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Me since using John Frieda

I’ve always had a love affair with my hair, since I was a little girl… Although my natural hair colour is dark brown with a red tint, I’ve dyed it a hell of a lot to the point where it’s lost its identity. My experiments include adding highlights, lowlights, dying it red, ginger, plum, midnight blue, you name it – I’ve tried it. However, I’d never really thought of dying it blonde, until last year!

In the Spring of 2015, I decided to dip-dye my hair before going on holiday because I wanted that sun-kissed look and feel to my hair. I enjoyed being “half-blonde” so much that when I got back, I decided that I wanted the full transformation. Not being one to wait around, I booked an appointment with my hairdresser and had it done straight away.

Now, this post isn’t about hair dye nor is it about how to begin the transition from brunette to blonde… Instead, this post is about how to maintain your blonde locks after dying them – as well as a chance for me to proclaim my undying love for John Frieda (the haircare brand, of course). John Frieda is a celebrity hairdresser and the founder of the John Frieda salons and product ranges. But, in 2002, John Frieda sold his product businesses to Kao Corporation, a Japan-based company. Although Frieda sold his product ranges, they’re still available to buy across America, UK amongst other countries.

When I was a redhead, my go-to shampoo and conditioner came from his Radiant Red Colour range. My hair gradually became glossier and more radiant with the colour feeling better enhanced after each wash. I used the Brilliant Brunette range throughout my time as a brunette and found that they gave an added richness to my hair as well as leaving it smelling sweet like chocolate. So, it’s no surprise that I had to buy the Sheer Blonde Go Blonder range when I completed the transition to blonde…

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Photo Credit: John Frieda

I’ll begin by discussing my favourite product – the Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Controlled Lightening Spray. Whether you’ve highlighted your hair or are a natural blonde, this product is amazing! Your hair will appear at least two shades lighter after just one use. What’s more, it’ll leave your hair feeling soft, looking shiny and photo-ready. A tip when using this product would be to spray it all over your hair before styling and/or going out into the sun. The heat from the sun or styling appliance will further lighten your hair, giving it that just coloured look.

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Photo Credit: John Frieda

Although I love them all, my second favourite product has to be the sulfate-free Sheer Blonde Go Blonder conditioning treatment. I love this stuff because it repairs the hair, and the more you use it, the softer and more manageable your hair becomes. John Frieda recommends that you apply this onto your hair after shampooing for three minutes (if you’re using it every day) or for 15 if you’re using it once a week.

We all know that dying our hair often leaves it dry, malnourished and brittle. If this is the case, hairdressers often recommend that you try a Brazilian Keratin treatment which repairs from root to tip, helping to restore its strength thus making it easier to maintain. However, if you end up going ahead with the keratin treatment, you won’t be able to use shampoos, conditioners and hair masks which contain sulfate. Therefore, John Frieda’s Sheer Blonde Go Blonder conditioning treatment is the perfect option.
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Photo Credit: John Frieda
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Photo Credit: John Frieda
Lastly, onto the Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Highlight Activating Moisturising Shampoo and Conditioner… One thing to note about this is that there are more than one version of this shampoo. I’ve opted for the highlight activating one (which comes with a pump) because it lightens and moisturises the hair too. Although these shampoos have sulfate in them, they’re amazing. Mine last a hell of a long time and hold the colour in place pretty well. The rest is a given really, it cleans, and leaves your hair silky smooth.

 

P.S. These products are not to be used as a means of changing your hair colour. They’re simply there to lighten and brighten your blonde shades, enhancing and locking in the colour that’s already there.

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Photo Credit: Fullips

Finally, a tool for fuller, healthier-looking lips without the injections or chemicals.  Small enough to carry in your makeup bag, simply use the Lip Enhancer before applying your lipstick or lip gloss.

Here is something that is an essential tool to any make-up bag. Fullips Lip Enhancer is my favourite way of getting naturally pouty, plump lips in seconds… All the way from America, but available on eBay, Fullips costs a mere $14.99 – compared to the price of injecting our lips with fillers.

Essentially, it’s a plastic cap [which comes in three shapes] that you place on your lips and suck into until it sticks. Once it sticks, you’ll start to feel a pulling sensation as though your lips are being suctioned. Leave it on for 15-30 seconds and then release by placing one finger in between the cap and your lips — viola!

If your lips are still not as pouty and plump as you want them to be, you can perform the action again, keeping it on for longer until you get your desired effect. However, the longer you keep it on for the likelier your lips are to bruise.

