Product Review | Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask

“Invest in your skin. It is going to represent you for a very long time” ~ Linden Tyler

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Welcome to Lyd on Life

So, I’m having a bit of a pamper day today. Everyone needs one of those every now and then, right?

I’m going to Venice next week and wanted to treat myself to a little me time to relax. Candles are lit, jazz music is playing, had a relaxing shower (I don’t do baths) and sipping on vodka and apple juice (switching it up a bit).

Head-to-toe t l c with no one at home but me. Feels good, really good. With all this time to myself I thought why not try out some of the new products I bought from Superdrug yesterday.

Recently, I’ve been keen on improving my skin care routine to get my skin to where I want it to be. No spots, no large pores, no acne marks or rough skin. Just smooth, soft, spot free skin. How realistic that is I don’t know but I’m doing what I can to get there.

One of the things skin care products I bought yesterday that I wanted to try was the L’Oreal Detox Clay Mask and the Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask.

I used the Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask after using the L’Oreal Detox Clay Mask as my face was feeling a little dry and needed some moisture back in to it. If you haven’t read my review for the clay mask go ahead and check it out before reading this review.

OK, let’s get into the review.

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I used the pink Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask which claims to:

  1. Intensely hydrates
  2. Comforts and soothes
  3. Skin feels softer

BEFORE PLACING THE MASK

I used the Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix night pads to wipe my face after washing off the L’Oreal Detox Clay Mask then placed the tissue mask on. It was a little messy putting it on as it was folded up inside the packaging. It wasn’t too messy but could be packaged a little better in my opinion. It would also be helpful if they placed a label on where the front and back of the mask was on the mask. I couldn’t find the packet it came in when I was applying the mask and if it wasn’t for the YouTube video I saw before buying the mask I wouldn’t have known what I was doing.

WHILST WEARING THE MASK

It felt really cooling and refreshing to my face the moment I put it on. I didn’t want to take it off. The mask stayed on without any issues or slipping off. I could move my face comfortably and there was no irritation at all. I liked how it felt on my face. Not sure about how it looked though. A little scary don’t you think? Maybe it was just me.

AFTER REMOVING THE MASK

Removing the mask was easy (wish everything in life was that easy). I peeled it off and gently messaged the excess serum left on my face with my hands. My skin felt hydrated, soft and really refreshed. I could totally do another mask. After a while (30 minutes or so) my face felt like it needed a little bit more moisture so I used my daily moisturiser from Nivea Soft. I’m not sure if you should add a moisturiser on top of the serum or not but I felt like I needed to.

Would I use the Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask again?

Yes, defiantly. I think I’m going to add this to my weekly skin care routine. If only they did this for your body.

OVERALL RATING

I’d give this product a 9/10. The price was good, the product did what it said it would do and it was easy to use. What more could you want? I’d highly recommend trying it if your skin is dry or dehydrated. I’m really impressed with this mask so I might see what the other products from their Moisture Bomb range are like. I’ll definitely be trying their other 2 moisture bomb masks.

I think using the moisture bomb mask every week and drinking at least 1.5 litres of water a day should get my skin to a healthier and more hydrated place. I hope. We’ll see.

Your turn…

Have you tried the tissue bomb before? What were your results? Would you recommend it? What other product from this range have you used? Would you recommend them?

Get in touch, tweet me @lydonlifeblog or share your questions, experiences and tips with everybody in the comments.

Till next time.

Love,
Lydia x | https://lydonlife.wordpress.com

Product Review | L’Oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask

“Be good to your skin. You’ll wear it every day for the rest of your life” – Renée Rouleau

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Welcome to Lyd on Life

I love skin care.

With skin problems such as mild acne, large pores, hyperpigmentation and a whole list of other impurities I could do without, I need to love skin care. However, my solution has always been to cover it up with make up or invest in cheap skin care products from the local beauty shop that are usually no good.

It’s a battle I’ve been having since puberty. Now that I’m in my mid-twenties, I can afford to invest in better quality products and take the steps needed to get my skin to where I want it to be.

The first step I took was to stop wearing make-up to work. This was a big step for me but it was something I needed to do to truly start this healthier skin journey I’m on. Hopefully soon I’ll be able to go a week with no make-up at all and still feel as confident as I do with make-up. Baby steps.

The second step was to invest in better skin care products. I’ve always been into skin care but never spent the money needed on good skin care. I’d always look for a cheaper alternative. This worked for me sometimes but more often than not I either didn’t see any results or things get worse. Much worse.

So, last week on my usual trip to Superdrug I decided to buy the L’Oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask. It was on offer and I’ve heard Patricia Bright mention it a few times as part of her skin care. I’m a fan of hers and since she liked it, I thought why not try it. It being on offer for £5 also helped.

