Period charity project (Period Friendly Project)

Hello and welcome to nicspicknmix. Today I am introducing you all to something completely different to what I normally blog about.

I put myself forward to spread the word about an amazing charity project, which helps homeless women to overcome certain obstacles in their lives. The Simon Community Scotland charity helps over 500 women. They aim to help women to gain control of their lives and to be given emergency accommodation to keep them safe and off the street through their street team. The Simon Community Scotland along with the street team are now launching a Period Friendly programme to help these women to maintain their dignity, to show that there are people who care and services to both support and listen to them. We need to stand together and make a change as no woman or girl should ever have to be in the position to have to make a D.I.Y tampon or towel, wear the same pair of pants for days on end. No woman or girl should ever have to change behind a bin either! He Simon Community Scotland makes a good point that “the smallest bit of generosity can go a long, long way” and I couldn’t agree more’!

In order for this to happen and to give these women the help that they need, Simon Community Scotland are launching a brand new project on the 23rd August 2017 in Glasgow which has been called: Period Friendly Point (PFP). This is hoped to help homeless women to have ‘a period of dignity’.

So how exactly will this project work?
The Period Friendly Points are locations which are catered for the homeless. The project once it has grown overtime more organisations will hopefully be keen to help out. The PFP’s will have a display which will have free and easily accessible sanitary products, wipes, pants and disposable bags and information leaflets about the products. There will also be pregnancy tests and infection tests there to give women the peace of mind should these be required. Not only will there be products handed out but members of staff will be there to chat to should there be anything the women need to talk about.

Not only are they doing all of the above but the street team are to be handing out Period Friendly Pax which are discrete and compact bags for women who are sleeping rough. The bags include tampons, towels, pants, wipes and disposable bags. The perfect thing about these bags is they can be refilled by the street team or at the nearest PFP. There will also be information given in the bag about what this project is about and where they can go for help etc.

This project is a fantastic idea and one I am happy to be blogging about. Every woman experiences periods and we all know how expensive these products are to buy. Periods shouldn’t be seen as a topic that we don’t speak about instead we should be supporting one another through it like the Simon Community Scotland are setting out to do. Women should be empowering one another and by doing a small it it will make a huge difference to a woman or girl somewhere.

How can you help ?
It will cost the Simon Community around £15 for a five day supply which includes: 5 towels, 12 tampons, 3 pairs of pants, travel wipes, disposable bags and information. If you would like to donate please textPFPR28 to 70070 with the amount you would like to donate: £5 or £10.

There is another way that you can help, if you have have a couple of hours to spare a month or a week we’d welcome your help. What we need our P.F.Pals to do is:

Visit the period friendly points and restock their supplies

Collect and sort donations into Pax and refresher packs at our warehouse in Glasgow

Help raise funds and products to maintain the period friendly points and pax.

Support, promote and raise awareness of the issues homeless women experience.

Be a listening ear and a support to the women we reach out to.

I think you will agree that this is a fantastic project and one that is long overdue. I hope we can all do our bit to help and support to keep this project alive to help,our fellow sisters.

For more information please visit the web links below:

http://www.simonscotland.org/period-friendly

http://www.simonscotland.org/period-friendly

I would like to send a huge thank you to Kirstin and all the team at the Simon Community Scotland for all their hard work. I am honoured to be blogging about this project and I hope to help out more.

Thank you for reading and I hope you are able to help out in some way.

Much love

Nicole x

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liebster Award 2

Hello and welcome to nicspicknmix.
I am delighted to share with you all my second blog award. I have been nominated with the Liebster award (2). It's over whelming to have been nominated again. As the saying goes 'hard work pays off'. And this is a saying that sticks with me.

I was nominated by Mika Yoshimura from the blog A shade of mikachuu. Where she specialises in fashion blogging. I really enjoyed reading her posts and feel she grasps what we want to see from a blogger. I would like to thank her for taking the time to read my blog and for nominating my blog , it's such a boost when you see that your work is being enjoyed. I hope her blog grows in strength too.

I am required to give two pieces of advice to new bloggers. So I will give my opinion on what I felt would have helped myself looking back.

