NEW HAIRCARE PURCHASES

Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray is a classic product that has always been on my wishlist, but I never managed to justify the price tag and pick up the full size. When I saw the 50ml bottle at Cheshire Oaks for £7 (usually £9.50), I didn't hesitate to pop it in my basket. I love when brands offer smaller size products; not only are they handy for travelling, but a great way to test out how good the product is without forking out full price.

The first time I used this I sprayed (too much) onto wet hair and left to dry naturally, which did nothing except leave me with a frizzy, product loaded mop head. I've found I like to wash my hair, apply hair oil/ heat protectant to the ends, roughly blow dry and then spritz on when my hair is around 70% dry. I then take a diffuser attachment and dry my hair fully, using my fingers to muss my hair up. This leaves me with frizz-free beachy waves.

I picked up this L'Oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Masque after reading Jane's review. She goes into the science behind it, so definitely worth a read. I originally considered getting the shampoo and conditioner, but then I realised I had enough of those to last me a year! I've been using the masque once a week for a few weeks now, and I can't say for certain that it's made my hair thicker, but it feels fuller and more voluminous. Not to mention it leaves my hair feeling soft and healthy.

Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Conditioner is a sample sized product I got in my February Birchbox. After using (and loving) the Elasticizer, I had high hopes for this conditioner. Whilst it leaves my hair feeling soft and light, it's definitely not a product I would spend £19 on. I feel that my usual L'Oreal or John Frieda conditioners do just as good a job.

Have you used any of these products? What did you think?

SEBINI OF ENGLAND CANDLES

Lighting a candle in my university room really makes it feel much more like home. When I need to come home and relax, I burn something with a calming scent, but on days where I need to be productive, something citrusy and summery really gets me motivated. I found these Sebini Candles at Homesense which is like TK Maxx, but just for homeware. They were each £4.99 have a burn time of 60 hours, which is much better value than Yankee Candles - my previous favourites. The scents are both strong and linger even after the candle is not burning. I'm so glad I tried something other than a brand I was familiar with, and Homesense have loads of choice so go check it out.

Have you been trying any new candles recently?

THE WAY FORWARD | MENS PYJAMA BOTTOMS


Who else loves big baggy jamas? I've always bought mine two sizes up just for comfort, so when I saw these Calvin Klein mens pyjama bottoms, I couldn't resist. The flannel material makes them really soft and warm, perfect for my cold uni room. Mine are in a medium, and they fit perfectly around my hips and aren't too long. The pockets are an added bonus.. I don't know why womens pyjamas don't come with pockets; it's not as if we carry our handbags round the house! I picked them up at  Cheshire Oaks, a designer outlet, so they were reduced from £28 to £14. Bargain.

Does anyone else prefer mens pyjama bottoms over womens?

ZARA SALES BARGAINS


After finishing my exams I popped into Zara to treat myself to a few bits.. I picked up a black cami, a pair of jeans, a cropped grey jumper, and some printed tops. I love the tartan one especially as it has a lace back and floral shoulders. I didn't add it up beforehand and when I got to the checkout I was so happy when the lady said it all came to £27! I'm going to be taking all of these new bits down to London tomorrow when I go to see Taylor Swift.. Me and L are staying overnight and have plans for some serious shopping, eating and drinking! Any recommendations for dinner?