Lifestyle – Simone Thomas Salon, Westbourne – My Hair Cut Experience – PR {Gifted}

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A beautiful salon, with friendly and professional colleagues!

I was kindly invited by Tegan, head of the Salon’s press team to experience a pampering hair cut and treatment at the Simone Thomas salon situated in Westbourne, Bournemouth. Please note I received this experience as complimentary in exchange for a review!

IMG_1139As soon as I entered the salon I was greeted with a very friendly “Good Afternoon!” and shown my way to the chicest waiting area ever – it was definitely my aesthetic. I was asked if I would like a beverage, so I chose my go to apple juice. If you’ve been following me for a while you know that’s my “I’m having my hair done.” drink – I’m very predictable. 

I was then approached by my hair stylist, Ashleigh, who is a Senior Stylist and Colourist at the Salon; and we discussed what I wanted today and to discuss the general health of my hair.

IMG_1116First off, wow! – you could tell Ashleigh knew her stuff! Straight off the bat she could guess my hair routine just from my hair condition. She also pointed out where I had severe breakage from my straightener addiction – Why did none of you guys tell me I was missing a huge chunk of my hair at the side?!

Moving on, we discussed how to sort out and even my breakages, and how we can add layers to thin out my hair as it was getting warmer, and what I would like from my Olaplex treatment.

I was lead to the hair basins to get my hair shampooed and treated using my personally recommended Olaplex treatment. Mine was a three step process where the treatment is left on in intervals to help penetrate my hair. Once my hair treatment was finished, I had my hair conditioned and towel dried awaiting my cut. Back in my throne, I was given a top up of my apple juice and a few cookies to nibble on, whilst Ashleigh got to work in giving me a two inch cut off the length and layers to help style my hair. 

IMG_1094My experience happened a few weeks before posting – before the March 23rd lockdown in the UK – and I was very impressed with the preventative steps I was seeing to help reduce the spread. I could clearly see the staff spraying down chairs, side tables and mirrors with disinfectants between clients and routinely. I felt very safe knowing how much the staff here were safeguarding their clients. But this isn’t all that Simone Thomas does for her clients – I was told by Ashleigh about their new well being range as well as the amazing work that happens upstairs in their hair loss clinic.

After my hair was cut, I was treated to a blow dry and we both decided to curl my hair to make the most out of my recent layers and to make my hair colour pop! I felt absolutely amazing afterwards – my hair felt so nourished and smooth from my Olaplex treatment and my cut hit all of my personal expectations!

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GUEST SPOT – HolzieLoves – My Anxiety Tips!

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Please give Holly from the lifestyle, health and positivity blog, HolzieLoves, a warm RosemaryHelenXO welcome!

 

ABOUT:

Holly has been blogging for around three years which developed from writing about things she loved – then it has further evolved into talking about being positive, giving advice and sharing her journey of being a chronically ill person and how she get’s through it!

Writing is a huge passion of hers since she was handed pen and paper. Being part of the blogging community really is great and she has made some amazing friends along her journey. She recommends anyone who wants to start blogging to definitely go for it.

 

You can keep up to date with Holly by following her adventures on Instagram, HolzieLoves!

Enjoy her post below!

As you aren’t a regular reader here, you won’t know my anxiety history. I’ll leave my story of how it started here in-case you want to have a nosey. Let’s just say I’ve had it for going on two decades and I’ve picked up some helpful coping strategies;

❤️ When you feel an anxiety attack coming on, try and get out into the fresh air and sit down if possible. I get hot and lightheaded in an attack so fresh air and somewhere to perch my bum is much needed.

❤️ The main thing is to concentrate on your breathing to try bring it back to normal. So breath in for 4, hold for 7 and let out for 8. I thought oh my goodness I can’t breath in for that long. But it really does work.

♥️ I have always found music to be the perfect distraction when I’m anxious. In particular I like soft music like acoustic or love songs. Songs that have great lyrics you can focus on. I also love listening to a crackling fire on the relaxing sounds app. Alternatively if you want loud music to try drown out the anxious thoughts that helps too in my opinion.

