Pinterest Put To The Test – No-Heat Curls – Test No.3 Mermaid Hair

Test Four ‘Mermaid Hair’ Waves, sourced back to Wild Spirit

Twisty!

Initial Thoughts

I already braid my hair before bed to get waves but I have never twisted them and although this is similar to a previous pin, this one involves a more complex twist and seems way more legit.

Step One

I sectioned my hair into two and twisted from the top, adding hair in as i go I then twisted right to the ends.

Step Two

I popped a band on the end of each and then pinned both to opposite sides of my head. Then headed to bed.

The only issue I had was the bobby pins again, they made my hair go in some interesting directions, but I’m beginning to realise I have no say in it.

Final Result

WOW! I am ready to enchant a sailor and feast on his soul (that’s what mermaids are about right?!) It certainly did what it said on the tin and I am sufficiently impressed! It also made my ombre hair stand out so that was a major plus.

5/5

Mermaid-tastic

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Pinterest Put To The Test – No-Heat Curls – Test No.2 – Beach Curls

How many times have you been promised a beautiful ‘just come from the surf’ look by hundreds of people on Pinterest only to find they lied and you now look like you’ve stuck your head your toaster?

Well here at Foxy Lox we have decided to put those pins to the test! Will they give me boucey curls, beachy waves and princess ringlets, or will I look like a psycho who lives in an attic and feeds on people’s souls. Only time will tell.

So lets do this!

“No Heat Beach Waves” sourced back toBuzzfeed

This one consists of splitting your hair into two and twisting each side, then pinning it over your head and waiting.

Initial Thoughts

I’m very skeptical of this one. Not only do I think i’m going to come away with hair flat to my head but also having curls that start at my ear and are completely uniform. Her Final product looks very loose and whispy, but I can’t see how that has come from twisting wet hair tightly and then throwing it over your head. But I could be wrong (please my I be wrong, I have to go to work with this).

Step One

I started with damp hair. I know hers looks quite wet but mine takes about 6 hours to dry when it is loose. If i start with wet hair it will certainly still be wet by morning.

Step Two

I pinned this a couple of times on each side of my head as I don’t quite trust it will stay in place while I sleep.

The Result

Another night of restless sleep thanks to this pin. On top of that, it didn’t work at all. Luckily it didn’t leave me a tangled mess like the last one but it wasn’t exactly curl-central either. The twists fell off the back of my head almost immediately when I moved my head or lay down and I had to pin it several times more. This left some weird bobby pin dents in my hair.

2/5

How long till bedtime??

Keep your eyes peeling for another Pin test coming soon…

Pinterest Put To The Test – No-Heat Curls – Test No.1, Heatless Halo Curls

How many times have you been promised a beautiful ‘just come from the surf’ look by hundreds of people on Pinterest only to find they lied and you now look like you’ve stuck your head your toaster?

Well here at Foxy Lox we have decided to put those pins to the test! Will they give me boucey curls, beachy waves and princess ringlets, or will I look like a psycho who lives in an attic and feeds on people’s souls. Only time will tell.

So lets do this!

Test One “Heatless Halo Curls” originally from Kayley Melissa

Here is one I’ve seen a lot. The idea is you get a rolled up t-shirt and proceed to twist your hair around it, sleep on it and wake up with perfect curls. Easy right?

 

Initial Thoughts

I don’t think this one is going to go well. Not only do I have to balance a rolled up t-shirt on my head but also have to curl my hair around it without it falling off or becoming tangled. It also looks super uncomfortable to sleep in. Maybe it will create some bouncy curls like the photo, only time will tell.

Step One

I’ve got my old t-shirt, rolled it up and balanced it on the top of my head. I’m already seeing the flaw with this as i am using one hand to balance the t-shirt ring so this leaves the other to twist my hair around, lets call it ‘The Piles Cushion’ shall we? I’m finding it rather impossible to twist my hair around it without creating a big ol’ mess!

Step Two

I’ve managed to pin the ends in. I now feel more Bobby Pin than woman. This may be the beginning of my rein over the Bobby Pins, obviously leading to the great Bobby Pin uprising of 2016. But until then I just feel like I am being poked in the head 27 times.

