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La Riche Directions Conditioning Hair Colour 16/12/2011

(RUBINE) Bright Colours For A Bright Personality

La Riche Directions Conditioning Hair Colour If you have read previous reviews of mine, you will have seen my desperate attempt to dye and keep my hair red. After a couple of failed attempts with other dyes, I was recommended La Riche Directions by a girl on my college course. She dip dyed (where you only dye the ends) turquoise and it lasted for 6 weeks so she advised me to give it a go. A bit of background into my previous hair colours. I have naturally light brown hair which had been highlighted blonde before turning a horrid blondey-yellow (it wasn't as bad as I make out) so I decided to go red. Red faded quickly within a week so I put this on. La Riche specialise in bright colours such as red, pink, blue, green, orange.. you can see where I am going with this. I had a choice of around 10 different shades of red. After deciding I don't want to be bright red, I went for a more subtle dark red/pink named Rubine. The dye comes on its own, so you will need to buy: gloves, brush, pH balanced shampoo (head & shoulders), conditioner or hair mask for afterwards. I brought my dye off eBay which so far is the only place I've found to buy it. I got two tubs as I usually need two boxes for my just below shoulder length hair which came to £7.98 (free postage too which is a bonus). The tub is like the picture above, the colour of the tub is the colour of the dye inside. So mine was a dark pink/red colour and once I got all of the product out it was clear. The tub is 88ml and has a tie which has to be un-clipped from the ...

John Freida Radiant Red Shampoo 25/11/2011

So red heads can keep their flame.

John Freida Radiant Red Shampoo After a disastrous attempt at dying my hair blonder, I ended up a lovely highlighted shade of orange which is never a good look. I had been thinking about going red for a while but I never found the courage to actually go ahead. When I dyed my hair using Garnier Nutrisse (see my review on the product before you buy), I discovered that red hair really does fade as quickly as everyone says. I googled how to stop it fading so quick and along with many 'homemade recipes', a great deal of people had recommended the John Frieda Radiant Red range. John Freida has a range of hair products to suit red heads, brunettes and blondes - all aiming to maximise your new hair colour adding shine, vibrancy and softness! I was a bit skeptical as to whether it would work but tried it anyway. I checked in Boots and Superdrug to see where it was cheaper and in Superdrug it costs £5.09, Boots costing £5.49 which is the same as most supermarkets price this product. It is very rarely on sale which is annoying but from what I've noticed so far it will last well. Now when you dye your hair red, it is impossible to keep the colour vibrant for very long but I am doing everything in my power to make sure that it stays for as long as possible. This shampoo is for coloured or natural red heads, helping to improve the shine, vibrancy and keep hair in nice condition. I wouldn't say it is very good for helping against damage but it does help slightly. It comes in a squeezy red bottle which is slightly ...

Garnier Nutrisse Hair Colour 20/11/2011

AVOID!!!

Garnier Nutrisse Hair Colour On Tuesday I had a bit of a mishap trying to dye my hair blonder, I became a hideous shade of ginger so decided a change was in order. I had been debating whether to dye my hair red for quite a while and finally took the plunge (forcefully) on Wednesday. In my local Boots, 'Garnier Nutrisse' was the only hair colourant besides 'Schwarzkopf Live Colour XXL'. I wanted quite a deep, subtle red not a bright red so I chose Garnier in the shade 'vibrant red'. I tend not to look too much at the colour on the box - a lesson in college about how to change hair colour on photoshop proved to me that the models hair is not really this colour! One of the only things I love about this product is the colour produced once it was washed out of my hair, but a number of things were wrong with the product and I won't be using it again in a hurry! The box is green and it does blend in with the rest of the hair colourants on the shelf (they all seem to look the same to me!). The front of the box has a picture of a girl with the colour which your hair should go - which has been edited hence why nobodys hair ever turns out this colour! On the top and side is a chart showing what the effects would be depending on your hair colour and all contents, ingredients and instructions for use. If you are going to dye your hair with a new product, do a patch test on the inside of your elbow or behind your ear 48 hours before - you don't want to end up with more problems than just a dodgey hair colour! ...

