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WISHLIST: February’s Fancies and Image Overhaul.

February 4, 2014

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Revlon ColourBurst Matte Lip Balm £7.99 (on 3 for 2) – Boots | Pastel White Mini Satchel £6 – Primark

Lavish Alice Mint Green Pointed Collar Dress £41.99 – Ark | ALLSORTS Chelsea Boots £45 – Topshop | Retro Patterned Co-Ord Set £19.59 – Choies

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Review: Prairie Charms Mystery Box.

January 13, 2014

On Boxing Day, I spotted a tweet (I spot many-a-tweet, often comes as a side effect of having no life) from Prairie Charms about a mystery box deal that they were working on: pay a measly fiver and receive a mystery set of goodies worth over £30+. Now, I’m a capitalist wet dream: anything to do with offer, sale, on the cheap, I’m on it like my life depends on it (and weirdly enough, it never does), so I jumped on the opportunity to get involved with the scheme. A couple of days back, I received my parcel and quickly got to work tearing it up, to find: two large floral hairbows, a small glittery red bow and some coloured hair ties that absolutely baffled me (thanks for clearing that up, Stephanie!).

I’ll give you a run through of each product but, on the whole, I’m happy with my purchases and will definitely have to keep an eye on Prairie Charms.

  • Floral Bows – usually £10 a piece:

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Flippin’ Nora, trying to get those shots was a bicep workout and a half. These are my favourite pieces out of the bunch and, in all absolute candid honesty, the only ones that I’ll probably wear on any sort of regular basis. This isn’t any reflection on the brand, simply down to personal preference: I wouldn’t have necessarily picked the other two products – but I’ll let you read about those in a minute. These bows are nice and versatile, attached to a long elastic which – I’m assuming – can either be used as a hair tie or a head band, but I think I’d look a right nonce with a bow sticking out of the front of my fringe. I’d definitely buy one of these again – I’m already eyeing up their pale blue heart-dotted number…

  • Teensy Tiny Red Glitter Bow – usually £9

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As a predominant lover of chunky hair ties, this little baby bow looks slightly daft on my head right now. I want to love it – it’s crafted nicely, it’s aesthetically pleasing when it isn’t sized up to the wonky ratio it creates with my big head – but it really needs to be bigger given how long and thick my hair is. Again, I can’t particularly blame Prairie Charms for this, they didn’t get to witness the bird’s nest that my hair is before sending out my package.

  • Hair Ties – usually £7

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At first, these just absolutely dumbfounded me: what are they, why are they? According to Prairie Charms themselves, who explained it all to me: they create these thinner ties in order to prevent snagging and to make them generally easier to use. I’m all for this but, as an avid black bobble fan – due to my jet black barnet – I don’t think I’ll be getting much use out of these. That purple one is definitely growing on me, though…

All in all, I’m still glad that I opted for this deal – I feel I’ve definitely got my money’s worth from even one of the bows. If you want to check out more of their pieces, have a gander at: Prairie Charms.

December Wishlist.

December 14, 2013

Okay, this is going to be a wishlist post but, despite it being the glorious month of Christmas, I’m not going to make this a Christmas wishlist (though family members: I wouldn’t say no to these *cough cough*). Fortunately of late, I’ve been offered a number of freelance projects which, after my recent run-in with a ‘Manchester’-based Elance client who turned out to be from Nigeria (and, oddly enough, a bonafide con artist), has been blissful to both my mental well-being and my bank account. Here’s what has me a-dribblin’ this month (most of it is still painfully out of my budget, don’t fret):

  • Alexa for Eyeko – Eyeliner and Mascara Set – £35: Which came first, the love for liquid eyeliner, or the love for Alexa Chung? I will never know, but do I know that most of us fashion-types will jump at anything that Alexa Chung has even raised a perfectly-gelled brow at. After spending about three quarters of the year fighting with an endlessly running out Rimmel liquid liner, I think it’s finally time to treat myself to this beauty. And if I walk out the house looking even 1/1,000th like Miss Chung, that surely can’t hurt. It claims to nourish and thicken lashes with prolonged usage, which is an interesting concept. Truly, I couldn’t give a crap – as long as it’s blacker than my namesake and stays in one place, I’m sound.

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REVIEW: L’Oreal Préférence Mousse Absolue in Natural Darkest Brunette.

June 16, 2013

Back to my namesake ‘Ebony’ locks, not a moment too soon. Being born with jet black hair and having it slowly fade over time from the sun and whatnot, I’m forever popping the darkest dark brown hair dyes on that I can – just to top up the colour without making it look like a weird black wig. If you’re a fan of super dark hair too, you might be aware of the weird bold all-over colour that comes with using jet black dyes: it’s always better to use a really dark brown one so it remains multi-tonal. And this dye has it all:

This revolutionary product allows you to apply your base dye in one application and then, if you have medium/short length hair, there will be enough in the bottle for you to reuse it for top ups or root applications. Due to its clever double cylinder design, you don’t have to faff about with the usual chemistry lesson of mixing all the lotions and potions together (which can often go wrong if you’re as dippy as me, and has in the past), instead just using the pump to apply straight on. This makes for a quick and easy hair dye session! If you have short hair, the box says there is enough formula for two applications and a root touch-up; medium length is enough for one application and a root touch-up and long hair is just one application in a box. I was pretty dubious about this claim, given that my hair is past boob-length and generally, one box of hair dye is never enough and I come out looking like a patchy bastard. However, I was pleasantly surprised: it covered the entirety of my thick mop consistently and came out great.

