Percy & Reed 'Va-Va Voom Volume' Travel Pack

Percy & Reed Va-Va Voom Volume Travel Pack review

A relaxing bath after a long day is one of the nicest ways to spend your evening. Even better, is trying out your new Va-Va Voom Volume Travel Pack* by Percy & Reed.

Percy & Reed are masterminds in the world of hair care. Hairdressers themselves, they know exactly how to work your locks.  After opening up a salon in London the duo started working on their own range of hair care products. Va-Va-Voom Volume Travel Pack was born!

So, as one can expect, the ‘Volumising Shampoo’ and ‘Volumising Conditioner’ first. What strikes me instantly with Percy & Reed products is the incredible and individual smells of each item, utterly delicious and¬†noticeable. The shampoo is scented with blackcurrant extract.

So, what did I think of the Percy & Reed Va-Va Voom Volume Travel Pack?

After this sleek and squeaky clean¬†experience, I attempted to add some volume and shine with the remaining products. I half towel dried and half blow¬†dried¬†my hair and began to¬†experiment. I started with the ‘Bodifying Cream’, working it from root¬†to tip as instructed and¬†immediately started¬†seeing results and bounce!

Having quite thick hair, I often use a variety of additional products and this set is just perfect, containing literally everything you need. Following the oh so useful styling tips along the bottle, I used the ‘No Oil Oil’ (for fine hair unfortunately, but understandable as this is a volumising kit and us thick haired ladies are¬†usually¬†satisfied with the size of our manes) and ‘Volumising Mousse’ in¬†unison: ‘Expect glossy, voluminous weightless movement and finish when you mix the Volumising Mousse with No Oil Oil for fine hair’.¬†

I got what I was promised and was left with shiny, full and wonderful smelling hair! Percy & Reed also claim that the violet extract and consistently used pro-vitamin B5 in the ‘No Oil Oil’ repairs and protects damaged hair. As for the ‘Volumising Mousse’, it did not leave the nasty gunk usually associated with this kind of product.¬†I finished this off with a pretty well holding spritz of the ‘Session Hold Hairspray’.

Overall, I think this little kit is fabulous, containing everything you need for beautiful and glamorous hair every time. The little styling tips offer a  personal touch, giving you a step-by-step guide as if Percy & Reed were personally at your disposal. It is also not particularly time-consuming and do-able daily! The kit is priced at £24 and includes all of the above.

It looks like Percy & Reed are my new hair Gods! Have you tried any Percy & Reed products? 

Stephanie xox

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St Giles Fair Oxford

St. Giles’ Fair has been an Oxford tradition and annual affair since the 13th century. Each September, people attend in their masses to the two-day event. Held in Oxfords city centre, the fair is always on the first Monday and Tuesday of the month. The funfair is particularly popular with local children, calming them before they begin intense studying during their first term. It is a place to see familiar faces and catch up with close friends.

The rides have got more impressive lately, varying in price but generally between £2.50 and £5. Running till around 11pm, the prices increase later in the evening as the crowds gather. My selection of rides were pitiful in scare factor this year, and hardly the choice of a daredevil as I dashed to Twister, the Waltzers, and The Ghost Train.

The Waltzers were the usual affair, ‚Äėscream if you want to go faster girls‚Äô and oh we did. Who doesn‚Äôt want to? We all know we will come off feeling nauseous, but the fun of it brings us back every time.

My fear of The Ghost Train stems from my childhood. I decided to ride alone and a live actor in his ghost-faced splendour began squirting me with water. This resulted in me punching the poor guy in the face, running out crying and swearing to myself I would never board one of those dreaded carts again. Since that moment, my childhood fear has dwindled, and I dared to enter The Ghost Train once more, Thankfully, there were no live actors and the experience, interior and decor were a tad rubbish, to be frank! I guess at 19 I can finally say I am no longer terrified.

Twister is one of my funfair favourites. Raring to go we sang along to the club classics and waved our hands in the air, ready for the laughter the tame ride would bring before the rush home. Little did we know that the ride would completely shut down moments later. This was definitely a first for me and thankfully was not on one of the bigger rides. Annoyingly, they did not get it working again, giving us a fifteen-second ride and a full refund. This is the reason I am weary of fun fairs, yet addicted to theme parks. Safety is a BIG thing for me.
The evening was fun, filled with laughter, candy floss, and dizzy spells. If you are ever in Oxford at the beginning of September I would definitely recommend visiting. There is a little something for everyone and the atmosphere is lovely amidst the music and flashing lights. Opt for the bigger rides, if you’re brave enough that is!

Flowerbomb Viktor & Rolf perfume review

Flowerbomb Viktor & Rolf review

Viktor &¬†Rolf”s¬†Flowerbomb¬†of 2005¬†has got to be one of the nicest floral smelling perfumes on the ¬†market.
It is my all time favourite fragrance. Holding a place upon my dresser in its exquisite multi-faceted, diamond inspired, bottle for over three years now.

So, what do I think of Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf?

Flowerbomb is a sophisticated scent, an mille-fleur explosion, oozing with femininity. Its top notes include fresh green tea and fragrant bergamot.
Like the previously reviewed Alien by Thierry Mugler, the perfume is dominated by the richly feminine sambac jasmine. The heart of Flowerbomb also contains a floral mix of the Dutch centifolia rose, sweet freesia and the tropical cattleya orchid, as sweet as any flower.
The base notes are a contrasting mix of musk, patchouli and sweet powder. The musk aiding the staying power of the fragrance. Flowerbomb is available in eua de parfum and eau de toilette, the concentrated EDP had an incredible staying ability. The cheaper, but equally as exquisite EDT, shares its impressive lingering nature but for the sake of a few pounds its worth opting for the EDP. The patchouli promotes Flowerbombs oriental scent, acting as a background to the floral setting as the powder leaves the skin soft to the touch and smelling glamorous.
 Just writing this makes me want to splash out on another bottle and I advise you sample it also!

