Natasha Kendall

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Thursday, 21 July 2016

4 Tips For When You Finally Start Learning To Drive*



Finding the right instructor for you - I would always recommend paying for 2-3 lessons instead of a block right at the beginning of your lessons. When you first meet an instructor, it's hard to tell if you're going to like their teaching style. It definitely takes a few lessons to figure out if you're going to get along! As an example, my first driving instructor made inappropriate jokes and turned the radio up really loudly on my first lesson.. needless to say, I changed instructor! I really didn't feel comfortable with the radio playing as I fearfully drove a car for the first time in my life....

Start Early - I really, really wish I had started my lessons when I was seventeen. I was too scared to call up a random person I didn't know and ask them about starting... Can you believe I used to be such a baby?! I ended up starting them at 18 and did them for around 13 lessons before I went off to uni - long story short, it was expensive and as soon as I got to uni, I couldn't afford to continue with 2 hour lessons every week, which was the way I found it easiest to learn (an hour flew by far too quickly) I do wish I would have booked lessons online back then, or at least arrange a call back. I guess I never looked into it properly! If you're a bit like seventeen year old me, you can actually do that on a website called called Book Learn Pass. They allow you to book lessons online and do the leg work for you in finding an instructor. Easy-peasy! They also have a lot of information regarding lessons/theory tests and practical tips on their site, so be sure to head on over and take a look.

Learning on the go -  Everyone learns in different ways obviously, but some of the things I found most helpful were asking the 'stupid' questions during my driving lessons... and I mean stuff like 'why can they go ahead of me from that lane? Why can't I cut in front of the granny, I've had three lessons now? I'm practically a boy racer..?' .. Kidding, but you know the things you're too scared to ask? They're always available online for you to look up and research, and remember, your instructor won't think you're stupid for asking - they've likely seen it all before! And hey, when you're paying around £20-30 an hour.. ask away on that rate!

Be aware - Probably an obvious one, but sometimes it can be hard to tell when you're being taken for a ride. Literally. My first instructor spent an entire hour and a half of my first lesson explaining where parts of the car were and did most of the driving himself. I ended up behind the wheel for about half an hour (probably less...) of my first 2 hour lesson.. not cool. Most instructors are really great and want to help you pass quickly so that you recommend them to your friends.. but some will end up making you need 50 hours of lessons. (The average is around 30/35 before you can pass for most people).

What were your experiences during your first driving lesson? Share any interesting stories below!


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*This post is in collaboration with Book Learn Pass*
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Friday, 15 July 2016

A Detailed Breakdown: The Freedom Glycolic Glow Tonic vs. Pixi Glow Tonic

Freedom Glycoilc Toner Review VS Pixi Glow Tonic Differences ingredients blog uk breakdown

I hate spending lots of money on skincare. With make-up, it's a fun and 'pretty' addition to a collection.. but skincare just seems to be the boring, not so fun side of spending money on my stash. As a student, I'm not really a Sunday Riley kind of gal. Even if I had a lot of spare cash, I still couldn't ever see myself spending £70 on a serum, or £40 on a moisturiser. I'm a firm believer that the price of the 'quality' ends at a certain level and becomes the consumer paying for the brand. And besides, my skin isn't in dire need of a £70 serum at 20 years old!

Anyway, on to the review! Just for the sake of people that have no clue what I'm talking about, a glycolic toner is made using glycolic acid. It essentially 'removes' the top layer of your skin very gently (5% acid, people - calm down!) and reveals a fresh, glowing 'new' skin. It's not a very scientific explanation, but it's easy enough to understand for those of you that don't know what it is.

I haven't tried the Pixi Glow Tonic, but the Freedom 'dupe' seems to be a firm favourite when it comes to a money-saving version. I'm pretty big on ingredients and I tend to research what I consider to be a 'dupe'. Sometimes, things aren't a dupe at all in terms of skincare benefits and how it lasts, an example of that being the Freedom Strobe Cream vs. Mac Strobe Cream. But in terms of ingredients, the Freedom Glycolic toner is a pretty good buy if you're not wanting to spend £18 on something that you use everyday and can empty pretty quickly. I've been using this toner once a night, giving my skin a break every so often, for a while now. I've seen some minor changes in my skin, most noticeably being my redness disappearing from my cheeks. Perhaps that's due to chemically exfoliating and not scrubbing my skin with gritty products? That being said, the ingredients between the Pixi Glow Tonic and the Freedom Tonic do differ quite a bit. The Pixi brand uses more natural ingredients, whereas Freedom is including alcohol and other synthetic ingredients.

I have researched the contents, but only on a basic level. I feel like researching products can make your eyes glaze over a little and it's hard to work out what is what, and Google can give some really mixed results. One website will go 'yep, totally safe' and another will say that you should keep the ingredient well away from your skin. I only went to a basic level with these ingredients, but I hope it helps someone.

