Sunday, 16 July 2017

Dying my hair silver - L'Oreal Smartbond at Regis Hair Salons!

I've not been the kindest to my hair over the years. I've experimented with a lot of colours - from peroxide blonde to XXL black, and bright red to DIY ombre. You may have seen recently that I made the brave plunge to dye my hair pink. It was something I had always wanted to do, and I am glad that I have ticked that one off the bucket list as it was definitely fun while it lasted, but after a few weeks I decided that I wanted to a more wearable hair colour again.

Around the time I was wandering how on earth I would get the pink out of my hair (silly me for leaving the product on for 45 minutes instead of the suggested 15 minutes, not one for following the rules), I was invited by Regis Hair Salon to try out their new Smartbond treatment*. I had never heard of this specific treatment before, but I was definitely intrigued as the treatment sounds like it would allow me to continue experimenting with hair colours, whilst protecting my hair in the process.


Prior to the colour treatment and Smartbond itself, I had to pop into the salon for a skin test and colour consultation with my hairdresser. You will need to have a skin test beforehand if you would like a Smartbond treatment, and a colour consultantion with the stylist just means that you can both prepare for your appointment beforehand.


This new three-part treatment, Smartbond, has been scientifically designed to protect the bonds in your hair, allowing the stylist to prevent the usual damage that is caused during a colouring service. The treatment, similar to Olaplex, can be easily fitted into your normal colour service. You can see from the photo below that I still had quite a bit of pink left in my hair so I was really curious as to how the condition of my hair would feel after it had been stripped of pink and dyed silver again.


The three steps of the treatment are as follows:

Step 1. Your hairdresser will mix the first treatment in with your hair dye colour or bleach. This will protect and strengthen your hair while the colour itself starts to develop. I had originally thought that this treatment was just for bleached hair, but after discussing with my hairdresser, it can be used on all dyed hair - light or dark!

Step 2. Next, your hairdresser will rinse the colour or bleach from your hair, and apply a pre-shampoo treatment. This will totally rinse away any chemical residue, which could weaken your hair if left.

Step 3. The final step of the treatment is where you take the matter into your own hands and it is to be completed at home. It is a conditioning treatment that you can use weekly to continuously strengthen the fibres of your hair in-between salon visits.


The treatment itself is super affordable. It is an additional £5 when you are already having a colour treatment at a Regis Hair Salon, or it is £15 to have the treatment alone. Time wise, the only waiting around was for ten minutes once the pre-shampoo treatment was applied, but after getting a full head of highlights for many years, I'm used to waiting around a lot longer than that for my hair! 

My fabulous hairdresser added a blue toner to my hair once my full head of highlights and Smartbond treatment had been completed. I didn't even have a haircut and the condition of my hair felt the best it had felt in weeks. I had my hair blow dried and straightened a little, and I cannot believe how soft it immediately felt without even adding any argan oil. All in all, I am very pleased with the results of my Smartbond treatment experience and I have been using my Step 3 product every few washes to keep my hair feeling healthy before my next dye.


As you can see, after a few washes the blue toner had been rinsed from my hair (as toners usually do), and a lovely silvery colour was left. I would definitely pay the £5 to have this treatment again next time I get my hair dyed. For such a small amount of money you can definitely feel the difference in your hair, and I'm going to be taking note to see if my hair grows as it seems to have come to a halt since I've been bleaching it. You can read more about Smartbond Colour Bonding here.



*This post has not been sponsored, but I was given a complimentary colour dye & Smartbond treatment courtesy of Regis Salons.





Thank you for reading :)
Had you heard of this treatment before?
Would you consider getting this treatment next time you have your hair dyed?
Love Dani x

Friday, 14 July 2017

Favourite bloggers of the month #6

Life has really got in the way of my blog lately and it makes me so sad. I really love blogging and I really love reading other blogs, so it was definitely time for my favourite bloggers of the month blog posts to make a return! The three ladies in this months posts have been favourites for quite some time now, and I have read their blogs for as long as I can remember. I hope you find someone new to have a little style stalk of :)
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First on my list is the beautiful Charlotte of Lurchhound Loves. I've lusted over her wardrobe for many years, watched her get engaged and married, watched her nose job diaries on her YouTube channel and just loved her blog and outfits. I love the way she layers quite simplistic clothes to give them a really unique look, definitely get following her!


Hi Charlotte! Introduce yourself and your blog?

Charlotte Buttrick (formerly Lewis), 30 / Digital Outreach Specialist & Style Blogger / Macclesfield, Cheshire

My blog originally started as a hobby, to share my weekend activities with my rescued Lurcher Brody.  After attending a fashion bloggers event through a friend's invite and discovering fashion blogging, my interests online switched from lifestyle to what I was wearing and that's where it all started. Also, my partner plays a lot of golf at the weekend. So blogging started as something to fill my time with and quickly became a passion, then an obsession and addiction. 

