blonde on blonde.

I know I’m not a BEAUTY BLOGGER but I’ve had a few people ask me about how I got blonde, so I thought I’d do a little post on it.

I started out with hair like this, which is my natural colour. Not gonna lie, I think having one uniform colour across my whole head and the fact it was my natural colour made a big difference to the outcome.

I’d been thinking about going blonde for a while, so when my pal Charlotte and I decided to YOLO, I picked up the Bleach London Total Bleach and White Toner. The bleach kit comes with gloves, a mixing bowl and a brush to apply it with, and has strong powder bleach and developer that you mix together. I’d read a few reviews of the Total Bleach kit, and they all mentioned how little there is once you mixed it up. I would say that’s totally accurate- as you can see, I have much shorter hair than many people who would be using the Bleach stuff (not least the model on the front of the packet) and Charlotte only just had enough to cover my whole head. It worked fast, though, and one application of the bleach and then the white toner lifted it to this…

As you can see, for something I got out of a box from Boots, it worked impressively. Unsurprisingly, my roots were much much lighter than my ends, but to be honest I was just so taken aback by the fact it went blonde all over. Even though it didn’t go white, the White Toner made a massive difference and I would seriously recommend it.

A week later, I decided to re-do the whole process to get it closer to what I had in mind when I decided to do it in the first place. I re-did my whole head, not just roots, with the Total Bleach kit, and then another application of White Toner, and ta-dah!

I loved this outcome. I’m so, so impressed with the Bleach products in every way aside from the amount you get in the Total Bleach kit (the White Toner produces a lot more). I thought about going to a hairdresser to get my roots done every 6 weeks, but I’ve decided to just do it myself (and by do it myself I mean get a pal to do it for me…). The bleach and toner cost £7 each so I spent £28 getting it a lovely pale blonde, and I really consider that a pretty decent outcome.

 

dark days.

As a contrast to my last post, here are some more sober tones… Navabi kindly offered to send me something and I had a poke around what was on offer and decided on this coat. I met my pal Sian for lunch and she was extremely taken with it, especially when it’s zipped up and my collar’s sticking out over the top. The shape and style and material are great. I adorethe asymmetric zip which stops it from feeling to traditional to me. It’s a really good weight for spring, as it provides some protection from breezes but doesn’t make me feel gross and warm. My only criticism (and this is the same criticism I have of other coats and jackets without collars, eg my ASOS Curve leather biker) is that when I wear it open, I want to be able to stop the collar from flopping inwards. Retailers! Pls include some subtle buttons so I can facilitate this dream!

Coat : Manon Baptiste at Navabi
Shirt : ASOS Curve
Jeans : Simply Be
Brogues : Clarks

jump around.

I’ve been an enthusiastic supporter of Cut for Evans since I went to the press day back in November, so I’d been looking forward to the launch for months. When it finally launched, I picked up the lovely sleeveless knit, then a few weeks later decided I needed the printed trousers, and finally got my hands on the jumpsuit. I haven’t been able to photograph the top and trousers yet, but I’ve been wearing the jumpsuit all weekend and got loads of compliments on it, and it feels like the perfect item for the current warm spell! Ain’t it grand?

Jumpsuit : Cut for Evans
Jacket : ASOS Curve
Trainers : Nike
Armpit fur : Nature

last of winter.

The delightful change in the English weather means I might not be able to wear faux-fur coats and faux-leather trousers for much longer. I adore these ASOS Curve trousers, but I wish I’d been able to get them in my size rather than having to size up because they were sold out. Oh well! I’ve also lightened my hair a bit more to get it from yellowy-blonde to pale ash blonde, and now it’s pretty much exactly what I wanted. I’ll do a post later in the week about what I used and what the results were each time…

Coat : Simply Be
T-shirt : Topshop
Trousers : ASOS Curve
Trainers : Nike
Necklace : Tatty Devine

ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

I really needed a change. I’ve been feeling pretty bleh about the way I look recently, which is most unlike me, but I guess hurtling along at a high pace on a ‘give no fucks’ vibe was going to have to crash sometime. I feel like I’ve got into a thing where I dress really messy and don’t make much effort and just wear my jeans and my grey trainers and it’s just a vicious circle of me feeling rubbish so I don’t make an effort so I feel rubbish so I don’t make an effort. So when I visited my pal Charlotte in Manchester this weekend, we decided to YOLO and dye my hair! I’m marking this as the first step towards me shaking up how I feel about myself and how I dress at the moment.

Coat : ASOS
Shirt : Dorothy Perkins
Jeans : Simply Be
Brogues : Clarks
Scarf : Primark

On my lips is my beloved LimeCrime Velvetine in Red Velvet. I’ve been trying out the MUA Lip Velvets which are a similar formula but at £3 a fraction of the (frankly high) price of a real Velvetine, and while I love the colours of the MUA velvets, they’re just not as opaque or long-wearing.