Friday, 9 October 2015

10 Ways Nicki Minaj Empowers Me

Hello everyone!

To say I love & appreciate Nicki Minaj would be an understatement. After years of supporting her and feeling supported by her, she reduced me to tears the moment I laid eyes on her at her concert - that's not something I do very often! 

I've been looking for an opportunity to share the many ways she empowers me for so long so I couldn't be happier to be collaborating on the subject with Jacky from Do It For The Irony!

10 Ways Nicki Minaj Empowers Me

Better yourself

Since day one, Nicki has been an advocate for education and continuing to try harder.

"You wanna know what scares people? Success. When you don't make moves, and when you don't climb up the ladder, everybody loves you because you're not competition."

She proves it doesn't matter how you start out in life, you can use each adversity as a rung in the ladder to climb up. "Stay in school" is something she often says in interviews, on stage & online and it's something that has really stuck with me as I've made my way through education. It's been a constant reminder to never give up, no matter how much I might be drowning in work or feeling under pressure because it will be worth it when I reach the finish line. And it's wanting to succeed for yourself and to support your family, not to impress anyone else. That's a real, everyday positive influence she's had on millions! I definitely owe a percentage of my determination to Nicki.

Don't settle

Something I read in a magazine interview she did a few years ago has really stayed with me:

"Each detail needs to wow me or it's not an option."

I never really seem to let myself feel 'pleased with' my achievements because I'm always moving onto the next task to accomplish. I think this is just a trait I naturally have but Nicki has undoubtedly strengthened the idea in me. At the same time, she's adamant about giving credit where credit's due. You have to give yourself props but remember you're never done & if you deserve credit, work harder until you get it. Nothing comes from being complacent.


Nicki has empowered females countless times in countless ways; her presence in the male-dominated & misogynistic world of hip hop alone is testament to that, let alone the extent of her success. The odds and double standards are stacked against her as she explained in the video above.

"When I am assertive, I'm a bitch. When a man is assertive, he's a boss. No negative connotion behind 'bossed up' but lots of negative connotation behind being a bitch."

By leading the way, she empowers women to defy boundaries set by society. Not only that, but she opens doors of opportunity so that lots of other people can have chances to win too.

I think when female figures dress and speak proactively, sometimes people can be so shocked at what they're seeing that it can be mistaken for the women demeaning themselves. To me, I see it as a way of completely breaking down the double standards. When someone wears what they want to and wins whilst doing so, that's empowering to me.


Nicki Minaj handles every aspect of her career and that's something I one day aspire to be able to do. To do that, you have to pave your own way and take responsibility for everything you do - you can't depend on anyone but yourself if you want to be successful.

"I always feel it's important for me to show females that they can be in charge of their own situation. When I win and when I lose, I take ownership of it, because I really am in charge of what I do."

I certainly walked out of her concert feeling confident, charged up and ready to grab opportunities!


One of the first things that drew me to Nicki was that she was multi-faceted. We saw her adopt various 'alter egos' but at the end of the day, she is each one of those combined.

She taught me it's absolutely okay to be different and you shouldn't have to choose to be 'one particular person' all the time. You can be a business woman and show up to meetings with pink hair. You can spit hardcore rap in a verse but switch to the sweet, girly girl singing in the chorus. Why limit yourself?

So there you have it! To read 5 other reasons why Nicki Minaj is a figure of empowerment, check out Jacky's post. Get involved in the comments below and let me know who your idol is and how they empower you!

Who empowers you?

Thanks for reading,

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Nanokeratin System Haircare // Review

Hello everyone!

I've come to realise that if a haircare product boasts keratin boosting qualities then it's worth a try. The Nanokeratin System shampoo & conditioner aren't cheap but that's where I come in handy for you! I was sent them to try out so I could tell you whether or not they're worth the price. Here's my review!

Review of the Nanokeratin System Revive shampoo & Rehdrate conditioner for natural/virgin hair.


The 'Revive' Invigorating shampoo claims to gently and effectively cleanse the hair whilst restoring optimum moisture levels.

The 'Rehydrate' Hydrating conditioner claims to revitalise and balance the hair whilst providing a deep conditioning treatment.

They cost £20.25 each for a 320ml bottle.


I was sent three sample sachets of both the shampoo and conditioner which are specifically designed for virgin hair. Nanokeratin System have a range of products to suit coloured hair & over processed hair too so there's something for everyone. I noticed immediate results after washing - my hair both felt incredibly soft & had a glorious shine to it! Not only that but you could tell it had actually been nourished from the roots to the ends. Although I've never coloured my hair, it has taken it's fair share of heat over the years so to have my hair feel like it did before I ever put straighteners on it is priceless. Not only was I impressed with my results but my mum was too!

Review of the Nanokeratin System Revive shampoo & Rehdrate conditioner for natural/virgin hair.

The conditioner itself actually cleanses your hair so you never get that weighed down feeling, another massive plus for me as I usually have to resort to reverse washing! Now I've used them three times, I can definitely feel a decent strength in my hair that wasn't there before. It's hard to find any kind of negative about them! I suppose it would be nicer if they had more of a scent to them but when it really comes down to it, it's the quality of the products themselves that matters.

