How Life Feels If You're Not A People Person

Anyone that describes themselves as a 'people person' gives me the absolute fear.  Why?  Because an overwhelming amount of people are complete shitheads.  I am muuuch more of an animal person.

If you are anything like me, you'll know exactly what I'm on about during this post!

  •  Seeing someone you sort-of know in the street / supermarket / anywhere and wishing you had an invisibility cloak.  The onslaught of polite awkwardness is horrendous and you're counting the seconds until you can run away.

  • When most (not all) people ask you out you need to be super quick-thinking because you need an excuse NOW.  Oh that night? I'm pretty sure I will have a headache that night...
  •  When you are out in public, maybe in a pub or on a bus, and people sit next to you.  There are always usually spare seats somewhere else, why do people insist on being 3 inches from you?!  Cue more polite chit chat.  Or petrified chit chat, when you are the only person on the bus & a random creep sits next to you.
  • The horror when someone suggests car-sharing to and from work.  Whaaat?  Don't I see enough of you?!  That is why I pay a fortune to keep my car on the road - for the peace and quiet.  How do you say 'I'd rather walk the 20 miles to work than car-share with you' in a polite way?

  • When people say 'come on it'll be fun'.  That one phrase makes me want to throw myself head first into a volcano.
  • Personal space is a HUGE issue.  I've yet to find a nice way of saying 'get to fuck'.

  • People with no manners really piss you off.  When a random sneezes / coughs / grunts in your vicinity, you look at them like they just shit on your kitchen floor.
  • Asking sales people for help gives you cold sweats.  The fake smiles, the small talk, the OTT niceness.  End. Me. 
  • Family or work events need serious mental preparation.  Be polite... be polite... smile and be fucking polite goddamnit.

  • The perfect night consists of pjs, pizza, netflix and your other half / best friend / remote control / pet.  Parties strike fear into your very soul. 
  • Infact, sometimes you need to schedule in night to 'do nothing'.  And when you tell people you have plans to  do nothing, they just don't get it.

Life is but a series of tests... 

Pamlers Sulphate Free Cruelty Free Shampoo Review

Have you ever tried to track down some cruelty free, sulphate free shampoo on the high street?  I have.  It's bloody hard.  The local Boots next to mine had none, what's that all about?!  And my local Superdrug was shut down a while ago (still not come to terms with this).  In a last dash attempt, I went to Sally's and asked the girl for some help.  In their whole store only 3, yes 3, shampoos were sulphate free.  And only 1 of those were cruelty free.   Which led me to this - Palmers Cocoa Butter shampoo & conditioner, and Coconut Oil shampoo.  I picked up a bottle of each and hoped that they would do the job.

Cocoa Butter with added Vitamin E Shampoo
My first impressions of this shampoo was 'omg how amazing does this smell'. It's like rubbing a liquid form of chocolate on your hair... what a time to be alive! Considering it's a shampoo, the cocoa butter smelt delicious. That's the first time I've ever used 'delicious' when describing a shampoo.
It left my hair smelling beautiful and feeling squeaky clean. The cocoa butter shampoo is exceptionally rich and leaves hair extremely moisturised, which is exactly what my hair needs. As far as I'm concerned, the more moisturising the better! I liked that the chocolate scent lingered in my locks for a while too. Also, if you suffer from a dry scalp this is definitely one to try as it is infused with peppermint oil to soothe the skin.

Coconut Oil Conditioning Shampoo

The coconut shampoo did not disappoint. The smell is beautiful, yet not as strong as the cocoa butter shampoo. It is targeted at dry, damaged hair so it has a thick and creamy consistency that nourishes the hair while adding moisture and shine. My hair felt thoroughly clean but without feeling 'stripped', the way harsher shampoos can do. I don't think the scent stayed in my hair as strongly as the cocoa butter but I didn't mind, I liked it all the same.

I loved both of these shampoos and I can see myself re-buying them for a while. The smells won me over and they are both cruelty and sulphate free, its a win win!

Restoring Conditioner
This was another hit for me. Again, I loved the smell of this. Whoever is responsible for the scent side of things at Palmers deserves a standing ovation! It felt lovely and moisturising on my hair; left it feeling soft, tangle free and shiny. I can't fault it! This is aimed at dry hair so it is extra mourishing, something all blondies like me need. You need this in your life. Don't argue.

Have you guys tried any of these? What is your favourite?

