FAT Hair

Fat Hair

This year I have been experimenting a lot with various haircare ranges, searching out the best ones to turn my sad, lifeless hair into Rapunzel-esque locks.

A brand that I’ve become very familiar with is Samy FAT Hair and I have to say, they really do deliver! The revolutionary sulphate free, thickening shampoo and conditioner are the first step towards gaining the Princess hair you’ve always dreamed of.

Samy’s exclusive FH4 Thickening Complex is a blend of natural extracts and proteins which penetrates each hair strand, increasing the strand’s diameter and expanding the hair from the inside out. The result? My hair feels thicker, fuller, stronger and looks much healthier!

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Fudge Urban Haircare

Last week I stumbled across Fudge Urban in Superdrug and I have to say… I’m hooked!

Fudge Urban

First I’ll start with the product that converted me from another brand completely… the Texture Spray, which is scented with ‘Crisp Pear and Sweet Vanilla’. My goodness this product is amazing and if you’re a fan of Bumble & Bumble’s Dryspun (as I was) then you will love this! Create big bouncy height at the roots, body at the mid-lengths or add grit and texture to an up-do.  This texture spray will transform your daily hair routine and the scent is gorgeous too.

The second product I bought was the Feel The Heat, heat protection spray. It protects your hair up to 235°, which is perfect when using my super hot straighteners. It also keeps your hair looking healthy and in great shape with soft hold and detangling properties to ease styling. After using this my hair was tamed of any static or flyaways and actually felt quite strong too. This has definitely made it into my top 5 Heat Protection sprays!

Last but by no means least, my absolute new favourite hair styling product… EVER! This super concentrated hold hairspray has 48hr texture & control AND it has the most beautiful fragrance I’ve ever smelt in a haircare product. Fudge Urban market the scent as ‘Iced Coconut Cocktail’ which basically means you… and your hair… smell like Pina Colada for the rest of the day. It’s mega strong hold is ideal when you need your style to stay in place all day and night and as it’s super concentrated a little really does go a long way. For the best styling finish, apply it in layers holding the bottle well away from your hair and mist over, allowing it to dry a little between each application.

Iced Coconut Spray

Fudge Urban really are Haircare Alchemists! Mixing ingredients for fantastic styling effects with beautiful fragrances… I can’t wait to try the rest of the range!

Him…

“How do you walk away from someone you love?”

“How do you make the decision that it’s healthier for you to be out of their life that in it?”

“How do you get over someone you were never even in a relationship with?”

These are questions that spun around in my head for a good 10 months whilst falling in love with someone who I always knew deep down didn’t feel the same way for me.

I know what you must be thinking, but this isn’t my opportunity to have a bitter rant about a man I hate… Quite the opposite, I care for him very much and I’m sure I always will. It’s about realising that it’s okay to walk out of someone’s life if you don’t feel like you belong in it anymore and I’m hoping that you, my readers, can find some comfort in this post.

I’d always played my cards quite close to my chest, not put myself out there too much for risk of being hurt like I have in the past.

But it all changed, the minute I met him

All of a sudden I could feel my cheeks flush, my heart started pounding and my head started spinning …

How do you tell someone you’ve just met that you’ve already fallen head over heels in love with them?

As each month went on, I fell deeper and deeper for this guy and every time he pulled away it just made me want him more.

He was everything I wanted in a man. Intelligent, handsome, kind, sexy, loved his family, had an impressive job and when we together he made me really happy. He made me feel safe.

I’m not going to try and make out he was Mr. Perfect though.  He had his flaws. He had an impressive talent of always needing to be right and had almost narcissistic tendencies which weren’t endearing but mildly annoying.

I found out right at the beginning that what I loved the most though, was that he didn’t let me get away with anything. If I started having a diva strop or acting like a toddler he just wouldn’t put up with it. I loved that. I’d finally met my match.

I’m very headstrong. I know what I want in life and am determined to get there. Sometimes I say and do things which might seem ridiculous to other people, but he got me. He understood me. We just seemed to balance each other perfectly.

So you might be wondering how you can be ‘with’ someone for 10 months without actually being ‘with’ them… Trust me, I still ask myself that same question.

When I finally plucked up the courage to tell him how I felt there was silence. Not even an acknowledgment of what I’d said and it was at that point I knew it was over for good.