One issue that I would have with the reusable aspect is, if you’re going to be wanting to use it again: tread very carefully whilst applying. Once it was done, the bottle was covered with dye – so you may want some baby/make-up wipes on hand to wash it all off before you store it for next time. Incredibly, and almost dubiously, L’oreal claim that you can keep the hair dye indefinitely for your next application – which is brilliant if you have short hair, I could imagine it transpiring to be highly cost-effective! Speaking of, get down to Superdrug: the hair dye is currently on offer for £8.99, instead of the usual £10.99 price. If you’re looking to buy other beauty products in your next shop, however, I’d suggest Boots as the hair dye is currently included in their ‘Buy-one-get-one-half-price’ offer, but it’s at the full price of £10.99 there. I’m tempted to stock up on them, given they apparently never go ‘off’ or ‘weird’!

The next part of my little hair transformation is that I’ve bought some white-blonde streak extension pieces on eBay that I’m going to dye pastel mint green and pop into my hair for a colour injection, every now and again. The main irk for people with dark hair is that it’s nearly impossible to go white blonde and then brightly coloured without making an absolute pigsty of your hair’s condition. So I’m just going to dye some random Russian woman’s hair and clip it onto my hair instead…

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ELNfashion.com Opening Online Shop?

May 30, 2013

After my exams, I’m going to be revealing a little shop on ELNfashion.com – which’ll mainly revolve around DIY pieces like handbands/crowns/floral hairpieces/custom made clothing. Above is a little sneak peek of what’s to come.

Offer: Buy the first crown for £15 by commenting below, emailing or tweeting me @Ebzo (RRP £22.50)! If you’d like to order a crown or a hair piece in your preferred colour, drop me an email at elnfashionandbeauty@gmail.com. First 5 orders get 10% off and free P&P

And here’s what I made earlier…

Do you like them? Let me know what you think!

Follow me on Twitter @Ebzo for updates!

May Empties.

May 26, 2013

I’ve never done an ’empties’ post before, probably  due to the fact that I’m a sketchy individual and have a lot of beauty commitment issues – but for the first time I’ve noticed, I have a handful of products that I’ve actually managed to get through.

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Haircut and American Apparel Dress Review.

May 1, 2013

Today has been an absolutely unfruitful yet quietly productive day: I finally got my absolutely monstrously dyed hair coloured by a professional and the first half of my American Apparel order finally turned up. Oh and I didn’t write a single word towards my imminent Creative Writing deadline, but that’s tomorrow’s fun and games. Now, if anyone knows me in reality and has had the misfortune of seeing my hair, or the balls to just say ‘Ebony, what the hell did you do?’ of late, you’ll know that my hair has recently been an amalgamation of brown/ginger/black. Yeah… hot stuff. Here’s a little before image and a sorry explanation of ‘what the hell I did’:

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The Hairstyles To Be Wearing This Summer.

April 13, 2013

Spring/Summer is a pretty broad wash for different hair styles this year, so I thought I’d collate the ‘It’ styles from various fashion inspirations and influences flying around at present. And me? Well, I’m still hooked on a picture I saw in a Glamour issue recently: long, copper-toned with a full fringe – now I’ve just got to wait for my damn Student Loan to come through and it’ll be mine!

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Parlux 3800 Eco-Friendly Hair Dryer Review (Thanks to SheSaidBeauty!)

September 5, 2012

Twitter is brilliant for competitions. Since joining, I have entered a decent amount and, thus far, I’ve won two sets of gig tickets and now a rather snazzy hair dryer and brush set, thanks to Parlux and SheSaidBeauty! The latter is a reasonably new company who sell subscription beauty boxes – as reviewed here, who also have a really cool social media/networking function where you can review your favourite beauty products, share your blog posts and check out the picks of other users. I love it! Here’s a review of the lovely gift I received, in which I’ll remain completely unbiased so I give you a proper idea of the product!

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This Week’s Haul Reviews.

September 4, 2012

This week I got bored of my weirdly multi-tonal dark brown hair and decided to go back to black. Namely in a bid for people to stop thinking that my name is Lauren and that Ebony is just a bizarre nickname I use to make myself seem dark and mysterious. I decided to try Nice & Easy’s Colour Blend Foam (accidentally in Permanent) in Black. I bought two boxes from ASDA as they were reduced to £5 each and I’ve only used one thus far – though my hair is about 2% patchy so I may have to re-do soon.

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Ebony. 25. Manchester.
Marketing Manager who likes to mouth off on here about stuff she cares about. Expect mental health, Borderline Personality Disorder, and reviews - from restaurants, to books, to fashion. Talks to cats more than people, but seemingly has a lot to say.
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