Feature // Christmas Party looks with Stephanie Dreams

Thursday, 28 November 2013

December is almost upon us, a month full of mince pies and festive cheer is only days away. 

The lovely Stephanie, of Stephanie Dreams, and I have teamed up to bring you some fab high-street  Christmas party looks for Total Guide to. Stephanie has brought together some amazing outfit ideas and I have matched them with some festive makeup looks.

Here is a sneaky peek at my favorite combination, I absolutely love the glamorous electric-blue jump suit Stephanie has chosen and I've selected quite a statement red-lip look to compliment the glamour.

To see the other looks, and to find out where these gorgeous items are from, check out full article here:







Review // My Makeup Brushes and 10% off code!

Wednesday, 27 November 2013



One of the most important pieces of kit for any aspiring, or fully fledged, makeup artist is a good set of professional quality brushes. When I started my makeup course we were given a list of recommended brush sets - all from the amazing Crown Brush website.

The sets they offer are really fab, especially if you are just starting out and want a pretty full set to get you going. Of course, most of us have added to our sets with other brushes from other brands - and other Crown Brushes too!

I opted for the 611 23 Piece Professional Set at £61.99 as I felt it was a good complete set to start with - and it comes in a nifty brush roll too! The set contains 23 different brushes including your foundation, powder, blusher, lip liner, concealer, fan brush and brow groomer - so a really good selection. I find the brushes really easy to use, they are soft on the skin and apply the makeup well. I teamed this with the Crown Brush makeup brush cleanser - a really top product and surprisingly smells pretty good too!

I really like the brushes, they do give you a really great selection. I will review my favourite brushes in another post soon  - but I wanted to share this with you as I have a 10% off discount code to gift you with!

Use code FINNO2013 at the checkout to get 10% off your order!












Fashion // Antonio Berardi LFW SS14

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

I always love to browse the pictures from LFW in the hope of discovering something wonderful. This year there were so many lovely collections, and none more so than Antonio Berardi's SS14 collection.




Antonia Berardi's collection was beautifully elegant. A feminine mix of pinks and floating fabrics were combined with animal prints and sparkling embellishments.  His collection oozed femininity but also had a strong sense of sensuality. He has managed to perfectly capture the essence of flirtation within his beautiful creations.

This has to be one of my favorite collections I've seen in a long long time. I feel inspired to make a pink themed wish list, watch this space..

Here are a few of my favorite pieces, photo credit to Vouge.com (one of the best places to see the shows collections).







Photos from www.vogue.com


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Feature // AW13 Beauty Trends

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

http://www.totalswindon.com/lifestyle/womens-autumnwinter-beauty-trends-13/

This is another quick post, Red and Black nails have been dominating the seasons trends. You can read my article on AW13 Beauty Trends over on Total Guide to!
 
PS - my current fav nail colour is Essie in Thigh High - review to come soon.
 
What is your current favourite nail colour?



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Review // Wrappz iPhone 5s Case

Friday, 8 November 2013



I was recently contacted by the lovely people from Wrappz.com and asked if I'd like to pick a product to review. After having a browse online, and seeing how amazing the quality of their products were, I was quick to say yes!

Review // Jaino Nail and Beauty Gelish Manicure

Tuesday, 22 October 2013



I popped over the the lovely Jaino Nail and Beauty Salon to have a gorgeous Gelish 21 day manicure for tried and tested over at Total Guide to. Sharon was my nail technician and she was brilliant. She seriously has the most amazing collection of colours and designs - more than I have ever seen anywhere!

Feature // Smokey Eyes For Halloween

Friday, 18 October 2013



With Halloween just around the corner, I've done a Smokey Eye tutorial for Total Guide to's Halloween Guide!

Check it out Here..


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Beauty // Boots No7 Haul and Makeup Class Bits

Monday, 14 October 2013


No7 Soft & Soothed Gentle Cleanser, Toner and Moisturiser.

Review // The Royale Beautique

Sunday, 13 October 2013




I had a fabulous experience at the Royale Beautique when I reviewed the salon for Total Guide To's 'Tried and Tested'.

