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Dying My Hair: Brown to Black (+Massive Apology)

I bet you haven’t seen my name pop up in a while ha ha. Well I’d like to start off this post with a massive apology for not posting in a while. But business shall resume as normal from today onwards. I will devote my time to writing extra posts to fill in the gaps from the last month. I hope you can forgive me.

While I have been away, I have experimented with dying my hair. This came about when my sister took a photo of me and it looked like my hair was black. I know I have dark brown hair already, but I was curious to actually see what it would look like. This is my first time ever colour treating my hair, I was very scared.

So I went to the local Boots in search for a semi-permenant dye and I came across the L’Oreal Casting Creme Gloss in the shade Liquorice.

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It Came With…

1 tube of colourant (48 ml)

1 tube of developer with a tip applicator (72 ml)

1 bottle of enhancing conditioner (40 ml)

1 pair of gloves

1 instruction leaflet

The whole process took about an hour (maybe a bit more) in total, which is great if you haven’t got too much time to spare. The colourant was left on my hair for around 20 minutes and then was thoroughly washed off (which was probably the hardest part as it may seem like you have got it all out of your hair but you have to keep rinsing.) I had a panic because as I was rinsing the colour out, it stained the bottom of the bath and instantly, I knew my mother would go mad at me! I ran into my sister’s room and said “quick, i’ve stained the bath I need something that will get it off”. She gave me a bottle of Cillit Bang (Black Mould Remover) and it literally came off instantly so the panic was over!

Overall, I loved the process and I was so happy with the end result that I think I will keep up with it. The colour lasts for up to 28 washes which is great for someone like me that doesn’t need to was their hair too frequently.

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My July Favorites

Hair care

TREsemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray

TREsemme Moisture Rich Conditioner

Make up

Benefit Rockateur Blush

Burberry Warm Summer Glow Bronzer  No.4

Freedom Pro Brow Pomade

Skin Care

St. Ives Blemish Fighting Face Scrub

L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Purity Face Mask

Scents

Jimmy Choo Flash
Impulse True Love
Impulse Tease

Candles

Yankee Candle: Baby Powder

Yankee Candle: Lemon Lavender

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Makeup

Natural and Bronzed

I went to Brighton beach with my family last weekend. My sister and I were putting on our make up in the morning and I realised just how different our beach looks are, so I thought it would be good to show you what products we used to give you two options. My sister went for the no make up, make up look and I went for more a bronzed, sun kissed look.

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My Makeup Look

Benefit: That Gal Primer

Maybelline: Instant-age Concealer (as foundation)

NYX HD Finishing Powder

Makeup Revolution: Vivid Baked BronzeR

L’oreal Paris: Miss Baby Roll Mascara

Benefit: Rockateur Blush

I Heart Makeup: Goddess of Love Highlighter

Rimmel London: Brow This Way Kit

Benefit: Ready, Set, Brow

My Sister’s Look

Borjouis: Air Mat Foundation

Collection Lasting Perfection: Concealer

Maybelline Matte Maker Pressed Powder

Benefit: Bad Gal Lash Mascara

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Makeup

Benefit Mini Products

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I was wandering around Boots in London and a noticed that Benefit had this mini stall type thing with bowls full of products. They were mini versions of some of their products. The offer was that you could pick up 4 mini’s for £15. I was drawn to this because I hate paying so much money on make up that I will end up not liking so it was nice to pick a few high end things to test before committing the full price.

The first one that caught my eye was the Bad Gal Lash Mascara. I have to say it’s the mascara I have reached for the most since buying it. The mascara isn’t a thick consistency and doesn’t clump up your lashes one bit. It makes them look very natural. The only issue I have with it is, if you wear it all day long, the mascara may transfer a bit to your skin. It was only when I got home from work and looked in the mirror that I noticed it. All in all though, this mascara is my new holy grail and will definitely be picking up the full size.

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The second product that caught my eye was the Rockateur Blush. I was surprised to see that it was more of a brown toned blush rather than pink toned. I was very skeptical when I first tried it on my cheeks. I was expecting it to show up brown like I had put contour on my cheeks. However it showed up quite subtly, with a slight hint of shimmer and actually looked very flattering. I will be picking up the full size but will be keeping this one for travelling, as I have a feeling I will be using this one a lot.

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The third product was a primer. I am a massive fan of the Porefessional Primer, so I was excited to try the “That Gal” Brightening Face Primer. I used it three days in row, the first day was great. It sank in well to my skin and my makeup looked flawless all day. Although for me, products usually work amazingly the first time and then my skin decides whether it likes it or not. The second day my makeup looked amazing for half of the day and then the primer decided it didn’t want to work on my skin. So the third day, I  knew what to expect. My makeup was patchy not long after application. I was so gutted because I adore Benefit products, but this one wasn’t for me.

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The final product I purchased was the Triple Performing Facial Emulsion Moisturizer. I had no idea Benefit even did any kind of skin care. I must have been living under a rock the whole time. I was so excited to try this out and again I tested it over three days. Each day my skin felt so soft. The product is so lightweight and doesn’t make your skin feel greasy. It sinks in so quickly. The only thing that I do not like about this product is the bottle the product comes in. It is literally just  a hole in the top that you kind of have to tap on your hand to get the product out, kind of like the glass bottles of sauce at Nando’s. 9 times out of 10 you end up with nothing or too much. I will look past it though because the product is amazing.

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Makeup

Sunset Inspired Eye Shadow Look

Firstly I’d like to say a massive thank you for almost 200 followers. It really means so much, the support that I get from you all.

