Silver, sand and sea

Hello and welcome to nicspicknmix, on the blog I am discussing my tips on how I wear my jewellery. I am petite and I normally like my jewellery to be the same. I wear jewellery to compliment my frame. I feel that this works best for me. Although, I know some people prefer the exact opposite and wear pieces that stand out, but then again this may work better for them.

That being said, what I select for the daytime compared to that at night time tends to differ quite dramatically. During the day I choose to wear jewellery that keeps my style simple and clean. I like to wear only one or two pieces which in my eyes, isn’t going over the top, unless I’m wearing a full set of course. If I have a full set at hand to match my outfit then I’m quite happy to wear a bit more than normal, it doesn’t hurt to stand out a bit after all, especially if everything co-ordinates. My daytime minimalist preferences stem from my tendency to wear jeans and a jumper. At night however, things are completely different. When I go out I like to be as dramatic as possible in line with the event that I’m off to. This is reflected in the jewellery I wear as well. For me, I think a lot of the style you wear comes down to the individual and their preference. The World would be a boring place if we lacked individuality and I think it should be embraced at every opportunity. Heidi & Co must have thought about this. They have three different brands, Smeidi, Libby May and Evy B with the products only produced on a limited run. This gives me the confidence that I won’t be on a night out and see everyone wearing the same as me.

As a blogger I am always experimenting and trying to up my style game. Sometimes it works and other times it doesn’t. Fashion for me is sometimes a bit of a learning curve, but it’s necessary to experiment especially when trying to find out what works well for yourself with the ever changing styles and trends. The one down side on this ever changing nature is of course the cost. It’s important to keep up with the times but there is no point in getting yourself into debt. I really am appreciative of being lucky enough to be a brand ambassador for Heidi & Co helping me keep creative and stylish.  Working in this team has been such an inspiring experience. Not only have I had the chance to meet other fantastic bloggers I have also been able to learn more about myself as a blogger.

Whilst browsing the latest jewellery from Heidi & Co I was drawn to the circle bracelet. I really liked the simple design and how delicate it appeared to be. I felt that this piece would be adaptable for using at many occasions from a day out exploring to a lovely romantic meal. I like exploring a lot and try to put a lot of thought into my outfit before the day. I visited Incholm Island near Edinburgh at the weekend and wore my new circle bracelet to compliment my daytime look, check it out below!

Double circle bracelet £18.99

The island is beautiful and I almost forgot I was only a short distance from Edinburgh. For such a small island there is surprisingly a lot to see. I explored the historic Abbey and remnants from the World War which was most interesting. If you are like myself and love learning about history I highly recommend this day trip. As long as you like travelling by boat that is, as this is the only way on to the island. You are given the freedom to explore as much or as little of this magnificent island as you like. The views are phenomenal and it made me think about what we have today thanks to the bravery of the soldiers.

Thank you for reading and please do check out Heidi & Co via the links below.

https://heidico.com/products/libby-may-double-circle-bracelet?utm_source=Nicole%20Abbott&utm_medium=Blog%20Post&utm_campaign=Libby%20May%20SS17

Heidi & co website

Hedi & Co Instagram

Much love

Nicole x

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The Vintage Beauty Box

Hello and welcome to nicspicknmix. On the blog today I will be writing about this little gem which has had a makeover and a new addition to the team. The vintage beauty box based in ST Andrews has been growing from strength to strength that the need for expansion was a must.

The Vintage Beauty Box is owned by Aileen ho has vast amounts of knowledge both as a professional make up artist and as a skin specialist. They specialise in customer satisfaction and will do everything to make you feel comfortable. The treatments that are available are tremendous they offer a wide selection from waxing to wedding make up. With the relaunch comes even more variety. They now offer vita liberate spray tan. I had never heard of this brand before but was intrigued to find out more. I don’t often spray tan due to being very pale and I’m not a fan of the tango look. Aileen recommended this brand to myself as it is designed to avoid the orange tint and that nasty I’ve just been tanned smell. So I’ll definitely be trying this tan out and share my before and after results with you. If this is right up your street Aileen currently has a great offer on, Tan Thursday any appointment made between 2pm-8pm will be discounted to £15 instead of £25! Just in time for the weekend prep. If tan isn’t your thing then why not opt for some nail treatments from their shiny new nail bar. They also offer make up applications and lessons at their glamorous make up stations. The Vintage Beauty Box loves students, in fact they have two days dedicated to them on a Mondays and Tuesdays where a discount of 10% is available.

