Kiehl’s has always been my favourite brand of skincare… Although I’ve regularly mentioned Lush Cosmetics previously, Kiehl’s will remain my first choice – because I will never forget how it saved my skin and cured it from acne.

Kiehl’s appeals to me because, like Lush, it’s made from natural and herbal ingredients.

No, I don’t even need to write about their Midnight Recovery serum as it’s an award-winning concentrate that speaks for itself…

However, I don’t write to promote, I write to express my opinion. With that in mind, I’m going to express it.

Although it’s been on my dressing table for a while, I decided to start using it consistently about a two weeks ago. I particularly like the fact that this serum is suitable for dry, combo and oily skins.

One night. A few drops. Younger-looking skin by morning.

Like thousands of fellow patrons, use a few drops of Kiehl’s UK & Ireland #1 best-seller, Midnight Recovery Concentrate, every night for younger-looking skin by morning. Wake up to fresher-feeling skin, which is more toned, and with improved radiance.This formula works by enhancing your skin’s natural night-time recovery process – so make your skin work for you while you sleep! Additionally the formula is not only paraben-free, but also 99.8% natural-derived. A few of the key ingredients include Lavender Essential Oil, Primrose Oil, and Kiehl’s-signature ingredient squalane, derived from olives.And that’s not all – it’s made from a recyclable glass bottle, dropper and plastic squeeze top in a protective 100% recycled board carton.

Process: wash your face. Prime it. Apply three drops across your face. Night moisturise. Go to sleep. Wake up and wash it off.

Result: over time, your skin will look repaired, replenished and moisturised. But, results are visible upon first use.

My verdict: It’s brilliant. Expensive (£38 for 30ml) but well worth it. You can get testers to try before deciding whether it’s for you. I’d give it a 5*.

As I’ve alluded throughout this post, it’s the greatest overnight serum I’ve used. All Kiehl’s products are intense (in terms treatment) but sensitive enough to suit all skin-tones and types.

2018 has been a year for reflection and understanding. I’ve finally been able to get my head out of the clouds or sand (other places available upon request) and into reality. It was like a reckoning or an awakening that I needed.

As much as it hurt, and still does, the lesson that 2018 has taught me is the ability to notice a pipe dream from an achievable goal.

I was known as a forward thinker, future-planner and someone who’s dreams were bigger than their personality. It was just a part of me, I never noticed it until this year… It’s amazing when you step back to evaluate yourself and realise that it was all you’ve known.

My thoughts and perceptions had been a certain way for 26 years, so it was hard for me to accept that it wasn’t a reality nor that it never had been.

When you’re a forward thinker, you have plans, ideas and visions… You strive to make those visions happen. But, if those visions, ideas and/or plans involve other people who aren’t physically in your life at present – don’t (or do, but only for fun – in a story or film).

If your dreams involve other people, that is a ‘pipe dream’. If a dream involves no one else but you, it’s an ‘achievable goal’. Simple.

You can’t force someone or do anything in your power to make them want to share that dream nor want to make it a reality with you.

Therefore, it’s better not to waste your own time on this… Focus on those dreams that involve only you. We are in control of our own destiny where those are concerned.

Yes, your dreams that involve others can work out, but they don’t always pan out the way we’d hoped and there’s always a reason. Patience allows something more suited to you to come along in time…

However, a whopping 89% of those dreams that involve only us can be made into a reality if we not only believe but stay persistent and most importantly: work hard.

Don’t give up. Don’t give in. Do your best.

Dreams that involve just us are achievable because: we are the only ones in control. What we put in, we get out. Whereas, if it’s a ‘pipe dream’ involving others, we can put in 110%, but what we get out of it is not in our control.

Tip: strive for greatness for you and only you. If things are meant to be, they will. But, you’d have spent your time focusing on yourself and changing your reality during the time when you were the only one in it at the time.

Then, when it’s your time to build a future with someone, it will no longer be a pipe dream, but an achievable goal.

To conclude, only build a future or dream with someone when they’re there, beside, in front or around you. Until then, do but not to the extent that you’re attaching hopes or visions – because one day, you’ll look back and realise you were wishing on planes the whole time (not stars).


