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24/11/2012

University Stories #3–The Shopping Channels

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The Shopping Channels.

Slap Chop anyone? We were obsessed with the shopping channels for the two years that we lived in our own house – we were lucky enough to have Sky TV (Were we? Or have I made that up?) and so the amount of shopping channels was immense, hundreds of the things. Instead of watching real TV, most of the time we just watched the shopping channels; especially as we were basically nocturnal so it was all that was on. We sat for hours on end repeatedly watching the adverts for kitchen gadgets and exercise machines. They were just so bad that they were good and really addictive. Now we’re not talking about QVC or any of the ‘high end’ type channels, the ones we loved were the generic ones filled with American infomercials. We especially loved the one for the Halogen Oven – it was amazing, and it made the product sound really, really good. It was a treat when we got to see that one, learning about how you can basically cook anything in it from frozen and it would be the best tasting food of life. I loved how the presenters were just so ridiculously chirpy and positive about selling us a piece of kitchen equipment, I especially loved it when they got a ‘chef’ involved.

Another favourite were the exercise machines, ‘Do this for 6 minutes and you’ll have abs of steel’ we loved the Ab King Pro, and the Ab Circle Pro and the Miami Beach Press thingy (we called it the Miami Barbie so can’t remember it’s real name…). The adverts for these were ridiculous, basically showing loads of people exercising on the beach and then telling us they’d used these machines for 6 minutes and then magicked some muscles. But we found it so entertaining and used to watch them for hours and hours, I’m pretty sure we could recite the adverts to you if we tried. We even developed our own version of the Ab Circle Pro involving our desk chairs. And I’d still love it if someone bought me an Ab King Pro lol…

One time we stayed up all night watching the shopping channels and it got so late that we decided to just stay awake so that we could go to McDonalds for breakfast at 6:30am. Instead of going to sleep like normal people and waking up early. The adverts get much more interesting when your so tired that you start to get delirious. This wasn’t the only time that we stayed up all night to go for McDonalds breakfast, I’ll tell you all about the other times in another instalment.

What can I say, we led a thrilling life. But at least we were having fun!

Was anyone else obsessed with shopping channels at uni?

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University Stories #3–The Shopping Channels

university-stories

The Shopping Channels.

Slap Chop anyone? We were obsessed with the shopping channels for the two years that we lived in our own house – we were lucky enough to have Sky TV (Were we? Or have I made that up?) and so the amount of shopping channels was immense, hundreds of the things. Instead of watching real TV, most of the time we just watched the shopping channels; especially as we were basically nocturnal so it was all that was on. We sat for hours on end repeatedly watching the adverts for kitchen gadgets and exercise machines. They were just so bad that they were good and really addictive. Now we’re not talking about QVC or any of the ‘high end’ type channels, the ones we loved were the generic ones filled with American infomercials. We especially loved the one for the Halogen Oven – it was amazing, and it made the product sound really, really good. It was a treat when we got to see that one, learning about how you can basically cook anything in it from frozen and it would be the best tasting food of life. I loved how the presenters were just so ridiculously chirpy and positive about selling us a piece of kitchen equipment, I especially loved it when they got a ‘chef’ involved.

Another favourite were the exercise machines, ‘Do this for 6 minutes and you’ll have abs of steel’ we loved the Ab King Pro, and the Ab Circle Pro and the Miami Beach Press thingy (we called it the Miami Barbie so can’t remember it’s real name…). The adverts for these were ridiculous, basically showing loads of people exercising on the beach and then telling us they’d used these machines for 6 minutes and then magicked some muscles. But we found it so entertaining and used to watch them for hours and hours, I’m pretty sure we could recite the adverts to you if we tried. We even developed our own version of the Ab Circle Pro involving our desk chairs. And I’d still love it if someone bought me an Ab King Pro lol…

One time we stayed up all night watching the shopping channels and it got so late that we decided to just stay awake so that we could go to McDonalds for breakfast at 6:30am. Instead of going to sleep like normal people and waking up early. The adverts get much more interesting when your so tired that you start to get delirious. This wasn’t the only time that we stayed up all night to go for McDonalds breakfast, I’ll tell you all about the other times in another instalment.

What can I say, we led a thrilling life. But at least we were having fun!

Was anyone else obsessed with shopping channels at uni?