I’m going to Venice next week to celebrate K and I’s 2 year anniversary so wanted my skin to look as good as it can be. Is it normal for non-married couples to do that? Anywho, this was a bit of a risk for me as things could go completely left and I end up with a face full of goodness know what days before my holiday. But I have faith that God won’t do me like that.

OK so let’s get into the review.

LOreal has 3 masks in their pure clay range – a purity mask, a detox mask and a glow mask. The detox mask is used to detoxify and clarify the skin

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L’Oreal claim that by using the detox mask, you should see instant and lasting results:

  1. Immediately – skin is pure and cleaner
  2. In one week – Skin feels fresher and luminous
  3. Use after use – skin can breathe and is visibly transformed

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

The clay smells nice and isn’t too thick or too runny. It’s easy to apply and feels lovely on the skin as you apply it. I applied it using my fingers and I felt a slight tingle or stinging sensation. This could be due to the fact that my face had just been washed and I didn’t have any product on it so it was very dry. I usually get that feeling when I wear face masks so it wasn’t alarming. Does that happen to you? Or it could have been all the impurities getting rattled. Who knows.

I applied it all over my face avoiding the eyes and mouth area and waited for 15 minutes. It says you should leave it on for 5-10 minute but I got carried away writing the intro for this post I lost track of time. It wasn’t uncomfortable when it was drying and I was able to speak without feeling like my face is about to crack.

WASHING OFF THE MASK

I decided to use warm water as I don’t like using cloths on my face unless I’m patting my face dry. It took about 5 minutes to get everything off and there was no mess in the sink. Yay!

AFTER WASHING THE MASK

My face didn’t feel that different to how it felt before putting the mask on. I did feel as though there was residue on my face (a waxy kind of feeling) but nothing alarming. My face wasn’t as dry as it was before but it still felt dry so again nothing significant to rave about.

 

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PURE AND CLEARER SKIN? 

Well I’m not sure what they mean by that. My spots were still there. I even found a new one but I wouldn’t put it down to the mask (probably time of the month approaching). I wouldn’t say my skin looked or felt pure either (whatever that means). I could see the pores around my nose and my skin looked pretty much the same as before. So no it didn’t purify and clear my face immediately. Perhaps I’ll notice a different over time.

The box didn’t say what I should do after the mask so I used the Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix night pads and then put the Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask. My face has been really dry lately and since it was a pamper yourself kind of day for me I thought why not.

Would I use the L’Oreal Detox Clay Mask again?

Well It cost me £5 and I still have a full jar left so yes, I would. A little bit of the products goes a long way which is nice. Nothing bad happened to my skin so I’ll probably use it for the next 3 days before going to Venice and see if anything amazing happens. If I like what I see I’ll continue using.

OVERALL RATING

I’d give it a 5/10 since it didn’t really do what it claimed it would do immediately. However, it didn’t break me out and I might see results after continued use so I can’t completely disregard it. After a week, I’ll give an update on whether I experienced any noticeable difference. If I do, I might invest in their other 2 masks.

Wish me Luck!

Your turn…

Have you tried their clay masks before? Which one of the 3 have you tried? What were your results? Would you recommend it? What other clay masks have you tried? Would you recommend them?

Get in touch, tweet me @lydonlifeblog or share your questions, experiences and tips with everybody in the comments.

Till next time.

Love,
Lydia x | https://lydonlife.wordpress.com

Blog Nomination | Liebster Award

“What you do after you create your content is what truly counts..” ~ Gary Vaynerchuk

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Welcome to Lyd on Life

Thank you so much to Sarah for this nomination. This is my second award nomination since starting Lyd on Life and believe it’s such an amazing concept. It not only helps fairly new bloggers slowly find their feet, it also introduces you to so many other bloggers. I’m falling in love with the blogging community more and more.

Ever since I joined the blogging community I’ve experienced nothing but support. I was so excited to receive a twitter notification informing me that I’d been nominated by the lovely Sarah Walker (Yellow Feather) for a Liebster Award. The award is given to bloggers by other bloggers and is a great way to discover growing blogs.

Here are the rules:

  1. Answer the 11 questions that your nominator has asked you.
  2. Nominate 11 other bloggers (with under 200 Twitter followers)
  3. Ask your nominees 11 questions
  4. Let them know that you have nominated them

So let’s get started! Here are my answers to Sarah’s questions:

What’s your favourite place you’ve ever visited?

Last year I went to Mombasa, Kenya for my friend’s wedding. I’m originally from Kenya but have lived in London since I was 5. I’ve travelled to Kenya a few times since moving to London but most of the time I’m visiting family or trotting around with my mum to view her ever growing plots. This was the first time I had travelled to Kenya without my family and the second time I visited Mombasa. 2 weeks of sun, sea and safari (and an Asian wedding). This was also the first holiday K and I had been to outside Europe. It was an amazing 2 weeks and I can’t wait to go back next year (hopefully).

