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Review: Scott Cornwall Colour Restore Candy Toner

2 Oct 2015

A little while ago, I was emailed about a new hair colour toner by Scott Cornwall called Candy. Unlike usual blonde hair toners which take away brassiness and make blondes whiter, this one is designed to inject a peachy pink tone into blonde hair, to warm it up. 

It's really easy to use, you just wash your hair normally, and then wearing gloves, massage this into your hair. You then comb through so it's evenly distributed and then wait 20 minutes before washing off. 

Here are the results on my highlighted hair

There didn't seem to be too much difference for me. After I'd dried my hair, my boyfriend said "I thought you said you'd gone to dye your hair?". I think around my roots and fringe where the bleach is fresher you can see there is a slight "warmth" in my hair rather than the ashy tones in the before photo. However, I don't think this was designed for me, but rather people with a full head of bleached hair.

The toner left my hair feeling really soft and has a lovely fruity smell. I was a little disappointed by the result in my hair - I was hoping for a pinky/peach instagram-filter effect on my hair but I think I got my hopes too high. It's more orangey peach than I expected too, I was hoping a more candy pink. I would love to see this on people who have bleached hair, like Lauren Spearman who rocks awkward peach like no other (girl crush).


30 Sep 2015

A couple of weeks ago, Sam and I made the annual trip to Alora, in Andalucia, Spain. Sam's dad lives out there, in the mountains north of Malaga. It's a great place, full of friendly locals who invite us to all sorts of amazing events. Nobody speaks English so it's a great opportunity for me to practice my Spanish and get an authentic slice of Spain. 

Sam's dad has recently moved so we got to see his new flat, complete with gorgeous pool! 

Finally getting the opportunity to wear my ASOS swimsuit!

On Sunday we went to the Romeria - a pilgrimage of the Virgin of the Flowers. Everyone dresses in traditional costume, the women dance flamenco and the men ride horses. It was amazing!

The next day we headed down to the lakes - El Chorro! They're gorgeous dammed lakes where you can jump off cliffs or rent pedalos.

We got Sam's Dad's first selfie!

I even got brave enough to get my scoliosis spinal fusion scar out! 

We saw so many gorgeous views, did lots of sleeping, eating and drinking and had a fab time!  I'd totally recommend going if you like quiet, country places with friendly people and yummy food. There's an amazing hotel called La Garganta in El Chorro where I'd love to stay.

Outfit Post: Autumnal Weather and Massive Handbags

28 Sep 2015

I love Autumn, particularly those gorgeous sunny days with a slight chill in the shadows. Last weekend I wore one my favourite transitional pieces - a jumper dress. I've been wearing them over normal dresses so I can stay cool or warm up whenever needed! 

I'm wearing Topshop jumper dress from eBay, black shoes from Topshop, H&M hat and my new leather bucket handbag c/o Yoshi. This is the Yoshi Borden bag in navy which costs £70. It's perfect for going back to University - big enough for all my books, my laptop and essentials. Hopefully being real leather, rather than my usual knock-offs, the straps will survive! 

Shame some of the photos are blurry - I'm still teaching Sam how to use my new camera!

Video: Lullabellz hair extensions review and hair style ideas

25 Sep 2015

I'm not normally drawn in by Facebook adverts, but recently one for gorgeous hair extensions caught my eye. I have really long hair, so I wasn't interested in them for length, but for the beautiful volume they had! These hair extensions were by a company called Lullabellz who I hadn't heard of before. I bought the thick straight set for £25 in honey blonde.

The extensions aren't made of real hair, but they feel really great, thick and don't have that plastic hair shine. They move really well and you can style them up to 160 degrees. The team were really helpful, getting me colour matched via a facebook chat and doing a free swap when I chose the wrong colour! As you can see the honey blonde are a great colour match and I am really pleased to have found them!

I've created the vlog below to show you how the hair extensions clip in, what they look like and move like in the hair, and finally a section on how to create certain hairstyles using extensions such as a ponytail, a chunky side braid and a chunky halo plait.

for anyone wondering, I'm wearing the relaxed burnout stripe top from Long Tall Sally

How do you promote your blog?

24 Sep 2015

Whenever Fashion Week comes round it makes me think of my blog, what I'm doing with it and where I might go with it. Usually in the context of "what do I have to do to be invited?"! 

It got me thinking, what do other bloggers do to promote themselves but in a genuine, likeable way? I'm not very good, or confident, at self-marketing my blog, yet I love discovering other blogs and commenting on them. This increases conversation, links us bloggers together and ultimately promotes your blog. I also love blogger events, it's been a great opportunity for me to meet fab other bloggers and begin a new blogging friendship! However, I always forget to bring anything about my blog with me to these events, and often end up hastily scribbling my blog URL on the back of a receipt. It made me think, what can I do to promote my blog better? 

 I have got some business cards for my blog which can be really helpful to give out at events, and super-cheap too. However there's something unforgettable about cards, and I am certainly guilty of binning them when I have a bag clear out!

A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by a company called USB Makers, who can make batches of USB sticks in loads of styles, with your logo on. They come with a range of options for every pocket, such as larger USB sticks to smaller memory, different designs and prints, and free delivery. Plus you also get some samples to check out with your brand on. I got a few with my logo on which I'm thinking of putting some great photos on and links to my blogging details, maybe like an electronic business card. Then when I go to blogger events, I can hand them out or use them to pick up electronic files from others while subtly advertising!

I'd be really interested to hear from other bloggers, about the ways they have managed to gain more followers, increased traffic and promoted themselves for inspiration!
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