Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Hair Journey

Since the start of the year, I’ve had a pretty big hair transformation. It’s been a gradual process, but when you look at me in January to now, my hair is almost polar opposites in colour. 

I loved having dark hair. It made me look older, it was gorgeously glossy and I could easily get away with not drying it after the shower – but the up keep was just getting too much for me. I’d be dying it at home every 4 weeks or so, I’d have horrible roots and after a while the dye just stopped taking. So in February, I decided to make a change. 

I had a search online for a hair dresser that I knew would give me results, and that’s where I came across Georgie and her amazing hair transformations – you can see her work on her Facebook page here.

So when I went for my first appointment, my hair was pretty much black with product build up. I had some red undertones, dirty blonde roots and an overall tired out head of hair. I told Georgie that what I wanted, and unlike other hairdressers that said it would be impossible, they’d had to whack a load of bleach on it blah blah blah, Georgie said “It’ll take a couple of goes, but we’ll do it!” Confident. I liked it.  She knew exactly what I wanted and just got on with it. 

I wish I’d taken proper pictures during the process so you could see my transformation step by step, but these will just have to do. 

The main technique Georgie used on my hair was baby lights. Similar to highlights, but with smaller strands of hair which create a much more subtle dimension of colour to the hair. Using smaller strands of hair all over helped to lift the entire tone of my hair in a much more subtle way. 

After the first go, I had what I think was light brown hair with blonde highlights. I was really impressed – I really liked it. I was really surprised at how healthy my hair felt after all of the baby lights too. I know bottle blondes do have a harder time with tangles than brunettes but my hair was still really soft and manageable. 

She sent me away with the advice of using loads of hair masks and book in with her again in 8 weeks time. I’ve been back to her twice since, and each time been blown away with the results. 

I’ve had no breakage, no damage, no problems at all. Georgie really knows what she’s doing. 

Right now, I’m well and truly blonde. The baby lights are sooo low maintenance. I ca leave it 8 weeks or more before they need topping up because they blend in so well with my natural hair colour. I’ve barely changed anything in my hair routine either. It’s only since my recent short chop that I’m having to heat style it a bit more, but treating my hair to some deep conditioning has kept it in tip top shape. A mask I’ve been loving recently has been the TIGI Reconstructing treatment mask for Weak & Damaged hair. This mask smells amazing and leaves the hair feeling soft but strong. 

I have also been loving the Nano Keratin System Refining Shampoo * and Refining Mask*. This combo is aimed at sensitised and chemically treated hair – perfect for those with bleached hair. These are formulated to cleanse whilst giving hair a boost of moisture. I’ve got a few sachets of these and these come with me in my swim bag – we all know how horrible chlorine can be to the hair and these work a treat. 

I’ve also been loving the Body Shop Coconut Oil Hair Shine – this helps my hair looking sleek and shiny. 

If you’re in the Manchester area and are looking for a trustworthy hairdresser, check out Georgie on Facebook!

I’m not too sure what to do next with my hair. I’m feeling maybe a pastel shade but I’m not sure Georgie will let me go for that!

*Disclaimer: some of the product(s) reviewed in this post were provided to Miniemble free of charge by the manufacturer/PR for review purposes only. I will always give my readers the most truthful and honest opinions of products on this blog.

Monday, October 26, 2015

October Birchbox

This month’s box landed on my door step much earlier than expected which was a lovely little surprise. This month, we had a choice between two boxes and we’re shown exactly what we’d get in each box and I opted for the Stylist edition. 


Here’s what I got in this month’s box: 


100% Fruit Pigmented Lip Glaze – £19 FULL SIZE

Bioderma Sensibo H20 – Value 60p

Parlour Smoothing Blow Out Spray – Value £3.40 

Rituals Yogi Flow Foaming Shower Gel – Value £2.55

When Travelmate Sheet Mask – Value £6.25

English Laundry No 7 Signature for her – Value £3.60 

                                                               Total for Box : £35.40


Overall, a pretty amazing box. A great range of products that I can’t wait to use and most of which from brands I’ve never tried before – that’s the exact point of beauty boxes , right? 


The Rituals Shower Gel, Bioderma Mini and When face mask are all coming away with me next month when I go to Brussels, whilst the Fruit Pigmented Lip Glaze has already made it into my handbag as an everyday lip colour – I’ve already made quite the dint in it! 


The Parlour Blow Out Spray smells amazing too – I’m definitely going to try and perfect my blowdrying skills using this!


I can’t wait to see what’s in next month’s box!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

REVIEW: Clarins Instant Light Concealer

Now, for the most part, I’m a drug store girl. I think you can find just an amazing dupe for just about any high end product and that there’s no real need to spend over the odds for makeup, but every now and again, a high end product just slips through. 


Generally, I try not to listen too much to high end reviews, so I was pretty oblivious about this for a really long time. It was only when I’d hear Nic from Pixiwoo mention this for the millionth time and seeing it work amazingly well on her skin that I knew I had to give it a go, so I decided to treat myself and pick this up. 


It was around £20 and for that you get around 15ml of product, which in comparison is great value for money. My normal collection concealer is around £4.99 for 5ml, so it doesn’t work out much more expensive (that’s my way of justifying the purchase anyway!) 


This concealer is just…WOW! Brightening, moisturising and full coverage, it’s everything that I’d ever want from an under eye concealer. You only need the tiniest bit too. My me, my eye area is really quite dry and I find most of my under eye concealers find their way into my fine lines but I don’t get that with this. It’s just beautiful.


I think I need to pick up the foundation of this to complete my flawless base routine!


