Sunday, 22 May 2016

Travel: Jetting off to Jersey

With a travel wishlist, and a budget, Tom and I have realised if we want to visit different countries we need to be a little clever in our approach. We had already had a lovely mini break over in Copenhagen, and decided the next would be a trip over to Jersey to see Tom's sister and her boyfriend. I'd never visited Jersey before, but was blown away by the beauty of the island, and we had such a great weekend.
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We booked some cheap flights with Easyjet (who have recently started flying to Jersey) and the flight from Luton took around the same time it takes me to commute...making me thing I could easily run away to Jersey and just get a flight rather than a train to work! Booking in advance we paid around £70 for both of us (return flights)
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As Jersey is a small island (9 x 5 miles) it's easy to see so much whilst you are there. We stayed in Trinity and managed to squeeze in *deep breath* a trip to La Hogue Bie, Durrell Wildlife Park, Smugglers Inn pub, Devils Hole, sunset at Plemont, lunch at the Hungry Man at Rozel Bay and lots of wandering around the beautiful coastline. Ooh, not forgetting an underground bunker (which was quite scary!) All in two days! The weather was amazing, and we returned home feeling relaxed, and rested.
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Jersey is a great place to visit, and I would highly recommend a trip. It helps we had some fantastic tour guides in Stephi and Josh, but I think just driving around you could easily explore the island.
Definitely worth a visit - thanks for the memories Jersey!

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Inspired by: Rita Ora, Met Gala

When I saw Rita Ora at this years Met Gala ball I had a little swoon. She looked gorgeous, from head to toe. Make up was perfect, and the gown was futuristic Swan Lake perfection. Know what else caught my eye...you guessed it the hair.
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Such a great way to add some interest to shorter hair, and particularly slicked back styles. Whilst looking quite at home on the Met red carpet, it would also look fantastic for festivals. I didn't have any mirrored pieces to hand, but I did have some hair tattoos from Maddyloo. So easy to apply, and you can create so many different looks with the designs.
They work the same way as temporary tattoos (skin transfers) you used to get when you were younger, I remember them in bubblegum sweets, anyone else? You cut the design you want out of the sheet and remove clear film, then place on hair where you fancy. Use a wet flannel or some kitchen roll, holding over the tattoo for around 30 seconds. Gently peel away an edge to check it's ready and if so, slowly peel away the backing leaving the tattoo in place. So easy! I tried out the metallic range, but they also have a great glow in the dark range (amazing for dance festivals and nights underneath the stars) To remove I just popped some conditioner on my hair, waited a few minutes, then rinsed and shampooed as normal. Do not try and brush out of hair as you'll end up a sticky knotted mess!
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Check out the festival style posts I did last year for some more inspiration, 
glitter parts and grip patterns to try out! 
And look out for a festival inspired giveaway coming next week...

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Salon: The Chapel, Islington

You may have seen my Twitter declarations of love for the guys at The Chapel. Back in January I kindly got given a voucher for a cut and colour at the Islington salon and thought it was time for a change. So I went shorter and darker - and I LOVED it. When it was time for a trim, I knew I owed it to my hair to go back to Joel. Feeling slightly braver I knew I could trust Joel to give me a great cut, so I went a little shorter. Once again, I left the salon feeling VERY happy.
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One of the great things about The Chapel is that you have one stylist for your whole experience. From colour to cut, even your wash you are taken care of by a stylist dedicated to your salon visit, and it's amazing. I love a chat, but sometimes feel being passed from pillar to post (or stylist to stylist) can be a bit disjointed and it's difficult to relax. Because I'd had Joel looking after me from the start, I felt completely comfortable telling him exactly what I was after, and we had a good old chat about lots of stuff, making the whole experience really chilled and like I was getting my hair done by a friend. 

Which is exactly how you should feel!
Everything about the Islington salon is perfect, from the softly lit, relaxing colour developing and basin area complete with comfy chairs and a fire to the brighter salon area with huge hanging mirrors separating styling stations, not forgetting some fab refreshments The Chapel have it down.
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I cannot fault the whole experience, even the final styling was spot on. I usually find myself not really liking how the stylist finishes my hair when it's styled in the salon. Sometimes too poofy, sometimes just not how I'd ever wear my hair. I do feel that the fact Joel had been with me throughout meant he knew me a little better and could get a good idea of how I'd wear my hair. And the textured waves I left with were so good - and on my second trip, even a heavy rain shower and blustery wind didn't spoil my style. Sign of a good cut that!

The Chapel charge by the hour, which is pretty refreshing! By calling the customer services you can find out how much this will be per hour - based on your stylist, and how long your slot will be. I'm looking to get some blonde added to lighten things up and have been totally inspired by Caroline Flack latest hair do, so that's the picture I'll be showing Joel next time I visit.
Because I usually take most of pics on my phone, head over to my Instagram to see my style!