1) Find the time to blog regularly. This is something that I struggle with and an area I'm working on still. This is very important as you want to be as active as you can be to gain exposure. Once you get your theme and topics you'll be raring to go. You need to spend a lot of time researching what's important to include and having content that's relatable your followers. Making time will become much easier once you establish a routine around your other day to day priorities.
2) pick one social media platform which you are comfortable using and stick with it. Link it to your blog so your followers can read your posts . By using only one social media platform you gain knowledge of what works best for you. The best times to post on that platform so you gain more exposure too. The more active you are on that social platform the more interaction you will gain . Your audience will know where to find you online.

All in all, blogging is great, can be fun and really rewarding. Stick at it!

If you would like anymore advice please do get in touch . I am more than happy to help.

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The fifteen bloggers I have chosen are:

1) Nicki Paul and Kellie Harley: utstrollergang.com
2) Nadja Hofmeier :nadjaloves.com
3) Cissie Hubbucks: bleachedbimbo.blogspot.com
4) Antonio Rozich: syetastories.wordpress.com
5) Allen Raimundo: thetraveler196.com
6) Ashley Jenell: mypainmedz.com
7) Komal Karniani: zistboon.com
8) Prasnavani Pasuvalingam: silentgabber.wordpress.com
9) Rainbowteek Crystal Lei Pinzon: how-to-mama.com
10) Stephanie Vazquez: lifespiceandparadise.com
11) Jessie Mandel: dinnertableforfive.com
12) Hannah Karanja: softskillstipsandtricks.com
13) Christopher Maver: trendablaze.com
14) Ankur Chopra: digadvice.com
15) Michelle Grubb Blackwood: healthiersteps.com

LIEBSTER AWARD 2

There are a few steps you have to take as you accept this award:

1.Include who nominated you and a link to their blog

2.Nominate 15 the bloggers for the award

3.Write a post about how and why you started your blog.

4.Give new bloggers two pieces of advice/

5.Notify the bloggers youʼve nominated about the award and a link to the post

Thank you for the taking time to read my blog. I hope you'll be back soon to read more. Please follow me as I would love to interact with you all.

Much love

Nicole

SixPlus cosmetics make up brushes

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I am writing about Sixplus cosmetics make up brushes. This company provide make up lovers with good quality products at affordable prices.

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Sixplus 12 PCS Shining Handle Soft Horse Hair Eye Blue Makeup Brush Set: £35.99 Amazon

These brushes come in various sets and single options. Which is great if you are looking to try new brush options. They are not expensive yet the quality is of a high standard.  I like how there is a good selection to choose from. You can choose from various colours which I really do think works well. They are very professional looking and can easily be stored in the multipurpose make up bag which has individual spaces for each brush – perfect for storing.  The makeup bag is very sturdy yet is compact which is great for travelling. There are also instruction booklets in the makeup bag.

 

The brush sets are excellent value for money. In the twelve-piece eye blue brush set which I received includes:

Handle material: wooden handle +aluminium ferrule

Bristles material: horse hair +high quality synthetic hair

Brushes Length:15CM-18CM

Maintenance: after use, please make it clean and dry, can provide a better cosmetic effect.

  • Powder brush, apply with natural pressed powder products
  • Round foundation brush, apply with liquid foundation
  • Angled blush brush, apply with blush products
  • Highlight brush, apply products to eye or nose corner
  • Small highlight brush
  • Eyeshadow brush, with horse hair
  • Blending brush
  • Eyebrow brush, to have a tattoo eyebrow effect
  • Eyeliner brush, apply with cream eyeliner products
  • Lip brush, travel lip brush

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How the brushes are stored in the makeup case.

The box also shows you a diagram of what the brushes look like and are all numbered so that you can easily tell the brushes apart-great for those who are not familiar with the various brushes. There is also information on what each brush should be used for again this is really helpful and will allow those less experienced with make-up application to achieve the best results possible from using the correct products with the brushes. Each brush is very soft and does what it is designed to do. I felt that the application with these brushes was of a good standard and didn’t leave me with any brush marks like some brushes have done in the past. I felt that the finished outcome from using sixplus cosmetics brushes was really good and I have been using them ever since. They are my go to brushes and I feel they have made me to feel more confident in applying my makeup.

