Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Your New Hairly Grail | Lee Stafford The Straightener and Giveaway

Hello Everyone,

As it is the last week before Christmas I just want to pop out a little Merry Christmas to any of you that celebrate!

So, as you probably know (or can guess) I trial a fair amount of products on this blog and I'm always thrilled to be given the opportunity to sample new things, thus, I'm super excited to tell you about my new holy hairly grail (see what I did there *chortles*) There's also a giveaway at the end of this post too so make sure you don't miss that.

Introducing the Lee Stafford Academy Ionic Flat Iron Hair Straightener

Now, I know what you're thinking:
But Rosy, come on, everyone uses GHDs
And I hear you, I do, I own a pair of GHDs and they've been my haircare staple for the past 4/5 years... and then these little bad boys arrived in my stash and I'm sorry to say, I think I've left camp GHD.
Let me tell you why.

Lee Stafford's The Straightener comes with a heat protection guard to look after the plates during storage and travel so you know that they're going to work well each time you use them.

With the Lee Stafford straighteners, you can control how hot your straightener goes with the pink buttons on the inside, which is one thing I've never liked about my GHDs because, as you may well know, they don't have any adjustable heat settings.

One thing that had me wanting my GHDs in the first place was the floating plates that means your hair doesn't get tangled in the plastic and your straightener glides easily through your hair, Lee Stafford heard us all and 'The Straightener' also has those all important floating plates and also, they added a longer cord (3m in comparison to the 2.7m of your standard v gold classic hair styler from GHD)

The straightener heats up to your chosen temperature really quickly (around 10 seconds) which is the fastest straightener I've used - and believe me when I say, I'm always in a mad rush and so those extra 20 seconds or so come in handy!

For those of you who follow my other social media channels (Instagram and YouTube) you'll be able to see that I quite like slightly 'messy' hair, I usually straighten my hair then mess it up with my hands and some dry shampoo so that my hair doesn't look too 'done'. I thought showing you a picture of my usually straight but messy look would be boring so I decided to try and test the Lee Stafford - The Straightener to see if I could get myself some nice messy curls, the results are below.

And yes, it was essential to have three selfies because I really love how this turned out, I made some tighter curls and then brushed them out in random sections to get the style right for me, if you're more into perfect curls, then just don't do the brush out at the end.

Overall, I'm so excited by these straighteners and they have officially replaced my trusty old GHDs, a day I never thought I'd see.

Have you tried the Lee Stafford Academy Ionic Flat Iron Straightener?

Also, make sure you enter the competition below to win yourself a Lee Stafford Straightener, the comp ends on 11th Jan 2017, good luck!

Win a Lee Stafford Academy Straightener #9

Rosy xx

Monday, 12 December 2016

Taking Time Out

Hello Everyone,

Today we are going to talk about taking a little time out.

Sometimes it can all get a little too much, especially at Christmas when there's so many people to consider that sometimes it can seem like you're driving full speed along the motorway with a blindfold on... basically, you're going to crash and burn unless you do something to slow that speed down and whip off the blindfold... #TakingTimeOut

I have a few favourite ways to unwind and rebuild myself and sometimes, just taking an hour out can really help keep your spirits high.

One of my favourite things to do is play with a pet, I have a few different animals roaming my zoo house and so I have a few options but I love a nice walk with my dogs or playing with my kitties. I recently added this little beauty to my clan and she's all kinds of fun.

 At other times I just like to play with my makeup, why not dress up with nowhere to go? I find it really relaxing to just try out a new look now and then.

As many of you also know, I love reading and taking some time to dip into another life or time really does wonders for my life morale! It also helps to keep my YouTube Channel filled with content so kind of a win/win situation there.

But I have to say, one of my favourite ways to unwind has to be a spot of retail therapy (when the funds allow it) and there's often a plethora of boxes from here, there and everywhere turning up at my door ('cause, you know... it's all for the blog *nudge nudge, wink wink*)
One of my most recent boxes arriving actually came all the way from Germany with thanks to a lovely company called Happiness Boutique, who kindly offered me my pick of their necklace collection and whilst I was browsing their range, I couldn't help but fall in love with this beautiful Rose Gold 'The Time is Now' Necklace.

I was really drawn to the time element of this necklace as I'm always rushing around complaining that I don't have enough time for anything.

The package arrived from Germany in a gorgeous little box (I know, I know, it's not about the packaging but still, what a cute box!) and when I opened it up, I fell in love with my new necklace.

Now yes, I know that I received this necklace free of charge and some would argue that would automatically warrant me giving out a biased review, but trust me when I say, I turn down A LOT of collabs because I only want to review things that I think I'll actually like or that I think you'll like to read about so it pleases me very much to say that I've not had this necklace off since I opened that pretty little box.

I feel like this necklace symbolises the need to slow down, take a step back and just take a little time for me and, for that, I am grateful.

Happiness Boutique have such a large and beautiful range including necklaces (obviously!), rings, earrings and even scarves! They offer free shipping too, which is a massive win, they're also offering any of my readers 10% off any order of 19 euros or more till the 31st December with the code 'sparklesoflight76' which, FYI, I'm not gaining any commission from for any of you suspicious of blogger codes 😉😉

Happiness Boutique also run a bi-monthly Giveaway, if you sign up to their newsletter... #justsaying.

How do you like to take time out to relax? Don't forget to give yourself a break over the festive time because you deserve it!

Rosy xx
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