Where does your blog name come from?

Lurchhoundloves comes from my initial set up for my blog to be about lifestyle and my Lurcher Brody, who is a Lurcher / Wolfhound mix. Hence Lurchhound and then loves - Lurchhoundloves - as in the things I love. 

Now I am kind of stuck with it and have been toying with changing my blog name to something more fashion related. But, as I feel I've started to build a brand after 4 years, it would seem silly to change it. But perhaps it is something I will do in the future. 

Where are your favourite places to shop for clothes and accessories?

I love the high street for buying my clothes. My usual go to online store for anything is ASOS. But, lately I have become obsessed with Boohoo and Topshop. And may be guilty of spending on the sites every week ATM 🙊 

For my accessories, specifically bags and sunglasses, I prefer to invest in high end pieces that are classic and will stand the test of time. My favourites being my Gucci loafers, Gucci belt - best investment btw that goes with everything in my wardrobe - and my Givenchy Antigona.

Having said that I also love designer dupes for getting the look for less. Recent favourites are my J W Anderson pierce bag dupe and Givenchy boot dupes from Jessica Buurman, which are only about £100 each (basically 10% of the price of the real thing and their quality is amazing too!)


Do you have a favourite style icon?

I wouldn't say I have a favourite style icon as such. I tend to get my inspiration from magazines and merchandising / models online, such as Zara lookbooks and brand emails.

But, if I had to say anyone it would be Rosie Huntington Whitely. Not only is she my woman crush but I love her classic but laid back style and how amazing she looks in everything from denim to dresses. Although, I wouldn't say my style reflects hers. But it is definitely a style I admire, just like Sienna Miller's too.

Which song/songs do you have on repeat recently?

I have always been a Paramore fan girl. So at the moment I have been playing their new album on repeat! 

Which item of clothing can you not stop wearing recently?

My Gucci belt. It really is the best investment I've made that seems to go with any outfit I throw on. Apart from that, I basically live in denim and trainers whilst at work and I am obsessed with a lace up pair I have from H&M for the Summer and my Balenciaga Race Runners.


You can also follow Charlotte on instagram, YouTubetwitter and read her blog here :)

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There has been way too many times when I have seen a piece of clothing or accessory on Chloe, and then next thing I know it's in my basket, and then on it's way to being delivered to me. Her style and wardrobe is very similar to mine - all black everything, with a pop of grey, white or floral. I love the way she layers pieces together and she is just bloody adorable! Go get following this girl if you don't already!


Hi Chloe! Introduce yourself and your blog?

Hi! My name is Chloe, and I’m the v. short person behind the fashion and lifestyle blog The Little Plum. I started blogging way back when I was 17, but of course, being 17, I didn’t really keep it up. Fast forward two years to me dropping out of my first year of uni and I desperately needed a creative outlet – TLP became that outlet, and here we are, over 4 years later.

Where does your blog name come from?

My last name is Plumstead and during primary school, everybody referred to my older brother as ‘Plum’. Being the younger and shorter one, I became ‘The Little Plum’ by default.

Where are your favourite places to shop for clothes and accessories?

I’m a high street girl through and through (although that’s thanks to my wallet, rather than my taste haha). You’ll usually find me scouring Zara and Mango, although New Look and Next are pulling some bangers out at the moment.


Do you have a favourite style icon?

I love everything Alexa Chung has done, including Alex Turner… All jokes aside, she achieves effortless chic like nobody else, and maintains a sense of humour alongside it. Love her.

Which song/songs do you have on repeat recently?

In Cold Blood – Alt J, Feel The Way I Do – The Jungle Giants and Say To Me – WHTKD.

Which item of clothing can you not stop wearing recently?

I bought a pair of petite light-wash jeans from Topshop last year, and now the weather has started to brighten up, I haven’t taken them off.

You can also follow Chloe on TwitterInstagram and read her blog here :)

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Oh lovely, lovely Leigh. Not only has she been a blogger that I have admired for years, but I was lucky enough to meet her through blogging and end up being her intern when she was working at Oh My Love. She's a total babe and she's currently completing a personal mission of #Leighs12in12 where she is visiting 12 cities in 12 months. I am loving reading these posts and seeing her travels on instagram so definitely check it out!


Hi Leigh! Introduce yourself and your blog?

My name’s Leigh, I’m 26 and based in London. I work in social media & PR for music festivals by day and I blog over at Fox & Feather by night. I started my current blog back during university as a creative outlet to document my love for secondhand and vintage fashion. I was initially torn between studying fashion and illustration at university and because I opted for the latter, my blog become a convenient way to keep up with my interests in styling.

Where does your blog name come from?

