31/07/2012

A Photo A Day For A Year - July.

Another month has flown by. Though looking back at the photos the start of the month seems like absolutely ages ago.

Here was the list for the month:


Source.

My photos:


This month seemed to have a lot more variation of things, looking at them a lot of them seem to be taken out and about. Which is always good.

The list for August:


Been wondering if I'm going to carry on next year. I think I will but with my DSLR. I just sometimes feel a bit conspicuous and you can take photos of strangers for example, on a phone without them really knowing. But I kind of want the higher quality images.

I'm also still deciding whether to follow prompts again or go it again.

Who knows, we shall see! I just can't believe I've actually managed to keep it up.

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29/07/2012

HD Brows.

HD Brows seem to have blown up out of nowhere over recent months. Nowhere near me did them and I didn't think about having them till I saw Charlie's HD Brow post.



HD Brows pride themselves on the fact that instead of opting for just one treatment you get 7! This includes the use of threading, tweezing, eyebrow dye, low temperature wax, skin cleansers, after wax lotions and makeup.
So when I find out I could get them done just a short train ride away, I decided to take the gruelling task of growing them out. Yuck!

As I didn't know my way around Exeter I booked in a week advance with a lady called Michelle. Tuesday I headed off to Exeter where I Charlie met me off the train. We did a spot of window shopping before she took me to Wags Hair & Beauty. It's really easy to find, just off a little road on the main high street in Exeter central.

Both Michelle (HD technician) and Charlie were both informing me how good my brows already were but I'm not a fan of thick eyebrows on myself, so it wasn't long before she set to work on my caterpillars.

It was mostly painless. The only painful thing I found was tweezing, which is generally painful anyway.

Want to see how they turned out?

Top to bottom, left to right - Without product, how I did them before I left to have them, with HD Brows, my take on recreating them.

Quite the difference isn't it? For the first time in my life I actually feel genuinely happy with how they look, usually I don't. There's still a few bits where the hair still needs to grow in to be part of the brows but that's nothing a bit of HD powder can't fix.

Overall a really nice relaxing experience with a lovely lady and one I would definitely do again!

If you are in the area, though it's best to check her Facebook as she travels around to various salons - I highly recommend Shell and her awesome brow skills!
Website / Facebook / Twitter.

For £20/£35 (depending where you go) you really can't go wrong as they take the time to actually find out how you would like them, also depending on your natural brow/face shape. When I've had brow waxes in the past they don't take in to consideration that my brows aren't arched, they're quite pointed on top, but they waxed the underneath without following my natural brow shape and it just looked stupid.

I cannot recommend HD Brows and Michelle enough.

Is this something that appeals to you?

28/07/2012

Glossybox - July.

This month Glossybox bring you the 'festival' box*.

Sorry for such a late review, they seem to have been sent out quite late this month.


Paul Mitchell - Awapuhi Moisture Mist
£9.35 / 300ml
I thought this was designed just for use on the hair but it can be used on the skin too. It's got a very fruity scent, reminds me of bananas.
I don't suffer with dry hair but have been using it on it anyway and my hair has more shine and feels more silky.

Monu - Night Renewal Complex
£36.95 / 50ml
This is quite a thick cream but when applied to the skin, a little bit goes a long way. It's heavily scented which I really don't like.
It does leave the skin feeling nice and moisturised though.

Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics - Lip Frosting - Irish Cream Pavlova
£10.00 / 15ml
A yummy multifunctional cream gloss that smells absolutely delicious. It has a semi thick consistency so I wouldn't want to pop this on my cheeks as it seems like it wouldn't dry too quickly.
On the lips it has a MLBB effect with a very subtle shimmer. It's not as sticky as a lipgloss but lasts a reasonable amount of time on the lips.

