Me, My Skin & Elemis

So like most of the population I have bad skin. Well had bad skin.

About 3 weeks ago I had had enough of my skin. Now I’ve never been fresh faced and unfortunately through genetics have an oily but dry in places skin. That and being a hairdresser in a busy salon was not doing my skin any favours.

I have always had issues with my skin for as long as I can remember and never really stuck to a regime of any kind… bad I know. But at 27 years old I have finally found a range of products that not only work at keeping my face clear and blemish free but help illumine my skin and make it look it’s best even without make up!
My problem has always been not really knowing what to use for my skin. I have that awkward combination skin where it is oily but also dry in places then I get ‘blemishes’ which is just a nice way of saying spots!

I have tried nearly everything on the market to help my skin but what I’ve learnt is that you need to have a systematic approach and stick to it!

So after reading this blog on the Elemis website I decided to sort my skin out.

Every morning I start with my main cleanser Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash.

This helps take my make up off as well as dead skin cells and any grime that has attached itself to my skin through out the day. Great pump as well. Saves me wasting half of it!

Also TOP TIP: wash your hands with it first! Clean hands for a clean face!

If I have been out and worn a bit more make up I will do a double cleanse with Nourishing Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil.

It helps remove stubborn makeup and gives my skin that extra boost of moisture.

Another TOP TIP: Using a clean and soft towel to dab (not rub) your face dry. These cloths are lovely and you get 2 in this bag which comes in handy for travelling! I got 3 packs so I always have a clean one each day. After all why would you want to use a dirty towel with dead skin cells all over it on your face?! (I know I never thought about it like that either!)

Once a fortnight I will then use Skin Buff to exfoliate.

This is great as I can feel it working and giving my face a good scrub. But you shouldn’t exfoliate too often as it’ll cause your skin to become fragile.

Then I tone using Lavender Balancing Toner.

This helps sooth my skin and makes sure it’s not too oily or not too dry. Also really handy to use as it’s in a spray bottle so 3 spritz over my face and I’m good.

Then I alternate between Hydra-Balance Day Cream and Superfood Facial Oil.

These help keep my skin moisturised and act as a barrier to stop makeup sinking into my pores and clogging them up.

The Superfood facial oil contains 9 different oils ranging from broccoli seed oil to macadamia oil to rosehip seed oil. All rich in anti-oxidants and to help give your skin a healthy glow.

Now I found this odd but the proof is in the pudding… are you ready….

Oil is good for oily skin! Who knew?! 

Certainly I didn’t! Not until now! And trust me… you have to try it! My skin has never felt so soft and I do believe there is a slight glow to my skin now!

Then I’ll apply my make up in the normal way.

Before bed I’ll cleanse (sometimes double cleanse) tone and then I’ll use one of two products depending of what my skin is like. Herbal Lavender Repair Mask and S.O.S Emergency Cream

Now I’m not saying that these products stop you from having a single break out but they have definitely helped me. My skin is pretty clear with the very odd blemish but nothing like what it was 3 weeks ago. Also it feels smoother and brighter (saving me having to buy illuminating creams!) plus my make up goes on easier and stays on better!

The S.O.S cream will help tie the irritation away and reduce a spot over night. I’ve tried and tested it! My go to product for before a night out! You can also use it under make up if you get a little friend pop up in the morning!

And lastly is my coffe substitute! Those late nights and early mornings really take it out on my eyes. Sometimes I look like I haven’t slept in days but Pro-Radiance Illuminating Eye Balm has helped loads!

It has a cooling effect to help rid those dark circles and is slightly tinted so acts similar to concealer. Nice applicator too so don’t have to use your fingers to rub it in.
So I’m all for these products and I will shout from the roof tops about them. It’s a horrible feeling when you have bad skin and it can affect your confidence majorly. I’m so happy I’ve found products that work for me.


If you’re based in or around peterborough you can purchase Elemis from my salon.

Michael John Hair Artwork ltd in Peterborough.


If you’ve tried Elemis or have any questions leave me a comment! What Elemis product/s have you tried and love?? What’s your secret ‘go to’ product??
Until next time!


Elemis Website


Lights, Camera, Action! 

So if anyone is keeping tabs on me you’ll remember other week I mentioned about a little idea I had on a shopping trip to Brent Cross. I happened to stumble into a store and saw a Customised Light Box!

For anyone that doesn’t know what they are…

It is a box that lights up and you get letters and symbols you can slide into the box to create a phase or leave little notes to parents, other halves or flat mates or just as pretty decoration!

They have been filling Instagram and Pinterest quite a bit recently and I thought ‘yeeeeah I could get one of these!’

The problem I had was the one I saw wasn’t quite what I was after. It was a bit too long and only had two lines where as I was after three lines.

After a quick google search I came across a company called Flamingo. They had my custome light box in A4 size with three lines and 85 letters and symbols and only £17.99 (cheaper than the other one I’d seen) – Perfect!

Into my basket and checkout using PayPal and 3days later it was in my hands.

And here’s a sneek peak of my future Instagram posts ….


Needless to say it was a major hit with my mates too…


Well done Flamingo! Highly recommended I will definitely enjoy using them again!  Might even get an extra pack of letters?! Who knows! 

They also have loads of gift things too! Go check them out!

Flamingo Gift Shop



So I’ve been stupidly busy recently. A lot of it revolves around computers. 

So I’ve decided to unplug for a day. 

