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A UK based beauty, lifestyle and beauty blog of 6 years.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017


I recently had the pleasure of meeting Andrew Collinge and his lovely wife Liz at a British Style Collective Bloggers Event. Based at Oh Me Oh My, the event was held to inform bloggers of the brands and events that would be showcased at the newly reformatted Clothes Show.

The iconic Clothes Show event has run consecutively since 1989 and models (turned celebs) such as Holly Willoughby, Cat Deeley, Vernon Kay and Rosie Huntingdon Whiteley were all scouted there. This year, the event has found a new home in Liverpool and the British Style Collective 2017 will be taking place across the city from 7th-9th July. Sadly I will be on holiday when the event takes place which I am gutted about...but I wouldn't swap the sunshine for it.

As well as demonstrating and discussing their new hair products, CO by Andrew Collinge, Andrew and Liz spoke candidly about their careers in hairdressing and it was super refreshing to hear them discuss the positive repercussions of moving their work away from London and into Liverpool.

I also had the opportunity to speak to Andrew and Liz after their audience Q+A as they answered questions about my hair not holding colour due to damage! Interestingly, Andrew advised me to apply tomato sauce to my hair as a 'filler' / 'tint' before applying any colour - I haven't tried this yet, but I sure am intrigued.

So what is CO by Andrew Collinge?

CO is a collaboration between clients and stylists and the range is made up of 8 unisex styling products giving you the freedom to create any look, on any hair type. Andrew says that his products are lightweight, non sticky and freshly scented using a cocktail of citrus, amber and sandalwood aromas.

CO is available online here, or in Andrew's salons which are dotted around the Liverpool and Wirral areas. I was very kindly given (by Andrew himself) two of the products from the range including the: Firm hold hairspray + the Finishing Gel Serum Definer. Over the past few weeks or so, i've been giving these products a whirl to see what I think.

During the event, Andrew demonstrated both products on the host, Antonia O'Brien to create a messy, beachy summer vibe on her hair. Now, as we all know, my hair is quite short, and quite shit at the moment - so I don't have the most beautiful tresses to trial these products on - But I do want to share my thoughts with you.

Finishing Gel Serum Definer* Perfect for men and women with short hair (check) the gel serum definer is ideal for controlling unruly frizz (especially in this heat!) as well as smoothing split ends and defining curls - it also adds a little texture and shine. Performance aside....On a side note, the packaging for this product is so satisfying, when you knock on the top of the tub, it makes a seriously cool vibrating drum sound.

The formula is made up of a clear, gel putty and it smells divine. As this product as been developed for shorter to medium hairstyles that may be dry, curly or damaged, I apply the formula to the ends of my hair after blowdrying. My hair is naturally poker straight and quite lank so the definer is ideal for giving it a little zjusj! For £14.50 you get 100ml of product, so we are talking salon prices here - but is it worth it? Yes! I really like using the definer for a little volume and to smooth any fly-away hairs. It is non sticky so you don't get a greasy residue, also a plus point for me.

Firm hold hairspray*: It would be a lie to say that I am an avid hairspray user however, my boyfriend is, therefore every now and again I find myself giving my hair a little spritz - especially when i'm rocking an up-do. The CO Firm hold hairspray is a non sticky, long lasting hold formula that includes UV protection and a sassy scent of sandalwood. (Adam said he really liked the scent, of which I agree!)

 I have used the hairspray when my hair is up, and when my hair is down and I have noticed it doesn't dull my colour down, it actually makes it shiny! You can also quite easily brush the formula out to reapply later. The spray is £12.50 for 100ml of product which, for me I probably wouldn't pay as I don't really use hairspray and a tin of Silvikrin hairspray for a couple of quid will do me fine. But if you want something treaty, or salon quality performance - the scent of the CO hairspray is a good enough reason to purchase alone!

Will you be trying the CO by Andrew Collinge range?

