hair dye guide

Photo credit: Shinylipsytv

You see that colour on the right end there? The one where if you have dark hair, they simply show a mysterious blank space where Error and Danger lives? The Unknown.

This is kind of relevant because I’ve spent the last 3 years wanting to go blonde. Can you blame me for wanting something like this?

ayano sasaki blonde Ayano Sasaki Webstagram

 In my world this is kind of a Big Deal because my hair is kind of like crazy dark and Chinese and it’s a big commitment. Everyone’s reaction so far has been:

a) Why?

b) Why would you want to do that?

c) I think it’d look hot! (Thank you Sarah, my one staunch supporter…!)

d) WHY? (This last one is from my boyfriend, complete with hand gestures and tears running down his face. He likes brunettes.)

To be fair: I’ve actually found out what happens if you dye your crazy dark Asian hair with blonde box dye: you go a pretty funny ginger (even if you buy the ash-toned one), and a) you either put up with it long enough for it to settle into a vaguely light brunette or b) you cry and run screaming into the nearest hairdresser’s for some toner.

I’ve done both. (Guess which is cheaper though.)

I’ve played enough with you, box dyes. And I’ve flirted with you, dip-dye. I’m ready for some commitment.

It’s going to be a while before I can haul ass to the hairdresser’s though for money reasons, so if anyone can tell me, I’d love to know if:

a) can I get blonde and keep blonde with mixing your own toner and bleach

b) because I’m not crazy hardcore on the topping on roots I’m going to make like Ayano Sasaki up top there and blend it in with my normal hair – do you need skillz for this?

ayano sasaki blonde

If anyone has the answers, please let me know! Serious love for you all.

P.S.: My boyfriend has now been trained to only sniffle a little bit at the mention of my going blonde now. Trained.


Or just the first.

Waaaah, I’m sorry it’s been so long, and I can only blame my gluttony for this (I ate 4 pieces of cake on Christmas Day, and I’m not even exaggerating even slightly, sadly enough). Christmas has been a lovely flurry of family, good food and wine (I think there were about 5 glasses alongside those 4 pieces of cake) and I knew I would have to post before New Year’s Eve properly hit and took away my sense of time again.

So here’s a quick LOTD:

If you remember my spiel about glitter eyeliners then you’ll understand where this one came from.

3someSo here’s a scarily in-depth close up to show you the effect properly. I am bit of a vain toss and wear this look wherever I like regardless of the situation (luckily I work in a pretty relaxed office!) so be free! If you feel like your outfit is boring blind people with your eyes, and if you feel like you have to much glitz and bling going on then you haven’t. Not until you’ve done this too.




Using caps because I am o-b-s-e-s-s-e-d. I need purple in my life. I usually can’t stand wearing pastel colours (dude it looks so good when you see it on the hanger, but me and lavender were not made to get on) but from a beauty aspect I am now redeemed. Okay, I know I am behind on the beauty bandwagon but I need to have perfectly lilac lips in my life.

I’ve commissioned my best friend to buy me Sleek’s Exxxagerate (bless her for tolerating me) for Christmas but I’m still hunting around to fill this yawning gap in my life. (For once pudding is not filling the void.)

I have heard all those wonderful tales about Lime Crime and Airbourne Unicorn after scouring the Internets (and even in my obsession did wonder about shipping it from the US) but I’m not convinced it’s going to suit me for the price. I’ve heard good things about Mac’s Asian Flower as a semi-dupe and I’m going to have to wander down to the Mac aisles after Christmas just to see if this bad boy and me are going to be friends. Maybe then I can start incessantly obsessing about something else.

UntitledMac, Asian Flower


…to apologise? Here, have some food, you might be less angry. Delicious bibimbap to calm one’s nerves.

I am sorry. Truly sorry. The kind of sorry where the puppy-dog eyes are brought out, because honestly there’s been no excuse for so long with an update… or is there? Job interviews, work, parental birthdays, writing articles on LoveScene Magazine,  Masterchef Professionals (It’s like crack. Or live sport.) or having fun (that old chestnut)… No. No excuse at all.

So accept my whimpering apologies, and feast your eyes on the visual excuses instead.

cakeChocolate and Raspery Tentatation from Maison Blanc

winter lips Winter berry lips.

photo 1

A view down Birmingham centre, readying for Christmas.


Chocolate brown nails. Not evoking the food metaphor with all the make up at all, huh?


Proving that rainy days are good for something.

candyfloss christmasCandyfloss to celebrate the Christmas lights turning on this year. Mmm… cavities.



Once upon a time we all got posed that question of ‘desert island item’. And most of us agonised over those key three items – mascara, lipstick, or foundation?

Not me. I knew from the beginning that I needed that eyeliner, and I would need it always.

Although I’ve experimented over the (whole grand total of 22) years, I’ve never really managed to deviate from the good old cat-flick. So really whenever I have a ‘new’ look it’s kind of me just building off the eyeliner.

Revlon color stay liquid eye pen, 01 Blackest Black/Collection 2000 dazzling gel liner, 3 Funk & 1 Glitz/Lancôme L’absolu rouge lipstick.

Case in point: I bought glitter eyeliner.
And though this was probably best left for those still in their tweens, I kind of find it has a certain charm. Or sparkle. (I’m so sorry for that pun. Sort of.) So here’s the 2 looks I’ve been sporting lately – and if you up to it, you can even layer the two glitter eyeliners on top of each other to create some facial glitterball that’ll blind everyone’s eyes but your own. In a good way, of course.

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