Hair & Beauty | My Top 10 Natural Hair YouTubers

Whoopi Goldberg looked like me, she had hair like mine. I’d been starved for images of myself.” – Lupita Nyong’o




Welcome to Lyd on Life

The decision to stop chemically straightening my hair was basically made for me when I was in secondary school. My mum was tired of the process and I was tired of managing the constant changing textures. Within 3 weeks of perming my hair the regrowth would come back so soon we struggled to keep up with the frizz. Despite my hair being thick enough to handle the chemicals, my mum knew if we continued it would eventually damage my hair. Nobody wants that! So in year 9 (age 14) my mum decided to stop with the perming and start with the learning.

Lucky for me I grew up around people who could help me maintain my hair despite not understanding how to take care of my natural hair. From random hair sessions in the playground and after school to weekends spent at an aunt’s house or the hair dressers. I did what I could to maintain my 4C thick and curly hair. After a few years of getting my hair done by someone else I decided to learn the trade for myself. Saving some money and gaining more knowledge on my hair didn’t sound like a bad idea to me.

Thank God for YouTube! I could kiss Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim right now.

Watching video after video and practising on anyone that would let me (including myself), I learned how to do basic styles and tailored them to my liking. Natural hair is a mystery to a lot of people and I’ll admit it takes a long time to truly understand it. It’s kinky but soft, its oily yet coarse, you can have more than one texture and don’t get me started on the shrinkage!

I’ve been natural for about 10 years now and it’s only in the last 3, I have really started to understand and appreciate my natural hair. I love rocking my natural hair but it’s taken a lot of self-confidence to allow me to ignore certain views society has on black natural hair. I’ve had my fill of comments like “your hair is huge” (am I rocking a bush on my head?)  or my personal favourite; touching my hair whilst asking “can I touch it?” (am I a pooddle?)

I get a lot of these comments (at work and other places) but I’m used to these comments and choose to take them as compliments despite how uncomfortable I may feel at times.

We go through a lot of challenges as women whose naturally frizzy hair may not necessarily fit society’s standards of beauty (but we’ll save that debate for another post). It’s not an easy thing to deal with, but it’s worth dealing with it if your natural hair is what you want. Kinks and all!

If you are going to embark on this journey (and trust me, it’s a journey) you will need a little help and a lot of inspiration along the way. I know I did!

So I thought I’d share with you some of the YouTubers who have helped me and are still helping me along my journey.

Here we go!

Isimeme Edeko


YouTube: Halfafrican Beaute
Twitter: @halfricanbeaute
Instagram: @halfricanbeaute

April Bee

YouTube: April Bee
Twitter: @aprilbeee_
Instagram: @aprilbeee_



YouTube: MsDanti1
Instagram: @msdanti



YouTube: TheChicNatural
Instagram: @thechicnatural

Janaé Mason


YouTube: Janae Mason
Instagram: @nae2curly



YouTube: SimplYounique
Intagram: @1simplyounique

Anneka Mclean


YouTube: Lovelyanneka
Instagram: @lovelyanneka

Shantania Beckford


YouTube: Shantania Beckford
Twitter: @ShantaniaBeckfd
Instagram: @shantania_beckford



YouTube: OnlyOneJess
Instagram: @onlyonejess_

Chiaka Valentina


YouTube: ChiakaValentina
Twitter: @chiakavalentina
Instagram: @chiakavalentina

What I gained from these beautiful and talented women was the knowledge to maintain my hair. What I didn’t get was how to take care of it. For example many would say straightening your hair often isn’t good, but my hair doesn’t mind it because of how thick it is. Many say using gel isn’t good but a sleek bun layer using eco styler gel and a moisturiser is one of the best protective style for me.

A lot of the products they incorporated into their routine weren’t necessary for my hair (or I couldn’t find them in the UK) yet I managed to grow my hair whilst keeping it healthy. I did that by listening to my own hair – what it liked, what it didn’t like and how much attention it needed. You’ll be surprised how much your hair cooperates when it gets what it wants. Aren’t we all like that anyway?
Every hair is different and what works for one person may not work for another, but it’s worth trying, right? What you learn from trying is knowledge that will be useful to you and someone else.

One of my goals for 2017 was to reach bra strap length hair and in June 2017 I achieved that. You can too if you take the time to learn how. Hopefully once I get used to this blogging thing I’ll share some of the products I use and routines that have helped me so far. There are people out there with far much longer and thicker hair than me but that’s their hair and this is mine. They shared their story and I’ve learned from them so why not share mine.

I hope this has been helpful to you in some way and be sure to check these ladies out.

Till next time!

Your Turn…

Have you been on a hair journey? What have you learned?

Share your experiences, questions and tips with everybody in the comments below or get in touch with me via…

Twitter: @lydiaonlife
Instagram: @lydiaonlife

If you have your own favourite natural hair YouTubers or websites, please feel free to share them too. I’m also on the hunt for a good natural hair salon in London so please let me know if you have any recommendations.


Lydia x

Entertainment | My Current Favourite TV Shows

“If you were born with the ability to change someone’s perspective or emotions, never waste that gift – the ability to influence.” ~ Shannon L. Alder





Welcome to Lyd on Life

I can’t remember the last time I watched a TV show on an actual TV that wasn’t connected to some form of online streaming. Can you?

Like many other couples, K and I’s date night consist of catching up on the latest shows over a nice meal and a few drinks. Ever since he got his own place that’s kind of become our thing.

When we were both living at home we spent so much money going out just to have some alone time. But now that he has his own place we welcome the idea of a chilled night in as often as we can.It gives us the opportunity to catch up on all the latest TV shows which we often struggle to find time to do.

A study has found that couples who enjoy the same TV have a stronger relationship. I never knew binge-watching a TV show would be such an important part of a relationship. Did you?

It might not sound like the world’s most exciting or romantic thing to do but it’s a cheap and cheerful way of spending time together. Nothing beats cheap and cheerful!

So I thought I would share with you some of our TV favourites (despite never actually watching it on TV).

