Sunday, 23 March 2014

REVIEW: Nicky Clarke desiRED Roller System

Nicky Clarke desiRED Roller System*
I have wanted to own a pod roller system since I heard about them a few years ago but was never willing to pay the £300 + to get my hands on one. Thankfully as I suspected the high street is never far behind and Nicky Clarke has added their desiRED Roller system to their product range.

'Nicky Clarke Desired Heated Rollers brings the latest in salon styling in to your home. The ultra compact unit is easy to store when not in use and rapidly heats each individual roller, so they're ready when you are. This set contains three different roller sizes with a soft velvet finish and easy to use pins which won't mark your hair.'

These rollers are fantastic, they make my hair look like I have had a salon blow dry; if you have shorter hair they will add a gorgeous curl and volume but if you're like me and have long hair they add such body and life to your hair.

I think the system comes into its own as it's super quick, I find that if you get into the habit of taking off the heated up roller and immediately replacing it with a cold one so that it heats up whilst you're applying the hot roller to your hair it makes the whole process a lot quicker than the traditional heated roller systems as you have to wait for them all to heat up then add them to the hair. Another great benefit about this pod system is when you're only wanting a few rollers in your hair for example to refresh the style in-between washes it saves so much time waiting for all your rollers to heat up and doesn't waste energy heating up rollers that aren't going to get used.

You can get the rollers from Argos (Link) for £79.99 rrp they are definitely worth the investment if you're looking at purchasing some new rollers.
Excuse the no makeup!

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

REVIEW: TCA Chemical Peel Recovery Diary

In conjunction to my Bloodless Vampire Facial's (Review) for operation Smooth Skin I am also having some TCA Chemical Peels, once Bianca recommended the TCA peel I did some googling and scared myself with the pictures. Once my stomach was settled again I did another search to see what my face would look like during recovery each day and there's no pictures at all so I thought I would show my daily recovery if anyone is thinking about getting the treatment.

Bianca started off by cleansing my skin with a glycolic cleanser and then applied a prepping solution, she explained that once the TCA solution was applied it would sting and the more layers of the acid applied to the skin the more it stung as the acid is working its way further down the layers of the skin. The aim was to apply two layers if possible, once she applied the first layer I could feel a mild sting but nothing major and once the stinging evened off the second layer was applied. Once we got to layer two the stinging was definitely stronger and Bianca held a fan in front of my face to help, it was almost like nettle sting but I wouldn't say it was painful just uncomfortable. She then assessed my skin and decided to do another layer over my cheek area as it didn't have a good a 'frosting' as my forehead (frosting is when your skin turns a whitish shade indicating it will have a good peel). Third layer again stung a little more than the last, once the fan was on my face I couldn't feel it and when Bianca had finish with all the post treatment products my face felt normal.

I had expected to walk out of Bianca's looking like I had third degree burns and when I looked in the mirror I was shocked to see I looked quite normal, my skin was a little red but it just looked like I had been sat in the sun too long.

So each day's progress is below; (If you click you will be able to read the captions a little easier)
Initially I didn't think I could see much of an improvement, however once all my skin had peeled I saw a huge difference, my skin is a lot brighter and even in tone and my pore size has reduced further.

I really recommend this treatment for those of you with acne scarring, I have also seen amazing results (online) on birth marks and ageing skin, I took three days off in total but for my next one I will just take off day four as that is when the majority of my peeling occurred. The treatment is really quick taking just 20 minutes so a definite lunch time facial and you can go back to the office looking a little red and time it so you may only have to have a day off before the weekend. 

I cannot wait to see what my skin will look like after the next vampire facial & peel and once the whole process is finished I will show the final results of operation smooth skin.

I had it done at Bianca Estelle Aesthetics, Bianca's practice is based in Birmingham but she does clinics in London now too for more information just visit her website (Link
Finished Result

Sunday, 9 March 2014

REVIEW: Nanokeratin REplenish Colour Preserving Mask

Nanokeratin REplensish Colour Preserving Mask*
If you're spending good money at the salon getting your hair coloured you really should invest in some great colour protecting products, they really do make the difference in how your colour is maintained and the overall health of your hair.

The REplenish range by Nanokeratin is designed for coloured treated hair, the mask has anti-fade technology which replenishes and balances the condition of your hair ensuring optimum moisture levels without stripping the colour.

This is a fantastic hair mask if you have damaged colour treated hair, for a quick treatment I use it in the shower after i've shampooed and try to leave it in for a good 5 minutes or if I want to give my hair a thorough treat I apply it before bed and wash it out in the morning. It makes my hair so incredibly soft and it feels like new, because I ombré my hair in reverse (I have naturally light blonde hair so colour the top of my hair darker) I have to occasionally lift the blonde further up my hair which involves a bit of bleach and with one overnight soak with this stuff it feels like nothing ever touched my hair.

