You Say "Don't you know?" I Say "Take Me Out"

I have very achey breaky thighs today thanks to yesterday's gym visit. I hate it when someone comes and uses the machine next to you, for some reason my body goes into ultra competitive mode and tries to keep up with them - last night's opponent being an old man who out cross trained me by far.
Anyway after having my hair hacked off by a man in toni and guy I now look like this.

So to cheer myself up from my elongated "bob" nightmare I popped into Primark and a cheapo jewellery shop in Northampton and snatched up these for a grand total of £6.50!

Bangle £1.50, Ring £1.50, Earlings £2, Headband £1.50

I was reaching for a pair of flower studs for a meer pound when I spotted these in Primark. Such. A. Bargain. As an impressionable youth I stupidly stretched my right earlobe during my "emo" phase, leaving me unable to wear dangly earings without my lobes hitting my shoulders : / But these are perfect, they do the job of covering it up whilst looking pretty and vintage-y at the same time!

These were from a cheapy type shop called "Diamonds and Pearls". Understandably tacky but they were having a closing down sale. I think quite a few towns have them as there was one pretty much identical to it when I lived in Stoke called Muse or something like that.

I've just gone to upload the picture of the headband but it seems I haven't even taken one. Oh well. Anyway this was purchased mainly to cover up the ever growing black stripe on the top of my head, I haven't worn a thick headband since primary school days so I'm unsure how how this is going to look.

And on that note I'm going to end the post, boil the kettle, and settle down to "take me out". Does anyone else watch it? It's such a cringe fest it's brilliant, Lucy and Jo Jo clearly have no shame.

Hair Torture

Ever since I was 11 I've been a bit lot obsessed with my hair. As tragic as it now seems I used to religiously watch Two of a Kind on Nickelodeon and dream of having hair like an Olsen. God knows why as i've just searched for an image and they looked like this.

Haha how I used to spend days trying to recreate that "do" with my (then) frizzy hair.

Then came the period of the Shader and Toner, where every shade I tried left me with dull orange locks.
For some reason I didn't stop at "wash in wash out" dyes and one faithful evening at the ripe old age of 15 I opted for the dreaded 24 wash brown dye. No one chose to tell me that on badly highlighted hair this would turn black and refuse to ever wash out, so for a year of my life I looked like Russel Brand. Sadly all picturial evidence of this "do" have been savagely deleted, which is a shame as 8 years on I might have only just seen the funny side of it.

After excessive highlighting I finally got back to blonde and stopped damaging my hair with various colourants, but then came the...*dramatic drumroll*...GHDS. Now I know millions of people use these and millions of people have lovely hair, but for some reason I've only just started using heat protection after a telling off from a hairdresser about a year ago.

If only the barnet torture ended there.

A year ago I became fed up with highlights, I wanted glamour model bleach blonde hair and I wanted it there and then. Toni & Guy advised a scalp bleach wasn't the best choice as it causes so much damage in the long run but did I listen? Oh no. Off I popped to the nearest supermarket and grabbed what I would eventually find to be both my best friend and my worst enemy....

Since then I've become weirdly obsessed with how blonde I can get my hair, I went from dark blonde to almost platinum for a few meer pounds and was thrilled.


But the time has come to say goodbye to white hair, I'm determined to have it long for my wedding and know I'm going to have to make some sacrifices. A week ago I sought the advice of professionals and went crawling back to Toni & Guy with my tail between my legs, their verdict? That my hair is so ridiculously damaged that they won't put any form of colour on it! Nothing, zip! All I can do is treat it everyday with this Label M mask stuff they gave me, and have all the ends hacked off. Great big sigh.

This has been a long and perhaps too detailed rant, but I'm glad I've written it down because should my hands linger over the dreaded Schwarzkopf for even the smallest of a split second I will always have this to look back on, though knowing myself well i'll probably just lust after the picture above and burn my scalp some more.

Everyday Makeup

Being a relitivily new blogger I'm always unsure of how to start my posts or who to direct it too. At the moment my scrawlings are really just ramblings that fall onto the keyboard, and with only 20 followers (who I am very grateful for!) it seems rather silly to begin a post with "Hi everyone!" or "Hi all" as i'm unsure of how many people it's actually reaching.
That being said I'm now scrutinizing and deleting everything I write in trying to start this post so I'm going to begin without much introduction.

For the past couple of weeks i've been following the exact same make up routine with the exact same products, they've become so trusty that I can't even be daring enough to switch to a different colour eyeshadow. I'm falling deeper into this make up rut and would love some suggestions of new products to buy - baring in mind I have pale skin that's recently aquired some unsightly blotches and turns red ALL THE TIME.
At the moment the products i'm using every morning at 7:15 am are:

l'oreal touche magique concealer - I only bought this as I couldn't afford Touche Eclat which according to reviews seemed to be the best under eye concealer, but as I've never used the Yves Saint Laurent version and had no expectations, this is actually quite good. I think mines ivory beige which if used without foundation leaves white panda eyes, but as I've been caking myself in it recently it does the job.

Maybelline Dream Matte Mouse in "Porcelaine Ivory"

Benefit Hello Flawless in "Champagne- me vain?" - When I went to London recently I must have looked a bit overwhelmed by the Benefit counter in Debenhams (sad I know but I live in Northampton - we have nothing!) because the nice chap working there attacked my face with this stuff. I love it. It's a sort of concealer-come-all over powder and does help towards the dreaded blushing/redness problem

Maxfactor bronzing powder

Benefit "Stay don't stray" Primer - I bought this the other week in Milton Keynes thinking it was the other product the guy in London caked on my cheeks. The big eye picture on the packaging clearly went un noticed to me! It has confused me though as I think this is the only Benefit product with the pump and he definitly used something with a pump on. Either way this works well as an eyeshadow primer (that i might also sometimes put on my cheeks...)

Urban Decay Sustainable Shadow Box - Luckily I have a very nice Boyfriend who bought this for me. The colours I use everyday in my quest to be mundane are Half Baked, Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, and Twice Baked

Benefit Waterproof Eyeliner - I do love Benefit products and their packaging but this isn't actually that great. The selling point is the smudgy thing at the other end but it just smears.

Benefit Bad Gal Lash - This is the best mascara I've ever owned, the HUGE brush makes lashes HUGE. It does sort of stodge together a bit (or clump as most would say) after a while but its still wins.

No wonder my make up takes up a lot of my time in the morning, that's quite a lot o products for everyday work makeup!

On a completly different note I HATE Sinead on Hollyoaks. Do you not own anything other than those red tights? ugh.
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