Friday, 27 December 2013

How to blow dry your hair in five minutes!

Don't you just freakin' love when something you see on Pinterest actually works and is super easy? Well hold on to your hats, I've discovered how to blow dry your hair with beautiful curls and waves in just five minutes flat.

I'd seen a cheats guide to a glossy, bouncy blow dry on Pinterest months ago, but finally got round to trying it myself. I have very thick, long hair and often find that doing a proper blow dry with a round brush can take forever and absolutely kills my arms, but I love adding volume and waves to my very straight hair. Quelle dilemma. Here's my step-by-step guide to doing a bouncy blow dry in five minutes.

  1. Tip your head upside down and rough blow dry your hair until 90% dry
  2. Separate your hair into two bunches 
  3. Tightly twist one section of hair away from your face
  4. Continue twisting until the entire length is tight from tips to the nape of your neck
  5. Blow dry the section while continuing to twist until hair is dry
  6. Release the section,but leave twisted
  7. Repeat with the other section of hair and allow both sections to cool completely
  8. Gently loosen the twists with your finger and spray with hairspray
There you go, a gorgeous blow dry in five minutes and none of the arm ache. Next time I'm going to try this with a sea salt spray to get extra volume and waves.

Have you tried the cheat blow dry?


By Carina Sullivan

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Shop the best Christmas Sales: Merry Christmas to you!

It looks like we don't have to wait until January for the January Sales this year, so many stores are giving us amazing discounts before Christmas this year. And if you're as tempted as me, despite the warning/threats from our families about buying things for ourselves before Christmas, the huge discounts have tempted me. So I've rounded up some of my favourite online sales.

But remember the golden sale rules so you don't end up with last seasons rejects:

  1. Try working out what you'd like before looking through the sales.If you want a midi dress to wear to a special occasion, then narrow your search to that item.
  2. The sales will always have fragmented sizes available, so before you start shopping filter by your size to avoid the disappointment of seeing your dream boots which are only available in size 4. 
  3. Don't buy something just because it has a huge discount, just because it's cheap doesn't mean you'll wear it.
  4. Make sure whatever you buy fits with your style and current wardrobe.
  5. Don't buy something to 'slim into'.
  6. Look for items you had your eye on before the sale started.
  7. Sales are great for presents, so think ahead and get presents for friends and family.
  8. Go for quality over quantity. Even if it's four times the price of another jumper, you'll wear the cashmere cardigan lots more than the sheer maxi dress with built in pants.
  9. If you love it, get it there and then, or it will go to another happy shopper.

Happy shopping!


By Carina Sullivan

Monday, 2 December 2013

Style Stalking: Elizabeth Banks

If you're like me, you probably think of Elizabeth Banks as the sharp tongued and hilarious Avery Jessup in 30 Rock ("I've never quit anything in my life. I'm still in Girl Scouts. I have 9,000 badges"), but it's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire promotional tour that has reignited my love of Elizabeth Banks.

I've never really taken note of Elizabeth's red carpet style before so maybe it's a new stylist, or maybe it's just her fearless and varied red carpet styles from The Hunger Games promo tour, but I'm loving her latest looks. Each city's premier was just so different to the last I couldn't wait to see what she'd wear to the next.

My stand-out favourite was definitely the stunning yellow Jason Wu dress (above) which she wore to the London premier. Teamed with a sleek pony tail and minimal jewellery, Elizabeth even stole the show from my other style crush and The Hunger Games star, Jennifer Lawrence.

She also had more than a touch of Kate Moss when she went all 60s hair and smoky eyed wearing a gold and glittering Elie Saab gown in Berlin. Again, totally changing her style and look from the other red carpet styles. I love a girl who takes a fashion risk and doesn't stick to a red carpet formula!

What's your favourite Elizabeth Banks red carpet look?


By Carina Sullivan