Nuxe - Huile Prodigieuse
£17.50 / 50ml
This is a multi-use dry oil that can be used on face, body and skin. It's got a faint floral scent that isn't too intrusive. It soaks into the skin extremely quickly, without much work at all and doesn't leave behind a greasy residue.
It leaves the skin feeling really soft and hydrated, I don't usually use body oil as a moisturiser but this one is really nice.

Bex London - Londoner Urban Fragrance - N6
£81 / 100ml
I'm rubbish at describing fragrances but this has top notes of bergamot, English fruit and pink pepper. Which mellows down to warm rose, jasmine, caramel and sandalwood.
This is quite a musky fragrance, unlike anything I've smelt before but I'm not really a fan.

There's also an Elizabeth Arden freebie with a couple of skincare sachets.
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Overall a good mixture in the box. I much prefer it when you get a good mixture of things.

Lush Emotional Brilliance.

Everyone seems to be talking about the new makeup from Lush - Emotional Brilliance. Whenever someone mentions I can't help but sing the song.

Emotional Brilliance contains a gigantic 30 bottled liquid, multi-purpose shades. These can all be used as blush/lip or eye colour. Even on the lashes! There is also a mascara which only contains one preservative, 2 skin tints and a face powder.

Today I'm going to talk about the 'colour readings' I've had as I really like the concept.



Your strength or weakness:
Ambition
As a strength you have an ambition, whatever that may be, from getting home on time or losing weight, to getting a new job.
Tuesday I was feeling ambitious, I knew what I wanted and went out and grabbed it, making sure I did everything to make things go my way.

Your subconscious:
Decisive
There is something calling you to make decisions today. It is important that you fulfil this need by being resolute and determined in your behaviour. Be firm, make choices, and things will happen for you.
As I stated in my last post, I was quite apprehensive of doing the colour wheel as I find it difficult to make decisions. I just can't do it. Right before I told the manager who did my reading this. I need to be more decisive and not over think decisions, just do what I think is right without dwelling on it too much.

Your aspiration:
Fantasy
You are just one fabulous idea after another today! Your talent for FANTASY is at its height, and this is opening up huge creative possibilities for you. Your unrestricted imagination will help you to achieve anything you want to.
Fantasy is all about dreaming big and not letting anyone put a downer on your imagination, bigger is better.
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Your strength or weakness:
Control
Taking CONTROL comes naturally to you today and it plays a big part in your achievements. You will find yourself able to manage and direct people and situations with ease. It is only a weakness if others wish to have the CONTROL but cannot take it. This may frustrate them, but it is you who has the strength to take the lead.
Very weird that this came up as I planned a trip to Exeter with the family and extended fam. I made a point of taking control everything like train tickets/times, where we were going etc.

Your subconscious:
Ambition
Your sub conscious is finding you a little lacking in this area and would like to encourage you to make it happen. Whatever this ambition of yours is. Have a think and stop being put off. You have an AMBITION, so make it happen.
A little less ambitious than the previous day. I know I have plenty of things I need to work on right now.

Your aspiration:
Feeling Secure
Your inner confidence knows no bounds and you feel secure in a decision you have made or need to make. Excellent work! Well done! Don’t lose the feeling.
Something I've really been working on lately is my confidence so it's nice that this came up. Of course everyone has days where they just feel rubbish but they were slowly starting to outweigh the good ones. I'm slowly reigning those in and having a much more better time.
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This way of colour therapy is actually really interesting. It's designed to make everyone feel good about themselves and giving you small goals to work towards.

Whilst I'm not one of those reads things like this and takes them on fact, it is very weird how true it describes how I was feeling at the time.

There is a web version online but the colours look pretty bland, if you're passing a Lush I urge you to go in and try it. The colour wheel is much more vibrant in person and then you'll be told all about your colours.

I find it quite hard to describe the concept to others unless you try it. It thoroughly confused me reading the blog posts about it before it was really so definitely go and check it in person.

