26 May 2016


At the beginning of the year I wrote in the front of my diary: 'Wear bright lipstick every day' and this is something I have stuck to since the start of 2016. Wearing bright lipstick makes me feel ready for anything and my current bright lipsticks of choice are from Avon.

I've long since loved Avon, ever since I was a Saturday girl at the local greasy spoon and a lady I worked with named Elaine brought the catalogue in once a month. I would find myself thumbing through the beauty products whilst chowing down on a chip butty with gravy before making a swift order to the extremely purse friendly retailer.

I love how insanely moisturising the Avon lipsticks are whilst being super pigmented and matte in formulation, though not over drying that is for sure.

I have four shades in my collection which I rotate on a day to day basis. 'Absolute Coral' is a punchy orange/peach shade that makes blue eyes pop and brings out any 'sun-kissed' areas of your face.

'Marvellous Mocha' is the nude shade in my Avon lipstick collection and looks especially good when paired with the 'Cappuccino' lip liner from Collection. 

Every girl needs a bright, bold red in her lipstick collection and 'Red Supreme' is a wonderful choice. I like to wear it with a simple, winged liner and lashings and lashings of mascara.

My favourite lipstick in my Avon collection is 'Ideal Lilac' which is a cool lilac, adding futuristic vibes to your make-up look. I like to wear this with a simple LBD to let me lips do the talking!

Have you ever tried lipsticks from Avon?

Which is your favourite?


19 May 2016

Holland And Barrett 'Mega Vitamins for the hair' // Do they work?

Holland And Barrett 'Mega Vitamins for the hair'

It's no secret that I absolutely royally ruined my hair a few summers ago when I decided to bleach it blonde. Now don't get me wrong when it looked it's best, it looked pretty darn awesome but keeping up with super dark roots and an obsession with achieving an 'ice white' blonde, my hair like many others soon fell into serious disrepair. 

I openly admit that I am addicted to hair dye and it's an issue, far more complex than getting bored easily, changing my hair colour is a real obsession, to which my hair has suffered...badly. 

These days I am really trying to become a reformed character. (lol) I visit a salon every 6 weeks for a trim and a semi-permanent colour 'glossing' - you can read more about the salon I go to in this post.  I do not tinker with hair dye in-between!

The colour I have glossed is more or less a match to my natural colour (minus the greys wtf I'm 22!?) on the root and I flitter between a warm chestnut / Auburn on the tips where my ombre once was. Since the beginning of the year, my hair is in much better condition already but I knew I wanted to do whatever it took to grow my hair longer. 

I've been on a hair growth programme before with Viviscal and my hair grew like grass! I've always had a fast growing hair as have my Mum and Dad, but the breakage and damage has caused my hair growth to slow considerably. I headed into Holland and Barrett to see if there was a natural way to revitalise my hair in some way.

I found the Holland and Barrett 'Mega vitamins for the hair' tablets and was super intrigued, I knew that they wouldn't suddenly make my hair grow to my ankles, but for condition, promotion of new growth and restoration, they were worth a punt.

They weren't massively cheap at around £15 for 90 capsules and you can take 3 every day for a month. I took my tablets with breakfast (along with my other daily supplements) lunch and dinner which is recommended on the bottle and they are hefty things if you have trouble with swallowing tablets this is definitely something to be aware of!

I'm not going to pretend to get science-y so for a full list of ingredients in the vitamins, visit the Holland & Barrett site here... I will note though and I apologise if this is TMI, because of the presence of vitamin B2, these supplements make your wee look a little radioactive! Think Mountain Dew...lol!

So have I noticed any difference? 

In hair growth? Not any more than normal.... In the condition of my hair? 100% yes! I had a lot of breakage around my temples and at the side of my hair. This breakage has now grown thicker with loads and loads of new hair growth. My hair feels considerably softer, it's super, super shiny and the overall lustre and strength of every strand has improved. Even my hairdresser Zowie told me that she could notice a difference in the quality and condition of my hair...before I told her what i'd been taking. 

I have decided to continue with the supplements, though I found taking 3 a day a little bit much so I bought the 'normal' variant of the same vitamins by which you take 1 a day and cost around £7.= for 60 tablets. I will report back onceI'vee completed another month or so of taking the supplements to show you any results i've noted.

Do you take supplements to promote healthy hair?


12 May 2016


There's many things that my Mum instilled into my mind (obvs) but one that has certainly stuck is the importance of using heat protectant on my hair prior to styling with the hairdryer, curling wand or straighteners. 

To me, there's nothing worse than the smell of burnt hair, back in the day when GHD's became bae circa 2006 i'd walk into my friends bedroom and be engulfed by the scent of frazzled hair. I try to avoid that where possible and always reach for a heat protectant.

I haven't spent a lot of money on my hair care recently, as you know i'm terribly fickle with my hair but I do have to say that my head has been permanent dye free for five months now and I only ever colour my tresses at the salon, using a semi permanent 'glossing' technique. To help care for my hair prior to using heat, I use the Argan Oil 'leave in spray' which has been specially formulated using oil from the fruit of the Argan tree. The weightless, non sticky formula is a joy to apply to damp hair as it doesn't leave a residue and it smelly fantastic. 

Once I have dried off my hair a little, I use the 'Oil Hair Treatment' from the same range. The oil is formulated with the same ingredients as the heat defence spray but also contains Vitamin E to revive dry and damaged hair. I apply a few pumps of the oil into the palms of my hands and run through the lengths of my hair. Sometimes i'll pop a fair amount in and leave it as an enriching treatment before washing my hair. Most of the time I will dry my hair through with the oil in the ends. 

What I like about these products is their nourishment and also their affordability they retail at under a fiver and can be found in most home discount stores such as Home Bargains and B+M. 

Have you ever tried the Argan Oil range?


10 May 2016


I've been in the market for a new 'everyday' foundation for a while now. I tend to use my beloved 'Studio Fix Fluid' from MAC for the evening time, or if my skin needs a serious pick me up er hello late nights. For everyday wear i'm looking for something light on the skin with the ability to cover up redness, dark circles and imperfections in one easy application.

I recently found myself in Reading where they have a stand alone KIKO make-up store. As a northern monkey (A name a London cabbie once called me on the way to Shoreditch) i've not seen a stand alone make-up store quite as awesome, sure thang we have the Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar and John Lewis in Liverpool, but we don't have an affordable to mid-range price point make-up store.

I headed in store on the hunt for a new everyday foundation for work and ended up leaving with the KIKO 'Universal Fit Hydrating Foundation.' As the KIKO foundation range goes, the Universal Fit is the cheapest offering at just £6.90 and it comes in a seriously travel friendly tube. This foundation also comes in 20 shades which are split into cool, warm and neutral variants. I was colour matched by an in-store make-up artist who hooked me up with the shade 'Cool Rose.'

KIKO describe this foundation as build-able medium to high coverage but I wouldn't say that it is, it is certainly on the light to medium build-able scale and is comparative to the MAC 'Face + Body' foundation in both coverage and consistency.

The application of this foundation (with my Real Techniques 'Expert Face Brush' ) is elasticated and the formula is super easy to work with. It's  also hypoallergenic, non comedogenic and fragrance and paraben free for those looking for skin friendly choice. 

Overall, I really like this foundation it is comfortable to wear, extremely hydrating and wears well when set with a finishing or translucent powder. I recommend giving it a try if you're in the market for a new, affordable foundation.

Have you ever tried make-up from KIKO?

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