Friday, 27 July 2012

review: TRESemme diffuser dryer 2200

I've had this hair dryer since March, but I've never gotten round to trying the "soft finger diffuser". It's detachable, which is why I haven't tried it yet, as I've just been using it plain for drying my hair. The soft finger diffuser is supposed to enhance curls, but I hadn't tried it until now because I didn't want it too make my hair unbearable, then have to go to college or something like it!

This is what the diffuser looks like. It's a lot wider than the plain hair dryer, so it spreads the heat/air out more. The greyish looking things are soft, which I'm guessing is where the name comes from! 

The picture on the left shows my hair naturally, the picture on the right shows it after using this hair dryer. The picture doesn't do it justice. Normally my hair has one or two waves, then the rest is flicks! After using the hair dryer it was wavy all over, with some curls (which is what I expected, waves rather than curls). It also added a lot of volume, without making it frizzy and without making me look like Hermione in the first Harry Potter film! :P)

Again, the picture doesn't do it justice! It reminds me a lot of a beach style, wavy but not perfect! Overall I'm really happy with it, it worked better than expected. I love the volume it gives, and the waves of course. It's perfect if your not looking for a perfect style, or if you want to put your hair up, like in a bun!

Thursday, 26 July 2012

currently on my nails #1

I have black multi glitter as a base, then I added a layer of "210" (no name anywhere :S) on my thumbs! I love the glitter nail varnish, it coated really well, I barley had to do 2 layers! 

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

review: strawberry curlers dupes

I love having curly hair, but because my hair is thick and long it can usually take over an hour to curl my whole hair. About a month about I found out about Strawberry Curls, which are rollers that are completely made out of foam so they are comfy enough to sleep in. I have tried rollers before, but nothing like this. The rollers I tried before didn't work on my hair, so I didn't want to risk spending £12.99 + p&p (for a pack of 12), just for something that might not even work. I found these on ebay which are only £1.18 for a pack of 6, so of course I had to try them! I got 2 packs, because there was no way 6 would be enough for my hair.

This is what they look like!

I put them in after having a shower, and towel drying my hair a little so my hair was damp, rather than wet. I then slept in them and took them out in the morning.

As you can see I've very impressed! They have created perfect curls! However, 12 is not enough so I have ordered another 6, because my hair is so thick and long! Not all of the curls turned out perfectly, but I think that is just because I put too much hair into the curler, because I didn't have enough! They are perfect to sleep in, it just felt like a bumpy pillow under my head, however one did fall out in the night (it still curled it), but that might have been because it was so warm last night, and I had a rubbish sleep! I'm also a very rough sleeper, I move about like crazy, so I'm quite surprised only one fell out!

Overall I give them a 10/10 because they are perfect for me! 

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

recent purchases + storage

Motel Rocks - £5 (in the sale) - the picture doesn't do it justice! It's made from chiffon (I think), so it's sheer.

Body Care - 99p! 
All i needed was some plain short false nails, so I could add me own design, and 99p for 40 plus glue plus a nail file is perfect!

BNM's - £1.99 
I already had the bottom box, and I decided to get another because they are great for storing odd bits in (plus they look awesome!). Plus they are collapsible, so if I didn't need them they can be stored away easily without taking up to much room!

I keep bath bits in the bottom box, such as bath bombs and bath salts.

And i'm going to use the top one to store my samples/freebies in (not many things in it yet!)

Monday, 23 July 2012

aztec and pink

top - new look, jeans - ASOS, bag - ebay, 
belt - not sure (probably came with a piece of clothing), 
shoes - top shop, heart necklace - accessorize, 
danielle necklace - present, both bracelets - ebay

This is what I wore today. I was only going to town to put some money in the bank (but of course I couldn't resist a purchase or two!) but the sun was finally out so no need to wear a jacket! woohoo! I think I need to find a new place to take outfit pictures, as my room is chaos! But I tried editing the first photo so the focus was still on my outfit not the mess of a room behind me! (Yey for photofiltre!) You can't see my shoes very well, but they are the topshop ones feautured in this post here, as well as the top! And please ignore my chipping nail varnish :P

