Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Top tips on how to prepare for a road trip

what preparation do i need to take before a road trip

As it's now officially Summer (yes I find it hard to believe too) you're probably thinking about your upcoming holiday. If you've decided to skip the beach holiday this year and stay in the UK then it's time for a road trip. It's important when preparing to travel a long distance that you've looked over your car and ensured it's in a good condition. There's nothing worse than breaking down hundreds of miles from home! This guide will give you plenty of great tips to make your road trip as fun and safe as possible.

Check your tyre tread
Before you head off make sure you check your tyres are ok. The legal limit for tread on your tyres is 1.6mm across the central 3/4 of the tread. If yours are lower than this not only could you potentially get points on your license if stopped by the police, your tyres could burst and cause a massive accident. Obviously this will not be a good start to your holiday. Point S is a online tyre retailer that sells a great range of tyres at rock bottom prices. If your tyre tread is too low Point S will guarantee to get you back on the road.

Check your car fluids
It's essential to check the levels of oil, windscreen wiper wash levels, coolant and brake fluid. All of these are vital to the running of the car and avoid unnecessary breakdowns or accidents. I recently learnt the very expensive lesson of not putting enough oil in my car. Needless to say it caused a seized engine - don't do it!

Check your tyre air pressure
Tyres should have a exact air pressure in order to ensure they drive without incident. The right pressure for your tyres is printed in the owner's manual or where the driver door shuts. Make sure you don't exceed the maximum pressure printed on the side of the tyre. Do check your spare tyre as well as you won't get far if you get a flat tyre and the spare is unusable!

Replace your oil
If your oil is due to be changed it's important to do this before a long journey. Old oil can cause sludge and may put stress on the engine potentially causing a breakdown. You'll need to empty out everything when replacing the oil and replace your oil filter.

Check your car's air filter
If your car has a clean supply of air to the engine this will improve how your vehicle performs. Whilst this won't necessarily cause a breakdown it will mean the car will drive smoother.

Give your car a wash
This may seem rather daft but if your car is clean this increases your visibility and chances of seeing obstacles. Also check your wiper blades and replace them if necessary. If your wiper blades are in poor condition this can cause poor visibility if its rains as the wipers will blur the windscreen instead of clearing it.

Make sure your lights are working
Before you head off check all your lights and indicators are working, both front and back. Ask a friend or family member to watch as you try each light to make sure they work. If these fail you won't be able to signal or use your headlights and these can cause accidents. It may be possible the fuse needs replacing so check that before replacing the lights.

Keep a store of emergency equipment
Having a store of emergency equipment is always useful if you happen to breakdown. Aim to have equipment like a phone, spare tyre and emergency tools like flashlight, screwdriver, spanner etc. you may also want to get a reflective warning triangle (mandatory in EU member states), fire extinguisher and medical kit.

I hope these tips help you get prepared for your road trip. Have fun!

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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Lee Stafford Coco Loco Coconut Balm Review


Lee stafford coco loco coconut balm review

What the brand says
If your hair is dry and hard to manage Coco Loco is designed to give it the kiss of life. Coco Loco is a solid balm that melts into a oil to infuse dry hair with the goodness of coconut.

Coco Loco is the new range by Lee Stafford that launched just in time to keep your hair looking tip top over the summer period. There are 6 products in the collection which include:

  • Lee Stafford Coco Loco Coconut spritz £5.99
  • Lee Stafford Coco Loco Blow and Go Genius Lotion £6.99 
  • Lee Stafford Coco Loco Coconut Balm £6.99
  • Lee Stafford coco Loco Conditioner £5.99
  • Lee Stafford Coco Loco Coconut mask £6.99
  • Lee Stafford Coco Loco Shampoo £5.99

The Lowdown
I recently got sent the Coco Loco coconut balm and Coco Loco Coconut spritz (read the review here) to try. I love the smell of coconut and Coco Loco certainly doesn't disappoint. The smell isn't too light but it's not overpowering either. The balm is solid but as soon as you touch it it melts into a liquid form.

Lee stafford coco loco coconut balmI did find it was quite tricky to get product out of the little tin, mainly because of the solid consistency of the balm. Each time I got a small amount of product and had to keep going back for more. I didn't get out as much product as I'd like because of this which was a bit annoying.

The next morning my hair felt easy to manage and style. I did feel my hair initially looked super sleek and shiny, even more so than with the Coco Loco coconut spritz. This streamlined look didn't really last however and by the next day my hair looked a little wayward.

