28 Oct 2018

Three Hair Treatments To Try

My last post was all about my current favourite face masks for my weekly pamper routine so I thought I'd share my current favourite hair treatments too.

My hair is rather unruly, frizzy and honestly just has a mind of its own so a once-a-week treatment is the least I can do for it! I'm also trying to grow my hair out so keeping it in tip top condition is a must. If you have a similar hair type or just fancy a good hair mask / leave-in conditioner / hair growth treatment recommendation, I'd definitely recommend giving one of these a whirl.

I'm sure you've seen this one all over Instagram, but there is a good reason why. The Coco and Eve Super Nourishing Masque not only smells a-ma-zing (thanks to the coconut and fig ingredients) but does a fantastic job of smoothening and hydrating the hair.

I use this in a few different ways:
- Wash my hair as usual with shampoo and apply this as a conditioner, leaving the masque on for about 10-15 minutes, and wash out.
- Apply on slightly damp hair and keep on for 30+ minutes as a deep conditioning mask before washing out in the shower.
- Pop the product on dry hair and sleep on it overnight - the results are amazing this way!

This masque is on the pricey side but if you are after a luxurious hair mask that leaves the hair feeling soft, smooth and less frizzy, this is the one for you!

The brand state that the masque is for all hair types - they recommend using the product 2-3 a week for dry hair and 1-2 for oily hair (I prefer to use it a bit sparingly as it is expensive). It is also free of sulphates, is cruelty-free and vegan, so a huge bonus!

If your hair is prone to frizz or is extremely dry or damaged, I really recommend the Shea Moisture Strengthen and Restore Leave-In Conditioner (available to purchase at Boots or Superdrug). They are a natural haircare brand that is also free of nasties like parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, DEA, petroleum, formaldehyde and propylene. I also use the Shea Moisture shampoo and conditioner (from various ranges - review will be coming soon!) and have zero complaints. They are truly amazing.

I apply this product on damp hair and use a small amount. I make sure to massage it into the hair and not use too much as it is a rather heavy product. I'd recommend this for those who have thick, curly, frizzy or unruly hair.

As I am trying to grow my hair, I've read that the Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment is one of the best products on the high street market. It sets out to encourage hair growth but also provides extreme deep conditioning, strengthens the hair, moisturises the scalp and improves volume.

I use this every now and then and keep it on for as long as possible before rinsing out. I left this on overnight once and my hair was so smooth and soft after washing out the next day.

It is a simple, easy to use mask, which does a great job at moisturising and encourages hair growth. My hair has definitely grown a lot as this product is one of the few that keeps my hair in great shape.

What are your favourite hair treatments? I'd love to know! 

24 Oct 2018

Korean Beauty: Korika Masks

Today's blog post is all about masks! Once a week, I do try and have a pamper session, even if it is a mini one. There's just something about popping on a face mask & having some me-time that just balances out the week and makes me feel great.

Korika (available to purchase on Notino*) is a Korean beauty brand which uses Asian technology combined with active ingredients to create amazing masks for your face, hands & nails, feet & lips. I've always wanted to try K-beauty but never had the opportunity to! Korean beauty is spoken of very highly in the beauty industry too so I was very excited when I finally had the chance to try Korika.

There are three different ranges: StarBeauty (premium & luxurious), NaturBeauty (has natural extracts) and SciBeauty (masks for the face but also hands, feet and lips). Each mask focusses on a different skin type too, so whatever your skin requires, there is a mask for it!

I have mainly dry, dehydrated and sensitive skin so my favourites from the NaturBeauty range are the nourishing and calming sheet masks. They feel very nice and soothing on the skin and does exactly what it says!

Also, as you know from reading my more recent blog posts, I've been very interested in making the change towards using more natural skincare products. Since the NaturBeauty range contains natural extracts, I can definitely feel the effects it has on the skin after using.

