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Sunday, 22 November 2015

5 things to do when you're hungover

5 things to do when you're hungover
Sunday, 22 November 2015
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Recently we found ourselves in the midst of a crippling hangover - we're talking heads pounding, stomachs churning and the thought of getting out of bed sickening. So, instead of doing important uni work that needed doing, cleaning the kitchen that looked like a bomb had hit it or looking at the drunken texts/calls we made that were sure to be an embarrassing drunken mistake, we decided to share with you some things that make our hangovers just a little bit more bearable.  

Eat
Not someone who can eat when they're hungover? You're missing out! There's nothing we love more than stuffing our faces with absolute crap when we're hungover (and when we're not!), it just makes you feel a little better about the bad choices you made and the dignity you lost. We recommend something loaded with carbs, we like to imagine it soaking up the alcohol in our system - it makes us feel better about eating carbs on carbs on carbs. Oh, and don't forget the orange juice, that's a must. 

Sleep
Let's be honest, napping at any time of the day, hung over or not, is the best. 

Shower
A hot shower the morning after is like washing away last nights mistakes and regrets. It doesn't matter what rigorous beauty routine you endured the night before, wash out that hairspray, wash off that fake tan and make sure you scrub scrub scrub! There's just something about standing under that beautiful waterfall of hot water that helps make you feel a little more human and a little less shitty.

Be around people
Don't wallow in self pity, we know it well and it won't help. It'd be a rare occasion to find us alone when we're hungover, and not because we hate being apart or because we have hundreds of friends that want to hear about our amazing drunken attics, instead it's  because one of us likes to ring the other at a ridiculous hour of the morning because she wants attention and orange juice. Having said that, there's nothing better that being around people when you feel like shit, you can joke about the previous night, have a little cuddle, watch bad TV and just feel like crap together. Yes they might tell you about that time you were grinding on a 50 year old man who had 3 missing teeth and grabby hands, but at the end of the day that's what friends are for. 

Pamper
A bit of TLC when you're feeling fragile is always the best and most appreciated. Your body is trying to fight the reminisce of alcohol and whatever fast food you ordered the night before and it just needs a bit of love. So, be it a face mask or a nose strip, pampering yourself is a sure way to make you feel a little better and help your body get back to it's normal self. 


We'd love to hear from you, hangover tips are always appreciated! :)






Tuesday, 17 November 2015

My hair journey

My hair journey
Tuesday, 17 November 2015
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Last month I made the life changing decision to bleach my dark brown hair blonde. My intention was to go a silvery/purple colour and foolishly I thought it would happen right away and that I could do it on a limited budget - boy was I wrong! It took around 6 bleaches, 3 toners and a shit load of silver shampoo to get the colour it is now, but it was so worth it!



The first step was making the decision. Myself and Abby watched countless YouTube videos of people bleaching their dark hair at home and we decided that it was possible. I bought the Bleach London Total Bleach kit and put my hair in Abby's hands. This is how it turned out (picture on the right)...
after 1 bleach
Not great. It actually looked much worse in person. It was patchy and orange, not at all what I wanted. 
after 2 bleaches and a tone

After deciding I could not go out in public like that and ordering another box of bleach with next day delivery, we decided to try again... 

I definitely recommend not bleaching your hair twice in 2 days because my hair absolutely HATED me, but a sister's gotta do what a sister's gotta do.

So I was left with the picture on the left. Even though this didn't go as planned, I was actually really impressed with the bleach we used. Considering it was shop bought, it massively changed my hair colour and didn't sting while it was on. It also came with a hydrating hair mask which works wonders! I wouldn't use any other hair brand to be honest. I think Bleach London is really cool, it has so many funky colours that I want to try and their instagram is full of amazing hair inspo!


after going to the hairdresser
Eventually though, I admitted defeat and decided to ask my hair dresser to try to get it the colour I wanted. Of course, it was actually impossible to get there straight away because my hair was so damaged from bleaching so much in such a short space of time and neither of us wanted to risk my hair singeing off, but my hairdresser did all she could and I was so happy with the finished product.