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23/11/2012

Ojon @ Boots

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Nine times out of ten I buy my haircare from Boots, it’s just far more convenient than buying from any where else and there’s always the lure of those Boots Advantage Card Points too. I was really pleased to hear that some of the more premium haircare brands were being launched in some Boots stores too, including Ojon. Ojon is a brand that I’ve heard lots about but I’ve just never had access to it to give it a whirl, I’ve seen it in the CCO at Bicester Village but the staff there were not very knowledgeable about the products when I enquired.

I had a completely different experience when I visited the Ojon counter at the Boots at Fosse Park in Leicester this afternoon, there were two advisers working there and both were really lovely and helpful. I learned loads about the brand and I was given the low down on each of the six different lines that they do and was introduced the the Christmas gift sets and travel size products too – there’s nothing that makes me happier than seeing a miniature version of a product.

The focus of Ojon as a brand is on hair repair and treatment, which is something that is quite important for me and I’m sure for a lot of other people too, who doesn’t want their hair to be healthy? The products are all paraben-free and Ojon are working to make them sulphate free too, there’s also no animal fats in their products. The products all contain Ojon oil that helps restore radiance, suppleness, bounce, body, volume and vibrancy to help repair even the most damaged hair.

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The newest product that Ojon have launched is the Rare Blend Oil, and I was most excited to learn about it. The oil can be used on both wet and dry hair and even the tiniest amount can make the hair look instantly smoother, glossier, shinier and softer. I used a bit on the ends of my hair instore and they felt so nice and nourished after. I was given a sample of the oil so I will get back to you on how it works out.

Have you tried anything from Ojon? What do you recommend?

Look out for the Ojon counters in larger Boots stores and I can definitely recommend popping to the Boots at Fosse Park Leicester to check out the range.

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Ojon @ Boots

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Nine times out of ten I buy my haircare from Boots, it’s just far more convenient than buying from any where else and there’s always the lure of those Boots Advantage Card Points too. I was really pleased to hear that some of the more premium haircare brands were being launched in some Boots stores too, including Ojon. Ojon is a brand that I’ve heard lots about but I’ve just never had access to it to give it a whirl, I’ve seen it in the CCO at Bicester Village but the staff there were not very knowledgeable about the products when I enquired.

I had a completely different experience when I visited the Ojon counter at the Boots at Fosse Park in Leicester this afternoon, there were two advisers working there and both were really lovely and helpful. I learned loads about the brand and I was given the low down on each of the six different lines that they do and was introduced the the Christmas gift sets and travel size products too – there’s nothing that makes me happier than seeing a miniature version of a product.

The focus of Ojon as a brand is on hair repair and treatment, which is something that is quite important for me and I’m sure for a lot of other people too, who doesn’t want their hair to be healthy? The products are all paraben-free and Ojon are working to make them sulphate free too, there’s also no animal fats in their products. The products all contain Ojon oil that helps restore radiance, suppleness, bounce, body, volume and vibrancy to help repair even the most damaged hair.

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The newest product that Ojon have launched is the Rare Blend Oil, and I was most excited to learn about it. The oil can be used on both wet and dry hair and even the tiniest amount can make the hair look instantly smoother, glossier, shinier and softer. I used a bit on the ends of my hair instore and they felt so nice and nourished after. I was given a sample of the oil so I will get back to you on how it works out.

Have you tried anything from Ojon? What do you recommend?

Look out for the Ojon counters in larger Boots stores and I can definitely recommend popping to the Boots at Fosse Park Leicester to check out the range.

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21/11/2012

Creating Volume with Lee Stafford Electricals

Last night I popped down to London to a press event for Lee Stafford products (and some others that I can’t wait to tell you about too), I was really interested to see the huge range of electrical items that the brand has to offer. I was most interested in the curling products as I’m not much of a fan of straightening/crimping my hair (but the company do offer some great products for this if that’s what floats your boat…).



I was really excited to see some heated rollers in the collection, the Big Fat Lock and Rollers can be used to create volume and big, bouncy curls. The cool thing about these rollers is that you don’t need any extra clips/pins to fix them in place; the clips are already attached to the rollers and you just have to clip them in place once you’ve rolled all of your hair up. This is so good for people (like me) that always lose the small bits and bobs that come with devices. I’ve wanted to try some heated rollers for so long! I have naturally curly/wavy/lion’s maney hair but sometimes I think it would look nice if the curls were a bit smoother and voluminous, nice and big and bouncy – a bit more polished than my normal messy look.

