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Avoid These Common Products In Your Beauty Routine


Looking your best can often seem like something of a challenge to achieve. One of the biggest elements of this is always going to be deciding on what products to use. Whether it is the skin cream, the shampoo and conditioner, or the moisturizer, you want to make sure that you are making as many of the right decisions as possible. As it happens, there are a number of common products and chemicals which people put onto their skin or in their hair which are actually incredibly dangerous and damaging. If you want to look your best without paying a price, be sure to avoid the following.

Hair Dyes

Wanting to change the color of your hair is pretty common, and a fair enough goal. But the problem with many mainstream hair dyes is that they can actually be extremely damaging to your hair follicles. Many studies over the course of quite a few years have shown that hair dyes are related to a number of serious conditions, including bladder cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and multiple myeloma. You can also develop a tolerance to the chemicals which can mean that you end up with a pretty horrendous rash. Instead of using hair dye, you can lighten your color effectively with lemon juice, or use tea to cover any grey areas.

Sulfate Shampoos

The choice of shampoo is pretty important too, and it is worth looking into if you are keen to keep your body as clear of potentially dangerous chemicals as possible. A common dangerous chemical in shampoos is sulfate, which over time can cause significant damage to your hair in a number of ways. Unfortunately, many of the most popular products on the market have a good deal of sulfate in them, so avoiding this might be harder than you think. However, if you look through these best sulfate free shampoos you will definitely be off to a good start. You will likely notice the difference in how your hair feels, too. My favorite brand of cruelty free + sulfate free shampoo is Hask!


Bad news for perfume lovers. As it turns out, many of the most popular perfumes on the market contain harmful secret ingredients which can actually lead to a number of serious problems later on in life. Many of these chemicals are related to hormone deficiencies, allergic reactions and even rare cases of cancer. There are also cases of it triggering asthma (even in nearby people to the person wearing it), migraines and nausea. Best avoided if you can help it – go for lesser-known indie perfumes which you can find online – and make sure they are always cruelty-free too.


By avoiding the three above, you will be on the right path towards ensuring that you are keeping your body as healthy as possible. It can be surprising how many harmful chemicals are in these products, so it is best to avoid them where possible – and always research a new product before switching.

I hope you enjoyed the post! What things do you avoid in your beauty routine? Let me know! 🙂

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

October 5, 2017

5 Confidence Boosters To Help You Get Ahead


Life is hard enough without you feeling low about yourself. A lack of confidence can rob you of so many wonderful opportunities to get ahead. What you might not realize is that it doesn’t matter what has come before. Instead, focus on what you have right now and come up with a great action plan to make it even better. Here are just a few of the ways to help you feel great with what you’ve got and inspired to do more:


Most people in their early twenties have good health. In fact, they can probably get away with a less than healthy lifestyle thanks to their youth. But this isn’t the right approach to good health in the long term. While we’re young, we should be focusing on boosting our health and fitness now. That way, it will be easier to maintain in the future because it’s habit or routine now. Pick a diet you can stick with, and an exercise plan you can fit in with real life for now and forever.


Whether you’ve slogged away for years at college or didn’t make it through high school, continuing education is essential. It paves the way for promotion, pay rises, and even more desirable career options. Most importantly, it gives you the confidence you need to stand up and say “I’m worth more.” The best thing is you can do this at home, from a high school diploma online to post grad stuff. That way nobody needs to know, and you don’t need to take time off work. How far will you go?

Circle Of Friends

Your social life is as important today as it will be in the future. Maintaining good friendships is actually really hard, especially when you part ways after school or college. It’s important that you try though because there will be plenty of times when you really need a friend. Of course, friends come and go. Some will get married, others will have kids, and a few might move to the other side of the country for their careers. Practice meeting and making friends so you can always have a good sized circle in the real world. These skills will help boost your confidence, and may help boost your career too!


Having a hobby or two is a really great way to boost your self-confidence. Most hobbies give you the chance to achieve something and better your skills at whatever it may be. You might play a musical instrument, or enjoy making home movies. Perhaps you write a blog? Creating, making, producing, or changing things all boost your confidence. And if you share these hobbies with friends or family members, you’ll always have good company.