Prices are pretty fair, factoring it's all vegan, handmade, natural etc.
Mascara, face powder and skin tints are £12.
The bottles of colour are £14.50

I will be picking up a few of them in due course. The great thing about them is whilst the pigments are super bright, you can wear them full coverage or sheer them down for a light wash of colour.

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27/07/2012

Full Speed Into Summer.

I hope I don't jinx it but are we finally getting the Summer we're long overdue? Let's hope so.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, I travelled to Exeter both days. With it being so hot and stuck on a packed train for 2 hours each day, I opted for minimal makeup.

I already showed you Tuesday's in my previous post. Here's Wednesday:


Face:
Illamasqua Matte Primer.
M.A.C Matchmaster Foundation - 1.
Benefit Boi-ing - Light.
HD Brows - Dark Brown (Vamp Palette)*.
M.A.C Powder Blush - Well Dressed.
M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - Light.

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion.
M.A.C Eyeshadow - Phloof! (inner corner/brow highlight, all over lid).
Illamasqua Precision Ink - Glister.
Nouveau Lashes Noir Mascara*.

Lips:
M.A.C Sheen Supreme Lipstick - Full Speed.
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I didn't use too much colour but it still looks Summery and colourful. I think that's partly down to having bright hair and the addition of a big oversized flower clip.

I love how this all comes together. Full Speed is one of my ultimate Summer lip shades. It's a really opaque, bright watermelon coral with just a hint of pink. The formula on the Sheen Supreme lippies are very slick and moisturising but tend to have a lot more 'slip' than your average lipstick. I find the best way to apply it is blotting it onto your lip to leave a glossy stain.

Would it make me really vain if I said I'm in love with my brows here? I have an almost hate/hate relationship with them and have always suffered with severe brow envy with everyone else but I finally have decent brows myself!

What are your favourite Summer looks to wear?

25/07/2012

Golden Cobra.

Don't you just hate those days where the photo you look best in has something stupidly wrong with it? Just me then?

I was having a bad face day this morning and it was mega hot so trying to get a decent picture was just plain annoying me.

The only one I ended up liking was of course the one with the sun making a shadow on my face from the nets. Oh well, you can have it anyway as I loved this look.


Face:
Illamasqua Matte Primer.
M.A.C Matchmaster Foundation - 1.
Benefit Boi-ing - Light.
M.A.C Impeccable Brow Pencil - Taupe.
Illamasqua Cream Blush - Sob.
M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - Light.

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion.
M.A.C Eyeshadow - Phloof! (inner corner hightlight, all over lid).
Urban Decay Eyeshadow - Buck (crease).
Cannot for the life of me remember what I used as a highlight, oops!
Illamasqua Precision Ink - Alchemy.
Nouveau Lashes Noir Mascara*.

Lips:
M.A.C Lipstick - Victorian.
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Probably not the best idea I've ever had to wear high coverage foundation on a baking hot day but I really don't have the skin for tinted moisturiser right now.

I'm in love with Illamasqua's Precision Ink in Alchemy. I've been a lover of Abyss (shiny black) since it fell into my hands and when I saw this in their current sale I had to snap it up, since I've been wanting it for ages but never get round to making orders. It's a beautiful rich, very yellow gold. Very reminiscent of Urban Decay's 24/7 Pencil in Honey.

I hope you're all managing to enjoy the sun, I am trying to whilst I'm not working though I got super bad heat rash the last couple of days. :( Trust me to forget sun cream!

24/07/2012

Oh Dear.

So I got in a little while ago from a lush day out, I would actually show you photos but ...

Somewhere between getting out of the car and getting into my house (without dropping it) I have managed to achieve this:


I don't even know. But I can't access anything that is stored on the internal storage as it's decided to die one me.

Awesome! Especially since I can't do anything about it for 3 weeks.

Popped up to Exeter though to get HD Brows, post on that later. Met Charlie, she's awesome - of course!

Checked out the new Emotional Brilliance line from Lush and had a 'reading' (is that what you call it?) done.


