Monday, November 26, 2012

Mallzee launch!

I was approached by mallzee to feature their new site in my blog, I've joined and it really does look amazing!

I know it might seem like a 'promo' post but i wouldn't promote something if i didn't like the idea of it!

It is described as "all about creating a new experience for shopping online. Users create their own personalised shopping mall (Mallzee) by picking their favourite brands and stores. Our fancy software then finds products matching their personal style and showcases them in their Mallzee! There are a number of aspects that make Mallzee social from the integration of Facebook chat to creating polls and browsing friends online wardrobes.  An added bonus to inviting friends to your mallzee is that as the ‘owner’ you earn money every time anyone buys from your Mallzee, including you! (That's right you get paid when you shop?)"

It really does sound like a great concept. I hate searching all the different websites when shopping online, and with mallzee, it combines all those shops whilst picking up on your personal style as well! Its more like social networking combined with shopping (great for bloggers!) So far they have over 200 brands that will be available (including urban outfitters, new look, feel unique, st tropez and so many more).

The website hasn't launched yet, but you can sign up to join HERE!

It only takes a couple of seconds, and they're even having a competition to win £100 to spend once it launches :D  i know i've entered!

Will you be joining mallzee?

Eating healthy on a student budget!

Hello lovely followers,

Now i know that being a uni student, it's quite hard to eat healthily, and can quite be hard on the pocket. Most of the time its easier for us to whack a microwave meal in the oven and be done with it! But there are ways in which you can eat healthier on a student budget!

By no means am i a dietician or telling you to do this, but this has worked great for me.

1. i buy fresh meat and freeze it.  I find that buying 5 turkey steaks (that are quite large) dividing them into 2, makes 10 meals. This also helps with portion control. You can even buy bags of frozen chicken breasts sometimes for about £2, they're great but they're often injected with water in order to appear bigger and then shrink once cooked. Like i mentioned before, try to envision your plate like this:

2. Frozen fruit and vegetables. These are a saviour. I know most people will think 'frozen? how is that healthy?' but there is research to say that they are just as good for you as fresh. Here's an article on why. By buying frozen vegetables, you're already saving money. Fresh vegetables can be expensive, especially if they're not in season, and obviously there isnt much time for you to eat them. Frozen berries also go great with natural low fat yoghurt, or even just as a snack. they're like little ice lollies :-) If you can afford to buy them fresh, then by all means go for it, but if you're on a budget, frozen is great! You can eat a small portion of turkey and then load on the vegetables!

3. If you must buy your vegetables fresh, a great place to buy them is your local market! Often they're much cheaper and you may even find a wider selection. I know the Cardiff market has a great vegetable stand and is pretty cheap!

4. Buying 'filler' foods. These are foods such as rice, bread or pasta. Now this doesn't mean going out and buying a tonne of white bread and pasta, keep it whole grain! White breads and other white carbs are terrible for you!  I tend to pick a healthy carb that i can 'fill' my food with. Such as wholegrain or brown rice. An example of this is that i'll cook half a cup of brown rice, and eat it with  turkey chunks, spinach and tomatoes with a dash of soy sauce. Fillings like these are cheap. However, try not to overload on carbs, and overload more on the vegetables!

5. Cook  large batches of food, and freeze extras for meals. This is great because a) it saves on cooking time, and b) it means you can make larger batches of healthy food, and stretch out how long they'll keep.

6. Ditch the take away menus! Having them in your house or within your reaching distance is often a reason why you order take away. Just think of all the terrible things that go into that kebab they're serving you!

I hope these tips helped, what ways do you try to keep healthy on a budget?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Student discount

If you're a poor student like me, you need every little bit of discount you get!

if you live in the UK, this site is great for you! Discount on all the stores you wouldn't usually get.
Most students don't have have NUS cards, which a lot of the time websites like ASOS use for student discount. Using this website, you can get discount with ASOS, urban outfitters, cath kidston, topshop and so many more!

here's the link :

check it out!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

my top 5 products for soft and healthy hair!

Hello lovely followers,
Its apparent from my blog that i love to dye my hair and change it up quite often. Unfortunately, this also comes with damage to my hair, and split ends! I am also guilty of over styling with heat tools such as straighteners, curlers and blow drying.
However, i have found some great products that keep your hair looking healthy, shiny and soft!

1. Aussie 3 minute miracle, take the heat: deep treatment

I love this product, not only does it smell AMAZING, but it keeps my fine and thin hair baby soft whilst also building in heat protection.  So once i get out of the shower and blow dry my hair, its already protected from the heat! It lasts quite a long time as well as you only need a little. I would recommend leaving it for 3 minutes or more for optimal softness.

2. Aussie Miracle hair insurance: leave in conditioner

As soon as i have towel dried my hair, i spray this through it generously! I know it may sound a bit much using deep conditioner and then leave in conditioner, but it really keeps my hair health and to protect it from further damage! It also detangles my hair as its prone to tangling!

