Posted on: Monday, 24 February 2014

D.I.Y Wedding Decorations - Jam Jars





Making pretty and effective wedding decorations don’t need to cost the world (but might take a little bit of elbow grease)
I spent my Saturday afternoon surrounded by sticky tape, scissors and twine being the wonderful sister I am. We had a selection of jam jars, coffee jars and any other food jars we could get our hands on (my Nan has eaten copious amounts of jam)
We didn’t want the jars to be all uniformed, we were happy with them looking a bit miss-matched as long as they fitted into the overall theme of the wedding. We covered them in a mixture of cream crochet lace, brown twine and ribbon in a selection of pinks and blues. We plan to have them scattered around the reception venue with a mixture of tea lights and single flowers in.
The decorations people pick for their weddings will never suit everyone but for a vintage DIY wedding I think the jam jars are a cheap and effective way to decorate a venue. Only another 100 to go!

Posted on: Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Organix Hydrating Macadamia Oil

organix macadamia oil dry styling oil 100ml; £6.99
For the past few years in the bid to get my mid length hair to grow (without snapping off in my hands) I have been using oils religiously every time I wash my hair. At first I didn’t know what all the fuss was about. I would slap it on my wet hair and after blow drying it I would be left with a big greasy mess (obviously I was a little heavy handed with the amount) After realising that a very little would go a long way and avoiding it going anywhere near my roots I became hooked.
I firstly started by using the Organix ‘Moroccan Oil’ serum (complete rip off of the famous Moroccan Oil brand) that worked well, but sometimes was a little heavy on my fine hair. I then discovered the Macadamia oil version, I was intrigued because Macadamia products seemed to be the new ‘thing’ and fell in love.
This product has a slightly thinner consistency than others I have tried, it spreads through my hair with ease and without leaving chunky greasy sections once dried. It makes my hair extremely soft and has made an enormous difference in the quality of it, which my hairdresser had praised me on. I now have hair well below my shoulders (hallelujah) which I am 100% sure is largely due to this product.
I would, and do recommend this product to anyone that suffers with dry/brittle hair. In my opinion is stands up to any other hair oil on the market and will definitely be cheaper. This product is unquestionably an essential and I will be using in until the end of time (unless they discontinue it, god forbid!)

Posted on: Monday, 17 February 2014

Wedding Decoration Haul - Ikea & Ebay

There is nothing I love more than Ikea on a rammed weekend (please note the sarcasm) but alas I had no choice. The main goal of the trip was to gather all the necessities to make good looking table decoration for my sister’s wedding and to grab any additional bits and pieces to be scattered around the venue.
Some people would think it is a travesty to buy ‘cheap’ decorations from Ikea for their wedding but I’m afraid in my mind that means they have more money that sense. I admit if you are going for a lavish, cut crystal affair then you probably won’t find what you’re looking for in Ikea but it is perfect for the do-it-yourself bride! Using some of Ikea's new ranges and a few of the good old classic designs you area able to create effective centre pieces without breaking the bank.
The final design will include:
·       One large white flower pot with lace top (filled with peonies and hydrangeas) £6
·       One small steal flower pot (filled with white jip) 95p
·       One oval shaped white picture frame (displaying the table number) £5
·       One medium pale pink candle 95p
·       One small white candle 75p
All placed on a large round tree slice (cut by sister’s fiancĂ©’s fair hand) 

After escaping Ikea with our lives and centre piece decorations in hand we still weren’t content and decided to do a stint on ebay to try and find some extra decorations. Again people would squeal in horror to know ebay was one of the chosen destinations to get wedding decorations from but I can possibly see how you could not take a look!
Ebay items:
·       White fairy lights 50mtrs (to be wrapped around the staircase) £35
·       Pale pink pom poms, 15 pieces varying in size £17.50
·       "Love is Sweet" personalised tags 120 £35
·       Brown twine 40mtrs (to wrap around centre piece candles) £3.99

Lesson of the day: a little imagination and a lot of Pinterest browsing can go a very long way. Not everything needs to cost a fortune to make an impact on your big day. The most effective designs are well thought out and personal to you, you don’t need to please everyone just yourselves!

