Adventure Is Out There!

I’m back!!! I know, I know; it’s been a bloody long time but I swear I’m back now and a hell of a lot has changed and loads more is on the horizon.

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So what has changed since we last spoke? Well for starters I’ve got a degree now! Well I haven’t actually had my gradation ceremony yet but I got my final grades back. I got a 2:2, ending up with 58% overall. Considering how crappy my mental health has been over these past few years I am amazed I made it through. So woo go me, I’m a Creative Writing graduate from Falmouth University.

While we are on the subject of university I also had a very busy February; I ran in the student union elections. I ran for the position of Community and Welfare President. Although I didn’t win (I came 3rd out of 7), I had the most amazing week. I met so many people and my confidence sky rocketed! It was such a hectic and busy week but I’m so glad I did it, the experience I gained from standing is something I am so grateful for. I also got to spend a lot of time with some of my best friends who helped out on my campaign team, so that’s a bonus. And any job interview I ever go to in the future will be a doddle compared to trying to win over thousands of students!

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Another thing; I’m polyamorous, woo! If you don’t know what polyamory is then here’s a little run down; basically polyamory is the practice of loving/having relationships with more than one person. There are so many different relationship structures that fit into polyamory and every polyamorous relationship is different, so I can only really speak from my experience. I have a boyfriend and a girlfriend who are both dating me, but not dating each other, although they are very good friends. Both relationships are very different and I am so happy with how everything is going. The relationships are also both pretty open meaning we can all have sexual/romantic relationships and experiences outside of the relationship. Communication is key when it comes to polyamory. You need to keep a constant, healthy dialogue going to make sure everyone is comfortable and happy.

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Smaller change but I also shaved half my hair off. It just felt like time for a change, something bold. On Halloween I was out with some friends and I was talking about wanting to change my hair up and one of my friends suggested a Natalie Dormer style situation and boom, a few days later I marched into the hairdressers and got it done. I freaking love my hair like this. I was so worried I was going to regret it but I haven’t so far and it’s been over half a year.

I feel like this hair cut was what triggered all this change in my life. I know that sounds kinda silly but hear me out. This hair cut was such a bold move, something no one saw coming. It gave me some freedom from what was expected of me meaning I could do some soul searching and figure out who I truly was and what I wanted. It made me look at my life and see what changes needed to be made. Since getting this hair cut I have been taking less bullshit and instead living my life how I want.

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So what’s next? For now I’m mainly looking for a job and figuring what my living situation is going to be when my house contract ends in a month. I don’t really have a big grand plan. I thought I would have it all figured out by now, but I really fucking don’t! I’m applying for jobs that look interesting and pay well. After I leave my student house I’m gonna be doing some couch surfing between friends and family. It’s kinda scary not having a plan but I’m choosing to see it as an adventure and I’m sure some great writing inspiration will come from it. I’m feeling very much like the lost 20-something year old I am but it’s pretty exciting. For the first time in my life I don’t know where I’m heading next, I could do anything. It’s a strange mix of fear and wonder.

However now I’m done with uni I have so much free time to write on here. I have so many things I want to write about; bullet journaling, polyamory, surviving uni for example. I also want to document my time as a post-grad, figuring out my place in the world. I know a lot of people write about that but hey, everyone’s story is different. I also still have a bunch of work from my time at uni that I really want to share with you so look out for that.

I know this isn’t the first time I’ve abandoned this blog then come back with a big post but please stick with me! I promise there is much more coming up. I have so much I want to say and hopefully some people out there want to listen to me. I’m going to try to update the blog at least once a week but maybe more.

Thank you for reading this pretty self indulgent post and I hope you are having a fabulous day!

Toodles.

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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.

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.

 

“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.

 

 

 

 

October Glitterati Unboxing!

After waiting patiently for a few days my Glitterati box arrived on Saturday! I was so excited to see what was inside because I knew it had a bit of a Halloween theme and it’s no secret that I freaking love Halloween. I will admit I had a sneaky peek at some people’s photos on Facebook so I had a bit of an idea of what I would be getting but it was still a wonderful surprise to see what was in my box.

