Jazzing things up with Pimps & Pinups

Up until now I’ve managed to resist the trend for adding pastel colours to my hair. I did have a brief foray in to ombre a few years ago but the ensuing damage of a DIY bleach job was enough to put me off attempting it again- that and not wanting to commit to anything permanent. All of the temporary fixes I had come across involved yet more peroxide and knowing I’m somewhat phobic of hairdressers (although I did brave a cut and colour last week, yay!) I decided it was in my best interest to just steer clear.

That was until I was introduced to Pimps & Pinups and their high voltage hair pop paint (available from their London salon and on ASOS).

*products c/o Pimps & Pinups*

These sprays have a unique wet to dry formula and come in seven intense shades (I managed to fail to picture the blue and green ones, oops!). You simply spray these on to your hair- either directly or in to the palm of your hand first and wait literally seconds for it to dry. These are non-permanent and take to any hair colour, from icy blondes to deepest auburns. They are also rain resistant and stain proof and simply shampoo out, damage free.

Now, I have experimented with coloured hair sprays in the past including ones which claim to take to any hair colour and have been less than impressed with the results. I was slightly dubious that these could live up to the hype but always willing to be proved wrong I used Panther Pink and Purr Pull to colour the ends of my hair.

As you might have gathered by now I am somewhat inept when it comes to my hair so the result isn’t the neatest it could be but as you can see the colours did indeed take and this was with just a small amount of product. Because it dries so quickly the colour could easily be intensified by adding another coat or two on darker tones.

The only issue I had with these paints was going it alone (also explains the dodgy selfie) as things did get a bit messy (although it must be noted that not a trace is left on our white bathroom suite). I think that with a helping hand, or even a steady hand some really spectacular effects could be produced. As promised the colours washed out really easily although it did take a couple of washes to get the last traces of purple out!

On the whole I think these are fantastic, and at £7.99 per colour aren’t going to break the bank either. I’m looking forward to using them again especially in the run up to the festive season where it’s always fun to experiment with bolder looks. They are also an excellent way to test out if a certain bold colour will suit you before taking the plunge with bleach and actual hair dye.

What’s the wildest colour you’ve ever dyed your hair?


My New Hair BFF

Confession: I hate washing my hair. I have a lot of very thick hair and it’s a major effort to wash, dry and style it so any product I can find that gives me an extra day’s reprieve is very much welcome. I’ve been an advocate of dry shampoo since it first arrived on the hair care scene so when Bristol based online beauty retailer Bath and Unwind got in touch offering the chance to try out a newly launched dry shampoo from Moroccanoil I was eager to give it a whirl.
I’ve tried many a brand over the years with varying degrees of success. A creature of habit I often end up returning to Batiste as I find it doesn’t usually leave the powdery grey roots that some brands have done. The Moroccanoil product comes in two tones- light and dark and semi-unsure which category mine fell in to I opted to go for the light tones.

The first thing I need to mention about this product is the scent, it’s AMAZING! I find some of the dry shampoos quite sickly smelling but this has a light, fresh fragrance. Perfect for covering up hair that could kind of do with a wash without being overbearing.

The spray itself is a lovely product to use and having tried it out several times now I have not once noticed a residue left behind. It makes my hair feel light and fresh without being weighed down and easily gave an extra day between washes- it could even be stretched to two at a push!

The Moroccanoil dry shampoo also provides UV protection and volumising properties so it’s a really good all round product for people like me! The light tone spray is designed to enhance blonde hair and reduce brassiness but I found it was the perfect match for my coppery hair as well.

This is 100% a product I’ll be re-purchasing when this can runs out. It might be pricier than my usual brand but it also offers a lot more and leaves me feeling confident that people aren’t going to notice how lazy I can be when it comes to washing my hair!


New Year Hair Army with #BootsBeautyBox*

I have mentioned many a time on the blog that I am more than a little bit clueless when it comes to styling my hair. The biggest decision I tend to make when it comes to style is whether to spend time trying to tame it with straighteners or let it dry naturally and embrace the madness. It’s not that I’m not bothered about how my hair looks, far from it in fact! I’ve just never found the right array of hair styling products that help me achieve a look that lasts more than five minutes.
Boots.com obviously knew of my troubles as before Christmas they sent over their #BootsBeautyBox which was packed full of their favourite styling products to help me look half decent over the festive period.

Inside the box of tricks included lots of new to me products such as the Bastiste Stylist Oompy My Locks XXL volume spray for creating and caring for a big “do”. There was also a bottle of L’oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil , TRESemme Make Waves Creation Hairspray, Umberto Giannini Curl Friends scrunching jelly, Toni and Guy Creative Style Spray Wax and finally (what a box eh?) L’Oreal Elnett Precious Oil Hairspray.

