28 Apr 2019

Our First Ski Holiday | Tignes, France



If you follow me on Instagram (if you don't, you definitely should!) you'd know that last weekend we had just returned from a week in France. We thought we'd do something a little different for our holiday this year and skiing was something really out of the ordinary for us. We usually like warmer places like the UAE or Singapore so a ski trip to Tignes was a new adventure!

I thought I'd share a picture diary with you all as well as provide you with details of our trip. Or if you are thinking of going on a ski trip but aren't sure if it's for you - this blog post may help you out a little.



Clothing
We travelled in April, which is towards the end of the ski season so the clothing was discounted in lot of stores - wahey! We'd never been skiing before so we had to buy all the correct clothing: ski jacket, salopettes, thermals, base layers, hats, gloves, boots - the lot! The Mr actually got given salopettes and jackets from family and I got just the salopettes so after scrounging around, the rest of our clothing was bought from Aldi (when they had ski themed special offers) and Sports Direct (especially the Nevica branded stuff). Skiing in April is also a lot warmer so we didn't have to invest that much in warm layers but do make sure to do your research before purchasing!









Accommodation
As we were travelling in a group (there was 9 of us including 2 children) we decided to rent out a chalet. We settled on this chalet as it ticked all the boxes: close to the resort, looked so cosy and included my husbands request for a hot tub! The accommodation definitely lived up to the expectation - it was brilliant. Lots of space for larger groups like ours and the kitchen was very well equipped, which was important for us as we wanted to cook dinners. I highly recommend checking this place out if you are after similar things. 


Learning to ski
So the Mr and I had never actually been skiing or tried it prior to this trip. It's probably wise to book into a session of indoor skiing before looking into a ski holiday but we weren't too bothered as we were up for the challenge and enjoyed the company.

We got ski passes and booked ski lessons for the week we were there. Group lessons are between 9am-12pm so be prepared! We had a backpack filled with the necessities... water, snack bars and lunch (of course). Anyway, after day 1 of our ski lessons we were well and truly pooped. I'm not a fit person, exercise wise, so skiing was a massive work out for my legs. The lesson itself was okay but we felt a bit out of our comfort zone as the instructors took us on a green slope (the easiest one) and we really struggled to get down.

Luckily, our family and friends who joined us on the trip did know how to ski and they actually helped us out more so than the instructor. So after day 2, we decided to ditch the lessons (which you can totally do) and practice on our own. By day three we had mastered the green slope and started to experiment with faster speeds and sharper turns - it was so exciting! 

If you are going with people who know how to ski already, I'd say ditch the lessons and ask them to help you out instead. It's much more productive and of course a little cheaper (the ski passes are the biggest cost). 


The best part
Was definitely hopping on the cable cars to see the most amazing views (and you can hop on them to come straight back down instead of skiing!) 






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21 Apr 2019

Five Favourites From IGK Hair


A few months back I won a Caroline Hirons giveaway - I'm not quite sure how but I'm extremely grateful as I got a chance to try quite a few products from IGK Hair! I'd heard great things about IGK through watching Lily Pebbles and since she seems to have a similar hair type to me (frizzy & curly) I knew I'd love the products.

More about the brand, IGK was created in 2016 and was designed to simplify hair care & styling routines and the products definitely reflect that, which you'll soon see! The branding and names really stood out to me - they are quite edgy and cheeky with their brand, which is just one of the reasons I love displaying them in my bathroom.

After trying some of the bits I got, I've accumulated some favourites and thought I'd share them in case you are intrigued by the brand and would like to try some products.


Low Key Cleansing Walnut Scalp Scrub
So this is favourite not just mine but also my husbands! He really enjoys the minty scent of this product as it is super refreshing, especially for those morning showers. It's a scrub for your scalp and I especially like to use it when there is a lot of product build up at my roots. This normally only happens when I've styled my hair and used some styling products or when I've left it really long between washes and my hair is very greasy. It's a great product to clear out the gunk and leaves your roots feeling squeaky clean.


