Tag Archive: Beauty

Feb 24 2014

Fast Beauty: Blow Ltd At The Apartment

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As well as enjoying the fashion, catching up with friends and discovering new designers to crush over, I love that fashion week always means that I get to hangout at The Apartment and have a team of beauty professionals make me pretty.

I am so bad at make-up and doing my hair, something other than straight, that I really do need all the help I can get and this season I took full advantage of Blow LTD and their approach to fast beauty – doing a fabulous hair style in 30 minutes, refreshing my make-up in 15 minutes, and even putting a pop of colour on my nails in a speedy 15 minutes – a full look in 60 minutes – what more could I ask for.

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For favourite look out of the three had to be Beach Blow (above), tousled waves to make it feel like summer in this crappy wet weather. I just loved the relaxed vibe of this blow dry, it was just enough curls and volume to make me feel really pretty, plus I loved how they kept my make-up quite natural with just a pop of colour on my lips and cheeks.

I also was also convinced to try on some Eylure lashes, normally I shy away from fake lashes as they touch my glasses, but the lovely make-up artist just used half of the strip to add some volume without them being uncomfortable and I think she has made me a convert and I will have to look into having that done for my wedding. You can’t see them so well under my glasses in these photos but every complemented me on how great they looked – so I will be definitely trying those again.

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Second favourite look was my Power Blow (above), more sculpted waves than the Beach Blow that made my hair look shorter and shinier. I like the slight wave and the volume and even in this rain we’ve been having you could still tell that my hair had been given a makeover.

It is tough to say my least favourite, as I really did love all three blow dry styles, but out of the three the Luxe Blow (below), lots of volume, more glamorous and bigger than the others was just maybe a little too much for fashion week shows, a party yes, running around London probably not. But I am so glad I tried it as it is something I really wouldn’t have normally gone for.

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The whole team was amazing, they made me feel so comfortable and I never felt rushed as it was super quick. They also used the new GHD pastel straighteners on my hair and I am kind of addicted – I think I need to look into upgrading my plain black ones!!!

I really can’t wait to try out more styles off the Blow menu – especially the Scarlet Blow for a night out and the Blow N’ Braid for a bit of fun.

Which Blow Dry would you select?

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**Thanks to Blow Ltd & The Apartment for letting me try out the service**

Jan 17 2014

Beauty Bytes: Make Up For Glasses Wearers

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As much as I love beauty, stocking my bathroom with potions and lotions, acquiring so many nail varnishes my vases are overflowing, make-up is my major downfall. I am terrible at getting it right, which generally means I just do the bare minimum to get by, foundation, a little bronzer, mascara and the occasional lip gloss and hope for the best.

So being asked by the lovely Lauren and Fran to be star on their fab beauty channel ‘Made Up’ on YouTube was also an opportunity for me to learn a trick or two!!! What I love most, well except for how pretty Lauren made me, is that it is very rare to see make-up tutorials for glasses wearers who realise that we also want our eyes to shine – most are focused on adding blusher and lip stick, whereas Lauren really went for striking eye make-up that is easy to replicate.

I really love the Made Up Back to Basics series – everything from shaping eyebrows to covering spots and even easy contouring for beginners – if like me you are a lover of make-up but not very good I would recommend checking out their video channel to pick up some tips.

Let me know what you think of my makeover.

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Dec 19 2013

Beauty Bytes: A Visit To Cheeky In East London

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Hand’s up who likes to be pampered? Get your nails done, have your hair fixed, eat some tasty food, sip amazing drinks, and treat yourself to a beauty product or two? Well, that is what Cheeky in East London is all about – an affordable place to go for instant beauty gratification!

Last week the guys at Logitech treated me to a makeover while looking at their new collection of iPad cases, I am lusting over their fabric keyboard cases, and it was nice to mix technology with beauty and it was great to experience Cheeky I have been wanting to go since it opened last month.

The concept is so cool, you can get your nails done, including nail art, your can have your hair refreshed, you can eat some amazing healthy food and some sweet treats, and you can have everything from a cup of tea to a fancy coffee and even champagne. It is like the perfect place to hang out with friends – whether for a special occasion, or to get ready for a first day, a work party, or just because really – as having my nails done instantly perks me up.

There were lots of options for the nails, there are over 20 different Cheeky shades to choose from, plus you get to take the colour home and my cherry red varnish has become my favourite colour. You can then add nail art from dotty patterns, different coloured tips, and because it is Christmas there were also festive options including presents, Santa and Rudolph, who I couldn’t resist getting – he looks pretty cute against the dark red.

For my hair I went for curls, but you can also go for poker straight, beach waves, sixties beehives, plaits, and even messy buns – basically anything goes. It was nice to swish about for the rest of the day with my curly hair.

As it is Cowshed’s naughty sister, Cheeky also has a range of gorgeously packaged products for the hair, body and make-up so you can continuing the pampering at home. I tried the hand cream and it was amazing, that I think I need to make my way through the whole collection.

If you are looking for a relaxing spot for a makeover you have to check out Cheeky – I can’t wait to go again and try something different.

