Thursday, 2 July 2015

Schwarzkopf Live Color XXL Cosmic Blue

Schwarzkopf Live Color XXL Cosmic Blue Review
Hi Lovelies
I have been dying my hair for many year now but I always seem to go back to blue/black shades as I really love them and I think they suit me the most. I have had many hair colours from pink to blonde but cosmic blue is ultra vibrant and very affordable.
I like to go to the hairdressers every 6 months and keep my hair super healthy and to make sure I don't have any split ends. I recently got my hair cut after a longer break then usual and I love the results and after my cut I could really see my roots so it was time for brightening up for my hair. I bought 2 packets of this hair dye thinking maybe my hair will be a bit too thick for one packet but I was wrong one packet of Schwarzkopf live color XXL Cosmic blue was enough, but seeing as I have 2 at least I have one ready for next time.
Schwarkopf live color XXL Cosmic Blue is a rich black shade with shimmery blue undertones that look very retro and very vibrant. I got inspiration for this hair colour from Dita Von Teese as she uses blue/black hair dyes and she looks amazing.
Schwarzkopf Live Color XXL Cosmic Blue Review
My Thoughts
The Pros. 
  • Generous amount of hair dye - Usually when I buy hair dyes then never seems to be enough in them to cover all my hair so I always buy two boxes now, but with this hair dye I just needed one box for complete coverage on my thick just past shoulder length hair.
  • Nice fruity scent - this hair dye doesn't smell alot and smells quite fruity and very bearable compared to a few which could smell out a whole room.
  • Similar shade to the box - I am very happy with the results and is very near to the box which is just brilliant.
  • Affordable - This hair dye is under £6 but quite a lot of the time its on offer I got mine for under £4 a box in my local asda.
  • Easy to read instructions - Sometimes it can be a task reading instructions but this one is very easy to read.
The Cons.
  • Not enough conditioner - they is only a small conditioner in a sachet that isn't the easiest to open and it doesn't cover all my hair so I have to use my conditioner too.
Overall I am very happy with Cosmic Blue as its the perfect hair dye for me and I will continue to use it when my hair needs some fresh dye and needing brightening up.



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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Journey to a size 10 - Week 1


Hi Lovelies
I have started my own journey to hopefully get to my goal of a size 10 and eating healthier and jogging a lot. At the moment I over treat myself to foods such as cakes, chocolates and anything with a bit to many calories. I used to be a size 12 last year but this year I am more near a size 16 but I would love to be my goal size of a size 10.

Since having my youngest daughter (via c section) I have not lost much weight at all, if anything I have gained it, I don't mind the fact of the weight gain it just means I just have to work harder to get to my goal but saying that I am not going to do it quickly this journey is going to be slow so its more likely the weight stays down and most of all I want to do it in the most healthiest way possible. I have many goals for this year for this journey and I am really looking forward to it, I know its not going to be an easy task for me but its something I want to do. I have so much I am changing for my journey such as healthier meals and excising more and generally just enjoying life.

July 1st stats
Weight - 159 pounds
Height - 5'3
Waist - 29
Hips - 39
Thighs - 24

Goals this week

  • Make my meals smaller  - I usually eat big meals and sometimes I over eat so hopefully cutting down will be good idea.
  • Loose at least 1 pound - I am aiming low so its more achievable. If I loose more then that though I won't be complaining haha.
  • Have healthier snacks - Instead of going for a chocolate bar or an ice cream all the time go for an healthier alternative such as fruit or fruit ice lollys.
  • Keep Motivation - This is the biggest one for me and I am determined to keep motivation.
  • More exercise- I want to be able to jog more but I will start exercising at home too.

Who are your favorite fitness bloggers? Do you have any tips?

Melissa x 

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Friday, 26 June 2015

June Beauty Favourites


June beauty favourties
June seems to have flown faster then any other month this year, 2015 is going far to fast don't you think? In a months time I am going be turning 25! the years keep getting faster I am sure of it. Anyways less about ageing lets see my beauty favorites of June and for a change it was easy for me to choose what I loved most this month. I hope next month is the same but knowing me I will take ages as usual choosing favourites haha.

