Dainty Doll Make up for just 99p!

27 Apr

Dainty Doll Make up

I’m a big fan of fellow redhead Nicola Roberts’ Dainty Doll range, but it’s normally too expensive to indulge in many items. But fear not, because you can now get your hands on it from just 99p!  It’s designed especially for pale skins and red or ginger hair so you’re bound to find something you like. 

There’s a big sale going on here, with concealer pens, powder, blusher, mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadow and lip gloss for between 99p – £2.99. My favourites are the Money Talks blusher and Shake Your Tail eyeliner pencil.

View all the Dainty Doll Sale Make Up

Loose Mineral Powder £2.99
003, 004
Concealer Pen £1.99
001, 002, 003, 004

Powder blusher £1.99

001 Happy Shake, 002 My Girl, 003 Money Talks, 004 You Are My Sunshine
Cream blusher £1.99
Paper Roses 001, Orange County Girl 002, Billion Dollar Babies 003

Eyeshadow £1.99
003 Teach Me Tiger, 004 Copacabana, 006 Kingston Town,  007 Lollipops and Roses, 008 Jungle
Eyeliner Pencil 99p
001 Proud Mary, 002 I’m So Pretty, 003 Goody Two Shoes, 004 Shake Your Tail, 005 Night train
Mascara and Eyeliner £1.99
001 Good Gosh, 002 Shape Up 

Lip Gloss £1.99
001 So Vain

Let me know what you bought! – tweet me a picture @IntotheRedblog or find me on Facebook 

Best hair dyes for red and ginger hair

22 Nov

My earlier post about how to dye hair red or ginger has been very popular, and I love receiving your emails or comments asking for hair dying tips for ginger hair!  I’m often asked about how to choose the best red hair dyes for dying your hair at home so I’ve scoured the high street to create a list of the dyes available. The great news is that thanks to stars like Rihanna going red, redheads are definitely in fashion and there are far more red dyes than there used to be.

Tips for dyeing your hair red at home

  • Hair dye takes better on day old hair so wash hair the day before you want to dye it.
  • Red hair tends to fade quite quickly so be prepared to re-dye regularly and use intensive conditioner for coloured hair to help look after it.
  • Put newspapers over EVERYTHING to protect the bathroom from hair dye – the floor, the radiator etc.
  • Wear a hairdressing cape (you can get cheap ones from pound stores), over a zipped hoody so you can take it off without touching your hair when you wash it off.

To make it easier to choose a dye, I’ve listed them according to the L’Oreal majeril colour chart. This shows the colours available based on your base colour – Usually blondes = shades 10-7, Ginger = 8-6, Brunettes = shades 6-3, Black = 2-1   My natural red hair has lots of brown so my base colour is 7. You have two choices – either add copper tones (to dye it ginger) or red tones (to dye it red).

Please note I am NOT a hairdresser so please read the instructions and check with a professional before using any dyes if you’re unsure, this is just to help see what shades are available across different brands.

Permanent hair dyes for ginger hair

Shades 8 and 7 – your natural hair colour may be blonde or ginger

8 Medium Red Blonde by Perfect 10
8.34 Rich Copper Gold by Superdrug Vibrance
8.45 Fire Red by Superdrug Vibrance

7.4 Intense Mango Copper by L’Oreal Feria – I’ve used this and it’s definitely my favourite!
7.4 Mango Copper Burst by Superdrug Vibrance
7.6 Pure Spice by Feria
7.64 Intense Copper by Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Color
77.4 Intense Red by Superdrug Radiance
77.44 Hot Red by Superdrug Vibrance
7.8 Paprika by L’Oreal Feria

Shade 6 – your natural hair colour may be ginger or brunette

6.0 Light Auburn by Nice n’ Easy Colour blend foam
66.46 Passionate Red by Superdrug Vibrance
6.45 Maroon Red by Superdrug Vibrance
6.45 Amber by L’Oreal Casting Creme Gloss
6.6 Intense Red by Garnier Olia – Permanent, no ammonia, made of 60% oils
6.6 Intense Red by Garnier Nutrisse Foam
6.6 Fiery Red by Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Color
6.66 Babylon Intense Red by L’Oreal Recital Preference
6.7 Pure Scarlet by L’Oreal Feria

Shades 5 and 4 – your natural hair colour may be brunette

5.6 Red Hot Chilli by L’Oreal Feria
5.62 Vibrant Red by Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Color
5.65 Berry Red by L’Oreal Casting Creme Gloss
4.6 Deep Red by Garnier Olia – Permanent, no ammonia, made of 60% oils

Have you tried any of these? Let me know!  Any favourites?

