Xtava curling wand review

My hair is naturally straight so a bit of curling wand can give it a volume and style sometimes. It’s my first time to try xtava brand. It comes on it own packaging which looks presentable and would make a great gift.

The pack content included a travelling bag, heat resistant glove to protect your skin from getting burn. Everything you need to know is in the user manual. The wand or barrel appeared to be a bit thick compare to other curling wand. This is the only thing I can fault because it’s difficult to reach the back of your hair especially if you have a short length.

You can turn it on & off at the middle button and you can control the temperature with the left and right arrow button. The temperature does heat up quickly. It does provide a good quality of curl which is nice. I thought it’s a good value of money for its price of £20 at Amazon ( price at time of this review ) I’m pleased with this product and would definitely recommend it. Check out my video review on YouTube.

Disclaimer : I was sent the xtava curling wand for the purpose of this review. However, all thoughts and opinion are my own.

Throw A FANGTASTIC Halloween Bash

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Halloween is only a few weeks away, and many of us are running to the supermarkets to buy the perfect pumpkin to carve, plenty of candy for trick or treaters… and of course decorations for a party! Planning parties can be a little stressful, but mostly fun because you get to play around with idea and be as creative as you want.

The secret to throwing the spookiest party you can is to first plan the following things:

· Date and Time

· Who’s Invited

· Theme

· Scary or Fun?

· Food Options

The easiest place to hold a party is at home. You can decorate your whole house to feel like a haunted house, knock up some scary recipes in your cozy plan kitchen rand make the most of playing hostess for the night. You will be able to create the perfect ambience for your SPOOKTACULAR and keep all of your guests entertained!

To really add to the creepy atmosphere of a Halloween bash, why not hold it in your garden? You can set up a gazebo and hang up skeletons on the trees to scare people as they approach the house.

Some simple treats you could make can include:

· Jack Skellington Oreo Pops

· Spooky S’Mores Dip (paint the marshmallows to look like ghosts)

· Ladies Fingers (Sponge fingers and Jelly)

· Witches Cauldron Punch

Once you’ve decided on everything you want to create for your Halloween bash and who you’d like to invite, it’s time to decide whether you want a theme or not. Themed parties are fun and take everyone back to their childhoods, so this is a great option for you and will help you decide what kind of decorations and games to play.

GHOST : The simplest theme you can have involves everyone dressing up as a ghost. It could be a full glow in the dark costume or an old bed sheet, the choice is yours.

MOVIE MONSTERS : There have been some very iconic horror movies in the last few decades, and giving your guests free reign might give you some fun surprises. Someone will no doubt dress up as Pennywise, and don’t be shocked if you see a few Dracula’s and Freddy Krueger’s around.

CLOWNS! : If you don’t like clowns (we don’t blame you) then this theme is not for you. The theme is broad so you could end up with some cute, fun clowns and some that look downright evil.

VAMPIRES : Excusing Twilight from the list, vampires can be menacing and evil creatures. A vampire theme would involve lots of bats, coffins and BLOOD (strawberry sauce or wine for the adults)

ANCIENT EGYPT : Egypt is full to the brim of mythical creatures, Pharaohs and Mummies to make for a colourful and crazy party. Just make sure that you make room for some pyramids in the backyard.

MOVIE PARTY: Movies are always a great choice for a party. You could go for a magical Harry Potter theme, choose something more galactic like Star Wars, or even go full Superhero and have a Marvel theme

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Colour Freedom Hair Dye!!

Last year we dyed Bethany’s hair at the start of the summer, that way she can have it bright and colourful and we have plenty of time for it to wash out before school starts up. This year she asked to dye it again, I think it’s becoming a bit of a tradition!

We use the Colour Freedom hair dyes from Superdrug, the ones we have are Pink Pizazz and Mystic Purple. I chose these as they don’t have any harsh chemicals or peroxides in and last 6-10 washes which is perfect for us. They also produce lovely bright colours and are really easy to apply and “play with”. The colours I used were from last years tubes, storing them a year, while open hasn’t effected them at all. 

Bethany is fairly blonde to start with, so I don’t need to lighten her hair before applying, last year I applied pink to the tips and purple further up so she had an ombré effect, this year she wanted pink tips and 2 purple streaks. 

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As always it came out looking great!!


So much so I did mine too, what do you think?!


