Thursday, 24 July 2014

tresemme 7 day keratin smooth haircare

Frizzy hair is the bane of my life, I have thick, wavy hair that takes a lot of effort to straighten & style. I have serious envy towards those of you that naturally have sleek smooth hair or can achieve straightened hair with minimum work! When I heard that Tresemme had launched a new product range that was designed to provide long lasting, salon styled straight hair I knew I'd have to test them out!
The products are infused with Keratin & have built in thermal technology which works with the heat from straighteners to deliver frizz resistance, ensuring my hair stays straight for longer, even after washing it. The Shampoo is low in sulphates meaning my hair feels cleaner than ever as it removes impurities as well as gently cleansing it. The conditioner helps to lock in the Thermal technology that is activated once the heat is applied. The combination of the Shampoo & Conditioner together leaves my hair feeling silky soft & also much more manageable when I come to brush it afterwards. Once I've towel dried my hair I apply a couple of pumps of the 7 day smooth Treatment, mostly focusing on the lengths but I add a small amount to the upper sections of my hair as well. I then either blow dry my hair or leave it to dry naturally, depending on how much time I've got & then it's time for the straighteners to activate the Thermal Technology & lock my hair into super sleek mode! You're supposed to straighten your hair in small sections & go over that section 3-4 times but even straightening my hair as I normally would I can still see a difference with how straight my hair becomes so quickly. Usually my hair takes ages to become poker straight because it frizzes up with the heat & becomes more voluminous than I want it to be! I can also go to sleep with straight hair & wake up the next day with straight hair which is actually quite a surreal experience for me! I'm so used to waking up to my hair being wavy & kinking in all the wrong places so as you can imagine it's a great feeling to see my hair in a presentable condition in the early hours of the morning!

I use this trio of products once a week as I like to vary my hairstyles so when I know that I want to keep my hair straight for a few days I use this haircare routine. I find it such a chore to wash, dry & straighten my hair because of how thick & frizzy my hair can be but after trialling the 7 Day Keratin  Smooth System I can report back to say it's made taming my hair much more enjoyable. I achieve smoother, straighter hair in a much shorter amount of time & I've also been able to reduce the amount of heat I use each week as I don't need to re-straighten my hair as often!

Have you tried any of the products from Tresemme's 7 day smooth range?

L x

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

little things

 Taking time to appreciate the little things can easily be glanced over as life whizzes by so quickly, but recently I've been trying to look at life in a more positive way, because really life is too short! It really can be the little things that bring a smile to my face each day, I think we as Humans often get caught up on the stresses of daily life & often forget nice things that happen throughout our day.
- Having time to take my morning coffee back to bed.
- Walking Tilly through the countryside early in the morning or just before the sun sets.
- Planning a spa day with one of my oldest & bestest friends.
- Adding all my spare pennies to our savings jar
- Dom picking me up from work in an evening & greeting me with the biggest hug ever. 
- Arranging flowers in little glass bottles
- FaceTiming my little Brother who lives over in Turkey
- pug hugs
- Baking, I've always loved baking but never made much time for it!
- Receiving lovely comments & tweets from you guys (appreciate every single one of you that reads my blog!)
 - Making someone a cup of tea when they come home from a hard day at work 
- That feeling when you find something you'd been searching weeks for (my MacBook charger!)
- Getting the reduced cupcakes from Tesco
- Painting my nails perfectly, for once!
- Hearing the Northern accent again after being away down South for 3 years
Lots of lovely little things happen during my day & taking 5 minutes to recap on a few of those things each week feels weirdly rewarding. I've always been such a negative person but it's so refreshing to be able to think more positively & actually notice the nice things that surround me.
L x

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Monday, 21 July 2014

pug life #6

 Such a baby face, always has to chew her favourite toy!
Lazy pug refusing to walk back to the car after a trip to the lake!
 I always find her on my bed/pillow if she disappears!
She loves to be tucked up in bed, little baby.
 Standing in the field watching the birdies, she's obsessed with them.
She's such a squidge, look how adorable she is in her onesie!!
Being a monkey & stealing my pillow

If anyone ever scrolled through my iPhone or photo collection on iPhoto they'd literally be scrolling through 1000's of photos of Tilly. I take so many photos of her as often as I can because every little thing she does is adorable & she really is the cutest. She might be a tiny terror but she's instantly forgiven when she looks over at me all innocently! It's crazy how much Dom & I love her, she is our fur baby & we couldn't imagine our lives without her now. I always said I'd never be one of those people obsessed with their dog but as soon as Tilly came in to my life I totally understood why people love their dogs so much haha. I'll try do these Tilly posts more often, I absolutely love rediscovering old photos of her & remembering how tiny she was! 
L x

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Sunday, 20 July 2014

another micellar water?

Botanics All Bright Micellar 3 in 1 Cleansing Solution - £2.99
Beauty bloggers & the beauty industry as a whole have gone crazy for Micellar waters ever since Bioderma became the 'it' skincare product to be using. With Bioderma being difficult to buy unless you lived in France or London it created an opportunity for other brands to add a micellar water to their product range. Over the past year or so lots of alternatives have been hitting the shelves of Boots, Superdrug & even the supermarkets, with L'Oreal & Garnier being just two of those companies that joined in with the cleansing water craze!

Botanics are skincare brand that I have used & loved in the past so when I popped into Boots to pick up some more cleansing water & spotted they had an introductory offer on their new cleansing waters so I thought I'd give the All Bright one a try. There is also an Ultra Calm version available too which I'll be picking up next! This water is very similar to all of the others I have tried before, it has the same water like consistency & feeling, it removes makeup/dirt quickly & efficiently & feels refreshing on my skin. The difference between this one & the other ones I have tried is that Botanics have provided more than just a cleanser, which explains the name '3 in 1 Cleansing Solution'. You might be wondering, how is a micellar water 3 in 1, surely it just works as a cleanser? Well this product contains Hibiscus which is known for it's brightening & properties so with this ingredient being included the water is not only able to remove the daily build up of dirt & makeup it also helps to brighten your skin. The third & final part to the 3 in 1 cleansing solution is that the water acts as a mild exfoliant thanks to the Hibiscus flower's natural AHA's (according to Google this stands for Alpha Hydroxy Acid!). This little bottle of natural skincare not only helps to clean my skin but also exfoliates & brightens, three things for under £3! I love that it's powered by nature, it preps my skin ready for the next step in my routine & is the most affordable of the bunch. 

Have you used a micellar water before? Which one is your favourite?
L x

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