My tips for coloured hair // dyeing & maintaining.

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I think it's safe to say that when it comes to dyeing my hair, I've been round the block a few times. I've been pretty much every hair colour under the sun and I think that makes me a bit of a hair dye connoisseur. As I'm very much a DIY kind of gal, I've had a lot of practice and developed a few tips and tricks over the years. 

So I thought I would share a few tips to help you if you are looking to dye your hair some jazzy colours or just looking to maintain colour you already have.

Dyeing //

One of my biggest tips for dyeing your hair, especially when dying your hair artificial colours is to always put the dye on dry hair. Most packaging will tell you to use it on damp/towel dried hair, but I find putting it on dry hair allows for a more even coverage and helps the colour to fully saturate into your hair.

Conditioner is your friend. Mixing your dye with conditioner not only means you can get more use out of your dye, it also enables you to mix your own colours to get the exact look you are going for. Also, even though most non-natural hair dyes are just vegetable dyes and aren't actually that damaging, adding conditioner to your dye means that your hair will be in the best possible condition from the get go and will hold you in good stead for when it comes to maintaining the colour.

Ensure the hair is fully coated and has been properly saturated. I always make sure to divide my hair and dye it bit by bit and properly work the dye into my hair using my hands. By rubbing it all in and separating the strands it will prevent a patchy dye job which nobody wants (trust me, I've been there) but will also make the colour last longer because it is properly in the hair follicles. 

Do a bit of research into brands to use, some are much better for keeping colour than others. My go to brands are Bleach London (not the best for keeping colour, but I love the shades,) Schwarzkopf and colour freedom. I've also heard amazing things about Arctic Fox and think I'll be trying them next time. All these brands produce really lovely colours, are really good for mixing and building up colour and are also for the most part quite long lasting.

When it comes to rinsing the colour out, make sure you use cold water, it's not the most comfortable experience but will ensure the colour locks into the hair helping it to last a lot longer. Warm or hot water will pretty much just rinse the majority of the colour out straight away.


Maintaining //

This is going to sound super grubby but the best way to stop your colour fading is to wash it as little as possible. I went from washing my hair 2-3 times a week to 1-2 and have noticed a vast improvement in how often I need to top up the colour. If you can just reduce the amount of times you wash your hair it will be a massive help in maintaning your colour.

When it comes to not washing your hair as much, dry shampoo will become your best friend. It is perfect for helping to keep your hair looking fresh during those in between days. Some brands now offer coloured dry shampoos which are also perfect for hiding those pesky roots for a little bit longer too.

If you can find shampoos and conditioners that are specifically designed to maintain colour, this will also help prevent colour leakage when washing your hair as it will help to keep it locked in a bit more. I recently started using the Bleach London pink shampoo and conditioners which actually contain colour, so help top up your dye with each wash. They aren't dyes so aren't a massive help, but they do enough to keep it looking slightly brighter.


These were just a few of the things I do to keep my hair looking as fresh as possible. Obviously these are all affected by the individual hair quality and colour. Some colours do just stay in your hair better whereas others are just a bit more of a ball ache to maintain. Pink is one of these colours, and is definitely more of a commitment than other hair colours I have been, so that is also something to bear in mind when picking a colour to go.

What's your favourite hair colour?
Do you have any tips for maintaining colour?

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Char xx 

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Black Lipstick FOTD // Not just for Halloween

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It's no secret that my main aesthetic is the whole pastel goth thing, what can I say? pink & black just works. Part of that whole vibe is that I love to experiment with my appearance and push the boat out a bit. I also love to bring elements of Halloween into my everyday look. 

Black lipstick is one of those things that I was scared of for so long, I saw so many fabulous ladies on Instagram rocking it but thought that I'd look a fool as it's such a strong look. I've since found a strong love for black lipstick, I just think it looks really cool. I'll admit that it brings with it a lot of strange looks from people who aren't quite used to it, but who cares? One of the things I struggled with at first when wearing black lipstick was how to stop it looking too 'fancy dress' so that it fitted into day to day life. 

