GHD VS. Babyliss Pro | Beauty Compared

Until now I didn't know of anything that could compete with the infamous GHD straightening tool. It's been around for so long and I haven't known anything else when it comes to straightening my hair (and since I do that quite often, I prefer to choose the best straighteners I can get my hands on). Unbeknownst to me, BaByliss have been bringing out a range of straighteners using ceramic plates, and with some reluctancy, the world of hair and beauty has begun to change its ways. I recently picked one up to see what all the fuss was about, and having used it for a while now, I can finally do my first (of many) beauty compared post.

The basis of this post series is to compare various beauty products and tools on the market today that generally come very close to being the same thing, and I look for the best one of the two. So today, I am going to compare the much loved GHD straighteners with its strong competition, the Babyliss Pro Ultimate Styler.

Effect on the Hair
We all know straightening our hair with heat has its consequences, most prominently, split ends. But, since the very first straightening devices came out, things have changed for the better. Straighteners have been designed to dramatically reduce the damage regular straightening does, but that can't always be eliminated. I've compared the two straighteners' effects and design when it comes to heat damage.

GHD's: As far as I can tell, even with the very latest models, they haven't made a huge effort to improve the way the ceramic plates glide across your hair. From my long term use, I've suffered (of course) split ends galore, and the heat doesn't seem to be controlled in a way that protects the hair from damage. There are of course heat protectants that you can apply, but they can only do so much.

Babyliss: Hands down, I prefer these straighteners for the way they're designed to protect the hair from severe damage. They have special heat sensors that ensure that the plates don't reach temperatures that may cause harm to your hair. On top of that, they generally have a far more efficient heating system that allows the heat to be changed easily and simply depending on hair length, thickness and strength.

Look and Feel
This is quite a tricky one as both of them are beautiful...

GHD's: Still retaining the classic GHD style, the new and improved models appear to be very sleek and provide a more curved plate. The numerous colours and designs are very appealing!

Babyliss: Immediately you'll notice how light weight they are, which of course makes it so much better for a quick style or a whole head do; and of course, taking it with you everywhere you go (because I know a lot of us do that, including yours truly). As for the design, its also very sleek and and easy on the eye. The look and feel is brilliant because you're essentially holding a lighter GHD with a better grip.

Ease of Use
This is just a minor category (plus I didn't know what to label it), but I find its necessary all the same.

GHD: I LOVE the fact that GHD make it easy for you to know exactly when they're ready to use, a quick beep and you're set! Although they do get rather hot, at least you know when they're on.

Babyliss: I have to reiterate my love for the heat settings; if I need a quick once through during the week, a lower temperature allows for me to get the job done without damaging my hair more than it needs to be and also saves electricity (not that I'm currently trying too...). What I also love, and think is better than GHD is the fact that the plates are longer and they're a lot safer to use. One thing I would say is that they don't beep, so I'm not entirely sure when they're ready to use (sometimes I'm in the middle of doing my hair and find it starts looking way better because the temperature is where it actually should be!).
The Verdict: Overall I'd have to pick the Babyliss Pro stylers because they're simply a GHD but better and cheaper. Don't get my wrong, if they were more expensive I'd probably still buy them but since straighteners don't seem to last me very long, it's nice to have a fabulous cost effective choice. I'll always love GHD's and may go back to using them over time, but I think I've found a new favourite.

What do you think of my choice? What are your favourite straighteners? 

The LBD Dream Date Style Challenge | Daily Look

The LBD is a wardrobe essential; a timeless classic that is a go to item for all manor of events and occasions. So of course, when challenged me to create my ideal Date night look using one of their amazing LBD's, I couldn't say no. Using their site, you can create custom style sets and make your dream outfit, which you can then go on to purchase too (see, dreams do come true)! 

For me, a little black dress is a versatile asset to your wardrobe and can be worn multiple times and styled in so many ways. My date look is classic and sophisticated but also stays true to the flirty, casual elements of a date situation. But, take that dress and add a pair of tights, boots and a well styled blazer, and you have a casual or work inspired look. The ideal situation for my dream date style would be either an upmarket restaurant or a date to the theatre, its a great mixture of flirty and smart. 

