Hair Care Regime

 

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As I said in a previous post I have recently gone from having black hair to having blonde. I am a natural blonde although the colour that I currently am is lighter than my usual mousey-blonde.

Because I have put my poor hair through the wringer, and because I want to keep it blonde and not brassy I use various different hair products to keep it in half decent shape.

I use what is called ‘Silver Shampoo’ to ward off brassiness. This is shampoo which is purple in colour. I have two different versions. The one I use most often is John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Shampoo (£5.99 – Boots) and the accompanying Colour Renew Shampoo (£5.99 – Boots). I use this every other wash as instructed by my hairdresser. I have another one called Touch of Silver Silver Sensations Shampoo (£2.09 – Boots – although my mum picked me one up from B&M Stores for about 30p cheaper!). I use this one once a week and pair it with a hair mask. The hair mask I’m using at the moment is L’Oreal Paris Triple Resist Masque (£5.09 – Boots). I don’t think there was a particular reason I chose this hair mask although I have a feeling that it may have been on offer in Sainsbury’s! I like the smell of this one and it’s a scent that lingers around for the whole day after I’ve used it.

I wouldn’t recommend using the Silver Shampoo each day. I tried doing that when I first went blonde as I wanted to get rid of the orange-ness but it just made my hair a lot drier. My hair felt better when I started using it every other wash.

When I’m not using my silver shampoo, I use the Aussie brand hair care. I use the Aussie Colour Mate Shampoo (£4.69 – Boots) along with the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Colour Mate (£4.99 – Boots). The reason I use the 3 Minute Miracle conditioner is to give my hair as much of a boost as I can. Once my hair gets longer I’ll stop using this as it’s a bit too thick for my hair when it gets some length to it.

I tend to use heat pretty much every day on my hair. It’s too short to put up in any way and by the time I’ve slept on it, I look like I’ve been dragged through a hedge backwards. To protect my hair as much as possible I spray it liberally with Aussie Miracle Recharge Colour Leave-In Conditioner (£4.49 – Boots). This is also a heat protectant which is great.

My hair is slowly but surely coming back to being in a good condition. I’m planning on letting it grow for now so I’ll have to take as much care of it as I can.

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Glossy Box June

 

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(Sorry it’s a bit late. I had it written but forgot to post!)

My monthly Glossy Box seems to come around really quickly these days. Time is definitely flying! This months box contains full size products which is really great. I do love it when I get full size stuff!

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Once again I am one product short. The Nailgirls 3-in-1 base/topcoat & nail strengthener was firmly squirrelled away by my mum. To be honest, that’s fine as I generally only use gel on both finger and toe nails.

These are what I have left:

Teeez Trend Cosmetics Beaultiful Flat Stiff Brush – Not all brushes are created equally and this is one of the better ones. It reminds me of a Mac 239 but with a shorter and prettier handle. The handle is covered in eyes and what I think are peacock feathers. A lovely little brush which I am looking forward to using.

So Susan Cosmetics Universal Blush – This blush looks nothing special in the pan – peachy with a subtle shimmer. But apparently this blush works with your skin’s natural chemistry and creates a natural and healthy looking flush. It will be interesting to see what colour this turns when I wear it.

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Yohji Yamamoto Femme – There seems to be a lot of perfume samples in subscription boxes at the moment. This is a brand I have never heard of so I did a little googling. It seems that Yohji Yamamoto is a well known Japanese fashion designer and his work is definitely impressive. This perfume contains elements of bergamot, sandalwood and musk as well as elements of jasmine, freesia and vanilla. I like this perfume. It smells a little strong at first which means that I would probably use it for a night out but it seems to wear well and doesn’t smell weird after it’s been on the skin for a while. That’s always a bonus.

Nip+Fab CC Eye Fix – This is a slightly salmon coloured concealer which makes it perfect for under the eye and helping to conceal dark circles. I’m always after something that will help with the dark circles under my eyes and I can’t wait to try this one out.

I think that Glossy Box is really upping it’s game just lately. I have been happy with everything in my boxes for the past few months. I can’t wait to see what July will bring.

