26 June 2016

Short Hair Care Routine

June 26, 2016 0 Comments
This post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own.

Hello!

Last week I posted a list of the products I used to keep my long hair healthy. Today I thought I'd do a similar list, but with the products I'm using now my hair's shoulder length!

19 June 2016

My Long Hair Care Routine

June 19, 2016 0 Comments
This post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own.

Hello!

My hair used to be very long (almost 75cm long, in fact), and I tried to take as good care of it as I could. Unfortunately, I ended up with a lot of split ends, but other than that my hair was pretty healthy, and I doubt anyone with long hair can say they've never had a split end in their life. I washed it twice a week, which some may shudder at but it never got too bad before I washed it - I promise!

I thought I'd do a two-parter and show you the products I used to take care of my long hair and the products I'm using on it now it's short. (I had my hair cut for charity, find out more HERE.)

Here are the products I used regularly and how I used them.

13 June 2016

How I Clean my Makeup Brushes and Sponges

June 13, 2016 2 Comments

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I am 100% guilty of leaving it far too long between cleaning my brushes. I seem to wait until I've forgotten what colour the bristles are supposed to be (which leads to an exciting surprise when I do get round to it, but that's beside the point). However, when I finally clean my brushes, I have an effective routine, which I'd like to share with you!

BRUSHES


Before

STEP ONE
Pour a few drops of the No 7 brush cleaner onto a flannel. Rub the brush in circular motions over the flannel.

STEP TWO
Rinse out the brush cleaner under a warm tap, rubbing through the bristles with a finger to ensure all the product is removed.

STEP THREE
Run some warm water onto the flannel, before rubbing soap onto it. Using circular motions again, continue removing any leftover makeup from the brush. I'd recommend a soap made from natural products, such as any you can get from Lush.

STEP FOUR
Rinse the soap from the flannel before running the brush over it a few more times to remove the soap from it.

STEP FIVE
Sandwich the brush between a towel and rub gently to get rid of the excess water.

STEP SIX
Leave your brushes somewhere warm to dry. This can be near a radiator, in an airing cupboard, or on a sunny windowsill. Don't use a hairdryer on them, as this can damage the glue that holds the brush together.


After

SPONGES
Before
Before
STEP ONE
Hold the sponge under a running tap, squeezing to allow the water inside it until it is soaked through.

STEP TWO
Rub some soap into a wet flannel, before sandwiching the sponge between the flannel and rubbing to soak the soap into it. Again, use one made from natural ingredients.

STEP THREE
On the dirtiest parts of the sponge, run the soap over it.

STEP FOUR
Return to holding it under the tap, squeezing until the water runs clear and no more makeup or soap is coming out of the sponge.

STEP FIVE
Sandwich the sponge between a towel and rub it until it is dry. Never wring them out, as this leads to ripping the sponge and having to replace it sooner.

STEP SIX
Leave it somewhere warm to dry. I tend to wash my brushes and sponges in the morning, after I've done my makeup, and leave them in the warm place until it's time to get ready the next day. This means that they are able to dry completely before I use them again.


After
After

 And there you go! That is my routine for cleaning my brushes and sponges. It is the most effective method I've tried, but if you have any other routines or tricks, please leave them in the comments!

5 June 2016

Essie Nail Polishes Haul and Review

June 05, 2016 2 Comments
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I've wanted some Essie polishes for years, and I finally decided to go for it and pick up a few nice looking colours from the Boots website. Here's a mini haul of the polishes I chose!

Birthday Suit
This is from the Retro Revival collection, hence the sparkles on the lid. This is probably my least favourite of the shades I picked up. It comes out quite streaky and looks odd on my nails to be honest, probably because it is so pale. It also needs several thousand coats to be able to see a hint of colour. There are sheer polishes, and then there are 'did I even apply anything or was that just a dream?' polishes. Not impressed to be honest!

Ladylike
I'd been looking for a shade like this for ages. Oh my goodness, it's beautiful. It has that neutral polish effect of making my fingers look longer which is great seeing as I have fat, stubby fingers! It's practically opaque after one coat, although I do tend to apply two just to be sure. I love this one; I think it's just lovely.

Mint Candy Apple
 (Honestly, I have no idea who chose the name for this. Surely 'Mint Candy Apple' should be green? Not according to Essie, I guess.)
This pretty turquoise/blue shade adds a really nice pop of colour. It's perfect for spring and summer. Like Ladylike, two coats give me complete opacity.

Virgin Snow
(Again with the name thing - THIS SOUNDS LIKE IT SHOULD BE WHITE)
I really like this pretty lilac colour. Like Mint Candy Apple, it's a really nice, refreshing pop of colour, suited to the season. One thing I've found with all of the polishes I bought, however, is that they chip quite quickly. This is a pretty big deal for me, seeing as I use both a base coat and a top coat. The colour should be sealed in there like a well-made sandwich, but nope. That's disappointing, considering the price tag for these things.

I probably won't be buying many more Essie polishes, unless I come across a shade that I really like. I've found them too easily chipped for my liking, especially considering that they're over eight pounds a bottle. I was also disappointed with the opacity for Birthday Suit, although the others seem to be okay on that front. Do you have a favourite Essie shade?

3 June 2016

Before and After: LPT Haircut

June 03, 2016 0 Comments

Hello!

I made a post earlier this week about my plans to donate hair to the Little Princess Trust, and today I'm sharing my before and afters from the haircut!

As the Little Princess Trust specify on their website, my hair was put into a plait, secured at the top and bottom. It was cut off above the top band and my plait was placed in front of me! I want to dye it a really fun colour, but it has to be bleached to almost white before that can happen, so my hairdresser put a bit of bleach on there and washed it out before making it all neat and pretty! (Currently my hair is kind of green, but I've been promised that it's going to go blonde eventually haha)



Here is a before and after shot of my hair! As you can see, I've had a hefty amount cut off, and while it's a lot to adjust to, I am very happy with my new 'do. Now if only I could figure out how on earth to work a curling wand, I'd be all set for my life with a bob...


If you would like to donate to my JustGiving page set up to support the charity in buying wigs for poorly children, click HERE. To learn more about the Little Princess Trust, click HERE.