10 Feb 2019

Products Helping To Grow My Hair Out

Over the past year I’ve been trying to grow my hair and honestly, I’m really surprised at how much it has since! I loved my shorter hair but I would really like to grow my hair so it is a few more inches longer – I’ve not had long hair in years so it’ll be a nice change. Anyway, today’s post includes the products that I’ve been using to help my hair grow longer and most importantly, healthier.

First of all, not using heat on it has been helping a lot. I rarely use my straighteners or curlers and I never ever dry my hair using a hairdryer. This has definitely been helping keeping the lengths and ends really healthy.

A natural product I’ve been using is some good ol’ coconut oil. I’ve written a blog post on how I use coconut oil so feel free to have a read of that here. I love a natural remedy and coconut oil not only smells a-ma-zing, it nourishes the hair and makes a great mask / scalp treatment. I love slathering this on to my roots, lengths and ends and then braiding my hair so the coconut oil can work it’s magic for a few hours, overnight or even all day! It’s a great treatment for any hairtype too.

Next up is the Shea Moisture Leave-In Conditioner. This product looks like it is still brand new because you literally need the teeniest tiniest little bit but it goes a loooong way. When my hair is damp or dry, I apply a little bit of this across the lengths to keep things smooth – plus it smells amazing! Using this in between hair washes makes my hair last a lot longer than the usual 2 day mark. Also, I sometimes apply a lot more of the product as a treatment and again braid my hair so it can soak in.

Another day-to-day treatment is the OGX renewing organ oil of Morocco. I like to apply this on damp hair, especially on the ends, as it just soaks straight into my hair and keeps it healthy and nourished. Damaged ends hinders your hair from growing longer so the healthier you keep it, the better it’ll grow. This looks like a tiny bottle, but like the product I mentioned before, a little bit of this goes a long way too!

Another treatment worth mentioning is the Lee Stafford Growth Treatment. The For Hair That Doesn't Grow Past A Certain Length mask is amazing. As you can imagine, it does what it says on the tin. I use this every few weeks and massage it into my scalp so it can encourage the hair follicles to grow. An easy to use hair mask that does a great job for seeing hair growth results and it makes your hair super soft. I’ve not tried other products from the range but I’ve heard they are brilliant for hair growth too.

Do you have any tips for growing out your hair? Leave them in the comments below!

3 Feb 2019

Easy Ways To Budget On Clothing

Sometimes I really struggle to save money on things like skincare and make up - come on, you always need one more pinky-nude lipstick, right?! I’ve found that when it comes to fashion, I’ve set myself some rules when I shop around.

Since I’m more grounded when it comes to style and shopping, I thought I’d share my tips and advice so you too can save yourself a little extra and perhaps save (what you probably should be doing) or spend it elsewhere (what you shouldn’t be doing but will probably do anyway).

There’s of course the obvious points such as shopping in charity shops, during sale times and using discount codes / coupons but here are a few more…

#1 Hold a Swap Shop

So we’ve done one of these at my workplace for the past two years and after the most recent one, I came back with SO many nice clothes (some with tags on) and I didn’t have to pay a penny!

Basically you and your colleagues or friends or whoever you are doing this with, bring in your unwanted clothes, shoes and accessories (that are in good wearable condition) and depending on the brand, they are exchanged for a certain number of stamps. You can then use these stamps to ‘buy’ other people’s clothes, again priced by stamps depending on the brand.

I’ve popped a key below so you can get an idea!
  • Cheap high-street (eg. Primark) and makeup/skincare = 1 stamp
  • High-street (eg. Topshop) and high end makeup/skincare = 2 stamps
  • High end (eg. Reiss) = 3 stamps
  • Designer items = 4 stamps
It is such a brilliant idea and as they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

#2 Stop buying trend pieces

I rarely purchase trend pieces and would much rather spend my money on basics or classic pieces that will last through many seasons and years to come. Trend pieces are fun once in a while but they go out of fashion and look dated quickly. If you are worried about looking ‘on-trend’, perhaps buy something that’s a bit more timeless.

#3 Create a capsule wardrobe

Capsule wardrobes are a great way to a) stop shopping but b) be a bit more thoughtful when pairing clothing together. Capsule wardrobes encourage you to keep pieces that match with as many things as possible in your wardrobe – that way you are maximising your wear.

In turn that decreases your cost per wear, meaning you can invest more into your clothes if you like and also helps with minimising your clothing collection itself. Capsule wardrobes aren’t as limiting as they seem. I recommend trying one if you are in a bit of a rut!

#4 Make sure your new purchases match your existing wardrobe

When buying new clothing pieces, consider whether that new blouse matches more than 3 pairs of bottoms in your wardrobe. If certain pieces of clothes only match one other element, that piece of clothing isn’t going to get as much use and you’ll find that you don’t reach for it as often. Being a bit more mindful with your choices means that more pieces will match and therefore you have more outfits.

So there you go, a few hints and tips on how to save money on style. I find that being a blogger and following other fashion bloggers, there sometimes is a bit of pressure to continuously purchase new clothes and be ‘on trend’. Obviously try and ignore the urge and resist the temptation but you can still like ‘stylish’ without spending silly amounts of money.


What are your favourite ways to save some cash when it comes to fashion?
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