subscription beauty boxes

Subscription boxes for beauty in the UK

Subscription boxes to your front door! What a fabulous idea! Subscription boxes for random beauty products inside to encourage you to try new and exciting beauty products on the market. I know I am guilty of always buying the same old familiar beauty brands every time. They all currently seem around the £15 a month mark and all varity slightly on what you get. Some subscription companies just send out samples and others are full size products. It's definitely worth shopping around to see what suits you. I just really love the idea of it being a 'mini Christmas' every month with a surprise gift!

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Mixing Shellac gel polish to make new colours

Shellac gel polish is fab! It sets under a UV light and is no chip or peel for around 15 days. It's an American gel polish and they were the first company to create this product. I have lots of their colours in, but it would cost small fortune to stock every shade! Which is why I love Shellac because it gives you the option to create new colours by mixing two or more colours together. Today I mixed a deep purple (grape gum) and white (studio white) together to create a lovely light purple. It reminded us of parma violets as a kid! They came in every single child's goody bag. This colour is a great Summer colour. I personally tend to have lighter colours in the Summer and darker colours come Autumn.

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Toe nail damaged by high heels in nightclub

Damage from high heel shoes to toe nail.

Toes today! Previous damage from being stood on by high heel shoes in nightclub. Full false toe nails applied to big toes and shown how to do this at home. The full false nails aren't made as one size fits all. You need to shape them to your own toe nail shape. Doctors have given the all clear on infections, but advised to keep really clean today. I am slightly concerned by the lifting of her right toe. However like I said the doctors have send away samples and it's clear of any infections. I have told her to do vinegar soaks and apply creams given to her by her doctor. Read more


Bump eraiser product review

I have recently been asked to product review this product called bump eraiser by Waxxpress .

Bump eraiser cool splash - 125ml - ingrown treatment

RRP £10 exc VAT

The cool splash is used after shaving and smells similar to TCP. This can be used after shaving, laser hair removal or similar. This works fantastically to help soothe skin after hair removal. It contains fruit acids and chamomile. Personally I think it takes a good week or so to start seeing the results, but I can now say that it has really decreased the amount of ingrowing hairs I used to get. I believe if you regularly use your  exfoliating brush and moisturise, it could prevent them even more. Ingrowing hairs are often caused by dry skin, so keeping the skin soft is essential. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who suffers with ingrowing hairs.

Bump eraiser medi paste - 30 ml

RRP £10 exc VAT

The medi paste is to use on the bump once the hair has started to get infected. It says to apply twice a day or as needed. For best results apply under a plaster (band aid, if you are Australian or American) to the problem area. I did still sadly get some ingrowing hairs even with using cool splash, but the medi paste has quickly taken away any redness caused by them without having to try and remove the hair. It is never a good idea to pick at ingrowing hairs as this can leave awful scarring. The bump eraiser paste is really thick and smells of tea tree.

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I have left the product in the bathroom for my husband to try after shaving and he can confirm there is no stinging what-so-ever after using cool splash directly after shaving. These products are suitable for any part of the body. This is a product I will continue to use.

If you would like to purchase this product from me I can place an order for you and collect will be from my Norwich beauty salon.

Test patch advised before using this product.

Australian brand.

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Product review - i flutter by New CID Cosmetics

New CID Cosmetics i - flutter Mascara - Black 8ml

RRP £18.50

I picked up this mascara at  a recent event at Imagine Blofield in Norfolk. They had an evening organised with CID cosmetics to demonstrate how make-up should be applied, with lots of helpful tips. The evening was £20 and it included use of the spa. They also a nice add on of £10 off any products you bought on the night. Imagine spa do many of these nights and I highly recommend them. CID make-up is available for retail at their spa.

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Christmas competition for Norwich area

As it's Christmas coming up I am going to run a competition. I am currently fully booked till January, so I won't be giving out gift vouchers this time. However I picked up this gorgeous set of OPI mini nail polishes at the wholesalers for you instead.

I have decided to put the competition on my blog instead of the normal social media platforms to give all my clients a chance to enter who aren't on facebook etc. It would be great though if you could 'like' my facebook page and give me a review on there too, if you have seen me as a client. My page is Elizabeth Smith Beauty. Alternatively, please leave me a review on Google places.

