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Sunday, 15 July 2018

Conscious Hotel Vondelpark, Amsterdam Review

Vondelpark, 1071 Amsterdam, Netherlands


For this year's Easter weekend, I visited Amsterdam as part of a birthday celebration trip for one of M's friends. It was my first time in the city and my travel plans didn't extend much further past what everyone else wanted to do. I didn't look up any lists of things to do in Amsterdam. I decided to keep the itinerary blank for the group to fill.

Upon arrival in Amsterdam I wasn't exactly blown away by the city neither was I disappointed. Frankly it reminded me quite a bit of Dublin. More often than not I felt like I was walking down Dublin's Grafton Street or in Dublin City Centre during summer when there's lots of tourists around and there were quite a huge amount of tourists around. So it's needless to say that I was quite happy with the location of our hotel.





Location

Thankfully for me, we stayed in the Conscious Hotel Vondelpark which was less than 15 minutes outside the city centre via tram well away from the touristy city centre. It's well services by three trams which were quite frequent so there was never really much waiting around. The trams are also very cheap but if you are buying a day ticket, regardless of what time bear in mind that it will expire at midnight on that day. In order words, do not buy a day ticket at 11:00pm because it will only be valid for an hour! Additionally you could walk into the city through he infamous Vondelpark which is located less five minutes walking distance from the hotel.






The Hotel 

The hotel has an earth conscious ethos meaning it's eco-friendly. The tables in our bedrooms were made from recycled coffee cups, the little bottles of shampoo and lotion were nowhere to be seen, instead replaced by refillable big bottles. The electricity was powered from sustainable revenues like solar or wind energy. The shower and taps use eco-friendly technology that reduces water used in showers by 35% and the taps by 50% but you wouldn't even notice. I would say that although I didn't experience it, the other two rooms used by our groups said their water changed from hot to cold sometimes and wouldn't change back. 







This whole nature conscious mentality could be seen through out everything in the hotel. The staff were also very super friendly and would even sit down and have a drink with you but if that's not your thing I'm sure they'll leave you alone too. M and I paid €254 for our bedroom for three nights which I think was high due to the fact that we didn't book them every early on and also we travelled during the Easter weekend. Looking at the website now their prices for the same room for the same length of time starts from as little as €122.25!


The Room

Our room was located on the second floor next to the other couple. I think the building we were in housed all the double rooms and across a walkway was a separate building which I think housed the single and twin rooms. We had a massive room with lots of spaces to move around, in fact I did all my morning exercises without any trouble. Right next to us however was another couple in the group who said their room was quite small and from what we saw of it briefly walking by one of the days, the bed did take up quite a lot of the space in the room. 







Our room was simple, sleek and comfortable. We missed the cleaning services because we slept in almost everyday but the one or two we did make were non invasive. We didn't make much of a mess so there really wasn't a lot to clean bar changing, sheets, bins and towels. 

The twin room just as a fore warning is two single mattresses on the same bed so you're not really that far away from the other person.

Food and Drink

We didn't eat much in the hotel. One morning I went down for breakfast and was greeted by a widely varied spread. They catered for all types of diets i.e vegetarian, vegan, meat eater at least for the breakfast. Nothing was made in any fancy spectacular way, there were just a lot of good healthy options to choose from. 





If you happen to miss the breakfast banquet as we often did, there's a shop called Toasty down the road from the hotel ( come out and turn right) which makes delicious toasted sandwiches and juices.

Although we didn't eat very much, we did drink them out of their beer. No seriously! By the end of our trip there was no more Gulpener in the building and a good few bottles of rum short.





Atmosphere

Overall the hotel has a really laid back, earth based atmosphere which comes together in it's comfy living room style lobby. A good few late nights were spent here drinking, talking and eating free popcorn made with coconut oil and sometimes having the bants with staff ( s/o to Jack). We made our own Cards against Humanity game which was a lot of fun and also tested our brain smarts with Scrabble.





Others

The hotel also offers bike hires so you can cycle around the city if you so please. M and I had planned to hire some for one day but we never got around to it so I don't know very much about the service. They do however have a really cool concious shop where you can buy everything from wooden tothbrushes to a phone case!