I thought I'd share my wearable black lipstick look to show how easy it is to rock, to show you that it's not a lip colour that you should be scared of. At first I used to do little to no eye makeup when wearing black lipstick because I was worried it would just look like Halloween make up, but upon reflection it didn't work that well, it kind of drained me and made me look a bit dead. Now, I opt for a dark but subtle smokey eye to add a bit of contrast and to take away the attention a little bit, and I definitely prefer how it looks like this.



Obviously the main attraction of the look is the lipstick so I think it's important not to go too bold with the colours as it could look like there's too much going on. I chose a dark brown/black smokey eye but you could try grey, or a copper/brown smokey eye, I think all would suit it. Normally I wear false eyelashes day to day, but my hay fever was playing up when I took these photos so I left them off. False eyelashes are obviously optional, they do make the look all kinds of extra, which I love but I know is not everyone's cup of tea.


FOUNDATION // Rimmel Lasting Finish - 200 Soft Beige
CONCEALER // Collection 200 - Fair
POWDER //  Loreal True Match - Rose Vanilla
BRONZER // Bourjois Bronzing Powder
EYEBROWS // Stila - In the Light Palette
EYESHADOW // Stila - In the Light Palette
EYELINER // Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner
MASCARA // Rimmel Wonder'full
LIP LINER // Rimmel - Black Eyeliner
LIPSTICK // Barry M 

My main tip when applying black lipstick is to use a lip liner, because the colour can bleed quite a bit, and it's definitely not the most subtle colour to have smudged all over your face. I don't own a black lip liner so I just use a black pencil eyeliner which works just as well. 


I love this look so much, it brings out the Morticia Addams goth queen within me, and whilst it's definitely not a typical look I'd wear everyday, it's nice to experiment with something different and mix it up a bit. 

Plus every time I do this look I get 100 times more excited for Halloween...Hurry up October! 

What are your thoughts on black lipstick?
Are you brave enough to give it a go?
What's your favourite makeup look to experiment with?

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Char xx

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This Week #15

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My bad for this post being up late, I've had a pretty busy week and I think over the weekend everything caught up with me and I just needed to chill. 

This week has been pretty productive in terms of blogging, taking photos and general admin. I had a massive spring clean of my bedroom, getting rid of 6 bags of clothes and 4 bags of general tat, and I must say it feels like a weight off my shoulders. As cliche as it sounds, a tidy space does equal a tidy mind. 

Friday and Saturday night were both absolute chill fests, sometimes it's easy to forget how nice it is to stay in and have a solo chill evening. It felt so nice to rest and recuperate. On Sunday I headed up to London for a family BBQ to celebrate my brother and cousin's birthdays. Our family love the booze and of course things escalated a bit. 

I don't really have a massive amount planned for this upcoming week/ weekend apart from work. I might try and get ahead on some outfit posts/photos and get some ideas down for posts -- I've already started thinking about my Halloween/Autumn content, which is probably incredibly sad, but it's my favourite time of year and I want to go all out this time. 

This week will also see my starting a new hobby, as my ballet class is on a 6 week break over the summer I wanted to fill the time with another activity, so one of my friends from work is going to try and teach me guitar. It's been on my list of things I've wanted to learn for years and finally I'm going to commit and actually try and learn. We shall see how I get on, I sense that I may be a lost cause. 

How was your week?
What are your plans for this week/weekend?

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Char xx
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Hobbit Encounters // Alice's Adventures Underground.

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“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?” // Lewis Carroll

For my friend's birthday I took her on an adventure in wonderland (well, the Vaults underneath Waterloo station) to attend 'Alice's Adventures Underground.'  Returning after a sell out run in 2015, the Olivier award nominated 'Alice Underground' is an immersive theatre experience in an adaption of  - you guessed it - Alice in Wonderland.


The website invites you to 'tumble down the rabbit hole and make a series of choices in a theatrical adventure like no other.'  It is definitely like no other theatre experience I've ever had. When I say it's an immersive theatre experience I really mean that, it's pure audience involvement, major hats off to the actors for their incredible improv skills. Whilst it tells the story of Wonderland we don't follow it from Alice's perspective our adventure is from the perspective of the card suits.


