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I'm not gonna lie to you all, I have been a bit absent lately haven't I? I think it's really important to take a step back sometimes and learn to love your content again.. If you're a blogger yourself then you'll know exactly what I mean but having a break sometimes just gets those creative juices flowing again and that's what I've needed, I mean not to mention the fact that studying has taken over my life lately and it's given me a slight brain overload. Anyways...

I haven't done a little skincare faves for a while (don't quote me, I could be very wrong) and I thought I'd take this time to tell you about a few new loves that have entered my life and my skincare routine. Through the last few weeks, the weathers been changing and my skin has been very confused by it all, and we all know what this means.. Yes, dry and irritated skin. For some reason, since I've become a lot older, my skin has just not been my friend and whatever I do, it doesn't like it. It's hard because I don't have 'dry' skin all the time and I don't have dewy skin all the time, it goes through phases of being REALLY dry and then REALLY dewy, so I can't win? So I've decided to try and become friends with my skin again and look after it to the best I can and here's the products I plan to use to help me along the way

1. Nivea Men Creme. Three words that I rave a lot about, as you will know but how could I write a skincare post without mentioning my number one babe (Nivea)? This product has honestly saved my skin in my eyes, it does everything I've always wanted in a product, I kinda don't wanna bore you with hyping this product up again but you can check out my many posts about their Creme  > here < 

2. First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser. I remember featuring this in a post nearly a year ago, I stopped using this product for a while because I wanted to switch things up slightly but it's back and I can't see it going anywhere again, this smells a m a z i n g. I cannot describe how soft it makes my skin feel and it looks so hydrated straight away which is exactly what my troublesome skin needs sometimes. I think First Aid Beauty deserves so much more love, I don't see enough people bigging up their products and they deserve it!

3. When it's cold, my lips are as dry as the dessert and there is no way around it apart from a good lip balm! I mean don't get me wrong, I've never had a bad experience with lip balms although I don't really reach for them a lot because usually I'm out when my lips start becoming very dry and cracked and I don't have any with me, but the Nivea Long Lasting Lip Balm has changed that for me, I carry this everywhere I go and it's my go-to lip balm.

4. Evian Facial Spray has been another love very recently, I used this last year religiously when I went on holiday and as the weather has got increasingly hot (very unexpectedly also) I've reached for it again and made sure that it has a place in my bag. I'm not a massive fan of summer, especially when I'm not right next to a pool with a all-inclusive bar so this just takes the heat off for a few minutes, it's not a miracle worker and you have to keep applying it but it's amazing and it's so refreshing. I can't think of anyone that wouldn't love this product. I've also found that La Roche Posay do their own version of this for under £5!

5. And finally, a shower gel from Zeos For Men which is a brand I wasn't familiar with until they kindly contacted me to see if I wanted to try any of their products out and I jumped at the opportunity as I love hearing from new brands and discovering some new faves which is definitely what I've done with their Body Shower Gel which I've been applying for the last few weeks now and it's instantly become something I reach for all the time now. If you're looking for a new brand to try out then I would definitely recommend Zeos For Men as they have a huge range of products and I'm sure you will find the perfect one for you and your skin.

Disclaimer: This post contains products that have been kindly sent to me for PR consideration. Some links in this post may be affiliate links, which means I receive a percentage of the revenue made from purchasing products through the links placed on my blog. This does not affect you as the consumer OR the price of the product.

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THIS POST CONTAINS GIFTED ITEMS
I'm not gonna lie to you all, I have been a bit absent lately haven't I? I think it's really important to take a step back sometimes and learn to love your content again.. If you're a blogger yourself then you'll know exactly what I mean but having a break sometimes just gets those creative juices flowing again and that's what I've needed, I mean not to mention the fact that studying has taken over my life lately and it's given me a slight brain overload. Anyways...

I haven't done a little skincare faves for a while (don't quote me, I could be very wrong) and I thought I'd take this time to tell you about a few new loves that have entered my life and my skincare routine. Through the last few weeks, the weathers been changing and my skin has been very confused by it all, and we all know what this means.. Yes, dry and irritated skin. For some reason, since I've become a lot older, my skin has just not been my friend and whatever I do, it doesn't like it. It's hard because I don't have 'dry' skin all the time and I don't have dewy skin all the time, it goes through phases of being REALLY dry and then REALLY dewy, so I can't win? So I've decided to try and become friends with my skin again and look after it to the best I can and here's the products I plan to use to help me along the way

1. Nivea Men Creme. Three words that I rave a lot about, as you will know but how could I write a skincare post without mentioning my number one babe (Nivea)? This product has honestly saved my skin in my eyes, it does everything I've always wanted in a product, I kinda don't wanna bore you with hyping this product up again but you can check out my many posts about their Creme  > here < 

2. First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser. I remember featuring this in a post nearly a year ago, I stopped using this product for a while because I wanted to switch things up slightly but it's back and I can't see it going anywhere again, this smells a m a z i n g. I cannot describe how soft it makes my skin feel and it looks so hydrated straight away which is exactly what my troublesome skin needs sometimes. I think First Aid Beauty deserves so much more love, I don't see enough people bigging up their products and they deserve it!

