I bought the Morphe 12S Soul Of Summer palette last year and fell in love with it pretty much straight away. I ended up using it daily for months and it completely overtook my usual faithful mac shades.
So when I saw a blog competition to win the Morphe 35O palette I obvz entered, I don't normally enter blog giveaways but this palette was calling out to me. Then a few days later I found out I'd won and did a little joyous dance.
The palette is made up of a mix of 35 matte and shimmer shades, and there's not one colour in there I wouldn't wear. Without sounding like some sort of eyeshadow connoisseur, they're all velvety smooth and buttery, and apply like a dream. What impressed me most with the Morphe eyeshadows though is the staying power, these bad boys will go on in the morning and not budge until I come to take my makeup off at night - there's not a hint of a smear either and they don't gather up in the crease like some cheaper eyeshadows tend to do.
There's also a whole host of orangy shades which are all over the place at the moment, so as well as being awesome value for money at a mere £23.50, it's also rather on trend, which I guess is why it seems to be sold out in most places. I did see a waiting list on cult beauty though which might be an idea to join if this review is tempting you into buying it.
Have you tried anything by Morphe?
I don't really know what to say about Mac Ruby Woo that hasn't been said a million times before. I bought this a couple of months ago in Duty Free before I went to Venice and I fell in love. Having always been a bit afraid of red lipsticks I tentatively asked the Mac Lady (that's what they're called right?) what red shades they had, and she told me this was their best seller for like 232231 years in a row. She assured me it suits all skin types and you know what? I think she was right.
I've been searching for the perfect RED red lipstick for an age, and I don't know why I never thought to try Ruby Woo. It's a Retro Matte finish which means it's super matte and doesn't budge at all - a winner for someone who smudges lipstick all over her face most of the time!
Have you tried Ruby Woo?
I've put together a little collection of things I'd purchase if I won the lottery, a sort of unobtainable-for-now wishlist if you will. Whilst the gucci, mulbs, and olympus pen bags are the norm, I'd also like Mr Motivator to be my PT, and a chihuahua to keep me company. Oh and those Doc Martin Shoes will be mine at some stage.
I'm not a huge gambler though, I've played the lottery a handful of times, tried my hand at bingo twice (and lost), and eagerly scratched away with a 1p piece at a scratchcard or two but I'm not the luckiest of people. In fact I'm pretty unlucky.
But constantly hearing the phrase "we'll do that when we win the lottery", I thought it might be time to get involved, after all, you can't win something if you don't enter in the first place.
So I was approached by the lovely folk at lotto land and asked if I fancied a peruse around their site, it basically works like a regular lottery but you "bet" on the numbers rather than purchasing a ticket, meaning you can try your luck out on the Irish Lottery, or the American Powerball, whilst sitting at your laptop in the UK, or any other country for that matter.
You do everything through lottoland itself, so if you bet on 6 numbers and it happens to be you're lucky day, they'll pay you rather than the official lottery operator, and they match up the prize value too. It actually works out better than buying a lottery ticket, as you can get involved in draws all over the world, and lotto land can offer free bets and extra features (like a double whammy of a jackpot!).
But how do they afford that? I hear you cry. Well it works on an insurance model meaning every single bet is insured and the larger wins are covered by insurance.
Simple no? So if you fancy a dabble in the Australian, American, or even the French lotto, have a peep at Lottoland, obvz Ts&Cs and gambling conditions apply.
What would be on your lottery wishlist?
I've wanted hair extensions forever, and it wasn't until I made the silly decision to chop all my hair off in September that it became more of an obsession with getting my long locks back. So I finally bit the bullet and had a consultation at Vivid Hair a couple of weeks ago, and yesterday at 1pm my dreams of a long thick barnet became a reality.
I asked a couple (or a lot) of questions before and whilst having them done, so I thought I'd share the little bit of knowledge I've obtained.
Are Hair Extensions Expensive?
Yes. If you want quality extensions fitted by a professional then you're going to have to fork out the dolla. Ideally you want to use the best hair possible, and that comes at a price. So you're looking at anything from £250 - £350, depending on whether you get a half or full head. I'd recommend finding a salon or stylist that uses Beauty Works Hair too.
Will The Extensions Match My Hair?
Yes! Even my hair, which is a mix of 32321 blonde and brown shades was matched pretty well. Your stylist should go through loads of sample extensions with you to find the best fit, and if they don't - run and find another salon!
How Long Will Hair Extensions Last?
I've had Pre Bonded Extensions which are glued in, and they'll last up to five months depending on how well they're looked after. You can also have Micro Ring hair extensions which cost the same and will last up to eight months. I didn't go for these as my hair's quite thin and the rings wouldn't grip very well.
How Often Can I Wash Extensions?
In order to keep them in good condition, it's advised to wash your hair once a week. As they're not fitted to the top layer of your hair, you can always just wash this part a bit more if you find your crown is getting a bit greasy.