The thing that is so amazing about this experience is that no individual experience is the same, there are so many twists & turns and different elements. Every decision you make takes you on a different path and the audience involvement means that you are always on your toes and ready to set off on another part of the adventure. It's one that can be enjoyed again and again as well because even if you've been before you can guarantee that on your next visit you will experience something different. I don't want to give too much away as I wouldn't want to ruin anyone's experience, but on our journey through Wonderland we met so many familiar faces; The White Rabbit, The Mock Turtle, Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum and the Mad Hatter, to name a few. 

I must say that the actors in this show were absolutely phenomenal, all their performances were amazing, they all stayed in character consistently, despite having to involve so much improvisation. They were all so believable that reality felt truly suspended and you could for a minute believe you'd actually stumbled into Wonderland. The attention to detail in this show was absolutely insane, considering how vast the show is, every single prop, set design and costume was absolutely perfect and fit with the theme perfectly. It was so aesthetically pleasing and every where you looked there was a secret little detail or something exciting to look at. I'm a sucker for costumes and the costumes were to die for, I loved the use of props and puppetry to help set the scene. It was a theatre geeks dream I must say.




The fun isn't over once the show is over or even before it's begun because there is a really cool bar that you can visit before and after and I think even separately, which of course carried on the magic. Even the attention to detail in the bar was incredible, and it was the perfect stop for those Instagram snaps as cameras and photography aren't allowed during the actual performance. They even had an area where you can play flamingo croquet -- which of course, I was terrible at. The cocktails were all Alice in Wonderland themed of course, I would recommend a 'painting the roses red' it was so delicious, but I can't actually remember what was in it.





It most definitely wasn't the cheapest experience, costing at £50+ a head depending on when you go, but it is 100% worth the money, especially if you are looking to go as a treat or for a special occasion, it is so memorable and you will be talking about it for weeks after. I would thoroughly recommend going if you have the chance before it finishes, it's a must see in my opinion. 

I absolutely loved our experience in Wonderland, it was truly magical and we had such an amazing time. Me and my friend both left with smiles wider than the Cheshire Cat's. I loved the unique twists on this classic tale. If you love Alice in Wonderland then what are you waiting for? If you're not the biggest fan, you would 100% still enjoy this crazy take on a trip to the theatre. I already want to go back and see where the adventure takes me next time.


Does this sound like your cup of tea?
Have you been? What did you think?
What theatre experiences/shows would you recommend?

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Char xx

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Think Pink // feat. Bleach London & Colour Freedom.

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And here we go again...

If you follow me on instagram  you will have already seen that I have dyed my hair again. In fairness, I did already make it clear that once I'd gone back blonde that it wouldn't be that long before I dyed it again. This time I have gone for my personal favourite: pink. I love pink hair I think it is so stunning, it looks amazing in both bright and pastel shades. I am just obsessed with pink hair so I knew I had to re dye mine pink.


BLEACH LONDON // ROSE
BLEACH LONDON // VIOLET SKIES
BLEACH LONDON // AWKWARD PEACH
COLOUR FREEDOM // PINK PIZAZZ

I used a mix of colours from two different brands; Bleach London and Colour Freedom. I've used Bleach London before and I am a massive fan. This was the first time I've tried Colour Freedom products and I was pleasantly surprised. The colour is very pigmented, it feels nice on your hair and you get a really reasonable sized bottle of dye.

My approach when it comes to hair dye is shove a bunch in a pot and mix it all together until it resembles a colour you like the look of. I love experimenting with colours and every time you top it up you get something a bit different which is really cool. Pink is obviously not the most long lasting colour which is a bit annoying, and these brands are not the most long lasting dyes that I've used but they do last quite a while, I normally have to top it up every couple of weeks. I may look into finding another brand that is a bit longer lasting to mix with these dyes to help keep it pinker for longer. My magic tip is to leave these dyes on for between half an hour and an hour, the packaging says it only needs 10-15 minutes but the longer you leave it the more the hair will soak up they dye, and because they are only vegetable dyes they won't damage your hair like other dyes do when you leave them on longer.


BEFORE

I love having pink hair again, it feels very me. I'm so excited to try different variations of colour maybe adding more of the peach to make it more peachy and even giving a more purpley pink a go. There are so many colour possibilities.

