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Posted on January 18, 2018

5 Primark beauty fragrances worth trying (all under a fiver!!!)

product review

If there is one sure thing that makes me immediately fall in love with a beauty product, it is how much I am captivated by its fragrance. Whether it’s a hair serum, a hand lotion or any other product whose primary function is completely unrelated to how it smells, what tends to seal the deal for me is the degree to which the scent of a beauty product blows my breath away – I know, how gullible!

So when I’m looking at the likes of perfumes and body sprays, I can be particularly harsh when placing judgement. This is why I was completely taken a back by some of the fragrances I recently came across in Penneys.

The aroma of some of these Primark fragrances not only take you to heaven, but they also keep you there! I won’t be surprised if you stock up on most – if not all – of these little gems after you’ve had a whiff of them! 🙂

1. Bombshell

Primark beauty fragrance, bombshell, €2.50, 20ml

Primark Beauty Fragrance, Bombshell, €2.50, 20ml

Bombshell oozes of femininity with its fruity notes. It is strong, but not overpowering. Sweet, but not weak – in other words, it smells exactly how it sounds! This bombshell perfume ranks up quite high in my list of favourites as it is currently my go-to scent for everyday wear.

  • Longevity: 3 – 4 hours
  • Price: €2.50
  • Rating: 5/5

2. Glamorous

Primark Beauty Fragrance, Glamorous, €2.50, 20ml

Primark Beauty Fragrance, Glamorous, €2.50, 20ml

Another highly feminine fragrance for your inner diva, Glamorous has a sensationally deep tone that is sweet and seductive. Due to the strong notes in this fragrance, it makes for a great evening perfume.  Not to mention the 20ml bottle makes it a great addition to your beauty bag must haves on your night out! 🙂

  • Longevity: 3 – 4 hours
  • Price: €2.50
  • Rating: 5/5

3. Amelie

Primark Beauty Fragrance, Amelie, €3.50, 150ml

Primark Beauty Fragrance, Amelie, €3.50, 150ml

The sensual floral notes of this body mist would take anyone’s breath away! It combines floral notes with wild fruit and a dash of vanilla. The warm captivating scent of this spray works for day wear and night wear – it is my ultimate fave right now, I always get compliments when I use it. Also, can we take a moment to admire the cute packaging?

  • Longevity: 3 – 4 hours
  • Price: €3.50
  • Rating: 1000% yes!!!!

4. PS… Sleep in Beauty Pillow & Body Spray

PS... Sleep in Beauty Pillow & Body Spray

PS… Sleep in Beauty Pillow & Body Spray

This body mist is slightly different from the others as it also serves as a pillow spray. The chamomile extracts in this spray has relaxing and soothing properties that will help put you in a relaxed mood almost instantly. One spritz of this will have a spa-like effect on the mind, body and soul.

  • Longevity: 1 – 2 hours
  • Price: €2.50
  • Rating: 4/5

5. PS… Love Your Selfie Body Mist

The candy-like undertone of this body mist smells so sweet, you could almost eat it! One whiff of this guy will undoubtedly bring you back to memory lane (a.k.a teen years). This body mist is fresh and light, making it ideal to wear on brighter days. It will make for the perfect holiday spray in the next coming months – or good to have on days you feel like reminiscing! 🙂

  • Longevity: 1 – 2 hours
  • Price: €2.50
  • Rating: 3.8/5

Have you tried any of these sprays? I would love to hear from you if you have! Feel free to tweet me @FilomenaKaguako 🙂

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Posted on January 14, 2018

10 tips for surviving Blue Monday

Health

The only thing that could possibly be worse than a Monday is a Blue Monday – and no, I did not come to this conclusion by simply throwing in the word ‘blue’ in front of a widely loathed week day. In case you didn’t know, the third Monday of January had been named Blue Monday because it is said to be the most depressing day of the year.

Although there isn’t any concrete evidence to back up the ideologies behind this mystic day, Blue Monday has caught on since its discovery back in 2005, when life coach Cliff Arnall announced that the combination of post-Christmas debt, miserable winter weather and failed new year’s resolution all factor into why tomorrow will the saddest day of 2018.

Whether or not you prescribe to the idea or think it is complete nonsense, I personally think that there can’t be any harm in erring on the side of caution – especially when it comes to the health of your mind. So if you’re looking for ways to stay on the positive side of things, then here are my top ten tips for surviving Blue Monday 🙂

  1. Don’t skip your brekkie. There are a host of reasons for why you should never skip your breakfast (or any other meal for that matter), but if there’s any day you shouldn’t skip this health rule, let it be on Blue Monday. Having breakfast will keep your concentration levels up & help you stay focused during the day.
  2. Stay hydrated.  It’s bad enough that you have to battle through what is said to be the most miserable day of the year. The last thing you want is to feel tired and dizzy on a day that is already promising to be one from hell. You can avoid that by keeping your fluids up throughout the day.
  3. Keep the front door painted. We all know that looking good means feeling good, so if you usually like to keep your attire casual on a Monday, why not dress it up a notch? Now I don’t mean fish net tights and stiletto red heels to work, but anything as small as wearing your favourite lipstick can help keep your spirits up!
  4. Smile until you mean it. They say smiling releases feel-good chemicals in the brain. So it is safe to say that the more you smile, the more of these endrophins are released in your body which in turn will help you actually feel good – and who said all trickery is bad?
  5. Do a good deed. Some psychological research shows that a good way to make yourself happy is to make someone else happy!  Do a small good deed for someone at the office, a neighbour or even a complete stranger and watch how your mood instantly changes!
  6. Write a list. If you really want to get your mind off the morbidity of Blue Monday,then think about all the positive things you have to look forward to in the coming weeks. Not only will it keep you distracted from the demonic day that is Blue Monday, but it will also give you something to work towards.
  7.  Stay sociable. Don’t isolate yourself on a day that wants you to feel isolated. Take the liberty of paying a surprise visit to an old friend or family member you haven’t spoken to in a while. You never know, they might appreciate the company as much as you!
  8. Get moving. A bit of exercise will do your mind, body and soul a world of good! It doesn’t have to be anything strenuous, a simple walk can put a smile on your face that won’t require any trickery on your part! Combined with some fresh air, moving your limbs is most definitely the easiest way to keep your spirits up.
  9. Absorb the light. If you’ve ever heard of bright light therapy then you would know that it has it’s benefits for improving mood. An effortless way to boost your mood on Blue Monday is to step outside and let the natural light work it’s magic on your feel-good hormones.
  10. If all else fails, just remember Blue Monday only comes once a year!

