Fuck Flattering

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Hi, my names Emma and I really don’t give a fuck anymore about anyone’s opinions on my body or the way I dress. I spent years of my life lusting over sexy body-con dresses, sultry pencil skirts and summer crop tops. I sometimes tried them on but took one look in the mirror and ripped them straight back off again (carefully of course, I mean I’m not into destroying shop property). Even though I really liked the clothes and often loved how they made me feel I looked in the mirror and all I could see was my lumps and bumps. Those lumps and bumps that I had been told consistently though my life to hide away by the media. Being curvy was fine, as long as you knew how to dress your body aka as long as you knew how to cover up the parts of you that were offensive to western beauty ideals. But then this dress came along…

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I was out shopping for new clothes to take with my to Download festival and I came across this dress in NewLook. There was pretty much nothing else I liked in the shop so I decided to take a chance and try it on. I was anxious- bodycon and stripes! Two of the things curvy girls are told to avoid like the plague. But I tried it on and I liked it. Actually I loved it. It was super comfy, I knew it wouldn’t fly up on the wind and most importantly I loved how my body looked in it. I stepped out into the corridor of the changing room so I could get a better look in the bigger mirror. For some unknown reason I asked another woman who just so happened to be in the changing room at the time what she thought of the dress and then came the dreaded words “I do like it but I honestly don’t think it’s very flattering on you”. I know the lady didn’t mean any harm and I did ask for her opinion but it still stung. Luckily I acted against what she said and went for it, I brought the goddamn dress and wore it to Download and felt bloody amazing.

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And so my love affair with clingy clothes and my lumpy body began. I wear what I want when I want. I’m done with asking other peoples opinions. If I like it then that’s all that matters. Fuck flattering, fuck size appropriate, fuck too revealing, fuck too short, fuck too busy. And I never ever bother with shape wear. If you want to wear it then cool, you do you, but I am so fed up of this idea that we need to smooth out our lumps and bumps to be entitled to wear form fitting clothes. I’m done hiding my shape and I’m done caring what flatters it. As long as I’m comfortable and happy then that’s what matters. Who’s with me?!

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Toodles!

The Glitterati 2 Year Anniversary Unboxing!

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I have spoken about the Glitterati multiple times on this blog so hopefully you will know all about it by now. If not here’s a quick explanation- the Glitterati is a monthly subscription box in which you get at least £50 worth of awesome hair accessories. You also get access to an exclusive and super fun facebook page where you can chat and hang out with the other glitterati gals as well as a special gift on your birthday. So yeah, basically it’s fucking rad as balls! To find out more click here,and if you do decide to sign up quote my name (Emma Robinson) when signing up and we will each get a voucher to spend on the Crown and Glory site!

Anyway, August 2016 marks the 2 year anniversary of the Glitterati! 2 years of amazing glitter filled fun! I have been a member since September 2014 so nearly the whole time. I’ve had so much fun receiving my box each month and planning how I’m going to wear all the fabulous pieces. The facebook group has really been the cherry on top of the mega pie that is the Glitterati. So many amazing women all in one place sharing selfies, achievements, plans, worries, pet photos, the list goes on. It has become so much more than just a subscription box. I have had the pleasure of going to five different Glitterati meet ups now. Each one has been so much fun! I’ve made so many friends and taken so many selfies. Seriously, this group has been life changing and given me so much confidence so thank you so much to Sophie and Gareth for bring us all together and of course to the amazing souls who make the Glitterati what it is- a family.

On to the unboxing! I’m really getting into filming videos for youtube lately so I decided to film an unboxing video. I had so much fun filming it… not so much fun cleaning up… you will see what I mean if you watch the video below!

Happy Birthday to the Glitterati! Here’s to another year of awesomeness.

If you enjoyed the video please subscribe to my youtube channel to see what I get up to next. Feel free to comment on this post or on the video to let me know what you think.

Toodles.

Perfect Summer Nails- now with added coconut!

Summer is in full swing and my laptop has been repaired (not that I ever told you it was broken…) so bring on the blogging! I have a whole long list of blog ideas that are going to become a reality over the summer so keep your eyes on the blog!

I thought I would start off my sharing a wee review I did for my Business and Editorial Writing coursework. Barry M is one of my all time favourite brands so it only made sense to write about one of their latest releases. Apologies for my chewed nails in the first photo! Anyway- read on to find out about my latest nail obsession.

