Thursday, 25 June 2015

Wanting To Try A New Hair Colour?...

Hi everyone!
If you're friends with me on Facebook or follow my instagram, you'd know that I recently coloured my hair an auburn/ginger colour, which I have wanted since I was about 11, (I'm 18 now!) It all started with discovering Florence and the Machine, and absolutely adoring Florence Welch's amazing red hair, (albeit not natural.)
I normally dye my hair with John Frieda's Precision Foam Hair Colour in the shade Medium Ash Blonde, which I did do this time, except, after I dyed it with this, I applied the Schwarzkopf Live Colour in Aztec Copper

This product is kind of like a toner, which you apply to your hair and leave in for around 45 minutes for a vibrant colour, and then wash out. It claims to last around only 8 washes, though I've gotten to about 3 washes, and it's just about faded completely. 
Because my hair is short, yet relatively thick, I used two boxes to completely cover my hair, but if you have short, thin hair, you could get by with just one. The product itself is quite thick which at times meant it could be difficult to spread throughout the hair, but by running the product through my hair with my fingers and then combing through, I managed to evenly distribute the product throughout.

I waited about 30 minutes before I washed it out, as I didn't want it to be too bright to begin with, although in hindsight I wish I had left it in for a bit longer. After rinsing out the product, I dried my hair to see what the outcome was, and I was very pleasantly surprised! The colour was even all over, no blotchiness at all, and my hair was incredibly shiny. 

This range would be perfect if you want to try out a hair colour without the commitment and hassle of a permanent dye. They have quite a few colours in the range including bright colours such as pink, purple and blue.

I am going to dye my hair with a permanent red hair dye soon, but I have to wait for a bit so I don't cause too much damage to my hair, which is why you'll see my hair gradually fading in pictures. I'll keep you posted in regards to that.

What hair colour have you always wanted to try?

Saturday, 20 June 2015

5 Years of Topshop Beauty

Hi lovelies,
This is just a quick post about Topshop's 5 Years of Beauty range. The items have the usual white packaging with the most gorgeous gold accents, (I'm such a sucker for anything gold!) Everything was just so pretty, I had to show you a few pieces from the collection.
The thing I particularly love about the Topshop makeup collection is that despite the high quality of the products, they are very affordable, and there are so many colours and products to accommodate just about everyone's make up style. If you want to check out the range for yourself, head on down to the Queen Street Topshop (Auckland) quickly, as the stock looks like it might be running out!!

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Hydrating Wonders

Now that it's getting colder (and quite cold at that), my skin has been getting a lot dryer than I'm used to, so thought I'd share with you, a couple of the products that I've been reaching for a lot lately. 

The first product I want to mention is a holy grail of mine, and which I've repurchased 3 times, (it's that good). The Blistex Intensive Repair Spf15 Lip Balm is an ultra nourishing lip balm that restores the lips moisture balance. Its got a slightly minty, tingly sensation to it, which cools down sore, chapped lips. This product has been given pride of place on my bedside table, and I often find myself in a mini panic if I can't find it!

The next product is an old favourite, and it is the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. While this is a mask, you don't need to wash it off. Just apply it like you would a moisturiser and then leave it to sink in overnight. In the morning your skin will be left feeling like an angels butt (a baby angel that is). The great thing about this product is you don't need to use a whole lot to cover your entire face. I usually use about the size of an edamame bean, (I was going to say a pea, but that's not the right size) for my whole face.

If I feel like the skin on my face is particularly dry, I will pat in a little of the Goodness Certified Organic Chia Seed Oil* before I apply the Origins mask, to really give my skin a boost. This oil is really silky making it a dream to apply and contains omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids. Also, it comes with a pipette. Need I say more? 

Recently I found the skin around my eyes getting quite dry and sore, probably due to staying up late finishing up assignments for uni. I was looking for a good hydrating eye cream that wouldn't block up the pores underneath my eyes. I came across the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Eye Roll On, and decided to give it a go. I think it's safe to say I really enjoy using this eye cream, and the fact that it has a roller ball applicator makes it all the more wonderful to use. This product helps to hydrate the skin around my eyes, without being thick or oily.

And finally, a new product I've been really loving are the Massage Bars from Lush. I have From Dusk Till Dawn*, and Yes Yes Yes*, both of which smell amazing! I don't use these as a massage bar, instead I use them on my legs after I've shaved to make them feel ridiculously smooth. I particularly enjoy using From Dusk Till Dawn for this purpose, because the top of the bar (which I think makes it look a little like a boob) contains very fine shimmer, which creates a really pretty subtle glow to the skin. I'm definitely gonna check out more of these next time I'm in lush. The Dirty and Each Peach massage bars sound delicious, (I don't advise eating any lush product, no matter how good they smell).

I hope you liked this post, and I'd love to hear what products you've been loving during these colder months.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

To-Do in June

Submit my sculpture and drawing assignments and get through my Art History exam.

Get through my huge book pile! I've been so tired lately, I haven't been reading as much before bed.

Finish off some more paintings to sell. With art school being as busy as it is, I haven't found much time for painting.

Spend more time with people I love. As hard as it is sometimes, I need to make the time to catch up with friends and family, especially when I'm not feeling so fab.

Number five on this list is less of a 'To-Do' and more of a 'Do-Not-Do', which is buy more knitwear! Seriously Albertine, you don't need any more jumpers!

What's on your 'To-Do' list?

This post was inspired by Jennie from Sailboat

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