Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Leeds day and OOTD// Visiting the Tetley and Sheaf Street

girl wearing vans old skools, american apparel tennis skirt and asos mens jumper
This is an outfit I wore for my ideal Leeds day with friends- we went to the south bank and finally went to the Tetley to see some art, and then went for coffee at Sheaf Street~

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Empties #15// Lush, Bleach London, The York Candle Company etc//

flatlay of empty beauty products
Another month, another empties! I think I've said this before, but personally empties posts are my favourite type of beauty review- you know the person has either really liked it (or was reeeally trying to use it up) and I think reviewing it after finishing the whole thing is way more accurate than the 'I swatched it and it seems lovely' approach you see sometimes. So, here are the products I've used up the past month.

Monday, 15 October 2018

New in// Dr Martens 1461 shoes, Bleach London and Primark

flatlay of Dr Martens 1461 shoes, tights and Bleach London products
I have a move coming up (at some point), so I've been really trying to save money and not go shopping. Buut, I got a couple of sneaky 'essential' purchases- some tights, shoes for work and some haircare stuff, so I thought I'd share :)

Friday, 12 October 2018

Vintage jumper and red lip OOTD

silver haired girl wearing vintage jumper, red lipstick and aviator glasses
I've still got some outfits from Uni to share on here, still from just before I cut my hair </3 (I have got to the point where my hair has grown out just enough that it looks worse but not enough to be long...)  This one was from May, in essay/ exam season.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

My vintage shopping tips ♡

silver haired girl wearing vintage shirt standing on old tram tracks
I've been uploading a fair few outfit posts lately, so I thought I'd make this one a bit more interesting by sharing my vintage shopping tips. I went to Leeds Uni, and the fashion there is a bit more laid back, a bit 'wavey' and vintage clothes are really popular at the moment, and I also got infected. Hence my overuse of the phrase 'wavey'. Sorry bout it.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

#jumpersthatlooklikebusseats OOTD

girl wearing vintage jumper, vans and sukajan
We found this wall that says 'get your crayayons and weatherspoons' in Leeds, and who could resist taking photos in front of that?? Not me. Nope. This was another 'Leeds date' for me and Marcus- our usual round of vintage shopping and going for a coffee.


Thursday, 4 October 2018

Northern Craft fair OOTD

silver haired girl wearing vans, vintage navy shirt and souvenir jacket
Another Outfit from a few months ago, this time another 'staple' of vintage + sukajan. I'm never going to stop wearing it, because it's stylish and it reminds me of my beloved Osaka where I bought it </3

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Things I did in fourth year of Uni

house party photo
It's been about two months since I finished uni, so for the memories I wanted to write up a little round up post of my best memories from last year! Lots of these photos are a bit blurry and not #aesthetic buut I think it will be so nice to look back on this and I really want to document all the fun things I got up to! This post is v picture heavy, sorry!


Tuesday, 2 October 2018

OOTD 祭り// Sukajan, Vans and vintage denim

Silver haired girl wearing souvenir Jacket, vans and vintage denim shirt
Another outfit from a while ago, in Spring (as you can see from the daffodils in the background of the picture. It's my staple outfit basically, my sukajan plus a vintage shirt, but this time I went all out with ostentatious sunglasses too. This was actually taken when me and the girls went to the funfair to celebrate my birthday in April. I had such a cute day <3 I'll post a couple of pictures from the fair at the end~~


Sunday, 30 September 2018

My skin essentials haul/ Lush, Simple and Rimmel

flatlay of simple skincare products, lush charity pot moisturiser rimmel face powder and a plant
I needed to pick up some skincare products to take with me when I move, so this haul really is the basic bare bones of my skincare routine. If you read my empties posts, you'll know how loyal I am to these products. You know when you try something new and it doesn't fit your skin well? I hate that disappointing feeling, and I don't have enough money to splurge on things that aren't going to work, so when it comes to skincare and base makeup (finding things that match my pale skin is surprisingly difficult even though pale skin is definitely better catered for than others in the UK) especially I tend to stick with things that I know work. I'm not a beauty blogger, so I have no obligation to try anything new ahah ;)

Simple Purifying cleansing lotion// Cream cleanser, does what it says on the tin, doesn't irritate my skin, I've been using it for years and I'm really happy with it.
Simple Soothing Facial Toner// Again, does what it says on the tin. It's soothing and gets of the remains of any makeup on my face.
Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Moisturiser// I've been using a different moisturiser at the moment, (the Ordinary's moisturising factors) but this is the one I keep coming back to.

Rimmel Stay Matte powder in 01 porcelain// Another staple product, Rimmel's pressed powder. The packaging is ugly but the product is legit, and I keep coming back to this one even after trying more expensive ones. 

Lush Charity Pot// This is another tried and tested favourite. I picked up the teeny one and the small one to take with me so I know I'll be silky smooth. I really like the small metal container of this, and I have kept a few as they're convenient to refill with skincare or moisturiser if you're going somewhere for one or two nights. 

None of these products will be new or surprising to anyone, but they are what I use regularly and I do really like them. Do you have any products that you just keep coming back to? Or do you like to mix things up?
-Amy xoxo


Thursday, 27 September 2018

I graduated University!! ♡ What I wore for Graduation

University of Leeds graduate in robes on Parkinson steps
So I graduated from University this summer! I went to Leeds University in Leeds, UK, a.k.a. one of my favourite places in the whole world. I had such an amazing time, and I'm really sad to be leaving somewhere that I felt I really belonged. Luckily I have some exciting things planned, but still, the feeling that I'm actually not going back in a couple of weeks to a new term is a little terrifying. Hence me putting off this post. Buut, I graduated with a BA Hons in Japanese with a good grade and I am bloody proud of myself! 

