Everyday Makeup Tutorial.

Everyday Makeup Tutorial.

Hello my lovelies! The end of this week is the beginning of a week off work for me, and I can’t wait for a little down time and some time with Matt. Because I’ve got time off work next week, it means I’ll probably be wearing makeup a lot more because I find it really relaxing and a great way to fit in some me-time in my busy days.

Selfie With Makeup

Which leads me on to today’s post! My first ever makeup tutorial! I won’t lie, I was nervous to film my makeup routine but it’s good to push yourself out of your comfort zone. Plus, I’ve had a few requests for one, so there was no way I was going to let you down!

To start, I’ll give you my list of products I use, in the order I use them:

Now that you know what I like to use/wear, here’s my tutorial!

And that’s my everyday makeup tutorial! I say everyday, but I only wear makeup when I feel like it, which is usually at the weekend or when I’m off work.

I like wearing this kind of makeup for everyday wear and for going out, partly because I just love that glam natural look. You get what I mean by that? Basically as if I’ve got skin that’s clear, long lashes and have some form of cheek bones rather than my chipmunk cheeks – thanks contouring!

I’ve always struggled with smudging lipsticks and sticky lip glosses so I never used to wear them, but over the last year I’ve been wearing lipstick more and more and I’ve fallen in love with that rose tinted lip gloss. It’s not too sticky and looks great over a completely bare lip!

So, here’s what I looked like before I did my makeup, and after!

I have always believed that you should only wear makeup if you want to, and that it should be something you feel like you have to do in order to be liked or accepted.

Even though before I put my makeup on I could see my acne, bags under my eyes, rosacea and patchy eyebrows; I still went out like that with my hair up, barefaced and I felt pretty good and didn’t think about needing makeup for a second. What I will say is yes I did feel love how I looked after I put my makeup on, and that’s because makeup is an incredible art-form and method of expression.

Basically, do what makes you happy and feel good!

And on that note, what makeup product could you not live without? I think mine’s got to be mascara! It just makes me feel that extra bit put together! What did you think to my tutorial? Let me know in the comments, and if you try out my makeup routine be sure to tag me in your photos on instagram @theweightofmyworlds!

Have a great weekend everyone, and remember, you’re amazing!

Love,

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I Tried Lush’s Henna Hair Dye.

I Tried Lush’s Henna Hair Dye.

It’s Saturday! And you know what that means.. new post alert! This week I came across something called Henna Hair Dye – found at Lush, and after doing a bit of research, I decided to get some and give it a go.

The reason why I decided to give henna hair dye a go is because henna hair dye is more of a deep conditioning treatment, and the Lush website states it is made up of:

Persian henna, cocoa butter, and essential oils in a conditioning, natural hair dye for silky, conditioned locks and long-lasting colour.

And after reading that, I figured what have I got to lose! Worse comes to it my hair will be a funny colour but it’ll be super soft and healthier than before I dyed it! I chose the Caca Rouge henna for my hair as I’ve always loves deep rich auburn hair, and whenever I tried box dyes in the past to get that colour it never looked natural or remotely like the colour I wanted! Plus my hair would get so damaged from the chemicals too.

Plus, for one block of Lush hair colour, it’s only £11 ish pounds?! The block itself is made up of 6 chunks, and out of them I only needed about 2-3 chunks but did it all at the time to make sure I had enough.

One thing if you’re thinking about dyeing your hair using henna, I’d recommend watching lots of YouTube tutorials and reviews in advance! The video below is one from Lush about the different colours and how best to apply it!

If you are going to have a go at henna hair dye, I’d highly recommend getting yourself the following in advance:

  • Gloves (Lush henna hair dye comes with them but it’s always good to have more!)
  • A glass mixing bowl
  • Knife
  • Chopping board
  • Pot (to melt the henna over)
  • Wooden spoon
  • Cling film or shower cap
  • Towel
  • Newspaper (COVER EVERYTHING.. It gets messy!)
  • Vaseline or Lush’s Ultrabalm
  • Hair dyeing brush
  • A friend to help!

So, before I get into how to dye your hair, here’s my before photos!

 

It’s important to note that before your put the henna on your hair, it’s a good idea to have clean hair without any products in it, as you never know how it’ll react to certain things.

Here’s what the henna looks like:

Lush Henna Hair Dye Block

Step 1: Unwrap the henna from it’s card and chop it up into small chunks. The smaller the chunks, the quicker it melts.

Lush Henna Hair Dye chopped up

Step 2: Put the henna into the glass bowl and put it over a pot on the hob to heat it up and melt it. Add some boiling water to the henna to help it along and continue adding the water until the henna is a smooth brownie batter/cake mix consistency.

