Wednesday, January 22

What's In My Hand Luggage?


This Saturday, I'm off to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands for a week of winter sun with my boyfriend Rich! I'm so unbelievably excited. It's been a pretty long and stressful Christmas at my new job, and although I now feel settled and more confident, I'm SO ready for a quick break and some relaxation. 
I love travelling and even more so, I love packing. Last year, I posted about my 'packing essentials' (here) however, today I wanted to share a few ideas for things I like to carry in my travel bag/hand luggage. 
Firstly, the handbag I'm using was gifted to me for Christmas and hasn't left my arm since. I'm in love with Ted Baker and was over-the-moon to receive such a gorgeous black, leather bag. It spacious enough to also fit my camera, along with my book, glasses etc. I'm taking my iPad mini, Cosmo and the final Hunger Games book for a bit of entertainment, along with my 2014 diary and personalised pen (another lovely Christmas gift!). Rich & I like a few sweeties for the plane (especially when you take off and have horrible popping ears!) so I couldn't help but pick up my favourites - drumstick squashies.
I'm also carrying my glasses (both reading & sunnies) to avoid getting broken, headphones and my iPhone. The white and pink heart wallet is from Emma Bridgewater and has sections inside for documents, passport, currency and tickets - it's so handy and saves me carrying a purse too!
Finally, my love for Ted Baker continues with this mini make-up bag. I have the larger one for everyday use however, this stays in my handbag all the time (even when I'm not going on holiday!). Inside I've popped in a packet of tissues, wet wipes, my Chanel Coco Mademoiselle perfume, Chanel lipstick, Benefit lipgloss, Bath & Body Works hand sanitizer, Mac lipstick, Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm and a hairband.
As you can tell, I'm beyond excited to be jetting away. Let me know if you're interested in my travel make up or wash bag and I'll be sure to share that too! I hope you're having a great day, thanks for reading!



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Monday, January 13

Dirty Looks Hair Extensions Review

Hello! It's been some time since I posted anything and for that I'm sorry. Rest assured however, I have some exciting ideas planned for this year and in terms of prioritises, I am sharing this one first. Almost a month ago, I was contact by a brand called Dirty Looks who kindly offered me a pair of their hair extensions. I haven't owned a pair before and constantly get asked if I know of anywhere that sells good ones. Therefore, I decided to say 'yes please!' and trial these out for you!


Colour & Length
I went for the Bobby Glam Full Head Triple Weft Extensions*, length 16-18" which was pretty perfect. Lots of people mentioned about getting the longer ones and cutting them, although I personally didn't want the hassle. I found adding the 2 clip sections at an angle at the top of my head created nice layers too.

In terms of the colour, I originally chose auburn as my hair is naturally red toned however, this was far too bright for me and Dirty Looks kindly swapped them for Hot Toffee. Feeling apprehensive about the first set I received, I genuinely didn't think anything would match perfectly and was super shocked when these did. Even my mum was amazed! They brush easily, take minutes to clip in and the colour match is perfect. Dirty Looks have a whole range of colours and tones to choose from, you are almost guaranteed to find a good match. 



Weft & Thickness
I had absolutely no idea about hair extensions before this. I turned to my good friend Holly who told me to go for a double or triple weft as this means that there are a few strips sewn together to create even more thickness. Even though I have naturally thick hair, I recently had it cut thinner and therefore didn't hesitate to go for the triple weft. I'm so pleased I did as the thickness is perfect. They are incredibly soft and are 100% real remy human hair. If I decide one day that I only want a little bit of length and nothing too heavy, I only add a few pieces however, in the pictures above I have all 7 clipped in and can't believe the difference when you look at before and after. I noticed that these are thick from top to bottom too - they don't go scraggly at the ends and are cut beautifully. 




Application
As a total beginner, I was pleased to see that there was instructions and an easy guide inside. However, it clearly states that each piece is 'numbered' but I had no numbers on mine at all? Therefore, I wasn't exactly sure where each piece should go where and it was purely trial and error. I also noticed that previously, the packaging was a box. This would make great storage for the extensions and I'm struggling to find a suitable way to keep them nice when I'm not wearing them. Any ideas?

As previously mentioned, it's so easy to clip the extensions in, the grips snap back and forth and do not drag or pull at your natural hair. I can hardly feel them in and the clips sit nice and flat meaning I don't have to worry about any poking out! (not a good look)



Overall
For my first set of hair extensions I am so chuffed. Dirty Looks have almost every option under the sun in terms of wefts, colour and styles so I highly recommend having a look on their website. This set is currently £89.99 which I believe is an amazing price compared to others. The quality is the best I've seen, the colour match is amazing and I wondering why I never tried extensions before! I've also tried curling and straightening these and amazed that you can still use heat tools on them without too much damage. My only negative comments would be that I would have liked clearer instructions on how to use them however, it didn't take too many attempts to realise how I like to wear them. Massive thank you to Dirty Looks for giving me the opportunity to make me feel like an actual princess, I love them so much. I also filmed a first impressions of me actually opening the extensions, I highly recommend having a watch below too!



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