Makeup // Fashion and Photographic Makeup Course

Wednesday, 9 October 2013



Sorry I have been neglecting my blog of late, but once again life has taken over most of my time. I have so many draft posts I need to finish and put live - which I will hopefully get done this weakened! (Fingers crossed as we've just finished decorating our bedroom!).

Apart from the usual, and all the DIY that comes with a new house, I have just started a new evening course. I'm so excited about the course and I can't wait to start sharing with you what I learn.

Feature // AW13 Hair Trends for TGt

Monday, 23 September 2013

It was officially the first day of Autumn on Saturday. And, ready for the season ahead, my latest feature for TGt (Total Guide to) is now live with my top pics for Autumn and Winter Hair Trends 2013.

Here is a sneaky peek. If you click on the picture, or here, it will take you to the article - which gives you a few handy tips. With a big thanks to the lovely ladies at John Samuel's Hair Salon for styling the pictures.


Event // Dipped in Diamonds Launch Party

Monday, 2 September 2013

Contributing to Total Swindon definitely has it's perks. Last week I was kindly invited to the launch party of the new designer fashion boutique Dipped in Diamonds.

Dipped in Diamonds is a bespoke dress boutique that has newly launched in Swindon. The boutique specialises in diamantes and glitz, all the designs are custom made and lovingly hand crafted by the very talented Candice Wilmore. The boutique produces exclusive one-off creations designed especially for you following a personal consultation with the lady Candice herself.

The evening was fantastic. We were greeted with bubbly and smiles (the perfect combo), followed by a series of mini cat walks where the boutique showcased some of it's amazing creations. It was clear to see hours, and hours, of hard work and love had gone into each and every feather and frill.

Candice wore a stunning pink flamenco style dress to present the evening, and amazed us all when she closed the event in one of her bespoke weddings dress. Anyways, enough of my ramblings, here are the pictures..

Candice in her stunning pink dress.

Makeup // Chanel Nail Polish in Elixir

Monday, 26 August 2013

I was so excited to get my hands on this nail polish - especially as it's called Elixir! It's one of three new additions the the Chanel range and is part of their Superstition range for A/W13.

It's wears really well, you get a full coverage in one coat. Previously, I have been a little disappointed with the lack of pigment in some of Chanel's other colours - needing almost 4 coats to get a solid colour is never a good thing. This one however is packed with pigment and is solid in one clean sweep. The colour is a little deeper than in the pic - which makes it look a little pale. It's kinda like a mixed raspberry-cherry red toned down a little. I think it's fab - it's not so cherry red it glows and it's not so raspberry that it's pink. Perfect if you ask me!

A/W13 will be dominated with red nails and simple eyes. This is a great excuse for me to add to my somewhat limited red nail polish collection.

What nail polishes have caught your eyes of late? Do you have a favourite red shade? I'd love to know!





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Fashion // Dresses, Darling.

Friday, 16 August 2013



As a blogger I often get sent press releases featuring new season collections or new brands. I don't normally share a lot of what I get sent - however I felt this was so lovely I wanted to share it with you.

A couple of weeks ago I had an email from a company called Darling. This wasn't a company I was too familiar with - if at all if i'm to be honest - but their images really caught my eye.

Darling's website is full of gorgeous feminine clothing - featuring some beautiful prints and stunning silhouettes. They actually sent me their A/W look book, (which I will share with you soon), but, after nosing through the site, I fell in love with these gorgeous floral prints and summer dresses from the current range. I love nothing better than a summer dress or floral pattern - and these ticked far to many boxes. It's my birthday next month, by the way..

If you love these dresses as much as I did, I'm sure you'll love the rest of their collections.

Check them out at Darlingclothes.com

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Feature // DIY Facials for TGtS

Thursday, 15 August 2013

I've been busy writing a feature for Total Guide to Swindon and Total Guide to Bath on some fab DIY facials. Here is a sneak peek of my Oily Skin mask. Check out the article here to see the other facial treats. 





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Beauty Review // Defensil Rescue Serum*

Wednesday, 24 July 2013




For anyone who has suffered from dry skin, you will know how uncomfortable and irritable it can be.

