My Top products for blonde hair

My Top products for blonde hair

Bright clean blonde hair is amazing but as a blonde lets be honest it can be a pain to maintain.

There are many elements such as Water, pollution and the sun can turn our locks brassy. Over styling can cause hair to be dry and more prone to breakage.

Over the years I have put together a few tips to help prolong my freshly toned locks.

 

Finding Your Blonde

Choose a professional hair colour stylist. Going to a Top class salon to get your highlights done is essential. Blonde hair is the hardest colour to get correct so its important to find a qualified colourist.

 

Making your colour last

I found the key to preserve my illuminating toned hair and it may sound bizarre but wash your hair less. ( your hair not your daily showers obviously  ). I know it sounds disgusting but I trained my hair to not get greasy. OK at this point you’re thinking what is she on about but it works believe me.  I found over the last year or so that every time I got my colour done it wasn’t lasting as it should. I was washing my hair every second to 3rd day so I started leaving it an extra day every week. I am now only wash my hair every 5-7 days. I found that the condition of my hair also dramatically improved it was amazing.

 

Choosing the correct shampoos and conditioners

As a blonde ,look for formulas that are designed to maintain and protect your colour, opt for a sulphate free formula if you have dry scalp. To keep the tone of your hair and to stop brassiness opt for a purple or silver shampoo.

Here are my favourites:

 

Joico Colour endure Violet Shampoo €11.70

Available at hair salons I picked mine up @ Blakes carlow

or @ Beauty Bay

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Alfaparf  Never Brass €18.00

Available in Alfaparf salons

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Bleach London Silver Shampoo and Conditioner

Boots €8.49

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Provoke Touch of silver

Boots €4.99

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Alfaparf semi Di lino reconstruction shampoo and conditioner

Available at Alfaparf Salons

€15 to €30

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Happy hair days

 

Melissa xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enhance your eyes with Baby Doll lashes

Enhance your eyes with Baby Doll lashes

Lashes are a must have in my kit when creating makeup looks. They can intensify the eye makeup and can give the illusion of a bigger eye shape.  Lashes come in different lengths, thickness and styles. I have always found it difficult to find the perfect lashes, the brands would lack in a selection of styles or the band of the lash strip were too thick and are difficult to apply to the eyes.

I Have finally  found the most spectacular lashes.  Baby Doll Cosmetics are an Irish company who launched in 2013 at the RDS. They have a wide range of lashes in different lengths and thickness to suit all individuals.  I have been using BAbydoll lashes for about a year now and I still love them as much as day one., the quality of the lashes are amazing they are lightweight and easy to apply.

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The lashes

My favourite are the 870 lashes, they are an average length with a demi wispy effect. The lashes are natural but yet still achieves fullness of the eye.

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If you prefer more length and minimum thickness the 795 are the ones for you. I get asked so many times, what lashes i’m wearing when wearing these beauties, the 795 they are light enough for daytime use. They are perfect if you naturally have thick lashes but need to add that extra length.

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If you like the full dramatic look the 807 are your dream lashes, they have amazing fullness and are super dark, perfect to add definition to the eyes.  Great lashes for party nights out perfect for  a bold make up look.

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You can purchase The lashes at http://www.babydoll.ie/ , hurry up and show off them lashes girls. There is also new lashes just been added to the Babydoll family  704 and 711 super excited to try them. I am wearing 870 lashes in this makeup look.

Flutter them lashes

Melissa xx

 

 

 

Bride Of the month- Catriona Cuddihy

Catriona O Neill now Mrs Cuddihy got married on September 4th this year in  Venue  Hotel Kilkenny Co.Kiklenny

www.hotelkilkenny.ie

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The morning of Catrionas wedding was so lovley and peaceful,  I had an early start to get all the girls ready Catriona , her  lovely bridesmaids and her adorable mam. Depsite all the laughter and her dad cracking all the jokes I was still in work mode and had her on time for her big day.

 

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Catriona wanted a Bohemian style wedding with a vintage twist, we discussed looks in her trial and I created a look that focused  on the l winged liner  and a red lip. I choose MAC lady danger for Catriona MAC  lady danger is so vivd and beautiful and defintely makes a statement. Its warm orange based undertone really complemented Catriona fair skin tone  and was perfect for her wedding theme. she wanted a fun  creative theme with lots of colour so this suited her makeup look just perfect..

