Friday, 11 August 2017

BEAUTY: SCENTS I GO TO BED WITH


Whenever I get into bed the first thing I do is apply some lip balm before giving myself a spritz in perfume. It's a routine i've been in for years which has weirdly started to rub off on my boyfriend too. - Spraying his own scents, not mine, obviously. I have recently touched upon my bedtime routine in my bedside beauty post and today i'll show you some of my favourite scents that live by my bed. If you're interested in what scents make up my entire perfume collection, give this post a read.


A scent that I have come to love more recently is the 'Eau Dynamisante' from Clarins. Launched in 1987 it certainly belongs to the decade of well, OTT decadence. I would describe this scent as smelling like you've just walked into Lush - clean, herbally and soapy. It has main notes that are citrus, fresh spicy, warm spicy, patchouli and herbal. My nose definitely hunts out the lemon, coriander and orange which gives it a seriously unique scent. Next time you're around a Clarins counter I definitely recommend giving it a sniff.

Of-course, no blog post on scent could forget the infamous 'L'Aimant' by Coty. If you're a regular reader you'll already know that this is one of my favourite fragrances of all time.  It has woody, aromatic, white floral and rose notes and is a dead ringer for Chanel No.5. Both my grandmother's wore it throughout their lives which makes it extra special to me. Launched in 1927 'L'Aimant' stands for 'magnet' in French and I must say, it is the sexiest scent to wear to bed.

I tend to accumulate mini perfumes around my bedside table and one scent that I had a miniature variant of was Elizabeth Arden 'Red Door.' This is my Aunt's signature scent and always reminds me of her when I smell it. Launched in 1989 this fragrance is a classic and features notes that are floral, white floral, woody, powdery and sweet.


What is your favourite scent?

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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

STYLE: NEW SEASON PRIMARK HAUL - SHOES + ACCESSORIES

We're in somewhat of a transitional time at the moment. The glorious weather we had become accustomed to has taken a dip, the shops are in a weird limbo stage between summer stuff and Autumn attire and it's almost as though we've waved goodbye to the summer that passed by in the blink of an eye. It's been a weird old transitional time for me too as this week I move out of the flat I've lived in by myself for 3 years. *Gulp*

To keep things nice 'n' normal over here on GGMH, I'm bringing you a new season Primark haul of footwear and accessories I've bought in store recently. I must say, Primark's shoe game has massively stepped up at the moment and i'm seeing a huge variety of pretty lovely styles. If you're on the hunt for a new pair, I definitely recommend going in.
These peep-toe heels have to be one of the most comfortable pairs of heels I own. They nicely bridge the gap between daytime in the office and nighttime heading out for a bevvy with your gal-pal. They were around the £12 mark and are part of Primark's new 'wide sole' collection, which are supposed to make walking and the overall fit more comfortable I have super narrow feet and the size 5 is true to size for me. 

I often find myself perusing the 'accessories' aisle for a looong time. One thing I have to ask is why on earth it is so narrow?! It's a total bun fight trying to navigate past the rings. Grievances aside, I bought some snazzy head-hear by the way of a floral printed bandana (£1) - which i'm wearing as I type and a trio of headbands that are a little Diana Vickers circa 2007. I'm going on holiday next month so I wanted to rock the boho headband vibe. I bought a pack of 3 for around the £1.50 mark and my favourite has to be the silver embellished one which I like to wear with my hair in a low, messy bun.


The second pair of shoes I want to show you are absolute bobby dazzlers! I think they are my favourite pair of ankle boots...ever. Featuring a purple damask print and silver buckle and studded detail, they're pretty awesome. Again, they are true to a size 5 fit and I think were priced between the £12 and £16 mark. Since I bought them, I haven't taken them off wearing them to work and everywhere in-between. 
I am also a sucker for multi-packs of earrings. I like these ones because they are a little Gatsby-esc and look incredibly cute and dainty.  I love the star and crescent moon pieces in particular and have been rotating each set for last week or so. For £2 you can afford to not wear a pair and overwear another. 


Have you spotted anything interesting in Primark recently?

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Friday, 4 August 2017

HAIR: HENNE COLOR - LIQUID HENNA COLOURANT IN 'COPPER'


I've been dabbling with more natural hair dye recently. I guess, something about it makes me feel better about colouring my hair with compounds other than hydrogen peroxide and ammonia. You may have seen that I tried the Lush Henna Bricks in the shade 'Caca Marron' a little while ago and I was really impressed with the colour and the condition that my hair was left in following the application.

After spending what felt like an eternity in a local independent supermarket named, Matta's, I stumbled across the French brand Henne Colour who specialise in liquid and powder henna treatments. I bought one of each in the colour 'Copper' (though there is a broad spectrum of shades available) and was eagerly awaiting a good time to try the liquid variant. Anything had to be more bathroom friendly than the henna bricks!
Left: My hair before using the Henne Color formula and Right: Immediately after

The henna colourant is pre mixed and is ready to use. The instructions told me to wash my hair with shampoo and apply the formula to damp hair and leave for 10-45 minutes. The longer the formula is left on, the brighter the result.

I left the liquid henna on for around 2 hours, with my head wrapped in cling-film to hold in the heat and make the formula work most effectively. As you can see from the result above, the copper/auburn colour checked out and gave me a vibrant result. Henne Color state that this is a semi-permanent dye and lasts around 4-5 washes. I haven't got that far yet but after maybe 2 washes, the colour is still pretty bright. 

As with the Lush henna, the Henne Color left my hair in soft condition which was not dried out or parched. If you want to see what kind of colour pay-off you are likely to achieve, take a look at the Henne Colour Creme Colourant, Colour Guide. Obviously, everyone's hair is different depending on the colour and condition of your hair. One thing I do like about Henne Color is that they have created a henna friendly colour for most shades on the spectrum. 



Have you ever tried Henne Color?

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