Review: Elemis Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser

31.10.12

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Elemis Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser*

I never really used to be bothered about skincare at all, but recently I've become a lot more interested in looking after my skin - I blame reading too many blogs for this! So when Pure Spa got in contact to ask if I'd like to review a sample of this Elemis cleanser I immediately said yes. A couple of months ago I bought the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and I wasn't particularly impressed with it, so I was interested to see how another creamy cleanser would compare.

The Elemis Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser is a daily cleanser which can be used to remove makeup, hydrate your skin and generally just freshen up and brighten the look of your skin. As I'm far too lazy to do a proper skincare routine in the mornings, I have been using it at night to take my makeup off and prepare my skin for going to bed. The cream has a nice, natural scent (I can't really think of a good way to describe it, but it has that sort of clean plant smell that skin products often have, I'm sure you know what I mean!) and is really thick so it feels very rich and moisturising on your skin. The directions recommend to massage it in to dry skin to warm and loosen the cleanser, leave it for a minute to dissolve your makeup, then remove it with a warm, damp mitt or cloth. After using the Pro-Radiance cleanser my skin felt really soft and nourished, and like I had spent a lot more than two minutes taking care of it! It's great at removing face makeup, but I prefer to remove the worst of my eye makeup first before using the cleanser as I find it's not quite so good at that.

I've only been using the cleanser for around a week, so obviously I can't comment on the long-term benefits, but the short-term effects of it seem really promising. In the winter I tend to get dry skin around my nose and cheeks, but since using the Elemis Pro-Radiance cleanser I've definitely noticed that my skin has felt less dry and overall just a bit more soft and nicer looking.

Pure Spa are running their Good Skincare Campaign at the moment to help people understand skincare better and recommend the best types of products to use during the autumn and winter months. I am absolutely clueless when it comes to skincare so I need all the help I can get! Pure Spa have branches in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow so if you're a fellow Scottish blogger (or, you know, normal person) and fancy treating yourself to a bit of pampering then why not try Pure's Revive Face and Body Package which is available at half price just now as part of the Good Skincare Campaign? Alternatively, you could treat yourself to some goodies from Pure's online shop, I'm loving the look of all these Elemis Christmas kits!

Have you tried any Elemis products? What's your favourite cleanser?

Gillian x

The Halloween Party

29.10.12

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Cauldrons // Happy Halloween // Party food // Boo! // Pumpkin cupcakes // Gingerbread skeletons // Pumpkin buckets // Brain cupcakes and Frankenstein & vampire marshmallows // Pumpkins // Cauldrons full of punch // Bat lamp // My Cleopatra fancy dress costume // Cleopatra accessories // Cleopatra makeup


Well let me start by saying well done if you managed to scroll through all those photos, it seems I got a bit snap happy! Halloween has always been a favourite of mine as I love everything spooky and occult, so I was absolutely in my element when planning how to decorate the flat and what food to make. We had our party on Saturday as we're all getting old now (sob) and have university/work to go to through the week - although as it turns out I think I might be going out on Wednesday anyway!

My flatmate and I spent a rather disproportionate amount of last week decorating the flat with all things Halloween related. We cut bat shapes out of black paper and stuck them to the lamp which was really easy to do, and I thought it looked really good! We also cut out garlands of ghosts and bats to stick around the walls (you can just about see them in the top of the mirror photo!) and bought some of those fake cobwebs to drape around the room. Plus there was Halloween tinsel and confetti, fairy lights shaped like bats and skulls, and our lovingly carved pumpkins!

As well as the buckets of sweeties and crisps you would expect to find at a Halloween party, I also did lots of baking. I think my favourite things were the Frankenstein and vampire marshmallows - I melted some white chocolate and dyed it with gel food colouring, dipped the marshmallows in them and then, once they had set, piped faces on them. I also made gingerbread skeletons by making a normal gingerbread man then piping the shape of a skeleton on top. The orange cupcakes are supposed to be pumpkins - although I'm not sure if they actually look like pumpkins! - and the pink ones have a spoonful of strawberry jam in the middle and the icing is piped to look a bit like brains.

