Monday, 16 October 2017

Bleached Hair - How to erase Damage? ♥

I've been dying my hair for over 10 years now, have been blonde for over 4years and was brilliant red before that. So i have quite a lot of experience with attempting the keep damaged hair at bay. Damaged hair is the bane of everyone who dyes their hair, it's dry and brittle and just genuinely feels awful to touch.

I bleach roughly every 4-6 weeks and do a toner every 3/4 weeks to keep my hair the right shade of blonde. This much bleach and product is not particularly good for my naturally brunette hair so i've developed a little system to help when i'm at home

For me, conditioner is a must. But once or twice a week i have a bit more of an 'intensive' conditioning treatment. This doesn't have to cost a lot, my favourite is to use the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle and leave on for at least 1 hour before washing off. This always leaves my hair feeling silky smooth and soft to touch. Another big product for me, is heat protection. I rarely blow-dry my hair but i do straighten it so i make sure i always apply a fair amount to make sure my hair doesn't get fried and more damaged. I'm currently using the Toni & Guy Heat Protection Spray which i'm enjoying. I've also recently added some new items into my routine. I added the L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil and the Charles Worthington Strength & Repair Split ends Binder which i apply to my hair while damp. These leave the ends feeling silky and nourished without weighing my hair down and making it feel full of product.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

L'Oreal Colorista Spray - Grey Hair ♥

I won't lie, i don't think i have fully left my emo/scene phase. I'd like to be transported back to 2007 please. Besides that, I'm still the same person just with much more responsibilities and a lot less fun. One thing that hasn't changed, is my obsessive need to change my hair colour.

I've been dying my hair for over ten years now and I've lost count of the amount of times I've changed my hair colour. Pink, red, black, blonde, black AND red, blue and god knows what else. It's been a ride for my hair that's for sure. Colours come and go with the trends and the most recent one I've seen is grey. Everyone is rocking the granny chic. So, i thought I'd try it out. Temporarily though just in case i hated it. luckily, while browsing Boots i saw the L'Oreal Colorista Spray 1-day colour #greyhair which is very strange product.

I found the colour to be quite pigmented, but as my hair is light blonde currently i do not know how much of this colour would show up on darker colours. The application is very, very easy - the nozzle means you can be really precise and not end up spraying yourself in the eye. The biggest problem i had with this, was the feeling and texture of my hair after. It left my hair feeling dry which is not what i want as i am obsessive over the condition of my hair and religiously use masks and oils to help with this. Also, despite there not being much colour transfer if any, the glitter in the spray does transfer and every time i touched my hair all day i ended up with sparkly hands (eat your heart out, Edward Cullen). 

All in all, not a bad product to give you an idea of how a colour will look before you take the plunge and find a more permanent solution. They have so many colours available in this range - I've got my eye on the blue! 


Thursday, 12 October 2017

Favourite Make Up Brushes ♥

Make up brushes and me have a love/hate relationship. I love buying them but i hate cleaning them. I've recently written about a new tool i use to help clean them, which you can read here. But writing that post gave me inspiration and made me go through my collection to see what brushes i reach for over and over again. 

One of my all time favourites is the Real Techniques Bold Metal Contour Brush which is absolutely gorgeous. It's rose gold with a really stylish feel. It also works amazingly with powder and liquid contouring products which is why it's my most reached for whenever i'm adding contour to my look. To go with my contour, there has to be highlighting. My favourite to apply this is the EyesLipsFace Angled Blush Brush which is such great value for money. I love ELF brushes and this one is only £5! It's the most perfect shape and size to apply highlighter to your cheek bones especially. It also works well with liquid and powder and is very easy to clean. For applying foundation, i'm a kabuki person. I've never really got on well with the standard 'pointed' foundation brushes but this Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki really evenly applies my foundation and blends really well. The brushes are really soft meaning it easily goes all over my face. It really makes me feel like my skin looks as flawless as can be without any visible lines at all.

