2 Oct 2014

Bits and bobs #9


Nivea soothing cleansing mousse

I bought this in ASDA but its available in most drugstores like superdrug and boots

It's very foamy but also very gentle which can be attributed to the almond oil in the product

It's not harsh at all and doesnt dry out my skin yet it's still very good at removing excess oil.

Its also pink!!!!!


Mellor & Russell Argan shine mask

Available in poundland

For such a cheap mask it's quite thick & creamy but still on the lighter end of deep conditioners

Contains a few natural oil ingredients of course including argan oil

This mask Leaves my hair very soft but doesn't really do much else so I probably wouldn't repurchase.


Avocado oil

Bought on ebay from a seller called mother nature's goodies

The oil itself doesn't have a strong smell, however it is too heavy on my hair and doesn't absorb or evaporate very well leading to hair that not only feels greasy but also looks greasy

Makes a great pre-poo though I prefer to use almond oil after washing even though avocado oil is supposed to be the superior oil

I find that almond oil seems to sink in/evaporate better which leaves my hair feeling super soft and looking very shiny but not so greasy.


21 Sep 2014

Mellor & Russell Argan shine conditioner




I think only a product jukie can walk into poundland and come out with four bottles of conditioner despite have a litre of it home, :S 

But product junkiness aside this is a simple lightweight regular conditioner from the brand Mellor & Russell. If you follow this blog regularly then you will know that I have tried other argan hair care products from this brand also from poundland.

I know the picture above isn't great but the packaging is shiny so it's difficult to get a decent pic without any glare.

If I'm completely honest this conditioner isn't much different from the previous Mellor & Russell argan conditioner. They are both cheap lightweight/watery conditioners with lots of slip and a bit of argan oil for that extra kick of moisture & shine.

I dothink you get more for your money with this one as there is 250ml of product which is a little more generous than the 150ml you get in the original argan oil conditioner.

The packaging is pretty and there is also a matching hair mask which I will be reviewing soon.

Hope you enjoyed reading :)

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10 Sep 2014

Bits and Bobs #8




If any of you do your grocerie shopping at ASDA and you can't stop yourself from waltzing through the beauty aisle like intend to do, you may have noticed that herbal essences have introduced a new range of products. They are the Nearly Naked range and are supposedly free of harmful chemicals such as parabens or colourants. These were launchec in the US over a year ago but have made their way to the UK. Only the conditioners are CG freindly and to be perfectly honest the formulas are pretty much the same as the other Herbal Essences conditioners, the only difference is that they smell more minty because of mint/peppermint extracts. I have to warn though that if any of you plan on buying these be weary of the moisture condtitioner (middle, in purple) because it has a stong minty scent and guenuinley smells of men's aftershave (although if your buying this for a dude then I'm sure they'd appreciated it). The shine conditioner has a mild minty scent and the volume condtitioner has a very feminine fruity scent which is absolutely gorgeous!!!! These conditioners are more or less the same as any other Herbal essences conditioner in the sense that they provide lots of slip and but not much moisture.



I've recently been getting frustrated with my curls as they have managed to dry out over the summer. After evaluating the situation I came to the conclusion that skipping oil pre-proos was the problem. I did oil pre-poos religously every-week during spring and it made my hair feel fantastic. But due to laziness and intense studying I couldn't be bothered to keep doing them as often so I stopped them altogether. I detangled with conditioner before shampooing but without an oil pre-poo my hair became saturated with water during every wash thus leading to hydral fatigue.

Oh why did I honestly think I could get away with it :( ???? The hot humid summer weather didn't help either and my hair eventually lost its sleekness. I've now created a new regimen based on what i used to do when I was younger so I've esentially gon back to basics but in a more natural way. I know I'm going to be busy studying and working when I start Uni again so I've chosen to keep my hair oiled and braided. My bangs are tucked away into frech braids at the sides of my head and the bulk of my hair is kept in a braid/protective style in a detangled state. The key to maintaining this rountine is to basically never let my hair out unless it's being detangled to re-braid or to be washed. 

