Saturday, 7 March 2020

A Message To "You"

Of course I had to make my return by referencing the tv show YOU, because its mad addictive and I feel like this little update is Joe Goldberg related (no I don't mean stalking and murdering people, thats not why I vanished for 5months...honest!)

I've been a little busy since I last posted, ranging from moving out, working back at Cats Protection, adding a new cat to the family (yes the pictures are below of her if you're just here for the cats), getting my mental/physical health back on track and basically just being super happy.I feel like this post is going to benefit those mainly that started coming to my blog due to my struggles with anxiety and depression.I was stuck in a huge rabbit hole for the longest time and I never ever thought I would get out of it, but I did and its been amazing ever since.I'm not trying to come across as "Oh look I'm out of it now", because I still have a day or two with anxiety that wants to make an appearance during super stressful times and we're all human.Its more of "You CAN pull yourself out of the rabbit hole, although it may feel like you're completely buried underneath it all, I'm proof that you can get yourself out of it.But anyway, I won't delve into more of that right now and will do a separate post on that completely.So...onto the new one thats joined the family:
I don't know where to start with this one, because although she can be a bit of a pain in the ass for a near to be 5month old kitten, I absolutely love and adore her.I've been living on my own now for nearly 2years and during that time, I started to notice Tobi was missing the other cat Louie at my parents house.Unfortunately when I took Tobi back to see Louie, he turned really territorial and kept launching himself at Tobi which of course left him quite sad since they were always so close.Originally I wanted to get one from where I work which is at Cats Protection, but it wasn't easy finding a cat to home for the criteria.After being messed about a few times by sellers, one of my friends kitties had an accidental litter and I fell in love with her immediately upon meeting her.

Tobi has taken it remarkably well, considering its the first female cat he's ever been in contact with  and they met on the first day when I brought her home.I decided to change her name to Nala, because despite Tobi being 7years 6months at time and her being only 9weeks old, she was not having it from him when he started hissing at her on Day 1.She's a sassy little minx that will literally attempt to steal any kind of food and at times will torment Tobi.
I'm also convinced she was a parrot in her past life...

Last year I posted about joining the gym and I've actually stuck to it!My original goal was to achieve a bigger and toned bum (which has been working out great for me), but I've now progressed onto losing weight.I started at 150lbs (68KG) which hasn't been my heaviest weight in my life but I wasn't happy with it either.Because of the work I do, it can involve a little cardio so my weight alongside building muscle dropped around to 143lbs (64KG).I recently then started going through a phase of hardly eating because I lost my appetite so I was roughly eating between 500-1000calories per day.This made me lose a lot of weight super fast but I would NOT recommend doing it as eating anything less than 1000calories is not good for your body, and I often found myself extremely exhausted because of it.My weight is now 135lbs (61KG), which includes the muscle that I've build mainly on my legs.

Its good to step back sometimes and look at how much you've achieved.I used to struggle on lifting 3kg, whereas now I'm lifting way more.I used to be so paranoid thinking people were judging me on what I was lifting, but everyone is at different stages and have different goals.Going to the gym has helped my mental and physical health dramatically, I highly recommend it.

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Revolution Pro: New Neutral Eyeshadow Palette

Revolution have continuously been rolling out more and more products recently, and I was so excited to see this pop up on social media from their new range: The New Neutrals Collection.I've been getting more into makeup recently and I'm very picky when it comes to eyeshadow shades and luckily the shade range of this palette ticked all the boxes for me.

