tigi s factor hair products review beauty blog hair mask deep conditioner

I know I keep blathering on, but my hair is fried. It was pulled apart by a painful hair extension removal and then I decided to bleach what little life was left in it.
So needless to say it's in need of a little (or a lot of) TLC. With this in mind, when the lovely folk at Klip Shop asked if I wanted to try some products I jumped at the chance.

I'd used the Tigi Serious Conditioner many moons ago and I remember it doing wonders for my hair so I thought I'd revisit it. It's basically a really thick conditioner that helps repair damaged and dry hair, whilst smelling lovely.  It contains sunflower seed oil and silk that targets the parts of your locks that need the most love.
It actually smells quite minty and gives your scalp that nice tingly cool feeling, it'll also help smooth your locks when blowdrying and reduce unwanted frizzyness. A complete winner in my eyes.

The Papaya Leave-In Moisture Spray doesn't smell as minty, it's more of a subtle sweet scent that smells, like, er, sweets. As the name suggests, it's a leave in moisture spray, so I spritz it onto damp hair before blowdrying and it honestly works like a dream. It reduces frizz AND detangles, whilst giving your mane the moisture hit it needs.

The two products together are a great pair, plus they're on sale at the moment so you can bag them both for under £30

Have you tried tigi products before? What're your favourites?


How to use the fujifilm instax mini 9 is it worth the money good photos polaroid
How to use the fujifilm instax mini 9 is it worth the money cheap polaroid
How to use the instax mini 9 is it worth the money polaroid camera

I'm no pro photographer as you can probably tell by my poorly edited blog photos. But I do love a gimmick and the fujifilm instax mini 8 or 9 is a gimmick loving phototographer's dream. It's basically a regular run of the mill polaroid camera, although the polaroids are the perfect purse size AND the camera looks cute.

But is it worth the £66 price tag? Especially when the films are around £8 for ten photographs? IMO yes.
How many times do we take awesome photos on our phone never to look at them again? The only time I ever really go back and look at my phone pictures is when I'm planning on deleting a load of them. If they're extra special they make it to instagram, if not they end up being binned.

We take so many photos daily that the "magic" of getting people together to get that perfect shot has disappeared. Well not anymore. The Instax Mini 9 keeps the magic alive for 2 reasons.

1. The films are ridic expensive so you'll only want to take special photos
2. As Eminem would say "You only get one shot" - so you end up making sure each picture is worth it.

So we've covered the fact that I reckon the Instax Mini 8/9 is deffs worth the money. Now onto using it.

Surely it's just a point and shoot right?

Kind of.

With the Instax Mini you're going to want to do all you can not to waste a photo by over exposing or under exposing it.

Saying that, tip number 1 is to consider your first film as a tester. Don't expect the photo's to come out great. Get the hang of the different settings and see what impact they have on your photos.

Tip 2 - Don't always trust the settings. Sometimes setting it to sunny will leave your photos looking too dark. Or setting it to hi key will leave it looking too white/overexposed. As a general rule I normally leave it on the "indoors" setting regardless of how bright the light is around me. Obvz if I was outside on an overly bright day I'd change it. But "indoors" normally works for me.

Tip 3 - Play around with filters. These clip over the lens and, depending on which colour you can choose, give a coloured vintage effect to your photos. These filters are a steal at £5.99 on ebay.

Tip 4 -  Display your photos! A quick pinerest search for "instax mini" will give you loads of ideas. Hang them from fairy lights or pin them to a wire board. Alternatively you can buy mini albums on ebay to store them in.

Tip 5 - If you're still unsure, buy a used one! My first instax mini 8 was a used one from ebay and I saved around £20 on the price. As they're quite a gimmick a lot of people receive them as gifts and they go unused, so there's loads floating around on ebay.

Wowzers this post has become quite the essay. Kind of like an ode to the instax mini. But seriously, I really love this camera. It's completely on the other end of the spectrum to my Olympus Pen but I love them both equally!

Have you got an instax mini?


Why hello. I'm guessing you stumbled across this post as you're thinking of dyeing or bleaching your hair blonde at home. Or you're thinking of going from brown to blonde at a hairdresser or salon. Or you're contemplating both? Well good. As I did both.

So here's a little insight into my journey to going blonde. WARNING. If you're brown your hair will go yellow. Toner is your friend. Alas toner hasn't helped me and I'm still yellow(ish).

