Monday, 28 November 2016

The Gift That Keeps On Giving: Three Unusual Australian Holiday Destinations | Travel


There are good reasons that Australia is such an amazing and popular holiday destination. It's the sort of place that really does seem to have it all. From lush, gorgeous landscapes to bustling city nightlife. Whatever trip you want to take, the land down under has you covered. But what about those of us who want to go a little out of the way? Those of us who want to avoid the crowds of tourists and experience something just a little bit different. Well, as always, Australia has exactly the sorts of places you need. Here are a few Aussie getaways with a little bit of a difference.

Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island almost sounds too good to be true. With its abundant wildlife and white sandy beaches, this really is a little touch of paradise. A significant area of the island is a dedicated conservation park. The lack of an indigenous human population has allowed the wildlife on this island to flourish. Of course, it's no surprise that it features an endemic sub-species of kangaroo. But the island also has an amazing amount of flora and fauna. Including koalas, echidnas, seals and even two hundred and forty-three different species of bird. For the animal lover who wants to get away from it all, this really is the perfect destination.

Margaret River

If you want to avoid somewhere overly large and crowded, then this little town just south of Perth is the place for you. Margaret River is well known for its craft breweries and wineries. Not only that but it's a fantastic place to try a whole variety of delicious foods. If you're after somewhere to relax, Margaret River is the ideal place. If you'd rather get out into the waves, then there are some fabulous beaches where you can surf. And of course, you can spend the entire time staying in one of Margaret River's gorgeous luxury chalets.

The Eyre Peninsula

This is one for the foodies especially. The Eyre Peninsula is the perfect place to get yourself a taste (literally) of Australia's incredible seafood. This really is the seafood capital of the country, and while you're there you'll have the chance to sample many of the culinary delights! Not only that but the Eyre Peninsula offers you the opportunity to get up close and personal with some nocturnal wildlife. And if you're really feeling brave and adventurous then you won't want to miss the chance to have a close encounter with some great white sharks.

Now, there's absolutely nothing wrong with the more well-known attractions that Australia has to offer. But for those of us who want something a bit more interesting, the land down under really does seem to be the gift that keeps on giving. You could keep coming back year after year and never run out of amazing things to see and do. Though you're more than welcome to try!

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Keeping your hair in tip top shape during Winter | Beauty

We've hit that time of year, it's cold and damn outside, and your hair is becoming flyaway and generally not in as tip top of a condition as it could be. You could be suffering with dehydrated hair, flyway hair, well the list is endless. You don't just have to resort to putting a hat on to hide your tresses, with these couple of easy hair care tips for the Winter you can keep your luscious locks in great condition. I say these tips are for Winter, but they can easily be used all year round. Let me let you into a little bit of hairdresser knowhow...

1. Invest in a really good quality hair dryer. Although you might think that you don't need one, but each hair dryer is different and has it's own qualities. My favourite hair dyer on the market at the moment is the Panasonic hair dryer. I'm very lucky to have tried and tested the Panasonic Nanoe and it really works. The science is that the dryer adds moisture to your hair to make sure it stays smooth and silky. Another thing I love about this hair dryer is the fact it's the same pH balance as your hair, meaning your cuticle will close and be a lot smoother. It also comes with a diffuser nozzle for those of you with curly hair.

A top tip to drying your hair is to always make sure you aim the nozzle down whilst blasting your hair, this helps to smooth out and protect your hair, giving it extra shine and making it less flyaway.

2. Use professional products that are suited to your hair type. I know this seems like one of the most simplest tips, but it's very easy to get wrong. You may be incorrectly identifying your hair type and using the incorrect products. Your hairstylist will give you information for your correct hair type and should inform you on the right products to use. Which brings me on to tip three...

3. Go to a hair stylist for a cut. Seriously. Don't follow YouTube tutorials on how to cut your hair, or how to cut your split ends because you're not getting the service your hair deserves. Hair stylists (like myself!) have to be trained and let me tell you it's not easy. Trust your hair stylist to make sure your hair is in the best condition it can be in.

