Hello everyone! If you've been following me for some time now over on my social media you'd of seen that I did something a little wacky with my hair...I decided to play around a little with the bleach again and dye one half of my head white - a decision I LOVE, despite even at the moment how I've accidently dyed it a darker shade of lilac than I wanted. I still love the decision to have half and half hair, but I do want to get it back to white or a faded lilac at best. Anyway. I dyed half of my head white and whilst the process was slow, it paid off and I had a shade of white/blonde that I was in love with. I took to the internet (twitter because the blogging community is awesome and everyone is an utter babe) to enquire about the upkeep, and thanks to a lot of peoples suggestions headed into boots knowing a little more on the products that I wanted to purchase. If it hadn't of been for them I probably would of been looking on shelves for hours!

With my first time maintaining white/silver hair I wanted to test the waters, use a number of products to see which one works best for me. In typical blogger fashion I also wanted this to be beneficial to you guys - so if you end up dying your hair like myself you won't have to beg on twitter for help because you don't know where to start. I decided to go for a silver shampoo set that was cheap and easy to get hold of, an easy go to, but also something a little bit more expensive to see if money really does make a difference.

bleach London silver hair shampoo set ~

A lot of people suggestion Bleach London to me whilst I lightened the side of my hair, they're a brand I've only used once on another occasion so I decided to give it a go! Back when I had pink hair their toner was unimpressive, but the amount of people suggesting it made me want to give them a second chance. I bought both sets from Superdrug but I had to order Bleach London online, so if you're wanting an easy access brand perhaps get something else or buy bigger bottles so that you don't have to constantly pay shipping. I bought a big bottle of shampoo and a little conditioner just to get my bearings for the product!

I was taken back a little by the smell but that was only because I was expecting something perfumed, it smells like products you'd get in a salon which I think is quite professional. The product states on the bottle that it's high pigment and from the consistency of the liquid you can tell, it's dark, thick and stains the bath! So either be careful or apologise to your mum before making a mess of her bath tub! Leave the shampoo on for five minutes then the conditioner for as long as you want, leaving you with instantly cooler toned hair that has a slight tint of purple to it.

I used this product second in reviewing both and instantly fell in love, letting this take over my hair care routine at bath time. It has the best instant result and turned my hair a quick silver, the purple tint actually helping me towards my lilac goal. I originally had wanted to get my hair as white as possible, but this product turned it more of a cool silver - so if you want white definitely don't let it touch your hair! On the first wash my hair was noticeably silver.

8/10 - incredible quick silver result

pro:voke silver shampoo set ~

Want an easy to use and get hold of product? Then I definitely recommend the Pro:voke silver shampoo set because you can pick it up from pretty much anywhere. I've seen this in shops like home bargains to boots, so if you're unsure as whether you want to use a silver shampoo and don't want to spend a lot of money it's definitely for you! I'm impressed by the quality for how cheap it is, whiting the hair more than turning it silver. I love a scented shampoo so I love this set, the scents sweet and lingers for a long time on your hair after washing. It doesn't take affect as quickly as the Bleach London set and I'd recommend it more for blondes as it keeps it looking fresh, light and is less likely to tint it purple.

With both products a little amount goes a long way, so even with the Pro:voke bottles being travel sized they've lasted just as long as your usual shampoo would! I think what attracts me most to them is they're so easy to pick up and cheap, I can easily fit them into my budget for beauty products.

6/10 - gorgeous smell and leaves the hair brighter & a whiter blonde

I definitely think that price offers a better quality product, but also does the name and Bleach London is known for offering a good hair care! I've loved using the products and both have allowed me to easily maintain a soft lilac hair, which I know can put some people off from wanting white hair.

Is there any silver hair products I should try out? How do you maintain silver hair? Any tips for lightening up purple back to white?

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The last week of December I spent in a cabin up in the Highlands of Scotland, no wifi, bunkbeds, my family and it was the most refreshing week off of my life. Sometimes it can be incredibly hard to switch off when a large portion of your life is online, I don't mean just being 'addicted' to social media - but when you work/are pushing to work online as a blogger or influencer, it can be very hard to just put the computer or phone down and take some time off for yourself. 