Here we go!

Game of thrones

Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama TV series set in medieval times. It is an adaptation of a series of epic fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin’s called A Song of Ice and Fire. The first volume of the series being A Game of throne.


I was introduced to Game of Thrones at the beginning of last year where I spent a good number of weeks catching up to season five before joining everyone on season six. I’d heard people talking about it saying how good it was but to me it sounded like Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter decided to make a TV show together. I wasn’t here for the fantasy TV but K managed to convince me to give it a try. At first I was a little put off by the constant nudity and violence from the very first episode. I felt it was a bit much but I have to hand it to them, the show didn’t waste any time getting straight to the point (and it definitely proved to be far from Lord of the Rings meets Harry Potter). The nudity and violence dies down later on in the series (which was good) but the story line and plot twists kept going. It took me at least 6 episodes of season one (and a lot of persuasion from K) before I decided to keep watching. Now that I’m on season 7, it’s safe to say I like it. All I can say is don’t knock it till you’ve tried it for at least 1 season.


Power is an American crime drama television series produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson who also stars in the show. The series follows the life of married nightclub owner and major drug dealer James “Ghost” St. Patrick as he struggles to balance his double life and desires to leave his life of crime.


I was introduced to power at the beginning of last year also but luckily K and I were both new to the show so we were playing catch-up together. Similar to Game of Throne, Power had a lot of sex and violence in the first season which I guess is there to grab your attention but again it was a bit much. Nonetheless I’d heard good things about the show and got into it after 3 episodes. Though 50 cent may not be the world’s greatest actor on this show, I’d say he did a great job in producing it. The storylines are just as intriguing and frustrating as the characters involved. I feel as though Power is one of those shows you have to see it to decide if it’s for you or not. As much as I love watching Omari Hardwick (who plays Ghost) and believe he is an amazing actor, Joseph Sikora who plays Tommy (Ghosts’ best friend) is definitely pulling his weight in this show. The storylines aren’t original but the way they have been written and played out are in my opinion. Again I say, don’t knock it till you’ve tried it for at least 1 season.


Insecure is a comedy-drama series based on Issa Rae’s breakout web series Awkward Black Girl. The show follows Issa and her best friend Molly (played by Yvonne Orji), two young black women living their everyday lives amidst a series of complicated and often uncomfortable experiences as young adults.


This show is a more recent one for us, having only started watching it a few weeks ago. Like the other two shows I mentioned, there’s a lot of sex in this but not as much. It does however have a lot of swearing but I hear that all the time in my office so it doesn’t faze me (not any more). This is why I love this show. Not the swearing part but the fact that I can relate to it. Two twenty something year old black women coping with their own flaws, relationship troubles and the general difficulties of young adulthood. It sums up what I hope my blog to be one day. From the first episode I was hooked. The insightful, raunchy and hilarious way which the characters and their world is introduced to us was perfect. I’m here for it! Issa and Molly’s friendship feels real and their lives are so relatable to you as a viewer. With sharp wit and an enthusiastic sprit, Insecure is undeniably more than a “black show” in my eyes. I’m only on the first season and I can’t wait to start on the next one!

And that’s it.

All credit goes to K as he is the one who introduced me to these shows and I love them. Hope you’ll like them too!

It’s been 5 months since my last review despite watching countless movies and a handful of TV shows. I know, shame on me right? However, I have missed doing these reviews a lot and finding out other people’s opinions on it is always interesting. So, I’ll be bringing them back over the next few weeks.

Stay tuned for more!

Your Turn…

Have you watched any of these shows? If so, which ones? What did you think of them? What other cheap and cheerful ways do you spend time with your significant other? Do you have any other shows you would recommend?

Share your experiences, questions and tips with everybody in the comments below or get in touch with me via…

Twitter: @lydiaonlife
Instagram: @lydiaonlife

All movie and TV show suggestions are welcomed.



Lydia x

Travel Diary | Venice, Italy

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous. __________________________________



Welcome to Lyd on Life

If you’ve been following me on Twitter or Instagram then you’ll know I spent a few days in Venice last month. K and I decided to celebrate 2 years together by going on a little baecation. Do people still say that?

Even thought I’m a month late on writing this post I wanted to share it with you guys because we had such an amazing time. It’s amazing what a few days away from your normal world with the right person can do.

K and I have been to Italy before. K went to Turin with his family years ago and I went to Genoa with a friend I used to work with. However, neither of us had been to Venice so we thought why not.

Venice is the city of love, right? A beautiful place with lots of things to enjoy in a short amount of time. Can you say cheap and cheerful? You can read more on how we planned our trip in my previous travel post – 12 Tips to Planning Your First Holiday Together.


We flew in from Gatwick Airport to Marco Polo Airport and landed at 11:00am. The humidity had played havoc with my hair and I was too tired to play Dora the explorer on the public transport so we took a taxi. Tired Simba was not the look I had in mind coming here. Am I the only one who struggles to look cute after an early flight?

After taking a taxi for 20 minutes we arrived at the NH Laguna Palace Hotel in Mestre, Venice. Our home for the next 4 days and 3 nights.



After extensive research on we had high hopes for this hotel. It was 10 minutes from the Mestre train station and just a 15-minute drive from the city’s historical centre. As we walked in, the hotel was lovely, cool and boasting gorgeous views overlooking a marina. One of the main selling point for us.


K and I had stayed at the NH Hotel in Amsterdam last year for my sister’s birthday and loved it so much so we hoped the rooms would be just as nice if not better in Venice.  We entered our room and the first thing we noticed was the huge bed; much like the one in Amsterdam. Sadly, that’s where the similarities between the two hotels ended.

There was dust on the furniture and rust marks on the floor. Most of the sockets were hanging off the wall and the room didn’t look as modern as the one in Amsterdam. I was not a happy bunny. K didn’t mind but do guys ever care about the room? Nonetheless, I wasn’t going to let a little dust and some rust ruin our stay. Although, they did make us wait 4 hours in a nearby McDonald because our room wasn’t ready. Should I have made a complaint about the room?


