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A lifestyle blog by a London gal who loves plants, metal, bleaching my hair and Osaka

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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