Friday, 31 May 2013

OOTD: Henryka Amber & Silver Pendant*

The beautiful box my pendant came in.


Hello again you gorgeous lot! I have had a good, but very busy week! The very lovely people at Henryka contacted me & gave me the opportunity to review some of their amazing jewellery. They sent me a gorgeous pendant necklace, which I chose & I am in love with it! 



Isn't it just stunning?



If you didn't know already, Henryka is a top amber & silver jewellery retailer based in Herefordshire and they sell the most beautiful things! They pride themselves on selling only the best quality Baltic amber & silver jewellery, whilst at the same time being very reasonably priced! All of their jewellery is handcrafted meaning that each piece is completely unique (which I love!). As you can see I chose the green Amber & Silver Leaf Top Pendant which retails at £21. I think this is amazing value for real amber & silver jewellery & there are lots of other great offers available online, with prices as low as £4.80! You can find all sale items here.









I think the way this dainty pendant sparkles when it catches the light makes it stunning to behold. It's simple in design yet looks beautifully elegant. This pendant is also available in the colours cherry, cognac & milky stone. I decided on green as it goes with so many of my outfits. Pictured I am wearing it with one of my fave Joe Browns Summer Dresses. I think it really completes the outfit.





I was also more than satisfied with their customer service and speedy delivery, as I placed my order on Wednesday afternoon & received it the following morning! I thought this was amazing as I had not paid any extra for next day delivery! Henryka are clearly a very well organised company that really do put their customers first! I think this is very important as there's nothing worse than when you put your trust in a company or retailer & they just don't meet the standards that you'd expect. All I can say for Henryka is a big thank you for making me feel like a valuable customer! I will definitely be visiting their online store again soon, as there were so many other dazzling things for sale! 




As you can probably tell I really am very pleased with this piece! If you would like to buy this pendant or see all the other beautiful items for sale visit http://www.henryka.co.uk/

What I'm wearing:
Summer Dress from Joe Browns - £30 (in sale)
Green Amber & Silver Leaf Top Pendant from Henryka - £21 (silver belcher chain sold separately 22" £6)
Sandals from Dorothy Perkins £12 in sale.

Make up:
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in Ivory
Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Apocalyptic
Maybeline Studio Line Gel Liner in Intense Black
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent
Maybeline Volume Express mascara in Black




Have any of you been to Henryka yet? What beautiful pieces did you discover? Let me know! 
Kelly xx

Thursday, 30 May 2013

100 Followers!


Image taken from www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk 



Hello my lovelies! Just a quick post today to say that I have reached 100 followers! Cue fist pumps & jumping around like a loon! Okay so now I've got that out of the way, I just want to say a massive thank you to all my loyal followers! I love my blog, she is a very important part of my life, but what makes her extra extra special is you guys! Knowing that people really enjoy reading what I write & the feedback I get still completely blows my mind! It makes writing my blog even more enjoyable & makes me so so happy! So a big thank you to all you beautiful people! You really make my day! 



Image taken from www.allfantasyworlds.com
I also thought, as I now have 100 followers (still can't get over that!) that it would be a good time to ask you wonderful people what you'd like to see more of on my blog! So if you'd like to see more reviews or OOTD let me know! If you're loving (or hating!) Topical Tuesdays leave your opinions down below. And if you have any other suggestions for posts you'd like me to do, drop me a comment! 



Once again, a big big thank you to you all! I adore every single one of you!
Hope you all have a fab Thursday!
Kelly xx


Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Topical Tuesdays: The Hairy Debate

Image taken from aiminglow.com

Hello my lovelies! Hope you are all well! Now I'm sure today's Topical Tuesday post title has grabbed your attention; "the hairy debate? What does she mean?" Well the topic I want to focus on today, quite simply, is body hair! We all get it, some of us like it, most of us don't! When you first start to grow hair in unusual places during puberty it can be an amazing feeling. "Yay, I'm finally becoming a woman!" However, this joyous feeling is normally short-lived and most of us girls just don't know what to with this sudden forestation taking over our body's! "Should I shave it all off?" "Will it grow back if I do?" "Can hair removal damage my body?" These are some of the most common questions asked when deciding what you want to do with your body hair. So I'm now going to try my best for you gorgeous lot, and get you some answers! I would also like to say that just because most of your friends or even society is doing something, it does not in any way mean you have to too! If you want to do away with all of your body hair go for it! If you want to stay naturally hairy all over, again that's completely your choice! I hope this helps any of you going through a bit of a hairy time!



