Beach Day Essentials…

Hello Beautiful People,

Before I get started I want to say something. As you may know I’m currently on holiday. Spending time here has made me realize that whatever you go through in life whether it is tough, hard and upsetting, just know that giving up is not the answer. There are always good days to come and even though you might not see it, I DO! Always be happy, grateful and hopeful, what you may not see but want now is what you could have tomorrow. Always smile!

  • Little advice from, yours truly, Ela.

Now we can start, today I will be talking about my pool/beach essentials with a twist (more like a day at the beach with me). Let’s see if I can give you a short version of my day.

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I wake up to this view, I know! It is beautiful. The sun peeking through the balcony door and the sound of the waves waking me up, is life. I didn’t include my breakfast as I was too excited to get into the pool and then the beach so I literally had the smallest slice of butter and jam with blackcurrant juice. What comes next? Easy 5 plus hours in the beach and the pool.

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So the first thing is quite heavy especially if you have to carry it all the way from England, like me. My pink shell pool float, I know what you’re thinking, it’s from Urban Outfitters I bought it for £24.50 with student discount. It was on sale for £28 pounds! I love it though, I didn’t want the unicorn one so when I saw this one, it was love at first sight. Let me tell you big or not, you need a float, why? Because it is so much fun and no I don’t mean laying on it and enjoying the sun. No no! Being pushed off it and trying to get back on it while having two other people fight over it is the fun part! It’s all for the laughs…

I also carry a towel with me, who doesn’t? I don’t like it when I get out the water and have to walk while I look like a walking rain.  It’s purple but my favourite colour is grey.

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The next important thing is (the most important) and that is a sunscreen. I use the HAWAIIAN Tropic- Satin protection. This one is non-greasy and leaves the skin looking radiant. Why do you need this? Because right now my sisters are complaining of sunburn whereas I’m enjoying life.

In my list of beach essentials, my sunglasses come next! These ones I bought from Westfield Stratford, London, at the sunglasses stand (on the bottom floor). I love this style, cat-eye, Dior look alike ones.

I didn’t include my phone as I was using it to take the photos but I do bring that with me alongside my earphones. Sunbathing and listening to music for me is perfect and I still can fall asleep! Try waking me up, nope not happening.

A hairband and a clip is a must, if you have Tarzan hair like me you know the difficulties of trying to swim with it. Not pleasant at all. Whereas when I tie it up I can at least see where I’m going, so it is definitely an essential for me.

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Water is a must! I get dehydrated quickly and then hunt for a fizzy drink. But when I carry a water bottle around with me, it’s the first thing I reach for.

The last thing I carry with me is a nail polish. When I’m sunbathing and resting I do get bored easily so to pass time I do put nail polish on. This one is a holographic one from a brand called Golden Rose.

I carry all of this (yes, the towel too) in my beauty bag that I bought from Marks and Spencer it came in a set of three and was only £6.50.

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After hours of swimming, running and laughing with snacks in between I get hungry. Let me be honest, it isn’t the healthiest of foods. In fact, it’s the opposite but after a day full of activities, it is deserved.

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After eating I spend an hour in the pool and go to my hotel room and get ready for the evening. Here is today’s makeup and hair (with a filter of course). That was it for this post I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. If you did, like, comment and follow.

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The blue dot is caused by the light reflecting through a children’s play house tunnel. But the sunset is beautiful!
Thank you for reading, I’m ending this post with a beautiful view that I know you’ll like. I’ll see you in my next blog post… Here is a link to my Instagram thewhiterose.ela

Until next time, stay happy and smile.

With Love,

Ela x.

 

My Haircare Essentials…

Hello…Again Beautiful People.

I know I put up a new post yesterday (links here if you want to see what’s in my bag) but I really wanted to put up another blog post as I really enjoy writing about things I love and sharing them with you. I have been using these products for a while and have seen changes in the texture, thickness and hydration.

