Back in July I blogged about my Blondette Hair Inspiration before I took the plunge and ventured into lighter hair tones I'd yet to experiment with. I'd intended on going to the hairdressers for the change and had collected an array of images ready to illustrate the look I was after. Then I read a blog post and I was delighted to find that ombre hair (the hair colour I'd always envied but never knew the official name of!) could be achieved DIY stylee for a fraction of the price.
I've never been precious about my hair, I regularly chop at it myself and I've experimented with red and plum shades à la Cheryl Cole as a teen, so luckily the thought of slapping some bleach on the ends of my hair didn't scare me and I was raring to transform my locks. My bleach of choice was L'Oreal's Perfect Blonde Highlighting Creme. The whole process of mixing the formula was simple enough, and before I knew it I was scooping up globules of the lilac foam and applying it to my hair like an old pro.
I didn't want to go too blonde or have too much of it, so for a more subtle look, I thought it best I leave the bleach on for small increments of time so I could keep an eye on the colour.
For the first step, I applied the bleach to the lengths of my hair starting just below my shoulder and left for around 15 minutes. Then I washed off, dried, and reapplied to the last 4 inches of my hair to get the ends a more intense shade of blonde. I then washed off, dried again, and as it still wasn't looking much different, I applied bleach for a third time and left for another 10 minutes. A bit of a pain but I've now learned that brunettes need to leave bleach on for at least 25 minutes before any kind of bleaching effect takes place.
I was very pleased with the results and got the look I was after - a subtle change in tone from light brown to dark blonde. I'm also glad the blonde was kept to the very ends of my hair, rather than reaching up further towards my face.
When the colour begins to fade, I just repeat the process. When I re-ombred, I decided to go a little blonder and this was the result...
With leaves changing colour, morning frosts and the longing for a comforting hot chocolate, Autumn has well and truly arrived. Barielle's Argyle collection feature six new shades, all with with cosy, Autumnal names: Cashmere or Loose Me, Tight Knit, Aura Angora, Unraveled Rust, Wool You Marry Me and Cowl of the Wild.
The first colour I trialled was Wool You Marry Me, what Barielle describes as a plum brown crème.
I was pleasantly surprised by this shade. A glossy, rich burgundy with hints of brown depending on the light, this offers a lovely alternative to the array of greys and browns on offer for Autumn. The polish applied beautifully, as all Barielle polishes seem to, dried quickly and only needed two coats. The colour is reminiscent of a true Autumn day and evokes images of stepping on crunchy leaves, playing conkers and the warmth of bonfires - I love it!
Barielle Fall nail polishes are priced at £8.00 each and are available online here
♥ Gel nails
The day my fiancé and I were due to go on holiday I decided to treat myself to some gel nails which I'd enviously eyed up on other women for ages. Unfortunately, the only salon open wasn't my salon of choice, but I was desperate to finally get them done. The lady didn't speak English very well, and this being my first time in a nails salon, not being able to communicate properly was a bit of a problem. I'd planned on overlays but she said my nails weren't the same length so she clipped them all off (to my dismay, I'd been growing them specially) and on hindsight, she could have simply filed them all to the same length. She placed the horrific white tips which I'd been hoping to avoid halfway down my nail and left them square, so I was left with stumpy looking fingers. They grew out quickly, and having them taken off was a pain and cost yet more money. Never again!
♥ Health Scares
My fiancé and I had a bit of fright the other morning. As I got up to hug him as he left for work, I fainted and collapsed on the floor, my body started shaking and apparently I was also making weird noises. I eventually came around and was very bewildered about where I was and how I'd got there, it was all very scary.
We went to the doctor who reassured us and said fainting can sometimes lead to the body twitching so luckily it's nothing serious and apparently it's quite common for 'young, slender women' to faint. Still, I'm booked in for an ECG just to check all is ok. I've had dizzy spells and occasional faints for the past 7 years and have been to see the doctor about it numerous times before, but there's nothing you can do about it so I suppose I just have to accept that standing up and stretching result in seeing stars for a couple of seconds.
♥ Looking for a job
The job market is crapola at the moment and I'm struggling to find a new one. I want to get into marketing but it's that rubbish situation where you can't get a job without experience, but you can't get experience if no one gives you a job. Grrr.
I was shocked how little space my lipsticks took up in the drawer below. Previously spilling out of their home in the Laura Ashley drawers, I was startled to discover I had accumulated over 40. However, once I placed them neatly in this drawer, it looked as though I barely owned any so I can use this as an excuse to buy more! I keep my favourite colours at the front and place the brighter, less used shades at the back.
Lip glosses have been placed in the drawer below, again utilising an old drawer from my previous storage.
On the other side I've just placed a few of my favourite candles and my makeup brushes in a little shabby chic pot which my mum bought for me (part of a set of 3).
I'm a bit concerned as the dressing table only just contains my makeup collection. I think it's inevitable it's going to increase (although I already have too much) so I shall have to be ruthless and get rid of anything I haven't used in a while. I love how organised everything is now and would like to keep it that way. After years of being an untidy student I am finally striving for neatness and orderliness in my life!
Since 2008, thisworks has supported London-based charity Kids Company through sales of selected products from the Good Works range. To date, thisworks has raised nearly £80,000 for Kids Company. Helping Hands was inspired as another way for thisworks to give back to the community.
Perfect Hands - £18
Perfect Hands is a hydrating natural hand cream blended with Rose Oil, Mimosa and Musk Mallow for smooth and young looking hands. It contains powerful natural actives such as Larch extract which tightens and firms the skin while anti-aging Hyaluronic acid locks moisture in. Rape Seed extract also helps to reduce the appearance of dark spots on the skin.
Wish - £14
Wish - £14