Friday, 14 April 2017

Dying my hair pink - Bleach London Rose Super Cool Colour Review!

Dying my hair pink is something that I've wanted to tick off my bucket list for a very, very long time. Pink is my favourite colour, but I don't really ever wear anything pink and I was actually quite scared about dyeing my hair such a bold colour. The first time I decided to dye my hair pink was at the hairdressers. I was telling my hairdresser how bored of my hair I was, and that I was tempted to either go really short or really dark. She knew that I had always wanted to go pink one day, and suggested that I use this Bleach London product as she had half a ready mixed bottle left over.

I finally got the guts to do it - sometimes you need a push from someone. My hairdresser is great, so far she has pushed me to get the bob I was scared of, try the blue toner I was scared of and now dye my hair pink. (These are exactly the type of people you need in your life!)

I must admit that I hadn't heard the most positive reviews about the Bleach London Super Cool Colour products. One thing that I had heard was that some of their colours (mostly their blue tones) had stained people's hair green and it was pretty much impossible to get rid of, so that had put me off slightly. Another thing I had heard was that the dye barely worked. And oh boy was I wrong.

As I said above, we only had about half a 150ml bottle of product left to use. Both me and my hairdresser were pretty sure that the dye wouldn't do all that much to my hair, and that it would leave a really subtle pink all over. I had just had a half set of highlights and haircut, so my hair was damp and we put the product all over. The suggestion is to leave the dye on for 15 minutes but we left it for nearer to 30 minutes.

Usually after having my hair bleached, we would use a blue toner on my hair, and I would continue for the next week to use purple shampoo on my hair to make the roots the same silvery colour as the length of my hair. As we didn't do this, and went straight to dyeing my hair pink, the roots were slightly more yellow than the rest of my hair, and the pink didn't take too well to the roots.

Above is a photograph taken on the evening of my salon trip. At the time I thought my hair felt SO PINK, but looking back on it, it was actually a really nice light-ish pink shade. Although the pink dye didn't take to the roots, I actually quite liked it at the time because it wasn't such a bold statement look. It was at this point that I knew I really liked the colour of the Bleach London Rose dye and I would definitely be using it again at home.

(Am I Scarlett Johanson in Lost in Translation yet?!)


The second time I decided to give the Bleach London Rose dye another go, I had the help of my best friend. We didn't purchase any rubber gloves so we used bare hands and then last minute some cling film. Believe me when I say it's just easier for everyone if you go to the shops and buy some gloves. Everything got stained pink.

The product claims to last 2-10 washes but having only washed my hair a couple of times and it was nearly all gone, I knew I would need to leave it in for quite a long time if I wanted it to last longer. I think the hair dye works so differently for different people, and for my hair personally, the colour holds really well at first but then fades quite quickly.

We applied the dye to dry hair and left it on for just over half an hour. We wrapped my hair in cling film to keep in the moisture as it dries out quite quickly. I feel like it was quite easy to do at home and I could do it myself even if I didn't have someone there to help me out.

When it came to washing out the product, I didn't use any shampoo and I just used a little bit of conditioner. The colour left was so much more intense than I ever imagined and I wasn't sure if I loved or hated it. But the product itself had most definitely worked. I dried and styled my hair as usual and I actually really liked the finished colour (as the picture below). As before, the hair dye lasted 3-4 washes, getting more subtle with each wash. I think the look after two washes is my favourite as it's a lovely dusky pastel pink, which is what I would have originally hoped for. 

(Excuse the toilet selfie...)


My current mission is to dye my hair pink evenly all over and to keep it pink evenly all over. I have left the pink fade out for now and am in the process of silver shampooing my hair until it is all one colour. Once I have this even base, I intend to go pink again. I have purchased the below Bleach London Rose shampoo and conditioner to try out. I absolutely love the colour left after one or two washes, so I'm really intrigued to see if the shampoo and conditioner will give this colour effect but in a more long term way. I will post a blog post once I have tried and tested them out, so fingers crossed!

Thanks for reading :)
Have you ever used a Bleach London product?
Have you ever dyed your hair pink using another brand?
I'd love to hear what you think!
Love Dani x

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Mother's Day gift guide!

So it's come around really quickly again, and this Sunday we will be celebrating Mother's Day. This year is going to be a special one because not only do I get to spoil my own mummy, but my little sister is spending her first Mother's Day as a mummy herself! I've collated together a little gift guide to give you some last minute inspiration if you haven't already got all the bits you need to treat your mummy to a lovely day.

I love picking out a card for my mum for Mother's Day. Sometimes I go for lovey dovey, sometimes I go for funny and sometimes I go for a pretty design. This one is definitely pretty design - I love the background print!

How cute is this little rose gold bath tub?! I would keep it to use in my bathroom afterwards for sure! I love the sound of Baylis & Harding's new pink prosecco range, and I'm sure that my mum would too!

