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Review: Irresistible Me Silky Touch Hair Extensions

17 October 2016

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As some of you may be aware, I’m having a bit of a hair moment (which explains my recent high end hair products splurge). Does this happen to anyone else? Sometimes I’m obsessed with makeup, sometimes it’s clothes, sometimes skincare, but for now it’s been hair.

Anyway, for the last ten years or so I’ve dabbled in hair extensions. I’ve had sewn-in weaves before, as well as countless amounts of clip-ins. While I do love the way a weave makes you feel super glamorous and put-together even when you’ve just rolled out of bed, I do hate the high maintenance aspect of it. And when you’re lazy like me, that is a one-way road to greasy, matted roots. And that’s why clip-ins are so great – you get a similar effect but at the end of the night, you can take them out and carry on with your regular hair care routine.

I recently tried out the Silky Touch clip-ins from Irresistible Me*. They’re made from 100% remy human hair, and I chose mine in Natural Black in the 22″ length. If you’re like me and usually buy your hair from an actual store, you might be a bit concerned about the colour and texture match, which is why I loved the little test section of hair that is included in the box, which lets you try it against your own hair without opening the main pack. I must say, the colour was an absolutely perfect match for me, and the texture wasn’t too dissimilar to my own. My hair is very thick so sometimes I find some brands too fine for me – but these I can definitely work with. The ends are nicely tapered too so an even more natural effect. Even more handily, the hair comes in lots of differently-sized pieces – there’s a main 4-clip piece then a selection of 1-clip, 2-clip and 3-clip pieces so you can really customise your look and create the most natural effect.

As you can see, my natural hair isn’t exactly short, but the hair extensions add so much more volume and body, meaning extensions can still be useful if you’re less bothered about length. I think they look pretty natural – my husband commented my hair was looking nice but had no idea I was wearing extensions. I found them pretty comfy to wear all day but one thing I’d suggest is to keep a small paddle brush in your handbag. The ends did get a bit piecey throughout the day, but a quick brush through them every so often sorts them out. I got a little bit of shedding, but definitely no more than normal – I’ve had more expensive brands that have shedded a lot more.

All in all, I love the Irresistible Me hair extensions. And for the price, the quality can’t be faulted. I’d definitely recommend them, especially if you can’t be dealing with the trimming of shop-bought hair and sewing on the clips yourself.

Let me know what you think! Does anyone else ever dabble with hair clip-ins?

*Product sent for review

Empties #7

11 October 2016

beauty empties

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Shower Gel, £6.50
You probably know by now that the Soap & Glory shower gels are a permanent feature around these parts. This one is my favourite but I’m not averse to dabbling in other scents.

Repurchase? Already have

Soap & Glory Orangeasm Shower Gel, £6.50
As mentioned above, I do dip my toe in other S&G shower gel offerings. I feel like Orangeasm SHOULD be my favourite, but I always go back to Sugar Crush – probably because it evokes happy memories.

Repurchase? Maybe

L’Oreal Skin Perfection Day Cream, £14.99
I forgot I even got through this so I can’t imagine it set my world on fire. I do remember it being really velvety soft, almost like it contained silicone. It was pleasant enough to use but probably better suited to oilier skins.

Repurchase? No

No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Oil, £11
I’ve been on a bit of a rampage to find the perfect cleansing oil. I liked this one but I feel like I’ve tried better. Also, I found it stung a little bit if it got too close to my eyeball. I did like the pump though, a little less messy than some others.

Repurchase? Probably not

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil, £10
Compared to the No7 cleansing oil I mentioned above, I thought this one worked better and took my mascara off a little quicker and didn’t sting my eyes. My only issue was the leaky pump and peeling label – I’m trying to get my life together and a sad looking bottle on my bathroom shelf won’t help matters!

Repurchase? Maybe

La Roche Posay Serozinc, £8.50
I stocked up on these in Paris last year before they came to the UK after hearing all the rave reviews. I do like it but I’m afraid I just don’t get the hype. It seems to me just a normal toner, but I must say I like the cooling aerosol spray. It’s one of those things I will probably keep using because I feel like I should, you know what I mean?

