Frolics & Fashion

I HEART MAKEUP CHOCOLATE ORANGE PALETTE

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Urban Decay heat palette dupe I heart makeup chocolate orange eyeshadow palette
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I tweeted on Friday asking for recommendations for an Urban Decay Heat palette dupe, and Sandra recommended the I Heart Makeup Chocolate Orange palette. She sent the link over and as soon as I saw the array of warm tones I knew it had to be mine.

I think I Heart Makeup are part of the Tam Beauty group, so the eyeshadow quality is pretty much the same as anything by Makeup Revolution - which is a win for me as those eyeshadows last yonks!

You get 16 shades for a mere £8.99 and the colours themselves are pretty close to those in the Urban Decay Heat palette. So 16 super pretty warm tones perfect for spring, two of which are highly pigmented highlight shades.

I've trialled it today and my eyelids remained all shimmery and orangey from 11am 'till 7pm, so they definitely stand the test of time. They're also really easy to blend and they don't crumble all over the place.

A huge winner for me.

Have you tried anything by I Heart Makeup?

TIGI S FACTOR SERIOUS CONDITIONER & LEAVE-IN MOISTURE SPRAY

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I know I keep blathering on, but my hair is fried. It was pulled apart by a painful hair extension removal and then I decided to bleach what little life was left in it.
So needless to say it's in need of a little (or a lot of) TLC. With this in mind, when the lovely folk at Klip Shop asked if I wanted to try some products I jumped at the chance.

I'd used the Tigi Serious Conditioner many moons ago and I remember it doing wonders for my hair so I thought I'd revisit it. It's basically a really thick conditioner that helps repair damaged and dry hair, whilst smelling lovely.  It contains sunflower seed oil and silk that targets the parts of your locks that need the most love.
It actually smells quite minty and gives your scalp that nice tingly cool feeling, it'll also help smooth your locks when blowdrying and reduce unwanted frizzyness. A complete winner in my eyes.

The Papaya Leave-In Moisture Spray doesn't smell as minty, it's more of a subtle sweet scent that smells, like, er, sweets. As the name suggests, it's a leave in moisture spray, so I spritz it onto damp hair before blowdrying and it honestly works like a dream. It reduces frizz AND detangles, whilst giving your mane the moisture hit it needs.

The two products together are a great pair, plus they're on sale at the moment so you can bag them both for under £30

Have you tried tigi products before? What're your favourites?

HOW TO USE THE INSTAX MINI 9 & IS IT WORTH THE MONEY?

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How to use the instax mini 9 is it worth the money polaroid camera

I'm no pro photographer as you can probably tell by my poorly edited blog photos. But I do love a gimmick and the fujifilm instax mini 8 or 9 is a gimmick loving phototographer's dream. It's basically a regular run of the mill polaroid camera, although the polaroids are the perfect purse size AND the camera looks cute.

But is it worth the £66 price tag? Especially when the films are around £8 for ten photographs? IMO yes.
How many times do we take awesome photos on our phone never to look at them again? The only time I ever really go back and look at my phone pictures is when I'm planning on deleting a load of them. If they're extra special they make it to instagram, if not they end up being binned.

We take so many photos daily that the "magic" of getting people together to get that perfect shot has disappeared. Well not anymore. The Instax Mini 9 keeps the magic alive for 2 reasons.

1. The films are ridic expensive so you'll only want to take special photos
2. As Eminem would say "You only get one shot" - so you end up making sure each picture is worth it.

So we've covered the fact that I reckon the Instax Mini 8/9 is deffs worth the money. Now onto using it.

Surely it's just a point and shoot right?

Kind of.

With the Instax Mini you're going to want to do all you can not to waste a photo by over exposing or under exposing it.

Saying that, tip number 1 is to consider your first film as a tester. Don't expect the photo's to come out great. Get the hang of the different settings and see what impact they have on your photos.

Tip 2 - Don't always trust the settings. Sometimes setting it to sunny will leave your photos looking too dark. Or setting it to hi key will leave it looking too white/overexposed. As a general rule I normally leave it on the "indoors" setting regardless of how bright the light is around me. Obvz if I was outside on an overly bright day I'd change it. But "indoors" normally works for me.

Tip 3 - Play around with filters. These clip over the lens and, depending on which colour you can choose, give a coloured vintage effect to your photos. These filters are a steal at £5.99 on ebay.

Tip 4 -  Display your photos! A quick pinerest search for "instax mini" will give you loads of ideas. Hang them from fairy lights or pin them to a wire board. Alternatively you can buy mini albums on ebay to store them in.

Tip 5 - If you're still unsure, buy a used one! My first instax mini 8 was a used one from ebay and I saved around £20 on the price. As they're quite a gimmick a lot of people receive them as gifts and they go unused, so there's loads floating around on ebay.

Wowzers this post has become quite the essay. Kind of like an ode to the instax mini. But seriously, I really love this camera. It's completely on the other end of the spectrum to my Olympus Pen but I love them both equally!

Have you got an instax mini?

HOW TO DYE YOUR HAIR FROM BROWN TO BLONDE (SORT OF) AT HOME

Why hello. I'm guessing you stumbled across this post as you're thinking of dyeing or bleaching your hair blonde at home. Or you're thinking of going from brown to blonde at a hairdresser or salon. Or you're contemplating both? Well good. As I did both.

