Thursday, 16 April 2015

dirty look hair extensions - review

does anyone else's hair just stop growing after a certain length?! mine definitely does. feels like I've been trying to grow it for years, and it just stops a little bit after my shoulders. i once sighed as i realised i would never been rapunzel...until i discovered dirty looks hair extensions. let me tell you folks, anything that rekindles a dream is worth your time, money, and definitely your love.

i've been umming and aahing about hair extensions for a while. i marvelled at effinhair on instagram for hours once, fully considering spending a whole month's salary on getting a proper weave, but my realistic head said no. so when i discovered dirty looks, i jumped for joy! they're specialists in hair extensions, with an extensive range of real hair to choose from - whether you want a full head, a fringe, or a few wefts. they've got it. they also are really good for price, as for decent hair extensions you can sometimes pay a bomb. 

a quality i loved about dirty looks was the insanely good customer service. i sent over a picture of my hair from different angles, and the same day an expert had matched me up to the best suited colour. this is PERFECT for hair extensions newbies like me, who probably would have picked the wrong one...

so, what do i, i'm in love. it was love at first sight too. the product arrived in a gorgeous lilac box, which is enough to make me squeal in delight. lilac! LILAC. anyway. you open it up, and there is the hair sat in all its glory... BUT WAIT. before you get too over excited, there's another little pocket of hair which you must open first, as this is the little weft which allows you to see if it's the right colour. if it's not, you simply exchange. just don't open the main pocket of hair until you're absolutely sure, otherwise your return policy becomes void. and no one wants that.

whoever matched my hair colour was a genius. it was spot on. i then ripped open the rest of the hair. let me tell you something, there is A LOT of hair. and it's the best quality ever, like it's been basking in moroccan oil all its life. there are 10 wefts of hair in the full head extension set, all varying in size. they all come with the clips already sewn on *which i loved*, and with numbers on them from 1-10. this shows you what order to put them in, alongside a very handy little manual with top tips.

it took me a few tries to get them in, as i am a complete beginner, but with practice it will be better. once i'd popped them in, i was literally over the moon. whilst adding a little bit of length, my hair looked thick and luscious. i'm glad i didn't opt for the longer ones, as they may have been a bit too heavy and overly long. the secret to good extensions is for no one to know what's different. and these are absolutely perfect. the best mix of subtle and difference. <3 them.

i would DEFINITELY recommend dirty looks. i cannot wait for my next night out so i can swoosh around like the sassy pants i am, thank you for transforming my life!

until next time xo

Monday, 13 April 2015

topshop lip ombres - review

(topshop lip ombre sets in baffle and curious)

topshop sure know how to start a trend, and are even better at jumping on a trend band wagon and completely owning it. the word 'ombre' has been around for a while, whether it's ombre hair, ombre tops, ombre nails.... it's everywhere. at lfw, topshop debuted their smudged, ombre lip look - to make it seem like the girls were fresh from kissing their boiz. well folks, they've just released this new kit - and i was VERY keen to try it out.

i jumped on this band wagon as soon as i saw it on twitter. i loved the idea, it's a fresh take on lipstick and it's different. i picked up the lip ombre sets in the colour baffle, which is a highly pigmented red with a lighter orange tone, and curious, which is more purple and pink. 

the packaging...the sets are really well packaged. they come in small little compacts, with one lid offering a mirror and the darker shade, and underneath you flip it up for the lighter one. it's really small and compact, meaning it's super easy to just chuck it in your bag on the go. the only thing i would say, is it would be better if it came with a brush. i'll come onto this later, but it would have been SO MUCH EASIER to apply with a double ended brush.

the application...the best way to describe this, if you're using your fingers, is messy. you dab the darker colour onto your lips first, and because the colour is so strong and beaut - it does stain. once you have covered your lips in the darker colour, you then dab (with another finger) the lighter shade into the inner bit of your lip, creating a subtle ombre effect. if you like the slightly smudgy, rock star look, then use your fingers. personally, i like my lips to look a little more defined, so i used the real techniques lip brush to put the darker colour on, followed by using my finger for the lighter. it's super easy to do, and i don't think it would take a make up expert to create a cool look.... i did it!

the verdict...overall, i think the look is super cool. i love the shades, the two i picked were super pigmented and came out really strong. i also think they'd stay on, especially if you used a primer beforehand. the ombre effect is a little messy, but with a brush can be created easily, and you have to admit it looks pretty cool. it's runway fresh, and that's good enough for me. 

i would definitely recommend these sets, but perhaps get a brush before you get messy!

until next time xo 

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