This routine makes detangling before a wash a breeze and it also makes it so much easier to apply oil for a pre-poo. Before I would attempt apply a hot oil treatment to damp hair (previously detangled with conditioner then washed out) which turned cold eventually because my hair was so cold from being damp. I now apply room temperature oil straight onto my dry detangled hair and it works much faster and is much more efficient. I've read a tonne on hair oiling and I now think that my new method is much more effective, not to mention less time consuming. After just two washes the my hair has regained some of its sleekness.

Oh BTW I have actually been using almond oil to mend my hair. I didn't just put that picture up there for the sake of it lol. Almond oil is said to be very effective at softening hair. It doesn't penetrate the hair shaft completely but it will sink into the top layers of the cuticle. My hair is naturally soft anyway but now I just cant stop stroking it lol. I pretty much comb, seal and braid my hair every moring and night with oil so it stays lubricated which makes combing a lot easier. however I use a mixture of oil and conditioner (1:3 ratio) after washing and also on the following morning. The rest of the week I use just oil to detangle my hair.



I've also had a new face cream. It's the burts bees carrot day cream. 


I love the packaging and the design, it just looks so retro and naturalesque. The cream itself, is heavy for a day cream, you have to be very sparing in order not to over-grease your face. The Cream is also yellow which kind of bothers me bacause if you do happen to use too much the cream won't sink in because of the oily texture. What you end up with is a yellow residue sitting on your face. I have a naturally yellow skin tine so I dont notice this until I wipe my face with a baby wipe at the end of the day but if you have extremely fair/pale white skin I would not reccomend this cream unless you want a tanned olive glow to your visage.


I also wouldn't reccomend this cream to those with oily skin like mine but if you have increadibly dry skin this will definitly lubricate your face :)



last but defintiely not least are the cutest little pack of wipes Ive ever owned!! Yes they are feminine wipes but they're flushable!!! This is exactly what I've been needing for a very long time and I only just found them today in body care.  I've considered using the flushable wipes that toddlers use but even they have harmful ingredients. The ingredients in these wipes however are mild and gentle and the packaging is so cute!!! For £1 you get 12 wipes which to be honest isn't a lot but I only ever need them once a month so I don't need to buy many. Plus the small package size is PERFECT for my handbag.
If your ever in body care definitely pick these up!!!





1 Sep 2014

Macadamia oil infused comb



I beleive i first saw this comb in boots and when I saw that it was oil infused i initially thought 'WTF!!!'

In my mind I imagined all the ways you could infuse a comb with oil.......

Are there little holes where the oil comes out????

Is it solidified at the tip and comes off there????

What happens when the oil runs out??? Is it refillable??? It doesnt look it????

I was very intrigued to say the least but as soon as i saw the high pricetag I was no longer interested. The comb was officially out of my thoughts for good........ 

Until my little sister stole one of my detangling combs!!!!! (it was actually the family's comb but i claimed it as mine)

I was in no rush to replace it as i had a spare in my travel bag but i like to keep my travel items separate from my home stuff so I had to get a new one eventually.

I ended up buying this comb because i was ordering a new face cream and needed a total of £15 to get free delivery. This comb was available at a much cheaper price than what i saw in boots and since i needed a comb anyway i went for it!! :) I did watch reviews online prior to purchasing so I wasn't completey wreckless!!!  

I think those with type 4 hair may not like this comb because it is thin and with tightly spaced teeth and there is a possibility of it breaking. However if you have looser curls this comb is like a gift from angels.


I'm very pleased i did purchase this because it's the best god damn comb I've ever come across in my life!!!!! I would say I love it more than my tangle teezers but for completely different reasons. If like me you have no brain and can't fathom how a comb is infused with oil then I'll explain.....

The comb itself is made by pouring liquid plastic (resin) into a mould however before pouring, the liquid resin is mixed with macadaimia oil treatment. This means that the comb is MADE OF OIL!!!!! MINDBLOWN!!!!

So clearly, as long as the comb still extist the oil treatment should, theoretically never run out, ofcourse i don't know the composition/concentration of how much oil is in there but it's enough to make my hair feel fabulous. For the past month or so i've been using a hair mask which has done nothing for my hair. The silkiness and shine that I had before was lost and my curls were becoming more difficult to manage and define. I had to resort to the twirling method for definition but i still lacked smoothness and shine. 

