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6 boots to take you from winter through to spring

6 boots to take you from winter through to spring

 

One of the best things about winter dressing is that there are no limits when it comes to the styles of boots you can wear. That said, the fun doesn’t always have to stop as the warmer months arrive. Here are 6 different styles that are perfect for making the transition from winter to spring wardrobe.

 

Statement ankle boots

 

Whether it’s metallics or prints, a vibrant, statement ankle boot adds instant wow factor to any outfit. They may be perfect for the party season but how can you make the most of your fancy footwear as the spring months are approaching? An easy way to ensure your ankle boots work well in warmer weather is to pair them with a midi dress. Calf length styles will help show off your boots without baring too much leg if that winter chill hasn’t fully retreated. Go for floral styles to create a show-stopping day time look. If you need some inspiration why not take a look at the Jimmy Choo sale for some eye-catching options?

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Classic combats

 

Keep it cool and comfortable in 2019 by turning your combat boots into spring must haves. There are countless ways to make your favourite combat boots work in warmer weather so get experimenting with what looks best on you. Think jeans and a leather jacket or give your outfit a more feminine edge by choosing a knit dress and oversized trench.

 

Sock boots are staying put

 

The closer they fit to your ankle, the better they look. As the popularity of sock boots grow so do the variation of styles, patterns, fabrics and heel heights they come in. The beauty of these boots is the sleek silhouette they create so if you’re looking to wear them in the warmer months make sure you go for more volume on top. Think loose-fitting dresses and oversized thinner knits for a look that will make a lasting impression.

 

Western details

 

Cowboy boots were everywhere on the Autumn/Winter 18 catwalks and they aren’t going anywhere soon. Western-inspired styles are probably the easiest boots to transition into spring. Try them with a floral tea dress for a cute day time look or pair them with your favourite high-waisted shorts for that classic cowgirl style.

 

Knee-highs for nights out

 

Knee-high boots are a staple of any winter wardrobe but how can you make them work for spring too? Whether you prefer black or lighter shades, it’s important to let them do the talking. Pair them with a simple shift or slip dress for instant glamour. Alternatively, you could team with a plain white t-shirt and jeans for a more laid-back look.

 

Keep your kitten heels

 

Kitten heels have often proved a point of contention in many a fashion debate. That said, this season they seem to have returned with a vengeance. From black suede to animal prints, the boots popped up across catwalks and must-have lists for Autumn/Winter 18. Fortunately, the low-heeled style also makes them the perfect transitional piece. Why not wear yours with your favourite cropped jeans or statement skirt?

 

 

Inspired by : Luisaviaroma


spa day for Christmas

Christmas at Imagine Spa in Blofield

ChristmasDecember offer- Festive Bubbles and Bliss Spa Experience at Imagine Spa in Blofield.

Including a Festive-themed Afternoon Tea and Fizz!

Join us this Month for some pampering with our ‘Festive Bubbles and Bliss’ Spa Experience!

Forget about the Christmas list for a few hours as you enjoy:

  • Up to 4 hours relaxing in our Thermal Suite and Spa Facilities
  • A robe, towel and slippers for your comfort
  • A glass of Fizz
  • A delicious Festive-themed Afternoon Tea
  • A 60 minute Treatment of your choice

Just £80 per person Monday – Friday

Just £90 per person Saturday – Sunday

Call 01603 712550 & quote EOM-12-18

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Imagine Blofield Heath, Norwich

Imagine Spa is located at Willow Farm in the small village of Blofield Heath just east of Norwich, Norfolk. Our stunning rural location makes us a perfect getaway from the stresses and strains of life’s busyness.

Opening Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday: 9am – 5pm
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9am – 9pm

  • Imagine Spa,
    Willow Farm,
    Field Lane,
    Blofield Heath,
    Norwich,
    Norfolk.
    NR13 4RP
  • 01603 712550
  • blofieldheath@imaginespa.co.uk

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champagne at bourgee

Launch party at Bourgee in Norwich

Last night me and my good friend Emma attended the launch party of Bourgee in Norwich. Their great PR company Edencancan  had a great evening laid out for us of Champagne and canapes. No expensive spared we had our glasses top upped throughout the night with Taittinger. The atmosphere in there is great. It's a real gem in the centre of the shopping area in Norwich. Upstairs is an exquisite bar with terrace over looking Timber hill. The upstairs bar has a great 'clubbing' feel to it with a lively vibe of great music and cocktails. This restaurant most definitely shouldn't be over looked as just a restaurant. The bar upstairs is something this part of Norwich is missing. I would meet friends here for evening drinks, gossip and dancing!

