Copper ombre hair, my new favourite for 2017

Up until last year I’ve always had my natural hair colour, and then when I spotted some greys I started dying it a slightly darker brown. I’ve had many, many hair styles and lengths over the years but never experimented with colour. Then last year I dared to get blonde on the ends, and then pastel pink! The pink didn’t last long unfortunately and I found myself wondering what to do next. My hairdresser mentioned copper ombre to me and after a browse on Pinterest and a few weeks of deliberation I decided to give it a go.

These are the styles I spotted on Pinterest and sent over to my hair dresser..

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 You can see my full Pinterest board below, honestly how did we do anything before Pinterest came along?

Of course I had some nerves when the day of the change came around but I knew I was in good hands and let my hair dresser do her thing.

Here’s my hair before with the blonde ends

and after

Unfortunately the colour doesn’t last long and I’ve already had to have one top up, I am so happy with the colour though and I’m really pleased I decided to go for it. As you can see it’s more of a red than a copper but that’s because I’ve just had my top up colour and we all know it won’t look this bright after it’s been washed! I’ll be sure to add in some photos after I’ve washed it so you can see the copper.

I’m so pleased that my lovely hair dresser suggested this change as it feels more me than the blonde bits ever did. The copper really warms up my brown hair and suits my complexion – thankfully! I’ve had to up the bronzer, but that’s no bother thanks to one of my Christmas presents, Hoola by Benefit (which I love). 

What do you think?

Do you have any tips or even ‘must have’ products for protecting your colour?

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Pastel Hair Trend – Pink hair don’t care!

Up until last year I had never, ever dyed my hair. The closest thing to dying my hair I came to was using hair mascara in my teens (remember them?!) and that wash in wash out stuff that never really worked! It wasn’t until grey hairs started to appear that I thought the time may have come to embrace the dye so I went whole hog and got my hair dresser to do a bit of ombre too. I’d wanted it for ages but been far too scared! Once I’d done that I’d kind of got the bug. It’s a bit like getting a piercing or tattoo, once you’ve got one you want more! I used to be the same with my hair styles and lengths, I’ve had loads of different ones over the years. Now that I’m happy with the length of my hair I have to do something to stave off the boredom and it looks like colour could be my solution. Only now I’m a bit obsessed with the pastel hair trend.

My main worry was that at 31 I’m a bit old to be playing with colour, especially pastel colours like pink. Wasn’t it all a bit mid-life crisis ish, ok maybe not mid-life but you get what I mean. I’m a 30 something mum, not a teenager, would I be able to pull it off? I think because I’d never done it I felt a bit like it was now or never so I thought F it, why shouldn’t I have pink hair if I want it. I work from home, I’ve got no dress code, it’s the perfect opportunity to give it a try.

I’d been pinning pink ombre or rose gold ombre hair for a few weeks when I dropped it into conversation at the school gate with my hair dresser (and fellow reception mum). I showed her loads of ideas and we decided to go for it!

 

Rose Gold Hair Inspiration

 

This was the first time..

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When that faded quicker than we expected, we added some lighter blonde bits and a darker pink a couple of weeks later. I think I’ll be experimenting with it every time I get it cut, it definitely feels more fun and a lot more ‘me’

I have to admit I’m loving these more daring styles at the moment..

Pastel Hair

 

Part of me still wishes I had blonde hair – it would make following the pastel trend easier for me!

Hey, who knows what my hair will look like next month..!

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Green People gift sets just in time for Christmas (with a giveaway!)

I’ve been a big fan of Green People, and their organic beauty and skin care products for a long time now, and not just for me but for our whole family, and if you read my former blog butwhymummywhy.com you’ll know that we’ve worked together a lot in the past. I’m happy to say that Green People have decided to continue working with me at my new home and we’ve got a gorgeous little pre-Christmas giveaway for you.

Green People have teamed up with the Woodland Trust and put together these special limited edition gift sets where a donation is made to the Woodland Trust with each purchase. I’ve been lucky enough to get a preview of the range and have been testing out the Hand Collection.

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The Hand Care Collection contains:

Ho Wood & Red Mandarin Hand Cream (50ml)

  • Rich, non-greasy hand cream with a naturally sweet and warming aroma
  • Deeply hydrating and protects against moisture loss

Lavender & Rose Geranium Hand Cream (50ml)

  • Soothing and restorative hand cream nourishes ‘hard-working’ hands
  • Enriched with the organic essential oils from Rose Geranium and Lavender

At this time of year especially my hands need a little extra TLC and these hand creams are just what I’ve been in need of. I love the smell of Green People products, the combination of Lavendar and Rose Geranium is gorgeous but not overpowering and definitely not fake smelling like so many other brands can be.

