Hair Care

label.m Therapy – Toni & Sacha Mascolo present a luxury haircare range incorporating the exclusive Rejuven-8 ™ Complex. With eight of the most technologically advanced Anti-ageing ingredients and is designed to reverse the visible signs of ageing, leaving hair looking strong, radiant and youthful.

This sulphate-free conditioner will restore, replenish and rejuvenate hair and is designed to quickly transform weak, dull, aged hair into strong, radiant and youthful looking hair.

label.m, sounds like something I should be using, because I have too many Ms in my full name! The letter appears a whopping FIVE times!

label.m’s Therapy Rejuvenating Shampoo & Conditioner is a line that I’ve used previously, when I was blonde. Those were the days when I was a client at Toni & Guy. Not any more…

Toni & Guy are good, but it’s got to be said that two of their technicians ruined my hair. 😭

I loved the first colour technician that worked on it, she made my hair look beautiful. Sadly, she later left and I was assigned two different technicians who took over (at different times) and that’s when my hair went downfollicle (instead of hill).

After my hair became damaged beyond repair, the team suggested a shampoo and conditioner (this one in particular) along with treatments to nourish it. I tried them at the time, and remember that it did help a little – but my hair was dead and gone so…

I’m not saying these didn’t work, because they did. Also, I’m sure your hair is nowhere near as damaged as mine was at the time of using this…

However, I did expect, based on the price that I paid, for it to bring better results. Instead, as I’ve previously mentioned, a cut, the Lisap spray and monthly Olaplex 3 in 1 treatments were my saviours.

Back to label.m’s Therapy… I love the sleek, purple packaging. It’s very eye catching. The colour combo of lavender and silver really works well in my opinion. The smell? Divine. It smells floral and perfume-esque. I absolutely love it for its scent alone.

Best thing about it? It’s sulphate-free, which means it won’t damage your hair. It’s aimed at turning dry, damaged hair to its former glory.

My verdict? It helped me at the time, but as I said it wasn’t what made the ultimate difference.

Having said that, I’m sure if I was to use this now, I’d notice a drastic change in my hair’s thickness, feel, shine and texture. I love label.m and don’t have anything bad to say about it nor Toni & Guy. At the end of the day, it was my decision to go fully platinum blonde (from being raven haired). In hindsight, I shouldn’t have got too aHEAD of myself.

I enjoyed the ‘Tattoo Tagso much that I’ve decided to do another one… However, I’m now turning my attentions to Beauty..

Do you remember your first makeup item?

I actually do! I think my first makeup product was the Maybelline Super Stay 16 Hour Foundation in 300 shades too dark and about 700 layers too thick. That was Mii… Haters would say I looked like an acne-sufferer who resembled TanMom!

Describe your perfect mascara. Have you found one that fits your specifications?

I have to say that my favourite ever mascara has to be the Masterpiece Transform by MaxFactor. This one suits my lashes perfectly and to a T. It lengthens, it curls, it thickens and it darkens… I love everything about it. Even the thin wand…

What kind of coverage do you prefer from foundation?

Matte and flawless coverage – but I don’t mind if a blemish is still be visible. Also, I wouldn’t say no to a few glowing areas… However, I don’t want to look like I’ve been doing nothing but performing the act of facial perspiration all day!

Favourite high end brand?

Christian Dior. It’s one of them ones that can show all the other high-end ones the Door

What cosmetic brands have you always wanted to try but still haven’t?

Kiko Milano, Kat Von D, Shiseido, Sephora, Origins.

Favorite drugstore brand?

L’Oréal (or Bourjois). I have a thing for the Parisienne.

Do you wear fake eyelashes?

Nope. I literally can’t even contemplate fake lashes or a metal eyelash curler. My lashes are my eyes’ life… If I put glue on them to put extra lashes on, my real OGs will real COME OFF!

Is there any kind of makeup you can’t leave the house without?

I’ve left my house looking like I shouldn’t have left or that I don’t have one to leave plenty of times… So, in a word, no.

