21 April 2017
Silver hair has been one of those hair colours that has been on my wishlist for god only knows how long. No, seriously its a hair colour that I'm always lusting over on Instagram and forever trying to achieve with various dyes and purple shampoo. So when LIVE Colour's new "Steel Silver" (semi-permeant) hair dye landed in my hands, my excitement levels rocketed. Silver has always been a colour known for being 'ultimately' achieved by salon professionals, but to have a version that is easy to use at home and won't break the bank I was instantly intrigued.
When using the dye, the instructions stated that if you want a 'intense' shade then use it straight from the tube, but if you're opting for a 'pastel version' then dilute with the sachets given. Personally I had to dilute the colour as there wasn't enough *disclaimer* I have extremely thick hair, despite it being short I normally have to use x2 boxes/tubes of hair dye. On someone who has 'normal' (thickness wise) hair I'm sure it will be enough. Despite this I was excited to see what the result would be. I left the dye on for 15-20 mins and rinsed it out with water (no shampoo), blow-dried as usual and this was the result. White blonde locks with a hint of silver. I personally love how it turned out and once the dye washed out complete (3-4 washes) I was left with 'toned' blonde hair-which was an added bonus. Definitely worth a try for anyone looking at 'trialling' silver hair.
LIVE Colour "Steel Silver" (link)*
18 April 2017
Even though I may not be dressed in full-on 'summer 'attire' I can't help but feel that these photos are capturing a more summery feel, with the blue skies and warmer tones.
When it comes to dressing for this 'in-between' weather this leather jacket has really come into play, as its a perfect alternative to my slighting 'heavier' Zara version and has an ever-so on-trend painted motif on the back. Kinda like my version of AM's infamous "One for the Road" jacket- a girl could only dream of owning such an item... I also decided to dig out my beret as I have neglected it as of late and have favoured the beanie in return. I have to admit I do rather love how a beret can transform an outfit into something more 'chic' with a Françoise Hardy vibe.
4 April 2017
First off can we take a moment to appreciate these houndstooth trousers which I recently picked up from New Look. They are the a perfect 'elongated' culotte that are cropped at a flattering"just-over the ankles" length. My initial thinking behind this purchase was that I thought they would make the perfect wardrobe addition, as they are a piece that can be dressed up (e.g. this outfit), or dressed down with (one of my many) band tee's for a more "un-done" look. They also remind me of something UNIF would design, minus the price tag. I'm forever creating "imaginary shopping bags" on their site, in the hope that one day someone will magically send them to me. *Ahem*
22 March 2017
This Camouflage jacket was one that I purchased last summer and to be fair I recall wearing it ALOT. Kind of like the way you can become obsessed with an item and you feel the need to incorporate it into basically every outfit...well that's pretty much what happened. Like a lot of these "fashion phases" of my mine it quickly fizzled out came winter and was pushed to the back of my wardrobe. It was only when one of my friends was wearing hers that I thought I should dig mine out, for its first '2017 outing' now that the weather is getting milder.
On a different note excuse the impromptu (edging towards) 3 weeks absence on the blog and social media- it wasn't intended. But to be honest recently I haven't felt an urge to blog and create content, I think its because I've been creating content for this blog for 6 years now which might come as a surprise. And when you're doing something for that length of time it can sometimes (not all) become a chore to "blog", almost like a necessity because you've done it for so long.
In fact I don't think I've left such a large amount of time between posts before, even if I was on holiday there would still be post going live. I think also recently I've been busy with uni work and my live music photography work (insta: @c.p.images) , so in these types of circumstances your energy tends to edge more towards things that are going well and your busy focusing on.
Saying that I think it's actually a really good thing to just step back from something (not just blogging) to re-access your "goals" and for me re-focus that energy into creating higher quality content that I'm proud to produce. Because I may not have the biggest following in the world, but the readers I do have I appreciate for sticking with me on this journey. When you've "grown" up on a blog and documented your style since you were 15 years old, stepping COMPLETELY away would bear the resemblance to a "break-up", and that I don't think is necessary. On a side note if anyone would be intrigued to hear about my thoughts on "growing up on a blog" let me know, and I can put something together.
