Thursday, 18 March 2021

First empties in a while/ Empties #25 including The Ordinary, Bleach London and some of my ride or die faves

A flatlay of empty beauty products I've used up in the past few months- all of them are listed in the blog post.

Hello gang how are we all? I love a good empties post, and I've not done one in like 6 months, so let's get into it. Lots of these are like the third or fourth time I've repeat-bought this, so you know I'm pretty obsessed. Here are my empties and little mini reviews from all the beauty products I've used up in the last few months:

Hair Dyes/ 

Bleach London Bold as Brass// I wasn't suuper blown away by this tbh- full review here: Bleach London Bold as Brass: Review and Before and After

Bleach London Rosé// On the other hand, this is one of my faves for a reason- it's reliably pretty and doesn't stick around for too long- perfect when I wanted to have pink hair for xmas! I miiight actually do an updated review on this, becuase the review I did write was 7 years ago now! (Seven!!!) Here's one from 5 years ago of me comparing Bleach Rosé to Directions Carnation Pink 

Hair Care//

Bleach London Beer Mask// I'm obsessed with this- I've already got another one on the go. Makes your hair smooth and silky, and tbh I'm paranoid after some of my hair was falling out last year (which I think might have been stress????) so I'm not really looking to change up my current routine as it seems to be working. 

Bleach London Live forever Shampoo (x2)// These were my second and third bottles of this- it's more expensive than tresemmé but I like it and it smells good. I'm actually on my fourth one of this now.. 

Bleach London Rosé shampoo// Perfect for changing up your hair colour with even less commitment, or for neutralising greenish tones that you sometimess end up with from other dyes. I've got another one on the go now, it's just nice having one in case.

The Ordinary Moroccan Argan Oil// I've been using argan oil on my hair for years and I liked this a lot- I think it's convenient that you can use it to moisturise your body too in a pinch, and apparently it makes your hair dry faster too. I've finished it for now, but I definitely might pick it up again in the future.

Bleach London Hair Elixir// After finishing the argan oil up, I tried this, and it smells amazing and I think it makes my hair feel so super smooth. Only minus point is it leaves hands feeling a bit sticky- I tend to rub it in to my hands because it's mostly a mixture of oils, but argan oil definitely absorbed faster. I do think my hair likes this better though, I got a free bottle with a cult beauty offer recently so I'm going to stick with this. (Also it's cheaper than The Ordinary's argan oil...)

Hand/ body care// 

Envoque Hand & Body Lotion// freebie from a hotel, did the job but it wasn't the most moisturising thing, it was quite light. 

Lush Charity Pot// Love this, I always pick it up when I'm in need of a little treat. The little £1 tins are perfect for travelling, too. The scent is quite sickly sweet, so I'd smell it first if you're sensitive to strong smells.

E45 Moisturising Hand Cream// Anyone else's hands usually get suuper scaly in the winter? Especially at the moment when we're all washing our hands a thousand times a day. Well I love this- it's reasonably priced and does the job.

Norwegian Formula Hand Cream// This is another staple hand cream- can't go wrong with it. I love how teeny this one was- perfect for putting in your handbag on the go. 

A closer up, vertical image of some of the products I've used up in the last few months- they are all listed in the blog post.

Skin Care//

Simple Smoothing Facial Scrub// I think this was quite old, but I used it and it did the job fine- I think physical scrubs have sort of gone out of fashion now, but something about them is quite satisfying isn't it. Also you can see I used every last dreg of this- I always cut tubes in half to get the last teeny bit of product out. I'll do that to the rest of the tubes in these photos too :) 

Simple Soothing Eye Balm// I'm starting to get a couple of wrinkles around my eyes, so in the last two years or so I've been using an eye cream. I liked this one a lot and for the price you cannot complain at all.

The Ordinary Natural Hydrating Factors + HA// I've been having a bit of a bad skin year tbh (aren't we all with all the stress about), so I tried this which is very raved about but I think it was a leetle too heavy for me unfortunately. 

The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glocoside Solution 12%// Vitamin C has become really trendy over here in the last few years and I really like this- I definitely feel like my skin looks brighter I think I'm on my fourth or fifth one of this now? I want to try some of their other formats of vitamin c products though- there's a Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid mix that's ALWAYS sold out. Always. 

The Ordinary Buffet// Always. I think I'm on my third one of this now?  

Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate// I bought this as a treat for myself after my first payday from my current job (yay!)- I like it, but not as much as the 'proper' Moisture Surge because I'm not a huge fan of the little jelly bobbles (idk how to describe them) I would definitely prefer a smooth texture, so I prefer the smooth original Moisture Surge though. I actually went all out and bought myself a Clinique advent calender last year, so next empties will probably be full of Clinique Minis. 

Primark Bi-Phase Eye Make Up Remover// This was a present, and it does remove eye makeup really well, but it leaves an oily feeling behind which is the problem with a lot of oil based eye makeup removers. 

Clinique Moisture Surge Lip// I liked this well enough, but I am just a big fan of good old Vaseline.... This was good for on the go though. 

Vaseline// This was a limited Edition tin which is way cuter than the normal one and I'm sad it's all gone. But honestly, Vaseline is a classic for a reason- it's cheap but moisturises your lips/ dry skin on your elbows etc. like nothing else. 

Make Up

Miscellaneous Primark red nail polish from like 2011// Does anyone else have makeup from their childhood still hanging around? This was still good (ish... it took a little while to dry and was definitely at the end of it's rope but I wanted to use it up) so I finished it :)

Rimmel Clear Complexion Pressed Powder in 021 Transparent// This is a classic, I think I prefer it to Stay Matte. I hate the packaging though- it always breaks before I'm done even though I don't usually carry it around with me. But, it's so good so I'll probably get it again. 

Miscellaneous Primark Lip Liner from like 2011// this was.... I probably should have just chucked it, but I tried to use it up :') 

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 010 Light// One of these was from Donki in Japan, and one was from the UK. I really liked this and will probably get it again. I'm trying the new The Ordinary concealer atm though. 

Rimmel Eye Pencil in White// I use this every day for my water line, I love it and will definitely get it again- this was like my second or third one I think. 

Clinique quickliner in 09 Ebony// I keep getting these in like Christmas Presents- I like it and it's all you could want in a black pencil liner :)

Dolly Wink Brush Pen Liner in Black// I'm obsessed with this for doing a nice winged eyeliner- if you haven't tried a brush pen liner, it's a game changer. This was like my 3rd one, and I've already got another one on the go. 

In terms of how I'm going to dispose of these: The things that can be recycled in the normal recycling, I will clean out and put in recycling (the hard plastic bottles). The Lush and Bleach things are black plastic, which isn't recycled in my area. But I will be taking the Lush things in to the shop (when it's safe) to recycle (Lush free face mask, here I come!). I think I remember reading you can do the same with Bleach's things at their salons, but I'm not sure... I'll hang onto them for now. And the makeup items that are eligible I'm going to put in a Maybelline Terra Cycle  thing (again, when it's safe). The glass nail polish bottle will be cleaned and recycled. 

So that's it for now! I hope you guys are doing ok <3 <3 Sending all my love and thanks for reading! 

-Amy xoxo

My last empties:  It's been a little while life update/ empties 24 // Bleach London Champagne Supertoner: Review and Before and after


Friday, 5 March 2021

Bleach London Champagne Supertoner// Review and before and after

My bleached blonde hair after I'd applied Bleach London's Champagne Super Toner- it's a light creamy blonde and I was really pleased

Now I've got a proper job that pays proper money, I have slightly more disposable income so could justify buying this toner from Bleach London (by no means is it expensive, I was just super broke last year....) TLDR I really liked it even though it's only a subtle difference to my usual colour. 

I tried it a couple of months ago, and I've tried it again this month so I thought I'd do a good old mini review: 


This is £9, so it's not breaking the bank but it is another expense on top of buying bleach.


girl with bleached blonde hair, vintage shirt and bucket hat. The photo is of my bleached hair before applying champagne supertoner

I had pretty much white hair, with some light yellowish roots (and a band of orange staining from Directions tangerine......)


My freshly bleached roots before applying bleach london champagne super toner. They're pretty yellow tbh

My bleached hair and freshly bleached yellowish roots with Champagne Super Toner applied

I applied it to the roots and then smooshed it all over my hair- it's quite a runny consistency so fairly easy to apply and rub into the hair- no complaints here. 


