Pastel Pink Hair

Hello Everyone!

I've got a confession to make... 

As I'm not really a Winter-gal, I spend most of January/February dreaming of spring, (aka the season of pastels, rose gold, flowers and sunshine). 

 Whenever I get like this, I like to turn to Pinterest, make a new pin board and get pinning, so that's just what I did! 

I came across several pictures of pastel-coloured hair and whilst I gazed longingly at images of delicate pastel curls, it suddenly dawned on me:

I am a hairdresser...

I have blonde hair...

I could make my hair pastel coloured if I wanted...

And quicker than you can say 'candy-floss-pink', I was purchasing the products!

For the Readers that are Hairdressers

To achieve this colour, I used Wella Koleston Perfect- 10/0 and Wella Mix Tone- 0/65
I mixed 60ml 10/0 and 5cm 0/65 with 60ml 6% peroxide.

I applied the mixture onto my hair which was a base 10 previously (lightened with bleach).
My natural hair is a base 6. 

I left the mixture on for 35 minutes (no heat) and voila! This was the result...

For the Readers who are not Hairdressers

To colour/dye hair to a pastel pink (or any colour of pastel), the hair needs to be light to begin with. This could mean naturally blonde or bleached blonde. As a rule of thumb, the lighter the blonde, the more vibrant the pastel. 

I would not recommend that you use a box dye but I understand that many people are on a budget and can't afford a trip to the salon, if this is you, I have the perfect alternative.

Bleach London Rose Shampoo

This shampoo is great for maintaining pastel pink hair. It's also fab for gradually building up pink hair. If your hair is already light blonde, I'd highly recommend it. In my experience, the colour lasts for around 4-6 washes before fading but of course, this can vary from person to person. 

Question: If you could do ANYTHING with your hair, what would it be?

PS. I'd love for you to follow me, it makes me do this- :D


Nail Polish Collection!

Hello Everybody!

Today, I thought it might be nice to share my nail polish collection with you.

I sorted out my beauty drawers earlier this month and since things are neat and tidy (for now), I figured it would be fun to photograph and rate each nail polish.

As you've probably noticed, the vast majority of them are by the brand Barry M and this is because I find Barry M nail polish's so affordable and the highest quality for the price. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of Essie, O.P.I and other high-end polishes but since I'm always changing the colour on my nails, and I'm on a pretty low budget, I tend to spend less so that I've got more choice.

To keep things short but sweet, I will name the brand and colour of each polish and I will also describe and rate each polish out of 10 (with '10/10' being the highest rating).
So, here we go...

Pinks and Reds

♥ Ciate Strawberry Milkshake- 5/10- Lovely opaque ballet pink but peeled away from the nails quite quickly.

♥ Essie Lovie Dovie- 8/10- Pretty bubbegum pink which is perfect for spring-time.

♥ Barry M nail paint in Dragon Fruit- 7/10- Very wearable blossom pink which has a subtle shimmer giving the nails a high-shine finish.

♥ China Glaze nail lacquer in Don't desert me- 9/10- Pearly magenta pink which has good staying power and is highly pigmented.

♥ Barry M nail paint in Grapefruit- 7/10- Summery brink pink that looks very pretty with a tan.

♥ Barry M nail paint in Passion fruit- 7/10- Bright scarlet pink, it's the perfect colour for toes in summer.

♥ Barry M nail paint in Raspberry- 8/10- Very sophisticated chestnut red, quite long lasting and lovely at Christmas.

♥ Nails Inc Tate- 9/10- Deep Burgundy which is easy to apply and has brilliant staying power.

♥ O.P.I In a Holidaze- 10/10- Warm rosewood colour, applies to the nail like a dream, dries quickly and remains chip-free for ages.

Purples and Blues

✿ Nails Inc Wigmore Street- 7/10- Deep eggplant purple which is lovely in autumn. Looks a little darker on the nail than it does in the bottle.

✿ Barry M high shine nail paint in plum- 8/10- High pigmented royal purple colour which looks super shiny on the nails.

✿ Essie Full steam ahead- 9/10- Shimmery lavender colour which has a gel-finish on the nails.

✿ Barry M high shine nail paint in Prickly Pear- 8/10- A muted heather, looks lovely in spring with pastel clothing and gives the nails a gel shine.

✿ Barry M high shine nail paint in Sugar Apple- 9/10- A pretty sky blue that applies to the nails like a dream. I wore this for Easter last year and was complimented several times.

✿ Barry M high shine nail paint in Green Berry- 8/10- A Caribbean green which looks great as part of a rainbow/ smarties nail effect.

✿ Barry M high shine nail paint in Blueberry- 10/10- A highly shiny cornflower blue which looks frosty in winter and peppy in summer.

✿ Barry M high shine nail paint in Blue Grape- 6/10- A cobalt blue which looks a little darker on the nail than in the bottle. I gave it a lower rating because it can stain the nails if used without a base coat.

✿ Essie magnetic nail polish in Snake it up- 9/10- A navy blue polish with a marbled effect. When the magnet is held above the nail, a diamond/snake pattern forms.


★ Misa nail lacquer in Don't Blink- 8/10- A sandy gold opaque glitter which I think resembles stardust. Only one coat is required and it remains chip-free for ages.