I thought all was lost until I used this comb which restored the sleekness and shine to my hair after just one use whilst washing/detangling. Ofcourse the comb is rather thin so I wouldn't use it until I'm done finger detangling but even then it glides through my hair with eases and gets to all the small tangles my previous comb was incacable of detangling without inflicting pain on my scalp.




I love the packaging and I love this comb!!! I've also had a look at the actual macadaimia healing oil treatment and this comb does in fact give all the benefits of the oil treatment but without the mess of applying the actual oil. It's so good it feels like cheating!!!! There must be a catch right?????.......

SILICONES 😩😭😭😭

The healing oil treatment contains dimethicone and cyclomethicone as the first two ingredients which means they are likely to be in the resin of the comb. I don't know whether it's possible to get build up from a plastic comb but it would explain the fast results :(

I knew it was too good to be true but hopefully the silicones don't transfer from the comb onto the hair otherwise I wouldn't be good news. I do cleanse regurlarly with shampoo hso it probably won't be a problem for me but if you're an avid co washer I would be weary of this comb.


26 Aug 2014

Kiss my face cleansing mask


I've struggled with blackheads ever since I was in secondary school, they weren't obvious at first but gradually I noticed these gaping pores in my nose. Only one mask has proven to be effective against my blackheads and I was hoping that this one would also give similar results but i was sadly dissapointed. I've only used it a few times but in terms if immediate results it totally obliterates spots so if you're suffering from acne you should definitely give this mask a go :).

Even my sister has used it but she only applies it to the areas covered in spots and by the next day they have reduced in size and redness dramatically!!

It will cost you a pretty penny but if you're not sharing it with any pesky little sisters it should last you a long while with 1-2 weekly uses. I should also warn you that for the first couple of times that you apply the mask it really stings!!!! But after a few uses your skin no longer feels like it's on fire. As it dries it changes to a lighter green colour and your face literally feels like it's been plastered!!! This face mask is definitely as potent as it says!! Best of all it's made from natural ingredients!!!

Hope you enjoyed reading!!! :)

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25 Aug 2014

Tips On Hair Loss


So me and a very good friend (you know who you are lol) recently had a deep discussion about hair loss, in particular Hair thinning which occurs all over the head as opposed to the patterned baldness that occurs in men. However any guys who do happen to read this will still benefit from some of the tips I have to offer.

Disclaimer,
I am not a professional dermatologist but the information that I have gathered into this blog has been sourced mostly from scientific journals, scientific news pages and a little from personal experience/curly-girl hair obsessing :)

This post has turned out to be very long so I'm going to split it up into sections with headings:

Section 1..........Why is hair so important?

Section 2..........Hair growth and Loss

Section 3..........Causes of Hair loss

Section 4..........Tips on Dealing with Hair Loss


Why is hair so important?

Most of us girlies want to grow long luscious locks and sometimes we go to through a lot of trouble to look after our hair. But why??....

At the end of the day it's just a bit of protein (keratin mostly) hanging from your scalp but in most ancient cultures, and even today, long shiny thick hair is a sign of beauty, health, and even fertility. Us humans are visual creatures, men especially, and it can't be helped because it's hard-wired into our biological blueprint to judge by appearances. When meeting/seeing someone new the first thing we subconsciously notice is usually their face and afterwards their hair but sometimes it's the other way around.

If our hair is what sets the first impressions to other people of our health, beauty and fertility then it's easy to see why to so many women (and men) that making sure their hair looks good can become a big priority.

I have inserted quite a few pictures of what looks like the Indian retelling of Rapunzel but the Brother's Grimm version of Rapunzel is actually very similar to the Persian tale of Rudaba who let down her hair to meet Her Lover Zal.

In this post I will briefly address the topic of Asian hair loss as it is quite distinct from hair loss in other races.

