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Brighton Etsy Team Christmas Pop Up Shop until 7th December 2014

As many of you know I’m a big fan of indie designers and makers and have recently become an Etsy seller myself after many years of pondering it and not just getting my ass into gear. Anyway, moving to Brighton really gave me a boost and this was partly due to the awesome community of indie makers here and the brilliant Brighton Etsy Team. Just in time for Christmas shopping, the Brighton Etsy Team have taken things off line to pop up in a gorgeous little shop space in the Lanes of Brighton, it’s open everyday until 7th December and you can find out more information on their Facebook page.

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The shop has all sorts of treats from a range of Etsy shop sellers: prints, bags, cards, jewellery and even dresses for your Christmas party.

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Anyway, if you’ve still got some Christmas shopping to do or want to treat yourself or even finally just see some of these Etsy sellers in the flesh, you’ve got to head to their pop up. There’s something for all price ranges too, so well worth adding onto your to do  list if you’re visiting the Brighton seaside this rainy season.

Which of these Etsy sellers do you recognise? Have you visited the Pop Up yet? Comment, share or tweet me @JayneKitsch.

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Bleach London I Saw Red Hair Dye Review

Last time I tried Bleach London I wasn’t too impressed, you can read my review of their Tangerine Dream shade here. This time, I was in desperate need of some red or orange dye and stumbled upon a bottle of this in my bathroom, since my hair was pretty much a mess already I though there was nothing to loose and I might as well give it another go. Saved me treking out into the rain and cold to find my beloved Directions hair dye from a hair salon on the other side of town.

Jayne Kitsch of Jayne's Kitschen British Beauty Blogger. Review of Bleach London I Saw Red Temporary Hair Dye with Picture and Swatch with Before and After on Copper Orange Hair

Once again the packaging provided a mega pest, it looks awesome but I’d say it’s pretty impossible to get all of the product out and is extra impossible when you’ve got slightly wet hands in gross latex gloves, I’d highly recommend grabbing the scissors and cutting the bottle in half so you can get all the product. It’s also easier once you cut the bottle too as you can more easier apply with a brush instead of with your palms.

Here’s the base I was working with, no colour has been staying in my hair recently (I’m trying some products to restore my condition at the moment, so will report back on that) I also had some pesky blue staining and general patchiness to deal with, so wasn’t expecting this dye to do much based on my last experience with the orange version.

Jayne Kitsch of Jayne's Kitschen British Beauty Blogger. Review of Bleach London I Saw Red Temporary Hair Dye with Picture and Swatch with Before and After on Copper Orange Hair

Anyway, the texture of this hair dye is lovely, a bit thicker than Directions so easier to work with and it feels good on the hair. The end result was surprisingly vibrant with this shade and I actually love it, it’s a bit more interesting than the reds I have tried from Directions. The next problem is that it really doesn’t last long, the Tangerine Dream shade washed out in about two washes I this one did the same, it’s not completely gone after two washes and the fade looks nice, so it’s better than the orange in that respect. However, if you want a shade that lasts, this isn’t for you.

Bleach London dyes are easy to use (once you cut the bottle open) and the end colours are awesome, but for me they just don’t last long enough, so for the same price I’m going to stick with Directions when I can get it, however, if you need an emergency fashion colour, I wouldn’t say no to this shade again. Here’s a no filter before and after for you.

Jayne Kitsch of Jayne's Kitschen British Beauty Blogger. Review of Bleach London I Saw Red Temporary Hair Dye with Picture and Swatch with Before and After on Copper Orange Hair

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Jayne Kitsch – The Etsy Shop!

Shamless self promotion in one respect but also the realisation of a dream too. When I was growing up I used to love doing arts and crafty projects it was the main thing I did when I wasn’t at school, it wasn’t until after Uni that I didn’t have the time or the energy to do anything and it all fizzled out. My only source of creativity until recently was blogging and writing. When we moved to Brighton and made the big changes to life it freed up time to be able to start being creative again.

I’ve been dabbling in various arts and crafts, mainly various jewellery making things as I’ve always wanted to have my own brand or shop. A couple of months ago I had a very industrious day photographing and listing stuff on Etsy. Both stuff that I’d made myself and some awesome stuff that my Mum made to my brief, she’s more talented than me so it only made sense to get her involved.

I’ve got some other new bits to list soon, but right now I’d love for you guys to check out what I’ve been working on so far and let me know what you think. It’s entirely a work in progress still, so anything you have to share would definitely help out. The main thing I’ve learnt so far is that it takes LOADS more time than you think, even more time than it takes to maintain a blog!

