Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Lily Allen Loves Sheezus Stiletto Nails

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I had to share these AMAZING stick-on Stiletto Nails that have been designed by Lily Allen for Elegant Touch. I had these applied at Fashion Monitor's LFW event at The Mayfair Hotel last night and I've lost count of how many people have commented on them since! 

These are the Lily Loves... Sheezus design which are Cobalt Blue Stiletto Nails with a metallic gold design. They last up to 10 days and cost £8.99 and are available from Boots & Superdrug

What do you think?

Monday, 15 September 2014

Goldwell Kerasilk Keratin Treatment Review

Before & After Kerasilk Keratin Treatment
I have thought about getting a Brazilian Blowdry type treatment for a few years however I've read mixed reviews and was put off by the strong chemicals are used that can damage hair and make your eyes sting during the treatment! Funnily enough my old Brazilian flatmate told me that she has never heard of a Brazilian Blowdry - it does not exist in Brazil!

I recently tried out Goldwell's Kerasilk Keratin Treatment which is the first customisable long-lasting smoothing service for hair like silk for up to 5 months. It makes unruly, frizzy hair manageable, softens waves and smoothens the overall hair structure and reduces styling time significantly without using strong chemicals and is bespoke to your hair type and your required end result. 

Goldwell Kerasilk Keratin Treatment is a two-component system, meaning that it can be customised to suit individual client needs according to their existing hair type and texture and desired finish. Formulated with smoothing glyoxylic acid and additional keratin and silk proteins, the treatment penetrates deep into the hair to create new keratin bonds and stabilise the new hair shape for up to five months.

The service began with a consultation to discuss my hair concerns, my hair type and how I like to style my hair. My stylist explained that the Kerasilk Keratin Treatment is bespoke and customised to the individual and so we decided that the end result should take my hair from frizzy and naturally curly to be smooth but not poker straight as I like to wear my hair wavy.

To begin with my stylist suggested we chop off the dead ends and my hair was washed roughly blow-dried. Next the stylist applied the bespoke mixture of the two Kerasilk Kertain lotions (Rich and Ultra Rich formulations) and left on my hair for 15 minutes before my hair was roughly blow dried. There was no strong smell or discomfort at all, it felt almost as if just a conditioning treatment had been applied to my hair. 

My hair was then straightened using straightening irons in small sections, with each section straightened repeatedly four times. Afterwards my hair was washed and conditioned and the stylist applied Kerasilk Lock-in Serum before a basic blow dry. There is no need to leave in the product for several days after the treatment, the hair can be immediately washed, however it is recommended not to colour your hair for 2 weeks after the treatment. My hair felt glossy, smooth and frizz-free and felt much healthier and thicker but the real test of course was when I washed it for the first time at home! The whole process took around two and a half hours and I was given Goldwell Kerasilk shampoo and conditioner to use at home to help maintain the treatment. 

A few days after the treatment, I washed my hair using my usual shampoo and conditioner and used no styling products and only roughly blow-dried my hair without a brush. I am amazed at the results: smooth, glossy, thicker, no frizz and with the minimum of effort! Usually the hard water in London makes my hair even more frizzy than normal! I didn't need to style or use any products or further heat on my hair.

I am excited that my hair now needs minimum effort for the next 5 months - I can see this  treatment becoming addictive! For anyone who has frizzy unmanageable hair, especially when the weather is humid or hot, I would 100% recommend this treatment! 

Goldwell Kerasilk Keratin Treatment costs £120 to find your nearest salon please visit GoldwellHave you ever tried a Keratin Hair Treatment? I'd love to hear what your experience!

The Perfect Manicure using Polish Pro


If you’re looking for products to help create the perfect manicure, it’s well worth checking out the Polish Pro range offered by NSI UK. Polish Pro products boast a light-cured polish formula that lasts for two weeks without smudging, cracking or chipping. In addition, the polish can be dried in a matter of minutes under a UV or LED lamp, meaning customers are able to walk away with fabulous nails in under 20 minutes. To achieve the best results, follow these simple steps:

Preparing nails

You should never apply new product before you’re 100 per cent satisfied that your nails are properly prepared. To do this, remove any existing polish with a cotton bud and nail polish remover. You should then exfoliate the hands before soaking them in a bowl of lukewarm water. This will soften the skin and make the nails more flexible.

