Thursday, 31 January 2013

Project: Longer Locks - 4 Month Update!

Hey guys,

Today is the day that I provide you all with a 4 month update on my Longer Locks project!  For those of you who don't already know, the 1st of October 2012 marked the day I started taking action to achieve the healthy, long natural hair that I have always dreamed of having.  This project started out incredibly well as by the end of November I had already managed to attain a whopping 4cm of hair growth (so nearly double the rate of average hair growth!) and as a result of that growth I became even more determined to follow this project through until.. forever? who knows!

Anywho.. it's been a whole two months since my last progress report, so without further ado, here are my latest measurements..

Growth in the last 2 months: 1cm
Growth since starting the Longer Locks project: 5cm

I'm not sure why my hair growth rate has slowed down again (though I will list some possibilities below), but I'm really not too bothered by it as my hair has improved in so many other ways since the end of November.  

As you can see from the photo comparison above, my hair now appears to be a lot more thicker and full of natural body.  It is also extremely shiny for hair that hasn't just been run through a hair straightener, and though it still has it's bad days, it generally seems to be a lot more manageable in terms of knots/tangles.  In fact when I was visiting my best friend who just happens to be the manager of a hair salon earlier this month, I asked her to teach me how to cut my split ends so that I wouldn't have to go in for regular trims, and she told me that she could barely see any!  Isn't that great?  :)

Possible reasons for my hair growth rate slowing down:
  • The fact that I've been taking zinc supplements (I've since read that taking zinc supplements, or too many zinc supplements, without a zinc deficiency can actually stunt your hair growth.. eek!).
  • I've stopped taking Vitamin C tablets (out of sheer laziness) and haven't been eating yoghurt.
  • I've started taking painkillers for my headaches again.
  • I've started using the Toni & Guy 'Reconstruction Mask' and have apparently been using it the wrong way (I've been using it all through my hair instead of just using it on the ends).
  • I've started using a Michel Mercier detangling brush in between washes (I don't believe that this would have slowed the growth rate down, but it may be damaging my hair without me realising it).
  • Wearing my hair up more often due to this terrible summer heat.

Things that seem to be helping:
  • Being on a reduced level of my Narcolepsy medication.
  • Taking 2 capsules of Odourless Fish Oil/Vitamin D3 tablets daily.
  • Drinking lots of filtered water and avoiding soft drinks, cordial etc.
  • Not drinking alcohol.
  • Consuming lots of dairy products.
  • Not colouring or trimming my hair.
  • Only washing my hair every 2-3 days.
  • Avoiding heat tools as much as possible, and allowing my hair to air dry.
  • Using treatments to mask my split ends.
  • Using a wide toothed comb to comb through wet hair.
  • Only using snag free hair elastics.
  • Getting a full nights sleep.
  • Not being at Uni, haha.

Upcoming changes:
  • Once I have run out of zinc supplements I will start taking some women's multivitamins that my Dad's partner Judy gave me which contain folic acid and biotin (as well as many other lovely ingredients).
  • I will be getting back into the habit of taking Vitamin C tablets, even if it's just to avoid getting sick.
  • I will start using mask treatments on the mid to end lengths of my hair rather than all through my hair.
  • I will stop getting regular trims (not that I've had one in over 6 months) and start cutting my split ends with the hairdressing scissors that Mum gave me for Christmas.

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If you have any more hints and tips on how to grow your hair out faster, feel free to leave them for me in a comment below.  I would love to hear other readers stories on growing out their hair. :)

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Thankful Tuesdays.

Thankful Tuesdays
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Monday, 28 January 2013

You know you're an adult when..

Hey lovelies!

Below is a short list of some of the funny, ironic, and often down right miserable things that I've personally noticed about life as an adult.  I started mentally compiling this list Saturday afternoon whilst driving to and from an Australia Day gathering as the designated driver (see, I'm such an adult) and thought it might be worthwhile for me to share these observations with all of you. :)  Enjoy!

You know you're an adult when..

