Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Schwarzkopf Pro Styling Heat Protection

Heat Protection is important as it stops your hair getting damaged when using heat styling tools, such as blow drier, strightners and curlers. So today I thought I'd do a post on Pro Styling Heat Protection Spray, which I have been using for quite a long time now.
First of all I love the applicator as it is easy to use and the spray is evenly distributed across the hair with just one spray. However I tend to section my hair and spray the underneath, middle and top before styling my hair.

The spray can be used on either wet or dry hair which is great!  I tend to use this on damp hair before blow drying as I use other products that contain heat defence on dry hair for styling.

I also love how you can see how much of the product is actually left in the bottle, unlike some other brands which aren't in clear bottles making it hard to judge how much product you have left without unscrewing the top and peering down the bottle.

The only downside to the product is the smell, which smells quite chemically but, I don't necessarily think this is a bad point as it doesn't leave the horrible smell on your hair, its just you notice it when you've first sprayed the product.

If you don't use heat protection on your hair, I would definitely suggest investing in some. It improves the condition of your hair, and of course protects from any further heat damage!
 
 

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Alberto Balsam Intensive Conditioning Treatment

The first thing that attracted me to the Alberto Balsam Intensive Conditioning Treatment was the smell, (infact all of the Alberto Balsam hair products smell amazing!) as well as the extremely affordable price of only £1


Here's the description of the product of the bottle,
Nourishes and helps repair dry or damaged hair. Give your hair a treat with this deep conditioning Honey & Almond Intensive Conditioning Treatment, with natural honey & almond extracts. It uses most of the same ingredients you’ll find in higher priced brands, but at a great price which means you can afford to look glamorous every day! Hair smells as good as it feels! Deep conditioning to help repair damage. Smoothes rough cuticles. Restores softness, manageability & shine

Firstly for an 'intensive' conditioner, the consistency isn't as thick as you would expect it too be, but it's not too bad. Although on the slightly thin side the consistency isn't too runny and kind of gel-like.
I usually leave it on for around 3 minuets and brush it a few times with my Aqua Splash Tangle Teezer to ensure that every stand of hair has been coated by the product and I then wash it out. I do this to my hair once or twice a week, depending on how fry my hair is feeling. I definitely notice a HUGE difference to my hair when I have used this product as I leaves my hair feeling so incredibly sleek and soft!

This product doesn't weigh down my hair or make it look and feel greasy after using, compared to other intensive conditioners/hair mask's I have used in the past!

Alberto Balsam products can be found in most big stores here in the UK, such as Asda, Sainsbury's, Tesco ect.. They are all extremely affordable with most of their products starting at only £1.

Have you ever used this product or any other Alberto Balsam products?

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Garnier Micellar Water


We all have lazy days when we just cannot be bothered to do a fill cleansing routine and on these occasions I know that we can all be guilty of reaching for the facial wipes. However since discovering how bad they are for my skin, I've been looking for another lazy alternative. After hearing so many good things about the Garnier Micellar Water, I decided to give it ago!



Bioderma were the fist to set off the Micellar Water hype, and set the benchmark for other competing brands that later came out with similar product, such as L'Oreal and Vichy. However the Gariner Micellar Water being the cheapest I opted to try it out first!

Garnier Micellar Water claims to remove make-up, cleanse and sooth without having to rinse. It is also perfume free and safe to apply to the eyes and lips. They also claim that it is hypoallergenic, so perfect for anyone that may suffer with sensitive skin!
 
I'd say Garnier have impressed me on the quality of this product, usually with any product like facial wipes or Micellar water, rubbing is usually required to get make up off my face. however, I feel that with this my make up comes off pretty much straight away!

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Newlook Set To Launch A Homeware Collection?

YES, you read the title of this blog post correctly!
New look are apparently set to launch their own homeware collection at the end of September!
and YES I'm just a little bit excited about it!

Fellow blogger Hannah Gale has posted sneak preview of the collection and it looks AMAZING!!

New Look will be releasing; candles, cushions, wall art and even lighting at affordable prices and rumoured to slot in between the quality and pricing of Primark and H&M very nicely!

I cannot wait until the launch of their collection and I will definitely be posting another blog
no doubt hauling some of their collection once it has launched!

Are you excited to see what New Look homeware has to offer?
 

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Homemade Lip Scrub


The chilly months are fast approaching us here in the UK, which means chapped lips are on the horison! As our lips get chapped, they often get covered in a layer of crusty, peeling, annoying dead skin. That usually ends up getting bitten or tugged off - and that doesn't do anyone any favours! One way in which you can help to avoid this is by making a simple lip exfoliator. In the past I have purchased my scrub and then I realised how simple it was to make, with things we all have hanging around in our house! It's important to remember not to use this all the time, as our lips are delicate, but if your suffering from chapped lips during the autumn and winter then this will definitely do the trick to help with all that dead skin peeling off, to reveal the soft skin underneath.

