- Twitter is a comedy goldmine at times, as this round up of 27 Hilarious Tweets About Movies shows
- Even though I don't drink very often, I could still totally relate to these 10 things all drunk girls think are good ideas
- The first of two posts by Jemma in this week's Saturday Share is all about feeling inadequate in blogging
- The second is a brilliant guide on using Twitter analytics
- Some people just don't get blogging, and I'm sure lots of you can relate to the 10 things bloggers always hear
- Blogging ruts suck. Here's some ways to beat blog boredom should you feel like you're stuck
- Selfies get a bad rep, but why?! I loved Ayden's post on double standards and some of the struggles we face
- An accurate depiction of how my mind works
- Sometimes I'll write a post and decide at the last minute that it's not quite right for publishing here, but in the future I'll be taking Michelle's advice on how to rework non-blog posts
- Explaining invisible illnesses/chronic pain sucks, especially when it's not a commonly discussed condition. I've saved this Buzzfeed article to maybe help me out in the future
31 Oct 2015
30 Oct 2015
Whilst it's true that I'm a big fan of Lush no matter the season, I can't deny that the Christmas & Halloween range is always my absolute favourite. Year upon year, the selection of festive treats makes it way in to my bathroom to be saved for cosy bubble baths on cold, dark nights.
Some of my all time favourite Lush products are exclusive to the Christmas range, such as Candy Mountain and Rose Jam, so I'm guilty of stashing them away to use throughout the year, but nothing beats being able to buy them freely once again. I'm no longer rationing my bottle of Rose Jam, and it's now being used constantly. I don't think I'll ever get sick of the scent!
Last week I pottered along to the Lush store in Braehead to find out more about what's on offer this year, as well as a much needed demonstration about winter skincare. The Braehead store is one of my favourites in Glasgow as the staff are always so friendly, plus it's not usually as busy as Buchanan Street and it's just much more pleasant to browse.
I don't think my mum will be too happy about the newly replenished stash of glittery bath bombs, but there's something about the sparkle that I just can't resist! I'm slowly making my way through the entirety of the range, and although I do miss last year's Northern Lights I've fallen head over heels for the new additions like Five Gold Rings and Bar Humbug. You can shop the whole Christmas range here.
What's your all time favourite Lush product?
29 Oct 2015
This month was an absolute no-brainer when it came to picking my favourites. In fact, for the majority of these items I knew that they would be making an appearance from their very first use! It's not often that happens, so I think it's safe to say that this bunch must be pretty special indeed. If you watched my latest haul video then you'll have seen most of these already, but here's a quick run down of what I've loved this month...
In a nice little coincidence one of my favourite people, Lis, gave me one of my favourite things this month. She recently took a trip over the pond and, being the kind hearted soul she is, brought me back a few treats. In all fairness, if I hadn't already finished the birthday cake gum and the cat socks weren't in the wash, they would be in here too, but I'm seriously surprised that I haven't completely emptied the Bath & Body Works Hand Sanitiser already. It smells incredible, so obviously I use it all the time. Is it weird to walk around sniffing your hands?
I feel like I've barely stopped raving about the "Fleur Loves" lashes from FleurDeForce's Eylure collaboration since I first picked them up, but I've never loved lashes in this way before. With a lightweight, three-quarter length band these lashes are ridiculously easy to apply and just as easy to forget that you're wearing. I'm by no means a false lash expert, but these bad boys are an absolute dream and have totally converted me. They're pretty natural looking, but still add volume and length. Ideal, really!
When I first bought the Real Techniques Setting Brush I had intended for it to be used to set my undereye concealer, but after noticing that the packaging mentioned it working well for highlighter I decided to give it a go. Oh my god, it did not lie. I don't think I've ever been as obsessed with highlighter as I am now! This brush gives a perfect diffusion of product, resulting in a soft and glowing finish that I just cannot get enough of. Usually, I love a matte look at this time of year, but instead I'm all about that glow.