3. Tangle teezer

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This is by far THE best hair brush i've ever had! i original got it because i had micro bead extensions installed in my hair, but i've been using it every day since! it just detangles my hair so well, with little to no breakage or damage! it literally just glides through my hair! Unfortunately they are expensive, ranging at about 12.99 but i feel like its an investment! This is a product i can't live without.  Its also perfect for brushing through your extensions!

4. L'oreal Elvive Extraordinary oil

I spoke about this product in my october favourites! It makes my hair so soft and shiny! Its quite versatile, its almost like a serum but it can also be used as a deep conditioning product. I like to use it whilst my hair is still damp, and work it into my mid lengths and ends. Its great to use just before you blow dry your hair, and will give you that soft and fluffy hair with extra shine.

5.  V05 heat protect

I use this every time i use any heated styling tools! It smells amazing too :-)  Even though the deep conditioner i use has heat protect built in, it can't hurt to have that little bit extra help! I just spritz this through my hair right before, comb through and then i'm ready to go with my straightener. Its not a particularly well known heat protector but i really enjoy it 

What are your top hair products?

Brunette for fall and winter!

So as you know, i recently highlighted my hair to a lovely bright blonde, but like most blonde colours do, it faded and went brassy! no amount of silver shampoo could fix it and it just started to wash my skin tone out :(

so i decided to go really dark!  I haven't dyed my hair dark since 2010 so i thought it would be a nice change, especially in time for fall/winter and it would also completely change my look up!

When you dye your hair brown from blonde, you need to replace the orange and red tones that the bleach removed from your hair, so to start, i put a base of this colour on: L'oreal Casting 535:Chocolate

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This colour gave me rich reddish tones for a base colour to stop my hair going green! If i had dyed my hair straight away with brown, the green and blue undertones would have caused it to go seaweed green (its happened before!).  It was the perfect base and its non-permanent with no ammonia so minimal damage :-)

And then for my permanent colour, i chose the colour: Clairol perfect 10: medium brown

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This made my hair so glossy and smooth! And i adore the colour it came out, a rich dark brown (with highlights due to my previous ones).

here's the result:

and i LOVE it.  my hair just looks so glossy and healthy, which it didn't look when blonde.  I feel like it makes my eye colour stand out a bit more as well :-)

what do you guys think?  brunette vs blonde?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

October favourites!

Hello lovely followers!

So October has finally ended and thank god.  The halloween hype in Cardiff is insane and was driving me crazy.  Usually i love halloween but i didn't get a chance to do anything for it this year so i was such a scrooge about it!

Anyway, grumpiness out of the way, i'm doing my very first monthly favourites :-)

this month i have definitely been a lot more into make up and hair care!

1. Wet n Wild: Mega Glo in the colour 'toasted'
I know this looks a bit battered but i absolutely adore this! Its a perfect highlighter that adds that instant sun-kissed glow or dewy effect to your skin.  I've been using this since winter struck in a desperate attempt to hang on to a little bit of summer! A little bit of this goes a long way. It can be used as a cream eye shadow, blush or even lip gloss! Perfect.

2. Rimmel's Kate Moss matte lipstick in the colour: 107

This is a gorgeous fall lipstick colour. The colour is such a rich deep red. I love the fact that the colour is matte as well, i'm not too keen on shiny lipsticks. I would suggest using a lip balm underneath though as it can be a bit drying!

3. Bobbi Brown under eye corrector in 'light peach'
This product is my absolute saviour. I literally cannot go without it since i bought it! I genetically have VERY dark circles under my eyes, and a lack of sleep does not help my situation. Luckily for me, this corrector removes any trace of them! The peachy tone of the corrector not only hides the circles, but also brightens up underneath the eyes, leaving you looking fresh and awake! My only issue with the product is that its £18 for that tiny little pot, but i have yet to find a decent dupe for it. wah!

4. Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation
I literally love this foundation to death, and i'm so gutted about the £36 price tag! Luckily for me i found a decent dupe, and i even did a post on this which can be found HERE. It just gives such an even and flawless coverage, and has quite a bit of lasting power. Recently i've been mixing it with my rimmel wake me up foundation and its just lovely! 

5. L'oreal Elvive Extraordinary oil for all hair types
This has been an absolute life saver for my frazzled hair! It can be used on both wet and dry hair, and even as a conditioning treatment! I use it the same way i would a serum and add it to wet hair just before i blow-dry/heat style (with heat defence spray of course!) for added protection and shine! my hair literally feels so soft when i use this! 

Hope you enjoyed this! 
What have your favourites been?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

leibster award :-)

Hello lovely followers :-)

Earlier i was nominated for a Leibster award by the lovely Tiffany from! Thank you so much :-) Make sure to check out her blog, she has plenty of great beauty reviews and products on her page!