I often get asked about my haircare routine and what I use to style my hair so I wanted to share the products I've been using that have totally changed my hair game.
I'm a big fan of using oils in my hair so I knew I had to try this product out. I started using it in December and have already noticed a big difference. As the ends of my hair have been bleached they tend to be a lot drier and brittle than the rest of my hair. I use a couple drops of Gisou on the mid length to ends of my towel-dried hair and let it air dry naturally. It dries silky smooth with little to no frizz, and it looks as if I've blow dried my hair! Once I've styled my hair with a curling iron I'll add a couple more drops to the ends for extra shine. I love how weightless the formula is and it smells amazing too! I honestly have to stop myself from touching my hair so much as it's so soft!
Honey, being the main ingredient straight from the Mirsalehi family bee garden, contains several amino acids, minerals and vitamins to help repair damaged hair and stimulate growth. It's fast become my essential hair product, I've used it almost everyday and there's still so much left in the bottle. The packaging aesthetic is beautiful; a glass bottle with gold detail presented in a pink floral box with a mini book that goes into more detail about the family bee garden and the inspiration behind the product. If all of that hasn't sold you already, the oil is created by Negin Mirsalehi - the ultimate hair goddess. They have also released a propolis heat protection spray that I definitely need to get my hands on!
My hair may look thick as there's a lot of it but it is actually quite fine, meaning it doesn't last longer than 2 days before it's time to wash it again. Let's be honest, no one has time for that. I needed a dry shampoo that would be give me that extra day of clean looking and feeling hair. I finally tried the OUAI dry shampoo after years of using drugstore types and immediately fell in love. It leaves your hair feeling as though you've just washed it and with no grey/white powdery residue. It doesn't feel heavy or chalky at all. I also love using it before styling my hair to add volume and texture to my roots. It's honestly the best dry shampoo I've used yet. It's paraben free and leaves a subtle fresh scent to your locks. Perfect for using on sweaty hair after a workout too! The brand OUAI is created by Jen Atkin, the hair genius so you know you can't go wrong! I can't wait to try the new dry shampoo foam they've just released.
OUAI Wave Spray
OUAI Wave Spray
As most of you will know, I love curling and waving my hair. Some days I like really curly hair and some days I'm in the mood for a relaxed tousled wave. I spritz the wave spray in my styled hair from the mid length down and scrunch it to create messier texture. It doesn't leave your hair sticky or crunchy - it doesn't even feel like you have any product in your hair but it does definitely add volume and a fresh summery scent. Sometimes I even use it as a hair perfume for the times where my hair has soaked up a nasty food smell - we've all been there. If your hair is naturally wavy, use the Gisou oil on damp hair for it to dry silky smooth and add the wave spray for that 'just walked out of the ocean' beachy hair texture. I can't wait to use this on holiday!
5 February 2017
Working from home is becoming more and more popular now (thanks to the internet) and there are a lot of pros and cons to it. I've been working from home for just under a year so I wanted to share some tips with you that I've learnt along the way..
MAKE A SPACE
For too long I was working without an actual designated work space. I would work from my bed, the sofa in the living room (I still do this sometimes) and not actually have a desk/work area. This is so important for separating your personal life from your work life. I found that as soon as I had an office area, I was so much more organised, productive and motivated. You don't even need to have a separate room, just a corner in your room to start off with will make all the difference.
MAKE A WORK SCHEDULE
This is so important if you want to make sure you get your work done efficiently. I've only just implemented a schedule recently, but before I would start late and work through the night because I wasn't managing my time properly. I decided to make a rota spreadsheet starting my work day at 8am so that I could get everything done and still have time for myself in the evenings. Every Sunday I check the calendar to plan my week and each morning I write a list of tasks that need to be done that day. It just means I don't wake up feeling unorganised and not knowing where to start.
Sometimes I get so into what I'm doing and forget to take a lunch break or I'll make something quick and eat it whilst working. I try to take a 30 minute lunch break after I've finished a task so that it's out of the way. Put your phone and emails away and watch an episode of your favourite TV show or anything to take your mind off work. Don't ever feel guilty about taking a break either! Let your brain recharge and you'll notice how much more productive you are.
DONT WEAR YOUR PYJAMAS ALL DAY
The best part of working from home is being in comfy clothes all day. Wearing pyjamas can be fun every now and then but I find that it can make me feel sluggish and lazy. Invest in some cosy loungewear or wear your gym clothes - anything that separates workmode from sleepmode.
GET RID OF DISTRACTIONS
There are a lot of distractions when working from home, whether it's doing the washing or being on social media for too long - it's all too easy to get too carried away. If your job revolves around social media like mine then it can be a lot more challenging to keep away from scrolling on Twitter and constantly refreshing Snapchat. Try switching off all notifications or keep your phone in another room for the time you don't need it. Personally, I need some kind of background noise when I'm working so I listen to a motivating playlist or work from a local coffee shop every now and then.
MAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF
It's so easy to get caught up in your work - especially if it's your own business, and sometimes you don't know when to stop. Give yourself at least one day off a week and schedule in holiday dates, like you would with a normal job. Being self employed can get lonely so it's important to be around your friends and family when you can. Make time for Netflix and Chill (literally chill). Surround yourself with people that inspire you. Work to live, don't live to work.
I hope these tips helped any of you badass girlbosses that work from home!
22 January 2017
My main resolution for this year is self-care. This could be anything from regular pedi's, facial treatments to a good skincare routine, so I wanted to share some of the products that I've been loving so far.
If I'm honest, skincare hasn't always been a priority to me until recently. Some nights I would just use wipes to remove my make-up and I hardly ever used moisturiser - SO bad I know.
I was on the hunt for a good cleanser and I remembered using a Omorovicza cleansing balm sample last year and loved how gentle but effective it was. I now use the Foaming Cleanser and Thermal Cleansing Balm for a double cleanse in the evenings.
The foaming cleanser leaves your face feeling smooth and clean without stripping it from it's natural oils and leaving your skin dry. It's perfect for removing every bit of make-up (even Estee Lauder Double Wear!). Afterwards, I use the cleansing balm, made form Hungarian Moor mud which comes with a cute mini spatula to scoop out the balm and also a mini face towel to wash it off with. This honestly makes your skin feel like you've just had a spa facial as it leaves a silky-smooth layer of moisture on your face. I've been using the cleansers for over a month now and can see a difference in the texture of my skin and it's definitely a lot more radiant than before.
Let me know if any of you have tried any Omorovicza products - the BB cream is on my list!
15 January 2017
I feel like I should explain why I stopped posting regularly on social media lately. There are a few reasons and I won't go into all of them as I like some things to stay private. Sorry in advance for the essay.
30 November 2016
We took a lot of videos whilst we were in Santorini so we thought we'd put all the clips together and make a short video! Hope you guys enjoy it :)
19 November 2016
Let's start off with the interior. I mean look at it. Have you ever seen a salon so instagrammable? I love the Beverly Hills hotels vibes mixed with Tom Dixon, rose gold and marble details. The bar is stocked with cute pink coffee mugs and cocktail glasses for those mermaid martinis!
If any of you saw my balayage at Taylor Taylor post then you will know that it was Samantha Cusick who slayed my hair and now she has her very own salon in Notting Hill - serious #girlboss.
I went in last week as my hair needed a refresh and I wanted to go slightly darker and more ash toned. Samantha worked her magic (with Olaplex of course) and I was left with ash bronde wavy locks. I'm not usually a fan of how other salons style my hair as it's always too bouncy and old fashioned (no shade) but I LOVED the way Adam styled my hair with straighteners.
If you're looking for a new hair colourist/stylist I would definitely recommend the balayage queen Samantha Cusick. The whole experience at the SCL salon is amazing!
23 September 2016
Those of you that follow me on snapchat will know that I stayed at The Hoxton a few weeks ago. I booked it on my bf's birthday so I got there before him and set up with gold foil balloons and hid his presents in the room. I don't know why but I find other people's birthdays way more exciting than my own!
We stayed in one of the cosy rooms which was small but it worked. Every room is different and they all have that quirky Shoreditch vibe to them. It's also located in the perfect spot on Great Eastern Street so you can pop out to Boxpark or Columbia Road.
We had lunch at the hotel's restaurant, The Hoxton Grill in the terrace area. I'd definitely recommend the mac & cheese and the avo burger!
The lobby/lounge area is a great spot to take your laptop and get some work done and in the evening it's a buzzing bar.
In the morning they leave breakfast bags outside your room filled with fresh OJ, a granola pot and a banana which was a nice touch.
Book your stay here
The Hoxton, 81 Great Eastern St, London, EC2A 3HU
7 September 2016
I'm always looking for cute spots in London to work from as working from home everyday can be a little bit challenging! When I saw a picture of the pink velvet sofa and giant cacti on Instagram I knew I had to pay a visit. The place is even better in real life, every corner is photogenic with white wooden floors and touches of pink and green.
I went around lunch time and sat out in the sunny terrace with my laptop and an iced latte. It's the perfect place to hire out for an event or birthday or to just pop by for after work drinks.
The menu had a variety of different food for both veggies and meaties. I went for the aubergine and sweet potato croquettes and they were SO good. I'll definitely be back to try out more on the menu.
If I lived closer I'd be there all the time!
197-199 chiswick high road
London, W4 2DR