Friday, 29 August 2014

#PinkHairDon'tCare

I DID IT!

I completed one of my Bucket List items! Granted in that post (Link) I said I wanted peach hair and it's turned out more pink but hell I don't give a hoot!

I DID IT!

I have to say I love the dimension to the colour as it looks so different in different lights; sometimes it looks baby pink, sometimes neon pink and sometimes peach (those are my favourite times), I appreciate that aspect from my nail polishes and my hair shades now! I am relieved that the pre lightening I did didn't wreck my hair, it feels as healthy as ever so that's a massive positive in this experiment. For anyone interested I will timetable my method and the products I used below, it seems excessive but I wanted to get my pre-coloured hair toned as white and even as possible, the bleach turned it a slight yellow tint so it required toning and correcting.

Friday:
Bleach bath using Crazy Colour Bleach Kit (Link) mixed with shampoo

Saturday:
Toned using Schwarzkopf Live Colour XXL Toner (Link)
Bleached roots using Crazy Colour Bleach (Link)
Toned using Schwarzkopf Toner again
Shampoo'd with Bleach London Violet Skies Mixed with Shampoo (Link)

Saturday:
Coloured using L'Oreal Preference in the shade Very Platinum (Link)

Sunday:
Coloured with a mix of La Riche Colours Pastel Pink and Apricot (Link)

Monday:
Shampoo'd with Clarifying shampoo (It was quite patchy so wanted to fade the La Riche colour as much as possible)

Tuesday:
Coloured Hair with Bleach London Rose (Link) and Awkward Peach (Link) Shades

Yes it was a pain in the arse to do but it was worth it!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Same Old ... Same Old





I own more makeup than I could probably use in a lifetime; Fact. I wear one makeup look all the time; Fact. No matter what products I use my makeup always looks the same; Fact. 

Now i've shared my Blind Date style 'all about me' facts I wanted to tell you all about the incredible talent I have that I always look the same (barring lip colour), no matter what foundation, blusher, eyeshadow, bronzer I use I always, ALWAYS look the same.

When browsing online this week I think I may have concluded why .... Drum Roll Please ... Because I always buy the same bloody makeup, I think once I realise something suits me I just don't deviate take my love of orangey red lipsticks as a prime example since I discovered my love for them about 12 months ago I think I now own 30 tubes of ever so slightly different shades of orangey reds. Bronze eyeshadow is another one if brand or a palette has a bronze shadow I buy it. Blushes, if it's peachy or peachy pink it has my name all over it and is in my makeup collection within a couple of days.

I have an illness so i'm putting my foot down ... No more Orangey red lipstick/stain/pencils, no more bronzy eyeshadows/ cream shadows/ primers and no more Peachy blushes ... you know unless a limited edition comes out obvs.

Are you like me & just purchase variations on a theme when it comes to your products?

For those wondering what I actually have on my face;

Foundation - Chanel Vitalumier Aqua (Link)
Concealer - Nars Creamy Concealer (Link)
Powder - Laura Geller Balance n Brighten Powder (Link)
Blusher - Hourglass Dim Light Ambient Lighting Blush (Link)
Contour - Illamasqua Sculpting Dupo (Link)

Eyeliner - Mac Powersurge Eye Khol (Link)
Eyeshadow - Charlotte Tilbury Colour Coded Golden Goddess Palette (Link)
Mascara - Bourjois Volume 1 Second (Link)

Lipstick - Mac Lady Danger (Link)


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Monday, 18 August 2014

Beauty Bucket List: Pastel Hair

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At the grand old age of 27 (nearly 28) I have come to realise that some beauty trends I may not be able to 'get away with' once I reach a certain age so I thought I'd do some posts about my Beauty Bucket List.

First up: Pastel Hair, this trend over the past few seasons has always had me buying the colour but never being able to bite the bullet and actually do it to my whole head and I just end up wimping out and dip dying it, partly because I didn't want to wreck my hair as it will require bleaching before hand and also because I didn't want to feel an idiot to my peers and to be not taken seriously at work.

Well fuck it I'm doing it. You only live once and quite frankly who gives a shit what people think, I work in accounts in a very relaxed work environment so wouldn't be an issue really where I am now.

I was considering an home job as the Bleach London (Link) colours are readily available and it seems a simple task but I don't know whether to get it done at the Bleach Salon in London (Link) instead and get an actual profesh to sort it all. So let me know if you've had a visit and what you thought of the experience!

Colour wise I've always wanted lilac hair but I saw on Bleach's Instagram a girl with peach hair (Pictured) and I fell in love so I think I'll try that first, then i think it will transition to pink then lilac quite nicely then hopefully my pastel colour obsession will be completely fulfilled.

Would you ever go a fully crazy colour, if so which one?
Pictures from Bleach London Instagram (Link) and Pinterest (Link)

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Obsessed by ... | August 2014

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I thought I'd start writing posts about every now and again about products/ things that I am currently obsessed with because I don't always post reviews of everything I use and although this is Obsessed By Beauty I also happen to be Obsessed by a whole lot more so I thought it would be good to share.

I was having a little browse of Sephora this weekend and came across the Smashbox Full Exposure palette  (Link) which is available in a miniature size (Link) with 6 of the shades from the full palette, the reason I haven't purchased the palette as of yet is because I wouldn't use all the shades, this miniature is perfect as I would use them all. Obviously it isn't released in the UK and those who stock it in the US won't ship it to the UK …. I'm contemplating emigrating it's annoyed me that much.

