20 April 2015

Mark Hill Rock Chick Wave Wand Review

I love having wavy hair, and I use my Babyliss hair wand religiously on my extensions since it’s not my hair, so heat damage isn't really a problem!

I don’t often try new hair gadgets but I was recently sent a Mark Hill Rock Chick Wave Wand.  I loved the idea of it as the barrel is much bigger than my other hair wand, so I knew it would give me bigger, more natural waves which are perfect for Spring and Summer.

The concept of the Mark Hill Rock Chick Wave Wand is the same as a normal conical wand, except the barrel is much thicker and the whole length is the same, it doesn't taper into a point like most other traditional hair wands.

The Mark Hill Rock Chick Wave Wand has variable temperature settings that you can easily adjust up to 200 degrees. I always go for the hottest temperature on any hair tool as my extensions are long and thick so they need the heat to set the curl or wave, or it drops out too quickly.
The Mark Hill Rock Chick Wand heats up quickly and is easy to use.  It comes with a little stand so that you can prop it up away from surfaces so you don’t melt them, which is a great idea but It’s good for when you have finished your hair and finished using the wand, you can set it down to cool without it burning anything or melting your table top.  As a tip - I wouldn't try and use it when you set it down halfway through doing your hair as you might burn yourself trying to flip it back into place.

The barrel is quite wide which gave a nice gentle wave to my hair.  For length info, my extensions are 18 inches long.  If you had shorter hair it might be a bit awkward to get your hair around the barrel a couple of times and still hold on to the end so this is a great tool for long hair.

The wand comes with two tiny three finger gloves but they were a faff so it wasn’t worth using them and they were discarded fairly quickly.  I don’t use a glove normally with my conical wand so I just went glove-less and lived dangerously.  I didn’t burn myself so it was fine.

The wand is really easy to use and only took 5 minutes to do my whole head, I gave my hair a spritz with some hairspray afterwards as I find the curls or waves drop out otherwise whichever hair tool I use.

Overall, I was really pleased with the results that the wand gives; it’s slightly more difficult to use a larger wand than a smaller one, just because the entire thing is a bit bigger but I much prefer the looser curl that it gives as it’s more natural.   If you want festival or beachy hair then this tool is great.

The only criticism I have is that the wand is a bit gaudy, and at the RRP of £59.99 it would be nice if the packaging was a bit more classic.  I suppose it doesn't really matter what it looks like, if it does the job, but that’s just a personal preference.

The Mark Hill Rock Chick Wave Wand is available from the Mark Hill website or from Boots

What is your favourite hair tool?

17 April 2015

The Soho Burlesque Club Starring Miss Polly Rae Review

Venue: The Matcham Room at the Hippodrome Casino, Leicester Square, London.

I went to see the Hurly Burly Show back in 2012, as a newbie to all things burlesque this was my first foray into this type of entertainment and I have loved it since that day (review here).

Reading my review made me smile and go back to that time. I do love my blog for capturing pictures and memories, more than a diary could ever do.  I recently found out that the star of that show,  Miss Polly Rae, was headlining the Soho Burlesque Club at the Hippodrome Casino's Matcham Room in Leicester Square, so obviously tickets needed to be booked for the weekly show as soon as possible.  Very reasonable the tickets were too, £50 for both of us to sit on our own table with comfy leather seats right near the stage.  The booths are actually further away and cost more so I would go with a table. 

I did giggle when I read my previous review which stated  " I don't think I would take a guy as all of the guys on dates looked quite uncomfortable as if they weren't quite sure.".  Never one to listen to any advice, least of all my own,   I took Pete, we sat right near the front and yes got involved with the audience participation.  It is true when they say you care less about things the older you get, and Pete's face was priceless when Polly Rae came and sat on his lap, I wish I had taken a photo! It was like he'd won the lottery jackpot but was absolutely terrified of it! I had to try not to cry laughing. 
Burlesque shows are such a good laugh, the acts may be perceived as posh stripping, but really it's not just about that, it's the tease, the anticipation, it's the glamour and the outfits and being a bit cheeky and saucy rather than just in your face nakedness, shimmying and looking a bit grubby. It's classy, fun, a little bit naughty and very sexy.  Along with the burlesque there are also cabaret and comedy acts, it’s a mix of sexy and hilarious, there's always something unexpected going on, for example I certainly didn't expect someone dressed up as a chav with a huge padded bottom to be twerking!!

Back to Miss Polly Rae, who is the gorgeous compere of the show.  She is super sexy with a Jessica Rabbit figure, fabulous bejewelled outfits and even diamante pasties!  She slinks around the stage and the audience, twisting everyone around her little finger, charming everyone with her seductive voice and naughty jokes until you are mesmerised and a little bit in love with her. She sings a mixture of different songs, re working classics with naughty word changes, introduces each act one by one until near the end of the show when she performs her famous feather dance.  The show ends with a group number with all acts singing and dancing to Boom Shakalaka, I was in stitches and also, by the end, rather tipsy!

The show is a mix of old and new with burlesque, fire eating, flaming nipple tassels, singing, silk acrobatics with a hunky shirtless man and so much more.  I think this is a show most people will love as there is something for everyone.  The women are gorgeous and great at their acts and the line-up changes slightly each time so you could go a few times and still see different things.  I thought the venue was brilliant and the drinks not too expensive.  Overall a clear 10/10 must see.

Tickets are from £15, you can book and find out more info here Soho Burlesque Club and find out more about Miss Polly Rae here 

16 April 2015

Mabel's Bar and Restaurant Covent Garden Review

Mabel's Covent Garden

Mabel's Covent Garden
Covent Garden Market
29-30 Maiden Lane
London, WC2E 7J

Phone: 020 7845 9980
Email: info@mabels-coventgarden.co.uk

They say all roads lead to Covent Garden, well that’s especially true when you work down the road, as I do! I love a night out and tend to burn the candle bright, at both ends and back again, but you only get one go at life so you might as well enjoy it! I will just have to sleep when I’m old.

Mabel's opened in March and is inspired by the beautiful things in life that make us feel good. The decor is amazing, they have somehow managed to theme each room, put a mish mash of styles, colours and different types of chandeliers into each space to convey an amazingly sophisticated, elegant but somehow cosy vibe.  The waiters wear shirts and braces and the bar is surrounded by a bookcase with ladders in a very beauty and the beast meets Harry Potter way.

Mabel’s is a brilliant new venue to go out with the girls, share brunch with your man or dance till your heart skips a beat and do it all again tomorrow. It's a bar, restaurant and club which could leave it all looking a bit 'samey' but as you can see all of the separate areas have different styles and themes of decor so it doesn't feel that way at all. I wish my house had some of the cool items from the bar like the chandelier, neon sign and some of the pictures.

I went for after work drinks with a friend who had a guest list invitation, we sipped on fabulous mojitos and munched on hand made pizzettas while we chatted and caught up on some rather eyebrow raising gossip. The food is fresh and tasty and the cocktails are perfectly balanced to pack a punch without being too strong.  Some food that looked amazing on other people's tables was their cheese and charcuterie board and the figs with honey yogurt dressing, as we were just having drinks and bar foods I couldn't order any, so hopefully next time as they looked so good.

I will definitely be back here over the summer, for the quality of food and drink, the decor and the great service coupled with the location, being so close to work and near Charing Cross station makes it so easy to get home.