29 May 2015
I'm so excited to show you this post today because I just love the idea behind the whole product that I'm reviewing.
The lovely Susi got in touch with me a little while ago to tell me all about her new company called 'Death To Flowers'.
At first I was all like 'oh hell no' when I saw that name pop up in my inbox I thought it was some crazy mail about something weird happening to flowers but once I saw the website and read a bit more about the brand I literally fell in love with it. Susi was kind enough to send me a box to try out and review for you all to see what they are really like.
I know I don't have to but I just once again want to stress to you how I never ever take a sample of something to review or try out for you if I don't think its looks amazing and I promise I always give you my honest opinion. If I don't like a product when it gets sent to me I just don't feature it on my blog, simple as that! ohhhhkkk, now that's covered, Here is my review....
What is Death To Flowers
It's for those moments where you would normally send flowers to someone but you know the person who your sending them to doesn't really like flowers or its just not personal enough to show them how you feel, so the idea is that you go to 'Death To Flowers' and send them one of their boxes as an alternative to flowers.
The boxes work in the same way all those beauty type boxes work, a box with a theme and then a random assortment of products in it. There are 4 boxes and the themes are - Love, Sympathy, Congrats and Thank You. Each box is specific to the theme and is filled with a handful of fun gifts.
Each box costs £15 and you can personalise the box at checkout by adding a message to whoever your sending it to and then the company will send it on and instead of them getting a knock at the door and seeing a bunch of flowers they will get a super cute, fun and quirky personalised gift they can keep!
I picked the Congrats box to try out as I thought that was the one that most people would buy. It covers a lot, new job, new house, you've had a baby that kinda thing. Everything in the box was super cute and had a real retro, old skool vibe to it from the little teeny tiny pegs that were attached to the cards to the music box that was one of the gifts.
Here is what I got in my box-
- Mini wind-up organ playing ‘Congratulations’
- A ‘dancing lady’ temporary tattoo
- A bar of gourmet chocolate
- A vintage cigarette card
- A fortune cookie, with words of wisdom from either Beyoncé, Cher, Britney or Swifty
- A congratulatory postcard
I really loved what came in this box. My favourite thing was the music box, so damn cute and such a fun little gift and the fortune cookie with the saying inside was really sweet too.
I'm not gonna lie though, I totally had to google what a cigarette card was but turns out it's a card that they used to...yup you've guessed it put in old packs of cigarettes, I truly did not know that these were a thing but seemingly a ton of people collect them. Its actually really nice and has a some lovely writing on the back too.
As much as I loved the idea when I first heard about it, I love it even more now after seeing the box in real life.
I love flowers, but I'm not really the kind of person who would want someone to buy me a bunch of flowers but I would be super happy if they bought me this instead. It just feels really personal and like the person who bought it for you has put a lot of thought in to it. I just adore how quirky all the gifts are too, I think it's perfect for younger people to gift to each other who wouldn't naturally want to buy each other flowers but wouldn't want to spend a load of money on a massive present either.
Most big bouquet's of flowers that you get online to send to people would be around the £15 to £25 mark for an average bunch I would say, so you would be paying the same amount but you'd be giving someone something that not only is really unique but they can keep too.
I'm so impressed by 'Death To Flowers' and I couldn't wait to introduce it to those of you who might never of heard of it before as I think it's something that a lot of you might really love!
Let me know what you think and if you would send a box like this to someone?
You can look at what's inside all the boxes on the website and order one on there too. HERE is the link.
27 May 2015
Big Hurr Don't Curr...
I wanted to show you one of my favourite curling wands. I've had this wand for years and years but it still works better than most I have ever used.
It's from a brand called H2D or Hair2Day, I don't really know anything much about them other than I (think?) they might be Australian and they sell a range of hair tools.
I have naturally curly hair but my own curl is big and it's always lovely to use this wand to get a teeny tiny corkscrew curl when I want to go for a different look.
I don't use anything on my hair to keep the curl in or seal the curl and it lasts for days after I've done this but if you have thinner hair or naturally straight hair I would always lock it in with some hair spray after you have finished styling your hair and if your hair really struggles to hold a curl I would put some mousse on your hair after you've finished curling it, this will help you get more volume and keep the curl longer then you can give it all a once over with some hair spray.
This is such an easy look to achieve, I take quite big sections of my hair and curl them around the wand from the root to the tip. You really want your root to get curled here as that's where you will get all the volume. I have a ton of hair and it only took me about 15mins to do this.
