Friday, 14 August 2015

LVL Enhance Review - Newcastle Beauty Blog

I wanted to share an LVL Enhance Review as I am absolutely delighted with the results from my first treatment.

I am just about to launch an exciting new sister company, Epernay Beauty, to run alongside my bridal shop,, and we are going to be offering the full portfolio of Nouveau Lash treatments, in addition to professional makeup and HD Brows.

 If you have read my blog you will probably know I have always been a fan of Nouveau's Extend service and have reviewed the semi-permanent lashes on a number of occasions. I have never, however, had the LVL treatment so I decided to try it as I have seen a number of celebrities blogging about it, including Michelle Keegan and Ellie Goulding.

LVL stands for lenght, volume and lift. The treatment takes around 45 minutes, is completely pain free and lasts up to 8 weeks. The cost is £40.

Unlike a traditional lash perm, LVL straightens the natural lash at the root with an added tint providing instant results. It only works with the natural lashes meaning little maintenance is required, apart from an optional colour boost should you wish to have the lashes enhanced after 3 - 4 weeks.

The image above shows the results of the treatment - I completely forgot to take a before photograph so I do apologise. I have mascara on my lower lashes, however there is absolutely no product on my upper lashes. I can't believe that's how they look and not having to apply mascara is saving me a lot of time each morning. I'm also bridesmaid at my friend Rachel's wedding tomorrow so I think they will look fab on the photographs.

If anyone would like any further information regarding the treatment please do not hesitate to comment below or email me at Appointments at Epernay Beauty are also available for anyone wishing to have the LVL Enhance, Extend or Express treatments. I'll add another post once our new website is live.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Blo Blow Dry Bar Covent Garden Review

Anyone who reads my blog is probably aware that I was recently in London to celebrate my Wedding Anniversary. When I first arrived I was keen to visit a Blow Dry Bar as I'd jumped on the train straight from work and wanted to get my hair sorted before we went out.

As we were staying near Piccadilly Circus I decided to visit Blo Blow Dry Bar, which is located in the Covent Garden market.

I battled through some pretty torrential rain (typical when going for a hair appointment) and arrived  with moments to spare. I was then seated and given a menu which detailed the different looks available. I have extremely long hair which is also quite thick so I was slightly worried about how someone whose never touched it before may manage it but I wasn't disappointed.

I opted for Pillow Talk as a style, which incorporated loose waves and a more natural, messed up look. I was then taken to have my hair washed before it was rough blow dried. From here GHD Curve tongs were used to curl my hair, before they were pulled through to loosen them off and finish the look.

I was really impressed with the overall finish and had no reason to be worried about how it would look. It did continue to drop out over the course of the weekend - something that was definitely not helped by the rain - however this didn't spoil the style as it still had some movement that made it look nice.

Overall the appointment took around 30 minutes and cost £28, which I thought was very reasonable for a central London salon. It's a shame they weren't a bit closer to home as they would definitely have a new regular client.

Anyone who would like further information about Blo Blow Dry Bar can find their website by clicking here.

The image below shows how my hair looked after my appointment - sorry for the strange face I'm pulling. Please don't hesitate to comment below if you have any questions!

Monday, 27 July 2015

The Z Hotel London Review

So, I have just returned from an absolutely amazing trip in London and have plenty of exciting posts lined up, the first of which is about our accommodation, The Z Hotel, which is located in Piccadilly Circus.

The hotel was very close to the tube station, which was highly beneficial as there was torrential rain as soon as we arrived (typical). Luckily Lillywhites was also close by and we were able to purchase a large umbrella.

This particular Z Hotel is a designer conversion of a former office building, with 112 bedrooms arranged over lower ground, ground and five upper floors. It was beautifully done out, however the rooms are very small. This wasn't really an issue though, as we weren't planning on spending much time in the room. Each room features an en suite bathroom, which was built in the room using glass partitions.

Now onto the best bit! Between 5pm - 8pm every night, the hotel offers free cheese and wine to all guests, which was fantastic after a long day's shopping. It was certainly popular and we were quite lucky to get a seat!

In total we paid £270 for two nights and I would definitely say it was worthwhile. Although the rooms were small, they were nicely done out and the hotel was very clean.

It's also located in a great location, close to Covent Garden, Bond Street and Soho. We will definitely be returning!

Friday, 24 July 2015

My London Trip - Beauty and Fashion Blog Newcastle

As someone who loves beauty and fashion, I'm writing this blog with lots of excitement as I'm finally en route to London from Newcastle thanks to my lovely other half who booked this surprise to celebrate our anniversary. I can't wait!

I'm not completely sure what we have planned yet, however I can imagine it will involve lots of shopping, food and prosecco.

As soon as we arrive I am off to experience my first blow dry bar, something I've been keen to try for a long time but haven't yet had the chance to do. My hair is thick and naturally quite straight so I'm looking forward to going for something a bit different in style. It looks fab blow dried however I struggle to do it myself.

When I was out in Dubai a few months ago I tried ceviche and I haven't yet been able to find somewhere up in Newcastle that serves this, so I think tonight will be spent on the hunt for a nice mexican restaurant offering this dish. We will then most likely try out a few bars before a bigger night out tomorrow.

I haven't really done the clubbing scene in London (apart from Soho) so I'm hoping to try out a few of the more lively spots when we're there. I'll also be dropping in a bit of shopping as I currently have my eye on a fab  bag and some new shoes - fingers crossed they have them in stock.

We don't head back until late on Sunday evening so I'm hoping for a quite relaxed day, incorporating a lie in (rare for me since opening my shop), visits a few coffee shops, a walk through Hyde Park and a maybe a few other tourist attractions.

The hotel we are staying in isn't somewhere we have been before so I will certainly take some photographs for a follow up post soon!

I'll be adding a few posts about recommendations soon so please do keep checking back for further updates and if anyone has any recommendations of places to visit please do share them below! 

Thursday, 23 July 2015

First Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas - Paper

I celebrated my first wedding anniversary last weekend and wanted to share some anniversary gift ideas.

Traditionally the present for a first anniversary is paper, so I have been busy planning some paper-based gifts to surprise him. He is one of the hardest people in the world to buy for, which has led to me having quite a backlog of presents to buy, so I thought I would clear them all off in one go. This is what I ended up with:

Golf Lessons
Having recently signed up for a golf membership I decided to purchase a course of golf lessons with a Pro Instructor at Close House. I don’t know much about golf but John was delighted with them and I’d like to say a huge thank you to Ian at Close House for all of your help.

Custom Golf Clubs - There’s a bit of a theme developing here
Given in the form of a nicely Photoshopped image, I also arranged for John to attend a golf store to have his height and swing etc to then purchase golf clubs specific to his style of play. This was more of a belated birthday present but still went down well.

I also treat him to a new shirt and a deep sea fishing trip in Thailand, however this still needs to be booked!

In addition to the above, some of the other paper-based ideas I considered were:

Travel Tickets - A trip somewhere in the UK or abroad presented in the form of a ticket.

Painting – I did look around a few stores to find a nice painting of a place we have been to together.

Word Collage –Several sites offer the opportunity to create custom word collages with dates, places and names that are personal to you as a couple.

Personalised notebook  - These are generally made of moleskin and feature sentimental sayings on the front.

I also did well on the paper-front and ended up with a paper trail that led me to tickets and a hotel booking for a trip to London this weekend. I was also presented with an ‘Unlimited Shopping Voucher’, however I’m sure it will quickly become ‘limited’ once I’m let loose in London!

I’d be really keen to hear of any other first anniversary gift ideas so please do feel free to comment below!

Monday, 20 July 2015

What are HD Brows?

I have recently completed training to become an official HD stylist and one of the most common questions I get asked is 'what are HD Brows?', so I felt a post detailing the treatment would be helpful – especially as I've just had mine done.

HD Brows is an exclusive treatment where a qualified stylist will analyse your face shape and colouring to provide a bespoke brow service. The treatment involves seven steps and the results can really transform your look.

On my last appointment I was keen to define my brows and create a more dramatic effect. I had previously been spending a lot of time applying a brow pallet each morning and was keen to try and reduce the amount of time I spent getting ready. This treatment has certainly helped and I am now only using minimal make up each morning.

A range of make up and hair removal techniques are used throughout the treatment, including waxing, threading, plucking, tinting and make up application. For those who don't have a lot of hair on their eyebrows, a tailored re-growth plan can be devised to help to thicken out the brows and achieve the desired look. I have just ordered HD Brows' Lash and Brow Booster to try and encourage my eyelashes and brows to grow in thicker – I'll be blogging about my progress as I go.

The treatment isn't just about thick, structured brows and many customers will ask for thin, arched or angled brows – it's all dependent on your own personal preference. I really enjoyed the training and love undertaking the treatments as they can make so much of a difference to a client's appearance.

In my last treatment my brows were changed to create a more defined look and shape to really help frame my face. I am delighted with the results. A before and after picture can be found below.

This treatment is great for anyone, regardless of the shape or thickness of their brows. If anyone would like to make a booking please do not hesitate to contact Epernay Beauty by calling 0191 236 8760 or emailing Our new website will be launching soon. HD Brows offers a range of brow make up pallets, all of which can be purchased from Epernay Beauty. I will be posting a blog about each one soon, but please do not hesitate to contact us if you'd like to purchase any products in the meantime. Their brow pallets are fantastic!

Friday, 17 July 2015

Anniversaries and Make Up Artists - Newcastle Blog

'Anniversaries and Make Up Artists' is definitely one of the more random titles I have posted but hopefully all will become clear. 

I can't believe how long it's been since I last posted. I've had a very busy and exciting few months/year and time just seems to have just ran away with me. 

This weekend marks my first wedding anniversary and I can't believe that this time last year I was preparing to walk down the aisle (and jet off to Africa for the holiday of a lifetime). It has certainly been an interesting year and so much has changed. We have opened an exciting new wedding boutique together, my husband has changed jobs and we've travelled to some amazing places. That's possibly why the time has gone so fast. 

I would have really liked to celebrate our anniversary with a trip away, however work commitments have meant that this isn't possible so my parents have kindly arranged a party for our friends and family tomorrow, which I'm really looking forward to. Let's hope the weather keeps up. 

The traditional gift for your first anniversary is paper, so I've been busy planning a few paper-based presents for my husband which I'll post more about later. He is the hardest person in the world to buy for so it hasn't been the easiest task. Let's hope I've done well!

My other exciting news is that I am launching another exciting new business in September! Epernay Beauty will be the sister company to our bridal shop and offer a range of specialist beauty treatments including HD Brows, semi-permanent eyelash extensions, LVL Lift, Bio Sculpture nails and bridal and occasion make up. 

I originally trained in beauty 11 years ago and have gone back to complete further training in each of these specialist treatments. 

I've also undertaken a qualification as a Professional Make Up Artist, which covers all types of make up application, from subtle day-to-day looks right through to airbrushing for the camera. I absolutely love it and being able to do it as a job is fantastic!

The treatments that Epernay Beauty will be offering sit perfectly with our bridal and prom business and I'm delighted that I will be there with our brides on the morning of their wedding. 

I will be posting further blogs about each of the services we offer too so please keep checking back!

We are taking make up bookings for 2015 and 2016 weddings, in addition to our other treatments now so please do not hesitate to call 0191 236 8760 or email if you'd like to make an appointment. Our new website will be live soon so I'll post a link as soon as it's ready!