Nail trends - Winter 2012

The current trend for nails is to have nail art or a different colour on your ring fingers only. Here is a classic French manicure with nail art on the ring finger which I did the other day. Looks very classy with a little bit of bling. This is done is Gellux gel polish, which can last up to 15 days no chip or peel. Sets under UV light, so you go home with dry nails.


New colour in - Gellux gel polish

I have a new Gellux gel polish colour in - Gold rush!! This polish is fab. It's set dry under UV light and is no chip/ peel for 15 days. Fab for Christmas parties coming up!



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Understanding your eyelash extensions

Understanding your eyelash extensions

As promised I am doing a blog on understanding your eyelash extensions. It's really important to me that all my clients have a proper consultation when they come into my salon in Norwich. I use individual eyelash extensions. It's amazing how much there is to pick from! I have done a quick photoshop image of some of the common curls, thickness, colour and lengths available. I always have C and J curls in, but please remember I am always happy to get in other sizes or curls on request. Also have glitter, crystal and silver/gold beads for lash art in. Great for a hen do and Christmas parties.

A chart on different curls and thickness available

Thickness :
0.15mm thick individual eyelashes create a long-lasting natural look. 
0.20 for a natural mascara look.

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paraffin wax dip

New treatment - paraffin wax dip

UPDATE: This treatment is no longer available at my Norwich beauty salon.


Exciting news I have purchased a brand new paraffin wax bath for paraffin dip treatment. This is a great addition to a luxury manicure or pedicure.  Your hands/ feet are dipped into warm paraffin wax and then wrapped for 10 mins to allow the magic to happen. Paraffin has been around since Roman times and has some amazing benefits. It is known for speed healing, soothes pain in joints and muscles, moisturise/soften skin, open pores and increases blood circulation. I had a go with it last night and my feet feel amazingly soft today.




Herbalife: Teaming up with Laura Allen fitness instructor and well-being coach

I have had a fantastic meeting this morning with Laura Allen from Norwich to discuss Herbalife. Laura has been working within the fitness industry for 16 years. She currently works at Bannatyne Fitness Club, as a group exercise Instructor and also does one-to-one sessions. She is a great motivator and vast knowledge of health and wellbeing.

I am going to be teaming up with Laura to provide 'relax, pamper & detox parties' using the Herbalife range. The party includes 30 minutes facial, with some amazing new Herbalife Signature Skincare products. Which will Purify (cleanse), Exfoliate, Massage and Moisture. This will leave your skin feeling softened, smoothed and revived. This is a great package for and your friends in the new year after overindulging at Christmas and New year to kick start a new lifestyle change you can actually keep to.

Herbalife products in Norwich

Laura Allan also retails the Herbalife shakes and weight-loss range. I would personally recommend Laura for helping anyone lose weight as she has had 16 years in the weight-loss and fitness field. The Herbalife shakes are around 200 calories each, so an ideal meal replacement for when you are busy and have no time for making a healthy meal. I have personally tried them and think the Herbalife shakes taste great. I find these extremely helpful when I am working as I would have grabbed a sandwich and a snack before, which would have normally been 400 calories. I find one of the Herbalife shakes for breakfast and another one at lunch keeps me full until the end of the day when I have more time to cook a healthy meal. Laura is great at giving you tips and keeping you on track to reach your goals.

Laura also offers mobile personal training, which is ideal for me with my little girl. As I can still keep fit even with Jessica here. As a Mum, I find it very hard to find a baby sitter for time for exercise. Laura is great at keeping me on track and a great price too. She weights and measures me every time I see her and always knows the right thing to say when I am having a low day. I highly recommend Laura to anyone who is thinking about booking a personal trainer in Norwich. She makes individual personal training plans for each of her client's needs. I am losing a healthy 1-2 lbs a week with her and making changes to my diet for life. I actually don't really feel like I am on a diet with Laura, to be honest.

Laura also runs a FREE 30-minute exercise class at Heartsease High School in Norwich every Wednesday at 7pm called Fitclub. More information on Herbalife active on their website or contact Laura direct on facebook for more details.

Herbalife & female personal trainer by Laura Allen in Norwich, Norfolk

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Gellux gel nails at the London fashion show 2012

Did you know this year at the London fashion show at Gellux was the chosen brand? I love this product. Gives amazing results lasting up to 3 weeks without chipping or peeling. It sets under a UV or LED light, so you go home with dry nails. It is the most popular treatment in my Norwich based salon. Everyone wants gel nails!



Salon systems are constantly bringing out new colours for the Gellux range. To keep up to date follow my facebook page and I often ask my regular clients which colours to purchase from their latest selection.



Just a few months back they brought out a glitter range. Which is fabulous. Just in time for Christmas.



Check out Gellux being done at the London fashion show on the video below:


Gellux at the London fashion show 2012


Eyelash extensions Norwich

Are you getting married soon or know someone who is? I can do eyelash extension at my Norwich salon for the big day. People often find that on their wedding photos their make-up needs to be slightly more than what they would normally wear, but still feel like themselves for the camera. I can do eyelash extensions as subtle or dramatic as the client requires. On the photo below I have used a J curl which is a very natural curl and a length that this client felt happy with for her big day. The eyelash extensions come in various curls, thickness and lengths. I always do a very detailed consultation prior to your appointment explaining everything clearly and answering any questions. Also, give clear aftercare advice on how to care for your eyelash extensions.

I use a variety of brands for my eyelash extensions depending on what the client requests. For example Marvellash and ah francis

Please feel free to share this blog or inbox me for more info.



Facial treatment

I use Kaeso facial products which are absolutely fabulous and leave you feeling amazing. Have a read of their ethos:

"Kaeso's ethos is to embody naturally derived ingredients with essential treatment formulas to deliver effective and luxurious professional products. Kaeso’s unique formulations are made with the finest, natural ingredients to assure the highest quality skin care. The formulation team at Kaeso source proven and effective botanical extracts, they're committed to choosing ingredients that are renowned for their true benefits to the skin. Each product has been carefully designed to meet with Kaeso’s Innocence Criteria; to meet this criteria all products must be free from Parabens, Sulphates, Propylene Glycol and Mineral Oil."

I concentrate on lots of massage with my facial treatment which stimulates the blood flow to the face encouraging the blood supply to the area bringing oxygen to carry away waste products. Regular facials keep the skin clear of grim and dead skin build up caused by make-up and day to day life style.

I am currently on the look out for some locally produced facial products for my salon in Norwich. My aim is to provide a natural preferably organic alternative for my clients with more sensitive skin. If you know of any local Norfolk cosmetic companies please tell them to get in touch.


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Day off

A typical day off from my beauty salon in Norwich. So I start the day with about 10 cm of bed left as Jessica after she sneaks into my bed at 3 am with her bunny, which is fast becoming her favourite comfort toy and very grubby!

The morning is spent doing painting and generally making a mess of my living room. I think she is becoming quite the artist. What do you think?

Finally weights 9kg, so she can go into her next size car seat! Most babies in the UK do this at 9months and she is now 16 months lol.
The afternoon is spent with some of her little friends who we meet at baby yoga when she was 3 months old at Wroxham Barns. We love that place. It's great for her to burn off lots of energy in the soft play area. Finally starting to realise that not every animal is a dog as well lol!

An evening of spaghetti bolognese which has been cooking away in the slow cooker all day.





Hen night pamper party ( hendo )

I spent the afternoon with a lovely group of ladies for their hen do pamper party in Norwich. This is fast becoming the most popular reason for people to host a pamper party. Everyone had their nails done including the little 2-year-old girl.