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My Hair!

Hey guys!

This post is all about my hair! I’ve been wanting to write a post about my hair for a while because it’s definitely something I feel quite proud of, and I’d love it if some like-minded ladies found some hair inspiration in this post 🙂

I hope you enjoy!


BEFORE… 

(Dying process took place sometime between 3rd June 2014 and 16th July 2014.)

Before I began growing my natural hair out, I had been dying it for the previous 8 years or so. I literally hadn’t seen what my natural hair looked like since then, and I always assumed it would be a mousey, grey-blonde, super unattractive colour going by what I could see of any roots that would show.

Nonetheless, I became absolutely sick and tired of trying to maintain a dyed hair colour. It just felt like a losing battle against nature, so in the end I thought “Fine hair, you win. If you want to be natural, healthy and long, you can be natural, healthy and long.” I decided it was time to let nature take its course and to just accept my unique genetics for what they are – rather than trying to hide them. I decided to go all natural, and to grow my hair out completely. My goal was to grow out my natural hair, without any cuts besides trimming off split ends, to the point where I would find my hair to be actually less attractive than when it were a tad bit shorter. I’ve always loved long, natural princess hair, so I assumed this would turn out to be a very long length!

To begin this process, I first cut my hair at the time as short as I possibly could without getting upset, so that I would have as little “starter” hair as possible. I also dyed it with a permanent dye in my favourite colour (magenta) – both so that I could enjoy having beautifully coloured hair one last time, and so that I would have a permanent marker between where my old, damaged hair ended and where my natural, new and healthy hair would begin. Basically, I had a very short (around lip length) straight across magenta bob, with a fringe (or bangs.) The natural hair process had officially begun!

DURING…

During the hair growing process, I would check my roots everyday in the mirror for any progress. I was SO EXCITED by the sign of any new, healthy, natural hair growth! I took such good care of my hair during this stage – I made sure to wash it very, very rarely (only once it would become very, very dirty,) and made sure to condition it in the shower every single day. I even went so far as to put BODY BUTTER AND BODY LOTION into my hair, to help add in EVEN MORE moisture!

Every now and then, when my hair would start to become a little bit longer, I’d ask my partner to cut my hair back to its original bob length, straight across, whereas I left my fringe to grow out. My plan was to get all my hair to be natural, and all the same length.

After maybe a year or so, my hair was entirely natural and my fringe had pretty much grown out – yay! It was also just below shoulder length. I decided to cut a fringe in around this point, which I then grew out, and I then cut another fringe and some face-framing layers in a year later. I basically have just maintained my fringe, grew my face-framing layers out and have just kept growing my hair out, only trimming it straight across to get the split ends off every now and then.

AFTER…

(Hair at the present, 3rd September 2018)

After all that time, 4 years and 2 months later (wow, I didn’t realise it had been that long,) my hair is now pretty damn long, and I still have my fringe! I still haven’t reached a moment where I look in the mirror and think to myself “My hair actually looked more attractive before, when it was a bit shorter.” So, I’m still growing it 🙂 After all of this process, I now absolutely LOVE my natural hair. I think the colour is absolutely gorgeous – a golden, sunshine caramel colour, and think that it’s such a unique colour for people with my warm, olive skin tone to have. I love how healthy it is. I love how free it is. I don’t interrupt its natural process at all – besides to shampoo / condition / add hair moisturisers to it, and apart from cutting it to maintain my fringe length and to keep the split ends at bay. I just really, really love it. I feel that my hair is more unique, true to myself and self-expressive than I have ever felt it has been before.

I aim to keep growing it until I reach the point I stated earlier, and to then to cut it and maintain it at the length I decide looks the best. I don’t think I’ll ever stop wanting a fringe – I love how I never have hair in my eyes and I just think a fringe really suits me (and most people honestly!) After reaching my ideal length, I MAY cut it into some sort of style – like into a V-shape, cutting layers into the front to frame my face and layers into the back, MAYBE. It’s far more likely that I wont though, because I just really love my hair and don’t want to cut any of it off! I have also toyed around with the idea of perming it – I’ve always LOVED curly hair, but the thought of it growing out, having to maintain it and it just not being natural really puts me off. I’ll more likely keep trying overnight hair curling methods. As for dying it in any way, I do love the look of sun-kissed hair – pretty surfer-esque highlights or a balayage effect, but I don’t know… I think I’d prefer to try to achieve that naturally, by applying chamomile and lemon to my hair and sitting in the sunshine! Basically, I kinda love my hair now, like, a lot. The thought of it taking on another colour besides my own scares me! I absolutely love bright colours like magenta – just not on my hair thank you very much!

