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Some amazing, wonderful, incredible news was announced today. Not just for me, but for the whole world of music. Two of my favourite bands of all time are joining forces and touring together.

Let's go back in time, the year is 2003, a new type of band has exploded on to the scene with the type of credible pop music everyone was waiting for. Now picture me, and angsty 13 year old - desperate for something beautiful but relevant, fun and accessible. That's where Busted came in, their two albums were interchangeably on repeat and every chord resonated with me. I was elated when I secured tickets to see their arena tour, and as the first band I'd ever seen play live I couldn't have been more enamoured. Before Busted took to the stage their support act came on, four fresh faced cheeky teenagers singing about a weirdo with 5 colours in her hair and after that I was hooked.

I spent my spare time cutting every photo or mention of either band from every magazine I could lay my teenage hands on, I'd buy three copies of every single or album and pay for them separately (so they would count for the charts). I'd discuss them on forums for hours and defend them when I got bullied and goaded about it at school.

Not only was it my first experience of love, really loving something so much you cared about every bit of it. I got my first heartbreak when Busted split up but their songs kept their residency on my playlist for years to come. Both Busted and Mcfly gave me a song for everything, taught me how much music could mean and speak to me. They gave me friends that I had shared interests with that I'd never had before and they gave me people I could look up to, who were fun and interesting.

And now, like that very first time I saw them together they will be on stage again , singing the songs that made me fall in love all those years ago. I can't explain what it is that I feel every time I see Mcfly on stage but it's like a warmth inside knowing everything that's happened up till this point they are still consistent. It's very tempting to bankrupt myself so I can relive it every night the tour Is on.

Charlie Simpson will not be joining them, on one hand I feel sad about this because I felt he really brought the tragic,
deep element to Busted's music with his dark vocals and emo subject matter but I'm sure he feels that he has too much to answer to those fans. I'll be interested to see the tone without him.

I feel like I've dreamed about this without realising it for years and I can't wait to see what they have for us. Now I just have to worry about getting the tickets - something tells me they will be in very high demand...
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I've always wanted to be a mermaid...

It's been a while since I wrote a beauty related, or in fact any post here. This blog has gone from a search for 'thinspiration', to beauty outlet to personal outlet station so apologies for the lack of coherence! Now my personal things are starting to calm down, I want to write about my favourite thing again. 

This brings me to the subject of this post, HAIR! Now I have never been one to hugely foray into the area of experimental hair dyes, or in fact any hair dye, Prior to the big 'going blonde' that happened a few years ago I had only strayed from my natural chestnut brown to add a cheeky pink streak underneath to express my latent emo-ism. The pink was short lived (along with the emo) and skipping ahead to the blonde days I have only entrusted my full head of foils to salon professionals. 

Whilst I have never experimented with my own hair colour I have always looked longingly to the girls with that quirky rock style of bold colours and suddenly when Amelia Lily appeared on our screens with her X-Factor live show makeover of pastel candy floss locks and heavy black kohl the lightbulb went on.  I have been desperate to try the look for years but have never been brave enough. I considered pink dip dye, but my short thin hair couldn't really carry it. 

That brings me to my product du jour, trendy London salon 'Bleach London' have recently launched a range of brightly coloured dyes so wannabes such as my self can recreate the amazing creative ,looks at home and for £5 a bottle it would be rude not to try it. I have been going for the natural look lately, having removed my extensions and gone a bit darker (rendering them useless their current colour) I decided to try out their 'Rose' shade.

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Now first thing to say is I love the simplicity of it, it comes as just a bottle - a really funky graffiti style bottle but doing away with the usual box of paraphernalia you associate with home hair dying kits. You simply just get some gloves on and apply. At this point I'll say the product is designed for bleached hair but as my extensions were blonde I was apply to skip that step, The bottle did make it quite hard to get all the product out however I was able to just cut it through the middle using kitchen scissors which helped me get a lot more out. Here were my results....

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As you can see I didn't manage to get very even coverage so next time I would definitely not be so lazy and get a brush to use to make sure I do it properly. But I think if I heat styled it with my natural hair this would look a bit more deliberate than maybe it does in the photos. I'd also try leaving the dye on for longer than the suggested 15 minutes to attempt a bolder look but overall given that I like the pastely come beachy look I am not too bothered by this. If you're using on your real hair bear in mind it's not permanent and its only supposed to last 10ish washes but as I used clip in extensions that should buy me a bit more time. Overall I love how easy it was and I'd definitely be tempted to experiment with some of their other shades, What do you think of my new mermaid look? I can't wait to style it up and wear it out! xx 

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