I'm having to take a break from my religious love of gels for a while, so I've been delving back in to my somewhat ridiculous nail polish collection. The Models Own Twilight Hypergel in Deep Sea is the perfect super glossy winter twist on my love of teal, with the gel like finish that I love so dearly.
A while back, Erica touted the Kate Moss for Rimmel London lipstick in 104 as "the perfect nude" in one of her Happy Things posts, so when I spotted it in a beauty outlet for a mere pound I figured it was worth a shot. She was so right. It's the most gorgeous colour, perfect for everyday, and is yet another one from the collection that I love. I find the finish of these lipsticks to be one of the best on the highstreet, so own far too many. Honestly, if you're disillusioned with drugstore lipsticks, try one of these.
Now, I have a habit of saving the best for last. This Tu Dressing Gown hasn't been in my life for very long, but it's barely left my body since. The gorgeous dusky purple is just the most perfect shade and the super soft fleece lining has been a dream on the dull, dreary day's that Glasgow has been blessed with recently. I would wear it outside of the house if it was socially acceptable, and now that I've realised it's on sale I'm thinking about buying another just in case. Fleece lining is the way forward, take note.
What have you been loving this month?
This post contains a press sample
28 Oct 2015
Ever since his little health scare at the beginning of the month Ginger has been spoilt rotten, having his every whim attended to and the whole family at his beck and call. Having lived with this little pampered prince for most of my life, I know him pretty well, which also means I am all too aware of the things that will put him in a mood foul enough to rival that of Grumpy Cat...
- When he wants to meow the house down at 3am and everyone pretends to be asleep
- That cold, wet, slushy thing that the humans call snow.
- Not being allowed to sleep under the covers
- Being refused the last of the leftover spaghetti
- When the humans pay more attention to their computers than him
- Also, when his attempts to gain their attention by sitting on the keyboard are thwarted
- The fact that Charlotte eats most of the cheese without sharing
- Having to put up with the din from the hairdryer/vacuum cleaner/Charlotte's singing
- Being tripped over when he sleeps at the top of the stairs in the dark
- When my dad barks at him to see how his hearing is doing (to be fair, this annoys all of us)
- Being called princess
- Charlotte's desire to dress him up in sparkly bow-ties (it's FESTIVE.)
- Having to endure numerous "photoshoots" so that Charlotte can get a nice photo for #caturday
- Any form of plastic bag - and having to pay 5p for them
- Dodging flying rugby balls when my brother practises in the garden
- The humans complaining about him sleeping on their brand new black jeans and covering them in Ginger fuzz
- Being put on a diet
- Eating bits of grass for them then to come back out of his nose (true story)
- Not being allowed to go out for the 10th time in 15 minutes
- Vets who put thermometers in unspeakable places
And that's just the tip of the iceberg... He's a grumpy boy but we love him to pieces. Pets are part of the family and it can be heartbreaking when things go wrong, but having cat insurance can help to take some of the weight off your mind in the tough times. It might seem unnecessary, but when that massive vet bill comes through the door you'll be thankful! Plus, if you buy your policy through MORE TH>N they'll donate £20 to the RSPCA to help less fortunate animals. A few weeks ago I didn't think I'd have my cat for much longer, but words can't even express how grateful I am he's still here.
Does your pet have any weird habits? Ginger is also particularly fond of custard creams!
This is a collaborative post
27 Oct 2015
I really wanted to love this month's #SassyBooks choice, but annoyingly that wasn't to be.
Having thoroughly enjoyed Holly Bourne's previous book - The Manifesto on How To Be Interesting - I thought that Am I Normal Yet? would engulf me in the same kind of relatable understanding of adolescence but in all honesty it left me with a bitter taste in my mouth.
Evie is desperate not to let her mental illness define her, she craves the "normality" that her peers appear to have, but feels like her mind won't let that happen. She's trying to come off of her medication, she's seeking psychiatric help and she's even making friends and getting drunk at parties, all whilst hiding her affliction from her friends.
I am a big fan of Young Adult fiction, I can't quite put my finger on why, but it's one of my favourite genres. Am I Normal Yet? sounded like it was right up my street, but it disappointed me. At first I was glad to see a book covering sensitive topics like mental illness, as well as including a touch of feminism, but to me it felt so juvenile.