I was invited along to attend the relaunch of the beauty salon which was very exciting. The salon is situated in the heart of St Andrews which is a fantastic location. Parking is a little difficult but there is on street and other places nearby to park which means the salon is in walking distance. On arrival at the salon I was very impressed with the new layout. I was so excited to see all the new add ons and what the new beauty room would be like. They have still kept the very essence of the calming, clean and natural colourings as before which I am a fan of . The atmosphere is still very relaxing – in fact I felt relaxed just being there which was a lovely feeling. They now have two beauty rooms and a tan room which means more availability. I have attached images of the beauty rooms and tan room for you to get a feel of the set up. I will also include links to the websites and social media accounts so you can all check out the treatments .

Beauty room number 1

Tanning room- the door locks for privacy

Beauty room 2

I am really excited to see what else is in store for this beauty salon and look forward to booking myself in for treatments. Please do check them out.

Thank you Aileen for inviting me to the relaunch. The websites are here:

The Vintage Beauty Box website

The Vintage Beauty Box Facebook

The Vintage Beauty Box twitter

If you have any questions or need further information regarding the Vintage Beauty Box please do get in touch. I am more thank happy to help.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed reading about the relaunch.

Much love

Nicole x

Period charity project (Period Friendly Project)

Hello and welcome to nicspicknmix. Today I am introducing you all to something completely different to what I normally blog about.

I put myself forward to spread the word about an amazing charity project, which helps homeless women to overcome certain obstacles in their lives. The Simon Community Scotland charity helps over 500 women. They aim to help women to gain control of their lives and to be given emergency accommodation to keep them safe and off the street through their street team. The Simon Community Scotland along with the street team are now launching a Period Friendly programme to help these women to maintain their dignity, to show that there are people who care and services to both support and listen to them. We need to stand together and make a change as no woman or girl should ever have to be in the position to have to make a D.I.Y tampon or towel, wear the same pair of pants for days on end. No woman or girl should ever have to change behind a bin either! He Simon Community Scotland makes a good point that “the smallest bit of generosity can go a long, long way” and I couldn’t agree more’!

In order for this to happen and to give these women the help that they need, Simon Community Scotland are launching a brand new project on the 23rd August 2017 in Glasgow which has been called: Period Friendly Point (PFP). This is hoped to help homeless women to have ‘a period of dignity’.

So how exactly will this project work?
The Period Friendly Points are locations which are catered for the homeless. The project once it has grown overtime more organisations will hopefully be keen to help out. The PFP’s will have a display which will have free and easily accessible sanitary products, wipes, pants and disposable bags and information leaflets about the products. There will also be pregnancy tests and infection tests there to give women the peace of mind should these be required. Not only will there be products handed out but members of staff will be there to chat to should there be anything the women need to talk about.

Not only are they doing all of the above but the street team are to be handing out Period Friendly Pax which are discrete and compact bags for women who are sleeping rough. The bags include tampons, towels, pants, wipes and disposable bags. The perfect thing about these bags is they can be refilled by the street team or at the nearest PFP. There will also be information given in the bag about what this project is about and where they can go for help etc.

This project is a fantastic idea and one I am happy to be blogging about. Every woman experiences periods and we all know how expensive these products are to buy. Periods shouldn’t be seen as a topic that we don’t speak about instead we should be supporting one another through it like the Simon Community Scotland are setting out to do. Women should be empowering one another and by doing a small it it will make a huge difference to a woman or girl somewhere.

How can you help ?
It will cost the Simon Community around £15 for a five day supply which includes: 5 towels, 12 tampons, 3 pairs of pants, travel wipes, disposable bags and information. If you would like to donate please textPFPR28 to 70070 with the amount you would like to donate: £5 or £10.

There is another way that you can help, if you have have a couple of hours to spare a month or a week we’d welcome your help. What we need our P.F.Pals to do is:

Visit the period friendly points and restock their supplies

Collect and sort donations into Pax and refresher packs at our warehouse in Glasgow

Help raise funds and products to maintain the period friendly points and pax.

Support, promote and raise awareness of the issues homeless women experience.

