Monday, 27 October 2014

Hairstyle | Big Sideswept Braided Bun


I rarely forgo my usual daily high bun but yesterday I thought I'd try something slightly different. I've always wanted to style my hair like this beautiful twisted updo shown in Ropo's video here but it's never worked well on my hair. Even though my hair seems to have almost crept back to waist length it's simply not long (or thick) enough to get the same results shown in the video above. I don't wear extensions often and only have UKHairWeaves Regal Relaxed Clip-ins* (reviewed here) in my haircare arsenal but I figured I would attempt the style with these anyway.




It would have been far easier to replicate this style with braiding hair (hair with no tracks), not clip-ins, but I guess I was determined. I knew I wouldn't be able to do two buns or even twist the hair as shown in Ropo's video as even with clip-ins the hair I had to work with wasn't thick or long enough! 

Eventually I decided to clip all 8 wefts of my Regal Relaxed extensions roughly in the center of my head. I then pulled my hair into a fairly taught (but comfortable) high ponytail. I separated the ponytail into four sections to make 4 regular braids, fluffing them a little to make the braids look thicker. I then carefully pinned the braids around each other to one side, readjusting areas as necessary to get the desired shape. It took a lot of bobby pins to keep this hairstyle in place but I was happy with the end result. 



Though this worked out much better than I initially thought it would if I try this hairstyle again I'll definitely ensure I have braiding hair on hand first.


*PR sample. You can read my disclaimer here.


What hairstyles have you tried lately? 


Lesley x

Saturday, 25 October 2014

What I Wore | Missguided Skort


I recently bought a sewing machine to make a few minor alterations to some clothes gathering dust in my wardrobe including this emerald green skort from Missguided.



I've always felt a little luke warm about the skort (shorts that look like a skirt at the front) but took the plunge and I bought this one almost a year ago. The problem was this skort was way too big around my waist but I figured I could make it work anyway. I was so wrong. The skort sat perfectly on my hips but something just looked off. As a result this skort got lost with all the other clothes that could do with a little needlework. 

I'm pretty rusty with a sewing machine (it's been 10 years since I last used one) but I managed to nip this beauty in at the waist, giving my skort a new lease of life. I'm a lot more excited to wear my skort now and it'll be interesting to mix it up with my autumn/winter pieces. 

Today I wore my skort with a thick knit and loose white shirt for a casual look. I kept my accessories minimal (as usual) opting for a tan belt and a new Olivia Burton watch.




Shirt - Primark | Knit - Forever 21 | Skort - Missguided | Belt - Next | Watch - Olivia Burton 


What have you been wearing? 



Lesley x

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Review | Rimmel London Apocalips Lip Lacquer


When it rolls around to winter I always only seem to want to wear berry-hues on my lips. In preparation I've added a few new plum shades to my lip collection including Rimmel London Apocalips Lip Lacquer (£5.49) in Eclipse. 

The best thing about this product for me is the colour. The colour is long-lasting and acts like a stain so when it eventually starts to fade the plum tone is still easily visible on my lips. This product is so highly pigmented that at times I find it a bit too intense for daytime makeup looks. As a result I tend to prefer wearing this lip lacquer for evenings out and, when I'm feeling particularly experimental with my makeup, I'll pair this product with nude or brown eyeshadow. 

I'm not a fan of lip lacquers usually as I don't like the sticky texture but I don't mind the texture of this particular product. I hate gloss-style applicators too (as mentioned in my review of Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet) as I can't seem to get a defined lip-line when using them. The formula of this product however is so thick and somewhat stiff that it makes it easier to apply neatly without the aid of a brush or lip-liner. You can see the sharpness of the lip-line achieved below which seems to stay put throughout the day.







Overall I love the colour of this product so much this lacquer is quickly becoming a favourite.


Have you tried anything by Rimmel London? 


Lesley x

Sunday, 12 October 2014

How-To | Hot Oil Treatment [Video]



The temperature has dropped so much in the UK that I'm relying on my hot oil treatments more than ever to give my hair a little 'pick me up'. I thought I'd put together a video tutorial for my YouTube channel on how I do a hot oil treatment using my favourite oil currently - Coconut Oil.

The video: 





Have you tried a hot oil treatment? 


Lesley x

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