Monday, 20 October 2014

Makeup collection downsizing: Unii Palette review

unii palette review
unii palette review

Makeup palettes are a bit of a weakness .. alongside blushes, brushes, lipsticks or anything makeup related. Just me? The only thing is that palettes often take up a lot of room, or I sometimes only find myself using particular shades from each palette. With smaller and more affordable palettes like those from Sleek or MUA I don't mind discarding the shadows I don't use or damaging the packaging - but I definitely wouldn't risk depotting my urban decay palettes - plus they are pretty compact anyway. 

The Unii palette means that you can create your own custom palette full of your favourite shades. I decided to depot some of my favourite colours from my MUA and Sleek palettes and also the odd single shadows - which often get forgotten about. The unii palette is very sturdy and really substantial in comaprison to the packaging of standard palettes. It's worth noting that some shadow pans are not magnetic - but the unii palette also comes with a sheet of magnetic strip which you simply cut to fit. Of course, I couldn't resist testing the magnets by holding the palette upside down and they didn't budge - always a good thing. 

The Unii Palette retails for £15 and you can find it at Beauty Crowd. I love the huge mirror and this makes it so much more effective in terms of using shadows you like and saving space! 


Sunday, 19 October 2014

How to get Mermaid hair in 10 seconds


hot hair extensions review
hot hair ponytail extension strawberry blonde mermaid

I've never really had the experience of having long flowing hair; my hair grows quickly but never downwards - always outwards making it far easier for me to keep it at a medium length. When it comes to my hair I'm all about fuss free maintenance - easy styles like a quick bun, natural waves, an easy ponytail or the most adventurous of all - straightened hair! So, when the lovely people at Hot Hair offered me the chance to try out having a swishing long ponytail I was definitely up for the 'long hair experience' 

The mermaid ponytail is among a range of pony tail styles that you simply click in to instantly change your hairstyle. As a complete extension/hairpiece newbie I was worried it would be difficult to put into my hair but it literally couldn't be easier. The mermaid ponytail comes with a clip that slots in just above your normal pony tail and you simply wrap a small section of the hair, which is already separated for you around the ponytail to conceal the join. Then all you need to do is use a bobby pin clip or 2 (also supplied) to secure the wrap around. It literally takes 10 seconds to put into your hair and it's such a fun and easy way to change up your style. 

The shade I tried was 'strawberry blonde' and I have naturally dark blonde hair - this was a pretty good match for me; the only thing that would have made it even better would be to have less of the brightest blonde streaks - but this really wasn't an issue. I love the ponytail is already styled, adding tonnes of volume and thick luscious curls and waves to your ponytail. You could also plait the ponytail or even do a fish-braid which is something that those of us with medium/short hair miss out on! It's definitely a cool concept and awesome if you want to play around with hair styles but have minimal fuss and effort involved - all the hard work is already done for you. 

The mermaid ponytail retails for £25, and as long as you take good care of it and store it safely there should be no problems in this lasting you for ages - there's a full care information section on the site too, which I found super handy as an extension newbie! It is synthetic - so you can't use any heat on it, but as the hair is already styled you really don't need to do anything. So what do you think? Would this be something you would use? 

Friday, 17 October 2014

Fragrance Friday: Orla Kiely Bergamot Collection

orla kiely bergamot collection review
Orla Kiely is a new brand that I've never tried before but always liked the look of due to the bold and colourful designs with iconic retro prints - don't they look great? The Bergamot collection consists of 100% natural essential oils and features hints of cedarwood, patchouli, grapefruit and you guessed it .. bergamot! Then of course there are a few spicy features like cardamom and aniseed to give it the zesty, refreshing and herbal scent that so many people love. I have to say, I'm normally one for fruity scents or sweet coconuts when it comes to bath and body products but I have really enjoyed these products. 

The shower gel is light and refreshing and the perfect way to refresh and pamper in the shower or bath. It lathers well and smells divine. The body lotion is very moisturising but what I like most about it is that it doesn't leave your skin with that oily residue - it sinks right in. Plus, all products in this collections are free from sulphates, parabens, petrochemicals and artificial colours - making them perfect for those of us with sensitive skin. 

Both the shower gel and body lotion retail for £12 each, available at www.orlakiely.com and various department stores such as John Lewis. 



Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Home Design: Wallpaper


Is it just me or can you spend hours upon hours browsing through pinterest boards around the home? I love all things home and decor inspired, so I often find myself looking at different layouts, designs and themes to create a perfect room (in my mind of course). 

When it comes to decorating, there are many options from paint to wallpaper and even feature walls or frame walls. I quite like the idea of wallpaper, it means you can pick and choose which areas to decorate, it's easy to do and easy to change if you enjoy switching your room around and playing with colours regularly. If wallpaper is your thing then sites such as Go Wallpaper, who are online specialists in decorating and offer high quality, luxurious wallpaper and wall coverings are the perfect place to go to help create the perfect space in your home. Buy looking at wallpaper and home decor online, you'll be able to have a much wider selection of colours, prints and style and you'll also be able to see what they look like in a room - which is something you don't get to see in store. 

I think my perfect room would be fairly plain and simple in terms of decor and colours, but I would like a room with a feature wall that really stands out to really make it a clean, fresh and contemporary environment. I love the idea of bold patterns, pops of colour and different texture effects for a feature wall, these can really finish off an entire room and make it look homely. I always imagine my dream living room or kitchen and how I would decorate them and I love the idea of having bold and modern prints mixed with simple decor and cool shades of paint. 


It's also interesting to note that wallpaper is a practical option for some people redecorating as you can actually choose wallpapers that will improve your home in terms of thermal efficiency, sound proofing and even damp problems - so that's an added bonus. Stylish and practical!