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Money is always one of those things that we all want more of and we'd love to save more and that's exactly what I want to discuss today. When I was younger, I remember getting a weekly allowance off my parents (this was before I started earning any money) and I remember blowing it in 2-3 days! I've always loved spending money but with this, has made me realize how important money is and how important it is to think about your future - yes it's fab to think about today as realistic but sad as it is, we might not have tomorrow but we still need to think about our future and the things we'd like to do. I am a huge saver now and I am slightly obsessed with saving as much money as I possible can, I think this has definitely come with experience of spending too much money when I was younger and finding myself not being able to afford a McDonald's or constantly have loans off people in my family that I would have to pay off once I got paid - that has all changed. For the past 4/5 years, I've saved as much money as I can each month so I know that I always have money if I want to buy something or if I'd like to go on holiday.
I've been using Cleo in order to track my monthly and yearly spending via there iOS app which backtracks three months of historic spending transactions to tailor you a budget on how much you earn per month! Cleo is essentially a virtual assistant that can tell you how much you've recently spent, what you have spent the most money on and how much you have left for the month. Cleo can also save money for you and hide that money away so you're not tempted to spend (this would have been so perfect for me when I was younger!) I've found the app super useful as you can ask Cleo questions and get instant replies, such as "Can I afford to go to the cinema?" or "Where can I cut back this month" and it'll give you a breakdown of how much you have spent on different things and do the math for you! You can download the Cleo app and get yourself a free £5 into your bank account and start tracking your money here. 

I've recently started to prioritize what I spend money on because I'm starting to become a person that likes to have money more than they like to spend it, the idea that I can do things if I want to makes me happy but that doesn't always mean you have to do those things because you might need the money for something else later on in the month or even in the year and it's good to be prepared for things to pop up like your phone breaking or if you get lost somewhere and need to get an UBER (you can get a free UBER ride by clicking here) home or things like that we don't usually tend to prepare for but it's something I've started to do and it's made me think about how much I can potentially save each month (even more than I'm doing at the moment!).

LET'S TALK ABOUT SAVING MONEY

Money is always one of those things that we all want more of and we'd love to save more and that's exactly what I want to discuss today. When I was younger, I remember getting a weekly allowance off my parents (this was before I started earning any money) and I remember blowing it in 2-3 days! I've always loved spending money but with this, has made me realize how important money is and how important it is to think about your future - yes it's fab to think about today as realistic but sad as it is, we might not have tomorrow but we still need to think about our future and the things we'd like to do. I am a huge saver now and I am slightly obsessed with saving as much money as I possible can, I think this has definitely come with experience of spending too much money when I was younger and finding myself not being able to afford a McDonald's or constantly have loans off people in my family that I would have to pay off once I got paid - that has all changed. For the past 4/5 years, I've saved as much money as I can each month so I know that I always have money if I want to buy something or if I'd like to go on holiday.
I've been using Cleo in order to track my monthly and yearly spending via there iOS app which backtracks three months of historic spending transactions to tailor you a budget on how much you earn per month! Cleo is essentially a virtual assistant that can tell you how much you've recently spent, what you have spent the most money on and how much you have left for the month. Cleo can also save money for you and hide that money away so you're not tempted to spend (this would have been so perfect for me when I was younger!) I've found the app super useful as you can ask Cleo questions and get instant replies, such as "Can I afford to go to the cinema?" or "Where can I cut back this month" and it'll give you a breakdown of how much you have spent on different things and do the math for you! You can download the Cleo app and get yourself a free £5 into your bank account and start tracking your money here. 

I've recently started to prioritize what I spend money on because I'm starting to become a person that likes to have money more than they like to spend it, the idea that I can do things if I want to makes me happy but that doesn't always mean you have to do those things because you might need the money for something else later on in the month or even in the year and it's good to be prepared for things to pop up like your phone breaking or if you get lost somewhere and need to get an UBER (you can get a free UBER ride by clicking here) home or things like that we don't usually tend to prepare for but it's something I've started to do and it's made me think about how much I can potentially save each month (even more than I'm doing at the moment!).
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Yes, it's a Sunday and I'm back again talking about one of my favourite things in the world - face masks. I'm going to be honest with you, me and face masks have took a break lately and I just haven't been reaching for them as much as I used to or as much as my skin would probably like me too and that needs to change. I featured the The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Mask in a post about a year ago and you guys loved it, so here I am back again to give you an honest update of how I've been getting on with the mask lately and if I'm still reaching for it over my other face masks or skin product alternatives.

