Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Empties #10: Dolly Wink, Crazy Color, Bleach London etc.

empty beauty products

Hey gang! Long time no dig, how are we all? I'm going to do a catch-up post soon, but for now, while I've was on my little blogging break (writing my dissertation, eek) I've managed to accumulate tonnes of empty bottles! So, it's empties time yet again:

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

New Youtube Video// How to dye your hair lavender with Crazy Color Lavender

Girl with lavender hair doing peace sign
I made another youtube video, gang! 
You can watch it by clicking below, or go over to my Youtube channel, Candyflossoverkill to watch this and my previous video. 

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Directions Lavender// Review and Before and After

girl with hair dyed with directions lavender
This spring, I decided to go lavender again, and after pretty much using up Crazy Colour's lavender, I picked up the directions lavender I had lying around and finally got round to using it. I was pretty impressed! It packs a punch and turned out really cute, if quite pink.
(Also, apologies for the slightly low-res pictures, it's been a bit gloomy here in the UK lately)


Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Haul of things that are kinda boring but I'm still really excited about them

beauty haul flatlay with Rimmel insta-matte powder, Lush Charity Pot Moisturiser, Gilette Snap razor and plant

Do you ever do a shop, and you only buy things which were like actually necessary and you feel really virtuous? That was me a few of weeks ago- I went to Boots and only bought necessary things. Go me!

Venus Snap// The handle of the razor I've been using for like 5 years snapped recently (it had definitely seen better days, but I was strangely emotional about breaking the old one- it had seen me through prom, Japan, uni.... actually, yeah it was v v old and I possibly should have chucked it years ago) Anyway. This one was on offer for £5 and it's so small and cute and has a little carry case. It's also really easy to shave with, which I wasn't expecting somehow. If you see it for a fiver, I think it's good for travelling or just everyday.

Vaseline intensive care body cream// this isn't a very glam purchase, (and I forgot to bring it home so I couldn't take a photo of it) but it's a really moisturising cream so it was perfect for all the cold weather we've been having in the UK. It was also on offer, score. It sinks in really quickly and it smells nice- not reaalllly expensive smelling, but not too strong. I've nearly used this up already actually!

Rimmel insta- matte powder in transluscent// They didn't have this in fair, so I got it in transluscent. You can tell I've had this for a while now, because I've used up a fair bit of this. Although the packaging is nicer than my normal powder, Rimmel Stay Matte, I actually thought this wasn't as nice... it's reallly matte, but it's a bit powdery, and it's both smaller and more expensive than stay matte. I think I'll definitely be going back to Stay Matte after I've used this. 

Lush Charity Pot// This is £1 at the till in Lush when you buy something- the little tin is perfect for overnight travel, and once you've used it up, the little tin is a great size to put cleanser or something like that in. I keep picking these up and I need to stop and get the actual pot tbh. 

That's it for the haul! What's your favourite face powder? My favourite is still probably Rimmel Stay Matte because it's so affordable but pretty good :)
Thanks for reading!
-Amy xoxo

Leeds haul: Topshop, Village and Vintage Clothing// L'Oreal Colorista Washout in Lilac review and before and after: 2018 Re-Review// Pinafore, Souvenir Jacket and Dr Martens OOTD

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Birthday wish list

My birthday is coming up soon, (aaaah 2018 is going soooo quickly!) and it's sufficiently after Christmas to make a wish list, so here's the things I've been coveting lately! (Also, if any friends/ family are reading, this is a v unsubtle hint)

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Fizzy Blood @ Headrow House 24.02.18

Fizzy blood at Headrow House, Leeds
So last month (how is it already a month ago?!) I went to see Fizzy Blood at Headrow house in Leeds. They're a Leeds based band and I'd liked everything I'd heard from them, so I was excited to go! I was going on my own, which was a leetle intimidating, but I'm glad I got over my nerves and went :)

Monday, 26 March 2018

Nearly two years since I left Japan// update

My adult checklist
So it's been a minute since I came home from my year studying in Japan.... I blogged about it a lot, and it was definitely an amazing experience, although like anyone's year abroad probably, I had a lot of lonely and difficult times too. After my post on reverse culture shock last year, I thought it was about time to do an update on how things are going.