Anyway. Here was my ratty thin brown locks before my favourite hairdresser Helinne got her magic hands on it....
dye dyeing hair blonde from brown at home bleaching going blonde
Helinne is pretty awesome. If you're in the Northampton area and you're in need of a hairdresser she's the one. She did a grand job of a root stretch on me a while back and it got all the compliments.

I digress. The first stage of bleaching was done at home by my hairdresser. As my hair was so damaged and thin she put some sort of bleach on my hair that would give it minimal breakage but also lighten it up a lot.

The result.
stages of dying dyeing your hair blonde to brown at home bleaching bleach
It wasn't as light as I wanted but I knew it was going to have to be done in 2 stages and this was the warm "orangey" stage. I was advised to use a hell of a lot of the L'Oreal Smartbond Conditioner and to leave my hair alone for a few weeks.

I didn't listen.

I never do.

I impatiently wanted to be as blonde as possible. So when my friend suggested lightening it myself I thought it was an excellent idea. Why pay £75 when you can do it for £5 right? Wrong. Your hair will go yellow.

So I used the Schwarzkopf Live XXL in Max Blonde to lighten mine as it claims to lift your hair up to 9 levels. I don't have a picture of the result, only bad memories. It went bright yellow. Think Lisa Simpson and that was pretty much me. I even had a client meeting at work the next day and looked a mess. Sigh.

So the next day I decided to batter my hair some more and use another bottle of Schwarzkopf on it, alongside a bunch of the Bleach London Silver Shampoo.

The result.
Dye Dyeing your hair blonde from brown at home bleach home dye home bleaching
how to dye your hair blonde at home from brown brunette bleach
go from brown to blonde at home with bleach schwarzkopf max blonde
This is the stage I'm at now. It's not great by any means. The bottom of my hair is a silvery / pinky colour from the Bleach London Shampoo, whilst the top is still yellowy. I actually have an appointment with Helinne at the end of March to see what she can do about that, as I'm hoping to be as blonde as possible for the summer!

Have you ever had any hair dye disasters? Or have you bleached your hair at home from brown to blonde? Lemme know!


Benefit badgal bang mascara review beauty blog
Benefit badgal bang mascara review before and after beauty blog
benefit badgal bang mascara review before and after pictures beauty blog
Benefit badgal bang mascara before and after beauty review
benefit bad gal bang mascara review with before and after pictures blog

So. After giving the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara a somewhat scathing review I thought I'd lighten the mood with a product I actually like.

Although. Had the Too Faced mascara not been incredibly crap, I wouldn't have ended up buying Benefit's BADgal BANG (all the caps) and I wouldn't be walking around loving my longer and fuller lashes. 

There's a gazillion reviews on this mascara doing the rounds so I'll keep it short and sweet. Alas I wasn't sent this as a PR sample, I parted with a hefty £21.50 for this so I was really hoping it'd live up to the hype.

It Does.

The brush doesn't look like anything special, other than the fact it's super bendy I don't have much to say about it, the magic all seems to be in the product itself. 

As you can probably tell by my hideous makeup free face, I don't have a bunch to work with when it comes to lashes, but BADgal BANG gives a tonne of volume and a lot of oomph after one coat. I wouldn't go all heavy handed when applying this as I reckon more than two coats will give you the "spidery" look. 

It doesn't seem to give a curl though. I thought it was me but I've just google imaged some snaps and it seems to give the same almost spikey effect on everyone.

Is it competition for my fave They're Real? Jurys out on that one, I like the formula but the spikey ball brush on They're Real might just sway it for me.

Have you tried the BADgal BANG mascara yet?


Too faced better than sex waterproof mascara review
too faced better than sex waterproof mascara review
Too faced better than sex waterproof brush mascara review

So a couple of weeks ago I bought the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara in a bit of defiance. Despite Benefit's They're Real being my favourite mascara ever, I didn't want to jump on the bandwagon and buy Bad Gal Bang. Partly because there was just too much hype, and partly because deep down I was probs annoyed that I wasn't one of the gagillion bloggers they sent it too.

Anyway I went rogue and parted with £19.00 in Selfridges in the hope that my lashes would be transformed into something long, fluttery and bambi esque.

They weren't.

Other than the packaging, which has little plastic water drops all over it, there really isn't anything good about this mascara.