Today I felt like giving my look a theme and I based it on a gorgeous picture I took of a sunset and I thought I’d give you an insight into the products I used.

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I used two eye shadow palettes for this look. They are The Balm Nude Dude and NYX Lid Lingerie.

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The first thing I did was take a flat brush by Lottie London and I used the nude shade from the top right of the NYX palette. I packed this onto my lids to give them an even surface to apply more. This is a great thing to do if you have discolouration on your lid or your veins are more prominent their.

The next thing I did was take a fluffy blending brush by NYX. I used the top right shadow in the NYX palette, which is like a browny-pink shade and I buffed this into the outer section of my crease.

Thirdly I took that same flat brush from before and I went onto The Balm palette. I used the shade “Fit” which is a gorgeous copper-gold shimmer shade. These shades have the most insane pigment. I packed this onto the lid to create a beautiful sunset/beach vibe. It looks so bright and shimmery on the lid, I was shook.

The last thing I did to tie this eye shadow look together was I used that a blending brush by Real Techniques to blend the lid and the crease together to get that transition – much like a sunset.

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If you are interested in the other products I used on my skin then please don’t hesitate to ask, or you can check out previous posts such as my Daily Make up Look and the Make up Look Inspired by Leighton Meister. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart. See you soon with another post.

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Makeup

2 Beauty Purchases

The first product I purchased, was the new Sleek Highlight Palette (Diamond Dreams). I wanted to purchase this after seeing a post by another fellow blogger *The Clueless Beauty Junkie* – do check out her blog. This palette has five shades. 3 of them are creamy highlights and 2 of them are powder highlights. When I first saw this palette it looked like it should be a colour correcting concealer palette as it has the greens, pinks and purple shades. I have to say the shades apply better to the skin if you use your finger and then blend with a brush. I do prefer the creamier shades as they blend a bit easier and it doesn’t look like you have a visible line of highlight.

Anodize (creamy), Beam (powder), Sweet Delusion (creamy), Refracted (powder), Blurred Lights (creamy)

The second product I purchased, was the NYX Lid Lingerie Eye Shadow Palette. I am a massive fan of the lip lingerie liquid lipsticks so as soon as I saw this palette I had to make purchase it. This palette has six reasonably sized shades so you will get a tone of use out of them. They apply so easily to the skin with a brush and using your finger. They are so pigmented so a little does go a long way. In my opinion, some of these shades would still be great for summer e.g. the bottom middle shade and the top right shade. This palette actually has good shades to use throughout the year. In the picture you may not be able to see the top right shade, this is because it is a perfect match to my skin, great as a base shade to even out the colour of the lid. I am excited to use this in some up coming make up looks!

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Makeup

Make Up Look – Inspired By Leighton Meester

 

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Leighton’s skin always looks so naturally flawless so I used the Pore fessionals Base Primer by Benefit to help even out my skin tone and fill in my pores to make them less visible.
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The next thing you would think to do to get that flawless looking base is to use a high coverage foundation, but for this look I didn’t use a foundation at all. I know, shocking. I actually used a concealer on the problem areas of my skin and the one I used was the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer. This concealer has high coverage for a drugstore product but it worked wonders for that natural flawless skin look. This concealer, when blended, is a perfect match for my skin tone so it looks like I’m not wearing anything on my base at all. The brush i used to blend the concealer in was the Cheek Brush by Real Techniques. I’m sorry if me not using the right brushes for things offends any of you. I just use what brushes work for my skin when applying certain products. This brush happens to be perfect for applying concealer/foundation as its not harsh and doesn’t make your product go streaky on the skin, which is what I find happens when I use a stippling brush.
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The next thing I did was set the base with my all time favourite powder, which is the NYX HD Finishing Translucent Powder. I have super oily skin so this powder takes a lot of that away but still makes me look dewy as I am not a fan of having overly matte skin. Leighton’s skin looks flawless and dewy so it is the perfect product to help achieve her look. The brush I used to do this was the Blush Brush by Real Techniques as this is the perfect shape to powder under my eyes and the sides of my nose.
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After that, I took a blush by Zoeva called “He Loves Me, Maybe” which is a subtle pink colour and I used the Multi-task Brush by Real Techniques to make my cheeks healthy and rosy just like Leighton in the photo.
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For brows I just filled my brows in the way I always do them with the NYX Micro Brow Pencil in the shade Ash Brown as everybody has their own brow shape and the way they like to do them so I thought i’d keep them the same as how I have them every day.
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Next I put on some mascara. I used the Benefit Roller Lash as it has a small, thin wand to curl your lashes right up from the root, to A) make them curlier and B) give the illusion of wearing eyeliner without the hassle of messing it up. Just don’t stab yourself in the eye with the wand, I’ve done that on many occasions.
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The next thing I did was take a small amount of bronzer around the outside of my face (forehead, chin etc.). Even though I don’t think Leighton is wearing any, I still like to bronze. It’s like my statement product. For this I used a big fluffy brush by Isabella Scott which I purchased at Homesense.
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The final thing I did to get that bold red lip, I used a lip palette. This was sent to me by mistake, however it is the best product I have ever used to get a red lip and the edges not looking to harsh and over drawn. The palette I used was the L’Oreal Color Riche Lip Palette in Rouge. I applied it to my lips using a thin and flat brush from a company called Royal and Langnickel. The product is so creamy and doesn’t transfer that much. It doesn’t make the outline of my lips look harsh when i use this product and the pigment is amazing too. Better than any red lipstick I have ever tried.

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