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How to make it fun to wear eye glasses 


I started wearing prescription glasses when I learnt to drive. It’s a necessity that I have had no choice but to learn to accept that it’s a part of my everyday life now.

I’m happy that I can now see clearly but I feel like there is a lot of reasons not to love it. 


First is when taking pictures, you can see reflection on eyeglasses and that I can’t show the beauty of my eyes anymore unless I remove them for every picture.

Next is that it’s so annoying when it’s raining as you get drops on them plus if the heater is on during the winter it gets blurry.

And if I go swimming, I can’t take them off otherwise i can’t see well but it means I can’t swim underwater because if they get wet it’s blurry as well so I can’t really enjoy swimming. 


Most of all, I feel like I can’t style them. I really want hair accessories but since becoming a spectacle wearer, I just tie my hair back. I like headbands and other bow and hair clips but I feel like it won’t suit me.

I have asked my fellow blogger how to make it fun to wear glasses. Here is what they have to say:

I think just wear your hair or clothes as you would when you’re not wearing your glasses. I wear a mixture of contact lenses and glasses, depending on my mood each day, but I wouldn’t dress any differently when wearing my glasses. You can also get so many fashion frames now, much more of a huge choice to when I first had to wear glasses 20 years ago, that you can incorporate your style into your glasses frames 🙂 www.lyliarose. 

I’m totally with you on this one! I much prefer to wear my contacts for this reason! For me, I tend to only wear my hair down when I’ve got my glasses on, even if slightly clipped away from my face. Also don’t forget the eye make up, as that seems to make a BIG difference to how I feel! http://AllThingsSpliced.co.uk

I struggle with mine too – I’m a -6.5 prescription which means my glasses make my eyes look really small even with thinner lenses. I tend to wear my contacts mainly for this reason (and the fact I can see the ‘edges’ which you can’t with glasses) earrings look awful on me if I have glasses on, things just clash. If you are short sighted then wearing eye makeup that opens up your eyes and makes them look bigger works best (outer eyeliner and a pale colour on the waterline) where’s long sighted glasses wearers can balance things out by wearing a darker colour on the water line to make the eyes look a little smaller. Personally I find I look better with my hair up with my glasses on, but I think everyone is different there. Www.arthurwears.com

I just do what I’d do if I wasn’t wearing them. They’re just part of me. I also like to think of myself as having some sexy geek chic thing going on! Probably totally off, but it’s what I tell myself!! Www.bobsysmum.co.uk

What it's like to be a spectacle wearer? My new eye glasses from specsavers 

The difference of having with or without glasses.

I decided to start wearing glasess when I realised I couldn’t read the plate number of the car when I was asked at my first driving practical exam. That’s when I found out that I needed a prescription eyeglasses. Although, during my school year I have always wanting to sit near the classroom blackboard to see the writing. It never appeared to me that I was short sighted. Even when people at a long distance wave at me that I don’t seems to notice them and I end up ignoring them. I never thought that at such an early age my eyes can’t see clearly. I just ignored everything and just carry on with life even reading book in a poor light place. I remember when I was young that my grandmother use to warn me not to read when it’s dark bcos it’s not good for my eyesight. 

Now being a spectacle wearer, at first it seems weird and I hate it sometimes. I thought I look ugly with my eye glasses especially when taking pictures. The flash or the light will reflect on my eye glasses. I have to remove them and it’s also annoying when we have to go swimming. If I remove them it’s blurred but if I wear them, they are no good either when they get wet. One more thing is that when it raining and there is a steam on my glasses and can’t see a thing if it’s get wet. I wish I don’t have to wear glasses if I’m being honest, summer always left me with a mark of my eye glasses on my face if I get more darker. Also wearing make up can be difficult as my mascara will smudge  into my glasses. One more thing, being a spectacle wearer is that I can’t really style my hair with headbands or any accessories as I have to consider my eyeglasses. I feel like there is so much limitation when wearing a glasses but it’s so important with my eyesight. Without them everything is blurred. 

