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17 September 2014

Bleach London - Gritty In Pink - Rosé pink semi-permanent colour review

I've longed for pastel coloured mermaid hair for a long time now, but I've never taken the plunge as, even though we don't have a policy on wacky hair colours at work, I just know there'd be a few raised eyebrows and I'd rather avoid it! So, as we're off on holiday on for a few weeks (we will be on holiday as you read this), I thought it would be the perfect time to try a non-permanent hair colour.

Bleach London are the brand I always look to for pastel hair colours and I already love their silver shampoo and conditioner, so I picked up their Gritty in Pink kit from Boots (£7).  It has minis of their popular Violet Skies, Awkward Peach and Rosé colours so it's the perfect way to try out some colours before investing in a bigger bottle.

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The instructions say to shampoo your hair, towel-dry it and then apply the colour wearing the enclosed plastic gloves.  It advises you to leave it on for about 15 minutes but I left it for 30 minutes as I hoped it would mean the colour would take a little more.  Obviously about a 1/3 of my hair at the moment is my roots, which are a dark blonde, and I kind of figured that the colour wouldn't take to that, but I thought it would work quite well on the section of my hair that's previously been highlighted and bleached.

After half an hour I rinsed out the colour and blow-dried my hair.  This is the result (sorry for the bad phone pics - Tom was away when I did it so I didn't have anyone to take snaps for me!) - as I suspected there was no hint of colour on my roots but it did take to the previously colour sections.
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The colour looked really bright when I put the dye on so I was surprised at the washed out effect it gave as it wasn't bright at all - I actually quite like this effect though as it's more subtle.  I really couldn't make up my mind whether I liked it on me but I was intrigued to see how long the colour would last.  It advises 2-10 washes on the bottle but as I have such bleached hair already I figured that it had a good chance of taking to my hair.

The next day I went for a run and had to wash my hair afterwards.  I mixed the remainder of the contents of the bottle with my conditioner so I was pretty surprised to see that it had washed out loads just in that one wash (especially since I used the dye again a second time).  It was now a very light pink, almost like the lilac tone I get when I leave on my silver/purple shampoo too long.  I'm guessing on the second wash it will have completely washed out.

Reading other blog reviews it seems like the dyes work really differently depending on your hair type, how coloured it's been in the past, how you apply it and so on - so it's difficult to review it as every result will be different.  For me, I'd definitely use it again for a temporary effect, but it's clearly not going to last my two week holiday! I have heard that the blue tones and the Violet Skies colour last a lot longer (and are pretty hard to shift apparently!) so they would be options if you were looking for longer term colour.

Have you tried any of the Bleach London semi-permanent colours?

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14 September 2014

Recent memories

Looking through my photos folder from the last few weeks I realised two things.  Firstly - there are lots of days out and adventures that I haven't blogged about, and secondly, it has dawned on me why I'm so tired - I don't think I'd quite realised how much we'd done! Phew - what a month August has been, I feel like we've barely had a moment to catch our breath.

Of course the first bit of August was taken up with about a week of birthday celebrations, including our weekend away camping and my birthday itself - which we spent eating good food, walking in the forest and shopping (my ideal day!) Then there was my trip to Bicester Village with my Mum, which was the perfect girls' day out - lots of shopping (hello Mulberry shop!) and a yummy lunch out - and a glass of fizz of course!

Birthday drink

The paddleboard has been out several times since we bought it - we've definitely got our £100 worth already (it was an eBay bargain!) These snaps are from when we took it to the beach near our parents' house.  Bodhi is a paddleboarding pro now, although I don't think he liked being on it with Tom in the water (he usually just wants to go wherever Tom goes!)  I'm guessing the paddleboard will soon be packed away as I'm not sure I fancy going out on it now it's a bit chillier!
  Tom and BodhiTom and Bodhi

A couple of weekends before my birthday we went camping in Kimmeridge with Tom's Mum and Dad.  We stayed in the van this time rather than in a tent - I road tested my new sleeping bag which I'll be taking on Trek America and it was very warm and comfy! We had a really lovely time with them, spent eating yummy food, having a barbecue, exploring Kimmeridge, paddleboarding, walking and visiting the brilliant Square and Compass pub at Worth Matravers for ciders and pasties.
  KimmeridgeKimmeridge Kimmeridge

We also recently went to the wedding of two of our close friends, Luke and Laura, the reception of which was held at the beautiful Stockbridge Farm Barn in Sherborne.
Luke and Laura wedding
Wedding Wedding

On a recent Saturday we went along to a 'fun day' at Mudeford Quay where there were lifeboat demonstrations, a funfair, food stalls and all kinds of other things going on.  My favourite bit was the demonstration from the Blades aerobatic team.
  BladesMudeford Fun Day

As you all probably know by now, I'm currently in the USA exploring the West coast with Trek America - I can't wait to share all my new memories with you when I get back!

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10 September 2014

Books I'll be reading on holiday

I never fall out of love with reading, but I certainly have phases where I do it more than others.  I tend to find that I either read furiously and constantly, or I save reading for holidays and long journeys.  At the moment it's definitely the former, and after loading up the Kindle app on my iPad Mini with tons of books a few weeks ago I've actually already read loads of them already - oops! I thought I'd share five that are next on my to-read list, and hopefully I'll be able to tick off whilst we're away.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman  

Amazon says: THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE is a novel about memory and magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us, created by the unparalleled imaginative power of Neil Gaiman.

I say: I haven't actually read any of Neil Gaiman before but I remember some rave reviews of this on one of Alex's Blogging Good Read posts.  I actually don't really read 'fantasy' books, but this desribes itself as a blend of fantasy and reality, and the plot intrigued me so - we shall see!

The Maze Runner - James Dashner

Amazon says: When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he's not alone. He's surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade - a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze. Like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they came to be there - or what's happened to the world outside. All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back, they will risk everything - even the Grievers, half-machine, half-animal horror that patrol its corridors, to try and find out.

I say: I saw this on a list of books that were being made into films this year and was intrigued.  It's part of a trilogy that seems to be getting rave reviews at the moment so I thought I'd see what all of the fuss is about.

Looking For Alaska - John Green

Amazon says: The unmissable first novel from bestselling and award-winning author of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS.  Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words – and tired of his safe, boring and rather lonely life at home. He leaves for boarding school filled with cautious optimism, to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

I say: I read The Fault in Our Stars a couple of months ago and really enjoyed it so I wanted to read something else by John Green, especially after hearing lots of John Green fans say that TFIOS is not his best - so I'm looking forward to seeing how this compares.

Eat & Run - Scott Jurek

Amazon says: An inspirational memoir by Scott Jurek, one of the finest ultrarunners in the world.

I say: After reading Born To Run and UltraMarathon Man recently I thought I'd have a little break from books about running, but I'm really keen to read this by Scott Jurek.  Scott Jurek is one of the most acclaimed ultramarathoners (an ultramarathon are marathons longer than the standard marathon, typically either 50k, 100k, 50 miles or 100 miles).  This is his memoir, where he talks about running as well as his diet (he is vegan, which I believe is fairly unusual for an endurance athlete).

Bad Feminist - Roxane Gay

Amazon says: In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of colour (The Help) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (GirlsDjango in Chains) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture.

I say: I've been reading a lot about women's leadership, equality in the workplace and feminism generally recently and this book really piqued my interest when I saw someone link to her Tumblr and found myself really enjoying her writing.  It looks like it's going to be really up my street.

Have you read any of these? Would you be interested in reviews once I have? Also - do you have any more tips for what should be on my reading list? 

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