Smell My Hair!

No, I'm not some weirdo ... don't try and tell me you haven't asked your significant other to sniff your hair once you've washed it!

We all want our hair to smell fantastic and products that smell good enough to eat are definitely more appealing and makes hair wash day less of a bore chore and more of a pleasurable experience ;)

Faith in Nature chocolate shampoo & conditioner - £5.49 each Holland and Barrett

A luxurious chocolate shampoo & conditioner so good for your hair, it is completely guilt free – unlike real chocolate.

It’s organic, vegan, PH balanced, free of nasty parabens and artificial ingredients.

The rich formula is great for darker shades of hair and really brings out its natural shine. Chocolate also contains antioxidant flavonoids, to protect against free radicals that can accelerate ageing, and serotonin and phenylethylamine, both associated with contented happiness.

Bumble & Bumble Crème De Coco Masque – £24 Boots

Let your mind fly away to a tropical island (but not your hair) with this indulgent coconut masque with a trio of exotic butters which bestows intensive moisture, softness, silkiness, gloss and prevents those pesky flyaways.

It’s Ideal for dry or dull hair, but good for all types (except super-fine.)

(They also do a matching shampoo and conditioner.)

Philosophy Cinnamon Buns Shampoo -  £14.50 Debenhams


Never would you have had a shower and thought ‘oh I really fancy some cinnamon buns now’ … but this shampoo/bubble bath/shower gel is a real game changer. You will be addicted, you will not stop sniffing the bottle or your hair and you will most likely have a sudden craving for cinnamon buns.

 Philosophy also do many other deliciously scented products which sound yummy just from their title … these include: Vanilla birthday cake (which will definitely make it feel like your birthday every day) and for all you cocktail lovers out there they do margarita and melon daiquiri, mmm.  

Urban Fudge Iced Raspberry & Vanilla Styling Mousse, Fudge Urban Crisp Pear & Sweet Vanilla Dry Shampoo + Fudge Urban Iced Raspberry & Vanilla Hairspray –  £5.99 Boots

Hairsprays and hair mousses are pretty hard to find with a unique scent, I mean most hairsprays just smell like alcohol or your granny who uses way to much hairspray’s boudoir. 

So obviously when I came across these products in Boots I was pretty excited! They all smell and sound so delicious, I have yet to review them myself but I heard that the dry shampoo is pretty impressive.



Look for the hair necessities (the simple hair necessities)

Excuse the Jungle Book pun... basically this is what my hair tells my brain to buy if I am out shopping. If my hair was a living breathing entity this is what it would need to survive, the equivalent to our food and water.. And if I didn't listen to it whispering in my ear each time I went toiletry shopping it would surely leave and I would be left bald.

Sometimes you will notice if you have very long hair that it almost doesn't feel like a part of you as it stretches out across your pillow lying down, so the thought of it having a mind of it's own often springs up on my wacky imagination days!

Basically here are my hair must-haves that will always be crowded around my dressing table.

1) A decent shampoo and conditioner.

'There is more to life than hair but it is a good place to start' 

Aussie is definitely my favourite hair care brand; so far I have used the Miracle Moist range and the volume range. The good thing about this range is that it does what it says on the bottle, if you want moist, you will get moist and if you want volume you will get full throttle va-va-voom volume. They aren't the cheapest hair products on the shelf but they are definitely worth the price; or you can wait till they're on offer (they're now 3 for £10 in Boots.)

For me a great conditioner is more important to me than a great shampoo (and a cheap conditioner isn't so good at getting tangles out of hair unless you use half the bottle.) With Aussie conditioner you only need about a 50p size blob and it will cover the majority of your hair. After massaging into my strands I then use my Tangle Teezer (see 5) to get rid of any knots without tearing out enough hair to make a small wig. Ouch.

2) Bobby pins AKA kirby grips AKA hairgrips or pins. AKA the little metal pins that guys always complain about standing on around the house.

According to Uber Facts on Twitter, women lose 1.73 billion bobby pins a year. Seriously though, where do they all go? I bought a pack of about 30 last year and now I am down to just 3, I think there must be bobby pin gnomes that go around house-to-house pinching them.