♥️ You’ve all heard of the grounding tip of things you can see etc using all your senses. Well I’ve come up with this one.

In your bag have something that has a scent that makes you happy like your fave perfume or cologne. I do love lavender too so some essential oils are really handy too. Have your happy photos on your phone in a folder easily accessible so you can look at them to bring your emotions back to not being stressed out. Your phone will come for the next two senses which is listen – so it could be the music I mentioned, or some affirmations that you can pre record to remind yourself that everything is going to be ok. Your mouth without a doubt will be dry in an anxiety attack so popping your favourite sweet in will definitely calm you down, tried and tested by me.

Last sense is touch. There are so many stress relievers out there on ebay/ wish / amazon. Having that at hand in your bag will come in so handy if that’s all you can manage to get during your attack.

♥️ Reach out and ask for help or just message/call someone you trust and say help me take my mind off things, distract me, make me laugh. Pretty sure you have one person you can turn to.

I really could go on and on and on but I think I’ll leave it there.

I’m always here for any of you if you feel the need to chat.

Hope this has been of some help.

Til next time,

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Livia – The Off Switch for Menstrual Pain – Period Pain Reducing Machine – Review – PR

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Turn your period pain off with this compact machine! 

I was very lucky to receive these products from MyLivia for me to review for my followers – Please note I received this product complimentary! After I left my review for the Pink Parcel Subscription box , a company that offers a monthly bundle of sanitary items with added beauty bonuses, the lovely folks at Livia sent me one of their Livia machines for me to try and review for you guys!

The Livia comes in a sturdy box with all the accessories you need for the machine; the Livia itself, the electrodes, two spare gel pads for the electrodes and a carry case to keep your Livia safe during storage and travel and a mini USB lead for charging the rechargeable battery inside. They recommend you change the gel pads often as they lose stickiness over time, which in turns makes the pulses harder to work.

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My first impressions of the item is that it is so small! It can fit in the palm of my hand and you can choose the colour of the Livia to suit your aesthetic – if you change your mind on the colour or design then you can easily get a new colourful skin for it off their website for £10. The machine also has a handy clip so you can attach it to your jeans whilst you wear it during use.

The machine itself looks very subtle – it has only three buttons on the front with the name embossed and no other branding so unless someone asks they’d probably think it was a MP3 player clipped on. The three buttons are how you use it and programme it. The buttons are; an on/off switch, a + switch and a – switch. These are the main controls for the Livia machine. You can control the power of the machine using the + and -, to ensure you’re comfortable or to increase it if your cramps get worse or lessen the power if they’re not that bad – its offer complete control so you can adapt to how you’re feeling.

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Livia’s technology is based on the “Gate Control Theory”. Livia is transmitting a pulse that is keeping the nerves “busy”. Busy nerves means that the nerve-gate is closed, therefore pain signals cannot pass through and are unfelt.

I was very worried that it would hurt using it but the pulse feels like a tingle, like when your phone vibrates but its constant, and on the low settings – you cannot feel it at all but the pain is removed! I’ve even used this machine on my shoulder after I pulled a muscle – and it worked a dream! The pulses override your brains pain signals and it suddenly makes the pain disappear!

As someone who used to have to take co-codamol to deal with the period pain due to how excruciating it was, it’s such a relief that I can now drug-free my period. It’s also discreet enough that I have worn it in work and not had anyone notice it under my blouse. It was also handy for travelling – I recently went back to Cardiff via train which is a 4 hour ride and throughout the journey I was comfortable, paracetamol free and able to control the pulses from my waistband of my jeans. No fiddling around in my bag for tablets or getting my water bottle out – just a quick tap on the + to increase the pulses and I was free from pain.

Bottom Line: I know its expensive, but when I pay at least £8 per period on tablets and pain killers and heat pads for when I’m in work, after a while this becomes an investment! I’m hot water bottle free, I’ve got my mobility back instead of laying in bed trying to get into any and all positions to alleviate the pain, and I can use it on other pains such as when I’ve pulled a muscle at the gym – to me, it’s worth it – I’ve gained the few days of the month of my life back.

Price: £149 at MyLivia.
   Currently on sale for £129

Rating: *****