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I’ve never actually owned a pair of GHD’S (sad, I know!) So I have always wondered what all the fuss is about.  Everywhere I go the number one straighter always seems to be a GHD! I was more than happy when I was sent one to trial.. if anything it has really helped out my overly curious mind as to why these straighteners are so special!

The GHD Deluxe Midnight Collection is one of those Limited Edition sets that are always released by GHD this time of the year! It’s a very Chique set that comes with plenty of accessories and add on’s including a cute little hair dryer. It is the perfect Christmas present!! *cough, cough GHD.. you can pay me later*

Right so now.. Shamefully may I add I am going to show you what I have been working with! I will probably have the piss taken out of me something chronic for showing you guys this, however I have to be honest! Here are the straighteners I use-

A very old pair of Morphy Richards straighteners. The ceramic plates are non existent and after using the GHD’s I have released these take FOREVER to sort my barnet out!! Usually when using these it takes at least 20 mins to do my short hair! Can you imagine what I went through when I had hair down to my ass?? OMG!! 

Moving on, I love the sleek design of these GHD’s, all black with gold ceramic plates.

So.. How did I get on with them you ask? well… I am now starting to understand the hype which surrounds these Iconic straighteners! When it comes down to my hair, I’m rather lucky. I have overly thick wavy/curly hair which can be worn either straight if I straighten it or curly if I let it dry naturally and slap some product on it. However, having thick hair can be a right pain in the ass when you need to straighten it. Using these straighteners was a breeze, my styling time was cut down to half compared to my Morphy Richards Irons but what confuses me the most is im not sure how and why these are so good. After turning them on and getting the two beeps to go ahead and start styling I honestly thought they were broken, there was no heat coming off them at all! When I placed my hair in them the ceramic plates were so smooth that it felt like the straighteners hadn’t even gripped my hair and almost felt like my hair had slipped right out of them, I was surprised to look in the mirror to find a perfectly piece of straight hair which did NOT need going over again unlike my Morphy Richards, which I have to use 3 times to even get a straight piece of hair! In all very impressed. You cannot feel the heat at all nor is there steam which escapes from the straightener, these straighteners are indeed magic. I think it’s the time and effort that goes into the technology that makes them so special.

Here’s a pic of my very shiny and smooth hair-

Get your’s online at http://www.Ghdhair.com Buy from the site and get a 2 year guarantee. These make an amazing Christmas present, but be quick as they are a Limited Edition set! I really want one now (Hint, Hint GHD)

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Unique, extraordinary and extravagant, these tantalising talons are like nothing you’ve ever seen before.
Two Nail Quills per set, designed to be worn on either thumb, are a perfect matt black with a silver tip. Presented in a beautiful gift box they come complete with nail tabs and glue, these are set to become real collectors items.  To complete the look, the Nail Quills work best with matt black Nail Varnish in ‘Scorn.
 
Designed and hand-crafted exclusively for Illamasqua by one of the hottest names in nails Mike Pocock, who has worked with prestigious fashion titles such as Italian Vogue, British Vogue, W, Harpers Bazaar and Dazed and Confused. He has also complemented the aesthetics of visionaries such as Nick Knight, Steven Miesel and Katy England.
“I was inspired by the contrast between Illamasqua’s new black Nail Varnish in ‘Scorn’ and the bright metallic of the nail wrap I have developed.” Mike Pocock
 
False nails will never be the same again!

A set of ‘Nail Quills’: £35
Nail Varnish in ‘Scorn’: £13
 (text from prss release)
The Limited Edition Nail Quills are exclusive to illamasqua.com and the Flagship Store at 20 Beak Street, London from the end of November 2010

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Omorovicza – the cosmetics range which patented Mineral Cosmetology™, a mineral delivery system, will bring Budapest based senior therapist Adrienne Harsanyi to London to offer customers the opportunity to treat themselves to an unique facial, drawing on millennial traditions of beauty and care and integrating the brand’s award winning products.

The price of the Omorovicza facial, £65, is fully redeemable against product.

Facial event details:

Budapest based Senior Therapist, Adrienne Harsanyi will be giving treatments at Liberty Heritage Suite from Monday 22ndth to Wednesday 24th November and from Sunday 12th to Friday 18th December.

