I felt like doing a little update post this evening, simply because I've had a really fun week and wanted to share it with you guys :)
I spent the start of my week at home baking chocolate cookies (and blogging about them - see my previous post for the recipe!), filming for my everyday makeup routine and editing. I want to say a massive thank you for all the amazing comments on the video!
On Wednesday morning I woke up at 5:30am and caught the 6:30am train to London. By 9am I was in hair and makeup at a studio in Camden. Usually I do my own makeup, but since this was a really important shoot I needed a makeup artist on hand. The makeup artist needs to check the big monitor where the photos come through to on a shoot for makeup touch ups etc and I couldn't have managed to do that and be the model. Being the model was hard enough considering I am not an actual model haha. I think I pulled some rather interesting faces, but hopefully we got some decent shots! I can't wait to share with you all what the shoot was for. I was very lucky to have Adam Burrell do my makeup. He is the nicest guy and makes up the likes of Little Mix and The Saturdays. Here's a pic of the makeup look he did on me, I loved it.
The products he used included Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, HD Brows Foxy Brow Palette, Barry M Brown Super Soft Eye Crayon and Velour You Complete Me lashes.
Katherine from my favourite London hair salon, Electric, did my hair. She kept it natural and soft looking by just adding a few waves and loose curls with large GHD's.
That evening I went out in London and wore this red dress from Coast (which I think is now in the sale).
Here's me and Lucy at Ping Pong with our Lychee Rose Martinis - check out her blog soon for a post on what we ate there!
The next morning I was quite tired so had a lazy morning in my hotel room, blogging and watching the TV shows in bed with a cup of English Breakfast tea.
I then went for a quick shop around Covent Garden with Jim.
At 3pm it was time to head to my Company magazine photoshoot. I'm so excited to be in their January issue! Here's a selfie I took, the stylist on the shoot put me in this cute floppy hat from H&M and I wore my own dress from New Look.
Here's a behind the scenes shot.
Now I am back home in Norwich ready for fireworks night tomorrow night! I know it's not officially until the 5th of November, but there's always a firework show on the Saturday night here in Norwich and me and my family always love to go. We are taking our youngest family member, my sister's little boy Isaac, this year and I'm so looking forward to watching the fireworks with him :)
*photo from Pinterest*
So that's my week so far! What have you guys been up to? Let me know in the comments if you like this kind of blog post. Sorry the photos are mostly iphone ones so not such great quality!
Hope you are having a lovely Sunday. I've recently been trying out this new Charles Worthington Instant Amplifying Volume Treatment from their Salon at Home range. I've been really loving this range and think some of the products are real stars and fill a much needed gap in the haircare market. When they released this product I was really excited to try it out as I am always on the hunt for new volume enhancing products.
You use it in place of a conditioner, so right after shampooing. It has a really peculiar texture as it is like a gel which feels really odd to be putting on your hair (and also means it's really slippery!), but it makes up for the weird texture in the amazing smell it has - it literally smells like you are sat in the salon having the best treatments but all from the comfort of your own bathroom, bonus! They encourage you to really rub the product in to your scalp and to work through the hair from root to tip and leave for a while before rinsing.
When you come round to drying, they advise you to dry your hair upside down working at the roots as you go. In terms of a conditioner, my hair looked really healthy and shiny and it also felt nice and soft but in terms of how it increases the volume of your hair then I'm really not sure. Sadly, there was no particular difference in how much bounce my hair had. I would say though that when used with other styling products, this product gave my hair a great initial boost and I could make my hair its most voluminous and I'm sure it was this product helped along the way! Perhaps I haven't been drying my hair the correct way so I'll keep going with it, because it does make a gorgeous conditioner anyhow!
Have you guys tried out this product? Or have you tried products for the amazing range? If you want to check this out you can get it for £14.99 from Boots!
I was a bit dubious about this product when I
first started using it. This was mainly because of the way it works – you put
it all over dry hair, and then shampoo and condition like normal. I wondered
how it could have that much of an effect after both shampooing and
conditioning, how wrong I was! It’s definitely called Diamond Shine for a
reason, after drying my hair it instantly looked more luscious, glossy and
hydrated even after just using it once. The way it works is by Charles Worthington's combination of powdered
diamonds (!) and Luminoil Complex to both smooth the hair on the outside and to
penetrate it from the inside, so it basically shines from the inside out!
