Saturday, 20 July 2019

The newest bargain you need right now

I've always been one to really look after my hair as I feel like it's so important in our day to day lives. I can't think of anything worse than crappy hair and seriously gross quality. I use way too many products on my hair anyway just to ensure it's how I want it to be, so you could say I spend a good chunk of my life looking after this mane. I've never really had thick looking hair, but my hair does grow quicker than an episode of Friends so you could say it's something people always compliment me over. I'm also that girl who can never decide on the length and colour she wants for her hair. I've decided to let it grow out and try to grow out my natural colour because I'm not really feeling the whole coloured hair vibe at the moment, natural is much better.

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I popped into Lidl a couple of weeks ago as we needed some bits and we were running out of shower gel so I picked that up (I'm going to do a post on Lidl skincare soon!) and cam across an aussie-dupe shampoo and conditioner. Long story short, I'm really wanting to try out the officialy Aussie haircare brand but this caught my eye and I was really intrigued to try it out. I had no intention of buying anything hair related as I hadn't needed to, I have a cupboard full of conditioners, but I thought I'd give it a go and see if it's worth mentioning as they were only 99p each which is a huge bargain find if you ask me. I was a little nervous about trying this because of how cheap it was, but I didn't want to be judgmental as anything affordable surprises you nowadays. 

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I honestly had no Idea what to expect, It didn't really cross my mind that this could really ruin my hair, but I was wrong! A week into using this, my hair felt so soft that it was as if I was wearing someone elses hair. It didn't feel like mine at all and that really shocked me a lot. I bring it all down to the conditioner as this was the main attraction for me as I'm really into conditioning of the hair at the moment and I was thoroughly impressed. At first it doesn't really feel like it's doing much, but after a week or so you can really tell the difference and I didn't expect myself to be so in love with this at all, I don't even think I want to try another brand just yet because my mind has been all over this one.

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I wash my hair once or twice a week and usually it feels greasy after the third day, but using this I've never had the feeling of greasy hair since. It feels so healthy and nourished and I can't stop playing with it! It looks so healthy and clean and that's the best feeling ever. This is probably the first shampoo and conditioner I've known yet that actually does what it says on the bottle. It's infused with aloe vera which is so healthy for your hair as it promoted hair growth and repairs any dead skin cells that might be on your scalp. I suffer badly with dandruff and as embarrassing as it may sound, it's a lot more common than we all think. It also has Kangaroo paw flower which is well known for repairing and moisturising, everything a girl needs for her hair!

I could not recommend this more, I never even knew about this a month ago and now It's my favourite shampoo and conditioner to use. I didn't expect it to be as good as it is, but it really is and you need to try it out. For 99p each you really can't go wrong and you'd be saving a hell of a lot of money!

Kay x

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Dove tanning lotion review

I used to love tanning a lot, and I was doing almost every day when I was in college and I loved the feeling of it on my skin. I've always been such a pale person so having darker skin helped my confidence in so many ways and I also felt like I looks slimmer too? That sounds silly when you think about it but it really did! I've tried so many different branded fake tans and if I'm going to be completely honest, none really gave me the right feels. I remember winning a St.Moriz competition back in the day which really got me into fake tan and I just didn't see myself liking it as much as I thought I would. I don't like the feeling of fake tan when it's first applied onto your skin but then again it's not meant to feel nice because it's going to stay like that. I will admit I absolutely love the feeling of waking up to fresh fake tan and the excitement of washing it off - I put that down purely to the fact that I want it off of my skin and to only have the browness on me. I'm a very pale girl and I do struggle coming to terms with that as I feel like I look boring and I can't pull off certain outfits because of this. Tanned skin looks amazing with neon colours and although I don't ever wear neon colours, it's just an example that is so true.

I started using Dove tanning lotion a couple of years ago and I haven't turned my head since. This is so affordable and you can get it in pretty much any drugstore, even B&M I believe? It's probably the easiest form of fake tan I know because it doesn't develop badly and you don't always have to wash it off. It's so convenient to me because I don't always have the time to properly fake tan so this is much more easier for me. I love the look that this gives, it's so natural and as if all you have is a summer glow which I am all for the natural looking way. I love how you can apply as little as you want and still get a good tan out of it and it also lasts me longer than a week which is a massive bonus as I couldn't see myself tanning every other day like I used to, it's not for me anymore and I also like to save my products so that they last me a lot longer.  

If you're on a budget and really enjoy fake tanning then I highly recommend this. It's so affordable and you get so much more out of it than a cheaper price. It gives a really good finish and you can either opt for a "light to medium" tan or a "medium to dark" tan which is really handy for either those who are less tanned and also those who are more tanned, everyone is happy and I love it. 