Step Three

Now, the bit I know I can do well, sleeping in it. The real test is whether it actually stays in place.

The Result

I am so tired! This was so uncomfortable to sleep in. By 3am I was ready to take it out and burn it in the garden. But I persisted in the name of science.

It had beaten my expectations and actually stayed in place all night, even with all the tossing and turning.

The main problem was getting the thing out. It seemed impossible and my arms kept going dead trying to untwist my hair.

Finally I got the thing out, but not without a fair but of swearing and then yelling at my boyfriend for letting me do this in the first place. The end result was not great. My hair was so matted and tangled I battled to get a brush through it. And once I had, I was left with some pretty useless, severely damaged hair.

I’m sure there is a easier way to do this but I imagine it involves at least another hour of work. This is in no way quicker than my curling tongs, and much more labor intensive. Sure my hair was saved from the damage of heat, but I now have at least 10% less hair on my head. 

1/5

Next pin attempt coming soon…

R x

10 Things I’ve learnt from my first week living with a boy

My boyfriend and I have just moved in together. This is what I have learnt so far.

1. Boxers are everywhere!

The bathroom, boxers. The bedroom, boxers. The Kitchen? Boxers!

2. My DVD collection suddenly contains a lot of Arnold Schwarzenegger films.

Terminator, Predator, Muscle McMuscleson: The Avenging (or something). So much testosterone the Disney films are deeply intimidated.

3. Cook twice as much food as I think I’ll need.

Apparently 2 sausages and a handful chips is not enough for someone who just got back from a 8 mile run.

4. We both have no idea how to programme the underfloor heating.

The temperature won’t stop climbing. “We’re going to burn alive!”

5. We’re both too broke for a date night.

Say goodbye to a cheeky Nandos, never again will you see the inside of a Wagamamas. Candles in front of the TV counts right?

6. I can no longer hide my terrible taste in TV.

Who is A??

7. Same goes for my music.

‘Is it too late now to say sorry’

8. More conversations about whether Jean-Claude Van Damme is a good actor than I care to mention.

Just so many trouser pleats

9. Between us we ‘ve realised that neither of us know how to ‘adult’.

Being an adult is hard. Why were we not taught this in school?

10. All in all, It’s pretty amazing coming home to someone who loves your type of crazy.

44 thoughts you have when starting your first fitness DVD

 Fitness is hard, fitness DVDs are harder.

1. I’m so ready

2. I’m Pumped

3. Let’s do this

4. Perfect body here I come

5. Where’s my water?

6. Where are my new £80 workout trousers?

7. Where did I put the DVD?

8. I really need to sort my life out

9. Oh god it’s starting

10. Why don’t I look like that in Lycra?

11. Jumping up and down? This is easy

12. Slightly out of breath now

13. Air, need air!

14. High kicks, so many high kicks

15. I can’t move anymore

16. That was only the warm up?!

17. What are they trying to do? Kill me?

18. Water break

19. That was not long enough to constitute a break

20. Burpees? I’m full of water

21. I feel sick

22. Did I just poop myself?

23. My legs hurt

24. Why is nobody sweaty?

25. Their hair is perfect

26. Mine is sticking to my face

27. Is the heating on in this room?

28. So hot right now

29. Is time moving slower?

30. They’re all so attractive

31. Look at their bodies

32. I can’t even touch my toes

33. Just think about the abs I’ll have

34. If Khloe Kardashian can do this so can I

35. What the fuck is an abductor?

36. Oh, that’s an abductor

37. Arms, legs, they all hurt

38. Never again

39. Never again

40. I’m done

41. That was it?

42. That wasn’t all that bad

43. Wait, water break?

44. Nooooooooo!

8 DIY Valentines Day Gifts

If you’re like me, you live payday to payday. So it’s safe to say my other half will not be receiving an Apple Watch this Feb 14th. But lets be fair there’s nothing better that receiving a handmade gift with a little added love.

So here are my list for the best DIY Valentine’s Day gifts.

I have made a couple of these and the rest are certainly on my list for years to come.

1. A hand-drawn card

Ok, so you don’t want it to look like a child drew it so why not draw something to show your love and send that image to a professional card site like Moonpigor Funky Pigeon and they’ll put your image on a card for you. It adds that professional touch without you having to buy a ream of card and a folding machine (those exist).

