Sunday, 24 October 2010

General Ramble/Train Ramble

Hola lovlies.

It is coming to the end of a much needed lovely relaxing weekend. I have just consumed an epic roast dinner (gracias, Mummy), endulged in some quality 'me' time (consisting of eyebrow plucking, toe-nail painting, and chapter one of 'Last Night at Chateau Marmont' by Lauren Weisberger). Yesterday was spent avec le boyfriend, his best friend Alan who had his first weekend off since joining the RAF almost a month ago, and Alan's girlfriend/one of my best friends Laura. We went to lunch at a restaurant called Bistro & played multiplayer Mario on the Nintendo Wii. Nothing like a bit of downtime with friends :)

All in all much needed after a hectic week of work, not to mention an ordeal on the old London Underground. I don't know if anyone read about it in the papers/heard it on the News, but the train I was on gave up on life in the underground and after many an hour being trapped underground we were finally rescued by a multitude of paramedics and underground staff. They shut the whole line, turned off the power, rescued the pregnant ladies/old folk/unwell people first, then carriage by carriage we were evacuated from our broken tube train and made to walk in darkness down the underground track. I was so frightened! Not something you expect to happen midweek on your way to work.

I have come to realise how this hectic lifestyle of long days/little rest, as much as I love my job, have taken their toll on me. I look and feel run down...can anyone recommend any solutions to lift me from this (for want of a better word) 'Meh' phase?!

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Epic Post..making up for lost time!

I've learnt my lesson: No more promises to do blogposts if I can't keep them.

Managed to scrounge another weekend off work, and hit the shops in beautiful Cambridge with the boyf for a spot of retail therapy. The city had a lovely chill in the air and already it has started to feel like Christmas.

Spotted these beauties in Miss Selfridges & fell in love...

They are gorgeous suedey lace up high heeled boots that are surprisingly comfortable to walk in - an absolute must for when I attempt to wear them to a 12 hour day at the office!

Also purchased a pair of dark blue denim skinny jeans from New Look, which are so comfortable. New Look make jeans shopping so easy I feel.

Repurchased Rimmel Hide the Blemish concealer in Sand, as well as a Miss Sporty mascara - cheap and cheerful at 2.99 and makes my lashes look super thick and dark.

Another purchase I've made this month was one I've been working myself up to for a very long time now; sew in hair extensions. I've used clip ins for years, and recently found the routine of clipping them in to be tiresome and time consuming, so I decided that I would have extensions sewn in:) The process itself is fascinating to watch; they sew tiny braids flat to your scalp under your hair, and then sew the hair extension wefts into the braid. Never have I witnessed such speedy braiding in my entire life, however my stylist had had 9 years of practise!

Above is the back. Below is a snap of my hair from the front:

I think the colour match is really good - nobody seems to be able to tell that they are extensions which is a good sign!
The downsides to these, I would say, is that washing your hair suddenly becomes a lot more tedious. You are only supposed to wash the extensions once a week so you have to clip back sections and wash your own hair seperately = effort!
With a moisturising shampoo and conditioner I see no harm in washing the extensions more regularly.

This brings me on to my next point..a long overdue review of some hair care products I purchased a while back from The Body Shop. This is the shampoo and hair butter from their new Rainforest Moisture range:

I'll start with the hair butter. I had a sample of this free in a magazine, tried it, and loved it. I then recieved a second sample free with another magazine so I tried it again, loved it, and decided to purchase a pot for my very own. It was about £8, which for the amount you get and the length of time it lasts, is very reasonable in my opinion. I was expecting to pay a heck of a lot more. You only need to use a little bit of this product, massage it in to your hair and leave it for about five minutes. I found that even after the first time using this product, my extremely dry hair (bleached and straightened to within an inch of its life) immediately felt more nourished and soft. I now use this religiously a few times a week. I also use this on my hair extensions to keep them soft.

Whilst browsing the range, I also spotted the shampoo, which I purchased in an attempt to mend my massively damaged hair. This shampoo has a very thick consistency (it contains honey, and the consistency reminds me of honey also) and as lovely as it is (and as lovely as it smells!) I can't use it too often, particularly on my crown, as it makes my hair a bit TOO moisturised and thus appears greasy. I have however taken to using it on my hair extensions and it works perfectly for keeping them in a good, healthy condition. I'm intrigued to explore more of this range. Have you had any experience with any of these products?