I mentioned on Twitter a while back that my little brother picked me up a new pair of Ray Bans and Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume at the airport on the way to Israel. I’ve been wishing for a pair for so long and I’m so pleased to finally have my hands on them. I have a Topshop pair which I wear a lot too, which are a bit more of a vintage style. I love wayfarers, I don’t think oversized glasses really go with my “style”. I’ve also been after the Daisy perfume for so long, I was really glad when Chris picked up the Eau De Parfum over the Eau De Toilette because I do prefer the parfum (in general, not just with Daisy) it lasts so much longer on your skin and you only need one or two sprays for the whole day.
I packed really quickly before I left as I just wanted to escape the city and chill out, but obviously I still managed to pack my makeup bag. This is a downsized version of it, but it shows what I travel with. I got matched up and a sample of Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation today. I know in summer I should be wearing something lighter, but I like good, full coverage and something that doesn’t slip off during the day. I’ll let you know how I get on, I secretly hope it’s a bit rubbish as it’s a bit more expensive than my normal MAC and Clinique foundations. I also bought a new Harlan Coben book, who is one of my favourite authors, and packed my Laura Mercier Fresh Fig Hand Creme and Jurlique Rose Love Balm for dry lips as well as my Optrex eye drops as my eyes get so dry!
I mentioned in a previous post that I’d just had my hair cut, it was actually my first chop in a year (the last time I’d visited the hairdresser I’d gone for a shaved bit on one side) so I was slightly apprehensive as to how it would go down. I thought I’d do a small review on the salon because it’s hard to find a good salon, and I really struggled to find somewhere when I first moved to Leeds.
I booked in at Cutting Room Creative, a salon in the centre of Leeds, with a graduated stylist called Lucy (massive shout out to Lucy, she is lovely!). She confessed she was also growing out a shaved side of her hair, which instantly made me feel relaxed! I had an idea of how I wanted my hair (not much different, just neatened up and the dead ends chopped off) and Lucy set to work.
I’ve taken a few pictures of the products that she used, I was lucky enough to be talked through each one and how to use them. Firstly, my hair was washed with Kerastase shampoo and conditioner (seriously have to get some of this, it’s on my wishlist!) which made my hair so soft and manageable. I was off to Lovebox straight after my appointment so obviously I needed gorgeous, big hair.
I asked Lucy for some tips on how to get volume in my hair, and she recommended Pli (pictured) from the L’oreal Professionnel Tecni Art range which is a “heat activated setting spray” to give massive amounts of volume. She also used the Air Fix firm hold spray (pictured) and the Hot Style Constructor (also pictured) which are all designed to give the hair volume and also set it in place without that horrible sticky or crunchy feeling that most products give. (NOTE: I’ve only given a small run down of the products as I don’t own them, except Pli, and they were only used on me and not by me. For more information, click here)
Luckily, my hair wasn’t butchered and Lucy listened to me and only cut off what was required. She styled my hair perfectly, I didn’t have the obligatory run home to the mirror to style it my own way!
If you live in Leeds or Chapel Allerton (as they have a salon there too) or are visiting you should definitely check out Cutting Room Creative.
If you’re a student, you get 50% off during the week, but if not you get 25% off your first visit.
A small summary post of what went down at Lovebox on friday, if you follow me on twitter, you’ll know that I lost my SD card from my camera on the stage somewhere which meant I lost ALL my photos. Seriously gutted about that! I got some really good photos/videos of Graeme playing because I took almost none at Rockness… but they will never see the light. A massive well done to Graeme who played three times on friday! We stayed in the Malmaison hotel which was beautiful, I got some pictures… which were lost waahhhh.
Anyway, I took a quick photo of what I wore on the train down there. I also got my hair cut early on Friday morning which I will do a full post on soon. The dress is from Ark Clothing, the necklace is Urban Outfitters and the belt is Primark.
Overall, Lovebox was truly amazing. River Island were set up in VIP handing out clothes, OPI were doing free manicures and Bumble and Bumble were also there doing free haircuts. The boys also got some free jeans from Uniqlo. I wandered over to the Sleek makeup stall later on, which was out in the main festival area, but they completely ignored me! I was the only person in there, and they barely looked up and no one said hello. I’m not sure what was going on there, but needless to say, that’s terrible service Sleek! Although very good for my bank balance as they were selling their palettes for only £5 and I didn’t end up getting any.
After Lovebox, we headed to The Nest where Graeme played his final set of the night. I decided to head back to our hotel, as I was seriously sleepy after about 12 hours of drinking and no food! I was involved in a minor taxi crash with a bollard, but finally made it to bed. Massive drama.
Anyway, maybe someone will find my SD card and you will see the photos but I highly doubt that. Did anyone else head to Lovebox? The weather yesterday was awful, I’m so glad Graeme was playing on Friday as it was so warm!