I like it to look super messy and kinda boho though, so I'm not too precise but I think that's they key to this look not seeming too 'done' if you know what I mean?
After I curl my whole head then I take my fingers and break up every curl, I do this a few times and it's amazing to watch your hair get bigger and bigger every time. I then shake my head upside down and again put my hands through it. This really does add a lot of that frizzy texture which I just love so much and think works so well with this look but if you don't like that look then skip putting your head upside down.
And that's it, you left with lovely, massive, 70's style messy curls that give your hair so much natural looking volume and stay in for days. You will just need to make sure you keep putting your fingers through your curls or shaking them up to keep it looking separated throughout the day!
You can buy this on Amazon for £44.99
Oh and p.s its a 9mm-13mm wand which is why you get the pretty small curls rather than beach-type waves because the wand has such a small barrel.
25 May 2015
So after going back to having dark hair and leaving my blonde-ness behind me (for the moment) I decided this would be the summer I embraced all things fake tan. The reason why having my own natural dark hair colour always freaks me out a bit (a lot) is because I feel like it makes me look even paler than I am and when your as pale as I am to start with its not the best look.
I have always been pale even when I go on holiday or sit in the sun I don't really tan I just get more freckles (which might be more to do with the fact that my whole life I've worn a factor 25 and last summer I actually reached the heady heights of a factor 50+, I know don't be jealous haha) but I'm actually ok with it because whenever I've tried fake tan in the past they have all just been too dark and orange in contrast to what my actual skin colour is so I just sort of gave up trying them years ago and embraced my Scottish pale-ness haha! Well until now that is. So get ready to join me this summer on my path to becoming a golden goddess um... of sorts and have a peek at the first tan I've tried out so far....
This is the James Read Clear Bronzing Mist spray tan. If you've been reading my blog for a while you'll know that I am the biggest fangirl of QVC, and I genuinely mean it in the most un-ironic way too. If my TV doesn't have Friends on in the background then it has QVC. Seriously, the love is real.
A little while ago QVC started to sell the James Read tanning range. For those who aren't familiar with James, he is the celebs go-to tan man and has been doing the rounds of the celeb world for years with his tanning skills. So he put all his years of knowledge to good use and finally brought out his own range. One of the other (many!) things I love about QVC is that a lot of the time it has the creator of the product they are selling on the show to tell you about the item and they always have James on to sell his products, show you how they work and give you his tips and tricks. James literally seems like the funniest man and his love of QVC would nearly rival mine I think, he really does make me laugh when I watch him and he sold me on his range which is why I went ahead and purchased the above tan.
This is a clear mist spray. When they say its a fine mist they really mean it. It's so light you barely feel it touch your skin. You spray whichever areas you want covered in quick strokes and leave to settle for a min or two and that's it, your done. Because the spray is clear there is no guide colour that you have to wash off so you just wait around 3-5 hours and your colour develops. Because of watching James on QVC I had picked up on a couple of things he said and tried to remember them for when I was applying the tan like putting your hand into a claw shape so that the mist hits all around your fingers too and doesn't give you any lines which seems to really work. He also mentions that this tan is a layering tan, so you can put as many layers on to achieve your desired results. Because I am so beyond pale I always think tans like this which are 'bronze' tans rather than dark tans don't show up too well on me so I had already decided to put on a few layers. After I first applied the tan I waited 5 Min's and then done another fine layer, I then waited about an hour and done a third layer. Because the tan takes a few hours to develop I obviously didn't know if maybe I had made it too dark but when the colour came out I couldn't have been happier and I will always do three layers in the future.
I LOVE this tan. Like really love it. I am beyond happy with the colour. It is the only time I have ever worn fake tan that didn't feel fake. It felt like the colour I would naturally go if I was a little more chill with the high factor sunscreen when I'm in the sunshine. It was definitely a bronzed colour rather than a brown or an orange. It also seemed to do absolutely everything it claimed to do. It dried faster than the bottle even claimed, there was completely no stickiness and you can jump straight back into your clothes. I also have no marks on my clothes, pillows or bedding which is just crazy good when it comes to tan. There was no smell at all and the classic 'tan' smell only appeared slightly the next day but could have been due to the fact I did have on three layers but to me I would always expect a slight 'tan' smell and it really doesn't bother me at all. It has lasted so long and when its fading it gradually fades rather than in patches which is always a relief. I have the most sensitive skin in the world and I was so nervous about using it on my face but I wanted to give it a go and I'm so glad I did. Not only was my skin ok with it but it felt really nourished with it too.