June was one of those months were it acted like summer for a few days but most of the time it was raining but quite hummid at the same time, most days I was just wondering what to wear but I seemed to go for the same makeup and wore it with pride, bright and beautiful even during a horrible rainy day, come on July lets be a bit more sunny please! I want to use my sunglasses this year!

Makeup Revolution Mermaids vs Unicorns Palette
I just love bright eyeshadows and this palette is as bright as they come. Mermaids vs Unicorns is a mixture of blues, greens and purples and the best thing about them is they are all a bit sparkly too, so perfect for a night out but if you like me, just everyday wear.

Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara 
I just love mascaras and you can't have to many as they all look different for different occasions, this mascara is perfect for thick dark lashes that look a little bit like false lashes but saying that its not an over the top mascara either.

Makeup Revolution Velvet Matte Lip Lacquer in Rebel
I have most of the velvet mattes in my collection but rebel is one I usually went for as its a gorgeous plum shade and looks great with most of my outfits which are mostly monochrome. These lipsticks are long lasting and could be a dupe for Jeffree star lipsticks or Limecrime lipsticks.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in Vanilla
This has been one of my favourite foundations for years now as its just easy to apply without looking blotchy and it covers my even my  uneven skin tone and it doesn't annoy my sensitive skin which is brilliant because quite of foundations don't get along with my skin.

MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipglass
I just love the lipstick from the viva glam Miley Cyrus selection but this month I have used this lipglass a lot combined with a few of my lipsticks and really gives a beautiful shine and sparkles beautifully on hot and sunny day.

What are your June beauty favourites?
Melissa x 
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Thursday, 25 June 2015

Top 5 Summer Lipsticks

top 5 summer lipsticks
Hi Lovelies
With summer finally here I feel its only right to share my top 5 summer lipsticks. I have many lipsticks but I think we all have our favorites for different seasons, I know I sure do and the following lipsticks are in my top 5 for the summer season.
For me summer lipsticks are bright and vibrant but also they can be neutral too, whatever makeup look your going for this summer they is loads to choose from in the shops.
Summer in the united kingdom can vary from being the most beautiful blue skies and warm to rain that lasts for days on end so with that in my mind the lipstick choices I have made are perfect for whether its lovely and warm or pouring with rain as usual. I am hoping this summer is bright and beautiful though, apart from bed time it stops me sleeping haha.

top 5 summer lipsticks swatches

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Exclusive Red -Blake ( £6.99)
I just love classic red lipsticks and this blueish red is timeless and will look stunning all year round either it be the winter or summer, it will look beautiful. For me red lipsticks are a big confidence boost and as soon as I have this red lipstick on I am 100% confident. This lipstick is long lasting even during the long hotter days. 

Illamasqua Satin Lipstick - Pinkie (£19.50)
Pinkie is cool pink shade which goes wonderfully well with neutral looking makeup or days you want to wear little makeup. Pinkie is quite a daring pink shade but it can work so well. Pinkie is a satin lipstick and looks super glossy.

I just love these and I have most of them in my collection now, they are a nice range of colours from vampy shades to more neutral shades, perfect for everyday wear this summer and one to suit different occasions and for that price its easy to have them all.

This is satin lipstick in a medium rose pink shade, it looks fabulous for neutral days or can be dressed up with lip liner and with cat liner and that is the way  I usually wear makeup. This lipstick is smooth to apply and lasts a very generous time but thankfully it doesn't flake over time.

Where would my top 5 list be without a MAC lipstick eh?  Flat out fabulous is a retro matte lipstick that is so long lasting that it would last days out and going out for ice cream or a trip to costas! this lipstick is a gorgeous bright plum pink and its one of my firm favorites in my makeup drawer.

What is your favorite summer lipstick?

