XHC Banana Shampoo & Conditioner Review

Wednesday, March 31, 2021


Hi everyone today I am going to be reviewing a new favourite of mine. I had seen people talking about this shampoo and conditioner duo on a group I am in on Facebook and I decided to pick it up next time I was in store as I had heard that Banana shampoo and conditioner is good for your hair. I went into Poundland the day after and found them, they had a hair mask too which I didn't pick up but I will be getting the mask next time I am in store. 

My hair is very dry and wavy and pretty damaged from the heat and all the dying I have previously done to my hair. I was a long term lover of the L'Oreal Elvive range trying out the different ones they brought out but since leaving my retail job I haven't picked them up. 

I have to say I am not a fan on the scent but I knew that was going to be the case because I am personally not a fan of anything banana related but I was desperate to try and thought if it is good for my hair I can ignore the smell. As soon as I put the shampoo on my hair I could feel the difference in this one to the one I previously was using as that one dried my hair out so much. When I applied this shampoo my hair felt so soft and healthy straight away. When I applied the conditioner I ran my fingers through my hair before rinsing it out and my hair was feeling the softest it had felt for a while. 

My hair is so knotty and no matter how much I brush it, as soon as water gets on it, it manages to find itself knotty again, so being able to run my fingers through my hair whilst it was wet was already a good sign. I let my hair dry and then brushed it through again once it was dry and the brush glided through my hair with ease. 

I am so pleased I found these and I am 100% buying the mask and I will be repurchasing these too, I also seen they had a few other ones that I may give a go too.

Thanks for reading


A Look Back At My 2013 Beauty Favourites

Saturday, March 20, 2021

 Hi everyone, today I am going to throw it back 2013 and show you the products I loved back then, that I spoke about all the time on my old blog and whether or not I would try them again or if I still use them. 

Sadly I don't currently have any of the products anymore since moving house a few times I ended up getting rid of a huge load of my old makeup, so I will be having to find the pictures of these from online! 

1. Maybelline Babylips- This was a blogging favourite back in the day! Everyone was talking about it and I think pretty much everyone owned at least one of these. I know these are discontinued now as over time I have worked at Superdrug for just under 4 years and we still had people coming in asking for it! I loved mine, I had the pink one and the neon pink one. If they brought these back out I would 100% try it again.

2. Avon Magix Face Prerfector- This was my go to face primer! I haven't used this in years.  Back when I loved this I didn't really understand primers I just know I loved the texture of this one. I probably would try this again just to see if it is as good as I remember. 

3. Maybelline Colour Tattoo- Here we are with another blogger favourite. Everyone loved this too. I remember I had a few of the colours but my favourite was On and On Bronze. I used to wipe this on with my finger and leave it. I wouldn't even blend it in! The thought of that makes me cringe now! I don't think I would try these again as I like having products that I can work with and as far as I remember these are so hard to work with.

4.  Benefit They're Real Mascara- I don't even think I need to say much about this mascara because I bet you have already tried this. I loved it and still do, I haven't used it in a while but that was only because when I worked for Superdrug I liked to use the products they sold instead. I think I will have to repurchase this soon, maybe even the new one that they have recently brought out.

5. Sinful Colors Nail Varnish- Oh wow, I owned pretty much every single colour in these nail varnishes, I don't remember how good they were but I was obsessed! I think I owned over 20+ of these. I would love to try them again but I am not sure where to get hold of them now.

6. Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Cleanser- I only bought this cleanser because so many people raved about it but I know I hated the smell of it, even now I remember the smell of it and it still doesn't appeal to me. I like the cleanser itself but the smell will always put me off trying this cleanser again. I think I only used it so much because it was so popular.

7.  Revlon Lip Butter- This was another product I owned loads of, I had so many of these and I loved them. I loved how moisturising they were and that they gave you the colour of a lipstick too. I really want to get my hands on one of these again and give them another go. I am going to have a look and see if I can find them online.

8. Collection Cream Puff Lip Cream- Yet another product I was obsessed with. I think they only had 4 colours in these and I bought all 4. I loved how thick and creamy they were whilst offering a really good colour pay off too. I personally wouldn't want to try these again as my preference in lip products have completely changed now. 

9. Rimmel Stay Matte Powder- My holy grail powder, I don't actually think I have ever properly stuck to any other powder, I always go back to using this one. I just love it, I always go for the translucent shade. I have probably owned about 10 of these in my makeup life time. I think this will be a favourite of mine for a very long time.

10. MUA Power Pout- I was obsessed with these too, mainly again because I loved the texture of these as they were creamy. This was when MUA had only just launched and everything was so cheap, £1 eyeshadows? They had them! I wore these just as much as my Revlon lip butters. I don't think these are something I would go back to using again though. They were a favourite back then but not something I would jump at to try again.