Now I can’t live without them hence I was gutted when I accidentally broke my glasses,  as I end up using my prescription sunglasses indoors and at night time for a few days. That’s because without prescription glasses everything is blurred. I look like a weird person wearing them when it’s raining or dark outside. I even use them while doing food shopping at the supermarket and few people stare at me wondering why am I wearing a sunglasses lol 

Spectacle shopping is hard…especially choosing the right style that will match the shape of my face.
Choosing the right glasses as well can be difficult which always took me longer. It’s the hardest shopping trip for me compare to any sorts of shopping. Specsavers staff were very helpful in helping me find the right pair. They are very hands on and let me choose what I want and took a picture of all the glasses while I was trying them. Based on those pictures I was able to choose what I like best. So in the end, I bought this new glasses which is 2 for £69 and I think they look cool as well except I don’t feel comfortable with them. They seems a bit tight and hurts against the back of my ear and leave mark on the upper side part of my nose. However, it’s nice to know that I can always go back to specsavers to have it adjusted. 


I’m pleased with my new glases in terms of quality, style and price. I just wish I could bear using contact lenses. I Might have to be more creative these days to enjoy using and styling my spectacle. I believe that we can all look good in many different ways. I might as well try to be a spectacle model myself who knows lol  😉

So, what do you think of my new eye glasses? Which one do you prefer? Do you wear eye glases? If so share with me how do you style them. 

What it’s like to be a spectacle wearer? My new eye glasses from specsavers 

The difference of having with or without glasses.

I decided to start wearing glasess when I realised I couldn’t read the plate number of the car when I was asked at my first driving practical exam. That’s when I found out that I needed a prescription eyeglasses. Although, during my school year I have always wanting to sit near the classroom blackboard to see the writing. It never appeared to me that I was short sighted. Even when people at a long distance wave at me that I don’t seems to notice them and I end up ignoring them. I never thought that at such an early age my eyes can’t see clearly. I just ignored everything and just carry on with life even reading book in a poor light place. I remember when I was young that my grandmother use to warn me not to read when it’s dark bcos it’s not good for my eyesight. 

Now being a spectacle wearer, at first it seems weird and I hate it sometimes. I thought I look ugly with my eye glasses especially when taking pictures. The flash or the light will reflect on my eye glasses. I have to remove them and it’s also annoying when we have to go swimming. If I remove them it’s blurred but if I wear them, they are no good either when they get wet. One more thing is that when it raining and there is a steam on my glasses and can’t see a thing if it’s get wet. I wish I don’t have to wear glasses if I’m being honest, summer always left me with a mark of my eye glasses on my face if I get more darker. Also wearing make up can be difficult as my mascara will smudge  into my glasses. One more thing, being a spectacle wearer is that I can’t really style my hair with headbands or any accessories as I have to consider my eyeglasses. I feel like there is so much limitation when wearing a glasses but it’s so important with my eyesight. Without them everything is blurred. 

Now I can’t live without them hence I was gutted when I accidentally broke my glasses,  as I end up using my prescription sunglasses indoors and at night time for a few days. That’s because without prescription glasses everything is blurred. I look like a weird person wearing them when it’s raining or dark outside. I even use them while doing food shopping at the supermarket and few people stare at me wondering why am I wearing a sunglasses lol 

Spectacle shopping is hard…especially choosing the right style that will match the shape of my face.
Choosing the right glasses as well can be difficult which always took me longer. It’s the hardest shopping trip for me compare to any sorts of shopping. Specsavers staff were very helpful in helping me find the right pair. They are very hands on and let me choose what I want and took a picture of all the glasses while I was trying them. Based on those pictures I was able to choose what I like best. So in the end, I bought this new glasses which is 2 for £69 and I think they look cool as well except I don’t feel comfortable with them. They seems a bit tight and hurts against the back of my ear and leave mark on the upper side part of my nose. However, it’s nice to know that I can always go back to specsavers to have it adjusted. 


I’m pleased with my new glases in terms of quality, style and price. I just wish I could bear using contact lenses. I Might have to be more creative these days to enjoy using and styling my spectacle. I believe that we can all look good in many different ways. I might as well try to be a spectacle model myself who knows lol  😉

So, what do you think of my new eye glasses? Which one do you prefer? Do you wear eye glases? If so share with me how do you style them. 

Dreaming Of A Mattress That Isn’t A Nightmare? Here’s What To Do

There are so many things that homeowners think about before a mattress. ‘Oh, I would love to redecorate the kitchen, and the living room is next whenever I get the chance!’ These types of statements are commonplace, yet no one seems to worry about a bed until it is too late. Sorry to say it, but this way of thinking is a mistake. A mattress and the bed overall has an impact on everything from sleep to body issues such as a bad back. So, if it isn’t up to standard, your quality of life will begin to decline.

