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My New Years Resolutions for 2017!

Hi guys – Happy New Year! ¬†2016 has been a difficult year for a lot of people, so I really hope 2017 is much better for you if you’ve had a tough one ūüėÄ ¬†I always used to make new years resolutions but stopped when I got ill, as the typical big challenges I used to set myself seemed completely unachievable. ¬†I don’t know what has changed this time around, but I really felt like setting myself a few resolutions! ¬†I think I’ve adapted to my chronic illnesses enough to know that I need to be realistic with my goals, and not set myself up to fail!

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5 Fun Hairstyles for the Winter Holidays!

Hey guys! ¬†Are you ready for Christmas? ¬†Only 5 days to go! ¬†Presents wrapped? ¬†Turkey defrosted? ¬†I hope so, but if not then sorry for stressing you haha! ¬†I’ve been feeling very festive since November, so I can’t wait for Christmas, to spend some time with my family. ¬†I’ve got the perfect beauty post for the holiday break, today! ¬†The lovely Miranda from Flat Iron Pro is guest blogging for me, and showing us how to create 5 fun hairstyles for the winter holidays! ¬†All of them are beautiful, but fairly simple to create yourself. ¬†

There are plenty of great ideas for your Christmas Day up-do, or pretty night out curls!  Miranda has ten years of experience, so hopefully she can pass a few of her trade secrets on to us!  Over to Miranda!


About Miranda

Hi guys.  My name is Miranda, and I am a professional hairstylist based in New York.  I have been in the fashion industry for the past 10 years and have been graced to work with the some of the top ranking professionals in the field.  For the latest information on hair products, styling tips and more, check out my site for the latest fashion news.

You can have all the fun that you want with your hair this winter, as we have got some fun hairstyles that you can try at home.  So get ready to have a fabulous winter!


5 Fun Hairstyles – Winter Holiday Ideas

Winter has arrived, and it is time for some fun in the holidays.  There are going to be get-togethers and events that you’re going to attend, so why not look your best? Here are some fun hairstyles that you can experiment with to have superb looks this winter season for the holidays!


Soft Curls

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Softly Curled Hair

Soft curls are ideal and easy to do.  All you have to do is get a curling iron, and you’re ready to go.  Make sections of your hair and turn by turn curl them with the help of the iron.  This process will take a little time, but the results are fabulous!  Not only is this look very in vogue this season but it is a style that suits everybody.


The High Ponytail

One look that never goes out of style is a high ponytail.  It is simple and also very fashionable.  You can add a fun factor by putting rubber bands at small segments in the ponytail so that it looks like a braid.

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High Ponytail Hairstyle

Another fun thing that you can do is straighten your hair before making a high ponytail as it will define the hair, and the style will look so chic.  The pony should be tightly tied so that it gives a neat look.  You can also wrap the elastic bands with strands of hair to give it an even better look.


The Crown Braid

The crown braid is a stylish hairdo that is easy to make as well.  It will never go out of style and looks just fantastic!  All you need to do is start braiding at one side of your head in the front and then go towards the other side.

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Crown Braid Hairstyle

The crown gives a very majestic look.   You can either leave the hair at the back loose or tie it into a bun. Both the looks are perfect for the season.


Chignon

A chignon is always a fashionable hairstyle.  To accentuate the look, one can use bobby pins or other hair accessories that will add to the oomph factor!  A chignon gives a look of full volume to the hair, and it is one such hairstyle that never goes out of fashion.

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Chignon Hairstyle

There are two ways of making a chignon: a low ponytail can be made into a chignon or a medium high pony.  Both give a great look, and you can go for either and see which suits you the most.


The Half Bun

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Half Bun Hairstyle

This is a look with which you can experiment all you want.  You can take half your hair and make a messy bun with it.  A tight bun is also an option, as it gives a great look with curls as well.  You can make soft curls or waves with the remaining loose hair.  This look is perfect for all occasions, whether formal or casual.