It is available from Nanokeratin salons as a treatment and you can find your local salon on the Nanokeratin site (Link) it is also available to purchase rrp £57.29 which is a bit of a big splurge but you do get a massive 500mls for your money and this stuff is amazing and you don't need much to see the results.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

REVIEW: Umberto Giannini Big Hair Range

Umberto Giannini Big Hair Range*
I rarely try an entire hair line, I like to mix and match to get my desired results from my products from different brands and different ranges.

The Big Hair range from Umberto Giannini is a great collection if you're looking for volume but don't want to spend a fortune.

Volume Shampoo & Conditioner for Big Hair £5.29 each (Link) & (Link)
The foundation of 'Big Hair' has to come from the shampoo and conditioner you use, I wouldn't recommend these for everyday use because they can be a little drying which is perfect for volume in hair but not great for the condition. Definite night out shampoo & conditioner combo.

Volume Mousse for Big Hair £5.49 (Link)
If you want some volume in your roots get this in there; mousse's seem a little old school (think add mousse and scrunch for 80's 'curls') but they have come on leaps and bounds, it's lightweight (providing you don't overdo it) and it adds masses of texture and volume to your roots.

Old School Setting Lotion for Big Hair £5.49 (Link)
If you're wanting to curl your hair and add body this is fantastic, it helps to keep the curl in a long time (which for me is unheard of) and does add an extra boost of body.

Root Boost Volume Spray for Big Hair £5.49 (Link)
These volume and texture sprays are huge in the blogging community and the thought of spending £30 on one doesn't appeal to me so being able to pick one up for under £6 in Boots is a great option and this is great, I spray it into my roots and a little in the ends and this stuff gives me some serious bed head which is usually quite difficult with my hair being so long.

This is a great hair care range for those on a budget and is very often on 3 for 2 promotion at Boots which makes it even better value, my top picks have to be the Volume Mousse and Volume Spray which are both great for every day use whereas the others may be ones for night out hair so ones to have in the cabinet for those occasions (very few and far between at my house)

What are your volume product holy grails?

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

WISH LIST: Sephora Now Shipping To The UK

Unless you were hiding under a rock over the weekend you will know that Sephora now ship to the UK; conveniently we all discovered this on payday. I wanted to put together my shopping list and share with you all.

There was some complaining on Twitter about the fact some brands and products are unavailable to ship internationally but I see the move as a positive and Sephora could see potential in the UK market if there's enough orders and then make a glorious return (wishful thinking?) Others were looking for new releases before the UK launches and lower prices than the UK, I personally just want the products we can't get hold of in the UK and that is what i'll be using it for.

Nest Moroccan Amber Candle $34 (Link)
I have heard so many good things about the Nest candles and anything with Amber as a note will pretty much secure my custom. With a flat £10 shipping fee the weight won't matter so you won't pay a fortune in shipping which usually is the case.

Tarte Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush $32 (Link)
I actually already have one of these and I NEED another, without doubt one of the best brushes i've ever tried. It's so dense and perfect for powder or liquid foundation application.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation $38 (Link)
A weightless full cover foundation sounds pretty much like the holy grail and although Tarte is coming the UK very soon I don't know which products will be available so it has to be added to the basket.

Bite Beauty Matte Créme Lip Crayon $24 (Link)
I'm all about the Matte lip crayons (mainly Nars) so why not try a new offering, Clementine is a true orange and Blood Orange is a orangey red. Don't they sound just perfect for me?

Makeup Forever Smoky Lash $23 (Link)
Although we can get MUFE in the UK we always have to pay shipping and the prices are higher so it's a great add on item if you're placing a large order. Probably the best mascara in the world if it was easier to get hold of.

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con $42 (Link)
I think Marc Jacobs cosmetics was the main reason the UK population of makeup lovers squealed when the shipping revelation was discovered, the palette that caught my eye the most was the really simple three shadow set in the shade The Ingenue; I don't wear any dark shadows really so every palette I try to find always includes some so they're wasted on me. Finally a neutral light trio I can get some use out of.

Marc Jacobs Perfection Powder $48 (Link)
I love my Laura Geller Balance n Brighten powder but the shade range is pretty bad for those of us with yellow toned skin so i've been searching for a new powder and by the sounds of it this one could be for me. Described as 'Ideal for oily/combination skin diffuses flaws and takes down shine softly and effectively.

Did you place an order? What did you get? I think the only brand I wanted to order that wasn't available was Boscia which I have always been interested in, also Kate Somerville products I would have ordered too but they aren't available to ship however you can buy them directly from the Kate Somerville website so that's some comfort.