Mama Mio Skincare

I really feel like my skin has been through a tough time lately, yo-yoing after being pregnant twice in 1 year. So far I’ve been very lucky and haven’t got any stretch marks on my tummy… I have just had a couple on the very tops on my legs which I got at the very beginning of this pregnancy. I struggled with very sore hips early on during this pregnancy so I think those little stretch marks were from my hips widening again.

Ever since around week 10 I have been using creams and oils to make sure my skin is as subtle as possible and to prevent any more marks appearing… Early on in pregnancy I struggled with morning sickness so a lot of creams would have a scent and would make me feel queasy, this meant the only thing I could really use was Bio Oil due to it being scent free and as you all probably know it’s a great product for prevent and helping with the appearance of stretch marks.

I was just getting to the bottom of my second bottle when Mama Mio contacted me and asked if they could send me a parcel of their products to review and it couldn’t of arrived at a better time! I have now being using these products for a couple of weeks and not only do they smell delicious (ginger & lime scented to help ease morning sickness) but my skin is feeling the softest it has ever felt! I literally slather on The Tummy Rub Butter all over my belly and hips morning and night and use the Pregnancy Boob Tube all over my boobs morning and night too!

I also spritz the Liquid Yoga all over my pillow and bed sheets each night to help me fall asleep super fast and I get Ainslee to massage my feet and ankles with the cooling Lucky Legs gel after I’ve been on my feet all day!

During pregnancy there are so many treatments you can’t have done at the beauty salon so because all these products are super safe to use whilst pregnant you can pamper yourself at home every day instead…. because surely when we’re creating a human we need all the pampering we can get right?!

I 100% think that these Mama Mio products are the best on the market for during pregnancy.. they are a little more expensive than other creams but they are definitely worth every penny! You can purchase these in John Lewis or online at www.mioskincare.co.uk they have all sorts of packages and bundles or you can just buy the products individually. Let me know what you think of these products!

Lots of love x

My Perfect Skin Ritual Whilst Pregnant

We all know that pregnancy comes with it’s rage of crazy hormones and I think skin is always put through the test during the 10 months of pregnancy (yes we are actually pregnant for 10 months and not 9!). For me one of my first pregnancy symptoms was SPOTS!! And I don’t mean the odd pimple or a couple…. they came in full force under my neck and around my chin area, they were horrible and lingered for around the first 15 weeks. So I thought to myself ‘I really need to step up my game with my skin regime.’ I was already using some really good products from my favourite brand Kiehls but I felt like I had to do something more… otherwise my fear was having scars on my face from the spots.

I was already using:

Kiehls Ultra Facial Cleanser

Kiehls Ultra Facial Toner

and

Kiehls Ultra Facial Moisturiser

But my skin just wasn’t improving… so I stepped it up and headed to the Kiehls store and spoke to one of the ladies who worked there and she advised me to get a really good exfoliator so I got the ‘Epidermal Re-texturising Micro- dermabrasion Exfoliator’ from the special dermatologist section in Kiehls which really helped smooth out my skin, a few weeks later I was invited to a bloggers event at Kiehls on King Street in Manchester and they gave me a Pure Vitality Moisturiser and also another Ultra Facial Cleanser… So I made sure I was using all of these products morning and night and exfoliating 3 times a week.

My mum then told me about the Turmeric and Cranberry Seed face mask that she had purchased and how it made her skin feel like a ‘Babies Bottom’ so she put some into a pot for me to try and OMG!!! This was the mask that made my skin TRANSFORM.. I used this mask twice in 1 week and within 2 weeks my skin was glowing and my spots had literally vanished! Im not sure if it was because my hormones had started to settle down or if it was because of this face mask so I didn’t use it for a week and my skin started to break out again (not as bad as before though) So last week I went back to another Kiehls Blogger Event and in my goody box was a full size tub of the Turmeric and Cranberry Seed face mask… I couldn’t believe that out of all the products in the store that was the one I was given! So lets just say ever since my skin has been incredible.

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I also give my skin a little treat once a week and use the Midnight Recovery Concentrate, you can use this every night if you wish but I feel my skin only needs it now and again and it also smells incredible so you are sure to have a really good night sleep whenever you use it.

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I can’t recommend Kiehls products enough and their service is so much better than any other brand I have ever come across. If you pop into any store and ask for a ‘skin consultation’ they will sit down with you free of charge and tell you what skin type you have and which products you need to be using and how to help any concerns that you may have.

