Friday, 27 January 2012

Two's Company Tweezers

As you may have heard me discuss before, I am a quarter Asian (Indian Malay to be exact). This comes with its advantages (year-round tan) and its disadvantages (high-maintenance eyebrows). Since my early teens I have been battling to control the beasts and I know this is a universal problem for a lot of women as keeping them in tip-top shape can be a time-consuming and not particularly pleasant experience.

Until Christmas, I always used slanted tweezers that I bought from my local pharmacy. They were nothing special, and I have wanted a pair of Tweezermans for a long time, but I could never commit myself to paying over £20 for a pair of tweezers, no matter how good they are.

Luckily for me, one of my mum's oldest friends who buys me a Christmas present every year got me these tweezers by Two's Company:

I had never heard of Two's Company before and I imagine they will be unfamiliar to most people. However, they are absolutely amazing. They grip really tightly, pulling each hair out from the root to avoid that annoying dot of hair that remains after using poor quality tweezers. They also come in a variety of different doll patterns, which is not useful in any way but adds some novelty value if you are that way inclined. 

I tried to find an official website or Twitter page belonging to Two's Company but they don't seem to own either. They should probably address this asap. However, here is a website where you can buy a pair of your own for only £3.99. Step aside Tweezerman.

For some reason my eyebrows look rather evil here, I hope this is not really the case.

Friday, 20 January 2012

How to get shiny hair like Kelly Rowland (well, almost)

Picture courtesy of zimbo.com
While watching last year's UK X-Factor, I was as captivated by the sheer glossiness of Kelly Rowland's hair as the performances of the rather average contestants. Every week her hair glowed and I decided to make more of an effort to get my hair into tip top shape. My hair is naturally quite smooth anyway, but still benefits from being smothered in various hair products. Kelly's hairdresser probably has a whole truck full of them.

Obviously, without a mega-pricey stylist and an extremely flattering light, us common people will never quite achieve Kelly's flawless locks. But here are the products which I think give us all a good shot at achieving A-list hair. You will notice that I am a massive fan of Aussie hair products; if you're not already a dedicated Aussie user, become one! 

As I have long hair, I use Aussie Luscious Long Shampoo and Conditioner. It's common knowledge that long hair is prone to split ends and can be very high maintenance. It's therefore essential to arm yourself with a shampoo and conditioner you can trust. For me, Luscious Long is just the ticket.

Aussie Luscious Long Shampoo (Retails for around £3.99) and Conditioner (Retails for around £3.68)
Before blow-drying your hair, apply a small blob of Take the Heat cream to the palm of your hands and run through hair, concentrating on the ends to avoid greasiness at the roots. Comb the product through before drying. This product will protect your hair against heat-damage and make it super soft.

Aussie Take the Heat Cream (Retails for around £4.99)
If you still feel your hair is lacking a certain softness, treat it to 3 Minute Miracle with your next wash. It's like a face mask, but for your hair.
Aussie Luscious Long 3 Minute Miracle (Retails for around £4.99)
Comb your hair. A lot. I never really have time for this but when done, it makes all the difference. Just spend a good 5 - 10 minutes combing through your hair. It could be completely knot-free when you start, but just combing it will stimulate some of the oils in your scalp and drag them down the length of your hair. Lovely natural oils.

Et voila! Super sleek hair! Oh, and to perfect the glossiness à la Kelly, use Soap and Glory's Easy Glistening on bare legs before an evening out. It's best to wait a couple of hours after shaving your legs before applying it though. Trust me, I found out the hard way.
Soap and Glory Easy Glistening Dry Oil Body Gloss (Retails for around £5.11)

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Ebay, you absolute beaut!

First of all, Happy New Year everyone! Hope you've had a fantastic holiday! I had an absolutely amazing Christmas and New Year but today's hangover has sent me back down to earth with a bump - it really is time to do some uni work!

But before I bury myself in a mountain of books, I just thought I'd share a little tip with you for snapping up bargains during the January sales. I had been coveting this dress by Lipsy for ages but at £60 I decided to wait until the sales in the hope that it would be a little more affordable. However, by the time Boxing Day came, it had completely sold out in my size both online and instore. Not holding out much hope, I thought it would be worth typing the product name into Ebay and luckily for me, I found it available for £35 from a top-rated seller called michandjez who are definitely worth checking out for bargain women's fashion.
Lipsy Ruched Front Mesh Panel Dress (R.R.P £55)
Picture courtesy of lipsy.co.uk

Obviously this doesn't work all the time but it's really worth searching on Ebay for fashion and beauty buys that have flown off the rails. Often people are trying to get rid of unwanted Christmas presents at this time of year, or things they bought on a whim at the sales before realising they don't actually like it/ can't afford it. I was absolutely made up with this LBD when it arrived; it was perfect for New Year's Eve celebrations and I have a feeling it may become one of my staple dresses.

NYE
Excuse the picture quality, it was taken on a BlackBerry!

Can you recommend any other ebay sellers who are worth checking out or have you found any great deals on Ebay recently? Do let me know!