23 December 2014

THE NOTES: MY THOUGHTS ON LIVING ALONE


Whenever I tell people that I live on my own, nine times out of ten I receive a shocked expression followed by: "Don't you get lonely?" "Why did you want to do that?" "You're a student that's weird  and I have to laugh to myself because living on my own is truly the best thing that has ever happened to me and I will tell you why.

I semi moved out of the family home of 17 years when I was 18 and moved to Liverpool to study. Like any fresher I ended up living in halls of residence which happened to be one of the worst nine months of my life, you can read about some of it HERE.  I absolutely hated living in a place that I had no control over, no control over how clean it was or how noisy/quiet it was. I had the same problem in my second year and by my third year I knew that enough was enough, I had to get a place on my own and that is exactly what I did.

Often, I will unlock my front door and almost want to cry with happiness that when I walk inside my flat, it's quiet, clean and there's nobody there. Just me, free to do whatever the hell I like. I love having friends over but I also love saying bye to them when i've had enough. I can hide away and I can have an open house, what matters to me is that the choice is mine. I used to be petrified when I flat shared and the door would open for an army of drunk people to walk in screaming and shouting at all hours in the night, I hated being scared to go out of my room to the toilet because of strangers that my flat 'mates' had invited in running around the flat and trying to get into my room to play a prank on me. 

As an only child I believe that i'm programmed to enjoy my own company a lot more than most, I find it easy to entertain myself and I don't yearn for the company of others, I never ever get lonely whilst living on my own, loneliness was something that when I lived with others I suffered from chronically. Living on my own is the best thing that has ever happened to me and when people ask me why I take them back to a night when the psychopathic lad I lived with in first year tried to strangle our flat mate in the middle of the night.

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16 December 2014

THE MAKE-UP: MAC 'FRESH MOROCCAN' LIPSTICK



With every trip I take somewhere special, I buy a Mac lipstick as a little souvenir to remember it by. When I visited London in 2012 I bought 'Girl About Town'  and when I popped over to Turkey in the summer of 2013 I bought 'Big Apple Red.' 

For my birthday trip to The Netherlands, I bought 'Fresh Moroccan' a beautiful brown toned red with plenty of sparkle. I would describe the shade as cinnamon/copper tone which is super Christmassy and is the perfect Autumnal shade. This aside, I think this shade will look beautiful with a tan in the summer. 

The lipstick is a frost finish which means that this lippy is easy to wear all day long, moisturising the lips and maintaining a colourful shine. Fresh Moroccan is more orange toned than 'Big Apple Red' which is a pink toned red. 

Perfect for warm and cool toned skin, Fresh Moroccan compliments a peachy cheek and gold eye make-up


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9 December 2014

L'Oreal Casting Creme Gloss In 535 'Chocolate' // My hair before + after

 L'Oreal Casting Creme Gloss In 535 'Chocolate'

In all honesty, I don't know what I'm doing with my hair at the moment. All I can say is that I am truly angry at myself for damaging it so badly and having to have three inches lobbed off. With a band-aid over my heart, I am embracing having super short hair and clinging to the positives of it feeling softer and looking shinier. 

After deciding that the ombre had to go due to a lot of breakage and no shine I had my hair cut and decided to embrace the true Hollie as a natural brunette. Having been told by a hairdresser that semi-permanent hair colours had much more depth and shine to them in comparison with permanent colours that are matte, I decided to choose a colour from the Casting Creme Gloss range as their brunette shades are just delicious. After much deliberation between 'Chocolate Brownie' which was a smidge too dark and 'Honey Chocolate' which was a tiny bit too golden, I went with 'L'Oreal Casting Creme Gloss in '535 Chocolate'' a deep red-based brown.

The colourant itself lasts for up to 28 washes and adds a conditioning colour to your hair using no ammonia. The conditioning treatment that comes in the box is amazing as it is infused with royal jelly leaving your hair super conditioned and nourished post colouring. 

I'm really happy with the colour as it is a rich, warm brown which I think for winter time suits my skin tone a lot. I'm not sure how long this exact shade will stick around on my barnet but I would certainly use it again.




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4 December 2014

THE NOTES: MY 21ST BIRTHDAY IN AMSTERDAM



For my 21st birthday, I decided to celebrate in The Netherlands, specifically Amsterdam after hearing so many amazing reviews of the city. 

