Friday, 15 July 2016

Dry Shampoo for your Gym Bag

Colab Active Dry Shampoo*

Colab is a brand thats been lurking around for a good ol' while now and Im not actually sure if I've spoken about it on here or not. Created by the absolutely wonderful Ruth Crilly - it's a range of dry shampoo's that you can pick up at your local drugstore that's good enough to rival the iconic Batiste.

Touted as a gym bag must have, the Colab Active is a must for those of us on the go, outdoorsy types and sporty babes. Who am I kidding, I am none of the above.

This Active version shampoo is the same formula as the original Sheer and Invisible but with Moringa Seed Extract to condition and offers UV protection for your barnet. I find the power of the Colab Dry Shampoo's to be super fine and almost invisible in the hair, you know that sort of white cast that Batiste gives? Yeah it doesn't do that. Thumbs up.

I friggen' love the scent, it's a little bit lemon-y, bergamot and neroli-ish paired with amber and a complimentary musky undertone. Which sounds super fancy for a dry shampoo, but it's a very chic and fresh fragrance. Ideal product for pepping up greasy locks and with it's super duper oil absorbing properties it's like dry shampoo on steroids!

A little tip that I read over on Ruth's blog is to spray it in before you workout and then brush it out after you've finished working out and then reapplying it again just to make sure it feels super clean. Thats a tip I think I might start trying on days that I dont wash my hair, spraying in dry shampoo the night before and then brushing it out in morning! I actually used this technique when I went on Holiday last week because I knew I was going to be getting my sweat on - it was 40C at some points!
In the morning before I stepped out into the sun I'd liberally spritz my hair with the product and let it go to work. I found my hair overall less sweaty and less hard to manage. Of course I still washed my hair on those days as it was REALLY hot. But I was impressed how less slick and sweaty my hair felt throughout the day.

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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

2 Shower Gels to get you going in the Morning

Hands up who hates mornings? *insert hand up emoji*

Nothing really gets me going in the morning (well apart from a strong coffee or seven) is a zesty energising shower gel. I need something that strips away all the sleepiness from my body and sets me up for the day. Now Im not promising miracles here, I can only speak from my own experience - but I can promise a little bit of spring in your step post shower.


This is one of my ol' favourites, especially on mornings when you really CBA. Grapefruit really gets the senses going and brightens up even the dullest of mornings and this has even been known to ease a hangover or two. Zingy and Invigorating with a underlying zesty fragrance that really wakes me up.


Super Sweet Lime flavoured and packed full of something they like to call Coolcapsule Smooth (srsly wtf are these beauty buzzwords) Sugar Crush this shower gel provides a mood boosting dose of sweetness and sugar to really get things pumping. Sugar Crush has always been a polarising scent for me due to it's almost overwhelming sweetness but there is no doubting that it packs a bunch. It's . I also like that it lingers a bit on the skin, or you could be extra fancy and finish off with some of their body butter to really pack a punch.

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Style Update: Oversized with a pop of colour

Two style weaknesses come into play here - oversized and colour! If there was ever a recipe I use more than anything else for smash and grab outfits, this is it right here.

You can't go wrong with a simple white shirt, a favorite pair of jeans and some colourific accessories. It's a combo created for success and I can't stress this enough when you find yourself in a "what the hell do I wear?" scenario. Always keep a pressed white shirt to hand and a clean pair of jeans. They will save you every day of the year. The accessories I leave up to you. The bolder the better, in my humble opinion. But then again, I'm 6'2 so I'm used to standing out. What's a bit more neon to sweeten the attention? 

What I'm wearing?

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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

My Favourite Vintage Chanel Sunglasses

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Video: A Four Seasons Safari

Yes, yes, I've written about the whole experience of the Four Seasons Serengeti, and I still do believe that sometimes I'm able to capture in words so much more than I can capture in video. But for this experience, I think seeing things in motion is just as important as reading my love letter to one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had.

Over the course of four days, I captured over 2 hours of video clips. Two hours, people! I narrowed it down to a half hour video, then a twenty minute video and then finally a four minute moment, with three extra minutes devoted to snapchat recaps. The result goes a little something like this...

Presenting the Four Seasons Serengeti Safari Experience:

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Monday, 11 July 2016

DIY: The Dream S'Mores Summer Party

 S'Mores Summer Party
 S'Mores Summer Party
While I'm all for the average BYOB night this summer, I'm thinking outside the box when it comes to fresh party ideas and I'm positively in love with the idea of flashing back to the good ole days. Today, I'm in a camper's mindset. Remember those nights around the campfire, wooden stick in hand and marshmallow roasting? Those were the days, the easy summer days when all you had to worry about was heading back to school in September. And yes, I'd like to flashback there, and as often as humanly possible. So this summer party idea is a grown up version of summer camp, with a twist.

Introducing the "Dream S'mores Summer Party." 

Everyone loves a classic s'more. Who wouldn't love the chocolate, marshmallow and graham cracker combo? But have you ever considered thinking outside the box? Last night I held my first Dream S'mores Summer party and I must say it was an absolute success. Here's the concept:

Invite all your nearest and dearest for a night in and specify the need to bring your own ingredients. Ask them to bring sweet treats. This can range from brownies to a box of chocolates. Say nothing else. Upon arrival, hand over some spiked fruit punch (remember, this is flashback to camp) and name the game. This is a night of transformation, of thinking bigger and bolder. The ingredients brought by guests will be used to create the classic s'mores combo in a contemporary way. There will be winners, there will be losers, but sure as anything else there will be loads of laughs. 

There are two options for creation. You can keep your party indoors and use the microwave or stove for melting the marshmallow, or, if you're lucky enough to have one, gather outside around the fire for a more authentic experience. After each and every s'more is made, place the creations on a long table and give everyone a fork. Dig in and judge the winner! The rest is up to you... but, here are a few ideas from our night of fun:

The s'mores ingredients bowl
S'Mores Summer Party
 Chocolate Doughnut S'more
S'Mores Summer Party
 Poundcake S'more
S'Mores Summer Party
 Poptart S'more (yes, this happened)
S'Mores Summer Party
 Sugar Cookie S'more
S'Mores Summer Party
 Peppermint Patty S'more
S'Mores Summer Party
 Chocolate Chip Cookies S'more
S'Mores Summer Party
 Brownies S'more
S'Mores Summer Party
 Kit Kat S'more
S'Mores Summer Party

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