Can't remember what the guy said about the first one, oops. But right before I did it I was on about how scared I was to do it because I hate making decisions and I feared no colours would stand out to me.

Of course 'Decisive' came up, which he said I needed to do more. Not to think something over, just do it.

Both 'Ambition' and 'Fantasy' are just in general I think, about having dreams and working hard to get those goals. I really liked it though and the colours they've come up with are so so nice! I want them all, pretty much.

Overall a mostly nice day until I chucked half a Starbs Venti frappe all over the train floor, caught some kind of heat rash on my arms (so itchy) and broke my phone. :(

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23/07/2012

Project: Self Red Head.

I've always toyed with the idea of having red hair. I know the maintenance is a pain in the butt but I've always had really dark hair so it gets kind of boring. Except that one year, many years ago, when I had blonde hair ... Hmm.

I've always had massive hair envy for Hayley Williams and this was the sort of red I wanted to aim for to start with. This has been my red-spo (if you will) for ages now:


Being so dark, no colours work on my hair and I didn't want to pay the crazy salon prices every 6 weeks to keep my colour fresh.

For the last 3 or so months I've been religiously researching on the best ways to get a good colour on darker hair, which of course means pre-lightening. After Colour B4-ing at the end of May, my hair ended up quite a lot lighter but no where near enough. I bit the bullet and decided I was going to try it for myself.

Supplies:




Superdrug Coconut Oil.

Other things not pictured:
Tint brushes.
Tinting bowl.
Sectioning clips.
Happy Hair Days Coconut & Marshmallow Colour Shampoo.
Colour B4 Buffer.
Gloves.
Jug.
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I forgot to take before photos but you can see how my hair was at the end of my Colour B4 post.

The first step was to bleach bath it. I didn't bleach it outright as I didn't need it to be white blonde. Just a lot lighter than it was.

I used this guide to bleach bath it.

I used the 30% perxoide, the bleach powder and my Happy Hair Days SLS free shampoo.

I followed everything in that post bar the time as my hair is thick at the front and super short at the back so I was just rinsing it and reapplying where I needed it so as not to frazzle the shorter parts.

The result:


At this point I conditioned the hell out of my hair with coconut oil that I picked up from Superdrug as the bleach, as expected, left my hair feeling dry and horrible.

I was looking into Manic Panic dyes but the one I wanted was sold out everywhere in the UK because the NY supplier was being slow.

It was a little coppery on the ends so I nipped to Sally's to get a toner and ended up buying an XP 100 dye on the recommandation of my friend.

I mixed half a tube with the same amount of 20% peroxide, like the packet told me to.

It came out kind of meh:


It ended up washing most the red tones out within 2 washes. 

I picked up a pot of Poppy Red Directions in town because I know a bunch of people that have always sworn by it and it's only a few quid.

Today I actually had time to sit down and do it. As Directions is a vege based dye, whilst they are semi permanent, it means they don't damage your hair and you can leave them on for as long as you like. I've read that some people even sleep with it in! I'm too much of a fidget to do that but I wanted to leave it on for as long as I possibly could.

I applied it at just after 10 this morning, covered it with cling film and left it on for 6 hours.

Here's the result, do excuse the stained scalp and the semi wet hair:


All hair photos are taken without flash.
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It's quite a lot brighter than I thought it would be. This is the reason I didn't need my hair to me bleached within an inch of it's life. Work would string me up if I walked in with bright red hair straight off the bat. But I plan on getting brighter gradually as my roots come through, that way hopefully it won't be as noticeable and it won't be such a shock.

I can't vouch for the longevity of Directions but I love the colour and at less than £4 for a pot I really don't mind if I have to use a fair amount because it's cheap and easily accessible, unlike my original plan of using Manic Panic.

 Obviously my hair isn't in the same league of health as virgin hair but it's feeling really good and not at all dry or brittle considering what I've put it through the last fortnight.

I am honestly in love with it though! I can't stop staring at it because I've never had such wonderfully bright hair.