I was gutted, as you can imagine. It’s not the kind of sadness where you cry all the time, but more the kind of sadness that overwhelms your entire body, leaving your heart aching and your stomach empty, making you feel weak and tired and yet you can’t sleep because the sadness is in your dreams too, it’s a sadness you can’t escape.

It’s horrible being in love. It makes you so vulnerable. It opens up your heart for someone to get inside and mess you up. You build up all your defences, a whole suit of armour so nothing can hurt you, then one person wanders into your life and you give them a piece of you willingly.

But he didn’t ask for it. He probably did something stupid one day like kissed me or smiled at me in just the right way and that was it.

It’s really hard waiting for something you know will never happen, but it’s even harder to give up when you know it’s everything you want.

The worst bit for me , was making the decision to stop all contact.

It took me a long time to realise that some people can be a certain way with you without loving you. Sometimes they don’t care about you but they want to stay connected to you. They love the benefits that come with knowing you, so they do the bare minimum… a little phone call here and there, just checking in, thinking about you etc. What they are really doing is; maintaining that connection, so that when they need you, they still have a way in.

The bottom line is, walking away isn’t easy. It’s the most difficult thing you’ll do in your life.

But you’ll be better for it. Because every time your phone buzzes you already know it’s not him, you don’t have to hear about new conquests or how great they’re doing. You can take the time to start piecing your heart back together bit by bit.

I’m going to leave you all with this beautiful poem by Veronica A. Shoffstall;

After a while you learn

The subtle difference between

Holding a hand and chaining a soul

And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning

And company doesn’t always mean security

And you begin to learn

That kisses aren’t contracts

And presents aren’t promises

And you begin to accept your defeats

With your head up and your eyes ahead

With the grace of a woman

Not the grief of a child

And you learn

To build all your roads on today

Because tomorrow’s ground is

Too uncertain for plans

And futures have a way

Of falling down in mid flight

After a while you learn

That even sunshine burns if you get too much

So you plant your own garden

And decorate your own soul

Instead of waiting

For someone to bring you flowers

And you learn

That you really can endure

That you are really strong

And you really do have worth

And you learn and you learn

With every good bye you learn.

2015 Goals

So now that I have closed the door on 2014… and the first part of 2015, it’s time for me to look forward to what I want to achieve next. I’ve decided to make my goals a bit more realistic and time-efficient this time around so that hopefully when I’m writing my next one I can fist pump the air because I’m one hot ticket who actually did everything I said I would!

So here’s to you 2015… Let’s be having you! #THISGIRLCAN

– Take the next step in my career

– Get a cover up tattoo on my wrist + one new tattoo

– Personal training session at least once a week

– Get fit & healthy

– Win another Retail Award

– Dye my hair back to red

– Treat my mum to a day out at least twice a month

– Clean out my wardrobe and donate everything I haven’t worn in six months to charity

– Learn how to make my own soup

– Pass my driving test

– Make an ‘Epic Meal Time’ style dish

2014 In A Nutshell

Beep…….. Beep…… Beep…… Did you hear that?!

It’s the sound of Keeping It Welsh being shocked back into life! *Hooray*

As you can all imagine my transition from Cardiff to Reading wasn’t as smooth as I would’ve liked and my new job has been keeping me nice and busy!

Although this may seem a bit late to be posting this I thought I’d look back at what my aspirations were for last year and how many of them I accomplished.

– Learn to play the piano

Epic Fail

– Take the next step in my career

Completed! “I’m moving on up, moving on up”

– Move back into a flat on my own

Even more of an epic fail, currently back living with mum

– Get a cover up tattoo on my wrist + one new tattoo

Cover up booked in for May, getting my new one in July

– Become a British Heart Foundation volunteer

Didn’t manage to support BHF last year but volunteered at Race for Life with fellow blogger…

‘Welsh Girl Problems’

– Run the Cardiff Half Marathon

Had already moved back to Reading… *sigh*

– Go to the MTV EMAs 2014 in Glasgow

New job threw this out the window entirely

– Learn sign language

Learnt the very basics, still ongoing

– Go camping (I’ve never been…)

Went to Lowlands Festival in Holland AND CAMPED! Was a bloody amazing trip and I’d most definitely go again!

– Give blood

Still need to overcome my fear of needles

– Fall in love

Sadly, it happened.

– Go to 10 gigs/concerts/shows

Completed!

