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Wigging It!

Wigging It!

Todays blog topic is wigs and wigging it.  ‘Wigging it’ is my new turn of phrase, it means ‘to wear and wander around in a wig.’   You see, that’s what I did today.  Today I Wigged It.  Yup.

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Anyone who knows me, knows I’ve had issues with my hair.  My ulcerative colitis is managed by medication, some of which has knackered my hair over time.  I think I noticed it far more than other people did, but it still really bothered me.  My shoulder length blonde hair gradually thinned, slid out from the roots when I washed it, became limp and lifeless and I absolutely hated it.  So I cut it all off in a ‘Britney Spears’ hissy fit stylee.  To be honest, I just wanted a new start.

I’m still on the same meds and will probably be on them for the rest of my life, so I may as well resign myself to having moderately crap hair for the rest of my life.  Soooo, when I saw that Wonderland Wigs were looking for reviewers I jumped at the chance.  It’s not that I think my hair is so terrible it needs hiding, it’s just short – but I miss having long locks of hair swishing around my shoulders and actually feeling feminine.

After much perusing of wigs and lusting after blue hair (which I love, but which would make me look like a loon), I chose one. Here’s how it all went.  This is me pre-wig:

It doesn't look really horrific or anything, but I just feel a if I look 'boyish' rather than feminine.

It doesn’t look really horrific or anything, but I just feel a if I look ‘boyish’ rather than feminine. (I had just had a shower, so that’s why it’s so fetchingly stuck to my scalp)

And this is me, post-wig:

IMG_0117I have decided to call this wig ‘Bob’, when it sits on the table just sitting patiently waiting to be worn, I swear it looks like a small furry animal.  The wig is actually called ‘Catherine’ on the website and is very similar to Kate Middleton’s hair do apparently.

Let me get this straight, I am not a beauty blogger.  Never have been and never will be – I couldn’t tell you the difference between a £2 lipstick and £20 lipstick.  Beauty is not my thing, but practicality is. And I have to say this wig is actually practical and wearable too.  In fact, I wore it on the school run.  I’ve heard it said that ‘you should do something that scares you every day’, I’m not sure if this includes wearing wigs in public places or not, but I thought I’d try it anyway.  This is how it went:

It was 3pm and time to pick the kids up so I took a deep breath, flicked my new luscious long fake hair behind my shoulder, pushed my glasses up my nose (not literally, they wouldn’t quite fit if I did that), straightened my back and slowly stepped out of the front door.  It was scary and the world and my wig, felt very big.  Not to be dissuasuaded, I walked down the hill with the wind in my hair, feeling very exposed, which is strange considering how much hair cover I actually had.

The back of the wig.  I love the curls and the waves.

The back of the wig. I love the curls and the waves.

Walking into the school yard was about the scariest thing I think I’ve done in years.  Even when I shaved all my hair off and was completely bald I felt more confident.  I think it’s something to do with a fear of pretending to be something I’m not. Am I really the type of person who has beautiful hair?  Insecurity is an absolute pain in the arse.  Then again, being shameless is an absolute bonus, and one outweighed the other….so I stood in the school yard and thought ‘Buggerit, stare if you like, I don’t care.’

Darlek turned white and said ‘Mum, get it off!’ and refused to walk with me, although she later admitted that she was getting used to it and that it actually didn’t look so bad.  My son said ‘Mum, you’re wearing a wig! I’m going to go and tell Declan that you’re wearing a wig!’ and ran off.  So I erm, think it went well?  I had to go and talk to Darlek’s teacher at one point and rather than pretend everything was normal and that I’d suddenly grown copious amounts of brown curly hair overnight, I just bit the bullet and said ‘Whaddya think?’ or maybe it was ‘I don’t look a complete tit do I?’, something like that anyway.  I know I put her on the spot, but she did say that it was different, that if she didn’t know me, she wouldn’t have known it was a wig and was generally nice about it.

My sister literally giggled for about 2 minutes none-stop between trying to make polite conversation about the weather and if the wig stayed on my head ok or not.  Thankfully, she did also say that it was probably because she’d never seen me with long dark hair before, so it just looked strange to her.

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One of the mums just grinned lots and walked past me, she usually says hello, so I’m not sure if she just didn’t quite know what to say.  Anyway, I did it and I think I shall do it again.  I LOVE having long hair again.  I just find it a bit awkward when people who know me, know it’s a wig.  I don’t see why I should be ashamed of wearing one though, people have fake boobs these days and boast about it, why shouldn’t I boast about my lovely long fake hair?

This is what it looks like on the inside of the wig:

I wore a very fine mesh cap under the wig to hold my own hair in place and then put the wig on top of that, keeping it in place with the little hooks at the back that you can see here.

I wore a very fine mesh cap under the wig to hold my own hair in place and then put the wig on top of that, keeping it in place with the little hooks at the back that you can see here.

