Thursday, 22 June 2017


Best Balayage
Tired of your same old hair colour? Single-coloured hair patterns no longer excite anyone it seems, to tell the truth. So why not trust a professional and try dark balayage hairstyle ideas with highlights * that will suit your brown hair the most? Hair trends come and go, we have gone from pastel to platinum to dip dye and rose gold but balayage seems to suit girls of all hair colour all year round

Balayage is a kind of ombre. Some women like it to be more natural, others prefer the transition to be more prominent. There is a wide variety of contrasting hues which will compliment your hair such as platinum blond, copper, deep red, or you may try some subtler colours such as caramel, walnut, toffee, bronze, etc. If your skin is medium-toned, then the less contrasting colours will suit you to a tee. And if you have a fair-skinned face, then it’s better to try the paler hues. Or you could just throw caution to the wind and get whatever colour suits your mood

Dark Red Balayage
So how to do balayage hair at home?

1. Make an Allergy Test
It is important to perform an allergy test 48 hours before you actually begin doing balayage. You should do this even if you have used this product before or have colored your hair regularly. As your skin and body are constantly changing and you could develop a reaction even though you didn't in the past.

2. Put Your Hair Up
This will help ensure each layer of your hair is treated and makes it possible for you to create more and more layers. You may pull one part of your hair up and secure it with a clip. Then you may leave the thin layer of hair down. 

Rose Gold Balayage
3. Apply Vaseline
Don’t forget to put the layer of Vaseline to the line of hair to avoid the staining of the skin. Cool tip!

4. Twist And Tease
Twist from the medium length to the end, section by section. Tease at the starting point of the twist with a comb.

5. Begin to Dye
Apply the coluorant only to the length of the hair and to the areas you want to particularly lighten the color on. Avoid the exposure to the roots. Do small sections at a time.

Dark Brown Balayage
6. Use Your Fingers
Use gloves, however, for a more natural effect it would be better to use fingers. Wash hands thoroughly afterwards of course. 

7. Work Through the Hair Strands
Work through the hair strands and make sure all the necessary areas are saturated. 

8. Get Rid of any Unnecessary Color Mixture
You may pour it away because it becomes useless within an hour. 

Before and After Balayage
In order to achieve the best effect, try the color which is the closest to your natural color of the hair. Look at the pictures included for inspiration in case you are not sure what you are aiming for. I think atypical colours like rose gold, lavender, even peach and pink can look stunning if done correctly as well. Just be weary of hair damage and make sure you book an appointment with your hairdresser if you want a drastic change. Of course, if you don't trust yourself to do it you can always see a professional to ensure it is executed properly.

Pink Balayage
Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. I have never coloured my hair, it has always seemed to be too high maintenance and damaging for me personally and my hair stresses me out too much as it is. I think if I ever did I would definitely do balayage it looks so glorious both in photos and in person. I hope you enjoyed this post, I was compensated for the inclusion of a link which is marked with an asterisk and of course, as I have never died my hair myself at home, all instructions were checked and verified both with people who have dyed their hair at home, my hairdresser and the beautiful web. I hope you are having a great week, thank you for visiting my site. Take care. 

Have you ever coloured your hair?


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Tuesday, 20 June 2017


For women of a certain age, looking younger can be a constant struggle* as there is no way to entirely stop your skin from aging and the best, most effective, ways tend to cost a pretty penny. Crow’s feet, wrinkles, fine lines, dark patches and under-eye bags are an inevitable part of the aging process. While most of us know what to avoid in order to keep our skin healthy and ageless (such as avoiding the sun, not smoking, reducing alcohol consumption, etc.) some are unaware of the importance of a good skincare regimen. An effective routine, especially for mature skin, should be based on a combination of anti-ageing products and natural skin care. If you are over 50, or under and looking to take preventative measures to keep your skin looking ageless, here is the ultimate skin care routine for you.

Keep your Skin Moisturised
This is the most important part of taking care of mature skin. Over time, our skin loses most of its natural elasticity due to loss of collagen, leading to fine lines and under-eye bags. Hence, it is important to keep our skin moisturised to lessen the appearance of wrinkles and even dark patches. Apply a good quality natural moisturiser or cream, preferably one with SPF protection, at least twice a day. 