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They are the perfect size to pop in your handbag, in fact I have one in mine right now, the other one lives on my dressing table.

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There are other gorgeous sets in this collection to choose from,

The Men’s Collection
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The Men’s Gift Collection contains:

Orange Peel & Clove Body Wash (100ml)

  • Nourishing SLS-free body wash that retains skin’s natural moisture
  • Vitamin-packed with an uplifting spiced citrus aroma

Peppermint & Eucalyptus Body Wash (100ml)

  • Energising and refreshing body wash with cooling minty scent
  • Yucca effectively cleanses skin without stripping its natural moisture

 

The Facial Collection

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The Facial Care Gift Collection contains:

Rosemary & Sandalwood Facial Moisturiser (30ml)

  • Vitamin-packed organic moisturiser with a subtle Sandalwood aroma

Calendula & Geranium Facial Cleanser (30ml)

  • 2-in-1 organic cream cleanser removes all impurities and make-up

Mandarin & Bergamot Face Scrub (30ml)

  • Organic exfoliator gently removes dead skin cells and impurities for instant radiance

 

The Body Collection
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The Body Care Gift Collection contains:

Lemongrass & Ginger Body Lotion (100ml)

  • Organic pampering lotion blended with warming Ginger and zesty Lemongrass
  • Rich in natural actives and suitable for even the most sensitive skin

Lemongrass & Ginger Body Wash (100ml)

  • SLS-free body wash creates an uplifting shower experience and locks in moisture
  • Gently and effectively cleanses the skin with stripping its natural oils

 

Now for your chance to your hands on one of these giftsets, whether it’s a treat for yourself or a gift for a loved one..

Just enter the giveaway below!

 

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Good luck!

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I’ve found THE moisturiser I’ve been searching for

This time last year I wrote about searching for a better moisturiser, something that would cater for my sensitive skin, combat wrinkles AND spots, and well an all round miracle worker really! I tried a few, from this one, to this one, but still I’ve not been 100% satisfied. In the end, I unhappily reverted back to my cheap sensitive cream,  I just can’t afford to keep trying different creams and shelling out more and more money in the search of what’s right for me.

Being so busy I do less product reviews now and I’m super picky with what I take on but when the lovely folk at Green People offered to send over their new DD tinted moisturiser for me to test out, I was keen to see how it fared and whether it would be the moisturiser that I’d been searching for.

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The new Age Defy+ DD tinted moisturiser SPF 15 is the first certified organic tinted moisturiser and has caused quite a stir in beauty circles.

I’ve been using it for about a week now and I love it, with this product I can hand on heart rave about it. I now no longer need to bother with foundation and just use this and concealer, something I’ve never been able to do with other tinted moisturisers. The coverage is fantastic and the smell, like all Green People products, is lovely. The fact that it’s organic and not full of nasties just adds to it’s appeal to me and means that I can be confident it won’t flare up my sensitive skin.

It’s available in light and medium (I’m light) and to make it easier to find out which is best for you there is the option of ordering tester sachets here so you can try before you buy.

I’ll definitely be investing in this DD tinted moisturiser when I’ve used up this bottle, it has quickly become a staple product in my beauty regime and make up bag.

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The Philips Lumea trial results.. did it work?

We’ve reached the end of my 8 week trial with the Philips Lumea IPL hair removal system, if you missed the previous posts you can find them here, and here.

Since I last blogged about the Lumea, about 4 weeks ago, I have only needed to use it once to make sure my legs are smooth and hair free. With each session taking about 20 minutes that’s a lot of time saved!

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It’s so nice to have smooth legs during the winter months when I usually just become a bit of a yeti (I’m sure any beauty bloggers are recoiling in horror at that thought!). Like I said in my first post, as a mum of two I barely have time in the mornings for much of a beauty regime and when it comes to spending 10 minutes extra in the shower shaving my legs or 10 minutes extra in bed… my bed wins every time! If I’m more realistic it’s 10 minutes that get used up making packed lunches, or quickly doing the girls hair before rushing out of the door!

It helps that the Lumea is surprisingly super easy to use and now that I’m in the maintaining stage I’ll only have to use it once a month. It takes up very little time and  as I usually use it while watching TV in the evening when the girls are in bed, it doesn’t really use up any of my time.

The novelty of not having to worry about my legs or finding the time to shave or even just remembering to shave before a party or going swimming, still hasn’t worn off.

 

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I know that this will be such a god send in the summer months especially.

So now that trial period is over let me answer the big questions..

Does it work?

and

Is it worth the money?