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Coconut oil has recently become the go to solution for pretty much any problem imaginable. Need to fry something? Coconut oil. Frizzy hair? Coconut oil. Bad breath? Coconut oil! Yep it really can help with all of those things. Barry M have now jumped on the coconut band wagon and brought out a range of nail polishes infused with coconutty goodness.

The range currently consists of nine pastel shades perfect for the coming summer months. All of the polishes are infused with both coconut oil and coconut water to hydrate and nourish the nails while delivering a smooth gloss like manicure. The polishes are also enriched with vitamins B and C to help nail strength and give them a healthy shine.

As a serial nail biter I am constantly on the lookout for nail products that help strengthen my poor, chewed nails. But of course i also want them to look pretty and colourful because that always helps discourage nibbling. So when I saw this new range pop up on Barry M’s Instagram feed I knew straight away that I needed to pop down to Superdrug asap!

I opted to buy the summery sounding shades “Bikini” and “Laguna”. Bikini is a soft minty green colour while Laguna is a sky blue beauty. All of the shades from the collection are stunning and would really compliment a holiday tan. They come in standard Barry M nail polish bottles however the range has on trend copper lids which adds a nice touch and sets them apart from the regular polishes. The polishes feature the relatively new rounded end flat brushes which makes application an absolute breeze even if you have short stubby nails like mine.

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The bottle states that you should not use a basecoat to get the full benefit of the nourishing ingredients. I needed two coats for full opaque coverage and was pleasantly surprised by how quickly it dried! The polish was thicker than I expected but that had the added bonus of making the polish self levelling which leads to a streak free finish. I opted not to use a topcoat however you could add one if you choose. Both colours I tested applied smoothly and dried super shiny creating an almost gloss type finish. The polish is pretty chip resistant and lasted for quite a few days even without a topcoat. My nails do feel stronger and less brittle so I can definitely see more shades from this range entering my life in the future.

The Coconut Infusion range retails at £4.99 which is a little bit pricier than other Barry M polishes but the nourishing qualities packed into these shades makes that totally worth it. You can purchase all nine shades in Superdrug or Boot’s stores across the UK or on the Barry M website.

 

#GirlsOnTour- Cardiff Haul

I was going to write a whole post about my weekend in Cardiff but my brain appears to be taking a day off and all attempts to write about it have been futile. I had a great time in Cardiff and really want to go back soon but apparently I cannot write about its awesomeness! Instead I will share my Cardiff haul video with you. I filmed this just before going to Download Festival this past weekend. It features lots of fun, affordable summer pieces and a fair few makeup items as well as some odd bits and bobs. I hope you enjoy.

There will be a post about Download hitting the blog sometime late this week/early next week. I have been such a busy bee lately and am going away again this weekend, so I’m  sorry that my blogging schedule is all over the place. When things settle down a but next month I will be creating a schedule and attempting to stick to it.

Toodles.

Barry M Sunset Daylight Curing Nail Polish- Review

When I saw that Barry M had a new range of nail varnishes out I nipped down to Superdrug to buy some straight away. The new range is inspired by professional gel treatments however the magical daylight curing topcoat eliminates the need for a special light. Sounds pretty rad and much cheaper than getting a professional manicure at only £4.99 a bottle.

Currently (until early May) Superdrug has a three for two offer on all makeup including nail polishes to I treated my self to two different colours and the topcoat. Currently there’s only a base range of seven colours however I’m sure they will expand the range if they sell well. I went for “I’ve been Pinkin” and “Make me Teal” and boy to they look beautiful next to each other. I don’t have a photo to share with you right now but I currently have them on alternating nails and they look awesome. Before I move onto my experiences with the polishes I have to mention how lovely and sleek the rose-gold lids look, perfect for displaying on your dressing table.

First up we have “I’ve been Pinkin” which is an almost neon pink, totally up my street. The directions tell you there’s no need for a base coat so I didn’t bother and I haven’t noticed them leaving a stain so that’s a plus point. You are then instructed to apply 2 coats before applying the top coat- which apparently should only be used with these polishes (I have yet to test this). “I’ve been Pinkin” definitely needed two coats but then it was a perfect solid colour. The topcoat then magically perfects the colour, smoothing out everything, leaving it shiny and strong.

