I’ve spent most of my adult years and actually quite a few of my childhood years buying and trying a hell of a lot of nail hardeners and strengtheners all promising to be the magic formula that transforms them, but the question is in my 27 years of life have i found one that i’ve bought more than once?…hell to the NO I have not! Well, that all before Herome Nail Hardener came into my life and gave me nails of dreams, hard dreams. 

There’s really not much more to say other than if you want strong natural nails buy this from amazon it will change your nails for good.

Buy it from Amazon here.

A nail hardener with a difference!

Thursday, 23 February 2017

After months and months of deliberations about my hair colour after having my hair extensions taken out last June I’ve felt less than happy with my natural hair and I’ve been desperate to get it sorted out ASAP! I think this was a combination of going to different salons, and colourists using different blonde tones and techniques on my hair, and as the result my hair was over-processed and just a bit ‘too’ blonde for my liking, and not in a good way or natural looking way.


Luckily, I had an appointment at Headmasters in Soho with Art Director Sian who totally got me and my hair journey and understood what it was I wanted to achieve with colour- thank goodness!! 

I had three hair consultations prior to this one at different salons, so it was so refreshing to speak to a colourist who just got it and whom I felt comfortable to transform my hair without ruining it. 

Once the thorough consultation was over, this involved me showing pics of all my different hair lengths and colours throughout the seasons (yes I am well and truly hair-obsessed) Sian gave me a very realistic explanation on what she was going to do to achieve the natural blonde effect I wanted and I couldn't wait for her to start her magic...


Sian told me about SmartBond which is similar to Olaplex but designed to be used with L’Oreal colours, described as ‘insurance for your hair’ I couldn’t wait to see how it effected the look and feel of my hair especially as Sian mixed it into the colours she was using as well as a treatment too- it kind of takes the worry out of the hair colouring process in a way, you don't feel as 'bad' for your hair going through the chemical treatment.

The transformation was in full swing...Sian started off by applying a gloss on my root area to graduate my natural root colour and to basically ‘drag’ the root and create a grown out and very natural look which is what I requested. Once the gloss was washed off, my hair looked a lot darker (which Sian warned me of before she did this- I loved how well she communicated with me throughout the entire process, no scary surprises and I’ve had plenty of those in the past!) 

Now Sian applied babylites through my hair to break up the darkness of the root section to sort of marry up the blonde ends with the roots to avoid it looking like a dip-dye and more of an undone, effortless style. I think without the babylites it just wouldn't have looked as natural and definitely gave it more of a dynamic look. 

Sian now used her creative flare to essentially 'paint' sections of my hair to create lovely natural blonde tones so that although I had my natural root colour  coming through at the root which means less maintenance (and therefore less colour damage in the long run) I still had blonde around my face and throughout my hair, resulting in a beautiful combination of natural blonde and dark blonde tones. Sian did this using a freehand balyage technique- it was amazing how she did this and really felt like an artist creating a unique work of art- I told her she was a colour wizard which I think best describes her talents! 

I’m genuinely so happy with the end result, I absolutely love the colour and how bespoke Sian made my look to suit me and my complexion, eye colour etc. Gone are the days of a full head of classic highlights, its all about combining clever techniques to create something perfect for the individual. I’ve never been so happy with my natural hair! 


Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Charlotte Tilbury NEVER fails to hit the nail on the head with their OUTSTANDING products, and these lipstick launches do not fail to disappoint in any way. To say I'm obsessed with both lipsticks in equal measures would be an understatement...since I got them I haven't worn anything else on my lips! 

PILLOW TALK MATTE REVOLOUTION has been a LONG time coming! Ever since I first tried it years ago I've been completely and utterly hooked to the Pillow Talk lip liner, its a real cult classic and just makes your lips look insane in a really natural yet standout way. Now Charlotte has created this killer shade in a lipstick (hurrah!) I just know beauty buffs from near and far will be going crazy for it! I certainly have- its the perfect everyday deep nude that every girl needs in her life.

P.S I love the square angled shape of the this lipstick it makes application super easy! 

£23 buy it here.


Named by Charlottes loyal followers Valentine is the most stunning rose petal pink nude! Enriched with 3D glowing pigments to achieve a fuller, wider pout and super hydrating thanks to soothing orchid and Lipstick Tree extracts this lipstick leaves lips looking and feeling pretty special. I lightly use pillow talk lip liner after lipstick application to really make my pout pop! 

£23 buy it here.

