LUSH Hair Care: Highlighted Hair

I am really terrible about getting my hair cut and keeping up with my highlights.  I think my most recent trip to the hairdressers came after about a 7 month-long hiatus.  It is very rewarding to see your scraggly ended, 5 inch long roots hairstyle be transformed with a fresh set of high lights and 5 inches of hair chopped off.  People will notice, haha!

After my last trip to the hairdressers, I noticed my scalp was very dry and itchy, probably a combination of the change in weather and the culmination of bleach in my hair.  I tried using the Charles Worthington 1 Minute Hair Masque, but that wasn’t cutting it.  So I stopped into LUSH, I did have these 2 products in mind before stopping in.  I have tested R&B in the shop previously, I had rubbed a bit into my ends and fell in love with the scent that lingered all day.  I also knew I wanted the purple Daddy-O shampoo to help maintain my highlights.

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R&B-This is a thick yellow hair moisturizer that smells like a beach holiday, the coconut sun cream smell.  You only need a small amount of this, I take slightly larger than a pea sized amount, rub it between my fingers than smooth onto the ends of my wet hair, massaging the remainder into my scalp/roots/lengths before blow drying.  If you have thin hair, I wouldn’t suggest using this on dry hair as it will make your hair look greasy, perfectly fine before blow drying however and your hair will smell delicious all day long.

Daddy-O Shampoo-First off, this shampoo smells absolutely amazing.  My mister stole this the other day, which is a huge no no, I could tell because I kept catching whiffs of his thieving delicious smelling hair.  I use this shampoo twice a week to keep the brassiness out of my highlights.  This stuff is seriously purple, I imagine you would not want to leave this sitting in your hair long unless a purple tinge is what you are going for, I also avoid my fabric shower curtain when using this as well.

Both of these products are fantastic and do exactly what I wanted them to do.  Have you ever used LUSH hair products before?  Favorites?


Weekend Check In #1

Drinking:  Starbucks Hot Mulled Fruit Drink (Grape is better than Apple)-But not loving the red cup controversy which seems to be more of an American thing than in the UK, get a grip, people.  There’s a lot more concerning things happening in the world now to spend your energy on.

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Health:  Yoga with Adriene-Love this girl, these are the only workouts I do now, she’s just amazing.  Check her out if you haven’t yet.  I am especially enjoying the Love Yoga Flow video.

Wearing:  Fuzzy Slipper Booties from Primark, these are the cosiest things ever, perfect for the current weather!


Reading:  It’s definitely reading weather!  And there’s so many good books out as well, currently reading Stephen King’s The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Lost Girls by Angela Marsons (The Kim Stone series is excellent if you like crime), and still waiting to get my hands on Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith.  Follow me on Good Reads if you haven’t yet!

Makeup:  Rimmel Kate Lipstick in 42-This lipstick is the perfect nude for me, not having really delved into nude lipsticks, I could be happy with just this one, smells delish as well.


Playing:  Fallout Shelter App-I don’t have an X-Box One yet so to fill the Fallout 4 shaped void in my life, this app has been doing the trick for the time being.  Word of warning, it’s super addictive and a battery sucker as well!


The Problem with “Tea Detoxes”

Tea detoxes have been around for a little while now, but recently they seem to be cropping up on blogs and all over the internet.  Which is really concerning to me as these companies are basically promoting laxatives to a target market the consists of young girls/women.  I think the issue is that bloggers/people who are promoting these products don’t realise that it’s a dangerous product because it’s tea.  Bloggers love tea.  Tea is natural and healthy.  What’s the problem?

Being Natural Doesn’t Mean Safe/Healthy

Senna leaf which is an ingredient in most of these tea detoxes, is a non-prescription laxative.  What this ingredient does is irritate the stomache lining which can lead to stomach cramps and diarrhea.  Lovely!  Using for more than two weeks can cause heart problems, liver damage and abnormal bowel function.  Overuse/abuse of laxatives is also a symptom of disordered eating which is why I am starting to get irate about the fact that young girls are being peddled this crap.

What’s the Point?

Another thing about these tea detoxes that annoys me to no end, “Use in conjunction with a healthy, balanced diet”.  If you are eating a balanced diet, what’s the point of the tea?  Eating a healthy diet will allow you to lose, weight, decrease bloating, give you energy, etc.  All of the things tea detoxes claim to do.  These claims which don’t actually have to be proven as tea detoxes are a dietary supplement so the companies can basically slap whatever they like on the box.

