Thursday, October 29, 2015

Irresistible Me Sapphire 8 in 1 Hair Curler Review

I'm so happy that I can finally post this review! My WiFi has been absolutely terrible and all I can say is do your research before signing up with a company. Two months I've been paying for WiFi and BT keep promising to set it up but they aren't, so I'm paying for nothing. Brilliant! Anyway, this post isn't about how much I hate BT, it's about this Sapphire 8 in 1 Curler* from Irresistible Me!

I was so so happy when they offered to send me this curler, because I've wanted one for so long! I'm a newbie to hair curling and had only done it a few times before receiving these, but I'm hooked now. I just love having curled hair, and actually doing something to my hair for once, since I usually just leave it as it is naturally.

The amazing thing about these curlers is that they come with 8 different barrels (you can see a picture of them all on the Irresistible Me site) ranging from a tiny thin one for tight curls, to a thick one for a more wavy look. They're all contained in a handy case which rolls up so it isn't too big, and it comes with a heat proof glove (thankfully), and a little stand to put them on while they cool down so you don't burn your house down.

In the pictures I'd used the largest barrel, as I wanted loose curls. This was my first try with the curlers on myself so it isn't the best, and I've improved since, as I've used them a few more times. I still like how they look, and it didn't take me nearly as long as I was expecting it to. I much prefer curling my hair to straightening it, since I don't feel it needs to be perfect when it's curled, but there's nothing worse than straight hair with that one kink which won't go away.

It heats up incredibly fast. It takes literally seconds, and the display tells you exactly what temperature it's at, which you can change to suit your hair. The cord rotates, so you don't end up battling wires while you're curling your hair, and it's very lightweight. It also contains negative ions which eliminate frizz and lock in moisture (technology confuses me) which is perfect for me, because my entire life is just frizz. I found that the curls were really bouncy and they held all day with no hair spray at all, or any product. I was pretty shocked that they lasted like that since I was expecting to end up with straight hair by the end of the day.

Honestly it's an amazing curling wand and 100% worth the money ($199) if you're looking for a good quality, versatile wand. The ONLY negative is that the plug is American, so I had to buy an adaptor, which I struggled to find and ended up buying a universal one off Amazon which I thought didn't work until my flatmate (and the lovely Adriana from Irresistible Me) helped me discover that I'm actually just stupid :-) 

Irresistible Me also stock hair extensions, wigs, and other tools and accessories. The curler is currently on sale so now is a good time to buy it if you're interested!

Thank you for reading as always! Please leave links to your blogs below because I'm looking for more people to follow at the moment!

Friday, October 23, 2015

My Disney Tsum Tsum Collection (Kids Gift Idea)

If my flatmate sees this she is going to judge me hard. The thing is, I'm too obsessed with Disney Tsum Tsums to care. Yes, I am a 20-year-old fully grown adult. That does not mean that cuddly toys cannot be enjoyed. If you're wondering what they are, head to the Disney Store where you can buy them for £3. They're also available from Clinton's for £3.50 if you don't have a Disney store near you.

Now, I do not have a Disney obsession. I like Disney as much as your average person. However, I do have a Kingdom Hearts obsession. If you don't know, Kingdom Hearts is a video game created by Square Enix, and it's like a crossover between Final Fantasy and Disney, with some original characters. The main Disney characters are Donald and Goofy. So that's why the Tsum Tsum love began. And they're also the cutest things in the world.

I think these would make good gifts for children (I'm thinking about Christmas already, I don't know about you...) as they're cute and reasonably priced... but I feel like they'd be the type of thing your kid would get addicted to, like those Shopping Cart things they all seem to love so much these days. Still, they can be enjoyed by all!

If you can't tell, the characters I have from top / left to bottom / right are: The Cheshire Cat, The Queen of Hearts, Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Dumbo, Bambi, Donald, Snow White, Alice in Wonderland, The White Rabbit.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Autumn Essentials

And Autumn is officially here. It feels like it's been here for months since it was cold pretty much throughout Summer. I hate Autumn so much unless I spend the entire time inside with the heating on full blast. I can't think of anything worse than cold weather. If you're like me and you hate Autumn, or maybe you like it, I've put together a list of the things I would be NOTHING without. :-)

Now let's get the most important two things out of the way. A hot water bottle and a fluffy blanket are absolute essentials, especially at uni when gas costs £££££ and you can't have the heating on constantly. I have a hot water bottle in bed with me ever night. I found this Etsy store with loads of adorable hot water bottle covers which I thought I'd share in case you are in need of one like me.

Every home needs a candle at this time of year. When the lights are off and you've just got some fairy lights and candles going, it just feels so cute and Wintery (in a good way). The one I've got pictures is from dw home (I got mine from T.K.Maxx) and I highly recommend trying one of their candles as the packaging is GORGEOUS and the candles have really nice, strong scents, which I love. Mine is Pomegranate Black Tea which is quite sweet, but they have some really nice, less feminine scents too which would be perfect if you've got a man around the house complaining about the smell of candles.