I did let Mum pick out and keep a couple of products from the box. She is a bit of a volume fiend and has been delighted with both the Batiste XXL volume spray and the Elnett Precious Oil Hairspray- a nourishing upgrade to her long time favourite.

With what was left I decided to create a quick and easy tousled look for Christmas Day. I used a good spritz of the creature style spray wax all over before using my straightener to create loose waves. I set the style with the Tresemme make waves spray and was pleased to see my style last through from present opening, a post dinner nap all the way through to eventually calling it a day.

Obviously this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to these product’s potential so do let me know how you’d use each one and if you’ve given any of them a go before…I’ll post results of any further experimentation on here and my social media (assuming I have any degree of success that is.)


Curl Friends

As a naturally curly haired girl I go through phases of wearing my hair straight and embracing my natural texture. I’ve tended to go more for the straight look lately, finding my waves hard to tame and struggling to find the right products to prevent frizz and fly-aways. Thankfully Umberto Gianni came to my rescue and sent over some products from their Curl Friends range.
I’ve used some of the Curl Friends range before with great success, they just suit my hair so well and help keep my waves frizz free and controlled between washes. The create a curl scrunching jelly* is a long term favourite of mine (and just so happens to be a best seller) and I’ve found that pairing it with the Ultimate Curls Nourishing Oil* creates a killer double act for healthy, shiny hair. I took both of these products away with me and even the 30 degree heat couldn’t create it’s usual havoc with my locks- to me this is the ultimate testament to a products success.

Mousse is a hit and miss product for me, I often find I end up with crunchy and sticky hair that doesn’t feel nice at all. The Shapely Curls Defining Mousse* is one of the few mousses that don’t have this effect and it’s been a constant repurchase for me since I first discovered it.

The team at Umberto Gianni are encouraging curly haired girls to take to social media and share their #GetYourCurlsOut selfie to celebrate natural, beautiful looking curls. You can be rest assured you’ll see mine pop up on my Instagram in the very near future and I’d love to see yours too, I’ll be stalking the hash tag for certain. Get uploading and leave your social media handles in the comments so I can get some major hair envy and inspiration!
The Umberto Gianni curl friends range is available to buy from Boots.com and in Boots stores and is well worth stocking up on- especially when it’s on offer. Let me know if there are any other wonder products that you’d recommend.


Holiday Hair with Mark Hill

My hair and I never seem to get along in the summer months. The humidity levels in the UK, the sun and generally being outside more make me what can only be described as a walking ball of frizz and I seem to be in a constant battle to keep my hair tamed. I was lamenting this fact on twitter the other week when the friendly folk at Mark Hill offered to come to my rescue by sending me some of their “Holiday Hair” range of products, desperate to feel a bit more confident with my unruly mane I very hastily accepted their kind offer!
I’ve used a lot of sea salt sprays* in my time and was genuinely impressed with the lasting power of this one as I used it once before a weekend away in Devon and my waves stayed well, wavy until I next washed my hair which is nothing short of a miracle. The dry shampoo* was also lovely and refreshing. It’s a toss up for top spot really between this and my beloved Batiste but I know I’d definitely buy this again as the can is the perfect size for stashing in a weekend bag and I loved the smell and the fact it left behind no residue on my hair. It gets added bonus points for making me forget I was potentially carrying half a beach in my hair for most of the weekend.
The shampoo* and conditioner* come in a handy 50ml tube perfect for travelling light. I’ve used each of these once with impressive results but don’t want to comment too much on their powers until after my week in Spain later in the year which is guaranteed to put them through their paces a lot more than one day of glorious sunshine down in Devon. My hair does feel lovely and soft after using these though and they look lovely and tropical sat in the bathroom (yeah, I’m a sucker for nice packaging!)
The serum* in this range has become my new secret weapon against frizzy hair this summer. I popped some on after washing my hair on a Friday morning before heading down to the sea side and two days later there was still barely a hint of frizz whereas usually I’d be desperately searching for a hair tie and a hat in attempt to exercise damage limitation. For any frizz prone ladies out there I’d definitely recommend this and at £6.49 I think it’s a bargain as it holds it’s own far better than products I’ve used that have cost twice the price. The cover up spray* came with me to the beach and seemed to make my hair feel less straw like than usual on the one really hot day we had, again I think this is another product best tested in sunnier climes but I have high hopes for this one too.
There are still some products in the range I’m itching to try, I’ll be picking up the anti-humidity spray next time I’m in town as I think that this and the serum combined will be an un-stoppable force in the fight against frizz. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products and what you thought of them, or if you have any other advice for keeping hair sleek and smooth this summer.