My January Favourites – 2015

I know it’s a little late, but personally I don’t know how you can create a favourites until the month is up! Especially as I discovered one of my favourites right toward the end of this month. So without any babel, here are the things I’ve been loving during the first month of 2015. DSC01594DSC01591 Excuse the grumpy face and zebra crossing on my head – I wasn’t too impressed with the state of our room and also the shocking light I’m subject to! My first favourite is this Karrimor running top. At only £4.99, this was a bargain. This is everything I want and love in a running top, a long body, tight but not enough to show rolls, breathable and bright. It ticks all of these boxes. Some tops I buy ride up when I run which is my biggest hate about fitness tops, but this one doesn’t! DSC01597 DSC01598 Keeping in the theme of fitness, I have loved these ear phones this month. I actually got them for my birthday last year but when I first tried to put them in my ears I didn’t like how massive they were so refused to wear them again. Big error. I watched a tutorial how to use them properly and they’ve been a dream since. I always have the problem with my earphones falling out of my ears, smacking my piercings and getting damaged by sweat but these are on another level. For any fitness fans – these are a must. DSC01590 DSC01589 A present from my Mumma and Pappa at Christmas, these hair curlers are unusual to say the least. I had seen hair tutorial from famous Youtuber’s testing these out and I’d always been cautious as a) my curls never stay in as I have fine thin hair, b) they look pretty lethal and c) they’re an expensive investment. So when I opened these at Christmas I was so excited to try them out! I can confirm they are incredible. My curls stayed in not only the whole date night, but after a run the following day too with minimal hair spray. My curls when I used to use my GHD’s would stay in for all of an hour and turn into scraggly waves but these are a god send. DSC01587 This book. I am loving. End of. DSC01601 I am addicted to these bars. They’re gluten, wheat and dairy free. I was sceptical at first as they look like dog treats to the eye, but they’re filling, tasty and good for you. I recommend these to anyone who wants to remove snacking from their diet as these are good snacks 🙂 They have a huge variety of flavours, however they are quite pricey! DSC01586 DSC01585 This head and shoulders shampoo I have been using for a few months now. I have really noticed to difference in the strength of my hair; it normally falls out at any given chance and is always in pretty bad condition but considering it’s winter, I’m outside a lot and I’ve not been taking care of my hair, this shampoo has saved my hair. It was actually my fiancé’s but I stole it when my usual shampoo run out. I really would recommend this when you want a quick hair salvage. The Dr. Organic Shampoo and Conditioner I only bought a week or so ago. My friend recommended them as they’re meant to be much better for the hair as they contain little chemicals and are a lot more natural than brands such as Herbal Essences. On my first use, I used the Shampoo twice as I didn’t feel my hair was clean enough and also the colour and smell put me off. However, after a few uses my hair looks more shiney and ‘salonesque’ – if that’s even a word? I probably should have kept this for a February favourite as these may not grow on me too much but at first use, they’re a good switch from my regular shampoo and conditioners. DSC01599 I’ve wanted this box set for ages as I don’t have Sky so I can never watch re-runs and when I was younger and at home I’d always feel super awkward watching it infront of my rents! I received this for Christmas and as I’ve now been ill twice since, this has been a life saver. I have also worked out I can watch this in German and many other languages, which basically counts as revision, right? I spent 12 hours watching back to back episodes in German and my mind felt fried but I couldn’t turn it off – problems! It doesn’t advertise that it has not only subtitles but audio options in different languages so if anyone wants some easy watching in different languages, please buy! So these have been a random collection of things I’ve been loving in January. There hasn’t been much else I’m afraid as most of my January has been filled with running, eating and being ill! Let me know if you guys have tried any of the items mentioned above or any favourites you had in January which you’ll think I’ll like. XX

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Waxing Worries

This isn’t a subject most people will be interested in reading about so you’re welcome to press the little x right now, but when I was first looking into getting ripped to shreds I wanted to know everything I could, from the benefits to the horror stories. I find even the most famous beauty bloggers don’t touch on hair removal, perhaps maybe for their image but also because it’s quite personal, who knows?