This trip really wasn't about seeing Amsterdam so much as getting to spend time in good company and just celebrating for a few days. I would like to return to Amsterdam for three days and do some sightseeing but for a first trip I couldn't have asked for anything better. Additionally it was my first time staying in a hotel which was focused on being eco-friendly and my second time staying in a hotel full stop but I know which one I prefer.





This post is not sponsored nor I'm I being compensated in anyway just sharing somewhere I visited. I'd recommend this hotel for the  eco-friendly traveller who also enjoys luxurious comfort.

Have you ever stayed in an eco friendly hotel? What was it like?

Till Next Time

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

5 Ted Talks Worth Watching For Self-Improvement and Time Management

Dublin, Ireland


I watch a lot of Ted Talks, at least one a day. Today I'd like to share with you five Ted Talks I've enjoyed over the last three months. The talks I watch vary from nature to politics to technology. The talks I'll be sharing today focus more on self-development and time management.

1. Life is easy. Why do we make it so hard? | Jon Jandai | TEDxDoiSuthep

The first is a talk that gives a look at a new approach to life and a way of living that can bring happiness and success, if that it what you are looking for in life. It's definitely not for everyone but I find the simplicity in this talk and the evidence interesting.




2. How to stop screwing yourself over | Mel Robbins | TEDxSF

Time management is a quality I am constantly working on and this talk definietly lended me some tools to help gauge what is worth my time and what isn't. Time is precious and I do not take kindly to wasting it.




3.  When performing gets in the way of improving | Eduardo BriceƱo | TEDxManhattanBeach

This is a talk with ideas I have implemeted into my life and the way I learn and improve my existing skills. It's simple and oh so effective. I applied it to my longoarding when I started back in January and I am applying it to my rollerskating now. It's also helped remove fear of failure in my new position at work. Whereas I may have been afraid of making mistakes in my new posistion, I am quite content accepting that mistakes will be made and I am willing to learn and improve from them because I am aware of the low stake enviroment I put myself in.





4.  The Power of Zero Tolerance | Isabelle Mercier | TEDxStanleyPark

This is a powerful talk that will help isolate the 'hero' in you. Hopefuly you pick up some courage from this practical and logical way of dissecting your own values and needs.






5. The habits of highly boring people | Chris Sauve | TEDxCarletonU


I was telling M about this talk after I listened to it and he pretty much guessed everything that was oing to be said. None the less it is a very interesting talk and hopefully one you'll pick up a thing of two from. 



Thanks for reading. I hope you learned a thing or two to take with you. What was your favorite of the five talks?

Till Next Time

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Sunday, 8 July 2018

For The Love of Simpler Times

Dublin, Ireland



It's been eighty-four days since my last post. That's 2 months and 1 week. Within that time, I have renewed my website domain both for Albatroz & Co. and Faking Adulthood Now not knowing whether or not I will be returning. I have taken many hiatuses from blogging over the many years I have been blogging but none of them ever felt as conflicted as this one was.

 At first, I thought maybe it was because I was going through a time in my life I wasn’t ready to share with people and writing about anything else thus felt, well, false. And then I toyed with the notion that maybe I had come to the end of my blogging times but that couldn’t have been it because I knew I wasn’t done writing. The culprit of my conflict? Well you may have guessed it, social media.

 I just do not harbour the desire or motivation to keep up with this ever changing, populous and competitive landscape. Trying to do just that has worn me out many times before so I’m not doing it anymore. Social media is a fantastic way to keep up to date real time on the people you like to follow and I know that, I will remain active on my Facebook Page and I won’t be a stranger on Instagram. With that said, I most certainly will not be coming across your feed as much as I did before.

I truly hope this does not come as a terrible disappointment or a sign of Albatroz & Co’s regression, I will continue to grow Albatroz & Co as best as possible and will always provide content I want to share and am happy to share with you. I truly hope you continue to follow along on this journey, wherever it may lead. I’ll continue to post every Wednesday 3pm and Sundays at 9am (well that’s the plan anyways).

Thank you all so very much.

Till Next Time

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Grieving 8,000 Kilometers from Home

Dublin, Ireland



At the end of life is death. Everyone dies. I know that.


