Infuse My. Colour Wash – Tried and Tested!

A few weeks ago I was sent a bottle of the new Infuse My. Colour Wash in Copper to try. I’ve been colouring my hair for 18 years now, so I’m always willing to try new products, techniques and anything that will help the condition of my hair and make things easier.

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The Infuse My. Colour Wash colours were created to be 100% vegan, contain no sulphates, parabens or silicone and were designed to boost your hair colour in between colouring.

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Since my hair is red/brown with copper highlights I went with the copper colour, but they do a whole range of colours to boost all tones and shades.

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My aim was to see whether I could bridge the gap between colouring sessions, and tone my mousey blonde roots to blend with the rest of my colour, as I intend on letting my hair grow out a bit before re-colouring again.

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you’ll know I wash my hair backwards so for the purposes of using this product properly I decided to wash my hair the conventional way, to give it a fair go.

The method for using this, is to use the product as normal shampoo, wash it out as soon as the hair is coated, without waiting any time, and then condition as normal.

Here’s before I started with the colour wash:

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A nice picture of my dusty scalp…. But as you can see, I have quite a lot of warm tones in my hair, and then some lovely boring mousey roots poking through at the top.

So how did I get on? Well, I love the bottle. You get a hefty 270ml for just under £14. The cap is a push top, which means you don’t have to faff with unscrewing the cap and you can squeeze the product out. Because it doesn’t contain the nasties, it doesn’t lather as much as a standard drugstore shampoo, however you can spread it through your hair easily, and it smells amazing – like fresh, clean apples!

The product didn’t stain my hands or my bath tub, but I did feel I needed to scrub under my nails afterwards.

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My hair felt lovely during washing, and after, and I was able to comb my wet hair through easily. The water ran clear very quickly and no staining was left on my towel once I removed it.

On inspection of my hair after blow-drying, I saw no difference. There was maybe a little bit of a copper sheen to the red/brown colour underneath my hair, but honestly, there was no change. My roots were still the same colour, but I knew that part of my hair would be stubborn. So I decided to try again the next time I washed my hair.

The next time I washed my hair, I decided to mix it up a bit. I went back to reverse washing, popped on an Aussie 3 minute hair mask to the lengths of my hair, and then the colour wash all over, on top. I left this for a couple of minutes and washed it all out.

After drying my hair, I could see more of a difference. The blonder highlights in my hair were definitely more copper toned, and I felt like my hair was more of an even colour. My roots, however, were again completely as they had been previously. I mean, this isn’t a hair dye, and I know my hair is stubborn when it comes to colouring – I can usually only get a decent colour result using permanent dye.

Here’s the ‘after’ pictures:

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You can see that my roots remained the same colour as before, however I think you can tell from the picture above that the lengths of my hair were definitely more copper-toned.

The next time I washed my hair, I used my normal shampoo and conditioner and all of the copper colour I’d added washed out. So if I was going to maintain the copper colour I’d added, I would need to use this every time I washed my hair.

For the cost of this product, I wouldn’t be able to maintain this, but as the odd one-off for a particular occasion, it would be wouldn’t be bad.

I found the Infuse My. Colour Wash to be most effective on the areas of my hair that had been highlighted. But the change was very subtle and only happened once I’d left the product on for a number of minutes.

As a shampoo, it left my hair feeling lovely, and conditioned. I was happy that the ingredients would be good for my hair, and I would have no reservations using this regularly, from a hair care perspective.

I think if you had naturally strawberry blonde, or coloured ginger hair, or if you had highlights you wanted to turn peach/copper then give this a go. It’s a wash in/wash out solution and would help you make a change to your hair without the commitment. If you were looking for something that would be a little more long-lasting and possibly to help with root regrowth between colouring sessions, I’d probably not use this product.

But overall the pros outweigh the cons. I work my hair hard, and I like what I like. My choice for hair colour is unconventional so I can’t expect products to work just for my requirements.

