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Alchemy Grapefruit Hair Remedy

For the most part I'm not a fan of loading my hair with products. And by loading, I mean putting literally anything on it. But it's not because I'm not a hair care fan (evidently I run a cruelty-free beauty/lifestyle blog and my haircare tag is buzzing) - it's because my hair is naturally thin and oily. Too much product just wears it down, so I'm pretty much a simple shampoo girl (even conditioner gets used sparingly). 

But one styling product that has been a focal point of my hair care routine has been hair oil. Which, I know I know, totally contradicts the Not-Weighing-My-Oily-Hair-Down-With-Oily-Products statement. But the way I've been using hair oil is at nighttime and letting it work its magic overnight and then washing it out during my daily shower (yeah, I wash my hair daily #haterstotheleft). 

I've never been a particular slave to certain oils, and I'm constantly trying out new ones. The most recent oil to enter my rotation is Alchemy Grapefruit Hair Remedy*. A natural hair oil, its ingredients list counts in at  ground total of five super oils and promise to improve shine. thickness and keep your scalp healthy! 

Now the first thing that I noticed upon receiving this hair oil was how thick it is. It put me off a bit as typically it's thinner oils that my hair co-operates with. And when I did use it overnight, it was just a bit too much and - while my hair was shinier - it lost any bounce. However the packaging recommends three ways to use the treatment: overnight, as a 20 minute treatment prior to showering and on wet hair before blow drying. We've established that overnight didn't work for me, and using it on wet hair before stylish just resulted in a stringy mess. However as a 20 minuet treatment? That was my bag! My hair was soft and shimmering but without being weighed down. 

In fact, when me and my flatmate were heading out to work one morning she commenting on how vibrant my hair colour was looking. So it's obviously not just me who reckons my hair is looking good.

The only tiny little thing I would complain about is the bottle design. Sure, it looks lovely on a shelf but the sizeable opening means you can very easily accidentally pour out too much and waste product. Tip very very lowly...

But still, this is one of the best hair oils I've ever tried. 

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Fractionated Coconut Oil), Persea Gratissima (Virgin, Organic Avocado Oil), Ricinus Communis Seed Oil (Organic Castor Oil), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (Organic Sweet Almond Oil) and Citrus Paradisi Peel Oil (Organic White Grapefruit Essential Oil). 


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Reducing food waste with EcoEgg

Remember that time I had multiple internet orgasms over some laundry detergent

It was the EcoEgg. I first purchased one in early 2015 and later the same year the company kindly got in contact offering me their newest fragrance, Orange Blossom. That was some time ago, and I'm very happy/proud/pleasantly surprised to let you know that I still have both of them. No, they have not been hiding at the back of my grown-up cleaning cupboard; I have been using them every week for almost two years and they still show no sign of disintegrating. They claim on the packaging that they last for 720 washes - and I'm very much inclined to believe them. 

Now, I'm clearly not the only one who likes them as the company has went from strength to strength, and now boasts a wide range of eco-friendly cleaning products. From hard surface cleaner right through to reusable lint rollers, there's not much they don't sell. They don't even just concentrate on cleaning anymore, either. 

Recently the company got in contact asking if I wanted to review one of the newest members to their family of products: their Fresher For Longer Discs. If you're asking yourself what on earth these are, join the club because that's exactly what I wondered. Turns out, these little nifty things help kill off ethylene gas - which is the enemy when it comes to keeping mouldy lumps off your fresh produce. Apparently these are what cruise ships use to keep the food nice and fresh while out at sea for that long (in case you're ever in a game show and get asked that question). 

Learning what they were was one thing - actually believing in the science was another. I admittedly wasn't that keen to accept them originally as I was convinced I would have to write a negative review and be blacklisted and never be offered another product for review ever again in my life. 

My conscious was only cleared when I decided to look up some reviews on Amazon. And what I found was almost universally positive. So I decided to roll with it.

I do have to throw out in vegetables every now and then because I just don't get through them in time (spring onions and cucumbers are my failings) and I buy a lot of frozen vegetables because they keep longer (even though I would rather buy fresh) - so these were definitely worth a try.

And now it's time for the actual review

They ended up arriving just before Christmas, so this was the perfect time to try them out. Upon leaving my Glasgow flat to travel to my parents house to Aberdeen I placed a disc (there's four in the packet) on the spring onions in my fridge, the apples and clementines in my cupboard and some slices of bread still left in my bread bin (they're not advertised as suitable for bread, but I thought I'd give it a try). 