Omorovicza treatments build on Hungarian tradition; all Omorovicza products used incorporate Mineral Cosmetology™, Omorovicza’s patented 3 level mineral delivery system. This ensures optimal delivery of precious minerals, to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, heal micro-damage, and strengthen the skin’s lipid matrix while providing anti-oxidants to protect against free radical damage.

Throughout the one hour facial, clients recline on a warm water mattress to enhance the feeling of relaxation. The treatment begins with thorough double cleansing and steam to the face and décolleté to prepare the skin for extraction followed by the application of a gentle yet rejuvenating Mineral-rich Hungarian Moor mud mask to draw out impurities and nourish the skin.

At the heart of the facial is a is a memorable and luxurious skin plumping massage, unique to Omorovicza, which enhances the effect of the hyaluronic filling sphères which make their way into the epidermis erasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Skin is left visibly toned, lifted, cleansed and moisturised.

Suited for all skin types including sensitive skin, Adrienne will also address any skin concerns that you have.

(Text from press release)

To book an appointment please contact Jan, the Omorovicza Beauty Manager in Liberty on 020 7573 9402.

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The magic of Dr. Bronner’s is its affordability and versatility. Famous for its 18 uses from 1 bottle this liquid soap at £4.99 per 236ml bottle is worth a try.

So for me, being more of a lover of shower gels and creams, I was quite dubious whether to try Dr Bronner’s Bottle of Magic. Like many others, soaps have a tendency to leave the skin feeling dry and almost leather like, which is a horrible feeling after a soothing bath, when you should be feeling like silk….but here goes… 

 

Check out Dr Bronner’s “18in1” uses as listed on his products…..Impressive!

  1. Shave
  2. Shampoo
  3. Dental
  4. Soap bath
  5. Peppermint is nature’s own unsurpassed fragrant Deodorant!
  6. A drop is best Mint Toothpaste; brushes Dentures Clean!
  7. A dash in water is the ideal Breath Freshener & Mouth Wash!
  8. Peppermint Oil Soap for Dispensers, Uniforms, Baby, Beach!
  9. Dilute for ideal  Body Rub
  10. Foot Bath
  11. Douche
  12. Hot Towel-Massage the entire body, always towards your heart.
  13. Pets
  14. Silk, wool, washing clothes and dishes
  15. Body tingles head to toe – keeps cool!
  16. 3 dashes in water rinse most Sprays Off fruit & vegetables!
  17. 1/4 oz in qt H2O is Pest Spray!
  18. Dash, no rash Diaper-Soap!

It comes in 8 main varieties, the original being the famous tingly peppermint – followed by Lavender, Eucalyptus, Citrus, Almond, Rose, unscented Baby Mild and Tea Tree which can even be used to treat minor cuts. Dr Bronner’s Pure Magic Soap has NO synthetic foaming agents, thickeners, preservatives, fragrances, dyes or whiteners. The soaps are made with certified Fair Trade and organic ingredients sourced from India and its packaging is completely biodegradable.

So ……with my bottle of the original Dr Bronner’s Peppermint liquid soap in hand, I took to the bathroom to test 2 of its recommended uses!!

Soap bath – standing up and washing at a sink is not my idea of relaxing so I moved this method from the sink to the bath! Adding just 3 drops to hot running water the fresh peppermint scent masked my bathroom! “Breathing deeply” as advised on the bottle I laid back, relaxed, inhaled and exhaled and was instantly relaxed. Almost like a decongestant, Dr Bronner’s Magic Soap opened up the sinuses, and made my nose tingle. This would be great natural product or clearing the mind if you have cold/flu symptoms. But…enough about relaxing and onto the cleaning! This magic liquid soap has a surprisingly rich lather for such a thin and initially watery product due to its very high coconut oil content and again just a few drops of the liquid onto a loofah, sponge or into the palm of your hand is enough for the entire body.  It cleans the skin effortlessly leaving body feeling fresh and tingling. With so many cleaning powers for the body and your home the soap is in no way abrasive as maybe expected. In fact its the complete opposite. Importantly for me it did not leave my skin dry or leathery. I wouldn’t say it was as moisturising as shower creams etc, but for a formula that is a soap and not promoted for its moisturising properties, my skin was surprisingly soft and the tingly sensation lasts once dry.