Once we settled in, our plan was to get dressed and stroll around in the city centre for a while before coming back for dinner. Unfortunately, the lack of sleep and the huge comfy bed staring at us made it very easy for us to slip into a 5 hour nap. We woke up just in time for dinner but the hotel menu was expensive and not very appetising so we walked to the nearby restaurants. We stopped by a restaurant called Unico Ristorante just 5 minutes from our hotel. The food and service was amazing! Probably the best food I’ve had in Italy so far. It cost around €60 for a starter, 2 meals and 2 drinks but it was worth it. Wish I could go back just for their Mozzarella in carrozza!


A day had already gone on food, flying and sleeping so we decided to make the most of the 3 days remaining. K got a lot of information from which helped us plan where to go and what to do during our time in Venice. We bought a travel ticket for €20 each from a local shop which gave us access to buses and water taxi (aka vaporetto) for 24 hours.




Lido di Venezia

First stop was Venice Lido; an 11-kilometre long sandbar. We got on a bus 5 minutes from our hotel to Santa Lucia Railway station where we took a vaporetto to Lido. It was hot so of course we had to grab a gelato before chilling by the sea. We wanted to discover Lido a bit more but unfortunately, it was getting late and we still had some more site-seeing to do elsewhere. In summer, Venice’s Lido is a popular Adriatic beach resort and a convenient (and inexpensive) place to stay at any time of year. Perhaps we’ll stay here next time we visit Venice.



Piazza San Marco

In New York, there is Times Square. In London, there’s Trafalgar Square. And in Venice there is St. Mark’s Square (or Piazza San Marco if you’re fancy). After leaving Lido we took a vaporetto towards San Marco – the historical city centre. We spent most of our time doing touristy things here. I won’t bore you with the history of this place (not that I know much of it myself). Let me let the pictures do the talking…



Palazzo Ducale

The Palazzo Ducale aka the Doge’s Palace is also in St Mark’s Square. We paid €20 each to access this museum which also included entry to the Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana. I’ll be honest with you, I have no idea of the history behind the Doge’s Palace either (or most of the landmarks we visited for that matter). I was more interested in the art and the beauty of this historic place rather than the history behind it. And take cute pictures. Is that bad?





Basilica di San Marco

If it’s your first time in Venice, you must visit the Basilica di San Marco. For us, it was the main attraction in St Mark’s Square. It is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice and is one of the best known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture. From the spectacular gold mosaics to its opulent design, the St Mark’s Basilica is enough to thrill the most jaded connoisseur of the Christian Crusades. It certainly thrilled us!



The queue looked quite long but moved fast once we were in it. Upon entering I was asked to cover my arms and knees as a sign of respect. Lucky for me I had something in my bag but they do provide you with something to cover up if needed.

Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take any pictures or videos inside the building and though it’s free to enter, you do have to pay to go to certain parts of the building. The construction was honestly breath taking, I wish we were able to capture it.

Campanile di San Marco


Just opposite the Basilica di San Marco, is the bell tower aka Campanile di San Marco. It is one of the most recognizable symbols of the city and gives you a 360 view of the beauty that is Venice. You can see the whole of Venice and the islands that make up this amazing city from 323 ft up. It’s quite windy up there and can get a bit cold so we didn’t stay for too long. A few postcard worthy pictures and we were out. Tickets cost €8 each and the line is a bit long but it’s definitely worth it.

The Rialto Bridge

On the third day we decided to visit the Rialto Bridge, one of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal in Venice. It is the oldest bridge across the canal and is said to be the true heart of Venice. It has an amazing view of the Grand Canal especially at night where there are less people. Unfortunately, we went during the day like all the other love birds so it was very crowded and raining but it was still nice.


Walking through the streets

On our last day, we walked from Santa Lucia Railway station to San Marco, stopping at random shops, museums and stalls. The walk took about 1 hour both ways but it was worth it. Not only did it save us money but we were able to discover random museums and beautiful architecture hidden away in the Venice streets and alleys. I would have done a full photo shoot if we had time!

There are signs around to show you how to go from one place to another which helped. However K told me that the locals sometimes put up fake signs to mess around with the tourist. Italian sense of humour. It’s kinda funny right? Lucky for us we didn’t find any of those. The walk was definitely worth it and helped me work off the heavy pasta dish I ate at one of the restaurants on our walk back to the station. The waiter who served us was so lovely!








Where to next?

We met a lovely Australian couple at the restaurant on our last day. They came to Venice to board a 10 day cruise and told us they would be staying in Malta for 5 days after the cruise before heading back home. The husband was very excited about Malta. He spent a good 15 minutes telling us about the history and how it’s such an amazing place to visit (and cheap too!). Might make it our next holiday destination. Like I said, cheap and cheerful is my thing!

We’ll see.


Your Turn…

Where was your first holiday together alone? How did you find it?

Share your experiences, questions and tips with everybody in the comments below or get in touch with me via…

Twitter: @lydiaonlife
Instagram: @lydiaonlife

Till next time.


Lydia x


Faith Talks | It’s OK to say No – 5 Reasons Why

“Love yourself enough to set boundaries. Your time and energy are precious.  You get to choose how you use it.  You teach people how to treat you by deciding what you will and won’t accept.” ~ Anna Taylor


Welcome to Lyd on Life

In my post entitled 12 things I learned in 12 months I made the statement “It’s ok to say no…”

I had just finished one year at my workplace and decided to reflect on the things I’d learned during that year. I remember wanting to do all that I could to make sure everyone was happy and my time being there was a success. Though that wasn’t a bad attitude to have, there comes a time where you need to realise you can’t please everyone and do everything. This goes for the work we do in church too.

Mind if I rant a little?