Be a listening ear and a support to the women we reach out to.

I think you will agree that this is a fantastic project and one that is long overdue. I hope we can all do our bit to help and support to keep this project alive to help,our fellow sisters.

For more information please visit the web links below:

http://www.simonscotland.org/period-friendly

http://www.simonscotland.org/period-friendly

I would like to send a huge thank you to Kirstin and all the team at the Simon Community Scotland for all their hard work. I am honoured to be blogging about this project and I hope to help out more.

Thank you for reading and I hope you are able to help out in some way.

Much love

Nicole x

Charming Cherie Bumble

Hello and welcome to nicspicknmix . On the blog today I am delighted to introduce Cherie Bumble.

I am an avid gym goer and I like to keep both active and fit. I have always believed that going to the gym and wearing active clothing should be fun, comfortable yet still stylish. There are lots and lots of brands out there each having their own aims and having a go at being fashionable yet I still feel that they don't flatter my petite frame.

That is until I was introduced to Cherie Bumble. Cherie Bumble is based in the United Kingdom and specialises in luxury activewear which takes its inspiration from modern day fitness. Cherie Bumble offers on trend pieces which have many patterns, colours and technical fabrics to suit the fast pace of life. They aim to bring fashion-forward designs with a luxury touch at an affordable price. They thrive to meet the demands of fashion and fitness savvy women.

This brand is what myself and many other women have been looking for. I feel that Cherie knows exactly what is required of an active brand that actually does two things , keeps you from sweating and keeps you looking stylish. Cherie has great knowledge about what works for gym wear materials due to her partner being a professional footballer. I feel it is vital to have a sound understanding of this as you know what works and what doesn't work.

I believe it is so important to feel confident in your activewear and to be comfortable as well. Activewear needs to be flexible and adaptable as you never know what the weather can be like should you be outdoors. I find myself more than not wearing activewear be it lounging around the house or at the gym. I am always looking for activewear which can be worn at home and if I'm nipping to a shop without looking untidy- hence my admiration for Cherie Bumble. Wearing this brand made me realise how fantastic I felt and looked. I no longer needed to feel scruffy when out as these pieces are high end and eye catching.

Cherie Bumble has a good selection of styles to choose from . I like how the materials are all flexible and quick drying. This brand really can be used for any form of fitness which is very handy indeed. The designs are so cleverly put together and look well made. Any patterns that are on the pieces are so discrete which may suit some women who don't like much fuss on their clothing. The material is quite huggy but this is what you need whilst working out . This being said the pieces are a true fit so I opted for a bigger size than normal.

I was very lucky to have been sent a huge selection of fabulous activewear pieces. Which I adore. Firstly, the Bella jacket which costs £60.00. This jacket is an eye-catching blue colour with a black zip. There is an air vent on the back to allow for breath ability and movement. There are thumb holes which are fantastic for comfort and as I am petite I feel this helps me to fit the jacket better. I have also found that these protect my hands when I'm lifting weights. The material is very lightweight and flexible. It's very well designed and features two spacious pockets which I always look for. This jacket is so fashionable I often wear it out with a pair of jeans for everyday attire. I feel it is an all rounder.


Next up is the Veve vest which costs £30.00. The design includes reflective panels on both the front and back-great for being outside for safety. I found whilst working out in this vest I stayed cool and this was to do with the cleaver performance technology that Cherie uses. I honestly didn't sweat much at all and especially didn't have that horrible clingy sweat that sticks to you after working out.

I was also sent the Lucia leggings which cost £45.00. The leggings are very clingy so perhaps ordering a bigger size will be a good idea. These leggings also feature the reflective panels on. It's side pockets and have a waist band that folds over. I felt very comfortable wearing these leggings. They are made from top quality material which again kept m body cool. They were not see through at all – like some leggings can be. These products are all very well made and you can see and feel the quality.

Lastly I also received the Jaguar jacket in black which costs £60.00. There is also a loose hood which is very handy for the Scottish weather I often face whilst out running. I also am a huge fan of the reflective panel on the back. This jacket is very stylish and goes with anything so it's great to match with other Cherie Bumble pieces.

I understand that this activewear brand is quite pricey but believe me when I say it's worth every penny. They use up to date cooling technology which helps a lot. The pieces as I've mentioned are very fashionable and unlike any other brand out there and are designed with women in mind. I am so glad to have been introduced to Cherie Bumble. Why not us my discount code NICOLE10 to gain 10% off your order.