They are also very generous and give you plenty of samples with each purchase, especially if you are wanting to ‘try-before-you-buy’, just let them know what you are thinking of buying next time and they will give you plenty of samples if they have them in stock… but they always have plenty of products to try if they don’t have a specific one!

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Also if you live in the Manchester area you can pop into Kiehls King Street before the end of August and donate a minimum of £3 to the #KiehlsxMTV Staying Alive Foundation and you will get this bag packed full of samples when you quote ‘Cheshire Gossip Girl’ to a member of staff – Ask in store for more details!

Pick up your FREE Kiehls products from KIEHLS, KING STREET, MANCHESTER.

I am so excited to share with you all that I am now an official Kiehls representative for the Kiehls x MTV Staying Alive Foundation charity which Leona Lewis is the new Ambassador for in aid of AIDS in less affluent countries. Aids is such a horrific disease and I think we should all do as much as we can for these people who are effected all over the world…

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SO… I would like to give you all this amazing gift for FREE! All you after to do is donate a minimum of £3 to this charity and you can pick up your goodies in store.

TEXT KIEH99 £3 to 70070 (or donate more if you wish) and SHOW YOUR TEXT and QUOTE ‘CHESHIREGOSSIPGIRL’ to a member of staff at the Kiehls King Street store in Manchester City Centre and they will give you one of these amazing packs full of goodies!

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Kiehls have also launched this Avocado Creamy Eye Treatment (I’m saving mine for when baby arrives and I need some extra eye treatment) and for every pot you buy £10 will go to the Staying Alive Foundation. If you know how good the brand KIEHLS are you will know that this is amazing value for money and also that you are helping out such a great charity.

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I will be telling you all soon how I keep my skin in tip top condition throughout pregnancy and which products keep my skin super clear and glowy whilst my body is full of all the crazy hormones that pregnancy brings, Kiehls is Paraben Free and all natural so perfect to use whilst pregnant.

Thanks for reading dolls x

 

Hob Salon Hale – TredVision Competition

As you all may know by now that I get my hair done at HOB Salon in Hale Village. From weekly blow drys to full colour transformations this is my go-to salon! I’ve known the owner Shabaz for a long time now and through his years at the salon he has selected the very best of hairdressers, who are all individually talented at their own thing.

For cutting and styling and THE best blow drys Ben is your guy and when it comes to colour Suzi is just outstanding! The salon have been talking about the TrendVision competition for a few weeks now… and at first I didn’t really know what it was but as the weeks have gone by and I’ve seen how passionate all of the team at HOB are about TrendVision I wanted to know more!

So Lauren and Suzi have both got through to the finals of the competition in their own categories and I can’t wait to see how the finals go after the Summer! Here is a bit about the competition process so far:

HOB Salons, Hale are celebrating after reaching the national finals of the prestigious international Wella TrendVision Award. One of the most iconic competitions in the hairdressing calendar, Wella TrendVision is judged by leading hairdressing media and industry icons.

HOB Salons’ Style Director, Lauren Bickerton is a finalist in the Creative Vision category, with her colleague, Suzi Lawley, Colour Director, a finalist for ColorVision. To reach the finals both women had already made it through the first stage, submitting a photo entry of a style they had each created.  Having been selected from hundreds of other entries for the regional final, they then had to recreate the style live on stage in front of a panel of judges.

Suzi had to demonstrate a beautiful, colour focused, trend-led look, which is wearable and reflects salon relevant hair, whilst Lauren’s brief was to express creative vision with an on trend cut and finish or hair up, with an editorial catwalk feel. Both took inspiration from Wella’s NEW NORM by Pastforward: daringly “normal”: honest, uncomplicated, decidedly comfortable.

Suzi and Lauren will now compete at the UK & Ireland final on Tuesday 5 September 2017 at The Roundhouse, Camden, London. The winners of the two international categories (COLOR VISION and CREATIVE VISION) will then compete at the International TrendVision Award Final in London in October.

Shabaz Hussain, HOB Salons manager says, “Suzi and Lauren have worked incredibly hard to reach this far in the competition and the Hob Salons team and clients are immensely proud of them. We are always keen for our stylists to demonstrate their talent both in and out of the salon.  We are now looking forward to the national finals.”