Even better, use different day and night creams as both serve a specific purpose and offer different types of protection. For example, a day cream is more likely to have SPF to shield your skin from damaging UV rays and offer protection against photoaging and burning. As most day creams are usually worn under makeup, they are made of light and non-greasy formulas which allow your pores to breathe.

Night creams on the other hand are specifically formulated to be worn during the night, as this is the time when your skin is regenerating, repairing and restoring naturally while you sleep. Hence, night creams and moisturisers are slow-absorbing to provide you longer protection. Additionally, they also contain the highest amount of anti-ageing compounds such as hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid and retinol as they work do their work without interference from other chemicals like those found in sunscreens.

Use a Gentle Cleanser
Use a gentle cleanser to cleanse your face at least twice a day – once in the morning and once at night. Regardless of your age or skin type, it is always important to cleanse your skin, especially at night. This helps in ridding your skin of excess oil, sweat and dirt which may have built up during the day. 

As you get older, your skin also tends to become drier. This is the point when many women buy into the common myth that washing your face more often could lead to dryness. Instead of cutting down on the number of times that you wash your face, it is better to switch to a gentle, cream based cleanser. Compared to gel and foam cleansers which can dry out already ageing skin, a cream cleanser can help preserve the natural moisture and oil of your skin. You should also try to keep your purchases focused on anti-ageing products and cleansers, for example Nakin Skincare have a collection of natural products that help ageing skin and provide a much gentler product.

Exfoliate at least Twice a Week
The accumulation of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin can cause you to lose most of your natural glow. This is because as you age, the rate of cell regeneration in your body slows down considerably, causing build-up of dead skin on the skin’s surface. Hence, by exfoliating at least twice a week, you can remove dead cells which make your complexion look dull and uneven. A gentle exfoliator with anti-ageing properties will polish away dead skin cells while ensuring that your skin does not become overly dry.

Use Facial Serums
An anti-ageing facial serum has higher concentrations of active ingredients such as essential vitamins and minerals which help repair your skin and protect against further damage. These are very hydrating and lightweight formulas and are usually applied under a daily moisturiser for added protection.They also help fight against dullness, dryness and breakouts to keep your skin looking fresh. Serums do a lot of hard work hence their high price tag and can be used both day and night.

Eat a Balanced Diet with Foods Rich in Antioxidants
Skincare routines for mature skin can be slightly more complicated – you need to use a combination of anti-ageing products and natural ways to ensure that your skin is receiving the maximum amount of protection. Foods that are rich in antioxidants such as kale, tomatoes, nuts, goji berries, blueberries, etc. tend to affect our skin in a positive way as they contain higher amounts of essential minerals, vitamins and other chemicals. It is important to remember that the old adage ‘you are what you eat’ is true, especially for women over 30. What you put in your body is important. Don't we all want to look as breathtaking as Elle Macpherson does at 52?

Many skincare brands are now finally acknowledging and addressing that mature skin has unique needs. The increase in sensitivity and dryness, loss of glow, appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark patches, etc require gentle anti-ageing products which can fight off the different signs of ageing and defend your skin from further damage. Luckily, there a great range of products available at different price points now the world is paying close attention to skincare. I would love to hear some of your favourite skincare products below in the comments. Thank you for reading. Take care.

What is your favourite step in your skincare routine?


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Sunday, 18 June 2017


Can we talk about this hunter green and gold packaging for a second? I  am so in love with it, makes such a nice change from the matte black. I went to an event a few weeks ago and picked up the Nars Old Church Street Velvet Duo Eyeshadow (£25) from the new-ish Charlotte Gainsbourg collection. This was simply a case of I had to pick something from the collection and out of everything this duo is what caught my eye. I didn't even realise the packaging was green until I unwrapped it at home, in the photo below it looks black but in better light it is the most striking green which perfectly compliments the gold lettering. I want everything in this packaging now. 

