Category: Beauty

HUGHES REVIEWS – Tigi Catwalk Fashionista Violet Shampoo and Conditioner

Oh ladies its that time again, and this one is for all you blondies. Yep all you faux Marilyn Monroe’s with your bleach blonde hair that keeps going brassy…. Well let me tell you, this is a thing of the past.
I am absolutely in love with Tigi Catwalk Fashionista Violet Shampoo and Conditioner!

Gone are the days where I cross days off the calendar waiting for my hair dye day!
Gone is the pouring of the talcum powder in my hair before a night out so it doesn’t look orange (yes I did this)

I am free to let my hair be a sparkly fresh ashy colour blonde I have this shampoo and conditioner to thank.

Now don’t get me wrong, no shampoo and conditioner is ever going to be as good as a toner on your hair (that you only let your hairdresser apply because anything else is BADDDDDD!) but this shampoo and conditioner is as close as you’re going to get.

And if you don’t believe me? Ask my boyfriend. He hopped in the shower a couple of days after I bought it and lathered it over his hair, amused that it was a deep purple colour.

He walked in the bedroom, smelling like a salon, towel round his waist, his natural browny coloured hair now a lighter blonde.

“You’ve used my shampoo haven’t you?”

“Yes, it’s purple.”

“Yeah I know, its to lighten and make my hair less yellow”


“And you look like a surfer!”

He runs to the mirror, sure enough his hair’s a little lighter, he said he liked it so we are all good. ** Have left some 70p boots own shampoo out now though so he doesn’t waste my new best mate of a shampoo.**

But back to the point, yes it’s expensive. Yes it stains your nails. But my god is my hair in good condition and a lovely colour. I cannot recommend it highly enough!
If I had a 5 star rating I’d give it a 6.
It’s currently on offer here and you get a free gift so snap it up!

Hughes Reviews – NARS concealer

Lil reviewsy from Hughesy.

Gonna be real with you lot, I go from having flawless skin, like the skin of an angel, to the skin of the acne guy from the Simpsons in the space of couple of hours and I hate it.

I clean my face with soap and water or an expensive product it doesn’t matter I get random breakouts whenever my face feels like it. My face is the equivalent of a stroppy toddler.

So I invested in some NARS concealer which is not cheap. I had such high expectations for this product, I’ve seen women using this stuff on Youtube tutorials to contour their face, I’ve seen them using it to cover spots, Ive seen men use it transform into beautiful women!

Do you know what I use it for? I use it in my pen pot at work so my ruler doesn’t get lonely.

I’ve been an avid user of the collection 2000 concealer that I use for bags under my eyes! Spots! Contouring! It has never done me wrong, and then I went out, got all cocky thinking I’m the big ‘I AM’ buying concealer that costs me the same amount as the fuel I use in a week.

Disappointed does not cover it. Its thick and matt and makes my face patchy and dry, and it dries like a chalkboard pen.

I know I’m going to get some flack about it being amazing and wonderful but nope I don’t think so. I’m going to save my money in future and stick to my £2.99 collection 2000 concealer.

I’m sorry I thought I could do better than you C2000. You are absolutely fine as you are.

Diary: Confidence

img_3418You would not believe the amount of posts that I start writing and then stop because I think that it sounds like mindless waffle.

I’ve always been a bit of a story teller. At a party you would always find a friend saying “Rochelle tell him that story of when we were younger…” and I will tell it and I’ll put my all in to all the details and emphasise moments and people will laugh. And then they’ll say something like “You should be on stage!” And I think to myself I could not think of anything worse.

I absolutely love making people laugh but I have no confidence or self esteem. I’m trying so hard to work on that at the minute but it really is a tough thing to fix. How do you learn confidence when you don’t even like yourself?

I was telling Martyn the other day how I would love to complete a task and think “wow you’ve done a good job there”, but I finish something and even if its done correctly and well I still pick faults at it and tell myself I should have done better.

I live inside my head. I know there will be a lot of people who fully understand this phrase but I’ll spell it out for you if not.

I know exactly how I wish to be perceived, how I want my answers to sound, and what I want other people to say.

I have an exact image of how something should be and if the reality doesn’t quite measure up, I take it personally , get upset and feel disappointed.

AND I’ve always been the sort of person who seeks confirmation that I’ve done something well, I’m unable to make that decision myself. If a few people tell me how great something is I start to believe them but I can’t do it on my own and it is so depressing to be like that.

Everyone has always said to me you shouldn’t care what other people think, but I care (on the inside). I won’t let it show that I care but I will go home and replay peoples opinions in my heads over and over.

I know accepting who you are  and being comfortable in your own skin comes with age and I am only 24 but I wish it would hurry up.

I’m making a conscious effort to stop looking at other people and wishing I was more like them. I’m so guilty of looking other girls and admiring their figure and their confidence and thinking I’m going to be just like them! And then I go home and wear black and change my hair before I leave the house because “maybe it looks tooooo out there.”

