My Current Haircare Routine

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This is probably my first ever haircare-related post *scrolls through hours of content to double check* – but I realised that I have been quite happy with my hair recently and it was only fair to show you guys what I’ve been using. My hair is naturally black, and I have never dyed it but it can get very dry and frizzy sometimes.

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Shampoo + Conditioner

Of course every haircare story starts off with washing it. I have been using the Body Shop’s Fuji Green Tea Shampoo + Conditioner and I have to say that I have seen such a vast improvement in my hair. It is always soft and shiny, and leaves my thick, frizzy hair super manageable. I love how lightweight my hair feels after I wash it too. I actually really like the smell of it too, it’s quite a subtle smell and it reminds me of being on holiday for some reason. Next thing on my list is to get the hair scrub, as I’ve heard great things about it.

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Deep Conditioning

As I’ve mentioned, my hair gets quite dry and frizzy so once a week I use the Body Shop’s Banana Hair Mask to rejuvenate my hair. This mask was just worth every penny, leaves my hair feeling soft and healthy. I use it after washing my hair, and I leave it on for around 5-10 minutes. I should probably use it after using the same scented shampoo and conditioner, but in all honesty I’m not a huge fan of the scent. It is very strong and although it smells natural and not chemical, it’s not my favourite smell.

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Sometimes instead of putting a hair mask in after I’ve washed my hair, I do a pre-wash mask. I’m a huge fan of making my own hair masks, because 99% of the time I already have the ingredients I need for it in my kitchen somewhere, and I feel like they are better for my hair than using chemically enhanced products. Some of my favourites include, low-fat mayonnaise, whipped cream and coconut oil.

Styling

Like I mentioned before, I don’t use hot tools very often, and I let my hair air dry for majority of the time. However I was recently sent these Xtava straighteners* and I was so impressed with them. They have an adjustment for the temperature so that you don’t have to use more heat that necessary in order to prevent heat damage. I also really like the size of the plates, they are bigger than my GHD’s so it really made a difference to how long it took to straighten my hair and the amount of tugging that usually happens! You can also win yourself one, keep reading until the end of this post to see how 😉

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FYI, before using any hot tools, I always use my VO5 Heat Protection Spray, nothing is worth the risk of heat damage!

If I don’t want to use hot tools or if I’m going for something a bit more natural, I use a texture creme from Bumble + Bumble. I don’t always get along with Bumble + Bumble products, but I do actually like this one. It has left my hair looking mussed but not messy as if you just woke up, and it doesn’t leave it crunchy or greasy like other similar products. I also like the Bumble + Bumble Surf Spray for texture, I spray it in my damp hair after washing and leave it to air dry for soft natural beachy waves.

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My last holy-grail product is the Schwarzkopf Styling OilI use this oil on the ends of my hair, and it works so well at keeping my hair smooth and de-frizzed without leaving my hair looking greasy.

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So that is my current haircare routine!

What is your current haircare routine? Comment down below with your holy-grail haircare products!

Win the xtava Pro-Satin Infrared Straightener #20

*THIS POST CONTAINS PR SAMPLES, BUT AS ALWAYS ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN – PLEASE SEE MY DISCLAIMER FOR MORE INFO

Halloween Nail Ideas

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When it comes to Halloween, I’m not the biggest fan of it. Perhaps it’s because I’m not the biggest lover of scary movies, or clowns or anything that could potentially make me want to sh*t my pants. However it’s the time of year when so many people get so creative with make-up and outfits. As you all know by now, The Dizzying Heights is not a make-up or beauty related blog, but I do on occasion paint my nails (as rare an occasion that is!). I did want to make more of an effort with my nails because I’m not as beauty or make-up obsessed as perhaps my peers are. So when I was sent two gorgeous nail polishes by Leighton Denny*, I thought it would only be right to create some looks for Halloween!

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The first look is super simple, using the Leighton Denny Miss Behavin nail polish. The actual nail polishes are such good quality and they wear really well too. For someone whose nails chip constantly, this was amazing news.

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I basically used the orange jewels to complement the dark, bold navy blue and give it a simple yet fitting colour combo for Halloween (navy for dark nights and orange for pumpkins). It really wasn’t too difficult with the right glue and I actually think it still looks so classy and cute.

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The second look is my favourite look because it was so simple and so effective. I used the black colour from Leighton Denny called Maneater this time, as well as a white nail polish and a nail tool. Having said that you definitely don’t need to have any kind of fancy tools, you can use things that you already have in your house, which makes these nails perfect.