Where have all the famous redheads gone?

21 Aug

It seems a lot of famous redheads have gone blonde lately.  Blonde is one of the few colours that natural redheads and gingers can carry off well, as long as you get the right shade for your skin tone.  Here are the red hot blondes, and the red nots who should stay ginger.

Nicola Roberts

Girls Aloud’s Nicola has gone blonde, and I rather like it. She’s always been a hair colour chameleon but this blonde works really well with her super pale skin. Her look just gets better and better. Verdict: RED HOT

Nicola Roberts

Lily Cole

Hmm.  Ginger roots with blonde – this looks like a home hair dye job gone badly wrong. I love Lily as a redhead and this blonde just doesn’t work. Verdict: RED NOT.

Gillian Anderson

Scully’s nineties-tastic ginger bob is a distant memory now that Gillian’s gone blonde. Here she is at a recent event. I think the blonde really suits her. Verdict: RED HOT

Cynthia Nixon

Cynthia is a natural blonde but will forever be redheaded Miranda Hobbes in my mind. I can forgive her the cut (as she shaved her

head for a recent role) but the colour is really bad. Come back into the red! Verdict: RED NOT

Get the look: Jessica Chastain’s laidback style

19 Jul

Jessica Chastain looks stunning on the set of her latest film ‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby in a comfy, yet chic blue playsuit. The colour contrasts perfectly with her cropped ginger hair and the look is rounded off with simple suede pumps.

Jessica chastain redhead in blue playsuit

Photo: jessica-chastain.com

Get the look…

This George at Asda playsuit, £14 is a pretty good match for Jessica’s. It’s available in a pretty bright blue with straps that are thick enough to cover your bra straps but still show some flesh. The tie waist will pull you in perfectly and give you a lovely feminine shape.

Playsuit: George at Asda 

Another option is this Urban Outfitters Kimchi blue button front playsuit £10 (reduced from £48) in the sale. It’s a bit more revealing and cleavagy but the slinky fabric looks tres chic. And for £10, it’s a total steal.

Button front playsuit: Urban Outfitters

Complete the look with these Office black suede slip ons for £48. There are lots of cheaper flats out there but I like that these are real suede.

Office black suede flats

Suede pumps: Office 

To get Jessica’s natural make up, apply a hint of peach blush, a soft grey eyeshadow and a berry lipstick.

Superdrug Colour Effects Wash in Wash Out in Warm Copper Gold

17 Jul

This is my favourite hair discovery of the year, and it’s only £1.29 from Superdrug! It’s a wash in, wash out colour boost conditioner in a warm copper tone.


The shade is warm copper gold 7.34, which is a perfect colour for natural redheads and ginger haired girls who want to brighten up their red hair. If you want longer lasting results you’ll need to use a semi or permanent dye, this won’t dye your hair, it just boosts the colour – see How to dye hair red/ginger – but to brightening up your colour this is ideal.

It’s basically like those colour shampoo and conditioners you get, but rather than the usual blonde, brown or red this one’s for GINGERS! You just apply it after you’ve washed your hair, leave it for a while (I leave it on longer than the 5 minutes it suggests) then rinse out. Warning: the water will run orange!

I use it when my permanent tint starts to fade but I don’t have long enough roots to get it re-dyed. It comes in a travel-friendly 75ml size which makes it ideal for holidays and weekends away and it lasts way longer than the 3 washes suggested on the label too.

Best face sunscreen for redheads

13 Jul

Best facia sunscreen for pale skins and gingersFacial sunscreen is an absolute essential part of a redhead’s beauty regime. I loathe wearing thick greasy suncreams – especially as I have to reapply them so often – so it’s really important to have a nice and light cream with a high SPF.

The SPF (Sun protection factor) shows how well a sunscreen protects you from UVB rays, the harmful rays that cause burning.  You also need to look at the UVA rating of a sunscreen too, as these are the rays that cause unseen skin damage, ageing and wrinkles.