Having just moved house, I seem to be spending rather too much time with my hands in and out of water. Whether it's washing up the dishes, (we haven't had the dishwasher plumbed in yet), or cleaning bathrooms or other household/DIY chores - my hands seem to be constantly dry. I know, I hear you cry "wear marigolds??!!".. This would, of course, be a sensible solution - however I keep forgetting and they are a bit of an awkward hand accessory.

To overcome this chronic dryness I decided to take Defensil Rescue Serum* out of my cupboard. It's a great little serum for dry and sensitive skin. I have been using it over the winter to combat the random dry patches I'd been getting on my back (I think they were as a result of the skin meds I was taking at the time). The irritable feeling vanished almost as soon as the serum was applied.

The serum is fab. It's a gel-like cream and has a smooth texture. It slowly soaks into the skin and gives immediate relief without causing stinging or irritation. Defensil Rescue Serum* is Swiss created - which if you ask me must be a good thing - have you tried Swiss chocolate?? 

The Serum contains two key natural ingredients; an extract from the Cardiospermum seed and cold pressed Echium Oil. These two ingredients have been recognised in trials to stabilise and regenerate the skin barrier. It is these two ingredients which help to stop that itchy feeling associated with dry skin. In my case it really did make a huge difference.

The cream doesn't really smell of much which I think is a positive - there is nothing worse than the pong of medicated creams. The serum helps keep the skin in good condition and the patches I had soon went after I started using this little pot o' Swiss goodness.

Over the last couple of weeks I have been using it on my poor hands. Thankfully, it's working a treat! My hands really do feel less sore and less dry. Now I just need to sort out my nails or rather what is left of them.. Seriously, 'Hello House = Goodbye Nails' - people should warn you about this! 


I would recommend this product to anyone with uncomfortably dry, or sensitive skin, in need of some TLC. The price is also pretty reasonable at £9.95 for 50ml - which lasts an age. It is available to buy from the Skin Shop - which is a great online beauty shop that has lots of treats for sensitive or problem skin. 


Have you tried any rescue lotions or potions? I'd love to hear from you!

www.skinshop.co.uk 

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Paint Pot Nails for TGtS

Saturday, 20 July 2013

You will, I hope, have read or taken a peek at my Summer Hair Article for TGtS (Total Guide to Swindon). I really enjoy writing pieces for the site and I'm really thrilled with the lovely feedback I've received
 - so thank you all!

Along side the hair piece, I also did an article on Beauty Trends for Summer 2013. I had a lot of fun with Photoshop, and researching, to bring together the bright bold colours for the summer season. Here is a sneaky peek of my nails collage - click on the image or here to see the full article. 

Enjoy!




www.totalguidetoswindon.com/lifestyle

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The Out -Takes of TGtS Summer Hair 2013

Friday, 12 July 2013

As you know, a few weeks back I spent a crazy hectic Saturday at the amazing John Samuel Hair Salon in Swindon doing a mini photo session for my article on Summer Hair in the Total Guide to Swindon's summer edit.

It was a fab afternoon. We had the lovely Sass and Holly at our disposal to help produce some top summer hair styles - check out the feature here if you haven't already.

The team at John Samuel's are amazing - Sass, who runs the salon, and stylist Holly did a fab job. A HUGE thank you to them for giving up a their Saturday afternoon. And of course my models! Unfortunately my stylist Chloe was away on holiday when we did the shoot - or else she'd of got her creative hands in the mix too.

I really can't rave enough about the salon. The design is sleek and stylish - the staff amazingly friendly, warm and welcoming. But, most importantly, I love what they do to my hair. They have years of expertise and use top of the range products and tools to help make the most of your locks. They also use the L'Oreal Colour range, which is great for me as I'm a fuss pot when it comes to my high lights!

You can keep updated on all the salon offers and what's new on the John Samuel Face Book Page.

We are having the Total Guide to Swindon Summer Party soon - and I can't wait! I have already booked my appointment with Chloe to make sure my hair looks fabulous! I'll let you know what look I went for when I actually decide.. which will more than likely be on the day..

Anyways, here are some of the out-takes from the afternoon, enjoy.





































To see the finished looks click here.

And finally, here is a picture of the ladies themselves, which I took from their website.
Sass, Holly and Chloe - thanks ladies! 





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