12.9.16

Summer #OOTN

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Summer's drawn to a close and I would like to see it was an eventful, jam-packed Summer but it wasn't. With the exception of doing the Womens mini marathon at the beginning of June, my Summer was pretty chill. I think I ventured away from town a handful of times, one time being to do a repeat exam (third time is probably not the charm), so that pretty much tells you all. I basically spent the whole Summer in work, with the exception of a night or two out on the town (see above #OOTN) or trying to figure out how to spend this coming September.
Just a quick word on the #OOTN - playsuit is River Island, my Mum picked it up for me in a charity shop a few years ago and it's been lying, waiting in my wardrobe ever since. It's such a fun pattern, very playful and bright. The shoes, are Penneys/Primark via my friend Celine. They're basically stilts, but ugh I love them, they're a classic really. My tan is 'Selfie Tan', nails are gel nails from 'The Nail Bar' here in Longford, and my hair was done by Aine & Renatta in The Loft hair salon, just outside of Longford Town. Every time I see a picture of my hair post salon, it reminds me how much I need to get it toned and brightened, it's a yellow mess right now.
If you've managed to read all this waffle, five points to you.
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9.9.16

Pique Tea Crystals

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pique tea review
pique earl grey tea
Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a massive tea and coffee lover. Flavored teas, specialty coffees, I love them. It's quite the obsession. So I was absolutely delighted when I was contacted by San Francisco based Pique Tea to see if I would like to try out a sample of some of their teas.
I'm Irish, I love tea, naturally I was delighted. Especially because Pique Tea is unlike any other conventional tea I've used before. I'm used to the tea being in a tea bag. Yano, throw it into the cup, pour in your hot water, a touch of almond milk and boom, there's a cuppa. Pique Tea however comes in crystal form, it actually reminded me a little of finally grounded brown sugar, and the packaging is very convenient, which it makes it so easy to just toss in your bag and go.
Very handy if you're a commuter, a student or just like bringing your own tea to work etc.
pique organic tea review
Simon from Pique Tea (the founder) was kind enough to send me three of their tea flavours, old school Earl Grey, Jasmine and Sencha Green tea. I loved the Sencha Green tea and would highly recommend if you're looking for a lovely, all natural green tea. But, the Earl Grey was probably my favourite and stood out for me. It is a classic. I found it was a lot stronger than the regular tea I use which was great because there's no fussing around with a tea bag trying to get it to my desired strength. I love a strong cuppa. and with a touch of almond milk, it was absolute perfection. Definitely the best cup of tea I've had in a long time.
The whole process of crystallizing the tea leaves (which are organic and fair trade btw) fascinates me, it's such a new innovative way of making a cup of tea and something I've never even heard of before. I just think it's pretty cool, and Pique Tea is actually better for you than trendy ~matcha tea, which I found interesting because I was always interested in trying matcha but heard conflisting reports taste wise, and well Pique Tea tastes pretty damn great and is quite cheap too, with a pack of Pique Tea containing 14 sachets like the ones above costing $7.99. Not too shabby.
Now unfortunately Pique Tea don't ship internationally just yet, but if you're American (the majority of my readers are which is why I thought this would be of interest) and into healthy food and drinks, then you can order online or pick up in Whole Foods.
Have any of you tried Pique Tea? What do you think of the crystals or are you a sucker for a tea bag?
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(*This tea was sent to me to consider for review, this hasn't impacted my opinion on Pique Tea, I just really love it.)

1.9.16

LUSH R&B Hair Moisturiser

LUSH R&B hair treatment review
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Raise your hand if your hair could use a little TLC cause you torture it day in and day out with hair straighteners and hair curlers and don't give it the rest it deserves. *raises hand*. I'm so so guilty of over using the hair dryer and hair straightener on my hair. It's an addiction and I don't know why I continue to do it because I spend most of my time in work with my hair tied up anyway so it's not like I'm showing it off or anything. And to top things off, the ends are dipped with blonde (balayage) which isn't exactly the most hydrating of colors to have in your hair. It essentially sucks the life from your hair like a dementor, which means my ends are dry and frazzled and in need of a bit of moisture. And seeing as we're approaching the colder, windier months of the year, that can cause it's own sorts of havoc on your hair. DRIES IT OUT.
LUSH R&B hair moisturiser review
When it comes to hair care, I normally just pick up whatever takes my fancy in Boots, but this time round I wanted something a little more natural that wasn't full of harsh chemicals. So I raided LUSH. I initially wanted to get my hands on Lush 'Custard' but that wasn't available so after talking to the guy in LUSH Henry St, he recommended I tried LUSH 'R&B' hair moisturiser. This was my first foray into LUSH hair care, and he said it would be perfect for my hair type (dry, frizzy ends && curly) and would help give it back some much needed life.
The product is easy to use, you wash your hair as normal and then apply it throughout your hair like you would any other hair product. It's thick and creamy and reminded me of a normal face moisturiser.
Because my hair can get greasy quite easily I focus my application towards the ends. Especially because I find the ends need it more than the root and mid section of my hair. I then style my hair as I normally would.
Since I've started using LUSH R&B Hair Moisturiser I've found that my ends feel a lot silkier. They feel a lot more nourished and hydrated, I'm not as worried about my ends snapping as I used to be. I also find that the product makes it a lot easier to comb through my hair, I used to use a detangling spray after I washed my hair because my hair would get so tangled and awkward to brush through, but I no longer have to use that which is great and definitely down to use of LUSH R&B Hair Moisturiser. With subtle hints of orange and jasmine, not only is it nourishing for your hair but it leaves it smelling pretty good too. I enjoy the smell so much that I apply a tiny amount of the moisturiser to dry hair just so my hair continues to smell nice between washes. Having not researched LUSH R&B Hair Moisturiser before hand, I was a little unsure on whether it would work for me or not, but I'm so glad I went with the guy in LUSH's recommendation because this has honestly made such a difference to my hair. This isn't the cheapest of LUSH products, but I think if you're like me and have dry, damaged and frizzy hair, then this is definitely worth the price tag.
Have any of you tried this or any other LUSH hair care products? Comment below.
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