The way I do add some interest to my hair is by using overnight curling methods to curl my hair, by maintaining my fringe, by using hats and accessories, and by putting my hair up into different styles like braids, high ponytails, side ponytails, messy buns etc. I love my hair! 🙂


 

Thanks for reading this essay about my hair!

What are some things you love about your hair? What are some things you love about your natural self?

Let me know in the comments below!
– Storm

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10 Reasons Why Hufflepuffs Are Epic.

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Hey guys! I’ve been really into Harry Potter recently, so I came up with this post. I hope you enjoy!


  1. Us Hufflepuffs appreciate the smaller, more ignored things in life. We take time to enjoy the view, we notice the beauty in the little wild flowers that we walk by on a daily basis, we stop to move (and hence, save from being trodden on) innocent slugs that we see in the middle of the pavement… Sure, maybe we don’t always put the apparently “important” things in the world first, but I think we have an inner wisdom that tells us what is TRULY important 🙂
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  2. We are a very mysterious and underestimated house! The dark horses in the running. No-one is really fully sure of what our motives or skills are, because we conceal them so well 😉 We also hate to boast and to be in the spotlight! It isn’t that we don’t HAVE any motives and skills other than, well, being kind. It’s just that kindness is at the forefront of our minds the majority of the time. It could be said that I myself am ambitious, will stand up for what is right and I would like to think that I’m pretty wise! We can truly surprise you (and even ourselves) with our talents when we feel it appropriate to do so!
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  3. We have an aptitude for the care of animals and plants – (magical creatures and herbology.) No other Hogwarts house is as good with caring for other forms of life as we are, and it is something we really pride ourselves on! Animals and plants keep us healthy and share this planet with us, and us Hufflepuffs believe that they are incredibly important and warrant out respect (both inside and outside of the classroom.)
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  4. We really like to keep the peace, and will only be purposefully rude if we are very wound-up. Us Hufflepuffs like to think before we speak, and refuse to become involved in meaningless arguments! We prefer to be neutral, objective, observant spectators, and to analyse all the angles to each side of an argument. We like to find compromise where available. Hufflepuffs are, however, very just – meaning that we can be extremely opinionated on what is the right course of action, and will definitely stand up to anything we consider to be morally/ethically “wrong”. We are always careful to not upset others when it isn’t necessary to do so, and I think that makes us pretty epic 🙂
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  5. Hufflepuffs are pretty damn loyal when it comes down to it. We are extremely kind, and always do our best to make those we care about, happy. All the Hogwarts houses have loyal traits, but none like Hufflepuff. We will not discriminate, and are loyal intuitively to those who have shown us trust, kindness and who have made us happy. Once we have committed ourselves to someone, we will do our best to remain loving, kind and true to them – even if they have heavily let us down in the past!
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  6. We are very, very patient in comparison to the other Hogwarts houses, and will happily wait for our time to come to have glory. In general, we are in no particular rush to achieve big things in our lives, and believe that one cannot make anything happen any quicker than the time that it is ready to do so. That isn’t to say that we aren’t at all ambitious, because we are! We simply prefer to try and enjoy the journey, rather than fighting to get to the finishing line.
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  7. Us Hufflepuffs are unapologetically honest and true. We do not purposely conceal any truths about our beliefs, and you can always be sure of exactly who you’re dealing with when it comes to us lot. We do not conform to norms, and will not be “kind” or “polite” just to uphold an outward appearance of being a nice person! We are still kind, but you can rest assured that we are being so without any ulterior motives.
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  8. We love happiness, life and sunshine! No other house enjoys to simply be happy as much as us guys and girls do. Even our common room is almost perpetually sunny, warm and cosy, and is filled with all sorts of interesting plants. The view from our common room is of fresh green grass and beautifully bright dandelions. Our house colours of yellow and black represent fields of bright, yellow, sunny wheat growing in dark earth. Yellow itself is also such a bright and cheerful colour – often used to represent the mood happiness. There are no harsh lines in our common room – all the doors and windows are circular shaped – as is the shape of the common room itself! The Hufflepuff common room truly is a happy little den, where everyone can feel safe.
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  9. We, by far, have the most cuddly emblematic animal! We are represented by the adorable badger, a very underestimated animal! Don’t let their adorable, cuddliness fool you – if you cross a badger, they’ll defend themselves and their loved ones with their life! I’m proud to be represented by the badger 😀
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  10. We are very hard workers, and are also extremely determined. We like to challenge ourselves, so we will often pursuit things in life that we aren’t naturally very good at, and will continue working at those things until we are. For example, I believe I was one of two Hufflepuffs in my classes at college, and we definitely found studying classes such as Mathematics, Advanced Mathematics, Physics and Statistics more difficult than our classmates. However, by the end of the year I was receiving results in my exams that exceeded those of the majority of my classmates – primarily in Statistics but also in Physics. Those results were purely due to a lot of studying, reading and hard work. Us Hufflepuffs can achieve anything that we set our mind to!
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    So, that’s it from me today! Thank you for reading – I know I wrote quite a lot, I’m very passionate about being a Hufflepuff recently…

