Frolics & Fashion

TOO FACED BETTER THAN SEX WATERPROOF MASCARA REVIEW

Too faced better than sex waterproof mascara review
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

Boohoo Black Embroidered Skater Dress ootd
boohoo embroidered black skater dress outfit post

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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LINGERIE BUYING GUIDE FROM JOHN LEWIS

John Lewis Wacoal Lingerie Underwear Black Lacy Bralet
John Lewis Wacoal Black Lace Underwear Lingerie Bralet

Whether you celebrate Valentine's day or not (tbf I don't normally), getting new underwear is always a win. There's something about a matching set that instantly makes you feel a bit more put together and in some cases, more confident.

So. If you've been hinting at your loved one to treat you this Valentines day, or even just in general, but reckon they won't have the slightest clue where to start - John Lewis has got your back.

Their Partners Guide To Buying Lingerie is super helpful and gives some sneaky tips for your partner to follow in order to buy you something you'd actually wear.  They even offer a plan B if all else fails!

I lucked out and received this oh-so-pretty set from Wacoal, I've been after a new Bralet for a while as my go to playsuit for a night out is prone to slipping down and I end up spending the whole night hoisting it up. A pretty bralet solves that problem, it's comfy, covers all areas and doesn't really matter if some of it is "on show".

So all in all, a job well done from John Lewis! Do you celebrate Valentines day? What are your plans?

LEE STAFFORD HAIR GROWTH RANGE

Lee Stafford Hair Growth Product Review
Lee Stafford Hair Growth Product Range Review How To Grow Hair

Ever since my hair extension disaster I've been doing all sorts to make my hair grow, from bunging it up without blowdrying it, to banning straighteners, to trying an abundance of different hair masks.

I'd completely forgotten about the Lee Stafford Hair Growth Range until I bombarded my friend Emma with questions on how she managed to grow out her hair to super long in around a year. She told me to use less heat BUT to also give the Lee Stafford products a go. They're not overly expensive (Boots normally have them on 3 for 2) so I bought a load in the hope my tresses will thank me for them in the long run.

So my thoughts?

Lee Stafford Hair Growth Shampoo & Conditioner

You're probably going to get the least value for your money with these, as the bottles aren't massive, but at £7.49 each they're the cheapest things in the range and it's suggested that you use all the products in conjunction with each other.
Like most slightly higher priced shampoos, this doesn't lather up that much (apparently the more lather, the cheaper the shampoo), however they smell lovely and leave my hair feeling super squeaky clean. The texture of my barnet afterwords is really quite smooth too, and the shampoo and conditioner definitely reduce frizz whether my hair is left to dry naturally or with heat.

Lee Stafford Hair Growth Scalp Scrub

This is definitely my favourite product in the range. It's basically what it says on the tin. A scrub. You put this on before shampooing, just rub it into your scalp and leave it on for three ish minutes before rinsing it out. It claims to unblock the hair follicles whilst stimulating the scalp and therefore encouraging it to grow. Again, it makes my hair feel extra clean and weirdly it just feels nice scrubbing something into your head - kind of like having one of those massages at the hairdressers.

Lee Stafford Hair Growth Scalp Serum

The scalp serum will set you back £9.99. The idea is that it ads moisture to the root and helps strengthen the hair. To use this you simply pile on 2 pipettes worth of product onto your head and comb through, it can be done either on wet hair after washing, or dry hair and left overnight. If you're doing the latter it will definitely need combing out the next day as it does dry a little bit crusty. As with the other products, it smells like a dream.

Lee Stafford Coco Loco Coconut Hair Mask

Normally I use the Hair Growth treatment mask, but they'd ran out in Boots so I decided to give this a whirl. In all honestly I prefer the hair growth one but this smells all coconutty and lovely and it's a little cheaper. It's really thick and promises to repair dry, damaged and weak hair (which mine deffs is!), while also softening and enhancing shine. My hair did feel a lot softer after using it, and the odd time I did blowdry, there was limited frizz!