“Make me Teal” is a bright blue/teal shade and is my favourite of the two. After one coat this colour is pretty opaque however I did apply another coat just to be sure. Both colours lasted fairly well and maintained their glossy finish. The colours applied really well, partly due to the new flat brushes Barry M have introduced in their polishes. The topcoat was slightly thick but equally easy to apply. One thing I will point out to you all is that you don’t need daylight to cure these, any light will do. I’m not really sure how much they are affected by the light at all but they do look amazing so I’m not complaining!

Toodles.

Pink Hair Don’t Care- Colourful Dyed Hair FAQ

People ask me about my hair alot. I mean I do kinda look like a My Little Pony so I can understand why. Maintaining colourful hair can be a tricky thing so I thought it would be a nice idea to write a post dedicated to my personal hair tips and tricks. All of these questions are ones I have been asked in the past but if there’s any you have that I don’t answer then leave them in the comments and I will get back to you.

What is your natural hair colour?

Naturally I have incredibly dark brown hair with the slightest tinge of auburn. I have to bleach my hair first in order to attain the colour I want.

What bleach do you use and how often do you bleach your hair?

I used to get my roots bleached at the hair dressers when I could afford it and would 100% recommend you do this if you can afford it, especially if this is your first experience with bleach. However now I am a student and don’t have a job any more I can’t afford to do this so I use Live Colour XXL Max Blonde 00B (which is for dark hair, 00A is for lighter hair). I find this easy to apply, it’s pretty cheap and it does the job. I also love the conditioner they provide in the box, it leaves my hair feeling soften than it was before I bleached it! I tend to wait until my roots are pretty long before I bleach them because it takes a while to do. I have been known to wait 6 months between bleaches because I don’t mind rocking my roots however every 2 months would avoid that. The key is to not bleach bits that have already been bleached because that damages the hair. Another tip to keep bleached hair in good condition is to avoid heat as much as possible. Keep straightening and blow-drying to a minimum and use good conditioner.

What colour/brand of hair dye do you use?

I’ve only ever used Directions because it is available locally (and on Amazon if you don’t have a local retailer). Through the years I’ve used most of their colours however my favourite pink shade is Cerise. I’ve also mixed Rose Red with Carnation Pink to create a similar shade and have been know to dabble in Flamingo Pink. Cerise starts of really rich, almost purpley then fades to a lovely bright pink before going to a soft candyfloss shade. I like dyes that fade nicely because I actually hate dying my hair so like to leave as long as possibly (usually 2 months) between applications. I also love that you can combine the colours with conditioner to lighten the shade, I’ve experimented with this in the past when mixing colours and it works really well.

How do you maintain the colour?

Honestly my main tip is to not wash your hair that often. I know this isn’t feasible for everybody, I am lucky enough to have the sort of hair that only really needs washing once a week. However this tip can apply to anyone- if you wash your hair daily maybe try every other day or even once ever three days. It all helps. Trying to wash your hair with cooler water also helps maintain colour for longer. The care products you use will also effect the longevity of your colour but I will talk about that more in my next question. One tip I have tried in the past is to mix a tiny bit of the dye in with your conditioner so that every time you wash your hair you are slightly topping up the colour. This is effective but can be a little messy so I don’t bother any more.

What products do you use on your hair? 

I use Superdrug’s Revitalising Raspberry & Macadamia Nut Shampoo and Conditioner when washing my hair. My hair really likes it so I’ve been using the same stuff regularly for about a year now. It’s formulated especially for coloured hair so that’s always a good sign. It makes my hair super soft, smells amazing and is only £1.99 a bottle! Amazing products for the price. After washing my hair I always use Alterna Bamboo Colour Care UV Fade-Proof Fluide whilst it is still damp. This adds loads of shine and super smoothness to my hair. It may be a little pricey but trust me- a little goes a long way. I have had the same tube for at least a year. Occasionally I will give my hair a little treat and use Alterna Bamboo Colour Protection Deep Hydration Mask on my hair. I tend to use this if it’s been partially sunny and my hairs feeling a little dry, it perks it up perfectly. I keep meaning to try some on Lush’s hair treatments and masks too, I will let you know how that goes. Dry shampoo is your friend to help perk hair up between washes without fading the colour. I usually use the Batiste Dry Shampoo in Blush because it’s easy to get hold of and smells lovely. I am planning on trying the new Colab range as well after I smelt one my sister had and was blown away.

