REVIEW: RUSH HAIR AND BEAUTY BIRMINGHAM


Last week I went along to the Rush salon in Birmingham, I was booked in for a treatment and blow dry. It's in a good location on Corporation Street, it's only a 5-10 minute walk from the train stations and bus stops in the city center.

I arrived for my appointment and was seated, Lewis came over and introduced himself and we discussed what I was having done and how I want my hair styled. I explained that my hair is dry and damaged due to colouring my hair and heat damage. Lewis explained that I would have the Kerastase Fusio Dose which is combination of intense treatments mixed together.

I was taken though into a dark room with the sinks in to have my treatment done and my hair washed. The room was relaxing and I love having my hair washed. I had my hair washed and then the treatment was put on a left on for about 10- 15 minutes and a hot towel was wrapped around and then he rinsed my hair.

Then we went back through into the main hair dressing area and added some Kerastace products to my hair to prep it before starting with the blow dry. I wanted a natural wave/ curl to my hair. Lewis started to dry my hair and it looked so good, really nice and clean and soft.

My hair was left feeling really soft, smooth and clean. My hair has been more manageable and it looked so much cleaner and softer. I am hoping to get my hair cut and coloured in a few weeks as it's been a while since I had it done. After my visit to the Rush salon in Birmingham I would definitely go back and I've have had a patch test done so if I decide to get my colour done there then I can. They have some fab offers too which you can check out on the website.

You can book an appointment or call the store, Rush have stores all over the UK so check out their website to find your local store.









* I was invited to Rush Birmingham for a complimentary treatment and blow dry. I have not been paid for this review. My opinions are my own and honest.


FASHION: SPRING TO SUMMER TRANSITION PIECES



I thought i'd share a few must have pieces for the spring into summer transition. The weather is heating up and the summer is approaching. I have a few pieces that I will be wearing right through into the summer. I have been wearing my bomber jacket lots recently, check out my latest outfit post here. It's a lovely lightweight jacket so it will be lovely for those chilly UK summer evenings.  Every girl has a pair of ballet pumps that they wear all summer, I really want to get a cute leopard print pair like these ones from New Look. I love my culottes, check out this outfit post of my favourite plain black pair, I will be wearing these all summer as they are so so easy to wear. As we live in the UK and we don't have the best summer weather it's good to keep a jumper or two in your summer wardrobe. I tend to keep my plain jumpers out so if I need to chuck a jumper over a shirt or want to wear a jumper with some jeans I have some handy, I love this pink one from Dunedin Cashmere*, it's such a lovely colour and it has elbow patches which is so cute, it would be so easy to wear on those cooler days. I thought i'd add this off the shoulder top, it's such a lovely colour, I love khaki, I think it looks great with a tan. Last summer I practically lived in my slip on plimsoles and I don't think this year will be different. They are so comfy, they are great for work because they look smart but they are still casual enough for everyday.

 














*This is a sponsored post, I have been honest and the opinions above are my own.

OUTFIT POST: KARLIE KLOSS FOR KURT GEIGER SS16

Shoes:Kurt Geiger*/Jacket: Boohoo// T-shirt : H&M // Jeans: New Look // Belt : Primark // Bag: New Look *

I've been waiting for the weather to brighten up a little bit before showing you my new shoes, They are part of the Karlie Kloss for Kurt Geiger SS16 collection . They are these gorgeous Khaki satin skater slip ons. I really like the flatform style as they give a little bit of height but are still comfy and casual.  With the rubbish weather we've been having I didn't want to risk them in the rain but for a gorgeous sunny day like today they were perfect. We headed into town and did a spot of shopping today and they were very comfy. I thought i'd stick with a basic khaki tshirt and black jeans. I have to say I really liked my outfit today and can't wait to style these shoes with some other outfits, I think they will look awesome with my dungaree dress!  I finished the look off with my bomber jacket from Boohoo which I think looks so good!  

What do you think of todays outfit and are you a fan of these slip on skater style shoes? I think they are perfect for spring/ summer. Check out whats new this season over on Kurt Geiger. 















* This blog post contains pr samples, I have not been paid for this blog post. All opinions are my own and the blog post is honest and my own words.

