My trip!

I am so excited to be back writing another article! I know, I’ve been back from my road trip for two weeks, but getting back into the swing of things back home has been surprisingly difficult! If you didn’t know, I spent an entire month driving around the country with Sandra in her family’s campervan. We had a bucket list longer than the days we were on the road, but we managed to tick most of them off… Including swimming in the Atlantic Ocean, climbing a mountain, and camping in the middle of nowhere. The last one was more Sandra’s choice, not mine, and it would consume an entire post on it’s own! A brief look? We, very unsurprisingly, got lost and ended up wandering down the side of a road in the wrong direction trying to find the van. San rolled her ankle, and we ended up hitchhiking. Well, the woman offered, after she saw the parked van on the side of the road and assumed we were the two idiots looking for it. Thank goodness we weren’t murdered. I think San was worried I was starting to get… snappy.

The one issue I didn’t expect to encounter was the heat. When are we all going to wake up on global warming guys? It was a scorching month, and the van’s air cooling could not keep up. I know this might sound incredibly dumb, but for some reason I thought that all that sweating would moisturise my skin? Is that just thick? I was feeling papery, if not always red and itchy. Looking back at our photos, I somehow looked red and dull. That was my absolute first thing to do when I got back, because the moisturiser I brought with me ran out and I kept forgetting to replace it. It was just cheap too, and I needed a solution fast. We had popped into a Lloyds in one of the towns we visited, and I noticed a skincare brand called Q+A. The bright colours jumped off the shelf at me. But of course we were just there for toothpaste, with a fast descending sun outside, and bolted before I could get a proper look.

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My sister took me out for brunch the day after we got back, kindly paying as I had blown my savings on fuel and microwave meals. She suggested I get something with hyaluronic acid, as that was supposed to be amazing for dry skin. She could tell me about her one, but it also has lavender and I hate the smell of lavender so I had to do a little more research myself. The people in Superdrug weren’t very helpful when I went into store, so one night after my dinner I went back on the Lloyds website, wondering if I’d find a good one, and satiate some curiosity about that Q+A brand. Turns out, they do a hyaluronic acid serum! I though it must be fate so bought it. And boy is it has to be the best hyaluronic acid serum at that price point! So cheap! My skin looked radiant within days, even though I was sitting inside on my computer editing all those photos! At least I finally had a reference of what I should have looked like. Not making that mistake again!

But I promised you stories, so before I upload a video on my channel talking about my favourite moments, I’ll give you a little sneak peak.

Imagine this… San and I were having dinner in this little town at a sweet pub on the edge of a nature reserve. Best meal I had the entire trip! Garlic butter chicken with green beans and a goats cheese, fruit and nut side. Decadent. I was so engrossed in this meal Sandra could’ve gotten up for a wee and come back before I even noticed. Not to mention the three glasses of wine.

After we’d payed, we were just keen to be back in the van ready for bed. It was about a three minute walk, well within eyeshot of the pub in the light of day. But it wasn’t in the carpark when we arrived. San was clicking the car keys like she was having a fit, waiting for the lights to flash. We were checking behind poles like it wasn’t a literal van we were looking for. It was pitch dark though, so I guess there was no harm in trying.

And we were panicking. How do you lose a van?? We were in the middle of nowhere, the pub had been locked up, and the phone signal was E at best. We were running around, almost yelling at each other of who hadn’t locked the doors, or if we were even in the right place… Did we park on the other side of the pub? No, we had taken a photo of the van in front of this sign that had made us laugh… ‘No Hippies’. The sign was there… so where was the van? And then, look this gets a little ridiculous, as I was looking at the park next to the carpark (don’t ask why, I was beside myself in fear and would’ve looked under a rock if you’d asked me) and tripped on a branch I didn’t see. I also didn’t see how steeply the park just dipped into a hill. I went right over, and started tumbling. The phone torch was going crazy, I was screaming, and San started running after me, it was a real comedy moment where I thought I might actually die. Stopped rolling at the bottom, San checked over me, and we sighed at the thought of walking back up.

Sandra clicked the keys one last time in frustration…. And a light flashed. Get this, the van had tipped over the hill and rolled down into the trees, miraculously managing to avoid anything that could damage it. The incline had evened out and the van stopped at a fallen tree trunk that buffered it. Some scratches, nothing more. The checked through and nothing had been moved. It’s just one of those instances you probably don’t want an explanation for, but are just happy its resolved.

So there’s your story! Tune into my channel this week for more details and mishaps!!

Giving Beards A Chance

Dating guys with a beard isn’t exactly something I’ve ever actively pursued. Well if we’re being honest it’s probably closer to something that I actively tried to avoid. I’ve never thought there was ever anything wrong with bearded men but it just never really stood out as something that I found particularly attractive. Let’s break down my thinking process a little bit further just so I can maybe explain myself and save myself the ire and condemnation of beard lovers and bearded men alike.

