Showing posts with label hair care. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hair care. Show all posts

Monday, January 6, 2014

The Best of 2013 BBLOG Edition!





Hi all! I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and a great start to the New Year. 2013 was a complicated year for me (and I’m sure for many of you as well!) and I can’t lie I’m glad to see the back of it if I’m honest.

 A little catch up as to why my blog has been so empty as of late, not so much excuses more legit reasons as to why I felt too burnt out by life to actually get excited about writing for myself again. I hope that 2014 changes that, starting now! 

(Mini Mexican Wave!)

The year started off promising with a great internship that really helped me grow and develop my skills and it led to meeting some fab people and great opportunities. One of which was a ‘real’ job in a new somewhat unfamiliar industry, that seemed like a good idea at the time! Interspersed between the good there is also some of the bad, most notably, Cancer. 

Yeah, that horrific little blighter that seems to cast a shadow on too many families lately. I had a double whammy as both my grandfather and father were diagnosed around the same time (the same week actually, a week after I started the new job, awesome timing life…), and so, 2013 was a year of battles in more ways than one.  A lot of juggling was done, and a lot of lessons were learned both personally and professionally. 2013 taught me that I need to start trusting my gut more, when it comes to people I meet, be it friends or relationships, jobs, opportunities, and doing what’s right for me and not being so overly worried about what people are going to think of me.  

 Because I realised, people are going to judge you and talk about you no matter what you do, no matter what choice you make or let be made for you, and I think it’s about time we stop giving a damn!

To quote the fine wine (or is that full of wine?) that is Johnny Depp -  

“Just keep moving forward and don't give a shit about what anybody thinks. Do what you have to do, for you.”

So on that note!

 Let’s move forward with 2014, cuddle in from the battering wind and storms outside and revel in the  
Best of…2013 #bblog edition!
 
 First up with skincare, like most women I chop and change my routine depending on my skin needs or, being honest, if something new and shiny just takes my fancy and I have to try it. But this year I think I’m managed to keep things to a bare minimum starting with two of my favourite moisturisers starting with the cult fave - Clarins -Beauty Flash Balm. 



Most people know of this if they haven’t tried it for themselves yet but if you haven’t I suggest you do as I think it’s fantastic for keeping dull winter skin bright and toned and it’s amazing just before makeup it really aids to its longevity and keeps your skin fantastically refreshed in the process! Win, Win!

In the same category is the high street find from Oilatum. Their Natural Face Cream is amazingly soft and easy on dry, dull skin and really helps eliminate any tightness that can be caused when you are prone to drier skin in the colder months. This I use all year around really, and mostly every day as it’s super light in texture too and lasts all day.


As far as facial cleansers go I have two: Burt’s Bees SoapBark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream – really, really soft and gentle on the skin and removes the majority of any makeup or residue before you can go back in with a makeup cleanser to take off the rest. Purse friendly too as it’s in and around £10 I think. 


The second is a cleanser that I have been somewhat obsessed by for some time now. 

Pai Camellia & Rose Hydrating Cleansing Cream. This is a really great brand in my opinion and if you haven’t checked out their range you should get on that because it’s fab! This amazing cleansing cream is just love. It’s camellia and rose qualities are super gentle on the skin and is just bursting with all the things sensitive skin loves like  Omega 3 with Vitamins A, B & E as well. This purchase came with a exfoliating muslin cloth that allows you to gently remove the cleanser and everything it sweeps off your face in a skin friendly way that won’t cause too much harsh irritation.  If you don’t fancy the feel of the muslin in this instance any warm face cloth does the trick just fine, but I have to say I will be going back to the PAI brand in the future if this is any example of how great their line really is. This is definitely on the repurchase list for sure! 


Ps. Side note but I’ve been singing the praises of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil forever and a day now, and it’s really my go-to for hair and skin SOS. For hair, especially hair that’s fine genetically and may be subjected to bleaching or dying and a lot of heated tools it works really well in restoring some of the life and moisturiser back into the follicles. You can get it from any good health food shop and it would be worth adding to the pamper routine if you’re looking for something new and skin friendly also! 



Makeup faves I think I covered on here in these posts but feel free to go back and have a nosy! Featuring Bourjois, Origins, and Benefit can be found on the blog already!

For hair there have been two things I couldn’t live without this year and one is the trusted GHD range of hair straighteners. My last pair the originals lasted me SIX years, now if that isn’t an epic investment I don’t know what is. They gave out for the final time earlier this year and I just knew I wouldn’t last long without them so I treated myself to a pair of the Limited Edition Coloured GHD straightens. And they’re Piiink! A metallic hot purple-pink and it came with a GHD flat brush too, if you follow my instagram you'll have seen me fangirl over these when I got them recently. Needless to say I love them; they’re fantastic for straightening and curling so it’s an all in one with a million percent less hassle and less hair tools too. Love, love, love, and did I mention they’re pink!? :D 


The next one was an impulse buy for me but it’s been a surprisingly great find all the same. The Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, it’s a tiny miracle for fine haired girls like moi. Just spraying some of this into damp hair after a wash, blow drying and then adding some curl, it really helps I think. It adds ‘something’ without adding weight, which is key for me as I find some leave in products just sit in the hair and weigh me down, and with fine hair that’s really the last thing anyone needs! Bounce and texture with very little work. Definitely will be buying again!!