My Unpopular Blogger Opinions

If you follow my Twitter (here) then you will know I am pretty straight talking, I don't mean to offend people but shit happens.  Anyway, here are some things that are on my mind lately.

  • I think most MAC products are overrated shit.  Soz.  A few things I've tried are ok, I even liked a thing or two, but most things I have tried are shit.
  • I think pugs are really fucking ugly. 
  • Friends isn't funny.
  • I don't get the BeyoncĂ© hype.  Give me Pink or Minaj any day of the week.
  • I think Fiat 500s are shit.
  • I've never shopped in Forever 21.
  • I've never seen PLL, GG or anything along the lines of TOWIE, MIC etc etc.  I hope I never get bored enough to try them. 
  • Coffee is shit.  Coffee in little pretentious cups are even more shit.  Hot chocolate on the other hand...  Pretentious cups or normal mugs, I'll take either!
  • I don't get this whole 'blogger sticker' thing.  Someone explain?
  • People that are offended by the word 'cunt' are usually cunts. 
  • People that switch lipstick colours by season... I don't even know where to start.  I wear pink all year round and I look fabulous - fuck your A/W dark berry shades.

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone! 

One of the favourite times of the year by far, I'm so happy it is here!  I usually celebrate the whole weekend closest to Halloween because one day just isn't enough.  This year I am seeing a Freddie Mercury tribute act with my friends on the Friday night and going to a costume party on Saturday.  Sunday will be spend in my pjs, munching chocolate and candy apples while I watch some horror films.  Perfect weekend!

What are your plans for Halloween weekend?

My Life in October

Loving ::  the crisp weather
Hating ::  missing my fur baby Napoli
Reading ::  The War of the Roses books by Conn Iggulden
Drinking :: Irn Bru
Eating :: vegan pizza
Wearing :: biker boots and leather jackets (as always)
Watching ::  Homeland and Horror movies
Debating ::  where to book for my next holiday
Looking forward to ::  Bonfire Night
Learning ::  to live without Napoli
Working :: to heal my sad heart
Enjoying ::  remembering happy memories with my gorgeous wee hamster
Wishing :: Napoli was still here
Film of the month ::  Terminator 2 Judgement Day
Song of the month :: Dancing On My Own by Calum Scott and Tiesto
Memory of the month :: playing with a happy Napoli the night before she passed away

A Guide To Sulphate Free Shampoo

You may have heard of sulphate free shampoo or you may be wondering what I'm talking about today!  Either way, I'll give you a quick guide and explain a bit about it.  Sulphate, or sulfate for my non-UK friends, is a chemical that is basically used to make bubbles / suds in your shampoo.  A lot of people don't really know much about it so I thought I'd make you a quick, basic guide.

Whats The Proper Name?
SLS, Sodium Laureth Sulphate, or Sodium Loreth Sulfate if you are outside the UK.

Why Use Sulphates?
It is very cheap to use and it foams up better than other chemicals.  That is it in a nutshell!  We associate bubbles with cleanliness, so it gets sneaked into our cleaning products.

What Are Sulphates Found In?
Shampoos, soaps, bodywash, toothpaste

Why Are Sulphates Bad?
They are a well known skin irritant.  Ever wonder why certain shampoos or bodywash makes your skin dry, itchy or flaky?  They probably have a high sulphate content.  If you have sensitive skin (like me) you should try, if possible, to stay away from sulphates.

What Do Sulphates Do To Hair?
Sulphates dry out hair in the long term.  This makes your hair prone to split ends and breakage.  Sulphates strip the natural oils from our hair; not good if your hair goals are Rapunzel!
Hair dye also doesn't last long around sulphates, the colour fades quicker so you'll be paying more to keep your hair fresh looking.  Who needs that hassle?!

Who Does Sulphate Free Shampoos?
Pamlers Shampoo - cruelty free
Organix - no longer cruelty free
Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Moisturizing Lather Shampoo - cruelty free
Liz Earl Botanical Shine Shampoo - cruelty free
* These are the ones I have tried.  As I try more, I will add them to this list.

Who Should Use Sulphate Free Shampoo?
Anyone who wants healthier hair.  Anyone prone to a dry, irritated scalp.  Sulphate free shampoos are also recommended to keep hair extensions looking new and shiny.

I hope this post has cleared up any questions you might have about SLS.  Feel free to email me if you have any more questions!  Do you use SLS free shampoo?  Do you have any recommendations for me?