Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Brassy Tones Say No!

Maintaining ash blonde can be tricky and sometimes quite pricey. However, there are decent, cheaper products around as well as little trick that help us keep brassy tones at bay. I love me blonde highlights and I did try to go natural/grow it out but unfortunately I'm not patient enough...

In this post I'd like to share a few of my little tips of how to keep our ash, blonde as cool as possible and for as long as possible.

Firstly, we need to remember that any blonde coloured hair requires special shampoo and care. I wash my hair twice, first using a regular shampoo ( right for my hair type), second with violet/purple/silver shampoo. Some people prefer to use a toner after shampooing and conditioning but in my case I'm not sure if the colour after wouldn't be too purple as the toners are usually stronger than shampoo and you use them last which means no further rinsing needed. My favorite shampoo is from a Polish company Joanna and their products are cheap but still good quality. After the use my hair feels nice and soft.

                                       

Secondly, the right care in between using purple shampoo and the next treatment. It's very important to use products designed for coloured/highlighted hair. While styling remember to use heat protection mists/sprays otherwise your hair will loose its colour quicker and what's even worse you can damage your fragile strands. After the styling I also put a tiny bit of Goldwell Elixir which contains Argan Oil to help regenerate our hair and Tamanu Oil which protects hair from damage caused not only by styling/colouring but also weather ( ie wind, cold, sun).

                                                   

Lastly, don't over do with purple/blue shampoo as it can turn your hair into grey/khaki matte colour. Everything but in moderation and I'm sure lovely, blonde tones will last till the next visit at your hairdressers.

                                                   XOXO

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Michael Kors Brooklyn Collection

Michael Kors is one of my favourite NY designers and his new Fall 16 Collections is just stunning. I was lucky enough to get the must-have Brooklyn Saddlebag for my birthday and I must say the quality of leather and design is absolutely perfect.

My little beauty here :) 

And some more pictures of the bag from Michael's website 



What are your thoughts? Do you invest in any top end designer stuff or prefer the high street little gems?
                                                                 XOXO

Friday, 9 September 2016

Hair Conditioning Treatments

In the last couple of months I had a few hair-conditioning treatments which really improved the look of my hair. I've started noticing that every strand feels and looks stronger and is more shinier. I know it's not all because of the mentioned treatments but I'm sure they have helped.

                                             

The first treatment was ordinary Olaplex which I had done couple of times. The Olaplex always leaves my hair soft and manageable. Even after first use when it was added to the colour & bleach it did the trick by protecting my vulnerable at the time strands. This treatment can be used not only while colouring/bleaching but also as a sole conditioning procedure. Olaplex is free of silicone, sulfates, etc. which means it does not weigh the hair. The idea is to reconnect broken disulfide bonds in the hair which can be caused not only by colouring but also hot air from the hairdryers, tongs, straighteners and wrong daily care. The great benefit is that it doesn't wash away, once the disulfide bonds are treated by Olaplex they're permanent.


                                       
The second treatment was Sauna that has been done at the Polish hairdressers as so far I haven't seen it anywhere in the English ones locally. The whole idea is to put the mask/serum suitable to your hair. Mine was designed to restore/put back the moisture into my dry strands. The hot moist air helps penetrate the serum deeper and quicker. After about half an hour to 45 minutes hairdresser rinses the mask and it's done. Hair feels so soft and full of life and what's more after regular sauna treatments hair will stay well hydrated and bouncy. 

My hair as of yesterday. I caught the good light that's why is so ashy/silver, normally it's a bit warmer but that's when violet shampoo comes handy ;) I'm not so sure about the length but I think it's grown at least 2cm per month.




Tuesday, 2 August 2016

July Hair Update

After over 7 months without highlighting  I decided it time time to get rid off the brassy tones that developed over those months.  I've tried to avoid colouring and was taking good care of my hair, together with some supplements which helped bring it back to life a little bit. Don't get me wrong I still do look after it and make conscious decision to what shampoo, mask, etc. I use. However, I was a bit fed up with the brassy/yellow colour that my hair turn into over those few months and found a good Polish hairstylist who listened and understood my needs. I am very pleased with what she's created as it is as ash as it could be without looking too grey. I have decided for a few babylights weaved into my ash tone as it might have been too dark too start with. Of course Olaplex has been used in the whole process to protect my hair. I had it done a few weeks ago as a sole treatment and on Sunday I had it added to the colour. I've also had a nice trim, straight cut which is what I wanted.

                                     Here you can see my hair straight after the visit


                                                               XOXO

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Wedding Dresses

For many of us wedding is a big thing and we want to make sure everything is perfect, especially the wedding dress which in my opinion has to be right and make you feel special and like a real woman. There is as many styles of wedding dresses as personal choices but I've noticed that nowadays fitted dresses are very popular. With only few of us going for a full, ball gown. 

There are a few, little beauties that I would like to share with you and so far my favourite designer is Soterro & Midgley who creates outstanding, breathtaking gowns. 