When I was fourteen my grandfather passed away. The last time I saw him was before I moved to Ireland. I never saw him alive again. I don't remember where I was when I heard the news. I don't remember how I felt or what I did. What I do remember are the nights of crying in the dark that followed afterwards, sometimes seeming to come from nowhere at all.

Of course I cried for all the things I'd never be able to share with him. I'd never be able to talk to him again, he'll never ask he how I am or tell me how important it is to work hard at my studies. I even thought about all the bigger things in life that he'd never witness. He'd never get to meet my partner or those of my siblings, never get to meet my kids and even more simply, never see me beyond the age of 9.


Grief to me is a necessarily selfish affair but I couldn't help thinking about how short his life now seemed in retrospect. His widowed wife, my grandmother, his 9 children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Somehow at the age of 76 his life when it ended didn't seem all that long after all.

That's not to say he didn't do much. He had a great relationship with my grandmother. A relationship I look back on as a good example of what relationships; strong, resilient and full of growing together. The values he and my grandmother taught me have helped shape me into the person I am today. As a teacher he shared with me his passion for knowledge of everything and anything. He built a Primary and Elementary School with my Grandmother which still provides affordable education to children and teenagers. I'd like to think I have adopted his sense of adventure and travel as well. We spent a lot of time together because I didn't have many friends. He was one of my favorite people to laugh with and talk to.

 I miss him dearly.


On St. Patrick's Day just gone, after working ten hours, missing two buses and ending up a 40 minute walk from my home, I got my second dose of bad news. Two words in my sister's first message, "Grandma Dead". Second message "Call Uncle". My Great-Grandma had passed away that morning. My uncle had drove her to the hospital and drove back alone.  I know there'll be many to come but that thought provides no comfort.

This time I know exactly where I was. I know exactly what I felt. And I know exactly what I did. I couldn't help but hunch down at the side of the road crying as I spoke to my uncle on the phone. The only thought that provided me with slight comfort was the thought that my boyfriend was on the way to pick me up from the side of the road. Boy was I glad I decided to bite my pride and ask him for a lift instead of walking home.

I was meant to call them yesterday. I was meant to call them yesterday. I was meant to call them yesterday. My brain repeated.


With my rational head I know had I called I wouldn't have been able to speak to her because she would've been asleep as that is how she spent most of her last days. In bed or confined to her wheel chair in the home. And had she been unwell, my grandmother and uncle not wanting to upset or worry me while being so far away would not have said so because what could I do?

My great-grandma unlike my grandfather had not lived a short life. At over 120 years old she had lived through two world wars and witnessed our family grow generation after generation after generation after generation. Because she was a devout Jehovah's Witness she didn't celebrate her birthday so all we have is an estimate of her age.


She was a strong woman, the kind that can beat a century. She was a wild woman not to be contained. In her life she faced many trials but had received many blessings. Her quality of life towards the end was so full of pain and illness, we were happy to see her out of it all. No longer in pain.

I was lucky enough to see her on my last visit home two years ago. And I am lucky enough to have the memories of the times we spent together. With my grandmother and grandfather, they raised my sister and I and an entire family tree. They infused us with knowledge, strength, values and principles that have made us the people we are today.


On the one hand of course I'm glad she is no longer in pain and confined to the house. But on the other, and the selfish hand, I still wish she was here.


Sunday, 11 March 2018

Check In Time

Dublin, Ireland











It's been about two weeks since my last post and even longer since I simply checked in.
Since my last blog post, it has snowed enough to shut me in for 3 days, I have moved up a position in my job and got some time to relax. When the snow came hard as I tried to use the unexpected time to catch up and get ahead of myself in my college work, creative projects and blogging, I couldn't. Instead I spent the days sledging, building a snowman with my housemates circling fields on a pitbike and I even made a snow angel. There were cold walks in the apolcalytic like streets in search of sweets in the few local shops open and lots of hot water bottles.


From the many times I've worked hard and crashed, not taking time to rest has always been one of my biggest regrets. I never really got over the feeling of wanting to do something more academically productive with that snow time but I'm also glad for the many people who dragged me out of that bubble to be in thier company.

In general giving myself time to rest between college and work has been conflicting. On the one hand I'm glad I'm allowing my body and mind to recover and restore its energy. And on the other hand I'm battling the reeling list of things I want to be doing. From reading my course work, to working on my continuous assessment to, yes, blogging and my other creative projects.

