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The Fine Hair Kit.

posted on: 18 April, 2014

It sometimes feels like I’m the only blogger with hair on the fine/thin side – what I wouldn’t do for lovely, thick locks! I guess this is good in some ways as at least I can test and trial the products that might save your locks. I find with my hair that it’s very flat and yet also very tangled, so I have to find products that detangle and hydrate without weighing it down or leaving it looking lank, and also thicken it up without products looking obvious in my hair. Sigh! So here’s a few ‘kit essentials’ I think make all the difference when it comes to fine, thin hair.

Reverse Washing
You may have heard me, or just about everyone else, talking about reverse washing recently; I’ve been doing it for the last week or two and haven’t looked back. It’s perfect for my fine hair, especially when it was long (I’ve just had it all cut off, eek!). The idea is to use conditioner first, massage it in and leave for a minute, rinse out and then follow with your shampoo – just massage it in and rinse out. It’s literally just your usual routine but backwards. A lot of the time when you use conditioner, especially on fine hair types, you can’t wash it all out and so hair looks greasy and weighed down even straight after washing. Not nice! I had a period of this from the last few months, and this reverse washing has completely saved me. I just use my usual shampoo and conditioner choice, which is just the Herbal Essences classics – usually the yellow one. Thank God the original formulas are back, I’ve been waiting so long for this.
I know the whole reverse washing sounds gross but it will change your life – I dare you to try it and tweet me and let me know how you got on!

Leave In Conditioner
I swear by a detangling leave-in conditioner, especially now I’m reverse washing my hair, but even before that. The fine mist of conditioner allows you to nourish, smooth and detangle the hair without weighing down the hair – I have a couple of favourites, right now the Sachajuan Leave In Conditioner (£21) is my everyday product but I will never, ever be without a bottle of the Dove Nourishing Oil Care Leave In Conditioner (£3.59) – this stuff is divine and smells like a bathtub of heaven. Yep.
These will mean hair is much easier to brush through, therefore resulting in less breakage and healthier, shinier hair.

Tangle Teezer
I don’t think my life would be complete without a Tangle Teezer – I think I own four now! FOUR. I love them. My hair gets seriously tangly, I’ve actually just had it all cut because I couldn’t handle the constant dreadlocks (or as Jordan calls them, my rat tails). I use the Tangle Teezer Aqua Splash (£10) the most, it’s designed to be used on wet hair and it’s amazing for detangling after washing your hair. It’s also great for brushing through conditioning treatments in the shower too.

A Light Hair Oil
I used to think hair oils weren’t for me, I would use them lightly on my damp hair but by the time my hair was dry, the ends were completely greasy. They were just too rich for my hair type, even if I just used a pea-sized amount. I then found the L’Oreal Mythic Oil (£13.60), a product I’ve been using for YEARS. This stuff is my saviour, it really helps to smooth and hydrate the ends and it leaves my hair looking so swishy and glossy. Plus you can apply pumps and pumps of this and it’s always absorbed – I’ve never had a greasy-haired experience from using this. Plus, it smells amazing.
I wouldn’t really recommend anything else, I’ve tried so many others but they’re all designed for really dry hair and they’re far too rich. Best stick to this one, I use it every day and I’m actually embarrassed to say I still have the same bottle I got in a Glossybox four years ago. I store it well though!

A Salt Spray
I find salt sprays do wonders for my hair, they really add volume and thickness better than any other product. I discovered the Kerastase Spray A Porter (£17.25) recently and I haven’t looked back, it uses their special technology to ensure hair is tousled and textured but without the crispy feeling! Seriously, there’s no signs you have a salt spray in your hair – well, apart from your effortless beachy ‘do obviously. I get actual waves when I use this, which is AMAZING. I can’t recommend this stuff enough for adding volume and texture.

