REVIEW | Lush Shampoo Bar - 'Godvia'

For Christmas this year I got a Lush gift box from my lovely other half (unsure if he thinks I smell or just knows me pretty well). Amongst a plethora of beautiful smelling products there was the Godvia Shampoo Bar. At the time I had bleached hair, and was very picky about what shampoos and conditioners I used due to having a head damaged locks, so I popped this in my 'basket of wonders' as my fiancé calls it, and there it stayed until last month.

At £6.75 for 55g of product, you may feel like it's a bit expensive but Lush claims these bars do the same job as two to three 200ml sized bottles of shampoo. I've been using the bar for a month and a half (I use this shampoo every other wash), and I have more than enough left to go another  two months. I'm unsure just how long a normal 200ml bottle of shampoo lasts normal people (I'm an over-squeezer...) but for me, it's lasted ridiculously long in comparison. For me, that makes this product very good value for money. Unlike normal shampoo, the bars contain no liquid so they can pack more product per G than regular shampoo (not to mention extra oils and ingredients.

To use the bars, you can either wet your hands and create a lather by rubbing the bar between your hands, much like you would do with a bar of regular soap, or you can rub the bar straight on your head. I find a mix of both tends to work for me, rubbing it on the roots and covering my hands in the lathered up product to then run through the ends. It helps that the product lathers up way more than you'd think!

This particular shampoo bar, Godvia, isn't my favourite scent and is not tailored to any specific hair type or claims to do anything other than clean your hair, but my hair feels clean and fresh after I use it. I've noticed a fair bit of shine too, especially now I have brown in my hair. I assume this is due to it containing all natural ingredients rather than the chemicals found in my regular shampoos. I think after this one is finished I will try New which supposedly stimulates your scalp and encourages healthy hair growth. I'd also like to try the conditioning bar, as I'm in need of some deep conditioning I think I'd really be able to put it to the test!

Have you tried the Lush Shampoo Bars? What's your favourite Lush product?

Life Lately

Prawn Salad // Starting my dissertation // Getting healthy
Dyed my hair // Pizza made from scratch // Discovering Filofax
Smoothies and new kitchen bits // Dressing up my desk // Fruit love
All from Instagram: @_iamjayde // @JaydeSW

I've been a wee bit absent lately. I'd like to say I was off doing amazing things, but in reality, I spilled coffee on my laptop (that's what happens when you insist on staying up until 4am to do uni work). My phone battery also managed to die and refuse to charge so I've been pretty internet-free for a while. I'm glad to be back online, and hopefully posting regularly again, but it was really nice just to disconnect for a while, even if I did get lost a few times due to having no Google maps.

Whilst I was away I started a new eating plan (another post, another time) and have managed to lose nearly half a stone in a matter of weeks (although, my father-in-law has fallen ill this week, so eating healthily has been at the back of all of our minds for the last wee while). Pretty excited to be able to see changes in my body already. 

I've also started writing my dissertation (eek!). Scary but it must be done. It does mean I'm going to have to be stricter with my time however. Usually, I'll sit for 4/5 hours and edit photos write a weeks worth a posts and schedule them, but I don't have 5 hours to spare anymore. So I've invested in a Filofax to better organise my time, which is working pretty well for uni work/gym/social/work organisations so far! I gave my desk a little make over too, thought it might motivate me to get more done (but I think spend more time rearranging and making new stuff to decorate the area with!)

As you might be able to see above, I'm not longer a blondie/lilac-y! Although my hair seemed pretty healthy, it had been the same length for years due to the ends snapping off. I got a bit bored of having to do my roots all the time too, so I'm now joined the masses and become ombre as an attempt to grow out my hair. 

Hopefully I can go back to my usual schedule of 3 posts a week now, but it may drop down to 2 until my dissertation is done! Will just have to see. But with Christmas (Yes, I said the C-word!) creeping up, I can feel myself getting more and more inspired. I just love this time of year. 

