Tuesday, 9 November 2010

where to find me.

I'll be coming back here to read other blogs, but I think from now on I shall be posting at mkatsi.tumblr.com

Tongue tied!

This song always gets stuck in my head. I love cat! I have to find the picture I got taken with Danny John Jules, though it may have got lost somewhere because it was on an old phone :( It was at my first MCM convention and he thought it was cute I was wearing cat ears.

Monday, 8 November 2010

My first ever youtube video

As promised. Lush's Daddy-O

So, I promised a review on Lush's Daddy-O shampoo.
 This is a purple toning shampoo that costs £4.30 for 100g, £8.60 for 250g and £13.85 for 500g (Im unsure as to why its listed in grammes and not ml on the website :S)
 The shampoo itself, whilst many rave about the smell, doesnt smell of much to me. Its a very light scent with that general floral undertone that everything in Lush has. Not unpleasant at all and certainly better than many other toning shampoos Ive come into contact with.
 A big advantage of this shampoo is that, unlike other toners, you dont have to leave it on for five-twenty minutes to get results, you just use like normal shampoo. The downside I found to this however is, that if you want to leave it on longer in an attempt to get a slightly lilac sheen (which the girl in the shop assured me her sister does) it makes my hair horribly dry and matted, this is after only three minutes of the stuff sitting on my head. The other downside is that, if you get this stuff in your eyes, it STINGS, like nothing i've ever had in my eyes before, this stings. Have a towel on stand-by to scrub your pupils. 


 The actual toning result of daddy-o is a satisfying one, this stuff, for me, tones alot better than A Touch of Silver by Schwartzkopf or the ash blonde dye from Superdrug, or any toner I mixed myself. It left my hair lovely and ashy. It wasnt strong enough to really lift all the yellow from my roots, but did a pretty good job.

Hair and Jobs. The debate. An arguement for the creative.

Myself and my housemate were having a discussion last night because we're both on the job market and both have unnaturally coloured hair. The spark was from this dye job. I dyed my hair 'red' but the result was bright vivid magenta.
 Now, first of all, what makes it OK for jobs to (more often than not) allow bright scarlet red hair, but not pink? I know of more than one occasion that a girl going to work has had the same issue as myself and their work place has allowed the pink because it was supposed to be red. This kind of colour-blind politics is just ridiculous and more than frustrating.
 My housemate herself has blue hair and has been asked to change it for jobs during an interview process. She has said that yes she would, and did they have a colour preference. This question often stumps interviewers. They have no clue at all how people/customers react in turn to brunettes or blondes, but they make an assumption that bright colours will cause mistrust and offence.

 Alot of uniform policies require "neat and tidy hair" and an effort to make good your appearance.

Now, I put this to you.
 As women who dye our hair and prescribe to alternative styles, we put much much more time and effort into our appearance than the average woman. We are perfectionists, our styles are highly important to us, and we take pains to make sure that our locks are as perfect as they can be. In my case, this means neat and tidy indeed. I often put my hair in pin curls in the style of fifties women, this look takes alot of work and needs every hair to be in its place. To suggest that my style is anything otherwise would be an insult. The colour itself is a different matter entierly.

 I put this to you also, people act much more nicely to me when my hair is brightly coloured. They offer me compliments and talk to me more openly. This approachable nature sparked by my hair is surely something desirable in the workplace?

 In modern society, especially in the UK, we pride ourselves on offering equal oppertunites, for not discriminating in jobs for sexuality, race or colour of skin, so why is the colour of our hair any different?

 In the last couple of weeks I have filled out more than my fair share of "equal oppertunities forms" they usually read the following;

We have a policy of Equal Opportunities in employment.
To enable us to monitor our performance effectively, and for
that purpose only, please tick the appropriate box that relates
to you.


 The questions are always to tick your gender, sexuality, your race, your religion. These are recognised as things that make us different, but not that stop us from doing our jobs properly and in full.

Really, I see no reason at all hair should be any different.


In fact, I end with the idea that with my hair the colour I wish it to be, the style I wish it to be in, I would work far harder and be much happier. I would present myself in a much more confident and outgoing way, which is something workplaces always ask for.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

A little update

Well its been a while, partly because Ive now moved away from home and into a shared house in Cardiff. I am living with my boyfriend in a room, my friend that lives next door and three others. The house is horrible in every way! At least we're here. Cardiff, should, in theory be the new centre of theatre, and if I want to find work, it should be here. Until then Ive been trying anything to get work to live. Nothing, nada, not one interview or call back :(

 Anyway, the other reason you've not been updated is because my oh-so-crappy laptop died, but, I have a new shiny dell! Yay! Core I3 and windows 7, double yay.

