There’s nothing Ordinary about what you’re about to read…

Welcome to my first ever post, on The Ordinary.

You only have to scroll down to find out that this definitely isn’t my first ever post, just my first ever ‘The Ordinary’ post.

Another thing, there’s nothing Ordinary about my posts… If anything, they’re out-of-the-Ordinary. One might even go as far as to say: ‘Extraordinari-ly weird!?!! Are you on METHODOLOGY!?!!’. Nope. I think it’s CRYSTAL clear that I have no experience in methodology.

Anyway, this review is not about my blog/posts, but about… Yep, you guessed it… Lush!

Hahaha! Only joking… The (extra)Ordinary!

My Verdict on… The Ordinary:

It’s brilliant, honestly. Fantabulous! It’s healed my skin brilliantly from pre-menstraul breakouts. Not even sure that’s how you spell “menstraul”, I think I’ve spelt it so wrong that not even autocorrect can help me out. My spelling of that word is beyond help.

Am I going to search the right spelling on Google as soon as I finish writing and publishing this? DUH! (Turns out it’s spelled: “menstrual”).

Could’ve been better*, I could’ve spelled it as MENSA!

“WHY AM I LIKE THIS!?!!” Been up since 4am is the answer.

So, are you going to try The Ordinary or..? It’s GREAT!

What products do I use from The Ordinary?

Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane

Granactive Retinoid, probably because my grandma actively avoids this blog, most definitely because she doesn’t know it exists. Speaking of grans in general, they probably use this. It’s good for keeping the skin youthful.

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

This is good for them MF’n P.I.M.Ples! 🎵

If you want to… pop some zits, with 20 serums in your pocket…🎵, this is fucking awesome! 👍

Argireline Solution 10%

The Holy Grail for my ‘nasalobials’, which just sounds like a gross synonym of the words ‘smile lines’.

I am starting to love my smile lines because they’re a sign of someone who smiled or laughed a lot. I used to hate them, but I’m starting to accept them. They’re a part of me and a reminder of my happiest times.

There’s literally nothing wrong with smile/expression lines (unless they’re frown ones). Turn that smile the right side up. ❤️

DISCLAIMER: if you’re trying these for the first time, definitely patch test. They’re quite abrasive to some skin types. Also, just because something works for me, doesn’t mean it’ll work for you. If you’ve found something that works, stick to it. If you haven’t, try these. I love them because they’re very affordable too. I’m sure this would make me feel less guilty if they didn’t necessarily work for me. Luckily, they do. ** this goes for all products reviewed**

Finally, on a separate note, thanks for not blocking this site from your Safari/Google Chrome/FireFox/Internet Explorer settings, it means a lot. If it’s any constellation, I haven’t blocked yours either. ASTRONOMICAL BEHAVIOOOOO!

You’ll be pleased to know I’m now off to bed. Literally, right now.

Let’s go! Motivate yourself to get the job done. Do it!

Are you ready to be motivated? Say it with me: “MOTIVATION FOR THE NATION (AND INTER-NATIONS)!”

Look, the truth is- without motivation, we wouldn’t get anything done…

What is your motivation? For some, it’s family/friends and careers. We are all different, and that’s what makes us beautiful.

Now, in order to maintain that motivation, we need the motivation to keep going, moving closer to our goals.

Well, you’re in luck, because this post’s got tips that will keep you motivated, or even boost that much needed… Motivation.

I don’t believe I’ve said it enough times already, so… Here it is, “motivation”.

Music:

If music moves you, listen to it while you’re getting the work done.

According to science (and my memory), music helps us stay motivated and concentrated on a task.

So, what are you waiting for? Create a playlist and go to town on your ears!

Cut Yourself Some Slack:

We are our own worst critics. The truth is, we are the only one with the vision.

If things don’t go according to plan, who knew what we actually wanted to achieve?

Stop being so hard on yourself.