The whole book, and the character of Evie in particular, came across as very immature and far too romanticised for my liking. The plot is patchy in places, with some scenes incredibly cringe worthy and somewhat painful to read. Evie seemed self centred and unsympathetic to situations that she really should have reacted better to, and one scene in particular resulted in me disliking her as a character quite a lot. The addition of their feminist club felt shallow and forced, like it was trying to adhere to a trend instead of adding any real value to the story.
Whilst I think this book had a lot of potential, it just didn't reach it. I feel like this review is maybe a bit harsh, as I did give it 3 stars on Goodreads, but it missed the boat for me and I think that needs addressing. I admire the fact that it chose to deal with some important issues that can be so often glossed over in YA fiction, and at points I think it was brilliantly sensitive to these topics.
So, ranting aside I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else thought of Am I Normal Yet?, be sure to check out the #SassyBooks hashtag to see the other reviews.
For November, our chosen book is The Miseducation of Cameron Post:
When Cameron Post's parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they'll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.
But that relief doesn't last, and Cam is forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and leaving well enough alone, and Cam becomes an expert at both.
Then Coley Taylor moves to town. Beautiful, pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. She and Cam forge an unexpected and intense friendship, one that seems to leave room for something more to emerge. But just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, ultrareligious Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to "fix" her niece, bringing Cam face-to-face with the cost of denying her true self—even if she's not quite sure who that is.
Have you read Am I Normal Yet? Do you agree with my review, or do you think I'm being harsh?
26 Oct 2015
So it's been a while since I posted a #GlasgowBurgerthon update, what with life kind of getting in the way over the summer. I had kind of wanted to be finished the challenge before the end of the year, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen! You can read more about the challenge here, and catch up with our visits to Five Guys and Burger Meats Bun too.
Ed's Easy Diner first caught my eye when they opened in Glasgow's St Enoch Centre towards the end of last year. Promising the "true" diner experience - quick & reliable with friendly service - alongside milkshakes to die for and a jukebox on the table, it well and truly had my attention. Although to be fair, anywhere that serves milkshakes has my attention...
Speaking of milkshakes, if you like the Lotus Caramelised biscuits then you need to pay Ed's a visit and try out their milkshake version! I couldn't leave without trying it, and it did not disappoint. Their Oreo milkshakes are also just as good! They come in a massive cup that holds two servings, so could easily be split between two people.
For our main event I ordered a cheeseburger with pulled pork and caramelised onion (bottom picture) and Paddy went for his staple bacon cheeseburger. As you can probably tell from the picture, Paddy decided to supersize his patty and ended up with a bit of a monstrosity! We both chose to go for the "Ed's Plate" option which basically adds chips and onion rings.
Whilst the burgers were alright, they were nothing special. The food comes across as cheap and cheerful, leaning more towards cheap than cheerful. My bun was a little bit over-toasted for my liking which - despite all of the sauce - made the burger feel too dry. Paddy felt similarly, with neither of us being all that impressed overall.
The restaurant itself is located in the food court of a busy shopping centre, which does detract from the atmosphere a bit. Apart from that though I loved the 50s style decor and we had a lot of fun with the little jukebox on the table. All proceeds from their jukeboxes go to charity which I think is a nice touch! The staff were really friendly and everything was served pretty quickly.
Whilst it's not my favourite burger joint in Glasgow, it's also not the worst. I think it's more the kind of place you would stop to grab a bite whilst shopping as opposed to a proper evening meal - especially as it's limited by the opening times of the shopping centre.
She thought: Quality of burger 2, Variety available 3, Atmosphere & service 4, Value for money 3
He thought: Quality of burger 2.5, Variety available 2, Atmosphere & service 3, Value for money 3
Overall rating for Ed's Easy Diner: 22.5 out of a possible 40
Have you ever visited Ed's Easy Diner? If so, I'd love to hear what you thought!
