Frolics & Fashion

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Soap and Glory Archery Brow Tint and Pencil

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I bought the Soap & Glory Archery Tint and Pencil after a tonne of bloggers and Tanesha had raved about it - although in Tanesha's defence she uses the other one without the pen end. I'd recently dyed my hair brown and thought I needed something a bit more dramatic than my usual brush and powder to darken my eyebrows, as for the first time in my life they were lighter than my hair.

The product has two ends, one is just like a pen, the other is supposedly like a pencil but it crumbles WAY more. You're supposed to use the pen to mimic fine hairs and make your brows look natural, then fill them in with the pencil to get wonderful Cara Delevingne esque eye brows.

Does it work? In my opinion no. I just can't seem to make my brows look natural at all with this. It might be because I'm way too heavy handed but even after using the pen I look like I've used a sharpie to draw them in. Then when I attempt to rectify the situation with the pencil it crumbles all over the shop and smears on my lovely white dressing table, or the carpet, or the bed, or the walls.

Cost wise, £10 is cheaper than my trusty Hi Impact Brow Palette, but I've been using that for yonks with the Real Techniques brow brush so I suppose cost per application (is that even a thing?!) would be better with the powder.

So a bit of a negative nelly on this one, add some positivity by letting me know what your favourite brow product is at the moment!

Monday, 27 June 2016

£20 Primark Day To Night Outfit

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Skirt: £8
Cami: £4
Shoes: £8
All Primark

These snaps look a bit washed out. I'm not sure if there's such thing as too much natural light but I definitely get a lot of it in the new flat.
So this whole outfit was a mere £20 from Primark, and in my non expert opinion it's definitely one that can go from day to night with a quick change of shoes and some jewellery. I've had a mock on the skirt already with an observation it looks like a rug...It's a comment I can't really defend as I do see the similarities. But it's one of many A-line skirts I'm wearing on rotate at the moment.

In non cheap outfit related news I now have a hamster living with me in my little bachelor pad, his name's chuck and he makes these creepy little squealing sounds like something from the exorcist. He's just a bit of a diva. I've also got a new job, new hair, and a new found appreciation for dinner date.

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.