3 March 2017
T-Shirt dressed have become a new wardrobe staple of mine for two main reasons: 1) Comfort and 2) It's such an easy outfit to style. Despite the weather not being quite warm enough to sport the dress with bare legs and sandals, I've given the look a "winter update" with over-the-knee boots and a borg denim jacket. And let me tell you for those who don't own a pair of over-knee's you're seriously missing out on keeping your legs extra warm. I'm literally wearing them with everything (and anything) that will look 'good' with them. Longtime readers will know that I have a thing for anything space inspired whether from t-shirt patterns, to metallic "barbarella" fabrics and of course "space grunge". So this t-shirt from The Mountain fitted this grunge inspired outfit perfectly, I cannot wait to sport it when the weather warms up.
T-Shirt - The Mountain (link)* | Jacket - New Look | Beanie - Primark | Boots - New Look
1 March 2017
With the month of March upon us and those warmer days, and lighter evenings edging closer and closer. I thought I would reflect on a few of my favourite products from the month of February.
First up is a couple of my current make-up go-to's, including this mascara that I picked up from New Look on a whim. To be honest I have never really tried out their recently 're-branded' beauty line, but I ran out of my current one and this "High Definition Lash Defining" mascara caught my eye. Application wise it's a standard 'classic' mascara wand, but for me I love how it adds a more naturally defined look to your lashes. One thing that surprised me was that the formula is extremely long wearing, but is still easy to remove (I use the micellar water from Simple).
Another make-up product which I have enjoyed using is the Avon Gel Shine Nail Polish in "Barely There". 9 times out of 10 I don't really fuss over my nails, however when I do I love to opt for the more neutral tones and this one from Avon is perfect. It is also fairly long-wearing too (approx. 5 days), which is perfect for people who don't have time to constantly keep topping up their nail polish.
Hair wise this month I've been keeping it simple with using products that nourish and add shine. However the Schwarzkopf Got2b Volumaniac Root Lifting Spray has become a new favourite in adding a touch of volume to my roots. I have thick, straight hair but I often find that no product really holds in adding volume to my roots. Despite this, this product is extremely long lasting, as all you have to do is spray it 15cm away from your roots on damp/wet hair and blow-dry thoroughly-focusing on the roots.
Lastly there's been a couple of skincare products that I've been religiously using this past month. First is the La Roche-Posay Effacer Duo+ which is a firm favourite in the beauty world, and admittedly is a must-have in my skincare stash. I started using the La Roche-Posay Effacular 3-Step Kit a couple of years back as at the time I was suffering from severe acne, and the 'normal' acne range of products were simply drying out my skin.
However this aided in clearing up my acne (NOT drying out my skin) and I honestly cannot praise these products enough! 2 years down the line my skin is completely different and nearly acne free, but this is the one product I still use out of the kit in keeping those pesky zits at bay.
As previously mentioned my skin type has changed over the years from being once an oily/acne faced teen to having more of a "balanced" complexion in my early 20s. With that said I often suffer from dry patches on my face-probably due to the cold weather and changing climates. So I've had to switch-up my skincare routine to using creamier products. This Beauty Kitchen Everlasting Radiance Moisturiser has become a new firm favourite of mine. By both hydrating and protecting my skin, whilst improving its overall appearance.