So how do I feel??

Friday, 23 March 2018

Still obsessed with this Topshop beret// OOTD

sukajan souvenir jacket, turtleneck and beret outfit photo
I got a couple of turtlenecks in the sale at UNIQLO the other day, and when I wore the white one I got a tonne of compliments! I feel like turtle necks immediately elevate your look. And this beret does too- such an amazing colour, and one that I don't wear a lot because I'm not sure if it actually suits me (although I am eyeing a yellow BMTH tee atm). It's especially nice in the grey British weather. Thanks, Topshop!

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Bleach London Fade to grey VS Makki colouring mask in grey VS Schwarzkopf 098 Steel Silver: which is the best grey hair dye?

girl with grey hair wearing headphones and vintage jumper
Recently, a few people have asked me which grey hair dye I recommend more: Bleach London's Fade to Grey or Makki's Colouring mask in grey. So, in today's post I'm going to round up the pros and cons of both, plus the Schwarzkopf Live 098 in Steel Silver, to help decide which one you should try!


Sunday, 25 February 2018

Yonaka and Don Broco @ O2 Academy Leeds 17.02.18

Don Broco at O2 Academy Leeds
The second gig me and Lizzie went to in our Weekend O' fun was my current obsession, Donny B. Don Broco just dropped third album Technology, and I loved all the songs on there, so I was Hyped Up for this gig. And I was right to be excited- it was such a good night.


Friday, 23 February 2018

Army Of Freshmen, THE AQUABATS! and Bowling for Soup @ Manchester Apollo, 16.02.18

The Aquabats at Manchester Apollo 2018

Hey guys! It's been a minute since I blogged about a gig I've been to, but no time like the present, eh? So my sister came up North for the weekend and we managed to catch two gigs- we caught Donny B at Leeds, and saw Army of Freshmen, The Aquabats! and Bowling for soup at Manchester Apollo. It's a really nice venue, which used to be a theatre so it has a sloping floor like O2 academy Brixton.

I think this review  might annoy some people, but I'm just going to come out and say it: although Army of Freshmen and The Aquabats were really great and I'm soooo pleased I went, Bowling for Soup were disappointing.


Thursday, 22 February 2018

Current favourites February 2018 // Bialetti, Don Broco, Bluebird tea co., The Ordinary etc

February 2018 current favourites flatlay including CD plants and makeup products
We're already halfway through February. What. Get to the actual panic stations, people, because Amy is not ready for this. But aside from panicking about uni, a lot, I've been drinking a loot of tea and a loot of coffee, and listening to my faves a lot too. So here they are, the things I've been loving in 2018: 

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Japanese and Korean beauty haul// Dolly Wink, Kosé, Skinfood, GEO,

flatlay of Asian cosmetics and plants featuring Dolly Wink, Kosé, Skinfood, GEO

After I finished my January exams, I did a cheeky yesstyle order to treat myself, and it finally arrived the other day! I picked up a couple of my ride or die products, as well as some circle lenses and lower lashes to try out! 

Friday, 16 February 2018

Leeds haul// Topshop and village and vintage clothes

silver haired girl wearing sukajan, beret, fishnets and DMs

I've been doing tonnes of shopping lately (someone tell me to stop omg) and the other day I hit up Topshop for the first time in ages. Plus, I went to the amazing magazine/specialist bookshop Village and I also picked up some cute things from Retro Boutique and, surprisingly, Sainsburys. 

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

L'Oreal colorista washout in lilac review and before and after// 2018 re-review

L'oreal colorista washout in lilac dip dye ends
About a year ago I bought the L'Oreal colorista washout dye in lilac- the shades they have on offer are gorgeous and the advertising campaign and packaging were great too. Also, some of my fave bloggers like Flamcis and Ellen Vlora were featured on the campaign!! I reviewed it a year ago, but I still had some left, so I thought I'd use it again and re-review it.


Monday, 12 February 2018

Pinafore, Souvenir Jacket and Dr Martens OOTD

Pinafore outfit with Dr MartensMe and Marcus had a proper Leeds day the other day- we walked all over town and went to North Star for coffee! Perfect. And whilst we were passing the "Welcome to Leeds" mural, I asked him for some cheeky outfit pictures and I'm pretty happy with them! I'm a teeny bit obsessed with Leeds, so this is the perfect location for me. 