Repurchase? Maybe

Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream, £4.19
I’m not too sure how this made its way onto my dressing table, but as a very cheap and cheerful night cream, this one is fine. I’ve since graduated onto slightly more sophisticated night creams but my husband liked this one. It’s very thick and rich, so probably a good one for dry skin.

Repurchase? No

Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Conditioner, £6.99
Frizz Ease and I have had a life long affair and thing won’t be cooling off any time soon. I never use conditioners without a mask afterwards so can’t comment on how well this performs on its own, but I really like it. It’s one of many steps I take to tame my hair but it plays its part well.

Repurchase? Already have

Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Intensive Masque, £6.99
I really like this mask and do notice when I haven’t used it. It’s pretty rich and is probably too much for finer hair but I like to apply this very liberally to reduce frizz.

Repurchase? Already have

Boots Botanics All Bright Soothing Eye Makeup Remover, £2.50
I always have a duo-phase eye makeup remover to hand and don’t stick to one particular brand. I did like this one though and will probably pick another bottle up in the future. It didn’t require too much rubbing to remove my waterproof eyeliner and is pretty cheap, so no complaints from me.

Repurchase? Probably

Sure Antiperspirant Shower Fresh, £2.10
Not much to say about this, does the job.

Repurchase? Yes

L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Oil-in-Cream x 2, £6.99
It should be pretty obvious by now how much I adore this tube of miraculous goodness – I use it pretty much every day. I use it on wet hair without fail, and also on dry hair when it needs reviving and I can’t be bothered washing it. It’s especially amazing when your hair is super frizzy, dry and dull. I pop this on the ends, whip out the curling tongs to ‘seal’ in the product and ended up with genuinely softer, shinier, sleeker hair.

Repurchase? Already have

Frizz Ease 10 Day Tamer Pre-Wash Treatment, £12.99
Honestly, I was so excited for this but I noticed zero difference. Plus with hair as thick as mine, you only get one use out of it, making it pretty expensive for what it is.

Repurchase? No

Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water, £10.50
I have quite a few of these to get through after last year’s Paris haul and use a splash every day, either in the morning to remove any leftover makeup that is still lingering on my face, or as a pre-cleanse in the evening. Honestly, I probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between this and say, the Garnier one.

Repurchase? Maybe

L’Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray, £3.98
A bathroom cabinet staple!

Repurchase? Already have

Nivea Essential Care Lip Balm, £1.65
I picked this up in Tesco of all places when my lips were dry and I didn’t have any lip balm in my bag and was surprised at how pleasant this basic little guy was.

Repurchase? Maybe

2True Mascara Clear, £3
What a find! I actually use this as a clear brow gel, and it gives amazing hold without shine or crispiness. Currently on sale on the 2True website for one English pound – one! Definitely better than the Maybelline clear brow gel.

Repurchase? Yes

Anastasia Beverley Hills Brow Wiz Ebony, £15.50
I did a full review of this here, but basically I am never without this. To be honest these days I use the DipBrow a buttload more than this but the Brow Wiz is permanently in my handbag for on-the-go touch ups, or when I can’t be bothered going the whole hog with a pomade.

Repurchase? Already have

Soap & Glory Archery Brownie Points, £10
This is the one with the pencil and a felt pen, not a spoolie. The pencil was ok, if a little weak on pigment, and I didn’t really ‘get’ the pen. The colour on both sides was a bit off too. Nothing special all in all.

Repurchase? No

KIKO Volumeyes+ Active Mascara, £7.90
I reviewed this here, and really loved it, but KIKO is one of those brands I tend to forget about unless I happen to walk past a store, which is very often. Have a look – the results are incredible!

Repurchase? Yes

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara Intense Black, £7.99
Another review here. I liked it at the time but wasn’t blown away, but now I look at the pictures, I really like the look of it. I think I’ve just had a spate of very average mascaras recently and didn’t appreciate it at the time.

Repurchase? Probably

Max Factor Masterpiece Transform Mascara Black, £9.99
Usually I love Max Factor mascaras, but this didn’t do it for me. I found it lacking in oomph and didn’t offer much in the way of length. Definitely pick up the False Lash Effect instead if you happen to be hovering around the Max Factor counter.

Repurchase? No

YSL Faux Cils Volume Effet Babydoll Mascara Black, £25
I was actually planning on doing a review on this, but it ran out before I had a chance. I felt like I only got a few weeks out of this it which was disappointing. I thought it was good but it didn’t blow me away, you know? Considering the price, I’d definitely go for the KIKO instead.