New Look High Definition Lash Defining Mascara (link) | Avon Gel Shine Nail Polish in Barely There (link) | Schwarzkopf Got2b Volumaniac Root Lifting Spray (link)* | La Roche-Posay Effacular 3-Step Kit (link) + La Roche-Posay Effacer Duo+ (link) | Beauty Kitchen Everlasting Radiance Moisturiser (link)*
24 February 2017
Cropped logo sweatshirts have been a new obsession of mine as I adore how it can become a statement piece within your outfit. To be honest besides from my love of band tees I've never really been into striking logo pieces, that is until now. There is something about the mix of casualness of the item can be, yet still be dressed up in a "put-together" approach. I was immediately drawn to this "Babe" Shein version as despite some having a love/hate relationship with the word (including myself) it did remind of Wayne's World-"She's such a Babe". And with Wayne's World being on my list of my favourite films of all time, how could I resist.
22 February 2017
When it comes to your hands and nails I have to admit I'm sometimes too lazy to bother with painting them, and making sure they look 'polished'. However saying that I've always been obsessed with using hand creams and keeping dry skin at bay, so when the "Beauty Kitchen's Inspire Me 60 Second Manicure" landing in my hands I was intrigued to give it a whirl.
First off lets just talk about the packaging. I absolutely love how its packaged in a small mason jar as it adds a unique touch to the product, andalso (practically) preserves the product with its airtight seal. Now the actual product is made up of key ingredients such as Himalayan Salt, Abyssinian Oil, nettle, lemongrass and grapefruit, creating a intense citrus aroma that gently exfoliates, hydrates and cleanses the skin in 60 seconds.
This product is best used on wet hands, and I personally focus the exfoliation on my knuckles and in-between my fingers as those are the areas where I tend to suffer with dry patches. Like the name insists I do this for just 60 seconds, and once I've rinsed my hands I feel quite a dramatic difference to the way they feel. Thanks to those key oils my hands now feel softer and more hydrated, the Beauty Kitchen 60 Second Manicure is available from Holland & Barretts.
Beauty Kitchen Inspire Me 60 Second Manicure (Link)*
17 February 2017
As of late I have been interested into learning more about skincare and using products that are natural based, but equally effective as my usual go-to-products. With that being said I was intrigued to try out these range of products by Dr. Organic, a brand that I have enjoyed using in the past.
First up is their "Organic Hemp Oil Skin Lotion", which is a perfect everyday body lotion that can be used when your straight out of the shower or whenever you feel your body needs it. I particularly like how this lotion is fast-absorbing leaving a non-greasy 'moisturised' feeling, making it perfect for being applied just before you get dressed. With it's main ingredient of Organic Hemp Oil being noted as "natures most balanced oil"combined with Aloe Vera, Almond, Avocado Oil as well as Horsetail, Hops and Hibiscus. This combination really makes your skin feel nourished and protected. Definitely a new firm favourite of mine.
Next up is a product that I was intrigued to try which is the "Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Moisture Melt Body Oil". Now the reason why I was so intrigued to try this was because this product (cold/at room temperature) is solid, but once you pop it in some hot water for a couple of minutes it turns into fine liquid oil. Another great thing about this product is that you can use it on your body, hair and nails. In addition to the main ingredient being Coconut Oil it also contains tropical extracts such as gardenia flowers, papaya seed oil, mango butter, cocoa butter, orange fruit extract, bergamot fruit oil, lemon peel oil. Meaning that your skin can be treated to deep nourishing pamper leaving it feeling hydrated and moisturised.
The final product is a "Organic Virgin Olive Oil Body Scrub", now a lot of us are aware of the benefits that olive oil can have on both the body and hair. As it can help your skin tissue from free radical damage and fight against the aging process. Most body scrubs I have used in the past have left my skin feeling dry and dehydrated, but this product is different. This hydrated body scrub uses microparticles of pure volcanic lava, effectively removing dead skin cells, but leaving your skin feeling smooth and hydrated.
Also all products featured are Cruelty Free and suitable for Vegetarians.
14 February 2017
One of my classic all-black ensembles gracing the blog, as when in doubt opt for a simple black outfit to get your through the day, with statement (faux) snakeskin boots. Theses photos were actually taken prior to my spontaneous pink hair dying session, which I unveiled on my Snapchat and Instagram story (@stylepeaches). I'll obviously be sharing my new do' soon in an upcoming post, as I would say it's a lot more 'pinker' than more usual pastel hues.