I’m a youth leader at my church and Sundays can often feel like another working day at times. I use the term “I’m a youth leader” loosely because I’m not sure if it’s something I actually wanted to be or a request I couldn’t say no to. I’ve been a member of my church for about 4 years now, maybe more. When I joined, I was on fire for Jesus and wanted to get involved in any way I could. I found so many youth there and was excited to walk this journey together with them. 4 years later, and a few church disagreements, the youth had shrunk in size and I was burned out.

The church began to rely on me and I was fine with that at first. I felt I had something to give and if you have something to give you should give it, right? So, I did. Unfortunately, my willingness to serve meant that reliance turned into dependence and the joy I once had for serving in the church turned into sorrow. I felt alone and singled out as the ‘can do’ person in the youth.

“Lydia, can you do this” turned into “Lydia can do this and that and a bit more”. I don’t blame them though. Every time they asked me I said yes. Despite how reluctant or uncomfortable I felt, I still said yes. But why? Church isn’t slavery so why was I afraid to say no?

Is it because I’m afraid to disappoint people? Is it because I don’t yet know my purpose? Or is it because I have the wrong idea of what it means to serve God?

Perhaps it’s all those things and more. When I took a break from going to my church for a few weeks and started attending another church I felt free. I was happy. I was able to receive instead of giving for once and it felt good. When I returned, I realised that my name was still on the list of ‘yes’ people. Lydia, can you teach in Sunday school? Lydia, can you teach in youth? Lydia, can you play the piano? Lydia, can you lead praise and worship? My desire to serve was still there so as always, I said yes.

The bible says, “I can do all things…” but it doesn’t say I can do everything. Church is voluntary and no one should feel burdened to serving in the church or guilty for saying no to a church activity. Running away isn’t the answer but learning to say no is.

We service a gracious God

God really isn’t happy when we’re working ourselves to death. He receives no glory when our service causes us to be resentful and tired rather than joyous and longing. Your worship to Him is more important than your obedience to man. Our service to Him shouldn’t feel like a chore, nor should it leave us more burdened than when we entered the church.


Our values come from who we are in Christ

After some self-reflection, I realised that one of the main reasons I always say yes is because I don’t want to disappoint anyone or lose their respect. To say no is to risk rejection and be deemed disobedient in people’s eyes. But God doesn’t just see my actions, he sees the heart that comes with it. His opinion of you is more important than anyone. If your no is justified, be confident and know that He understands, even if man does not.


To fulfil your purpose and not just a vacancy

Saying no to something means we can give a wholehearted yes to our calling. If I’m involved in so many different ministries, it is impossible for me to give my all in each of them. Taking the time to give your all in one or two things makes it easier for you to see where your passion and purpose lies.


Your No could become someone else’s Yes

We are not adequate to single handily meet every need and there are often more people with much more talent than you in that particular area. If I’m always saying ‘yes’ to a request how will the church find someone else to do the work? How will someone else’s talent be found? The church may not see in some else’s potential because they rely on yours. Your no will force them to look elsewhere and ignite a fire in someone else that has been longing to shine.


When you are carrying out the will of man and not God

Sometimes we may be asked to do things we aren’t comfortable with. If the church is genuinely asking you to take up the will of God instead of your own then that’s different. Often, I feel as though I’m taking up the will of people who disguise it as God’s will. But remember, He gives you the grace to be responsible for your own life and gives you the spirit to discern what is His will and what isn’t.


The church should play a part in empowering you to say no. They have to be more strategic about allocating responsibility. Are positions advertised well enough? Do they provide training and discipleship programmes for people to equip themselves to service and support each other? These are some questions I believe that the church needs to be asking before placing responsibility in individuals. Without a strategy people burn out or simply leave. I’ve experienced both first hand.

I’m still working on saying no to certain things that aren’t really for me, in life and in church. Saying no allows us to cut back, simplify and focus our efforts. It’s not easy but understanding that you have the right to say no is the first step. I might do a post on how to say no, but we’ll see!

Your turn…

Do you have difficulty saying no when it comes to church? What about other areas in your life? How do you normally deal with it? Did you find this post helpful?

Lets connect!

Tweet me @lydiaonlife, follow me on Instagram or share your questions, experiences and tips with everybody in the comments below.

Till next time.

Lydia x


Travel | 12 Tips to Planning Your First Holiday Together

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch _____________________________________


Welcome to Lyd on Life

I’m back from Venice and boy have I caught the travel bug.

Whether it’s a nice city break or a lovely beach holiday, there’s nothing like taking a few days from your own world to see the rest of the world. The process of planning your holiday isn’t always so easy, especially when it comes to travelling with your partner.

June 28th marked K and I’s 2-year anniversary. We’re not married so I’m not sure if non-married couples celebrate anniversaries but we thought why the hell not?! We both love travelling and this was a perfect way to start our travel adventures together.

First stop, Venice. Why? Well, it’s the city of love, right? Or so they say. Plus, it was first on our ever-growing holiday bucket list.

If you’re planning your first getaway with your partner then hopefully this post will give you a few tips to help you enjoy your perfect holiday.

Let’s get started!

TIP 1: Do not commit to a timescale or budget you both cannot keep to.

There’s nothing worse than having one person feeling like they are out of their depth. You’re going on this trip together so your expectations of what you can afford and buy should be agreed beforehand. Be honest about your finance and give yourselves enough time to prepare. Compromising and communication is key.

TIP 2: Decide in advance how to split travel logistics.

After 2 years, K and I know each other’s strengths. I like finding hotels and he’s good at planning the activities. So, we agreed I would pay for the flight and hotel and he would sort out the spending money and activities. Every couple is different so it’s important to figure out what works for you early on.

TIP 3: Use customer review and tourist websites to plan your holiday.

Customer review websites can give you the real deal on hotels, food, culture, tourist attractions and pretty much everything you need for your holiday. We used to find our hotel and K used to find the activities in Venice.


TIP 4: Research the price range of food, travel and activities before you travel.

When we arrived in Venice, we spent €35 on a cab to the hotel. It may not sound like much but we could have saved €27 by taking a coach for 30 minutes. When you don’t have the luxury of taking out money whenever you want, it’s important to know how much you might be looking to spend before you get there.