Have you tried out Cheeky?

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My Style: Coat, River Island // Jeans, Ida by Donna Ida // Jumper, New Look // Biker Boots // Glasses, Retro54 //

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**I was a guest of Logitech for my visit to Cheeky**

Oct 14 2013

Beauty Bytes: Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar

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I know it seems early to be pushing Christmas gifts – but it is only 72 days to go – and this year’s incredible and always a sell out Selfridges beauty advent calendar has launched.

Filled with 24 luxurious miniature treats from fragrances, make-up and skincare items this is a must-have for beauty fans – I saw this year’s at the department stores Christmas press day in July and it is amazing.

Granted it is a little pricey at £84 – but this isn’t any ordinary chocolate advent calendar this beauty is packed full of luxurious treats from Viktor & Rolf, Yves Saint Laurent, Kiehl’s, Giorgio Armani, Lancôme and Maison Martin Margiela.

We are talking miniature fragrances including Flowerbomb, Armani Code Femme, Maison Martin Margiela Untitled and Yves Saint Laurent’s Opium to lots of Lancôme goodies from the Hypnose Classic mascara to the Bi-facil and Absolu Nu lipstick, then there are skincare wonders from Kiehl inlcuding Creme de Corps and Ultra Facial Cream, as well as a Yves Saint Laurent Khol eye pencil.

Be quick though as last year’s didn’t take long to sell out. Buy online or in-store for £84.

Oct 05 2013

Postcard From: Tre-Ysgawen Hall Hotel and Spa, Anglesey

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Before the madness of fashion week I headed off to Anglesey, Wales for a mini spa break at the Tre-Ysgawen Hall Hotel and Spa for a spot of relaxation with my boyfriend. This luxury retreat has a touch of the Downton Abbey grandeur, with its mansion exterior, exquisite grand hall filled with a staircase made for Lady Mary to walk down, a grand piano, incredible artwork, and luxurious leather sofas to enjoy a spot of tea on.

This place is like stepping back in time with its traditional feel and elegant touches, huge rooms, gilded wallpaper, a library, and more clocks than I have ever seen before from ornate mantel clocks to a huge grandfather clock at the top of the stairs.

The outside of the hotel was just as exquisite with tranquil grounds filled with interesting sculptures that lit up at night to gorgeous flowers and even palm trees, which looked amazing in the sun. It really is the most beautiful location for a spa.

As well as possessing all the traditional elegance of a country mansion house this four star hotel also has all the modern comforts – with great size rooms, a spa with a thermal suite and a great selection of holistic and beauty treatments by Decleor and Guinot, as well as two restaurants – a fine dining experience and a more relaxed bistro, the hotel also offers a great afternoon tea.

If you are after a hotel with a touch of elegance, a tranquil location, but great amenities then you have to try the Tre-Ysgawen Hall – it really did act as the perfect base to explore the tiny island of Anglesey.

To show off all elements of my stay I have put together a short video on my HTC One:

Want to know what to do while you are on Anglesey? Well stay tuned for my second blog on my five things to do!!! 

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Tre-Ysgawen Hall Country House Hotel and Spa, Llangefni, Anglesey, LL77 7UR. Tel: 01248 750750.

Jul 08 2013

Beauty Bytes: 3 Favourites For Summer

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I am a lover of winter because I get to layer up and generally speaking no part of my skin is on show, however, on the other hand I love it when summer comes around as waking up to sunshine instantly cheers me up. But when the sun comes out to play I dread those moments where I will have to show off my legs, or maybe even wear a bikini – so this summer I decided to try out a few beauty favourites that I have been recommended.

So for my summer loving beauty bytes I have a gradual self tan, sea salt spray to give you tousled waves, and a contouring serum that actually works!!!

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St. Tropez – Everyday Perfect Legs

I find that I am much happier about my less than perfect legs when they have a little colour, so St. Tropez’s Perfect Legs is the perfect solution as it adds a gradual tan to instantly bronze your legs.

I am generally rubbish at self tan, mainly because I am worried that I am going to come out a little orange, but this product comes with a dual action pump – the white is the gradual tan lotion and the black adds an instant tan. As I am not after being too tanned I have just been using the white pump, as it adds just enough of a bronzing for me, but I think if I was going on a night out then it might be a ideal to top up with the instant tan.

What I would say before using this product is to exfoliate your legs well, as you don’t want any uneven areas, and it will help your legs stay a bronzed glow for longer. I found the product itself easy to apply, the lotion absorbs easily, and you can tell the areas that you haven’t covered for a flawless finish. I have been using the white pump only every other day for a nice glow.

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Label.M – Sea Salt Spray

I am a big fan of Toni & Guy’s haircare range, Label.M, especially their protein spray, so when I received the Sea Salt Spray in a goodie bag I thought I would give it a go as I had just ran out of Bumble and Bumble’s version.

One of the things I love about summer the most has to be leaving my hair to dry itself and this product is perfect for giving your hair that ‘I have just come back from the beach look’, you know what I mean all tousled and textured – very California chic.