It seemed for a few weeks all I had time for was college and work. The main problem identified was the amount of time I spent in work. Not only was it eating into my study time but I also wasn't getting enough free time for myself, projects or social events. And yet if I wanted to maintain the level of cash flow needed to cover my rent and expenses, I'd need to keep my existing hours. It quickly became clear to me that I could operate a machine-like lifestyle moving from one event to another, or I could find a better paying job.


I love my job and the people I work with so leaving was not a topic I really wanted to think about. Especially after moving through 4 jobs last year alone before finding this one. I sat on my choices a few weeks and luckily an opportunity arose for me to put myself up for a new position in the company.

After 5 years in the service industry, having undertaken many responsibilities along the way, I felt I had what it took to work in the position, if not at the very least to apply for it. So I put myself forward for a Supervisor position and I was pretty surprised that I actually got it. So in two weeks I'll be training in my new position this giving myself more time to focus my energies on college and my creative projects.


In my last instalment of the Pretending to be an Adult Being, I spoke about how my diet was taking a negative affect on my health. You can check it out here. In between this busy few weeks I've made sure to eat healthier, sleep well and find time to exercise. I've even managed a fortnightly deep tissue and massage at a student rate of €30 per hour, so bargain!

While prioritising my sleep, diet and self-care, the most amazing thing started happening. I was able to fit in little tasks around most days and actually get them finished. I listened to an amazing Ted talk a few weeks ago and I have come to associate some of the tasks I do in these little batches to my Learning Zone. Things learned in the learning zone translate across to the Performance Zone where you can see their affect on your skills.  Catching up on my python class. Working through my pre-production checklist for a music video project. Taking time to read up on photographers and their oeuvre. Going through the Google Analytics course etc.


It's like everything finds it's place once I have my main priorities in order. Perhaps you've already had this revelation or have heard of it no doubt. All I can say is it is working.

Alongside all these is the frequency at which I write on Albatroz & Co. The official post days are still Wednesdays and Sundays however I'd rather quality over quantity. I don't want to waste your time or mine but I am definitely working on it.


So how has your last few weeks been going? Have you any new career developments too? Taking on a new project or perspective?

Share with me so I can be nosy and celebrate with you!
xxx

Sunday, 18 February 2018

My Down Time Hair Routine

Dublin, Ireland


So general my hair routine changes depending on how much time I have. Sometimes I go through some pretty hectic times where work and college and social life just don't allow for indulgent hair care. 

This is how the last two weeks has been for me, so much so that I missed two blog posts. I simply needed to focus my energy into other immediate aspects of my life.


However today's post is going to focus on the hair routine I try to follow when I'm not running myself to the bone. I see some quiet times ahead when summer rolls around so I'm definitely looking forward to being able to take things at a leisurely pace.

When I have more time to treat and take care of my hair I can see the difference it makes to the overall feel of it. My curls feel moisturised, strong and carry a healthy sheen to it and here's how I do it.


1. Shampoo 2-3 Times a Month




With movements like the 'No-Poo Method' making more people aware of the harmful side effects of shampoo, it's becoming increasingly common for people to shampoo less. Most shampoos contain parabens, sulfates and sulphides that strip your hair of dirt and grease which is great. However they also strip away natural oils that help keep your hair moisturised resulting in weak brittle hair.
To minimize the amount of moisture and oil my hair loses, I shampoo my hair around once every 10 days when I want to strip away any build up of oils or dirt etc. Kind of like a clean slate.

More often that not this leaves my hair feeling leathery and very dry. I recently reviewed the OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo which actually left my hair feeling both clean and moisturized! You can check it out here.


2. Co-Wash Regularly



Co-Washing is the use of a conditioner to wash your hair instead of a shampoo.   How regularly you wash your hair depends on your type of hair. For me as a type 4C girl, my hair needs a lot of moisture which it also loses quickly. As a result I condition wash my hair every two days.

It's a way for me to boost the moisture in my hair in between deep conditions. Again I also reviewed the gorgeous OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Conditioner which you can check out here.


3. Deep Condition Once a Week



Given the constant flux of my day to day life, I deep condition my hair overnight. I use the TruCare Almond Oil and Henna Hair Mask and allow it to seep into my curls over night. You also get the same result with an hour to two hours of deep conditioning. Just put in the hair cream and stick on a movie.

