Monday, 24 June 2013

Going Back My Roots...


As you will have noticed from this charming photo, I'm attempting to grow out my blonde hair. I know you're now probably thinking why not just dye it back brown, but I've put so much colour and bleach on my hair over the years I want to try and be a little kinder and let it grow out as much as I can bare. 

Since my roots are pretty dark I wanted to do something to make it slightly more bareable. Recently I came across John Frieda Sheer Blonde, Go Blonder which claims to be a controlled lightening spray. Although I'm aiming to grow my roots out I wanted to try this product to see If it would help lighten my roots slightly to make the contrast less dramatic. 

John Frieda Sheer Blonde, go blonder 100 ml RP: £6.99

I washed and conditioned my hair as normal and towel dried it, till it was more damp than wet. I then sectioned my hair and sprayed liberally concentrating on the roots and combing downwards. Once I'd done my whole head I sprayed extra on the top of my head where the roots are most prominent. 
I then used my Tigi S factor flat iron spray heat defender and dried thoroughly with a hair drier. 

Admitedly at first i noticed very little difference but on  closer inspection i noticed my roots had turned from a really dark/almost black looking brown to a choclate brown with thin blonde streaks. The product does state it may take a few attempts to see dramatic lightening but i have to say I am pretty impressed with the results. 

I would definitely recommend this product to people who are struggling with the costly upkeep of bleached hair so need to brighten up the blonde and disguise the roots between hair colourings, especially as the spray comes at the bargain price of £6.99 and is reusable. Much cheaper than a trip to the hairdressers!
I'd also say it's pretty good at making growing out roots a little more bareable although I'm not sure how satisfied I'd be in the long run. 

I'd also recommend using a conditioning treatment after using this product as although this is only a lightening spray, it still contains peroxide. I use the John Frieda sheer blonde, blonde hair repair conditioning treatment. 

If you purchase from your local boots store now, the John Frieda sheer blonde range is included in the buy 1 get 1 half price.

I hope you enjoyed my quick post today, If you have tried the product yourselves or have any advise on growing out your hair, please comment below and tell me what you thought. 

Thanks Ash x

Saturday, 22 June 2013

My Everyday Makeup

I thought I'd do a little post and review on what I generally wear day to day if I'm not going anywhere particularly special or just want to keep it quite natural. I apologise in advance for the shoddy photography, I am in the process of getting a new camera! I'll start in the order of how I apply everything so firstly....






 
 1. Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes RP: £24.50 - Now this may appear odd that I apply my eye shadow first but there is some logic behind why I do this. Often when I apply eye shadow I get excess all down my face which leaves marks on my foundation and powder if I've applied that first. So by doing my eye shadow before hand I can wipe away any excess before applying the rest of my makeup. See.. Logic! Now I've explained that I can tell you a bit about the product, I was first bought this a few years ago as a Christmas gift and absolutely loved it. Its great for everyday use as the colours are really natural and highly pigmented, its also great value for money as the kit comes with its own concealer , contour and eye shadow brush. The concealer included in the kit is the benefit Boi-ing concealer and can be purchased separately and the eye shadows include a base shadow, a contour shadow and a liner shadow. What I like about benefit products is that if your a bit of a make-up novice or you don't generally wear a lot of makeup they will often include step by step guides on how to apply the product. As you can see by the photo mine is very well loved hence the slightly messy pallet but the eye shadows are still yet to touch pan so its very long lasting. A product I'd highly recommend.







2. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch Concealer in 2.5 RP: £25.00 - I cannot rave enough about YSL makeup in general, it is definitely my high end go to. This concealer although quite pricey is fantastic, I tend to use it under my eyes, down the sides of my nose and on any blemishes. It blends really nicely and one pump will be enough to cover the areas I need. I do apply this before I apply my foundation but the girl on the counter said it's also really nice to put on top of your foundation to highlight certain areas. I've already re-purchased this 3 times and will definitely be doing so again once it runs out. If you purchase this product at your local Debenhams store its now 10% off so only £20.83, a slight improvement on the price there! 






3. Yves Saint Laurent Teint Resist Foundation in 7 RP: £31.00 - Again, can't rave enough about this foundation. Its really moisturising on the skin and gives a nice glowy complexion. Although again a little bit pricey a little goes a long way with this foundation. 1-2 pumps is all you need and it lasts all day. I've had this bottle since Christmas and I've still got plenty left! Again if you go into your local Debenhams store i believe this foundation is also 10% off making it £27.90. 