And something totally different but stunning at the same time



I'm aware that everyone's choice is different but I thought sharing my inspirations from Soterro & Midgley some of you find helpful.
                                                                         XOXO

Friday, 24 June 2016

Office Wear

Summer can be tricky if you're working in an office and have to dress up a little bit. However, nowadays many employers are more flexible and open to new, up-to-date attire. I like my office clothes but sometimes struggle with the ideas, especially if it's nice and warm. Trousers are always an easy combination, especially with a blazer but how about skirts or dresses, suitable for an office environment...

Let me show you a couple of really nice ideas for office wear.






What are you favourites? What do you like to wear to work or do you have to have a uniform?

                                                            XOXO

Monday, 6 June 2016

Hair Challenge May Review Final Month

Last month of my challenge has come to an end. Six months has passed very quickly and what I can say that my hair transformed hugely which I'm very pleased with, especially with not bleaching it. 

So what happened in May... another great achievement which was 2cm more in just a month! Woop Woop :) The only downside of not having highlighted hair is that it gets greasy very quickly, especially the scalp. So to fight it I started to do sugar scrub for my scalp and saw a bit of a difference. My hair care routine is the same, i.e. I always put a bit of conditioner on wet hair before shampooing it, just to protect dry ends. Then comes the shampoo and of course yeast hair mask which my hair love. However, I don't put it on my scalp anymore as I think that might be one of the reasons why my scalp gets greasy quicker. I still use serum Babushka Agafii but only every other day or 2-3 times a week. I think that's enough as I can see that my hair growth has improved. Let's see how the summary looks:



Hair length: 48cm

Treatments: Babushka Agafia Yeast Mask after every wash, serum Babushka Agafia on the scalp and brushing my hair almost every night for a few minutes with my favorite paddle brush, started sealing my ends with argan oil.

Supplements: Biotin ( one tablet a day), Inner Me Pro Beauty Complex (a few times a week), herbal teas: nettle, green, fennel. 

No trim last month.

Hair grow: 2cm

That's how my hair looks like after drying it on a low heat and using some protection serum after. The ends are still a bit brittle but overall hair feels much healthier, softer and fuller.



Overall hair growth during the whole challenge is 7.5cm which is a great results as at the beginning my hair would not grow at all or very little due to to many bleach sessions I had :( Nowadays I'm avoiding colouring the hair and definitely not going back to bleaching it as it just kills it.

                                                                                XOXO

Monday, 16 May 2016

Medium Length Hair

Everyone is talking about long hair, there's so many style ideas for long hair but what about the medium length, the in between length... since chopping quite a bit off I'm struggling a little bit to find new, fresh ideas for medium hair and how to style it in various ways. After a bit of digging I found a few ideas that in my opinion are great and don't involve too much work or time that we usually are short of, especially in the morning.

As always my number one colour is ash/platinum blonde, I know how damaging it is for our hair but still, if properly done it looks stunning. For example like these mid length hairstyles below:




Some wavy ones, that looks cool and are easy to create, all we need is medium size tongs or straighteners and curl our sectioned hair in different direction. I haven't mastered straighteners as yet but tongs do the same job, even better ;)




What are your favorite styles? xoxo

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Hair Challenge April Review

April has been a month of tidying up and not only my split ends but bathroom shelves from unnecessary, products that I won't ever use as they can make more damage than good. These are the products that I bought a while ago, before I knew a little bit about the ingredients that are being out into hair products. One of the items that landed in the bin was biosilk serum which consists of alcohol 40B that plays havoc with split ends and hair in general as it dries it out terribly.

After the trim ( quite a lot has been chopped off, 3cm) my hair does feel and look so much healthier and fuller. It nearly is the same length which I'm aiming to achieve in a few months as it started to grow a little bit faster too. So what has changes?
                                                         
Hair length: 46cm.

Condition: hair is less brittle and so much easier to manage/style, feels fuller and doesn't get greasy as quickly.

Treatments: I used Kerastase Resistance shampoo & mask and on alternate days Babushka Agafia Yeast Mask and Biotin Shampoo. A few times I also done sugar scrub for the scalp and from early mid month I've been putting Agafia Serum on the scalp followed by 'upside down brushing'.

Supplements: Silica complex one tablet per day and every other day ( or maybe even less) Inner Me Pro Beauty Complex with marine collagen. Herbal teas, like nettle, horsetail, fennel and green are a norm.

Trim: -3cm :O

Hair Grow: 2.5cm !!!

 


 Last month has been the best month so far when it comes to the growth of my strands. I'm so happy cos I've never thought it can grow that much in a month. Patience, patience and more patience with right care and everything can happen.
                                                                    XOXO                                  


Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Russian Cosmetics- New Revolution

As I've mentioned in my previous post about a little gem that I've recently found. I've thought you might like to know a bit more about the products that I've purchased not so long ago and what impact (if any)they had on my hair.

