Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Rose & Gold Leaf Pendant c/o Delicate and Dainty

For me, handmade jewellery always has a special feel to it. It's nice to own a piece of jewellery that a "real person" has poured their heart and soul into and crafted with their own hands. This kind of jewellery is made with love in small batches with no mass production, the pieces are almost always limited edition and sometimes even one-of-a-kind unique items. 

This pendant is made with fine resin, and filled with little flecks of gold leaf along with maroon coloured rose petals. Becky, the owner of Delicate and Dainty works on commission and can make jewellery to order, so she even asked if I'd like to choose the colours of the flowers to go in my piece. I love this colour, and gold leaf is just one of the prettiest materials.

The packaging was adorable, filled with blue shredded tissue paper and stamped with Delicate and Dainty's logo. 

This necklace is gold plated, but sterling silver is also available. I do love gold, but I think the only downside to this piece really is that the bail (the bit of metal that connects the pendant to the chain) is a slightly different shade of gold to the ball chain. It's only a small detail, but because of this I would probably choose a sterling silver piece next time. And I have my eye on a few! For me, I'd also prefer this kind of pendant on a long necklace as I think a stand-out piece like this is suited to be more of a "statement" piece of jewellery. 

But overall I am impressed with this store and Becky, who was very friendly indeed :-) Delicate and Dainty has lovely ideas of casting various materials in resin and there are endless possibilities. Do you like the idea of real flowers and petals being preserved in resin like this? Another of my FAVOURITES is this necklace, Frosted White Seaglass pendant... perfect for those people whose heart and soul belongs by the sea!

You can like Becky's jewellery on Facebook or make an order here, follow her on Instagram or contact her at to ask about a commission!
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Sunday, 26 May 2013

My favourite way to style my hair is long, loose, wavy curls. I can never quite achieve the look at home that a hairdresser can give me, however I have learned from them how to use straighteners on my hair to create a similar wavy style (perfect when you don't have curling tongs!)

I was gifted this lovely set from GHD, the Style & Protect gift set. It came in this pretty sleek black box, I couldn't wait to see what goodies were inside! 

The set comes with the GHD Paddle BrushGHD Straight & Smooth SprayGHD Final Shine Spray and two GHD sectioning clips. So keen to try this lot out, I got straight to washing my hair! (I'm currently using the Tresemme Keratin Smooth shampoo and conditioner which is also rather good I might add!). 

The Straight and Smooth Spray has the most delicious smell, I can't really describe it other than "it smells like the hairdressers" - it has the same smell that reminds me of expensive salon products! The bottle advises using 4-6 sprays on towel dried hair (but I used twice this amount as mine is thick!) The great thing about this is it's also a heat protection spray as well as a straightening spray, so no need for two separate products, and you can also use it on dry hair prior to straightening.

I then combed through using the GHD Paddle Brush very easily (I know you're not supposed to but I don't hesitate to brush my hair when it's wet, I just do it very gently with a large brush like this and it's SO easy to de-tangle, if I used a wide tooth comb like magazines advise I'd be here all day!) This is the perfect brush for a sleek and straight blow dry - I started going through each side with wide sections of hair pulled straight, gradually taking the hairdryer down with the brush on each stroke. Sectioning clips help keep the top layers out of the way to reach the underneath!

I give the roots a quick blast upwards to prevent it falling flat! 
Then hair is dry. Fluffy and puffy, but dry! 

My hair is naturally really frizzy, thick and with a slight curl but smooth roots... so for it to blow dry this smooth and straight-ish all over is amazing! The smoother I can get it with the blow dry, the easier and quicker it is to style with the straighteners!

I use a really old Remington pair of straighteners that I've had for years, but these are ideal as they have a curved barrel. I only crank them up to around 200C (I try not to use it on the max. 230C where possible!) They're so old though... should probably invest in some GHD's! With each section I straighten slowly but twist, and hold this twist all the way down. This gives a loose curl! Keep the same direction for the same wave, or mix it up for messier curls. Continue all over the hair...

When it comes to my fringe (mine is a side swept, very long one!) the hairdresser taught me to straighten twisted backwards away from my forehead. When the hair is dropped, it gives this lovely loose curl that helps any grown out hair blend in.

And finally... add GHD Final Shine Spray! This is a very fine mist and with a nice salon smell that leaves a very light shiny, non-greasy finish! I like this a lot, but I don't think it will last me long!

All done!

Overall I really love this set and think it would make a fab gift for someone. In my opinion it is a little pricey at £39, but if you add up the cost of the individual items it actually saves you quite a bit, plus it comes in this very nice and sturdy gift box! I'm sure any GHD fan would LOVE it. I did notice a difference in using the products for blow drying in particular - anything that helps decrease the hugeness of my un-styled hair is a winner for me and this does help on that front!

To view heaps more hairstyles by GHD, see here and for their full range of fab products see here - I soooo have my eye on one of those lovely hairdryers... the GHD Air!
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