I decided to start the new year by addressing my dry hair issues (baby steps). Having healthy and shiny locks that do not resemble a scarecrow in any way is now at the top of my list. Too much heat-styling and general laziness means my hair has taken some serious damage. I was almost at the point where I had accepted the only solution might be a drastic pixie cut.
Fortunately (and just in the nick of time) I was sent Kerastase’s 8H Magic Night Serum to try. This serum is crazy good; you don’t have to make any effort for it to work – and boy, does it work! Deserving of some serious kudos, the word ‘Magic’ has certainly earned its place in the name. Should your hair be in a similar state, I urge you to test this hair serum. #Hairgoals!
Kerastase Nutritive 8H Magic Night Serum is an intensive nourishing treatment for those with moderate to severely dry hair. Combining a special blend of Iris root extract and essential vitamins, this serum effectively targets and treats hair in need. Simply apply and fall to sleep. Then awaken and stare in wonder at your luscious locks. Think of this serum as your haircare fairy God mother of sorts.
8h of overnight nourishment
Ultra-lightweight and non-greasy
Shiny and soft hair
Evolving fragrance to promote relaxed sleep and energy in the morning.
Increases manageability for normal-coarse hair types
Defines and enhances curly hair
Does not weigh down fine hair
Minimal effort required – no need to rinse out!
Iris Root Extract:
This incredible ingredient is included due to its powerful nourishing and repairing properties. Throughout the night, this component works hard, replenishing the loss of nutrients, whilst simultaneously creating a silky soft coat on the hair strands.
5 Essential Vitamin Blend:
These vitamins are specifically combined to further nourish, protect and achieve a satin-like coating as it seals the cuticles.
My disastrous hair look had literally turned around within 24 hours. Instead of dry hair only good for a hat, I had silky, soft locks good enough for a non-filter Insta-post!
Should you be a tad lazy (like me) this treatment is an actual Godsend. Kerastase is an awesome haircare brand and their 8H Magic Night Serum has earned a well-deserved place in my top ten products of 2020.
Kerastase Nutritive 8H Magic Night Serum is available at: www.lookfantastic.com and is currently priced at £27(90ml). Bag it now and save yourself £9!
Happy New Year to you all! 2019 seemed to come and go at warp speed, before last year’s resolutions had chance to leave the ground. So, I’m thinking this year’s resolutions need to be a tad more attainable. Here goes:
1.Let Go of The Past
Trudging around like a camel carrying saddlebags crammed with more of yesterday’s baggage than you can deal, isn’t exactly going to propel you into any kind of worthwhile future. If (like me) you tend to torture yourself over the past, now is the time to let it all go. Give yourself a chance. It may just be okay!
There’s never been a better time to give yourself a challenge – something you have always wanted to do, learn or try. Life is short – don’t keep putting things off until tomorrow, because one day it will be too late.
3.Don’t Give Up
This is one I will have to incorporate into a daily mantra. I’ve learnt that when you feel the least motivated and about as disheartened as it gets – this is the time to find some inner strength, pull yourself back up and keep on.
Yeah, yeah. I realise this sounds ridiculous. But believe me – when you drink as much Red Bull as I do, drinking water is pretty important. I get how much H20 helps your body, brain and skin and so why does it feel like I am forcing down Devil’s blood or something? Seriously wrong. If anyone out there has struggled and overcome this problem, let me know. Maybe we could start a helpline. Say Yes to water!
5.Spend A Few Hours A Week On You!
For me, every day is the same. I look after my children, my nan, work, clean, cook. Then should there be any trace of energy left in my being, I work some more. Well, the Cinderella days are over. I vow to give myself a few hours each week that are just for me. Be it a face mask and bath, an hour in the middle of the day to sleep or the book that I bought 6 months ago that is still sat looking sadly dejected on the shelf. Should you find yourself in a similar sorry state of affairs, now is the time to make a change. Life will roll along more smoothly if you look after yourself. So don’t feel guilty – you deserve it!
What are your New Year’s resolutions? Leave me a message in the comments below. xx
Fancy a gift set to help us destress enough to get our shit together? We all know of someone who might benefit greatly from some seriously relaxing me-time (a-hem, me). Here are the very best gift sets (vegan included), to ensure you are totally zen and that your shit is well and truly back in its box (until you run out).
This Christmas gift a loved one some boxed relaxation with this vegan-friendly set. Probably the best present they will receive this year, the gift set includes everything needed to provide a calming, soothing environment. Inside you will find:
A Clay Mask
Mineral Bath Infusion
(Provided in a wooden gift box with your personalised message)
Containing the finest quality natural ingredients and being handmade and cruelty-free, you can ensure that both you and your conscience enjoys the rest it deserves.
