Just like with my makeup and wardrobe, when the seasons start to change I get the urge to change my hair colour. For the past couple of seasons I’ve had ombre style colour in my hair, and despite the seasons now changing to Autumn / Winter, I’ve been feeling the urge to dye my hair lighter. So, I was super excited when hair colour expert Jo Hansford MBE unveiled the latest in hair colour fashions, the ‘Ecaille.’
Ecaille, meaning tortoiseshell, is a softer version of Ombre, which has been the colour style du jour in recent seasons. The beauty of ecaille is that it works on all hair colours and can be adapted to give the best match for your skin tone. For brunettes, the process marries two different depths of lights with chocolate shadows and for the warmer skin tones; Ecaille matt with ash tones gives the look a slightly cooler edge.
I’ve already spotted a few celebs with the new colour technique:
Jaclyn Smith, Head Colourist at the Jo Hansford Salon says ‘Ecaille is a healthy and glossy update for Ombre fans or those who felt it was too stark for their style. Ecaille gives hair a soft, multi-tonal look without any harsh lines to compliment your natural tones.’
I can’t wait to get an appointment booked in to get this done! What about you? I’ll also be making sure I update my hair products to keep my hair nourished after the new colour and during the winter by investing in key colour products like the Jo Hansford Intensive Masque (RRP £27,00, 150ml) or Illuminoil (RRP £29,00, 50ml).
Jo Hansford colour care products are available to buy from Harvey Nichols, instore at Jo Hansford salon and at www.johansford.com
Whenever my curls are giving me trouble or the hair straighteners look tempting, I get on pinterest and google images and have a browse through curly hair styles. So as inspiration and to celebrate the natural curl here are some of my favourites…
I only ever brush or comb my hair when it’s wet, never when dry unless I’m going for the Diana Ross look! The best tools for detangling are either a wide toothed comb or Tangle Teezer. A wide toothed comb helps separate the curls and is what I’ve always used. But Nissa and I recently started using the Tangle Teezer. I didn’t think it would work on my curly hair but it’s amazing how quickly it gets through the knots and I feel like my hair has been a lot less static and frizzy since I started using it.
Both Nissa and I have naturally curly hair which can sometimes be a bit of a nightmare to control. I’m also sure we’ve both had phases when we’ve hated our hair, and other times when we love it. I remember absolutely hating my hair in my early teens and desperately wanting it to be straight or at least wavy!
Who remembers when it was fashion in the 90s to have your hair scraped back and two strands of hair pulled out in your face?
Following my SS 13 fashion wish list, I thought I’d share my current make up wish list with you lovely lot. I’ve recently developed a slight obsession with makeup tutorials on YouTube, which is where most of the things on my list have come from.
My favourite YouTube beauty expert is Camila Coelho, who is Brazilian and lives in the US. She has two channels one in Portuguese and one in English. Her look is quite made up and glam, but you can still get great basic tips from her tutorials, so make sure you check her out if you need some makeup tips or inspiration.
I’ve heard great things about it from friends that have used it, and I’m just about to run out of a small sample I got from Benefit. It goes on smoothly and melts into the skin leaving it feeling satin smooth. It also reduces the appearance of pours so once you apply your foundation on top your skin is flawless!
I have had mild acne my whole adolescent life. Tried different contraceptive pills to help, oral antibiotics and topical stuff a while ago.
Over the last few years I wasn’t happy with my overall complexion as I always seemed to have raised white bumps across my cheeks. Last summer I broke out in spots big time as the change in season meant I was sweating more than usual.
One of the things I love to do when I have a bit of time is to be a bit more creative with my nails. The nail art trend is in full force, and my go to for inspiration and great step by step guides is Pinterest. So with the nice long Easter weekend coming up I thought I’d share my fave Spring / Easter nail design that I’ve recently pinned.
Hey lovelies! I literally can’t walk into Boots without buying something! I’ve tried having words with myself about how I don’t need whatever it is I’ve just picked up, but I always manage to convince myself to buy it. There are three things I bought recently which I’ve used every single day since!