Anyway, when I returned to Glasgow a week later I was pleasantly surprised to find that while they were a little more tattered than when I last saw them, they were definitely a far universe away from how bad they could have been. And that includes the bread - which, yes, they worked a treat on. The spring onions were probably the vegetable in the least lacklustre state, but my apples were almost just as ripe as they were when I left.

They retail in at £7.99, last for three months and you get four in a packet making them absolutely amazing value. I mean, how much money have you wasted because you had to through out past-it vegetables? I bet the cost definitely works out.

Once this sample runs out I definitely see myself purchasing a new packet with my own money.

And I think I'll pick up that reusable lint roller too...

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Can vegans eat mussels?

La Fiorentina mussels
From this blog post (this was my mum's dish)

They say you learn something new everyday, and today (or, more accurately, when I wrote this post) I learned that I maybe didn't have to give up one of my favourite foods when I stopped eating meat. 

If the title of this post is anything to go by then you'll probably have guessed that the food in question is mussels. Seafood on the whole was one of my favourite food groups back in the day - give me a tuna sandwich (with a wee bit of sweetcorn) for lunch any day of the week and the cheap Tesco muscles were always sneaking about my fridge somewhere. Fish was the last type of meat I gave up prior to my transition and I'll be honest: I miss it. 

So gastro-reminiscing aside: wtf about mussels being vegan? Technically (maybe?), they are an animal and they do taste fleshy. So obviously if you don't eat meat for taste reasons then you could probably exit the conversation right now. HOWEVER, if you're a vegetarian or vegan who's reason is either an aversion to eating sentiment beings or because meat-farming is killing the planet, then we all need to sit down for a pow-wow.

Now, my research and knowledge on this topic is based on about, uh, three hours of Googling so I'd advise you carry out some of your own. Basically, the concept that mussels (and scallops and oysters too) could be vegan suitable came up in a vegan Facebook group, and the comments took off as apparently the internet has things to say about this. However, the jury seems very open on this issue and it doesn't look like there's going to be an official line drawn any time soon. 

So what are the arguments?

1. There's little evidence that mussels (and oysters and scallops) are sentient beings
While not a plant, scientific evidence leans more to suggesting (important word) that mussels react to threats similarly to plants. They don't scream out in the pain but they do react to the world around them. Mussels can close their shells to protect themselves, in the same vein that plants close up to protect themselves from gases. 

2. Mussel farming is sustainable
While there is a lot of scientific evidence to suggest that cutting meat from your diet is a sure-fire way to help get the health of the planet back on track, mussel-farming is meant to be a positive thing. A lot of the mussels that are available to buy (there are numerous kinds, and only some are suitable for human consumption) are farmed on ropes; not dug up from the seabed. 

Also, seafood is notorious for by-kills - such as dolphins caught in nets meant for tuna. Because mussels are raised in-shore and on ropes, it's very difficult to accidentally capture another creature from from the water while fishing. 

3. They're still technically an animal
For vegans who refuse to eat mussels, this is the main argument. And y'all I get it. Maybe mussels don't feel pain in the same way a cow does but they're still part of the animal kingdom and vegans should leave them the hell alone. 

So am I going to start eating mussels? 

Well, no. Despite having been one of my favourite foods back in the day (my mouth has been salivating writing this post) I'm not going to head to the shops and bulk-buy. While I think this is an issue that is 100% up to the individual and I would hold no judgement, I'm deciding against it for myself. And it's because it could be a slippery slope. I'm not exaggerating when I say I loved seafood and ripping into a packet of mussels could result in re-developing a taste for other sea-life (that are definitely out the question for any vegan!).

As I mentioned, I'm not a scientist (I have Standard Grade Biology....which I tried to get out of doing because I'm an arty-farty person) but if you want to read more from people who understand oxygen compounds or whatnot (is that a thing?) then here's a few links because this issue has been going on longer than my own personal decision to stop eating meat:
- The ethical case for eating mussels and oysters
- Consider the oyster
- Are oysters vegan? 
- Are we strong enough to talk about mussels?
- Why some vegans are okay with eating oysters
Are Bivalves Vegan? Specifically Oysters and Mussels?
- Vegans shouldn't eat oysters, and if you do you're not vegan, so...
- Did you seafood feel pain?
- Do oysters feel pain? 
- Mussels: your go to sustainable seafood

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Can blogging help you land your dream job?

A copy of my CV (address and phone number removed, obvs) with my blog mentioned under 'other projects'.

