Monday, 10 September 2012

My Autumn Must Have Hair Products!

Hello my dears, so Autumn is upon us - the olympics/paralympics are over, and the summer dresses have been put away and replaced with scarves as well as the hairdryers being pulled out ready for daily use along with the brittle hair that comes hand in hand with it. In preparation for this, I have stocked up on some necessary hair products to try and keep the blonde bob in relatively good condition so on my next visit to the hairdressers they don't scold me whilst becoming manic with the scissors and cutting off a lot more than a trim would be defined as (as they quite often do...) 

1) Aussie's Miracle Moist Shampoo - £4.49

Ok, so technically this is an all-year-round shampoo that I love using to make my hair soft and smell gorgeous, but it is especially stocked up in my shower during the Autumn/Winter months. It just adds that extra bit of softness to my hair when it starts to get brittle from the extra blow-drying, straightening, and harsh winds. Also, it smells like bubblegum and holidays for me so it's just a great way to start the morning because I'm always like 'aaaah' when smelling it.

2) Aussie's 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner - £4.99

I've just run out of this so not photo, but it's getting restocked ASAP as this is my daily conditioner as I find that it works wonders on my hair - especially if I have been treating it a bit more roughly (well you know, the wind-swept Pamela Anderson beach look just does not go well with hair brushing). I use this a daily contioner because it smells great (obvs.) but also you don't have to leave it on as long as my Kerastase conditioner (below) which is perfect when showering in the morning for work whilst still having a condtioner that softens up my lion mane hair.

3) Kerastase Masque Force Architecte - £26.20 

This is one of my little luxuries, and as you can tell from the price tag it has to stay that way. However, it is my all time favourite conditioner and has quickly restored my split ends to shiny, soft ends instead which is something that makes me want to go back this conditioner in bulk. I use this probably a couple of times a week and it doesn't need to be a huge handful used, but a small amount because it spreads through quite well. It recommends leaving it on for the bare minimum of five minutes, but I have been recommended by my hairdresser to try and leave it on for 30mins when I can - exactly why it's not a daily product! Although the price tag makes me have heart palpitations, unfortunately it becomes addictive to use because its so effective at keeping my hair in fantastic condition & strengthening it to remain looking healthy whilst smelling of citrus/freshness and shining like nobody's business. A little money saving tip, on lookfantastic it goes down to £20.95 - maybe a little more bearable?

4) Kerastase Ciment  Thermique - £18.90

I know Kerastase is incredibly overpriced, it is, but it works fantastically so I have stocked up a little while ago when lookfantastic had 15% off deal going on. This is in the same strengthening group that Masque Architecte is in, but it is a leave-in conditioning milk that reacts the more you use heat products on it - fantastic for autumn/winter! It actually recommends using straighteners on it - how many products do that?! I was pleased as punch at that, as normally using straighteners makes me feel incredibly guilty at burning my hair. You only have to use a tiny amount, so despite the price tag, it can last months & months which is always a positive. It has already made a significant difference to my hair and I've only used it for a little while, my hair is soft and my ends are well under control - it strengthens & repairs the more fragile parts of your hair and can last up to five shampoos! Plus it smells divine, and the smell lasts all day so I look like some nutcase when swishing my hair back and forth to get a sniff!

So these are my four Autumn must haves to keep your hair in tip-top shape during these colder months where you swap the summer skirts for scarves, and the hairdryer is making a daily experience - and not just to warm up after the shower with!

Do you have some autumn must have products for your hair?


Monday, 3 September 2012

A Weekend in Canterbury.

Wow it has been a long time since another post! I'm going to be honest with you, I literally have just become a sloth over the past six weeks holiday and despite having taken tons of photos for blogposts I just never got round to the actual blogging... I'm ashamed. Anyway, I'm back (not in black) and blogging! 

At the beginning of the hols the boyfriend was a complete sweetheart and booked for us to go away for a weekend to visit our university town, Canterbury. We were incredibly lucky as the weather was fully on our side and it meant that we got to spend the day wandering around Whitstable Castle & Beach nomming on some ice creams AND I got to debut the summer wardrobe - winwinwin!

Dress: H&M; Cardigan: New Look; Belt: Boohoo; Shoes: L.K.Bennett

 Pretty lily shoes!

 Supporting Tom Daley's dive in: Official 'Team GB' t-shirt; Next Paralympics Scarf; Skirt: New Look
 Nom! The essential Chinese takeaway the entire time I was at uni. Glasses: Bvlgari.

 My uni halls - Dress: New Look; Shrug: Topshop; Shoes: H! by Henry Holland; Bag: Next

 Us at Whitstable Castle/Beach

Dress: Vero Moda; Cardigan: New Look; Pumps: Primark; Bag: Next

It took me around an hour or two to choose these outfits - I hate not being able to pack my entire wardrobe every time I go somewhere! Does anyone else have this complex? I need one of those Mary Poppins bags clearly. Anyway, because we can never be too sure with British weather I had to pack outfits that could easily convert with the rain to look good with tights - luckily, the tights remained stashed away! Nevertheless, despite the massive amount of dithering when it came to packing there was one item that had been packed straight away -  my new LK Bennetts. Since buying them a few months back I have been looking for the ideal occasion to debut them to the blogging world, and a romantic dinner seemed it. 

Signing off now as it is my first week at my new school so early nights are needed, but more blogging will occur - especially focusing on both the Olympics & Paralympics!

What do you like to pack for a weekend away?