Today I got Shellac done on my nails again. I never used to bother with my nails but now I have a bit of spending money it’s definitely worth it! I would usually cut my nails reeeeaaally short…not even file them down. I know – they did end up looking like a dainty boys hands as they are so large. I can’t bear to see dirt collect in long nails! Groossss. One of my pet hates.
Shellac on the other hand, is so great. It cost me £15 in a nail bar in Slough (yes that is where I work, it is the bumhole of Berkshire but I love how cheap it is!!) It lasted for 2 weeks including the week I was on holiday. After the 2 weeks there was just a lot of growth – nails always grow really quick in the sun don’t they? The lady in the jewelers I went into after getting them done even complimented on them. They are super glossy. I wasn’t even going to get them done again but then I thought… I’ve got a wedding to attend on Saturday, and if I just get a normal polish they’ll be chipped by the end of the week.
I did attempt to remove the Shellac at home. After a bit of searching online, the instructions I found were LOOONG. The salon didn’t charge me extra to remove it (other places do), which was nice of them. And I don’t think they should. They should just tell you how to do it after you get them done. All you need to do is put your fingers in a bowl of hot nail varnish remover. SIMPLES!
Tips on how to remove Shellac:
You will need:
A large and small bowl (small bowl that will fit both hands)
A nail file
A nail buffer
Nail varnish remover
Nail strengthener (optional)
Something sharp to scrape it off your nails
1. Boil the kettle. While it’s boiling fill the small bowl with some nail varnish remover (NVR).
2. Once the water has boiled, pour some into the large bowl. Then put the small bowl of NVR in the large bowl of hot water. Leave it until the NVR heats up.
3. Feel the NVR and when it is warm enough (without burning you), take the small bowl and put the ends of your fingers in it making sure you get all your nails in.
4. Leave your nails there for 10 minutes.
5. After the 10 minutes take your fingers out. The Shellac should have started to disintegrate. Start peeling them off with something sharp.
6. With the Shellac that might still be left, get the file and file it away from the surface of your nails. Then go over them with the buffer.
7. Finish with a coat of nail strengthener if you have any as Shellac does weaken the nails. But doesn’t matter if you don’t.
What I wore:
Here as you can see I’m still going for the ‘comb-over’ look with my hair. I’m wearing my high-waisted, tight, chino-esque trousers from American Apparel. They’re actually called ‘Four-Way Stretch High-Waist Side Zipper Pant’ (bit of a mouthful), mine are in Medium Grey. They feel a bit tight around the crotch area sitting down at work all day :-/ But I do love these trousers because they go with pretty much everything and have a really nice fit. You can wear them smart or casual, whatever the weather, summer or winter. They did dry really quickly after being in the rain, so that’s good!
I thought I might as well wear my jumper tops this week. It’s perfect weather for them. This one is from an Oxfam in Scotland it cost £2.50! OBV I washed it when I bought it – however I do admit on the odd occasion I have worn unwashed charity clothes :-/ does that make me a mingaa?! Yes. Goooood. Anyway it’s so nice and soft, when I saw it I thought – little hint of pastels, I <3 pastels AND it happens to be trending for the summer. Win win. My waterproof jacket is Regatta but I bought it in a charity shop in Camberwell. It was a desperate, last minute buy before my trip to Brehat in Brittany last year. I was lucky to find this jacket as I really like the colour. My neon canvas bag is from ASOS.
My belt is H&M. I’ve punched extra holes in to make it fit my waist as well. Everyone should own a leather hole puncher. My shoes are Keds but I actually got them in TK Maxx last month for £12. They are real cute don’t you think? My denim oversized shirt is from Primark that I bought in the sale last year. I actually copied my friend Hannah on this one. It is a staple must. Perfect for the summer or winter. It’s great for creating a layered look. I actually wore it to hide my hips as they are feeling quite large since my all inclusive binge on holiday. Or it makes a nice change from the usual cardi. I love Caggie’s look from Made in Chelsea. She wears the oversized denim shirt really well, looking effortless and laid back. But very sexy and chic at the same time!