We headed off on our travels on Saturday morning hopping across Europe on a propeller plane which took just an hour to land at Amsterdam, Schipol airport. After a short 15 minute train ride we arrived at the Westcord Fashion Hotel to be shown to our room, a large monochrome space with plenty of stylish accessories and a super large shower. The hotel itself was nice however, the front desk service was a bit shoddy and after a number of mix ups with deposits and sneakily added bills banged on to our stay, I wouldn't stay there again.

To celebrate my birthday we headed to the hotels 10th floor where the super glamorous Sky bar looked out over thousands of twinkly lights and the black, inky sky and after a cocktail or two, it was time to head into central Amsterdam. We booked to have dinner at Jamie Oliver's '15' restaurant on the dock front, I have to say Amsterdam at this time of year is bitterly cold, I don't think we anticipated just how biting the air would be as we scrabbled with a map. Our meal at 15 was delicious, I opted for the fettuccini with truffle and a mocha cake dessert, the butterscotch ice cream was certainly the jewel of that dish. We closed the evening with a walk into Amsterdam, finding ourselves wandering down the red light district shuffling passed the windows adorned with scantily clad ladies.

On Sunday we slipped into super tourist mode, grabbing a croque monsieur from the station and taking a long walk around the freezing streets of Amsterdam, dipping over canal bridges, dodging bicycles and ambling through Dam Square. In between bubbly hot chocolates and a delicious, authentic pizza we visited Anne Frank House, a moving museum focusing on the Frank families time in the secret annexe in World War 2.  To actually walk through their real life hiding place was unreal.
After a solid eight hours of understanding Amsterdam we headed back to the Sky bar for more cocktails before being too tired to keep our eyes open. Being a tourist is hard work.

We flew home on Monday after spending a little more time in the city by this time the winter chill was becoming a little over bearing, it was almost too much as you can't amble around the streets as fluidly. I did however have an amazing city break to Amsterdam, the city itself is a cultural hit with so much rich diversity, I certainly recommend heading there yourself if you are thinking about it. I wasn't sure if it would be the right city for me but it turned out to be even better.





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14 November 2014

THE HAIR: COCONUT WATER - WEIGHTLESS OIL FOR DAMAGED HAIR


As my hair restoring journey continues, I decided to try some new and interesting products to see if they could help aid my root recovery.

I discovered the Natural World 'Coconut Water' weightless oil when scratting around in the TJ Hughes hair care department. I was drawn in by the product as it advertises that the organic coconut oil leaves dry, damaged and over processed hair feeling and looking re hydrated, silky and shiny. 

The oil is multi use so I add a little to my conditioner, apply a little before shampooing my hair and leave a layering on damp hair whilst it dries. I have found that my hair has become much more soft and frizz free, it feels nourished and whilst it isn't repaired, it is much more unruly and easy to maintain. I like how a little of this product can go a very long way and for under £5 it is the perfect companion for fried, destroyed hair that needs any help that it can get.



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24 October 2014

THE BEAUTY: THREE PRODUCTS TO TRY


There are some products that just do their job and do it well.
Today, I am going to share with you three of those 'well worth your hard earned pennies' products.

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20 October 2014

LIVERPOOL FASHION WEEK: CLOSING NIGHT


Friday night saw Liverpool Fashion Week come to a close.
I apologise for this post being so late up, it was supposed to go live on Saturday however, due to a crazy storm on Friday evening when I got home - my internet shut off completely.

Closing night was the turn of the junior models and the pets. Now we all know what people say about working with children and animals but these little 'ens were pros on the catwalk.
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16 October 2014

LIVERPOOL FASHION WEEK DAY 3: OOTD AND WHAT'S IN MY GOODY BAG?


Light night was day three of Liverpool Fashion Week, with the catwalk focused on high street retailers such as Burton and Dorothy Perkins as well as independent boutiques.
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14 October 2014

THE FASHION: LIVERPOOL FASHION WEEK OPENING NIGHT

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Last night the annual Liverpool Fashion Week opened at Anfield stadium showcasing the best of couture glamour and high fashion.