What SPF should I use on my face as a redhead with pale skin and freckles?
Experts suggest wearing a minimum of SPF 15. Redheads with fair skin who burn easily and rarely or never tan are at higher risk of skin cancer, so you should wear a minimum SPF of 30 in the summer, with high UVA protection. There are really high SPFs available  – up to SPF110 – but some dermatologists say anything over SPF45 won’t make much difference. An SPF110 sunscreen only blocks less than 1% more UV radiation than an SPF55. But there’s no harm in having a higher SPF – for my face I never use less than SPF40 all year round, and for my body I always use SPF50.

Can I just use a moisturiser or foundation with an SPF?
It’s always a bonus if you use a product with suncreen in it, but these are often too low for bright sunshine (e.g. SPF 15) and won’t offer protection for the whole day.  Experts say you should reapply sunscreen at least every two hours (more if you’re in the sun, sweating etc) so even if I’m wearing products with an SPF I always wear a separate sunscreen and top it up during the day.

What’s the difference between chemical and barrier / mineral sunscreen?
Chemical sunscreens are absorbed into your skin and absorb UV radiation (which is why you should apply these sunscreens well before you go out into the sun) whereas barrier sunblocks made from zinc or titanium oxide sit on your skin and reflect the rays so they work instantly.

Mineral sunscreen is better for sensitive skin and kinder to the environment than chemical sunscreens, and zinc and titanium oxide don’t break down when exposed to the sun, unlike some chemicals in chemical sunscreens. The downside is that mineral sunscreens can make you look ghostly white and feel less pleasant on your skin. I’ve tried Liz Earle Mineral Sun Cream SPF20 and hated how it just sat on top of my skin and made me look ghostly white. RoC Minesol SPF 40 is a better option if you want to use a mineral sunscreen but I much prefer chemical sunscreens.

Protect your face and body
Don’t forget to put sunscreen on your hair parting, backs of your hands and on your neck and decolletage as these areas are exposed to the sun lots too. Stave off those wrinkles!

Best daily face sunscreen for redheads:

Clinique Super City Block SPF40, £16

I love City Block and have been wearing it for years. It comes in a 40ml tube, perfect for popping in your handbag so you can reapply during the day, and you don’t need much so it lasts for ages.  Unlike traditional gloopy white sunscreens it’s got a light tint so it feels like a tinted moisturiser, and it protects against UVA and UVB.

The main reason I love it is because it’s such a nice consistency that I don’t feel like I’m applying sunscreen and that I can wear it alone or under my usual makeup.The downsides are that it makes your face look a little greasy when you first apply it but I find this goes quickly. If you’re wearing moisturiser underneath let it sink in first before applying City Block.

Best face sunscreen for on holiday for redheads:

Vichy Capital Soleil Mattifying Face Fluid Dry Touch SPF 50 (combination to oily) £12.35

Vichy-Capital-Soleil-Mattifying-Face-Fluid-SPF50-reviewThis is another great sunscreen. I’ve suggested this one for holidays because it’s got a higher SPF, the downside is it’s much thicker when you first put it on.

Leave it a moment and your skin will mattify and won’t feel greasy at all! I’ve never found this in shops so I always buy it online. It protects against UVA and UVB.




Which sunscreens do you use, and what SPF? Any recommendations for other redheads?

Tilda Swinton – ginger style queen

6 Jul

Tilda Swinton is barely recognisable on the cover of Candy magazine. Channelling her inner Florence, she’s sporting a long ginger wig, matching heavy eye make up and a huge golden dress by Antony Price for the special limited edition ‘extra extravagance’ issue of the transversal style magazine.

Tilda Swinton on the cover of Candy magazine

The styling by Jerry Stafford is a big departure from Tilda’s usual red carpet style of slicked back hair and suits and I like it! Plus she looks far younger than 51.

Tilda Swinton on the cover of Candy magazine

Photos: Xevi Muntane/Candy

Princess Beatrice looks peachy

29 Jun

She often gets it wrong when it comes to fashion (remember THAT royal wedding hat?) but Princess Beatrice looks surprisingly good in this peach dress by Roksanda Ilincic.

The blue cuffs and blue platforms make the outfit for me. As a redhead, without these she could look washed out. I think the neckline is a little high – it could do with being lower or adding some jewellery to break up the block shape.  The Anya Hindmarch sparkly pink clutch also perks up the outfit.