Melissa x

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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Makeup Revolution Lipstick in Reckless

makeup revolution reckless lipstick
Hi Lovelies
Makeup Revolution have been on the blogging and makeup fans scene for over a year now and I am so glad I joined the hype as most of their products I have bought I am very happy with. I have so many of their eyeshadows and lipsticks in my collection, I just love bargains so I can't resist treating myself when I go to superdrug (again).
For me I don't usually buy lipsticks that are expensive as I tend to like trying the cheaper brands such  as Makeup Revolution as they are more purse friendly for me and that means I can have more lipsticks in my collection then seeing as the following lipstick is a bargain price of only £1 !!

I just have to add Makeup Revolution are a cruelty free company! and they have a fair few products that are vegan too, so that's brilliant for other vegans like me. Here is their makeup ingredients list for more information on their products.
makeup revolution lipstick reckless
Makeup Revolution - Reckless is a deep berry red shade in a beautiful satin finish and it looks like very Gothic vamp shade, in which I absolutely love!. My first thoughts were would be a bit daring for me but I gave into temptation and I am so glad I bought it and I think I suit it a lot. Reckless is such a gorgeous red lipstick and is perfect for all year round even now  in the summer and for a £1 you can't really go wrong. I was so surprised how long this lipstick lasted and every time I wear it lasts and lasts and I am not joking when I say it lasts longer then mac lipsticks which was 4 hours. For the price of this lipstick I will be sure to buy more to add to my ever growing lipstick collection.

What is your favorite lipstick at the moment?

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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Yankee Candle Haul

Hi Lovelies
I may sound super boring but I always tend to buy Yankee Candle samplers or the small jars as I like having  a variety of scents in my home every daybut I do like like getting large jars on special occasions like Halloween or Christmas. I usually buy 6-8 candles a month and what scents I choose really depends on my mood and what season it is too, so at the moment I like summery scents and floral scents and that's why I chose the following candles.


Champaca Blossom - This candle has lightly fragranced floral scent and reminds me of blue skies and sitting in the garden with an iced tea. Its not over the top with a scent but has a refreshing smell which is delightful.

Pink Sands - I just love the name of this candles it sounds like a gorgeous exotic holiday abroad in the beautiful sun on the beach, I can dream right? haha. Pink sands is a beautiful mix of citrus,sweet florals and spicy vanilla

Fresh Cut Roses - I used to always do the gardening at my nana's house and she had so many roses so this candle reminds me of that. This candle is a very strong scent of beautiful English garden roses.

What is your favorite Yankee Candle ?

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Sunday, 21 June 2015

Date and Strawberry Smoothie

date and strawberry smoothie
Hi Lovelies
For me smoothies are just perfect as they are so versatile and you can make up any flavour combinations you want, even if you don't like what you make its just really fun making them, saying that most of the time smoothies taste delicious and are so refreshing, especially on a very hot day.

Smoothies are a simple way of getting fruit and vegetables in your diet and making up new smoothies is just brilliant and I came up with this smoothie a few days ago while opening my fast this Ramadan(Iftar) and its so simple yet so tasty with the main ingredients of almond milk, strawberries, bananas and of course dates.
Date and Strawberry Smoothie Recipe
Serves: 2 

Ingredients 

  • 12 Strawberries - Strawberries are perfect at this time of year and taste so much sweeter than any other time of the year so its great to make the most of them.
  • 4 Dates - I like most varieties of dates and any will work well in this smoothie, don't forget to take the seeds out the dates.
  • 2 Bananas - The riper the better, I like bananas spotty as they are so much sweeter.
  • 300ml Of Unsweetened Almond Milk - Any milk will work with this but almond milk is nice and light and quite refreshing especially if its been kept in the fridge.
  • 2 teaspoons of Chia seeds - I use these as a topping on the smoothie, they look great as decoration and so many health benefits too.
Method 
This recipe is very simple and I just put all the ingredients apart from the chia seeds into my nutribullet and the smoothies were made, any smoothie maker or blender would work well though.
Sprinkle the chia seeds over the top of the smoothies once in the glasses.
Enjoy!

What is your favorite smoothie?
Melissa x 

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