This reason alone has given me enough of an excuse to include pictures of a south Asian Rapunzel which I'm sure my 'freind' will appreciate :)


Hair Growth and Loss

So just to briefly explain there are only so many follicles on a human head the number of follicles is more or less determined at birth but may change during puberty after which it usually decreases as the body ages. Hair follicles go through cycles of growing hair strands and falling out (just like a girl's menstruation) however 90% of hair follicles on the scalp are in the growing phase which can last for 2-6 years.

Asian people have the thickest strands of hair. Because they are so thick there is not enough space on the scalp to have the same number of follicles as a Caucasian who would have relatively finer strands thus smaller follicles. If that's hard to understand then think of it this way......

A box (scalp) will hold 10 small cola cans (fine hair strands) but the small box will only hold 5 big 1ltr cola bottles (thick hair strands) because they are so much thicker.

Caucasians usually lose their hair a a faster rate than Asians but because Asian hair follicles are so big the gap left behind by one follicle will be bigger than that of a Caucasian, thus giving the appearance of faster hair loss. This also means that when Asian people experience hair loss any parting worn appears to widen.

But all is not lost because Asian hair as most of us know grows the fastest and has the longest growing phase (7 years or more) amongst all human races. This means that they will see faster results with any given treatment, medical or natural.

If you are Caucasian girl and you are reading this you can rest assured that your hair loss won't be that obvious to begin with but may be more difficult to improve with treatment.

Also I should explain here that hair loss in women occurs evenly all around the scalp whereas men experience what is know as male patterned baldness in which the hair is lost in particular areas, but only on the scalp. I won't go into too much detail on male patterned baldness but I may do a post on it if requested.

Something to note is that scientific studies on Asian hair loss have found that it can be hereditary along the maternal or paternal line. This means that an Asian female experiencing hair loss is very likely to have a female relative who has or will experience the same hair loss at a similar age. The same goes for Male Asians and Male relatives. These studies have also shown that because of the higher melanin content, Asian scalps are also more prone to keloid scarring which can affect hair growth. Because of this risk it's important to be gentle with the scalp and make sure it is not damaged to prevent any scarring.


Causes of Hair Loss

I'll now go through a list of possible causes of hair loss which can apply to anyone regardless of race or gender.

Weight loss of more than 15 lbs can cause hair loss however it will recover after a few months. 

The same goes for any nutrient deficiency which will cause temporary hair loss that will recover a few months after a normal diet has been restored.

Protein for example is an essential nutrient and if the body is lacking it our hair will not grow. this is because our hair is made up mostly of the protein keratin and if we aren't getting any protein our bodies cannot make keratin. Also hair growth is not a priority to the bodies survival so unless we are getting enough or surplus nutrition our hair follicles will not receive the maximum amount of nutrients possible from the our blood supply.

Which brings me onto iron. Yes, that mineral that is so important for making blood. If you don't have enough iron then you are probably anaemic and you definitely won't have enough blood supply reaching your scalp to achieve maximum hair growth. Remember ladies, menstruation and heavy periods can also cause anaemia regardless of how much iron you consume in which case there isn't much you can do other than make sure you are well nourish or ask your doctor if there is any medication to help make your periods lighter and more manageable. 

The doctor may well give you birth control to help regulate your periods (or for whatever other reason) however birth control pills can different side effects depending on the individual. Some women may experience thicker hair growth however other women may actually experience hair loss.

The same applies to men taking steroids as these can also cause hair loss.

I should also add here that during pregnancy a woman's hair will beat at its thickest and best condition in her life because of all those lovely pregnancy hormones, however as soon as those hormone levels drop after child birth the mother will experience substantial hair loss and her hair may even be thinner than what it was before the pregnancy.

What about Fats? these are very essential for hair growth and if our diet is low in them our hair grows weak, limp, dull and lifeless. However you have to be careful with fats because too much of them can actually cause hair loss. this is because a diet high fats  increases levels of the the male hormones known as androgens which are responsible for male patterned baldness, acne, and bacne (acne on the back). This usually occurs in men however women with hormonal imbalances can also experience these symptoms which I most definitely have.

Many of us know that too much vitamin A can cause birth defects in unborn babies however it can also be a cause for hair loss.

