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21.7.17

Tips to calm interview nerves


Interviews may seem daunting, but most of it is being afraid of the unknown. It's actually a fantastic thing and interviews can seem a challenge to get invited to in the first place. So, the first thing to realise is "well done". An employer has chosen you as one of the candidates, so be proud.


One: Prepare

Get absolutely everything ready the night before. That includes: underwear- such as lighter bras if you're opting for a white shirt, tights, makeup, shoes and any other bits and bobs you're going to wear. Have a notepad and pen ready in your bag too.

Side note: Dress accordingly to an interview and their environment. Look the part.

Know the company. Make sure you've done your research on the place you're going to be interviewed.
  • Who are they?
  • Are they independent/ a chain?
  • Their opening hours
  • Anything unique, have you seen them in any events or news articles?
  • Their services
  • Their competitors
  • Their audience
Anything like that really and make sure you're passionate about where you are being interviewed. Make notes if that makes you feel better or draw diagrams. You don't need to know everything about the company, just up to five key facts about them and why you would fit in. 


Two: Relax


Take time for yourself the evening before. Have a bath, eat some chocolate or watch a good film. If you've done your research, (you may feel like you know nothing now), but it will all come back when you're asked a specific question. That's when your brain isn't in overdrive and puts things into context.


Three: Recite

  1. Role play and have a practice interview perhaps?
  2. Read things aloud, but don't sound robotic
  3. Have a look through any notes
  4. Maybe glance over their website or social media one more time to really get up to scratch

Four: Breathe


Finally... BREATHE.

It's good to be a little nervous, but being too nervous might hinder you. Ultimately, a company is going to hire "you" and you really want your personality to shine. It can be scary, and I've been stupidly panicky before interviews before. Take deep breaths, reassure yourself "I am good enough, I can do it, what's the worst that can happen."

I always giggle at the Miranda episodes, thinking well I haven't quite sang or offered tea and cake at an interview yet...

The best case scenario: you get the job, worst case, you don't and you find the right job for you in time.

18.7.17

Baking with what's in- Nutella cookies


(Makes 12)

What you will need: ]
70g plain flour
One large egg
275g Nutella

Baking parchment
Baking tray

Method

1) Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius and grease a baking tray or line a baking tray with baking parchment.

2) Mix the flour, egg and nutella in a large boxl until no lumps of flour are left.

3) Roll the dough into balls, around 3cm thick. Press down the mixture slightly.

Not quite even, the second batch came out better...

4) Bake the cookies for ten minutes. Make sure they are still slightly gooey in the middle.

5) Cool on a wire rack until set.

Extra: Incorporate any ingredient you like in the mixture. I opted for a dollop of nutella and a thin wafer on top instead.



Find the original recipe here: All recipes 



Are we really cruelty free?


After recent investigation into many brands that have opted to go for cruelty over cruelty free, I've decided It's time for a big clear out. In the image above, unfortunately not all products are cruelty free. Naivety, lack of research and being gifted has made my collection of hair care, beauty and even dental products sadly being tested on animals.

Many of us are guilty of shunning brands that aren't cruelty free, but then purchasing products that follow the same procedures. I'm not the most educated when it comes to finding the most reliable sources of what brands definitely do test and ones that don't.

I looked on Cruelty free kitty and was horrified by the extensive list of brands that test on animals. My Instagram feed, alongside many others are filled with so many beautiful pieces of packaging and we just don't realise what happens to achieve that finished product.

Some of my favourite luxury brands can be found on this list  that test (not that I'm claiming this website is gospel)... such as: Benefit, Bobbi Brown, Chanel, Dior, Estee' Lauder, L'occitane and Jo Malone.

This is by no means, and no means at all a preaching post and everyone is entitled to choose which products they want to spend money on. I'd be very hypocritical writing this post unbalanced, when I look at my makeup collection and dream of owning a Mulberry bag.

It makes me wonder, why some brands test on animals when brands such as Too Faced, The Body Shop and Charlotte Tilbury don't test for their products. How far do brands not test when it says at certain stages they don't, do they at others?

Overall, it's fine to follow your values but it's hard to be consistent when a selection of people (including me) still dazzle over packaging and scents. Thereby, forgetting to check how these brands practice. Animal cruelty (from research) and as a general basic, is horrific. I don't see why it's needed when some of the best, pigmented and kind products haven't been near an animal. This post is just because I find the ways products are tested so heartbreaking and I'd just like to make a change for the better when buying or asking for things from now on.

By no means are these products above definitely tested/not tested as I don't know clear facts but I am just going from lists that are out there for people to read. If anyone has any information I'd love to hear it!



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