Did Someone Mention A Beautiful New Product?

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Last month I visited the gorgeous new Gatcombe Candle HQ. If you’ve been following me for a while, you will know how much I love this beautiful collection. Nicola is based in Oswestry, Shropshire where she handcrafts the most stunning scented candles and wax melts using 100% Soy Wax.

As part of her gorgeous range, she also creates beautiful reed diffusers, which give long lasting fragrance for up to three months. I’m really excited to let you know that these are now available to purchase.

By delicately lifting the fragrance into the air, these are the perfect addition to any home. Scents available in the diffusers are; Amalfi Coast, Black Pomegranate, Cashmere & White Amber, Discovery, Fresh Linen and La Belle.

Whilst I was catching up with Nicola, I was lucky enough to have a little sneak preview of the Autumn/Winter scents that will be coming soon… They did not disappoint, they smell out of this world!

For more information about the Gatcombe range or to order, please feel free to leave a comment below or head over to my Facebook shop.

Love,

Nina x

5 Beauty Must-Haves You’ll Want This Winter

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It’s no secret, I love beauty products and I truly love ones that work and do what they say they will! Therefore this month, I wanted to share my top 5 beauty must-haves you’ll want this Winter.Be Beautiful Hair & Beauty

Liz Earle Deep Nourishing Mask…

From time to time, and especially as the weather begins to get colder, my patch of eczema can start to appear again. This mask has become a real hero product for me and has really helped to keep my skin nourished. Double cleanse as normal, pat dry and then apply a generous layer of the mask, leave for 10-15 minutes and remove with the hot cloth. I promise, your skin will feel absolutely amazing afterwards!

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Sienna X One Hour Mousse…

This is my go-to tan and is perfect for those last minute nights out! It allows me to achieve a flawless finish without the 8-10 hour development time. For best results, always pair with the Secret Tan Primer and Mitt. Apply in circular motions, sweeping over hands and feet. Shower off after just 60 minutes* and allow your golden glow to develop over the next 2-8 hours.

*Can be left on for up to 3 hours, depending on desired shade.Be Beautiful Hair & Beauty

Sienna X Radiance Body Balm…

It’s important to keep our skin nourished and hydrated throughout the Winter months. The cold weather and central heating can play havoc and really dry out our skin. I couldn’t be without this! It really enhances the appearance of my skin, even without a tan, plus it smells absolutely divine!Be Beautiful Hair & Beauty

Benefit Mascara “They’re Real”…

I struggled for ages to find a mascara that I liked. I was tired of seeing the adverts, seeing models with beautiful long, voluminous lashes, only to see at the bottom of the screen, “this advert has been filmed with lash inserts” So basically, my lashes aren’t going to look anything like this then are they? However, I’m really glad to say, They’re Real give my lashes a fuller, thicker look… Thank you Benefit Cosmetics for giving us girls a mascara we can rely on!Be Beautiful Hair & Beauty

MAC Pro Longwear Lipstick…

This is one of my favourite lipsticks! It’s really nice to wear, without the sticky feeling that some lipsticks can give and it genuinely lasts really well! There are lots of colours within the Pro Longwear collection to suit every occasion and skin tone. For longer lasting results with any lipstick, I would always use a lip pencil and colour in your full lip. This might sound odd, but give it a try!

Until next time, have a very Merry Christmas!

Love,

Nina x

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