Friday, 24 October 2014

HAPPY HALLOWEEN.

Halloween is probably my second favourite holiday. I love watching horror movies, I love dressing up and making myself look absolutely terrifying, and of course, I love partying.

Last year my Halloween sucked, and by sucked, I mean it really did suck! I didn't end up doing anything! I remember standing in the train station at 6pm, watching loads of people all getting excited to go to their Halloween parties, and a lot of them were already dressed up! I tried desperately hard to go to some sort of party but nothing was going on. This year, it's different!

Thankfully, the other night I heard about a pre-Halloween party, and that if you were dressed up, you got free entrance. Dressing up AND free entrance?! My type of party. It was extremely last minute so the only costume I could find and think of was a "dead fortune teller". If I'm honest, it was definitely more of an attractive than scary costume, but I had absolutely no time to prepare and I don't have any costumes lying around. Needless to say, it was very clear that I was dressed up, so no harm done.

The party was pretty good, it was underground and everyone had made a real effort, apart from this one guy who literally came in a cardboard box and called himself a present. I did find it quite amusing, I have to say.

But then something even better happened. I was told that on the 31st, J's aunt is having a party and everyone has to dress up! Now I have a solid week to prepare and last night I was searching the internet and racking my brain, trying to come up with the ultimate costume. And I found it...

Demented, demon, dead Alice in Wonderland!

I seriously can't wait. My friend and I are going into town on Monday to get everything we need.

So seeing as by the end of the month I will have dressed up twice for Halloween, I decided it would be a good idea to do a couple of blog posts on my outfit and makeup, I don't know, maybe it will serve as a little inspiration for some of you out there who can't decide what to dress up as.

The "tutorials" lets say will be going up sometime next week. My roommates are all leaving for the holidays today so I prefer to wait until everyone is gone, so that no one ends up knocking on my door and I have to answer it whilst looking like I've just come from Hell.

I'm also doing J's and his little brother's Halloween makeup (a skeleton and a zombie) so I might try it out on myself so I have an idea of what to do, and if it's any good I'll add in that "tutorial" for you all too. So keep your eyes peeled my lovelies!

Off to dream about traumatising little kids in my Alice in Wonderland costume...ahhh...

Props to my brother for his awesome pumpkin. 

Thursday, 25 September 2014

BLING IT ON FEATHER NAIL VARNISH.





About a year ago I became obsessed with feather effect nail varnish, and I was lucky enough to receive this great feather effect nail kit for Christmas - Bling it on feathers, Nails inc London. For some reason I've only just used it today, so I thought I'd share my thoughts about it with you all.

It comes in a pack with 2 different types of feather effects, a grey/brown nail varnish, a clear topcoat and a little brush. All you do is paint your nails one at a time with the nail varnish, and then dip it into the "feathers" whilst the nail varnish is still wet, pat the nail and feathers down and then brush away any excess, you then finish off by applying the top coat.



I found it really easy to do, which surprised me because I thought it looked a bit tricky. It does get quite messy so I would definitely recommend doing it over a towel or something, because I'm currently sitting here typing this whilst covered in glitter and "feathers".

As for the finished look, it doesn't look exactly like on the pack but maybe that's just because it's my first time doing it and I need a little more practice. The only thing I could complain about is the fact that even after applying the top coat, my nails aren't smooth in the slightest and they feel quite gritty and have been catching on my clothes, so hopefully another couple of top coats will get rid of that.

I think it definitely looks great although I would recommend going for this nail look when you're going on a night out or something because it is quite extravagant. The "feathers" will last me a while I think because there are two little bottles of them and even after one application the bottle I used still looks full, just be sure to put the remaining "feathers" back into the bottle.

After having used other nail varnishes that give you an instant feather effect, I think this is definitely the trickier option, so this may not be the right nail kit for the people who are lazy with their nails.




Have you ever tried this kit? What did you think of it?

Toodles!
Gx

Thursday, 18 September 2014

CARING FOR YOUR HAIR: HOMEMADE HAIR MASKS.



As I've mentioned in some of my previous posts, applying hair masks every now and then is a definite must in having healthy hair, I personally do it all the time and it's one of my favourite things to do. I used to spend quite a bit of money on professional hair masks from supermarkets, and while they did make my hair feel super soft, I've opted for something more natural.