Since the age of 13 (I think) I have shaved my under arms and legs (and actual arms once but that’s another story). Shortly after I decided I didn’t like hair in the other ‘arena’ so decided to use a hair removal cream called Veet, a brand I’m sure you’ve all heard of. As we all know, this stuff has the essence of a dead rat, so why I proceeded to use this as a hair removal treatment alongside shaving for a further 5 years I do not know! I even took Veet travelling with me, thinking this was the best hair removal product out there, let me tell you, lying in a bikini in 40 degree heat with my ‘rat’ smelling like a dead rat wasn’t cool.

Until I met two girls travelling, one of which is now an amazing best friend, who had a drunken chat with me once about hair removal ‘down there’. They both had been waxing for several years and ensured me to try it when I got home, as they’d both experienced one out in Thailand and said the brutality of it had the potential to put me off for life.

After two or so months after returning home, I took the plunge and booked a wax at a beauty place my friend had recommended. For £30.00 a hit, for the full whack, I personally thought this was outrageous but was secretly tempted to see what the fuss was about. Newly single, I had turned up to the Saturday morning appointment dreadfully hungover and started feeling pretty sick.  After being told to go into the room and strip naked from the waist down and lie on the paper towel covering the massage table (if only I was there for a massage) which I later proceeded to cover in back and bum sweet (nice) and tear from jolting around so much, I sat nervously awaiting my demise.

As it was my first ever hot wax (which by the way girls, is 100% less painful than warm wax with strips), they decided that getting me on all four’s straight off to wax my behind may have been a bit of a shock, so I was told to bend my knees at right angles and lie comfortably. I can tell you there is nothing comfortable about what happened next. I ended up kicking my poor beautician, who I’m now quite friendly with, after the first line of wax was pulled off and it didn’t get much better. It was a sweaty, bloody mess to tell you the truth.

Booking up a 2nd wax was probably the best thing I did. Everyone who has ever had a wax will tell you, the more you wax the easier it becomes – and they’re right! The 2nd one wasn’t as painful and the 3rd felt like a breeze. Granted, they are still painful but throughout the last 4 years I’ve been waxing I’ve learnt several tips.

  • Going in with a hangover makes it so much less painful. The fact you still have alcohol in your system means you relax more AND you’re mega chatty to the beautician so you forget what’s going on ‘down there’.
  • Take a paracetamol or ibuprofen half an hour before – granted, sometimes this doesn’t work as much as I’d like it, but there have been times when they’ve been a miracle I tell ya!
  • Steady your breathing – this is the hardest one I find as the more you try and think about your breathing, you start to count, count those seconds before she ruins your bits!
  • Get friendly with your beautician because if you do accidently boot them, it’s loads less awkward! Hahah, just kidding, if you have loads to catch up on, the time really does fly.
  • Do not and I repeat DO NOT go back to shaving/any other form of hair removal once you’ve switched to waxing. Firstly, you will eventually get annoyed at the speed of your hair growth with these alternatives and want to go back to waxing and when you do…..there’s hell to pay. Remember that first wax you ever had? Yeh, you can bet that it’ll be near if not just as bad as that experience.

I know this is an expensive luxury (if you could call it that) but there are places you can go where they’re cheaper. You can get student discounts and from experience if you live up north waxing is a lot less expensive. However, do not be fooled, you pay for what you get. I went for the cheaper option of a warm wax with strips…..let’s just say I have a little less skin in that arena following said wax. I had also been silly and not followed my own advice and went to a cheap salon where the prices were low (I’ll cut myself some slack, I have just moved house and I’m getting married – money is tight) and consequently the end result wasn’t what I was after. It’s safe to say I’ll be going back to my regular salon.

All in all, I am definitely pro wax! The results are so much better than any other hair removal I’ve tried and considering I have a very low pain threshold, anyone out there can get used to it! So my advice is to give it a go, just have a few wines the night before, or a few hours and you’ll be fine.

If any of you have any questions about hair removal, please don’t worry about asking as I’ve tried pretty much everything that’s on the market!

23 sleeps! XX