Charlotte famously says 'Lipstick is happiness in a tube' and I couldn't agree more! 

CharlotteTilbury NEW Lipstick alert!!

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Driving up to the grand gates leading up to the rather impressive Champneys manor house and surrounded by 170 acres of charming countryside had us instantly filled with excitement! Mum and I couldn't wait to get our clothes and boots off and robes and slippers on and enter a realm of utter relaxation that we were so in need of!
Champneys is somewhat of an icon in terms of UK spa hotels, its been around for over 91 years, opening its doors in 1925! Now there are 10 Champneys spas located around the country including 4 resort spas and 6 city spas.
Its really not your standard jacuzzi, pool sauna / steam room situation...I mean don't get me wrong the resort of course has these facilities just as all decent spas do (and so much more than this, with special reference to the Wellbeing and Detox centre which is the first of its kind in the UK) but honestly, Champneys offers so much more than a standard spa experience its better described as real rejuvenation haven allowing you to immerse yourself in utter relaxation in the most beautiful surroundings.
Once you visit Champneys its easy to see why its become so popular over the years- especially since the recent Wellbeing and Detox centre,  it just ticks every box and more combing uncompromised relaxation, health and fitness activities including high intensity classes to yoga, barre, access to the gym, guided walks around the pretty grounds and forest and a wonderful dining experience- (the buffet lunch was a personal favourite not to mention the amazing beetroot cake in the cafe- a must!)
I visited Champneys with my Mum for some lovely mother / daughter downtime to celebrate my mums birthday and it was just perfect- we shared one of the beautiful and rather spacious premier suites overlooking the manicured gardens and had such a comfortable and cosy nights stay. It was a real treat to stay in such a lovely room and we made the most of it by cracking open a bottle of bubbly after our spa treatments and lounged around in our robes with face masks on in true spa style!
A three course dinner was served in the restaurant and I must say the menu was extensive - we wanted to try everything but ended up going for the sweet potato and cumin soup, followed by the tortellini pasta dish and chessboard for dessert- delicious!
In terms of treatments Mum and I opted for a 55min full body massage and oh boy did we need it!! Both therapists said we had lots of knots in our shoulders so it wasn't the most relaxing experience of all time as they worked hard to get the knots out but it certainly needed and definitely results driven which is what Champneys spa treatments are all about. We came away feeling completely taken care of- very talented therapists who got rid of our knots and left us feeling ready for that prosecco back in our gorgeous room.
The next morning we were very good and had a 45 min gym session just to burn off the yummy pasta (and naughty vino!) from the night before before sitting down to breakfast. Breakfast was probably the only slight downside as I would've liked eggs to be part of the buffet but in order to have eggs you have to order from a separately charged menu and a wider fruit selection would've been nice on the buffet but having said that we arrived just half an hour before breakfast finished so if you stay make sure you get there early to make the most of the fruit!
After brekkie we chilled out on the sun loungers, had a dip in the jacuzzi and had a sauna and steam session all before a good swim to build up an appetite for the amazing buffet lunch we polished off!
Lunch was really amazing, they had everything from grilled salmon, chicken, chilli, healthy curries, veggie lasagne and a mammoth salad bar. It was all very lovely indeed- I love the health aspect to Champneys they make it easy to make healthy choices and use the trip as almost a detox as temptations are at a minimum.
All in all it was a truly wonderful stay and I'm desperate to go back!! I highly recommend Champneys Tring and also recommend staying in one of the premiere suites- it absolutely makes your stay!!
To book a Champneys Spa stay click here.


Monday, 30 January 2017

In my opinion one of the MOST crucial and significant steps in a skincare routine has to be anti-ageing eye cream. Eye wrinkles are a big age giveaway and I personally would rather protect and nourish the skin around my eyes whilst i'm in my 20's so that when i reach my 30's I'm not running to a harley street clinic to have them sorted out! (I'm not saying I definitely would do this but I would rather take good care of the skin around my eyes now to prevent stress later on! not to mention a hefty bill haha)

The two eye creams I've been consistently using are the Environ AVST Eye Gel and the Origins cult classic GinZing Eye Cream. Both amazing but for different reasons which is why I use both daily...taking these extra precautions should hopefully pay off!

Origins GinZing Eye Cream is an instant morning-after SAVIOUR, results are immediate making tired, puffy eyes look brighter and more awake a real go-to that I use every morning without fail. I love the texture of this illuminating cream and the way it makes my under-eye concealer hold better to. It's £20 and you can buy it here.

