Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Bed Head by TIGI On The Rebound


As most of you know by now I have seriously curly hair that's on the verge of nearly being a huge afro thanks to my parents who seemed to bless me with all their multi ethnic genes. I am always on the lookout for the perfect curl product to help make my curls more defined with next to no frizz because trust me the dreaded frizzy hue that surrounds my head like a bright red halo when I embrace my curls without any product is something I don't want to live with.


I picked this up on a whim when buying a new shampoo and conditioner because I liked the way it sounded and hoped it would live up to what it promised which was to have beautiful shiny defined curls that spring back into shape even when braced with humidity.

First off I love the bright bold packaging which I do with all Bed Head products as they make me feel just a tad happier when doing my hair, the product inside is a non sticky cream that has a slight berry scent to it.

You apply a walnut sized amount of product to damp hair which I do by popping it onto my hand rubbing my hands together and then scrunch the product into my curls with my head tipped over taking extra care to make sure my whole head is covered. I then personally let my hair air dry as I hate using heat when I decide to wear my hair curly but you can use with a diffuser attachment on your hairdryer for faster results.

When my hair is dry it feels like my curls have been given a whole new lease of life, they are bouncy soft and well defined. They also have a good level of hold with no frizziness even if I run my fingers through my hair, they just seem to separate and fall straight back into place. You can also just revive the curls the next day by spraying a fine mist of water in your hair or scrunching in some water from your hands to give the exact same results as it did the first time around.

I am so impressed with this product and I can hands down recommend it to any curly haired girls out there, I actually don't know how I have lived without it and am embracing my natural hair a lot more than I was.

Have you tried this? What is your favourite hair product?

xxx





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Sunday, 23 March 2014

What Would You Do With An Extra £1000 A Year?


So since I posted my blog post on the beauty benefits of stopping smoking I realised that over the course of time I had been smoking and the amount I was smoking it has cost me over £11,000. Now when I see this figure like that I can't help but think that I could of bought a lot of nice things with that money, granted it was over a very long period of time but its basically £1000 a year so I thought I would compile a little list of things that I could have with a spare thousand pounds every year.


1. Take an extra holiday a year
2. Put it into savings
3. Buy a designer handbag
4. Go on a massive shopping spree
5. Redecorate my house
6. Buy a flight to see my sister in Australia
7. Learn how to drive and put the rest towards a car
8. Take Tapanga to Disney Land

Now there are so many other things that I could do with it but these are things that I really want to do as soon as possible, obviously I still pay out money for my electronic cigarette that I am still using when I feel the need to but in comparison I am not spending a fraction of what I did. It just goes to show that if you do smoke you really do rack up the pounds without even noticing it, I mean I was always complaining of having no money but could easily fork out nearly £8 a pop for a box of cigarettes when now I shall pay on average around £8 a month on refills for my e-cig just to keep me going as I don't even feel the need to smoke that much.

If you had an extra £1000 a year what would you do with it?

xxx

*This is a partnered post but all views and opinions are my own

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Tapanga's River Island Wishlist


I have noticed recently that Tapanga has been spending a lot of time on my iPad looking at various websites, finding things she loves and is starting to form her own little style... She spends ages bookmarking and taking screen shots of clothes that she likes so that she can show me with hope that we can go shopping and buy them. With this in mind I thought I would do something a little different today and post a wishlist from Tapanga from the girls range at River Island, she had loads of say as to what was going into her wishlist and she only chose one thing out of every category she had as she wanted to 'keep it simple'.

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I absolutely love the things she has chosen and I think come payday she will probably get treated to a few pieces as she has been really good this month and now the weather is getting warmer she needs some new clothes.

What do you think of Tapanga's River Island Wishlist?

xxx



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Saturday, 22 March 2014

Gliss Express-Repair Conditioner and Colour Shine Tonic


Every now and again I look for a quick fix to help improve the condition of my hair and give it the high shine that I always crave. I have tried many expensive products that promise me the world and which I love but for me I would just like them to be a little cheaper! About a year ago I thought I would try these offerings from Gliss to see if they could help me get the hair that I wanted at a fraction of the price and have re-bought them a couple of times now over the last year so I'm quite surprised I haven't reviewed them before now.

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First up is the Express-Repair Conditioner which is a spray leave in conditioner with liquid keratin, it has one clear layer and one creamy milky looking layer which needs to be shaken together before you spray it onto towel dried hair although it can also be used on dry hair. It smells almost candy like which I really love and its a really lightweight spray which never weighs my hair down even when I get a little spray happy, it leaves my hair feeling really nice and feeling really light and airy with a definite improvement of the texture and look of split ends.