    I hope you enjoyed my 10 reasons why Hufflepuffs are epic!

    – Storm

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Lush Old Father Time Hand And Body Soap Review

This isn’t a soap I got recently – in fact, I picked it up in the Boxing Day sale back in 2015! I finally used my piece all up, and here is my review for it 🙂


Old Father Time Hand And Body Soap:

Rating: 4/5*

Cons:

This soap doesn’t have a sweet smell to it. In fact, the scent reminds me almost of… dust? It has a dusty, old book, tree, woodsy, incencey sort of scent to it – if that makes any sense at all! It is a very difficult scent to describe… it sort of smells like a nice smelling hippie’s den haha! Anyway, it isn’t a sweet smell in the slightest really, so if you don’t like more earthy, smokey scents, this one isn’t going to be for you at all!

The lather of this soap is, well, a murky brown-orange-red colour. This isn’t a massive deal, but it does take a bit of getting used to. It definitely does make the soap messier than some of the others that I’ve used, because it really is so pigmented. I know this soap will definitely be too messy for some!

Another problem with the colour of the lather, and of the soap overall, is that it looks almost gorey to me. It is a deep maroon colour, and honestly, when the soap is sitting in its soap dish with browny red coloured soap water dripping down the sides of the sink… I dunno, maybe I’m really weird, but nonetheless I found the appearance of this soap quite creepy – almost like having a chunk of liver in my soap dish!

This was a Christmas Exclusive soap in 2015 – and didn’t even return for 2016! If you happen to really enjoy this soap, you could very well find that you have a difficult time trying to stock up on the stuff I’m afraid!

The scent of Old Father Time definitely fades over time. The scent of my piece of this soap was much milder toward the end of its days. The scent remaining was more of a general soap scent, with just a slight hint of its original scent still present.


Pros:

The design of this soap is SO GORGEOUS! This soap has golden cogs going through it and wow, it is just absolutely stunning. The orangey-golden cogs are absolutely full of lustre and are more creamy and soft than the rest of the soap. Extremely lovely to use!

This soap overall was surprisingly moisturising. I don’t know why, but when I first received this soap I assumed it wouldn’t be very moisturing at all, but it really was. Perhaps not quite AS moisturising as some other soaps but it was pretty damn good! Definitely not a drying soap at least.

The scent is definitely one that both all genders can enjoy. My partner loved this soap and I think it was quite a nice one too. When I asked him if there was anything he would want to add to my review of the soap, he said: “I like how it got softer the more you worked it. I like how creamy it was. It was really nice!” 🙂


Overall Conclusion:

Overall, this soap was mostly a pleasure to use. It was definitely a fun experience, it is very different to any other Lush soap I have used thus far!

