Monday, 25 November 2013

Don't know what cha got until it's gone

Isn't it funny how you don't realise how good something is until you stop using it? The old saying " You don't know what you got until it's gone" is very true of two products for me at the moment. Last summer I bought my first bottle of Argan Oil after reading about it everywhere. Now in the last 18 months the market has really exploded with argan/morrocan oil and you would have had to live under a rock to have not seen or heard of it.

I wrote a blog post about the one that I bought from Boots last summer, and the bottle lasted ages and only ran out about 6 weeks ago. I used to use a couple of pumps on wet hair and then again when my hair was dry and styled. It was only when I ran out and stopped using it I realised just how much good it was doing my hair. My hair started to feel dry and I was finding it harder to get a comb through it and it was snapping quite a bit. So credit where credit is due, Argan oil you did a pretty good job.

I was out shopping and nipped into Boots and was looking around the hair care section. I wanted to buy a new bottle and ended up looking at all the big name versions of the oil. Argan oil seems to be in everything now. I walked back and forth between one product and another and couldn't decide on which one I was going to get. I finally settled on a Schwatzkopf Got2b oil-licious, it comes in sweet little 50ml bottle and I paid in the region of £4 for the bottle because I didn't want to fork out £13 for another bottle of what I had last time. Yes I was trying to be cheap, and it serves me right that I got stung, because I do not like this stuff at all!

From the first use I wasn't all that keen, but I wanted to give it a fair go before judging. I have been using it for about a month now and I am no more impressed with it now than I was after the first use. I don't want to sound like all I am doing is bashing this product, because I am sure there will be people out there who like it, each to their own and all that.

Firstly I am not keen on the smell of the product, so that instantly put me off. But of course you can't smell it on your hair so it's no reason to not use it. Fragrance aside, I just don't find the oil to do a very good job, the effect on the health of my hair is marginal, I use quite a lot at a time because a little does not go a long way with this product. The teeny 50ml bottle is going to run out pretty quick at the rate I am using it, so it is nowhere near the value for money that my original Argan oil purchase was. The other thing I am not a fan of is the bright amber colour of the oil, although it looks very pretty (having said that, I thought the oil would be clear and it was just the packaging that was amber) I have light blonde hair and it worries me to use something so coloured on it because I think it might make my hair colour look a little brassy.

My last point is that is just doesn't seem to absorb into my hair like the other oil did. I am always left with a film on the palm of my hand, no matter how many times I run my hands through my hair which I didn't used to get. My hair never seems as smooth when I have finished styling it and still always looks a little dry.

Dissapointing, I guess I should have just stuck with my original find rather than trying to save a few quid!

Ah well, lesson learned.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Cooking Up a Storm

I am gathering up my ingredients to make a vegetarian shepherds pie for dinner tonight. Shepherds pie is one of my all time favourite meals, so we will see how this veggie version measures up.

It has lots of healthy and tasty ingredients like lentils and beans, as well as using sweet potato and parsnip for the mash topping instead of just normal potato.

stories of an english rose

So I got myself set up in the kitchen with all of my ingredients and got started. The first thing I have to say about this recipe is that it involves a lo-ooooot of chopping. The leeks, carrots and mushrooms all have to be finely chopped, as does the garlic and the herbs. I am generally not a patient cook so this part of the recipe did bug me a little. 

It's quite a tasty dish, but I wasn't blown away by it, for me I felt that the flavour of Worcestershire sauce was quite strong and I'm not a massive fan of that. The sweet potato and parsnip mash on the other hand was so yummy.

stories of an english rose

Sorry this picture is so fuzzy, it was dark by the time is was cooked and I don't have great lighting indoors. If you are vegetarian, cutting down on meat or looking for some healthy meal ideas then this is worth a try. It is very filling and is full of fibre, just beware if you are not keen of Worcestershire sauce. 

This is a Lorraine Pascale recipe and if you would like to give it a whirl yourself here is the link.

Friday, 1 November 2013

Favourite Nail Polish

So it's the 1st of November! Not sure how that happened, this year has gone past so quickly. But it is officially mulled wine season now, and Christmas is just around the corner, it's so close I can taste it!

Back to the subject, I decided to blog about my all time favourite nail polish. I love trying different colours and have quite a lot of nail polish but for some reason I always tend to fall back on 3 colours that I absolutely love.

I find it a little amusing that I have just been harping on about how it is officially mulled wine season and I couldn't have picked 3 more spring time shades!

Beside the fact that I find these pastel colours so beautiful and cute, there are other reasons as to why they are my go to colours. I am a massive fan of OPI, most of my polish is by the brand and I love their colour range and how the polish goes on and lasts, so that is two good reasons why I wear these a lot. The other reason is that they are all pale colours so therefore can go on in a rush without me making too much of a mess, I can slap these on without too much thought and don't have to worry about how they will look or have to concentrate too hard to ensure I don't get the colour everywhere. 

I do love dark colours, but I don't like dark colours when I am short of time or I'm not in the mood for the long haul. I find dark polish is a time commitment, you need to have time and patience and be willing to sit down and take a while to paint your nails right. We all know that rushing a dark colour equals streaks, and flooded cuticles which is not a good look.

The 3 pastel colours can go on in one thin coat if I am in a real rush and will still look good but dry fast, and if I do get a little that has run onto the skin it won't be too noticeable until I can clear it up.

OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender

So first up is Lucky Lucky Lavender by OPI, such a pretty pastel lilac shade that looks so gorgeous when on. I wear this colour a lot and have had a lot of compliments on it, it is lovely for spring and summer and I just love it.

OPI Pinking Of You

Next is Pinking of You by OPI, this pale pink colour is so cute and versatile. I have had this for over 3 years now and have worn it so many times. I can pop on one coat for a really sheer and subtle look, it kind of gives a french polish look to your nails, or layer up a couple of coats for a really candy floss pink that looks amazing. 

Essie mint candy apple

Lastly is Mint Candy Apple by Essie, this is the newest of the three for me. I got this just over a year ago but have worn it countless amounts of times and always get compliments on how pretty it is when I wear it. I am slightly obsessed with mint green, it is my favourite colour so I was so happy to have a nail polish in this shade. What is not to love, it is such a super cute colour!! Essie nail polish goes on like a dream as well, and lasts for ages, and honestly you will usually only need one coat of this and it looks great without any streaks.

So that sums it up, my 3 all time faves. What are your favourties?