Video | August Favourites...

I thought I'd start doing a blog post to go alongside my monthly favs vids on youtube, just so I can go into a bit more detail and include any other important bits that I can sometimes forget as I stubble through a rather inarticulate monthly overview in front of a camera ha!

So let's go...

Mrs Doubtfire - Of course, noone could escape the tragic news of Robin Williams suicide this month. I feel like he is one of the people responsible for how my sense of humour turned out and I think he was a big presence in pretty much most peoples childhood around the 90s onwards. I had to revisit this film as it's one of my all time favourites.

Caudalie Vinosource Range* - This is a range I have been blown away by this month. I'd heard so many great things about it and was so excited when Look Fantastic provided me the opportunity to trial it. Despite having oily skin I am very dehydrated and the S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum is an absolute dream for dehydrated skin. It's super lightweight and feels so nice on the skin, it absorbs quickly and definitely injects some concentrated hydration where you need it without overloading areas that don't. I have been using this whole range specifically following evenings when I'll do a face mask, usually a clay mask and I feel like my skin needs some TLC and I need to replace lost moisture. I follow the serum with the Overnight Recovery Oil. Oils can be pretty daunting for those of us with oily skin but they are fantastic, especially going into the colder months. Despite being targeted to dry skin specifically, I find this oil in particular is great because it's so light. I apply 6 drops as directed all over my face, with some oils they can sit and 'cook' on the skin for a while and I'll feel an uncomfortable residue for a good while after application, but this, like the serum this sinks in beautifully. I then finish with the Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet. And sorbet is a great description for this moisturiser as it's light, whipped texture melts into the skin and I feel fresh, nourished and plumped for days afterwards! All this skincare may seem really overwhelming for an oily skin but it really doesn't feel like half as much as it is. These products work harmoniously together and going forward, I really cannot imagine my routine without this range, a real game changer in my opinion.

Dr Brandt SPF 30 for Face - I'm not the biggest fan of SPF's espcially not for the face. I usually find them heavy, greasy and take far too long to sink in. However this has changed everything for me. I'm gona go into too much detail as it's not the most exciting product to me but here's a round up, it's very light so sinks into the skin quickly, no waiting around to apply makeup. It works under foundation really well and hasn't broken me out or irritated my skin. Overall a no frills, foolproof SPF that's great for everyday wear, finally!

Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Fragrance - The weather has taken a turn in the UK, Autumn is a foot, and I never really thought I was one for changing my fragrance according to season but it turns out, I am. I've switched my Chloe Eau Fraiche for this on the colder, greyer days of late. When it comes to fragrance, I do prefer a heavier, very fragrant fragrance, if that makes sense. Woody, spicy scents appeal to me over fruity, floral or citrus all day long. This fragrance is the perfect mix of fruity and spice me, I feel like it's my most girly fragrance as it has a sweet depth to it which is made suitably dark from me with the spicey undertone. I wouldn't say I'm a connoisseur in fragrance so my descriptions probably make no sense but, I urge you to sniff this as we creep into the colder months to give you a homely but sultry warmth...ok I'll stop now.

Schwarzkopf Moisture Kick Leave In Conditioner  - One thing I have to have, is good leave in conditioner. My hair is so dry and so frazzled from bleach I cannot get a brush through if I don't use one. And this one from Schwarzkopf is a beaut. Super lightweight but you really feel the benefits, once my hair is dry there have been days I just CANNOT stop stroking it because it feels so so soft. But not static, flyaway soft, it's still workable and I can get some good texture going but the parched, thirst I'm so used to disappears. A must as it gets colder and we subject out hair to central heating and tight top knots.

Label M Texturising Volume Spray - I spoke about this in this post here as a product I couldn't live with out, and I absolutely can't. This is my go to pray on a daily bruv...no powdery overload and all day volume, what more could you want.

Go watch the vid and it even includes a few bonus extras!


Brand focus | Jurlique...

It's not often you come across a brand where you feel like you love absolutely everything about them, ethos, packaging, formula and product. But Aussie brand Jurlique has truly stolen my heart over the last few months.

