Frolics & Fashion

Monday, 20 June 2016

Dying Hair From Blonde To Brown With Schwarzkopf Life XXL

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Two weeks ago I somewhat impulsively decided to dye my hair from blonde to brown at home. It was probably a stereotypical "new hair new me" decision which is a bit silly in retrospect, but I thought I'd show you the result.

I ventured over to the dark side in two stages, both times using the Schwarzkopf Live XXL box dye in Urban Brown, as all the youtube videos and blog posts I'd read said that blondes who want to go brown need something with a red tone to add some warmth in. You can do this in two ways, either dye your barnet red first before going an ashy brown over the top, or just go for a more chocolatey shade. If you don't add any red in it's likely you'll end up with a sort of khaki tint to your hair.

I went for the latter but made a bit of an error during the first attempt, if your roots are darker than the ends then you should be coating the ends of your hair in the dye first, then leaving it to develop for a bit before whacking it on the roots. Sadly I didn't do this and the colour didn't take that well.

After the first dye attempt the dark brown shade was a bit of a shock and I could only see Russell Brand whenever I passed a mirror.  I took to shampooing the hell out of it. Second mistake. Even if it looks a bit odd you should leave your hair for 2-3 days after box dying so that the colour can lock in.

Two weeks later it had completely faded to a light brown/dark ginger shade so I re dyed it and viola! Russell is back. Ish. I'm kind of undecided on the shade, if it fades out completely chances are I'll go back to blonde!

The application process was super easy, the dye mixed really well and didn't make a mess in my bathroom at all. Due to clumsiness I did get it all over my nose and ears. Apparently if you grease yourself up with vasoline you can prevent this.

What do you do when you want a re vamp? Reach for the box dye or head to a salon?

Thursday, 2 June 2016

L'oreal Miss Manga Punky Mascara Review

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I wasn’t a fan of the original L'oreal Miss Manga Mascara so when I saw Miss Manga Punky for a mere pound in Boots I was a little apprehensive. Then I stopped being apprehensive. It was a pound.
It’s also great.

In my mind there was an 80% chance of a clumpy, sticky mess, which is what I got from the original and normally it’s all downhill for predecessors.

L'oreal have definitely got it right the second time around with their “Punky” version. The best thing about this mascara? It does nothing it claims to do, which is giving you spikes instead of eyelashes. I didn’t want to look like a hedgehog and as much as I like cactuses I don’t aspire to be one.
Instead it makes your lashes look extra long with the right amount of curl. The brush is a plastic conical shape which makes it perfect for both top and bottom lashes, and instead of bristles it’s covered in tiny spikes. These seem to pick up the product really well and you’ll only need one coat to look all glamorous with eyelashes full of volume.

 Does the mascara last all day? Yup. It doesn’t smudge either which is a problem I get a lot with bottom lashes and usually end up with extreme looking dark circles. Sadly it’s not normally £1. It’s around the £8 - £9 mark but it’s still way worth it at that price.

 Have you tried the punky version before?

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Alliteration With A Paisley Playsuit

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Playsuit: Zara
Coat: Newlook

I'm unsure why my face looks so tanned. Well I'm not. I went a bit overboard with the application.
I've been wearing this outfit loads lately, I like the whole "feels like I'm wearing a nighty" thing. Plus I can eat all the pizza and not worry about the dough bloat. Wins.

I feel like all I ever type about is food and reality tv, which sadly does make up a lot of my day to day life. BUT. This week I went to Brighton for the first time ever and it was lovely, definitely somewhere I want to return to once the weather is a bit warmer and an 99 cone won't give my hypothermia. We had breakfast at the ol' blogger favourite Bills too which was awesome albeit cliched.