3) Boots Unperfumed Maximum Hold Hairspray - just £1.99 or 2 for £3

Compared to Loreal's overpriced Elnett, it is a thousand times better. I have tried both and the Boots stuff beats it hands down. I've even had people come to me and tell me that the runway shows in London actually use the Boots stuff rather than Loreal. I have tried the Elnett on one occasion and it is very very perfumed and you can smell the sickly scent wafting over you from time-to-time throughout the day, plus it just randomly disappeared into thin air leaving me with no hold - despite it being extra strength. 

What I’m trying to say is don't waste your money on Elnett and get this stuff, it is brilliant, it doesn't stink and more importantly when I apply it to my hair at 5:30am it will last me all day until I go to bed and brush it out at 10pm.

4) Herbal Essences Volumising Dry Shampoo - £2.99 Boots

You're getting ready in the morning and you're just about to do your hair then BAM! Greasy roots. You have no time to wash it and you can't leave it looking like a chip pan, so what do you do? Dry shampoo.. This stuff works. I have used Batiste and I have used a James Brown branded one which cost me around £8 but this Herbal Essences one is the best for me. When you do apply this one it does make your roots a little wet so you have to keep massaging it in until it dries, but when it does there is absolutely no traces of grease! It has saved my butt on many mornings.

5) Tangle Teezer - £10.99 Boots

If you don't have one of these then you should definitely invest in one. It is great for detangling any type of hair, even Afro-Caribbean hair - however, my friend with Afro hair says she does have to replace hers ever so often. It reduces breakage, split ends and doesn't pull on your hair. I'm not sure why it works so well but I’m guessing it's down to the special design of the bristles, or magic. I only just discovered the effectiveness of Tangle Teezers recently but I’m glad I did.

6) A great heat protection spray, Lee Stafford Poker Straight Heat Protection Spray - £5.99 Boots

I very rarely heat style my hair these days, I would rather use my non-heat styling techniques for either curly or wavy hair - which I will show you guys how to do! Watch this space. But if you want straight hair when you don't already naturally do then I would definitely use Lee Stafford's Poker Straight spray. It is one of the few heat styling sprays that you can use on wet or dry hair, so it is good to use when you're in a bit of a hurry.

I did used to straighten my hair when it was shorter and more flicky and I always used this stuff - it kept my hair straight all day and it smells amazing, It has a distinctive signature scent which could be pulled off as a not too pungent perfume. It contains green tea extracts which contain anti-oxidants to fight free radicals formed from heat styling and UV as well as keeping your hair anti-static.








My beauty must-haves

Winter has well and truly arrived and well... it is going to be here a while unfortunately. So while you're waiting for the glorious sun to come out and give you that lovely sun-kissed glow and the central heating to stop shrivelling your skin, make sure you have a good skin care regime and the right make-up to brighten up a sad face.

I've always had bad skin from when I was a teenager ... and I thought that once I hit 20 that they would just disappear like magic. WRONG! I still have breakouts for no reason (other than pesky hormones) and envy people with flawless skin. I'm pretty sure i'm not the only one; i've even spoken to 40-year-olds who still get spots.

I have tried many different face washes but they seem to just give me more spots (ARGHH!). However, recently I have perfected my skin care regime and found the right products for me. My skin is now so much better - I may always have the 2 or 3 spots but it is a vast improvement and I can't remember the last time i've been confident to not wear any makeup on most days.

Before I apply any make-up I make sure my face is cleansed, toned and moisturised, this will make applying foundation easier and prevents a dry, cakey look. Even if you aren't going to apply any make-up to then it is always good to have a good cleanse to get rid of any dead skin or excess oils depending on your skin type, this will make your skin look fresh and bright. One of the most common mistakes is not moisturising, even if you have oily skin then you should still moisturise :) you just need to find the right one for your skin type.

I will share below my beauty treasures! :)

1) + 2) Garnier Pure Active Cream Wash & Garnier Pure Active Anti-Blemish Moisturiser - Available at Boots.

Amazing face wash for anyone prone to blemishes. The magic ingredients are aloe vera and zinc, both have healing and anti-bacterial properties.

3) No7 Beautiful Skin Quick Thinking Wipes - £7 Boots (Or about 40p when you get a £5.00 off No7 voucher plus Boots discount if you know anyone!)

