Posted on: Saturday, 6 December 2014

L'Oreal Expert Professionnel Expert Thermo Cell Repair Treatment

I try and protect my hair as much as possible, especially in the winter! However since the weather has taking a turn for the chilly over the last month or so I have found myself reaching for the hair dryer on a regular basis, which isn’t the best idea if you are trying to keep your hair strong and healthy.

I used the Kérastase Resistance Thermique Heat-Activated Reconstructor when I first started to grow my hair 2 years ago and it work absolute wonders, so thought I would look for something similar to try. The L’Oreal Thermo Milk Leave-In Treatment has amidocell technology, which is activated by heat, so it protects and restores the cells of your hair while you blow dry and style it. Be warned this product might not make your hair feel silky smooth straight after using it, like some other treatments, but it is actually improving the long-term condition and structure of your hair.

I have been using this product for a little over a month now and am really like the effects. The milky consistency means it sinks straight into my hair without leaving any sticky residue on my hands and leaves my hair smelling fresh and citric. Although you might not notice immediate results it is definitely working! My hair is feeling stronger than even and for the first time wont stop growing. I will definitely be repurchasing this after I finish this tube and would recommended it to anyone that wants to take better care of their hair.

Posted on: Tuesday, 14 October 2014

NYX Full Coverage Concealer Review


NYX full Coverage concealer: £6

I had wanted to try this for ages so finally when I was given an online gift voucher I knew it was the first thing I’d buy. I have always suffered with dark circles under my eyes and will give anything a go to try and get that wide-awake look so this sounded pretty prefect. It states that when applied with a brush it covers dark circles, discolouration and even the most obvious blemishes, so when it arrived I couldn’t wait to try it out!

I am not a massive fan on buying anything online, especially make-up because you’re choosing by a picture that could look nothing like the real thing. I decided to opt for the lightest shade ‘Porcelain’ which did look a little dark on the website but thankfully when it arrived was pretty perfect for me. I put on my primer and foundation like normal and then went full steam ahead with the concealer. I used a brush as suggested and began to work the product under my eyes. The formula did seem a little thinner than I expected and actually looked a little streaky. I persisted and after adding a couple of layers it did seem to sit in place a bit better. I wouldn’t normally powder under my eyes but I did feel that it needed something to take away the shine. After an hour or so of wear I was really disappointed to find that it had creased and almost melted away under my eyes and wasn’t providing any coverage at all. I do suffer with oily skin but have never had a problem with oily eyelids or under eyes so couldn’t explain why this happened.

Overall I was really disappointed with the NYX Full Coverage Concealer, it looked good just after application but had no staying power to give you the ‘full coverage’ look it promises.

Posted on: Saturday, 11 October 2014

Dove Summer Glow Nourishing Lotion Review

Dove Summer Glow Nourishing Lotion 250ml: £4.99

Considering the cold nights of winter are quickly approaching it seems mad that I have been testing out gradual tanners! It’s hard to believe considering I am so pale already, that I can actually get paler in the winter. I always like to use a gradual tanner on special occasions to take the edge of my ghostly white skin in the colder months so had been looking to try out something new. I saw the Dove Summer Glow Lotion on offer in Boots for just £2.99 so grabbed a bottle of each colour to give it a go. It comes in both ‘fair to medium’ and ‘medium to dark’ shades so thought I would try both. It has a creamy consistency that needs a bit of working into the skin and unfortunately doesn’t dry that quickly (lazy girls be warned) however you can pretty much slap it on all over and you don’t run the risk of looking like you’ve been ‘Tangoed’.

Daunted by the thought of the darker colour I firstly tired the fair to medium shade, which did perked up my skin but needed to be applied at lease twice to see any real colour difference. Obviously this seemed like too much hard work for me so I gave the medium to dark one a whirl. I would normally stay well away from a product that had ‘dark’ in the title but this product does not make me dark in the slightest. One coat of this gives my skin a warm golden glow, which is visible enough that I don’t have to keep re-applying (bonus).

