Friday, 10 February 2017

Balancing Act


Hi everyone, long time no see!

First off I'd like to apologise for not posting at all this past year. It's been pretty difficult to balance all the stuff going on, especially when I am a full-time student, have a job and would also like to create posts on this blog. None of these things is an excuse but I feel as though the blog has been sacrificed in order to pass my courses, which I apologise for.
Now that is out of the way I'd like to share some ways that I try to organise myself and keep the machine running smoothly.
Let's get started!

1. Write down your upcoming projects in an agenda/day-timer or on your phone.

If you are anything like me I have to keep a notification on my phone as well as in an agenda. I find that if I have it in just one place I'm unlikely to check it regularly but having it twice increases the likeliness of it being seen. That may seem like overkill to some, but when you have 7 projects due in a 3 week period, it makes it a bit easier to manage.

2. When you finally sit down to do projects, make sure you have your listening playlist selected beforehand.

Again to some people, this may be an unnecessary step as they don't listen to music while working or you prefer to listen to everything on shuffle. This system works for me as I find that once I look away from what I'm doing I spend too much time shifting through until I find a song I like and then take a break. If I have my playlist set up in advance I can weed out taking 70 breaks and instead for every hour and half of writing I take a 15-minute break where  I will get coffee or tea and put on a new playlist. I find this takes up less of my time and also raises my efficiency.

3. Find a drink that will keep you both hydrated and motivated.

Some people like energy drinks. Others like hot chocolate. I'm more of a tea and coffee girl personally. The hot beverage keeps me warm and fuzzy, while the caffeine keeps me focused. I'd be lying if I said my working process doesn't require caffeine.

4. Don't be afraid to take breaks.

By taking a 15-minute break every 2 hours, I often feel more accomplished than when I sit down and force myself to concentrate for 8 hours. Even if my break is checking Instagram as I get tea or coffee, after that 15 minutes I feel more refreshed and willing to continue working.

5. Finally, when you get tired consider going to be bed.

This may seem hard when you have  70 different bings going on, but this is important as it gives you a new perspective when you come back to it and helps to lower anxiety levels. I find that my work patterns have changed a lot since I was in High School. I used to write all of my papers the night before it was due, and the stress of finishing it often times made the process much longer and frankly the quality of my work was affected by that. I learned to adjust my methods and it seems to help a lot more.

Stress can't be completely removed from your life but by finding ways to cope with it better, and developing ways to achieve your goals will make the process a whole lot easier!
Hopefully this helps someone struggling to balance a lot of things at once, and even if one thing resonates with you that's great!
Hope you are all having a great 2017 so far, and I will talk to you later!

Friday, 1 April 2016

Blog Birthday, The Big 20 and Update

Hey guys!

I am so sorry that I haven't been active recently, I've been insanely busy with school! I don't know what inspired me to take four full year English courses at once but I must say it's been crazy!

Regardless, I want to start off by saying... IT'S BEEN 5 YEARS!! I cannot believe how fast that all went by! And if you don't know what I'm talking about this blog (Peche et Creme) has turned 5! Previously this blog was called "Odd and Wondrous:COVER TO COVER", but over the past 2 years things have changed.

Also, my birthday is coming (Sunday to be exact). I'm reaching the two decades old mark and it's freaking me out that I'm no longer a teen. Let me know in the comments whether you feel this way when a birthday comes along.

And updates! Specifically 2 things...
1) I'm looking to add different blog post ideas, so if there is anything in particular you want to see feel free to let me know.
2) Some of my old favourites are coming back out to play in the future so look out for those.

Okay guys I love you and I will talk to you later!

 P.S: Just a yummy treat to throw in to celebrate.

Friday, 6 November 2015

My Skin Care Routine + Tips To Find Your Own

  Hey everyone!
Been awhile! But moving past the fact that I suck for not uploading I am going to make it up to you guys by trying to update more often.
Today, I am going to talk about somethings that I have figured out about skincare. Believe it or not I worked for a skin care brand but I'm not going to say which one. While I was working there I picked up quite a few techniques to find the perfect skincare routine! I am also going to show you some of the products I use for my skin.
To start I am going to divulge my skincare advice!
So the first thing I use on my skin care routine is a cleanser. The one I am currently using is the Boscia Cool Cleansing Oil
I really like this because it breaks down all of my make up, feels cooling (much like the title suggests) and doesn't make my skin dry, which I will have you know is a endevour
My next product is the Origins United Stats Balancing Toner.
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II like it mostly because I (think I) have really clogged pores so I admire that this toner feels clean. I also appreciate that it doesn't have alcohol in it, so that is a plus.
The next product is the Hydro Plumping Serum from Kiehl's.
Safe to put on the eyes, check. Feels like adding water to your face, check. Keeps my skin from looking like a desert, CHECK!
I suppose it wouldn't be my skin care routine if I didn't have another hydration product, it's the OZ Natural's Moisturizing Serum.
The vitamin E is really good for hydration, but besides the hydration its also great because its cruelty free and good for vegans!
My second last product I use is for just night and it's the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate.

This is probably the one product that I could not change in my routine unless I could find a very similar alternative. I love the way that it controls my dry skin, helps to reduce my acne (which does occur for dry skin) and it also contains lavender which is really calming.
Lastly, I use the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream

What can I really say about this product other then the fact that it is like adding a hydrating blanket to my face... Does that make sense?

So onto part 2!
So I have many tips for skin care.
Tip 1: Take your index fingers and place one on your fore head and one on your cheek. After rub your index fingers and thumbs together. If they feel oily then your oil production is in excess. Note: make sure you are not wearing make up and have cleansed your skin.
Tip 2: There are many skin types, however, for all skin types I recommend stay away from alcohol based products as much as possible as they strip skin, cause irritation and  can cause long term damage. If you do use anything for acne I recommend products with salicylic acid or tea tree oil.
Tip 3: If you purchase anything oil free, make sure that it has another moisture alternative. For example: glycerin as it binds moisture to the skin but is water based so you will not have the issue of clogged pores.
Tip 4: Cleansing oils and Oil Serums aren't bad for your skin. Despite the fear of adding more oil it is actually beneficial as these products match the natural oils within our skin cells.
Tip 5: It takes 28 days for your skin to shed and regrow. Therefore you can't see immediate results. Give your skin care time to adapt to your skin.
Tip 6: If you have sensitive skin try a product first in the crease of the elbow or the inside of the wrist. These areas are thinner and more likely to show sensitivity immediately. Sensitivity or allergic reations very but most commonly there will be redness, discomfort and/or flakiness.

So that's every thing for today and if you ever have any questions I am always available to answer them.
Also I do have a tumblr account and bloglovin accounts as well as my other social network accounts. As always I love you guys and will talk to you guys later!