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29.7.14

Hair Colouring At Home | Pros, Cons & Tips!


I'm no stranger when it comes to hair colourants. Over the years, my hair has been many shades, using both home hair kits and going into a salon. When I was younger, I used to rope my mum into doing a home colour for me but these days I manage to do it myself. 
Now obviously, its a lot cheaper to use a hair dye at home than it is to go to a salon. You also have the choice of using a home colour whenever you want - its not always easy to get a salon appointment on the day/time you want and if you go on a Saturday, more often than not its likely to be crowded. However, colouring your hair by yourself isn't always easy - the colour may not turn out how you expected it to, it may take longer than you think and you may not always have someone available to help you. As I've used a fair few home colourants, I thought I'd share a few tips and a few things I do to make the process easier.

*When choosing a colour, I always pick a slightly lighter shade than I think I need as shades, such as dark brown can tend to look black. For best results its better to stick to a shade similar to your own colour or slight lighter unless you're going for a red or colour, such as blue, pink etc.

*Dont attempt going from dark to blonde unless you know what your doing. Trust me I've been there (my hair turned orange - not even joking!)

*Do a skin patch test and strand test before using.

*Use an old towel/wear old clothes during the process. That way it doesn't matter if you get any hair dye on you.

*Make space in your bathroom beforehand. Stand in front of a large mirror if you can and have a clock or watch nearby.

*Comb your hair before applying and split into sections using clips/pins/hairbands.

*I usually apply in sections starting at the front to back - I do the roots/top section first and the bottom half last.

*Use up all the mixture if you can.

*Dont worry about getting the mixture on your forehead, ears etc. Its easily removed with a little baby lotion and cotton wool afterwards.

*Take your time and dont panic.

Do you have any hair colouring tips?



28.7.14

10 Ways To Make Your Blog Reader Friendly


In my 2+ years of blogging, I've picked up a few tips and tricks along the way. I'm in no way a blogging expert but as a blogger and reader, theres a few suggestions I can make to make sure your blog is more user friendly.

1. Make sure your email address is visible on your blog. Having this makes it much easier for readers/companies/pr to get in touch with you.

2. Social media icons/ways to subscribe - make these clearly visible either near the top of your blog or on your blog posts too. It'll make it so much easier for people to subscribe and find you on twitter etc. 

3. Use clear pictures, especially on swatches. It makes it easier to see the products and shades etc.

4. Try to keep your design uncluttered. Having too many things going on, such as flashing icons that should remain in the myspace days can make your content harder to read.

5. Use a clear font - it makes your text much easier to read. 

6. Make your blog easy to load - not always easy depending on your host (blogger sometimes plays up and wont load properly) but keeping your design fairly simple and using quick loading fonts can make it easier.

7. Use sections for your blog - an about page, contact details, disclaimer, advertising etc. Any pages where further information can be found so users and new readers can learn more about you and your blog.

8. Consider linking to previous blog posts - use an archive, categories, popular posts, widgets such as linkwithin, nrelate, engageya. This is a great way of allowing users to view previous blog content and also a good way to boost your views and decrease your bounce rate.

9. Remove captcha. Its so frustrating when you comment on a blog and have to type the code afterwards, especially as they're so hard to read these days. You can put comment moderation on your blog if you want to pre-approve comments and reduce spam. 

10. Consider using your photograph on your blog. Its not necessary but its nice to see the person behind the blog and I think its adds a little something to your blogs identity. 


27.7.14

Ebay Beauty Bargains | Makeup Brushes



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I haven't written one of these posts for ages but honestly, I haven't found many things until recently and I dont see the point in writing a post like this, just for the sake of it. I've bought a few makeup brushes from ebay before and I've been really impressed with the quality and even more so, the price. You can get some amazing bargains!

I really like these real techniques dupe brushes (1). You can purchase them individually for just over £1 each or buy a set of five. You can buy them in gold, blue or pink - I'm going to pick up few of these as back up brushes. I have previously purchased a set of brushes, which I reviewed in this post but I've found them in a ten piece set (2) for just under £7, a super sweet deal!The face brushes in the kit look like sigma dupes so I might buy them to see how they compare. I currently use an Ikea pot to store my makeup brushes in but I really like this acrylic anna sui style pot (3). It comes in five different colours and for under £2.50, it would make a nice little holder. I also like this brush holder case (4) too. Again, this is a sigma dupe and would be great for keeping brushes clean or for travelling with. 

Ebay is great for finding items that aren't available in your country. Though E.L.F is available to buy in this country, I haven't seen this snow white brush set (5). This is such a cute set, I know E.L.F US have had other Disney sets in the past but it would be awesome if we could get these on this side of the pond. Finally, I've found a great dupe of the sigma brush glove (6). The sigma version is expensive for what it is, whereas this silicone oven glove is literally the same thing for a fraction of the price. I've never used anything like this before but I guess its a good way of not getting wet shrivelled hands haha!

26.7.14

Summer Stripes


Dress: c/o French Connection
Sunglasses: Primark
Bag: Primark

In my attempt to feature different types of posts on here, I plonked myself in front of someones unkempt garden and got my photographer (a.k.a my mum) to take a few quick snaps. I honestly don't know how fashion bloggers do it, especially those who post on a regular basis. Fashion posts aren't my forte so that meant several moments of cringing whilst having my picture taken. Plus its too hot to even consider fixing my hair or makeup. Anyway, this dress is from French Connection - its one of those that isn't very forgiving if you're pear shaped liked me but I think it'll look nice paired with a black blazer once the colder weather sets in again. 
As these type of posts are a chance to be more chatty, I thought I'd mention that I'm considering offering advertising on here for bloggers and small businesses. I'm not even sure if anyone would be interested but its just a thought I've had, yeah I dunno ha!

Have a wonderful weekend!xoxox


Confidence Boosting Beauty


Though I believe true confidence comes from within, I think a little beauty pick me up can give you a boost of confidence in the short term.
For me personally, I'm a bit more confident when I have a bit of colour. I'm extremely pale so some fake tanning in summer is always appreciated. My current go to is the He-Shi Rapid 1 Hour Liquid Tan* - full review coming soon!I also like a bit of bronzer too to warm up my face. The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzer is my all time favourite. Its a matte finish and not too red toned so it looks really natural on my skin.
If I have a few blemishes then I always feel better with some concealer - I really rate the Becca Dual Compact Concealer (you can see my bad skin day routine in this post) as it covers any blemish.
As my eyebrows are naturally on the sparse side, I always like to fill them in with brow powder to help shape my face. I'm currently using the Beauty UK Brow Kit* which is a real steal for £3.99. I use the medium brown shade in the kit - it has great pigmentation and stays put all day, even in the current summer heatwave. If I'm using eyeshadow then I feel more confident with an eyeshadow primer, such as the Soap & Glory Its About Prime as my eyelids are really oily and without a primer, eyeshadow tends to slide straight off. This primer also has a brightening effect so it helps to perk up any darkness/discolouration on the eyelids.
One of my main makeup picks for a confidence boost is a good highlighter. My all time favourite is the Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder in candlelight - a gorgeous pale beige gold powder thats super subtle and gives a natural glow. I like to put a little over my cheekbones and it brightens my whole complexion. Its pretty pricey but completely worth buying.
Finally, what else gives you a boost then a red lipstick. I love popping on Clinique Matte Lipstick in mandarin as its bright, comfortable to wear and has a stunning matte finish. Mandarin is a pretty orange/red shade - you can see it swatched here.

What are your go to beauty products for a confidence boost?

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