Friday, 30 August 2013

Current Favourites: Products For Dry Hair

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the best affordable products for dry hair

I don't go to the hairdressers all that often (once a year, if that!) so I try to look after my hair myself and make sure that I keep it in good condition. I used to dye it a lot, using ash blonde shades to lighten my jet black hair. The brightest is will go is ginger! It went brassy so I dyed it to a chocolate brown (which only shows when the light hits it). 

Every now and then, I have the urge to go back to lighter hair but I'm going to wait for my hair to retain it's natural healthiness first, I want to repair the damage before I make it even worse. There's a drawer in my room that is filled with hair products so I've got no excuse not to have anything but shiny and glossy hair! Here are the products that I've been loving lately:

milk_shake Conditioning Whipped Cream: Of course, this is not really whipped cream, it is a mousse! I absolutely love the smell of this, it's actually reminds me of a milk shake! I think it smells like white chocolate or Mini Milk ice-lollies - it's a sweet fragrance, and rather unusual for a hair product, I like it a lot! This mousse is formulated to condition the hair and keep the moisture balanced. This protects hair and also seals colour. You apply this to clean damp hair and the mousse absorbs really well. It's not like a styling mousse that makes hair rigid and crispy. It leaves my hair feel soft and less tangled!

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Blow Dry Lotion*: This is a root booster and is probably best for fine hair, as it states on the packaging. I have very thick, heavy hair but it still manages to give it a bit of a lift at the crown. There's a lot of products in this range, I have tried the Luxurious Volume shampoo and conditioner and although it leaves me with full and soft hair, I wouldn't say that it's any different from other shampoo that I've been using lately. I like this blow dry lotion though, and it's not bad at all for £5.99!

TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray: What styling product do you use when you have dry hair? After hearing a lot about sea salt spray last summer, I was eager to try it for myself. Not the best product to use for dry hair but when I curl my hair, I use this spray instead of hairspray because it's less harsh. It also doesn't leave you with crispy hair. It does, however, take away the shine, but that can be quite nice when you've curled your hair and you don't want it to look too girly or over done. Sea salt spray is perfect for creating beach waves or "tousled" hair. I realised, only a couple of months ago, that I've been pronouncing the word 'tousled" wrongly! How stupid of me!

Morocconoil® Treatment*: Another one of those hyped products. I've actually been using hair oils for a couple of years, so I have tried a few in the past and it's one of my beauty must-haves. This Morocconoil is in a cute little travel sized bottle! I didn't expect the consistency of this one to be so thick, and although the bigger bottles have a pump dispenser, this miniature bottle does not and I keep pouring out way too much. I guess you only need a few drops! For me, hair oil is one of those things that doesn't show results straight away but I use it once or twice a week to give my hair a boost of moisture and nourishments, which eventually transforms and maintains hair from damaged to shiny. At £12.85 for 25ml, it isn't cheap but if you want to rescue dry hair, I would recommend trying this little bottle.


Sunday, 25 August 2013

What I Wore: Paisley Smock Dress

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Paisley Smock Dress, uk fashion blogger
Paisley Smock Dress, uk fashion blogger
Paisley Smock Dress, uk fashion blogger

Dress* Choies (out of stock) / Bag* BritStitch (new site coming soon) / Watch ASOS / Sandals River Island / Sunglasses ASOS / Necklace* Nikki Lissoni

I have found a new spot to take outfit photos, where no one gawps and acts like they have never seen a camera before! It's a massive park where people go for walks and picnic, and it's so nice during a sunny day! On our day out at the park, I wore a smock dress. I have two smock dresses, this navy one which I wore to the beach (with a belt to give it more of a shape) and this baby blue one. I don't like wearing tight clothes that cling on to you during summer so for me, smock dresses are kind of perfect for the warmer months. It's more airy! I have to say though, it is not the most flattering style, hence why I put a belt on when I wore the navy blue dress. I can't accessories the baby blue dress with a belt, it really doesn't look at all, so I've left it as it is. They are comfortable but they do look like maternity wear, there's just no shape to it at all. 

The sleeves on this dress is three-quarter length bell sleeves but I cut the elastic out because they were really tight over my arms! I think I prefer the way the look now they have been removed (the elastic, not my arms...) It is a really short dress but I can just about pull this dress off what with being short person! (waaaah!) 