Eyeshadows are always going to be my weakness, I don't think there is such a thing as too many but even I can admit that £25 for these two colours is a ridiculous price. I would only recommend buying it for those of you who are die-hard Nars fans, or just want to treat yourself to something small but fancy. The quality of the shadows are top-notch, they are so smooth and buttery soft to touch especially the champagne gold which is a stunning, classic shade that will work on everybody. The matte deep not-quite-navy isn't as smooth and doesn't swatch or apply as intensely as it could but it is buildable and depending on the brush you use you can get a varying amount of intensity. I think this dark matte teal can be daunting so the buildable, blendable formula makes it easier to use.

Both shades get a thumbs up from me, do I think my £25 could be better spent? Hell yes. I did pay for it myself by the way, and I strongly considered returning it but then I saw the packaging and I melted like chocolate on a summer's day. It is so pretty. I look forward to using it a little more. I found that the shadows last on my eyes for around six hours without primer and eight to ten when used with a primer. 

Overall,  a good purchase just not the best bang for your buck. I would love to know what you guys think of Nars Collections. I always adore their packaging and this time around it isn't as striking as most of their previous summer collections. While I welcome the simple yet stunning design I do think it is more suited to a winter collection. Imagine a navy blue and gold lettering design. How gorgeous would that be? Thank you for reading my quick review, it is too hot to do anything right now. Hope you all had an amazing weekend and enjoy an even better week ahead. Take care. 

What has been the most ridiculous makeup product you've bought?


Thursday, 15 June 2017


Last year, 2016, Aishwarya Rai wore this stunning floral Rami Kadi gown paired with a striking purple pout and smoky eye to The Land of the Moon premiere. The second I saw this photo I knew I wanted to try this look on myself. While, I think she looks flawless, she actually received a lot of flack and criticism for this look which inspired me to be more adventurous and try a colour I would never normally purchase. Finding a bold lavender lipstick is not easy, I didn't want to run to Anastasia Beverly Hills because there is a very real possibility that I will despise it on me. Luckily NYX came through for me and I found a gorgeous colour that I fell in love with. NYX is fast becoming my favourite drugstore makeup brand, praise the makeup gods for bringing them to Boots and Superdrug. Now, if only they would bring Catrice, Covergirl and Wet 'n' Wild here too. To see how I created my own version of this look, please keep reading. It's not perfect but I do really like how it turned out. I actually added glitter to the eyes but because it took around three hundred photos before I settled on one that was half decent (the struggle) most of the glitter had fallen off by this point. Enjoy!

I always look so angry in photos, I apologise. In case you are wondering, I didn't retouch the photos they are as they are. I took the photo with my Snapchat app though so my face is flipped. I just prefer it that way. There was actually a study done that produced evidence that because we are so used to looking at our mirror image we think we are more attractive when our faces are horizontally flipped i.e. reversed, but others (the people in your life) prefer your true image because that is the sight they are used to. If you're interested you can read the study here, it was carried out by in 1977 and is called Reversed Facial Images and mere Exposure Hypothesis. It's quite short too.

EYES: Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Kit for transition shades, Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Palette 'Punk' (OOS), Sleek Au Naturel Eyeshadow Palette shadows 'Regal' and 'Noir', Barry M Dazzle Dust in Silver, Cover Girl Super Fibres mascara

LIPS: NYX Liquid Suede Lip Cream in Sway. This colour is beautiful and comfortable to wear as well as transfer proof! I really like this formula. I did have to apply it with a lip brush first because my lips aren't particularly defined and I had to layer quite a few coats to get the opacity and evenness I wanted, but all in all I am pleased as punch with this purchase. 

Really impressed with NYX Sway out of everything I used. I also love the Barry M Highlight Stick in their contour duo it adds the perfect matte highlight to the face and blends out seamlessly. I am still not a fan of the Marc Jacobs foundation, I think it photographs superbly but in person looks heavy.

Thank you for reading, I had so much fun creating this look. I was going to add lashes but couldn't find any lash glue. There was a dark moment when I considered using non-toxic PVA glue and then had to give myself a reality check. No makeup look  is worth losing your eyesight over. I read online that Vaseline will act as glue in a pinch but it will only last for half an hour so I tried that but I couldn't get the bastard to stick on. It might work better with a fresh set,but it seemed a waste when I am literally washing it all off as soon as possible. I really hope you like this look and if not then at least this amazing lip. Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin', you won't regret it. Take care. 

What is your favourite colour (mine is purple)?


