December Blog: Sparkle this Party Season

Helping you sparkle this party season

December is full of office parties and celebrations, so I thought I would share some really quick and easy ways to help you sparkle this party season…

Have a Spray Tan…

We all know that a tan makes us not only look great, but we feel better to, so why not treat you and your skin to a gorgeous light glow this festive season?

The Little Black Dress…

This timeless favourite never goes out of fashion; it’s classy and can be the perfect canvas to accessorize. Put together with some chunky silver jewellery and a gorgeous pair of heels and you’ll really add some va va voom!

Don’t Forget the Flats…

From all the dancing, our feet can really feel it the next day so if you are taking your favourite handbag, maybe think about popping some flats in too! After a night on the dance floor, treat your feet to a little soak in some hot and then cold water. The warm water will increase blood flow and the cooler water will help reduce inflammation.

Sparkle with Shellac…

There is nothing nicer than treating yourself to get your nails done and the perfect choice is Shellac, with zero dry time, chip free colour and a high mirror shine that lasts. Why not ask me about creating the perfect Shellac shade to go with your outfit? A completely bespoke colour just for you!

Give Your Hair a Boost…

Shiny hair looks great so why not opt for a Gloss or a deep nourishing conditioning treatment, not only will your hair look and feel great, but it’s full of all the right ingredients to help you become the belle of the ball.

Treat your Skin…

Moisturise with Radiance Body Balm from Sienna X, the luxurious balm melts into the skin leaving subtle flecks of gold behind to leave skin feeling soft, smooth and radiant. It will also help to prolong your spray tan too!

If you would like more tips and tricks for the party season, head over and join me on my Facebook page.

Wishing you all a magical Christmas and a very Happy New Year full of sparkle!

Love, Nina x

November Blog: Make Up Must-Haves…

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As the party season approaches, the office parties and other social events are too. Many of us have limited time to get ready and end up rushing around, racing home, jumping in the shower before the beautify-ing process begins.

Clients often ask “Which Make-Up products are best to use?” “How can I turn my daytime look into a sultry evening look with minimal effort?” “How can I ensure that my make up lasts?” So with this in mind, I thought I would share the products I use and love…

Foundation…

I really LOVE MAC Studio Fix Fluid. I use this on evenings out as well as for Bridal work. It gives great coverage and lasts all day and night too. Simply apply to face using fingers or a foundation brush, ensuring you work it up into hairline and just over jaw line to avoid a foundation line.

Highlighter…

I couldn’t live without this, Prep & Prime Highlighter by MAC! This is definately a hero product, especially for tired looking eyes. If you have dark circles under your eyes, this will become your new BFF! It’s a pen style highlighter which is great because you can apply it with precision and can be used over make up to highlight and touch up or under make up to prime and brighten the skin.

Pigment…

I use MAC pigment in shade “Naked” to highlight brow bones and add a little sparkle to the inner corner of the eye. This can really help go from daytime looks to a gorgeous, yet natural evening look in seconds.

Eye Shadow…

Creating a smokey eye not only adds depth for an evening look but can also give the appearance of a larger eye. Just by adding a small triangle in to the outer corner underneath the crease of the eyelid, can really give your eyes some extra va va voom! I would maybe try using a darker shadow along with a lighter one and enjoy experimenting. Make-Up should be fun, so have fun trying out new things!

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Gel Eyeliner…

I use Fluidline by MAC and the one in my kit is called “Black Track”, although there are other shades available. This is a really lovely product to work with and applies really smoothly when using a small eyeliner brush. The one thing I love about this product is, it stays where you put it. There are many gel liners on the market, but this is by far the best I have ever used, I know MAC products aren’t cheap, but they are worth the investment and they last longer too!

Loose Powder…

I really like Bare Minerals range of Loose Powders, they have great coverage and they gently absorb oil so helps minimise shine leaving you with a gorgeous finish.

Bronzing Powder…

The one I really like is called “Refinded Golden” by MAC. I’ve had this in my kit for absolutely ages! This creates a really natural shimmer to highlight cheek bones, it’s also really nice to add a fine dusting over arms for an extra bit of sparkle.

Lipstick…

Once again MAC is the hero when it comes to long wearing lippy! I use Pro Longwear LipCreme in shade “Overtime” it’s a really nice subtle shade of pink, so great if you aren’t really a lipstick wearer! This can then be spruced up by adding a gloss over the top, if you wanted more of a glossier feel to it.

As I’m sure you have guessed I am a huge MAC fan, however I am not an affiliate for the brand. If you decide to take a look, I know you won’t be disappointed or if you prefer to do your own research, I’m sure you will discover products you love just as much. You can find any of the products I’ve mentioned and discover many more here… ww.maccosmetics.co.ukwww.bareminerals.co.uk

Just by experimenting with different shades, tones and placement of shadows, you can create a beautiful evening look in no time at all. If you would like to know more, then why not head over to my Facebook page, I would love to answer your questions.

Have fun and enjoy!

Love, Nina x

October Blog: Why You Can’t Afford To Fake It….

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We all know the benefits of having some “me time”, it allows us to recharge our batteries. Many of us like to do things that make us feel good, such as having a massage, some retail therapy or getting our nails done. But how can we be sure that what we are paying for is the real McCoy and not a fake…

In a recent episode of BBC1’s programme Fake Britain, they covered a story about Shellac. Many nail bars and salons had been claiming to be offering a Shellac service, but as they discovered, not all was how it appeared. If you missed the episode, you can see it here… Fake Britain Programme; It really is worth a watch!

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All of the genuine products are branded with the CND name and logo. If the products you’re seeing are not resembling any of these then you may not be receiving the genuine Shellac service.

As a qualified Nail Technician, I cannot tell you how sad it makes me, when I see and hear things like this. It gives the industry a bad name and the people within it, that work so hard for their qualifications.

I wanted to write this blog to raise awareness and show you the items you need to look out for when visiting a salon or nail bar so that you can avoid paying the price not just out of your purse, but also suffering the consequences of these cheap imitation products.

If you are in any doubt, ask to see the products, ask to see certificates to ensure that the person working on your nails is who they say they are and a qualified Nail Technician. Don’t feel you are being rude by asking, you are the consumer and with the results shown on the Fake Britain programme, can you really afford to not to?

Love, Nina x

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