30 Dec 2018

Five Ways To Get Organised For The New Year



I don't know about you but I find that the New Year always gets me thinking of ways to get myself more organised. Time off work for Christmas and New Year means that I have no excuse as I have the time to get my life together in preparation for the upcoming year. I've been sorting through and organising a few bits and bobs around my home as well as for work and my blog, so I thought I'd share my tips and advice with you.



#1 Get a notepad, diary or planner
This is always my first tip when someone tells me they want to get organised. Buy a notebook or diary of some sort so you can write down lists, ideas or things that you have planned. I carry my notepad everywhere with me and it helps me to scribble down any ideas I have for blog posts, ingredients I need to buy from the supermarket or just note down any tasks I need to do. If you take anything away from this blog post, it'd be this one.



#2 Create a daily routine
I think routine is a good thing and keeping that routine everyday (or most days) is helpful so you don't fall off track. For example, every morning I spend 30 minutes or so to blast through quick household jobs such as the hoovering, dusting and doing the dishes. The more you do it, the quicker you get and it becomes a bit of a game (is that sad?!) to see how fast you can blast through your routine. Anyway, creating a regime for cleaning or even self-care, exercise, food prep - whatever it is - is a great way to ensure you get the jobs that need to be done, complete.



#3 Practice mise-en-place aka putting in place
This one is simple. If you take it, put it back. If you use it, clean it up. If you drop it, pick it up. These are simple things that are often forgotten if one is being too lazy (myself included!) and picking up after yourself or others can be avoided if mise-en-place is practiced.

#4 Plan in advance
Plan, plan, plan! I like to take a little time out of every week to think ahead and plan. I plan my menus, outfits for events, chores - anything. It really helps so when the time rolls round, you are prepared and ready. I always like to think ahead in case of emergencies to avoid any problems and unnecessary stress!



#5 Get a label maker
This is probably limited to home or office but getting a label maker has made my kitchen super organised. I'd definitely recommend buying one if you feel like you will benefit from it. This one is by Dymo but there are plenty of others out there or you can just make your own labels with some white stickers and a marker pen.




More organisation inspiration:
Anna Newton - The Anna Edit | An Edited Life
Sophie Hinchcliffe - Mrs Hinch | Hinch Yourself Happy


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How do you stay organised? I'd love to know so please do pop any recommendations down in the comments!
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23 Dec 2018

My Hydration Boosting Skincare Line-Up



All my life I have struggled with dry skin which has unfortunately been caused by eczema and atopic dermatitis. I'll share more on my journey with those conditions in another post but I wanted to share some products that I like to use regularly as they keep my dry skin at bay.



The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid + B5
Whenever someone asks for more a recommendation from The Ordinary range, I always recommend this one. The hyaluronic acid ingredient helps to absorb moisture from any other product applied afterwards into the skin. There are loads of products on this market now but this one is my current go-to because it is inexpensive, easy to get my hands on and works especially well with my next product...

The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane
This product is basically an oil but is not heavy and greasy like most. The description on the website states: Squalane, a saturated and stable hydrocarbon found naturally in the skin, is an exceptional hydrator that can prevent the ongoing loss of hydration that can impair suppleness. And that is exactly the reason why I use it.



Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum
Another pre-moisturiser I enjoy, is this one by Caudalie. This is a sample but I enjoyed it so much after the first couple of uses that I immediately went out to purchase the full size*. It also contains Hyaluronic Acid but with the added extra of Grape Water and Grape Seed Polyphenols which repairs and rejuvenates the skin so the skin stays supple and smooth.

Botanics 80% Organic Hydrating Eye Cream
I recently purchased this eye cream on a whim whilst I was browsing in Boots and I'm so glad I did. The rosehip ingredient in the oil makes the products extra moisturising and helps de-puff and keep dryness around the eye area at bay. I really struggle with dryness on my eyelids so I like to use this all around the eye and it works perfectly!