Good morning! I have finally succumbed to loving this weather and I’m now embracing every minute of it! Isn’t it beautiful!?!?

“Never in a month of Sundays”? Umm, it has been sunny for more than a month… So: ‘RIGHT NOW IS a month of SUN DAYS (and then some!)’

Okay, this post has nothing to do with the weather, it’s predominantly on my new Brazilian Blowout… But, also, the weather! Thanks.

It’s apparently going to be record-breaking in Europe. Please enjoy it before #Brexit goes into full effect.

Brazilian blow-dries are a lot like this weather – they’re HOT! *laughs in Brazilian and books flights to do it in Rio*

Procedure: washing hair with cuticle opening shampoo (twice). Then, adding the natural solution/treatment. You then wait 10 minutes for it to soak in and blow-dry it in, then straighten it. After that, you rinse only with water and condition. Then blow-dry it again. It’s a three hour process.

So, three hours well spent – if I’m going to spend the next four months STILL not brushing my hair.

Anyway, long story longer, I had it done because my mum could not bear me leaving the house without brushing my hair…

Usually, parents have to do that whole Birds & the Bees talk, right?

My mum had nothing to worry about because I’m abstaining and that life chose me until marriage.

But, other lives that chose me were the “not-brush my hair” and “look homeless” ones. I actually sat my mum down at the tender age of 15 to tell her it ain’t happening.

I remember the speech, and she wishes she didn’t… It was and I quote: “mum, some people want to be astronauts, I just don’t want to brush my hair.”

She understood, reluctantly, and then continued to try as she might-ed to keep me strategically placed next to combs and hair brushes. She thought the days when I’d straighten my hair were a revelation, because they were so few and far between.

Brazilian blowdries, for me, just mean I can continue not brushing my hair. I can go four months without brushing AND hearing “can you brush you hair?”, “Do you want a brush?” and “Let me brush your hair!!!”

Why do I not brush my hair? There were 24 hours in a day last time I checked… There are 7 days in a week, four weeks in a month and 12 months in a year. Not one second/minute/hour/month/week/year/leap year/decade/millennium or anything time-related was made for me to pick up a comb and utter the words: “let me use you!” Who do you think I am, the Kings of Leon of hair brushers?

I LOVE Brazilian blow-dries. My USP is to I cut corners where hair brushing is concerned, and this gives me that…

It’s a treatment that straightens, nourishes, and softens the hair, giving it added shine. As I explained briefly (and a lot), it lasts 4 months (if you only wash it once a week).

Yes, it is dependent on how many times you wash it. This is great because I don’t have to spend my showers washing my hair too! Extra time for me to do NOTHING! Lo’ AND BEHOLD! What a LIFE!

Thanks to Jurema for doing my hair and making me look HOME-FULL! I actually look like I live inside of an abode now! My life has changed stratospherically.

My mum and my follicles are eternally grateful. I’m just grateful that I don’t have to hear conversations related to brushing of the hair.

Rating: 5*

Sophie Kinsella is my spirit author. I just love her quick wit and chick-flick the pagers. Her writing inspires me no end (pun intended). But, Jenny Colgan is a close third…

The Endless Beach is a book that I purchased a while back but have had literally no time to read. As you know, I’ve taken some time off for some R&R before a manic few months, so I’m also taking time to get back into the real world. I’ve started reading again.

This weather makes me want to read. So, I venture out into my garden, sit in my lounger and enjoy the rays with an iced coconut water in hand (and down the tonsils). I feel like I’m actually on holiday, it’s great!

Anyway, back to the book… The Endless Beach by Jenny Colgan (not related to the inventor of Colgate toothpastes nor Hulk Hogan, as far as I know) tells the story of Flora and her friend Lorna who try to make their relationships work, in different circumstances. They do so on a beach – working in a kitchen… I mean, if you’re going to do some damage control/prevention, there’s worse places than doing it on a shore.

