18 Mar 2018

Maintaining Dry, Damaged and Dyed Hair

My hair has always been a nightmare for me. I've inherited my mum's thick, curly and dry hair (the joys!) and over the years I've tried all sorts to calm it down. Products, treatments, oils, hair tools - you name it, I've tried it!

When I was in my teens I actually decided to get my hair chemically straightened, which I very much regret now, and my hair completely lost its curls permanently, despite being a temporary treatment. Basically, I had the big curly hair do when big curly was not 'in'. Everyone had super sleek straight hair and there was me with my big bushy mane standing out like a sore thumb. After the chemical straightening my hair has never gone back to the way it was before. They say it grows out with your hair but my experience was the opposite.

I also dye my hair, which definitely doesn't help when you want to keep it looking healthy. I've had my hair bleached and dyed several times over the past few years and going forward I'd actually like to stop dyeing it. I'm just waiting until after the wedding so I can stop colouring it and return to my natural colour.

Anyway, to help maintain my hair and keep it healthy, I've not been using heat for the past couple of months and have been following a proper hair routine so I feel like my hair is in decent shape right now. I thought I'd share my hair regime and how I've been keeping up with my dry, damaged & dyed hair.

This Natural World Charcoal and Mint Shampoo and Conditioner has lasted me what feels like a lifetime. It's almost coming to its end now and I definitely need to go out and buy it again so I can try more from the range. I've actually done a review on this range which you have a read of here. In short, it is pretty much almost natural, comes in a large quantity bottle, is inexpensive and works wonders for your hair. There are different ranges to choose from depending on what needs you require. I'd definitely recommend checking them out!

For an in-shower treatment, the Pantene 3-Minute Miracle Conditioner is great. It's quick and easy to pop in and plus three minutes isn't an extremely long time to wait. I use this at least once a week - depending on how much TLC my hair needs - and it does a great job. The mask leaves my hair soft and shiny, which is just what I need!

For other treatments and hair maintenance products, I have a couple of favourites...

For an overnight mask and something more intensely moisturising, the Percy and Reed Wonder Overnight Recovery is great. I like using this as a hair mask when I'm having a lazy Sunday. I pop it on in the morning and wash it off in the evening. When using overnight, I lay a towel down on my pillows so it doesn't transfer anywhere.

To protect my hair before using heat, the Tresemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Spray does a good job. For protecting my hair after applying heat or when I get out of the shower, Moroccan Oil is my go-to. I can't say enough good things about this oil - it's so great!


What are your go-to hair products for your hair type? 

11 Mar 2018

How To Create A Skincare Routine For Your Skin Type

I've always wanted to really get into skincare and learn more about the different skincare related products out there but never knew where to start. There's so many things on the shelves these days - it's very easy to get overwhelmed, especially if you aren't sure what your looking for.

I've been on a journey to delve deeper into skincare over the past couple of months and I think I finally have a decent understanding - enough to share with you all! By no means am I an expert, just someone who is interested in skincare and has finally (fingers crossed!) found a routine that works! I even helped my mum with a skincare routine that she can actually keep up with and I'm pretty proud of that.

Without further ado, here is how you can create a skincare routine catered towards your own skin type!

A skincare routine could be as simple as a three-step system or a whole 10 product routine - it's entirely up to you. The less products isn't necessarily good and a lot of products isn't always bad - it's entirely dependent on your skin. Also, the more expensive a product is, it doesn't always mean that it'll work and cheaper products honestly aren't so bad!

I've tried and tested a few different types of skincare routines in the past but never stuck to anything for more than a month or so. I recently reviewed the Clinique 3-Step System, which taught me a lot about my skin type. I always thought I had combination skin but I have since realised it is most definitely dry. Therefore, the products in the kit that I'd bought were not suitable for my skin and basically did nothing for me!