Botanics 97% Organic Hydrating Superbalm
Honestly, I was really surprised and a bit gutted at the size of this product (11ml) in comparison to the price (£7.99) but unfortunately for my bank account it works really well. I feel like it is a dupe to a Liz Earle product and compared to Liz Earle, it is much cheaper but still not so friendly on the pocket! Anyway, it is a super hydrating balm that you can apply to extremely dry areas of the skin and it works brilliantly.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream Moisturiser*
Last but definitely not least... This cream has honestly changed my life. I can't say a single bad thing about this product, my skin just loves it! It is fragrance free, oil-free and suitable for sensitive skin and also created by dermatologists and therefore agrees with my eczema prone skin. Highly recommend if you are struggling to find an ultra-nourishing moisturiser.




So those are my hydrating skincare must-haves at the moment - what are your recommendations for dry skin?



*Gifted
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18 Dec 2018

The Last-Minute Beauty Gift Guide



When I’m shopping for presents, I feel like I can think of 96732 ideas all year round but when the occasion rolls around, I’m stumped. With Christmas just around the corner, I thought I’d share some gifting ideas for the beauty lover in your life to help make last-minute shopping easier.

I’ve split it up into save, spend, and splurge depending on your budget – so there’s something for stocking fillers, secret Santa or big gifts.



SAVE

Missguided Babe Dreams Roller Ball Fragrance*, £8 Currently on offer for £7.50
We all know how expensive perfume can be and gifting it is incredibly risky – imagine purchasing a full bottle and the recipient doesn’t like it? This mini rollerball scent is a great inexpensive option for secret Santa presents and an ideal option for testing the fragrance before committing to a full size. Also, at less than £10 a pop, it isn't going to break the bank!

Sensationail Peel Off Polish*, £6
I don't wear nail polish but I know many people do and thought this was a great idea! I know that removing nail polish is a burden so why not buy peel off polish to make your life easier? It is a great idea for a nail polish lover or if you just want to treat yourself.



Korika Face Masks, from £4
Who doesn’t love a pamper treat? The Korika sheet masks are a fabulous inexpensive option and can be gifted to anyone who enjoys putting their feet up and popping a mask on. I’ve blogged about these masks before (read more here) but I highly recommend them!



SPEND

Nars Lipstick, £26
You can't go wrong with a lipstick! I'm always super happy when receiving a lipstick as a gift, especially if it is by one of my favourite brands like Nars. Make sure to notice what colour your recipient likes to wear so you can match it but if you are stuck, I’d recommend a nude or classic red!

Spectrum Make Up Brushes, £35
Make up brushes are always a great idea! It's one of those things you need but never want to purchase for yourself as it's a little on the pricey side. I have some by Spectrum and they are FAB. I really recommend them and it's a bonus that they are now available in Boots!



Coco and Eve Hair Mask, £34.90
This hair mask was on my 'to-buy' list for yonks and when I finally saved and got my hands on it, I could see what the Instagram hype was about! I've written a more in-depth review on this in the past so you can have a read here, if ya like.



SPLURGE

ORIBE Côte d'Azur Restorative Body Crème, £51
For a super luxurious treat, again for the pamper lover, this body cream is insane. I never thought I needed a super fancy shmancy body cream until I got this. It just leaves your skin super supple and soft and makes you feel fabulous.

Philips Lumea Prestige, £575 Currently on offer for £399
If you want to go all out for a special someone, I really recommend buying them this IPL hair removal machine. It allows you to carry out the treatment in the comfort of your own home and is just a great product to have. I bought mine a few months back and used it a couple of times now and it is so good. Will be sure to provide a full review on it soon as I'm sure many of you are intrigued!



*gifted
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16 Dec 2018

Three Years of Fatima Writes



Hello, I'm back from a little month-long blogging break! The past few weeks and months have been rather hectic but I'm back (hopefully for a while) and I'm very excited to get back into planning ideas, blogging and taking photos!

I thought I'd return to the blogging world by chatting about a milestone I've hit this month - three years of blogging! As I, and many others would say, I can't believe it has been a whole three years. My blogging journey started in 2016 as a hobby and has continued to stay that way ever since. I'm also very very very lucky enough to be contacted my brands and companies for collaborations and reviews, which I am eternally grateful for. It also excites me because I'd never ever have dreamed of earning money or receiving PR packages as a result of my blog.



