Sunday, 30 December 2018

2019 GOALS

I'm one of those people that love to see the calendar change and I do like to use it as a mini fresh-start or an internal, "right, I'm gonna start over." type thing. It feels good and I think we shame people for doing it but often it's a really great way to trick your mind into thinking that something new is starting. I want to do a lot in 2019, but here are a few of the ones that I am prioritising for my health and happiness!

In the past few years, I have done numerous driving lessons! In 2013, then I stopped to go to uni. Again in 2018, and then I stopped. For various reasons, I just keep stopping and I end up wasting my money.

Right now, I live at home and work in London.... So to be honest, I'm just not motivated to drive right now because I know that I would be unlikely to buy a car and don't feel the need to drive where I live. If I need to go somewhere, there are 3+ cars in our family and my Mum or brother will just take me along to the shop with them when they go. Also, Aldi is right next to the train station where I live,  so grabbing food after work doesn't take much effort. I do want to get my licence though simply because I know that one day I will need a car. So 2019 is the year to do it...

I felt incredibly pressured to join a gym and attend fitness classes by my ex, who used to say that he didn't want a "fat girlfriend" -  I don't know why he thought that saying that would inspire me to go to the gym and feel even more self-conscious, but hey. I think 2019 might be the year that I attend a class.. even just once a week. When 95% of my day is spent sitting, I do want to feel more active! It's amazing how you are inspired to do things when someone stops telling you to do something constantly and belittling you if you don't. It's as if I'm making the decision for me, and not for someone else. It feels great.

This goes hand in hand with the post above, but I haven't quite felt myself since last year. It's really easy to slip into a shell of yourself when someone is continuously telling you that you're not slim enough for them. I think that now that situation is over, I'm finally realising exactly how I can heal and be happy in myself. Just be.

I have stretch marks (which I actually don't mind anymore).
A few spots.
And you know what, sometimes the ends of my hair are dry!

But I'm a real person with real feelings and I deserve love from someone that won't care about those things, but I think that it begins with yourself. The inner you. And in hand with that, changing something doesn't make you a bad person. I have plans to get lip fillers soon and I definitely want laser hair removal this year. Does that mean I hate my body? Am I less worthy because I choose to change something? I quite like the saying "You do you, gurl". If we want to hit the gym 4 times a week, cool. If we want to get 2ml filler on our cheekbones.. also cool! There isn't some special measurement ruler to being worthy of love and acceptance.

I won't lie, Instagram is getting me down a bit lately. My reach is lower than ever and I'm struggling to grow my following. And we wonder why people resort to bots. *eye roll* I know that we're all struggling but I think maybe it's my content. It's everywhere at the minute with no theme - but I find themes restrictive.. it's a catch 22. The most beautiful feeds are always ones of people who don't work 9-5 - and comparing their lovely 1pm daylight photos in coffee shops to your kinda messy selfie at 6:22pm outside the train station.. well, it's not as cute when you only have weekends to take nice photos - which is to be expected. When you work, it's difficult to get nice photos as you're busy 24/7, the lighting will be off and god forbid you get home after the tragic London commute and have to take flat-lays of eyeshadows. Trying not to get burnt out is hard... and I'm falling out of love with Instagram. 

My 2019 is going to include travel, meeting new friends, saving for a mortgage and moving on with my life in the best way I know how - blasting thank u, next by Ariana Grande.

What are your plans for 2019? 



Wednesday, 5 December 2018


soap & glory 2018 star gift bubble act zuki limited edition set

Every year, I make sure to set my alarm for certain days.
Black Friday.
Starbucks Christmas menu.
Costa Christmas menu.
Missguided 50% off.
... You get me.

And of course, Soap & Glory’s Star Gift goes live for half price at Boots. Every girl gets one of these for Christmas, so it's no surprise that the waiting list exceeded 100,000 people this year!

 The individual items are worth over £80 when purchased separately, so this is one that is set to sell out very quickly! I always love the S&G sets as they tide me over for months and months, and it looks like this year S&G are offering some small extras such as the sheet mask, dry shampoo and a couple of make-up bits! I'm not really a huge fan of the mascara, but it's giftable for someone else, so win-win!

What's even better, is the tin. It's designed by graphic designer, art director and illustrator Zuki. The tin is quite large, so would impress anyone if gifted around this time of year. 

