Month: October 2016

Chorley, Lancashire

This weekend we headed “oop North” (how northern Briton’s say “up North”) to Lancashire to visit my other half’s family. He was born and raised in the quaint market village of Chorley. It snacksreally is a different pace of life there, and every time I go I can envisage myself buying a cottage and retiring there. But of course, New Zealand still is number on the list for next home destination.

We caught an 8.30am train from London up north, so breakfast snacks were very important. While we were in the northern regions of England we enjoyed the sunshine in the spectacular open spaces and gardens, drank “skinny” coffees covered in chocolate, smacked some golf balls, visited a photography exhibition and checked out the local pubs. Local pubs up north are my favourite spot to sit and watch people. Everyone knows everyone else, and all their business. There’s no secrets in small-village photo-exhibit England. Everywhere we went, my other half’s dad proudly introduced us to everyone, with proud high shoulders his son living in London, and then along comes me, the foreign woman none of them can understand. It’s always hilarious and they are all so good natured.

It was a lovely weekend all around, and so nice to get out of the big city to spend time relaxing in the country at a much slower pace, breathing in all that fresh air.

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Why is charcoal good for my skin? And other such beauty questions…

So many beauty myths and queries, and so little time. I spent some time investigating some of my own beauty questions because honestly, I feel like the list is endless and companies keep coming up with some new fad or regime you simply must include in your daily living. Quite frankly, who has the fucking time?
At least we don’t still use the contraptions brought in in the 1940s.

Top of my list:

Why is charcoal good for my skin?face-mask-charcoal

Why is this good for my skin? I associate it with barbecuing. What are the benefits and why use it?
Active charcoal used in cosmetics is very porous, like a sponge – so its perfect for people with oily skin. I found an interesting fact on this;

So porous is it, in fact, that a mere two grams has a surface area equivalent to that of an entire football field.

The large surface area allows it to draw impurities from your skin, all that dirt and oil has no chance when being sucked up by the charcoal sponge.

Will rinsing my hair with beer make it thicker?

pint_1286545aI have fine hair, sometimes I love it because it’s easy to maintain, other times I cry because I want it to be thicker. I’m always after ways to thicken, or appear to thicken my hair.  I discovered this beer theory: A final rinse of beer at the end of your shower will leave you with more voluminous strands. Basically though the beer builds up the circumference of the shafts and leaves you smelling like a brewery until the scent dissipates. So I’ve heard, I’ve not tried it. Pros recommend instead trying a thickening shampoo – but I feel that is rubbish too. The best way I have found to appear to have thicker hair is with a spritz of dry shampoo in the roots – this gives volume and the allure of thick hair.

How often should I be washing my make up brain-blush-brush_300brushes?

Currently my answer is once every 6-8 months. However dermatologists recommend once a month. Crap.
How are you best to wash your brushes? Dip the brush in warm, soapy water—use shampoo or a mild bar soap. Rinse it, blot the brush with a clean towel, then use a blow-dryer to dry the bristles gently and leave to stand upright in a glass.
I know what I’m doing this weekend…

Is it bad to sleep with wet hair?

blond-blow-drying-hair-450x299Turns out air-drying may be more harmful than blow-drying: water causes strands to swell; over time, this could weaken hair from the inside out. A study was done where hair samples that were shampooed and then air-dried for two hours were compared to those blasted at various temperatures with a blow-dryer. Only the air-dried samples had significant damage to the cell membrane complex, the cement that holds cuticle layers together. Of course super hot blow-dryers don’t help with strong, healthy hair either. The best option, although not quickest, is to dry on the lowest heat setting, with the dryer held at least six inches away from the head.
I don’t feel so bad about my fine hair now…

In summary to my four questions above; I need to invest in a charcoal mask. Beer should be drunk and not wasted to rinse my hair with it. Make up brushes must be washed monthly, or at least bi-monthly would be better than my current brush washing plan. Finally, it is not advised to use my “I’m letting it dry naturally so it curls” excuse, and simply apply a low heat setting to blow-dry my hair.

Another post soon with more beauty questions. If you have any you think should be highlighted, feel free to let me know and I’ll include them in my next beauty questions post.

 

An intimate singalong with Justin Timberlake and 2,348 others

My other half spoiled me with tickets to see Justin Timberlake for the third time, but this time in a small venue of 2,350. There were some diehard fans who lined up for hours just to be at the front, and one girl was rewarded with a selfie taken by JT on her phone.

He was an hour late to start his performance but claimed it was due to traffic and he wanted to wait for everyone to arrive. I love Anna Kendrick, but I somehow feel she was the late one whom Justin was waiting on.

He was amazing, as he always is live. He sang some oldies (Sexyback) and some newbies (Mirrors) and I loved every minute. I also love his band, The Tennessee Kids – they have some serious talent.

Overall he was worth the wait and we enjoyed a good boogie. I will never tire of seeing him live.

 

 

Book Review: Circling the Sun

I loved the idea of this book. It’s romantic but in a strong heroin ideal. The story follow Beryl, a young, strong minded girl (grown to woman) from England and moved to Kenya at a young age. It tells you of the struggle of young women in the 1920s and how little their options were, but how if you are determined you can push ahead not matter your gender. Set mostly in Kenya, Beryl spends time with well to do expat Aristocrats, and local Kenyans.

The book is about aviation coming about, but ultimately is about Beryl’s journey to find her passion in life. She ends up with all the wrong men and can not be tamed.

The only thing I disliked about the book was how much was focussed on horses – it does show you the insight to horse training and I guess you could say the strong willed horses she trains a metaphors for her own personality – but at times I felt there was too much.

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