If you haven’t shopped Etsy before, you can get £5 off your first order if you shop via this special link. Otherwise head straight to my shop and let me know what you think!

Here’s some of my favourite pieces that I’ve listed so far…

This one was made by my Mum, it features glass beads and gorgeous chunky heart beads, reminds me of Alice in Wonderland or Snow White. It was entirely hand beaded by my Mum and there’s only a couple in existence.

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Admittedly not the most original idea, but I wanted one for myself so I’ve mounted these little cakes onto ceramic plates for these kawaii rings.

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Mermaid inspired of course, Mum sourced these gorgeous glass shell beads to create this pretty necklace.

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What do you think? Do you have any suggestions for new stuff?

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My First Experience of Bouldering at Boulder Brighton

Upon researching something fun to do in Brighton as a way to get out of the house and keep active, we ended up looking up rock climbing centres in Brighton and finding the snazzy website of Boulder Brighton, a bouldering centre very close to wear we live. Immediately we thought, WTF is bouldering? Turns out it’s basically the same of rock climbing but without the safety harness, which means you have more freedom.

Sounds mental right? Well, to compensate for the lack of harnesses bouldering centres use high jump style cushioned mats underneath the walls and instead of being focused on height, bouldering appears to be more about problem solving and negotiating interesting shapes rather than just going straight up as high as you can.

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The Boulder Brighton centre is on an industrial estate in Portslade, there’s a train station right next to it or it’s about a ten minutes drive from Central Brighton and since we’ve got a car now it’s pretty awesome. You’ve got two options with getting started here you can join a course which happen three times a week and come up at under £20 for a lesson for an hour, shoe hire, chalk hire and then unlimited climbing time right after the course, which makes it excellent value for money.

However, you don’t have to go on a course to get started, you can come along at anytime, hire what you need, fill in some paperwork saying you understand the rules and take responsibility for your own safety and then you’re free to explore on your own or with a friend. It’s an unsupervised session so you feel very at ease to just go for it, but there’s expert available in the centre staff and other climbers if you fancy a bit of guidance. For this option it’s about £10 off peak and that would include shoe hire and chalk (neither of these things are essential but they help) and there’s no time restriction on your session either so you can go at your own pace.

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The routes on the wall include a number of colour coded paths ranked by difficulty so if you want to set yourself a challenge trying out these options is a great way to get started. I managed to complete all but one of the green routes (the easiest) I could easily manage climbing up in direct routes, but couldn’t quite manage climbing sideways.

Miz on the other hand appears to have far more strength that he looks to have and no fear and almost immediately set about attempting to complete on of the centres challenges, he got very close but I’m sure he’ll nail it next time! Not bad for someone who hasn’t done any climbing for a long time!

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Our eagerness to get started meant that we stupidly didn’t warm up or cool down, which means that we’ve both ached for two days afterwards, surprised by how much of a epic work out it can be! I’m surprised that I did this, since I’ve got a little bit of nerves about height and generally such a safety freak that I don’t often take risks, even if they are fun.

Really impressed by the laid back, friendly attitude of the staff and centre, even when a group of college kids turned up for their class everyone was respectful and friendly so it was pretty much ideal for someone who can’t abide the gym going attitude. Plus, because it’s so chilled you can pretty much turn up wearing whatever you feel comfortable in, so no pressure to wear proper kit, jeans and a band tee are totally acceptable if you want! Anyway, we’ll definitely be going back and if it all goes to plan we’ll join the centre for £40 a month which gives you unlimited access and hire, which is pretty awesome value!

Have you tried rock climbing or bouldering? What’s your fave way to exercise? 

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Vintage Kellogg’s Beauty Gifts from Tesco

Back to normal today with a old school beauty review. This year I’m not sure I’ll be celebrating Christmas, at least not in a conventional sense. But nonetheless it’s always fun to see the cute, fun and glamorous products and gifts that pop up in time for the festive period and here’s one that caught my eye. Tesco are selling a range of bath and shower gifts inspired by vintage Kellogg’s designs, sounds random right?

Here’s one of the smaller gifts that’s on offer, it’s a duo of Bath Milk and Shower Gel presented in vintage milk bottle shaped packaging. It’s only £7 full price and is currently on promotion for only £3.50 so it’s an excellent price point for Secret Santa or a little stocking filler for a vintage loving gal.