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MIA

 

Well, it certainly looks like I took an impromptu holiday! With work, family stuff and general life, I’ve been pretty much useless these past few weeks. It took me a while to realise that I had run out of scheduled posts!

Normal service should resume shortly.

Here’s a picture of a Giz looking cute to say sorry……

 

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Friday Five

 

I’ve been watching a lot of Thor/Avenger movies just lately. I have never been a comic book fan. I don’t think I went far enough down the geeky path for that one. In fact, if I’m being totally honest, the main reason I even remotely got interested in these movies was because of the casting. Now everyone has their favourite Avengers and I was thinking the other day about which ones were my favourite. So, here is my list, from least favourite to most favourite.

5.   Captain America – I just don’t get the hype about this dude. I tried to watch the first Captain America movie but that was mainly                 because Richard Armitage is in it and I have a humungous crush on that guy. As soon as he died (which was quite early on) I gave up and switched it off and haven’t tried to watch it since. As an Avenger, he just seems a little slow and boring!

4.   Thor – Don’t get me wrong, Thor is hot. And he does provide some good comedic moments in the movies but his ‘nobler than noble’ persona does my head in. And his choice in women sucks!

3.   Hulk – I haven’t ever liked any incarnation of the Hulk like I have Mark Ruffalo’s version. As David Banner he is the right amount of tortured (and cute) and his CGI Hulk isn’t as upsetting as some of the other ones out there. And he punched Thor. Funny.

2.   Iron Man – What isn’t to like about Iron Man? The guy has a huge ego but somehow manages to pull it off. I’ve no doubt that he would be really irritating if you actually spent any decent amount of time with him but he’s funny, smart and his character has evolved since the first Iron Man movie. And I want my own Jarvis. That would be brilliant.

1.   Loki – Technically not an Avenger but he is by far my most favourite character in every film. He is unhinged and psychotic yet he manages to be vulnerable and needs a hug. Tom Hiddleston is another one of my crushes at the moment. He is always smiling and happy. And he turned up to Comic Con as Loki and had the entire convention eating out of his hands. And, let’s face it, Thor 2 should have been called Loki……

Who are your favourite Avengers?

 

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Beauty Blender Review

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I love my Beauty Blender. I cannot say enough how much I love it. I was very sceptical at first. I’ve always been a brush or fingers kind of girl when it comes to putting on foundation. I had heard stories of how sponges soak up too much foundation (and are therefore wasteful) or that they harbour bacteria. So, when the BB came on the market I pretty much ignored it. Until one day about a year ago when I succumbed to the hype and bought one. At around £14 they’re not cheap but I had seen so many reviews online and on YouTube that I bought one anyway.

Was I immediately blown away by it? Well no. Not at all to be honest. The instructions said to use it damp. By letting this soak up some water, it grows in size and therefore make application easier. At the time my skin was having a paddy and I was pretty much bright red all over and I found that using the sponge we diluted my foundation too much and I didn’t get the coverage I wanted. So it went in a drawer and I forgot about it.

Then this year, when my skin was much better (and definitely less red) I saw a video on YouTube (this one) and thought about trying it again. So I brought it out of it’s little drawer, gave it a good wash and tried it out again.

Now there are a few things I have figured out since I’ve been using it again.

I still don’t like using it damp. It might be a mental block on my part but I just don’t like it. With this in mind, what I have ended up doing is, on an evening, I wash it/dampen it and then leave it overnight (generally propped up on my toothbrush holder). When I do my make up the next morning the sponge is more or less dry but it’s still as large as it is when it’s damp.

Then I generally dot my foundation/BB cream all over my face and use the fat end to blend it in to my skin. And by blend, I mean bounce it off the skin. It doesn’t take as long as you think it would! For concealer, I use the pointed end and this fits perfectly under my eye and in the contours around my nose.

The only thing I don’t like about the BB is that it doesn’t stand up to rigorous cleaning or being anything other than gentle with it to be honest. The one that I have had (but only used a lot for about 3 months) has a chunk missing out of it as well as several splits in the foam. For something that is so expensive, I would have expected it to be longer lasting. This time I bought a duo pack as it works out much better value (here). It was £16.95 plus a bit for delivery. Definitely a better deal.

