Review: Ojon Rare Blend Tamer

Ojon Rare Blend Tamer review

Despite being a lover of all-things-beauty, I’m actually pretty reserved when it comes to hair products. Shampoo, conditioner and a heat protection spray are really all I need, and all I use on a regular basis. However, every now and again something comes along and spikes my attention, making me think that *just this once* I could break out of my haircare routine and try something new! The subject of today’s post is one of those very products…

Ever since I can remember, I’ve had these pesky little flyaway hairs that stop my ‘do from looking that extra bit sleeker. When I was younger I used to yank them out (my sister would always shout at me for that, she’s always been the more sensible one!) but more recently I’ve just let them be. That is until I was introduced to the Ojon Rare Blend Tamer when I had a lovely breakfast meeting with the brand!

Ojon Rare Blend Tamer review

The product comes in a wand form, packed full of the Ojon goodness you’d expect and is designed to smooth frizz, flyways and broken strands of hair. It promises to never feel sticky or crunchy, and is also made to be invisible on the hair. Now, as someone who doesn’t like adding extra products to the hair I was a bit unsure about this at first, despite craving the finish it provides. I knew that if I could feel, see or sense the product on my hair at all it just wouldn’t be the solution for me.

My hair looked a bit unruly today, so I figured it was a good time to try it out on my roots. I used my fingers to get any super obvious chunks of hair back to their rightful place, before using the wand to take care of the finer strands that wouldn’t behave. Here’s how I got on!

Ojon Rare Blend Tamer review

Please ignore my roots and let me say…ta da! I honestly have to say that despite my skepticism I was really pleased with how the product performed. I can happily report that it left no weird residue on my hair whatsoever (in fact, no residue at all – it was magic!) and definitely helped to tame those rogue frizzy hairs. I also don’t feel like it made my hair look greasier or disturbed it in any way, which is awesome.

One other thing I have to mention is the scent – this product smells divine! I’m usually not one for commenting on how a beauty item smells but this is an exception. The gorgeous scent also lingered on my hair for a little while which was great, and definitely a plus point for me.

Have you used the Ojon Rare Blend Tamer? What do you think of it?

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox

Black Milk Haul & Giveaway!

Black Milk Haul Giveaway Open

I have to apologise for being a bit MIA blog-wise lately – it’s been a busy old time and I’ve neglected my poor blog! I’m back today with something pretty fun though…that’s if you’re a fan of Australian brand Black Milk, of course. Which naturally everyone in the world is (or should be!)

I’ve been a Sharkie (the fun nickname for us Black Milk fans!) for a while now, and when I spotted the new Princesses and Villains collection I couldn’t resist picking up a few pieces. I actually ordered 4 things, making it my biggest order ever, and picked items that I will take to Hong Kong with me in October! I wanted to show them to you in a haul video, but decided to add in a fun giveaway too…

The giveaway is just a little one, but I thought it was a cute idea. I wanted to give one viewer a AUS $25 gift voucher to put towards their Black Milk item of choice, and decided to run the giveaway on Twitter! To enter:

♥ Follow me on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/ChyazSamuel)
♥ Tweet me using #ChyazBlackMilk telling me why you’d like to win the voucher!
♥ I’ll pick a winner at random – tweet as many times as you like!
♥ Giveaway closes on the 26th August at midnight UK time
♥ Open worldwide, but please do check that Black Milk ships to your country

What did you think of the Disney items I bought? Let me know!

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox

I’ve Found The Best Underwear In The World!

Remember my open letter to Primark regarding the reshuffle in the sizing of their once lovely, perfectly fitting and bottom-hugging pants? It certainly caused a bit of a stir – I couldn’t count the number of people leaving me blog, Facebook and Twitter comments agreeing with all their hearts (and derrières). If you’d like the shortened version of our quarrel, it was this: Primark had a wonderful design of knickers (see below!) that were lacy, comfy and gorgeous. Their size 8-10 totally disappeared, leaving only 6-8 and 10-12 either side. This meant that you’d either have to fit into a size 6 (at the lowest) or a 12 (at the highest) to choose either pair, leaving the inbetweener size 9s like me high and dry. I know size 9 isn’t a thing, but you get my drift!

Primark Pants Knickers

So, for months I have made do with my existing pairs of Primark size 8-10s, which have started to get a bit tired and worn. I’d looked almost everywhere for a good alternative to my old favourites without any luck…until now! Yes ladies, I can confirm that I’ve solved this problem once and for all – no longer will your buns cry out for those holy grail panties that were elusive for so long. The answer to our woes come courtesy of the amazing Boux Avenue!

I’ve been a fan of Boux Avenue from the beginning, but had never spotted these little beauties in the store before. As soon as I saw them, my heart fluttered a little bit - not only are they totally gorgeous, but they’re the perfect alternative to my former favourites! The best bit? The sizes are singular, so I got a size 10 in them and they fit like a glove – no more awkward sizing generalisations! Yay!