Okay guys I’ll be perfectly straight with you on this one the beard has always just sort of been a scary thing for me. I remember my pop pop’s visits from when I was little and I loved my pop pop but I when he hugged me I remember his beard would feel like a rake against my cheek. I could stick it out for pop pop but I could not for the life of me imagine willingly going for someone whose face actively reminded me of gardening equipment. Next is just the overall hygiene of the beard, that’s a lot of hair and I have a hard enough time keeping the stuff on top of my head clean and fresh I could not begin to express the concerns I had with someone keeping that much hair so close to their mouths. Especially considering the type of places I like to eat? If I’m having wings the guy I date can’t not like wings that’s just common sense right there.

Why am I talking about all this? Well the guy I’m dating has recently managed to convince me to let him grow his beard out. I thought he had just neglected to shave for a little while but ‘twas all a ruse to lull me into a false sense of security. But I admit he seemed to be putting a lot of work into making sure it grows properly and he apparently also assured me that it’s never going to feel like any sort of lawn maintenance device. He really does keep his beard nice and neat using oils and other beard care products; this scented beard oil smells amazing I can almost get over the fact that the amazing smell is coming from what is essentially a fuzzy animal on his face. But he’s been really sweet and I’d feel bad not at least giving him a chance to prove my fears unfounded. Also if we ever get into an argument I figured out that I can yank on it to get him down to eye level. Is that a little rough? Maybe. But it’s his own fault for growing a giant weak point so easy to reach.

Smooth sailing

All things considered the year’s been going pretty well so far, both for the blog and for me personally. I hope things keep going as smoothly as they have been all this time. Sticking to that there’s no reason that I wouldn’t be able to keep up the quality of articles. However I’ll be doing my best to improve upon the quality overall!

How to get the most out of your Makeup Spray

Setting Spray is an indispensable part of the makeup routine of many women. Although due to certain “makeup experts” claiming that primer is all you’ll need Setting Spray is often overlooked pretty often by a number of women. That’s not a good idea and here’s why. Although Primers will do a good job of keeping your makeup in place there’s still a chance that it won’t be enough to survive the entire day. Setting spray serves as what we would call added insurance further lowering the possibilities of smudging or fading and other possible makeup challenges. If you don’t like having to run to the ladies room every couple of hours to touch up your makeup then you should probably look into working setting spray into your daily makeup regiment.

You’ve seen the light and want to incorporate makeup fixier spray into your daily makeup routine. Great! If you have no idea how to proceed though then fret not as we’ve got you covered.

First things first picking the right Setting Spray for you comes down to one thing for the most part. This deciding factor is your skin type. As with most makeup products the decision of what variety to buy boils down to what kind of skin you have and in this case it’s divided primarily into two types of skin. The first type is dry skin and if you have it then we recommend that you purchase a Setting Spray that has moisturizing properties AND doesn’t have alcohol as an ingredient. The alcohol will most probably just dry out your skin and more the moisturizing property is pretty self-explanatory. The other skin type that you might fall into would be combination skins/oily skins (we know those are two but it’s easier to classify them together when it comes to Setting Spray). If this is you then as long as you avoid products that have oil in their formulation you should be good to go.

Applying setting spray is extremely straight forward. After you’ve finished all your other makeup steps just shake the Setting Spray bottle and hold it about 7 inches or so away from your face CLOSE YOUR EYES and spray away. Make sure to get your whole face covered in the spray to ensure everything sits perfectly and let the spray rest on your face for about a minute. Don’t worry about applying too much, feel free to repeat the process once or twice to ensure you get everything sprayed.

Mid Year Update

What a great job Sandra did! She really helped me out when I was in a tight spot earlier and I couldn’t be more thankful that she decided to step in and lend a helping hand.

I quickly just wanted to give you an update. I’ve been feeling very guilty recently about my lack of commitment to this fairly new blog. I have rearranged my weekly schedule to fit in some writing, and hopefully we’ll all be seeing the fruits of my labour soon – Next week in fact!

Filling in for Debbie

Hello everyone my name is Sandra. I am a close friend of Debbie’s and as promised (she always stays true to her word) she’s asked me to fill in for magazine by folk’s next post.

She’s given me free reign over what it is I can write about, so I decided to write about a new beauty item that I discovered and tested recently. So strap yourselves in and get ready for an awesome post from Sandra!

The item in question is a treatment serum that another friend recommended to me. Since around 2012, I’ve secretly been pretty unsatisfied with the state of my skin, and the routine I am following in the hope to combat that.

Last month, after a pretty depressing 15 minutes in front of the mirror moisturising, I decided to call my friend Susie to talk about how sad I was getting with the state of my skin. I always like to call Susie with problems like this, as this usually isn’t something my husband can be bothered to listen to.

