Hair & Beauty

Neglected!

Sorry I’ve been quiet! In my defence i have been on holiday so not i’m back i shall make sure i’m making more of an effort.

While i was away i forgot my hair straighteners. For anyone with thick wavy hair like me you will appreciate that hair straighteners are a must and so i had to go buy some. I’m not a GHD girl, i don’t see the need to spend £100+ on some when some a third of the cost do the same job.

These are my trusty Babyliss straighteners that i forgot. Think they were about £30 and as you can see they are a bit battered but work great and have 3 different heat settings. Now i’m home these will be my go to straighteners and the new ones i bought will be the back up as i haven’t ever found anything to beat them and i’ve tried GHD and Cloud 9 ones.

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So this is my review of the Phil Smith Be Gorgeous straighteners i bought from Sainsburys. They cost £30 and were the ones that looked the nearest to what i had.20170815_182139

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The plates are a decent size and worked well with my thick hair. However, unlike my Babyliss ones they do drag a little bit and pull the hair but not too much. They’re designed well with a really long cord and are very light weight. However the place above the buttons where you put your thumb can get a bit hot so you have to be careful. They have 3 buttons, the right hand one for turning it on and also this has the feature to lock them so you can’t accidentally turn them off or adjust the heat, this is ace as i’m always turning my Babyliss ones off. They start at a heat of 180 and go up to 230 so a great range. I have thick hair and 210 works brill for me.

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Also the heat mat that comes with them is tiny, i’d have loved something bigger.

They do work really well and for £30 you really can’t go wrong, especially as i have thick hair. I’d give them a 4 out of 5.

 

Food & Drink

Pass me the coffee!

I absolutely love my coffee! I couldn’t possibly function daily without it. It’s definitely my go to drink. I rarely drink other hot drinks other than the odd cup of tea but i really have to be in the mood for that. If i’m out it’s generally a Latte or a Flat White and usually always either Starbucks or Caffe Nero (Costa is just way too weak).

Usually in a morning i reach for the easiest which is Nescafe Azera. Before this i used to use the instant granules but since i started to use this i could never have a normal coffee again. This is the middle ground. Has the instant coffee hit and doesn’t taste dissimilar to a filter coffee.20170714_162055

Today whilst shopping in Asda i spotted some new coffee (well new to me!) and as it was only £2.50 i thought if i didn’t like it then i hadn’t wasted an exorbitant amount of cash. Well no, no thank you Asda. It’s way to bitter and harsh for my liking. On first appearance it looks like a filter coffee but does disperse well in water. It left a really horrible taste in my mouth so that will be resigned to the cupboard as a backup to my back up if ever i run out (in other words it’ll still be there in a couple of years).

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Throughout the day it’s filter coffee for me these days. I only used to make it about once every weeks but since coming back from the States where it’s the staple drink (and they always seem to get it right!) i have found myself making some if not every day then every other day. My go to blend is the House Blend from Starbucks. I love it. It’s a smooth, rich taste and you don’t need too much for a nice deep cuppa. I don’t actually like it too strong but it’s easy to add a bit of water if you’ve added too much coffee. I used to use a cafetiere but these days i use my trusty peculator, it’s just really easy.

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Occasionally if i really want filter coffee but i’m pressed for time i’ll get out my drip feeder. This means i can get a good cup of coffee but fairly quickly.

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Right, time to take 10 minutes to sit with a bit of TV and this beaut before i have to make dinner!
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Books

Review – Milly Johnson – The Queen of Wishful Thinking

Who doesn’t love a good feel good read, but with a difference. Whilst this is definitely that it also has many sub plots that consistently made me want to shout at the characters in the book as well as making me feel anxious at times and ultimately bringing me to tears! Not many books have made me do that. I remember one book ‘The Story of Us‘ by Dani Atkins doing just that and the only other one i can remember is another by Milly called ‘It’s Raining Men‘. I finished it in the bath and when my husband walked in and saw me crying i had to tell him i had soap in my eye or he’d call me a daft sod haha!

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The characters in this book are really believable. Some you love, some you hate and others you just wish you could meet and have a cuppa with.
Without giving the plot away the book ultimately has two likable main characters, Lew and Bonnie, who both lead very different lives although they are very similar people behind the exterior. The story shows how their lives, although very different become intertwined.
This book leaves you teetering on the edge, waiting for more on each turn of the page. The chapters aren’t too long which i really like in a book. It was so descriptive i could imagine what the inside of Stephens house and then Bonnie’s house looked like as if i’d seen a photograph.
I was so disappointed when it ended but loved the little Epilogue.
Now what i would really love is a continuation of the story so come on Milly, lets have another one!

You can buy Milly’s book here or at other leading book stores.