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

RedRock blogger challenge

After doing the ASOS blogger challenge, I have become a little obsessed with these little challenges. I love putting outfits together and I often spend ages just looking through a website making a wishlist:P
RedRock have put together a challenge for bloggers, with the chance to win a RedRock goodie bag, and the winning post will feature on their blog. For more info on the challenge, click here
This is my entry:

shorts - RedRock (ASOS marketplace): £36, t-shirt - Orange Circle: £14.45, 
shoes - Topshop: £28, bag - River Island: £28, ear cuff - ASOS: £8

The inspiration for my outfit was going to a gig, or festival - or similar events. For the RedRock item I picked the high waisted studded shorts, because they have a little of everything I'm loving at the moment. I love bright bold colours, and this colour is beautiful (I even have jeans in a similar colour), and I love everything high waisted - plus they are studded which is like heaven in shorts for me! The shoes aren't the best for muddy festivals - but maybe it could be a festival abroad, in nicer weather :P
The top is mens, because then it would have a nice baggy effect when tucked into the shorts - plus I'd either roll the sleeves or cut them off to make it a bit girly. I picked the deathly hallows t-shirt because I wanted a nice and simple top, but something fun - and I'm a huge fan of Harry Potter! The bag adds more colour to the outfit, plus it's perfect for a festival with all it's compartments and the fact that it's a rucksack. Then the ear cuff is because, well it's beautiful! I goes well with the festival/hipster feel of the shorts! :)

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Fashion doesn't have to be expensive

There's a certain stigma that comes with "fashion" or "style". People seem to think you need to spent thousands of pounds, just on one piece of clothing. I think you can look just as good in high street, or even previously loved clothes! There's a lot of things you can do to save money, from where you shop, to how and when you shop.

The main one would be ebay! A lot of people see ebay as a big scam, but really it's just people like you and me trying to earn a little extra by selling their old stuff. Think about how many clothes are in your wardrobe that you haven't worn for years, those things you wore once for that special occasion, and now you have nothing to wear with them, or those things you bought years ago, still with the tags on. That's what ebay is about. You can get amazing deals, because it's like every store/brand possible, all on one place. Sometimes the pieces do go for quite a bit, but others are a steal at only 99p! It's a great way to buy the brands you love, at a much cheaper cost. If you're ever doubting a seller, read their feedback, or even ask them about the product. It's better to ask 50 questions, then love the item you receive than to ask nothing and get something you didn't expect.

Another way to save money with your favourite brands is to sign up to their newsletter. It's typically the first way a brand send out new products, but mostly new offers. I've signed up to all the stores I shop at, including the ones I've never shopped at, but have browsed their site. I often get emails with codes for discounts, and they always seem to send free delivery codes! I've also noticed that when sites have sales, they usually start it online a day before it goes into the shops. They will email you about this in their newsletters, which means you get first pick of the sales! I'd also suggest liking them on facebook, or following their twitter, as they notify you about offers/sales/promotions on the social network sites too! They sometimes even do competitions, to win products from that brand/store. I've noticed In love with fashion do a lot of competitions on their facebook, as well as internationale on their facebook

If you want to save more money, change where you shop. There's plenty of cheap fashion websites that sell the styles of topshop and new look, but with the prices of primark. There's the ones on the highstreet, like Select Fashion, Boohoo, Fashion Union and Forever 21. All are very well known, and some of my favourites because they have trendy products, at great prices. Then there's the less known sites, that are very very cheap, and still have great products. Sites like Funky Divaa, Next2Nowt and Everything 5 Pounds. Everything 5 Pounds does exactly what it says on the tin! Every thing on their site is £5, and the delivery depends on how many products you buy - the more you buy the less the delivery is per product. Next2Nowt have fashionable clothing, for little prices, they have also started to stock "famous names", again at little prices. Funky Divaa is another site that does a lot of competitions, theirs are on their twitter, where you just have to follow them and retweet their comp tweets! They also put out a lot of discounts, some coming up to 50% off all products! There is also a site called Secret Sales which has daily sales of big known brands, making them affordable, all you have to do is sign up! Plus if you invite your friends, and they make a purchase to join you get £10 credit! 

