Sunday, 29 January 2017

7 Truths About Long Distance Relationships

If anyone ever wanted to know anything about long distance relationships, I'm the girl to ask. Hell, I'm married and still long distance. Blame university and UK visa rules for that one.
Anyway, since I'm pretty much a PhD bonefide expert on going long distance, I thought I should share some truths about what it's like being in a long distance relationship.
When you are together, everything seems fun.
Heck, you can go to Tesco together and it'll be the best time of your life. Guess the distance really makes you appreciate that person more.
No matter if it's your 100th goodbye, you'll always cry on the train home.
After two years I'm still a sobbing mess on that Windermere to Oxenholme line.

The house always seems so quiet the first day after they leave.
You start to miss them blaring out Luganda music and dancing around the room at every given opportunity.
Everyone will criticise your decision to stay together long distance.
My man and I have been together for two years long distance since I'm at uni. Everyone thinks we're crazy but I love him so what can we do.
Seeing them again after time apart is like the first date all over again.
To this day, I get butterflies on that day and I get nervous when I receive that 'I'm outside' text. I even set up a exfoliation and moisturising regime before the big day cos Lord knows I make no effort when he's not there.
You develop more as an individual and don't become dependent on them.
You have to find hobbies. Find your own friends. Be comfortable by yourself. I think long distance relationships really help you to focus on yourself as well as growing together.
Some days you will be found wearing their clothes and crying.
That's life. You love them and miss them. Sometimes it'll bring you down but that's healthy and normal. Even boss bitches cry sometimes.
Long distance can work.
It takes commitment, trust, and a whole lot of train journeys but it can happen.
What are your opinions on long distance relationships? Have you ever been in one?

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

My Favourite Products For Curly Hair

Curls: you either love them or you have them.
I may be stretching the truth a little here but there is no denying that being a possessor of a Simba style mane can be a struggle. Whether you splash out on GHDs to sizzle it into good behaviour or go broke collecting the oil of every nut and plant the world has to offer to try to tame that frizz explosion, all of us are certainly paying the price to keep our curls looking polished. But once you have finally learnt how to care for your curls, armed yourself with all the serum and mousse weaponry, and gone to war with social pressures that present sleek, straight hair as being the most beautiful hair type, you are ready to flaunt the curls your momma gave you (or your dad - or both, yknow whoever really).
You can get out there knowing your natural hair is incredible and curls are beautiful.

First things first (I'm the realest), the world already knows that coconut oil is a gift from God and should be revered by all. What I find suits my hair type best is to use coconut oil as a hair mask before I wash my hair in order to add in a little moisture before the horror of shampooing. I put it mostly on the ends of my hair then wrap my hair in an old scarf or tshirt (cotton or silk is best on curly hair - the texture of a towel can be too harsh). I then leave it on for an hour or so then wash my hair normally with shampoo and conditioner. I find that it makes my hair softer and less prone to frizz.

I recently discovered this shampoo and conditioner and there is no going back for me now. I'm talking about the Palmer's Shea Formula Moisture Repair Shampoo and Conditioner. This stuff is amazing! It defines your curls, it doesn't leave your hair feeling heavy or weighed down, and it really does combat frizz (my hair is so prone to frizz so I can really vouch for this). For so long, I used shampoo and conditioner that wasn't designed for my hair type and it lead to loss of curl definition and a lot more tangles so it is amazing to finally be using a shampoo and conditioner that is designed for hair like mine.

My go-to for product since I was in school has always been John Frieda Frizz-Ease Curl Defining Mousse. I always scrunch this mousse into my hair when I have just got out of the shower and it makes my curls so much more defined and manageable. There is the risk of your curls going crunchy if you use too much and I don't fully love the idea of using chemicals on my hair but I couldn't leave this off of my list. They also do a frizz ease serum which I use sometimes but you have to be so sparing with it else it makes your hair look greasy.

I'm still searching for a perfect hair oil for my hair but this one by Aussie is coming quite close. It has quite a distinctive smell that lots of people seem to like based on the online reviews but for me it is slightly herby for my liking. But I am so interested to try more hair oils and find a perfect match. But I would recommend this for someone with more wavy than curly hair.

Let me know if you have tried any of these products and I would love to hear recommendations of other products for curls that everyone likes.

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