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Friday, 19 December 2014

The Friday Face #18

Welcome to the 18th instalment of The Friday Face. 

Tweet/Instagram me photos of your Friday Face and the make-up items used to create your look! Remember to include the hashtag #GRNTFridayFace so I can retweet and share the best ones! 

Happy Friday everyone!

What's on my face...

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

The Festive Party Look

Tis' the season to be jolly...

Christmas and New Year really is the most wonderful time of the year. Everyone loves a party and there are plenty of those during the festive period. During this time the first thing that always pops into my head is - what am I going to wear?! 

I find dressing for a party to be much more difficult during the colder months than it is when I'm going out in the summer. And this year, I will be in even colder temperatures than normal as I am celebrating New Year in New York! 

Therefore the key piece in this outfit for me is definitely the fur jacket. Usually when I go out in the evening I wear a blazer to keep things looking formal, however, a blazer will definitely not cut it for below zero temperatures in New York. So I have opted for a black fur jacket instead. I like this one from Lipsy as it is just the right length and the oversized lapels give it more of an evening look and also provides an extra layer of warmth around the neck area. 

The leather trousers from Mango are also ideal for this time of year. I have wanted a pair of straight legged leather trousers for the longest time so I am very happy with them and I think they look so chic with a pair of simple heels - plus they totally keep you warm at the same time!

This outfit ticks a lot of boxes for me and will definitely have an outing in New York. I am not typically a dress kind of girl so if your like me and prefer 2-pieces then this may give you some ideas for the festive season... when keeping warm is almost as important as looking good.

Top - Zara (similar)
Shoes - Zara

Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year wherever you are spending it!

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

CV Writing and Designing Tips

Employers receive countless numbers of CVs from people all vying for the same position. The job of the employers is to sift through them and decide which ones stand out enough to merit an interview. Your job is to make sure your one of them. 

Here are my top 10 tips for writing and designing your CV:

1. Keep the information on your CV relevant, simple and concise. Employers don't want an essay; they want to know where your skills and abilities lie and evidence to support this.

2. Include what you are most proud of at the top of your CV. Don't think of a CV as a regimented set of sections that your must follow by the letter. If you are most proud of the degree you were awarded or the work experience you just completed then put that right at the top for potential employers to see. However, one section that I do think needs to be at the top is your objective; this sets the scene and allows the person reading your CV to understand why you did that particular degree or period of work experience.  

3. Tailor your CV to the job you are applying for. Depending on the industry or particular position, you may have to tweak it slightly so it is more relevant; subsequently meaning you appear more suited for the job. 

4. Include a photo of yourself. Most people do this now and I think it does help to put a face to the person you are reading about. If you do opt for a photo then remember to keep it professional and of a high resolution - there is no point using a blurry photo or one that only shows half of your face. 

5. As well as a photo of yourself, I also think it helps to use other images for certain sections of your CV. For example, when I mention the company I currently work for or the university I attended, I use their logos and if you are able to show examples of your work through scans or screenshots, then do so. In addition to images, url links work just as well, especially if you are sending your CV electronically. It makes everything easier for the person reading it and also shows your initiative. 

6. Include your social media links. This tells employers that you are both aware and are an active user on social media platforms and see the value in their use.

7. Show personality. Although it's important to keep the content simple, I think there is some room in the design element of your CV so get creative and show a little bit more of who you are, which may be through a simple font style or layout of your headings. 

8. Always include references - for obvious reasons; they provide a third party source to back up your evidence and gives your potential employer the chance to ask questions about you. 

9. Remember contact details! However, think about where you where you want to place them on your CV. A lot of people put their contact details at the start but I keep those details until last. That way, by the time they've got to the end of my CV, they should actually want to contact me!

10. Leave a lasting impression. Remember standing out is key so include something a little different in your CV that isn't regarded as the norm. Bosses and managers read CVs all the time and I'm sure it must become very repetitive to read the same information and details about people so including a unique piece of information about yourself could prove to be a winner. I include my favourite quote at the end of my CV but I will leave it up to you...

Check out my own CV below which hopefully illustrates some of the things I have mentioned. It can also be viewed by clicking here.

If you have any questions about writing a CV, please leave them in the comments below!

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Winter Beauty Essentials

Along with Christmas and my birthday, winter brings a few other things along with it which aren't so nice. I am mainly talking about the cold cold cold temperatures. Apart the hating the cold purely from a comfort point of view, I also dislike the freezing temperatures because of the effect they have on my skin and hair. 

