Wednesday, 13 April 2016

LATESTINBEAUTY | Clinique The British Beauty Blogger Edit ІІ

Hello everyone! 

The phrase 'long time no speak' really comes into mind here because it has been ages since I last blogged. In fact, it was way back in December 2014 which is absolutely crazy. Since then, lots of things have happened and along the way I completely lost my blogging mojo - if that's even a thing? - ... but I have suddenly felt really inspired today, Although I'm not entirely happy with all aspects of my blog - if I stick to this, the layout really needs to be changed - I am starting to feel much more happy with the pictures I have been taking lately. I'll never be a professional and I don't intend on becoming the next 'big thing' but I wanted to have a creative outlet I am going to give things another go!

When I received an email on Sunday morning to say that the latest collaborative box between The British Beauty Blogger and Clinique was available, I was straight on the LatestInBeauty website making a purchase. The first box was so popular and such an amazing deal, I wanted to make sure I got my hands on this second one as well! 

The second box included two full sized products, six generous sized sample products, a £10 off voucher when you spend £40 on the Clinique website and a spare pot so that you can go to your local counter to get a foundation sample of your choice. All for £20!! This box was seriously good value for money and it's no wonder that it has actually sold out now. It would appear as though the beauty world goes mad for these boxes and it is so clear to see why.

If you wanted to grab one of these boxes but didn't quite manage to, don't be too disheartened as LatestInBeauty do a range of other great boxes here. Plus, hopefully another #CliniqueBBBBox is released next year! 

I know this post has only been short and I may have lost the swing of things when it comes to my writing but hopefully this hasn't been too bad; considering it's been around 16 months! I'm not going promise a proper schedule because I don't know if my sudden inspiration is momentary but we shall soon see.

Have a great evening everyone!
Elysia x

Twitter: @PurpleElll
Instagram: Elysia_JW


Saturday, 13 December 2014

Moon Cats - Checked Scarf

If there is one accessory that I love, other than a nice handbang, it has to be a scarf. Whether you're wanting to add a little extra something to an outfit or wrap up against the bitter cold of winter, you can achieve this with a scarf; they're such a practical thing to have in your wardrobe.

Moon Cats are an American company that are based in the Fashion District of New York and who specialise in a vast range of scarfs. Whether your're wanting a light weight cover up or a nice winter chunky knit, Moon Cats are sure to have something for you. With a vast range of affordable high quality scarves available in different patterns and styles, Moon Cats is the perfect website to browse if you're looking to add something new to your collection this winter.

As I have been loving Checks this season, the scarf that I chose is Checked Square which is priced at $39.95 with free delivery being offered within the USA. As soon as I noticed this scarf on the website it grabbed my attention as it is unlike anything else that I own. I either have plain scarves, Alexander McQueen skull ones or my massive navy and green Checked/Tartan one that I got last year from Zara - you know the one that every blogger had and is literally the size of a picnic blanket!

I chose this scarf as it's very autumnal and I thought that it would be lovely to wear on those days where despite it being absolutely freezing, the sky is blue and the sun is out; proving a point that it is still there and can show it's face, despite the usual grey gloomy winter sky we become accustomed to seeing.

First of all the packaging that this scarf came in was lovely and considering it came all the way from America it was within me within a week which is seriously impressive! My scarf came in a box and it was wrapped in red tissue paper with a big white Moon Cats sticker sealing it closed. Packaging and presentation is everything so I serious props to Moon Cats for sending something that was simplistically yet beautifully - sometimes, it's those small details that make a drastic difference!

My Checked Square scarf is very large and that's what I love about it - it's measurements are 56" by 56"! Due to it being longer and larger than some scarves, you can easily achieve a range of different styles with it. Whether you want to bundle it up and wrap up warm underneath it or drape it around your neck to allow it to fall down onto your thighs, this scarf looks great! Due to the colours being quite neutral. it's extremely versatile and the fact that it is made from a nice soft material means that it does not feel itchy or scratchy against your skin when it's around your neck!

Moon Cats 'Checked Square'

I have been wearing this scarf a lot over the past week as the weather here in the UK hasn't been the best and I have needed to wrap up a little more than usual. Personally, I find that this scarf goes best with dark colours and I absolutely love wearing it with my big navy blue chunky cable knitted cardigan - the colours match perfectly!

If you would like to treat yourself to a scarf from the Moon Cats website, they have kindly provided 
me with a discount code for all of my blog followers and readers! To save 20% OFF ALL of the Moon Cats scarves until the 22nd of December, you can use the code BEAUTYBLOG20OFF to grab yourself a pre Christmas treat!

Have a great weekend!

Twitter: @PurpleEll
Instagram: Elysia_JW

*Product sent my Moon Cats in consideration for a review.

Friday, 28 November 2014

Irresistible Me - Hair Extensions Review

Hair extensions are one of those things that people either love or they hate. You can look at someone wearing them and have virtually no idea that their super voluminous and perfectly styled hair has been achieved with the use of hair extensions or you can see clips galore, mismatched extensions and someone trying to use hair significantly longer than their own. I've always been afraid of the latter; the hair extension disaster!

