Hi- I hope you’re having a fabulous February, the start of spring is less than a month away which has me very excited! 

Today I want to talk about my Great Length Hair Extensions as they got a lot of love on Instagram and I really wanted to share some in-depth information about them however before we get started I thought we’d touch on my previous hair extension experience. 

In the past I have used Clip-ins, I think clip-ins are fab if you’re looking for a quick, more affordable option but the truth is that you shouldn’t wear them too often and they can be a pain to put in and take out, therefore they weren’t right for me. I have also had Micro-rings which although I loved the effect I found were quite hard to maintain and required more work that I was willing to commit. Which is why I though I would give tape in extensions a try… 

On the 10th January 2020 I got my first (and current) set of Great Length Tape-in Hair Extensions (GL Tapes). Great Length also do Individual Bond extensions which I may try in the future but I was temped by the tape-ins as they’re quicker to apply and more affordable. I had mine put in my the fabulous Hadley Yates Hair in Hersheson, Harvey Nichols London. 

The reason I wanted hair extensions wasn’t for length but for thickness. I have fine hair and I don’t think there is much I can do about it other than add extensions, I wanted just a nice little boast, mainly so that the ends didn’t look too straggly in photos but I do think that I may get a little length in the future as they’re perfect to add length too!

As I mentioned I had mine applied in Hersheson, Harvey Nichols (London) by Hadley Yates– the day before I had a quick consolation to talk about the colour, length and effect I wanted. I knew I didn’t want length but I wanted more thickness and also to add a bit of excitement to my colour as it was starting to look a little flat. The extensions arrive so quickly that the next morning I was able to go in get them installed. 

Installation is pain-free, quick and easy- I got a wash and blow dry before Hadley applied the extensions. As the name suggests the extensions are applied using tape, and they sandwich your natural hair. Initially they’re put in a little longer and then cut so that they look natural. As I have colour in my hair and the ends are lighter than the roots I had to get a few different colours put in but the whole process took little over an hour, I was surprised by just how quick it was! 

I left feeling super happy with my hair, the volume round the front was really great and exactly what I wanted! I did have about a half day were they were a little uncomfortable but nothing other than that. I am able to curl them and wash them just like I would my normal hair but I have been using the Great Lengths Shampoo and Conditioner which I’ve really been liking. As I got them just for volume I don’t have a whole head, there are actually only about 10 GL Tape Sandwiches. They’re lightweight and basically invisible which means they don’t add an extra hour onto my hair drying time and no one has really noticed them. They also hold a curl much better than my natural hair which means I have been washing and styling my hair far less. 

I got a lot of questions about tying my hair up,  at the beginning I can only really do a low pony but I love a low pony and it always looks chic so thats not an issue at all! 

I have to be completely honest in this post as say that although I’m loving the extensions I am going to ask Hadley to put the in just slightly lower on my head. As I have very fine hair I did fine that on a couple of days towards the end the extensions right at the top of my head were noticeable by me, although I didn’t ever have anyone else not them. I think as with anything its a bit of a learning process to see what works for me and simply due to the balayage of my hair and the fineness I think slightly lower would work better.

Another important issue for me was how the hair was actually sourced, Great Lengths ethically source the human hair from a Hindu Temple in Tirumula, India- where people voluntarily donated their hair as an offering and a way of showing thanks. Great Lengths then pay a fair price for the hair and the money goes back into the community to fund education and medical aid. The hair is then purifies and colour treated in Italy. On top of that when the hair is finally removed it will be donated to Little Princess Trust Charity to make wigs for children who have lost theirs. 

The big question I get (and I understand why) is how much does it cost? And the truth is I don’t really have an exact answer as it varies on the amount of hair you get, the length of the hair and the location you’re getting it installed but prices start from £250. They are reusable, up to three times depending on how well you look after them and you are paying for a premium product with a premium finish. Everyone I know that has had GL Tapes has been happy with their and they always look natural and beautiful. 