4. Mac Studio Fix Powder in NC25 RP: £20.00 - I really like this powder as it light yet gives a nice full coverage. I sometimes even wear this on days with just a bit of concealer when I cant be bothered to wear foundation. The compact does come with its own sponge but I prefer to apply this with a brush just cause I think it goes on a lot nicer.



5. Bare Minerals Ready Bronzer in The High Dive RP: £24.00 - Previous to this bronzer I had used the Bare Minerals Warmth all over face colour which was a bit cheaper at £19.00 and I liked it a lot, but was recommended to try this product. I have to admit at first I was a bit unsure as I liked the fact the other bronzer was a loose powder but I'm glad I tried it because I love it. It lasts a lot longer than the Warmth and you only need to little to give a nice glow. I tend to use this for contouring my cheek bones, on my temples, lightly across my forehead and along my jawline. 



6. Mac Extra Dimension Blush in Blazing Haute RP: £19.00 - I purchased this blush after having my makeup done for my summer ball earlier this month. I really liked the natural peachy tone and it suited my complexion nicely. Unfortunately the photo doesn't really do it any justice but if you're looking for a summery peach blush I'd definitely recommend trying this product. I tend to put this on the apples of my cheeks for a nice glow. 



7. Clarins Khol Kajal Liner in 01 Black RP: £15.00 - This was bought for me as a Christmas gift last year, when I first got it the nip was actually pointed but where I've used it quite a lot its worn down. This brings me to one criticism I have for this product and that is I have no idea how to sharpen it! So if anyone does know i'd be grateful if you could tell me. The liner itself is very thick and has a really creamy kind of texture. I do use it as a normal eyeliner although I think its maybe better suited to doing the lashline. I'm not sure i'd re-purchase this product as I feel there are really good quality eyeliners on the high street for a lot cheaper that do the same job.  


8. Clarins Instant Definition Mascara in Intense Black RP: 21.00 - I also got this mascara with the eye liner as a gift. I do like the product though I'm not sure it really does anything for my eyelashes personally, in terms of length as mine are quite short. 


9. Rimmel Waterproof Exaggerate Eye Liner in Glossy Black RP: £5.29 - I was recommended this product after being unhappy with my previous liquid eyeliner. I was really happy with the results as this stays on perfectly and doesn't dry out and crumble off like some liners. For the bargain price of 5 quid I don' t think you can really go wrong. 


 
10. Benefit High Beam Highlighter RP: £19.50 - Last but certainly not least my trusty highlighter. I tend to use this to define my cheek bones and just under my eyebrows. Its got a lovely shimmer and you only need a few small dots so a good investment as it lasts ages! I tend to lightly blend it with my fingers or foundation brush after I've applied all my make up. 


I hope you've enjoyed having a little nose at my everyday makeup, sorry if I waffled on for a bit. If you have any alternative recommendations or have tried any of the products I use before please comment below and tell me what you thought :) 

Thanks Ash x

Friday, 21 June 2013

Go Wild!

Hungry Lemurs
I thought I'd start my blog by sharing something I started doing at the beginning of this year. If you've read my bio you'll have seen that I've recently finished my degree in Zoology and am a bit animal mad. Now it's time for me to go into the big world of work but I'm still a bit lost as to what I actually want to do. So in March this year I signed up to volunteer at Shepreth Wildlife Park just outside of Cambridge, to give myself a bit of experience in a field of animal work I hadn't done before. I absolutely love it, it's given me real insight into just how much hard work goes into maintaining a zoo and its wild tenants, and the efforts made to educate the public and raise awareness of the need for conservation to save our furry friends.


Grapes were a clear favorite
As well as this, it's great fun. As silly as it sounds I didn't realise just how close I would be allowed to get to the animals and how much involvement I would have in the daily husbandry routines. As you can see from the photos above I went over to Lemur Island a couple of weeks ago to feed them some yummy fruit, its amazing how relaxed they are around the keepers and as you can see were very at ease with me feeding them some grapes. I'd honestly recommend volunteering and gaining work experience in a range of areas to anyone wanting to work with animals or related fields such as conservation. Not only because it gives you first hand knowledge of the job involved but from personal experience it is highly competitive and good grades alone aren't always enough to land you the job.

If you'd like to know more about Shepreth Wildlife Park follow the link to their website where you can find out all about their animals and what they do, if you are interested in the volunteering scheme click here for the application form. Alternatively if you are not local to the Cambridge area you can find a list of Zoos and Aquariums that offer work experience and volunteer schemes here

I hope you enjoyed my first post, please let me know what you thought or any questions you have.

Thanks Ash x

Thursday, 20 June 2013

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