To enter the competition and celebrate my husband's new photography business I thought I would incorporate his website into the competition.

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Neal's Yard blogger event in Norwich

The evening started in the most perfect way with a glass of champagne with a strawberry flowing in it, accompanied with a cupcake from Biddy's tea rooms just around the corner. Neal's Yard's shop has a really good feel about it. When you walk in you are instantly hit by the lovely aromatherapy humifiner next to the door helping to create the relaxing environment. One of the members of staff had been there 6 years, so knew all the products inside out.

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Small talk from one of the organisers on the companies ethics etc. Read more about all that on their website. They really do care about where they source their products. It's great to have organic natural products available in Norwich.

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Neal's Yard have their classic blue bottles, but to be honest it makes the shop a little overwhelming as everything starts to looks very similar. One of the bottles was described as a 'Frankincense Intense Concentrate', which when I asked a member of staff what it was, turned out to be a skin serum. For me it needs to be a little bit clearer. This skin serum is one of their new products and priced at £65 for 30ml. Boasts to show results in just 7 days on their website. They do have a wide variety of products to suit all budgets.

Siobhan from unexpected geek blog picked up a hair treatment to purchase and I am really interested in hearing how she got on it with. I have tried many hair treatments and never been happy.

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Followed by a 20 minute massage of my choice by Adam Thomas. Neal's Yard has therapy rooms upstairs and offer pretty much every holistic treatment going! It was really lovely chatting to Adam about stress and the important of taking 'me time'. Read more


Eyebrow extensions now in Norwich

Eyebrow extensions have now finally made it to Norwich and are becoming a big hit. I don't personally offer this treatment at the moment because I am weighing up the demand for them. The glue used for eyebrow extensions is very expensive and only lasts 3 months once opened, so for any beautician  to offer this treatment you really do need to weigh up whether there is the demand just yet in Norwich and if you think you could make some profit from offering eyebrow extensions in Norwich.

I personally know of two ladies who offer eyebrow extensions and they are getting great results from it. Julie-Ann in Brooke is a beauty trainer and offers this treatment to her clients. Also Michelle out in Stalham.

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Vinegar foot soak as part of a pedicure?

Vinegar foot soak as part of a deluxe pedicure

"Before and after soaking my clients feet in vinegar! I used 50% vinegar and 50% water soaking for about 30 mins. The hard skin just fell off her feet with the foot file!"

This is a two hour treatment to remove the hard build up of dry skin on your skin.

This may sound crazy, but vinegar is amazing at naturally removing dry skin from your feet. I use a vinegar soak for 30 minutes to soften your feet. Vinegar is amazing on your feet and I recommend my clients to soak their feet regularly in vinegar to maintain removal of dry skin. After the vinegar soak I use a foot file to gently remove all the dry skin, which has been softened by the vinegar soak. It's amazing how easy the dry skin comes away. Following this I use a sugar exfoliation on your feet to remove any excess dry skin not removed previously. If there is time I can do a paraffin wax dip depending on how much dry skin there was to remove. A deep foot massage with almond oil and moisturiser is applied after treatment. Finally I finish with a polish on the toe nails. This is the ultimate treatment for people who suffer with pain and discomfort with their feet. Build up of hard skin on your feet can be extremely painful when walking, so it's very important not to allow it to get to this stage.Read more


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Caroline's wedding pamper party

Bridal pampering

This week I received some lovely photos from Caroline who I did a pamper party for just before she got married in June.

On the night the boys headed down the pub and us girls stays at Caroline's Mum house to prepare the ladies for the big day ahead. I had Sarah-Lou helping me on the night and we painted nails with gel polish to ensure they were perfect on the day. To save on place I brought a large oil cloth to protect the table and we done the nails on Caroline's Mum dining table. Gel polish takes up to 15 days no chip or peel. Shellac polish is extremely easy to remove and I give my clients full details on how to do this at home. Alternatively you can buff off the colour and allow the base gel coat to grow out naturally reducing the contact with acetone (gel remover). Best practice is to get a beauty salon to remove the gel polish for you after the 2 weeks. Read more