Not a beauty blogger..

I just want to start this post with a couple of disclaimers: 1) I’m not a beauty blogger. 2) I’m definitely not in any way shape or form a professional hair dresser. 3) I really hope this helps because I seriously could’ve done with this type of post!!!

I recently dyed my hair a dark blue black, and then about two-three weeks later I seriously started to regret it. Now it’s not because I didn’t like the colour, this is just the type of person I am ūüôą! My roots started to show and I already knew I didn’t want to keep the dark dark colours as I was feeling something more natural for Autumn (I’m naturally a brunette & for me autumn means warm colours, brown eye shadow to go with my brown hair and brown eyes, jumpers, coats and scarves!! I completely love the season and everything it means.

I started doing some research using google, YouTube & Pinterest but to be honest I just found it so difficult. I had my hair cut by my hair dresser who said her daughter had used washing powder to remove the colour from her hair so I tried to research this method but found noting. I then decided to try an online method which suggested mixed Head & Shoulders shampoo with washing up liquid.. I can be pretty impatient so I tried it and when it didn’t work I was desperate for another option.

This time I decided to spend ¬£10 on a colour remover that I bought from Asda (it’s pictured below) and it really worked! Now it really smells, like really smells, but if you can handle it I’d say it definitely works – I’ll put before & after pictures below in case you want to have a look. I’ve used this before and whilst it worked afterwards my hair looked and smelt like straw. Utterly horrid. So this time I decided I would buy new shampoo & conditioner. After treating my hair with the colour remover you could see a clear difference, but to protect my hair I washed it in a shampoo made to recover damaged hair, I then conditioned using the same brand and left it on for 20-30 minutes before washing out.

All products used:

Now this isn’t a full review and it’s not meant to be. I just wanted to share my experience and also show my results in case someone else who is trying to find out what I tried to find out stumbles across this post.

Before & after:


I’m really really happy with the result & so glad the black-blue is gone.. now just to decide if I want to use the brown dye pictured below or keep this light brown, slightly ginger colour! If you have an opinion on which to keep please do let me know as I could do with a hand deciding.

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Ps. I bought a new lamp today too & it’s absolutely adorable & casts the prettiest shadows

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HAPPY: Day One

I’m not sure if anyone’s read this book yet, but for a while now I’ve been wanting to read Fearne Cottons book, HAPPY. I don’t know why but I just haven’t bought it for myself, I’m not sure whether it’s my strange tendency to not buy things I want unless their clothes or useful or whether it’s that I felt I wasn’t sure I would enjoy the content… but either way when Fearne Cotton first released it I was one hundred percent, absolutely, definitely intrigued. I mean I follow a few celebs on Instagram, not many I want to add, but Fearne Cotton is one of them.. a couple of celebrities just really capture my attention and Fearne Cotton, along with Giovanna Fletcher, is one of them.

Today I got home, after a super crappy day at work, and my Mom tells me there’s a gift for me on the kitchen table.. I’m at that point in my adult life where although I was super excited, I was expecting something practical that I needed. So my Mom has totally gone & bought me this book I’ve been mentioning but never getting round to buying or reading!

Now I’m not overly superstitious… but it’s kind of funny that after a crap day where I really really didn’t feel happy I’ve been bought a book all about happiness!

I’ve read the first little introductory bit & I’m excited to read the rest. I can’t guarantee I’ll read it every day, and maybe I won’t even read it regularly, but I know I’m still intrigued and I want to give it a go so I guess I’ll let you know how it goes!

Fingers crossed it helps with this mini, slow but steady journey I’m on to notice the happiness in my life

Sx

Monthly Memories: September

I’m 100% behind on whats happened in my life that I wanted to write a post about, life still a little bit manic with working and commuting as well as desperately trying to see the people I love in all my spare moments. So whats gone on in my life this month? Well, lets see what I can tell you all about!

Si’s Birthday Surprise

Right at the begining of the month it was Si’s birthday and after me changing jobs and us having less and less time together I just wanted to plan something cute & special for his birthday. We’ve been together 2 and a half years now and during this time we’ve visited a fair few castles, we visit them when we’re on holiday and in our first year together I took him away as a surprise to Kenilworth castle and to stay overnight in like a hotel that looks like a castle but isn’t a historic castle. Si has a degree in history and really enjoys visiting them, I’m more of that opinion that their beautiful to look at more often than not, interesting to see and you can get some amazing pictures aha! So this year for his birthday I managed to get a sweet deal on GroupOn that was a 2night stay in Best Western Hotels Salford Hall (which is lush) including breakfast each morning, afternoon tea on one of the days and tickets to Warwick Castle. Now I can tell you straight up that Warwick Castle is nothing like the castles we usually visit, it was so commercialised but actually we had a really good day and were entertained by the Falconry shows and Trebuchet shows and Horrible Histories Maze. Si seemed to really enjoy himself and staying in a hotel and just getting a bit of time completely to ourselves was lovely! It ended on a not so great note as I started feeling super ill after our Warwick Castle visit and woke up on our last day full of cold meaning instead of doing what we had planned we headed back to Birmingham and I spent most of the day napping.. To be honest I’ve still not fully recovered as I still have some symptoms of my cold 2 weeks after first feeling ill!

