I have been feeling like a bit of a change with my hair after four years of varying shades of pink. I wanted to mix things up a little bit. I have been loving the bright orange hair, and the faded peachy pink too. I wanted to incorporate a second colour so it made sense after lusting over many pinterest searches for ideas, that this is what I decided on. A tequila sunrise, a neon sunset if you will, this beaut pink and orange ombre hair style. I love the pastel neon shade the paintbox colours have come out, the vibrancy is impressive of the Fudge brand. I have never used them before and I think I will be using them again in future now.
I have to be totally honest with you, I have never been one for much of a skin care routine and I have never been very #skincareaware. It has only been in the last year or so that I have started to dabble in a routine and try out new products. I have definitely realised that since I am now pushing 30 I need to start looking after my skin, particularly more so now that the summer is creeping up on us.
When Destination Skin got in touch to inform me that next week is #SkinCareAware week, and to see if I would like to pop along to one of their branches to see what would be the best skin care routine for me, I thought I could do with some professional advice and booked my appointment. Although, I must have been lucky, as my skin isn’t that bad, but I do suffer with a redness to my cheeks and have some pigmentation from sun damage. I also have some crows feet creeping in and not to mention the bags under my eyes.
I’m not the best person for relaying scientific information but in simple terms, your skin has three layers and over time the top layer can break down and be damaged by our daily activities and become thin. I’m sure we all are aware of this. What I didn’t know, is that the bottom layer of skin is there to hold it in place (so were not all walking around like some kind of year 8 science class skeleton model!) and as we age, if we don’t take care of our skin, that layer actually comes away from our structure and that’s what gives us wrinkles and saggy skin. You read up on the science bit on Destination Skin’s blog which has lots of helpful information if you are also looking to start a skincare regime.
I have been prescribed a concoction of products to aid my new skin care routine. I have been using them for about two weeks now and I my skin is already looking healthier. Today I went in to the Destination Skin branch in Bristol again, to try out the light therapy treatment which helps boost collagen in the skin and target the pigmentation. Although it takes 1-3 months to really see a proper difference, I could see my skin was definitely less red when I came out.
It has been really great to be educated on my skin, I used to think it was all a load of jargon, but it’s great to hear the science behind it all and actually understand why I should be looking after my skin.
WHAT DOES #SKINCAREAWARE MEAN?
The #skincareaware campaign is brought to you by DestinationSkin to help protect, prevent and correct past and future skin damage. To prove their commitment to improving skin health, DestinationSkin are offering free skin scanning throughout the campaign. A skin scan is a quick and easy way to take a deeper look at the health of your skin under a UV lamp to identify areas of sun damage (pigmentation), dehydration and oiliness.
*this post has been made possible with the help of Destination Skin and the #SkinCareAware campaign
Today I am going to take your through the steps on how to get rose gold hair. It has taken me a while to decide to go this colour, I have been having a mid hair crisis for a while now. I knew I wanted a change but I couldn’t decide on what that change was. I was describing a kind of pinky taupe colour to people that asked what was going on with my hair, but it wasn’t until I was browsing Pinterest the other day, that I saw the exact pinky taupe colour I wanted being described as rose gold.
As soon as I saw the varying shades of rose gold hair, I knew that was the colour I wanted to go for summer. It also then suddenly became clear how I was going to achieve that, and in the video below I take you through what you’ll need. I had faded my hair our for as long as I could. I used Head & Shoulders for a few washes since I heard that helps strip the colour out quicker.
I started by using the Bleach London Awkward Peach mix with Pastel Pink Directions and a drop of Flamingo Pink Directions which was a fantastic mix and just what I was after. But half way through application I ran out and had to improvise. With no more Awkward Peach to hand, I reverted back to my stash of Directions and mixed a tonne of conditioner along with a tiny drop of Flame Directions and a hint of the Flamingo Pink. I was able to mix almost an exact replica of the Awkward Peach but for more than half the price.
Going forward to keep my colour topped up, I will be sticking with the later mixture rather than buying the Bleach London colours again. Although I love the Bleach London branding and colour range, and the fact you can buy easily in Boots, realistically it’s not the best product I have ever bought. The bottle shaped bottle (!?) makes it really tough to get all the mixture out. I would have had to buy three or for bottles for full coverage if I hadn’t mixed it up for my hair. It’s much more economical to mix your own from Flame Directions with some pink, but if you’re not experienced in colour mixing then perhaps stick to the bottle of Bleach London to be on the safe side.
I had such a fab and relaxing evening on Monday night at The Celtic Manor Forum Spa with Elemis. Lily and I headed over for an evening of pampering. I was so excited, having seen photos of the Forum Spa after attending The Celtic Manor for the first time back at Christmas time, it looked so luxurious, I was so pleased to have been invited back.
We were greeted with a glass of bubbly and the most delicious chocolate covered strawberries.We were shown to our lockers, which were personalised and filled with goodies, and given a brief tour of the facilities. We changed in to our costumes and the very snuggly robes that were provided and then headed back out to treatment area where we were offered massages, facials and manicures throughout the evening.
I suffer from a redness to my skin, particularly when I am warm (…embarrassed, nervous, cold…!) my skin flushes. So I went for the O2 Soothing Facial which cools the skin and targets the red areas. Everyone said how glowing my skin looked after.
We had full access to the spa facilities, the GORGEOUS pool (which I was genuinely blown away by) the sauna, jacuzzi and lounge area. The whole area is decorated beautifully and gives such a relaxing vibe throughout, I felt like I stepped in to a Mediterranean temple.
Having seen the spa, it is definitely somewhere on my list to visit again, there’s something magical about The Celtic Manor, it’s a fantastic resort with so much to offer. The mini bus service to and from the car park is the cherry on the top, I can’t wait to go back.
This week I have had my legs out quite a few times and I decided I needed to get my body summer ready. I don’t have any products about the house, so I decided to try a few all natural DIY skincare hacks, instead of spending a fortune on skincare products. Go and grab yourself a green juice (or a cheeky cider) and come and join me in my garden for some pampering. I am using epsom salt which Kaycie gave me to try and followed a few recipes to make my own facial, body scrub and foot soak.
You will need
A flip top jar
Mix 2 parts Epsom Salt to one part olive oil. Stir
DIY Body Scrub
You will Need
Rosemary (or you choice of herb, peppermint is refreshing, lavender calming and rosemary invigorating… Depending on your mood.)
A Flip Top Jar
As before, mix 2 parts epsom salt to one part olive oil then add the juice of one lemon and a handful of your chosen herbs. Stir.
DIY Foot Scrub
What You Will Need
Warm Soapy Water
Two cupfuls of Epsom Salt
Get a bowl of warm soapy water and chuck in two cupfuls of epsom salt and mix.
Next, grab your drink, pop your feet in to soak.
Pop on your scrub gloves and use the DIY body scrub to rub all over your body or the areas that you think need some work.
Rub your DIY facial mix in to your face in upwards circular motions.
Six back and relax.
After soaking, use your pedi kit to scrub and buff your feet.
Jump in the shower (or better still, soak in the bath) to wash it all off.
Remove your nail varnish and push your cuticles back.
Chose a colourful summer nail varnish and paint your toes pretty.
You are now ready for that pool party and BBQ!
ENJOY THE SUNSHINE.
Don’t forget sunscreen!