24 Oct 2015
- A recent survey suggested that 24% of young people in the UK aim to be full time bloggers because "they don't have to do much work" - Amber's response pretty much sums up my reaction.
- Hayley was one of the first blogger's I met in person and now I count her amongst my closest friends, she wrote a post about meeting bloggers in person which is well worth a read.
- Feeling a bit blue? Here are 11 small ways to feel happier right now.
- I'm all about trying to be more productive, so I'm going to try out these tips for creating a productive schedule (and sticking to it).
- Continuing with the theme of productivity, here are some ways to stay productive during Autumn/Winter.
- I only entered my twenties a few months ago, but I've already discovered some of these 21 things you learn in your twenties. Brunch FTW.
- I've been feeling particularly anxious lately, for numerous reasons, but these 10 tips for tackling anxiety have been a real help.
- Want to blog about books but don't know where to start? Bee has shared 200 book blog post ideas, and here is the most recent installment.
- In a stereotypically Scottish manner, I do enjoy the occasional deep fried treat. This article took it to the next level... deep fried shortbread anyone?
22 Oct 2015
On Sunday I got to spend the day with three of my favourite people (Hayley, Morag and Lis) in Glasgow, doing a spot of shopping and lots of eating. We ended up paying a visit to my beloved Jellybear in the afternoon, but for some more substantial sustenance we decided to try out Nippon Kitchen on West George Street.
Nippon Kitchen is a Japanese restaurant, specialising in high quality ingredients and dishes that are made to order. Think Wagamamas, but considerably less "chain-y". Technical term... Handily located right next door to Wagamamas it's a great alternative, with considerably more cocktail options to hand.
With a jam packed menu we were spoilt for choice, which paired with the generous portion sizes left us with far too much food for three people. I opted for the Duck Tamago Donburi, which consisted of lightly battered duck served with egg, onion, leeks and lots of rice. Duck is one of my favourite meats, but I find it to be something that restaurants rarely get right. Luckily for me, this was one of those rare occasions! The duck was surprisingly tender, which was perfectly balanced with the crisp batter and sticky rice. Whilst the seasoning wasn't the most exciting, it was still really delicious and something I'd order again.
Hayley & I decided to share a portion of chicken gyoza, but we agreed that we'd had better. They were a bit too salty for my liking and Hayley likened it to tortellini, which was a shame because the rest of the food was brilliant. For her main Hayley had the Chicken Chilli Noodle Stir Fry, and Morag had Vegetable Chilli Noodle Stir Fry with a side of Tempura Sweet Potato Maki and Vegetable Gyoza. Much like myself, they also thought that the food was excellent.
I'll definitely be heading back to try out some more of the menu from Nippon Kitchen, there's no denying that they maintain a really high standard! I'd love to try some of their cocktails too, as their ice tea was "on point". The best way to describe their price point would be affordable, which was a surprise for the quality of food you're getting. Like I mentioned before, the portions lean on the generous side! It's one to visit if you're a fan of Japanese food and it's fair to say that there's a clear reason the restaurant is so highly recommended.
Have you ever been to Nippon Kitchen?
21 Oct 2015
Vamp Eyeshadow Palette by HD Brows - £29.00
At the start of this year I told myself I'd try new things, and to an extent I've done pretty well, but when it comes to eyeshadow I was failing miserably. Hiding behind a fail-safe nude or bronze-y/gold eye with the occasional silver, anything that could be considered somewhat colourful had me running a mile.
Whilst not the brightest palette on the market, the Vamp Eyeshadow Palette by HD Brows is certainly a step in a more colourful direction for me. I was first introduced to this palette when I had the full HD Brows treatment at Yuu Beauty Glasgow and since then I've actually been enjoying the autumnal wash of colour it provides.
I'd say this palette comes in at the higher end of the price scale, which I initially thought was worth it. Vamp contains five shades in a range of cranberry and smoky purple tones, with four satin finishes and one matte. The shadows feel buttery soft and blend together really well, however I think their pigmentation lets them down a little. This is easily overcome with the use of a good primer and they certainly pack a lot more of a punch when applied wet, so all is not lost, but I do wish they'd been brilliant from the get go.
