Friday, 31 May 2013

OOTD: AND SOMETIMES I CAN'T FIND YOU, BUT THE TRUTH IS IN YOUR HEART.

 
First off, please excuse my skin looking pink and shiny, that's what not wearing foundation will do for you but I have just finished my final exam at university and in turn, my second year, so let me off?
Anyway, I wanted to show with you the relatively new addition to my jumper collection; my dinosaur jumper. I'm pretty sure they're T-Rex's and they're all multicoloured but you've all got eyes so I'm sure you'd already figured all this. It's from Asos, who by the way are really on form at the minute. It's really snuggly and warm. I decided to go for size S in this, which is a 10 even though I'm an 8 as I like slightly oversized jumpers but as you can see, it's still pretty slim fitting so I'd definitely recommend sizing up if you do decide to go and purchase yourself some dinosaur friends. I just paired it with some cheapy black H&M leggings which actually have a whole in so I think I'll have to do my yearly stock up before long. I have literally lost about ten pairs over the past few months. I have no idea where they've got to. I can only assume my brother is stashing them and prancing about the house in them when he's home alone. I am of course joking, but there has to be some explanation. Oh yes, and my red Vans which are all I wear on my feet at the minute.

So, now I'm done with uni for this year (uni year, that is) I should have bundles of time to invest in my blog and you girls, and I have some lovely products to share with you all which should be popping up over the next few days.


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Wednesday, 29 May 2013

HAIRTRADE.COM EXTENSIONS.

 
From my very first dabble in the hair extensions world many years ago, I have always been  loyal to Hairtrade.com. First of all, their customer service is brilliant, their delivery is fast and most importantly, their products are great quality but you'd expect nothing less from one of the UK's leading online retailers of hair extensions, hair care and beauty products.
Today I've decided to share with you my lovely Rapunzel locks and just tell you a little more about them.
Ok, so my hair is as dark as it could be without being black at the moment so I have my I&K Gold extensions in the shade Darkest Brown.  Makes sense, right? Although there are plenty of other shades to choose from if you're not currently gothin' it up like me. These are 100% human hair which I need because I am forever changing the colour of my hair and so being able to dye the extensions is important for me. I have had many differet sets of these extensions in the past and can vouch for their style and dye as you would your own hair claim as even going from one shade lighter than my current ones, I have got them to being a near white blonde in the past without them being fried which I believe really says a lot about the quality of these extensions.
I personally chose the 18 inch extensions because any shorter and they're close to my real hair length anyway, mind you, I have just had it chopped today to shoulder length so perhaps not (although, this is great for adding volume) and 22 inches is just a little long for me as I find it dangling in things throughout the day as I'm not used to having hair so long and food in the hair is not a good look!
In a pack of extensions you get ten pieces of hair with clips already attached. some pieces are singular and some have three clips. This means you can really fit them around your head in a way to suit you. There are also two pieces of singular sized hair without clips. This is great if you want to do a the equivalent of a strand test for your extensions but also if you find yourself wanting a couple more single clip pieces instead of a piece with three clips, in which case, it's easy enough to just swap the clips over.
I personally mix and match two packs of the extensions in my hair. I just find this combination to work best for me. I have super, super fine and thin hair so I like to add lots of single clip pieces around the front and sides of my hair and then two strips of the three clip pieces around the back. I have, however just used a single pack many times in the past and it has looked just as thick and swishy and beautiful so it really just depends on your preference of fitting the extensions.
The quality of these baby's is so lovely, they're really soft and sleek and don't shed when brushing or get tangled. You can wash them with a special hair extension shampoo which is also sold by Hairtrade, however, I have always just washed mine with my usual shampoo and conditioner and left them to airdry and have found that they have lasted really well anyway but I'm sure it can't help to be cautious if you're thinking of going down the special shampoo route.
I really cannot recommend these extensions enough, they blend nicely (it may be worth noting that I have not styled my hair, just stuck them in and they still blend so well with my natural and somewhat unruly hair- I know some can look silly unless they're styled in with curls or whatever), have a great selection of colours (including ombre) and hair textures and they are also really reasonably priced!
What do you think about extensions? Do you like having the option to change the length of your hair in minutes? Will you be trying out Hairtrade's extensions?

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Monday, 27 May 2013

WOULD YOU RATHER, BEAUTY EDITION.

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I thought that seen as though I'm still bogged down with revision (penultimate exam tomorrow morning-yes!) I'd just do a quick tag post for you to let you know that I'm still  rattling around and remind you that I will be back on Friday full time; promise! Also, I just wanted to quickly tell you how much of a lovely day I had on Friday; I met Jane (poptartsandsexx) at my uni and we went on to have a little shop in Lancaster. I had the best day and Jane is so lovely, all go and say hi to her but no pinching her from me please girls (I'm joking, but I'm kinda not). Anyway, on with the tag.

