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3 health risks that might not be on your radar

It’s no secret that your wellbeing is paramount, and you probably try your best to stay happy and healthy. From coughs and colds to eye infections and earaches, you might consider yourself a pro when it comes to dodging the most common health problems. But what about the risks that aren’t on your radar? From STIs to high blood pressure, this post takes a look at the issues you might not be quite up to speed with.

 

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1. STIs
When it comes to your sexual health, you might think you have it sussed. However, aside from using contraceptives to prevent unwanted pregnancies, how clued up are you on sexually transmitted infections (STIs)? STIs can be passed from one person to another during unprotected sex, and it’s not always obvious if you’ve been infected.

For example, chlamydia is the most common STI in the UK yet most people don’t experience any symptoms at all. If you have chlamydia, you may be able to spot some of the signs. For example, chlamydia symptoms in women can include a painful or burning sensation when urinating, bleeding during or after sex or a vaginal discharge. In men, it can cause a painful feeling when urinating, tenderness in the testicles and an unusual discharge.

If left untreated, some STIs can lead to long-term health problems including infertility, so if you’ve had unprotected sex, it’s a good idea to get yourself checked out. You can get tested at a number of places, such as your local sexual health clinic or GP surgery. To avoid speaking to someone face-to-face, you could even arrange your testing through an online pharmacy.

2. Type 2 diabetes

It could be that you’ve heard of diabetes but you don’t consider yourself to be at risk. However, did you know that there are currently over four million people in the UK living with this health condition? There are two different types – type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes –  but it’s thought that the latter is by far more common. In fact, 90% of adults in the UK with diabetes have type 2.

Diabetes causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high, and type 2 specifically refers to when the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin or the cells in the body don’t react to it. As a result, glucose remains in the blood and stops being used as fuel for energy.

The most common symptoms of diabetes include feeling thirsty, fatigue, weight loss and passing urine more often than usual. If left untreated, diabetes can get progressively worse and cause long-term problems, such as vision loss and kidney failure, so if you think you might have it, it’s important to see your GP. To prevent this condition developing, you should stick to a balanced diet and maintain a healthy weight, as well as cutting back on alcohol and giving up smoking.

  1. High blood pressure

Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure is a health risk you might not have ever given any thought to. As it’s name suggests, this condition refers to when a person’s blood pressure is considered higher than what is deemed ideal. Unfortunately, high blood pressure rarely has any symptoms, meaning it can often go unnoticed. It’s thought that one in four adults in the UK has high blood pressure, many of which won’t even realise it. If left untreated, high blood pressure can increase your risk of developing a number of serious problems, such as heart attacks, strokes and kidney disease.

It can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what causes high blood pressure, but it’s thought that factors such as being overweight, not doing enough exercise, smoking, drinking too much alcohol and eating an unhealthy diet can increase your risk. So, to keep yours under control and reduce your chances of getting high blood pressure. You can have your blood pressure checked at places such as your GP surgery and some pharmacies.

 

Do you go out of your way to make healthy lifestyle choices?

 

*Collaborative post.

 

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February 2017 Outfits

I know we still have a few days left in the month of February but I am feeling very proactive this year, and I know I won’t be featuring any more outfits this month, so here is a quick recap of the outfits I styled this February.

 

OOTD: Birthday in Milan

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This look was my first outfit post. I wore this outfit on my birthday in Milan. The dress and the shoes are new wardrobe additions, and I have styled them in other outfits a couple of times now. I found the dress very comfy and warm. It kept me nice and toasty, I didn’t even need to pop on my jacket for most of the day.

I got the dress from Next, and the shoes by Kurt Geiger. The other outfit details are in the post, the link is above.

 

OOTD: Gucci Birthday Present

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This outfit was also worn in Milan, and it is my favourite look this February. The sweater and bag are new wardrobe additions. I love the berry colour and the tie cuff design of the sweater. And this gorgeous bag is now my go-to bag. I love the entire look a lot.

I got the sweater from Next, and the bag is Gucci. You can grab the rest of the outfit details via the link above.

 

OOTD: A Spring Outfit

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And here is the final look for the month. I wore this outfit some days ago. The weather is getting warmer, and on some days, I don’t need to have on my bulky winter jacket. This day was one of those days, and I hope the weather transitions to Spring quickly.

The t-shirt, flats and necklace are all new additions. I got the t-shirt and flats from a Mercedes-Benz store in Milan. The rest of the outfit details can be found in the outfit post, link above.

 

What do you think of all 3 looks? Which is your favourite? Sound off in the comments section below please.

Thanks for reading.

 

 

 

 

 

Product Review: Rimmel London Brow Shake Filling Powder

I love experimenting with new makeup, and Rimmel London is one of my favourite makeup brands. So you can imagine how happy I was to be one of the first people to try the new Rimmel London Brow Shake Filling Powder. These beauties landed on my doorstep some days ago, and they have kept me very busy.

 

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These 3-in-1 products are the biggest ever brow innovation; they fill, define and line the eyebrows. It comes in a powder form, with a soft applicator for a smooth use.

Here is the product description:

The Rimmel Brow Shake Filling Powder is a lightweight powder to fill and define brows and line the eyes.

For beautifully defined brows with quick and comfortable application Brow Shake filling powder is the perfect addition to your makeup bag.

 

How to use:

Shake before opening. Apply to eyebrows using light strokes to fill, define and line.

 

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Here are my thoughts –

PROS

  1. It comes in 4 shades – 004 Soft Black, 003 Dark Brown, 002 Medium Brown and 001 Light Brown, so there is a shade for everyone.
  2. It is compact and light. Very easy to carry out.
  3. The soft applicator makes applying very easy.
  4. It stays on all day, with no smudges. It is fade, smudge, transfer & waterproof so brows stays fixed all day and all night!
  5. It is easy to wipe off with makeup remover or a facial wash.
  6. It is quite affordable at £4.75, and can be purchased from Boots, Superdrug, Asos, Feel Unique, Tesco, Amazon, and many other stores.

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Wearing shade 004 Soft Black

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CONS

None.

I can’t fault this product or any of the shades. I think it is a smart invention to have all 3 in one product. My favourite shade is the 002 medium brown. I think that shade suits me the most.

 

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Wearing 002 Medium Brown

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Wearing 003 Dark Brown

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Wearing 001 Light Brown

 

What do you think of these Rimmel London Brow Shake Filling Powder products? Have you tried any of these shades?

 

*PR Samples.