 

Her Bohemian style theme was elegantly brought into the the headpieces and her bouquets which were so beautiful, the colours and textures were outstanding and it really set the theme off to a tee.

Bouquets: https://www.facebook.com/soahflowers

 

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Catriona and her parents really had a special bond it was beautiful too see how happy they were for their daughter. They were the nicest poeple and made me feel so warm and welcome on the morning of catrionas wedding . The pictures below show the happinesss in their faces.

 

 

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Catrions dress was so classy and elegant it was perfect. Bohemian style dress had a beautifull flow an girly edge to it and the vinatge twist was introduced with the lace on the shoulders.  It was Classic and timeless.

Dress: ‘Wren’ by designer Claire Pettibone.

Photographer: Leanne Keaney  www.facebook.com/leannekeaneyphotography

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I hope Catriona had a fantastic day and hopefully we will; get to meet again soon..

Thanks

Melissa xx

 

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Must Have beauty products for Summer.

Its been a while since a posted on this i have a had a hectic few weeks but i am back and have loads to talk about.

Summer has Hit Ireland over the past few days and I really hope it lasts. I love summer , long evening walks, blue fresh skies I just feel so much more energetic in the summer. Its time to pack up them winter clothes and to start showing our flesh again.  So here are a few beauty products to help you look and feel great after those long winter dull months when heading out into the sun.

  • Clinique Spf factor . Spf is a must for our face in the summer, Uva, Uvb rays are extremely harmful for our skin,  firstly it causes skin cancer but we want to prevent them wrinkles and skin pigmentation. Over the years I have found  it difficult to find a face spf that didn’t infere with my makeup. they were either too thick, oily, shiny and makeup just wouldnt  adhere to my makeup but I found this holy grail and its amazing.
  • Foundation: This can be a tricky one for us girls. The humid weather increases the chances of your foundation melting from our face. So it does depend on two things what type of coverage we want? what type of skin type we have? It depends on personal choice.

Mac: Face and body foundation

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This is a great foundation, its quick and easy to apply. It’s a sheer but buildable coverage that gives a beautiful natural glow to the skin. It’s suitable for all skin types, water-resistant and long wearing. Apply powder if you require more coverage and it will hold makeup for a longer period.

 

 

 

 

Mac Prolongwear: A long wearing foundation suitable for humid condition, it controls oil but allows your skin to breathe. II would say its a medium coverage. I would highly recommend Pro longwear as it’s not too cakey for summer

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Estee lauder Double wear: Super long wearing foundation lasting 15hrs even without primer or powder. It has a matte finish and liquid consistency, medium to full coverage. I love this foundation for going out but for a day in the sun i think it is too full on that’s just my opinion. If you like full coverage then this is the one for you. It’s a fantastic foundation.download (1)

  • Tan:  A nice glowing tan is a must have but after the long winter months and irish skin we are milk bottles lol so we need a solution quickly . Instant tans are fantastic which are  quick and easy tan but not so great if you decide to go swimming then you will be left looking like a zebra, so ifs that’s the case opt for a gradual tan and use both accordingly to what suits the situation best.

My two favorite instant tans are academie instant tan and good reliable sally hanson.

Academie bronze express is a liquid formula, I wouldn’t advise for a beginner as it can be messy. I love that you can see where i am applying the tan and it has a low tan odour, that really bothers me about tans. it doesn’t transfer into my clothes,  It’s not cheap and its small enough but i would give it a 9/10

Sally hanson: This is just so  handy and reliable, long-lasting and retails at €10. Just spray onto my body and use the glove to blend. I did find it can transfer onto my clothes but now I use a towel and give my body a quick rub down and it works wonders, perfect tan for the handbag and holidays.

Skin illuminator . Apply to your cheekbones to give a skin a sun kissed glow, can also be applied on collar bones, front of legs when the sun hits it, it looks fantastic.

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  • Nail polish. Get yourself a pedicure at the start of the summer, most of us neglected our little feet over the winter period. Invest in a few nails polishs to mix and match to your outfits. I find the Rimmel polishs good quality and affordable.