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Monday, 4 July 2016

Master The Art Of Caring For Your Hair With These Tips*

The trick to having great hair is to care for it properly. Healthy, well-managed hair will style better and look great. Read my eight tips below, to get beautiful well-cared for hair.

Don't wash it too much

We all love to have clean hair, but it is possible to wash your hair too much. Washing your hair every day, unless it is very greasy or very short, isn't the best idea. It's easy to strip it of the natural oils and leave it dull and lifeless. If your hair is shoulder length or longer, wash it every second day to preserve some of the natural oil.

Use a good quality conditioner

There are so many expensive hair care products of there. But I remember a hairdresser giving me this brilliant piece of advice. He said, "Don't worry about the shampoo you use but spend your money on really good quality conditioner". This will make your hair look shiny and make it so much easier to style.

Use remy hair extensions

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If you need some extra length quick, make sure to use human hair extensions, not the fake ones. Not only will they look more natural and blend in with your own hair, but they will also be lighter too. This puts less stress on the root of your natural hair and causes less damage.  

Get it cut regularly

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Getting your hair cut regularly is hair care 101, but you'd be surprised how many people get out of the habit. Even if you're growing your hair, you will need the ends trimmed. Remember the ends of your hair are the oldest and the most vulnerable to heat damage, so as soon as those split ends appear, get them chopped!

Use a tangle brush

Another great discovery I've made is to use a tangle brush. These are so great for brushing your hair out once you've washed it. It removed tangles without pulling or breaking the hair. They are also great for kids,  to save them from the pain of teasing out tangles traditionally.

Don't back comb all time

Now, I know that volume is important, but try to not back comb your hair all the time. Backcombing encourages breaking on otherwise healthy hair and can make your hair look dry. If you simply must have volume, every day try a volumizing product like dry shampoo or powder instead like these ones here.

Don't bleach and perm

The cardinal sin of hair care is to bleach and perm at the same time. You're just asking for it to come out in clumps. If you have to, go for one or the other, but please do not combine them. Maybe you could try embracing your natural style instead?

Use a hair mask

Lastly, if you are in between cuts and you can see that your hair is becoming dry, why not use a hair mask. These are nourishing moisturisers that are designed to be left on the hair for 5 - 30 minutes. They replenish the moisture and oil and get your hair back to its shiny, manageable self.




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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Five Effective Ways To Keep Your Favorite Outfit In Tip Top Condition

We all have the one outfit that we totally love, this is mine, and we would be gutted if we couldn't wear it anymore. Stop this happening by taking good care of it and it will last from year to year, making sure you always have a go-to look that will make you feel fabulous.


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If we are wearing something, then we are going to need to clean it. It's simple advice but makes sure you wash your outfit according to the manufacturer's instructions. If it says to wash at 40 degrees with similar colours, do not bung your favorite white top in with all your black trousers of a 60-degree wash. You end up with a dirty looking grey! If you must wash all your clothes together, use a colour catching sheet, which will at least minimise the chance of the shades bleeding into each other.


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Saturday, 25 June 2016

6 Ingredients You Need For The Perfect Home Party*

Hosting an event or party in your own home can actually be quite scary. That’s not because it won’t be fun, or exciting - it’s just that you don’t want to let down your guests!

So, simple solution - don’t let them down! If you’re getting ready to throw the ultimate home-based bash, here’s everything you’ll need to make it memorable.

A diverse music selection

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Sunday, 19 June 2016

Sunday Summary #18


I know a lot of these pictures are food but to be honest, I haven't been up to an awful lot but been focusing on my healthy eating. Which did work, I lost another 2 and a half pounds this week. I've been working as per, living a fairly normal existence this week nothing important.

I've spent most of the weekend watching Orange is the new black. I love this show, its crazy Piper is a real person and it's based on her experiences. I've been watching a lot of netflix lately and been slacking on the exercise. I'm not sure why, I've been feeling a bit stressed and I know I eat emotionally. I haven't searched for much help with that, but I know I need too.

It's hard to explain it to others, the same as anxiety and I feel that they bounce off each other. I need to draw a line under it and start again.

Sorry this post is a bit whiney. On the up side I dyed my hair, painted my nails and had a pamper night. I feel so much better after that, it's nice to make time for yourself.

I'd love to know how you've been doing and what you've been up. Let me know in the comments below!

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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

A Few Happy Things

Life is all about balance, we can try to be the happy go lucky person we all want to be, but sometimes you just feel like s**t. It's not something that can be helped, although most humans want to believe it, there are some things beyond our control. Loss of a loved one, illness, even just those 'meh' days we all have from time to time.

With this in mind, I accept my bad days and just leave them to one side, I know I need to focus on stressing less and being more mindful. There are a few things that can help, well help me anyway. I thought I'd share them and hopefully they can help you too! Ignore the bad and focus on those good days and make them better.

1// Yoga & Meditation

It's a common one, however a lot of people still don't really understand it and just fob it off. Even after one session of meditation breathing and yoga stretches, I feel a million times better. I even handle stress better and don't let it get to me. I aim to end up practicing this every other day, if not every day. I've always used Tara Stiles on YouTube who created Strala Yoga, her videos are easy to follow and the beginner ones are a great way to start.

2// Writing Lists

This isn't for everyone but it really helps me. I love writing lists and could do it all day. If I feel a bit off or stressed. I write a list of everything I want in life, from silly things to the serious grown up things. They range from Having a baby and buying a house to picking up the new benefit mascara and finally cleaning out my wardrobe. It gives me focus while I'm writing it all down and keeps my goals in the back of my head. Then I know I can continue to work towards having things to make me happy.
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Sunday, 12 June 2016

Five Documentaries To Watch On Netflix

Horror film, chick flick I love them all. I am also a big lover of documentaries. I love learning and hearing about things I never knew before. Fascinating or even upsetting sometimes but it can open up your eyes to a whole world you never even knew about. Here are a few that are worth the watch.

01// Cowspiracy

This is a definite must see. All the things that you didn't know about animal agriculture are covered in this documentary. It shows how much resources of water, food and energy are used to produce meat for our consumption. I do eat meat, it's not something I lie about or am happy doing but I always have. I do think this will give me something to think about and certainly think it's worth a watch. From hunting other animals to destroying rainforests these are just some of the things are used to make that big mac you want.
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Saturday, 11 June 2016

5 Amazing Ways To Have Fun While Exercising

As I've touched on previously here, finding an exercise that is fun, is a great way to get fit. Enjoying yourself while you exercise is a fantastic way to keep up your motivation and stop yourself getting into a rut. Check out my suggestions for some fun ways to shift those pounds.

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