I've also shared my evening skincare routine - which has changed a lot since... I will definitely have to share an updated one if my current regime works. I'm waiting to hit the three month mark so I've truly tried it out and given it a fair chance. But so far so good - watch this space!

When it comes to creating a skincare routine I'd recommend picking and choosing the elements from the below types of products:
  1. Face Wash
  2. Make Up Remover
  3. Cleanser
  4. Exfoliator
  5. Mask
  6. Toner
  7. Serum
  8. Oils
  9. Day or night cream
  10. Eye cream

10 products may seem overwhelming but you don't have to use 10 products everyday, morning and night. They number of products can change depending on whether it is your AM or PM regime.

I thought I'd go through what a morning & evening routine could look like using majority of these products.

  • Face wash
  • Cleanser
  • Toner
  • Serum
  • Day cream
  • Eye cream

  • Make up remover
  • Cleanser
  • Exfoliator
  • Toner
  • Oils
  • Night cream
  • Eye cream

Once a week you can add in the odd face mask too! 

There are so many good bloggers out there that share their skincare tips and advice.

Caroline Hirons is one of my favourites. She is the skincare guru of the internet! Definitely recommend having a wander around her blog to be educated on all things skincare. She has so much expertise in the area and is an expert so I can guarantee you'll find same great stuff on her blog.

I thought I'd link some of my favourite bloggers below so you can read their skincare posts:

I recently met with my make up artist who is doing my make up on my wedding and she actually used to work in the beauty industry with a lot of skincare brands. She advised that I most definitely a dry skin type and recommended a bunch of products, brands and skincare lines that would help my skin (as I recently had a huge situation with it). I also did a lot of research to figure out what would be best for my skin and I'm pleased that some of the products I found through researching, actually work!

I thought I'd share some of the things that work for those with a skin type like mine. However do bear in mind that just because they work for me, it doesn't mean they work for you! I recommend getting samples and trying where possible.

What necessities are in your skincare routine? I'd love to know!

4 Mar 2018

The Everyday Lip Edit

I'm not going to lie, I've been going make up free quite often for the past couple of weeks. My skin has been acting up a little (oh the joys!) so I decided to take a natural approach instead of popping a bunch of different skincare and make up products on top. When there has been the odd occasion when I've actually worn make up, I have been going for a minimal and natural look.

So I thought I'd share some of my everyday lip products that I've been reaching for when trying to achieve this natural look.

LAQA & CO // Cloud Lips

For something a bit 'bold' but still comfortable to wear on a day-to-day basis, the Laqa & Co Cloud Lips in the shade daydream is perfect. A satin, creamy & non-drying formula, it is ideal for a soft natural look. I got this in December's Glossybox and having never heard of the brand, I was pleasantly surprised by this product!

NYX COSMETICS // Butter Gloss

I haven't worn lipgloss since I was probably about 15 and boy, have I been missing out. The NYX butter glosses aren't super sticky or tacky, like the ones I used to wear back in the day, but are creamy and don't make your lips feel gross. I thought I'd try this product mostly because I heard great things and now I completely get it! I bought this is a pink shade called tiramisu and it is fab for everyday wear.

FIRST AID BEAUTY // Ultra Repair Lip Therapy

When my lips are dry and I'm not slathering Vaseline all over them, this product is a great option for something to hydrate yet add a tinge off colour. It is red toned, but don't be scared off as it is very subtle and has a lovely rosy finish when on the lips. I bought this when I went to New York back in January 2017 and it is still going strong! 10/10 recommend.

SOAP AND GLORY // Sexy Mother Pucker Lipstick

I recently got this product for free because I'd accumulated enough Boots points - woo! I thought I'd try it out because the colour looked like it would be a really nice nude for my skin tone. And it is a pretty great match. It's in the shade cinnamon and I really like the soft, satin and non-drying formula and how it doesn't feel heavy at all. I also like the packaging, I always appreciate a bit of rose gold!

What are your favourite lip products that you reach for on a day-to-day basis?
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