Saturday, 18 August 2018

6 years of candyflossoverkill ♡

silver haired girl holding a cup of coffee
Can you believe that this little blog is 6 years old already?!!
So I don't know if you guys have noticed, but I've definitely been blogging less this past year. Not because I wanted to, but with final year of uni and dissertation stress, I've definitely been guilty or just throwing up the occasional instagram post rather than my weekly blog posts that I aim for. I even used to post daily in Japan!!

I also feel like, in general, a lot of my favourite bloggers aren't making as much content? Key faves still are (shout out to Kate La Vie, Lizzie Bee and Avril Marie for still making amazing posts!), but on the whole I think a lot of influencers and content creators have shifted to Youtube and Instagram.
silver haired girl holding a cup of coffee
But I still love blogging so much! And here's why:

It's your own platform. Compared to instagram, youtube etc. There is no algorithm controlling your own website- it's easier to keep people focused on your stuff, rather than jostling for position on people's timeline.

I also like reading words. I like youtube, but sometimes it just takes a lot of time, and a blog post is a nice medium- concise but still more depth than a single instagram post.
2 cups of coffee on a table
Nowadays, there is a kind of attitude of 'why are you blogging if you aren't a huge blogger' but as a happy microblogger, I'd like to disagree!
I've never made any money from blogging. And it's not like I'd turn down a *good* sponsorship opportunity, but when I started blogging, it was slightly before people made actual money blogging. Back in 2012, people did contact lens sponsorships or got free clothes from Sheinside, but I wasn't on that level. Since then, I haaave had sponsorship offers, but a lot of them were mysterious/ unrelated, so for now I haven't accepted anything. That might change, and I might decide to try and more proactively search for them. I'm also thinking about affiliate links? But I'm not really blogging for money anyway, and for now, I'm so drained from final year and I'm only just emerging from the fog of tiredness.

I also love blogging because it's a creative outlet! I can write whatever I want, and it encourages me to try and push my fashion and content and photography to the next level!
I also looove the blogging community- I think comments on here tend to be so much nicer- compared to bot comments on ig or nitpicky comments on youtube. Not that I haven't got nice comments elsewhere, buuut I love comments from my mutual blogger pals!!
2 cups of coffee on a table
I also love the fact that my most viewed posts are things that actually inform and help people! Specifically, my hair dye reviews and my Japan posts ♡ I've had people in real life, like friends of friends or people from the years below at uni, find my blog *from the search results*!!!
If I can help people a teeny tiny bit, whether by telling people how I survived the JLPT test, or by recommending my favourite silver shampoo, or even just showing what I wore to uni, that's slightly awesome.

So now I've rambled on about how much I still believe in blogging, let's talk about

My favourite posts from the last year:

Flatlay of empty beauty products including Lush, Clinique, Tresemmé and Bleach London
Empties #12
There's only so much you can do with a flat lay of empty products, so when it goes well, I'm pleased. I'm pretty proud of the photography in this post. I also love reading empties or seeing them on Youtube, so I think I'm going to keep this series going.


Leeds bucket list// Places I want to go in Leeds this year
This is a post that I love- I love Leeds, and I actually went to a lot of those places :)

Bleach London Fade to Grey grey toner// review and before and after
Bleach London fade to grey grey toner review and before and after
a staple post here- a detailed hair dye review. I always try and include before and after pictures, and how long it lasted/ if it stained my hair, which are things I really want to know before trying a new hair dye.

London OOTD
London OOTD ft vintage and charity shop finds//
This is just a standard OOTD post, but I like it!

vintage grunge ootd
What I wear to uni// Vintage jumper and fishnets
This was rare for me, as instead of just getting a pal or my boyfriend to snap some shots of me on the fly, I  did a lil photoshoot <3

hair products flatlay featuring Bleach London Shampoos, hair treatments and a string of hearts plant
Updated Bleached haircare routine (updated) ft. Bleach London, Tresemmé etc//
 I really liked this post because I can see the difference between this and the last one I did. I think the photography has improved, and I really like the products I mentioned too~

silver haired girl under archway in Leeds university wearing souvenir jacket, heels and red dress
22 things I want to do when I'm 22//
I really like reading these sort of posts, and this one is full of a few things I want to get done while I'm 22. Hopefully I'll get a few of them done!