FREEDOM:
Aqua - Water.
Butylene Glycol - Not harmful, but not great. You can read more here.
Hamamelis Virginiana Water (witch hazel water) - It is used as an astringent and an anti-oxidant.
Poloxamer 184 - not goodDipropylene Glycol
helps active ingredients penetrate skin [Read more here]

Glycolic Acid - Has very small molecules so it is able to penetrate the skin deeply; making it very effective for treating fine lines, acne, blackheads, dullness and oiliness.  [Read more here]
PEG-40/Hydrogenated Castor Oil - Mixed reviews and uses. Unsure about this, but mostly negative articles. Explained a bit better here.
Sodium Hydroxide - Holds ph of product, is in most soaps, not harmful.
Benzyl Alcohol - It can pose a risk of irritation when used in high amounts.
Alcohol
Sodium Cocoamphoacetate - Used by Lush in some of their products, this isn't a 'bad' ingredient and you can read more here about it's uses.
Urea - There are lots of reasons not to want this in your cosmetics and skincare. I found a good breakdown about this here. It's in a LOT of products though. 
Sodium Chloride - Salt.
Parfum
Dehydroacetic Acid - Kills bacteria.
Disodium EDTA - Preservative/stabiliser.
Glycerin - There are lots of benefits and uses of Glycerin, you can read more about those here!
Panax Ginseng Root Extract - Contains antioxidants and has a wide variety of benefits to the skin!
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice - Moisturising properties. Great for the skin!
Linalool - Fragrance. 
LimoneneFragrance. 
Hexyl CinnamonFragrance. 
Sodium BenzoatePreservative.
Butyl phenyl methylpropionalFragrance. 
Potassium Sorbet - Preservative.
CI 15985 Colourant.

PIXI:

Aqua
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract
Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract
Glycol Acid
Ammonium GlycolateExfoliates and adjusts the PH balance of the skin. 
Glycerin
Glucose/Fructose/Sucrose - Sugars have water binding properties and can help to heal skin.
Urea
Dextrin - Water binding properties.
Alanine - Smooths skin.
Glutamic Acid - Skin conditioner.
Hexyl Nicotinate - I'm confused by this ingredient... but if you want to, you can read more on a website that states this ingredient “causes the blood vessels near to the surface of the skin to increase in diameter and to increase their blood flow.”
Panax Ginseng Root Extract - An antioxidant that conditions skin! 
Phenoxyethanol - Preservative. 
Sodium Benzoate
Biotin - I'm sure you all know what Biotin is! (If you don't..)
Polysorbate 20 - Emulsifier. 
Fragrance



As you can probably tell, there is a pretty big difference between the two products. Obviously the Pixi is a lot more natural and contains way less fragrance and preservatives..But the thing is, it's an acid toner. There is the same amount, 5%, of acid in each toner, so it will essentially do the same thing. It really is up to you as a consumer if you want to pay £18 or £6 for a product that you will use most days, meaning it'll use up pretty quickly. I do think when ingredients are listed like this it's easy to go 'wow... that's really bad..' but if you look on the back of any standard moisturiser, there are more parabens, preservatives and things we can't even pronounce than you'd think, so personally I'm not really phased by fragrance and alcohol *shrugs* .. So unless you're splashing out for more natural cleansers, moisturisers and everything else you use, there really is no point paying more for one product. I'll keep you guys updated on Twitter and Instagram about my long term results using a chemical exfoliant for the first time!


Will you be buying the Freedom or Pixi tonic? Or do you use either one? Let me know!


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Friday, 8 July 2016

KYLIE JENNER X SINFUL COLORS: Review and Swatches!


Kylie Jenner x Sinful Colors Kreme De La Kreme and Taupe Is Chic Review kylie jenner gold nails pink nails nail trends 2016 new release

It's always weird when celebrities endorse products. People either go 'OMG! It's amazing!' or 'Wow. That's crap' just because a celebrity has put their name on it. This week, I fell in love with some of the colours from the Kylie Jenner x Sinful Colors Nail Polish range. Therefore, I wanted to put out an honest review of the products and let you guys know whether they're worth buying or not!

I'd never heard of Sinful Colors until I saw Kylie's range on the Superdrug website, but from what I can gather, it's a drugstore, purse friendly brand from the US. I really love a lot of the colours from the rather large collection and thought I'd pick up a couple to try out. I bought Taupe Is Chic, a pale pink/nude polish with a matte finish and Kreme De La Kreme, a gorgeous gold glitter, perfect for an accent nail. There are four mini collections with lots of finishes to choose from such as shimmers, mattes, nudes, bright colours and sparkles.. so there is definitely something for everyone!

This is yet another brand that claims to use 'gel technology', which in my opinion is just complete rubbish. Sarrrrrrry. Gel is gel, polish is polish. I've never used a nail polish that claims to be some weird gel hybrid that's ever lasted longer than a bog standard Rimmel one. I think the whole gel trend is a ploy to make people think that they need to buy the matching top coat personally.
Kylie Jenner x Sinful Colors Kreme De La Kreme and Taupe Is Chic Review kylie jenner gold nails pink nails nail trends 2016 new release

I think the brush is okay, but I do prefer the BarryM ones. I think the Sinful Colors brush is a bit thin and doesn't distribute the polish so evenly, but for £3 it's okay quality and the pigmentation of the nail polishes is actually very good! I think the mattes are rather impressive. I purposely picked up a paler shade and a glittery shade so that I could see how well the polishes layer and how well the glitter lasts. You can probably see from the two coats pictured, that it's a fairly opaque colour and it actually looks really nice on! I'm definitely going to be picking up more shades. Oh, and that gold colour could survive a nuclear war. Ah-mazing!

Have you guys tried any of the Kylie Jenner x Sinful Colors range?


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