We did have a spot of bother at Ibis though, a security guard pretending to be the manager tried to throw us out of our room at 1:30am, not because we were crazy and causing all sorts of a rawkus, but because an adult was sleeping on a sofa bed designed for children...Then a nice lady with nice hair sorted it all out.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Houndstooth & 2p Machines

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As there's been a hint of sun for the past week or so (I've already made a huge wish list of Summer Sandals)  I can't really get away with saying that these are recent photos. I did wear this coat today though, so it's kind of present day...ish.

These were actually taken way back in February, I just happened to find them in my drafts and the outfit looks better than what I'm currently wearing, which, if you're dying to know, are 3 year old pink tartan pyjamas covered in fake tan splodges.

So long time no blog. I've had a few minor tweaks to my 'urday life, one of which is obsessively watching Homeland and another was attempting to become a squash champion. But living life as a top CIA agent vicariously through Carrie Matheson took priority over the latter. Plus Squash made me clammy. Other non newsworthy events - finally finding something in Starbucks I like, putting together flatpack furniture on my own, making the change to decaf tea, making the change back to regular tea, and coming second in a pub quiz.

I tend to struggle with ending posts.

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Tigi Bed Head Urban Antidotes Resurrection Mask

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Every so often I overly focus on one thing about my appearance and end up trying all the products in order to make it better. Sometimes it's wrinkles, sometimes it's skin tone, but most of the time it's hair.
Mine seems to have stopped growing and alas, it's malting. So rather than shoving a tonne of dry shampoo in it and hoping for the best, I reckoned it was time to give in and coat it in as much treatment as possible - is "reckoned" a word? 

So I was asked by Just My Look if I wanted to try a product and instead of giving in to my incessant need to fake tan I took heed of my new found life choice and pondered over their hair treatments before going for the Tigi Bed Head Resurrection Mask. The Tigi masks are graded 1-3, with three being the most intensive and claiming to breathe "life into locks that are on the brink". Not sure if my barnet is on the brink of anything, but like anyone who can't stay away from styling products, it's certainly frazzled and dry.

The directions for this are pretty vague, I quote, "Spread between hands and apply from mid lengths to ends. Leave for 3-5 minutes then rinse."
Wet or dry hair? Between shampoo and conditioner or after? Instead of conditioner? Who knows. Throwing all hair caution to the wind I decided to use this after shampooing, and here's where I go really wild, it gets left on for a whole half hour. Sometimes 40 minutes if there's an episode of homeland on. It smells really nice though, and the longer you leave it on the longer the smell lingers around. 

So has it rescued my hair from the brink? It's certainly made it softer and taken away the sticky out frizz parts. Time will tell in terms of growth - the ingredients tell me there's only one silicone tucked away in there (dimethicone) so buildup shouldn't be a problem and it shouldn't just be a "quick fix" product. 

Friday, 25 March 2016

Keeping Makeup Fresh For Spring

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I wear pretty much the same makeup every day. That's a lie. There's no pretty much. I DO wear the same makeup every single day. The decision to change this comes at a handy and convenient time - I'm moving and have discovered a whole host of (albeit grubby) products I forgot I owned. So here's how I'll be changing things up, because if you can't change your hair change your makeup.

Blush over Bronze
This is something I've read a tonne of times but have never "done the swap", normally I'd pile on the fake tan and bronzer all year round. Although this year I seem to be embracing the pale skin more (the fact there's carpet in the bathroom has hindered fake tan application somewhat) so plan on going wild with all the cheek products. Saying that I don't really own many, but the two I do dabble with on occasion are Benefit's Sugar Bomb and Mac's Warm Soul. They're aimed at the more fair skinned folk but anyone can do a swapsies.

(Major Lazer said) Light It Up
Throughout the winter months my eyebrows have got darker and darker which doesn't really sit well with a "fresh faced look" so the plan is to go lighter. Not crazily bleach them, just stop piling on the darkest powder I can find. I normally use the Hi Impact Palette but have recently ventured forth into the world of the pencil / weird ink thing from Brow Archery and I like it. So the plan is to match my natural colour and not look as much like Helga Pataki. 

