NEW SHOES HAUL

Good evening beautiful souls,

The other week I received an exciting delivery in the post from Office. I had decided that I was in real need of new shoes for work and as much as I’d tried to reason with myself that I already had plenty, I just couldn’t help myself. I wanted a pair of plain black comfy shoes that would go with almost any outfit and as I didn’t own a pair of plain black comfy shoes it totally justified buying new shoes right?! At least that’s what I told myself as I kept adding shoes to my basket. Then a couple of day later I was browsing the charity shops and found two more perfect pairs of shoes, well one pair of beautiful boots and also a pair of platform sandals! Four pairs of new shoes in a week, I felt naughty haha but was in shoe heaven! In case you can’t tell – I am a shoe addict! I admit it! I really have to work hard to restrain myself from buying shoes and the other week, as you can see, I totally failed. Anyway, I’ve been excited to show you what beauts I picked up, so let’s go:

The first pair are these beautiful black with rose gold New Balance trainers. I’ve wanted a new pair of New Balance trainers for a while now as they are so comfy. I own a pair of orange ones already which I’d bought in an attempt to bring a bit more colour to my wardrobe, but I always end up struggling to match them to an outfit and so I decided I needed a black pair that would go with almost anything. When I stumbled across these black and rose gold trainers in the sale I couldn’t believe my luck and added them to my basket straight away!! I’ve worn them to work a couple of times now and I am very pleased! They are a little on the narrow side (damn my wide feet) making them tight to get into at first and they only have very short laces (barely enough to tie a single knot, let alone a double one); however they feel great on and give my feet good support unlike any flat soled trainer – these are a keeper!

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Next I thought I’d try out a cheaper pair of shoes. I did have a pair of beautiful suede vans in my basket, but opted for these van styled office own brand shoes instead because I mean I had to be at least a little sensible and not splash out too much right?! Another reason I don’t like spending too much on shoes is that I tend to wear my shoes down quite quickly; I have a heavy step and because I am on my feet at work all day my shoes get dirty and sweaty rather fast. Anyway, I’ve worn these to work a couple of times now too and they are also quite comfy, although I must admit that I don’t find the material very breathable which for work ain’t the best.

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Now onto my charity shop bargains! The first pair I found were these beautiful delicate olive green boots (the photo doesn’t do the colour justice sorry!) for only £4.99 I think! I immediately fell in love with them! I think they’ll be the perfect autumn shoe and I can’t wait to style them up with some of my dresses and cosy knits! Hurry up already autumn!

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Last but not least are these fab black platform sandals that I got for £3.99! I love platform sandals – I can’t walk in heels to save my life and my feet kill after like 2 seconds, so platform sandals/heels are my saving grace, giving me that nice bit of extra height and at the same time keeping my feet happy! I took these with me to the Vegan Camp Out festival as I had a skirt I wanted to wear which was too long without heels and my feet were comfy all day! However I am sooo gutted to say that on the last night the straps on one shoe just kinda snapped! So so annoyed as I wanted them for the Lindisfarne festival too and now I’m not sure what shoes to take aha! I don’t know if it’s worth looking into getting them fixed, but it might be as I love them so much aha. We’ll see I guess.

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Well there you have my recent shoe haul. Four more shoes added to my already extensive shoe collection!! Maybe I should do a shoe haul of all the shoes I currently own some time?! Would you be interested in seeing my extensive collection?! Also what’s your favourite comfy shoe/trainer?! Any recommendations for the future? Well lovelies, hope you had a great bank holiday and aren’t feeling too sad to be back at work!

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FUNKY SOAP HAUL

Hey there beautiful souls,

After weeks of steeling my housemates Bodyshop ginger shampoo I finally remembered to restock on my shampoo bars from The Funky Soap Shop.

I love these shampoo bars because they’re 100% natural, vegan and I’m supporting an independent small business. They also last pretty long and can be used as bodywash as well, so they’re perfect for traveling!!

I don’t have any favourites and just tent to buy different ones each time. Here’s what I got this time round:

Now as I’ve mentioned in a previous post these work really well for my hair now that it’s short, but when it was long I didn’t get on well with the shampoo bars at all. However as they’re quite cheap and can be used for bodysoap too, I highly recommend you give this company a go and see what you think!

