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September Goals – Did I Reach them?

Hi again. Sorry for the brief hiatus, I haven’t been well or myself lately. But I think the fog is clearing now and I’m on the mend (please be on the mend so I can get back to riding my bike!)

Now I’m back I wanted to check in on my September goals and let you know if I managed to fulfill any.  Here’s how I got on.

Upload my new hair bows to my Etsy store

Done :) I’ve got three listed. They’re beautiful:

Pink and white polka dot hair bow Retro Polaroid Camera Unicorn Hair Bow

Start regularly doing Free Art Friday

Nope – I think I’ve got too many creative projects on the go at the moment so I couldn’t get my head around all of them. It’s not a good idea for me to set myself too many creative goals as I end up feeling guilty if I don’t get round to doing them. I’m definitely putting this as one of my October goals.

Get accepted onto a craft fair to sell my bow ties

Done :) I’m proper buzzing about being part of the Cambridge Etsy Christmas Market in December. I’ll be sharing more info about this shortly. I’m looking forward to making up loads of my bow ties and decorating my table.

Go out exploring more – do at least a 8k walk somewhere I haven’t been before

Done – me and my explorer in crime did a long walk from our house to the next village and managed to forage a few treats on the way. Hope this wasn’t what made me ill…

Catch up with people I haven’t seen for a while

Yes and no. I managed to spend some quality time with friends but I also managed to completely fudge up a meeting with a mate I haven’t seen for a while. I’m going to blame the hairdressers and my stupid old banger of a car. Sorry again if you’re reading this – you know who you are x

Go to a gig in London

Didn’t happen :( I think I’ve managed to well and truly put myself off of London for a while. I hate the pace and the miserable faces. But I’m keen to fall in love with London again so maybe that’s a post for another day.

Finish a painting I’ve been working on for ages! Or at least start on it again

Nope. I didn’t finish or even start a painting. Another creative project I’ve not been able to initiate but managed to feel all of the guilt about. Stupid art guilt. Nobody liked you.

Sell a lot of my clothes that I haven’t worn in the past two years

They’re all ear marked and ready to either go on Ebay or go to a car boot this Sunday. Please do me a solid weather and don’t rain!

Look after myself and put my happiness first for once

I’ve had no choice but to do this these last two weeks as I’ve felt too ill. But I’m fed up with being selfish and nauseous now; other people need some loving. Especially my Mum who has really looked after me this past week.

Go to an exhibition

Didn’t happen. To be honest, there wasn’t anything I was desperate enough to see which could make me put up with the crap hole capital. However Ai Wei Wei‘s latest exhibition is at the Royal Academy which I would like to go and see.

6/10 isn’t bad. And I’m going to try to not beat myself up about not achieving all ten. Plus I’m kind of trying to be more lenient on myself as I’m still poorly and trying to recover.

How was your September? Did you achieve any big goals?

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My 6 Cruelty Free Autumn Beauty Must-Haves

autumn beauty must haves

Autumn brings with it a whole new set of skincare and hair problems. Cooler temperatures means heaters come back on once more, drying out both your hair and skin.

Here are my top six cruelty free beauty must-haves for autumn.

1. Amphora Aromatics Skincare Grapefruit & Cedarwood Deoderant

I’ve been on the lookout for a cruelty free deodorant  for a long time. So I was pleased when Amphora Aromatics got in touch and asked me to review their Grapefruit and Cedarwood natural roll on.

The smokiness of the cedarwood with the fruity notes of grapefruit make this deodorant a perfect autumn fragrance. One that you can actually smell on yourself. However, if you do any form of activity, you’ll need to wash and reapply as it doesn’t always work under stress of exertion or sustained activities. But don’t let that put you off as it will keep you fresh for a couple of hours and the scent is amazing.  Plus the ingredients are made up of essential oils and natural fungi solutions that inhibit natural deodorising properties. So if you’re concerned about the number of chemicals included in many of the High Street products, consider a natural alternative which is aluminium and parfum free.

2. Richard Ward Keratin Bulking Spray

Since I’ve had my hair styled, bulking it up and maintaining volume throughout the day is now a key priority. This root-boosting spray by Richard Ward uses keratin (your “hair’s natural protein”) as a way to restore it’s natural fiber. My hair has taken quite a battering over the years from permanent colouring to bleaching and now with the heaters coming back on, my hair really deserves a moisture injection.

The spray can be used on both damp and dry hair between washes and I’ve found that both ways have given my hair a lot more bounce. If you have fine hair like mine, it’s definitely worth a try.

3. Faith in Nature Chocolate Conditioner

Thank Jebus I found this product – the shampoo too. This all vegan conditioner smells phenomenal and has a little extra in it’s arsenal; it boosts your colour between dying. Specifically for dark hair, after every wash my hair colour looks revitalisied, as if I’ve just re-dyed it. As your hair grows your roots show, but this makes the regrowth less obvious and means I can wait a couple of extra weeks in-between colouring than I normally would, which is great because I hate the boring and arduous task of dying my own hair. So long.

4. Faith in Nature Chocolate Shampoo

Again this is cruelty free and works even better when used with the conditioner. It’s consistency is like liquid chocolate and does a perfect job of washing my hair but not weighing it down with product build up.

It’s also price friendly too. I was given these two samples to review from Discount Supplements and together they cost just over £10 – that’s cheaper than the majority of the mid-range haircare brands like Aussie Hair who test on animals and also don’t have the added benefit of boosting your colour. I cannot recommend these two products enough!

5. Neal’s Yard Geranium & Orange Body Lotion

I’ve always loved Neal’s Yard but the price has always put me off – luckily I got this body lotion free with a magazine so I was able to test it out before committing to buying an expensive produce I might not like.

I mainly use this on my hands as cycling to work really dries them out due to the cold air. My hands feel softer and smooth, probably thanks to the pumpkin seed oils which is an incredibly seasonal scent what with Halloween just around the corner. If you have the budget, why not try this moisturiser if your skin is prone to drying.

6. Naked Style Little Miracle Leave-In Conditioner

As I’m on a crusade to repair years’ worth of damage to my hair, I regularly use this leave in conditioner. As I have fine hair I need a conditioner that doesn’t weigh it down but also nourishes and provides ongoing moisture – luckily this fulfills both needs!

I’ve had more compliments about how much better condition my hair has been in since using this on a regular basis so this is my secret.

What are your beauty must-haves? Have you tried any of those I’ve featured before? I’d love to know which cruelty free products you recommend.


*I was gifted the Amphora Aromatics deodorant and Faith in Nature products, however all opinions are my own.

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