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HAIR ROUTINE

I've been meaning to write this blogpost for so long now!

I get asked quite a lot on Instagram what hair products and tools I use on my hair. Although I do like to try lots of different products I do have my firm favourites that i reach for time and time again and that I feel make a real difference to the condition of my hair. Some of these products I've used for years other's are relatively new to me but have made such an impact that I know I will continue to use them for the foreseeable.

Before we get into the good stuff I just want to clarify that every single item I'm mentioning in this blogpost was bought using my own money, not that that should make any difference anyway as I would only ever recommend products that I love regardless of whether I bought them myself or they were sent as a gift. However some of the links within the blogpost may be affiliate links.

Right thats cleared all that up...... So first off I only wash my hair twice a week (Sundays & Wednesdays) - I'm aware this may sound gross to some of you but my hair lasts pretty well (although sometime I rely heavily on dry shampoo in between washes).

Onto the products....


Wednesdays

I've been using this shampoo for well over a year now. It smells absolutely divine, leaves my hair silky smooth and its pretty darn cheap. I lather up with this first and then move onto my purple shampoo.

Purple Shampoo - Fanola No Yellow
Recommended by my hairdresser (and Im so glad she did *thanks Holly). This is hands down the best purple shampoo on the market in my opinion. A lot of other purple shampoos can be so drying but this one leaves my hair feeling great and honestly smells incredible. I mainly focus on applying this to the mid section and ends of my hair because this stuff would turn your scalp purple. I always wear gloves before applying it otherwise you end up with purple hands and cuticles. I leave it on for around 3-5 minutes and rinse off and then follow up with my conditioner.

Again just like the shampoo, its such a lovely smelling product at a really great price. I can't fault it. I apply it just to the ends of my hair, leave for a couple of minutes and rinse.

Sundays

Treatment - Olaplex No3
WOW - What an amazing product this is. Again this is another product that was introduced to me by my hairdresser - she actually adds it into my colour to make the whole process less damaging but you can buy the final step (No3) to use at home. With this i just do what it says on the bottle. I get my hair wet, apply a generous amount all over, leave it for at least 10 minutes and then rinse, wash and condition.

Lather up twice, rinse.

Apply to ends, leave for a couple of minutes, rinse 

 
Taming
When it comes to taming my hair I have some stand out products. I recently discovered Ouai whilst perusing Sephora in Florida and fell in love with both the oil and finishing creme after testing out both products in the store.

Ouai Hair Oil
I use this after I have towel dried my hair. Usually 1-2 pumps is enough.  I distribute it throughout the length of my hair and brush it through with my tangleteezer brush. I then go on to dry my hair using an extremely old hair dryer from Toni Guy (its literally about 20 years old)

Ouai Finishing Creme
This is usually the final step. Once I have dried and styled my hair (either straightened or curled), I will get a small amount of this and rub it between my palms and then just run my fingers though my hair quite haphazardly to give a lived in look. This is probably my favourite styling product.

Batiste Dry Shampoo
Cannot live without this stuff in my life. I will spritz this onto my roots as and when I need it  (usually on Tuesdays and Saturdays) and just rub it into the roots to stop that grey/dusty look. I usually pick this up when its on offer, which it is quite often.


Styling
The question I get asked the most is "how do you curl your hair like that?". This is all explained and demonstrated in a little tutorial that I did on Youtube last year - I actually have a little video on IGTV too if you'd rather watch it over there. But essentially i just use my very old GHD straightening irons.




Hairdresser
Finally the most important part is to find a hairdresser that you love and trust and when you do find the perfect one grab hold of them with both hands and never let them go haha. Make sure you always book your next appointment before you  leave. I have the most incredible hairdresser called Holly (link to her Instagram HERE) if you live in Cornwall she is definitely worth checking out (although she's a pretty busy lady). For the last couple of years I've stuck with balayage highlights as its so low maintenance just switching it up with more blondes or browns throughout the seasons.

I hope this answers a lot of your questions.

Keep Smiling
xxx

FEELING DOWN


Not the cheeriest of titles I know but I want to be honest and just tell you that i've found November a real struggle. I've had a low sense of self worth, feeling paranoid, doubting everything I do and say and have been quite tearful and just generally feeling low.  The good news is I slowly feel like i'm coming out the other side now. Must be the weather or something, or possibly the fact that I went to the happiest place in the whole world last month and came back down to earth with a big thud!

So last month we went to Disneyworld Florida and had the most magical time EVER! We were all literally on a high every day. I mean its difficult not to be happy when the sun is shining and people are singing in the street on the daily......then we came home and we were greeted with a temperature of 3 degrees after just spending 2 weeks in the 30s. Now I always suffer with post holiday blues but PDB is another level (thats Post Disney Depression btw) so after I got over the jet lag and those first painful days back in work I decided to get a plan together to try and perk myself back up.

