18 October 2014

I use dry shampoo all the time. For the past year or so I have been following a new hair mantra in order try and improve the health and growth of my hair.

One of my more important rules outlines how many times a week I can wash my hair so as not to damage it too much and wash out the good oils that hair needs to be healthy. I went from washing it every single day, sometimes twice a day, to 2 or 3 times a week. My hair is noticeably happier than it was this time last year however I do struggle with 3rd day greasy hair which isn't a style i'm looking to bring into fashion any time soon.

In order to combat the grease I find myself reaching into the bathroom cupboards and grabbing the dry shampoo. I have tried most of the dry shampoo products on the high street and probably spent way to much of my student loan trying to find one that I can apply and run out the door with no hassle! 'Batiste' is by far my favourite dry shampoo because it works wonders and smells amazing but it isn't great for transforming your greasy locks without applying a white blanket to your head when you're in a rush.

Last week, Ruth Crilly from 'A Model Recommends' released her own range of dry shampoo labelled 'Co-Lab' that is advertised as 100% invisible. And with my search for a sheer dry shampoo's at a halt in the road, I couldn't not try it. And praise the lord my search can come to an end. I used the product for the first time yesterday morning in my desperate rush to get to Uni on time and I didn't get any white or chalky residue! 10 thumbs up for this.

It was actually 4th day hair for me this morning (which isn't something i'd recommend but I had an awful hangover, also something I wouldn't recommend) so you can only imagine the look of my hair when I woke. The dry shampoo worked great, added volume and erased all essence of "I haven't washed my hair in what looks like a week" away.

The only con was that I did have to re-apply before heading out after Uni yesterday afternoon because it had lost it's bounce and volume that it had earlier in the day after the first application. But with hair as disgusting as mine was, the product worked fabulously and will defiantly be a repurchase when I run out.

I think I picked up my bottle for £3.49 in Superdrug which is a very reasonable price for high street dry shampoo's only £1.20 more expensive than Batiste. It is available in 4 different scents 'London', 'New York', 'Rio', 'Tokyo' and 'Paris'. 'London' has gone down very well in my house, it's quite a universal scent, George loved it and said he was smelling it at work all day!

All my love,

13 October 2014

Last week I posted about how to stay focused and get things done (You can read that here if you haven't already) and one of my points that discussed making time for yourself. Prioritising a small bit of selfishness will help you to unwind, de-stress and make it easier for you to get through tasks which make you want to rip your hair out, or in my case behead my loving boyfriend. Like putting on a new duvet cover, for a small girl like myself, fitting a duvet that almost three times my size is a task that requires an awful lot of time from my day and a rather large bar of chocolate afterwards.

This week I thought it would be helpful to put together a bunch of tips on how to unwind and be a little selfless...

Light a hell'a lot of candles
There's something about a warm, spicy scented candles that make me want to snuggle up somewhere cosy and just fall asleep. But at the same time they also make me feel relaxed and provide a great atmosphere to get work done.

A good nights sleep
When you're tired, motivation levels seem to plummet to all time lows. Sleep is a necessity, the whole "you can sleep when you're dead" mantra is ridiculous. Can you imagine how snappy and unfriendly the entire population would be if they starved themselves of sleep? Madness. Schedule yourself a nice lie in, or power nap this afternoon.

Grab that onesie that make's you look like an overgrown baby
Whether you 15 or 50, chances are you have a onesie or some sort of oversized, ridiculously fluffy pyjama set which is the epitome of a cosy night in. Who cares what you look like, stick your hair in a top knot, bring your duvet down to the sofa and snuggle in front of the TV with a hot chocolate (or glass of wine, your choice.)

Treat yourself to dinner and movie
When I see someone sat at a restaurant by themselves, I don't think of them as sad and alone. I think "hell, they must be so content." Who says that going out for dinner means you have to go with a bunch of your best buds? And who says to go alone is such a sad thing? I find that getting away from the places where i'm most often on my own (at home) helps to clear my mind and pokes at new thoughts in my head.

I don't know about you but being selfless doesn't have to be restricted to evenings after a long day at work. One of my favourite ways to burn some energy on a day off and get me ready for what's in store next is to have a dance party for one. I turn the music up so loud so I can't even hear myself singing and dance like it's 1989. It makes me crazy happy with myself and like I could fight of any dragon.

Brush out those knots
Now, this might make you think i'm weird but I find it really relaxing to just sit and brush my hair. It's not something I do often or for long amounts of time because it can be damaging for your hair but the pressure and feel of it is like a mini home head massage.

The main thing really is to discover the things that make you happy and are important to you right now. Then use these things to inject a bit of 'me-time' into your life. Whether it's going to the gym for hour, treating yourself to a weekend getaway or having breakfast for dinner.