I’ll be honest and admit there’s not much meaning behind my blog name other than foxes are one of my favourite animals and I have an unusual obsession with feathers. Plus, I just really like alliteration.

Where are your favourite places to shop for clothes and accessories?

I shop mainly in charity shops and vintage shops because you end up finding unique, one-off pieces you can’t find anywhere else!

(Photo credit: Fordtography)


Do you have a favourite style icon?

I have so, so many! I take a lot of influence from the ‘it’ girls of the 60s & 70s including Marianne Faithfull, Anita Pallenburg, Jane Birkin, Pamela De Barres, Pamela Courson and Bebe Buell. I also take a lot of inspiration from David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix and Mick Jagger when it comes to styling my outfits.

Which song/songs do you have on repeat recently?

I’ve had Childish Gambino’s album, Awaken My Love, on repeat for months now. I’m dying to see him live.

Which item of clothing can you not stop wearing recently?

I picked up this embroidered, mirrored, oversized jacket from a vintage shop and I have not stopped wearing it since I bought it, even if it does clash drastically with my outfit!


You can also follow Leigh on instagramFacebooktwitterPinterest and read her blog here :)



Thanks for reading :)
I hope you've found some lovely new blogs to follow!
Did you already follow all these girlies?
Love Dani

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Bands I'm most excited for at 2000 Trees Festival 2017!

I bloody love a good festival. I haven't been to one in a couple of years and next weekend I am off to 2000 Trees with my cousin and a few friends, and I literally cannot wait. I hadn't heard of this festival before, but after looking at the line up I just knew that I had to go. Not only are the bands themselves going to be amazing, but the vibe of the whole festival sounds so good. There is an acoustic stage set up in the forest with hammocks - I definitely cannot wait to chill there! They also have a specific day where everyone has to wear fancy dress (a guilty pleasure of mine). The festival goers were able to vote for the fancy dress theme and this year it was decided as '2000 Trees On The High Seas' so a lovely mix of pirates, mermaids, rum and surfers - I best get outfit planning really!


I've decided to compile a little list of the bands I am most excited to see. Luckily for me, I have checked the timings and there seems to be no major clashes between bands! There are a couple which overlap by a few songs but that I can handle. Check them out and let me know if you discover any new bands!


The Front Bottoms



The Menzingers



Slaves



Deaf Havana



Mallory Knox



Spring King



Fizzy Blood



Pulled Apart By Horses



Dinosaur Pile-Up



Gnarwolves



Nothing But Theives



Some others which I couldn't find YouTube videos for on Blogger:

Feed The Rhino / The Wonder Years /  Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes / Strange Bones


You can check out the rest of the bands playing here:





Thank you for reading :)

Are you off to any festivals this year?
Which is your favourite band that is playing 2000 Trees 2017?
Are there any bands I haven't mentioned that you think I should check out?
Love Dani x


Friday, 14 April 2017

Dying my hair pink - Bleach London Rose Super Cool Colour Review!

Dying my hair pink is something that I've wanted to tick off my bucket list for a very, very long time. Pink is my favourite colour, but I don't really ever wear anything pink and I was actually quite scared about dyeing my hair such a bold colour. The first time I decided to dye my hair pink was at the hairdressers. I was telling my hairdresser how bored of my hair I was, and that I was tempted to either go really short or really dark. She knew that I had always wanted to go pink one day, and suggested that I use this Bleach London product as she had half a ready mixed bottle left over.

I finally got the guts to do it - sometimes you need a push from someone. My hairdresser is great, so far she has pushed me to get the bob I was scared of, try the blue toner I was scared of and now dye my hair pink. (These are exactly the type of people you need in your life!)

I must admit that I hadn't heard the most positive reviews about the Bleach London Super Cool Colour products. One thing that I had heard was that some of their colours (mostly their blue tones) had stained people's hair green and it was pretty much impossible to get rid of, so that had put me off slightly. Another thing I had heard was that the dye barely worked. And oh boy was I wrong.

As I said above, we only had about half a 150ml bottle of product left to use. Both me and my hairdresser were pretty sure that the dye wouldn't do all that much to my hair, and that it would leave a really subtle pink all over. I had just had a half set of highlights and haircut, so my hair was damp and we put the product all over. The suggestion is to leave the dye on for 15 minutes but we left it for nearer to 30 minutes.

Usually after having my hair bleached, we would use a blue toner on my hair, and I would continue for the next week to use purple shampoo on my hair to make the roots the same silvery colour as the length of my hair. As we didn't do this, and went straight to dyeing my hair pink, the roots were slightly more yellow than the rest of my hair, and the pink didn't take too well to the roots.