Blogging for me is more than just receiving products and earning money. As I mentioned, I started my blog as a hobby, which it still is and I'm sure it'll stay that way for many years. My blog is my own platform which I can speak out on, showcase my creativity and mainly just do my own thing with. Although my work involves social media, writing the odd blog post and some photography, it just doesn't give me the same satisfaction as blogging.



As you may know, I've been on a bit of a blogging hiatus the past few weeks, and my time off has not only been relaxing but also very inspiring and motivating. I truly believe in having blogging breaks when needed because in doing so, you come back even better. Just like how a holiday in the sun makes you feel refreshed when returning to work, a break from the internet and social media can also have the same effect.

Throughout my little holiday, I've been brainstorming a lot of new ideas to product upon my return. I've got a lot of new and exciting content in the works, some of which include content that isn't style or beauty related but instead focus on home, interiors and food (so very excited about this!) So stay tuned for a switch up in my blog posts and feel free to leave me any recommendations and content ideas below!



If you blog, how long have you been blogging for? 
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11 Nov 2018

Shea Moisture: Natural, Organic and Cruelty-Free Haircare



If you've been reading my recent posts, you know that I've been on the hunt for more natural products. Discovering skincare is one my current favourites at the moment but I realised that I've also used a haircare range that ticks all the boxes: natural, organic, cruelty free and many many many other things.

I introduce to you Shea Moisture! So I've used Shea Moisture for a while - the Raw Shea & Cupuaçu range is great for frizzy hair and I've already mention the Black Castor Oil Leave-In Conditioner in this blog post. But the brand has a new range out and I knew I had to share it on the blog.

The Manuka Oil and Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Shampoo, Conditioner & Hair Masque* is made for those with dry & damaged hair, aka me.



In the shower, I shampoo first and let the product sit in my hair for a bit before rinsing off. I then pop the conditioner on and keep that on for a few minutes also. After washing & drying I noticed an instant difference in my hair. It was so soft and felt very replenished.

The three main ingredients in the shampoo and conditioner are Manuka honey, mafura oil and fig extract. They bring in moisture, controls damage and contains the antioxidant, vitamin C, which protects the hair and keeps the hair looking vibrant.



The hair masque is my favourite product in the range because it isn't your typical hair mask. You can either pop it on for 5-10 minutes and wash it off as a quick treatment or leave it in, put a plastic wrap (or shower cap) on your hair and apply heat for up to 30 minutes for a luxurious treatment. The Manuka honey in the ingredients acts as a humectant, which draws moisture into the hair. It sounds a bit like the haircare version of hyaluronic acid!



As well as being hydrating, the range is also free from sulphates, paragons, phthalates, mineral oil, synthetic colour and petroleum - which is a-ma-zing.

I also really like the back story to the brand, which is on the back of their bottles, so I thought I'd share. Sofi Tucker started selling Shea Nuts at the village market in Bonthe, Sierra Leone in 1912. By age 19, the widowed mother of four was selling Shea Butter, African Black Soap and her homemade hair and skin preparations all over the countryside.

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Have you tried Shea Moisture before?



*PR Sample
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7 Nov 2018

Current Lifestyle Favourites



Can we just talk about how we are almost in 2019? I know that everyone is probably saying that but I'm actually so surprised how fast the year has gone by. I love the New Year - it's a chance for a fresh start, new beginnings and an opportunity to start over. I definitely want to plan some posts around New Years, planning and organising for it and other 2019 related content - if you have any ideas, let me know!

Anyway, I've found that I've accumulated some favourites from the past few weeks and months so I thought I'd share the current lifestyle bits I'm loving...





Something kinda boring but really excited me is the Nuxe Deodorant*. I was on the hunt for a natural deodorant as I've heard they can be really harmful for you and came across this one on Notino. It is really good  and also does not contain any alcohol but unfortunately still has aluminium - which is meant to be one of the most harmful ingredients in deodorants.

I bought the men's version for my other half and oddly, that one is free from aluminium so I might just purchase that version for myself next time!