Deep conditions give my hair a massive dose of moisture and my curls are always softer and wispy after I deep condition. It looks longer.


4. Protein Once Every 2 Weeks



I use to try to protein wash my hair every week but even with all the time in the world I just didn't want to spend a lot of time playing with my hair. And I found it simply worked better for me to protein wash my hair once every two weeks instead of weekly.

It was also beneficial for my ORS Hair Mayonnaise which is quite expensive. There are also DIY hair masks but I personally prefer using the ORS hair mayonnaise.


5. LCO



Leave-In Conditioner, Cream and Oil. The order in which I do my morning routine. I'm currently testing out the Cantu Leave in Conditioner & Cream, a review should be up in the next few weeks.

As my morning routine I spray my hair with some water. I apply some Leave-In Conditioner, then the moisturizing cream and finally some castor oil to seal it all in.
Basically everything I do is in the name off adding or saving moisture.


6. Twist Twist Twist



As a part of my night routine, twisting is essential. For me my curls can be quite difficult to manage once the shrinkage comes in and they start to lose moisture. What really helps me is twisting my hair before bed.

They don't have to be perfect. Sometimes I make big 4 part twists because it makes my life easier in the morning to LCO.
By twisting my hair I also reduce the any knotting that might occur because I get a chance to finger detangle my hair.


This is everything I currently do to take care of my hair. I'd love to add getting my split ends cut but currently I don't know anywhere I Dublin that is able to do this. I've tried barber shops but that was no help at all.

If anyone knows of anywhere is Dublin where I could get a trim for my split ends, I would be eternally grateful!!

But enough about me. Do you have any hair routines for the down times in your life? Anything you'd like to pass on?

Let me know below in the comments!

Till Next Time
xxx

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Couchsurfing in Milan

Dublin, Ireland



Following my post after seeing Call Me By Your Name in which I divulged my desire to travel somewhere for the weekend I visited Milan last December. Was it planned? Not entirely, the desire was there and when I started my study for Christmas exams, I knew I wouldn't want to be around the stressful exam season energy, I also didn't want to be cooped up in my house so I decided to go away to Milan.


I chose Milan for the main reason that it was quite cheap to travel at the time with Ryanair for just under €30. As it wasn't entirely planned in advance there was only so much I could do and I also needed to study for my exams while away without spending all my time cooped up in a house in a different country.


Therefore I decided to Couchsurf. It was my second time Couchsurfing following my time spent in London and just like before, it was a very memorable time I spent there.



I could travel the world alone and visit every place you see on a postcard but for me the times I've enjoyed my travels the most are the times I've met locals who have been able to show me around so I could experience their city just like a local. Which is why I think finding the right Couchsurfing host for you makes all the difference when it comes to using Couchsurfing. I wrote down a few tips I've used to find all my great hosts so far which you can find here.






Due to the length of time I had to plan the trip and the fact that the weekend I travelled was the beginning of the Christmas season in all of Italy, a time where most people leave cities like Milan to visit family, finding a place to stay was not...easy. However I stuck absolute gold and arranged to stay with two CS hosts, Michele and Sophie.


Within the three days and 4 nights spent in Milan, we shared a little small adventure after finding out by coincide both hosts lived in the same complex but had never ran into each other! From there most of our excursions were spent together.






Milan as a city is not a place I would've enjoyed if it had not been spent with these two individuals speaking Italian and English constantly. I returned to Ireland with my brain on Italian mode. It's quite similar to Dublin and definitely a competition for the cold ( I had to buy heated hand pads in Tiger on a snowy walk because it was so cold!). As a result there's not much to do in terms city that would've entertained me were I alone. But throw in Michele with his many friends we kept running into and some company for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Coldplay tribute bands and presto...you have a holiday like none other.


I enjoyed taking in Michele's vast knowledge of Milan and it's history. I arrived with no itinerary and Michele filled each day we had together with knowledge, tasty food and fun activities together. I even met a few other Couchsurfers because of him. We went to a gallery exhibition, explored Eataly and Milan's shopping districts, ate lots of Ciobar ( that's chocolate pizza and hot chocolate for free! ), went ice skating and even saw flamingos, in a private garden, in Milan at winter time! I also ate a lot of crepes!