YOU WILL NEED:
A tablespoon of white or brown sugar (white sugar is more abrasive, brown is softer and caster sugar is finer to use for sensitive sore lips)
Vaseline
A small container

METHOD:
After you've taken your sugar of choice, add a small amount of Vaseline (enough to make all the sugar stick together) and mix the sugar and Vaseline together. The sugar will act as an exfoliator whilst the Vaseline will help moisturise.

Once you have made the scrub, gently apply and scrub the mixture onto your lips in circular motions for the best results - this will lift the dead skin cells on the surface of your lips to reveal the soft, smooth layer underneath.

Once you have rubbed the scrub into your lips gently wipe away the scrub and then apply a lip balm and you're good to go!

In the winter I tend to do this a couple of times a week to help with chapped lips and to try and prevent the dry crusty skin, as smooth lips are critical for when you want to apply lipstick in the winter months!

Thursday, 10 September 2015

DIY Cushion Cover

Today I want to share with you this is my simple way to create quick and easy cushion covers, that litterly takes minuets to do!
If you ever feel like your décor needs a new lease of life, one of the easiest and simplest ways to brighten something up is to change your pillows, but rather than spending a fortune and being over run with old cushions and pillows the best and most practical option is to recover old cushions. So if you feel that your décor needs sprucing up, try this! The best part is the covers are totally removable so try can easily be replaced or washed! Once you get the hang of this process you will want to recover every cushion and pillow in your house!!

You will need:
1 pillow or pillow form
Fabric
Tape Measure
Scissors
Pins
Sewing Machine
Iron
Step One: Begin by measuring the width and length of your pillow. Add about a half inch to that measurement for seam allowances.

Step Two: Cut out a square using that measurement. That will be your pillow front. (As a reference, my pillow was 17″x17″ so I cut out an 17.5″ square. All measurements in parenthesis will be the ones I am using. Adjust accordingly for your pillow form.)

Step Three: Lay your front piece aside.

Step Four: Cut another piece of fabric the same width as the front (17.5″) and add 4″ to that for the height. (17.5″x21.5″). THEN cut that piece in half. You will end up with 2 rectangles that are the width of your pillow (17.5″) and shorter in height (10.75″)
 Step Five: Fold over the centre edges of your two back pieces 1/4″. Press. Fold one more time and stitch the hem.

Step Six: Here they are laying on top of the front piece. Right sides together.
Step Seven: With right sides facing, lay the two back pieces on top of the front piece, matching outer edges. The two back pieces will overlap.

Step Eight: Pin and stitch all 4 side seams using a 3/8″ seam allowance. Clip corners and turn right side out.
Your pillow envelope is done! It really is as simple as that!

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

DIY Simple Bunting

This week I have decided to try something a little different for my blog post's and I will be doing a couple of DIY crafty projects, being as though I have a background in fashion and textiles I and love being crafty I thought I'd share a couple of simple ideas with you this week.

If you decided to make anything that I have featured on my blog this week, I'd love to see your results! I welcome you to post pictures of your bunting on my social media such as Facebook and Google+ (which you can find the links to in the side bar over there -> )

 So today  as the title of this post suggests, I'm going to be sharing with you a really simple way to make bunting!

Bunting can be utilised in many ways around the home and is perfect for livening up a sparse dining area or as a fun touch to a child's bedroom (you can even embellish the bunting with your child's name) Bunting can also be trailed around a wrought iron bed for a chic country style or pinned to the front of shelving. The limits are truly endless!
 

You will need:
Fabric and thread13mm-wide
bais binding tape
Pinking sheers/scissors
 (Try
Hobbycraft for your supplies)

How to make bunting:
Step 1: Draw a triangle on some cardboard and cut it out to use as a bunting template.
Step 2: Pin the template to your fabric and cut around it using pinking shears to avoid fraying. Repeat until you have enough flags for your desired bunting length.
Step 3: Evenly space the flags along the bias binding tape, folding the shortest edge over, and pin in place securely ready to sew in place.
Step 4: Sew on the flags with a straight stitch, leaving at least 40cm of tape free from flags at each end for hanging your bunting proudly on display.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Re-Gen Cream

I’ve read about Re-Gen Cream a number of times now but just never of happened to come across it to remember to pick it up! The reviews on these little cheap pots of gold have been pretty darn impressive, so I’m happy I’ve finally got my hands on it! They don’t have the prettiest of packaging but as the saying goes ‘It’s what’s inside that counts’.

Re-Gen Cream
is basically a cream version of Bio-Oil in my opinion, or a cheaper alternative like Rescue Oil. It contains almost identical ingredients and claims to do the same as Bio-Oil, but for a lower price of under £4. Even though the packaging is pretty basic, it shows you all the information you need about the product.

