How To: Brunette to Silver-Grey Hair

So it is very well known that this is one of the hardest transitions to go through and I will say although the process was not too difficult, it did take time and it has really damaged my hair. I had to get quite a lot chopped off to stop the breakage each time I brushed it. I would only recommend this if you have quite long and healthy hair!

STEP 1: This was the longest part for me…. getting to platinum blonde. If your hair is a light brown I would recommend skipping to step 2. First I bleached my hair with Garnier Nutrisse D+++ Bleach Lightener Permanent Hair Dye. I used three boxes and the first time I just ended up a lighter brunette. I waited two weeks then bleached it again which just made it very yellowy ginger. At this point however, my hair wasn’t too damaged.

STEP 2: The bleach I used next seemed to work so well. I’m not sure if it’s a better bleach or if it was because I had already bleached my hair twice. This time I waited three weeks between applications. I used the BBlonde Jerome Russel Powder Bleach and Cream. This was so easy to use so don’t be scared that you have to mix it up yourself! It’s also cheaper than most boxed bleaches. After this I was fully blonde root to tip but my hair was really dry!

STEP 3: To remove the yellow tones in my hair I used the BBlonde Platinum Toner. Realistically it didn’t do too much so I used the Pro:Voke Touch of Silver Shampoo and Conditioner for month to get my hair to the perfect platinum blonde. It was over this month that my hair begun to snap off and lots was falling out every time I brushed it. I had to cut a lot off and it became quite thin. I used all kinds of treatments but they didn’t really help. For this reason. I waited a long time before I went Silver-Grey. This is why I only recommend on long hair as you may need to chop a chunk off!

STEP 4: FINALLY I used L’Oreal Colorista Silver Grey Permanent Gel Hair Dye. At first it was a little on the purple side but after a wash with the purple shampoo it toned down. I will say this didn’t destroy my hair much and I’m happy with the colour. The only massive downside is I have had this colour for 3 weeks and I was my hair every 4 days and already the colour has massively faded and I can see some blonde coming through. For a permanent dye that I bought three boxes of, this is pretty disappointing so I wouldn’t recommend this brand.

Overall, it’s a lengthy and damaging process. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out but as I’ve said I really do only recommend on thick and longer hair! I also massively recommend the Pro:Voke shampoo and conditioner throughout the process as it really helped in correcting my colour during my blonde stage!

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Mascara Fail… This may surprise you!

If you’ve read y previous blogs, you’ll know how much I love L’oreal. So for me, this blog is hard because I hate to criticise a product from such an amazing brand. HOWEVER, I can’t be anything but honest when it comes to beauty reviews, especially when it comes to value for money.

So I’ll start there. The price of L’oreal’s Lash Paradise Mascara is £11.99. Considering this is a price closer to high end brands, I expected a similar quality. This has always been a very popular mascara, but maybe I’m doing something wrong because I can’t see why!

My instant impression was that the product seemed clumpy around the spoolie, because brush fibres are so tightly packed. This makes the application difficult because it feels like you’re placing the product onto your lashes, as opposed to combing it through. This gives the impression of clumpy lashes.

The product is also quite thick and lumpy, despite being advertised as ‘smooth and silky’, which meant I had to fan my face just to get the product to dry. I’ve never had to do this before! Overall, in spite of all the hype I just cannot love this product. I think maybe the hype was due to L’oreal rarely bringing out new mascaras, or perhaps the nice packaging. I do have very short lashes, so perhaps it works better on longer lashes looking for volume, but for me this is a no go. Hopefully I haven’t been too savage, and if you’re interested in mascaras that I do love, check out my blog Mascara, Mascara and More Mascara!

LJL Rating: 1/10

All About That Base: My Fave Foundations

L’Oréal is one of my favourite brands when it comes to base products. I wear makeup daily and I find that the right foundation is hard to find, but I’ve found two that are perfect for me. 

The first is L’oreal’s Matte Infallible Foundation. This has got the best coverage I’ve ever seen. It dries quickly and provides a mattifying, yet smooth base. I have dry skin, so matte foundations are usually a no go, but this isn’t drying. It can get a little cakey if you wear it for long hours in the heat, so I recommend it as an Autumn/ Winter foundation if your skin is dry or combination. For only £7.99 it’s definitely worth a try.  LJL Rating: 9/10  

For Summer, I have to suggest L’oreal’s True Match Foundation. I love this formula as it’s lightweight and really comfortable on the skin. It gives a smooth finish and makes skin appear soft. The product is quite thin and I would say that it provides a medium to full coverage, but I have found that a little of the product goes a long way, which also makes it better value at £9.99. I think that the packaging is lush as well- I love a classy look!  LJL Rating: 10/10