Tuesday, April 29, 2014

REVIEW: Tresemme` Heat Defence Styling Spray

Now this is what I call a little bottle of dynamite. I have been using Tresemme` Heat defence styling spray for over a year now and I am thoroughly impressed. After giving birth my hair took a turn for the worse and I was in need of every bit of extra care I could find. I started looking for products that would not only help me fix my hair, but that would also continue to protect my hair once it was repaired. Let’s talk a little about the product.

What it says on the bottle

For soft, shiny results spray evenly through damp hair. Use a brush to pull hair straight and blow dry from roots to ends. Helps prevent hair becoming brittle and dull. With continued use prevents up to 82% less breakage. Helps protect against damage from dryers and heat styling tools, smoothes frizz and seals in shine.

What do i think about the product?

As I have already mentioned, this product has been one of the saving graces of my hair. After the first few blow outs there was a visible difference to my hair. It was soft and shiny and so much more manageable. More often than not I have ended up being disappointed after a blow out but, a lot less in the last year. The formula is a lightweight spray that gives you the most amazing shine without the greasy feeling. More importantly, it smells incredible. I can’t remember how much I paid for it but, knowing me, it probably wasn’t too expensive. The product certainly lived up to everything that was promised on the label. Overall, I was beyond impressed and I would recommend it to everyone reading.

What heat styling products do you prefer using? Have you used this one? I would love to hear from you .Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. If you enjoy reading it please do me a huge favour and follow it.  Alternatively connect with me on twitter @CkoBlog or via my facebook page CKO cool kids only- blog.


                                             TILL LATER, LAUREN!



Sunday, April 27, 2014


Lace always makes me think of my grandma and, while that's not a bad thing, its 2016 and no one wants to be thought of as granny-ish.

When you think of lace, what comes to mind? Someone who is demure and soft? Well not anymore. The new season sees lace get a tough rock star make-over. With fashionistas all over the globe indulging in the trend it’s easy to find lace inspiration and put together an ensemble that fits both your body and your mood.

 While I could never bring myself to wear white lace, I am more than excited to give darker colours (in small dosages) a go. Think bad-ass-grunge-glamour. What do you think? Are you already rocking this trend?  

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Autumn/Winter inspiration

I have heard a multitude of people complain about not knowing how to be stylish in colder weather. While I prefer  the colder seasons, I love the idea of hot chocolate and cuddling up with loved ones  and new books, I too find it difficult putting outfits together that are both cosy and chic. Half way through the season I usually feel like I am stuck in the monotonous routine. Do you go through the same thing? Fear not. I have compiled some autumn/winter looks to give you (and me) bucket loads of inspiration.  I’m certainly going to try some of these.


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Thank you for reading everyone. What will be your go to look when the chilly days roll around?

                                                                 TILL LATER, LAUREN!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Review: LANCOME Hypnose Drama mascara

Ever since I bought my first tube of cheap (very cheap) mascara in the 8th grade, I knew that I would have a lasting relationship with mascara. When I wore it, people noticed my eyes. They complimented me on the fact that they seemed extra striking, instead of making fun of how enormous they looked on my tiny face. I have always loved trying mascara’s from different brands, in different shapes and even different colours. It is very much an adventure for me. I recently started using LancĂ´me Hypnose Drama in Extra Black and these are my thoughts.

The packaging is simply stunning. The box and tube are both decorated with the cutest doodles by Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz. At first I really did not want to open or use it simple because it looks so amazing. The first application was somewhat of a messy situation however. There was just way too much product on the wand but, after depositing most of the product back in the tube, I tried again.

 Let me tell you, there is definitely no lack of drama when the mascara is applied. The curved brush took me a while to get used to and I am not quite sure how I feel about the formula. Once I got the application correct my lashes were certainly huge and the product smelled incredible. The only thing I would change about this mascara is the fact that the brush scoops up such large dollops of product. Overall I feel I could definitely grow to like this product. It usually takes me quite a while to warm to mascara’s so who knows I still might become besties with this one.

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                                               TILL LATER, LAUREN!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

REVIEW: Cinderella's Secret bath oil and body butter

A while ago I won an amazing Cinderella’s Secret hamper on Channi Chic blog and due to some delays at post office the package got to me quite some time after I actually won the giveaway. Nevertheless, it was absolutely worth the wait. There are some other goodies in the hamper too, but I thought I’d review these two products first.


The Bath oil

I was a little anxious about using bath oil simply because I am not the most graceful of people and I was almost sure I would slip in the bath and lose all my front teeth in the process. Eventually, a few days ago I decided to YOLO it and add a little to my bath .I was amazed by how only one cap made such a huge impact on my skin. Even after I got out of the bath my skin felt soft and supple. There was no greasy residue and that was something I really appreciated. If you are short on time, adding a few drops of bath oil to your bath means you can skip the moisturising afterwards. That’s how awesome it is. Overall I was super impressed and I would definitely recommend this to everyone.

The Body butter

The only way I can describe this body butter is “dreamy creamy”. It is so rich and decadent and feels marvellous on the skin. My feet, knees and elbows really take a beating when the colder days arrive and this body butter is ideal for that.

Both of these products smell so lovely. I am having a blast using them. I really look forward to using more amazing products from Cinderella’s Secret. More reviews coming soon.

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                                                   TILL LATER,LAUREN!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Words on Wednesday

I have always known I suffer from some sort of depression.  I think I realised it sometime after high school. I also think that somehow (well most of the time) I was aggravating my depression by choice. Now before you start rolling your eyes, hear me out. A lot of times my depression stemmed from me ruthlessly comparing myself to my peers. I would walk around making mental lists of all the things I lacked: all my shortcomings. More often than not I was obsessing over relatively irrelevant issues. NOTE: by saying this I am not making light off depression. It is an extremely serious situation often undiagnosed and often untreated. I am simply saying that once I realised I was looking at life in a slightly distorted way, I could actively try and change how I felt about things. Because, the truth was that I had a lot to be grateful for.  It’s often the little things that we tend to overlook that makes a big difference in our happiness.

 Now don’t get me wrong, depression is not something you can simply shake off with a few self help books and a gratitude list or two, but you can start slow and realise you don’t have to figure everything out at once. There are days when I still feel unnaturally sad for no apparent reason, but then I stop and think of all the progress I have made thus far. I have decided to force myself to have positive thoughts more often and send them out to the universe. Perhaps in some minor way I can spread some positive love/energy and motivate others (whether they struggle with depression or not) to adjust their outlook on life.

Here is a list of things I am very grateful for at the moment
·         I have a healthy, happy son who makes me laugh countless times a day.

·         I am grateful for blogging and being able to express myself.

·         I am grateful for warm meals and warm beds.

·         I am grateful for friends. They give great advice but also listen when I need to speak.

·         I am thankful for my brother. He is funny and helpful

·         I am grateful for the fact that I still get to spoil myself every now and then

·         I am grateful books and magazines and being able to share them

·         I am thankful being able to make new friends everyday

·         I am grateful that my family is whole and they are all happy, healthy people.
My number one reason to love life :)




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