So in order to keep myself in tip-top condition, I rely on quite a few products... Find out what they are in the video below.  

Saturday, 13 December 2014


Friday, 12 December 2014

The Friday Face #17

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Protecting and Maintaining Coloured Hair

I recently had my hair coloured and because I am going on holiday for New Year, I want the richness of the colour to last as long as possible and look like it did the day I had it done - or as close to that!

So instead of buying my usual shampoo and conditioner which is normally frizz-free related, I opted for a colour protecting and enhancing range. I went back to what I know best - the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Colour Deep Treatment. I LOVE this stuff and I don't know anyone who has tried it and doesn't feel the same way. It is affordable and leaves my hair feeling smooth, shiny and smelling amazing.

As well as the intensive treatment, I also use the Aussie Conditioner from the Colour Mate range for days when I am not using the 3 minute treatment.

After washing, I always spritz my damp hair with the Miracle Colour Insurance Leave-In Conditioner which also helps with detangling.

To make my hair last longer between washes, I have been using the Miracle Dry Shampoo from the same Colour Mate Aussie range which as well as revitalising my hair, it again helps to protect and enhance my colour.

As you may have noticed, I am a little Aussie mad... but if you pay close attention to the photos above you will notice that I am not using an Aussie shampoo and am instead enjoying the L'Oreal Elvive Colour Protect Shampoo which is doing its job nicely. However, I always feel that its the conditioner and hair treatments that do most of the work in protecting and nourishing coloured hair so I just trust that the shampoo is doing what its supposed to!

Top 5 tips for maintaing coloured hair:

1. Wash your hair as little as possible and make the most of dry shampoo. I usually wash my hair three times a week but have reduced this to twice a week. Your hair is usually dryer after being coloured so take advantage of this time when your hair isn't as oily.

2. Use a shampoo and conditioner for coloured hair - for obvious reasons mentioned above.

3. After you wash your hair, use a leave-in conditioner (preferably for coloured hair with heat protection) which will give extra nourishment to your hair and protect it when being blow dried, curled or straightened.

4. Use as little heat as possible on your hair. Even if you are using a heat protection product, try and keep electronic appliances for hair to a minimum. I normally wash my hair at night which allows me to leave my hair to dry naturally. I will then either straighten or curl my hair once and make that last until my next wash.

5. Drink at least 2 litres of water per day - the healthier you are, the healthier your hair will be and ultimately the better your colour will look. In order for your hair to look and feel hydrated, your body must be hydrated - H2O is pretty much the secret to everything!

I have been doing all of the above and so far, so good, my hair colour still feels vibrant and hasn't faded. However, the test will come in just over two weeks time when I will be on a plane to New York!  

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

The Power of a Quote

I am a sucker for a good quote. A well-written and meaningful quote can inspire, motivate and uplift people. 

However, I do find that quotes can be interpreted differently depending on the individual. Someone may completely relate and connect with a certain quote whilst another person may find that same quote to be meaningless, cheesy or even patronising. So it's really all about finding the right quotes which mean something to you and resonate with your life.

When I first read a quote I instantly know whether I connect with it and more importantly, believe in the meaning behind the words. For a world that can often appear complicated, confusing and bloody hard, a good quote can simplify and makes sense of it all. I am someone who can sometimes worry a little (or a lot) and look too deeply into things, however, reading through some of my favourite quotes and sayings can help put my troubles and worries into perspective and allows me to focus on my long-term goals. 

At this stage in my life I use quotes as motivation mainly for my career ambitions. It can often be hard to battle your way through obstacles and negativities, so anything positive should be grabbed hold of and kept safe. And my interpretation of "grabbing hold of" is screenshotting any quotes that I see on my phone and storing them in my photo album. That way, if I need a little boost, I know where to look. 

Social media is a great place to find quotes. I find most of the ones I like on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. Check out some of my favourite quote discoveries below and on my Pinterest board of inspirational quotes here.

The quote I most relate to and find motivating is the one directly below by Albert Einstein. He says "Your imagination is you preview of life's coming attractions". I truly trust in the fact that if you believe in the power of your imagination and believe that you have the determination and drive to make your dreams a reality... then they will.

Let me know in the comments below what your favourite quotes are and why they mean so much to you.