You get 12 rollers included in the set, there are three different sizes: 50mm, 43mm and 38mm and you can fit 8 into the heating unit at one time. The rollers heat up really quickly and should be left in your hair for as long as possible for the curls to properly set. You can them style your curls, but make sure they’re cool before doing this or you’ll undo all of your hard work! I really love the look of brushed out curls to give a bit of a 40s starlet look, but you could leave them more defined for a modern look too.

The Big, Fat Lock and Rollers cost £49.99 and are available at Argos, Shop Direct, Superdrug and Tesco – a set of them are definitely on my Christmas list!

Ooh bonus! The rollers are on offer at Argos for £33.99 at the moment!



The other product that intrigued me was the Big Fat Tong, you can’t really tell from the image but this thing is huge! The 50mm barrel makes it really great for adding volume to the roots of your hair before curling the ends in lovely big curls. I imagine that you could use this tool to create the look of a professional blow-dry, you know all big and bouncy and shiny and swish but without the arm ache. Perfect. The tong heats up to 200 degrees and there are 6 different heat settings for a range of hair types, and it heats up in only 60 seconds. The barrel is ceramic coated to add some shine and silkiness to your locks and to ensure that your hair doesn’t get too damaged – use a heat protectant before use though, just to be extra safe.

Because my hair is so long and heavy I find it really difficult to create any kind of volume at my roots without attacking my hair with the back-combing brush and hairspray. I’d love to see if tools like these could do anything for my locks – the curling tong that I currently use is quite small and whilst it is good for creating defined curls, that’s not really what I’m after. I imagine that the sheer size of the Big Fat Tong has got to be able to make some kind of impact on the amount of volume that my hair has.

The Big Fat Tong is an Argos exclusive product and it costs £34.99 – currently on offer for £19.54! Might have to make a cheeky purchase this weekend, well it is my birthday on Monday!

Have you tried any of the Lee Stafford electrical products?

What’s your favourite way of creating volume?

Creating Volume with Lee Stafford Electricals

Last night I popped down to London to a press event for Lee Stafford products (and some others that I can’t wait to tell you about too), I was really interested to see the huge range of electrical items that the brand has to offer. I was most interested in the curling products as I’m not much of a fan of straightening/crimping my hair (but the company do offer some great products for this if that’s what floats your boat…).



I was really excited to see some heated rollers in the collection, the Big Fat Lock and Rollers can be used to create volume and big, bouncy curls. The cool thing about these rollers is that you don’t need any extra clips/pins to fix them in place; the clips are already attached to the rollers and you just have to clip them in place once you’ve rolled all of your hair up. This is so good for people (like me) that always lose the small bits and bobs that come with devices. I’ve wanted to try some heated rollers for so long! I have naturally curly/wavy/lion’s maney hair but sometimes I think it would look nice if the curls were a bit smoother and voluminous, nice and big and bouncy – a bit more polished than my normal messy look.

You get 12 rollers included in the set, there are three different sizes: 50mm, 43mm and 38mm and you can fit 8 into the heating unit at one time. The rollers heat up really quickly and should be left in your hair for as long as possible for the curls to properly set. You can them style your curls, but make sure they’re cool before doing this or you’ll undo all of your hard work! I really love the look of brushed out curls to give a bit of a 40s starlet look, but you could leave them more defined for a modern look too.

The Big, Fat Lock and Rollers cost £49.99 and are available at Argos, Shop Direct, Superdrug and Tesco – a set of them are definitely on my Christmas list!

Ooh bonus! The rollers are on offer at Argos for £33.99 at the moment!



The other product that intrigued me was the Big Fat Tong, you can’t really tell from the image but this thing is huge! The 50mm barrel makes it really great for adding volume to the roots of your hair before curling the ends in lovely big curls. I imagine that you could use this tool to create the look of a professional blow-dry, you know all big and bouncy and shiny and swish but without the arm ache. Perfect. The tong heats up to 200 degrees and there are 6 different heat settings for a range of hair types, and it heats up in only 60 seconds. The barrel is ceramic coated to add some shine and silkiness to your locks and to ensure that your hair doesn’t get too damaged – use a heat protectant before use though, just to be extra safe.

