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Friday, 11 July 2014

Giveaway // 2 Year Blog Birthday

Yesterday my little blog turned two and I'm such a proud mummy..haha! But seriously i am very proud of how far my blog has come and the opportunities it has opened up for me is unbelievable. Although i haven't been able to post half as much as i would like to due to being at college, trying to start up my beauty business and generally having quite a busy life lately it is still so lovely to see that you are all still following and reading my little blog. 

To show my appreciation i am holding a little giveaway in which one of you shall win either a MAC lipstick of your choice or a £15 Lush gift voucher, i wish i could give all my loyal readers a treat but i sadly can't afford to do such a thing. I have chose these two options as i love my MAC lipsticks and know many other gals do too but just in case that's not your bag and you rather some pamper time what better place to chose than Lush. 

As always i am running this giveaway through rafflecopter so I'm not personally choosing a winner so it is entirely fair, however i do check so no false entries, it doesn't wash with me! There will be several ways to earn yourself extra entries and some that you can do daily if you chose too. If you are under 16 than please get permission prior to entering and this is open to the UK only, sorry. Thank you all again for reading my blog and good luck!
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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Review // LUSH Movis Face Soap

Lush Movis face soap £4.50 100g
Without a doubt this has to be the oddest Lush creation I've tried and i will be completely honest something i completely overlooked until a sample was kindly given to me to try from my local Lush. It's odd brown rectangle slab form covered in brown crumbs is not something i even glanced at long enough to actually engage in what it was for, because it wasn't that pretty i completely turned a blind eye and shame on me!
It turns out Movis is a gentle face soap that contains hop & wheatgerm oil, cocoa butter and wholemeal bread. This was made by one of the Lush founders oddly enough called Mo who joined her love of baking with soap making and there Movis was born, an ingenious name for a bread soap in my opinion. Now if your like me your probably thinking that bread is surely an extremely alien ingredient to put in a soap but it actually works as a very gentle exfoliator, who knew? It has a very unique scent which is quite hard to describe, it's kind of like a sweet bread... which may sound like it wouldn't be nice but I'm actually really attracted to it. It's certainly one to sniff next time your in a Lush just to see for yourself. 
The soap itself is rather squidgy unlike normal soaps, which you can either brake small pieces off or rub to lather in your hands like normal soap, i personally choose the latter. Although it doesn't lather up loads like your average soap bar it's just enough to cleanse your face and really feel it working, even the lather feels soft and delicate. Since I've been given this i have used it morning and night and i have to say it really has worked wonders on my skin. Before this i have never used a soap on my face as i find it too harsh and leaves my skin feeling rather horrible and dry, this however leaves my skin feeling wonderfully soft and smooth and not to mention clean. 
This odd little soap has fast took the spot of my cleansing milk as aside from the amazing benefits it has on my skin it's fast and easy to use. I've got to admit I'm gutted i overlooked this product for so long as i now quite simply adore it in every way and it now certainly holds a spot on my bathroom sink!
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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Review // Sienna X Spray Tan Course

 Firstly i will say this review is based on the training experience i received through it being organised with a college, it might be different when buying direct from Sienna X.Sienna X is the market leading professional sunless tanning brand and is highly used throughout salons and at home. Although I'm learning tan application in my course at college i wanted to be Sienna X trained and certificated therapist as they are such a respected brand in the beauty industry and it is always good to be trained in the brand that your harm in adding more qualifications to your CV. 

The course itself is done in just a day usually from 9-4 and as you can imagine is structured and broke down so in that time you learn all aspects in how to apply a perfect spray tan. Before the actual course day you need to take an online test which gives you the basic knowledge of Sienna X's history, their products, basic skin anatomy and choosing what's best for the client. This may sound a little daunting but it's broke down and explained very well and the small tests are multiple choice. You also need to prepare your skin to be tanned so shave and exfoliate prior to the day of your course as to learn you spray tan each other, because of this you are also given a skin test to make sure you don't have a reaction to the product. On the day all you need to bring with you is some loose dark clothing that you can wear after the spray tan.

The start of the day is spent recapping in a bit more detail about the history of Sienna X and the products that they offer, they also explain about the equipment such as the spray gun itself and how to set it up and clean it. Part of this section is also how to set up the spray tent and put it down, for this the trainer needs to see each person do this so you will get an opportunity to do it yourself. After this you then go through a manual which is given to you at the start along with a goody bag which has a pictorial on the steps of a spray tan, this is first talked through so you have a slight understanding before the Sienna X therapist will do a demo. Once the demo is done you then practise on each other with the spray gun using water, this gives you chance to practise and get used to the speed and distance you need to spray and get used to the gun and steps taken to spray tan. You then do exactly the same but with the actual tan product instead of water whilst the therapist watches you and that's it you're a Sienna X spray tan therapist.

I was personally rather nervous on the day but the Sienna therapist we had teaching us was really lovely and quickly put me at ease, she was very friendly and professional. Even though you do learn a lot through the day, the way it's broke up and taught it's quite easy to take in and remember so it's not like you come away from the course feeling really confused. The only thing i will say is it's all about practise, once you've been taught it's quite easy to remember (and you have the pictorial to help) it's just doing it again a few times to really get the method. 

Overall i was really happy with the tuition i received and felt confident at the end that i was aware of what products to use for different clients and how to achieve a good spray tan. You can also get support after from the Sienna team so if there is something you are unsure about when you come home you can give them a call. I received my certificate a week after i had completed the course and i have to say it's very pretty and looks lovely displayed for your clients to see haha. It is quite pricey but i truly think it's worth it and can see why it's favoured in salons and has won awards. 
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