Saturday, 19 September 2015


I know, I know. Who does a post on the beach the second Autumn begins? Me for two reasons. First is I live in Dubai and Autumn doesn't exist here. It's beach weather until December, so pretty much all year round. Second, I'm going to the Seychelles for 5 days so this is as much as a reminder to myself as ya'll reading this. So here are a few of my beauty related essentials I like to take with me.

Hair & Face

I do laser hair removal treatments on my face, so It's important to protect the area as much as humanly possible, hence the SPF 100. Sunblock is an essential for me on a day to day basis, and I've found that this one from Bioderma is great as it's waterproof and doesn't break me out. I'll use this all over my face and neck before heading out, and pop it in my beach bag for reapplication. I also like to take a hat and pair of sunglasses with me because I'm the squintiest person alive and can't handle having sun in my eyes, and shade is sometimes hard to find. Another item that I think could be useful is the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream (£26.00) because as well as a lip balm, it can be used to soothe any pesky sunburns that you might get. The last item in this bunch is hair-related, and although this is more of a precautionary item, I think a good leave in conditioner in spray form can be very useful if sea water dries out your hair a lot. I'm going to be using this It's a 10 Miracle Leave-in Product ($18.00) after showers, but i'll also take it to the beach with me incase I feel like my hair needs a refresh. I'm not exactly sure if it's going to work that way, but we shall see.


For body protection, I have two kinds of products depending on what I am doing. If I'm going to be doing water sports or something quite active, I'll probably use the Nivea Sun Protect & Refresh SPF 30 (£8.50) all over my body. I love that it's in spray form as I HATE applying cream sunblock, and it also makes it easier to reapply. I also have the Bioderma Photoderm Bronz SPF 50 (£21.90) for more of a lazy beach day, as it claims to protect yet still enhance a tan.
For post-beach care, I'm taking this Nivea Sun Moisturizing After Sun Lotion (£5.00) to soothe and Rehydrate, and my Pink Wild and Breezy Body Spray (£8.00) so I can smell a bit nicer and less lotion-y.


Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. This is probably the most important thing to remember when going to the beach so you don't pass out of dehydration. Believe me, your body and even your skin will thank you for it. I usually like to pop a few bottles in the freezer the night before, and only take them out the second before heading out. That way they won't be boiling hot a few hours after you are at the beach. The worst feeling is being hot, sweaty and thirsty and only finding a bottle of hot water. I also do this for juice or any other kinds of drinks, it makes the perfect treat. 
The final thing I have is not an essential, but it's definitely a lot of fun. I'm a huge accessory gal, and I love wearing rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets all the time. Of course, this can't really happen at the beach, so I though Flash Tattoos ($22.00) would make a great alternative as they give the same sort of effect. I'm basically planning on covering myself with as many of them as possible.

I hope you liked reading about some of my beach essentials, and I'd love to hear what yours are in the comments below. I'm sorry to those who already have cold weather and hate me, except not really because I'm jealous and Autumn is my favorite season.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015


Ever since I cut my hair into a bob/lob, I've had to change up the way I style my hair quite a lot. I'm going to take you through the last 7ish months of my hair, and what I finally found to work for me now.

When I first got my hair cut back in early March, I LOVED it, but quickly found that the cut was NOT for curly hair. I tried going about styling it the way I usually did when it was longer, but it stuck up in weird places and just did not work. So, for a few months I stuck to heat styling it with a curler or straightener. This was actually a nice change, but after a while I got bored of having to do that every time I washed it, and I missed having my curly hair. I looked for specialized curly hair salons in Dubai, but did not find any (if anyone has suggestions, please let me know!), so I waited for the Summer when I knew I was going to be in London and could get it fixed there.

After a bit of research, I decided to try out Unruly Curls in West London, as it was not too far from where I was staying. The place wasn't the easiest to find, but it was definitely worth it. I got my hair cut by Emma, who was lovely and understood exactly what I wanted to change, and what needed fixing in my hair. After she fixed the cut and talked me through styling it, off I went with my new curly bob. Now, I'm not going to lie, at first I was shocked/scared at how CURLY it was. That may seem silly, but it sprang up so much more than I was used to, and although I didn't exactly hate it, I didn't love it either and felt uneasy on the way home. As Emma had reassured me though, it calmed down within an hour or so, and the more I got used to it, the more I loved it.

After that very long and rambley intro, here is my current washing, styling and drying routine for short and curly hair:

Honestly, I am not too picky about this step. I like to use products that are specifically formulated for curly hair, but other than that I'm fine so I change up the brand quite a lot. I don't find that sulphate free ones particularly effect anything, so I usually peruse Boots and see what new things I can find. I'm currently trying out the Bumble and Bumble duo above, and I really love them. They smell fantastic, leave my hair soft, and don't cause any additional frizz. I apply the shampoo focusing on my scalp, rinse it off, then apply the conditioner all over my hair. I used to only apply conditioner mid to ends, but since it's quite short I found that quite useless, and this conditioner isn't heavy at all so it doesn't weigh down my fine hair.

2. Curl Defining Cream

This is the step that I find can make or break my curls. I find the best time to apply this product is in the shower the second you are done. I will usually comb out my hair, give it one more rinse, then flip my head over and run the product through all of my hair. I used to get out of the shower, wrap my hair in a towel until it's damp, then apply the product - but I find that way leaves me hair a lot more frizzy and not as nicely curled. Applying it when the hair is dripping wet is definitely the way to go.
Since I picked up the B&B shampoo and conditioner, I thought it right to get the curl defining cream in one go and see how they all work together. After a few weeks of usage I can say that I like it and will use it all up, however it's nothing special. It gives me pretty good definition and tames the frizz, however after a day or so the curls start to flatten or frizz up. I also picked up the TIGI Curls Rock Amplifier (Currently on sale for £11.55 on Feelunique) as that's what was used on my in the salon, and I absolutely love it. It smells amazing, and defines my curls perfectly without making them crispy at all. It also leaves my hair nice and curly for a good 2-3 days before it needs a wash again. This has definitely become one of my favorite curly hair styling products, easy. I apply both of these in the way mentioned above.

3. Diffuse

Before getting my hair cut, I barely ever diffused. Holding a blow dryer up to my head until the dripping wet curls dried seemed like it took WAY too long and I had no patience for it. However, since I got it cut I found that it looks best when I do it this way. I let it air dry sometimes too, but when I do I don't get as much volume. I usually set it to high heat and medium strength, flip my head over and do it in three sections, then flip it back and do half/half. This takes about 7-10 minutes if I want my hair to be completely dry, so I do it while watching a video of some sort on youtube. I picked up this hairdryer from boots because it was a great price, included a diffuser, and had three heat and two strength settings.

So there you go, that is my very long hair story and styling routine. Let me know if you have any recommendations, and I hope that this was somewhat helpful for those struggling with their curly hair.