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Review: The minimum wage dress

dressHey Guys.

This is the ‘minimum wage dress’ from Shelikes.com. The dress went on sale on 20th June this year and only costs a measly £3.68, the minimum wage for under 18s in the UK. The dress is aimed at young girls who work hard for very little cash and are feeling increasing pressure to still look stylish and follow trends.

The more I have heard about this dress the more curious I have become. When the dress originally launched in June I read a few articles about it in the papers, most of which seemed to be suggesting that it was nothing more than a gimmick and questioning whether the dress was actually good value for money. I have also seen quite a few negative blog posts about the dress, again suggesting that it will probably fall apart after one wash, will look cheap etc. One blogger even claimed to be insulted by the very idea of it! However, none of these bloggers had actually bought or tried the dress before giving their opinions on it. That just didn’t seem fair to me. So I decided that I would purchase the dress and ‘roadtest’ it. I hope you enjoy my review, I have tried to answer some key questions…

How is it made?

My first thought was “where/how has the dress been made?” I had visions of some poor Indian child in sweatshop knocking up these dresses. After a small amount of research I discovered that they are actually made by Figa store, a clothing and fabric manufacturer in Leicester. I definitely favor brands who support British manufacturers and so Shelikes earns brownie points for that.

How does it look?

When I first saw the dress on the website I have to admit that I thought it looked a little cheap and nasty, as did the other bloggers I mentioned above. The main reason for this is that the model in the photo is clearly wearing a dress that is a couple of sizes too big for her. This creates the illusion of a badly fitting and therefore bad quality dress. You should not judge this dress by the picture on the website as it does not do it any justice Web picsat all.

I am not for one second suggesting that I wore the dress better than the model, I just feel that it looks so much better in real life than in the websites photos. Minimum wage dress

The dress is shaped well and I love the way it looks. It fits me perfectly and the colour is bright and fun. I should probably also mention that it comes in four different colours.

Is the material good quality?

I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised by the material. I was expecting something flimsy that would fray and unravel as soon as I even looked at it, but I am really pleased to say that I was wrong about that. Obviously it’s not the same quality fabric as a £80 dress from Lipsy but if I compare it to some of my other bargain dresses that I have bought in the price range of £10 – £20 then the quality is just fine, if not better. It has a lycra kind of feel to it which makes it quite figure hugging but I really like that.

Can people tell it is cheap?

I posted a pic of me wearing the dress on Facebook and asked my friends to guess how much it cost. Their answers ranged from £25 – £45 with the average guess being around £30. So clearly no it does not look cheap.

Is it wearable?

Yes! I wore it out to dinner with my boyfriend. We went to a nice hotel to eat and I can honestly say I didn’t feel out of place or underdressed or even embarrassed for wearing such a cheap dress as I really don’t think it is obvious that it is a cheap dress. I actually had a few compliments on it! Avon gorge

There were no snags or frays or anything. The one thing I will say is that it is quite short and would start to ride up a little as I was walking. However, I think that can be expected from most mini dresses.

Is it washable?

I washed the dress on a standard 40 degree synthetics wash. It came out looking like thisphoto

Exactly the same! The colour didn’t fade or bleed and there was no ‘bobbling’ on the material. I was very happy with that.

My overall opinion.

Despite my initial doubts and skepticism I can honestly say that I love this dress. I genuinely enjoyed wearing it. I think it is great value for money and will definitely be wearing it again.

I hope you enjoyed my review or even found it helpful. Have any of you bought the minimum wage dress? Would you? I would love to know your thoughts.

Love from JJBloglovin / Twitter / Instagram

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MUA fur-effect nails

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Hey Guys and Dolls!

I recently tried MUA fur effect nails and I thought I would share the results with you.

MUA

I bought two pots because there was a deal on at Superdrug for two for £4. Super cheap and cheerful 🙂 I tried out the blue pot first.

I first painted my nails with a blue Barry M polish as it was quite a good match for the colour. I found that the easiest way to apply the fur is to tip a little bit of the fur into the lid of the pot then paint your nail with a second coat of polish and dip it into the fur immediately. It took a bit of time as it was quite fiddly and a little messy.

The finished result looked like thisMUA fur effect nails 006OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It is very furry and I do like the bright colour. Although I do love quirky nail art I have to be honest I’m not really a huge fan of this product. It does have its good points (it’s waterproof which I wasn’t expecting)  but the big problem was my friends reactions to my nails. Most of my friends described my nails as either “weird” or “Kinda gross” . My sister took it one step further and stated “You look like you have a fungal infection!” That is NOT the look I was going for!

It is not a horrible product but I’m not sure that other people get it. In my opinion MUA fur effect nails is a good quality product and good value for money. However, I think perhaps it is best used only for a fun party look and shouldn’t be examined too closely in the sober light of day.

Love from JJ

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Product review: Stargazer tropical green

Hey Guys and Dolls!

My hair colour is starting to fade out pretty badly and I have just ordered a new colour so I figured now would be a good time to post a little review.

Stargazer

This is the first time I have used any Stargazer product. I didn’t know what to expect as I know hair dye can always be a bit hit or miss.

Is it easy to apply?

The dye comes already made up in the bottle so there is no need to do any mixing or trying to squeeze tubes of colour into tiny bottles like you have to do with some hair dye products. So that part is nice and easy and mess free. The bottle comes with an easy applicator nozzle so I didn’t need to use a bowl and tint brush. On  the one hand that is quite handy as it saves time and mess. However, I found that using the nozzle made it harder to get an even coverage. The whole process of applying the dye to my hair didn’t actually take very long so it gets points for convenience.

Score: 4/5

Does it match the sample colour?

Yes! It is maybe a shade or two lighter but it is still a very good match. This is great as I have had so many experiences of hair dye turning out to be a completely different colour to what they promise.  Stargazer Tropical green comes out more blue than green if you ask me but its ok because that is what I was expecting. The colour is  a very vibrant blue for about a week and as it fades it gradually becomes more green.

sample and my hairI applied this colour to per-lightened hair. It will not turn out this vibrant if you apply it too dark hair.

Score: 4/5 (I am giving it a 4 just because I feel that it should be advertised as a blue dye not green. If it was called tropical blue I would give the colour 5/5)

How long does it last?

It starts out as a bright blue which lasts about a week before starting to look green but is still quite vibrant. After a week and a half it changed to a kind of pastel green with a hint of blue. I actually really like the colour it fades too, it’s kind of like getting two colours in one bottle. Stargazer tropical green fade

I would say that you get a good 3 weeks before you need to think about re-dyeing it. If you don’t like the colour it fades to and only want the vibrant colour and not the pastel then really you only have 1 and half weeks.

Score: 3/5

Is it cruelty free?

According to stargazers website they don’t test on animals but cannot guarantee that their products are vegan friendly.

Score: 4/5

Packaging

The packaging is really bland if you ask me. It doesn’t stand out when compared to the crazy colour packaging. The dye does come with gloves though so that is always nice.

Score: 2/5

Value for money

I paid £5.00 and got enough dye for two applications! I was incredibly happy with this. I’ve had the colour for 5 weeks now so I would say it’s good value for money. It’s not the longest lasting dye in the world but it is cheap and I would say it is certainly worth a fiver.

Score: 5/5

My overall verdict

I would definitely purchase this product again. I really like the colour and after having bad experiences with blue and green dyes in the past I would say this is probably one of the best that I have tried. My only real issue is the boring packaging.

Overall score: 4/5

If you fancy giving this colour a go you can buy it here: Stargazer tropical green

Love from JJ

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