Monday, 29 September 2014

Be your beautiful self !

Here is a inner beauty topic i really have wanted to write on for some time ! Being un-apologetically you ! Letting your true self shine through no matter how nervous,shy or what pressures you may have on you to conform to what others see as usual or "the norm".I should note this is completely my own personal opinion and has been requested to me numerous times by my lovely readers. So today I felt i would give you my view on being yourself, also touching on how to be confident after you've had a knock down as many of you lady's have requested

In the age that we live in there are a lot of pressures to conform to the stereo types of the modern world. Every day we are subjected to this false idea of what is normal and how we should be. I find more and more of us are oppressing our natural selves and acting in a way to follow the trends we see. Ofern these trends coming from social media, television and just generally what we are subjected to as normal behavior.

 However its really important to truly know how beautiful it is to be uniquely you ! I find people who have different interests, talents and quirks are the best people you could ever meet. I feel strongly that you should never loose yourself in the crowd. In fact while everyone is doing the same dance, if your the one doing your own steps you stand out the most. 

What im trying to say in simple terms is don't be afraid to be different, be silly, be playful. Be whatever you want, if it doesn't hurt anyone and it makes you happy do it! For me i think alot of the stereo types we are suppose to look up to aren't very helpful to us. They promote alot of things that for centuries have been frowned upon. The morals that have always been there today are generally lost in this quest to conform to the stereo type.

 For some people this kind of lifestyle works for them and if its what you want then go for it . I don't want to judge peoples life choices. However from my own view point i really have to say that in a world where so many people act in the same trends going out every weekend, being promiscuous, having lower levels of self respect and worth. You will shine brighter than anyone if you don't conform. Im just saying treat yourself like you'd want your daughter be treated like. People will treat you the way you allow yourself to be treated.

Coming to the second issue. Sometimes people don't see that worth no matter how lovley you are as a person. Some people just won't treat you quite how you hoped, knock downs can be hard to take. But truly know within your soul that they where never worth you. Be it a friendship or a relationship if someone treated you badly, put you down, hurt your heart or let you down have a belief that they where never as good as you had thought them to be. Confidence is a inner believe that you as a person are enough. You are good enough, beautiful enough, clever enough. You are enough for anyone because you are the best version of yourself. There will never be anyone who can be you or do you better because you are the only one. 

So for tips on confidence I would say to get comfortable in your skin. Truly understand that you are a diamond and they are rare to find. If somone hurts you and tries to lower that inner peace and confidence with horrible words or unexplained actions. Know that it's a fault within them not you. 

Some people secretly like drama anyone that wants to bring you drama is below you. In my teens I had a lot of drama,  some of which was self inflicted. Some of which was brought to my door.  I had a couple of unhealthy relationships. At one point I felt as though I loved two people and caused them both pain believe me when I say I no I'm not perfect no one is. We all go through dramas, ups and downs. Believe me Iv delt with so much drama in my younger years it would be enough for several lifetimes :p but there are people who live for these ups and downs who love to chase and play games. Iv been there. But believe me these people just aren't ready yet.

This is no reflection on yourself they are just not in the right place in there life's. I use to be one of these people, but as you get older you actually realise that life isn't about drama. It's about love being the best version of yourself. Surporting your partner to reach both of your goals. It's about the beauty of every day making every day the best. When you get married you will not want unnecessary drama then you will want quiet self bettering happiness. You will want to be with the person that makes you better makes you work harder. For some people this state of mind is not reached till later on in life. Seems to be very late for some men now days. 

A lot of relationships work out if the timing is right, some things where just never meant to be. And again that's no reflection on you as a person. As the saying goes somthings fall apart for better things to come together. I truly believe that. For me moving on becomes very easy. Not because I didn't love or care for the person but simply because if I ended it I no I gave it all the time it deserved I would of done all I could. Or if they ended it they just weren't right for me and they will not have truly seen the value in me that another man would. So it makes it easy to move on. I have been called heartless before, but when you truly no your own value you don't dwell on people who don't. You move on. Not to anyone may I add they will have to be special have somthing going for them but these people come along May not be today or next week but he will be there when the times right.

Relationships be it friendships, romantically or work related are the biggest causes of low self esteem. So truly think bout who your spending your time around. Are they deserving of you? There won't be many that you can whole hearted say yes to. Don't give anyone your valuable time who doesn't deserve you. But when you do give someone that time be nothing but yourself. At least you will no you where always true to yourself.

And always know you are enough ! 

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Quick update im on on twitter ! Yes i have finally come out of the dark ages and joined the twitter club ! Hopeing you will all follow me, trying to make it easier for everyone to keep track of all my different articles relating to beauty. Some of which you don't see on my personal blog here. Click the link below to follow me !

