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One for the #bbloggers: ‘Beauty Hacks’ book

beauty hacksThink you know EVERYTHING there is to know about beauty? Well why not test it out with Esme Floyd‘s new book ‘Beauty Hacks’.

The book contains 500 beauty tips and tricks to make you the biggest beauty expert around. This includes advice on skin, hair make-up AND nails.

The book is perfect for beauty bloggers who want to become even more clued up, or even for beauty fans who want to add more knowledge to their armour.

You can buy the book from ASOS now for £7.99.

So what are you waiting for – get swotting up on some new beauty secrets today!

Sam x

Superdrug is introducing Braid Bars to its stores

Braid BarSo there’s some exciting news for beauty fans… Superdrug has just announced you will now be able to get your hair plaited while you shop as it is introducing Braid Bars to five of its stores this year!

The Braid Bars will offer a menu of braided and plaited hairstyles, with prices starting at a bargain price of £10.

The first Superdrug Braid Bar will open in Superdrug’s Westfield White City store in November. Stores in Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and a second London store will all offer the service before the end of 2015.

What’s better is that you don’t even need to book – it will just be a walk-in service!

A similar service is already offered in Topshop.

Happy braiding 🙂

New hair: Fringed bob!

hairrHi guys,

Just a quick post to show you my new haircut! Now, I know it’s not really that summery to have a fringe & a bob, but I was just so bored with my hair. I had it short and was growing it out, but I couldn’t stand it being to in-between anymore and I didn’t want extensions, so there was just one thing for it – cut it off!

It’s probably a little shorter than I wanted it at the moment, however, hopefully it’ll grow quite quick in the sun so I can make it a bit more versatile. What I do love about a fringe though is that it makes me feel so much more stylish and makes me dress more fashionable I think, as I am trying to match in outfits with my fringe.

Anyway, I just thought I’d show you all. I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of my new ‘do in my upcoming posts!

Sam x

Interview: Southsea Fashion Week 2014’s Lauren Barnett

sfwWith this year’s Southsea Fashion Week on its way next month, I decided to get in contact with one of the organisers of the event.

Lauren Barnett, 19, is the Liasons Manager for this years event, which is taking place over three days from June 12-14 at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard. The event is designed to raise awareness of the creative talent in Southsea as well as the local areas.

I arranged to meet with Lauren over a coffee at Southsea’s Garage Lounge on Albert Road this week to find out more information about the event and what’s been going on behind the scenes…

Check out what she had to say, plus a few images of what you can expect from the event below…


 Hi Lauren! Can you tell me how you ended up involved in an exciting event like Southsea Fashion Week?

Yes of course. It’s the first addition of Highbury College’s Southsea Fashion Week, with students from the Fashion & Clothing course running things. There has been Southsea Fashion Weeks before, with other individuals running them, however this year our college tutor, Kevin Freeman thought it would be a great idea if we handled things.

So will this count towards your coursework?

Well, there is usually an end of year fashion show at the Pyramids in Southsea, based on first and second year’s end of collections. However, this year they wanted something bigger and better, so the college decided to head up Southsea Fashion Week. Five students in the class were asked to volunteer to each have a job role, with me taking Liasons Manager. It’s been down to the students to organize everything.

What does your role involve?

I’m the person who gets all of the retailers and designers in and I’m also helping to promote the event on Instagram. As well as this, I’m helping with more general stuff too, such as putting posters and flyers around to try and raise awareness of the event.

Along with the students, who else will be involved in the show?

We have quite a few independent retailers who will be part of the show, as well as a couple of designers. We’re trying to keep things local as possible to discover and promote local talent. Things are still in progress at the moment, however we are excited about the people already on board.

What can people expect from this year’s show?

Lots! The first day, the Thursday, will concentrate on hair and beauty. Then on Friday there will be the independent retailers, who will each have a stall and the independent designers, who will have their own show. On Saturday, the independent retailers will return and there will be showcases of students major final projects. These can be on anything. One of the students is concentrating on gypsy theme, another is focusing on the ‘Clueless’ film and I’m doing 70s punk!

How would you describe your own style?

I am definitely into my vintage. I have my own business on Facebook where I sell this sort of clothing. Obviously I’m quite busy at the moment, so I haven’t been able to put as much effort in as I’d like at the moment, but it’s definitely something I’m passionate about.

Do you think Southsea has it’s own unique style?

Oh yeah definitely – is renowned for being quite quirky and unique. You can definitely see this when you go out here at the weekend because everyone is so individual. I think that’s great.