The Colour Shine Tonic is in theory just a shine spray for coloured hair but its aim is to keep your colour looking brighter for a much longer period. It sprays out a really even fine mist which is more matte like than greasy but it does leave a lovely shine to the hair, I actually like the fact that it sprays out a non greasy substance as there are so many times when I've sprayed a shine spray just a little too much and my hair looks a bit lank and greasy. I can't comment much on the colour staying brighter for longer as I haven't really seen much difference but I do use a lot of products that help to prolong the colour of my hair which overall does help.

Over all I really like them both and will continue to buy them as they do help my hair to look the way I want it to.

Have you tried any products from the Gliss range?

xxx






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Friday, 21 March 2014

Montagne Jeunesse Hot Chocolate Mask


I feel there is nothing better than giving yourself a nice little pamper here and there, I like to scoop my hair up, pop on a face mask and paint my nails while the day or evening just passes me by. Because I do this at least once a week I do get through a majority of face masks, I normally buy ones I absolutely love in tubes for money saving purposes and the fact that I will want to use them time and time again then for a little treat or to try one out I shall buy a sachet. I read the front of the Montagne Jeunesse Hot Chocolate Face Mask and knew from the offset I wanted to try, it boasted to cleanse dirt and oils from deep within my pores leaving my face looking clearer and brighter, not to mention I was betting it would smell like a Terry's Chocolate Orange.


The mask is a self heating one which I really love as I feel they are working their magic because you can feel them heating up. I applied it to wet skin using a very old but clean foundation brush as this stuff is so thick that you will want something else to spread it with other than your hands or it gets everywhere. 

On opening the packet the smell of pure chocolate orange hit me, it was absolutely beautiful although it did leave me craving chocolate for the whole time it was on my face and a little while after. The scent stayed throughout the whole time I had my mask on although I can't say the same for its heating properties which only lasted about a minute when you first applied.

When I removed the mask it was a bit of a nightmare as it turned back into the thick chocolate paste I had applied to my face in the beginning but after it had all got thoroughly wet it washed right off, I could already feel my skin was so much softer. After drying my face I didn't see much of a visible difference in my pores but I did notice that my skin felt smoother, hydrated and looked plumper which was great.

In all honestly I probably would of bought this again just so I could smell it because it is to die for but seeing as it does have some added benefits even if its not the ones it boasts and for a pound I cant go wrong with buying another one and floating off to chocolate heaven.

Although you can pick Montagne Jeunesse Masks up on their website they are also sold in places like Boots, Superdrug, Tescos, Sainsburys and some local chemists so they are easily available and very rarely rise above the pound mark.

Have you tried Montagne Jeunesse masks? What do you think of self heating masks?

As always I love to hear your thoughts

xxx




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Thursday, 20 March 2014

Mothers Day Gift Ideas For The Beauty Loving Mum


Every year when Mothers Day rolls around I know I am going to be in for a big surprise. Tapanga is the sweetest little child who flourishes me with gifts; little hand made notes, drawings and of course several cards. Although I never bank on getting any other gifts for mothers day I always do get something which is always nice, I thought I would put together a few little gift ideas for the beauty loving mum so that you can show her how special she is on Mothers Day.

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5. Lush Mum Giftset - £28.95

If you still haven't found your mum a Mothers Day present and she is a beauty loving junkie like me maybe she might just love one of the gifts above, I know I would be happy to get any of these for Mothers Day *hint* 

xxx




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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Canvas Design Review and Giveaway


A little while ago I was offered the chance to review a canvas* from Canvas Design which I was excited about as I had been thinking about getting a canvas print to cover the space where a mirror the cats jumped up and smashed used to be in my living room. I couldn't decide on a picture at first but I knew I wanted it to be one of Tapanga and eventually settled on one of my all time favourites of her.

The photo I eventually chose was this one...
Tapanga

And here is the finished result..

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The size of the canvas* I have is 30" x 20" which fits perfectly where my mirror used to be and the quality of the canvas is absolutely brilliant, its stretched perfectly with no sagging and the colours stand out perfectly. The print carries on all around the side of the canvas that joins at the back and is attached on a sturdy wooden frame that is suitable for hanging straight out of the packaging.

The canvases range in price from £5.99 - £60.00 with free 48 hour UK delivery, which make them perfect especially as a gift... I'm thinking of getting my mum one for Mothers Day.

Whats better is Canvas Design have given me a discount code of BLOG15 to share with you guys so that you can get 15% off a canvas of your choice and I also have a giveaway below for those of you who fancy winning one!

Over all I am very happy with my canvas and I am definitely going to be getting a couple more, some black and white ones for the bedroom and one for the hallway.



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Good luck to everyone who enters the giveaway!

xxx


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