I've missed reading blogs so much these past few weeks, has anyone got any posts they're really proud of? I don't know where to start catching up on everything!

What have you been up to lately?

LIFE | Blair Drummond Safari Park // Edinburgh Fringe Festival // Sister's 8th Birthday


I don't share all that much about my life on here, but I thought I'd give it a go, branching out and all that jazz. 

I love my little sister to bits, but she lives about 200 miles away, so I don't get to see her all that often. When I moved to Edinburgh for uni, my mum, brother and sister moved down to my mums hometown in England, so when my dad asked me about bringing her up as a surprise for her on her birthday, I jumped at the chance. 

They were only here 3 & 1/2 days, but we managed to get a whole load done in. First off we went to Blair Drummond Safari Park near stirling, which was amazing. I've been there a few times now, but every single time i've had a whole load of fun. I then took my dad and sister for a tour of Edinburgh (my sister seems loves to shop almost as much as I do, so Princes street was my first port of call). We were going to visit the castle, but because of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo we couldn't get up, so we settled for a jaunt along the royal mile. We even drove through to Glasgow to visit a huge Chinese supermarket (Followed by amazing home made chow mien for tea). I made her a giant cupcake birthday cake, which didn't turn out as pretty as I'd hoped it would, but still tasted nice. 

I love the time I get to spend with my family. Living a minimum of 200 miles away from anyone kind of hinders how often I get to see them, but it makes the occasions I do get to even more special. 

(Do you like this kind of more life/personal posts? Unsure about them!)

REVIEW | Lush's Rub Rub Rub

I love to exfoliate. I love lush. Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub is my dream come true. 

I have rough, bobbly skin, so I love to exfoliate to smooth it out. Ever since my mum bought some sea salt scrub when I was a young-un, and I felt just how amazing it feels when it washes off, I've loved salty exfoliation products. I usually have to be careful as I have quite sensitive skin, but my skin just seems to love this stuff. 

Lush say you can use this on wet skin, dry skin and even your hair. I tend to give my body a good exfoliation, concentrating on my arms as they're the roughest, while I'm leaving my conditioner to do its magic, but having recently tried it on my dry arms when they were particularly bad, I have to say it's just as wonderful both ways. I try to stay away from salty products, like salt sprays etc, when it comes to my hair due to it being so processed and dry, but I did try it, and although I did need a good condition afterwards, I noticed a big difference in the amount of shine my usually-dull locks had. 

Also, as naughty as it is, I ran out of my usual facial exfoliator, and used this on my face once. I have to say, it felt amazing. It's not something I would make a habit out of doing, but if you're after a really good scrub, go for it (I'm not a dermatologist so I can't say how bad it is for your skin to get such a rough exfoliation, so if your face melts off, I'm really sorry

Rub Rub Rub smells amazing, feels amazing and a little goes a long way. All in all, I couldn't think of a bad thing to say about it- apart from my boyfriend keeps stealing it!

ps. Don't use it on your freshly shaven legs- ouchie!

Whats your favourite exfoliator? Anything I should try?

REVIEW | Yankee Candle Wax Tarts and Burner

I love a good candle. I also like to chop and change what scents fill my home, but doing so with candles comes with a hefty price tag. So I've chosen the best of both worlds.

I bought my Yankee Candle Wax Tart Burner around a year ago now, and honestly, it gets used a minimum of 3 times a week. The petal shaped area houses a tart of wax, you pop a little tea light below and it slowly burns, releasing the smell of the tart.

My burner sits on my mantle piece, and is lit any time I plan on spending a bit of time in the house, well worth the £4.99 I paid for it. Wax tarts are much, much cheaper than candles, and are said to burn for around 8 hours (but I've got a Vanilla Lime one that has burnt for way longer and still smells amazing). The tarts are usually on some form of deal too (Buy 10, pay for 8 at the moment!)