After drying the hands on a soft towel, it’s time to shape them. Before you set to work with a file and clippers, define which shape and length of nail you require. To make the nails look longer and more elegant, gently push back the cuticles. This process is easier if use Vanish Cuticle Dissolve, which is a cuticle exfoliant and moisturiser. Before you continue, remove any leftover Vanish with a nail wipe saturated with Cleanse. This product removes surface oils and improves adhesion.

Applying the polish

It’s then time to begin applying the polish. Firstly, you should use a very thin layer of Polish Pro Base Coat. Apply this to all the nails and make sure you cap the edges. Ideally, you’ll then cure the nails for 10 seconds using a 36-watt UV bonding lamp. If you don’t have this piece of kit, the curing process will take longer.

Once the base coat is dry, you can apply a thin layer of Polish Pro in whichever colour your customer has selected. Make sure you cap the edges as you work. This layer should be so thin that it appears translucent. Cure the nails for two minutes before applying a second thin layer and curing for a further two minutes. Once you’re sure the nails are fully cured, it’s time to add a thin layer of Polish Pro Top Coat. This also takes two minutes to cure under a UV lamp.

Finishing touches

By this stage, your nails should look amazing, but your work’s not quite finished yet. For the best results, it’s important to remove the tacky layer using Cleanse and you may also want to pamper by using a drop of Nurture Oil to condition the cuticles. This product contains a blend of jojoba, soy, safflower, grape seed oils and wheat germ and it helps to prolong the flexibility and durability of nail enhancements.

Removal

One of the great things about Pro Plus nail polish products is the fact that they soak off, removing the need for scrubbing using harsh chemicals. To get rid of the product, lightly buff the surface of the polish to remove the shine. Next, pour a small amount of acetone into a bowl of water (just enough to cover the nails) and soak the fingers for around ten minutes. The layers of polish should then come away quickly and easily. Then all that’s left is to wash the hands and moisturise them. As long as you follow the right procedure, using Pro Plus products they provide professional manicures that gives a wow factor.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Christian Louboutin 'Rouge Louboutin' Nail Colour








Christian Louboutin’s new ‘Rouge Louboutin’ nail colour has launched today at SelfridgesKing of the red sole, Christian Louboutin has made his first foray into the world of beauty with Louboutin Nail Colour. The collection launches today with the signature 'Rouge Louboutin' and soon to follow will be a range of 30 luxury nail colours - Nudes, Noirs and Pops. 

There is only a limited number available so get yours while stock lasts for £36 at www.selfridges.com 




Tuesday, 12 August 2014

ARK Derriere Facial




I recently visited ARK Skincare's flagship salon in Putney to try out their new 'Derriere Facial'. Yes, thats a facial for your bottom - which has become the latest beauty craze in the US! ARK Skincare is renowned for its signature 'Cleavage Facial' and due to client demand for a treatment to clarify and firm the bottom have introduced a 'Derriere Facial' to get your bum ready for the beach.

I was given paper knickers to wear and I felt totally comfortable as I was wrapped up in towels and blankets during the treatment. The therapist only works on one area at a time rather than leaving you fully exposed. The treatment beds are super comfortable complete with an arm rest. 

The ARK Derriere Facial began with a foot cleanse and then body brushing over my legs, thighs and bottom to boost circulation and help diminish the look of cellulite. 

A treatment cleanser is then worked into the skin to purify and restore skin’s optimal moisture balance. The skin is smoothed and clarified with the ARK Invigorating Body Scrub, which contains natural loofah, fruit acids and invigorating menthol to lift away dead skin cells and unblock pores.

After steaming the skin, the bottom and legs are expertly massaged with a blend of SkinResponse Serums to lift, firm and purify the skin. The bottom is then treated to a skin clearing or firming masque, while the feet are pampered with a heavenly aromatherapy massage. 

