Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Matrix Biolage Exquisite Oil Deep Replenishing Treatment

I've not popped up a beauty post in a while, so I thought it was about time I told about a little miracle I've been using on my hair.

As you all know by now I've got pretty long insanely long hair and even though I wouldn't say it's difficult to maintain (I'm about the least high maintenance person ever), every now and then it needs a little boost. For the longest time I would opt for a hair mask treatment when my hair was starting to look a little lifeless, but since I was sent the Matrix Biolage Hot Oil to try I've not looked back.
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The treatment comes in a box with ten little 10ml bottles, which is enough for ten separate treatments - even on my long locks! Not having to use it all that often also means that it lasts absolutely ages. I've had the product for a while now and I've still got some bottles left. I use a capsule about once every two months or so.

You can either use the oil hot or cold. I always opt for heating it up a little first as it really gives that deep treatment my hair needs. Otherwise it's a simple case of rinsing your hair, popping it on, massaging it in, leave to soak up and then rinse out!
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I am always super happy with the results after using the treatment on my hair. It looks and feels healthier, as well as being shiny and super soft too. The macadamia, argan and moringa oils are all super beneficial for your hair and have the added bonus of smelling great.

I always worried with hot oils that they'd leave hair super greasy afterwards, but there was no build up at all. It provides that perfect boost when your hair is starting to look and feel a bit tired.

You can pick up the Matrix Biolage Exquisite Oil Deep Replenishing Treatment (a mouthful, I know!) from Fabriah for the bargainous price of  just £15.50 - which is excellent considering how much you get in the pack!

Have you ever used a hot oil treatment before? What did you think of the results?

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Saturday, 14 February 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hello my loves! I hope you're all doing fantastically and have well and truly seen off the January blues. I've been absent just over a month - it's been all work and not much play, but it's half term now and while I will be working my little behind off right the way through, I do have a little more time to do some of the things I love. So without further ado, I've got a lovely little Valentine's post to share with you all - plus a cheeky little treat at the end, so keep scrolling!
JustRach roses
Debenhams Flowers
Valentines Flowers
Flower Delivery
Guylian Chocolates
Moet Chandon Rose Champagne
Valentines Hearts
Dozen Red Roses
Dozen Deluxe Red Roses
I'm a complete traditionalist, as you all probably know - so when Debenhams Flowers kindly got in touch for me to choose some Valentine's flowers, I instantly knew which ones I was going to pick. I was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful range they offered, which included some really stunning mixed bouquets which almost had me change my mind. I couldn't help myself in the end and settled on the classic dozen red roses, deluxe ones to be precise!

I could not have been more impressed when my flower delivery arrived (at work too, which caused quite a stir!). The flowers were carefully packaged in lovely green wrapping, with a damp bag around the stems to keep them moist in transit. The bouquet was beautifully arranged in the packaging too, which made it easy to pop it in the vase for instant perfection! 

It's not too late to get your beau (or even yourself... go on you deserve it!) a beautiful bouquet from Debenhams Flowers - and to make it even sweeter, simply head over and fill your basket then pop DFBLOG25 in at checkout for a cheeky 25% off* your bouquet!

Would you opt for the classic dozen roses like me, or prefer something a little more wild?

We've whipped out the chocolates, champers and candles while B is in the kitchen cooking up something smelling divine as I type. Nothing like a cosy night in with some good food, drink, company and a cheeky film too. How do you spend your day?

*The 'Flowers by Post' range is exempt

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Sunday, 4 January 2015

Why I don't make New Years Resolutions

A new year is great - it's the perfect opportunity to "start fresh", to dust off all the cobwebs of the previous year and vow to do something amazing with the year ahead. I love that we get this opportunity for a blank slate and to renew our zest for life once every year, but in all honesty, the older I get the more I'm starting to see it as just any other day.



Of course, there's all the wonderful celebrations - I couldn't go out this year because of my op to (hopefully) fix my migraines, but I had the most wonderful of New Years Eves, probably the best I've had yet. B and I spent the evening at my parents house drinking expensive champagne (because we've accumulated ridiculous amounts over the last year), eating nibbles and rolling about laughing whilst playing Cards Against Humanity. Now, it may sound really very tame and quiet, as far as NYE celebrations go, but the reason it was such a good one is because I found myself completely at peace with 2014 and calmly ready for 2015.

A lot of people take the opportunity to reflect on the year that's passed. For some this is a great way to sum up all the fantastic things that have happened, and for others it can be a sombre affair. My year has had it's ups and downs - in some aspects (my job for instance) it's been a brilliant, exhausting and fascinating learning curve. As I've reaped the rewards of my working life, it's meant that my struggle with anxiety and depression has become all the more apparent. The contrast between the two has been harsh. While my anxiety is well managed, I'm not content with that. I want it fixed. I've made all the effort I can to work towards this, and finally in 2015 it's looking like the ball will start rolling (NHS waiting lists are the bane of my life). Towards the end of this year I found it really easy to quickly cast my mind's eye back over 2014 and think to myself "yep. that wasn't so bad". Not great, not awful, but not so bad. I didn't dwell on it too long, hindsight is a terrible thing.