Above is a photograph taken on the evening of my salon trip. At the time I thought my hair felt SO PINK, but looking back on it, it was actually a really nice light-ish pink shade. Although the pink dye didn't take to the roots, I actually quite liked it at the time because it wasn't such a bold statement look. It was at this point that I knew I really liked the colour of the Bleach London Rose dye and I would definitely be using it again at home.

(Am I Scarlett Johanson in Lost in Translation yet?!)


TAKE TWO

The second time I decided to give the Bleach London Rose dye another go, I had the help of my best friend. We didn't purchase any rubber gloves so we used bare hands and then last minute some cling film. Believe me when I say it's just easier for everyone if you go to the shops and buy some gloves. Everything got stained pink.

The product claims to last 2-10 washes but having only washed my hair a couple of times and it was nearly all gone, I knew I would need to leave it in for quite a long time if I wanted it to last longer. I think the hair dye works so differently for different people, and for my hair personally, the colour holds really well at first but then fades quite quickly.


We applied the dye to dry hair and left it on for just over half an hour. We wrapped my hair in cling film to keep in the moisture as it dries out quite quickly. I feel like it was quite easy to do at home and I could do it myself even if I didn't have someone there to help me out.

When it came to washing out the product, I didn't use any shampoo and I just used a little bit of conditioner. The colour left was so much more intense than I ever imagined and I wasn't sure if I loved or hated it. But the product itself had most definitely worked. I dried and styled my hair as usual and I actually really liked the finished colour (as the picture below). As before, the hair dye lasted 3-4 washes, getting more subtle with each wash. I think the look after two washes is my favourite as it's a lovely dusky pastel pink, which is what I would have originally hoped for. 

(Excuse the toilet selfie...)

BLEACH LONDON ROSE SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER

My current mission is to dye my hair pink evenly all over and to keep it pink evenly all over. I have left the pink fade out for now and am in the process of silver shampooing my hair until it is all one colour. Once I have this even base, I intend to go pink again. I have purchased the below Bleach London Rose shampoo and conditioner to try out. I absolutely love the colour left after one or two washes, so I'm really intrigued to see if the shampoo and conditioner will give this colour effect but in a more long term way. I will post a blog post once I have tried and tested them out, so fingers crossed!




Thanks for reading :)
Have you ever used a Bleach London product?
Have you ever dyed your hair pink using another brand?
I'd love to hear what you think!
Love Dani x

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Mother's Day gift guide!

So it's come around really quickly again, and this Sunday we will be celebrating Mother's Day. This year is going to be a special one because not only do I get to spoil my own mummy, but my little sister is spending her first Mother's Day as a mummy herself! I've collated together a little gift guide to give you some last minute inspiration if you haven't already got all the bits you need to treat your mummy to a lovely day.


I love picking out a card for my mum for Mother's Day. Sometimes I go for lovey dovey, sometimes I go for funny and sometimes I go for a pretty design. This one is definitely pretty design - I love the background print!

How cute is this little rose gold bath tub?! I would keep it to use in my bathroom afterwards for sure! I love the sound of Baylis & Harding's new pink prosecco range, and I'm sure that my mum would too!

I treated myself to this eyeshadow palette last year and I have used it every single day since. The colour palette ranges from subtle light pinks to a dark brown and burgundy. I feel that the neutral tones are the perfect gift for a mum who wants to try experimenting with their eye make up and they can gradually get darker as they get braver! :)

With Spring/Summer just around the corner... (well hopefully, this weather has been a little all over the place), a pair of new sunglasses are the perfect gift. These are a little expensive but a pair of Raybans are going to last you a very long time. I absolutely love the shape of this style. They have a vintage feel to them and I think they would suit all face shapes.

My mum has actually already been spoilt to these slippers by my sister. I must say though, she absolutely loves them and she will definitely be able to wear them for many more years to come. Her and my sister have matching pairs and I think I'm going to have to treat myself to a pair. I know this is an expensive present, but it's definitely a worthy investment as they last forever.

I swear by this lipstick ever since I tried it. I think it is the perfect shade for a young lady or an older woman. Mac lipsticks are a lovely little present to treat someone you love. 

How yummy do the flavour of these sound?! You really cannot go wrong with treating your mumma to some chocolates on Mother's Day.

Although these may be an expensive choice for flowers, you can always get a bouquet to suit your own mums style and to fit in your price range. I love a big bunch of flowers and coming into Spring this is the perfect time.


The lovely people over at Baylis & Harding sent me over a couple of their Pink Prosecco & Cassis range* to give to my mum for Mother's Day. As I mentioned before it is my sister's first Mother's Day so I will give one to her and one to my mummy. I'm rather tempted to keep them though, how lovely does pink prosecco and cassis sound?! I love the rose gold and cut-out packaging details and I hope that they love them as much as I do!


Thanks for reading :)
What have you got for your mummy this Mother's Day?
Love Dani x