managed to meet up with friends about 3 times this month. I’ve been out for breakfast, and had 2 nights out. One even included us missing the last tram home.

Go back to the gym – Nope, Nada, Nope. I tried but didn’t have my wrist band to get in. meaning I couldn’t access the gym itself.

§New Job – No real change. I have updated my CV, I have googled a couple of jobs and reactivated my linked in account.

§  Read more – I’ve read one book. Miss Peregrines School for peculiar children.

§  Start a 2nd blog – I did start this in December but I haven’t updated it this month.

Social Media
§  Growth – At the start of the year I set some social media target for myself. In my 3rd update I explained how I worked these out. As a quick recap. I looked back at my past 2 years’ growth and then rounded up. My aim over all is to grow. Not excessively, I just want to move forward rather than being stagnant which is how I feel most of my social media platforms were in 2016.


Social media spreadsheet targets


I’ll talk about Pinterest further down in the post but as you can see I grew on all platforms apart from Youtube and my SW Instagram.

I’m fine with this as I didn’t upload much on either of these platforms. As you can see my monthly targets are not huge.

§  Google Plus – My attention has been elsewhere really this month. I have still been using it and I do like it. However, they have changed the layout and won’t let us change back to the classic layout which was much more appealing and easier to use in my opinion.

§  Interaction – This is a tough one as I do feel like I have been interacting more but as I’ve fall out with twitter again I don’t feel like I’m seeing the interaction as much but I know it’s there.

Social Media focus February – Pinterest.

If you’ve looked at the above picture and you will see that my monthly target was 694. This was based on getting to a year end target of 750. I decided to focus on Pinterest and gave myself the aim of getting to that 750 by the end of February. I did manage to reach this by 7th February and surprised myself.

I have been making more of an effort to make Pinterest friendly images for my blog. I have also re-named all my boards to be more descriptive, as well as giving all my boards descriptions and I have moved pins to the relevant boards.

Looking at facebook I saw a few people mention group boards and I have joined three, but I haven’t really used these much. Another thing I have been doing is following more people. I don’t check to see if these people follow back but I’m sure some do follow back but I’m enjoying seeing a wider mix of pins in my news feed.

Facebook has groups for pretty much every social media platform going and I have also joined a few but I’ve been quite sporadic about joining in threads and tend to just use one or two of them.

Once I hit the 750 target, I did carry on pinning and following people rather than just sitting back and leaving it be. I also tried to set up rich pins but Pinterest seem to be having issues for a lot of people.

I have also made sure that I’ve been scheduling tweets about my Pinterest account and sharing boards.
  
I also installed a Pinterest widget on my blog, I don't know if this helps but I like how it looks. 


Next Month’s Social Media Focus

In March I want to focus on Google Plus and my Facebook page. I’ve never really spent much time on either of these platforms. My overall aim for the year was to spend time on Google Plus and I haven’t been using it as much as I would have liked so I want to include in as part of a monthly goal.

As of this moment I don’t really have any specific plans of what I will be doing with / on either of these platforms. If you have any tips on using them for general use or blog promotion or getting interaction.

Blog / YouTube Schedule
Here goes nothing, I’m planning on blogging three times a week. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

My YouTube will have videos once a week on a Sunday. 3 times a week was too much and I’ve lost my mojo a little bit. If I have more content I will put it up but my goal is for one video a week.

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Food| Inside Innside Bloggers Lunch

Thursday, March 02, 2017

When it comes to lunch options in Manchester you aren't short of options in the city centre but for those of us who work on the edge of the city a quick and filling lunch is slightly more limited without taking a bit of a walk. 

The Innside by MeliĆ” hotel on First Street has opened up it's lunch time buffet to offer workers two options. I was invited to join a number of bloggers to sample the lunch options available and I headed over on my lunch break to see what they had to offer. 

Innside by Melia Manchester Lunch

They offer a hot lunch which has a different theme each weekday. I visited on a Friday and the hot food option was a choice of Thai Green and Thai Red curry. I think they may need to rename Friday to "Asian" Just a thought. I'm not a fan of either of these so I headed to the cold buffet options. 

I do plan to go back on a Wednesday to see what the Spanish options are. I also like that there is a variety of options and that you can get a hot meal at lunchtime. 

Innside by Melia Manchester Lunch  Menu

The buffet is beautifully presented, with a wide variety of choices. Including salad. Humus, cous cous, cooked meat & cheese as well as bread rolls and fresh fruit. 


Innside by Melia Manchester Lunch Buffet


The mirror above the food has the names of the food rather than little card propped up by each plate. I didn't spot this initially as I was trying to decide what everything was but I do like this.


Innside by Melia Manchester Lunch options

I picked a lot of different things to try a bit of everything. The tuna and sweetcorn, olives and the choice of bread were my favourites. Everything was fresh and tasty and I loved that there was a wide choice of fresh food to choose from. 

Innside by Melia Manchester My Lunch

The hot lunch is priced at £6.50 and the salad box option is £4.50 for me this is good value for the quality of the produce available. 

I was invited as part of a blogger lunch event to sample the lunch menu and didn't pay for the lunch but all opinions are my own and I will use this lunch option in the future. Can some remind me I want to go on a Wednesday to try the Spanish menu. 

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