Environ AVST Eye Gel is more of a longterm anti-ageing product to help soften the appearance of fine lines around the eyes and give a firmer and overall lifted look to the eyes. It's packed full of vitamin A and antioxidants and is great for night time application, you will wake up feeling far more refreshed and then with the help of GinZing your eyes will be as bright as can be!
Buy it in salon at Blush + Blow London. 

Environ Eye Gel Vs Origins GinZing Eye Cream

Monday, 23 January 2017

Wow wow wow…the newest Chanel fragrance is out and all over me every single day since the day my lovely Mum bought it for me for christmas - it’s that good I literally can’t stop wearing it. 

It was a risk for Chanel to medal with a classic like No.5 that has been worn for generations and sworn by for years but thank goodness they took that risk because did it pay of…in short YES its just wonderful. This fragrance smells fresh and light but powerful and timeless and very, very wearable everyday no matter the season or weather outside it has the undeniable power to lift you up at one spritz. 

The new No.05 is composed around citrus zests, aldehydes, ylang-ylang, cedar and white musk notes and has been created by Oliver Polge who has respected the classic essence of No.05 but bringing a newness to it that for me, beats the original the fold. 

£65 50ml, Buy it here


Thursday, 19 January 2017

During my years of working in this industry and naturally meeting the vast amount of people I have in both the PR and the journalism world- including some of the most powerful and established entrepreneurs in the industry, to the top dogs at some of the biggest brands and fashion houses in the country- I can honestly and whole heartedly say I have never met anyone like Bridget O’Keeffe.
Bridget, if you didn’t already know is founder of Blush + Blow.
kate-nielen-photography-22-1Blush + Blow is by far the coolest, swankiest and most well thought-out blow dry and beauty salon in not only Fulham but in London (I want to say in the whole of the UK but I don’t want this post to sound like i’m fluffing it up in any way- but honestly, it absolutely kills it on ALL levels).
B+B goes above and beyond expectations in every possible way and smashes down beauty salon standards in terms of treatment offerings, treatment price points and the overall luxurious and ‘home from home’ experience that I think we can all agree is SO hard to find when looking for a luxury beauty hub that delivers on all accounts.
There’s just no two ways about it, nothing like Blush + Blow exists and thats all down the INCREDIBLY talented, enviously ambitious and the undeniably beautiful soul (on both the inside and out) belonging to the woman behind it. Having a natural talent for business, beauty and not being afraid of a challenge is one thing but the pure love and devotion Bridget puts into every single aspect of her business and every person she meets is what really sets her apart from anyone else.
I might be hard to believe it when I say that I’m not being biased because I have the pleasure work with Bridget and I’m lucky enough to represent her amazing business and soon-to-be beauty salon empire (watch this space) but I truly mean it, she’s one of a kind and Blush + Blow completely reflects her. Go check it out, I know you you’ll be blown away (pardon the pun).


Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Ok, I know I'm late to the party with this one but I can't help but share my love for Tangle Teezer's especially with the launch of two AMAZING new brushes to add to my trusty compact styler. Now I have a squad of fabulous brushes and I couldn't be happier about it!
The multi-award winning detangling brush has ramped it up a notch with the launch of The Ultimate and The Round Tool.
This brush works wonders in completing your style and adding that perfect finishing touch. Created to dry-style hair as the teeth are longer with softer tips, the brush lightly detangles hair and smooths the cuticles of the hair leaving it looking nothing short of on-point.
Its the perfect brush to achieve an up-do style and to add volume to the hair too and is excellent with hair extensions, which is a big bonus It's very hard to find a brush that actually enhances the look of extensions and this brush does exactly that, it doesn't pull at all and leaves hair looking volumised and beautiful. I also love the handle design to this brush, makes it easier to hold when brushing your hair into a ponytail.
The Black Ultimate Brush £15 Buy it here
This innovative brush takes hair from wet to dry and leaves it looking smoothed to perfection in a salon-worthy way!
I have never in my life been able to use a round brush to blow dry my hair at home, my hair always gets tangled up in the brush and it just causes me a lot of stress and wasted time. This brush is a true game changer and I think everyone needs one in their life. The teeth of the brush pick up the hair at the root for great lift and volume and the hair easily snakes through the teeth without getting tangled up like most round brushes do. This brush takes away excess water making drying time super quick and the best bit is, you don't need to go over your hair with straighteners as it leaves hair so smooth and shiny! HUGE thumbs up from me!
The Large Round Tool Brush £18 Buy it here


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

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