butchers salon
You know that first time you ate a Reese’s Cup and felt all “WHY IN GOD’S NAME HAVE I BEEN WASTING MY TIME WITH OTHER CHOCOLATE?!”? That’s kind of how I feel about Butchers Salon.

After meeting the lovely Jason Cocking at BeautyCon London, we bonded over all things hair and all the things I hate about my own. He then invited me to his resident East London salon he works at – Butchers – under the promise of dream hair.

How could I refuse?

When our appointment arrived, I was nervous. I had sent Jason a few references to platinum and silver hair colours that I liked but had nothing to comfort my bleach-heavy decision anxiesties but his relentless confidence.

Obviously, I wasn’t disappointed. I worked my way through the appointment – only having to pause for in-sink toning – and walked out a few hours later with my dream hair. Dream hair is such good condition that I didn’t even need a haircut.

Having lived with platinum/silver hair for just over a week, I believe the constant comparisons to Daenerys Targaryen was worth the hair makeover alone. The grey/silver tone is going strong (the bedhead photo at the bottom shows this best), my pale skin somehow looks glowier than ever before, and my hair is just as strong as it was when I went in.

If you’re looking for creative colour, Butchers is THE ONE.

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brows before after
I have never been a big fan of my eyebrows. In adult recollection, they have always been slightly sparse and my displeasure with countless numbers of waxers and threaders means that the coveted ‘dream brow’ is only attainable through brow pencils.

After hearing an abundance of praise for Sylvia at Nails & Brows, I booked a hopeful appointment.

After letting them grow out a few weeks, I entered the tiny boutique and started off downstairs with a manicure. Though manicures are always pretty straightforward, Kicia and I bonded instantly over tales of Tinder, blogger don’ts, and the impressively long-lasting Vinylux polishes (I went for Powder My Nose – a creamy nude).

In no time at all, I was then whisked upstairs for my brow makeover. Sylvia – who I had wrongly imagined as an intimidating and wax-wielding German wunderkind – was one of the nicest and courteous people I imagine I’ll ever meet. After talking through what I liked and disliked about my bare brows, she went on to thread them to perfection.

After revealing that my natural shape had been contorted by years of improper brow maintenance, she advised me to use castor oil as a natural hair growth aid and proceeded to pencil in my #browgoals with Damone Roberts products.

By using a slightly lighter colour, I was really able to see what I needed to grow back and how I needed to shape my eyebrows.

This may only be the beginning but I finally feel like my dream brows can become a reality. All hail Nails & Brows!

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blo blow dry london
I may be no stranger to blow dry bars, but the arrival of Blo in Covent Garden had me feeling like a complete blow dry noob. With Gwyneth Palrow as one of the chain’s partners, the mostly US-based business has been on my radar since 2007.

I booked in without hesitation.

Nestled in an underground corner of Covent Garden’s central markets, it took me a bit longer than expected to find, so I’ve included a guide photo below (otherwise, follow the opera singers and you should find it).

Once inside, I was charmed by the space (chic with a hint of pink) and staff (bubbly hair maestros). I can be quite particular about what I want but my lovely hairdresser washed and dried me to voluminous curly perfection.

What I didn’t realise about the salons was they they use a line of products – ‘Unite‘ – that I have never come across before. When five different products found their way into my hair throughout the blow dry, I was worried I would end up with a weighed down mop of blonde but was, instead, astounded by a super bright and bouncy blow dry. Strangely, Blo’s cocktail of products actually helped my hair look healthier and icier in colour.

The sulphate-free ‘Boing’ curling cream has made it’s way onto my wishlist alongside a lifetime supply of Blo blow dries.

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blonde hair products
Not too long ago I started on a hair journey towards blonde that has culminated in my latest visit to Gro. Thanks to Serafina, I’ve got a pretty fantastic mop of strawberry blonde on top of my noggin’ right now and I want to make sure it doesn’t fade or alter in the coming weeks.

I’ve been testing out a shower full of hair products in the search for a ‘Blonde Hair Holy Grail’ and the following two lines deserve golden cups of their own:

Nexxus Oil Infinite
Nexxus used to be one of my most loved American brands and I was beyond excited to see them launch ‘Oil Infinite‘ (an oil-infusing system) in the UK. What makes these products extra special is the formulka; concentrated, 100% pure Elastin Protein and natural Babassu & Marula oils. Each product in the system (of which there is a shampoo, conditioner, masque and oil) contains them, therefore turning even the most dry and damaged hair into a bed of silky strands.

If you’ve gone a bit too blonde too fast, this would be an ideal product line to whip your head back into shape.

Tigi S Factor
I have been trialling the Diamond Dreams shampoo and conditioner with weekly use of the Serious Conditioner and have been blown away by the results. Because my hair hasn’t suffered too much damage while going blonde (it has been a seven month process), I wanted a lighter alternative to the Oil Infinite that would still keep my hair healthy.

Diamond Dreams – which contains champagne extract, diamond dust, cashmere and crushed pearls – seemed a safe bet.

It’s rich hair in a bottle. While creating a multi-dimensional shimmer, the duo maintains conditioned colour, offers UV protection, controls frizz, adds strength & shine, and detangles. Without sulphates.

If that wasn’t enough, the Serious Conditioner (which smells like a minty strawberry souffle) acts as a fabric conditioner for hair. Using amino acids and hydrolyzed silk protein to smooth and strengthen hair follicles, all it takes is a five minute soak for ultimate softness.

Both lines won’t be leaving my shower for quite some time.

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summer lip products
I may be the ultimate lazypants when it comes to wearing make-up but I always make time for lip colour. A bare face looks ever so purposeful when paired with a chic lip (believe me, I’ve done my research) and it is my yearly mission to seek out the latest and greatest lip products on the market.

This Summer, I advise you get your hands on the following:

Carmex Moisture Plus Berry sheer tint – This is probably the least colourful tint I will mention, but leaves a gorgeous lip-bitten colour. With Vitamin E, Aloe, Shea Butter and SPF 15, it is a faultless handbag staple.

Balance Me Shine On tinted lip salve in Nude – This salve feels like a spa treatment for the lips. In the formula, you have organic shea, mango, cocoa butter, rosehip, jojoba, and virgin coconut oil (swoon!) while the colour is naturally created with mica pigment. It glides on like water and – as a purple-toned nude – would suit any skin tone.

Lanolips Lip Ointment with Colour & Lemonaid Lip Aid – The Lip Ointment with Colour is heavier and glossier than ‘Shine On’ but has ridiculous staying power. I have been loyal to the formula for over a year (in Rhubarb) but have recently cheated on the colour with their dusty pink, Rose – the ultimate nude.

As well as the new colour, I’ve got my hands on their Lemonaid Lip Aid for the first time and regret not trialling it sooner. The product is a blend of creamy treatment balm and natural exfoliant (thanks to the addition of organic lemon oil) and is addictively fresh. It is Lanolin-glossy, glitter ball-shimmery, and even makes your lips tingle. A win.

Avon Ultra Colour Indulgence SPF 15 lipsticks: pictured left to right – Day Lilly (red), Honey Flower (nude), Plum Verbena (dark purple) – When it comes to serious colour, these lipsticks have been my shock favourite. Unlike a lot of pigmented lipsticks I own, they are extraordinarily comfortable on the lips and so moisturising they almost make lips look…juicy (an awkward but necessary word). Plum Verbena, in particular, is a 90s lip godsend.

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