No party would be complete without some rather deadly alcoholic punch! We bought the cauldrons from a fancy dress shop the last time we had a Halloween party, and reused them for this year's "swamp punch" and "blood punch". I'm not entirely sure what was in either of the cauldrons, but the green swampy punch had lots of rum, midori, pineapple and orange juice, lemon and lime wedges, and assorted gummy worms; and the red punch was full of vodka and triple sec, cranberry and raspberry juice, orange slices and strawberry laces. If we hadn't had such a ridiculous amount of punch to get through, I definitely would have tried out some of the Sourz Halloween cocktails which I had an email about recently. I love the sound of the Apple Bob and Dracula's Kiss ones, think I might have to try them out on Wednesday so I'll need to think up another costume to wear!

And finally, on to my costume. I went as Cleopatra this year, which was a pretty simple outfit to put together as my hair is already pretty Cleopatra-like and I had a white dress in my wardrobe which worked pretty well. I then ordered a collar and belt from Ebay, and I also ordered a headdress thing but sadly my head was too small for it and it kept slipping off, so I abandoned it pretty quickly! The makeup was (worringly) not that different to my usual routine, I just added some blue eyeshadow, exaggerated the liquid liner, put on some gold pencil liner on the waterline, gold lipstick and a tonne of bronzer. Since I didn't wear the headdress, I quickly added a few small braids to my hair instead.

I feel I can't end this post without including this photo - no idea what's going on but it makes me laugh every time I look at it. The random couple behind me seem to be enjoying themselves! Happy Halloween!

Gillian x

Sunday Summary #44

28.10.12

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1.Bat lamp 2.New fringe 3.Old photos of my teenage bedroom 4.Autumn leaves 5.Pumpkin and sweet potato soup 6.Cleopatra Halloween costume 7.Me and Morag (or should I say Maleficent?) 8.Stolen plumbob

So, first things first, I finally got a fringe cut in! I've been thinking about getting it done for ages but kept putting it off as I wasn't sure if I would like it or if it would suit me, but I decided now was as good a time as any to find out so booked an appointment at the hairdressers on Thursday. It still feels a bit weird and it usually takes me by surprise whenever I look in the mirror, but I'm really liking it at the moment. I had a look through my old Photobucket account the other day (hence why there's a photo of my old bedroom, in case you were wondering!) to see some of my past hairstyles and there are some absolute horrors in there! Think I might do a "hairstyles through the years" type of post soon so we can all laugh at my misfortune.

There's a few sneaky peeks of this year's Halloween party above, but I'm keeping most of the photos to do a proper post on it in a couple of days. As we're all getting old and can't deal with being hungover at work/university though the week, we had our Halloween night out yesterday instead of Halloween itself. I dressed up as Cleopatra, which my new fringe came in very handy for! I'm looking forward to (well, I'm not sure if that's exactly the right word...) seeing the photos from last night when my friends upload them to Facebook. When we were out, we spotted some people dressed up as Sims, and I rescued (i.e. stole) an abandoned plumbob from the floor. It was such a good costume and would be pretty simple to do, think I might have to borrow that idea for future fancy dress parties!

Aside from decorating the flat and making far too many Halloween themed cakes, I haven't done much this week other than uni work. It's getting towards essay season so I think I will be turning into a bit of a hermit soon to try and get everything done on time. Luckily I don't have any exams this years which suits me as I hate exams, but that does mean I need to work twice as hard on my essays. I can't believe it's week seven of term already, madness!

Did you go out for Halloween this weekend?

Gillian x

Mixtape: October

26.10.12


October mixtape // via Spotify

So it's not quite the end of the month yet, but I thought I would upload October's mixtape as it's got a few Halloween themed songs on it, so might help to get you in the mood for my favourite day of the year - or if you're compiling a Halloween party playlist, it might give you a bit of inspiration. Hope you enjoy! P.S. track nine is a definite contender for my favourite song ever ever.

By the time October rolls around, autumn has slowly crept up on you and, all of a sudden, leaves are falling at your feet and the sun has set by six o'clock. Hands never leave coat pockets, and everything seems golden. There's a sudden longing for freshly baked bread and toffee apples and blood red lipstick. The witching hour seems more bewitching than ever before, just the moon and you. Everyone seems a little superstitious. You watch too many films late at night, and worry about nothing and everything all at once.

Jace Everett // Bad Things
Creedence Clearwater Revival // I Put a Spell on You
The Shins // Fall of '82
Wolfmother // Witchcraft
The Horrible Crowes // Never Tear Us Apart
Blue Oyster Cult // (Don't Fear) The Reaper
Queens of the Stone Age // Burn the Witch
Patrick Wolf // Enchanted
Alkaline Trio // If You Had a Bad Time
Mountain Man // Soft Skin
Listen to "October" here.