Wax tarts are also a brilliant way to try out scents before committing to up to 150 hours worth of them. I still love a good candle, but have fallen for ones that smells amazing un-lit but are just not worth the headache they give me once they are. I now won't buy a candle (minus cheap Primark bad-boys) unless I've trailed it in my tart burner first. The good thing about the burner, is it fits other brands too. Even if the tart is originally too big, you can pop it in, melt it and it'll harden into the correct size.

I think I'll always have a big candle next to my bed for reading 'n' relaxing time, but wax tarts are cheaper, easier to change about, and you don't feel half as guilty for buying way too many them! I'm definitely going to be picking up some new ones as soon as autumn rolls around. 

Whats your favourite candle scent at the moment? Mine is Margarita Time, perfect for summer.

REVIEW | Jerome Russell Platinum Blonde Toner

Before realising that I could use Sally's own brand bleach and peroxide for much cheaper, I would religiously use the Jerome Russell bleach sachets and peroxide to get my mousy-blonde locks to the old-lady shade of white I desire, so when I saw they also offered a toner, I couldn't resist checking it out.

Jerome Russell Platinum Blonde Toner cost me £2.99 from Savers, so it was cheap as chips (much like most things in that shop!). I know I've seen it in Boots as well recently, but I could not find it online so it may have been discontinued? It's a small bottle, but I have fairly thick, shoulder length hair and it more than covered it. 

Like most white or silver toners I've tried, it's purple. Unlike most others I've tried, it has a very jelly-like consistency. I started by applying it to my roots, then spread it throughout my hair. It foamed up and seemed to spread really easily. You're to put a plastic cap (aka a carrier-bag) over your head and apply heat for 5 mins, but be careful not to hold the hairdryer in the same spot for too long as you will burn yourself! I followed the instructions down to the T, minus accidentally getting too distracted by Netflix and leaving it on an extra 10 mins, and I have to say, I was not all that happy with the result.

As you can see, there is a difference, just not a very big one. I'm still left with a fairly yellow scalp and will have to re-tone with something else. A bit disappointing, especially from a brand who's actual bleach products I find to work so well.  For the last few months I've been using a DIY toner (a dab of violet dye and a whole load of cheap-o conditioner) and it has been getting it a lot more white (admittedly, with bits of lilac. I would stick to this method if it more consistent)

This cost just less than my violet dye did, however, this is only good for one use, whereas I've been diluting my one pot for over a year now. So all in all, I feel like I've wasted my money.

If you're looking for a quick refresh, or your hair is a darker shade than mine, then there is a good change this will work for you. But if you're looking to mimic your grannies hair, then look else where.

& so the search for the perfect white toner continues.
Have you got any white-haired-wonder recommendations for me?

REVIEW | Fudge Clean Blonde Violet Toning Shampoo

As a sometimes white, sometimes lilac, locked lady, keeping my hair colour fresh (aka, not yellow) is sometimes a difficult but very necessary task. Fudge Clean Blonde Violet Toning Shampoo is by far the best product for the task. 

Violet toning shampoos, silver shampoos or purple shampoos, are all basically shampoo that contain purple pigments. As purple is directly opposite yellow on the colour wheel, these purple pigments help to cancel any brassy tones you have in your hair. If you're a blonde, silver, white, lilac or even violet, these bad boys can keep your colour going far longer than it usually would. 

Fudge Clean Blonde Violet Toning Shampoo could be a little bit scary when you first squeeze some out, especially if you're not going for the lilac look, but don't worry, as long as you don't leave it on too long you won't become a pastel princess. However, if you're after the lilac look, this is better than any dye I've tried. I pop this on for about 2 hours and I get the pastel purple you see in the sidebar image (and it lasts months... and I mean months)

I've tried a lot of toning shampoos, but my search for the perfect purple shampoo is over. This bottle lasted me about 6 months, if not longer, using it every other wash (plus toning after dying), so it's well worth the price. I recently bought a 1L bottle of this, and no doubt it will last me well over a year. 