So i'm going to leave you with this question, what makes you happy?

All my love,

11 October 2014

I don't know whether you've seen it (if you haven't, where have you been the past 5 days?) but Ed Sheeran released his new music video for 'Thinking out Loud' earlier this week. I also don't know what shocked me more, the fact he appeared in the video for more than 30 seconds or that he is actually an incredible contemporary ballroom dancer. He trained 5 hours a day during his US Tour and clearly it paid off!

The entire video, based around a romantic dance routine, is something I never thought I would see Ed Sheeran's name attached to. It's beautiful, magical and make's me want to try that 'dancing in the refrigerator light' thing with my bo' to see if I can experience anything as lovely as this.

I am totally looking at Ed different too! It's like before he was my incredibly talented older brother and now he's this young, desirable man. It was definitely the perfect way to win over that small percentile of people and prove that he's a mature artist worth listening too. Which he definitely is. He's no longer the 'Drunk', 'You need me, I don't need you' rebellion he was before.

I'm seeing Ed live at the O2 on Monday and it might be that I'm just so excited that I couldn't hold back from posting this. But there's also a part of me that feels like some of you wouldn't have seen it yet. I mean there is well over 5million views on YouTube but I'm pretty sure 500,000 of those are from myself so you never know!

All my love,

8 October 2014

Bumble & Bumble has been on my 'must try products' list for so, so long. I've had my eye on trying the 'Surf' and 'Hairdresser's Invisible Oils' range, but I don't have a local stockists near me which meant getting hold of it pretty tricky. However a couple weeks ago I stumbled across a 'Bb' stand whilst on a shopping trip and finally got to take the plunge.

I went for the 'Invisible Oils' range because i'm really into adding beneficial oils into my hair care routine. But lets face it, the weather has turned sour here in the UK, summer is well and truly over so I wasn't about to try and fake it with beautiful beach waves. Although I definitely considered it! The invisible oils kit includes 6 natural oils; grape seed oil, Sweet almond oil, macadamia oil, coconut oil, argon oil and safflower seed oil, plus the shampoo is sulphate free which means happy hair.

I purchased the travel kit which I thought was a perfect way to try a product before splurging the £19 a bottle for the full sized items. The kit includes with a 60ml Shampoo, Conditioner and Primer, all for the same price as one single full sized bottle, £19.

Bumble & Bumble say the range is meant to 'soften, silken, tame, de-frizz, detangle and protect' and it's not often that I can admit a product actually does all of the things it says it does. My hair is noticeably softer, and fly-aways are at an all time low which is great for someone with frizzy hair like myself. My hair isn't particularly tangly after I wash it but I did notice a small difference in the pull on my hair when I comb it through after my shower. The Shampoo and Condition smell lovely, sort of orange and citrusy when you put your nose to it but the smell does't linger once you're dry. However, I wasn't overly impressed by the conditioner, I found the formula a little too thick and trying to work it evenly through wet hair was quite difficult. I reckon someone with thicker hair than my thin, curly mop would really struggle.

The primer however is what immediately drew me to the products in the first place. I've heard of make-up primers and paint primers but never one specifically for your hair. To be honest I guess it's just another way of marketing a heat protectant but it worked on me and i'm glad it did too. It's hard to find a heat protectant on the highstreet that works for both heat styling and UV rays from the sun. The formula is super light so doesn't way your hair down and is a great 'first base' for styling your hair. So far i've only tried using it on wet hair but i'm definitely going to try it on dry hair one day this week to see if it helps with the second day bed head that I tend to get.

The primer will definitely be a re-puchase and in it's fuller size when I run out but i'm not so sure about the shampoo and conditioner. I will have to do a softness test first and see if i get the same results without using the conditioner.

All my love,

6 October 2014

After having a four month break, being thrown back into education is not the easiest transition and i'd be lying if I said it made it with no bruises. Whether you are still in school or working for a living staying focused and doing what needs to be done can be so difficult when there are things you'd much rather be doing.

Clear mind, clear idea's
Chances are your next day off isn't going to be filled with long baths, surrounded by candles and eating chocolate. You probably have a million and one things to do, all of which you'll forget when you're ready to start your day because there's that many things to do! Being organised and knowing exactly how the day is going to pan out will help you to keep focused and know specifically what you want to do and when. Which leads me onto my next point nicely...

Be practical. Unless you are a goddess of life, you are never going to be able to blog, catch up on social media, read a bit of 'In Style', taxi all your nearest and dearests' around town and feed the kitties in one evening. Not to mention making sure you are well fed and bathed yourself! Making priorities, writing lists and setting aside specific time frames for certain tasks will help you make the most of your free time. If you are constantly thinking "oh I need to upload to Instagram" and "i've got to remember to put the dishwasher on" you'll mind will never be clear enough to get everything done!