I hope this has answered some questions for you. Feel free to leave any more questions or any of your own tips in the comments section. Oh, if you hadn’t already guessed all of the hair accessories worn in the selfies are from Crown and Glory.

Toodles.

 

“How Old Are You?!”- What’s In My Bag

This post has been inspired by two things. The first being this months Crown and Glory Glitterati photo challenge. We needed to take a “what’s in my bag” photo including our awesome Veronica Dearly keyring that we received in the box. I took the above photo for my instagram and then decided it would make a great blogging topic. The second inspiration behind this post comes from an experience I had while ice skating at The Eden Project. As I handed my bag over to the man behind the ice skate counter he laughed upon seeing the My Little Pony motif and asked me how old I was. I personally think that you are never too old for fun, cute, colourful things. So here is the contents of my oh so grown up bag;

img_20141222_223308298This is my rather large purse I brought in September in Primark. I tried using a small purse for a while in the hopes that it would force me to get rid of receipts more often. No such luck! So I gave in a brought a massive one. I love this purse and think it is adorable. It’s full of my millions of cards and currently only 7p. I always have an “emergency” teabag in my bag. It was my Mum’s idea and I think it’s great especially if, like me, you don’t like normal tea. Lady Grey by Twinings is my favourite tea so I always have some at hand.

img_20141222_223334673All of my cosy winter essentials. The scarf was crocheted for me by my awesome Nana. The hat was knitted by me with some awesome wool a friend gave me to reuse. The gloves are from Accessorize and sadly have a wee hole in the thumb. I think they all go pretty nicely together and they keep me lovely and snug.

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I almost always have a random Crown and Glory small glitter bow hanging around somewhere in the bottom of my bag. This one is in the colour Candyfloss and is my current fave. I only have 2 keys attached to my keyrings- the plain one is my house key and the funky patterned one is for my Mum’s house. The Veronica Dearly keyring that was in my box is perfect for me. It says “Congrats on your lovely hair” and if I do say so myself I do have pretty fab hair. It’s really nice and chunky too which is nice, I don’t feel like it’s just going to fall apart in my bag. I also have a glow-in-the-dark sperm keyring attached to my keys. Me and my Mum both have one and it’s become a bit of a standing joke. I got them at Truro Pride one year and they have been protecting our keys ever since.

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What can I say, I like to keep soft! I always have my very battered tin of Honey Trap Lush lip balm in my bag. I’ve had it for over a year and it’s still going strong. It’s the only product I’ve tried that really helps yucky, chapped winter lips. A new bag staple is my Soap and Glory Hand Dream Super Cream which I talk about in this post. It makes my hands feel amazing and I freaking love the scent.

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img_20141222_223620568On to some beauty products. My favourite mascara comes everywhere with me. I use the Define and Lengthen Mascara by The Body Shop. It lasts, doesn’t smudge and does what it says on the tube. I was surprised by how few lipsticks I had in my bag. Usually there’s loads in there! We have two of my favourite lipsticks from the Rimmel Moisture Renew range. Amethyst Shimmer is my go to when I want a pop of colour whereas Vintage Pink is more or a natural, “your lips but better” colour. Another newer addition to my everyday essentials is the Barry M Cor Balmy in the shade Currant Bun. It’s a really moisturising tinted lip balm which happens to smell good enough to eat!

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On to the little random bits that everyone has in their bags. We have my pink ipod shuffle which comes literally everywhere with me. I always listen to music when I walk, it comforts me. A hair band because I have hair… yeah. And of course a pen, you never know when you might need one. This is a Zebra pen because they are my preferred pen brand. I don’t know if it’s weird to have a pen preference but I do, let me know in the comments if you do.

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Finally the bag itself. I got this in Primark ages ago when they had loads of My Little Pony stuff in. It’s a pretty large tote bag which I need for all the crap I lug around on a daily basis. I love it and will be gutted if it ever breaks. I also tend to carry my phone with me but I was using it to take the photos! I have a Moto G 4G which I only got about a month ago and I am loving it. I’m still in the new phone phase where I sometimes get really confused but that’s just me being terrible with technology.