I am going to rate Old Father Time a 4/5* rating. Honestly, it reminding me of a chunk of liver or… something… really put me off! I would have given it less stars, but how much my partner enjoyed it sort of nudged it up somewhat!

– Storm

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Lush Lord Of Misrule Bath Bomb Review.

Hey guys! 🙂

This is another bath bomb that I received from my lovely partner for Halloween! I hope you enjoy the review 🙂


Lord Of Misrule Bath Bomb

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Rating: 4/5

Cons:

Okay, so this bath bomb leaves the bath water a sort of… deep, pinky red colour. I’m not gunna lie, it did sort of remind me of blood mixed with some water… It was a little creepy (I guess that’s the point considering it is a halloween product!) If this sounds a little unnerving to you, I’d suggest you do not try out this bath bomb.

The scent is unusual. It is a musky, peppery, masculine, spicy yet sweet scent. I think it was quite nice, but it definitely wouldn’t be for everyone – especially those of you who enjoy more fruity, floral or girly scents! If it doesn’t sound like your type of thing then I wouldn’t risk trying it!

The actual bath bomb itself is a speckled green colour. Again, not very feminine looking so if you are looking for something more lady-like, Lord Of Misrule is not for you!

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My Lord Of Misrule Bath Bomb didn’t actually create THAT much bath art. The bath was left with a creamy milky white layer on top of the water, and with a small burgundy pattern at one end of the tub. It was interesting, but simple, so if you’re looking for a work of art in your bath then this isn’t the bath bomb for you!

My bath bomb sank shortly after I put it in the tub, so it was actually really difficult to tell whether it had finished doing it’s thing or not (the bath was covered in the creamy foam at that point.) I don’t like to touch and move and play around with bath bombs while they are in the bath, and prefer to just observe what they will do without me interfering. If you are similar, then this bath bomb is going to be quite annoying for you! Once the bath bomb sunk under water, there was no visible movement or colour release from it whatsoever! The only way I could guess that it had finished fizzing was when the popping candy stopped… well, popping. It definitely took patience!

This bath bomb didn’t have any amazing effects on my skin.

This is an exclusive Halloween product, meaning if you do like it, you’re going to have a hard time getting your hands on it through Spring and Summer!


Pros:

This being an exclusive product means it won’t be around for long, so if you are interested, you should grab one while they’re still in stores!

This is a Lush bath bomb – it is vegan, cruelty free… I honestly thing every vegan product from Lush is worth trying at least once!

The smell is very interesting, and makes a change from Lush’s usual style of scents. I think it is a smell that suit men more – perhaps one to buy for the man in your life to ease him into Lush?

This bath bomb is definitely fun, if nothing else. I really enjoyed trying it and it was a brilliant gift for Halloween.

The deep pinky burgundy colour of the design left on top of the water… wow! Such a gorgeous colour!

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Although the colour of the bath water did remind me a little of bathing in blood, it also felt a bit like bathing in wine or pomegranate juice. Quite luxurious!

The creamy layer on top of the bath was really interesting, and my skin did feel slightly moisturised after using Lord Of Misrule.

There was a little bit of cold glitter in the bath bomb – I don’t know if this was just residue from my previous glittery bath / residue from a sparkly bubble bar that rubbed off onto Lord Of Misrule, but it might have been from the bath bomb itself! It was pretty either way.


Overall Conclusion:

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Overall, this was a fun bath bomb to use, but personally it definitely didn’t live up to the massive hype that it has! This is many people’s FAVOURITE bath bomb – Pumpkin, Intergalactic and Butterbear were all DEFINITELY more lovely than Lord Of Misrule (at least for my taste!)

Don’t get me wrong, I am so glad I did try it. It is definitely an interesting one, and one I really feel I may buy my partner in the future 😉

Overall, I rate this bath bomb a 4/5*, only just! Mostly because of the fact that it was a gift from my partner to be honest – and because of how unique it was!

What is your favourite bath bomb? Which Halloween products did you enjoy using the most? What do you think of Lord Of Misrule bath bomb and the scent? Leave a comment below! 🙂

– Storm