If you have bleached blonde, or platinum hair, I’d love to see what results you could get from using the Infuse My. Colour Wash in the various different tones. If you’ve already used this product, I’d love to hear how you got on!

I also captured my trial of the Infuse My. Colour Wash on film, and have popped it onto my YouTube channel, which you can see here!

 

The Infuse My. Colour Range can be found at Boots and retails at £13.95. I was supplied this bottle for free by My.Haircare, in return for an honest review, which is what I’ve provided.

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To Blog & Vlog

Hi guys! Firstly, I made a boo boo with my last post. I wrote and then accidentally published it without scheduling first, so had to un-publish it. But that meant all you lovely subscribers got an email with a broken link in it to the post. Oh no! And then when it finally did go live, no one got notified. Dang! So if you missed it, it was a blog about the past bank holiday and all the fun stuff we got up to, so you can find it here! (Go ahead and click the link – it’ll open in a new window so you can read it right after you’ve read this!)

For my next update, I’ll let you know I’m not planning an August or September Favourites post. Mainly because I don’t have much content for August, and also because September is jam packed full of fun stuff and I just won’t have time! But October’s Favourites will no doubt be mahoosive, so stay tuned for that!

So now for my real post.

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There’s been a lot of chat this past few weeks about the legitimacy of bloggers and vloggers. If you don’t blog or vlog yourself, you’ll not likely be aware of the pressures people put upon themselves when putting out content. Readers and viewers have too much say in other people’s content, in my opinion. It wasn’t until I recently started my dedicated blog twitter (@Shutterbug_Blog) that I realised how salesy it all is. People are OBSESSED with follower counts, stats, click rates and schedules.

They schedule tweets, brand themselves up the wazoo, and really don’t think too much about their actual content. It seems so important to have collaborations with brands, get the perfect flat lay and start polls asking what content their followers want them to put up.

I find it all really strange. I flick through most tweets because I’ve seen the same post come up over and over again. I long to see posts of substance. And don’t get me wrong, they do exist, it’s just you have to really search for them!

I’m not saying I don’t get it. I do, I really do. It’s so hard not to get swept up in the hype. I have geared a lot of my posts this year towards beauty, because it’s something I’ve started getting into this year. And I noticed my post likes, follows and comments go up dramatically when I post beauty reviews. It’s always nice for a post to be popular! And I enjoy reading reviews about products I’m interested in, so I’ll continue to put out that kind of content because I like reading it. But I do find I miss writing these chatty posts, and putting out blogs about what I’ve been up to and what’s coming up. I like to use my brain a little!

I understand going all in when it comes to blogs and vlogs, if it’s your full time job or if you have all the spare time in the world. But when you’re doing it alongside working a full time job, I think you have to take it less seriously. You don’t need a planner for scheduling in your next ‘chatty’ post. You don’t need to film YouTube videos a year ahead just so you know you’re putting something out. If your followers don’t like your content, let them drop off. And above all, don’t apologise for not posting regularly. What’s better – forced, bland posts every other day, or well thought-out and meaningful posts as and when? I know what I prefer to read!

Anyway, I’m blabbering on about this because it’s becoming more a more frustrating to exist in a blogging world where you feel like you’re having to compete with so many other bloggers. People who are putting out bland, repetitive content but might be good at branding themselves, or at least bombarding enough people with tweets that they get additional followers (or even buy followers!)

I’m so blessed to have you guys as followers, and I hope you enjoy the variety of the content I bring. I hope I haven’t alienated too many of you with the beauty posts, and in turn I hope that if you follow me for the beauty content you aren’t bored by the wordy posts I put out.

That being said, this is where I’d like to announce that I’ve started my own YouTube channel! This year I’ve been enjoying watching YouTube channels so much, both beauty based and also Disney Vloggers, that I loved the idea of having somewhere that my friends and family could follow my trips and travels, and also bring another dimension to Shutterbug.