GOSH Boombastic Mascara Black, £8.49
I love this stuff, and for the price it is amazing. I like to try new things but this is one of the few mascaras that I have happily repurchased a few times. Read the full review here.

Seventeen Falsifeye HD Mascara Black, £6.99
I reviewed this in full here, and needless to say I love it. This is proof that even cheap mascara can be amazing – another mascara that I have repurchased several times.

Repurchase? Already have.

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara Black, £14
I’d wanted to try this for ages and finally took the plunge. It was good but not amazing, so a little disappointing. I LOVE long and defined bottom lashes but I don’t think the Bottom Lash Mascara from Clinique is an essential purchase – you can get the same effect and faster with a regular mascara, however the level of control was nice.

Repurchase? No.

L’Oreal Super Liner Ultra Precision Black, £6.49
I’m pretty sure I’m allergic to these felt nib L’Oreal eyeliners, which is a shame as I remember this being pretty good. It made my eyelid pretty swollen and lumpy so sadly this won’t be a repurchase.

Repurchase? No.

So that’s another Empties post done – who else loves chucking out a big bag of finished products?!

High End Hair Haul

11 August 2016

high end hair haulFor someone who generally despises hair washing and the palaver that comes with it, this haul might seem a bit excessive. But, I’ve recently acquired the motivation to find the products that work for me and have come to the realisation that salon brands work better. I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a Brazilian blow dry, but the costs and the possible long term issues have put me off. Just a little context before you start reading: my hair naturally sits somewhere between a 3a and 3b curl (if this means nothing to you, you have probably been blessed with hair that’s a lot easier to handle), however I never wear it curly. It gets the GHD treatment after every single wash, which probably explains the split ends. It’s naturally very dry (it takes A LOT of oily product before it even begins to look greasy), prone to frizz and quite brittle. So, all in all, pretty shitty hair. I’m currently trying to grow it, and probably haven’t had a cut in around 2 years. I know I should get the ends chopped off, but I’m hoping to find a way to stop any more breakage before making a trip to the hairdresser.

So, after much research, I armed myself with a list and whipped out my credit card. I’ll be doing a review on any of these that particularly stand out (which better be all of them after the silly amount of cash I spent) or God forbid, any that are disappointing. I tried to choose something for each step of the washing/styling process, so here’s what I picked up.

The scalp and hair cleanser: Kerastase Chronologiste Revitalizing Exfoliating Care
Inspired by skincare, this golden baby contains actual beads like you’d find in a face exfoliator, which work to physically scrub the scalp and hair roots. Because of all the serums and oils I have to use, I get a lot of build up which shampoo alone doesn’t seem to completely get rid of. I’m genuinely excited about trying this.

The pre-shampoo treatment: Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Extreme
This is the only item that I have used before, and I’m not really sure why I stopped. It’s pretty unique to anything else on the market, and aims to strengthen, soften and nourish and it genuinely does what it claims. I do however think you need to keep using it for the benefits to hang around.

The shampoo: Philip Kingsley Moisture Extreme Shampoo
I am a shampoo floozy and don’t really stick to one particular brand but I picked this up as it was aimed at coarse and Afro-Caribbean hair (my hair more Afro European, for reference). I always choose something moisturising, so I was pretty keen to see what Mr Kingsley has to offer.

The conditioner: Philip Kingsley Moisture Extreme Conditioner
Same reasons as above – I just feel like there is more scientific basis to PK products, so I have high hopes for this one.

The hair mask: Redken All Soft Heavy Cream Super Treatment
I’ve wanted to try this for years so I thought now would be a good time to try it. Like I said, nothing is too much for my hair, so the words ‘soft’, ‘heavy’ and ‘cream’ are music to my ears. It claims to target brittle hair from the inside out, so hopefully it will reduce my never-ending breakage.

The heat protector: Kerastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique
I have had a quick go with this, and I can confirm I LOVE it, and it is SO MUCH MORE than a simple heat protector. Unlike the L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Oil-in-Cream treatment that I often bang on about, this keeps my hair soft, supple, shiny and moisturised, even overnight, meaning I don’t have to faff with my frizz in the morning, which honestly buys me an extra half hour in bed. And I’ve since found out that this is Kate Middleton’s pre-blowdry cream of choice, which explains why her hair always looks bloody flawless.