My bleached blonde hair after I'd applied Bleach London's Champagne Super Toner- it's a light creamy blonde and I was really pleased
This is the result- a creamy blonde that's slightly warmer than what I usually go for. My hair felt really soft and nice too :)
My bleached hair after using Champagne Super Toner by Bleach London- it's a light creamy blonde


This was such a subtle colour I'm not entirely sure how long it lasted, but it seemed to be gone after a few washes. This pic below is from the week later, maybe 3 washes later (?) and it's already faded a bit (but also it looks even lighter in the morning light...)

Bleach London super toner on bleached hair after about one week and three washes. It's faded a bit already so is an even lighter blonde

Here is my hair a month later and it's definitely all faded:

My hair a month after using Champagne Super Toner- it's completely faded back to platinum white blonde with no staining

(It was just after Dorian Electra's Gentleman/M'lady had come out if you're wondering.

Did it stain my hair//

No- it was so light and pretty sure it washed out after a few washes. (?) 

In conclusion//

It is a little bit pricy for a subtle change in tone, but I did get a lot of compliments and have actually bought this again so I obviously liked it. So, safe to say I liked it. I do think you need really light bleached hair to start with though!

Thanks for reading! -Amy xoxo

Check out some of my other hair dye reviews here: 

Directions Tangerine review and before and after

Directions Daffodil Review and Before and After

Bleach London Fade to Grey vs Makki Colouring mask in grey vs Schwarzkopf 098 Steel Silver: Which is the best hair dye? 


Monday, 11 January 2021

Directions Tangerine// Review and Before and After

Girl with orange hair dyed with Directions Tangerine and grey turtleneck

Back with another hair dye review- I can't not post a review when I try a new colour! I mean, this is from 2020 but better late than never eh? The long story short on this one is that the colour looked amazing but it definitely stained my bleached hair.


I bought this on grindstore for £4.99 whereas sellers on amazon were selling it for double that during the first lockdown- shout out to grindstore <3 You get 88ml, which was just enough for my medium length hair and for a little top up- if you have long or thick hair I'd definitely recommend getting more than one pot.


I had pretty much white hair, with some yellowish roots that I was desperate to cover up to be honest 

Girl with bleached blonde hair before dying with Directions Tangerine


I applied it to the roots and then smooshed it all over my hair and it came out sooo vibrant and nice!! I haven't had that many hair compliments in a while to be honest! Directions' creamy consistancy makes it pretty easy to apply without getting dye everywhere. I left it on for about 30 minutes for maximum brightness.


Girl with orange hair dyed with Directions Tangerine and grey turtleneck

It was so so bright!! The water was bright orange when I rinsed my hair and I was a bit paranoid that orange would come off on my bed sheets, towels etc. but I used all dark towels so I don't know if that actually happened (it really did when I used crazy color back in the day, but I might not have rinsed that off properly.. who knows... I'd be a little careful and don't use white bed sheets just in case.
But yeah, the colour was amazing, perfect for my goal of finally having Hayley Williams' hair ;)
My hair also felt really soft- another advantage of using directions is it doesn't damage your hair at all.


Some of the brightness toned down slightly after a couple of washes, although it was definitely still bright orange. After a couple of washes I used up the remaining half of the dye and topped up my hair, mostly my roots so it would fade in a gradient.
Girl with orange hair dyed with Directions Tangerine
After four more washes my ends started to go peachier:

I think this peach colour is dead cute and wasn't mad at it at all tbh
Peachy hair showing how Directions Tangerine looks 2 weeks and a few washes after dying
After another couple of washes I had a job interview and was slightly anxious about having peach hair for it, so I bleached my roots and did a quick bleach bath on the orangier patches to try and knock some of the orange out buuut it didn't do much and my hair became slightly cronchy so I decided to try and wait for it to fade by itself and also bleach baths are scary and I don't normally touch my hair with bleach apart from the roots after a slight disaster two years ago (Vol 40... need I say more?)
Girl with bleached blonde hair and a vintage shirt

Did it stain my hair//

Definitely can't recommend this to people without saying that yes it definitely stained my white hair and I was still slightly peachy/ creamy blonde over three weeks later. Most of it eventually washed out but I had a band of orange which really clung to my yellow-blonde roots.

