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Ginger and Morange; too much?

A: Okay so I haven’t even worn this yet, but I had to share it with you because a) it’s amazing, and b) I need help! I’ve been eyeing Mac’s Morange up for at least a year now and I finally decided to take the plunge and treat myself just before Christmas. But now I’m worried that I’ve made the wrong decision, because as we all know – a Mac lipstick is an investment; and I’m worried I might not get enough use out of this because it is so well erm… orange. And there’s no getting round it, I’m pretty orange too…

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So why do I need your help? Well I need some advice on how to wear it! I know that it’s totally the wrong time of year to be wearing this colour, but I’m prepping for the spring and I want to be confident in wearing it so I need some practice. Have any of you guys got this shade, or something similar? How do you wear it, with a subtle smokey eye or winged liner and a coral blush?

Would live to know what you think! #twolittleowlsblog

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The Impossiblity of a Work/Life Balance.

sC: I have been thinking about writing this post for ages… but wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to say/how to write it down. I am not sure if many of you readers know but I am one busyyy lady. I work full time as well as doing my Masters part time at Lincoln Uni. I also part manage this blog, am in the process of buying/doing up a house and I am starting volunteering soon as a psychology assistant. Quite frankly, there are not enough hours in the day.

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And when I see rubbish like this… I think. Well I’m also not rich/can’t afford a thousand assistants, I’m not that pretty and my bum definitely isn’t as bootalicious. However, I do have a bit of advice that I can give to those who are trying to multi-task a thousand different projects and feel like they are drowning in their to do list.

1. chill. I often get in a flap about all the stuff I have to do, and I have learnt from Annie (who mostly just ignores me/tells me to shut up) that you need to write down all of your jobs and prioritise them. Obviously you can’t do this with work, as you have to go (unfortunately) but if you have no food in the cupboard, but 500 words of your assignment to write… I would recommend the food. 

2. Don’t work a thousand hours a week. I struggle with this one, but if you aren’t coping you need to tell your manager and reduce your hours. Most will be very good about it, especially if they were aware of your other commitments when you started working for them. 

3. Set yourself an achievable target and stick to it. My current target is 1000 words a week to complete in my days off. This is easy for me as I clearly like rambling on, and I am only writing up the first draft of my thesis so if its rubbish (which it usually is) it doesn’t matter. I like to squeeeeeze all of this into my first day off, so I don’t have to think about it for the rest of the week. I have a chart on my office wall which I tick when it is done so I can snapchat Annie a pic of it and feel super proud!

4. Actually have days off to do something you enjoy. I am bad for this, I feel guilty about not being busy/working but its really important. On Saturday I was grumpy and didn’t want to do my uni work on my only day off so I didn’t! I ate cheese with Annie and I painted my new bedside cabinets! I felt completely refreshed and so much less stressed after a day off! We all need it. 

5. Brain food. Apparently oats are good for the brain, but obviously pick ‘n’ mix/biscuits and a cup of tea are good for your mental health too. As a psychologist I am obvs right about this. Snacking (healthy snacks are acceptable too) will help keep you going, especially if you are sat at a desk. If your blood sugar drops you will feel tired and irritable, so keep yourself going and don’t live off caffeine! 

6. Have good friends. I am so busy all the time, that I often don’t have a lot of spare time for socialising or just popping for a cup of tea and a catch up. I have struggled in the past with people not accepting this and thinking I am being rude/ignoring them. My friends at the moment all work, have children and have other things going on and understand how busy I am. Good friends will still be there for you if you haven’t seen them in weeks and will be sympathetic/tell you how amazing you are when you explain! I am lucky as I get to see Annie all the time, as our boyfriends are also friends so we often just go over to each others for tea! 

7. Treat yourself. You are amazing/the best multi-tasking genius ever. It’s pay day, you have been looking after your thousands of children/writing the one millionth word of your thesis and you deserve something nice. Whether thats the large amount of money I just spent on the Illamasqua website or a meal out with your lesser half/friends, everyone deserves some me time and a little prezzie!

8. Don’t beat yourself up about not achieving everything/not being Beyonce. We are human, we are lazy sometimes and we can’t do everything. Seriously. Spending a day watching your SATC box set (or your tv rubbish of choice) when it is nice and sunny outside and you are still in bed is perfectly acceptable, we all do it. Most people just pretend they don’t. 

I know this is a bit of a strange post from us, but it is something that has been on my mind recently and I know others feel the same! Hope it helps some people, be that with some good advice or just by knowing we are all in the same boat! #twolittleowlsblog

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We need your help!

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A & C: Hello you lovely people, we hope you’re having a lovely Wednesday!

Any of you followers will already know how much we love to blog and although we have only started it this year, we are super proud of it and how much its grown – and that is all thanks to you guys!

So we have decided to take the plunge and have been entered in the Cosmo/Next Blog Awards, which is pretty scary but really exciting too!!

We love to hear feedback from our followers and love the fact that people are taking an interest in our blog so if you think we are worthy of your vote click the links below and please let us know if you have voted!

We have entered under two categories:

The Next Newcomer Blog Award which you can find here

and The Best New Beauty Blog category here.

Please do let us know if you have nominated us, we would love to hear from you and thank you!

Love Chloe & Annie x

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Guest Post anyone?

A & C: hope you’re having a lovely Saturday! We just thought we would put a question out there, asking you all if anyone would like to help us out with a guest post? Annie is off on her holiday next week for two weeks and as you followers will know, we post everyday – which is a lot of work for one person, so would anybody like to help Chloe out? We would love to hear from you! #twolittleowls

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Eczema/sensitive skin care.

C: A bit of a boring post today, but one I really could have done with reading a couple of years ago! I have always suffered with eczema/sensitive skin and up until now I have been super embarrassed about it, didn’t want to go out when it was really bad and I didn’t know how to look after my eczema properly. So I thought I would do this post just in case anybody else feels the same! Here is what I learnt:

1. Steroid creams – temporarily do the job but do not solve the problem. I spent years covering myself in steroid creams (and the eczema kept coming back with a vengeance) which is really not good for you. One day I decided to take a different approach and see my eczema as just really dry skin instead of a medical condition. I started using Cetraben  up to four times a day! I know that’s super annoying, and no one really has time to moisturize four times a day but once my skin started clearing up I only had to do it twice!

2. Cod Liver Oil – basically, taking Cod Liver Oil starts your moisturizing from the inside. Weird I know but it definitely helped.

3. Drink Plenty (water not wine)- always good advice.

4. Clinique Dramatically Different  Moisturising Gel – the only facial moisturizer I am not allergic too and it actually clears up any little eczema patches I get on my face overnight. No idea how/why but I’m pleased I’ve found it! Each bottle also lasts me ages so it is totally worth the pennies!

5. Change shower gels/shampoos/conditioners each time – for some reason my skin decides it doesn’t like something if I use it too often. This may be an eczema thing or it might be a crazy person thing. Haven’t worked that part out yet, but worth a go.

6. Dairy – definitely makes eczema worse and from what I’ve read online this seems to be a universal thing. I’m not saying go vegan but for example, the week before my brothers wedding I cut out all dairy so my skin was as good as can be!

I hope that is of some help to fellow eczema/sensitive skin sufferers, if you have any questions just ask or if you have any other tips please share! #twolittleowlsblog

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