No More Blow Air Dry Spray
This product honestly blew my mind. I like to air dry my hair and since it takes hours to dry naturally, I can only shower in the evenings. This product basically freezes your hair and makes it air dry 46% faster than usual - which is mind boggling. Because of this product, morning showers before work is possible!


Crybaby Anti-Frizz Smoothing Serum
My biggest complaints about my hair includes frizz so I obviously tried this product out first and fell in love with its effects. It's a lovely thick serum that you can apply onto your dry hair and it just calms the frizz and smooths the hair down. I have never really explored hair serums before but I'll definitely have to after giving this one a go.The name makes me giggle every time I use it too!

Smoke & Mirrors Conditioning Cleansing Oil
This product is also a solution to my frizz problem. I apply this to the lengths and ends of my hair usually when it is damp but also when my hair is dry as an overall hair treatment. I like to massage it into my roots and leave it in for as long as possible before washing out. It leaves my hair feeling soft, smooth and nourished.


Expensive Amla Oil Hi-Shine Top Coat
I've heard lots of people raving about this product so I was very grateful when I got it in my giveaway package. Similar to a top coat of a nail varnish, this sets out to give the same kind of shine. And it does, my hair looks healthy and glossy when I apply this product onto it. It's a great finishing touch to a styled or unstyled look.


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14 Apr 2019

Rituals Dao Bath & Shower Range // Review



I am a creature of habit when it comes to shower products but recently I've been inspired to explore more after trying the Ritual of Dao range from Rituals. I've always been tempted to try Rituals but the price always put me off. However, I was lucky enough to be gifted a set of Rituals products and I was so excited to finally give them a go!

The Dao range is inspired by the ancient Chinese philosophy which revolves around getting the harmony between Yin and Yang in order to fulfil a balanced life. The range aims to get you to relax, slow down and find peace and tranquility.


The products I've got are all infused with White Lotus Flower, which are considered a symbol of peace, purity and spiritual growth in the Far East. The other prominent ingredient, Yi Yi Ren, originates from China and is often used in medicine for hydration.

This range is supposed to be calming and when you smell any one of the products, you'll definitely understand why. The scent made me feel like I was in a spa, it is a really nice soft, relaxing scent that isn't too overpowering.



The first product I used was the Mindful Body Scrub. This product fills the shower with the most relaxing scent, it is amazing. The scrub is made with super small bamboo particles and combined with the hydrating coconut oil based cream, it leaves the skin feeling soft and supple.



The Calming Shower Oil is a beautiful oil which turns into a soft foam upon contact with water. Upon massaging into the skin it instantly leaves the skin feeling nourished. I feel like this product adds a new step into my shower routine. I don't have any other products like this in my collection but if there is anything else similar in the market (preferably high street!) I'd love to know.



The Balancing Foaming Gel is a really cool product. Just shake the bottle, pump a little bit out and watch it go from a liquid gel to a foam. Then apply the foam onto your skin and your skin feels squeaky clean. I have a mini version of this product to take away on our travels (follow me on Instagram to see where I'm off to!) and I'm so glad I do!



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10 Apr 2019

How Social Media Has Revolutionised Cleaning



I must admit, I'm a little nervous about writing this post because it is something I've never shared or talked about on my blog or social media channels before. However, if you know me IRL, I now have a crazy obsession with cleaning. Yes - cleaning! I've always been very interested in organisation so I don't think cleaning is far off, but I can hold my hands up and say that social media has definitely influenced my attitude towards cleaning.

My cleaning craze started pre Mrs Hinch days, probably because Marie Kondo's book inspired me to organise my life in a logical way. Coming across MrsHinchHome on Instagram made my interest into an obsession. If you don't know who Mrs Hinch is, where oh where have you been. I'd say she is one of the many reasons why cleaning is a thing nowadays. Sophie (Mrs Hinch) would share Instagram posts and stories of her cleaning her home. She'd talk about the products she uses and share hints and tips about all things cleaning!