Let's talk about Youtube!

So this year I finally hopped on board the Youtube train, and I've only made 3 videos, and they're all right, not amazing, but I'm really happy I put them in the world! They've had a decent amount of views too, which is always nice.




Next year's content:

I'm definitely going to make some more travel posts, but I also want to make sure that my lifestyle and fashion content has the best photography I can! I wanna make more Leeds content, because it's an amazing city and I love it and I want as many people to appreciate it as possible.
Another plan I have is to re-do my uni advice series from my first year- maybe not make a whole new series, but add a new updated comprehensive uni advice post. Annnd I also need to do a cheeky plant tips post.

Of course, if you've got any suggestions for content, I'd love to hear them!


Thanks for reading! 

I say it all the time but it's sooo nice to have people read my blog! Otherwise it'd just be me screaming into the void...
I hope that Candyflossoverkill is a place that's fun and maybe even helpful <3
Here's to another year <3
-Amy xoxo

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Tuesday, 7 August 2018

22 things I want to do when I'm 22

silver haired girl under archway in Leeds university wearing souvenir jacket, heels and red dress

Sooo, I've been 22 for a little while, and I thought I'd make one of these goals posts again. This year is gonna be a year of changes- I've graduated and am about to enter the world of work.... eep. I've got a really big exciting change planned, and I promise I'll talk about this soon (long time readers can probably guess where I'm off to) but I'm going to wait until it's all sorted. Anyway, here are my plans for this year!

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Sunday, 5 August 2018

New Youtube video// How to dye your hair pastel pink with Directions Carnation Pink

Girl with pastel pink hair

I've been enjoying my (potentially) last summer of pastel hair, and last time I dyed my hair I decided I might as well film a quick tutorial for Youtube. I know there are tonnes of these videos floating around, but I still thought it might be fun, plus it's good to practise editing and stuff.

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Friday, 3 August 2018

Empties #13// My skincare routine and staple products// Bleach London, Toni & Guy, Simple etc.

flatlay of empty beauty products

So this month's empties is randomly full to bursting with some of my favourite products! I've moved back down from Leeds and ended up with a lot of duplicates of things like skincare and haircare essentials. But. I've managed to use up/ condense a lot of my favourites, so it's empties time.

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Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Recent haul// The Ordinary, Hawes and a plant (of course)

flatlay of the ordinary beauty products, a bengal fig, magazine and brass plant mister
Sooo I have been trying to have a little spending freeze lately... the last couple of weeks in Leeds were slightly a mess of grabbing drinks with people I don't know when I'll see again, and the summer ball, and just graduation celebration G and Ts were expensive! So after that, I've been at home and chilling (and trying to save my money for something exciting I've got planned, eeee!)
Buuut, I have picked up a few cheeky things! And I got a couple of gifts too <3

The Ordinary products and packaging
The Ordinary 100% organic cold pressed Argan Oil// I've used argan oil on my hair for.... 4 years maybe? I mentioned it in my updated bleached hair care routine, and it's honestly great. Argan oil moisturises your hair without making it too greasy and it also decreases the time it takes to dry your hair- magic. I've had a bottle on the go for a couple of years, and I'm finally getting to the end so I picked up this one from The Ordinary when I was in Shoreditch. So far: yes it is argan oil and it is good for my hair. The one I had before was definitely better value for money, but this one's packaging is nice...

