Friday, 18 April 2014

VO5 Miracle Concentrate Argan Oil

It's not often I talk about haircare on IIAV (Yes, I am giving my blog one of those oh so cool acronyms!) so I thought I would dedicate a post to an item of haricare that I am currently loving. Admittedly, I bought this a long long time ago on one of my many Boots hauls, popped it aside and then forgot all about it! When we moved house last summer it made its way back into my product stash and back into my heart.

I have really thick dark brown (and sometimes grey) longish hair, work colleagues envy it, I hate it. I always wanted curly hair and try to curl it at every opportunity however this isn't always a viable option, especially as I take an extremely long time to get ready in the mornings! Most days all I do is give it a wash, blow dry it and straighten it. 

I've been popping a few drops of this onto my hand (literally a few drops is all you need) and then running it through my hair whilst it's still wet then blow drying it. It's made my hair really silky and smooth so much so one of my work colleagues is obsessed with running her hands through my hair every time she sees me!

As you can see from the photo I've only just made it to the top of the label and I've been using it for weeks now! The little pipette applicator makes it really easy to dispense a small amount into your hand.

Even though I bought this a long time ago, it's still available in Boots stores and online and is priced at £5.19 (which I think is actually cheaper than what I bought it for originally!) 

Have you tried this before? Or do you use any other types of oils in your hair?


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Twitter Chats | Who, What When and How...

When I first started blogging I didn't even have a Twitter account. The thought of it really confused me, what are these hashtags everyone's talking about?! How do I @ someone in a Tweet? Maybe I'm too old to join Twitter?!

But once getting to grips with the basics, it opened up a whole world of friends, celebrities and of course blog chats to me. It's been a really useful tool in increasing my blog readership, page views and I've met some lovely people and done some amazing things because of it (see this post here for one of those!).

There are so many Twitter chats out there to join in with whether you're a beauty, lifestyle, fashion, food or parent blogger or all of the above! Basically, at different times throughout the week, usually for an hour, groups of bloggers from all across the world join in and talk to each other and share their blog links, simply by writing a tweet and using a specifically designed hashtag (#) somewhere in their tweet - yes it really is that easy!

Here is my example...

To see what other people are saying in the chat, I do a search for the hashtag for that hour, for example, if it was the beauty bloggers chat I would type #bbloggers in the search bar, then everyone who has written a tweet with that hashtag will come up!

Here is a little list of some of the chats I join in with...

#fbloggers - fashion bloggers chat 8.00-9.00pm GMT

#craftblogclub - a chat for those who love to craft 7.00-8.00pm
#fblchat - fashion, beauty & lifestyle chat 8.00-9.00pm

#lbloggers - lifestyle bloggers chat 7.00-8.00pm
#bbloggers - beauty bloggers chat (no topic) 8.00-9.00pm

#fbloggers - fashion bloggers 8.00-9.00pm
#bloggersWLW - weight loss chat 8.00-9.00pm

#beautychat - a chat about all things beauty 7.00-8.00pm

#socialbloggers - talk about social media and promoting your blog 6.00-7.00pm
#tbloggers - teen bloggers 8.00-9.00pm

#pbloggers - parent bloggers 9.00-10.00pm
#foodbloggers - food bloggers chat 8.00-9.00pm
#lbloggers - lifestyle bloggers 7.00-8.00pm
#bbloggers - beauty bloggers 8.00-9.00pm 

I'm sure a lot of you will be familiar with this already but hopefully you've found this post useful!

Do you take part in the Twitter chats?

Monday, 14 April 2014

Barry M Aquarium Collection | Pacific (The Mermaid Shade)

As soon as I had heard that Barry M was releasing an aquarium collection I was desperate to find out if they had what I call The Mermaid Shade (Barry M call it Pacific, but I like my name better!). Something about this colour reminds me of Ariel from The Little Mermaid and I knew I had to have it. 

On release day (which was a few weeks ago now) I was on a late at work so I dragged my Mum out for a little shopping trip. The collection was released in Superdrug before Boots and we haven't got one in our local shopping centre so I specifically said that I wanted to go to another nearby town so I could get this. Usually this branch of Superdrug has everything I need as the town is mostly populated by older people! Obviously they had it and it now part of my ever growing collection!

Originally I had my eye on Topshop's Eclipse nail polish, which is pretty similar but is £6 instead of Barry M's offering at £3.99 and personally I prefer Barry M's colour more (plus I now have another £2.01 to put towards my next one!).

The colour is beautiful, but you have to build it up, the above photo was taken with three (yes, three!) coats. It's so pretty though! As with all Barry M's polishes, they last a few days before they start to chip. I usually paint my nails on a Friday after work and they're still looking lovely before I have to remove it before work Monday morning.

Have you bought any of the Barry M Aquarium Collection? What do you think to this colour?