Sunday, August 28, 2016

Cloud Spa, Manchester Airport

A few months ago, I was contacted by the lovely team at Cloud Spa offering a free treatment if I was ever in an airport. In August, I happened to be heading to Strasbourg to go and visit friends, and I was lucky enough to get a manicure done at the airport before flying!

The Cloud Spa station is a small station close to Boots in Terminal One, very close to the boarding gates. It was really easy to find and very accessible. As soon as I sat down, Claudia was there within a minute to get me holiday ready. 

Claudia kindly offered me a gel manicure, using the OPI varnishes. I was not short of choice when given the samples but decided to go with  pink and a ring finger sparkle, nice and girly, for my little trip away.

The whole experience probably lasted between 10-15 minutes, Claudia gave my nails a file and put three or four layers of the nail varnish on with a 30 second blast each time in between layers. The nails were dry as soon as the process was done, leaving me to carry on as normal. 

Claudia did a great job on the nails, I really loved them. I was told that it would last 2-3 weeks, but it unfortunately lasted me just the one week. I had a similar experience a few months ago, where my gel nails started peeling after one week as well, so it might be that gel nail varnish just doesn't like my nails! 

Once my nails started peeling, I used the mini removal kit that Cloud Spa generously gave me. It was really easy to use, just pop the acetone on the foil nail wraps and leave them on for 10 minutes. The nail varnish peeled off inside the wrap, gave my hands a quick wash and I was completely back to normal! So easy.

If you're looking to get your nails done before a holiday, I would definitely recommend visiting a Cloud Spa. I was able to get my nails done and dry within 15 minutes, without any of the hassle of making sure to get it done beforehand. The staff were really helpful and approachable, and I was not short on choice when it came to colours. All in all, a great experience. Big thanks to Kimbo for taking the pictures!

Have you ever had your nails done at Cloud Spa?

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Love, Gweni xxx

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This post contains a free treatment but all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Green & Spring Rich Night Cream

Green & Spring are a company that celebrate the British countryside and were kind enough to send me some products for me to test. I found the brand on Instagram and was instantly drawn to its beautiful design, how lovely is the little bird? Having done a little more research, the birds actually have a story behind them. Each bird that the brand uses can be found in Britain, and its colour signifies which Green & Spring range the product is part of.

The products are all inspired by the British countryside, and are created using herbs and flowers native to Britain and are known to have therapeutic qualities. The products even have spring water used from the Cowley estate that Rose, the founder of the company, works on. All products are 100% natural botanical materials and the packaging is made of recyclable material.

I've been testing out the Rich Night Cream for the past few months, using it when I felt my skin needed a little something extra. The consistency is really lovely, not too thick or thin. I've found that you can actually build the thickness of the cream as well, so for people who have drier skin this is an added extra. I have combination skin and I find a thin layer is the perfect amount for me.

I usually put on a thin layer before going to sleep, it's really lightweight on my skin and just feels like normal moisturiser. When I wake, I find that my skin looks much brighter and healthier than if I go without it. If I'm doing a breakfast waitressing shift, I always try and pop this on the night before, as I find it makes me look a bit more alive for my 8am shift!

Aside from making me look less like a zombie, my favourite part about this cream is its aroma. As described on the pot, its ingredients include: carrot, chamomile, lavender, bilberry and comfrey. It is inspired by wild, ancient hedgerows and I can definitely sense that in its smell. It's very fresh, like a well looked after garden with a hint of sweetness. It is very strong and unusual, but I very much like it! If you're looking to support a British company, which celebrates the British countryside, then look no further. 

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Eye Makeup for No Eyelashes (Trichotillomania)

I've recently posted a video on my YouTube channel about how I cover up my bald eyelids. Hope you enjoy! I've written a blogpost version of this video here: Eye Makeup for No Eyelashes if you were interested. I have plenty of content on Trichotillomania as well, just click the 'Trichotillomania' tab. 

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Love, Gweni xxx

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Monday, August 01, 2016

Confessions of a Beauty Blogger

From blogging for the past year and a half, I have found myself doing some of these and wanted to share them with you all!

G Beauty: Confessions of a Beauty Blogger

Our makeup is not always on point

Sometimes we are not on fleek. Sometimes our winged liner is not the same. Sometimes our contour goes muddy. Sometimes our false lashes unglue themselves. Sometimes our lipstick rubs off. Sometimes our eyebrows aren't the same. Sometimes our lipstick makes our teeth look yellow. Sometimes we really need to get our eyebrows shaped. We are not perfect.

We often go without makeup

We have makeup free days as well! Or in my case, weirdly often. Makeup is expensive, we don't want it wasted on days where we don't even move from our desk. It is also not great for your skin? Another reason to leave it for a day or two. 

We worry about being judged on our makeup in real life

I'm not a makeup artist - I'm just your regular Jane, writing my little opinions on the internet! Please don't judge meeeeeee.

We don't know how to use products without over scrutinising them

I can no longer try a product without taking every single aspect into account. Swatching products is a logistical nightmare. Is it a dupe? How long will it last? Can I get it discounted? How many shades does it come in? Does it come in other formulas? No more "My eyebrow pencil has run out, I'm going to pop into Boots to get a new one.".

We like to out-knowledge salespeople

Maybe this is just me, I am a liiiiiiiittle bit competitive. If someone on a beauty counter is talking to me, trying to sell me a product, chances are I'm going to be responding with opinions and facts of my own. It must be so annoying for them, but I can't help it.

We do other people's makeup in our heads

I really hate that I do this, makes me feel like such a bad person but seriously, sometimes you just can't help it. So many eyebrows to fix, so many times I want to add a bit of dimension to someones face. It's a hard life, honestly.

These are just a FEW of my beauty blogger confessions. I would love to hear what yours are! If you're as bad as me. Thank you for reading!

Love, Gweni xxx

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