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11 Oct 2015

Come Dine with Me!

Last night I went out with some of my closest college friends for a "come dine with me" night. My friends had been doing this for a few years but this is the first year that I was able to go.

I got dressed up in this dress I was sent from House of Fraser which I loved for it's collar and stripes! Sadly it was evening so the lighting wasn't up to much when I asked Sam to snap some photos of me in it. I paired the dress with my ankle boots from New Look (similar here) and my MAC lipstick in pink pigeon

Little Teddy dog wanted to be involved

We met lots of old faces at the party. I always feel sorry for my friends, they unintentionally sign up to be featured on my blog whenever I meet them out and about! 

And Emma who's bump is really starting to show! 

Us girls didn't coordinate intentionally with our striped dresses!

Hannah made her secret strawberry syrup recipe which goes amazingly in prosecco and just about any other drink

The night was roughly French themed, so Hannah and her boyfriend Ben (who is French) made a lovely onion soup for starter, followed by a delicious slow cooked duck stew which was tomatoey, served with kidney bean sauce and rice. It's a recipe Ben's family have on Reunion Island apparently and tasted delicious.

Following that we had lovely profiteroles which Hannah made from scratch and a Tarte Tatin which was juicy and delicious.

A delicious, super fun night! It's someone elses' turn now. I need to get thinking of what I might cook (and who's house I'll have to hire!) for when it's my turn! 

10 Oct 2015

Bleach London Super Cool Colours - Awkward Peach

A long while ago, I dyed my hair candyfloss pink with Bleach London Super Cool Colours in Rose. Today my hair is peach! This is Bleach Super Cool Colours in Awkward Peach - a very cute peachy pink shade! It was £5 from my local Boots store and I picked it up yesterday.

It was really easy to use. All you do is wash your hair normally, then towel try it. Put on some gloves and apply this well into your hair. After 15 minutes (I left it for 30 minutes!) wash out and you're done!

The colour is a little more pinky in real life, and it was quite hard to capture in artificial light so we photographed it today when walking the dog. It's lovely and multi-tonal, and because it was designed for bleached hair, I have no fear that it will ruin my highlights and dye my hair forever! One wash and it'll all be gone!

I found that with a good application, the colour is even and I'm not left with any patches. Obviously my original hair colour is a honey blonde, so this colour has come out darker than it would on bleached hair too. I think it's a really cute colour and flattering for most skin tones, even my cool complexion!

Bleach Super Cool Colours are from Boots and cost only £5 which is a bargain considering I used about a third of a bottle on my long hair. I also have a bright red called "I Saw Red" which I'm looking forwards to trying out.

7 Oct 2015

How to: Knit a brain in a specimen jar (easy for a non-knitter too!)

It's Halloween - a spooky time of year, even for those of us who love our knitting! This year, I decided to combine my love for psychology with my love for knitting and create a brain in a jar! This super-easy tutorial tells you how to do it! 

First of all, get yourself a spool loom or french knitter. These are little tubes with pegs on top which you knit huge lengths of cord with. They're super easy, and some are even automatic if you look on ebay - you just have to turn a handle. You also have to get some pink or beigey-pink wool and a fake brain (google prop brain on eBay). 

You then need to use your French knitter/spool loom to create a huge, long length of icord to make the brain surface. I made lengths of about 5 meters and stitched each one on to see how far they covered. 

 To finish the brain, you need to stitch the icord onto it. You could also use super-glue if you wanted to. I did the left half, and then the right half so they were mirror images and looked more like a brain. The brain I got from eBay was squishy like a stress ball so I could stitch right into the brain but I'm sure glue would work just as well.

Then go and get a big jar and stick it in! I went to The Range to get mine and could be caught sat on the floor, attempting to stuff the brain into every kilner jar to find the perfect size!



2 Oct 2015

Review: Scott Cornwall Colour Restore Candy Toner

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).

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