I also ordered myself a little treat which I got delivered with my box. So here is my unboxing video:

I know it’s a little bit all over the place but I tried! Hopefully next month I will be a wee bit more prepared.

Links to the products available online:

The Glitterati 

Mermaid Huge Glitter Bow (this usually comes on a stretchy elastic hair band but if you would prefer it on a metal band like mine just add a note at the checkout and you can have it done at no extra charge)

Glitter Devil Horns Headband

Glitter Bat Clips (these are just black ones)

Feather Bobby Pins

Ebony Lotta Rosie Headband (I called it the Whole Lotta Rosie in the video which is also on the website but is a wee bit bigger than the Lotta Rosie)

I love my box so much and am already itching to see what’s in store for next month. I think my favourite piece from this months box has to be the Lotta Rosie Headband. I have wanted one of these for ages and am so happy I got the black one. It will work with so many different looks and it hides my terrible roots beautifully! Thank you so much Sophie for being such a babe and thank you to the lovely Glitterati girls for always being fab.

Toodles!

Pamper Yourself!

Hello people! I am writing this snuggled up in bed rocking my fluffy leopard dressing gown and knee high stripy socks because I am ill. Great timing Emma, it’s not like you just started uni or anything. Oh well, I have been resting and trying to make myself better. Today I decided to treat myself to a bit of a pamper sesh. When you are ill a lovely long shower or bath can do you the world of good.

I thought I would share some of my favourite pamper products with you. Some of them are pretty standard and cheap whereas others are a bit more of an indulgence so there should be something for everyone!

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Original Source shower gels are absolutely amazing! I love every single one of their different scents however the Vanilla and Raspberry and Raspberry and Cocoa are my current two favourites. Usually priced at about £2.29. Right now they are only 99p each on the Superdrug website which rocks! They lather up really well and make your skin so soft. They are packed with natural fragrances which leaves you and your bathroom smelling heavenly.

 

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Superdrug’s Revitalising Raspberry & Macadamia Nut Shampoo and Conditioner makes my hair so soft and silky. They help maintain the vibrancy of my coloured hair which means I can go longer between dyes. The sweet scent really hangs around in your hair which is lovely when you swish it around. These retail at £1.99 but they often have buy one get one free offers.

10580206-1324463975-484790Whilst on the subject of hair care I’d like to introduce you to one of my favourite products Alterna Bamboo Colour Protection Fade Proof Fluide (bit of a mouthful I know!). I just smooth a few pumps of this through my towel dried hair and it leaves it amazingly shiny. I feel it really helps add strength and retain colour as well. It also has UV protection which is a bonus. This is more of an indulgent product. I found it on Amazon for £12.99 for 3.4oz which seems pretty steep but it really does last for ages.

8840156643358Now on to some body love. This Cherry and Macadamia Body Butter is so rich and smooth you just want to spread it on toast and eat it! It smells like divine yoghurt or something, nom! I love strong scents and this definitely fits the bill. It moisturises beautifully and soaks into the skin really nicely. At £3.99 for a pretty big tub I would say it’s very good value for money as a little goes a long way.

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Could you guess a Lush product was gonna sneak it’s way in here? Trust me, there’s more coming up! Tender Is The Night has an incredibly romantic, sensual scent. Full of vanilla, ylang ylang oil and my favourite ever smell- jasmine, it is my perfect blend of fragrances. Lush massage bars are designed to melt with heat, so as you rub them over you they release lovely moisturising butters and oils all over your warm skin. I also love the look of this bar, the cute little pink flower on the top just adds that touch of loveliness. Priced at £6.50 I consider them to be a bit of a treat, but we all deserve a treat every now and then!

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Lush’s Bubblegum Lip Scrub is perfect for the colder months. It works really well to gently buff dry, chapped lips. The caster sugar does the buffing while the organic jojoba oil moisturises. The best thing about it though has to be it’s sweetshop taste! After scrubbing away you lick off the sugary goodness- yummy! A 25g pot comes in at £5.50 which for such a great product isn’t bad.

