Tuesday, 25 September 2012

L'Oreal Preference Wild Ombre: Review

So, you may have seen a couple weeks ago I did a post about how excited I was that L'Oreal Preference were launching their own at home dip-dye range 'wild ombre'. Well, I finally managed to find some, in asda of all places (on offer at £5) and was so excited to get home and try it out.

I thought it would be more complicated than it was but it was actually super easy. Just like standard at home dyes, you mix all the little bits together, and it comes with step by step instructions so no way of going wrong. The only main difference is in application as obviously to get the ombre effect you only do the ends of your hair or as far up as you want the effect to start. The kit comes with a little brush so you can comb the dye through so that it's even and you can easily see how far up you have gone on each side. The instructions suggest leaving the dye on for 25-45 minutes, which is quite long for an at home dye, but I guess that's because you are trying to lighten the hair.

I have to say, I was actually really disappointed with the results of this product. I have been trying to find a good at home dip-dye for ages and thought this one sounded really promising. I got shade no.2 which is dark blonde to medium brown. My hair at the moment I would say is medium brown, there was also a shade for dark brown to medium so could have picked either one but I chose no.2 as I wanted a quite noticeable result. I left the product on for 45 minutes, so the longest recommended time and can honestly say I can see hardly any difference at all. Maybe my hair just doesn't take dye that well, but after 45 minutes you would think I would see some difference, especially as this product is designed specifically for lightening hair. I guess I will just have to go to the salon next time. 

After using L'Oreal Preference Wild Ombre shade No.2
 Have you used this product? Or do you have any recommendations for a good at home dip-dye? 

Sunday, 23 September 2012

life through a lens #3

N'aawww, some light reading, good morning, ugh packing for uni, take me back, holiday nails, lovee, new dress, studs

Thursday, 13 September 2012

hair rescue

Having just returned from holiday, my hair was in need of some serious TLC. Not only has it had a week of sun and chlorine abuse, it also had to suffer at the hands of some very cheap and cheerful shampoo and conditioner we had to buy there because we thought hand luggage was a good plan. Sometimes, it really is just worth paying the extra to take luggage. 

Before I went away I picked up some VO5 Hot Oil Moisture Soak Elixir in shower treatment. I had used this a couple of times before my holiday and not given too much thought to the results. However, I found as soon as my hair felt a bit dry or damaged, I couldn't wait to use this product. 

Moisture Soak Elixir claims to "double the strength of all hair to reduce breakage" and " remove 75% more chlorine than shampoo alone" so perfect for use after returning from holiday. The product is applied directly on to the hair before shampooing and left for a minute before rinsing. 

After using this product on dry, damaged hair, the results are definitely more noticeable and have made me appreciate the condition it has left my hair in so much more than when I had used it previously. It has smoothed out tangles that I was barley able to get a brush through before washing, as well as leaving my hair feeling so soft and shiny. It feels really moisturised and the dry ends have vanished. 

nice smooth hair courtesy of VO5 Moisture Soak Elixir
Moisture Soak Elixir is a weekly treatment and has little guidelines down the side as to how much you should be using each time which is handy. I think it costs around £5 from boots or superdrug, and if you follow the guides should last around 5 weeks which is pretty good going. Definitely worth checking out if your hair also needs some TLC. 

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

post holiday therapy

I have just returned from Magaluf feeling tired and poorly, but I am heading back to uni in a couple of days so have no time to rest as I have to pack ready to move house (did I mention I hate packing?). I am not sure when 21 became old but after 7 days of partying I certainly feel it!

Anyway, to put off the dreaded packing and because I was feeling sorry for myself and my cold, I decided to go shopping. Here is what I bought:

real Techniques stippling brush - £11.99 Boots, NYC Expert Last nail ploish  in 105 lights,c camera, glitter - £2.49 Superdrug, TRESemme Keratin Smooth deep treatment masque - £2.49 Superdrug, Natural Collection Moisture Shine lipstick in Rose Bud - £1.99 Boots, River Island burgundy zebra print jumper - £35, Primark cable knit cricket jumper - £14

Returning from holiday means that summer is well and truly over so it's time to invest in some knitwear. I have to say though, I much prefer A/W clothes to summer, bright colours just don't suit me and I love layering. I picked up this cream cable knit cricket jumper from Primark for £14. It's really cosy and oversized so perfect for the coming months. I also got this burgundy zebra print jumper from River Island; not quite so practical but hey, I liked the print! 

I had to get some hair products to sort out the horrible mess on my head that seems to have returned to England with me. Sun, sea and chlorine is just bad news for your hair. I got the TRESemme Keratin Smooth deep treatment masque, which was half price in Superdrug at £2.49, so expect a review on that soon. 

