Superdrug Colour Sensations

Well the Corvid – 19 apocalypse has called for a lockdown but that’s no excuse for a girl to let herself go!

I mean there’s a lot going on in the world right now and I grant you that having perfect hair might not seem like a priority but if you look good, you feel good so do your hair, paint your nails and put on your lipstick, even if you’re quarantining alone and nobody can see you!

All the salons are closed but before the lockdown, I managed to get my hands on some Superdrug Colour Sensations semi permanent hair dye. (Superdrug also being a drug store, might well still be open so you could be lucky, obviously be responsible though and only visit if you absolutely have to for medicine and then whilst you’re there . . .) 

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I’ve been dying my hair since I was a 14 year old Spice Girl wannabe, ginger to be precise . . . and have been various shades of red, blonde and brunette ever since so I don’t even know what my natural colour is anymore, before I ever tampered with it, it was medium brown but prone to blonde streaks in the sun.

I’m a big one for DIY beauty, it’s only when I was blonde that I had my hair coloured professionally.

I used to use permanent colour but found it tried my hair too much and although the semi permanent colours are only supposed to last 28 washes, I always find my hair holds the colour so it’s only when my roots need a touch up that I need to refresh.

When it comes to buying cruelty free, hair dye can be tricky as most of the big brands that produce home dye are owned by companies that still test however all Superdrug own brand products are Leaping Bunny certified and cruelty free.

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So I went with the 5.0 Dark Chocolate.

The contents of the box are pretty standard and easy to use, mix tube 1, the creme colour in with bottle 2, the creme developer and shake, put on the gloves, apply and leave for 20 minutes ,wash off and condition with tube 3, the intensive conditioner.

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After drying my hair, the colour looked great, a nice, even, rich brown and my hair was glossy too.

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Picture taken immediately after colour refresh for a Jawbreaker themed shoot! Jawbreakers are also vegan FYI.

The only fault I found was not in the product itself but that there wasn’t enough of it, luckily I’d bought two bottles as they were on offer at 2 for £5 so I had enough for full root coverage.

Maybe one bottle would suffice for root coverage for someone who has finer hair but I do have quite thick hair so definitely needed two just for roots and would probably need three for a full head coverage.

At £3.59 though or 2 for £5.00 the dye is great value and works out much cheaper than the big brand equivalents even if you do need two bottles.

Would I buy again? Yes!

Eden Perfumes

Perfume, from the French Parfum, a mixture of fragrant essential oils or aroma compounds used to give the human body an appealing scent.

Expensive, opulent and luxurious be they floral, musky, woody, fruity or aquatic, men and women have been wearing perfumes for thousands of years.

But did you know that most of perfumes contain some really icky animal ingredients?

Ambergris – a wax-like  growth which is found in the stomach and intestines of about one in a hundred sperm whales. The finest ambergris has a lovely, sweet, musky odor. 

Musk – found in a small pouch, in front of the penis of a mature male musk deer. Apparently it possesses a sweet, generous, aromatic intensity bringing an elegance and a radiance to any perfume composition.

Civet – a buttery-yellow paste secreted by the perineal glands of both male and female civets which is said to have a radiant, velvety, floral scent . . .

Castoreum – Is used to produce a spicy ‘leather’ scent and is a thick paste found in the castor sacs between the pelvis and the base of the tail  of both the male and female beaver.

Hyraceum – also called ‘Africa stone’ is the petrified rock like excrement of the rock hyrax, it’s one animal scent that can be harvested without actually causing any harm to the animal but why oh why would anybody want perfume made from any animals excrement, no matter how ethically it might have been obtained?

Well, I definitely don’t want to be lathering my body in any of those, that’s for sure!

Luckily, I stumbled across an amazing vegan and cruelty free perfume brand last year whilst browsing the lanes of Brighton called Eden perfumes.

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Eden Perfumes have hundreds of scents lines up in bottles on their walls that almost perfectly match that of many well known designer fragrances but without any of the cruelty, no animal ingredients, no animal testing and mostly organic, what’s not to love.

I have 3 myself, copies of Chanel No5, Dior’s Poison and Thierry Mugler’s Angel and you really would struggle to tell the difference between the Eden perfumes and the real designer scents.

Not only that but at only £15 for a 30ml bottle if you buy in store of £18 if you buy online, you’re saving a fortune.

Cruelty free more often than not, cost’s less!

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Shop online at www.edenperfumes.co.uk

Or head to:

Original Brighton Branch

26 Gardner Street Brighton BN11UP

New London Branch

203 Portobello Road London W111LU

Guilt Free Glitter

I’ve always been drawn to anything that sparkles, maybe because I was a unicorn in a past life, all my friends have come to accept that when they see me, they will somehow end up finding glitter on themselves for days and I have to admit, up until now, I’d never really given much thought to where glitter came from and what harm it could do to the environment, I mean something so pretty could hardly be bad right? Well, apparently, that’s not the case.

I guess with it’s metallic facade, I thought it was probably tiny little flakes of metal, I definitely never thought about it being a microplastic getting in to the ocean and putting marine life at risk.

Glitter in cosmetics, when washed off, in the same way as microbeads for which a ban will come in to force by the end of June 2018 find their way down plug holes and in to the ecosystem, it seems glitter is litter!

I can’t imagine my life without glitter, and  thanks to my friend Zoe Disco (yes that’s really her name, I was at her wedding when the new surname was revealed) a life without glitter isn’t something I had to contemplate for long!

Her company eco twinkle stocks ethical, biodegradable glitter made from sustainable plant derived film and contains no plastic. Packaging is recycled and refillable.

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Fine and chunky glitter comes in lots of different colours and is available in 5mm or 10mm pots. A little bit really does go a long way so depending how many Christmas parties you go to, the pots should last for a while .

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For this look I have the chunky silver glitter underneath the eye and the fine on the brow bone.

For more details check out http://www.ecotwinkle.com