Royally Good Birchbox review

Birchbox Royally Good April 2015
Birchbox Royally Good April 2015

Mail generally gets me really excited - like, even the junk mail - so you can only imagine my joy when the April Birchbox came flying through my letter box. And when I found out that this month's edition included not five, but six beauty products? Gurl (..or boy), don't even get me started.

Now, I don't tend to follow the royal family all that much (both literally and metaprhoically) but it turns out that Kate Middleton is due to pop with baby number two any day now, which is exactly what Birchbox is celebrating this month by putting some of their favourite products on a pedestal. And they are..

Laura Mercier Eye Pencil in Violet (£18.00)

If there's one brand that will tempt me to try coloured liner, it's probably going to be Laura Mercier. I've loved the black liner for years, so I know for a fact that this baby is going to be just as good - the fact that it's a mini size as well means it's perfect for on the go. I've heard violet liner can make brown eyes pop too. Oh the temptation!

Lola Barcelona Nail Polish in Garcia (£7.50)

Granted, I've never tried a nail polish from Lola Barcelona (who are apparently exclusive to Birchbox) but - and it may just be my excitement for summer talking - but this pinky coral colour looks like it would be perfect for my tanned tootsies. If they ever do get tanned, that is.

Percy & Reed London No Oil Oil (£14.00)

Ahh, oils. The one word in haircare that get I can actually get excited about - even if they're not actually an oil, as Percy and Reed seem to claim. As with everything else from the brand, this baby smells amazing, and I'm way too excited to get it in my mop.

Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash (£19.50)

Give something a dual purpose, and I'm all ears. This Bliss face wash  not only smells good enough to eat (although I wouldn't recommend it) but it also does a damn good job at giving me squeaky clean skin. It also helps to get rid of dead skin cells. Score.

Korres Bergamot Pear Showergel (£8.00)

I already have so many of these Korres travel minis floating around my stash, but I still get excited every time a new scent pops up. Shower gel? It's pretty much all the same to me, just so long as it smells good. And this one? It so does.

Inner Me Energise Me (£10.00)

I don't always trust health supplements that come with beauty boxes, but I'm a huge. huge fan of Inner Me products. If these little pills actually give me energy, then you can expect a big thumbs up from me! PS. The packaging's pretty too.

Will you be picking up this month's box?

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How I grow my hair

How do I grow my hair long
How do I grow my hair long
How do I grow my hair long

My last post ended somewhere along the lines of talking about my greasy hair, so it's only natural (or is it?!) that I transition into a blog post about the stuff on my head. I've had quite a few questions in the past regarding how my hair seems to have gone from semi-long to stupidly long in what seems to be no time, so I've decided to post a little bit about my hair history and what I do to keep it growing!

For starters, I'm naturally just a really hairy person. I mean, have you seen my eyebrows? They're monsters. Everyone in my family has a good head of hair, so I guess a lot of this does just boil down to my hair-growing-genes. Thanks ma.

That being said, there are always ways to encourage healthy hair growth. I've been a qualified hairdresser for years now (yes, really) so I've always had the luxury of being able to do my hair myself, but one of the best things anyone can do is get their hair cut regularly. For me, I generally trim a few millimetres off of the ends of my hair every month, just to keep it fresh. Obviously you can do this yourself (if you have a steady hand) but it's obviously much better - and potentially safer - if you go to a salon.

Next is the art of head massage. Ever wondered why hairdressers massage your hair when they wash it? It's actually to stimulate the scalp and bring blood to the surface - ultimately making hair grow (although it's by no means an instant thing). I like to give my head a lil rub whenever I'm shampooing and conditioning - it's kind of ridiculously relaxing too!

Obviously eating and drinking right can help, but since we're in the festive season I'm hardly going to pretend that I eat kale and drink 5000 litres of water each day. Instead, I'm just going to go ahead and talk about something a bit more superficial: hair products. 

I'm the sort of person that lets their hair air dry, but sometimes I will have to put a dryer or some straighteners to my mop in a real hair-mergency. Whenever I'm using styling tools I always make sure I coat my hair in moisturising oils and some form of heat defense to, you know, defend it from heat, and when second day hair comes around I'll be skipping the convential hair wash and going staight for the can of dry shampoo. Why? To ensure I'm not stripping my hair of its natural oils and - more importantly - because I'm far too lazy to wait for my hair to try every day.

Any more questions? Leave em below!

Heat defence spray from Montibel-lo
Texture spray from SHOW Beauty
Hair spray from id Hair Elements
Blow dryer from Tresemme
Urban Anti-dotes range from Bed Head

Limited Edition GHD styler (and promo code)

Limited Edition GHD styler

Out of everything in my beauty cupboard my ghds are what probably get the most use. Whether it's me straightening out annoying hair kinks (ie my entire head) or my boyfriend reworking his hair every five minutes, it's safe to say they get a lot of love. Alas, finally a brand new pair has landed in my lap and what's more, they're from the new limited edition orchid collection. Anything limited edition gets a big thumbs up from me. Stay tuned for a little hair tutorial coming soon! I promise it'll be more exciting than my usual mop. Also, pick up a pair in the 'coral' colour and £10 will be donated to Breast Cancer support. Win, win!

Limited Edition V lagoon stylers by ghd (also here)
Use promo code GHD20 for £20 off!