Wednesday, 24 February 2016

The Makeup Bar at Kara's Manchester


A couple of weeks back I headed to the launch of the Makeup Bar at Kara's in Manchester.

Now a one stop show for all your glam needs, you can now get both your hair and makeup done ready for your special occasion.

The Makeup Bar is brought to you by Clare Cherry of Wish Upon a Sparkle and Kiss My Fairy (Ibiza) fame, a super talented MUA who will transform you into a total knockout (or more of one than usual)!

If you want to book then check out Kara's or Clare's Twitter :)
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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Urban Massage Competition


Here's a lil somethin' from me to you... you know how I love to pamper myself and I think it's only right that I share the wealth!

So I have teamed up with Urban Massage for one lucky winner to win a treatment in the comfort of their own home! All you need to do is click here and enter your name and email.. simples :)

Urban Massage operates in Manchester, London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Birmingham so get your name down  by 12pm on Friday 4th March!

YOU HAVE TO BE IN IN IT TO WIN IT!!!
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Monday, 22 February 2016

Holland and Barrett Health and Wellbeing

I love to keep things interesting with my diet so when Holland and Barrett got in touch to challenge me to make some healthy substitutions to what I currently eat I jumped at the chance!

This week I will be sampling all different types of foods thanks to Holland and Barrett and will update you at the end of the week to let you know how I feel.

I really like the idea of introducing more natural products into my weekly intake so I am looking forward to seeing what I love so that I can continue moving forwards! Wish me luck...!
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Wednesday, 17 February 2016

#TreatwellMCR


Last week, Treatwell (formerly Wahanda) came into town to host their re-launch and talk about some of the trends they have identified from Manchester! I don't usually publish stuff like this but as a beauty fan I found this so interesting. There's also a discount code for you above too.. I'm good like that :)

Having used Wahanda previously and been very happy with the app and the service, I would really urge you to download the app and get yourself booked in for a treat!

Waxing tops the list of Manchester's most popular beauty treatments, according to data just released by hair and beauty booking platform Treatwell. Hollywood bikini waxes are a favourite with Mancunians making up 41% of all waxes booked in Manchester, part of a wider trend that saw nearly quarter of a million waxing appointments booked in the UK on Treatwell over the last 12 months.

Keeping with the hair maintenance theme and in close second place came haircuts and hairdressing, showing that Manchester women love to keep their locks in tip top shape, booking regular appointments at their favourite locations such as Pierre Alexandre and The Dalton Street Salon.

Party-ready hands and feet are also high on the agenda for Mancunians, with the UK-wide trend of long-lasting gel nail treatments ranked as the city's third favourite beauty treatment overall.

Spa days appear fourth in the top 10, hinting that busy Mancunians like to take time out for relaxation at luxurious venues like The Lowry Hotel. Defined eyebrows were also up there with Manchester's most in-demand beauty appointments, clocking up the most bookings for HD Brows outside Greater London. A favourite with Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan, this popular treatment combines tinting, waxing and threading techniques to create a bold and perfected look.

The data is pulled from over ten million appointments booked through Treatwell’s bespoke salon management software, Treatwell Connect, in the last 12 months. Treatwell is Europe's leading booking platform for hair and beauty treatments. Beauty fans use Treatwell to book into local salons and spas, and benefit from off-peak and last minute discounts at top venues - giving Mancunians accessible access to five-star pampering.

Lopo Champalimaud, Treatwell’s CEO and Founder, says: “We all like to express ourselves through our hair and beauty choices and that’s easy to see here in Manchester. Whether it’s a last-minute manicure or a more relaxing spa day, Treatwell ensures your favourite treatment is always at your fingertips. We work with 12,000 salons and spas across the UK to ensure you can easily book at a time and price that suits you”.

Karol S’vira, Managing Director at Pierre Alexandre, said: “Treatwell makes it really easy for new and existing customers to discover us online and find their perfect treatment.

“Since becoming a Treatwell partner we’ve seen a big increase in clients booking with us through the website and app - very often booking just a few hours before the appointment time.”

Top 10: Manchester’s most-booked beauty treatments;

1. Body waxing
2. Haircuts and Hairdressing
3. Gel nails
4. Hollywood bikini wax
5. Spa day
6. Hair colouring and highlights
7. Pedicure
8. Deep tissue massage
9. Standard manicure
10. HD Brows

About Treatwell

Treatwell is the leading online booking platform for hair and beauty in Europe. The group was founded by Lopo Champalimaud in 2008. It now employs over 500 people across Europe, with over 20,000 salons and spas listed and more than 10 million people booking their hair and beauty through its platform every year.
www.treatwell.co.uk

Treatwell’s Vital Global Statistics

Treatwell is in ten countries across Europe - UK, Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Belgium
Treatwell aims expand to 20 countries in the next 5 years
Over 10 million bookings go through the Treatwell platform annually
Over 50% of bookings are made via mobile
More than 45% of bookings are made outside working hours
20% of bookings are made within 3 hours of the appointment

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Monday, 15 February 2016

Eye Love You


I know V-Day was yesterday but incase any of you have tried to escape the inflated costs and have extended plans into next week and beyond, here is my dramatic valentines smokey eye look.

Nouveau Lashes Strip Lashes really rounded off my makeup and I used the Natural Set in Style 1! Gorgeously fluttery and dark enough to really make the gold and green pop.

The shadows I used were a combo of the Urban Decay Naked Palette and a H&M eye colour for the feature shimmer. Under the eye I used a Charlotte Tilbury Pencil in Enchanting Indigo!