Cath Kidston English Rose Cosmetic Bag 16/11/2011

Washing wouldn't be fun without something pretty to look at!

Cath Kidston English Rose Cosmetic Bag I always end up with at least one Cath Kidston goodie from someone at Christmas time. I am very much a pattern lover especially as surface design is a career I would love to go into. I was pleasantly surprised when I unwrapped this from my auntie who is exactly like me just older! She knew I needed a new wash bag as I stay away from home a lot and have nothing to carry my toiletries around in. The medium wash bag costs £12 and can be brought from the Cath Kidston website or from other sites such as eBay and Amazon or department stores. I think its quite a reasonable price for the brand and average pricing for the size and product. Cath Kidston is one of the most well known designers because of her gorgeous prints. Her first design was floral and her first item for sale with a pattern was an ironing board cover. Since then she has come a very long way and is my idol in the surface designing world. I have done quite a bit of research into her for college work so ask me if you would like more information. When it comes to sizing, it is quite a big size compared to what I would expect from 'medium'. On the website the dimensions are stated as being 21x12x6cm. This means you can fit just enough for a weekend away. I usually have a smaller sized shampoo and conditioner, small deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc. In honestly, regular sized things might fit but it would be a squeeze and I'm worried about breaking my bag. The material is PVC due to the contents being wet ...

Ojon Ultra Hydrating Conditioner 08/11/2011

O Jon, Hydrate Me!

Ojon Ultra Hydrating Conditioner Admittedly, I did not buy this. I took it from my mothers bathroom earlier in the month because my own ran out - but I did give it back eventually (and half empty!). I had never really suffered with bad hair until I began to dye it. Darker didn't do much but when I began my blonde process its become so ruined I'm wondering why I ever dyed it in the first place! My mother also suffers from the same issue as she has been white blonde for the last 35 years. Her hair is now very thin and damaged hence her buying of products like this. The Packaging As you can see, the product comes in a long thin bottle. It is quite thick plastic which first made me wonder how much liquid there was for the price we paid - but a little goes a long way as you will read in a minute. The shampoo bottle is slightly opaque but you can still see the liquid inside and the conditioner bottle is almost completely transparent. It makes it easy to tell the two apart from a distance in the bath/shower. The lid of the bottle is brown and clear, it flips so that it is easy to close and open. I have a hatred for screw top shampoo/conditioner because when your hands are wet it is semi-impossible to open! But luckily this one is very simple and causes no frustration. Although, I find sometimes more of the product ends up in the lid as it doesn't flip completely open. Scent I originally didn't like the scent as it is quite woody and organic. It still lingers on my hair the next day and I have been ...

Dr. Oetker Gingerbread House Kit 08/11/2011

YOU CAN'T CATCH ME I'M THE GINGERBREAD MAN

Dr. Oetker Gingerbread House Kit When my nieces were over last Christmas eve, I wanted to help my sister get them into the Christmas mood. To help us do this, we danced around the kitchen listening to Christmas songs and brought this ginger bread house kit - it wouldn't be Christmas without one! The packaging is quite typical to Dr Oetker, which isn't a brand I have really used before but it was the only ginger bread house kit available. The box is light blue (the sky) with white snow and snowflakes around a picture of the finished gingerbread house. Obviously you don't have to make yours look exactly like this but its always a nice touch. The box has all ingredients and nutritional information on it, along with a list of the things you get inside the box. I was pleasantly surprised to find out we didn't need any other ingredients - although we did buy icing sugar so it looked like the house had been snowed on. The ginger bread house comes in pieces so you do not need to actually make the house from scratch - just put it together. There are instructions on how to assemble your house and if you use the front of the box, it is pretty easy to follow. I made the house before the girls got to my house and just let them decorate as knowing how clumsy they are - the house would of been broken before it was made! Once put together with icing, you can follow more instructions on how to decorate your house. Inside the box is smarties (but a different brand not the original ones you see in the supermarket), jelly ...

Ojon Ultra Hydrating Shampoo 07/11/2011

O Jon, hydrate me!

