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5 small things that make me happy

*Image taken by myself in Cornwall. Ask for use.

Catching up with an old friend over a cuppa.

There is nothing I love more then a good ol’ chinwag and some gossip. Friends will often come in and out of your life, especially as you get older. But the special friendships will last a lifetime. It makes me to happy when I get to chill with a friend and reminisce of a simpler time, like when Busted breaking up was your biggest stress. If you haven’t spoken to a friend in a while, drop them a message and arrange to meet somewhere for lunch or invite them over to your place. It could brighten your day.

Hot chocolate.

The elixir of love (not really but it’s blooming good stuff.) It’s a bit like a warm hug isn’t it? I can count of hot chocolate to bring a smile to face when I’m feeling a bit under the whether.

A Netflix binge.

There’s always a gripping box set to catch on Netflix. Whether you’re obsessed with real crime shows (waves hand up in the air) or more of a drama addict, you’ll be sure to find a binge worthy watch. I watched Making a Murderer in two days before Christmas (10 hours worth of show)… #truelifestorybro.

My other suggestions include Scream; Orange is the New Black and the first series of The Killing. There is nothing better then losing yourself in a good story.

The sea and/or a beach

The sound of waves, the sand between your toes and the breeze in your hair are just a few of the reasons I would quite happily live by the sea. I’m a bit like a frantic puppy when I see a beach. Although it has a calming effect on me, it also makes me super giddy like I’m at Disneyland. Maybe I was a dolphin in a previous life, who knows?

My dog running about like a loon.

I let me dog off the lead in the park the other day and he literally ran about for 20 minutes like he’d never seen grass before. He makes me smile so much when he bounces about with excitement. What did human beings do to deserve such wonderful creatures?

 

What are five small things that make you happy?

If you’re feeling a bit down, go and do one of the small things on your list. Whether it’s a certain food, a walk in the park or a book you haven’t read in a while, go and give it ago! You might find it gives you a reason to smile this week.

Have a great weekend, G

 

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Beauty

KeraStraight Moisture Mist

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Just like our skin, hair needs moisture.

No one wants to take hair care advice from a scarecrow. Dry and damaged hair is not fun.

Dry hair can be caused by a combination of factors, but it’s mostly due to over treating the hair (either with chemicals or colouring) or applying heat regularly (yes, I’m looking at you GHD fanatics!)

I use to literally singe my hair with how often I straightened it back in high school! I didn’t even straighten it very well and sometimes (SHOCK HORROR) I straightened my hair damp! D:

I recommend you never do this. Not only do you get that little 70’s flick at the ends (NOT COOL) it really does damage your hair like no one’s business.

These days, thankfully, I use a lot less heat on my hair. I tend to just blow dry my hair as it’s quite thin and looks better with a bit of volume to it.

This Moisture Mist by KeraStraight has been a real winning product for my locks. In the bottle it looks like a thick cream but when sprayed it is a light mist that can be applied to hair before styling to introduce instant hydration. It can also be applied to dry curly hair to add definition, texture and shine, taking out any frizz and leaving you with bouncy, conditioned curls.

Moisture Mist has amazing hold which leaves the hair beautifully soft without that crunchy feel we all know hairsprays can give us!

This product is a master of all trades. It detangles as well as add’s light weight moisturise which is perfect for all hair types and can be used in conjunction with other KeraStraight styling products as it won’t make the hair heavy. It contains UV and heat protection so is a fantastic product if you want a simple routine and don’t want so many products.


What hair type can use this?

This product is fantastic for most hair types but those with chemically processed or damaged hair would benefit most from using Moisture Mist.

How should I apply it?

You can spray the Moisture Mist close to the hair for more concentration or six inches away for a lighter mist or add to dry hair to add shine to any style, curly or straight.


I’d recommend this to anyone who find’s styling their hair a choir in the morning as it really does detangle unmanageable manes and is just such a perfect treatment if you find your hair looks or feels damaged.

The Moisture Mist is usually £19.50 for 250ml but currently has 25% off on LookFantastic.com! So, as Gwen Stefani would say, what you waiting for?

Have you tried any KeraStraight Style Products? Let me know what you think!

Georgia XO

Beauty, Lifestyle

The Ultimate Oil

Hair oil has quickly become one of the most popular hair care products for woman on the go.

Not everyone has time to use various products in their hair in the mornings, yet we still want manageable and healthy hair that shines like the side of the Shard.

And so, Hair Oil was the modern woman’s saviour. A conditioning treatment applied before heat, it could transform the condition and add moisture into hair damaged by the application of heat (Straighteners and Hair Dryers) and everyday pollution.

All hail!

However, anyone who has thin or oily hair knows the struggle is real when it comes to applying oil to the hair.

Some hair oil, such as Moroccan Oil, tend to have amazing results, yet are very heavy, weighing the hair down. People who have oily hair may also be sceptical about the use of these products, for fear they may look like Greasy Mc Grease Ball from the Planet of Greaseatron.

But, my friends, for those people out there I say to you, the ‘Ultimate Oil’ is your answer!