And finally, a dry/flaky or even inflamed scalp can cause hair loss.




Toni's Advice

Although our hair growth and loss is largely determined by our genetics (which cannot be altered) there are many things we can do to ensure our follicles are healthy and reach their full hair growing potential. If you are still worried about your hair loss, see a dermatologist and have them check out your scalp because you may have an underlying illness or condition that is affecting your hair growth. Regardless of whether this is the case, here is a list that should help nearly anyone with their hair loss problems. I'm not saying that these tips will definitely work or grow new follicles on your head, but they will definitely aid in slowing down the process of hair loss and protecting their that is already on your head.....

 1. Make Sure you are getting enough daily calories

2. Make sure you are eating enough Fats, Proteins & Iron

3. There are many multivitamins on the market today however none that I have seen contain sulphur which is essential to hair growth. You may come across hair growth pills that contain sulphur but such pills will not have all the vitamins and minerals required for general health. Incorporate sulphur rich foods into your diet or take a supplement

4.Cucumbers contain silica which is also difficult to find in general multivitamins. If you're not the biggest fan of cucumbers try sprinkling a little salt on them or find other silica containing foods.

5. Calcium is also another nutrient not found in many multivitamins. I recommend drinking probiotic yoghurt because they are rich in calcium and some even contain vitamin D which we need to absorb calcium in the first place however you should get enough vitamin D from natural sun exposure. Scientific studies have shown that probiotic yoghurt can potentially have many benefits with regards to shiner, thicker hair, increased fertility and a healthy immune system. After just two weeks of drinking probiotic yoghurt every day I noticed my nails were longer, stronger and most of all shinier!!!!

6. Handle your hair gently because the scalp is much more delicate than the rest of your skin. You would be surprised at just how much damage our fingers can do to our fragile hair strands and how only a small amount of tension can rip them out.

7. Use a sulphate free shampoo. Sulphates can irritate the scalp and those of you with dry flaky itchy scalps definitely don't want to be using any sulphates.

8. Tea tree/peppermint/green tea and even coffee infused hair products like shampoo can increase blood flow to the scalp to help deliver the blood's nutrients to the hair follicles

9.Exercise regularly or at least do yoga to improve your blood flow. If you really want to go the extra mile do daily scalp massages.

10. Stay away from synthetic water-insoluble ingredients such as silicones in hair products as these will clog your pores and suffocate your follicles.

11. Don't rub your  hair dry, pat it gently with a soft microfibre towel or a soft T-shirt

12. Don't wear hat's too much as your scalp needs to breathe, however it should also stay warm in order to maximise hair growth. If you must wear a hat make sure the inside is lined with silk or satin.

13. If you suffer from anaemia like I have Floradix iron tablets are uh-mazing. they don't contain all the nutrients that a multivitamin does but they more or less cured my anaemia. My skin became richer in colour and was no longer pale from the lack of blood. Also Prior to taking the tablets I had experienced hair loss which was mostly noticeable by the thinning of my eyelashes and poor nail growth. After just two weeks I noticed my eyelashes had grown longer, after a month my nails were looking longer and after a few months my energy levels stayed constant and I no longer needed naps during the day.

14.  Finally as a last resort you can try taking Biotin tablets. however I believe this is useless because the body can synthesise this by itself so a deficiency is rare and unlikely. I have to warn you though that taking Biotin pills or anything that contains moderate doses of biotin WILL GIVE YOU ACNE, so make sure you  are healthy and drinking shit tonnes of water!!!! It is also best to take biotin as part of a wide range multivitamin complex so you are getting all the nutrients you need and not just an excess of one.


Just remember that you can't try out one of these tips for a few weeks and expect to see a drastic difference. I myself have incorporated most of them into my lifestyle. If you really wan't to see a difference you should slowly try to change how you care for your hair but most importantly try your best to be healthy and active

Hope this helps and  I hope you enjoyed reading :)

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4 Aug 2014

My long list of hair products


I thought I would throw an inspirational picture in here before I begin my long list of products and recommendations. I'm not saying any of these products will make your hair grow as long Miss Sugar Cane over here but these products have helped to maintain the health and look of my own dark brown tresses.