So, have you used a Beauty Blender? What are your thoughts?

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Random Questions Part Two

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Here are some more questions I found whilst wandering around the internet which I thought I’d answer.

SKINCARE

1.How many times do you wash your face daily?
Once, at night when I take my make up off. I cleanse in a morning with Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water.

2.What skin type do you have?
I have combination skin; an oily t-zone and normal rest of face.

3.What is your current facial wash?
Dermalogica Ultracalming cleanser.

4.Do you exfoliate?
I do, once or twice a week depending o whether I remember to or not. I use Dermalogica Thermafoliant. It warms on application which kind of feels weird to begin with.

5.What brand do you use?
I’ve recently started using Dermalogica products and find that they’ve done great things for my skin.

6.What moisturiser do you use?
Funnily enough, a Dermalogica one. It’s the Skin Smoothing Cream.

7.Do you have freckles?
No, but I do have sensitive skin.

8.Do you use eye cream?
I do. I use two actually. One is Dermalogica Ultrasmoothing Eye Serum and also Age Reversal Eye Complex.

9.Do you or did you have acne prone skin?
I got more spots out of my teens than I did during my teens. Now, it’s more or less just hormonal breakouts.

MAKE UP

1.What foundation do you use?
I either use Bourjois 123 Perfect or Garnier BB cream. It depends on how much coverage I want one which day.

2.How about concealer?
I love concealer. I use Maybelline Eye Erase concealer under the eyes and Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage on blemishes and if I have particularly bad dark circles.

3.Do you know your undertone colour?
I have a pink undertone colour. It’s pretty hard not to notice it when I have bright red cheeks!

4.What do you think of fake eyelashes?
I love fake eyelashes but I don’t get enough chance to wear them. I prefer the half lashes as I find them easier to apply. And I like the cat eye, elongated effect.

5.Did you know that you are supposed to change you mascara every three months?
Yes I do and that is the main reason that I don’t buy expensive mascara. I like L’Oreal Telescopic mascara the best. And it has to be black or purple.

6.Sephora or MAC?
Sephora has only just started shipping to the UK so at the moment I prefer MAC. I am saving up place a huge order on Sephora though and am really looking forward to it.

7.What makeup tools do you use in make up application?
I use either my fingers or brushes. The brushes I love, that are fantastic value are the Real Techniques brushes. I have pretty much all of them.

8.Do you use make up base/primer for the eyes?
I do as I have oily eyelids. I use Too Faced Shadow Insurance. If I am using something like a Maybelline 24 hour Colour Tattoo I don’t use a primer.

9.For the face?
Yes, I have a couple that I use. I like Maybelline Baby Skin, Benefit Porefessional and Dermalogica primer.

10.What is your favourite eyeshadow (colour or shade)?
I don’t really have one. It depends on my mood. For ease and speed during the week I use neutral colours but if I have longer to spend on doing my makeup, I like to experiment with colour.

11.Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?
I use pencil on the waterline or tight line but that’s about it. I don’t like liquid eyeliner. I think it looks too harsh.

12.What do you think of pigment eyeshadows?
I like the idea of pigment eyeshadows but they are too messy for me to use. For me, the fallout isn’t worth the hassle.

13.Do you use mineral makeup?
I have Bare Minerals mineral foundation which I use if I’m in a real hurry or if I am not doing much but don’t want to scare children with my bare face!

14.What is your favourite lipstick?
If I had to choose it would be MAC Ruby Woo or MAC Rebel. Ruby Woo is a bright red and Rebel is a purple, berry shade.

15.How about lipgloss?
I don’t like lipgloss, it makes me feel like Barbie. And when I had longer hair, my hair would stick to it and then I’d have sticky hair!

16.What if your favourite blush?
Benefit Coralista is my favourite. It’s pigmented enough to show up but you don’t have to use a lot to make a difference. I prefer peach shades than pink.

17.Do you buy your makeup on eBay?
No, I have never bought make up on eBay. I don’t trust it really.

18.Do you like drugstore makeup?
I love drugstore makeup. I tend to buy it more often than high end just because I can try more new things for less money. Some of it is fantastic quality. Bourjois is made by Chanel for instance.

