Tuesday, 31 March 2015

NEW IN: FASHION

Hi lovelies! Another week has flown by with no posts, arggh! I am definitely going to have to start some serious scheduling as my blog has definitely felt very unloved with all the puppy and salon distractions right now! Update, the puppy is on the mend but still not 100% unfortunately! She's getting there bless her but she's just taking a while because she's so teeny tiny! She's definitely getting back to herself a little more with lots of cuddles and tummy tickles so hopefully we'll have our crazy playful puppy back very soon! Anyway, for this post I wanted to share a few bits that I've been buying lately, for a long time I'd felt very uninspired in the fashion department and hadn't bought clothes in a really long time. Maybe the odd skirt or jumper but this time I wanted to get a good few bits to kick-start my Spring wardrobe!

 The white off shoulder top, ripped jeans, wedges and small silver necklace are all from Primark. I find Primark to be really hit and miss most of the time but it was a serious miss for me all winter. So I was really excited for the spring/ summer ranges to come in to see if there was anything that took my fancy! I've wanted to try out some ripped knee jeans for ages but wasn't too sure how I'd feel about them, so when I spotted these for just £10 I had to give them a go! I'm pleased to report that I absolutely love them and may even buy another pair as I got these in a size 6 and they fit really nicely now, but Primark jeans can so a little baggy fairly quickly so I'd quite like a backup (or two!) for when that happens! The top is self explanatory, I love the style as it's just a little more interesting than wearing a regular white tee. The only issue I have with this is the material is a little thin so you can see the outline of the top of my jeans when I wear it, but for £3, who can complain?! The white wedges were just £12 and probably my favourite purchase of the little Primark trip. I love smaller, casual heels for wearing day to day and these are just perfect for Spring. I can't wait to wear these with the ripped jeans when the weather finally warms up a bit. The final thing I got from Primark was this cute dainty silver necklace. I love this as it's delicate, but also kind of like a statement necklace, so when you want to keep an outfit simple but still want noticeable jewellery, this it perfect. It was only £1.50, so that's obviously a massive bonus!

From H&M I got this adorable vertical striped skirt, I've seen the horizontal stripes everywhere lately, which I absolutely love but I thought this was quite different so I thought for £12.99 I'd give it a go! It fits really nicely and look fab with a simple t-shirt tucked in, again, it's a fab alternative to a plain black or white bodycon skirt. Also H&M is the other necklace and my only other jewellery purchase of the day. I don't know how well you can see but this is a fairly thick silver chain with rose gold spikes on the bottom. I thought this was fab because it has both metals so you can wear either colour jewellery with it. This was just £3 in the sale, so even better! The striped dress is from Topshop and I absolutely love it. It's a size 6 from the petites section and usually that's good for me as I like my dresses fairly short, but the split at the front of this does come up very short! While it's still 'decent' I think this does require some little shorts underneath. This was £26 which for Topshop I didn't think was too bad so I was pleased with that.

This 'Nothing To Wear' T-shirt was only £7.99 from New Look and I literally had to buy it. I am always complaining about having nothing to wear, so now I can present that fact to the general public and I think that's kind of cool. The good thing about t-shirts like this is that when you really go have bong to wear, a simple tee paired with jeans or tucked into a skirt can be a life saver. Love it! The top/ dress was from a local boutique type shop, but I've seen them everywhere and I know they have similar in River Island. This was only £8.99 which is fab. It's quite odd as it's the length of a dress, but has slits up each side that go up to my waist, so I just wear a plain black bodycon skirt underneath, as it's too long to wear with jeans for me, but I do think if you like to wear long tops, this would look fab with a pair of white ripped skinny jeans. Again, this is just really easy to wear and makes a great casual 'nothing to wear' outfit.

Finally I picked up this beaut from ASOS. It was on sale for only £12.50 which I think is amazing, as it's such fab quality and hangs beautifully. I'm a huge sucker for leopard print and when it's pink, I can't say no. This will be a love it or hate it dress for many people but I bloody love it! It's got a deep v cutout at the back which I think looks gorgeous. It's high enough that you can wear a bra no problem, but I think a black lace bralet peeking out the top would look fab too.

What do you think of my recent purchases? What shops have you been loving for spring fashion? 