The treatment was finished with application of a skin smoothing Nourishing Body Lotion to leave skin plump, soft and radiant. This innovative treatment can be tailored to target specific skin concerns such as spots, uneven skin tone, cellulite and loss of elasticity. Afterwards, I was not rushed and was told to take my time to relax and drink peppermint tea. 

I found the treatment to be so relaxing I almost fell asleep and my skin has never felt so soft - often we neglect the bottom and thigh area! For total beach body confidence, the ARK Derriere Facial is the perfect pre-holiday pamper treat to give you the courage to wear that Brazilian thong bikini this Summer. I just need to book a holiday now!

The ARK Derriere Facial costs £49 for a 45 minute treatment and is available at the ARK Flagship Salon in Putney. 

Friday, 1 August 2014

NailsInc NailKale in 'Mayfair Lane'




NailsInc NailKale is the first anti oxidant superfood nail product made with kale extract for stronger, healthier nails. Kale, is the superhero of clean eating and this new nail range from NAILSINC contains kale extract - known for its high levels of vitamins A, C and K which stimulate advanced keratin production, hydrate and nourish as its absorbed by the nail. 

I have had so many compliments on this cute pastel pink shade 'Mayfair Lane' the last few days so I thought I would share! You may also notice that the NailsInc bottles have had a makeover too - they are now square shaped and larger in size meaning you get more polish for your money! This polish is long lasting, chip resistant and has a high glossy finish, 6 days later and no chips, even after putting flat pack furniture together which is impressive!

NailsInc NailKale Nail Polishes are priced at £14 each and are available from Feel Unique, Boots, Debenhams, John Lewis & Look Fantastic

What do you think to NailKale?

Birchbox CoppaFeel Manicure Manithon!



The Birchbox Manicure Manithon is taking place on Friday 29th August in aid of CoppaFeel in London's Soho Square. 

The charity event takes place between 10am and 7:30pm and shall be co-hosted by Sarah-Jane Crawford.  You are able to support an amazing cause by booking in for a Models Own express manicure (20 mins) and paying a minimum donation of £5 with all proceeds going to breast cancer charity CoppaFeel. You can book your appointment online at www.birchbox.co.uk/manithon

I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Windle & Moodie Haircare Collection


Last week I went along to Windle & Moodie salon in Covent Garden for the launch of their haircare line. Hairdressing duo Paul Windle and Neil Moodie have 30 years experience in the industry working with A-list celebrities and models have launched a new haircare collection. 

The collection boasts 22 eco-friendly shampoos, conditioners, treatments and styling products that include the key organic ingredients of rooibos tea, green tea and natural coconut, argan, manoi, apricot, camellia and oat oils. All the hair products are infused with high-quality teas which are known for antioxidant properties, free of sulphates, propylene glycol, silicones and parabens and they are made in Yorkshire.
  
The notable products in the collection are Invisible Day & Night Cream, which is a light moisturiser that brings the skincare concept into haircare. This can also be used as a hand cream even on the most sensitive of skins! Foundation Spray is a detangler and moisturiser which prepares hair for styling; and Essentials Oils Elixir is a pre-shampoo treatment which nourishes and perfects glossy hair. I'm looking forward to trying these!

Windle & Moodie Haircare collection is launching in Liberty London on 1st September and priced between £12.50-£29. 

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

National Lipstick Day £5 off any lipstick!


To celebrate National Lipstick Day you can save £5 off ANY brand of lipstick today at Debenhams. This is an online offer only and ends midnight so be quick if you want to take advantage of savings on MAC, Estee Lauder, Illamasqua, YSL to name but a few! 

Sunday, 27 July 2014

REVLON Parfumerie Nail Enamel




Revlon have introduced a new way to experience nail colour with the Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel Collection. The collection boasts 20 vibrant classic and on-trend shades that apply flawlessly and with a fun twist: a light fragrance that lasts all day. 

This unique collection is divided into 3 fragrance families: Fruit & Floral, Sweet & Spice and Fresh. They compromise an array of finishes from pearlescent to glitter and presented in old fashioned apothecary style bottles. 

Revlon Parfumerie Nail Enamel are priced at £6.49 each and are available exclusively at Boots. What do you think to scented nail polishes?

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