Do you do fancy dress? Betty Boop costume #Review

I don’t know about you, but I always have mixed feeling about receiving an invite to a Fancy Dress Party. I love the idea of them and have even tried to throw one myself, but that massively backfired when everyone started bitching about the theme…. and don’t even get me started on the time I was invited to an optional fancy dress party. Can I just go on record to say ‘option and fancy dress’ should not be allowed in the same sentence and definitely not on the same invite. Now not only did I have the whole, “what do I go as that won’t cost a fortune” problem but I also had the added challenge of going dressed up, but not ridiculously so in case everyone else had decided to ‘opt out’. My original plan for the party (movie and musical themed) was to go as Fiona from Shrek, but there was no way I was walking into the room green to find everyone else in dinner jackets and their best little black dress. So in the end I played it safe and opted for an all in one kit where I became a white Uhura.  

The only thing that made me feel better about the whole thing was that I treated myself to some ‘knee high boot’ covers (which cost far more than they should have) and I spent most of the night showing everyone my boots!

So why might you ask am I sharing this story with you. Well I was approached by Jokers Masquerade and asked if I would be willing to review one of their fancy dress costumes or wigs. I originally said yes hoping they would supply a selection of wigs for me and my friends to trial on a night out, we had a whole night out pretending to be someone else plan all sorted out – that I will tell you about another time –  but the lovely people at Jokers asked if I would be willing to review one of their adult fancy dress costumes.

I have to admit, it was free and by accepting I would double my fancy dress costume collection so I thought why not. They offered me a selection of fancy dress adult and children costumes to choose from and loving the idea of having a wig to try for the above mentioned ‘night out’ I selected Betty Boop.

The Betty Boop costume arrived quickly, and if you visit their site they have a clock which shows you when you have to place your order to ensure next day delivery – which being know for leaving things to last minute I absolutely love.

However, here is where my review takes a slightly negative turn. You see I was sent a standard packet which I know you can get from various fancy dress sites and shops (not my issue) and the few times I have received these packs I have been slightly annoyed. For example here are some pictures of Betty Boop:

 

Now looking at all these images I would say there are somethings that make Betty Boop, well Betty Boop. A red dress, black curly hair, red shoes, a heart shaped garter and gold jewelry. Now looking at the image on the pack …..

Not me!
Not me!

….(excluding the jewelry and adding a small white dog thing) they seem to agree that Betty Boops essence is red dress, black curly hair, heart garter and red shoes. So what did I find in the pack……

Excuse the photo
Excuse the photo

A red dress and a black wig.

So to complete the outfit I have to find or buy gold jewelry, red shoes and a garter with a heart; which I ain’t doing!!

Now I can understand why they don’t supply shoes and hell I can even over look not including any big hoopy gold jewelry (although why some cheap costume jewelry couldn’t be including within the pack I’m not sure). But for the garter to be missing I was a little bit annoyed. If a company is sending out a ‘complete’ outfit for you to become a character then I can’t help but feel that the pack should include everything you need to become the character…. if extras need to be added then why not sell it all separately at a reduced price?

However, that being said something a little crazy came over me and I have to say, when I finally put on the costume I kinda fell in love with it. The dress was fine and fitted me, which I was amazed at as the only other times I have tried on a costume it’s either it too big or too small (I am always the in-between size) and the wig… well I just love it.

I did not want to take the wig off. I was beyond amazed that is fitted as I have huge amounts of hair and I was loving the black curls. I did not want to take the wig off…and may have considered doing DIY in it. I have shared the photo of me in the costume with everyone and anyone and I am now seriously not only considering a fancy dress night out (it’s a must!) but perhaps throwing a Halloween ‘house warming’ party just so to have an excuse to purchase one of their amazing Halloween costumes!

Yes it is purposefully in shadow (well partly, mainly I asked my mum to take it and this happened!!)
Yes it is purposefully in shadow (well partly, mainly I asked my mum to take it and this happened!!)

I would like to thank Jokers Masquerade for sending me the lovely fancy dress costume and the wig (I love the wig) and for being so patient, as it has taken me forever to write this review, but in my defense I have been working on my house (I don’t know what I am going to do for an excuse when I have finished the house!!)

Please be aware, that I did receive the costume for free in order to write my review, but that this in no way affected my opinion (ok, the wig may have slightly I LOVE IT) and that all of the above are my completely honest opinions and views!download1_zps16e15ea5

Save the blow dry – update

Today is going to be short and sweet I am afraid as I am running around like a headless chicken trying to sort house and final Christmas stuff – friendly advice do not look at buying a house this close to Christmas. I have letters which give me x amount of days to do stuff and right in the middle of this time frame is a massive bank holiday!! Not that I mind as I will be relaxing over Christmas with my friends and family and personally I think that more shops should give their staff more time off over Christmas – but that’s a different post for another day!

