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…
I am a qualified hair dresser, I have also trained as a btec make-up artist and am a qualified Nail Technician.
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.
I wear a #12 light golden brown, which can also be known as dark caramel blonde. These match my hair perfectly.
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.
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;
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! 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 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, MAKE-UP 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!
I 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.
Having 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,