Top 3 Haircare Products

Despite what it may appear, since I got my hair trimmed into a shorter, more stylised pixie cut it's take a lot more maintenance to look presentable. I'm a bit fan of the 'chuck some bobby pins in it and go' method - doesn't look great but it's better than resembling a hedgehog - but for days when I fancy making a bit more of an effort I have a few go-to products.

The Hair Heroes heat protect spray by Andrew Barton deserves a place on this list just because of how amazing it smells; I previously owned a protection spray from the bargain ASDA range that smelt worryingly plastic-y so this scent is a bit of a revelation. It's currently on a 2 for £6 offer at ASDA so I nabbed this and a equally delicious smelling hair mask pot on a shopping trip a while back. I'm no stranger to 'serum' type products but the Poker Straight Shine Serum by Lee Stafford is my favourite. I use it with my mini straighteners when my fringe is being particularly unruly as well as before blow drying and it really makes a difference and stops my hair being a fluffy mess. You can pick it up in Boots for £7.99 and if you have short hair it will last an absolute age. Last but not least, I picked this Catwalk Beauty Hairspray by Umberto Giannini up as the 'free' item on a 3-for-2 offer and it's become an unexpected hair staple; my fringe is not a fan of going sideways like it should and a quick blast of this after straightening will hold it in place all day. You can also nab this at Boots for £6.

What are your go-to hair products?

Life Lately #6

one. I tried shopping at the new(ish) M&S food store just across the road from me. The food I got was amazing and when boyfriend was here we actually went back and bought bits to make sunday lunch there as a treat. I may be a little in love with their roast potatoes and could happily eat the whole container.
two. I thought a lot about my tattoos. I love every single one and I can't wait to decorate my body some more. When I have self confidence wobbles (which are many and often at the moment) they are one of the things that makes me feel better. How can I dislike a body with such pretty decoration?
three. I left my job. The job I came out of Uni with was a case of grab-whatever-I-can-find and get on that ladder. Luckily I managed to nab a role that's much more me in a wonderful company that's a lot more supportive. Technically I'm only a maternity cover but it's really valuable experience and the possibility of moving into another role may be there fingers crossed!
four. I expanded our figure collection. The boyfriend and I are big vinyl figure fans - well, maybe me more so - but I recently added Doctor Whooves and Buffy to our growing Pop! Figure collection. I think my next goal is going to have to be something from the Disney collection, I've got my eye of Arial.
five. I baked - lots. I love making these lemon curd tarts but I've been continuing to bake lots, including two birthday cakes and lots of little bits and pieces. You can see some of my recipes here. I want to get a bit more ambitious and branch out into other things soon (I'm thinking pies, that's like savoury baking right?)
six. I played with makeup. Look, I even did my eyebrows sort of. I'm super inexperienced in the world of makeup but I do enjoy wearing it and I've got enough of it that it's a waste to not use it. Expect a couple FOTD posts in the future hopefully.

Christmas Recipe: Cinnamon and Gingerbread Hearts

You will need;
250g plain flour 
0.5 tsp bicarbonate of soda 
0.5 tsp ground cinnamon
1.5 tsp ground ginger 
75g butter 
90g light soft brown sugar 
1 medium egg 
2 tbsp golden syrup 
heart cutter (I have these)

one. preheat the oven to 180 degrees and measure out all your dry ingredients (flour, soda, cinnamon, ginger, sugar). Sift into a mixing bowl and combine well.
two. melt your butter in the microwave and whisk in your egg.
three. whilst the butter is still warm whisk in the golden syrup.
four. pour the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients bit by bit until a dough is formed.
five. knead dough with your hands to check consistency - if too wet add more flour, if too crumbly combine a little more butter and syrup and mix in. 
six. roll out your dough on a floured surface and start cutting your hearts - I prefer my gingerbread more 'bready' therefore I cut it a bit thicker. If you like a more biscuit-y texture roll your dough as thin as possible. 
seven.  put your hearts on a baking parchment covered sheet and pop in the oven. Cook for 15 minutes or until a golden colour.

The 100 Day Spending Challenge / Update #1

Hello! I can't believe it's time for the first update on this already but to be honest I've been rushed off my feet with my new job and all the days have sort of blended together into one big tired mess, haha. I really love my new role but wow it's tiring and I'm so not used to travelling to work other than hopping in the car for five minutes in minimal traffic.

I started the fortnight with all the best intentions but between stress over finishing my old job and then starting my new one I had a few.. slips. So in the name of accountability here's the entirely unnecessary things I'm purchased over the last two weeks;

£1.49 on tupperware at B&M on 4/10/14
£2.71 on Wildlife Park 3 on Steam on 5/10/14
£13 on a hamper, cupcake cases and more(!) tupperware at B&M on 12/10/14

So a grand total of £17.20 mis-spent this time around, which equates to about £1.22 per day. Considering this is the start of the challenge I'm disappointed I didn't stick to my guns even if it wasn't a huge amount; £20 would cover my electric for those 2 weeks to put that into perspective. Still, it's very handy to see it all written down and see how useless some of the things I buy are. The game still hasn't been played and was bought on a complete whim, and though the tupperware and hamper are being used they weren't strictly needed. My weakness is definitely the weekend when I have time to get out the house and to the shops.

Pretty Lily

Sometimes I forget just how much I love photography! Sure, I tend to take photos for the blog multiple times a week but being creative with a camera really makes me happy. I received these beautiful flowers on Friday, which was my last day working at my current job; on Monday I start my new role, which I'm so excited and incredibly nervous about. Since the flowers started to bloom properly this morning I thought I'd nab some shots whilst it's light outside.