Is £20 too much to pay for revived & rehydrated hair? Well, that's completely down to each individual. If you have the budget to invest, it's a no brainer. If your budget is tight then we're in the same boat, but since trying them I can say they're most definitely a worthwhile spend. I'll definitely be purchasing the full sized bottles when I have a little bit of extra cash to fork out!

You can find Nanokeratin System products in salons & on the Rush Shop website.

Well I hope you enjoyed this review! Get involved in the comments below and let me know which haircare products you think are worth the price and also which ones you think are bargains!

How much is the right price to pay for haircare?

Thanks for reading,

♫ Would I lie to you baby, would I lie to you? 
No, I wouldn't.
These Nanokeratin System products were sent to me for review but all opinions are honest and my own. 

Monday, 5 October 2015

How to make the most of your wardrobe! // + GIVEAWAY

Hello everyone!

If you're anything like me, you'll probably have a bunch of clothes in your wardrobe that, for one reason or another, never see the light of today. Maybe they've just been forgotten about or perhaps they've never even left your bedroom in the first place. 

Today I want to share a few tips that should help you get more from your wardrobe - plus I have something to giveaway!

How to make the most of what's in your wardrobe by re-evaluating, revamping and reorganising. Also including a Vanish giveaway!


Before you do anything, you have to completely re-evaluate every item of clothing you have. I've heard a lot of bloggers rave about that Marie Kondo tidying book and although I personally haven't read it, from what people say about it I've learnt that it's important to only keep the things that bring you joy. Having too many clothes can actually stop you from wearing what you want to because you can't easily see what you have! I had a clear out recently based on that 'only if if brings you joy' motto and I freed up so much space in my wardrobe. Be brutal! Although I can't lie, I still hold onto a Michael Jackson t-shirt from years ago that doesn't fit me anymore because he's my favourite - it would be wrong to be that brutal. Think carefully about what you actually feel comfortable in. Fill your wardrobe with 'feel good' clothes!

How to make the most of what's in your wardrobe by re-evaluating, revamping and reorganising. Also including a Vanish giveaway!


Think about why you're not picking up that hanger. Is it a case of something that needs stitching? Does the piece just not excite you anymore? A while back I had a checked shirt which I outgrew. It had studs on the shoulders so I cut them off & stitched the two patches onto a pair of denim shorts et voila, revamped!

Has the item got a stain? I'm honestly such a mucky pup and I'm forever spilling things down me (no joke, I spill my tea pretty much everyday) so as you can imagine, I've racked up an impressive amount of stained clothes in my wardrobe. Vanish recently sent me some products to try and solve my problem. They've worked a treat both for removing stains and completely refreshing those whites that had been looking kinda grey! It may sound odd but there's something really satisfying about scrubbing those stains away. In a way it feels like getting new clothes! As an avid charity shopper, with the help of Vanish's stain removal tips I can now consider buying clothes with stains because I know I can sort them out when I get home. Check out their website to see what you can revamp and how!

How to make the most of what's in your wardrobe by re-evaluating, revamping and reorganising. Also including a Vanish giveaway!


So now you've got control of your wardrobe again, you should probably think about the best way to organise it. Maybe how you've got everything laid out at the minute isn't working for you and that's why so many pieces are just sitting there abandoned. You might want to consider storage pieces you can fit in such as shelves or racks. I have a vertical stack of shelves which hangs in the middle of my wardrobe and it makes it so much easier to see what you're looking at! Also, I've found that rolling clothes instead of folding them is a good way of fitting more into a space. Oh and don't forget about things like accessories and shoes - could it be worthwhile investing in a storage unit of their own?

How to make the most of what's in your wardrobe by re-evaluating, revamping and reorganising. Also including a Vanish giveaway!

And now it's time for the giveaway!

When Vanish offered me the opportunity to give away their Gold for Whites & Gold Oxi Action powders, the reason I said yes was because I know that I have a diverse range of readers - everyone from students to parents & everything in between. I can see that these products would benefit anyone as they're household essentials!

The only mandatory entry is visiting my blog's Facebook page but you can also gain more entries by completing the optional tasks. This giveaway is only residents of the UK & Ireland only. Please read the terms and conditions!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Well I hope you found this post helpful & I wish you all good luck in the giveaway! 
Get involved in the comments below and let me know your tips for making the most of what's in your wardrobe!

What's your favourite item of clothing?

Thanks for reading,

♫ Would I lie to you baby, would I lie to you? 
No, I wouldn't.
I was sent the Vanish products to try with the intention that if I liked them, I could hold a giveaway. I have not received monetary compensation for this post & all opinions are honest and my own. 

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Weekly Reflect // #56

Hello everyone!

It's time to reflect on another week!

Weekly Reflect #56 // Super moon/blood moon & sky!

This week . . .

. . . started off with all of the super moon/blood moon craziness! I didn't stay up to see it when it was red but I did peek out of my bedroom window at about 1am when it was absolutely glowing. What an incredible sight to see!