Volumising & Texture Products
In terms of adding life and body to my hair, I have an old favourite in the Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray (£25) – I use this stuff most days and a lot of people don’t even know I have quite thin hair naturally. I think it’s heat activated so I only use it when I blowdry my hair, and then use a circular brush to add body at the roots. This really delivers, I can’t believe how much volume it adds to my flat hair!
I’ve also just started using the Bumble and bumble Grooming Creme (£22) – which is a kind of ‘do all’ product that results in an effortless, tousled look to the hair. Just a little bit of product really allows you to get a bit of body in to the hair, and it gives it a nice undone, tousled finish. I used to use the Texture (Un) Dressing Creme (£22) from the brand, and while I haven’t got rid of it just yet, the Grooming Creme is less sticky and generally gets a more natural finish in my hair. I will post a full review of this if you’re interested.

Dry Shampoo
Now, we all know that if you have fine, flat hair, dry shampoo is a MUST. Seriously, I own bottles of the stuff, but I have noticed that all I use now is the Bumble Pret-A-Powder (£21.50) – this stuff is my dream product. It’s a dry shampoo, style extender and volumising powder in one – you just shake it on and massage it in. I don’t just add it to the roots either, I work it in to the lengths to make my hair appear fuller – it’s amazing for working in to waves and curls for a little extra body. I know this stuff is talked about everywhere, but you really can’t live without it.
I shake a good amount in my hair before bed (without massaging it in) so I wake up with a really undone, but not greasy look. It’s amazing stuff, it really freshens up and cleanses the hair, and it smells incredible. If you buy one product, make sure it’s this!

Of course, you don’t need every product here (I wrote ‘hair’ there instead, too much hair chat) but it’s a guide to understanding what works for your hair and what doesn’t. I have made so many purchases for my hair and it just hasn’t worked out – I actually find it hard to hydrate my hair as everything is aimed at really dry hair, but I find leaving a mask in my hair overnight or even for twenty minutes and then washing it out with shampoo works a treat. It goes back to reverse shampooing, but there’s so many thick hair products (and even things like coconut oil) that won’t come out of your hair without shampooing, so I do think it’s essential.

I would say a good hair kit would contain the Dove Leave-In Conditioner, the Pret A Powder and either the salt spray or the Oribe Maximista – you can then add in anything else if you need it. Remember, the good thing about fine hair is that you only need to use a TINY bit of product each time, so it’s worth investing in premium brands where possible because they last years. Finally, something good about fine hair eh.

Remember to dry reverse washing and let me know your thoughts!

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Evening Skincare Routine.

posted on: 17 April, 2014

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I think I’ve been promising this video for roughly a year now, I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long but here it is in full – with actions. I hope you like the format, because you all requested it!

I guess compared to most I have quite an easy routine, I always start by removing my makeup using an oil cleanser and then I use a balm to cleanse my skin and make sure it’s purified. I then cleanse to remove any leftover grime, cleanser etc. and freshen up my skin and then follow with another facial spritz to soothe and hydrate.
I then use an eye cream to moisturise and brighten, and follow this with a serum. I’ve been pretty loyal to my Kiehl’s Skin Recovery serum over the last 6months or so but I think I’ll probably use up some of my other serums after I finish it up, as it is nearly empty. I’ll see how I feel after I go without it for a month or so, because my skin loves it and it feels so hydrating. I have a lovely Erborian serum to try next and they’re one of my favourite brands at the moment so it will be nice to try something different.

Overall, I have a reasonably natural approach to my skincare. I don’t think (for me) embracing natural products should be like being vegetarian,  you should be able to flit between them – but ultimately I find natural products are more beneficial and my skin prefers them.

I’ve listed the products in the description so you can see more about them there. Enjoy!




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Brights & Prints.

posted on: 17 April, 2014

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I get asked a lot for advice for styling outfits, I guess because I wear a lot of colour. I actually don’t have much black in my wardrobe bar skinny jeans, I feel far more comfortable embracing corals and mint greens. When New Look asked me to style up some pieces from their new Tropical Surf collection, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to pass on a few tips.