 

So in answer to the first big question, yes it did work for me and in fact it out did my initial expectations. As I’ve said previously my hair is blonde and it works best on darker hair so I was concerned with how well it would work on me.

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You can check with this chart to see how well it would suit you

I need not have worried, it may have taken a couple more goes initially to lose the hair but now all the hair is gone. I’m definitely going to keep using it for maintenance and can’t see me going back to shaving any time soon!

The exact model I have is the Philips Lumea Precision Plus SC200611 IPL Hair Removal System and is currently available from Boots*. You get everything in that, there aren’t any other hidden extras. It comes with a charger so there isn’t even a need for batteries. As for whether it is worth the money isn’t something I can decide for every one, obviously we’re all on different budgets, but I will say if it’s a purchase you can afford and have been considering then I say go for it, you won’t regret it.

Pin me for later 😉

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This is a collaborative post, as with all my posts, all views are my own.

*UPDATE – Please note that this specific model is no longer available at Boots, click on the following link for the current range – Lumea.

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The Philips Lumea 4 week update – does it work for me?

You might remember last month I told you all that I’ve been asked to trial the Philips Lumea hair removal system, (it uses ‘an innovative light-based technology called IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), derived from the technology used in professional beauty salons’) You can catch up on that post if you missed it here.

I’m testing it for an 8 week period and this week marks the halfway point so I’m going to let you know how I’ve been getting on with it

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After reading the manual and giving it a go I must say it is super easy to use once you get the hang of it and I found it completely pain free. I have read other reviews where people have found it painful so I was a little nervous when I first used it but happily found that it didn’t hurt a bit.

It’s recommended that you use it once a fortnight but I decided to do it weekly and have genuinely seen results. Parts of my legs are hair free already and overall the hair is much thinner and hardly noticeable. After the 2 month period of using it fortnightly / weekly they should be completely hair free then they’ll just need maintenance of occasional uses to keep them that way.

I’ve definitely enjoyed the break from having to constantly shave my legs, it means I’ve I can spend less time in the shower and more time in my bed in the mornings!

As I mentioned previously I’m only using it on my legs (it is suitable for under arms, bikini line and face) until I get the hang of it. Now that I feel more confident I’m going to give it ago on my underarms so I’ll let you know how I get on with that in my 8 week post.

Here are my top tips

1) shave your legs before you use it but don’t put on any lotion

2) make sure it’s charged up before you use it. Twice I’ve sat down to use the Lumea and only to realise its battery has run down then you have to wait about 20 minutes before you can use it!

3) the flash of the laser is really bright so make sure you use it in a well lit room so not to hurt your eyes (seriously!)

 

 

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Philips via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Philips.

UPDATE – Please note that this specific model is no longer available at Boots, click on the following link for the current range – Lumea.

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Testing out the very fancy Philips Lumea

As a blogger I have days where I absolutely LOVE what I do and today is very definitely one of those days. I’ve been asked to trial the Philips Lumea hair removal system, it uses ‘an innovative light-based technology called IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), derived from the technology used in professional beauty salons’ -very fancy, eh?

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I must admit I’m pretty rubbish when it comes to shaving my legs. When I was younger I was desperate to shave even though my mum hated the idea and told me not to! She was blessed with very little hair on her legs and what she did have was white blonde so you couldn’t even see it anyway. This was not the case for me unfortunately, so one day I just went ahead and shaved anyway and I’ll admit that even though I got shouted at I genuinely didn’t care, I had lovely smooth legs and felt really grown up! I know that I will be approaching the whole idea much differently with my two girls when the time comes.

Needless to say the novelty has worn off after nearly twenty years of shaving! When I’m in a rush in the morning, which is most days, I barely have time to have a quick shave, and now that winter is coming I know I won’t be getting my legs out in public anyway. My poor husband is the only one that has to deal with them! Before you recoil in horror, thankfully I do take after my mum a little in that although I have dark hair on my head, my arm and leg hair is fairly light and I don’t have a lot of it so it’s not that bad, promise.

I’m really hoping that the Philips Lumea will help cut down the amount of time I spend on hair removal and also mean that I actually have nice smooth legs much more often! I’m also going to be using it on my underarms too (an area that I do shave everyday you’ll be relieved to know!).

I’ll be testing it out for the next 8 weeks and reporting back on how I’m getting on on here and also via Twitter and Instagram. Please, feel free to ask me any questions you have about the product and how I’m finding it. Just tweet me or leave a comment below.

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 “Lumea, the secret to beautiful hair free skin, for up to 2 months”

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Philips via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Philips.
UPDATE – Please note that this specific model is no longer available at Boots, click on the following link for the current range – Lumea.

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