Sophie introduced me to the Korean drama Goblin which took over my life once I returned to Dublin and I'd recommend it to anyone. She's also a great walker so we enjoyed a lovely evenings walk in Milan whilst it snowed and enjoyed some Aperitivo which is amazing cost saving idea where you pay for a drink and enjoy and all you can eat buffet for as little at €8 in some places. We went to Mas along The Naviglio Grande canal and paid €11 for a feast that was both delicious and filling. The restaurant was quite generous with their alcohol portions too.







Returning to Dublin was bittersweet as I truly was enjoying my time there and o also didn't want to sit my exam. However I'd done the work and needed to put it to the test, literally. In hindsight I think it's always a good idea to plan your trips a bit better before going to a different country and I'm lucky to have had such great hosts to fill in the time.



I'll be returning to Milan again to better explore it's countrysides and the snow covered mountains I could see from where I was staying. I think this trip was so much more about the people I met and speaking the language I love so much. Without Couchsurfing I'm not sure how memorable and experience it would've been and yet we did so much I still feel like I'm forgetting something! I also miss having Michele's photography skills to utilise! 





Have you visited Milan before? What did you think of it?

Let me know below in the comments.

Till Next Time

xxx

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

PTBAAB: My Diet Is Making Me Sick

Dublin, Ireland



I haven't added to the Pretending To Be an Adult Being blog series in a while. This update is long overdue. Not sure what this is? PTBAAB is a blog series that documents the different aspects of life I'm encountering since moving out on my own. It begins here and continues below. Don't worry you can come back to this link.

Sitting on the bus home, feeling like a sardine in a can, nursing a headache that pierces into my eyes, I realise I'm just not doing enough to care for myself.


In a recent post on The Challenges of Balancing College and Full-Time Work, I talk about the check points I turn to when I become overwhelmed with general life and need to get back into the swing of things.


When it comes to my physical health, as they say your health is your wealth and if that's the case my body is my money maker ( not like that! ).


How I care for my body reflects in how well I am able to perform. Once again I find myself facing the shortcomings of my self-care routine

Admittedly the latest stumble to my everyday life has come in the form of illness. I've been sick since this year 2018 began. I spent all New Year's Day and most of the first week in bed. There was a brief week where things were good and now I'm back to illness.


A major part of this susceptibility to illness, I believe, is due to my current diet and not the cold season as could be expected of this time. Besides I only just bought my gorgeous new super warm coat which you can see in action here!


Late last year I revisited my diet which was in an appalling state. It had gotten so bad I hadn't eaten a fruit in nearly six months or cooked for three months! Cooking for myself is something I've more or less always done. When I was in my early teens I'd just cook with whatever was available to me. However since moving out I've had to be the one to go food shopping instead of my mum in order for there to be food in the cupboard or fridge. When I revisited my diet last year I found most of my consumption consisted of two daily take out meals with the occasional healthy option like Nandos thrown in. Although the nutritional value of even Nandos to sustain a healthy balanced diet is questionable.


Essentially I wasn't eating well at all. I really tried to work on this by introducing more fruit and veg into my diet. I tried to shop every week and not in bulk at the start of the month like I use to when I first moved out. This meant I wasn't logging heavy shopping bags the 20 minute walk between my house and Lidl which was always inevitably extended because I'd have to stop so many times for rest. It also meant I'd buy what I needed and not waste so much food and also money.


I stuck with this for quite a while but slowly the shopping stopped happening weekly or in any regular pattern. I ignored my own constant nagging to be healthier and locked myself into a false sense of accomplishment because I still bought a banana and nuts to keep my five-a-day. Never mind that those two food items don't amount to five or that one is nuts.


But as it shows, the disservice was to no one but myself. Now I haven't been as bad as I was last year but I wasn't all that good either.


Finding the time to prepare food is going to be one of my biggest challenges and I'm set to inevitably purchase a few tubaware dishes from Amazon real soon to keep all my prepared food fresh. I work and study in the city nearly an hour and a half away from my home which means I'll have a few early mornings or I'll have to prepare things the night before.


I don't want to make this a big change because that's not going to happen over night. I know it'll take a lot of hard work and test my time management skills and I'll have to get creative with my meals to keep things interesting.


