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                                                            * gifted products *

When I made it public knowledge that I was having hair troubles - Living Proof got in touch and suggested I got started on their restore range and trialled it for 4 weeks. So I done exactly that and I must say - its my new favourite hair brand.

I didn't think that I would love it as much as I do and I'm kinda shocked at how good their products are. I started out just using the shampoo, conditioner and mask and my hair afterwards feels so smooth and my hair has been less frizzy. Frizz and damage was always my concern as bleaching your hair can take its toll on your hair and because I try not to use heat at all during the weekdays, you can see the frizz.

Since using the three products, the frizz and split ends have dramatically reduced and I don't need to use any serum at all now because my mane has been tamed!

RESTORE SHAMPOO

RESTORE CONDITIONER

RESTORE MASK TREATMENT


After trialling the restore range for 4 weeks and realising the brand is actually really good and my hair appreciates it - i wanted to try out more of their products.

RESTORE - REPAIR LEAVE IN

I used to always use hair serum to smooth the ends of my hair and help to disguise split ends but it wasn't actually helping the problem so I have always wanted something that will do the same job as a hair serum but that actually benefits my hair. This leave in conditioner prevents new split ends and makes hair stronger and I have to admit I used to get split ends so often that I would need to get a trim in between my hair appointments but actually my hair has lasted and I haven't noticed any new split ends.

RESTORE - PERFECTING SPRAY

For those times when you've used heat on your hair and nothing is quite giving it the moisture is needs, or when you need to detangle you hair the morning after that halloween hair, or your hair is static and nothing is taming it, or that in between salon trips dullness. So many opportunities to use this spray and I'm so glad I now have one in my collection.

FULL - DRY VOLUME BLAST

Is it me or does most volume products always leave a horrible texture in your hair? I have ridiculously flat hair and I always want to use volume products but I hate the feeling in my hair - until I tried this. I love using it on my hair after I have styled it just to give it that extra lift, its also good in ponytails that need that volume so you don't look like a boy. (or is that just me?)




FRIZZ  INSTANT DE-FRIZZER

As I mentioned - frizz was one of my main concerns. This de-frizzer is a dry conditioning spray to combat frizz and its bloody amazing! Mostly because anything similar that I've used in the past have always made my hair feel greasy or heavy.





PERFECT HAIR DAY - DRY SHAMPOO

A dry shampoo that actually CLEANS your hair - WHAT?!
Yep, it doesn't just absorb oil but it has a triple action technology to:

  • absorbs and removes oil, sweat and door
  • makes your hair look, feel and smell clean
  • works on all hair colours because it leaves virtually no visible residue or powdery build-up behind
  • has a time-released fragrance to deliver a light, clean scent throughout the day
Have you tried this brand before?

Laura xox
                                                                       *gifted stay*
WYNYARD HALL HOTEL

THE HOTEL

I have visited this hotel before but not to stay but for their amazing Festive Shopping Fayre which they have on every year around Christmas time and its now one of my favourite things to do at Christmas as they have so many shopping stalls as well as a teepee which you can have mulled wine around the fire but also ice skating - what else do you want to do at Christmas?!

So I knew this hotel was extremely good looking and its surroundings are simply stunning. But pulling up to this view and being able to pull up outside this building, park up and head inside with our over night bags ready to stay the night makes me feel extremely lucky. The grounds of the hotel make it feel even more special with its big long windy road into the hotel. Also, the houses before you pull into the hotel are just jaw dropping gorgeous and always gives me house goal vibes.



After checking in we get shown around the hotel which is defo one to make sure you look up but I bet you can't help it! Everywhere is just so big and the decor is amazing! With old Hall's like this, most of them are still quite old fashioned and decorated like it's still was when it got built but this one is more my cup of tea.

THE ROOM




We stayed in the Duke of Wellington suite which overlooks the lake - who even knew Wynyard Hall had a lake?!

It's such a gorgeous room, a proper princess room. Perfect for that breakfast shot...

Obvs we had our own sitting area in the room equipped with a fireplace, a dressing table in front of the big windows and a hidden bathroom. I say hidden well because if the girl who took us to the room didn't tell us that the bathroom was there then we would have been searching for it. The door was disguised in the wall with the same wallpaper on which was quite cool and so was the shape of the room - it was a circle shaped room which added to the quirkiness of it.