For a palette with just five shades I think you can get a decent variety of looks from it, but for me it is more suited to an evening. This is probably because anything other than nude in the day is a scary thought for me! I'd like to get better at applying bolder eyeshadow so I can feel confident enough to rock a cranberry eye during the day, and I think this palette is a handy way to dip my toes in to the water.
You can buy the Vamp Eyeshadow Palette and more on the HD Brows website.
How do you feel about coloured shadow - is it just me who finds it ridiculously intimidating?
20 Oct 2015
Much like my make up, it would appear that all of my technology is going to conk out at the same time. With a painstakingly slow laptop, a Kindle that refuses to charge and a camera that makes some very odd noises, it's safe to say that my list of desired purchases is seriously racking up.
Let's get the cameras out of the way, shall we? I've used a Nikon D3100 for nearly 5 years now, and it shows. I love it to pieces but it now boasts the unique ability to make very strange noises - even whilst switch off - and it seems to overheat quite quickly. I'm torn between upgrading to a new DSLR or just going for a compact systems camera, with my current two choices being the Nikon D5200 or the Canon G7X. Both have their pros, but they're also both pretty pricey pieces of kit. I like the portability of the G7X, which still packs a punch despite being quite small, however I don't think I could give up on the functionality of an SLR quite yet. In an ideal world, I'd buy both, but I'm still waiting for that lottery win!
My constant state of wanderlust results in me spending many an hour watching travel videos on YouTube, so it was only a matter of time before a Go Pro ended up on my wishlist. Whilst I'm not known for my adventure holidays (yet) the appeal of such a small, durable camera isn't lost on me. I actually nearly ended up buying one in the airport during the summer and really regretted not doing so, but with no major holidays in the pipeline - apart from a secret European adventure in January - I think it can wait for a while.
Now that the dark nights are rolling in you'll more often than not find me curled up in bed reading, but over the weekend I noticed that my Kindle appears to have stopped charging. I could cope without a Kindle as I still love physical copies, but it's hard to deny the ease of carrying a whole library in one tiny device - and saving a fortune on books too! I love my current Kindle (which I reviewed here) so would probably opt for the Kindle Paperwhite again should it need replacing. I'm hoping this won't be the case though!
I've had my iPad for over a year now and still love it to pieces, but the case I ordered alongside it is looking a little worse for wear. Whilst not exclusively technology, I do love a good accessory. I can't quite decide what type of case I'd like, but this monochrome triangle pattern certainly caught my eye.
The most expensive thing on my list, by far, is an iMac. My laptop just isn't cutting it any more and it's sluggish nature makes it a struggle to get anything done. I definitely want to move to a desktop based computer next and as much as my brother tries to persuade me to go for another Windows computer I much prefer the iOS. I just wish it wasn't so pricey! Although, that could be said for nearly everything in this post...
What's on your wishlist at the moment?
17 Oct 2015
- Blogging is the only hobby I've ever stuck to for a long period of time, and I could really relate to Hannah's post on the 11 surprises she's had from the blogging industry.
- I discovered the moveit YouTube channel and have fallen in love with the individual lookbook videos - so cool!
- Over the past few years I've had to become a bit more independent and couldn't agree more with Kate's tips on how to do so.
- I don't actually mind Monday's, but as the cold weather creeps in I am experiencing the Sunday Night Blues a bit more often than usual. Claire shared a post about banishing the Sunday Night Blues which has certainly come to my rescue!
- Mimmi's post about the pros and cons of living abroad really helped open my eyes to the reality of such a brave step. I struggled enough with moving a few hours away, so really admire people who can move to completely different countries.
- I'm always looking out for ways to improve the photos I take, so I'm sure this easy guide to taking awesome pictures will come in handy!
- The support of other bloggers is always totally overwhelming, even from the tiny little things. Lauren shared a great post on ways to support your favourite bloggers which I'm going to try do more myself!
- I really need to get in to the habit of driving traffic to old posts.
