Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Enrapture Totem Styler Review

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Enrapture Totem Styler: Ebay (£19.99)

Back in 2012/2013 the Enrapture Totem Styler was all the rage in the blogging world. I imagine this was because a lot of bloggers were sent it to review, but then more people started lusting after perfectly waved hair and wanted in on the action. I remember reading Lily's post and almost parted with the £80 they were selling it for at the time, before realising my GHD's were actually doing an ok job and £80 for a curler was a little silly.

So the years went by and my hair began to forgive me, but word on the street recently (or Brogan to be exact) was that Home Bargains were selling the totem stylers for a mere £17.99. I guess after the hype had died down the next step was to enter the world of the discount store. Either way I grabbed the last pair and did a little happy jig.

The styler is meant to be used like an old fashioned curling tong, with a clamp at the bottom to hold onto the hair whilst it does it's magic. Whenever I've tried this method I end up with a tonne of unwanted kinks so I prefer to use it like a wand and just wrap chunks of hair around the barrel to make a curl.
The barrel is also split into three sections and you can alter the temperature these by turning the little nozel thing from 1 to 3. The idea is that the higher the temperature, the tighter the curl. So if you wanted a really loose wave you'd put all three sections on number 1, and vice versa.

In the picture above I've used 3-2-2 and it took me under ten minutes to curl my whole unruly head of hair which is a good thing if I've snoozed too much before work.

So would I recommend them? If you're currently using straighteners to curl your hair then YES. The totem styler takes half the time and holds a curl for so much longer. Plus you can get a really volumized beachy look with these, with my straighteners I sometimes end up looking a bit like a judge and it drops out into weird sausage curls.

Overall I'm really impressed, and if you're not able to grab these in your local home bargains then they're only £19.99 on ebay here.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

She kill 'em with a dance

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Dress: Boohoo (£15.00)
Boots: USC (£12.00)

Note: I don't feel I "Kill 'em with a dance", my  tweaking is questionable at best. I just like Fuse ODG......

This is the first time I've ever taken photos in RAW mode and it's something I'll definitely be doing in the future! The pictures looked a bit dark when opened in photoshop, but the magic of curves have turned them brighter and much sharper than my usual JPEG images. Wins.

This dress is/was a complete bargain at £15.00, it comes in six colours altogether so if you like it then definitely have a click here, especially as boohoo seem to have free delivery all the time at the moment. The boots were also extra cheap, I paid £20 but they've been reduced now to £12.50 at USC, kind of tempted to buy another pair for spares.

Oh and this braid is thanks to five day old hair. Yeah I know I'm gross. My aim is to get to seven days at some point before it starts to dreadlock but that'll have to wait for a time I don't need to be seen in public....

Hope everyone is having a swell weekend, the news has been sprung on me that I've got a flat inspection next week (perils of living in a rented house!) so I've been manically cleaning in preparation and have developed a hatred for bathroom tiles. Why do they not stay white?

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Mac Mineralize Eyeshadow: Sweet & Sour

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Mac Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo in Sweet & Sour

I took these photos yonks ago when I actually bought this, but I've been using Mac's mineralize eyeshadow in Sweet & Sour a lot more lately so I thought I'd give my 2 pennies that even a phrase? Or is it "two pence worth?"

Either way I like this. I like this a lot. Having blue/grey eyes I probably shouldn't be a fan of green eyeshadow but when these two are mixed together you'll end up with a gorgeous emeraldy goldy mixture that'll leave you looking bright eyed and shimmery. As you can see from the "swatch" above, it's quite a sheer colour not too different from the mineralise skin finishes, so for people that normally shy away from colour, this is deffs something to look at.
I stupidly didn't take a photo of the colours separately, but they're just as pretty on their own and look so much better in real life than in photos - I'm guessing this is due to the light catching all the little shimmery particles.

Wear-wise it's a topper upper unless you've got a mean primer, without it you'll probably be lucky to get 3 hours and will end up with (Gary) glitter cheeks. With the Urban Decay primer potion I've managed to get around 5 hours staying power and the fallout isn't as bad.

The mac mineralize eyeshadows are also pretty versatile as you can apply them wet for a dramatic "look at my eyeshadow!" look. To do this you just dunk your brush in water and pretend you're back in GCSE art...viola, a bold and buildable colour.

And speaking of application I've found this is best applied with a dense(r) brush in order to pack the colour onto your lid. Rather than swipe the shimmer around it's best to pat it on with a less fluffy brush. I've been using the crown BK14 and it's been working well for me.

Have you tried any mineralize eyeshadows by Mac? Which are your favourites?

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Bye Bye Junk Food

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Check Trousers: Newlook (£15.99)
Black Top: Newlook (£7.99)
Heels: Newlook (£27.99)

When I quickly edited these photo's this morning the word that sprung to mind was haggard. I looked knackered in every single photo. Knackered and heavier than usual. And no this isn't because the spawn of myself is living inside me, it's just the result of way too much junk food and not enough sleep.
So these photo's are a nudge in the other direction for me (although I have just eaten a Krispy Kreme....) and from now on/tomorrow my junk food intake is being banished and fruit will prevail, I'm also going to try and get a bit more sleep at night  - sorry Candy Crush, our affair must end.

