Monday, 26 February 2018

How to make your hair healthy

Now I'm not one for beauty, I'm terrible at applying make up and my skincare routine is basically non existent. But one thing I do actually put effort into is my hair! I have super thick curly hair which I straighten on a regular basis, because of this I have to make sure I keep my hair as healthy as possible. With a huge rise of hair transplants such as the FUE hair transplant at the Harley Street Hair Clinic* it's clear that hair confidence is a big thing, so here is my routine for protecting my hair and keeping it healthy and me smiling

Healthy Hair Tips

Cleaning

I don't wash my hair every day, with how thick it is it actually makes it much worse, I wash it twice a week, sometimes 3 times if I have a particular event. I try and stick to the same shampoo and conditioner targeted to either coloured hair (I dye my roots every 2 months) or frizz specific shampoo. My current choices are both from the frizz ease range 

Caring

In addition to my usual cleaning routine I also make specific hair masks or use a really rich deep conditioner like Aussie 3 minute miracle every 2 weeks. If I'm having a specific problem I often search pinterest for a lovely natural homemade hairmask - a particular favourite is yoghurt, egg and 2 tbsp of olive oil. Left on for an hour then washed off it leaves my hair particularly silky and remarkably frizz free so definitely give it a go if that's your hair problem

Style

As I mentioned before I have super curly hair (like utter frizz bomb) and I'm not a lover of my natural locks so I have to straighten it often. Where possible I let my hair dry naturally to reduce the heat strain. I make sure I coat my hair with a good heat protection spray like the Garnier Ultimate Blends before straightening it, I also use a Toni & Guy finishing spray to smooth flyaways and complete my styling

So there we have it, my very simple haircare routine and the products I'm using to keep my hair thick and healthy

What products do you recommend?


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Sunday, 25 February 2018

6 Things Every Blogger NEEDS to know about taxes

So you've been blogging a while, or maybe you're a new blogger on the scene? Eventually your thoughts will turn to monetising your blog. This could be through sponsored posts, affiliate links, selling items etc. - sound like you? Then you NEED to read these tips before you start to make sure you're all set on the tax front before you start earning

6 things every blogger needs to know about taxes

1) Register as self employed

Well this should be blatantly obvious right? But first thing you need to do is register as self-employed you'll get your own unique tax reference (UTR) through the post and then you're pretty much good to go. If you do have any questions before you register then definitely ring the self-assessment helpline* - they're super helpful and helped me figure out how it would affect my tax and NI in my full time job 

2) Keep accurate records

This is absolutely crucial to make it as simple as possible, as soon as you register as self employed you need to start tracking all your incomings and outgoings (these can be expensed). You could hire an accountant to help with this or make your own version on excel - I have a blogger taxes spreadsheet from Kona Seven who I highly recommend

3) Learn about expenses - what you can and can't expense

Blogging obviously incurs some expenses so it's important to keep a track of anything that's associated with your blog for example: blog theme, tool subscriptions (Tailwind, buffer, Hootsuite etc.), Paypal fees and a proportion of your electricty etc. However other things can't be such as client entertaining, items you'll use again such as clothes etc.  

4) Monetize your blog 

Now you have a handle on expenses it's time to kick ass and make lots of money! There are so many ways to monetize your blog so get out there and explore - my favourite ways are through sponsored posts, affiliate marketing and google adsense. But the possibilities are endless, You can make products, sell them, run courses let your imagination run wild

5) Organise your emails!

Once you've started monetizing it's crucial just like keeping accurate records that you have a good organisation system in place, this can save you a whole heap of time at assessment time. It mean's you'll have all your invoices, receipts and blog discussions saved by month making it easier to decipher and find things if needed 

6) Always pay attention

Taxes change a lot, allowances and what can be expensed etc. so keep up to date with current affairs and chat to other people in the blogging / self employed community you're all in the same boat so don't be scared to have a chat about taxes, they don't have to be confusing

What self employed tax questions do you have?
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Monday, 12 February 2018

Top 5 - Food Inspired Wishlist

Ahhh food. The true love of my life, it never lets you down! One thing I do love is the rise of 'food related items' because if you're not eating and trying to lose weight (*sigh* worst resolution ever) then I should be able to show my love for it elsewhere right?

Here's a little wishlist of my top 5 food inspired items I need right now:

5 food inspired items on a wishlist


What food inspired items do you love?
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