Recently, there have been loads of beauty products which contain 24k gold. At first, I thought it was a gimmick but after reading up on the benefits of gold, I learnt it has several positive effects such as slowing down depletion of collagen in the skin, brightening the skin's complexion and overall, keeping the skin more youthful. I used the StarBeauty Brightening Face Mask with 24 Gold and it did exactly that.

The SciBeauty masks also sound brilliant! I have one that focusses on detoxifying and the other is a stress-shield one. I would definitely use these during a tough week!

The Korika masks are amazing, have something for everyone and ranging from £4 - £9, it is very inexpensive! You can browse and purchase the collection here

* I was very kindly sent these products to try by Notino but as always, all opinions are my own :)

21 Oct 2018

My Handbag Essentials

Remember when blogger's used to do 'what's in my bag' videos? This blog post is basically that but without all the receipts, loose change, sweets & whatever else gets thrown into my bag! I often switch my bags out and found that I always carry a few essentials whether it be in my work bag, weekend bag or evening out bag (like that ever happens). I thought I'd share my handbag essentials in case you were as nosey as I am...

First things first, I always have a tub of Vaseline. I'm a big Vaseline fan but a) it's cheap, b) it is easy to carry around and c) it actually works! My husband hates this habit but I honestly can't live without my previous Vaseline tub.

Next up, a cream. I'm currently carrying around the Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser because I got a mini tube and it was made for my handbag. Also, it is a great moisturiser for your face. I have been going out make up free 90% of the time and always apply cream when I can (as my skin is v dry) so this cream does a fab job as it is a part of my skincare routine sometimes anyway.

Hand cream is also another must-have, especially as the weather is getting colder and skin is getting more chapped. The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Hand Cream is what is hanging around currently. I can't say much about it apart from the fact it is hydrating and smells amazing!

Hand sanitiser is a definite staple in my handbag - again this time of the year calls for colds and flus and all sorts going around so clean hands is important! This one by Rituals was kindly gifted to me and I feel so luxurious every time I use it!

I always carry around a Travalo with a fragrance in it because you never know when you'll need that extra spritz! Rather than buying rollerballs or mini versions of fragrances or even lugging around a big perfume bottle, it is easy to decant your fragrance of choice into a travel atomiser.

I also notice that even though I carry around my trusty Vaseline, I always have a lipstick or lip colour in my bag. I have had the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lip Therapy in the red shade in my handbag for quite some time. As I have been going make up free, a little hint of colour on my lips looks quite nice once in a while.

In case you were wondering, my beautiful burgundy handbag and purse is by Marc Jacobs and was featured in my last blog post if you fancy purchasing it!

And those are my handbag essentials. What are your must-haves? 

14 Oct 2018

My Weekend Style | Autumn Edition

PSA: It is officially autumn! Okay.. I know I'm late to the party but better late than never. Anyway, as the past few weeks have been getting colder, heatings been turned on and my summer wardrobe switched over - I am finally settled with the new season. I really like the autumn time, the weather is just perfect and it is probably one of the prettiest seasons.

I thought I'd share one of my go-to autumnal weekend looks - whether it is for shopping, brunching or a day trip! I find this outfit to be practical, seasonal and trend-led too.

So one of the first things I pulled out for the colder season was my trench coat. It isn't a super thick or warming coat yet isn't so lightweight that it just flies around in the wind. I also appreciate how a trench coat is a classic staple and capsule item in my autumn and winter wardrobe so it's one of those pieces that goes with many things, if not everything!

Trench coats don't just come in a typical beige colour nowadays. There are plenty of colour variations now so you can definitely find one that suits you, your style and your personality. I've even styled a trench coat for the summer (a British summer, that is) so there's a trench for every season.

Next up, these jeans. I recently popped into Primark after ages and surprisingly did not go super crazy but I did get my heart set on these jeans. In a light blue denim and mom jean style, they are super comfortable and wearable. I usually associate light coloured denim with the spring and summer months but bringing it into my autumn wardrobe has surprisingly been easy as it breaks up the darker and neutral tones.