Snow or sand?

Sand, definitely sand. Where there is sand there is sun and hopefully a mango tree and a beach nearby.

What’s your party trick?

I don’t think I have one. If I do, I’ve probably been too drunk to remember.

What’s your favourite thing about blogging?

The freedom and ability to use your own thoughts and experiences to help a random stranger. Even if it’s just one. Also, the support you get from the blogging community. I was afraid that blogging would be overly competitive but I was so wrong. And I’m glad.

Who’s your celebrity crush?

Michael B Jordan. Mmm guurl, have you seen Creed? Damn… (Sorry K)

What’s your favourite social media site?

YouTube, I love YouTube and wish I had invented it. It’s considered a social media site right? If not then I’d say Instagram. I find myself scrolling through it every day after watching a few YouTube videos. I haven’t quite gotten the hang  of Twitter yet as I’m still new to it but it could become a favourite one day. I’ll finally see why Donald Trump loves it so much…

What’s your go to source for inspiration?

I read through the blog posts in my WordPress reader a lot and use Twitter and Pinterest to get some ideas. However, most of my inspiration comes from something I did, spoke about or thought about during the week. Trying to find inspiration in my own life as well as others.

What’s your favourite song?

This is a hard one. I don’t think I have a favourite song. From hip hop, R’&’b, and Reggae to Jazz, Soul and Gospel, my iTunes library is too big for me to pick just one.

What’s one thing on your bucket list?

I have such a huge bucket list (in my head) so one thing on it would be to travel around the world. I want to experience different foods, cultures, languages and all the things this beautiful world has to offer. We’re not in it for very long.

What’s your favourite TV show?

How to Get Away with Murder and Homes Under the Hammer. One is for pleasure and the other is for business. Can you guess which one is which? I’m joking they are both for pleasure but Homes Under the Hammer is more for business reasons. I’d one day like to own my own property and this show helps me pick up a few tips for when I’m finally ready to take that step.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Stop hiding yourself, love yourself like no one else can”. These are the lyrics to a song called Mirror by Lalah Hathaway. The entire song is the best advice I’ve ever received and I’m on the journey to taking it.

And that’s it.

So now I have to nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 question.

Here are my nominees:

  1. @BornfreeWithT1Born Free with T
  2. @BethanyHutson09 allthepassionstrings.com
  3. @geebeautyx http://themusingsofamakeupenthusiast.blogspot.co.uk/
  4. @ZeeZoetichttps://zeezoetic.com/
  5. @racheltbloghttp://racheltuggle.com/
  6. @20snevermorehttps://twentiesnevermore.wordpress.com/
  7. @bloggingandmehttps://bloggingandmeblog.wordpress.com/
  8. @Fashionchicviewhttps://fashionchicview.me/
  9. @libertys_closetlibertyscloset.co.uk

And here are my 11 Questions!

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What is the 1 thing you wish you knew before starting a blog?
  3. How do you manage your day to day and still maintain your commitment to blogging?
  4. How many places have you travelled to and which one has been your favourite?
  5. If you were to invite 3 celebrities to your home for dinner, who would they be?
  6. What’s your signature dish?
  7. Book or Movie?
  8. How would you describe yourself in just three words?
  9. What would you change about your life right now?
  10. What are 3 things you hope to achieve by the end of 2017?
  11. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

I could only come up with 9 that I felt had interesting blogs with under 200 Twitter followers.

Make sure to check them out and show their blog some love!

Your turn…

If you are reading this and I haven’t nominated you, please feel free to leave a link to your blog in the comment section below.

Love,
Lydia x | https://lydonlife.wordpress.com/

5 Ways to Turn Your Bedroom into an Oasis

“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.” ~ Wayne W. Dyer

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Welcome to Lyd on Life

Feng shui is a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing yourself with the surrounding environment. Now I’m no feng shui export (not even close) nor do I know a lot about this philosophical system. However, I strongly believe that harmonizing yourself with your surrounding is very important.

Sometimes it starts with something as simple as re-arranging your bedroom. Your bedroom is your own little haven where you find rest, peace and relaxation. Where you prepares to take on the world every day. Re-arranging the place you spend your most vulnerable time can help you find harmony and clarity in the parts of your life.

At 25 years old, I thought I would have my own place by now to fung shui the hell out of. But no, I’m not even close. I’m still living at home in the same bedroom I’ve been in since I was 5 years old. Same blue and white coloured walls, same old stained carpet and the same curtains my mum made when we moved here. Trying to save as much as I can to reach my goal of owning my own place leaves very little time and money to re-decorate. Right now, I can only afford to re-arrange. And that’s ok.

I don’t plan on being in this bedroom for too long but for the time being, I plan to make an Oasis out of it. If you’re like me, here are my 5 tips on turning your bedroom into a beautiful and relaxing sanctuary when you have limited options.

