Thursday, 30 July 2015

How To Build A Girl - Caitlin Moran

After sunning myself up for 10 glorious days in the Island of Lanzarote I'm back to reality and blogging.

The blogging part I can handle, the reality part.. not so much but I guess it wouldn't be a holiday If I didn't come home.

I've got a few different product reviews and fashion posts in the pipe line for the next couple of weeks but for this week I wanted to try something a little different.

Before I went away I asked my friend Christina for book recommendations to read by the pool and one of the ones she mentioned was Cait Moran's 'How to Build a Girl'.

I genuinely could not put this down, I really had to slow down reading it as I could have easily finished it in a couple of days. It's a perfect holiday book or even a great afternoon binge read. I absolutely loved it!

I am always on the hunt for my next read so I would love to hear about what books you'e been loving recently, as always please leave me a comment below..

Without giving too much away, 'How to Build a Girl' tells the coming of age story of Johanna Morrigan, a young girl growing up on a council estate in Woolverhampton during the oppression of Margaret Thatcher.

Being poor in the 90's during this time wasn't easy, and when Johanna finds herself in hot water after potentially jepordising her families finances even further, and making a tit of herself on national television, she decides to rebuild herself into Dolly Wilde - A cool sexually confident goth with a sharpe tongue.

As with most coming of age tales and life, It doesn't quite go to plan for 'Dolly', and she encounters many social and sexual faux pars along the way that will have you laughing out loud. And above all else it has some very important messages about being true to yourself, finding real love, drinking, taking drugs and most importantly not wanking in a bedroom you share with your brother......

Sunday, 12 July 2015

New to my hair care....

I was all about the Argan Oil craze so whenever I see a similar oil based product for my hair I always give it a try.

I noticed these two Kukui Oil products in the Ogx range a few months ago and have been using them religiously ever since. Kukui Oil has great benefits for the skin and scalp as it can be easily absorbed and forms a protective barrier, it's said to be particularly good for dry, sore, or burnt skin and has even been recommended for use on eczema or psoriasis. This is really appealing to me as I now suffer with a really dry scalp which drives me mental!

Another great benefit is that these 2 products are sulphate free.

I was also recommended to try Castor oil on my sore scalp as this has similar healing properties as well as enhancing growth and thickness. If you haven't used Castor oil before, it is extremely thick and gloopy so I would definitely use this as a treatment product rather than a styling product.

I tend to apply this to my damp hair concentrating on the scalp and leave in over night (or as a 10 minute treatment), I then wash out in the morning. As it is so thick, you really need to massage the shampoo into the hair and scalp, depending on the quality of your shampoo this can sometimes take a few washes! However the benefits are incredible, my hair feels much thicker and it keeps my dry scalp at bay.

You can also make your own sprays and treatments by mixing this in bottles with water and/or other oils such as coconut oil and jojoba oil, and you can even rub a small amount on your eyelids to enhance eyelash growth! Before putting a product anywhere near your eyes and face I would always recommend patch testing behind your ear or on the inside of your arm first.

What are your favourite hair care products? Do you have any special remedies or treatments for soothing the scalp or enhancing hair growth? Please leave me a comment....

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Budget Skin Care Favourites

Its no secret that I love splashing out on skincare, but occasionally the bank of Brame isn't so flush. So with finances in mind it's nice to have budget skin care back ups. Some high street skin care products I've tried have been disapointing or left my skin feeling dull and lacklustre but these are some of the budget skin care products Ive found really work for me and have enjoyed using...

1. Clearasil Daily Clear Superfruits Refreshing Pads - £3.50 in Asda: These little pads are great for cleansing and exfoliating at the same time. I wouldn't recommend just using these as a first cleanse but definitely as a second (or a third) cleanse.

2. Garnier Pure Active Micellar Cleansing Water  - £4.99 in Boots: This is a great Bioderma dupe for sensitive skin, can't fault it for removing make up and a large bottle lasts forever.

3. L'Oreal Age Perfect Refreshing Toner - £4.49 in Boots or supermarkets (£2.99 on offer!): Although wrinkles may not be an issue for me currently you can never start too early. I love this because its full of vitamin C, so its really refreshing on my skin and gives it the wake up that it needs.

4. Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Sorbet - £12.00: A little more pricey but still a budget product, this mositeriser is great for morning and evening. I love the sorbet texture as it melts beautifully in to the skin.

What are your favourite budget beauty products? How do you find they compare to the high end products? Please leave me a comment below....

Thanks for reading!