Money saving websites are always helpful, I use Money Saving Expert a lot because their forums are so helpful! They have every topic imaginable, freebies, competitions, discounts and codes! Freebies are always a good thing to do, even though it's not often you get many fashion related ones, there are always beauty samples! Samples are great because you get to test the product, before going to buy the full version. How many times have you spent lots of money on a full product, only for you to hate it? Plus getting something for nothing is always great, and I love receiving them because then I actually get some post! There's nothing like waking up and seeing 5-6 post just for you! There's a lot of different freebie sites, most of them advertise the same things, but it's always good to check all of them. These are the ones I use: Freebie Site UK and Magic Freebies UK. It's also good to enter competitions, because you can often win vouchers for high street stores,  or fashion and beauty products. Competition Club on face book is a good site to like, they constantly post competitions from all over the web, ready for you to enter, and The Prize Finder does the same! Also magazines and fashion websites run a lot of competitions, and instead of going out and buying all the magazines on the shelfs, just sign up to their websites! I know that Bliss, Pick me up, Red and Yours run a lot of competitions, with great prizes.

Surveys are a great way of making money, and as most of them pay you in vouchers they are also a great way of saving when shopping! MySurvey, GlobalTestMarket, Survey Network, Ipsos, Dubit Informer and Valued Opinions are the ones I use. My mum also does the same ones, and we've both found we get a lot of surveys from them all, but some more than others. They differ from person to person because they are looking for specific clients, but they always have a lot for you to do. They are definitely worth doing if you can spare an hour or so every day. I've been doing surveys for about a year now, and I'm pretty sure I've made over £200. Doing these surveys often leads you to other surveys. The more independent surveys give more of a reward, if you are asked to do more, they reward you more. Shop and Scan and Consumer Pulse are two thing I had been invited to through doing surveys. Shop and scan is were you receive a scanner, and an information booklet, and you scan your weekly shop in. The focus on supermarket shops (as well as smaller shops with similar products), whereas Consumer Pulse focus's on clothes, beauty and entertainment products. With consumer pulse you don't get a scanner, you just simply enter information in about the product, like where you bought it and how much it was. Consumer Pulse is a bit more work, as you're entering each individual product, but they reward more. Consumer Pulse give points per item, as well as points if you register each week, whereas shop and scan only give points per week for registering the products each week. Shop and scan isn't available to just register with at the moment, however you can sign up to Volunteer4panels and they will send you information about which surveys you can sign up for.

A lot of work can go into saving money, but sometimes it's about being in the right place at the right time! I think the best thing to do is to be well informed, signing up to all the possible things you can so you get all the information in the quickest time.

Do you have any money saving tips when it comes to fashion? Or did this help at all? :)

Thursday, 12 July 2012

not your typical jewellery

1 - Cross 2 Finger Ring - Topshop: £7.50, 2 - Beaded Hand & Ring Bracelet - Republic: £8
3 - Leaf Ear Cuff - ASOS: £8, 4 - Spike Crown Headband - ASOS: £8

I'm starting to really like those weird, unusual jewellery. The ones that aren't your box standard, one finger rings, necklaces, bracelets etc!
 I have an obsession with the ear cuffs, especially the ones that actually go through your cartilage piercing and the bottom of your ear! I haven't found any high street shops that actually sell the double piercing earrings, but they do sell them on etsy, in various styles! But the one from ASOS (3) is also good, no piercing needed, except I don't think I could wear it with my hair down, imagine getting caught in the wind? You'd be tangled all around it!
I also have had this thing about studs and spikes recently, so the ASOS headband is just amazing! These headbands are a nice way to dress up your hair, without putting much effort into your hair. You could just leave it natural, a little bit wavy, put the hand band in and you're good to go! ASOS is one of my favourite shops ever, even though they have a reputation as being quite expensive, I don't think they are that bad. Plus they have the best sales ever, even putting beauty brands like Barry M on sale! And with free delivery and returns, who could ever complain?!

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

ASOS blogger challenge

Ok so for this challenge you have to create "the hottest outfit you can", entirely from ASOS, and all for under £100. The lovely people at are hosting the competition, and all we have to do is make a blog post! all the details on the competition are avaliable here. And this is my entry:

dress - £29, denim jacket - £38, shoes - £16, cross necklace - £6, lips ring - £4, yellow nail varnish - £5

which gives a grand total of £98

For the outfit I was thinking sort of day wear, maybe a meal with friends. But also something that can be dressed up. I love the dress because of the print - it's so interesting and unique. I added the denim to make it more casual, but if you took the denim away and changed the sandals to heels you have an incredible night outfit! I love the ring, it brings fun to the outfit, and the sandals keep it simple, because the outfits so "top heavy". I picked the nail varnish from the main colour of the dress, the yellow, as the yellow is most vivid throughout the dress. I haven't been on ASOS in a while, but doing this challenge has made me want the jacket and dress so much! I've fallen in love with them :P

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Barry M nail varnish wishlist!

