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Wedding Wednesday: Bridesmaid Gifts

One of the things I want to put a lot of thought and time into is the gift I give to my bridesmaids on the eve or morning of our wedding. Lets face it, they're my best friends and they've worked so hard on my pre-wedding celebrations and been there for me throughout the planning stages they deserve a great big thank you. There's a big market out there for Bridesmaid gifts and I have to admit the personalised ones tend to be my favourite. Choosing the right presents depends on who you've chosen, what kind of person they are and age. I've pulled together some potential presents and stumbled upon some of the loveliest businesses and crafters. It's nice to have a mix of practical items and things they'll treasure for ever. How do you stick to a budget?!

Have you been a bridesmaid and been given a wow gift or maybe you gave a bridesmaid bundle that had everyone talking? Your help is appreciated...

First Impressions: Fanola No Yellow Shampoo

Fanola No Yellow Shampoo (350ml)

I've had bright blonde hair for around 6 years now so it's fair to say I've tried out a lot of different products designed for blonde and dyed hair. Many have been recommended on blogs and through Youtube, some by my hairdresser and others have been my own discoveries by taking a risk whilst shopping. My latest purchase is as a result of my hairdresser. Instead of using purple shampoo and a toner at my last appointment she just used this and I left the salon with the brightest hair in months, receiving compliments from staff, other customers and even people on the street outside. 
I was straight onto the internet to order it when I got home. I bought it from eBay for £14 since then it seem to be cheaper on Amazon. It can be anything from £8 to £20 for 350ml. As far as purple shampoo goes that's quite an average price. Though this doesn't seem to be your average purple shampoo. Brassy tones is a common complaint when you've got blonde hair and most people know to grab the purple stuff. Fanola No Yellow Shampoo is an extremely intense purple shampoo, so much so you run the risk of purple stained hands. I knew to expect this as my hairdresser showed me hers. It washes off with a bit of soap but if you've got dry hands it'll be a little more stubborn.
The instructions on the bottle says to leave it on for 1-5 minutes. This is a little bit scary as I've had the purple wash look from leaving purple shampoo on too long before. Because my hair was washed with it quite recently I didn't want to push it but wanted to work so I massaged it in for around 3 minutes, making sure to get every last hair. My only complaint so far was my scalp looked a little purple but my hair looks great. I'm looking forward to seeing the results a few weeks from now, when I'm further away from my last hair appointment and looking forward to my next.

Summer Haul - River Island, Forever 21, Quiz & Schuh

River Island
I bought my first leather jacket from Miss Selfridge when I was in uni. Considering I've had 4 different classes as a qualified teacher that a long time ago! I've worn the jacket hundreds, if not thousands, of times but it's now a bit big. I probably won't part with it but I wanted a newer, smaller, more fitted jacket. With the amount I'll wear this I know it's worth the money.

Speaking about things being too big I've had one of my favourite non-scale victories of the year - I've bought a size 10 pair of jeans from River Island! I love River Island jeans and my current denim Amelie pair are getting too big so it was time to treat myself to a proper fitted, comfortable pair to celebrate.

Forever 21
I'm looking ahead to the Summer nights out and making use of the 20% student discount by buying this bodysuit. They're much better for tucking into pencil skirts and I've got a few different ones that will go best with black. This one feels like a swimming costume and is long enough to be comfortable but might need some tit tape to keep it all in place.

This shift dress sums up some of my favourite trends right now - yellow, tropical print and shift dresses. I'll be wearing this at work with a pair of tights or leggings because it's a little on the short side. Hello trendy teacher. 

The floral print of this top caught my eye then I was drawn to the high neck style. The cowl back is quite nice too but not particularly noticeable. The one problem with the top is under the arms are very low so I might need a vest top underneath or to get the tit tape back out! I'm going to be double sided taped into all my clothes at this rate.

I'm wearing a jumpsuit for a hen weekend soon and wanted something to wear underneath because it's got an open back. I needed a high neck and this little bargain was perfect. It also helps avoid the stripping off in the bathroom situation.

How gorgeous are these shoes? Nude, rose gold and a chunky heel, they tick all the boxes I was looking for. I'm hoping these will be 'comfortable' enough for all day and night at a wedding. These colours will go with nearly any dress too.

I had no idea Quiz did fascinators and hatinators in their accessories. This made getting wedding guest ready a little easier. I was able to try this on in the changing room with the dress I bought back in March. Perfect! Now I just need to find a navy clutch, any ideas or suggestions?

Is payday a valid excuse for this haul? If so, that's exactly what happened when these trainers jumped into my online basket. I've been eyeing up Gazelles for months now because lets face it they are the prettiest trainers ever. The pale pink sums up my girliness, there was no other option for me.

Diamond Whites Black Edition Charcoal Tooth Polish

I've tried a few different teeth whitening products but I'm always wary of ones that are going to leave me with any sensitivity. The latest trend in teeth whitening that's all over social media is charcoal. The natural ingredient that takes me back to art lessons in primary school is the trendiest way to remove stains on the surface of your teeth.  There's lots of brands with 100% charcoal products but I think I've found a winner in Diamond Whites - the leaders in non-peroxide teeth whitening (apparantly).

I have to admit when I first bought this I had a moment of panic thinking I wouldn't be able to stomach the taste. I mean charcoal doesn't sound very appetising, does it? Thankfully it doesn't actually taste of anything. It's got a gritty sort of texture rather than being very powdery or chalky. A good way to use this polish is as a treatment before brushing your teeth. This means you polish off any stains and then use a regular toothpaste to clean away the black and plaque. Finish off with a mouthwash and you'll be gleaming.
It's worth remembering that although you're likely to notice improvements from the first use it's not a bleaching product. Your teeth will be whitened by stains being removed quickly, easily and effectively. 

There's no denying this is extremely messy. You have to be prepared to clean your bathroom after using this, it gets all over the sink, the counters and the floor if you're anything like my fiance. For that reason I only leave it in the bathroom on days he's allowed to use it and I've got time to get the anti-bacterial wipes out! It's a powder and it's jet black, what do you expect? To use the activated charcoal from coconut shells you dip your toothbrush into the powder then brush your teeth just like normal. It's an interesting look - black everywhere. Your teeth, gums and tongue will look like something out of a horror movie.

So all in all, if you've been over-doing the red wine or tea recently and are looking for an easy way to get rid of stains on your teeth then I'd recommend trying out Diamond Whites Charcoal tooth polish. It's not overly expensive, the pot is going to last for a long time and you can start to see results straight away. It's worth the mess, I promise.