Shampoo  – I would recommend using Dr Bronner’s Magic Soap as a shampoo for cleanliness only.  It lathers well on hair and cleans just as well as any other shampoo. Being an “18in1” bottle it would be great for those travelling with the need for minimal luggage or those of you who place no emphasis on having silky/shiny hair. But for those who like to replicate that salon feeling, unfortunately I would not recommend this as a shampoo. It did the cleaning job, but it left my hair feeling dry and brittle which was not a good feeling. although my hair smelt fabulous, it was not so fab to touch.

Check out Dr Bronner’s magic Soaps at www.drbronner.com There is a wide range of goodies to buy! Feel free to contact me on Deeheartsnutri@gmail.com Twitter: DeeHeartsNutri

Dionne

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From the 16th November – 25th November Organic Surge customers will receive £10 cash back when they buy 3 products!

It is simple and easy to do:

  • Purchase 3 of your favourite Organic Surge Skincare products (priced from £5.99 – £7.99)
  • Log on to www.organicsurge.com
  • Download and fill in the application redemption form
  • Send the completed form and your receipt to Organic Surge by 31th December( 1 redemption per house address)
  • Await your £10 Cash Back from Organic Surge

Available in Boots store nationwide! Enjoy!!

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I’ve team up with the fabulous HissyFit range and its PR company to bring you this fabulous giveaway. 3 lucky winners will receive:

  • Body Double Anti-Ageing Moisturizer SPF 30+ RRP £25.00
  • Handy Work Anti-Ageing Hand Cream SPF 30+ RRP £19.00

Hissyfit is Australia’s cult range of intelligent, mineral enriched beauty products that combine Australian botanical extracts and the latest advanced sunscreen technology with irresistible fragrances. The result?  A unique all-in-one route to beautiful skin and environment-and-sun-savvyness every day.

RULES:

  • This give away is U.K based only!
  • To enter please comment with your name and Email add
  • Be sure to follow my blog 🙂
  • Add me on Twitter: @Beautywowza
  • Give away ends Midnight Nov 24th
  • YOU MUST spread the word of BeautyWowza

Winner’s will be chosen at random by random.org 🙂 Good luck and get entering! You never know when your luck is in!! Any question please email me 🙂

Smooches

BeautyWowza!!! xoxox

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I am firm believer that a hot meal in winter can really lift the spirits after a long day. Whether it gives you the energy for a little late excercise (not straight after), a kick up the but to do that piece of housework you’ve been putting off,  or that winding down feeling, a decent hot meal is a cosy end to a cold day!

 Try my slightly spicy chunky soup recipe below! Full of veggies and really easy to make! Remember you can add other veggies to include your fav’s!

Ingredients 

  •   2 Tbsp Oil
  •   2 Leeks
  •   1 Large Red Onion
  •   1/2 a Bunch of Spring Onions
  •   1 Chilli
  •   2 Swede
  •   6 Carrots
  •   Baby Potatoes
  •   3 Garlic Cloves
  •   2 Tsp Mixed Herbs
  •   3 Tbsp medium Curry Powder
  •   2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  •   2 Cups of Vegetable Stock

 Or my favourite way….

  •    2 Sachet’s of “Graces”Cock Soup (Caribbean soup mix) Dilute according to packet instructions.

Method

 1. Heat oil in a large pot

2. Simply chop all vegetables to the size you prefer (I like it chunky)

3. Throw all veggie ingredients into pot and fry up for about 5 mins until onions are softening.

4. Add curry powder and Mixed herbs and stir

5. Continue to let the veggies fry up for another 5 mins, stirring occasionally to avoid sticking, 6. Add Stock or Cock Soup sachets mix well…add water if necessary

7. Add soy sauce

8. Bring to the boil, then let simmer on a low heat for about 1 – 1.5 hours. Or until all vegetables are tender.

9. Add salt (if you must) /pepper to taste.

Enjoy with a Crusty Wholemeal Bread Roll……Delicious! 

Give me a shout at Deeheartsnutri@gmail.com if you have any questions and be sure to twitter me: Deeheartsnutri

Love Dee  

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