 

2. Heart shaped teabags

Hello? Is it tea you’re looking for? If you didn’t sing a little bit of Lionel there’s nothing I can do for you.  But if you did then making teabags might be for you. They’re super easy and cheap to make and look great. I made these last year and they went down really well. Pick up a nice artisan tea from Whittards and some coffee filters and you can make a box full in no time. I made mine on my morning commute, but be aware you will be carrying around a bag of loose tea (which people will mistake for drugs). Fun fun.

 

3. Date jar

Directions here

Directions here

I am yet to try this one but with our plans dependent on the weather in London, we’ll probably have quite a few redraws.

 

4. Post-It note art

It may take a couple of days to come up with enough compliments for a heart that big but let’s be honest, he won’t care if you’re writing such classics as, “you always fold your socks”, “you killed a spider that time” and of course “you sat through Pretty Little Liars and only complained once”. It’s the thought that counts.

 

5. Emoji Pillow

Directions here

Directions here

Sure, I hate emoji’s as much as the next person over the age of 25 but there’s something to be said for the effort of showing your love in DIY pillow form. And come on…they’re cute.

 

6. Love deck of cards

Directions here

Directions here

Just like the post-it note saga you will have to think of 52 things to write down. But you will be forgiven if you “lost” a couple of the cards. Just remember to hole punch each card in the same place. That could be a mess!

 

7. Open me when… notes

A mushy option but none the less adorable. And with this one you can decide how many to make. Joy!

 

8. A homemade candle

Directions here

Directions here

This is as much a present for you as it is for them. If you febreze your way into the bathroom after their visit, why not make a candle for them to keep in the bathroom. You know, for baths (they’ll never know) *wink wink*.

But don’t worry if you haven’t got a valentine, according to Ghostbusters 2 the world is going to end anyway.

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Any we haven’t thought of that you think deserves a place on our list?

Write them in the comment section below.

Crochet Coat…DIY

Crochet Coat…DIY

A couple of days ago this photo came up on the Daily Mail website (I know, I hate me too).

                Worn by Gigi Hadid

                Worn by Gigi Hadid

It was love at first sight. The coat, not Gigi, she’d not my type. Got to admire her for pulling off the leather trouser look though.

It’s cool and it looks like I could make it. I’ve made a granny square blanket. How different can it be. Just have to pop in some arm holes.

The thing I have realized about wanting to make this coat is that I have to create my own pattern. I can’t exactly email the designer of this $1,400 coat, Rosetta Getty and ask to have a look at the pattern real quick. “I only need 5 minutes!” just isn’t going to fly.

So how do you set about creating a pattern. Well the best I can figure it out you have to zoom into a lot of photographs and count the rounds.

Looking closely I can see there are 5 rounds of colour and a black connecting round.

I’m still trying to figure out how many treble crochet’s there are. There are certainly 3 connected by a chain of 2/3 in round 3 & 4 and then 4tc in round 5. But round 1 & 2 are a mystery at the moment.

So I’ve bought my yarn and i’m going to have a play about. Hopefully it will resemble the above coat.

Once I’ve got the pattern down I’ll put it up on here. I probably won’t add buttons but might make a tie for the waist to keep it closed.

Colour Me Impressed

When we were children we were given colouring books for long journeys, sitting in restaurants and visiting grandma. Now colouring books are back in a big way, and they are lot more grown up than colouring in the Hamburgler.

This new wave of grown up colouring books sees beautiful designs of woodlands, castles and of course Ryan Gosling. You can never colour in enough Ryan Gosling.

The best part of colouring books is that they are used in many therapies to practice mindfulness. This is the mental state achieved by focusing your attention on the present moment. You acknowledge and accept your feelings and thoughts but the act of mindfulness allows you to remain present.

So lets have a look at my favourites;

Enchanted Forest

 is incredibly detailed. It has a lot of small patterns so be prepared to wear the old reading glasses and stick your nose on the page to help see the most miniature of patterns.

Price:

£6.97

Animal Kingdom

is slightly less busy page by page but is not less brilliant. If you are more a fan of animals than forests then this is the one for you.