Would you rather lose all of your mascaras, eyeliners, lipsticks, and lipglosses or lose all of your palettes and eyeshadows?
This for me is an easy choice- I'd lose the palettes and eyeshadows (providing single blushes aren't classed as 'palettes') because I like my lipsticks and if I'm doing my makeup I'm happy enough with foundation, lipstick, blusher and mascara.

Would you rather chop off your hair, or never be able to cut it again? 
Never be able to cut it again, easy. My hair barely grows anyway and although it's been pretty abysmal over the past couple of weeks in terms of the ends being dry; I'm putting it down to odd weather and exam stress, my hair isn't really all that unruly- split ends aren't a big problem for whatever reason, probably because the ends snap when I'm brushing before they get chance to split (in fact, that's probably why it doesn't grow!)


Would you rather have a coral cheek or a pink cheek?
Coral, I have pretty red cheeks anyway so I usually opt for a coral but I'd be happy either way in all honesty.

If you had £1000 to spend, would you rather by clothes or make up?
Clothes. As much as I love makeup, I have so much of it that I don't think I could ever run out and I'm always grumbling that I need need clothes.

Would you rather apply lipstick as eyeliner, or eyeliner as lipstick?
Oh no! This is the question I've been dreading. I'd say lipstick as eyeliner purely because of the colour eyeliner I wear- black would make me look so washed out on my lips so I suppose I could rock a bright red flick, orrrrr, here's an idea- I could get a black lipstick and wear it as eyeliner. Proactivity pays girls.

Would you rather shop at MAC or Sephora?
I'm not overly fussed on this one. If I had the money to shop constantly at either I'd be a very happy bunny. If I had to choose, I'd go for Sephora because there's a wider variety in there.

Would you rather only use one eyeshadow colour or one lip colour for the rest of your life?
One eyeshadow colour. As I said earlier, I'm not an eyeshadow girl really and as I have one that I already love, I'd be happy to stick with that for life. It's Maybelline's Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze. Also, I like my lipsticks so I'd feel like I'd wasted a whole lot of money on them if I had to say goodbye to them all except one.

Would you rather wear winter clothes in summer or summer clothes in winter?
Winter clothes in summer. I am always freezing and England is always freezing and I wear jumpers the whole was through summer anyway. Plus, as I don't wear jeans, I'm a leggings all year round kinda girl, I'd not be hugely affected by this.

Would you rather dark nails or bright nails all year round?
Bright nails, so long as they never chipped, and I had someone else to paint them for me all the time. I hate painting nails.

Would you rather give up your favourite lip product or your favourite eye product?
I don't think I have a favourite of either and seen as though I have lipsticks and mascaras, liners, etc. in abundance, I wouldn't mind too much. I think I'd go for eye product though.

Would you rather only be able to wear your hair in a pony tail or a messy bun?
Messy bun. I already pretty much do this anyway.

Would you rather never being able to paint your nails again or never use lipgloss?
I don't really like either but I think I'd go for no lipgloss. I do like to keep my toes painted, feet are ugly, they need all the help they can get.

Would you rather shave your eyebrows and have none at all? Or sharpie them in everyday?
Sharpie! I'll shamelessly admit that this decision was easy as pie. I love massive eyebrows and mine probably  look like I already sharpie them in in brown anyway.

Would you rather live without make up or nail polish?
Without nail polish. I don't really mind not having my fingers painted and I'd just keep my socks on to hide my unpainted toes.

That's me done for now, I cannot wait to get back into 24/7 blogging. I really do appreciate you all for sticking with me through this little semi-absence phrase, I have had enough of my exams now (not that I was their best friend in their first place) and I am going to treat myself on Friday once I've finished to a massive shopping splurge. Any shopping suggestions are welcome.

Andddd, finally, I'm pretty sure that the nominations for the Cosmo Blog Awards are closing in just over a weeks time so if you've already nominated my little blog and me for Next's Newcomer Blog award, thank you so so so so so much and if you haven't yet but you do like my blog, the it would mean the world if you could take a few seconds and paste my url in that special little nominations box. The link to do so is below (in yellow to celebrate the summer that we keep seeing little glimmers of) and please do let me know if you're hoping to go for an award with your blog so I can have a little nosey and perhaps sneak a little vote in their for you too. Thank you again, lots of love! xxxxxxx

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Saturday, 25 May 2013

BOURJOIS BRONZING PRIMER.