Another Notino* find (that website has all the good stuff!) is the Woodwick Candle in Oudwood. As it gets darker earlier and the weather is colder, I love making our bedroom feel cosy and more hygge with candles. The Mr isn't so keen on my feminine fragrances and throughout the summer I've been lighting coconut scented tea lights so to switch it up, the Oudwood fragrance is perfect.



So I bought the Maybelline Lash Sensational Serum about two months ago and have been using it as much as I can - definitely not twice a day like he recommended amount - but I've definitely seen some results with it. It has made my lashes a little longer but mostly strengthened it. It claims that you see results within 6 weeks of using as per the instructions and I definitely noticed the length at the point but I most definitely didn't use it morning and night.

You pop the product on as you would a normal mascara rather than lining your lash line with it like other lash growth products. It's very easy to use and I definitely recommend it!



At the end of September I attended Little Old Goose's brush lettering workshop. I saw the post pop up on Twitter and thought I'd try something new so I booked in. I really enjoyed the class, she is really talented and I got to grips with the techniques really quickly. You don't have to have neat handwriting or be creative, you just have to be patient. If Lucy is coming to your hometown for a workshop, I highly recommend attending!



This is probably a forever favourite but I've really been into more regular pamper evenings over the past couple of months. I've been treating myself to a pamper evening at least once a week, whether it is at the weekend or mid-week, whatever day it is, it really makes me feel good. The J.One Black Jelly Pack mask is one of my favourites at the moment to use too. If you are feeling overwhelmed or anxious I recommend spending some time to yourself to have a little pamper and relax.



What have you been loving lately? 



*Notino kindly provided me with a gift voucher to purchase these products. All opinions are my own as always.
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28 Oct 2018

Three Hair Treatments To Try



My last post was all about my current favourite face masks for my weekly pamper routine so I thought I'd share my current favourite hair treatments too.

My hair is rather unruly, frizzy and honestly just has a mind of its own so a once-a-week treatment is the least I can do for it! I'm also trying to grow my hair out so keeping it in tip top condition is a must. If you have a similar hair type or just fancy a good hair mask / leave-in conditioner / hair growth treatment recommendation, I'd definitely recommend giving one of these a whirl.



I'm sure you've seen this one all over Instagram, but there is a good reason why. The Coco and Eve Super Nourishing Masque not only smells a-ma-zing (thanks to the coconut and fig ingredients) but does a fantastic job of smoothening and hydrating the hair.

I use this in a few different ways:
- Wash my hair as usual with shampoo and apply this as a conditioner, leaving the masque on for about 10-15 minutes, and wash out.
- Apply on slightly damp hair and keep on for 30+ minutes as a deep conditioning mask before washing out in the shower.
- Pop the product on dry hair and sleep on it overnight - the results are amazing this way!

This masque is on the pricey side but if you are after a luxurious hair mask that leaves the hair feeling soft, smooth and less frizzy, this is the one for you!

The brand state that the masque is for all hair types - they recommend using the product 2-3 a week for dry hair and 1-2 for oily hair (I prefer to use it a bit sparingly as it is expensive). It is also free of sulphates, is cruelty-free and vegan, so a huge bonus!



If your hair is prone to frizz or is extremely dry or damaged, I really recommend the Shea Moisture Strengthen and Restore Leave-In Conditioner (available to purchase at Boots or Superdrug). They are a natural haircare brand that is also free of nasties like parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, DEA, petroleum, formaldehyde and propylene. I also use the Shea Moisture shampoo and conditioner (from various ranges - review will be coming soon!) and have zero complaints. They are truly amazing.

I apply this product on damp hair and use a small amount. I make sure to massage it into the hair and not use too much as it is a rather heavy product. I'd recommend this for those who have thick, curly, frizzy or unruly hair.



As I am trying to grow my hair, I've read that the Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment is one of the best products on the high street market. It sets out to encourage hair growth but also provides extreme deep conditioning, strengthens the hair, moisturises the scalp and improves volume.

I use this every now and then and keep it on for as long as possible before rinsing out. I left this on overnight once and my hair was so smooth and soft after washing out the next day.

