44 Blog Photography Props for Under £10 ♥

Sunday, 15 October 2017

So, if you've been reading my blog for quite some time, you'll know I love a good blog photography prop. You know, those pretty things that linger ever so nicely in the backgrounds of blog photos, adding personal and pretty touches to your photos. Having blog photography props can actually be your secret key to good photos, you can make your photos unique, and personal to you, so that as soon as people see your photo and notice your photo style/choice of props, they know it belongs to you. Also if thats not an excuse to buy pretty blog photography props, then they make pretty lovely homeware accessories too. Today I thought I'd share 44 of my favourite blog photography props with you all, but best of all they're all under £10, so they're all bargains, that don't break the bank! I got you guys!!! ♥
I hope you all found a blog photography prop that you love, and want to sneakily add to your basket, the fact that all of these are super affordable and under £10 is just fab, if I do say so myself. Sorry in advance to your bank balance!! :) 

Have an amazing day!
What do you like to use as blog photography props? Which props have you got your eyes on?


Hello October. October Goals. ♥

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Oh my goodness. I feel like I've been waiting for Autumn, forever, and it's finally here! For me, as soon as it hits October, it's officially Autumn. I cannot believe it's October already, it honestly feels like it was January like 2 weeks ago. This year is going so quickly. I find myself saying that so much as I get older, and I hate how fast the years are flying by. Life is SO short, which is why I've been trying to make the most of every single day, setting myself small challenges and really living life meaningfully. Last month, at the start of September, I really loved setting myself 5 goals for the month, to work on. I must say they were actually rather successful, albeit I missed a few work outs here and there just because of the craziness of the new house, and life getting in the way, but I tried my best, and I read SO many amazing books, which was another one of my goals! I also blogged throughout the whole of September, despite the craziness of buying a new home, the stress of work etc, which I'm rather proud of myself for, as it did get a little crazy, but I didn't just give up. I thought I'd write an Autumn inspired list of goals for October. Eeeek it's Autumn guys, from here on out it's literally the BEST time of year! ♥♥♥

♥ 1. Continue to read, every, single day - Over the past month I've absolutely LOVED spending some time out of my day, even if it's just a short time, reading! It's sort of like my escape, into a different world, and I love getting lost into a good book! I've really enjoyed reading Nicholas Sparks - See Me, which was a really beautiful novel. I managed to read that in just 2 days, because it was that good. Nicholas Sparks has always been one of my favourite authors. I'm currently reading Two by Two by him also, and I'm really enjoying that at the moment. I also enjoyed reading Charlotte Crosby's new autobiography, Brand New Me, yep, I'm a Geordie Shore fan, don't judge me, it's awful trashy TV, but I can't help but watch it. If you're a fan I totally recommend her new autobiography! Anyway, I really want to keep up with the tons of reading that I've been doing, even as things start to get a bit crazy as we move into the new house! I adore reading, and there's something so cosy about it, especially during the Autumn months. If you have any book recommendations, do leave them in the comments for me. It would be much appreciated :)

♥ 2. Enjoy and make the most of all the Autumn Cosininess: hot chocolates, cosy nights in, lighting all the candles - ahh how could I not include this as one of my goals? This is the craziest time of year, especially for work, and often as much as I adore this time of year, because it's the best, I forget to enjoy the little things. Like having a tasty hot chocolate, and allowing myself 5 minutes peace, lighting all of my Autumnal Candles, enjoying cosy nights in rather than working myself to death. I really want to go on more crisp, autumn walks, and enjoy all of the classic autumn traditions, that I adore, but struggle to make the time for!

♥ 3. Continue to work out, 3-4 times a week - I did slack a teeny bit when it came to working out last month, because things did get a little bit crazy. But I really want to try and stick to my target of working out 3-4 times a week, this month. I really do love working out, despite it being hard work, I always feel so amazing once I've completed a work out, and it really is a release for me, and sort of a stress coping mechanism. Even as the mornings get colder, and darker I must remind myself to drag myself out of bed, and get moving because it really is worth it! :)

♥ 4. Move into our new home - YES!!! October will be the month that we finally get to move into our new, dream home! It feels like we've been waiting absolutely AGES to move in, and I'm really excited for the next chapter in our lives. We still haven't finished all of the renovating as there is still so much to do, but we have to move out of our current property, as our buyer has been really lovely to us, and let us stay for as long as we'd like, plus the new house is liveable, despite the renovations, so we're ready to take the next step! It's really exciting but also really nerve-wracking. This is just an October goal in itself, to move into the new house, with as little stress as possible and make the most of every second, making memories we won't ever forget. I'm beyond excited! :)

♥ 5. Make time for myself, despite all of the craziness going on - So it's going to be yet another crazy month in my life, but I am really going to try and make a conscious effort, to not let things get to me, and stress me out too much. Whether it be work, or the new house, I'm just going to take each day as it comes and indulge in lots of self care, to keep myself grounded. I'm one of those people that worries about so much, so self care and taking time out for myself is really important for me. I want to schedule it in, make time for me, doing all the things I love, catching up with friends, blogging, spending time with family, sipping on hot chocolate and watching Jane the Virgin, reading, having lots of bubble baths! I think it's really important to make time for ourselves, so I'm going to follow my own advice this month, and do just that! :)

I hope you all have an amazing October! The best really is yet to come, and this is the most wonderful time of year. I love October through to December, it's full of all sorts of magic and fun! 

What are your goals for October? 
What is your favourite season?
What do you love the most about Autumn?

Have a lovely day!

