About Me

Disclaimer.

All views on this site are my own. I am not paid to endorse any products nor are my reviews influenced by PR’s or Companies/Brands. All products are purchased myself, less otherwise stated. If an item is sent to me for review purposes it does not mean it will get a glowing review, I am still honest in my opinions. If an item is sent to me for review purposes it does not guarantee I will review it if I do not feel it is suitable or beneficial too my blog. I pride myself on being completely true and honest about products and if I do not like them I feel I owe it to my viewers/readers they know my feelings. Here’s some information about me personally and about me as a person…

Skills:

I am a qualified hair dresser, I have also trained as a btec makeup artist and am a qualified Nail Technician.

Hair:

I have hair that sits about 3″ below my shoulders. I am naturally a dark ash blonde (Around a 7 in depth on most colour charts with under tones of ash and gold). My hair currently a very light golden brown with dark caramel blonde bayalage . My hair is medium-thick in texture and in good condition. I have mainly straight hair with a slight wave in places (Only when wet) and also about 5% grey (But please don’t tell anyone!!). I do suffer with psoriasis on my scalp, this is minor and doesn’t stop me using most products. I regularly use curling iron, straighteners and a hair dryer. I am also rarely seen without extensions (I wear both clip-ins, Halos and when wearing semi permanent extensions I wear tape hair ones) and am open too trying different things.

Hair Extensions:

I wear a #12 light golden brown, which can also be known as dark caramel blonde. These match my hair perfectly.

Skin:

Face – I have combination skin on my face, dry under my eyes around my nose and slightly on my chin with a slightly oily t-zone. My skin is generally good bar some eczema under my eye area, this does not flair up with use of other products nor does it get irritated. I have minimal out breaks from products (Less they are extremely oily) and don’t have many problems with skin care products. I use a facial wash every day, make up removing wipes and tone and moisturise my face twice a day.
Body: My body skin is generally good in appearance, I moisturise daily and apply fake tan 2 times a week. I also exfoliate twice a week. My skin is normal. I can use most bubble baths, soaps and shower gels.
Hands and Nails: My hands are always dry and in winter get chapped and sore. I am obsessed with applying hand cream and do this frequently throughout the day. My nails are strong whether I have overlay gels on them or not and grown long and don’t break.

Coloring: 

My colouring naturally is light/medium toned. I have quite neutral tones in my face. With the constant applications of fake tan I don’t often have my ‘natural’ skin tone showing and am then a medium/dark colouring with warm tones.
Here are some examples of foundation shades that I wear;

Foundation Colors:

Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation (25 hours) Shade 200 Soft Beige

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation (16 hours) Shade 54

Chanel Vitalimiere Foundation Shade 40 Beige

Nars Sheer Glow Shade Santa Fe

A little more about me, like you haven’t had enough already with my blog![/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]I’m Mel (or Melanie but I’ve never really liked my full name) and I live in Essex in the UK. I have 4 gorgeous children who I love to pieces and spoil way too much! I live with my partner Mark in a zoo like environment – I currently have 4 cats, 2 dogs, a fish and a  Giant African Land Snail! So its busy and manic!

M & M in LondonM & M in London (I’d had my hair cut short 1 week before this photo was taken). This is the last photo with my Gucci sunglasses before my lab puppy ate them!

Things I love; Fake tan, Clinique’s All About Lips, nail varnish, bold eyes, hair extensions, false eyelashes, MAKEUP and fragrances.

Things I hate; My eyelashes (Too short, too stubby), pink lycra, most items of gold clothing or gold shoes and bad hair colouring!

 

30somethingmelI have always loved beauty stuff and fashion. Not that I was really a girlie girl, far from it and I’m still not now. At school I wanted to be a ‘window dresser’, too much time watching Mannequin I’m sure, but that soon changed and I went into graphic design.

I love art and being creative so this really worked for me! I worked for a publishers but got made redundant and was a little lost as to what to do. So I went into hairdresser and got my NVQ. I soon realised unless I could colour all day and be creative it wasn’t for me and went back into graphics. In 2011 I decided too do a course in Nails and have now qualified as a Nail Technician which I absolutely love, this was the year I also did my BTEC in Makeup.

After having my children I decided I needed to get creative again, since then I have gained my level 2 in creative writing and also took up making jewellery. I am still keen on graphics and designing and also enjoy photography too.

I don’t think I’ll ever stop wanting to learn new things or trying them, which is why I probably enjoying reviewing. I have been a reviewer products and books for about 10 years now.

I started on the likes of Dooyoo and Ciao and as times have changed moved onto Boots and also Goodreads (which is where I review books). I research everything I buy and only when it is a new product do I buy without checking others reviews.

Everyone wants good products and not to waste their money so why not go to someone and see what they say. That’s what I love about the blog and youtube communities, most of the time you are getting a good honest review on something and it gives you the confidence to either buy, or in some cases avoid.

Me in my 20sHaving just turned 38 (Ack I said it!) there’s still a few years left in me and with good genes I don’t actually look my age (Well I’m told I don’t), so can still try most new trends and not look like mutton dressed as lamb.

Just for fun, a photo of me in my 20’s.  –>

Anything else you want to know, I guess just pop a comment and ask or drop me an email.

Lots of love,
Mel xxxx

  • TheElfin24 .

    Hi Mel, just thought I’d let you know of some new hair products, knowing that you’re a hair colour junkie!! Boots have got a new range in called Bleach of London, which consists of bleach obv!!, a white toner (which I’ve bought and really excited to try) and loads of little bottles of colours in every shade of the rainbow! You’ll be super excited I’m sure! Sadly not on any promo which is annoying but not too badly priced anyhow. Joan x

  • Pamela Bartlett

    Hi Mel! I came across ur journey from dark to blonde on youtube and loved it and was surprised to come across ur website and I absolutely love it! I too love colouring my hair, its more fun experimenting than going to salon and thanks to ur website, I learn a lot more about hair than ever, I understand more and I had dark brown hair, going for dark blonde, I used colour b4 and it gave me nice natural looking ginger, used nice & easy non permanent med ash blonde twice and it didnt do much Im afraid! But Ive ordered a 20 v developer and wella illumina 7.81 med pearl ash blonde. Im trying to get to dark blonde without bleach. Im going to use touch of silver shampoo to strip the brassy gold & orange off my hair for a week. I need a trim too! My natural colour is mousey brown and my skin is very fair with pink undertone and sporting blue eyes. Im deaf so what made ur website special is ur reviews, as theres no subtitles on utube on ur videos so I just come here and read ur review so its extremely helpful 🙂 keep it up! I read ur olia review, u were excited when it was released so theres new hair product released, Prodigy from L oreal, I know ure trying to avoid permanent, but theres no ammonsia in Prodigy and theres beautiful shades! Hope to see the reviews someday before I try Almond or Dune in the future 🙂 xxx