It is a simple, easy to use mask, which does a great job at moisturising and encourages hair growth. My hair has definitely grown a lot as this product is one of the few that keeps my hair in great shape.



What are your favourite hair treatments? I'd love to know! 
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24 Oct 2018

Korean Beauty: Korika Masks



Today's blog post is all about masks! Once a week, I do try and have a pamper session, even if it is a mini one. There's just something about popping on a face mask & having some me-time that just balances out the week and makes me feel great.

Korika (available to purchase on Notino*) is a Korean beauty brand which uses Asian technology combined with active ingredients to create amazing masks for your face, hands & nails, feet & lips. I've always wanted to try K-beauty but never had the opportunity to! Korean beauty is spoken of very highly in the beauty industry too so I was very excited when I finally had the chance to try Korika.

There are three different ranges: StarBeauty (premium & luxurious), NaturBeauty (has natural extracts) and SciBeauty (masks for the face but also hands, feet and lips). Each mask focusses on a different skin type too, so whatever your skin requires, there is a mask for it!



I have mainly dry, dehydrated and sensitive skin so my favourites from the NaturBeauty range are the nourishing and calming sheet masks. They feel very nice and soothing on the skin and does exactly what it says!

Also, as you know from reading my more recent blog posts, I've been very interested in making the change towards using more natural skincare products. Since the NaturBeauty range contains natural extracts, I can definitely feel the effects it has on the skin after using.



Recently, there have been loads of beauty products which contain 24k gold. At first, I thought it was a gimmick but after reading up on the benefits of gold, I learnt it has several positive effects such as slowing down depletion of collagen in the skin, brightening the skin's complexion and overall, keeping the skin more youthful. I used the StarBeauty Brightening Face Mask with 24 Gold and it did exactly that.



The SciBeauty masks also sound brilliant! I have one that focusses on detoxifying and the other is a stress-shield one. I would definitely use these during a tough week!



The Korika masks are amazing, have something for everyone and ranging from £4 - £9, it is very inexpensive! You can browse and purchase the collection here




* I was very kindly sent these products to try by Notino but as always, all opinions are my own :)
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21 Oct 2018

My Handbag Essentials



Remember when blogger's used to do 'what's in my bag' videos? This blog post is basically that but without all the receipts, loose change, sweets & whatever else gets thrown into my bag! I often switch my bags out and found that I always carry a few essentials whether it be in my work bag, weekend bag or evening out bag (like that ever happens). I thought I'd share my handbag essentials in case you were as nosey as I am...



First things first, I always have a tub of Vaseline. I'm a big Vaseline fan but a) it's cheap, b) it is easy to carry around and c) it actually works! My husband hates this habit but I honestly can't live without my previous Vaseline tub.

Next up, a cream. I'm currently carrying around the Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser because I got a mini tube and it was made for my handbag. Also, it is a great moisturiser for your face. I have been going out make up free 90% of the time and always apply cream when I can (as my skin is v dry) so this cream does a fab job as it is a part of my skincare routine sometimes anyway.

Hand cream is also another must-have, especially as the weather is getting colder and skin is getting more chapped. The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Hand Cream is what is hanging around currently. I can't say much about it apart from the fact it is hydrating and smells amazing!



Hand sanitiser is a definite staple in my handbag - again this time of the year calls for colds and flus and all sorts going around so clean hands is important! This one by Rituals was kindly gifted to me and I feel so luxurious every time I use it!

I always carry around a Travalo with a fragrance in it because you never know when you'll need that extra spritz! Rather than buying rollerballs or mini versions of fragrances or even lugging around a big perfume bottle, it is easy to decant your fragrance of choice into a travel atomiser.



I also notice that even though I carry around my trusty Vaseline, I always have a lipstick or lip colour in my bag. I have had the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lip Therapy in the red shade in my handbag for quite some time. As I have been going make up free, a little hint of colour on my lips looks quite nice once in a while.



In case you were wondering, my beautiful burgundy handbag and purse is by Marc Jacobs and was featured in my last blog post if you fancy purchasing it!



And those are my handbag essentials. What are your must-haves? 
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