I rarely do entire brand focus posts, I think my last one was on Tigi's Bedhead range, but I have been lucky enough to sample a number of treats from Jurlique as well as work with them on a Google Hangout, and thought the easiest thing to do would be to initially put them all up in a post together and highlight just how fab I think this brand is.

Now I think this may turn into a rather long post if I individually reviewed each thing, and I will definitely have some stand out favourites which will make a few edits in the upcoming weeks where I will go into more detail, but overall, I am so impressed with Jurlique as a brand. It's beauty with a conscience which I really like and love how they promote, alongside healthy skin, a healthy lifestyle and massively important these days, a healthy mind as well as being huge advocates of female empowerment around the world. 

Not to veer off course too much but I think beauty and specifically skincare lends itself really well to mental health. Encouraging a pamper sesh a couple of times a week is something I really believe in, not only for the benefits to your skin, but it's an excuse to really take some time out, relax and escape from all those tensions that can make us feel trapped or lost day to day. A time to refocus and prioritise and I genuinely think it's a really positive thing to introduce into your routine, as well as being pure indulgence which we all love a bit of! Honestly though, if you're struggling to keep it together, get your self a good face mask, I can highly recommend the Jurlique Purifying Mask, glass of wine and a cheeky bar of choccie and treat yourself to a much needed evening of you time. 

All the products in the Jurlique range are from natural and organic sources, and ingredients are assured to be the purest and highest potency available. I find everything really calming and soothing, a great way to wind down at the end of a busy week. But don't be put off by thinking you need the real harsh chemical stuff to sort out your skin concerns, I can assure you Jurlique's formulations are so beneficial to the skin and I can really feel, and see a difference, every time I use them.

So this has turned into a slightly longer than planned post but honestly, I really cannot rave enough about Jurlique. Have you tried anything from their range?

*products very kindly supplied by Jurlique


Blonde series | tone on tone...

I came across this image on this instagram and immediately thought this is perfect for deciphering the difference between tones of blonde. This girl is also just amazing at blending and makes me really hopeful that one day I can be as amazing a colourist.

I think tones can be one of the most confusing parts of going blonde and it's really good, if nothing else, when you go into the hairdressers, to have a good idea of at least what tone you like. This makes our job as hairdressers so much easier, and we can tell you if this is achievable as well as advising on what aspect of tones to play with. If it seems confusing at first, just answer the essential question, do you prefer warm tones or cool tones, are you more Jennifer Anniston or Rita Ora? Once you have decided this you can then explore more options in each category, and believe me there are many!

So to start I will outline what in my opinion are the 3 main tonal families within colour, specifically referring to blonde.

Ash/Cool tones -  this is a really clean, crisp way of using blonde, it plays with tones of blue, grey, silver and mauve, but be careful with this as it can easily look quite flat and one dimensional. Extreme versions of ash take you into the cold pastel tones as seen on Kelly Osbourne and Lady Gaga. I would recommend ash if you are going for a more blocky or all over blonde.

Golden/warm tones - think Jennifer Anniston, the traditional california girl, sunkissed blonde. With warmer blondes you can play with tones of honey and caramel, it's a really nice tone to go with if you want to enhance your natural hair colour, or create a soft sunkissed look, it also looks great in ombre styles for a natural lived in and low maintenance colour.

Neutral tones - so neutral is a happy marriage of cool and warm tones. I love to describe these shades as creamy, beige or smokey blondes depending on how light you want to go, you can even play with rose and mahogany shades. Perfect for achieving an effortless natural blend and my preferred tone over ash when doing extremely light, all over blondes. Emily Weiss of Into the Gloss is a great example of my perfect creamy, beige blonde.

I know this is all pretty overwhelming and perhaps they all look the same to you, but I really hope I have at least given you an easier understanding and vision of all the different blondes there are to be had, and perhaps even guided you into finally finding your perfect tone.

Look out for the next post in my blonde series where I'll be guiding you through colourist terminology and techniques!

Catch up on my last post in the Blonde Series here.