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A Good Writer is a Good Reader

Being a good writer means you are a good reader. You have to be able to read to write. Reading opens doors, horizons and develops the mind.

 

 

Don’t feel bad if you’ve not picked up a book or novel in the last few month, knowledge-packed blog posts make excellent reads too! The idea is to read something of quality everyday. And thanks to the E-readers, reading o the go has never been so easy. I can think of a book, and start reading it in few seconds if I like.

 

 

Reading does a lot to improve our writing, here are 4 significant ways it does that –

 

  1. Reading enhances your imagination

Reading challenges you to think about different possibilities. It pushes you to begin to explore taking your writing to amazing depths and perspectives.

 

  1. Reading gives you the facts upon which to base your writing

No matter what you write you need to lay a good foundation and research is the best place to start. Imagine writing a blog post. Reading exposes you to facts and information that will come in handy in your writing.

The facts build your references and will give you instances or real situations to mention in your writing. This makes your writing richer as it will become more informative, resourceful and useful to your readers.

 

  1. Reading opens you to different world views and perspectives

Whatever you write is always aimed at engaging your audience. To engage your audience you need to be able to understand them – what they like, what they believe in, what their problems are and how they have been dealing with their problems. This will help you write pieces that are of interest to your readers. Reading exposes you to other people’s way of thinking and when you reflect that in your writing, it helps you form a stronger connection with your audience.

 

  1. Reading helps you learn new words, phrases and modes of expression.

Every time you read something new you are bound to learn new words and meanings. These words will help improve your vocabulary and make your writing richer.

New words are not the only things you learn. You also learn how to use them effectively in your writing. Your writing becomes clearer and stronger. It helps you learn how to drive the message home. Although it will take a lot of practice, it is worth the time spent learning how to use those words and phrases.

 

Do you enjoy reading? I love reading and I am currently reading She Means Business by Carrie Green on my Amazon Kindle, which I am learning a lot from.

What are you reading at the moment?

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Beauty & Health Products from Chemist UK

You all know how I am so into caring for my skin properly, now that I am in my 30s. I shared some skincare tips for over 30s

some days ago, and it was well received, so I thought to share some beauty and health products I have been trying lately, thanks to Chemist UK. These products are also great ideas to include in a hamper as a gift for Mother’s Day.

 


 

 

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Refining Moisture Cream Complex

This Elizabeth Arden cream provides moisture and a barrier to prevent moisture loss.

PROS

  1. It does what it says on the pack; provides moisture, which is what my skin needs.
  2. It has a lovely light fragrance.
  3. I love the pretty packaging.
  4. It is so affordable on Chemist UK website, currently retails at £12.99 only.
  5. It feels great on the skin.
  6. I can see a visible difference on my face and neck. It looks and feels soft and smooth.

 

 

CONS

None.

I recommend this Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Refining Moisture Cream Complex a 110%. It is great for my skin.

 

Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Balm

This soothing balm is clinically proven to help support skin’s own regeneration process and is designed for very dry, sensitive or even cracked skin.

 

PROS

  1. It does not contain any colourants, fragrances or preservatives.
  2. It moisturises the skin beautifully.
  3. It is very good for dry, flaky, sore skin.
  4. It heals skin flare ups or irritation very quickly. I have used this soothing balm on my skin and my children’s skin as well, and it is great. It clears up various skin issues.
  5. It is great for sensitive skin.
  6. It currently retails for £7.65 only for a 40ml on Chemist UK Website.

 

 

CONS

None.

I love this Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Balm so much, I could shout from the rooftops about it. It is definitely one of the best skincare inventions ever!

 

Paul Smith Extreme Eau de Toilette

This Paul Smith Extreme Eau de Toilette feature fruity notes of Italian mandarin and blackcurrant mixed with freesia as top notes. For the heart notes, Paul Smith uses entire blackcurrant branches, softened by heliotrope and violet. The final notes come from amber and musk with the resonances of sandalwood and cedar.