What is your most cherised beauty product?

My L’Oreal Men Expert Tattoo Reviver. I’m not even going to *tattoo* coat it… There, I said it! 😉

How often do you shop for makeup? Do you like to pick up an item here and there or get lots of goodies at once?

I shop often for makeup and food. I think makeup comes before food. I pick up items here or there and/or hoard them here or there as well. I’d buy a product, forget about it, think I’ve lost it when I remember, then find it again – out of date…

Do you have a “beauty budget” or you spend freely? 

I’m moving into my own place at the end of the year, so, no – I can’t afford to not budget.

Do you utilize coupons, rewards cards and sales when you shop for cosmetics?

Nah. I’m awful at this. I should, but I don’t. I just A) never remember to and B) don’t see the point because realistically they’re making you spend more than you need to. Having said that, one thing I do love, is my mum’s Boots’ card. 😍😍😍.

Is there a brand that you absolutely can’t stand?

If I don’t like a brand, I won’t blog about it or use its products… If I love a brand, I blog about it. If they have a product that doesn’t agree with me, I’m honest.

Do you avoid certain ingredients in cosmetics like parabens or sulfates?

There’s only so much you can actually do to prevent ingredients… I just try to use the most natural of products or products that have a high % of natural ingredients in them.

Do you have a favorite place to shop for makeup?

Boots/Superdrug. I get lost in there. Sometimes when I need Dior, I venture into Fenwick or John Lewis and can never find the exit. I mean, how does one find the exit of one of those?

Do you like trying new skincare products or do you keep a certain routine?

I love trying new ones, but I think it’s best – for my skin – to stick to a routine because I don’t want my skin to breakout again. It was awful.

Favorite bath and body brand?

L U S H. It’s, umm, LUSH.

What brand do you think has the best packaging?

Guerlain. That packaging though… Also, LANCÔME is up there too, tbh.

Which celebrity always has great makeup?

Vanessa Hudgens or Kate Middleton.

5 Favorite Beauty Gurus

What? 😆

I’m supposed to say who I look up to for makeup? Myself, I reckon I do good makeup on myself and just about no-one else. Charlotte Tilbury. HudaBeauty. Jenna Marbles (if she was to do a makeup video). My neighbours’ cat? I’m sure she’ll be good at it if I train her. 💖

Do you like multifunctional products like lip and cheek stains?

That’s like asking me if I like bidets. I love bidets.

Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?

Do you mean: “have you left dents in your eye where you pupil used to be (whilst putting on mascara)”? If so, yes.

 Do you use makeup base/primer for the eyes?

The only things I ever wear on my eye are creams, mascara and eyeliner. I can’t for the life of me (or anyone else’s) do eyeshadow. Also, I might as well own up now in saying that my eyeliner isn’t “wings and dat”… It’s more “line your waterline and on/under the lash line (with Khol) and hope for the best”.

How many hair products do you use on a typical day?

Zero. None. Nought.

What do you apply first, concealer or foundation?

Isn’t that like asking me if I pour milk into my bowl before the Coco Pops – or – if the Chicken came before the Egg?

Come on, people! What are some of these questions?! Why on God’s Earth would I put concealer before the foundation??? If you do that then I’m sorry, I’m sure it works for you but it’s just not something I’m familiar with.

Do you ever consider taking makeup classes?

The word ‘consider’ is a strong one. You could “consider” something all you want, if you really want to do it, you would. 💖

What do you love about makeup?

That I can write about it. That it gives others confidence… That it can transform people’s faces or bodies. If you think about it, makeup is really quite something.

So, I’ve decided to trial ‘Beauty Hack or Beauty Whack’ – a feature on my blog dedicated to stuff I find on the Internet which claim to “change your life“. First up is something I touched on yesterday… The experiment that claims to revert premature grey/white/silver hair to its natural colour.

Was I sold before trying it?