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Long time no #OOTD// Double Denim

silver haired girl in denim jacket, denim skirt, vans and round glasses
This blog started off as mostly a fashion blog- the first hundred or so posts are mainly outfits and fashion hauls. And now, six years later, I've been slacking a bit on that front. Recently I've been uploading a few of my outfits to an app called WEAR (follow me at @candyflossoverkill ofc) which is like instagram but only for outfits! I really like it for fashion inspiration. But the problem with using multiple platforms is that somehow my OOTD pics have ended up there and on my instagram and not here! I've decided to try a little harder to update my outfits on here too :)

This particular look is from April, before I cut my hair (I miss my long hair) and I wore it for a Leeds coffee date with Marcus, then I slapped some red lipstick on for a house party later (student life...)
It's from spring, but actually it's perfect for autumn too, especially with a red lip. Double denim is kind of a staple look- and although it's been a bit dissed in the past, I actually think it's a really easy way to make an outfit look immediately more stylish and decisive.
silver haired girl in denim jacket, denim skirt, vans and round glasses

Glasses// Bought from somewhere in Shinsaibashi 
Jacket// SPINNS
Top// Uniqlo
Bag// WEGO
Shoes// Vans

silver haired girl in denim jacket, denim skirt, vans and round glasses

We went to one of my favourite coffee shops in Leeds- Kapow

two lattes and brownies on table

Marcus ♡ He's got really into fashion lately, which makes me happy~ He's also often the person taking my outfit posts! #instagramhusband
kapow coffee storefront
I'm definitely going to post a 'my favourite coffees in Leeds' post soon, dw. What's your favourite thing to do on a day off? That day was pretty perfect for me tbh- I hung out with my boyfriend, went shopping and had coffee, then we cooked together and went to a party~ 
Thanks for reading! -Amy xoxo


Sunday, 23 September 2018

How to settle in/ back in to Uni ASAP

silver haired girl sitting on bed drinking tea
Soo the new academic year has rolled around once again, and for a lot of people this means a new start and potentially a new house too! I've done my fair share of carting my stuff across the country, and here are the things I do to make sure I'm settled back into uni and back into a new place as soon as possible.

Friday, 21 September 2018

'Osaka' things I miss so much

dotonbori osaka
Osaka is the best city in Japan. Just saying. And I know I'm being a cliché year abroad student who won't shut up about their year abroad, but I honestly think I left a teeny piece of my heart back in Osaka. So here are a couple of thing I miss about Japan, and particularly Osaka.


Thursday, 20 September 2018

Guitar Wolf @Brudenell Social Club 21.03.18

Japanese punk band Guitar Wolf on stage
So in March I saw a band that completely blew me away- Guitar Wolf. They are a punk band from Nagasaki, Japan and they were absolutely crazy! So high energy and mad. We were really lucky to have them in Leeds as they only played three dates in the UK- London, Brighton and Leeds.
They played soo many great songs, like Jet Generation (which is my fave), yajyuu vibrator and Fujiyama attack. Their songs and music videos are slightly mad, and I hyped it up for myself quite a bit and was wondering if they'd live up to it: yes, yes they did.


Wednesday, 19 September 2018

New Youtube Video// My uni room tour/plant tour

After my plant tips post last week, I finally got round to editing my uni room tour <3

You can see how I made my room in an old Leeds terraced house as cozy and aesthetic as possible (mostly by filling it with plants). It's super real and I was just making the best of what I had, so although it's not the most pinterest worthy, hopefully it will be actual real life inspiration for how to decorate on a student budget.


Sunday, 16 September 2018

Silver shampoos Reviewed: Bleach London Silver shampoo and Smoky Shampoo vs Pro:voke touch of silver vs Lush Daddy O vs Lee Stafford Bleach Blondes

silver haired girl with paisley shirt

I've been bleaching my hair for years now so I've tried my fair share of silver shampoos, as well as making my own DIY silver shampoo, to help maintain the colour. A good silver shampoo is an important tool in your arsenal if you have grey hair (notorious for washing out quickly), or if you want to keep blonde or white hair from going brassy. So here's a roundup and comparison of the ones I've used so far:

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Why plants are the best & my tips on how not to kill them

silver haired girl and pothos plant
A lot of you might know that I'm a teeny bit obsessed with house plants. I've had a crazy couple of years at uni, and one thing that's kept me sane is having my room full to the brim with cute house plants (I called my fourth year room "the plant cave" and it was a pretty accurate name tbh. I've been meaning to make a proper post about plants for a while, and I got a comment asking for some plant tips recently (hi!) so here goes nothing:

Friday, 7 September 2018

my minimal (ish) uni makeup collection

makeup products on a bed
I made a post of my minimal makeup collection on my year abroad in Japan, and it's been a couple of years so I thought I'd make an updated version. I'm trying to keep it minimal (kind of succeeding, although I've definitely collected more since I got back to the UK, oops)0 and I'm pretty happy with the little collection I've got here.


Thursday, 6 September 2018

Empties #14// Bleach London, Simple, The Ordinary

flatlay of empty beauty products
It's been a month, so it's empties time again. This one has a few products that I've featured in a few blog posts before which are solid faves, along with some more fancy things I got as gifts <3

Saturday, 25 August 2018

New in// BB Seaweed fresh face mask from Lush

Lush BB Seaweed fresh face mask and cactus
You guys know I'm a huge Lush fan- I love their eco friendly and ethical stance, their branding is really stylish, and their products have always worked really well for me. They are a little on the pricy side (especially on a student budget) so I was really excited to finally be able to take back 5 used containers for them to recycle and get a free fresh face mask- I picked BB seaweed.


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


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!


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.


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.


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)

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! 


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.


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.


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.


Sunday, 10 June 2018

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

girl with silver bob sitting on bed

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.


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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