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

BEAUTY WISHLIST


Hi lovelies! Sorry for the long gap between posts again, it's been a crazy few days! My poor little Chihuahua, Belle, got spayed on Friday, but has now got a little infection, nothing serious but enough to make her feel very sorry for herself. Hopefully a course of antibiotics and lots of cuddles will get her back to her cheeky self very soon! On top of that, the salon has been very busy, which is absolutely fab but very time consuming, so anything that isn't work or puppy has unfortunately taken a bit of a backseat! However, with the pup on the mend and getting to grips with my time management, I'm hoping to get back into regular blogging as I really miss it!

Today, I thought I'd come back with a beauty wishlist, as there are so many things that I have my eye on lately. I really want to try the new Marc Jacobs Daisy Sorbet perfume as I've read so many rave reviews. The original Daisy/ Eau So Fresh aren't my cup of tea, but I loved the adaptations such as Daisy Sunshine and Delight, so I'm sure I'd love this - definitely let me know if you've tried this as I'd love to know! Another thing I've seen a few blog posts on is this Bobbi Brown Hot Nudes palette, I don't think I've ever tried anything Bobbi Brown before, so I'd love to give this a go. I love the look of all the shades and think it'd make a fab everyday palette. I'm definitely going to pick up the Benefit Roller Lash Mascara, I was sent a sample of this from Benefit and I am absolutely in love with it. In fact, you can guarantee this will come home with me after I finish work (and have a sneaky midday trip to Boots) tomorrow.

I usually use my GHDs to curl my hair, but for ages now I've wanted a proper curling wand. This one is fairly cheap but the reviews look pretty good and it comes with three attachments to do different types of curls which I think looks really cool. My boyfriend turned to the laptop when I was looking at this and looked slightly horrified as it does look slightly like an 'adult toy'!! Dodgy shape aside, this does look really interesting and I'd definitely love to give it a go! Finally, I've heard so much about Lip Voltage and while some reviews say it's painful, the fab before and afters of lovely full looking lips are definitely tempting me! I desperately want to get my lips done as I'd love very slightly fuller lips, but I'd prefer a more temporary solution first to give me an idea of how they'd look. Let me know if you've tried Lip Voltage as I'd love to her your thoughts.

Thanks so much for reading! Let me know your thoughts on any of the products I've mentioned!

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

HOME OR SALON? SHELLAC/ GEL NAILS


Hi lovelies! As many of you will know, I work as a Beauty Therapist - now in my own salon (M Spa in Bishop's Stortford, if any of you are close enough to pop in!!) and I get a lot of clients, friends and other bloggers asking me this question very often, 'do I need to go to a salon for gel nails when I can buy a lamp myself?'. I thought I'd answer this on here as I feel it needs a little more explanation than a simple yes or no! First things first, there are now tons of gel lamps on the market on sites like Wowcher, in Boots and available to buy on eBay, Amazon etc... but this doesn't mean everyone should use them. I'm going to put it out there, I disagree with UV and LED lamps being marketed to the general public as something suitable for home use. 

While it is okay to do the odd set of gel nails yourself at home, there really is a reason that professionals go on training courses to qualify in treatments like Shellac nails. Despite looking very easy and appearing no different to applying regular nail polish, there really is a specific way to do gel nails that comes with proper training and practise. Obviously gel nails can be done with a lamp you purchased in Boots and of course, you will get a longer lasting mani than if you just painted them with regular polish, but when it comes to removal, you can damaged your natural nails if this isn't done properly, you also won't get the professional finish to your mani that you'd get in a salon. These polishes that you get on these sites may also appear to be the same as the ones you'd get in a salon, but they are absolutely not. Unless a brand is a 'salon brand', chances are the quality won't be the same. I'm a firm believer in professional brands when it comes to nails, as they are so easily damaged, you want to know you're using products that are definitely safe and recommended by professionals.

I'm not completely shunning the idea of home gel kits, as obviously for those who can't afford or don't like to go to a salon they're good, as they'll always provide you with a slightly longer lasting mani, albeit not as long as the one you'd get in a salon! The one thing I have seen though and completely disagree with, is girls buying these lamps and offering gel manicures to 'clients' with no qualifications whatsoever. For one thing, these girls are not trained and are in no way insured should something go wrong. While doing this for friends and family may be fine, I definitely disagree with anyone charging the general public for services they aren't qualified to do.

