The Body Shop

Greetings All,

Today I wanted to show you a wee Body Shop haul I picked up on Saturday. I also have to add that my phone contract is with o2, I downloaded their priority app and I’m so glad I did. Offers galore!!
Which brings me back to when I was in Belfast on Saturday and went into The Body Shop to take advantage of their 30% discount within the priority app.

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I am and will always be a fan of their White Musk perfume (£17). I adore it and go through it rightly so that was the 1st thing I picked up. Next, I spied the Coconut Oil (£7) for my hair, it smells lovely so I’m looking forward to trying it, I’ll have a wee review up on that soon, so keep your eyes peeled.  Lastly I got the Vitamin E Essentials Kit (£11) for a present which has a mini toner, cleanser, moisturiser and a night cream all in a dainty little bag making it perfect for travel.
I was checking the Priority app again today and see The Body Shop is back on it, except now with a whopping 40% discount!! Making now the perfect time to buy any Christmas presents and take advantage of nearly half price.

Thanks for stopping by! ♡

~LoVe & HuGs~

*MaRiA*

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Help Big Up Flat Hair!

HellO All!

I *LoVe* going to the hairdressers, getting my hair washed is the best bit, I could fall off to sleep everytime, it’s so relaxing!  But after it’s been cut, dried & straightened what then? 

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I’m left with the flatest hair in the world, that’s what!
I don’t like washing my hair too much,  I don’t need to.  Wash & a deep condition twice a week is my routine.

But I find after I’ve been to the hairdressers I’ve to wash it asap so I can put a bit of volume back into it.  Which negates getting it washed there in the first place. 
So what do I do?

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Salt Spray is what!
I bought this one aaaaaages ago.  I think it was 2 for £5 in Superdrug.  It lasts a while as you really don’t need a lot. 

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AnyhoO, this is my saving grace after I’ve been to the hairdressers.  I get to keep the sleek blowdry look that I’ll never be able to do myself for another few days except with some volume.

Are you a fan of salt sprays?  Or if you’ve any tips on how to big up flat hair comment below & share your knowledge.

As always, thats a million for reading.

~ LoVe & huGs to you all ~

& have a great weekend!

* MaRiA *

xO

Blonde To Brunette

Hey there,

I’m not sure what happened to this post yesterday. I wrote & saved it but alas it disappeared into cyberspace. But no biggy.

Remember how I’d been threatening to dye my hair back to brunette? Well I finally got round to doing it. I really loved the blonde I’d gotten to but it was just too damaging to maintain it, my hair was breaking off everytime I brushed it. Then the Crazy Colour farce of wanting lavender hair but ending up with a few purple stripes was the last straw.
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Ju69lI chose Clairol in Medium Brown because there were no red tones in it & it was quite close to my natural hair colour. It cost £4 & it recommended leaving in for 25 minutes but I washed it out after about 17 as I didn’t want to go too dark considering how blonde my hair was.
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I’m quite happy with how natural it came out & relieved at not having to touch it up every 5/6 weeks. All I need now is to get a trim & a hundred or so deep conditions & hopefully my wee mop will fiiiiinally be on the road to recovery.

Have you had any hair disasters? Comment below & let me know I’m not alone.

Thanks so much for stopping by my lil blog.

*LoVe & huGs*

~MaRiA~

xO

Crazy To Use Crazy Colour?

Hello there lovely readers,

I’ve been gradually lightening my hair over the past year & I really love the colour it’s now eventually at, but alas it’s bitter sweet because as a natural brunette maintaining this long sought after blonde is massively destroying my hair.

So I’ve decided I really should go back to my roots soon, but before I do that I wanted to have a moment of madness & take a trip back to my youth with some Crazy Colour.

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I bought this bottle maybe 3 weeks ago for £7 in Sallys & have been building up the nerve to use it.  In hindsight I needn’t have been so anxious about using it considering how awful it turned out.

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Grim or what eh! I followed the instructions to the letter & this is the result.  It took in a quarter of my hair!

Not impressed obviously, will I buy it again? NO.  Would I recommend it? NO.
The next time I go hair dye shopping it’ll be for a shade of natural brown.  I think I’ll leave my notions of rainbow hair in the past.

Have you had a better result with Crazy Colour?

Thanks so much for stopping by

~ LoVe & huGs ~

*MaRiA*

xO

The Magic Of Mascara

Hi folks!

I’m talking about mascara today & if you’re like me then you’ll have a few on the go at once. 

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These are the 3 I’m using at the moment. NYC: ‘Big Bold Curl’, Barry M: ‘Showgirl’, & L’Oréal: ‘Miss Manga’ .