So for the past month I've just been looking after my hair as much as possible, using hair masks and the Bleach London silver shampoo to get it as light as possible. I do intend on getting it silver eventually, but I just wanted to give my hair a bit of a break for a while! Overall, I don't regret doing it because I LOVE being blonde but if I was to give any advice, it would maybe be to just go to the hairdressers in the first place if you have dark hair. Yes, it is expensive, but a lot of people end up going anyway to get the colour corrected so it's better to just cut your losses and go in the first place. This is the colour that my hair is currently... quite a difference from my original brown!
Saturday, 14 November 2015

SOCIAL MEDIA REVOLUTION?

SOCIAL MEDIA REVOLUTION?
Saturday, 14 November 2015
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There's been so much in the news recently about 19 year-old Essena O'Neill who has raged a one-woman war against social media. Aside from being shocked, it actually made us think a lot about what social media is really about and whether this 'revolution' is a good or bad thing...

Abby
When I first read about Essena O'Neill's radical action to her Instagram account and her emotional Youtube video explaining her reasons behind leaving social I was shocked and confused. How could someone who has everything be so unhappy? She has the perfect body, she's beautiful, she has clothes that some girls could only dream of yet she was lashing out and bad mouthing social media, such as Instagram, calling it a "contrived perfection made to get attention".

I don't know if I fully agree with her public slaying of social media, I follow many Youtubers who are very honest and public about any sponsors they have, they share most of their lives with their online followers to a point where you almost feel like you know them. If these people are being honest and share almost all of their lives with us yet are happy in themselves then maybe it was the way Essena approached social media. There are so many factors that could have caused her to feel the way she is and although social media may be one of them, it's possible that other factors could have caused her constant and obsessive strive for social promotion. Either way social media gave her the confidence she has now and the following/platform that she is now using to start a revolution against social media. There are still so many questions that need to be asked yet she is not responding to any requests for interviews, maybe she feels like she's said all that needs to be said, but I don't think it's right for her to slate all platforms of social media and not accept the consequences that may come with that.

Don't get me wrong, I think she's extremely brave for speaking out about her unhappiness, but I think she should have gone about it in a better way and reached out for help rather than attack social media, for many people social media is a platform for communication, creativity and expressiveness, I just hope that Essena's actions don't effect social media for those it's providing positive aspects for.

Kayleigh
This is something that I, as well as many other people I’m sure, have mixed feelings about.
On the one hand I completely agree with everything that Essena O’Neill has done and said. It can be argued that social media (particularly things such as Instagram) can be quite damaging to young people because they may look at ‘set up’ pictures and wonder ‘why is my life not like that?’ or ‘why don’t I look like that?’ in a similar way to how other media makes young people feel insecure. To combat these feelings of insecurity a lot of young people spend most of their time on social media which can make them alienated from real life. We seem to seek validation from social media to make us feel better – I know from personal experience that I kind of feel disappointed when my Instagram pictures don’t get many likes, to the extent that I sometimes delete them and repost at a ‘peak time’.
As well as this, Essena talks about how a lot of her pictures were actually paid advertisements from companies and this I definitely don’t agree with. As a sociology student, it seems overtly clear that capitalism is seeping in to every single thing that we do.
On the other hand, I actually do enjoy looking at and posting nice pictures on Instagram and I find that a lot of the time it actually cheers me up. I also think that it can be a positive way to network with other people and spread positive messages, such as ones of self-love.
I guess my conclusion would be that we have to somehow find a way to use social media but also keep ourselves distant from it. It must be possible to enjoy posting and looking at images without getting too involved and letting it take over our lives, because at the end of the day we have to remember that it’s not real.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

November Playlist

November Playlist
Wednesday, 11 November 2015
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 It's November now which means we can start talking about Christmas, right?! 
So before we start listening to nothing but Michael Buble's Christmas album, here are some songs we've been loving recently.
Let us know in the comments which songs you've been listening to or what you think about the ones in our playlist.
  
