Thursday, 31 October 2013

Monthly Favourites '13 | October


It was this time last year that I did my last 'monthly' favourites. What a joke eh lol. I should probably change it to annual favourites. But nevertheless, this large gap has allowed to me create a serious list of products and things alike that I have really been loving. If you're interested in reading my October favourites from 2012 then you can click here.

First we have... 
Burt's Bees Cuticle Cream
Lately I’ve been really taking care of my nails as they've been growing in really well and I wanted to maintain this growth. I’m a really big fan of Burt's Bees as they use natural ingredients, no harsh chemicals and still produce products that work! When I saw their cuticle cream I instantly took an interest. It has a heavy lemon scent which is not at all overpowering, but provides a fresh scent. It kinda reminds me of Mr Kiplings Lemon slices lol. I just apply it to my cuticles and my nails as a pre- treatment, if you like, before I paint my nails. It also comes in handy if my nails are looking a bit on the dry side.

Shea Butter

This is a fairly new addition to my stash which has now become a definite staple. I started off using this on my hair as a sealant which my hair loved! (I'll provide more details in a post soon for anyone who is interested). I went on to do further research and came across a variety of benefits it can have for the skin. I have religiously been using shea butter on my face at night before I go to bed and my face has cleared up greatly. My skin tone has evened out and acne scars are beginning to fade. I know that in the beauty community there's a debate about whether shea butter is good for use on your face or not, but to be honest I've had no problems. It's definitely not something I could use in the morning as its quite thick, and that mixed with my oily t-zone would not be a pretty sight! But nevertheless, it works fine as my 'night cream' and doesnt transfer onto my pillow. Get in!
Apple Cider Vinegar

I was actually recommended this by one of you guys. I’ve wanted to try this as a clarifying treatment since the start of my hair journey. Lately I've had many battles with that ORS Creamy Aloe shampoo, which was my previous clarifying shampoo. It had burnt my eyes on too many occassions and so I needed a change. And let me tell you, the burn was intense! Don't you just hate when you get shampoo in your eye! Anyway, I’ve been using ACV to fight all the product build up that comes with having braids. I’ll probably do a full review on this at some point, but I love the stuff! My hair and scalp feels squeaky clean after every use. And although this is a clarifying treatment, my hair doesn’t feel as stripped as it did with the Creamy Aloe shampoo. 
Podcast: The Read
It takes me over an hour to get to work everyday, and now that I know all the words to almost every song in the charts I've switched from listening the radio to listening to Podcasts instead. One of my favourite people to watch on YouTube, Kid Fury, has a podcast show, and I wont even begin to explain the premise of the show but rather I'll let you guys listen for yourselves (it's free on i-tunes or you can listen on SoundCloud here). Him and his partner in crime, Crissle, have me rolling each session! People in their cars must think I'm really weird as I  literally laugh out loud, and I should mention I usually listen alone lol. But aside from the jokes I just love listening to their opinions, especially in their listener letters segment.

Mac Paramount
As I mentioned in my previous post I have a bit of an unhealthy obsession with mac lipsticks. So to avoid sharing too many in this post I've chosen my favourite for this month. The shade is called Paramount. It's showing quite red in the picture (and not to mention terribly out of focus oops) but it's more of a browny- red. Love it! I also love that it's not really that popular. I tend to Google swatches before I buy them, if i buy online, and there were hardly any (to compare against my skin tone) so I decided to buy it on a whim and I'm very glad I did.

Hair Therapy Wrap 
I couldn't do my favourites post without including my Hair Therapy Wrap. You can check out my post here for my full review on it. I have really been liking the results of my deep conditioning since using this wrap. My hair has felt a lot softer and more importantly (to me) I have gotten good results in less time. Using this wrap has decreased my hair washing time significantly. I'm sure you'll be seeing this in future favourites posts!


So those are my favourites!
What have been some of your favourite things in the month of October?
Take Care.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Tea Rinse



Heyy guys!
So around the beginning of August I tried the infamous tea rinse 'treatment'. This is something I've wanted to try out since the beginning of my hair journey and I've only just got round to trying it now... 2 years later lol. And I've only just got around to blogging about it... 2 months later - what a fail I am lol.