10 February 2017
Having bleach blonde hair can come with some serious considerations when it comes to hair maintenance, as anyone with blonde locks will know that your hair is more prone to dryness and breakage. With that being said it is all about taking those small steps to keep dryness and breakages at bay by investing in a few hair care products especially designed for this-with the help of Umberto Gianni*.
First off is a hair mask that I have recently fallen head over heels for. The "Over Indulge Nourishing Hair Mask*" is one of those 3 minute wonder products and has transformed the texture of my hair dramatically. A lot of people often ask me how I can have such white blonde hair that doesn't look frazzled or dry. To be honest a huge factor to this is down to using a decent hair mask, in between bleaching sessions. It also comes with a nifty hair cap for those wanting 'intenser' treatments or even a pamper session.
Next up is a multi-purpose hair spray. The "Pick Me Up Nutrient Hairspray"* is like a little bottle of wonders as it not only protects your hair from heat damage, but also detangles, smooths and de-frizzes all in one spray. With a combination of Coconut Oil and Jojobo Oil to aid in doing just that. I love to use this when my hair is towel-dried, just before I go in with a hair dryer as it smoothes down any flyaway's and protects my locks from heat damage,
Lastly is a hair serum that is also another one of Umberto Giannini's multi-use products, the "Miracle Worker Smooth Hair Serum"*. As a devotee of the classic hair serum- I literally go through it like there's no tomorrow. This product not only smooths and tames unwanted flyaways, it is also a repairing treatment (thanks to the key ingredient of Argan Oil). Again I love to use this on freshly washed damp hair before blow drying, and also to style to keep my hair in tip-top condition.
Over Indulge Nourishing Hair Mask* | Pick Me Up Nutrient Hairspray* | Miracle Worker Smooth Hair Serum*
4 February 2017
The start of a new year can be the time to reflect on what you've achieved from the previous one and decide how you want to pursue future goals or even improve your productivity. I have to admit I have a love/hate relationship with productivity in relation to blog work and uni etc. From having spouts of energy and motivation, to those days where I really cannot be asked to do anything. It happens to all of us and by no means is a bad thing (on the occasion), but I thought I would compile a few of my top tips that have worked for me for getting s*** done.
First off is to utilise that calendar on your phone/computer/tablet, so you can make visual plans for the week/month etc. I have found by using this tool more I am more in the loop about what I want to achieve. Also I use to it to colour co-ordinate my blog schedule via prep for posts, scheduled posts and blogger chats as this has acted as an overview for when might be the best time to post, in relation to a blogger chat going on. Another thing I love about it is that as my calendars are synced across all my devices so I can check my schedule on the go or when I'm on my way home from uni.
Stationary has always been a weakness for me, I recall being younger and scrawling through the staples catalogue (back when catalogues where a thing..) and circling random things that I wanted for christmas. Including 100+ biro's, multicoloured post-it notes and that cash register, so playing "shops" would be more 'authentic'. That being said I'm an avid note taker and planner. I always find if I have a nice set of stationary I am more likely to use it. Which is an essential for setting yourself mini-goals for the day, that are realistic to achieve. By doing this I can visually see that I've had a fairly productive day, and to be honest seeing that on paper feels as though you've achieved something.
Another thing you could try is by popping your headphones on and listening to some music whilst you work. I actually find myself working better when doing this as I block my surroundings out and focus all my energy on that task, as opposed to listening via speakers and being more aware of my surroundings.
Lastly (probably my favourite) is to take tea breaks in between work. I've found by setting myself a goal of how much I want to achieve in e.g. the next hour and then rewarding myself with a tea break, is far more effective then just working solid. It also more importantly gives your eyes a break from your computer screen.
So here are just a few of the things that have worked for me, I would love to hear yours below.