Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Good Hair Days & New Purchases

Something of a while ago, I attended a V05/TRESemme event at London's Soho Hotel. It was my first ever bloggers event and it was lovely to meet some of the people behind the blogs I read while playing with hair products and eating yummy minature food.

I came away with a big goodie bag of products which I'm slowly working my way through. My hair is naturally straight, not coloured and just, well, "normal" so I don't usually use that many products on it and wear it down 99% of the time. I only wash my hair twice a week (I'm not THAT lazy, it just doesn't need it!) so like products that are light and don't weigh my hair down. Since getting it cut last month I've tried to be a bit more adventurous with it as now I don't have split ends and tangles to contend with so it's been great having some new products to play around with. So far I'm loving:

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TRESemme Salon Sleek Straightening Spray
This is great for when I want my hair to look a little more sleek and polished. I usually wear my hair quite loose and messy but sometimes I feel like I need to smarten up a bit and this spray leaves my hair soft and shiny without weighing it down. It contains Argan Oil which is currently a "big deal" ingredient in hair care so it's great to see an affordable brand using this in its products. I'd recommend this to anyone with long, normal-ish hair that wants it to look a bit sleeker. It'd be good to use before straigheners too if you want a super straight look although I don't think the product would be heavy-duty enough for those with very dry or frizzy hair.

Give Me Texture Tousled Style Spray
I'm a big fan of natural loose waves, especially in summer when you don't have the time or inclination to blow dry your hair. I usually dry my hair upside down, twist it into a messy bun until just before I leave the house and then un-do the bun to get natural-looking, heat-free waves. I usually use GHD's Salt Spray on damp hair to give hold and texture but since that ran out I've been using this instead. It gives a light hold, volume and doesn't leave my hair feeling sticky. I like the spray dispener as it applies the product really evenly and the product has a light but not over-powering scent. I don't think this gives as much hold as GHD's version but you could always use a bit of hairspray afterwards to retain the tousled effect. This would work on most hair types for a natural, textured look and I'll definitly be using it a lot this summer.

Beyond Blonde Shampoo & Conditioner
These smell gorgeous and I love the shape of the bottles (I like things to look nice in my shower). The formula contains avocado oil, argan oil, apricot oil, grape seed oil and jojoba oil and has "Adaptive Haircare Technology" to give the right level of nourishment for your hair. The shampoo foams up really well (I know the lather's just chemicals but I really don't like shampoos that don't foam up properly) and leaves my hair feeling nice and clean. The conditioner is quite light but does the job and helps to detangle my hair nicely. These would make great everyday haircare although if you have dry or coloured hair then you might need a deep conditioner too to give your hair extra moisture. At £3.50 for 500ml these are a great price too.

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After being very strict with myself and not buying any new make-up, I caved in to Boots 3 for 2 offer to cheer myself up after an exam last week (I paid with my points so it wasn't really even spending money!). I got 17's Oil Control pressed powder as mine is almost finished (I feel like I should be upping my game to a "better" powder but this is the only one I've tried so far that keeps shine under control, doesn't make me break out and is cheap enough not to get upset when it drop it onto a tiled floor), Barry M Lip Paint in 153 "Pink Ribbon" which is a lovely bright summery pink and Barry M Nail Effects in pink as I've wanted to try a crackle polish for ages.

What are you favourite haircare products?
And have you taken advantage of the Boots 3 for 2 offer?
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Sunday, 29 May 2011

A Few Of My Favourite Things: May 29th

Another week over. I have exams coming up so time feels like it's flying by apart from when I'm actually revising when it seems to slow down completely. Despite exams I've still taken a little time out for:

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Aussie Lighter Self Bootcamp
Top photo: Tabitha, Lauren and I. Middle photo: Jen and I doing the below-mentioned exercise, Amanda - our fitness and yoga instructor. Photos from Yummy Hair.
Such a fun day! I met a few of the Bloggers that I follow in real life for the first time, did some fun exercise (I say fun but my arms were still aching three days later) and had a lusciously light lunch.
The Reebox Club in Canary Wharf was an amazing venue and the day was a great idea - fun exercise, healthy eating and a great way to meet other bloggers, you can't fail to make friends while wearing matching Aussie shirts and doing the hula hula!

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Yummy Treats
Starbucks soya coffee light frappuchino - I love how you can now get frappuchinos made with soya milk, I don't drink normal milk so very happy that I can now have frappuchinos. My wallet is probably crying though as they're so expensive. Post-exam treat along with the latest issue of Company Magazine.
Pollo Salad in Pizza Express, the 2 for 1 vouchers are back so making the most of my student days by going twice this week and having a salad with tap water both times.
Lunch at Wahaca. My mum came down to London on Friday and we spent the day at Westfield due to the unpredictable London weather. This salad was so good and love how you can eat the bowl!

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The Terrible Tudors
Yesterday my friend and I escaped London for the beautiful surroundings of Hampton Court Palace. After filling up on free samples at the Foodies Festival, we visited the Palace, gardens and maze. Highlight was getting dressed up in tudor clothing - couldn't resist a blog-style outfit shot!

What have you been enjoying this week?
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Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Review: L'Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black Mascara

I'm beginning to lose count of how many mascara reviews I've done...my name is Lily and I'm a mascara-holic.

My latest mascara love is one of the best I've tried for a while. It is the perfect glossy black, lengthens my lashes a LOT (I have naturally long lashes so that's saying something!), creates absolutely no clumping and lasts all day without smudging or flaking. I think it's true mascara-love. For now, at least.