So I'm going to write this in different sections. Firstly, by method of hair removal. I will explain each method & tell you which part of the body it is best suited to. I will also tell you the pros & cons of each method. Sound good? Here we go..






Image taken from www.1designer-clothing.com 



Shaving 
(this method can be used on legs, underarms & the pubic area)

Shaving! This is the first & most common way of hair removal. Many people who are new to removing their body hair usually start with this one. There are many different types of razors on the market so it's hard to know which will be best for you. You can get packs of disposable razors for as cheap as 50 pence! You can also get more heavy duty razors, which usually come with replaceable blades so you don't have to throw them away. Another option is the electrical razor which works quite similar to a disposable razor, however is considered by some people as a lot easier to use.
 Most razors work in the same way, in which you wash & lather your bits with a soap or shower gel (you can also get special creams & gels for this here) you then take take the razor you've chosen & with a gentle pressure (you don't want to push too hard!) go in the opposite direction of hair growth. Don't worry if you seem to miss a few hairs to begin with. Practice makes perfect after all!
Now this can all be a lot to take in for a newbie on the hairy scene, so here are the pro's & cons!

The Disposable Razor/Non-electrical Razors

Pro's
  1. It is a very cheap method of hair removal.
  2. It is a very easy method of hair removal.
  3. It is one of the least painful methods of hair removal.
  4. It is one of the best methods of hair removal for beginners as it is easy.
  5. It is one of the quickest methods of hair removal as there's no faffing about with waxing strips.
Cons
  1. It can occasionally cause shaving rash which can be avoiding by taking your time & using a good moisturiser afterwards.
  2. If you're a little cack-handed like myself you may end up cutting yourself. If you do try not to panic, wash the area with clean water & whack a plaster on it.
As you can see, I found a lot more pro's than cons when it came to this method of hair removal. However I am not an expert, some things work better for others. It's all about trial & error! This is one of my favourite methods of hair removal & I always like to keep a pack of disposable razors handy in the bathroom! The results normally last up to 2 weeks (if you're lucky & depending on your rate of hair growth!)

Image taken from hairremoval.about.com 

The Electrical Razor

Pro's

  1. Much like the disposable razor it is a very quick & easy method of hair removal.
  2. Some people prefer the electrical razor to the disposable razor as it does all the work for them.
  3. You have to replace them less often.

Cons
  1. An electrical razor is a lot more expensive than a disposable razor, ranging from between £10 to even £100! However some people think of it as an investment as they won't have to buy another razor for quite some time.
  2. Some electrical razors are not water safe, so please check the user manual before dunking it in to the bath with you!
If you have tried a disposable razor & want a more permanent version then this could be for you! I myself own an electrical razor, however as it is not water-friendly I have to use it on dry legs, which I find makes it a lot less effective. When looking in to electrical razors I would really recommend getting one you can get wet as these are a lot better at removing every single teeny hair!


Image taken from topelectricshavers.net 



Waxing
(this method can be used on the legs, underarms, bikini area & face)

This is it, the scary one! The one that most people feel nervous just at the thought of! Waxing is considered one of the more painful methods of hair removal. There are two types of waxing. Using hot wax & applying strips to it to remove hair or ready-to-use wax strips, which you take out of the packet & put straight on to your hairy bits without the need for hot wax. A lot of people prefer this method as it takes longer for the hair to grow back, therefore leaving more time before you have to wax again. Sounds good huh? Well here's the info!


Image taken from www.disambiguity.com

Pro's
  1. It is a very effective way at removing every single hair as it is applied to each section (of whichever bit you are waxing) & pulls the hair out from the root.
  2. As it pulls every hair out from the root it rakes longer for the hair to grow back, leaving your legs silky smooth for longer.
  3. You can get this done at a beauty salon if you're a bit afraid of going it alone!

