Monday, 26 August 2013


Getting my nail polish to stay un-chipped and generally look half decent on my nails barely lasts a day. If anything its chipped within the day. I'm quite good at bumping things and having reasons to chip them at work and what not but it almost feels pointless painting your nails if they arent going to look good for over a day.

It doesn't take much for a beauty purchase for me, I had received a good dentist trip and found out I never have to see my orthodontist again, so thought I'd make a mini trip to Superdrug and treat myself, I was going to buy the new Barry M Gellys but even still they weren't going to stay so thought it was about time I bought myself a top/base coat. One to make it stay and last and to look shiny again! Most of my polishes can look dull too. Even those that are higher brands some can look dull with wear and tear.

Superdrug had Sally Hansens Double Duty Base and Top Coat on offer for just £3.95, normal price of £4.95 which is a bargain as I know Orly's Top 2 Bottom is around the £10 mark! This is a two in one product, to create a canvas to apply polish on, to create the barrier to stop nails going weak due to polishes and then applies after the colour has been applied to create a non chip coat as well as create the shiny effect!

I can safely say the results are good! The manicure I applied of Nails Inc in   lasted without any chips three days and only on the fourth day did one chip appear, by the 6th day they were all chipping and one nail colour peeled off (which was odd but hasn't ruined my nail). So to have a perfect manicure for three days was a huge success and really impressed me!

Sally Hansen Double Duty is available from Superdrug and can be purchased here! LINK

I also have to conclude this, by saying that has had approval from the boyfriend for no chipped manicure and if that doesn't constitute a good product I really don't know what does!
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Wednesday, 21 August 2013


My name is Lisa and I'm a natural blonde and have never dyed my hair! Its hardly confession of the year, but this year more than ever I've been thinking of how to change up my hair. For a long time my parents didn't want me to die my hair because its rare you get a natural blonde who stays natural for a long time and I knew if I was to go another colour I wouldn't get the natural tones back exactly. 

I did want to change it up, I've considered highlights, low lights and bleaching but the price of them seemed a little silly when my hair has natural tones and does go lighter in the sun anyway.  I didn't wanna damage my hair either, luckily I never really get split ends and I don't get my hair cut often so its so good I don't need to! 

I had heard of the John Frieda Go Blonder range before through blogs and youtube reviews but hadnt heard lots of positive reviews, however, I'm always one for giving things a go. I first started using the Go Blonder Shampoo, it did work a little but I only bought a travel sized one to try first, I wanted more results and something definite. As it was on offer for £4 in tesco, I decided to give this lightening spray a go! 

This spray is recommended for blondes (duh?) or fair headed people.  The idea is to spray as you wish, to gain 3 types of effects, you can spray on selected sections to create highlight effects, on the roots to cover any blending or finally you can be as adventurous as myself and spray all over for all over lightening! 

The recommended all over treatment is ten uses only as it can be harsh on the hair as you are putting a type of bleach on the hair. The instructions for all over colouring is to wash hair as normal, I've been extensively conditioning my hair every wash at the moment to ensure less damage. Then towel dry a lot, not so much its dry but to take most of the moisture out. Then be ruthless and spray all over the hair. I have shoulder length hair so this is pretty easy for me. I towel dry the hair but do not brush until after I've sprayed as I find this works easier at getting to roots and tip as its not sleek and straight its messy and open to the spray. I start front to back but work more on the back as something I didn't realise is that the front of your hair is naturally going to hit the light more so this will be lighter than the back, as well as if you tie it up etc so I do a few more spritzes there. I spray all over vigorously, don't worry the spray does last a long time despite weight or what you think is too much. Be generous! I then brush my hair to how I would style it normally, add some heat protectant/volume spray and then blow dry.

YOU HAVE TO BLOW DRY. This product works by heat activation, ok sure it would do a little something by just natural drying but if you go to sleep with this on it will damage linen and the heat is what makes this work! Blow dry until completely dry. 

Using a straightener or curling tong can also help to add more heat and activate more lightening properties so if your like me and straighten anyway this is a good plus! 

So here's the result, as above my hair was ashy to begin with, it had got darker and ashier and I wasn't happy about the yellow look. After first use I saw some noticeable lightness, I continued using and at third use I saw all over colour difference not just a few highlights but all over colour difference. 

After 5 uses, this is how my hair is now coloured (below). The camera has made it a touch ginger/brown at the ends but I can assure you my hair is not darker this is cause of the lighting of the picture and my hair is definitely all over blonde. It still has tones to it so isn't bleach blonde white but I am so happy with the results. Friends and family have noticed a difference too and so it has given me the effects without harsh salon treatment or paying the odds! Perfect! 

There are a lot of bad reviews about this product but I love it. I will use it a few more times but I wont be for a few weeks yet as I am happy with this colour and don't want to over damage my hair or go too light and look fake or too unnatural. 

I'm really happy with the results and if you're looking for a quick pick me up to ashy blonde then this is the way forward! You can get this from Boots, Superdrug, and supermarkets. Tesco had it for £4 on offer recently so go get it whilst its still on offer! 

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