The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA// I picked this up kind of on a whim (oops) but I've heard lots of good things about it so I decided to try it out, seeing as it's only £5. So far my skin seems to agree with this- I don't think it's as amazing as my (sadly super expensive) fave Clinique Moisture Surge, but it's pretty good. This will probably pitch up in an empties post in a couple of months, so I'll do a proper review then.
picture of the ordinary beauty products, a bengal fig, magazine and brass plant mister
Bengal Fig// This was a graduation present from my super sweet friend! <3 Thank you Rachel! She is a really thoughtful gift giver, so of course she bought me a plant! I've been after a fig plant for actually ages too!

Hawes Brass Plant Mister// This is one of those 'blogger lifestyle' photo must-haves, but I actually do use a plant mister for my tropical plants! (I made my own out of an old hair mist bottle.... #studentlyfe...) So Marcus bought me this as a really cute and spontaneous present <3 What a sweetheart.
flatlay of the ordinary beauty products, a bengal fig, magazine and brass plant mister
Also in the picture is Caffeine Magazine, a 'coffee enthusiast' magazine which was pretty intense. Like, I like a nice coffee but this magazine was on another level. Good mix of nice photography and info though, aaand it was free when I popped into Soho Grind the other day. If you see it around, it's definitely worth a read!

Hope y'all are having a good summer! Fellow Brits, I hope you survived the heatwave ok! And I've finally sat down to plan some more blog posts out, so look forward to some more posts from meeeeee <3
Thanks for reading!
-Amy xoxo

Getting ready for a big event- my graduation prep plan// empties #12 Tresemmé, Clinique, Lush, Bleach London// I got a haircut (!!!!)// My Bleached hair care routine (updated)
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Monday, 16 July 2018

Getting ready for a big event- my graduation prep plan!

Bleach London and Lush products floating in the bath

It's my graduation in a couple of days, aaaahhhh! I'm totally freaking out about it, not just because it's a huge milestone, but because it's going to be selfie central and some of the pictures will probably be on the wall for aaages, so I want to look my best! I had a pretty meticulous schedule for the Japanese society Summer ball, and it worked out pretty well so I think I'll do the same again! 

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Friday, 22 June 2018

Empties #12: Tresemmé, Clinique, Lush, Bleach London etc.

Flatlay of empty beauty products including Lush, Clinique, Tresemmé and Bleach London
I'm moving back down South, so it's time for my last ever Leeds empties post! I really liked a lot of these things and I'm sad to see a lot of them go- definitely will repeat-buy a few.

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Thursday, 14 June 2018

Current favourites June 2018// Candles, Beauty and plants

Flatlay of beauty products, candles and a string of hearts plant
How is it June already time is going so fast aaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Anyway. It's been the end of term in uni, and between the last exams and lots of goodbye parties, I've got a case of major burnout. So this month's favourites are quite calming, pampering products.

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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Empties #11// Nivea, Cath Kidston, Kosé

flatlay of empty beauty products including Nivea, Kosé and Cath Kidston
It's been a little while, so it's time for another empties post: this time its things I finished while I was at home in Easter. Most of them were things I really enjoyed, but one was a bit disappointing if I'm honest.

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Sunday, 10 June 2018

I got a hair cut (!!!!!!!)

girl with silver bob sitting on bed

Gang,
it's been about 5 years since I last got a proper, professional haircut. I've been doing it myself, just snipping the split ends and my fringe, and it's mostly been going fine.
But, when Rachael at Sassoon Salon in Leeds asked me if I'd like to be a hair model, I decided to take the plunge. I had a few different choppy layers in my hair for the longest time, so I thought I'd get it a bit shorter so it can grow out healthier and a bit thicker hopefully.

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Friday, 8 June 2018

My bleached hair care routine (updated) feat. Bleach London, Tressemé etc.

hair products flatlay featuring Bleach London Shampoos, hair treatments and a string of hearts plant
I made a post last year about Looking after Bleached hair, and my hair routine. A lot has changed since (my photography is something I think has definitely improved!), but recently, I've changed up my hair routine a bit and I thought I'd share an updated version. My bathroom shelf is full of products I'm obsessed with and I think my hair is looking pretty good! 
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Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Olaplex no 3 review// is it worth the money?