Once you’ve got the lips you’ve always wanted, you can go ahead and apply your gloss or lipstick straightaway. Don’t worry though because the plumpness lasts for hours after using Fullips.

I own a Fullips Medium Oval [as seen in the picture above]. Fullips Medium Oval can be used vertically or horizontally to target both or just the one lip. I’ve tried this product out and can officially say that it actually works without damaging your lips. I’m not going to lie, it takes a while to get used to – but once you get used to it it’ll become a staple in your make-up routine.

A little bit of advice: exfoliate your lips and the surrounding area before you use this tool to reveal smoother, softer lips. Oh, and, please wash it before and after use! #BeHygienic

For more information about Fullips, watch this video. It’ll give you insight into the company’s background and shows you how to use the lip enhancer because moving images speak louder than words, right?

Finally, I give Fullips 5***** because since turning to it for help, I cannot see myself completing my lip-look without it.

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My Fullips result

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Photo Credit: LUSH

This is a light, cocoa butter-free moisturiser that doesn’t sit on the skin or overload it. It vanishes completely, leaving beautifully soft, lightly fragranced skin. It’s ideal for using in the morning under make-up, or to refresh you during the day. Essential oils of lavender, neroli and geranium oils help to balance the skin and give it a light scent.

Never in my life have I been as obsessed about a product as I am about LUSH‘s Vanishing Cream. I could write paragraphs and paragraphs about how amazing it is and that still wouldn’t do it justice!

This cream is the single best thing I have ever received in my whole, entire life. You must think that I’m extremely sad to be singing the praises of a materialistic object, but I cannot tell you how long I have been searching for something as good as this. I mean, I’ve only got a sample of the stuff but I’m already completely hooked.

Allow me to explain why I’m so over-excited about this product… After just three applications, I have noticed that my acne scars have faded considerably! What’s more, it’s soothed my breakouts and prevented more from forming.

The full list of ingredients are as follows: Linseed InfusionWater (Aqua)Rose WaterLavender Honey WaterOrganic Cold Pressed Grapeseed Oil, HoneyStearic AcidOrganic Jojoba OilWitch Hazel ExtractFair Trade Shea ButterCetearyl AlcoholTriethanolamineCamellia OilLavender OilNeroli OilGeranium OilGlycerineTincture of Benzoin*Geraniol*Limonene*Linalool,  PerfumeMethylparabenPropylparaben.

If you need other reasons to buy this product, I’ve got plenty more advantages coming up… It hydrates your skin for 24 hours [tried and tested], it’s a great base for make-up, and the product lasts a heck of a long time as a little goes an actual long way. For example, even though I’ve applied it on three separate occasions, I still have most of my sample left.

All in all, it smells like lavender, glides on like a dream, keeps breakouts at bay while soothing rogue spots and fading current acne scarring. There are absolutely no downsides to this product as far as I’m concerned.

I give this product 5♡♡♡♡♡ because hearts beat stars any day of the week…

RRP: £18.95

 

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Photo Credit: Bootea

I’ll perform a much needed, intensive cleanse of your digestive system to help achieve the results you want. I’ll leave you feeling energised and motivated to reach your goals.

Last year, I wanted to lose weight desperately in time for my holiday. I tried everything from eating healthy, weight loss tablets and the gym but nothing helped – so I tried Bootea as a last resort.

Although teatoxes generally get a lot of bad press, that doesn’t stop the big names in showbiz from endorsing them. Yes, they can be damaging to our bodies in the long run… But, if you stick to the guidelines and don’t overdo it – they can be really helpful!

One thing to note about teatoxes is that there are plenty out there, all of which claim to do the same thing i.e. shift the weight. Each teatox has its fair share of pros and cons, today I’m focusing on Bootea’s.

Let’s begin with a bit of background into the brand… Bootea is a British health supplements company that strives to promote an active, healthy and balanced lifestyle. It’s one of the very few firms that discourages its customers from going on a diet, as it believes that the best way to lose weight is to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.

According to the website, Bootea uses only the most natural of ingredients for our bodies. All of its ingredients are pure, natural and preservative free.

As with even the most herbal of products, there are always going to be some side-effects. Bootea’s side-effects include nausea, vomiting or prolonged diarrhoea.

The aim of Bootea is to give you the boost you need to get back on track with your healthy eating and active lifestyle. The ingredients used in our teas have been used for centuries for health and wellbeing purposes but it is only now we have finally brought all these unique ingredients into one perfect, rounded product. Teatox is a fancy word we use to describe the way the body goes through a natural process of elimination, by removing unwanted ‘toxins’ & built up waste matter, from your body via the lungs, kidneys, bowels and skin.