FITNESS: WORKOUT WISHLIST

I've been itching to buy myself some new gym clothes but i'm waiting until i've lost a little bit more weight as the gym stuff i've got at the moment still fits me fine. I really like looking for gym clothes and have been browsing quite alot recently. I love looking in TKMaxx because you get some really good prices for good brands, I thought i'd share a few bits that are on my wishlist.
Pink Soda is one of Jd Sports own brands and I love their range. I've picked out these super cute grey and pink legging which feel so soft and comfy and they are a cropped leg which I love, I really want to get these and then the matching top has a built in sports bra aswell. I love the colour, it's so pretty and again a really lovely material. I'm not sure if the sports bra bit would fit me but it would be fine for around the house. Next up is this Squat Goals vest from Boohoo which I think is funny but looks comfy enough for working out too. I absolutely love Nike trainers so i've picked out these Nike Thea's which look so pretty, I love the colour it's so unique. They look like really comfy trainers.  I already have a Panache Sports Bra which I reviewed recently but I love this black animal print one. It's such a nice pattern and I love the neon green detailing. Finally I'd love a fitbit, this pink one is really cute. I have a cheaper version of a fitbit which counts my steps but i'd love one that tells you loads of information for example I know some tell you your heart rate and steps etc.



BEAUTY: MY TOP 6 NUDE LIPSTICKS



I have to say I love a nude lipstick, I didn't really like them before but after everyone raving on about Mac Velvet Teddy I wanted to get my hands on it. At the time it was pretty much sold out everywhere and I managed to pick it up when I went to America. On the search for a Velvet Teddy Look-alike I bought quite a few nude lipsticks. I have more than the ones featured in this blog post but these are my favourites.

Mac Velvet Teddy has to be the one, it's my all time favourite. I managed to find it in Duty Free on my way home from America and I love it so much. It's my go to shade, I wear it all the time and it's my favourite lipstick.  I love that it's Matte but not drying, its creamy and lasts long. It's just perfect.

Mac Brave, is a little bit more of a pinky shade rather than a brown/ nude and it's a satin finish so quite different to Velvet Teddy but I like the colour. I think it's a very pretty shade and I don't mind the finish. The Satin mac lipsticks are nice and not too glossy or wet they are a nice smooth and sleek finish.

Mac Taupe is a darker more brown shade than Velvet Teddy, it is a Matte lipstick so it's more of a similar finish but the colour isn't as pretty. I like this for nights out as it's a darker sexier shade. Again a lovely finish, I really like Mac lipsticks incase you didn't notice.

Mac Blankety is an amplified lipstick and it's a lovely shade. It's a really nice more pink, girly shade. It's more shimmery than the others but again not wet or tacky. I really like this one.

The Nars lipsticks are really lovely and my favourite is Walkyrie which is a Velvet Matte shade. It's a brown / nude shade with a hint of red. It's a nice rich colour. The finish is lovely, it's a very soft matte, which leaves the lips smooth and not dry at all.

Finally on the search for a Velvet Teddy Dupe I came across this which is the Maybelline Color Drama Nude Pefection lipstick you can read my full review here with swatches but I really like this pencil. Again its a lovely shade and very similar texture, finish and colour to Velvet Teddy so check out

Velvet Teddy has to be my favourite Nude Lipstick, I need a new one as mine is nearly all gone. Whats your favourite Nude Lipstick? Do I need to try the nude Liquid Lipsticks I was thinking the NYX ones or the Kylie Lip kit ?










FITNESS: MY SLIMMING WORLD JOURNEY SO FAR


Hello, so incase you didn't know I recently joined Slimming World. I joined on the 10th March so just over a month ago now. I thought i'd share my journey and my progress incase you wanted to give it ago or just find out a little bit more.

I started by following Slimming World accounts via instagram, this gives you ideas about what you can eat and different meal ideas etc. People share snacks and how many syns they are so you can get lots of ideas just by following accounts via instagram, mine is @amypyt_sw

My Slimming World group is so lovely, and my Consultant Gem is great! She's so lovely and she texts me to congratulate me on my weigh in or to just find out how my week has been. We have a facebook group where we all share our meals or just general slimming world things and she's great at commenting and keeping up to date with us all.

I've found it quite easy to be honest there's only been a couple of times that I've had alot of syns and only a couple of times i've really wanted something really bad like a Mcdonalds or Chocolate but i've food optimised and instead I made 5% fat cheeseburgers without the buns or I got some little Malteaser bunnys which are only 8 Syns.

