Friday, 23 August 2013

Schwarzkopf got2b beach matt salt spray review

I have never had much luck with salt sprays as I have really thick hair which refuses to keep any waves/curls. But I had heard good things about this new product so just had to give it a try!

On the bottle it states the product should create a 'mermaid look - beachy waves, texturize - body - tousle'

You can spray it on to wet or dry hair to create natural beach babe waves. 
Personally I prefer to apply it to towel-dried hair. I spray is on, and the scrunch my hair to help the waves. I also apply a little hairspray to hold the waves as I have really thick hair and the waves tend to drop out really quickly! 
I then leave my hair to dry naturally. Once my hair is dry I then spray a little bit more of the slat spay, scrunch again and add more hairspray just to finish the final look.

Unlike other salt sprays, this product doesn't leave my hair feeling crunchy or stiff. 

I am really pleased that I purchased this product and gave it a try - definitely a thumbs up from me! I love the beachy look and it is so easy to create. 

Wednesday, 21 August 2013


So I realise I haven’t written a blog post in a while, apologies for that! I have been super busy recently but I hope to be able to blog more often in the near future.

Here’s some of the things I have been up to in the last 4 months:

Back in May, myself and my sisters ran the 'Rainbow Run' to raise money for Children's Hospice South West, a charity that cares for children with life limiting/threatening conditions and provides hospice care for them and their families. 
During the 5k race we were showered in different coloured powder paint, it was great fun!
We managed to raise over £200 for Children's Hospice South West which I am so pleased about!

Towards the end of May I was lucky enough to receive tickets to one of the Britain’s Got Talent Live Semi Finals! *Happy Dance*
I got to see some incredible acts perform and also meet some of them.
I was also lucky to be given seats in the second row, right behind the judges. 
So close to the judges and stage! Eeeeek!
During the advert breaks the judges turned around and interacted with the audience members which I loved! David Walliams and Alesha Dixon signed photos for me, my friends and I were invited to the judge’s desk by Amanda Holden and I had a stare off with Simon Cowell.
Ad break...
With Amanda Holden at the judges desk! :)

Hey there Simon Cowell...
I also had the pleasure of meeting Olly Murs and Sinitta!
Alright Olly Murs?!?
I had such an amazing time! Fingers crossed I am lucky enough to go again next year!


In June I attended the Chime For Change Concert near London. It was a global concert event which aimed to promote and raise awareness of education, health, justice for girls and women everywhere. In other words…put women’s rights in the spotlight.
The concert was part of Gucci's new global campaign for girls' and women's empowerment, and it was broadcast across six continents to over 150 countries.

Headlining the concert was the one and only Beyoncé. Her performance was incredible, had me up out of my seat dancing and singing.
Queen Bey!
Quotes from Beyoncé on the night:

'This is such an incredible night for all of us. Because of you all, we have raised more than $4 million.'

'Women's rights, it's something that has always been something close to my heart. I know now being a mother it is really important that I can do what I can and use my voice.’

'There are women around the world that don't have a voice so we have to use our voices and raise awareness and be part of something where we can leave a legacy and help improve this world.'

There were also amazing performances from Florence and the Machine, Ellie Goulding, JLo, Mary J Blige, Jessie J, Haim, Timberland, Simon Le Bon, Jay Z, Iggy Azalea, John Legend and Rita Ora.
Florence and the Machine
Madonna and Ryan Reynolds were among those giving inspiring speeches.

I have recently got back from a holiday in America. We visited New York and Washington DC. I had an absolutely amazing time and I thoroughly recommend visiting both these cities.

Here are some of my favourite snaps...

Times Square
America's Got Talent
Empire State Building
Street view

FRIENDS building!
White house - Hey there Obama! ;)
Watching a baseball match

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Britain's Got Talent 2013

As you might already know, Britain's Got Talent has returned to our TV screens for another series. 
Back in January and February of this year, I was lucky enough to attend two days of the auditions. 
The first day of auditions which I attended were held at the London Palladium. I met up with friends and spent a long time standing in the cold/rain/snow queueing for our tickets and to try and catch a glimpse of the presenters and judges as they arrived. Unfortunately they were running late and we had to take our seats before any of them arrived. 
Our seats were right at the top of The Palladium and we were unable to see the judges desk unless we stood up and leaned over the edge. Luckily we were able to do this quite a lot during the auditions and were able to shout loud enough to get some waves from the judges, particularly Amanda Holden.

 There were some amazing acts auditioning that day, one of which got the whole room up dancing, including the judges! I had such a lovely day and met some great people. 

The second day of auditions which I attended were held at The ICC in Birmingham. We arrived much earlier for these auditions and were in the first 50 people in the queue so were taken to the Holding Room to be part of the filming. It was nice to be out of the snow and in the warm. We got to see interviews with some of the auditionees. 
Before the auditions started we were lucky enough to meet Amanda Holden. She looked amazing. She is one of the kindest women I have met, so down to earth, funny and just a genuinely lovely person. We were able to get her to sign things for us and grab a quick photo. I was amazing, I will never forget it.
Our seats were much better than the last time, and we had a fab view of the stage and judges. Again there were some brilliant acts and I cannot wait to see them on TV! 
Britain's Got Talent is on ITV1 on Saturdays, with Britain's Got More Talent after on ITV2.