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I really like how the brush is small enough to get right into the corner lashes and I seem to get on a lot better with comb-type brushes rather than bristle ones as I like how you can really "pull" out the lashes with the brush. I bought this in Dubai airport for around £11 and a quick Google reveals that Superdrug sells it for £11.29 so while it's a little pricier than some drugstore mascaras it's a lot cheaper than Lancome's Hypnose which I was very tempted by (even more so after reading that Kate Middleton apparently wore it on her wedding day - think I still have Royal Wedding fever!).

Are you a high-end or drugstore mascara girl?
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Friday, 20 May 2011

Forever Young

On my recent holiday to Dubai hitting the shopping malls was a top priority of mine. It wasn't so much for my parents so I left them soaking up the sun on the beach and escaped the 35 degree heat in favour of the air-conditioned coolness of the Mall of the Emirates. After browsing the designer stores (one day) and by-passing the UK highstreet favourites (Topshop and River Island are almost double the price) I headed to Forever 21 which was probably one of the few stores I could afford to make some purchases in!

I picked up this orange dress for around £18 which seemed like a pretty good bargain. I could have bought so much but ended up just getting this and a pair of cute floral shorts. De-clutter challenge: 1, Overflowing wardrobe: 0.

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I love the bright summery print and the nipped in waist. I know I'm going to wear this a lot this summer and it's definitely one of those "wear anywhere" dresses. I'm wearing it here with my New Look sandals which are so comfortable I've almost worn them out already! I have a 20% off voucher for New Look (its in their latest magazine) so I'm definitely going to buy another pair of them, maybe in bronze or gold.

What's your to-go summer outfit?
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Monday, 16 May 2011

A Few Of My Favourite Things: May 16th

The start of summer and nice weather means only one thing....exam time. In between revision I've been enjoying:

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Raw vegetable Pad Thai at Daylesford Organic.
I'm trying to increase the amount of raw food in my diet (although this isn't always easy when trying to grab a quick lunch in between classes) and this was yummy enough to convince me that raw = good!

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Early morning runs.
Now that I've bitten the bullet and signed up for the Boutique Run (thanks to Jen for the motivation and discount code) I've been even more motivated to go running. Views like this make it all the more worth it.

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Model's Own Purple Ash.
I won this in Becka's giveaway and have got so many compliments while wearing it. It's the first Model's Own polish I've tried, it was really easy to apply and is still going strong after four days. The bottle seems huge in comparison to some of my other polishes too.

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Dinner at Tibits.
Hidden just off of Regent Street, this vegetarian buffet restaurant is a new find. The food is so fresh and healthy and I love how you can try so many different things. I've been twice already and definitely will be visting again and again this summer.

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Glamour's May beauty giveaway.
I've entered this every year for the last 5 years (what a loyal Glamour reader I am!) and I usually win one of the prizes!

Aussie's Lusciously Light videos: Part 2 from 1000heads on Vimeo.



Aussie Lighter Self tips.
The second video focuses on healthy eating. I'm trying (and failing) to cut down on my beloved Diet Coke although somehow revision time and copious Diet Coke consumption seem to go hand in hand...although I think I redeem myself by the amount of fruit and veg I eat!

I'm super excited for the Lighter Self bootcamp on Saturday - looking forward to meeting some of the other Lighter Self Angels there!

What have you been loving this week?
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Tuesday, 10 May 2011

What I wore...In Dubai - Part 2

A few more of my evening holiday outfits:

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1. Dress: Pixie Loves Lipsy @ Very, Shoes: M&S

2. Dress: $10 from a random shop in SoHo, NY

3. Dress: H&M, Bag: M&S, Leggings: M&S, Shoes: FitFlop

4. Playsuit: River Island @ ASOS, Sandals: New Look

5. Jumpsuit: New Look, Sandals: New Look

Which look is your favourite?
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Thursday, 5 May 2011

What I wore...In Dubai - Part 1

Some of my holiday outfits - it's actually much harder to get good outfit photos when you're using your mother as a photographer rather than a tripod and timer-function!

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1. Leopard-print maxi - H&M, Bag - M&S, Sandals - New Look, Belt - Primark

2. Top - New Look, Skirt - Topshop, Sandals - New Look

3. Dress - Laden Showrooms, Heels - M&S

4. Dress - M&S, Sandals - FitFlop

What are your holiday wardrobe essentials?
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Sunday, 1 May 2011

Aussie Lusciously Lighter Self

I may have been a little absent from the blogging world lately (a hectic last week at uni before Easter followed by a very relaxing and mostly internet-free two weeks in Dubai are to blame) but am now back and ready to take on my Aussie challenge to Lighten-up my life!

The challenge is not to lose weight or have a complete image overhaul. It's about spring-cleaning your life and attitude, and of course having fun along the way. Aussie have provided the Angels who chose "Lighter Self" with the first in a series of home workouts which are quick to do and easy to fit into your daily routine. The first one is posted below:

Aussie's Lusciously Light Videos: Part 1 from 1000heads on Vimeo.



I stopped my gym membership last summer as I could no longer afford it so am a big fan of exercising at home. I love Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred DVD and have nearly finished the Couch-to-5k iPhone app which is a great introduction to running. My goal for the summer is to build up to being able to run 10k which will be a big achievement for someone who did golf at school so that I didn't have to change into a games kit (how unstylish!) and who last year could barely run 10 metres without feeling like death!

Aussie's challenge also involves lightening up your life which for me means de-cluttering. I am such a hoarder and hate throwing things away...I try to have regular clearouts but just end up reminising over how I wore a certain top to a friend's 18th (I'm er, 23 now) or I end up engrossed in a 2005 issue of Glamour magazine which I kept for some unknown reason.

By the end of summer I am to have de-cluttered my room, my make-up collection (anything over two years old is going straight in the bin) and my wardrobe:

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Too. Much. Stuff.

What are you tips for lightening up your life?

PS. If you're after some Lighter Style inspiration than check out Kelly's style make-over!
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