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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Let's talk cold sores


First of all, lets clear up what a cold sore actually is and ways of which people can unfortunately develop them. According to the NHS website (medical website in the UK) cold sores are small blisters that develop on the lips or around the mouth. They are caused by the herpes simplex virus. The strain of herpes simplex virus usually responsible for cold sores is known as HSV-1.  There are two types of herpes, which many people get confused about. HSV-1 is developed around the mouth - which is a cold-sore, and HSV-2 is genital herpes. 

There is so much negativity that surrounds a cold sore and yes, it is a form of herpes. Now, before you start passing judgement when you see someone who suffers with this, you need to learn a few home truths. 

I have been at the brunt end of negativity and bullying when I was growing up due to this matter and this is simply down to sheer ignorance and lack of understanding.  

So, lets get a few things straight! It isn't just through sex that you can catch herpes. I have suffered with cold sores since I was 2 years old. Cold sores are extremely contagious and my mother has been a long sufferer of this. 

The herpes simplex virus – or "cold sore virus" can be easily passed from person to person by close direct contact. After someone has contracted the virus, it remains dormant most of the time. However, every so often the virus can be activated by certain triggers, resulting in an outbreak of cold sores. These triggers vary from person to person.

My personal triggers are stress and nuts. I have to stay away from almonds and chocolate coated peanuts such as M&Ms. I have found that as long as I stay healthy and refrain from eating certain foods, I rarely have a cold sore. 

No contact
If you do suffer from cold sores, or know someone that does please ensure that you:

  • Never drink from their cup when they have a cold sore
  • Never use their face towel 
  • Don't use their toothbrush - this is gross and you shouldn't anyway
  • No kissing or oral sex
  • No touching the infected area - this can cause your cold sore to spread and also impacts the healing process
Of course, this is only between the 7-10 day healing process, because it is contagious. At any other time, it is fine. I would suggest throwing away your toothbrush after you've had a cold sore as germs and bacteria will be on this, and I would change your bedding also as your face will have been on your pillow. It's best to be cautious and avoid developing another cold sore. 

The best medication for cold sores 
If you suffer from a cold sore on the odd occasions like myself, then using the following treatment can help:
  • Zovirax - best cream I have ever used and gets rid of cold sores quickly. Ensure you apply immediately as soon as your start to feel a tingle
  • Blistex - I use this all of the time, this not only helps cracked lips, it also prevents cold sores 
  • Ice cubes - helps with the swelling, itchiness and also numbs the pain 
  • Paracetamol - in case you get pain when you have a cold sore, it's always useful 
I would suggest applying cold sore cream with a cotton bud and washing your hands immediately after to avoid spreading. If you suffer more frequently with cold sores I would consult your  doctor as I do believe you can get stronger medication to help. 

I hope you found this post useful! 



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Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Unsubscribing from GlossyBox


After careful consideration, I have decided to unsubscribe from Glossybox. I have been contemplating whether this is the right decision or not since the end of last year, and I have decided that now is the right time.

I have been losing interest in Glossybox for sometime now and I feel almost bored with the process. My excitement levels have disappeared and to be honest, I feel more and more disappointed when my box arrives. This is nothing against Glossybox and it's definitely worth it if you're new to beauty and would like to be introduced to new brands. However, after a while it becomes very repetitive and I don't feel it's worth the £13.99 I spend each month.

This months marks a time to start saving and being more frugal. I have been wanting to save and start building a better life for myself for a while and now I feel I am in the right place and position to do so. I have so many plans for 2016, and saving money is all part of that plan. The £13.99 is just a small amount of money I can save in addition to what I have calculated already. This will give me an extra £167.88 each month.

Unsubscribing from GlossyBox was really simple and painless. There is nothing worse than trying to unsubscribe from something and it being long winded. This was just a quick click of a button and you receive an email to say you have unsubscribed. 

I may one day find a new subscription box that suits me, but for now, I think I am better off without one.





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Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Love from Lush

Me and Gary agreed this Valentine's that we wouldn't buy each other gifts. After three years together we decided that we already know how much we love each other and that gifts would not be necessary. That of course flew out the window as soon as Gary placed this on my lap. He said he couldn't help it and wanted to surprise me.. Needless to say I was chuffed and well I did the same thing. Great minds think alike, well we do anyway. 

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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Dior Hypnotic Poison


Dior Hypnotic Poison has got to be one of my favourite scents ever created. Which speaks volumes because I am such a picky person when it comes to selecting the right perfume. For years I have said how much I love this and still to this day, it's one that I will reach for on a regular basis. 

I realised not too long ago that I have never actually reviewed this fragrance in detail for you and really explained what there is to love. So, when my younger brother Ryan re-purchased a bottled for me at Christmas I just had to write this. 

THE PACKAGING

I find the overall packaging quite simplistic and slightly outdated. It doesn't reflect the scent and quite frankly it doesn't appeal to many people. The red and black with hints of gold is quite dark romantic/Gothic which if I was buying this product based on just the box it comes in, I wouldn't bother. However, I suppose the dark box reflects the name of the perfume - Hypnotic poison which in turn justifies the intensity of the colours and the use of dark tones. 
 THE SCENT

This scent launched in 1998, which just FYI - was 18 years ago. This scent is sweet, with real hints of vanilla and I would say it's slightly woody. There is also an underlying fruity tone which combines and compliments the vanilla so well. It's definitely intense and I would say suits better in the evening rather than as your casual everyday perfume. The longevity of this perfume is around 5 hours, it blends so well into the skin that sometimes you don't realise you have it on until someone compliments you about it. 

I would definitely recommend it to ladies who like a more elegant perfume, it screams Hollywood glamour and I absolutely love it. You can buy this perfume in all your standard perfume shops, I usually purchase my fragrances from Boots, or feelunique.com. 

I hope you enjoyed this review!
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Monday, 1 February 2016

Frugal February


This February I have decided to cut down on spending! My outgoings as of late have become rather erratic and I have been wasting money rather than saving it. February marks my month for change. 

Not only have I started the 52 week challenge this year (which is a saving scheme where you save £1 for every week in the year - for example (1st week:£1, 2nd week: £2) By the end of the year I will have saved £1.378. I have also decided to cut out a lot  of frivolous spending.

February is a trial month as I want to see where all my money goes which is why I will be giving myself a weekly allowance. This will cover - food, petrol and whatever else I usually do in the week - whether this is go out with Gary or with friends. I have so many big things that I want to do this year, and saving is essential to achieve this. 

My dad has always urged me to save, he would say for a rainy day. I wish I listened to him once I started working, this would have been a huge help to me now if I had just saved 10% of my wage each month I would be in a better position now. I feel like I have so much catching up to do and although I didn't start this early, it's never to late. 

Here is my list to help cut down of spending
  • Budget for each week - petrol, groceries and also a weekly allowance
  • Watch cash flow - calculate bills
  • Unsubscribing from GlossyBox - February will be my final box as it is free due to the points that I have collected over the past few months
  • No clothes, no shoes and no accessories- this is going to be hard because I love to shop
  • No impulse purchasing 
  • Stick to a shopping list when grocery shopping 
  • Sell all unwanted clothes on eBay 
  • No eating out unless it's within budget 
  • 52 week challenge - target £1,378!! 
If you have any saving tips you would recommend leave me a comment below!! 
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