I know if you're a regular reader of my blog then you will have heard this before, but it's so important to change up your skincare occasionally and give yourself (and your skin) a little break to discover new products, as your skin gets used to the ingredients in a product and the advantages of using the product won't be as effective as your skin gets used to them. However this goes without saying, but this is one of my favorite ever products that I've ever tried from any brand and will always be my go-to face mask. My skin has always been a very tricky one to handle, it goes super dry and then super dewy, I've never been one or the other. I've found that this face mask works best with both of my skin types (I have two, aren't I lucky?) the mask is infused with bamboo charcoal, green tea leaves and organic tea tree oil and is 100% vegan to give your skin a reviving glow! I used this mask about 2-3 times a week usually after shaving as that dries out my skin so much, I usually leave it  a day after shaving and then apply this mask in my most troublesome areas of my face and leave it on for about 10-15 minutes until the mask has hardened and then I go ahead and cleanse it off - just a little tip for you, don't remove face masks with face wipes, this is just a personal tip as face wipes also dry out my skin so much, so it's kinda pointless to apply a face mask to moisturize my skin and then wipe it off with something that is going to dry it out so much.

I've been using this mask for about 2 years now and I can honestly say a little amount goes a long way. You only need to apply a little amount to your face and gradually share it around your troublesome areas with a mask spatula (or your hands, whatever you prefer!) and wait 10-15 minutes before removing it with warm water and you're all done (you wont be disappointed!)
You guys know how much I am obsessed with The Body Shop and all of their products. I've found using more natural products on my face way more effective over time and this is a product that I would recommend to absolutely anyone, despite what type of skin you have - have a go! The Body Shop offer little tests in store, where you can go and have a little swatch on your skin to see if you would react badly to it, which I think is an amazing idea so I would definitely recommend doing that before buying any product from any store.

Disclaimer: This post  is not sponsored however, links in this post are 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.

MY FACE MASK MUST-HAVE

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Yes, it's a Sunday and I'm back again talking about one of my favourite things in the world - face masks. I'm going to be honest with you, me and face masks have took a break lately and I just haven't been reaching for them as much as I used to or as much as my skin would probably like me too and that needs to change. I featured the The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Mask in a post about a year ago and you guys loved it, so here I am back again to give you an honest update of how I've been getting on with the mask lately and if I'm still reaching for it over my other face masks or skin product alternatives.

I know if you're a regular reader of my blog then you will have heard this before, but it's so important to change up your skincare occasionally and give yourself (and your skin) a little break to discover new products, as your skin gets used to the ingredients in a product and the advantages of using the product won't be as effective as your skin gets used to them. However this goes without saying, but this is one of my favorite ever products that I've ever tried from any brand and will always be my go-to face mask. My skin has always been a very tricky one to handle, it goes super dry and then super dewy, I've never been one or the other. I've found that this face mask works best with both of my skin types (I have two, aren't I lucky?) the mask is infused with bamboo charcoal, green tea leaves and organic tea tree oil and is 100% vegan to give your skin a reviving glow! I used this mask about 2-3 times a week usually after shaving as that dries out my skin so much, I usually leave it  a day after shaving and then apply this mask in my most troublesome areas of my face and leave it on for about 10-15 minutes until the mask has hardened and then I go ahead and cleanse it off - just a little tip for you, don't remove face masks with face wipes, this is just a personal tip as face wipes also dry out my skin so much, so it's kinda pointless to apply a face mask to moisturize my skin and then wipe it off with something that is going to dry it out so much.

I've been using this mask for about 2 years now and I can honestly say a little amount goes a long way. You only need to apply a little amount to your face and gradually share it around your troublesome areas with a mask spatula (or your hands, whatever you prefer!) and wait 10-15 minutes before removing it with warm water and you're all done (you wont be disappointed!)
You guys know how much I am obsessed with The Body Shop and all of their products. I've found using more natural products on my face way more effective over time and this is a product that I would recommend to absolutely anyone, despite what type of skin you have - have a go! The Body Shop offer little tests in store, where you can go and have a little swatch on your skin to see if you would react badly to it, which I think is an amazing idea so I would definitely recommend doing that before buying any product from any store.