Look, a girl can dream, right..? As much as I’d hoped it would, I knew it wasn’t actually going to (least of all on the first try)…

Come on, I’m an optimist, positivist and someone who has hopes, dreams and aspirations – but I’m also not stupid or gullible – over stuff like this, anyway!

The overruling reason as to why I wanted to try this was because I know the benefits of applying lemon juice onto the hair and coconut oil too – so putting it on my hair for those reasons Justified it.

What you’ll need:

Juice of a lemon (3-4 tablespoons) 🍋

Coconut oil (4 table spoons, or enough to cover your hair)

As I said, this hack isn’t just for those who suffer from premature greys/whites/silvers from leading stress-free lives, waking up to rainbows above their beds, and singing Teletubbies… Oh no! You could do it just to boost the condition of your hair, making it healthier.

What you’ll need to do:

Mix the lemon juice and coconut oil together (melted, liquid consistency), and lather on your hair root/scalp to tip. Then, leave the solution on your hair for one hour, before washing off with a non-harsh shampoo and conditioner.

What does Coconut Oil do for the hair?

Coconut oil helps to condition the hair and scalp, it also strengthens the hair, treats the damaged and promotes hair growth. I knew all of that from before, but apparently – coconut oil also helps reverse greys and stop/prevent dandruff.

I find the latter hard to believe, I’ll tell you why… If you’re coating your hair with Organic coconut oil (with bits) you’re going to look like you have dandruff, even when you know it’s just shavings of coconuts.

The people you meet out and about don’t know that, do they? 😆 I’m speaking from experience…

What does lemon juice do?

Obviously lemon juice includes vitamin B, vitamin C, and phosphorus – this nourishes the hair, treats the root cause (pun intended) of greys, and claims to prevent premature greying.

I’m sure it does, don’t get me wrong, but if someone could’ve possibly called me up before I discovered my first grey and told me: “BATHE IN LEMON JUICE!” I think it would’ve helped more than telling me after finding my 6th…

Did the experiment work?

LOL. Major diluted LOL. Can we just laugh. Can you just accept my answer is LOL. Did you really think it would work in just one try? Come on now… The only way this’d work is if it was mixed in with the age old thing called HAIR DYE. That’s the only way you’ll get your natural hair colour back and reverse the grey!

It does say do this twice a week to see results – but I’m sceptical and don’t believe it… I’ll be doing this just because I like the way my hair feels and looks afterwards. It’s cheap, affordable and natural. My hair feels shinier, healthier and is easier to manage. No more ‘Russell Brand: The Early Days’ for me.

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Are you ready for a SAXXY🎷 JAZZ-y review about haircare products that I had delivered to me YONKS ago courtesy of ‘Harmony Life‘?

Harmony Life are sponsors of Beauty Bae. They regularly send me stuff to try out in return for an honest review.

If you’ve followed me since the beginning of the year, you’ll remember that I posted about them, mentioning that I’ll be trying Hair Jazz out and tell ya’ll how I’m finding it months later. Well, umm, here I am telling you about it.

Strap yourself in, enjoy the wonderful journey where you won’t be moving anywhere – just – umm – move your eyes and fingertips at least or else you’ll miss it…

Although I have been using Olaplex and regularly cutting my hair (because bleach really damaged it), I can actually say that Hair Jazz is a saving Grace (Kelly – #MIKA).

Honestly, my hair looks so much less homeless since I’ve been using it, and it’s actually started growing faster. I have been getting it trimmed regularly though (every 8-10 weeks). I’m trying to regain my hair’s optimum health, but my hair grows considerably in that time – due to Hair Jazz.

I’ve used Biotin supplements in the past, and I’ve raved about SugarBearHair too, but I do think that these work better imo – simply because there is no risk of them affecting your moods, bodily hair growth and/or hormones.