TIP 5: Don’t exchange your money at the airport.

K forgot to exchange some of his pounds to euros so we had to do it at the airport. Don’t be like us! Change your money anywhere else BUT the airport. We actually lost 1p or 2p. It may not sound like much but every little helps when travelling. It’s better to exchange at your destination instead of the airport.

TIP 6: Get to the airport at least 3 hours before your flight.

No one likes to be in a rush or worry about missing their flight. If you arrive early enough you won’t have to. We got to the airport by 4:00am for our 7:30am flight. This was very early but we had time to check-in, have breakfast, freshen up and relax before our flight. Start your holiday with ease.


TIP 7: See what travel benefits your bank offers.

Travel insurance is very important and you should have it. But does your bank offer other benefits? Thanks to K’s current account with Barclays, we were able to use his DragonPass membership to access the lounge at the airport whilst we waited. Free food, free drinks, free Wi-Fi, TV and showers. Think I’ll get one too!

TIP 8: Avoid using your phone when you are around each other.

It’s so easy to get lost on social media while in the company of other people. This happens with couples too. Doing activities such as playing card games with each other can help you avoid the antisocial behaviour that social media brings. Plus, it helps kill time and keep you awake while you wait.

TIP 9: Familiarise yourself with your hotel location on the first day.

Getting to know the area you’ll spend your next few nights helps you plan and navigate your way around. Find where the nearest restaurants, supermarkets, bus, trains and local shops are as it will come in handy. Lucky for us, our hotel was within 10-15 minutes of all these places and a McDonald too. Winning!


TIP 10: Embrace the culture, food and language.

We all have our preferences. Whether it’s food, clothing, or the language we use, we like what we are familiar with. Going on holiday means putting all that aside for a minute to truly experience what the place has to offer. Try something new and if you don’t like it then at least you’ll know. Do it for the gram!

TIP 11: Relax and capture moments together.

That’s the whole point of going on holiday, right? To relax, explore and create moments. Share the responsibility of capturing moments and discovering a new world together. Find humour in every situation and don’t let the little things bother you. Love, laughter and memories are the only thing you should be making.

TIP 12: Keep your trip short, sweet with activities you both like.

Avoid setting a tight schedule because a holiday shouldn’t be a chore of things you have to do. Go with the flow and leave some room for doing nothing but relaxing together. No one wants to come back from a holiday feeling more tired than they left.


And that’s it. K and I’s first trip was a success and I’m looking forward to many more.

Hope you find these tips useful! A post on what we got up to in Venice is on it’s way.

Your Turn…

Have you been on your first holiday as a couple? How was it? What tips can you give for a harmonious trip?

Lets connect!

Tweet me @lydonlifeblog, follow me on Instagram or share your questions, experiences and tips with everybody in the comments below.

Till next time.

Lydia x |

Skin Care | Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask Review

“Invest in your skin. It is going to represent you for a very long time” ~ Linden Tyler



Welcome to Lyd on Life

So, I’m having a bit of a pamper day today. Everyone needs one of those every now and then, right?

I’m going to Venice next week and wanted to treat myself to a little me time to relax and get my skin (and my mind) ready for my holiday. Recently, I’ve been keen on improving my skin care routine in order for me to get my skin to a place I’m confident with it. I’d love to go on holiday and confidently enjoy myself without any make-up on. Take photos without the need to use filter and angles to give the illusion of clear skin. No spots, no large pores, no acne marks or rough skin. Just smooth, soft, spot free skin. How realistic that is I don’t know but I’m doing what I can to get there.

Even though I’m on a journey to not wearing make-up as much as I do, I’m still not ready to bare all in holiday pictures. So I thought I might as well invest in some skin care that will help the skin underneath the holiday make-up look good.

One of the products I purchased yesterday on my usual Superdrug run was the Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask along with the L’Oreal Detox Clay Mask.

I used the Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask after using the L’Oreal Detox Clay Mask as my face was feeling a little dry and needed some moisture back in to it. I love anything that boosts moisture to my skin as it tends to feel quite dry even though it looks oily.  Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask definitely delivers on this account.

If you haven’t read my review for the clay mask go ahead and check it out before reading this review.

OK, let’s get into the review.


I used the pink Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask which is for sensitive skin. The mask claims to:

  1. Intensely hydrates
  2. Comforts and soothes
  3. Skin feels softer


I used the Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix night pads to wipe my face after washing off the L’Oreal Detox Clay Mask then placed the tissue mask on. It was a little messy putting it on as it was folded up inside the packaging. It wasn’t too messy but could be packaged a little better in my opinion. It would also be helpful if they placed a label on where the front and back of the mask was on the mask. I couldn’t find the packet it came in when I was applying the mask and if it wasn’t for the YouTube video I saw before buying the mask I wouldn’t have known what I was doing.


It felt really cooling and refreshing to my face the moment I put it on. I didn’t want to take it off. The mask stayed on without any issues or slipping off. I could move my face comfortably and there was no irritation at all. I liked how it felt on my face. Not sure about how it looked though. A little scary don’t you think? Maybe it was just me.


Removing the mask was easy (wish everything in life was that easy). I peeled it off and gently messaged the excess serum left on my face with my hands. My skin felt hydrated, soft and really refreshed. I could totally do another mask. After a while (30 minutes or so) my face felt like it needed a little bit more moisture so I used my daily moisturiser from Nivea Soft. I’m not sure if you should add a moisturiser on top of the serum or not but I felt like I needed to.

Would I use the Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask again?

Yes, defiantly. I think I’m going to add this to my weekly skin care routine. If only they did this for your body.


I’d give this product a 9/10. The price was good, the product did what it said it would do and it was easy to use. What more could you want? I’d highly recommend trying it if your skin is dry or dehydrated. I’m really impressed with this mask so I might see what the other products from their Moisture Bomb range are like. I’ll definitely be trying their other 2 moisture bomb masks.

I think using the moisture bomb mask every week and drinking at least 1.5 litres of water a day should get my skin to a healthier and more hydrated place. I hope. We’ll see.