It's clumpy. It sticks your lashes together. It smears. It clogs all on the brush (is clogs a word?). It smudges. Basically it's everything you don't want in a mascara.

I've been using it for two weeks now and it hasn't aged well either. Sometimes mascaras get better after a few uses. This doesn't.

So the moral of the story. Don't refuse to jump on the bandwagon. Sometimes the bandwagon is the place where everyone has the best lashes.


Boohoo Black Embroidered Skater Dress ootd
boohoo embroidered black skater dress outfit post

Howdy! It's been a while since my last post. Things have changed in the last two weeks. I'm now an auntie for the second time AND I have blonde hair. Two things that are probably only exciting for me.

But yes. On Wednesday 14th February my new niece Willow was welcomed into the world, I haven't seen her yet but I'm planning on venturing to my sister's after I finish writing this post for ALL the squeezes and cuddles.

There's not much more to tell tbh, my weekend consisted of a trip to Ikea, afternoon tea with my bud Emma, then a carvery with the mother. Clearly my quest to reduce my waistline before the big American trip is going well.

Oh, and this rather detailed embroidered skater dress was kindly sent to be from boohoo. It's kind of half way between a skater and a smock (and I do love a smock), it's forgiving and tres comfy so I'd deffs recommend.

And finally. Other than the fact that I'm all about the short paragraphs this afternoon, I'm going to be trying out the Directions Silver Toner later on in an attempt to make my hair a silvery grey and less, er, yellow. I might go wild and film it.

How's your weekend been?

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John Lewis Wacoal Lingerie Underwear Black Lacy Bralet
John Lewis Wacoal Black Lace Underwear Lingerie Bralet

Whether you celebrate Valentine's day or not (tbf I don't normally), getting new underwear is always a win. There's something about a matching set that instantly makes you feel a bit more put together and in some cases, more confident.

So. If you've been hinting at your loved one to treat you this Valentines day, or even just in general, but reckon they won't have the slightest clue where to start - John Lewis has got your back.

Their Partners Guide To Buying Lingerie is super helpful and gives some sneaky tips for your partner to follow in order to buy you something you'd actually wear.  They even offer a plan B if all else fails!

I lucked out and received this oh-so-pretty set from Wacoal, I've been after a new Bralet for a while as my go to playsuit for a night out is prone to slipping down and I end up spending the whole night hoisting it up. A pretty bralet solves that problem, it's comfy, covers all areas and doesn't really matter if some of it is "on show".

So all in all, a job well done from John Lewis! Do you celebrate Valentines day? What are your plans?


Lee Stafford Hair Growth Product Review
Lee Stafford Hair Growth Product Range Review How To Grow Hair

Ever since my hair extension disaster I've been doing all sorts to make my hair grow, from bunging it up without blowdrying it, to banning straighteners, to trying an abundance of different hair masks.

I'd completely forgotten about the Lee Stafford Hair Growth Range until I bombarded my friend Emma with questions on how she managed to grow out her hair to super long in around a year. She told me to use less heat BUT to also give the Lee Stafford products a go. They're not overly expensive (Boots normally have them on 3 for 2) so I bought a load in the hope my tresses will thank me for them in the long run.

So my thoughts?

Lee Stafford Hair Growth Shampoo & Conditioner

You're probably going to get the least value for your money with these, as the bottles aren't massive, but at £7.49 each they're the cheapest things in the range and it's suggested that you use all the products in conjunction with each other.
Like most slightly higher priced shampoos, this doesn't lather up that much (apparently the more lather, the cheaper the shampoo), however they smell lovely and leave my hair feeling super squeaky clean. The texture of my barnet afterwords is really quite smooth too, and the shampoo and conditioner definitely reduce frizz whether my hair is left to dry naturally or with heat.

Lee Stafford Hair Growth Scalp Scrub

This is definitely my favourite product in the range. It's basically what it says on the tin. A scrub. You put this on before shampooing, just rub it into your scalp and leave it on for three ish minutes before rinsing it out. It claims to unblock the hair follicles whilst stimulating the scalp and therefore encouraging it to grow. Again, it makes my hair feel extra clean and weirdly it just feels nice scrubbing something into your head - kind of like having one of those massages at the hairdressers.