To book appointment with Suzi, Lauren or any of the talented HOB Salons Hale team please call. Tel: 0161 941 4777

HOB Salons

203 Ashley Rd

Hale

Altrincham WA15 9SQ

FB: HOB Salon Hale

Wishing both of you girls lots of luck for the finals xxx

Everything You Need To Know About Semi Permanent Make-up.

So everyone talks about semi-permanent make-up.. Whether you’re asking where to have them done, had a bad experience, great experiences or if you’ve had your eyebrows done and now wanting to go for lips or eyeliner?

The options are endless with semi permanent makeup, whether you want to thicken out your already full brows, or if your eyebrows have gone really thin and you would like them to look like they used to.

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So I met with Kelsey who is known as @kelseybeaut on Instagram – She visits Beauty Rules Hale once a month for a full day of semi permanent make-up along with travelling all over the north west and she is amazing at what she does and is in high demand… I took my friend Gina along to have her brows done as I hadn’t quite got enough knowledge or confidence to have mine done yet and as I have quite full brows I didn’t think it would be worth while… but as I spoke with Kelsey she gave me so much knowledge about the procedure and also how you can achieve your own desired look.

What Happens

Kelsey starts by having a chat with you about why you have decided to come along to have your semi permanent brows done, through chatting with you she starts to collect information on how you would like your eyebrows to look, what you don’t like about them and if you have anything specific that you would like doing.

She then applies numbing cream all over the eyebrows whilst you fill in a health form to make sure you are the perfect candidate for the procedure.

Once the numbing cream has been on for around 20 minutes Kelsey then marks out with a pencil onto your eyebrows, taking everything into consideration about what they are going to look like.

You can then have a look at them in the mirror and if there is anything you are unsure about or if you want them altering slightly then this would be your time to speak up. Don’t be afraid to discuss any alterations… after all its your face that is being tattoo’d and Kelsey is so lovely and makes sure that you are 100% happy.

Once you are happy with all of the markings she then starts tattooing. This doesn’t take long at all, with Gina she was only tattooing for around 30 minutes and after that you have to let them heal and keep them dry and then you come back in 6 weeks time to make sure you are happy with the darkness and fill them in slightly too ensure they look perfect.

Why you should go for semi permanent make-up

Along with eyebrows you can also have your lips tattoo’d and also eyeliner. Kelsey herself has it all done and it looks so natural and not at all like you have tattoo’s on your face. Her lips are a beautiful pale pink colour that look very natural and her eyeliner just looks like eyeliner. It makes getting up in the morning so much easier when it’s all already done for you.

People talk about ‘Microblading’ and how it looks more natural than semi permanent make-up but after finding out all the information on both procedures I have realised that to be a Microblader you don’t need to have many qualifications and you can literally just do a Microblading course, where as if you find a really good semi permanent make-up gal not only have they got years of studying under their belt but they can also create any look that you desire and you will feel in much safer hands.

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Gina’s old semi permanent eyebrows before photo

 

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After her first visit to @KelseyBeaut

As you can see from the photos above her eyebrows look so much more defined and Kelsey assured her that after a couple of weeks, after the scabs have gone and they are all healing they will look a lot softer and a little bit lighter.

Let me know if you have an questions about semi permanent make-up and I will ask Kelsey and let you know her answers.

xoxo

 

Cheshire Beauty Alderley Edge

So I went along to Cheshire Beauty in Alderley Edge on Monday for a day of pampering and to see what goes on in this newly refurbished salon, after all their big launch night is on Friday and I had to get in there before everyone else!

I met with Simone the owner of Cheshire Beauty and she showed me around the entire salon… upstairs they do all the nails and make-up, they also have a separate little seating area for pedicures so you can to sit back and relax and watch the world go by… (literally.. we saw Colleen Rooney walk past whilst I was having my pedicure)

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And then downstairs you have all the holistic treatments such as massages, facials, reflexology and facial aesthetics. Everyone is so welcoming and friendly at Cheshire Beauty, you certainly don’t need to feel intimidated about trying out this salon for the first time. In fact I actually think they are some of the friendliest girls I have met in ALL of the beauty places I have visited… so whether you just want to have a relaxing/quiet experience or you need a good vent whilst having a treatment done.. I’m sure they will be all ears!! haha!