Created by the mastermind’s at KeraStraight, the Ultimate Oil is kind of like the older, more sassy and successful big sister of all other hair oils. Think of it as a metaphor for Beyonce. It’s lightweight and easily absorbs rather then sitting on the hair’s surface. It also smells like what I can imagine a holiday in Bali with Tom Hardy smells like (not sweaty obviously… I meant like a dream…Ok, probably not the best comparison)

It does smell gorgeous though. I have my own father and cat to vouch for that! (My cat doesn’t wear the oil obviously, but he is obsessed with the smell for some bizarre reason!?!?!)

The fact it doesn’t weigh down the hair is a BIG bonus for hair similar to mine as well. I have quite flat, thin hair at times so using excessive products can sometimes bring my mane down like a night out in my home town.

So, what makes it so special? I hear you ask!

Unlike other oils on the market which contain one or two essential oils, KeraStraight’s luxurious Ultimate Oil contains 9 oils, all with different, unique long term benefits to the hair.

Argan and Coconut Oil provide deep nourishment to the hair.

Jojoba and Avacado Oil (mmm, that makes me hungry) give the hair light weight moisture.

Macadamia and Olive Oil seal the hair with shine.

Linseed, Wheat Germ and Sunflower strengthen hair.

How do I use it?

Apply the oil to damaged areas of the hair (mid section to the ends of the hair, not the roots unless you dig the fringe look)

You can use the oil in a number of different ways. You can use it after washing the hair and before drying/applying heat.

Ultimate Oil can also be applied after drying to add extra shine and combat frizzy fly aways.

Another great way of using the oil is as a night treatment and in conjunction with the KeraStraight Mostuire Mask or your hair conditioner to add lots of moisture to dry, damaged hair.

This is a new hair staple for me. It’s completely transformed the condition of my locks and I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for healthy, manageable hair.

Because you can mix up KeraStraight Style products, this Oil can be used in conjunction with the KS Moisture Mist, which is amazing for dry hair lacking shine and nourishment.

Where can I buy Ultimate Oil?

You can buy KeraStraight Ultimate Oil in your nearest KeraStraight Salon or at LookFantastic

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Advice

5 Reasons Why You Should Vote in the General Election

When I was surveying Facebook today, I came across a discussion between some Facebook friends about voting in the upcoming 2015, General Election (Thanks for the inspo, Alice and Taylor!)

I realised that a lot of young people in this country probably won’t turn up to vote. Maybe 30 per cent of people won’t vote due to lack of education and knowledge about our political system. But the majority will probably be people generally believing they’d be better off NOT voting.

This is an insane prospect to me, and I can’t seem to get my head around the idea that anyone would think that abstaining from voting will somehow change British Politics for the better.

So I’ve created a post of 5 reasons why you should vote in the General Election.


You can’t mope unless you vote!

You don’t really have much of an argument on your hands if you haven’t actually bothered to educate yourself about the political parties, their manifestos and actually gone out to vote. It’s like moaning about a giraffe standing in front of your garden gate. The solution may not be straight forward and you may not get the results you desire, but at least you went out and tried to change the situation rather then being a moaning myrtle. Complaining about something isn’t going to do anything. It’s counterproductive and negative. Be the change you want to see. Every vote counts.

You are lucky enough to have a voice, use it!

We are extremely lucky in this country to have a democracy and have done for hundreds of years (technically, we have a thousand year history but woman weren’t allowed to vote till 1918 so it doesn’t count). Many countries, due to Dictatorship or Authoritarianism, do not allow their people freedom of speech and movement. We are probably one of the only countries where people can speak freely without fear of retribution. Young people in the UK have a say in how their future is shaped. We don’t always get our way, but the majority opinion overalls and most of the time, all is fair and just (I’m looking at you Cam for those exorbitant tuition fee -.-) So please understand how fortunate we are to be able to have a say in who runs are country, as many other young people do not.

You’ll Make A Change, No Matter How Small

Basically, don’t do a Russell Brand 

As much as his hair is awesome and he is quite dishy to look at, Brand’s idea for change is to encourage people to not vote at all. And what good does that do? It’s pretty much like not turning up to your GCSE exams as a protest against the education system. You aren’t going to benefit from it. You have to be in the race to have a chance at winning. The same goes for your vote. It may feel as though your vote is insignificant in the big scheme of things but your voice will count for something in the election. Even if you vote for ‘none of the above’ you still have the opportunity to change our Government and it’s policies.

Politicians HAVE to care

Us young folks are the future. We are the people who will legitimise the future Government and back their decisions for change. As much as we believe they don’t care about us, they kind of have to. They have a predisposition to win us over and subsequently, get our votes! Every vote counts remember. (Hence Lib Dem’s Rent to Buy scheme for young people who NEED to get on the property ladder)

Represent YO’

If more people were to vote, our Government would be a lot more representative of the majority of Britain. People complain our Government is full of privileged boys who know nothing of the people they act to stand for, yet if you don’t vote, how ill this every change? If we don’t like something, we need to speak up and make ourselves heard. We need more woman in politics and ethnic minorities. How can we make this happen if we don’t express our views through our ballet papers?