Love Carina xo

LUSH HAUL

Good evening beautiful souls,

I love Lush products and a bath without a bathbomb and some bubbles is just boring so when I was running low on bath products I knew it was time to give Lush a visit. So the other week I popped into Lush to restock my depleted store of bathbombs and I thought you might be interested to see what I bought.

The Comforter

One of my all time favorite, I always crumble a little of this bubble bar into a bath.

Big Blue

I keep repurchasing this one because it’s just so refreshing and relaxing.

Cheer Up Buttercup

I haven’t tried this little gem of a bathbomb yet but it smells amazing! I wanted to buy a whole basket full of the

Cream Egg

Of course I had to try some bathbombs from the Easter range too. Again this one is new to me but I loved the bright colours and design of this one.

Which Came First?

At nearly £7 this is definitely the most expensive bathbomb I have ever bought!! However it was too pretty not to try and it will definitely last me for four baths so the price isn’t too bad.

Caca Rouge Henna

If you have seen my Henna Hair post you will already know that I purchased and have already used this Lush product. It is again quite pricey at just under £11 but if you think about how many hair dyes you actually get out of it it’s really good value. Henna has an interesting smell and is the messiest hair dying process I know of haha, but as it’s all natural it is nourishing and not damaging your hair. So if you want a beautiful gingery/red you must try this product!

Love Carina xo

HENNA HAIR DYE

Good evening beautiful souls,

Some of you might have already seen from my Instagram stories that I dyed my hair with henna yesterday. I know not many are familiar with henna hair dye and so I thought I’d share the process with you incase you wanted to try it for yourself.

Firstly henna is a natural permanent dye and because it is a natural product it means that instead of damaging your hair with lots of chemicals the way most boxed hair dyes do, it nourishes it instead.

The one I use, the caca rouge henna from lush, is also vegan which is even better. It’s £10. 95 a block which as my hair is short, will last me for 6 hair dyes. Lush sells 4 different colours, but I’ve only ever tried the red so I can’t say anything about the others really, but I do love the natural look of the cacao rouge especially when the sun shines on it, it has the most beautiful sparkle! I think I used henna for the first time a good 8 years ago or so and gave been using it ever since when I wanted a nice gingery red.

Well let’s get started. Here’s a before photo of my hair with still a slight purply tint to it from the semi permanent dye I put on two weeks or so ago.

You will need:

  • Henna
  • Vaseline
  • Cling film
  • A fork
  • An old bowl
  • An old towel
  • Old clothing
  • Thin hair dye gloves

Firstly boil the kettle. Now the henna block comes in 6 squares and for my short hair I only needed 1. Just grab a knife and crack a square off. Place into your bowl and pour some warm water over it (beware I used too much here, so start of with a little, you can always keep adding too it). Let it sit for a couple of minutes and then using a fork start mushing it up into a tick paste, add more water as needed. It should be a kind of porridge consistency not too runny (which mines is here – oops) don’t worry if it’s bitty, it won’t fully dissolve.

Now make sure you are wearing old clothes you don’t mind doing staining because the henna will get everywhere! Also choose a tilled floor room as it is easiest to clean and won’t stain.

Next put Vaseline around your hairline before putting on your gloves and beginning to apply the henna to your hair (make sure your hair is damp/towel dry). If you have long hair separate your hair into sections starting at the bottom and working your way to the top layers. As it’s a grainy substance it will not spread as easily as the hair dyes you’re used to, so if you have someone to help you it’ll make it easier.

Once your hair is all covered in dye wrap it up in clingfilm and wipe any dye that has gotten onto your skin away. Now the next step is almost the worst. You have to keep the henna on your head for 2-3hs, the longer its on the more vibrant the result. However as your scalp heats up under the clingfilm the henna will start to run so carry a roll of kitchen paper with you as you’ll be wiping away the dribbles every few minutes haha.

One the time is finally up, pop on your gloves again and rinse your hair until water is clear before giving it a wash and blow dry.

And here’s the finished result, beautiful soft fiery red henna hair!

If you’ve ever tried henna or fancy having a go, I’d love to know!!

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