 
So, when I first caught wind of this product back in early April, I wanted it and when I found out I had to wait almost two months for it's release I could have cried, so naturally as soon as it did come out, I was all over it and lucky for me, I also got it a little bit cheaper as it was on introductory offer. Win, win.
With such high expectations, you'd be forgiven for thinking that I was bound to be disappointed but I can honestly say that this product has one hundred and ten percent matched up to the hype I built around it in my head in those two months.
Basically, it's a primer that adds a bit of colour to your face prior to foundation application, or, you can actually wear this on it's own as a base.
In the pot, the primer may look a little bit scary, as in, it's pretty dark and chocolate moussey; it does actually smell of chocolate, much like Bourjois chocolate bronzer, but once on, it just leaves a really natural looking hint of colour.
You need the tiniest amount and I can already tell that this pot is going to last me such a long time because of this, and then you just apply it as you would your average primer.
It smooths out the skin tone and minimises pores, as well as mattifying your face slightly but not so much so that your face would look flat if you were to wear this on it's own as a base.
It keeps make up put all day and the colour lasts with it too.
It reminds me, texture wise of a mousse, but a light velvet feeling one, rather than a stiff one, if this is making any sense, so it's easy to blend and just feels lovely on the skin.
This is definitely a summer essential for any of you pale ladies for the summer months, like myself, as it's not like whoa, fake tan dark, but would be equally great for medium skin tones just to even everything out and perk up the skin a little bit. I have also tried using this as a cream bronzer and it works great in that department too.
This is something that I will definitely be keeping close for the forseeable future and I plan on trying the bronzing BB cream from the range next. Have you tried this primer?

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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

DISTORTION: OOTD.

Today I had an exam. This is me sideways with messy hair, no make up on and my new Aladdin jumper from Forever 21 on. I'm sorry I am being rubbish at the minute, I have had so much on with uni but two more exams and I'm done and I'll be back to blogging every day, deal? Lots of love.

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Tuesday, 21 May 2013

ADVERTISER OF THE MONTH: THAI GIRL IN LONDON.



Hello everyone! I am Bolly, a 17 years old mix Asian as you can tell from the name of my Blog, "Thai Girl In London." I hope you will take some time to check my Blog out. My blog is usually about lifestyle, fashion, thoughts, and beauty but because very luckily I do journalism course at College, I do exclusive interviews with interesting people too so be sure you follow my Blog to be up to date about who I interview. I occasionally do videos on YouTube as well so make sure you are subscribed! What I usually update is usually what I go through in life and trust me, for a teenager my age, living abroad on my own, I live a very different life to other teenagers my age, I am different, and trust me, my friends are all people from the Blog so make friends with me!




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I only have three exams left also so normal posting will resume soon. I have lots of exciting new products to share with you and am looking forward to getting back into the thick of it at the end of next week. Thank you for all being so understanding, lots of love xxxxx

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Wednesday, 15 May 2013

SEMI OOTD FEAT. ZEBRIME BOWS TOP FROM TRAFFIC PEOPLE.



 
Top C/O Traffic People
 
When I first laid eyes on this gorgeous top from Traffic People, I knew I had to get my hands on it. I love pieces that can be styled to be girly and grungey alike and this top fits that description perfectly.  It's just such a versatile piece and the quality of this top is incredible.
I was just going to feature this in an outfit of the day but it's so beautiful that I decided to dedicate a whole, very gushy post to it.
It's made of 100% which means you can't be lazy and shove it on a quick spin in the washing machine, it's a hand wash in cold water job but as this top is my new baby, I don't mind one teensy bit taking that little bit of extra time over it.
Now we've dealt with the whole care instructions, I'm going to get down to serious business- HAVE YOU SEEN THE PRINT ON THIS?! It's like bows, made of Zebra print! The top is actually called 'Zebrime Bows' and either I'm being super clever and a bit of a Sherlock Holmes and putting all the clues together or it's really obvious, but let me have my moment on this one?
It's also such a flattering fit; it's oversized ever so slightly but in such a flattering way and the pleat detailing i gorgeous. And being silk,it feels amazing and so, well, silky on my skin. Is it just me that likes to feel clothes before I buy them to make sure they feel nice by the way? Alex thinks I'm a complete weird one for it but I just can't think of anything worse than clothing that your'e not going to feel comfy in or that's going to irritate your skin.
I really love the collar on this top too, and how there's a little button in the middle of it to fasten the top up. I'm terrible at buttons, they're just so fiddly so the fact that this one fastens with elastic is such a bonus. Brownie Points to Traffic People.
The top also comes in pink which I'm now really considering buying as I am completely head over heels with this top, and about a thousand other things over on Traffic People's website, but I'm going to have to hold my horses until I'll feeling a bit more flash (the life and times of being a student) before I go buying out all of their stock (fingers crossed that  win the lottery on Saturday).
I'm going to stop gushing over this top now and get on with wearing it but I cannot even begin to explain how gorgeous the stock is over at Traffic People and I really recommend you have a nosey. You can go straight to their website by clicking on their banner below.
Has anything on their site taken your fancy?

