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!

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.

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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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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

RED DOOR MANCHESTER

Red Door Manchester launched back in April after undergoing a massive £350,000 refit… and WOW when we visited this underground cocktail bar in the centre of Manchester last week we did not expect to see this cool ‘New York Chic’ bar….

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Leaving Manchester Deansgate and walking into this New York style venue (by Living Ventures), before walking underground the amazing writing in lights really makes you want to stop and take a picture and gives you a feeling of entering a really ‘cool’ bar.

We were invited along to try out all their top cocktails on this occasion and we were certainly looked after by all of their staff. As I can’t drink alcohol myself (only mocktails because I’m pregnant) I thought it would be a good idea to take along a couple of friends who would be able to try all the cocktails out. From cocktails with caramel in that are set on fire, to tangy sugary grapefruit cocktails – They are obviously way above the rest when it comes to cocktails in Manchester and Cheshire.

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Mrs Jones
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Caramelised Rum Punch

The making of ‘Caramelised Rum Punch’

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South Beach Sours and something fruity for me.

As well as all of these cool cocktails Red Door also smashes the older more traditional cocktails such as the Porn Star Martini or Pina Colada. And their cocktail menu is pages long so if you are unsure of which cocktail you will like then you have plenty of choice at RED DOOR.

We found that Manchester was really lacking a cool place to go in Manchester that wasn’t a restaurant where you have to go out to eat or on the other end you have the night clubs in Manchester where you can’t hear your friends talk or can’t find somewhere to sit. RED DOOR is purely just for drinks and surrounding the bar are american style booths where you can sit with your friends, you can have a good conversation with your friends without having to shout over the music.

The perfect place to hang out with friends or start a big night out here and see where the night takes you. A popular place for hen parties also as they are renowned for their HUGE sharing cocktails.

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Check out their cocktail menu and opening times online at reddoor.uk.com

Thanks for reading xoxo

A little bit of lunch…

OK.. so we are officially obsessed with Australasia in Manchester.

They seem to do EVERYTHING from evening meals, high tea and even light lunches.

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After an afternoon of shopping last week we went along for a bite to eat (there was even so much choice for my pregnant self.) My favourite dish was the Vegetable Tempura – which is fried vegetables in the picture above, I could of had 2 of these dishes!!

We love how at Australasia you can either sit downstairs in their beautiful restaurant or you can relax upstairs in their Grand Pacific terrace, we can’t decide where we prefer to sit… But on this particularly raining day in Manchester we just wanted to be cosy inside.

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Red Fish Curry and Jasmine Rice + Pork Dumplings
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Stir fried mussels with chilli, sweet basil and peanuts

These are a selection of the dishes we shared… the fish curry was absolutely so delicious.

I couldn’t eat the mussels but wish I was allowed to eat them because they looked so good… My boyfriend was able to polish off the entire dish all to himself.

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Lychee and Ginger Panna Cotta + Pineapple Downunder cake with cherry and coconut

We love how fresh all the food is at Australasia, it all tastes so clean and healthy…. Even the deserts!!!!

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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Tony & Dog – Dog Groomers Cheshire

Tony & Dog has arrived in Cheshire and we are all very excited! Do you have dogs or know someone who does? Spread the word and everyone receives 10% off your first visit to Tony & Dog T&C’s apply. They opened on 8th July and since opening they have been so busy… We are not surprised.. Tony has worked with some of the best doggie brands in and around Manchester/Cheshire and has now decided to set up his own salon with his lovely wife Malu. With years of experience and even grooming many celebrity doggie friends we can only admire his talents.

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ABOUT TONY & DOG

“Tony & Dog is an enthusiastic company that specialises in professional dog grooming. We are based in Sale, Manchester. It is a family business which provides a personalised service to clients, adapting to individual needs whilst always maintaining a high quality dog grooming service.

Tony & Dog is a business that is always at the forefront of the latest styles and techniques, dedicating ourselves to continuous training and professional development. We also support charitable causes in our community. Tony & Dog takes pleasure in helping associations dedicated to the permanent rehoming of abandoned dogs.”

Tony’s Furry Friends

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We think its safe to say Tony has a big heart for anything with 4 legs and a tail. Fully insured and qualified in all of the best grooming techniques this has got to be the No1 spot to take your doggy for some serious pampering.

We would like to welcome Tony & Dog to Cheshire with open arms and to treat you all if you show this post at TONY & DOG before 15th September 2016 you will receive 10% off your first visit.

Contact details: 

Instagram: TonyandDog

Facebook: Tony and Dog

Twitter: @TonyandDog

Contact Number: 0161 2223434

Address: 162 Washway Road, Sale
Cheshire M33 6RH
United Kingdom

Website: http://www.tonyanddog.co.uk

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