Kay x

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Primark facial cleansing brush review

I love taking the time out of my day to do a full skincare routine on myself, It makes me feel so good about myself knowing that my skin is happy and healthy. One of the things that I really want to work on this year is achieving my skincare goals and ensuring that my skin is how I want it to be because lately It's so dull and boring that I almost hate it. One thing that really dawned on me was the fact I had never owned a facial brush and for someone who takes pride in her skincare routine, what the hell is wrong with me? I'd seen so many people using brushes for their skincare routines and honestly the thought amazes me, however I'd never had one for myself!

The brush itself is really easy to use as it's not too big or flimsy. the bristles don't feel horrible or cheap but then again this is a brush so it's not going to feel soft and makeup brush like, I want this to really work into my skin so even if it is a little rough I'm not that bothered because then I know that my products are going to work into my skin better. On the back there is a silicone sort of feel for massaging on the face which I always love doing when I cleanse my skin. 

I didn't really know what to expect from this brush as I'd never used one before so I couldn't really compare it to any others I have but I did feel like my skin felt a lot smoother than it would do if I was using my hands and the whole routine felt so much cleaner and hygienic as there was no physical contact with my hands. I definitely felt more cleaned with using this as I could focus on more tougher areas and give them an extra clean rather than hoping for the best. Using your hands doesn't really penetrate into your skin so a brush really opened my pores and gave them a deep clean.

I rate this a huge 10 out of 10 purely because of the quality and the fact my skin feels so clean and smooth. For £1 my skincare routine felt like I was using more products rather than 3 products and a brush. I really recommend this if you're on a budget with your skincare and you want to experiment with different techniques - this is your guy!

Kay x

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Overcoming loneliness as a mum

Being a stay at home mum is amazing because you get to spend as much time with your little one as you possibly can, but there are a lot of downfalls that come with this. I love every minute I get with Harry and I feel so lucky I get to see him everyday and be able to have fun with him as much as I like, I do feel for Owen a lot of the time because he's working all of the time and it must be hard for him not being able to see Harry and I everyday! I don't think I would be able to cope if I'm going to be honest, I get attatched so easily so I'd probably be an emotional day pretty much everyday. Although being at home everyday and all day can be fun, it gets very boring and you get days where you feel so isolated and distant from the world that it's hard to enjoy most days - you want to be where the people are, always. I've found a few ways to help overcome loneliness as a stay at home, I hope they might help you out too!

Keep busy
This is the one thing that helps me as I feel it keeps your mind busy rather than sitting around gloating and worrying about everything and anything. I love to clean, so everyday is a cleaning day and I enjoy that. I enjoy having chores to do like the washing and the dusting - you name it I love it. I set myself daily tasks on what I need to get done that day, and that way everything is up to date and organised and it makes me feel so much better about myself. I do have to juggle watching Harry and cleaning as he's walking now so every move he makes my eyes are turned. I mainly do all of the deep cleaning whilst he's napping or at the weekend when Owen is home as it's so much easier and I don't have to work around him at all!

Take up a hobby 
This is something I'm really starting to do this year. I have so many hobbys such as, baking, card making, makeup, blogging and photography. Each of these are very active sort of jobs and they distract you so much. I used to do card making with my Grandma years ago and I really enjoyed giving them to my family members at Christmas and easter etc so I really want to get back into it and make them more special. I'm really enjoying baking and cooking homemade dinners at the moment, it gives me something to do during the day and it leaves you feeling so positive and proud of yourself. Plus I have a lot of family members who would enjoy my baking so it makes everyone happy at the end of the day!

Getting out more
I'm a sucker for this because I hibernate all of the time and it really isn't healthy at all. Fresh air is so good for you and it lifts your mood completely which is why I get a big rush of happiness whenever I'm out and about. I'm starting to go to more baby groups now and meet new people as I am a proper billy-no-mates at the moment and it does get you down often, but life is too short to sit here and worry about everything and everyone. I'm going out near on everyday now and It's making me feel so much better about myself and giving me such a positive outlook on life. It's so great to meet new people also, because you never really know who's out there and you might surprise yourself with how many people feel the same way as you do!

Take care of yourself more
This is something I'm really starting to change this year because I feel like I never really take time out for myself anymore. I'm a mum and girlfriend 24/7 and it can be a little draining trying to make everybody happy all of the time, can't it? Sometimes we just need our own therapy and to take care of ourselves and our bodies. I've been doing masks everyweek and although that sounds silly it's making me feel fresh and clean and I love it. I've also been taking to Netflix again and finding new things to watch and one of those is for sure "Dead to me" it's incredible! If you haven't watched it yet you really need to!

Do you suffer with loneliness? How do you overcome it?

Kay x
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