Part 1: Hair Care - Treatments

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Hello my lovelies,

In this post I will be sharing two hair treatments that I have been using for the last couple of months that have been great in helping to restore the health and vitality of my hair.

My  latest obsession has been virgin coconut oil. My hair was in dire need of some help, and this natural remedy has worked wonders on my once dry, damaged, brittle and unruly hair.  Coconut oil is wonderfully nourishing as well as incredibly moisturising, leaving the hair feeling soft and glossy  after just a few deep conditioning treatments. It is full of natural antioxidants and nutrients such as Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Iron, and fatty acids that penetrate the hair, and replenish each strand from the outside, inwards. This single ingredient is comparable, or in some instances better, than many top of the line professional hair care  treatments.

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How to use Coconut Oil:

1. Grab a jar of virgin coconut oil, a bowl, a wide tooth comb and a plastic shower cap.

2. Using one to three tablespoons of oil (depending on the length of your hair), place this in a bowl and heat it in a microwave until it melts into a liquid (coconut oil is sold at room temperature). Alternatively, you can heat a small amount of oil between the palm of your hands.

3. Once melted, scoop the oil with your fingers and apply to hair, concentrating on vulnerable areas such as split ends or style damaged places. Spend a couple of minutes massaging your scalp to boost circulation and stimulate hair growth. Once the oil is distributed across the hair, take a wide tooth comb and brush the oil throughout the hair to ensure that each strand is evenly coated.

4. Pull your hair back with a hair tie, cover with a shower cap and leave the oil to work its magic. The treatment can be left overnight for a deep conditioning treatment, or for thirty minutes for a quick moisturizing boost.

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The second product that I would like to talk about is the Kerastase Masque Force Architecte. This is a post-wash moisturising mask specially formulated to reconstruct and fortify dry and damaged hair, through a unique combination of three active ingredients: Intra-Cylane, Pro-Keratine and Ceramides. 
After shampooing I take a handful of the mask and work it throughout the hair, avoiding the roots and concentrating particularly on the ends of my hair. The cream is rich and velvety in texture, without feeling greasy or heavy on the hair. After this treatment my hair feels soft and shiny and I've also noticed that with increased use of this mask, my hair has been less prone to split ends and breakage.

By incorporating these two treatments into my hair care routine, my locks have shown significant improvements - I couldn't be happier! I'm hoping that with continued use, my hair will just get better and better, and hopefully show signs of growth!

What are your thoughts on this post? What hair treatments do you recommend?

Lots of love, Ana

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25th May OOTD

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Hello lovelies,

Today's outfit was Spring inspired! I opted for a bright turquoise lose jumper, and paired it up with some nude pointy toe heels. I also wore my gorgeous new leopard print sunglasses to give the whole outfit a slight edge to it.

Jumper- New Look 

Nude heels- JustFab

Sunglasses- New Look

Rings- H&M

Bracelets- Netaporter


What are your thoughts on my choice of clothing and accessories?

Lots of love, Ana


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Glossybox May 2015

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Hello my lovelies, Happy Sunday!

In this post I will be reviewing this month's Glossybox, which has been one of my favourites yet! The May 2015 box follows a "Summer's Calling!" theme, which brings a few  beauty essentials for the hot months ahead. I was pleased to see that the contents inside were a mixture of familiar and reputable brands, with others that I hadn't previously heard about and could therefore explore.

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MeMeMe Enchanted Eyes Dual Ended Eye Wand (Full size - £6.95):

MeMeMe is a brand that I was already familiar with prior to this month's box. The products are often of great quality, but with a relatively low price tag. They are fantastic for those who want to keep up with the latest beauty trends, but wish to stick to a modest budget (it's particularly great for students!).

The double-ended eyeliner has a bright turquoise shade on one side, and a dark navy shade on the other. With a dazzling metallic twist to each colour, this eyeliner allows you to step into the latest trend for the upcoming season. This eyeliner is also great for those who want to be more adventurous and playful  with their makeup. A great place to start for tips and tricks would be to browse through Youtube for some colourful summer inspired makeup tutorials.

Both shades of the eyeliner are extremely pigmented, as well as creamy in texture. The eyeliner is smooth on application, which subsequently allows for the product to be easily blended to create an effortless smokey eye. You can build the intensity and depth of the colours as desired in order to achieve a subtle eye, or a striking bold look.