SO, get your butts down to the ballet station on the 7th May, OK?!

Georgia

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Me when I hear people aren’t voting.
Digital Marketing

Lights, Camera, Kerastraight! (The KeraStraight Video Shoot 2015)!

Last week was exhilarating for the KeraStraight team!

If you remember my blog post from last month about The One Show’s Michael Douglas training the talented KS Art Team in presenting skills, then you would remember me mentioning that there was some exciting projects coming up for the team.

So last Monday, all of us at the KeraStraight HQ made our way to Trevor Sorbie’s Academy in Covent Garden for the filming of a brand new educational video featuring the new faces of KeraStraight (four fantastic models) and of course, our fantastic Art Team!

I can’t even explain to you in a coherent manner how EXCITING the atmosphere was on the day!

We were extreamly fortunate to be able to secure Michael Douglas and Andy Abrahams to direct and produce the video shoot, which gave the whole production a really professional feel (very One Show-esque) and put the entire Art Team at complete ease knowing Michael was on hand to deliver further presenting tips and direction if needed.

So here is a run down of the day since I was behind the scenes! (including a who’s who and a behind the scenes low down)


Model Prep

The makeup artist for the day was the talented Philipp Ueberfellner, an Austrian born self proclaimed ”Product Junkie” who’s wide spectrum of experience in the industry at such a young age is inspiring as well as outstanding. He studied at Glauca Rossi School of Makeup which has produced some of the most talked about Makeup Artists in the blogosphere (think Charlotte Tilbury and Gemma Kidd) and lent his talent to major names in London Fashion Week, becoming the top choice for many shows. He was also a nominee for Makeup Artist of the Year at the Vienna Awards and has worked for the likes of Jessie J and Dizzie Rascal as well as on commercial campaigns (Toni and Guy, Wella and Zara).

He ‘aims to put a smile on the face of all his models’ and if the faces of our KeraStraight girls on the set were anything to go by, then this statement is very accurate.

I was a little in awe of his MUA kit! Nars everywhere I tell you, and boy did that make me happy (my love for makeup grows stronger by the day!)

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The model’s makeup looked so flawless and looked great on camera (the struggle is real when it comes to makeup on set).

Phillip was also on hand for touch ups throughout the day because a shiny t zone is pretty much like one of those annoying people who turn up to house parties un invited and drink all your alcohol.

To quote Phillip on the day, he stated ‘working with KeraStraight has been good fun. We had a great team and laid back energy’ ‘My favourite part would be seeing the transformations and everything coming together’

The models turned up to the shoot with their hair in all it’s natural glory, ready to begin the KeraStraight Ultimate Treatment on camera.

Tell us about yourself?

Andy and the crew filmed the lovely Alfie Booth (Director of Trevor Sorbie Manchester) interviewing our models (Risikat, Katja, Nena and Rhea) on camera. The models told us a little bit about themselves and then spoke about their natural hair and what they would change about it This was a really important aspect of the production as it allowed the team to get across on camera how unmanageable/damaged the model’s hair were. All the model’s had very different hair types that would benefit in different ways from the treatment.

The production team then snapped some pictures of the hair before treatment for comparison.

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Let the treatment begin!

Each member of the KeraStraight Art Team was assigned a model for the treatment. They were filmed partaking in the consultation session that should always take place before the treatment begins. They asked the models to tell them about their hair (such as how long it takes to style and what aspects they would like to change with the treatment).

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While the treatment got under way, Alfie interviewed Claire Solman (Owner of CF40 Salon) about her experience of using KeraStraight in her own salon and the brand as a whole. This gives some great insight for salons into how they can benefit from using the KeraStraight treatments and how much their clients are going to LOVE the results.

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Alfie spoke to the camera during each stage of the process, making sure to ask each stylist about how they were applying the treatment and the techniques they were using for each hair type. The model’s hair was rinsed again after the treatment was left on for 30-45 minutes, depending on how porous the hair is, and moisture lock added. Heat was then applied to the model’s hair to lock in the long term treatment benefits. Claire with a barrel brush is a sight to be reckoned with! It reminded me a lot of speedy gonzales on caffeine. Alfie continued asking about specific techniques such as using tail combs for more info.

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Gorgeous Hair, Made Easy!

The models got to see the final results of their treatment and we caught their fantastic reactions on camera! (You’ll have to watch the final video to see how happy our models were with their new KeraStraight hair)

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The day was exciting and the Art Team had a fantastic time showing off their skills and talking about all things KeraStraight.

Matthew Roskell told me he ‘had a great time at the video shoot and it was brilliant to be back working with KeraStraight’ and Claire said ‘it was a very full on day which I found very inspiring, and I think the end result will be extremely motivational for all who watch it , I learnt some amazing presentation skills from Alfie, and the amazing Michael Douglas’.

The quotes speak for themselves! The day was a success and keep an eye out on the KeraStraight Facebook and Twitter page for the new educational video!