Memory Walk

I’ve already mentioned on my blog about doing this memory walk, but in this post I want to say I had a really great day, I was still suffering from a cold but it was fun to be surrounded by family. I managed to raise 85% of my target thanks to some amazing people in my life donating way more than they should’ve, but it was so nice to feel the support. Me & Alex ended up walking ahead of everyone else and just having the loveliest catch up ever! Even though we’re living together again now we definitely don’t get enough time together but I have to be so honest, she is becoming one of my closest friends and I adore spending time with her.

Other than this my September has been a little boring and consistent mostly of work, work, work, work, work!! I have managed to squeeze in a couple of cheeky brunches with two of my faves, Laura & Lynsey but generally I haven’t really seen much of my pals incl Sarah which is sad as I miss all of them. I’m not sure yet whether this is normal for adults, to hardly see one and other, or whether this is just because I’m working 40+ hours a week as well as travelling for 10 hours.. but who knows! I’ll just see how my life pans out next week.

Ooo! Also its finally scarf season and I could not be happier about it and I dyed my hair a blacky-blue which I absolutely adore so have a picture of it with me in a snapchat filter because why not!

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Memory Walk

Ok, this Saturday I’m doing something that’s close to my heart..

Last year my Nan was diagnosed with Dementia, since then I’ve watched her change from small memory losses such as what day it is to bigger losses where at times she has lost 4+ years of her memory. It’s one of those horrible situations where at first you have no idea what to do, but mostly when she’s asking me a question for the 4th time I just answer it as if she’s never asked before.

Alzheimers and dementia will affect 1 in 6 people and if I’m brutally honest it’s one of the things I dread growing older because of. I dread the day my Nan looks at me and doesn’t remember who I am and I hope that day never comes but I also dread the possibility that one day I might be diagnosed with this disease and forget not only myself but everyone I love.

I will never truly understand what my Nan is going through and I selfishly hope I never will understand it.

This weekend, on Saturday, myself and other members of my family are taking part in a fundraiser called the Memory Walk, it takes place in a park that is local to us and we’re walking as a team called the Jammy Beggars (I didn’t pick the name haha!).

Mostly we’re viewing it as an opportunity to show support for an amazing woman who has impacted our lives in ways we can’t ever fully repay her for. She has improved my life and the person I’ve grown into everyday for the 24years I’ve been alive and I hope that by taking part in this and hopefully raising a bit of money I can improve her future and other people in the world who like her are suffering from this disease.

I’m going to put up the link here in case any of you feel that you’d like to sponsor and support me on this walk. All of the money raised goes to the Alzheimer’s Society to help them support people suffering with this disease and to assist in the research they are doing in hopes of finding a cure.

On another note, I know I haven’t really posted about Si’s birthday as promised! I fell ill last Friday and am still suffering slightly so will get it up as soon as I have more energy and time.

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Getting Me Through

I know I haven’t posted in a while and I’m sorry, I’ve just been having a bit of a hectic month. At work my General Manager resigned, as well as another manager taking us from a team of 7 down to a team of 5. As a Deputy Manager I’m being hugely looked at to keep everything going and achieving as a cinema and a business. I’m actually currently working day 6/9 tonight and I already know I’m exhausted, my feet hurt, my head hurts, I’m tired, I’m drained and I just want to lounge about doing nothing. I don’t want to work 4-close everyday of Eid and then work a 12-8 on Monday… but instead of thinking about all of the things I don’t want to do I’m going to write down the things that are getting me through and that are going to get me through the next few shifts.

  1. After Mondays shift I have 6 days off
  2. It’s Simons birthday on Wednesday; I’m so excited to give him his presents & take him on the surprise 3 day get away I’ve planned (I’ll tell you about it after in case Si is reading)
  3. However boring it sounds I absolutely cannot wait to do nothing with Si watching Netflix, having 3 proper meals a day and cuddling lots
  4. To not have to set an alarm for 6 days
  5. To actually get home and feel alive enough to want to speak to and hang out with my family, and text back my friends; hopefully even see a few of them

I know its not much,  but it really is the little things in life that get us through.