19.Name a makeup crime that you hate?
Generally just wearing so much make up that it enters a room 5 minutes before you.

20.Do you like colourful shades or makeup or neutral ones?
Both. For ease and speed I use neutral shades. For playing and having fun I prefer colourful shades. The longer I have to get ready, the more colourful my makeup is likely to be.

21.If you could leave the house using just one make up item, what would you use?
Mineral foundation over anything else to even my complexion out.

22.Could you ever leave the house without any make up on?
I do. Some days I can’t be bothered to do my hair and makeup and, if I’m not going anywhere important, I’ll quite happily go out without my face on.

23.Do you think you look good even without any makeup on?
I think I look how I really am when I don’t wear makeup; which is tired and old! Having said that, I’m definitely not one of those people who can’t even go to the shops without my face on.

Friday Five

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So, last Friday I went and got a new tattoo. As a proud owner of 8 already, I decided to add to an already existing one (photo at the bottom of the post). Here are five things I found out or remembered about tattoos.

  1. It hurts. It really really hurts. It’s been a while since I last had a tattoo and I think I had completely managed to forget just how goddamn painful it is.
  2. Where you have the tattoo is totally dependent on how much it hurts. This is the excuse I’m using for me wincing my way through the tattoo and my sister not. Mine is on a bony bit of my body. Closer to bone, the more painful it is. My sister had one on the top of her arm which is my excuse for it not hurting her as much.
  3. There are some weird people who come in to the tattooist. Not the people who work there themselves but the clientele.
  4. Clingfilm makes you sweaty. It’s been quite humid in the UK just lately and having cling film stuck to me throughout the day and overnight is not pleasant.
  5. Nappy cream, specifically Bepanthen, is brilliant for healing tattoos. The tattooist said it and everything I’ve read on the internet ever says the same.

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So late to the table

 

 

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I am pretty much always behind on most things! I take the information in but then it gets filed under ‘I’ll get around to it’ and I pretty much forget about it.

I saw, an absolute age ago, YouTubers in America using Maybelline Instant Age Rewind under-eye concealer. I thought it looked interesting, googled it and then realised you couldn’t get it in the UK yet. So, my brain helpfully forgot about it.

Then, I was in Boots with my sister and niece to get my sister some make up. She doesn’t wear it much at all but has decided she wants to try some stuff out. Anyway, we got her a couple of things but Boots was doing it’s usual 3 for 2 offer and she couldn’t find a third product she wanted. I figured it was only nice for me to help out. So I picked up the concealer in Light.

I didn’t hold out much hope. I have issues with a very dark spot under my right eye which I’m currently trying to get under control with skincare products. Absolutely nothing I have tried, even the wonderful Collection Lasting Perfection concealer, has covered it to my liking. I can cover it but I end up with a lovely cakey under eye area which is nothing that anyone wants.

I did my usual and applied Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in Number 1 to help counter-act the dark blue/purple colours and then followed it up with the Maybelline. I was impressed. I even stopped with the rest of my make up application to sit and look in the mirror in wonder. The dark patch was still there but was distinctly less visible than before. On my left eye where I only have minimal darkness the concealer covered everything perfectly.

I thought it might be a fluke but when I did the same thing the next day I got the same result. I am now officially a convert. I can’t say that I like the applicator as to me it just shouts ‘germ breeding ground’ but the product itself, wonderful.

I’m seriously tempted to try the foundation and see if that’s as good as the concealer.

Let me know if you’ve used this before and whether it worked for you or not? If not, what do you use?

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Random Questions

 

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I was wandering around the internet (as you do) and I came across a Random Questions tag. It seemed like a good idea so here it is.

What is your middle name?

My middle name is Carol. I don’t really like it to be honest. It’s a bit old fashioned and doesn’t really go with my first name.

What was your favourite subject at school?

It would have to be English, mainly because I went on to get a degree in English Studies!

What is your favourite drink?

Soft drinks it would have to be Diet Dr Pepper. I do like a caramel coffee frappucino from Starbucks when I can find one. And if we’re talking about alcohol, then it would have to be vodka – the good stuff.

What is your favourite song at the moment?

Right at this moment in time, it would have to be Rather Be by Clean Bandit.