Lee Stafford Hair Growth Scalp Serum

The scalp serum will set you back £9.99. The idea is that it ads moisture to the root and helps strengthen the hair. To use this you simply pile on 2 pipettes worth of product onto your head and comb through, it can be done either on wet hair after washing, or dry hair and left overnight. If you're doing the latter it will definitely need combing out the next day as it does dry a little bit crusty. As with the other products, it smells like a dream.

Lee Stafford Coco Loco Coconut Hair Mask

Normally I use the Hair Growth treatment mask, but they'd ran out in Boots so I decided to give this a whirl. In all honestly I prefer the hair growth one but this smells all coconutty and lovely and it's a little cheaper. It's really thick and promises to repair dry, damaged and weak hair (which mine deffs is!), while also softening and enhancing shine. My hair did feel a lot softer after using it, and the odd time I did blowdry, there was limited frizz!

So I guess the only thing left to discuss now is whether these products actually work? Well. Since combining these with reduced heat and using only a wet brush and tangle teeezer, my hair has grown around 2 inches. I know that doesn't really seem like much but my tresses are ridiculously slow at growing and they were SO damaged after the trauma that was the extensions. The ends are still dry but the length is there so I'm rather happy!

Have you tried the Lee Stafford products? What did you think?


Benefit Coralista Blush Review
Benefit cosmetics coralista blush review
Benefit cosmetics coralista blush swatches
Benefit coralista blush on cheeks

Benefit has always been one of my favourite higher end brands, ever since I purchased my first of many Hello Flawless powders I've been dabbling in their other offerings.

Their box blushes have been around for yonks, so has Coralista tbh but I'm on a blush hype at the moment so I thought I'd share my thoughts.

So it is what it says on the tin (mini cardboard box) really, a coral blush. Although it does have a hint of shimmer running through it to brighten up your cheeks.
Despite looking quite bright in the pan it's a really subtle wash of colour and definitely suits pale/fair skin, you don't need to be overly careful when applying it either as it seems to blend in really well.

As with all Benefit products, the packaging is beaut, package anything in leopard print and I'm game. It comes with the usual teeny tiny brush which I don't actually think is that bad, as well as a massive 8GEES of blush which will keep you going for a lifetime.

So for any pale skinned gals who usually steer clear of blush in fear of looking like something from the 80's - this one's for you!


A line leather skirt stripey jumper chelsea boots outfit post
outfit post a line leather skirt stripey jumper outfit

I'm taking things back to 2006 with ftw, but it was a great year so why ever not? Urgh I have complete writers block. I wish I was one of those bloggers who could sit down and write a really insightful post, but I don't plan them in advance and when it comes to actually writing something my brain turns to mush.

Perhaps I should start planning, or actually research some blog ideas. I don't know (idk lol), I kind of feel like my blog has been completely left behind in this new era of blogging I suppose. I read a post the other week about the OGs of blogging, and at 30, I definitely fall into that category.

Who remembers taking endless photos of their Nandos? Or watching SWalker Makeup on Youtube? Or saving your student loan to by the must have mac lipstick (hue and creme cup I recall). Blogging was so different back then, and whilst I love how mainstream it has become and the awesome opportunities that come with it, I can't help feeling a bit nostalgic for the days when I used to pose in front of a white wall and take photos from the waist up. 

I reckon spouting myspace esque phrases has put me in a nostalgic mood. That and listening to a spotify playlist I aptly named "FEELZ" on the way home. So excuse me whilst I have a bath, listen to taking back Sunday, and get my Jeffrey Campbell Litas out. I kid. Honestly....


Tartan Shirt Black Skater Skirt Black Chelsea Boots Outfit

Excuse the fact I'm gormlessly looking at my phone in this picture, I use it as my remote and despite taking 232311 photos, this was the only one where I didn't look like a marshmallow. 

This is the final item of clothing I was oh so generously sent from Tobi and I was sort of channeling (or just copying) an old outfit post I did about five years ago when I put this together. I haven't worn a skater skirt in forever but I forgot just how comfortable and easy to wear they were. I also clearly forgot I own an iron.....again, apologies. 

Completely off topic but this weekend has been a bit like a time warp. On Friday I went to a Pop Punk evening where the DJ played ALL the hits from Jimmy Eat World to Mayday Parade. And then on Saturday I ventured to a small town near me that I hadn't been to in forever and felt all nostalgic.
The reason for said visit is that my sister has finally moved there, which is great for me as I no longer need to trek 2 hours in the car whenever I want to see her - hurrah!
But going back to the pop punk night, if you're in the Northamptonshire / Milton Keynes area then I'd definitely recommend it, it was at some remote bar in Stony Stratford but loads of people turned up and jived the night away.