Current Haircare Favourites. ♥

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Hiya, you lovely lot! Well, if you've been reading my blog for quite some time, you'll know that I'm a lady that is quite obsessed with all things Haircare. I've been on the biggest haircare journey, being every hair colour you can possibly imagine, letting my poor locks go through the stress of going from blonde, to brunette, to blonde to brunette, to red, to blonde, just one more time. Before finally settling on blonde, as I feel like it's the only colour that's actually suited me after all these years. Thrown into the mix is all the extra heat damage from the excessive straightening of my hair during my teenage years. Anywho, as you can probably imagine my hair has been left fairly damaged after everything I'd put it through, and over a year ago, I decided enough was enough. I needed to invest in some good haircare products and at least try to restore some health and love back into my poor locks. Fast forward to now, I can say it's finally worked and my blonde hair is looking a lot less dry and frazzled. As a beauty blogger, I'm forever trying new products, and never stick to the same old thing on my hair, so today I thought I'd share a few of the haircare products that have made a difference to my hair in the last few months, and ones that I've really enjoyed using! I hope you find something you love too! ♥

♥ Olaplex No3 Take Home Treatment - £32 - I would only recommend buying this from a salon, as there are a lot of fake options online that aren't safe. So pop into your local salon and see if they're a stockist. 

If you haven't heard of Olaplex before, where have you been hiding for the past year?! It's been the talks of the haircare/beauty world with major stars including Kim Kardashian using Olaplex to keep her hair in good condition as she went from dark brunette to bleach blonde in one sitting. Olaplex aims to repair and reconnect the bonds that are damaged through hair colouring. It promises stronger, healthier hair, with longer lasting colour and if you're going blonde, or maintaining bleached, or blonde hair, then this is a must in your haircare routine. My hair stylist won't even touch my hair without applying Olaplex, as she says the damage just isn't worth it. 

Olaplex No3 is the take home treatment that can be used at home. To get the full Olaplex experience you must get your hair dyed in the salon, where your stylist will mix Olaplex No1 into your hair dye, and apply it to your hair, this will then be washed away as you wash the dye away, and the second Olaplex treatment, you got it right, Olaplex No2, will be applied after rinsing. The No1 and No2 Olaplex Treatments are for professional use only, but the No3 treatment, which is an absolute life saver, can be used at home! 

You use the treatment by rinsing your hair first, and then you apply a generous amount of the Olaplex No3 treatment from roots to ends, combing through with a wide toothed comb to ensure even coverage. You can then leave the product on from anywhere between 10 minutes or overnight. Obviously the longer you leave the product on, the more time it has to work wonders on your hair. I like to try and sleep in the treatment where I can and then rinse away in the morning, followed by shampoo and conditioning my hair, as this is where I see the real results.

And wow, are the results amazing!! After using it only once, the results are immediate. Over time I've also noticed a dramatic difference in how my hair looks and feels since using Olaplex No3. My hair is much softer, shinier, hydrated, and there is much less breakage than before I was using Olaplex No3. My hair is so much stronger! I just cannot get enough of using it and I'm not sure how my hair ever lived without it, well actually I do...it lived a pretty lifeless, dry and damaged life. If you're blonde or not, I'd recommend giving this treatment a go, although it's pricey for the small bottle, the results really are amazing, and a little goes a long way! I find the bottle lasts me around 2 months, when applied weekly.  

♥ Lee Stafford Hair Growth Shampoo, Conditioner and Deep Conditioning Treatment (basically the entire range!) 
♥ Shampoo - £7.49 - available here
♥  Conditioner - £7.49 - available here
♥  Deep Conditioning Treatment Mask - £8.49 - available here 

I've been the biggest Lee Stafford haircare fan for as long as I can remember. There is just something so amazing about the scent of the products, and the packaging, that has me falling in love. I've always been a big fan of his protein based, Hair Growth range, and have recently fallen back in love with it again. Don't you just love when you rediscover products that you once loved, and the love affair starts all over again? I've been using the Hair Growth Shampoo and Conditioner alongside the Hair Growth Mask Treatment, every other wash, and I'm really impressed with the results. Every time I use these products together my hair just feels SO lovely: thoroughly cleansed, hydrated, silky soft, light, nourished and much stronger, even with a bit of added, extra volume. I mean what's not to love?! Overtime I can definitely say that the hair growth range from Lee Stafford has contributed to the growth of my hair, as it gets it in the perfect condition for maximum hair growth and I've always had good results over the years when using this range. If you're wanting to improve the condition of your hair and gain hair growth, I'd recommend the entire Hair Growth collection, it's amazing and the pinkness makes your bathroom look extra pretty too! 

♥ Kind Natured Colour Care Coconut & Shea 
♥  Shampoo* - £4.99 - available here
♥  Conditioner* - £4.99 - available here 

Another shampoo and conditioner combo that I've been loving recently is from a gorgeous brand called Kind Natured, which can be found in Boots! The packaging is so pretty, and best of all, Kind Natured is a brand that is 97% natural, with their products being free from Parabens, Sulphates, Silicones and Petrochemicals. They're also vegan and vegetarian friendly, and they don't test on animals. ♥♥♥ so they're definitely a brand worth checking out. You can find their website, and the full range of their amazing products here. Anywho, back to this amazing shampoo and conditioner which is perfect for coloured hair, they boast of colour enhancing Rooibos, with nourishing botanicals to keep coloured hair vibrant and protected.  

The coconut ingredients within the shampoo and conditioner offer amazing nourishment, hydration and moisture for your locks, as well as preventing fading of colour. And of course, the Shea within the products locks in moisture and helps to replenish hair damaged by colour, restoring health and vitality back into your hair. It's an almighty combo, and they work so well on my hair leaving it feeling thoroughly cleansed, vibrant, hydrated and super soft. Oh and the scent of the products is out of this world, almost good enough to eat! If you have coloured hair, these are well worth a try, and are often on 3 for 2 offer in Boots! 
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