Thursday, 19 February 2015

Re-ombréing my hair

So, I ombréd my hair again. I've had my hair ombréd blonde for almost a year now and I really do love the ombré/balayage look. Considering the first time I ombréd my hair was the first time I had permanently dyed it I don't think I did a bad job. However, I'm still not 100% happy and would love it to be more balayage and have highlights going through the top of my head and around my face too. But that would mean going to get it done professionally and I can't afford that right now! I would love to go all over blonde but I dare not do that myself haha. Before I re-ombréd my hair I had a 4 inch trim as it was getting pretty long. 

Here are some photos before I had my hair cut and what my ombré was like. 

Here is a photo after my hair was cut and before dyeing. And also some photos during the dyeing process.

The dye I used to create the look is the L'oréal Préférence Wild Ombrés brush on dip dye. 

 I find this a really easy set to use, especially for beginners. It comes with a brush (See below) which you just squirt the product onto and then brush on to your hair. I was worried this would create harsh lines but I applied it unevenly and then ruffled my hair with my hands with the dye on and the product seems to spread evenly. I used the No3 shade for blonde to dark blonde hair. 

My natural hair colour is a very dark blonde with a hint of ginger/red. So I was worried that it would turn my hair orange instead of blonde. However, the colour is nice especially at the tips where it is a very light blonde. I think the transition colour between the light blonde and my natural hair is a little too orange for my liking but not too bad. After I use the dye I use Touch of Silver twice a week brightening shampoo to take out any unwanted yellow tones.

This is the result. 

I am happy with it I just want the top of my head to be a little lighter.

What do you think? Have any of you got ombréd hair? If so, what did you use?

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation

I desperately want to invest in a high end foundation. I don't own many high end products and the couple that I do are extremely old. If I'm going to splash out on something it will be foundation as high street make-up is generally very good but you can't get colour matched. This means to find a high street foundation you really like requires constant trial and error. Being extremely fair I find it difficult to find a foundation that doesn't make me look slightly orange. It's the same with concealers. So, I've decided to go on a hunt for a high end foundation match that I'm really pleased with and will be worth the extra money. 

The amount of reviews I have read absolutely raving about the Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation is unbelievable. People have said it is their Holy Grail foundation! Some reviews however say the foundation makes them break out but the sample I got isn't enough to tell whether it will do that for me. Another criticism of the full product is that the bottle doesn't have a pump which is rather annoying.

When I first went to get coloured matched a lady from the Clinique counter came and did it for me as the Estée Lauder one was busy. I was matched me to the shade Cool Bone. Having tried it when I got home I found it was far too dark for my face and didn't match my neck at all. So, I went back and got rematched the next week by an Estée Lauder lady and this time was matched as the shade Ecru. Cool Bone was far too pink for my complexion and I found that this new shade did match me a lot better. I still find it is a little too dark if I build the coverage to high. 

Shade: Cool Bone
Shade: Ecru

Left: Cool Bone  Right: Ecru

 I like the formula, a little goes a long way. It sits nicely on my skin and it definitely does last very long. The formula is thicker than I thought it would be but easily blended. The only problem I found was that it went a little patchy on top of dry skin so it is essential you moisturise your face before applying. But on a whole its rather good. Is it worth the money? I'm not sure... I want to try out other samples before deciding. It's obvious the full product will last for ages and so that is a benefit. Let me know what you guys think of the double wear foundation and whether it's worth the extra cash :)

What high end foundation sample shall I try next? Any recommendations?

Friday, 6 February 2015

First EVER Lush purchase...

So, I went and bought lush products for the first time. Ever. Some of you will be screaming 'how have you never been to Lush before?!' I've never really been that pulled in by the products and found my money could be better spent elsewhere on cheaper beauty buys. However, after browsing I decided to give a couple of things a try and was pretty impressed. I opted for a face mask as my face has been pretty dry these last few months so thought a bit 'o pampering was in order. Also, a lip scrub as they sounded delicious and good for flaky/dry lips.

What did I buy?

♥ Fresh Face Mask – Cupcake - £6.50 (Find here)

Not entirely sure about the scent of this one. It's more of an earthy scent with cocoa than a sweet chocolatey smell which is what I was expecting. But in terms of how it made my skin feel it did do the job. I left it on for about 10 minutes then washed it off with a hot flannel. It left my skin feeling soft and very cleansed/clean. At first I thought 'wow this pot is really tiny...' but after I used it for the first time rather liberally, I found that there is still a lot left in the pot perhaps giving me two or three more applications.

Lip Scrub – The Kiss (limited Valentine's edition) - £5.50 (Find here)

This is gorgeous! It's from the valentine's collection so bear in mind it will only be available for a limited time. The best way to describe it is a fruit salad made of sweets. On the top, there are little love hearts and hundred and thousands which is really cute. When you use it you instantly get a sugary sweet taste which is rather pleasant. The man in the shop who served me said that you can just leave it on your lips as it is mainly sugar, but after a thorough scrub I did rinse mine off and applied some lip balm. I have found that my lips have been a lot softer since using it.

I know that two products really isn't much... but I wanted to give a couple of the products a test before coming home three bags full... I am very impressed with the couple of products I did try though and really would like to try out more. Definitely want to try the massage bars!