First up, prints. Prints and patterns can be hard to style because they can end up looking a little wacky. I chose the New Look Tropical Print Pencil Skirt (£14.99) because it has a lovely pattern and the shape is flattering too. This is actually a midi skirt but I just folded it up a little to make it a little shorter – two skirts in one y’all. I think the shorter length makes it more casual, but for evening attire I would wear it at midi length. The key with prints is to pick a colour or two within the print and work with it for the rest of your outfit – I went for coral and white because I prefer them over blue or green. It’s okay to clash colours and patterns – I tend to try them on and take a long hard look at myself in the mirror to make sure they really do work. Clashing is exactly what I’ve done here – in the first look I went for this gorgeous New Look Palm Tree Jumper (£9.99). This is my favourite item at the moment, I love anything exotic like this and the simple small print on the white jumper makes it really easy to work in with bolder prints. Jumpers styled over bodycon skirts are a great way to flatter your finger without looking frumpy – the skirt accentuates legs and bum while the jumper disguises my er, washboard abs (ahem). Saying that, sometimes I throw on a jumper and feel it looks a little unflattering – I’m pretty top heavy so what I tend to do is tuck the jumper in to the skirt at the front, it makes it a little more chic and does wonders for the figure. You can also tie it up or tuck in only the front section. I love the bright pops of colour from the skirt against the crisp white jumper, it looks really polished but also a little effortless.

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In the second look, I took the coral hues from the skirt and paired with it this gorgeous New Look Crochet Hem Tshirt (£9.99) – I have to admit, I already have this top in white from awhile back but the coral one is a more recent release and I adore it! Cute tops like this can be worn with just about anything so they’re a great wardrobe staple. The coral ties in nicely with the pops of colour from the skirt, and the almost-cropped length means that it stops at just the right place to be flattering. If you aren’t feeling the coral, opt for the white version instead – it will look so good with a tan and bare legs. Oh, summer – where are you?

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I have to admit that I can sometimes be a little lazy with accessories, too many gold necklaces and black handbags! I think it’s good to tie in your accessories, but sometimes it doesn’t matter so much. I went for this lovely Coral Structured Satchel (£15.99), because I think it’s nice to add in more colour where possible but also go for something smart to tie in with the casual vibe. The structured style of this bag (I always go for structured bags) really pulls it all together perfectly. You could go for a black bag as there are darker sections in the skirt but I prefer the extra dose of colour.

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Finally, I went for this lovely pair of New Look Lace Up Gladiator Sandals (£16.99) – these are minimal but also tie in with the summery theme. I usually buy shoes in quite neutral colours because they will go with everything – these look perfect with a pair of black skinnies. I prefer wear sandals with skirts and bare legs as I think they’re more flattering on the legs than ballet pumps. You could absolutely go for a brighter pair of shoes though, especially if you’re keeping the accessories minimal. I would keep one bright and one neutral, when it comes to bag and shoes.

I hope you liked this little piece on styling brights and prints!

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A Tarte Tale: My Thoughts.

posted on: 16 April, 2014

I realise I’m a little late to the party here, but it was time I shared my thoughts on the Tarte releases now they’re a little more readily available in the UK. If you haven’t heard, Tarte are now available on QVC – great news for us British girls. I have been trialling the products for a little under a month now, and I’ve tried everything here so I thought it was time for a full on review! I realise quite a few bloggers have already done a similar post, but I always like to have a good ‘weeks later’ review of the products too. Quite often I buy a product (ahem, Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil) love it for a few weeks and then start to wonder what all the fuss was about.