For eye brushes, i'm a big fan of the Spectrum C06 Brush which is perfect for if you're having a lazier day and just want a flash of colour across the lids or for creating elaborate looks too. It blends really well and is so soft to touch. The EyesLipsFace Eyeshadow Brush & Blending Brush are two more great value for money buys. Only £2 each these do not break the bank but work very well without feeling cheap at all.


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Palette Heaven ♥

Eyeshadow palettes are literally the most #bbloggers item ever, in my opinion. Remember the hype each time a new Naked palette is announced? Well, I've built up quite a little collection of palettes and some of them are better than others and i end up reaching for them time and time again.

One of my all time favourites is the theBalm Balm Jovi Palette which i reviewed in full here. It's beyond beautiful - i love a good pun and rock & roll is my life so mixing the two together with make up is kind of my own personal slice of heaven. Even better for me, the quality is amazing. theBalm is one of my favourites brands as their products (especially palettes) are so clever and different, I'm so glad they've become easier to buy here in the UK now. 

Another one is the Urban Decay Naked2 Basics and i can almost hear the collective intake of breath - why not the Naked or Naked2?! Well, i love all of my Naked palettes but this tiny little palette is perfect for travelling which is why it just edges out the others for this. It's my go-to when travelling whether its one night or two weeks. You can create so many looks from very subtle to very bold very easily.

Last but not least, is my MAC Eyeshadow Palette 'Cool Neutral' which is the only MAC palette i have ever owned. I was never that 'into' MAC like others seemed to be but I've always loved their shadows. This little beauty comes with so many colours, finishes and shades to choose from that i cannot guess how many different looks could be achieved with this palette.


Saturday, 7 October 2017

Full Coverage Make Up ♥

Sometimes, especially on events, i really want full coverage make up. Especially if i am breaking out or not feeling too confident it's always a good boost. I have my go-to products just for full coverage looks.

I always use a primer if i'm wanting full coverage and my current go-to is Benefit The PoreFessional Primer which gives a lovely soft, even base. The perfect canvas for applying make up. My favourite high end 'full coverage' foundation is the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation which is one of my favourite foundations ever. Whenever i run out of this, i always rush out to replace it. Its so easy to use and blends so quickly. The colour is also so good as they have so many shades on offer - finally one that has shades light enough for my skin tone. For concealer, especially on my dark under eyes i love the Maybelline The Eraser Eye Concealer which really hides my under eye circles without ever looking cakey. 

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Evening Skincare Routine ♥

Is there anything better than coming home from work and removing all of your make up (and bra)? I've been taking extra care this year with my skin to make sure it's healthier and drinking extra water to help and I've definitely seen the improvements on my skin. I've recently added some new products into my skincare routine and have been loving the effect on my skin. 

First up, i remove my make up. I use the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water which is my favourite Micellar water I've tried. This easily breaks down all of the make up, even stubborn waterproof mascara. I apply this to a cotton pad - normally i use two to remove all that i can see. if i want to double cleanse, I've been using the Garnier Skin Active Soothing Botanical Cleansing Milk which is really soothing on dry/sensitive skin. It feels very cool on your skin and removes impurities and any build up in my pores. 

To wash my face, I've been trying the L'Oreal Fine Flowers Gel-Cream Wash as this is designed for dry and sensitive skin, it doesn't dry out my face at all. It lathers really well and gets all the last traces of any make up off too. Leaving my face feeling very soft, clean and ready. I always exfoliate, as i have quite dry skin and I'm paranoid about flakey skin. I have been using the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Daily Scrub for years. It smells amazing and you can really feel the difference in your skin after using it. I always concrete on the area around my nose where i have the driest skin. Last but not least,  night cream. I am in love with the Olay Double Action Night Cream which absorbs into my skin almost instantly leaving my skin feeling soft, hydrated and clean. 

Since I've started using this routine, I've noticed less dry skin and I'm less prone to breakouts which has made me feel really good and I'm happy enough to go out without make up on it's left me that confident with my own skin.

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