Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Hair care heros

The condition of my hair has steadily become worse and worse over the last few years, mainly down to the fact it is bathed in peroxide every 6 weeks, not to mention the abuse it gets from hair driers and straighteners.

I have tried product upon product but nothing has really managed to salvage my tresses - that is until now!

*Drum roll please*

Introducing my hair care heros: 

These guys are amazing!! Now I have tried a lot of expensive shampoos claiming that they can help you and when the reality is they really can't. So I was a bit sceptical of the SP range. But wowzers!!! The shampoo really cleanses your hair and gets rid of any nasty build up. It is amazing how clean your hair feels when your rinse this stuff out and the conditioner is amazing. It leaves your hair silky smooth without that claggy heavy feeling. I also use the hair mask once a week for a little bit of extra indulgence :) 

Next up comes Kerastase Elixir. I got given a sample of this when I bought all the SP stuff, and it was quite a generous size. This little bottle of hair care miracle is not cheap at around £27 for 125ml but they do also do a smaller 50ml bottle for around £12 and because you need so little then the 50ml should last you a while. You can use this in a number of ways - as a pre-cleanse before washing your hair, as a deep conditioning treatment, as a pre styling product on wet hair (which is the way I use it) or on dry hair. It smells amazing and doesn't leave a greasy residue on your hands unlike some other hair oils. I give this product 10/10 and rate it even higher than the original Moroccan oil. 

When using these products my hair goes from dry, damaged and frizzy to silky smooth and shiny without hardly any effort so if you feel your hair needs so love then I urge you to give these guys a go.

Let me know how you get on if you do! 


Wednesday, 21 September 2011


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to my bestest friend and her spanking new finance!

This weekend was a good one! On saturday I was doing the Make Up for a bridal party in Edinburgh and the apartment was just off the Royal Mile. Although at times a bit hectic the atmosphere in the apartment was brilliant - I love doing weddings like that!

On Saturday night we decided that we were going to travel down to Newcastle the next day to visit some old friends and also meet up up with my bezzie who has recently moved down to Cardiff. They were taking part in the Great North Run so we thought we should really cheer them on. Eventually, after a lot of hard work we managed to find an available B&B and got all packed up and ready to set off early the next morning.

We woke up at 4.30am on Sunday (I do love a good early morning road trip when its still dark outside) and were on the road at 5.30am with a very dazed and sleepy Rosie in tow. We powered it down and made it to Newcastle for 9.30 and that was after a detour to my mums! The morning was spend catching up with my dear ginger geordie friend who I haven't seen for months, in fact it was Rosie's first meeting. Naturally they got on like a house on fire.
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We then travelled across the water on the shields ferry whilst watching the Red Arrows which is always spectacular and met up with another dear friend before trying to battle our way the the GNR finish ground. My god! This was like running the GNR in itself, and of course the mobile networks were all jam packed so we couldn't get in touch with the people we were meeting. After 2 hours we eventually made it and I was reunited with my BFF and her shiny sparkler. Her boyfriend had got down on one knee just after she had finished the race. I must say I am very very excited about this wedding!

We hung around the race ground for a while before embarking on the even more excruciatingly slow journey to our B&B just outside Hexham. Now seeing at this was a fairly cheap B&B we were so pleasantly surprised by what we saw. I wish I had remembered my camera because they views were breathtaking. It was a tradition English Pub like you see in movies and such like and the bedrooms and en-suites were fantastic. You even got bathrobes which is pretty posh for a B&B. Anyway, it was called The Anchor Inn and is in a teeny hamlet called Whittenstall, just outside Hexham. I defo recommend.

So all in all it was a belter of a weekend spent in good company. Has it made me want to run the GNR? Hmmmm possibly.

This weekend I have 2 weddings and a photoshoot which I am looking forward to as I haven't done a creative shoot in ages!

Sorry for the lack of pictures, I am just rubbish at remembering to take pictures!


Monday, 12 September 2011

The Library

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Today me and Rosie took a trip to sign up to the local library. A place I haven't been in years, apart from university. I love reading but sometimes find it hard to afford to feed my habit so here is the perfect solution. We spent a good couple of hours browsing the shelves and we only covered half of it. I can't wait to get back and see the rest! Do you visit your local library?


I conquered a mountain!