So, in conclusion, as a professional, my advice would be to always go to a salon, or have a mobile beautician come to your house to have a gel mani, but if you must do it yourself, do your research, be careful and definitely don't offer services you aren't qualified to do! 

What do you think? Do you do at home gel manis? What do you think about people offering these services outside of the salon?

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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

LAST MINUTE MOTHERS DAY GIFT IDEAS FROM ROBERT GATWARD JEWELLERS


Hi lovelies! Today, I wanted to share another Mother's Day Gift Guide with you all, as I did an affordable luxury one already, I thought I'd do another, all jewellery and all luxury! Most of this is still affordable, but I feel like jewellery often just looks that little bit more special and personal, particularly when you pick a bracelet and add charms. You could get her own initials, your initials, her favourite animal etc. All of these Charms from Robert Gatward Jewellers are less than £30, which is fab! They are all Thomas Sabo, but can be added to any charm bracelet.

I also love the Tresor Paris Earrings, if you fancied something a bit different and very inexpensive. For an special treat, this Tresor Paris Rose Gold Bracelet is just gorgeous and for £69, it's a little cheaper than some other brands. For a super special, luxury gift, this Michael Kors Watch, (or anything Michael Kors for that matter!) is just incredible, I think my Mum would burst with excitement at a gift like this! 

What do you think? Would you buy your Mum jewellery for Mother's Day?
Robert Gatward is fab as they use Royal Mail First Class and Special Delivery, so your pressie is pretty much guaranteed to arrive in time!

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THE RED DRESS EFFECT: WHY IT MAKES WOMEN SEXY AND ALLURING

Red almost always symbolizes power, allure an sexiness from the power of the red carpet to the way you're perceived by others.

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The color Red symbolizes power and sexiness. Every year, at infamous awards ceremonies the "red carpet" is used and only the finest celebrities are allowed to walk on it. In fact, many of them wear radiant red gowns since it symbolizes not only power but sexual allure. Both men and women that wear red are often perceived to be in superior or powerful status. If you're hoping for that powerful Prom Queen status, wearing a gorgeous red prom dress may help.

The Allure of Red Dresses

The Red Dress effect or the "Lady in Red," phenomenon has been around for years. In fact, Chris de Burgh wrote a love song titled Lady in Red in 1986, explaining the allure. In addition, designer Vicky Tiel created one of the most infamous red dresses in the movies – the red gown that Julia Roberts wore in Pretty Woman as she receives a sparkly diamond and ruby necklace from Richard Gere's character. Nearly 30 years later, men are still taken with the "Lady in Red."

Why do women look so alluring and sexy in red? While typically the "Lady in Red" refers to a bold statement or dramatic silhouette of a formal red gown, often young men will be drawn and find you alluring in any type of bold red attire. While wearing the appropriate red prom dress is important so is actually feeling radiant and sexy.

The "Lady in Red" symbolizes a more exciting life therefore you'll draw attention the second you walk into the room. As noted, colors may really impact your life choices and the perfect red prom dress could either empower you or unfortunately, objectify you. As young men often perceive red prom dresses 2015 trend to mean sexy and an escape from real life, it's important to choose a tasteful but sexy gown as well as select the proper accessories.

Hairstyle

Choose tried and true hairstyles like natural tousled curls or an easy French twist that you won't have to mess with much. In addition, keep your accessories simple like nude-toned pantyhose and silver pumps and just a touch of red lipstick and nail polish so you keep it sweet and alluring without looking promiscuous at a school dance.

Options for that Perfect Dress

Looking for some options to become the next "Lady in Red"? For a sexy and alluring option perfect for Prom, consider a strapless gown from Mori Lee in Bright Red. The fitted satin gown features a mermaid skirt that flares at the bottom, as well as a strapless bodice with intricate beading around the bust line. Other options include a long chiffon dress by Sherri Hill, which features a higher neckline, a bodice covered in appliqu├ęs and sequins, and a satin ribbon around the waistline, as well as a long pleated chiffon skirt. If you prefer something shorter, try this Sweetheart Prom Dress from Blush. It features a sweetheart neckline with intricate floral designs, a natural waistline, and a flirty chiffon skirt in Valentine Red.


If you want to feel sexy and alluring on prom night, then red is your best color as you will make a statement the minute you glide down the staircase. You'll take everyone's breath away as the next "Lady in Red."