Both the owners Mark Baumann and James Welling were social butterflies and made sure they introduced themselves to everyone. They are an Essex based family-run company branching out into our lovely Norwich. They are extremely passionate about delivering great food. They even had their families with them last night. It's great to see the whole family including their kids supporting them.

They cater for everyone. From romantic evening meal, afternoon tea, and even a Sunday roast with your family!

I particularly liked the look of their bar snacks. Great Asian twist of sticky beef, gyoza (dumplings), lobster and steamed bun with kimchi and fries.

I can definitely see myself enjoying many good times here!

The castle mall is forever changing and keeping up to date with what their customers want. This is a great area of Norwich now, which previously would have been over looked. There is a great selection of places including The Murderers and Cocina which are attracting more people here.

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pamper night

Lovely evening with Imagine spa at Brasted's

Great night in aid of East Anglian's children's hospices jointly hosted by Brasted's and Imagine Spa Blofield.

There were Hand/arm massages, makeup demos, canapes, Adnams gin tasters, welcome drinks, and also great opportunity to look around Brasted's.

Imagine Spa in Blofield have some great Christmas boxes they are selling this year. Including their twilight spa offer. 3 hours of relaxation on either Wed, Thurs or Friday evenings. Which is just £20 each.

Brasteds and Imagine spa have also teamed up to offer a day spa and hotel package at just £149 for two people.

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Pamper evening with Imagine Spa at Brasteds.

 

Restaurant at brasteds, Norfolk
The Snug at Brasteds
Rooms at Brasteds
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£20 twilight spa Christmas gift box set.
Adnams gin
Joint offer - Also more than welcome to order take-a-way for your room that night.

6 Tricks to Ensure the Long Wear of Your Makeup

6 Tricks to Ensure the Long Wear of Your Makeup

There is no doubt that a lot of people have amazing makeup know-how. They can create gorgeous looks with any makeup palette. They skilfully combine vibrant colours together and really transform the face.

However, what sets professional makeup artists from people who are just “good at makeup” apart is their ability to make any type of makeup last for a longer time.

Their makeup application skills and techniques prevent caking and breakdown, even if they just use drugstore makeup brands. With their unique approaches, they can outwork the performance deficiencies of cosmetic products.

‘Want to know some of their tricks for makeup longevity? Rounded up below are six of them:

1. Start off with skin care products formulated for your skin type

Wash, tone, and moisturise your face with skin cream and/or other products intended for your skin type. Having this as a base can contribute to the long wear of your makeup. It will complement and reinforce the texture of your skin-compatible foundation and concealer.

Also, exfoliate regularly. This will get rid of dry patches that look quite obvious when you put makeup on. These dry patches can create a flakiness that can make your makeup disintegrate easily.

2. Use a primer

Apart from creating a smoother canvas for the rest of your makeup, primer also makes sure that the colour pops. It makes pigments adhere better, preventing fall out.

3. Build up slowly

Avoid slopping on your liquid makeup (which a lot of Instagram makeup gurus tend to do).

 

Always start out with just a small amount and gradually build up coverage by pressing in the product with a damp makeup sponge. This is a tried and true strategy in preventing caking and breakdown, especially around the oily areas of your face.

Some foundations and concealers already have amazing opacity and you do not need a lot to achieve the coverage you want. So, work with small amounts and slowly add more until you’re completely satisfied with the opacity of the product.

4. Use a setting powder

If you want your makeup to stay put through sweat and even rain, do not skip setting your face with powder.

In advanced makeup classes, setting powder is the key to the long wear of the most complex makeup looks (such as drag makeup). It is the tool for “baking,” which is a technique that really locks makeup in place.

It is important to note, however, that setting powders are not created the same. If you want the best performer for creating a smooth finish and achieving longevity for any look, opt for finely milled setting powders like Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder, Ben Nye Luxury Powder, and Hourglass Veil Translucent Powder.

When applying your setting powder with a puff, do concentrate on areas where you normally get oily. Proper application of setting powder in these areas will keep shine away and maintain your makeup look for longer.

5. Use a setting mist

This is another step you should take to lock makeup in. However, spritzing your face with a great setting mist does not only keep your makeup in place longer, but it can also create a dewy finish.

After setting with powder, your makeup can look quite matte or flat. A generous misting of MAC Fix Plus or Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray will restore dimension to your face by creating the look of moisture.

A special tip to make setting mist even more effective is to fan your face dry. This has been proven to keep makeup intact throughout the day.