Overall, super happy with the extensions! I’m getting them re-installed later this week and I’m hoping to have them in for a little while. I would also love to try Individual bonds, especially as my hair is so fine and I think they may work even better on my hair- when/if I do I’ll definitely report back.

Check out my Instagram for more on my reapplication of the extensions later this week.

Have you tried hair extensions?

(Hair extensions and application gifted by Great Lengths) 

I’m always on the look out for the perfect little escape from London as unlike most of my friends I don’t have much family in the UK outside of London. The perfect place doesn’t take too long to get to, is affordable, has great food and is somewhere I can go on great walks.

Last month I found just the place; The White Horse in Dorking. It took less than an hour and a half to get there (I’m North of the river in London but if you’re not it’ll take even less!) and it’s situated in the small town of Dorking, between the North Downs and Denbies Estate and Vineyards. As the name suggests it was a coaching inn, the property has undergone an overhaul recently and is looking really beautiful.

I will mention, before we get to deep into this blog post, that my boyfriend went away with me for this mini break, but sadly he was pretty sick both en route and once we got there which is why there aren’t quite as many photos as I’d hoped. We probably should have cancelled but he was a star and made the effort to come along with me.

I wanted this mini-trip to be quite a chilled one, it’s nice to be in a new environment for a few days but I didn’t want to do too much. We checked in around 3PM, ate snacks, played board games on the giant bed and watched some TV- not the most adventurous day but it was exactly what we wanted.

(Little peak at what skincare I’m using)

The room was a nice size- with a desk, little table and a large, super comfortable bed. The bathroom didn’t have a bath which I do usually like but the shower pressure was great and I do enjoy a shower once I’m in it. The hotel is located in the town and we were on a lower floor which left me nervous in terms of noise but we slept well all night with no noise.

For dinner we headed down to The Dozen restaurant in the hotel, there were actually a lot of locals in there also having dinner which is a great sign and I’d recommend The Dozen for dinner even if you’re not staying in the hotel. The food was honestly amazing! Michael had to leave me half way through the meal (as he was still unwell) and I’m honestly sad that he didn’t get to experience the food with me. To start we ordered a bread basket and Mac N Cheese balls which were DIVINE- I’ve been dreaming about them ever since. I then went for the fishcakes which I was a little unsure about but it was such a good decision as they were truly delicious. Of course, I also got a side of chips and I’d recommend you do the same.

In the morning, once Michael was feeling a little better we made the most of the delicious breakfast, I went for a full-english which was one of the best I’ve had in a while and included lots of local produce.

Just before checking out we decided to go for a little wonder around the town. It has lots of independent shops as well as a few chains which are great for picking up some car snacks (M&S obvs.)


Before heading home we headed to Box Hill, I hadn’t heard of Box Hill previously but if you visit The White Horse or live fairly local I would say it’s a must. We went for a long muddy walk, enjoyed the sun and indulged in an Ice Cream. Essentially, Box Hill is just a hill with a nice view and an interesting walk (especially for kids) and maybe it was just because we were lucky to get a nice day but it’s one of the nicest walks I’ve been on near London. If you’re in South London I think lunch at The White Horse and a walk around Box Hill is simply the most perfect weekend activity!

Huge thank you to The White Horse for my lovely stay, it’d the perfect place for a little mini-break!

To book to stay or eat at The White Horse, click here, room rates are affordable! 


With Christmas Eve being already next week it’s time to start wrapping up our Christmas shopping but if you’re still after a few bits, which won’t break the bank or the most beautiful stocking fillers than stay tuned as Ted Baker have exactly what you need!

If you’ve caught any of my Christmas Gift Guides than you know I love the Boots 3 for 2 offers over the festive season, especially all the beautiful rose gold offerings from Ted Baker. The Porcelain Rose bath, body and cosmetics collection has a vintage glamour feel with the large roses print and added elements of rose gold, the collection has a very luxury look but at an affordable price.