Given the great consistency and formulation of the eyeliner, I am extremely happy with this product and believe that it is comparable to that of a higher-end brand! At £6.95 it is totally worth it, and I will be having a look at the rest of the range of colours!

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Etre Belle Aloe Vera Ultra Moisturising Gel (Full Size - £15.93):

Etre Belle was a completely new brand to me, so at first I was slightly sceptical of the quality of the product considering I had no previous background knowledge of the brand. I was specially hesitant in trying this gel on my face, as my skin is extremely sensitive and tends to react quite often to new products.

The gel is super hydrating and moisturising, and it's perfect for those days where the skin may feel extra dehydrated or in need of some extra attention. The gel also has a cooling function which is great in relieving  skin irritation or redness. What's more, the main ingredient in the formula, aloe-vera, is a great post-sun soother, making this product a must have for the hot summer months.

I have tried this gel twice, and both times it has provided a flawless base for makeup application. The moisturising formula has been particularly great in tackling dry patches on my face; also, this product is great in soothing pain, redness or irritation from eyebrow/ upper lip threading or waxing.

In terms of price I personally feel that £15.93 is perhaps a little steep for only 40ml. However, the great thing about this product is that a little amount goes a long way. Also, if you are prone to skin sensitivity like myself, I think this could be a great addition to your skincare routine.

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Zerreau Towel Off Shampoo Foam (Full Size - £7.95):

Again, Zerreau was an entirely new brand for me, but the product description was so promising that I couldn't wait to give it a try. The "Towel Off Shampoo Foam" is essentially the next generation of the dry shampoo; rather than having the traditional talc texture such as that offered by the Batiste dry shampoo range, this product acts as a foam that gently lifts the grease and dirt from the hair,  and the excess is removed by thoroughly towel drying the hair.

I have used this foam on only one occasion, and although I did notice a slight improvement to the texture of my hair, there was still alot of product build up on my roots. However, to be fair, that day I had opted for a sleeked ponytail so I did have quite a significant amount of wax in my hair! For this reason, I wouldn't use the foam shampoo on a day where I have a heavy amount of product in my hair; however, on days where I'm in a rush and my hair might need a slight grease fix, this product will be a god send. Also, the shampoo foam gets extra brownie points for its beautiful apple fragrance! (the boyfriend loved it!)

I think this shampoo foam is a great travel essential particularly for a festival, camping trip or perhaps a short weekend getaway where you may not have enough space to pack your favourite hair products. However, in terms of price, for a 70ml bottle I think it may be slightly expensive because if you're like me and have long hair, then you will need a good couple of pumps of the foam which therefore means that the bottle would be finished in no time!

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SASS Intimate Perfect Skin Concentrate (Full Size - £12):

The SASS Perfect Skin concentrate promises to sooth freshly waxed or shaved skin, and to reduce the speed of hair re-growth. The salicylic acid and fruit enzymes in the formula also help to delicately exfoliate the skin in order to prevent ingrown hairs. I'd say that this will be an essential for the summer season, particularly in targeting pesky sensitive areas like the bikini region.

I haven't actually tried this product yet, so there isn't much that I can say for review purposes, but I can't wait to give it a try! I will dedicate a brief post in the future to share my experiences with this concentrate.

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Collection Cosmetics Field Day Lipstick (Full Size - £2.99):

This month's Glossybox came with a gorgeous pastel pink lipstick in the shade "Tulip" by Collection Cosmetics new Field Day range. This lipstick is creamy in consistency and smooth on application. It has a beautiful matte finish which can be perfectly paired up with a bold smokey eye, or even the dual-ended blue eyeliner! However, if you suffer from dry lips I would suggest gently exfoliating them beforehand and applying a moisturising balm as a base, as this lipstick can be quite drying and may highlight any rough patches or broken skin.

At £2.99 this lipstick is an absolute steal! I am extremely happy with the quality of this product and would recommend it to anyone. My only criticism is that the packaging seems quite "cheap", but then again for the price I am in no position to complain.



What are your thoughts on this month's Glossybox? Please comment below, I would love to hear your opinions and whether you would purchase any of the products mentioned above!

Stay Chic!

Lots of Love, Ana


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