Wednesday, 29 May 2013

A moment of madness: Cut your hair at home

rLets face it, in a whim we can all do something a little bit crazy! 

So this all began last year... I would go to the hairdressers ask for a "trim" and there something about that word that hairdresser think you asked for a shoulder cut or a bob. I would be polite in the salon then walk out and feel bald (bit dramatic but I would be annoyed). 

I bought VOGUE magazine and one article was "cut your hair at home" and thats exactly what I did and I have never returned to a salon I even use boxed dyes because their not as damaging to my hair due to a lower percentage of chemicals used. 

On to what happened - my Gran was a hairdresser so she has countless pairs of professional scissors so one night I grabbed a pair, pulled my hair round to the front of my shoulders and chopped away taking off about 2-3" (this was how much I needed to take off). I have previously had layers in my hair so I cut the same length off them too to keep a layered look. I do all this when my hair is DRY as I feel that doing it this way gives a more choppy, textured look. The biggest trick I learned to ensure you don't cut off too much was too NEVER pull your hair - just loosely hold it and cut. The next time you wash your hair brush your hair while its wet and see if the ends need to be tidied up. Remember... never pull hair! 

If your brave enough give it a go and you might save some pennies! 

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Beach hair: Bumble and bumble

The tousled/bed-head look never gets old and now that summer is just around the corner I have gathered together my favourite Bumble and bumble products that I use to achieve the perfect tousled look.

Bb thickening - This is a hairspray that you spray onto damp hair. I spray this onto towel-dried hair, brush through then blast my hair dry tipping my head upside down and brushing my finger through as I do so. This leaves my hair feeling thicker and fuller at the roots giving my flat hair a much needed lift! I love this thickening spray because it doesn't leave my hair feeling heavy or full of product, once its dry it is practically undetectable!

Bumble South Surf spray - This is the next product I use and I spray this onto dry hair and I use both hands to scrunch my hair to create that messy beach hair. I will often switch this up with the thickening hairspray, using this in towel-dried hair and the hairspray in dry hair although you can feel this product when your hair is dried, it leaves your hair with an odd almost drying texture however just like the hairspray it is very lightweight and doesn't weigh your hair down! Thumbs up!

Bb texture - Finally the last product I use is this hair (un) dressing creme. It is a thick creme that again is supposed to be applied to damp hair, however I use this on second day hair to regain "oomph" I rub this between my hand and just like the surf spray I scrunch my hair and run my fingers through my roots and this just picks my hair back up and adds a little shine which is great because when my hair needs washed it tends to look a little dull! Unlike the other products you can definitely feel this in your hair and I do need to be careful with the amount I use because too much would weigh my hair down resulting in the opposite of what I want to achieve. If you are going to use this on dry hair do make sure you distribute it evenly throughout your hair as it tends to stick hair together and dry very quickly and rats tails are not so attractive!

Bumble and bumble is available at Boots and SpaceNK 

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Tuesday, 14 May 2013


BB Creams are taking the makeup world by storm! Makeup brands from both drugstores and department stores are creating this new lightweight answer to foundation.

I first heard about BB Creams a few years ago before they became so popular but you could only source them through eBay and Amazon and I was sceptical and decided not to bother purchasing any, however now they are widely available and hard to resist. I followed the hype and chose to go with the Dior one - setting me back £30, but was it worth it?!

Yes! Unfortunately the colour rage isn't great with Dior only releasing three shades; 001 is a pink tone, 002 is a yellow tone and 003 is for the more tanned women amongst us. I opted for shade 001 but I'm considering buying 002 so I can mix the two and create my perfect shade.

I have very oily skin and in the past I have suffered from acne so I have scaring along my forehead, on my chin and around my mouth so when buying a base I like to ensure it is going to discuise my scars and stay on my face - something that I have found to be impossible!

I worked this onto my skin using my fingers as this seemed to give the nicest finish on my skin, it isn't matte but I found it to set quickly. I still need to set it with a powder but I am trying to steer away from the matte finish and embrace my oiliness during the summer months. I can get about 3 hours wear of this until I need to blot away the oil around my t-zone. It's very lightweight so it doesn't feel "cakey" on the skin so if my skin plays up and decides to be mega oily then I can dab on a little extra powder without overdoing it.

Colour choices: 3/10
Application: 10/10
Lasting power: 6/10

Look out for my next BB Cream review... Could it be a contender?

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A summer scent: Diptyque Philosykos

Aside from the smell of the seaside, hotdogs and melted sticky ice-cream nothing smells more like summer than this little beauty!

After seeing this appear on almost every blog and in tons of magazines I finally caved! The first blog I spotted this on is my favourite and I knew I had to have it because I have been so pleased with my perfume purchases that She has reviewed before, think Eccentric Molecules 01 & Tom Ford Santal Blush.

This is a fig-y fragrance, if you love fig notes in your perfume then you'll love this. I was disappointed  to begin with... The only way I can describe the smell is very "earthy" with a splash of coconut and in the middle of December it didn't exactly fit, I just found the leafy smell a little to overwhelming. However in May it just works perfectly (even when i's a dull rainy day in May).

As silly as it sounds this perfume lifts your spirits on a dull summers day because every so often you catch a breeze of summer in Paris.

As I said before, I don't think this works in the winter months but thanks to another of my favourite blogs I spotted the wonderful idea of mixing this with Eccentric Molecules 01. Doing this brings out the more muskier notes that just sit perfectly on the skin on colder days.

Diptyque's description:
In the heat of a Greek summer, “to get to the sea,” recalls Yves, “you had to walk through a natural orchard of wild fig trees.” Returning from Paris, Desmond brought back a few leaves of these trees in a little box. Years later, the leaves had lost none of their fragrance. Philosykos, which in Greek means “friend of the fig tree,” is an ode to the entire tree: the green, pungent freshness of the leaves, the wood warmed in the sun, the milky flavor of the fruit. 

You can pick this up at any Diptyque store or counter. I got mine from SpaceNK

Whats your thoughts on this fragrance? Whats your favourite sent this summer? 

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