Cons
  1. It hurts! Try not to let this put you off if you really really want to try this method. It does sting a bit, but this doesn't normally last longer than 20 minutes. 
  2. It's fiddly. There is a lot more time needed when waxing. You have to get the wax ready (if using hot wax) you'll also have to add a bit of extra time on for all the uhmm-ing & ahh-ing you'll be doing in the bathroom as you attempt to remove the strips!


Image taken from hometownlaserclinic.com


I have personally tried this method a few times. I've only tried with ready-to-use waxing strips. The first time I tried it was with a free sample I had received. I decided to use this on my underarms & oh boy did that hurt! I was very disappointed with the results & felt like my skin had been ripped off & not the actual hair! But don't let this put you off! Everyone is different & maybe it was just the brand that wasn't very effective! 





Epilation
(this method can be used on the legs, underarms, bikini line & face)

Epilation is when each hair is individually pulled from the root. You can buy an epilator or have this done at a salon. It is thought of as the most effective way of removing hair as it lasts the longest, usually 4-6 weeks.



Image taken from beautysaloon.wordpress.com 

Pro's
  1. The results last the longest out of all the methods of hair removal.
  2. It can be done at home using an epilator or at a beauty salon.

Cons
  1. It is considered one of the more painful methods of hair removal.
  2. It is not the cheapest form of hair removal with epilators' ranging from £35-£150!
I have personally used an epilator once after being recommended by a friend. I found it was very effective at removing every single hair, although it wasn't the most comfortable experience! My legs were very sore after this & I also felt that although it does last longer, it was pretty much just as effective as a razor!




Hair Removal Cream
(this method can be used on the legs, underarms, lip, bikini line, but is not advised all over the pubic area as it can burn if it gets misplaced!)

There are many different hair removal creams out there. Some of which are specifically designed for the facial area & come with a spatula to remove the cream with others you wash off in the shower. This is personally my favourite method of hair removal for my lip. It's a fact of life ladies, whether we like to admit it or not, our body's are covered in hair & unfortunately this means our faces. Obviously this isn't always very noticeable, but for some of us we just have to draw the line at upper lip hair! The one I like to use is Boots Smooth Care Facial Hair Removal Cream £2.99. Leave it on for 5 minutes, then scrape off using the spatula provided. You then wash the area with clean warm water, pat dry & apply a layer of the after care cream which is also provided. The results normally last 2-3 weeks.


We have to draw the line somewhere ladies! Image taken from www.coloribus.com 

Pro's
  1. This is another pain-free method of hair removal.
  2. You can usually get removal cream for a few pounds & it tells you on the packet which areas that certain cream can be used on.
  3. It is a quick & easy form of hair-removal.


Cons

  1. It can give you a rash, so always check the label & make sure you're not allergic to any of the ingredients.
  2. I personally find when used on the lip it can cause slight redness & be a bit sore afterwards. This can be reduced with the after-care cream which is usually provided. I also find ice-cubes help with this. Don't worry if you experience any these side effects, they usually go within 30 minutes.
Another thing I will say about this method is be careful! If you are using it on a bikini line then DO NOT go too far down! If it gets in your private parts it will burn! A lot! So just be careful!





Tweezers
(this method can be used on the eyebrows)



Image taken from www.johnlewis.com

This is the common method for removing stubborn eyebrow hair! 

Pro's

  1. It is an easy method of hair removal that can be done at any time, any place!
  2. It's an affordable method of hair removal. You can buy tweezers from as little as a couple of pounds.

Cons

  1. To be honest with you, I really can't think of any cons! The only thing I will say is that this method of hair removal can cause slight redness especially if it's your first time. I find Vaseline with added aloe vera can help with this. Also, as mentioned before, keep the ice cubes ready! The results last around 1-2 weeks.




Laser Hair Removal
(this method can be used anywhere on the body)



Image taken from www.telegraph.co.uk 

This is normally done in a salon, although there are a few laser hair removal kits on the market. The idea is that the laser kills the hair at the root. This is great is you're looking for a more permanent method of hair removal.