As my I can't get my hands on the Smashbox palette I've immersed myself in the Charlotte Tilbury Golden Goddess Colour Coded Palette, I reviewed it when I first got it (Link) and I love it just as much now; the quality is just unbeatable in my opinion - the shadows are incredibly pigmented, buttery soft and they last on my oily eyelids without creasing like no others. Worth every penny.

I received the Bourjois Contour Clubbing Eyeliners (Link) a while ago and I have to say I would never think to buy these due to my lack of clubbing action however I have used them everyday since getting them, they apply like a dream as they're so soft and then once they're set they do not budge. I particularly love the stunning cobalt blue shade Bleu Néon is amazing used instead of liquid liner (I actually apply it over black liquid liner) as it's so intense and eye catching (the word pop and eye will never be typed on this blog) the shade I've used the most is Taupe of The Top it's a gorgeous metallic muted gold which I use as an eye shadow base and it helps to keep my shadow crease free all day.

I don't think I can describe my obsession with products that smell like Fig other than the fact that I have to immediately purchase the product if it says fig anywhere in the description. I've never eaten a fig in my life but boy do I like smelling like one. This Roger & Gallet Fleur De Figuier Ultra Nourishing Body Oil is the ultimate lazy girl moisturiser, a quick spritz, a very light rubbing in and you're done. It smells incredible, like fruity figgy goodness and it makes your skin like silk. Essential currently have a half price sale on Roger & Gallet and it's £16.83 instead of £25.50 (Link).

Before May 2014 I don’t think I had owned a pair of Clarkes shoes since the age of 10; I now own SIX. Granted only three designs but still Clarkes have really raised their game. They make without doubt the comfortable shoes I've ever set foot in, their heels have very generously padded souls and the chunky heels make them a dream to walk in; I own three pair of these Babble Brook Design (Link) honestly if you work in an office get a pair, their flats are immediately comfortable, not once ounce of rubbing occurs and they don't require any kind of breaking in. I saw a pair of KG by Kurt Geiger boots on Asos the other day and they cost £90 and were imitation leather, all my shoes from Clarkes are leather and the most I've paid for them are £45, they are well made shoes and a reasonably priced.

I am currently having an addiction to Nespresso in particular the Ciocattino pods, I love a mocha and as we have little Nespresso stations at work (my boss is a major coffee addict) I thought I'd buy myself some pods. MISTAKE. I now want to drink mochas 24/7 and am even going to get a Nespresso for home and get rid of my Dolce Gusto machine it's just not cutting it!


I'm an A-List star if you didn't know and currently #1 celeb in the whole world … the whole Kim Kardashian Hollywood world but no biggie, I'm hooked doing photo shoots, going on dates and working at Dash. To the point that I actually set an alarm at 3am to finish my photo shoot. No joke. I thought when I get to #1 (I'm ambitious it was going to happen) I could kick my habit and delete the app but i'm just as hooked.

Tell me what your obsessions are!

Thursday, 7 August 2014

SkinChemists: Bee Venom Serum & Rapid Facial Reviews


I have been trying out a couple of products recently from SkinChemists, as I've not tried the range previously I thought a mask and serum would be a good place to get to grips with the brand.

Starting with the serum; I have always been sceptical about the use of venoms in skin products thinking they are more a marketing ploy rather than actual active ingredients however having a quick glance at the ingredients in the SkinChemist's serum I can confirm Bee Venom is fairly high on the list. Bee Venom is supposed to increase blood circulation making the skin smoother and plumper as well as move nutrients between the levels of the skin which reduces fine lines and wrinkles.

I thought that because of the venom as an active ingredient it might sting upon application but it doesn't whatsoever, it absorbs into the skin pretty much immediately. Initially I noticed how soft and smooth my skin was feeling which i'm attributing to the Manuka Honey within the formula, after a couple of weeks of use I started to see an improvement in how plump my skin was looking which I always find results in my pores looking a hell of a lot smaller.

I am really impressed by this serum and it does everything it promises, it leaves your skin plump, brighter, smoother, softer and well hydrated. It is on the pricey side at £135 but if you're looking to invest in your skin it's worth every penny and with the discount code 'OBBBEE' (Link) you can purchase the serum for £24.95 and I will definitely be picking up a couple of bottles myself.

The Rapid Facial Treatment is one of those products you reach for when your skin needs an immediate pick me up, maybe if you have had one too many drinks the night before or haven't been drinking enough water so your skin is looking a bit dull and lifeless.

The glycolic acid exfoliates your skin so the initial results you notice the most is how much brighter your skin looks, acids also do wonders for age spots and acne scars so with prolonged use you'll definitely notice an improvement in those.

Despite the exfoliating factor to the treatment your skin doesn't feel dry or tight after use as it is very hydrating meaning it is a great product for all skin types. With any acid it helps to encourage cell renewal and any products used after an acidic treatment will be more effective as the products can penetrate deeper as you've rid yourself of all the dead skin on the surface; so it's well worth introducing an acid into your routine, if you're not committed to the nightly acidic routine this mask is a great weekly treatment.

I love products that make you look rejuvenated when you wake up even when you're not feeling it (I actually sleep in an overnight mask after a night out), the Rapid Facial although doesn't need to be left on overnight still works its magic and you wake up with incredibly soft and luminous skin. It's a definite winner from me and as with the Venom Serum I have a discount code 'OBBRAPID' and you can get it for £19.99 rather than £117 (Link).

I think i've had a great introduction to the brand and having recently been researching into Retinols I think i might invest in their Retinol Serum and Eye Serum so watch out for reviews on those.