6 February 2016

HOW TO STOP OVERTHINKING

If there were an Olympics in over thinking, I’d be up there representing Great Britain. My ma would call me a ‘whittler’ – someone who spends way too much time worrying over daft little things that probably won't lead to the end of the universe. Even still, I can’t help but think into things way too much, stressing about if so & so thought I meant something in the wrong way, or if life would be better if I’d taken another A level (?!). You know the sort. From big concerns to miniscule, I can work myself into a whole internal debate about most things.

I’m pretty sure that over thinking is common – I guess switching your own brain off can be tough. So, with working on a happier, healthier me, I thought I’d share with you a few ways I’ve been beating the battle of overthinking…

Occupy your mind.

For times when I really can’t block out what I’m concerning myself about, I’ll try to occupy my mind with other things. From sitting down with a colouring book to heading to the gym with some ridonkulously loud music on, I find it’s a good way to take the focus off what it is that’s bugging you. Even just settling down to paint some fiddly nail design can help me break the cycle of overthinking.

Unload.

Blurting stuff out can be hella therapeutic. It’s sort of exhausting, having all this stuff whizzing through your brain, so sharing it with someone who’s happy to listen can help ease the stress. Sometimes, you just need to tell someone all those irrational thoughts you’ve been having, and have them give you that ‘you need to chill/drink a glass of wine face’. I find that’s comforting, and does help me to realize when I’m being a bit over the top.

Switch off.

Completely. Zone out to the land of zero worries. I know, easier said than done, but I do try switch off to really make my over working mind chill out. I tend to do this with some of that naff meditation stuff you can find on YouTube – I say naff, but I actually find it’s really helpful. I’ll stick a candle on, find a good meditation video and do that whole ‘concentrate on breathing thing’. It sounds a little odd at first, but I do think it works. 

Shout at yourself.

Okay, maybe don't do this out loud when you’re walking down the street. When I’m on my own, I may actually shout at myself a little (the occasional ‘LALALA’ isn’t too mental, right?!), but I’ll also do it internally, telling myself to quit it. Sometimes I just need to think ‘stop thinking about that’. If it helps me avoid worrying if Harry from finance caught me having a good old readjust of my bra then I don’t care if it sounds a bit bonkers. I’m a firm believer in giving yourself a good talking to. Your inner voice can be as equally powerful as it can be destructive (welcome to Cringeville, but it’s true).

Right, I’m hoping that’s not too preach-y and is actually of use to any of fellow over thinkers! I’m pretty sure I’ll always be a worrier, but I feel much better when I’ve got it under control!

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4 February 2016

HOW I TONED UP MY TUMMY | PINK SODA SPORT

Earlier in the month I told you how I'd be working on upping my fitness with Pink Soda Sport... It's now time for me to share how I've been getting on! If you head over to the Pink Soda Sports Hub you can find out what I've been up to, and read the full post on how I've really toned up my tum. They're all really simple ways that are also pretty fun - I'm still all about that healthy and happy lifestyle, with any aesthetic changes a little bonus. 

For the first time ever, I'm actually seeing why fitness can be really important lifestyle wise, rather than seeing it all as a whopping dread!

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2 February 2016

MAINTAINING SILVER TONED HAIR


I’m a real lover of ash toned, silvery blonde hair, and as a result I’m forever on the quest for the perfect routine for combating those brassy tones. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I live for the honey blonde, and leave my hair to go a little warmer… But then I’ll wake up one morning and realise I’ve got a Barbie style barnet that really needs toning down.

Even though my hair isn’t an all over silver, it does have a lot of those ashy tones in it, especially on the lengths. I get asked quite a bit how I get my hair this colour, and a lot of it has come through trialling and testing products for cancelling out any brassiness. These are the ones I’ve really come to love for maintaining that silvery blonde. 

I find on my hair this one has more subtle results – I can use this one every other day without ending up too ‘bluuuuedabadeee’. I reckon if you’re an all over, bleach blonde then this one would work just fine, but I don’t think it picks up quite so well on me, with my hair having lots of darker blonde in it too. Having said that, I do think it’s a good, cheaper option, one I can use inbetween the stronger products. If it’s a budget, day-to-day shampoo you’re after then this one is worth a try. 


I’ve had a couple of bottles of this one and I do really like it. To me, it’s not quite as strong as the Lee Stafford one, but still gives a noticeable result when left on for a while. If anything, I think this one is bluer toned (Lee Stafford Bleach Blondes feel more purple-y to me), leaving more of the grey/silver look to the lightest blonde bits. If you’re after a real grey-ish blonde then this one works a treat. 


If I had to pick one silver blonde product, I know it’d be from the Lee Stafford range. Most likely, the Bleach Blondes Shampoo – one I’ve used on and off for years. I usually end up leaving it on for way longer than advised, but even after a quick wash I can see a difference. I think recently they’ve altered the formulation - originally it did leave your hands very purple & corpse like. Now it doesn’t stain quite so much and has a thicker consistency, meaning it doesn’t dribble everywhere. One of the biggest things is really covering all the hair with it – I try to apply it more like conditioner, so I can comb it through and make sure it’s evenly dispersed. This one is the strongest purple shampoo I’ve used, so occasionally I do end up with the odd violet toned streak, but it does wash out quickly. I think you’re best trying it a few times as you work out the best length of time to leave it on.

The Hot Shots I usually buy when there’s a 3 for 2 offer on, as with using the shampoo I don’t tend to need them that often, and the spray is nice to spritz through my lengths, brightening them up.



I’ve had a couple of bottles of this one and I do really like it. To me, it’s not quite as strong as the Lee Stafford one, but still gives a noticeable result when left on for a while. If anything, I think this one is bluer toned (Lee Stafford Bleach Blondes feel more purple-y to me), leaving more of the grey/silver look to the lightest blonde bits. If you’re after a real grey-ish blonde then this one works a treat. 

Aaaand that’s a whole load of purple shampoo! I just find it’s easiest to work with, especially for the daily maintenance. With any product like this, I can find that they’re slightly drying, so I would say it’s worth getting a good quality hair mask. My personal favourite is the Molton Brown Mer Rouge Mask, one you can slather on and leave for a while to be soaked up.

A last suggestion would be just asking your hairdresser for some help in the toning department. As good as all these products are, a hairdresser can apply everything way more evenly than I can manage in the shower. I am planning to go more over to the silver side on my next hairdressers trip, so I’ll keep you updated on that one!
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