– Eat at 20 new places

Made it to 14… so almost

– Bake at least once a month

Failed miserably

– Visit 5 places on my UK list

I actually saw more places in the UK than I ever have last year, none of them were the designed 5 I’d chosen though

– Try a new sport

Does a Netflix marathon count??

– Do something that scares me

I did the thing which scared me the most… I bared my soul to someone and dropped the L bomb for the very first time.

Guilt Free Goodies

The lovely Natasha from Guilt Free Goodies sent me a beautiful package the other day!

There was a beautiful preserve jar filled with granola which consisted of nuts, seeds, coconut, coconut oil, honey & vanilla bean. There was also a packet of 6 Energy Balls which are made up of a mixture of nuts, coconut, vanilla and coconut oil.

Energy Balls

Natasha started eating Paleo a few years ago after trying Crossfit for the first time. The principles of the diet are eating as naturally as possible- no processed foods, no wheat, dairy, gluten or processed sugars.  After battling with food demons for years this lifestyle changed her life and helped her gain a healthier relationship with food and her body.

Her baking journey began when she took to the kitchen to recreate her favourite childhood recipe of banana bread in line with a paleo diet. Most of the goodies she sells, she has been making for herself for years and have helped her curb cravings and lose weight when eaten in moderation.

‘Guilt Free Goodies’  came from Natasha’s own guilt experienced when she ate something labelled as ‘bad foods’ throughout her years of trying to gain a healthy relationship with food.

We all know that guilty feeling when we eat something naughty. Guilt Free Goodies aims to produce homemade, all natural healthy goodies. Get all of the taste of something naughty, but none of the guilt! Dairy free. Wheat free. Gluten free. Preservative free. Refined sugar free.

From gorgeous granolas, creamy nut butters and delicious cakes, they aim to provide a selection of products that proves ‘healthy’ doesn’t have to mean taste free.

Perfect whether you are gym fanatics, paleo, have special dietary needs or just purely health conscious. Satisfy your cravings without ruining your hard work. Strictly natural sweetness means products are suitable for diabetics too.

The energy balls tasted like little balls of heaven… all coconutty it reminded me of being on holiday and were really filling.

With the granola I didn’t want to waste the beautiful jar so poured in Organic Vanilla bean yoghurt and topped with blueberries and orange blossom honey.

Granola

Visit Guilt Free Goodies Facebook page on: https://www.facebook.com/GuiltFreeGoodiesAndGifts

or email directly at: sales@guiltfreegoodies.co.uk

Gourmet Burger Kitchen- The Review

With Mumma Wicks coming to visit me I knew I needed to take her somewhere which would satisfy her fussy taste-buds and Gourmet Burger Kitchen fits the bill. It sits along what I like to call ‘Restaurant Row’ in Cardiff City Centre and has a unique Kiwi vibe which spans across the decor to the food.

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We were greeted warmly by General Manager Jordan and ordered some Halloumi Bites to start and we both had a Strawberry Milkshake. Let me just start by saying that although you may have a heart attack when you see the price of this milkshake… It’s SO worth it! Made using real fruit and thick ice cream it’s possibly made it to my top 5 milkshakes ever!

For our mains I had a Camemburger and mum had a Satay Chicken Burger- NAKED (I will explain this more below), we also shared some skinny fries which came with…wait for it… Baconnaise!

Here was my burger…

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100% prime British beef, Camembert, hash brown, truffle mayo, onion jam, relish and a brioche bun

My only complaint with this burger would be that all the sauce made the bun quite soggy on the bottom, but I overlooked this due to the amazingness of the burger as a whole.

Mum opted for the Chicken Satay… Now let me explain that with any of the burgers you can ‘Go Naked’ which means you can have it bun-less with a side salad instead.

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Chargrilled Chicken, Satay sauce, house mayo, relish, tomato, red onion, alfalfa sprouts & a green salad

The satay was fantastic, if not a little bit too spicy, but combined with relish and green salad it made for a perfect summer lunch.

The skinny fries were gorgeous and yes… they came with a bacon-flavoured mayonnaise with small bacon bits in as well.Image

 

The meal was so good that I sent GBK a message on Twitter… I thought you’d all like to see their response!

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Try not to be too jealous guys… This meal gets a 9 out of 10 from me!

Website: www.gbk.co.uk