Sunday, 25 May 2014

No smell of biscuits here...

I've recently been on holiday/vacation in a place where the temperature was anywhere between 36 degrees Celsius (96 F) and 40 degrees Celsius (104 F) and although it wasn't a typical sun/beach holiday I was able to work on getting a tan. In the UK we are not necessarily known for our amazing weather although sometimes we can surprise ourselves and we get 2 weeks of sun in the summer instead of just the 1 haha.

In order to maintain a "healthy glow" I am reluctant to use a "fake tan" because I am always conscious of it looking streaky, unnatural and smelling of "biscuits".  I have found a great product which I have been using for the last few weeks which I love...

I use the fair to medium version of this and it is amazing. I wasn't sure the gradual self tanner kind of product would work for me and have the desired effect for me...but...I have had so many compliments about how tanned I looked and how natural it looks when I say it is not all my own tan.

There's no smell of biscuits, it has a great Dove moisturiser smell to it, and it applies so easily...I use a self tanning mitt to apply the lotion to reduce any chance of it being streaky.  The gradual part of the tanner means I can maintain my healthy glow for longer and I can judge how often I need to apply it to keep my skin tone the colour I want it to be.  At present I'm applying it every other day usually after having a shower (including ex-foliating all key areas such as elbows, knees and ankles).

I love this product, it's not expensive, it keeps my skin moisturised and gives me a tan that is natural and not fake.  It suits my skin perfectly and don't feel the need to spend £30 ($50) on a bottle of a well known fake tan.  It also means I am not over-exposing my skin to the sun/UV rays to which can obviously have negative consequences.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Who to vote for?

I'm back from my holiday and it was simply amazing...I had such a great time (the blog post about my holiday is yet to come).

Yesterday (Thursday) was pretty big day in gave an  indication into the thinking of the every day English voter with the General Election just a year away.  I've never been massive into politics but yesterday definitely peaked my interest.

There appears to be a significant amount of discord amongst the voters in England with a significant rise in the popularity of the UKIP party.  People are unhappy with the two big "powers that be"  here and are in some sense rebelling and making their voice be heard by voting for the other party.

As I said I'm not massively into politics, I never know who to really vote for.  I've never been influenced by my parents because to this day I still don't know who my parents vote for.  When I was younger I used to ask them but my parents have always maintained that voting is a private thing and we live in a country where voting is a secret and so they always refused to tell me.  I used to dislike the fact that they didn't tell me but since I became old enough to vote (at 18 years old) I realise why they never told me...they simply want me to make my own choices in life and vote for the party I feel I relate to the most.

This is something I have continued to struggle with this throughout my adult life.  This is because I have had a very lucky and privileged life growing up.  I've had the opportunities in life that I could only have dreamt of...which based on traditional core values of the parties, it would mean I would vote one specific way...BUT everyone knows I love my job and as a professional under one party (the current party in power) we have experienced a significant number of cut backs and losses of services essential to the people I work with which makes me think my job is not deemed important to this party as my job often represents the so-called "lower classes" and the current party don't view these people their target voters and therefore not important...but then do I think the other major party can do any better?

It's so confusing!! I would be very interested in sitting down with the leaders of the major parties in this country and have them tell me their policies that majorly affect my personal life and what their view is on my profession.  After all, my profession requires a licence to practice which took 2 years to obtain and the current party made suggestions that anyone can do my job or people could be qualified after just just 5 weeks of studying and then some on the job training!!  Did I work my backside off for 2 years just to have someone come in after 5 weeks and earn a similar salary and require support and advice from me on a daily basis while they get the experience they need to be deemed qualified? I already commit myself to developing students, which I do for free, and while I'm always there to offer support to a new worker should I be there to do the job that a university / trainers should be doing?

All I know is, it's going to be an interesting year as we build up to the General Election in May 2015 when the nation decides who should be in power and making the decisions on behalf of the Great British Public!!!!

Monday, 5 May 2014

I've been to the Year 3000...

...not much has changed but they live under water!!

I haven't been to a concert for a while but last night I went to see McBusted (The amalgamation of two groups - McFly and Busted). When I was a teenager I loved Busted and went to see them in concert a couple of times.  

I have very little voice left today because as soon as the band arrived on stage I was catapulted back to my teenage years.  I sang, screamed, danced and shouted along with the current day teenagers haha.

I absolutely loved the concert and had so much fun. To say we were close to the stage would be an understatement.  I haven't been this close to the stage during a concert for a long one point I was convinced one of the band members was looking at me (my heart swooned haha)
See? haha
Before the concert my friend and I went for a couple of drinks to get ourselves ready to party (and to get rid of the hangover I had from the night before haha).

Ready to have some McFun haha

McSelfie haha

We got into the arena and it was already filling up very quickly.

Just a few people...don't think this band is very popular ;-)
he took me to the future in the flux thing...and I saw everything!! (the car from back to the future is coming down onto the stage)


I had such a good time at the concert.  I have been walking round the house today doing my chores and have been singing the songs from last night to myself over and over again haha.  My housemates have been laughing at me because I find myself singing the same lines in songs over and over again haha.

These are a couple of the songs I've been singing today...