The only thing I struggled with about this tan was the spraying. I think I got an older version from QVC because I just have like a normal spray can whereas the new ones seem to have a fancy spray head on them so that might make all the difference. I did find spraying certain areas a little difficult, like the under side of my arms and the like but I think that is just something I will get the hang of and get used to the more I use it. I can't rave enough about how much I love this product, it's the colour that I am just so impressed by and I've just seen that he makes a mousse which I'm thinking I definitely want to try next if it's the same formulation as this because maybe I would find it easier than the spray and still get this awesome colour!
Also I just wanted to do a comparison Before and After in the above photos because I wanted to show what a difference in colour it makes to my skin and how lovely and bronzed it left it looking. Obviously if your starting off a little darker than me then it would give you a bit of a deeper glow too.
If your looking to try a new tan I would recommend this 100%.
Buy it on QVC for £19
22 May 2015
One thing I have wanted to start featuring more of on my blog is films. I am the biggest film fan and I feel like I love nothing better than reading blog posts full of recommendations of awesome films, so I thought why don't I start a little series where I do the same thing.
So keep an eye out for some random posts popping up where I will share some new releases to keep an eye out for and also all my old favourites too.
One type of film that I have always been obsessed with is documentaries. Ever since I was little I've always love autobiographies and documentaries, I've just always had this real love for finding out about other peoples life and weird and wonderful stories.
So I thought my first film post should be sharing with you some of my all time favourite documentaries. I've tried to whittle the list down but there is still quite a handful so I'm going to break the post down into two parts and part two will be coming next week.
I will link a trailer for all the films. I have put next to each the ones I can find showing on Netflix and I have also put the links to buy the DVDs on amazon too although I guess if you can buy the DVDs on amazon you can probably watch them on amazon prime too, so you can check that out if you have it.
Please do leave me your own documentary recommendations in the comments below as I love finding new ones to watch and let me know if any of my picks are your favourites too!
1. Artifact - TRAILER
I only vaguely knew about this film. I thought it was a concert movie made by Jared Leto about his band but I completely underestimated it. It's number one on this list because it is now my favourite ever documentary and I have seen a lot of them but it is honestly that amazing. The premise of the story is Jared Leto had decided to make a documentary about his band 30 Seconds to Mars, he wanted to film them making their new album, going on tour, that kind of thing but just as they were about to start recording they got hit with a $30 million lawsuit from their own record label. The film then turns into something completely different, they decide to keep filming and they record this epic fight they have against their record label and Jared starts to look into the music industry as a whole. To say it's enthralling is an understatement. He talks to so many key players in the music industry past and present and the things you hear makes you wonder why anyone in the world would ever willingly sign a record deal, when they say your signing your soul away, it seems like a mass understatement. I can't urge you enough to watch this, to be honest I had contemplated just dedicating a whole post to this one film, it's just that good. Don't worry if your not a fan of his band, it really doesn't focus on their music too much or anything but if you have even the teeniest interest in music or the music industry I would just urge you to watch this amazing film. Also I have always had the biggest crush on Jared Leto (who doesn't right?) but after watching this it will completely make you fall in love with him, he is so unbelievably different to what I thought he would be like and you really do feel for him through out this film as he kinda has all the weight on his shoulders. This is my biggest must-watch of the whole list!
Watch on Netflix
2. American Teen - Trailer
This really is the real life Breakfast Club. It follows the last year of high school for a group of teenagers in Indiana. There is the jock, the geek, the princess, you get the idea, right?
I have always had this fantasy of American high school as being just like the movies, just fun and perfect and way better than school was here, I used to always say to my mum when I was at school 'why couldn't we live in America, school would be so much better there' and my mum would always be like 'school is school no matter where in the world you are' and how right she was because after watching this it completely broke all of my illusions of a wonderful American high school experience, it looks hard and nothing like the Hollywood movies make it out to be and it actually made me thankful for my high school experience, something I never thought I would say haha! It's such an interesting look at such a universal experience. I really enjoyed it.
Buy it on Amazon for £2.49
3. Spellbound - Trailer
This film follows a group of young people who are taking part in a national spelling bee in America. It's just such a sweet film and it's a great look at something which I had no knowledge of before hand as I don't think we really go in for the whole spelling bee thing over here. A lovely little film that's just perfect viewing if your having a chilled out weekend.