Have you ever lusted after brightly coloured hair?

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Typography #2.





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22/07/2012

Vintage Minnie Mouse x O.P.I.


She's flirty. She's stylish. She's totally fa-'mouse'.
And now her irresistible charm is yours to enjoy.

O.P.I have teamed up with the Vintage Minnie for a truly girlie Summer collection.

I managed to get my hands on 2/3 of the polishes I wanted.


I'm All Ears - 'Tell me how much you love this magenta shimmer'
If You Moust You Moust - 'You gotta pink what you gotta pink'

I'm All Ears is a fuchsia shimmer. The base colour is a really red based pink which is loaded with a ton of fine glitter that shimmers between pink and purple. It's not obvious glitter but it dazzles in the light.

IYMYM is a very clean, blue based pink. It reminds me of M.A.C's Pink Nouveau polish but a little lighter. Goes on opaque in 2 coats and dries super fast.

I was going to pick up the heart confetti top coat - Nothin' Mousey 'Bout It but that proved very popular. I asked my friend who works at my local Sally's and it sold out within an hour. It's really difficult to find online too.

When I popped back to get I'm All Ears, they were all out of IYMYM and I'd only picked that up the day before.

Overall a super cute, girlie collection that was definitely more popular than I thought it would.

Are these the kind of colours you go for?
Did you pick any up?

On a side note, sorry for the lack of nail swatches. I finally got my nails to a good swatching length and I had a pretty traumatic accident. Now I'm having to cover up my little finger with plasters until my nail grows out, so I don't have to look at it.

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21/07/2012

Revlon Sweet Tart Lip Butter.

These have been reviewed to death on blogs, I know but still! I just love them.

I have another one of my trio for you today.


What www.revlon.co.uk says:
- Buttery Balm + Shiny Color
- Buttery balm with beautiful shiny colour to give you baby soft, healthy glowing lips 94% of women felt lips were softer, smoother, and instantly hydrated
- Hydrating mango, shea and coconut butter formula boosts lip moisture by 156%
- Pampering gel formula provides super charged hydration and glides on lips buttery smooth
- Sheer to medium colour with buttery shine
- Available in 20 luscious shades
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Sweet Tart is a warm based mid pink, not too bright but not too pale. It strikes me as one of those colours that would suit all skin tones.

It's such a pretty shade but one I haven't seen too many people talk about. Undiscovered gem?

These generally get a few hours wear out of them but since they aren't a lipstick, don't go expecting full coverage and hours of wear because that is just not what they were meant to do. However the moisturising properties in this more than make up for it. It leaves your lips silky smooth and hydrated. Which means you can apply this as much as you like and not have to worry about cracked lips.

I find the packaging cute, but then again I do like the 'quilted' Revlon packaging and the tinted lids make it easy to see which shade you're grabbing.

Have you tried these yet?
What did you think of them?

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Mmm, Strawberries.


Had a delightfully large bowl of delicious British strawberries, honey yogurt and just a teeny sprinkling of sugar for dinner this evening.

So nice.

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19/07/2012

Typography #1.

If there's one thing I love it's handwriting. Surprisingly not my own though, I hate it.

Handwritten quotes are one of my favourite things. One of my favourite Tumblr blogs for these is hellyeahjustlikethat.

I love writing but I don't do it nearly enough. In fact, very rarely. I was bored and sleep deprived (aren't I always lately?!) last night so took it upon myself to make some of my own typos. Mostly famous quotes/lyrics.














I'm actually pretty happy with how most of them turned out. I just take a photo of the paper with my camera and then turn the contrast up to the maximum on PS.

Hopefully this will inspire me to start writing again and I'll improve my handwriting with time. It's usually extremely messy due to the fact I didn't write for a good 2 years+ when I was at primary/secondary school due to a horrific broken arm. So I find it difficult to write neatly, especially for long periods of time.

It usually ends up an illegible scrawl.

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