All in all, I’m so impressed with this wig.  I do think you can tell it’s a wig if you look closely enough, but it’s not immediately obvious at all.  It looks natural and it feels quite natural too – I suspect I’ll only be able to brush it very carefully or maybe just with my fingers because I am just a little concerned about the fibres stretching and going fuzzy?  I do need to check on the aftercare instructions to make sure I keep my new hair in good condition.

I am so grateful to Wonderland Wigs for giving me the chance to review one of their wigs, today I actually felt girly and feminine for the first time in months.  I have so missed my long hair, it’s lovely to have it back, even if it in’t really mine.

If you’d like to have a look at some of the other products they stock, have a look at their website HERE, there’s loads of hair accessories, wigs, 3/4 wigs, hair extensions, false eyelashes….all sorts of things.  They’re also really friendly and if you need advice on the best wig/product for you you can chat to them on the Twitter handle  @WonderlandWigs.

They’ve given me a discount code to pass on too, if you use CHAOS when you checkout you’ll get 10% off the price of any 3/4 wig or full wig.   A full wig is only around £25 on average so it’s only the price of a pair of shoes really, worth a go I say! :O)

I feel like 'me' again. :O)

I feel like ‘me’ again. :O)

Wonderland Wigs sent me a wig to review, no other financial reward was given.

If you wear a wig, I’d love to see what it looks like and how you felt the first time you wore it?  Is it normal to feel this nervous? Please feel free to tweet me @Chaoskay or comment, it would be great to share experiences.

Christmas make up tips: How to look like the belle of the ball!

Christmas make up tips:

How to look like the belle of the ball

With so many cosmetic procedures available these days, it can be tempting to go under the knife for a nose job or liposuction – but surgery isn’t your only option. The right makeup can help you feel like the belle of the ball this Christmas (and disguise a wide range of flaws), so why not treat yourself to some new cosmetics and start practicing your festive look?

Achieve a flawless complexion

It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but what about if you wake up with a face full of spots and pimples? Well, if you’re having a bad skin day, let your complexion breathe for as long as possible before applying your makeup. When the time comes to go out, mix a little foundation with a drop of moisturiser and start to rub it in – working from your forehead down. Bear in mind that too much concealer can actually draw attention to your bad bits, so try to use it sparingly.

Add some colour to your cheeks

One of the best ways to achieve a natural-looking glow is to apply two shades of blusher. If you have a pale complexion, use a light peachy colour to highlight your cheekbones, before using a slightly richer shade (perhaps rose or golden apricot) to bring out the contours of your face. If you have a darker skin tone, use corals, browns and bronzers as a base before sweeping across a plum, grape or dark grape to add fullness to your cheeks. Choosing the right cosmetic is essential, but the only way to really know for sure what looks good is to experiment.

Create beautiful, sparkly eyes

Christmas is the perfect time for glitz and glamour, so make your eyes sparkle this year. To start with, brush a neutral eye shadow over your lids before choosing a more dramatic product and rubbing it underneath your eyebrow and close to your upper lash. Next, emphasise the shape of your eyes using a quality liner and apply two coats of mascara. Once it’s dry, get hold of some facial glitter gel and apply it to the outer corner of your eyes. How much you use will depend on your own tastes, but don’t be afraid to stand out from the crowd.

Make the most of your lips

While there are many ways to decorate your lips, keeping things simple is often the best option. If you don’t like using lip liner, use a fine brush to apply your lipstick and seal the colour with a little gloss. Keep each cosmetic in your bag so you can reapply it at any time and slip a pack of wet wipes in too – just in case it decides to smudge. If lipstick isn’t your thing, gloss (or even Vaseline) can make your smackers shine with very little effort!

You don’t have to be a beautician try these makeup tips, so get creative today.

As you might have guessed, this is a sponsored post.  I thought it was relevant to the season and it does have some handy hints.  I also thought that ‘smackers,’ meaning ‘lips’ is a fabulous turn of phrase.

So, thanks for reading and ‘Mwah, Mwah…Mwah!’  *Kay does over the top Granny kisses with perfectly made up smackers*

Wild Science Lip Balm Laboratory!

Wild Science

Lip Balm Laboratory!

Pink as a very pink thing.

OK, first impressions….the packaging is pink, very pink and I don’t much care for stereotyped toys aimed for ‘girls’ and ‘boys’ if I’m being honest – but my daughter who is 7 was very impressed with the look of it and couldn’t wait to have a go.  She’s just starting to take an interest in make-up and has borrowed my lip balms a few times, so having her own lip balms to play with was an exciting prospect.

A very well set out kit. A word of advice for Wild Science, get some decent sized gloves!

I thought it might be rather complicated and was prepared for a lot of reading of instructions and mixing and mucking about, but I was pleasantly surprised.  It really is quite an easy process and not one where you have to worry about blowing up your kitchen or anything.  With a name like ‘Wild Science’ I was bound to worry a little you see….