Martyn is constantly encouraging me to dress more confidently because I know that he see’s I pick clothes that hide me. I’ve come to terms with the fact I’m never going to be a size 10 model and that’s OK but if someone could send a surge of confidence or some tips on how to dress that would be brilliant because I haven’t got a clue.

I love Hannah Gale’s style and the way she portrays herself and I just wish that I could do that! I need a little surge of cash into my bank account so I can hire myself a stylist who will go shopping with me and buy stuff that fits nicely and makes me feel good.

It annoys me because it hasn’t always been this way. I used to have so much more confidence and dress however I wanted and I really didn’t care but over the years doubts have crept in.

So yeah, I’m going to really try and feel good in what I wear because confidence really does show. I know because the girls I admire the most know what they’ve got and they flaunt it!

Blondes have more fun?

From brunette to blonde. Can it be done? Is it a good idea?

Well let me tell you I am the queen of hairstyles. You name a colour or style I have most probably done it. From boy short to longer than my bum. From accidental pink hair to purposeful purple hair I have tried it all.

Just a few of the hairstyles and colours…..

The thing with my hair is I get bored of the same thing really quickly. At Christmas I had purple/brown/blonde hair and then went to just plain brunette and that lasted two months and then the sun came out and I felt my hair was too dark so I asked my hair dresser if she would mind making my hair blonde!

Now the area thing about my hair dresser is she has been doing my hair for about 5 years so she knows exactly what I’m like so she tends to say yes on the condition that I don’t bleach the sh*t out of it when she isn’t around.

Yep that happened about two years ago, I had accidentally turned my hair three different shades of red, pink and orange and it took my mum SIXTEEN lots of bleaching my hair until it was back to a normal colour. Yes 16 lots of bleach. I’m not exaggerating you can ask her! And no my hair didn’t fall out (that time) but I did severely burn my scalp.

So back to brunette to blonde. Yes it can be done! But there are certain rules that you should follow.

  1. Do not do it yourself! I cannot stress to you enough how much your scalp hurts. I had blisters, dandruff, burns. It was horrendous. And if that wasn’t painful enough, there is nothing worse than washing off the bleach, taking off that towel and revealing the most horrendous colour. Leave it to a professional!
  2. Don’t expect it to happen straight away. I’ve had highlights put through this time, I will have more put through next time, and then the third time I will have the whole of my hair done.
  3. Buy silver shampoo and get over the fact it may look brassy for a little while! You are changing your colour from one end of the spectrum to the other so its not going to happen over night and there will be some gingery yellow tones, it’s ok! They are called “warm tones” 😉
  4. Look after your hair. Lay off the straighteners! Now I’ve started going blonde I have two weeks of wearing my hair in a bun or a pony tail and letting it dry naturally just so I don’t frazzle it! I also invested in Revlon Professional Uniq One Hair Treatment. You can buy this on feel It is a little bit expensive but so so worth it I cannot recommend it highly enough!
  5. Resign yourself to the fact that once you are blonde you have to upkeep your roots every four weeks. Some people can go longer but for me it is four weeks max! If I could afford to have my roots done every 2 weeks I would, but I would be the homeless girl you buy a sausage roll for when your in town who lives in a sleeping bag with the rootless blonde hair!

So thats it really! Just take your time, if it’s a colour you really want you won’t mind waiting to get it right.

Make-up Makes me Poor

I read so many different lifestyle blogs and all I do while I’m reading them is feel inadequate.

Especially make-up, hair and beauty blogs. Now don’t get me wrong I love make up tips, hair style advice and I love learning new techniques but I just cannot afford those products!

I work full time, but I live by myself and only have my income which goes on rent, bills and food. The little money I have at the end of the month tends to go in a saving pot for a holiday next year with my boyfriend.

I have been using the same mascara since Christmas. I know thats gross and before you all start with how I’m gonna get an eye infection ra ra ra. It’s not dried up so I’m still using it! I buy foundation from B&M for £3.99 or if I’m feeling flush I will get a Rimmel foundation for £6.99 if its on offer. I have absolutely no idea what that clear serum stuff people apply to there face before make up so I’m currently using a £3 primer I bought from an outlet store.

Anyway the point I’m trying to make is when I go out and do my make up I don’t feel ugly, I feel really nice which means that you don’t need the best of the best to look amazing.

Make up done with “budget” brands and I felt nice and had great coverage!

The best thing I could suggest investing in is Maybelline Superstar 24H Setting Spray. It costs about a fiver and it really does ensure your make up stays in place all day. The only thing I would suggest is you shake it really well before use because I sprayed it and went out and it had left white powder all over my face! My fault though as it does state on the spray shake very well before use. (Oops!)

Anyway back to the point, don’t be fooled into buying really expensive make up, it might be a good product but make up is not an essential and you can have just as nice make up without making yourself poor for the rest of the month.