I know that £7 seems a little steep for some face wipes, but everyone was raving on about them to I gave in. The best time to get them is when No7 are giving away vouchers ... which most of they time they do anyway. They are best for any skin type, even those with sensitive skin, with pro-vitamin B5 to moisturise and soften, plus extracts of witch hazel and fennel to clear pores and leave your skin feeling smooth and fresh. I like to use them at anytime of the day, especially if i'm too tired or I don't have time to properly wash my face. 

4) No7 Beautiful Skin Purifying Exfoliator - £8.50 Boots  

I love to use this exfoliator once a week while i'm in the bath or shower, it leaves my skin looking glowy and feeling soft. Don't be deceived by the small tube, it lasts a very long time.

5) Bodyshop Skin Clearing Toner £5

I never used to use toner until now and I can't recommend it enough - i'm pretty sure this fantastic toner is the main reason my skin has bucked up its ideas now. I make sure I sweep a little toner over my face on a cotton pad after I've washed just incase i've missed any traces of dirt. I then wait for it to dry then moisturise. The magic ingredients in this are tea tree oil and tamanu oil. Tamanu oil is from a nut grown in the South Pacific and is well known for its super skin regenerating powers, it helps promote wound healing and the growth of healthy skin making is great for any skin conditions from acne to sunburns.

6) Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Flawless Wear Concealer SPF10 - £21

Expensive ... but lasts all day. Really! 

7) Rimmel Extra Super Lash Mascara Curved Brush - £5

One of the more cheaper mascaras on the market, however I do find that cheaper ones are just as good as the dearer ones, it is all about technique! I find that zig-zagging the brush while you apply is a good tip and also pushing your eyelashes up with your finger after you've finished applying :) give it a go.

8) Rimmel London Exaggerate Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner - £5

For a daytime look I just like to apply some liquid eyeliner above my eyes along with some Twiggy-esque cat flicks, but for the nighttime you can opt for a pencil on your lower lids as well for a dramatic, sexy look. It can be quite tricky to apply if you're new to liquid eyeliner but trust me you will get better with a little practise - just make sure you have some cotton buds to correct any mistakes!

9) Vaseline Rosy lips - £2

A tin of Vaseline will last you forever; it is a handbag essential and has been for many decades because you never know when a bad case of dry lips might strike. The rosy tint just makes your lips look more exciting without having to wear lipstick ... plus I like the smell of roses.

10) Natural Collection Blusher in Pink Cloud - £2 Boots

Probably the cheapest blusher in the shops, but hey, it does the job. 

Tip: If your blusher is too bright and you want to tone it down a little then blend a bit of foundation over until you get you desired level of rosiness. 

11) Rimmel Match Perfect Foundation -  £7

If you couldn't tell already pretty much all my make-up is from Rimmel :)

What I really like about this foundation is it blends very well and you only need a small amount to cover your skin, it also lasts me all day and stays perfect on my skin unlike some foundations, which can just melt away or become a cakey mess. The magic behind this foundation is its Advanced Smart-Tone Technology, which means in any light your foundation will look the same so it won't suddenly look orange as soon as you leave your front door ... which I have experienced.

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Magic In A Can

Lack-lustre To Luscious In A Minute 

You may be a lover of dry shampoo - or you may be a dry shampoo virgin - either way you have to try Herbal Essences new dry shampoo.

I am a great believer of shampoo in a can, I wake up on my 'hair wash day' and my hair is always a little greasy in the roots, leaving it a dull, flat mess.

Batiste I have used on many many occasions but this new Herbal Essences stuff is something else!(I find that Batiste doesn't absorb much of the grease and it always looks like I have flour in my hair- it is difficult to brush it all off your roots.)

I chose the 'Uplifting Volume' one in a nice cheery orange can - it was half price at the time so I thought why not. 

The scent is very pleasant and smells just as nice as their famous shampoo range - it isn't too sickly and sweet but you might get a hint of it now and again through-out the day (which I quite like.)

You just shake up the can, spray into your roots and massage in. It can leave your roots a little wet at first but if you keep massaging it in till it dries then you're all good to go! 

It looks, and feels like I have just washed my hair with pretty much all of the grease absorbed and my hair back to it's usual colour - no dullness.

I know Batiste uses rice starch in their products and Herbal Essences uses tapioca. Tapioca is the winning ingredient in this case. Goodbye Batiste! 

Herbal Essences dry shampoo is available at Boots, Superdrug or online for £2.99.