2.This Works Limited Edition Sleep Mask and Deep Sleep Pillow Spray (250ml), £26.25 (Was £35), www.thisworks.com
Everyone should own a sleep mask – they just should. This Works is great because it really does what it says on the tin – work! Proven to help you get to sleep faster and to wake up feeling that bit more refreshed, the set is in a league of its own. When you are the person (that would be me again) wide awake, staring at the clock at 4am and thinking, ‘Why God, why?’ you will understand just how valuable a kit like this is. Happy Christmas!
Aromatherapy Associates’ award-winning oil set offers everything you need to fully submerge yourself in a bath of transcendental calm. Included are 10 outstanding oils. Combining the purest essential oil blends, you can expect a true sensory explosion of therapeutic bliss for mind, body and soul.
4.Tickets For Your Fella To Visit His Favourite Show, 300 Miles Away
Stress can be triggered by all kinds of things, but when you know the source, the solution may be closer than you think! Whether it’s snoring, temperament, or simply their breathing (just kidding) that is preventing you from having some relaxation time to destress, read on. There is nothing wrong with having a breather, so go ahead and treat him to a night away before the Christmas mayhem takes hold. He will appreciate the gift and you will feel total peace for the night. Now you can have that bath with your oils, light the hand-poured candle, apply said face mask and doze off to the scent of This Works Deep Sleep mist. Happy Christmas!
I have compiled a list of the best and most fun Christmas party games. This time of year causes so much financial strain – so don’t add to it with high-priced unnecessary games that probably won’t raise much of a giggle. The following party games cost nothing. Granted, (should you be an adult) some of them are a tad more enjoyable after a little vino – but hey, it’s Christmas so it’s okay!
Also, should anyone be worried about problems at Christmas you can read the best tips for avoiding stress and ensuring you have an awesome time here
1.For Everyone: The Bauble Game
Simple yet incredibly fun – whether you are playing the game on Christmas eve with your children, or on Boxing Day evening with your drunken friends. Better yet, all you need is a bauble from your tree (just make sure you don’t grab a beauty gift bauble by accident, or you may not win).
The rules are: Line your baubles up (1 per player) on a smooth surfaced floor. Using a piece of card or A4 paper, the object is to waft your bauble to the finish line without touching it. First one wins. For extra competitive sparkle, delegate someone to blow a whistle for the game to commence. Definitely fun with a drink.
2.For Adults: Have You Ever?
Make a list of crazy experiences on cards, beginning with “Have You Ever?’ Nominate someone to read out each card. Anyone who admits to any of the experiences on the cards must drink a shot of the other players’ choice. Last person left standing wins.
3.For All: Truth Or Lies?
I absolutely love playing this Christmas party game – it never gets boring! The game can be formatted to be adult only or child-friendly versions. Basically, the game is a take-off from the very funny TV show, ‘Would I lie to You?’ If you haven’t seen it, it goes like this: Choose a theme (such as childhood experiences or past events).
Get 3 people to write down either a lie or something true about the theme. 2 people have to be lying and 1 is telling the truth. The other team listen whilst each statement is read out and then decide who is telling the truth. If they guess right the other team have to have a shot each.
For child-friendly versions, the winning team get to eat a chocolate or candy, or maybe choose a sour food for the losing team to eat (i.e. A piece of lemon). Just make sure before you begin that no one suffers from any allergies.
4.For All: Karaoke To YouTube
Christmas party games which involve watching other people massacre songs without any awareness of how bad they sound (visuals of cats voluntarily flinging themselves in a river), are endlessly entertaining (just ask Simon Cowell). You can pick up a cheap mic from most places and now there are even microphones you can plug into your iPhone. However, should you not have one to hand, it doesn’t matter a scrap. People have to choose a song to sing to and the other team members score them from 1-5. After each person has had a go, the lowest scoring person must have to either: have a drink of the other team members choice, do a dare of the other team members choice or eat something they hate.
5.For All: What The Hell Am I Eating?
This Christmas party game is so funny – but again, it is very important to ensure no one is allergic to anything beforehand – or it could end up being extremely unfunny. The general idea: Say, if you have 4 people blindfolded and one person supplying the food. A selection of delicacies is tried by each person. Firstly, with a peg on their nose and then again without the peg. The aim obviously is to guess correctly as to what they are tasting.
Each loser for each trial must either: eat 2 mouthfuls of their most-hated food or drink; run down the street pretending to be a chicken; call someone up and tell them an outrageous lie or hop on one leg for 20 minutes. Clearly these rules can be adjusted to suit whoever plays the game.
All of these party games are fun and cost basically nothing!
Incase you are in the festive spirit and want to read more Christmas-related articles, you can check out ‘The Best Festive Jumpers Around’ here.
If the mere title of this piece (5 tips for avoiding family stress at Christmas) sends shivers of fear and dread through your very being, you need to read these tips. People start gearing up for Christmas by the beginning of November. We are bombarded with gift ideas from every direction and expectations get higher every year. Furthermore, families often fall out over where to spend the big day. If you let it, Christmas can become a nightmare.