To go with your candle and fairy lights (and possibly a bath with some Lush products), you're going to need a hot beverage to warm you up. My drink of choice is Green Tea, particularly if it's decaffeinated because then I can get my housemate to make me one at 9pm and I won't be up all night (thanks, Kate!). If the world was a different place, I'd have hot chocolate every night with marshmallows and whipped cream because there is no greater drink.

If I'm venturing outside (which I try to avoid at all costs), I will go equipped with my trusty blanket wrap. I've just found a really nice, Autumny one on ASOS if you're interested. It's basically like taking a blanket to uni, or work or school or wherever with you, but it's an accepted item of clothing. Truly brilliant. Thank you, to whoever invented them.

Now we're onto the beauty side of things. Number one, is a lip scrub. The one pictured is from Lush and it's cola flavoured. As I wrote this, I just realised the Christmas things from Lush are back and I am now going to order 100 bottles of Snow Fairy shower gel. Anyway, a lip scrub is essential because my lips get so dry throughout the year, but especially in the cold months, and if I want to wear a matte lipstick, I can't have crusty lips. Actually, crusty lips are gross regardless of your lipstick choice. A lip balm is also an essential and goes with this. My favourite is Blistex (which I've heard is one of the best for your lips, and I must agree) but you can only get this particular one from America (as far as I'm aware).

I'm sure a lot of you agree with me when I say a berry lip product is an essential. I try not to be too tied down by the concept of 'seasonal makeup', but I'm pretty naturally attracted to it. Rimmel 107 is a classic, and always a favourite, but the one I've chosen to feature is a more subtle and moisturising one from Bourjois in Plum Russian. It isn't matte, but I find it's easier to wear and less striking if you're worried about wearing an 'out there' lip colour. 

Another in the berry category, is a berry eyeshadow. I find these are useful to wear underneath a bronze just for something subtle, or you could do it alone if you're more daring. I use my Maybelline colour tattoo in 'metallic pomegranate' underneath another eyeshadow just for an easy pop of colour. It's something a bit different to the usual neutrals.

A moisturiser is absolutely needed as everything just feels so much drier in the cold months. My favourite is from Simple; it's well priced and does the job.

And last, but not least, is a soundtrack to go to my Autumn. My current favourites have got to be the new One Direction stuff (obviously), Chvrches (as always), Ellie Goulding and Purity Ring. Give all four a listen if you haven't!

So this was a longer post than intended but I enjoyed writing it. I'm trying to get fully back into blogging, since I'm helping a friend start up a blog and we plan to motivate each other! I tried to include as many links as I could to this post, and I hope you found it useful or entertaining! Thank you for reading my blog! :D

P.S. the wooden fox thing is from Urban Outfitters.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

My Easy Honeymustard Salad Dressing Recipe

I've missed you guys! I know my last blog post consisted of a 'sorry I've been away' thing, but it happened again, AND IT WASN'T MY FAULT! I've just moved to uni, and it took literally a month to get the wifi sorted. A MONTH. Even now, it's absolute crap. My poor blog has suffered </3 But I'm excited to be at uni and living in a house rather than halls (way better), and buying things to make my room pretty, and new clothes (lots of new clothes have been bought... oops).
Aside from the life update, today I've got a recipe! Wooo! It was invented by me, and consists of three ingredients because that is about the extent of my skill. I'll admit that Jamie Oliver inspired me here, as always. He is my life goals.
So, I actually hate salad. I think it's so gross, and I would never eat it for enjoyment, especially if it's got a lot of lettuce in it. It's one of those things I feel I have to eat though, and I'm always looking for ways to make it taste somewhat nice. Hence the experiment with they honey mustard dressing.


This takes approximately 30 seconds to make. :-)

You will need:

- Honey. I'm no honey expert so I don't know if there's different types of honey... but honey.
- Wholegrain mustard. I'm not a mustard expert either. But I use wholegrain because it's got little seed things (no idea what they are) in it, and it gives a bit of texture to it.
- Balsamic vinegar. A classic salad dressing to make things a little less thick and gloopy.


Have some teaspoons at the ready. Take a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar, and whack it in a small bowl. Then do the same with the honey, and then the wholegrain mustard. Give it a swoosh together, and see how things are looking, give it a taste. It's at this point that I add another teaspoon of honey and wholegrain mustard, and give it another mix. Usually this is good for me, or I'll go for another teaspoon of wholegrain and honey. It really depends, so try it out and see what works for you.

Then drizzle it over your salad, and clingfilm the little bowl if you made a bit too much, popping it in the fridge for the next day.

SHUZAM! You just made a tasty salad dressing containing three ingredients which you know aren't going to destroy your insides, unlike some of the dressings you can buy from the supermarket.

I know, I know, I'm a chef. Just you wait, I'll have a cooking book out by next year. No but really, I love cooking and experimenting with new things (when I can be bothered), so I may do an actual decent recipe at some point. Who knows?

Anyway, thank you for reading! Please try this out, since it's so easy and I guarantee you will not regret it! If you do try it, tweet me (@beckyis0bel) or tag me on Instagram (@beckyis0bel) or something! <3