So here's a little insight into my journey to going blonde. WARNING. If you're brown your hair will go yellow. Toner is your friend. Alas toner hasn't helped me and I'm still yellow(ish).

Anyway. Here was my ratty thin brown locks before my favourite hairdresser Helinne got her magic hands on it....
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Helinne is pretty awesome. If you're in the Northampton area and you're in need of a hairdresser she's the one. She did a grand job of a root stretch on me a while back and it got all the compliments.

I digress. The first stage of bleaching was done at home by my hairdresser. As my hair was so damaged and thin she put some sort of bleach on my hair that would give it minimal breakage but also lighten it up a lot.

The result.
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It wasn't as light as I wanted but I knew it was going to have to be done in 2 stages and this was the warm "orangey" stage. I was advised to use a hell of a lot of the L'Oreal Smartbond Conditioner and to leave my hair alone for a few weeks.

I didn't listen.

I never do.

I impatiently wanted to be as blonde as possible. So when my friend suggested lightening it myself I thought it was an excellent idea. Why pay £75 when you can do it for £5 right? Wrong. Your hair will go yellow.

So I used the Schwarzkopf Live XXL in Max Blonde to lighten mine as it claims to lift your hair up to 9 levels. I don't have a picture of the result, only bad memories. It went bright yellow. Think Lisa Simpson and that was pretty much me. I even had a client meeting at work the next day and looked a mess. Sigh.

So the next day I decided to batter my hair some more and use another bottle of Schwarzkopf on it, alongside a bunch of the Bleach London Silver Shampoo.

The result.
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This is the stage I'm at now. It's not great by any means. The bottom of my hair is a silvery / pinky colour from the Bleach London Shampoo, whilst the top is still yellowy. I actually have an appointment with Helinne at the end of March to see what she can do about that, as I'm hoping to be as blonde as possible for the summer!

Have you ever had any hair dye disasters? Or have you bleached your hair at home from brown to blonde? Lemme know!

BENEFIT BADGAL BANG MASCARA REVIEW

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Benefit badgal bang mascara before and after beauty review
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So. After giving the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara a somewhat scathing review I thought I'd lighten the mood with a product I actually like.

Although. Had the Too Faced mascara not been incredibly crap, I wouldn't have ended up buying Benefit's BADgal BANG (all the caps) and I wouldn't be walking around loving my longer and fuller lashes. 

There's a gazillion reviews on this mascara doing the rounds so I'll keep it short and sweet. Alas I wasn't sent this as a PR sample, I parted with a hefty £21.50 for this so I was really hoping it'd live up to the hype.

It Does.

The brush doesn't look like anything special, other than the fact it's super bendy I don't have much to say about it, the magic all seems to be in the product itself. 

As you can probably tell by my hideous makeup free face, I don't have a bunch to work with when it comes to lashes, but BADgal BANG gives a tonne of volume and a lot of oomph after one coat. I wouldn't go all heavy handed when applying this as I reckon more than two coats will give you the "spidery" look. 

It doesn't seem to give a curl though. I thought it was me but I've just google imaged some snaps and it seems to give the same almost spikey effect on everyone.

Is it competition for my fave They're Real? Jurys out on that one, I like the formula but the spikey ball brush on They're Real might just sway it for me.

Have you tried the BADgal BANG mascara yet?

TOO FACED BETTER THAN SEX WATERPROOF MASCARA REVIEW

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too faced better than sex waterproof mascara review
Too faced better than sex waterproof brush mascara review

So a couple of weeks ago I bought the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara in a bit of defiance. Despite Benefit's They're Real being my favourite mascara ever, I didn't want to jump on the bandwagon and buy Bad Gal Bang. Partly because there was just too much hype, and partly because deep down I was probs annoyed that I wasn't one of the gagillion bloggers they sent it too.

Anyway I went rogue and parted with £19.00 in Selfridges in the hope that my lashes would be transformed into something long, fluttery and bambi esque.

They weren't.

Other than the packaging, which has little plastic water drops all over it, there really isn't anything good about this mascara.

It's clumpy. It sticks your lashes together. It smears. It clogs all on the brush (is clogs a word?). It smudges. Basically it's everything you don't want in a mascara.

I've been using it for two weeks now and it hasn't aged well either. Sometimes mascaras get better after a few uses. This doesn't.

So the moral of the story. Don't refuse to jump on the bandwagon. Sometimes the bandwagon is the place where everyone has the best lashes.

BOOHOO BLACK EMBROIDERED SKATER DRESS

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Howdy! It's been a while since my last post. Things have changed in the last two weeks. I'm now an auntie for the second time AND I have blonde hair. Two things that are probably only exciting for me.

But yes. On Wednesday 14th February my new niece Willow was welcomed into the world, I haven't seen her yet but I'm planning on venturing to my sister's after I finish writing this post for ALL the squeezes and cuddles.

There's not much more to tell tbh, my weekend consisted of a trip to Ikea, afternoon tea with my bud Emma, then a carvery with the mother. Clearly my quest to reduce my waistline before the big American trip is going well.

Oh, and this rather detailed embroidered skater dress was kindly sent to be from boohoo. It's kind of half way between a skater and a smock (and I do love a smock), it's forgiving and tres comfy so I'd deffs recommend.

And finally. Other than the fact that I'm all about the short paragraphs this afternoon, I'm going to be trying out the Directions Silver Toner later on in an attempt to make my hair a silvery grey and less, er, yellow. I might go wild and film it.

How's your weekend been?

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