- You find yourself actually wanting to "hang out" with your parents.
- Your parents come to you for advice.
- Your parents friends start sending you Christmas cards with their annual family newsletters attached. 
- Spending a day at Ikea is equivalent to spending a day at an amusement park.
- 'New pillows' is a perfectly acceptable response when someone asks you what you want for Christmas.
- You cannot be sober at a Christmas party without people asking if you are pregnant.  In fact, you're basically not allowed to be sober at a party ever.
- Your family is more concerned about when you'll be getting married/popping out grand kids than what your grades are like at school.
- You order yourself a set of business cards.
- Instead of saving up for a new car or a trip overseas, you're saving up for laser eye surgery and a tonsillectomy (can someone say health insurance?).
Every time a woman you know gets pregnant you worry that they are going to choose steal one of your pre-selected future baby names.
- You often find yourself engaging in conversations about bodily functions with your spouse.
- You can't even remember the last time that you went "clubbing".
- You're exhausted all of the time, but if anyone ever asks you how you are you always say that you're "ok".
- You purchase an Xbox Kinect to "keep fit" rather than for enjoyment.
- You can afford to buy all of the crap you always wanted as a teenager, but you choose not to.
- Take away just doesn't taste as good any more.
- You plan your meals out a week in advance, and take a shopping list to the grocery store always.
- You prefer multigrain bread over white bread (but still lather it in nutella, because you can never be too old for nutella).
- You have no idea who sings that catchy song that comes on the radio, and you're amazed when someone else your age does.
- You manage to pass your house inspection without your parents being there to help you.
- You insist on having car insurance and are weighing up the pro's and con's of getting contents insurance, health insurance etc.
- You always wash up immediately after eating, and will death stare anyone else who doesn't.
- You find yourself boasting about how cheap your latest outfit was.
- You own high heels, you just choose not to wear them.
- You've made your own recipe book.
- The weather forecast actually has an effect on you.
- You're not automatically offended when you're not always invited to your friends gatherings/events.
- You turn your electrical appliances off at the wall at night to save on your electricity bill.
- You pay to have pest control done.
- You start your sentences with phrases like "back in my day.." or "when I was your age.." on a regular basis.

What have you noticed since becoming an adult?

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Thankful Tuesdays.

Thankful Tuesdays
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Thursday, 17 January 2013

Something funny that happened yesterday..

Ok, so with the quality of my hair improving leaps and bounds recently thanks to my longer locks project, I decided to go ahead and purchase myself a new curling wand during the Christmas sales.  I ordered my wand from Asos for a very good price (more details will be provided in a future review) but since the item was manufactured in the UK I needed to purchase one of those universal power adapter things before I could even switch it on.

My hair yesterday after playing around with my new curling wand.

Long story short, yesterday was the first chance I had to try the wand out, and I wanted to get my partners opinion..  I simply asked B whether he preferred my hair curly, straight or as my natural wave.  He then took a moment to examine my hair, and going by the raising of his eyebrows, he appeared to be in deep thought.  After what seemed like a lifetime he eventually responded with "are you going to dye your hair again any time soon? you have a lot of regrowth you know!".   HAHAHA! Men! :P

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Thankful Tuesdays.

Thankful Tuesdays
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Friday, 11 January 2013

My life lately.

Started watching the tv show 'Felicity' for the first time in my life.

Picked up this gorgeous new handbag in the Christmas sales. :)

Had the most ginormous food baby after eating at an all-you-can-eat meat restaurant.

Received my giveaway prizes in the mail from the lovely Frances Cassandra.

So many awesome products that I have never tried before, thank you! :D

Invested in a gorgeous green and gold collared/button up singlet top.

Put this quirky chandelier wall decal up above our bed. :)

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Thankful Tuesdays.

Thankful Tuesdays
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Monday, 7 January 2013

My Favourite Beauty Products of 2012.

Hey everyone!

I hope you've all had a fantastic year so far. :)  Mine hasn't been the best as I got some very sad news the other night (I might share what happened in a few days time) and I have been feeling rather melancholy ever since.  Since then I just haven't felt up to blogging, which is why this post is coming to you all a little bit later than I had planned.. but then I've also been having problems with my computer and video editing, so I probably wouldn't have gotten this post up any sooner had I felt fine.

As you will be able to tell by all of the Christmas decs in the background, I originally filmed this video over two weeks ago with the intention of having this post up sometime before the new year, so please excuse all of the Christmas themed colours, music etc.  Also, I didn't realise until after I'd filmed this that I forgot to film in HD, so my apologies in advance for the playback quality of this video.  Anyway.. I hope you all enjoy!

Products Mentioned:

Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturiser for sensitive skin.
Rimmel 'Wake Me Up' Foundation.
Rimmel 'Match Perfection' Concealer.
Rimmel 'Match Perfection' Bronzer in the shade Medium.
Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Colour in the shade Sparkling Cider.
Rimmel 'Stay Matte' Pressed Powder in the shade Silky Beige.
Rimmel 'Wake Me Up' Instant Radiance Shimmer Touch in the shade Flush of Pearl.

Rimmel 'Kate Moss' Matte Finish Lipstick in the shade 107.
Essence 'XXXL Shine' Lipgloss in the shade Sparkling Papaya.
Lush 'Sweet Lips' Vanilla and Chocolate Sugar Lip Scrub.
Nivea 'Hydro Care'.

Essence 'I Love Stage' Primer.
Covergirl 'Country Woods' 4 Kit Eyeshadow.
Rimmel 'Soft Kohl' Kajal Eye Liner Pencil.
Rimmel 'Glam Eyes' Day 2 Night Mascara.

Nak 'Heat Beat' Protective Shampoo & Conditioner.
Toni & Guy Reconstruction Mask.

Rimmel '60 Seconds' & 'I Love Lasting Finish' Nail Polishes.

Friday, 4 January 2013

Our Story in Photographs // 2003-2012.

2003-2008 - "Just friends"

2008-2010 - Dating

2011-2012+ - Living together

to be continued..

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