Homemade hair masks are really fun to do and come out cheaper in the long run. There's just something more comforting about putting natural ingredients on your hair, rather than product from a pretty looking tub you found in the supermarket, full of ingredients you've never heard of.

I've looked up quite a few homemade hair masks in my time, and there are so many I would never be able to type them all out, so I'll just share with you a few of my favourite ones that I myself have tried.

Obviously number one is coconut oil. It's natural, it's one of the best natural oils for your hair, it's perfect.

Number two is avocado, honey and olive oil. It can get extremely messy and you do have to make sure to really mash up the avocado so you don't have the off bit of it slithering down the back of your neck. I made this one a couple of years ago now and I really loved it, I left it on for about an hour before rinsing and washing my hair as usual, and my hair was silky smooth. I haven't done it recently because my go-to has been coconut oil, but I'm sure that once I run out, I'll be using it again.

Number three is avocado and egg yolk. Again, this can get very messy so I would suggest walking around with a towel around your neck. Just like the other hair masks, I absolutely loved this one, I left it on for an hour or two and then rinsed and washed as usual. Your hair feels super healthy, thicker and shinier afterwards.

I definitely think that there are a lot of benefits to homemade masks and in the long run they can change your hair dramatically, so give them a try and let me know in the comments what you think!

Toodles!
Gx

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

CARING FOR YOUR HAIR: CUTTING SPLIT ENDS.

Photo credit to Google Images. 

Split ends are every girls worst nightmare, and the longer you leave them, they worse they get, as the split eventually travels up the hair shaft and damages your hair further. A lot of people get their hair trimmed every 6 weeks, but I'm not one of those people. If I can see that my hair is damaged, then I will gladly go and get a trim, but if after 6 weeks my hair is still in good condition with no split ends in sight, then I'll leave it be.

One thing I always do in between haircuts (I only get my hair cut maybe 3 times a year) is once every few weeks, I take a good look at my hair and cut off any split or damaged ends myself. I don't have the time, patience or money to be going to the hairdressers every couple of months, and to be honest I don't really trust hairdressers. Time and time again I've asked for an inch off the bottom and it turns into 4 inches, so because of this, I only go in for the chop a few times a year.

Invest in some haircutting scissors and go through your hair yourself. More often than not, most of my hair is in good condition, and there are only a few strands that have split ends, so I much prefer chopping them off myself rather than spending money on a professional when only a dozen hairs need to be cut off.

All I do is separate my hair into sections, and go through them one by one, having a look and seeing if there are any strands that need to be cut. It saves me a lot of money and time and I definitely think this is the better suited solution for me.

If you have damaged hair that does need to be cut every 6 weeks, then by all means go ahead to the hairdressers and have your hair cut every 6 weeks, this method is for the people with hair in pretty good condition, that doesn't need that much attention from hair dressers.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who does this, so if you do this too, leave me a comment!

Toodles!
Gx

Friday, 12 September 2014

CARING FOR YOUR HAIR: HAIR GROWTH TABLETS.




I definitely think that no matter how well you look after your hair, a little help is always great. A few months ago, J's mum bought me some hair growth tablets that she used a few years ago and said they were great, so when she presented them to me in all their glory in their cute white and blue packaging, I was over the moon. 
I got them in Belgium so I'm not sure if this particular brand will be accessible to people in different countries, but there are countless other brands that promise the exact same results. 

My pills are called Vitacys Hair and Nails, they contain Cystine, Methionine, Zinc, Vitamins B2, B5, B6, E and H. They were bought in a chemist, which I think is a definite plus because I'm not sure I trust the pills you can get over the internet or from supermarkets. I mean I'm sure they're safe and all, but I'm just not sure they will work as well as ones you buy from a professional.

Now I am terrible at taking pills, like I really can't swallow them at all unless they are either absolutely tiny, or cut up into tiny pieces. I can't even tell you how many hours of my life I have spent cutting a pill up or crushing it, just so I can swallow it. These pills are capsules, I tried swallowing one and pretty much almost choked, so what I like to do is break the capsule and empty the powder into a yogurt or something and fill that yogurt up with so much sugar that I can't taste anything else. I'm gonna have to stop doing that though because it always makes me feel sick afterwards, so from now on I'm just gonna empty the powder onto a spoon, swallow it and chase it down with 6 litres of water. I can't show you any results at the moment because I stopped taking them for a while. I got ill and was already taking other pills during the day and I just couldn't face taking another 2, so I stopped taking them, I then forgot all about them for ages, so here I am, months later, starting again.