- Spent a fortune on blog business cards that are gathering dust in your desk? Here's what to do with them instead.
- And finally... the truth about living with a cat.
14 Oct 2015
1. The happiest thing by miles is still having my baby cat by my side. At the start of the month he was really ill, and it didn't look good at all, so we were preparing for the worst. Luckily, he surprised us all and managed to pull through a pretty nasty infection. With him being nearly 17 years old every little illness is a big worry for us, so I'm really thankful that he's still here.
2. Now that my friends are all back at university I feel like I never see them, but I've managed to sneak in a few little mate dates that have made me smile.
3. The weather in Glasgow is miserable right now, but I kind of like it. It gives me an excuse to hide in the house with whatever catches my eye on Netflix.
4. Lush have released their Christmas range - wooooo! I'm going to be stocking up on Candy Mountain, my all time favourite bubble bar.
5. I'm spending the week in one of my favourite places, Manchester, seeing my family and doing what I do best - shopping!
6. I managed to make it through the month without going in to my overdraft at all! I try not to use my overdraft and it makes me quite nervous to be even a penny in to it, so it was a nice feeling not to see my balance in negative figures.
7. My mum booked tickets for us to visit The Cake and Bake Show at the end of the month and I am so excited!
8. My boyfriend's birthday isn't until December, but I'm ahead of myself for a change and have his present sorted already! I'm taking him away for a week in January, but it's a surprise...
9. I've been loving having a nosey at peoples' lives through their Vlogtober videos and decided to try it myself! I've only uploaded one week so far, but I really enjoyed it.
10. I'm feeling really motivated right now, which makes a change from the burn out I'd been experiencing over the summer!
What's been making you smile this week?
12 Oct 2015
No matter what the season, the weather in Scotland will never play ball for long. After a week or so of beautiful crisp mornings, blazing sunshine and an unseasonable lack of rain we have been pretty much thrust in to Winter already. It's been cold, grey, rainy, windy... you name it. This is when the word "dreich" seems so perfect. Despite the rain, I still love Autumn. There's something about the colour palette and the atmosphere that a new academic year brings around. Although I'm not going back to university this year, I'm still feeling the whole "fresh start" thing that is associated with the new term.
Last Wednesday I spent the day wandering around in the rain with Jenny and two pretty puppies, which you can see more of in my most recent vlog. It was so nice to be outside soaking up the fresh air (in soaking wet weather) whilst chasing after two cheeky pups who apparently like to photobomb each other.
I have to admit, I've been a bit down lately. With everyone heading back to university I couldn't help but feel a little bit lost, but now I'm just taking my time to appreciate this chance to rethink my outlook and where I'm heading. I'm trying to use my spare time productively at the moment, with most of it being thrown in to my blog and hunting for a new job, but I also want to finally get round to the things I've been saying I'll do for ages. I want to improve my photography skills, and maybe take a photography class, I want to bake more and cook more and just see more. I want to do more. I want to do things that scare me!
This time of year is typically when I'll head in to my hibernation, but with no impending academic deadlines and only a weekend job to commit to at the moment, I want to fill my time with adventures and experiences. I want to go to the cinema by myself, finally learn how to use Final Cut Pro and maybe, just maybe, make the perfect Christmas cake. It's the little things!
This week I'm heading down to Manchester to see my family, and at the start of November I'm trotting off on a solo adventure to Liverpool. I've never been away myself before so I'm quite nervous, but really excited. On Friday I booked a little surprise trip in January for my boyfriend's 21st birthday present. I can't tell you where we're going, because I don't want to ruin the surprise just yet, but I can't wait to see the look on his face when I tell him.
Do you have any plans for the rest of the year, or any final resolutions to tick off as 2016 creeps closer?
10 Oct 2015
- As much as I like to hoard physical things, I also like to hoard digital things like fonts. Lauren shared a few of her favourite free fonts and I've since downloaded them all!
- They say that comparison is the thief of joy, and I agree to an extent. It's important to be yourself, as reiterated in Beth's post Just Do You.