It reminded me a lot of the Huda Beauty New Nudes Palette which I've wanted for ages, but I could never part with the astonishing price of £56 ($65) for it.This palette however costs only £12 and it packs one hell of a punch for a drugstore product.So to start off this review, I've provided swatches on my tanned skin below:
18 Swatches of these stunning shades in this palette
The palette contains a mixture of matte, reflective, pearl and glitter pigments, which were all used without a base on my arm.It also contains a cream base which will help prolong the glitter but considering I didn't use any as a base anyway, it still swatched beautifully.Below I've listed my pros and cons of this palette:

Pros:                                                                                                         Cons:

- Beautiful gold packaging                                                             - Not really a con, but make the pans
- All of the shades are extremely pigmented                                  larger of this palette!         
- Easy to blend 
- The pearl and glitter pigments can be applied with                                      
your finger or a brush
- Minimal fallout
- Comes with a mirror
- No chemical smell
- Long lasting

Two makeup looks I created with this palette:
Two completely different eye looks, but both make the eyes stand out and to compliment the lip colour.The first photo is my usual daytime makeup, along with a dress that I was trying on at the time since losing weight (hence the crazy cleavage).The second image is more of a night/date night makeup look, giving me more of a daring appearance compared to the first one.My favourite apple red lip compliments the eyeshadow shade and brings the entire makeup look together.

You can purchase this palette from Revolution Beauty or from Superdrug (where I got mine), if you want to get some beauty card points or try out the shades in-store.

Friday, 25 January 2019

TreasureTress: First Box Of 2019!

*Disclaimer: This box was gifted to me by the brand and this post is not an ad*
I'm back with another review on a box by TreasureTress, which is perfect to start 2019 as I wanted to do more hair product reviews.This box arrived as a surprise from TreasureTress and I'm excited to announce that this month is with Lotta Body!I've heard nothing but positive things about things about Lotta Body and this is the first time I'm going to be trying this brand!

For this months box you will receive 4 products from their Milk & Honey range, a deep conditioning masque from their Coconut & Shea Oils range and a plastic cap to give your hair that extra moisture.My hair in 2018 unfortunately went through a lot, from trying a wide range of products which made my hair extremely dry from the lack of protein and the HUGE mistake of straightening my hair at least 7-8times.I made the decision of cutting off my heat damaged hair and got straight into using these as honey is a great ingredient to help restore and get protein properties into the hair.I tested these products over a course of 4weeks, to give it enough time for me to test them properly, to write up a thorough review on them and to let you know if any changes happened to my hair whilst trialling them out.

Nourish Me Leave In Conditioner

Product Breakdown & Benefits Include:
Locks in Moisture
Detangles and Controls Frizz
Adds Shine
Intense Hydration
Colour Safe (my hair isn't dyed)

This was the first product I decided to try from the range, as 48hours beforehand I had already shampooed and conditioned my hair, not wanting to aggravate my hair by washing it again.This product can be used on wet or dry hair, and I decided to try it on wet hair as this is personally my favourite method.Putting my hair into 4 sections, I sprayed water on my hair to the point where it wasn't "damp" but saturated enough to use the leave in.Taking two pea sized amounts for each section, I began applying from the root to tip, making sure that I covered the ends more as my hair tends to always feel a little dry here (especially on day 2 hair!).You can then follow up with your usual "style" method, but because I applied this fairly late in the evening, I decided to leave it.So fast forward 15hours later with sleep and...
I didn't style my hair with any curl defining product at all, yet I woke up with 97% of curl defined curls...what?.My hair usually in the morning is an absolute frizzy mess, to the point where it looks like I have a black sheep with hedgehog spikes attached to my head.When sleeping on my own, I tend to not settle and be able to sleep still, which contributes to the abomination of hair the next morning.The one side of my hair as you can see in the picture isn't as defined, but that side has always been a pain to keep happy and like I mentioned, I didn't use any styling products.

This left my hair feeling extremely soft and the smell of this (the entire Milk & Honey range) is so nice.It did add a little shine to my hair on its own, but if you work it alongside a styling creme or gel, you will see a great improvement when it comes to shine.It works great when restoring moisture to the hair, especially on Day 3 for me.

