Hey Perfectors,

It has been far too long since I last caught up with you lot but I have GRADUATED!

The last few months have been an absolute rollercoaster and definitely the hardest journey of my life but I am out the other side and have graduated with a 1st Class.

Last Wednesday, 5th July was my graduation and I had the most incredible day which I wanted to share with you guys.

If you would like a blog on my life at University then please let me know in the comments.

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Onto Graduation day!

As always I can never resist a trip to Glitterati to have my hair curled by my incredible hair dresser Beth, although I do have all the tools to do it myself I knew, as the master of my hair, she would make it look the best it possibly could. We decided that time was not going to be on my side so I washed my hair before heading to the salon, so that I could also have my makeup ready and Beth would then only have to curl it. My hair looked absolutely beautiful and I kept my makeup as simplistic as possible as I knew the pictures taken would haunt me forever.

Just after 1pm my parents and I headed to Reading for Graduation, which on a good day takes around 45 minutes from my door. When we arrived it was the most beautiful day, around 31 degrees which looking back was far too hot, but in the UK we are hardly ever blessed with blue skies so I won’t be too fussy.

After collecting my gown and mortarboard, we headed to the photography building and mum supplied the Pimms. Time was absolutely flying by at this point and it was already time for the students to head to the procession tent, but don’t worry my student drinking skills ensured no Pimms was wasted, it was consumed a little faster than expected. After spending 45 minutes in this marquee all the students were not in the best of moods, it was absolutely scorching, my hair had collapsed and my makeup was dripping off definitely not my most attractive moment but the excitement made it bearable.

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Off we went to the Great Hall, where the Vice Chancellor awarded us our BA Hons Degrees. In that moment I was overwhelmed with a sense of pride, I felt so proud of everything I had achieved and all the hard work and breakdowns seemed worth it. Bizarrely in that moment I almost wanted to do another degree, but do not fear – that urge swiftly faded. It was finally time to head home and get ready for my graduation dinner.

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After a speedy turnaround and a quick outfit change, our Uber had arrived to take us to Pennyhill Park, where we would be having dinner at Matt Worswick’s restaurant; The Latymer. This was my first fine dining experience and it was sublime.

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On arrival we received Taittinger champagne and were supplied with canapés, if there is anything you should know about me warm bread and butter is my desert island food, I know how basic. However as it was a fine dining restaurant it wasn’t as simplistic, we were offered soda bread with Irish hand rolled butter and a Wagu beef dripping sauce, it was absolutely incredible. After 5 pieces of bread I decided to pace myself and wait for the rest of the meal. Shortly after we received yet more canapés, which were pig trotter and mustard croquettes, parmesan cheese and truffle oil croquettes and bombay mix filo pastry cones. Despite my initial hesitation about these canapés I cannot begin to describe how amazing they tasted, the words pig trotter absolutely horrified me but I have to say they were by far my favourite.

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Although at this point I already felt I had eaten a lot, we hadn’t even started our 5 courses.

Below is the menu of our five courses which were available with a wine flight but I decided to stick to champagne and cocktails, hard life I know.

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The Octopus starter was absolutely beautiful, the octopus itself was just so tender and despite having coriander in the sauce I ate absolutely everything and loved it.

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This was followed by the Celeriac dish, which was something completely new to me. I absolutely love being adventurous with foods and had no expectations of the flavour or texture. I really enjoyed this dish although it was probably my least favourite of the five, but by no means unpleasant.

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My dream dish was course number three, the turbot in a shellfish bisque. The presentation of this dish was amazing with lobster claws presented in a ceramic dish in which dry ice was poured into, as the dry ice washed across the dish it released the most beautiful aroma of fish and mint which heightened our senses as we prepared to eat.

After three dishes we reached our main course of Iberico pork presa. As a child of an African it is rather strange but I am not the biggest fan of meat, give me a piece of steak and chicken any day but otherwise I’m not overly bothered. So when I saw pork on the menu I was not over impressed or excited, however I’m amazed as to how much I enjoyed that dish, definitely up their as one of my favourite courses.

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Lastly, we reached the dessert which was a raspberry and vanilla bavarois, it was delicious! The perfect ending to the dining experience, especially following quite a rich main course.

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The day was one of the best days of my entire life! I am eternally grateful to everyone who helped me along the way and held me together through the toughest of times. I could not have asked for a better celebration and if you are nearing the end of your degree then I promise it is all worth it regardless of the tears and stress is causes along the way.

If you are from the Surrey or Berkshire area then I highly recommend the Latymer the food is phenomenal.

Finally, to all the people who could not be at my graduation and those I do not have the ability to celebrate with, I hope you all know how grateful I am for everything you have done for me.