Your Body is “Self Cleansing”

Your body is an amazing thing and doesn’t need to be “detoxed” or “cleansed”.  As long as you don’t have health issues which prevent it from doing so, your body detoxes itself.  As long as you are eating a healthy, balanced diet, your aren’t building up full of toxins, demons, etc.  And if you are eating a bunch of junk, some tea that makes you poop (and possibly worse) is not going undo the effects of an unhealthy diet.

End of rant.  Please don’t take my word on this either.  Do your own research, especially when considering taking any sort of dietary supplement, juice cleanse, detox, or any of these other fad “quick fixes”.



My Current Brush Rotation

Hello my poor neglected blog!  Sorry for the hiatus, been quite busy with life stuff at the moment and the trying to take advantage of the gorgeous summer weather we’ve been having.  Between a trip back to the states to visit family, house renovations (new windows and doors, replacing fascia, and a bathroom remodel) and starting driving lessons, I have been one busy lady!  So to get this blog rolling again, here’s my the makeup brushes that I am currently using:

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Real Techniques Duo Fibre Contour Brush-I’ve been mainly using this brush to sweep away fall out from under my eyes, but also occasionally for high lighting.

Real Techniques Buffing Brush-I opt for this brush for foundation application over my Beauty Blender when the foundation is more liquid-y.  I have been using this with L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream (watch for a review on that product soon!).

Sonia Kashuk Blush Brush-This brush is yonks old, but it is my softest and most favorite brush.  It also has held up very well over the years as it has to be at least 12 years old!  I use this for blush and bronzer application, which it is absolutely perfect!

ELF Angled Blush Brush-This is a recent acquisition and let me tell you, this picks up a lot of product!  Good for more defined contouring and sheer blushes that can do with a bit heavier application.

ELF Small Stippling Brush-Perfect for applying highlighter!

Real Techniques Powder Brush-One of the few brushes that I actually use for its intended purpose, powdering.

Real Techniques Duo Fibre Face Brush-This brush is absolutely great for cream blushes, also good for blush and bronzer for a lighter application.

ELF Eyeshadow Brush-I use this for packing on colour over the lid.

Sonia Kashuk Blending Brush-I use this for blending/ adding a mid tone.

So yes, I do need this many makeup brushes, haha!  It is a bit ridiculous when you think about how many brushes you need to do a simple face of makeup.  I don’t really notice until I have to wash them all.

How many makeup brushes do you use for one face of makeup?  What’s your favorite brush at the moment?


My First Time Epilating

I hadn’t really considered epilating as process of hair removal ever.  I typically just shave, have dabbled in home waxing with fairly disastrous results, but typically it’s the trusty razor.  After watching this Lilly Pebbles youtube video about hair removal, I became intrigued.  Some of the attractive benefits of epilating are less frequent hair removal and your hair growing back thinner and finer than with shaving.  I started researching epilators and decided to give it a go.

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First off, I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on an epilator, some of them do range up to £100+ just in case I didn’t like it.  I ended up purchasing the Philips Satinelle HP6423/02, which had good reviews and was reasonably priced at £32.50.  It comes with a shaving attachment and comb attachment, which is fine for me.  Some of the epilators you can purchase have a ton of different attachments, but I didn’t really feel that was necessary for myself.  This is a dry use epilator only and it’s corded, but I haven’t really found that to be an issue.  It has two speeds, I always use it on the high speed, but you can use the lower setting if it’s too painful at first.

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And on to my experience using the epilator on my legs:

-I shaved my legs two days before using it, you won’t get all the hair on your first go, but it will be a lot less painful.

-Exfoliate before and after epilating, I use Lush’s Buffy Bar for this and it works great.  This prevents ingrown hairs, epilated hair grows back thinner and weaker and has difficulty coming through the skin so its important to exfoliate.

-Shower or take a bath before you use your epilator to soften the hair, but make sure your legs are completely dry before epilating.

-I just did my lower legs the first time I used it, I have a pretty high pain threshold and I didn’t really find it painful.  It was just more of an odd sensation?

-Some people do get really red and spotty after epilating so bear that in mind if you are going to be having your legs on display, you might want to give it a day or two.  My legs actually looked fine afterwards so your mileage may vary.

-I waited another two days and did my legs again (lower and upper legs this time) to catch the hairs that were too short first time around and now they are pretty smooth so will probably wait 4-5 days now to do them again.

Overall, I was really happy with how the epilator worked for my legs and definitely will continue to use it.

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Now onto underarms, this didn’t go quite as smoothly as the legs did:

-The first time I used my epilator on my underarms, I was pushing it way to hard into the skin and had really sore armpits because of this.  You want the epilator to glide over the skin, you don’t need to push it down.

