Hairspiration 2.0

posted in: HAIR, VIDEOS | 2

IMG_1213 copySo back in January I had what can only be described as a life changing hair appointment at Russell Eaton Salon in Leeds. Many will scoff and I am joking to a POINT but if you’ve ever been at that ‘omg my hair is falling out in clumps’ stage you will totally understand the power you hair can have on your self esteem. I have always experimented with mine and so when it all goes wrong I can never feel too bad about it because I know the risks and ultimately hair grows. It’s not the end of the world.. it just feels like it. I have had Great Lengths Keratin Bonded extensions in my hair for 4 months now and if money were no object I would have them for the rest of my life, they are ridiculously low maintenance and ideal for someone like me who craves change constantly.. and instantly. Unfortunately I have to be realistic and I can’t justify the outlay all the time so with tomorrow’s appointment in mind I have been scouring in the internet for hairspiration once they’re removed and my real hair needs a good cut.

Given that bleach was the bad guy that ruined my hair in the first place and I can see healthy growth at my roots for the first time in YEARS I want to try and stay closer to my natural mousey brown colour. The problem is that short and mousey often spells BLAH so darker tones may be on the cards to keep it more interesting. I love Olivia Wilde’s super dark roots with softer sections but since the salon can’t fit me in for a colour tomorrow I may resort to a semi permanent all over colour while I wait for that appointment.. hoping to pick up something super temporary, any suggestions welcome

I have no idea what I’ll be left with when the extensions come out so I have some styles in mind depending on what we have to work with. The longer the better preferably but job one is something low maintenance that blends the shorter broken sections. We shall see but in the meantime I thought I’d share my inspiration(s)

Spring Clean Your Brushes

posted in: BEAUTY | 4

IMG_1479 It’s that time of year when I go cleaning crazy (my husband would point out it’s the ONLY time of year) and so pulling out my brushes for a deep clean as well seemed appropriate. I had two solid brush cleansers I hadn’t opened so I thought I’d review those for you as well as showing you the brushes I love and use the most.. you may be surprised at how few I really feel are essentials.

Freedom Pro Studio Brush Bath – £7

This I’ve used before but I had a new one all nice and clean for pictures, you’re welcome! I initally thought it would be my favourite of the two because 1. I knew I liked it and 2. the soap fills the entire tub, making it easier to swirl your brush around. This is still true but there was a secret added benefit to the Lottie cleanser that had the potential to win me over. This I find particularly useful for larger makeup brushes as they don’t tend to have particularly stubborn makeup to remove from them but they need a larger surface area. It makes quick work of cleansing brushes that you’re using more regularly which will potentially encourage you to do it more often.. maybe.

Lottie London Soap Star Brush Cleanser – £6.99

This is just perfect for for eye brushes because although I first thought it was just a clansing bar in a tub (rathern that a filled tub like the Freedom cleanser) and would be a bit awkward to use it turned out that underneath the soap was a kind of brillo pad (for use of no other comparison) which you could use to scrub those brushes caked with brow pomade and gel liner against and get them cleaner than you may otherwise have been able to. Kind of genius if it was intentional but I suspect it’s not actually designed to be used that way as I can find no mention of it anywhere as a feature of the product. Chances are it’s there to ensure the soap doesn’t stick to the bottom of the plastic pot!

IMG_1485IMG_1487IMG_1486Both cleansers did the same job for me, my brushes came out just as soft with each and neither left a discernible scent that pushed my preference one way or the other.  For your money you get considerably more from Freedom for a penny extra so was I to repurchase I’d go for that one as it’s easy to use with brushes of all shapes and sizes without me having to get my hands soapy. The Lottie London cleanser would be better for travel but I’m not so obsessive that I wash my brushes on the go. The ‘brillo pad’ lining could be replicated with a towel/flannel but since I don’t really think it’s there for any other reason than to hold the soap I’m not sure I can give it points for ingenuity.

Lastly I’ll leave you with my 4 current favourite brushes. If I had to narrow it down I’d pick just the RT Powder Brush (£10.99) and the RT Blush Brush (£9.99) but I’ve been loving the Seventeen Eyeshadow Brush (£1.99) for blending out cream eyeshadows and the RT Setting Brush (£7.99) for setting my under-eye concealer with powder.

Only one question remains.. how often do you wash YOUR favourite brushes?

*spoiler alert* I bet it’s more often that I do..

Essie / Spring 2016

posted in: NAILS | 7

IMG_1583Spring has apparently Sprung but it’s still pretty freaking cold here in the UK so the new season beauty launches are all that I have to hold on to for now. Striking just the right balance between pastels and brights Essie’s Spring 2016 collection is the perfect nail polish wardrobe to see you through the next few months. It’s no secret I’m already big fan of the brand’s formula and huge, one-stroke-and-you’re-done brushes so that needs no mention but the colour selection is bold for the season. I never thought I’d see a deep green and think palem trees rather than Christmas but they just might have converted me.

IMG_1582IMG_1579To celebrate the vast array of colour that Essie has to offer they have joined forces with iconic photographer, Rankin to offer a once in a lifetime opportunity. On 17th May he will be setting up shop at Essie’s Colour Portrait Studio to shoot nail selfies with randomly selected winners at a top secret London location. Winners will be treated to a VIP service from manicures to hair and makeup before stepping in front of the camera for their colour portrait. To enter you just need to upload your nail selfie using the hashtag #essiexrankin

IMG_1584L-R / High Class Affair, Lounge Lover, Sunshine State Of Mind, Shades On, Pool Side Service, Off Tropic


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