You're supposed to take two of these pills a day for as long as they last you, which I think is about 5 months worth. I'm not lying when I say that they smell and taste absolutely disgusting, it's as if you're swallowing 3 day old cat food that even your cat is keeping away from. But hey, the things we do for hair! 

I'm going to start taking these pills again every single day, and hopefully I will notice a big difference in my hair. They promise to give you super healthy hair which will in turn make your hair grow a lot quicker and be in the best condition it can be. It also says it will give you longer and stronger nails, but my nails already grow pretty fast so I'm not too bothered about that. I will however keep you updated on the nail growth as well, just in case some of you are more interested in those results over the hair growth. I'm really hoping to see great results with these pills as I don't want to have to go though swallowing them daily, to get nothing out of them. 

I definitely think that no matter how happy you are with your hair, if you take some hair growth pills, you'll be even happier with it. They just give you that extra bit of help you need to keep your hair in great condition, so why not try hopping onto the bandwagon and giving them a go?

Lemme know if you've ever taken hair growth pills, and if they worked for you!

Toodles!
Gx








Thursday, 11 September 2014

CARING FOR YOUR HAIR: WASHING & STYLING.




It's a well known fact that in order to keep your hair healthy and shiny, you shouldn't wash it very often. I tend to wash my hair 2-3 times a week, but always try to stick to 2 times. If you wash your hair daily then I really recommend you cut down on your washing time, as washing your hair a lot strips it of its natural oils that it needs to stay healthy and grow. I know myself, from experience, just how hard it is to go from washing your hair every single day, to 2-3 times a week. You will definitely experience greasy hair because your hair is already so used to being washed every day and being stripped of its natural oils, that as soon as you stop, you'll find that your hair is pumping those oils out of your scalp like crazy! But no worries, as long as you can get past the greasiness (ponytails and high buns are your friends!) you'll be fine, and you'll be in a healthy hair washing routine in no time.

When it comes to washing my hair, I always try and use a shampoo that's gonna do my hair a lot of good. I really want to try out all natural shampoo, because the branded ones are packed full of chemicals that aren't the best for your hair. So until I find a great natural one, I've been using the Garnier Fructis Densify shampoo. It supposedly gives you thicker hair after every single time you use it, now I can't say that that is entirely true, at least not for my hair. It does say on the back of the bottle that it works best when you use the conditioner and serum with it, but I just preferred buying the shampoo. I don't know if it's the placebo effect or not but I have noticed that my hair is a little bit thicker, just not as much as the bottle claims.





I usually apply a little amount of shampoo and really scrub my hair, I use my fingers to massage my scalp at the same time, but I don't touch the ends of my hair because the shampoo dripping down onto it when you rinse it is enough to keep your ends clean. After washing once to get all the dirt out, I usually rinse quickly and then apply another tiny amount to just make sure it's all clean and that all the dirt is out.
For conditionner, I've been using this great 1 minute hair mask that I bought in Santorini. It's the Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair mask, and I think it's absolutely fantastic. I know that it probably doesn't do everything for my hair as the tub does say to only leave it on for about a minute, and that probably isn't enough time for it to really do anything great, but every single time I use it, my hair is suuuuuper silky soft afterwards and I absolutely love it. I use this every time I wash my hair, but seeing as I only wash it 2-3 times a week, I don't think it's too much for my hair to handle.



One of the worst things you can do to your hair, is apply heat onto it, so I try to do this as little as possible. I never blow dry my hair, I always leave it to dry naturally, unless I'm running super late and it's a hair emergency, but that rarely happens. I also only straighten my hair when I'm going somewhere important and I need to look very tidy, so I probably only straighten it once a month, if that. During my journey to healthy and long hair, I've learnt quite a few ways of styling my hair without heat, so I'll share them with you now.
Most of the time I love my hair when it dries naturally and I don't often need to do anything to it. But on the days where I'm having a really bad hair day, I stay away from heat appliances and do some of these tricks.