3. When it's cold, my lips are as dry as the dessert and there is no way around it apart from a good lip balm! I mean don't get me wrong, I've never had a bad experience with lip balms although I don't really reach for them a lot because usually I'm out when my lips start becoming very dry and cracked and I don't have any with me, but the Nivea Long Lasting Lip Balm has changed that for me, I carry this everywhere I go and it's my go-to lip balm.

4. Evian Facial Spray has been another love very recently, I used this last year religiously when I went on holiday and as the weather has got increasingly hot (very unexpectedly also) I've reached for it again and made sure that it has a place in my bag. I'm not a massive fan of summer, especially when I'm not right next to a pool with a all-inclusive bar so this just takes the heat off for a few minutes, it's not a miracle worker and you have to keep applying it but it's amazing and it's so refreshing. I can't think of anyone that wouldn't love this product. I've also found that La Roche Posay do their own version of this for under £5!

5. And finally, a shower gel from Zeos For Men which is a brand I wasn't familiar with until they kindly contacted me to see if I wanted to try any of their products out and I jumped at the opportunity as I love hearing from new brands and discovering some new faves which is definitely what I've done with their Body Shower Gel which I've been applying for the last few weeks now and it's instantly become something I reach for all the time now. If you're looking for a new brand to try out then I would definitely recommend Zeos For Men as they have a huge range of products and I'm sure you will find the perfect one for you and your skin.

Disclaimer: This post contains products that have been kindly sent to me for PR consideration. Some links in this post may be affiliate links, which means I receive a percentage of the revenue made from purchasing products through the links placed on my blog. This does not affect you as the consumer OR the price of the product.
Today's In A Conversation With is Sam Squire (the founder of TheMansHandBook) who is an all things blogger, such as men's fitness, lifestyle and travel. I've been a regular reader of Sam's blog for about a year now, when I discovered him on Twitter and I've been hooked ever since. One thing that got my attention straight away was a very interesting quote on this blog and this was 'inspiring the worlds men to strive for success' and this is such an important message and it's stuck with me ever since and made such a positive impact on my work and personal life.

Tells us a bit about yourself, what do you love the most about what you do?
Sam: I'm a men's fashion & lifestyle content creator, I've been active for the past 5 years, creating content for my blog, social channels and magazines. I love being able to connect with people, being creative and meeting like-minded people.

How long have you been blogging for and what/who gives you motivation to work hard?
Sam: It's been 5 years now, for me motivation comes from wanting to be a success at anything I do. I don't necessarily want to be recognised for it, but to feel proud of what I have done and what I have achieved. I love the adrenaline and feeling from working hard on something and the point where you're ready to go live with it, I think that's what keeps me interested and wanting to produce more. 

What is your idea of success with your career and do you think it's hard for people to be 'successful' in the industry now, with so many people trying to do the same thing?
Sam: I really think success comes from within, for me success is being happy and content with what I'm doing, as well as always learning and growing. I've reached points in my career where I have seen my numbers slowing down, and that's extremely infuriating, but then I take a deeper look and see that whilst my numbers aren't massive, I am still attracting an audience, global brands and conversions. It's really not all about numbers for me, it's about feeling happy with the content and quality that I put out there. 

You've had so much success, what is your biggest achievement? 
Sam: It sounds really sad, but to actually still be doing it after 5 years I see as an acheivement. For me to still have people following my journey, reading my content and engaging with me tells me that I must be doing something right - I didn't know what to expect when I got into the industry 5 years ago, but I definitely didn't stop and picture myself doing it years down the line. I started when I was a kid, I was 18 and in a completely different life stage to the one I am in now - to have people still engage with me after that time is really rewarding. 

Do you have any special plans or anything exciting, which you can tell us more about?
Sam: I am working on a couple of really cool things at the moment. One of them is absoloutly going to change the game and hasn't yet been done - you'll just have to wait and see!

And finally, what are your goals for the future (if you have any) and where would you like your career to go in 5 years time?
Sam: I'll be hitting 30 in 5 years and likely ready to retire... but seriously for me the next 5 years are all about keeping doing what I'm doing, continuing to create content that people enjoy and can relate to is really important to me. I really want to venture into some more meaningful content as well as documenting my travels a bit more!

I'd lastly like to say thank you to Sam for taking time out to be a part of In A Conversation With - you can find his blog >> here <<

IN A CONVERSATION WITH: SAM SQUIRE

Today's In A Conversation With is Sam Squire (the founder of TheMansHandBook) who is an all things blogger, such as men's fitness, lifestyle and travel. I've been a regular reader of Sam's blog for about a year now, when I discovered him on Twitter and I've been hooked ever since. One thing that got my attention straight away was a very interesting quote on this blog and this was 'inspiring the worlds men to strive for success' and this is such an important message and it's stuck with me ever since and made such a positive impact on my work and personal life.