What are your favourite Halloween songs?

Gillian x

Top 5: Autumn Lipsticks

24.10.12

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For some reason, when it starts to get cold I always want to start wearing lipstick in the daytime, whereas in the summer it's usually reserved for nights out. I'm always drawn to much deeper colours in the autumn as well - any excuse to break out the Russian Red! Here are my top 5 favourite lipsticks at the moment which are perfect for wearing during the autumn months.

Barry M Lip Paint in #136 Golden Bronze:
A gorgeous golden shade that is the perfect neutral for people who don't really do neutrals. It just gives a hint of colour and shimmer without being too over the top. This used to be my everyday lipstick when I was at school, and I've only recently rediscovered how pretty it can be!

Barry M Lip Paint in #141 Royal Raspberry:
Another old favourite, this one has been through the wars and is rather melted now. This is a gorgeous berry shade and can either be worn quite opaque for a bold colour, or if applied with a lighter hand it gives a more subtle wash of colour.

MAC Lipstick in Russian Red:
This was the first piece of MAC makeup that I ever bought, and I think it's still my favourite. It's a classic deep, matte red with a creamy formula and long-lasting colour. It creates the perfect 50s look when paired with some winged eyeliner.

No7 Stay Perfect Lipstick in #12 Glace:
This lipstick sat at the back of my drawer for ages because I was convinced I didn't like it, but I tried it out a couple of weeks ago and discovered that it's actually a really nice shade. It's a deep, muted pink colour with gold shimmer running through it. This would be a great autumn shade if you're not a fan of red lipsticks.

ELF Lipstick in Voodoo:
I purchased this quite recently and it has quickly become a firm favourite. It's a deep rusty red which gives quite a lot of colour, but isn't too overpowering for daytime. It feels very light and moisturising whilst still being quite pigmented, although I do find I have to reapply it quite a lot. I absolutely love the colour, so I can forgive it though!

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What are your favourite autumnal lipstick shades?

Gillian x

Outfit: Studded

22.10.12

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Jumper: H&M
Skirt: River Island
Boots: Ebay
Necklace: Ginger Pickle

Ah you've got to love a good studded outfit, I feel like such a ~blogger~ in this! I bought the boots recently from Ebay and I'm a little bit in love with them. They seem pretty sturdy and the heel isn't too high, so they're great for daytime but also dressy enough for dinner or the pub in the evening. They're quite similar to the Topshop ones everyone was going crazy for last year, but they're significantly cheaper and - dare I say it - a bit nicer because of the studs.

I paired the boots with a studded bodycon skirt from River Island, which I got in the sale a couple of years ago for about £5. Black bodycon skirts are a wardrobe staple for pretty much everyone, so this was definitely money well spent! It's great for nights out, but also looks good with oversized jumpers to casual it down (opposite of dress it up?) a bit. I bought this jumper a feew weeks ago from H&M and I've worn it so much since the weather has started to get colder. It's a perfect deep burgundy shade for autumn and is quite a lightweight knit so it's great for layering. Unfortunately this colour seems to be sold out online at the moment, but it comes in quite a few different colours. I'm sure I spotted a black one and a plain grey one in store too, so I might have to go back and get a couple more!

And last but not least is my new necklace from Ginger Pickle. I ordered this a couple of months ago and have been wearing it so much, but I'm only just getting round to posting an outfit with it! Lots of the jewellery in the Ginger Pickle shop is handmade by Jade herself (she also has a lovely blog here), and the shop also stocks jewellery, stationery, homewares, and other lovely things from lots of small British designers. I absolutely love this necklace, even though it's made of metal it's quite light and dainty. I'll definitely be ordering some more things from Ginger Pickle when I fancy treating myself, and it would be perfect if you're stuck for birthday or Christmas gift ideas!

Are you loving the studs trend?

Gillian x

Sunday Summary #43

21.10.12

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Ah, so glad it's finally Sunday again, this week has been a massive failure! Pretty much everything I've done this week seems to have gone wrong in some way, shape or form. Well, I'm being a little overdramatic, but lots of uni-related stress, managed to break the sofa, had an Asda grocery delivery that failed to turn up (still isn't here, RAGE), lost my USB stick and generally have spent a lot of time moaning about life. It's just been one of those weeks!