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Empties post 9// Bleach London, Lush, The Ordinary

empty beauty products including Lush Bleach London The Ordinary
I missed a couple of months worth of empties, so this post is long overdue... and also just long, period. I'm pretty sad to see some of these things go, actually, because some of them were amazing and also some of them were pretty luxe for me.

Friday, 2 February 2018

2018 New years' resolutions and blogging goals

flatlay of plant, headphones, camera, book and a cup of tea

Ok, how is it February already? I'm sure you guys have read a million of these posts, but personally I think they're pretty useful for accountability so here goes: my 2017 resolutions and blogging goals reviewed, and what I want to try and do this year. I'm trying to keep it achievable for 2018, so I have some pretty basic goals. Fingers crossed I'll actually achieve most of them, too!


Wednesday, 31 January 2018

The Ordinary mini haul: high adherence silicone primer and ascorbyl glucoside solution 12%

The Ordinary ascorbyl glucoside solution 12% and high adherence silicon primer

You don't need me to tell you that The Ordinary is a really hot brand right now. I've been using their serum foundation and the Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% for a few months, and I'm really impressed! The Ordinary feels like a luxe brand- the products are great and the packaging is soo insta-worthy- but it's really affordable. I'd run out of my serum, so when I was in London last time, I dragged my friend to Boxpark in Shoreditch so I could pick these up. 

Monday, 29 January 2018

Gigs I've got planned in 2018

girl with silver hair wearing headphones round her neck
One of my fave bloggers Avril Marie recently posted Concert dates for your diary/ Bands on tour in 2018 and it made me suuper excited to catch some shows this year. I've got a couple of really good ones planned, most of which are in Leeds!

DON BROCO//Don Broco are on fire recently, and it's safe to say I'm obsessed. I saw them at Slam Dunk North and again at their uh-mayzing Ally Pally show in November, and I'm beyond excited for their new album on Friday. There will be much actual screaming I'm sure. So of course when I heard they'd be in Leeds for their February tour I booked me and my sister some tickets!

GUITAR WOLF// This has just been announced and I haven't got tickets yet, but I'm so going to catch Japanese punk band Guitar Wolf play Leeds' Brudenell Social Club in March. They seem like they'll be a really fun band to see live- can't wait.

THE AQUABATS!/ BOWLING FOR SOUP// Not gonna lie, I like BFS, but I am screaming in excitement for the Aquabats. Their TV series (which is for kids but sssshhh) is a firm favourite of mine- it's kind of super sentai inspired, and it's so funny and weird. Their music is also really cool- it's this upbeat ska-pop punk fusion which is right up my alley. My sister Lizzie is coming up north in February, and we're gonna see this in Manchester on the Thursday and then Broco on the Saturday. It's gonna be amaze.

Fizzy Blood// I missed Fizzy Blood playing in Leeds twice now (essay deadline and xmas eve) and I reckon they'll be a really fun show. So I'm going to see them in Headrow House, and I'm going alone. I'm still not 100% used to going to gigs on my own, but it's definitely something I want to get more comfortable with. Any tips?

Slam Dunk North// Slam Dunk North 2017 was the best- I managed to see faves Crossfaith and Don Broco, as well as Deaf Havana, Neck Deep and Bury Tomorrow, and I'm going to go back this year for sure- this year I only have a couple of exams, and it's in Leeds so I really have no excuse. If Crossfaith could come back and do a set that's more than 6 songs long that would be great.

Download// I've never been to Download before and it's actually getting ridiculous. My girls Babymetal are playing, so even if I only go for that day, I've told myself I'm definitely going as a little graduation present to myself.

Thanks for reading!
Have you guys got any gigs planned in 2018?
-Amy xoxo

Slam Dunk North 2017// Post exams Bleach London Haul// Barely there pink hair with DIY pink shampoo

p.s. I wrote an article about podcasts for Leeds university's Lippy magazine- check it out! 8 Podcast recommendations for people who don't know where to start

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Post-exams Bleach London haul

Bleach London products flatlay

Exams are over!!! Superdrug recently started stocking Bleach London, so of course when I needed a post-exam pick me up I headed straight into Leeds to take a look. As regular readers surely know by now, I'm a teeny bit obsessed with Bleach- their branding is gorgeous, and the products aren't too expensive but they do really work for me. Bonus for their products being vegan and cruelty free and using recycled plastic and cardboard packaging. 


Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Empties # 8// Bleach London, MAC, Lee Stafford and more

Empties Bleach London Mac Lee Stafford
Long time no empties! Over the last couple of months I've used up a fair few items, so in today's post as usual I'll be writing some mini reviews. This round of empties include some items I loved and am pretty sad to have finished, like my Lee Stafford silver shampoo and my mini Bayliss and Harding shower gel.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

What I wear to uni// Vintage jumper and fishnets

vintage grunge ootd

Leeds uni has loads of amazing brutalist architecture, and I really wanted to take advantage of it and do some more casual, Japanese street-style inspired photoshoots here. This one was actually taken near the library, which is kind of fitting because I'm in final year now, and the pressure of final year plus dissertation has sort of precipitated an existential crisis on my part (that's why posts have been pretty slow around here lately... sorry). But yeah, definitely look forward to some more brutalist architecture featuring in my posts (if I can convince my boyfriend to take some more pictures of me that is). 

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Hair update: Barely there pink with DIY pink shampoo

finnDIY pink shampoo resultWhenever I have pink hair I miss my grey hair, and whenever I have grey I miss the pink. So for the Christmas holidays this year I decided to go somewhere in between. This time I decided to try making a pink toned shampoo instead of just diluting the dye with conditioner like I would usually do. The result was this super pale pink- it will definitely fade out of my hair in time for an upcoming job interview, but if you're after a brighter and longer lasting colour then the normal dye plus conditioner method is probably a better bet.

In Japan, I used to make my own DIY silver shampoo, and this was basically the same method: mixing hair dye with white shampoo. Very simple. 

You will need: 

White shampoo
Pink hair dye
Mixing bowl/ container 

Add small amounts of pink hair dye (I think I used just over a teaspoon's worth in the end) until the shampoo is a bright pink. Then wash your hair, using the pink shampoo instead of a regular shampoo. If you want the colour to take a bit more, try leaving it for a bit longer. And then rinse and condition as usual. Simple.

Although the result of this is suuuper subtle compared to using Carnation Pink in conditioner, I really liked it- it satisfied my pink craving for a while and went over my silver hair really nicely. And no stains :)

Thanks for reading! 
Have you ever tried pink shampoo? Or tried making your own? 
-Amy xoxo


Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Radio Silence// Life lately

coffee and cake

So things have been a bit quiet round here on the blog, and that's basically because final year of university is slightly a nightmare.

My uni course plus dissertation stress, plus job hunting and *what do I do with my life* existential crises, and wanting to enjoy my last year of student life but feeling guilty if I do anything except studying has left me really anxious and burnt out. Ugh.

So sorry for not posting lately. I definitely left it too long- I normally post every week at least, and because I was away for so long it left me a bit nervous about starting back again. I did really miss it though. I'm happy to report that I've got some new blog content lined up: my hair dye reviews were pretty successful last year, so I hope to make some more of those (and did I ever mention that the how to dye your hair grey video I did on a whim has somehow got 2.2k views on youtube?!! Crazy.) I've got some other ideas for posts, and I definitely am going to carry on working on my photography too. I also really want to start making some Japanese content (but I'll talk blog goals and new years' resolutions in another post soon).

Although there's been radio silence over here on the blog, I have been out to Leeds a little: I've tried a couple of new coffee shops (and I'm planning to do a little roundup post on the blog soon) and seen friends :) I've also been back home for the Christmas holidays and it's been really nice to spend some more time with the family.

But anyway, enough about me, how are you guys? I hope you all had a successful and happy 2017, and have a great year in 2018!!! <3

Also if you wanna stay up to date, (at least if you want selfies and pictures of what tea or coffee I'm drinking...) make sure to follow me on instagram @candyflossoverkill

Bleach London Fade to Grey Toner: review and before and after// London OOTD ft. vintage and charity shop finds//  I went to Bleach Berwick Street and bought more stuff: Bleach Haul #2//
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