I was even more awestruck by the beautiful skies that we've had the last couple of nights. One night I was just watching Emmerdale and during the break I noticed the sky was various shades of blue & purple. I went outside to see it better and was so amazed, I missed the second half of Emmerdale & my tea went cold! What a cool little planet we're lucky enough to live on.

Weekly Reflect #56 // School work & blogging!

The rest of the week mostly consisted of doing school work, resting, school work, resting & repeat. I'm trying my absolute best to keep up with things but I know I need to pace myself as I really don't want another setback with my illness. It's been fun learning French again although I don't think the subjunctive tense will ever be my strong point!

Weekly Reflect #56 // Super moon & sky, school work & all of the love for OPI!

I painted my nails for the first time in about a month! I don't know why I haven't in so long, although I suppose it's good to give your nails a break every now and then. OPI's I Have A Herring Problem was my shade of choice - it's a dark blue/grey with silver shimmer. It's ideal for transitioning into Autumn as well as out of Winter in my opinion; I always seem to bring it out in October and February! I decided to add an accent nail on each hand with OPI's Serious Sparkle which I found out is actually the same polish as Save Me from their Nicki Minaj limited edition collection, just given a different name. The things you find out with the help of the blogging community!

Weekly Reflect #56 // OPI Serious Sparkle!

Other than that, not a lot really happened in my week but hey, we all have weeks like that sometimes! It was definitely good to have a week of just getting my head down to work. I was also very busy blogging & planning away so expect some exciting posts soon!

So that was my week! Get involved in the comments below and let me know what you got up to!

How was your week?

Thanks for reading,

Friday, 2 October 2015

How to get more Instagram interactions!

Hello everyone!

Recently I've been trying to up my Instagram game. There are a few things I've been doing which have not only resulted in increased likes/comments/followers but I've actually found myself enjoying it as a social media so much more! 

Here are 6 ways you can boost your Instagram account without having to pay a penny.

Tips on how to up your Instagram game and get more likes/comments/followers naturally for free!

Upload frequently 

Getting the balance right is tricky. If you only post once in a blue moon, the chances are people will unfollow. Equally, if you're posting every five minutes it's going to have the same effect. Aiming to post something daily is something I've found to be effective. 3 photos is usually my maximum, spread over the course of the day. Of course there are going to be some days you don't feel like posting anything - you just have to figure out what works for you! I also think it's nice to upload frequently even just to have a nice little record of events for yourself if nothing else.


Utilise the caption! If you want to bring followers to your blog/website, tell them they can click the link in your bio to go there directly. If it's comments you want, trying asking a question. It's not guaranteed you'll get responses but it certainly increases the chance!

Tips on how to up your Instagram game and get more likes/comments/followers naturally for free!

Comment & like

This is the big one. Are you commenting on other people's photos? Do you look through the 'explore' page? Up until recently I very rarely did either but since making the effort to, I've noticed a huge difference in the interactions on my own profile. Simply expressing a similar interest in something they've featured in a photo will mean people will be more likely to visit your account but commenting to add a useful insight or question can do incredible things for your interactions. Plus, I've found this is what has made me actually enjoy the app far more!


Again, similar interests = interaction so make sure you're using hashtags to your advantage! For example, if you've uploaded a photo of a lipstick, it makes sense to use hashtags such as #lipstick (obviously), #makeup & #beauty. If you have a blog, get using all of the blogger hashtags that are relevant to you, for example #bbloggers, #fbloggers, #fdbloggers etc. It's cool to support others too so once you've uploaded something, go through the hashtags and comment on/like a few photos - you might be pleased with what you get in return!

If you want things to look less cluttered, put your hashtags in a comment under the caption. Once you've got a few comments on a photo, the first comment with your hashtags in it won't be immediately visible so everything just looks tidier!

Tips on how to up your Instagram game and get more likes/comments/followers naturally for free!


Try different things. At the end of the day, it's a matter of trial & error with everything you post - there are no real guarantees or mistakes you can make with timing but posting at certain times of the day can result in more/fewer likes. Ask yourself, when do you check Instagram? If you're anything like me, you'll for sure scroll through first thing in the morning so try adding one of your own photos to the mix. Food tends to do well anytime of the day or night but generally, meal times are optimum because that's when other people will be uploading and therefore using/checking out the 'food' hashtag.


This is such a valuable step you might be forgetting about! Before you upload a photo, tag any relevant people/brands in the photo itself. That will mean your photo will show up in the tagged photo section on their accounts which people will look through, including that person themselves. For example, I tagged Real Techniques in my photo of their Miracle Complexion Sponge, they saw it & liked it which resulted in that photo getting almost 5 times the amount of likes I usually get (and counting)!

Well I hope you enjoyed this post and found it useful! Ultimately I've learnt that what you give is what you get. Instagram wants you to use it to it's full capacity and if you do, you'll see results. 
Get involved in the comments below and let me know if you have any Instagram tips - let's help each other out!

What's your Instagram username?

Thanks for reading,
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