Sammy

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I think it is fair to say that over recent years M&S have seriously stepped up their beauty game. Last year I decided to indulge in the M&S Beauty Advent Calendar and was not disappointed by the both affordable and high-end goodies inside.

One brand that truly made their mark on me was Pixi. I was well aware of the hype behind their products and the Brow Tamer was exceptional, doing exactly that to my unruly brows. Having heard endless positive reviews on the Pixi Glow Tonic I thought it was about time I extended my skincare regime and gave this a shot! I will be sure to update on how my skin fairs with this product.

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If you follow my Youtube Channel  then you will know that I love GLITTER! You can take a really simple and easy eye look to the next level with a little pop of glitter. When I was tagged by four people on the same picture on my Instagram I knew this product would be a must try. Having endlessly raved about the Stila Patina Liquid Lipstick it is quite obvious that I am a huge fan of their products. So when the Magnificent Metals Glitter and Glow Liquid Eye Shadows, in a Rose Gold shade, was released I was instantly hooked!

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With my makeup collection continuously increasing I decided that it was about time to update my storage. My room is now filled with Ikea Alex draws and everything is perfectly organised. But it was looking a little too white and I was on the hunt for some cute little pieces. When I found this 3 trinket set I knew it would be perfect for storing Cotton pads and Cotton buds, those ugly but essential items for all makeup lovers.

Do you know of any small bedroom accessories?

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Hey Perfectors,

Many of my followers will remember my first blog: Goodbye to bad hair days, when the wonderful Beth and the Glitterati team completely transformed my hair following a horrendous ombre episode. Beth managed to create a sensational balayage with no evidence of my previously platinum blonde ends.

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Over the last three months my hair colour has looked incredible, but as the colour started to fade my natural red undertones started to peak through, so it was time for Beth to work her magic once again. I specifically requested the same colours as last time!

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The impact of all this bleaching to my hair has caused it to be a lot drier than I was used to and I was desperate to restore its condition in any way possible. This is when Beth recommended Olaplex!

Olaplex aims to reconnect broken disulfide sulphur bonds that have been damaged by chemical (bleaching of hair), mechanical & thermal (straightening, curling, blow drying or perming hair) treatments.

Hair contains certain proteins where the amino acid cysteine contains sulphur atoms. The proteins in our hair create the shape and strength – when the disulphide bonds are broken by chemical or thermal processes it forms a new shape.

Olaplex contains a single active ingredient called Bis- Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate. Olaplex repairs hair by finding single sulphur-hydrogen bonds and linking them back together to form disulfide bonds, repairing continuously after service.

There are three steps to the Olaplex treatment:

  1. Bond Multiplier – During my treatment this was mixed into the hair dye
  2. Bond Perfector- Which is applied once the bleached has been rinsed out and was left for 20 minutes to optimise the chemical mending
  3. Hair Perfector – I decided against performing this final step as not only was it an additional cost but I could already notice the astonishing difference that I felt no need to do it at home as well.

In simpler terms, avoiding all expert knowledge and scientific reasoning, Olaplex has completely transformed my hair. Although this is my first treatment the results are phenomenal!

Noticeable differences include:

  • Softer
  • Glossier
  • Better colour retention

Take a look here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0ALBoKZjoo

I would highly recommend using Olaplex and will continue to let you guys know the products I’ve been using to prolong my hairs healthiness and colour.

If you live in the Surrey area I couldn’t recommend Glitterati highly enough! Their hairdressing talent is phenomenal and their warm welcoming nature makes the overall experience a complete luxury.

Be sure to check out:

Youtube: Perfection from Within

Instagram: Sammy Husselbury

Glitterati: http://www.glitteratihairandbeauty.com

 

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Hey Perfectors,
I’ve decided to do a blog only post today and this post follows my decision to step out of my comfort zone and trial makeup on other people!
Last week I decided to do a friend, Sophie’s hair and makeup in preparation for her going on a big night out! 
Sophie has a very different face shape to me, a different skin type and has naturally very curly hair so I was intrigued to see whether some of my skin and hair favourites would work as well on her.
 
Hair:

Originally my plan was to only do Sophie’s hair so I started off with that! Sophie naturally has extremely curly hair, but she had straightened it early in the day so to start off it was simply a case of straightening any kinks or bits that had naturally curled again. 
To straighten her hair I used my GHD straighteners!
Sophie decided she wanted a very natural looking beach waves, nothing too curly or over the top. To achieve this look I used my favourite Bayliss Boutique Salon Soft Waves Wand as these are perfect at achieving a quick and easy beach waves look. 
Once the hair was curled, I backcombed the roots on the top of her head and used to bobbi pins to hold the hair in place giving it a slight lift but still keeping it quite messy.
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Makeup:
 
The Base: 
First off I used Clinique Dramatically Different to moisturise her face. 
Following that I applied the Nivea Mens Post Shave Balm to act as a primer. 
Then applying my L’Oréal Lumi Magique Primer to add further glow to the skin as we wanted to achieve a flawless base.
 