Cherie Bumble website
Cherie Bumble Instagram
Cherie Bumble twitter

I would urge you all you gym bunnies and activewear lovers to check this brand out. Plenty to choose from and there really isn't another fashion cautious women specialises brand out there.

Thank you Cherie for sending these pieces to me and to be given this opportunity of working with you. I hope to work with you again soon.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I hope you enjoy Cherie Bumble as much as I do.

Much love
Nicole x

Rosamund of Scotland

Hello and welcome to nicspicnmix, on the blog today I am introducing Rosamund of Scotland to you all.

Rosamund of Scotland is a new Scottish design brand for women using sustainability sourced textiles. Rosamund's designs are quirky, original, beautifully crafted and luxurious. Rosamund of Scotland is a family run fashion brand. In fact it is a mother and daughter team behind the brand- Girl power indeed! The whole process is carried out in their workshop. From sketching to creating the finished piece. The materials used are of top quality.

This brand is so unique and very different to any I have worked with before and I love how creative the pieces are. They certainly do stand out. It is a brand where you can tell who made it straight away- which is fantastic. I really enjoy fun and unusual designs. It fits in really well with my motto of experimenting and pushing boundaries with fashion. There really is not another brand like Rosamund of Scotland which is exciting. I am waiting eagerly to see what they design next.

I am so fortunate to have a bespoke dress designed for myself from the Love letter collection. With the dress being made to measure it makes it more special as it's designed to fit you only. The dress compliments my shape very well. It has an elegant style to it. The cream material compliments my skin tone which surprised me as this is not a colour I usually wear. The dress is so comfortable to wear and it makes me feel like a 1950's pin up girl.


Dress costs £130.00

Dress also comes with matching clutch. Price £48.00

The company have been getting a lot of attention from the media which is great and very exciting for a local company. The team behind the brand are so passionate and hard working that I am so pleased that they are getting the recognition that they truly deserve . No one realises how much time and effort that goes into creating and maintaining a business until you start one yourself. I enjoy reading about what they are up to next and what fashion show they are taking part in – maybe one day I could walk in their designs!

I honestly can't recommend this brand enough- I could rave about them all day and still have only touched the surface. Please check them out . They are so different and I can guarantee you'll fall in love with them and their designs. The company are one to look out for.

Thank you to Rosamund of Scotland for giving me this opportunity. I am forever grateful and I hope to work with you again.

Please check out their websites below:

Rosamund of Scotland Facebook
Rosamund of Scotland website
Rosamund of Scotland Instagram

If you do purchase a design please let me see you wearing them as I'd love to see your outfits.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and I hope you enjoyed learning about Rosamund of Scotland.

Much love

Nicole

Blogger Recognition Award

Hello and welcome to nicspicknmix. I am so excited to share with you all that I was nominated for the blogger recognition award. This is my first award and I am so pleased to have been nominated . It actually means so much to me and shows that my blog is being enjoyed and read by people. It has encouraged me me to keep blogging and to push even harder.

How did I get the award?
I was nominated by Sophie Buchan of the blog trafottoz . She specialises in reviewing films, TV and restaurants in Glasgow (her hometown) and sometimes whilst abroad. I would like to thank Sophie for taking the time to read my blog and for believing that my blog was worth the award. I am over the moon.

How did I get into blogging?
I started of working in the fashion industry as a model and an actress. I have always had an interest in fashion and would experiment styling my own outfits and found that I really had an eye for it. I enjoyed seeing and wearing the different outfits on shoots and felt that I could express myself creatively through both fashion and make up. I have always been a creative person and felt by blogging this would allow me to keep being creative and hopefully inspire others through my work. Being petite has always brought barriers my way, be it getting trousers/ dresses etc to fit properly or being too small for certain modelling agencies. I wanted to stay working in the fashion industry and through blogging I feel I am able to achieve my dreams.

What advice would I give to bloggers?
Please don’t go into blogging if your only wanting to be famous or receive “freebies”. There are lots and lots of bloggers out there and some have been working hard for years and only now have they got to where they have aimed for through hard work and dedication. Blogging requires time,patience,a creative eye and determination amongst many more requirements.
You need to stand out from the crowd. Never copy other bloggers as that’s not going to help you anyway shape or form. Do lots of research on what’s current. I’m. It saying that being old school/vintage isn’t great but keeping up to date in your blogging area is crucial.
Don’t ever give up!

