Thursday, 17 April 2014

Back to Brunette

FINALLY I managed to get rid of that awful ombre that's been haunting me for almost five months. If you've been reading my blog for a while, you may have spotted that the ends of my hair were supposedly 'ombred' (read: ginger). I don't have anything against ginger hair and I think it looks stunning on lots of people but when I was asking for it to be blonde, you could imagine my shock.

It seemed like when I asked for ombre, she mistook me for dip-dye. There was a line running right around my head where the brunette and ginger met and it was absolutely hideous. I'd try and hide it the best I could but ponytails and buns even meant a big ginger streak at the back of my head. In an attempt to get my old hair back, I just bought a regular brown hair dye and put it on the ends. Although it didn't cover completely and there's still some lighter tones than I would have normally, I really like it and am back to being in love with my hair!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Casual Comforts

I have to admit, it is quite strange publishing full-body photos of me on the internet. Usually it's just my face and the makeup I'm wearing on that day, but I'm all for a bit of change! Today I'm coming at you with one of my most comfortable outfit ever.

I've titled this post "Casual Comforts" and this type of outfit is one that I seem to be gravitating to more and more - especially now that these Winter days are so short and all you really want to do is cuddle up in the warm! This winter is one where I've been wearing my Topshop Joni Jeans - lifesavers if you're just wanting to throw something on and look half-decent. They're also super comfy which is always a good thing!

I paired them with a plain white t-shirt from ASOS and checked shirt H&M. Every single of clothing I've ever bought from H&M has been such good quality, but their shop is a right pain to shop in. Maybe it's just me that can't tolerate crammed, busy shops but atleast it's not as bad as Primark. On my lips is Rimmel's 107 - another of my Winter staples.


Monday, 14 April 2014

The Micellaire Waters

Ahh, the beloved micellaire waters that took 2013 by storm. First Bioderma, then L'Oreal, Garnier and every other drugstore skincare brand you can think of. It's no surprise that the standard is so high - they've had to follow in the footsteps of the French pharmacy favourite, Bioderma. 

It's worth noting that if you live in the UK, Bioderma was like gold dust. We had to scour eBay to find a ridiculously over-priced 100ml bottle, but now that they're readily available on Escentual, we're able to roam free. I managed to bag a bottle as a Christmas present and half of a large bottle has lasted me almost three months. I must also add that it is amazing and really does not sting your eyes at all. It really is practically water with some amazing chemicals that dissolve makeup at first wipe. Brilliant.

So, the question is can anything compare to it? Personally, I think not. I tried the L'Oreal 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution and it had not a patch on Bioderma. It left a slightly sticky residue on my face and always felt to urge to itch and scratch my face. Bioderma does really feel like genuine water, whereas L'Oreal's version felt a bit more chemical-ly. The packaging is also so much better on Bioderma. There's barely any spillages whereas the L'Oreal bottle meant it was awkward to get the product out onto a cotton pad and most of it was spilt.

Friday, 11 April 2014

A Breath of Fresh Air

Even though I spend 95% of my time either shopping or blogging, it feels really good to sometimes just get out and get some fresh air. Now that it's Spring (or so it should be), it's the perfect excuse to get outside for a walk with my family and my camera.

Although we don't have a dog ourselves, I never tire of taking photos of other people's pups. They're always so happy and energetic and make me feel so calm and content. For me, long countryside walks are all about embracing no makeup, ratty hair and coffee in flasks. There really is nothing better than watching your mum and brother slide around in the mud whilst wearing utterly inappropriate shoes - whenever I come home I always wish I could've recorded it.

I think it's all too often that we get used to being couped up indoors, with our lives revolving around the newest Essie nail polish or Benefit's latest launch. Don't get me wrong; I'm fascinated by all things makeup but I'm really not materialistic at all. I'd happily trade all of my makeup in for countryside walks with my family.