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Travel & Holidays

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Now I don’t have anywhere near as many adventures as I wish I did, but in the last two years I’ve definitely broadened my horizons. From the age of around 3 up until I turned 18 I’d never really been abroad and then when I did it was just Ireland. When I turned 21 I started to go a few other places, I had a long distance relationship between Birmingham & London so suddenly I was going to London at least once a month, seeing different places, museums, restaurants, land marks, tourist spots, bars etc. With this partner we’d go for weekends in other cities like Bristol with day trips to places like Weston Super-Mare or Brighton, but we never really went on holiday together.

After I graduated and started working full time & thats really when I started to push myself a little more. I have been on lots of cottage holidays with my current partner of 2 and a half years including places like the Forest Of Dean¬†and¬†Wales. At some point after graduation I travelled to Italy with my family & stayed in a villa for a week which was amazing. I’ve travelled to¬†Barcelona with my best friend & old housemate. It seems me and Si travel to places abroad beginning with M’s only including Malta and Malaga, Spain. This year we’ve also got a cottage booked in Yorkshire in November together.¬†Every year I also go to Cornwall for at least one week with my family.

I love all of my holidays and I love every type of them. I love the short breaks I get excited to go on and to book more with my best friends. I love the cottages with Si that include lots of tea drinking, cake, wellie wearing and cottage cooking. I love going abroad with Si and lounging about, returning with beautiful tans. I love the one week a year where all 5 members of my family spend an entire week camping together.

So lets begin the summary of my last week in Cornwall, you know those holidays where you spent a whole week somewhere and yet somehow you feel like you didn’t really do a lot? Yep, thats how I feel now I’m back. I’m finding it hard to pin down what I did each day and I don’t really know why, so hopefully this post will make me realise I actually did more than I think..

Before I start though you need to know that mostly I had a really chilled week surrounded by five of the people who are closest to my heart, and ultimately even if at the end of this post I realise I didn’t do much I know I spent the week with people who matter the most to me and that in itself is a pretty awesome week away!

So it took us 6 and a half hour to get down on Saturday, traffic on the M5 was just a bit grim, but when we arrived we were gifted with burgers from a family we meet up with every year which was yummmm!

Day One, Sunday. We had a pretty chilled day and visited our usual beach Watergate Bay, my Dad & sister surfed whilst the rest of us chilled on the beach reading books and chatting. Then in the evening we chilled out in the trailer tent playing games and taking ridiculous pictures in snapchat filters giggling. All in all pretty ace first day!

Day Two, Monday.¬†Super lazy morning, we went swimming in the campsite pool and somehow I managed to persuade Si to come with.¬†We just had a laugh and played a few games as a family, sleepy Dad stayed at the tent.We then had scones at the trailer tent before heading out to Newquay where we secretly ordered a Birthday Cake for my Mom. We went down to Newquay Harbour to see the seals that reside there and then had to test out¬†some cocktails at a restaurant we were considering for Moms birthday meal (btw, the cocktails were¬†not¬†up to scratch, watery and a bit ming so we definitely didn’t go back there the next day)

Day Three, Tuesday. This was the day of my beautiful Momma’s birthday! Aaaaaand it rained, boo! We travelled to St. Austell¬†we just went into little shops and looked around before heading off to a near by beach, Portpean. Both St Austell & Portpean are on the opposite side of the Cornish coast to where we stay so it was nice to get across and see different things. We then went back to the campsite, got changed and headed out for dinner in Newquay, the wait at for a table was long and the wait for the food was long, but overall we had a nice time.

Day Four, Wednesday. On Wednesday me & Si took a day to ourselves and went and did our own thing. We always visit castles, its kind of our thing.. So we travelled down to Falmouth to see Pendennis Castle it took us an hour and a bit to get there and back as the traffic was awful again (we had seriously bad luck with traffic this week). It was pretty cool and then in the evening we met back up with my family and had dinner together.

Day Five, Thursday. On this day it was gloriously sunny! Like absolutely lovely. Me and Si went swimming in the morning and then met up with my family on the beach so my Dad and sister could do a bit of surfing. The weather was nice and it was a chilled out day. Also I wore bright yellow and that cheers me up all the time!

Day Six, Friday. Another miserable day, it was quite grey so we decided to go to a new beach Polzeath, it was a bit cold and rained a little bit. Dad & Alex hit the surf whilst Mom and Joe went for a coastal path walk. Me & Si sat in the little beach tent and I think I had a nap aha! Then we went to Padstow to have fish and chips in the harbour on mine & Si’s last night before coming home.

On Saturday it took us another 6 and a half hours to get home and we were in a lot of traffic. When we got back to Birmingham we went round to Si’s moms and had spag bol for dinner which was honestly exactly what we needed. Bring on lots of washing and that summarises what me & Si did on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. We then had Sunday lunch at Si’s moms which was lush before I had a lovely catch up with my bestie Lyns in the evening.

All in all, amazing week and I am totally dreading going back to work!

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