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Monday, 22 September 2014

Bryt skin care !

BRYT Skincare is a relatively new skin care range, providing skin care for youthful skin. The products are specifically targeted towards young adults between the ages of 13-25.  I have been so impressed with this range of products, we wanted to give it the praise it deserves and we're sure it wont be long before this line of products is common place in every salon/spa in the UK. It's what young skin has been waiting for and it's so refreshing to see a brand targeting skin prevention instead of anti-ageing when damage had already be caused. As the well know phase goes... prevention is always better than cure. 
BRYT skincare's philosophy is their belief that paying attention to your skin throughout your early life will ensure your skin is healthy, fresh and clear, with long-lasting benefits.
BRYT say that 'good healthy skin gives us all an air of confidence and well-being and is especially important when we perhaps feel a little vulnerable in other areas of our lives.'
We couldn't agree more!
As teenagers and young adults, our bodies are going through a time of transition and our skin is so often a reflection of that change. That's why BRYT Skincare has created this collection of products to help re-establish and maintain the skin’s natural equilibrium, especially as we grow into young adults.
Not only this but BRYT's skincare range protects the skin from free radicals, pollution, sun, wind, rain, heat and cold and dietary toxins (collectively called free radicals), as these hazardous elements on young skin can have hugely detrimental effects on skin as we mature.
From my own personal trail on the products, using the four step system of makeup remover, cleanser, moisturizer and calming serum. I have had great results with my skin. But before getting into the benefits. I was really impressed with how the products arrived to me, nicely wrapped and packaged in tissue paper it was like opening a present! The information booklet that comes with the products is also very helpful. Its full of information and actually gives you the step by step instructions on the best way to optimize the use of your BRYT products. Not only this but it goes into the the pacific reasons why they use what they use in there products. Which for a avid beauty blogger like myself this is fantastic. Theirs information  id never heard before.. which is great! 

As for the skin analysis my skin is oily combination skin and there are different products for different skin types so it is good to know your skin before purchasing. All the products worked really well doing exactly what they state. I was particularly impressed with the calm serum, which balanced out my skin not only did it really work for me, but the products themselves smell amazing. (That spa like smell). 

All and all my trail of the products over the month have been very positive iv noticed a diffrence within a month and i have no doubt i would see more over time. These are products that you feel good using you know they are genrally doing you good as there natural based and havent got any chemicals you really dont need in  you skin.

So happy using !

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Lara Croft inspired look.

Lara croft look perfect simple and quick makeup . 

Face base :
Primer : Pore fection from benefit.
Foundation: A mix of maybellines 24hr and georgio armarnis designer lift.
Brush : Mac 366

Contour/highlite and blush :
Countour: Sleek pallet in dark.
Blush: Bronzer from Rimmel. Mixed with a small amount of pink blush. 
Highlight : Moonbeam benefit.

Shadows: Base colour, natural tan Rimmel. With seeks contour colour in dark used in the crease.
Eyeliner: Bobbie browns gel liner in black.
Mascara: Clump defy by Rimmel.

Lip liner: Twany by rimmel
Lipstick: A blend of Creme Carmel and Pink spice by maybellines 24 hr collection.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

All about threading !

Threading is one of the oldest methods of body hair removal. It originated in Turkey, although it is currently most popular in India and other parts of the Middle East. Today, threading is also gaining popularity in Western cosmetology. It is widely seen in malls and shops all over America and England. My sister actually works in house of Fraser doing eyebrow threading. It is extremely popular and growing more and more so.

Threading involves the practitioner rolling twisted cotton threads over hairlines to remove unwanted hair. To do this, the threader holds one end of a cotton thread between her teeth and the other in her left hand. The middle part of the thread is looped through the index and middle fingers of the right hand. 
The loop is used to trap unwanted hair so that it can be easily plucked from the skin. This is a difficult technique that takes practitioners many months to perfect.As with all methods of body hair removal, there are both advantages and disadvantages to threading.
Perfect threading
  • Threading lasts longer than most hair removal methods, barring laser removal which is a permanent procedure.
  • Threading is much healthier for the skin than waxing, and it creates no ingrown hairs
  • It is inexpensive and fast
  • Threading is suitable for all skin types, even those too sensitive for laser hair removal or waxing.
  • It takes no more than 15 minutes to thread both eyebrows.
  • No chemicals are used in threading, so there is no risk of a negative reaction.
  • The results of the treatment last for two to four weeks


  • The process is a little uncomfortable as it like plucking a few hairs at a time.
  • Threading only works on flat surfaces and does not work on bikini lines or knees. But really shouldnt be carried out any where other than the face.

