Perfect pampering @ Ziena Beauty Therapy

Fakebake spray tan and Jessica pedicure at Ziena Beauty Therapy

I decided to take advantage of the amazing Fake Bake spray tan offer from Ziena Beauty Therapy.  Fake Bake spray tan for £7.50! bargain! I added on a pedicure to treat myself.  Ziena is located out of town in a small village … Continue reading

Lash Republic Style Selector – At the Make up & Beauty studio

On Friday evening (4th October) I spent a few hours at the new home of the Make up and Beauty Studio with Christine Alison (one of the Studios directors) and a couple of bloggers ( Leanne, Gillian and Lynne). It’s … Continue reading

Autumn Make-up must haves – Semichem

When I think of Semichem I think; bargain shampoo, hairspray, good value suntan lotion and St Moriz fake tan. I don’t or rather didn’t think; staple skin care products or make-up must haves. Yes we would all love to treat ourselves to high end make up brands on a regular basis but sometimes circumstances don’t allow and even if they do, nothing quite beats the buzz of finding that little bargain product. Semichem have bargain products a plenty! As the nights draw closer and rain begins to fall new season make-up trends start to creep in. This year we welcome berry tones and pastel shades creating a brilliant light and dark contrast. Foundation finishes move from matte to velvet and all those things combined create super lady like looks that wouldn’t look out of place in the glamorous 60s. Some of this winters looks will last a life time others just a season. When trying out new looks no one wants to spend a fortune. Release you inner fashionista and feed you make up must have needs without spending a small fortune. These are the semichem bargain essential make up products: Barry M Bold waterproof eye liner in purple £3.99 – perfect for creating a glam 60s cat eye look in an on trend berry colour.

20130906-220451.jpg Benefit eyeshadow in Guess again £4.99 – yes I did say benefit and yes it is from Semichem. Used to create a smokey eye look or along crease to make you eyes look bigger than they really are. 20130906-220614.jpg Elizabeth Arden flawless finish foundation £11.99 – a premium product at a not so premium price. Ideal for providing a velvety base and covering imperfections.

20130906-220706.jpg Barry M eye shadow pencil in Gold cream £4.49– highligh brow bones and use blended on cheek bones. *top tip used in the cuspids bow as a highlight makes lips them appear fuller. Used in the inside corners of eyes makes them appear brighter and more awake.

20130906-220824.jpg Rimmel eyebrow pencil £2.99 – the fuller defined brow is here to stay. Unleash your inner Cara Delevingne with this perfect brow pencil.


Barry M Lip paint lipstick in royal raspberry £4.49 – it’s the closest to royal I am ever going to get. Such a lovely berry colour, essential for creating the must have statement lip.


Elizabeth Arden eight hour kit £24.99 – Just because!



Get the look:   Rimmel liquid eye liner and Rimmel Kate lipstick in shade 22.  Both available in store.

 What make-up trends do you love or hate? What products have you found in Semichem that are must haves? Future blog posts are in the planning. What would you like to see? Make up demos? Alternative uses? Surprise finds? 20130906-220347.jpg

Seaweed Organics Skin Care

Back in April I visited the Scottish Beauty Show. Jam packed with beauty professionals looking for great offers and the next best thing. Amongst the ever increasing range of nail products and fake tan retailers I came across a few … Continue reading

Blink and Go lashes

I had my Blink and Go lashes done at the Zen Lifestyle beauty networking event on the 4th of April. I need to be honest, I have always been unconvinced in trying anything more permanent than strip lashes. I’m a picker you see, constantly fidgeting with my eyes, rubbing them, picking off mascara. I also didn’t think I could pull off the whole essex lash look on a daily basis.

So what exactly are Blink and go lashes?
Here is a quick description from Zens website –
The great benefit of Blink & Go lashes is that they are quick – 20 minutes for a full set. The result is a stunning, full lash mascara’d effect. Blink & Go lashes last one to two weeks so they are great for holidays, the party season and special occasions. You can find their full details here – Blink and Go
My thoughts on the treatment: My Treatment therapist Ellie was fantastic (please let me have her name right, if not im sorry). A full consultation reassured me that I would have natural looking lashes, similar to mascara.

Blink and Go at Zen lifestyle

Before and after

The finished look was a strong but natural result (not a hint of Essex in sight). For me the best bit about the lashes was that I couldn’t feel them at all, they were super lightweight, even lighter than some mascaras. The lashes lasted me 5 days. They would have lasted much longer, maybe about 7-10 days but I’m sorry and ashamed to confess that the temptation was too much and I couldn’t help picking at them – slaps own wrists! In my defence I was very careful and loosened them with some oil beforehand. Please if you have them done make sure you go back to have them removed correctly.

I’m not sure i would have my lashes done again but I did really love the results. I just can’t be trusted not to pick.

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Zen_Lifestyle Beauty networking event

Zen lifestyle, goody bag, murad cleanser, anti ageing

Last Thursday evening (April 4th) I stepped out of the cold and into the beautifully refurbished Zen Lifestyle spa at Teviot Place, Edinburgh. I was invited along to their beauty networking event and couldn’t wait to see what the evening … Continue reading