Your turn…

Have you tried the tissue bomb before? What were your results? Would you recommend it? What other product from this range have you used? Would you recommend them?

Get in touch, tweet me @lydonlifeblog or share your questions, experiences and tips with everybody in the comments.

Till next time.

Lydia x |

Product Review | L’Oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask

“Be good to your skin. You’ll wear it every day for the rest of your life” – Renée Rouleau



Welcome to Lyd on Life

I love skin care.

With skin problems such as mild acne, large pores, hyperpigmentation and a whole list of other impurities I could do without, I need to love skin care. However, my solution has always been to cover it up with make up or invest in cheap skin care products from the local beauty shop that are usually no good.

It’s a battle I’ve been having since puberty. Now that I’m in my mid-twenties, I can afford to invest in better quality products and take the steps needed to get my skin to where I want it to be.

The first step I took was to stop wearing make-up to work. This was a big step for me but it was something I needed to do to truly start this healthier skin journey I’m on. Hopefully soon I’ll be able to go a week with no make-up at all and still feel as confident as I do with make-up. Baby steps.

The second step was to invest in better skin care products. I’ve always been into skin care but never spent the money needed on good skin care. I’d always look for a cheaper alternative. This worked for me sometimes but more often than not I either didn’t see any results or things get worse. Much worse.

So, last week on my usual trip to Superdrug I decided to buy the L’Oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask. It was on offer and I’ve heard Patricia Bright mention it a few times as part of her skin care. I’m a fan of hers and since she liked it, I thought why not try it. It being on offer for £5 also helped.

I’m going to Venice next week to celebrate K and I’s 2 year anniversary so wanted my skin to look as good as it can be. Is it normal for non-married couples to do that? Anywho, this was a bit of a risk for me as things could go completely left and I end up with a face full of goodness know what days before my holiday. But I have faith that God won’t do me like that.

OK so let’s get into the review.

LOreal has 3 masks in their pure clay range – a purity mask, a detox mask and a glow mask. The detox mask is used to detoxify and clarify the skin


L’Oreal claim that by using the detox mask, you should see instant and lasting results:

  1. Immediately – skin is pure and cleaner
  2. In one week – Skin feels fresher and luminous
  3. Use after use – skin can breathe and is visibly transformed


The clay smells nice and isn’t too thick or too runny. It’s easy to apply and feels lovely on the skin as you apply it. I applied it using my fingers and I felt a slight tingle or stinging sensation. This could be due to the fact that my face had just been washed and I didn’t have any product on it so it was very dry. I usually get that feeling when I wear face masks so it wasn’t alarming. Does that happen to you? Or it could have been all the impurities getting rattled. Who knows.

I applied it all over my face avoiding the eyes and mouth area and waited for 15 minutes. It says you should leave it on for 5-10 minute but I got carried away writing the intro for this post I lost track of time. It wasn’t uncomfortable when it was drying and I was able to speak without feeling like my face is about to crack.


I decided to use warm water as I don’t like using cloths on my face unless I’m patting my face dry. It took about 5 minutes to get everything off and there was no mess in the sink. Yay!


My face didn’t feel that different to how it felt before putting the mask on. I did feel as though there was residue on my face (a waxy kind of feeling) but nothing alarming. My face wasn’t as dry as it was before but it still felt dry so again nothing significant to rave about.




Well I’m not sure what they mean by that. My spots were still there. I even found a new one but I wouldn’t put it down to the mask (probably time of the month approaching). I wouldn’t say my skin looked or felt pure either (whatever that means). I could see the pores around my nose and my skin looked pretty much the same as before. So no it didn’t purify and clear my face immediately. Perhaps I’ll notice a different over time.

The box didn’t say what I should do after the mask so I used the Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix night pads and then put the Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask. My face has been really dry lately and since it was a pamper yourself kind of day for me I thought why not.

Would I use the L’Oreal Detox Clay Mask again?

Well It cost me £5 and I still have a full jar left so yes, I would. A little bit of the products goes a long way which is nice. Nothing bad happened to my skin so I’ll probably use it for the next 3 days before going to Venice and see if anything amazing happens. If I like what I see I’ll continue using.


I’d give it a 5/10 since it didn’t really do what it claimed it would do immediately. However, it didn’t break me out and I might see results after continued use so I can’t completely disregard it. After a week, I’ll give an update on whether I experienced any noticeable difference. If I do, I might invest in their other 2 masks.

Wish me Luck!

Your turn…

Have you tried their clay masks before? Which one of the 3 have you tried? What were your results? Would you recommend it? What other clay masks have you tried? Would you recommend them?

Let me know by sharing your questions, experiences and tips with everybody in the comments.


5 weeks later I still have the jar and a lot of product left so that goes to show how much i used it. I didn’t see any results if I’m honest and I probably wouldn’t buy it again. Maybe this clay mask wasn’t right for me and one of the other 2 was or maybe this brand just isn’t for me. Either way I’ll probably invest in another brand of clay masks before trying out the ones from LOreal.

Maybe LUSH?

Till next time.

Lydia x

Blog Nomination | Liebster Award

“What you do after you create your content is what truly counts..” ~ Gary Vaynerchuk



Welcome to Lyd on Life

Thank you so much to Sarah for this nomination. This is my second award nomination since starting Lyd on Life and believe it’s such an amazing concept. It not only helps fairly new bloggers slowly find their feet, it also introduces you to so many other bloggers. I’m falling in love with the blogging community more and more.

Ever since I joined the blogging community I’ve experienced nothing but support. I was so excited to receive a twitter notification informing me that I’d been nominated by the lovely Sarah Walker (Yellow Feather) for a Liebster Award. The award is given to bloggers by other bloggers and is a great way to discover growing blogs.

Here are the rules:

  1. Answer the 11 questions that your nominator has asked you.
  2. Nominate 11 other bloggers (with under 200 Twitter followers)
  3. Ask your nominees 11 questions
  4. Let them know that you have nominated them

So let’s get started! Here are my answers to Sarah’s questions:

What’s your favourite place you’ve ever visited?

