Tuesday, 11 August 2015

FOXY LOCKS HAIR EXTENSIONS

Hello everyone, hope you're having a lovely week! Today I wanted to talk hair. More specifically, not my hair, but hair extensions. 

I love having long hair so much - I don't think I would ever cut it shorter than my shoulders - so any help I can get to extend my length I will definitely take. I've used Foxy Locks before back when I was a bottle blonde, so I know what I'm getting and trust that they're going to be great quality.

I reverted back to my natural hair colour over a year ago now and because I bleached the heck out of it I now have a lovely inadvertent ombré effect going on. So, I needed a set of extensions that would accommodate my new barnet. Foxy Locks are really helpful at determining the right shade for you. I sent them a recent photo and they were able to tell me that my new shade was Honey Spice Ombré. I also haven't curled my hair in over a year as the only time I do it is when I wear hair extensions so the above photographs probably show how out of practise I am (curling iron burn on the neck and all).

I'm always really impressed with the quality of Foxy Locks extensions. They use 100% Remy human hair and it's so, so shiny and healthy-looking. I bought the 165g deluxe 20" set, which I actually had to preorder two months prior due to their popularity, and it includes the following 10 wefts for a full head of hair:

- One x 8" wide with 4 clips
- One x 7" wide with 4 clips
- Two 6" wide with 3 clips
- Two 4" wide with 2 clips
- Four 1" wide with 1 clip

Honey Spice Ombré is a blend of light Chestnut Brown fading into Honey Blonde. If you're not exactly these shades in regular hair extensions there is a bit of leeway either side of the shades. My natural hair colour is more ashy and less red than the Chestnut Brown but it still blends nicely. It's a suitable blend of natural colour to achieve that coveted ombré and Balayage locks that everyone seems to be seeking recently - including myself! The deluxe set provides thickness, length and added volume that we all crave in order to get those gorgeous Victoria's Secret Angel loose waves. 

So how do I style my hair? Well, after washing and blow-drying I use the Enrapture Totem Styler on the setting 1, 2, 3 to achieve a loose wave at the top and a tighter curl at the bottom. I section off my hair and curl my entire head (that sounded weird) and then I clip in my extensions. The really great thing about having so many wefts is that you can choose how much volume and thickness you want. For example, for me, the largest 4-clip weft is actually quite big for my head so I tend to leave it out, and I also only use two of the 1" clips on either side of my head, just above my ears. Once everything is in place, I curl the extensions. You can always apply hairspray to keep the hold for longer but I've always found that the extensions hold their style very well. And once you've curled them once it makes it so much quicker and easier to clip them in the next time (obviously until you wash them).

Now for the price tag. This deluxe set of hair extensions set me back £88, which I am more than willing to pay. The hair is fabulous quality that lasts; and they can be styled, washed and even dyed if you so wish. With proper care, these extensions will last you for years and add glamour to any look - just make sure they blend in properly!

What do you think of hair extensions? Have you tried Foxy Locks before?

To see the full range, visit the Foxy Locks website
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Sunday, 9 August 2015

WHITER TEETH WITH COCOWHITE

Most of us want pearly whites. It can be really difficult in our every day lives to maintain that gorgeous white smile. I know for me, my teeth have always naturally been a bit on the yellow side. I mean, they're not awful by any means but I would love for them to be much whiter. 

I've been relatively lucky with my teeth throughout my life. I was one of those rare children that LOVED to brush their teeth and I think it was all thanks to that delicious Milk Teeth toothpaste I used until I was (embarrassingly) a preteen. I've never had any real problems, no braces or straightening, a few cavities in the past... And yet, I still hate to smile in photographs. I actually kind of regret not being able to have braces but there is no way I would ever get them now that I'm in my 20s!

Oil-pulling was not something I had really considered doing myself until I did a little bit of research into the benefits of coconut oil. Seriously, this stuff is a wonder product - is there anything coconut oil can't do? Used as a remedy for bad breath in Indian folklore for thousands of years, oil-pulling involves swishing a tablespoon of oil around the mouth for 15-20 minutes. In this time, any bad bacteria in the mouth gets trapped and dissolves in the oil. It has also been proven to reduce gum inflammation and gradually whiten your teeth in a natural way.

You can do this technique with regular unrefined coconut oil which is widely available in supermarkets, health food shops and places like Boots and Superdrug too. It usually comes in solid form so you would need to warm it up slightly in order to scrape out a tablespoon. That's why I really like Cocowhite.
Cocowhite are a UK-based company who specialise in flavoured coconut oil for the sole purpose of oral health. They offer several options for various treatment courses with different flavours of coconut oil, specifically intended for oil-pulling. I chose the 14-day assorted flavours package - which is recommended for your first go - and this included 6 sachets of minty fresh, 4 sachets of light lemon, and 4 sachets of vanilla swirl. Each flavour is actually quite pleasant but my favourite has to be vanilla swirl, which tastes like ice-cream! I've really enjoyed using them, knowing that the exact dosage is ready to go and all I have to do is swish it around my mouth for 15 minutes. I do this before I go to bed as they recommend that you rinse and clean your teeth after every session.

Ready for an ugly teeth shot?

Okay so it's really difficult to take the same photo 14 days apart and the lighting is slightly different but I have to say that I am quite impressed with the results. Even by day 5 I could see a pretty noticeable difference in the both the look and feel of my teeth. I'm an unexpected fan of oil-pulling, and I definitely will be repurchasing these Cocowhite sachets in the future as it has been a good, natural way to improve my oral health and the overall whiteness of my teeth.
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Sunday, 2 August 2015

PURE HOLLYWOOD

You know when you see a beauty product and it's so pretty that you'll do just about anything to get your hands on it? Well, I'm such an impatient person and as soon as I set my eyes on the Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipsticks I knew that I had to own one - and quick. So yes, I did that thing of searching just about everywhere for a UK seller and in the end I bought this baby off Amazon for more money than it was worth...But it didn't bother me in the slightest! It arrived on my doorstep the very next day (thanks Prime) after a completely horrendous day at work and I couldn't wait to try it out.

Not only is the packaging absolutely beautiful - check out the gorgeous sleek tube showcasing the lipstick's true colour - but the product itself has lived up to all my high expectations. The shade I purchased was Pure Hollywood, which is the perfect nude beige pink for both day and night wear. I love how the product goes on like a luxurious lipgloss and dries completely matte. I'm usually not one for matte lipsticks as they can really dry out my lips but this one is such an exception. The matte formula also makes it transfer-resistant so kiss away! 
Using the lipstick's doe-foot applicator makes it so easy to follow your natural lip line, although you can perfect your look with your favourite nude lip liner as well. As you can see, I applied the product by itself in one fell swoop with just a little bit of lip balm underneath to prep and hydrate the lips. I think that's just a natural step you take if you know you're applying a matte formula. Of course the issue of dryness would crop up, but I really appreciate that this liquid lipstick does not feel heavy or sticky in any way. The only con it has is that it does settle in the fine lines of your lips and tends to crack after a couple of hours wear because of that.

Aside from Pure Hollywood, there are a whole host of other pretty shades available on the Anastasia Beverly Hills website - 18 others to be exact! I like the look of Heathers (deep brick red), American Doll (true red), Vamp (deep brown red), Sepia (chic modern taupe) and Party Pink (vivid blue pink) the most. They retail at $20 and I'm seriously hoping they will be available in the UK for a similar price soon so I don't have to fork out more than I need to.
What do you think of Pure Hollywood?
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