By the time Christmas actually arrives, no one is even thinking about what the day is supposed to mean or why we celebrate. So, what can we do? Never fear; here are some great tips for those who foresee stress. Ensure your Christmas is pure happiness this year!
1.Be Kind To Yourself And Avoid Stress This Christmas
Christmas is supposed to bring celebration of love and to show appreciation for those you love – in reality, it can sometimes bring dread and unsurmountable amounts of pressure. Families fall out. In fact, I do not know of a family that do not have issues. There’s no avoiding it. When there are family members you would rather not see – or who perhaps seem hell-bent on pushing you out – or who are already making plans that will inevitably cause you grief, read on.
Do not let it affect you. It’s not easy but it is simple. You can control how you act, and the enjoyment of Christmas will rest upon how effectively you deal with any situation. If there are family disagreements or ‘others’ are monopolising the festive period and the stress is too much, just let it go. It’s just one day. Enjoy yourself and have a little giggle in the knowledge that your Christmas will undoubtedly be more fun!
2.Schedule Some Me-Time
This is so important. We spend so much time rushing around making sure everyone has their perfect Christmas, that we tend to forget ourselves in the process. This year, don’t let stress get a look-in. Schedule some me-time. It will make a huge difference to you and everyone around too!
3.Ask For Advice/Help
Should things get a bit too much to bear, do not soldier on in silence. Ask for help. Often by opening up and asking for guidance or help, the person close to you will be more understanding once aware of a problem. My nan’s phrase, ‘A problem shared is a problem halved’ is very true.
4. Remember What Christmas is About
Being bombarded with adverts on the ideal Christmas and the undoubtable cost takes its toll on us all. Remember they are just adverts – no one has the perfect life. Don’t let high expectations deter you from what Christmas actually means and what it should be about. Be kind to yourself and others, spend time with those you love and don’t fret about how much you are spending. For those who may be struggling, remember that expensive gifts are often a novelty that get played once and then forgotten. It is so much more important and memorable when you give your time, with fun and laughter. There are literally hundreds of free party games you can play to mix up the day. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
If you know Christmas morning is going to be manic (who doesn’t?), plan ahead. Prep your Christmas breakfast and dinner as much as possible the day before. Place bin bags nearby to collect wrapping. Make sure your phone is charged for recording in the morning. Make a checklist of things you may need (batteries, etc). Bay think back to last year and think about all the stress-causing stuff. Then resolve any repeat issues by planning ahead. Job done!
If you are looking for Christmas gifts for the entire family, Amazon’s Black Friday deals are here. Amazon certainly know what they are doing, offering excellent deals right up until next Friday, 29th November (the official date for Black Friday). If you are about to get your Christmas presents, then here are some incredible gift ideas for everyone. You are very welcome.
1.For The Child Who Loves To Read: All-New Kindle Kids Edition / Includes Access To Over 1000 Books, £69.99 (Was £99.99), www.amazon.co.uk
This 10th generation kindle with kid-friendly cover is the perfect gift for the child who loves to read. Both of my children race through books and trying to find something new is a never-ending pain in the backside. With this awesome present the problem is solved! Hooray. I will be buying 2!
2.For The Teenage Daughter: Remington Curl And Straight Confidence 2-in-1 Hair Straighteners and Curler, Ceramic Coated Plates, 5 Temperatures Cool Tip, £39.99 (Was £119.99), www.amazon.co.uk
I don’t know of any teenage daughter who wouldn’t love this haircare device – it is absolutely incredible. Whether you are in the mood for curls or sleek straight hair, this tool effortlessly creates an enviable finish in a matter of minutes. Get it now as you are saving a massive £80! Not to be sniffed at!
Should your fella be the outdoors-y type or work in a building trade, then this portable speaker will be a much-welcomed gift for him. Weighing just 1.2 kg and including rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, this first-class Bluetooth speaker will provide 25 hours of enjoyable listening time. So, if he loves his music and would benefit form seamlessly delivered wireless music to sing to as he works (from the loudest speaker in its class), grab the bargain while you can save a fortune. Job done!
4.For Mum: Philips Lumea Prestige IPL Cordless Hair Removal Device For Wrap For You: Body, Face, Bikini and Underarms, £291.75 (Was £550), www.amazon.co.uk
Okay, this is a little pricey, but your mum really deserves a nice treat, and this award-winning gift would be greatly appreciated by most. You are literally saving hundreds of pounds on one of the best IPL devices on the market. I’ve reviewed them all, and this along with the Tria and SmoothSkin Muse are the best on the market. Hooray for Black Friday!