Ojon Ultra Hydrating Shampoo Admittedly, I did not buy this. I took it from my mothers bathroom earlier in the month because my own ran out - but I did give it back eventually (and half empty!). I had never really suffered with bad hair until I began to dye it. Darker didn't do much but when I began my blonde process its become so ruined I'm wondering why I ever dyed it in the first place! My mother also suffers from the same issue as she has been white blonde for the last 35 years. Her hair is now very thin and damaged hence her buying of products like this. The Packaging As you can see, the product comes in a long thin bottle. It is quite thick plastic which first made me wonder how much liquid there was for the price we paid - but a little goes a long way as you will read in a minute. The shampoo bottle is slightly opaque but you can still see the liquid inside and the conditioner bottle is almost completely transparent. It makes it easy to tell the two apart from a distance in the bath/shower. The lid of the bottle is brown and clear, it flips so that it is easy to close and open. I have a hatred for screw top shampoo/conditioner because when your hands are wet it is semi-impossible to open! But luckily this one is very simple and causes no frustration. Although, I find sometimes more of the product ends up in the lid as it doesn't flip completely open. Scent I originally didn't like the scent as it is quite woody and organic. It still lingers on my hair the next day and I have been ...

Echo Falls White Zinfandel California 06/11/2011

KICK DOWN THE FALLS

Echo Falls White Zinfandel California I am not a massive drinker, but occasionally I enjoy a nice glass of Rose as it seems to be the only alcohol that I actually like the taste of! For my birthday last year (as it was my 18th) my sister brought me a bottle of this Echo Falls White Zinfandel as its her favourite so she thought I would enjoy it. I have to admit, since that day a year and a half (plus one day) a go, I have loved it and brought it for every night out! Echo Falls is based in California which did shock me as for some reason I thought it was French. They have been wine making for over 100 years and now have many in their range of wines - all very cheap! Packaging Like most wines, it comes in the typical transparent glass bottle. The name is printed on the front along with the brand, same on the gold sticker around the lid. The bottle is very in keeping with the pink colour of the wine by using pink and gold to colour the labels. I like the fact that the bottle is a screw top so you don't need to fiddle about with a cork. The bottle states clearly the units and percentage of alcohol along with nutritional information. You need to drink the wine within three days of opening as alcohol goes off quickly and can become poisonous. Best served chilled and apparently with strawberries? Tasting time... After leaving the bottle in the fridge for a few hours-days, I open it and enjoy. Echo Falls claim that it is fresh and fruity - full of berries. When you open the bottle the alcohol scent fills the ...

Apple iPod Shuffle 31/10/2011

Everyday I'm Shufflin'

Apple iPod Shuffle After a can of drink spilt in my bag not long ago, I lost my beloved nano ipod. After months of begging my mum (and my sister brought her a touch), she let me have her running shuffle. Apple claim that this is the smallest MP3 player in the world, which is honestly must be the amount it gets lost in my bag. Sizing up at only 2cms by 5cms, its tiny enough to tuck away or use without the bulk. It weights a tiny 10g aswell. The iPod can be brought in silver, black, blue, pink, green and probably a few more colours but these are the ones I have seen. I have mine in black (but if I chose it then it would of been pink). The fact there is so many colours is a good feature as there is something for everyone. Other iPods in the range come in these colours too but it varies depending on the style. One of the main features which is different with the shuffle compared to other iPods is that there is no screen or way to click through songs on the actual iPod. The shuffle is made from anodised aluminium and looks fairly modern and a bit like a memory stick. There is a mirrored clip on the back so you can attach it t anything for ease. To change songs and pause, volume controls etc you will need the ipod headphones that it comes with. Without this, you will be unable to use the iPod at all. As I have just mentioned, the only thing you can actually do with the iPod itself is turn it on and off. To change volume, change song, pause and play you need the headphones. This has bugged me ...

Topshop Zip Back Vest 31/10/2011

Zip Up In Style.

