Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Tangle Teezer

Look at it, this long thick mass of hair! I have always dreaded having to brush through it with regular hair brushes and I cannot begin to tell you how many I have broken over the years. So when I started reading about the reviews of the 'Tangle Teezer', I couldn't resist giving a go. 

I picked up the original in pink fizz, but they have released a variety of different products, ranging from children's flower pots to in the shower, Aqua Splash. The brush is specially designed to detangle your hair with no pain, and claims to 'care for the hair you wear'. Which it certainly does! Whether my hair is wet or dry, straight or curly, it glides through pain free. Even those stubborn knots, caught up by wearing your hair in a bun for a week, it sorts them right out. It's brushes are spread out across the base of the brush in a particular order to ensure the knots are easily removed and protects your hair and its cuticles. 

You make think £10.50 for a hairbrush is on the expensive side, when you can pop to Primark and pick one up for £1. But I promise you, you will not regret it, especially if you have long thick hair that is just too much of a chore to manage! 

Let me know what you think, or if you've got another tip for sorting out frizzy, uncontrollable hair.

happiness is a mood, not a destination

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Topshop haul

...*... Pictures coming soon ...*...

So I've been very poorly for the last few days so I decided today I would treat myself to a little bit of therapy...Retail therapy that is! As a huge Topshop fan I couldn't resist the urge to go in and splash some hard earned cash! 

So here's what I bought:


Flat top "TOOLS Topshop" foundation brush - £8

I have been after a flat top foundation brush for a while as I don't really get on with regular foundation brushes. They tend to leave a streaky mess on my face! :( So after reading very good things about this line I thought I would give this one a go and potentially do a quick review of it next week. I can already say though the bristles are very soft and also the brush is very small so easy to pop into my makeup bag for on the go!!!

"Tallulah" leather look shoes in white - £16

These shoes are already going to be my spring/summer staples! They super comfortable and look pretty sturdy so hopefully they will last a long time! And for Topshop the price is very reasonable. I'm super excited to try these with some light jeans and my new pastel colour jumper...

*Favourite Purchase*
Mint green jumper - £26

THIS IS SO SOFT!!! I've been wanting to get my hands on some pastel colour clothes for a while and this jumper is perfect! I bought it in a size 16 - you might think I'm crazy but I really wanted a big baggy jumper and I felt this was the one but just not big enough - so hey.. Size 16 it is!!! I love it - it is definitely my favourite purchase of the day! 

Silver snakeskin iPad case - £16 reduced to £3

I can never resist a good bargain and I always check out the sale section of Topshop  when I'm there.. Which is pretty often! Today I was a bit disappointed, especially with their clothing section, but I did spot this beauty! It's a magnetic iPad case that clips the the side of your device. It's super shiny and I love mixing my cases up depending on what I'm using it for. Well for 3 quid who could resist eh?!

*Disappointing purchase*
Grey oversized V-neck t-shirt - £16 reduced to £12

Another cheeky sale purchase. I love the dark grey colour and the simple design, I'm really lacking plain essential tops in my wardrobe at the moment. Unfortunately, the top does not suit me! I have a condition called 'Madelung' meaning I have really short arms and the sleeve length of this is not for me at all! So I will be returning this one sadly, but I will definitely be on the look out for another oversized grey top (just with shorter sleeves)! 

                                               happiness is a mood, not a destination

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Birchbox February 2014

With it being London Fashion Week, Birchbox themed their February 2014 box "We <3 Your Style!"

"Style isn't just about fashion - it's everything from the scent you wear to the books on your coffee table. This box is packed with samples that will fit right into your personal routine, from a subscriber-beloved brand to an easy-to-use eyeliner."

So what's inside:
  • Beauty Protector Protect & Oil - For me, hair oils are an absolute dream! I have thick, wavy hair that get knotty very easily meaning a regular hairbrush makes me want to rip my hair out. My tangle teezer is the love of my life. Meaning I am very much looking forward to using this "exclusive launch" product.
  • Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner - I have used a number of various eyeliners and I must say this is definitely up there with some of my favourites. The pen like tip is perfect for easy application and the best thing about it is that it lasts ALL DAY. I am really happy that this came in black as I tend to always use this as a staple everyday look.
  • Urbanveda Radiance Exfoliating Facial Polish - Unfortunately for me my face is super sensitive to face washes, face masks and the majority of face wipes, which limits what i can use on my face on a regular basis. I do like the consistency of the product and it may be one I use once every so often to brighten and balance my skin tone, as it suggests.
  • Gilchrist & Soames The London Collection Shower Gel - I'm yet to try this product but for me the smell is a little off putting. It is very strong and for me a little too powerful, I prefer soft scents like coconut and vanilla. It is a perfect travel size and I'm sure I'll get through it but it wouldn't be my first choice.
  • Leighton Denny Nail Colour in "Maneater" - The packaging for this is a beautifully simple design with a brush that is perfect if you have small nails like me. The black glossy finish is perfect for autumn winter but as we edge into spring this probably wont be the first nail polish I turn to.

And the lifestyle extra this month was a mini Green and Blacks dark chocolate bar, which I've already eaten because I'm a fatty!

If you would like to get your hands on any of these treats or subscribe to a box yourself visit: https://birchbox.co.uk/ 

happiness is a mood, not a destination

Monday, 17 February 2014

Hello blogging world

So here it goes...

I'm Sophia or SophiaWills

I'm 21 and due to graduate Cardiff University with a BSc in Business Management in July (How scary?!) Where has the time gone?! It feels like only yesterday I was sat playing dress up with my best friends and making dens with my Daddy. I live in the wonderful city of Cardiff with 3 of my closest friends in a Uni flat we like to call 'The Nest'. I live near both my parents and am very close to the both of them as well as being super close to my younger brother Miles (he's 14 but I talk about him as though he's 7 - Sorry!). I also have the most adorable puppy in the world - RUDI! And last but not least comes my amazing boyfriend of 2 and a half years, Ryan. He's 24 and a student at Plymouth Uni (150 miles away from me - Wahhhh) and is currently on his placement year ALL the way in Reading. 

I've always had a keen eye for creativity and throughout my time at University my passion for weddings has flourished. I am now looking for jobs in the wonderful world of Wedding and Event planning. To some of you this may sounds like your idea of hell but to me it's more than exciting. What could be better than organising one of the most beautiful days in anybody's life, be it bride, groom or guests.

But the main focus here is beauty and lifestyle. Beauty Blogging has become so popular over the past couple of years and I follow various YouTube bloggers and am constantly stalking the latest makeup products from various cosmetic companies. I am also a subscriber to Glossy Box UK and Birchbox UK, which I will do unboxing blogs for all of you to have a little nose at. For me, I used to only ever wear a tiny bit of mascara and a winged eyeliner (a must have of mine since 2007/08). But since my time at Uni and having the luxury of a student loan and various jobs, my makeup collection has grown by huge amounts. Although, after seeing some bloggers makeup collections mine looks pretty measly

So here I go, writing about all things beauty and lifestyle, with a few extras thrown in. 
I hope you enjoy.

happiness is a mood, not a destination