Have you tried this? What did you think?

Monday, October 12, 2015

Cohorted Beauty Box: October

Cohorted October Beauty Box

Trust me to get on the Cohorted Beauty Box band wagon the month they decide to switch to a subscription service and hike the price up by £15! (Something I am seriously considering taking up, btw.) 

Eagerly awaiting 6pm on the 15th of September, I refreshed and refreshed until this months box went live - everybody goes mad for the Cohorted Beauty Boxes and to be honest, I can't blame them! 

As soon as the box was despatched I was tracking it the entire way to my door. For £19.99 I received a box cram packed with full size and delux sized goodies worth a whopping £65.99. 

Here's what I got in this months box: 

Inside the October Cohorted Beauty Box

Bare Minerals Purifying Facial Cleanser : £15.00
Bare Minerals Purely Nourising Cream : £10.00
Peter Thomas Roth Lashes to Die For : £15.00
Ciate Nail Polish in Serendipity £9.00
Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Hypnotist £16.99

I was excited to see brands I'd never tried before - although I would have liked to see one or two more instead of 3 products from Bare Minerals. I'd heard from Ciate and Bare Minerals before but had never heard anything about Peter Thomas Roth - but this has got to be the stand out product for me. This mascara is literally to die for. The comb is unique with short bristles at one end and long bristles at the other, This allows you to grab each and every lash in a single stroke. It lengthens, curls, lifts and volumises - what more could a girl want? 

I'm also in love with the Serendipity polish from Ciate. I need to schedule in a pamper night this week to give myself a mani - I can't wait to try it! 

The skin care due from Bare Minerals looks like it will be perfect for the colder months when my dry skin will no doubt rear its ugly head.

The only thing I was disappointed with was the Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie lipgloss - this for me is just unwearable. This multi-tonal shade changes depending on the light, from pale purple to a coral peach and gold pearl. I'm sure some people will absolutely love this, but it's just not for me. 

Overall, a pretty amazing box. Like I said, I'm pretty gutted that they've increased the price - £19.99 was abit on the steep side for me for a mystery box. But as well as their subscription boxes, they're also offering one off themed boxes which vary in price - definately going to be checking them out! 

Did you get this months Cohorted Beauty Box? What did you think of it? 

Going foundation free...

For nearly my entire adult life I always got the feeling of terror at the thought of leaving the house without any makeup on. Even if I was off work sick and going out to the doctors, I'd feel the need to slap on a full face of makeup - but why? 

It's got the the point in the world where where criticize every other person if they don't look perfect. We're insulted by large pores, blemishes and oily skin and are appalled when we see untouched celebrity photos on the Daily Mail. You can blame the media all you like, but we're the ones that fuel the fire - we're just as much to blame for the shaming culture. 

It's unrealistic for people to have flawless makeup all day every day - even expert makeup artists get it wrong some times. Who decided that the definition of beauty included overdrawn lips and eyebrows on fleek? 

I'm not being judged by my appearance any more - if people offended by my spotty skin, so what? I've taken the decision to not care about what other people may or may not think about my appearance and do exactly what I want to do, when I want to do it. 

As much as I love makeup, it just doesn't always fit in with my lifestyle. I'm not saying that I don't wear a full face of makeup anymore, I do, but I'm not going to worry about popping to Tesco without anything on. Yes, a full face can give you confidence, make you feel sexy and hold your head up high, but I feel that too much makeup can make you less impressed with the natural you. 

And truely,who cares if you're wearing makeup or not? Most of the time, I don't think most people I interact with on a daily basis would notice if I walked in with a pair of knickers on my head, let alone what shade of blush I'm wearing. 

That's exactly why I've decided to give myself a break. At the moment, its a rarity that I wear a full face of makeup - and even when I do I feel a little suffocated underneath it all. 

Going foundation free has given me an extra 10 minutes in bed it's given me clearer and brighter skin, but most of all its made me learn to love the natural me. 

I don't feel the need to hide away my imperfections any more, my blemishes might be on show and my eye bags are a little darker, but that's me and its OK. 

Despite what the Daily Mail might say - the world isn't all that bad. Going out the front door without any makeup on isn't going to result in horrified children pointing at your face asking their mummy why you look like that. Going makeup free shows people the real you - and you'll be surprised at how many people prefer you that way. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Gradual tanning with St Tropez

This one was a delightful surprise for me. I’m not too sure how it found its way to my door mat – I think I may have sent off for a free sample, but I wasn’t in much of a rush to use it because fake tan has never really been my thing. 

I’ve always had a problem with dodgy application – more down to my technique than anything else and whilst I’ve found some pretty decent gradual tanners in the past, they just require abit too much effort for me. So with that in mind, I normally make do with being ghostly pale for most of the year. 

Having a nice little pamper session last week, I thought I’d slap some on and see what would happen. The application was abit weird to tell you the truth. I did all my usual stuff in the shower, shoved on my conditioner and turned off the tap.

With damp skin, I dolloped a goof helping of this all over and waited 3 minutes – or in my case a Beyonce song – and then washed it away. 

After the shower I didn’t need to moisturise like I normally would, because my skin was silky smooth to the touch. It was the next day when I realised I had a nice even flush of colour all over. 

Bearing in mind that I hadn’t exfoliated before, I only had one dodgy patch on my foot – application everywhere else was seamlessly smooth . You could even be fooled to think I had been away for a long weekend.

The results were subtle – but after 4 or so days I did notice the tan had faded which made me a little sad. So much so, I think I’m going to head out and buy this in full size! 

Have you tried this from St Tropez? What did you think of it?

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