Sunday, 15 August 2010

Go Blonder!

I was recently sent John Frieda Sheer Blonde 'Go Blonder' Shampoo and Conditioner for review.

The products are described as 'lightening shampoo/conditioner' and the front of the bottle says 'gradually lightens blonde for sun kissed sparkle'. 

The product I imagined it to be like in my head was Timotee - the blonde one, I remember it came out when I was in my last year or so of school and I used it religiously! Although I can't honestly remember if it made any difference. 

I haven't had my hair coloured for...lets just say a very long time, too long! My hair has always been blonde but what with highlighting it more and more as I got older, and then dying it brown and back to blonde recently now I just get a full head of hair and get awfully dark roots when the colour begins to fade. I was sick of looking in the mirror and seeing a mixture of dark and light and I really wanted to dye my hair and make it more blonder before I started using these products. 

I picked up a L'Oreal box dye in quite a blonde colour - in the past when I have dyed my own hair I always use colours like Ash Blonde and when I saw all the lovely blondeness on the boxes I just picked up a gorgeous bright one. When I was dying it I kept looking at it and thinking, I'm sure this looks more gingery than it should, but I prevailed and in the end when I washed my definitely had a ginger tinge.  I washed it three times that day in urgency to fade the colour, but at the end of the day it was still tinted ginger - and only at the top too, I looked like my natural hair colour was ginger and I had dyed it blonde and let the blonde run out. I had in my head imagined having lovely fresh blonde hair so was disappointed :( I took a few rubbish pictures on my phone, these do not show how bad it looked IRL at all, but nevertheless:

And the next day at work (after yet another wash)

That night I picked up the John Frieda Go Blonder Shampoo without much enthusiasm - I didn't think they would really work for me now my hair wasn't 'blonde'. Both shampoo and conditioner are a bright yellow colour - the shampoo more of a pearly colour and the conditioner totally reminds me of when you are a little kid and you're poorly, and you need to get that vile tasting banana antibotics?! Both smell pretty good. When I got out of the bath I dried and straightened my hair without looking in the mirror and afterwards I was really shocked - they really had worked! My hair undoubtly looked brighter - Itried to take some pictures but, once again, they were rubbish, so I have just the one. 

I have kept up using these and really am impressed - I have since read other reviews from people raving about these products, including brunettes. John Frieda products are quite often on offer in Boots and if you see this (on offer or not!) I would definetly suggest picking these up.

Price - £5.59 per 250ml each - currently on 2 for £7 at Boots

Rating out of 10 - 9/10 (Aussies 3 minute miracle makes it hard for other brands to beat, or this would have got 10/10!)

Would I repurchase - Definetly - and I will need to soon, as mine are coming to an end!

Here is a link to the official website if you wish to read further.

Have you ever used these, what are your views?

While we are on the subject of gorgeous hair, this is pretty much what I would like to look like right now:

I don't really like Kristen Stewart but I think she looks stunning here, and her hair looks so sexy!

Thanks for reading


Monday, 9 August 2010

Make Up Storage *

Hello lovelies

I always find other peoples make up storage posts interesting so I thought I would have a tidy out of all my make up and show you all how I store it :)

I have two boxes - the one on my bedside cabinet (I don't know what to call it - bedside box?! It's not a cabinet I know but box sounds crap!!) stores pretty much all my make up and the one on the floor is lipsticks and nail varnish. Oh, and 'inside' the bedside cabbibox (!) I have my bangles (remember when I was obsessed with buying them? I swear I never wear hardly any of them anymore :( Need to start again!)

I try to keep my nail varnishes neatly kept together by what make they are - nothing makes me happier than seeing 10+ white Models Own lids liner up, followed by a row of silver round Nails Inc lids and all the Barry M ones *geek* but I usually make it all neat and then get an urge to paint my nails with whatever is right at the bottom, and end up tipping it all over the floor and then just throwing it all back in!