-I tried again about two days later after I realized what I was doing wrong and it worked a lot better.

-You need to make sure the skin is really taut so hold you arm above your head to stretch the skin tight as possible.

-I found that it did miss a few hairs so I just plucked these out with a tweezers.

-Unlike my legs, my underarms were sore and red for about a day.

Overall, I’m really happy with how epilating has been going so far and will be continuing to use my epilator.  It’s is very satisfying to see all the hairs plucked from your body, haha!  Also, no more scratchy razor stubble and it should save money in the long run as well, not having to purchase razor cartridges, shaving cream, etc.

Have you ever tried epilating before?  How do you keep your skin smooth (if you choose to do so) for summer?


Health and Fitness: What’s Working for Me

As you may remember, one of my New Year’s Resolutions (and probably almost every other person’s) was to be healthier.  And I finally feel like I have gotten into a really good exercise and health groove.  I gave up on the 30 Day Shred, sorry Jillian.  It just wasn’t fun, I didn’t look forward to it, I didn’t enjoy doing it and I think it was also a bit too hard on my joints.  It is a really high intensity program and I don’t think it is for everyone.

So what am I doing?

Zumba Fitness-On Tuesday and Thursday, I do Zumba for 20 minutes and 45 minutes on Sunday.  I bought Zumba Fitness 2 at the beginning of the year and its so much better than the first Zumba Fitness for the Xbox Kinect.  I really look forward to doing it, there’s a much better selection of songs and different Zumba instructors and backgrounds.  It also tracks how much time you have Zumba’ed, calories burned and your accuracy.  The songs will get stuck in your head and I often find myself dancing around while making dinner breaking out the Zumba moves!

Yoga-Zumba is great for cardio, but I wanted something to help tone and strengthen.  That’s when I started 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene after reading about it through Vivianna Does Makeup.  First off, I love Adriene!  Her videos are so easy to follow and she has a very go with the flow vibe, “find what feels good” is her mantra.  I do yoga on the days when I’m not doing Zumba.  Heels almost touching the floor for downward dog now!


Healthier Eating-I have made two main changes to how I eat in my bid to be healthy.  My husband and I eat pretty ok anyway, we both enjoy cooking so we make almost all our meals ourselves.  My problem is mostly at work.

I don’t eat breakfast during the work week, I just am not a breakfast person and usually subsist on coffee and tea until lunch, not good.  So I have started bringing smoothies to work so that I can drink my breakfast.  My go to smoothie is one banana, 1/2 cup of orange juice and 1 cup mixed frozen fruit.  I use my Blend Active to make smoothies, which you can read about here.

Also for lunches, we have started buying chicken breasts, marinating in a bit of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, and herbs to put in salads.  The key to enjoy salads I think is variety.  We also keep of plethora of salad “extras” to spice things up, beet root, picked onions, cucumber, seeds, hard-boiled eggs, avocados, cherry tomatoes, peppers, etc.  Pick from a few of those items, spinach, salad leaves, and a bit of dressing and you’re good to go, a nice healthy lunch.

So between the smoothie and my lunch, I at least know I’ve had two healthy meals for the day!

Healthy living has become a huge focus in the blogging world recently.  Have you tried anything to live a healthier lifestyle lately?


DKNY Dreamsicle

I’ve amassed quite a large perfume collection, especially for someone who didn’t really “get into” perfume until 2 or 3 years ago.  My first proper perfume was DKNY Be Delicious, which is still my favorite of all the DKNY releases, but I have to say that Dreamsicle almost manages to pip it to the post.

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First off, the packaging.  Gorgeous.  And the light peachy colour feels so spring like and reflects the perfume inside perfectly.  I did try all 3 new releases at Boots, Cool Swirl was my least favorite, not quite as sweet as the other two, Tutti Rooty was nice, but a bit too sickly and Dreamsicle is a light and fruity peachiness that isn’t really like anything in my collection.

The description read as:

“The refreshing treat opens onto juicy mandarin and lush raspberry, dipped in mouthwatering blackcurrant for a vibrant splash of indulgence. The alluring journey lingers as exhilarating green apple harmoniously blends with dazzling accents of peach nectar and apricot sorbet. The background envelopes cedarwood heart and blends with a rich swirl of creamy sandalwood and balmy vanilla beans to create a blissful feeling of undeniable seduction.”

Which sounds lovely and poetic, but I mostly smell the peach.

I think this will definitely become my signature scent this spring, it’s such a nice and appealing scent.  I would definitely urge you to get down to the shop and have a whiff of all 3!