 What else to update on? There shall be some posts, now doubt, covering Halloween, and other things, but post wise, little to report but that the Tigi is working WONDERS my hair is SO soft and in good condition now. I did have to have a chop to save the ends, it was for the best, but really, I cant recommend it enough. I've also started using Lush's Daddy-O which I shall review in a post next.

Friday, 17 September 2010

Sophie Lancaster


Having linked from a friend on facebook to the Sophie Lancaster foundation, I watched this video. Its the first time in a long time a charity has really touched home for me. I cried throughout the video. This could have been me, easily. Still could be. I cannot believe that people can feel so strongly about another's individuality enough to kick them to death. I cannot imagine the things Rob went through in the following months. This has made me sick to the stomach. Yes, people die every day, charity is always needed for those in other countries to save them from disease and natural disaster. We shouldnt have to save each other from ourselves. 

Go to the website here to learn more. 
 Theres little more I can say on this. Spread the word I suppose. Dont let this happen again.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

SuicideDreams.com

I just discovered this site though facebook, and wowie, they have some pretty amazing things.


 If anyone feels like gifting me with the following, i'd be one happy lady


www.suicidedreams.com

Boo, boo, bi do.

Managed to get stand up pin curls on my bangs to work. Just call me Marilyn.

Sherlock

This last year I have become a Sherlock Holmes fangirl. I LOVE the Guy Richie film, I adored the 3 part BBC series and am currently working my way through some of the early stories, Im a slowwwwwwwwww reader though, so it's taking commitment which I lack. 
 Anyway, my boyfriend sent me this, and I thought it was just adorable! 

http://kinokofry.com/2010/08/10/kinokofry-104-a-stormy-night/

Amazing steam punk jewelry

Many of my online hours are spent looking at things I cant have. Today's morning romp was through etsy's beautiful gun inclusive jewellery. I had seen this flintlock necklace ages ago, and whilst I love it, its too expensive, so I was on the jaunt for something a little cheaper. I first came across this beautiful locket, a snip at only £8, before coming across amazing filigree bullet pendent on this store, which I cannot recommend enough, everything is just amazing.

Products Ive recently gifted myself with.

Every now and then, every girl has to treat herself to a few really good products, be they cheap miracles or a worth-it splash out.
Both my purchases this time were ebay nabbed bulk bargins.


Firstly this month, I had known for a while that I wanted Ed Hardy's love Kills slowly perfume. Whilst I like the idea of vintage tattoo design inspired bottle, the thing itself I had decided was tacky and over the top, what was IN the bottle however is something I just cannot get enough of. Whenever I'm wearing this I keep smelling myself on purpose, because I love the scent so much. Its a light, floral, girly smell with a rock kick.So, after loosing a bidding war on ebay, I went ahead and splashed out £27 on a 100ml bottle. That's expensive for me, but the last real perfume I bought was Ralph Lauren COOL about 5 years ago, so I figured I was in for a treat. On other days I use Body Shop's Cherry Blossom Eau de Perfume, because I like to smell like my tattoo!


The next thing I splashed out on, after reading alot of reviews and getting some advice from peers was this double set of Tigi's Dumb Blonde shampoo and conditioner. Its a salon product created especially for chemically damaged hair, well, thats me bub. I looked around for the best price for a while, I knew that TJ Hughes were having a 2 for £10 sale, which is great if you're there, but with £4 postage, I decided to look further. Ebay brought up two 750ml bottles for only £17 including postage. Yes it was £3 more that TJ's but I also got 7 times as much! 
 I usually use aussie three minute miracle re-constructor. Its not too expensive (there's pretty much always offers on that can get a bottle for around £3) it has natural extracts and smells amazing. More importantly, it works. There are few 'miricle' products that work, especially when they plaster it on the bottle. However- 8 months or so ago, I ran out of the hair masque I had bought on special offer (I cannot even recall the brand) for after colour/bleach use, and bought some of this on offer instead. I still though it a little pricey for my then student pocket, but had heard good things and remembered using aussie spray in conditioner after swimming when I was younger (my hair was the longest frizz mess ever back then). I gave this a try. It is, amazing. Really, leave for three (I often left it longer) minutes and let it work its magic. Even on really dry frizzy damaged hair, this stuff can get you back to something that you dont cringe to touch. It makes hair soft and shiny again. 
 Now, of course it wont cure deadness, I'm bleached WAY too far to come back now I think, and thats why I invested in the Tigi. 

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Tigi Dumb Blonde itself, I've only used twice. Whilst my hair feels soft, it still looks very dry and frizzy if I leave it to air dry. I'm going to use it for another couple of weeks and try and map the difference (if there is any). Im hoping that it does what it says on the tin and helps to reverse some of the damage that chemical bleaching put into my hair. 