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It comes in a simple clear plastic carrier box with handle, in keeping with the milk theme. I love, love, love the graphics on the sets and the colours make them refreshing as they’re avoiding the obvious pink and glittery theme that you so often see in cheap women’s beauty gifts. Each bottle contains 300ml of sweet, vanilla scented product. It’s nothing particularly special in terms of formula but it does the job, foaming and smells great with a unisex scent that the whole family can appreciate. The nostalgic packaging also makes it a great gift for almost any age group too which is awesome.

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I’m really impressed with how Tesco’s beauty offerings are growing and becoming more competitive with the other stores on the market, great to see them picking up new brands and a fab range across the board. Love this set and collection, it’s just too cute!

What do you think of this Kellogg’s vintage inspired collection from Tesco? 

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My First MCM Comic Con Winter 2014

I’ve always wanted to go to a ComicCon, every since seeing the adverts for various shows in the back of Empire, Total Film and SFX magazine that I had subscriptions to when I was growing up. In October I finally made it to my first ever Con in the form of MCM ComicCon at Excel in London. Unfortunately we were being a bit ambitious with our time and didn’t get to stay much longer than an hour after a rather arduous journey so I’ve not taken very many photos either.

Basically, we were invited to Manchester on the Saturday to stay with friends whilst Miz DJed Pop Bubble Rock with his friend Ben who runs it. My family is from up North so we thought it wise to combine the Manchester trip with some visits too, staying near Blackpool to catch up with family and break up the journey a bit. The original plan was to get up early, head to MCM for like 9am and be gone by midday to drive to Blackpool. An error in the planning process was that we didn’t actually check opening times and found out the night before that MCM didn’t open until about 2pm on the Friday- FAIL! Next up, the normal London drive from Brighton takes no more than an hour and half, for some unknow reason the drive took three hours this time, so we turned up confused and tired and stressed, stress which was added to by having to pay £15 for parking knowing that we’d only be there an hour or so. So, first tip for a MCM trip from me, allow more time and plan ahead and it’s a epic show and an hour really isn’t enough. The time constraint also meant that we didn’t bother with cosplay that we were originally planning on, next time I will!

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So if you’re into pretty much anything geeky in the realms of games, films, TV shows, comics and whatever else falls into the geekosphere you can pretty much buy merchandise for ANYTHING at MCM. What’s even better is that not only can you find super odd and rare things that you otherwise only see online, everything is much more affordable too, which is AWESOME.

The other big draw of MCM is cosplay! I didn’t take any photos of outfits because of being in a daze and wanting to just see as much as possible as quickly as possible. But yes, cosplay is pretty epic at MCM, fans spend months planning and creating authentic and imaginative homages to their favourite characters and it’s really rather amazing to see. Some of the best costumes I spotted included an authentic BioShock Jack diving suit costume and a couple of really impressive Iron Man suits (one of my fave superheroes!) for the less ambitious cosplayers (like me) you’ll see a gazillion Finn and Fionna (Adventure Time) costumes and a variety of dodgily applied make up in the hopes of looking like a Last of Us Zombie or Poison Ivy. Next time I’ll take some time out to shoot some of the best outfits I can see. 20141024_154641 (600x338)

Another draw of MCM Comic Con is that it’s the first time to preview some of the upcoming games, films and comics via demo areas such as the one pictured below and panel talks, this time they were promoting the amazing new Daniel Radcliffe film, Horns so there was a panel with the films cast that is free to attend. Sadly, we didn’t have time to check out these features of the show properly, but next time we will!

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For us, it was awesome to be able to shop an incredible range of products that we love and usually struggle to find IRL very often. So to make up for my lack of show photos, here’s our MCM Comic Com ”HAUL”, I freaking hate that word, but I feel as a beauty blogger at heart it’s a fitting description.

We’ve huge fans of The Walking Dead, so we picked up volume one of the comics, which we’ve not read before and a Walking Dead Mystery Figure, which turned out to be a rather rare glow in the dark ‘well dweller’ zombie (remember that scene, in series 2 I think?). The add to our Guillmero Del Toro collections we picked up Volume One of the graphic novel of his book (and now TV series) The Strain, which if you haven’t heard of you’ve got to check it out, it’s a gross hybrid of the vampire and zombie genres with dark and gothic Del Toro signature creature creation, almost like a development of his Blade 2 vamps!