 


Tuesday, 7 May 2013

BLANX WHITE SHOCK TOOTHPASTE WITH LED LIGHT.


 
Normally I like to try out products for a while before posting about them but I was just so excited about Blanx White Shock toothpaste with it's little blue light that after five days of waiting not so patiently, I had to get it out there.
Ok, so generally, I don't enjoy brushing my teeth. I love the clean feeling and fresh breath element obviously, who doesn't, but I really don't like the taste of toothpaste- the mint makes me feel all queasy, so toothbrushing for me has never been up there with eating chocolate, chinese food, stroking kittens and the like, and this is why Blanx toothpaste has completely blown my mind.
Basically, the idea with this is that the toothpaste contains an ingredient called Actilux which reacts when it comes into contact with light- so this is where being a smiley person pays off; the more you smile the whiter your teeth. It would seem silly to rely soley on this English weather to provide us with nice bright lighting all year round though and this is where the pretty little blue LED light comes in.
The toothpaste itself doesn't taste super minty but still leaves your breath feeling fresh and your teeth clean. This was the first big fat tick in my box. This alone made me enjoy using this toothpaste,  but then, the fun really starts after brushing when you get to don your biggest toothy grin and shine the little blue light, which is conviniently attached to the lid of the toothpaste and is turned on when you take off the cap.
So, I brush my teeth 2-3 times a day with this and use the blue light for one minute each time afterwards and I ccan honestly say that after two goes, so less than one day, I could already see a difference in the colour of my teeth. They were definitely whiter and with each use (with the help of the blue light) they get whiter still.
I have never had white-white teeth, they've never been stained as such as I'm no coffee/tea, pepsi/coke, red wine, etc., drinker, but unfortunately I was just never blessed with super white teeth. I do use the Crest 2 Hour Express Whitening strips once every three months which lifts the colour a lot but they do leave me with really sensitive teeth for a day or so after and they are also pretty pricey. On top of that, the results don't last for any more than the designated three months and the colour starts to darker after only a couple of weeks. Although this sounds negative, I do really love the Crest strips for a quick fix, but for me, Blanx is in a totally different league with their White Shock formula and LED light. I don't get any feeling of sensitivity and I don't have to sit around for two hours waiting for the whitening process. I'm just going about my daily routine and reaping the very large benefits.
I for one will be continuing to use this toothpaste for as long as it continues to work for me, which I can only assume will be for a very, very long time and as I can't rate it enough, I really do recommend you giving it a go if you're after a cheap, quick and effective way to whiten your teeth safely.
Have you tried this toothpaste and light combination from Blanx?
 
 
 

 
 
 


ELEMIS FRESHSKIN SKIN GLOW EXFOLIATING FACE WASH.

 
 

I like Elemis products and have ever since using their shampoo and conditioner at a Center Parcs spa back when I was fourteen- gosh that makes me feel old and I have come to expect that all of their products will be of the same high quality too. This exfoliating face wash is no exception and I have been left completely smitten with yet another one of their products.
The Skin Glow exfoliator has a pretty strong citrus cent which I personally love in a face product as I find it instantly makes me feel fresh and more awake. I love Dermalogica products for the same reason. With this exfoliator however, it's not your typical lemon scented citrus, it's actually mandarin which makes me feel so summery. It actually makes me want to eat Solero ice lollies too but maybe that's just me.
Once you've finished being taken aback by the gorgeous smell, you'll next notice the exfoliating particals in the face wash. The face wash itself is quite thick and is orange/peach in colour, I guess this is to emulate the mandarin fragrance. The exfoliator beads are actually jojoba beads and there is also the element of cherry powder thrown in to the mix too. The idea behind this is that it will gently polish and refine skin texture (thanks feelunique.com). I find that the particals are pretty small and pretty scratchy but not in an 'ouch- that hurts my face' kind of way. More in like a 'ooh, I can feel it taking off the dead skin cells and leaving my skin all glowy and fresh looking'. So, although scratchy, I wouldn't say they're too harsh making it a perfect everday face wash.
I found that I could see the effects of the face wash pretty much straight away. My skin looked a lot less dull and a lot more awake. It has a nice and natural dewy look to it and leaves my face feeling soft and smooth.
For me, the Skin Glow Exfoliating Face Wash is a real winner and it has now replaced my Biore as my daily exfoliator.
Have you tried this face wash? What are your favourite exfoliators?