4. Hydrating products are a God send at this time of the year. Products containing oils are the best to use. If you tend to buy drugstore products then I highly recommend going for an oil repair product. Heat protection sprays that contain oil or have added leave in conditioner are the best to purchase, you're a lot less likely to let your hair dry naturally at this time of the year so it's always best to be prepared. If you want to spend a little bit more, why not add a deep conditioning treatment to your service at the salon? My favourite salon product is the Uniq One by Revlon. I use this on both myself and clients as it has 10 real benefits. Not only does it have heat protection, is a leave in conditioner, but can repair dry and damaged hair.

If you're looking for a little bit of inspiration or a few new products to add to your winter hair care regime, check out one of my previous posts - there's a great review on the Fructose Oil Repair products.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Autumn & Winter Boho Picks for under £20! | Plus Size Fashion

It's been such an age since I've felt any sort of inspiration to sit down and write a blog post but, now November is here and I'm a pretty basic bitch, I can talk about Christmas wish lists and Autumn to Winter fashion! Normally October is my favourite month but but after having a severe case of the flu and an ME relapse to boot, it hasn't been all that good. Now November is here and I feel like I can finally start making use of woolly hats and big coats. Plus it's my son's THIRD birthday this month! I can't believe when I started this blog that he wasn't even a thought then!

So, what fashionable items am I lusting after this month? Anything bohemian with a hint of tan. Yes please. I've also been using Love the Sales to track current sale items, because I'm super skint at this time of the year. Lets track seven birthdays and Christmas presents, wow. I've managed to find some amazing plus size bargains all for under £20 each so you know you're not breaking the bank.

These Tips Could Help You To Feel Amazing On Your Next Night Out | Lifestyle

So many women know what it’s like to go on a night out, and feel like you pale in comparison to the woman next to you. It’s normal for women to compare themselves, but this can make you feel rubbish as a result. It’s all well and good saying don’t compare yourself, but you need to feel amazing in your own skin first. These this could help you to feel amazing on your next night out:

Let Your Personality Shine
There’s only one you, so make sure you celebrate your uniqueness on your next night out. Choose an outfit that you feel shows off your personality. Make sure you’re not trying to be anybody else - too many people do this these days, which is why so many people look like sheep. Make the most of being you! When you know you’re being true to yourself, you’re going to feel awesome.

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Invest In The Right Underwear
Wearing the right underwear is important for a number of reasons. You’ll automatically feel better when you know you’re wearing attractive underwear that fits, even though nobody can see it. It’ll make your outfit look better too, as you can be sure you pick the right styles for the outfit you’re planning on wearing. You’ll also be more comfortable. Make sure you take your time selecting the right type. You can get some good ideas from a brand like Freya lingerie at Knicker Locker.

Focus On Every Little Detail
Focusing on every small detail will help you to look more polished and put together. Here are some examples of things you could focus on when you go out:
  • Eyelashes - will you curl them or wear fake lashes?
  • Painting your nails in a complementary colour.
  • Whitening your teeth.
  • Wearing cool accessories that enhance your outfit.
  • Applying tan for a healthy glow.

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Watch Some YouTube Tutorials
If you don’t feel confident with your hair or makeup, you’re not alone. We’re not all natural born hairdressers and makeup artists! That’s what YouTube tutorials are for. You can find a tutorial for pretty much anything you can think of here, whether you want the perfect smoky eye or a funky up-do. With the right makeup brushes and hair accessories, you can’t go wrong. Practicing it before your night out should give you more confidence.

Give Yourself A Pep Talk
Give yourself a pep talk before you go out. Look in the mirror and tell yourself what an incredible bad ass you are! There’s absolutely nothing wrong with treating yourself this way. Focus on everything you love and you’ll go out feeling wonderful! Although most women feel like it’s the norm to complain about themselves, the more you do it, the worse you’ll feel. Start to fall in love with yourself.

Hopefully, you love using these tips before you next big night out. No matter your size or shape, no matter your skin colour, hair colour, or anything else; you can feel amazing. We all have a right to feel amazing, whatever society says is beautiful these days!