So that’s what’s in my bag. This turned into a much longer post than it was meant to be but oh well! I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek into my everyday life.

Toodles.

 

 

 

 

Outfit Of The Day- Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree

img_20141216_133409933Sweatshirt- Brat and Suzie, Dress- Charity Shop, Leggings- Primark, Socks- Newlook, Boots- Newlook.

One of my favourite outfit combos lately has been summer dresses paired with quirky sweatshirts. I love bringing my summer pieces into winter by simply layering up, it gives you so many new outfit possibilities!

Glittery Hair Bow- Crown and Glory, Necklace- Tatty Devine 

img_20141216_184645001How freaking awesome is this necklace?! I got it today in my Glitterati secret Santa that one of the fabulous girlies organised. I love Tatty Devine so was thrilled when I saw the little box sitting in my hands. I was even more excited when I opened it to find the adorable little crown necklace inside. It’s so shiny and dinky, it makes me feel like a very stylish princess. Thank you so much to my secret Santa, everything in my parcel was perfect (I will be sharing in contents in my Things I Love Thursday post).

Soap And Glory- The Next Big Thing Box, Treat yourself!

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Every year Soap and Glory bring out a limited edition gift box full of awesome pampering treats. This year’s box is usually priced at £60 for 10 full sized products which would retail for over a whopping £75 normally, so we have a pretty good saving right from the get go. Now for the awesome bit- for one week only Boots stores in the UK have the box on sale for only £29!!!! How freaking great is that! I was convinced they would be sold out by the time I got myself to a store but Boots in Truro had loads left so I managed to nab myself one. They are selling fast but will be on this great deal until Thursday so if you want one at this great price then be quick!

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There were two limited edition, collectable boxes designed by Hattie Stewart (professional doodler according to her website!), one only available online (which sold out within hours) and one only available in stores. As I said I got mine in store but this image shows both box designs. The box is massive and has a pretty durable handle making it easy to lug through town as you finish your Christmas shopping. It’s so lovely and quirky and I think I will be using mine to store my Crown and Glory accessories in once it’s empty. All of the products come snuggled it a pretty pink drawstring bag, which again will be great for storing things in the future.

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As I said there are 10 full sized products inside ranging from facial care to make up to lovely creams for the body. There’s a really wide range of different scents and products in here so you can get a real taste of what Soap and Glory is all about. I think this would be a

great gift for someone who is new to the brand. There’s also a £3 off voucher for the next time you spend £12 which is great if you fall in love with something and use it all up and need to dash out for more.

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I thought it would be nice to go through all the products for you so if you miss out on the deal or are only interested in a few of them you have some sort of idea what they are like. First up we have the Hand Dream Super Cream (£7). As the name suggests this is a hand cream and it really is dreamy! It soaks in to the skin super quickly and leaves them feeling silky soft in seconds. Like lots of Soap and Glory products it has a sweet fruity sent which lasts for ages. Next is Whipped Clean Shower Butter (£8) which is an in-shower moisturiser. You use it like normal shower gel but it is extra moisturising because it has loads of natural butters and oils. It smells good enough to eat with an almondy fragrance. Heel Genius Amazing Foot Cream (£5.50) is a super fresh smelling foot cream that you massage into your feet before bed. As someone who likes walking around with bare feet a lot in the summer this will do my feet the world of good.

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Now on to two of the biggest products in the box. Butter Yourself Body Lotion (£10) is a super moisturising lotion best applied to damp skin after a shower. Again it has that sweet but fruity fragrance that really lingers on the skin. I love that it comes in a pump bottle, super easy for application. Orangeasm Body Wash (£6.50) is the fruitiest smell ever! It has the most amazing orange smell to it and when I say that I mean it smells like actual oranges not that sickly synthetic smell you often get. It is so uplifting and just wow! This is perfect for a morning shower as it will really wake you up.

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Sugar Crush Body Scrub (£8) has my absolute favourite Soap and Glory scent! Like most of the other products, there are many other products that share scents meaning you can really build up your fragrance. The Sugar Crush Body Wash (£6.50) is one of my favourite things ever so when I realised that the scrub was in here I was a very happy panda. This scrub works wonders on “scaly” your skin is feeling and it’s sweet lime scent will hopefully make you feel as happy as it makes me feel. The Righteous Butter (£10.50) is a luxurious body butter with that signature Soap and Glory scent. It’s super rich and thick and, much like the hand cream, leaves your skin feeling velvety soft.