Go with the flow, and you’ll get to your destination at the perfect time, not a second earlier, or later. Take your time. Slow. Down.

Try to remember that pushing ourselves too hard, or overdoing/overthinking things ruins them.

Break Down Your Workload/Goal

This tip is my favourite, mainly because it’s the one I’ve just recently mastered.

Imagine that overall long-term goal… But, don’t make it the be-all-and-end-all. Make short term goals that get you closer to achieving it, and whether it be weekly or monthly, evaluate your progress.

In terms of a specific task, break down the workload.

Think of all the stages that go into the overall picture… What are the pieces that make up the whole puzzle? Then, each time you complete a segment, celebrate by rewarding yourself with something you enjoy.

It’s fair to note that: taking regular breaks between/during tasks is vital. The last thing you want to do is burn yourself out.

The reality is, we will not be any closer to our goal in 10 minutes. It takes time, and patience.

Reward Yourself

This isn’t just about rewarding yourself each time you do something that gets you closer to your end goal… It’s also about rewarding yourself for staying motivated even though there is every reason not to. That, in itself, is an accomplishment.

Remind Yourself of The Goal & Why You’re Doing It

Keep the vision in mind, and never forget why you’re doing it. Never let go of that, especially not at the most testing times.

When you have every reason to give up, the end goal is the very reason you shouldn’t – motivate yourself with these thoughts.

In the same way, once you’ve reached your goal, don’t forget to look back on all it took to get there. You’ve earned this!

According to my GCSE Maths teacher, I can’t count… There’s more.

Be Innovative With Your Tasks

Tasks needn’t be boring. Find ways to make them fun, it’ll motivate you! Change it up a little bit… Research shows that when tasks seem boring/gruelling, we will always put them off. But, if they’re exciting and engaging, we’ll do them first.

Yes, there are fun ways of doing everything, and I mean literally everything. You’ve just got to find them.

Hi, student!

Welcome to another blog post! Hopefully, as most are, this’ll be another useful post to read!

This time, I’m discussing: University.

If you’re going back to University to study a masters/PhD or if you’re simply going to University for the first time, this post’s for you!

Making Friends

Are you moving away from home and beginning at a new University where you don’t know anyone? Join the University’s Facebook page/group.

Universities across England (and most likely abroad) have forums for Freshers/Freshman’s.

It’s also a good idea to use the Induction Day as a chance to hang out and meet the people on your course or studying similar courses. You’re going to be spending the next few years with them, after all…

DISCLAIMER: Don’t be afraid to be choosy about friends.

I was blessed with mine, but have heard stories where people’s choices in friends at University influenced them in the wrong ways.

DISCLAIMER 2.0:

Our communities, these days, are getting out of hand.

Unfortunately, we seem to be existing amongst barbarians (London’s crime rates are skyrocketing).

Therefore, please make sure to look out for people, always – on nights out especially.

DISCLAIMER, AGAIN: Stay true to yourself.

University is like starting secondary/middle or high school all over again.

Of course you want to be liked, but you’ll be loved for being yourself.

Find ways to break from the norm and not be swayed by peer-pressure.

Keep In Touch With Family & Friends From Home

Again, if you’ve moved away to attend University, keeping in contact with family and friends from your hometown is vital.

It will keep you levelheaded. You and your friends could always swap notes/introduce your friends to each other, growing your circle.

RING/TEXT. YOUR. PARENTS. EVERY. DAY. Although they talk bravado of “wanting to get rid of you” and such banter, your family (parents especially) will really miss you (and don’t mean any of it).

A family WhatsApp group (if you haven’t already got one setup) is a great way of keeping in contact with family. Swap memes if you have to! Just, keep the conversation alive. Let them know you’re okay, regularly.

Take Advantage Of Your Student Union

They’ll have some great offers on student resources, initiatives and extra-curricular activities to get involved in.

Another idea you should consider is: joining some Societies of interest. You can find out more information regarding this at your SU.