Pros

  1. It reduces hair re-growth by 60-95% meaning you won't have to worry as much about hair removal.
  2. It is virtually pain-free, meaning you can look forward to having unwanted hair removed without the fear of it hurting!
  3. It can be used anywhere on the body and I mean everywhere! So if you are experiencing hair growth in a more uncommon place then no need to worry, it's can be removed with laser hair removal!

Cons

  1. It's not cheap with laser hair removal kits ranging from £150 up & salon treatments at around £50 a pop, it isn't the most purse friendly form of hair removal!
As I have never had this done I cannot give you my personal experience. However this is something I've always wanted to try & from what I've heard from friends who have had this done, it sounds like a very effective way of dealing with unwanted body hair! It normally lasts up to 6-8 weeks.



Keeping It Natural
(this method can be used anywhere on the body!)

Okay so I've been through every which way I can think of to remove hair. However I have not yet mentioned the cheapest method of all & that is leaving it alone! Obviously this is down to personal preference, but if you do not want to get rid of your body hair then don't let yourself feel pressurized to! It's your body at the end of the day & only you can decide what you want to do to it. I understand there is a lot of pressure put on us girls these days when it comes to maintaining a "perfect" body (another topic I will going in to another time!) what with the media telling us body hair is unacceptable, it's easy to end up following the crowd.

 However more & more girls are deciding to grow their feminine bushes out of pride of being a woman & not letting the extremely sexualised media that is pushed in our faces every day tell us what to do! "Why should I shave something that my body naturally grows because men have an unrealistic view of what women should look like down there?" This is something a lot more women are now saying. The media, the people around us & even porn all give people false perceptions of reality. "I am not a porn star! I'm a real woman who just wants to be natural!" To all the women thinking this way, I say "You go girl!" Don't let anyone tell you what to do to your body if it's something that makes you unhappy. 


I hope this post helps any of you going through a body hair nightmare! I'd just like to say that I am not an expert, these are just my personal views & everything else included in this post has been researched for you via the internet. Let me know your fave way to remove hair or if you're an all-natural lady! Please be sensitive towards others when giving your views.
Kelly xx


Saturday, 25 May 2013

NOTD #1

From left to right Pear Drop, Pop Your Pink & Block Your Green.

Ooh it's my first NOTD post, how exciting! Recently I have become increasingly disappointed with Barry M's nail polish collections. Barry M has always been a brand I associate with nails & were always my go-to brand when in search of a new colour for my talons. However, I have recently seen a number of not-so-pleased reviews, especially on their new sequin nail effects range, which quite frankly, look like a 5 year old got some glue & stuck sequins on your nails. So I've decided to branch out in the world of nail polishes & give some other brands a go! I was recently in my local Superdrug store & as there was a 3 for 2 offer on thought this the perfect time to stock up on a few new nail colours! I was immediately drawn in by the selection of colours at the Rimmel stand & left the shop with 3 new shades from Rimmels Lasting Finish range, that being Pear Drop, Pop My Pink & Block Your Green.


I'm wearing Block Your Green. Left without flash, right with flash.

I absolutely love these nail polishes! I only needed one coat and that was enough to give me an even and very pigmented colour. The problem I had with some of Barry M's nail paints was the durability of them. They chipped so easily & after my last encounter with one of their polishes (which you can read here) I just had to try something else! 

Rimmels' Lasting Finish range does exactly what it says on the tin! It was a good 5 days before I'd even noticed the tiniest chip. 5 days! This is amazing compared to my good-for-about-half-an-hour other nail polishes! They also dried very very quickly, a bonus in my book as I am one of those very impatient people when it comes to waiting for my nails to dry! 

Another thing I love about these little beauties is that they retail at just £2.99! A bargain for such a long-lasting beautiful nail polish! Pictured above I am wearing Block Your Green, one of my faves at the moment! Check back soon, as I will be uploading more posts with photos on these gorgey nail polishes & will be trying out some other brands that catch my eye!

These are available at Boots, Superdrug & most supermarkets for £2.99 each.