Inside you'll get...


The Righteous Body Butter [300ml]

♡ Clean On Me Creamy Moisture Shower Gel [500ml]

♡ The Scrub of Your Life Smoothing Body Buffer [200ml]

♡ Hand Food Non-greasy Hydrating Hand Cream [250ml]

♡ Fizz-A-Ball Original Pink Bath Bomb [100g]

♡ Original Pink Body Spray [100ml]

♡ Melty Talented Dry Skin Balm [30g]

♡ Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk [350ml]

♡ Bright + Beautiful Radiance-Boosting Mask [29g]

♡ The Rushower Dry Shampoo [200ml]

♡ Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss in Bare Enough [7ml]

♡ Thick and Fast High-Definition Collagen-Coat Mascara in Black [10ml]

I'm really looking forward to trying the dry shampoo and the skin balm! I do wish that they had included a big pot of the scrub but I'm pretty sure I will be buying another gift set when the January sale hits if they have some left, so I'm still very pleased with 2018's offer for Soap and Glory's star gift!


Monday, 5 November 2018


I love Christmas.

Not really for the presents, but in general the festive season is so snuggly, warm and cosy. I mean, minus the rain or one CM of snow that stops the whole of the UK and our trains. I mean, come on dude. I have places to go.. Like home, to watch movies and TV shows on a quality screen such as Oled television PanasonicWhile I'm perfectly happy with a basic box of chocolates (after all, I have everything I could possibly want), I do always want a good movie to watch if I'm unwinding around the period. I love to get tucked into bed with a hazelnut hot chocolate (and a mountain of cream) to watch cheesy movies in front of the television. Despite Christmas not being quite as exciting now that I'm 23 and have no Bratz dolls to freak out over, I do really enjoy the nippy and (sometimes) snowy season.

My favourite movies have always remained the same over the years and I'll always re-watch the same ones every year without fail. No shame, people! I am just a serial re-watcher. 

1. The Grinch - The movie I can sit there and say "Literally me" to as I enjoy time off away from work. It's just such a classic and never seems to age! It's great to watch with the whole family when you have guests over and always makes everyone laugh. Did you guys know that Jenny Humphrey from Gossip Girl actually plays the little girl in the Grinch? Who knew..

2. Gossip Girl - Okay, so hear me out. Why is it always Winter, fall, Christmas and Thanksgiving on Gossip Girl? Every few episodes it seems like Serena and Blair and eating Pumpkin Pie and faffing over boyfriend troubles! I love the families in Gossip Girl so sitting down to watch an episode (or 10..) is a lovely way to pass time around Christmas.

3. Love, Actually - this might be my favourite Christmas movie of all time. I think the first time you watch this, you get the best feeling ever of, "Oh, so NOW it makes sense!" but the characters are so normal with real struggles. It feels like you're a fly on the wall and this really is shot in the best way ever. You feel just connected enough to each character to feel invested and it's tied up in a really nice way. It's highly rated for a reason! 

4. The Holiday  - This movie is just so adorable in a "My boyfriend hates that he's being made to watch this" kind of way! Jude Law is a 10/10 hunk in this movie and it's just so wildly unrealistic that it's the best movie to watch around Christmas. The movie came out in 2006 but it's still as relevant as ever. It's a must-see and a Christmas classic for rom-com lovers.

I must say, I am looking forward to this year.. Does anyone else re-watch the same movies every year, without shame? Maybe I'll finally switch up my viewing schedule? (I totally won't) I absolutely love my classic list of must-watch movies, but I'm always willing to try new things! 

What films or TV shows do you like to watch around Christmas? 

This post was in collaboration with Panasonic

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Thursday, 6 September 2018



Bybi Beauty is one of my favourite brands

So when I saw that the brand had re-vamped, re-launched and re-formulated one of my favourite go-to products ever, the Babe Balm, I was super curious to see what the deal was. Can the old formula even be improved?!

A better scent - More vanilla. Less whatever else people complained about. I always quite liked the scent although it did always seem a tad 'plastic' to me? But again, I really am not that fussy with the scent of a product if it does the job! ... But I'm totally not going to complain if I can smell like lovely Vanilla.

