My new obsession…

Hello lovelies!

I bought these over two years ago but I have recently fallen in love with them again! So what are they? drum roll please…….

Curl formers!

They look like weird little spiral things but I swear by them. As I said before I have had these for over two years but I tried them again the other day with a friend and now I am obsessed all over again!

Why do I love them?

Where to start??? I have heavy dead straight hair that will only hold a curl for a couple of hours when I use a curling wand or a straightener but with these things I have a nice wave left the morning after. They are good value for money, unlike heat products that eventually break on you, I don’t think these will ever need replacing if you use them properly. They are faster than curling wands, at least for me because I have to fry my hair (it takes me about half an hour). My favourite part of these is there is only a little bit of heat damage and so I can comfortably do this every week without having to freak out.

How to use:

I’m just going to tell you how I use them because I have difficult to curl hair but if yours is easy to curl I would advise following the instructions on the packet. Oh and I use approximately 30 of these in the long and short spiral curls.

1. I start with freshly washed wet hair. (They advise just slightly damp hair)

2. I add the Tresemme Thermal Creations Volumising Mousse to the ends of my wet hair

3. Thoroughly brush through the hair and make sure there are no knots.

4. I then section my hair in two horizontally and pin the top out of the way. I then split and the bottom section and pull the hair to the front

5. I then grab a piece from the back about an inch wide (make sure it isn’t too big because it will tangle in the former and also will take longer to dry)

6. Put the curlformer on the stick thing, hook it on to your inch of hair and pull the former off the rod and around your hair. (Pictorial below)

7. Continue with this layer and then the top layer.

7. You will end up looking like a badly done Medusa Halloween costume but just go with it. I used to sleep on these but that was part of the reason I stopped using it, it was quite uncomfortable. Now I blast them with a hair dryer on a high heat for about 10 minutes making sure to get all those luscious plastic locks.

8. Pull out one of the back sections by straightening the former and then slowly pulling it off the hair. If it isn’t dry simply give it extra time.

9. Once you’ve pulled them all out, style as you wish! I love this curls just shaken out a little for everyday or pinned back in a low messy bun for a more elegant look

Here is a short picture demo 🙂

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Where to buy:

I bought mine on ebay but I would recommend buying them off of their website as there are a lot of fakes around. However I have a packet of the fakes (bought by accident) and they are identical so if you want to save yourself money I would say go for it. The ones I use in the demo are the long spiral curls bought off ebay.

As usual please comment if you have any questions

Hope you enjoyed!

xx

Amelia

http://www.curlformers.com/starter-packs.htm

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Fall and Winter Recommendations!

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So we are well into Spring here in Australia, but I felt that I couldn’t leave Winter behind without sharing with the rest of you my favourites from the season. So let’s get straight into it!

Lips:

We all know that the colder seasons are perfect for those grungy-vampy dark lips, but one of my more favourite shades for the past winter was ‘Naked Paris’ by M.A.C. It is a really subtle shimmery-nude colour, with just enough darkness to grunge up your look a little. Lipstick Swatches

Another favourite was ‘Poisonberry’ by Lime Crime. This is a vibrant but dark purple at its full pigmentation. In most online swatches you’ll see it as a gorgeous dark sheen of purple, however, for an everyday look I tended to pat it onto my lips to a pigmentation that I was comfortable with. I’ll swatch it for you at both pigmentation levels so just check the images to the side.

I get really into stains in Winter too, because I’m always putting lip balm on to avoid chapped lips. Stains are a great way to keep some colour while continuously applying the balms that we so desperately need in the cold. Two of my favourite stains are ‘Rhubarb’ by Bloom Cosmetics and ‘Posietint’ by Benefit Cosmetics. Where Rhubard is a definite dark vampy shade, posietint can be used on both the lips or the cheeks to give a natural flushed look which can be really flattering in the colder seasons.

And last but not least the lip product that took the makeup world by storm last season ‘Solstice 201′ from the Apocalips series by Rimmel London! These gorgeous liquid lipsticks are so incredible, sit so well on the lips, give great pigmentation and have a cute colour range for most seasons. Well worth a look in the coming seasons *fingers crossed they release some more shades*

Eyes:

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This fall and winter I didn’t really discover many new eye products that I liked in terms of eyeliner or mascara but as far as eyeshadow goes, I found myself coming back to the same palette most days. The Nude ‘tude palette by theBalm has so many fantastic neutrals with enough warm, dark shades to really grunge up your look for Winter. As far as selling it to you further, I really feel that this palette speaks for itself so check out the images.

Cheeks:

theBalm really stood out to me in the last season, with their blush ‘Down Boy’ being another favourite. (though I really feel that it is a great shade for any season)

As a highlight and finishing powder for the under-eye area I found myself wearing Hourglass’ Ambient lighting powder in ‘Diffused Light’ it is a stunning (yet ridiculously expensive) powder with just enough shimmer in it that it really lights up your face without making you feel like you are covered in glitter.

Nails:

I have really been getting into Butter London nail polishes in the last year. They always have great pigmentation, great lasting power and not too long a drying period so as you can imagine, I use them all the time. My two favourite shades for Fall and Winter would be ‘Queen Vic’ and ‘Gobsmacked’. I would highly recommend most of the glitter polishes from Butter London as they dry ridiculously fast which is always a bonus, and look so cute!