Because my hair is so long and heavy I find it really difficult to create any kind of volume at my roots without attacking my hair with the back-combing brush and hairspray. I’d love to see if tools like these could do anything for my locks – the curling tong that I currently use is quite small and whilst it is good for creating defined curls, that’s not really what I’m after. I imagine that the sheer size of the Big Fat Tong has got to be able to make some kind of impact on the amount of volume that my hair has.

The Big Fat Tong is an Argos exclusive product and it costs £34.99 – currently on offer for £19.54! Might have to make a cheeky purchase this weekend, well it is my birthday on Monday!

Have you tried any of the Lee Stafford electrical products?

What’s your favourite way of creating volume?

20/11/2012

A Very L’Occitane Christmas #2 Limited Edition Ultra Rich Body Cream

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Part two of my L’Occitane Christmas special sees the other products in the range I shared last week, the Ultra Rich Body Cream’s in Limited Edition packaging. There are three Body Cream’s in the new packaging, Mango Flower, Date Bouquet and Rose Petals.
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I’ve been trying out the Rose Petals body cream for about a month now, and it really is lovely. The scent is definitely rosy but it’s not too strong or overpowering, it has a bit of sweetness in there to save it from being overly floral. I really like that the cream is thick too, it makes it a lot easier to apply and makes it feel extra nourishing. All of the Ultra Rich Body Creams contain 25% Shea Butter making them super moisturising and amazing skin protectors. I like to apply a thick layer of the cream onto my arms and feet before bed to do some deep moisturising whilst I sleep, my skin always feels so soft when I wake up. I probably wouldn’t use the body creams in the morning though as they do take a little while to sink in and that would annoy me when getting dressed, but for night time pamper sessions they’re a great choice.
I really like the packaging too, the simple tin is lightweight and looks stylish, I love the colours on the label too. The designs on all of the labels are inspired by West African patterns and materials, the L’Occitane Shea Butter is sourced from there too!
If you’re looking for stocking fillers for Christmas I would definitely recommend these body creams, they’re fab quality and only a few pounds more than a Body Shop Body Butter which are much inferior.
Have you checked out L’Occitane’s Christmas ranges yet?

A Very L’Occitane Christmas #2 Limited Edition Ultra Rich Body Cream

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Part two of my L’Occitane Christmas special sees the other products in the range I shared last week, the Ultra Rich Body Cream’s in Limited Edition packaging. There are three Body Cream’s in the new packaging, Mango Flower, Date Bouquet and Rose Petals.
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I’ve been trying out the Rose Petals body cream for about a month now, and it really is lovely. The scent is definitely rosy but it’s not too strong or overpowering, it has a bit of sweetness in there to save it from being overly floral. I really like that the cream is thick too, it makes it a lot easier to apply and makes it feel extra nourishing. All of the Ultra Rich Body Creams contain 25% Shea Butter making them super moisturising and amazing skin protectors. I like to apply a thick layer of the cream onto my arms and feet before bed to do some deep moisturising whilst I sleep, my skin always feels so soft when I wake up. I probably wouldn’t use the body creams in the morning though as they do take a little while to sink in and that would annoy me when getting dressed, but for night time pamper sessions they’re a great choice.
I really like the packaging too, the simple tin is lightweight and looks stylish, I love the colours on the label too. The designs on all of the labels are inspired by West African patterns and materials, the L’Occitane Shea Butter is sourced from there too!
If you’re looking for stocking fillers for Christmas I would definitely recommend these body creams, they’re fab quality and only a few pounds more than a Body Shop Body Butter which are much inferior.
Have you checked out L’Occitane’s Christmas ranges yet?

19/11/2012

Topshop Crescent Moon Highlighter

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Crescent Moon Highligher – Topshop - £10

Let’s just take a minute shall we, to admire the beauty of the Topshop highlighter in Crescent Moon. Ready? Let’s begin. Highlighting is a new found love of mine, sure I’ve had highlighters in the past – who hasn’t had a sample of Benefit’s High Beam thrust upon them at some point or other but I’ve never had a highlighter as pretty as Crescent Moon. It’s hard to describe the colour, it’s quite pearly but with hints of pink and gold too, it’s so flattering on pale skintones though rather unlike it’s sister Sunbeam which is a very yellowy gold colour that would look ridiculous on my face. The powder is smooth and easy to apply and there is no chunky glitter in there, it just adds a lovely sheen to the tops of your cheekbones/cupid’s bow/brow bone. It’s really easy to blend into the skin too, and works seamlessly with some of my blushes and contour shades.

