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Lust List #1

Today’s post will be short n’ sweet because I’m heading out to The O2 Arena for my brothers birthday meal, and I’m a terribly unorganised person.

I’m on a spending ban for August, on account of saving for my holiday in October, so I’ll just have to make do with lust lists for now (expect a lot of these)…

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It’s taken me a while to get on the satchel band wagon. I could never quite find one the right size for me, they were either too big or too small – I’m the goldilocks of satchels. So this one is perfect with it’s structured frame and roomy but not oversized appearance.

Following on with accessories, I seem to be addicted to sunglasses. As much as I’d love a pair of Ray-bans, and I’d definitely get a good wear out of them, I just can’t part with the cash (and I’m extremely clumsy and heavy handed). I love the shape of the Wayfarers and I’ve found a few similar copies from other brands, but the ones I’m currently lusting over are a little bit more delicate looking in the frame area.

My last lust for the fashion side of things are the jeans. I love a good skinny jean, you can so easily dress them up, or casually dress them down. Everyone seems to be going crazy for ripped jeans again, but I think they’ve had their day with me and my cake-loving legs.

Moving onto the beauty side of things, my choices have been pretty standard, I’ve thrown in some haircare that I’ve heard a lot about recently, along with a new yet-to-be-released lipgloss that I’ve heard rave reviews on, and a couple of luxury cosmetic items that are perfect for summer.

Let me know if you’ve tried anything from my lust list, and tell me what you thought!

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River Island Satchel | £30.00 | link here
Ted Baker Sunglasses | £90.00 | link here
Topshop Leigh Jeans | £38.00 | link here
Nails Inc gel polish (Kensington High Street and Porchester Square) | £14.00 each | link here
Revlon Colourburst Stain | tbc | not released in the UK yet
Bumble & Bumble Hairdresssers Invisible Oil Travel Set | £17.00 | link here
Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes | £22.00 | link here
Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick | £30.00 | link here
Stella McCartney STELLA perfume | £52.50 (50ml) | link here

Winter Beauty & Hair Favourites

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‘Tis getting to the season where our skin and hair needs to look very, very jolly.

My favourite beauty, skin and hair products for this time of year represent the weather and season in colour, smell, warmthness and general looking after yourself.

Alien by Thierry Mugler is one of my favourite fragrances, and in the winter it just makes me feel that extra bit more snugly.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo is just an extra bit of TLC for skin that needs an oomph be it from the cold weather, or central heating. (Read review here)

The Akane face mask is great for making skin feel a bit more plump and rejuvenated. It’s easy and no fuss to use. (Read review here)

Pantene Pro V Deep Condition Soufflé is perfect for dry hair, to add a bit of moisturise and bounce. This time if year my hair gets battered by not only the weather, but heat from styling. (Read review here)

Bobbi Brown shimmer bricks are brilliant for adding a nice soft highlight to the face. They’ll be great for office parties, Christmas drinks or just a quick perk me up for a ‘nip to the pub’ afternoon. (Read review and see swatches here)

Essie polish in Angora Cardi is such a beautiful deep plummy colour, it looks beautiful with any outfit. Add a gold glitter statement nail to your ring finger to jazz it up a bit.

Revlon Just Bitten balm stain in crush is my new favourite colour. It’s a gorgeous and rich pinky plum shade to suit most skin tones.

Real Techniques stippling brush is great for applying foundation. I especially love it for winter because you can easily add a bit more, and build up your lighter coverage foundations, application is flawless with this brush.

Babyliss Pro Curl Styler |Unboxing & First Impressions

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A while ago, the lovely people over at Sally’s (www.sallyexpress.com) contacted me and asked if I would like to review the Babyliss Pro Perfect Curl*.

I, of course jumped at the opportunity. I’ve been wanting to try this tool for so long now, so I was more than happy to oblige. It arrived in the post yesterday, so I skipped home after work like an excitable child.

I first heard about the Babyliss Pro Perfect Curl on YouTube (YouTube is a beauty addicts goldmine). I watched the video in awe as the models hair was zipped into a rotating barrel, then seconds later it appeared looking perfectly curled. Just like that…magic!

Today’s post is going to be based around unboxing and first impressions of the tool. Then I’ll follow up with a ‘How To’ style post, and tutorial.

Unboxing
Packaged in a sturdy, sleek matte/shiny contrast box it looks every bit the professional tool (picture above). Inside it’s kept well secured by those large, what I can only describe as egg carton looking, cardboard edges. The whole tool is wrapped in plastic, with the plug and cleaning instrument secured separately in more plastic.

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I like the fact that this has a cleaning tool (above) with it. It’s pretty handy and just slots into the barrel of the tool, to clean off product build up and general dirt and dust.

First Impressions
I was really surprised with the sturdiness and weight of the tool, it immediately feels like a good quality product.

It’s easy to hold and the concealed barrel means there’s no immediate fear of burning clumsy fingers, which is double thumbs up for me.

It has a rotating barrel enclosed within the casing, which sucks the hair into it. It then sets the curl with heat, and after a few seconds you release the handle and the hair falls out perfectly curled.

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The settings are incredibly user friendly. Starting from the right hand side of the above picture – to turn the tool on you set the temperature to one of three settings (low, medium, high).

Next you chose your timer setting –
0 = custom no set time, no beeping
3 beeps = 8 seconds (loose waves)
4 beeps = 10 seconds (soft curls)
5 beeps = 12 seconds (defined curls)
Whichever timer setting you pick (except for 0) will be the indicator for when to release the handle.

Lastly you can choose your curl direction. L is for left twist curls, R is for right twist curls, and A is for auto, which is my favourite – it twists the curls alternative ways to stop single curls grouping and sitting together in one big curl. I feel like I’ve said ‘curl’ so many times!!