I really enjoyed looking back at my old beauty favourites, I might have to make this a series of looking back at my old favourites!

Thanks for reading,

Keira x

My Blogging Past

 Hi everyone, today I thought I would do a post talking about my blogging past. Back in around 2012 I set up a blog called 'The Secret Blogger' I named it that as I wanted to stay anonymous, I didn't want people in my real life to know about my blog. I wouldn't say I was embarrassed about my blog, but I was bullied in school and I knew if they found out it would be something else for them to bully me about.

Back when I first started my blog I was in and out of hospital with health issues and also battling with mental health due to being in and out of hospital all the time. My blog was my little escape and a place I could come to and just write whatever I wanted. 

Throughout my final year at school I was throwing out blog posts every single day whilst doing my GCSE's and I loved it. I decided to rebrand and changed the name to 'Makeup with Keira,' makeup was my passion and I was getting ready to head off to do beauty at college. 

During the summer between school and college, all I did was blog. My blog started to pick up and I had a decent amount of followers and views per post. I started earning money through my blog, it wasn't a lot but at 16 it was amazing. I even did a few sponsored posts for a few companies too.

I was sitting on my instagram one night when I got a follow request from an account that was just called beauty blog, or something like that, no posts, picture or bio, I checked the followers out and seen it was just all the girls who bullied me in school. My stomach dropped because I knew they had found my blog. I panicked and logged into my blog and deleted everything, all my hard work over the last year I deleted. 

A week or so later I was in my work at the time when they came in and purposely came to my till and started saying a lot of nasty things about me and my blog, saying I was too ugly to blog, blogs are for losers and stuff like that. I took it all to heart and thought to myself there was no way I could ever get back into blogging again.

I look back now and think, if I hadn't stopped blogging, I wonder where my blog would be now? Blogging is something I always loved and I wish I hadn't thrown it away over some nasty people who would pick on me for whatever reason they wanted.

So here I am, back in the blogging world and hopefully this time I am here to stay!

Thanks for reading,

Keira x

Furry Friends TAG- Pumpkin

Hi everyone, for todays post I am going to be doing part one of the Furry Friends TAG, I will be doing the second part in a few days sharing my second fur baby. 

  1. What is your pets name? Pumpkin
  2. What kind of pet and what is their breed? Lionhead x Mini lop Rabbit
  3. How long have you had your pet? 1 month.
  4.  How did you get your pet? I bought him from a lovely local breeder.
  5. How old is your pet? 3 months. He is a Christmas day baby.
  6. What is your favourite memory with your pet? The day I brought him home. I sat cuddling him in the car. 
  7. What is a quirky thing about your pets personality? His resting bitch face. He just death stares the whole time.
  8. What does your relationship with your pet mean to you? I love how if I'm not in a good mood I can attempt to get cuddle up to him. If he lets me!
  9.                                What is a nickname you call your pet? Ginge.
Thanks for reading,
Keira x

100 Truths Blogger TAG

Friday, March 19, 2021

 Hi everyone, for my first post I thought I would do a post to help you all get to know me, I found the 100 truths blogger tag from the blog `My Random Musings`.

