New Year’s Eve OOTN – which one?

On New Years Eve we are having a house party with a few friends. For my outfit of the night I couldn’t decide whether to go with sequins as there are not too many occasions when I can get fully sparkled up or to just wear a nice dress!

As I probably won’t decide until the night here are my options! First is a gold sequin skirt from New Look (£19.99). It is a sort of rosy gold colour which I really like. I would probably wear this with my favourite Zara top of the moment – a black sheer panel top and of course my DUO boots – love them!

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My second choice is more relaxed and is this Zara dress I bought a while back. I haven’t worn this very much, in fact only once so this would be good opportunity to wear it again! I do love this dress as it has a lovely shape and the colours are fab too. I would wear this with my Whistles Kir Royale dark grey ankle boots.

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Christmas Party Season – What to Wear??

So it’s that time of year when you are officially allowed to wear sequins so I am going to make the most of it and use every excuse to dress up over the festive period!

First up is my work Christmas do. This is usually quite a “casual” affair where we go to a restaurant for lunch and then carry on the party in a pub (or two or three)! That never stops me from getting a bit dressed up as I just love it!

I decided on a pretty skirt from Asos (£26 in the sale ) and an embellished top from Zara (£19.99). I thought this was dressy without going over the top and comfortable enough to wear the whole day! The top layer of the skirt is sheer with jacquard flowers and the under skirt is a bronze colour which shows through. I love the gold shoulders of the Zara top.

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Next we decided to have a small “pre-Christmas” drinks and nibbles party at the weekend. As this was in my house I could forgo the need to be warm or have to walk far in heels! As it wasn’t too dressy I went for this simple dress from H&M (£29.99). It has got sequins on it but as they are black and quite matt they don’t stand out too much against the black chiffon of the dress. The dress itself is a simple spaghetti strap shift dress.

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The next event on my festive calendar is a cocktail and dinner evening. For this I want to wear a sequin skirt I got from River Island in the sale for £20 and my black blouse from Zara (£25.99). I love the panels of sequins on this skirt and the simple black jersey on the back, teamed with a simple top helps to make it more wearable! I still wanted to be quite dressed up so I think this the right balance!

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Finally Christmas day itself I want to wear something pretty but comfortable so I can eat and drink without feeling uncomfortable! I will probably wear this assymetric red and black leopard print dress from Asos (£29 in the sale). I love the easy relaxed style of this dress and it is really flattering on.

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Throughout the pictures I have been wearing my Duo boots and this necklace (below) from a shop called  Necklace 21 on Etsy (about £9).

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I will be doing a separate post on my New Years Eve outfit!

Party Hair Essentials

Last year at the 75% off Boots sale I grabbed this amazing Glam Hair kit from Umberto Giannini for about £7 which included three amazing party hair essentials.

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In the kit was Backcomb in a Bottle, Princess Purfect Hot Styler Spray and Glamour Puss Crystal Mist (all three are normally £5.61 each). So Backcomb in a Bottle is essentially a hairspray that gives volume and texture so allows you to create great hairstyles that last all night! I have used this a few times over the past year and it does work!

Next is the Hot Styler Spray which I use more often as it is protects against heat styling but also holds your style. I really like this and would definitely get this again.

Finally the best of all the Crystal Mist – this is pure glamour! It is a beautifully scented shimmer spray that leaves your hair not only smelling amazing but also highlighted with the prettiest gold dust! I use this when I want to add some extra sparkle and loads of people always comment on how gorgeous it looks! A must for the Christmas season!

Look out for the Boots January 2014 75% off sale next year and you may find a bargain just as good too!

Christmas List Must Have – Babyliss Curl Secret Styler

Oh my, I went and did it. I bought the Babyliss Curl Secret Styler from Boots for £119.99. I have been watching endless youtube videos and lusting after this and I finally decided that I would just get it. I was quite nervous as I didn’t know how well this would work on my very thick hair. I did try out the “professional” version – the “Pro Perfect Curl” which is about £160 and it did work so I thought I would take the plunge!

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The curler is quite odd looking sort of like a small barrel. It isn’t too heavy and is actually quite easy to use. According the the website “hair is automatically drawn gently into the ceramic curl chamber where it is softly held and gently heated from all directions to form a curl.  Simply release the styler from the hair to reveal the perfect curl. With 2 heat settings and 3 timer settings for different curl effects and an automatic curl direction for a natural finish.” I went for the highest heat setting and the longest timer setting because of the thickness of my hair.

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I tried to do my hair in sections to make sure I had done it all so I used a hair clip to keep the curled hair out of the way. It took me about 20 minutes to do all my hair the first time I ever tried it. These pictures were from the first ever attempt.

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The main thing is to try and do small sections at a time. The hair has to be smooth and untangled. I washed and blow dried my hair using the Babyliss Big Hair two days earlier, I only combed it through before I started. The curler does alternate directions automatically which is great.

You basically clamp it over a small section and it “sucks” it up  with a whirring sound! It then starts beeping and only then does it stop whirring which can be confusing. Then the beeping starts again as individual beeps until it does four quick beeps which means it is ready! Then you unclamp and your hair comes out curly!

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I have to say I am very very pleased with it. I can never get my hair to curl like this with my straighteners or curling wand. I usually end up with a wave effect, which I quite like too but isn’t like this! This would have definitely been top of my Christmas list if I hadn’t been so impatient to get my hands on one!!

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Beauty Christmas Gift Ideas for Friends and Family

I was trying to think about Christmas gifts -all beauty related for a range of friends and family and I came up with this list. Hope you like it!

For the perfect unisex scent to share with your partner  I love this smell, so musky with a hint of incense- L’air de Rien Eau de Parfum By Miller Harris (£70 for 50ml)

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For a frequent traveller friend I love the concept of this balm and the fact that this uses traditional Malaysian ingredients (which is my country of origin) – Balm By Ushvani (£29.50 for 30ml)

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For a spiritual friend/relative – this candle would be a great aid to daily meditation -Tranquillity/Calming Organic Home Candle By NEOM (£39.50)

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For any beauty obsessed friend she may not have this yet! – Queen of Hungary Mist By Omorovicza (£46 for 100ml)

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For your fitness mad friends to soothe achy muscles – Pink Love Salts By Fig+Yarrow (£24 for 14oz)

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For perfect party lashes for your social butterfly friend without the faff of fake lashes – Magnetic Lash By Santhilea (£24.98)

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For your glamorous friend to help her get ready for her New Year’s Eve party with flawless skin – Prtty Peaushun By Prtty Peaushun (£30 for 8oz)

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For anyone going through a difficult time – Inner Strength Bath & Shower Oil By Aromatherapy Associates (£39 for 55ml)

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For a teenage girl just getting into makeup – the best cult classic set of blushers she will ever need – Colour Me Pretty Lip and Cheek Palette By Stila Cosmetics (£19.50)

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For a little girl (or boy!) to keep their skin soft and safe – Castile Baby Mild Liquid Soap By Dr. Bronner (£5.48 for 236ml)

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For your aunt/grandma’s bedroom to help her sleep – Signature Spa Lavender & Chamomile Diffuser Sticks Gift Set from Marks and Spencer (£15)

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