Sunday, March 09, 2014
I have no idea if I'm coming or going at the moment. It's probably mostly down to the medication I'm on this week but I feel like I've been drifting in and out of consciousness for days. Just floating around and not much else. My bandages feel tighter by the day and comfort is pretty hard to come by, but I have no regrets! I really wanted to make the most of this week since I'm bed bound, but in all honesty I've just been exhausted! Thankfully I went out into town with my mum on Friday for coffee and a hair wash (can't bend or get tapes wet), and I'm feeling all the more human for it now.
If you're completely lost reading this post, I went into surgery earlier this week. It's something I've wanted to do for a long, long time (I had a breast augmentation) and I'll be going into more detail about it soon. I went to Highgate and cannot fault the experience at all. Everyone was so accommodating, and can we talk about REN products in the bathroom? I can't even. I may have been delirious but I had the best soup of my life (it was broccoli) and despite my lack of appetite, I could live on that forever. That and vanilla ice cream.
On a final note, my uncle's dog has gone for 'walkies' of his own - I sent out a tweet last night and cannot believe the response it's had. Somehow it came to the attention of Jeremy Clarkson, which shot the retweets through the roof. We still haven't heard anything regarding his whereabouts but remain hopeful - it's just worrying as Bruno is a very old dog with bad eyes and ears. I've had a lot of nasty tweets about it - do not feed the trolls, no matter what - but for the most part everyone has been really helpful and lovely. Please share to raise awareness - link!
Saturday, March 08, 2014
I've had a love/hate relationship with my brows for as long as I can remember. I was one of those who got caught up in the tweezer-happy phase in my teenage years and am still paying the price for it. They've definitely come a long way since then, but are by no means as naturally full as I'd like them to be. I'm also lazy, so effortlessness is key. Tough customer. Benefit are known for their brow mastery, so new makeup marvel Gimme Brow has had its work cut out..
Gimme Brow is touted as a 'brow-volumising fibre gel' with various super powers such as being water-resistant, long-wearing and buildable, all with a natural looking result. Think of it as a tinted brow gel with a little more substance that works as a one-stop product rather than just a finishing touch. The wand is teeny tiny - much like the brush on the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara if you have it - which helps to define without making a mess and leaving brown patches on your brow bone/forehead/wherever (just me?). There are two shades available (my brows are more suited to the lighter version), but both are pretty neutral in tone so they should suit practically anyone.
I can absolutely vouch for its wearability after wearing it again yesterday for a trip into town. I'm currently tightly bandaged which means it's very easy for me to overheat, but not a smudge was witnessed. I even had my hair washed - danger zone? Not so. You start to forget you don't actually have perfect brows.. right till you remove your makeup before bed. For shame. It's so quick and easy to apply and if you're not happy with the first go, you can keep going to add thickness and definition. It can get a little dangerous. The only other thing I need to do, personally, is add the tiniest stroke of pencil to my right eyebrow to give the effect of a pointed arch to match up with my left. Et voila!
For the month of March, Benefit and Debenhams have teamed up for Brow Arch March - until April you can go and get your brows shaped and perfected by donating a suggested minimum £5, which goes to amazing charity, Look Good Feel Better. The service usually costs £11.50, so if you're feeling super generous feel free to donate the full amount! There's also an actual march taking place in London tomorrow; you can see the details here.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
The SS14 Ashish show was my absolute highlight of the last LFW season, so I was very excited about what the AW14 collection would bring. Zoe tried to convince me that perhaps Ashish would 'play it safe' this time around, but Ashish, tame? I don't think so. And boy was I right! With inspiration taken from the idea of the prom queen staggering home in the not-so-early hours after the party, it took last season's 'morning after the night before' theme to a whole new glittering level. Think grown-up pageant princess, good girl gone bad (the hair was perfectly coiffed at the top, with the mid-lengths and ends getting more messed up for a 'dragged through a hedge backwards' feel) with a whole lotta pink.