HAIR JAZZ – CAPABLE OF INCREASING HAIR GROWTH BY UP TO 3 TIMES ITS NORMAL RATE

Normally, hair grows up to 1 to 1.5 centimeters per month. Active ingredients in HAIR JAZZ shampoo and conditioner helps to increase the rate of hair growth such that hair grows up to to 3-4.5 centimeters per month. You will see the first results after just two months

BENEFITS OF HAIR JAZZ:

  1. HAIR JAZZ makes your hair stronger;
  2. Your hair will become softer and shinier;
  3. Proven efficiency on all hair types;
  4. A visible reduction in hair loss;
  5. Your hair will grow up to 3 times faster.

The price, like Atomic Kitten’s tide is: HIGH! I mean, £56 for a shampoo and conditioner is a little ‘burn-a hole in your pocket and Natwest bank card so you’ll have no option but to call the Fire Brigade’-esque, but alas – it was FREE so I trialled it.

When the products arrived, I was happy that they were BIG and full-sized. So, although you’re paying £56,  you’re getting lots of product. In the box, I found two 250m bottles of conditioner and shampoo with an added bonus of a hair mask tub.

Prior to trying it, I read that people who suffered from hair loss used it and were happy with the results – but complained about the price (which I agree with) and the scent.

To be honest, I don’t care about how something smells… Smell isn’t the be-all-and-end-all of life. Of course, if it smelled really off putting, I wouldn’t go near it – but what’s a chemically/medicinal smell going to do? I’m not going to apply it and walk out with it reeking am I?

It’s not fragrant, but it’s certainly not pungent. I love a good punning gent 😉💖🔥🦄🦏 (#MyABSOLUTEFavourite), but I’m not a fan of PUNGENT smells.

Anyway, I’ve yet to suffer from hair loss so I can’t really comment… But, those that did or have, who’ve also tried it, said it helps. So, yeah – that’s a good sign.

My verdict? I like the amount of product in the packaging, I also like that I don’t have to use a lot of the product. For example, I usually have to wash my hair every couple of days, but with this one, I can go three days without washing it. This is so much better for the hair because over-washing causes hair loss and thinning in the long run (unless you’re Usaine Bolt, then – short sprint).

I’ll tell you what I wasn’t quinoad on… The retail price and conditioner. The conditioner didn’t apply easily. Honestly, it was very thick and hard to blend evenly root-to-tip. Also, the fact that the bottle suggests you should only apply the shampoo on your scalp is a bit weird… Like, who do they think I am, Phil Mitchell?! How’s the rest of my hair going to get cleaned?

Things I didn’t really care about: the smell.

Differences that I noticed or didn’t notice: my hair was easier to style, but then again, it could just be because I’ve been taking a lot more care in my hair recently… Olaplex, less hair styling and regular trims definitely seem to be working. I do think that Hair Jazz has added to that though. Also, I did notice, as I said, my hair grew about an inch longer than usual – which in itself is good.

Overall, this was a pretty good product. I just don’t think the cost is effective and I don’t think the results are worth that high of a price; only because I’m sure there’ll be something cheaper that works in the same way.

Having said that, it is good and I didn’t encounter any problems… For instance, I didn’t go bald, get an allergic reaction or anything crazy like that.

It did help, just not £56 worth of ‘help’.

TTYL

FYI

TC

BTW

ICYM

KEEP IT ON THE DL

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I’m excited. I’ve just signed up to a monthly subscription of GLOSSYBOX!

I covered it in a previous blog post, expressed interest but didn’t know if I was going to go through with it because I wasn’t sure if I was going to like all of the products that they send over every month. However, I just decided to go through with it and place an order, I’m sure I’ll enjoy what I get sent, and will be sure to blog about the products afterwards.

I’ve seen a few of you ladies have a subscription with GLOSSYBOX, how are you finding the samples? I know everybody’s different and each box is customised, but you must know if you like the stuff that’s getting sent to you each month, no?

Also, I’m guessing they send out special gift boxes on our birthdays because why else would they ask for it, right? What sort of stuff have they put in yours previously?

In other news, my long awaited Hair Jazz post is coming next week. I will be doing a TeaMi tea one as well soon, I’ve just been too busy to give it a go – but I’m working on it…