Help Someone

Finding a good cause and making a difference for somebody else can go a really long way to helping you feel good too. Putting yourself out for the sake of another is a challenge. This might be physical as well as mental. What can you do today to make someone’s world a better place for the future?

I hope you enjoyed the post! What do you do to help boost your confidence? 🙂

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

August 3, 2017

Retain Your Youthful Looks With This Essential Guide


Unfortunately, we won’t stay young forever. Short of a miracle cure, aging is something we all go through. However, we can offset the ravages of time by taking better care of ourselves. Here are some effective ways to help you retain your youthful features and fight the inevitability of the aging process.

Exercise regularly

Exercise is not only good for your health, but it also boosts collagen which helps keep your skin looking young and fresh. A regular workout will increase your blood flow, which is a natural way to detoxify your body from the inside. Of course, more exercise is also good for your heart, reducing the risk of possible cardiovascular problems and other diseases. Therefore, to live longer while looking younger, you should commit to an exercise plan on a regular basis. Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore, so read the article at, which will help you think outside of the box when it comes to planning your workout session.

Care for your skin

Looking after your skin on a daily basis will improve its health and youthful texture. Gently washing and moisturizing each day are two of the ways to keep your skin looking fresh. We also recommend you read the article at which showcases the benefit of exfoliating when taking care of your skin. Removing those dead skin cells will free up your pores, and reduce the risk of acne on your face and body.

Get your beauty sleep

Unfortunately, a partying lifestyle where you are awake well after midnight, will not help you in your attempts to stay young looking. It is important to get at least six hours sleep a night, to avoid the effects of tiredness. When you are fatigued, your body releases the hormone known as cortisol which ages your skin through dryness. Your eyes will also look puffy, so regular late nights may increase the chances of bags under your eyes as you get older.

As we sleep, our body produces growth hormones which will alleviate the risk of premature wrinkling. Sleep is also an effective way of dealing with stress, helping us to relax and ease mental tensions that can also age us.

Focus on your lifestyle

When we are young, we often take risks with our health. However, we don’t live forever, and we do get older, so it’s important to cut down on anything that can cause us long-term damage.

Many of us know that smoking is damaging to our health, but this bad habit also affects our skin and teeth, making us look older ahead of time. Alcohol dehydrates your skin, making it less elastic and prone to wrinkling. Read this post which covers the way an unhealthy diet can also damage your skin. Eating badly will increase your body weight, affect your heart, and ruin your teeth when you spend your days eating more chocolate than fruit.

Beginning a healthy lifestyle when you are young is a habit you don’t want to avoid.

I hope you enjoyed the post!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

July 24, 2017

A Letter to My College Self


It’s really crazy to think that on September 7th, I’ll be starting my senior year of college…where does the time go? I feel like just yesterday I was a freshman in high school. Since I will be finishing my degree over the next year, I thought I would write a blog post about things I wish I knew before college or things I wish I had done differently. I hope it helps you out if you’re in college now or if you are going to be a freshman in the fall!

School comes first.

This should be a given, but I feel like for some people it’s not. You’re paying to attend school, so that means you should go to your classes! I know that waking up at 8 AM absolutely sucks, but failing a course (that you paid for!) sucks even more. I’ve definitely had my share of skipping classes to nap or hang out with friends, but for some of my courses, I wish I hadn’t. You may not think that skipping a class here or there will affect you, but it can. Study before you go out with friends. Finish your homework before you go to work. Make school your priority.

Don’t spend all of your money on food.

I’ve lived on campus and I’ve also commuted and I’ve noticed that doing both has made me spend a lot of money on food. Whether it be a breakfast sandwich on my way to class or ordering a pizza for myself just cause, it adds up. If you have a meal plan at the dining hall – use it! I had the unlimited plan so I could go in multiple times for lunch or dinner, which worked out for me. I suggest doing unlimited (although it costs more) so you don’t accidentally run out of meals before the end of the week (my school offered other meal plans, ex. 15 meals per week, 3 per day for 5 days, or however many days you split it between). I definitely wish I went to the dining hall more (even though the food wasn’t that great) so I could have had more money in my pocket. If you’re a commuter, bring food with you. No one is going to judge you for carrying around a lunch box – you’re being smart and not spending extra money.