Have you tried Alien by Thierry Mugler? What is your favourite perfume?

Stephanie xox

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they are real benefit mascara

A They’re Real! Mascara by Benefit review

They’re Real!¬†Mascara¬†by¬†Benefit¬†is a miracle worker.¬†Benefit is famous for its flawless array of cosmetics. I myself probably own about a 1/4 of this season’s collection!

They’re Real!¬†mascara¬†however, goes way beyond my original expectations. I suffer from¬†ridiculously¬†short lashes, but with the introduction of this little beauty, the worry is no more. Just take a peek at the pictures within this post (hey I know my lashes are a tad clumpy but I am a writer, not a makeup expert!), I find the results rather amazing!

The mascara is jet black, aiding the brush for a dramatic finish as it lengthens and lifts the lashes. The brush itself is designed with a rounded and larger tip, enabling you to also use it vertically on the individual lashes, adding volume as you go.

So, what did I think of the They’re Real! Mascara by Benefit?

The strong and spaced bristles separate the lashes as you sweep up to your desired look.Horizontally, the brush is to be used in a zig-zag motion to aid the final look. I myself find the less traditional vertical method works wonders.

Beware however, that this makeup miracle is not entirely waterproof and definitely not something to wear if you plan on seeing a sad movie with the boyfriend.

On the plus If you buy this today from Benefits official website, your They’re Real! purchase will be accompanied by a free travel sized version for only ¬£20.50! Although pricier than the average¬†mascara¬†you get¬†guaranteed¬†quality every time. Making They’re Real! a must for any makeup enthusiast who desires¬†luscious¬†lashes.

What do you think of the They’re Real Mascara by Benefit? Do you already own it?¬†

Stephanie xox

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Alien Thierry Mugler review

So, I  recently got my hands on the gorgeous Alien by Thierry Mugler.

This edition is a gorgeous eau de parfum 15ml refillable stone. Amethyst in colour, this jewel inspired bottle is multi-faceted and protected by golden claws.

Looking rather expensive and undeniably luxurious, it is truly unique addition to any perfume lovers dresser.

So, what do I think of Alien by Thierry Mugler?

Alien is strong, distinctive and rich. The ingredients include jasmine sambac, cashmeran wood and white amber and the combination is bewitchingly exotic. Although floral, the wood and amber scents overpower.

The smell is sensual and is more of a evening scent, lasting as long as you do on a night out! For the day time I prefer to stick to something a little less sophisticated and a little more floral and fruity (think CKIN2U for her ).

Alien is a must buy and a classic since its début in 2005. The top note is the sambac jasmine, while its heart is taken by the cashmeran and solar notes. The base is left to the white amber, a mix that is exotic and breathtaking.

Although a tad more expensive, Alien is definitely worth it! Buy it here  and give in to its charm, you will be the belle of the ball!

Have you tried Alien by Thierry Mugler? What is your favourite perfume?

Stephanie xox

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This adult novel is famous/infamous, whichever way you want to put it really. I go with the latter.

I myself, not an expert in¬†literary¬†technique, found it poorly written and rather repetitive. A lot of sex and phrases:¬†He filled me’, ‘long fingers’¬†and¬†‘fifty shades of …’.¬†¬†Saying that however, does not mean I thought the book was¬†horrifically¬†bad. It is a simplistic idea that many would fear to¬†persue and a rather saddening attempt at mainstream erotica.
Many are intrigued by¬†50 Shades of Grey¬†due to it being dubbed ‘mummy porn’. In my opinion it is a book that reawakens awkward memories of youth and the trials and tribulations of¬†developing¬†yourself¬†sexually.¬†As for it being about BDSM (standing for Bondage,¬†Discipline, Sadism and Masochism) I¬†failed to find anything excessively raunchy. Sure there was some spanking and restraints but nothing more than ‘kinky’ or even ordinary (Christian puts it as¬†‘vanilla’) sex.
The novel is concerned with the love struck and deranged couple of¬†Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. ¬†Actually, scrap that, there is a third character, Anastasia’s¬†‘inner¬†goddess’/subconscious. the¬†opposite¬†of her blushing, insecure and virginal self. Oh and she too is rather unbearable at times in her quest of self discovery. ¬†Christian, on the other hand, is a business giant, suave and miserable. Who says money buys happiness eh?
So this British literature loving, poverty stricken graduate falls for the desperately controlling¬†Christian. All in all, the whole affair is a tad¬†unrealistic. He is a billionaire, letting some unknown woman into his¬†‘Red Room of Pain’,¬†trusting her and¬†lavishing her in unwanted gifts, as she swiftly adjusts from virgin, to sex goddess. A transformation that takes place all in less than twenty four hours. Every mans fantasy, it would seem.
The plot is also basic. Anastasia finishes college, meets Christians parents, moves home, visits her parents and this is all before the big and disappointing finale. Did I forget to mention the frequent sex at Christians multi-million dollar love pad during it all? All this is constructed around Christians constant nagging of Anastasia to sign his BDSM contract, something she opposes according to her mood of the day.
Overall, 50 Shades of Grey is worth the read if you like simplistic language, mediocre sex scenes or are truly bored. It pens out the tale of two very confused and unhinged characters, seemingly unsure of how to function in ordinary society and I think that is where the majority of the appeal comes from. Everyone loves the unknown, confused and messed up.