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HOW TO: TONE ORANGE/YELLOW BRASSY HAIR

Hey you beautiful lot.  So you may remember I had my hair ombre'd again recently.  This is the third time I have gone for the ombre look (I tend to favour it as soon as it hits Spring/Summer).  The previous 2 times I actually did it at home with success but as my hair was much darker this time around I was worried about doing it myself so went to the salon to get it done - which was a wise move as it took 4 hours to bleach and then colour/tone and it turned out great!  That was 5 weeks ago and the blonde had started to go a bit orangey looking (which I knew would happen as the bleach didn't completely lift my hair as it was so dark to begin with)  So I took matters into my own hands and cracked out the bleach!! Eek

I used Goldwell Oxycur Platin bleach with Goldwell Topchic Developer 9% 30 vol.  I backcombed each section of hair before applying the bleach, wrapped it in foil and then left it to develop for about 40 minutes, rinsed it out, washed and conditioned and then dried it.  This was how it looked after this step.
It lifted really well but was rather yellow/orange and needed some major toning.  So this is the step which sorts all that nasty canary yellow.

1 cup of white conditioner (it's important that it's white)
2 teaspoons of Manic Panic Ultraviolet semi permanent hair dye (or any other purple hair dye)

Mix it all together until you get a very scary bright purple shade and coat your hair.  I used a colouring brush and also massaged it in with my hands.  I left it for about 10 minutes (at which point I started to freak out that my hair had turned purple) and then washed it out and conditioned, dried and styled and this was the result.
I hope this helps any of you that are sporting the orange ombre look  The Manic Panic is a really effective way to tone brassy yellow hair and because it's mixed with conditioner its actually not all that damaging to your hair and as your only using 2 teaspoons worth it will last forever.

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xxx

SPRING LOVE

Spring Love

We've been having some crazy nice weather this week, honestly no coats required..... it's pretty much unheard of in March in the UK but its been getting me really excited for Spring/Summer.  So here are just a few things i'm lusting over for Spring. If only I had enough money to buy ALL of this! But if I had to only pick 5 things from this selection it would be the denim shirt, the distressed skinnies, the New Balance sneaks, the yellow satchel and the stripe navy mustard sweater.

What would your 5 picks be?

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NEW THINGS

It was my sisters birthday a couple of weeks ago and we surprised her with a little pamper day at Fistral Spa in Newquay - it is THE best spa ever and according to Tripadvisor it is the top hotel in Newquay. Whilst we were swimming chatting in the pool I clocked a girl in the most gorgeous swimsuit and immediately needed it in my life so when I got home I had a look for it online and managed to track it down on the Topshop website.  I ordered it along with a couple other bits {just to make it up to £50 for free delivery really but lets face it, its not hard to spend £50 in Topshop!}
Isn't it gorgeous, I love the scalloped detail.  I also picked up a couple of crop tops in pink and black which I can't wait to wear when it gets a bit warmer.  I also got a tiny little triangle necklace and they threw in a free bag too - winner!
And then whilst buying eggs in Tesco I spotted the cutest little bunny slippers ever.  I couldn't leave them there, I love how all the bunny themes come out around spring/Easter time.
I hope you all have a lovely week - I will leave you with some pictures of the sweetie cake I made for my sister, oh yeah, that's right, it's made out entirely of sweets, every dentists nightmare {or jackpot depending on which way you look at it}
Oh and we lied - she's not really 30! Shhhhhhh
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xxx

awin