Enough of the woe is me! I've now been given a smidgen of motivation so I'm off to work out Kayla Itsines style, my muscles will hate me tomorrow.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

How to stop Pandora charms from moving

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Pandora clips c/o Joshua James Jewellery
Clear Rubber O Rings: Ebay

When I was asked if I wanted to feature something from Pandora obvsies I said yes. I already had the rope bracelet and the two charms but they'd move around constantly and always end up under my wrist where you couldn't see them. They'd catch on my desk at work too which was a pain. Attaching

Enter the little plastic rings that have been my saviours. For 99p, if I wanted to, I could dance my way through life waving my arms around and never suffer at the hands of a rolling charm again. From what I can tell from the powers of google, the rings don't fit under the charms so you'll have to buy clips to perform this sorcery, but Pandora have bought out loads of new designs and the clips don't look ugly anymore.

Attaching the rubber/silicone ring to the bracelet is actually quite difficult and you'll probably need tweezers to do it, so I'd recommend eye measuring where you want everything to go before putting them on. I didn't do this. I am foolish.

Have you got any jewellery tips?

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Exante Diet Review

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*Meals provided for review
I'm not actually a stranger to Exante, a tonne of the ladies at work all proudly shake their little orange flasks like a town crier whilst selling the benefits and telling me how many lbs they've lost that week.
So for anyone that hasn't heard of this new concept of diet management/weightloss, I give you the Exante Diet. Basically if you want to go hardcore it's a meal replacement plan, but if you just want to kick your eating habits into shape its an "exchange one meal for ours" plan. 
Even though there are loads of meals and snacks to chose from, there are only two calorie groups so the easiest way to categorise them are the 200 calorie eats and the 150 calorie eats. There are five different plans ranging from 3 lots of 200 Kcal meals each day (the hardcore Total Solution Plan) to the Simple Solution plan which is the same concept but allows you to eat your own "actual" food as well. 
Obviously I'm not championing the former for anyone who just wants to lose a few pounds, and neither are Exante, they have a snazzy health check calculator here which will tell you if it's safe to even try their most relaxed diet. If you have a healthy BMI then the advice is just to carry on eating healthy.
In my case I'm pretty much an average height and an average weight. I have insecurities about the  parts I want to change (my belly is expanding thanks to cream eggs, and an old boss once told me I had bingo wings which has given me a complex) but these issues can be tackled with exercise, so I didn't feel like any of the structured plans were for me.
Instead I've been eating/drinking the Exante products for breakfast or lunch, then just snaffling whatever I want for dinner. It's stopped me snacking throughout the day but I still don't go hungry at night. Wins.
Rather than go into every product I've tried, here's a quick rundown of my thoughts:

The shakes are ok. I'm not going to pretend it's like drinking a Mcdonalds milkshake because it's not. They're water based so can be quite thin if you use the full amount of water, and you can really taste the protein. I got round this by adding a bit of milk to thicken them up, but that defeats the whole object really. The vanilla and toffee caramel were the best of the bunch, the banana wasn't the best. One of the town criers at work told me that adding coffee to the chocolate shake is a win but alas, I don't drink coffee. 

The porridge and the pancakes were actually quite nice and didn't taste overly processed at all. They're packed with proteins and minerals but still taste pleasant and the raspberry flavour overpowered anything else in the porridge. I wasn't that keen on the eggs but wouldn't turn them down if I was hungry. There's also plain porridge available, and blueberry & raspberry pancakes.

These are deffs the best "packs". The majority are 200 calories but the spaghetti bolognese is only 150, which is odd as it was my favourite. There's no rules to which packs you eat and when, so if you were doing one of the plans you could have a shepherds pie for breakfast if you wanted to. The shepherds pie was also quite tasty, although they all seemed to have a slow cooker esque smell to them which is fine with me as I do love a slow cooked meal.
Exante also do their own sausages and burgers, and pizza mix so you can feel like you're cheating even when you're not. 

The snack bars and the chocolate balls were my least favourite, again in my opinion you could really taste the protein. However the ladies at work swear by the chocolate orange bar (picture above) so the majority vote is yes on these. 
So did it work? Well I've been using the Exante products mainly for lunch in the office, they're convenient and easy to make and they've helped curb my cravings for sweets. Scales wise I've lost around 2lbs but I wasn't really aiming for a drop in weight and I just wanted to force ma bod into better eating habits. For anyone interested in weight loss then I'd recommend having a peek at the reviews here, there's also a tonne of voucher codes if you are planning to buy in bulk!
Have you ever tried anything like Exante? What were your experiences? 

Saturday, 21 February 2015

#DateNight with Kaleidoscope

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Dress: c/o Kaleidoscope
Boots: USC (Now only £12.50!)
Bracelet: Pandora
Watch: Michael Kors

I was challenged by the lovely lot at Kaleidoscope to pick an outfit that could be worn on three separate occasions 1- A date night, 2- A family outing, and 3 - An evening with friends.
This crochet number definitely ticks all three of these boxes! I'll admit, when I first savagely tore the packaging apart I thought it might be a bit too long on me, but I completely ate my words (thoughts?) when putting it on, it's the perfect length for a spring day out shopping but can also be toughened up with a biker jacket and heels on an evening.

I've gone with a transitional lipstick as well, the Kate Moss 08 lipstick which I'm OBSESSED with at the moment, sadly it's not making me look like Kate Moss....

It's been a slightly uneventful yet cold day today. I took my car to get fixed this morning after receiving a recall notice (apparently dodgy wiring is nothing to worry about!) and had myself a free and frothy hot chocolate which was a warm bonus. Then I ventured into Boots to by hairspray, such enthralling times.