Hair Update: Return of the Fringe

So, i’m procrastinating again. I should be writing the final 1,500 words of my final Uni essay of this module but… i felt like showing the entire internet my new hair was a priority. I know right, i’m the worst. It’s fine though, i’ve written 38 words today on the essay….

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you will have seen all the hairstyles i’ve gone through over the past 12 months. It’s been blonde with no fringe, blonde with a fringe, dark brown, bronde, ombré and now Ombré with a fringe. Indecisive anyone?

I think i’ve finally got to a point with my hair where i’m semi happy at the moment. I do think my hair needs to be a little longer, as now i’ve had my fringe cut, my hair seems so much shorter (sadface). The good thing is, that even if i have my hair up, it looks kind of kick ass with the fringe so i’m not constantly damaging my hair by blowdrying and straightening like i used too. Hopefully, this will give my hair time to repair – that and i’m currently using OJON damage reverse hair products (which i will share with you soon) and they are doing wonders for my hair already.

So here it is, my new ‘do’;

Hair up:

fringe

Hair Down (apologies, i had just taken it down and messed it up, so it ain’t perfect);

fringe no2.

Soz about the face too….

IF you want to see a very vast range of my previous hairstyles, you can have a gander here.

Let me know what you think…. 🙂

…x

Work: Dress Up or Keep It Casual?

So, i have a question… It’s something that’s always been on my mind whenever i’m at work or out with people from work when i’m not at work.

This might just be me wondering this but i hope it’s not. I had a conversation at work the other day about when you see somebody outside of work and they look exactly the same as they do in work. Not in terms of, they’re a whole different person but in terms of hair, make up, clothes etc. Those people who wear a full face of make up to work, the same as they do when they go out on a night out. Or who dress up and wear heels everyday and have their hair perfectly done everyday – like they would for an evening out.

Now, usually at work, i randomly shove clothes on that quite frankly may not even look good/go together/be weather appropriate but i’m not one for sculpting my hair into a perfect ‘do’ or bringing out the red lipstick for work but, i have seen people who do this.

So, my question is – should you make more of an effort for work? I mean, i’m there most of my day but i can’t help feeling that if i did, when people saw me outside of work, i would look the same and no one would go ‘wow, look at you, you look so different’. I think i would start to associate my work self with my going out self and getting ‘glammed up’ or experimenting with make up on a weekend would not be as much fun. Are you with me?

Is this just me? Or do you feel the same? Someone please make this easier for me!

…x

Body Shop: Seaweed Mattifying Range

I have oily skin. The kind of oily skin where i would leave for work in the morning with matte make up and by lunch, my face is an oily mess. Im talking a swimming pool for oil. No matter what i did it seemed to get worse. My skin was never this bad surely?

I took to the internet and some lovely blog posts recommended Body Shop’s Mattifying Range. I paid a little visit and left with some cleanser and moisturiser to try and combat this oily takeover of my skin! I also left with a points card and some free eye cream – I LOVE the Body Shop!

I cleansed my face with the cleanser and removed with a warm, damp cloth. Once my face was dry, i moisturised with the day cream. I didn’t buy more in the range, just in case it didn’t work and i didn’t use them again. I then applied primer, foundation and the rest of my make up and went about my day as normal. I checked my skin at lunch and although there was still signs of oil, it was no where near as bad as before AND my make up was still visible and hadn’t been washed away (which usually happens).

I’ve since realised that applying make up after these products makes my skin produce more oil throughout the day. To give you an example, i went for a run the other week and before i did, i washed my make up off, cleansed and moisturised with this seaweed range. I ran until i couldn’t run anymore (Owain will vouch for this as i ended up sitting on a bench waiting for him) and my face was dry. No oil or sweat or anything in sight. It was smooth and matte and i was completely ecstatic.

I’ve realised that i’m maybe never going to have completely oil free skin but this range certainly makes a difference. I think i’m going to purchase some more from this range and see how it goes – you never know, maybe a night cream would help with oil production during the day! I’ll keep you posted!

