Hair Update

 With spring supposedly here (you wouldn't be able to tell here in Scotland, it has poured down today!) I thought that I would get my hair done. I haven't had my hair done for around 6 months so it was well overdue! I wanted some pretty highlights to freshen up my dull, lacklustre hair.

I love balayage highlights and took to Pinterest to find some inspiration; well I would need days and days to scroll through all of the amazing images of perfect balayage highlighted hair on there! Blonde, honey, caramel, chocolate, espresso, copper, name it! 

There was one image that I really liked and decided this was the sort of thing I wanted so I saved it to my iPhone and took it with me on my trip to the hairdressers.

For someone who loves beauty I really don't like getting my hair done, but after leaving it for so long I was desperate to have new hair and to feel refreshed. I showed the image to my lovely hairdresser Hazell and she worked her magic. 

3 and half hours later my hair was completely transformed with gorgeous golden caramel balayage highlights. I kept most of my length as I am still trying to let it grow, but had a quick trim to keep it looking healthy. Hazell also gave me a beautiful blow dry with big bouncy curls created ghd brushes. 

I am in love with my new hair. There is definitely something about having your hair done that just makes you feel so good and refreshed. Coco Chanel once said 'a women who cuts her hair is about to change her life', well maybe that doesn't quite apply to me but you get the jist!

Above is a before and after of my hair. It's really nice to see a before and after to see the difference. Along with new hair always comes a heightened interest in hair care products so no doubt I will be on the lookout for some new products to change up my routine.

If anyone has any good recommendations for hair products for coloured hair then let me know below :)

Make Up Wishlist

Zoeva Luxe Prime Brush Set 

A girl can never have too many make up brushes, right? I have been wanting to try Zoeva brushes for a while now and the Luxe Prime Brush Set looks like it has every sort of brush cover, plus it comes with a gorgeous clutch to keep them in. This is definitely number one on my wish list.

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Loose Powder

A lightweight light boosting powder sounds just want me skin needs to give it an extra boost after winter. With spring now here a nice luminous setting powder is on my wish list and the Secret Brightening Loose Powder looks great, has anyone tried this out? I would love to hear your thoughts!

China Glaze Pack Lightly

I am dying over this new colour from China Glaze's Spring 2015 Road Trip collection. This pastel peach is so pretty, the swatches online are unreal! I need to get this ASAP. This is the kind of polish which makes your nails look clean and fresh and has you staring at your nails all day.

Morphe 35W Warm Eye Shadow Palette

I have heard lots of good things about Morphe eyeshadows, they are supposed to be pigmented, bendable yet really inexpensive. This warm palette has 35 stunning shades, they all look so gorgeous and it is only £18! This palette looks very wearable and just imagine how many looks you could create using this. Only trouble is trying to find a UK stockist that actually has this palette in stock, it is definitely sought after.

Velour Lashes in Doll Me Up

I have declared my love for Velour mink lashes before and already own two styles. These lashes are made from real mink hair (humanely though!) and are so special. Every time I wear a pair I always get complimented on my lashes. They are expensive but I have had so much wear out of mine. Doll Me Up look amazing for giving that big eyed bambi look. I'm having the same problem as the Morphe palette in that I can't find anywhere in the UK that has these in stock :(

Cover FX Contour Kit

After hearing Wayne Goss (aka gossmakeupartist) rave about these Cover FX Contour Kits, it was straight on my wishlist. The pigmentation and formula of this contour kit is supposed to be second to none and 'blends like a dream'. I have yet to find a cream contour kit that I really love so I would love to give this one a go.

With my birthday coming up I definitely think I might be treating myself to some of these gorgeous products! What is on your wish list at the moment?

Workday Make Up

I work in a corporate environment where the harsh fluorescent lighting can make it hard for any make up to look good! As a professional I like to look put together, especially if I have client meetings. Now, I do like to have fun with my make up and some days I will wear a bright red or bold pink lip, some might say this isn't exactly office etiquette but as a young women I say wear bold lips whilst you can; even the office needs a bit of glam! That being said in general my signature workday make up look is fairly simple, fresh skin, winged liner, rosey cheeks and a pinky nude lip.

