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

Couples who go to the hairdressers together…stay together!

Not only do I love getting my hair done… but so does my boyfriend haha.. Who doesn’t love a bit of ‘me’ time and to come away looking great? So yes if you haven’t already realised my boyfriend is Ainslee who owns Elitepro Personal Training Company and we love taking some time out of our busy schedules to go and have our hair done together.. Normally when we go it consists of Ainslee eating his way through the snack menu whilst I take hours to get my colour and cut done… but this time instead of Ainslee having his hair shaved short all over he went for something a little different…..

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Ainslee’s before and after photos.

So Ben who previously Managed Umberto Giannini who has now moved to Manage Regis, based in Manchesters House Of Fraser department store advised Ainslee to grow out his hair as he wanted to achieve a new look after having his hair the same for years. Ben told Ainslee that if he grows his hair out for 4 months he would be able to ‘Perm his hair straight’ and this is exactly what he did.

As Ainslee has Caribbean roots his hair is very curly ‘afro like’ So when left to grow can look a little crazy… as you can see from his before photo. After hiding his hair under a hat for months we couldn’t wait to see the finished look.

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HOW THE LOOK WAS ACHIEVED

When you hear the word ‘Perm’ you think of curly hair, right? Well not this time… Normally when a perming solution is adding to hair you would put the hair in rollers and it would mould to that shape, but this time the perming solution was put onto Ainslee’s hair and combed straight, continuously until it had been on long enough for the solution to activate and be washed off.

After this process Ben then shaved the sides to a short number 1 and blended it up towards the longer hair. Finally he had a blow dry and finished off with straighteners.

Ainslee was worried about maintenance of his new hair style, but Ben reassured him and said all he needs to do is use a good shampoo and conditioner, make sure he uses a heat protector and after drying he can use straighteners to help with styling and to get the achieved look.

Ainslee has had his hair like this for around a week now and absolute loves it! So if you want your husband, boyfriend or partner to have a bit of a transformation I really recommend Regis Salon on Manchester!

Not only are they all amazing at hair but they are great and ensuring you will be able to maintain your hair at home and also make sure that it fits in with your lifestyle.

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Meanwhile I enjoyed a choice of drinks and snacks from the light bites menu whilst I was having my hair done!

Contact REGIS MANCHESTER on:

0161 425 9610

and also check them out on social media

@regisuk

Regis Manchester.

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Today I visited Regis in Manchester to have a full colour, cut and blow dry. Trying out a new salon can be a little scary but luckily my no1 hairdresser Ben has now moved from Umberto to be the new manager in House of Fraser’s Regis salon. You can find the salon on the 2nd floor on the exit to the car park, so its really great for parking  so that you don’t  have to get wet in Manchester’s rainy weather.

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Not only was I in amazing hands with the super talented Ben but the salon is also just like a little bit of heaven. Stunning lighting and seats, a beautiful wash area and a huge spa, so you can have everything done in one place. All of the staff at Regis are all amazing and work so well as a team to suit everyones needs and also suit everyones budget with a shampoo, cut and finish starting at £37.

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I went along with my boyfriend to the salon, he also had his hair done #blogcomingsoon for all the details on what he had done.I had a fresh new blonde look by having my roots done and then a mix of different toners to get my blonde just right. As I’m growing my hair at the minute I just had a little bit cut off at the ends and then a gorgeous blow dry which left my hair feeling super soft and then finished off by adding some loose curls into my hair by using the GHD curve wand.

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What products did you use?

Regis Olive Oil Shampoo and Conditioner

Olive Oil Restoring Oil

Regis Full Therapy Styling Oil

Regis Mend The Ends

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Keep your eyes peeled for my blog all about the Regis MCR spa!

GET IN TOUCH WITH THE SALON

0161 425 9610

Check out Regis UK on social media for all the latest gossip xoxo

Get your glow on….

If you follow me on Instagram, these last few weeks I have been loving juicing and all things health. So I thought I would let you all know what I have been doing.

First of all I contacted Elitepro (Elite personal trainer Ainslee) and told him I was feeling sluggish, not only about my body but my skin was dry and I was having a bit of a breakout at the time. So straight away he told me that doing a 5 day juice/smoothie cleanse would help me to drop a few pounds and also because of all the nutrition in his recipes, it will make my skin amazing. I was up for anything so I gave it a go.

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The diet consisted of a berry smoothie first thing in the morning followed by a green juice at lunch time and then I would have a protein smoothie at tea time. Along with this I did light exercise, such as walking, light weights and a little bit of cardio. Nothing too strenuous as Ainslee told me that I may get light headed if I exert myself too much.

It was all going really well until day 3 where all I wanted was to eat some chocolate haha.. going to the supermarket was probably a bad idea when you haven’t had any food for 3 days!!! But anyway I stocked up on my fruit and veg and told myself I only had 2 more days to go! Once the 5 days were over Ainslee told me to introduce food slowly, for example eat things like chicken salads, fish and have lots of protein rich foods along with carrying on my my juices and shakes. Also upping my exercise for example go for a couple of runs a week (I like to run my regular 10k route) and lots of weights to tone up and get strong. I have to admit I was getting quite lazy before this so it gave me a complete restart!

After the 5 days were up I lost a total of 9lbs and my skin was feeling so much better. I went for an Oxygenating Facial at YOURBEAUTYPOD to give my skin a super blitz on not only the inside but also the outside… I have had so many facials at so many beauty salons but I have to say that I have found THE BEST! Rebecca does a range of different facials in her salon from the LED light facials, Oxygenation facial and also a lighter facial if you want something nice and gentle on the skin, along with her lash treatments and nails. You have to check her out…. Anyway the Oxygenation Facial always makes my skin look super clear and seems to last for ages. Perfect for the winter!

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Check her out on Instagram @YourBeautyPod

So here are 3 of my favourite JUICE/SMOOTHIE recipes that I loved whilst of the cleanse so you can do them at home:

Berry Smoothie (breakfast time for 1 person):

1 Small cup of Cranberry juice.

1 Banana

A hand full of frozen berries (you must have something frozen in a smoothie, otherwise it will be warm *Yuck*)

A hand full of Blueberries

1 Kiwi fruit

1 teaspoon of honey

1 teaspoon of coconut oil

Blend to a smooth consistency 

Green Juice:

You will need a juicer for this recipe, these can be quite expensive but they are 100% worth the money.

2 Sticks of celery

A hand full of Mint leaves

Half a Lime

A hand full of Spinach

1 pear

1 apple

A hand full of Kale

Delicious

Protein Smoothie:

1 small cup of Almond Milk

2 scoops of protein

1 banana

1 teaspoon honey

1 tablespoon Organic peanut butter

A hand full of frozen melon/or ice to make sure its cold.

Shop the machines:

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Blendtec Smoothie Maker
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Kurvings Juicer

If you try out this cleanse we would love to know how you get on… And also if you feel like you need a fitness revamp or a complete lifestyle change, we can not recommend Ainslee at Elitepro enough. Not only does he have years of experience under his belt, he is also super qualified with everything from fitness, weight loss, nutrition and so much more…. Check him out on social media @elitepro.fitness

Enjoy xoxo

Going to the salon whilst pregnant..

You will probably no by now that I love having my hair done by one of my clients at Umberto Giannini in Harvey Nichols, Manchester. From just popping in for a braid to getting the whole works done…. So when I became pregnant I thought it was going to be tricky having my colour done like I used to as you hear so many stories about chemicals harming the baby and having awful skin reactions. So I thought what better way than to chat with the professional him self Ben (Manager of Umberto Giannini) and find out all the top tips about looking after your hair during and after your pregnancy.

Can I get my hair coloured whilst pregnant? 

Once you are out of the first trimester (12 weeks) you can get your hair coloured as normal. You MUST tell your hairdresser though as they need to take into consideration that because of your hormones the colour may not take as well as it normally would, meaning that the colour may need a little longer.

Could I go for a dramatic colour change whilst pregnant?

We advise all of our clients to stick with a similar colour to what they already have. As going a different shade could prove difficult in reaching your desired colour when your hair doesn’t take as well as it would normally.

Could having my hair coloured cause harm to the baby?

No, as long as you are out of the first trimester there can be no harm done to your growing baby. With new technologies in hair colorants it is always safe to use.

Why is my hair growing so much now I’m pregnant?

Because your hormones are racing around your body and also if you are taking a pregnancy vitamin along with a healthy pregnancy diet this can all contribute to faster growing hair.

Why does my hair get tangled so easily now I’m pregnant?

Knotted hair is a common symptom for mums-to-be as your body is concentrating on making sure your baby is developing nicely… So things like dry skin and tangled hair are only temporary until the baby arrives.

Once the baby does arrive do I need to do anything differently with my hair? (I have heard about peoples hair falling out)

I recommend to all my clients that they should take a basic hair and nail vitamin once their baby arrives, but make sure you go to your GP and make sure that this is the best thing for YOU and that the vitamin is safe to use if you are breast feeding.

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Ben and Ellie on shoot.

So having a relaxing time at the salon doesn’t need to be a thing of the past now that you’re pregnant.

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If you would like to make an appointment at Umberto Giannini for all appointments and consultations you can either download the Umberto Giannini app or call the salon on 0161 828 8840. Cut and finish start from only £37.

Luxury Pregnancy Massage by YourBeautyPod

I was sooo looking forward to having a pregnancy massage with Your Beauty Pod, as I’m sure you’ll know if you have been pregnant before or if you are currently pregnant your body goes through so many changes.

As I am just coming up to 19 weeks I haven’t reached the point where I get back ache or struggle with water retention yet…. but as the first trimester wasn’t too kind on me with bad morning sickness, being constantly tired and having the worst breakout of spots from the sudden surge of hormones, I was so ready for Rebecca at Your Beauty Pod to work her magic on me.

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I LOVE visiting the city centre beauty room – As I often have meetings or have to visit clients in Manchester so when I know I can finish my day off with a visit to see Rebecca – It makes any day 100x better, she also does home visits so if you can’t get into Manchester or if you would just prefer to have your treatments done in your own home she can come to you.

When I arrived at Your Beauty Pod, Rebecca explained to me that because I am not very big yet, she was going to focus on my legs – exfoliating and massaging them.. which will prevent water retention as it boosts circulation and blood flow, then I can either have a head and neck massage or a facial… I decided to go for the facial as she always does an amazing job at clearing my skin up when I have a break out so I knew it would be amazing.

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All of the products that are used at Your Beauty Pod are all organic, natural products, perfect for mums-to-be and they all smell absolutely beautiful. From getting onto the heated beauty bed, having my legs and feet massaged to finishing the facial with a relaxing neck and shoulder massage… the whole treatment experience was bliss! I will be returning to Your Beauty Pod in a few months time when I am much bigger and can’t wait to tell you all about my experience.

Visit Your Beauty Pod on social media @YourBeautyPod on Instagram and Facebook, @BeccaBeautyPod on Twitter.

If you aren’t pregnant but want to visit Your Beauty Pod here are some more treatments you could have done.

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Getting some serious ‘Me’ time at CBS Altrincham

If you are from Altrincham and have been looking for a go-to beauty salon that does it all… I think we’ve found it! Cheshire Beauty Sculpt does everything from HD Brows, Lash extensions, nails, waxing, spray tans and THE most gorgeous Espa facials and massages.

Donna the owner of CBS set up her business 6 months ago and has created such a beautiful salon, she has always worked in beauty and after hard work and pure passion she has created something magical in such a short period of time.

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On arrival to the salon I entered the large, bright reception area where Donna showed me around and then took me downstairs to where I would be having my massage, the room was lit with beautiful candles and lights with relaxing music, before I got ready for my massage Donna asked me which oil I was drawn to by smelling a range of Espa oils (to be honest they were all gorgeous) I ended up picking the calming one. – The ESPA Back, neck and shoulder massage was so relaxing, from the moment I lay down I felt like I was floating on a bed of clouds.

Once the massage was over I then got dressed and came back upstairs to where I was going to have my Luxury Pedicure. My feet needed some serious buffing from all the running I have been doing lately.. But thank goodness for pedicures Donna soon had my feet looking and feeling so soft. I picked a coral colour for my nails… to match my fingers, ready for my trip to Monte Carlos next week.

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The relaxing massage room.
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Pedicure in progress.

Thank you Cheshire Beauty Sculpt for having me and I will definitely be returning.

Book your appointment by calling 0161 425 7272 or visit http://www.cheshire-beauty-sculpt.com

Find them: 2 Old Market Place, Altrincham, WA14 4NP

Serene Skin&Beauty Hale Village

As summer is fast approaching we get thinking about how will we deal with ‘hair’ this summer…Shall we get waxed or just stick with the shaver? Well as soon as I met Laura from Serene skin & beauty and she offered to treat me to her treatments I was so excited when she said the words ‘PERMANENT HAIR REMOVAL’.