THE FOOD

We had a 5 course tasting menu booked with wine pairings at the restaurant in the hotel and I knew I had to wear heels well because its just that type of hotel where everyone dresses up. Which I secretly love because I don't get to dress up that often (of choose not to) and I don't mind wearing heels for the short period. Plus I can blame the wine if I stumble when really its most probably the heels because I don't wear them that often.


The restaurant is beautiful and big with again, big ceilings and big grand paintings. Its just a good atmosphere with great staff too who were soo attentive during our meal. The five course tasting menu was honestly one of the best meals I've ever had and the wine pairings was something that I wouldn't really choose as I like to just stick to what I know but in all honestly I don't know much about wine so in fact it was the perfect add on to our meal. We got to try new wines that we wouldn't normally choose and it added excitement to each course because actually the wine tastes totally different when paired with a certain course. I never really understood that something can taste different with a certain type of food but it actually does. Every single wine tasted better after a bite of my meal and I was blown away by that.
So if you have the choice to add on the wine pairings then defo do that, plus the guy who explains the wines is so helpful.







Also, can we just take a moment to appreciate the bowl in the second food pic?! I was in love with it and asked where I could buy one to which I was informed that one of the members of staff had made them - WOW. I would honestly buy these and need to know how I can get my hands on them.

BREAKFAST

Of course, as always. We requested that we have breakfast in bed well because let's be real - who can be bothered to get dressed before 10am when you're in a hotel room as good as this??
This was one of the best breakfasts I've had because I actually got beans, you would be surprised to find out that not that many hotels offer beans on the full breakfast. 




THE SPA

I didn't actually know that Wynyard Hall had a spa and I hadn't seen any images of it so I actually didn't know where about in the hotel it was - little did I know it was an old boathouse right on the lake.

So after breakfast and after checking out we headed to the spa which is very cute and quite which was a very nice surprise as normally spa's are super busy (mostly too busy to go in anything). There is some indoor saunas and steam rooms but I think the main attraction is the jacuzzi's outside which have such a good view. 





I am already planning my next visit here as I feel like one night wasn't enough to explore everything. We didn't even make it to the gardens or get a chance to get treatments whilst we were here so thats defo an excuse to head back soon. 

Have you visited Wynyard Hall?

Laura xox



Since I have already let you guys in on my secret that my hair has snapped - now I thought I would share my tips and the products I have found to help smooth them down but this could also work on baby hairs and flyaways.

First up is:

NOUVEAU LASHES LASH & BROW CONDITIONING SERUM

Sounds daft - it probably is. But when I'm out and about and only have this on me as I've been using it for my new laminated brows ( which will be a blog post in itself ) then I started using this and actually works amazing! The little brush acts as a brush to brush them down but the conditioning treatment smooths the hairs down and keeps them there especially on the shorter ones. Not only that you can tame your hair but also condition your lashes and brows whilst you're at it. Talk about killing two three birds in one stone.

PIXI BEAUTY ON THE GLOW MOISTURISER

This is also another daft product to use on your hair but I find most products made to smooth hair are too greasy and make your hair look wet so this gal had to use what she already had and see if they done the job. This one was also something I had in my bag and had nothing else to use so I gave this a go and actually works amazing especially if your sporting a middling parting with a low pony.

LIVING PROOF PERFECT HAIR DAY 5-IN-1 STYLING TREATMENT

I was in Selfridges and walked past a mirror to which I was horrified to see my snapped hairs sticking out and with no products in my bag that I could use I had to quickly buy a mini from the mini section (which is actually amazing!!!) and I stumbled across this which sounded like exactly what I needed. Even better that it acted as a treatment too. Its also amazing on the rest of my hair too for those times when my hair is extra frizzy when its just been washed or for those times when I'm so nearly ready for a cut and my split ends are going crazy but I need to wait it out until trim time.

SHOCKWAVES ULTRA STRONG POWER GEL 

I was on the look out for more of a strong hold product that won't wear off with the slightest bit of wind because I do live in the UK where wind and rain seem to be a daily thing. I came across this which was super cheap and I am even sure I seen it in Poundland. I also have started using this to keep my curls in too rather than using hairspray which works even better.



Do you have any tips or tricks for keeping snapped hair down and smoothed?