Accessorize

There are so many accessories that can give your hair a whole new look.  There are umpteen options to choose from like hair bands, tiaras, bobby pins, brooches, etc.

A simple hairdo can transform into a great look just by adding these accessories!  You can add a brooch to a side bun, a hairband, to a chignon, a tiara, a ponytail or even in soft curls.

Bobby pins are also a great accessory to use on your hair.  You can add lovely colors and embellished ones to your hairdo at the side, for a chic look.

Ribbons are another excellent accessory that can add extra style to your hairdo.  You can tie a ribbon like a hairband or like a bow on half-tied hair.  Both the looks are amazingly simple to achieve, yet will give you an entirely different look!


So this season, you have all the reasons to have a great holiday time with these 5 fun hairstyles that are easy to achieve at home. Happy styling and happy holidays to you!


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TrulyClear Ultrasonic Light Therapy LED Facial Device Reviews LED at Home

LED Facials At Home: TrulyClear Ultrasonic Light Therapy Review

Hey guys! ¬†How is everyone doing in the run up to Christmas? ¬†Are you ready? ¬†I’m feeling very festive already! ¬†You might remember when I went to the launch of The Light Salon at Harvey Nichols Leeds, to try out LED light therapy? ¬†Well I’ve been back several times since and really rate it. ¬†And now I’m trying out the same LED light therapy… at home! ¬†I was very kindly sent the TrulyClear Ultrasonic Light Therapy device¬†from True Company to test out. ¬†As ever, although I was kindly gifted this device, all opinions are honest and my own.

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TrulyClear Ultrasonic Light Therapy

It is only recently that LED light therapy devices have been available to use at home, so it’s pretty exciting to get to test it out for myself! ¬†TrulyClear market this device as giving you ‘real gain with no pain’, which I definitely find to be true. ¬†By using your bodies’ own healing powers, skin can be massively improved without any intrusive treatments.

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Your Perfect Pizza at MOD Pizza Leeds!

Hey guys! ¬†I apologise in advance, but you’re about to get hungry. ¬†Very hungry! ¬†I was very kindly invited over to MOD Pizza at Cardigan Fields Leisure Park in Leeds (where Vue Cinema is) to try some of their pizza. ¬†I was offered the meal free of charge for review purposes, but as always, all opinions are honest and my own! ¬†MOD Pizza Leeds is one of five MOD restaurants in the UK – they also have them in Nottingham, London Leicester Square, Brighton and Gateshead Newcastle!


MOD Pizza – Creation Story!

Founded by married couple Scott and Ally Svenson, the brand are extremely family oriented. MOD Pizza started in Seattle back in 2008. ¬†The Svensons wanted somewhere where busy families could go for a quick, easy meal where everyone could have something different without a fuss. ¬†It didn’t seem to exist, so they created it themselves! ¬†The couple had spent some time living in the UK before returning to America to start their family. ¬†This is why we’re now lucky enough to have five MOD Pizza restaurants in England!

You will notice that a few of the pizzas have people’s names – this is because three of the pizzas are named after the Svenson’s children! ¬†There is also a pizza named after a young girl known to the family, who sadly died of cancer at a very young age. ¬†They wanted to keep her memory alive. ¬†This care and personal touch seems to be a theme throughout the ‘MOD family’. ¬†All of the restaurants have a photo wall (see below) with pictures of staff and family on there. ¬†

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MOD Pizza Photo Wall


Charity Initiatives

MOD Pizza also seem to genuinely care about their staff, charity and giving to the local community. ¬†I had a long chat with Trev (one of the managers), who told me all about The Bridge Foundation that MOD have implemented within the company. ¬†It is an emergency fund for staff who really need financial help. ¬†One example was one of the staff who sadly had a family member die. ¬†He couldn’t afford to go home for the funeral, so The Bridge Foundation gave him the money he needed. ¬†