Each  product mentioned will have a click-able link to either a shop/online store where the product is available or linked to one of my blog posts with more info on the product including where to buy it from.

This list Is Incomplete as I have a dozens of more products (mostly conditioners) to try out in the future. Of course I will update every now and then to add any new products to the list.

Note: links to blog posts may have other hair products but ignore those because only the products mentioned in this list are products I have deemed safe with regards to harmful/toxic ingredients. Not all of these products are 100% natural but any synthetic ingredients found are, to my knowledge, safe to use or as safe as you can get compared to alternative ingredients (i.e preservatives such as parabens yuk).

Shampoos
Naked Renew strengthening shampoo (this one is the most gentle)

Deep Conditioners
These are the conditioners I use exclusively as deep treatments, most of them should be okay to use on finer/looser textures if used in smaller amounts however if you do have finer/looser/thin hair avoid the Gum Hair, DermOrganics and Liquid gold conditioners as these are quite thick and heavy. 



Gum Hair Juiced conditioner (available much cheaper at home bargains) link is merely for the picture




*WARING the last two are protein rich conditioners aimed to restore lost protein to damaged hair. This is great but be careful not to condition with these too much as it will make your hair dry and stiff, if this happens stop using them and deep condition regularly until moisture balance is restored and the hair feels less stiff and more manageable. Protein will make hair strong and resilient but healthy hair should d have elasticity and flexibility which is occurs when hair is properly moisturised


Regular (thinner) Conditioners
*Note these conditioners are what I use as my co-washers, detanglers, and leave-ins as I have thick curly hair. Those of you with finer/looser textures may use these as regular rinse out conditioners if the deep conditioners are too heavy/thick. 

Pantene Pro-v:
The Pantene pro-v range in particular is my favourite because they are high quality and versatile meaning that they are also good deep conditioners however I usually keep them in this category. The are the best moisturisers compared to other regular conditioners but still have good detangling/cleansing properties.
Volume & Body - also available in ASDA (last time I checked)

Herbal Essences:
These conditioners are the best detanglers but certainly not the best moisturisers
Totally twisted  (great for curly hair as it is slightly more creamy compare to the other HE cond)

Garnier Ultimate Blends:
These are slightly more moisturising than the herbal essences conditioners but not much different

Others:
Aldi Volume Conditioner (orange one in the middle)
Argan Magic Conditioner (this I use exclusively as a co-washer/detangler, never as a leave-in)

ASDA Little Angels Detangle Spray Formerly sold as This, but packaging is still similar if you want to find it


Oils:
Home made Hair Butter* (yet to blog about)


Hair Cream:
*Note most of these creams are specifically made for afro/ curly textured hair, I would only recommend the L,oreal night serum to those with looser/finer textures.




Straight Hair/Flat Ironing:
Kertain plus cream (available in T.K Maxx)


If all of the above fails, or becomes complicated:
Naked to the rescue hair bundle (warning, the shampoo is quite stripping and the other two products are quite thick and heavy, maybe not suitable for naturally straight fine hair as it might be weighed down.)

3 Aug 2014

Lush King of skin body butter


When I saw the advertisement for Nivea's in-shower skin conditioner I thought to myself "naaah that'll never work". I thought that there is no way any type of skin conditioner could work because the hot water from the shower would surely take the moisture out that had just been 'conditioned' in......

.......until I tried this.

I bought because the description on the lush website led me to believe this little bar was an exfoliator so I was very confused to find it din't lather. I realised that when melted it had an oily buttery consistency. I just continued on anyway hoping it would do something.

By the time I got out of the shower and patted my self dry I noticed an oily residue all over my skin and finally realised the the body butter is an in-shower moisturiser for lazy people like myself who cannot be bothered to moisturise out of the comfort of a warm lovely shower.