I want to keep a promise to myself this year, aswell as taking my work to a new level and working my arse off, I want to also take regular breaks where I just don't go near the internet. Last year I ran myself a little dry as well as taking on to much, so I want to really plan out my time and instead make the most of my days off and not try to cram in as much editing time as I can. I'm doing this for me - the only deadlines I have are commission based, so with it being a new year, I want to kinda without sounding too cheesy be a new me. Less stress, more free fun time but getting creative content out there to you guys. It's gonna be a different work schedule then I'm used to, but I'm determined to have days off because it's what led to me being over worked last year.

I think the only way I'm possibly going to achieve having days where I can afford to do nothing at all is if I get well ahead of my content and schedule like my life depended on it. I always feel so much better when I have everything scheduled - if you're a fellow blogger you're probably thinking 'em durrr' scheduling is the only way to feel safe in having a day off. It's mental that I have to prepare to have time off, but looking at it like any other job you always make sure nothing is going to set on fire if you take time away from the office. I want to atleast shut myself from the interest one day a week, so scheduling is my old bestfriend that I kept picking up from time to time but am determined to keep this time.

I use apps/sites like buffer to schedule all of my social medias, I am to be somehow a month in advance with my blog content and hopefully the same with my youtube channel. January is going to be a hard grafting month for me but hopefully I can get a head of myself so I'm in a comfortable place. Any tips for staying a head of scheduling would be much appreciated!

Last year I found that I was working myself so much into the ground that I had no time to blog or really have a social life, so with my new job giving me plenty of time on an evening, I'm going to try to work my butt off in the week so really enjoy my weekends. My aim for this year is to make the weekends a no laptop zone, I leave all work at the door apart from taking some blog photos or filming a vlog if we're out and about. One full day will be dedicated to family and friend time, so that I can really give everyone my full attention and not be stressed to my eye balls wanting to get home to edit my next youtube video. It can be quite hard to juggle a full time job when you're also wanting to pursue blogging full time, but I know my brain will just frazzle out so for my mental health well being Saturdays will be chilled.out.af.day.

From being out in a cabin with my family for Christmas I found that I felt so relaxed just wearing no makeup, being in my cosy clothes which are definitely not fashionable just being present. Walks, tv, games - just simply eating food and not picking up my phone was refreshing enough. I can't wait for warmer weather because the amount of adventures my fiancĂ©e and I have planned is insane, so just switching off my phone and getting involved is going to make me a much happier person. I'm tired of stressing out because I didn't get a photo of me doing something or have 'blogger' worthy clothes on. It's tiresome at times, so I just need a switch off day.

One thing I want to pick up this year is fitness, it's about time I got myself in better shape just to look after my body and not just my mind. Not only am I little lazy but I find myself lacking so much energy sometimes, so I want to get into a healthy routine which involves the gym. We've changed up our eating habits and I've officially gone veggie! Taking it small steps at a time, I'll probably still eat fish dishes because right now it's about eating more healthy and cutting as much meat as I can out of my diet, along with milk (it really hurts my stomach) with also putting in some physical efforts. Gym, running, classes here and there - I really want to explore with getting fit because it's something I've never really done. A lot of my friends and family who look after their health tell me they constantly feel better with their motivation and energy levels, so hopefully after a while I'll be able to walk up a flight of stairs and not want to pass out.

I also think that whilst running or at the gym I'll spend less time on my phone or computer, so another great way to distract myself from being online so much.

I also really want to get back into being creative and not letting myself get so caught up in blogging whilst I have my own store, it too needs attention even if it's chilling out and doing a little watercolour. I haven't had a good sit down creative session in a long time and it's well over due, so I'm definitely going to dedicate more time to getting my paint on and putting more art out there.

