My first ever haul vlog! What a momentous occasion - thank you for sharing it with me.

This haul began back in January in the New Year sales so I was quite surprised to see summer clothes on the hangers. A playsuit for a fiver? Yes please. This is the first year I am going abroad without my parents so I am very excited but also a little nervous! Four friends and I are heading off to Malta mid June where I will take lots of summer outfit photographs for you with blue skies and white sand in the background (unless there are thunderstorms - hope I haven't jinxed it...)


Since January I have been on a couple of shopping days out and I officially have 47p in my bank account. However, I hope you like what I did spend all my money on. Let me know what you think in the comments!


For summer, I wanted to step out of my comfort zone. For me, this meant wearing long skirts which is why I bought the black skirt you saw in the video. What are you planning on wearing this summer?


P.S. tomorrow is my first blogiversary (wow) so look out for a post about the past year and also a very exciting announcement!

Summer Clothes Haul | YouTube

I absolutely love fancy nail art however recently I have been attempting to create designs that look awesome without requiring extreme levels of skill as well as time and patience. I also like matching my nails to my outfits. With the not-so-good-but-cheap topcoats I use, my artwork usually only lasts a couple of days which works out fine as you don't wear the same outfit for a whole week (unless it's unbelievably incredibly fandabbydosey).

This design was inspired by the yellow/mustard floral top I bought from New Look (in the sale) a couple of weeks ago. Yellow is one of my favourite nail polish colours because it's rarely seen and is bright and fun - perfect for spring and summer.

The top will definitely be featured in an outfit post soon so I can show you the whole thing on. It's incredibly versatile for casual wear, work wear, summer wear, night wear... (the list goes on). I love how the black and white used for the flowers and leaves creates an almost metallic effect which is why I used Barry M Instant Effects Foil Nail Paint in Silver (£3.99) to create the leaves.


I then added the black detail using a Sharpie, ensuring I lightly hairsprayed the nail before applying a topcoat to avoid black smudges! I also tried using a cheap liquid eyeliner when the Sharpie began to run out however I definitely preferred the Sharpie's effect which is pictured.


For the base yellow I used Miss Sporty Clubbing Colours in Popcorn (£1.99). This polish does apply a little streaky but after two coats and a smoothing topcoat I was pleased with the result. Apologies for the chipped nail (urgh) however I am in dire need of some Seche Vite topcoat but unfortunately am also trying to save money for summer and clothes and shoes. Priorities.

What have you been wearing on your nails lately?

Metallic Florals | Nails of the Day

Hello!

It's been so long, hasn't it? I am so so SO pleased to say I sat my last ever school exam this morning and am now freeeeeee! Not even the fact I answered "Why do you want to learn German?" with "because I like walking" instead of "travelling" from my German speaking exam can get me down - summer has officially started. Now I need to look for a summer job... any offers?

Anywayz.

On Saturday 9th May, I took part in my very first 5K run. You may know I've been trying to improve my fitness as a New Year's Resolution (P.S. I can now squat 40kg!) and signing up for the Colour Me Rad 5K was intended to act as motivation for me to keep up with this goal.
This is after the 5K, if you couldn't tell ;)

It kinda worked. I went jogging a few times and I still regularly go to the gym (but tend to do resistance training rather than cardio). The great thing about Colour Me Rad is it's not competitive, you aren't timed, no one cares if you walk or use a snail as your pacemaker. It's all about the fun - and the colour (see image above).


Can you see me? I'm debuting the stylish layered short trend

Every 1K there is a colour station where you disappear in a cloud of prettiness as volunteers chuck rainbow powder and spray liquid paint all over you. I think my favourite was the yellow cloud; it was like being enveloped in summer and happiness and butter all at once.

My friends and I walked the majority of the course but did run at parts - mainly because I was cold. I always read about Americans running this race and never knew it existed in the UK! You can find out if there's a colour run near you by checking out their website.

Here's a comparison of before and after the race:



I definitely prefer the coloured version! And, in case you're wondering what exactly happens in between the clean and the colour, here are a few images to give you an idea of what goes on. Credit to Iain's dad Craig for the great photographs!






