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Review: GHD Pink Cherry Blossom Styler

Back in 2004, I was working at a building society in their mortgage department during my year in industry. There was another temp there and one lunchtime (Friday, of course, since that’s when we got paid), she disappeared into town and came back with a set of GHD’s. When she told me she’d spent £100 on them, I was amazed anyone would spend so much on a hair tool. It seemed like such a waste of money to me – my hair was pretty straight anyway, and you could buy straighteners for £20/£30 in Boots.

A few weeks later, I was at a friends house getting ready for a night out with her flat mates, and one of them had GHD’s. She asked if I wanted my hair straightening, and I said fine, why not.

I knew I had to have my own pair. My hair wasn’t just sort of straight, it was straight, glossy, and felt smooth. I was still receiving student loan payments (a half loan since I was earning, but still studying) and as soon as the Easter payment hit my account, I ran down to Essentuals on the Triangle and picked up my own set.

After 8 years use, my GHD’s are starting to show their age. They don’t like to sit on the desk on that side. The cord hisses a bit if it’s held a certain way. But damn it, they still work. I resent replacing things that still work, even if they’re slightly unsafe.

GHD contacted me a few weeks ago and offered me a new pair of straighteners, with the challenge to do an hairstyle for a special occasion. What could be more special than Sarah’s birthday? As you already saw, Sarah’s birthday was circus themed, so my hair had to fit in with my costume.

Unfortunately, with all the work that Sarah put me to do, I ended up with very little time to get ready (people were already arriving as we were finishing up!) so a brief brush of the hair and a bit of make up slicked on was all I could manage. (It was still an AWESOME night though. Especially the cakes. They were well iced.)

I recieved the Pink Cherry Blossom styler which (as you can guess by the name, and see!) are a pretty black set with bright pink plates and accents. As I’ve said previously, I prefer to go for items that donate money towards charity where I can, and these would have been the ones I would have chosen for myself, with £10 going to Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

They come in a pretty case, which isn’t just pretty but also is heat resistant, so you can put your straighteners away straight away without the danger of stepping on them. (We’ve all done it) The case is also very roomy, so you can squish in a can of hairspray and a few other tools when you go away. One thing that I was particulary excited about was the auto switch off feature – back in the day, this hadn’t been invented so I was always worried that I had left my straigheners on all day and would burn down the house. (Surprisingly, in the many years of using my old straigheners, I only did this once that I can remember. And nothing was burnt.) Another brilliant thing that these do is that they are now a universal voltage – I was surprised and disappointed when I went to America a few years ago and realised that my straigheners couldn’t heat up enough to straighten my hair.

(Oh, and the colour scheme even goes down to the little glowing logo on the switch, which also beeps at you when its ready to use.)

I didn’t think that I needed a new pair, because my old ones still worked fine, but after using these a few times, I can see that the old ones were losing it a bit. Instead of clamping down hard and dragging the straigheners across my hair, these seem to glide through, and seem to make my hair even straighter than before. My hair even feels smoother than before – I’m not sure if this is all down to the GHD’s, but I don’t think they hurt!

If your GHD’s are starting to give it up a bit, invest in a new set. You won’t regret it.

(Looking for the matching hairdryer? Check out my review!)

Aussie Angels and the Eye

I’ve already posted about the excellent parcel that Aussie sent to all of their Angels, and I briefly mentioned the invite to join other Angels on the London Eye for Bonfire Night. I was seriously excited – I love the events I’ve been to with Aussie, and I’d never been on the Eye.

After meeting up with Maria, Danni and Sherin at the hotel where a few of us were staying, we headed over to the Eye to meet up with the other Angels. Sarah was running so late, I was worried we were going to end up leaving her behind!

We managed to pile into a pod (I’m not a fan of how the pod was slowly moving and you had to leap in…I was wearing my favourite heels (which never get worn enough) with a new black and sparkly dress I bought the day before with some dressing room help from Twitter.

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Lets pretend here that I’m pulling a silly face on purpose with lovely Fi

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Champs was of course served on the pod

The obligatory shot of Big Ben

I had been really been excited about seeing fireworks over Big Ben, but because the weather hadn’t been that good, there wasn’t really a lot of fireworks in Central London. Boo!

County Hall looked very different from the last time I saw it when my lovely friends Alec and Suz got married

Once we had gone around the Eye twice, we all hopped off and headed towards the road. We were supposed to be going to a club in Covent Garden which even I knew would involve a bit of a walk. Once we reached the road though, we saw two stretch limo Hummers. Everyone squealed, and piled into them. In our limo, we were all giggling and Amy suggested we have a hashtag for the night – which is how#yummyhummer was born.

There was a competition on the night for the girl with the best hair (or something…things got a bit fuzzy if I’m honest) and er, long story short, I won. YAY.

I had popped in a Bump It (I managed to resist spending £10 on them in Asda and instead bought them for about £2 on eBay (from this seller) and then after battling with mousse, hairspray and spray gel (all Aussie of course – I seem to have accumulated most of the product line!), I resorted to my old uni up do. Pull random strips of hair, roll, pin. (I just realised that this picture still shows some blonde, aaah, I can’t dye my hair properly at all!)

My prize was a curling wand (already commandeered by the Wife to do her sister in laws wedding hair!), a champagne spa day at the Sanctuary in Covent Garden, a red fluffy Topshop snoody scarf thing (so cosy and warm!) and some Max Factor makeup. I can’t wait to go to the spa, I’ve never been to a proper one before!

I had such a great night, it was amazing to be able to go to such a brilliant event, and see lots of the girls I chat to every day. Thank you Aussie and 1000Heads as ever, I’m always in awe of what you think of next!

(Pictures borrowed from Harriet, Sarah and 1000Heads, because I ignored the thought that my SLR would be better and instead took my compact camera with me which decided to throw a hissy fit. Damn you Sony.)

Bits and That

I’ve been lacking in blogging mojo since my birthday, and it SUCKS. Theres been things happening, and I just can’t put it as a blog post. Hmm. So here are all the little bits all gathered up together for your entertainment. Hopefully.

I went to Primark to look for some new work clothes, I came out with three dresses, a skirt, a cardi (exactly the same as one I already had and lost between Bristol and Chester while going to my sisters wedding), three pairs of wooly tights (so much love for them) and some over knee socks (which actually fit my legs. If only I could wear them out the house)

Mmm, so much food. L-R, we have one of the limited edition cookies and creme Krispy Kreme (YUM), a Verve set with two glasses (I’d like this please, thanks), real American Mountain Dew (delicious chemicals), Dominos (it was cold, because the people who run our local franchise are actually stupid) pizza of half New Yorker and half Texas BBQ which created a meat mountain (I wasn’t allowed a veggie half) and our booze cupboard with 4 different gins.

This is the sight I wake up to on a weekend morning – the dog lying on my chest staring at me. Its quite creepy. Also, heres why I try to schedule any parcels to come at the weekend – because the dog has a bit of a thing for shredding things that you want, like magazines and “Sorry You Were Out” cards. Ugh.

Finally, I dyed my hair! Its darker than this at the moment, but its…nice. I think. Everyone says it suits me, but I’m still not used to it – I go to the bathroom at work and shock myself with my reflection!

So how are you?

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