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Haircare Routine with ghd, Fanola & Lee Stafford

I quite regularly try out new hair products, often sucked in by deals and recommendations but recently I've been 100% happy with my haircare routine and feel like it's set in stone. My routine is made up of a combination of regular products - those that I use every time I wash my hair- and those that are used on a monthly basis. I wash my hair every 2-3 days with a little help from some dry shampoo but I'm not too picky on which brand or scent I use. I've also got a few different hair tools but I've shared the ones I use at least 3 or 4 times a week (sometimes more!) 

I've been using ghd straighteners for what feels like forever. I honestly think that they are worth the money. In over 10 years (probably around 13 years) I've only ever had 2 pairs of ghds and with that the first pair actually still work! I got my hands on the ghd eclipse straighteners in 2014 and they are still as effective as day one. I love how quickly they style my hair and how smooth and straight they leave my hair. They are my go-to styling tool that I use on a very regular basis and I'm getting into adding waves and curls with them too.

Earlier this year my hairdresser used Fanola No Yellow Shampoo on my hair and I couldn't believe how bright my hair looked. So much so we ditched my usual toner and just used this purple shampoo. I bought the shampoo later that night and have used it once a week (sometimes once a fortnight if I'm starting to look a little too white/purple) ever since. I shared my first impressions back in May and am happy to say I'm still impressed by the results months later.

I bought my first Tangle Teezer hairbrush when I was in my first year of uni back in 2009 and I rarely use any other hairbrush, even now in 2017! Tangle Teezers make brushing my hair pain free, quick and easy and I used to find my hair would get knotty and tangled very easily. 

'For Hair That Won't Grow Past a Certain Length' is one of those products that I've recommended to people for years and can confidently say it works. I've had bleach blonde hair for around 7 years and at the beginning of my bright blonde journey my hair got stuck at that annoying length and it just wouldn't budge. I started using this hair growth treatment in place of my regular conditioner and it wasn't long before I was noticing results. You know your hair has grown when the hairdresser mentions it! A few months ago I stocked up on the lovely pink tubs and it's back to being used nearly every time I wash my hair.

Olaplex was another recommendation by my hairdresser and it continues to be part of my haircare routine 10 months later. I reviewed it last November and described it as a game changer for blonde hair. I use this around once a month as a treatment for deep and permanent repair. This is a fantastic product for those pamper nights when you can relax with a cup of tea and your hair slathered in product. 

I've not used this shampoo for very long but it quickly became a firm favourite in my haircare routine. I use this throughout the majority of the week for washing my hair and leaving it feeling treated and healthy. Adding shine to blonde hair is no easy task but smooth and soft is a good alternative to what can be otherwise dry and damaged hair. If you've ever used any Aussie products then you'll know how delicious they smell and this one is good enough to eat.

Although I normally wash my hair at night I do my best to dry the majority of my hair before going to bed, this helps with frizz and styling. Before I had my ghd Air hairdryer drying my hair was an absolute chore that just left me with a sore arm and throwing a tantrum. The ghd hairdryer has honestly made the process a lot quicker. Again, ghd products come with a higher price tag but when they last for years and give good results then it's worth the investment.

This is the latest addition to my haircare routine and I was lured in both by a 3 for 2 offer and the scent. This is a heat protector which is essential with me regularly straightening or curling my hair but it's also a light cream which helps moisturise, soften and smooth my hair. I quite like using it on my hair at the weekend when I've got time to let my hair air dry because it helps avoid frizz and flyaways. It also speeds up the process a little bit which was a nightmare before.

Primark Haul - September 2017

Primark is starting to get really good. We're past the inbetween season stage and ready for all the Autumn, Winter and Festive stuff. Unfortunately I wasn't in a very big store when I was shopping and didn't have lots of time so I didn't get loads but I picked up some real A/W gems. I had to avoid the homeware section because I didn't have the car but thankfully they hadn't stocked the shelves with their Christmas baubles just yet.

Leather Look A-Line Skirt
I had nights-out in mind when I went into Primark and this skirt is so good for wearing through winter for all the different social events. I can imagine me wearing this with tights, boots and all sorts of tops for girly catch ups and those dinners that turn into full nights out. 

Super High Waist Skinny Jeans
Super High Waist Coated Skinny Jeans
The Super High Waist Skinny jeans are my absolute favourite. They are such a good fit for me and with the 30" leg option I don't have to worry about cuffing or rolling them. For less than £10 you don't grudge buying a fresh pair every few months because lets face it nearly every brand of black jeans fade after a while. 
Following on from the leather look skirt I was feeling brave and tried on the leather look skinny jeans. I had my eye on a pair on the ASOS website but decided without trying them on I wasn't brave enough. I couldn't believe how comfortable they were. That's 'jeans and nice top' on a whole other level!

