Monday, 24 June 2013

That Wierdo with 5 Colours in her Hair: My Hair Chalking Experience

I'd been wanting to chalk my hair for ages but since I know it only lasts until you wash your hair I chose to do it for my friend's birthday night in which the theme was hippies!

I wanted to tell you about my experience as let's just say, it didn't go as expected.
So the first thing I did was spray water on the selected piece of hair, this is so the colour transfers better. Then you rub the chalk up and down the hair (I only did the ends) until the desired effect is achieved.
The first thing I didn't expect: 

1.You're basically backcombing your hair so it gets very knotty. I thought 'no problem, I'll brush it out' NOPE! The colour comes out too when brushed so you have to settle for knotty hair until you wash it, not ideal!

Then you have to set the colour with heat- straightners or curlers. I used straightners (before using curlers after).

2. MESS, the chalk itself gets everywhere when you're rubbing it on the hair so cover your legs and wear gloves! Also it then gets all over the straightners (but wipes off easily when they've cooled).

3. The colours don't always always show up as expected. The most vibrant for me were green and red (which came out pink). Blue and Purple didn't show up quite as well.

When washing out the next day (there was no colour transfer on my pillow overnight), it washed out easily after I used a comb on my wet hair to get all the knots out first.

Overall, I was really pleased with the overall look and it looked great with curls. It wasn't too hard to get the desired effect and I didn't really have to worry about having the same amount of each colour or it being symmetrical.

4. I would have liked it to be a bit more noticable and colourful all over but this was very time consuming to get the colours to show up strongly so bear that in mind.

I also had feathers on a hair slide to keep with the hippy theme. I would have a go again, preparing for the knots and mess this time! Also, I didn't use a specific hair chalking kit, just normal pastels from an art shop.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Small Homeware Haul

So at the end of this month I am moving into a flat on my own, I'm super excited and there was lots I couldn't wait to buy. I initially told myself I wouldn't buy anything but furniture before I moved in but that didn't happen.... Here is the start of many things I will buy!

I've had my eye on these tins on dotcomgiftshop for a while now (see my wishlist here) and when I saw them on sale for £6.95 at a local gift shop to me (website) I just couldn't resist!

From the same shop I got these pretty party straws for £2.95.

This is a random one but I wanted a matching toothbrush holder and soap dispenser so got these from Wilkinsons.

I thought this blackboard was so cute for the kitchen, It's from Marks and Spencers and was £12.

And finally, French Vanilla is my ultimate favourite scent from Yankee Candle but as it's discontinued now I got a tumbler on amazon for around £11 with postage. I've only ever had the tarts before so I'm saving this until I move in!

If you liked this post, stay tuned because I'll buying many more things to make my new place nice :)

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Six Product Face

Today was a very different make up day, after waking up after my Facial Friday yesterday my skin was better than normal so I decided to go bare faced! Well nearly, I did my eyes and lips and went foundation-less, something I never do!

I used Emotional Brilliance (By Lush) Dynamic as a cream eyeshadow base and paired it with Rimmel Stars eyeshadow in 'Special Eyes' and Lush EB Independent eyeliner and Benefit They're Real Mascara.

I added a bit of colour to my cheeks with Rimmel Blush in 'Coral Rose' and used my Revlon Balm Stain in 'Crush'.

As you can see, my skin is by no means perfect but going base-less was a big thing for me today and it was nice to make more of an effort with eyeshadow.

Friday, 7 June 2013

Facial Friday

This is not another blog series that I'm starting (to them forget about as I have done with others!), I just thought this was an apt title as I am talking about skincare.
Recently, my skin has quickly turned from oily to very dry, not in different areas as you would expect with combination skin but just as a whole!

So today I thought I would give it some love while also trying out some new products. First up I took my make up with Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish as it's a trusty favourite to calm my skin and give it some moisture. Then I wanted a mask, I looked through my collection and couldn't find anything that claimed to be particularly moisturising but since my skin was definitely in need of some radiance I opted for REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask. On my first couple of uses of this I couldn't quite see where the hype comes from as I didn't see an instant difference in my skin. However, now removing it with warm water and my hands instead of a muslin cloth I find it to leave my skin much less irritated and over-exfoliated.

I followed up with the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic as I've been using it daily and noticed a real difference in my skin. I then thought I'd try out some Omorovicza samples that I had of the Radiance Renewal Serum and the Illuminating Moisturiser. I've not used a serum before but thought it couldn't hurt on the Radiance front, this had no real smell and applied similar to water or toner. The moisturiser was thick and rich with a lavender smell.

Lastly I finished up with my Nivea Lip Butter to treat my dehydrated lips too. It's hard to say whether my skin is instantly radient but let's hope I wake up to a fresh, plump face!