Today I went for exactly this kind of look. I don't have a huge amount of time to get ready in the mornings so my usual make up routine usually takes between 10-15 minutes, which I don't think it too bad.

This morning I started of by sweeping some of Superdrug's Tea Tree Daily Cleanser and Toner over my face, this helps get rid of any excess oil. I then applied some Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturiser. This moisturiser is perfects for mornings as it has a really refreshing orange scent and is a lightweight cream-gel which soaks in to the skin quickly. This helps my make up to go on a lot better.

I'm at work for 8 hours a day so I need my make up to be long lasting, I do carry an on-the-go makeup bag with me but I never tend to touch up my make up throughout the day. For keeping my make up in place all day I have really been impressed by the L'Oreal Infallible Mattifying Primer. I'm not one for primers but this one really does a good job of keeping make up in place and controlling shine. The co-ordinating foundation from L'Oreal, the Infallible 24 Hour Matte Foundation is also amazingly long wearing and has great coverage.

Today's pinky nude lip was courtesy of Nudestix. The Nudestix Lip & Cheek Pencil in Love is the perfect everyday lip colour. The creamy formula of this lip and cheek pencil is so easy to just apply and forget about, it wears off evenly and is one of those colours that you don't even need a mirror to apply it. I have never tried this on my cheeks but for the lips it's definitely a winner.

I have been really loving this combination of make up for work recently as I have been finding that when I get home my make up still looks good instead of having all but disappeared by my lunch break.

This simple make up is my go to look for work and I tend to just change up my lipstick each day. Hair wise I either wear it straight, wavy or up in a high ponytail, I don't get much more adventurous than that!

Staying on the work theme I might do a post for spring time on my working week wardrobe or my desk beauty essentials!

Sephora Haul

I have meant to write about this Sephora Haul for a while but this is just me getting around to it. Sephora is literally like a sweetie shop for beauty junkies; so many brands, so many colours, just so many pretty things! For some crazy reason we don't have any here in the UK so bi-annually I need to satisfy my Sephora craving and usually place an online order. I want everything I see, so narrowing it down to fit my budget is always the hard part.

One thing that was definitely on my wish list was the Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette by Tarte Cosmetics. Ever since this was released I knew it was the kind of palette that I would love. With matte shadows being so popular right now this neutral all matte palette is just perfect. The colours and packaging are also so beautiful. You can create so many different looks from this palette and I especially like that there are lots of colours which are spot on as cease colours. I also ordered one for my friends birthday.


My next purchase was the Peter Thomas Roth Mini Mask Magic Kit. I don't know a whole lot about the Peter Thomas Roth products but have heard a few YouTubers talk about the brand. I love a good face mask so this trio of mini masks seemed perfect to introduce me to the brand and try out some of his masks. The set contains a cucumber gel mask, a rose stem cell bio-repair gel mask and a pumpkin enzyme mask to detoxify, repair and polish the skin. I haven't tried these out yet but I'm looking forward to having a pamper session soon. They are also a great size for travelling with.

Next on my list was the Philosophy Fresh Cream Body Lotion. This hasn't been released yet in the UK so I was intrigued to try it out. This rich and lovely body lotion smells good enough to eat, so sweet and creamy! I love using this after my shower to hydrate and nourish my skin. Please release this here in the UK, Philosophy!

I decided to repurchase the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Whiz. For me nothing comes close to this brow product, I love it. The pencil is ultra thin, meaning it is easier to create precise brows and the spooly on the other end is great for shaping to the brows before filling them in. The Brow Whiz is definitely my Holy Grail brow product.

Finally I decided to try the Sephora Express Cleansing and Purifying Wipes. These moist wipes contain salicylic acid to help combat blemishes and absorb excess oil from the skin. My skin has been going a bit crazy lately so I got these in an attempt to try and treat my skin whilst removing my make up.

There are so many other products that were on my wish list but I really had to try and restrain myself.  I think my favourite purchase was definitely the Tartelette palette as it's just sooo pretty! Love, love, love! I might try to do a face of the day post soon using the palette.

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend!

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