1 - Gold Glitter: £2.99. 2 - Black: £2.99. 3 - Matt White: £2.99. 
4 - Mushroom: £2.99. 5 - Cappuccino: £2.99. 6 - Chameleon - Pink: £2.99. 
7 - Lady In Red: £2.99. 8 - Blue Moon: £2.99. 9 - Lemon Ice Cream: £2.99.

My Barry M collection is forever growing! I absolutely love their nail varnishes, because they give a good coat, and are quite affordable! Ever since boots has started stocking Barry M, my love has just grown and grown! I haven't really tried much of their make up, but I've heard good things about it.
I'm in need of a new black and white, and I think Barry M is the best place for me to go! The rest are just colours i'm currently lusting over. I love pretty much all of the pastel colours they have! I already have a lot from the collection, because they are just beautiful! And of course, how can I mention Barry M without mentioning the crackle nail varnish! The black is my fave, because it goes with everything! I love putting it with white, a simple easy way to make zebra print! :)
I'm also loving their retro range, especially the red (7). In boots they have an offer of spend over £6 on Barry M and get a retro varnish for free! Bargain!
Also ASOS usually have packs of Barry M, and they often have them on sale, so I'm always on the look out - because it makes them even cheaper!

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Chubby Brown!

denim jacket - primark, bralet - new look, skirt - market, bracelet/ring - ASOS

I'd had my eye on this bralet for a while, but I didn't want to pay £21.99 'cause I thought I could find a cheaper one somewhere! But then new look went and had a sale, and reduced it to £9! I love when that happens :)
So yesterday I went to see Roy Chubby Brown live. I have never seen any of his material before, I only went for because I got the tickets for mum (such a good daughter:D ). Everyone warned me before about his "type" of comedy, that he is quite rude/crude, but I didn't think he was too bad. Not really my kind of thing, but he was good in some parts. I'm more of a Lee Evans/ Michael McIntyre kind of girl! 
I don't know how regular these outfit posts will be, as most of my days are spent in pjs with my hair tied up. But I am getting into this blog atm, and have lots of ideas and things to start posting about.
At the moment, I'm trying to save money. I have a lot of things I need to buy a lot of things for uni, but I don't want to buy anything until I have my results, and a secured place. So after August 16th I will hopefully have a lot to celebrate! If I do get the results I hoped for, then a big clothes shop is in order! Got to treat myself :) 

Friday, 6 July 2012

everything about me

Oops! Already broken the 3-4 times a week thing! Oh well! :P
So here's some more about me:
I'm 18, from a small town in Lincolnshire. I have a cat, called Mollie, who is literally like my child :P! I have just left college, after doing textiles, graphics and maths at A level. I have applied for fashion design at BCU, and hopefully, as long as I get the right grades, I will be going to uni in September! In the mean time I have had to find things to do, 2 months of "summer" in England is not the best thing, especially how it's been none stop raining!
I have been reading fashion/style/diy/etc blogs for like 2 years, and they've always seemed like so much fun to do. I love finding amazing deals or products or pieces that I fall in love with instantly, and I always want to share what I've found. That's why I've made this blog, so I can share what I love. I love DIY stuff, like adding studs to jackets, or transforming an old dress into a top. I think customising your own clothes can set you apart from the crowd, especially as clothes can be so easily and cheaply bought. How many times do you walk around town and think "I have that top she's wearing" or "she has the same outfit on as me"?
I also really like baking, well mostly the decorating part! I especially love cupcakes!
I think I'm actually obsessed with tumblr! It's like my life in pictures and posts! I like to search on there for cupcake ideas, nail ideas and try them out for myself!
I have recently become a little obsessed with getting free samples of products, and entering competitions. I have been following Victorias Vintage for a while now, and seeing all the things she has won (a lot of things!) had inspired me to give it a try! I haven't won anything yet, but I haven't been doing it for long.