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11 October 2014

HAIR: NICE 'N' EASY - SUNKISSED DYE IN ' GOLDEN BEACH BLONDE'


After knocking around 11 promotional packs of Nice 'n' Easy dye's off the shelf in Superdrug last week, I knew that I could at least be courteous and buy one.
I was actually enticed by the packaging before my little misdemeanour, I love the branding of the 'Sunkissed' range - it really sells to me the ultimate beach babe donning a mane of golden highlighted tresses.

 I have used Nice 'n' Easy dyes before mainly for the luxurious conditioner that comes in the box, you can actually now buy that separate in Boots and Superdrug. I have found previously that the dyes can be a little drying on the hair and all of the blondes packs that I have previously used have tended to turn my hair a vague shade of snot green. The 'Light Golden Beach Blonde' shade is my new favourite hair dye by far. The blend of 3 tones distributes honey blonde, beige blonde and warm blonde through the hair leaving you looking like you've spent the last two hours in foils.

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10 October 2014

THE FASHION: PRIMARK HAUL


Primark has it spot on at the moment with dabbles with tartan, 60's inspired PVC skirts and the nicest selection of winter coats that have hit the stores to date.
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9 October 2014

THE MAKE-UP: USING MAC 'TEAL'PIGMENT


Some mornings I just feel like getting super creative with my eye make-up by delving into the realms of my creative make-up drawer.
I have recently been playing with loose pigments, in particular 'Teal' by MAC which was apart of their 'Tartan Tale' collection in 2010.
I create my usual, everyday smokey eye  and use a flat, synthetic brush to pat the aqua toned teal pigment onto my eyelid before blending with a fluffy brush.
I like how the grey shadows mix nicely with the flush of colour against lighter eyes making me look more awake and my make-up more creative.

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7 October 2014

THE EVENT: LIVERPOOL URBAN FASHION SHOW 2014








On Sunday night I popped on my fashion editor hat and headed to Palm Sugar Lounge in Liverpool One to be wowed by all kinds of hair-mazingness.


The Liverpool Urban Hair Show, created by KWATU Events to showcase hairdressing creativity to its fullest as six stylists battled it out to impress Hooka salon owner, Dion Padan and Carl Russell and Amie Brown of Russell and Brown Vintage Hair.


Amongst the styling showcase were live acts including Liverpool based Bollywood dancers RuShee and Norwegian acoustic singer Jonas.  After parking my bum on a seat and ordering a Cosmo the event began with an opening speech from Clare Seddon the organiser of the Urban Hair Show.



Event Co-ordinator Claire Seddon and judging panel Carl Russell, Amie Brown and Dion Padan


I caught up with Clare Seddon, Founder of the organiser KWATU Events after the show, she said:
 “I was extremely impressed by the turn out and the hairdressers went to extremes to showcase avant guard hairstyles and creativity, seeing the show come together and the guests enjoying all of the performances made me feel certain that the show has been well received in Liverpool.”


The hairdressing mavericks taking part in the show included, Glamor Hairdressers, Fabuluxe hairdressers, Twisted Plaits and Braids, Heavenly Holes Hairdressers, Electric Unicorn and Bella Mode Hairdressers. 

Backstage, Tawny Wright of Electric Unicorn felt the pre-show strains, she told me: “I only decided to do the show on Monday, so I made the head pieces last minute. I arrived an hour later than everyone else and had no access to plugs and at one point was without a second model so it was high pressure and I was sure I wouldn't finish in time. Thankfully it all came together,and we had a lot of fun.”

Judge, Dion Padan who announced the winning stylist, said: “I was amazed to see such creative work. What I loved about the winners look what the way she had created two very different models but they both complimented each other so well. I hope this competition goes from strength to strength as it’s a great opportunity for local hairdressers to get to showcase their work.”

The winning stylist was Lo Forster of Fabuluxe hair which is located on Liverpool's Smithdown Road, she said: " I couldn't believe it as soon as I heard my Salons name announced as the winner I was in shock. I overwhelmed by all the compliments and good things the judges were saying to me. I felt like all my hard work had paid off.”



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22 September 2014

THE PERFECT STAY AT OX PASTURE HALL HOTEL SCARBOROUGH, NORTH YORKSHIRE

You know when you have one of those days that couldn't be more perfect?
 Friday was one of them.