I treated myself to this eyeshadow palette last year and I have used it every single day since. The colour palette ranges from subtle light pinks to a dark brown and burgundy. I feel that the neutral tones are the perfect gift for a mum who wants to try experimenting with their eye make up and they can gradually get darker as they get braver! :)

With Spring/Summer just around the corner... (well hopefully, this weather has been a little all over the place), a pair of new sunglasses are the perfect gift. These are a little expensive but a pair of Raybans are going to last you a very long time. I absolutely love the shape of this style. They have a vintage feel to them and I think they would suit all face shapes.

My mum has actually already been spoilt to these slippers by my sister. I must say though, she absolutely loves them and she will definitely be able to wear them for many more years to come. Her and my sister have matching pairs and I think I'm going to have to treat myself to a pair. I know this is an expensive present, but it's definitely a worthy investment as they last forever.

I swear by this lipstick ever since I tried it. I think it is the perfect shade for a young lady or an older woman. Mac lipsticks are a lovely little present to treat someone you love. 

How yummy do the flavour of these sound?! You really cannot go wrong with treating your mumma to some chocolates on Mother's Day.

Although these may be an expensive choice for flowers, you can always get a bouquet to suit your own mums style and to fit in your price range. I love a big bunch of flowers and coming into Spring this is the perfect time.

The lovely people over at Baylis & Harding sent me over a couple of their Pink Prosecco & Cassis range* to give to my mum for Mother's Day. As I mentioned before it is my sister's first Mother's Day so I will give one to her and one to my mummy. I'm rather tempted to keep them though, how lovely does pink prosecco and cassis sound?! I love the rose gold and cut-out packaging details and I hope that they love them as much as I do!

Thanks for reading :)
What have you got for your mummy this Mother's Day?
Love Dani x

Sunday, 19 March 2017

My latest dressing table addition: a light up mirror!

I absolutely love getting ready in the morning at my new dressing table at my Mum's house. I usually do my make up in the bathroom mirror as the light in the bedroom is a little bit too dark with not much natural light (and no one wants the horrible foundation line on your neck eh?!) but I have a new little addition which has made doing my make up at my dressing table possible.

Not only does this mirror light up my whole face and dressing table area, but even when the light is switched off, it works as a great magnifying mirror. The perfect mirror for plucking your overly bushy eyebrows and getting a good ol' look at your makeup-less face. I absolutely love the design of this mirror. It is actually supposed to be a bathroom mirror, but I 100% love the look of it on my dressing table in the bedroom.

As a child, I always dreamed of having a big light up mirror like the movie stars have in their dressing rooms, and while this may not be exactly that, it's a fairly cheap and cute alternative. The quality of the mirror is great (it is really heavy and sturdy) but I also think that it looks expensive and sophisticated.

With the main bedroom light off, it even makes a lovely little side lamp when you only want a little bit of light for reading etc. It has a wire that plugs into the wall so you don't need to worry about buying batteries and them running out.

Thanks for reading :)
Do you have an illuminated mirror?
Love Dani x

Monday, 6 February 2017

Topshop sale picks!

I go through stages with Topshop. It was one of my favourite shops when I first started earning money and buying clothes, and a solid favourite during my time at uni, but then I discovered Asos and didn't really shop anywhere else for years. Recently I've fallen back in love with Topshop, especially when they have a sale on! They have quite a good one at the moment so I thought I would share my favourite pieces with you :)

Quilted Puffa Jacket - Was £65.00, now £45.00
Floral Ruffle Top - Was £45.00, now £25.00
Scallop Peep Underwear - Was £10.00, now £5.00
Bella Heeled Boot - Was £39.00, now £15.00
Canton Leather Clutch Bag - Was £30.00, now £15.00
Bardot Cold Shoulder Top - Was £35.00, now £7.00
Grey Platform Mules - Was £32.00, now £7.00
Metallic Rose Gold Mules - Was £52.00, now £15.00
Snake Eyelet Leather Skirt - Was £95.00, now £50.00
Glitter Wrap Midi Dress - Was £39.00, now £18.00
Belted Wrap Midi Skirt - Was £48.00, now £15.00

Thanks for reading :)
What is your favourite piece from the Topshop sale?
Love Dani x

Monday, 16 January 2017

Favourite songs I discovered in 2016!

I've never really talked about my music taste before on my blog, but I feel like this last year I've discovered so many good new bands. I've had my current job for just over a year now, and I spend most of my days in the office so I have lots of time to listen to the radio and discover new music. I mostly like to listen to rock/metal music, but I genuinely will give anything a go - I won't even try and deny that I definitely became a Beliber in 2015. I thought it would be nice to do a little round-up post of some of my favourite bands and songs that I discovered this year and hopefully you can find something new that you like too! I think I discovered most of these listening to Radio X and triple j, let me know your favourite!

Spring King - Rectifier

Blossoms - Charlemagne

Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes - There's a Devil inside of me

The Last Shadow Puppets - Used To Be My Girl

The Black Queen - Ice To Never

Sticky Fingers - Liquorlip Loaded Gun

Violent Soho - Outsider

The 1975 - The Sound

Tame Impala - The Less I Know The Better


Thanks for reading :)
What was your favourite band/song that you discovered last year?
Do you have any music suggestions similar to my songs above?
Love Dani x