They use all of the best products and have all of the most talented girls in there, who are all individually AMAZING at there own thing. Here is a list of their favourite treatments:

  • Botox
  • Fillers
  • Silkpeel – Red Carpet Facial
  • Microneedling
  • Dermablading
  • Red Vein Treatment (removes little veins from skin)
  • Permanent Make up
  • Gel Nails
  • Gel Pedicure
  • Make-up
  • LVL Lashes
  • HD Brows

 

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I also had a Silk Peel facial which was a mixture of a microdermabrasion and a hydra infusion… So this left my skin looking and feeling PERFECT. Simone also gave my skin a shot of Vitamin C too, so my skin had never left so good. They call this treatment the Red Carpet Facial so it literally gives your skin the best base to put your make up on… unfortunately I wasn’t going to any red carpet event so I just wore no makeup for a couple of days and even my boyfriend said how beautiful my skin looked… and he never notices when I have anything done!

For more details on their treatments and to have a look at their price list, head to:

 Cheshire Beauty

Or visit them on social media @cheshirebeautye

I cant wait to go again and try out more of their treatments x

 

Kiehl’s King Street – Pure Vitality Review

After my invite to become one of the Kiehl’s Manchester official bloggers, I went along to the exclusive bloggers launch of the NEW Pure Vitality cream. At the event I met lots of other like minded bloggers, which is always nice as we are all doing the same thing and its great to share advice with other bloggers/Influencers. Whilst at the launch we were introduced to the NEW product PURE VITALITY and found out where all the ingredients were from (If you haven’t watched my YouTube channel then check out my video reviewing all the products that I received) All of the ingredients are sourced from the best in the world, such as the Manuka Honey and Ginseng Root.

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This cream is designed to renew skin and leave skin feeling nourished and thoroughly moisturised. Now that I have been using this cream for a good few weeks I have grown to really love it! Every time I use it, it goes on really nicely and makes my makeup look really flawless when I use it in the day and if I put it on before I go to bed my skin feels like baby skin in the morning. I have also let my mum try this cream and she has said she is going to buy some and also my boyfriend really loves it to for putting on at night time. This cream really is for everyone and you are guaranteed to have smoother, softer and clearer skin by using this product (the Manuka Honey kills bacteria, instantly making your skin much clearer and prevents breakouts).

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Going along to the Manchester King Street store really opened my eyes to how each Kiehl’s store really varies in the service that you get, I have visited the Selfridges Kiehl’s store at the Trafford Centre before and also other department stores and you really don’t get payed much attention too…. I think because they are in a department store the staff are only really bothered about the sale and not bothered about if that product would work for your skin or not. At Manchester Kings Street because they have their own shop – They seem to have so much more time for you and really analyse your skin and tell you the products that would work for you. They make a point in saying that you can sample as many products as you like… because they truly believe in ‘try before you buy’ which is definitely something I really believe in because everyones skin reacts differently to every product.

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I have always loved Kiehl’s products, but since visiting the Manchester store I really have fallen in love with them and like the fact that all of their products are all made from natural ingredients and are all really natural on the skin. Since being a teenager I have always had very sensitive skin and struggled from a range of eczema to spotty skin. So the fact that I now go for facials and they always say how amazing my skin is…. makes me feel amazing now!

BIO EFFECTS FACIAL at SCI-U Clinic in Wilmslow

On Wednesday this week I was invited along to the SCI-U clinic in Wilmslow, which has recently been rebranded from the well known DR Mozhgan Taheri Aesthetic Clinic. The reason behind this was so that Dr Mozhgan could expand her business and open up another clinic in the city centre. The Wilmslow clinic is very Cheshire and the city centre clinic is ultra modern. I love that they are both very different in the way that they look, but they each have the most high-tech equipments in the whole of the northwest. Their list of treatments include non-invasive fat loss treatments, cryo facials, teeth whitening, oxygen and bespoke facials, cryo therapy which is great for weight loss and sports injuries and these are just to name a few.

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I went along for a luxury Bio Effects facial which was perfect for my skin. I needed a bit of relaxation and wanted to give my skin some serious pampering. The facial included a cleanse, exfoliation, face mask, tone and moisturise of my face, neck, chest and arms. It was a perfect treat for a busy schedule and to take some time out from my day to day life. I cant wait to try out some of their other treatments and let you know how I get on.

You can find SCI-U in Wilmslow, just by the fire Station. It’s a great location because you are slightly out of the hustle and bustle of Wilmslow town centre and you can literally park right outside so that you can jump straight into your car after to make your visit as relaxing as possible. Sarah did my facial and she was so welcoming and friendly. She is a credit to the team and made me feel like I was in safe hands.