I've had some major issues with blogger/blogspot this week. I have been unable to edit any posts which means I can't write any posts and save them as a draft, because when I go back to it at a later date, the whole post will be blank! I am also not able to go back to any of my published posts and add links, labels, or edit my spelling mistakes. Has anyone been experiencing the same problems? I'm so anxious about it, I don't like it when I don't know how to fix something that is broken!


Thursday, 22 August 2013

Oscar's Summer Holidays

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It has been a long time since I updated Oscar's section of this blog and as he has been staying with me this Summer, I have a few new pics of him to put on here! I've been meaning to do this for ages! You can see more cute pics and a couple of videos of Oscar on Instagram (user name @tempsec). We'll see you over there! :-)

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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

August Wishlist | Beauty Products

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NARS Lip Lacquer in Baby Doll

This looks like a really pretty shade of pink. I had a similar MAC lip gloss in this shade but I want to try another brand instead of re-purchasing. If anyone has tried NARS lip lacquers, would you recommend this and are they worth the money?

Walls Mini Milk Lip Smacker

Out of everything on this wishlist, this lip balm is the item I want most so it's a good job that it's the cheapest out of the lot! I'm not expecting it to be super moisturising, but I love mini milks and I bet this smells amazing! There's loads of other ice lolly scents available including Feast and Twister!

Benefit Stay Flawless Primer

This Summer, I have been loving the Illamasqua Satin Finish primer which offers a slightly dewy and highlighting finish. I'd quite like to try a primer that is more matte and I have my eye on this Stay Flawless primer stick.

Topshop Nail Polish in Unicorn

I keep seeing this on their website and I don't think I can resist it any more! I like the name of it, and I could do with a few more glitter polishes but I wonder if this comes out pink as it looks!

Daniel Sandler Eyeshadow Quad

When it comes to eyeshadows, I only stick to a couple of shades. I wish I was one of those people who suited brighter colours and maybe I will experiment more in the future, but this quad has all the colours I need. It is very unlikely that I'll buy ALL of these items this month, after all, it's only the things I'm wishing for if money was no object, but if I had to narrow it down to the ones I'll get most use out of, it is this quad palette and the Mini Milk lip balm! If I have a spare £30.95 after the bills and rent are paid next month, then I will treat myself to both of these!


Sunday, 18 August 2013

What I Wore: Motel Vintage Floral Skirt

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Skirt* Motel Vintage / Blouse River Island / Hat Miss Selfridge / Sunglasses ASOS / Sandals River Island / Bag F&F Clothing (Tesco)

Gah! I got my ol' knobbly knees out for you lot! (Sorry!).

I thought I was falling out of love with floral print, but my new skirt arrived through the post last week and I couldn't wait to wear it! I don't think there's going to many more glorious days of sunshine left so I'm trying to get the most out of my summer wardrobe. In fact it has been really grey for the past week, it has been a miserable August! I'm sure you've all woken up to a beautiful sunny morning, put a dress and a pair of sandals on (pfft, leave the jacket at home! We're tough up north!) only to come home looking like a drowned rat because the weather took a turn for the worse just before rush hour!

So - anyway! About the outfit! The skirt is from Motel Vintage, the sister label of MotelRocks, and it sits quite low of the waist for me, therefore falls to knee-length, so have lifted it slightly and held it in place with a belt. Everything else you've seen a million times before so won't go in to it again, but I'm still loving my bag from F&F Clothing. Would love to know how would you wear this skirt? What else would you wear with it? I need some style ideas!


Friday, 16 August 2013

Glossybox UK | August

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Glossybox* - Try five beauty samples per month for £10.00 (£2.95 P&P)

Not one to judge a book by it's cover, I didn't want to dismiss this box just because it didn't look as impressive as the last four boxes. I've spent the week using these products so I can actually comment on what I think on it, rather than be like "this box is not as good, I don't like it" - that is never useful to anyone!

Emite Eyelash Curlers: Initially, I was pretty pleased to see this in the box. They come with three extra pads too which are handy! I have been wanting some new curlers for ages but it's one of those boring products that I don't like buying. I think that this is a product that most people will be happy with it, but personally, I found these curlers (which retail at £20) really difficult to use and it might be because my eyelashes are dark, short and fine, using black curlers make it difficult to see where I'm pinching! It's good to have an extra pair but for now, I'll stick to my usual silver one from Lancome. 

Jelly Pong Pong 2-in-1 Eyeshadow/Liner: I like getting make up samples, it's an opportunity for me to try different colours but I have tried three Jelly Pong Pong products now and all three have been a bit of a let down. I don't think they do what they promise. This eyeshadow pencil is a nice one to have in my make up collection, but it does crease easily and it isn't long lasting.

Viva La Juicy Noir: Everyone's a bit funny about getting perfume samples, it does seem like a cop out but I suppose we have to remind ourselves that Glossybox provides beauty samples for us to try, and a vial of perfume is exactly that, regardless to whether we can get it ourselves at Boots or not. 'm not crazy for them and I do wish they'd listen to feedback (instead of continue putting these types of samples in) but I don't mind as long as they are fruity or sweet fragrances. 

Oceane Make Up Remover: It can be a bit difficult to remove eyeliner from lower lash line, even after you've cleansed, so that is the only area in which I use this product. The brush isn't smooth so I have to be careful when using this around delicate area of my eyes but it does a great job of removing make up. I'm a bit wary of this one, hygiene-wise, but it comes with two additional replacement brush heads. Now that I've got it, I'll use it but I won't repurchase. It's the hygiene thing!

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser: This is something that I've heard a lot about. I'm a fan of cleansers and I have been trying a few different ones over the past six months. The packaging on this one contains words like "purity", "clear" and "natural" but it does contain parabens so not as pure and natural as they'd like us to believe. For something like a cleanser (ie. any skincare product that I know I'll use twice every single day) I'd prefer it not to contain parabens. The smell of this cleanser reminds me of the hospital or the dentist which is off putting but I can tolerate that, I've smelt worse! I wouldn't buy this in full size though, simply because it contains parabens. 

Overall, not a great box and that's not because I've looked at it and thought "Oh, how disappointing". I've actually given the products a chance but after using them for a week, I feel underwhelmed with all five samples. I don't usually blog about things that are a bit "meh", but I couldn't this one brush off. 

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Sunday, 11 August 2013

Outfit Of The Day Video

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Jacket Topshop / Top French Connection * / Jeans Miss Selfridge / Bag Mulberry / Shoes Freed of London / Sunglasses RayBan

We went back to my parents house this weekend to collect a few parcels that had been sent there, and decided to shoot some outfit photos. While we were there, I decided to try out my new app which I think some of you might like the sound of! I discovered VideofyMe at the weekend and have been keen to have a go! If you like Instagram and Vine, I recommend downloading the VideofyMe app and if you do decide to download it, come and find me a username TempSec! You can film up to 10 minutes with filters to add to your frames, and also edit and cut too.

The quality of my video (shown above) is less than perfect - and I'm super sorry about that! - but VideofyMe is a mobile phone app hence why I filmed it off my phone! The shakey, lo-res quality kinda kills me, but lets try get past that! You guys know I like the imagery and visuals on my blog to be nice and clear, but this was our first attempt and I'm sure we'll get better at it! The app itself is awesome and easy to use, it's another one to add to your phone's social media folder! You don't have to be a wizz at filming or editing, although if my video is anything to go by, you'll need to find a friend with a steady hand! (Ha, sorry Niki). You can pick songs from your iTunes library to go on your video, and being the sensible sally that I am, the first question I asked the support team was if this is actually allowed. They said they'd get back to me and I was going to wait until I've found out the answer but I was too to try out this app! ...So, as it turns out, I'm not that sensible after all!

For a long time now, I've wanted to do outfit/YouTube videos but my camera, which is a Nikon, is absolutely terrible for filming! It has got the ability to film but the sound is REALLY AWFUL, it picks up a lot of noise and the videos all sounded like a small squeaky animal swimming in the ocean! I haven't persevered because I haven't figured out how to edit, or what software to use. Perhaps I will start doing outfit videos, but as it won't have narration, I'll have to find a suitable royalty-free tune to go with it! Or maybe I should just stick to photographs instead!

What I Wore: Motel Vintage Floral Skirt

Not a sponsored post - I just wanted to film a short outfit video, and also tell you about it incase you wanted to have a go too! :-)

Monday, 5 August 2013

How To Wear A Black Pleated Maxi Skirt

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Skirt (old. Similar one below) River Island / Hat Miss Selfridge / Vest top, Blazer and Belt Primark / Necklace* Nikki Lissoni / Sandals ASOS / Bag Mulberry / Sunglasses RayBan / Nail Polish Mavala (Samarkand)

What to wear with a sheer black pleated maxi skirt?

A maxi skirt is the hardest thing to wear if you're under 5ft3 (which I am), and for a long time, I vowed to stay well away from them. Before the days of YouTube and Blogs, I actually used to watch tv (really!) and in my mid-teens, I grasped on to every word of Trinny and Susannah! I learned that petite ladies should always wear skirts and dresses that fall above the knee, anything under the knee will make you look short. 

They are right, I am wearing a black maxi skirt. It is also pleated maxi, which is also half see-through! All of Trinny and Susannah's rules have well and truly gone out of the window! Us short ladies shouldn't miss out on wearing a floaty maxi! The key to wearing maxi skirts is to keep it simple. My advice would be to wear the skirt slightly high-waisted, I'm wearing mine just about the belly button and have secured it with a skinny belt. Not only does this lifts the skirt a few cm's off the floor, but this also elongates your figure, giving the illusion that you're tall.

For the top, I'd stick to something really simple - so nothing frilly, nothing chiffon, nothing bagging, no embellishments, nothing. I've made the mistake before by wearing all of those things in one top and it just makes me feel self-conscious and uncomfortable. Like what was I thinking when I wore that top with that red maxi skirt?

I've gone for a very plain white top here, which was £3.00 from Primark. I've also been getting a lot of wear out of my monochrome Primark blazer too, the same one I wore in my last outfit post. It's so versatile and goes with everything. It just makes a casual outfit look a bit smarter! To finish the outfit off, I've added a floppy hat, this one is from Miss Selfridge - the fabric is quite rigid so I had to keep bending it to shape give it a better shape otherwise it just looked like a beekeeper's hat!

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Saturday, 3 August 2013

Birchbox UK August 2013 | The InStyle Edit

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Birchbox UK* - August 2013 Edition
The InStyle Edit

After blogging about my first Birchbox experience, I got mixed feedback about what you guys thought of them. I kept an open mind about them whilst still nodding in agreement with the comments, I could definitely see why some subscribers were miffed about seeing repeat products that were in previous boxes. This has happened to me before too and it is particularly frustrating you keep receiving a product you don't like, I always seem to get Nuxe Dry Oil from Glossybox and have three miniature bottles which I don't use.

It has become apparent from my stats that people do search for Birchbox and Glossybox reviews every month to see what is inside. For a number of reasons, I google for spoilers too. Firstly, I google before I receive my box to see what I might get. Then I do another search to compare boxes and to find out what other people got. If each box was as good as the next, we'd be happy to wait until it the postman hands you the parcel to see inside but I don't think we want it to be a surprise anymore because they can be so hit and miss.

This month, Birchbox UK has collaborated with InStyle magazine's beauty team and the theme is "Summer Nights". I like the purple colour theme, it is my favourite colour - and it matches the nail polish I've got on at the moment. Again, like last month, it contains samples from niche, high end brands. There are seven items in August edition and these were: Bluemandarines face cream, Philip Kingsley Elasticizer, Gerda Spillmann primer, LAQA & Co lip pencil, Molton Brown body wash, Inner Me vitamin supplements and a gel-filled eye mask. I'm intrigued by the vitamins, it's a rather unusual sample to receive and I'm wary of ingesting something I'm not familiar with but I'm sure it's not bad at all, I just want to read up on it first!

I'm happy I got the Molton Brown body wash, I have it in my bathroom now so I can temporarily pretend I'm in a posh hotel! Another one I'm pleased with is Philip Elasticizer, which I have used before. It is a pre-shampoo conditioner treatment which you leave in for twenty minutes. It was only a few days ago when I wished I had a bit of this to use on my hair after a back-combing disaster! I over did it and I forgot to brush it out before washing my hair. Elasticizer is pretty much a hair saviour, it strengthens, nourishes and leaves hair feeling smooth and soft.

At first, I was excited to see the lip pencil (it is more of a crayon). The packaging is cute and the colour seemed like a pretty rose pink - which it is when I swatched it on my hand. I applied it on my lips and was completely disappointed that the shade is completely wrong for me, which is a shame. It is too pale for my skin tone and makes my lips look white.

If you've blogged about Birchbox too, I'd love to read your reviews and see what you got. Feel free to tweet me your link or leave the link in the comment box!

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