Saturday, July 19, 2014

• Bleaching at Home: The Toning •

Welcome to a short new series on my blog! I've been wanting to go lighter or bleach my hair for a while now. It's not that I don't like my hair colour now, but I just wanted a change. I was sure that I didn't want to go to a salon and pay hundreds of pounds, and both my sister and my mother have bleached their hair in the past, so I had some help from them. The second step - toning. 

You may have noticed my hair in the last post was rather yellow toned. This was expected, as bleach generally goes quite yellow the first time round. But, in Boots I did remember to pick up a toning kit as well as some silver shampoo and conditioner from Bleach London.

I found the toner very easy to work with, as the bottle provided is a really easy squeeze tube. The White Toner set also came with another hair mask as well as the developing lotion and colourant, with provided gloves. The toner didn't work as well, in the sense that my hair still had some yellow tones in it, but using the Silver Shampoo & Conditioner every second wash really helped and I'm really happy with the finished result.

It isn't full on platinum blonde, but as I said in my previous post, I wanted to go lighter.

I'd definitely recommend the bleach range, it might not be as good and accurate as getting it done in the salon, but it's assured that they know they're stuff. Bleach London products can be found in bigger Boots stores, and prices range from a fiver to no more than a tenner - bargain.

Zazie x

Tags: Hair

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

• Bleaching at Home: The Bleaching •

Welcome to a short new series on my blog! I've been wanting to go lighter or bleach my hair for a while now. It's not that I don't like my hair colour now, but I just wanted a change. I was sure that I didn't want to go to a salon and pay hundreds of pounds, and both my sister and my mother have bleached their hair in the past, so I had some help from them. The second step - toning. 

I purchased the Bleach London Total Bleach from Boots for exactly £7. The little kit comes with a bottle of developing lotion, two sachets of bleaching powder, a hair mask for after, a mixing bowl/tray and a brush. I was really happy to see they had everything included, plus very easy to follow instructions. I'd never bleached my hair before, and it did say that thick hair (ie. mine) would need two packets of Total Bleach, so I purchased two. 

I'm not going to go through every single step, as I said the instructions were extremely easy to follow, but I will share my experience.

Because my roots were obviously a lot darker than the rest of my hair, I mainly focused on bleaching the roots first. Bit of a mistake. It did say to go from root to ends, and so i was left with extremely bleached roots and not so bleached ends as a result. You can already tell what parts of the hair are bleached from when the bleach is still in the hair, so I knew I'd have to go back in the ends with the other packet. Nevertheless I washed it all out and used the reincarnation mask, and out came my hair in the pictures in the below row. I did bleach the rest of my hair again, and although my roots are still a but lighter, I know that my roots will grow out soon, so I guess that's a good thing. It did come out pretty yellow, so I knew I would have to put a toner in it - but that's for the next post.

I definitely thing Total Bleach is an amazing affordable bleach. It is helpful to have a friend or parent do it for you to make sure you don't miss a spot. And for £7, i'd highly recommend it.

Zazie x

Tags: Hair

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

• Out Of Trouble? •

I've talked about a couple of spot treatments here before, but I wanted to invest in a good face mask to get rid of all the nasties. While browsing through the duty free at the airport, a long with buying MAC's Omega, I spotted the Origins masks, all at a considerably lower price. I decided to go for it and pick up the Origins Out Of Trouble Mask, a 10 minute mask that claims to rescue problem skin.

It is aimed at oily skin, and while my skin does lean towards the dry, I do have a fair few hormonal spots. OOT contains Zinc Oxide and Sulfur, all acting in a three step cure - get rid of oily shine, get rid of dead cells and get rid of left over debris. By doing this, the skin (or more specifically blemishes) is able to breathe and spots eventually disappear.

I would be lying if I didn't say I had high hopes, as I truly believed it would get rid of spots, but although it did make my skin feel cleaner and more refreshed, they just didn't really go away. I think this is probably because I don't have oily skin, and so there wasn't really any oil to absorb or get rid of. I know this might sound like I don't like this, but I actually do like using it, as it is a great refreshing, cleaning mask that would most probably work for you if you're an oily skinned gal. I think OOT is more of a slightly disappointing product than a bad one, as I do think I would purchase this again, although rather at duty free.

Zazie x

Tags: Skincare

Thursday, July 10, 2014

• Summer Essentials •

Apart from the typical summer essentials - sun cream, money?, passport, etc. there are some that, this season, are almost just as essential as them.. almost. In the summer time I like my makeup to be hassle free, natural and effortless. Although on some days I like doing the whole hog, this summer I'm reaching for these products that are so quick to throw into your beach bag.