- Changing seasons is a time for changing routines, and in terms of my beauty routine I'll be referring to Stephanie's massive Autumn Edit for product recommendations.
- Having friends who are also bloggers is kind of amazing, as explained in Vix's post on why everyone needs blogger buddies.
- I've been trying to invest most of my time in blog/life admin at the moment and these tips on staying motivated when working from home have been a real help.
- In an ironic twist, LinkedIn agrees to settle a lawsuit in regards to excessive emailing and informs users via... email.
- Five years later and blogging events are still quite nervewracking for me, I'll be making the most of Dee's 5 Ways To Boost Your Confidence at Blogging Events in the future!
- Scotland has charged for plastic bags for a little short of a year now, but the 5p charge was recently introduced in England and a hilarious chaos ensued.
- Learning new things is one of my favourite things to do, and if you love easy to understand yet sometimes pointless facts like me then you might enjoy this subreddit - Explain Like I'm Five.
- This article on the return of wildlife to Chernobyl is interesting on numerous levels - not only does it discuss the impact of radiation levels following such a catastrophic event, but also how damaging human civilisation can be to the natural environment.
9 Oct 2015
After lightening my hair back in the summer, it wasn't in the best condition. My hair is naturally very dry and frizzy which I've been fighting to control ever since I can remember, but after being exposed to the harsh chemicals it was on a whole new level of uncontrollable. Because of this, I've been experimenting with a fair bit of haircare recently and luckily I've found some haircare heroes that I had to share.
In the past, I've not been the biggest fan of Lush's haircare. I didn't feel like it was their strong point, with a lot of the products I had tried not working well for my thick, dry hair. The only hair product that I would rave about from them was the I Love Juicy clarifying shampoo which works wonders when it comes to clearing build up. I like to use a lot of dry shampoo, so a good clarifying shampoo is essential to properly clean my hair.
Recently, it would appear that they've added a few new products to their haircare range and one of the highlights has to be the hot oil treatments. There are three types in the range, which all sounded like they'd suit my hair, but I picked up Damaged as it seemed like the most relevant at the time. It's a bit complicated to use, but boy is it worth it. After leaving this on my damaged ends for about half an hour it gave my hair a much needed shot of moisture without adding any excess weight. There was no greasy residue and my hair still felt clean, despite it being the kind of product that seems like it will be impossible to remove. I did have to use the entire bar to coat my hair, so that does make it a bit pricier, however it was a lovely little treat that's perfect for a pamper night.
A while ago, I was obsessed with a curl activating styling spray from Umberto Giannini, but much to my dismay it ended up being discontinued (as mourned in this post). Since then, I've struggled to find a spray that I can use to give my curls a boost for both wet and dry hair, but after trying the Instant Curls Revitalising Spray from Beauty at Creightons I think my search is over. Costing less than two pounds, this bargain spray gives my curls a new lease of life without the need for styling tools. It's been coming in so handy recently, as my hair is getting a little bit too long and struggling to hold a curl as well as it usually does thanks to the weight. It's kind to my colour and doesn't leave an awful sticky coating, so a purse pleasing winner all round for me.
As someone with typically dry hair, I always make sure I have some sort of deep conditioning treatment on hand. It took me a while to get on the coconut oil bandwagon, but since picking up this tub from Superdrug for a mere £2.29 it's safe to say I'm a convert. It can be used in so many ways, but I tend to smother my dry ends in the oil before bed, leave it to sink in overnight and wash away the residue in the morning. My hair has never been in better condition when it's been bleached, it's just incredible.
The Tresemme Thermal Recovery masque is a product that I have raved about before, but much like the Superdrug coconut oil it's too cheap to ignore. Although it typically retails around the £5 mark, it can more often than not be found on a half price or less offer in most supermarkets. If my hair is particularly dry I use this as a normal conditioner and it makes a world of difference! It conditions, repairs and rejuvenates without weighing down my hair and it's one that I will always repurchase when it's on offer. Right now it's only £2.43 in Asda, or you can get three tubs for £6! Absolute steal if you ask me.
What are the must-haves in your haircare arsenal?
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