Fudge Clean Blonde Violet Toning Shampoo is a must for any light haired ladies and gents. It works amazingly, it smells gorgeous and it's brilliant value for money. I'll never waste my money on cheaper toning shampoos that you have to use half a bottle just to see a small result again.

Fudge Clean Blonde Violet Toning Shampoo- Currently on sale for £8.96

Whats your favourite shampoo?
Have any other recommendations for white/silver/lilac hair?

LIFE | Keeping Creative.

You'd think as a photography and film student, I'd be creative often enough, but really, it's just stressful. I think anyone who studies something they love will tell you- uni/college takes the fun out of it!

I love taking photos. I've loved taking photos since I stole my dads Kodak brick a the age of 10, and I will love it when we can take photographs with our minds at the age of 100 (is someone developing this yet?). But with briefs, and outlines, criteria, and boundaries, and god knows what else governing every single project I do I need a way to escape the stress. 

Keeping a 'visual dairy' or an art journal is my number one way I keep my creative juices flowing. At the moment, I'm working full time at a burger restaurant (I like to refer to myself as a 'burger artist' or 'milkshake wizard' rather than a waitress though...) so I can feel my brain cells melt every single time I say "Would you like to make that a meal deal?", so it certainly helps in keeping me sane. I would love to organise shoots and spend all day photographing, but I just don't have the time to.

If I have a spare 20 minutes I pull out my mini-moleskine and get doodling, paining, pasting, cutting and sticking. I probably do this more during the summer than I do during term time, mostly because standing around all day asking people if they would "like to make it a meal deal?" gives me a lot of time to think of new ideas. 

When I can't get the idea train running, but I wan't to get my creative juices flowing I turn to Keri Smith's Wreck This Journal. Wreck This Journal is exactly how it sounds: It's a journal who's pages contain prompts to get you creative. It gets you breaking the spine, drawing all over the edges of the book, ripping pages out amongst many other things.

Sometimes, I just can't be bothered getting all my craft stuff out, or I fancy getting creative away from my flat,  for this, I use Wreck This App! This is the app version of the book, so if you prefer to sit down with your phone/tablet than an endless supply of crafty bits, then this may be better for you. It's cheaper and won't cost you anything supply wise and you can do it on the bus without everyone thinking you're a loon! (I realise this sounds like an advert for the Wreck This series; I wasn't sponsored I swear, I just really love these books!)

Keeping creative is important, especially if you find yourself spending your days doing something you don't enjoy. I know for me I find it super stressful to spend every day doing the same thing over and over, so breaking up my routine is essential for keeping my sanity!

What do you do to keep yourself stress free and full of creativity?

REVIEW | Botanics 93% Organic Super Balm

 Botanics 93% Organic Super Balm is exactly what it says on the tin: a super balm. 

I realise it may seem a bit strange to review something that may seem a bit more useful in in the harsh Winter weather, during Summer, but just wait. I did originally by this over the Christmas period, I have issues with dry skin, big issues, so I thought it might be good to pop on overnight, as a bit of a treatment (which it is), but I found an oil that works better so It got pushed to the back of my skincare stash. 

However, despite the fact I spend my spare time indoors, and I work indoors, I somehow managed to get a bit sunburnt. Being a pale lady, I stay out of the sun as much as possible, so I have no need for aftersun, so when I was burnt, I was at a loss at how to treat it. Either way, I popped some of this bad boy onto the burnt spots and it felt like heaven. It's quite a thick balm, so you don't need loads, but for anywhere dry or burnt, it works wonders.

 But it doesn't stop there. Some of you may find the next part a bit TMI, in which case, this may not be the blog for you! As a larger lady, I experience chub rub, especially during the summer months (I've included a handy little definition for you lucky, lucky souls who have never experienced chub rub). While, I do my best to prevent chub rub (post idea?), sometimes it happens. I used to reach for Bepanthen, or something similar, which works well too, but this stuff is just as good, doesn't leave a sticky residue like most nappy rash creams and I always have it in my bag due to its handy dandy little size!

