Monday, 11 August 2014

Hair Makeover with Andrew Barton ❀

A good few weeks ago now I was invited to the Grabble event at Andrew Barton's salon in Covent Garden. Grabble is an online fashion platform which reminds me of Pinterest mixed with ASOS. I really recommend having a look at their site - it's a great place for fashion inspiration and fantastic way to find items too. I had a lot fun at their #GrabAMakeover event and I was the lucky winner of two prizes on their charity raffle. Today's post is about the Hair Makeover that I won with Andrew Barton himself! 

Jack, myself & Andrew

The first picture shows my before hair, which is pretty much my natural colour with some slight ombre peeking through, if you havent already seen this post on my hair adventure a few months ago you might want to take a look. To sum up, over the last few months I've really wanted a subtle balayage-ombre through the ends of my hair, just to warm it up and add some modern dimension to my hair, I tried it myself and it didn't work so I coloured over it. I went Pinterest mad over the last few weeks since booking my appointment with Andrew and took along some photos of how I wanted the colour to look.

The appointment started with a consultation with Jack, my lovely colourist and Andrew who would be cutting my hair. I showed them the photo's (mostly of Lily Aldridge) of the kind of look I was after and they were both very positive about the style and thought it would suit me, so Jack got straight to colouring my hair. After a few trips to replenish his stash of foils and much discussion of all things 'hair' and 'London' we were almost done with the colouring. Foils came out, bleach was rinsed and toner applied. After a little wait with the toner I was treated to a relaxing head massage and hair wash from Josh. Time for my cut with Andrew, he worked speedily and precisely giving my dreadful ends a much needed chop and adding some feminine shape to frame my face. He whipped out the hairdryer and round brush and gave my hair the best blow out I've ever had, and he made it all look so easy! I've been battling with a ceramic round brush for the last few weeks and can't imagine how I would ever create a curly, bouncing, smoothed style like he did for me. 

The cut and colour are just perfect, they're exactly what I wanted and really make my hair feel modern and young. I had a lovely morning at the salon and was made to feel very welcome by all. I'd love to say a big thank you to Andrew and his team for doing such a great job with my hair, and if you're in need of a hair overhaul or a luxurious hair appointment I thoroughly recommend them!  

Thank you so much for reading, much love - Kitty.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Top Ten Tag ❀


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This Tag was made by Jessica Vannan at Pretty Chit Chat 
I Tag:

Zoe ❀
Sarah ❀
Sam ❀
April ❀
Anouska ❀


I love the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation. I've never tried a Rimmel foundation that I haven't loved, but this one is my favourite and the one I constantly go back to. Medium coverage, almost-dewy finish that just leaves your skin looking youthful and bright. Lovely.

Actually really loving the Rimmel Match Perfection Loose Powder recently too. I was a big fan of the stay matte powder but when I needed to repurchase and they didn't have my colour I settled for this one and haven't gone back to Stay Matte! Eager to try the Soap & Glory one too as that looks gorgeous.

I'm a big lover of the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer as it's super creamy and has good coverage, unfortunately the lightest colour isn't quite light enough to give me the 'highlight triangle' that I love under my eyes/across my cheeks, so for that I use the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in the lightest shade.

NARS Douceur is a winner! Really beautiful, subtle shade of pink-brown blush. It's not completely matte but there's no shimmer to it, which I prefer for day time as I like to use a separate highlighter with varying intensity depending on that days mood. 

Love Benefit Hoola for warming up the face, but I find it a touch too orange for contouring, so my contour favourite is the bronzer from the Sleek Face Form palette in Light. I've done a YouTube video of how I contour which you can see here. 

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight is just gorgeous. Despite the name, it gives a really beautiful soft glow. Heavenly. 

This one is a tough one, I have a few that I really like but I haven't found The One. The closest I've ever gotten to The One, and one of my most repurchased mascaras is the Chanel Inimitable Intense which is just lovely. Very separating and lengthening. Plus, who can argue with Chanel packaging on their dresser.

This week I completed my Urban Decay Naked palette collection by purchasing the original and I am in love with it! I've been an adoring user of UD shadows for quite a few years now with much very well used Naked 2 palette and Naked 3 has been getting the love since Christmas. The original Naked has been on my 'must purchase' list for many months and it finally came home with me and I haven't been able to put it down! Adore the buttery texture of these shadows, nothing beats them! And the neutral colours are just perfect for me. Love!

Soap & Glory Archery in Browny Points is doing my brows good lately... However, I'm quite fickle with brow products as they're definitely my biggest make up struggle and I have never found a product, style or shape that I think is perfect. Would love recommendations!

10. LIPS
I think it's going to have to be Eva's Nude from the L'Oreal Collection Privee line, it's a really beautiful orange-toned nude shade which suits pretty much everybody! You can see my blogpost on the collection here.

I hope you enjoy this tag and check out the tagged peoples posts! 

Kitty ❀

Monday, 4 August 2014

Revlon Moisture Stain in Cannes Crush ❀

I've been seeing this lip product all over the blogosphere for what seems like ages and I've been dying to try them for myself. So when I saw these at the Revlon stand the other day I got just a wee bit excited. I stood and swatched them for ages, wanting to buy them all but restricting myself to starting with one. The one that I chose in the end is Cannes Crush which is a beautiful coral shade! 

When first swatched, some of the colours can look a bit scary, but blend them out and they turn into a more sheer, beautiful gloss. This one for instance, looks quite florescent when you first swatch it or first apply it to your lips, but as with pretty much all lip products I like to blend to a more natural look. The finish is glossy and moisturising without being sticky or uncomfortable to wear, in fact it feels quite nourishing. I find the colour doesn't last quite as long as other stains that I've tried, but it gives a good four to five hours of colour, with the gloss wearing off much quicker. 

Kitty ❀
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