I am now required to nominate ten other bloggers who I feel deserve this award. It’s always really hard to choose by chosen bloggers are as follows:
1) Carly Philips : hicarlymarie
2) No serendipity: stylishmaze
3) Chr Marcel:kostantin
4) Cassidy Slockett : cassidysadventures
5) Wasifa Ahmad Hasan : sifascorner.
6) Curtis Roscoe : curtisluke
7) Media Verna Bector: hoppingfeet
8) Ellis Ellis : blackellis
9) Chanette Bing: chanettebing
10) Stephanie Omogun: melaninwonder

Here is What You Need to do now:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select other bloggers you want to give this award to.
6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated and provide the link to the post you created.

Thank you for reading. I hope you are looking forward to seeing and reading what I have coming soon. Lots of exciting things coming.

Much love
Nicole xx

Girls Day Out Show- Glasgow

 

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Blogger Press Pass

Hello and welcome to Nic’s Pick’n’mix. On the blog today I will be discussing my time as a blogger at the beauty event of all beauty events, Girls Day Out Show.

 

For those of you who are not familiar with this event I will give you a little background as to what happens, who goes and what to expect. I will also discuss the initial experience (as believe it or not this was my first time attending the event and I am a huge fan and will defiantly be attending more of them).

 

Girls Day Out had their first event back in 2009 and takes place at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow (SECC). The duration is over three days during the winter season. It is held annually and has become known as one of the best ladies’ lifestyle shows that takes place. The event covers things such as the latest fashion trends to facials, the latest fine dining to fake tan – in fact you could say that anything associated with the modern women’s way of living can be seen at this event.

 

The Girls Day Out Show can be argued as the ultimate celebration of all things fun, fabulous and female and the greatest thing is that all of this can be found under one roof!

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If you like to try out the latest fashion and beauty treatments, then this event is for you. With over 200 exhibitors from the fashion, beauty and skin care industries you are guaranteed to find some new treats for yourselves or your loved ones. Not only is there the shopping opportunities but they have live fashion shows which feature the latest trends great for all the fashionistas that you may know! Plenty of cocktails which are available all afternoon for you to enjoy at your leisure. They also have a lot of discounts and offers that are available for the whole weekend (which is great as we all love a bargain). For all of us who love to learn new techniques there are top leading beauty professionals there who will be demonstrating live demos associated with makeup tips. There are also opportunities to have your hair styled on the day from top hair salons or have your nails done with the latest nail trends. If you enjoyed the Magic Mike film then you would not have been disappointed as Girl’s Day Out have their very own male dancers who performed over the weekend too.

 

 

As this event is always popular I would recommend purchasing your tickets early as to not be disappointed. For those who do purchase their tickets early you receive a good bag and also a couple of vouchers for the cocktail- bar- what’s not to like!  Ticket prices start from £16.00 which is really reasonable when you think of how much planning and organising goes into this event. From my brief overview of what you can expect from the shows there really is a lot that takes place over the three days. I would urge you to try and attend the show when it comes as the atmosphere is amazing. You get a real buzz from being there and surrounded by so many ladies who are all dressed up and having a really good time. I would stress the importance of getting their early so you are not stuck in queues to get in and feel stressed. The event is one to be enjoyed when you are not flustered. One criticism which is not a fault of the event itself, but make sure you take cash with you as not all of the exhibitors have the card machine option – I sadly learnt this the hard way and had to join a very long queue at the only cash machines at the venue which ate into my time at the event.

I treated myself to have my nails done by the fantastic Manhattan Nails- Shellac mermaid nails.

The venue itself is a great size for an event of this scope. In previous shows there have been over 18,000 women attending the Girls Day Out Show which just highlights how popular and busy it can get. The venue is set up with stalls which are all numbered and things are clearly sign posted which makes it easier to find what you looking to go and see.