Okay, so each box includes two types of tea – a Daytime Detox to be drunk in the morning, and Bedtime Cleanse to be drunk at night.  The pyramid-shaped teabags seemed to be of high-quality and included first class ingredients.

Daytime Detox includes: Chinese Oolong tea, mate leaves, ginger root, fennel seeds, lemongrass, dandelion leaf, ginseng root, gotu kola leaves, nettle leaves. Bedtime Cleanse on the other hand includes: Senna leaves, peppermint leaves, fenugreek seeds, liquorice root, burdock root, hawthorn leaves, valerian root, psyllium seeds.

REMEMBER: the Daytime Detox has ingredients which assist you to reach your fitness goals [including caffeine] while Bedtime Cleanse acts as a laxative, cleansing your colon from the inside [excluding caffeine].

The way it works is, you should drink a Daytime Detox every morning and a Bedtime Cleanse every second night (starting on Day One). Pour a cup of nearly boiling water over the teabag/s and let it infuse for 3-5 minutes before drinking – this’ll also help it to cool down too, of course!

In terms of taste, Daytime Detox is no different to your bog-standard green tea while Bedtime Cleanse reminds me of pure peppermint tea. However, if green or peppermint tea aren’t sweet enough for you, Bootea recommends adding some natural sweeteners.

Okay, let’s talk effects! Although, being honest, I didn’t get much of an energy boost [as stated on the website] from Daytime Detox, I did feel lighter and less hungry after drinking it. As far as the Bedtime Cleanse is concerned, I spent a lot of time in the toilet the morning after – so I guess the laxative part is true to its word.

Did it work? Yes, I can actually say that together with a healthy lifestyle, I managed to lose 10kg in 14 days. Would I do it again? Probably, but not straight afterwards as that isn’t recommended.

If you want to try it for yourself, you can purchase it from Holland & Barrett or online costing £19.99.

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My result with Bootea

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Me in #Balmaination

You may remember that H&M collaborated with Balmain, last year. Well, I was one of the lucky few who got the chance to purchase a piece from the collection. I queued up like everyone else to buy at least one of the products from the exclusive range.

Although I originally wanted the velvet Black and Gold beaded dress (as seen on Kylie Jenner), I tried it on and realised that it wasn’t the one for me. Instead, I opted to go for the Emerald Green velvet dress (as seen on Ellie Goulding). I was won over by this figure-hugging dress because it made some parts of my body look slimmer while accentuating others.

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Anyway, enough about me, let’s get down to the real reason why I’m writing this… It was revealed last month that H&M has seen a 10pc surge in sales over the Christmas period – beating its rivals. The Swedish company which is famed for its fast-fashion but low cost clothes more than doubled its revenue in December, 2015 in comparison to November and it is suggested that H&M x Balmain may well be the reason!

Having said that, last year wasn’t the first time that H&M joined forces with a premium brand. In 2014, H&M collaborated with Vera Wang on an exclusive line. But, the collaboration with Vera Wang wasn’t as popular as last year’s #Balmaination. Why is that? Well, it’s probably down to the fact that the Kardashians/Jenners were heavily publicised wearing the most luxurious of pieces from Olivier Rousteing’s collection in that year.

 

The Balmain x H&M collaboration was announced at the Billboard Music Awards in May, 2015. Of course, a fashion frenzy followed and everyone counted down the days until November 5th, when the collection was unveiled to the public both in store and online.

 

November 5th came and I headed down to Central London’s Oxford Street to purchase my chosen garment. But, I wasn’t ready for what I was about to endure… Millions of people were queuing up outside the store. The queue was almost a mile long. Apparently, people had been queuing up from the night before, and were given wristbands which allocated them a time to enter the store.

 

I waited patiently until it was my turn, but was one of the last to go in. The whole Balmaination section was bordering on empty, and the crowds outside were becoming hostile. Then, out of nowhere I heard screams as people started forcing their way into the store trying to enter. H&M was forced to close as the shop assistants and managers feared for their safety.

On my way out, I heard that people were checking H&M’s online store, to see if anything was available. But, by that time everything was all sold out… When I got back home, I read that people who had bought something from the range were selling them online for double, triple, or quadruple the price.

Why was everyone going crazy over Balmain? I think it’s the price reduction that clinched it. I checked on Balmain’s website, and dresses are sold at ludicrously unaffordable prices (for working class people). So, seeing that prices were being reduced by H&M meant that there was a higher demand.

My star rating for Balmain’s #Balmaination would be 5***** I absolutely love this dress and cannot wait to show it off on a night out…