Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Little Pot o' Gold...

£28 at all swanky salons

as regular readers may know I am NO beauty blogger, not by a long stretch, but I am a girl that likes a to look after my hair and skin and I am not afraid to spend when I have to. My darling Dad gave me a little money for my birthday last week, and because I am moving to London and attempting to downsize my vast amount of belongings I put myself on a ban of buying clothes, plus I needed to replace a few beauty products so the ban suited me... and I have been lusting after this little pot of hair drenching goodness for quite a while now. It is part of the Kérastase Elixir Ultime range, which on original launch was a range of hair oils designed to repair and strengthen different types of hair. Then in true brand fashion Kérastase launched a shampoo, mask and conditioner to be added to the range, now if any of you lady (or man) folk know anything about hair care oils have long been used as a way of repairing and improving texture but have been having a bit of a trendy "moment" of late, I am a fan of a hair mask as used weekly it can vastly help hair in need, and after years of relaxing and general bashing with horrifically hot electrical hair appliances I think my follicles can do with all the help they can get.

So after a weekend of curling wands, vodka, dancing in gay bars and hanging with the smokers in the smoking areas I decided to give my locks a little fancy treat.  So I have to be quite generous with conditioner because I have a lot of hair and its thick too, I left it on  whilst I cleaned my teeth, shaved my pins and soaped up the old body and rinsed off after instructed... I was suitably impressed! I had a funny feeling I would be because I have used a number of different Kérastase products before and all are lovely. The mask was thick, creamy, and tinted a delicious shade of gold... and in true Kérastase fashion smells expensive and leaves your locks feeling like you've just blown your pennies on a blowdry in Chelsea. 

On the day my hair felt soft, silky and well nourished, and a day later still does! I would totally recommend this product to anyone with hair in need of some TLC or anyone wanting to generally ensure their hair is in tip top condition, and stays that way. I don't think it would be too great on fine hair or hair that isn't dry or coarse in texture, but I guess its up to the user to judge...

Now I know pots of gold don't exist at the end of rainbows but this is the next best thing! 

Monday, 17 June 2013

Birthday Blogger...

Hello Dear Readers,

Apologies for almost a month of a lack of posting... I am currently in the process of moving to London and if I haven't been at work all hours prepping for the delightful summer sale I have been up and down to London interviewing, having meetings etc etc... So to say I have been busy is a total and utter understatement! On a positive note the blog is going to the capital, so I am planning to add waaaaay more street style, cultural tit-bits and general fashion-y rubbish that makes my blog my blog, and things that I couldn't access in person when I started...
So, as a little apology (and a new promise to stop taking long post breaks) I am doing a bit of a personal post about what has been taking up my life recently... Notably I turned 27 (I am sobbing into my pillow at this old lady feeling) last week and spent much of the past couple of weeks planning my last birthday celebrations in my current home of Manchester. I had a lovely day, made ever more lovely by the folk around me and their kind gestures. I will talk you through the silliness that are my little photos (via Instagram filters) that I took to remember the day by...

Firstly I went and did a little food shop and got way too excited by the fact that my favourite tenderstem broccoli had a use-by date of my birthday!!! And so did my precious blueberries! This silly little thing excited me in a silly and made me smile a lot because, well I am totally daft!

Secondly because I am a sad old singleton I don't have anyone to gift me with Birthday Blooms this year, so being the independent woman that I am I bought them myself! I am totally obsessed with flowers and love having them around my home as much as I can, and these were super pretty... They are a pale creamy pink with darker pink edges on all the petals and just made me smile. So birthday blooms had to be gifted. I don't know why I love having a bunch around, but I absolutely love them. They make me smile, and don't get me wrong I prefer someone to buy them for me but sometimes, like diamonds, a girl just has to buy her own blooms. And it was my birthday so I had to have a bunch!

Next up are the cupcakes I baked on the eve of said birthday... I decided on vanilla and blueberry flavour decorated with vanilla buttercream and silver balls. I am a keen baker and have only just got back into the habit the past month or so and fancied having one for my birthday breakfast, so I got whisking. If I wasn't such a fashion hag I would totally be a little wannabe baker and would be trying to flog my cupcakes to all and sundry. And so I'm told I am pretty good.

Next up is one of the gifts that I received, which is the Chanel nail polish Bel-Argus from the new summer collection. I am a total Chanel hag and have lost count of the number of their polishes I have, and this lovely blue was gifted to me by a fellow Chanel obsessive... It reminds me of Mediterranean seas and sun soaked holidays, days spent melting into the beaches on holidays. I love the fact that this polish reminds me of a by-gone holiday in Malta, it evokes happy family memories and reminds me of suntans, boat trips and the smell of sun tan lotion. Perfection in a polish.

The next image is my new birthday nails! As part of my gradual transformation into a lady I have decided to take up the much needed habit of having regular nail extensions again, I went for long(ish) super pointy oval in the Pink Mask (which is just the pink acrylic you have on a French tip) which is a little tacky but I love them. They make me feel feminine, and chic and I love the routine of having something to keep up regularly and this excites me a little bit. Plus I love the idea of it helping me to be a little more of a lady. And I love this.

Lastly is one of the gifts I received from my BFF in the whole wide world... She asked me for a list of things I wanted and this was my "DVD/Book Wishlist" which was a list of things I'd intended to buy and wanted for a while. I watched Blue Valentine on the last day of my birthday weekend, it was a melancholy, bleak and bittersweet little dose of love that had my current person-to-perv-on Ryan Gosling... Sadly his dodgy hair and glasses look wasn't too hot but I did love the film. I do love a bit of bleak in a love story and this gift fit the bill in that respect, plus it was lovely to receive because I missed it at the cinema and have been desperate to see ever since. 

So there you go... A little glimpse into me of recent weeks. I promise posts will be much more regular!!