Touching a little on my outfit, I am so excited to share with you guys the most bad ass t-shirt I now have in my wardrobe. My auntie got me this Sanderson Sister's Hocus Pocus t-shirt for Christmas which I had been lusting over for ages now online. I opened it and was so full of shock and love, it's my new favourite addition and I had to style it somehow. A very causal look but this is the sort of thing I wear in my down  time. Black straight leg high waisted jeans which I actually got from work and frayed myself - a mesh t-shirt underneath another, to give it an overall grungy look. I love being casual and most days this is what I actually wear, nothing special just comfortable go tos.

sanderson sister's t-shirt - gift *possibly amazon
mesh polka dot top - h&m
black straight leg jeans - the vintage scene
white converse - converse
fluffy lilac teddy coat jacket - primark

I'm gong to really push myself to take time out for me this year so that I don't have a repeat of running my creativity dry like last year! Do you have any tips of relaxing and taking time out of blogging?

Until next time guys,

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Esqido False Eyelashes Review

7 Jan 2018

It feels like forever since I did a review based post, especially a beauty one, so I'm excited today to bring you something a little different! Whilst Heartshapedbones has mainly been a fashion based blog up till now, with it being the new year I want to dive into more of my interests and introduce more lifestyle onto this platform, one of these interests being beauty! I'm one of those girls who buys and buys makeup, loves to play around with my everyday looks and I do film what I can of makeup tutorials where I just put stuff on my face and chat everyones heads off. I swear before I got into blogging I never bought this much makeup, but now I see other bloggers and influencers sharing their looks and products daily, I indulge a lot more into brands I never would of heard of. I don't see that as a negative, I love to find new brands and I 98% of the time am so happy with the products I buy, so I thought it would just be a nice new area to blog more about.

Anyway, for my first beauty post of the new year I want to introduce a brand that kindly got in touch and asked if I wanted to try out some of their beauty products - Esqido False Eyelashes and of course I said yes because every girl likes to put on some glam eyelashes because it makes us feel 10 times better about our look! Well, it does for me anyway.

Eqsqido's eyelashes claim to be meticulously handcrafted, soft, lightweight and unbelievably natural looking!

The first thing I noticed about the lashes we're they are super soft, they're not heavy which is the obvious sign that a pair of eye lashes are going to look fake as hell when on. The first pair of eyelashes I tried was the Unforgettable False Eyelashes* which is one of the brands best sellers, so of course I wanted to see what the hype was about. I love how on each product you can see a model wearing the lashes both before and after lashes are applied - you also get shots of her looking straight ahead and then down, just to see the thickness of the lashes. They're classed as a level two for volume and increase in length as they edge out to your outer eye. 
It's been quite a long time since I last wore eye lashes, so like a complete newbie I followed the instructions on the back of the lashes case (SUPER helpful) and they we're easy to apply. Using the Companion Eyelash glue* I put on a thin coat of glue, waited a couple of seconds and then it was easy to stick the lash to your lid. It does recommend you measure and cut the lashes to fit just right, but to get that long lash affect I applied the lash as is to my lid and then created a wing using eyeliner to create a glam eye look as part of my makeup. I found the glue instantly drying and the lashes looked natural, hiding my own lashes which are quite thick. It was easy to blend and on wearing them out I kept asking my fiancee Joel if they looked natural and he gave the big thumbs up approval. They stayed on four hours and only started to irritate me once I got tired and touched my eyes millions of times, but for regular false eyelash wearers you'll have your own techniques of removing them. 

The second pair of false eyelashes I tried out were the Miss Dolly*, a doll like design which definitely leaves your eye lashes looking playfully long! I love how retro these look, the small gaps in between lashes making your eyes appear bigger and your lashes thicker. Being rated at a level 3 for volume I think these are perfect for a night out or special occasion, a night where you just want to enhance looking feminine. 

Out of the two these definitely are my favourite, just because of how different they are! For these lashes I went for a more round eye look and finished it with a smokey eye rather than any eye liner - the base of the eye lashes aren't too thick so it doesn't look obvious that you're wearing falsies. 

