A couple of weeks ago a very exciting email landed in my inbox. AO were doing a gifting challenge were they had a list the 10 products they thought were going to be really popular at Christmas and  wanted bloggers to pick gifts from that list for each other to give them a try. Think Secret Santa of the blogging world.

The lovely Lins from Boo and Maddie nominated me and I was thrilled to have to choose a gift for her. Lins blogs about renovating her 30’s home in South East London and even though she has a small kitchen I know she has plans to extend it in the future. I thought my gift would be really  useful, especially once her house renovation is finished. You can see here what I got for her.

I was ecstatic when the item that Lins chose for me – De’Longhi Icona Micalite Espresso Coffee Machine  was delivered last week. As a coffee lover I couldn’t have asked for a better gift.

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I believe there are certain wardrobe staples that are worth investing in. Good quality, classic cut and styles that will stand the test of time and that you will wear again and again. However I also love a bargain, who doesn’t? I could not believe my eyes when I spotted this coat in Primark a couple of weeks ago. A winter coat for £25? Oh yes, I will have one, thanks. Not only had it an impressive price tag but it’s also in my favourite colour, red.

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For many years I’ve struggled with my curly hair. Frizz has always been a problem, no matter how many products I’ve tried, both cheap and expensive. I’ve always envied girls with straight hair that always looks really nice while I’ve constantly battled to make mine look half decent. Trips to the hairdresser have always been stressful, unless it’s to get a blow dry.  And even then my hair only lasts about half a day straight, or I’m left looking like an 80s rockstar with super big hair. Isn’t it amazing how few hairdressers know how to deal with curly hair?

Then one day a couple of months ago, I came across the Curly Girl method online and it was a bit of a revelation. The Curly Girl method is based on a book of the same name written by Lorraine Massey

In a way it’s quite an easy method to follow, you just need to learn to check product labels to make sure the products you are using are CG friendly. The basis of the method is very simple, get rid of silicons and sulfates and your hair will be moisturised and looking super healthy.  Silicone ingredients end in -cone, -conol or -xane. For example: dimethicone, dimethiconol, and cyclopentasiloxane. None of these are water soluble so they can not be used in the Curly Hair method. However if a silicone ingredient is prefaced with PPG or with PEG it is water soluble and therefore CG friendly. For example  PEG-8 Dimethicone is ok.

I have put together an infographic pointing out how to follow the method step by step.

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This is a funny time of the year isn’t it? Not warm enough to leave the house without a jacket but not cold enough to wear a coat. The same applies to shoes -sandals in October anyone? Too cold for them.  However it’s not cold enough to wear boots, especially if you are like me and your feet get hot too quickly. So yes, deciding what to wear at the moment is not an easy task.

 

 

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Looking after my skin has always been a priority, even more so since reaching my mid 40s. The older I get, the more conscious I am of the products I use, favouring those with natural ingredients that will help my skin as it ages.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery concentrate has been something I’ve been thinking of trying for a while but it’s price and consistency (I’m not keen on oils on my face) had put me off trying it earlier.

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