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REVIEW || Phillip Kingsley Elasticizer

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

I bought the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer after watching haircare videos by Amelia Liana and getting serious hair envy. Amelia said this helped to improve her hair's condition to allow it to grow, which is exactly what I need.

The Elasticizer is a pre-shampoo treatment, which is a bit unusual for me since I'm used to hair masks and hanging around with my hair in a towel after my shower. This treatment should be applied to wet hair too, which means sticking my hair in the sink beforehand to wet the lower half. After combing the product through my hair, I put on the little shower cap that comes with it and start to kill some time. The box says 10-20 minutes but I've been leaving it for around 45 minutes or as long as I can. The longer the better, I think!

When it's time to rinse it out, my hair feels so unbelievably smooth and soft. At first, it felt a bit wrong to shampoo afterwards because I'd normally expect to wash away the results, but that just doesn't happen. After shampooing and conditioning, there's still a huge difference when I've used this treatment. This just proves that it does really work at treating your hair, and isn't just a temporary coating or oil to make it feel smooth. 

I've been using this every second wash and my hair has never felt better. I'd say I've used about half of it within the last four weeks, so the £20-£25 price tag isn't so bad when it lasts so long and works so well. I'd highly recommend this for dry, damaged or coloured hair that needs some extra moisture!

Have any of you tried this? 

What's your favourite hair product?


OUTFIT || Roses Are Purple

Monday, 26 August 2013

Strappy V-Neck Cami \\ Topshop 
Rose Print Midi \\ Topshop (sold out online but similar here)
Black Strappy Heels \\ Primark
Jewellery \\ Primark, Topshop and eBay

Hello lovelies :) My Sunday outfit post is a little late this week since I was busy embarrasing myself all day yesterday. Why did I think it was a good idea to have my first drink at 1.30pm? I should have known it would end with a cringey hangover. And if the cringe isn't bad enough, I managed to lose my purse aswell :( I'm hoping the taxi driver has it so trying not to panic. 

This was what I wore to my friends sons christening yesterday. I could have cried at how cute he looked in his little white suit!

 I got these shoes from Primark before I'd even picked my outfit purely because they were only £12! And they were the last ones left which made me want them even more. It felt like fate. But I don't think I'll fall for it again. Turns out they were far too big for me and were so uncomfy. It only took the walk from the house to the car to realise I needed a back-up pair of heels. I lasted an hour before I switched to a pair of black wedges. So overall, at £12 for one hours wear, these turned out to be quite expensive! 

Oh, and I actually managed to get a half decent smiling picture for once! 

What have you all been up to this Bank Holiday weekend?


P.S Have you had a look at my Blog Sale page?

OUTFIT || Orange August

Sunday, 18 August 2013
Orange Cami \\ New Look 
Hawaii Print Trousers \\ Accesorize (sold out but similar here)
Nude Slipper shoes \\ Primark 

These trousers have probably been my most worn item this Summer so I'm surprised they haven't been in an outfit post before. I got these at Glasgow Airport as a very last minute purchase before Portugal and I love them. They're silky, loose and the pattern means they still look like I've made a bit of an effort even on my laziest days.

I wore this rose gold Marc Jacobs watch for the last time today as I've decided to sell it. I have the same watch in gold which I wear more often as I have other gold jewellery to match it with. I feel like this one doesn't get worn enough which is a shame as it's so gorgeous.  If you're interested then I should have it on my Blog Sale page in the next few hours! 

What was your most worn item this Summer?


Mom Jeans and Mint Green

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

All I've been doing recently is shopping and planning warmer outfits for Autumn/Winter.  I have a serious list obsession which branches out to saving pictures of my favourite clothes to plan what I want to get when I finally go shopping! Yeah, I have issues .. 

 I gave in the other day and ordered my Autumn jacket. I convinced myself it would be sold out if I left it any longer. I'll be cursing any good weather we get from now on, I want to wear my new jacket! 

I love the colour mint just now and think it looks perfect with grey. These 'Mom' jeans are on my 'to-try' list. I've seen them loads recently and love them on other people, I need to go to try these to see if they'll suit me too! Have any of you tried them? I think this outfit would be perfect for the colder days when it's not technically jacket weather yet.  I'm in love with the colour of this bag and think it brightens the outfit up perfectly. The colour is perfect for Autumn! 

Have you started on your Autumn wardrobe yet?


REVIEW || Camomile Eye Make-Up Remover

Tuesday, 13 August 2013
The Body Shop Camomile Gentle Eye Make-up Remover*

When it comes to eye make-up removers, I'll usually pick up the cheapest bottle of pack of wipes. It's quite a simple job and I've never considered looking for a 'good' eye make-up remover. But recently I've been using The Body Shop Camomile Gentle Eye Make-up Remover and I really, really love this product. 

 The bottle is 250ml which looks quite big in itself, and you need the tiniest amount to remove the most stubborn eye make-up. I use a couple of drops per cotton pad and that's it. No panda eyes in the morning either. 

This is a lovely light formula that doesn't sting at all. It's moisturising for around the eyes but not oily. There's nothing worse than an oily make-up remover that leaves you blurry eyed for fifteen minutes every night. This is moisturising, gentle and also smells lovely too. 

It costs £8.00 for this size of bottle which I think is an absolute bargain for the amount of product you get. I know this will last for a long time and once it's done, it's a definite repurchase for me. 

Have any of you tried this before?
What eye make up remover do you use?


(*I've starred this product since I'm a Body Shop consultant which means I get to try out samples and products for a discounted price. It's not a freebie (I wish), but thought I'd put that out there. Obviously, all opinions are my own!)