 

PROS

  1. I adore the packaging. I think the bottle is really cute.
  2. It is quite affordable; it currently retails at £15.99 for a 30ml bottle on Chemist UK.
  3. I love the fresh fragrance.

 

 

CONS

  1. The fragrance is not as long-lasting as I would want it too, but I guess that is usually the case with Eau de Toilette perfumes.

I would recommend this fragrance and I would buy again. It is a soft fresh scent, great for summer days.

 

Max Factor Creme Puff Pressed Translucent Powder

This Max Factor Translucent Powder is great for a fresher base, on top of your foundation, or even as an all in one make-up.

 

PROS

  1. It is great for all skin tones.
  2. It is a multi tasking makeup product – can be used as alone over moisturiser, on top of your foundation, and as an all in one make-up.
  3. I love the compact packaging, so easy to pop in a handbag.
  4. It looks amazing on my face. I love the flawless matte look.
  5. It provides excellent coverage.
  6. It is very affordable, currently retails on Chemist UK at £5.39.

 

 

 

CONS

None.

This is a fabulous pressed powder for all skin tones. I will buy it again.

 

Nature Aid Chewable Vitamin C

I had a bad flu earlier this year, and I have had a cold a few times already this year, so I know I need to work on my immunity. I have been searching for the right Vitamin C supplement to take for some weeks, so when I came across this Nature Aid Chewable Vitamin C, I knew I had to try it.

 

PROS

  1. It is free from artificial flavours, colours and preservatives.
  2. It is lactose, yeast & gluten-free.
  3. It can be chewed or sucked. You only need 1 or 2 day.
  4. It is sugar-free.
  5. It tastes good.
  6. It is affordable at £5.06 for a pack of 100 tablets.

 

 

 

CONS

None.

This is a great Vitamin C supplement.

 

Dove Original Deodorant

This need no introduction….

 

PROS

  1. I love the fresh scent.
  2. It leaves my underarms smelling nice and sweat free for many hours.
  3. It is gentle on the skin, no sting.
  4. It is very affordable on the Chemist UK Website for £2.35.
  5. It leaves no white marks.

 

 

CONS

None.

It is a fabulous deodorant. I have it used over and over again!

 

All these products and many more can be found on the Chemist UK website (link above). It is a great online store for skincare, toiletries, health and wellbeing products, and it is very easy to search for products on the website.

What do you think of these products? Have you used any of these before? I think the products are fabulous for a Mother’s Day hamper gift. Do you agree?

 

*Collaborative post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kate Moss Covers British Vogue April 2017

British Vogue’s contributing editor – Kate Moss, is the cover girl for  British Vogue April 2017, and she looks amazing as always. This stunning cover was captured by photographic duo Mert Alas & Marcus Piggot, and I think they did a fantastic job.

This is Kate Moss’ 38th Vogue cover, and she slayed it completely. The touch of red takes the cover to a whole new level!

 

 

I have seen Kate Moss on more magazine covers than I can remember, but this Vogue cover right here, is the best I have seen in a long time. She looks great, everything about the cover is spot on; from her makeup to her hair, she nailed it!

Moss is known to share a little too much in her interviews, so I am looking forward to reading this issue.

Here are some excerpts from the interview –

 

On launching her Kate Moss Modelling Agency

“As a model I am prepared to stand in a bikini at the end of an ice glacier when it’s minus 30, because that is what the client has booked me to do and that’s the job,” she explained of launching the agency, which she has been building since last September. “So, as I get older, it seemed like the natural thing to do was to take responsibility for my choices both as a model and with the branding I put my name to.”

“I don’t want a young girl to feel bad if she has to wait around,” Moss said. “I was that person with Steven Meisel, even though I was the face of CK at the time. I had to sit around for days. It can be really hard. I’m maternal; I don’t want the girls to feel insecure.”

 

I didn’t even know she had her own modelling agency until now. Good for her!

This issue sounds like a good read. I will be looking out for it.

What do you think of this Vogue cover? Will you be reading?