                                 
Monday, 2 November 2015

Opinion Post: Tax on Tampons

Opinion Post: Tax on Tampons
Monday, 2 November 2015
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This is kind of different for us because we haven't really spoken frankly about social issues on our blog before, but seeing as how there's this big hurrah surrounding tampon tax in the UK right now, we thought that we would weigh in on the debate.



Now it’s easy for ignorant people to brush this off as “just another feminist problem” but this is something that definitely needs to be taken seriously. Why is it that a lot of men AND women find it so difficult to discuss natural bodily functions? Even those involved in the actual debate, you can tell, found it hard to use words like ‘tampon’ and ‘period’. 

This is one of the biggest issues in our society. 

People are so concerned with things seeming ‘perfect’ that natural bodily functions have become pushed out and tabooed and this includes menstruation. People are completely fine seeing a pair of naked boobs in their newspapers, but as soon as someone mentions menstruation it’s like a dirty word.



For many, myself included, it’s not purely down to money – it’s the bigger picture. It’s the fact that real luxury items like alcohol jellies and exotic meats are exempt from tax. Trust me (and pretty much every other woman in the entire world) there is absolutely NOTHING luxurious about having a period. It’s emotional, messy and sometimes painful so does it seem fair that we have to pay for it too? It almost feels as if periods aren’t important enough to be catered for, yet razors are? God forbid anyone should have to have unsightly facial hair, but blood in your knickers? Meh, who cares?
But for the people that are concerned about the financial side, it’s perhaps even more unfair. These women are being denied a fundamental human right – their dignity. The Trussell Trust which manages the largest network of food banks in the UK found that 1,084,604 people used food banks in 2014/15. If that many people can’t afford something as essential as food, how on earth are they going to afford ‘luxuries’ like tampons?! Their only alternative is to go without, something that would be considered ‘unhygienic’ by society. It just seems that it’s a lose-lose situation.

Aren’t we supposed to be supporting women? So why is it that they’re being discriminated against in the most basic way?



I have mixed feelings about this, I understand how the taxing of tampons could be considered sexist and quite frankly, ridiculous, however being a 20 year old female student I don't find that it affects me in any way. Before all this publicity of tax and tampons I don't think anyone thought twice about how tampons are taxed, yes we might have complained about how much they are, but we need them so we bought them anyways - and still do.
If we're saying that tampons should be tax free or even free in some instances then soon people will be saying that bras should be free, isn't it the same principle?
However, I do understand why some people are outraged about this and I do agree to some degree. I think the most common question I've heard is 'how is it fair that tampons are taxed? - they are a necessity not a luxury'. Another point I've heard a lot is how men's products, such as razors, are taxed as necessity items instead of luxury yet we find ourselves being taxed for tampons as luxury items yet we can't control this, just like facial hair - and with this point I do agree.
But what happens if tampons do become tax free? Wouldn't we be causing some damage to the companies and products that we know and love? I'm shocked that people think companies such as Tampax should be selling their product tax free, they offer a variety of different products with the most expensive being what I would consider the nicest form of tampon - a scented tampon with a plastic applicator tube. If you ask me, that sounds like a pretty luxury product! I'm not saying that all tampons should be considered a luxury item, but there are certainly some brands & some tampons that have specific qualities that we shouldn't consider a necessity. So, maybe we should get a bog standard option, one with no application device and no option of absorption level that is tax free. 
I know a lot of you are going to disagree with me here and that's ok, this is just my honest opinion, I am in no way saying that yours is wrong, please understand that.


Please feel free to share your thoughts on this! We'd love to get a discussion going.


Sunday, 1 November 2015

BRIGHTON VLOG!

BRIGHTON VLOG!
Sunday, 1 November 2015
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So we've just uploaded our very first YouTube video! It's just a really short vlog of a little trip to Brighton but we're excited to start vlogging!

Feel free to have a watch and let us know what you think!


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