De-clutter

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Whether it’s unwanted clothes, shoes, bags, body products or storage units; get rid of everything that has no real reason for being there. Haven’t used it for the last 3 months? Get rid of it. Is your storage just a space to keep things you don’t use? Get rid of it. Do you need that coat stand? Throw it away. Ensure that everything in your room has a justified and effective purpose for being there. De-cluttering is the most therapeutic process you can go through I feel. If done with the intention of harmonising yourself with the things around you, you’ll be surprised at how much space you’ll create for important things.

Create space

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Struggling to get from bed to door without hitting something? Or do you find yourself knocking things over as you move around the room? Yes it could just be the size or design of your room. Or maybe you have too many things in the way. That laundry basket, does it need to be in your room? Could you put it somewhere outside your room? Those products on your desk? Could you use a rotating storage stand instead of having them all over your desk? Perhaps some wall shelves are needed to hold that stereo or TV instead of floor units? Can you fit your shoes in your wardrobe instead of a shoe rack? If something in your room could go somewhere else to create more space, move it. I believe the more space you have the clearer you can think. You allow your room to breathe and in turn allow yourself to breath.

Open storage system

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I don’t know about you but there’s something about having an open storage system that I like. The constant reminder of the clothes you have and the state of your clothes helps me avoid clutter. I can’t stuff my clutter behind my wardrobe doors if I don’t have any. Everything must be hung and folded neatly. Plus, your personal style can act like an artistic and decorative piece to your room. Now, I’m not saying go out and buy a whole new open storage system. You could simply remove the doors off your wardrobe or only remove one. I did. My wardrobe doors had mirrors so I used one of the doors as a stand-alone full length mirror in the corner of my room and the other as a mirror for the hall way. Open storage could also mean adding shelves to empty walls or buying a door hanger for your coats instead of stuffing them in your wardrobe.

Candles

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Scented candles are amazing. I wasn’t always a fan of candles as I just associated them with fire hazards. And they are, if used incorrectly. When used in the bedroom, it can really set the mood. Whether you are relaxing on your own or with someone special, a scented candle can create the right atmosphere to feel relaxed and in tuned with your surroundings. Ever wondered why they light candles during an aromatherapy massage or treatment? High quality essential oils can have a positive impact on our bodies and provide us with a sense of relaxation before you go to sleep. Our sense of smell is also connected to memory. Having a scent that reminds you of a happy or peaceful time can boost your mood. If you like the smell of bread in the morning, buy a bread scented candle (if that exists).

Bed positioning

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The fung shui experts say bed positioning is important for healthy chi in the bedroom. I don’t know much about chi but I do believe that the positioning of your bed can help improve your mood, especially in the morning. What is your favourite part of your room? Is it your window? Is it your wardrobe? Is it something on your wall? Why not face your bed in the direction of something you’d like to see every time you wake up? For me it’s my window. My neighbours have a lovely tree in their back garden with pink flowers all over it. I sleep with my curtain open as I like the feel of the sun in the morning and waking up to see the pink flowers without leaving my bed is a bonus. Sounds cheesy but it makes my getting up in the morning in this bedroom just that little bit tolerable nicer. Of course, this will depend on how your room is structured but find something you would like to see the moment you open your eyes in the morning.

And that’s it.

Re-arranging the things around you can help you think clearer, see clearer and feel different about certain situations you might be in. These few tips have helped me find peace in the space I’m in as I prepare to get to the space I so long to be in. It will come one day and when it does I’ll be ready for it.

Final thoughts…

Bring your reality as close to your dream as possible so your dream doesn’t just seem like a dream anymore. There’s a lot I’d like to do to my surroundings but for now, these tips and my Pinterest board will have to do.

Your Turn…

Did you like this post? What did you find helpful? Do you have any tips of your own?

Get in touch, tweet me @lydonlifeblog or share your questions, experiences and tips with everybody in the comments.

Till next time.

Love,
Lydia x | https://lydonlife.wordpress.com

Hair Removal| How to Use Nair Down There…

“Things aren’t weird, they’re just different, and different isn’t bad,” ~ Lori Duron.

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Welcome to Lyd on Life

When it comes to hair removal I say do whatever you feel like doing that day. I did.

I got my first bikini wax last year. I was going on holiday which would require the occasional bikini on show so I thought why not. It can’t be that bad, right?

And I was right, it wasn’t that bad but it was still bad. Was it worth it? Yes. Would I do it again? Yes. Would I do it regularly? No.

The problem with waxing for me is that the frequency I need it done in, isn’t worth the price. Not only is it expensive but finding an appointment when you need it can be hard to come by. Now I know websites such as wowcher and groupon have deals for waxing but I’m not a fan of placing the fate of my vagina in someone else’s hands without a recommendation from a friend. A true friend. Unfortunately all my friends think like me.

