Sunday, 31 August 2014

Blackout Night - Try it!

A typical night at home consists of all different types of technology. Whether it be a phone, an iPad, a laptop or the TV, one of us is always using it. When there is a power cut it shows just how reliant on technology we are. We are lost, not sure what to do with ourselves and quickly become very bored and agitated. Eyes glued to technology generally means we are not spending quality time with one another. Even when watching a film, at some point throughout one of us will be on our phone checking twitter and what not.

On the first of every month, my boyfriend and I have decided to have what's called "a black out night". Inspired by Hannah Maggs, a black out night consists of no technology. That means no TV, no phones, no internet, just the chance to enjoy one anothers company. On our first black out night we played music (that's the only exception to the technology rule) drank wine and played card games all night. It was surprisingly enjoyable not having any access to the internet for one evening (a bit of a rarity these days)! Play board games, read, become a child for the night and build a fort, draw, paint, the choice is endless!

Tomorrow night will be our second ever black out night and I have to say, I can't wait. It's refreshing to take a step back from technology and realize what's important in your life. It's not what's happened in the latest episode of Made In Chelsea or what is happening on Facebook or Twitter, but friends and loved ones. Those special times are what you will remember in the future.

I dare you all to have a technology free evening and see what you think!

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Mahogany Teakwood Bath & Body Works Candle

Bath & Body Works candles are a must when visiting the U.S.A, so when I travelled to New York I made sure that it was on my list of things to buy. This was my first time in a Bath & Body Works store and it reminds me a little of The Body Shop with all the shower gels, fragrances and body cream, except they sell candles!

Having sniffed my way through all the different candles, I decided I wanted something a little different and Mahogany Teakwood really stood out. Described as "Reveling in the cozy fine woods fragrances of mahogany, cedarwood and oak, highlighted by delicate lavender and geranium notes." I describe it as Abercrombie and Fitch and boy does it smell amazing. It reminds me of stepping into an Abercrombie and Fitch store, which although I wouldn't describe as my favourite experience, I have to admit I do love the scent.

When burning the house fills with an aftershave like aroma that is not overwhelming but soft and pleasant. This has quickly become my favourite candle, it's just a shame it isn't readily available in the UK. At $22.50, they are not cheap but not overly expensive either, and they are generally on some kind of offer making them so much cheaper!

What is your favourite candle?

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Monday, 25 August 2014

Chill* ed Blonde Products

If you have blonde hair you will know how important it is to have a good purple shampoo and conditioner. The Chill* ed Blonde range has been created specifically for blonde hair, whether it is natural or chemically treated, to tone down unwanted brassy or yellow tones. A key ingredient in both is grape seed oil, which has many great benefits for your hair. It is very moisturising, helps to strengthen your hair, reduces dandruff and even helps your hair grow. The shampoo also contins hydrolysed proteins, which makes it easier for the hair to absorb the product meaning greater benefits. Both are a purple colour, which is what helps to tone down those unwanted colours.

I have to say, the shampoo is not my favourite. It did not foam up very easily so I had to pair it with another shampoo to produce more foam. It also felt quite drying when first applied and my hair became a tangled mess. However, paired with the conditioner it is lovely and I am in certainly in love with the results.  The conditioner is very rich and moisturising and leaves my hair looking soft and shiny. There is no sign of brassiness and it smells amazing (which lingers once dry). At £9.99 each they are not the cheapest products however I would highly recommend the conditioner if you are after something that is super moisturising. As for the shampoo, I think I will stick to my trusty Touch of Silver Twice a Week Brightening Shampoo.

The real gem of the range is the Chill* ed Lush Blonde Oil/Serum. I have never used a serum specifically designed for blonde hair and I can definitely see the benefits. It can be applied to wet hair to help detangle and tame fly aways, or dry hair to calm dry hair and give shine. I have yet to see the detangling effects, but my hair is certainly softer. You only need one pump and it does not leave any tackiness once dry. At £14.99 I think it is reasonably priced when compared to other hair serums and has the benefits of the purple colour to tone down the unwanted colours.

What are your favourite products for blonde hair?

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Friday, 22 August 2014

MAC Jete Eye Shadow

Jete was one of the first MAC eye shadows that I owned and isn't it just beautiful? It is described as a frosted pinky peach with a Veluxe Pearl finish. It has a very soft texture, making it easy to apply, and as you can see the pigmentation is great. Hinting on the coral side, Jete looks great with blue eyes, either as a simple wash of colour on the lid, or in the inner corner of your eye, but also looks great on any skin tone and eye colour.

Originally released in 2006 as part of the Danse collection it was re-released in 2012 and unfortunately it is no longer available.  However, I have read that MAC Jest is a good dupe for this, which is a part of the permanent collection or Urban Decay Scratch.

What was your first MAC eyeshadow?

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