Vitamin C

Calling her turned out to be a stroke of luck and she had recently tried a number of different products that she all highly recommended. I jotted them down on a scrap of paper and after the call began researching all of them online. Most of them were incredibly expensive! Unfortunately my husband and I aren’t as well off as Susie and her husband, but likely there were a few products in her list that were within my budget.

One of which is called Vitamin C Serum, a highly oxidising treatment that offers fast skin repair. I really liked the look of the packaging and the price was good so I decided to give it a go. It turned out to be a great decision as now (after using it for about a month) I can’t remember the last time my skin felt so good.

If this post resonated with you in anyway and you feel as if your skin needs a bit of help, then please follow the link above and take a look at the little product that literally saved my skin!

Different Folks Different Strokes

I’ve been thinking about different ways to make this blog seem more engaging and interesting and have come to the conclusion that it makes sense for us to feature have a guest blogger once in a while.

In light of this, I took it upon myself to find someone who could step in and bring some original and interesting content to the table. We found the perfect match and their first (hopefully not last) full article will be up and running very soon.

Something for the Mustache Folk

Let’’s face it – there are many folk out there with great big beards. I have nothing against them, but the beards on the larger side sometimes put me on the defensive and make me feel slightly uncomfortable.

Whenever I find myself speaking to someone with a gigantic beard I often think that some wild animal is floating in mid air and is primed to attack me.

I also tried growing a large beard myself at one point, but honestly I didn’t really like it. Despite this I am still a huge fan of facial hair in general.

Lighter beards, that are closer to stubble than a furry animal are more up my street. My favourite part of these types of beards is the mustache. Anyone who knows me would have seen mine in all it’s majesty. It’s the pride and joy of my face (I often call it that too).

waxing your moustache

Many people ask me what I do to keep my mustache in such tip-top condition. The truth is that keeping it in shape isn’t elaborate or even difficult – It’s just all about consistency and discipline in the grooming department.

Quite often I will give my mustache a little trim on a daily basis. When you pay proper attention, you’ll be incredibly surprised to see how much the little hairs can grow in just 24 hours! For this reason, I like to keep on top of it and often have a snip once a day.

After that, mustache wax is what I’m grabbing from my bathroom cabinet. I honestly couldn’t live without this stuff. I quite often find myself just slipping it into my trouser pocket and keeping it with me all day – just in case I need a little fine-tuning at some point during work, or when seeing friends in the evening.

If you’re just starting to grow a mustache then please heed my advice – get some wax! It will do wonders.

Going back to our roots.

Magazing by Folk was set up with the intention of creating a space where a select group of people, from all walks of life, could post their own original and unique content.

The aim being that this content will help give us some insight into many different aspects of people and culture – A e-zine for all kinds of folk!

I’ve been hard at work trying to find others to contribute and tell us their story. Currently my efforts haven’t been entirely fruitful but I will carry on, and hopefully reap the rewards in the months to come. Please keep coming back!

How to Keep Your Beard In Check

Sorry once again for the delay. The last month or so has been incredibly busy for us.

We’ve finally finished what we think will turn out to be an incredibly well received post. Our first full article, all about the art and practice of shaving, seemed to be enjoyed by a great deal of people.

With that in mind, we decided next to write about a similar subject – beards… and more importantly, how to properly treat and look after them. In this blog we do our best to represent most normal folk. In the male population, a good amount of folks are clean shaven (in some cases for most of their careers).

But it wouldn’t be magazine by folk if we didn’t touch upon the other side – the facial hair and bearded half of the population. This is a subject quite dear to my heart to be honest. Although I no longer have a beard, I did have one during a key part of my life in my late twenties and early thirties. Those were the days!

With great beard comes great responsibility. What I mean by this is that in most cases, keeping your beard in good shape takes a good deal of time and effort.

man combing beard

Personally, I had to dedicate a good twenty minutes a day on mine when I had one. I had a certain daily ritual that I will explain to you now…

As soon as I woke up in the morning and jumped into the shower I would always begin by applying beard wash to my beard. I’d rub it together in my hands until it made a light lather, then work through my beard, and let it sit for a few minutes until I rinsed it out.

After my shower, I’d dry off my beard with a towel, and apply a drop or two of beard oil to be my beard. This is a product that is incredibly fashionable nowadays, but when I told my friends that I used it back in the 90s they all thought I was weird!

I loved the stuff though, and used to work the oil through my beard with a comb. It’s not too hard to find a decent oil and wash, but a good comb can be hard to come by.

Recently I found and purchased this beard comb for my son (who is now in turn growing a beard of his own) and he tells me that it is excellent.

So to conclude, follow these tips that I have laid out and you will have a luscious and well groomed beard in no time!