Embrace the Non Chapped-ness
Lips are gross in the winter. Well mine are. Because of this the days are spent applying Carmex and grumbling that any form of heating makes them chapped and dry. Alas! With nicer weather comes nicer, less disgusting lips so we can all inject colour into our faces with lipstick. Obvz I'll be going for the usual pinks and corals. I'm a fan of the Kate Moss Lipstick in 08 and Mac's Angel - both of these have been unearthed in the previously mentioned discovery. 

Monday, 22 February 2016

A Trip To Scarborough (Didn't See The Fair)

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Was anyone else forced to sing that sombre song at school? I was never sure why the selling point of the Scarborough Fair was Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme - surely there'd be a hook a duck or two?
Spices or no spices, my overnight trip with Tanesha was rather pleasant. In fact it was a lot pleasant. In all honestly Scarborough isn't a place I've ever felt the urge to return to after my school trip in year four, one of the boys tripped me up on the beach whilst playing cricket which probably tainted my memories of the place. But I was asked if I fancied spending the night at Ox Pasture Hall in one of their luxury suites which made me forget plummeting face first into the sand for a minute, and for my fickle memory I'm thankful.
Ox Pasture Hall is about a 20 minute drive away from the town centre on single track roads across rolling hills, and this journey itself was a bit of an adventure. At one point we did debate the possibility of being stranded, but armed with a weeks supply of Redbull, a pretty mean Spotify playlist, complete tranquility, and an awesome countryside view - the idea wasn't a terrible one! Alas the 20 minutes went by quickly and the road soon opened up to the welcoming sight of the hotel. It sits nicely on seventeen acres of green (and sheep) in the North York Moors which is perfect for a mini escape, but wifi is on hand for the odd instagram snap. As soon as we walked in we were made to feel at home before booking in for dinner and spending a couple of hours lazing around and eating snacks in our room which was the nicest I've ever stayed in (sorry Lenny).
I say room, I lie. It was probably bigger than the flat I'm about to move in to, one room had a huge four poster bed and the most incredible view, the other had sofas and and a great hot drinks selection, and the bathroom was warm with a rather large bath. Plus there were robes. Give me a robe and I'm happy.
For our three course dinner we were looked after by the oh so jolly Paul who came at us with Champagne and the stickiest toffee pudding ever. Obvs by my photo's I went for the steak but prior to this I was handed a goblet of freshly made soup, which, on top of the snacks, should have probably been my food quota for the evening...My gluttony made me sleepy so we decided to leave any exploring for the next day and settled for an evening of Paddy Mcguinness playing cupid.

The next day we headed into Scarborough and got a little confused between the two bays. We hadn't done our research and followed the signs for North Bay expecting all the usual tourist haunts - instead we were met with a long stretch of beach with one lonely cafe that looked a bit sad in the drizzle. So if you're looking for Rock shaped like phallic objects and 2p slot machines, then deffs head to South Bay. It's 5 minutes away in the car and you'll be met with an array of lights, fish and chip shops, and those discounted clothes places you always see in seaside towns that sell high street wears from 5 years ago.
Sadly we didn't find anything in the latter, but we did find a Harry Ramsdens overlooking the sea. The food there wasn't expensive at all and we spent hours drinking tea and attempting (and failing) to vlog from our table in the bay window.
The weather wasn't the best during the trip but we managed to find phallic shaped rock AND spent way to much in the 2p slot machines without winning anything. There were plans to swoon over penguins in the sea life centre but the decision was made to just amble around and look at the old fashioned sights - there was a terrifying looking tram that was out of service, not a sight per se but I'm curious as to whether this runs in the summer. We also spotted a 1950's esque ice cream parlor which was closed for the winter. So that being said I'd recommend paying the town a visit during the spring or summer months.

Ox Pasture Hall is a year round winner though and I'd definitely head back their way again, especially under the lure of more sticky toffee pudding.