Disclaimer: This post  is not sponsored however, links in this post are 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.
I can honestly say that Brighton is the most relaxing place I have ever visited and the past few days I've managed to finally be able to experience Brighton in the sun (it was 39 degrees, what???) and it was magical. I've never experienced somewhere so beautiful and calming in my life and I've wanted to throw a few ideas in a post for you all for a while but I wanted to visit a few more times before feeling like I could give you a good little list of things to do once you're there. I'm not going to lie, the first time I ever went to Brighton was a few years ago and I went for a day which is a little crazy to think because it takes sooo long to get there from where I live but I was young and I wanted to go so badly and I remember booking my tickets the night before for a same day return and I was so excited and ever since my first few hours in Brighton, I've fallen in love with the place. So here are some of the things I would recommend doing in Brighton to make the most of your time there (and just to let you know, if you wanted to book any of the things mentioned or find out more then I have kindly linked everything for you!)
The British Airways i360 was one of the most coolest but scariest things I did whilst I was there. Brighton is such a beautiful place and to be able to see the sea so far out is an amazing feeling and also gives you great photo opportunities. I've always wanted to go up the i360 but I was a little nervous to do it before but when I was down at the beach, I thought why not? I'm not going to be here again for a while and I'll regret it if I don't do it - and I loved it. It is a little high (200m I think!) but it's so beautiful to see the whole (pretty much) of Brighton at such an amazing angle. Once up there, there is a bar where you can purchase drinks and snacks which I thought was such a nice touch!
And of course.. would I be able to do this post without mentioning the beach? One of my favorite things to do in Brighton is to go down on a little beach walk at night time and hear the sea. I remember last time I went to Brighton, I stayed at one of The Harbour Hotel (see the post here) and you could hear the sea all night long and I cannot put into words how incredible that is, it's so relaxing. Not to mention, the amazing food that they offer on the Brighton Pier (massive bonus for beach days!) 

There are a few shops in Brighton which I find so special and unique to the town, such as Boho Gelato which offers the most amazing Gelato. I opted for Sea Salt Caramel (the most amazing flavor of all!) and classic vanilla and it was a dream. There are two things that taste amazing by the sea and one is ice-cream and the other one in Fish and Chips... I went to the most amazing fish bar which was called Seasiders - they were incredible and you could sit outside or inside by the window and still have an amazing view of the Pier and the beach.
The last thing I wanted to mention that made my trip so easy was the hotel. So this time, I stayed in the Premier Inn on North Street and I've never actually stopped in one until now and oh my god. I was amazed. The team there made me feel so comfortable and relaxed and my stay was so enjoyable because of their amazing team. They offer breakfast at about £9.00 a day (I think!) which started off my day each morning with a full English buffet and unlimited drinks. My stay at the Premier Inn cost just under £200 (without breakfast) I would definitely go back again and it was in walking distance of the town and the beach!

A BRIGHTON GUIDE

I can honestly say that Brighton is the most relaxing place I have ever visited and the past few days I've managed to finally be able to experience Brighton in the sun (it was 39 degrees, what???) and it was magical. I've never experienced somewhere so beautiful and calming in my life and I've wanted to throw a few ideas in a post for you all for a while but I wanted to visit a few more times before feeling like I could give you a good little list of things to do once you're there. I'm not going to lie, the first time I ever went to Brighton was a few years ago and I went for a day which is a little crazy to think because it takes sooo long to get there from where I live but I was young and I wanted to go so badly and I remember booking my tickets the night before for a same day return and I was so excited and ever since my first few hours in Brighton, I've fallen in love with the place. So here are some of the things I would recommend doing in Brighton to make the most of your time there (and just to let you know, if you wanted to book any of the things mentioned or find out more then I have kindly linked everything for you!)
The British Airways i360 was one of the most coolest but scariest things I did whilst I was there. Brighton is such a beautiful place and to be able to see the sea so far out is an amazing feeling and also gives you great photo opportunities. I've always wanted to go up the i360 but I was a little nervous to do it before but when I was down at the beach, I thought why not? I'm not going to be here again for a while and I'll regret it if I don't do it - and I loved it. It is a little high (200m I think!) but it's so beautiful to see the whole (pretty much) of Brighton at such an amazing angle. Once up there, there is a bar where you can purchase drinks and snacks which I thought was such a nice touch!
And of course.. would I be able to do this post without mentioning the beach? One of my favorite things to do in Brighton is to go down on a little beach walk at night time and hear the sea. I remember last time I went to Brighton, I stayed at one of The Harbour Hotel (see the post here) and you could hear the sea all night long and I cannot put into words how incredible that is, it's so relaxing. Not to mention, the amazing food that they offer on the Brighton Pier (massive bonus for beach days!) 