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I like to finish treating my lips with a dab of Honey Trap lip balm. This is the only thing that has ever really worked for my dry winter lips. It’s super moisturising and tastes like honey and white chocolate! It costs £5.75 for a little tin which lasts forever. I got a tin just under a year ago and even with daily use I still have about half left. One thing I will say is be careful with the lid, I put mine of wonky once then spent half an hour bashing the tin to try and get it off again!

 

What to know something super cool about all of those products? They are all cruelty free! None of them have been tested on animals, yay!

 

lemon_ginger_20_etb_angle_2I’ve added this Lemon and Ginger Twinings infusion at the end of this list because it is my favourite drink when I am ill. I can’t stand Lemsip so when I have a cold I turn to this instead. If you leave it to brew for ages (10 mins) then it’s lovely steam really helps clear a blocked system. Also ginger is really good for settling an upset tummy. Basically this drink is a lifesaver! A box of 20 bags costs between £1 and £1.50.

I hope you like the look of some of my favourite pamper products. I think it’s really important to indulge in some pamper time, even if you aren’t ill. It’s good for the soul. I try to pamper myself fully at least once a week because it really boosts my mood and confidence. It’s part of my radical self love practice.

I hope you are all happy and healthy!

Toodles for now.

 

 

 

Hair Glorious Hair

My hair is pretty damn important to me. It has become part of my identity. Almost exactly 3 years ago, as soon as I escaped secondary school, I dyed my hair pink. Well actually I tried to dye my hair red but apparently my hair had other ideas! I went to my friends house and she bleached my hair for me and boy did I look ginger! I then put the dye on just in time for prom. I used Directions Poppy Red. It came out as a beautiful pinky colour and I’ve never looked back! The below picture is me at prom, rocking the new locks (oh yeah, I had super short hair back then!).

 

My hair had had a few changes since then, mainly me deciding to grow it! I like to play around with the colour of my fringe a lot. The rest will always be pink though, I mean my blog is called Pink Mind Dreams for a reason!

My brief lilac fringe phase was created using Directions Lilac. Although I loved this colour it faded so quickly, I had to re do it pretty much every week. On another note how rad is this photo?! My talented Mum took it and to this day it’s still one of my favourite photos of me.

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For someone who loves having crazy coloured hair I sure do hate dying it. I leave both my colour and my roots for as long as humanly possible before I do something about it! I tend to dye my hair every 6-8 weeks and then I bleach my roots about every 5-6 months. I know, I know! In a dream world where I was very rich indeed I would go to the hairdressers and get my roots done every 6 weeks like they recommend. However I cannot afford that so I make do! Luckily my roots don’t bother me too much so I can get away with it for a while.

I bleached my own roots for the first time the other day. I was a little bit worried about ruining my hair or leaving it mega patchy. However it turned out pretty well! My roots were a good few inches so it was pretty easy to just get the dye on the dark parts and leave the rest unharmed. I have some photos to share of my hair before the roots, when I had done the roots then the finished colour.

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I used Live Colour XXL 00B Max Blonde for my roots. It did come out pretty yellow (although the picture makes it look worse) but bear in mind the fact that my natural hair colour is super dark brown. Then I used Directions Cerise for the main part of my hair. I love this colour because it starts out as a really nice hot pink but fades nicely into a lovely soft candy-floss colour over time. Then I used Directions Turquoise for the turquoise (duh) bit. This colour lasts insanely well! I mean it does fade but much much slower then other colours I have tried. Then on the other side I mixed myself a purple shade. I will add another picture to show you that colour better. The great thing about Directions hair dye is you can mix them with each other to create your own colours! You can also mix them with conditioner to create toned down or pastel versions of the colours. The purple I created is about 2/3 turquoise and 1/3 cerise. Basically I just mixed it and kept testing it on some tissue until I had a shade I liked!

This photo shows the purple a little bit better. Also guest appearance from my lovely beardy one Oli.

1403031610904.2I hope this has been some what interesting to you. Basically I dyed my hair for the first time in ages and just wanted to show it off! If you wanna dye your hair a crazy colour then I say go for it! If you have any questions about dying your hair then feel free to drop me a comment.

Toodle pip!