Internet no-go! 
Realising that the internet is my worst enemy when it comes to procrastinating and not doing what I really should be, was horrible. I want to constantly be attached to the internet so I know what's going on and what my friends are currently up to. But you have to remember that chances are that 'oh-so-important' update your friend from High School put on Facebook last night probably wasn't relevant in the morning so what's the point in indulging yourself in expiring information. And if it is still important in the morning, then you've got the morning to find out about it!

Me time
You are never going to find the energy and determination to do those monotonous, mundane, everyday tasks if you haven't scheduled in some time to indulge in yourself. Theres a time for to be super productive, a social butterfly and queen of getting stuff done but there is also time to be completely selfless and do something for yourself. You should dedicate at least 30 minute a day to relax and do whatever the hell you want. Ideally a huge bubble bath surrounded by cinnamon scented candles would be great for me but even just half an hour to read a chapter of my book would suffice.

I'd love to hear what other tips you guys have to keep focused and get things done. Is there anything I missed out that you would consider a productiveness priority?

All my love,

4 October 2014

I can't walk past a LUSH shop without going in, it smells amazing, looks amazing and generally just is amazing. I'm a student without access to a bath so purchasing something was always a bit of a silly idea for me because i'd want to indulge in the yummy looking bath bombs and body soaps. However after years of holding back, I finally gave in. And I didn't even by a bath related item!

I get really dehydrated lips and hands. I never suffered from any type of skin dehydration up until a couple of years ago. I have tried hundreds of lip balms, petroleum jellies and moisturising lip glosses with no avail. I purchased the 'Popcorn Lip Scrub', which is - of sorts - an exfoliator for the lips. The scrub is made from all natural ingredients, like all Lush products, and includes Jojoba Oil and Coconut Oil.

The 25g tub is tiny but comes full to the brim, literally and you only need the smallest amount so the product will last for ages. You can grab the scrub in three 'flavours', Popcorn, Bubblegum and Mint Julips. The seasonal version 'Santa's Lip Scrub' is also available throughout the festive season. Whilst I love the smell of the Popcorn one I have, it is very salty. I reckon I might go for a sweeter one next time.

For my hands, I managed to pick up 'Handy Gurugu' which is a heavy duty hand cream. Whilst my hands get dehydrated, I don't find them dry and cracking, however I picked up the thicker of the Lush hand creams because at University I work a lot with paint and glue and materials that do a lot of damage to the skin. I really wanted something that I could put on in the evenings to repair whatever damage I had done throughout the day.

The hand cream soaks in fast and like it says on the pot 'a little goes a long way' you don't need more than a pea sized amount for both hands so like the Lip Scrub, the 'Handy Gurugu' is going to last me all the way through the colder seasons.

The kind girls in the store also gave me two smaller tubs that I could put the hand cream in to take around with me in my handbag.

For a hand moisturiser and lip scrub, they are a slightly on the borderline expensive side (remember i'm a student), totalling at £13 but considering all the ingredients are natural, vegan and the products are not tested on animals, I was more than willing to spend a little extra!

Have you used any Lush products before? I really want to try the 'All that Glitters' Bath Bomb next, when I find a place with a bath first.

All my love,

1 October 2014

I noticed a month or so back that No.7 offer this 'colour matching experience' where they assess your skin tone and tell you what lip colours from their 'Moisture Stay' and 'Stay Perfect' ranges which will compliment you best. Now, if you are anything like me, then finding a bold red lip that doesn't make my skin look pallid and eyes like I haven't slept in a week then you will understand why this is the next best thing to sliced bread.

Payday rolled around last week so I finally took the trip into Boots and got the lovely lady at No.7 to match me up. They start by cleaning off any make-up you've applied on your cheek, so if your considering doing this, go on a 'no-makeup' day. They then pull out this phone sized device, press it against your lower cheek and scan until it gives a reading. It's very quick and simple. The lady double checked the reading was correcting by matching the foundation to my skin - i'm 'Cool Beige' - before giving you a small, purse sized card with all the lip sticks which best suit you.

I was so impressed by this and surprised that I haven't seen it done before. I mean, i've seen Dulex have a paint scanner but one for make-up, well that's revolutionary! ha!

I ended up walking away with my perfect bold red lip, which was a Moisture Stay in Brick Red and a subtle pink for every day use, which is 'Raspberry Silk'. I have my perfect match colour card safely stowed away in my purse and will definitely be heading back in this week to make the most of the '3 for 2' offer that No.7 have just applied in Boots stores.

Have you done the No.7 Colour Match, let me know what you thought. I'd really recommend it!

Love always,