Fake Fringes

I’ve always been a fan of having more than 1 colour in my hair but as I’m so prone to change,this is why I got in to hair extensions, I have a rainbow of colour options at my finger tips!

While suffering a bit with hair boredom lately, a picture Lady Gaga tweeted of her new black fringe inspired me to dig out some old long wefts and whip up a few bright fringe pieces to give me a perk of colour without the commitment of dye.

So far I have made a hot red one, a platinum blonde one and an almost black / brown one. I’ll see how I get on with these and if they are a success, who knows, I might roll them out to the rest of my extensions range…. Or just keep them all for myself!

3 quick snaps from the bathroom mirror, 1 blended in to my own blonde fringe and the other clipped on to the top to show colour and length – although I’d never ever wear it like that!

Do excuse the dodgy bathroom pictures, I just wanted to give you a cheeky peek

NOTD : Barry M – Cyan Blue

I picked up this blue polish in Boots as they have a 2 for £5 offer on Barry M polishes at the minute. It’s a gorgeous solid blue crème with a good amount of shine. It was a dream to apply the first coat, product wise, being about 95% opaque on the first sweep. The 2nd coat went on draggy and it was hard work to get good full coverage with 1 swipe which I found really frustrating but I persevered and im so glad I did… the final result after 2 coats is AWESOME!

It’s a bold, solid, vivid colour and the consistancy of the polish itself is very very good. The shine is impressive and I have had nothing but compliments on it so far. I find myself continually flexing my fingers as I’m typing this just to admire this polish! I’m on day 3 now with very minimal tip wear, less than I usually have. It was still quite soft on the 2nd day though, caught it before with a nail on the other hand and I had a groove in the polish but now I’ve looked at it again it seems to have almost smoothed itself out again!

The brush however is diabolical. It is the worst brush I have ever used! Draggy, too narrow and impossible to work with. Pleeeeeease Barry M sort your brushes out!! A nice wide flat brush would be beyond amazing!

All in all I am impressed with Barry M nail paints as I haven’t used them in about 10yr and forgot about the quality.

Do ignore the fact I need to do my infills! shhh!

Illamasqua – Toxic Nature

A heads up on the new collection. Goes live on the 10th March online or 17th March in store.

Think I’ll be going for the Bacterium & Radium nail polish and maybe the Torture gloss.

The pictures remind me of Alice in Wonderland slightly.

Illamasqua Toxic Nature Collection

Illamasqua Toxic Nature Collection for Spring/Summer 2011

Unpredictable, uncharted and unnat¬ural, Illamasqua unleashes Toxic Nature for Spring/Summer 2011, a colour collection born from a visionary concept of nature fighting back against the genetically modified society that plunders it. Illamasqua has created the Toxic Nature collection through a palette of lurid shades, corrupted hues and glistening muted tones that offer intoxicating versions of their original selves.
“Having an artist background highly influenced this collection. The medium of paint when it is in various states [mixed on a palette, on a canvas, the colours mutating when you wash your brushes] inspired the product colours of Toxic Nature. Blends, washes, dabs, drips, daubs and splashes of colour are evident in the imagery of the collection.” Alex Box, Illamasqua Creative Director.
Like nature itself, it’s not all sweetness and light. Shades of mint, mushroom, plum, orange and rose are distorted with rich textures and pops of acid-infused brightness that command attention and draw you in…

Cream Pigment (£17.00)

A new matt formula that can either neutralise or dominate. Create the ultimate in textures whether it’s on your face, eyes, or body, bringing a flash of colour to a subtle contour.  “The power of the products in this collection is evident in the intensity of the Cream Pigments they are intense, raw colour but blend down easily exactly like an artists paint palette.” Alex Box.

  • Emerge Peach (EU Exclusive)
  • Bedaub Mint
  • Dab Lilac
  • Hollow Toffee
  • Delirium Rose Taupe (EU Exclusive)
  • Mould Grape

Precision Ink (£17.00)

  • Glister Glistening opalescent nude

Lipstick (£15.50)

  • Atomic Fuchsia violet
  • Flare Bright orange

Sheer Lipgloss (£13.00)

  • Torture Coral Peach
  • Divine Fuchsia Pink

Nail Varnish (£13.50)

  • Purity Peach
  • Bacterium Pearlescent Ash Ochre
  • Radium Acidic Lime Shimmer
  • Stagnate Grey Mauve
  • Gamma Neon orange

Toxic Claw (£35.00)

Illamasqua are proud to present the second collaboration with visionary manicurist, Mike Pocock. A beautifully presented set of two false thumb nails, these have been designed and individually hand made by Mike. ‘The mutated aesthetic of the nail was inspired by the corrupted hues present in the Toxic Nature collection’.

availability: March 10th, 2011 at illamasqua.com, March 17th at UK Counters, April 2011 at Sephora

See product photos!