Another Del Toro buy was a Blu-Ray copy of Hellboy 2: The Golden Army. I freaking love Hellboy, definitely one of my fave superhero film series, second to the Robert Downey Jr Iron Man! Again, if you haven’t seen it, check it out!

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For Miz’s collection he picked up Volume 3 of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower graphic novel and a Game of Thrones Pop Vinly of John Snow, which apparently have been quite difficult to pick up lately, no one can resist his cuteness. John Snow is now guarding our fish tank and being quoted at by Miz on a regular basis. I’m not a GoT fan myself, so just smile and go along with that.

Finally, Volume 2 of the Adventure Time comics. Miz introduced me to the Cartoon Network animated series earlier in the year and I’m now well and truly a big fan, the comics are awesome and are a great add on to the series, rather than just being the same stories in a different format they are new stories with the characters and colours and that I love. My love for BMO is increasing now that I know about his creepy side as featured in the comics!

20141106_111152 (338x600)In addition to all that shizz, if you’re a diehard fan you can queue for AGES to get autographs and photos with a panel of celebs, ranging from recognisable Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Star Trek actors to niche, obscure people such as the guy who plays the White Walkers in Game of Thrones. I’d love to do this, but don’t love queuing enough to go through with it unless it was someone amazing, maybe if it was Spike from Buffy or one of the main guys from Firefly, I dunno.

Well, there you have it my geeky nerd side exposed for you, I’m hoping to bring you more of this kind shizz over the next few months in the hopes to make my blog a more interesting and diverse place, lemme know what you think!

Have you been to a Comic Con? Which geeky things are you a fan of ?

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Kitsch Vintage Inspired Librarian Style with Avenue32

Another weird negative thing about being freelance and working from home which I didn’t mention in my previous post about going freelance is about the way you dress. When you work from home, as you can imagine it’s all about being comfortable and you very easily become lazy about getting dressed and certainly when you do get dressed you don’t always wear outfits that you’d want to be seen outside in. Yes, my OnePiece onesie makes a frequent appearance and when I’m felling fancy it might be Black Milk leggings and band tees, when I used to work in an office I used to make much more effort and I sometimes missing the dressing up for work bit.

When you work in digital like I have done for a long time, things are a lot more relaxed style wise than when you’re in a more corporate job, like when I was a receptionist as a recruitment firm. I’m glad I don’t feel like I have to dress up at all anymore, but sometimes it is nice to have a reason to make the effort. Anyway, enough waffling about work wear and to the point! I’ve headed back to faithful Polyvore to make you a little collage of a kitsch, vintage inspired librarian/ secretary  capsule wardrobe that might be something I’d wear if I had unlimited money and had to dress up to work. I’d definitely wear any of these outfits to a job interview or lunch out.

 

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Everything pictured is available from Avenue32 and range between £50- £1,200 so definitely aren’t in the budget friendly realm, we all like to dream right? My favourite items? Those vintage book clutch bags from Olympia Le-Tan, completely impractical and whimsical and ridiculously priced at between £1000-£1,200 each since they are limited edition, but I think they are beautiful, I’d never buy one (or use a clutch bag at all for that matter) but I like to look at them!

What do you think? Would you wear these outfits? Which designer pieces do you dream about owning? 

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Adventure Time Christmas Jumpers from Forbidden Planet

Oh my glob! I just stumbled upon something online via Facebook that combines three if not four of my favourite things! It’s a jumper, it comes in red and blue, it’s got Adventure Time on it and it’s from Forbidden Planet. It’s on pre-order online right now for £34.99 which I think is fair a licensed piece of clothing.

For some bizarre reason they’ve only got the red version in Size M and the blue one in Size L, which I’ve double checked and that is all they’re getting and I can’t find this awesome design anywhere else on the internet. The other annoying thing is that this mathematical sweater that I can only find on Forbidden Planet is asking for a £5.50 postage charge, which is steep! Luckily for the shop, I’m such a sucker for Adventure Time and Christmas Jumpers that I’m going to have to own it.



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It looks like it’s a knitted print from this modelled picture but not sure if it is or not. It’s saying it’s a polyester cotton blend fabric, so it’s not going to be incredible, but again for something this unique and niche I don’t really care that much. Here’s the blue variant, which I much prefer, but they are only selling in a size L for some insane reason, which I’m imaging is because it’s so awesome that Cartoon Network haven’t made enough to supply the demand.

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Any other Adventure Time fans reading this? Or am I being mentally excitable all on my own?

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My Tips for Going Freelance

So, I’ve been completely freelance a year in January, so I thought now was a good time to pass on some of the knowledge I’ve gained from the journey. I’m not going to claim to be an expert on the subject of being freelance as I’ve continuing to learn myself, but I often get asked questions about being freelance so thought it would be good to give some advise on the areas that I’ve been asked about most often.

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Why go freelance? 

I’ve always wanted my own business and flexibility with working hours, so that’s why I went freelance and it’s the flexibility that keeps me going. After over six years of working a variety of normal jobs with normal working hours and locations I learnt that it didn’t work for me due to some health issues that often make it difficult for me to thrive in these situations.

I don’t know what the reasons are for other people, but for me I would definitely say that going freelance can allow you to have a better work/life balance and flexibility to pursue things that make you happy.

When can I go freelance? 

In theory, anyone can be freelance at anytime. However, I think the reason it worked for me is because I already had strong experience in the industry I was pursuing (four years working in digital marketing for some huge brands) so I could prove that I had the knowledge and experience to get work done on my own too. Going freelance worked for me too because I have a good network of people in the industry who recommend me for work and think of me when they need someone, it was working in the industry, attending industry events and being active on social media that helped me gain this network.

I think it’s also wise to research your chosen industry thoroughly before making the jump too, ensure that you’re going into a field where there is a need for your services. I’m fortunate that I’ve got a wide range of marketing skills I can offer so I’m not super specialised. I can see that people who specialise purely in social media might start to struggling in coming months as so many companies start to take this in house, so think about the longevity of what you want to pursue too.

So, my advise would be that for success in starting freelance you need to have some experience in your chosen field and a strong network who will help support and promote you. You can’t go freelance until you know you’ve definitely got some sources of work coming for you! When I was thinking of going freelance I downloaded Emma Cossey’s e-book and that really helped me get on track.

What hours do I work as a freelancer?

Obviously, this varies depending on what you’re doing and who you’re working for, but for me my work hours are pretty flexible now. For my biggest client I need to be available on emails within normal office hours, but I can check these on the go so it’s not a major constraint. With doing community management for social media it’s 24/7 keeping an eye on things, but again it’s flexible because I can do it whenever and wherever.

To sum up, hours really vary but generally for me I don’t find that I’m working any more than I would if I was in an office environment, I just have the benefit of being able to work around my personal life and have flexibility when I need it.

How much should you charge? 

This is the number one question I get asked and again it really varies on what you’re offering. Generally my rule is that you need to work out what salary you would be on if you were in a ‘normal’ job and use that as a basis for working out your hourly rate/project rate. I have some projects that I charge an hourly rate for and keep a log of what hours I spend on a project and then bill the client according to that, but more commonly I have projects that are charged a set fee for completing a pre-agreed set of work, this is still worked out based on how many hours I think it’ll take, but often it’s not spot on, so take this into account.

When working out your fees, you also need to take into account that you will be paying a tax bill at the end of each financial year and will have higher living costs if you’re working from home (you’ll use more electric/heating…etc.) If you need a guide on how much to charge I find the Salary Checker on Brand Republic a great source for checking salaries for jobs within the media.

Before going freelance it’s really important to make sure you can afford to go freelance too, as it’s not a guaranteed income source like a ‘normal’ job make sure you do a budget of what you need to earn as a minimum and ensure you have a bit saved up just in case!

How does tax work for freelancers? 

This is my most hated part of being freelance as I’m generally shit with admin and money things. Basically, you have to declare what you earn to HMRC each financial year and then they send you a tax bill you have to pay. You can also claim tax back on work expenses such as stationary, phone bills, internet…etc. I’m about to do this for the first time via an accountant, so I’ll let you know how this goes. I’ve found Rosie Slosek a really awesome sources of basic information if you need more knowledge. The main thing to remember is that when you go freelance you need to register as self employed with HMRC, they will send you a letter with a code that allows you to login online and then you can go from there. If you want to hire an accountant it seems a reasonable price to expect to pay for this help will be about £300 per tax year, which is pretty worth it if you ask me!

How do I find freelance work?

As I’ve mentioned before, this is all about your personal network, the more good connections you have in your industry the more chances you will have to pick up work via people recommending you. If you’re interested in doing freelance contract work, where you just go an work a ‘normal’ job for a pre-agree period of time (anything from a week to a year!) you can find these via recruiters and job boards. If you want to do some small, odd jobs you can use sites like People Per Hour and Gumtree to locate these kinds of opportunities.