Tells us a bit about yourself, what do you love the most about what you do?
Sam: I'm a men's fashion & lifestyle content creator, I've been active for the past 5 years, creating content for my blog, social channels and magazines. I love being able to connect with people, being creative and meeting like-minded people.

How long have you been blogging for and what/who gives you motivation to work hard?
Sam: It's been 5 years now, for me motivation comes from wanting to be a success at anything I do. I don't necessarily want to be recognised for it, but to feel proud of what I have done and what I have achieved. I love the adrenaline and feeling from working hard on something and the point where you're ready to go live with it, I think that's what keeps me interested and wanting to produce more. 

What is your idea of success with your career and do you think it's hard for people to be 'successful' in the industry now, with so many people trying to do the same thing?
Sam: I really think success comes from within, for me success is being happy and content with what I'm doing, as well as always learning and growing. I've reached points in my career where I have seen my numbers slowing down, and that's extremely infuriating, but then I take a deeper look and see that whilst my numbers aren't massive, I am still attracting an audience, global brands and conversions. It's really not all about numbers for me, it's about feeling happy with the content and quality that I put out there. 

You've had so much success, what is your biggest achievement? 
Sam: It sounds really sad, but to actually still be doing it after 5 years I see as an acheivement. For me to still have people following my journey, reading my content and engaging with me tells me that I must be doing something right - I didn't know what to expect when I got into the industry 5 years ago, but I definitely didn't stop and picture myself doing it years down the line. I started when I was a kid, I was 18 and in a completely different life stage to the one I am in now - to have people still engage with me after that time is really rewarding. 

Do you have any special plans or anything exciting, which you can tell us more about?
Sam: I am working on a couple of really cool things at the moment. One of them is absoloutly going to change the game and hasn't yet been done - you'll just have to wait and see!

And finally, what are your goals for the future (if you have any) and where would you like your career to go in 5 years time?
Sam: I'll be hitting 30 in 5 years and likely ready to retire... but seriously for me the next 5 years are all about keeping doing what I'm doing, continuing to create content that people enjoy and can relate to is really important to me. I really want to venture into some more meaningful content as well as documenting my travels a bit more!

I'd lastly like to say thank you to Sam for taking time out to be a part of In A Conversation With - you can find his blog >> here <<
Hello, this is exciting isn't it?! This has taken a lot of work behind the scenes but it's finally here and I couldn't be happier. For a while now, I've been contemplating weather to switch my blog up and get a whole new look to it and it's finally happened, especially with the recent speculations about the company who hosted my blog before (I've decided not to name them in this post as I don't want to get into any legal trouble LOL) I'm not sure what exactly was said but from what lots of lovely people said on Twitter, I knew it was bad and I was advised to change it all - so I have, hello! You're in great hands, don't worry.

If you have used this particular hosting/theme: I would personally advise you to get rid of it. This is nothing against the brand (some of you will know who they are), however with recent speculations that I can't personally say if they're true or false but it's best to be safe than sorry. I've worked so hard for years on this platform and it has made me so happy to see it grow, I would never want anyone or anything to prejudice that.

I wanted something a little different, I felt as the theme I had before was the theme that I've had since I started blogging and it was great for me at a time where I was experimenting with content and finding out the kinda route I wanted to take (even though I talk about anything and EVERYTHING) and I'm so happy with the content I now create and I thought I needed something a little different.

I am BEYOND happy with my blog and I hope you like it too!

WELCOME TO THE NEW BLOG

Hello, this is exciting isn't it?! This has taken a lot of work behind the scenes but it's finally here and I couldn't be happier. For a while now, I've been contemplating weather to switch my blog up and get a whole new look to it and it's finally happened, especially with the recent speculations about the company who hosted my blog before (I've decided not to name them in this post as I don't want to get into any legal trouble LOL) I'm not sure what exactly was said but from what lots of lovely people said on Twitter, I knew it was bad and I was advised to change it all - so I have, hello! You're in great hands, don't worry.

If you have used this particular hosting/theme: I would personally advise you to get rid of it. This is nothing against the brand (some of you will know who they are), however with recent speculations that I can't personally say if they're true or false but it's best to be safe than sorry. I've worked so hard for years on this platform and it has made me so happy to see it grow, I would never want anyone or anything to prejudice that.

I wanted something a little different, I felt as the theme I had before was the theme that I've had since I started blogging and it was great for me at a time where I was experimenting with content and finding out the kinda route I wanted to take (even though I talk about anything and EVERYTHING) and I'm so happy with the content I now create and I thought I needed something a little different.

I am BEYOND happy with my blog and I hope you like it too!
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