-->



Tuesday, 31 March 2015

The Touch | Cloud Nine



C9 Touch Straighteners (RRP £99) HERE


FEATURES

- mineral infused ceramic plates
- two speed settings (165/195°C)
button-less
- 2.6m cord
- instant heat
- automatic hibernation mode after 30 secs of inactivity


MY THOUGHTS

(Prepare for the babbling...)
I've owned the C9 Touch for about 6 months now and I'm absolutely in love (sincere apologies to my beloved Babyliss irons). It's innovative, easy to use and really lightweight so I have no problem taking it along when travelling to and from uni. Using it is so simple, there are no extra attachments required and everyone who has seen my straighteners has oo-ed and ahh-ed. The button-less feature is a unique and appealing function; tapping the plates together once gets the heat going instantly and two to three taps adjusts the temperature. The most amazing part is that the after 30 seconds of inactivity, the C9 touch is automatically disabled but will heat up instantly when you start using it again. This makes it so much more safer for first time users, family friendly homes, and  extremely forgetful people like me! 

However, one thing which may bother some people is that the Touch only has 2 heat settings as opposed to their other irons, which is a little disappointing as my previous straighteners had 3. I think this is because Cloud 9 have a 'less heat, more style' philosophy towards their products. I also didn't get a heat mat with the Touch, however I believe that this is now included with all C9 irons. The price tag is quite decent for how unique and innovative the straighteners are; but I do think they could look and feel a bit more luxurious as they look quite plain for such a cool pair of straighteners.


-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

THE GOOD STUFF

+ Perfect gift for teens, parents of young children, beauty & tech lovers etc.
+ Easy to use, no complicated instructions
+ Instant heat up even after sleep mode
+ Sturdy, durable compact & lightweight


THE BAD STUFF

- Not the best looking pair of straighteners available
- Only 2 heat settings

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Would you try the C9 Touch?
Keeks xx





Monday, 2 March 2015

Batiste Dry Conditioning Mist



I was given the Batiste Conditioning Mist in a care package a few months back and it has become a sequel to the infamous Dry Shampoos (read more). After discovering the existence of dry shampoos, I assumed things couldn't get better in the hair department in terms of quick and easy styling. Batiste, however, have proven me wrong yet again. How amazing is it that the product which eliminates excess oil from the scalp have created has a part two which eliminates dryness from the ends?!

I have that greasy roots but dry ends kinda hair and this is the perfect in between product. Using serums post dry shampoo makes my locks really greasy and if I go cold turkey, my ends are straw dry. The mist leaves my hair feeling softer, more manageable but without the heaviness of a hair serum.


TIPS
•  This product is intended for dry hair (not wet)
• May work for thin/thick hair with dry, brittle ends, frizz or flyaways
• Non-greasy compared to serums and hair oils
• Perfect compliment to the original dry shampoos; however may appear a little greasy if combined with Batiste Strength & Shine, Care & Vitality or Nourish & Enrich as they all hold moistening properties.

Keeks xx

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
SHOP
Batiste Dry Conditioning Mist 200ml (RRP £3.99) HERE
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------





Sunday, 1 March 2015

Sunday Steals: Sleek Eau La La Liners



It's finally spring!
What better way to start off March than with a fabulous Sunday steal? I found these Sleek liners on the Boots website and I AM IN LOVE. Searching for the continuously sold out MAC liners have been such a mission but these babies have put my search to a halt. The Sleek Eau La La liners come in 12 different colours and retail for £4.99.


PRICE

Sleek are known for their amazingly pigmented products at affordable prices and these liners have not let me down. I purchased the Eau La La liners when they were on offer and the cost of buying these 4 liners together ended up cheaper than one MAC lip pencil so I was definitely impressed with the price.


QUALITY

The liners claim to be both water and smudge proof and where I find that this isn't 100% accurate, I can admit that they are somewhat water/smudge resistant. The formula is creamy when applied and sets to a matte finish. The colors are also very pigmented and when used as a lip liner, doesn't feather around the mouth.


OVERALL

I am beyond impressed with these liners and the versatility of the product itself. The liners can be used on the lips or on the eyes, with a variety of colors to compliment this. I purchased the shades Lingerie, Dragon Fruit, Venom and Raisin which are all great colours - my faves are Lingerie (perfect for day wear) and Raisin (the perfect companion for my MAC Rebel). I cannot wait to try some the remaining shades, possibly noir as a khol liner?

Keeks xx

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
SHOP
Sleek Eau La La Liner (RRP £4.99) HERE
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------





Friday, 27 February 2015

Rogue Love by Rihanna



I remember raving about my first Rihanna perfume last summer and even ended up purchasing a second bottle due to it's uniqueness to my other fragrances and the affordable price tag (which isn't usually the case for EDP's). This year, Riri has released dare I say it an even better perfume which goes by the name of ROGUE LOVE. It follows the same classy, feminine theme with the rose gold accent and a touch of edginess with inverted rose gold spikes. 

