Behind The Scenes: London Spray Day With Sienna X

Be Beautiful Hair & Beauty - London Spray Day

A few weeks ago, on a wet and windy September day I headed into London to assist Sienna X’s Brand Ambassador, Carly Hobbs at a press event which was being held at Sienna X’s PR Agency, which is just off Oxford Street.

For me, there is just something about London that I love, the hustle and bustle, the sights and the fact that you are never far away from a coffee shop! Anyway I digress, as I got off the tube at Tottenham Court Road, the offices were just a short walk away (luckily the rain had stopped, so at least I wouldn’t arrive, looking like a drowned rat)

After arriving at the offices, I was greeted by Lily, who works for the PR agency. Soon after, Carly arrived and we went went downstairs to the tanning suite. It was beautifully set up full of products and Carly began to run through the schedule for the day.

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Appointments started at 2pm and would run through until 7pm. We would be tanning members of the press, magazine editors, beauty bloggers and more.

The day absolutely flew by and before I knew it, it was 7.00pm! I’d had the best day talking all things tanning and helping the press to glow, the Sienna X way! It was time to get packed up and head back to Waterloo for the journey home.

As I walked back to the tube station, I couldn’t help but have a huge smile on my face! This day had been something I’d been wanting to do for so long in more ways than one…

For those of you who know me, you’ll know that one of my fears is the underground (sorry I’m going to rephrase that, WAS one of my fears!) It had always freaked me out, for one thing, the escalators are almost vertical and secondly, I’ve always had a fear of being lost by myself, having no clue how to get back.

When I say it out loud, it sounds so ridiculous. I know hundreds of people do it every day, you may even be one of them, who literally jump on and off the tube and don’t even think about it. But for me, the story was different, However, I faced my fear and did it anyway! Sometimes you’ve just got to pull up your sparkly big girl pants, believe in yourself and do these things, right? Right!

So, in more ways than one, this will be a day that I’ll never forget! A huge thank you to Sienna X, Carly and B The Agency for having me!

Until next time, be brave and embrace every opportunity (even if it makes you want to pee your pants)!

Love,

Nina x

How To Revive Your Skin After Summer…

With the Summer holidays almost over, there is no better time to replenish and revive your skin. Daily life can take its toll on our skin, sun exposure, pollution and make up can all contribute to our skin feeling dehydrated and lacking lustre.

I love to try new products, but my skin is quite sensitive so I have to be careful what I use. However, I’ve loved using the Liz Earle skincare range and this month, I wanted to share with you some of my favourite products and help you revive your skin after Summer…

Cleanse & Polish…

From the first time I used this cleanser, my skin felt instantly cleaner and fresher. Simply apply one to two pumps and massage onto dry skin, working in circular motions over the face and neck. Rinse your cloth under hand-hot water and squeeze out the excess. Remove cleanser and finish by splashing cold water over face. I use this both in the morning and the evening.

Instant Boost Skin Tonic…

After cleansing I apply the Skin Boost Tonic to a cotton pad and sweep over my face and neck. The toner contains Aloe Vera and Calendula Extract which are both known for their hydrating and soothing properties. Some toners I have used in the past, left my skin feeling dry, but this one leaves my skin feeling cool and refreshed.

Skin Repair Moisturiser…

This lightweight moisturiser is easily absorbed in to the skin and unlike some moisturisers won’t leave your skin feeling overloaded and greasy. It contains Avocado Oil and Echinacea Extract which help to nourish and condition the skin beautifully. Oh and it smells divine!

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Gentle Face Exfoliator…

This product is gentle, yet so effective and perfect for when your skin feels a little dull or congested. It leaves my skin feeling brighter, smoother and refreshed.

Deep Cleansing Mask…

I have found this a great product to use, especially when at certain times of the month, my skin can be prone to breakouts. The mask contains green clay which helps reduce oiliness and draw out impurities to leave skin feeling balanced and calm.

I’m not an affiliate for the brand, I just love to share products that work. I also believe that every woman deserves to feel beautiful and confident in her own skin. If you would like to find out more about Liz Earle and the full range of products available, you can visit her website here.

Until next time, enjoy being the beautiful you!

Love, 

Nina x

Picture Credit: Liz Earle

Tanning Hell vs Tanning Heaven

Recently I was chatting to one of my lovely nail clients who asked about the other treatments I provide. We got on to the subject of spray tanning and began talking about the experience I offer. She went on to share with me a previous experience of spray tanning she’d had and by the end, I have to admit I was totally shocked!

She had come across a salon, not far from where she lived at the time who was offering cheaper spray tans so thought she would book an appointment. After arriving, a lady came through and directed her straight to the tanning tent which was covered in old tanning solution.

My client was telling me that at no point did she have a consultation to discuss the desired shade she was looking for or any questions asked about her medical history etc…No sticky feet (self adhesive pads that are worn during tanning to stop the transfer of tan to the bottom of the feet) were issued to her. The barrier cream was “slapped” on and the tanning began.

Not knowing what to expect, she thought this was the norm. She was in and out of the salon in under 10 minutes. Having paid her money, she left with no aftercare or advice on how to look after her tan. I asked her what the results of the tan were, and to be honest, the look on her face said it all. She replied saying “It was patchy, uneven and put me off ever getting another spray tan”.

I couldn’t help but feel saddened by what I was hearing and I asked her if she would like to try another tan with me? At first, she was a little hesitant (which to be honest, if I’d had the experience she’d had, I think I would be to) After talking her through everything including the preparation information, I’m delighted to say, she agreed.

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She is now one of my regular tanning clients and I’m so pleased that I could turn her tanning hell into tanning heaven. Nothing makes my day more than to see my clients wearing their tan with confidence, being the most beautiful versions of themselves.

So what did this story teach me? Well, it’s like my client said after her tan, “It just goes to show, if it’s cheap, it’s not good and if it’s good, it’s not cheap.” 

If I charge more than some spray tanning therapists, perhaps that’s because I invest a lot of time and money in my education, to perfect my skill each year. I strive to offer my clients the very best products within the industry.

This is not just my job, it’s my passion and I believe that each and everyone of my clients deserves the highest level of service as well as…

  • They deserve to know how to prepare for their tan, they deserve to know how to look after it and get the very best from it. 
  • They deserve an in depth consultation and to know that one shade doesn’t fit all. 
  • They deserve to step inside a tanning tent that isn’t caked with solution from the tan before. 
  • They deserve not to feel awkward about being semi naked. 
  • They deserve not to feel rushed but most of all, they deserve to feel beautiful and confident!

Until next time…

Love,

Nina x