Laura xox



* gifted stay*

When The Coniston Hotel first got in touch I was excited because it was a hotel I had never heard of or came across it. I thought it would be good to visit a hotel and spa where I didn't already have an opinion of. I was visiting on a blank canvas and that was exciting for me as I normally have an idea of what the hotel looks like or the best places for IG spots ( a girl has got to be prepared and make sure my outfits suit my backdrop )


THE HOTEL

The Coniston Hotel is located in Skipton which for those that don't know where it is, its just left of Harrogate so if you're stuck for things to do the day after you visit the hotel or before hand then head into Harrogate and have lunch as its such a cute little area.
Its a family run hotel which makes it even more wow when you pull up to see its size - its massive
The staff at the reception were super kind and helpful which was a lovely welcome, I find the staff who meet and greet you are your first view of the hotel and how you stay will be.




THE ROOM

We made it to our room which was a lake view room and even though it was miserable weather its always good when you have a room with a view. I love to wake up and look outside and weather permitting then also having breakfast outside too (obvs with a duvet wrapped around you because I do live in the UK.) Although it is a family run hotel you wouldn't be able to tell by the looks of the rooms as I find family hotels have their own quirky stamp on each room but this had the standards of a ...

Dropped our bags off and off we ran to the spa for our treatments - THE BEST BIT.








THE SPA

The spa is just to the left of the hotel in its own separate building which is good if you just book for a spa day as you can park right outside of the spa instead of having to go through the hotel. Its a modern building and it looks spectacular. Once we arrived west down in the spa cafe and had our spa lunch (I chose the Caesar salad and a white wine). They have a good selection of drinks as well as food and I really enjoyed mine in the sunshine as they have a little outside area or you can sit inside with that lovely spa smell ( which is my favourite smell ).

When I head through to the spa I genuinely don't know what to expect as I hadn't seen any pics so it was a nice surprise to find out they had an outdoor area with a heated pool, bar and sun lounges. And it was the perfect day to make use of these sun lounges as we were lucky with the weather.
The only thing I will say is that if you go on a weekend its going to be busy outside as thats the most popular and its only a small area so just bare that in mind. It could benefit from extending the area to around the corner as that area is bare. Which is something I find at every spa is that the outside is always the most popular and never big enough to cater for everyone wanting to get in the pool or be in the sunshine.

Inside they have a big pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna and the usual things you would expect at a spa. Its a huge area indoors which is also really nice and bright as they have floor to ceiling windows.

Our treatments were up next and could not have been more excited for my full body massage - which totally done its job. I was super relaxed and de-stressed after which is one thing I love about having a treatments is, is that you feel like a new woman after and sometimes we need this after the hectic lives everyone lives these days.









THE FOOD

We had our meal booked in the Macleod's restaurant which is a 2 AA rosette restaurant. Its a cosy setting and we had a live pianist during our meal which gave it such a good atmosphere. The food we had was bloody lush and you can totally see why they have achieved 2 AA rosettes.



We had the best nights sleep and woke up to breakfast arriving in our room as you should know by now - we love to have breakfast in our robes in the comfort of our room. Because you get such a short amount of time to actually be in your room we always make the most of it - if you have never done this, then I would highly recommend you do next time and I bet you will never go down for breakfast again.

Have you visited The Coniston Hotel before? I will certainly be visiting again.

Laura xox

                                                           * gifted service *

Brow lamination OR sometimes known as Fluffy brows, is the brand new craze in the beauty industry right now and I am bloody OBSESSED!

I have always said that Manchester is always ahead of the times with beauty treatments and I am so happy I was able to try this treatment before it went viral. I was invited down to a salon based in Prestwich which is a brand new salon, a salon which is instagram worthy - HUN HUT



I have had my brows done by the lady that owns the salon before so I knew I was in good hands and honestly couldn't wait to try as my brows tend to sit in all directions.

WHAT IS LAMINATED BROWS?

* This is all my interpretation of it *

Brow lamination is like LVL for lashes, but a straightening treatment.
They last around 8 weeks and make sure to leave this amount of time in between treatments as you don't want to damage your brow hairs.

It's like a semi permanent soap brow. You can see the hairs more and they look like they have been micro bladed as all the hairs are going in the same direction and it actually makes them look fuller and bolder.





HOW IS IT DONE?

A solution is put on the brows to break down the hair memory, then a straightening solution is put on to tell the brow hairs how to sit. They are also died your colour of choice to make them stand out more.

DO THEY STAY LIKE THAT ALL THE TIME?