I also like to wear these jeans with a top tucked in (like this outfit) or even with a shirt or a jumper untucked for a more Rachel from Friends vibe. I find that the fit is surprisingly good for a Primark pair of jeans, due to the 'new sizing' I had to pick up a size 4 - usually I am a 6-8.

This thin black knitted jumper is one of my favourites for the colder months. I like the frill details on the top as it gives, what would otherwise be a plain black jumper, a bit of an umph. The jumper is an old piece from Mango but there are plenty of frilly jumpers on the highstreet nowadays.

My heeled ankle boots have been in my wardrobe for yonks now and I always reach for them, whatever the season. Black boots are a staple piece, a capsule item and must-have in any wardrobe, in my opinion.

This beautiful burgundy maroon bag is by Marc Jacobs and it was a honeymoon treat from my husband. I fell in love with the colour of this bag because although it is not black, it seems to go with a lot of my clothes. I also think it is the epitome of this season and matches so well with the autumn colour palette. The style is what drew me to it too, I like how it is a saddle bag style and not too big or too small.



Jumper (similar)
Jeans (similar)
Boots (similar

7 Oct 2018

An Introduction To Space NK

A few weeks back I was invited to the latest Space NK store opening in Market Harborough, Leicester. Not only was I excited (to say the least) to even be invited by such a huge company, I was also very much looking forward to finally get the chance to try the brands and products in store! I feel like Leicester is filled with so many amazing beauty stores but deprived of some brands - which Space NK have now filled the void for.

I was lucky enough to get a tour around the store, be introduced to brands I've never seen or heard of before and meet the team who kindly gifted me with some of Space NK's best products. I also (obviously) had to purchase a few bits that I could not leave the store without so I thought I'd give a little rundown of the products & brands and introduce to you what I was introduced to by Space NK.

The products I was introduced to and purchased are skincare based but they also stock a bunch of beauty brands such as Hourglass & Nars and had an impressive candle and home fragrance collection (which was beautiful!). Anyway, onto the skincare products...

I was looking for something to soothe my dry irritable skin and my current collection of masks don't fully cater for moisturising. One of the Space NK team recommended the Ren Evercalm Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask which can be applied in a thick layer and washed off or you can use it as an overnight mask instead. So far I really like it and my skin feels very hydrated in the morning.

For body moisturisation the Oribe Côte d'Azur Restorative Body Crème* is divine. This not only smells good but feels so luxurious on the skin! I feel like this is a true pamper evening product.

I have always seen the Herbivore brand in peoples collections from Instagram - probably because their products are so pretty - but I was introduced to the Moon Fruit Superfruit Night Cream and fell in love with how it made my skin feel. It is so hydrating and is definitely a rich moisturiser, best for night time but can also be used in the day.

I remember a few months back the beauty bloggers I watched and read went crazy for IGK. It is a haircare brand that is killing the game when it comes to all things hair. I was kindly gifted the Direct Flight Dry Shampoo* and purchased the Thirsty Girl Leave-In Conditioner because it is meant to be the bomb for controlling frizz!

I was kindly gifted a lot of cleansers and I am glad because I've really been struggling to find the right cleanser in drugstores. The first is the Darphin Cleansing Foam Gel* which seems like a good everyday cleanser. I've heard rave reviews about the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel* so I'm excited to give this a go and I really have high hopes. Finally the Omorovicza Moor Cream Cleanser* seems to be a bit of a scrub / cleanser hybrid but would be good for those heavier make up days.

I've never tried anything by Caudalie but I finally get to. The Vinosource Quenching Serum* is, again, for ultimate hydration for skin like mine and I'm excited to test this out and see how it works within my skincare routine.

So those are just a small handful of the brands that are available in Market Harborough's Space NK. If you are in the area or based in Leicestershire, it is located at 28a High Street, Market Harborough, Leicestershire.

My first experience in beauty wonderland - Space NK - was amazing. I took my mum along and she had a blast too and we are now planning another trip to empty our bank accounts with my sister too!

Have you been to Space NK? What are your favourite buys? 

*Gifted by Space NK
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