Beautysets - LBD Dream Date Style Challenge

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Fashion Feature Friday #10 | 2015 Golden Globe Awards

You knew I'd do this one didn't you. I couldn't wait to see all the beautiful dresses flowing down the red carpet, full of gems, tassels and dazzling colours. For some, this years Golden Globe awards was a little disappointing on the fashion front (but also the fact that Lena Dunham wasn't nominated for Girls again!) and left many wondering what had gone wrong. But for me, I still enjoyed sieving through every single look and have found some real gems of my own. Today I'm going to change things slightly and be a little critical (sorry), because as well as sharing my favourites I'm going to share the looks I liked the least (the fashion faux pas) along with them. I hope you enjoy!

January Lust List

Despite how expensive Christmas was, and just the holiday season in general, I'm still feeling rather spendy. You can never get enough fashion or beauty products, but what's more, there are so many other things out there that fashion and beauty lovers also can't resist. As part of my new years resolutions I vowed to read more, so why not start the year off with a spot of light reading in the form of two books that caught my eye (and everyone else's eye) last year? Typically my fashion and beauty picks are new to this blog and rather exciting, so I can't wait for the day I finally get to try them. Don't forget to comment below if you or someone you know has already tried any of these items, I'd love to hear your feedback on them!

The Body Shop Haul | A Few Pretty Little Things

The Body Shop is one of the most reliable places you can go to get natural, amazing smelling skincare, body and beauty products. In fact, I visit my local Body Shop as often as I can to see what new products and ranges are being promoted there. This week I purchased some of my favourite items in the Vitamin E and Camomile ranges (my favourites by far) and so far I'm not at all disappointed. These ranges focus on calming the skin and gently hydrating your face. I love them.

I've heard amazing things about the Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet and cheekily try a sample of it every time I shop at the Body Shop (typical me). Unlike most moisturisers, the 'sorbet' like texture is soothing, really absorbing and light. Akin to the Vitamin E range theme, the sorbet is a beautiful pink colour and comes in a posh little glass jar; it's love at first sight. The lightness of the cream makes it great for a morning moisture boost, and according to all the staff at the Body Shop (they wouldn't stop promoting it to me) it's fantastic under your foundation. The Aqua Sorbet provides 24hr moisture which is far longer than most moisturisers I've used. I'll let you know if it lives up to it's reputation. Already tried it? Let me know what you think.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Sorbet - £12

I was about to write 'another raved about product' when I realised all three of these little gems are very popular in the skincare department so I won't waste another 25 characters. If you're familiar with their Camomile Oil Cleanser (which is yet again, very popular) then this 'sumptuous cleansing butter' is, you could say, it's little sister. I must say, however, that I much prefer this to the oil; they both remove makeup effortlessly but the butter just feels so much more soothing and doesn't irritate my eyes like the oil does. 

Never used a cleansing balm before? This is the perfect product to get you started; the industry heavy weights like Eve Lom's Cleansing Balm or the Moringa Cleansing Balm by Emma Hardie are the much more expensive alternatives, and I think once you're accustomed to using the Body Shops Camomile dupe, you may want to purchase these of the more expensive options if you find that balms are for you.  

On a side note, I was carefully taking notes whilst watching one of Lisa Eldridge's skincare videos where she was talking about her favourite cleansing balms. Lisa of course mentioned Eve Lom's legendary balm (and the body shops camomile balm, yay!), but she also recommended a dupe of the the balm from Boots in their Botanics range. The 97% Organic Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm, is fast becoming very popular thanks to Lisa and other bloggers/vloggers mentioning it as a super budget beauty buy. I'd check it out if I were you, I definitely want to get my hands on some!

My final buy was a repurchase of one of my favourite serums. The Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil is a genius product that hydrates, smooths and protects the skin; it is perfect for all skin types. I find it especially essential in the winter months as it does wonders for dry, dehydrated skin without blocking your pores. It is also magically able to reduce signs of blemishes and perfectly even out your skin. It's such a wonderful serum for an amazing price.I also think this is a cheaper alternative to the Ren Rose O12 Ultra-Moisture Serum.
Let me know what you thought of these pretty little Body Shop purchases, I think they're great and so affordable. If you shop at the Body Shop I'd love to know what products you like to buy too.

The After Party Detox

Loosing sleep and partying into the night isn't really the best combination for the health and wellbeing of your body; in other words, you're a mess. Some parties are less energetic than others but when it's the New Year, less energetic parties don't really exist do they? The few days after a huge party are the best days to recuperate and get back into full health. Your body needs a total detox, inside and out. Here are a few effective ways to cleanse yourself after those crazy christmas and new year celebrations.

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