Joining a Society will help you increase your social circle. Hobbies are vital to take your mind off work and/or partying.

Set A Weekly/Monthly Budget

If you’re living away from home for the first time, being completely in charge of your own finances can be daunting.

Schools and colleges don’t teach us about this because Photosynthesis, Pythagoras and Of Mice & Men are more important.

First thing’s first, you need to budget having a good time versus paying your rent and other fees. I can’t stress enough how the most important thing to do is: budgeting.

There are some really good student budgeting apps that you can download too. Try Yolt, I recommend it!

It’s important to remember that you have responsibilities whilst at University, and that although partying all night, every night, is what we all want to do, it’s not feasible – and can leave us out of pocket.

Get a Part-Time Job

If you want to have more money to spend on partying or whatever else, which, let’s face it, everyone who’s not me, will… Get a part-time job.

You can start on a Christmas Temp contract and stay on afterwards (if your contract is extended). This will help you grow your budget.

NUS Card

NUS is the student card you shouldn’t live without.

Sign up to take advantage of some of the greatest offers in Entertainment, Fashion and much, much more!

Sign Up To Relevant Reddit/The Student Room Forums

There must be some Reddit or The Student Room forums that will give you more information on discounts for study or even entertainment resources.

You could even use this to connect with students in other Universities.

Your Hard-Drive or USB Should Be Your Best Friend

Back up your work!

It’s so important to save your coursework, lecture/seminar or exam notes in multiple places because if it’s lost… You’ve got yourself a SHITUATION!

Manage Your Workload

This should’ve been at the top, but I know how everyone (but mine)’s minds work.

Friends, good times, and money (to spend on good times) before actually doing the work required. That’s absolutely fine. We’re all entitled to live our lives the way we want.

I was a geek who kept lists and rewarded myself with several hours of playing Sims, so I could only daydream of being that way inclined.

The best thing (whether you’re a geek like me or a party/good-time seeker) is, we all get to the same destination in the end, and that’s success.

Look After Yourself

Lastly, REMEMBER TO LOOK AFTER YOURSELF!

It’s all well & good telling you to look after others, but you are your own responsibility and you come first, always.

Look after yourself by staying healthy, happy and on keeping on track with your assignments.

Balance is the most important. Doing everything in moderation leads us to perfection.

If it’s not impossible/too far, try going home for the holidays. Split your time between home and University, you’ll feel better for it.

I hope this post has helped in given you some tips… If it hasn’t, I’m sorry?

I wish you all the luck with your studies and University is there to be enjoyed.

To conclude, make the most of every year, but particularly the first as that’s the least stressful (education-wise).

alpha hBonjour, MFs!

I wanted to begin this post by raising awareness for everyone’s favourite thing, the existence of Duty Free. Thanks for being ‘a thing’, DF! Let me not be the first to say that without you, we’d not have been met with a fraction of the bargains we have.

Back to the post, which is why you’re here? Okay.

Alpha H’s Liquid Gold is golden. It claims to lift, brighten and exfoliate, with visible results after just one use – and is dubbed the ‘overnight facial’.

Does it work?

In a word, ‘of course it does, I tried it last night for the first time, as my skin wasn’t at its best post-flight, and it felt amazing this morning’. < ummm, what a great word!

My skin is radiant, soft like a baby’s bottom! But, in a survey, we asked 100 parents: “who’s bottom is softer (and better)?”, 99% of parents said my bottom’s ‘softer (and better)’ than their own baby’s bottom. I don’t make the rules, they make ‘mii!

Here’s the thing, I suffer from insomnia. It’s quite bad most days. I travel quite a bit, so that doesn’t help either…

Worry not, though, as I’ve recently found something that helps me… Well, a few things actually, but this one in particular! Enter: This Works.

I typically average 4-5 hours a night. Awful, right? Well, it can’t be helped. Working with computers and then coming home to my own… Must. Play. Sims. It really takes its toll.