My bikini area isn’t on show enough for me to justify spending £30-£40 every month on grooming it to perfection.

There’s always shaving, right?

Yes, but the bumps, cuts, itching and awkward hand thigh positioning are just not worth it. I tried it and I don’t think it’s for me.

So, my go-to solution when I’m too cheap to get a wax but in need of some feminine grooming is to use hair removal creams. Yes, I said it. I use the white stuff and I’m not ashamed of it.

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Firstly, a quick word on how the cream works:

Chemical depilatory creams aka hair removal creams break down the chemical bonds between keratin proteins in the hair shaft. Though this leave the hair follicle intact (allowing the hair to regrow eventually),  it transforms the hair itself into a gelatine-like consistency. Your hair then becomes weak enough to be scraped off. Simples.

Now, before the anti-chemical police come for me I will say that it is dangerous to use such a product so close to a sensitive area like your vagina. However, with care, patience and a couple of tools I think you’ll be fine. I was.

So how did I do it?

Well, first you’ll need the following tools:

  • Scissors – to cut the hair
  • Scrubbing gloves – to exfoliate
  • Vaseline – to protect from burning
  • Grey underwear – to protect from the buring and see the hair better
  • Tissue (optional) – to protect from buring
  • Hand held mirror – to see what you’re doing
  • Hair removal spatula – to apply the cream and scrap off the hair
  • Hair removal cream (Nair) – to remove the hair
  • Stopwatch – to time yourself
  • Flannel – to wipe the excess
  • Oil (argon oil, vitamin e oil, olive oil etc) – to moisturise

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Once you have those tools ready, follow the following steps:

  1. Have a warm to hot shower to open-up your pores and trim the hair using the scissors if it’s too long.
  2. Use the scrubbing gloves to scrub the pubic area (front and back). Don’t be too rough or too soft.
  3. Once scrubbed, come out of the shower and pat your pubic area dry.
  4. Go somewhere where you have good lighting and apply Vaseline on the areas you do not want the cream to touch i.e. your labia minor and anus area.
  5. Put on your grey underwear ensuring the front of your underwear is between your labia minor and the back is between your butt cheeks – a front and back thong so to speak. For extra protection of your labia minor and anus you can place some tissue in that area then use your grey underwear to hold the tissue in place.
  6. While standing up and ensuring your underwear is securely between your labia minor all the way to your anus, apply the hair removal cream to the areas that are not covered by your underwear at the front first. Use one hand to hold your underwear taut if you must and the other to apply the cream using the hair removal spatula. Start with parts furthest to the labia major then work inwards (avoiding the labia minor).
  7. Using your stopwatch, wait 5 minutes and test a small area (your bikini line for example) using the hair removal spatula. If the hair doesn’t come off and you aren’t feeling any tingling, wait 5 more minutes. I waited for 12 minutes total but that may be too much for some. Avoid moving whilst the cream is doing its work.
  8. When ready, go to the sink and use the hair removal spatula to scrap the hair off your skin. No need to be rough as the hair should slide off with ease.
  9. Once everything is scrapped off, run your flannel under some warm water and wipe any excess cream. Ensure all the cream has been wiped off before moving to your butt cheeks area.
  10. Using your handheld mirror and ensuring your grey underwear is between your butt cheeks, bend over and apply the hair removal cream on either side of your butt cheeks where you’d like to remove the hair.
  11. Follow steps 6 to 9 then step into the shower to wash your pubic area (front and back) using warm water and your flannel only.
  12. Once you are sure all the cream and hair is off, pat the area dry and apply any oil of your choice. Something natural and conditioning that won’t irritate the skin.

And that’s it.

I never said it would be easy, just cheaper.

The process took a total of 40 minutes from start to finish for me (including my armpits) but might take longer if it’s your first time. After 3 days, the hair started to grow back but I didn’t need to repeat the process till day 5 (I could wait till day 7 if I wanted to).

This is just one way that I choose to use hair removal cream. It has potential to be dangerous if not used safely. However,  if the steps are followed and done carefully you shouldn’t have any problems. Do your research and only try out this method if you are 100% confident you can do it. No pussies allowed. Joke.

This method will do for now till I find another solution or go on another holiday. Whichever comes first.

Your turn…

Which method of hair removal do you prefer, shaving, waxing or creams? What is your experience with those methods? Did you find this post helpful? Would you it? Can you recommend any other technique?

Get in touch, tweet me @lydonlifeblog or share your questions, experiences and tips with everybody in the comments.

Till next time.

Love,
Lydia x | https://lydonlife.wordpress.com

New Blogger | You Can Totally Do This

“You fail only if you stop writing” – Ray Bradbury

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Welcome to Lyd on Life.

Expression is good.

Laughing, crying, screaming, punching or simply doing nothing. Everything we do is an expression.

