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Sunday, 19 January 2014

Creative Colours Nail Polish / Varnish Review

So I was bought this awesome Christmas present by my little sister

I was genuinely touched, not only did she put a lot of thought into it, but the actual nail polish colours are beautiful!

I've never heard of the brand creative colour before, and was quite intrigued to try it out.


I am impressed!  The pigment colour was fantastic and it was really easy to apply.  The picture above is metallic blue layered with black and silver glitter.  Unlike most metallic colours, the blue only needed one coat!  Admittedly if I wasn't layering with the glitter I may have done two coats as when I held my nails up to the light it was a little patchy in places.

The brush was standard, no frills, but easy to use.  My only complaints were that the glitter varnish got quite gloopy towards the end of my second hand (the bottle was open for less than 8 minutes), and the thin layers took forever to dry!  Seriously I was having to wait between 10-15 minutes until they were ready for the next coat.  However seeing as I like to take time on my nails and watch Dexter on Netflix this isn't such a huge issue.

This brand also works out cheaper than MUA when bought in bulk - you can get their 'party pack' of 8 colours for under £5 on Amazon, and the great gift pack I was given is only £10 on ebay :)

Sadly there doesn't seem to be much of a colour selection, and they don't seem to sell the colours individually.  But the selection of shades they do have seem to cover all the basics, and have some pretty awesome glitter ones too.

I am a definite fan!


Saturday, 11 January 2014

Superdrug Colour Rewind - Hair Dye Remover Review - Part Two

If you haven't read it yet, I would recommend that you seek out part one of the review, that can be found here.

Firstly the more observant of you will notice that this post is almost 7 months late!  In fact I thought my hopes of a follow up were dashed when I accidentally manged to delete all the photographs I had taken for part two.  If it wasn't for a reader asking about the follow up, it may have never made it into print!

 Now waffling aside, I must make an apology.  As the original photographs are lost forever, I have had to scour my facebook page for photographs that were taken around about the time I did the second application and some more recent photographs for you to compare with.  These photographs are not the best, but they should help highlight the subtle changes in shade.

I should start by saying that I was thoroughly unimpressed with the second application.  My hair was only slightly lighter and despite rinsing for almost an hour, it darkened with time again!  I have read varying reviews of colour correctors as a whole, and there are a few that have said that 3 are needed to shift the toughest of colours.  I remain skeptical that this is the case, I have considered going for number 3, but I've also considered going back to dyed hair too.  Decisions, decisions, decisions.


This is my original dyed hair colour - it's kind of a dark brown with hints of red


This is my colour the day after the first application


This is my hair colour the day after the second application


This is my messy hair a week or so after the second application



This is my hair four and a half months after the second application.


This is a much, much younger version of me (crafting) and is one of the only photographs in existence my natural hair colour

Although my hair is most definitely lighter, it is still quite far from my natural shade.


Sunday, 5 January 2014

Happy New Year! And Here's to New Beginnings



I would like to wish all my readers a very Happy New Year! :)

This week I have been getting really excited about the prospect of new starts, of saying goodbye to the old and a big HELLO to the new, and of putting the past behind me!

It is no secret that 2013 was not a good year for me and my family.  We had a family bereavement, a failed business, hospitalization, severe ill health, finance worries and another year of us not realizing our dream of Parenthood.  In fact, to sum up 2013 in one word, it would have to be; dire.

However for all the bad things that have happened, I count my blessings for all that I do have.  I always try to learn from my mistakes, and I genuinely feel that for all the struggles I am a better person.

So this year will hopefully see me taking a more relaxed approach to life - I'm not superwoman and it's about time I stopped trying to become her.

2014 is the year to make memories - to stop looking to the future, and instead to focus on the here and now :)

Oh and to also update my blog at least once a week ;)