Here in the UK it's very difficult to get on the high street any other cosmetics than from the West. That's why for my little Polish/Russian gems I had to trawled trough a few different websites. Eventually I found triny.pl ( it's a Polish website where you can find all sorts of natural products, not only for your hair). After intense search and reading many reviews I decided to get two products.

First is Grandmother Agafii Brewer's Yeast Hair Mask, that is paraben free and promises to stimulate hair grow. What's more, it strengthens and regenerates hair from within, preventing future damage and excessive hair loss.

                                             

The active ingredients contained in the mask:
• brewer's yeast - improves the hair structure, strengthen them, accelerate growth
• birch sap strenghten hair roots,prevents excessive hair loss
• Elecampane (Inula Helenium Extract)  great antiseptic and antibacterial
• bearberry - natural antiseptic
• milk thistle - reduces inflammation and inhibits the formation of skin lesions
• wheat germ oil - restores the structure of hair, smooths the surface and protects against excessive loss of water and UV radiation 
• Oil from the seeds of white currants - anti-inflammatory, intensely nourishing
• cedar nut oil - reduces sebum, fights dandruff, stimulates the subcutaneous circulation and prevents excessive hair loss
• Oil rosehip - nourishes, moisturizes and tones the hair.
The mask doesn't need to be held for too long, it only needs couple of minutes on wet hair. 
Second product is Grandmother Agafii Serum Spray that you supposed to use 2-3 times w week, on the clean scalp. Another paraben free product, which promises quicker hair growth owing it to 7 carefully chosen herbs.
                                                 
Active ingredients:
Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis Extract) - soothes irritations, regenerates hair follicles, moisturizing the scalp.
Schisandra Chinese (Shizandra chinesis Oil officinalis) - a rich source of vitamin C, strengthens hair follicles and tones the scalp, prevents brittleness and excessive hair loss.
The extract from the root of ginseng (Panax Ginseng Root Extract) - improves blood circulation in the scalp stimulates hair follicles to grow new hair.
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis Leaf Oil) - regulates sebaceous glands, prevents dandruff.
Burdock root extract (Arctium Lappa Root Extract) - irreplaceable agent in hair care, having a strong regenerative properties, strengthens the hair structure, prevents brittleness and drying.
Stinging nettle (Urtica Dioica Extract) - heals the scalp, removes and prevents dandruff. Especially recommended for dry hair.
The juice of birch (Betula Alba Extract) - against  hair loss,  

I've got great hopes for this spray. I heard a lot of positive reviews, with girls confirming the hair growth so much quicker than usual. 

As I've mentioned before my hair is still very brittle so regular and often trims are crucial to get rid off dry, hay-looking like strands. That's why I've popped in to a local hairdresser and have a lot chopped off. At least 2-3cm has been taken off but my hair needed it and now it's so much easier to style and I've even started air drying it. My new, updated hairstyle... I love the fresh, bouncy hair straight after leaving the salon's chair ;) What do you think?

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Hair Challenge March review/ Zapuscmy sie na wiosne

Hi guys,

March is behind us which means another month of growing out my hair has passed. What I've noticed during those last few months that my hair's condition is improving, slowly but something good is happening. I would say mid lengths and ends need cutting, that's why regular trims are a must at the moment. All in all future looks bright for my strands as long as I keep away from bleach I 'll be fine ;)

                                                  

Hair length: 48.5-49cm ( I would say first measurement is more likely to be closest)

Hair Condition: mid lengths and ends still brittle and visible signs of damage done by constant bleaching. However, overall condition not bad, as after washing and drying my hair is easier to manage and doesn't need much of styling to look good. 

Hair treatments: Kerastase Resistance shampoo and mask twice a week, warm oil treatment every other week, sometimes even less often ( I find that oil used too often is simply too heavy for my hair and makes it limp and with no volume). Used the rest of ampoules Joanna Turnip and for the first time used Yeast Hair Mask ( which left my hair incredibly soft with no sign of frizz,even after using hairdryer- more about this new revolution soon).

Supplements: Silica Complex ( one tablet a day)

Hair Growth: 1.5cm

                                            
My hair before the wash, apologies for greasy weave xoxo 

Monday, 21 March 2016

SS16

Yesterday it was first day of Spring so it's about time to update our wardrobe and get rid off thick coats, warm, knee high boots and what's more important those woolly hats, scarfs and gloves. It's time to put a little bit of colour into our outfits.

Still favourite is denim and here, not only jeans and jackets but we're talking about dresses, skirts, shirts and culottes. Pastel shades are in too which I'm glad as they give ordinary clothes a bit of a lift.

What do you think about those beauties?






 The stuff from the pictures can be found here , here and here . 

One of the other positive thing about Spring and Summer is that we can show off new footwear and SS16 brings a lot of vibrant colour as well as nude shades into our wardrobe.As I'm only a small size myself, could probably get away with kids shoes ( oh yes small size UK3 (EUR35.6) So far I have my eyes one these few:

You can find these little beauties here .

What are your favourites for Spring/Summer, or don't you follow fashion at all?
                                                  xoxo