Olaplex number three and pothos leaves flatlay

Sooo, I've been bleaching my own hair for about 6 years now, with minimal breakage/damage. I take a lot of care over my hair and I've managed to avoid any real horror stories so far. I mean, my hair is a bit damaged but it still is intact and soft

Recently it's been super dry (and it's kind of frustrating because I have noooo idea what happened- I haven't done much differently) and instead of taking the hint and leaving it well alone, letting it get in better condition before I bleached it, I went ahead and did my roots anyway. Well, the long and short of it is that my hair looked pretty sad after bleaching it, and I had more breakage in my hair than normal. It was quite scary actually, because I have read many many horror stories when all someone's hair has just come out. Mine wasn't that bad, luckily (because I do follow the instructions on the bleach and look after my hair) buuuut I thought my hair could do with some extra TLC.

I'm not normally an expensive product sort of gal- the most I've ever spent on a hair mask has been £8-£10- but desperate times call for desperate measures and I decided to pick up a bottle of the Olaplex no 3 as I've heard a lot of people really liked it.

Cost//

I found it for £17 on amazon, which is not too bad actually, considering the RRP is £30. It is quite a small bottle at 100 ml though.

Application// 

My hair is quite short and very fine, so this bottle will probably last me 5 or 6 treatments, but those with thicker hair will probably get through this very quickly.

The product has no smell, and it was easy enough to apply. Just wet your hair and towel dry it, leave the product in for a while, then shampoo and wash it out.

I left it on for about an hour while I was writing an essay. The instructions says 10 minutes,but that it's ok to leave on for longer, and I know my hair could use all the help it can get.

Then I washed it off and left my trusty Bleach London Reincarnation Mask in for about half an hour.
Olaplex no 3, Bleach Reincarnation mask and pothos leaves flatlay

Results//

I could actually feel my hair was smoother and softer when I was washing it out, which was exciting! It's not a *miracle worker* but I've used it a couple of times since then, and it seems to be doing my hair good. Although, I am using my Bleach London hair mask too, so I don't think it's just the Olaplex alone, but still.
Side note: I'd definitely recommend the reincarnation mask! It's only £6 but it's sooo moisturising and soothing and one tube lasts for ages.

Olaplex number 3 review- girl with bleached white hair
This is what my hair looked like after using it a couple of times- basically the same. Olaplex 3 isn't a miracle worker, but

Overall//

Olaplex 3 is something I've been wanting to try for a while, and I'm glad I did. It seems to be doing my hair a lot of good. However, as it's a bit pricy, I don't think you need it unless your hair is doing particularly badly- I bought this in an emergency and it's been great, but if your hair isn't too damaged I'd say just stick to your normal hair mask. Hopefully I won't need to pick up another for a while, because it's a liitle out of my price range honestly. For my fellow Bleach haired gals, this is definitely worth a try, but I wouldn't say it's *essential* and it hasn't changed my hair game completely

Thanks for reading! If you've tried olaplex, how did you get on with it? Any bleached hair care product recommendations?
-Amy xoxo

Empties post #10: Dolly Wink, Crazy Color, Bleach London etc.//  Stylish Leeds haul <3 LUSH, The York Candle Co., Geo-Fleur // New Youtube Video: How to dye your hair lavender with crazy color lavender//  
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Thursday, 24 May 2018

Stylish Leeds Haul ♡ LUSH, The York Candle Co, Geo Fleur

Leeds haul with Geo Fleur string of hearts plant, Lush charity pot moisturiser and York candle company candles
I bought another plant. Yes I know I have too many plants, but I couldn't resist ok? And I've had a tough couple of months. And plants are good. As are candles and Lush things. So I went to Northern Craft with some pals and treated myself to a couple of cute bits!
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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:
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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. 
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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)

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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
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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)
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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 :)
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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??
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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!
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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!

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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.

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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.

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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: 
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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! 
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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. 
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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.

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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. 
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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.
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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!

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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. 
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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
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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. 

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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.
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