Up until this summer I had never owned or even tried a set of hair extensions in my hair and to be completely honest I was absolutely clueless about colour matching. Getting a pair that matched perfectly with my natural hair colour was top of my priorities, as I have one of those funny shades of hair that has a few different undertones in different lights. Thankfully when it came to choosing my extensions off of the Irresistible Me website, there was an extremely helpful video showing the different colour options they have available and the difference between each of them.  

Irresistible Me* are an American hair extensions company that specialise in two different types of hair. Their 'Silky Touch' hair extensions are available in 13 different shades, comes in three different weight options and ranges in length from 14 to 24 inches. The 'Silky Touch' hair made from natural human Remy Hair and with prices starting at $69 this is Irresistible Me's more affordable range of hair extensions. 

The hair extensions that I chose were from the second range of hair extensions that the brand specialises in - 'Royal Remy Hair'. This range of hair extensions is Irresistible Me's 'premium' range of extensions and is again available in 13 different shades, comes with three different weight options and is ranges in length from 14 to 24 inches. In order to feel like European hair, the extensions in this range are of the highest quality and are made from 100% natural, extra soft and fine hair. These hair extensions are also the most versatile 'hair' offered by Irresistible Me as you can straighten, curl and even set these extensions in rollers. Starting at $129 and increasing upwards to $299 depending upon which length and weight you choose means they're pricier than the other range but this is definitely reflected in the quality! 

The way in which these hair extensions come packaged really impressed me. Their sleek black presentation box with silver writing embossed on the front was really stylish. The box is also nice and substantial as it even survived the postal journey from America to the UK - and we all know how little care couriers can take with our parcels! 

The hair extensions themselves come packaged in a long rectangular pouch that is divided into two sections. One of the sections contains most of the hair and the other section is a much smaller square and contains 2 wefts of hair. The great thing about this little right hand section is that Irresistible Me actually allow you to be able to check the length, weight and colour of the extensions against your own hair and as long as you have only opened this section (and not the larger one) you can send your them back if they're not suitable. When you are happy with your 'new hair' you can then open the larger section on the left. 

I opted to go for the colour 'Royal Medium Brown' #4 in 20 inches with 200g of hair in the Royal Remy Hair. I absolutely love my extensions and they are the perfect colour match for me. #4 Medium Brown is a mid tone brown shade and has slightly more of a red undertone to it when compared to 'Royal Chocolate Brown #2' which is a little darker. I was actually surprised how well the extensions matched with my natural hair as when they arrived I thought that they were possibly going to be a little off colour. However, the fact that I went for hair extensions that were only around 4 inches longer than my natural hair is when it is straight means that I was able to achieve a much more blended and natural look. My hair is long and of medium thickness but it is no where near as thick as it used to be so these extensions added so much more volume and 'oomph' to my hair. The volume and length they provide makes them are perfect for a night out, a special occasion or for when you need a little more hair in order to create a glamorous ponytail or a voluminous bun. They really are versatile, due to the type of hair they are made from. 

Although I have never tried hair extensions before, I did have a rough idea of how you apply them to your hair so I wasn't completely dumbfounded; although I was still a total novice. I have seen a few friends on Facebook over the years talking (or should I say moaning?) about hair extensions and the fact that the clips are either completely useless and just break or are not already attached to the extensions when you purchase them. However, I had no such issues with the Irresistible Me clips. The extensions come with the clips already attached to the wefts of hair and they are sewn on really well. Plus you also receive 3 spares in your box just in case you ever need them. The clips themselves snap close and are stiff in a way that enables them to be able to grip to your hair and hold the extension securely in place without being impossible to get out again. In order for the extensions to stay in my hair, I simply placed the extension where I wanted it, teased my hair a little bit with the clip and snapped it shut. Taking the extensions out was also super easy because the teeth of the clip are just like a comb so when they are undone/unpopped it just slides out of your hair. I have always been worried about hair extensions causing your own hair to fall out or pulling chunks of your own hair out when you remove them but thankfully I didn't experience this as these hair extensions are extremely good quality!

Due to choosing my hair extensions to be 20inches, I received 200g of hair which is a lot and extremely good value for money! Within my pack, I received 10 wefts of hair ranging in size and included a large 4 clip piece, two 3 clip pieces, five 2 clip pieces and two 1 clip pieces, The 4 piece clip is really thick and if you are using the hair extensions purely to add some thickness to your hair rather than length and have chosen a set that's virtually the same length as your natural hair; this piece on it's own would amazing results!

As you can see from my before (left) and after (right) pictures, the hair extensions look natural, match my hair perfectly and are adding a nice amount of length without looking too 'fake' and obvious. The hair extensions in the Royal Remy Hair range from Irresistible Me are amazing quality and I would definitely recommend them to someone who is either thinking about trying some hair extensions for the first time or for someone who is looking for a new pair; I couldn't be happier with mine. 
Don't forget to take a look at the Irresistible Me website
where shipping to the UK and many other countries
is available!

Enjoy your weekend, 

Twitter: @PurpleElll

Instagram: Elysia_JW

* Product sent by Irresistible Me in consideration for a review