After a super crazy and stressful week, I packed my little suitcase and escaped the busy city to the tranquility and beauty of Ox Pasture Hall Hotel a luxury, country house hotel which is around three miles outside of Scarborough in East Yorkshire.

After nearly three hours in the car singing our hearts out to Westlife, the boy and I arrived at the traditional stone building surrounded by lush hillsides and a beautiful, green garden peppered with pink and red roses growing around tree trunks.


We were greeted by the lovely receptionist who showed us to our room, the 'Wetherby Suite.' 
Each of the rooms are named after places nearby which I think is a really nice touch.

The suite was perfect, a large space with a dressing area/living room leading to a large bedroom complete with king size bed and a beautiful bathroom that housed a deep bath and a waterfall shower.
I loved the modern country style of decor, it felt homely and welcoming which was then complemented by the boutique touches, chandeliers in the rooms and a 'his 'n' hers' sink in the bathroom.


After settling in and unpacking, we headed into the cosy lounge area where we decided to become all decadent by indulging in afternoon tea.

I have never had such a delicious selection of scones, sandwiches and pastries, the cheesecake and chocolate brownie were particularly divine, even better to be munched between glasses of Prosecco and Yorkshire Tea.


As the afternoon passed and all of the delights on our cake stand were devoured, we decided to take a walk around the grounds.
With the crisp Autumn setting in, the greenery was so bright against the light mist that hovered over the hills. It was on our little walk that we discovered some friendly residents to which I was absolutely overjoyed, two beautiful cats snoozing on a seat.


We were booked in to have dinner later on in the evening so we had a few hours to spare, I was absolutely delighted to see the enormous bath tub so I couldn't resist a super bubbly bath.
The tap was so cool, distributing water like a waterfall.


Once we were ready, we headed to The Bistro for a drink before dinner at the highly acclaimed Courtyard Restaurant.
We were sat next by the window next to the courtyard which looked so beautiful with the gardens lit dimly which provided the perfect backdrop for date night.

Now, I know that I have said the word amazing rather a lot in this post however, I think the adjective spectacular can be whipped out to describe the food.
The Courtyard Restaurant doesn't feature in the Michelin Guide for nothing.
The food was the best I have eaten in a very long time.

I started with a homemade mushroom soup followed by the in house 'Ox Burger' - The menu is so extensive with both traditional and A la Carte listings. 
I was simply blown away by the quality of the food and of course the service which was outstanding.


After dinner, we treated to the lounge for a few glasses of wine before heading back to retreat to the super comfy king sized bed for a good nights sleep.

In the morning I opened the window to a beautiful dewy morning and a perfect silence before heading to breakfast which was equally as amazing as dinner the night before.
I choose a cooked breakfast but there were cereal, fresh fruit and yogurt amongst other breakfast foods and drinks that were available. 

After breakfast, it was time to head home.
My stay at Ox Pasture Hall hotel was magical and it is just what the doctor ordered.
I would highly recommend heading there for a meal or even for afternoon tea if you are in the Scarborough area, but above all I would recommend that you stay there as it really is the perfect place to get away from the madness, enjoy luxury comforts and eat incredible food.

They also accommodate weddings providing the perfect natural backdrop for your special day, in fact I was chatting to a fellow blogger on Instagram who is thinking of having her wedding at Ox Pasture Hall. 







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16 September 2014

SALLY HANSEN 'AIR BRUSH LEGS'

The Sally Hansen ‘Air Brush Legs’ formula is a secret that isn’t well known amongst my friendship group which is odd as we are a bunch of fake tan fiends however, in the beauty community I am exceptionally late on the bandwagon. 

I bought the spray on ‘perfect legs’ formula for £5.99 which for 75ml of product isn’t a complete bargain but it is well worth the price tag.

The product itself is essentially body foundation which aims to cover up imperfections, veins, blotches and freckles. I apply the formula with gloves as it can stain the palms of your hands. The consistency is a thick, foundation-like substance that is sprayed onto the legs and then rubbed in. It takes a bit of work to blend but once blended and set the results are amazing, your legs look perfect and the product gives the illusion of wearing tights.


Normal fake tan tends to not take very well on my calves and the backs of my thighs so I like to use the Air Brush legs to even out my fake tan and keep my legs looking flawless when wearing shorts, a dress or a skirt.  