Unfortunately I only got three uses from the bar as it doesn't last long at all. if the butter bar was less pricey I would definitely but it regularly but until then it's great as a lazy day treat


Hope you enjoyed reading

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15 Jul 2014

Bits and bobs #7 (grandma adoption theories)


I'll start with a BB cream I have been using recently.
It's the Sanctuary Skin Perfecting BB cream. I bout it for around £14 from Boots but it was part of a 3 for 2 offer which wasn't so bad.

I'll get straight to the point here with this one, I am not impressed at all with this BB cream at all. No matter how I try to apply it it goes on really blotchy which I hate and it is slightly greasy. The only real benefit it has is the SPF 15. I really don't want to waste the money I spent on it so I may mix it with another face cream but otherwise I probably won't buy it again. 



Next up is a very thick shea butter hair mask.


It's so thick there are indents left from where my fingers have scooped the products out.


It's an incredibly moisturising mask that's on par with argan oil conditioners in terms of moisture. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to do much else. I think it's supposed to have repairing properties but I haven't noticed any less breakage. 


Look familiar??

That's because I have blogged about the matching conditioner before. The scent matches the conditioner but seems slightly more synthetic. It's very cleansing and leaves my hair squeaky clean but the most special feature about this shampoo is that it's shimmery!!! That's enough of a reason for me to buy it (I told you I was a magpie). I completely forgot to take a picture of it but it looks really cool.


I've recently taken up knitting. It started purely out of sheer boredom and because its the only thing I can successfully do in terms of multitasking. Personally I hate sitting down and keeping still but knitting is one of the few things that can keep my hands busy and requires little concentration once you get the hang of it.

This is my first creation which was merely just for practice.


I know it looks shoddy and you can clearly see where I have lost my tension or missed stitches but hopefully my skills will improve.

At the rate things are going I am rapidly progressing to the lifestyle of an old cat lady at the age of 21. To be honest it wasn't for my actual cat allergies I would most definitely consider having multiple cats to fill the void of loneliness. Fortunately I have come up with a genius back up plan. I call it 'Granny Adoption' whereby families with young kids can adopt old spinsters to be there childrens' granny. I suppose this isn't much different from hiring a child minder/nanny however nannies won't spoil you with chocolate cake and ice-cream like my grandmother did :)


Hope you enjoyed reading!!!!!!

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27 Jun 2014

Bits and bobs #6 (new blow out products)


You'd think that being as though it's the summer holidays (for me at least) I would have plenty of time to blog

But no, somewhere in between working extra days, moving furniture, clothes and organising for four straight weeks, being deprived of sleep by loud noisy relatives I have barely found time for myself let alone blogging.

As I type I am actually multitasking, barely catching up with you tube videos.but without further a due, here a a few things I have used in the past month.


Lush Avobath bomb. I knowwww I've blogged about too many but this is the last one, I promise...........

.......until Autumn heheheh


I didn't even want to put this on here but I had to just to tell y'all that this particular bath bomb is very special.
I didn't think it would be  anything special because for one I couldn't rely smell the avocado scent, and two green isn't particularly my favourite colour unless it's sea/teal green. 

Add some glitter however, and you have a whole new dynamic on your hands. THIS BATH BOMB GLITTERS!! I know you can't see it in the picture but I felt like a fairy mermaid, like tinker bell under the sea.

And for those reasons alone the Avobath is officially my favourite bath bomb



Asda little angels light oil mist £1.50

This is supposed to be a body oil but I felt it was too sticky so I used it on my hair instead and it works great but I have to be veeeeery careful with how much to use, too much will make it greasy and no amount of dry shampoo will help remove the oiliness. I like this better than using a pure oils on my hair because the spray bottle makes application much easier and quicker to do. Overall this is a lightweight oil that helps reduce frizz and seal in moisture. Also, a little goes a very long way so for £1.50 it's pretty darn good.

   

I straightened my hair recently and I used a few new products to aid the blow out session. It took me a whole day to do including hot oil treatment, washing, deep conditioning, blow out, regular breaks, and trimming. After towel drying I applied the keratin plus cream (£5.99 T.K Maxx) liberally to my hair. It felt smooth and slippery like a conditioner and wasn't very sticky. Once I had finished I waited for it to sink into my hair and then blow dried in sections, spritzing any dry hair with the blow pro smoothing spray prior to blow drying. 