Can I Swim With Extensions In?
It's best that you don't, as the chlorine can turn the extensions green and also mess with the bonds.
Can I Still Use Silver Shampoo?
A question I needed the answer to as I use it on the regular! I was told to try not too, but again if I really felt the need, to just use it on the crown of my head.
Can I Still Dye My Roots?
If you bleach your hair then it's likely you'll get some re-growth during the 5 months the extensions are in. You can't dye where the extensions are, but you can always have your T-Section bleached or highlighted to hide the roots.
So I hope that's been a bit helpful if you're thinking of taking the plunge and getting extensions fitted. I'm so happy with mine and couldn't recommend Vivid Hair more!
Shoes: New Look (Similar black heels)
Without sounding like a clothing snob I didn't think I'd ever feature something from Quiz on my blog. There's a shop in Northampton and they put such glitzy bodycon dresses in the window that are so far from anything I'd ever wear that I completely avoid going in at all costs. Partly because I scoff at said glitzy dresses, and partly because I'm way to old to be dressing like that nowadays.
Anyway, I kind of have to eat my words (and my attitude) to the shop as I rather like this embroidered number that spawned from there. My friend dragged me in a couple of weeks ago and I was pleasantly surprised that wayyyy past the glitzy jungle towards the back are some normal looking things! And this dress was a mere £11 so I can scoff no more.
I do hope you're all having a grand weekend. I made some brownies, then felt bad about eating so much brownie that I gymmed. I also watched a lot of Dance Moms. Also Also I made the decision to sell my DSLR and my compact camera which are both listed on ebay if you fancy a peek. I reckon I'm going to take the plunge and buy the Olympus Pen. If you have it - is it any good?
I'm a massive fan of the Schwarzkopf got2b range, so when I was asked if I wanted to try out a couple of things from their professional range I was more than happy to give them a whirl slash see if they'd make my slightly damaged hair in better condition. So here's what I thought.
Brazilnut Oil Pulp Treatment
Out of the three products I've used the treatment the most. I'm a creature of habit and have a super long bath every Sunday and for the past few weeks I've added this into my pamper routine. The brazilnut oil treatment is for all hair types but the persky packaging doesn't have any directions for use, so I slather it onto my hair after shampoo-ing and before applying any conditioner.
It's got a slightly weird gritty texture which initially felt a bit odd in my barnet, but the smell is insanely good and makes you feel like you're in an actual hair salon - so that over rides the weird exfoliating feel.
I leave this on my "do" for about 20 minutes and it makes blowdrying a cynch (I think I've spelt that wrong), my hair is way less Hermione Granger and way more...errr...Ron Weasley? He has straight hair doesn't he? Either way it feels swishy and the smell lasts wayyy over 24 hours. I'm already running low so It's definitely a product I'd recommend.
Brazilnut Oil Oil-In Shampoo
I haven't used this product as much, purely because I have an array of different shampoos and alternate them in an attempt to stop my locks getting used to the formula or causing buildup. Whilst I do like this shampoo and again, it smells lovely, It didn't have the wow factor for me. It's nice. It cleans your hair. You don't need to use loads. But I'm super picky and like products that make me think wowzers. It's not a bad product at all, but I'm all about the treatments and oils.
Speaking of wowzers, this product is one of them. It has the signature strong scent and despite being an oil it applies through a spray top making the application dead easy. It's not as heavy as the got2b oil (which I'm still a huge fan of) and doesn't weigh my hair down at. all. I apply this after blowdrying my hair to get a bit of shine back and to nourish those dry ends, and it's really helped. Another product I'd definitely recommend if you're hair is a bit tired after too much bleach.
Overall - if you're hair needs a bit of TLC then the oil and the treatment are the products for you. They don't just mask the problem, the ingredients are there to help "nourish" your hair and help repair it back to it's old healthy state.
What're your favourite hair rescue products?
Heels: c/o 4th & Reckless
Leopard Coat: Newlook
Oh. Once again my flies have done that weird twisty thing. They're not undone I promise, they're just on the wonk.
Also. Do people use c/o anymore? I was sent these super nice grey heels by the lovely folk at 4th & Reckless, and I'm so far out of the blogging circles nowadays that I don't know the correct terminology for something that has been gifted. Either way they fit oh so well and they're really comfortable, a definite recommendation.
Today has been a day of firsts. I won my first blogging giveaway thanks to Jenny AND I just ate my first ever viennese whirl. What a wild evening. I'm also nursing sore legs after my first gym visit in months yesterday, I'm determined to get back on the ol' gymming waggon and have a hot bod before I hit 30 in September. Although that viennese whirl thinks differently...
And that's about as exciting as my week has been so far. Ah I lie. Things got pretty exciting in Ex On The Beach didn't they? Poor Zaralina.