Thankfully nothing blew up!

The steps are outlined here in the very easy to understand instructions, and we had no problems getting to grips with making the lip balm.  Very briefly summarised, you mix the little wax beads with the Soy Ester in the small beaker, add some baby oil and then bob the beaker in the large beaker which is full of water heated up in the  microwave.  Rather like the process you’d use to melt chocolate without burning it, if you’ve ever done that.  Then you add colouring & flavouring.  As the melted mixture gradually cools down it turns into lip balm as we know it and can easily be decanted into the little compact shown here. That’s almost literally it!  The finished product really is as good as the stuff you buy in shops!

Very easy to follow instructions. You definitely need adult supervision for the younger age range though,

The equipment is really handy, in that when you have finished your lip balm making, you can put everything back in its allocated plastic slot and slide it back into the Wild Science box so it’s ready to slide out and use again the next time you want to make some.  I thought it was great that they even supplied a little stand you could put your large beaker in, so you could safely stand it in the microwave while the water heated up.  It’s a very well thought out kit.

Note the little stand to stop the beaker falling over. Very neat.

My only complaint is that they supply adult sized disposable gloves for children to use.  As you can see from the photos my daughter really struggled to do the quite delicate tasks with huge floppy plastic gloves.  I’m amazed that’s not an issue they’ve considered whilst putting the lip balm laboratory together as a product, they do seem to have thought of everything else.

Plain lip balm, cherry flavoured lip balm and balm with sun screen included. Pretty too!

This Wild Science Lip Balm Laboratory can be bought for £12.99 and if you’re looking for something to inspire your kids to get handy in the science department, this is a great start.  I’d certainly consider getting other kits now I’ve had experience with this one, it’s well explained, simple and very effective.   Both my kids enjoyed applying the lip balm afterwards and my son had at least three coats on at once because his sister insisted on experimenting on him. Darlek said applying lip balm would turn him into a Super Hero, and being the gullible 3 year old he is, he was more than keen to see if it really did or not.   The lip balm is non-toxic which is great too!

I was sent this Wild Science Lip Balm Laboratory by Evolution PR to make my kitchen sides very slippery and for review purposes. No other financial reward was given.

Pretty in Pink?

Pretty in Pink?

Kids know how to hit where it hurts sometimes.

We were sat watching some ‘So you think you can dance?’ (approx title) kind of programme the other day.  A couple whirled around the dance floor, the man in a snappy black suit and the woman in a floaty pink dress that resembled styled candyfloss.  She wore high heels and had beautiful long, thick, wavy, golden blonde hair and a perfect hourglass figure.

Darlek was transfixed, and Sausage similarly so.  A nice relaxed end to a manic day, I was enjoying the peace and quiet.  My mood changed when Sausage stopped staring at the TV and started trying to remove my glasses.  He knows full well that my glasses are delicate and are not something to play with, so I didn’t really understand the sudden interest in them.

Then he said ‘Take glasses off mummy’ and pointed at the TV.  ‘Make you pretty like her’ he said.  Call me sensetive, but it felt as if I’d been punched in the stomach.  I don’t think childhood insecurities ever fully go away, well for me they don’t.  Over the years I’ve buried them under a bit of bravado, but underneath I think I’ll always be a speccy four eyed, straggly haired, awkward 13 year old.  It really did hit me hard.

In true responsible mummy fashion, I decided it was just the media polluting his little brain, telling him that prettiness and attractiveness always comes in a pink, frilly, high heeled package – so I decided to explain a few things to both children.  Whilst they carried on watching the beautiful people dancing about on the stage, I muttered half to myself, half to them about how people are pretty on the inside, and that is more important than anything else.

Having said that, I sat on the sofa in my knackered jeans, with a faded ketchup stain on one sleeve of my top, wearing my big black Cat boots, with my hair that hasn’t been cut for a year (I never get around to getting it done) with a lump in my throat.

Darlek often looks me up and down when I go out.  The other day she said ‘Mum, you know you said about white lies?  Well, I’d tell you something now, but it would hurt your feelings and you’d be mad at me.  So….(loaded pause)….I think you look very nice’.  Ouch!  Bruised ego!

All I can say is that, in time, I’m hoping they’ll realise beauty is in the eye of the beholder as the old saying goes.  I try very hard to put this across to them, but I’m battling against TV, Barbies and Bratz, billboards, magazines and peer pressure.  I’m just hoping something is sinking in, and they make their own decisions about beauty, rather than believing everything celebrity culture throws at them.

In the meantime I’ll just have to keep pointing out how big boots are sassy (that’s big ‘Boots’ in case you read that wrong), that people look good in clothes that they feel confident in, whether they’re fashionable or not, and that people are still beautiful even if they’re over 30 and over the hill.  It’s the sparkle in the eyes that’s important.  My grandma is 91, and she’s one of the most beautiful people I know.