What's your fave nail polish at the moment? Tell me your recommendations!
Kelly xx

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Topical Tuesdays: Dealing With PMS


Image taken from www.fertile.com


Hey guys! This is a topic I've wanted to write about for a while now as I think it's important for every girl to feel like they're not alone during their time of the month! We all know what it's like, you feel unreasonably stressed out & angry, all you crave is junk food & oh look, another huge hormonal spot which you can't seem to cover up! Then there's the uncontrollable mood swings, one wrong word from some one and you snap their head off, or burst in to tears! Your boobs hurt, you've got a headache & you just can't shake the symptoms off. This sound about right ladies? Well I'm here to tell you that you are most definitely not alone, whether you suffer from a mild form of these symptoms  or to the most extreme cases of PMS, there are always ways of dealing with it. It's a fact girls, Mother Nature can be a bit of a bitch!


So as I usually have to endure a pretty bad dose of PMS every month, I thought it was only right to give you guys some advice, whether you've only just started your periods or are a long-time sufferer, answer some personal questions about my own experience with periods & PMS & how I deal with them & to put a few old wives' tales to bed. Here we go!




Your questions answered!

I've just started my periods & I'm not sure what to do. What are the main things to remember during my time of the month? 

The main thing to remember is to not to panic. You're becoming a woman now and this can be scary & stressful time.
Firstly you'll need to buy either some sanitary towels (pads) or tampons. If this is your first period you may want to start off with a pad & move on to tampons when you're ready. Pads come in lots of different sizes, you can get panty liners or "normal" sized pads for when your flow is very light. If your flow is heavier then you can use "super" sized or night time pads, which are a lot bigger & thicker than normal ones. If you then feel you want to try tampons, I'd advise starting with a mini one with an applicator to make it easier. They also come with step-by-step instructions. My tip would be to do it in a calm quiet place, where you won't be disturbed. If you feel you've put it in wrong or something, don't panic! You can always try again! Just gently remove it & try again with a fresh one when you're ready. I'd also advise keeping a pack of paracetamol or a hot water bottle handy. Period cramps are not the best so it's always good to have something ready.

Image taken from superdruglookatme.com


What are your tips for dealing with PMS?

It's a fact of life, we all have to deal with it & it makes us feel horrible! I suffer from very bad mood swings during this time & every male in my life should beware! I really can't stand when guys say they "understand" 'cause they really don't! It's even worse when they say they don't know what all the fuss is about, it's just a period! I'm sure many of you have given your boyfriend or brother a swift hit to the private parts when you hear comments like this being made! The best thing to do if you live with people that just seem to be getting on your nerves is to go somewhere you won't be disturbed. I currently live in a bit of a mad house where me, my mum & sister all seem to synchronize with our menstrual cycles & every man in the house just can't seem to sympathize making the situation 10 times worse! During this time of the month I like to lock myself in the bathroom, run a nice hot bubbly bath & let the world wash over me! This really helps to chill me out & cope with my PMS. 

Although you may not feel like it another good thing to do is go for a slow walk by yourself. Get yourself a bit of head space away from everyone. Walking is also a great gentle exercise to do if you have stomach cramps! 

Now whether you're on a diet or you're just trying to eat healthier it's always a pain in the bum when you start to crave sugar, sweets & all things bad for you during your time of the month! The best thing to do is try to avoid these foods as they can make you feel even more grumpy & bloated. Try snacking on fresh fruit or raw vegetables dipped in hummus. I know it's tempting to curl up with big tub of ice cream, but give the healthier options a go first! If you really can't resist temptation, then just don't over-do it! We're only human after all, we deserve a little treat now & then! 


Image taken from Ideasbynet.com


If you're like me and suffer not only the general PMS symptoms I've spoke about but also from the other less common PMS problems during this time such as cystitis & water retention, then I really do feel for you! Ever since I started my periods (aged 13) I'd thought I'd been suffering from water infections. However I went to the doctor & she told me I had cystitis, which can flare up during your period. I also was told I was carrying a lot of water retention, which is basically when you're tummy swells up & looks very bloated when you're on! To combat these things I was told to drink lots of water & herbal tea. I also tried cranberry juice, which studies have shown it's antibacterial properties can help stop cystitis from reoccurring. 

If you are experiencing exceptionally bad symptoms such as chronic period pain or an usually heavy flow then it's always a good idea to visit your doctor or gynecologist. It may be nothing, or if it's something that you're having to deal with regularly your doctor may suggest going on to a contraceptive pill to help ease your symptoms.

