Saturday, 30 August 2014

Budget hair haul

Superdrug, boots... Sainsburys?

It's no longer a secret that I'm not an organised buyer, I'm sure you've all been made aware of the fact that I am more of the type of person who buys whatever the hell she wants, when she wants, (within reason) thanks to my post Budget Haul that I wrote a while back. If you have read the post (and if not then I would recommend you do so before reading this) you will know that it is a challenge for me to go out shopping within a limited budget. Well, this time I decided to try and push myself even further by not only putting a limit on my budget, but also on what kind of products I would be buying. 

£3.99 for batiste light & blonde dry shampoo - Boots
£1.99 for Superdrug honey blonde colour effects - Superdrug
£4.00 for Phil Smith's Big it up! Thickening volume cream -Sainsburys 

I love being blonde. Not many people are happy with the colour of their hair, but I really, really do love being blonde. It's simply one of the few things I'm happy about with myself, but of course I do wish I had thicker hair. That's why the majority of my hair products have one or two key themes (Yours will too, if you look) that rotate around thickening or volumizing my hair, and retaining my blondness. 
I was very sceptical about buying these products, as my hairdresser usually encourages me to splurge on high quality products which will look after my hair and avoid damaging what he calls these 'luscious locks'. Never mind having bought something for my hair out of a supermarket! But after checking the 'ingredients' and not seeing any of the chemicals I was warned against, darling was I ready to test these products out!
And the end result? Exactly what the packaging said. The batiste light & blonde dry shampoo kept my two and a half day old hair looking and feeling fresh with a hint of lighter coloured roots, which I was super happy about. The honey blonde superdrug own brand touched up the parts of my hair that were slightly darker, and true to its word, Phil Smith's Big it up! Thickening volume cream from Sainsburys surprised me in its successfulness. Turns out even a supermarket can be half decent with hair products after all.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

The Gardelia

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Simple. Sometimes, simple can be beautiful. Like when you wake up in the morning, throw on some comfortable clothes that you like and look in the mirror, and smile. Or like when you look outside your window, and like what you see because you can’t change it anyway. Sometimes, simple is what you need.
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In life, you can often find yourself in a place where you’re stressed, and you start to lash out on the people you love. But the ones who mind dont matter and the ones who matter dont mind, as the infamous Bernard M. Baruch puts it. The people who stick by you end up either being your family, or your best friends. Its in the midst of all the craziness of life that you find your simple place. The place where you can be a gardelia.
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That takes me to the next place.. the gardelia. Above this writing you’ll find a picture of a beautiful, simple white flower. Look at it- it’s beautiful because it’s simple. What would it take for you to be that gardelia? The cliché motto of many is that less is more. But perhaps the sea of repetitive magazine titles has a hint of wisdom in it. Perhaps.
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Now, to the part I bet you have all been waiting for- its all fine and dandy for me to talk about the deep simplicity of a perfect life; but how can you channel that into your closet? I hear you, believe me it’s been something that has been challenging me a lot recently. I guess, as in life, fashion comes with territory, and territory changes like the chapters of a book. As you keep moving forwards, you change, and as the world moves forwards fashion changes. But the simplicity of fashion, where you will find the place that people will admire you- its where you feel most comfortable.
For me, I wear wedged dressy shoes with trousers or converse with dresses. For my close friend, its all about the pretty tops. From one girl obsessed with her hair to another that falls head over heels for a bag, we all have the things that we adore. Fashion comes and goes, but the simplicity of a personal style is something that gains admiration.