I've found it useful to plan my meals, I have a little planner which is on the kitchen wall which I write down the meals for the week and then I use this to create a shopping list for the week. This way we know what were having and there's no faffing. Sometimes i'd get stressed out trying to pick what to have for dinner and then would decide to get take away instead but this no longer happens

I have been exercising aswell, i've been doing my workout dvds and going for jog / runs. I've been progressing really well with my jogging and i'm actually able to jog for a little while. I know this will improve over time. I've found my pace has been improving and i'm not getting tired as fast. I use my Polar heart rate watch when i'm working out to record how long i've done and how many calories i've burnt. When I do go for runs I use the Map my run app which uses gps to create a map of your journey.

So the weightloss, on my first weigh in I had lost 4LB and then the same again on my 2nd meaning I lost 8LB in two weeks so I got my Half a stone award which was amazing, the next week I lost 3.5LB and then last week I lost another 3LB and got to my 1 stone award which I was so so proud to get.
I have weigh in tonight and will keep you updated with my journey. I hope you like my new fitness and healthy lifestyle blog posts and I hope you want to stay up to date with my journey.

Only 2 more stone to go until I reach my target. 

You can follow my slimming world instagram here AMYPYT_SW 





BEAUTY: WORTH THE HYPE?


Today i'm talking about blogger hypes! These are those make up must haves, those products that you need to own! I know there are some products that I haven't included that are very popular right now for example the Kylie lip kit but honestly this just doesn't interest me in the slightest. I like the lip products I have right now without forking out stupid amounts of money because it says Kylie on the packaging.

I've gone for more staple items like foundations, highlighters and primers. First up is the Nars Sheer Glow foundation, if I could afford to wear this every single day I would.  It soaks in to the skin so nice and blends so easily. The colour I have in this is perfect for my skin tone aswell, I have the shade Santa Fe. You get a lovely medium coverage with this foundation that you can easily build up and it leaves your skin looking flawless and smooth.

The Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation was another blogger hype that everyone raved on about and i'm happy to say I loved it! I wasn't sure because of the price but so many people really liked it so I went out and bought it. It didn't last me very long because I liked it that much that I was wearing it all the time. I kinda wished i'd saved it now for occasions or nights out etc. The coverage again was lovely very buildable. The finish is gorgeous, you get a very nice dewy look. I would really like to pick this up again.

The L'Oreal Infaliable matte 24H was a more afforable product that I found alot of mixed reviews about. Some people loved it and others not as keen so I picked it up to see what I thought and I was very impressed. At the time I was suffering with oily skin so my make up would look cakey and sometimes slide off the skin. Not with this though, the formula again really nice and buildable. I found it high coverage but a lovely lightweight foundation. It blends into the skin well and I like to apply using a buffing brush.

The Collection lasting perfection concealer has been a long time must have for me. I always have one in my make up bag and it's the concealer I reach for every day! I do like the Urban Decay Naked one but the shade I have is too dark. I love that the collection one is so affordable and works great for everyone. I don't find it cakey, it blends great and is really easy to work with and affordable. If you haven't tried it before, give it ago you won't regret it.

The Becca Jaclyn Hill Highlighter in Champagne pop was raved about by so many people for so long that I needed it. I hadn't even swatched it but I ordered it anyway and when it arrived I wasn't dissapointed. It's one of the best products i've ever bought. A little on the pricey side but I really wanted to give it ago and my Space NK voucher was soon to expire so why not. It's such a pretty highlighter, the colour is perfect and would suit so many different skin colours. I'm so so happy I bought this and I will have to buy another one when mine runs out because I use it every single day.

The Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade was all everyone was talking about at one point so when I went to America I picked it up and I love it. I don't tend to reach for it so much anymore but when I first got it I used it everyday! I tend to go for a more natural brow look now, I was using the Brow Wiz pencil but I need to order a new one so now i'm using the Soap and Glory Archery pencil. I use the Dipbrow when i'm going out.

The Urban Decay Potion Primer is one of my all time must haves! I love the original but my favourite is Sin. It's a gorgeous gold shimmery shade. I use potion primer every single day and will always repurchase it. It makes your eyeshadow look 100 times better and last longer too.

Mac Velvet Teddy has to be one of the most hyped blogger products. It's such a gorgeous shade, I love that it's matte. I really like the Mac Matte lipsticks. They are creamy and smooth. I really like Velvet Teddy, it's my go to lipstick. I wear it all the time.

Topshop Glow is such a gorgeous highlighter and i've seen people rave on about the Topshop beauty products. You can use it on your brow bone or cheekbones, it's really easy to apply. It's such a bargain and lasts such a long time. I really like the Topshop beauty products, well worth the hype.

As you can see i've been pretty happy with these blogger hypes, I have tried some hypes that I haven't been impressed with and I will feature these in a blog post soon.