I decided to invest in the real Techniques stippling brush as I have heard so many good things about it, so I will be sure to give my verdict on that as well. 

Lastly I bought a new lipstick and some sparkly nail polish, well just because. I feel it is time for me to get back to reality before my bank account suffers any more! 

Monday, 3 September 2012

whose idea was this?

Packing - It's a stressful experience. Trying to select what you need to take for a week away is always a challenge and the question 'do I really need this' is constantly being replayed in your mind. The answer is of course, always yes; 'why wouldn't I need this top that I haven't worn in months?' or 'I need at least 7 different bikinis to ensure the best tan coverage possible'. 

I am off to Magaluf tomorrow and I am well and truly useless at packing. I always end up taking practically everything I own, or being over the baggage allowance, or recycling the same pair of denim shorts night in night out and coming home with a case full of unworn clothes. Ahh holidays! And don't even get me started on toiletries and beauty products. 

Well, as if this isn't all stressful enough already, me and my friends wanted the best possible deal going when booking this holiday, so when the travel agent started asking us what extras we wanted to add on to our package, our immediate answer was 'none', meaning hand luggage only. I know. What were we thinking?

So now, I'm trying to cram everything I need into a case the size of a shoe box, and searching the label of every product I own to see which are under 100ml. I'm having a nightmare. I only hope after I have stuffed my case full to bursting, they don't tell me there's a weight limit! 

I have no idea how I'm going to close this!

Sunday, 2 September 2012

life through a lens #2

Babyliss heated rollers, hair after using them, apple crumble, off out, besties, home sweet home, life of luxury, beach shadows, new purchase

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Pat your weave ladies

So, I thought I would write a post about the weave I recently had in and my experiences with it. For those of you not familiar with weaves, it's basically having 2 or 3 rows of hair extension sown into you hair to give you  thicker or longer hair, or if you're me, just for the sake of having one! My hair is already pretty long and thick, but my friend was getting one done so I decided I wanted one as well to make my hair even thicker and longer. 

First off, they aren't cheap! Mine cost £90 for 2 rows of hair which is actually a really good price, even though it sounds fairly extortionate. Generally, they say a well kept weave can last for up to 3 months, and the lure of having Cheryl Cole like locks for 3 months was what made me decide to take the plunge. 

Although this sounds like an ideal scenario, in reality weaves take a lot of up keep, and if you're like me - ever-so-slightly lazy when it comes to maintenance, as I like to spend the absolute maximum amount of time in bed before getting up in the morning, a weave becomes a lot of hassle. Firstly, you are advised to only wash it twice a week, and for the majority of us who wash our hair more than that, it means a lot of faffing around in the shower trying to separate and wash different sections. You also can't leave a weave to dry naturally, which means spending some quality time with your hair-dryer, usually resulting in it overheating - as well as you. You are supposed to apply oil to the hair every day to lock moisture in, which has actually benefited my natural hair massively and introduced me to the wonders of Moroccan Oil, but that's for another day. 

I really enjoyed having a weave for nights out and special occasions as it just made my hair look so much bigger and gave me so many more styling options, although in reality, the same thing could probably be achieved through standard clip in extensions without all the above stress. For every day wear though, I grew tired of it pretty quickly as it was so heavy and difficult to put up, and I wear my hair up a lot for work and uni.

without a weave in
with a weave in
(as you can see, it just added a bit of extra thickness to my natural hair) 

I know overall it sounds like I have a pretty negative opinion of weaves, but like I said at the start, I really didn't need one, so in the end the cons outweighed the pros. However, if you have short hair and want a weave for length or thickness, they are absolutely a good choice if you don't mind all the maintenance. I have friends who swear by weaves and their hair always looks incredible! One last thing, DO NOT get a weave if you are going, or planning to go on holiday. Fake hair and salt water don't mix, which unfortunately I found out the hard way. 

Models Own Utopia: Party style

I have just purchased Models Own nail polish in Utopia (064) after hearing so many good things about it and rightly so, I love it already. With Summer on it's way out taking bright shades with it, this is the perfect pretty nude to see you through the summer/autumn transition. 

This is such a gorgeous shade which I can already tell will be getting a LOT of use in the coming months. Models Own Utopia is available from selected Boots Stores, and also from the Models Own nail bar in Westfield Shepard's Bush. 

As it's a Saturday night though, I have decided to glam the shade up a little by painting a thin top coat of Barry M Silver Glitter (149) over the top which really complements the lilac tones in the base coat. 

Models Own Utopia £5, Barry M Silver Glitter £2.99