Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Christmas 2015!

Christmas 2015

Christmas crept up on me a lot this year. I was quite busy with Uni through the first half of December, so it really came out of nowhere! Despite being grossly underprepared (For instance, still wrapping presents in the early hours of the morning on Christmas day!) it was pretty enjoyable. So, here are some pictures of this Christmas:

Friday, 25 December 2015

Belper Christmas Lights

Belper Christmas Lights, Snowflake,

To celebrate Christmas, I thought I'd share a few photos that I took of the Christmas lights in my hometown! (Which is Belper, in Derbyshire for those of you who don't know.)

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Recent Purchases: Haircare

Haircare Products

It's that time of year where bad hair days are totally inevitable. Here are some products that I've been trying out to help combat the frizz.

Schwarzkopf Got2B All Star 10-in1 Styling Treatment

This product boasts that it can do TEN things for your hair. What are they? Shine, fullness, strength, thickness, smoothness, suppleness, protection, anti-frizz, anti-humidity, and shape.

It costs just under a fiver, which is pretty good for what it claims to offer. I'm pretty happy with this, it does make my hair sleeker and slightly less frizzy, but it doesn't tame it completely. (I'm yet to find anything that really does though!) 

It's worth trying out if you're on a budget and looking for something to help combat those bad hair days though.

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Shine Deep Treatment

This is probably the best conditioning treatment I've used. It's the only product that consistently makes my hair softer, shinier and more manageable. And, at less than a fiver, it's really pretty cheap too.

I always re-purchase this, because I can't bear to run out of it. So it probably goes without saying that I'd definitely recommend this to anyone and everyone. Give it a try, it's really good!

Toni & Guy Prep Heat Protection Mist

I like Toni & Guy hair stuff. (Especially seeing as this was only a couple of quid.) I'm trying to give my hair as much of a break as possible each week from heat styling, but sometimes only GHDs will do to tame my hair, and that's where this product comes into play.

The scent is lovely and subtle, and it seems to ease frizz slightly too. Plus it's always nice to be reassured that I'm protecting my poor hair from all the heat I subject it to.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Creme Serum

Ahhh, Frizz Ease. I picked this up in Boots the other week by chance, having not used anything from the range for years. I've mainly been using this to try and tame frizz after I've finished styling my hair, but you can use this before blow drying. It's pretty good at taming flyaways and calming down the frizziness that's inevitable at this time of year. 

It's slightly pricier than all of the other products on my list, but it's pretty flippin' good, so it's probably worth it.

Co Lab Dry Shampoo - Paris 

This is part of Ruth Crilly's range of dry shampoos. Now, I'll be honest, I'm really not a fan of dry shampoo at all. I've never found one that I would consider using on a regular basis, or as an alternative to washing my hair if the option to wash it properly wasn't there. 

Co Lab is probably the nicest one I've found, for a couple of reasons: It doesn't make my hair look grey/white (so people don't mistake me for an old lady), and it doesn't make my hair too much frizzier.

There are an array of different scents (all named after different cities) in the range, but I picked up Paris, in the hope that it would make me feel more cosmopolitan and Parisian. (It didn't.)

This would probably be the dry shampoo brand that I'd opt for first, but it's not something I'd ordinarily pick up and use unless I really had to.

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think?

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Sunday, 6 December 2015

The Weekend Edit: Life Lessons of Autumn

Belper River Gardens, Life Lessons

It's time for me to whine about what life's taught me lately. Enjoy!

Keep on going.

There are days where you question if you've made the right decision, but there are also days where it's crystal clear that you're on the right path. Finally.

Doing a Broadcast Journalism Course Equals...

...Not being able to watch TV or listen to the radio like a normal person ever again. My mind's constantly analysing everything, which isn't really ideal.

Autumn looks pretty...

...But feels cold and disappointingly dark. No-one enjoys it being dark at 4pm. No-one.


Some people are incapable of being happy for you when your life's going well; they're much happier when you're struggling to keep your head above water. It makes them feel better about their own lives, and their inability to make their own dreams come true. Just carry on with your life and let them implode with their pathetic bitterness.

Sleep is hard to come by.

I've always struggled to get enough decent sleep, but there's something about being at Uni a lot and a three-hour daily commute that makes sleep even more elusive. (Somebody pass the industrial strength concealer...)

Getting over stuff.

It's taken a surprising amount of time to get over the events of the summer. (Read here, if you're not sure what I'm referring to.) 

I'm still occasionally jumpy and it's as though the actions of one person have made me feel like home isn't really home right now. However, it's all about not letting them win, because they're totally not worth it. 


Blogging and doing a Masters are quite hard to juggle. You may well have noticed that there've been very few posts over the past couple of months. Sorry, but my MA must come first because it's costing a packet. 
(A very modest £5,510!)

Quarter-Life Crisis

Since when did loads of my friends get into serious relationships, start buying houses, getting married and having babies? I'm a student that still lives at home with her parents... What happened?

Progressing at Different Rates

We tend to progress through life at different rates. It's about finding the one that you're most comfortable with. As I'm pretty sure I've mentioned before, it's that variety that makes life all the more beautiful.

What's life taught you recently?

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