Restore Me Cream Shampoo & Conditioner

Shampoo Product Breakdown & Benefits Include:
Removes Product Build Up
Restores Moisture 
Makes Hair Soft & Manageable
Colour Safe

Conditioner Product Breakdown & Benefits Include:
Deeply Moisturises 
Makes Hair Soft & Manageable 
Colour Safe

I gave my hair and scalp a week to get a lot of product buildup, because I wanted to test to see how well the shampoo worked on removing it.The shampoo itself actually felt like I was putting honey onto my hair, because it was extremely thick and sticky, but it wasn't an issue to apply.It felt extremely soothing on the scalp, especially when I worked my fingers to lather the shampoo up to remove the grime and product build up.It done an extremely good job at removing this, considering I had used a ton of products that contained silicones, parabens and sulfates on my hair.My hair didn't feel stripped or heavy, considering the shampoo itself felt like I was applying a thick layer of honey onto it, it left my hair feeling really soft.The moisture was restored a little, but I wasn't expecting a massive difference as my hair loves conditioners!
I know I'm not the only one that does this, but I always get at least 50p sized (or bigger) amount of conditioner when it comes to my hair, because I want every single strand to be nourished.This conditioner can be used to be left onto the hair for 3minutes (which I did) or it can be used as a deep conditioner.Its also quite thick like the shampoo, but more of a cream based texture instead.After applying onto my hair, I took my Denman Brush to detangle and oh my god, it was so damn easy!I've also done finger detangling which works a treat as well, but their is just something more satisfying when you can glide a brush all the way through thick curly hair with no issues.

This left my hair even more moisturised and soft than what the shampoo did!It was extremely hard to not touch my hair because it felt so nice to touch as it was so soft.I've tried this routine with a combination of products after conditioning and its actually the Leave In Conditioner from this range that it works alongside it really well.If you look at the first image of my hair from earlier when I woke up the next morning after using it, it doesn't look as nourished and moisturised as the image above.I left both to air dry, yet you can see quite a difference between them both.

Tame Me 24Hr Edge Control

Product Breakdown & Benefits Include:
Adds Incredible Shine
Sticky or Greasy
Lays Edges to Perfection for up to 24hours

Being someone who's got a bit of a fivehead (thanks hair relaxer) and set on growing my edges out, I'm quite sceptical when it comes to edge control based products.I've had previous experiences where my they've been left in such bad condition, that they either eventually snap off or it takes a lot longer for them to grow.
I want to say first on how GOOD this product smells!I love the scent of everything in this range, but this is my favourite and sometimes I just unscrew the top so I can smell it (yes I'm weird).Like most edge control products, its thick like a jelly texture and you only need a very tiny amount for it to keep your edges in place.I've found it easier to style my edges with a mini toothbrush instead of just my fingers, as its easier to control and its like styling them with a little brush.I've only used it a few times as I usually have my hair down, but when I've styled it up in a bun my edges have stayed in place for about 10-11hours (thats with crazy UK weather!)It doesn't flake and it only gets greasy if you use to much, so its all about trial and error.Its been very gentle on my hair after each use and has easily become my most used edge control when I have my hair up

Hydrate Me Deep Conditioning Masque 

Product Breakdown & Benefits Include:
Provides Extreme Moisture
Conditions & Softens
Detangles & Adds Brilliant Shine
No Petrolatum 
Leaves Hair Soft & Manageable 

This was the last product that I tried on my hair and because I have so much, I used the entire sachet.I used this on my hair after shampooing as recommended, making sure that I drenched every curl in this masque.It can be used with or without a hooded dryer (which I don't have), so instead I used the cap that came with the box and wrapped a towel around it to keep the heat in.I left it on my hair for about 20minutes before washing it out which was extremely easy to do.
My hair was left extremely moisturised which was a bit of a shock to me personally, as my hair doesn't always get along with products that have coconut and shea based products in them.The majority of my curls were also separated, which made it so much easier for me to detangle the rest of my curls and to apply a leave in conditioner.I can't comment on it leaving my hair looking more shiny, but it did achieve everything else and made my hair feel beautiful.

I also have a 10% off code if you want to save some money on your first box which is "SHANISEMORGAN10"

I hope you enjoy the products as much as I did and I would love to hear your thoughts on them either commenting on here or over on my Instagram