What is your favourite food?

Chocolate. Definitely chocolate. Or, proper food wise, it would have to be fish and chips. Preferably at the seaside, sat on the harbour trying to dodge seagulls.

What is the last thing you bought?

The last thing I bought isn’t very interesting; they were cupcake cases for carrot cake cupcakes.

Favourite book of all time?

Dracula by Bram Stoker.

Favourite colour?

It’s a toss up between black and purple. I rarely rare anything other than black, purple or blue (but the blue is mainly for denim related items!)

Do you have any pets?

I have a cat called Gizmo who is a miserable 10 year old. I also have two budgies, Loki and Luna. They live in relative harmony.

Favourite perfume?

Cherries in the Air by Escada. Unfortunately it’s a limited edition one and I have yet to find one that smells as good.

Favourite holiday?

My friend and I have yearly trips to Whitby and Scarborough. I love Whitby and I love paddling on the beach in Scarborough. We have fish and chips, lots of coffee and cake and mooch around. It’s great.

Are you married?

No. It’s just me and the animals.

Have you ever been out of the country? If so, how many times?

I have only ever been out of the country once and that was to Paris for my 30th birthday. I can’t say I’m a fan of travelling, or rather I would be if I could do everywhere first class!

Do you speak any other languages?

I speak a very small amount of French (very badly) but that’s about it. Sometimes I’m not even sure I speak English properly!

How many siblings do you have?

I have one older brother and one older sister. I am the baby of the family.

What is your favourite shop?

Hmm, interesting. Probably Selfridges because there are so many other little shops in there and I can buy a ton of make up in one place.

Favourite restaurant?

Eric’s which is a fantastic restaurant about 10 miles from where I live. I have never had food like it in my life.

When was the last time you cried?

I cried a couple of weeks ago when I was at a funeral. A pretty standard place for crying and I don’t do well at funerals.

Favourite blog?

I’m not sure i can really choose. I read all sorts of blogs on Bloglovin, from beauty blogs to cooking blogs.

Favourite movie?

Labyrinth. David Bowie in leggings with a mullet. Fantastic.

Favourite TV show?

House of Cards. Hands down, it’s the only one I have watched multiple times. I watched the entire second series the weekend when it was released and there were a few ‘Oh my God’ moments. Pure brilliance.

PC or Mac?

Mac. Mac. Mac. Mac. I own a Macbook Pro which I love. But I also have a less ‘Apple are great’ reason for liking them and that is that I work with Unix/Linux for my day to day job and, because of that, I find Macs more intuitive to use. Yes they are expensive for what they are, and yes there are other Unix/Linux based operating systems out there, but none are as pretty!

What phone do you have?

I have the iPhone 5, not one of the newer ones. I got it in white as I liked that more than the black ones.

How tall are you?

I am 5’11” which you would think is great but it’s really not. Especially when the world seems to be full of really short men!!!

Can you cook?

I am an ok cook but what I lack in cooking skills, I make up for in baking skills. I make a pretty damn fine carrot cake and quadruple chocolate cake. I find it therapeutic and calming.

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Friday Five

 

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This weeks Friday Five is all about skulls. I am skull mad and would love nothing more than a house full of crystal skulls and skull everything. These are the five skull related things I want the most……

  1. Skull Shaped Sugar Cubes – I’m not sure I’d ever let anyone use these cos they are too cool for that. They would be great to use for a halloween party though. And at £1.84, they’re a bargain.
  2. Crystal Head Vodka – this combines my love of vodka with my love of skulls. Maybe someone will buy it me for my birthday……. hint hint hint.
  3. Kisa by PyroPet- I had never seen these before I stumbled across a Buzzfeed article. They are not going to be to everyones taste, that’s for sure. They’re animal shaped candles that reveal a metal skeleton as they burn. So totally cool.
  4. Skull Pillow Cover – I could quite happily have loads of these scattered around my house.
  5. Skeleton Hand Finger Bone Bracelet Ring – I think that description doesn’t really help much!!! Basically this is a bracelet which goes from wrist to the fingers and is shaped like the bones in your hand. Not sure it’s entirely practical but cool nonetheless.

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