What have you been up to this weekend?


Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Review

I've been in the blogging community for quite some time now and over the past 9 years I've always dismissed skincare. I know, I know, how ridiculous of me. But up until now a cleanser is all I've used and that's only because it gets my makeup off easier than my previous method....baby lotion.

But now I'm post 30 (SIGH) I really should be looking after my skin more, which coincides nicely with receiving the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair as part of a Christmas present. I'll be honest, other than hearing loads of people rave about this, I didn't know much about the product itself. But now I've been trying it out I thought I'd pop up a review for anyone else wanting to dabble in high end skincare.

So what does it do? Well it's an over-night serum that claims to reduce lines and wrinkles, and give your skin a more radiant and youthful look, which is something I definitely need. As with anything I'm about to slather onto my skin, I was a bit wary of what it'd smell like, but it's actually a non offensive almost citrus-ey scent that doesn't linger around too long.

It's not too oily either and my skin seems to "drink" it up straight away, meaning you're not going to get a gross pillow during the night. I think you're supposed to put it on before a moisturiser so I dug out my anti aging cream that I bought a few months back and I've been using it under that.

Once it's applied you really don't notice it's there, and your skin doesn't get that horrible clammy feeling that some products give you.

So does it work? Am I wrinkle free? Well no. I don't think anything's going to completely eradicate my laughter lines BUT my skin does feel wayyyy less dry than it did, and it's cleared up a lot after pre Christmas eating left me all oily.

At a staggering £53.00 for a mere 30ml it's not exactly purse friendly and I don't know if I'd buy this for myself, but receiving it as a gift was pretty nice and I'll definitely be finishing off the bottle!

Have you tried Advance Night Repair?


Primark Cord Black Embroidered Pinafore Dress
Primark Black Cord Pinafore Dress Outffit

Alas I can't link to this outfit because both the dress and stripey top were from Primark and they STILL don't have an online store. Who remembers when Asos sold Primark? Everything sold out super quickly so it's obvz a good idea non?

This pinafore actually looks a lot better with flats and tights, no idea why I decided to go bare legged for these photos. I've got these flats from Clarks and they go together quite nicely.

So. After all my whining in my last post I didn't actually get to the gym. I know. Fail. I AM going to go tomorrow after work and attempt to run on the treadmill. It's been quite a few months and I know I'm not going to be able to do ALL the miles like before which will be a bit disheartening but we've got to start somewhere right?

And a total change of subject to this weekend's plans which have been a bit non existent. I did the annual wardrobe clear out today so I'm feeling a bit more organised and refreshed, plus I found a load of clothes I forgot even existed which was nice. It's kind of like going shopping when you delve into the depths of a cupboard or drawer you barely open and find some hidden gems.

Oh and I also went to visit my good friend Caroline who was dog sitting for the cutest French Bulldog puppy I've ever seen. Her name is Annie Goblin and I wanted to take her home. Shame I live in a rented flat and can't have a dog....as soon as I move out I'm getting myself a Chihuahua and I will be buying it clothing.

How's your weekend been?


leopard fur short jacket black skater dress black vagabond boots

So it's a new year. And like the majority of people I'm heading to the gym tomorrow. Such a cliche. Seriously though I'm venturing off on holiday in April where I'll be wearing a BIKINI. So I need to run a lot of miles and do all the weights to get back down to what I was this time last year. All the christmas chocolates, mince pies and cheese have now vacated the cupboards and I've managed to muster up some motivation so hopefully it'll last. 

Another semi resolution is to resurrect this blog. I've been posting photos of myself and my frivolous purchases for eight whole years now but lately I've neglected my little space on the internet in favour of pyjamas and copious tv time (so much Dance Moms). So i'ma up my game with my photography and get back to posting regularly. 

And finally I'm going to continue looking after my barnet. I was totally addicted to heat (woah oh oh) and fried my tresses before stupidly having extensions in. This resulted in major hair loss and lots of tears so I've been bunging it up everyday for the past two months and I'm starting to see growth! Wins.

And finally finally this dress is another Tobi garm, they've got a pretty awesome sale on at the moment so have a peep!

What are your new year's resolutions?

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