6. To finish off your look, get rid of excess moisture

One of the makeup tricks makeup artists who prep models for a runway show is to use a facial tissue to blot out oil. But, they do not pat the tissue on the skin to avoid moisture. Instead, they place the tissue against the face and use a fluffy makeup brush to “sweep up” sebum gently for the tissue to absorb.

This effectively gets rid of excess oil without disturbing your makeup.

Top makeup pros swear by these tricks.

So, if you want your gorgeous “face paint” to look fresh until you are ready to take it off, these are the tricks to learn and implement.

AUTHOR BIO

Toni Malt is the Middle East's leading international editorial makeup artist and the woman behind the highly anticipated Toni Malt Makeup Academy in the heart of Dubai, now training the next generation of key makeup artists. From minimalistic looks to freestyle artistic creations, Toni's creative work has been published in top international fashion magazines around the world including VOGUE, ELLE, L'Officiel, Marie Claire, Harper's BAZAAR, Grazia and Cosmopolitan.


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Pampering and canapes

Imagine spa in Blofield, Norfolk are hosting a pampering and canapes night at Brasted's restaurant in Norwich in aid of East Anglian children's hospices. Looks like a great night planned with fizz on arrival, beauty treatments and canapes.

Book early to avoid disappointment.

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13mm eyelash extensions

Why most people can't have the longest lashes possible

A lot of clients say they want "the longest lashes available please"! However, in reality, they are not very likely to last and don't always look that flattering in my opinion. I am a lover of the enhanced natural lashes look and not the full dramatic thick fake look! Lash extensions are very personal and reflect your own style and personality. However, it's the job of the eyelash technician to help guide their clients to get a look that not only suits them but will last. Placing a very curly D curl on a straight natural lash or an insanely long extension will last only days and not weeks. Ending in disappointment for both you and your client.

Never apply a false eyelash extension more than double the length of your natural eyelash. It simply won't last very long. As there won't be much contact between the extension and natural lash to anchor/ hold it in securely in place. Not only will the fake eyelash extensions not last, but it's also not good for your reputation as a lash technician.

My personal tip as an eyelash extension technician for demonstrating this to clients is to simply take one 13mm fake lash, I normally use thickness 0.20 and take a photo holding it up against their natural lashes. Once the client sees this photo they will understand what you mean. Also, explain that the fake extensions will touch their reading/ sunglasses and become very annoying.

I believe the longest lashes you can buy are 20mm, but I have never seen anyone suitable for these!

13mm eyelash extensions

 

If you find your lashes are falling out prematurely it's always worth checking with your doctor. Poor skin and hair growth might be a sign on something else going on. A healthy diet and drinking enough water will improve your lash growth.

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Beauty and Skincare YouTube Channels to Fall in Love With

Beauty and Skincare YouTube Channels to Fall in Love With

Yesterday's generation was raised on glossy magazines and celebrity billboards telling them the latest trends. But in the age of YouTube, 
a new sector has elevated content creators to popular influencers — some amassing millions of followers who religiously keep track of their next favourite lipstick. But who can blame them when many of these vloggers are adding much-needed diversity and personality to the mix? Plus, there's the assurance that these beauty vloggers are more or less just like us, building their skincare science and working on improving their craft for all of us to observe and learn from.

From new make-up mavens and Korean skincare gurus, to the pioneers who have been around since YouTube's ad-less days, these are the vloggers changing the beauty world. Try a tutorial or two at your next "ladies night in," like we previously suggested here on Elizabeth Smith Beauty. There is no better time to finally perfect that wingtip eyeliner. 

Ruth Crilly

Having been a model for more than 10 years, Ruth Crilly is no stranger to make-up and beauty. As such, this fashion-model-turned-vlogger has made herself an authority when it comes to knowing which products look great on camera.

Don't let her glamorous model lifestyle intimidate you, though. Crilly's recommendations come from all ends of the price spectrum — whether it's her £45 Aromatherapy Bath Oil guilty pleasure, or her favourite £7.99 Bourjois drugstore foundation. 

Image credit: A Model Recommends

Michelle Phan

Michelle Phan remains a household name in the industry, despite being in the beauty vlogging game for over a decade now. Lottoland describes the YouTube star as one of the platform’s best success stories, with Phan one of the first to earn millions from her beauty channel. Now, she is a renowned entrepreneur and make-up expert with three book releases to date. 

Fans love her relatable and natural approach to skin care. The one ingredient she swears by? Olive oil. 