My favourite has to be the Ted Baker Pouting Petals Lip Gift (£14), a trio of lipsticks, packaged very similarly to one of my favourite high-end lipstick brands with rose gold ridged casing. The nude, pink and red shades are great from day to night and are really creamy! The nude shade has made it into my handbag and it won’t be leaving anytime soon. It’s also worth noting that the Ted Baker cosmetics are only around at Christmas so be sure to get your hands on them now!

If you’re looking to add a little sparkle to someones life then the Ted Baker Shimmer Body Wash (£8.50) is perfect. It smells amazing and adds the perfect amount of shimmer to help skin look glowy this part season.

A great gift everyone would love is the Ted Baker Glittering Gem Soap Collection (£8.50), another trio but this time of nude pink gem shaped soaps. It’s a great gift for those hard-to- buy-for people and at only £8.50 it’s a very affordable price point too.

If you’re stuck for secret Santa ideas or need a few more affordable stocking fillers than the Ted Baker Little Petal Body Sprays (£3) are fab! They come in cute tree ornament style packaging and as they’re 50ml they’re perfect handbag size! I have Opulent Petal and Petal Blush Pink which both smell amazing; Blush Pink is a soft floral scent with notes of Jasmine, patchouli and Neroli where as Opulent Petal is a little more of a woody-floral with notes of jasmine, orange blossom, exotic ylang and musk.

And if you’re still after some men’s gifts then they also have a great range here.

The whole range is exclusive to Boots and is on 3 for 2 deal this Christmas! What is your favourite Ted Baker Gift?

Back in July, Michael and I took a trip to Gran Canaria with GC Wellness, who looks after luxury spas in the most beautiful hotels across Gran Canaria island. We had an itinerary which was actually quite nice, it meant we didn’t have to plan what we wanted to do with our days and although we didn’t get a chance to see too much of the island we did have the chance to relax- and that was pretty amazing!

I’m a huge fan of Spain, culture wise it’s quite similar to Portugal (where my parents are originally from) so it feels like home but Gran Canaria is actually a Canary Island just off the coast of Africa and since I’d never been to any of the Spanish Islands I was super excited! The flight was four hours, which is a little longer than to south of Spain and on the drive to the hotel from the airport we realised it was pretty different to what we expected. It’s a very dry island, it’s more what I would imagine the Texan Desert to be like and on the week we visited there was a lot of sand in the air from the Sahara Desert. I’m going to be honest- we weren’t sure it was going to be for us at first but we luckily we were wrong and had the most amazing time!


We visited a few different hotels but were very lucky to be staying in the Sheraton Salobre Golf Resort, it was far more modern than the others we visited and as it’s on a golf course it was also surrounded by lots of greenery. Our room was pretty standard and modern, plus we had a nice balcony with a beautiful view. The layout of the hotel is also amazing, they have lots of smaller pools everywhere so the hotel never feels too full, there’s a great adult-only infinity pool but we also used some of the other ones and none of them were too busy or noisy.

However, the highlight for me was probably the food (because I LOVE food!), we had breakfast and dinner at the hotel every day and although it isn’t fine dining, it was absolutely delicious! Breakfast was potentially not quite as good as dinner and I think, had we been there 2 weeks we’d probably start to get a little bored but there was pancakes, omelets, cereals, cakes and all the standard breakfast foods. Dinner however was amazing and the buffet style really suits my love for food as I had the opportunity to try a little bit of everything. We also made use of the Sheraton Salobre pool and it had everything you’d want from a spa; saunas, steam rooms, all the usual treatments and some great water treatments in the outside pool.

As we were there with GC Wellness we had the chance to try a few treatments at different hotels and also tour some of the hotels.

If you’re into plants you will absolutely love Hotel Cordial Mogan Playa! They have the most incredible and unusual flowers and plants. It’s incredible to see all this greenery in the middle of such a dry island and it really is a beautiful haven. We also had a really delicious Spanish lunch and spent the rest of the day relaxing in the spa area. We had a couple’s massage, which was the highlight of the day, it’s actually not something we’ve ever done but both really enjoyed it-I mean who doesn’t love being pampered?!

