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…. 🙂

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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!

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St Tropez In Shower Tanning Lotion

I wrote a post a short while ago about embracing my pale skin. Before this however, i was all about trying to find the perfect fake tan for the summer in order to get my legs out without feeling like people thought i was the walking dead (it’s true i’m THAT pale!). I was dying to try the St Tropez In Shower Tanning Lotion as all the other fake tans i had tried were not working for me at all. It was either far too orange, far too streaky or far too difficult to apply or maintain. Then, i gave in and bought some of the new St Tropez Tan. It’s said to work in 3 minutes so you shower – lather yourself in the cream, leave it to work for 3 minutes and then rinse off, easy right? So how did this pale ‘un get on with this?

M first attempt did not go as planned. I tried it and the next day – nothing, not even a hint of tan. So i tried for 3 more days straight & still nothing. Was i doing something wrong? Was i just TOO PALE?! Now, i didn’t want to let that experience make up my mind as all the other reviews i had read did say they started to get a hint of a tan after using it consistently so i thought maybe i hadn’t been consistent enough. So, i decided to give this another try. I told myself i would use it for 7 days straight (or until i could see an actual colour change on my skin – i didn’t want to go too tanned straight away) and here is what happened;

Day 1 – First Use

I didn’t really see much of a change the first day except on the insides of my arms. I have a scar from a recent iron burn and this looked like a little line of tan on my skin, so i knew it was at least working on some part of my body! There was a faint smell of tan but not as bad as with other fake tans and that went after a few hours, which was good!

Day 2 – Second Use

I started to notice more of a glow on my arms after the second use. The smell came and went again as before which i didn’t mind too much, it was neither stronger or around for longer. My legs were still as pale as ever and i didn’t notice any change in them.

Day 3 – Third Use

My arms had a slight tinge of colour – not much but enough that i noticed although, no one else did. My legs were still as pale as they ever have been. I was beginning to become irritated by this product.

Day 4 – Fourth Use

Still nothing. Just a faint smell of fake tan.

Day 5 – Fifth & Final Use. 

I decided not to continue for 7 uses, because it was too disheartening not to see any change. And even on my fifth use i didn’t see any change.

I’ve read so many positive reviews on this product and seen so many pictures of people’s natural glow after use of this in shower tan but it just didn’t work for me. I shall stick to being pale & (at least a little) interesting i suppose!

Have you tried it? What do you think?

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Garnier Micellar Water

I’m a little behind the times when it comes to Garnier’s Micellar Water – i’ve read so many positive reviews about it but for some reason, have not purchased it. I think it’s because i’ve had my Clinique ‘Take the Day off’ make up remover which has lasted me so long! My Micellar water woes were no more when i opened this months My Little Box which contained a small bottle of this beauty which everyone has been raving about for ages! I decided to use it every day for 1 week to see what all the fuss was about.

First Impressions

The bottle is so cute and pretty. It came in the small handbag friendly size which is great as you can take it with you when you travel! The bottle is see through and the detail is pink. It’s great as it’s not too in your face and it’s bottle design is really simple. It’s cap is easy to open and close (which is always a bonus) and you can easily see how much you’ve used and when you’re due to re stock!

Day 1

After the first use, my skin didn’t feel greasy and it felt like my face was thoroughly cleansed. All of my make up was removed, which was pretty good going seeing as though i was wearing Estée Lauder, double wear which we all know does not budge. It hasn’t made me break out after the first use & that’s always something i look for. Who wants a cleansing water which just makes you break out?

Day 2, 3, 4 and 5!

All above days were the same as day 1, i’m so impressed with this product! All the grime and make up from the day was removed, leaving my skin clean and fresh and it caused no breakouts. This cleansing water is great for when your skin doesn’t need a full stripping with water and face wash (as this can be really harsh on skin day in and day out i find) but this makes things so much easier on my skin!

Day 6 & 7

These days i had a good look at my skin to see if i could see any changes. I found i didn’t feel as though i had to wear as much make up which is always great as it meant my skin tone was evening out! Still no break outs either!

This cleansing water is my new best friend. I’m totally sold and now i know what all the fuss was about! No break outs and a very simple but effective way of removing not only make up but any dirt and grime on your skin when you’re not wearing make up! Full size at 400ml is usually approx £5 and the 125ml travel size is usually £2 but boots / superdrug always have deals on so you can pick them up cheaper! Have a browse on Boots here at the moment as they’re on offer! 

Do you love this cleanser?

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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?

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