There are a few shops in Brighton which I find so special and unique to the town, such as Boho Gelato which offers the most amazing Gelato. I opted for Sea Salt Caramel (the most amazing flavor of all!) and classic vanilla and it was a dream. There are two things that taste amazing by the sea and one is ice-cream and the other one in Fish and Chips... I went to the most amazing fish bar which was called Seasiders - they were incredible and you could sit outside or inside by the window and still have an amazing view of the Pier and the beach.
The last thing I wanted to mention that made my trip so easy was the hotel. So this time, I stayed in the Premier Inn on North Street and I've never actually stopped in one until now and oh my god. I was amazed. The team there made me feel so comfortable and relaxed and my stay was so enjoyable because of their amazing team. They offer breakfast at about £9.00 a day (I think!) which started off my day each morning with a full English buffet and unlimited drinks. My stay at the Premier Inn cost just under £200 (without breakfast) I would definitely go back again and it was in walking distance of the town and the beach!

Today's In A Conversation With is one of my favorite all-time bloggers, John Robertson who is the proud founder of The Everyday Man. The Everyday Man is an online magazine for men which offers a mix of all things fashion, lifestyle and fitness.

What is your blog URL?
John: https://theeverydayman.co.uk/

How long have you been blogging for and what/who gives you motivation to work hard?
John: I've been blogging for 7 years now. It feels made to write that down as the time has absoloutely flown by. I get motivated easily and I really enjoy what I do. I still feel pretty chuffed that my hobby managed to evolve into my job!

What is your idea of success with your blog and do you think it's hard for people to be 'successful' in the industry now, with so many blogs around?
John: I guess you're successful if when you're making yourself happy and achieving some of your own goals. I've always tried my best to avoid what others are doing and the pressure that a lot of people put on themselves to get higher numbers and to grow. As I started this as a hobby I've never felt that way about The Everyday Man, it's more about writing about and sharing the things I enjoy with others. 

What is your biggest achievement? 
John: I guess being able to go full-time was pretty big asnd that I've managed to keep it going for so long.

Do you blog full time? And if so, how long did it take you to get to that position? 
John: I was doing it for around 4 years before I was able to go full-time. I hadn't really thought about it before as this as going full-time was never my aim but it happened and I'm glad it did.

Do you think the visuals on someones blog is just as important as the actual wirrtin content within a post?
John: Yes. I'm big on branding and visual aspects so I think strong pictures are really important/ They help to tell part of the story.

And finally, what are your goals for the future (if you have any) and where would you like your blog to be in 5 years time?
John: If I'm still doing this in 5 years then I'll be delighted. I try not to set myself too many goals to be honest so just more of the same would be good enough for me, anything else that comes along will be a nice bonus!

I'd finally like to thank John for being part of In A Conversation With. The Everyday Man is here for you to check out!

IN A CONVERSATION WITH: THE EVERYDAY MAN

Today's In A Conversation With is one of my favorite all-time bloggers, John Robertson who is the proud founder of The Everyday Man. The Everyday Man is an online magazine for men which offers a mix of all things fashion, lifestyle and fitness.

What is your blog URL?
John: https://theeverydayman.co.uk/

How long have you been blogging for and what/who gives you motivation to work hard?
John: I've been blogging for 7 years now. It feels made to write that down as the time has absoloutely flown by. I get motivated easily and I really enjoy what I do. I still feel pretty chuffed that my hobby managed to evolve into my job!

What is your idea of success with your blog and do you think it's hard for people to be 'successful' in the industry now, with so many blogs around?
John: I guess you're successful if when you're making yourself happy and achieving some of your own goals. I've always tried my best to avoid what others are doing and the pressure that a lot of people put on themselves to get higher numbers and to grow. As I started this as a hobby I've never felt that way about The Everyday Man, it's more about writing about and sharing the things I enjoy with others. 

What is your biggest achievement? 
John: I guess being able to go full-time was pretty big asnd that I've managed to keep it going for so long.

Do you blog full time? And if so, how long did it take you to get to that position? 
John: I was doing it for around 4 years before I was able to go full-time. I hadn't really thought about it before as this as going full-time was never my aim but it happened and I'm glad it did.

Do you think the visuals on someones blog is just as important as the actual wirrtin content within a post?
John: Yes. I'm big on branding and visual aspects so I think strong pictures are really important/ They help to tell part of the story.

And finally, what are your goals for the future (if you have any) and where would you like your blog to be in 5 years time?
John: If I'm still doing this in 5 years then I'll be delighted. I try not to set myself too many goals to be honest so just more of the same would be good enough for me, anything else that comes along will be a nice bonus!

I'd finally like to thank John for being part of In A Conversation With. The Everyday Man is here for you to check out!
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