I hope you make it through the day! 🙂

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Posted on January 11, 2018

7 simple ways to be more body positive

Confidence

It’s nearly mid-January and I’m only getting around to writing my first blog post of 2018. Shame on me is what I would normally say to that. But since this blog post is all about promoting positivity, I’m going to refrain from the usual self-bashing and instead, embrace the fact that I’m finally getting around to writing my first blog post of 2018! 🙂

The reason why I’ve decided to touch on the subject of positive body image is because a lot of people tend to be a bit  conscious of their body around this time of year. The excess drinking and eating that can come from the holiday season eventually takes its toll on our bodies and these changes can affect our self-esteem.

It also doesn’t help that we live in a technology driven world that is relentlessly feeding us with flawless images that don’t depict reality. It is easier now than ever before to develop a dysphoria around your image and feel disconnected with your body because of all these ‘ideals’ created by society.

I am no stranger to this at all. But for some reason, I have fallen in love with the normally dreaded changes that my body undergoes over the Christmas period. I have come to realise that the healthy habits that I have been practicing over the past couple of months have helped foster positive body image in myself and I now love parts about my body that I disliked before.

While the journey through self-acceptance and having positive body image varies from person to person, the end goal is usually the same. The tips that I plan to share with you today will likely not work over night, but if you stick them out you will eventually see changes in how you view your body!

So without further ado, here are 7 simple ways you can be more body positive 🙂

1. Don’t forget that food is fuel

A lot of the time, I think having a positive body image starts from having a healthy relationship with food. All too often, people forget that the foods we consume have a functional purpose for our bodies. Food should not be a  punishment, nor should it be a reward. It is the fuel necessary to help us function on a day-to-day basis. The sooner we realise that the quicker we will be on our way to having a healthy relationship with the foods we consume and how they make us feel about ourselves.

 2. Have some fun with exercise

The image driven society that we are currently living in can pressure women and men alike to unnecessarily hit the gym several times a week. I will admit that there was a time when I was an unhealthy avid gym goer. My reasons for going to the gym were seldom driven by desire, instead I felt that I had to go. Exercise should never feel like a chore and if it does, you need to stop immediately and find a form of exercise that you enjoy.  Ever since I discovered TRX, I’ve found myself going to the gym less excessively. I now go when I can and because it is enjoyable, not because I feel I have to.

3. Adjust your thinking, wording & phrasing

The words you use to describe yourself play a huge role in how you ultimately feel. That’s why one of the ways to promote positive body image involve adjusting the way you speak and think. For instance, instead of saying ‘I am fat,’ use the words ‘I have fat,’ because you do and you’re supposed to. Among many things, fat provides the body with insulation to prevent heat loss. So instead of punishing yourself for having something it’s supposed to have, adjust your thinking – embrace it, squeeze it, kiss it and then thank your body for doing what it’s doing! 🙂

4. Take your focus away from your flaws 

Listening to our inner critic is easy. Nit-picking, self-doubt and fixating on our flaws is something most of us can probably do in our sleep. As we’ve already established, negative words and thoughts have a huge impact on how we view ourselves. Instead of focusing on your shortcomings, direct your attention towards the things you do like about your body and think about why. For example I like my love handles because they make me more squeezeable and fun to hug – you see? you can easily turn a negative to a positive! 🙂

5. Stay off the ‘gram!

 

Staying off Instagram is probably one of the best things you can do for restoring positive body image. The diet culture promoted on IG is unrealistic and in a lot of cases, incredibly damaging.  While it is no secret that the image focused app is flooded with false expectations of what the ‘perfect’ ass, legs and overall beach body should look like, viewing these images still plant a seed in your mind. The more time you spend endlessly scrolling through these types of images, the more Instagram feeds them to you and you end up developing a complex you shouldn’t have. If you’re serious about having positive body image, take a break from the ‘gram.

6. Protect your energy 

Much like the foods we consume have an effect on us physiologically, the things and people who consume our energy can affect us psychologically. Your energy is as valuable to your body image as the foods that you consume. Always protect your energy and be aware of the people you surround yourself with.

7. Remember you are loved regardless of your looks

If anything at all, remember that your friends and family love you just as you are. Their love for you is not contingent on the number you see on a scale. Whether you’re curvy, skinny, tall or short, they love you regardless. It is clear from looking at the different body shapes and sizes around you that beauty does not fit into one mould. Diversity should be celebrated and not crtiticised.

If you have a any tips for promoting positive body image then I would love to hear from you! Feel free to tweet me @FilomenaKaguako 🙂

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