* gasps of shock! *

Now I’m not an idiot nor am I naive. I know that social media and computers are an important part of life now a days, but there’s something therapeutic about the idea of switching off for a day. 

So as of 11pm tonight my texts, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat will all be muted and my laptop will be off. 

I will still allow phone calls on my mobile but nothing else! 

A whole day of old fashioned communication!  Wish me luck haha! 

Cake is for life, not just for birthdays…

How did I spend my weekend? Basically in a food coma!

I spent the whole weekend celebrating my parents birthdays. Yes both of them have birthdays days apart, cute… my January payslip doesn’t agree but still cute.

So mum’s was Saturday and dad’s is on Tuesday.  We started with a family Chinese takeaway night on Saturday (my favourite!) Aroma on Oundle Road is the one!

I also had a little surprise for them both! A friend of mine has recently started a little side business of baking and  I thought I’d give it a go.

All I said was that I was after a lemon meringue style one for mum and a Kit Kat themed one for dad. She helped me decide on sponge and filling as well as sizes and this is what was created…


Think we can all agree they are mini slices of art! And they both tasted so good! If you want to check her out this is her Instagram page Blissful Bakes by Chelsea

Mum and I then spend a day at Brent Cross shopping centre and stuffed our faces at Tomeli’s with Crepes!

“Make mine filled with banana, strawberries, flake and lashings of toffee sauce please!”


Although no purchases were made I did get a rather chic idea and you’ll see what that is soon when it arrives!

Then another takeaway Sunday night, this time in the form of Dominos ham and pineapple pizza!


And lastly we finished it off Monday night with a trip to Cotes Brasserie.

Amazing food as always and who can complain when you get 2 courses for £10.95 or 3 courses at £12.95. Calamari to start with then for main I had grilled chicken with potato gratin…so good!


Well it’s official, I’ve eaten enough food this weekend to fill a grown elephant! Back to normality now!

Stay tuned for my next one!


Fancy Colouring

Balayage, Ombre, Dip Dye… 

Hair Colouring has certainly come on in the past few months let alone years. But with this post I want to talk about a new products I’ve started using called Directions.

Directions is a temporary based colour, which means it isn’t mixed with peroxide or any sort of developer (which means less chemicals for those who like that kind of thing!) but this also means it doesn’t last as long as other types of hair colour.

BUT…what makes this range so special is this…

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I mean come on…just looking at them makes me want to relive my childhood days when you could buy coloured hair mascara and have blue and purple streaks for a weekend!

No they aren’t for everyone but, speaking as a hairdresser the reason why I am (I admit) falling in love with this brand is that due to their DNA, they can be for anyone.

Let me explain a bit of science to hair colouring…

When you lighten hair you remove the hair’s natural pigment. Done properly you will have minimal damage. Done incorrectly or in excess, your hair will snap off and the good old expression comes to mind “you’ll be taking it home in your handbag”!

So if we as hairdressers try to lighten hair to the extreme when it simply doesn’t want to, it’s not a happy ending. Now with this Directions you don’t need to lift it so light. Therefore the condition of hair is healthier and because of that the colour will last longer. 

Gone is the prefix of having to lift hair to the whitest of blonde you can possibly get which is a mean feat in itself.

The below photos are colours I have done and as you can see they weren’t ‘white blonde’. 

So this one was last week.


Obviously being so dark and coloured hair, I was a bit worried about how light i would have to get the hair first. I managed to get it to a pale red almost copper sort of colour. Which if I would have used our old brand of temporary colours it wouldn’t have done anything but, this is what i achieved…


Good hey?! I was pretty impressed. 

This is one i did today.

The starting point was lighter, a balayage I did few months back, but because it was already light i didn’t need to lighten it again. This was the result…


Again i was so pleased with the outcome!

I can’t recommend these colours enough. You can even turn any of the colours into pastel tones, they wouldn’t last as long as the brighter ones but still nice knowing. And because they are only temporary they don’t cost a fortune to have done – BONUS! 

If you’re interested in having these done or want to know more then please give me a message using the contact form. 

Thanks for reading!


Popping my Blog Cherry…

Okay! So first post! Here it goes…

So few things i’m looking forward to in the next few weeks…

  1.  New Beauty ProductsI’m a big lover of all things beautifying but i have been neglecting my skin especially over the winter months, so i have just today ordered some new Elemis skincare products to help my skin.I’ve always loved Elemis, might be due to the fact my mum loves them (like mother like daughter) or because my salon stock them (yay for staff discount!) but whatever that reason is my skin appreciates the finer things! I might even blog about them when i get them.curious_prod_herbal-lavender-repair-mask_master_v03_rgb_web
  2. Competition                                                                                                                                       I’ve decided to enter a hair competition again this year, WELLA Trendvision. It’s a national competition that if you get placed in this country turn INTERnational! Although terrifying, allows me to express my utmost creative side! I’ll post pictures up once i’ve done the shoot! This was my last entry back in 2015 that got me to the semi finals!
  3. Vouchers                                                                                                                                                          Now I don’t know a single person who doesn’t love free things! Especially when said free thing turns out to be £60 worth of high street vouchers! Thanks to my Energy supplier’s scheme (Eon) every time i paid my bill i got points and those points could either turn into vouchers or money off your bill. Obviously i chose vouchers so i can feed my addiction for all things TopShop! Sadly though i was reminded of this scheme by an email form Eon saying they’ll be finishing it now, but at least i have something to look forward to getting in the post other than bills!

Speak soon