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Review | L'Oreal Wild Ombre

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Sorry I haven't posted in a while, I've been very busy with work this week and sorting out documents for something that'll hopefully be a big change in my life (I'll tell you all about that soon!).
Recently I've been so bored of my hair, so on Friday I decided to do something different and picked up the L'Oreal Preference Wild Ombre kit in Shade 01. Now I've had ombre hair before a couple of years ago but my hair wasn't as long as it is now so it didn't really look as good as it could have. Last time I did it the L'Oreal ombre kits weren't around so I used this, which personally I thought worked a lot better than the ombre one.

To start off, I love the packaging on this. I think it's so up to date and instruction leaflet/gloves that it comes with really make it feel just that tiny bit more expensive than some other brands do. As always the dyes were easy to mix together, but then it started to go downhill for me. Personally I thought the instructions were a load of rubbish, they made no sense and how they told you to apply the bleach was nothing like how you would need to do it to get ombre hair. Firstly it tells you to start it between chin and ear length like the model on the box which to me is way too high up and not a good look. Then secondly it tells you to apply the bleach all at once, so I don't understand how that'll give you a gradual ombre look as when I've done it before I've applied it in different stages so the ends of my hair are lighter than the middle and top sections. I don't have my packaging any more but someone told me that it actually says it'll 'create a two-tone dip dye effect' on your hair, which is definitely not ombre so I am slightly annoyed that they advertise it as an ombre hair kit. 

What I was aiming for
I applied the bleach by parting my hair in sections then adding one layer of it up to where I wanted it to start and left it for 35 minutes, checking it regularly. I couldn't use the brush that came with the kit as my hair is way too thick and it wouldn't brush through. When the time was up I washed out the bleach then dried my hair and noticed it had hardly been lightened at all so I put the bleach on again, this time starting a little lower. I had to keep repeating this process, each time starting the bleach lower to get the gradual effect as it was just not lightening my hair at all. In the end I got sick of it and mixed up a bit of normal hair bleach with shampoo and left that on my hair for 10 minutes which lightened it way more than the ombre kit had done. I wasted a lot of time reapplying the bleach and trying to get it to work when last time I did this I used the highlighting kit I linked above and it only took me an hour or so to get it right.

What I got. My hair is a lot more orange than it looks here (and more even!)
Another thing that I didn't like about this kit was that it's left my hair really ginger and dry. I've bleached my hair so many times that I've lost count and it's never been this dry or gone this bright shade of orange. Not impressed! I don't mind the results but because my hair is so dry I'm going to have to leave it a few months before I can lighten it any more to get the brassiness out and have it the blonde shade I initially wanted.
Overall I wouldn't recommend this or use it again, it was way too much hassle and although it did work eventually that was only after I put on normal bleach. I think it would work better if you just wanted to dip dye your hair and not have a gradual effect but as I've mentioned previously, they shouldn't advertise it as an ombre kit as that's not what it is. Have any of you ever used this before, did you have a better experience than I did with it?

Review | Soap & Glory - Sugar Crush Body Scrub

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Super scrub with smashed brown sugar and sweet lime, almond oil & macadamia grains.

I've always loved Soap & Glory products (like most people) but never really bought them much because of the price and I normally prefer fruity/sweeter smells. I was in Boots the other day and saw that they had all the S&G products on a 3 for 2 offer so I decided to treat myself. As I needed a new body scrub I picked up this Sugar Crush one, the Smoothie Star Body Milk and Heel Genius which all came to just under £20. Bargain!

I think this product is great value for money, it's usually £8 but you get 300ML of it and a little really does go a long way! It's a thick product so I find it easier to spread it out in my hands before I rub it in. Personally I love the smell of this but if you're not in to fruity scents then I'd suggest trying a different product. You can really smell the lime in it which makes it refreshing and perfect to use in your morning showers. The smell also lingers for a while which I always like as part of the reason why I buy products is because I like the smell and want it to last after I've used it.

To use the scrub you just rub it into your skin as you would with any other exfoliator. I love that it's not too harsh on my sensitive skin and also doesn't leave a greasy film on your body afterwards! I'm not left feeling raw but incredibly soft and clean which also makes it easier for my moisturizer to be absorbed. I think this is one of  the best scrubs that I've tried, and although it's a bit on the expensive side it's extremely good value for money and I'd definitely recommend it. I prefer this to Soap & Glory's Flake Away as I feel that it's not as rough on my skin and I love the sweet lime scent.
I'll definitely be repurchasing this, probably after I've tried The Breakfast Scrub which I've wanted for a while! Which is your favourite out of S&G's exfoliators and scrubs? What kind of scents do you prefer? Let me know! 

Book Review | The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Monday, 4 February 2013


“Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.
Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.
Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind”

I’ll start this review off by saying that I wasn’t actually planning on reading this book until my best friend read it and absolutely loved it. I’d read the blurb of it a few times but was put off by the fact that it was a book about someone suffering from cancer, not in a horrible way! I just normally find ‘cancer books’ extremely sappy and wishy washy, which is coincidentally similar to why the main protagonist of this story dislikes cancer books herself! But I can’t express how glad I am that I picked up this book.

I’m sure everyone’s either read this or Looking For Alaska by now (yes my url/usernames are from the main character in it!) or at least heard of them but if you haven’t then I definitely recommend reading them. I’m not going to give away much about the story because I want it to be a surprise for anyone who reads it, but it basically follows Hazel and her journeys with cancer and Augustus Waters, and how they all entwine.

Although I was initially skeptical about reading it, I went in to it with an open mind and I’m so glad I finally decided to read it. I thought it was beautifully written, more so than Looking For Alaska was. In my opinion the characters are far more likeable and I felt myself falling in to this book in a way that I didn’t with Looking For Alaska. They’re so full of life and have so much personality that I think they’re one of the main reasons why I loved it so much. You find yourself laughing along with small comments that they make to each other, just as you would if you knew them in real life. 

Overall I’ve fallen completely in love with this book. It doesn’t focus on the cancer theme in an over the top way, it becomes more of a love story in a world where everything is conspiring against the two protagonists but they fight back as hard as they can. It’s already become one of my favourites and one that I know I read over and over in the years to come. Even if you don’t think it would be something that you’re interested in I’d definitely advise giving it a go like I did, you may be surprised!

Favourite Quotes: 
“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.” 
“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”  
 “Books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal.” 
“That’s part of what I like about the book in some ways. It portrays death truthfully. You die in the middle of your life, in the middle of a sentence”  
“But it is the nature of stars to cross, and never was Shakespeare more wrong than when he has Cassius note, ‘The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars / But in ourselves.”

January in Instagram

Friday, 1 February 2013

So January is over already, I can't believe how quickly it's gone! I've actually had a perfect start to the year, it feels like my life is finally turning around and going in the direction that I want it to. After five years of unhappiness and constant problems I'll tell you it's such a relief to me that it's starting to look up. How was your January? I hope you all had a good start to the New Year and didn't break too many resolutions!

me on nye | lotr | tea towels | gears of war 3
snow | reading lotr again | planning to go back to florida | beach
more snow! | snowwwwyy | snowy woods | coffee in bed
lolita | snow again! | tonks | pizza & hockey
current favourite song | all my disney princess bath bubbles | soap & glory | hockey snacks
more snowy woods | another snow picture | made egg fried rice | few things from savers

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