Tuesday, 13 June 2017


I am the worst for overpacking and my recent 4 day trip to Malaga was no exception, I vastly overpacked. I literally took 7 eyeshadow palettes and didn't use a single one, so I thought I would share what I should have packed vs what I actually packed. My biggest concern is not having enough options, I had enough clothes in my suitcase for two weeks and I did not need it. So my advice is to go for your favourite pieces, your most comfortable sandals. Do not forget your flip flops or your sunscreen and please do yourself a favour and leave the mascara and cream contour palettes at home. You will not need them, Living in England I always forget how the heat makes me feel. I hate anything heavy on the skin so keeping it very basic and easy was an absolute must. I would have saved myself so much time and energy and if I had packed more thoughtfully instead of taking as much of my life with me as possible. I think you just get bogged down with wanting to look "good" and society dictates that this involves long lashes, flawless skin with an all over glow, perfect hair and a million other things that aren't worth our time. You go with the best intentions but it took everything in me just to apply the It Cosmetics CC+ SPF 50 Cream in Tan on my face every day for my requisite sun protection. So just toss all your vanity into the sea and be beautiful just the way you are, to quote an extremely sappy Bruno Mars song.  

Obviously, you need your normal shit like toothpaste, deodorant and if you don't trust hotels try and cram in some conditioner and shower gel. I do trust most hotels and prefer to buy a cheap bottle of shower gel either in duty free or a random pharmacy rather than fussing around with empty plastic Primark bottles or buying extortionately priced travel size products. On top of this I packed my trusty Jo Malone perfume because I like the idea that a fragrance can take you back to a holiday and my It Cosmetics CC Cream as mentioned. The only other items I used on my face were the NYX Highlight and Contour Palette which not only contains contour and warm bronzer pans but also a beautiful highlight and setting powders. The Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder is so compact that it was easy to take with me and kept my skin looking soft and diffused. 

For brushes I am genuinely embarrassed I packed so many, truthfully I only needed these 3 and that is this fat Blank Canvas Cosmetics FO1 Quick Brush with the hot pink handle. I love this for foundation. I used the Real Techniques Multitask Brush to set my face and the Bdellium Tools eyeshadow blending brush to contour my nose and add some bronzer to my eyes on the days that I felt like it. I did use one other brush another from Bdellium Tools to contour and overall bronze my face and neck. As for cleansing and makeup removal I packed my Emma Hardie Amazing Moringa Cleansing Balm, Rio Rosa Mosqueta Cream Cleanser and Nude Skincare Exfoliating Brightening Powder. These three got my skin perfectly free of makeup. I even bought my Nip + Fab Glycolic Night Pads. All of this added to the weight of my suitcase of course but most of them aren't considered liquids. 

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. What do you guys struggle most with when packing? Do you too pack a bunch of shit that you never use or have you become packing experts? I forgot to mention that I also packed some Vaseline and face wipes, I took several lip products but in the end all I needed was a lip balm (Burt's Bees). I tried to switch off completely this trip and not check my socials as much.  I would love to hear what your travel essentials are so please share them in the comments below. Hope you have a fantastic week. Take care. 

What do you pack when you go on a break?


Saturday, 10 June 2017


Urban Decay are never going to give up on their Naked collection, and why should they? I believe they recently came out with the Naked Perfume Oil and now the Naked Heat Palette has all but destroyed the internet. I have always been a massive fan of both the very first Naked palette and the gorgeous Naked 3 palette, but I am not a die-hard fan. I passed on the Naked Ultimate Basics after swatching it in store it just didn't wow me and the primarily cool-toned Naked 2 wouldn't be used much by me, I thought and was even advised by an Urban Decay Beauty Consultant to pass on the Naked Smoky as the first Naked palette would have me covered in that regard. Let us all push every other product in this line out of our minds for a second just to focus on this one: The Naked Heat Palette. This palette is already available in the US I believe, and the official release date is touted to be June 30th, I am hoping this applies to the UK as well. If any more information arises I will add it to this post. As always, their palettes cost $54 or £38. It contains twelve shadows and a dual-sided brush. This particular palette has plastic packaging and the standard full mirror.