Anyway, you may have seen my review on the SAVE THE BLOW DRY shower cap if not you can see it here. If not go and check it out – there are some really bad photos and a brilliant product. My only concern with the product was that it seemed to struggle to dry out after use and so I was worried about how long it would last. I sent my review to the company, just to be nice and perhaps persuade them to send me more free stuff – I’m buying a house and am now officially broke!! – and they responded:

“Great! Thank you for sending over and the pics are great!

Re. condensation – just make sure you leave the towelling side in the air after use (ie: either sit it upside down to dry, or turn inside out) and if you give the towel side a quick blast with a hairdryer every now and then (not for so long that it melts the plastic outer!), that should do the trick.”

I liked the company and product anyway but the fact that they have taken the time to respond and address the issues, despite me not asking shows a great level of customer service.

Save the Blow Dry – #Review

So the lovely people at SAVE THE BLOW DRY have said they will let me review their new shower cap. When I received the email confirming that I could review the shower cap I did let out a little squeak of delight (yes I do that sometimes) sat at my desk in the office!

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I have thick hair.

I know a lot of people will tell you they have thick hair but I will argue with you that my hair is thicker. It’s weird the things I am competitive over!! It takes me an hour to wash, blow dry and straighten my hair for a night out (hence I don’t do it very often!) My hairdresser has commented that if she went to town with the thinning scissors on other peoples hair even half as much as she goes to town with mine they would have no hair left. To highlight my hair (full head) takes just under 2 hours – it’s a good job that I enjoy reading mindless celebrity gossip! Have I convinced you yet??

Throughout my teenage and adult years I have wasted a small fortune on products that never live up to their promises: curling products, hair is straight within the hour despite me using a can of firm hold hairspray. Remember those crocodile clip things that were all the raise? the ones where you twisted your hair and ta-da a sophisticated up do – not on me; if it held for 2 minutes it was a success and usually because I had spent those two minutes standing statue still not moving a muscle!

So when I read about a product that promised to “cover the longest, thickest styles” I knew that in hair volume alone I was the person to test this shower cap.

The SAVE THE BLOW DRY shower cap promises a super-savvy cap that combines “gorgeous waterproof design with an internal layer of super-absorbent micro-weave towelling”. This towelling is supposed to zap humidity and condensation, bathroom proofing hair and leaving it dry and bouncy…. I have to admit I was sceptical about this product doing everything it claims and so when I started this review I was seriously expecting the shower cap to fail.

I am delighted to say could not have been more wrong. I love the SAVE THE BLOW DRY shower cap.

When I first tried the cap in the shower I spent the first few minutes standing stock still. I hardly dared to put my head near the cascade of water as I expecting the shower cap would be a complete failure and I was worried about how to write a bad review – little miss glass half empty! But I had a word with myself; this product makes some great promises and I owe it to you and the company to really put the shower cap to the test – please skirt over the moment that I have just admitted to thinking about you all in the shower!

Before photos:

The SAVE THE BLOW DRY shower cap advises tying up and securing long or thicker hair, pfft this is a review and so I decided to leave mine loose (maximum challenge) and I am pleased to say that despite me bending over, splashing around and almost trying to get my hair wet (sorry about that mental image!). My hair stayed dry.

Once brushed out it was as good as when I originally styled my hair and this cap is significantly more successful than every other shower cap I have ever used!

I have been using the SAVE THE BLOW DRY shower cap for a number of weeks now and my only complaint would be that around the elastic band struggles to dry out post shower and I can see little spots of condensation between the towel and plastic parts of the cap. However this does not stop the shower cap from keeping my hair in top condition, it merely makes me wonder how the cap will last long term, with daily use?!

I love that Save the blow dry are partnered with Khandel light, a charity that works to greatly improve the lives of communities in and around Khandel, Rajasthan, India. Every Save the Blow Dry sold through their website, directly funds a fortnight’s safe drinking water for a family in this desert region, making a basic, but vital difference to people living with constant drought, where temperatures soar to 45 degrees.

Priced at £14.95, SAVE THE BLOW DRY if I was out shopping I would probably over look this shower cap and assume it was another product that would make promises it couldn’t keep however I do really like this product and would definitely consider buying this as a gift and I will be replacing mine when needed (Sometime in the future I hope).

SAVE THE BLOW DRY is available at selective retails and salon partners and full product information can be found on their website.

*Please note: I was given a free SAVE THE BLOW DRY shower cap for the purpose of this review, but all opinions, thoughts and dodgy photos are my own.