I'm definitely not a fan of the set backs something as manageable as eating a good diet brings. My body feels weak, I have no energy, I can't even think or perform at the level I'd like and that's what I dislike the most.


I can do better and I will do better and any advice, tips or useful pennies worth you have, I will take.


Do you struggle with maintaining a good diet?


What are some of the tips you bank on or find to be useful? I'd love to read some!

Let me know in the comments.


Till Next Time
xxx


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Sunday, 28 January 2018

PRODUCT REVIEW: OGX NOURISHING COCONUT MILK SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER



Irecently finished my bottle of OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Conditioner which I purchased from Boots Pharmacy on sale nearly four months ago I believe.


I'm always trying new hair products to find the one that makes my luscious kinky curls happy. I've tried a few from Aussie Winter Miracle Shampoo and Remedy Deep Conditioner to Herbal Essence. It was the same with my deep conditioner until I found the TruCare Almond Oil and Henna deep conditioner which I believe every natural should at least try. 


I've since got my mum on the same deep conditioner for her natural hair which is very brittle and prone to breaking. She's just at the beginning of using it but I'm certain she'll start to see and feel Improvements soon.


I have also recommended her the OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo and Conditioner and here's why.
I'm not sure if there's a set standard of measuring up products but these are the standards I went by.




Price
This product is expensive, coming in between €11-€13 each depending on where you buy it. I bought these two are set on sale in Boots Pharmacy for around €15 total.


There are many other products out there below this cost bracket but, at least in Ireland, I find to get good products for natural hair, you're often paying a LOT more money than those in England or America. The natural hair market here doesn't compare to the English or American one at all. It's likely the same products here can be found much cheaper in a different country. This is why I tend to buy my hair products in bulk on sale with my additional Student discount.


Both the Shampoo and Conditioner are currently on sale in Boots for €6.86c for 385ml bottles!


Quality

For the price you are paying you'd expect some pretty good quality and I personally was not disappointed.


Shampoo Quality

I shampoo my hair once every two weeks to get rid of the deeper dirt and clean my scalp. The OGX shampoo not only left my hair feeling squeaky clean but I didn't have any of that rubbery, leather texture to my hair afterwards either. Even the shampoo seemed to trap water to moisturize my hair.
Some days I shampooed without conditioning if I wanted to deep condition later that day or the next morning. My hair would hold moisture for as long as 8 hours before feeling dehydrated which would give me time to run quick errands. This was especially helpful if I didn't want to hide a shower cap under a head wrap while walking around Lidl or Aldi.






Conditioner Quality

I really really enjoyed using this conditioner. If you take nothing from this post or can only afford either or, get the conditioner.


I felt my hair was loaded with moisture after each use of this conditioner. There were days where I'd wash my hair and leave the house with lovely juicy curls that glowed with health.


Shrinkage

My hair's elasticity increased which was great the first day or two after a wash because my hair would look longer and held moisture. But by day three or four when I'd do my next co-wash the shrinkage was definitely real. With that said, my leave-in cream never gave me the same look as this conditioner on its own did.






Longevity

As per usual my conditioner ran out before my shampoo because I co-wash a lot more than I shampoo my hair.

However it's taken nearly four to five months for the conditioner to run out and I still have approximately half of the shampoo bottle left.

You really don't need much of this product to do the trick. It's very thick but spreads very well and when put in sufficiently wet hair, it soaks up almost instantaneously. It also smells like luxury ( can that even be a smell?). There's a creamy, luxurious feel that's accompanied by an equally creamy coconut smell.


It'd take a very long time to run out of this product depending on use. I've been somewhat lazy with my hair this season but these products have helped me through the Autumn and Winter so far and I'll continue with the shampoo for the rest of the winter as I test out a new conditioner for the rest of the season. I'll tell you all about that when the time comes.


For this product I'd rate it a must have for any 4C girl who struggles with moisture and is as lazy ( or just not on top of thier game all the time ) as me. It makes Wash-and-Go so much easier and also beneficial to your hair and not just a quick moisture top up to buy yourself a few hours before the next top up.


Do you use either of these products or have you tried them?

What do you think of them? Let me know in the comments.


Till Next Time
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