What would you say are the biggest influences in fashion right now?

When it comes to designers, I love what Moschino has done recently. It’s not easily wearable but that’s what I like about it. When it comes to celebrities, I think people like Fearne Cotton, Rihanna and Rita Ora are definitely big influences. Cara Delevingne is also a huge as she is everywhere at the moment.

How can people buy tickets for this year’s Southsea Fashion Week?

The tickets are a bargain at just £2.50 each per day (Or £8 for a family of four).  People can buy these from the Healthy & Beauty reception at Highbury College in Cosham at the moment and they will available to purchase online from our website soon.

Do you have any other ways people can keep up with whats going on for Southsea Fashion Week?

Yep, people can head to our Facebook page for the event or head to our Instagram page @southseafw for updates.

Great thank you so much Lauren, can’t wait for the event!

Thank you, me too!

Check out what sort of thing you can expect from the show in the images below…

Hair questions #1: Messy bun – Do or don’t?

messy bunWe all know that hair is a big thing to females…

Having a good hair style can either be a day-maker or a day-breaker, with us women instantly getting a boost if our ‘do is on point.

So, in light of this, I have a big hair-related question for you all today; are messy buns a fashion do or a fashion don’t?

I’m not talking around the house obviously, as we all know that this is the perfect style to rock when you are trying to brush your teeth and cleanse your face, I’m talking about OUT IN PUBLIC. As in, letting the whole wide world see your messy (but actually kinda perfected) ‘do.

For me, I have definitely worn this style a few times (see right) and not just to the gym. You see, my work allows for casual dress, so I have often rocked this hair with like a jersey t-shirt, as kind of like a sporty but smart look. I do worry sometimes that rocking this does make me seem younger however, as it’s kind of like the hairstyle you had when you were five, or even like a ‘hipster’ who is just too cool to worry about what their hair looks like.

The thing is, my hair is quite short at the moment too (just above shoulder length), so putting in up like this gives a longer effect to my hair. It also means I can do something different with it on days I am bored of wearing it down.

So what is your opinion? Do you like your hair to be perfectly sleek or coifed, or are you a fan of the messy/just-out-of-bed look once in a while?

I think I am going to experiment with both still whilst I can still get away with it in my twenties!

Sam x

Style Watch: Lauren Conrad has purple hair!

LCSo our favourite girl from ‘The Hills’, Lauren Conrad has dyed her hair purple!

LC is known for her perfectly curled coifed blonde hair, so I have to say I was a little shocked that she went for such a bold move. She did get multi-colour streaks in the ends of her locks back in 2011, so I guess I shouldn’t be that surprised, but this is the first time she has properly changed her overall look.

The 28-year-old announced the news on her blog under the title ‘Pretty in Purple’ and I have to say that I definitely agree she looks great. Obviously you can’t see the overall effect as the image only gives you a glimpse of the fashionista’s new look. However, from what I can see, if suits her colouring perfectly and looks absolutely gorgeous.

Lauren says the colour she used is semi-permanent, so it will last from 6 to 8 weeks, which is a definite bold move, as some coloured dyes fade almost as quickly as you put them in.

I am extremely jealous of anyone with blonde hair who can achieve this look easily, as I adore it. Being brunette all my life, I have only really experimented with red shades so far, as this easily washes out again. I have decided that I am definitely going to experiment with dip-dyed ends this spring/summer however, which will enable me to experiment with more colours. I  might even try going fully blonde for the first time after that – exciting!

Anyway what do you think of Miss Conrad’s new purple do’? And do you think pastel shades will be big this summer?

Let me know below!

Sam x

P.s. She published the on April 1, so I hope it wasn’t an April Fools!

Get your boyf to cut his hair Kelly O!

Photo credit: David Simms/WENN.COM

Now I’m not one to judge when it comes to looks, HOWEVER I do have a recommendation for Kelly O‘s boyfriend, Matthew Mosshart


I know that sounds harsh, but he just should. I mean, look at that gorgeous face of his – those piercing blue eyes and his chiseled cheekbones. But they’re all being ruined by the never-ending curls.

Now if he was a female, I would be dead jealous of the luscious mane. But he’s a guy for christ sake. I don’t care what anyone says, if you’re a woman, there is no way that you would want your boyfriend to have longer hair than you.

Think of all the products he must have to use to keep it that shiny as well. I think it would turn me right off if I saw my guy rubbing some Frizz-ease into his hair.

I think it’s time that Kelly needs to get tough with her man and tell him those locks need to go. Even if its just for the sake of getting her hairdryer back!