Illamasqua Toxic Nature Collection

Illamasqua Toxic Nature Collection

Illamasqua Toxic Nature Collection

Illamasqua Toxic Nature Collection

Illamasqua Toxic Nature Collection

Illamasqua Toxic Nature Collection

Illamasqua Toxic Nature Collection

Illamasqua Toxic Nature Collection

Illamasqua Toxic Nature Collection

Review : Moroccan Oil Treatment

I have been in 2 minds about trying Moroccan Oil as I thought it was insanely expensive for what is essentially a jar of posh cooking oil. (artistic licence on that one!). 
The reviews and results were unequivocally good, but £30.45 is a hell of a lot of money to pay by most peoples standards.
While on holiday in Marrakech I was introduced to pure Argan oil by the female producers in their small co-op Berber pharmacies high in the Atlas Mountains and thought it was about time to get on the ‘moroccan oil’ band wagon. A 100ml bottle of pure Argan Oil for hair use cost me £4 so you can see why I find £30 to be excessive! The ladies were sweet and took their time to show us their extremely long and extremely well conditioned hair and their tips to get the most out of oil treatments (longer DIY post to come soon!)
After a week in the 120 degree heat my hair loved the deep treatment from the oil and it was left softer and silkier than any other conditioner I have ever tried – I was sold!
Now time to enjoy some gratuitous holiday snaps…..
A traditional Berber Village
A Berber lady working the husks in the co-op Pharmacy

A mini production line for treating the husks
As tradition in Morocco, when a guest in someones home (the pharmacies are in houses) you’re given glasses of hot sweet mint tea
Once my hair has improved in condition, I find the pure Argan Oil far too heavy to use regularly so I now save my precious bottle for those times when your hair needs some lovin’.
At Christmas, my lovely husband bought me a Moroccan Oil minis kit from www.lookfantastic.com , who stock a good range of Moroccan Oils (and far too much other amazing hair goodies – bye bye pennies!). I tried the oil with trepidation after a wash & condition, just applying the tiniest amount to my ends, knowing that the pure A.O was too much for healthy-ish hair.
I followed my usual blow dry routine and I was so so impressed. Not only did my hair feel less dry and strawlike but it looked amazingly healthy and nourished! The ends were so well behaved and sleek, I had no need to use serum after my blow dry. That alone for me is a huge improvement.
I have played round with quantities and how I place it through the hair and I have found a 5p size blob, spread between two hands and then worked from my ears down to tips gives me the best results as I have layers in this area and it makes sure all the tips get a coating. The final results are just fab! I hate to admit but this is my holy grail of hair products and I have been out and re-purchased the big 125ml bottle (100ml bottle for £30.45 here on lookfantastic.com).
My mother is by biggest hair critic and even she can tell the difference to the quality of my hair, so if it’s noticeably different to others it must be good right? 
I use the moroccan oil every time I wash my hair and feel that it handles better with the oil, the ends are easier to curl under and the tips don’t get so ratty on the 2nd day. I have also applied a small amount on the 2nd day before if I just want a bit of extra taming. It smells absolutely devine too!
Now let me say, this is by no means a deep treatment oil but it is a daily godsend for styling and conditioning. You’d eat through a 100ml botle far too quickly trying to do a Deep Treat with this oil, but your hair does soak it up a lot quicker when it is in need of more nourishment.
All in all, I am SO happy that I tried the Moroccan Oil and im glad its made its way in to my daily routine to replace loading up my hair with silicone based serums which hide rather than tackled my frizzies.
My only complaint is the price. I think it’s a diabolical price for 100ml of oil. I did re-purchase the oil in its full size bottle but only after trying it. I would never have bit the bullet and paid the £30 without trying it first. I have used roughly 25ml in 2 month so it’s not too bad but I know the price puts a lot of people off – I hope this review will help encourage people to take the plunge and try it!!
I can’t wait to try the rest of the Moroccan Oil range, the deep conditioners and styling products are calling out to me… but as ever, I’ll have to save up some pennies before I can review them for all my lovely readers.

This is what happens when boys have ideas….

My husband has tried his hand at reviewing. I think he has a long way to go but he made me laugh, a lot this morning and it has cured my rather grumpy gloomy mood.

So for that, I am giving Mr Tramp his 15 minutes of fame.

Review – Graze box ( available at www.graze.com)

Hi kay,
A review of my box:
Olive, rosemary and sicilano pesto focaccia – this was very nice however I was slightly confused as to when I had said no to all olives I got some bread with olives on. It was still rather tasty.

Great fire dragon – these were some cool little salty nuts and rice biscuits. Quite delightful.

Orange and ginger flapjack – I had these for my pudding. However Chris (his boss) stole one. Overall rather tasty, however some crumbs did end up in my keyboard so wouldn’t be a suitable snack for on the move.

Americas nut mix – This wasn’t very nice, they were plain nuts with nothing on. Going forward I would suggest minimal ‘america nut mix’

Atleast he’s tried right?