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15 September 2014

THE BEAUTY: IBIZA HONEY FAKE TAN


For the best part of two years I waved goodbye to my fake tan addiction and kept my skin pretty porcelain. Since I became a full time blondey some six months ago, the fake tan came back. My favourite high end fake tan is the ‘Glam Tan’ by Lauren’s Way but I find that it is a little bit too pricey to repurchase over and over to use regularly. 
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13 September 2014

THE HAIR: CLAUDIA SCHIFFER 'BLONDE ULTIMARE' HAIR DYE

I had noticed that my roots were showing up heavily amongst my pink hair. With blonde hair, the rooty look is more acceptable however, with artificial pink hair my dark brown roots made my hair look greasy and untidy. 
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5 September 2014

Before & After L'oreal Feria 'Pink Panther' review // Pink hair, don't care!

 L'oreal Feria 'Pink Panther' review

After finally achieving my perfect shade of blonde, what did I go and do?
Dye it pink of course!

 L'oreal Feria 'Pink Panther' review

 L'oreal Feria 'Pink Panther' review

I really don't know what the matter is with me but I can't seem to stick to hair colour for very long.

I have been wanting to dabble with pastel hair for quite some time now and when I saw the 'Pastel, pink flamingo dye' by  L'oreal Feria on offer I decided to give it a whirl.

This is a semi-permanent colour which is supposed to last for between 3 and 5 washes, I'm not sure how it will fade out but I love the washed out look.

I applied a generous amount of the pink toning conditioner to damp hair as advised. Upon drying I found that the vibrancy of my hair wasn't quite pink enough so I applied a second layer to dry hair.
The conditioner leaves your hair extremely soft and nourished whilst depositing a light wash of colour.

My hair is a mixture of dark blonde and light blonde so some areas took more colour than others. The shade on the box is also not realistic to the colour I achieved but perhaps on super bleached, white hair, it would be.

The toning conditioner is reusable and contains no bleach or ammonia so even people like me with damaged hair can still enjoy fun hair colours.

I really recommend giving this a go if you are feeling adventurous with colour.

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1 September 2014

THE HAIR: NICE 'N' EASY 'ROOT TOUCH UP'


When my friend told me that my roots were a sold seven on the 'root scale' I thought that it was high time that I did something about them.
As a natural dark, brunette it only takes around three weeks before my golden blonde hair is massed with a dark shadow.
Now, don't get me wrong i'm all for the rooty look but with a black tie event on the horizon, lots of photographs and a spare hour I decided that that touching them up wasn't a bad idea.

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26 August 2014

A TOUR INSIDE MY LONDON STUDIO APARTMENT


Although I will be moving into my new, more permanent flat in a few days time, there will always be something special about my little London studio that I called home for 8 weeks.

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18 August 2014

THE NOTES: TOPSHOP LIPSTICK - BRIGHTON ROCK



A few weekends a go I paid a visit to the super southern, seaside town of Brighton.
I have to say that I fell head over heels in love with the place, from the bunting clad streets to the sound of seagulls.


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11 August 2014

THE HAIR: REDKEN EXTREME- ANTISNAP TREAMENT


"This product will change your life" - those were the words of Ayesha from the Blow Bar at French Connection.   
A few weeks ago I had noticed that I had little hairs no longer than an inch near my parting, I soon realised that bleach on bleach on bleach on bleach had caused some breakage and I knew that I had to stop it before it got worse.

Firstly, no bleach - obviously.
Secondly, I invested in the Redken - Extreme - Anti Snap treatment.
I have always been a fan of the Extreme range and so this protein treatment seemed like the perfect product to try.

You use it by distributing a small amount of the product through washed, damp hair.
Not only does it smell amazing and detangle but it is also a heat protectant so perfect for pre blow drying.

After two weeks of use my hair is already feeling stronger and I have noticed no new breakage and my hair is lightweight, frizz free and super soft.

It is worth noting that this product is a protein treatment so over use can cause more damage than you started with, I use my anti-snap once or twice a week and the results appeared within a week of use.

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7 August 2014

THE NOTES: GETTING A TATTOO


Today's post is one that I never thought that I would actually write.
But alas! Here I am about to tell you about my experience of getting tattooed for the first time.