  1. What is your name? Keira.
  2. Any nicknames? I have always had Kiki off my dad, over the years I have had Shakira and Kiwi too.
  3. Your gender? Female.
  4. Your star sign? I am a Libra.
  5. How old are you? I am 24.
  6. Your relationship status? I am in a relationship, we have been together just under a year.
  7. Any children? Nope! Just fur babies.
  8. Any pets? I have a jack russell called Layla and 2 rabbits named Truffle and Pumpkin.
  9. Any piercings or tattoos? I have my ears pierced twice and 6 tattoos.
  10. What do you like about yourself? This is a hard one! I would say how I love to learn new things.
  11. What do you dislike about yourself? I am too soft! Someone could screw me over completley and I would still forgive them.
  12. Righty or lefty? Righty, but I can write with my left hand too just not as neat.
  13.  What was the last thing you drank? Tesco Cranberry and Raspberry juice drink.
  14. Last thing you ate? Cookie dough with chocolate buttons and dairy milk caramel ice cream.
  15. Your last phone call? To my boyfriend asking him if he could take me to pick up my new laptop.
  16. Your  last text message? `I know' was talking about how awful the weather is.
  17. Your last email? To someone at my new work to sort out something.
  18. The last song you heard? Wellerman Sea Shanty. Was on an advert on Youtube.
  19. The last book you read? Louise Pentland Mum Life.
  20. The last time you cried? The other day when I was getting stressed about things.
  21. The last blog you read? My Random Musings, as I am reading it whilst doing this post.
  22. The last person you spoke to? My mum.
  23. The last place you visited? Tesco, about as exciting lockdown life gets.
  24. Your last holiday abroad? Cyprus in July 2019.
  25. Have you ever got back with an ex? Stupidly, yes.
  26. Have you ever been cheated on? Yep, more than once.
  27. Have you ever cheated on someone? Nope.
  28. Have you ever lost someone special to you? I have, a few.
  29. Have you ever been so drunk you threw up? I have, a fair few times.
  30. Have you ever fallen out of love with someone? I have, thats toxic relationships for you.
  31. Have you ever met someone who has changed you? I have.
  32. Have you ever been in a situation where you found out who your real friends are? I have.
  33. Have you ever kissed someone you probably shouldn't of? Yep.
  34. Have you ever found out people were talking about you behind your back? I have, and they are out my life now.
  35. Have you ever broke someones heart? Well my ex from school messaged me and turned up at my house 3 years after we split to try get me back, it didn't happen though.
  36. Have you ever kissed a stranger? Nope.
  37. Have you ever had your own heart broken? I have.
  38. Have you ever had sex on the first date? Nope, not really been  on a proper date.
  39. Have you ever been arrrested ? Nope.
  40. Have you ever been attracted to someone that isn't the gender you usually find attractive? I haven't.
  41. Have you ever done something you regreted ? So many things.
  42. Have you ever had a threesome? Nope, its not my thing.
  43. Have you ever embarrased yourself in public? A few times.
  44. Have you ever misjudged someone? I have.
  45. Do you believe in God? I'm not too sure.
  46. Do you believe in yourself? Sometimes.
  47. Do you believe in Santa? Obviously, who doesn't.
  48. Do you believe in ghosts? I do, I have some stories too.
  49. Do you believe in aliens? I do, there is no way we are the only living beings.
  50. Do you believe in miracles? I do.
  51. Do you believe in the power of positive thinking? Yes, I am focusing on it a lot this year.
  52. Do you believe in love at first sight? Not personally no.
  53. Can money make you happy? It can contribute but I wouldn't be happy if it was just money I had.
  54. Would you describe yourself as a feminest? Yes.
  55. Are you pro life or pro choice? Pro choice. Its not my buisness what anyone does.
  56. Do you have strong political beliefs? Nope.
  57. Do you have strong religious beliefs? I dont.
  58. What do you think is the most important thing a child can have is? Love and  family.
  59. Are you eating anything right now? I am not.
  60. Are you drinking anything right now? Nope.
  61. What are you listening to right now? 2014 Zoella vlogs.
  62. What are you thinking about right now? Food haha.
  63. What are you waiting for right now? Lockdown to be over.
  64. What are you most excited for right now? Lock down to finish so I can see my family.
  65. What is your pet hate right now? People coming to me about the lives of people I dont talk to anymore.
  66. What is your favourite thing right now? Binge watching old Youtube.
  67. If you werent answering these questions right now, what would you be doing? Sleeping as it's nearly 3am.
  68. Your first best friend? My mums best friends son, he is a day younger than me.
  69. Your first kiss? My school boyfriend.
  70. Your first celebrity crush? Peter Andre, and it still is.
  71. Your first holiday? Abroad was Corfu, UK was Cleethorpes.
  72. Your first pet? A dog called Candy and a chinchilla called Mugwai.
  73. Your first regret? Not sticking in at school.
  74. Your first job? A childrens soft play area.
  75. Your first childhood memory? Picking my pet rabbit for my 5th birthday.
  76. Love or money? Love.
  77. Twitter or Facebook? Facebook.
  78. Hook up or relationship? Relationship.
  79. Dog or cats? Dog.
  80. Coffee or tea? Coffee but it has to be iced.
  81. Beer or wine? Wine.
  82. Sweet or savoury? Sweet.
  83. Introvert or extrovert? Introvert.
  84. Vampires or werewolves? Vampires.
  85. Seaside or countryside? Seaside.
  86. Summer or winter? Summer.
  87. Books or movies? Movies.
  88. Horror or comedy? Comedy.
  89. Do you wish you could change your past? No, my future has shaped who I am today.
  90. What is your dream job? Paramedic
  91. What is your guilty pleasure? Listening to 00s cheesy music.
  92. What are you afraid of? Spiders.
  93. What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up? A nurse.
  94. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Invisibility.
  95. If you could change anything about your life, what would it be? Have my own house.
  96. Would you want immortality? No.
  97. If you could interview anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Argh this is so hard! Maybe the Queen.
  98. Would you say you are happy? I'm getting there! Things are looking up.
  99. What one piece of advice would you give our 18 year old self? Life isn't always as bad as it seems.
  100. Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years? In a career that I love, have travelled to many place, living in a bought house with my boyfriend!