I think the most obvious one is putting your hair up in a ponytail or a bun, I've found that doing this is absolutely fantastic as it keeps my hair out of my face and really changes up my look. Recently, I've been mixing my up-do's up by putting a bandana in my hair to just give it that extra oomph, and I absolutely love it.



My next hairstyle is definitely one of my favourites. I love doing a fishtail braid, I think it's so much more interesting than a normal plait, and can really bring your look together. I either keep the fishtail braid simple, or I leave it in for a few hours, and then when I take it out, I have gorgeous beachy waves that stay in place for a good two days.



This next hairstyle is probably the one I do most often. I have a middle parting, and some days it can just look so limp and flat, so what I like to do is apply some dry shampoo (Batiste all the way - amiright?!) and just pin up the two front sections. Every time I do this hairstyles I full on feel like a tumblr girl because I think it's just so edgy, but it looks great!





The hairstyle that I have yet to try but am dyyyyyying to try once my fringe has grown out enough, is a hairstyle I saw on Lily Melrose's YouTube channel, which you can see HERE. I can't even explain it so I'll let this photo speak for itself. I've tried it multiple times but it just hasn't worked, and I think it's because my fringe is still growing out, so maybe I can pull this off in a couple of months time!



So there you go, there are some hairstyles for you girls out there who are trying not to use as much heat on your hair. I really love all of these hairstyles because they're so quick and easy to do, and they look great!

Lemme know in the comments if you yourself have any go to hairstyles for days that you just hate your hair!

Toodles!
Gx







Wednesday, 10 September 2014

CARING FOR YOUR HAIR: TANGLE TEEZER








Tangle Teezers are possibly one of the best inventions to have ever been put on the market. I didn't know this, but using a normal hairbrush that you can find in pretty much any shop, actually does your hair more damage than good. I don't know about super high end hair brushes because I'm sure they're wonderful and can do your hair the world of good, I'm talking about the brushes we've all grown up with and have just thrown into our trolly at the supermarket, because at the end of the day, "it's just a hairbrush".

After hearing hair horror stories about how much damage a hair brush can do to your hair, I immediately looked up alternatives. For quite a few months I stopped using hair brushes and stuck purely to wide toothed combs (which are also absolutely amazing and perfect for your hair FYI), until one day, my mum was getting her hair cut and I spotted a Tangle Teezer sitting in its box behind the reception, calling out to me. After seeing the name of it, I remembered a few blog posts I had read about it and how great it was for your hair, so I decided to buy it there and then. Although it did seem like a bit of a stretch for my purse to fork out that much for what may or may not have been a miracle brush, I'm so glad that I did because I cannot be more pleased with it.

If you're like me and you've developed kinda curly wavy natural hair over the years, you'll understand that brushing my hair throughout the day leads to one thing and one thing only - looking like a poodle. So because of that, I'm a "Only brush my hair when it's just been washed" kinda gal, and this is where the Tangle Teezer comes to the rescue.
Brushing your hair when it's wet it the WORST THING YOU CAN DO TO YOUR HAIR! I never even knew this! But when your hair is wet it's a lot more stretchy, flexible and vulnerable, and brushing it whilst it's wet is just a recipe for disaster, it causes split ends, it breaks your hair and it weakens it.

Once I found this out I was completely shocked and at a loss of what to do, which is why I'm so thankful to my Tangle Teezer. Tangle Teezers have soft bristles that glide through your hair without tugging on them or causing breakage or split ends. They're really gentle on your hair and do the job just as well as a normal hairbrush. The TT feels very snug in your hand, and I find it gives you more control than any normal hairbrush.
So since finding all of this information out, I brush with the TT before jumping in the shower to get all my tangles out, and then once I'm out the shower I'll either brush it again very carefully or I'll use a wide toothed comb, either of these options are fine.



I definitely think that everyone should have a TT in their lives, because it makes looking after your hair so much easier. You can get them in a really wide variety of colours nowadays and you can even get travel sized ones. I bought mine for just under 20euros, but that was from a professional hairdresser, so maybe you can find some cheaper ones online or in supermarkets!

Buying the TT has definitely changed the overall condition of my hair and has brought it back to health. I now see normal hairbrushes as devils and will never go near them again!



Toodles!
Gx