Thursday, 10 September 2015

Reparing your locks with Sulfate free Shampoo

Welcome back to my blog!
 I'm ready to be more active again after a long summer of weddings, holidays and fun!  Now that summer is ending and my hair is suffering from all the chlorine, sun and sea salt, I wanted to share something that has been really effective in restoring it back to its original condition, -maybe even better!

Are you struggling to repair your dry and damaged locks? As you fellow curly girls may or may not know, it is recommended that we use Shampoo that is 'Sulfate free', however Sulfate free products are also a good option for those of us with thin or coloured hair. 

If you don't already know, Sulfate is a type of detergent that can also be found in soaps and toothpastes, and is renound for making hair weak and brittle, along with fading hair dye faster. Using a Sulfate free shampoo is less harmful to your scalp, reducing irritation, and also increases moisture retention in the hair, reducing dryness and my curly girls i'm sure you'll agree that we need all the moisture that we can get!

I've been using the OGX nourishing coconut milk shampoo and conditioner and have found it to be exactly what it says on the tin, I will be sticking with this product for good now!
The shampoo contains egg white proteins, adding nourishment, shine and volume to your hair. It also contains coconut oils and coconut milk for hydration and balance and I can honestly say that my curls feel much more hydrated and nourished, with significantly less frizz. The products also work well when using heat, adding a healthy shine to my hair when straightened.

The reason that I opted for this product was the availability and price, I picked them up for £6.99 each in boots for 385ml which is quite large, I would say they are definitely good value and you should all go and see what difference a sulfate free product will make to your hair. 
Have you ever tried sulfate free?

Carris xx

Sunday, 5 July 2015

What's In My Everyday Summer Bag

Hey everyone, so this week i'm going to share with you what's in my bag, I haven't done one since last year so I thought it was about time! This is my gorgeous little bag from Accessorize,  I actually only just got it as it was a present from my mum after she'd been to London, however it's now in the sale for £13.50, so I suggest you all get your hands on it fast!

So, inside my bag there are two compartments, the first one holds just my sunglasses which are these vintage-y cream ones from Aspire Style, I think they were only £12 which is quite good.

I like to keep my sunglasses separate because somehow they always end up scratched! Anyway, the remaining contents of my bag are just in the larger compartment, starting with my Cath Kidston purse (which just contains money, cards, my buspass, a random chapstick and a hair tie).  

I then have a little hairbrush from Claire's Accessories which I only usually carry with me if my hair is straight and down, and some mini sized Ted Baker perfume, in a very pretty bottle (ooh la la).

Of course, I have my phone in my bag and sometimes a pair of earphones, and today I had a little Vaseline too as my shoes were rubbing :( ... Anyway.. lastly I have a little purse from Newlook containing concealer, a little mirror and my lipstick of the day -which by the way was the Rimmel Kate Moss in 38, very beautiful for summer!

Thanks for reading, let me know of any post ideas as I haven't actually planned next week's yet!

Carris xx

Monday, 29 June 2015

DIY: Fun PiƱata Celebration Cake!

Hey everyone, boy has it been long since I did a baking post! I made this novelty cake for my friends birthday last week and it was a hit, everyone loved it but they were all so confused as to how the smarties got inside the cake, and actually it was very easy! I thought i'd share this with you all as it's a bit of fun, great for loads of occasions and i've seen it all over the internet, so here you go.

So, the cake needs to be made up of three parts, or three cakes of equal sizes (I used a very simple recipe of 250g of butter, sugar, flour and 4 eggs). You are then going to need to cut a hole in the centre of two of the cakes using a cookie cutter in the size of your choice.

Stack the two cakes with a hole in the middle and use jam or buttercream to secure them, and then fill the hole with smarties or your desired sweets (don't overfill of you may burst the cake!) next layer more jam on top and stack your final cake to finish.

I just piped simple pink buttercream in swirls to decorate my cake but you could use whatever you wanted and voila! There you have it, your very own cake that looks much more complicated than it is, so let me know if you try it, or if you have any other suggestions for fun cakes that I should try out! 
Thanks for reading!