So that's my run down about threading its my preferred method of hair removal and it really does last well. Make sure your threader understands exactly what shape you want and asks you regularly to look in a mirror to see how your shape is looking. If you are nervous about it please let your threader no this will insure they take extra care and will hand you the mirro more offern. Then all that's left to do is enjoy your lovely perfect crisp shaped brows! 

Happy Threading !!!

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Use protection !

Heat protection that is ! No don't worry we aren't going into sex education today.  

Yes heat protection is banged on about all the time in the hair and beauty world. Being a salon working stylist doing my own clientele I would hope that I can offer some valuable knowledge on this subject. The truth is heat protection is ultimately a good thing BUT ! Alot of are unaware of how to properly use it and this is when damage can occur.

 Heat protection should always be applied on to wet or damp hair it should be left to settle in the hair and then blow dried in. Heat protection on dry hair is when it can get a little more complicated. So ultimately the best way to apply is to allow the heat protectant to settle in the hair and be blow dried in. But if you have let your hair air dry or just just want to add extra protection the next day to do heated styling what should you know? Well alot of people and clients of mine make the mistake of applying there heat protection spray and then literally seconds after use heat on there hair. This is a BIG no no ! 

Why you ask ? Well the spray actually makes the hair slightly damp and applying concentrated heat to damp hair is very bad. It actually is worse than not using a protectant in the first place. On most bottles it tells you to applying the spray evenly all over the hair and allow to sit for a minuet. My professional advise would be to allow the heat protectant to sit in the hair for as long as possible or at least 5 minuets so it is absorbed into the hair and doesn't leave the hair slightly damp. 

Another must do. Is make sure you are applying it all over the hair not just in certain spots the spray hits when you have applyed the spray all over the hair and even slightly more on the ends. I always lightly brush the hair through. This will ensure the product is evenly diapered. 

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Growing your hair tips ! Hairstylist advice !

Ok I For a lot of us hair growth is a problem area. It takes a lot of dedication to get the hair to grow out from a shorter style. Somtimes it feels as though the hair just gets to a certain point and discontinues to grow. As a hairdresser I ofern have ladies asking me about this problem. This would be my advise to everyone growing there hair as it's what works for pretty much every and also for myself. My hair was just below my armpit but now is to my waist. So how is it done? Heres my advise. ( And please read all the steps to achieve the best results there in no order of importance. But I have also prepared a full shopping list of products you should buy, listed in order of importance at the bottom of the post)

First step nutrients, vitamins and hair pills.

So what we put in our bodies has a direct effect on our hair and nails strength and health. They are both made up from keratin and diffrent foods and vitamins can effect and strengthen this compound. Firstly hair and nail capsules, yes there is a massive market for hair growth pills and potions. Not many genuinely work,but it is important to have a capsule with biotin and foilic acid in it. These help to strength the keratin compounds. Hair,skin and nail tablets from holland and barrets work very well. Reading the label they have all the diffrent vitamins you need to keep the hair and nails strong which will improve the growth and stop breakages. The next point is genral health vitamins, it's good to take a vitamin capsule along side your hair pill. This will help with your genral health which in turn will help with your hair. Getting vitamins from your food is very important too, but it doesn't help to boost and ensure your having enough vitamins through a oral capsule. For ladies vitamin tablets with iron in as well would be helpful. Last point on this section is foods, there are a few foods it's good to eat to help with hair strength and health ultermatly helping with growth. These foods are high in vital fats we need in the body. Nuts,avacardo, olives and fish are all good foods to eat to keep hair health and shine.

Step two , hair oils

Hair oils are so important to any hair care routien, but especially when growing your hair. There are so many types of oil coconut, castor, argon , macadamia, red , olive ect it's really important to find the right one for you. However I would highly recommend castor oil for hair growth. I have linked the full article on it here. So I would highly recommend a read. Which ever oil you chose the ways to apply are diffrent with each but applying a oil to damp hair and after heat styling is genral use. Most oils can also be used as part of a deep conditioning mask. 

Step three, sulphate free shampoo
When washing your hair it's important not to dry your hair out. Shampoos with lots of diffrent chemicals in, especially sulphates will strip the hair of it's natural oils. Sulphate free shampoos will wash the hair removing dirt, but not striping the hair of it's nurients. This will help with hair growth as the natural oils will help feed the hair from the roots to grow instead of having no oils to feed. 

Step four, washing the hair less/dry shampoo
When trying to grow your hair it's important not to over wash it. Even with sulphate free shampoo you shouldn't wash your hair every day. For thin hair try to wash it every other day for medium to thick hair try to go 3 days between washes. The longer you can leave it the more oils will be created, which in turns helps the hair which simulates growth.

Step five
Deep conditioner