So I guess the only thing left to discuss now is whether these products actually work? Well. Since combining these with reduced heat and using only a wet brush and tangle teeezer, my hair has grown around 2 inches. I know that doesn't really seem like much but my tresses are ridiculously slow at growing and they were SO damaged after the trauma that was the extensions. The ends are still dry but the length is there so I'm rather happy!

Have you tried the Lee Stafford products? What did you think?


BENEFIT CORALISTA BLUSH

Benefit Coralista Blush Review
Benefit cosmetics coralista blush review
Benefit cosmetics coralista blush swatches
Benefit coralista blush on cheeks

Benefit has always been one of my favourite higher end brands, ever since I purchased my first of many Hello Flawless powders I've been dabbling in their other offerings.

Their box blushes have been around for yonks, so has Coralista tbh but I'm on a blush hype at the moment so I thought I'd share my thoughts.

So it is what it says on the tin (mini cardboard box) really, a coral blush. Although it does have a hint of shimmer running through it to brighten up your cheeks.
Despite looking quite bright in the pan it's a really subtle wash of colour and definitely suits pale/fair skin, you don't need to be overly careful when applying it either as it seems to blend in really well.

As with all Benefit products, the packaging is beaut, package anything in leopard print and I'm game. It comes with the usual teeny tiny brush which I don't actually think is that bad, as well as a massive 8GEES of blush which will keep you going for a lifetime.

So for any pale skinned gals who usually steer clear of blush in fear of looking like something from the 80's - this one's for you!

SLOGAN JUMPERS FTW

A line leather skirt stripey jumper chelsea boots outfit post
outfit post a line leather skirt stripey jumper outfit


I'm taking things back to 2006 with ftw, but it was a great year so why ever not? Urgh I have complete writers block. I wish I was one of those bloggers who could sit down and write a really insightful post, but I don't plan them in advance and when it comes to actually writing something my brain turns to mush.

Perhaps I should start planning, or actually research some blog ideas. I don't know (idk lol), I kind of feel like my blog has been completely left behind in this new era of blogging I suppose. I read a post the other week about the OGs of blogging, and at 30, I definitely fall into that category.

Who remembers taking endless photos of their Nandos? Or watching SWalker Makeup on Youtube? Or saving your student loan to by the must have mac lipstick (hue and creme cup I recall). Blogging was so different back then, and whilst I love how mainstream it has become and the awesome opportunities that come with it, I can't help feeling a bit nostalgic for the days when I used to pose in front of a white wall and take photos from the waist up. 

I reckon spouting myspace esque phrases has put me in a nostalgic mood. That and listening to a spotify playlist I aptly named "FEELZ" on the way home. So excuse me whilst I have a bath, listen to taking back Sunday, and get my Jeffrey Campbell Litas out. I kid. Honestly....



CHECKED SHIRTS AND SKATER SKIRTS

Tartan Shirt Black Skater Skirt Black Chelsea Boots Outfit


Excuse the fact I'm gormlessly looking at my phone in this picture, I use it as my remote and despite taking 232311 photos, this was the only one where I didn't look like a marshmallow. 

This is the final item of clothing I was oh so generously sent from Tobi and I was sort of channeling (or just copying) an old outfit post I did about five years ago when I put this together. I haven't worn a skater skirt in forever but I forgot just how comfortable and easy to wear they were. I also clearly forgot I own an iron.....again, apologies. 

Completely off topic but this weekend has been a bit like a time warp. On Friday I went to a Pop Punk evening where the DJ played ALL the hits from Jimmy Eat World to Mayday Parade. And then on Saturday I ventured to a small town near me that I hadn't been to in forever and felt all nostalgic.
The reason for said visit is that my sister has finally moved there, which is great for me as I no longer need to trek 2 hours in the car whenever I want to see her - hurrah!
But going back to the pop punk night, if you're in the Northamptonshire / Milton Keynes area then I'd definitely recommend it, it was at some remote bar in Stony Stratford but loads of people turned up and jived the night away.

What have you been up to this weekend?
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