I just remembered I never posted about this, I found another nail kit in Pound World this time, and I think it's much better than the one I bought here from Pound Land! If only for the fact that its a better looking kit!! I'm so fickle

I used it the other day and it didn't last very long but then again I find little things like this never do :/

I swear my lipstick drawer is like the Bermuda Triangle (wish I hadn't mentioned that, everytime I think about the bermuda Triangle I literally sit for half an hour + just thinking about it and how weird it is!!) - each time I look in there I find a lipstick/gloss/balm I had either forgotten I'd bought or don't even remember buying! It's great!

I have all my facial make up products in the bottom drawer, my blushers etc (Yinka wouldn't be too impressed, I only have 5 blushers!):

All my eyeliners have their own little drawer on top, as do my palettes (currently being shared with some flossing kit apparantly) and mascaras:

My top drawer (favourite and most dipped into) houses all my eyeshadows and other palettes that won't fit in the other drawer.

I keep my brushes (not many, can't say I really use them apart from the basic brushes) in a little pink pot that used to be a money box until I altered it a little bit!

I managed to pick this up the other week for a bit cheaper than in the shops, and I am in absolute LOVE with it. The only problem I have is that I don't want to carry it around with me, but I use it to put half my make up on! it's so incredibly soft I have been caught just sat staring into space stroking it onto my face :s

If anyone is interested enough I will do a little post about where I store all my other non make up products, let me know!

Thanks for reading xXx

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Postcard Project 1 #

I recently took part in Nikolett's 'Postcard Project' as I LOVE postcards and the idea of a postcard swap with bloggers in other countries really appealed to me!

I sent out a card to the blogger I was paired with and also one to Nikolett to say thanks for starting this project, and last weekend I received one back from Nikolett.

A little story about me and Nikolett: Last Christmas on her blog she wrote about one of her favourite films, Serendipity, which is also one of my favourites too! Almost every time we spoke to each other we mentioned the film, and at Christmas when we sent each other Christmas cards we both (unknowingly) wrote about the film in our cards! 

Recently  have been looking continuously in brochures for America and last week was reading about Niagara Falls, googling it to find more about it and generally wishing I could go! The next day when Nikolett's card popped through the door...I couldn't believe it had Niagara Falls on the front! I went onto Twitter on my phone to tweet Nikolett and say a big thank you but I couldn't find her name for some reason and after looking for half an hour, I gave up and thought I would do it at the weekend...when a tweet came through from Nikolett herself!!! Talk about fate!!! 

Thank you for my postcard lovely! 


Thursday, 5 August 2010

Manchester Goodies

The only place I spent in on my trip to Manchester for the Aussie event was good old Primark, although I saw lots of housey things I wanted in Urban Outfitters and lovely clothes in Mango, and could have had a rummage around the sales elsewhere, I decided to be good and stick to the cheapest place! 

I picked up this denim jacket, as did Sinead, which was £13,

and this blue and white checked shirt, which I think was £6 or something like that:

Excuse the crap pictures, I really struggle to take mirror pics, I don't know how you lot do it, I always look like a right idiot and nothing like I actually look!

I also picked up these earrings, which I guess maybe a little chavy but I like my big earrings!

And this ring which I am in love with!! 

The earrings were £1.50 and ring £2.50. 

At the Aussie Event we were of course given a gift bag on the way out which had some more fab Aussie products,

A Maxfactor liquid eyeliner which I can't wait to use, and a gorgeous individual little gift! We all got different things, and I got a lovely little ring:

When I was taking pictures for this post I found some other bits I've got recently which I thought I would show you, these gorgeous earrings my parents brought me back from Portugal...

I've worn them so much, I'm having to put them somewhere I won't see them on a morning or I'll end up wearing them every day! I also nipped into Primark a couple of weeks ago and picked up this ring and matching earrings, but the earrings made my ears go a bit gross after I wore them, so I'll just have to look at them instead I guess! :(

And a little picture of the top drawer of my jewellery box after a little clear out :) 

I also picked up this Lacura Gradual Tan Daily Facial Moisturiser a few weeks ago and I started using it today, so if it is any good I will let you know! It smells gorgeous!

Thanks for reading, and thank you to Aussie once again :)