Saturday, 17 September 2016


It’s one thing to teach yourself how to be good at something but it’s quite another when you’re desperate for something to go well that never ever does. This has been my relationship with growing my nails for as long as I can remember.
As a child I used to bite them but throughout my teenage years and twenties all I’ve wanted is nice natural nails that have a bit of length to them. Unfortunately that’s never come to fruition so I’ve decided to FORCE myself to persevere with nail growing!
The work I do is a little infuriating for trying to grow nails; five days out of seven I'm in a supermarket so I have to mess around with shelf stripping, price labels, filling products, opening cardboard boxes, money handling, grocery packing…all things that lead to easily-broken nails. It’s really started bugging me excessively in the past couple of months so I’m going to put the effort in and hope that by the end of the year I’ve got a handle on my nails.

To give them a bit of encouragement I’m going to be using a few products to aid with the overall health of my nails, as well as putting some goodness in to (hopefully) boost them into being the long, strong nails I’ve wanted for so long.
The products I’ll be using to help this endeavour are Barbara Daly’s nail strengthener and cuticle oil, Neal’s Yard geranium and orange hand cream and, when it comes to cleaning, I’ll be using Tesco’s magnolia and silk handwash. To dry I’ll be primarily using towels/paper as I’ve noticed that air dryers really make the skin on my hands super dry so I can’t imagine it’s too good for my nails either.

I'd like to say I have some sort of plan but my approach is simply to be more conscious of nail care in general and make an effort to keep my hands in as much of a good condition as possible.
For now I'll leave with the thought of doing a recheck in a couple of months to see how well this has gone. Wish me luck!


Thursday, 15 September 2016


In the arena of all-natural haircare I’m firmly flying the flag as a member of Team Lush, with a good handful of their products taking up space in my bathroom for all sorts of hair requirements.
Two shampoos I like to alternate between are I Love Juicy and Rehab, which are both wonderful for a number of different reasons.
If you’re thinking of trying either in the near future, let me give you the lo-down on each one to help you make a lovely informed choice.

First up, I Love Juicy is a gorgeously fruity shampoo that smells delicious and gives a really deep clean from root to tip. One of the things I love most about ILJ is the full-on squeaky clean finish it gives to my hair, as well as the luscious shine it leaves behind that I rarely get from chemical-based products.
ILJ has seaweed for softness and all of the fruity enzymes work in harmony to break down excess oil on the scalp to give a lovely fresh head of hair. I Love Juicy works best if you don’t have much product build up but it is brilliant for minimal de-gunking and maximum revitalising.

Next is Rehab, which is the more heavygoing brother of I Love Juicy. It carries a more mature scent, with peppermint overtaking the fruity fragrances, and the inclusion of a few different oils – including rosemary and lavender – give it an overall more earthy tone.
Rehab delivers an intense cleanse, with the same fruity enzymes as ILJ, but calls on the added oils as backup to bring hair back to its absolute best, like restoring your tresses to their factory default. The results are soft, shiny locks with a lovely detoxed feel to the scalp that comes as a real indulgent treat, particularly if you’ve been heavy-handed with the styling products.

Rehab and I Love Juicy are both beautifully clarifying shampoos and both offer a really good cleanse. I only wash my hair once or twice each week, with both of these allowing a good 3-4 days before any grease begins to make itself known for me. My hair is thick, curly, quite dry-textured and mid-to-long in length so I use about a tablespoon’s-worth for each wash and that’s enough to get a plentiful lather and a good, deep clean.
When it comes to downsides there really aren’t any for either of these shampoos. They lather well, they last for a long time and they both deliver great results for making hair soft and shiny with a happy scalp to boot. They’re both the same price as well – £5.75/100g – so they really are neck and neck! For all of those reasons I recommend them both so highly and am confident that you can't really go wrong with either option.

Let me know which is your favourite in the comments.


Sunday, 17 July 2016


It’s crazy to think that 2006 was ten whole years ago. It was the year I went off to university and is a time I remember fondly, with plenty of albums and songs being linked to so many good memories. This is about to be a trip down memory lane, having a look back at the songs I listened to non-stop and inviting you to come with me by clicking the titles to have a listen back.

Thursday, 14 July 2016


As a perpetual yo-yo dieter I've tried a lot of different eating plans and quick fixes over the years. Nowadays I'm fully focussed and making continued effort but always on the lookout for things that'll give me little boosts and help me on the way, which I'm currently enjoying in the form of Fruiteatox.

Thursday, 30 June 2016


I'm still on the fence over how I feel about extremely highlighted makeup looks, but for £3 a pop I couldn't resist trying Makeup Revolution's Shimmer Bricks to ease me into things.
L-R: Radiant; Rose Gold
Brushes by Real Techniques
Bedding: Purrmaids by George Home at Asda