The Art of Letting Go.

What do you think of when you think of minimalism? If you’re anything like me, you may have thought instantly of a crisp white room, displaying a barely any furniture. Maybe just a wooden chair and a table, with a small but stylish plant placed neatly in the center. To me, minimalism seemed arty and slightly pretentious. It was a hashtag on instagram, not a lifestyle or movement. Looking back, I initially associated it with interior design more than anything else!

But boy was I wrong.

Over the holiday season I had fallen ill with a flu, it was so bad I couldn’t leave my bed for almost a week or more. I was so weak and miserable, I did the only thing I could do. I watched some Netflix.

I came across a documentary called Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things.

Hand-on-heart, I can honestly say that this documentary has changed the way I look at things, and for the better. So much, that I feel happier than I have felt in a long time, due to adopting the principles laid out by the documentaries storytellers, Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus.

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I was enlightened to discover that minimalism was not a pretentious instagram trend, but a lifestyle and a philosophy. After watching the documentary, for days I pondered the questions it posed. I am still thinking a lot about it and even introduced a friend to the documentary, whom it also had a profound affect on. I feel like a switch has gone off in my brain and I finally know what the next step is to clear my mind and cleanse my body of some of the built up stress I have been carrying around. I started by slowly getting rid of a few material possessions that brought no joy or served no purpose in my life. Essentially, I started to de-clutter, but it is so much more than that. By getting rid of things that no longer or have never severed us, we free up so much space.

Literally and spiritually. 

Essentially, the minimalist lifestyle is about freeing yourself. From the mundane carousel of consumerism, from mental clutter and so much more. To quote The Minimalists directly:

Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from overwhelm. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from depression. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around. Real freedom.

That doesn’t mean there’s anything inherently wrong with owning material possessions. Today’s problem seems to be the meaning we assign to our stuff: we tend to give too much meaning to our things, often forsaking our health, our relationships, our passions, our personal growth, and our desire to contribute beyond ourselves. Want to own a car or a house? Great, have at it! Want to raise a family and have a career? If these things are important to you, then that’s wonderful. Minimalism simply allows you to make these decisions more consciously, more deliberately.

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This lifestyle has impacted me in a such a profound and deep way. I am so interested in learning more about the art of letting go. I have held so much in, for so long and I finally think it is time to start de-cluttering my life, starting with what I own.

Minimalism is really helping me work through a lot of emotions and thoughts that I have been too scared to deal with for many years. By getting rid of the literally clutter in my life, I am learning about focusing on what matters to me, the best way to describe it is like seeing a fog clear. I feel mindful about what or whom I allow into my life now, I ask myself what purpose does this person/object/experience serve. Does it/they bring me joy?

I have come to learn that becoming minimalist is often a long process it can take months to finally be ready to let go of everything you don’t need. In a modern world where people are often defined by what they own, it is quite the mind fuck at times, to become hyper-aware of how zombie like we have become as consumers and as people. Minimalism is mindfulness. It’s a practice and I know I will get better at it with time and learning to let go will be a journey. And I am so excited to be taking the first steps.

I will be documenting my minimalism journey through this blog and my YouTube channel. I hope I can inspire others to try it out and see if it can cultivate a new awareness, a shift in perspective or even change someones life.

XO

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The Sterling Silver hair dye by Arctic Fox turned my hair green!

To be honest, I wasn’t going to write this blog. I don’t like doing negative reviews but if it will save someone going through the hassle that I went through, then I will do it.

For a long time, I spent months fading and removing the Virgin Pink hair dye by Arctic Fox, from my hair and getting it back to a clean blonde. I somehow managed to achieve that, after much hassle and money spent. It was a lot of effort to remove the bright pink colour from my hair but once I had, I was ready to tone it to my desired colour of silver/grey.

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Hair during the removal of the Virgin Pink hair dye

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And after I fully removed Virgin Pink. (No toning)

I noticed that Arctic Fox had released a silver dye and after researching the best ways to tone your hair to silver, I discovered that the best option for me might be to use a silver dye, rather than a toner. As it would last longer and be easier to use. Or so I thought.

As I had used their products before and I trusted Arctic Fox as  a company, I looked up a few YouTube reviews of the product. I also checked the Arctic Fox instagram for photos of people who have already tried and tested the dye. I found it very difficult to find many videos or photos of people who had used Sterling Silver and I was about to find out why.

What happened next was a disaster.

I foolishly purchased the large bottle of Sterling Silver from the Arctic Fox website and applied it to my hair. It went on as a dark silver and I left it in for the recommended time. I thought all was well, until I washed it out. When I was washing my hair over the bathtub, I noticed from the corner of my eye, a flicker of green. My heart sank and I almost screamed with absolute shock.

I whipped my head up in that very instant and looked in the mirror. My hair was bright green.

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Hair after using Sterling Silver by Arctic Fox

I instantly burst into tears. All my hard work of fading the pink and getting my hair to blonde, was gone to waste. Needless to say, I was absolutely furious and couldn’t understand what had happened. My hair was evenly blonde and the colour was the perfect shade of blonde to be toned to a silver tone.