I think this is amazing – there is nothing in it for the company other than to show that they genuinely do care about their staff! ¬†Not many companies would do that off their own back. ¬†Trev told me MOD Pizza are the best company she has ever worked for, and that she genuinely feels like it is one big family. ¬†I could tell by her enthusiasm and passion that she was totally genuine! ¬†She almost made me want to work there by the end of it! ūüėÄ

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This week [edited to add: actually last week – was too poorly to finish my post last week!], MOD Pizza are doing a campaign called ‘Spreading MODness’¬†. ¬†They, among other charitable initiatives, will be donating ¬£1.00 of every pizza purchased across all of its restaurants in the UK and the U.S. (114 across 16 states) to a local charity partner.

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In Leeds the ‚ÄėMOD Squad‚Äô are teaming up with ongoing partner-charity Cash For Kids to celebrate one of the key aspects of spreading MODness ‚ÄúGratitude with Attitude‚ÄĚ. ¬†This focuses on encouraging staff to give back to local communities through in-store fundraising initiatives and engaging customers with the activity all week. ¬†This year, the company expects to donate over $250,000 to charity. ¬†Again, I really think this is amazing! ¬†Remember – the company don’t NEED to do this, and they will be losing profits. ¬†It just shows that they genuinely care, in my opinion!


How to Order

When you walk into MOD Pizza, it looks a bit like a Subway counter. ¬†You can see all the fresh ingredients, to help you decide what you want to eat. ¬†Basically, you choose whether you want a salad or a pizza. ¬†My husband and I both went for pizza (of course! ¬†When in Rome and all that…) ¬†You can choose an existing pizza from the menu, which you can then add to or modify in any way you want. ¬†If none of those appeal, you can design your own pizza from scratch!

There are a few size options – we both went for the 11″. ¬†All the bases are really thin and crispy – yum. ¬†There is even the option of a double crust – literally one crust, add the sauce and then a second crust! ¬†I think I’ll have to try it some time ūüôā ¬†You start by choosing from one of five sauces (I had red sauce, think my husband had BBQ). ¬†There are all the toppings you could ever wish for, from vegetables, six types of cheese, meats, herbs and spices and a finishing sauce to be swirled on the top! ¬†

You pay a set price for your pizza (¬£7.47 for the MOD size) and can add as many toppings as you like, at no extra cost! ¬†This is AMAZING, as usually you would expect to pay 50p – ¬£1 for each extra topping. ¬†I think it’s great value for money. ¬†If you get a bit too adventurous and don’t enjoy your pizza creation, you get a new pizza, free of charge!


What We Ate

If you don’t already know, I’m vegetarian. ¬†I had a Lucy Sunshine (red sauce, mozzarella, parmesan, artichokes and garlic) and added on pineapple, red onion, sundried tomato, basil and a balsamic fig glaze to finish with!

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My husband had a very meaty pizza, with chicken, spicy Italian sausage and lots more; finished with a hot buffalo sauce (I think…)! ¬†We also shared some garlic strips (a slightly smaller pizza bread, cut into strips) with a ranch dipping sauce. ¬†Those garlic strips…. I can’t even! ¬†I would happily eat those for the rest of my life! ūüėÄ ¬†Both pizzas were amazing – so flavourful and well cooked. ¬†We even ate all our crusts, as they were so light and crispy.¬†

I didn’t manage to finish my pizza, but MOD have takeaway boxes available to take home anything you can’t finish – so fear not, no pizza will be wasted!

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Leftovers Going Home!

What We Drank

Hubby had a pint of IPA, which was really nice. There were also loads of bottled and canned drinks available (soft and alcohol) but I couldn’t resist the fountain drinks! ¬†There was a fizzy drink fountain which did different Cokes, Sprites etc, but there were also four fresh fountain drinks. ¬†I tried a tiny bit of each (for review purposes, of course..!)