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Kelly's Heroes #3 March Favourites

Since cutting and colouring my hair, I've changed up products and the routine to look after my new style. So I thought I'd share a few hair care and styling products I've been loving this month, along with some great value hair accessories have really made my March full of hair happiness.
I've been really impressed with the L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo (£3.99) Part of the new range containing three clays which individually help hair. White clay purifies the roots, blue clay hydrates the ends and green clay revitalises the entire fibre. Impressive stuff! What I really love about this dry shampoo is that it's light, doesn't leave a chalky residue and smells fantastic. I've recently picked up the shampoo and conditioner in the range to try out so will report back on that next month. I can just about still pop my hair up, and have been using these Primark circle and diamond shaped clips. A bargain at £1 for two, they add a little interest to my half up twists and the circle shape is a pretty good dupe of the Celine hair clip.
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After washing I have been using the TIGI Catwalk Bodifying Spray* (approx £8-£12 depending on stockists) It's a spray that helps boost volume, and I've noticed a big difference - even with rough drying my hair. Smells great, and doesn't feel sticky or weigh my hair down. If I want to boost my volume, I've been blowdrying using my Arconic brush* This specially designed curved brush (from stylist and salon owner John Gillespie) allows you to lift your hair and have greater control when blow drying. I've tried this out on my hair, and have used on clients, and although it's designed with medium to long lengths in mind, I've found it great for shorter styles (particularly mine!) If you have a Capital Hair & Beauty nearby, it's definitely worth picking one up. I have been raving about the Redken Wax Blast spray since I tried it out - and you know what, it's still hands down one of my favourite products. Quick blast of this will give texture to waves, or added grit to freshly washed hair. Read the full view by clicking the link on the product title.
The KhairPep products have helped keep my hair looking shiny and feeling in good condition. The Khairpep Transforme serum* is light and works really well on finer hair, and the masque I would definitely recommend for ladies with unruly thicker hair. I've used the serum once a week (usually on a Sunday pamper) You just add a couple of drops to hair, working through from root to tip. I'm planning on taking these sample sizes away with me on our trip to Italy, as they are the perfect amount needed and fit nicely into luggage allowances.
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Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Review: Redken Wax Blast

When I chopped my hair shorter, I had an idea in my head of how I'd style it. Shaggy waves with volume and a casual I haven't bothered (but really I so have and need them to last all day please) When this little Redken Wax Blast spray was recommended to me at the House of RUSH event and I got to try it, I was instantly sold, and went straight onto the feelunique site (£12.60 for 150ml) to pick one up.
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The spray is misted onto hair for undone texture. It's so easy to use and really does give hair added oomph without feeling heavy or like there is too much product in your hair. Lookout on the Redken products for the number, the higher this is, the more hold/control it'll have on your hair. Handy eh?
I've been using it to rough up straight styles and to add a bit of grit to freshly washed hair when I've tonged it. Really impressed and definitely one of my favourite products!
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Silly posing optional of course!

Thursday, 25 February 2016

BRIT's 2016: The Hair

Adele thought we'd 'f**king forgot her', Lorde performed a beautiful tribute to David Bowie and Jess Glynne arrived with some amazingly huge hair. The BRIT's gave us some great hair from the ladies walking the red carpet and celebrating UK and International musical success.
First up, let's talk about Jess. Much mocking over social media, but I think her (and stylist Lyndell Mansfield - one of my faves) red disco frizz style looked fantastic against the emerald suit and her pale skintone. It's a dramatic look, but totally follows the Studio 54 style, hugely popular in the 70's. Using the Lee Stafford Chopstick Styler and brushing hair out to create the frizz and volume will help you achieve the look. Finish with a little serum or shine spray to avoid hair looking dry.
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The Little Mix ladies all looked fantastic, their styling is always great for events. I love the hair accessories, Perrie's headband and textured waves, and Leigh-Anne's gold ring jewels through her plaited hair are just perfect. Definitely a trend that will be seen through till festival season this year, and so easy to use.
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Noticeably, textured waves were the main styling choice for most celebs attending. Caroline Flack, Alexa Chung and Laura Whitmore all wore their hair, from bob to long in loose waves. Look out for my review of a favourite hair product I've been using to get some shaggy waves.
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Last but by no means least, Fleur East showed off her new colour. I love her vibrant red curls, they looked so full of shine and healthy. Alesha Dixon showed off a sharper and fiercer look with her blonde quiff. I'm pretty sure the longer sides of her shorter style had been slicked back to give the illusion of a cropped side and long top. Showed off her features perfectly!
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And I'm sorry, but I still don't get the whole Bieber thing...