I was in a much better mood on Thursday, however, as I went through to Glasgow with Lynne to go to the Scottish Bloggers pub quiz. It was lovely to meet up with some bloggers I had met before as well as lots of new faces, and of course it was also lovely to indulge in a few cocktails. My team ended up winning, which I don't think any of us expected! Huge thanks to Paula for organising everything and putting together some lovely little goody bags for us all!

I've been thinking about getting a full fringe cut in for a while, and recently I bought a clip in fringe from Ebay to see what it would look like. It took rather a lot of customising with the kitchen scissors, but I finally got it to look (sort of) natural. I think I really like it, will probably be brave and book an appointment at the hairdressers next week! What do you think? (Also Edinburgh people, any recommendations for hairdressers? It's been years since I last got my hair cut).

I've also started Halloween preparations this week, it's definitely my favourite "holiday" of the year. My flatmate and I have decided to have a wee Halloween party next weekend so we have started decorating the flat already, keen beans that we are. I've got lots of recipes bookmarked so I can't wait to start making some weird and wonderful cakes and party food! I'm going to dress up as Cleopatra this year and have half my costume sorted out, just waiting for some accessories I ordered from Ebay to arrive. Are you dressing up this year?

What have you been up to this week?

Gillian x

Wishlist: Fall Fashion Finder

20.10.12

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1.Grey Tube Scarf, £7.99 // 2.Purple Wrap Tulip Dress, £16.99 // 3.Grey Chunky Cable Knit Tights, £3 // 4.Studded Loafer Shoes, £14.99 // 5.Pretty Rhinestone Cross Earings, £3.25 // Outfit Total = £46.22

A couple of days ago I got an email from the lovely people at VoucherCodes.co.uk about the latest project for their Most Wanted magazine. The challenge was to create an autumn outfit for under £50 to show that you can update your wardrobe for this season without breaking the bank. I thought the challenge sounded like fun, and I always love a good bargain, so spent a hour or two browsing through some online stores to see what I could come up with.

The main part of my outfit consists of a gorgeous purple wrap dress from New Look. I love the colour of this dress, I'm always a fan of the deep purples and maroons that start to appear in the shops as the weather gets colder. I have a very similar dress in black which I bought from Topshop last year, but this one is around half the price. Bargain!

In the autumn it's always a good idea to have a scarf and some woolly tights to keep you warm. I really liked this H&M tube scarf/snood, it looks so cosy and would be easy to throw on top of just about any outfit. To finish the look off, I've gone for some studded loafers and a pair of cross earrings. Studs seem to be very popular at the moment and I think they really help to make an outfit stand out more. If you add a big snuggly jacket, this outfit would be perfect for cold autumn days, or if you ditch the tights and scarf and add a pair of heels instead it would be perfect for a night out.

If you fancy taking part in the Fall Fashion Finder challenge, all you need to do is head over to Pinterest to enter the competition. Simply create a board with the items you would choose for an autumn outfit, up to a total of £50, and you could be in with the chance of winning everything on the board for yourself. Have a look at Voucher Code's Pinterest and follow their board for more details, or have a look at my board for some inspiration!

What would you include in your perfect autumn outfit?

Gillian x

Blog Design Tips #2: Customising Titles and Post Layouts

17.10.12





Before you start, always back up a copy of your template just in case anything goes wrong! You can do this by opening your Blogger dashboard, clicking on Template >> Backup/Restore >> Download full template. Remember to check out the first post in this series for some other ways to customise your template!

You can actually customise quite a bit in the Blogger Template Designer (Template >> Customise), so it's always a good place to start. Under the Advanced tab, click on the Post Title, Date Header and Gadgets sections to do some basic changes. I've changed the font to Georgia, made it size 16, changed the colour of the sidebar titles, and made the background of the date header transparent:


It still looks a bit messy and mismatched, however, so we're now going to edit the CSS code. Go back to the Template page and click on Edit HTML. Now we're going to search for the correct CSS tags which control the design of each element. (Handy tip - if you're using Firefox or Chrome as your browser, open your blog and right click on the area you want to customise, then choose Inspect Element. When you hover over the line of code in the bottom box, it will highlight the corresponding element, and show you the CSS name for it on the right. Have a look at these screenshots to get a better idea of what I mean!). The post title is controlled by the h3 tag, so in the Edit HTML section press ctrl+F and search for h3. You should find the following code (or something similar, depending on which template you're using):

h3.post-title, .comments h4 {
font: $(post.title.font);
margin: .75em 0 0;
}

Now we can customise the fonts, colours, borders etc. of the post title. There are lots of different things you can change, so I'm just going to quickly explain a few of the ones I use most often. Have a look at the W3Schools site for a full list of CSS properties. Words in bold are the actual code, italic words are just my descriptions, and should be deleted if you copy and paste the code into your own template:

font-family: "Georgia", serif;     Any of the basic fonts e.g. Arial, Tahoma.
font-size: 16px;     Can also use a percentage value.
font-weight: bold;     The default setting is 'normal'.
font-style: italic;     The default setting is 'normal'.
color: #b9a4a5;     Text colour, use a colour picker to find the number you need.
text-align: left;     Can also be 'right', 'center' or 'justify'.
text-decoration: underline;     Default setting is 'none'.
text-transform: uppercase;     Can also be 'lowercase' or 'none'.
letter-spacing: 2px;     Space between letters, default is 'normal'.
border-bottom: 1px solid #e9e3e3;     Can be 'dashed' or 'double', 'top', 'left' etc.
background-color: #e9e3e3;     For a solid colour.
background-image: url('PICTUREURL.JPG');     For an image as a background.

I've chosen the attributes I want, entered them into my HTML code under the h3 tag and then pressed save. The code now looks like this, and this is how my new title looks:

h3.post-title, .comments h4 {
margin: .75em 0 0;
text-transform: uppercase;
text-align: center;
font-family: "Georgia", serif;
font-size: 16px;
font-weight: normal;
font-style: italic;
letter-spacing: 2px;
border-bottom: 2px solid #e9e3e3;
color: #b9a4a5;
}


I'm now going to do the same with the date header and sidebar title. Both are controlled by the h2 tag. I want them to look different however, so I'm going to have to specify the tags in more detail. The existing h2 tag will specify the sidebar titles, and I'll have to add a new tag called h2.date-header for the date header (again, you can use the Inspect Element tool to find out the name of tags). h2 is the parent element, so everything here will also appear in the h2.date-header tag unless it is "cancelled out". This is what my code will be and how the page now looks:

h2 {
text-transform: uppercase;
text-align: center;
font-family: "Georgia", serif;
font-size: 16px;
font-weight: normal;
font-style: italic;
letter-spacing: 2px;
border-bottom: 2px solid #e9e3e3;
color: #b9a4a5;
}

h2.date-header {
font-size: 10px;
border-bottom: 0px;
color: #555555;
font-style: normal;
}


Now everything matches and looks nice and neat. Yay! But now I want to move the date header underneath the post title, so for this I'll need to edit the HTML to move the elements around. Make sure you've saved everything you've done so far, then tick the Expand Widget Templates box at the top left of the window. Then search for the following code, cut it out and paste it temporarily into a notepad document (make sure it is deleted from your HTML):

<b:if cond='data:post.dateHeader'>
<h2 class='date-header'><data:post.dateHeader/> </h2>
</b:if>

Now search for the following code, and paste the first code directly underneath it (in some templates these codes appear twice, so you may have to do the cutting, deleting and pasting twice):

<b:if cond='data:post.title'>
<h3 class='post-title entry-title'>
<b:if cond='data:post.link'>
<a expr:href='data:post.link'><data:post.title/></a>
<b:else/>
<b:if cond='data:post.url'>
<a expr:href='data:post.url'><data:post.title/></a>
<b:else/>
<data:post.title/>
</b:if>
</b:if>
</h3>
</b:if>

Now your date should be underneath your post title, and the finished product should look something like this:



This tutorial ended up being quite long, but I hope you found it useful and easy to understand anyway! Once you get used to the names of CSS properties it becomes much easier to quickly edit parts of your design to make it fit in with the colour scheme/appearance of the rest of your blog. You can use the same principles to edit other parts of your blog's template, for example the post footer which is controlled by the .post-footer tag. If you have any questions (or suggestions of what to include in my next blog design tips post) then please do get in touch!

Gillian x

Outfit: Coming Up Roses

15.10.12

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Dress: Fashion Culprit*
Cardigan: Dorothy Perkins
Boots: Ebay

If you watched my Getting Ready video the other day you might recognise this outfit. The dress arrived in the post that morning so I decided to put it on straight away and give it it's first outing. The dress has a gorgeous floral print with little pink roses, and a lace peter pan collar - every blogger's dream! It's made from quite a heavy jersey fabric so it sits really nicely and feels like great quality, much better than I was expecting it to be as it's only a tenner at the moment!

