.Haircare For Hardcore Humidity | Lee Stafford Frizz Off Range.

This hot weather is absolutely glorious but it’s reaking havoc with my hair! The humidity and looming thunderstorms have been causing frizz like no other and I’ve been forced to tie my hair back most days to avoid looking like Hermoine Granger circa years one and two!

But never fear because Lee Stafford have created a whole range of haircare to help combat frizz and I’ve been testing them to see if they can help us frizzy females!

Frizz off Shampoo and Conditioner* (£9.99 each) - I noticed a difference in the frizziness of my hair after just one use of this shampoo and conditioner set. Although it doesn’t lather up as well as i’d like, the shampoo leaves your hair feeling super clean while the conditioner gives you a brilliant boost of moisture. After drying my hair was smooth and frizz free (even at the ends) and stayed frizz free even when the thunderstorms rolled in and the humidity went through the roof. A great pair for an instant de-frizz effect! 

Intensive Treatment Mask* (£12.99) - I love a good hair mask and this one does exactly what it says on the tin. It leaves your hair and ends feeling moisturised and frizz free with a bit more intensity than the conditioner above. It does (like a lot of Lee Stafford products i’ve tried) have a slightly mannish smell which isn’t really my cup of tea so this becomes more of a practical product rather than one for pampering. But it works really well and is easy to slap on while you’re exfoliating leaving it to work it’s magic.

Smoothing Keratin Spray* (£10.99) - I don’t like to put loads of products on my hair after washing but this has actually proven really great for taming frizz before i put my hair into my velcro rollers. I love my rollers but sometimes the ends of my hair can look a little frazzled when i take them out, but Mr Stafford’s Keratin smoothing spray helps to tame my flyaway ends and leave my hair looking even more healthy than with just the shampoo and conditioner alone. Definitely one i’ve been reaching for in the warmer weather and it doesn’t leave you feeling greasy or weighed down either which is another beauty bonus. 

You can find the Lee Stafford Frizz Off range on their website here and in Boots starting from £9.99!

Have you tried any of the Lee Stafford Frizz Off range? Which is your favourite product?

Tweet me @xameliax and let me know your thoughts! #frizzoff

xax

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Thursday, July 24, 2014
.Garden Inspiration with ASDA.
Joe has a lovely house and I was incredibly impressed when I laid eyes on his man cave for the first time - stylish, smart and clean! But sadly the back garden took a bit of a battering from the vicious winds we had a few months back and is in need of a bit of TLC in the form of new fencing, sheds and a bit of a tidy. So thanks to the glorious weather we’ve been having he’s taken this opportunity to give the space a little makeover for summer!
Now while I’m happy to roll up my sleeves and pitch in with the weeding or heavy lifting let’s face it, the creative part of any DIY project is the most fun! So when ASDA asked if I’d like to work together on a bit of a mood board inspiration post I said yes yes yes as it gave me the perfect excuse to look at furniture and help Joe spend his money - which are both favourite past times of mine!
So after getting lost in the website with a cup of tea for quite some time I came up with this mood board using ASDA George’s Metal Garden Furniture and more for a stylish back garden makeover!
Jakarta Conversion Sofa Set £349
Parasol Miami £20
Latticed Outdoor Fireplace £39
Check Cushion £9
Lantern £10
I had absolutely no idea that ASDA did garden furniture and I have to say I’m really impressed with the choice and price of it all! I absolutely adore the dark woven sofa set and table with the idea of a funky looking fire pit for when the sun goes down. I think this is the perfect combination of style and comfort that is ideal for any garden and even though it includes cushions and candle holders it’s not too girly either!
So I hopefully this post got those creative juices flowing for any of you planning a ground force-esque makeover this summer! I’m really excited to get working on Joe’s lovely new garden - you can’t beat a good project!
xax
.Post in collaboration with Asda.

.Garden Inspiration with ASDA.

Joe has a lovely house and I was incredibly impressed when I laid eyes on his man cave for the first time - stylish, smart and clean! But sadly the back garden took a bit of a battering from the vicious winds we had a few months back and is in need of a bit of TLC in the form of new fencing, sheds and a bit of a tidy. So thanks to the glorious weather we’ve been having he’s taken this opportunity to give the space a little makeover for summer!

Now while I’m happy to roll up my sleeves and pitch in with the weeding or heavy lifting let’s face it, the creative part of any DIY project is the most fun! So when ASDA asked if I’d like to work together on a bit of a mood board inspiration post I said yes yes yes as it gave me the perfect excuse to look at furniture and help Joe spend his money - which are both favourite past times of mine!

So after getting lost in the website with a cup of tea for quite some time I came up with this mood board using ASDA George’s Metal Garden Furniture and more for a stylish back garden makeover!

Jakarta Conversion Sofa Set £349

Parasol Miami £20

Latticed Outdoor Fireplace £39

Check Cushion £9

Lantern £10

I had absolutely no idea that ASDA did garden furniture and I have to say I’m really impressed with the choice and price of it all! I absolutely adore the dark woven sofa set and table with the idea of a funky looking fire pit for when the sun goes down. I think this is the perfect combination of style and comfort that is ideal for any garden and even though it includes cushions and candle holders it’s not too girly either!