Carris xx

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Whats On My Face Wednesday

Hey guys, a bit of a different post today, mid-week, I just thought it would be a nice change to show you what i'm actually wearing on my face, so here goes!


Body shop Instablur primer, No7 foundation in Calico. I use the collection concealer under my eyes and then apply the Rimmel concealer stick on any spots using that tiny little real techniques brush, I skipped powder this day as my skin was especially dry.

I used the bronzer in the Sleek contour kit to contour my cheek bones and then applied a little of the Maybeline Jelly Glow on the apples of my cheeks using the Zoeva face shape, this is quite a subtle blush but works really nicely on dry skin. I then highlighted using the same palette.

  I used Mac 'Painterly' paint pot, then ''Factory' from the Naked 3 all over my lid and 'Trick' on the 
inner corners using the brush that came with the palette. I then used 'Faint' form the Naked Basics palette in my crease using the Zoeva Petite Crease brush. To finish I used the soft brown Khol Kajal eyeliner from Rimmel to create a thin line and a soft wing, and curled my eyelashes and applied the Benefit They're real mascara.

 I like to use any lip balm with an SPF as they last longer, -this one is by Malibu. I then applied a gloss on my lips, my favourites are by Barry M but this is just an old 'MIRROR MIRROR' gloss.

Thanks for reading, 
Carris x

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Tea and Cake in Leamington Spa

Hey readers, another lifestyle post for you today, this ones courtesy of my best friend Charlotte.
We decided not to do birthday presents this year but instead have a day out doing something different, so she treated me to brunch in this beautiful vintage tea room in Leamington Spa, and then shopping. It was such a fun day spending time together and so I wanted to share it with you all, the tea room was lovely and the food was delightful but most of all it was nice to have made time for each other and have a fun day out!

Our day out just had me thinking, don't we all forget sometimes that life isn't all about giving presents and spending money? We don't look back on life and necessarily remember gifts, but instead we remember memories and are thankful for time spent with those around us, so if you have a friends birthday coming up, just bear this in mind, -it doesn't have to cost much, just something a little different, and it'll be fun for both of you! Thanks for reading! 

Carris x

P.s: Thanks so much Charley :*

Sunday, 31 May 2015

We All Scream For Ice Cream!!

 Helloooo! I wasn't actually going to do a post this week as I didn't feel like I had prepared anything, but i'm on such a roll with doing blogposts every week and I didn't want to break the cycle!

Anyway, last year, this chain of ice cream parlours popped up all over the place, and last week I visited one for the first time. The parlour has a very 50's retro theme and its such a lovely calm atmosphere to sit with a friend and talk in, it reminds me of a tea room type venue.

The pricing is reasonable, I pain around £5 for a chocolate sundae with caramel sauce and clotted cream which was gorgeous, and we sat in there for around 45 mins. I thought it was really nice and different, a really lovely idea!

Are there ice cream parlours near you? Has a 'Lickety Lick' popped up where you live?
Carris x

Sunday, 24 May 2015

The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter

As promised, a new post each Sunday, -I'm doing well, don't you think?
Anyway, I just wanted to talk to you all a little bit about this gorgeous cleansing butter from the body shop, I know my posts seem to be very beauty orientated recently but I'm really enjoying a few new products at the moment so that's what I'm writing about, I think my next post will be lifestyle anyway.

I actually purchased this product after reading Caroline Hirons' blog, I'm sure you're all familiar with her brilliant blog but if not check it out, -I'm sure you'll find it useful, but anyway, while reading her 'dry skin cheat sheet' I actually realised that I should NOT be using a foaming cleanser,
 -apparently they dry out your skin.

I wanted a high street product and this one retails at £12, I honestly cannot stress enough how much I love this product, when I massage it into my skin it dissolves even my waterproof mascara so fast and my skin feels so clean when I've washed it off. No residue is left on my face after and I love using it before bed and in the morning, its not greasy at all and i would probably agree with the description that it is suitable for all skin types, however maybe read Caroline's blog to make sure you find the right product for you!

What kind of cleanser do you use, and how much would you pay for a good cleanser?
 Thanks for reading!
Carris x