My experience with insomnia…

I feel as though my insomnia has worsened over the years, particularly since experiencing bouts of ‘sleep paralysis’.

I can honestly say that sleep paralysis is one of the worst things I have ever experienced.

I once dreamt/woke up during a dream where I was underneath a motorbike and the rider was revving their engine really loud above me, with ‘Shut Up & Drive’ playing really loudly in the background. There was just a plank of wood separating me and this red motorbike. I couldn’t move or scream, just watching/hallucinating… It was terrifying. That’s the worst I’ve had it, I think.

But, what exactly is ‘sleep paralysis’?

It’s basically when you wake up from your dream-state (not Florida) prematurely and watch your dream play out, vividly, in front of your very eyes. You feel powerless, helpless and speechless… All you can do is wait for it to be over. No-one really knows how it comes about, nor what triggers it.

I suffered from it quite frequently for a few months on-and-off a few years back and since then, it’s as if my mind refuses to sleep in case it happens again even though, luckily for me, it hasn’t.

Back to insomnia, and the post at hand… I’ve mentioned this before, but my insomnia gets considerably worse before I go travelling. My mind gets so wired and awake, that it’s like it refuses to sleep, and I end up tiring myself out massively.

I’m not sure if I discussed what I’m about to bring up before, but I had a particular episode in Dubai, this January, that was probably the worst (and most embarrassing rolled into one).

Picture this: I land (for a trade-show), get to hotel, all whilst functioning on 3 hours sleep in 3 days… Yep, one could say I’m knackered. I wake up the following day at 3am and can’t sleep any further… I get a bright idea to head downstairs to 24-hr pharmacy (at 3:15am), and pick up a Panadol Night and a night-time sachet that you dilute with water. I then go on to have a full day of activities to tire myself out.

I go back to hotel, and drink the sachet and take sleeping tablets at 8:30pm. Wake up at 9:30am, right? Read on, it gets longer and worse.

Thinking I’ve had a full night’s sleep… I shower, apply my makeup and get dressed, as you do. I draw back the curtain and it’s pitch dark outside!?!?!??!? I start questioning the RISING of the SUN because I’ve OBVIOUSLY had such a long and relaxing sleep… “WHY IS IT NOT SUNNY AT 9:30AM YET!?!?”

No, seriously – so, I call my mum… Only to find out it was actually 9:30pm Dubai time. I’d basically only been out for one hour. Never, ever again.

Therefore, if you can avoid tablets and the like, spray your pillow with this instead!

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WHEN: use at bedtime to help reduce sleep anxiety and improve sleep quality.

HOW: our award-winning natural, aromatherapeutic Superblend of Lavender, Vetivert and Camomile calms both mind and body, soothing you to sleep.

WHY: when we sleep our skin cells repair and harmful toxins are removed, making sleep the ultimate beauty secret and first step in your skincare routine.

97% slept better
89% fell asleep faster
98% felt more refreshed in the morning
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*In a study of 100 subjects and 100 ex-prescription users compared to no product.

Look, I’ve really found This Works’ Sleep Pillow Spray helpful. It does what it claims, and I now fall asleep faster, and deeper, (even if not for longer).

How can I be certain that I’ve slept deeper?

The only way I can tell that I’ve slept deeply is by waking up really refreshed, and not the way I have previously. I’ve had times where I’ve woken up worse than I felt before I went to bed. That – for me, is the opposite of a ‘deep sleep’.

The good news is: I can categorically say that those days are long gone since spraying this nightly.

What do I love about it?

It’s natural, actually works and smells fresh, almost like a dream.

I actually find myself looking forward to spraying it on every night, as sad as that sounds!

To summarise one of the longest posts on this blog, This Works’ Deep Sleep Pillow Spray has helped me sleep quite deeply since I began using it. It’s now a staple to my sleep routine.