I bought the blow pro spray for around £5 from superdrug but only because it was half price so it would have been around £10. However I don't straighten my hair very often so I consider it as a rare treat. the spreay itself was more like a lightweight conditioner because it was slightly too thick to be sprayed out of the nozzle. A little goes a long way so it's totally good value for money considering how well the product works.

I may have applied these products a bit too liberally because I got a lot of build up on my hot air styler. I had to use a toothbrush to clean the gunk out of the teeth of my hot air comb. However there was no residue on my hair straighteners.

After blow drying my hair was very easy to straighten and required only to passes of the flat-iron instead of my usual three. In the end my hair was super shiny, sleek and soft which doesn't usually happen hen my curls are straightened out. 


Lush Ultra balm

This all purpose balm is great. Its oil based and free of water, yet still very moisturising. I remember trying it in the Lush store and a smoothed a little onto my sisters straightened hair and her curls didn't revert at all. I knew then that I wanted to try this on my hair when I eventually straightened it. It's made of jojoba oil which closely matches the body's natural sebum hence it's ability to absorb into and moisturise our hair and skin. 

The balm it'self is slightly greasy but if used sparingly it can give long lasting anti-frizz high shine effects on straightened hair. I'm talking humid British rain-shower (with an umbrella of course) and hours of dancing (inside) frizz resistance. My hair stayed more or less frizz-free and in place for a humid evening of rain and late night dancing. 

If it wasn't for the high price tag and slightly strange smell I would definitely use this regularly but it's great to use as a treat for the rare occasions that I straighten my hair.


Lastly, Asda dry shampoo, exotic tropic (but mostly smells of coconuts)

In this hot humid weather there is no way may scalp can stay oil free for long so I need a little help. I usually stay away from products containing alcohol denat so but the Asda dry shampoos are the only ones I can find that are free of silicones or other bad things. If used sparingly and brushed out properly, white can be avoided, but I also have the invisible version which I use for curly hair as I cannot brush it out in this situation.
I would love to try the batiste dry shampoo for brunettes but I rarely use dry shampoo's at all so it may be a while until I try it.

That's all for now

Hope you enjoyed reading :)

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4 Jun 2014

Citrus Bath times


As of recent I've decided that my number one ambition in life is to be a fruity bar of soap, but being as though this is somewhat impossible, I will have to settle for the act of rubbing one into my loofah whilst running through the scientific theories of human transformation. 

(The little mermaid made it look so darn easy -_-)


Bohemian Soap from, you guessed it!!.....Lush of course

If you think it looks lemony then you guessed right, it smells like Mr Kipling's Lemon slices and I swear I almost licked it when I presented this soap to my sister.

I've only ever tried one other soap bar from lush but I have a feeling that this one will be my favourite. I completely forgot that there would be actual lemon stuff inside this bar because lush products are made from natural fresh ingredients. This means that the acidic properties present in lemons will most likely be present in the soap. And I definitely felt this when my spots and shaving cuts started to sting a little. 

Although the sting is mildly unpleasant I would totally use this soap again simply for it's exfoliating properties. it's fantastic at exfoliating and smoothing the skin without much 'scrubbing effort' which probably reduces physical abrasion on the skin. It's isn't a grainy soap if that's what you're thinking, it's just that the acidic properties of the lemon naturally exfoliate and soften the skin. (or at least that's what I think is happening)


You've been Mangoed bath melt.


Turned my bath a murky green colour which wasn't all too impressive, but like the may day bath bomb the main feature of this bath melt is the scent. At first it smelled like butter icing but once it had dissolved in my bath I definitely got a whiff of mango. It also lingered on my skin a little which is nice if you're lucky enough to not need a moisturiser afterwards. By the time I've buttered, and oiled and used medicated cream the scent has completely gone but it's nice to have in the bath while it lasts.

My little lush basket is looking depressingly empty now, it just goes to show how addictive lush products are. If I ever see white powder falling out the middle of a bath bomb I will be highly suspicious lol.

Hope you enjoyed reading :)

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