What causes PMS? 

Researchers have still not found the exact cause of PMS symptoms, however they believe it is due to an imbalance of hormones during your time of the month.


The facts!
  1. PMS symptoms can start as early a 10 days before menstruation
  2. PMS is more common in women over 30
  3. Although PMS is a troublesome thing to have to deal with, it won't actually kill you!
  4. Some women have reported heightened senses such as smell & taste during their period!
  5. PMS can sometimes be mistaken for depression. If you're worrying about this, go see your doctor.




The myths!
  1. It's all in your imagination. - It most certainly isn't & PMS can have a lot of mental and physical effects.
  2. PMS is contagious. - No you can't "catch" PMS!
  3. You lose a pint of blood during your period. - This again is not true. You normally lose up to 4 teaspoons of blood during your period.
  4. PMS means there's something seriously wrong with me. - Wrong! Every women will experience some form of PMS in their lifetime. It's all part of being a woman unfortunately!
  5. If I don't start my periods at the same time as my friends is there something wrong with me? - Not at all! Many girls worry about when they're going to get their first period, but it's different for everyone. It'll happen when it's supposed to. And then you'll end up wondering what all the fuss was about!



I hope this post has helped any of you facing the mid-month blues! Let me know about your experiences with PMS! Hope you all have a great tuesday!
Kelly xx



Sunday, 19 May 2013

OOTD: Lazy Sunday in the Garden

Hello lovelies! Just thought I'd do a quick outfit of the day for you guys! As there wasn't much to do today I decided to take the opportunity to go for a walk & then spend the rest of the day chilling in the garden with the boyfriend. Hope you're all having a good weekend, let me know what you're up to!
Kelly xx













What I'm wearing:

Coat - New Look
Floral vest - New Look
Skinny jeans - New Look
Bag - New Look
Shoes - Peacocks
Hat - Topshop

Make up:
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in Ivory
MUA bronzer in 003
Rimmel Apocalips lip lacquer in Apocalyptic
Maybeline Studio Line Gel Liner in Intense Black
Maybeline Volume Express mascara in Black

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser: Review


I was in my local Superdrug last week on the lookout for a new cleanser as my Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser had ran out (noooo!) I was looking for something similar and came across a Superdrug dupe & at only £2.98 on offer I just couldn't say no! 


The first thing I noticed about this cleanser was the smell. It has a distinct "soapy" smell about it, which obviously isn't a bad thing, but it just didn't smell as heavenly as the Liz Earle original! It contains nourishing cocoa butter & brightening kiwi fruit & mulberry extracts. My skin seems to have a lovely glow to it after I use this, which I love!

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

The Liebster Award!




Hello you beauts! So I've been nominated for another Liebster Award *high fives & fist pumps* okay I'll calm down now! I would like to thank the lovely Valeriya for nominating me for this award, go check out her amazing blog now at http://valeriyatalks.blogspot.co.uk/!

So basically if you don't know what this award is a blogger gets nominated who then has to nominate 11 other bloggers who have less than 200 followers. You write 11 random facts about yourself, answer 11 questions set by the blogger who nominated you & then write 11  new questions for your nominees! You also have to link to the blog that nominated you. Easy peasy right? :) Here goes..




11 random facts about me
  1. I am 5ft 10"
  2. I have a bad habit of chewing my lip when I'm nervous
  3. I am naturally blonde
  4. I live in the South West, where everyone sounds like farmers!
  5. I have 3 cats called Pebbles, Toby & Skye
  6. I can't have a bath unless I have moisturiser ready for when I get out. Can't stand getting out with my skin all pruney! Urgh!
  7. I don't like having favourites, I change my mind too much
  8. I have an unhealthy obsession with Rimmels lipsticks & lip lacquers!
  9. I had a bouncy castle party for my 20th birthday (cos I'm so grown up!)
  10. I LOVE online clothes shopping! Such great bargains!
  11. I am an internet addict!


My questions answered

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Topical Tuesdays: "How I Dealt With Bullies"

Photo from www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk


Hey guys! So today's post is a little different from the usual Topical Tuesday posts. Straying away from my normal fashion & beauty related rants, I thought I'd talk to you lovely people about the very important subject of bullying. Warning, this is a very text heavy post!