Last year I went to Mombasa, Kenya for my friend’s wedding. I’m originally from Kenya but have lived in London since I was 5. I’ve travelled to Kenya a few times since moving to London but most of the time I’m visiting family or trotting around with my mum to view her ever growing plots. This was the first time I had travelled to Kenya without my family and the second time I visited Mombasa. 2 weeks of sun, sea and safari (and an Asian wedding). This was also the first holiday K and I had been to outside Europe. It was an amazing 2 weeks and I can’t wait to go back next year (hopefully).

Snow or sand?

Sand, definitely sand. Where there is sand there is sun and hopefully a mango tree and a beach nearby.

What’s your party trick?

I don’t think I have one. If I do, I’ve probably been too drunk to remember.

What’s your favourite thing about blogging?

The freedom and ability to use your own thoughts and experiences to help a random stranger. Even if it’s just one. Also, the support you get from the blogging community. I was afraid that blogging would be overly competitive but I was so wrong. And I’m glad.

Who’s your celebrity crush?

Michael B Jordan. Mmm guurl, have you seen Creed? Damn… (Sorry K)

What’s your favourite social media site?

YouTube, I love YouTube and wish I had invented it. It’s considered a social media site right? If not then I’d say Instagram. I find myself scrolling through it every day after watching a few YouTube videos. I haven’t quite gotten the hang  of Twitter yet as I’m still new to it but it could become a favourite one day. I’ll finally see why Donald Trump loves it so much…

What’s your go to source for inspiration?

I read through the blog posts in my WordPress reader a lot and use Twitter and Pinterest to get some ideas. However, most of my inspiration comes from something I did, spoke about or thought about during the week. Trying to find inspiration in my own life as well as others.

What’s your favourite song?

This is a hard one. I don’t think I have a favourite song. From hip hop, R’&’b, and Reggae to Jazz, Soul and Gospel, my iTunes library is too big for me to pick just one.

What’s one thing on your bucket list?

I have such a huge bucket list (in my head) so one thing on it would be to travel around the world. I want to experience different foods, cultures, languages and all the things this beautiful world has to offer. We’re not in it for very long.

What’s your favourite TV show?

How to Get Away with Murder and Homes Under the Hammer. One is for pleasure and the other is for business. Can you guess which one is which? I’m joking they are both for pleasure but Homes Under the Hammer is more for business reasons. I’d one day like to own my own property and this show helps me pick up a few tips for when I’m finally ready to take that step.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Stop hiding yourself, love yourself like no one else can”. These are the lyrics to a song called Mirror by Lalah Hathaway. The entire song is the best advice I’ve ever received and I’m on the journey to taking it.

And that’s it.

So now I have to nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 question.

Here are my nominees:

  1. @BornfreeWithT1Born Free with T
  2. @BethanyHutson09
  3. @geebeautyx
  4. @ZeeZoetic
  5. @racheltblog
  6. @20snevermore
  7. @bloggingandme
  8. @Fashionchicview

And here are my 11 Questions!

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What is the 1 thing you wish you knew before starting a blog?
  3. How do you manage your day to day and still maintain your commitment to blogging?
  4. How many places have you travelled to and which one has been your favourite?
  5. If you were to invite 3 celebrities to your home for dinner, who would they be?
  6. What’s your signature dish?
  7. Book or Movie?
  8. How would you describe yourself in just three words?
  9. What would you change about your life right now?
  10. What are 3 things you hope to achieve by the end of 2017?
  11. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

I could only come up with 9 that I felt had interesting blogs with under 200 Twitter followers.

Make sure to check them out and show their blog some love!

Your turn…

If you are reading this and I haven’t nominated you, please feel free to leave a link to your blog in the comment section below.

Lydia x |

5 Ways to Turn Your Bedroom into an Oasis

“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.” ~ Wayne W. Dyer



Welcome to Lyd on Life

Feng shui is a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing yourself with the surrounding environment. Now I’m no feng shui expert (not even close) nor do I know a lot about this philosophical system. However, I strongly believe that harmonizing yourself with your surrounding is very important.

Sometimes it starts with something as simple as re-arranging your bedroom. Your bedroom is your own little haven where you find rest, peace and relaxation. Where you prepares to take on the world every day. Re-arranging the place you spend your most vulnerable time can help you find harmony and clarity in other parts of your life.

At 25 years old, I thought I would have my own place by now to fung shui the hell out of. But no, I’m not even close. I’m still living at home in the same bedroom I’ve been in since I was 5 years old. Same blue and white coloured walls, same old stained carpet and the same curtains my mum made when we moved here. Trying to save as much as I can to reach my goal of owning my own place leaves very little time and money to re-decorate. Right now, I can only afford to re-arrange. And that’s ok.

I don’t plan on being in this bedroom for too long but for the time being, I plan to make an Oasis out of it. If you’re like me, here are my 5 tips on turning your bedroom into a beautiful and relaxing sanctuary when you have limited options.



Whether it’s unwanted clothes, shoes, bags, body products or storage units; get rid of everything that has no real reason for being there. Haven’t used it for the last 3 months? Get rid of it. Is your storage just a space to keep things you don’t use? Get rid of it. Do you need that coat stand? Throw it away. Ensure that everything in your room has a justified and effective purpose for being there. De-cluttering is the most therapeutic process you can go through I feel. If done with the intention of harmonising yourself with the things around you, you’ll be surprised at how much space you’ll create for important things.

Create space


Struggling to get from bed to door without hitting something? Or do you find yourself knocking things over as you move around the room? Yes it could just be the size or design of your room. Or maybe you have too many things in the way. That laundry basket, does it need to be in your room? Could you put it somewhere outside your room? Those products on your desk? Could you use a rotating storage stand instead of having them all over your desk? Perhaps some wall shelves are needed to hold that stereo or TV instead of floor units? Can you fit your shoes in your wardrobe instead of a shoe rack? If something in your room could go somewhere else to create more space, move it. I believe the more space you have the clearer you can think. You allow your room to breathe and in turn allow yourself to breath.