Have you tried this range before? If not, what’s your favourite rang from the Body Shop?

…x

Embracing My Pale Skin

Hey It’s Okay: TO BE PALE

Since Wednesday i have been trying out the St Tropez in shower gradual tan (more on this another time) and i’ve realised that i don’t have the time or motivation to keep up a self tanning routine. I’ve tried everything from gradual tan to wash off tan and instant tan. Being a snow white clone has it’s downsides. Every shade of the palest fake tan looks horrific on me. It either develops too dark, leaves streaks, smells bad or just doesn’t look right.

Then i think about the pale – it’s tough finding a foundation that matches and provides coverage. There’s nothing worse than an orange face and white body (MAC have got me covered though, so it’s okay). Pale is great in winter when no one see’s your skin but in summer, everyone i know seems to tan instantly, leaving me looking like i’ve never seen the sun before.

I’ve been doing this every summer since i can remember, worrying about my pale skin, searching for a tan which looks natural and is less effort than most. So, after much deliberation, i’ve decided to embrace my natural snow white skin tone and ditch the search for the perfect fake tan. So to make me feel less awkward about my pale in summer situation, i found some photos to share with you, with my pale skin in all it’s glory!

pale - butlins2

Here i am with my legs out at Butlins with my best ones.

pale - ibiza

I even went on holiday and still did not tan. Ibiza 2012.

pale - night out xmas

It’s always a challenge when i decide black tights are not part of my outfit. Christmas Party December 2014.

pale - work leaving do

Paley McPale-rson. Work Closing Party December 2012

pale - night out

and last but not least, the most recent full length photo of me. Imogen’s Leaving Night Out. June 2015.

So there you have it, i’m embracing the pale. It doesn’t look like my skin is that pale in some of these photos but trust me, it is.

Have you ever decided to embrace your natural skin colour?

…x

My Little Beauty

My favourite time of the month is when i receive My Little Box, a french beauty box with a mixture of lifestyle and beauty products to keep you occupied all month. What i’ve really been impressed with in these boxes, is their own beauty range ‘My Little Beauty’. I’ve received micellar water, conditioner and even a beautiful shade of red/pink lipstick. I’m excited to see what other products they introduce me too! They come in the cutest packaging and are a great size for taking on holiday or occupying the corner of your bathroom.

My little beauty body scrub

This body scrub was in the most recent box. It’s a lovely aquamarine colour and smells amazing. Unfortunately, at the moment i have a skin rash so i haven’t tried this all over but i’ve tried it on my hands – it is a little on the harsh side but i’m not sure whether this is because my skin is very sensitive at the moment. Even so, this scrub will exfoliate your skin like nothing before and will leave you feeling like you’re at the beach, with it’s summer smell.

my little beauty conditioner

Oooo, i love a good conditioner and I’m loving this at the moment. It’s such a soft conditioner and it smells amazing! You can use it as a hair mask or just use it as normal on the mid lengths to ends of your hair. Either way, this leaves my hair soft and bouncy and does not leave any greasy residue, which is always a bonus!

my little beauty face tint

Who doesn’t love a good face tint in summer. This is a pink/peachy face tint which seems scary at first but it acts like a highlighter, giving a glow to your face. It might not cover imperfections or blemishes however it can be used all over, followed by some concealer for a light weight summer beach glow. This is going to become my go to face tint for the summer. Don’t worry if it goes on really pink, when its blended in, it fits in nicely – even if you’re super pale, like me.

my little beauty face

These two beauties are a great staple to have. Micellar water, to remove make up, dirt and oil and a face mist with vitamin E to refresh your skin. On days when i’m not wearing make up, Micellar water is great in the morning to remove any dirt and oil from overnight and then a blast of the face mist gives my skin a treat and a break from wearing make up.

I love love love the my little beauty products and i’m so happy they include one in each box. I can’t wait to see what i receive next month!

…x