*Post contains gifted items

Friday, 23 June 2017


I really like the L'oreal Paris 'Casting Creme Gloss' range of semi-permanent hair dyes. They are easy to use, effective in delivering an even, true to description colour pay off and pretty good at fading evenly. Chilli chocolate is my current favourite shade from the range as I have been flitting between chocolate brown and auburn hair for some time now. The shade is warm and sits at a light 5.0 light brown base with .54 mahogany and copper tones.

You can find the Castings dyes in Boots and Superdrug for £5-£6 - sometimes they are on offer whereby you can get 2 for £10. In the past I have blogged about the: 'Glossy Blondes in 'Light Iced Blonde' 'Rich Honey' and 'Chocolate.' 

Before dying my hair with 'Chilli Chocolate'

My hair has a lot of red tones within it all thanks to the 'Caca Rouge' and 'Caca Marron' henna bricks from Lush. The henna dye doesn't, however, cover roots, especially when your hair is as naturally dark as mine. I believe (and I have it on good authority) that it is perfectly fine to colour your hair with semi-permanent colours after using henna, as it simply acts as a gloss without opening the hair shaft in the way a permanent colour dye does.

This why I called upon 'Chilli Chocolate' to even out my roots and colour. The dye is super simple to use, just apply, wait 25-30 mins and rinse. The rose scented conditioner that is supplied is also lovely, very nourishing - especially following a colour job whereby chemicals are being applied to your strands and scalp.

Immediately after dying my hair with 'Chilli Chocolate'
As you can see, directly after the application, the colour is much darker than I was looking for. Though it has warm tones, it is very dark brown in base. This is completely normal and by the next few washes the colour will gradually lift and fade. Don't forget, the colour and condition of your hair pre-dye job always indicate a different colour to the box indicator which is applied to virgin hair.

After two washes...

After two washes, the true colour starts to seep through and as you can see above, I am back to a shade close to where I started with all the right warm tones and a mahogany brown base. My colour tends to last around 3 weeks having washed my hair twice a week. My roots tend to start poking out around this time also, so depending on how i'm feeling - I dye my hair with this shade every 5 weeks or so and henna in between. This just seems to work for me currently.

What is your favourite Casting Creme Gloss shade?

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017


You're probably not surprised to see me talking about highlighter. It's everywhere at the moment and has been on the beauty roster for last few years. I must admit, I am rather impartial to a lil' glow on a daily basis. My favourite highlighter of all time being the iconic Mineralise Skin Finish in 'Soft 'n' Gentle' from MAC.

It's no secret that a candlelit glow is what we're all aiming to achieve and good highlighters don't have to break the bank. Today I am talking about two highlighting/brightening products from MUA that I have really enjoyed using over the last couple of weeks.

The MUA 'Undress your skin' highlighter in 'Iridescent Gold'  is a beautiful pale gold highlight that you can buy from Superdrug priced £3 for 7.5g of product. This has been my highlight of choice every day now as the powder makes your skin look super radiant. Immediately lifting the complexion, I apply the powder with a domed fluffy brush to the tops of my cheekbones. Never under my brow as this can look a little bizarre for a day in the office. There are also other shades in the range: 'Pearlescent Sheen' and 'Peach Diamond' for varied tones that suit different skin tones.

I've dabbled with under eye 'brighteners' and 'correctors' for a while and have never quite noticed a difference, or simply couldn't be bothered with such a step in my routine. When I spotted the MUA Undress Your Skin Under Eye Concealer I decided to give it a whirl, at £3 figuring it was worth the punt.

And the general feeling is that I really like it. I chose the shade 'Luminous' a pale-yellowy salmon shade. It aims to banish dark circles and fatigue through a lightweight formula that is reasonably thick in consistency. Containing light-diffusing particles the formula is intended to awaken dull skin. I apply it over foundation, perhaps the Illamasqua Skin Base and the pigmentation around my eye sockets, (of which I have tone's of blue and yellow) simply disappear. There are two other shades in the range: 'Radiance' and 'brilliance' which have different undertones.

What are your favourite MUA products?

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