Pre-warning, this stuff does smell pretty bad in my opinion so get some candles going in advance! Also, it does look like mud, so don’t worry, it hasn’t gone wrong if it looks like that.

Step 3: Application time! Make sure you put Vaseline or something similar to protect your skin, because it will stain your skin if you’re not careful! Put Vaseline all over your neck too, because your hair will most likely touch it at some point.

Carefully take the hot bowl of henna with you to wherever you’re planning on applying it, and make sure you’ve got ever surface covered, because this stuff is messy and stains! Grab a friend to help you out with the application. Take small sections of hair and paint on the henna with a brush or use your hands. To make the application easier, use the henna whilst it’s still warm because when it cools it becomes less spreadable. But make sure it won’t burn your head!

I forgot to take photos of this part but I did remember my after photos! (you’ll see them at the end.)

Step 4: After applying it to you entire head, plop your hair on top of your head and wrap it with clingfilm or a shower cap to keep the heat in (if you want brighter tones, wrap your head with clingfilm and keep it warm, but if you don’t want that, don’t wrap it up). I put my hair in a shower cap and then wrapped my hair in a t-shirt over the top for extra warmth.Hair Wrapped Up

Then it’s chill out time! Leave the henna on for anywhere between 1-6 hours to develop. The longer you let it develop, the brighter the colour. I left mine on for about 3 1/2 hours. I would’ve left mine on for longer, but I was heading out for dinner, and I wasn’t about to go out with my hair still in a shower cap! (Having your hair wrapped up in a t-shirt is a super sexy look.. haha)

Step 5: Rinsing it out. The temperature of the water you rinse it out with doesn’t really matter with this, so use whatever temperature you’re comfortable with. Start off by rinsing as much of the henna out as possible with just water, and then use some conditioner to help de-tangle your hair as you’re rinsing it out. Then when the water is clear or as close to clear as you can get, shampoo your hair to get any left over residue from the henna out. Then do what your usual routine is!

Important note: Your hair colour will develop over the next 24/48 hours after application and washing the henna out. It tends to go a deeper richer colour over this time.

It was too dark outside by the time I finished my hair on the day of dyeing it; and I wanted to show you the results in the same natural light as before, so here’s what my hair looked like the next morning!

 

So, what are my final thoughts?

Well, I absolutely love the colour my hair turned out! It looks a lot more natural than the colours I’ve tried with box dyes in the past, plus my hair feels super soft, healthy and nourished.

Since putting henna on my hair I’ve washed it twice (I only wash my hair twice per week because I’m doing the curly girl method – you can see my post on it here) and the water has a tiny reddish orange tint when it’s being washed, but I haven’t noticed the colour fade and it’s nothing like the box dye washing out.

Lush Henna Hair Dye Results

Would I recommend Lush’s Henna hair dye?

Yes. And I’ll probably do it again in the future. The only downside to using henna hair dye is the mess, but I personally think it’s worth it for getting a pretty new hair colour and using natural ingredients and packaging that isn’t damaging to the environment.

So, that’s all for today’s post and how to dye your hair with henna and how it turned out for me! Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever used henna to dye your hair and what your thoughts were! Also, if you try this for yourself, tag me in your before and afters on Instagram @theweightofmyworlds! I’d love to see how it turned out for you.

Have a great weekend lovelies!

Love,

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Henna hair dye

 

Trying Out Bootea For 14 Days

Trying Out Bootea For 14 Days

Since I tried BoomBod for a week about 2 months ago, I’ve been getting lots of requests for more posts like that! So over the past 2 weeks I’ve been trying the oh so famous Bootea! I wanted to see if all of the claims it makes are true or if it’s going to be a similar story to my experience with BoomBod.

I will state now though, that these posts aren’t sponsored and that these are just my personal experiences and reviews with these products and how I found them to work! So even if something doesn’t work for me, it doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t work for other people.

Now that that’s out of the way, here’s what I ordered:

Bootea Box

(You can buy the two week teatox here!)

So, it is claimed that this teatox “will leave you feeling energized and motivated to reach all of your fitness goals. Beat the bloat and feel better than ever with our two-week programme, complete with Daytime and Bedtime tea bags to keep you on track” – Bootea 14 Day teatox description.

Well, I’m here to put this to the test.. and see if it would do anything for me without changing my lifestyle. Just for the record, I currently work out regularly between 4-6 times a week and have a healthy diet, so whatever happens should be from the teatox.

With the teatox you’re supposed to drink the day tea first thing in the morning and then the night tea every other evening before you go to bed. So if you order it and are wondering why there’s half the night teabags, that’s why.

