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Friday, 5 May 2017

Do £10 Primark hair straighteners really work?

Okay, so it's been a while but, I am back once again (I know this is a reoccurring opening sentence to all of my blog posts). A couple of weeks ago now my Dad and I went to Brighton for the week and much to my dismay I had forgot to pack one very important essential - my straighteners. Usually I opt for the traditional GHD's as they always work a treat and they've been a much loved favourite for years now. There was no way I could go a week without having my straighteners because trust me, after a shower my hair looks somewhat similar to the likes of Cruella De Vil (I wish I was joking). 

After seeing a fair few videos on Primarks newest bargain I decided to pick up their £10 straighteners and give them a go. I couldn't justify splurging on a new pair of straighteners for a week when I had a perfectly good pair at home already.

The straighteners are ceramic coated and have 3 different heat settings (not so bad for £10 eh). The overall look of them isn't too bad and they are very similar looking to the traditional GHD's. If you're a fan of rose cold or copper then you'll definitely like the ceramic plates - this may have won me over slightly. I would mention that they are VERY lightweight, which isn't necessarily a bad thing but I did have to clamp down quite hard when straightening to make sure they was actually working.

I decided to do a fair test and left my hair to dry naturally which is what I usually do as my hair can tend to be quite damaged from box dye sets. In all honesty they didn't do a bad job. I tested them by going down on my hair once and then repeating the stroke for a second time. I've got to say I am very impressed by them, they done the job and my hair was straight by the end of it. The only bad thing I would say is that they did leave my hair slightly frizzy and it wasn't as sleek as I usually like it to be. Other than that though I can't really complain for the the price. 

Overall, if you're looking for a pair of cheap straighteners either for travelling with or you're not too fussed about the finish of your hair (this can be solved with a little bit of frizz tamer or oil) then definitely give these a go. It's a thumbs up from me and I'm sure they're definitely going to be coming along with me on my travels.

Let me know if any of you have tried out Primarks latest gadget? I'm tempted to do a review on the curlers as well at some point.



Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Clarins Winter Essentials

Over the past month or so it's been nothing but cold, gloomy and rainy here in England and it has definitely taken a toll on my skin. I suffer from dry skin already and not only with that in mind I am making my big move to Austria (at the moment the weather is -2 degrees, help) on Friday so it was time to step up my skin care routine and grab a few winter essentials.

After being snuggled in bed with a cup of hot chocolate I decided to have a little browse online at some blogs and reviews of skin care products. I always tend to spend hours searching and adding things to my basket but never end up taking the plunge... So, that being said I managed to bag a couple of samples from my local store and here's what I picked up!

  • Smoothing Body Scrub For a New Skin (with bamboo powders, how fancy)
  • Moisture-Rich Body Lotion
  • Gentle Foaming Lotion

My favourite has to be the gentle foaming lotion. I have never tried anything like this before and it literally leaves your skin feeling baby soft. It's not the type of softness that lasts for a few hours and then goes, it leaves your skin pampered for days. I tend to use it in the morning in replace of my usual face wash and then follow by using my moisturiser. It's so luxurious and I will definitely be investing and getting the full size version which costs around £20.

If you have a local Clarins near you then you should definitely pop in and grab a few samples to try out. All of the ladies that served me were so helpful and are more than happy to help.

What's your winter skincare recommendations?

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Friday, 25 November 2016

Must Have: Highlight

It's me I'm back again. So, I have been MIA recently in the world of blogging. A lot has happened over the past few months but, I am now in a position where I can dedicate some spare time to writing down my thoughts, rants and reviews. I start a new job next week which entails moving to a completely different country and yes, it's going to be a struggle but I will have a lot of free time to chill out and do what I enjoy... which is you guessed it, blogging.

Okay, so to ease me back in I have decided to pick out my must have beauty picks and some of them may well be dark horses but, hopefully you will like what you see.

Highlight. A must have beauty essential (in my opinion). Okay so you have 5 minutes to get ready and leave the house? Blend a bit of foundation, sweep some light powder over your brows and then highlight like crazy. Simple but effective.

My absolute go to highlight at the moment is Kiko's long lasting wet and dry eyeshadow in shade 208 (yes, I said eyeshadow). Who says you can't wear eyeshadow on your cheeks? Push the boundaries. The moment I saw this shadow in the shop I knew it was going to become one of my staples. It's a gorgeous deep gold colour with flecks of iridescent glitter. Perfect for late night strolls in the park or even a quick trip to Tesco to grab a pint of milk. Not only does it make a great highlight but it also makes the perfect gold smokey eye look for the holiday season.

Honestly, if you haven't given this a go then please go out and try it. It retails at £8.90 and trust me, a little goes a long way. If you'd like to take a look then just click here.

Let me know what your go to highlights are? I'm always looking to expand my collection.

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LA Colours Jumbo Eye Pencil Review - NYX Dupe


So today I thought I would write a post reviewing my collection of the LA Colors Jumbo Eye Pencils (for all you English readers thinking I've spelt colour wrong.. I have but, that's because LA Colors is American and that's how they spell it on their packaging). Anyway, I've had these for almost a year now and since I've only recently started blogging again I thought I'd share this treasure I've found with you. These are comparable to the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils and in my opinion they are basically exactly the same just with different names on the packaging. Okay, well maybe I haven't actually tried the NYX ones but from other reviews and comparisons I've read they are almost identical.

Right so, I thought I would give you a quick overview and weigh up the pros and cons and give you a short kind of list instead of a massive paragraph just rambling on and on!

They're basically cream eye shadow sticks and can be used as either bases or as an overall colour on their own. There are so many different colours available and they all range from matte to shimmery shades and some even have flecks of glitter throughout them. They retail at £1 in the UK and I picked mine up from Beauty Base in Westfield although, if you're looking to buy them online then I will have links at the bottom of this posy.

  • Affordable price
  • The matte shades and darker shades are extremely long lasting
  • Work great as eye shadow bases
  • They don't crease IF you use a primer
  • Wide range of colours

  • They smell of a weird kind of plastic fruit sent (might just be me)
  • The shimmery shades aren't as long lasting as the matte shades