Back while I was still in university I decided to start writing about career advice. Because, you know, who doesn't want career advice from someone who is still in full-time education and hasn't yet been through the tribulations of a full-time job? Granted, I was working in the Career Development Centre so I was ever-so-slightly qualified to hand out advice but not as much someone who actually had a career. But alas, we all go through stages when we give out advice that we are not qualified to speak on. 

Anyway, fast forward a few years and I have now been graduated for four and a half years, have a job I genuinely enjoy, have lived through another full-time job that did actually test my sanity, been through countless interviewers and have now progressed far enough that I have actually sat in on interviews from the employer's side (I have however never been a decision maker, just an influencer, in an interview). It's safe to say I am a bit more qualified to discuss this than I was back then. 

So I am going to start using my new found qualification by answering that age old question that has been circling the blogosphere for a while: can blogging help you get a job? 

My short answer is yes...and no. Which doesn't really help anybody, so I'm going to elaborate. And before I do, I just want to add a disclaimer that I do not represent the views of every employer ever. Just the ones I've been interviewed by and my own views on what I look for when I'm asking the questions. Also, this is aimed at graduates who haven't yet had their first full-time job. 

1. If you're looking for a social media job, your blog needs to be spectacular
Your own blog is fantastic work experience if you're looking for a digital marketing job. However, in this circumstance your blog will need to be a serious blog. One that is updated regularly, has a nice layout, is typo-free, good photography, polished social media, dusted with the odd PR partnership here and there and has an impressive reader count. 

It's easy for anyone with an interest in social media to fashion their own work experience (I mean, anyone can start a Twitter chat or blog) so you'll need to stand out. A blog you update once a month and have 20 followers on isn't going to count. Start hustlin'! 

2. If you're looking for a non-marketing role, it shows you're well-rounded
Extra curricular activities of any kind are important to a job application (y'all know how much I preach about needing more than just a degree). It shows that you are well-rounded and didn't spend all of university with your head in the book and know how to interact with the outside world. 

However, how relevant blogging is will depend on the job you are going for, and that's a question I cannot answer for you. I only know what is looked for in my own industry so you might want to ask an experienced scientist/nutritionist/lawyer/nurse if a blog is more helpful than being Vice-President of the football team or volunteering (both are also great experience!). 

3. Some employers don't care about blogs, sorry!
I have come up against interviewers who don't care about my blogging history - in interviews for marketing roles of all things! But typically these were for more traditional marketing positions and the interviewers were a bit older (but remember, your typical hiring manager is not in their 20s and might not truly realise how big blogging is). Tbh, you probably don't want to be employed by a company who doesn't understand the power of blogging but I'm warning you anyway. 

4. Official work experience still wins
While not all employers are like those mentioned above - and many will 100% care about your blog - I'm going to be honest and say I think an internship in social media (or related subject) is still worth more. While blogging does improve your skills in creativity, online awareness, photography, being down with the kids and communication, an internship will bring that and more. And by more I mean professionalism in an office environment, online marketing for a brand that is not your own personal brand, working within the constraints that your boss sets for you, experience doing the boring parts of a marketing job (ROI reports be beastin', yo), having meetings with managers where you have to explain what bounce rate means AGAIN and - arguably the most important - providing a reference that we can phone and ask a few questions. 

I am not trying to say that blogging is not good experience for a digital marketing job (it is good experience!). But if I was presented with two people who both have the same degree, same grade, similar personalities but one had official work experience with a brand and someone else had a personal, but successful, blog - I'd be more inclined to go with the former. Someone with both types of experience would be brilliant, but I realise not everyone is Hermoine Granger armed with a time turner.

5. BUT, you still need to be active online
While I know there's recruiters out there who would hire someone who didn't use social media in their own personal life, I would 100% not consider it.

But your online activity doesn't necessarily have to be a blog: it could just be a stylish Instagram with several hundred followers, an active Twitter with hilarious tweets, a regularly updated YouTube channel, or maybe you love posting in forums! Just as long as you love all things online and internet.

6. There's some roles where you might not want to mention it
There's some industries - that somewhat rightly - don't want their employees blogging and will probably keep a tight eye on those that do. Such as teaching, nursing, the police or anything care related. Almost everyone I know who works in these kinds of roles uses a fake name on Facebook and works hard to keep their professional and online life separate. If you want to work in one of these professions, play it safe and consider keeping your blog off your CV. 

And anything else? 

There's many factors that go into deciding who gets a job and who doesn't, and there's no hard science behind it. From experience, to degree choice, to how well they would fit in, right through to how well written their CV was and what your gut instinct tells you. I am not trying to scare anyone with this post, I've just seen a lot of these blogs going around and it was truthfully beginning to irk me that some people were treating blogging as some kind of golden ticket to career success. It's good experience - and definitely should be on your CV! - but please don't put all your eggs in one basket. 