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First up is NYC: Big Bold Curl.  It retailed for under £4.  I really did like the finished outcome with this one but I found the brush too bulky, it captured alot of product making it hard to be accurate without smudging or getting it on your eyelid or undereye.  Because of that I wouldn’t buy this one again. 6/10

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Secondly we have Barry M: Showgirl.  This one retailed for under £5.  The magpie in me was drawn to this one because of the packaging.  I loved the wand & how sleek it was, but it’s the total opposite of NYC in that it didn’t pick up enough of the product making it hard to create much of an impact with it.  I think it should do what it says & for me not to have to use it 2 or 3 times to get the desired outcome I want, which is what you’ve to do with it.  So again I won’t be repurchasing this one.  5/10

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Last up is L’Oréal Miss Manga.  It was on sale in Superdrug for £5.99.  The packaging is lovely & I liked how the wand had a flexible hinge & how the brush was more narrow towards the end, making it ideal to navigate & catch the smaller lashes with little effort.  I absolutely loved how much volume it created & how big it made my eyes look. I’d definately buy this again.  9/10

I hope you find this useful. Have you used any of these mascaras yourself? What did you think.

Thanks  as always for stopping by.

~ LoVe & huGs ~

*MaRiA*

xO

Keeping Blonde Hair Blonde

HellO there & a very happy new year to you all.
Today I’m talking about how we can help maintain blonde hair between visits to the hairdressers.  Keeping our locks the same colour as the day we left the salon is no mean feat.  So here are a few products I use to help stretch out the time between visits.

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Silver Shampoo & Conditioner is one way to do this.  Violet is opposite yellow on the colour wheel which means the build up of brassy tones in our hair that we get after time needs a purple based product to neutralise it.  I actually bought these in the pound shop so I was well pleased seeing as toning shampoos usually retail for maybe £3 or £4 each which is alot for 1 bottle. 

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Next up we have Colour Toner.  This is just a more concentrated version of the shampoo & conditioner. After we shampoo our hair (Don’t condition!) towel it dry then massage the toner through from root to tip.  Squeeze off the excess wet & wrap hair in cling film & use a hairdryer all over for 5 minutes then leave to develop for 30 minutes before rinsing out.  This bottle cost around £5 & I’ll get 3 or 4 uses from it.  

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Here I am before using anything.  As you can see my wee bonce is very brassy.

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And here I am post shower after using the toning shampoo & toner.  I’m standing in the exact same place as I took the 1st photo with same amount of lighting.  Quite a difference don’t you think, plus my hair smells & feels absolutely amazing afterwards. It’s the second time in maybe 6 months I’ve toned it, but I use the toning shampoo/ conditioners all the time.

I hope you found this helpful.  Let me know if you try these out & how it goes.

Thanks as always for stopping by.

~LoVe & huGs~

*MaRiA*

XO

The Colour Purple

Hey folks,

Sorry I’ve been a bit quiet of late. Between working, buying, wrapping & giving out presents I haven’t had much time for anything else.  So I’m making some time today. It dawned on me last week that my favourite colour is purple, but if you were to ask me I’d say “I don’t have a favourite colour” then I looked at everything I own & a considerable amount of my clothes etc. are purple so subliminally it must be my favourite.

Like I mentioned I was working a lot & was actually on shift Christmas Eve – 26th December.  My super lovely friend Céara took great pity on me & went bugaloo on the aul present buying front & I was spoiled rotten. 

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One of the things she got me was a hair chalk by Urban Colour, in yes you’ve guessed it . .  Purple!

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Here I am (in a purple top with a purple backdrop) after colouring in my blonde bonce.  It takes seconds to do & is alot of fun.  You can seal it with some hairspray, I do recommend doing this or else your hands & anything else your hair comes into contact with will be covered (as mine were because I didn’t have hairspray handy.)
I only put a little bit on but you could colour all your hair in if you fancy. You’ll also need to wash it out as it makes your hair feel very dry so you’d have a mission brushing it afterwards.

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I also road tested my new lippy from MUA.  It’s in a deep purple shade called Kooky in matt. It lasts along time but I did notice it wore off on the inside of my lips, so it kind of looked like I was chugging a lot of red wine.  It wasn’t an issue as I’d just reapply some more, & at a bargain of only £3 I really couldnt complain.
Have you a favourite colour? Or have you tried either of these products?

As always I love to hear back from you all & I hope you all had a lovely holiday.

~LoVe & huGs~

*MaRiA*

xO

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