Image credit: TIME

Manny Gutierrez

Dubbing himself "the boy beauty vlogger," Manny Gutierrez makes an art form out of reinventing himself using make-up. Creating unique and dreamy looks for his viewers, Gutierrez's tutorials are made for standing out and making a statement. His boldness and quirky antics have caught the attention of not just over five million subscribers, but also Maybelline executives. The global beauty giant has since made him their first ever male ambassador.

Image credit: Teen Vogue

Caroline Hirons

As a qualified facialist and brand consultant, Caroline Hirons' reviews are a fountain of skincare knowledge. Her approach to her YouTube channel has always been a no-holds-barred, no-nonsense look into how to take care of your skin well. She has since launched her first skincare product in collaboration with Pixi, and is the founder of the non-profit initiative Give and Makeup, which aims to provide everyday essentials to victims of domestic violence.

Image credit: Caroline Hirons

Dasha Kim

Korean skincare can be intimidating, but Australian-based Dasha Kim breaks everything down in ways that connect with everyone and will have you wanting to buy everything — from snail mucin to birch sap moisturiser. Just let her perfect, glass skin speak for itself. 

Image credit: The Klog

Lewys Ball

At just 17 years old, he has amassed more than 300,000 subscribers for his gender norm-smashing approach to make-up. If that's not impressive enough, he is also the first male face of major cosmetics company Rimmel London. In their campaign video, he is quoted saying, "Anybody can wear makeup, no matter who you are."

Image credit: Teen Vogue

 

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straight lashes

Picking the correct curl for dead straight natural eyelashes

For straight natural eyelashes, I would recommend using a curl very similar to the client's natural lash. The J curl is normally the best match for straight lashes and needed when applying eyelash extensions to dead straight lashes as more of the natural lash will be in contact with the false extension.

If you have been using an extension with a strong curl it's very tempting to use more glue. However, in my opinion, this never works. Less is always more when it comes to glue!

It's important to pick a fake lash which resembles the natural straight lash as much as possible, so they last longer. Having said this the modern glues are very good, so still get OK retention. I have laid out the three most popular curls below and hand drawn on a straight lash to show you the retention. The yellow highlight on the drawing is how much natural lash is in contact with the fake extension. It's near impossible to get all of C curl to attach all the way up the natural lash meaning it's only attached at the base.

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The three most popular curls are C, B and J.

 

An alternative to eyelash extensions is having a lash lift. This is great if you are allergic to the glue or simply just find you don't get on with eyelash extensions. A lash lift doesn't add thickness, so most clients still prefer wearing mascara with it. A tint can be done alongside a lash lift to darken the natural lashes. Ideal for holidays where you are in the water a lot.

Any additional comments or tips please tell free to add them to the bottom of this blog post. I welcome all comments.

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volume lashes

How to do Russian volume lashes

The idea of volume lashes is to use four to six 0.07 thickness lashes and get them to hug the natural lash. This leaves them looking even fuller, as each natural lash holds multiple extensions. Please don't use a heavier weight or more than six lashes with these type of eyelash extensions, or it can lead to damage to the natural lash.

volume lashes

Ideally place the hand made fan on top of the natural lash with the natural lash in the middle. Please don't buy pre-made fans. In my opinion they are too heavy as they already have glue on them, and you need to add additional glue to stick them to the lash. If you are making your own fans, you can use the same spot of glue to both stick the fan together, and to the natural lash. Once you have mastered the art of creating hand made fans you will truly understand why it's a form of art and why you need to charge more for them.

volume fan lash
My clip art skills aren't great, but you can see from this image of a volume fan that the brown natural eyelash is in the middle with the six 0.07mm fake extensions evenly spaced on top around it.

It's extremely difficult to pick up four to six really fine lashes when you start out! I personally pull/ lift the four to six lashes slightly apart keeping the base together on the sticky strip before releasing them completely from the strip. As demonstrated on the image below. This does take time, don't rush. I use Noir volume tweezers available from Amazon.

creating volume eyelash fan

Once you have started to master picking them up without dropping them it's time to concentrate on getting the perfect fan.

Here are some tips:

  • Gentle grip. If you press tweezers together too tight the fine lashes will fly everywhere!
  • Even gaps between the six 0.07 eyelash extensions and keep the gaps the same for all the fans you make. Consistency will make the final look perfect.
  • Deep V shape between each false lash
  • Hug the natural lash. I place mine on top of natural lash, but some people do under.
  • Symmetric - three 0.07 on each side of natural lash.
  • Tiny amount of glue, if not too much glue is drawn up the fan and closes it!
  • Thin base hugging the natural lash.

 

5d volume lash
Thin base hugging the natural lash.

Please feel free to comment on this blog post with your own suggestions and recommendations.

Tips for doing volume eyelash extensions