I’ve not written a blog post in over 2 months. That’s me unconsciously expressing the fact that I’m stuck. I’m not screaming or crying because I know what I need to do. I’m simply doing nothing because I’m not sure if I want to do it. If I can commit to it. If I can actually do it. Am I ready to do it?

For the past month (or so) I’ve been re-designing my blog in hopes of getting some inspiration to actually write new content. I wasn’t happy with the way my blog looked and kept getting distracted by the need to change it. To be honest it wasn’t just the way it looked that bothered me. I wasn’t happy with what I was writing about or how I was writing. Reading my posts from 5 months ago, nothing made me excited.

How did I expect anyone else to be excited about what I wrote if I wasn’t?

So, I tweaked, deleted, updated and changed a few things. A lot of things actually. If you aren’t new to my page then you’ll notice the difference (I hope). If you are new then you stumbled on my blog at the right time (I hope).

I started to realise I was slowly forgetting what I wanted to do here on the blogosphere. Or at least what I was trying to do. I got lost in the sauce a little. More focused on putting out content to stay active instead of relevant. Relatable. Refreshing. Transparent. Informative. All the adjectives I hoped anyone who comes on my page would say about me. I wasn’t being any of those things. Why?

Perhaps I’m afraid. Or was afraid. I’d like to think I’m not any more, having deleted 30 of my posts and started again…ish. However, the fact that I haven’t posted anything for so long shows me that I’m still a little afraid. Do I really have something worthwhile to say? Are the lessons I learn worth writing about? Have I experienced enough about life to write about it? Do I really want the world to know my thoughts?

The answer is Yes. Yes, yes, yes and yes. Or at least I think so. I’m a firm believer that if you’re not ready to give up, don’t. Take a break but don’t give up. The fact remains that though I’ve spent the last month or so changing my blog instead of writing blog post, I still come back to my blog. Every day without fail I check up on my blog. For what or why I don’t know. But I do. Something tells me to.

That little things in your head that keeps brining you back to that thing you keep putting off is trying to tell you something. Perhaps it’s saying put an end to it properly or perhaps it’s saying try again. So, I’m trying again. And I’ll keep trying. Nothing we do is every in vain. Everything we do is leading us somewhere. Even this random form of expression you’ve just read is leading me (and hopefully you) somewhere. It’s OK to have these moments. Especially when it comes to a hobby or a lifestyle change. Just don’t stay in that moment for too long. Enjoy the process. This blog was one of my goals for 2017. 2017 isn’t over yet.

Your turn…

Are you a novice or well seasoned blogger? How are you finding blogging?  Do you ever have doubts? How do you deal with them? If you could describe you’re blog in three words, what would they be?

Get in touch, tweet me @lydonlifeblog or share your experiences and tips with everybody in the comments.

Till next time.

Love,
Lydia x | https://lydonlife.wordpress.com

P.s: Here are some helpful posts for moments of doubt:

BLOG NOMINATION | Bloggers Recognition Award

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Firstly, welcome to Lyd on Life

My first blogger nomination. Yay!

I was nominated for a Bloggers Recognition Award by Pearl from The Pearly Life blog. So exciting! I’ve been away from Lyd On Life for a while now so to come back and find out my blog has been nominated for the first time on WordPress is a lovely welcome.

I  am very appreciative that the lovely Pearl not only nominated my blog but follows and interacts with my blog. Thank you! It’s encouraging to know that someone enjoys what you do, even if you only do it for fun and not quite sure of what you are doing.

I’ve never read a bloggers award post before so had to read a few to understand the idea behind it. Pearl’s post was first on my reading list. Check her’s out!

Ok, lets get into it.

BLOGGER RECOGNITION AWARD

Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
Give a brief story about how your blog started.
  3. Give two pieces of advise to new bloggers.
  4. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  5. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide a link to the post you created.

How My Blog Started:

I started my blog in September 2016. Since then, it’s gone through a few changes as i tried to figure out what the hell I’m doing on the blogosphere. I’ve always been curious about how other people live their lives. From watching YouTube videos, SnapChat stories to reading personal blogs. I felt that navigating through this life is easier when we share what we’ve learned in our pursuit of happiness. Whether it be career, relationships, self-love, self discovery or motherhood, I was inspired by other peoples journeys and thought why not share my own. Help someone, even if it’s just one person. So Lyd On Life was born. A place where I share my experience and the many things that I’m learning in my day-to-day life as I pursue my own happiness. I enjoy writing and sharing the little wisdoms I acquire through my experiences. This blog is a work in progress, as am I and I’m excited about where I can take it.