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I let the black polish dry, then painted two white spots on top. After waiting for the white spots to dry, I used a nail art tool to draw two smaller black spots to make eyes. I finished it off by using a top coat.

If you have any of your own Halloween nail ideas, then do let me know in the comments below!

Happy Halloween!

*This post contains PR samples, but as always all opinions are my own

12 Thoughts I had re-watching the Lizzie McGuire movie

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If you grew up in the 90’s, you will most likely know about the blonde, original bitmoji creator that is Lizzie McGuire. I thought the TV programme was so fun and then came the movie and I was an absolute goner. I fell straight in love. Not only did I fall in love with the film, I fell in love with city that it was set in: Rome.

I know what you’re thinking; she’s obsessed with Rome! I probably am, I really did leave a piece of heart there. I loved it so much and so the first thing I did when I returned to London was watch this movie.

If you want to know more about my trip to Rome, I wrote two blog posts: a Do’s & Dont’s post which you can read here and a Travel Diary post which you can read here.

It has definitely become a little habit of mine to watch movies that have been set where I’ve just been, and it really is so much fun! You get to point out the places you’ve just seen and reminisce about what you’ve just experienced.

Anyways, here is a fun little post that I put together about some of the things I thought when I re-watched the Lizzie McGuire movie.

Enjoy!

1. Why did matt hate her so much?

Honestly it’s so strange how a brother could dislike his sister that much, maybe it’s because I don’t have brothers but still come on!

2. What kind of obsessive weirdo remembers outfits underneath a grad gown?!

I knew Kate was mean (even though she does good in the end), but she obviously loved Lizzie to remember her outfits!

3. Why would they ask the treasurer to do the speech?

I don’t know… This just never made sense to me.

4. Emosh moment at the airport

That moment when Lizzie’s parents are fussing over her and when her Mum runs back and gives her a huge cuddle. All the emotions!

5. Those cute moments on the plane with Gordo

How fricking adorable were they! I love plane journeys as it is, this just made is 100% cuter.

6. I forgot how sassy lizzie’s alter ego was [lols]

Possibly my favourite thing ever about re-watching this movie was re-discovering how hilarious Lizzie’s alter-ego was.

7. Did I really fancy Paolo?

Hmmm. I really don’t trust my judgement anymore…

8. Ethan giving Gordo a pep talk

Got to be one of the sweetest things. Ethan is just such an entertaining character anyways but this was endearing.

9. Gordo gives himself up for Lizzie

Why was Gordo so flipping adorable?!

10. How did Lizzie’s parents afford the airfare?

From what I remember from the show, Lizzie’s parents were not well off so this always baffled me. And also if I was missing my sister on a school trip, I don’t think my parents would have ever forked out for a plane ticket for me!

11. The Outfit.

Anyone else desperately wanted to have a flowy skirt that magically turned into trousers, whilst owning the stage and having the audience eat out of the palm of your hand? No?

Just me then…

12. The kiss.

*excuse the spoilers*

I think the movie ended perfectly, with Lizzie finding out that Paolo was a d*ck and Gordo is actually a sweetheart, and nothing made me happier than watching them share a sexy little smooch on the balcony.

All together now – ‘Awwww!’

Let me know if this post inspired any of you to watch this movie again, because lets face it – it is an absolute classic.

And this is what dreams are made of. (Sorry not sorry!)

 

The Charming Candle Co Review

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Ahhh I’ve been so excited to write this post!

I think anyone reading my blog knows that I love candles. Screw that pretty sure every blogger out there is partial to a candle, and I am definitely no different!

So when I was sent this beautiful candle*, I couldn’t contain my excitement! Not only was I getting a candle but there was a piece of jewellery hidden inside! The actual packaging was so lovely as well, which made opening the candle up even more exciting. The candle comes in a white box with gold swirls and just looks very professional. The clear glass jar is also just as mesmerising, with the gold swirls continuing their theme, making it look very magical.

The company behind the candle are also pretty inspiring, all of their candles are homemade and using natural wax, and reusable jars with cotton wicks. I also liked how they don’t outsource anything: their designs are from a local designer and all of their wax and scents are produced and hand-poured in the UK.

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It’s all surrounding three elements:

Light – Lighting your candle and burn it for 10-15 hours, enjoy the scent before your gold pouch is revealed.

Discover – Snuff out the candle, pull your pouch out with tweezers, wipe it down and let it cool down.

Reveal – Unwrap the gold pouch which will reveal your jewellery surprise and share it online using #flauntyourfind and it may get featured on the website!