Posted on: Saturday, 15 February 2014

Le Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] Review

Le Roche-Posay Effaclar duo[+] £15:50

Le Roche-Posay launched the ‘big sister’ product of their cult beauty favourite Effeclar Duo last month. I hadn’t seen much hype surrounding the release of Effaclar Duo+ and only realised when I was taking a wonder around Boots. I was already a lover of the original formula which had become a staple in my everyday skincare routine so got a bit over-excited to see a new and improved version.
The upgraded product boasts an innovation in skincare and offers a ‘clearer skin or your money back’ guarantee. The formula now contains Procerad, an anti-marks ingredient to help correct and smooth the surface of the skin. Although I don’t personally suffer with scarring or marks on my face, I was intrigued to see if the new formula did soften the overall look of my skin and create a smoother base for foundation.
Effaclar Duo+ is perfect for those suffering with ‘teenage’ style skin. It un-clogs pores, corrects imperfections and reduces any excess sebum your skin produces to stop it looking oily throughout the day.
I have been using the Duo+ version for 2/3 weeks now and have definitely seen a massive improvement in my skin. I had been suffering from breakouts on my forehead and had enlarged pores around my nose due to experimenting with new skincare products (note to self: DON’T stop using Effaclar Duo) Thankfully the new formula definitely made a difference fast, I could see a reduction in the spots on my forehead within a week! The old formula was a liquid consistency that sunk in quickly but needed a moisturiser to be used in addition to it, however its new cream-gel feel means that it gives enough hydration to the skin to be worn alone.
I can be wary when a brand re-formulates a much loved product but Le Roche-Posay definitely don’t disappoint with their new addition to the Effaclar range.

Posted on: Monday, 10 February 2014

Current Beauty Favourites

Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick ; £7.49
Bourjois Happy light matte primer ; £10.99

Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick – 002 Pink Pout
I found this when I was looking for the illusive ‘your lips but better’ colour that all beauty fanatics seem to be on the hunt for. I wanted an everyday lipstick that would brighten up my face during autumn/winter that wasn’t too glossy and would stay on for a good few hours at a time and that’s exactly what I got in this lipstick. Pick pout is what I would call a ‘blush’ pink colour with a slightly blue undertone running through it which helps make your teeth look that little bit whiter (bonus!) Although it is a matte lipstick it is not drying on the lips, it has good staying power and when it does come off it wears away nicely without leaving you a horrible pink rim around your mouth, or 'granny mouth' as I like to call it.

Bourjois Happy Light Matte Serum Primer

I have tried a few different primers in the past but have never really seen the benefits before this one. I had read a couple of reviews about the product but out of the two Happy Light Primers everyone seemed to be buying the ‘Luminous’ finish one, which would be a nightmare on my oily face. The ‘Matte’ primer is a lightweight gel consistency, which spreads nicely and absorbs into skin quickly. I personally feel that it reduces the look of the pores around my nose and smooths out the overall look of my skin, whilst making my foundation last that little bit longer.
Bourjois little round pot intense eyeshadow ; £6.99
Maybelline Color tattoo 24hr cream eyeshadow ; £4.99

Bourjois Little Round Pot Intense – 01 Extrait De Fard
I wanted a fine glitter eyeshadow that could be used on top of almost any other colour and this one does the job perfectly. It has very small glitter/shimmer particles running through a very pale (almost translucent) gold eyeshadow. It looks subtle applied straight onto bare lids and looks amazing paired with the Eternal Gold Color Tattoo as a base. I like it best patted over a gold eyeshadow and in the inner corners of my eyes instead of white to brighten them up on an evening out.
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hour Gel-Cream Eyeshadow

I jumped on the bandwagon and purchased a few of these in the summer but have re-discovered my love for them recently. I get oily eyelids and was excited to hear about a gel-cream eyeshadow that boasts to last for up to 24 hours. My favourite colours are Pink Gold; Eternal Gold and On And On Bronze, which work perfectly on their own and are even better with a powder eyeshadow layered on top for more impact.

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