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Sunday, 30 March 2014

NOTD // Essie All Tied Up

Essie all tied up £2.50

If you have read my Fragrance Direct haul you would have noticed i picked up my first Essie polish for a steal of just £2.50 instead of the £7.99 price tag these polishes usually have. For ages i have swooned over the vast pretty shades they have and have heard quite mixed reviews of lasting power which is one reason why i never bought one full price.

All tied up is a beautiful dusty rose shade that has very tiny gold shimmers which aren't overly noticeable which i really like. I found the formula great as i only needed two coats and if i was more careful when i applied it i could of got away with just one coat! It dries really fast, which for me is a massive bonus as i can be quite the impatient and have found it to last really well on my nails. I also really like the brush as it's quite wide so covers the nail well and makes for fast, easy application. 

I especially think this shade would look beautiful in the Autumn but because of the gold shimmers that catch beautifully in natural light i think it works well all year round. Overall I'm very pleased with this Essie polish and it has certainly lead me to wanting more from this brand, especially if it's at such a cheep price. 
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Thursday, 27 March 2014

Giveaway // 750 Followers!!!

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A few weeks ago i hit 750 GFC followers, which is beyond amazing and took me completely by surprise. I could go on for hours being soppy and i know it probably comes across that I'm just saying it but my followers really mean the world to me and have helped me achieve so much and opened up amazing opportunities for me. It seems insane to me that 750 of you read my little blog that i started nearly 2 years ago now and actually like it haha, i never imagined it would of grown this much so thank you!

For this mile stone i want to give a £20 voucher for Debenhams to one lucky winner to spend on what ever they wish. I recently won a similar giveaway a few weeks ago and thought it was a great idea as you can use it for whatever you like, for example i used mine to purchase my first Dior lipstick. As i cover make-up and nails, as well as other bits and bobs i find this way it covers near enough all the different interest of my followers. 

* UK followers only (sorry)
* Must follow my blog as this is a giveaway for my followers as a thank you
* No fake entries, i do check so it will not work!
* I will contact the winner via email & post on my social media when competition is closed
* If winner doesn't respond within 24 hours of winning email i will chose another winner 
* Runs until the 9th of April 

Good luck!
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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Update // My Ombre Hair Care Routine

Seem as my previous ombre hair care routine is such a firm favourite in my most read posts i thought it would make sense to do an updated version of it as i have since tried and incorporated more products into what i use. I would just like to also quickly say i am not trained in hairdressing these are just products I've tried and find work for me and my hair.

Shampoo & Conditioner
I like to change what type of shampoo and conditioner i use according to what i feel like my hair needs so i choose between either an everyday, specially for blond hair or a purple set, this is why i have three and not just one set. On average i will wash my hair two maybe three times a week as washing your hair everyday isn't actually that good for your hair and not only that i have so much it's a right chore for me haha. I'm not going to teach you how to wash your hair as that's a little patronising but i do always shampoo my hair twice to ensure it's clean and when conditioning will only lightly condition the roots as to not weigh the hair down.

Toni & Guy shampoo and conditioner for blond hair £6.49 each:   I will at least use this set once a week as it's an everyday type of set that is designed especially for blond hair so it will help enhance the colour and tone of the blond part of your ombre. I find the shampoo really cleanses my hair and even though i have quite the mane i actually don't need a lot of product to get a nice lather and leave it feeling really clean and again the conditioner i don't need a tub of for it to leave my hair feeling nourished. I have used this duo for a year now and love it, i find it lasts well so although it's slightly pricey it lasts quite a while so it's certainly worth it. 

Bleach silver shampoo & conditioner £5 each:   This set is a purple shampoo which is designed even more to make the blond of your hair whiter and brighter so it helps keep the yellow blond tones away, which might sound a little odd but it basically makes blond hair look a lot nicer. On average I use this set once every two weeks or when i feel my hairs looking a little dull and yellowy to just perk it up and make it look nicer. Out of the purple shampoos I've tried i do like this set as it leaves my hair feeling quite nice, the only annoyance i have is i find i do have to use quite a bit and it doesn't lather up as much as i like.

LO'real Elvive nutri-gloss shine shampoo & conditioner £3.99 each:    Out of all the everyday sets that i have tried from lots of different brands i always swing back to this duo, although it's what i class as everyday it leaves my hair feeling fantastic. It smells amazing, lathers well and i don't need loads of product, i can't praise this set enough. 