After the reflection inevitably comes the forethought. Undoubtedly there are a thousand and one things that I'd love to do differently, or to achieve in 2015. But really, they're not too different from the things I wanted to achieve in 2014. Mostly, these things are long-term goals, with short term milestones. I find that it's much easier to achieve seemingly unattainable goals if you set small, manageable milestones in the meantime. 

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I don't like resolutions - it's almost like playing Devil's advocate with yourself. I've read many a post over the last week laying out the ways that you can be sure to keep your resolutions, but inevitably it never works because the goals are often ambiguous ("lose weight" - how much?, by when?) or just far too long term to be achieved in a year. I know that the things I'd like to achieve eventually, at some point, aren't things that I can realistically accomplish within a year (or most of them anyway) so I try to lay out some realistic milestones that work towards my ultimate goals.

So, instead of making resolutions I make myself something akin to a personal goals list  - and it looks a little like this...

1. Personal: Learn Japanese - buy a Japanese language textbook. Use the Human Japanese app at least once a week (possibly more).
2. Time Management - Blogging: Schedule posts in advance. Take on no more than 5 opportunities at once and sign off one before accepting another. Endeavour to respond to emails within 3 working days.
   Time Management - Teaching: Plan all lessons two weeks in advance. Use every spare moment wisely. 
3. Work/Life Balance - Plan weekend trips in advance. Pencil things in my diary. Save up for a holiday. Book things before you change your mind!
4. Health - Eat at least 2 piece of fruit a day. Eat at least 2 different veggies a day. McDonalds ban (except for McFlurry). Cancel that stupid gym subscription that you never use. Attempt the 30 day shred.

So hopefully you can see that these aren't resolutions as such, but more small goals that I'd really like to attempt to achieve - some of which span much beyond just one year. I'm not going to get too hung up on it all, but if I can manage just a handful of these things by the end of the year, I'll definitely feel like I've taken that one step closer towards my ultimate goals.
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I wish you all the very best for 2015, I hope it brings you all of your hopes and dreams! I'm excited to share my 2015 with you!

Do you set New Years Resolutions? Have you ever managed to stick to them?

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Friday, 26 December 2014

Christmas Wishes One and All!

JustRach Merry Christmas Happy New Year
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Sunday, 30 November 2014

Winter is Coming

Although it has been incredibly mild recently, (so mild in fact, that I had an ice cream van treat on 29th November!) I can't deny any longer that winter is practically here. It may be a mild one this year, but there's still a good bit of chill in the air when I set off for working in the mornings.

There's nothing better on a crisp winter's day than having a stroll in countryside - and that's exactly what Bob and I got up to last weekend. It's so nice to live in a place with such beauty right on our doorstep.
Darwen Tower Walk North West Countryside
I'd say that my style very much reflects life in the country. I've never really been one for the urban lifestyle. To me, there's nothing quite so perfectly country as a good tweed jacket and some riding boots.
JustRach in TU Tweed Barbour Cashmere Hollister Jeans Hush Puppies Riding Boots
Flower Statement Necklace Primark
Geneva Navy Striped Watch
I've totally fallen in love with the mini Primark at the top of Selfridges in the Trafford Centre. It always seems to carry the nicest pieces. That's where I picked up the pretty little statement flower necklace, that perfectly matches my outfit. I've become completely obsessed with statement necklaces recently! I picked up my watch from a seller on the Depop app (@justrachblog) which I'm also totally hooked on at the moment, I really can't stop buying things off there, not to mention that it's all super cheap. This adorable watch was under 4 pounds.
JustRach Black White Primark Barbour TU Sainsburys Hollister
Tweed Jacket Yellow Green Blue TU Sainsburys Tailored
This beautiful imitation tweed tailored jacket was something I grabbed on a whim from TU at Sainsbury's. I am completely in love with it. The colours just scream autumn/winter to me and it goes so nicely with most of the jumpers I own. I just love those mustard tones.
JustRach Darwen Tower
Barbour Pale Blue Cashmere V Neck Jumper
What takes centre stage for me has to be my jumper. I adore a good jumper, I own way too many. There's nothing quite like cashmere to keep you warm on a frosty winter morning either - seriously everything should be made from it. This beautiful blue number was kindly sent to me by Barbour and I am in love with it. I already own a Barbour jacket, which has been a long trusted staple within my winter wardrobe, but I'd never before considered checking out their range of clothing. I'm really glad I did! The gorgeous soft tone offsets the blue in the jacket perfectly and it feels so snug and comfy on. The thing I probably like the most is the discrete branding. I will pay good money for designer items, but only if the branding isn't splashed all over, I can't stand it that way. 
TU Sainsburys Primark Selfridges Barbour Hollister Hush Puppies
Jacket: TU by Sainsburys // Cashmere V Neck c/o Barbour // Superskinny Jeans: Hollister // Leather Riding Boots c/o Hush Puppies

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