How I got healthy and long hair – from a girl with bleached and fine hair!

Happy new year! This year I have decided to make the year about making myself a better version of me starting with more frequent posts on here, I have so much to share all the time and I need to make more time for things that make me happy and improve my life like my blog and my health. So this is the begining of a very exciting year. Ao lets jump right in!

I have been trying to grow my hair long for years and only recently have started actually getting length beyond I was told is my “gene length” which is apparently dictated by your genes. Now there are a number of things I have done to achieve this and if you are like me and have blonde fine hair you might be able to use some of my techniques too!

Firstly I use a special pillowcase called a Slip pillowcase, its made from 100% silk and stops your hair getting tangled and pulled like cotton does, it’s also great for your skin, stopping sleep creases and stretching. Theybare awesome, also a really good gift idea for any lady who appreciates better skin and hair… aka EVERYONE!!

2. Stop blowdrying your hair! I was blowdrying every time I washed my hair, I have stopped this and now just wash my hair at night. By doing this I have essentially cut my heat damage in half as I only straighten with my ghd when needed and in thw morning. Its those small things that make a huge difference.

3. Dont brush your hair when it’s wet, and if you absolutely have to, use a detangling brush. I know this is helping me because I see less hair in my brush these days.

4. Think about what you consume, eating lots of protein will help build the hair, what is inside really dows dictate the outside. I have started having salmon for breakfast at least 3 mornings a week, the frozen fish section does pre cut portions in plastic and you just thaw it in the fridge the night before, I cook mine on a stove and often eat it with eggs and baby spinach.  This will do wonders for your skin and hair!

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Aldi Lacura face serum is the best

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A bit unexpected but my goodness, I was recomended this by a dear older friend and I thought I’d give it a go, it’s less than $10 anyway so no loss if it doesn’t work. Anyway 3 years later and I’ve tried all the best and most expensive creams and serums out there but nothing compares to this! Within a few days of using it again I realise why I love it. Next time you’re passing Aldi go in and get some!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane Myer show

I went to the Myer show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival, as usual it was brief and there are only really 3 things to report…. black and white patterns are in as a whole look, neon is back for summer and floral is staying! Oh and strappy sandals/heels are what you want to be wearing!

Here are a few pictures.

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How to take your classic lipsticks into the new season – DIY lipstick

If you’re anything like me, you will find yourself to never be entirely happy with the newest trend shades of lipstick because they just don’t work for certain skin tones, I came across an amazing idea that I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of before.  A lot of magazines claim that they have found one product that can change your life, and now I am taking on that claim and telling you I actually have too!  The amazing product is Napoleon Perdis China Doll Gel Eyeliner in alabaster, it is a waterproof white eye liner that is usually used to rim your inner eyes to make them look bigger and whiter, I am not using it for that, instead I will be mixing some old classic lipstick favourites and giving them a facelift! Below are some images showing the different colour gradations that can be made with all lipsticks by adding a little white.  Most will transform into a pastel shade but this can be controlled by adding tiny amounts at a time of the white or by starting with glossy lipsticks.

Firstly you will need a few products to get the base right, below I have

Napoleon Perdis foaming makeup remover

Priceline emergency lips cleaning wipes, these are great at exfoliating the lips and are a must have for your handbag or if you’re going on a holiday! trust me!

Sukin Nourishing Lip treatment which is a product I have recently got into because I used their Rosehip Oil and loved it, I’m not usually into the hippy organic stuff however this brand is changing me!

Nivea Repair and Protection lip balm, this is a beauty staple, I have the dryest lips known to man and this is the only thing that I find that works, use it every night if you have issues with dryness.

cleaning and nourishing lip products
Next you will need the lipsticks you want to update (they should work with your skin tone already, I am using from left to right Inglot no. 194, Revlon living lipstick in Orchid Beach and Lancome rouge Symbole in 46) as well as the Napoleon white eyeliner and a lip brush, I use a Manicare angled eye brush as a lip brush because I have a strong cupids bow so I find the precise lines of the angled brush works better for me, you might be able to try that too, see what you think!

old lipsticks, napoleon china doll eyeliner and angled lip brush

The first step is to find a palette you can mix your colours on, I used a plastic container from some false eyelashes, just make sure it is either white or clear so you can see the true colour.  Start with a lump of the original lipstick and gradually add more and more white to new piles, and try them on, I started with the lightest colour and built it up to the darker ones, I find that you will eliminate the colours that don’t work much easier if you start that way.

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my lipstick pots with the colours i made

I ended up with a gorgeous coral red and a bright pastel pink, I had some spare little containers from a travel cosmetics set and put some in them so I have a great new lipstick for next time I need it!!

Good luck with your lipstick experiments, let me know how you go and if you have any great ideas related to beauty share them in the comments section!!

ladylikei Nicole birett

My new pink lippie 🙂