Buy on Amazon for £7.99
4. Venus and Serena - Trailer
I am the biggest Tennis fan but I only really like men's tennis and have just never been interested in women's tennis and always get a bit bored watching it. I knew a little about Venus and Serena but not much about their lives off the court and when I saw this documentary I worried I wouldn't be that interested but I really loved it. It just basically chronicles their story and how they got to be where they are today. They are very honest and open in it which I loved and I just found it so interesting to see the tennis world from their point of view. If you don't like tennis at all then I would give this one a pass as you will probably get a little bored but for all tennis fan's out there I think this is a must.
Watch on Netflix or buy on Amazon for £5.75
5. Catfish - Trailer
So this was the beginning of it all. Before the TV show, before Max, there was this documentary that Ariel Schulman and his friend made about his brother Nev. I know that there probably isn't many people out there who have not seen the TV show that Nev makes based on this film but if you've never seen this I would definitely recommend it. I watched this not long after it was released all those years ago, I remember being so taken aback and shocked that this thing called catfishing happened and the outcome of this film just blew my mind. But fast forward to now after watching so many crazy episodes of catfish the TV show I honestly wouldn't even blink at the outcome of the film it just seems so tame now but it definitely is a defining moment in pop culture and the whole was it real or not tag still seems to loom over this documentary and its fun to try and work out what's going to happen. And its a whole couple of hours watching a young-ish Nev, who doesn't love Nev right?
Watch on Netflix or buy on Amazon for £3.75
6. First Position - Trailer
This is a beautiful film that follows 6 young Ballet dancers as they enter the final stages of a prestigious ballet competition that will affect their whole future ballet careers. I could watch dance films all day and this one is just so interesting and the dance sequences are just stunning. I think being a ballet dancer seems like such an intense life and its so inspiring and intriguing hearing about it first hand from people who are sacrificing having normal childhoods for it.
Watch it on Netflix or buy it from Amazon for £5.75
7. Katy Perry - Part of Me - Trailer
I am a big fan of Katy's music but I always found her super annoying so I was interested to see what this documentary that follows her life as she tours the world would be like and I ended up really, really loving it. I thought it was refreshing how honest and candid she was. I can never understand the point of celebrities making films about themselves and not opening up and Katy definitely showed who she really is and let you have a glance into what her life is like. She really does seem sweet and I would love to see one of her shows after watching the movie as her concerts just seem so much fun. I thought it was interesting how much she showed of the whole Russell brand break up and I actually found the whole thing pretty emotional, she just seemed so sad by the whole thing. And even though I was and always have been Team Brand, I thought she handled the whole thing really well and was so brave to let that side of her life be filmed.
Watch it on Netflix or buy on Amazon for £3.25
8. Lagerfeld Confidential - Trailer
This is my favourite ever fashion documentary. It follows Karl Lagerfeld just living his life and going about his business and there really is nothing more to it other than that but just watching him and hearing his thoughts and opinions is more entertaining than any scripted show could be I think. I find the man just hilarious but I know he is totally hit or miss for people so if you already don't like him then give this a miss but if you are a fan of him like me or are interested in the behind the scenes of the fashion world then this is a must for you.
Watch on Netflix or buy on Amazon for £7.90
20 May 2015
I had been wanting this eyeliner for so long. I think I first saw it sometime last year maybe even before that but I couldn't find it to buy anywhere. I don't know if it just kept selling out or if it was just limited edition to start with possibly but as luck would have it I saw it back on sale just before my birthday and my sister bought it for me for as a present!
If you've read this blog for anytime at all you'll know that I am the biggest fan of eyeliner, if I'm not rocking my liquid line then it's my gel liner always with a flick. I just think it finishes off a look perfectly and I thought adding in the gold element would just totally switch up my normal liner routine.
To start with I wanted to try something really subtle with it, so I drew a thin line of gold under my lashes and brought it just a teeny bit into the corner of my eye too just to add that extra pop. Because it's super subtle it was hard to photograph but I hope that you can see it just glistening slightly in the above (super close, sorry!) photo.
I can't tell you what a lovely effect this has on your overall make-up it just gives such a lovely brightening look and really opens your eyes up so much!
The colour is called Rose Gold but I would say that it is definitely a pure gold colour rather than rose, its so pigmented and metallic. It honestly looks so beautiful. Its such a smooth consistency and the brush is so thin and fine and is perfect for drawing a lovely line. I can't wait to do a thick flick on my upper line with it too, I just think it will be so pretty!
I can't recommend this enough to you and I've found it on sale for £16.80 on BeautyBay
Let me know if your loving this as much as me and if you've tried it or not?