But if you're looking for a future in digital marketing my inbox is always open and I am more than happy to provide honest advice. 

Morag x
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That compulsory 2017 goals post

Like, I know I said in my 2016 round-up post that everything is weaving together quite nicely and that I'm happy with the way things are going - but a girl is still allowed a few goals, right?

If you've been reading my blog for the last few years (my blog will be six years this month!) then y'all know I love a goal and a promise to myself. Specifically a new year's resolution because - while you can make a change at any time of year - there is something about new Filofax inserts that brings it out in me. As stated, life is going pretty well for me so I have no grand plans for change but just a few tiny little things that I could maybe work on.  

1. Become a proper adult with fancy (but ethical) finances
I've always been good with money, and have very rarely asked my parents for hand-outs. So good that I have quite a large amount of money saved up, which I plan to buy a property with. Only problem: this money is not saved in a proper savings account and I, erm, should probably do something about that. And while I'm at it, I should also shop around for a new current account that matches my needs and isn't just the bank my parents chose for me when I was five. And get a credit card for online purchases/buying stuff near the end of the month. 

And wtf is ethical banking I hear you cry? Read more here. And here. And here

2. Stop waiting for other people to make plans
If you're sensing a bit of de-ja-vu, that's because this has been a resolution before. I'm awwwfulll at making plans. Don't get me wrong, if a friend contacts me and asks if I want to do lunch or be their holiday buddy, I am so there. But, me, make plans? Lol. 

I don't know if it's due to my introverted nature (because, seriously four weekends of socialising in a row would drive me mad) or because I don't mind doing things myself which, uh, sometimes results in me forgetting to check if someone else would like to join in. 

I need to sort this shizz. 

3. Be more confident and vocal at work
Work is going well. I'm doing what I love in an exciting industry, and I like the people I work with. I'm being challenged in such as way where I'm growing, but I'm not being challenged so much that I feel like I'm drowning. And the social media department won a company award at the staff awards night. So that's nice. 

I also feel like my own skill set is diverse and improving by the day. Aside from one skill: being vocal. In my own team I'm quite confident but the minute I go into a meeting with management my brain turns to mush and all I can hear in my own head is SPEAK! SAY WORDS! YOU'VE GOT GOOD IDEAS, SHARE THEM WOMAN! I've always been quiet and I'm proud of being an introvert and I'm not looking to change my personality - but if there's anything that is going to hold me back career-wise it's the way I blend into the background a little.

4. Don't shy away from difficult conversations
Continuing on from the point above, I need to get better at having those 'difficult' conversations with people. And by better I mean actually pluck up the courage to have them in the first place. I've actually fallen out with people in the past due to my inability to be straight up honest with them. Because - even though I don't directly say anything to them - it's obvious something is bothering me. 

5. Bring my ethics into my wardrobe
It's not just my finances that are seeking an ethical make-over this year. In mid-2016 I managed to find myself on a streak of only buying vintage/second-hand clothes or pieces from independent retailers. And that's a streak I want to maintain into 2017. 

But not just maintain; I want to step it up a notch. By the close of 2017 I want to be stylishly ethical. I haven't shared an outfit post in what feels like forever (29th of August 2015 to be exact) because in my quest to be ethical my wardrobe has become a bit drab and I've honestly become a little self conscious about it. Even though ethical shopping should make me feel good, it has resulted in me feeling uncomfortable in my own skin. 

I've already identified a few key vintage stores in Glasgow, have downloaded Depop onto my tablet, have Nobody's Child permanently bookmarked and I'm keeping a closer eye on independent designers that sell purse-friendly items. If you have any tips I would be very grateful if you would share them, as this is one resolution where I reckon I'll need all the help I can get.

6. Keep taking it easy
2016 was the year I took things easy and stopped pushing myself to be here, there and everywhere. Because after three years of pushing myself on my blog, at work and taking god-knows-how-many online courses, I got a job I love at the end of 2015 - and I basically spent the last year of my life having a well-earned rest.

Part of me did think about creating a resolution to get off my bum again and be that goal crushing over-achiever that I once was. But after a think, I realised I've been a lot happier this year because I have a much better work/play balance than I ever have had in my life. So I'll watch lots of Netflix if I please, ta.

To ethical finances, plan-making, confidence, conscious fashion choices and sitting on my backside!

 Morag x
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