Smoother - People have commented before that it's hard to squeeze out the tube, so Bybi Beauty are improving the consistency and smoothness. I'm personally not really that fussed about this new improvement as I like how thick and luxurious the balm is - I love it when a product is so thick that it takes a second to come out of the tube. I know I'm in for some intense hydration! But I think that it could pose a problem when you get to the very end of your tube, so I can see why the brand are making this improvement. As long as it hydrates, the consistency isn't the most important thing.

Vanity - Shelfies galore, everyone. Bybi are improving the packaging of this product and I am very curious to see what it will look like. The bright orange is very punchy and fun, so I hope that this is still a feature. Although, a pink Babe Balm? That could be cool...

I'm looking forward to seeing what the fuss is about with the new vs. old. I'll likely do a comparison when I get my hands on the new formulation.

P.S. If you have never tried babe balm, it's a hit of hydration for anywhere dry on your body. It is packed full of goodness for your skin.

About the product:
- Hydrates, softens and smooths skin
- Can be used as a highlighter, moisturiser or cleanser
- Tropical scent
- Contains: Kokum Butter, Monoi, Squalene, Hibiscus and Calendula
- 100% natural ingredients
- Vegan-friendly 
- Tube is made from biodegradable sugarcane - so it looks like plastic, but totally isn't.

Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Rhus Verniciflua Peel (Berry) Cera, Squalane (Olive), Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Caryocar (Pequi) Coriaceum Oil, Calendula Officinalis (Flower) Extract, Gardenia Taitensis (Monoi) Flower Extract, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa (Hibiscus) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ubiquinone 50 (Coenzyme Q10), Distarch Phosphate (Sweet Potato Extract), Anthocyanins (Sweet Potato Extract), Citric (Fruit) Acid.

I'm super excited to see what the new tube looks like (!!!!) and will report back when I get my hands on the new product with some comparisons. I can't imagine Bybi Beauty going wrong with a reformulation, as their existing products are of such amazing quality, so I think it'll be interesting to see what comes next, as they have really taken the time to listen to feedback and provide quality upgrades for customers.

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Tuesday, 4 September 2018


Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer Fenty Glow, GLOSS BOMB, FENTY RIHANNA LIP GLOSS, FENTY LIPGLOSS

It might be that it's queen Rihanna's super-cute make-up line. 
Or it could be the irresistibly smooth and sweet smelling formula.
Or I am just addicted to a lip gloss.
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I think I started to hate matte lips a long time ago. I tried so hard to keep on the bandwagon of re-applying balm over my ultra-matte ring of death on my inner lip, but it's just not for me. I've never really found a lip gloss that I'm totally obsessed with to the point of using it within just a few months.. That is not a long time when you have around 100+ other lip products.

I also think my boyfriend is sick of me smelling it and showing it to him before and after I re-apply it in restaurants. Or coffee shops. Or at home. Okay, I'm obsessed. It's just the most perfectly natural wash of colour and shimmer - without looking like you're wearing a shimmer overload or something that would scare away fragile men that hate red lipstick... Please notice my sarcasm in that sentence.

Me, happy, healthy, glowing with my Fenty Gloss Bomb.
I never knew that a lipstick could change my mood.
Rihanna saved me.

Basically, this gloss is everything you can possibly want. You know how Nars Orgasm Blush is the blush that tops all blushes? Well, this is the gloss to end all other glosses. If you can grab this, you probably won't regret it. It looks gorgeous over a lip liner or on its own. Sometimes a gloss can look a bit lacklustre over bare lips, but this has just enough shimmery goodness to make your lips look kissable and juicy. 

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Monday, 3 September 2018

Revolution Quietly Launch Their Skincare Range

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When Revolution founder Adam Minto announced that the brand would be delving into skincare a few months ago, I have to admit - I rolled my eyes. The brand is on a roll with the fabulously affordable make-up dupes, so skincare seemed like it would be rushed and ignored.

I was wrong. 

I'm surprised to see a really lovely selection of products available to people in physical drugstores. I won't ignore the elephant in the room- that they're not quite as good as The Ordinary's formulas, but when I think of the people missing out on good skincare because they aren't online or in the loop about Deciem, I'm pretty happy with a few not-so-amazing additions to this range!

I'm also pleased that the brand actually offer some insight into what the product actually does within the name of the product. Taglines such as "Skin plumping" / "Wrinkle & Fine line reducing serum" / "Blemish & Pore refining serum" will help less educated consumers to pick out products that they need in-store.

Revolution are very good at knowing their target audience. The cute rose-gold cap and the quirky, on-trend bottles are going to attract both skincare-newbies and some experts just dying to know what teh difference is between The Ordinary and this mysterious twin-sister!

The line-up:

Obviously, the hyper-educated consumer will pick out that coconut oil isn't the best carrier for a retinol (plus it's not in UV-protective packaging). Or that the CBD oil is actually more like grape, almond, coconut, vegetable than hemp seed oil. And why is there orange peel oil in the Rosehip oil? So to simplify my thoughts there, the Revolution blends contain some preservatives, oils and ingredients that aren't skin-friendly. 

But despite these initial concerns, this is an amazing step in the right direction for the UK skincare market! I'm very impressed and can't wait to try some of the formulas out.

Will we see more brands go one-note like this?

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018

PR TIPS FOR BLOGGERS (From A Girl In Digital Marketing)


As someone that deals with bloggers, influencers and the like on a weekly basis at my job, I wanted to give some tips to bloggers that might feel as if they never see hide nor hair of PRs opportunities in their email inbox. There are reasons for this. Now, these tips won't apply to every campaign, brand or email you receive, but it's just general advice that I've picked up on the other side of the computer.

Numbers do matter
Sorry guys, but they do. I know there has been an influx of tweets recently, about how micro-influencers product better content and photos, but that's because they're simply not receiving a whole lot of 'free' product. You’re more likely to want to impress if it’s your first PR package ever.

Round-up reports sometimes have a big fat number at the end (obviously this depends on the campaign!) to show the total reach that the PR company have gathered for a brand, product, event or such. It just doesn't really make sense to send product samples to very small bloggers unless there is a distinct reason - sometimes brands need and want brilliant product photography that they can utilise on their social channels, for example. Or an influx of reviews. Smaller bloggers are also more likely to write about products that they receive. There are often layered campaigns - so smaller bloggers are utilised as well as the larger ones for maximum reach and coverage.

When people talk about "micro-influencers" they aren't talking so micro that you have 500 followers. It's usually more like 7000-10,000. Generally, "micro" is more than 5,000. But then again, everyone has a different opinion on what that is. After all, this is a new industry. There is no "standard" name for different audience-sizes of influencers. It would take a whole other ten blog posts to explain just how structured, developed and layered some campaigns are, but I hope this gives a small insight into why numbers do matter, and anyone telling you that they don't, are lying, or leaving out the fact that they also need to work with influencers with a significant following as well as sally and her 5000 followers.

Relationships are a huge part of PR industry
This extends way past PRs, but in any industry, you're far more likely to work with someone that you already have on your database over someone random. As someone that occasionally does outreach, I'm always going to go to people I already follow on Twitter for opps as I see their content a lot and interact with them sometimes - with PRs, they'll have databases, but if they know someone, they're going to get the opp if they've done a great blog post before for the brand. Side note: PRs see the other side of blogging, too. I posted an opp a while ago and had about 10 girls follow me to ask about it, and once I'd sent their details to the brand and it was confirmed, they unfollowed me. Just keep it simple, people. You look silly. You don't need to suck up, follow and like ten photos to get an opp. Just express your interest.

Short and sweet, people
If you pitch yourself to someone, keep it SUPER SHORT. If someone is managing campaigns, they won't have time to read why you're amazing. Just include your stats and what you're offering in it's most basic form. Media kits are helpful too but don't forget to write a little bit about you in the actual email itself, as most of the time it won't get clicked on unless you're looking like someone worth working with.

We aren't reading the 'about me" page before e-mailing
If you're a beauty blogger with clear skin and a brand emails you about reviewing acne treatments, please learn to accept that this is the industry that you're in. People will have a tight deadline sometimes and do not have time to delve into the deep depths of your blog to decide whether or not you're suitable for a campaign. Even beauty editors at Cosmo will get sent stuff that isn't right for them, yet your average bloggers on Twitter seem to have this weird self-entitlement surrounding them as if PRs will check every nook and cranny of a blog to make sure the opp is "okay for someone" before sending. In reality, there are thousands of bloggers out there, you're probably one out of 100 emails sent out for PR samples. Stay polite and nice. If an opportunity isn't for you, if someone spells your name wrong, or god forbid calls you Becky when you're Sarah... People on the other side of those emails are human and they may not have had their coffee that morning.

It's not personal
If you have any idea of digital marketing, you'll know just how hectic the office gets when you're orchestrating brand collaborations (alongside other work like managing social media pages)

If you are offered an opportunity, please don't take it as "I definitely have this" - PRs are usually talking to a lot of other bloggers and clients will often reject people mid-way or want a different sort of vibe. And it's not just bloggers that clients want to get in contact with, it's a whole host of other outlets such as higher-scale coverage. As a blogger myself, I am on the receiving end of this treatment, but generally there just isn't the time or care to e-mail everyone back saying "sorry, not this time!" when there is other (more important) work to do. I don't think that anyone is sitting there like, "Haha. I didn't e-mail BeautybySarah101 back",  I just think that there are bigger fish to fry. A PR or agency does not need to worry about cutting off a blogger.. as truthfully, there are just so many more in an over-saturated industry. However, annoying the beauty editor of a large publication, or aradio station? Well, that'll probably be an issue in the future for clients. It's a cut-throat industry, so if you feel ignored, try not to take it personally!

Going silent
It goes without saying, but if you say you're going to be somewhere, and then don't turn up, you're not going to get another invite again. Just send a quick e-mail if you can't make it somewhere. I mean, this is basic common sense/manners, but I'm including it for a reason. The bar tab or free tickets could have gone to someone else.

One side note that needs mentioning: Unless you have a serious reason (and it's your absolute last resort) to slate or "expose" a brand/PR/Agency on social media, refrain from doing so. Seriously, it looks wildly unprofessional. And as a blogger, freelance or just a couple of times a week, you are a professional when dealing with agencies and brands. Keep your reputation in tip-top shape!

I hope some of these tips were helpful!

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Friday, 27 April 2018

Elaje Cambridge Review: My Experience (I Would Not Go Back)

I booked in for a balayage at Elaje Cambridge in February and I wanted to share my experience. Let's jump in, shall we? I have tried to stay fair in this review, as I don't really like writing overtly negative things about brands and business' on my blog, but I think that I am well within my rights to discuss my negative experience, just as anyone would after receiving amazing treatment from somewhere.

As most girls do when wanting a new colour or cut, I had a photo with me to show my stylist. I showed a picture of something I’d like my hair to be like (which most salons are used to) 
I wanted to review the salon that I had loved for a long time up until this experience. I can't include the reference photo here, as I wouldn't just shove an image on my blog post that I hadn't got permission to use. 

I grew my hair out for over a year, no colouring at all and I used minimal heat on it so that it was in the best possible condition for bleach. Essentially, my hair was "virgin" in terms of colouring. (I mean obviously, it wasn't literally virgin as anything from a bit of straightening to heat can "damage" hair, but it was in the best possible condition after growing it out from a long bob for well over a year, in order to have balayage.

I paid a £100 deposit 2 weeks prior to my appointment and knew that I would be paying £30 for a finish, and £30 for Olaplex. Yes, this is an expensive salon, that charge London prices. In fact, they are more expensive/the same as hair queen Samantha Cusick in London for a balayage. Elaje's haircuts are okay, the staff are (seemingly) trained regularly and the beauty section is hygienic - basically, it's just an overpriced salon that actually follow regulations.

When I originally booked the balayage, I did it on the day of a haircut I was there for. I mentioned that I wanted to book in for a balayage with the same girl who was cutting my hair, but she wasn't available, so after my cut, she and the receptionist booked me in with someone else. I asked if this person was the same pricing and my hairstylist said yes, £116 for balayage. I paid a £100 deposit that day.
So I was expecting to pay £116 for a balayage, a finish, at £30 and an added Olaplex treatment at £30. However, on the day I was charged £190 altogether. I was so unhappy with my hair that I just paid it and left, but I was definitely overcharged by this salon, as the pricing was never discussed with me on the day or prior to my appointment that it would be £150 instead of £116 (Plus the other costs!) (... Thank god for student discount)

I wrote it off, but if a client is paying more for a service for any reason, you need to let them know. I still don't really understand the pricing, but as I was unhappy with my hair, I never bought up or argued the pricing - I didn't want to look like I was out for a freebie.

My Experience In The Salon
On the day, I uploaded onto my Instagram story that I was going for a balayage. I never tagged the salon or mentioned the salon name on any of my social media (This will become important later) and the only people that knew what salon I was going to, were my Mum, boyfriend and a couple of close friends.

The salon itself is nice, clean and the staff are always friendly. They’ll take your coat/bag and offer you a latte or drink upon arrival. Basically, the bare minimum for anywhere charging over £50 for a haircut. 
I prefer not to chat when getting my hair done (I talk all day at work, uni and on social media) so it’s nice to unwind with a magazine and just chill out whilst getting your hair done. I'm sure a lot of you are the same, and I love any salon that won't expect me to engage in the painful small talk! I know a lot of us enjoy a quiet salon experience or just don’t like nattering away if we want to relax.

I knew straight away that my hair wasn't blonde enough when the towel came off and the girl started drying it. I thought, "I'll wait for her to style it" and after that was done, I looked in the mirror and felt shocked at how subtle the balayage was in comparison to what I'd asked for.
I just felt that it wasn't blonde enough, and there was very little blonde around the back in comparison to the front. The photo I had initially shown was from Catherine Boden's salon in Manchester (which I couldn't get to - I live way too far away to travel there) and I'd shown a beautiful melted blonde in the front of the hair. I didn't feel like the blonde highlights in the front of my air were very blended at all.

You can see clearly in the recent photo I've uploaded, that the front of my hair looks like highlights and is growing out that way too. I wanted balayage specifically to avoid the awkward re-growth stages. I did mention on the day that I wasn't 100% happy, but also said that I would think about it to the staff. I said that I wanted to be honest with the staff there.

I called my Mum as I walked home from the salon that evening, and expressed how sad I felt that it wasn't perfect, and she said if you don't feel happy straightaway, it won't suddenly come to you when you're home. I made the decision to "think on it" but knew deep down that my Mum was right! I asked a couple of hairdressers that evening and the next morning and they confirmed that it was a lacklustre result given what I'd asked for/the price I'd paid. 

I called Elaje next day, and expressed politely that I felt my hair wasn’t blonde enough and in all honesty, wasn’t what I’d asked or hoped for. I had highlights through the front of my hair that didn't/don't really blend out like the blonde sections I’d showed in my reference photo. The receptionist was nice said that she was going to book me in for it to be done again.

I got a confirmation email through, stating that it was a “re-col” until I received a call a little later from the lady who actually did my hair, stating that she wouldn’t be re-doing it, and that it was only a booking to “talk” about it with her. I thought that this was weird and honestly, ridiculously unprofessional. You should speak to other staff members before booking someone in for a re-colour. I mean, the hold button exists for a reason. But hey, I agreed to speak to the lady who had coloured my hair and sort it out.
The day before my talk/consultation I received yet another phone call asking me to come in a little earlier, I agreed.

The "Talk"
As bloggers, we are always going to enjoy being honest about treatments and products that we've had. I, personally, share my experiences with 12,000 people on Instagram, using stories and normal posts, and my blog, of course. I'm unaware if the salon staff knew that I was a blogger or not, but clearly, they aren't in-touch with influencers, bloggers and the way in which we work. I share everything from what foundation I wear to what my boyfriend and I are up to, so there is no surprise that I would share images and thoughts on a new hair colour!

So on the day, I went into the salon and the owner said she'd asked me in a little bit earlier to discuss the issue with me herself. She asked me what I felt wasn’t right about my hair, so I explained in detail. I mentioned the front especially, as I didn't feel like it was particularly well blended, in the way I'd asked for (and previously shown pictures of). I had what are essentially just highlights in the front of my hair, and not a whole lot of blonde in the back.

I was then told, that the photo I’d shown the stylist that coloured my hair wasn’t a “real perception” - aka social media twists things. She mentioned that it can take 2 months and three appointments to get the blonde that I'd shown in my reference photo - which did make me laugh, as I’d watched the vlog of the girl getting her hair done from a dark brown to the shade of blonde I wanted on Youtube. Yes, all in one sitting. Amazing, right? I didn't bother getting my phone out and showing her this video, since I thought, 'at this point it's futile'.

I kind of just sat there wondering why a grown woman was attempting to tell me off. The power of bloggers, eh? She obviously wasn't happy that I'd written about this on my story - however, as mentioned earlier, I had never actually named the salon, so I was really confused as to why she was acting as if I had slandered the salon publicly. I couldn't understand why she was so angry, when I had written fairly standard comments. I mean, I personally don't see what is very rude about a sad peach gif.

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It felt quite hilarious, sitting there as she essentially tried to slap me on the wrist for being a blogger. She... 'accused' (I guess?) me of “slagging off the salon” - yes, those were her exact words used, very professional, I know. Which I'm not sure how I could of, as I never actually named the salon anywhere on social media or even my personal Facebook.
I was shocked. After this painfully ridiculous exchange, the lady that had actually coloured my hair then came over and said that I had “maybe wanted a dip-dye instead of a balayage’ which confused me, as the photo I’d shown was a balayage by the Catherine Boden hair salon in Manchester (The creme de la creme of all things blonde - their work is totally gorgeous!) - and they literally specialise in those kinds of colour changes, so I'm rather confused as to how she got to that point of view.

I was a little shocked at this, as I’d surely had a consultation of sorts, when I explained what I wanted to her and shown images of my desired look. Why would she have gone ahead with it if she thought what I was after was entirely different? I had shown numerous photos.

Elaje had booked me in for balayage 
after I had shown this particular photo to 2-3 members of staff. Surely, if I’d shown a dip-dye, I would have been advised by the professional hair stylists to get a dip dye? It was all very confusing and I wasn’t offered any solution but a free toner on my hair and a half-price balayage next time - which I clearly didn’t feel comfortable to accept, as I’d been treated so rudely by the staff during this talk. 

I was unsure if I was being unreasonable or not. I knew that my hair looked 'good' - it wasn't breaking or anything, it was left in good condition... However, I felt that for £190, the result was underwhelming and I have been left with a bad taste in my mouth about this salon, and I have not returned since. I did speak with three other hairdressers about my hair that stated that it could be lifted to the colour I was after in one sitting, especially as my hair wasn't dark originally. I knew that anyway though, as my hair has lifted much lighter before. £190 (more if I hadn't popped on my student discount) is a lot to spend on hair that I didn't feel happy with.

I was absolutely shocked that I was essentially called into the salon earlier to be patronised by the owner and receive snooty comments from the stylist, and to be told that I didn't really know what I wanted was rude and patronising toward a client. Nobody, not Zoella, not Becky with 30 followers on Instagram and 3 Facebook friends should be spoken to in a patronising and rude manner, the way that I was. 

I wish that had been the end of it, but it wasn't. Every member of staff in the salon proceeded to view every Instagram story I uploaded for the next 2-3 days, which I thought was very strange and quite unprofessional, actually. I hadn't mentioned the hair situation or salon any further. In fact, I was in London at my boyfriend's for the weekend. I was then even tagged in a video by the stylist that did my hair about how "colour takes time" and the caption "FYI." was used. To me, that was the last straw and I wouldn't return to this salon. 
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I wouldn't recommend this salon to anyone, and I think that there is a misunderstanding in this salon about how to act as a business, versus how you can act as a blogger or client. There is simply a level of professionalism required from a salon in comparison to a paying client making comments on social media.

I am not required to remain "professional" at all times, as I am a personality first and foremost, or 'a real person', if you will. If I had no personality or opinion, I'd be an advertising billboard for brands that I like. I'm always going to give my honest opinions about things. I would be a rubbish blogger if I didn't.

A business is a business. I also think that I was more than fair in never, ever mentioning the name of the salon until now. As a client in a salon, you can feel a bit "stupid" when they start talking to you about colours, bleaches and things that we don't have an in-depth understanding of, and that is what frustrates me the most.
 I had numerous "second opinions" and yet I was still patronised by the salon staff and received snooty comments afterwards. I would not return here again.

At the end of the day, I was disappointed with my hair for the money I paid, but I am also far more disappointed that I would be spoken to, and treated the way that I was. Getting your hair done can be quite a nervous time anyway, let alone wondering whether or not you'll be slapped on the wrist for posting about it afterward on your social media channels or spoken to in a rude manner.

Have you ever had a negative experience in a salon? How did you handle it?

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