I think everyone should be reminded from time to time that this affects so many people in so many different ways all of the time, and as I myself have had personal experience with bullying thought it would be appropriate to share with you my story, how I dealt with bullying & a little bit of info & advice. I'd just like to point out that this wasn't easy for me to write, so please understand that. I'm also not writing this for sympathy or anything like that. I just want raise some awareness and if this post helps at least one of you I'll be a happy bunny. Deep breath, here goes...



Saturday, 11 May 2013

Herbal Essences "Bee Strong" Review



Hey guys! I was recently in my local Sainsburys store, so decided to have a sleuth around the hair & beauty aisle. I really wanted to try something new for my hair as I'd ran out of my Fave Aussie shampoo & conditioner. This is when I came across Herbal Essences brand spanking new range "Bee Strong" and thought I'd give it a go! 


With honey & apricot extracts, this gorgeous smelling combo is designed to strengthen & nourish your hair. As I am always on the lookout for something to keep my locks strong & damage-free, this stuff really appealed to me! (If you've read my previous post about my hair story you'll know why!) So does it actually work? Yes indeedy it does! The first thing I noticed whilst using these products was the amazing aroma that filled my bathroom! If you know me, you know I love my scented beauty bits & these smell gorge! Once dried my hair felt incredibly silky & smooth! As I'd recently had highlights put in to my hair I wanted to keep it in good condition and breakage to a minimum! This really made it feel strong & looked really healthy! What more can I say? I love this stuff!




All in all I am really pleased with this shampoo & conditioner & will definately repurchase! (when the bottle runs out, this stuff lasts ages!) I got a huge 400ml bottle of each for the very beautiful price of just £1.89 each! That's almost £8 worth of shampoo & conditioner for under £4! Oh I do love a beauty bargain! I really would recommend this one to anybody looking for something to nurture & care for their hair. 

What are your fave shampoos & conditioners for amazing hair? Let me know! Hope you're all having an awesome weekend!
Kelly xx

Friday, 10 May 2013

9 Bars: My New Addiction!


Hello my lovelies! So today's post is about healthy eating, or should I say my lack of it! If you know me you know I am terrible at eating healthily! I have an extremely shameful addiction for all things sweet & bad for you, if it's covered in chocolate it's mine! 

Now I've tried the healthy eating thing before, many times & I must say quite unsuccessfully. However, I've recently been ill a lot with colds & bugs etc, and been generally feeling quite poopy, never good! So I decided it was about time I really made an effort and gave my awful junk food addiction a great big kick up the bum!

If you've read my post on being underweight then you'll know that I've always struggled to put on weight. So the idea of my new healthy diet is not to lose any weight, just to give myself a bit of a boost & start to give my body the things it actually needs rather than all that sugar, salt & other baddies that I pollute it with!




So I've never been a huge fan of the healthier options out there. They always seem so boring & tasteless & most of the time over-priced! So I thought I'd have a good root about on the net to find out what's really good for you. I'd heard about 9 Bars, from FleurDeForces YouTube channel. They sounded really yummy so thought I'd give them a go. I decided to pop in to my local Holland & Barrett store & Sainsburys and stock up on a few of these bad boys (or should I say good boys?) plus a few other things such as some fruit to make smoothies (I'm terrible at eating my 5-a-day!) I also left the store without buying any chocolate! (are you proud of me?) Another few things I bought included almonds, hazelnuts & macadamia nuts as I heard these are great for good health, especially if you don't eat meat (like me!)



I am now addicted to these nutritious bars! They are not only packed full of energy-boosting seeds, but they are absolutely delicious! (I'm even munching on one as I type!) They also contain honey and have a carob topping which is great alternative to chocolate! I'm in love with these & although I'm not bright-eyed & busy-tailed just yet I am now really motivated to properly change my eating habits for good! I will try to keep you guys updated on how this goes!

You can find 9 Bars in your local supermarket or Holland & Barrett store and they retail at £1.90 for a pack of 4.

So what are your top tips for eating healthily? Let me know!
Kelly xx