Botanics 93% Organic Super Balm is handy for burns, chafing, keeping your cuticles and hands smooth, dry patches and lips, healing spots and you could even pop a little bit on the very ends of your hair for a mid-day pick me up! It helps that it's as cheap ad chips too (well, a couple pokes of chips maybe).  Botanics 93% Organic Super Balm, 93% organic but 100% super.

Whats your go to, all-round miracle product?


I've not been home in 3 years. 

I did a photography project about 'home' and 'homesickness' last semester at uni, so the idea of going home has not been far from my mind since. I've been struggling with quite bad homesickness since I decided the topic of my project, so while I don't get many days where I am both off university and work, I made a trip back up to the North-East a priority and managed to sneak a few in and revisit my hometown, finally.

I know they say 'home is where the heart is' and all that, but surely the heart can be in more than one place? 

I don't think 'home is where the heart is', I don't think you have one home. I think home is a state of mind; Laying in bed with a cup of tea, my dog and my fiancé is home, Walking along one of the beaches in my hometown is home, seeing my sister smile when I go down to England to see her is home, discovering a 'hidden' patch of Edinburgh is home, sitting on my couch finally writing this and realising I've been home all along is home

REVIEW | Redken Extreme Anti-Snap

As I mentioned in my Tangle Teezer almost review, I've been using Redken's Extreme Anti-Snap for a few months now. I figured it was about time I shared my two-cents on it. 

Redken Extreme Anti-Snap a leave-in treatment. It claims to sooth the hair cuticle help fortify hair,  and thusly reduce breaking, splitting and snapping (as the name suggests). So basically, it's actually good for you hair, rather than just good at masking all of your hairs problems. 

To apply, I just put two or three pumps into my hands, rub them together and then through my damp hair, then give my hair a wee brush with my Tangle Teezer to make sure it's spread through evenly, then leave it to dry naturally as often as possible.

It doesn't make my hair feel any softer, and kinda feels a bit weird in your hands, but I've noticed I shed a lot less hair. My hair has been the same length for about 3 years, due to my hair always snapping when it gets to around my shoulders but I've noticed my ends are feeling a lot nicer and I think I can see some growth (I mean, my hair is definitely growing, I have roots for days, but my ends are.. staying on?). I think 2 months of usage is a little bit too soon to say that this stuff has saved my hair so much that it's actually getting past that annoying length, but it is certainly helping towards it- my hair just feels stronger.

If you use a lot of heat, or tend to colour treat your hair often like I do, then I'd say give this stuff ago. I still use a hair oil afterwards and heat protection if I am heat styling- But I feel like this stuff actually does my hair good rather than just making it feel good.

What are your hair saving graces? I'd love to get my hair feeling lush again. 

Nostalgia & Dealing with homesickness (playlist)

So as some of you may know, some of my work was exhibited two weeks ago. My work consisted of postcards, containing memories or thoughts about my home town on the north-east coast of Scotland. I've not visited this place since I moved down to Edinburgh in 2011 (Between uni, and working it's hard to find the time or money to!) After siting down and writing my postcards, I felt very homesick once again- and somewhat nostalgic. So instead of my usual tactic of 'think of anything but home', I decided to 'cuddle' my homesickness and put together a playlist of the kind of music I listened to in 2006+

As you could probably tell, I wasn't one of the 'cool kids' at school. I spent way too much time on the internet, and so was constantly listening to music (I lost the password to my old YouTube account- there would be some brilliant playlists saved on there). This playlist is a good representative of my teenage-soundtrack. 

Doing this has actually really helped, instead of banning myself from thinking about the past, I've just let it in and remembered all the good times I've had. And while it's sad that I rarely see the people I had those times with, I have amazing memories and I shouldn't let my longing for times past take those memories away from me. 