Fashion Culprit weren't a brand I had heard of before, and I don't think they would have necessarily caught my attention unless I had tried out this dress. If I'm 100% honest, some of the clothing on their site is very not my style (like, um, this dress, but is that anyone's style? Apart from if you're a Strictly Come Dancing contestant, perhaps), but if you dig a little bit deeper there are some hidden gems for really good prices. I love this heart cut out dress and this diamante collar chiffon shirt.

It's that time of year again when everyone starts apologising for the dingy outfit photos, so yeah, um, sorry about that! It seems to be constantly dark in my flat and unfortunately I don't have a garden or anyone on hand to take 'on location' photos. Unless one of you wants to be my live-in photographer? I jest.

What do you think of Fashion Culprit?

Gillian x

Sunday Summary #42

14.10.12

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Ah, another week, another hungover Sunday Summary post. I was out last night for a friend's birthday and had a few too many of the aforementioned pints (as well as an unfortunate tequila-related incident, oh dear) so I'm feeling a little bit worse for wear. Luckily my flatmate went to get us some supplies of fizzy juice and sandwiches, so I'm feeling a bit better now that I've got some Lucozade!

Aside from last night, this week has been fairly boring. I've got so much reading to do for uni at the moment, it's not exactly difficult but it's SO time consuming reading endless journal articles and book chapters. My class on Thursday was cancelled though, so I spent most of the day catching up with blog designs. If you're still waiting in the queue at the moment I promise I haven't forgotten about you, I'm slowly but surely working my way through the list! I'm planning on doing the second part of my blog design tips series soon, so let me know if there's anything HTML/design-related that you'd like to know how to do.

I've started doing some preparations for this year's Halloween costume as it's somehow half way through October already! I've decided to go as Cleopatra this year so have been practicing my over-the-top eyeliner skills. I've still to get my costume together though, trying to find a white maxi dress with short sleeves is proving rather difficult. Even trusty Ebay is failing me! Might have to go for a tshirt and skirt instead, but I don't know if a white maxi skirt is going to be easy to find at this time of year either! Halloween is my favourite "holiday", I can't wait - have you decided what to dress up as this year?

I've also been busy filming some videos for my Youtube channel this week. I've done a what's in my bag and a getting ready video this week, plus I'm in the middle of editing another video which will be uploaded soon! I never really used to watch many Youtube videos unless I was looking for a specific tutorial, but I'm a total convert now. Let me know if you have a channel so I can stalk you!

What have you been up to this week?

Gillian x

Pop Phone

13.10.12

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Native Union Pop Phone // £24.99*

When I first saw the words 'phone accessories' I immediately thought of those naff little phone charms that everyone used to thread through that tiny hole in the top on their Nokias back in the day (what was that hole even for?). Since then, however, phones have become much more sophisticated and accessories have also become much less tacky and a lot more useful. There are lots of accessories now available for android phones like my HTC Wildfire S, and I was kindly sent a pop phone to review.

It's basically a full-sized phone handset which you can plug in to your phone to make calls with (a bit like the opposite of a hands-free bluetooth headset). At first it might seem a little bit gimmicky, but it's actually SO useful. I've only had mine for a few days and I've used it loads already. My phone is pretty small (pretty much half the size of the new iPhones!) so if you're having a long conversation your hand can turn into a bit of a claw, but the classic shape of the Pop Phone receiver is really comfortable to hold. I also have a habit of accidentally pushing buttons mid-phonecall with my MASSIVE FACE, but this solves that problem as your face is nowhere near the touchscreen. This also means you can use your phone to check messages or look things up while carrying on with your phonecall.

I'm not sure if I would bother taking the pop phone out and about with me as it's a little bit large to fit in my pockets, but it's definitely something I will use a lot when making phonecalls at home. You can also use it with tablets or computers, so you can easily make calls with Skype. I wasn't really aware of what pop phones were before reviewing this, but now I can't believe I hadn't bought one years ago! I had a phonecall with my mum recently in which we hung up on each other accidentally at least 3 times and I also dropped my phone at one point (I swear we are actually functional human beings and not as stupid as we sound), if only I'd had a pop phone to help me!

Have you tried using a pop phone before?

Gillian x