The Coco Loco Coconut balm initially works well in helping to make hair more manageable and look really shiny. I don't really think the effects last longer than a day though which was a bit disappointing.

I give it 3/5

Get it for £6.99 at Boots*
before and after coco loco coconut balm

Advantages
  • Leaves hair looking initially super shiny
  • Hair is fairly easy to manage
  • Lovely smell

Disadvantages 
  • The pot shape makes it's hard to get out much of the product at one time. You do have to keep going back for more product. 
  • Effects don't last that long
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Monday, 27 June 2016

The benefits of using honey in beauty


Honey tastes great on toast and is fabulous at making your fairy cakes taste extra sweet. It's not only good for eating, honey is full of goodness that makes it your must have beauty essential. Honey is a natural product created by bees collecting nectar, pollen and resins from flowers. It has lots of nutrients, antioxidants and healing compounds which means it has tons of hair and beauty benefits. Such benefits include the ability to moisturise, fight bacteria and fight the signs of ageing. The best kind of honey is raw honey as it has not yet been heat treated or pasteurised so it has the most goodness. Here's some top tips to get honey incorporated into your  beauty routine.

Honey makes the perfect moisturising mask
Honey naturally draws moisture from the air so is perfect for hydrating and plumping the skin.
Top tip - use one teaspoon of raw honey on clean, dry skin and leave for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with water.

Cleansing time
It may sound crazy in view of how sticky honey is, but you'll find honey is great for keeping your pores clear. Raw honey has enzymes that can clean the skin and keep the pores bacteria free. The antibacterial properties help to prevent any further bacteria building up and leading to unwanted breakouts.
Top tip - use one tablespoon of raw honey in conjunction with two tablespoons of jojoba oil or coconut oil until the mixture has a spreadable consistency. Apply to clean, dry skin and massage in a circular motion. After a few minutes rinse the product off with water.

Exfoliate the gentle way
Honey as you know is full of antioxidants, enzymes and other useful nutrients that skin loves. Baking soda is a very gentle powder that also works as a natural exfoliator to help remove dead skin cells. Top tip - Mix two tablespoons of honey and 1 tablespoon of baking soda together to create a exfoliator that will remove dead skin cells. Rub on your face in a circular motion then wash off.

Zap those spots
Spots love bacteria and as a lot of bacteria is naturally found on the face that's why some people suffer from a lot of spots or acne. The antibacterial properties in raw honey can help to reduce the amount of bacteria on your face reducing the amount of breakouts you  may suffer from. It's also great as a anti-inflammatory and will help to reduce irritation and calm redness.
Top tip - apply a bit of raw honey to your worst affected areas, leave for 15 minutes then wash off.

Reduce annoying scars
Amongst its other benefits honey has been used to help lighten skin. The anti-inflammatory properties and antibacterial compounds work to help decrease the appearance of scars and increase the rate the skin regenerates itself.
Top tip - mix one teaspoon of raw honey with one teaspoon of coconut oil or olive oil. Apply to the affected area and rub in a circular motion for one to two minutes. Place a hot washcloth over the area and leave until its cool. Repeat daily for the best results. The two ingredients together will help to revive skin cells and regenerate cell recovery.

Bath time
Honey will also work as a bath aid to repair skin and protect it from environmental damage.
Top tip - mix two tablespoons of raw honey with one cup of hot water and leave until it's dissolved. Once the mixture is integrated add into your bath and enjoy.

Honey is great for hair conditioning
There's nothing worse than hair that lacks shine. Honey is great for use as a conditioner as the enzymes and nutrients in raw honey can give dull hair a gorgeous glossy shine without being too heavy.
Top tip - use one tablespoon of raw honey with two tablespoons of coconut oil to give hair shine and hydration. Aim for the bottom two thirds of hair and avoid the roots.

Take care of your cuticles
As honey is great for drawing moisture it's perfect for massaging into your nail cuticles. The nutrients and enzymes will help to nourish the skin and heal any problems.
Top tip - mix one teaspoon of honey with one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon of coconut oil. Rub over each cuticle and leave for five to ten minutes before rinsing off. Coconut oil conditions and protects skin, acetic acid in apple cider softens hardened skin and balances PH for healthy growth.

Use honey as a shampoo booster
Honey is perfect to use in your shampoo as it draws moisture and helps to retain it. It's also been known to strengthen hair follicles to ensure healthy growth.
Top tip - mix one teaspoon of honey with a 2p size of your favourite shampoo.

Care for sunburned skin
Honey is fabulous for adding moisture so is great to help aid healing when your skin is red and raw from excess sun exposure.
Top tip - mix raw honey with aloe vera gel for a cooling solution that will aid the healing process. The anti-inflammatories in the honey will calm the redness whilst the aloe vera will cool the skin.

Budget hair highlighter
Don't waste all your money on expensive hair highlighters when honey can do it for next to nothing. There is a enzyme in honey called glucose oxidase that slowly releases hydrogen peroxide which as I'm sure you know is commonly used to lighten hair colour.
Top tip - mix three tablespoons of honey with two tablespoons of water. Apply to clean, damp hair, leave for a hour then rise. Apply weekly for the bet results.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Lee Stafford Coco Loco Coconut Spritz

Lee stafford coco loco hair milk

What the brand says
Just in time for Summer comes Coco Loco a innovative hair product by Lee Stafford that transforms straw like hair into silky locks.

The Lowdown
There's nothing Lee Stafford does better then leave your hair smelling amazing. Coco Loco has a gorgeous light coconut smell that really reminds me of Summer. The smell doesn't seem at all artificial and lasts for ages.

It aims to detangle, refresh and revitalise frazzled hair leaving it feeling soft with fabulous shine. The product is a hair milk but has all the benefits of a hair oil without the heaviness. Whilst my hair isn't in the worst condition I do think it's looking a little dull at the moment.

To use I sprayed the product all over the lengths of my hair avoiding the roots. I then brushed the product through and blowdried my hair. My hair was left feeling silky soft and it seemed a lot easier to style with my hair looking straighter at the end. I can't say my hair looked any shinier than normal but it was nicer to work with.

Coco Loco is a lovely hair product that really helps to tame hair and leaves it smelling great.

I give it 3/5

Available for £5.99 at Boots*

Advantages

  • Smells amazing
  • Leaves hair feeling silky soft
  • Hair is easier to manage and seems to hold style better
Disadvantages
  • I don't think my hair looked any glossier than normal
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Thursday, 23 June 2016

How to make your hair look thicker

tips on making your hair look thicker

When it seems like everyone but you has gorgeous, thick flowing locks it can feel like you were last in the line when God was handing out good hair. If your hair is fine or lacklustre there's no need to be so hard on yourself, it's very likely, that those women with great hair probably had to do a lot to get there. Just like makeup can enhance your features there's a lot of tricks you can do to enhance your hair. Here's 9 top tips to get you going.

Pick the right shampoo
When choosing the shampoo you're going to use opt for a product that is designed to stimulate the follicles on your scalp. This will help your roots to look bigger so your hair looks thicker. You can also massage your scalp which helps blood flow to the area which promotes better hair growth.

Condition carefully
There are some hair products that can weigh your hair down making it look flatter, this can include hair conditioners. If the conditioner is designed to 'hydrate' or 'smooth' your hair chances are it will have a lot of oils in that will prevent added volume.

Start a blow drying routine
Blow Drying your hair upside down is probably one of the oldest trick in the book to get added volume. First apply a heat protector all over your hair, flip your head upside down and start to blow dry with a round brush. Once your hair is drier flip your head up and finish the rest of your hair in sections.  Use a diffuser to give your hair a volumised look and avoid it going flat.

Lets go old school
It's not just for 50's housewives you know, velcro rollers are great for adding extra volume. Once you've blow dried your hair clip the rollers in and leave for 20 minutes. After the time is up take the rollers out and lightly brush out the curl. You should have fabulous 50's glamorous curls.

Help your roots reach for the sky
Tease the roots and add a small amount of root lifter to help the roots stay up. Don't use too much product or it'll have the opposite effect and weigh it down.

Don't forget the hairspray
Once you've added a bit of volume to your hair add hairspray to fix the look. Aim to use a hairspray that can thicken or volumise fine hair.

Adding layers
By asking your hairdresser to add layers into your hair you're giving the illusion that it's thicker then it is.

Keep brushing to a minimal
If you're always brushing your hair you find you're constantly stimulating your hair follicles which adds unnecessary oil. This can lead to the hair becoming heavier and it will look flatter.

Avoid too much hair washing
There's really no need to wash your hair everyday. Hair is very unlikely to go greasy after a day of not being washed, and even if it did you can use dry shampoo. This will also give you more time to spend doing other things you enjoy like watching a bit of telly.

Are there any tips you use to volumise your hair? Do let me know!
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