No, when you wet them or don't brush them upwards then they sit normal but all uniformed so its up to you how they sit or how you style them. I like to use a brow conditioning treatment to brush them up and use a brow mascara to hold them in place.



It's certainly a treatment is a must in my books and one that I will be getting every 8 weeks.

Also, if you're a salon owner or beautician and you want to train to do brown lamination then the salon that I went to also does training for it so I will leave their details here -
Model brows - instagram
Model brows - website 

Have you had brow lamination done?

Laura xox


I don't know if you're just new to my blog or you're old school who keep returning (for whatever crazy reason thank you if you are) but just know that my hair is really kinda important to me. It sounds crazy but its been my best feature my whole life (apart from when I had a childhood breakup and I went and done something stupid with it - but don't we all?!) and I'm ever so careful and try to look after it as much as I can - especially that I bleach it blonde.

My hair has always been thin and very straight but there's just sooo much of it which makes it looks thick and healthy - good for me but bad for the hairdressers who have to spend 4 hours on it! 
I have it cut every 6 weeks because I hate the feel of my hair when I leave it any longer and it doesn't look as healthy so I try to keep on top of that. I get a full head of highlights every 3 months but I use purple shampoo too which can take its toll on my hair too so this means I needed to find products that will help and feed my hair. 

But recently after having more blonde added to my hair and finding that I can actually do a tight bun, I have found some snapped hairs around my face and ever since I have been in panic mode to try to claw back its health to help the snapped hair grow and to stop any other breakages. Here are the products that I have found that have helped so far and I have had no further snapped hair and the shorter hairs seem to be finally growing!



OLIVE OIL SPRAY £2.75



So the first thing that I tried was this hair oil spray, which made sense to me because I put oil on my hair as a treatment (as in olive oil) and this is good for those days when your hair feels dry after you've styled it and you want to add that extra bit of nourishment and shine. Don't add too much as it is oil so it will look greasy if you go overboard. But saying that I only ever apply it when I'm staying in the house and want to do a treatment so in that case I use it to the point where my whole head is covered.




OLAPLEX 

Everyone has heard of Olaplex but does it actually work?! Well I find it helps a hell of a lot especially if you start with the first step which is added to your colour in the salon which is the beginning of the rebuilding. And that is what Olaplex is all about - rebuilding, repairing and strengthening.  The second step which is also added in the salon is the bond perfector is also key to start the repairing process. The other steps that you can do at home is where you can keep it up and maintain the repair system which is what I have been doing and found it made it a difference.

The steps that you can purchase and keep up with at home is:

Step 3 - Hair perfector which is an at home treatment that reduces breakages.

This is amazing and I really notice a difference when I use the treatment on not only the frizz of my hair has reduced but also the softness.

Step 4 - Bond Maintenance Shampoo

Step 5 - Bond Maintenance Conditioner

Step 6 - Bond Smoother which eliminates frizz and hydrates.

This is one of the brand new products which excites me because its something that can be applied to my snapped hairs when my hair is dry and it smoothes them down and acts as a hydrating treatment.

Step 7 - Bonding Oil which is a styling oil to increase shine and softness.

The newest product which is what I have wanted from Olaplex as I am obsessed with a hair oil as its something that makes my hair super soft, look shiny and smoothes the frizz.




Grow Gorgeous Hair Density Serum Intense 

So whilst I think treatments and shampoo and conditioners are going to help, I wanted a product that is going to help treat my scalp and the hair at the roots because thats where the hair needs the support from. I want to promote thick and healthy hair from as soon as it grows and plus all my snapped hair is short near the roots so this serum when I put it on - it covers the full snapped hair. I apply this every night giving it time to sink into the hair and scalp because I brush and style my hair the next day.

But doesn't it leave your hair greasy?! 

NO! which is the best thing as I thought applying a product to your root will 100% show but thats the magic about this and makes me want to put it on all the time. I can tell when I don't put it on to when I do which is what makes me know that this product works.




This pic is taken 3 months after I noticed the snapped hair and as you can see the hair has grown and no other hair has snapped and I have had my hair bleached since too and I'm so pleased to say it didn't create any other damage to my hair. I don't think it was the bleach that was to blame to be honest I think it was the process as to how the hairdresser had taken the bleach off - it was combed out and it was done very fast and very hard and I know myself from when I used to bleach my hair at home if you pull hard on your hair when it still has bleach on or even straight after it snaps very easily. But that and other things like tying my hair tight and dry shampoo have all added to it.


