Friday, 27 December 2013

Christmas day OOTD

Merry Christmas!!! Hope everyone had the best time :)
I've ate so much food, been sales shopping, watching films and spending time with my family and I'm not ready to go back to normality.

On Christmas day I was so excited to wear this necklace I've had it for ages and only worn it once or twice but I love it so much!

Dress: Zara
Jumper: Primark
Necklace: Anna Dello Russo for H&M

Saturday, 21 December 2013

OOTD in the park

This week I was in the West End taking some pictures for a uni class, all my classes are finished for Christmas now so it feels good to have a bit of a break! I'm so excited to watch Christmas films and spend time with my family, I'm also a big fan of dramatic Christmas day soaps! 

Shoes: Zara
Skirt: Joy
Pink Jumper: Primark
Scarf: Zara
Fur Gillet: Topshop
Bag: Primark

Monday, 16 December 2013

No Poo Method, Review and How To!

Recently I've been trying a new hair washing routine to help with growing pretty long hair and to soothe my sore scalp. For the past year or so I've had problems with a really dry/sore scalp and tried a bunch of prescription medicated shampoo and scalp treatments with no real improvement. Medicated scalp treatments tend to be full of chemicals and the ones I used would strip the dyed black out of my hair and be SO nippy on my scalp when I applied them. I tried using coconut oil and different dry oils in-between, washed my hair more often/ less often but it would always be pretty annoying.

So I decided to give up the medicated shampoos and use other natural methods to try fix my scalp. I bought the Lush Trichomania solid shampoo bar which helped because its pretty moisturising but I was still getting dryness so I decided to try the no poo method after I was told how amazing it was.

 So no poo haircare basically is where you don't use normal shampoo or conditioner to wash your hair. Instead you use baking soda as a shampoo and apple cider vinegar as a conditioning rinse.
Most normal shampoos strip the natural oils from your hair and your scalp can then over produce oils meaning you need to wash your hair more as it will get greasy more quickly. 
Other benefits include 
- More body
- Added shine
- Its really cheap
- Improved scalp condition, because regular shampoos can have lots of irritating ingredients. 

This method is really easy to do !
1. First mix 1 or 2 spoonfuls of baking soda with water and use this as a shampoo, this is actually a little tricky because it doesn't produce any lather, nothing at all so its hard to tell if your doing it right or if your hair is actually getting clean! But as long as you've rubbed it in and rinsed good your hair will be all nice and clean! This step can be done twice if you have lots of build up or don't was your hair as regularly. 

2. For conditioner I used  this Dr Bronners conditioning rinse instead of the vinegar because my hair is really dry and this has more conditioning oils, but using cider vinegar or any other conditioning rise is fine. You dilute this with water the same as the shampoo!

After my first wash using this my hair felt SO dry I used some coconut oil after I had blow dried and it helped a lot. Apart from that my hair did feel clean and my scalp felt dry. I went a week until my next wash and my scalp was greasier than usual (this is normal while your scalp adjusts to the change), but my scalp felt better and wasn't so itchy!

I'm now at the end of my third week using this method and my scalp isn't getting so greasy any more and my scalp is a whole lot better! Also my hair looks lovely and shiny and its SO SOFT! I'm surprised by how good the results of this have been and I would definitely recommend this method especially if you suffer from a dry/sore scalp like I did, It does take some getting used to but the benefits are really worth suffering that for a week or so. 


Friday, 13 December 2013

Cat Christmas Jumper OOTD

I LOVE this cat jumper, its super cute and the glasses pretty much match my glasses. I love this faux fur gillet its super cosy and easy to wear over jumpers. I can't believe its Christmas so soon this month has flown in so quickly! 

Cardboard Christmas Tree: Ikea
Boots: New Look
Skirt: Joy
Shirt: Primark
Jumper: Joy
Scarf: Zara
Faux Fur Waistcoat: Topshop 

NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil, review and swatches.

So I feel like I've been neglecting my blog, but writing a dissertation and all other uni stuff is keeping me super busy and when I've got time off I just want to watch tv and eat ice cream, but I decided to do a review of a product I've been loving recently.

I got some pretty NYX products in their cyber monday sale and the Jumbo Lip Pencil is my new favourite lip product!
I got Plush Red and Chaos for £5 each. The NYX description of these says "What could be better, a lip liner and lipstick in one! NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil delivers precise lip lining while filling your lips with a smooth creamy, moisturising colour."

I totally agree that they are creamy and moisturising. These are highly pigmented and go on so smoothly, give full coverage, the colour lasts for hours and it stays moisturising throughout, but it can be hard to get a precise line because they are a little big. 

The only problem I had with these is that they don't twist up, they need a sharpener and are not easy to sharpen, I don't know if its because they are a hard plastic, but I've gone through 2 sharpeners on these! Maybe I'm just buying a rubbish sharpener.

So if your looking for a highly pigmented, moisturising lip pencil these are totally worth a try and they are really affordable!

Friday, 6 December 2013

Babyliss Curl Secret first impressions and review

So my mum bought the Babyliss curl secret so I had to try it out. I'm in constant pursuit of perfect curls, that last all day so was really excited to try this out!

The curler is really easy to use you just put your hair in and it does the rest! BUT for my super thick hair it got stuck lots, took absolutely ages to finish and the curls weren't anything special. I made a video about it :)


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