If your struggling with homesickness, or just miss being a teenager (I know I do!) I think putting together a playlist that only contains music you used to listen to can help. And know, a tear or two can help too! Music is really emotive to me, so listening to this playlist the first time, I really did get upset, but now when I listen, I'm just really happy- It's nice to, after 3 years, finally be able to say I have a good way to deal with my homesickness (that doesn't involve a pint of Ben & Jerrys)

Would love to know what you listened to through your teenage years! It's amazing how many memories come flooding back the second you hear an older song.  Let me know what songs do this to you!

Tattoo Talk: What I wish someone had told me before I got my first tattoo

I recently got a new tattoo (well, I finally got a piece finished) and it got me thinking about all the stuff I wish I had known when I first started getting tattoos back when I was 18, So I thought I'd put together a post for those of you who are thinking about getting a tattoo. Now, I'm not heavily tattooed or anything (I have 10/8 depending on how you count them), but my family and people I surround myself with most of the time, are all a bit tattoo mad- so I've got good amount of know-how about them! 

So here's my top 7 things I wish I had known/thought about/someone had told me before getting my first tattoo

• Think about it. Take your time to think about it. You shouldn't rush a decision about something that is going to be present for the rest of your life. You don't need to rush and get one just because you turned 18. I personally decided what I wanted when I was 16, and then thought about it all the way up until I was 18- and have thought about all of my tattoos for a minimum of 6 months before getting them. Although people are a lot more open minded about tattoos, there are still some people that do not like them, meaning there are some jobs that just won't be available to you if you have constantly visible tattoos- you need to make sure that these kinds of jobs are 100% not in your future before you have yourself permanently tattooed. You also need to think about your family and friends- while it would be lovely if everyone was able to do as they pleased image wise and their friends and family would love them despite their own personal views on it- there are some families where this is just not the case. If your religious background says you cannot have tattoos you really need to think about what you are giving up. 

• Research your tattoo artist/parlour. Take some time to look through different artists. This is a lot easier if you live in/can travel to a city/more populated area as there will be more artists to research. Look at their style, their past work, weather you get a long with them- not at their price. As I said before, tattoos are permanent, would you rather save a few buck and have a mediocre tattoo, or spend a bit more and have a beautiful piece of art for life. I learnt this one the hard way- me and my fiancé Liam went to a tattoo place in Aberdeen (which I won't name) because they were the only ones who had space for us and from what I can understand, he went too deep on me and now I have some smudgy-as-hell lyrics on my arm. I love the tattoo because of the meaning behind it but it'd be nice if it didn't look rubbish. On another note, if your artist suggests your design would look better if "x" or in another location, please take note of this, they are trained in this area so know what works best. You don't have to completely change your design for them or anything, but do consider what they are telling you and maybe make a realistic compromise. 

• Research your design. Make sure you know who said that quote you're getting, what the image you want symbolises. I have an acquaintance who had a 'quote' tattooed on her before she even googled it and it turns out it was lyrics from a band she quite dislikes- she now has to either live with this or pay even more to cover it up. Google is such a useful tool, please use it. Also, don't steal designs. It's fine to take inspiration from others- but just lifting their work is what would be classes as plagiarism in any other media. If you find an drawing/painting/etc you like and want to ask the artists permission to get it tattooed on you, you can use the google image search tool here to find the original source.

• Eat before getting your tattoo. I learnt this one the hard way. Before going to get my smallest tattoo I had only had half a can of monster (also, yuck) and ended up fainting during the tattoo. This was very embarrassing, especially since I had much larger pieces which I had sat through fine. Thankfully my artist was very understanding and let me know just how important eating before getting a tattoo is. I'm not 100% sure on the reason why, but Im assuming it's to do with your blood sugar levels, and adrenaline. Just remember to eat.

• Look after your tattoos, especially while it's healing. To your skin, tattoos are abrasions, and your skin wants to heal them. Be sure to help your skin along by washing your tattoos (I tend to use baby unscented soap for this, or just warm water) to help keep out infection. Some form of cream is always nice too, especially when it starts to itch- go with whatever your artist recommends but I've always used Bapanthem. Don't drown your tattoo in cream, it will stop the scabs drying up and falling off- but also don't pick your scabs, you will end up having to have your tattoo touched up!

