September Blog: When Dreams Come True…

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Just over three years ago, I took a massive jump to start my own business and it was one of the scariest things I had ever done in my life. Now, to give you some background, I have always worked. Even before I left school, I was a Saturday girl and then after leaving school, I worked full time. Whether that was in the salon I later went on to manage or other jobs I had done; which included HR and Bar Management.

So at that point, to not actually be employed anymore, felt all very scary and very real. When I first began my business, I knew how to cut hair and do nails but that was pretty much it. I had no idea on how to market myself, about websites or SEO, (I didn’t even know what SEO was) blogs or social media. Not only did I have to gain clients, I needed to learn all this other “stuff” to! This was game time, I had to invest hugely, not just in my business, but in myself too. I began reading as many books as I could and working with some amazing mentors to guide me along the way. Luckily for me, I’ve always been the type of person, that if I didn’t know it, I would learn it! 

I knew that I wanted to introduce a new service to my treatment menu and attended Professional Beauty in London to see what was on offer. I looked at so many different treatments from HD Brows to Eyelashes and more. I came across Sienna X, who are a professional spray tan company. Within 45 minutes, I had ordered my kit and booked my training. From day one, I absolutely loved it (and to this day, still do). I loved how I could not just enhance how someone looked, but I could enhance how they felt about themselves too!

I went on to take my tanning to the highest level with Sienna X and in January this year, became one of their Master Professionals.

If you can dream it

I truly love all aspects of my work, but I’ve never really been one to “put myself out there” by entering competitions to win awards. However after working with my coach, in May 2016, one of my many dreams came true! I was awarded Sienna X Therapist of the Month and was completely over the moon. My next dream followed shortly afterwards… I had been asked to write a small feature for a Professional Hair and Beauty magazine… Not only that, but I was going to feature alongside my tanning guru and trainer; James Harknett. To say I was doing the “happy dance” would be an understatement!

None of this I would have ever believed possible and even though these are baby steps, it’s really made me believe in my dreams. So my question to you is, what are your dreams? What would you love to achieve? What is stopping you achieving them? Whatever it is, go for it! I recently read a quote which said; Every Morning we have two choices, continue to sleep with our dreams or to wake up and chase them” – Unknown. How true is that?

There are many more dreams I want to achieve , but for now, it’s about showing up and chasing them! Let’s enjoy chasing our dreams and making them come true!


Nina x

July Blog: Is Your Tan Really Worth It?

Is Your Tan Really Worth It-

We all love a holiday and the feeling of just being able to “get away” from it all. There is no better feeling than sand between your toes and the warm sun on your skin. Therefore this month, I wanted to share some things you can do to keep your skin looking at its best this Summer.

I am sure that we have all seen people on holiday, applying their tanning oil and practically cooking themselves in the midday sun, just to get that all important tan. However, with skin cancer figures increasing each year, is it all really worth it? Damage to our skin caused by the sun is often irreversible, leaving us looking older than we are, and who wants that? (As women, we spend a fortune each year on beauty creams, lotions and potions to give us the appearance of younger looking skin!) 

It’s no secret how passionate I am about spray tanning and the benefits it gives, but this is so much more than that. You can still have that “ultimate tan” you dream of,  but in a completely safe and streak free way. Plus, with the good old British Summer, we can never be sure if the sun will make an appearance from one day to the next.

I am proud to work with the market leaders in tanning, Sienna X. The solutions they create offer a shade to suit every skin tone, with no streaks and definitely no “Orange.” So, my question is, can we really afford not to fake it?

Girl wearing sun hat

The only thing a spray tan won’t give you, is skin cancer and premature ageing! For me, that’s a win,win! I can still have the appearance of looking beautifully tanned, but without any of the risk! Here are some other handy tips and tricks to keep you safe in the sun….

It is recommend that sunscreen should be applied at least half an hour before going out in the sun and for ultimate coverage, look for SPF25 and upwards. This will protect against the UVA and UVB rays. The UVA rays are those which penetrate the deeper layer of the skin and the UVB rays are those that cause the superficial layers of the skin.

Taking time out of the sun is so important, especially when it’s at it’s highest point. A good tip to remember is pay attention to your shadow. If your shadow is shorter than you are, then take a rest and find some shade.

Wearing a sarong and a hat will work wonders for giving you a break from the midday sun and ensure that you regularly re-apply your sunscreen throughout the day.

We all know how much better we feel with a tan, it’s all part of the appeal of going on holiday. If this has resonated with you, I would love for you to leave a comment for me below. Maybe you’ve never tried a spray tan and this has made you think differently about them? Or maybe you are someone who just couldn’t leave home without your tanning oil and low factor sunscreen, but all I ask is that you ask yourself this question; Is your tan really worth it?….


Nina x

June Blog: Summer Beauty Must-Haves

Summer Beauty Must Haves

With Summer just around the corner and holidays being planned, I thought I would share some of my beauty must haves with you.

When on holiday, I don’t know about you, but my hair just doesn’t behave in the same way that it does at home. Humidity, change in water and lower voltage of a hairdryer can all play their part. However my secret weapon… Salt spray! By using a salt spray, this really helps to give your hair volume and texture. It works really well for most hair lengths, and for those of you with mid to long hair, this product will really help create that “beach wave” look. Simply spray into towel dried hair, gently scrunch into mid-lengths and ends and leave to dry naturally.

I can’t leave home without my kirby grips. These are great to use when you want to get your hair off your face. For those with longer hair, a hair-up that’s really quick and easy is; tie hair back in to a ponytail. Then take small sections from the pony tail and wrap them over your finger, creating a barrel curl, place outside of the ponytail and secure into place with your grip and ta-dah you’re done!

A tinted moisturiser is perfect for holidays. It’s not as heavy as foundation, so can still let your skin breathe. Many of them also contain SPF, which makes them equally great for both day and evening.

Would you like to make your eyes appear bigger and brighter? If so, apply a nude eye pencil to the lower water line. This will really make your eyes stand out and give your evening look some extra va va voom!

Picture Credit- Wella, Sienna X and MAC Cosmetics

Try swapping your normal lippy for a lip gloss. If your skin is fair, opt for a light pink or peach hue. If you are a darker skin tone, apricot or rose tones will compliment your skin beautifully. A good quality bronzer is also a Summer essential. I really love the ones with a slight shimmer to them, rather than a matte finish. A light dusting over your cheek bones will really enhance your holiday glow.

We all know the dangers caused to our skin by UV rays. Therefore a high SPF sunscreen is essential when going on holiday. For those of you that would prefer to fake it, a beautiful spray tan before you go, will leave you feeling radiant and ready for total relaxation! If you’re not one for sitting in the sun or you want to top up your tan whilst you’re away, why not try Sienna X Express Tanning Mist. It’s easy to apply and requires no tanning mitt or gloves!

I hope this has been useful and given you some inspiration and ideas to try. If you would like more tips for getting beach ready, then simply click here to download my Beach Beauty Checklist. You can also find lots more tips and tricks over on my Facebook page or feel free to leave me a comment below.

Love, Nina x