Tuesday, 22 July 2014

My current favourite Shampoo and Conditioner ♥

Bonjour bloggeroonies! Hope everyone is well. I felt like I had to share my most recent hair find because they are next. level. bargains!

At the moment I'm trying to save a bit of money, just because it feels good and I always feel guilty frittering money away on luxurious and expensive things when there are people with much less than me. I guess it's about appreciating what you have and trying to find cheaper alternatives to your favourite things...

Recently I was just having a mooch around B&M (if you're not from the UK it's a cheaper store where you can pick up some incredible deals) and I spotted these on the shelf:

At 99p a bottle I couldn't resist popping them into my basket. After all, if they weren't great I could have them as emergency back-ups in the event I ran out of shampoo and conditioner. The bottles are 300ml each which is huge for the price and the packaging looks really good. Eager to give them a go, I tried them at my boyfriend's house as soon as I got home.

I was completely blown away by the quality of them both, they smell great, the shampoo lathered up easily in my hair and rinsed out smoothly, my hair didn't feel dry or knotty and I felt like it was really quick to get all of the suds out. The conditioner was just thick enough, just creamy enough, and a little bit went a long way so I didn't feel like I was over conditioning. This also rinsed out quickly and smoothly and my hair felt incredible. When I blow dried it, it was smooth, shiny and manageable, getting my Tangle Teezer through it was easier than normal and my boyfriend even commented on how nice my hair smelt. Another huge bonus was that I didn't need to section my hair into 4 different sections, I just quickly swiped my straighteners over the most unruly bits and left the rest natural.

At 99p these are an unmissable treat. Next time I'm near or in B&M I'm going to buy two or three bottles of each because I don't want to risk not being able to get them in the future. Have you tried this shampoo and conditioner?


Saturday, 19 July 2014

Life: Health and Fitness ♥

Anyone who's been reading this blog for a while will know that my health and fitness journey started when I left university. I had put on a huge amount of weight, my confidence and self esteem were at an all time low and I just felt awful.

To date, I'm over 2 stone lighter than I was back in 2011 but my weight and fitness levels have fluctuated a lot as life has taken it's twists and turns for me. When my last relationship ended I moved closer to work in a little flat of my own and joined my local leisure centre (a huge step as I would be joining and using it completely alone, way out of my comfort zone!). I started using the gym and going to exercise classes between 4 and 5 times a week. Frustratingly, my weight seems to have a hit a plateau and no matter how well I eat or how much I go to the gym and Zumba, I don't feel like I'm getting anywhere. Time for an action plan!

Reducing my weight:
I've re-joined weight watchers and re-familiarised myself with myfitnesspal in an attempt to start shedding the pounds again, I feel like it's working and my willpower is gaining strength.

Improving my fitness:
As well as attending BodyCombat on a Monday, Zumba on a Thursday and the gym Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday I decided to set myself a big goal and start training for a 10k charity run. I wrote about wanting to run a 5k here in my recent bucket list post but felt it would be incredible to smash 5 and do 10.

The charity run I want to do is in November so I set about researching and found the '10k for Pink' free app for my iPhone. It trains you for 10k in 14 weeks with you running 3x a week, easily achievable for me when I'm already working out 5x a week!

As you can see in the photo I've just completed week one and will be writing a seperate post about that then hopefully updating on my progress every week. Last time I trained for a charity run it was Race for Life and sadly I not only got shin splints, but a trapped nerve in my right foot and permanent cartilage damage in my knees (a combination of poor technique and poor shoes). Because of that I'm not being too hard on myself, I want to train slowly, properly and carefully and avoid any further injury.

Are you training for anything at the minute or do you have any tips for me? Please let me know in the comments, I'd love to team up with some like minded people and worth towards our goals together :)

Thanks for reading! xo