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Beauty Bite: Bumble & Bumble Full Form Mousse

Just a quick morsel about my new favourite hair product!

I have very thick but fine hair, and as a result, getting any kid of long lasting volume is very tricky – the hair is too fine to be able to hold itself up at the roots! (At least, my gorgeous and charming hair guy, Philip, tells me!)

I’ve tried hundreds of shampoos and mousses and treatments to get some volume, but for the most part, although I achieve volume initially, it’s fallen flat again by the end of the day.

So, when I purchased Bumble and Bumble’s Full Form Mousse, I wasn’t expecting any miracles. But oh, what a wonderful surprise!

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I always blow dry with my fingers to ruffle up the hair at the roots and finish up blow-drying upside down (I look a fool I’m sure…) brushing the hair down the wrong way and this does go some way to achieving some volume, but when I added the product, the results were incredible!

The directions instruct you to work the product through damp hair, starting at the roots. It’s a great, thick mousse and you really only need a very small amount, just a palm full for all the hair really. Working though damp hair thoroughly and then blow drying, you are left with lightweight and very volumous hair, and there’s no nasty smell or residue afterwards! Hair is still silky soft and smooth and I don’t find it makes my hair greasy or heavy any quicker than sans-product!

Not only does it have a long lasting all-day effect upon my hair, but it actually lasts for days – I only wash my hair about every three days (When it needs it really, I don’t like to wash too often as it’s not good for the natural oils) and I never need to reapply the mousse, it stays strong and effective between washes!

I did find, however, that if you apply a little (or a lot) too much, you can feel it when hair is dry and it makes your fingers a bit dusty when running them through your hair – I play with my hair ALL THE TIME, and if there’s too much mousse, you can feel it coming off in your fingers and it’s not nice, but if you are sparing with the mousse, it gives the volume and none of the residue!

The smell is great too – not a harsh chemical spray that is reminicent of nasty cheap hairspray or salon treatments, but it’s a subtle, sort of floral scent that’s really gentle and nice!

IMG_0484I would definitely recommend Bumble & Bumble Full Form Mousse to anyone with heavy, flat hair, or even people who are just looking for that added wow-factor from really big hair! It lasts for days and just a quick ruffle with the fingers is enough to renew the volume and height and keep it fresh!

“For the illusion of more hair, layer and build. Boasting an innovative formula that contains shaping polymers to give hair extra definition, whilst keeping the natural sheen and healthy bounce of your locks. K.D.” – Spot on I’d say!

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Tuesday Bite: Style in a Hurry!

Tuesday Bite: Style in a Hurry!

I woke up late this morning. Or rather, I woke up very early and then went back to sleep…which resulted in me sleeping late!

So, needless to say, I was rushed for time and had to throw a quick look together!

today copy My go-to look is simple: A shirt, Jeans, Belt and Boots. I have hundreds of shirts, jeans and tousers and quite a few pair of boots, so I can throw together any number of different ensembles when I work off this formula!

This was very convenient this morning!

Shirt: Anthropologie
Jeans: Gap
Boots: Boden

The belt I bought in the south of France, but it’s gorgeous soft leather with lovely intricate engravings: My top tip is to grab leather accessories like this in Provence or Italy, as the quality is exceptional and it’s a fraction of the price of a real leather belt in this country!

With such a simple outfit, you can accessorize easily. I added some chunky gold earrings from Ralph Lauren to bring the outfit to life a bit more and a Links of London Friendship bracelet. Simple but effective!Hair 2

My other issue was that my hair was getting a little bit lank. I needed to put it up, but I find that when you have not-quite-but-very-nearly-greasy hair, doing something interesting with it actually disguises rather than draws attention to the state.

My favourite casual but pretty hairstyle.

I love to experiment and play with different styles in my hair and I do a lot with braids and plaits. This is such a quick style but it looks really complicated and it can be messy and casual (As I wore it today) or you can smarten it up and it looks really elegant and sophisticated.

DSCF0838But my ultimate hair saviours today have to be Percy & Reed’s Dry Shampoo and Conditioner. This stuff works like a miracle. You don’t need much and when you brush it through, you could easily have just washed your hair! Superdrug’s non-slip hair grips are also great, they stay put all day and there’s no need to keep fixing your hair every half hour!

Last but most definitely not least; my make-up basics and saviour for a day when I’m in a rush!

Yves Saint Laurent Eyebrow Pencil is divine! It comes with a brush and comb on the end to really blend the liner into the eyebrow and gives great shape and definition without being too heavy or obvious. It’s almost a tint, rather than a pencil and I fully recommend it, especially if you have thin eyebrows like me!