So I hopefully this post got those creative juices flowing for any of you planning a ground force-esque makeover this summer! I’m really excited to get working on Joe’s lovely new garden - you can’t beat a good project!

xax

.Post in collaboration with Asda.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 — 2 notes
.Moisturising Magic from Merumaya | Bi-Phase Eye Makeup Remover & Treatment Toner. 
Toner is a beauty step that I’ve phased out over the past year as there weren’t really any products I tried that went the distance in this stage of the skincare process. So when these two bottles dropped through my door from Merumaya - a brand I’ve raved about before with their miracle spot treatment – I was keen to see if they could change my mind. 
A lot of toners i’ve used in the past have made my face feel incredibly tight after use which is where the Merumaya Treatment Toner* (£14.50) really comes into it’s own. With Hyluronic Acid and added vitamins it smoothes the skin while moisturing it at the same time leaving your entire face feeling plump, bright and even with just one splash on a cotton ball. It took away all the redness on my cheeks instantly and left it feeling incredibly moisturised with a stunning aromatherapy scent to boot. I love to use this toner after my Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish for a luxurious cleansing session and I’ve noticed a real different with the regulation of oil on my skin along with a new brightness that really helps to boost my skin when it’s feeling a little lack-lustre. 
The other product in my Merumaya package was their Bi-Phase Eye Makeup Remover* (also £14.50) which I’m shy to say was a whole new venture for me. For my beauty sins I still use cheap wipes to remove my eye makeup at the end of the day (even though I know I shouldn’t!) and a lot of the time I leaves my sensitive eyes feeling a little sore. It’s a habit that I’ve just never been able to break – until now. Since receiving the new Benefit They’re Real Remover* I’ve been better at using a specific product to get rid of weekend smokey eyes but I’ve needed something for every day use aswell which is where Merumaya have saved the day once more. Although I don’t wear a lot of eye makeup during the day my eyes do sometimes get quite sore and removal can be an unpleasant task but this bi-phase remover has been a complete god send dissolving even stubborn liner or mascara in seconds – no rubbing required. It leaves my eyes feeling moisturised and soft without having to scratch away or yank at my eyelids to get everything off and I think I (finally) might be converted. Give it a little shake before popping some on a cotton ball and you’re good to go. I’d highly recommend this remover for anyone looking to make a move from their £1 Primark packs of wipes…don’t look at me like that ladies, we’ve all done it!
So once again Merumaya have really impressed me with their beauty products that seem to do no wrong and I’m amazed their brand isn’t more well known. I would certainly buy both of these products again and I’m on my second tube of their Concentrated Spot Treatment too – I’m coming for this little beauty next! 
You can find all the Merumaya products on their website here with John Lewis stores also stocking the range. 
Have you tried any Merumaya products before? How do you usually remove eye makeup? Would you give these two bottles a go? 
Tweet us @xameliax @merumaya #biphasetoner
xax

.Moisturising Magic from Merumaya | Bi-Phase Eye Makeup Remover & Treatment Toner. 

Toner is a beauty step that I’ve phased out over the past year as there weren’t really any products I tried that went the distance in this stage of the skincare process. So when these two bottles dropped through my door from Merumaya - a brand I’ve raved about before with their miracle spot treatment – I was keen to see if they could change my mind. 

A lot of toners i’ve used in the past have made my face feel incredibly tight after use which is where the Merumaya Treatment Toner* (£14.50) really comes into it’s own. With Hyluronic Acid and added vitamins it smoothes the skin while moisturing it at the same time leaving your entire face feeling plump, bright and even with just one splash on a cotton ball. It took away all the redness on my cheeks instantly and left it feeling incredibly moisturised with a stunning aromatherapy scent to boot. I love to use this toner after my Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish for a luxurious cleansing session and I’ve noticed a real different with the regulation of oil on my skin along with a new brightness that really helps to boost my skin when it’s feeling a little lack-lustre. 

The other product in my Merumaya package was their Bi-Phase Eye Makeup Remover* (also £14.50) which I’m shy to say was a whole new venture for me. For my beauty sins I still use cheap wipes to remove my eye makeup at the end of the day (even though I know I shouldn’t!) and a lot of the time I leaves my sensitive eyes feeling a little sore. It’s a habit that I’ve just never been able to break – until now. Since receiving the new Benefit They’re Real Remover* I’ve been better at using a specific product to get rid of weekend smokey eyes but I’ve needed something for every day use aswell which is where Merumaya have saved the day once more. Although I don’t wear a lot of eye makeup during the day my eyes do sometimes get quite sore and removal can be an unpleasant task but this bi-phase remover has been a complete god send dissolving even stubborn liner or mascara in seconds – no rubbing required. It leaves my eyes feeling moisturised and soft without having to scratch away or yank at my eyelids to get everything off and I think I (finally) might be converted. Give it a little shake before popping some on a cotton ball and you’re good to go. I’d highly recommend this remover for anyone looking to make a move from their £1 Primark packs of wipes…don’t look at me like that ladies, we’ve all done it!