Boux Avenue Best Pants Underwear Ever

The lower pair (the Marsha Pin Spot Shorts) are super similar to my old faves, but the added lace around the leg parts makes them even more wonderful! The top pair (the Lia Lacey Animal Shorts) are more lacy, but fit absolutely amazingly and are possibly even better! I bought these two with another pair on the 3 for 2 deal, making them more expensive than Primark at £12 for 3 pairs, but the quality more than makes up for it. I can’t wait to head back and grab some more!

So there we go, problem solved! I’m glad I got to the bottom of that one…(sorry. I couldn’t resist.)

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox

My Autumn Clothing Wishlist!

I know, I know, it’s only August. But you’ve probably noticed that your favourite stores have already started displaying some of their Autumn/Winter offerings, and I can’t pretend I’m not a bit excited. Yes, summer is amazing, but I’ve always been more of a winter clothing fan. Layers, coats, jumpers, leggings…YES PLEASE!

I’ve picked out a few of the pieces that have really caught my eye to share with you all. I’m on a bit of a spending ban since booking to go to Hong Kong, but a girl can still dream! The photos are all taken from the individual store’s site, just for a disclaimer.

The first three pieces are all from ASOS:

ASOS Autumn Fashion Wishlist Blog

♥ ASOS Longline Crepe Blazer
♥ Religion Oversized T-Shirt Skull Dress
♥ Minkpink Tiger Time Jumper

You can never go wrong with a black blazer, and the longer cut makes it perfect for Autumn – short blazers do nothing for me whatsoever! The Religion t-shirt dress is something I’ve lusted after for a long time…what do you guys think? Plus I couldn’t resist including this adorable Minkpink tiger jumper – I’m a total sucker for animal prints!

These next two pieces are from Boohoo and River Island:

Autumn Fashion wish list river island boohoo

♥ Boohoo Jada Checked Side Wet Look Leggings
♥ River Island Navy Leather-Look Faux Fur Trim Coat

I adore these Boohoo leggings, and would wear them SO much in the Autumn and into Winter too – they’re festive, stylish and edgy. This River Island coat is not something I’d usually go for, but it really caught my eye and I couldn’t stop looking at it – it’s unusual, and that’s always a winner with me!

Which items are you coveting for Autumn? Do you love any of the pieces I showed above?

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox

How I Deal With Stress

How To Deal With Stress Teen

Ah, stress. How can something you can’t physically see or touch be SUCH a problem in life? We all get stressed from time to time, and it can be triggered by almost anything – work, relationships, fears or phobias, family, health issues…the list is endless. Some people get stressed at the smallest thing, whilst it takes a lot to ruffle others – I’m somewhere in the middle, and can pinpoint certain times when I’ve been exceptionally stressed.

The end of university was an incredibly stressful time for me – I put far too much pressure on myself, prioritising my work above everything else. I didn’t cook for about three months, living on takeaways and convenience food, which contributed to me gaining 2 stone that year. I was having nightly panic attacks wondering how I’d ever achieve the grade I wanted to. In the end I reached my goal of a 1st Class degree, but it came at a price.

It set me off on a path of getting stressed about other things that previously hadn’t bothered me, too. On my first holiday after finishing university, I developed a fear of flying – something that has NEVER previously bothered me. I started checking things around the house before leaving, sometimes obsessively, and I’d wind myself up further and further. Recently I have decided enough is enough, and am making a huge effort to combat these problems. Here’s a few things I do to help deal with stress in my life:

Hypnotherapy and Self Hypnosis. We have booked a holiday to Hong Kong for later in the year, and it involves a 13 hour flight there and 12+ hours back. We’ve been having hypnotherapy sessions to help deal with the fear of flying (think meditation over stage hypnosis – there’s nothing daft about it!) and I feel like I’m making real steps towards getting control of my fear. We’re also practising self hypnosis each evening, which is wonderfully relaxing!

Exercise! Wonder why I included an ice skating photo above? I find that exercise is an amazing stress-buster and my morning workouts leave me feeling like I can tackle whatever the day has to bring. Make exercise fun and find what you really love doing – I promise you’ll enjoy it more, and will hopefully feel much more at peace afterwards! I didn’t exercise at all during my last year of university and I really feel that contributed to my super high stress levels.

Be positive and take time out to laugh. If you know you’re going to have a stressful week at work, plan something super fun for the Friday night – you’ll have something to look forward to and you’ll make a clear line between the working week and the weekend. Grab some fun hair chalk, pick your favourite outfit, call your best friends…whatever you love, do it. Life’s too short!

Pinpoint what’s stressing you out. It is SO easy to let things build up, and the smallest thing can send you into meltdown. Try and work out exactly what is stressing you out and try to deal with it in isolation – you might find that other things then fall into place. I try to do this, and it isn’t easy, but it will make you feel a whole lot better. Once you’ve figured it out, you can work on making the situation better.

Talk it out! Just a 5 minute chat with your partner, friend or even someone you work with can help you feel that little bit less stressed. If they’re offering you advice, LISTEN to them – it’s so easy to get all doom and gloom and think that nothing will make you feel better, but they’re trying to help and probably have some super valid points.

I love a good heart to heart with you guys! Your turn – how do you deal with stress in your life?

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox