Friday, 28 February 2014

Frugal February | Looking for Stars - My February Advertisers

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We're at the end of another month and we're starting to see promise of the rain settling down and the sun peeking it's gorgeous self from behind the clouds. It's been a truly frugal month for Late Night Nonsense, and I'm looking forward to heralding in March with a slightly gracious bank balance and a list of beauty products the size of my arm. With this in mind I'm delighted to share these beautiful advertisers, instigating purchases in one way or another!

Harriet Darcey
Harriet Darcey is a 21 year old social media apprentice and novice fashion and beauty blogger over at harrietdarcey.blogspot.co.uk. Her blogs main focus is fashion but she's a sucker for make up and skin care too, just like most bloggers! Pop over to her blog to see her obsession with fashion and make up come to light and you'll realise just how infectiously inspiring she is.

Dainty Little Dreams
When Abbie got in touch asking after an advertising slot, I instantly knew she'd fit in with the blog and that I had to follow her! Not only are her images crisp, clear and so well put together, but her writing style is something I could get lost in for hours. Dainty Little Dreams will become a must read!

Beth Worrall
In the early days of my blog creation, I invested a bit of time in Twitter and it's through this social media channel that I came to know the beautiful Beth. Her blog has come on in leaps and bounds in the months since our first tweets and she's well into her 1000's now! Beth effortlessly mixes fashion, beauty and lifestyle posts and is one of the sweetest individuals I've had the pleasure to talk to.

The Guilty Girl
Tamira, who blogs at The Guilty Girl, is a total babe. She moved to Oxford a few months back and I recall the constant back and forth we had in excitement that she would be a stones throw away. We've since met up and gone beauty mad, this girl knows her stuff! Tami also recently started up a YouTube channel and is so superbly calm and collected that I can't wait for more videos.

If you fancy advertising your blog or small business on Late Night Nonsense through the month of March, buy an ad through my Passionfruit ad widget on the advertising page. I offer competitive packages at affordable rates, so get in touch!

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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Frugal February | The Body Shop Limited Edition Hair Chalks

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The Body Shop Limited Edition Hair Chalks in Tickle Me Pink & Falling For Blue, £5.00*

When The Body Shop Hair Chalk press release landed in my inbox, I had to say that I was intrigued. Limited edition temporary hair colour that shows up on a brunette? I was sold as soon as I saw the pictures. If you are a brunette, you'll know just how difficult it is to get any temporary hair colour to look half as vibrant as our blonde haired ladies. Touted as the perfect way to brighten up your hair without permanent colour commitment, The Body Shop have got this Spring beauty trend on point. Turning up to a design pitch with shocking blue hair isn't a good look, so I can choose to party it up at the weekend but come Monday morning, my colleagues would be none the wiser.

The hair chalks come in two colours: Tickle Me Pink (gorgeous on blondes) and Falling For Blue (shows up amazingly well on brunette hair). I can see these making a big appearance in most makeup bags as soon as we get a hint of sun, the perfect pick me up to tiresome hair when you just can't decide whether to cut or colour. All you need is a towel to cover your clothes in case of fallout, a brush and some hairspray. Gather a section of hair, place the colour pad on top and you can either use your thumb or a cotton pad underneath and glide down to the tip. Brush out to even out the colour, seal with hairspray and it'll last all day until washed out. The pans of colour are easy to hold, and means you spend a little more time concentrating on a small section of hair. I found it so easy to work with, and was impressed with the results. Any all out is easily caught if you use a towel, just remember to wash your hands afterwards or fear being mistaken for the Cookie Monster!

At only £5 a colour pad, these aren't going to break the bank. I'm hoping The Body Shop release a few more of these in other vibrant colours as I'm definitely feeling like a pop of lilac through the ends could be just the answer to my lack of BLEACH products.




Have you tried hair chalk? What do you think of the pink and blue?

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Monday, 24 February 2014

Frugal February | Beauty Products That Won't Break the Bank

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Fumbling for those last few pennies down the back of the sofa is a low moment, especially when you realise that you're using said money to buy yet another over-priced lipstick instead of milk for your morning cereal. We've all been there, desperately trying to get our hands on the latest and best makeup, but what if we all just took a second to look at what we buy and find a way of saving money for the same results? I've checked my stash and come up with a few products that won't make your purse groan so you can treat yourself to that Friday Starbucks, guilt-free.

For the base, I'm constantly trailing different combinations of foundation and concealer to find that perfect twosome that makes my skin glow. Quite recently, I've been reaching for the Rimmel Match Perfection Light Perfecting Radiance Foundation £6.99 and loving that Rebecca of From Roses was a real influence on the purchase. Dry skin ladies, this might just be your answer to hydrating coverage with a hint of radiance and a lot of staying power. Teamed with the Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer £7.99 and I don't think I'll ever look back. Slightly peachy, gorgeously creamy and long-wearing, I had originally written this concealer off as the coverage is light to medium. It wasn't until pairing it with a better working foundation that I can see this beauty really kicks my dark circles to the curb. To set, the ELF Translucent Matte Powder £3.95 is cheap as chips but doesn't cake or add any colour. More than you could ask for from most hughstreet powders! I swear by my Sleek Face Form Palette £9.99, it's a trio of colours to contour, highlight and add a pinch of colour. So highly pigmented you only need a touch of each, but the blush would give NARS Orgasm a run for it's money.

Eyes warrant a special kind of budge proof product and I've fallen head over heels for Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR in Metallic Pomegranate £4.99. You'll most likely have heard me rave about the On & On Bronze colour before, but this new golden flecked rusty colour could certainly be mistaken for MAC Cranberry in the right light. And for impact, I like to have a little 'wow' factor and you don't get much more impactful that Barry M Dazzle Dust £4.59. With the right eyeshadow primer I've had these gorgeous potted colours stay on even through a heavy clubbing session; now that's intense. For liner, I couldn't rate Bourjois Mega Liner £7.49 any higher. The thick slanted pen nib makes for detailed precision of a good cat flick, while offering up a highlight pigmented black that dries matte and doesn't budge unless you want it to. Surely a mascara that every beauty blogger I know has in their drawers is the Maybelline The Rocket Volum' Express £7.99. The wand has fine bristles that just grab and coat each individual lash creating such length and volume that it's a wonder I ever reach for anything else. To finish? A generous coating of Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Audacious £7.99. Likened to the Clinique Chubby Sticks, I have to say that for the price you get outstanding colour payoff and it lasts for hours.

What are your top budget picks?

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Friday, 21 February 2014

Frugal February | Oxford Blogger Meet #OxMeet

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#OXMEET Oxford Blogger Meet-up

For a while now I've wanted to organise a meet-up, especially as most of them seem to happen in London. I figured it was about time to get all the amazing Oxfordshire bloggers together and have a natter, grab a coffee and do a few beauty bits between. So #Oxmeet is a go!

What? A beauty blogger meet-up in Oxford city centre.

When? Sunday 23rd March @ 2pm.

Where? We'll meet at Zappi's Bike Cafe (on St Michaels St and has all the bikes out the front) as I figured it would be good to have a coffee first, take the edge off the first meeting and give everyone a chance to get into Oxford. Plus, Zappi's do the best coffee in Oxford (without doubt). If people are running late then it gives a bit of a breather, but we won't be staying there all day! A bit closer to the time I will give my phone number for anyone that can't find the venue.

Additional? 3pm I'll be whisking us all off to Crabtree & Evelyn where the lovely staff have offered hand massages, trialling the products and manicures from the new range. How amazing is that going to be? 6pm We've got a date with LUSH. We'll be given a tour, have skin consultations and readings, as well as some other goodies and surprises that they'll have up their sleeve! We can grab a bite to eat at Wagamamas during the day as at least the tables are better suited for people to get to know one another.

More TBC, so watch this space!

Should be a lot of fun and a good chance for some bloggers that haven't had the opportunity to go to an event yet to come along and make some friends. I'm looking forward to this meeting and hope that as many people as possible can attend. I do have an upper limit of 20, so make sure to RSVP as soon as possible so that I can send you details as and when. If you miss out, I'll have a back-up list for those that can't attend. Also, if you're not from the Oxfordshire area but can make it on the day, feel free to send me an email still. ♥

If you'd like to come, send me an email adrienne@latenightnonsense.com, drop me a tweet @_L8NN or message me on Facebook.

Adrienne | www.latenightnonsense.com
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Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Frugal February | Weekend GRWM

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My first Get Ready With Me video! I've been meaning to film one of these since I joined YouTube, but just never had the right lighting or the footage went to pot. As I was starting to get ready on Saturday morning, I figured I'd give my new soft boxes a whirl and film a typical weekend routine.





Dr Hauschka Toner*
Dermalex Rosacea & Couperose*
Vichy Idealia Life Serum*
Balance Me Radiance Face Oil
The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist
Vichy Idealia Smoothing & Illuminating Cream*
Revlon PhotoReady Primer
Revlon PhotoReady Foundation
NARS And God Created The Woman Palette
Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer
HD Brows Kit
Benefit They're Real! Mascara
Maybelline Fit me Powder
Topshop Cream blush in Head Over Heels*
W7 Honolulu Bronzing Powder
Topshop Lipstick in Beguiled*
VO5 Heat Protect Spray
Enrapture Totem Styler
Bumble & Bumble Texturising Hairspray
River Island Jumper
H&M White Vest Top
River Island Black Skinny Jeans
Vivienne Westwood Necklace
H&M Ring

I could cry, however, having had my lights on for less than 30 minutes and one of the bulbs shorts and doesn't work properly. Which is why you might notice that the lighting changes while doing my hair! Needless to say I've filled in the return paperwork and hoping that it doesn't take too long to get a replacement as the lights, coupled with the natural daylight from my bedroom window, makes for a fantastic filming setup.

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Monday, 17 February 2014

Frugal February | How to Wear Radiant Orchid

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As a designer, I'm a bit of a Pantone nut, as I work with them during the day and it means I'm constantly looking into trending tones and tints. When Pantone announced that Radiant Orchid was to be the colour of 2014, I had to do a little inner dance -- it's the perfect colour for beauty lovers. With Spring just around the corner, slotting this flirty purple into your existing makeup routine will be effortless.

"An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm."

If eyes are your thing, taking a chance on the Eye of Horus Jewel Amethyst Goddess Eye Pencil*, £13 will change your life. Well maybe not your life, but it will certainly add an extra dimension to the ceaseless neutral palettes and browns that litter most of our eyeshadow collection. Exceptionally pigmented, intensely captivating, flecked with purple micro glitter and soft to the touch. One end holds the rich purple pencil, while the other boasts a smudging sponge that can easily blend the colour out creating the simplest of smokey eyes. It's long lasting, waterproof and doesn't budge when it's set in place. I think it's love! To tightline the lashes, Clinique offer up a gorgeous Quickliner in Intense Plum, £15 that appears black but has a shimmery purple running through the centre. So if you're not feeling too adventurous you can still be on trend if you swap this for your usual black liner.

Something I never really expected to buy was a purple blush. And I'm not talking purple/pink, I'm almost terrified when I reach for the tube and remember just how dark it really is. ELF HD Blush in Showstopper, £3.75 is a cream blush that goes a long way, and less is most certainly more. The first time I used it, I put a sizeable pump onto my hand, dipped my brush and commenced to stipple it onto my cheeks. Clown comes to mind, so really work it into the skin and brush off any excess onto some tissue paper before applying. I do love the purple hue that's left behind, and I've even doubled it up as a cream eyeshadow.

When it comes to lips, bold is key and nothing is more bold that Maybelline Super Stay 24 Bold Matte in Prune Plaisir, £8.99. A real eye-turner, this lip lacquer dries matte and lasts through the day so you don't have to top up every 5 minutes. Combing a smokey eye with a bold lip isn't for everyone though, so opt for natural eyes with a hint of mascara and apply Topshop Lipstick in Beguiled, £8 a vampy deep purple that never fails to attract compliments.

How will you be wearing Radiant Orchid?

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Friday, 14 February 2014

Frugal February | Getting into a Fitness Routine

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With January safely out of the way, now is a pretty good time for taking a look back at New Year’s resolutions and how well they are holding up. It can be so easy to forget all about resolutions and incorporating them into your plans for the year once it gets to February, and let’s face it, even easier once it gets to March!

One of my biggest resolutions for this year is to get into the best shape of my life and get back into running regularly. If like me you’re struggling to find the motivation in the freezing wintery weather, here are some steps to get you into the swing of it:

Think goals, not resolutions
Just saying ‘I want to get fitter’ or ‘I want to run more’ is great but all too easy to brush to one side when real life is going on. A much more productive approach is to break it down into manageable goals such as ‘I will run three times a week.’ Having a goal means you have a task to do and having a task means you’ll be working towards your goal!

Create a schedule you’ll want to stick to
Setting a realistic schedule is vital. Be careful not to overwhelm yourself or you’ll crash and burn; be overly ambitious and you’ll only feel disappointed in yourself. Think about your current schedule and other commitments. How many times a week can you realistically make time to go for a run? It’s just as important to account for rest days as it is running day so be sure to include these. Also think about what time will work for you. If you hate mornings, plan an evening run. If you’re able to get up bright and early feeling fresh (lucky you!), a morning run will be perfect for you.

Have something to work towards
Keep yourself motivated by having a target in sight. If you want to get fitter, a run is a great way to test how far you’ve come. Sign up for a 10K, be it sponsored or for fun – if you’re new to it then maybe a 5K, if you’re a more seasoned runner you could step up your game with a half-marathon or marathon. Looking ahead to a run is also a great guide for working out your schedule. There are plenty of training plans you can find online, like those created by Wynsors & UK Outdoor Fitness or the NHS Couch to 5K.

Invest in workout wear you want to wear
Proper footwear, a supportive sports bra and water bottle should all be a given, but having workout clothes you feel comfortable in can make a big difference to how confident you feel. Whether you’re running at the gym or outdoors, choose clothes you don’t mind being seen in. Worried about your bum? Choose a longer top. Worried about your legs? Opt for full length leggings. Even something as simple as picking an item in your favourite colour can give you a boost.

Remember the beauty benefits
Running isn’t just a good way to get in shape; it’s also good for you in a lot of other ways. Firstly, running is good for your skin – great news for us beauty addicts! By increasing the blood flow, your skin is supplied with more oxygen which nourishes it and cleanses from the inside. Believe it or not sweat is actually good for your skin too. Pores open up expelling toxins much like a mini facial! Be sure to wash your face well afterwards though so the bad bits don’t work their way back in and give you the opposite effect.

Remember the life benefits
Running reduces stress, helps you to sleep better, increases energy and boosts the immune system. What are you waiting for!?

--Natalie on behalf of Wynsors

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Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Frugal February | Mid-Week Manicure

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As you may have noted, my Valentine's themed post have all been a little edgier, somewhat on the single ladies side and definitely not pink and gooey. It's with this in mind that I wanted to carry on for one more post before V-Day comes knocking and do a quick mid-week manicure to complete the look. These are 'Not-so-Fluffy' Valentine's Nails!

I like my nails short, but if you prefer yours longer, file them into a nice 'squoval' shape to make the last step a little easier. Grab your base coat of choice start with: you're going to need this to stop anything staining from the red and to help the colour last longer. For the red I've gone for Nails Inc Tate, which is a beautifully deep berry red that's sure to look sophisticated rather than gushy. A coat or two to you'r desired opacity and then it's time to pick up a black nail varnish or nail art pen. As the nib is small, I like to use the Models Own WAH Nails pen and I can create a nice thin line along the end of the nail. We're going for French manicure, but leaving the middle nail free. Then, pop two dots close together on the centre of the middle nail, and join them up at the ends to create a small heart. Pop on a top coat, and you've got nails that catwalk models will envy!

What colour are you adorning your nails with on Friday?

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Monday, 10 February 2014

Frugal February | Wantable Makeup Box

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I was contacted a good few months back by Wantable asking if I wanted to be sent a box, but they unfortunately didn't know I was in the UK at the time and weren't able to provide me one. That was, until a few weeks ago when they informed me that the have launchined in the UK! This is exciting news all round as the Wantables concept is a unique one. Upon registration on the site you are required to fill in an in-depth questionnaire (whether it be for makeup, accessories or intimates) that outlines your loves, likes and dislikes of a wide variety of products. Perfect for when you've been disappointed opening a beauty box only to find that half the products aren't to your taste or just don't suit your skin tone! A monthly subscription to Wantable is $36 (around the £23 mark) but you can also order one off boxes for $40 (around £25) if you want to get a feel for the products you'll receive. Everything is full size, from up and coming US brands and values at $80-$100, so you're really getting value for your money!

The first thing I tried was the Le Bella Donna Baci-Baci Lip Sheer in Grappa, a tube with a clickable button to dispense product that is easily applied through a brush on the lids. I adore the look of the gloss itself, but was a little disappointed as I'd actually pointed out in the quiz that I dislike lipgloss.

Next up was a product from Billion Dollar Brows, a clear brow gel which comes in handy for a variety of things. Not only is it great for days when I'm feeling lazy, but it's also perfect for giving your lashes a perk without having to use mascara. Great for the natural beauty look that's all over the runways at the moment!

Receiving a nail polish was nice, and in such a beautiful colour! The Color Club nail polish in Baldwin Blues is a dark teal shade, just what I love to pop on my nails. Three coats and you're good to go but I was applying fairly light strokes when trying it out. The perfect colour for me!

The one lipstick in the pack from Michael Marcus in Inviting was a bit of a shame as I'd said how I don't like shimmer lip products (or sheer for that matter) and this pink would have otherwise been perfect if it hadn't been for the awful shimmer running through the entire product. Other than the shade, the consistency is creamy, fairly long wearing for the type and nicely pigmented.

The last product, Starlooks Single Shadow Compact, is a gorgeous eyeshadow in Matte Sand. Soft, light and the ideal nude colour. I've taken to popping this on as an eyeshadow base to get rid of any veins or redness that threaten a daring eye look. It could even be used a touch up powder in a pinch, so I'm quite taken with this one.

My one main issue with the Wantable box was that on my invoice (which outlines what you love, like and dislike), both of my dislikes were products I either said I loved or liked. So I ended up having types of products I quite liked not even becoming part of the selection process. I think if the kinks in the quiz could be ironed out, I'd be even happier! Fortunately, if you don't like what's been picked out for you, Wantable has a wonderful returns policy, meaning you'll get a full refund if you're not completely satisfied! I'd love to try their accessories box and the intimates box also seems like a wonderful idea for the price.

What do you think about the Wantable Box concept? What would you go for?

UPDATE: Due to a computer error, a select few people received items from their dislike list. This was an unfortunate accident and Wantable are sending out 2 replacement products from my love/like list. Customer service is fab!

Adrienne | www.latenightnonsense.com
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Friday, 7 February 2014

Frugal February | Pro-Valentine's Makeup

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The start of the week saw me creating an Anti-Valentine's Makeup look, but I thought it seemed only fair to create one for all the love day enthusiasts! Instead of going the pink and fluffy route, I've gone for a bit of edge and sparkle. This is utterly wearable, turns heads and is just what you need to impress your beau, date or the guy you saw at the supermarket.

As we're going all out with the eyes, keeping the base simple is more important than much else. A mix of a BB Cream, heavy duty concealer and a hint of powder make for the ideal base for this look. Add a hint of colour to the cheeks with a tint rather than a powder or cream. Define the brows, highlight the underside and tip the hat to your cupids bow in the same way. Using a dark and precise liner, line the top lashes and then grab a black kohl pencil and do the same to the water line, smudging outward. Using a gold glitter pot, tap the product under the eye, fanning out and down, gradually picking up less glitter as you go. Now to give your lashes a curl and apply several coats of mascara to both the top and bottom lashes. To finish, a helping of your go-to red lipstick blotted out with a clean finger will diffuse the colour and take off the harsh edge. I used the same technique as my Blurred Lips post, which compliments the faded sparkle perfectly.

For the hair: part in the centre, backcomb until you can see a lions mane forming, and smoulder!

If you're looking for something to brighten up your evening, this look might just be the thing. I know I'll be using it on my next date night, and will even experiment with different colours. Clash of purple, anyone?

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Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Frugal February | Liner for Hooded Eyes

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If you have hooded eyes you'll know just how frustrating it can be to follow along with a makeup tutorial only to find there's a cat flick and all your good plans turn to ruin. Well, maybe not quite that drastic, but it comes pretty close and can feel disheartening when you want the same look.

It wasn't until recently that I learnt how to make flicked liner work for me, and I have pretty bad hooded eyes. I've created a simple demo that you should definitely check out if you're having trouble getting it to work. Hopefully there will be no more wisp-thin liner flicks, smudges and sleepless nights. Just me? Thought so.


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Monday, 3 February 2014

Frugal February | Anti-Valentine's Makeup

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With everyone getting fairly giddy over Valentine's Day, I like to remember how it felt when I wasn't with someone. Even in a relationship, I've never been much of a girl to get excited about this manufactured holiday but… each to their own! For all my single ladies--or fellow Valentine's Scrooges--I give you the Anti-Valentine's makeup look.

I started by creating my base, a simple mix of my go-to primer, concealer, foundation and powder. Go a little concealer crazy (paying particular attention to any pigmentation or redness), buffing in the foundation for warmth and dabbing a light dusting of powder to set everything in place: this look is all about drawing back your skin tone to let your eyes do the talking. Perfect time to frame the face with your eyebrows and we want them softly defined, so light strokes of a pigmented powder over the entire brow will achieve this. Make sure to lighten your touch as you make your way to the inner brow, soft focus brows practically scream 'goddess'. Now for the drama piece of the look: grab yourself a golden brown palette, I love NARS And God Created The Woman, and use a sparkly brown hue to line your socket. Bring this colour underneath the eye, brushing outward and down to mirror your lashes. Take a decent helping of bronze and cover your entire lid with it, blending into the brown as you go. A dusting of your lightest golden shimmer eyeshadow on the inner corners and lash line will bring out the white in your eyes. Smudge bronze or brown eyeliner under the lower lash line, and take a black liquid liner on the upper lash line. Grab those curlers and give them a few squeezes, apply a generous helping of your favourite lengthening mascara and apply some serious volumizing falsies for added appeal. Finish up with a touch of bronzer to contour and keep those lips nude and hydrated.

For the hair, I'm taking it back to basics by straightening after protecting the hair with some heat protectant spray. To give it a little texture, I mixed a spritz of sea salt spray and hairspray and ran it through the roots with my fingers. This gives volume and lift with minimal effort, just what we like to see!

Note: This month is Frugal February for Late Night Nonsense. I'm trying not to spend any money whatsoever on beauty products unless I have a gift card to spend or a get treated by the other half! I'm determined to start using the products I already own, and it's a great opportunity to re-discover the cosmetics I've neglected or missed at the back of my drawers. Who's up for the challenge?

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