Be yourself.

College is so much different than high school. College doesn’t have cliques and everyone is there for the same reasons – to further their education and to make friends. I found it so much easier to make friends in college than I did in high school. I was worried that college was going to be worse and that people weren’t going to like me or they were going to judge me – I was totally wrong! I have made so many friends by just being myself and starting conversations with strangers. Don’t let other people sway you, stay true to yourself and you’ll be so much happier.

Save your money.

Trying to keep a job while you’re a full-time student is pretty hard, it’s also hard to keep your money in your pocket. Be aware of your spending and create a weekly budget if you have to. You never know when you’ll actually have to buy the textbook that your professor had on the syllabus and that would be a bad time to have an empty wallet, right? I like to use Swagbucks to earn some extra money. You can earn Swagbucks and redeem them for gift cards or Paypal credit, which can be quite handy! I also like to use Dealspotr to find the best coupons and deals, you can even earn points from validating or reposting deals which you can also redeem for Amazon gift cards. Putting away $50 a week (if you can afford it) is a good option too, you never know when you’ll need to dip into your savings account!

Review your financial aid.

Does anyone else find the word “financial aid” scary? Maybe it’s just me, but I do get worried thinking about my student debt and having to pay it off in the future. As a student, you have the option to accept or decline financial aid awards from your college, which also includes certain loans. Make sure that you are aware of what loans are being offered to you and the interest rate on them. You can also pay the interest on your loans while still in school, to help avoid super large loans when you graduate (if you can afford to do this, I do recommend it!) Interest rates can be anywhere from 2.7% to 7% and above. Check out Earnest if you’re interested in refinancing your student loans! Refinancing can get you a lower interest rate.

I hope you enjoyed the post! What’s one thing you knew before starting college? Let me know!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

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July 11, 2017

Preparing For College


If you are looking to start college this year, then this is the time to take those preparations to the next level. But even if you still have another year or two on your side, it’s never too early to make yourself aware of the journey ahead. Aside from making the process less scary when it arrives, it should provide huge motivation in the meantime.

The first challenge is to find a course that will prepare you for a long and successful career in your desired field. Moreover, you need to know what’s required. Researching what’s needed to admit to civil engineering courses will tell you whether it’s a realistic option. Moreover, it’ll allow you to start tailoring your plans accordingly. If it gives you a better chance of impressing the admissions teams, you should grab this opportunity with both hands.

Alongside the course itself, you need to think about where you are going to study. If you are capable of getting into an Ivy League school, that’s great. However, it’s still only worthwhile when the course is suitable. Meanwhile, there are plenty of other great schools out there, including international places. Whatever choice you make, it has to be right for you. Do not fall into the trap of choosing one due to friendships or relationships.

Getting a degree should always be the main priority. Organizing your things at the earliest stage possible is essential, as you cannot afford to fall behind in those early stages. From finding student accommodation to buying textbooks on the cheap, preparations are vital. If you feel in control on day one, it’ll provide the strongest foundations going forward.

Establishing strong connections in the classroom is important. There are times where you could be absent through illness. Knowing that another student has your back can pay dividends. Nowadays, it’s possible to make those bonds before you’ve even started. Online communities are your friend and help you put a face to names. Meanwhile, you should use the college website to familiarize yourself with tutors.

Success in lecture rooms is only one part of the job, though. You should also be prepared for problems outside of the classroom. Otherwise, their negative influence could disrupt your studies badly.

Before you reach that stage, though, you need to get accepted onto the course. Of course, passing your school exams with flying colors is key. Not only does it boost your chances of acceptance, but it also gives you the best foundations of knowledge before starting.

The application process is one of the scariest you’ll ever face. The decision of the college could potentially make or break your future – or at least put things on hold for a year. Use the above-mentioned research to aid the personal statement. Seriously, a strong application can make all the difference. And when it comes to those interviews, make sure that you are dressed smartly.

Preparing for college can be immensely stressful and terrifying. But when you finish those final exams and step out into the world of business with a degree under your belt, everything will suddenly make sense.

I hope you enjoyed the post!

Thanks for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae


June 14, 2017