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

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

Boo, boo, bi do.

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


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!

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. 


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.