I thought this idea was amazing, I really liked the fact that there was something to look forward to whilst burning it. It also didn’t hurt that the candle smelled amazing, it was exactly my kind of scent.

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The only thing I would say is that the candle burns quite quickly, which depending on whether you’re super eager to get your jewellery surprise may not be a bad thing! I have to admit I was very excited to get my hands on my gift but I would have preferred my candle to last a little bit longer personally. However on the flip side of this, the scent is fairly strong and makes your whole room smell gorgeous.

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All of the candles cost £35 and I do think it’s good value for money because there are a lot of candles that cost just as much or even more and that’s not including the piece of jewellery you get!

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My jewellery piece was a charm bead, which was very simply designed and actually I will get a lot of use out of because I have a charm bracelet at home that I barely wear. When you purchase a candle, you can choose what jewellery you want out of a ring or a charm bead which is quite good so you will have some idea of what you will receive.

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If you want to purchase your own: https://www.thecharmingcandle.co/

Thank-you so much to Charming Candle Co for this gift and I hope you enjoyed reading about this gorgeous candle.

Have you ever tried a jewellery candle? What did you think?

*This post contains PR samples, but as always all opinions are my own. Read my disclaimer here for more info

Spring Bucket List

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Spring has beautifully sprung in London, and even though I am most definitely an Autumn/Winter lover (more like obsessed-with), there is something really refreshing about the crisp air when the sun is shining (a rare but delightful moment) and cherry blossoms (the ultimate blogger cliche).

I read somewhere that Spring signifies rebirth and rejuvenation – not that you need a new season for a reason to start again but I think there is something really special about that.

I also wrote a similar post for Autumn and I thought it would a good idea to do it for Spring too, and also there is something super satisfying about ticking things off a list.

1. Book a spontaneous weekend trip.

I truly envy people who can book a flight the day before, I overthink and spend way too much time on TripAdvisor and end up talking myself out of it, so this season I really want to try and not think too much and just book.

First on my list is Vienna – watch this space.

2. Have a picnic.

This is probably the easiest and best way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon. Whether you make your own snacks or pop down to Tesco’s (sausage roll anyone?), all you really have to do is a pack a blanket and perhaps a frisbee and that’s your afternoon sorted! Easiest date ever!

3. Visit as many rooftop bars as possible.

I’m very lucky in the fact that I live in London and there are endless rooftop bars! I have been a few, but there are so many more on my list, and spring is the best time to try and visit because I think summer is going to be mad busy (not that I won’t visit in summer but spring is a better time to take pictures #bloggerlife).

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3. Wear a flower crown.

I blame Louise for this, she rocks flower crowns better than anyone I know and I’ve always been super jealous because I think they would look ridiculous on me. But this year I don’t care and I will be trying to make them look effortlessly cool. I’ll let you all know how it’s going but you can always follow me on Instagram if you want to be the first to see (shameless self-plug).

4. Take pictures with cherry blossoms.

Like I said before, cherry blossom pictures are probably the biggest blogger cliche, and it’s literally all I have been seeing on my Instagram timeline, but I still want to join in on the fun! Cherry blossoms are absolutely beautiful and one day I will visit Japan for their amazing season, but for now London will have to do.

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5. Do yoga outside.

I’ve recently become obsessed with yoga. I started doing it a few months ago and I love the feeling it gives you. I leave the class feeling energised and alive, super invigorating and I fully recommend it. I sometimes go to classes on the weekend or before work and as much as I love it, I would love to do yoga outside in the fresh air and (hopefully) warm sunshine. There are so many lovely parks as well, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to organise.

6. Have a garden afternoon tea party.

I love afternoon tea, I mean I think all British people do, it’s kind of in our blood. So combining a classic afternoon tea, with scones and jam and clotted cream, with the beautiful backdrop of a garden is just music to my ears. Have to admit, I’m getting super excited just thinking about it – eek!

7. Go on a bike ride in London.

I have done this before when the Santander bikes in London were Boris bikes, so a pretty long time ago! We also went to Hyde Park which I do love, but I think sometimes can be a bit too touristy so I’d love to ride bikes somewhere a little more low-key. If you have any suggestions in London, do comment below and let me know.

8. Take a cooking class.

I’ve said this before that I would love to take a cooking class. Cooking is something that I really enjoy doing – it relaxes me and I love learning new recipes, even though I rarely stick to them. I’m more of a chuck-it-all-in-one-pan-and-hope-for-the-best kind of gal! Even so, I’d love to learn some new techniques and flavour combos, so I will definitely be looking into this.

So that was my Spring Bucket List!

Do you have a bucket list? What kind of things are on it?