Before I get started I want to tell you a bit about my hair. My hair was very dry (still gets dry but not as much) especially towards the ends, this is because I have used so many chemicals on my hair including; home dye (I bleached my hair too many times and all I can say is that I’m lucky to still have thick hair), salon dye, extensive usage of heat tools topped off with constant use of various products within a short period of time. It is safe to say that I never let my hair breathe or rest, I was never happy with its natural waves it was too ‘frizzy’ for me. I had a professional opinion from an expert colourist who said that if I carry on bleaching my hair I could be affected by hair loss the phrase ‘more blonder the better’ vanished in that instant that day was the last time I ever wanted to go platinum blonde. I naturally have thick hair and I became very appreciative of this, instead of following the current hair trend I decided to face reality and take care of my hair.

Below are the products I use…

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  1. OGX Hydrating Macadamia Oil Shampoo:  I love macadamia oil and many of the products I use have this in them. Why? Because it hydrates the hair and gets rid of  the straw like texture. Instead of having hard and dry strands your hair starts to feel and appear soft, moisturised and shiny.  This shampoo is specifically for hair that needs hydration.
  2. OGX Hydrating Macadamia Oil Conditioner: I like using products from the same brand as the constant use of different products damaged my hair. I used to brush my hair (lightly) and my brush would be covered with strands of weak hair and I couldn’t understand what product caused it due to the use of so many products. This conditioner not only nourishes the hair but easily detangles it. It helps with split-ends and not only looks healthy but also feels healthy and strong.
  3. OLAPLEX HAIR PERFECTOR: This product is not for everyone, I advise people that have had or has chemicals in the hair to use it. The product claims to “reconnect broken disulfide sulfur bonds in the hair.” I’m not a hair expert either but basically it makes the hair strands stronger and decreases the amount of damage caused by chemicals. I apply this from the mid section of the hair  (I have never dyed my roots) to the ends of my hair. I like to leave it overnight, rinse it off the next day and then use my shampoo and conditioner.  Remember to apply it to unwashed hair. You won’t see the affects overnight but within a couple weeks I have seen a decrease in hair loss. I use this product during times I use harsh chemicals which is not often.
  4. MACADAMIA PROFESSIONAL NOURISHING MOISTURE MASQUE: This is the only hair mask I use and like the shampoo and conditioner it hydrates, reconstructs, revitalise’s and repairs damaged hair. It is very flexible to use, once or twice  depending on the hair’s need.
  5.  MACADAMIA NATURAL OIL HEALING OIL SPRAY: I love, love and love (x1000) this product so much, it is unbelievable. As the name states this product has healed my hair and brought it back to the thickness and texture it had before I ever dyed my hair. I am so pleased with it, it doesn’t feel thick, heavy or greasy on the hair. In fact, it has the opposite effect. Not only does my hair feel soft and shiny, it is manageable and appears as its been treated in a salon.
  6. OGX Argan Oil of Morocco: I don’t use this oil often only if I want my hair to have that extra shine and to tame it. Previously I used hair mousse and hair spray to tame and style my hair but it left it so dry and felt really clumpy that it was a no no from me. Instead I add argan oil which tames the frizziness, helps with the split ends and makes the hair more vibrant which is what I love thick, soft and bouncy hair.

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These are all of my haircare essentials… The products have not only helped my hair become more strong, thick, soft and hydrated but also has made me become more positive and more appreciative of natural hair. I used to admire the blonde that I never could achieve, always had a need to go blonder and never cared about the condition of my hair until I was going through hair loss, dryness and thinness.  The best advice I can give you is to appreciate, love and care for what you have and never feel pressured to change the way you look because its stylish, trendy and popular. Trust me! You are beautiful the way you are…

If you have come this far, thank you for reading, liking, commenting and following. I hope you found this post helpful! Also, I would love for you to suggest any blog posts you want me to write about. Comment below any ideas and I will try my best to post about it.

If you want to check out my Instagram page it is Thewhiterose.ela

As always stay beautiful, positive and happy…

Ela x.