The split end treatment: GHD Advanced Split End Therapy
Like I say, I have no intention of braving the hairdresser anytime soon, so this split end fixer will hopefully be my saviour. It claims to seal split ends as you straighten, while also helping to prevent any more splitting.

The hair serum: Ojon Damage Reverse Instant Restorative Hair Serum
I needed to run some moisture through my hair when I was out and about the other evening, so nipped into Boots to pick this up. It’s pretty rich, and does a nice job of moisturising and softening the ends of my hair. But even for my barnet, a little goes a long way, especially when you move away from the ends.

The overnight moisturiser: Mizani H2O Intense Night-Time Treatment
I’ve noticed Mizani being used when I’ve been to hairdressers who cater for non-Caucasian hair which is why I wanted to try something for myself. As I mentioned before, my hair really dries out overnight and I usually wake up to a bit of bird’s nest requiring a lot more than a quick brush. I figured a night cream for hair would be a good option – I mean we moiturise our skin before bed so why not our hair?

So that brings us to the end of my massive high end hair haul. I feel a bit giddy and a bit sick looking at how much I’ve bought but also excited in equal measure. I’ll be sure to report back soon! And do let me know if anyone has ever tried any of these products!

Review: Babyliss 889A Superhood Hair Dryer

6 November 2013

I’m writing this on the bus having just about caught my breath. This is the third time this week I’ve had to embark on a mad dash to the bus stop and it’s only Wednesday! My biggest fear in life is running for the bus, getting to the door and the driver driving off, with everyone inside laughing.

Anyway, there’s something you need to know (my sister laughed when I told her). I bought this big girl recently (sorry about the dodgy photos, it’s impossible to make this hair dryer look in any way glamorous):
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It’s an outlandish claim but it’s changed my life. Yes, I know it’s not the most elegant thing in the world (she lives in my study which now looks like a dodgy backstreet salon) but I urge you to look beyond appearances!

Now, I’m not saying it is specifically the Babyliss that changed my life. It’s the presence of a standing hair dryer at home that has done wonders for my hair care routine. My hair is classed as Afro-European which means it’s very, very, very curly, thick, coarse and a pain in the ass. Which meant painfully high levels of GHD usage for years.

Since I’m at the gym sweating like a pig most days, my previous routine of washing my hair 1-2 times a week wasn’t gonna cut it. Unless of course sweaty curls are your thing, then work away. I thought the hood dryer would make it easier to wash and style my hair more often with minimal damage.

I bought my Babyliss 889A from Argos for £64.99. You can get it for slightly cheaper on eBay but I was too impatient to wait for delivery, plus I live near an Argos and had access to a big, strong willing man to carry the box. Also, literally every time I go into Argos, there’s someone kicking off – has anyone else noticed this?

Anyway it comes dismantled in a box. I was able to put it together with no some male assistance but it was quite easy to be honest. There are two screws to put in so you’ll need a small screwdriver, the rest of the pieces just slot together. Altogether it took about 10 minutes to assemble.
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Babyliss hood dryer review
Now onto the juicy part. It’s height adjustable and has three heat settings: low, medium and high. I’d read some reviews before I bought it and most people (mainly fragile grannies I suspect) said the hottest setting got a bit uncomfortable after a while. Maybe it’s my thick hair and/or scalp but I didn’t experience this. I happily sit under it for the 45 minutes it takes to dry my hair – no problem.

Another plus is being able to put in jumbo rollers and more or less managing to fit my head in.

The only other thing I’d say is when you’re sitting under the Babyliss, it is LOUD, so conversations are out (maybe a good thing?). But I gladly sit there on the iPad and feed my Monopoly habit or try to play the lipreading game when EastEnders comes on.

Verdict: Since I’ve bought the Babyliss, I’ve NOT used the GHDs to straighten my hair ONCE. With some cheapo jumbo rollers, I get my hair straight with bounce, shine and happy ends. Project Long Luscious Locks can commence.

Has anyone got one of these standing hairdryers? Has it changed YOUR life? Do you secretly sit under it for five minutes when you’re cold?

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