Having just bought my new Sony a5000 and tested out the video quality, I was beyond happy with the results, so as of writing this my channel has 3 videos on it, and I’d love it if you’d have a look and even subscribe.

I’m taking my new camera away when we go to Florida, and I hope to film during the holiday and then upload some videos when we get back. It’s going to be amazing to have another way to share this trip with you guys, instead of just blogging about it.

Don’t get me wrong, this blog is my baby and it won’t be neglected – it’ll just be a little bolt on to the Musings of a So-Called Shutterbug package!

So this rambling post does have a point, honest – I’m frustrated about the current state of the blogosphere, but I’ve been doing this for over 10 years now, Shutterbug for 7, and I’m not about to give it up based on low numbers or click rates. I’m so blessed that even a handful of you guys read this blog, and I always love to read your comments and see you hitting the ‘Like’ button.

You can follow me over on YouTube by visiting my channel here. I’d love it if you were to click the subscribe button, hit like on my videos once you’ve watched them, and don’t forget to comment – I love hearing from you guys!

So this is where I’ll sign off, but if you blog, vlog or just exist in this world, remember: It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice 😀

Love you guys!

 

December 4th

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Today I’d like to share a little app I found via a Facebook friend, called Elf Yourself. It’s an amazing little toy – I used the iOS version but via the previous link you can use it on your desktop too.

Using their interface you can add the faces of your friends quickly and simply and create an amusing video of yourself as elves who know how to boogie!

I strongly recommend having a go. It’s a little bit hilarious! I can’t quite work out if I can embed the video I made on here, but until I work it out, you can see it (hopefully!) via this here link!

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Song of the Day

When I had a Windows Live page (yonks and yonks ago) I used to blog pretty much daily, and at the end of the blog I would always write a song of the day. I decided at the end of my holiday, just gone, that it might be fun to start doing it again. I might not manage to do it every day, but most days I have been posting a YouTube video onto my FB timeline and sharing a song which had some meaning that day.

It seems people have been enjoying it, so I thought I would sporadically post a round-up on here of what I’ve been choosing, so you guys can see! (I have tried to make these videos smaller but have failed at every attempt, so sorry they’re so huge!)

The first song is called The Mall and Misery by Broken Bells (Danger Mouse and James Mercer). I saw Broken Bells at Glastonbury in 2010 and though I was already familiar with the album this single came from, seeing a band live always makes a song more special.


I was introduced to this song via twitter. Emma Watson’s twitter in fact. One day she wrote simply “Anna Kendrick – cups”. I follow Anna Kendrick on twitter too, and waited for a response, because that sentence meant nothing to me, but had me intrigued. Anna Kendrick has a new movie out called Pitch Perfect. I think it’s kinda like Glee but it’s an a capella club, and it seems that she had taught herself the song and the cup actions from the video above. When the people who made the film found out that she could do this, they had to include it in the movie. So her response to Emma Watson’s tweet was to put up a link to the video above so that everyone could see what it all meant. I figured it deserved to be my song of the day. It’s pretty darn cool.

Last week I changed jobs. I went back to a company that I had worked for before and had left so that I could progress and improve my skills because at the time there was no room for my progression with them. So I left and I grew and two years later I found an opportunity to return to them. I started back there Monday last week. The above song was introduced to me via working for this company the first time around. During my training this week I was very pleased to hear it again when it came on over the speakers. It will aways remind me of my favourite job, so I thought I’d share it with my favourite people 😀

I first heard this song on Glee. As you know I’m a mahoosive Gleek and so many of the current songs I like have been introduced to me this way (I don’t listen to the radio). This song came on over the speakers at work and it kept popping back into my head all week – so I figured I must like it. It seemed like a fitting song of the day!