I have a new hair brand to try to help too so I will start to use that and get back to you to see how I get on with it.

Have you had any products to help to make your hair healthier?

Laura xox








Santorini - the most instagrammed location.

Its the place to be on instagram and theres no denying it looks incredible, but the question is - is it worth all that money?

Well this year, myself and my mam went on holiday to Santorini after putting it off for years, we have always wanted to go since those instagram shots came out (yes we got sucked in). Because lets face it, its not the cheapest holiday that you'll have, it will more than likely be the most expensive holiday you will have - unless you live a lavish lifestyle then lucky you!

So we thought - what the hell lets just do it. So off to the travel agents we went because booking a holiday is much simpler when done through a travel agents and saves all the hassle of doing it yourself. But if you're good at that and have some spare time then you could probably get it cheaper.
We went to Thomas Cook, Kuoni and Tui and actually narrowed it down to a few in Thomas Cook as they seemed to have a better selection of what we wanted.

Our main 'must have' was to have a private pool with caldera views because whats the point in spending all that money to visit Santorini if you don't wake up with that 'view' everyday of your holiday.


We ended up actually choosing one at the bottom of the island  (Oia - 'the most instagrammable part of Santorini' is at the top of the island) mostly because you could get more for your money and you didn't lose the views. But the way it worked out was that it was better to book direct with the hotel (but Thomas Cook done everything for us) because of specific rooms so we done that. Board wise - its mostly just bed and breakfast which does make it more expensive so just keep this in mind whilst booking. We are fine with that because as long as you can stock up on the breakfast and even make little sandwiches to have around your private pool then you're sorted until tea time. Plus, take your own drinks (pour bottles of gin into bottles in your suitcase) or buy them on the plane on your way over and all you need money for is your evening meal.



THE HOTEL

So anyway we ended up booking AMBASSADOR SUITES SANTORINI because with this hotel you got everything we wanted and more. We loved the fact that the pool was on the edge of the cliff whereas compared to other hotels the pool (or jacuzzi) seemed to be more in the corner of the balcony which we didn't want. Plus how cool is it that the hotel is a cave?!




When we arrived we didn't really realise how much of a cave the rooms would be - walking to our room you had to walk through tunnels which was cool but steep so if you're travelling with older people who have difficulty walking then you might want to mention this to the hotel/ travel agent.

The hotel is quite big and had a fair few rooms - all different types of rooms to cater for everyone, they even had villas!

The staff are so lovely - they literally do anything for you. Even carry two massive breakfast trays down steep cave banks to bring to you and then go back for extra bacon and Nutella for when you want it.

In the hotel you have a main pool which is in such a good location with the best views - obviously you get better views in your room but it is such a trendy spot. The only restaurant is based behind the pool so it acts as the pool restaurant during the day and the perfect spot for drinks during the sunset.
There is a restaurant just next to the hotel just a few minutes walk which is cheap and cheerful.


If you manage to tear yourself away from your amazing room for breakfast then it is located just above the pool to the left hand side which means you overlook the hotel which is - again - another amazing view. If you hadn't of realised by now but if you love views, then you will adore this hotel.

There is a shop about 10-15mins away to the left of the hotel and other than that and the restaurant 1min away theres nothing else around so for half of the week we hired a car to get us around the island which was the best decision. Otherwise it would have cost us around 50 euros every night to go out and about to the other towns.



THE ROOM


The room itself was a bit basic as it didn't have a built wardrobe or any cupboards or drawers etc so it felt like our stuff was all over but I mean it would probably end up like that anyway! It was a cave room so what more can I say really as the money shot was the view and the pool so thats what made it the best and worth every penny really.




The best thing about it was that being able to order your breakfast to your room every morning was honestly the reason we went. Theres something about eating your breakfast on your own balcony with a view like this - it makes you feel like theres nothing better.



THE SPA
Yes, thats right. Theres a spa - I know, could it get any better. Well I mean if it was cheaper yes it could but the hotel itself couldn't.

We actually didn't even use the spa because we didn't feel the need but it made me at ease knowing there was one. But we did go and visit just to have a look because we knew it would look amazing! It was just along from our room so one morning after 3 plates of breakfast we went and had a look and this is what we found..




Next on the blog.. 

IS SANTORINI REALLY WORTH IT?! I talk about my experience in Santorini.

Have you been to Santorini? Did you think it was worth it?

Laura xox
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