So, if you’re into funny chick-flicks and are looking for a new good read, give The Endless Beach a go. It’s 402 pages long, so the beach ain’t the only thing that’s Endless. All jokes aside, it’s brilliant. I couldn’t put it down.

Gorgeously romantic, gloriously heartwarming – take the unmissable new novel from Sunday Times bestseller Jenny Colgan to the beach this summer

Run away to a beautiful Scottish beach and let the unmissable new novel from Sunday Times bestseller Jenny Colgan heat up your summer!

Dreams start here…

‘Charming, made me long to escape to Mure. Total joy.’ – Sophie Kinsella

On the quayside next to the Endless Beach sits the Summer Seaside Kitchen. It’s a haven for tourists and locals alike, who all come to eat the freshest local produce on the island and catch up with the gossip. Flora, who runs the cafe, feels safe and content – unless she thinks too hard about her relationship with Joel, her gorgeous but emotionally (and physically) distant boyfriend.

While Flora is in turmoil about her relationship. her best friend Lorna is pining after the local doctor. Saif came to the island as a refugee, having lost all of his family. But he’s about to get some shocking news which will change everything for him.

As cold winter nights shift to long summer days, can Flora find her happy-ever-after with Joel?

My rating: 5*

A very, very good read. There’s also a loyalty card on one of the pages further back, hand-drawn and written by a little one. That, together with the plot, writing and fact that Jenny Colgan who’s tipped to be the next Sophie Kinsellla makes this a must-read!

You can download it on Kindle or get it in paperback at most bookstores now.

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Aloha! Welcome to another post, and this time it’s the turn of a #SponsoredAd! My friends over at Gold Collagen sent me some of their new-ish Gold Collagen HairLift shot supplements to try, but I’ve only got round to trying and reviewing! It has been HELLA busy on my end, my job means I wasn’t able to keep up with my blog until now,,, But I’ve taken a well needed break, and I’ll be using the rest of my break to blog consistently – for now.

What do Gold Collagen say?

Full, vibrant and healthy hair puts an extra spring in your step, wherever you go.
The makers of the UK’s original liquid beauty supplement developed a specific formulation to support healthy hair growth.
It contains Hydrolysed Collagen, Hydrolysed Keratin, Biotin, Amla, Nettle, Rosemary, Pantothenic Acid, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E and more.

  • Nourishes hair from within 1Helps maintain healthy hair 1Helps support skin 2 and nails 3Drink one bottle a day, stop worrying about bad hair days and start turning heads.

First impressions:

I’ve tried Gold Collagen in the past and have always been pleasantly surprised. I’m a regular skin supplement drinker and cannot live without it. But, this isn’t about the skin one, is it? Oh no! This post is strictly about the HairLift and how it turned ‘Mii into Beyonce’s answer to ‘Becky with the Good Hair’ (with a hint of class and decorum).

HairLift is well packaged, like all other Gold Collagen products. Each shot bottle is made of glass and comes packaged inside a white and gold box. It looks very posh, and for the price you’d pay for a 30 Day supply, it’s well worth it.

Second Impressions:

Let’s get down to the taste… Fruity. It tastes delicious, as do all their previous supplements. The thing I love most is that it doesn’t taste medicinal, even though it actually is, (for the hair, skin and nails at least)! That’s right, Gold Collagen’s HairLift has added benefits for skin and nails too, in keeping with with the Gold Collagen brand.

Third Impression:

My hair dared me to try it,  I tried it – and saw results. My curls look bouncier than ever, the overall feel of my hair is softer, and it’s easier to maintain. It also looks glossier too. Honestly, the results post 30 Days are very noticeable. I will be continuing, I’ll be keeping it as part of my morning regimen.

Thanks, Gold Collagen for sending these over, I absolutely LOVED them. I don’t even know why I have to write this, but I’ll do it anyway, these thoughts are 100% my own. This is an honest post.I’ve even posted about their products before, unsponsored. So, THERE!

*link to previous post above*

Cost: £79.98 for a 30-day supply

Rating: 4.5*

I dropped .5 because I think the overall RRP is expensive. However, as I’ve said, the taste, results and packaging are well worth the price.