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Girls Day Out Show had their own Snapchat filter too

I was so lucky to have been invited to attend this event as a blogger and certainly enjoyed myself. It was brilliant to see familiar brands yet I treasured the opportunity to learn about up and coming brands that were new to the industry. The live demonstrations are amazing- you learn so much and I can’t wait to try out new techniques that I learnt. The live demonstrators have so much passion and skill that you feel just as inspired and excited watching. I would also like to mention that each year Girls Day Out have special celebrity guests who attend the event as well. This year saw Mark Wright being present (I bet there were a lot of happy ladies). Girls Day Out also invites guest bloggers to attend and this year the sensational Jamie Genevieve was here. She was doing master classes and meet and greets. I felt this was such a great opportunity for all of those who are inspired by her work to actually get to see her in action and learn first-hand from the makeup guru herself. It also felt even more special as she is from Glasgow and had worked with one of the exhibitors -Urban Decay. All of her workshops were sold out which was incredible.

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I honestly couldn’t fault the event itself it ran with no problems or hiccups. You were not rushed around the venue and if you were tired or wanted a break there were plenty of seated areas for you to go to. Capital FM had the music sorted so sit back and relax and listen to the latest music. Other entertainment included singing and dancing. So you can see why this event really does cater for everyone.

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I would like to thank Claudia from Girls Day Out Show for giving me this amazing opportunity of attending this incredible event. I hope to work with you again. You and your team have done a fantastic job and it really is a huge success.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I hope you have enjoyed reading about this beauty event and I hope to see you there.

 

If you would like more information please visit the following websites:

Girls Day Out Show Webpage

Girls Day Out Show Facebook

Girls Day Out Twitter

SixPlus cosmetics make up brushes

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I am writing about Sixplus cosmetics make up brushes. This company provide make up lovers with good quality products at affordable prices.

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Sixplus 12 PCS Shining Handle Soft Horse Hair Eye Blue Makeup Brush Set: £35.99 Amazon

These brushes come in various sets and single options. Which is great if you are looking to try new brush options. They are not expensive yet the quality is of a high standard.  I like how there is a good selection to choose from. You can choose from various colours which I really do think works well. They are very professional looking and can easily be stored in the multipurpose make up bag which has individual spaces for each brush – perfect for storing.  The makeup bag is very sturdy yet is compact which is great for travelling. There are also instruction booklets in the makeup bag.

 

The brush sets are excellent value for money. In the twelve-piece eye blue brush set which I received includes:

Handle material: wooden handle +aluminium ferrule

Bristles material: horse hair +high quality synthetic hair

Brushes Length:15CM-18CM

Maintenance: after use, please make it clean and dry, can provide a better cosmetic effect.

  • Powder brush, apply with natural pressed powder products
  • Round foundation brush, apply with liquid foundation
  • Angled blush brush, apply with blush products
  • Highlight brush, apply products to eye or nose corner
  • Small highlight brush
  • Eyeshadow brush, with horse hair
  • Blending brush
  • Eyebrow brush, to have a tattoo eyebrow effect
  • Eyeliner brush, apply with cream eyeliner products
  • Lip brush, travel lip brush

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How the brushes are stored in the makeup case.

The box also shows you a diagram of what the brushes look like and are all numbered so that you can easily tell the brushes apart-great for those who are not familiar with the various brushes. There is also information on what each brush should be used for again this is really helpful and will allow those less experienced with make-up application to achieve the best results possible from using the correct products with the brushes. Each brush is very soft and does what it is designed to do. I felt that the application with these brushes was of a good standard and didn’t leave me with any brush marks like some brushes have done in the past. I felt that the finished outcome from using sixplus cosmetics brushes was really good and I have been using them ever since. They are my go to brushes and I feel they have made me to feel more confident in applying my makeup.

Another aspect that I am really happy with is the fact that the handles are not too chunky. I have very small hands and have found that some brush handles are far too chunky for me to get a good grip of but these brushes just fit my hands like a glove. The products look great and I like how they are kept very simple in terms of the logo. One thing that might be a good thing to add to them would be to have the number of the brush on the handle for those of us not so proficient with what brush does what area etc- again this is only a small thing I would add.

These brushes and all of the other brush set options can be purchased from eBay and Amazon. I would recommend that you give this company a try and I can honestly say that you will be very satisfied with the brushes. I was a bit hesitant at first as I do like my MAC brushes and Eco Tools but I love to try new companies and Sixplus Cosmetics have blown my away. I like how there is a good variety of brushes in each set and feel that they are a good investment to have.

