Friday, 27 February 2015

Nothing Update

Today, I just felt like blogging.

There isn't anything earth shattering that I need or want to share, but I had an urge to update you.

The weather is getting better sunnier and warmer. (Not by much, but every degree counts.) I am still using my electric fan heater from time to time though, so inevitably my skin is very dry and my hair is equally dry and static.

I tried out my new GHD and it worked really well, but to get things done around the house, straight, static hair that gets everywhere is not practical; in fact it was downright irritating, so up it went. I do look forward to playing around with hair stuff and my GHD some more. It was refreshingly easy and quick.

I have also tried on the Clarins lipsticks that I bought. It did not occur to me when I swatched them to smell them. Oh my goodness. Just to give you a heads up - They smell divine. The nicest smelling lipstick I have ever owned. Well done Clarins.

The pets are really enjoying the above freezing temperatures and are being super-cute (and super naughty). Can someone please tell me how to get muddy puppy foot prints out of a cream couch. I washed it in the machine and nothing. We will most likely replace the covers soon, but it looks awful. I washed them this week and I put the base back yesterday. This morning I took the dog out for her pee and in she ran and made footprints on the tiny little spot that was not covered by blankets. I was not a happy mummy.


I am planning more YouTube videos. I have a few ideas, but if there is something you want to see, please feel free to ask me.

There's not much more to tell really.
So see ya.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Professional Beauty YouTube Haul Video

So I have joined the world of YouTube.
Well, sort of.

A few weeks ago, I made a video before the epic haircut.

This weekend, I went to the Professional Beauty show at the excel in London. I didn't vlog it, but I did a little haul video.
It's quite chatty and long, and took me HOURS to film. I am learning a lot about the process so I am not being too perfectionist about the whole thing.

I left out a few things that I got in the interest of time but it is still 15 minutes long, so be warned.

So far, all I can say is the key for me is preparation (not my strong suit) and patience (haha).
Blogging is so much easier!

Anyway... here it is:

Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

My New Hair Courtesy of Vanilla Hair Studio


I got a haircut this weekend.

I did not plan it. Well that's a half-truth; I have been toying with the idea of cutting my hair for a while. It's lovely but I am not coping with it right now and just wanted to get rid of the hassle of it.

This weekend was it. I was not going to fight with my hair a moment longer. I called Vanilla Hair Studio in Borehamwood and made an appointment for that day. They had a cancellation. I got lucky.

That's my MO. If I can get an appointment, it's meant to be if not, I try again another time. I almost never make advance appointments. Weird. I know.

They were very nice and offered me a hot beverage. It was very cold outside.

Everyone was watching because I had explained over the phone that my hair was super long and that it was coming all off. I made quite a buzz I think. I confess, I did enjoy the attention a lot.

The stylist suggested that since I had Virgin hair (no artificial colour)  and it was al coming off anyway, why not donate it to a Cancer charity. So I said yes. I have no idea where my hair went or anything, but I don't care. It's not about the recognition or kudos, it's about the gesture. Someone, maybe two people will benefit from something that will grow back before I know it. I will definitely do it again. My hair grows reasonably fast and is a renewable resource, so why not.

I had considered this option a few years ago, and had done some research, but had not found an easy and convenient way to do it, so it did not even occur tome to ask. In, fact, I had totally forgotten about the idea at all, so I was very pleased when it was recommended.

If you are cutting a lot off, always ask about donation!

She plaited my hair and snip. Gone. It was shorter than I had planned. Instead of being distraught, I felt liberated. Free to let the stylist do whatever she wanted as long as it suited by face. Those were her instructions.

She did a fabulous job and I looked great. It really suits me. (although I have yet to see how it looks curly - I can straighten it - it's short enough to take very little time.)

My hair has not been this short in more than 15 years.

I really like it.

What do you think?

I went from this (hair down to my bum):

Cut off this:

To get this! 


Thanks to the guys at Vanilla Hair Studio!
You guys were super awesome!!

ps. Just to give you an idea, Last year, in July, I went to Vanilla and got my hair done and it was this long:

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Re-evaluating Life

There comes a time when you have to have a look at yourself and your blog and decide what you are going to do with it.

For me, these moments are generally spontaneous and have no concrete thought behind them.

I have not, I must confess, been overly successful in my resolutions, but it's a process and I will get there. I reckon if I can say, by the end of this year, that I am better off than when I started, it's a win.

The last month has been a tough one for me. I have been in a bit of an emotional roller-coaster and have not been feeling to well. Therefore, I have not had the energy or desire to do any blogging. (Also cooking and cleaning and looking after my skin, my health or anything else for that matter.)

That is basically why I haven't done any (blogging that is) - No excuses, no apologies. That's life.

But really, what do I want out of this blog?

I do like my skincare and beauty bits, but I do not buy or try out that much so there honestly isn't enough to really talk about a few times a week.

At one point, I started thinking about the blog more commercially,  but then, I don't know, that's not exactly what I want, to be honest.

I think, even though I can't (and don't really want to) share all the details of my rather boring life, I do want this blog to be more of a personal one. A blog about my life, rather than my skincare.

So that's settled then. I will just write randomly about stuff that I find interesting.
It could be about a YouTube channel I like or a website, shop, restaurant or whatever. I like that. It makes more sense to me that way.

I hope you agree.

Let's see what happens.

Have a good week.