If your hair is thin all you will need to do is spray directly onto wet hair and twirl, but as my hair is quite thick I needed to plait my hair when wet to give it a push start to tousled waves, which I had to do with the B&B one as well.

What I love about this Label.M product, other than the matte texture effect if gives, has to be the smell it really made my hair smell lovely all day.

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Melvita – Algascience Contouring Serum

I am not sure if a lotion can reduce all of my stubborn areas, but this Contouring Serum from Melvita is doing a good job at smoothing them and making my skin feel good.

Let me give you some of the science, this product is formulated with a 3-seaweed complex – coralline to help promote fat burning, palmaria to kick-start the draining, and focus, which along with the caffeine sorts out the contouring.

I have been using for about two weeks, but unlike the directions I have only been applying once a day, (I just don’t have time for morning and evening), to mainly my hips and thighs. I have found that I can see a difference in the firmness of my skin, I am more toned in areas, but more than that I have found the massaging quite relaxing. I think if you have the time to do twice a day you would really see noticeable results.

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Shop Beauty Bytes: St. Tropez – Everyday Perfect Legs // Label.M – Sea Salt Spray (c/o) // Melvita – Algascience Contouring Serum (c/o) // 

Jun 27 2013

Beauty Bytes: 5 Beauty Products I’m Loving Right Now

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Beauty for me is generally been about finding a great foundation for my poor skin, buying the latest fab colour for my nails, collecting gorgeous perfume bottles that happen to smell nice and generally lots and lots of indulgences to make my relaxing baths even better. Over the past few months I have started branching out a little with my beauty regime, instead of just using my trusted products I have found some new favourites that I thought I would share.

Up in my first Beauty Bytes is a random mix, but all products that I am currently loving right now, from a foundation that is just dreamy on the skin to a bath bomb to relax all your worries away and an intriguing in-shower bath moisturiser.

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I was introduced to this Bourjois ‘healthy glow’ foundation during fashion week when I had a make-over at the Handpicked Media suite. Generally when I have my make-up done professionally I never seem to be able to perfect the same coverage, however this foundation enthused with fruit therapy gives my skin a fresh and natural look, while still providing great coverage.

I find most foundations to be too heavy, I am obsessed with BB creams, but this foundation gave my skin a healthy glow about it and I have found it perfect to wear on hot days as it is really light on the skin.

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Clinique – A Different Nail Enamel in Party Red

I have probably every colour over the rainbow and then some when it comes to nail varnishes, and every brand is nearly represented in my collection, so when I heard that Clinique had made its first foray into nail varnishes I just had to try. What makes Clinique’s line of varnishes even better is that they are safe to use for sensitive skins, which if like me you some times get irritated by varnishes when itching your eyes then this is the product for you.

I went for Party Red, as like hot pink shades you can never have too many versions of red. As well as being impressed with the glossy red shade, the coverage of this varnish is amazing it not only glides onto the nail with ease but it only needed one coat, which is perfect for when you don’t have much time.

I can’t wait to try some of the other shades.

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When this product arrived in the post I have to be honest I was more than a little intrigued, I even asked myself would it really save any time, well the answer is actually yes. So I have a set shower routine, shampoo hair, wash face, and while my conditioner is working I use my shower gel, and then rinse, well this in-shower moisturiser is generally works like a conditioner for the body and is super quick to apply as my skin was wet it glided on with ease.

Post-shower I could really tell that my skin had been moisturised, especially on my legs that were super dry thanks to the almond oil. If you sometimes forget or don’t have time to moisturise I think you will like this product as it becomes part of your shower routine.

Lush - Think Pink Bath Ballistic

One of my favourite ways to relax is with a nice bath, whether with bath salts, bubbles, or a bath bomb. I go through phases of what I put in my bath and lately I am obsessed with Lush’s bath bombs in-particular this adorable Pink Bath Ballistic, which not only smells amazing with its vanilla-fruity vibe but I love that it turned my bath water a Barbie pink colour. If you are after a relaxing bath I would definitely recommend this little beauty to ease your worries away.

John Frieda - Full Repair Deep Infusion

Generally my hair is in good condition, but when its been in the sun or been exposed to too much air-conditioning it does dry up at the ends. I started using this John Frieda deep infusion after being impressed with the shampoo and conditioner from the Full Repair range and I have found that it keeps my ends from looking untidy between hair appointments.

Enriched with Inca Inchi Oil rich in omega-3, I found that the serum absorbs quickly into the dry ends without being greasy, and was super easy to apply on my wet hair much like a leave-in conditioner. As well as making my hair feel smoother and shinier, the serum also seemed to protect my hair from damage caused by my hairdryer and straighteners, and stopped my hair from frizzing in humid conditions. So perfect for this changeable weather we’ve been having.

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know in the comments field below what you thought of them – and what products you are loving right now.

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Shop Beauty Bytes: Bourjois – Healthy Mix Foundation (c/o) // Clinique – A Different Nail Enamel in Party Red // Nivea -In-Shower Body Moisturiser (c/o) // Lush – Think Pink Bath Ballistic // John Frieda – Full Repair Deep Infusion (c/o) //

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