A Shorter 'Do

So I posted not too long ago that I cut my hair, but since then I've had it cut shorter. It grew about an inch and a half since I got it cut last and I've been itching to get it cut. If you follow me on twitter, you will have seen that I've tweeted about it at least once a day for the past few weeks.

I have been scrolling Instagram and Pinterest to find hair inspiration and I've been looking at Felicity Jones, Elizabeth Oslen and Lily Collins. I found that I had too many layers cut in last time, so I got it cut into quite a blunt cut to the length of my shorter layers. I still have had a few layers kept in so that it is thinned out a little. It feels a lot healthier and I am loving it short. I've been keeping a little wave in it to add some texture to the look. In the next few weeks, I'm going to go back to the same girl and have my dip dye re-touched up as it needs fixing.

I've been reaching for the texture products a lot more. Oribe Texturising Spray and Bumble & Bumble Creme Contour are my best friends right now. Do suggest me some more products to try out for texture!

Luce x

Best of 2013: Skincare & Haircare


2013 is coming to the end and I thought I would finish the year with all of my favourite products from throughout the year. I don't tend to do favourites every month as I forget about what I use, so this is a good way to show you exactly what I love.

Starting off with the category with the least products - haircare. A brand which stands out the most for me this year is Bumble & Bumble as I finally got to grips with some of their products. Three favourites from their range are Dryspun Spray*, Semisumo* & Quenching Complex*. A texturising spray, a texturising wax and a leave in conditioner for the ends of my hair which all help my dry limp have some life. Another product which I have mentioned over and over, It's A 10 Leave In Product, is a staple of mine as I use it every time I wash my hair without fail. I've used it for so long now, I don't know what my hair feels like without it in. Aveda Smooth Infusion Style Prep Smoother* was a product which came into my routine later in the year. A smoothing serum which I apply to my hair after blow drying and straightening, as it soothes any frizz which may be on the ends or around the scalp.

Now you all know I love my skincare so it took me approx 30mins to really pin point this list of favours for you all. I may have left a few bits out but I have tried my hardest to include everything I love. To remove my make up, I stick with L'Oreal Micellar Water. It's cheap and good to my skin, exactly what I need to remove my eye make up. It may be cheating by putting this in but I've loved it so much this past month, Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Oil has been amazing to remove my face make up. Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm* has been a firm favourite since the summer, it removes everything from grime to make up so it's a good all-rounder. As always, Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish* is a favourite. It's the cleanser which I use in the shower to cleanse my skin.
Ever since using both Pixi Glow Tonic and Origins Make A Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating Treatment Lotion*, I have seen a big difference in my skin. Glow Tonic helps remove all the dead skin cells and the Treatment Lotion helps with my dehydrated skin. Liz Earle Exfoliator* is a gentle exfoliator which doesn't irritate my skin, it's very kind to sensitive skin. For a deep cleansing mask, I have been reaching for Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask* as it's a deep cleansing mask which doesn't contain clay, so it won't dry my skin out even further. For a hydrating mask, Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask* has been another favourite. I found that with the Origins masks, they can be quite tacky on the skin and this is the complete opposite.
Most days I suffer from quite dry skin around the eyes, so I use Origins Eye Doctor* every night and most mornings if the bags are little puffy. For the extra hydration I always ned, Origins Make A Difference Plus+ Serum* is something I reach for pretty much every day. I'm coming to the end of this bottle so next payday, it will definitely be repurchased. Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment* is a face oil I have spoke about a few times now and I still really do love it. My skin practically drinks it up and leaves it feeling amazing in the morning. Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser for Dry Skin* has been my everyday day moisturiser for a few months now and I really do love it. It's one of those products which does as it says on the bottle. Origins Night A Mins is my go to night moisturiser, it's super hydrating and helps rejuvenate the skin throughout the night. For even more hydration, I have been adding a few drops of Dermalogica Hydrating Skin Booster*.

What has been your favourite skincare & haircare product of the year?

Luce x

New Year, New Hair

So I went for a hair cut and I decided to go a lot shorter than expected. I have been growing my hair out ever since I got my hair cut off very short, which happened to me a very bad mistake, and it was only a few inches away from my ideal length. But then I brought back my dip dye and the bleach ruined my hair. 

It all started last Friday when I brushed my hair and a clump of hair fell out, so instead of crying (like usual) I just decided to get it cut off. I went looking for inspiration and looked to Elizabeth Oslen, Freja Beha Erichsen and Lily Collins. Come Saturday afternoon I was sat in the hairdressers and she told me a lot needs to come off for all the dead hair to go. I went with it and I'm very happy with the finish. I wanted a blunt-ish finish but with lots of layers to give it a little bit more body when it's straight. Heck, I haven't seen so much hair on the floor before. It feels healthy and just so good to have a hair style I'm happy with for once. 

So I'm starting the new year with a new hair style and it seems as though a lot of bloggers are thinking the same. I'm actually tempted to go a tiny little bit shorter next time I'm at the hairdressers…

Luce x

Volume With Bumble & Bumble

You may or not know that I am a big fan of Bumble & Bumble. They're a go to brand for me as they always deliver the best products for all hair styles. I use quite a few of their products in my 'haircare routine' - which doesn't really exist.

When Bumble & Bumble first brought out the Thickening Dry Spun Finish Spray*, I posted a review where I raved about it and I still stand by my words. I use this product nearly every day and I cannot fault it. But there is a new voluminising product on the market, coming out soon, Bb Pret-a-Powder*. Dry Spun Finish is a dry spray which creates volume and fullness to the hair, without feeling sticky at all. Pret-a-Powder is slightly in a way as it is a loose powder. It can be used as a dry shampoo, to create volume or a style extender. I found that rather than applying it through to the roots, pop a little on the ends of your fingers and work it in. That way you don't apply too much and don't end up with it all over your face, which can happen! I found that using it through my hair to the ends, it creates a massive amount of volume, which was good as I put it all up in a messy bun. If you don't like the freshly washed hair feel, you could use either of these products to add a little texture to your hair, so that it's not silky smooth. I know some people think that they're just a fancy dry shampoo, but if you like a little texture in your hair, you will know the difference. Neither products leave a white residue behind, as both of them become invisible. I'm a little biased as I haven't tried the much loved Oribe Dry Texturising Spray (yet), but as far as I can tell, all products are very similar.