I’ve mentioned before, that I’m using this period of not seeing people, as a bit of a much-needed hair rehab. I have highlights, a few extensions and normally I wash, blow dry and straighten my hair daily, and honestly, it really wasn’t feeling 100%. So, over the past eight weeks, I’ve not so much as looked at my straighteners (although I am still blow-drying daily), so I’ve been on the lookout for a heat spray which protects my hair whilst also leaving it soft, smooth and shiny.
After washing and conditioning, I’ve been spraying a generous few spritzes all over whilst my hair is still wet. The Shine Spray smells incredible – super light and fresh, it’s a really beautiful scent. The spray has a lovely light texture, which means I can use it right up to the root, and then, after a little gentle combing, I can blast my hair dry. The result is hair which, despite not faffing around with a round brush or straighteners is soft and smooth, and the spray really adds a great dose of shine. It’s been such a lifesaver in building up my hair health, and it means ponytails look intentional, rather than a fuzzy mess!
The Hair Boss Semi Permanent Shine Spray is priced at £12.99 and is available here.
Happy Friday! I hope it’s as sunny with you as it is here in Scotland. Truly, I can’t remember a better Spring than the one we’ve had this year. This week in particular has been a scorcher; with bright sunshine and clear blue skies, not to mention rising temperatures, it feels like there’s never been a better time to toast a Friday evening with a rather fabulous Tequila!
Maestro Dobel sent over their Diamante Tequila to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the start of the month, and it’s quickly become a household favourite thanks to the complex notes of caramel, honey and maple. Unlike wine or gin, Tequila doesn’t make me feel sleepy after enjoying a glass, and Maestro Dobel’s Diamante is exceptionally high quality – it was even the world’s first cristalino, multi-aged tequila!
I’ve been loving it served with icy cold soda water and a few squeezes of fresh lime. It’s the most refreshing summer drink, and it makes me feel like I’m somewhere far more exotic than the bottom of the garden. If you fancy something that’s a little more refined, why not try the Maestro Dobel Diamante Black Diamond? Just mix 2 parts Maestro DOBEL Diamante with 1⁄2 part agave syrup and 1⁄2 part fresh lime. Then rim an old-fashioned glass with salt, combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker, add ice and shake. Strain over fresh ice in salted glass and enjoy! You can even add 1⁄4 fresh pomegranate or 20ml pomegranate juice and garnish with pomegranate seeds.
Maestro Dobel Diamante is priced at £48.00 and is available here
I’m not sure about you, but the ponytail has definitely become the Lockdown hairstyle of choice for me, as I battle against roots and hair which needs a good trim. I was meant to be headed to the hairdresser back in April, for a bit of a refresh, and now we’re in May, with no salon visits in sight, I’ve been finding ways to feel a little bit more polished. One of the easiest has to be a little of Rahua’s Smoothing Balm, warmed between the fingers, and smoothed onto strands – it’s the quickest way I’ve found of looking and feeling more pulled together.
Naturally, I’ve got hair with a bit of a wave, which is prone to fluffing up at the slightest hint of moisture, and my habit of bleaching it, as well as straightening it daily, meant my hair could do with a bit of TLC. I’ve been using this whole period as a bit of a hair reset time. I’ve not looked at the straighteners since March, and each morning I’ve been washing with a hydrating shampoo and following up with a nourishing conditioner or mask. After blasting it dry with a hairdryer, I’ve been popping it up in a ponytail using a silk scrunchie.
To look as groomed as possible, I’ve been smoothing on a little of Rahua’s aptly named Smoothing Balm around the hairline to keep my hair looking as tidy and shiny as possible. It does an amazing job of tidying my baby hairs, giving it a great does of shine, and it’s full of Morete Oil, which is rich in vitamins A, C, and E and it even protects hair from damaging UVA rays! Cocoa seed butter in the formula not only nourishes, but strengthens strands too! Scented with Gardenia (one of my favourites) it’s a real treat to use, and I love the fact that not only does it make my hair look better, but it’s helping rebuild my hair too!
Rahua Smoothing Hair Balm is priced at £30 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
Suffering from a bit of a midweek slump? I’ve found that I’ve had to really make an effort so I don’t end up thinking Saturday is Tuesday. It can all be a bit disconcerting – which is why I’ve been loving Pukka Herbs’ Wholistic Ashwagandha supplements – an organic option which is designed to help nourish the mind and relax the nervous system, which at this point, I think we all need a hand with!
A herb that’s been used for centuries to moderate the body’s response to stress, bringing both energy and inner calm – Pukka’s Wholistic Ashwagandha feels like it’s the perfect antidote to these stressful times. It’s recommended that you take one to two capsules a day with food, and each serving contributes to normal cognitive function, energy-yielding metabolism, hormone production and the normal functioning of the nervous system. It’s such an easy addition to my morning routine, and the result is that I can stay calmer and more productive all day long.
Pukka Wholistic Ashwagandha is priced at £16.95 and is available here.
I’m not sure about you, but I’m seriously over this whole lockdown period. I know how important it is that we keep everyone as safe as possible, but you can only clear out so many cupboards before it starts to feel a bit dull! Last week though, Edinburgh’s favourite Eteaket brought a real smile to my face with a delivery of their new Positivitea, and I really think it’s just what I needed.
A limited edition, not only is Positivitea absolutely delicious, but 20% of the purchase price is donated to the fabulous Social Bite – an Edinburgh-based charity working to end homelessness in Scotland. This means you can enjoy your morning cuppa knowing you’ve started the day on the positive note!
The tea itself is a blend of green, oolong and white tea, which is then mixed with delicious Dragonfruit pieces, pink pepper, tangy raspberry, blackberry and relaxing chamomile flowers. The result is a tea which is as peppy as it is refreshing. I would never thought to add pepper to tea, but here, it adds a perfect amount of spice.
Like with all Eteaket teas, Positivitea is completely plastic-free and comes in one of the brand’s iconic tubes. To make mornings a bit easier, you can decant a teaspoon of the leaves into one of the brand’s self-fill tea bags, which are also plastic-free!
Eteaket Positivitea is priced at £7.95 a tube, and is available here