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Fresh Still Lemonades

The iced tea wasn’t to my taste but I know some people love it. ¬†The blackberry lemonade was nice, the original lemonade was AMAZING but the strawberry lemonade was my final choice! ¬†They were all flat lemonades, but had so much flavour. ¬†Yum! ¬†You can also get milkshakes with different mix-ins such as Oreo pieces!


Vegan/Vegetarian Friendly?

One thing that struck me is that MOD Pizza is perfect for anyone with dietary requirements. ¬†They do gluten-free bases. ¬†They even made their red sauce vegan! ¬†It was pointed out to them that it wasn’t, as it contained parmesan, so they altered the recipes so it could be enjoyed by vegans. ¬†I love this, as it shows that they give a damn. ¬†A lot of places aren’t so accommodating of vegans and vegetarians!

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There are tons of vegan topping options, with some more unusual ones like chickpeas, olives and croutons!  They also offer a dairy-free cheese, so you can get the full pizza experience, vegan or not! 


Overall, we had an amazing experience at MOD Pizza Leeds! ¬†The staff were all lovely, especially Trev who was so helpful and informative, and just an overall sweetheart ūüôā ¬†She goes to other restaurants to help train up the staff, which is great as I think her enthusiasm for the company is really infectious! ¬†If you ever go there, say hi to her! ¬†We will 100% be going back to MOD… probably very soon!

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Have you eaten at MOD Pizza?  What did you think of it?  Did you make an amazing creation?  Let me know in the comments! 


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Kat Von D Makeup KVD Makeup Reviews

Trying Kat Von D Makeup (KVD)!

Hey guys! ¬†If you’re into makeup, you’ll probably already know that Kat Von D Makeup is finally available here in the UK (about time!) ¬†Kat Von D Makeup stormed the makeup world in 2008, and has been raved about all over YouTube and beauty forums for the last few years. ¬†I’ve been dying to get my hands on some to try!

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Getting Kat Von D Makeup in the UK

Kat Von D Makeup is now available to buy from Debenhams, in store or online. ¬†It is pretty pricey, but the general consensus is that it’s worth it for the quality of the products. ¬†I was a bit reluctant to shell out a lot of money for something I’ve never tried, until the perfect solution came along! ¬†Love Me Beauty celebrated the launch of Kat Von D Makeup in the UK by making mini KVD products available in one of their monthly bags. ¬†If you haven’t heard of Love Me Beauty, check out this post. ¬†Basically, they are a monthly beauty box (or bag!) but you choose all the products yourself.

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The Blogger Tag // A Bit About Me!

Hi guys!  I don’t usually do tag posts, but I was tagged by my friend Luke to do The Blogger Tag and thought it looked fun!  Although I tell you lots about my beauty loves and my chronic illnesses, there’s so much I probably don’t talk about.  So now is your chance to get to know me better (oh lucky you…!)


The Blogger Tag

1) How tall are you?

5 ft 7″ – fairly tall for a girl, which I like!

2) Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what is it?

Haha no, I don’t really have a talent, hidden or otherwise!  I’d like one though.

 

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Me With My Camera!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills – Modern Renaissance Palette // Review!

Hey guys! ¬†I’ve been meaning to do this post for a little while. ¬†I know what you’re thinking… there are already about 250,002 reviews of the¬†Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette online. ¬†Why do we need one more? ¬†Well the reason I’m putting in my two pence worth is that I seem to have a different opinion to everyone else!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills – Modern Renaissance Palette


The Price

I umm’d and ahh’d over getting this palette for such a long time. ¬†It looked beautiful and the deep red and pink colours were right up my street! ¬†The YouTubers were raving about it, and everyone I knew who had got their hands on one seemed to love it. ¬†Once I finally decided to buy it, it was of course out of stock everywhere (this palette was hard work to get hold of!) ¬†When it finally appeared back on Cult Beauty I decided to go for it!

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