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Finally we have some bits for your lovely face! First we have the Thick And Fast Mascara (£10) which I used for the first time today on an outing to town. I am pretty fussy with mascaras, many have come through my house and only get used once before being tossed in the bin. This one however is great! It really have my lashes a boost and lasted all day. The brush is pretty big and a bit daunting, but I found it worked like a dream. Off Your Face (£4.50) are face cleansing clothes with a pretty hilarious name. I love it when brands are a bit jokey with their product names. I have yet to try these but they claim to “wipe your skin clean of dirt and make-up, help to clear your complexion, and leave your face feeling fah-resh” so I hope they deliver. They have a textured surface to exfoliate your skin as well as cleansing and toning. Finally we have Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Shine Lacquer (£7) which is possibly my favourite name for a product of all time. The one included in the box is a kind of pinky, subtle colour that I think would suit most people. It’s the kind of shade you would describe as “your lips but better”. I wore it today and it was pretty long lasting and the shine was just sublime. I don’t usually go for lip glosses or lacquers but I think I may be getting this in some other colours because I really liked it as it’s not as sticky as some others I’ve tried.

So that’s that! Good luck if you want to get your hands on one of the boxes. As I said at the beginning- Boots in Truro had loads left the other day so if you live in Cornwall then get your butt down there! I hope my reviews have helped if you are thinking about getting any of the individual products. Soap and Glory is an awesome company, everything smells freaking gorgeous, works wonderfully and has pink packaging, what more could you want?!

Toodles.

“14 Year Old Me Would Love This!”- Pink Dip-Dyed Hair

You may know by now that I have pretty colourful hair. It has been pink now for almost 4 years with bits of other colours coming in to the fringe here and there. I even blogged about my hair transformations a while ago. I have quite a lot of experience making hair awesome colours so it came as no surprise when my friend Sarah asked me to dip-dye her hair pink. We took some photos along the way and I thought I would share the process with you. I haven’t done many tutorial posts before so hopefully this will make sense!

10841625_670696993048617_1513844423_nOur starting point was dyed black hair so we needed to lift it quite a bit to get the desired base blonde. We used Jerome Russell B Blonde Lightening Kit Med-Dark (5.99) on the tips of the hair. To achieve an even look we sectioned the hair into two bunches at the front and placed hair bands where we wanted the colour to start. When we we happy with the coverage we took the bunches out and let the hair hang loose at the back so we could even out the middle of the hair. We bleached about 3-4 inches of hair using the brush supplied in the pack. To get a kind of ombre, graduated look you need to brush lighter near the top of the section.

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We left the bleach on for about an hour but this will vary from person to person. The key is to keep checking the hair until you reach the desired shade. We then rinsed of the bleach and conditioned the hair with DGJ Organics Argan Oil Conditioner. Then we kind of got distracted and had some chips from the chippy but this step is optional!

Next it’s time for colour! Directions is my personal favourite colourful hair dye brand. Their dyes are kind to your hair, come in a wide range of colours and are cruelty free. We went for Flamingo Pink which is a super vibrant candy pink colour. I’ve used it before and I loved it. (If you are in Falmouth then Just Like This sells directions, tell Jane I sent you!) Now you just need to slap on that colour. You can use a brush if you want but fingers work perfectly well too, although whatever you do, remember to wear gloves to avoid pink hands for days. The tub recommends leaving the dye in for about 20 minutes I would recommend leaving it in for at least an hour, longer if you have the time. I’ve even heard of people putting a plastic bag over their hair and leaving the dye over night. As the dye isn’t damaging to the hair it can be left on for as long as you want. We decided to wash it off after about an hour because we were getting pretty sleepy by this point.

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This is the finished result. It’s much pinker and brighter in person. Sarah loves it and I am so proud of the results. This was my first time dip-dying hair but I think it looks awesome! Dip-dying is a great way to add a splash of colour without going the whole way.

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I hope this walk through made sense, let me know in the comments. I would also love to see any pictures of your colourful hair.

Toodles.