All Candles Wholesale are a fab website to buy cheap/bulk packs of candles. They have such an amazing range to pick from, so whether you want a few its for around the house or are planning a wedding or party they have something for you!

This cute set comes with a reed diffuser and a candle, the perfect treat for yourself or gift for someone. The scent I went for is lily and bamboo. There are 5 other scents to pick from for this set:

Ceder wood & vanilla

Jamine & vetiver

Kiwi & beramot

Petitgrain & sandalwood

Pomegranate & mango

It is great value at £21.55 as both products are great quality and it comes presented in a beautiful box.

I love the scent, you can smell it as soon as you open the box! Was really impressed with the size of the products too.

Sarah x

I am always changing my hair colour and it is always fun to do but this time I wanted to change things up a bit and try hair extensions.

I have tried a wig and clip in extensions from Hair grade before but didn’t realise they did tape ins. The ones I tried were the wvl tape in hair extensions – 20 pieces / 4cm wide. You can get these in a variety of colours but I went for a light blonde so they were a good base to dye.

I will be showing you the steps I took. This is my hair before I did anything:

I had been trying to fade out my existing colours and you can see there was still a lot of colours in there and my roots needed doing. I always just use a box blonde to do my roots and drag it down slightly to lighten the ends if needed.

I didn’t need to go white blonde I just needed to get the brown out and bleach it to a mid/light blonde.

I then split my hair ready to dye it. I wanted to dye the top colours first before fitting the extensions.

I mixed up the colours and put them in plastic pots all ready to go.

I then used the pink and purple as the top two shades and dyed my natural hair.

It was then time to move on to the extensions. They were so soft and long and I was really impressed with them. I went for three packs but only ended up using 2 and a half but I have really thick hair and a lot of it so I think most people would just need two packs.

The top of the extensions have the tape strip attached. I was concerned about dying the tops so instead I used permanent marker to colour them in so I wouldn’t have to try and dye them.

It didn’t take too long to fit these extensions and they were very easy to use. You sandwich a piece of your own hair in between two extensions so once they are fitted the sticky strips are back to back with the sticky holding them in place with each other and your natural hair.

Once they were fitted I made sure they were all secure and then went on to split my hair in two again and finish dying my hair and the extensions. It was a lot easier to dye them in my hair so I could blend them better.

I am so pleased with the final result and I feel like a mermaid. Tape ins should be better than clip ins as they will fade at the same rate and I can re-dye them when needed. I didn’t put them too near my hairline so I can still tie my hair up and you cannot see where they are taped in.

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Have you tried hair extensions before? What type have you tried?

Sarah x

I love trying hair care products but there are a lot I don’t try as they are aimed for shorter hair/different styles to what I have so my husband has been trying the new Structure by Joico range and is sharing his thoughts:

GLUE “for a fierce style that lasts” – better suited to shorter hair, sold and robust hold and easy to apply.

SHAPER “subtle, natural looking textured style that holds yet remains flexible” – soft texture, easy to use and you can reshape through the day without leaving residue.

BEACH “tousled salty beachy waves” – the opposite to the glue, better suited for longer hair that wants the wavy beach look. It is quite light and leaves the hair soft and manageable.

STYLEMAKER “soft, shapeable touchable hold and a style natural shine” – easy to apply as it sprays on and you can reshape it. It leaves your hair flexible and durable.

PASTE “just out of bed, lived in firm style, matte finish” – firm long lasting hold and leaving the hair in position for over 12 hours.

My favourite one to use was the shaper and I will definitely buy another one when I finish it.

Nick

I have a few products from Creative Nature that I have tried over the last few weeks and I am really impressed!

Whole grain banana bread mix

This mix is organic, gluten free, nut free, dairy free and soya free so amazing for anyone vegan or with allergies. There are clear instructions on the back of what else you need to add and there are two different recipes depending on if you want to stick to them being vegan or if you want to add butter and egg. This is great as it gives you a choice and I think it is fab you can make it vegan and dairy free if you want.

We always end up with really ripe bananas in our house so that was handy to use them up. The instructions are super easy and you literally just need to add bananas and dairy free spread or bananas, butter and egg. You can also add a little cinnamon if you wanted.

They also do a great range of superfood bars. The ones I tried were:

Cacao orange

Ginger Teatox

Goji goodness

All of these are gluten free, dairy free, soya free, peanut free and vegan. I think it is great that a lot of vegan things are now gluten free and peanut free so they appeal to more people as a lot of people struggle with allergies and can find it difficult finding tasty snacks.

The cacao orange one was my favourite, I love anything chocolate orange! These bars are handy to take in your bag as a snack or keep in your desk drawer. I really like bars like this as they are a lot better for you than snacking on crisps or a bar of chocolate.

Pink Himalayan salt

This salt can be used for so many things. You can use it to season food, as a relaxing bath salt or mix it up with something to make a body scrub.

A lot of people use this salt to season food and I have really enjoyed having this in the kitchen. As I got half way through I decided it was time to move it to the bathroom and I have had a couple of relaxing baths using this a bath salt and it has been lovely!

Sarah x

When you want to upgrade the look of your backyard, but you don’t have enough money to spend on expensive services, you hold back. Creativity can never be sacrificed for the sake of money and upgrading your backyard as per your choice doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to spend big bucks and neither it is time-consuming. Little tweaks in your home backyard can make a big difference to the overall look of your backyard. When you look at the makeover tv shows, you envy the look of your backyard and really want it in your house. Here are a few projects you can take on to upgrade your backyard even on a small budget.

1. Install an Espaliered Tree

Espaliered trees are very common and a cheap mean to decorate your backyard with the greens. It’s a cheap plant that makes up a good fence. Espaliered trees take time to grow into the pattern. Then you can train it to grow into the shape you want it to grow. It can give beauty to a blank wall to create different shapes.

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2. Install a Feet Washing Frame

Your feet get dirty with all the soil and dirt after enjoying in your backyard. You don’t want those dirty feet in your house. Adding a feet washer with a waterproof frame can add beauty to your backyard. Pipe or a shower to make all the muck and mud go away is helpful. For décor, you can add flat stones which will feel good under your feet. Don’t forget to place a doormat to rub the wet feet off and into the house.

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3. Vertical Gardening

Vertical gardening is considered by many people when they don’t have much space in their backyard and really want to upgrade their garden. Vertical gardening is cost-effective and easy-to-maintain. They make most of the small space and you can use recycled material to build it as well.

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4. Repainting the Yard

You can make your yard to look modern by painting it with vibrant colors. Walls, chairs, tables and other stuff in your backyard might need some touchup. Painting is the most cost-effective way of making changes to your backyard. Make use of old paints that may have been left and use them to your advantage to keep yourself in the budget even more.

5. Repair Instead of Replacing

Replacing your outdoor supplies can cost you a lot. You may not even consider it when you are on a budget. Simple fixes for your furniture can help you revive them in a way that is as good as new. DIY techniques sure do a lot of help.

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6. Artificial Grass

Artificial grass has been debated on whether it is the most cost-effective product for your backyard. It would seem that although, artificial turf is quite expensive, it is a long term investment for your backyard. It doesn’t need any watering or gardening maintenance cost, neither will it get withered nor get rooted out. The recent development has included polymers and nylons which make this artificial turf look very close to the real grass.

Sarah x