As you can see, placing more emphasis on a mattress is a logical and important move. But, before you can give yourself a pat on the back, there is another issue: choosing correctly. If you have never bothered before, your knowledge and experience might be amateurish to say the least. Plus, there are so many different varieties to choose from. Thankfully, there is no need to make an error with the following tips.

Here is how to pick a mattress of your dreams and avoid the nightmares. 

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Research Online First

There is so much info to digest that it’s important to get a head start before you walk into a shop and flash your credit card. Indeed, a lack of research is how people end up lying on a bed that doesn’t suit their needs. An issue that you will find is that it’s hard to locate any unbiased sources. Most information on the internet is all from companies which are sellers, so they have a vested interest.

The good news is that there are resources which don’t have an agenda and are trustworthy. To begin with, experts like The Better Sleep Council only care about providing people with the stats that are conducive to a good night’s sleep. Simply put, they won’t try to sell you anything so aren’t worried about hitting targets or commission. Another good resource is previous customers. Like you, they are normal people attempting to navigate the industry. As a result, their opinions and tips are invaluable.

Ask A Medical Professional 

Although it may seem this way, the World Wide Web isn’t today’s only source of information. Yep, as shocking as it sounds, it is possible to find things out by speaking to people. Walking up to the first person you see and asking for their advice isn’t a good idea. However, booking an appointment to see a medical professional is a savvy move. GPs have a wealth of knowledge on almost every subject and will be able to answer the majority of your questions. If they can’t, a doctor should point you in the direction of a specialist. Again, medical experts are excellent resources as they only have your well-being at heart.


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Be Wary Of Jargon

Mattress suppliers aren’t stupid. They understand that certain buzzwords carry a lot of weight for customers, which is why they add them on whenever possible. For example, it isn’t uncommon to come across a bed that states it’s ‘medically approved.’ Like most non-specialists, this will suddenly make one item more desirable than another. After all, who doesn’t want to sleep on a mattress which has been poked and prodded by scientists? Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a medically approved bed. When you think about it rationally, it’s a vague term that can have a variety of meanings. Sure, maybe some boffins in a lab did try the bed out and report their findings. Still, they could be paid by the manufacturer or supplier, and that instantly taints the results. One thing you should know is that there isn’t a neutral or government-led group in the UK. The same goes for terms like ‘orthopaedic.’ As a rule, just be careful when you notice these words on tags or advertisement boards.

Try Before You Buy

The average person thinks that the ‘try before you buy’ tactic only relates to cars. The truth is that you can try anything beforehand. Scratch that – you should try anything before making a purchase. Buying a bed is a big deal because of the potential health impacts and the money. Oh, yes, mattresses do not come cheap. At least by lying on it, it’s possible to make deductions about the quality. Okay, so it isn’t an exact science, yet it’s better than picking one at random and hoping for the best. Mattresses are personal to the individual, so seeing whether it fits is a huge part of bed shopping. A tip: use shops which have an online and high street store. When you browse feather and black mattresses online, you know it’s possible to see in person. Why? It’s because they have physical stores as well as an online shop. Also, check out the warranty and returns policy. If something goes wrong, you want to know a return or replacement is on the cards.

Firm, Medium Or Soft?

Conventional wisdom says that a firm mattress is better for a variety of reasons. The main one is that it is friendlier to your back, so there is less chance of aches and pains. However, it’s worth remembering that this isn’t always the case. In general, people do seem to prefer a firm bed. But, it depends on the situation. Sometimes, softer mattresses are the order of the day because they mould to your body shape. Quite simply, this distributes your weight better and helps avoid injuries while you sleep. Also, comfort is a major part of buying a bed as no one wants to lie on a rock hard double that feels like concrete. So, there has to be a certain amount of flex, and firm mattresses aren’t renowned for this quality. Usually, the best option is the middle ground, which is a medium-firm mattress in this case.

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Buy From A Reputable Brand

Because beds are expensive, it’s tempting to go with a relatively unknown company to reduce costs. The problem with this method of thinking is that it puts the entire transaction at risk. Quite simply, there is no way to know whether the brand is legitimate until you get the mattress home. For most people, this is a huge risk not worth taking. Yes, it is commendable to give smaller companies your custom, and yes there are bargains. But, on the whole, it’s a mistake that often leads to more problems. If the price is a problem, search the branded shops for deals and sales. They don’t come around very often, but they are a godsend when they appear out of nowhere. Plus, the best suppliers also include quality extras like a year long warranty agreement. In the end, you often get more value for your money anyway.