AFTER 

I would definitely give these colours a go if you are looking to try pink hair for yourself, they are really easy to use and create beautiful colours.

What's your go to hair dye brand?
What's your favourite hair colour?

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Char xx 

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This Week #14

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I'm currently writing this from the comfort of my bed cocooned in my duvet, nursing cup of tea after cup of tea...that's what Sundays are for, right? 

This week has been mostly spent at work, and trying to catch up on blogging and enjoying this fabulous weather in the evenings. I've been desperately trying to get back into fitness this week, so I've started running again, went back to ballet lessons after a couple of weeks off and have been doing daily stretches to try and improve my back flexibility and get myself closer to being able to do the splits again. I am feeling super motivated at the moment. 

Yesterday was a busy one for me, I was back in London in the morning/early afternoon to catch some of Pride, unfortunately we weren't able to be there that long as we were off to Hyde Park for BST festival to go see The Killers. From what I experienced of Pride i absolutely loved it and will 100% be going next year to experience it properly. 

The Killers have been one of my favourite bands for like the past 10 years and I've been desperate to see them for so long and they definitely did not disappoint me. They put on such a good show, the atmosphere was absolutely insane . You can tell they are from Las Vegas because they definitely know how to give an epic performance, Brandon Flowers is such a showman. The whole thing was just perfect for me, they played all my favourite songs and I'm still buzzing from the whole thing. I hope it won't be the last time I see them perform live. 

After such an amazing the day the journey home nearly destroyed me, we didn't get back home until 3:30 am, hence why I'm literally glued to my bed right now, I don't even feel hungover, just absolutely knackered. I'm getting too old for these late nights I think. 

For now if anyone needs me I'll be back in my cave of blankets, drifting in and out of naps and watching some feel good films/anime's.

How was your week?
What are your plans for the upcoming week?

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Char xx


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Summer Holiday Wishlist // Lace Up Swimsuit

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Despite not actually going on holiday until the end of the year, I've been majorly looking for some summer outfit inspiration - basically I've just been creeping on swimwear. I've recently become so obsessed with the lace up style swimsuits, as well as cut out swimsuits & high waisted bikinis. 

Rosegal is a fashion company that specialises in mixing vintage style and it's 'understated simplicity' and mixing it with contemporary styles to create the ultimate fashion hybrid. As I'm sure you all know by now that I have a very similar fashion style, I love taking vintage looking tea dresses or classic fashion pieces and making them modern & grunging them up a bit. 

Rosegal offers a wide range of clothing, including some pretty fabulous beachy pieces and swimwear. I am absolutely obsessed with bright yellows mixed with monochrome at the moment and Rosegal's yellow crochet bikini's would look amazing paired with a black cover up/kimono and a floppy hat.

Here are some of the items from Rosegal that I've got my eye on that would be perfect summer holiday pieces.


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As I'm sure you are well aware by now, I'm obsessed with culotte trousers and these beautiful white and black striped Palazzo pants are no exception. These look like the perfect holiday trousers, because of the style they are airy and light, and the colouring won't absorb to much heat. They look absolutely stunning, I love the side tie detail, it really helps bring the look together and makes them look very classic and smart.

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Bright coloured prints always scream holidays to me, there's something about being in another place where you don't know anyone that brings out a bolder, braver sense of style. I absolutely adore this blue and white floral two piece, it's so beautiful to look at. I love co-ords because they are so versatile, you could rock this outfit with flip flops and a hat for a stroll along the beach or doll it up with some accessories and wedges to go out for dinner or drinks. The colours also just scream 'holiday abroad' at me, you know how all the houses you see when you go on holiday are white with blue details? Is that a thing? Or am I weird for noticing that.

I would definitely recommend checking out Rosegal if you're looking for some bits and pieces for your holiday. Their clothes look nice quality and are actually really affordable, they currently have some amazing sales and offers on, so go check out their 'deal zone'  for some absolute bargains. 

What's your favourite item from this wishlist?
What is your summer holiday staple item?

*This post was written in collaboration with Rosegal but all the items were chosen by myself and all opinions are my own. 

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Char xx
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