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Finished result from using the SixPlus Cosmetics Brushes. 

 

To check out Sixplus Cosmetics please visit the following websites and Social media accounts:

SixPlus Cosmetics Website

SixPlus Cosmetics Facebook

SixPlus Cosmetics Twitter

SixPlus Cosmetics Youtube Channel

SixPlus Cosmetics Instagram

I would like to thank Brian at SixPlus Cosmetics for allowing me to review these brushes and for introducing them to me. I am very happy with them and can say that these are one of my favourite brushes that I have used.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog . I hope you enjoyed my post and I look forward to hearing from you.

Blink Brow Bar

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I will be discussing the award winning business called Blink Brow Bar. I am so excited to be able to write about this fantastic business and introduce those of you who are not aware of it and to give you some information on a new line of eye brow products that I was very lucky to have sent to me to try and write about.

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Beautifully presented

 

Vanita Parti is the founder of the Brow Bar which has grown into a very successful business throughout the world. Vanita wanted to bring the ancient Indian technique of threading into the 21st century and it is now a very popular form of eye brow shaping technique. In 2004 saw the launch of the very first walk-in brow bar in the United Kingdom. Now in 2016 there are over twenty-five walk-in bars throughout the United Kingdom and another opening in SAKS in New York! This year also sees the launch of Blink Brow Bars own beauty products. The brand can be purchased in stores such as Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Topshop, John Lewis and SpaceNk. All the employees who work at Brow Bar are very passionate about their jobs and are very much perfectionists when it comes to creating the perfect eye brow looks. They keep up to date with all the beauty trends which is very important when the beauty industries styles change loads over the years.

 

I have been very lucky to try out their new beauty range (Brow Essentials Kit) which includes; 1x Brow Definer, 1x Clear Brow Gel and 1x Brow Highlighter. The Brow Definer comes in the following shades:

  • Mysore Sandalwood (light blonde)
  • Cinnamon Spice (dark blonde)
  • Indian Chocolate (brunette)
  • Jasmin Morga (ash black)
  • Cardamom Pod (black)

 

I like how there are a few options of shades to try and they are closely linked to as much as possible everyone’s hair shade which is great. I often do find it hard to find the perfect match for my eye brows due to the fact that I have dyed my hair quite a bit over the years and my eye brows are quite dark. I also have the problem that I sleep on my left side which has caused my eye brow to thin out, so again getting the correct shade is very important so that I don’t look silly. As beauty lovers we all know how important well-groomed brows are for framing our face, balancing our features and defining our eyes. This is why I was very interested to try and review Blink Brows new products as they are the experts with years of experience and work very closely with beauty treatments daily. The team at Blink were very keen to create products that allowed us to have beautiful brows quickly, simply and as naturally as possible which I feel is very important in this day and age. Time is precious for us as many of us don’t have much of it anymore from working long hours and commuting etc but we still want to look at our best.

I do love trying out new beauty and make up products but some days I just want to put on the bare essentials which for me is mascara and making sure my eye brows look on point so to speak. I chose shade Indian chocolate (I like how they have named the shades and not just went for light brown, dark brown etc). The products are beautifully presented with minimal illustrations or logos which I feel was the perfect branding option for these products as it allows the actual item to do the talking. Each item is clearly marked in purple text -again very eye catching and if in a makeup bag will be easily found. On the packaging there is also information telling you what to do with each item -again is a great idea. Many of those using these products will be familiar on how to use certain products and where to use them but it is handy for those of us who don’t.

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How the products are packaged.

 

The eye brow definer is a great shape and easy to hold -not too bulky which is good when wanting to get into the areas where little or no hair are. The tip of the eye brow definer is so soft and allows you to follow the shape of your eyebrows really well without it smudging or going out with your natural shape. The finish is matte which looks amazing and it really does keep your eye brows looking very natural but glamourous at the same time. The product is very easy to use and perfect for building up coverage without it looking over done! The highlighter is also very soft and easy to apply to the arch. And it gives such a beautiful glow to the look. This product does give the eyes an instant lift and compliments the definer really well. The product is dual-ended as it comes with a blending sponge that can be used to even out the application to create a soft and subtle glow to the eye. There is also a built in sharpener which is handy to have as it is sometimes really difficult to find a sharpener that fits most items. The highlighter is also water proof (great for our wet weather) and retractable. The clear gel has nourishing and strengthening ingredients (Panthenol -vitamin B5) so not only are you going to look and feel good so will your brows! That is a winning reason to use this brand. The Brow gel is great for keeping hairs in place and also it helps to define the eye brow shape and keeps the brows to look glossy.

