14 August 2018

HAIR COLOUR BEFORE + AFTER // USING REVLON NUTRI COLOR CREME IN 513 'FROSTY BROWN'


I know what you're thinking, you're surprised to see a new hair colour review after what has been SUCH a long time. Well, I'm happy to say that I've changed my ways since the days when I abused my hair with a new box dye every week. These days, I'm much more low maintenance with my hair and more appreciative and embracing of my natural hair colour. And whilst I'm done with bleach and permanent hair colours, for now, that's not to say that I'm no longer game for trying pigments and temporary colours. As a natural brunette, I am always looking for the next best product to keep my colour fresh and my hair texture soft and shiny. 

I was recently on Twitter (when am I not lol) and ended up in a hair related conversation with ItsEmChannel and one of my favourite OG bloggers, 30 Something Mel. I asked Mel if she could recommend any semi-permanent hair colours that would give my current colour a boost without too much damage. Of course, being a professional hairdresser, Mel recommend the Revlon Nutri Color Creme  - a professional hair care product that provides colour, moisture and shine.  There are numerous shades available in the range including fantasy colours so you'll be sure to find a colour that compliments the look you're trying to achieve.

I opted for the shade 513 'Frosty Brown' - this is a neutral shade with a light brown base (5) and  is inclusive of Ash (1) and Golden (3) tones. I don't think the name does this shade justice as on all of the reviews I've read and pictures I've seen, it's much more of a medium chestnut brown which is exactly what I was going for. Think Lily Collins.

My hair colour before...

As you can see, my hair featured a multitude of tones thanks to the sun! At the beginning of the year, I had balayage done on the ends which is where the lighter, honey/caramel tones of my hair are. Since then, I've used Casting Creme Gloss in 'Medium Brown' once to evict the brassy yellow tones in my balayage and even out my colour a little as it started to look a bit patchy. 

The 3 in 1 Color Cocktail is applied to damp, towel dried hair which has been freshly washed and gets to work in just 3 minutes. (I actually left mine on for 45 mins!) Revlon state that the Nutri Color Creme has been formulated to moisturise and nourish the hair, sealing the hair cuticles without weighing it down. It's also ammonia and peroxide free so it's not going to batter your hair.

After using Revlon Nutri Color Creme In '513 Frosty Brown'

As you can see the Color Creme formula definitely deposited those chestnut tones i'd been lusting after. And what you can't see on these pictures is just how SOFT my hair feels - even the ends which are bleached and generally quite dry.

The colour payoff is even and reflects the light in all the right places. The only thing I cannot comment on is this formulas longevity as I've only had it in my hair for a few weeks, I suppose the colour will fade over time and washes and so it's super easy to add in a little more to refresh. If you are looking for a colour gloss between salon visits, I definitely recommend trying these out.



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7 August 2018

4 AFFORDABLE BEAUTY PRODUCTS TO TRY THIS MONTH // CURRENT BEAUTY FAVOURITES


Over the course of the summer, I've been shifting around the contents of my beauty bag to make way for a simpler, more edited selection of products. If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed that I've been here, there and everywhere this summer. This has, in turn, forced me to create transitional day to night makeup looks with whatever gets thrown into my overnight bag.

Whether it's been a look for the surreal reality of bumping into Tom Hardy at an Eminem concert, my Mum's 50th birthday celebrations, or a wild camping trip inside a forest in North Wales - I've needed a look for everything. With this in mind, there are a few products I've called upon time and time again that I definitely recommend.

4 beauty products to try this month...


1. The Bodyshop Honey Bronze - Bronzing Powder // £14

I've always admired the slightly nostalgic tortoiseshell packaging of the Bodyshop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder, it's distinctive colour palette of orange, amber, brown and gold is just divine. I decided to give this bronzer a try after hitting pan on the bronzer I was using and wasn't motivated to repurchase. And as it's summer, I really needed that swoosh of bronze on my cheeks, if not only to balance out the shade of Dr Alex red I'd turned. I really appreciate that the Honey Bronze range caters to both very fair and very dark skin tones and I have shade 02 which offers a really natural, matte bronze with a neutral undertone. 
2. Colorsport 30 Day Brow Tint - Dark Brown // £8.25

More often than not I'll have my brows tinted and waxed at Woodland's Beauty And Aesthetics Clinic, however, over the course of the summer I've been a little lax with making appointments, mainly as I haven't been in town! I decided since tinting my hair a few shades darker, that my brows needed to match up and so I called upon the Colorsport 30 Day Brow Tint to help. This stuff is SO easy to use and you really can't mess it up - even if you're as cackhanded as myself! The tint lasts well and the dark brown shade I have matches seamlessly with my natural brown eyebrows. If you don't have time for a professional tint, definitely give this a try by picking up a packet on your way home from work.

3. HEMA Cushion Eyeshadow // £7

This product is testament to the amount of time I've spent in London Euston station over the years. Every time I happen to be passing through, I find myself in HEMA. I first discovered the brand years ago in Amsterdam and was delighted when I saw it's presence in the UK. I have recently been coveted their cushion eyeshadow. A domed sponge applicator sits neatly into a cushion of sparkly gold/bronze eyeshadow formula - how satisfying! I have the gold variation and it is a highly pigmented shimmery shade that dots perfectly onto the lids. Super handy for travel!
4. HEMA Big Brow Crayon // £5.50

Remember earlier I mentioned I'd bumped into Tom Hardy at an Eminem concert? Well, on that particular day I didn't have any eyebrows on and I felt...naked. My usual brow weapon had broken in transit and I resorted to some not-quite-right eyeshadow and a completely unsuitable blending brush to try and whack on some brows in a hurry. Luckily, as I once again passed through London Euston station on my way to Ealing, I found the HEMA extra thick eyebrow pencil in mid brown. SAVIOUR. It's a chubby pencil that you can simply dot into your brows and blend outwards with an angled brow brush to achieve the colour depth and angle you require.


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