It was such a unique experience and I would gladly do it again. I don't think I'll be running marathons any time soon, but the Colour Me Rad 5K is perfect for beginners and anyone up for some fun. You also get a t-shirt, tattoo (see my leg) and a pair of sunglasses so you can't complain really.

Also, I am hoping the colour will seal in on my top because look at the pretty pattern:


I got out my trusty apple cider vinegar and my (mum's) iron and it is now waiting to be washed - fingers crossed it doesn't turn back to boring white. That would be ew.

Speaking of apple cider vinegar, I'm hoping to do a YouTube video on my skincare routine which includes this, but in the meantime, may I recommend this great up to date article about the health benefits of this wonder. Definitely worth a read.

If you'd like to try a colour run yourself, click here to visit the official website and find out where your nearest is. Do let me know how you get on!

I Ran 5K and Turned into a Rainbow

When you first get your hair dyed, people can't stop fawning over your new do. I'm not complaining. However, with normal hair dye, the excitement does eventually fade and although you still look ace, the compliments diminish as people get used to the new you.

With Kool-Aid however, there is a whole other area of curiosity and conversation to explore as I have found out from having pinky-red (I wanted pink so let me call it pinky-red) ombre/dip dye hair for about a year now. All thanks to the American powdered drink - Kool-Aid.

Living the Kool-Aid Hair Life

  1. Since you dye your hair at home, the next time you visit your hairdresser you're due the inevitable "Wow your hair is so nice DID YOU DO THAT YOURSELF?!" followed by the question of how you did it and what you used and how long it took you etc. But then, when you tell them you used Kool-Aid, which, yes, is a powdered drink from America, they will be BLOWN AWAY. I'm not even kidding.

    When I told my hairdresser, she gathered round almost the whole salon staff and showed off my hair as she gushed about how it was done with a drink. Meanwhile I just sat there and smiled like an idiot.
  2. Be prepared for a very different reaction from your family, particularly your parents. When they discover you dyed your hair bright red/green/purple/yadayada with a drink you'll most likely be met with "and people drink that stuff? IMAGINE WHAT IT DOES TO YOUR INSIDES!!" To which you nod in agreement but remind them it's okay because you only use it on the outside and it gives you magical unicorn hair for just a couple of pounds. That'll set your frugal dad's mind at ease (well it does to mine anyway).
  3. IT NEVER FADES. The first time I dyed my hair was July 2014 and since then I have re-dyed it twice. So three times overall. So yes it does fade a little, the vibrancy is lost after a few months but a quick top up and you're good. Plus, you may prefer the faded result like me in which case you don't have to top up for ages! The longest I have left mine was seven months and it was still looking pretty fab, if I do say so myself.

    Indeed, seven months down the line I received a compliment from a lovely lady in Lush about my red dip dye (although I'd say it's sort of ombre-ish).
  4. It's kind of a hairstyle on its own. This is perfect for lazy people like me or those who suck at styling their hair (again, like me) because you wake up, brush your hair and BAM you look awesome with bright bold coloured hair.

    It also looks really pretty with braids and fishtails due to the gradient effect. And depending how you style a bun you can decide how much colour you want on display or if you want it tucked away.
  5. You get to feel Pinterest-worthy. My Beautiful Hair Pinterest board contains mostly candyfloss pink hair and although that is my dream hair colour, the (pinky) red I've got going on at the moment also makes me very happy. I may just pin my fishtail braid... (no shame).
  6. The last thing about living the Kool-Aid life is probably one that doesn't strike many at first. It's that you don't have to bleach your hair! My hair is still lovely and soft (well it has its good days) despite dying it three times with Kool-Aid. Also, because you don't have to bleach your hair, it creates a much more natural (or as natural as brightly coloured hair can be) look and is easier to create a soft gradient effect.
If you're interested in dying your hair with Kool-Aid, I suggest you read my very old but informative post about how I dyed mine for the first time! If you have any questions, feel free to ask :)

Have you ever dyed your hair with Kool-Aid? If you would, what colour would you aim for?? I'm really tempted to try purple but I'm too scared haha!

Living the Kool-Aid Hair Life

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