I have seen a few disappointing arm swatches float around the internet which instantly left me skeptical but then I had a look at a few videos and looks created with this palette and was forced to re-evaluate my opinion. I know I am slightly late to the introduction of this palette so I don't want to bore you with a look at each shadow etc. I will link videos here and here where you can see all of that. Instead I just want to share my thoughts and hear yours. I am curious to hear what everyone thinks of this new palette and about the Urban Decay Naked range in general. Are you sick of it or can you not get enough? Will you buy or pass on it? What do you think of the colours? 

This palette is very tonally cohesive, all the colours work seamlessly together and are arranged in a perfect gradient from light to dark, mostly warm-toned with a distinct deep almost burgundy tone. I wish they had been slightly more adventurous. With a name like Naked Heat I would expect some bright flaming reds, yellows and oranges and I think that would really take this palette to the next level but at the same time it is a neutral palette part of a neutral range so that shouldn't be a surprise. I think it is overall a beautiful palette, but should probably be called Subdued Heat or Slow Burn haha. I have seen some really lovely looks on people of all skin colours. I just don't think I will buy it at this time. I have made a massive order of eyeshadow palettes already and I can bet that I have every single shade in this palette six times over in other palettes. 

I love Urban Decay, they make my favourite eyeshadows in fact, but I am trying to be less of a makeup junkie and more of a savvy makeup connoisseur and spend money where I need to fill gaps in my collection. Spending money wisely is a struggle for me because typically, and I am sure most of you can relate, if I see a new eyeshadow palette I want it. I love eyeshadow and eye makeup is my favourite. The Natasha Denona Sunset Palette for instance, divine, but instead of buying more warm toned palettes I am looking specifically for palettes with bright, harder-to-find colours. If you guys have any recommendations please let me know. I would love to hear your favourite palettes. Thank you for reading, please share your thoughts on Naked Heat in the comments. Take care.

What are your thoughts on Naked Heat?


Thursday, 8 June 2017


Powders are a life saver, it is only in the last two years that I have ventured into loose powder territory but prior to that I was, and still am, a big fan of pressed powders. They are so handy, portable, convenient and in my experience less intense than their loose counterparts, and of course there is much less mess involved which is always a bonus. Rimmel Stay Matte (£4) will always and forever hold a constant place in my heart, one of the best powders I have ever tried but this is a high end edit and these are the high end powders I reach for consistently. They are the ultimate fixers

  • Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder (£35) This is marketed as a foundation and allegedly can be used wet or dry. If applied with a sponge it definitely packs a decent amount of coverage but with a fluffy powder brush it is a gorgeous finishing powder. Great to use on top of any and all foundations whether they are heavy or sheer.
  • Benefit Hello Flawless Pressed Powder (£28) Out of all of these this one makes the most noticeable difference to my skin, it gives me an airbrushed look in my opinion. It is a really beautiful, flawless powder but you want to be careful not to get too heavy. A good tip is to get a shade lighter than your skin that way it has an all over brightening effect which is gorgeous. This one is one I will always repurchase. 
  • Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder in Crystal (£27) The only sheer translucent powder in this line up and the reason I love it more than anything else is because it is truly undetectable, doesn't leave a powdery finish making your skin look lively and awake. 
  • MAC Cosmetics Mineralise Skin Finish in Medium Deep (£24.50) MAC is such a cult brand and I haven't tried very much of their products but their MSF powders are exquisite. If anyone knows a good dupe for them I am all ears. I have the shade Medium Deep which is my skin tone. I use this powder with the big powder brush I bought from Wilkos, trust me that duo is dynamite and it just fixes whatever time has wrought on your base makeup. I always keep this in my bag if I am travelling somewhere and then I'll do a quick swirl in the pan and then on my face and my friends always comment on how good my foundation looks. 

I would love to hear about your favourite pressed powders, both high end and affordable, I have heard great things about the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Powder (£33) so that is definitely one I want to try and I believe Makeup Forever recently came out with Ultra HD Pressed Powders (£26). I am currently on holiday but will check back on Saturday when I am home and will be sure to return all comments and love shown on my recent posts. It really means a lot to me when you guys leave me comments so thank you so much to everyone who takes the time to do that. Hope you are all having a wonderful week. Thank you for reading. Take care. 

What powders have you tried?

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