We were also lucky enough to have a tour of Gloria Palace Thalasso Hotel and Spa, which is another beautiful hotel with even more beautiful sea views. We had a Thalassotherapy treatment which we initially thought was a very strange treatment, you essentially use mineral charged saltwater to detox the body in a pool. You sit under running water or lie on beds which bump bubbles around you and after a while of being in the pool we totally understood what all the hype was about- it was another great treatment! It was followed by a couples body scrub and massage, which again we both really enjoyed!

Although it probably wasn’t essential, we did rent a car as we love the opportunity to explore and potentially get lost, I think it’s always the best way to see somewhere (other than a city). We visited Las Palmas City, which was beautiful but we chose the wrong day, it was a bank holiday and pretty much everything was closed. However, on the final day we drove to Maspalomas, which are the sand dunes on the island and we both loved it! It was unlike anywhere I had been before and had we been on the island a few more days I would have loved to spend some more time there. We went just before sunset to get a few photos, which just wasn’t enough time to explore.

The other thing I would highly recommend is a boat trip, we done the Canary Boat Trip, which lasted 5 hours and included food. It was the perfect way to see a little of the island whilst relaxing and catching some sunshine. Michael even managed to convince me to get off the boat for a swim which I wouldn’t usually do as I’m just so scared of how deep the water is. Plus, the food was delicious and cooked on the boat.

Huge thanks to GC Wellness for having us and if you’re looking to book a holiday I can’t recommend Gran Canaria and the hotels I visited enough. It was one of the best holiday’s I’ve had and as it’s off the coast of Africa the island is warm (25C) all year round so I’m actually already considering going back, it’s perfect if you’re looking to catch a little sun in autumn or winter- and of course spring and summer.

I love spring and summer, it’s my absolute favourite!

But with spring and summer comes hay fever and I hate hay fever.

Hay fever is a relatively new thing to me (often starting in childhood or teenage years) but I now get all the symptoms – sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes and everything else that comes with hay fever. However, I recently went to a Benadryl event and picked up some great tips, which I wanted to share.

Hay fever varies throughout the year depending on what flowers/plans/trees are in season, what pollen is floating through the air and what each individual is allergic to, which is why some people get it all year round. Hay fever affects at least 13 million people in the UK. The good news for me though is that it often gets better as you get older, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

So since you’re probably here for some tips:
1. Stay indoors – maybe a little obvious and often not possible but if your hay fever is really bad staying indoors does help
2. Wear wraparound sunglasses – they can really help create a barrier between your eyes and the pollen
3. Change your clothes & shower once indoors to remove any pollen you’re carrying
4. Take Benadryl® Allergy Relief tablets which offer fast and effective allergy relief
5. Use make-up to conceal your allergy face


So on to a few make-up tips to help hide your hay fever symptoms – borrowed from Jo Freeman which I have been putting into play lots recently:

  • Use a colour corrector – I’ve been opting for the It Cosmetics CC Cream to help correct any redness around the nose, under the eyes and to even out the overall look of the skin, but you could use a more area specific one like the Max Factor Colour Correcting Sticks.
  • Keep the eye area looking fresh but defined with just a touch of waterproof mascara. My eyes are often puffy and start to stream throughout the day so I like to go light on the eye makeup, add some concealer and a touch of Eyeko Waterproof Mascara.
  • Contour lightly to add definition to the face and reduce the look of a puffy face. I love a bit of contour everyday but it’s extra important on puffy face days. My favourite is the Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Bronze and Glow. I then finish it with a touch of highlighter.
  • Opt for a bold lip to draw attention away from hay fever symptoms and instead to your pretty pout. I love this tip and it’s one I follow whether I am suffering from hay fever or am just really tired – it’s a great one!

To see all these tips in action check out the video below.

Would love to hear your tips for hay fever season in the comments.

*Huge thanks to Benadryl for partnering with me for this post. For more information on fast-acting allergy relief, visit www.benadryl.co.uk.
Benadryl Allergy Relief contains acrivastine. Always read the label.