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Before I begin I would just like to say that I know you're a friendly bunch here on GGMH but it's just worth noting that I am very happy with my choice of tattoo and the placing of it, I know that there can sometimes be a lot of negativity on the internet when it comes to tattoos and if it's not your thing then maybe the following post isn't one for you, and that's fine however, i'm not down for any serious negativity and if you don't like my tattoo or you don't like tattoos in general then please refrain from leaving a negative comment as it's rude and unnecessary. On the other hand, if you have any positive thoughts or questions feel free to ask away.

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As much as some people have a blase outlook when it comes to a tattoo, I am simply not one of those people.
I put a lot of thought, research and planning into my piece because my mind simply wouldn't rest until I knew 100% that it was what I wanted.
I spoke to my friends and family who already had maginificent pieces and I got a real sense of what the experience was going to be like, how to find a good artist and how to look after my piece once i'd had it done.

I originally was going to get a tattoo on my foot when I turned 18 however, I didn't really know what I wanted so my Dad told me to wait until I was 20/21, when my body had stopped developing as quickly and I knew my adult self a little better. 
After putting my ink desires to bed for three years the right time recently came around.

As you guys know I am currently living in London and I am truly having a blast.
 It occurred to me one day whilst strolling down the King's Road in Chelsea that I wanted to mark such a great time in my 20's and a time where I felt completely free and happy.
I thought what better way to remember this time than to get a life long souvenir of when I felt like I really knew who Hollie was.
This is how the Holly Leaf came about, it is a symbol of me finding who I am and who I want to be.
Some may say cheesy,but I can't find an alternative 'cooler' sounding reason.

I also liked the celtic meanings behind a Holly tree, here are just a few:
Holly trees are the ruler of the winter (I'm a November born baby)
Holly trees are vibrant and colourful even in the stark winter months.
They repel lightening and were often put around homes for protection from storms.

Once I had decided what I wanted and where (I've only ever wanted a piece on my foot) it was time for me to find a studio and an artist. 
Being in London I had my pick of some fantastic places but after lots of research, reading lots of reviews and a personal recommendation I chose to be tattooed at Cloak and Dagger just off Brick Lane in Shoreditch.
I kicked things off with an initial email to which they were very helpful and answered all of my questions (even the ridiculous ones.)
The next stage was choosing an artist to design and complete my piece, I looked at all the Cloak and Dagger artists work on Instagram and decided upon Jack Goks because I loved his neo traditional style and use of colour - it turned out that he was actually a friend of a friend from Leeds, which helped also.

The next stage was to put down a deposit and book in!
Due to the placing of my tattoo I needed time to rest it and not to be on my feet all day so I chose a weekend to have mine done, it is certainly something to think about as you want your piece to heal properly and safely.

One day after the inking, my foot was swollen.

Four days after the inking, the tattoo is in the healing phase, some little scabs have appeared and a protective 'film' has appeared over the top of the piece dulling it down the colours little. Once it has healed properly, the colours will be vibrant again.

I was very nervous when I went into the shop, it was the feeling of not knowing how my body was going to react to the pain, everyone in there seemed so cool, calm and collected and there I was sweating cobs.

I was advised by my friend to make sure I ate something before I went in and  I also took some jelly babies and Coke to keep my sugars up just incase I felt light headed.

Jack quickly drew my leaf and applied the stencil, I sat on the bed with my foot up thinking oh my god i'm going to die.
Dramatic I know.
I was told that I had chosen a pretty hard place to be tattooed in terms of pain and it wasn't the easiest to sit through which made me feel even worse!
As the equiptment began to buzz I turned away and bit down onto my fist, my god it hurt.
I know you're all going to ask me what it feels like and it is one of those pains that as soon as you walk out of the shop you completely forget.

The only way I can describe it is like a shard of glass piercing your skin in an intense stinging sensation. It makes you shake, it makes you grit your teeth and say: "Bloody Hell" but it is bearable and I am a massive wuss and I didn't cry or pass out.
The artist stops every few seconds anyway to clean the area so everytime it starts to become super intense the pain stops and of course if you needed to you can ask to have a break.