The majority of us do not tan, and so bronzer is our bestie. I've never tried fake tan and I'm always a little wary of turning into an oompa loompa, but with a bronzer you can't go too overboard. Plus, if you have the Body Shop's Honey Bronzer, you are almost certain this won't happen. It's quite sheer but also quite a light bronzer both in shade and formula. It also looks really natural and is definitely a summer staple for me this year.

When it comes to eyeshadows during the summer time, I like to keep things very simple. A natural look is perfect for the summer and also leaves you not having to worry about your eye makeup, especially if you're going to be at a beach or somewhere hot. NARS Eyeshadow Duo's aren't the most pigmented, but give just the right colour I want. The combo of the two rose gold and pure gold shades in Alhambra are perfect for summer nights.

The list of summer lip colours are endless. Anything from a pale pink to a bright red to a light nude is acceptable in this season, so it's a great time to experiment with different shades. However, when I want to keep things simple I love a nice sheer lip. I've talked about my love for them before, but that was before I found the perfect one, in the form of Dior Addict Lipstick in Wonderland. It's a gorgeous bright pink shade without being neon or too young, but still being girly. The formula is sheer, but also buildable with a lovely shine finish. If you are more into opaque formulas, they also have and Extreme version, and if you're into liquid lipsticks they also have one of them too. Dior is totally doing it right this season, and I'm loving Wonderland to bits.

So that's that. My summer essentials that you will most probably see me sporting this season. What are your essentials?

Zazie x

Tags:  Beauty

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

• What A Delight •

When it comes to perfumes, I find it really hard to describe the scents and make a blog post, but I just had to let you know of my summer scent as it truly smells amazing.

I think you've probably heard of Marc Jacobs Daisy Perfume, along with other scents such as Dot, Lolita, etc. They're very hyped up, but I was never really too interested in them. However, when my mum bought me Daisy Delight for my birthday, of course I was going to use it.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Delight is described as "a playful surprise, a rush of pure happiness. An effervescent summertime palette of pleasure - fashionably fun and breezy." It really does smell nice and fresh and young, but not too young. It's not overpowering and proves great for summer. I like that it isn't sickly sweet or overly floral, just something in between. It has top notes of freesia, quince flower and apple which make a youthful scent, middle notes of gardenia, iris and peonies for a slightly more sophisticated scent and bottom notes of musks and cedarwood to strengthen the overall scent.

I'm quite in love with this scent and only a few spritzes area enough for me. I know they recently came out with a 'Daisy Dream', which comes in an adorable bottle by the way, but Delight is the one for me.

Zazie x

Tags:  Beauty, Fragrance 

Thursday, July 03, 2014

• O-Mega Worth The Wait •

I'd first off like to start this post with a huge apology for not posting this week. I'm actually in the UK at the moment, and have been spending a lot of time with friends, family, etc. But, hopefully i'll try to post more as I have been making one or two sneaky purchases already.

Some products I simply lust after for an eternity, whereas others I wait until the time is right. Every single time I'm near a MAC counter I ask for Omega, but they never seem to have it in stock. However, when I was at Duty Free at the airport, they not only had it in stock but I was also able to buy it for a lot cheaper than the original price.

MAC's Omega doesn't look too different to any normal brown shade, but thanks to it's ashy undertones is perfect for your brows, especially if you're a blondie like me. It's completely matte, and so also acts as a great crease shade or to sweep across the lid as it isn't too dark. I also love using this just under the lash line, as it just completes the look.

It's been a long wait for Omega, but it's definitely worth it.

And I hope this post has been worth the wait too!

Zazie x

Tags: Beauty

Friday, June 27, 2014

• Manicure 101 •

When it comes to manicures i'm not really the best. I'm not an overly patient person, and so i don't want to lather on so much on my nails and wait for half an hour for them to dry. No, not for me. But, there are three steps in my routine to ensure the polish lasts as long as it can - i just skip all the unnecessary things.

1. Base Coat - This is something I was never too fussed about, but after using it realised how important it actually is. It not only helps to keep your nail polish on for longer, but also acts as a primer to smooth out the nail and have a clean base. The Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Hardener* also helps to strengthen your nails for the long term.

2. The Shade - Pretty self explanatory, your desired colour choice. I'd recommend at least two coats and maybe even three, depending on the formula, as this helps for a clean cut manicure. My summer favourite? Essie's Find Me An Oasis.

3. Top Coat - Again quite an important step that I don't like to leave out. This helps the nail colour to last even longer and gives it a gorgeous salon finish. I'm currently using Sally Hansen's Double Duty, which can also be used as a base coat. It doesn't take too long to dry and isn't gloopy.

These are the basics of a manicure. Of course there's cuticle oil and all of that, but for a good simple at home manicure, I think these steps will do.

Zazie x

Tags:  Nails, Beauty