28 March 2012

HOW TO // The 6 Week Hair Challenge

6 weeks ago I decided enough was enough with being blonde. Through silly amounts of hair dye and peroxide my hair was in terrible condition, falling out and snapping so I decided to set myself a little challenge to try and repair my hair as much as I could. I expect most of you have heard the advice that you should trim your hair every 6 weeks to strengthen your hair, well, I've never been one to stick to that but I decided it would be a good place to start. Begrudgingly, I cut a fair few inches off my hair to a length a bit longer than a 'bob'. I wasn't overly impressed by this but my hair was so damaged I needed to do it.As my hair was blonde, I then had to put a semi permanent brown dye on it to tone down the bleach/platinum colour as it would look even more obvious that I was growing out my hair. Not a great look. I was now ready to say goodbye to my straighteners for 6 weeks...

The "6 week challenge" is mainly about avoiding using heat (hair dryers, straighteners, heated curlers, curling irons) for a few weeks to give your hair a break but there are other things you can do to help the repairing process. 

You don't have to cut your hair, but it would be better as it helps to strengthen your hair. You only need a small trim, I cut mine myself.

The main part of this challenge is to cut back on using heat. If you have hair like me that is frizzy and unmanageable you might need to use heat at some point if you feel you need to. Try not to use heat but if you need to use the low setting on all appliances. You can also check YouTube for no heat hair styles, I've noticed they have become more popular lately. 

Heat Protection
If you use heat to style your hair you should be using a heat protector anyway, heated appliances can leave hair dry and frazzled. As Summer is just around the corner we normally focus on protecting our skin, but neglect our hair. A heat protection spray that protects from UV is worth the purchase to protect your hair and scalp from the sun. It doesn't have to be expensive, some reasonable drugstores/chemists (Bodycare/Savers) sell sprays for as little as £1 or you could opt for Boots own brand products. Just check the label to see if it protects from UV.

Hair washing and Dry Shampoo
When I was a teenager I knew nothing about hair care. I used to be obsessive about washing my hair everyday, sometimes twice and that was as far as my hair care routine went. I'm no expert but I know washing your hair everyday isn't great. Try to wash your hair every other day if you're like me and suffer with oily hair. If you can get away with washing your hair only a few times a week, you're very lucky haha! If you hate the feeling of hair that isn't freshly washed, try a dry shampoo. You only have to spray it in, rub and brush through and it leaves your hair freshened.

Hair Masks and Deep Conditioning
This point doesn't really need a lot of explaining. After shampooing and conditioning using a hair mask or a deep conditioner can really add a lot of moisture in your hair and they only take about 5 mins normally. This isn't so time consuming when you're not washing your hair everyday.

Leave In Conditioner and Hair Oils
Writing all this down it sounds like you're going to need to wash your hair again after putting so many products in haha. Adding in a leave in conditioner is just adding a bit more moisture to your hair and a little more protection. I used to be a big fan of leave in conditioners but they ran out too fast and don't have the same effect on my hair as an oil does. I never apply any products to the roots of my hair as it makes it greasy, just the ends. I use Lee Stafford Argan Oil and Moroccan Oil at the moment.

I've just come to the end of this challenge and I've noticed a big difference in my hair. In the next few days I'm going to have trim number two and smugly brush my hair without having lots of it snapping. I'm not a hairdresser nor am I training to be, this is just something I have done personally to try and repair my hair and can only give advice on my own experiences. 
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21 March 2012

Illamasqua Cream Pigment - Hollow

Illamasqua Cream Pigment Hollow

Illamasqua Cream Pigment is a colour-rich matte, water resistant and crease resistant product that can be used on eyes, lips, face and body. 

I don't think this product receives the praise it deserves. Normally when there is a product that's pretty amazing Bloggers go crazy but I've never seen a review on this (not saying there are not any floating around.) All of these Cream Pigments are multi-use. They can be used on the lips and with a little gloss have a lovely lasting effect. They can also be used as an eye shadow base to keep your eye shadow in place as this product has amazing staying power. If I'm wearing neutral eye shadow (browns) I normally reach for this over any other eye primer. The Illamasqua website states that you can also use this product on your body but personally, I haven't had any need to use it on my body area so obviously can't make a comment on that. Lastly, my latest use for this product is contouring. I seen someone use 'Hollow' as a Contour on YouTube and thought "why didn't I think of that" haha. Using a Cream as a contour can take a bit of practice if you're used to powders but can have a beautiful effect once you master it. As this product is water resistant, it lasts all day. Depending on your taste, you could also use this as a contour base and add powder, but that's mainly personal preference, some people like to contour darker/heavier than others. I've had this product over 6months and looks as if it's hardly been touched, it now a staple in my make up bag and I will be re-purchasing.
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12 March 2012

Glossybox | March 2012 - The Harrods Edition

Glossybox  - March 2012 - The Harrods Edition

How exciting! I noticed a few posts on this months Glossybox on Saturday and was becoming stupidly excited to receive mine. This is only my second box and I'm so glad I joined, I would have been so disappointed to have missed out on the Harrods box!

1. Valentino - Valentina Eau De Parfum
A daring & adictive, orienal, floral fragrance. A true feminine classic, twisted with the pure insolence of Italian ingredients.

2. Molton Brown - Vitalising Vitamin AB + C Bath & Shower
Vitamin-rich fruit extracts boost the skin and invigorate the senses. 

3. Skii - Skin Signature 
An anti - ageing moisturising cream which helps to re-condition the skin, improve it's resilience and leave the complexion smooth and radiant. 

4. Lancome - Hypnose Drama Mascara
Instant full body and volume mascara

5. Clarins  - Extra - Firming Body Cream
A formula rich in regenerating and firming plant extracts which immediately help to lift and tone, for firmer skin and younger looking body.

6. Shu Uemura - Cleansing Beauty Oil
A 3-in-1 cleanser, make-up remover and eye make-up remover that leaves skin soft, balanced and non-oily.
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9 March 2012

Benefit Porefessional Primer

Benefit Porefessional Primer

Benefit Porefessional is a primer/balm that helps to minimise the appearance of pores and fine lines. It also helps to blue imperfections and leave a smooth surface. 

I bought this online on a whim as I have a few noticeable pores that I was fed up of noticing after applying make up. I've heard a lot of good reviews on this product so decided to give it a go. My first impressions were not great. The product seemed to have a tint to it and gave the impression it would be oily. There isn't anything quiet like jumping to conclusions haha. 

The consistency of this is actually light so it blends in instantly and does minimise the appearance of pores. It doesn't completely make them invisible but it does certainly help. The Porefessional works best, in my experience, if you apply it then pat it in to the skin then let it sink in before applying foundation. This product has the potential to be lovely on it's own if you only have big pores. Unfortunately  I have patchy skin so I have to use Foundation or BB Cream with it but it certainly improves the appearance  I suffer mostly with large pores on my T-Zone and majority of my forehead so I have a large surface to cover  and was pleasantly surprised with the small amount that you need to cover your imperfections so although it may seem pricey for the size, it should last anyone a a substantial amount of time. Another positive of this product is that you can apply it over your foundation. I have used this and needed to touch up certain areas after applying my make up and it blends in just as well over make up as it does with out. The only flaw I find personally in this product is the staying power. As great as it is, it would be even better if it lasted. This could just be my skin as everyone is different but I find after a few hours my pores tend to re surface. The Benefit website does state that you should carry it with you for touch ups. Apart from the staying power, I have enjoyed this product and so far it has been the only successful product that has minimised pores.
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