I narrowed it waaay down for obvious reasons, but I hope that you’re still with me either here, on Twitter or on Tumblr and if you’d like to follow me on my Instragram feel free to join the nonsense there too! What have your favourites been in 2013? Anything already making the list in 2014?!

xox

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Mini Primark Haul

+Primark @Penny's, Primani, whatever you want to call it it's safe to say that I have a sliiight addiction to popping into Primark/Penny's (NI it's Primark, in the 'south' it's Pennys, just an fyi!) Since I haven't been able to feed my addiction for at least a month, I was surprised I didn't as quick-buy crazy as I could have the other day which is both surprising and nice. We'll view it as having more self control where shopping for bargains is concerned, and that's never a bad thing, right?

Anyway, the mini haul today consists of : My first snood of the season! Yet another statement necklace (I know, I know, I can't give them up, sorry!) a new Hask tube of hair goodness - this time in Keratin, and two winey/purple coloured tops and a 'Snug' vintage looking decorative pillow. *Bonus Mulberry sneaking into the shot from Instagram!





 I think mustard will be the shade of the season this year, if not for everyone else, maybe just for me. Ever since I saw that mustard coat on Lizzie Olsen (see my star style crush up above for deets) I've been obsessed with finding accessories in that shade and the nood ticked that box so it was too good to pass up.
And having it retail at E6 it was just calling to me.

Next up is the newest addition to my necklace collection, and for work or jazzing up a plain outfit these types of costume jewellery is beyond handy. They're cheap, they're cheerful and they last a fairly decent amount of time for the price (this one retailed for E5) it has three colours throughout - rose gold, yellow gold and black with beaded detail and a folding down option for space saving when stored. I love these types of necklaces for work because it allows you a bit of personality in what needs to be a neat and professionally styled outfit.

The new Hask Keratin protein oil isn't something I've tried before (thought I am a huge fan of their other hair oils) so this was a no brainer purchase for me. Have to say, I've only used it once since I've got it but already (as you can hopefully see from the snood pic) my curls look a lot more bouncy and healthy than they were looking before I applied the oil. I'm a fan of anything that says it will save your hair, smooth it out and all without weighing it down. As I have such fine hair, it's always a struggle to find oils that do that but don't leave it looking limp and greasy when I know it's not. This could be a staple, so we shall see!

The two tops I bought were just 'basics' really, nothing to write home (or in a blog about? ;) ) but, necessary all the same. I love purple, it's even the accent colour of my otherwise white and cream bedroom, and I've been adding it slowly but surely to my wardrobe for A/W2013.

Bonus purple in the form of the +Primark online home wears department, with the little Snug pillow. No real science behind the purchase really, it was cute and sweet and I like cute sweet things so why not? Right?

Until next time!

Laura
EIC
xox


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Hair Post!

It seems that we're all trying to grow out our hair lately, even if we're brave enough to go for the crop we sort of regret it ten minutes later and then spend months, or years(!!) wishing and waiting for our locks to come back. If like me, you've dyed your hair or even bleached it for years (ahem, guilty!) then it's probably a little bit sad, damaged and thirsty. I've been trying just about everything to improve my hair since I caved and went back to brunette last year. Oils, serums, vitamins, 'miracle' products, you name it, I've given it a go. I think I'm on a good curve with my hair at the moment though, having come to terms with my genetically fine hair (sadly not much I can do for it on that front, thanks mum's side of the family!) but I have managed to get her to grow, and the life seems to be back and with that comes natural shine and bounce.

In the past nine months I'd say I've managed a good five - six inches of healthy growth hair wise which isn't amazing but considering for years my hair didn't grow past my chin, I'd say it's fine. The average person's hair grows a quarter an inch a month, but with damage and heat styling most of us have breakage etc so it doesn't grow as long as it should time wise.  My hair has gone from just at chin level, to ...boob level since I've been brunette, not bad going in my book!

Healthy hair tips! 


Drink lots of water- I know, I know, it's what everyone says for everything, but hey, they're not wrong. We're made up of a lot of water, us humans, and we need to replenish to keep us all lovely and hydrated. Our skin, hair and nails are made of the same stuff, and it's important to keep it watered. View your body like a lovely rose garden, to keep them roses pretty you have to look after them right?
(I'm bad with metaphors, sorry!)


Take prenatal vitamins - Even if you're not 'prenatal' give them a go. Most do contain your RDA of biotin, iron and folic acid which is fab for healthy hair growth. 

If not prenatal try the types designed for your hair, nails and skin - I've been taking Perfectil but honestly the cheaper brands from the likes of #Boots are just as good and contain the exact same ingredients only in a different packaging.  Nuts and eggs should also be a part of your diet for their benefits/vitamins.

Indulge in a scalp massage - It's meant to increase the blood flow to your roots, and it's relaxing as anything. They even sell those little self-scalp-massage-y things now (great technical term there, right?) Anyway, these things that kinda look like spiders  - 

If that's not your thing, if you have access to a great spa or beauty salon, make sure to pay them a visit and ask for a deep scalp massage next time you get your hair done. You won't regret it.

Use hair oils - Whether it's Argan, Moroccan, Coconut, Olive... whatever you fancy, use it. What I do is, because of my fine hair, I use a few pea size amounts on the ends of my hair after I wash it. Leave it to dry naturally for as long as I can before blow drying it. The difference with and without are like night and day, I love it. It leaves my hair silky and smooth but doesn't weigh it down at all. Don't fear the oil! 

Another wee tip from me would be, try and keep the heat to a minimum and if you need to straighten or curl every day invest in a decent heat protect spray! 

Hope this keeps your hair happy! 

Until next time! 

LC
xo
Ps. Don't forget the #Giveaway I have going at the moment! It's a fab dress!