I’ll start with the brilliant Tarte Amazonian Clay 12Hr Blushers, these are currently sold out or unavailable on QVC but I believe they were around £23 when they were up. I have these in a couple of shades and I completely adore them – I have to say they have given me a whole new love for powder blushers! These are just as delicious as everyone makes out, they blend seamlessly in to the skin and always look so incredible on the skin. So natural yet so perky too. I love True Love the most, that deep cool pink on the left.
I recommend you bookmark these sexy things and keep checking back for them, if you don’t already own one. If you buy one thing etc etc.

Another great love of mine that I’ve already given my seal (arf) of approval is the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Cover Airbrush Powder Foundation (£34) which also comes with a handy buffing/kabuki brush. One thing I will say is that the Tarte brushes are seriously good, I’ve been all over them – sometimes when you get free brushes it’s a bit… well, you don’t expect much do you? These make the product so it’s almost worth it for them alone! Back to the powder, this loose wonder has been my base of choice lately and I’ve been getting ALL the compliments.  I posted about this in full here so I won’t go in to too much detail, but let’s just say Tarte have thought of everything here. Even the packaging is amazing and doesn’t allow for any mess! It’s flawless and so lovely when applied.

I also love the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation (£32), which also comes with a super amazing brush. It’s that one in the top right, with the lighter bristles. It’s FAT. And phat. The darker one is a smaller brush that goes with the powder, if you’re wondering.
When I first dispensed this on to my hand, I couldn’t help but notice that it has almost the exact same consistency as my much loved Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation – that kind of mousse-y formula that applies like a dream. This is actually pretty similar in every way, it applies beautifully and is really perfecting, concealing all blemishes while looking natural on the skin. I don’t really need a full coverage foundation so I use a tiny amount and really blend it in – I do this with Silk Creme too, which is also full coverage, and the results are always amazing.

I haven’t given the Tarte Amazonian Clay Concealer (£22.50) much time, I thought I quite liked it for around the eyes but I’m not sure – I think it’s a little heavy for my needs. I adore the double-ended brush though – great for eyeshadow! I do, however, love the Waterproof Eyeliners (£20) – these are amazing as cream eyeshadows. I have the three shades but only Bronze is seen here (the larger of the pots underneath that blusher) – these are so, so creamy and they smudge beautifully. I lightly work them in to my lower lashes, but I have applied them like a liner too – they’re not really dark enough for what I like but still lovely.
I will probably stick to using them as cream eyeshadow, I think it’s the ultra creamy formula that makes them so sultry when blended and smudged.

I also gave the Waterproof Brow Mousse (£24) a go too, despite being happy with my brow routine. All I can say is WOW – these are incredible. If you like definition, these will be for you. The brush is flawless, once again too – that slanted edge allows you to get such an incredible shape, but also a very hair-like result. These are so creamy and offer so much pigment, it’s actually fun to apply them because the results are incredible. I will have to give you a little brow demo soon as I think you will love them.

Also here is the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara (£17.76) – I think this is another one of the brands hero products as I posted about it on Nouvelle and so many people said that it was the best mascara they had tried. I love the 4 in 1 action, meaning it lengthens, curls, volumises and conditions. I adore big lashes so of course this was a hit with me, I really love it. Not sure about the packaging though? Interesting.
Finally, the Tarte Sultry Sunset Eyeshadow Palette (£26.50) – I really didn’t need any more palettes so I was thinking of avoiding this but I started using it yesterday and I actually love the shades. It’s very easy to work with as the texture isn’t crumbly, and the warm shades are actually very flattering. I don’t think I’ll keep this but I guess if you actually need an eyeshadow palette (I definitely don’t! Is that an ok thing for a blogger to say?) then it could be the perfect purchase. There’s a good mix of matte and shimmery shadows which is great to see – a really lovely palette all in all.

Overall, I am LOVING Tarte. I can’t express my joy at the brand being available in the UK, I do hope they branch out and come in to stores as I think it would be great to see them in person and be able to swatch the shades and just get a feel for the products. Until then, QVC UK it is!

Has anyone purchased anything so far?




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