How to get corkscrew curls – Lee Stafford Chopstick Styler Hair Tong

1599450_10152791318157894_9064339050534309885_oleestaffordchopstickstylerI have always loved big curly hair and up until my teens my hair was naturally curly, however after years of heat styling my curls have become more of a frizzy mess than a defined curl. I always look enviously at women who have natural corkscrew curls and when I discovered this hair tool that promises such hair I knew I had to try it out. I bought the Lee Stafford Chopstick Curler from Argos for just £19.99 which is a ridiculously cheap for a hair styling tool.

The barrel of this tong is just 7-10mm wide and it isn’t completely round but more of a flat rectangular shape. It heats up extremely quickly in just 10 seconds, and has a  maximum temperature of 200 degrees celsius. I find that 5-7 seconds is all it takes to curl a piece of hair depending on the thickness.

It took a few attempts for me to learn how to use this styler but once I got the technique down I loved the results it gave me. I changed the thickness of each piece to achieve a natural curly hair look. Before curling my hair I made sure to use a heat protectant and a product that will set the curl. It take around 45 minutes to curl the whole head of hair. After my hair was done I used a few pumps of L’Oreal Elvive Extraodirinary Oil and ran my fingers through my hair to add shine and remove frizz. This was the finished look. ->

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This is the styler I turn to when I want to turn heads with my hair. I would 100% recommend this curler if you want big, sexy, diva, corkscrew curls and you have long hair below the shoulders.

Jay x

Smells Like Summer

I wanted to update my summer fragrance but I didn’t want to commit to buying an expensive perfume, so I did a little shopping for some summery fragrancy stuff.

The first place I went to was the Body Shop and I purchased the Indian Night Jasmine Fragrance Mist (£7.50). This stuff smells seriously gorgeous, it’s got a really seductive oriental, floral jasmine smell without being too overpowering. I also bought the matching shower gel (£6.50) and body butter (£10). Once these products are layered together they smell divine! I also bought the Aloe & Soft Linen scented candle from the Body Shop (£10), this is such a fresh, light scent that lingers hours after it has been lit.

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Next I went to Lush and bought the R&B Hair Moisturiser (£11.25). In the summer my hair completely dries out so I needed a product that will re-infuse my hair with some moisture. This hair moisturiser has lots of nice oils like coconut and olive oil to strengthen the hair, it is meant for thick, course, curly, very dry or Afro-Caribbean hair so I wouldn’t recommend for the fine haired ladies. I rub a tiny bit of the product on the end of my hair and it tames the frizzies whilst giving my hair a healthy sheen. Also worth mentioning is the amazing smell of this product, it has a strong citrus scent and makes me think of being on a tropical island 🙂

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I then got the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Orange Flower & Chamomile Limited Edition (£19.75). As far as I can tell this has the same formulation as the normal cleanse and polish, but the smell of the orange flower and chamomile is just incredible. I think I’m going to stock up on these as it is a limited edition.

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Finally, I bought Kiehls Ultra Light Daily Moisturiser SPF 50 (£31). I’ve been using Cliniques  Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturiser SPF 20 but that feels way too heavy on my skin in this heat, plus it doesn’t have a high enough SPF. The Kiehls moisturiser has a light texture, which initially feels heavy on the skin, but once it’s absorbed the heaviness disappears. It’s the perfect make-up base if you just wear face powder or BB cream during the summer.

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What products have you guys been buying this summer? Comment below and let me know.

Jay x