Sunday, 19 April 2015

Brush off April showers: top tips for frizz free hair

How to keep hair frizz free
All products: Just My Look*

We're halfway through April and, so far, we've remained relatively unscathed when it comes to April showers. Apologies, if I have now jinxed the nice weather and we're cursed with thunderstorms for the rest of the month... umm, oops. I'm not taking any chances, so I've prepared myself with armfuls of products to keep hair frizz free during the supposed rainy season.

The super-duo that is the Tigi Catwalk Oatmeal and Honey shampoo and conditioner is first on my list of key products. This huge double pack is great value for a start, not only that but it smells amazing too. I may have almost licked the shampoo in the shower, but managed to resist. Just. It's a seriously moisturising set, making even my super heat damaged hair silky smooth to the touch. Beginning with these products is a great starting point to beating the frizz.

In my opinion, a hugely important step in minimising fly away hair is reducing damage and preventing split ends. I've used Tangle Teezer brushes for a few years now and I really do think they're a brilliant product. Running one of these through your hair after a shower is, not only, pain free but reduces breakage too. 

Once the knots are smoothed out, I run a dollop of Tigi's Bed Head Control Freak Serum through the mid-lengths and ends. You can't really see from my photo, but the serum itself is a shimmery green product... I love it. But don't worry, you're not left with a headful of glitter, it's very subtle in the bottle and doesn't transfer to hair at all. Applying this before blowdrying and styling my hair has been a lifesaver recently. It ensures that my naturally curly hair stays straight all day, even if it comes into contact with damp weather.

Finally, I seal everything in with a spray of Tigi's Spoil Me Defrizzer which, pretty much, does what it says on the tin... quite literally. By the time this goes on to my hair, it's already dry, styled and straight... I just want to make sure it stays that way. This product prevents static while conditioning the ends of the hair to ensure that any damaged, split ends stay slightly weighed down and don't become flyaway. It's a versatile product, that could also be used on curly hair to define waves and reduce frizz. 

A combination of these wonder-products has resulted in my hair remaining super soft and smooth all day long, even if I do get caught in the occasional drizzle. What are your top tips for silky smooth hair?

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Ultra Brow - the ultimate eyebrow palette by Makeup Revolution

Ultra Brow Makeup Revolution review
Makeup revolution ultra brow kit swatches
makeup revolution fair eyebrow palette swatches review
Ultra Brow - Makeup Revolution (Fair-Medium)*
Swatches as product appears in palette

I don't fill my eyebrows in - but purely because I hadn't yet found a product that doesn't look unnatural on my fair eyebrows. Despite my hair being a mid-auburn/brown, my eyebrows are light and more suited to someone with much fairer hair. Most people manage to do it perfectly, despite having lighter eyebrows, but for some reason I always turn out looking like a pantomime Dame. Even Benefit's fairest Browzings kit hasn't worked out for me and, usually, Benefit can do no wrong in my books.

Makeup Revolution have bought out another amazing product, possibly solving my eyebrow issues! Ultra Brow contains one fair eyebrow pencil, four powders in varying shades, two tinted waxes, an arch enhancing cream, highlighter, tweezers and brush applicators. They've pretty much covered all bases with this nifty little kit. 

I'm so impressed with the powder shades which, as you can see from my freckled arm, range from a lightest of light, barely there blond shade to a light-mid brown - perfect for any lighter complexions and hair colours. The brown wax is a little darker and I'll be using this sparingly, but the lighter wax could easily be applied over the top of a powder to set the product. The arch enhancing cream (long, thin product in top right of palette) is genius, neatening up your arch after you've finished splashing coloured powder over your brows - it's the perfect end to your eyebrow routine. 

Yet again, I'm really impressed with Makeup Revolution's newest release. I'd definitely recommend checking it out if, like me, you've so far struggled to find your perfect brow shade - look no more! Based on the range of colours in the fair-medium palette, I'm sure that the medium-dark and dark-black palettes are just as impressive.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Lifestyle: a new job


I'm always curious about people's real lives, outside of blogging, so I thought I'd write a little update on my new job role... 

As you may well know, I returned from travelling in December 2014 and Josh and I moved back to Cheltenham after Christmas. Josh picked up with his work as an event logistics manager straight away and I promptly started looking for a new marketing job. I was incredibly lucky, as after only 2 weeks of searching, I spotted, applied for and was offered my ideal job!

For the last couple of months, I've been settling into my new role as Social Media and Marketing Executive at Whittard of Chelsea - specialists in loose tea, coffee and luxurious hot chocolate. I'm really enjoying working with the team at Head Office. It's different, in some ways, from my fashion PR and marketing background but it's a great brand to work for, with amazing products and there are some very exciting plans in the pipeline!

If you love excellent tea, coffee or hot chocolate as much as me, then you can find Whittard of Chelsea's social media accounts here: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram

Working with the products every day, means that I've developed a wish list as long as my arm! I've collated a few of my favourite products below, including the lovely White Rabbit mug that I have my morning tea in, plus a couple of my favourite drinks and other tableware...