Rogue Love is slightly more sweeter scent than the original fragrance, but is still light enough for everyday wear. If I had to choose, I'd wear Rogue Love during the day due to its light, sweet fragrance and Rogue in the evening for that musky & spicy kick. I'm quite open to different scents and find myself liking at least 8 out of 10 fragrances however if you're considering this as a gift, Rogue Love would be perfect for teens/younger girls and Rogue would be better suited for mature women. The only downsides to the fragrances are elements of the packaging, I think the fragrance would look better if the words by Rihanna weren't printed on the bottle and maybe avoid printing her face on the box too? Am I crazy?! But I guess these are just personal preference issues as some people might not care at all.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

ROGUE EDP

Top Notes; Lemon Blossom, Cyclamen, Bergamot, Pink Peppercorn
Middle Notes: Jasmine, Muguet, Rose, Plum, Suede
Base Notes: Musk, Woods, Patchouli, Vanilla, Amber


ROGUE LOVE EDP

Top Notes: Mandarin, Berry, Peach
Middle Notes: Jasmine Sambac Absolute, Honeysuckle, Coconut, Orchid
Base Notes: Creamy Woods, Amber, Caramel, Vanilla

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Rogue EDP 30ml - £23 | 75ml - £33 | 125ml - £44
Rogue Love EDP 30ml - £23 | 75ml - £30 | 125ml - £40



Keeks xx




Sunday, 15 February 2015

Sunday Steals: It's A PRIMARGENCY!



Moving backwards and forwards from uni gets so confusing sometimes as I always ending forgetting some essentials in one place or the other. I came home to London for the weekend and ended up forgetting my brow & blush brushes, eyelash curlers, amongst many other things. Luckily I live quite close to my local Primark and although the quality may not be to a high standard, I was able to pick up some inexpensive girl aids.

Lint Roller & Replacement Head £1.50
Brush Set £1
Lash Curler £1
Bra First Aid Kit £4

There are quite a few number of people who dislike shopping at Primark and to be honest, I can see why; the never-ending ques, lack of ventilation, and the piles of products laying around everywhere. It gets really stressful to shop in there and eventually I put everything down, give up and leave. However, I've noticed that shopping in Primark is really not that bad if you go early. Between 9-11am, everything is clean and tidy, you can take your time to browse and even make it to the changing rooms!


So if you're ever in need of a temporary replacement, don't forget to check your local Primark!
Keeks xx





Friday, 13 February 2015

Gift Guide #2 The Indecisive Interior Decorator



Is it me or does anyone else go through phases where you just want to redo the decor in your house and move everything around? I love buying new pieces for the home and also window shop for future home ideas (is that weird?) Home decor can be the perfect gift idea for especially if you know the recipient has being eyeing a particular piece for a while. However it can also be quite expensive depending on where you shop hence why I listed a few favorite, affordable places to shop and also some gift ideas which you can put together for the home decor lovers.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

GIFT IDEAS FOR THE HOME

Plant Pot (£1,90) HERE
Milk Bottle Vase (£1) HERE
Crushed Glass Decoration (£1.75) HERE
Silver Mosaic Tea Light Holder (£3) HERE
Silver/Gold/Rose Gold Candles (£1.50-£2.50) HERE
3 Wick Candle Tin (£3.50) HERE
Bird Cage Fairy Lights (£6) HERE

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

AFFORDABLE HOME DECOR STORES

H&M
Primark
IKEA
Wilko
Tiger
Asda

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Happy home decor hunting...
Keeks xx







Monday, 9 February 2015

Gift Guide #1 The Serial Stresser



What is the perfect gift for someone who is constantly on their feet or with a million and one thoughts whizzing through their mind every second? We all know a serial stresser or two (hands up if you're guilty) who seriously do not understand the meaning of relaxation. So what better way to treat those Serial Stressers this Valentines Day than pairing up these heavenly scented bath bombs with a book and maybe a glass of wine or two in the bathtub? I picked up Space Girl bath bomb and Creamy Candy bubble bar which are some of my all time favorite from LUSH. The cute little cupcake and glittery disco bath bombs were both Christmas gifts which I've held back from using because they're too too pretty. LUSH also have some seasonal Valentine's Day products which look and smell amazing, and would be perfect as a Valentine's Day gift for that special someone.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Bath Bombs

✓ Affordable
✓ Smell Amazing
✓ Look Amazing
✓ Perfect for D.I.Y Gift Sets
✓ Perfect for Instagram-ing 

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Keeks xx