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Wednesday 27 June 2012

Sleep in rollers

I love my heated rollers as you may have seen in previous posts, however the time they take to heat up, put in, leave to cool before taking out eats far too much into my weekday morning time and therefore is generally saved for weekends and holidays.

Could Sleep In Rollers be the answer? All the prep is done the night before, so in the morning you just take them out for big, bouncy hair. Genius. Last week I gave them ago, finding their velcro texture held the hair easily without needing the supplied clips and off I headed to bed. Mr blogmebeautiful was a little surprised, but he is getting used to my weird and wonderful beauty regimes!

Ready for bed in my Sleep In Rollers
Despite being designed to flatten like a sponge, I didn't sleep like a princess, finding it awkward to get into a comfortable position, but I persisted and managed to get a reasonable amount of shut eye and didn't pull the rollers out during the night.

In the morning it was time to reveal the gorgeous locks I had worked for during the night and came to my next difficulty, although the velcro was amazing for keeping the rollers in - they stayed in fabulously all night, this was problematic to remove them. This in turn pulled out the curl in my hair, but did leave me with fabulous volume at the roots, which lasted most of the day.
Fab volume, no curls...
Not a replacement for my heated rollers, but a good product if you sleep like a baby and are after some body boosted into your roots and at only £16.50 for 20 rollers, pins and bag to house them, totally affordable.


Tuesday 19 June 2012

What's mine is yours

Having never lived with a boy (I don't include my dad!) until moving in with Mr blogmebeautiful about two years ago and I didn't really know what to expect. Horror stories of boys taking over the bathroom and ruining my home-spa concerned me despite him being a good house guest over the past five years of our relationship. Luckily he has been trained well by my future mother-in-law and apart from getting lots of water on the floor post showering I don't have too much to complain about.

My bathroom-spa (I wish...!)

Living with the girls definitely had beauty benefits, discovering new beauty products and being able to borrow shampoo when yours has run out. However, living with males also has some benefits in this department also. I am becoming rather partial to Mr bmb's Nivea for Men's Sensitive shaving foam and his unfragranced Lynx antiperspirant is pretty good too. Apparently I am not alone is this, with Asda's recent survey suggesting that 44% of women use their partner's shaving foam at least twice a month and nearly half regularly using his antiperspirant.

NIVEA FOR MEN Sensitive Shaving Foam 200mlLynx 7035 A/P Spray Sensitive 150ml

This swap isn't one sided, with almost half of Asda's male shoppers helping themselves to the girl's bathroom cabinet. Unsurprisingly moisturiser is the most coveted item, closely followed by deodorant. More unexpected was the 16% admitting to using their partners hairspray and concealer (my other half has never used those, thank goodness...!).

So girls, what do you borrow from your boy?

Tuesday 12 June 2012

Bridesmaid-ing and spray tans

This is the year of weddings for me, with so many of my close friends tying the knot - I'm in wedding fever! As the sun hasn't been out I'm looking snowy white so I've been having to fake it up for the nuptual celebrations. Generally I am happy to do a DIY job, but I've been bridesmaid a couple of times this season, and couldn't risk dodgy hand/wrist tanning which would spoil the buttoning up the bride's dress shots, so I've handed myself over to the professionals.

For the wedding of the gorgeous Suzie I opted for a Sienna tan applied by Divine Beauty salon at Muir and Kerr in Cambridge (£25 with a 10% discount for new customers). Dawn, my therapist, was such a lovely lady (possibly my fav ever...!) carefully applying moisturiser to my palms, elbows and knees before applying the tan. I opted for a mid shade as I think a natural shade is a bit more bridal. After my shower the next morning a lovely rich tan was revealed and although I had the tan applied on the Wednesday prior to the Saturday wedding, still looked great on the day.

At Suzie's wedding sporting the Sienna tan (I'm in the coral dress to the left of the bride)

For the beautiful Vikki's wedding I was back in Surrey and popped into The Little Parlour in Weybridge which stock Sienna and California Sunless Tan (£28 although they currently have all their spray tans on offer for £19.99), which my therapist recommended as it is a more golden shade compared to Sienna which has more 'brick red' undertones. Again I went for the medium rather than the dark shade for a more romantic, wedding-friendly shade!

At Vikki's big day, in the California tan, I'm on the left in the long white dress.
So comparing the two, I think both were lovely golden brown shades and neither had the typical 'biscuit' fake tan tell-tell aroma! The California seemed to fade more evenly but I noticed a bit of patching on my arms after when the Sienna fades. However, I would definitely get both tans again and may well opt for the darker shades next time!
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