• Be prepared to become 'addicted'. As cliche as it is, they are addictive. I find that after you're done- you're up for another one. The pain of getting the tattoo has subsided and you're left with art forever imprinted upon you and its lovely. As soon as I had one, I wanted to be covered- I wanted my blank-canvass skin to be beautiful. I'm sure there are people out there with one, but I don't know a single one of them. 

• Meaning shmeaning. I used to think all tattoos had to have this great meaning behind them, and that if they didn't they're worthless. Let me tell you, that's a load of crap. Tattooing is an art form, and like many arts, its visual. If these aesthetics have a meaning- great! If you just like them 'cause you think they look good- great! Do what you want, meaning or no meaning, and don't let anyone, like my silly 18 year old self, tell you it's stupid. 

I love looking at other peoples tattoos, leave some links to yours in the comments!

Photography Exhibition- Edinburgh

As part of my course, we have to put on an exhibition. As a class we are putting on a 3 part exhibition revolving around the theme of 'Place'. 

The opening night is the 24th of March, at Out Of The Blue Drill Hall, but parts 2 and 3 open on the 31st of March and the 8th of April respectively, with a big and boozy closing event on the 11th of April.  

You can find out a bit more on the Facebook Event page. 

We are also struggling to fund the event, so if you have £1 to spare, we would really appreciate it if you could donate to our Kickstarter. We have put up a goal of £350, but this won't even cover a 3rd of what it will cost us. Even if you don't have anything to spare, if you could share the link for us, someone you know might be able to!

My own work, Postcards Home, deals with the issues of homesickness. Since moving to Edinburgh 3 years ago, I've been unable to go 'home', due to one thing or another, so I have a fair bit of experience with the subject.  Postcards Home is a series of postcards of places in or around Edinburgh, but the note on the back explains thoughts, feelings or memories of home that the place evokes. These places are over 100 miles apart- yet can still fill you with the same feelings and sense of place. Come along to the exhibition to see the rest of the series. 

If you're in Edinburgh please pop along- It's free!

Details on how to get to the Out Of The Blue Drillhall here.

Ode to theTangle Teezer

I've never considered my hair to be 'tangly', so when Tangle Teasers started making their way around the blogosphere I wrote them off as something I just didn't need (a rare occurrence let me tell you)- But oh boy I was wrong. 

The Tangle Teezer claims "It's a super smooth operator that works the minute hair is lathered and rinsed. Glides through wet, vulnerable and colour treated hair with no pulling, tugging or yanking." And it totally does. I'm terrible for just brushing my hair with a regular brush straight out the shower, and looking at the amount of hair in my brush, I've realised just how damaging that is. I've been using the Tangle Teezer for around 3 months now, and I've seen very little loss of hair whilst brushing, as well as minimised shedding overall (which also may have something to do with my use of Redken Extreme Anti-Snap- review coming soon).

This isn't so much of a review as I'm sure everyone and their mother owns one of these by now, I just wanted to dedicate a post to this magical hair-beast. I have white-blonde hair, so it's extremely damaged as you can imagine and while do I spend a lot of time and money on products to keep my hair looking less like a birds nest and more like a magical unicorns mane,  nothing has done my hair as much good as this has in a long time. 

The Tangle Teezer is £10.99 in Boots, but you can definitely get it for a few pounds cheaper online. If like me, you aren't accustomed to buying hair brushes (and have no idea how much they should cost), £10.99 might seem a bit steep, but let me tell you, this bad boy is worth very single penny. I don't know if I could sing this brushes praises enough. Even if you don't think you have a lot of tangles, you're hair is going to be thankful for you being a tad bit gentler to it. 

Do you use a Tangle Teezer? Love it or is it a bit of a gimmick in your opinion?