Home Hair Dye: I Broke My Promise

 

 

Since my worst hair year in history (2013), changing my hair colour approx 25 times to acheive an unobtainable blonde colour, having hair like straw which snapped off and melted when I blow dryed it…. I promised to never dye my hair again and to only ever go to the hairdressers.

Well……. I just couldn’t afford it this month and spending £100 ‘s on highlights just doesn’t seem worth it when my hair grows so quickly the roots show the day after having it done! But I desperately wanted to get rid of the dark.. (and grey ssssshhh) roots which look terrible!! I was tempted to go back to dark and just be done with it, but if you’ve gone from dark to light you’ll know…. it’s kind of addictive and if I went dark and regretted it, it’s no easy transistion to go back to blonde again!

I popped off to the shops, nervous but excited. I had decided to go for a light brown colour or ‘Natural Medium Blonde’ as the pack calls it. I thought if I did my roots that colour and tried to blend it through to the blonder tips I can create a ombre type affect.. or maybe just a patchy orange and blonde mess… but I was optimistic!

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I had chosen to use L’Oréal’s Prodigy range in the colour Dune 8.0. I have never used this range before, I used to love and still recommend the Schwarzkopf Live range for their vivid results, however they didn’t have the shade I was after!

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Off I went, after doing the recommended patch test 😉 I placed the dye all over my roots and left for 20 minutes, then for the remaining 10 minutes and spread the dye to the rest of my hair, not covering liberally as I didn’t want all the blonde to be covered. The thing I really noticed about this dye was there was no strong smell which made my eyes water and my scalp didn’t  become even the teeniest bit itchy, so nervously I awaited my fate….2015-09-02_18.33.03

Now I don’t know about you but I think for £7 it doesn’t look too bad!! The highlights and roots have blended in nicely.. I won’t be a hairdresser any time soon but as long as you don’t home dye your hair 25 times a year and you don’t try and go drastically dark to light yourself, dying your hair yourself doesn’t can actually work!

I was really pleased with the product and would give it an 8/10… purely because it didn’t do what it said and covered all greys! Now I just need it cut… don’t worry I won’t be attempted that myself 😉

Have you had any home hair disasters/wins? Or do you only ever let the pros dye your hair?

Thanks for reading 🙂

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Russian Volume Express Lashes

Now I’m going to let you into a little secret…. I hate false lashes (semi-permanent) ones! They always feel so heavy and look spidery (is that a real word?). After a few days they end up looking clumpy and I don’t like that i’m not supposed to use mascara because when I’m putting on my make up, eye shadow and finishing powder get on them and they look dull and not dramatically black like I want them!

So when the Nouvea Beauty Group said they needed models.. of course I was going to say yes because although I don’t like them… I really want to and wonder if it’s just because the previous extensions i’ve had done have not been put on by the best technicians shall we say? Or maybe the technique used wasn’t great… or maybe I just wasn’t looking after them properly? Once I ended up pulling them all out because they were driving me so mad and poking me in the eye, which resulted in me pulling my own eyelashes out too…. not cool!

What Are Russian Volume Lashes?

This technique was very popular in Russia and is now making a breakthrough in Europe and the US.

According to Lashious Lashes;

‘Russian Volume Lashes consist of applying multiple lash extensions to each natural eyelash in a fanned shape. This can result in having 200- 500 eyelash extensions applied to each eye, rather than the regular 80-100 extensions per eye with the classic 1:1 eyelash extensions. The extensions used are even lighter, and finer than Siberian Mink Eyelash extensions, which means multiple lashes can be applied without damaging the lash, looking “clumpy”, or feeling too heavy and unnatural. When multiple volume lashes are applied, they create a full and natural feather-effect look. 2D = approximately 200 lashes per eye, 3D = approximately 300 lashes per eye this can continue upto 5D. This technique can be done up to 8D, but anything over 5 D can be quite over dramatic.’

These lashes are meant to be in filled or removed two weeks after the treatment.

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What Did I Think?

The thing I found interesting was that you had to keep your eyes open for this technique, unlike individual lashes where they tape down your bottom lashes and you have to close your eyes (I didn’t like this). It felt a lot more relaxing having this technique done! When the lady had finished applying them and showed me the results I was really happy! I asked for them to not be longer than my normal lashes, I just wanted added volume, which she achieved! Obviously if these were for a special occasion you could choose to have them longer and even more fuller! They didn’t feel heavy at all and none of the strands poked me in the eye!

Would I Recommend Them?

Yes! I would recommend this technique over individual lash extensions any day! (If you’re not sure what individual lashes are this is where one false lash Is stuck to one of your real lashes.)  I’m still not a huge fan of semi-permanent lashes and will stick to a good mascara and disposable lashes, but if I was going to get them done again, I would go for this technique!

Have you ever had these done before? What did you think of them? Have you had any other technique? Do you love/hate them?

Thanks for reading 🙂

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Marilyn Monroe’s lips and Cheryl’s smoky eyes – most iconic beauty trends of all time

Superdrug recently polled 2000 women and have come up with the top 20 most iconic beauty trends and looking at the list, I totally agree and love… most of them! Why do these trends always come back around.. or stay around in the first place?

Simon Comins, Superdrug Buying Director, said:

“In recent history there have been some really iconic beauty trends.

“The fact that some trends have come and gone, and then come back again shows that beauty trends are a cyclical as fashion, and they have all been sported by the famous faces of the day.

“Many of the looks can take a certain amount of practising to perfect, getting liquid eyeliner in perfect wings or flicks can be tricky and applying false eyelashes does take a while to master, luckily today technology has helped create products that make it easier to create the looks.

“Over the last 50 years make-up and beauty products have changed and our range of products has grown hugely.”

I’m going to tell you some of my favourite products you can use to create the number one iconic trend….

Bright Red Lipstick!

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Now this is a classic look which will never go out of fashion! Made famous by the stunning Marilyn Monroe and now often worn by Rita Ora. But which shade of red suits you?

As a simple guide I’d advise:

Fair Skin- Go for true reds, without orangey tones, I love:

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense in Rebellious Red

Medium Skin: Pinkish or Orangey tones look fab:

MAC’s Lady Danger Lipstick

Dark Skin: Darker reds, even purples:

Bobbi Brown’s Lip Colour in New Wine

If you haven’t before I’d recommend popping along to a make up counter to try and find the perfect shade for you! 🙂

Here is the rest of the list and links to a few blog posts I’ve done on some of these looks.

ICONIC BEAUTY TRENDS

1. Bright red lipstick
2. Smoky eyes
3. False eyelashes
4. Fake tan
5. Heavy eyeliner
6. Winged eyeliner
7. Beauty spot
8. Full eyebrows
9. Thin, pencilled in eyebrows
10. Cat’s eyes
11. Nude lips
12. Blue eye shadow
13. Lip piercing
14. Glitter eye shadow
15. Hot pink lips
16. Dark lip liner
17. Prominent contouring
18. Shimmer bronzer
19. Acrylic French manicured nails
20. Pink blusher

What’s your favourite red lipstick? Can you think of a trend not on this list? What trend from the list do you again and again?

Thanks for reading 🙂

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