HOW TO FIND THEM:

Social media: @sci-u

Address:

3 Alma Lane,
(off Altrincham Road)
Wilmslow,
Cheshire
SK9 5ND

Contact number: 01625 402080

Favourite products this month so far..

This month I have been so lucky in receiving some amazing products and of course I have tried and tested all of these products and have my absolute favourites of course. Along with all the amazing Kiehls products that I received.. I feel like I need a bit more time with those, so that I can get a real feel for which are my favourites and how Im getting on with them etc.

So lets start with OLAPLEX… I have been looking for a long time now, for that hair product that really makes me go ‘WOW’ I am growing my hair and even though my hair is very thick. I feel that because I get highlights a lot and it gets damaged through everyday styling and heating.. It was starting to feel really brittle and VERY tangled. Every time I washed my hair brushing it would be so painful… I would almost end up in tears because it was so knotted. So I was introduced to this product by Ben at HOB SALON in Hale Village and he gave me this product to try at home, along with going in for regular ‘OLAPLEX in-salon treatments’ and doing my weekly treatment at home, my hair is feeling so much healthier. It is now completely tangle free and I feel like my hair is so much stronger and also looks a lot healthier.

5* for this product

RRP £32 NOW £19.99 at JUSTMYLOOK or purchase from HOB SALON Hale

SILVER/PURPLE SHAMPOO

I have been on a mission to get my hair just how I like it this month and I felt that my hair was a very warm tone of blonde.. almost a little gingery… which I hated! So I was doing some research on how to get rid of those warm tones and try to get it a little more ashy… I also have a friend who has recommended using a silver shampoo, so whilst at the hairdressers I asked which one to go for and luckily for me System Professional were able to give me a bottle of their Silver Shampoo… Now I warn you all, this shampoo is PURPLE and I mean bright purple!!!! I was a little bit scared to use it for the first time.

HOW I APPLIED IT:

  • I jumped in the shower and wet my hair through.
  • I used a 50p size blob and massaged it into my hair (make sure you rub it in all the way to the ends of your hair.)
  • I left it on my hair whilst I showered, washed my face etc.
  • Then I rinsed it off, squeezed out excess water and applied a good conditioner.
  • Left that on whilst I shaved my legs and then I rinsed it off.

My hair instantly looked a lot cleaner, whiter and fresher. I highly recommend using the System Professional Silver shampoo. Not only does the product do exactly what it says on the bottle.. you also get a huge bottle and it is amazing value for money.

Systems Professionals You can purchase this product online or again at HOB SALONS

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Now finally this has to be my FAVOURITE product this month… it’s my new Olympus Pen e-pl7.. I was debating for a long time on which camera to go for and had heard some amazing reviews on this camera. I wanted this camera so that I could start vlogging and I think I made the right decision. From its stylish outer case to its flip down selfie screen, It has to be up there with some of the best cameras. And at only £399 It is definitely an investment for any other keen bloggers/vloggers. It has wifi so that you can quickly upload any photos and also a wide range of onscreen filters and editing tools. I think I have officially found my new best friend.

CHECK OUT MY NEW YOUTUBE CHANNEL Cheshire Gossip Girl

I purchased mine from Jessops for £399 and if you go onto the Olympus website they also have some amazing accessories to go with it. such as stylish bags and leather straps. I think they will have to be my next treat.

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New Energy Blow Dry. Hob Hale

As you all know I am a lover of going to the hair salon. After years of highlighting my hair I have to really look after it and make sure I go for regular treatments and use a really good conditioner at home. So when HOB launched their NEW ‘Energy Blow Dry’ I couldn’t wait to give it a try.

 

The Energy Blow Dry consists of a personalised consultation, System hair treatment and a blow dry all for £25. The aim of this treatment is to ensure that you have a long lasting blow dry that gives you super soft hair in just a quick visit to the salon. Because some times we don’t have much time and need gorgeous hair! You can go for a big bouncy blow or a subtle wave like I went for. I had mine done on Wednesday and it lasted me ages.

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I have worked with HOB salon in Hale Village since the very start of Cheshire Gossip Girl, nearly 2 years ago now and all of their staff are so friendly and are all amazing at different things. Whether it’s getting a supper edgy cut.. or if you’re wanting a beautiful head of highlights there is someone to suit your hair desires.

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Check them out on social media

@HOBSALONS

Find them at

203 Ashley Road, Hale Village

BOOK your appointments:

01619414777