Monday, 30 June 2014

Faux Shaven Side [Hair Style]

Hello,

I love the look of shaven sides but, I would never want to actually shave the side of my head as I know I would regret it. So, today I will show you all how you can do it without using a razor or cutting your hair off!



You will need some small hair elastics or small butterfly clips, and a hair brush.



  • First, with your hair parted to the side, take a section of hair from behind your ear to the top of your crown and tie the remaining hair securely with a clip or hair tie.


  • Now, part this section into three parts horizontally.

  • Starting from next to the face take a small section from the front and twist, adding pieces after every twist till you've reached the part. (You could also french or dutch braid, but I find my hair is too fine and soft.)

  • Secure each with an elastic or clip and you're done. 


Thank you for reading, please comment any suggestions or feedback! xxxxx

Sunday, 29 June 2014

DIY hair/ head wrap - Tutorial

Hello,
This post will show you how to make a really easy head wrap, all you need is some fabric and a needle and thread or a sewing machine.



  • Cut out a rectangle piece of fabric which is 4 by 32 inches

  • Fold it in half length-ways with right sides together. And, if you would like to pin along the raw edge.




  • Now sew along the raw edge, I used a seam allowance of 1/2 inch. Also, leave a gap in the middle so when you're done you can turn it inside out. 




  • When you have sewed the edge, iron the piece but with the seam centered as shown below.



  • When you're done, cut the ends of the fabric into points and sew along the raw edge.




  • Before you turn your piece inside out, cut small notches so the seam does not pucker. I cute mine too deep so I had to resew the seam. 

  • After you've turned your piece inside out. Sew up the hole and iron your piece.



Now you're done! Thank you for reading xxxxx


Saturday, 28 June 2014

Summer 2014 Holiday Haul

 In preparation for an upcoming holiday, I have done quite a lot of shopping. I looked for interesting prints and things that I would be able to wear during the British summer also.

 My first lot of clothing came from boohoo.com. I got two skirts, a bikini and a pair of sunglasses. I was able to get 10% off of my order as I am a student and signed up to myunidays.com. If you are a student I would head over there right now and get an account, it's free and very easy to do.


boohoo.com
The image above shows the items I purchased from boohoo.com!
  • A white asymmetric skirt, which cost £8. I like the fabric as it's quite thick but it's very sheer so I will perhaps only brave wearing it with a swimsuit underneath.
  • Sunglasses which cost £6 with rounded lenses. They were quite cheap and are category 3. I like the style as it's quite unique and I am very excited to wear them. The only downside is that they did not come with a case. So, I must purchase one separately and I was rather worried they would be delivered broken.
  • An ikat print skirt, which cost £8. These are by far my favourite style skirts and  I love this one a lot!
  • A balconette tie dye bikini, which cost £18, I love the style of this and the print, unfortunately the top has no fastenings so it may be difficult to take off when it's damp.

I also went to topshop and bought two crop tops. The image below show them. One is a tight fitting tile print top which was £16. I loved the print and the style and thought it would go well with a high waist skirt or shorts. I also got a white more loose fitting white cami for £6. It's quite see-through but, perfect to layer over a swimsuit. 

topshop.com
 Lastly, I went to primark. There I purchased a pair of high waist denim short which cost £8, a pair of cute blue socks with lace detail which cost £1.50 and a bikini set which was £4.

I adjusted the bikini as I did not like the style of the top. It was originally a bandeau with a halter with the straps coming from the centre of the top. I find that the top droops down either side with that style though so I knotted and sewed together the straps in the centre to keep the ruching and then cut them off and sewed them onto the top of the bikini. I prefer the style much more now and think it's made a £4 bikini more unique and more to my taste and style.

Primark
Lastly my boyfriend bought me a bag from TK Maxx which is a blue rucksack. This will be perfect for my hand luggage and to take to the beach and on days out. 



I feel like my shopping trips were very successful and I'm very excited to wear the items I bought. 
Thank you xxxx

Friday, 27 June 2014

Soap and Glory - Supercat eyeliner [review]

Hello all,
I recently purchased the Soap and Glory Supercat eyeliner pen from boots, it cost £6 which I thought was a pretty reasonable price.
 
The liner comes in a very nice packaging which fits in with the Soap and Glory trademark theme. The felt tip is very sturdy which means that applying the eyeliner is easy and clean.





You can easily create different marks and lines and after a short drying period it does not smudge. You can create a winged cateye look or just use it to line the top lashes. Unfortunately, the liner is not waterproof so at the end of the day it can move under the eyes. Overall, I think the liner is really good value for money.



Thank you for reading.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Studying Tips

Hello all,

I have recently finished my second and hopefully last year of A-levels. This post was originally written at the beginning of the year but, I got too caught up and focused on my work, (kind of ironic I guess.) So, the past year has been interesting and I would say my biggest tip is to stay calm and if you have any anxiety or stress learn how to deal with it appropriately.

My general tips are as follows.

Tip #1 - Time management

 - Do assignments and homework the day they are set. This leaves more time to do other things such as revision and going out.

Tip #2 - Motivation

-Friends and chocolate are necessary.

Tip #3 - Other activities

- Have other things to do to have some focus on something else.

Tip #4 - Make lists

- Use lists to stay organised and limit your workload.

 As with anything make sure you stay on top of it all. Sometimes you have to make sacrifices but, in the end they are usually worth making.
Thank you and good luck!!!

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

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Super Drug: Cocoa Brownie for Brunettes, Dry Shampoo [Review]

I had never tried dry shampoo before trying this one from superdrug. I was pleasantly surprised by it,  I wash my hair on alternate days and the dry shampoo allows the unwashed hair day to be a little more comfortable, and it made my hair have increased volume and body.
The Product


Before and After
One problem I did have was build up. Because the product stays in the hair with all the oils, it starts to feel very thick and heavy. Therefore, I have to wash it the next day.

The product has a brown tint which means that it does not make brown hair look grey, like some others do. I like this feature and the grey tint is part of the reason I have held out so long with trying a dry shampoo. The colour is supposed to wash out of clothes with soap and water, so I tested it.


 


I sprayed quite a lot of the product onto a grey vest top and then washed it out with soap and water before allowing it to dry. Not all of the product came out with hand washing so, I would suggest being careful with it around delicate and light coloured fabrics. Although, I did spray on more than one would probably ever accidentally get onto their clothing.

Overall, I think the product is quite good. It's best used it situations where you don't want to wash your hair till the next day or you have no other choice. The price is also very reasonable  and I originally paid £2.49 for it.

Thank you <3