From reviewing Esqido's eye lashes I can definitely say that the value of product really does show the quality, these lashes retailing for £28 which I personally think is a lot for a pair of false eye lashes, but you're getting the value for your money with these. Lasting power, great glue (hard to come by) and an amazing selection of designs to choose from to suit every need you have. Different levels of volume - if I had a brand like Esqido back when I was going out a lot I would of felt utterly fabulous than rocking a £3 pair from boots. 

Not only do I love the lashes but I think the packaging is stunning - the casing on the lashes making it easy to keep them contains for reuse. Have you ever tried Esqido's lashes before? Which style would you go for?

Until next time guys,

(*Disclaimer* these items we're gifted to me for free in exchange for my honest words in the form of a review here on my blog. All words are my own and my own honest opinion)

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Blogging in winter what an absolute hindrance

5 Jan 2018

Ok so I’m definitely over exaggerating, the dark nights and crap lightening is definitely not the biggest hindrance I’ve faced of living for twenty three years, but it’s definitely a huge pain in my back side. I feel like as we get close to Spring all the bloggers are squeezing one another’s hands, getting giddy as the days get that little bit longer and finally we can all be back in our elements taking photos at whatever time of day we please. I even saw a gif on twitter of a woman dancing on a table with the quote ‘bloggers we did it we reached the shortest daylight day of the year’ meaning it’s all up from here right?! There’s nothing worse on relying for the weekend to take photographs for a blog post and you’re cutting it so thin with your deadlines! You’ll probably think I’m an utter moody cow - don’t get me wrong I love winter for the festivities but man it makes blogging so damn hard when it’s dark the moment I get home from work and I’m taking on a number of brands a week due to it being the lead up to Christmas!
I don’t want this post to be a giant moan about winter, I actually do love moving into January because it’s full of people feeling more motivated, wanting to come up with fresh content and I feel more positive about the year to come! It’s like nothing can stop me, the New Year is my oyster and whilst I feel more positive the weather too can only get better from here.

This is actually my first set of photographs took in the snow on my blog – back home in Yorkshire the winters have been pitiful, but up here in Scotland where I spent time away with family it was magical! I find it hard to dress for cold weather like snow because I hate heavy layers, get me in a dress over a jumper but hell no to layers of coats and winter wear. We stayed in a skiing resort and I’m so tired of seeing all the basic winter wear of North face and walking boots, so it felt good to actually be a little fashionable to go out to take these photos. I don’t know if it was because I was super giddy that the snow had set but I love this lookbook, this jumper is actually a snatch from work and I just can’t believe it’s being sold vintage.
From working for a vintage retailer I’ve gotten myself into that world of second hand clothing again and it actually is so exciting – you can find one off items that are unique and cool rather than whats being sold on the high streets. I’m such an easy consumer because I’ll buy whatever’s around me, for sale shopping over Christmas I literally text my friend and told her to send me websites I would like because I just hate the searching part. When I worked in a highstreet store I only bought from there, so now I’m handling vintage clothing everyday I just can’t believe the finds I come across. I’d generally pay over £30 for this jumper if say it was in Topshop, but instead I got this second hand cool af striped grungy purple jumper that I’m not going to see on every alternative bloggers insta.

What I really like about this jumper is its size, I love baggy jumpers which clearly we’re men’s but serve as a kind of jumper dress. It’s heavy, definitely winter wear because I don’t even feel a slight chill whilst walking around in the snow. It is itchy, but my love for the jumper out weights that small dislike. I can’t stand an itchy jumper, but after a couple of washes it’ll be super soft.

purple and black oversized jumper - the vintage scene
black button down skirt - h&m
black winter booties - h&m

 I also love how the jumper matches my hair or atleast will when I touch up the lilac!

Don't let winter get you down, it'll soon be over and we can bask in sun and blog till atleast 8pm!

Until next time guys,

Keep updated with me on social medias:

I've just launched my own independent business so here is my shop too : Witchcrafts
& I also have a bunch of things listed on my Depop