It was really hard to get a photograph of it on my face, but as soon as I manage it I will update you all with how beautiful it looks. In the meantime, hop along to Topshop to swatch it for yourself – you won’t regret it!

What’s your favourite highlighter?

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Topshop Crescent Moon Highlighter

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Crescent Moon Highligher – Topshop - £10

Let’s just take a minute shall we, to admire the beauty of the Topshop highlighter in Crescent Moon. Ready? Let’s begin. Highlighting is a new found love of mine, sure I’ve had highlighters in the past – who hasn’t had a sample of Benefit’s High Beam thrust upon them at some point or other but I’ve never had a highlighter as pretty as Crescent Moon. It’s hard to describe the colour, it’s quite pearly but with hints of pink and gold too, it’s so flattering on pale skintones though rather unlike it’s sister Sunbeam which is a very yellowy gold colour that would look ridiculous on my face. The powder is smooth and easy to apply and there is no chunky glitter in there, it just adds a lovely sheen to the tops of your cheekbones/cupid’s bow/brow bone. It’s really easy to blend into the skin too, and works seamlessly with some of my blushes and contour shades.

It was really hard to get a photograph of it on my face, but as soon as I manage it I will update you all with how beautiful it looks. In the meantime, hop along to Topshop to swatch it for yourself – you won’t regret it!

What’s your favourite highlighter?

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17/11/2012

BLOG SALE–Help Amy to buy a new iPhone (If you’ve seen it you’ll know why…)


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LOOK Beauty Nail Pop – Vintage
Models Own – Snowflake
Essie – Fear & Desire
Essie – Mojito Madness
No7 – Minty Fresh
£1.50 each



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BLOG SALE–Help Amy to buy a new iPhone (If you’ve seen it you’ll know why…)


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LOOK Beauty Nail Pop – Vintage
Models Own – Snowflake
Essie – Fear & Desire
Essie – Mojito Madness
No7 – Minty Fresh
£1.50 each



RULES
  • Payment by PayPal gift only
  • UK only
  • Shipping will be £3.50 whatever you buy
  • First come, first serve
  • Tweet me if you have any questions – @amymcjohnson
  • Leave a comment below with your email address and I will confirm your order and give you my paypal details 


15/11/2012

NATorigin Loose Powder Foundation

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NATorigin Loose Powder Foundation - £17.75*

I’m a liquid foundation girl through and through but when I was offered the chance to try the NATorigin Loose Powder Foundation I couldn’t resist, everything else I’ve tried from them has been fab so I thought why not? The foundation is made using 100% naturally sourced ingredients and it is a certified organic product, it’s Hypoallergenic too so perfect for sensitive skin.

The ingredients in the foundation are actually beneficial to your skin too, the organic arctic raspberry seed helps to soothe, soften and defend against free-radicals. There’s also sunflower seed oil to help keep the skin hydrated and organic rosemary leaf extract to soothe irritated skin. The powder itself is made from the crushed shells of organic argan nuts which are famed for their high levels of Vitamin E and healing properties.

The powder itself is soft and easy to blend, it has tiny bits of glitter in it to help illuminate the skin and the coverage can be built up. It leaves the skin with a matte but healthy finish and lasts quite well on normal skin types. To apply tap a bit of powder in to the lid of the pot and swirl your brush, then tap off any excess before buffing into your skin.

The only downside to this product, for me, is the shade range – there are currently only 4 shades available this one (Bio Cashmere) being the lightest. This shade is far too dark for my skin to use as a foundation, especially at this time of year, but I have been using it to add a bit of colour to my cheeks and temples as a subtle bronze shade. I really enjoy using the foundation in this way as the shimmers make it look really pretty. Perhaps in summer I will be able to use the foundation as it’s intended but I’m pretty happy using it as a bronzer/blusher for now.

If you’re skintone is darker than my deathly pallor, you can buy the NATorigin Loose Powder Foundation from the NATorigin website for £17.75

Have you tried a powder foundation before?

Would you?

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