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat, the original highlighter: I’m sure everyone’s heard plenty about this, and it will have been reviewed countless time, but I adore it. It gets rid of those pesky dark lines and gives some great definition and coverage to the face when you don’t necessarily have time to do a full coverage!

DSCF0835Benefit’s cheat’s foundation was given to me as a gift and I have never been able to find it again, so I use it sparingly! But it’s a great touch on concealer, is very creamy and light and blends into the skin very well. It evens the skin tone really nicely without having to do a full face of foundation, great for when I’m in a rush and need to hide a few blemishes!

Dior Eyeshadow Palette. I’ve talked about this palette before, so I’ll keep it short. it has everything you need: an eyeliner, a base shadow and two tones of top-shadow to give some eye definition and shape and brightness. Saviour when you’re in a hurry!

So I managed to get ready (albeit a little sloppily!!) in just under 20 minutes, but I wouldn’t have been able to manage it without my tried and tested fall-backs!

Having a few staple items in your beauty and style book, and a few formulas that you can re-work and mix-up is really useful on a day when you don’t have as much time as you would like. Knowing what works in your routines and what outfits and styles suit you means that you can throw something together and slap something on in next to no time! it’s always nice to have lot’s of time to get ready, but sometimes that just isn’t an option!

Beauty Bite: My Cabinet Essentials!

Although products come and go, cleansers, serums, masks and treatments always change, there are some essentials that are all-time favourites and constant staples in my beauty regime!

The bathroom cabinet basics: (or a nifty little basket as my landlord hasn’t refitted my cabinet in the bathroom yet!!)

  • Basic Make Up Remover
    Neways True Touch Make-Up Remover. This is an online only, mail order company specialising in only using safe products and really gental ingredients. They are completely safe and chemical free products, so I find it’s really gentle on my skin and won’t irritate, no matter what concern I may have! I’m always changing my cleansers and toners etc. but I always use this before cleansing so that I don’t irritate my skin by scrubbing away too much with the cleansers. I love this product and will use it forever!
  • TCP
    The ultimate spot treatment. It stings like hell, but it really works. A couple of days of applying it gently with a cotton bud and it’s completely gone, and the redness is reduced from the first application. And no unslightly scarring! A godsend at less than £2 a bottle!
  • Basic All-Purpose Moisturiser
    DSCF0821Puriskin Therapy Resurfacing Formula. I use this mainly for my face when I don’t have any specific issues or concerns. It’s a great, gentle, general moisturiser that’s always there in case of emergencies or if I just need a light moisture. Also full of vitamins is proven to help reduce scarring and even skin tone, so thats a bonus!
  • Basic Body Lotion
    Sanctuary Body Lotion. Great general body lotion. Goes on a treat, isn’t too heavy and is a light, general body lotion. I use lots of different products depending on whether I want a gradual tan, or have particularly dry skin etc. but this is there for every-day, no fuss moisture! I love the scent and have used this for years!
  • Hand Cream
    Another old favourite! Trusty old L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream. I adore this hand cream. It doesn’t leave a funny residue on the hands, and is such an excellent deep moisturiser for the hands. I have used it for years and will continue to use it for years. The best hand cream I have ever come accross, and smells great!
  • Basic Shampoo and Conditioner
    Another Neways product. Exuberance Conditioner and Ultimate Shampoo. I use other shampoos and conditioners depending on circumstance: sometimes I have very dry and damaged hair and this doesn’t cut it, but it’s great for regular washing as it’s very gentle and light, leaving no weight in the hair and leaving it smooth, shiny and soft. But if I need a deep condition of repair, I need to use something else!
  • Lip Balm
    Kiehl’s SPF15 Lip Balm. Deep moisture, nice SPF coverage. Enough said!
  • Tweezerman Tweezers
    I will never be able to use any other tweezers again! These are great, the diagonal edge on the ends is great for getting the tricky little hairs and they are strong and firm enough to be useful! I’ve been ruined for any other tweezer manufacturers!
  • Cotton Wool Pads and Buds
    Need I elaborate?
  • Frangrance: Chanel No.19
    Okay, it doesn’t live in my beauty cabinet, but it’s an utter staple in my routine. It goes on after I’ve done my make up but before I get dressed and then I reapply after I have clothes on. I use it every day and have done so for years. I adore this fragrance and have no desire at all to change!!

fruitMy final beauty basic: Healthy diet and plenty of water. I cannot stress enough the importance of lots and lots of water and a balanced diet full of fresh fruit and vegetables. Every meal has fruit and/or veg and I must drink about 6 litres of water a day! It has a remarkable effect on the skin and it is my ULTIMATE staple in any beauty regime!

Having a few tried and tested staple products always at close hand is a must for any beauty regime. Cleansers, toners, serums, treatments and masks all change with the times, but when you’re on to a good thing, why change it?