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A little while a back I started to hear about Olaplex. It’s a hair treatment which is said to not just condition hair, but actually repair the proteins within each strand. Olaplex first came to my attention on Pinterest and beauty blogs claiming that it was how Kim Kardashian was able to go platinum blonde and not have all her hair fall out.

As someone who’s always had quite frizzy hair and quite a few highlights/lowlights/colours, the idea of something which could calm, thicken and strengthen my hair was interesting, however, when it first came out it was a struggle to a) find somewhere that offered the treatment and b) at a price that wouldn’t break the bank account!

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That said, the price has seem to have come down somewhat and last time I went for a hair cut at VOX, I was able to have the treatment before my hair cut. It was £25 which was significantly less than the forty-odd-pounds I’d had previously quoted elsewhere.

After the treatment, my hair genuinely did feel thicker and healthier. I was pleasantly surprised with the results – having been a doubter before, my hair felt different on my scalp. Sounds bizarre, but it was as if someone had given me my younger, undamaged hair back.

I had this done back at the end of February, but have been topping it up with Olaplex No.3 – the at home version of the treatment. Some reviews online have said that it’s done nothing for them at all, but from what I can see, they tend not to have had the first two professional treatments. It may, of course, just be down to hair type.

The best price I’ve seen for No.3 so far has been at – £20.95 instead of a £32.00 RRP. If you do choose to go for No.3, it doesn’t come with instructions, so I’ve found this Refinery29 article on using Olaplex No. 3 at home super useful. I tend to do it once every two weeks and last time left it on for four hours (it was a lazy/pamper day). I’ve also been topping up with a conditioning mask too. My hair feels in the best condition it has for a long-time.

Until I reach for the bleach again….**le sigh**




Crayola x Clinique

February 20th, 2017

From the moment I first saw these Crayola x Clinique Chubby Sticks on the US website I was in love! I immediately headed over to the Debenhams counter on my lunch to see if they’d come out yet. Unfortunately not, so I kept an eye out for when they headed over to our side of the pond.

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From the moment I first saw these Crayola x Clinique Chubby Sticks on the US website I was in love! I immediately headed over to the Debenhams counter on my lunch to see if they’d come out yet. Unfortunately not, so I kept an eye out for when they headed over to our side of the pond.


Then, when I saw the below Facebook post, it seem to good to miss! I already knew I was going to love Red Violet, Brick Red and Fuzzy Wuzzy.


Needless to say I hot-footed it down there on my lunch break on the relevant day and got myself a beautiful little illustration from Nikki Groom alongside the set of mini chubby sticks for £35 – which is ace as I can try them all out. I’ve even entered their colouring competition on Instagram where you can win a whole year’s worth!

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Learning to knit!

January 10th, 2017

Recently I’ve been feeling like I’ve needed a hobby, aside from watching Netflix and being on my laptop. So I got in touch with Rachel Elwell from Art Yarn and she came to do some classes for my friend and I.

I’ve got quite into it – although only simple stitches at the moment, but I’m getting better. Crazy, Sexy Wool by Wool & The Gang is expensive, but luxurious and easy for a beginner to try and knit some scarves! I’d also recommend their Lil’ Foxy Roxy scarf kit as a starter for ten – you get big chunky 15mm needles, wool and a pattern.

While Wool & The Gang were my first introduction to ‘cool’ wool, I’ve since found Stitch and Story. And my goodness aren’t those some pretty colours! Next on my ‘to try’ list is a cable stitch hat – wish me luck! :)




Design your own engagement ring!

December 30th, 2016

So….if you’ve been following me on social media at all, you ‘might’ have seen that The Boy popped the question! Super exciting and romantic, overlooking the beautiful city of Lisbon!

He knows me well enough to know that I’d want a hand in choosing the perfect ring with him and so, once we arrived back in the UK we began looking for somewhere to pick a ring. Neither of us are especially (read: at all) experienced in this, so I did a little shout out on Facebook and luckily a few people got back to us with their recommendation. One of the jewellers suggested was Ivy Nixon, who did bespoke commissions, as well as her current designs.

After spending an unsuccessful day traipsing around various jewellers, who all looked the same, I took one look at her website and Instagram and knew she was right for us! She was super accommodating and came to see us on her next trip up to Manchester from London. I can’t recommend her enough – here’s a testimonial I wrote for her website:    

Throughout the process, Charlotte was a knowledgeable friend; super approachable, while helping to steer the design process with her expertise and advice. She was also dedicated, always responding to my (sometimes rambling!) messages, as well as sending over a variety of styles and stones for me to pick from – including some unusual and off-brief ones to test my preferences.

 I couldn’t be more pleased with my engagement ring. Not only is it gorgeous, but it’s lovely to know that it’s unique to us. Charlotte has triumphed in taking an uncertain and confusing brief and created something even better than what I originally described – it’s like she plucked it from my head!

 She’s been an absolute dream to work with and I can’t recommend her enough to any bride who wants something a bit different, but isn’t sure how to go about it and needs to be supported through the journey. At the end of it you’ll have a beautiful and one of a kind piece.

We were in no way compensated for this review, I’m just honestly very impressed with her service and the end result, which is well, see for yourself…  

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