 ★ Barry M nail paint in Aqua Glitter- 10/10- A mermaid blue glitter polish which builds up to be opaque in 3 coats. A really lovely colour for any time of year.

★ Barry M nail paint in Lady- 7/10- A snow-white pearly glitter polish. The texture is similar to the one described above it can also be built up to opaque with several coats.

★ Barry M nail paint in Mermaid- 8/10- a gorgeous ocean-blue glitter polish with turquoise, navy and silver glitter. It is build-able but can peel away from the nail easily after a few days.

★ Barry M nail paint in Superdrug Birthday Edition- 10/10- a clear polish with various sizes of glitter.

 ★ Barry M nail paint in Limited Edition Gold Glitter- 6/10- a clear polish with strands of gold glitter suspended within it. The strands remind me of tinsel. It does tend peel away.

★ Seventeen Tinsel nail effects in Blue- 9/10- red gold and navy glitter particles suspended in a clear polish. Glitter is plentiful.

★ Seventeen Tinsel nail effects in Silver and White- 10/10- silver glitter chunks which catch the light beautifully. Goes with anything and is perfect on top of other polishes.

★ Barry M nail paint in Superdrug Birthday Edition- 10/10- hot pink polish with silver and pink glitter. Brilliant coverage and  fab staying power.

★ Barry M nail paint in Rose Gold-10/10- beautiful rose gold glitter in a clear polish. Looks lovely over a pale pink polish.

★  Barry M nail paint in White- 6/10- Milky white nail polish with various primary colour glitter pieces (can tend to look like PVA glue and glitter)

So I hope you enjoyed reading this post lovelies, thank you for reading


W7 Cosmetics Review!

Hello Everyone,

Today's post features W7 Cosmetics. This brand has made an appearance on Blossoming Daydreams quite a lot over the years.

W7 make dupes for popular high-end (and usually high priced) items of makeup. Their products range from makeup brushes to skincare and their items are always reasonably priced. 
W7 Kindly sent me an array of items to review and share my thoughts on, this is what I received...

Powder Puff,  Cheeky Chaps Multi Blush,  Tinted Kiss Nourishing Lip Oil  and Lashtastic False Liquid Lash

 The 'lashtastic false lash mascara' was the item that I was most excited to try. I'm not certain if this product is a dupe for a specific mascara so I can't compare it, but I think I'm a fan. It does take a couple of coats to build up some volume and I did end up smudging a little bit of mascara onto my eyelid (due to it being a short-bristled, large wand) but the formula is very workable and I was pleased to find that the mascara does not flake throughout the day. After 3 coats of this mascara, my lashes did have a 'false lash look' and they didn't clump together, which is something I often find when applying multiple coats of other mascaras.
I wouldn't reccommend that you drop your current mascara and rush to buy this one, but for the price, I think it is pretty good.

This is probably my least favourite item of the four. Looking at the colours, I thought this would give my cheeks a lovely glowing flush of colour, however I found the pigmentation to be quite low and even after swirling my brush around in the product several times, I struggled pick up any of the pretty colours. I will say that with the colours being quite shimmery, some very fine sparkles were picked up by my brush and applied to my cheeks, this did give them a fresh faced, glowing appearance which I imagine will be lovely for summer-time, so all was not lost!

The Powder Puff is clearly a dupe for the well known and loved beauty blender. I followed the instructions and it worked a treat. It's unique shape allowed foundation to be applied easily and it was particularly useful when applying foundation around the eyes and nose. It feels very good quality and is also a gorgeous lilac colour- a good all-rounder, really.

This item is definitely my favourite of the selection. It is a glossy lip oil and it's tinted with a subtle peach colour. The scent is fruity and fresh and it moisturised my lips so well. I'm actually considering ditching my current lip balm and just using this because it is so much better. I suffer from very dry lips ,especially in winter and I often struggle to find lipstick that are suitable for me. This lip oil gave a lovely glossy sheen of colour to my lips and when it had it sunk in, it left them a natural-looking peachy colour and super soft.
5* from me.

Have you ever tried a product from W7 Cosmetics? Are you also a fan?

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A Lush Bath Bomb Tip!

Hello Lovelies,

 If you know me, you'll know I'm addicted to Lush. ADDICTED I tell you! Anything and everything that lush do just fills me with excitement- well, maybe I wasn't very excited about the newly released beard oil- that would be strange... 

Anyhow, since I like to have several Lush items on the go at the same time, (although my purse doesn't feel the same enthusiasm) I'm always on the look out for new ways to store/display my Lush goodies. 
Last February, I wrote a similar post about Lush displays HERE.

I first saw this idea on Pinterest and I thought it was the perfect mix of cute and practical. All you need is a cupcake stand. I really wanted to buy a pretty stand and I searched the internet for inspiration. I found vintage plate stands, simple cardboard stands and even a metal ferris-wheel shaped stand but surprisingly, the one that I fell in love with was a pink heart metal cupcake stand from Wilkinons. It was £9 and it matches my bedroom decor beautifully.

Displaying Lush items like this makes the room smell gorgeous as I'm sure you can imagine, you also get to see how lovely the colorful items are on a daily basis!

All in all, I'm pretty pleased with this cute idea from Pinterest : )
Thanks for reading, lovelies.
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