OOTD – 26/03/2011

OOTD – 26/03/2011
Todays outfit of the day for a lazy saturday mooching around.

As always, the brands are not the same but the colours and styles are exact

OOTD - 26/03/2011

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OOTD – 22/03/2011

OOTD – 22/03/2011
OOTD - 22/03/2011





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Bag Lady pt 2

Bag Lady pt 2

Since I posted this about wanting a new bag… i got it and it’s all tucked up lovingly and warm at home! woo!






 
I’ve also bought 2 insanely expensive but amazing bags that i’ll blog up once they come out of their protective little dust bags!

And finally I picked up bargainous and super gorgeous tan Marc B satchel. I absolutely love Marc B bags as they are fashion forward and still maintain that timeless classic feel to them. I can see me using my new satchel as a go-to bag for many years to come.

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Review : Moroccan Oil Treatment

Review : Moroccan Oil Treatment

I have been in 2 minds about trying Moroccan Oil as I thought it was insanely expensive for what is essentially a jar of posh cooking oil. (artistic licence on that one!). 
The reviews and results were unequivocally good, but £30.45 is a hell of a lot of money to pay by most peoples standards.
While on holiday in Marrakech I was introduced to pure Argan oil by the female producers in their small co-op Berber pharmacies high in the Atlas Mountains and thought it was about time to get on the ‘moroccan oil’ band wagon. A 100ml bottle of pure Argan Oil for hair use cost me £4 so you can see why I find £30 to be excessive! The ladies were sweet and took their time to show us their extremely long and extremely well conditioned hair and their tips to get the most out of oil treatments (longer DIY post to come soon!)
After a week in the 120 degree heat my hair loved the deep treatment from the oil and it was left softer and silkier than any other conditioner I have ever tried – I was sold!
Now time to enjoy some gratuitous holiday snaps…..
A traditional Berber Village
A Berber lady working the husks in the co-op Pharmacy



A mini production line for treating the husks
As tradition in Morocco, when a guest in someones home (the pharmacies are in houses) you’re given glasses of hot sweet mint tea
Once my hair has improved in condition, I find the pure Argan Oil far too heavy to use regularly so I now save my precious bottle for those times when your hair needs some lovin’.
At Christmas, my lovely husband bought me a Moroccan Oil minis kit from www.lookfantastic.com , who stock a good range of Moroccan Oils (and far too much other amazing hair goodies – bye bye pennies!). I tried the oil with trepidation after a wash & condition, just applying the tiniest amount to my ends, knowing that the pure A.O was too much for healthy-ish hair.
I followed my usual blow dry routine and I was so so impressed. Not only did my hair feel less dry and strawlike but it looked amazingly healthy and nourished! The ends were so well behaved and sleek, I had no need to use serum after my blow dry. That alone for me is a huge improvement.
I have played round with quantities and how I place it through the hair and I have found a 5p size blob, spread between two hands and then worked from my ears down to tips gives me the best results as I have layers in this area and it makes sure all the tips get a coating. The final results are just fab! I hate to admit but this is my holy grail of hair products and I have been out and re-purchased the big 125ml bottle (100ml bottle for £30.45 here on lookfantastic.com).
My mother is by biggest hair critic and even she can tell the difference to the quality of my hair, so if it’s noticeably different to others it must be good right? 
I use the moroccan oil every time I wash my hair and feel that it handles better with the oil, the ends are easier to curl under and the tips don’t get so ratty on the 2nd day. I have also applied a small amount on the 2nd day before if I just want a bit of extra taming. It smells absolutely devine too!
Now let me say, this is by no means a deep treatment oil but it is a daily godsend for styling and conditioning. You’d eat through a 100ml botle far too quickly trying to do a Deep Treat with this oil, but your hair does soak it up a lot quicker when it is in need of more nourishment.
All in all, I am SO happy that I tried the Moroccan Oil and im glad its made its way in to my daily routine to replace loading up my hair with silicone based serums which hide rather than tackled my frizzies.
My only complaint is the price. I think it’s a diabolical price for 100ml of oil. I did re-purchase the oil in its full size bottle but only after trying it. I would never have bit the bullet and paid the £30 without trying it first. I have used roughly 25ml in 2 month so it’s not too bad but I know the price puts a lot of people off – I hope this review will help encourage people to take the plunge and try it!!
I can’t wait to try the rest of the Moroccan Oil range, the deep conditioners and styling products are calling out to me… but as ever, I’ll have to save up some pennies before I can review them for all my lovely readers.
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Review : LUSH Bubblegum lip scrub

Review : LUSH Bubblegum lip scrub

Just a small review about Lush’s Bubble Gum Lip Scrub < note that this is a link to the American Lush as our UK site is still down after the Christmas hacking!

I’ve looked at it since it was launched and always felt it was a bit gimmicky so never bothered. As this was to be my first Lush purchase for myself so I thought I’d give it a twirl.

Oh man, I wish I’d bought this years ago dammit!

The smell and taste of bubblegum is strong but not overpoweringly so and the sugar crystals provide enough gentle exfoliation to turn the flakiest kisser in to a smooth plump pout without it being painful and ‘raw’

I like to apply this morning and night right across my lips and slightly extending in to the skin to make sure the lip line is smooth too. I follow it up with a slather of a thick lip balm to provide further moisturising.

The scrub itself leaves a little deposit of oil on the lips after scrubbing but its no where near enough to rely on as a balm.

For £4.99 this is a perfect little pot to keep in stand by for lip emergencies. The tub will last me a very long time as a little goes a long way. It is very easy to use while it is full but I think I might struggle as it gets near the bottom, without the aid of a long nail or something to fish the grains out of the bottom.

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