A Day In The Life Of A Business Owner…

Back in 2013 I started my own Hair & Beauty business. It’s been a crazy journey with so much to learn, but four years on and I’m still absolutely loving it! Therefore I wanted to take you behind the scenes and share why running a business is a world far away from lazy days, long lunches and why I wouldn’t swap it for anything…

Morning…

My day often begins around 6.00am when the alarm goes off and after the initial feeling of being way to cosy under the duvet to move, I get up and head straight to the pool for 6.30am and start my morning swim. (I’ll be completely honest, there are days that this is harder than others, like when you have to scrape the ice off the car first or it’s raining) However, this is my chance to switch off from everything for a while and really set myself up for the day.

I get home around 7.45am and depending on what my day has in store, I’ll either be getting ready to head back out the door to work with clients or I will be sitting at my desk planning what I need to get done by the end of the day. One of the many things I enjoy about running my own business is that no day is ever the same.

My first job this morning is catch up on some emails followed by writing a feature for Sienna X to use in their latest newsletter. I absolutely love doing things like this and feel really lucky to have the opportunity. (You can catch up on my latest press features here.)

I’ll then try and break for lunch (this doesn’t always happen) there are many occasions when I get so engrossed in what I’m doing, I’ll look up from my work to find it’s gone 2.00pm!

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Afternoon…

This afternoon I need to do some work on my website, create some social media posts for Facebook and Instagram, place some orders with Wella and Sienna X, create my newsletter and then get my tanning kit ready for tonight… Days like this really light me up and make my heart sing… I love being busy!

Evening…

Tonight I have a tanning party and there is just enough time for me to grab a bite to eat before I need to leave. Tanning parties are always so much fun! What could be better than a night in with your girls, a bottle of Prosecco, a few nibbles and a spray tan? Ooo that reminds me, I need to create the goody bags too! 

It’s now just coming up to 6.45pm and with my tanning kit all packed in the car, I’m all ready to go…

It’s 9.00pm and I’ve just got home. I had a great evening at the party, they were such a lovely group. Time for a glass of wine I think and half an hours relaxation before heading to bed.

Someone asked me recently, “If you were to win the lottery, would you still do what you do?” Without a shadow of a doubt I would! I cannot tell you how much I love what I do. Making busy women like you reading this right now, feel beautiful and giving them back some well deserved “me-time” is one of the best feelings in the world. I may have long days but they are all so worth it and I wouldn’t go back to the 9-5 for anything!

Until next time, go and chase your dreams and love what you do!

Love,

Nina x

October Blog: 7 Hair Products You’ll Want In Your Life

There are so many products on the market, most of them promising to make your hair feel thicker and fuller after just one use! But with so much choice on the shelves, how do you know that it’s going to do what it says on the tin? TV adverts are all well and good at bringing us the latest product on offer, however, let’s face it, the models hair has had hours of blow drying by a professional team of Hairdressers and who has time for that in the morning?

I often get asked, “What products do you use?” “How can I get volume?” So, with that in mind, here are seven of my absolute favourites that I wouldn’t want to be without…

Label M Texturising Volume Spray is a real hero product that combines the benefits of a Dry Shampoo and Hairspray all in one. It’s great for both long and short hair too. The dry mist instantly provides you with 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.

If your hair doesn’t naturally shine, then Glam Mist is the perfect product for you. This is just purely for shine, so without any hold. Think of it as perfume for your hair to, 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.

I really like this and use this on my own hair every day. Body Crafter is a light blow-dry lotion which allows you to create workable volume and texture into the hair. It works really well on both long and short styles. You can create volume by using fingers or a brush and for even more of a textured look, you can also be use it on dry hair.

This is another must have for anyone who has coloured hair. Brilliance Colour Shampoo is the perfect aftercare for colour treated hair. There are two variants within the range, one for fine to normal hair and the other is for thick to coarse hair. This shampoo works in harmony with the conditioner and mask, which are also available within the range. It even contains Diamond Dust to add the extra bit of sparkle…!

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!

Another favourite of mine for creating volume just where you want it is, Root Shoot. This has a precision nozzle which makes it really easy to apply directly at the root. Just apply to damp hair at the root and blow dry as you wish.

Finally, Stay Styled is great for keeping your hair in place, without feeling like you are wearing lots of hairspray. The other great benefit of this one is, unlike some hairsprays that leave a coating on your hair once you’ve brushed it out, this one doesn’t. It also helps protect against UV, heat and humidity making it a great choice for home and holidays alike.

I love using products that do what they say they will and don’t ever recommend anything I haven’t tried personally. If you would like to find out any additional information about any of these products, or you have any favourites of your own to share with me, then I would love to hear from you. You can always get in touch by leaving a comment below or via my contact page.

Love,

Nina x

Photo Credit: Wella Professionals, Label M and Moroccan Oil.

 

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