| 2018 | 10 | 09 | i that is all |


| 2018 | 10 | 06 | please thank you |

how many legs does a zebra have?

what do they do with the extra few?

would indianna jones benefit from a sidekick?

where's that bit in Africa where the buffalo cross and get eaten by crocodiles?

should we build them a bridge?

I've noticed that when some people frown they have wrinkles shaped like letters. Can I have one?

how many penguins can fit on a bus?

why aren't they there now?


| 2018 | 10 | 05 | hair tings |

I have been bleaching my hair for over 7 years now. As a result I have no idea what my natural colour is, or what hair type I actually have. I've grown used to it feeling slightly dry and tangled a few days after washing and adjust my straightening routine accordingly. 

There was one particular dyeing session that left my usually fairly resilient hair in a bit of a mess. My ends were all split, it was very brittle and sort of sad. After a brief but firm discussion with my hairdresser I was given a large discount and an apology, but very little in the way of compensation for my ruined locks. 

Boots was my go to on the way home and I spotted the Bleach London products a long way off - they're tailored for those who like to push their hair to absolute bleaching limits. 

Created to revive unhappy, colour damaged hair, the Reincarnation Mask seemed like a great place to start with my rescue attempts. 

Yeah I bought it for the packaging, and thankfully it paid off. 

Enriched with sunflower seed extract and micro wheat proteins, it should give great shine, strengthen colour vibrancy, improve elasticity and help reduce colour fade. 

For anyone who has bleached their hair, the post shampoo knottiness will be familiar. It's horrible - you feel like you will never be able to untangle it ever again - so a sign of a good conditioner is one that post application leaves you with the confidence your hairbrush won't take too much of a bashing. 

The instructions tell you to leave it one for 10-20 minutes - but I went all out and walked around the house for just under an hour prior to rinsing. It's a specially formulated pre-shampoo mask - extremely thick and with a salon-like smell. A little goes a lot further than you would imagine across your dry hair so it's good value for money too. 

I could feel the difference immediately - my hair was so much less brittle and much less snapped off during the drying process. I tend to wash my hair once a week when it's really dry, so it's nice to be able to deep condition at the same time too. 

My only criticism would be the packaging. Aesthetically it ticks many boxes, but functionality-wise it scores poorly - but this is something I can overlook given the quality of the product.

If your hair needs a little bit of love every now and then I would strongly recommend!


| 2018 | 10 | 04 | here's another |

I remember writing this post because I had a new camera at the time so spent such a long time on the pictures.

2013 me. you pro.


As with every turning season, I like to treat myself to some new colours for my face. You know. Paint.

I decided to really try some new shades.

Revlon had a 3 for 2, in case you wondered.

Balm Stain
Just bitten kissable.

It took me a while to decide on the colour - they were all bang on.

The claims
Pampering balm fused with a lightweight lipstain in an adorable chubby crayon. Gives softer, smoother lips with a perfect flush of colour that lasts hour after hour.

The reality
First thing - the pigmentation.
I am in love.
Application - top marks.
Durability - so so, the colour is still there, but it's quite faint.

It might be something to do with my chronic lip biting, but I am never able to keep my lipstick on for more than a few hours.

This has the gel-like quality of a balm and the vibrancy and staying power of a fairly decent stain.

Once on the lips this product feels like a thin lip balm, it's smooth but not greasy and very moisturising.

I want romantic next. Please. So yes, would recommend, it's just easy.

ColorBurst Lip butter
Candy Apple

I wanted something more 'on the go' next.

The claims
Buttery balm and shiny colour to give you baby soft, healthy flowing lips
94% of women felt lips were softer, smoother and instantly hydrated
Hydrating mango, shea and coconut butter formula boosts lip moisture by 156%
sheer to medium colour.

The reality
This gives a beautiful glossy, semi-opaque colour. It's so moisturising.  

This product gets  a big thumbs up - it's more of a relaxed day wear product. I like it when I'm not dressed up but don't want to look like a tramp. If you get what I mean?

I'm always a bit skeptical about products that everyone raves about - but officially I have jumped on this bandwagon. 

Super Lustrous lipstick
Rich Raisin Frost

The claims
High shine and sexy feel. With an exclusive blend of moisturisers and vitamins. SPF 15
Lusciously glossy lips plumped with instant moisture.
Formula with a moisturizing complex of vitamin E and Avocado oil conditions lips and ensures no tackiness
Non irritating formula boosts hydration

The reality
This is my more 'adult' lip product. It's a dark beautiful colour and takes a bit of guts to wear it out (I smear things across my face). But if you are feeling sophisticated - please, go ahead.

I re-apply post lunch and the colour lasts the full working day (I actually have to remove it for the gym because I don't want to be one of those girls). You can increase the pigment by applying more than one layer, but personally I'm happiest with just the one.

Thankfully there is no colour bleed or scent - it's a really easy to wear product.

Next season, who knows?


| 2018 | 10 | 03 | i used to do this full time?! |

there are a few of these review posts hanging around the internet and my various blogs. in my attempt to bring everything together I thought I'd do an homage to what was. 


These are my new favourites. And totally worth the hype (late again much?)

I'm seriously going through a lip product phase - I'm known as the girl who always has lipstick on at the gym (it's the only bit of make-up I wear to workout).

I can't work out if I like the slightly off centre alignment. I really want to just push the top one round.

I burn through lip butter - as I've mentioned before I'm a horrendous lip biter and just seem to eat the stuff.  I've also been making a conscious effort to move away from vaseline and use products that actually soak into my lips rather than just coat them.

The claims
Buttery lip balm with a shiny tinted finish and a combination of Shea butter and Rice wax for deep hydration and softness.
A shiny, juicy pop of colour which is ideal for dry lips. 

The reality
With such great emphasis on softness, there's a lot to fulfil - and the answer is yes.

They small incredible, and the cover is sheer - so they're easy to just whack on whilst you're on the go (lipstick is a nightmare sometimes!). 

this photo is far from how they look now. all are messes. 
They're more of a glossy balm,  so don't expect a matte look, and there are sufficient shades (or scents) to suit everyone. I really like the packaging too - it's not too much, but just enough to look a little bit special.

I really want to try the Quince one next - and knowing me it won't be long!

I also have my eye on some more Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters; Peach Parfait, Fig Jam and Berry Smoothie. What a healthy wish list. Okay. I actually want them all. Okay and Lollipop, Macaroon, Red Velvet, Sugar Plum, and Pink Truffle.


| 2018 | 10 | 02 | today. the day before yesterday |

it's not sporty spice, it's not baby spice, it's not even mild spice its actually exceptional spice.

charlie added too much chilli again and as always I put more in my mouth than is probably necessary.

I started reading 'to the lighthouse' over the weekend and I realise now that I don't want to know if they make it there.

I don't want to know the ending of the story, just the long, meandering road to get us there.

This will forever be the photo I am most proud of. Running 69 miles was the most physically and mentally challenging process I've had to overcome, and I have to be honest I could have dealt with it so much better.

I'm currently training for something bigger, technically more difficult and potentially more dangerous.

Sorry ;) .

 Morning runs are the best way to start your day.

there's no pressure.

I've done so many things I'm really proud of. 

but today my foot is bleeding all over my shoe and I can't make a plaster stick.