The products claims to; prevent/reduce stretch marks, improve the look of scar tissue, improve sagging/wrinkled skin, moisturise dry skin, protects against wind/water, reduces the appearances of blemishes/pigmentation marks and makes skin soft and supple.
 
It contains PCL Liquid for skin 're-gen' as well as Vitamin E, Lavendar, Calendula, Chamomile and Rosemary Oils which all aid in the skin repairing process. As you can see it claims to do a lot and for the price, it seems like something that every girl should have in her beauty regime.
When I get a spot it takes ages to heal completely. The actual spot will go away leaving a red mark for months afterwards (about 4-5 months usually). Even when my skin is clear I still have these leftover marks. So I've been using this cream in the hopes of up the healing process and will update you in a few weeks to see if it really does work!
You can grab Re-Gen cream in Aldi and also Home Bargains or even online from Amazon and EBay, all for about £4 which is insane for such a miracle product and therefor highly worth a purchase!

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

10 Budget Bedroom Decorating Ideas

 
I'm sure that there are a lot of us out there who sometimes feel like the decorating process is never over, or you may have suddenly found inspiration and the urge for a change, but you may not always have the budget for it. Fortunately, there are a lot of inexpensive DIY updates that you can make. Best part? You can use what you already have in your bedroom!

So here's my top 10 Budget Bedroom Decorating Ideas.


1. Faux Frame
Left image courtesy of www.popsugar.com Lizzie Bailey
Right image courtesy of Angus Fergusson
If like a lot of people you have a mirror attached to a bare bedroom wall, (a mirror on the wall and nothing else) you can dress the wall up by painting on a faux frame around the mirror. It works really well if you have a dressing table with a mirror which it attached to the wall as it adds and artsy, decorative element to the room and gives much more interest to the room as at only a small cost as it can be painted with tester paint pots which are only an couple of pounds.


2. Wall Decals 
 
Image Courtesy of www.notonthehighstreet.com
 If you're like me and you swoon over fabulous patterns and colours you have seen my home décor magazines, but they are way too bold to be in your own home, do not fear as I have a solution for you. Wall Decals are an inexpensive way to give your walls some personality or artist flare and it may even ease you into daring wallpaper!


3. Painting Furniture
Image courtesy of www.nestersnest.com
Painting old furniture is an affordable way of updating old furniture and a great way to get the shabby chic, old but new look! This can be done by purchasing Annie Sloan chalk paint - which I have previously written a blog about so I won't go into too much detail!


4. Hardware upgrade 
Image courtesy of www.pintrest.com

After painting old furniture and bringing it a whole new lease of life, the nest best change you can do is change the hardware, such as getting rid of wooden draw knobs to replace them with glass knobs or adding sleek silver draw pulls if you want a super modern look! its super easy to do, and a very inexpensive way of updating what you already have into your own unique style.


5. Faux Headboards
Images courtesy of www.pintrest.com
If you're struggling to find the right fabric to upholster an existing headboard, or you don't have the funds to buy a readymade one, paint your own! Whether you prefer a tufted, solid, or patterned it won't matter, because if you're painting it, it will all cost the same!
 

6. Decorative Books
Image courtesy of www.pintrest.com
Decorative books can always add interest to a room in my opinion and if you don't already have some lying around the house, they can be bought cheaply from antique shops, Ebay ect. Better still if you do not want to go out and buy new/old books simply buy some pretty paper and made slip over covers for your books. Decorative books can either be displayed in an open bookcase or simply piled on top of a dresser or bedside table.


7. Chalk Board Wall

Image courtesy of Kim Christie
A chalkboard wall is a great way to realise your creativity and it enables you change it as much or as little as you like! It's a grown up version of naughtily drawing on the walls like I'm sure everyone has done as a child! Chalkboard walls can make a slightly different but fun focal wall. Chalkboard walls are made by applying chalkboard paint to an entire wall, and you cannot go wrong as a chalkboard wall can always be erased.


8. Tie-Dyed cushions 
 


 A great way to add needed pops of colour to any bedroom is to get funky with your decor and do some DIY tie-dyed cushions. Some of you are probably thinking it's only for hippies and resembles Woodstock, circa 1969. Don't worry! There are various tie dying techniques that can create blocks of colour, stripes and prints so do your research before you give it a go!



9. Recover lampshades 


Image courtsy of www.lamp-shade.info
 
Covering your lampshades with a beautiful fabric, is a simple decorating idea that can change any old boring light fixture into a showstopper! It's a great way of using any leftover fabric scraps you may have or treat yourself to a small amount of fabric you couldn't afford to have elsewhere in your bedroom!


10. Painted hooks
Image Courtesy of  Angus Fergusson
Another great way of adding interest to a blank wall is too add some coloured coat hooks. You can find any old plastic, iron or chrome hook at any hardware store, antique store or on Ebay. Then simply paint the hooks to match your bedroom colour palette and these practical little organisers will double up as wall accents.