For me, everything comes through recommendations and social media, making sure your LinkedIn is looking top notch always helps! I’ve also been very fortunate to work for a couple of awesome agencies as a freelancer, which means I’m always on their mind when something new comes up that they need help with.

The negatives of being freelance…

A lot of people tell me I’m so lucky being my own boss and yes, this is true. But being freelance doesn’t come without its downsides and these may not be for everyone. Here’s my little list of things that aren’t so great about being freelance…

  • You have to do your own taxes and it’s really not fun and easy!
  • You don’t have holiday allocation, so you have to organise your work and money around anything that you want to take and I’ve not experienced how this works yet.
  • You have to pay for everything yourself, so if your computer breaks you have to replace it, so it’s wise to always have a bit of money to one side for these kinds of emergencies.
  • Working from home is full of distractions and probs not too healthy, so make sure you make time to get away from the office.
  • You’re on your own, most of the time for me this is a good thing, but I’ve definitely noticed a dip in social activity now I’m out of a ‘normal’ job so it’s extra important to make time to be socialable whether that be within your industry or just with friends.
  • Although you can contract your work, some smaller jobs aren’t secured with contracts which means you could loose that work at anytime, so you don’t have the job security you would in a ‘normal’ job.

I’m sure there are a few more, if you can think of any, let me know in the comments below!

Overall, I’m glad I went freelance, it was definitely the right thing for me. What I would say is that it isn’t going to be the right thing for everyone and there’s a lot to think about before you take the leap. I think I’ll be self employed as my main income for the rest of my life, but I’m sure it won’t be just doing the same thing, being freelance gives me more time to explore other options and have time to be creative again, I’m definitely happier now.

I think I’ve covered the main things there, if you’ve got a question leave me a comment or drop me a tweet @JayneKitsch and I’ll do my best to answer. 

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Removing Hair Colour with Scott Cornwall’s Decolour Stripper

So prior to my most recent colour change I tried bleaching my hair for the first time ever before going Directions Apple Green, Plum and Atlantic Blue. I’ve never bleached my hair before and it was quite a scary thing to do as it really does dry out your hair and make it go a strange colour.

So, when I got to being bored of multi coloured hair and wanted to go back to a more maintainable orange/red shade I thought I would give Decolour Stripper a go, I worked on the launch of this product a couple of years ago and had tried the Remover product when I featured in the products YouTube tutorial which you can see here:

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Decolour Stripper is designed to remove artificial and natural pigments from the hair and uses the lowest levels or bleach (peroxide) and amonia possible to achieve this. The Decolour Remover has no peroxide in it and is designer for removing artificial colours only. Decolour Stripper is therefore a great alternative to bleach which works in a similar way whilst being kinder to your hair. The only thing that is different about Decolour Stripper is that is does not sell itself as a way to get to a great destination shade, it’s advised for creating a blank canvas prior to recolouring or toning.

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You can also benefit with this product as it’s kind enough to use twice in succession without any problems which is awesome if you have a stubborn shade to remove or are removing a very dark shade. So, as mentioned I wanted to use this product to remove faded Directions colours, this is what I was working to remove:

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The product worked very similarly to Bleach, there’s not really much different in the technique or texture except that the smell is less strong and it didn’t cause any irritation on my skin like the bleach did. I left the product on for a full development time of around an hour and got to this base, I have on idea why the image is on its side and it won’t turn around without a lot of effort…

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I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s pretty impressive. The roots and mid lengths were nearly white and the ends where there had clearly been a bit of staining or colour build up were a little stained in a minty green, if I had wanted a perfect base I could have used the product again straight away and I’d imagine that it would get rid of that too. Best of all my hair still felt in good condition and realistically a shade that wasn’t too bad had I not had time to recolour that day. When I bleach it went a horrible yellow tone and very patchy which I wouldn’t have been happy with. I found this product easier to use and the results more even and my hair in better condition.

So, next time you’re reaching for the bleach, think about the mess your making of your hair and give this a whirl instead. At the moment it’s only available in Boots for around £15 but I would highly recommend it, one box did all my hair!

And because I can’t ignore it, I’ve got to add that yes, the packaging is horrible and doesn’t look appealing, but for the first time ever I almost wrote an entire blog review without mentioning the packaging, it’s so good that I’ll let it off looking like something from the 90s (in a bad way)

What’s your preferred colour stripping method? Have you tried Decolour Stripper? Comment, share or tweet me @JayneKitsch

 

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