Tuesday, 24 February 2015

London Fashion Week

Despite the fear of the rediculous English weather i decided i'd drag myself down to London Fashion Week and despite my last fashion week being a complete let down i have to say yesterday was the lovliest day ever. So much style inspo and intersting individuals, i left feeling extremely motivated.

I braved the on and off hail stones, rain, and gail force winds but in return i got to meet so many lovely people and eat a really nice sandwich so...

I love to be girly but i just can't steer away from black haha, it's really hard for me. So as usual i wore about 1 piece of colour.

I also got to meet this adorable little baby from swatch uk (he looks extatic to meet me too) and if it wasn't for the kind lady bribing me with these treats...human treats, i may have just stolen him!

Here is me having a casual sit down on the steps of summerset house...oh is that a camera 

Everybody seemed to love the glasses i featured in my getting ready from spring post, so here they are again. I kept them on all day because if you can't wear sunglasses in 5 degree rainy weather at London Fashion Week then when can you? 

I'd just like to end this post with this photo because it is probably my favourite out of all the images i took that day. 

Don't they look amazing! 

Dress- Jones and Jones

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Monday, 16 February 2015

L'Oréal liquid hair chalk review

I'm sure anyone with dark hair like myself has always wondered what their hair would look like lighter. I had been eager to find out for ages, but i never wish to dye or bleach my hair- i'm mixed race and i've always tried to keep my hair in great condition, and doing so in my opinion would ruin it and i'm not willing to take that risk!

It is obviously almost impossible to achieve lighter hair without chemicals which was out of the question so i did a bit of research. That is when i came across the L'Oréal hair chalk...

They have a range of colours ranging from reds blues, but i opted for the bronzed beach. I searched on youtube to see if anyone with dark hair like mine had tried it, and after seeing somebody achieve great results i was desperate to try it and had to purchase.

You can buy from a range of online beauty suppliers such as feelunique etc but i actually brought mine from Direct Cosmetics. They are an online beauty supplier that offer discounted cosmetics and have tonnes of stuff for great prices the only difference being that mine did not come with the 'applicater' which was basically just a folded piece of glossed paper which you run down your hair. I got mine for £7.50, as aposed to the other beauty retailers selling at £11-13.

This is how the container looks, this is 50ml and as you can see the top has an applictor making it easy to squirt out without lots of mess. You're supposed to use the applictor that comes with it but i found it much easier squirting the liquid(which by the way is very runny and comes out very quickly) into a pot and using an old foundation brush to apply to my hair. I found this made it much easier and much more precise, espcially if you did a full head of 'highlights' like me.

I parted my hair starting with the bottom layer and basically just brushed on random highlights. You can do a few or quite a lot like i did depending on what kind of look you want to achieve. I really wanted to see a significant change so i used quite a lot. You need a couple of brushes down each strand of hair to do the trick and for the pigment to really show up! Instead of explaining word for word i thought i'd bullet point the instructions instead-

-brush onto section of hair 2-3 times if needed.
-let it dry or use a hair dryer
-comb through it and straighten
-curl hair or straighten if you want to. I used my philips multi styler in the biggest wand in the set.

My hair is naturally dark, it is a very dark brown but it sometimes looks a bit more black in pictures, here is my comparisson.

The result was actually slightly more bronzy but my camera didn't capture it so i will show a picture later that i took on my phone. I found that curling my hair made the end result look so much better and more natural!

So there it is... The only thing i found i did not like about this product is that when ot dries it makes your hair slightly more coarse, ever so slightly. But like i said i have afro/caribbean mixed hair, and everyone is different. Other than that i got a lot of compliments.

The product stayed in my hair for almost a week and some even stayed in when i washed it. It took me a couple of attempts to get it out.

If you want to achieve lighter hair with great non-chemical temporary results that will not damage you hair then i 100% would reccomend this product to you! It was so fun experimenting and i was really pleased with the outcome! Finally here is a picture of the photo taken with my phone showing its truer colour.


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Friday, 6 February 2015

Getting ready for spring!

I wouldn't say I'm a winter or a summer person so for me spring is the best time, not too hot and not too cold. The perfect weather for Easter activities, sitting in the pub garden or just enjoying the sunshine(sometimes).

I find myself getting overly exited and I often plan months ahead. So as usual I've already stocked up on my sunglasses, hats, and few garms!


I always find the cutest sunglasses on eBay and they're always extremely cheap which is a bonus! The ones I brought were from China and Japan so they did take a little longer to arrive compared to UK delivery, but overall they came within 15/16 days. Hence why I buy in advance so they're here just in time for spring!

My skirt is from Dorothy Perkins and was a bargain at £11. I'm obsessed with A-line midi's at the moment so I'd really love to try some more colours soon, I'm 5'9 so I struggle a lot with finding skirts that actually cover my bum and leave me with some dignity. So midi's are perfect for me and they just feel so girly, they're also great to twirl around in!

My Bardot sweetheart neckline crop top is from Missguided. I can go onto their website any day and just find a billion things I want to buy, they have their demographic down to a t in my opinion. This top is great as I can wear it with pretty much anything, its plain, cropped and long sleeved so I can wear this with skirts, trousers and jeans.

My love for Zara sale grows and grows each year, I love how expensive their garments look yet they are still affordable. I found these shoes in store and fell in love but was heart broken when they didn't have my size. Luckily I found them online with only my size left so I managed to score some at £19.99 yay!

Lastly my hat is from Primark at £7. I searched for the right fedora hat for ages and this was actually the nicest one I found in my local town, I always wear a lot of black so I opted for the tan/camel colour.

If I'm honest the skirt was from summer last year and is sold out, the zara sale shoes I think are also sold out so I won't bother leaving the links as I don't think they exist anymore.

But the hat is from Primark, the sunglasses I will leave the names of the ebay sellers,

Pink round glasses- dtwell6
Oversized typography glasses- kokostore2010
Floral glasses- 360beauty

Missguided top- http://www.missguided.co.uk/catalog/product/view/id/135878/s/carrisa-long-sleeve-jersey-bardot-crop-top-black/

Merry Spring!
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