Right, on with the review! I’ll give you a rundown of how my two weeks went and then show you my photos from throughout the week! First off, here’s what the tea looks like, yes it looks like pee when made, so don’t be alarmed when I goes a yellowy colour!

Day 1 – 3

Thoughts: If this does anything I’ll be impressed, especially because it’s just a cup of tea in the morning and every other night. Taste wise these are okay, the morning tea tastes like a variation of green tea to me; which I personally don’t mind. The night tea however tastes like peppermint tea, which I haven’t ever had before so we’ll see if I end up liking it by the end of this.

Thoughts at the end of day 3: This seems very easy compared to Boombod, and since I love a good cup of tea, this is pretty good if it does anything!

Day 4 – 7

Thoughts: So far I’m not seeing any results, but I am finding that the peppermint night tea helps me fall asleep a bit better than without it. I think I’m starting to get used to the taste of it too which is good. I have found that the morning tea keeps me fuller for longer and I’m finding that I don’t need anything after breakfast to tide me over until lunchtime.

End of day 7 thoughts: I quite like this teatox, but there doesn’t really appear to be any visible results as of yet.

Day 8 – 11

Thoughts: Today I feel like I’m starting to see a little more definition in my stomach, but my stomach still looks bloated in my opinion. At least this is a simple teatox rather than something that’s a hassle to make up every time. One thing I have noticed is that I’ve started looking forward to the teas in the morning and especially in the evenings. I’ve been trying to be mindful as I’m having my tea first thing, which has been quite a good de-stressor for me, so that’s good.

End of day 11 thoughts: I wonder if this would make a difference if I started exercising even more and eating healthier? But then the results could just be from upping my exercise routine and changing my lifestyle further.

Day 12 – 14

Thoughts: I think I might actually re-buy this teatox, purely because I like the taste of it, not because it’s done anything physically. I’m pretty sure the only reason I’ve actually enjoyed this teatox is because I’m a bit of a tea addict, and love a good cuppa to wake up with first thing in the morning, and throughout the day t be honest..haha. These two weeks have gone fast, and I think the only difference physically is very minimal between the start and now, so I do wonder what this tea is actually supposed to do.

End of the 2 weeks thoughts: When I started this I thought that the only thing these teas could possibly do was make you need the loo more, which I doesn’t anymore than normal green tea. And I didn’t expect the tea to do much else, which I have to admit I was right in my opinion.

Here’s my before, during and afters! And as you know by now, I like being real with you on here, so here you’ll get to witness me in my very unsexy pants and pyjamas because I’m not going to dress up and be fake to you guys, this is me (I took these first thing in the morning half asleep!) and what the teatox actually did..haha!

Bootea progress photos
On the left is day 1 of my Bootea journey and the right is after 4 days of the teas.

Bootea progress photos
Here’s what was going on after an entire week of Bootea and then here I am after 11 days of the Teatox.

Bootea Before and After
On the left is before Bootea and the right is after the 2 week Teatox.

What I would take away from this is that if you’re looking for a quick fix to lose weight, this isn’t the answer; sorry, I know for a lot of us we wish it is, but the sad reality is that working hard and eating right is the healthy way to do that.

What I will say is that I have decided to order another batch of Bootea, purely because I like how it tastes and I’m curious to see if doing it for another 2 weeks will make any difference. But don’t worry, I’ll do a follow up in another 2 weeks time if anything has changed after doing this for longer!(nothing changed! Surprise..surprise..)

My final thoughts on the Bootea 14 Day Teatox are that for me it didn’t really change anything physically. However, I have noticed that I feel more confident in my appearance due to drinking the teas and feeling like they could be helping me feel a tiny bit less bloated; but I think the reality is that it’s the placebo affect.

Nevertheless I would suggest giving this a go if you’re generally curious or wanting to try out some new teas. The only reason for saying give this a go if you’re curious is due to the fact that It’s surprisingly cheap considering the reputation they have with celebrities promoting it and stuff. I bought my pack whilst it was on offer for £12.45, so it didn’t feel like a waste of money giving this a go and not seeing results.

At the end of the day though, this experience has been a reminder of how we should all learn to love ourselves as we are, with no ideal body types, shapes, sizes or colours in mind; because we’re all beautiful no matter what. One thing I did notice was how Bootea did say on their website that they do not promote a certain body ideal, which I do appreciate. But I think that celebrities and influencers should take care in what they promote, because you never know how their messages can effect someone.

I hope this helps out any of you looking to try out Bootea! And remember, you’re perfect as you are and the only thing you need to do is realise that! Have a great weekend lovelies! Love,

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