This was something I had always wanted to have done but hadn’t because I was a little sceptical about having it done and where to go because I had heard so many mixed reviews.  Laura put me at ease and educated me about how the procedure is done and how many treatments I will need until I am ‘Hair free’ she recommends 6 treatments (one treatment each month for 6 months) to be completely hair free. This treatment can be done anywhere on the body, for male or female. Prices start from £30 – £140… Here is some more info.

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Laura also did the Skin Rejuvenation/Photorejuvenation treatment on me. This is a non-invasive treatment which stimulates the skins cells and collagen production, leaving skin instantly brighter and more youthful, skin feels tighter/firmer and is a great treatment to have in conjunction with microdermabrasion.. Giving you that photo ready airbrushed look. Here are some photos of me having my treatments done… (excuse the jelly face)

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Skin Rejuvenation
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Permanant Hair Removal

Both of these treatments have given me amazing results already, my skin is feeling so much brighter and my hairs on my legs have started to fall out already.. I can’t wait to be HAIR FREE!! I will keep you all updated on my results.

Laura also does:

Microdermabrasion Facials

St Tropez Spray Tans

Massage

Acne and Rosacea Treatments

Thread Vein Treatments

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Visit Serene Skin&Beauty

28 Pinewood House, Victoria Road, Hale, Altrincham, WA15 9AD

http://www.sereneskinandbeauty.co.uk

07713 868 595

Facebook: Serene Skin & Beauty

Instagram: Serene_S.B

The best facial in town has arrived..

Whilst on Instagram one day I received a message from Rebecca Walker, the owner of ‘Your Beauty Pod’ asking if I would like to try her ‘Oxygenating Facial’ treatment. After doing a little bit of research about the facial I soon found out it was the latest treatment for celebs such as Kendall Jenner, Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Gigi Hadid and Kim Kardashian… just to name a few.. So I was quite excited to try out this treatment.

Rebecca has worked in luxury spas all over the country and has now set up her own beauty business, it’s safe to say you probably couldn’t find as much knowledge under the roof of a beauty salon.

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On arrival to her City Centre beauty room I was greeted by the smell of beautifully lit candles and of course the welcoming presence of the gorgeous Rebecca. She then left me whilst I got myself comfortable on her heated massage bed so that I was super cosy whilst she worked on my face, neck and shoulders.

She started by cleansing my face thoroughly to remove all my make up, she then put me under the steamer to open up all my pores, mean while giving me THE most amazing neck and shoulder massage, then she began to exfoliate my face and give my face a good massage to release tension and stress before wiping away with lovely warm towels. This was then followed by Rebecca applying the Oxygenating Facial Mask which brings all the oxygen in your skin to the surface to give you that radiant look, the mask was then left on for 20 minutes whilst she gave me a gorgeous head massage using coconut oil. Once the face mask was wiped away she then finished off the facial by applying moisturise all over my face and neck. I was quite red after the treatment but Rebecca reassured me that by tomorrow my skin would be glowing and it was! In total the facial lasted around 1 hour and 15 minutes which was BLISS!! Normally £40 or with back reflexology £60.

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My skin felt flawless, radiant and dewy the day after my facial.

 After the facial Rebecca told me all about the products she had used and what her favourite beauty products are.. along with giving me so many beauty tips on how to keep my skin clear she could also tell that I wasn’t getting enough sleep or drinking enough water… This girl knows everything about skin!

Here are Rebecca’s Top Beauty Tips:

  1. Never sleep in your make up.
  2. Exfoliate your skin once a week, you can waste up to 70% of your products on dead skin cells otherwise.
  3. Always protect your skin with an SPF even in the winter.
  4. Find a cleanser that suits your lifestyle to ensure you clean your skin day and night.
  5. DO NOT SMOKE! It’s one of THE most harmful things you can do to your skin.

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All of the products Rebecca used were from the Potion Shop, which is a Manchester based brand that use all organic products, vegan friendly and paraben free ingredients.

Check them out on social media PotionShopUK

OR WEBSITE WWW.POTIONSHOP.CO.UK

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As well as being city centre based Rebecca also does a range of different treatments mobile  so that you can be pampered in the comfort of your own home:

Pregnancy Massage

Deep Tissue Massage

LVL Lashes

Gel Nails

BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENTS BY CALLING REBECCA ON:

07921823916