Hair Masks
Due to bleaching the ends of your hair when you have it ombre'd it does damage your hair and can make it feel quite straw like and not look quite as healthy, because of this at least once a month i will use a hair mask to help it feel and look nourished and healthy. You can use a hair mask just like conditioner and just leave it on for a little longer however i like to do it as a nice pamper session so i will shampoo my hair twice, then apply my hair mask of choice quite generously concentrating on the ends, then tie up my hair and pop my shower cap on top just to help seal in the moisture and warmth and leave it on for about half an hour.

Macadamia deep repair mask from £10:    I love this mask as it smells like heaven haha. It's a very thick creamy intense conditioner that deeply nourishes the hair improving elasticity and shine so especially helps damaged hair. Although this mask is quite costly it's a good investment as after a few treatments it really improves the damaged hair and is really nice to use on a pamper session. 

Toni & Guy nourish deep conditioning mask blond £7.19:    This mask is designed like the shampoo and conditioner from this line to enhance the blond tone as well as deeply nourish. Unlike the Macadamia mask it isn't quite so thick in consistency but still nourishes the hair nicely, i use this mask more often around once every two weeks just as a pick me up for my hair.

LO'real Elvive nutri-gloss crystal 60 second saviour £4.99:    Although I've included this in my mask section i don't tend to use this quite like the other two although you can if you wanted. I will tend to use this when showering and leave it on whilst i do all the other bits us gals do in the shower and then rinse it out so i will typically have this on for about 10 minutes. Just like the shampoo and conditioner i can't praise this enough as it leaves my hair feeling amazingly soft and shiny.

No matter what you have done to your hair it's always important to use some products such as heat protectors but it is more important to use them on damaged hair so since having my hair ombre i have upped my game when it comes to products.

Schwarzkopf got2b guardian angel £3:    Out of the heat protectors that I've tried this for me ticks all the boxes as it smells nice, leaves my hair soft and doesn't leave any residue in my hair. 

Macadamia healing oil spray from £10:    A fine non greasy oil that moisturises and leaves hair feeling soft and smooth and healthy looking. I really like to use this oil after blow drying as the bleached part of my hair can get a little frizzy after heat as it smooths the hair without adding weight or any residue as it absorbers quickly. 

Milk_Shake incredible milk from £10:    I need and shall do a full post just on this product as there's lots to discuss but on summary this is a almost watered down conditioner that has 12 benefits to help improve and promote healthy hair, to name some it detangles, repairs, softens and volumises. I apply this through damp hair before blow drying and it just helps my hair feel and look healthy and not to mention smell amazing. The only thing i find i have to watch about this product is too much can leave my hair a little lacklustre and i can feel a slight residue, it's almost like to much of a good thing does the opposite effect, however used right once a week really perks my hair up. 

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Review // Mond'sub Facial masks

I was very kindly sent these to try from the Dermaroller shop along with a derma roller which i shall review at a later stage after I've used it a few times to give a slightly more in depth review but i did want to do a review on these Mond'sub facial masks. They can be used separately or as a week treatment which is what i chose to do, so i done one mask each day for four days and this is what i thought.
Mond'sub ginseng+collagen facial mask $5*
" With the double action of Ginseng extract and Collagen, this mask can strengthen the skin barrier to make skin glossy and enhance elasticity to keep a vital skin. "

I found this mask very soothing and cooling on the skin whilst i had the mask on, once i took it off i didn't see a huge difference in my skin although it did look slightly less dull but it did make my skin feel nice and soft.
Mond'sub seaweed+hyaluronic acid facial mask $5*
" With the double effect of seaweed extract and Hyaluronic acid, this mask can help your skin with a super hydrating effect and help bring youthful looking skin." 

After reading the word acid i was slightly hesitant about the results this mask would have on my skin and i will admit it didn't feel quite as refreshing as the first mask whilst i had it on, however when removed i did see a noticeable difference to my skin. The rougher area around my nose and mouth seemed to not just feel but also looked smother and less noticeable.
Mond'sub tea tree+peptide facial mask $5*
"With the extract of tea tree and peptide, this mask can help nourish the skin, balance oil secretion and repair the problem skin to let you feel refreshed without any stickiness after using it."