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My finished look and the products used to achieve this look

 

When I used the above products I found them all very easy to apply to my eyebrows. I had no itching or allergic reactions to the products and enjoyed applying them. I felt like a professional and really did like the finished outcome. Yes, it was only three products for me to use which is nothing compared to some eye brow brands out there. I liked the fact that less was more. I felt that I was still myself with my eye brows on and not hiding behind a mass or products. The finished look really did look professionally done and natural which this company does aim to achieve. I feel that these products are really well designed and put together. I would urge you all to go and check them out and try for yourselves. It really is very easy to use and the results are instant. Once you try these products there will be no turning back. You will feel like a movie star (I know that I did).

 

Please go and check out this dedicated company through the links below:

Blink Brow Bar Website

Blink Brow Bar Facebook Page

Blink Brow Bar Twitter

Blink Brow Bar Instagram

 

I would like to thank all the team at Blink Beauty Bar for giving me this opportunity. I really have enjoyed learning about the company and the products and feel that I will be purchasing more from them in the future.

I do hope you have found this review post useful. Please do get in touch if you have any questions or would like to work together.

 

 

Miss Vanilla

On the blog today I will be talking about my collaboration with Miss Vanilla. Miss Vanilla’s motto is that they believe girls should feel super-glam every day. They feel that they can achieve this through their hot trends at competitive prices throughout the UK and across the World. They specialise in celebrity inspired fashion trends.

The Miss Vanilla Website is very easy to navigate around and really simple layout which I feel is a good thing as you are left looking at the clothing rather than what else is happening. Everything is clearly marked out and accessible. I like how you can share the item(s) really easily with your friends across the social media platforms that you use. The images of the clothing are a good size and it allows you to really see what you are looking at -makes it easier to choose what size you will be and gives a good idea of what it actually looks like without having to enlarge the image or zoom in and out.

This company really do focus in on celebrity style, which is great for all us fashionistas who would like to dress like our idols, but may not be able to afford the price tag that goes with it. The items really are complete matches to the celebrities clothing. They have everything from the stars of TOWIE to Kylie Jenner. If you have a special occasion, there are plenty of dresses to choose from or playsuits. With Miss Vanilla you truly will be glamorous every day. If you are staying in at home, they have fantastic 2 piece sets or logo jumpers which are so cool.

The customer service is really good with Miss Vanilla. The company have great communication and you are kept up to date with how your order is coming along. This company even offer FREE UK delivery. They also have various options for making a payment which is great as there will be a preferred option for everyone.

I was very lucky enough to have been sent the Monochrome Cut Out Bodycon Dress which is inspired by the one and only fashion style Icon- Kylie Jenner. Monochrome Cut out Dress

I was over the moon to have been sent this beautiful piece as it is something that I wouldn’t have chosen myself and it shows that you really can dress to impress with this company for really good value for money.  The dress is one of those that you really can’t wait to wear and show off. The dress is really well made and fits perfectly. It shows of my figure really well and I felt very comfortable wearing it. It is a great length and flirty at the same time. The white sections of the dress are not see through at all which is great. I felt very sophisticated in this dress yet I also feel that it is a dress that can be worn to events or nights out.

Please see images below of how the dress looked on me.

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Photographer Claire Loftus ,Make up artist Naomi Ahmad, Dress Miss Vanilla £23.00

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Photographer Claire Loftus, Make up artist Naomi Ahmad, Dress Miss Vanilla

I cannot thank Miss Vanilla enough for allowing me this opportunity to work  with them. I can honestly say from the bottom of my heart that this company is one to purchase from -you will not be disappointed. Instead I think you will be a match made in celebrity style. Go on and release that inner red carpet look lurking in you.

Please feel free to check this company out from the links below:

Miss Vanilla Website

Miss Vanilla Twitter

Miss Vanilla Facebook

Miss Vanilla Instagram

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. I hope you enjoyed reading and I look forward to hearing from you all. Please do keep up to date with myself on my social media channels and here.

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