Saturday, 19 January 2013

Obligatory Snow Post

For those of you who don't know already (Ha!), it's been snowing a lot here in the U.K. It's snowing everywhere and disrupting everything but I have to admit, I did hope for this. I hoped for snow so that I'd get a snow day, and I did indeed get HALF of a snow day (which was quite infuriating). Hoping once again that it snows all through Sunday and disrupts everything on Monday so that I can have a real, full snow day. I need time to get on top of things. Mark books or something. Sleep. Is this what being an adult is? Feeling tired and drained and apathetic and like you are never on top of things, one hundred percent of the time? 

The snow is beautiful, though. Covered in snow, the graveyard I see when I look out of my bedroom window becomes less unnerving. 

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Review: GHD IV Salon Styler

GHD IV Salon Styler. The measurements in the image represent the width and length of the actual plates themselves (I know, I know, they are upside down in this picture!)

My boyfriend surprised me with a pair of GHDs for Christmas which was, of course, lovely. He said that straightening my hair seemed to take quite a long time and he thought that GHDs may make it quicker for me-- how observant and thoughtful of him! I have naturally curly hair which becomes quite coarse and large when blow-dried, and I haven't worked out how to keep my curls perfect and bouncy, so straight hair has always been the easiest option for me. I have considered getting GHDs for myself in the past but could never justify the price, but if I had bought them, I probably would have picked the 'normal' size; how glad I am now that my boyfriend decided to go for the thicker Salon Styler on account of how much hair I have! He definitely made the right decision. 

The Good:


  • Ceramic-coated plates:ensures that heat is distributed evenly across the plates, thus preventing 'hot spots' which can cause extra damage to your hair; quicker to heat up than various other plate materials; helps to make hair smoother and shinier. 
  • Very quick to heat up: it takes about 30 seconds before they are ready to use.
  • Sleep mode: after 30 minutes of inactivity the straighteners will enter sleep mode; they then continue to beep intermittently so that you remember to switch them off from the plug.
  • Swivel Cord: No awkward and annoying tangles!
  • Quicker styling time: I'm pretty sure that the time it takes me to straighten my hair has reduced significantly since using this straightener. 
  • Hair appears smoother and shinier: I swear my hair seems slightly more silky looking since using these. I'm reluctant to put it all down to the straighteners though because I've recently started using Redken Smooth Lock.




The Could be Better:
  • No heat adjustment setting: the average temperature of this straightener is between 175°C and 185°C, which for some may be too hot. I really enjoyed being able to use a lower heat for, say, the lighter and weaker hair at my crown when using my old straighteners. 
  • The light blinks the ENTIRE TIME you are using the straightener: now, I'm not sure if my pair are broken, but once the straightener is fully heated and ready to use, the indicator lights keeps flashing until you turn it off. This seems very impractical. I wonder why it's not a steady light instead?
  • The plates could be longer: it's all well and  good that the plates are thicker, but I think that in order to really improve straightening time for people with longer, thicker hair, there definitely needs to be slightly more length on the plates!
  • Curling: it is slightly more awkward curling your hair with the Salon Styler. The width, which on the one hand is a positive, becomes a little bit of a hindrance when you're trying to curl your hair. Don't get me wrong, you can still curl it and get some very nice results (lovely loose curls) but I just find it more awkward due to the squarer barrel. 
  • You only have to run it over a strand of hair once! -- False: I still have to run over the same strand of a hair a few times to get it perfectly straight, so the GHDs are no miracle product in this respect. I do have naturally very curly hair, however, so it seems ridiculous to think that any straightener will get it straight with the first run. 
Click below for before and after pictures! Psst... This is the first time that I'm showing my pre-tamed hair in public. Aargh. My hair is very...troublesome... before it's straightened; bottom right is particularly entertaining:

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Review: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in CRUSH

Boots are currently selling all Revlon products for £5 and I ended up buying the Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain in Crush. I love it. I already own three others (Romantic, Lovesick and Honey) but this has quickly become my favourite. This is the last time I blog about the Revlon Balm Stains-- I promise! 


Top: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Crush rubbed into skin; Bottom: RBKBS heavy swatch.
Crush looks VERY intimidating before you swatch it-- I was immediately hesitant about buying it when I first took the lid off-- but it's a lot sheerer when worn than it is at first glance; for some people (i.e. me) this will be a good thing.

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