Oh Taylor, how do you keep doing it again and again? I’m a huge Taylor Swift fan and I can’t wait for her new album to come out next week. I’ve been listening to this single ever since she premiered it, I think, months ago. I love the video. When I listen to this song I have to jump up arms outstretched during the chorus (once you’ve watched the video you’ll know when and why) – This can be a problem whilst commuting….

Yesterday’s was this one by Paul Young. I woke up in the middle of the night on Monday with this in my head. No idea why. I haven’t heard it in years and as I said I don’t listen to the radio so there’s no way I could have heard it and not realised. Anyway, I do really like this song. It came out the month before I was born (July 1983) and was originally recorded by Marvin Gaye. I like this version. I had never seen the video before and when it started I was a little concerned we were about to see Paul Young sitting on the toilet…. watch and you’ll see what I mean. Thankfully we are spared of that. Enjoy!

Today’s song of the day is Hummingbird Heartbeat by Katy Perry. It could possibly be my song of the decade. It is most definitely my second favourite pop song of all time (the first is I Wanna Dance with Somebody by Whitney Houston). I never thought I would hear a new song which sounded so perfectly like it was written and recorded in the 80s. It’s a perfect pop song and no matter how unhappy/tired/annoyed I am, this song will always get me dancing and singing and feeling amazing. What more do you need from a pop song?

So, those are my picks so far. I’m enjoying choosing these songs and I try not to force it. If I don’t have a song of the day I won’t post one, but music is such a big part of my life that usually something rears it’s head. Happy listening, and stay tuned for part 2!

Embracing my inner Geek

Hi there. My name is Erin and I’m a geek. And I’m rather proud of it too, thank you very much.

I’m quite happy to admit I have a very obesessive personality. I recall my first obesession was short lived. I was in love with Macaulay Culkin – for about 2 days. Then I was head over heels for Blur. I loved Damon Albarn and had pictures all over the wall. Then The X-Files – I knew names of episodes, actors, seasons, orders…. I even knew Mulder’s badge number off by heart…. Then it was Buffy and Angel. I must say I met a lot of great people through them. I had a pen-pal called Rick that I met in 1998 through an X-Files message board. We got along so well, that he even brought his new fiance to meet me 4 years later (we’d been writing that long!). We met for the first time at a Buffy meet in London. I’d been a regular visitor on a private Buffy forum called The Espresso Pump – I met some amazing people on there, who I’m still in contact with now.

When I met Gary he became my obsession so geeky stuff kinda took a back seat. Then I discovered that he was a huge Beatles fan, and all fell into place! He appreciates my geekyness as much as I appreciate his. It’s a match made in heaven!

So when I discovered my latest obsession (Yes, it’s the Twilight thing again) I was very surprised with how understanding he was. You see, the last time I had a geeky fan thing going on, I was a teenager and you expect that it’s all part of the growing up hormonal thing. But apparently that never goes away. And thinking about it, when I was meeting with my Buffy friends I was the youngest there – the rest ranged from early 20’s to mid 30’s.

I also am a bit of a merchandise whore, so it’s rather dangerous being a fan of something. My weekly emails include the Forbidden Planet newsletter! I have badges on my work lanyard, and i’m currently awaiting an order of US Twilight merchandise….. yes it costs a lot to be a geek. I remember saving money so hard once to buy the season 4 boxed set of the X-Files – it cost £80 (about $130)! 4 videos for £80! Then about 5 years ago you could get all the re-issued ones for peanuts in discount stores – that’s the rise of DVD for you.

I guess it’s all part of wanting to be part of the movement that’s created by being involved with something like this. That’s something I’ve noticed by becoming part of the Twilight fan thing. The fansites all co-operate with each other and share information. Even Summit (the movie production company) give priority information to the fansites with quotes from the directors. In my time of webmastering, you had to beware your content for fear of being sued! But it seems it’s a big Twilight family, and I like it.

So that’s me. A proud geek and never a sheep 🙂

And now I shall perform the dance of geekdom….. watch me now!