Mermaid Waves | Short Hair

Monday, 1 September 2014

My hair may be shorter now but I still use the same technique when I curl or wave it. My hair is naturally wavy so I'm lucky that it holds a curl quite well. This is my go-to hair style and the waves will last for a few days. Albeit they will become messier. I use my Babyliss Pro Classic Wand 32-19mm. You can find it here for just £25 (it also comes in two smaller sizes.) This is my absolute favourite styling tool, it comes without a barrel clip so you may need to use a heat-glove but I'm so practiced with this now I'm just careful where I put my fingers.

I start by splitting my hair in two and clipping the top section out of the way. I curl larger pieces in the bottom half and smaller pieces in the top half. I can then run my fingers through the curls to break them up and make them a little messier. I use Charles Worthington Front Row Sea Salt Spray to add texture and scrunch this into the mid lengths and ends using my hands. That's it done! Perfect for long or short hair.

The Bathory | Design Your Own Bath Soak

Monday, 25 August 2014

I love baths. I have more baths than showers and make time for them often because of the relaxing benefits both for your muscles and mind. So I also like trying out new bath products for the ultimate bubble bath.
A week ago I had the pleasure of designing my own bath soak - from the mineral salt right down to the mix of fragrant oils. The Bathory allows its customers to blend together their own bath salt jars on their easy to navigate website and then ships them right to your door in a beautiful brown paper parcel. The salts themselves are stored inside a tall violet glass jar with a screw on lid, they're all natural, organic and just my sort of thing.

I designed my own jar from the 'Soothe' range which mixes Epsom salts, oatmeal, honey and buttermilk. I then selected three of my favourite fragrances (especially for bath time) Lavender, Ylang Ylang and Eucalyptus. They have lots of scents and salts to choose from you can just hand pick what you like and leave out what you don't. The bath soak arrived in a few days after ordering. To my delight the salts are very finely ground and dissolve instantly into a hot bath and swirl around to make a nice aroma and add a silky feel to the water. The jar recommends you use 1/4 of the jar for a quick fix, half of the jar for a luxurious bath and the whole jar for the best bath of your life! I managed to get three baths from my 7oz jar and loved every one. I'm sort of glad this one jar doesn't last for months. I have so many half empty products sat around the bathroom that sometimes it's better to just use up and enjoy what you have.

I warmed to everything about this brand - their packaging was just perfect. I think these custom bath soaks would make a nice gift and the sleek dark violet glass bottle is not particularly feminine so I imagine even the manliest man would feel comfortable to personalise their own bath salts from The Bathory.

DIY Instagram Magnets for 99p

Saturday, 23 August 2014

There's nothing I like more than finding a DIY bargain. These square magnets are a great way to display your Instagram photographs and can you believe these cost just 99p! I found a pack of A4 magnetic photo paper in the art supply section of Bargain Buys. These pound shops pop up everywhere, so it's always worth checking the crafty bits in your local bargain store. I've also managed to find the same pack of magnetic printer paper on eBay for just £1.79 if you'd rather shop from the comfort of your own home.

The packs come with 2 A4 sheets, which work with your standard inkjet printer at home. It's plenty of paper to make lots of mini photo magnets but of course you could make photo magnets at any size. I selected my favourite Instagram snaps and sized them up to print at 1 inch squares - once printed and dry I cut around the images leaving a small white border - and that's it! Quick and simple to make, pop them on your fridge or wrap them up and give out as gifts. Lots of print companies offer this service but it can be expensive, so why not make your own!

Inkjet Printer
Instagram Photos

Download your instagram photos. I find Webstagram the easiest way to do this, just right-click and save. Then collage them together on Word or Photoshop leaving enough space between each one for a thin white border. Pop your magnetic photo paper into the printer (I did one sheet at a time) and hit print!

Let the photos dry for a few moments before taking sharp scissors and cutting them out. All done!

For more DIYs and Instagram Photo ideas visit the DIY tutorial archive.

What's in my Bag | Everyday Basics

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Hello, you curious people! Who else loves 'what's in my bag' style posts!? I've done a few of these in the past but I thought it was about time I posted an update. I'm carrying a new bag c/o LYDC from the DSUK London range named the 'Giselle Cross Body Bag' in black and sand. It's one of those small-medium sized bags that surprisingly holds a lot of stuff. It's quite a slim design though, different to what I'm used to, so I can't carry bulky items like a dslr camera. I've had bags from LYDC before and I'm always impressed with the quality of the faux leather for the price. This Giselle bag is only £23.50.

On a everyday basis I'll be carrying just the basic items with me. My iPhone and iPad Mini for keeping up to date with Twitter and posting photos to Instagram as well as always having Game of Thrones to hand for a quick read on the train. My purse is from Osprey but via TKMaxx (always the best for a designer bargain) as is my 2014 diary. I've started relying on Google Calendar much more these days but it's always handy to have a paper diary/notebook on your person. Other items that fell out of my bag include my Ray Bans for unexpected sunny weather, a few items of makeup - nearly always lip products, a Chloe roller-ball perfume and a selection of midi rings. I swiftly removed the screwed up receipts and bits of fluff before taking these pictures.

Osprey Pink Purse / iPhone / iPad Mini with DIY Mandala iPad Sleeve / 2014 Diary / Ray-ban Sunglasses
/ Chloe Roller-ball Perfume / Mac Lipstick in 'Coral Bliss' / Carmex Lipbalm / Silver Rings


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