So once again Merumaya have really impressed me with their beauty products that seem to do no wrong and I’m amazed their brand isn’t more well known. I would certainly buy both of these products again and I’m on my second tube of their Concentrated Spot Treatment too – I’m coming for this little beauty next! 

You can find all the Merumaya products on their website here with John Lewis stores also stocking the range. 

Have you tried any Merumaya products before? How do you usually remove eye makeup? Would you give these two bottles a go? 

Tweet us @xameliax @merumaya #biphasetoner

xax

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

.Week(end) In Photos.

This weekend has been a bit of an odd one as i haven’t really been feeling myself which resulted in quite a few tears over silly little things and our original plans being washed-out. So as i don’t have many photos from the weekend i thought i’d share the happy bits from the past week instead!

- I printed off some new pictures for the frames in Joe’s living room as we needed a bit of a change and looking at all of our adventures really makes me smile

- I discovered a new found love for feta and black olive salads which has pretty much been my lunchtime staple ever since and i’m loving it!

- I started training for my green belt in kickboxing and tried my first tabata session which has been kicking my butt but becoming a great new activity to focus on

- I gave blood for the 4th time and joined the Bone Marrow Donation Registry. 

- On Saturday morning Joe went for a haircut which meant i had a whole hour to myself in Costa to get stuck into my new book and watch the world go by which for me is a rare and special treat

- Yesterday evening was spent outside in the gloriously warm summer sun enjoying a lovely meal with the boy and re-couping. We then went for a walk and cuddled up for a film which was just what the doctor ordered.

Sometimes it can be very easy to forget that us bloggers and youtubers are just normal people with normal lives - for the most part you lovely lot only see the good bits but everyone has their down days, even the happiest people in the world…

Today is a new day, let’s make it wonderful 

xax

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Monday, July 21, 2014 — 1 note

.Bourjois Summer Launch Event | VLOG.

The other week i was very lucky to be invite to the Bourjois Summer Launch party on the rooftops of Global Radio in Leicester Square! So i took Beth along with me for an evening full of beauty treatments, delicious food, yummy cocktails and of course all the new Bourjois beauty goodies for Summer 2014!

Here’s a little bit of what we got up to during the evening - there was a Capital FM DJ on all night spinning some awesome tunes so sadly i couldn’t chat to you on camera, but i hope you enjoy taking a sneak peak inside this adorable little event!

If you’d like to see some photos from the night and have a nosey at what was inside our goodie bags then head on over here for a full run-down!

xax

Saturday, July 19, 2014 — 1 note

.Bourjois Summer Launch Event. 

The other week I was invited to the Bourjois Summer Launch event in Leicester Square and not being one to turn down a party I roped my lovely friend Beth along as my +1 and we hopped on a train to London Town to take a look at all the wonderful new products Bourjois were releasing for the sunny months. 

The event was held on the rooftops of the Global Radio offices and the views were absolutely stunning! After having our photos taken (follow me on Instagram @xameliax for more piccies) we headed straight to the bar for a Kir Royal before diving into all the brand new beauty bits. On show were the new Rouge Allure Velvet Matte Lip Paints (reviewed here) including two beautiful shades I’d yet to see Nude-ist and Grand Cru both of which were in our goodie bags - incredibly exciting! There was also a range of Kohl pencils in a plethora of beautiful colours and new gel nail polish shades - more on those to come in a future post! The stand that made my heart go all a flutter however was full of glorious gold shaded bronzers, lip glosses and liquid liners all perfect for the summer months! 

We were lucky enough to get all of these bits in our goodie bags but I couldn’t wait to get home and try them out so I sat down at a beauty station and let the lovely makeup artists loose on my face! My favourite has to be the matte highlight and contour chocolate set which when used properly (thank you for the quick Kim K contouring lesson ladies!) gives incredible angles to the face without looking too overwhelming. And the gold lipgloss adds a super subtle shimmer to the lips without feeling sticky or looking too 90’s school disco! Beth also got the same face treatment and we were both chuffed to bits with our makeovers! 

Although distracted by the beauty products temporarily we still got stuck into the mini food whizzing passed our ears at every turn. Adorable burgers and the most delicious tuna with mint and infused oils to be squeezed into the meat before chowing down. We also (for professional research purposes only) made sure to sample every cocktail and glass of pimms on the free bar menu too, and I am happy to report that they were also quite delicious.

Next we headed over to the Read My Lips station where one of the Psychic Sisters read our fortunes from a lippy stain left on a piece of card! Sheila came up with some very interesting predictions including seeing me holding a dog….or a very hairy baby, she wasn’t quite sure(!). It was great fun and we all had a jolly good giggle! 

After tucking into the chocolate fountain for pudding (which was half milk chocolate and half white chocolate by the way, mind=blown), Beth sat down to get her nails painted while I finished off my mojito to the awesome tunes being pumped out by one of Capital FM’s resident DJ’s. At 9pm it was time to head home with our goodie bags jam packed full of new season beauty bits and after a quick coffee stop we hopped back on the train home. 

A huge thank you to Bourjois for a brilliant evening and keep those eyes peeled for their new products hitting the shelves very very soon!

xax

Friday, July 18, 2014 — 2 notes