5.For Gifts Your Children Can Wrap For You: Ultrasun Anti-Pollution Face Fluid SPF 50 (40ml),£18.50 (Was £28), www.amazon.co.uk
One of the best things about being a mum at Christmas is you can buy what you like, then give it to a family member for your children to then wrap and surprise you on the big day. Oh, how did you know? (Tee, hee).
This anti-pollution face fluid is a must-have buy and right now it’s available at the price of £18.50! Protection against pollution and sun is so important all year long and this formula ticks all the boxes. Excellent and very useful gift! Thank you, me!
6.For Nan: 2-3kg Prime Quality 100% Original Himalayan Crystal Rock Salt Lamp, £13.99 (Was 24.99), www.amazon.co.uk
Himalayan salt offers an array of health benefits that are proven to significantly improve your wellbeing. Once the lamp heats up, negative ions are released which in turn improves asthma symptoms, blood flow, sleep happier and even increases your serotonin levels – making you an altogether calmer and happier person. Furthermore, the soothing lamp looks awesome too!
7.For Grandad Try: INFRAY Hand Warmers, Rechargeable 5200m Ah Power Bank electric Hand Heater, £15.99 (Was 14.99), www.amazon.co.uk
Should your nan or grandad enjoy being out in their garden in all weathers, or suffer from Raynaud’s, this priceless gadget will transform their hands and lives for the better. The device is comfortable, compact and easy-to-carry. Offering varying degrees of temperature, this is the perfect gift to keep persistently cold hands nice and toasty – and it works within seconds!
December is almost here and it’s time to get your festive fun on and grab yourself a Christmas jumper. Each year these novelty must-have jumpers get better and better. Check out the best Christmas sweaters around:
1.For Star Wars Fans: Star Wars Character Christmas Tree Red Christmas Sweatshirt, £18.99 (Was £24.99), www.iwantoneofthose.com
Check out this official Star Wars merch attire. The fun jumper will be a firm favourite for Star Wars fans. You will probably be sick of the sight of it by the end of December! N.B: Should you require a baggy fit; it is recommended to buy one size up.
2.Festive Fun For Adults: Men’s Santa’s Log on The Fire Ugly Christmas Sweater, £44.92, www.tipsyelves.com
Make everyone laugh this festive season with the hilarious sweater featuring some rather inappropriate behaviour from Santa. Not so bad that you won’t get any presents on Christmas morning, but risqué enough to have some fun and bask in the delight that your jumper is (thankfully) that much better than the usual Christmas pudding (worn by the local Christmas pudding)).
3.Festive Fun For Dab Fanatics: Santa Dab Men’s Airforce Blue Christmas Jumper, £21.99, www.grindstore.com
For those who love to dab – check out this cool Santa doing the best dab of all. If seasonal dabbing brings you some festive cheer, this sweater is a must-buy! Perfect for those office parties or entertaining the family.
4. For Teenagers Or Jack & Sally Fans: Nightmare Before Christmas You’re A Scream Men’s Christmas Jumper, £39.99, www.grindstore.com
It may say ‘men’s’, but I would totally wear this sweater. Ideal for your teenage goth or fans of Halloween’s Jack and Sally, the jumper puts a perfect twist on this year’s seasonal jumper. See, a sweater to suit everyone!
This has to be the funniest Christmas jumper I’ve seen so far. It looks like Mr Frosty’s days are well and truly numbered, and by the looks of the reindeer the icebreaker is not going to be exactly pain-free!
Have you bought your Christmas jumper yet? Share your festive sweater stories below. Happy shopping xx
Christmas is all about peace and harmony – and what better way to set the mood than with beautifully scented candles? Let your home encompass the true spirit of the festive season with these luxury vegan candles. Here are the best:
This brand won ‘Best vegan Candle of the Year’ at the PETA Vegan Homeware Awards last year, and for good reason. They make seriously good candles. This candle is basically Christmas in a jar. Combining cinnamon, sweet orange and nutmeg essential oils, this hand poured soy candle evokes an undeniable scent of true happiness! LOVE THIS.
Yankee candles remain to be a firm favourite and knowing they are vegan make them all the better. I absolutely love their Christmas Cookie Candle. Boasting a sugary vanilla aroma of sheer deliciousness, just make sure your house stays stocked up on holiday treats whilst the scent is in the air! Failure to do so means you may get lynched (by Santa on Christmas eve).
Check out this amazing vegan candle by Maison Meunier. Including a special blend of wild fig, rose and amber, simply close your eyes and breathe in. You will feel the heart of Christmas right in your living room. Hand made in the UK; these luxury vegan candles are truly special.
Whether you are staying at home or visiting relatives this festive season, you can rest assured this travel-friendly scent will keep you feeling cosy and snug. Expect an intoxicating blend of figs and fruity blackcurrants. The candle contains a natural unbleached double cotton wick in a reusable, recyclable glass jar. This scent is incredible!
Have you tried any of these candles and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message below. Have a stellar weekend! xx