Saturday, 26 October 2013

My Room

Just wanted to post some pictures of my super comfy bed as I was sitting in my room and thought actually, it looks pretty darn cosy! So this is my fluffy bed and teddies (which I sleep with every night xP) 

 Also a big fan of world maps. Trying to learn the whole worlds countries (not really working out whilst trying to obtain a degree tbh)

And this is where I spend most of my time, on the computer! 
As you can tell I'm very proud of my cosy room xD 

Thursday, 12 September 2013

HAIR: how to remove product build up in your hair

HERE is my hair (excuse the cringey selfie). I've loosely straightened it here, because it adds shine. My hair gets quite dry (I bleach it) so I'm forever obsessed with finding products and secrets that can restore shine and gloss. This means I use a lot of products. E.g. leave-in conditioner, heat protection serum, hair spray, shine spray, overnight rescue leave in conditioner, general serums, volume powder, etc... I love trying products! (Hence the blog).  Even shampoo and conditioner can cause build up. Unhappy face.

Product build up can create limp, dull, lifeless, heavy hair and even cause the dreaded split ends (don't get me started).

So how do we get rid of this build up? Obviously, deep cleansing shampoo. But I said before, I have really dry and treated hair and don't want to damage it anymore. Look for "clarifying" shampoo if you don't mind this method, but try not to use more than once a week. Normal shampoo does get rid of some build up but I try not to wash my hair every day for the same reason (more on this later).

Apple cider vinegar
If you've heard of "No-poo" many nature-loving beauty girls use this stuff instead of conditioner (I tried it for a while too).
How? use 1tbs apple cider vinegar (I use more as I find it more effective, so experiment with your own hair) in 1 cup of water to rinse (I do this after my conditioner instead of instead as I've found this has better results for dry hair).
+ve - gets rid of build up (not as effectively as baking soda, see below)
+ve - makes hair shiny too (closes the cuticle)
-ve- my hair does smell slightly too much on vinegar right now, maybe I used too much?

Baking soda
This stuff is the best way to get rid of build up. Although it's really alkaline so it's a bit harsher on the hair than apple cider vinegar. Use it once a week. Thing is I'd use this if my hair wasn't super dry but it strips the natural oils from your hair too (shampoo does this too, but not so much). If this isn't a problem for you, simply mix 1tbs of baking soda with your shampoo in a cup before shampooing your hair. I recommended balancing out the PH of your hair with an apple cider rinse (see above) when you choose this method. It actually really helps the dry-ness after baking soda is used.

The great thing about apple cider vinegar and baking soda compared to clarifying shampoos is that they're way more natural and don't contain the harsh chemicals found in clarifying shampoo.

Do you guys find product build-up a problem? What do you use? Have you tried anything mentioned above? Let me know! xD

I've done quite a lot of research on this and tried different methods so If I've rushed it through or you have any questions, just ask me!

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Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Just one word TAG

Where is your cell phone?

Your partner?

Your hair?

Your mother?

Your father?

Your favorite material object?

Your dream from last night?

Your favorite drink?

Your dream car?

The room in which you are right now?

Your ex?

Your fear?

What do you want to be in 10 years?

With whom did you spend last night?

What are you not?

What did you do last night?

What's the last thing you did before this?

What are you wearing?

Your favorite book?
Littlewoman (the book has 2 words?!)

The last thing you ate?

Your life?
happy :)

Your mood?

Your friends?

What are you thinking about right now?

What are you doing now?

Your summer?

What's on your TV?

The last time you laughed?

The last time you cried?


What are you listening to?

Your favorite weekend activity?

Dream job?

Your computer?

Just outside your window?


Mexican food?




On your bed?


Monday, 9 September 2013

MAC REVIEW: Hot Tahiti

I walked into selfridges and the MAC section was absolutely PACKED. So I thought, meh, I'll leave it to quiet down and check the other ranges. After over an hour I returned back to MAC, still having to shove my way to the lipstick section.

I absolutely love red lipstick. Trouble is, I think with blonde hair you have to be careful with make up. You can't have too much/go too bright on or you risk looking like a barbie doll! So instead, I was looking for a berry-red colour. I was just about to give up when the sales assistant asked me if I wanted help and I explained my predicament. She picked up HOT TAHITI for me to try.

Do not be fooled by it's dark appearance. It was exactly what I was looking for! She wiped the lipstick and gave it to me to try- I knew I had to have it!

Anyway, this is how it looked on (so you know what I mean- it doesn't look too dark. And it is still a red without being that bright red that really doesn't suit me).

Moral of the story, I'd say defo don't rule out reds if you think they don't suit you at first. You can go bold without sticking to the same colour. There are so many different shades to experiment with. If you think a pinkish red or orangey red doesn't suit you, try going with berry shades :)

I figured this is a perfect shade for Autumn (is it me, or did summer disappear overnight? :'( )

Ignore the missing back of my phone! ;)

Are you changing your lipstick colour for Autumn?

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Best Lipstick Award: MAC

Just a quick review to confirm the mac lipstick range definitely wins my support. I spent about two hours wandering around selfridges trying absolutely everything looking for a lipstick that is pigmented AND shiny. I hate dry lipsticks as they make my lips chapped, but all the shiny ones seem to be hardly pigmented at all?

can popping a pill make you more beautiful..?

Friday after work I took a trip to selfridges in Oxford Street. Little did I know I would be buying £60 pills claiming to make my skin glowing, hair shiny and nails strong. Okay so I worked out it would cost me £1.50 a day, the equivalent of half a Starbucks... justified? I did get home and gulp a little when I looked at my receipt along with several mac products...oops.

The Organic Pharmacy captured my attention as soon as I charged along towards the make up. The marketing is definitely great. In fact, as I'm typing I am hoping I haven't been ripped off by the excellent doctor-style packaging and catchy name. It didn't help that I am a sucker for organic food, and my interest in health dates way back. I was doomed.

My health-guru and organic partner in crime (my mother) oood and ahhhed at the selection. I ended up buying this "immune tonic" and also this "detox supplement" for my mum. Just 'cos I'm a great daughter, obvs.

THIS is the big one. My sixty pound 150 capsule bottle of promised radiance.

Have I made a massive mistake? Should I have just opted for Clinique's new super primer?! (check 'em out!) Or does beauty really start from within?

What do you guys think?

P.s. I am a poor student

Friday, 6 September 2013

Avon clearskin blemish clearing mask: Review

I'm soooo super duper excited about my products that came through the post today! I will review them as I try them. Anyway, so far I've tried this and unfortunately I'm not that happy :( I guess it's better to buy in shops than order online unless you know exactly what you want?

Clearskin Blemish Clearing Peel Off Mask- Avon
Price: £4.00 (on offer, bought for £2.50

As you can see by the price I paid, I wasn't really expecting much. I do like peel off masks but this didn't seem to dry to be pealed at once. It's clear which makes it difficult to see where it's going so maybe I put more on some bits of my face than others. It also didn't smell of anything. I know I shouldn't care about the smell, just the results, but I like to feel pampered! (I'm a massive lush fan). I can't tell you if it's cleared my skin up or not because I've just taken it off! But so far, I'd definitely say it's probably better to pay a bit more and get something a bit more luxurious.

What do you think? Does smell and colour matter or is it simply about results?

Much Love! x
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