The Skin:
For the Foundation I decided to use my High Street favourite L’Oréal True Match but as Sophie has recently come back from holiday her skin was a little darker than my foundation. 
My trick to darkening my foundation is gradually adding droplets of the Maybelline Dream Bronze BB Cream to your regular foundation until the colour is the perfect match. 
Then for under eye concealer I applied my trust Naked Weightless Skin concealer to brighten her under eyes. 
The trick with a naturally rounder face is to not drag your under eye concealer to the edges of your face, it elongates your complexion if you stop just before the tail of your brow. 
Although Sophie in places has naturally drier skin I decided to set her under eye concealer with the RCMA No Colour Powder as the Naked Skin concealer tends to crease on all skin types. 
 
Bronzer and Highlight:
To start off I used my Clinique Contour Chubby Stick to carve out Sophie’s cheek bones, applying it straight onto the skin and blending out with my Real Technique Bold Metals Blush Brush.
Then using the Kiko Flawless Fusion Bronzer directly on top of the Contour Stick and blended it up towards her forehead and underneath her jaw bone. Unlike me, Sophie does not have a large forehead so there was no need to bronze up her temple area to narrow her forehead. 
Then on to my favourite part HIGHLIGHT! For highlight I used my trusty Revolution Rose Gold 2 palette using the pale pink highlight shade mixed with the pale cream shade. This created an absolutely gorgeous striking highlight which both of us love! I applied this to the tops of her cheek bones, the bridge of her nose and her cupids bow. 
 
Eyes and Brows:
Sophie has naturally a lot lighter hair then me so I needed to accommodate that when sculpting her brows. I used an oldie but a goodie: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Soft Brown, using my ABH Duo Brow Brush #12. 
The eyeshadow look was using only my Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette as I have been living for this palette over the last month and Sophie had never used it. 
I first applied a base so the eyeshadow would last longer, that was my Soft Ochre Paint Pot by MAC. To set that primer in place I used the shade White Chocolate from the Chocolate Bar palette. 
In the crease: Salted Carmel and Milk Chocolate
Brow Bone: Champagne Truffle
Lid Colour: Marzipan
Outer corners:Semi Sweet, Triple Fudge and Gilded Ganache.
 
Finally onto Lips:
Both of us absolutely love a MAC Lipliner so I decided to use my trusty MAC Soar to line her outer lips making them look fuller and more shaped, then filled in her entire lip as well. Lastly using the NYX Liquid Suede in Baby doll all over the lip. 
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Have fun recreating the look! 
xxx

Hey Perfectors,

I am finally back again! Its been a long break but exams are over, my birthday is coming up and that means one thing…. A good old pamper session!

As you will remember I had my hair done back in March –  Not only had 7 inches off but also decided to change the colour with the popular ombre style. After falling in love with the length I thought I was extremely happy with the colour, I cannot deny it looked incredible when curled but when straight I was totally unhappy with it. That’s potentially an understatement; it looked horrendous. After having it heavily bleached, I didn’t want to risk damaging my hair even more with more dye, but it just wasn’t what I wanted, originally having asked for balayage. I went back the following week to try and achieve more of a balayage effect. They suggested I have highlights on top of the already ombre hair. It looked horrific and despite people trying to reassure me, my hair was a total disaster.

After waiting almost three months to have my hair disaster fixed I plucked up the courage and went to the popular Weybridge Salon, Glitterati. This was a frightening experience for me as I’m afraid of change; but having been to Glitterati for beauty salon services I was confident in the friendliness and talent of the staff who worked there.

Before I show you ‘the look’ I recognise that my hair looks horrific in the ‘before’ pictures, but I cannot begin to thank Beth (my stylist) enough with this finished look.

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To ensure I was completely happy, and that my needs were met, they suggested I should come for a consultation in which Beth agreed that some serious work had to be done to improve my current look. I couldn’t believe that the exact vision I had in mind was the masterpiece Beth could create. After a three-hour marathon, Beth produced the most incredible results and her attention to detail was immaculate, with every section of hair tended to. She not only produced an incredible colour but her blow dry was unbelievable!

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If you have a hair disaster or any hair queries in the Surrey area you must attend this salon! The friendliest experience from the moment I walked in, to the second I left with multiple staff making me feel fabulous with several compliments from junior and senior staff.

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Glitterati you are my miracle salon! I cannot wait to see you on Friday for my birthday Blow Dry!

xxx

Glitterati website: http://www.glitteratihairandbeauty.com