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Christmas Party Curls using the Carmen By Samantha Cordless Straightener

December is creeping closer, bringing with it all the festive parties and events. Whether your soirĂ©e is a sophisticated meal, drinks with your girls or a lavish party which will see you dancing til dawn you can never go wrong with a big bouncy blow-dry with some soft curls.

If you’re heading out for a few Christmas drinks with the girls after work you’ll need a sophisticated hairstyle that you can easily do in the office bathroom before you pop out.  

You can use your hair straighteners such as the new mini cordless straighteners by Carmen by Samantha to create subtle volume and wave by keeping the heat at a medium setting.  

The Carmen by Samantha cordless rechargeable hair straightener (rrp £119.99), is perfect to take with you to work or in your handbag as it has a handy heat resistant case and the straighteners are a small travel size so perfect for doing your hair on the go. The rechargeable battery provides 25 minutes use from each charge so the perfect amount of time to do your hair, there are also three temperature settings allowing you to choose the best heat option for your hair type. The straightener features the latest technology in the form of its tourmaline coated plates which emit negative ions to eliminate frizz and leave your hair very shiny.

This Carmen by Samantha range is in collaboration with Sam from TOWIE and is a new range by Carmen also including a hands-free hairdryer, Salon Glamour Styler, and Salon Glamour Curls which is a super easy hair curling tool so if you know a beauty and TOWIE lover take a look at the range for Christmas presents as they are available from 7th December 2015.

To create your curls work from the front to the back in inch wide sections, it’s so much easier to do this with a cordless straightener (especially if you normally get wrapped up in cords) and also handy if your office bathroom doesn’t have plug sockets available (just charge the straightener under your desk for a while during the day).  


Once the straightener is ready, take each section of hair, press it shut at the top of the section then fold the  hair over the straightener towards you then pull the straightener out and away from your head to create subtle waves. Repeat for each section.  In case my description is hard to imagine I have included a picture above so hopefully you can see what I mean.

Once each strand is curled, you can secure to the top of your head with a crocodile clip. Leave your hair to cool while you do your make-up and once you’re ready to walk out the door: take all clips out, brush through with a natural bristle brush or a tangle teezer if you have extensions, spray with some strong hold hairspray. And there you have it you’re good to go.  

See more at carmenbysamfaiers.co.uk

*product provided free for review


Black Friday Beauty Discounts at JustMyLook

I’ve got another Black Friday beauty offer update for you today and basically your Christmas shopping is totally sorted as JustMyLook have an amazing array of beauty products from great brands and, even though their regular prices are discounted in comparison to the high street, there are now even more offers available from today, Black Friday,  such as the Max Factor false lash effect mascara which is only £5.95 (RRP £10.99) and the Color Wow root cover up at only £19.99 (RRP £28.50).

JustMyLook have a number of Black Friday offers, the main offer being 20% off absolutely everything on the site when you buy two or more products.  Justmylook stock most of my favourite brands such as Xen Tan, Fake Bake, OPI, CND Vinylux and L’oreal .  The postage is free and sent via 48 hour parcel post and they accept Paypal payment which is such a time saver. 

Aside from the 20% off there are also other offers available such as 3 for 2 across the OPI nail range including the holiday 2015 collection,  3 for 2 across the entire W7 cosmetics range  and 10% off the entire range of electricals which includes hairdryers, straighteners and the new L’oreal Professional Steam Pod Hair Straightener.

JustMyLook have also confirmed that they're offering a special Beauty Blogger discount too for Black Friday.  The offer gives a free Corioliss goGo styler on spends over £25 and the code to use is BBLOGGER25.  Please do note that it can't be used in conjunction with other codes though. 

You can check out all of the Black Friday discountson JustMyLook here.  

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Molton Brown Christmas Gift Sets

Need some Christmas gift ideas?  I thought I would focus on a brand that I always end up buying at least one Christmas present from every year.  From stocking fillers to fancy boxed gift sets Molton Brown caters for all with fragrantly inspired gifts for men and women, so here are my top picks.

Stocking Fillers (£10-£11)

The festive baubles are £10-11.00 and the perfect themed Christmas stocking filler.  I picked up the Vintage 2015 with Elderflower festive gel bauble for my mum and they kindly wrote her name on it for her in matching gold.  They come in lots of different colours/scents of shower gel and Molton Brown’s entire shower gel range is to die for.  Mum does like a bit of glitz, so gold it was. They come in a presentation box which is a great touch especially for a £10.00 present, it would be perfect for a secret Santa gift if you do that with your friends or work colleagues.

Perfect Presents (Under £50)

I’ve picked my two favourites but there are lots of sets to choose from.  The Heavenly Gingerlily Caressing Body Gift Set, £45, is just a must have, I’ve never given anything from this line to someone and them not love it, Heavenly Gingerlily is scented with a mixture of Polynesian tamanu nut oil, ginger and lily aromas.  The gift set is beautifully presented and contains a 300ml Body Wash, 300ml Nourishing Body Lotion and 50ml Caressing Body Polisher which is perfect for sloughing off dead skin and rehydrating at this time of year.

The re-charge Black Pepper Essentials Gift Set, £31, is aimed more at men but frankly all beauty products are fair game for anyone in my opinion, the gift set includes a 300ml Black Peppercorn Body Wash and a 100g Re-charge Black Pepper Body Scrub Bar in a dark brown gift box, it looks classy and elegant and I think it would be a nice gift for someone you know and kind of have to buy a present for but don’t want to spend masses of money on or aren’t that close to so don’t know exactly their personal gift taste, this is a great one as it is so universal and there’s nothing to really not like!

Special Presents (£70+)

This is a real treat present and definitely a great one for Mums or Sisters to spoil them this Christmas.  The Fiery PinkPepper Pampering Body Gift set is £75 which gives a saving of £15 compared to buying everything separately.  This set is the ultimate skin-pampering and fragrance layering gift and Fiery Pink Peppercorn is a limited edition scent,  the alluring aromas of the signature pink peppercorn scent have been blended with fiery pink pepper, ginger and patchouli and it smells absolutely divine.

The massive gift set includes a 300ml Pink Pepperpod Body Wash, 300ml Pink Pepperpod Nourishing Body Lotion, 50ml Fiery Pink Pepper Eau De Toilette, 50ml Fiery Pink Pepper Pampering Body Polisher and a 300ml Pink Pepperpod Nourishing Body Lotion, basically everything you need!

I wanted to get this post up quickly as there's also a 20% and a 25% Black Friday discount depending on how much you spend, details above! Ends Monday 30th November 2015.