31 October 2015

My Great Lengths Hair Extensions Experience

I am known for being very impatient with my hair. I'm lucky that I have really great, healthy hair but I get bored so incredibly easily. I grow it, I cut it.... but my goal and dream has always been to have really long locks. I had extensions earlier this year and although I loved them, the method of micro-loops wasn't the best for my hair type. When I was contacted by world renowned and celebrity favourite Great Lengths, I jumped at the chance to have keratin bonded extensions. I've had my extensions for just over two weeks now and although I'm still getting used to them, I thought I would share my initial experience with you all.

I had my extensions applied at Partners Paul Meekin in East Belfast. The award winning salon is well known for its amazing cut and colours. Kerry-Ann (pictured with me) does their extension work and has been applying Great Lengths for over 8 years. I felt very safe in her capable and knowledagble hands. My whole hair was coloured black to match colour 1 which is the deepest black the Great Lengths range do. My hair was at that awkward shoulder length after growing out my bob so Kerry-Ann opted to apply 40cm extensions to my hair that could be texturised and cut into in order to blend my own hair in. Application was easy as the extensions come pre-bonded allowing Kerry-Ann to simply lightly heat the bond and roll this into my own hair. I have 125 bonds in my hair which I am told is quite a lot but this is due to my own hair being so thick. I also have some extra bonds at the salon which I might get put in if I want it even thicker. On average, most people usually get between 75-100 bonds. My hair took just over 2 hours to apply which was very fast. Kerry-Ann then cut it. Many people are good at applying extensions but not many are great at cutting them! The cutting really made them blend into my hair and feel like my own hair. I was so impressed with the service at Partners and would highly recommend the salon- every one was very welcoming and friendly. The salon is really fun and easy going plus they have the coolest hair washing station ever. I suggest you go for a blow-dry just to experience it! Kerry-Ann curled my hair with GHDs and this stayed in for a few days. The joy of extensions is the hold- they really require much less maintenance than real hair! The hair is a stunning quality and easy to brush. I was kindly gifted the Great Lengths gift pack by the salon- they gave me the Great Lengths Daily Moisture Shampoo, Conditioner, Anti-Tap, leave in conditioner and brush. The brush is really outstanding- you can brush from root to tip like normal hair. 

A few days after having my extensions I travelled to America. I knew this would be the test of working with them away from my straighteners and blow-dryer! I tended to half dry them with the hairdryer then leave them to air dry. The fab thing about Great Lengths is that they adapt to your own hair type. As my hair is naturally curly, they move with that. In the very America picture above, they had been left to air dry and I loved the effect. It was really natural and I felt like a mermaid. I also absolutely adore them up- you cannot see the bonds at all due to Kerry-Ann's expert application. She leaves enough of your own hair out of bonds in order to be able to put it up in a sleek bun or ponytail.

I know this is only the start of my Great Lengths journey- I'm so excited to play with them over the next few months and I'm so excited for my hair to grow underneath! I've got them at a perfect time as I have my birthday and graduation coming up- princess hair at the ready.

Many thanks to Great Lengths and all at Partners for my amazing new locks. 

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*Although Great Lengths paid for my extensions, all opinions are my own
28 October 2015

Falling in love with Boston

I'm so lucky that I get to visit amazing places. I have just returned from Boston after a 6 day tour with Belfast Community Gospel Choir. I adore travelling with the team as we get to see and experience things that normal tourists wouldn't get to. From singing in baptist churches to the State House, I fell in love. Boston has truly captured my heart and out of all the places I have visited in America, I felt so at home here. I would highly recommend it for a trip and I can't wait to go back on a holiday! 
19 October 2015

New beauty brands at M&S

I'm not shy about my love of M&S. It's a brand I feature regularly. I love their clothes and I adore their food. I've been brought up on M&S and now it's a staple of my daily life. I've watched with great joy as their beauty department has grown. I love their own house brand, Autograph. Their eyeshadows and bronzer are some of my favoruites on the market. But now, the beauty department has expanded and features some of my favourite brands and some hard to find items. 

I particularly love the beauty department in M&S Sprucefield as it's really large- it's like going into a Space NK store! M&S kindly allowed me to pop in and pick up some items from the new ranges to test out. I firstly picked up some items from the brand Pixi. This brand is a skincare favourite, especially for their iconic Glow Tonic. One swipe of this post cleanser, leaves the skin refreshed and renewed. It definitely has made my skin brighter. I also picked up the Pixi Glow Mud. This cleanser has a nice texture and leaves the skin feeling really clean. Pixi also have a range of makeup. As I am the queen of brows, I had to try out the Pixi Natural Brow Duo. I picked up the dark brown version and I am in love. One end is a waxy angled pencil and the other is a firm hold brow gel. I have used this everyday since I got it. Firmly, a favourite not only of this haul but of the year. 

Whilst I was in Sprucefield, I also noticed their giant wall of nail products. From Morgan Taylor to Nails Inc, I don't think there is a colour they don't have. I picked up the Nails Inc Kensington Caviar set as I was in need of a good base and top coat. I've been trying these out and they are fantastic- again another hero product of this haul.

A brand I was surprised to see in M&S was Barry M. It's a brand I've loved for years (and I own at lease 20 of their nail polishes!). It's such an affordable line but doesn't lack in quality. I picked up the Barry M Chisel Cheek Contour Kit after seeing Mary Greenwell use it in an M&S tutorial (see below!). The colours in this are excellent for a light/medium skin-tone. They are grey toned making it easy to contour and the handy packaging is a lot like the Urban Decay Naked Palette. I also picked up the Barry M Natural Glow Palette 2. This has lovely eyeshadow shades in it that can easily go from day to night. It also has a glowing cheek colour that is somewhere between a highlighter and a blush. The best bit about these two palettes is that they are £6.50 each. The contour palette in particular is so like many high end products I have tried- a definite must-try bargain.

And lastly, another new brand to M&S is Bourjois. I know and love this brand but I often get over-whelmed in the drugstore. The M&S edit is a little smaller. I picked up a Bourjois Rouge Editon Velvet in Nude-ist as I always hear Vivianna Does Makeup raving about them. They are a liquid lipstick with great staying power. This colour is very Kylie Jenner and I like the texture of it. It's great if you are like me and constantly drinking tea in work! I also picked up the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation. I think I was late to the party on this one and I now regret it as I LOVE it. It's a great everyday foundation- medium coverage, lovely texture and looks natural. If you love Laura Mercier Silk Creme, this is a must! 

M&S is definitely my new beauty spot to hit- looking forward to trying more of their brands (and definitely lots more from Pixi) over the coming months!

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