1. Get Outside 
This is a big one for me. I work an office job from 7:30-3:30 Mon-Wed and as the days have drastically got shorter it's difficult to even get a little glimpse of daylight sometimes. So on my days off I'm making a conscious effort to get outside and breathe in the fresh air. We went to St Ives on the motorbike at the beginning of the month and it was JUST what I needed. I felt like it blew the cobwebs away perfectly.

2. Go to the Beach
Sticking with the "get outside" theme. The beach is my happy place and is probably the only place that I can actually just sit and do nothing but watch the waves rolling in. I immediately feel my mind getting clearer when I'm next to the ocean. I think the sea has so many healing properties. It definitely makes me appreciate how much beauty there is in the world

3. Me Time
Finding time for yourself when you have a child can be challenging.   I feel like I'm forever rushing around, getting packed lunches sorted, making dinner, cleaning the toilet, and making sure everyone else is happy putting my own needs on the back burner. Did I also mention that my husband is in the RAF and works away for half of the week so I also solo parent too. But just taking an hour out of the day for a little pamper session is so beneficial. I've been trying to give myself an at home facial once a week after putting Fletcher to bed and it feels nice to do something just for me.

4. Sleep
I'm forever trying to get better at going to sleep at a decent time as I know how important it is for physical and mental health. I already have a bit of a bedtime routine that starts at 9am with me removing my make up, getting into my night clothes and making a warm cup of horlicks before getting into bed and reading a chapter of my book or Breathe magazine.

5. Hydration & Vitamins
I've really upped my water intake recently and feel like it has had such a great effect on my skin and my energy levels. I've also started taking Berroca again every morning for that extra boost of energy. Its packed full of B vitamins which apparently is great for boosting your mood.

6. Listening to Music & Podcasts
I touched on this breifly on my instagram but I am absolutely loving listening to podcasts at the moment. I've started listening to them on my journeys to work, before bed, whilst cooking tea, whilst walking the dog. A personal favourite of mine at the moment is Pressing Pause by Gabrielle Treanor. They are nice and short, uplifting to listen to and full of positivity.

7. Surrounding myself with loved ones
I'm always happiest when i'm in good company. I cherish time with my family and friends so much.

Keep Smiling
xxx



FINISHING TOUCHES WITH DESENIO


We recently gave Fletcher's room a much needed freshen up. His room had kinda been neglected with  mismatched paint, stains on the walls and a big bulky day bed that used to live in our spare room. 

We still have a bit of work to do as he needs new carpet and i'm still trying to figure out storage solutions and decide on what furniture to go in the room but we've made a start with painting the walls in Dulux Polished Pebble (my favourite shade of paint), adding a new lampshade from Habitat and also a gorgeous Berber rug which was very kindly gifted to us from Greenmount Rugs.

With the go ahead from Fletcher, I also had a massive purge of all of his toys as he had so many that he doesn't even play with any more or that he has outgrown. I donated most of these toys to the Children's Unit at the Hospital where I work.


To add some finishing touches I added some prints from Desenio who i've teamed up with for this blogpost and I think they finish the room off perfectly. I also have an exciting discount code for 25% off posters so be sure to keep reading for more information on that.

I'm sure most of you have heard of Desenio but if you haven't they are a very popular print/poster website and have an array of prints and frames to suit every taste. Their Instagram is full of inspiring displays of art and their website even helps you to design your very own gallery wall or you can take all the stress out of choosing and literally buy straight from their inspiration page. I'm quite choosy and wanted to pick prints personal to Fletcher that I knew he would like.

For Fletcher's room we chose 

Fletcher was absolutely thrilled when he stepped into his bedroom after we hung them on the wall. Also another little tip for hanging them on the wall......we use the sticky strips and stick them to the wall rather than hammering nails into the wall which is perfect if you are renting a property.


Moving onto our living area. Our living room is the largest room in our house and there was a large section of blank wall which was just screaming for some posters.

I'm a massive fan of the colour combination blue, pink and turquoise and it only seemed right that I went for a beach vibe as we live by the sea in Cornwall. I opted for gold frames in the living room as I think it really compliments the colour of the prints.

For the living area we went for

OK so now for the bit you've all been waiting for..... the discount code which is valid for 3 days only so make sure you get in there fast with your orders.

The code “SUNSHINESAM” gives 25% off posters* on all of our sites between October 30th and November 1st . *Except for frames and handpicked-/collaboration posters


This post is in collaboration with Desenio. All images, words and views are my own.
Keep Smiling
xxx
  

awin