Mane Management

4 May

I was on the look out for a miracle product to tame my dried out mane – after researching online I set out to buy Moroccan Oil, as I heard it works wonders, but chatting to the consultant in the beauty supply store he advised that I try Marrakesh Oil  instead.

Asking why? He gave me 4 reasons;

  1. It’s cheaper – that pretty much sold it for me!
  2. It has a pump – so it’s easier to apply
  3. It does exactly the same job if not better – both products contain Argan oil which is the key ingredient
  4. Marrakesh Oil will not tint your hair – he advised that some people experienced a slight orange tint from the Moroccan oil (Although I must admit I didn’t see this in any of reviews I read online)

He kindly gave me a sample to try & I have used it for one week now, I can’t tell you how much I love this product. Managing my mane is no easy feat, after I wash my hair it becomes a tangled mess that requires a lot of time & patience to brush through!
Now I apply a teeny tiny amount of the oil to the ends of my hair & it smooths out and adds a shine. It has definitely decreased the fuzz & dry look of my shameful damaged ends…I’m pretty confident I have found a new staple in my hair-care regime…

This photo was taken late on the dance floor at my friend’s Wedding – no doubt AC/DC was playing…..It really is no wonder my mane is so hard to manage!!

Happy Endings

2 May

10K Run For Kids With Cancer – finished with a time of  55mins 16secs

This week I spent a lot of time with friends indulging in good food & drink, hence the Mimosa’s…but I’m not going to let all that damage & destruction worry me too much. I hope it was all well worked off on Sunday’s early morning 10k run, it’s the first Sunday I can remember waking at 6am hung-over free!

The race was actually lot’s of fun (even if I am walking like John Wayne today!) But most importantly it’s all for a great cause & I believe about 1.2 million was raised  for kids with cancer. I would definitely recommend taking part in one in your town or city.

Mimosa’s at brunch

Adding a splash of colour with my new Sephora by O.P.I Access 24/7 nail polish
My dressing table is starting to take shape – a nice change from mounds of clothes

Dreaming of Summer

29 Apr

The title says it all – I am dreaming of summer’s arrival, a wardrobe stocked with these outfits and a bikini body to match…too much to ask for?

Photos – Free People

Time To Say Goodbye

27 Apr


Well the time has finally come to say goodbye to some of my beloved treasures – like a lot of women I have bought ill-fitting sizes with great intentions whether it be – “Oh sure I’ll lose a few pounds” or “Sure I could always do some home alteration”.

But we all know these are simply distractions to lead to us the check out counter & almost as soon as your new coveted piece is in a bag, your good intentions have been thrown out the window……..

So like many others I have decided to sell these pieces online. You can check out the shop (here) – If you need further information just drop me an email or tweet & I can pass on more photos or measurements.

I have a stack more items to add so keep an eye out.

Happy Shopping x

Happy Easter

25 Apr

Happy Easter Everybody

If you follow me on Twitter (here) you will know I was away for the long weekend. We made a trip to Ottawa to visit my boyfriends cousin & a great weekend was ha! Lot’s of food, drinks & sightseeing. As a self-confessed chocoholic Easter morning was a great treat when I found a few chocolate surprises leading to my lint east bunny egg…Gotta love the Easter Bunny

Here are some photos from Ottawa & our pit stop in Gananoque & the 1000 Islands…Yes you guessed it where 1000 Island salad dressing hails from

Smallest bridge linking two countries the Island with the house is in Canada & the smaller one is the U.S

Boldt Castle – built on a heart-shaped Island by the millionaire proprietor of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel for his wife – unfortunately she died before it was completed

Chorizo Sausage & Mushroom Thin Crust Pizza

20 Apr

Thin Crust Pizza is one of my favourite snacks, it fills the gap without completely over indulging! The best bit has to be the endless amount of topping combinations you can create. Usually I do this while ordering it, but on Sunday I decided to make my very own Pizza from scratch! So as I usually do when venturing on a new cooking challenge – I follow Donal Skehan’s trusty recipe – Chorizo Sausage & Mushroom Thin Crust Pizza.

I am delighted to report back that it’s very simple to follow (you will build up good muscle rolling the dough! So you can feel better after chowing down!) The only problem – I am now addicted…I’m looking forward to trying out one of my all time favourites spinach, mushroom & goats cheese.

I’m interested to hear your favourite topping combos?

Clarins – Skin Brightening Project

18 Apr

Like mother like daughter…this saying most definitely rings through in my family. I am often told “You are the image of your mam” which just happens to be true.  But it’s not just her looks & personality that has been passed down, I also follow in her beauty regime…Clarins, the staple beauty product my mam & her sisters have used since I can remember & they look great so as they say if something ain’t broke then don’t fix it.

Unfortunately Clarins has not always been part of my budget, down through the years I have used it when I can. In school I was lucky enough to work on a saturday in my aunts pharmacy, so I was well stocked with samples & testers! Occasionally I  “borrowed” it from my mam’s supply, she is so generous what’s hers is yours…

As I am now working full-time I like to treat myself, I bought a package at the Clarins spa in The Bay, 7 treatments for the price of 5. I have been enjoying a facial every 4-6 months from my aesthetician Jennifer. Unfortunately last year some slight signs of sun damage developed on my face. More than likely the result of my year spent travelling in Australia, one such year I went without Clarins! A backpacker certainly does not have spare funds for such a luxury…ashamedly being young & foolish I didn’t look after my face as well I should have. I did put sun-factor on my face each day, but I was very lazy about re-applying.

Thankfully Jennifer has worked wonders with my skin & now it’s barely visible. Needless to say I am now a freak when it comes to protecting my face with sunscreen……everyday, everyday, everyday! In the words of Baz Luhrmann “Trust me on the sunscreen!”

When Jennifer called last week to tell me about the special gift offer I was into the spa like a shot…after a very relaxing facial Jennifer suggested two new products I should try

  • Bright Plus Moisturizer with SPF20 – this should help to even out my skin tone & it’s oil free which is a must for my skin. One reason I love Clarins creams is they are light & non greasy. (I also wear a SPF70 over my moisturizer for full protection).
  • Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream – I haven’t used a facial exfoliator in a long time. Jennifer suggested I use this once a week to tighten pores, extract impurities & smooth my skin.
  • I also received my free gift which includes a small size of gentle foaming cleanser, Multi-Active Day Cream, Gentle Refiner & Skin Renewal Serum all in a mini-travel bag. Perfect for my hol’s (nothing yet planned but I live in hope)
  • And because Jennifer is so good, she threw in a mini sorbet lip gloss
So with these products combined with more water & more sleep I am looking forward to brighter, smoother skin for summer…I’ll keep you posted on the results.
What are your beauty staples for beautiful skin?