Again with this mask i found it very refreshing and soothing on the skin, once i removed it i felt like it had helped reduce the pores around my nasal area so certainly helped my skin look a lot better and more clear.
Mond'sub aloe+EGF facial mask $5*
"With the extract of aloe vera and EGF, this mask can soothe and heal your skin with a royal relaxation feeling. Meanwhile it can also help protect your skin from external damage." 

Although this was a lovely mask to have on overall afterwards i didn't really see any benefits, although my skin did feel super smooth and i felt like it completed the mask treatment very nicely. This could be due more to the fact that this mask is designed to help protect your skin more in the long run than actually showing instant effects. 

 The masks are sheet face masks which means it's a thin cotton sheet which comes in a face shape so already has eye, mouth, nose holes and is soaked in which ever product you choose. Some masks like this i have found can be slightly dry however these where truly soaked in the product so whilst they where on my face my skin really got chance to soak up the product. I left each mask on for at least 20 minutes and found that after using all four in the four consecutive days to really work well and benefit from each other, towards the end i actually started to embrace my natural skin and opted for not wearing any foundation which is something i normally never leave the house without. 

The beauty of The Dermaroller shop is they have free delivery so you can buy these four masks for just $16 which works out to be round £10. Now that i have tried them i would happily use them again either separately as a little pick me up according to what i feel my skin needs and would certainly use them together as a treatment if i had a special occasion or in the summer so that my skin looks clear so i don't have to worry about wearing foundation in the lovely weather. 
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Monday, 3 March 2014

Nails // Revlon Sweet Tart Review & Swatch

 Revlon nail enamel - Sweet tart £6

God knows that when i went on a nail polish haul i needed more pink polishes....i just can't resist them! If you read my Fragrance Direct haul you would of seen that this is one on the many polishes that i picked up, usually Revlon polishes are around £6 however i picked up this one for just 99p, i know some of you will also want this crazy bargain so click here and it will take you to the Revlon polishes on Fragrance Direct.

As you can see the shade itself is beautiful, such a bright pigmented candy pink i absolutely adore the colour and think it will look especially stunning in spring/summer. The formula of Revlon polishes i find also really nice as i only needed two coats, it dries fast and i find it lasts really well on my nails especially with a top coat. I'm very happy to add this baby to my ever growing pink shades and think it will be a firm favourite amongst them.
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Sunday, 2 March 2014

Lifestyle // Returning To School As An Adult

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Today i fancied more of a chatty kind of post and seem as this links in so well as to why I've been a bit of a bad blogger this year and hardly had the time to post i thought it would be a good topic. As a few of you may know in January i enrolled at my local collage and started doing level 2 Beauty Therapy in the evenings, meaning i am now a part time student! 

I like to be honest throughout all aspects of my blog so i will be very truthful and openly admit i was rubbish back in school, don't get me wrong i had the brains and if i applied them properly i could of "made something of myself" which is what everyone wanted but i preferred to quite simply not go to school at all. Something i now regret...a lot but hey ho that's life and back then i wasn't career driven i just knew that i wanted a family and i don't think that's something to be ashamed of. So as you can imagine returning to school especially far from being a teenager was quite a daunting thought for me and i think it is for a lot of  "older" people whether you did well or was fond of school or not. 

I assumed my class would be full of younger girls and i would find it really awkward and almost like the odd one out even though i was doing the evening classes and the whole thought of this made me almost want to back out cause in my head i made this whole thing like it was somehow shameful to be an adult student, which is stupid! Now that i have been going to college for 2 months i can safely say that what i assumed couldn't be further from what it's actually like, I'm in a class of ladies that range from 18 to 40's who are all focused in what they want to do and they are all really nice.  

Prior to going i would of said that i was unsure about being an adult student and the thought of being one and having to wear a uniform, attending class, meeting new people and having to revise and take exams as being really intimidating! I think the older you are the more this feeling is apparent as although it's not true you think the older you are somehow the sillier it is for you to go back to learning.  The fact is that certainly in my case it couldn't be further from the truth, i actually love going as it's now something that i want to do instead of feeling like i have to be there and learning about something i don't really want to do. Now that i have a goal in what i want in life and have the passion to do so it doesn't really feel like I'm "going to school" and it's actually very enjoyable. 

Sure a lot of this is more down to your confidence and worrying  about what other people think about you (which is a issue and post in itself haha) but i think one thing to keep in mind if like me you want to go back to school to learn a certain subject is that's what everyone else in that class wants too and therefore age kind of becomes irrelevant . 
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