I think for a special occasion you can get away with making your makeup a little more dramatic and for me it's always eyes over lips!
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Sunday, 14 February 2016

Panache Treats for V-Day

Kali Baby Doll // Misty // Non Wired Sports Bra
Happy Valentine's Day Sweeties!

As a single gal about town I do love having my sh!t together and matching underwear just instantly gives you that feeling doesn't it?

I was very kindly gifted some new undies by Panache Lingerie to celebrate Valentine's Day! For a larger busted lady.. they are so pretty and comfortable, I love them!

I'm not a 'pose in your undies' kind of girl so you will just have to take my word for how nicely fitting they are. The sports bra is SO amazing! I am doing the Manchester 10K again this year and I find a wired bra gives me chafes on my inner arms weirdly!!

If you have been given vouchers for V-Day why not treat yourself (and your other half) to some new undies??

Thank you once again to Panache for spoiling me :) I feel loved!!!
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Friday, 12 February 2016

# BLOG SPIN BRUNCH


On Saturday I finally attempted Spinning!

I was very kindly invited to #BLOGSPINBRUNCH by Ledigo PR which was a 45 min spin followed by a refuel courtesy of Neighbourhood in Manchester!

I genuinely didn't know what to expect from spinning but I was very pleasantly surprised! It was hard, I can't sugar coat it, but it's one of those things that you kinda self-manage if that makes sense? My only slightly negative aspect about it is the sore lady region from the seats which quite clearly are not designed with comfort in mind... but that is easily solved!!! I have found a special silicone spinning cushion on amazon so that next time I go my bottom will be slightly happier.. haha!

After our 45 min spin, we headed over to Neighbourhood for some food and were treated to some absolutely amazing sushi, mini burgers and other canapes! It was a fab morning and I can't wait to try spinning again :)

Manchester Spin Factory has two locations, across the road from Salford Central Train Station and another location near the airport. Booking onto classes is super easy using their dedicated app where you can pre-purchase credits and book yourself in at a time that is convenient for you. The state of the art equipment and highly qualified trainers make for a high energy, fun and efficient workout!
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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Blossoming Gifts for Single Gals Valentines


Valentine's is creeping up upon us and whether you are single and fabulous or loved up and loving it, it's a great time to spoil your damn self or your better half...

I am a major fan of the online market, and for me actually going to a florist I find slightly overwhelming.. how do you set a budget.. what goes well with what? Am I inadvertently buying flowers more suited to a funeral? I just never know.

So I absolutely love being able to snap up a gorgeous Valentine's Flowers creation without the stress. There's everything available from the classic red roses to more quirky designs which can all be picked and delivered at the click of a button.

Blossoming Gifts have got you covered. And because we don't want you committing any V-day sins we have also got a discount code for you! Enter 'BGIFTS33' at the checkout for 33% off a bouquet :)

You are so welcome!

And girls, if you are single then I see no reason why you shouldn't treat yourself.. 12 red roses are £18.99 which with 33% discount end up costing £12.72.. it would be rude not to!!!
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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Urban Massage in Manchester


Urban Massage will be in Manchester, Media City on the 10th - 11th February before heading over to Piccadilly Gardens on the 12th. They will be arriving in style - on a white Welcome Home Bus offering free back and shoulder massages as well as a free gift for the first 250 visitors!

Now, I don't know about you but I am a sucker for a freebie, especially the nice relaxing kind so be sure to pop down to the #WelcomeHomeBus and claim your free massage!

If you are ever in need of a mobile massage therapist to treat you in the comfort of your home, hotel or workplace then Urban Massage are for you! Check them out here.
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Friday, 5 February 2016

LOVE FROM FIRST FIND


Last night I was introduced to Home Sense, a shop I have heard of but never gone into!! It is literally a blogger and homeware lover's dream as it is jam packed full of reduced price homewares and stationery.

Situated over at the Home Section of the Trafford Centre, Home Sense covers two floors and contains just about all the knick-knacks that you could ask for.

Their faux flower department is amazing and I picked myself up a lovely little bouquet that I don't have to worry about disposing of!

I think my fave find was the Temperley for Filofax at a bargainous £6!! I loved these as soon as I saw them but at just shy of £50 it wasn't something I could splurge on, so to find this bad boy for so cheap was brilliant! I travel alot for work so it's perfect to help me keep track of any travel arrangements, expenses and my blog deadlines too!

I also got myself a gorgeous rose gold lamp for my bedroom, I absolutely love it!

I could have gone wild! Thank you so much to Home Sense for having us Bloggers, I will most certainly be back! :)
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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

B Y O B



I haven't been able to decide on which beauty box to subscribe to so this is right up my street!

Following the success of their pop-up at Selfridges Oxford Street, Birchbox, the UK’s leading beauty and grooming retailer, has announced its series of Selfridges pop-ups is coming to Manchester.

The Build Your Own Birchbox pop-up is a must-visit for all your beauty essentials and new discoveries. Shoppers can handpick six deluxe beauty treats of their choice to fill up their exclusive “Birchbox at Selfridges” specially designed box, priced at £15. All brands have been carefully curated by the Birchbox and Selfridges teams so that shoppers can engage with the full Birchbox product trial experience in real time.

The pop-up will feature leading and discovery brands including Benefit, Ole Henriksen, Laura Mercier and Percy & Reed.

Customers can visit the Build Your Own Birchbox space at the following stores and dates:

4th - 21st February - Selfridges Exchange Square, on LG
20th March - 9th April - Selfridges Trafford, on LG

I can't wait!! :)


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