Advice for New Bloggers:

  1. Your about page is worth writing: Before you go writing your first blog post, I think it’s important to make sure you have written what your blog is about, why you started and what people can gain from it. For me, it acts as a constant reminder of why I started this blog when whenever I’m tempted to do what other people are doing or feel frustrated when nobody reads or likes my posts.
  2. Get involved with other blogs: You can learn a lot from other bloggers. Search for bloggers who are writing about topics you are interested in and get some inspiration from them. It helps, especially when you read about how they started and the struggles they faced as well as their success. It takes time and it will happen, if you work hard for it. I believe that.

My Nominations:

I’m still new to this and still discovering bloggers so here are a few I enjoy reading

  1. Jacqueline
  2. Gina
  3. Lana

Love,
Lydia x | http://www.lydonlife.wordpress.com

MOVIE REVIEW | Logan (2017)

“Don’t be what they’ve made you” ~ Logan (Logan 2017)

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Firstly, welcome to Lyd on Life

I’m a huge X-man fan. I think I’ve seen most if not all the X-men movies so it was only right for me to review one of their recent releases.

Logan. In the year 2029, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan’s attempts to hide from the world are upended when a young mutant arrives.

Let’s get into the review.

Did I like the movie?

Of course I did! I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure if I would after seeing the trailer. I assumed it would be your typically father meets daughter whose just as angry and powerful as he is but surprisingly it wasn’t. The movie had enough action, emotion, drama and a strong story line to keep me entertained and talking about what the next X-men movie could be.

It most certainly wasn’t your typical superhero movie. It was more realistic than the others and made the X-men appear more like humans with special gifts rather than mutants with cool powers. Hugh Jackman does a wonderful job at playing a drunk and stubborn disappointment to the X-men legacy. You almost get angry with him at some point. You can feel he has given up on what the X-men stood for. It makes you wonder what happened for him to become so hopeless to the point of wanting to kill himself. Why it took so much convincing to finally get him to become the Wolverine we all love (even if it was only for a little bit). Guess I’ll have to wait for the next one to find out (if there is a next one).

Would I watch again?

Damn right! I always watch the X-men movies when they come on TV and this one will not be missed. Though I know the storyline and the ending, the action in the movie alone is enough to make me watch it again.

Overall Rating

Overall I’d give the movie a 9/10 because it’s more than just a superhero movie. Logan has characters which you identify with and whom you care about. There’s enough emotion, humour and action to keep you going throughout the entire movie (not just towards the end). The build up to the ending was great and it leaves you excited for what’s to come next in the X-men franchise. If you didn’t know about the characters shown you’d certainly want to find out. Dafne Keen who plays ‘Laura’ does a great job for someone with few lines. I’m curious to see what else she has to offer. The ending was sad but I won’t spoil it for you.

Next movie on my list is Get Out. The moment I watched the trailer I was convinced it would be worth watching. Will it live up to the hype? We’ll see.

Your Turn…

Have you watched Logan? What did you think of it? On a scale from 1 to 10 (1 being the worse and 10 being the best), what would you give it?

Get in touch, tweet me @lydonlifeblog or share your experiences and tips with everybody in the comments.

Till next time.

Love,
Lydia x | https://lydonlife.wordpress.com

 

CAREER | 12 Things I’ve Learned in 12 Months

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” ~ Wayne Gretzky

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Firstly, welcome to Lyd on Life

So, last week March 7th marked my 1 year anniversary at my first post-grad job. I feel like I only started a few months ago yet I’ve grown so much since then. Professionally, personally, financially and socially. I may not be the confident co-worker I hope to become but I’m no longer the shy intimidated co-worker I used to be when I started.

With 12 months under my belt, I thought this would be a good time to share the little knowledge and wisdoms I’ve gained over the past year.

1) Soft skills are more important than your hard skills. Apart from managing my dissertation at university, I’d never done any project management related work. However, the soft skills that I had made it easier for me to grasp the concept of project management in the real world. Have a willingness to be the best at what you do even if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing can take you far.

2) Nothing will make sense at first. Unless you’ve been there done that and bought the post card, you’ll feel like a fish out of water. From the jargon used during meetings to socialising with co-worker, you will feel a little alien but will soon settle after a few months.You’re in a new environment so it will take some time to adapt but trust  me it will happen. You don’t have to force it.

3) It’s OK not to know. Asking questions is your new weapon. Even stupid questions. It’s better to ask a stupid question than to make a stupid mistake. You can’t play the I don’t know card for long if you want to progress. But think about the question before asking.

4) It’s OK to say no. Being the unqualified newbie, you want to please everybody. That should include yourself. Know your limits and make sure it is known by others. If you are valued then your time should also be valued. A justified no is better than a regretful yes.

5) 24 hours just isn’t enough. Working 9 to 5 will make you realise just how little time you have for yourself. How did my mum do this plus go to university and raise 3 kids?  This will make you realise the true importance of organisation skills and why diaries are so useful.