I think the worst part for me was the colouring as the scratches are quick and multiple, I certainly found that the berries near my toes hurt a lot more than the top of the leaf.

The whole thing took around 30-35 minutes and Jack was fantastic, very efficient and kept the whole thing friendly and casual.
I would definitely do it again especially after he told me I chose a bad place and took it very well.

I won't go into the aftercare too deeply as you must listen to your specific artists instructions, I had to keep mine wrapped for three days, cleaning it and applying Bepanthan four times a day.
On the day after my tattoo there was a little bit of swelling and the piece felt a bit tight and sore, a sensation like sunburn but nothing too major, I was hobbling a bit but otherwise all good in the hood. By five days after my inking, my foot was a little itchy as the skin healed but my walking was normal and there was no pain other than a little tenderness when I applied my cream.

 I am very pleased with the result and I can't stop looking at my foot!

I hope that you found this helpful if you are waiting to be tattooed or thinking about it and if you want to ask my anything then feel free to leave a comment or email me, i'm not an expert but I was a first timer and I am now a convert!





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6 August 2014

THE MAKE-UP: PHYSICIANS FORMULA LASH BOOSTING MASCARA


The final instalment of my USA Drugstore Haul comes in the form of a mascara and this isn't just any mascara it is one coveted by Tati from GlamLifeGuru who is my favourite Youtuber.

Admitedly Tati talks about the Jumbo Lash mascara but I have heard her give the Lash Boosting formula praise too.

I love everything about this mascara from the packaging to the formula to the wand.
The brush is plastic and these are my favourite kind of wands as they really layer the product up from the root of the lash to the tip.
The formula itself is one of the best that i've tried as it is non clumpy, non sticky, fast drying and build-able.

Just like the original organic wear mascara the Lash Boosting mascara is free of every nasty you could imagine and you are supposed to see extended, fuller lashes after four weeks.
The staying power is great, no fall out or dry flakes falling from the lashes and all day long you are left with seperated, clump free, dramatic lashes.

Have you ever tried a Physcians Formula mascara do you prefer this or the Jumbo Lash?


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5 August 2014

THE MAKE-UP: WET 'N' WILD 'COMFORT ZONE' PALETTE





Before I begin, you have probably notice that there are a couple of shades missing from my Wet 'n' Wild 'Comfort Zone' palette.
It should resemble something like this:


However, unfortunately somewhere in transit,  two of the shades shattered.
Now, I wouldn't normally be too bothered but it was the olive green and the ivory cream colours that I was most looking forward to using which is just typical but there are so many other lovely colours to work with that I guess I can get over it!

For such an inexpensive palette you are offered a set of neutrals consisting of shades neutral shades
 and a set of green shades which are all soft and easy to work with, there is a little fall out but nothing compared to the Urban Decay shadows.

The colour pay-off is fantastic and all of the shadows are highly pigmented, I wouldn't say that there is a duff shade amongst them.

The shadows also wore well on my eyes throughout another hot and sticky day in London with minimal fall out at the end of the day and most of the shadow still intact.

Have you ever tried eye colour from Wet 'n' Wild?



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4 August 2014

THE MAKE-UP: PHYSICIANS FORMULA 'DELUXE BRONZE'


I have been on the look out for a new bronzer for some time now, having used the Bourjois - Delice De Poudre for years I decided that I would like to try the only bronzer that has even taken my fancy.

With my family from America visiting last week, they kindly treated me to some official drugstore beauty products, particularly things that aren't available in the UK.

The Physicians Formula 'Bronze Booster' is a bronzer that I have seen popping up here, there and everywhere on Youtube and on blogs, the beautiful embossed sun on the golden brown powder pulled me in straight away.

The bronzer itself is lightweight and combines the best properties of cream, baked and powder bronzers to create a skin perfecting, air brushed finish to this skin.
I have the light to medium variation which provides more than enough colour to my face, I also sometimes like to dust a little over my collarbones and decolletage to highlight and add warmth.

The staying power of this bronzer is pretty excellent, providing all day coverage without streaking or slipping and the coverage is build-able, I flip between a heavier coverage and subtle glow.

The bronzer itself is sprayed with a shiny,gold over spray, the actual bronzer itself has a tiny amount of shimmer but nothing too over powering

Have you ever tried the Deluxe Bronze?

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