Monday, 12 November 2012

A Week In Photos..

About 3 weeks ago I had a super busy week filled with all things fun! It involved a trip to London and two concerts (Ed Sheeran and The Killers). Here are a few of my favourite photos...

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Ombré nails

Recently there has been a lot of hype about painting nails in an ombré style, it looks really effective and I certainly wanted to give it a go.

So what exactly are ombré nails? The word ombré is French, meaning "shaded”, i.e. one colour which slowly morphs into another colour.

What you will need:
  •           Two colour polishes (Can complement one another or clash. From experience both work well)
  •           Topcoat polish
  •          Nail polish remover
  •           Sponge
  •          Cocktail sticks/Tooth picks
  •           Plastic sheet (ie poly wallet) 
StarGazer Nail Polish 

Step 1:
Paint your nails with the lightest of the two colours and wait for it to dry completely.
Step 2:
On the plastic sheet, paint a generous amount of the two colours right next to each other (with the edges of the two just touching)

Step 3:
Using a cocktail stick/tooth pick, mix the edges of the two colours together using a swirling action. The bigger the mixed area, the longer the graduation (fade) between the two colours and by experimenting you will work out what amount of mixing suits your nail shape.

Step 4:      
Dab your sponge directly down onto the polish. Make up sponges work well, but I have found that cutting small pieces off a large bathroom sponge works the best. But you must ensure that the pieces of sponge have a flat edge to be dabbed into the polish.
Step 5:
Dab the sponge directly onto your nail, and keep dabbing lightly. Occasionally I found that I needed to repeat step 4 and 5 on each nail until I was happy with the result (as the sponge absorbs some of the polish). However, make sure each layer is completely dry before sponging again otherwise you will smudge the bottom layers. 

Step 6:
Once you are happy with the way your nails look and they are completely dry, paint over with a topcoat and carefully clean the skin around your nails with nail polish remover.

The finished result:

As mentioned you can go for more bold colours if you are feeling adventurous:

This effective technique was a lot easier to do than I anticipated, however my first few attempts took me a very long time to complete, but I have got quicker up with practice.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Statement Collar Necklaces.

Seventies-inspired glam has been sweeping the 2012 fashion scene and I have noticed that one of the biggest jewellery trends on the international runways has been the statement collar necklace which fit closely around the neck, sitting on the collar bone. They come in different styles, some being slim and some being thick.
I recently purchased myself a statement collar necklace in the Accessorize sale. I wasn’t sure whether I could pull it off as it is very different to the necklaces I usually wear. However over time I realised that they are in fact actually quite easy to pull off! I tend to pair my collar necklace with a simple neckline, such as one-shoulder tops, vest tops and strapless tops, ie: on bare skin for a 'tribal' look.

I have noticed that many people layer a collar necklace with a collared shirt. I am yet to try this look but it seems to be this season’s trend!
I don’t recommend wearing a collar necklace with big bold earrings, as it can take away the focus from the necklace. Instead I have found that wearing big rings or cuff bracelets works well. 

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Hanging Out With Fearne Cotton!

A while ago I entered a competition via the Facebook page to win the chance to hang out with Fearne Cotton via webcam and chat about all things fashion and her new winter collection.

On 5th September I received an e-mail saying that I had been selected to take part in #HangWithFearne the following day! I couldn’t believe it! I was going to be chatting with Fearne in less than 24hours!!!

So the day arrived and I was buzzing for 2.30pm to arrive. It took me absolutely ages to decide what to wear and I was so so excited!

At 2.30pm I logged onto my Google+ account ready for to send me the hangout link. I had never used a hangout chat so I was very excited to see how it all worked. I then met the other successful girls and go to know the presenter. We were told the agenda and how the hangout would work etc. When Fearne came and sat infront of the camera we had a quick pre-broadcast chat about things such as babies and cake. She looked incredible and was so lovely.

At 3pm the hangout went live on the internet for fans to watch. I was so nervous, sat on my floor shaking and I still couldn’t believe that I had been lucky enough to get this amazing opportunity.

I was last to ask Fearne my questions, so I got listen to all the other girls ask their questions and Fearne’s replies. My turn arrived and just as I heard the presenter say my name, my internet cut out, the screen froze, and I couldn’t hear any sound. I started to panic!! I quickly managed to connect my internet again and finally ask Fearne a question, to which I got a lovely reply. I looked like such a fool as I was unsure whether they were able to see/hear me….but thankfully I was able to speak to Fearne, she listened, said my name and replied to my question….AMAZING!

Here is the hangout video:

I cannot thank and Fearne Cotton enough for giving me this amazing opportunity! – 06/09/12, the day I spoke to Fearne Cotton, a day I will never forget! It was so lovely to virtually meet Fearne, the presenter and the other hangout girls. Congrats to Brianna and I hope she has an amazing time at Fearne’s London Fashion Week Show!