Topshop Zip Back Vest Short review due to being able to sum up fashion items quickly It isn't till I started on here that I realised just how much money I spend on Lush products and clothing. Working and going to college in the middle of a town centre don't help my bank balance at all! Topshop are very well known as being one of the best high street brands, and one of the only ones which go down the catwalk in London fashion week. When I think fashion, Topshop is the shop which first comes to mind. The dress is quite simple but the zip detailing down the back adds a new edge to it. It could be made quite rock chic easily or glamourous - depending on the styling. The zip is black with silver metal fastenings and the colour of the top varies. I brought mine in cream but it is also available in grey, black, yellow, blue and red. Although some stores do not stock all of these so I'd advise you to look online (which can be very confusing as they have so many things!). The neckline is scooped and it is very much a classy vest. The top is 100% polyester and looks quite like rough satin/silk, thicker but still shiny and soft. It is really lightweight and floaty so perfect for wearing with high waisted trousers or skirts and easily with leggings or jeans with heels or flats. Its really versatile to switch from day to night wear. I brought this top a few months a go and it has been worn casually in cold and warm weather and also at evenings for special occasions or nights out. It isn't a top that ...

Lush Skullduggery Bath Ballistic 31/10/2011

WHO KNEW A SKULL COULD BE SO HELPFUL?

Lush Skullduggery Bath Ballistic A couple of weeks ago, I noticed the new Halloween range in Lush. I am still quite a child at heart and I am now too old to trick or treat (despite trying to steal my nieces so I could pretend it was for them), I decided to have a Halloween bath instead. One of the products I brought in my little Halloween spree was the Skullduggery bath ballistic. I have only used half as I wanted to try it for a review, and the rest is ready for tonight. Lush have only brought out 5 items in their Halloween collection which I assume will be ending tomorrow. Out of these I have already reviewed Calacas shower jelly and Lady Catrina soap - both I liked! I have put off using this one till last because I think its adorable. If you have read mine, or any other reviews on the Lush Halloween products, you will have a brief knowledge of the 'Day of the Dead' celebration in Mexico which inspired them all. Each of the products has something to do with the two day event including Skullduggery. People decorate their houses for the celebration much like they do in England for Halloween, hence the idea of a skull. The ballistic is supposed to be shaped like a skull, but I think it looks more like a ghost to be honest (or a skull without the bottom jaw). The eyes are red hearts and the ballistic is quite powdery. I love that the same scent is used with all of the Halloween goodies which is lime and jelly bean scented. It is quite a unisex fragrance which wouldn't be unpleasant for a male to use. ...

Lush Skullduggery Bath Ballistic 31/10/2011

A Skull To Make Your Body Lovely.

Lush Skullduggery Bath Ballistic A couple of weeks ago, I noticed the new Halloween range in Lush. I am still quite a child at heart and I am now too old to trick or treat (despite trying to steal my nieces so I could pretend it was for them), I decided to have a Halloween bath instead. One of the products I brought in my little Halloween spree was the Skullduggery bath ballistic. I have only used half as I wanted to try it for a review, and the rest is ready for tonight. Lush have only brought out 5 items in their Halloween collection which I assume will be ending tomorrow. Out of these I have already reviewed Calacas shower jelly and Lady Catrina soap - both I liked! I have put off using this one till last because I think its adorable. If you have read mine, or any other reviews on the Lush Halloween products, you will have a brief knowledge of the 'Day of the Dead' celebration in Mexico which inspired them all. Each of the products has something to do with the two day event including Skullduggery. People decorate their houses for the celebration much like they do in England for Halloween, hence the idea of a skull. The ballistic is supposed to be shaped like a skull, but I think it looks more like a ghost to be honest (or a skull without the bottom jaw). The eyes are red hearts and the ballistic is quite powdery. I love that the same scent is used with all of the Halloween goodies which is lime and jelly bean scented. It is quite a unisex fragrance which wouldn't be unpleasant for a male to use. As ...