 Zip Front Purple Blouse
These Zip Front Blouses from Primark have been in and out of stores at this time of year for the past few years. It's such a flattering style and something that's easy to throw on for work or for dressing up with the leather look skirt or jeans for a night out. I don't have any blouses this purple/burgandy colour so I snapped it up.

 Zip Front White Blouse
Does anyone else buy things in more than one colour? I've had a white blouse like this before but it started to become a bit discoloured so got rid and waited patiently for this style to come back in. Another versatile piece.

Pyjama Set
Primark has lots of Disney and Harry Potter design Pyjamas but I wasn't ready for the long sleeve sets, amn't feeling the night shirt style and am starting to get too cold for shorts and vest tops. Of the short sleeve sets I already had a few of the characters so I went for the boring value set. You can't complain at £6.

 3 Pair Tights Set
The 60 and 80 denier tights have been tucked away and it's time for some darker, cosier tights. These are a really good price for 3 pairs and seeing me through Winter, wearing them with dresses and skirts at work.

Autumn eBay Finds

Last Year puffer jackets were one of the must have items to keep you warm through winter. Extremely practical when they actually have a hood, I loved my one from Cameo Rose. It's now too big for me and instead of playing it safe with a black or navy one I've got my eye on a mustard coloured one. It's less than £20 and reminds me of the much pricier Superdry ones.

If there was ever a shop I think of when it comes to Autumnal scents it's got to be Bath and Body Works and I don't even like in the US. I'd like to put it down to the fact Youtubers are obsessed and talk endlessly about them but also because we raided a Bath and Body Works in Las Vegas around this time of year and now I'm longing for some of their candles and wax melts. Good job eBay is on the case.

I've waved goodbye to my flip flops and I'm already struggling with cold feet in my pumps so it's little wonder I've been trawling through the boots on nearly every High Street store website possible. I'm not sure it's possible to beat £10 for a pair of leather look boots!

Another fashion find with unbelievable price is this large grey handbag with short and long strap. Less than £15 is such a good way to try out a new style or colour without committing much money. I'm not sure if I'm too clumsy to have a light coloured bag so this might be a test run before I start adding a Michael Kors one to my Christmas wishlist.

Autumn is all about getting cosy and I'm already pulling out the throws and blankets to snuggle up on the sofa with. This tartan style one is huge and just the right colours for our living room. Grey seems to be one of my must have colours for Autumn/Winter this year.

I'm not ready for dark lips just yet but a nude matte lipstick is my favourite for Autumn. The NYX Lingerie liquid lipsticks are one of my favourites and there's so many gorgeous shades to choose from. £2.99 is an absolute bargain compared to the £7 price tag in Boots.

I'm still loving anything marble and rose gold and this iPhone case has got it all going on, right down to the font. New season, new phone case is quite a good motto to live by, right?

Makeup & Outfit of the Night

On Saturday night it was one of my Bridesmaids' birthdays and we were all heading to hers for some drinks and then heading into town. I had been feeling ill all week, from a sore throat to a full blown cold but I was determined not to miss out on the fun. I spent a little bit more time on my makeup and choosing an outfit I was sure I'd feel happy and comfortable in. From the photos I don't think you would know I was ill, thanks to the power of makeup, but I sounded a bit croaky and manly all night. It was a great night of catching up and sampling a few different gins. It was nice to have the boys there too.

I relied on concealer for helping me look a little more alive using a NYX colour corrector, Clarins Instant concealer and Smashbox Under Eye Brightener. The L'Oreal Infallible Foundation is fantastic for quite a full coverage and I finished it all off with a MAC mineralize skinfinish natural. I added a bit of colour with Benefit's Hoola Bronzer and highlighted with Soft and Gentle by MAC. My makeup all stayed in place thanks to the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer and Urban Decay All Nighter Spray on top. I kept my eyes quite simple, leaving the Ardell Demi Wispies Eyelashes to do most of the work with the Revlon eyelash glue. I used Benefit's They're Real mascara on my lashes underneath and Gimme Brow on my eyebrows. I skipped eyeliner and used the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette with Crave taking the place of eyeliner, Naked 2 on my lid, Venus as a highlight and Faint in the Crease. Lastly I used a Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick in Famous.

I love a black jumpsuit and this Mela London one is perfect. I rolled up the legs a little bit and wore it with a simple pair of black heels from Primark. The statement necklace is from Tesco and the mix of metals went well with my Michael Kors clutch that didn't quite make it into a photo. The rest of my jewellery is just what I'd wear each day, including a Tiffany's, Pandora, Annie Haak and Joma Jewellery bracelet. I'm also wearing my rose gold and lilac Fitbit Charge 2, there's guaranteed to be dancing when the girls get together!