Behind The Scenes: The New Sienna X Skincare Collection

Sienna X The SkinCare Collection

Last month I was invited to Sienna X Head Office for the launch of their latest addition to the brand; The Skincare Collection.

It was such a great day, not just catching up with the team but also to have the opportunity to use each and every product of the collection on my own face! If you have been following me for a while, you will know that I never recommend a product, unless I have tried it myself!

The Cleansing Lotion: This is perfect to use as a first cleanse or to use as part of a double cleanse. The creamy lotion contains 97% of natural ingredients and helps to restore moisture and remove make up effectively.

The Cleansing Balm: I absolutely fell in love with this product from the minute I tried it. It starts off as a solid and as you warm the product in your hands and glide it over your face and neck, it literally melts away any long lasting make up and removes any negative traces of pollution.

The Toner: Infused with a fresh rose water fragrance, this toner helps to cool, hydrate and rebalance your skin. In the past I’ve used a well known toner that made me skin feel so tight and dehydrated. This is so delicate but does the job! You can spritz over the face and neck, or for a deeper cleanse, apply to a cotton wool pad.

The Face Polish: This is the exfoliator within the range and I loved it, the mineral volcanic pumice helps to remove congested areas as well as brightening and purifying your skin.

The Clay Mask: Unlike other clay masks I’ve tried in the past that literally after 5 minutes of being on my skin, crack. This felt lovely on my skin. It includes Chia Seed Extract which helps to fight dehydration, skin irritation and banish blemishes.

The Chemical Peel: If you are anything like me, I always used to be petrified of a chemical peel. I had visions of my skin literally peeling off. But I was completely surprised when I tried this. It’s 86% natural liquid exfoliator which is infused with Glycolic Acid which helps remove dead skin cells and reveal brighter skin. This would be a night time product as you’d want to avoid any exposure to the sun.

Sienna X Skincare Launch Day

Just a little sneak peek behind the scenes of my day at Sienna X HQ!

The Miracle Mask: Another of my absolute favourites within the collection. This definitely has the right name! It contains 10% Manuka Honey and I can honestly say, my skin has never felt so nourished!

The Day Cream: This contains SPF30, an anti pollution formula as well as Marine Bamboo which is known for fighting the damaging effects of blue light and infra read type A.

The Eye Cream: This contains SPF15 and is designed to brighten and tighten the eye area and like the day cream, also contains Marine Bamboo

The Retinol Serum: A retinol is something I’d never used before but it helps to reduce fine lines, boost collagen and brighten skin. If you like me, are new to using a retinol product, begin using 1-2 times a week and gradually increase. Never use with any other retinoid treatment. This contains 0.3% of pure retinol, the maximum UK strength.

The Facial Oil: I absolutely love to use an oil in my night time routine and this one did not disappoint! The 100% natural, lightweight oil helps to relax and hydrate your skin.

I am a huge fan of the new collection and have been using the range ever since my visit to Head Office! I love the simplicity of the range, but I also love that you can create the skincare routine that fits into your life! All of the products been dermatologically tested, clinically proven and are suitable for sensitive skin. All of the products are between 69% and 100% natural, all cruelty free, vegan friendly* except for the Miracle Mask which does contain 10% Manuka Honey.

If you are anything like me, you’re busy and don’t have the time to use 50 different products, but still want to look after your skin and let’s face it, at times, products within skincare ranges can be completely overwhelming and confusing! 

If you are looking for a new skincare range, without the confusion, that is packed full of high quality, natural ingredients this could be just what you’ve been looking for! If you would like any additional information, feel free to email me; info@bebeautifulhairandbeauty or leave me a comment below.

Love,

Nina x

Why Self Care Is So Important

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Self care is something that us women often neglect. We can end up putting everything, including others before ourselves. Life is busy, with many of us juggling home, work and family life, so this month I wanted to share with you why self care is so important…

Before I begin, I hold my hands up, my self care routine isn’t that great, however this is something that I am going to work really hard on changing. A lot of it is to do with mindset, we can often feel guilty about taking time out, however to avoid overwhelm and to maintain our health, it really is vital.

Last year, we were doing some building work at home so had made the decision to not go away on holiday, but as a result, I took no real time off. I had become a slave to my business without even realising. We then went away for the first two weeks of January and it was only then, I realised how much I needed a break.

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This kind of ‘lifestyle’ isn’t sustainable and eventually would of turned into complete burnout. So, my question to you is, and I want you to be really honest with yourself; When was the last time, you did something just for you?

We often think that self care needs to cost us money, but it really doesn’t. It doesn’t always have to be a spa day or a weekend away. Sometimes it can just be going for a walk and getting back in touch with nature or having a bath with your favourite candle and glass of Prosecco.

With Valentine’s Day later this month, I think there is no better time to show yourself some love! Why not take yourself on a date. Go to your favourite cafe, have lunch or treat yourself to a shopping day. Even if you don’t buy anything, your body and mind will thank you for giving it a day of just wandering!

So what will you commit to this month, how can you give yourself the gift of some self care? I’d love you to share with me one thing you’ll do this month in a comment below.

Until next time, show yourself lots of love!

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