This is a great one for any of you who have
dull and lack-lustre hair, as it’s a perfect pick me up for your mane! You leave it to work for ten minutes and a little extra tip is
to warm the hair using a hair dryer once the treatment is on - this encourages
further penetration which means more shine for us! I wouldn’t use it every
wash, but every other wash is perfect for ultimate shine and gloss.
What are your guys favourite hair treatments?
I’m always on the look out for new ones!
I'm sure some of you guys will know how much I love a good bath, I think having a bath is so relaxing and makes for perfect thinking and unwinding time. I'm always on the hunt for new bath time products as I love mixing up my bath routine with lots of lovely things. Here are some products that I have been using recently.
I have been loving this soothing bath oil from Espa. Bath oils are great for having a really indulgent bath and for making the skin feel super smooth. I like this one in particular as it has a gorgeous smell and it has de-stressing properties for body and mind, boasting soothing ingredients like sandalwood and frankincense to help unwind whilst the sweet almond oil softens the skin - just what I need!
Next is this geranium leaf body cleanser from my new found love, Aesop. I love this because it smells amazing and is so fresh feeling. My body feels totally nourished and clean (it foams up) after using it and of course the bottle is just gorgeous.
I'm a fan of a good face mask and this black rose cream mask from Sisley is at the height of luxury when it comes to face masks. It is very expensive but I honestly think this is one of the best face masks I have used - my skin feels incredibly soft and it appears more radiant and healthy after using it. I normally just pop it on before having a bath and then wipe off any excess afterwards. Love, love, love it!
I've just started trying out Percy & Reed products and I love this foaming treatment hair mask. You pop it on to wet hair after shampooing and the product comes out as a lightweight mousse which I love, you then work this in to your hair and leave it for a good five minutes then rinse. The results are a deeply conditioned and healthy hair and the product also adds volume to the hair - what more could you want!
I thought I could sneak this one in because although you don't actually use it in the bath it is part of a bath time routine! I find it so important to all over body moisturise, particular in the winter when my skin is drier. I adore this sugar lychee body moisturiser from Fresh because it keeps my skin completely nourished and smooth until my next bath time but also because it has the most gorgeous smell - good enough to eat! I love Fresh products and I know they are quite a big deal in the U.S but you don't see it so much over here which is a shame because I love their products!
Last, but of course not least, is this amazing Feu De Bois candle from the amazing Diptyque. No bath time can be fully complete without a gorgeous candle burning and this one is a perfect winter warmer. I love the richness and deepness of the scent, it is a heady mix of burning embers and Lapsang Tea - total luxury!
So I'm not normally the biggest hair product junkie but just recently I have been using lots of different products in the quest to find healthy, shiny, soft but voluminous hair! I thought I would share with you guys some of the products I have used and loved recently.
First up is the 'plump it up' dry backcomb spray from VO5. This is such a brilliant product, you simply spray is in to your roots, give your head a rub with your fingers and then you have instant volume that lasts in seconds! It's so reasonably priced for the quality of the product and it also acts as a hair refresher as well but without the unpleasant smell that some dry shampoo's have. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to get full bodied hair but on a budget, it's a star buy!
This is a little bottle of wonder from Charles Worthington! I love shine sprays and this one is fantastic. You simply spray it on to your hair and your hair immediately looks more glossy and shiny. I wouldn't say this is the most long wearing shine spray but I like it because it doesn't make your hair feel at all greasy or weighed down.
This is a brand new hair oil from the fantastic Ojon hair range. In this one little bottle the oil helps to do lots of things - boost moisture, nourishes hair, tames frizz, protects heat and give a shiny healthy finish. I love the smell and quality of Ojon products and this is a welcomed addition to their great range. You apply the products in to damp hair before styling and you literally only need one drop which is great because it means the oil will last you a long time! I was so happy with the results, my hair appeared more glossy, smooth and shiny after using it. The oil is not out yet so keep your eyes peeled for it soon!
These last three products are seriously wonderful. All three come from the divine L'Oreal Mythic Oil range. I have used the nourishing mask for a while now and it is brilliant for keeping the hair hydrated, healthy and soft. After going to one of the Rush London salons last week I was also introduced to the shampoo and conditioner from the range and I am a total convert. I have to say that I think these are some of the best smelling hair products you can get and I love the feel of my hair after using them! Rush salons have also offered me the chance to offer you guys a reader offer at one of their London salons. If any of you are looking to get a hair cut then you can get a £15 voucher which you can see below. Simply fill it in and take it to one of the salons and if you are not sure which salon is closest to you then check their website to find out - http://www.rush.co.uk
Thanks for reading guys!
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