Brassy Blonde Fix: Kevin Murphy Blonde Angel

Kevin Murphy Blonde Angel

Being blonde is great fun when you’re five and all sun-kissed golden or even better blessed with nature’s balayage that only little kids seem have all the luck with. Then somewhere around the 12-13 age mark, things start to take a turn in an altogether mousier-muted blonde direction (don’t grow up kids, it’s a trap) and finally we find ourselves forking out a mortgage payment worth of highlights every six to eight weeks in order to feed our blonde habit. That said, I love having blonde hair and will happily keep the jig up even when more responsible grown-up financial obligations come knocking - responsible adulting clearly isn't my strong point.

My fellow blonde sisters will know all too well that when you find a decent colourist who can get your shade exactly how you want it, you hang onto him/her for dear life (shoutout to my girl Leo!). I love a creamy blonde and am leaning more toward a cooler lowlight or toner lately. The thing is over time, my naturally warmer tones start peeping through and messing up my cool blonde vibes. I’ve upped my in-between-colour maintenance game and have become an avid fan of a colour correcting shampoos + conditioners.

The science bit brings you back to junior cert art class and your colour wheel. In much the same way that a green toned concealer can neutralise an angry red spot, a purple toned shampoo can counteract brassy tones in blonde hair. I’ve tried a few over recent months and have become borderline obsessed with Kevin Murphy Blonde Angel wash and conditioner. Firstly I’m a sucker for cool branding, but that aside, this one actually delivers. I follow the  lavender toned shampoo with Blonde Angel conditioner which, if time permits, I’ll leave for a bit to work it’s magic. I'm definitely getting that little bit longer out of my colour without it warming into a brassy mess, and am pretty impressed with the overall condition, which my fellow blondes will appreciate is not always a given with colour treated hair. Also this one is sulphate free, so fine to use if extensions are you’re thing.

Kevin Murphy also offer travel sizes mini’s from €7.00, so a great option to trial before committing to full-size product. Available from Kevin Murphy salon stockists nationwide (such as Hot Air and Dry & Fly in Dublin) and www.KevinMurphyStore.ie.

OSKIA Adaptive Tan or The Answer To My Tanning Dilemmas

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Tanning products are a bit of a controversial topic for me... I like the idea of sun-kissed skin without the harmful rays that come with sunbathing, BUT, the sad truth is that self-tanning always ends up disappointing and frustrating me.

One of the main things I hate about self-tanning is the fact that no matter how much prep I do and how careful I am, I will inevitably end up with streaks or bits I missed, which completely ruins the effortless sun-kissed look I'm going for.

The other thing is the smell. Some tans are worse than others but all in all the roast chicken or burnt biscuit smell is just something regular tanners just have to live with. Even salon spray tans don't seem to cut it for me. The application is much better (no streaks, at least) but after 1 or 2 days my skin starts looking horrendous, with bits around my wrists, elbows, etc. wearing off quicker than the rest. Yuck!

So with all of these things putting me off self-tanning, I have just learned to accept that tanning isn't for me. Every now and then I'm tempted by a new product on the market (I sometimes get on with gradual tanning products...) but have never found anything that I could use regularly... until recently!

OSKIA, one of my absolutely favourite skincare brands, has launched 2 tanning products in their range. OSKIA is a brand I trust completely, they have a capsule range of quality skincare and I know that every product they put on the market is well researched, tested and thought through. 

Without further ado, here are the new launches.

Adaptive Tanning Mist

This baby is a tri-phase 100% natural tanning mist, formulated with encapsulated DHA. It contains melanin boosters to encourage your own skin's tan to form, which gives it a gorgeous natural look instead of the standard orange-tinge you get from most self-tanners.

The colour develops really quickly, just after 2-3 hours (Phase 1). The mist then boosts your own melanin and encourages your skin to develop its own natural colour, that also protects you from sun damage (Phase 2). Phase 3 happens thanks to the micro-encapsulated DHA that penetrates deep into the skin and makes your tan last longer and wear off well. 

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The mist that comes out is super fine and a little goes a long way, so even though the bottle is quite small (100ml), you really don't use much in one application. The best thing - you don't have to cover every inch of your body, the product is best used to highlight shoulders, legs, tops of arms, & face in places where the sun would naturally hit your skin. This achieves my desired 'I've just been on holiday' look, rather than the block tan that says, 'I've just been spent an hour trying to tan my back' - much more up my street!

It wouldn't be an OSKIA product if it wasn't packed with lots of amazing nutrients for your skin like MSM, pea peptides, Vitamins B5, C & E to keep your skin in great condition and looking its best.

The mist smells really good, it has a delicate minty-floral scent when you spray it and a very minimal tan smell once the tan has developed. OSKIA says the tan lasts for 7 days but I found that it lasts quite a bit longer than a week on my skin. Once applied it intensifies over the course of 3 days to give you that gradual, natural looking tan. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this product! I have never been this excited about a tan! 

The one drawback - it's not cheap. At £48 for 100ml it's definitely at the luxury end of the spectrum but keep in mind, you are paying for skincare, not just a tanning mist. To me, it is worth every penny and I will be repurchasing before I hit the end of my current bottle for sure!

Adaptive Tan Tanning Drops

Admittedly, if you are happy to use the Adaptive Tanning Mist on your face, you may not need this product also but if you are looking for a dedicated face product, there is one in the range. The Tanning Drops boast all of the same benefits as the tanning mist but the application is different.

Here you pop 1-5 drops of the product into your evening moisturizer and apply to your face as usual. It's no fuss and you wake up with a gorgeous natural glow the next day. I use 3 drops and use the product approximately once a week so I am expecting the Drops to last practically forever.

The Tanning Drops cost £65 for 15 ml but again, you are paying for quality skincare here.

You can buy both products on oskiaskincare.com or at SpaceNK.

It's no secret that I have been a fan of OSKIA products for years now and they have yet to disappoint me! If a natural, effortless and sun-kissed look is what you're after you have to try these products. You can thank me later ;)

MAC Makeup Summer Staples

MAC Makeup Summer Staples

There’s something about seasonal makeup that I love, and in particular summer makeup (although given we are in Ireland I use the term summer lightly..!). I guess it’s sort of like updating your wardrobe and marks the end of one chapter of the year and the beginning of a new one. Summer makeup for me is always all about fresh dewy skin, soft pinks and peaches and clean defined brows and lashes. 

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