Unfortunately it does have that faint smell of biscuits when you apply it but after a good shower the smell is completely gone. I would recommend this product for someone looking to boost their natural skin colour by a shade or two but it’s definitely only for paler skins (no matter what the label says)

Posted on: Sunday, 10 August 2014

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water Review

  Garnier micellar Cleansing water: £3.99
I’m not going to lie; I love a good pack of facewipes. I know they are rough and abrasive for my skin but when I’m tired from a day at work I just want a routine that is easy a pie to take off my make up. The only problem is, as I’m get older I have started to think about the after effects of how I treat my skin, so I decided that it was time to try and take a step away from my beloved wipes.
I still didn’t want anything that was too fussy, that took more than a few minutes to remove my whole face so a micellar water seemed like the perfect choice. I had looked at a few different brands and decided with the Garnier version. I could say I was for the ‘special ingredients’ but honestly it was the price. I managed to pick up a large bottle in Boots for £3.99 on special offer, which wasn’t too much more than a pack of good quality facewipes. The product itself does a great job of removing all my make up (even mascara) with only a couple of cotton pads. The liquid is cool and calming even on my sensitive/spot prone skin and makes me feel fresh and clean after using it. Overall I am really happy with the product and will definitely re-purchase it, but a cheeky pack of wipes might still get picked up now and again.

Posted on: Monday, 4 August 2014

Rimmel Sunshimmer BB Perfector Review



Rimmel SunSHimmer BB Perfector: £6.99
It has definitely got to that time of year when you have no choice but to take of the thick black tights and let the world see what has been hiding underneath them. Although I love the summer I really hate having my bare legs out! Unfortunately I was not blessed with smooth, supple sunkissed skin. I have been referred to as the milky bar kid on more than one occasion and often get used as the ‘pale scale’ in my friendship group, so I must admit I hate the thought of people seeing my legs.

When I saw the Rimmel BB Perfector advertised I was definitely interested. It claims to smooth; moisturise; tan; give a healthy glow; even skin tone; cover and protect! They were definitely trying to cover all bases with this product but I wanted to find out if it actually worked. I have used the instant gel tan from the Rimmel range before and it always worked ok but I never felt it gave enough coverage for me. The BB Perfector has creamy consistency that looks a lot like foundation instead of tan so I hoped it would have better coverage. I applied it with a tanning mitt (to avoid grimy orange fingernails) and already liked what I saw. It definitely helped disguise imperfections and even the skin tone on my legs, which often look patchy. Although the colour was very natural I would definitely encourage fair skins to only use the light colour, as it was a lot darker than I expected. The product comes in light, medium and dark so it is definitely an option for everyone. My only main negatives of the product are that due to its texture it sinks in and dries very quickly which can result in patches if you don’t work quickly. For a novice tanner this might be a little off putting. I also feel that in terms of keeping legs moisturised it doesn’t quite cut it and after a few hours I could see dry areas around my ankles and knees. Although I did have a few issues with this product it is definitely worth purchasing for those last minute nights out when you need a super quick fix.

Posted on: Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Charles Worthington Intense Rescue Melting Balm Review



Charles Worthington Intense Rescue melting balm : £16.99
I am always on the lookout for something that boasts to give me soft; luscious locks and will try anything once. I saw the Charles Worthington products on a 3 for 2 and snapped this up straight away. I had heard the hype about this product a few years ago but never got round to buying it until recently.
The consistency is a solid balm, which actually reminds me of the ever so popular facial cleansing balms. You scrape a small amount into your hands and rub them together until the product turns into a thick oil (it kind of reminds me of lard but it smells better) then rub it through the lower half of you hair. To say avoid your roots is a total understatement, it will take a hell of a lot of washing to get it out and you will probably look like a ‘greaseball’ for a day or two.
The instructions on the packaging direct you to use it after shampooing and to leave on for around 10 minutes. I did try this the first time but it backfired massively when I tried to blow dry my hair and found it was sticking together where it had not washed out properly. I then tried a different approach I worked the balm through dry unwashed hair and wrapped my head in cling film for 15 minutes (I looked very special) I then shampooed my hair with a lightweight formula and didn’t use conditioner, which worked a treat! My hair felt extremely soft and somehow thicker after using the product this way, which could be a concern for thicker hair. Another issue with the after effects of this product is I felt my hair needed washing a lot sooner it felt heavy and seemed to get greasy very quickly. I definitely think this is a good buy for people with very dry, damaged hair to use on a once a week basis but if you want something to use more regularly then maybe give this one a miss.