Hello to you all,

What a horrible windy rainy day it has been, or as us Scots say - awfy dreich! Which makes it a perfect day to stay indoors and read books and drink tea!

Last Saturday TK's cousin and girlfriend came to stay for the week. The arrived at around 2pm after driving all they way from Poole! So Saturday night we took it easy and got some beers and a curry in ready to start and action packed week!

We decided to show them the delightful Edinburgh, which is my favourite Scottish city and a lot easier to navigate round now the festival is over. We went for lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe and then just had a leisurely stroll around the city centre. As the boys were with us there was unfortunately not much time (or patience) for shopping which my purse was thankful for.


Monday, we went on our first walking adventure up to Pitlochery. Rosie managed to come along too as we hired this back frame from a local baby equipment hire company. She enjoyed it so much she fell asleep. It was just a short walk but we did come across this wonderful waterfall.


Tuesday was very much about they boys, who enjoyed at 30 min karting session at Knockhill. Me, Hannah and Rosie stood at cheered them on from the side lines. I would have taken part but £30 seemed like a lot of money for me and I could think of plenty more uses for it. After karting we grabbed some food, dropped Rosie off for her very first overnight stay at Grannies and headed out for dinner to a local mexican restaurant. The food was amazing but the strawberry margarita was even more delightful. Then we headed home as we were up early the next day.


On Wednesday I tried something that I have never done before. I climbed a bloody mountain, not just any mountain but the biggest mountain on the British Isles - Ben Nevis. Which is 4409 feet! Can I just add that I have only ever climbed a hill once, when I was about 8! Talking about baptism of fire. Climbing Nevis was really really hard, but achievable and that is with my ridiculous (un)fitness levels. It took us 3hrs 40 mins to get up there and it was freezing at the top!! Because it was such a rubbish day we could only see about 10 metres in front of us, so we could enjoy any beautiful views. Also it was very scary being at the summit, in the mist with massive cliff drops surrounding us. The journey back down was not that enjoyable either and took us 2hrs 30 mins. My feet were so heavy at the bottom and my calves are still aching 4 days later. I have decide to complete the other 2 highest peaks in Britain - Snowdon and Skafell Pike and me and Tom are also going to try and bag some other scottish Munroes.
P.s Notice the nutter who actually ran UP and back down Nevis in very little clothes!

Thursday, Friday and Saturday
We spent most of Thursday and Friday recovering from our climb, however I did manage a cheeky wee visit to what I can only be described as a craft emporium with Tom's mum on Friday, but more on that another time. Saturday we spent the morning watching Rugby before Dan and Hannah left for another Epic road trip back to Poole.


Saturday, 3 September 2011

Zumba ba ba ba

Well after about a year and half of talking about going to a Zumba class I finally did it!! I was originally going to go way back when the craze first appeared but then the pregnancy excuse got in the way and then I have always managed to put it off somehow or other. 

On Thursday I finally bit the bullet and dragged myself to a class, and the verdict? I wish I hadn't put it off for so long as I loved it!

For those of you who may not know what Zumba is, it is an latin based exercise dance class which is around an hour long and supposedly you can burn off 500 cals in one class. So its a bit like the new "Spin" class. 

The room was pretty packed and there were some die hard Zumba funs there. I am talking head to toe Zumba get up!! But I just rocked up in my running leggings, a vest and my nike zooms and tried my best to hide at the back of the room. 

At first a felt right a totally clown as I didn't know any of the moves or routine but then a quick look around the room told me neither did 3/4 of the class! So for all you people who might be a bit scared about going as you have zero co-ordination, don't worry about it as everyone is to busy trying to follow the steps as well. I think at my next class I might venture forward a wee bit as it was quite hard to see the instructors feet and I think that might have been useful. 

By the end of the class I was dripping in sweat, and sweating is something I really don't like doing. If I am in the gym and I start sweating, then I normally ease back a bit as I hate the feeling but with Zumba it sort of happened without me evening know. Also the hour seemed to go by in a flash whereas normally I constantly clock watch during exercise classes. 

I am hoping to do a zumba session about 2 - 3 times a week, the only problem is the classes are on at awkward times but hopefully I can work around this.

So for all of you who want to try Zumba and are a bit hesitant then my advice is just go for it! It is a really fun class, and you can push yourself really hard for some tracks and ease back a bit for others.