In my rage, I tweeted about my misfortune and to my surprise, received a response from someone who had the same outcome with the same brand. I was then directed to several review sites, all with many other customers, claiming to have had the same issue as me.

I contacted the company and explained the situation. They responded to me within a few days and pretty much gave me no answers, other than that it must have been yellow tones in my hair. So, apparently it was my fault!?? They did give me a full refund (which I demanded), but I was still furious and frantically trying to remove the disgusting green tone from my hair.

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I used ColorB4 to remove the bulk of the green and then proceeded to do two separate bleach baths on my hair. My hair was in pretty bad shape after all of the scrubbing and treatments I was doing to remove the green, but there was absolutely no way I was walking around with my hair looking like that. It looked horrendous.

I am still allowing my hair to recover and have since been to a hairdresser to ask for advice. She tested my a piece of my hair, to see if it could be toned and she told me that the Sterling Silver was possibly still stuck in my hair cuticle. Making the sample of my hair turn green again and making toning not possible at this time.

Since then, I’ve been wearing a wig in my videos and have been taking care of my hair with lots of deep conditioning treatments and shampooing it as normal. Hopefully I can tone my hair before Christmas, otherwise I will just have to wait and see what can be done with it or change the colour entirely, as I may have no other option.

Honestly, I am so furious about the entire situation. My hair was a at peak condition prior to adding the Sterling Silver hair dye to my hair. I wish I had just left it the way it was, as the hair dye caused my hair to change tone completely, taking me back to square one and leaving myself and two professional hairdressers baffled.

I am not posting this review to bad mouth Arctic Fox. However, I do want to warn people about this product. I am not the only one who has had this issue, as you can read in these amazon reviews and here on the HotTopic website. I’m not sure if I got a bad batch or if the formula hasn’t fully been perfected yet. Either way, it is not a product I would recommend to anyone.

Be very careful when researching and buying these types of products online. Sometimes it is worth saving your money and going to a professional. I wish I had!

XO

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Possibly, the best cruelty free make-up remover of all time?!

If you’re looking for the best cruelty-free makeup remover ever, this is it.

The Dizzolv’it Makeup Melt Cleansing Balm easily melts away make-up (including hard to remove waterproof liquid eyeliner!) and other skin products, including sunscreen and heavy foundations.

I became aware of this product through a goody-bag I received at blog award ceremony this year. I used the Dizzolv’it balm the night I came home from the event and was blown away at how well it removed my eye make-up, and how easy it made make-up removing routine. I was impressed!

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The balm comes in a tub and has a small scoop, to allow you to pick up the product easily and apply it to target areas of your face. The best way I can describe the product, is that it literally feels like the balm is melting away your make up. The light pink balm responds to your body heat, melting into a silky liquid as you rub the product into your skin. It feels like a light, cleansing oil and is easily wiped away with a cotton pad, removing every single bit of makeup along with it!

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Whenever I spend the day/night wearing make-up, I always use the Dizzolv’it balm when I get home. It makes removing my make-up so much quicker and prevents me from tugging on my eyes when removing resilient eye-makeup. All I have to do is apply a tiny amount of the balm across my eye lid and in one sweep, I can remove almost 90% or more of my eye-makeup.

Even thought the balm is cleansing, I would suggest cleansing your face with your usual face wash afterwards. Just to make sure you’ve removed all of the product and leave your skin feeling fresh.

A little goes a long way with this product and it is lasting me ages. I will absolutely be re-purchase this product in the future and i’d highly recommended it to anyone who loves stress free make-up removal and cruelty free beauty products.

Size & Price of Product:

This tub is 50ml & costs €25.00

Pro’s of the Dizzolv’it Makeup Melt Cleansing Balm :

  • Quick & easy to use
  • Works like a dream!

Con’s of the Dizzolv’it Makeup Melt Cleansing Balm :

  • Honestly, I can’t think of any.

Are Cailyn products cruelty free?

Yes, they are Leaping Bunny certified! And they’re Irish.

Where an I buy this product?

You can purchase it on the Cailyn Ireland website or in pharmacies nationwide!

XO

Shoe0nHead Style Inspiration!

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I mentioned in my recent update that i’d be posting all of my fashion and beauty related content, here on my website. Don’t get me wrong, I love posting social commentary blogs but I also really enjoy fashion. So why not combine the two, for a cool series on my blog? And I thought, why not start off by showcasing some of the most bad ass women on YouTube & their unique fashion.

One of my favourite YouTubers is June Lapine AKA Shoe0nHead. She creates hilarious comedic skits and gives her opinion on several issues, including feminism, politics and SJW insanity.

She has a really likeable personality and seriously cute sense of style.

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June’s look is very feminine and takes inspiration from kawaii fashion. She likes to mix hard and soft patterns to create a girly, yet bad ass sense of style, wearing leather chokers with floral/lace style dresses. Peterpan collared tops/dresses and Maryjane’s are also some of her style staples.

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I love June’s style because she isn’t afraid to take risks and play around with fashion. Her style choices are just as ballsy and interesting as the words she shares in her YouTube videos.

Check out her instagram & YouTube channel for more style inspo & hilarious commentary.

XO