With Maybelline in charge of makeup, the main focus was Barbie pink e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. After the base was applied, eyes were lined with the Chromatics Eyeliner in Magic Magenta on the outside and Vibrant Gold to highlight the inner corner. Next, white pencil was applied to the waterline and smudged onto the lids to brighten, followed by Color Tattoo in Endless Purple on the lid to create a luminous lilac hue. Color Sensational Lipstick in Hot Plum was then applied with a finger to create a sheer, round wing on the eye. Each model was then given a tube of Big Eyes Mascara and told to coat their lashes, liberally. For blush, Dream Touch Blush in Berry was applied with a foundation brush high on the cheeks, followed by Color Sensational Lipstick in Fuschia Flash for a more intense colour, and Baby Lips in Pink Punch lent its use as a cheekbone highlight. Color Sensational in Shocking Coral was dabbed lightly onto the lips, followed by a peachy gloss. As for nails, two coats of Color Show Polish in Pink Boom - a shade filtering throughout the AW14 collection - were applied, followed by one coat of Tutti Frutti to add sparkle without detracting from the pink. Lastly, a rhinestone was added to the corner of each nail for extra bling. More is always more at Ashish.
With each model pretty in pink and tiara upon their tresses, it was time to hit the catwalk..
The collection was everything you could dream of and more. Sequins, ruffles, sequins, pearls, more sequins and a real mash-up of girly princess meets sports luxe. Completely nuts, and I love it! The light-up footwear will be available in May as part of a Topshop x Ashish collaboration, for any 90s obsessives out there. All in all? Absolutely awesome.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Herbal Essences Classics Moisture Balance Conditioner: £3.79
Hello nostalgia! Herbal Essences were a prominent brand in my haircare routine from my teenage years - their products were readily available, affordable and smelled seriously yum. I didn't really get on with the rebrand too much, perhaps there were too many options and the bottles had a weird shape.. or something. Recently though, Herbal Essences have gone back to their roots and the classic designs and formulas have made a comeback.
A few different types have been brought back into the limelight, but for my current hair concerns (not many to be honest!) I thought I'd go for the Moisture Balance Shampoo & Conditioner, with chamomile, passion flower and aloe vera extracts. The updated formula means that the shampoo now comes without silicone, although they do both still have SLS, which I know a lot of people like to steer away from but it doesn't really bother me..
The fragrance transports me straight back to my teens though - such a sweet, fresh scent that lingers until the next wash. The shampoo has substance without being too gloopy, and the conditioner is thick and creamy without weighing the hair down. My hair feels impossibly clean and soft for days. I've only used it a few times so far, but I've loved using it again and plan to get my hands on some backups incase they disappear again, and work through the rest of the collection - Silk n' Shine especially! Are you as excited as I am about this new-old release?
Monday, March 03, 2014
A couple of Sundays ago I made my way over to the Platform Theatre near King's Cross, part of Central Saint Martins. The occasion? palmer//harding's showcasing of their AW14 womenswear collection. As former CSM students this venue only made everything all the more special. The collection took inspiration from stationery; think lots of white - as palmer//harding are first and foremost known for their white cotton shirts - as well as black, highlighter yellow and rusty red. The inspiration was naturally filtered into the hair, with L'Oréal Professionel taking the reigns.
The hair was styled to represent the different textures of paper. Through the front panel, hair was 'glued' down with Volume Lift Mousse to emulate a silky smooth sheet of paper, with one ear covered and the other exposed. The mid-lengths were sleek but fairly untouched, just using Liss Control to tame any frizz. The ends of the hair were reminiscent of shredded paper, crimped within an inch of their life with the Infinium Spray for extra hold and shine. Although not a look I'd turn to for my own hair, I really like how it complemented the AW14 collection despite being such a simple idea.
My camera just wasn't playing ball when it came to the show, but I managed to get a couple of okay-ish shots! Everything was so well thought out; from the stacks of paper by the seats, to the squeaky pen soundtrack - even the invitations were paper scented room spray. And just look at those bags..