 It smells of Pineapple, which is a bit lush and the conditioner can be left on for longer to act as a masque.

Curls and bangs.

So two weeks ago I had to take out my beautiful dreads from urban synthetix
and get ready for the job market. I decided to go back to bleach blonde and try to get it as white as I can. After a week or so of agonising, I decided to put some black streaks in. I always have some colour streaks, one in my bangs, on the left underside of my head. Ive had pink, red, and purple so far. This time it had to be natural. But then again, we know the saying. 

 "Once you go black you never go back"


I think that applies to hair most of all.Sure, I could bleach it out, but that would be some serious lifting ontop of already frazzled hair. 
 Anyway. I had a really bad day and in a bequest to control anything, just one thing in my life. I went for it. 


I also experimented with pincurls for the first time this week. I usually set my hair in sponge rollers over night, but wanted to try something a little different, and had recently received this book through the post. 
It took me about 40 minutes to pin some pretty lopsided hair, but I managed. The result was alot more bouncy and perfect than my usual set. The downside was that even when I tried this again with setting lotion, it wouldnt stay over night. My sleep turning and twisting just destroyed the curls, they all dropped to something a lot less pleasing. My sponge set lasts until the next wash with nothing but water to set it with.


This was the over all result.




The picture shows up the hair whiter than it is, but im still pretty pleased with the results. 

After almost a year of trying to achieve white hair, its seems im as close as I'm ever going to get. I have used a range of purple toners including Manic Panic and Directions, neither of white I rate. I've made my own and dyed my hair lilac in the process. I've used Schwartzkopf A touch of silver (pretty good really, but drying) and Super Drug's Ash Blonde wash in/wash out dye, which is great for the price - 98p

   What seems to work for me best however are blue colours. I had blue hair from my dread set and lifting that left an ice blue that faded to white. So!
 At the moment I am sitting here writing this with wet hair having just added a fingerfull of Directions blue lagoon to Tigi's dumb blonde conditioner and leaving for five mins under a shower cap. I'm hoping this gives me that white stun back. I shall post the results later on!


 This moves me onto another new hair purchase, Tigi's Dumb Blonde. I have a few product reviews to give I think later on, so I shall leave details there.

Things this week.


So, as self expected, I started a blog then didnt touch it for days. I have so little motivation for anything at the moment let alone moving on in life.

I spent four hours looking for a flat share in Cardiff yesterday only to find this morning that to even read replies to my enquiries, I have to spend £29 .... thats a pound a day. Seems steep to me, but the buzz phrase of the week unfortunately seems to be

"You have to spend money to make money"




Great. Its a wonder my parents are as helpful as they are. Its easy enough to say 'get a job' but in a tiny rural town, no matter how pretty it is, thats just impossible when you dont drive.



The revelation of the week so far has been that it doesnt matter how good a person you are, at this stage in life without money, you have nothing. However, its equally as true however that having someone to share my life with makes these harder times and poorer times easier to see through. Living in a box wouldnt be all so bad so long as I had him to doodle on the flaps with.




So yes, we want to start a life. Have a real house of our own to decorate how we like and do with what we want. But what's six months out of the rest of our lives?




Flatshare for six months or so means that we can live in a bigger house than we can afford, we'll have someone to show us round the city and more importantly, we'll be able to save more than we spend. Its all about the money in the end.
                          

Friday, 10 September 2010

First post of my new blog.

Well ladies and Gents, Blogging is somthing I'm pretty new at. I know, Im SO 1998 right?
 I have blogged before, for university work and for project findings, but never on a personal level. I hope that this wont become an extension of facebook where I just tell you my daily feelings and use catharsis whilst attempting to make myself feel like readers may even care what my day was like or when I feel fat.

 This should be a place for inspiration, thoughts, findings and yes, occasionally feelings.
I shall update with fashion moments, tutorials on hair and make up, if anyone cares to watch them, and what little knowledge I can pass from my own fingertips to your eyes. Sometimes shared knowledge is the best kind.

I wont pretend Im a massive blog follower, so I dont intend to have a massive following myself. Of course I enjoy the blogs of such inspirationals as Adora batbrat, Lisa Freemont and Doe Deere- but then theres few in the alternative fashion 'sphere' who wouldnt. 

 If you care to read my other blogs, you'll know I have a huge interest in personality, on perception and in people in general. I find myself analysing people when I really shouldnt, I've no degree or any teaching to do such a thing, and often feel like im getting above myself by thinking I can see things others cant. Being a quiet person has its moments, things become apparent to me. Then again, it often means I get walked over and over looked.

 Still perhaps I can attempt to sort my own life out here, instead of making observations on others.