I'm not sure why I was so hooked, but I was. And it wasn't just me! Millions of people now follow Sophie and watch her cleaning posts everyday. It wasn't just the activity of watching her cleaning her home that had me hooked, it was the conversations on Instagram, Twitter and in person (it was a great conversations starter at work). And you know what, I actually started to enjoy cleaning even more. Cleaning was no longer a chore, I started to genuinely enjoy it... which is a crazy thought!

After the craze of Mrs Hinch, which still continues as she has just released a book, I noticed several other Instagram accounts also sharing cleaning hacks, product recommendations and even doing sponsored posts. This led to conversations about how influencers are encouraging people to spend more and more on mass cleaning products.

Websites like Easho are available so people can buy products cheaply in bulk but it is now the norm, cost aside. The act of buying and storing products, back ups and having a variety of different options of the same product is very popular. I admit, even I do it! I now like having the choice of a different cleaning product every day. There have been negative comments about this on social media and in the press but I feel like the reasoning behind why I do it is the same reason why so many people have large make up collections.. because they want choice. I do feel like it is justified but I probably wouldn't have done it to the extent I am if it wasn't for the 'cleanfluencers'.

It's just so fascinating to see how social media can impact even the most mundane activities in life and turned it into a hobby. People now have dedicated Instagram accounts, spend time recording themselves cleaning their home, share cleaning product hauls and are purchasing books like Mrs Hinch's.

As you can tell, I'm kinda into this whole cleaning thing and would love to know your thoughts on it too! Is this something you'd like to see from me on my blog and Instagram? It's no secret that social media has revolutionised cleaning and has taken it from being something so mundane and tedious to an activity that is trendy and exciting!

I'd love to know how these influencers on Instagram have changed your view on cleaning - are you into it? 
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7 Apr 2019

How To Follow The Curly Girl Method



Over the past few months I've seen lots of influencers and people talking about the Curly Girl Method. I was intrigued but just assumed it was one of those internet crazes that come and go. I've been having quite a mare with my hair so I thought what have I go to lose? And gave in. After attempt no 1, it actually worked. The method worked!

Before I discovered the curly girl method most mornings consisted of me having a battle with my hair and then me deciding to shove it up into a bun or braid it. The battle of me vs hair lasted way too long and thankfully the curly girl method has provided some breaks and a solution in between the really tough times.

Anyway, if you are new to this whole thing or fancy knowing more, here is the low down on how I've been practicing the curly girl method...



What is the Curly Girl Method?

The curly girl method is basically for those people who have naturally curly hair but over years of damage from heat styling tools and hair products with sulphates in them, the natural curl pattern has decreased. To bring back the natural curl pattern, you must strip your hair from the sulphates & silicones and go back to a natural approach.

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Step-by-Step

STEP 1: Wash your hair with sulphate free shampoo and conditioner and only use sulphates every couple months to clarify your hair.



STEP 2: After showering, dry your hair with a t-shirt or a towel with a similar texture - not a normal hand towel.



STEP 3: I still like to brush my hair because my hair tends to spring back up anyway and it'd be a knotty mess if I didn't, but it is recommended to avoid brushing your hair.



STEP 4: Apply a gel or curl creme to your hair and scrunch / twirl your hair if you want to emphasise the curls.



STEP 5: Let your hair air dry.

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Tips

  • Lots of other influencers I've watched also recommend leaving your hair longer between hair washes, however I can't go more than 3 days without washing my hair! It's up to you and if it works for your hair type. 
  • Have patience. With years of damage comes years of reconciling. Some people's results may be faster than others. 
  • I actually used the old school blue gel to test out the method for the first couple of weeks and it worked really well! Once I was convinced it was working, I bought the real products (coming next)
  • Apparently co-washing works well too, but I have yet to explore that!



My Product Recommendations

Shampoo & conditioner | Shea Moisture Raw Shea & Cupuacu Frizz Defence AND Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil ranges. 

Hair brush | The Wet Brush

Curl Creme | Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curling Gel SoufflĂ©

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