23 August 2016

WHY YOU NEED TO USE A SHOWER OIL

I myself am oil obsessed. I slather the stuff on my hair, body, face, cuticles - just about everywhere and anywhere. In the morning I massage my skin with an oil cleanser which helps reduce puffiness. Post showering I'll apply an oil to damp hair and apply a lightweight oil all over my body.

I think one of the biggest misconceptions surrounding oils is that they make you breakout and are a no-go if you have oily skin. In truth, most oils actually work to regulate the over production of oils. They restore barrier function and help maintain skin elasticity and hydration. 

The inclusion of oils in my routine have never reached my shower. Usually my shower experience is purely functionally. We all lead such busy lives, bathing can seem like a chore. However the newest addition to my shower shelf has adjusted my mindset. It has made me question my speedy routine and helped me recognised that a shower can be one of the best things for your well-being. This past week I've been using my bathing time to clear my mind, recharge and refocus.

Massaging an oil gently into skin really helps me to relax and refresh. The new Dove Nourishing Shower Oil is enriched with Moroccan Argan oil which transform into a silky lather. The hints of bergamot in the fragrance are to die for. The oh so heavenly texture feels like a real treat, you can't help but saviour your shower. I thought baths were the optimum of relaxation but this takes the art of bathing to a whole new level. 

Dove Nourishing Care Shower Oil RRP £4.38 avilable here.

9 April 2016

April.

Hello you! How are we all? I realise you are not in a position to answer me so I'm going to hope the answer is great, brilliant, couldn't be better. I swear it was Christmas last month. Any one else feel like this year is flying by? Nevertheless, I'm so glad Spring is here and the weather is warming up - roll on lighter evenings!

01. The lack of posts on here in 2016 is abysmal. Shame on me and thank you for sticking around. Since moving to London and getting my first 'proper' job at the end of last year I've really struggled with the whole work/life balance thing. I still read blogs daily and have become engrossed with instagram - @kiamakemeup

02. This month i'll be heading to Amsterdam for a short city break. I haven't been before but decided to book a visit for my Boyfriend's birthday. I have researched the best places to eat (priorities) and things to do but let me know if you have any recommendations.

03. I can't explain how happy I am to commute to work now the mornings are lighter. I love coming home to longer evenings and finally being able to turn the heating off. Being in a country that doesn't get a lot of sunshine makes you really grateful when it does appear.

04. After 9 months of being brunette I took the plunge and went back to my old blonde ways. I loved how low maintenance being a brunette is but it seemed to wash me out and make me look paler (how is that even possible?). This was not an easy process. The first bleaching attempt turned my hair a wotsit orange, oh man it was so bad, I can only apologize to all the hairdressers of the word who just vomited on their lap. After a dramatic rescue (thanks Mum) my locks look a lot less yellow. To keep the brassiness at bay I'm back on the silver shampoo. Pro: Voke Touch Of Silver Brightening Shampoo is my new best friend. And as my hair is now dryer than the Sahara desert I've been reaching for hair oil to lock in hydration, the L'oreal Extraordinary UV Filter Oil is a firm favourite.

What have you got planned for the month ahead?


10 January 2016

10 ideas for a happier,healthier 2016

1. Unsubscribe for all those junk marketing emails that clog up your inbox. It feels SO good not to have a mass of emails you never read.
2. Learn to cook something new. It's so rewarding to learn a new dish, maybe it will become your signature?
3. Get in touch with someone you lost contact with. Your best friend at school or maybe a family member you haven't spoken to in a while. Let someone know you're thinking about them. 
4. Go travelling. Explore a new country. If your budget doesn't allow you to why not visit a near by city? A change of scenery is always a good thing.
5. Make a playlist of all the songs that bring a smile to your face. Mine includes ELO - Mr Blue Sky and The Monkees - I'm a Believer; instant toe-tappers.
6. Treat yo self. It's often we put others before ourselves but today I want you to be a bit selfish and treat yourself to something you have been lusting after. 
7. Learn a new skill. With Google and YouTube there is no excuse not to learn something new. Teach yourself photography, a new language or maybe floristry. Never stop learning.
8. Tell someone you love them. Just because. 
9. Do something that scares you. Whether it's driving on the motorway, rock climbing or public speaking. Go out of your comfort zone and achieve something you never thought you would. You can do it and you will.
10. Do more of what makes you happy (unless it's illegal). 

Here's to a happier, healthier 2016! 
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