In conclusion//

I am used to doing pastel hair colours/ grey, which is the lowest level of commitment possible, basically. So the fact that my hair is kind of stained peach still almost a month later was a little bit of a shock- I tried to fade the last peach bits out slowly with silver shampoo, dandruff shampoo and cleansing shampoo. But it is a banging colour and it made my hair really soft and for the price I can't complain because staining is what bright colours do tbh.

I hope you guys are all saying safe!
Thanks for reading!

Friday, 1 January 2021

How is it 2021 already// My 2021 New Years Resolutions and did i achieve my 2020 goals?

A picture of the Sinsekai signs in Shinsekai, Osaka after dark

Hi gang! I've been pretty quiet (again) as I've been settling in to my new job, but I've been here 6 months now and I really want to get back into the swing of blogging/posting on instagram again.... wish me luck! 

2020 was.... a strange year... wasn't it. I know am really lucky compared to some, and I hope you're safe and are doing ok! Lots of my 2020 goals became highly impractical due to *the situation* but I still wanted to go through them and set some goals for next year- it's a nice ritual to have.

My 2020 goals- did I achieve them? 

Get a job// I actually did this twice! My first job offer fell through due to covid, but I'm currently working at Mary Quant's London office, and I'm really enjoying it! 

Play guitar more// I failed laughably at this... 

Start some proper savings// Yep :^) Haven't been able to go anywhere or do anything so I've been aggressively saving for a holiday when I can.

Sort out my sleep// I'd give myself a 6/10 for this one- I am trying to sleep midnight-7:30 every day, but I'm still sooooo tiiired... 

Film photography// again, kind of a 4/10. I did take some cool film photos on throwaway cameras, but I still haven't gone in and got my proper cameras fixed

Go somewhere new in Europe// I was really lucky and we managed to go to Italy before the whole situation happened! It was lovely.

Actually make some Japanese youtube// Another thing that I just didn't do. No excuses really

Make my room nicer// Well I did get some more plants?? But yeah, I definitely need to try and pare down my room. Doesn't help that I am WFH from my room as well, it's sort of a gloomy stress pit rn...

Get a new laptop// Done! I am currently using the new shiny boi to write this post! 

Be more sorted// Hmmmm... I am more organised than I was, but the underlying goal of becoming more calm and less easily flustered remains.

Get another piercing// didn't manage this, because well, 2020

Get another haircut// I managed this! I got a haircut at Bleach in Soho which was suuch a dream for me. I won't be able to afford to get my hair done there every time I need my roots doing, but I want to make it a semi-regular thing because the whole experience was amazing tbh. I've got another post about that almost finished, so it will hopefully be up soon. 

Make a zine// I still need to actually do this.

Read 1 book/ month// I could definitely do with reading more though- my vocabulary is still awful...

Post one OOTD a month// Another one that I failed at for no good reason, haha 

And finally, this one might be a little obvious but

Go back and visit LEEDS!!!// 2020 also got in the way of this :'( 

So, overall I'm super pleased with myself! I have been really miserable not being able to see friends, zoom calls aren't quite the same tbh. But overall I got rid of a lot of negativity from my life in 2020 and I think, luckily, I've come out of it in a better place :) 

My 2021 goals

Sort out my film cameras// As I said earlier. And now, I have the money to just do it. When we're allowed outside again...

Sort out my room// As I said earlier, my room is slightly a black hole of stress, but I want to make it more calm and slightly pinterest worthy.

Actually play guitar again// again, a repeated goal from earlier because I completely neglected it this year

Read one book per month// This *should* be achievable as I'm a fairly fast reader. And you know, culture. 

Put more effort into Instagram and my blog// I do social media as part of my job, and I've definitely used most of my creative energy for work at the moment... I really do like having my own little corner of the internet though. I also finally want to do some Japanese content, which is another thing I've been saying I'll do for years...

Travel somewhere cool// even if it's just Canterbury (I've never been even though it's fairly close to me)

Go to a festival// I've finally locked down someone to go to Download with me, fingers crossed it goes ahead!!!!!!

Do the zine// No excuse really... I also want to post some more of the photos I took in Japan last year- I have literally thousands of photos.. 

Keep a good sleep schedule// and also start some proper exercise aaah

Get another piercing// Again, I have the money now so this should be fairly straightforward...

GO TO LEEDS// You knew it was coming. 

What are your 2021 goals? I wish you all a healthy and safe 2021 <3 <3

Thanks for reading!! 
-Amy xoxo

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