It heats up really quickly, and has the handy feature of a flashing indicator light turning solid when ready.

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Also included is a simple instruction sheet which I do recommend reading, even though the curler is so simple to use, it’s always better to know these things! And finally also a tool manual, explaining all the important small print that you’re always too busy to read. Again I’d advise giving this a quick once over as it does explain a fair amount of information.

I’ve done a super quick (and I mean chop, chop quick) demo for you.

My hair type is very thick, quite long and pretty curly/wavy/crimpy.

I washed and rough dried my hair last night. Then when I got up this morning I sprayed on a bit of heat protector and got going…

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I used the medium heat setting, and the timer setting switched onto 8. The curls were done using the Auto function to keep them separated. I used medium sized sections of hair, around an inch and 1/2 thick, and started curling from the mid length of each section of hair.

I took this reeeeeally early in the morning so you’re only getting the back of my head, trust me it’s much better looking than the face.

Usually I curl my hair with a wand style curler, and it takes me around 30 minutes to do. Using the Babyliss Pro Perfect Curl took me around 15 minutes, once I’d got the hang of it. The style has lasted brilliantly through the morning do far, without the use if hair spray or setting products.

I’m super impressed with this curler, I mean I did expect great things from it in the first place, what with all the rave reviews of it, but I’m just really surprised with how easy it is to use, and how quick and beautiful the results are.

You can find the Babyliss Pro Perfect Curl at Sally stores and online <a href="http://Babyliss Pro Perfect Curl“>here.

Lee Stafford Dry Shampoo

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Dry shampoo, a good, effective dry shampoo – one that actually works, is something I struggle to find. I’m a huge fan of Batiste dry shampoos, and have never found another brand that comes close to matching it.

I saw the travel size of the Lee Stafford one, so thought I’d give it a go.

First off the scent is that traditional Lee Stafford, salon type smell; it definitely freshens up the hair, and leaves it smelling really good. As for banishing greasy roots, I wouldn’t say it’s as good as the Batiste range, but it does work to allow at least 1 more night of wear from hair, and it’s not as powdery at the Batiste ones can sometimes be.

Lee Stafford hair products are available from Boots, in-store and online.

Aussie Luscious Long Shampoo and Conditioner, and Take The Heat Leave-In Cream

It’s another hair post, you’re surprised…right?

I’ve been wanting to re-try Aussie’s for a while, especially after using their travel size 3 minute conditioner on holiday, so I caved in and bought some in Boots (who, by the way are having a 3for2 across hair care…I know!!).

This time I went for the Luscious Long shampoo and conditioner…

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Both smell fantastic, and contain an Australian blue mountain blend which is a blend of two different kinds of Eucalyptus extract which claims to achieve added softeness and lusciousness to long hair, while calming flyaways.

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I’m never sure why, by Aussies always have a larger shampoo (300ml), than conditioner (250ml) which can be a bit baffling for someone like me who uses much more conditioner than shampoo.

As part of the 3for2 offer I also grabbed the Take The Heat leave in cream, which contains Australian Jojoba-seed oil to help fend off frizz and adds shine to dehydrated hair…

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After using the shampoo and conditioner yesterday, my hair still smells pretty lush, however I wasn’t over impressed with the texture, or softness of my hair at all. I think if you have long oil prone, lank hair that’s in need if a boost then this is worth a try…but if you’re looking for moisture and smoothness then this is not the one!

The leave in cream is nice, and does detangles the hair, and leave it pretty frizz free so I’m happy with that!

The shampoo and condition retail at £4.49 each and the leave in cream is £4.69.

Charles Worthington – Salon At Home

So I’ve been religiously using Flawless by Macadamia on my hair for the past few weeks, and I haven’t really strayed at all. Then it sort of dawned on me that I need to try and at least test out a few other things, as people are going to get sick of me talking about Flawless eventually.

I was in Boots (where I spend a lot of my life) and I came across Charles Worthington Salon At Home range. I saw they had the ‘Takeaway’ travel sized versions, so I decided to test a few out. I love travel sizes because other than being perfect for hand luggage for flights, or weekends away, they give you the opportunity to test products and brands you might not have heard of before, for a fraction of the price of the full sizes.

I picked up…

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…the Moisture Seal Shampoo and Conditioner (75ml each). This duo is brilliant, it makes my hair so soft and tangle free, it puts moisture back into my hair without weighing it down, or making it greasy. It also happens to helpfully smell lush, and really lingers on the hair for a long time. I would definitely repurchase in the full size.

Next…

20130903-184229.jpgStrength and Repair Shampoo and Conditioner (75ml each). Not loving this one so much, it kind of made my hair feel quite rough; not in a frizzy/coarse way, but more the manageability and thickness of it. The smell is a bit strange too, a bit like wet cardboard mixed with flowers. Appealing. If you’re looking for a texturising product then maybe give this one a go.

On to Styling…

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Straightening Cream (50ml). I found it didn’t really straighten per sea, but it did take a lot of frizz out, and controlled the poofy-ness of my hair, which I liked. The smell is beautiful too, it’s got a really expensive good quality scent to it.

And lastly, protection…

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Heat Defence Spray (50ml). It’s straight up and down a good heat protection spray. It coats the hair evenly and adds softness and shine without making it greasy. An all round winner.

The shampoo and conditioners have lasted me about 3 washes each, where as I’m still going strong with the creme and spray!

You can find Charles Worthington ‘takeaway’ sizes in Boots, currently priced at £1.99 each, and in a 3for2 offer.

You can also find the full sized versions in Boots, on a 3 for £12 offer.

Scoot…off you go!!