Take A Look Inside My Make Up Bag…

Make-up has always been a real passion of mine, in fact I think I’m a complete make-up addict! But for me, make-up isn’t about looking like someone you’re not, it’s about enhancing the person you are.

So with that in mind, I thought I would share exactly what’s in my make-up bag right now and the products I use each and every day.

Foundation…

At the moment I’m using Boots No7 Essenetially Natural in Cool Ivory. This is the first time I’ve used it and I’m really impressed with it. It gives a light to medium coverage and feels really lightweight on the skin. I’ve used many other foundations in the past which have sometimes felt quite cakey, but this one is really nice and definitely good for both day and evening looks.

Loose Powder….

Again this is Boots No7 and mine is in shade “Perfect Light”. In the past I’ve used pressed powders but I have to say, I really like this one. It’s nice and lightweight and is also hypo-allogenic so great for skin that can be a little sensitive.

Bronzer/ Highlighter…

I think I may have mentioned this before, but I really love Hoola and Dandelion by Benefit. Hoola is the Bronzer and Dandelion is the Highlighter. Both of these products work beautifully together. The bronzer has a matte finish, so by using Dandelion just on the cheekbones, gives you real definition. Both of these work really well for creating a dewy make-up look.

Lash Primer / Mascara…

It’s only been within the last year or so that I’ve started to use a lash primer but I really like it. Not only does it work well for those days where you want to wear minimal make-up but it also makes your Mascara last longer too. I highly recommend both the Lash Primer from Benefit and Boots No7, however for me, I’ve not found a Mascara I like more than “They’re Real” from Benefit.

Brows…

It’s taken me ages to find the right Brow product after Gimme Brow by Benefit, my old favourite was recalled. My  brows are quite fair and so I like them to look defined, but not so defined that I look like I’ve been attacked by a Sharpie Pen. So if you are looking for the perfect product, let me introduce you to Goof Proof Brow Pencil by Benefit. I have it in shade 2 (I think there are six shades in total with 6 being the darkest). It’s absolutely amazing and if you treat yourself to one product, I would highly recommend this one!

Lips…

If I’m choosing to wear a colour, I wouldn’t leave home without my Pro Longwear by MAC. I have it in shade “Overtime” but there are many shades to choose from in the range. The one thing I like the most is, it doesn’t feel sticky or tacky. Really nice to wear and lasts really well too!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s blog and taking a look inside my make up bag. Please note I am not an affiliate for any of the brands I’ve mentioned, I just love to use products that work! If you have any favourites of your own, then why not drop me a comment below or head over to my Facebook page, I would love to hear from you.

Love,

Nina x

3 Tanning Myths You Should Ignore

If you are new to spray tanning you may have heard some things that have made you think twice before booking an appointment. So, this month I wanted to share some of the most popular tanning myths I hear about and let you know the real facts…

Spray Tans Make You Look Orange…

I’m glad to say that tanning has come so far in recent years and gone are the days where “Orange” was the only shade available. With Sienna X you can be guaranteed of a natural, flawless looking tan every-time. There are only two reasons a tan can look orange and that is because the wrong shade has been applied for your skin tone or the solution been applied incorrectly.

Moisturise Your Skin On The Day Of Your Tan…

Please don’t ever do this. Moisturiser will create a barrier between your skin and the solution being applied. You should exfoliate your skin prior to having a tan to remove any dead skin cells, this will leave you with the perfect base for your self tan or spray tan to be applied. Ensure you are also free make-up, deodorant and perfume free.

Spray Tans Only Last For A Few Days…

How well your spray tan lasts is down to a few key factors. One is how well you have prepped your skin prior to your tanning appointment and the other is how well you look after it. By moisturising daily with an oil free moisturiser such as Radiance Body Balm you will be doing all you can to increase the longevity of your spray tan. Many of my clients get around 8-10 days out of their tans so correct preparation and aftercare advice absolutely key.

As a Master Sienna X Therapist, I prefer to create a bespoke tan for every client that they will not only be proud to wear, but they will feel the most beautiful version of themselves. For me, it’s about creating a natural, flawless looking glow every time!

Love,

Nina x

5 Hair Products I Love… And Think You Will Too!

With so many hair products to choose from, how do you know where to start? If you are anything like me, you want it all! Care, shine, style and hold. So, If you are short of time and want products that do what they promise, here are my top 5 products that I love and use day in, day out…

To take care of your colour at home, I personally recommend Wella Brilliance Colour Shampoo. This definitely helps keep my colour brighter for longer and leaves my hair full of shine. It’s available for both Fine/Normal and Thick/Coarse Hair with conditioners to match.

I cannot recommend Moroccan Oil enough. It’s a clever little product and can be used as a conditioner, styling and finishing product all in one. Not only does it smell out of this world, it also detangles, speeds up drying time and boosts shine. You won’t regret purchasing this one!

To add some texture I really love Label M Texturising Volume Spray. It combines the benefits of a Dry Shampoo and Hairspray all in one. It’s great for both long and short hair and creates volume and texture just where you need it. You can even layer the product to create a bolder, stronger style and create a backcombed look with ease, perfect for day or evening!

This is brand new, Wella’s Mistify Me Hairspray. This fine mist dries in record time, has a fresh scent and won’t leave your hair feeling overloaded. This will give you a firm hold for up to 24 hours and at the end of the day, can be brushed out with ease.


For even more shine, try Wella’s Glam Mist. This is just purely for shine, so without any hold. Think of it as perfume for your hair too, because it smells absolutely AMAZING! The other thing I love about Glam Mist is it doesn’t make your hair look or feel greasy like some other shine sprays can.

If you would like anymore information on any of the above products, feel free to leave me a comment below. Alternatively you can pop over to my Facebook page, where I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Love,

Nina x

Picture Credit: Wella, Moroccan Oil & Label M