Posted on: Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Tesco’s Vivo Baked Blushers and Bronzer Review



I picked these up on a whim a few months ago, when both the colours and price tag caught my eye whilst perusing the isles of Tesco. On first look they have a striking resemblance to the MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes. They are bold coloured blushes with a marbled highlight running through them.
The blushes come in two colours, Peaches and Cream and Rosy (my fav) both have an amazing colour payoff, staying power and give cheeks a dewy spring look. The illuminating sheen the blushes have mean you don’t need to use a highlighter, making them a perfect pick for a minimal make up bag.
I chose the baked bronzer is the shade Sunkissed, which was the lighter of the two. It is much more of a highlighter and looks amazing teamed with a matte bronzer for a summery make up look.
Since owning these products I haven’t felt then need to reach for anything else. They give my face the brightening lift I need and are the perfect spring/summer boost to my make up bag.

Posted on: Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Sanctuary 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask





Sanctuary 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask : £10.50  

This was a cheeky purchase from boots a few weeks ago when my skin was in serious need of some TLC. I definitely hadn’t been looking after it as much as normal and you could see it all over my face (excuse the pun) My skin had become fatigued, spotty and oilier than normal and make-up was making it worse.
Thermal masks aren’t really something I have experimented with before but I was definitely in need of a facial detox so this one caught my eye. This product is supposed to purify; sooth; cleanse and rebalance skins natural oil levels, so basically it is everything my oily faced self could ever need in a tube. I must admit I was a little dubious of a product that said it could do all of these things in just 5 minutes but I was definitely enticed.
You are supposed to apply the product twice a week to your freshly cleansed face and let it warm and cool whilst you relax for 5 minutes. I admit I may not have been using it religiously twice a week but I have definitely given it a good go to get a final verdict.
The formula is thick and clay like and applies smoothly to the face. I would definitely NOT recommend applying it in any other room than your bathroom because your hands will become caked in it and only water will get it off. Unlike a lot of face masks this one doesn’t dry hard and make your face feel tight.  It remains damp for the entire time it is on your face, so when 5 minutes is up, you’re not left endlessly scrubbing it off your face. 
After a good few weeks of using the mask I was sadly left a little unfulfilled. My face felt clean and soft after each application but I definitely didn’t feel the special detoxing effects the product promised and saw no difference in the amount of oil my face produced during the day. I was really hoping to find a hidden high-street gem in this product but unfortunately it let me down.

Posted on: Monday, 24 March 2014

Leibster Award Q&A

Someone has actually nominated me for an award!

Rubideux kindly nominated me for the Leibster award (I have never been nominated for anything ever) so a big thank you to her!
I have answered all her questions below

Is this your First Blog?
I half started one about 2 years ago but didn’t have a bloody clue what I was doing. I didn’t know what to call it or even what to set it up on so suffice to say it was not my finest work
What blogs/people Inspire you?
In terms of blogs I love all the favourites….Zoella, Llymlrs and all that gang
Are you in college? OR working?
Unfortunately I am a fully fledged adult and have a job like a grown up
Top 6 Beauty Products?
Concealer (collection 2000)
Hairspray (anything on offer)
Body Butter (anything that smells like food or sweets)
Hair Oil (for dry blonde hair it is essential)
Lip Balm (again preferably food based hehe)
Whats Your Blog (mostly) about?
At the moment it is mainly beauty based and reviews but once I can get my hands on a camera remote and a tripod the world is my oyster!
Where is your favorite place to shop?
Hmmmmmm Primark, Asos and market stalls
What are you favorite magazines?
I had to put a ban on magazines a couple of years ago because my habit got a wee bit out of control. I will always love Look Magazine!
If stuck on a deserted island, what 3 things would you NEED?
SUNTAN LOTION! I would frazzle without it.
A laptop (I don’t think that this will count)
How frequently do you blog?
I would say I'm managing to keep up with twice a week but I’m trying to get something up three times a week
What are your blogging-goals?
My aim is to do something to keep me happy…..if it makes other people happy it’s a bonus
Whats your Instagram/Facebook?
Instagram: MickaelaMae

I nominate you:

If you would like to take part please answer the below on your blogs and be part of something new.

Why did you start blogging?
What is your favourite blog?
Who is your favourite blogger?
What is your favourite colour?
Gossip Girl or Breaking Bad?
If you could visit anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
One beauty product you cant live without?
Is it the winning or is it the taking part?
Tea or coffee?
Gym bunny or chocolate bunny?
If you could look into the future and see you life, what would you like to see?