Benefits of a tea rinse:
Prevents shedding 
Can darken the hair and add shine 
The Caffeine in tea helps stimulate hair growth when used once a month

What I did
I'm not a lover of the hot beverage but the rest of my family drink it like there's no tomorrow. I used PG tips tea bags, as that's what we had in the house, but any brand will suffice. Before getting in the shower to wash my hair I boiled water and added 3 tea bags. I let it cool for the duration of my shower session. When I had finished washing my hair I transferred the tea rinse mix to my spray bottle. I sprayed the mix onto my hair and put on a plastic cap whilst I finished the rest of my shower session. I then put my deep conditioner on top of the tea, and put on a plastic cap for a further 30 minutes. I then went on to rinse it all out.

Results
Ok, so word of advice... Make sure you wear old clothes and use old towels because tea stains! My bath tub and spray bottle were definitely affected too and it took a good scrub to get the stains out. As I said previously, I don't like tea and my hair did smell of it heavily on application but once you rinse the smell disappears. In terms of shedding, it was still present. It didn't stop miraculously, but I didn't expect that anyway. I think this is something you need to be consistent with in order to get the results. I did notice however that my hair felt a lot softer and had a lot more luster than usual, which is definitely a plus.I plan on doing this once a month, providing my hair is not in braids.

So have any of you tried/ thinking of trying a tea rinse?
Feel free to share your thoughts.
Take Care.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Tag: 20 Random Facts About Me!

Heyy guys!
It's been a while since I've done a tag, hasn't it? I was recently tagged by Yolanda to do the 20 Random Facts About Me. I really enjoy doing tags, and hopefully you can learn a little bit more about me

1. I love to laugh. I find the humour in almost anything. And I love being around people who have a good sense of humour too
2. I'm really scared of dogs, and for some reason my friends find this so amusing. This is the one thing I'll never find the humourous
3. I graduated from uni last year. I didn't particularly like my uni experience but I definitely learnt a lot about being independent, 'friendships', relationships and I got my degree which was what was most important!
4. I love travelling and experiencing different cultures
5. I'm a bit of a html geek. I love creating html codes for my blog
6. I passed my driving test second time around
7.  I'm totally going to contradict fact no 4 but I can definitely be a home body. I love spending time at home, especially now its getting colder. I kinda prefer staying at home/ chilling at a friends house over going out clubbing etc
8. My blog is almost two years old (can you believe it? I can't) and I still haven't told some of my friends about it
9. I found out recently that I have to wear glasses :( Previously I was the only one in my family that didn't have to, but i guess constantly using my laptop and watching videos in the dark didn't help my eyes. oops lol.
10. I love music from the 70s/80s. I think this developed from my mum always listening to heart 106.2 back in the day.
11. I'm really bad with social media. I despise facebook, I tweet like once every 2 months and don't get me started on Instagram lol I'm terrible at it.
12. I'm a tad bit obsessed with Mac lipsticks. I'm a sucker for a pretty shade.
13. When you first meet me I tend to be quite quiet and reserved but once I get to know you I usually come out of my shell a bit more.
14. If there's a scene in a movie/ tv programme where someone is drowning/ struggling in water I literally cannot watch it as I get anxiety. Funny thing is I can actually swim myself but seeing the struggle makes me feel really uneasy. I mentioned in a previous tag that I've never seen titanic; I still haven't. I think it's best that I don't ha.
15. I love writing lists. I feel a bit lost if I don't have a to-do list
16. From about the age of 14 I've been very self conscious of my forehead. But as I'm getting older I'm slowly getting over it. Back in the day I would have never worn my hair how it is above lol.
17. I really like the Nottingham accent! I'd trade it any day for my boring London one
18.I cannot watch Crimewatch anymore as I get too emotional (and scared lol)
19. In a PE lesson in year 3 (around 7/8 years old) whilst running a lap of the playground, I tripped over myself (lol) and cut and grazed my leg so badly. There was blood everywhere, and I still have the scar 14 years later
20. Its a weird age to look forward to, but I can't wait to be 23

Hope you enjoyed this very random tag! 
I'm going to tag:
and you!
Feel free to share a random fact about yourself!
Take care.

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