Another aspect that I am really happy with is the fact that the handles are not too chunky. I have very small hands and have found that some brush handles are far too chunky for me to get a good grip of but these brushes just fit my hands like a glove. The products look great and I like how they are kept very simple in terms of the logo. One thing that might be a good thing to add to them would be to have the number of the brush on the handle for those of us not so proficient with what brush does what area etc- again this is only a small thing I would add.

These brushes and all of the other brush set options can be purchased from eBay and Amazon. I would recommend that you give this company a try and I can honestly say that you will be very satisfied with the brushes. I was a bit hesitant at first as I do like my MAC brushes and Eco Tools but I love to try new companies and Sixplus Cosmetics have blown my away. I like how there is a good variety of brushes in each set and feel that they are a good investment to have.

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Finished result from using the SixPlus Cosmetics Brushes. 

 

To check out Sixplus Cosmetics please visit the following websites and Social media accounts:

SixPlus Cosmetics Website

SixPlus Cosmetics Facebook

SixPlus Cosmetics Twitter

SixPlus Cosmetics Youtube Channel

SixPlus Cosmetics Instagram

I would like to thank Brian at SixPlus Cosmetics for allowing me to review these brushes and for introducing them to me. I am very happy with them and can say that these are one of my favourite brushes that I have used.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog . I hope you enjoyed my post and I look forward to hearing from you.

Fortemsports

Hello, and welcome to my blog. Today I will be introducing you all to the sportswear brand Fortemsportswear. This company is based in the United Kingdom and specialises in both men’s and women’s gym and fitness gear. They take their inspiration from the American West Coast of dressing up but still having that laid back feel to the fashion. Fortem create, design and engineer a unique range of activewear, CrossFit and fitness lifestyle apparel and clothing. They aim to have ultimate comfort and truly limitless functionality. They also want you to feel able to do your best in the gear you are wearing and still look stylish.

 

I have been really impressed with this company –Kieran the founder behind the brand works extremely hard to promote his business. I found that his communication with myself was next to none and very quick. He was really happy to go out his way to help with any questions that you have regarding the gear. Which is brilliant from a customer’s point of view. Makes you really feel welcome and valued. You can really tell that he cares for his business and puts in the extra effort required to make it a success. And it makes me feel really privileged to be given the opportunity to promote this brand.

 

When the garments arrived I couldn’t have been happier with what was sent to me. Every item arrived just as described and really well wrapped. I was sent: Limitless 1/4 Zip Pullover – Black/Red, Pro Performance Racerback Tank – Black/Charcoal and Pro Performance Leggings – Charcoal. All of the outfit fitted me perfectly and it actually gave me a feeling of confidence to be wearing it. I felt that I was really smart and looked the part. Being petite I often find it hard to get sportswear to fit me and to look good on. I was really impressed with this brand. I liked the colours and the design of the gym gear. I also felt that the branding was just right – not too in your face yet you could really recognise where it was from. The quality of the material used in creating the products felt good and not cheap. I felt that I could go for a run or go to the gym wearing these pieces and not worry about it ripping or falling apart. I did feel free to move and not restricted at all in fact I could wear this brand all day every day.  When I was out wearing the pieces I could see people looking to see what the brand was and them taking a great interest. I like wearing brands other than the big names and feel that this brand will be one to watch out for in the future.

 

Here are some images showing the items I received.

 

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I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my blog post and I hope you enjoyed reading it. I would love to hear from you so please do get in touch. If you are a company who would be keen to collaborate please do get in touch.

 

A big thank you goes to Kieran at Fortemsportswear for giving me the opportunity and for introducing me to such a versatile brand. I am a new fan and I hope we can work together again soon.

 

Please have a look at the links and websites below:

Fortemsportswear website

Fortemsportswear facebook page

Fortemsportswear Twitter

Fortemsportswear Instagram