Posted on: Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray Review – Placebo or the Real Deal

   Urban Decay De-Slcik Setting Spray : £9 (travel size)
 There was a time I used to see this product on every beauty based YouTube channel going and have always wanted to get my hands on it. It’s not particularly hard to get hold of but for some reason every time I wandered into a department store I suddenly became absent minded and walked out without it every time.
Finally I got my mitts on it last month on a shopping excursion with a friend (I also somehow talked her into getting it as well) I had been so curious to see if this product just gave people the placebo effect of thinking their make up was lasting that little bit longer or if it was actually the real deal.
If I wear my make up for more than 3 or 4 hours a day (so basically every day) it begins to slide off my face. I look pink and shiny and all my imperfections are out there to be seen by the lucky public. I have now tested this product out 4 times, both in the daytime and evening to get a realistic review and I am extremely happy to say it has been working!
2 to 3 sprays from arms length onto freshly applied make up adds roughly another 4 hours of staying time. It is a lightweight mist that doesn’t make your face feel sticky or tight. You can’t actually feel it at all once it has settled onto the skin but it still seems to work its magic.
For any oily faced gals out there I would definitely recommend this product. Team it up with a good primer and you should be good to sit in a sauna with a full face of slap (no idea why you would ever do this!)

Posted on: Friday, 14 March 2014

Le Keux Vintage Salon – Birmingham & Leeds – Perfect for special events

I recently visited the Le Keux vintage salon in Birmingham as part of my sister hen weekend and wanted to do a quick review. We had been looking for something a little different to do during the day when we stumbled across the salon online. It offered a wide range of packages to choose from for a special event or you can just pop in for a manicure or snazzy ‘up do’
We decided to go all out and have the ‘pin up’ photo shoot experience which was full hair, full make up and a vintage outfit of our choosing. The salon was a little smaller than expected and it is a full working salon (so they cant guarantee that someone wont walk in off the street) but it still really lived up to my expectations. The ladies that worked in the salon were friendly and were happy to give us as much free rein as possible. They were more than happy for us to bring our own buck fizz and offered as much tea and coffee as we could possibly ever drink.
Overall it was a great experience that I would recommend to anyone that has a special occasion coming up that doesn’t like the super conventional. 

Posted on: Monday, 10 March 2014

Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce – Boosting Crème and Texturising Spray Review

Charles worthington thick and full 3d boosting crème : £6.99
charles worthington texturising spray : £6.99

After many of my teenage years frying my hair with straighteners to make it poker straight I am a bit lacking in the volume department and will give anything a go to give it a bit of va va voom!
Thick & Full 3D Booting Crème
I have never used a blow dry crème/lotion before but saw this one on the shelves and was intrigued. It claims to have 3D technology that has ‘proven to provide’ 3 times the volume your hair naturally has. It has a thick gel like consistency which smoothes easily through the hair. I would normally avoid putting any products on my roots but I followed the instructions and massaged it into my roots as well as through the mid lengths of my hair. I then blow dried my hair like normal with a round bristle brush and could see the affects almost immediately. After a normal blow dry my hair starts to go limp and loose volume as soon as my hair has cooled but not this time! My hair held in the same way it would after a few sprits of hairspray but without that tacky feeling. My hair was still soft and smooth to touch by looked like something from a L’Oreal advert (well I think it did) I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves full, bouncy locks.
Texturising Spray
I had see this product making the rounds on the blogger circuit and wanted to try it out for myself. The texturising spray is the new must have product that shopper’s want and brands want to create. This product says it will give you ‘red carpet, glamorous styles’ with just a few sprays. You use the product in the same way that you would use a dry shampoo but it doesn’t leave the white powdery residue on your hair, so less rubbing (win!)
A couple of sprays into your roots is all you need, any more and you do run the risk of making your hair look like a birds nest. The lightweight formula means it dries and sets almost immediately so make sure you move quickly. I really liked the undone, just got out of bed volume it gave my hair which will look great in summer however if you like the neat and tidy look this product definitely isn’t for you.

Posted on: Sunday, 2 March 2014

Boots Beauty Haul - 3 for 2

Revlon Lash potion mascara – Black :£9.99
Rimmel exaggerate undercover shadow primer :£4.99
collection lasting perfection ulimate concealer – 01 : £4.19
revlon photoready foundation – 003 : £12.99
bourjois little round pot intense eyeshadow – Rose sable : £6.99
rimmel scandal eyes waterproof eyeliner – Nude : £3.99
Who doesn’t love a cheeky Boots deal? Yes, once again it’s that time of year when Boots go all out and offer 3 for 2 on all haircare, bodycare and beauty and it would have been rude if me not to take advantage. I have been very tame this time around and only purchased six items that I have been looking at for a while. I will post some reviews once I have given them a whirl.