Open storage system


I don’t know about you but there’s something about having an open storage system that I like. The constant reminder of the clothes you have and the state of your clothes helps me avoid clutter. I can’t stuff my clutter behind my wardrobe doors if I don’t have any. Everything must be hung and folded neatly. Plus, your personal style can act like an artistic and decorative piece to your room. Now, I’m not saying go out and buy a whole new open storage system. You could simply remove the doors off your wardrobe or only remove one. I did. My wardrobe doors had mirrors so I used one of the doors as a stand-alone full length mirror in the corner of my room and the other as a mirror for the hall way. Open storage could also mean adding shelves to empty walls or buying a door hanger for your coats instead of stuffing them in your wardrobe.



Scented candles are amazing. I wasn’t always a fan of candles as I just associated them with fire hazards. And they are, if used incorrectly. When used in the bedroom, it can really set the mood. Whether you are relaxing on your own or with someone special, a scented candle can create the right atmosphere to feel relaxed and in tuned with your surroundings. Ever wondered why they light candles during an aromatherapy massage or treatment? High quality essential oils can have a positive impact on our bodies and provide us with a sense of relaxation before you go to sleep. Our sense of smell is also connected to memory. Having a scent that reminds you of a happy or peaceful time can boost your mood. If you like the smell of bread in the morning, buy a bread scented candle (if that exists).

Bed positioning


The fung shui experts say bed positioning is important for healthy chi in the bedroom. I don’t know much about chi but I do believe that the positioning of your bed can help improve your mood, especially in the morning. What is your favourite part of your room? Is it your window? Is it your wardrobe? Is it something on your wall? Why not face your bed in the direction of something you’d like to see every time you wake up? For me it’s my window. My neighbours have a lovely tree in their back garden with pink flowers all over it. I sleep with my curtain open as I like the feel of the sun in the morning and waking up to see the pink flowers without leaving my bed is a bonus. Sounds cheesy but it makes my getting up in the morning in this bedroom just that little bit tolerable nicer. Of course, this will depend on how your room is structured but find something you would like to see the moment you open your eyes in the morning.

And that’s it.

Re-arranging the things around you can help you think clearer, see clearer and feel different about certain situations you might be in. These few tips have helped me find peace in the space I’m in as I prepare to get to the space I so long to be in. It will come one day and when it does I’ll be ready for it.

Final thoughts…

Bring your reality as close to your dream as possible so your dream doesn’t just seem like a dream anymore. There’s a lot I’d like to do to my surroundings but for now, these tips and my Pinterest board will have to do.

Your Turn…

Did you like this post? What did you find helpful? Do you have any tips of your own?

Get in touch, tweet me @lydonlifeblog or share your questions, experiences and tips with everybody in the comments.

Till next time.

Lydia x |

New Blogger | You Can Totally Do This

“You fail only if you stop writing” – Ray Bradbury



Welcome to Lyd on Life.

Expression is good.

Laughing, crying, screaming, punching or simply doing nothing. Everything we do is an expression.

I’ve not written a blog post in over 2 months. That’s me unconsciously expressing the fact that I’m stuck. I’m not screaming or crying because I know what I need to do. I’m simply doing nothing because I’m not sure if I want to do it. If I can commit to it. If I can actually do it. Am I ready to do it?

For the past month (or so) I’ve been re-designing my blog in hopes of getting some inspiration to actually write new content. I wasn’t happy with the way my blog looked and kept getting distracted by the need to change it. To be honest it wasn’t just the way it looked that bothered me. I wasn’t happy with what I was writing about or how I was writing. Reading my posts from 5 months ago, nothing made me excited.

How did I expect anyone else to be excited about what I wrote if I wasn’t?

So, I tweaked, deleted, updated and changed a few things. A lot of things actually. If you aren’t new to my page then you’ll notice the difference (I hope). If you are new then you stumbled on my blog at the right time (I hope).

I started to realise I was slowly forgetting what I wanted to do here on the blogosphere. Or at least what I was trying to do. I got lost in the sauce a little. More focused on putting out content to stay active instead of relevant. Relatable. Refreshing. Transparent. Informative. All the adjectives I hoped anyone who comes on my page would say about me. I wasn’t being any of those things. Why?

Perhaps I’m afraid. Or was afraid. I’d like to think I’m not any more, having deleted 30 of my posts and started again…ish. However, the fact that I haven’t posted anything for so long shows me that I’m still a little afraid. Do I really have something worthwhile to say? Are the lessons I learn worth writing about? Have I experienced enough about life to write about it? Do I really want the world to know my thoughts?

The answer is Yes. Yes, yes, yes and yes. Or at least I think so. I’m a firm believer that if you’re not ready to give up, don’t. Take a break but don’t give up. The fact remains that though I’ve spent the last month or so changing my blog instead of writing blog post, I still come back to my blog. Every day without fail I check up on my blog. For what or why I don’t know. But I do. Something tells me to.

That little things in your head that keeps brining you back to that thing you keep putting off is trying to tell you something. Perhaps it’s saying put an end to it properly or perhaps it’s saying try again. So, I’m trying again. And I’ll keep trying. Nothing we do is every in vain. Everything we do is leading us somewhere. Even this random form of expression you’ve just read is leading me (and hopefully you) somewhere. It’s OK to have these moments. Especially when it comes to a hobby or a lifestyle change. Just don’t stay in that moment for too long. Enjoy the process. This blog was one of my goals for 2017. 2017 isn’t over yet.

Your turn…

Are you a novice or well seasoned blogger? How are you finding blogging?  Do you ever have doubts? How do you deal with them? If you could describe you’re blog in three words, what would they be?

Get in touch, tweet me @lydonlifeblog or share your experiences and tips with everybody in the comments.

Till next time.

Lydia x |

P.s: Here are some helpful posts for moments of doubt: