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23.12.15

Irresistible Me Hair Extensions


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I have been a hair extensions snob. And I only really wear one or two brands, not much else is acceptable for me. So what has happened here? I have been converted to another brand, one that doesn't break the bank and what for this - doesn't look like I am wearing any hair extensions (I hope), hello Irresistible Me Hair Extensions.
I opted for 200g of these human hair extensions at 16 inches ($74/£49 ish) as I hate my hair to look to Barbie-esque, and they were from their Silky Touch range (they do lots of others, and this is the cheapest). For us hair extensions geeks, yes this is of course remy hair, and with the option of 200g this is the thickest amount of hair I can find from a hair extension brand. 

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When this little black box arrived, fully equipped with a colour test ready see-through plastic pouch, I  couldn't quite believe how much hair I had in my hands. So much so that I really struggled to photograph these without dropping on the floor. And then another complete shock, the colour matched perfectly. Only having two or three blonde options I had already placed these extensions in my 'well I'll wear them in a  ponytail' kind of extensions. But after a quick chat with the lovely lot at Irresistible Me HQ they helped matched me, and sorted out my weight issues - hair that is. Could you imagine? I am not entirely sure wear the Irresistible Me HQ is actually, but they are certainly not in the UK - yet they still arrived within four days. UK brands, take note please, when I order hair I need ASAP.

All that hair is divided up in to ten wefts of different sizes, so I can place them strategically around my head, depending how my hair has decided to fall that day. Each one has between one and four clips, depending on the width, and one super thick weft which looks like a wig on a strip. Yet this mass of hair blends in amazingly well with these easy to use clips, and it ridiculously light. In fact, the entire full head of hair is so lightweight, I did have a mid day panic that I had lost some along way as I couldn't believe I had a full set in. I hadn't by the way. 



The best thing about these, and why they have become my number one is that they are the perfect no hair extensions kind of extensions. They are thinner at the ends, but not as the quality is a bit rubbish, but so they mimic your own hair. Nothing is wrong with these at all; they style well, hold a curl, don't knot up, or as some have done, don't fall out my head. If youy can't tell already I am just head over heels for these extensions, and for a stupidly low price of about £49? (Excuse my conversion skills, blame Google) I am already eyeing up my next set in a slightly longer length....and then maybe some shorter ones for my lazy days...are hair wardrobes a thing? Well they should be, and full of Irresistible Me in my opinion. 

Have you tried Irresistible Me Hair Extensions?









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18.12.15

The Worlds First Beauty Chocolate



The Worlds First Beauty Chocolate Estherchoc

I don't think I have ever said 'yes' so quickly to anything in my life. But the words 'beauty' and 'chocolate' in the same sentence? Yeah I was pretty brisk in my decision. Luckily this isn't one of bad haste as I have right here in my hands The Worlds First Beauty Chocolate - Estherchoc. Yes there is now such a thing, and gone are the days when chocolate was bad for you and your skin. Problem there sorted. 

The Worlds First Beauty Chocolate Estherchoc

The Worlds First Beauty Chocolate Estherchoc

As after 10 years of extensive research, Cambridge Chocolate Technologies have launched this dark chocolate in bar form (and cute box), rich with some antioxidants which are 'scientifically proven to improve microcirculation and raise oxygen levels in the skin'. Not entirely sure what that means, but Estherchoc go on the say that when consumed daily (amen) this portion set bar can slow down the process of 'free radical formation inside the skin and, therefore, curb the ageing process'. There is more informative reading on their website, but cutting to the good bits; each bar has 38 calories, doesn't taste bitter at all and therefore guilt free so in my mind is worth the £35 for a relaxed mind.

Also available in a limited edition festive box, exclusively from Harrods and www.esthechoc.com, this is certainly a indulgent approach towards skincare, not to mention a good Christmas present for those people who have everything, and one idea I can see taking off. 

The Worlds First Beauty Chocolate Estherchoc
I haven't been eating this enough (and I have never said that about chocolate before) to see any results as yet as I would imagine I would need to get through the entire box (shame) and about 3 weeks worth of munching, but for the dedication to this blog I will fully oblige....


Would you try The Worlds First Beauty Chocolate?


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15.12.15

A lunchtime facial that is quicker than the food hall queue?


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Well this does have a proper name, known as the Easy Phytic in the beauty. And boy did I underestimate this. I was lucky enough to go for a facial treat at my local No6 Clinic and I could honestly kiss the girl (hiya Beth) who did this mix of AHAs and antioxidants facial as my skin actually glowed after.

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Any skincare that could be done in a lunchtime wasn't particularly on my radar, nor did I think it would really work, but seeing as this peel self neutralises over 12hours I can perhaps see why this worked. After I had the foamy peel applied, I just simply left it on my skin, and got Beth to apply some Jane Iredale powder makeup so I looked a little more human, and it worked its magic till I cleansed off my makeup in the evening. But the next day was when the results truly kicked in, my naked skin looked like I had applied a subtle highlight all over, and I would never of thought something that took about 10 minutes would make such a difference. Well worth a visit if you're near No6 clinic (or any of their facials really, my skin loves them all), especially as I got glowing skin quicker than the queue for the M&S food hall....move over blueberries, I have my antioxidants in espresso form. 

Have you had a lunchtime facial before?



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13.12.15

Chanel Le Crayon Levres...The Precision Lip Definer


The Chanel Le Crayon Levres, the Precision Lip Definer in 34


Chanel Le Crayon Levres, the Precision Lip Definer in 34

You know when you ignore an entire makeup item, suddenly have a moment of madness and try it, then utterly fall in love? Well that happened to me. For whatever reason lip liner just wasn't on my makeup radar at all, maybe I just thought it was a old school type of item that my only a lady in her 60's wears, and often too heavy, too dark and just too scary for my unadventurous side.

I did dabble with a Barry M liner for a bit, and I have no idea what happened next, but the next thing I knew I was sitting at the Chanel counter with new lips. And a hole in my purse. Thanks to the very talented makeup artist, I picked up the Chanel Le Crayon Levres, the Precision Lip Definer in 34 (£17.50)

Coming with a lip brush and sharpener, number 34 is beige, pinky-nude, and apparently their best seller (or a clever selling tactic to make me buy it). This is one of those liners for a subtle fuller lip look as its practically the colour of most lips, mine at least. It applies without dragging and feels considerably softer than the Barry M one I've been used to. 

Even if you aren’t very talented with lip pencils (I’m not), this applies so evenly, and I would imagine it would be hard to go wrong with this. Admittedly you can't see the colour well in the photo, but then if you could see the lines I would be doing wrong, and Mrs Pamela Anderson would have to hang up her dodgy lip liner crown.... 



Have you ever tried the Chanel Lip Liners?





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8.12.15

Makeup Revolution Ultra Cream Contour Palette


Makeup Revolution Ultra Cream Contour Palette


Makeup Revolution Ultra Cream Contour Palette

Cream makeup scares me. There is something in my head that can't quite figure how it doesn't slip off my face, and if it does stay there how do I not look greasy. See my problem? That would be till now the reason why creams don't cut it for me. The Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette is one palette I just don't leave alone, so when the cream version landed on my doorstep I just had to try it.

Makeup Revolution Ultra Cream Contour Palette

Makeup Revolution Ultra Cream Contour Palette

The Makeup Revolution Ultra Cream Contour Palette (£8) is another large black palette with 8 different contour/highlight shades. I would imagine these would be good for all different skin tones, and yes, they do work perfectly for my pale face. The four at the bottom are really creamy and blendable for contouring I've found, and the top row are where the highlighting fun starts. Again, the texture is the same and they are also nice and workable so if I do (and I do) make a application mistake I have time to fix it. The yellow one has also been a nice treat for under my eyes, and anyone who is faced with me in the morning.

The whole cream contour does take a bit of figuring out and practice, but if I can manage it you'll be able to. And yes, I have been proved wrong...not only is face not greasy at all, my contouring efforts do stay put. Oh how I hate being wrong....


Have you tried the Makeup Revolution Ultra Cream Contour Palette?




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3.12.15

Fake Tan Mitt Famous with Cocoa Brown


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I am fake tan mitt famous. And yes, that is so a 'thing'. I've not used a a fake tan in while, as well its just been too cold for the drying time, but I decided to make an exception for the new tanning gels from Cocoa Brown I was craving my dark hues back. 

This arrived in the post with the Double-Sided Pink Velvet Tanning Mitt, which has my name on (did I mention that?), and works perfectly with the new matte and shimmer wash off gels that have been gracing my dressing table recently.

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Both are the exact same to apply, the same in texture, smell etc, with the only difference being that one is shimmer and one is matte (duh). Surprisingly the shimmer gel isn't too glittery and has more of a dewy glow finish. Well I might of been covered in glitter but no one told me and I couldn't tell, and this is the one that will be making a strong appearance over the Christmas party season, this is the one in the top picture by the way. The matte gel is one for the day time, and blends out so well and didn't even make a run for it when I got caught out the rain. 

Like the originals they come with the signature Cocoa Brown Tahitian Gardenia fragrance  So with the lack of the typical digestive biscuit scent and easy application these two have become my tan of choice recently. But did I mention...I have my name on a fake tan mitt?!

Have you tried Cocoa Brown tan before?



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1.12.15

Hello Silentnight ‘Meaning of Dreams’ campaign


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I don't preach often (I don't think?), but when it comes to sleep and beauty? I will. Perhaps just my face, but I really do need a good nights sleep to look presentable the next day. So when Silentnight (yes the bed people) involved me in their new campaign out this winter, the ‘Meaning of Dreams’. Looking to encourage people to have a more mindful approach to sleep through making a conscious effort to record and self-interpret their dreams. Easier said than done of course, I often can barely remember my dreams past 7.30am, but I have pulled out my Disney land pen the past few weeks to make sure I do. And that makes all the difference evidently.

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Through the Meaning of Dreams campaign, Silentnight send me a box of goodies to try, which contained; Clipper Sleep Easy Organic Tea, this works Deep Calm Pillow Spray and Breathe In, plus The Complete A-Z Dictionary of Dreams by Ian Wallace and a Dream Journal. And potentially the cutest thing to arrive through my door in a long time, their signature Silentnight hippo in PJS with fluffy duck attached.

The Deep Calm Pillow Spray soon become a ritual for my bedtime, and whether it helps me sleep or not I don't really mind as it smells so so good, and that is helping me relax and get my beauty sleep...

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So my dreams? Well, I don't seem to dream half as much as I thought, but I do have one recurring dream that made its way into the journal a few times. To cut a long story short, I am dreaming of my Grandfather at Christmas and we are doing all the festivities. The book offers a deeper meaning about furthering my character, but I do just think its a case of me missing him at Christmas time, or perhaps I am already dreaming of the chocolate selection tins.

Either way, this is undeniably one interesting campaign, and being such a preacher for beauty sleep it was interesting to see how my dreams could effect this. Well, they defiantly would if I am already dreaming of Christmas food half way through the year...


What are your most dreamt dreams?




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