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Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Keeping the Brassiness at Bay | Josh Wood Colour Shade Shot

When I clapped my eyes on the Josh Wood Shade Shots at the Boots Beauty Festival I just knew it was meant for me. After taking the plunge and blonding-up my balayage a few months ago I have been plagued with ever-brassy locks. My natural hair colour is medium brown but it does tend to go very auburn and kinda brassy in the sunny months and with the blonde running through I want to avoid the orange tone that so many natural brunettes end up with.

I am not due a top up of my balayage for a few months yet so an at home toner was just what the doctor ordered. The John Wood Colour range is ideal as a stop gap in between professional colourings or even as a toner for bleaching at home. I have an awful lot of hair so I mixed the entire tube of Shade Shot in Keep Me Cool with a generous amount of the John Wood Everything Mask in a little bowl. The Shade Shot comes with a pair of gloves to minimise the mess and after applying the mixture to damp hair section-by-section I quickly rubbed off any excess with a flannel to avoid purple splotches on my face. The packaging recommends leaving the Shade Shot/Everything Mask combo on for 5-10 minutes but I allowed a generous 20 mins before rinsing.

The scent of the Everything Mask really reminded me of a limited edition Philip Kingsley Elasticizer that I have recently run out of, and actually delivers a really similar result. My hair was extremely soft and fluffy, without being frizzy- usually violet hair products will leave my hair feeling really dry or crispy so this was a pleasant surprise. I feel like the purple toned Shade Shot worked really hard to cool down the brassy tones in my hair and the blonde now really pops.

The Shade Shot is just £5 in Boots, and the Everything Mask is £15. I think that this isn't half bad considering the amount a professional salon charges for a toner, and the Everything Mask will definitely go a lot further than one use.


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Beach Hair Travel Essentials | CoCo LoCo jeT sET

Lee stafford coco loco jet set hairdryer kit

I have developed a habit of taking just hand luggage with me on trips abroad in recent years, even on trips as long as 7 or 8 days. This is coming from a place of sheer cheapskatedness but if I wasted £60 on hold luggage for every trip I wouldn't be able to go away nearly as often as I do. I am hoping to write a cheap travel guide soon but for now I wanted to share my travel hair essentials for the perfect beachy day look as well as a sleek evening 'do.


Monday, June 25, 2018

3 Reasons to Visit Portugal | Summer Festivals

I've been lucky enough to visit Portugal in summer for the past 3 years. My husband's family have villas in the Algarve which I just love visiting. Located not too far from Faro, Vale do Lobo is a paradise filled with palm trees, white sands and your choice of restaurant for an evening bite and a cocktail. The one thing holding me back this year from attending is my house purchase! My husband keeps reminding me that holidays are temporary, houses are permanent! But the pull of the Portuguese sun is real and this sun we're having at the moment is making me really sad I'm not off work lounging by the pool.  To combat my sun lust, I'm already looking forward to next year's trip.. and here's why...


Monday, June 11, 2018

Skincare | The Best Routine to Guarantee Glowing Skin

Your skin acts a barrier between your body and the rest of the world. You need to do your best to make sure you're looking after it, so it will look after you in the long run. We've put together a few routine tips you can follow to help your skin look the best it can. As we all know, when you look good, you feel good too!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Decor Tips | Make your Rented Property Feel Like Home

As you may know from following us on Instagram and Twitter, I'm (Jasmine) currently in the midst of buying a house with my husband. We've gone for a new build and as we bought off-plan, we got to choose our floors, kitchen, carpets and really make it our own without having to do anything ourselves except pay for it. That's a post for another time, but having been renting for over 5 years, we know the struggle of moving into a rental property and having to put up with things that you're not allowed to change. I'm here however, to tell you that actually, you can make a rental your own, it just take a few tactically placed items of decor, some DIY and some elbow grease.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Best Country Pub in Hertfordshire | The Gate, Chorleywood

We were kindly invited to this beaut gastro country pub in Rickmansworth, to try out their new menu and see their amazing revamp. I think you'll agree, the place now looks great and the food, well... we definitely recommend you go and try it yourself! From light starters to full-on feasts, the new summer menu at The Gate has something for everyone to complete your characteristic country pub experience. Take a look at what we chose from their delicious menu...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Payday Wishlist | It's Time to Treat Yo' Self

It's that time again - my favourite time of month! On a certain day, a little chunk of money enters our accounts as a reward for all the hours of our lives we dedicate to work. How that money is spent varies from person to person, from saving it all away for a bigger goal like buying a house or a new car you've been needing for months, to splurging on things you want like a new laptop or designer handbag, or just paying bills and getting the shopping in. Everyone spends money differently, but as it's recently been my birthday and my bonus is coming in this month, I'm torn between 'save it sister!' and 'treat 'yo self!'. To indulge my inner demons, I'm going to try and argue it out...with myself... and show you all the wonderful things you can buy with your payday pay packet. 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Celebrating 6 Years of Sœurs de Luxe | Bill's, St. Albans

Having hit our 6 year bloggiversary this year, we never got round to actually celebrating it. Following Bill's Restaurant, St. Albans's recent relaunch party we attended a few weeks ago and sampling some of their starters, we really wanted to give the rest of their food a try. The meatballs were exquisite and the halloumi fries were divine, we just had to taste more. It's safe to say the diet's went out the window when we visited as we gorged on a three-course feast.

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Benefit BADgal BANG! Mascara | First Impressions Review

So everyone will have seen the hype surrounding Benefit's £10m #OutOfThisWorld launch of their new BADgal BANG! mascara across the web and rave reviews have been cropping up everywhere. I however still wasn't convinced. Like the good blogger (lol) I am, I really wanted to make my own mind up about the mascara, so put it to the 36 hour test.


Thursday, February 01, 2018

Superdrug's NEW Some Body Protein Range | Reaching My Fitness Goals

Source: Superdrug.com

Okay, I said in my previous post that I wasn't into the whole 'New Year, New Me' goal setting, but I guess I lied... a little. My goal within the last few years was to get back to my weight in sixth form. you'll see various posts from me in the past few years that try new exercises, diets etc in a bid to lose weight, get fitter and get my old silhouette back. This year, it's just a re-commitment to myself to be better, thinner, fitter. 
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