6) Clients will always think they are right. No matter how mistaken the client is, they are never allowed to feel your frustration even if they show it to you. You must always control your emotions and learn to articulate your frustrations in the nicest way. It takes practice and a lot of proof-reading (from you and others). Don’t let anyone (especially clients) cause you to step out of character because you are responsible for your actions, not them.

7) Your manager is your confidant. If there is one person in the office you should be confiding in about your work it should be your manager. They should have your best interest at heart and are in the position of making things happen that can make your work life easier. If you can’t confide in them about work then they shouldn’t be managing you.

8) It’s not all about the money. Your first job should really be about experience more than money. Don’t turn away an opportunity just because of money. If I did, I wouldn’t be doing a job I’d never done before and loving a company I’d never heard of before. Learn to crawl before you can walk and soon you will be climbing.

9) Money does help. At first it may not be about the money but once you have some experience and grow as a person you start to understand your value. You now have some experience to back up the salary you expect and the confidence to get it. If you focus on being the best, the money will come to you. Your job should not only repay you but reward you for the work you do.

10) Speaking gets easier. Whether it’s speaking in a meeting, to a client or participating in office banter; the freedom to express yourself appropriately gets easier after a few months. It’s not a popularity contest in the real world. Your work speaks louder than your words. As you gain more confidence in the work you do, your words will find confidence too.

11) Every mistake is knowledge. When I’ve made a mistake I’ve never forgotten it. Why? Because failure is the best teacher. You’ll make mistakes during the first few months but slowly you’ll see how your mistakes turn to knowledge that prevent others from making the same mistakes.

12) Culture fit/match is a big deal. You may like the work you do and how much you make but the company culture makes a huge difference. Finding a company that fits with your culture will make the Monday mornings and late nights much more bearable. You’ll find that your work-life balance is easier to manage and lessons 1 – 11 become much easier to grasp in a company culture that fits with you.

And that’s it…so far.

Going into the real world isn’t easy. When you finish university, you’re launched into a world you feel is too grown up for you. A world that reminds you just how much you don’t know. You can no-longer hide behind the fancy words on your CV or the grades you got at university. You are put to the test – as a graduate and a person.

Though going into the real world isn’t easy; with the right support system, attitude  and vision, it isn’t hard either.

A lot can happen in 12 months and I’m excited for what the next 12 months will bring. Will I still be in the same role, at the same company with the same positive vibes I have today? We’ll see.

Your Turn…

What was the most important lesson you learned from your first entry-level job? What advice would you give to someone starting out in their career?

Get in touch, tweet me @lydonlifeblog or share your experiences and tips with everybody in the comments.

Till next time.

Love,
Lydia x | https://lydonlife.wordpress.com

P.s: Here are some other articles I found interesting on first job lessons:

MOVIE REVIEW | Split (2017)

“An individual with multiple personalities can change their body chemistry with their thoughts.” ~ Dr. Fletcher

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Firstly, welcome to Lyd on Life

Can I say I’m a fan of James McAvoy even though I’ve only seen like 3 of his movies?

I’m gonna say it anyway. I’m a fan!

And as a fan, it was only right for me to watch Split and give me 2 sense on it.

Split. Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities. They must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th personality.

So, let’s get into the review.

Did I like the movie?

Yes, I did. I enjoy thrillers that deal with mental disorders and James McAvoy depicts each personality so uniquely and different. I think that’s what I liked most about the movie, being able to see an actors’ ability to play so many different roles without the use of facial props and excessive CGI. Just him, some clothes and a bit of lipstick. The 24th personality called “the beast” was very good. I genuinely didn’t expect him to look or act the way he did. The movie had a bit of suspense and humour to …

What did I not like?

I won’t lie, the movie did take a while to build-up the anticipation. If you’re more of an action person rather than art person you might fall asleep (there was a guy yawning annoyingly as it he was being forced to watch it). I think the movie would have been more interesting if we saw Kevin a bit more as a pose to just seeing his other personalities. Having his childhood explained a little more would have helped us to know Kevin as much as we got to know the characters.

Would I watch again?

Probably not. I feel once you’ve seen it, the mystery and thriller disappears. However, I did take something away from the movie: Do we really know how powerful our minds are? Can we change our body chemistry with our thoughts? Maybe, maybe not. Who knows. I might watch it again to see if I missed anything but not any time soon.

Overall Rating

Over all I’d give Split a 6/10 purely because of James McAvoy’s acting and the last 30 minutes of the movie where we got to see and understand the full extent of Kevin’s Dissociative Identity Disorder.

Next movie on my list is Logan. I am an X-man fan (obviously) so hoping it won’t disappoint. We’ll see.

Your Turn…

Have you watched Split? What did you think of it? What would you give in on a scale from 1 to 10 (1 being the worse and 10 being the best)?

Get in touch, tweet me @lydonlifeblog or share your experiences and tips with everybody in the comments.

Till next time.

Love,
Lydia x | https://lydonlife.wordpress.com