OUTFIT || Good Luck Chuck

Sunday, 11 August 2013
Leather jacket // Topshop (last year)
Black silky top // Zara 
Khaki Maxi Skirt // Zara 
Black leather Clutch // Zara
Black Sandals // New Look 

In the last week I've went from horrendously bad luck to really good luck. I got my car locked in the car park and had to pay for to get it out (see last weeks rant) then I dropped my brand new camera into a sink full of water and broke it before I'd even paid for it. But after leaving it in a bowl of rice overnight, it works again. (I've no idea how that method works so don't ask!)
Then I found £30 in an old purse and some man bought offered to buy our old broken hoover for £20 (weird) so I'd say my luck is picking back up again. Remind me to get a lottery ticket! 

This was actually my outfit from today, we went to TGI's for dinner and it was amazing. I love love love Jack Daniels sauce. I'd smother every meal in it if I could! I've been going to the gym this week so I feel like I'm probably eating way more to compensate. Tomorrow I'm going to get serious about it and actually eat healthily - the gym is not an excuse to eat ten times more! 

Oh and can any of you recommend some good sites to buy dresses online? 
I'm desperately trying to find a dress for a Christening in two weeks time 
and I'm starting to stress a little! 


P.S I added new items to my BLOG SALE this week including a pair of gorgeous Aldo boots! Go have a look! 

'Operation Grow My Hair'

Wednesday, 7 August 2013
Do you ever decide to do something and all of a sudden you're completely obsessed with it? Well, that's what's happened to me. I've been trying to grow my hair now for about 6 months and don't feel like I'm getting anywhere.

So recently, I've researched tips online, read product reviews, watched videos and decided to make a big effort to get my hair in good condition to help it grow. I thought I'd share my plans and get some tips from you guys too! 

So here's how I plan to grow my hair. 

1. Invest in good quality products.
Recently, my hair has been quite dry and my split ends are shameful. My hair is never going to grow in this condition. So I've taken the time to find some good products and although they weren't cheap, I've already noticed a huge difference. I've started using the Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Shampoo and Conditioner along with the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer. I'm going to use this pre-shampoo treatment every second wash. I'm going to commit to heat protecting spray ALL THE TIME and always use hair oil on the ends to finish!

2. Cut my hair. 
I still struggle with the 'cut it to make it grow longer' concept. I know it's true and I get it, but I do find it slightly soul destroying cutting my hard earned hair. Until recently, I hadn't had a haircut since February and although it was a bit longer, the ends were dry. I got my hair cut last week and the difference is unbelievable. It's shiny again and it looks noticeably healthier. I've now committed to getting my hair cut every 12 weeks. It's in my diary. In Pen! 

3. 'Do I really need to straighten it?' 
If I blast my hair dry, it's like a big huge frizzy animal on my head and until recently, I would never have considered skipping straighteners. Then I discovered the hair donut and realised that straightening my hair to put it up in a bun was totally pointless. It's a little frizzier I admit, but nothing that a bit of hairspray can't sort. I've committed to avoiding heat as much as possible. If it's mid week and I'm just going to work, I'll let it air dry and put it up for the next few days. Instant heat-free hair-do.

Hair grows about half an inch a month. I really want another 3-4 inches so realistically I'm looking at about 8 months or more. But I know these points are going to help not only the length, but the condition of my hair too. 

Have you got any tips for helping grow your hair?
What do you think of these tips? 


My Week In Pictures

Monday, 5 August 2013
Body Shop Delivery \\ Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Mask 
Bahama Breeze Candle finished .. gutted! \\ Atlas Mountain Rose Perfume (new favourite!)
Lovely little shop in Tobermory
Cold and Windy Beach \\ My little nephew exploring
A walk in the country park \\ Sunset in Mull 

I've been loving reading this kind of post recently so thought I'd jump on the old bandwagon and have a go myself. I don't really do personal posts apart from the odd ramble beneath an outfit post. So let me know what you think! 

I went a bit overboard last week and ordered loads of Body Shop products. I sell Body Shop through the catalogues in my work for a bit of extra cash, except I end up spending all my commission (and more) buying the products myself! Oh well, I'm no richer but I smell quite nice..!

We spent this weekend visiting family in Mull (a wee island in Scotland). The scenery is so nice and I took lots and lots of photos on my new camera. Still trying to get the hang of it! My nephew was in his element running around the country park - cutest thing ever! 

What did you all get up to at the weekend?


OUTFIT || Happy New Haircut

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Black Slouchy Jumper // Primark £6
Necklace // Primark £2 (No joke, two pounds! Love this!)
Leggings // Topshop (from Spring, similar here)
'Bonnie' Cut Out Platforms // Boohoo here
Fringe Bag // Primark

That bag .. again? I do actually have other bags. I admit this is my favourite and I use it if I can get away with carrying just a purse and phone! I paid about £6.00 for it in February, so I'd say I've had my moneys worth! 

I had my hair done on Thursday in Glasgow. It desperately needed cut and coloured and I was so happy with it. Nothing burst my bubble quite like getting back to the car park and realising I'd lost my ticket. After half an hour of frantically searching every single inch of my purse, bag, car and underneath my car, I had to admit defeat and pay the £20.00 'lost ticket' fee. Words cannot describe how angry I was, especially since they sounded exceptionally smug taking my money. 'Oh you've lost your ticket? Cha-ching!'. It totally killed my 'new hair' buzz and I went home to sulk. On the plus side, it's shiny again! This week I've been obsessive about my hair and getting it to grow, I'm going to do a post this week about it and hopefully get some tips from everyone too! 

Make sure you check out my Blog Sale, I'm adding more soon too!


P.S Congrats to Sarah (@Sparkleeshinee) who won my giveaway this week. Thanks to everyone who entered! 

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