It is slightly cheaper than

Enchanted Forest

but is very different in style so it’s all about personal preference.

 

 

Price:

£3.99

The Mindfulness Colouring Book

is completely focused on practicing mindfulness. With swooping lines and simple patterns, this one is less about creating a work of art and more about calming your nerves.

Price:

 £3.85

Mindfulness Mandalas

 does what it says on the tin. I’m a massive fan of Mandalas but am not great at creating my own, this is a great way to relax and make beautiful patterns at the same time. And look how easy it is? Who doesn’t love that?

Price:

£3.95

Colour Me Good Ryan Gosling

 has to be in my list. How can it not? Look at that face, you can’t say no to that face. So why not stick on your most romantic Spotify playlist, curl up with a book of Ryan Gosling illustrations and a glass of wine and have a night in with a handsome man. It’s almost like he’s actually there, well kind of.

Price:

£5.25

All prices taken from

Amazon UK,  21st August 2015

Calming Activities For Your Commute

21 Situations That'll Push Any Bus Commuter Over The Edge

Commuting is stressful. Jammed in a train carriage with hundreds of other people as miserable as you.

One wrong move and you’ve got a sweaty armpit in your face.

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And lets not forget about the Bakerloo, Central, Picadilly and Northern Lines in the summer months.

21 Situations That'll Push Any Bus Commuter Over The Edge

So instead of having to withstand the woman painting her nails or the man listening to excruciatingly loud house music at 8.35 in the morning,

17 Stages Of Becoming A Commuter

Why not try my tips for making your commute as peaceful as possible:

1. Create a masterpiece

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Colouring Books

a

re now socially acceptable for adults.

So take this opportunity to grab yourself one of those books that’s in every book shop window, some good old colouring pencils (or pens) and get to work.

Not only are you distracting yourself from the grimness around you but you are also practicing mindfulness by concentrating on a single task. Hey, two birds one stone!

2. Podcasts

Podcasts are a great way to take your attention away from your surroundings and into a new world. There are podcasts for all genres and are much more distracting than listening to music.

3. Knit

 

I know, I know, but even supermodels are doing it now.

I knit almost every morning on my way into work and not only is it extremely relaxing but you get to practice a skill and keep creativity alive.

So ignore the looks and at the end you could have a new scarf!

Try a knit kit from

Wool And The Gang

4. Keep A Diary

We never have enough time to keep up with our diaries and after our teen years we don’t really think about it much. But with all that wasted time sitting on trains or buses, we could be writing down our inner most thoughts, or just things that make us laugh.

If you’re not feeling carrying round a notebook. Why not write it down in your phone.

Fun Fact – When you are feeling anxious. Write down your anxiety level 1-5, then write down how long you think it will last. Then, later, when the moment has passed (down to a 0 or 1), look back at your notes and you will find that the time you estimated was far longer than reality.

5. Read

There’s nothing better than a good book. Make it more interesting by joining a book club. If you don’t fancy sipping cups of tea while sitting in a circle discussing the merits of 50 Shades of Gray there are plenty of online book clubs to follow. Try the

Buzzfeed Book Club

 newsletter.

6. Netflix

Need I say more.

Happy Commuting!

...or the train for a bed

Braid Fantastic

I’ve been obsessed with braiding my hair ever since I was little. The thought of creating patterns in the annoying lifeless thing on my head was brilliant. It was constantly falling into my food when I wasn’t looking and horded crafting glitter like it was endangered. Now-a-days braiding is a great way of getting my hair out of my face on a windy day, even if I do look a little bit like Pippi Longstockings.

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Reading Time Out magazine a couple of months ago I found an article about a guy who just does braiding. He creates these beautiful designs that I could only ever dream of. Then, about a week ago, he asked for new hair models. Well, that’s where I got all excited. The thought that someone I had been following on Instagram, marveling at their creations, I could have him do my hair? And he did. I was picked for his new project and he agreed to meet me at a friend’s flat and braid my hair.

So here is the finished creation. A cross between Queen Elsa and Khaleesi.

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My hair is way too frizzy to keep in this design too long but I’m going to see how long I can make it last before it can be called a static shock risk.

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