Don’t Let The Cost Get In The Way

Following on from the last paragraph, it is possible to let the value affect the decision-making process. In an attempt to save money, lots of people only consider the cheaper models and dismiss the rest. Although it is essential that you stick to a budget, it’s also important to choose the perfect fit. To do this, you have to forget about the cost for a while and focus on other features. For example, the type of mattress and the firmness are far more important than anything else as they are health-related. The key is to find a make and model that you like, and factor in the cost afterward. Even if it is out of your budget, there are ways to cut the cost. Again, there are sales, or you can search for the same bed elsewhere. Thanks to the Web, there is no shortage of competitors willing to undercut their rivals.

Take Measurements

It is amazing how many people buy a mattress without measuring it first. You shouldn’t need telling, but logging the measurements in your brain is standard stuff. Otherwise, how else will you know if the mattress will fit the bed? In extreme cases, the bed might not even fit through the front door! All it takes is five to ten minutes of your time and it’s over. Then, when you walk into a shop, you know what you’re looking for in every sense of the word. If you want to take it one step further, also calculate the length and width of the front and bedroom doors. The last thing anyone wants is to take the window out to get the mattress into the house. A tip: don’t listen to the sales rep. They will tell you one set of measurements, but gauge it yourself just to be sure. Plus, you get to use the pocket tape you’ve been carrying around.

Unwrap It ASAP

As soon as you have the bed in the house, you should take off the plastic. Even if you don’t plan on using it anytime soon, it’s a good move. A salesperson won’t tell you this, but the plastic will start to rot. If it does, the mattress could be out of service before you have even laid your head down to rest.

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Kitchen Makeovers That Won’t Break The Bank

The kitchen is the heart of the home.

It’s where we eat, drink, laugh and cry. It’s where we prepare and eat food, socialise, enjoy a glass of wine and yes, if it’s been a rough day, it’s where we slam cupboard doors.

Any kitchen worth its salt is something of a workhorse. Meals are prepared, cooked and cleaned up after every day. Plates and glasses are dropped and shatter, crumbs disappear into nooks and crannies never to be seen again, knives and cleavers miss their marks and gouge nicks in worktops.

Let’s face it, our kitchen takes a beating.

When the heart of our home starts to lose its lustre it’s no surprise that many of us balk at the prospect of a triple bypass!
Replacing your kitchen and undergoing deep renovations can be an incredibly expensive process. Moreover, you might be especially reticent if you’ve already got your dream kitchen.

So here are some ways in which you can give your kitchen a facelift without breaking the bank.

Cabinet revival


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Your cabinets are a key part of your kitchen’s aesthetic and when they start to look faded and worn they can give your kitchen a dowdy look and feel. The good news is that reviving your cabinets in many cases is as simple as a lick of paint.

Opting for light, neutral colours will give your kitchen a sense of space and lightness, making it feel fresh and breezy.

Top-Down reorganisation

Your worktops take up the lion’s share of the kitchen’s surface area and since they’re where all the action is, they’re one of the first things to start looking shabby.

Fortunately, replacing your worktops is one of the most effective ways of renewing your kitchen at a fraction of the cost of replacing it.

The range of worktops on the market is huge and designed to suit pretty much any taste or budget. Laminate worktops are versatile and cost-effective but if you prefer a more classic aesthetic there are types of wooden worktops to suit any taste too. Whatever material you choose it should be fairly easy to tailor your worktops to your existing space and appliances.

Floor it!

The floor takes the brunt of every spill, every dropped plate and every shattered glass, so don’t be too surprised if it finds itself needing a facelift after a few years. Fortunately, in many cases reflooring is cost effective and easy as new flooring can be laid down over the old.

Vinyl flooring is relatively cheap and comes in a huge range of textures and finishes although if your kitchen has a more traditional appearance there’s no substitute for a natural wood finish.


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It’s what’s inside that counts

Since we’re removing things from and putting things back into our kitchen cupboards on a regular basis, it’s no surprise when our storage becomes cluttered and unusable. Before we know it, our surfaces are bedecked with all manner of jars, tins and utensils.

For many of us it’s a simple matter of reorganising our kitchen storage regularly. In extreme cases it might be worth looking into some new storage solutions.

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