Source: Daily Mail

What do you think? Would you wear peach?

Jubilee looks for redheads

1 Jun

The shops are bursting with red, white and blue at the moment and there’s Jubilee memorabilia everywhere, so I thought I’d write a Jubilee-themed post all about the red, white and blue things I want in my life!


Make up: MAC Russian Red lipstick £13.50 is a must-have in your redhead make up bag. It’s a bluish red, making it perfect for pale skinned natural redheads.

Shoes: Office Klassy Courts in red patent leather £65 are cute and curvy, they’ll look awesome with blue denim.


Make up: Use the white end of Bourjois Noir and Blanc pencil £5.49 on your lower waterline to make your eyes appear larger.

Shoes: Go for nude, not white when it comes to shoes and accessories. Or they’ll get really dirty!

Dress: Oasis white daisy bodice dress £60 is pretty and summery with a pretty floral bodice – on trend for the floral trend.


Make up: When it comes to blue it’s all about the metallic smoky eyes. Jemma Kidd Make up School Crushed Jewel Creme Duo in Lolite £16 has been in my make up bag for forever. Apply the creme eyeshadow as light or deeply as you want and add the jewels over the top. It’s stunning.

I’m coveting this navy lace dress from Lipsy £45, it’s got a bit of a Kate Middleton feel – it’s classy and covered up but the lace still makes it flirty.  Wear with red lipstick and the boys will be falling at your feet!

Have a lovely bank holiday weekend x

How to dye hair red / ginger

27 May

Although I’m a natural redhead I often dye my hair red or ginger to make it even brighter, as my natural ginger has quite a lot of dull brown tones. I started off with bright red Florence Welch hair colour at the hairdressers, then went bright ginger and used semi-permanant tints at home.

How to dye your hair Florence Welch red

My hairdresser friend Steph dyed my hair a lovely deep copper colour yesterday so I picked her brains about how to dye hair red, from blonde, brown, ginger or black, and how to know which shade of red to pick. I’m not a hairdresser so this is just to help you choose/understand red hair dyes – you should speak to a hairdresser about your own hair.

Your base hair colour
I’ve used the L’Oreal Majeril colour chart here but other professional dyes will follow similar principles. First you need to pick the closest match to your base colour from the chart below and note the number.

Majeril colour chart

Usually blondes = shades 10-7, Ginger = 8-6, Brunettes = shades 6-3, Black = 2-1 My natural red hair has lots of brown so my base colour is 7. You have two choices – either add copper tones (to dye it ginger) or red tones (to dye it red).

Dying hair ginger

Using your base colour, you can then look what shades to dye it. The chart below shows how the base colours look with copper colours. For example if your hair is dark blonde (shade 9) you can dye it to look like 9.04.

The copper and red shades range from 4-9 so if your hair is really dark e.g. 1-4 jet black you’ll probably want to lighten it and then dye it one of these shades to get a bright copper, if it’s really light e.g. 9-10 light blonde you’ll need to semi- permanent dye it a bit darker then dye it a permanent copper shade.

  • My base colour is 7, so I could’ve chosen 7.4, 7.43, 7.44, 7.45 or 7.46 etc. My colour this time was 7.44.

Red hair dyes

Alternatively you can go for one of the reds – see the bottom of this chart.

How to dye light blonde hair red / ginger

  • Your hairdresser will probably dye it a semi-permanent copper first to darken the hair/add warmth and then dye it a permanent copper, depending on your hair condition.

How to dye ginger hair

  • You can go for shades 6-9 depending on your base hair colour.

How to dye brown hair ginger

  • You base colour will probably be 4-6 so you can go for any of the 5.XX or 6.XX colours on the Loreal majeril colour chart.

How to dye black hair red / ginger

  • Red hair is a lot lighter so you’ll need to lighten the hair to an orange shade before dying it red. If you have natural black hair your hairdresser will probably bleach it a few shades lighter, then dye it a copper or red. If you have dyed black hair they’ll probably use a colour remover first depending on the condition of your hair. You don’t have to bleach it unless you want a bright copper. Otherwise it’ll be more subtle.

I hope this was useful! Any questions, please ask! x

*update: I’m currently off travelling for a few months – see my rtw travel blog so feel free to post a question but I may not have time to answer it, sorry!*


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