Everything About me 28/10/2011

Getting To Know Jess :)

Everything About me 1. WHATS THE WALLPAPER ON YOUR COMPUTER? WHY DID YOU CHOOSE IT? It was me and my boyfriend on my 19th birthday, but I accidentally made my whole screen enlarge by 50%.. meaning I had to reset it last week and now it is just a pink 'vaio' screen - I haven't got round to changing it back yet. 2. MEXICAN, CHINESE, ITALIAN, FRENCH OR AMERICAN FOOD? I adore mexican food, but if English was on here then definitely English. You can't beat a good roast dinner. 3. DO YOU HAVE ANY TATTOOS OR PIERCINGS? I've got my ears pierced twice at the bottom and my belly button. 4. DO YOU HAVE ANY SIBLINGS? I have one younger brother and two older sisters. I love them all to bits, I'm second to youngest :) 5. HAVE YOU EVER BROKEN A BONE? Nope, touch wood and fingers crossed I won't either - but I drunk milk more than water as a child so I am sure that I have very strong bones. 6. DO YOU BELIEVE IN SUPERSTITIOUS THINGS LIKE BREAKING MIRRORS? I will never walk under signposts or ladders, I don't walk on three drains and I pretty much believe every superstitious thing you could ask me. Every time I hear a new one it makes me start to not do that thing too. 7. DO YOU LIKE ALL THE 'END OF THE WORLD' PROGRAMMES? Not at all. They scare me so much! 8. DO YOU EAT MORE FRUIT OR VEGETABLES? WHATS YOUR FAVOURITE? I eat fruit and vegetables loads, I was never fussy about them like most kids. 9. WHO DID YOU ALWAYS PLAY IN SCHOOL CHRISTMAS NATIVITIES? I never got a big part because I used to be so ...

IKEA Expedit 27/10/2011

Experience A New Kind Of Shelving.

IKEA Expedit I have quite a reasonable sized bedroom but I have always longed for a walk in wardrobe that I never got. Ikea had on their website about 5 months a go, storage ideas and ways to create a walk in wardrobe without building any walls. Instantly I got searching and measuring to find items which I could use. In the end I brought this and one other section the same size with shelving etc (I cannot remember the name but it fits to the wall and has shelves, drawers and hanging space). Because the other section was more for hanging clothes, I have used this mainly for folded items like t-shirts and shoes - as the holes were the perfect sizes. Sizing and Colours The shelving is available in three colours: birch (the image above), black and white. I purchased mine in white to go with my all white furniture and because I don't really like black or birch wood. The black and white colours are very matte and look lovely when stood in a modernized room. When fully assembled, the measurements are: Width: 185 cm Depth: 39 cm Height: 185 cm Max. load/shelf: 13kg I have to say, I have never tried to put 13kg on a shelf before as this is quite a lot, mine usually have no more than 3kg per shelf! The shelving is available in a few different sizes. I brought the one which is 5 boxes across by 5 boxes wide (giving me in total 25 boxes of space). Although you can also buy this range with only 4 boxes, 5 boxes, 8 boxes and 12 boxes. The range is so versatile which I love. When viewing ...

Lush Lady Catrina Soap 27/10/2011

Lady For A Lady.

Lush Lady Catrina Soap Back with another Lush review - I think I've owned nearly every product so look out for many more! When it comes to Halloween, I just have to have every new product they release - because if I didn't then I've missed out (my money pot is never very full haha). The Lady Catrina soap is very different and colourful compared to some of their every day products so I purchased it along with the Calacas jelly which I have already reviewed. The Meaning Behind The Soap During a photography lesson a couple of weeks a go, I discovered that the name for this product was actually from an old tradition - not just picked from Lush's name hat. In Mexico they have a festival named 'The day of the dead' which is held over the 1st and 2nd of November (which should be named 'days' as it is over two days?). Many people choose to dress as Catrina, a colourful female figure with a skeleton face which is based on a print by Jose Guadalupe Posada (I'll post the picture on this review). As you can see from the image, Catrina is wearing a large purple hat covered in multi-coloured goodies. Lush have picked up on this and the hat is now what you see as the soap. Very clever - points to Lush for this one! The Soap When you see the soap in the shop, it stands out quite well due to its vibrant colours and shapes. The 'hat' is a dairy milk purple with different size and shape flowers on top. The flowers are in colours such as pink, blue, yellow, red, orange and green. All very bright and true to ...
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