Friday, 22 April 2016

Diamond Dust - A Girl's Best Friend

label.m is constantly innovating and releasing new ways to keep our hair looking its shiny best. And what are really, really shiny? Diamonds! Their new Diamond Dust range has an exclusive Micro-Diamond complex; with real black diamonds and white diamonds, pearl dust, champagne and white rose petal oil. Luxe. It makes my hair feel so smooth and I really love the smell, it reminds me a little of one of my favourite perfumes – Narciso Rodriguez Essence. It’s free from sulphates and parabens too. Just one gripe: the formula is so thick and rich that it can be quite hard to get out of the bottle. I squeeze tightly and persevere for the luxurious shower experience that follows.

I was kind of surprised to see a body lotion in the range – I thought the brand only did haircare and I had to read the tube a few times before eventually confirming that yes, it’s definitely for my bod and not my locks. Saying that, it’s all I can do to remember my pants when I go to the gym in the morning, so I have actually used a teeny bit of the body lotion instead of hair serum before. It makes your hair look really shiny because of the tiny flecks of shimmer.

At the moment, you get a free Jean-Pierre Braganza tote bag when you buy three label.m products.

Get your Diamond Dust products here.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

‘Me Day’ with Headmasters

I love getting my hair done - a quick refresh has the power to make you feel like a better, bouncier, shinier version of yourself. Unfortunately, a trip to the hairdressers can also feel like bad news for your bank account. UK franchise ‘Headmasters’ recognises the importance of ‘quality, luxury and affordable hairdressing.  Their dedication to ‘confidence-boosting hair’ has won my loyalty for my past three haircuts.

Post-holiday, my sun-bleached locks could do with a treat. Headmasters offers a ‘Me Day’ offer where you can get a wash, cut, half-head of highlights (or balayage) and blowdry for the not-so-princely sum of £89.  

I chose the Soho branch for my appointment.

Kieran had cut my hair there before (excellently) but wasn’t available, so I had Siân, their Colour Expert. After too many hours spent on Pinterest, I had deduced that I wanted a choppy long(ish) bob with enhanced blonde bits. We collaborated on some ideas before settling on the perfect hair plan.

Siân delivered on every level, whipping my locks into a wonderfully undone, natural-looking style. The team in Soho is great fun, and the hours sped by as we laughed and chatted together.

Great cut, lovely colour and happy vibes without too much expense – what more could you ask for? They really are Headmasters.

Headmasters Soho, 13 Poland St, London W1F 8QB
0345 459 7733

When you opt for 'Balayage', the colour is painted on by hand...

...freestyle colour

The effect is sun-bleached and natural

The back

I was happy with the results!

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Glo for Colour this Easter

When it comes to colour cosmetics, I tend to favour Mac and Nars, but there is always space for cool new contenders. Well, there’s always space in my heart, if not on my shelves!

If I’m looking to diversify my beauty collection and decrease my wallet size, cult beauty shop BeautyMART is usually my first port of call – they’re so ahead of the curve.  It makes sense, then, that BeautyMART introduced me to Glo & Ray. These guys take ‘the chemistry of colour as constant inspiration’ for their range of highly pigmented products.

I tried a couple of their products and was impressed with their eyeliner. Glo & Ray eyeliners have ‘Ultra-Adhesion Technology’. I tried the ‘Houston’ Eternity eyeliner which is a deep, shimmery grey. It performed incredibly well, staying put from (very early) morning until I got home that evening. I loved switching up my usual black. I paired my smoky grey eye with La Amo Creamy Lip Colour in Love&Hate. The formula is great, really moisturising and comfortable to wear. Everything’s very reasonably priced (Eternity Long-lasting eyeliners are £9.00 and LaAmo lipsticks are £12.00).

If you’re getting a bit too comfortable with your make-up basics, I’d recommend shaking things up with Glo & Ray – it’s always good to inject a bit of colour into these rainy March days! We've got time to experiment with Easter fast approaching...Happy Easter Fashion Slanters.

Glo & Ray is available to buy here and at BeautyMART in Topshop Oxford Circus. 

The full look - I used Mac's Dirty Blond on my brows and their Mineralise Skinfinish in 'Soft and Gentle' for overall skin glow. I've got Glo & Ray Houston eyeliner on, with my semi-perm individual lashes and a taupe Nars eyeshadow. 

Monday, 18 January 2016

Five Surprising Things About a Cunard Cruise

1.   It’s actually really glam. And it’s fun getting dolled up. I mostly went for cocktail dresses and jewels.

2.   It’s isn’t just for oldies. Of course, there are quite a few elderly passengers, but there were lots of younger pups too, especially in Hemispheres nightclub.

3.  You sort of forget you’re on a boat. Except when it’s choppy. Then you remember fairly quickly.

4.  You meet interesting people. At every turn, you’ll meet someone friendly to talk to. Or talk at, if you’ve been sampling the cocktails. Nobody seems to mind.

5.  The food is incredible. Breakfast is glorious, lunch is an event and then there’s the world-famous Cunard Afternoon Tea to contend with. At dinner, portion sizes are quite manageable, so you won’t feel over-stuffed for the evening ahead. (If you want to visit the buffet on the way back to your room, that, my friend, is your prerogative.)

I think the best antidote to 'Blue Monday' is plotting something fun. If you have never cruised before, I’d definitely recommend adding this to your 2016 plan. I went on the Southampton to Zeebrugge one with my mum before Christmas and we had such an amazing time.

Bon Voyage

Packing! Glam frocks, passport and train wine are all essentials for a cruise, in my opinion

Enjoying a drink from the comfort of our balcony room (wearing the Kate from Little Black Dress)

I finally had an occasion to wear my Jenny Packham frock 

With Mum - Christmas card ready

Shameless selfie #1,000 (probably)

It's so fun making somewhere new your home - my jewellery and hair pieces were from places like Butler & Wilson (star burst), Johnny Loves Rosie (red feather clip), H&M (hair bow) and Topshop (sparkly earrings)

Some essential bedtime reading

Mum's evening 'do'

It was so beautiful on the Queen Victoria

We wrapped up warm for our day in Bruges

An 'informal' evening outfit for our final night with Clarks shoes (sooo comfy and neutral - I'll be wearing these all summer too)