Christmas Party Beauty Sorted With Blow

Blow Ltd has been called the Uber of the beauty world, able to deliver fabulous hair, nails and beauty makeovers in the comfort of your own home, simply by using a downloadable app. But now, just in time for Christmas, a Blow Ltd salon has opened in Debenhams in the Bullring, Birmingham, ready to perform those express miracles for all your Christmas party needs. I went along last week to check out the blow dry service, and couldn;t believe the transformation that was achieved.

The new salon is large and bright, with stations for hair, beauty and nails. Blow Ltd offers a menu of services, with a range of different blow dries and updo’s for the hair, manicure and pedicures for the nails and make up looks that range from a healthy daytime golden look, to an after dark cocktail hour makeover. In addition, it also has a quick fix menu for eyes, mini mani’s and braids.

I opted for Starlet waves, an old style Hollywood hair makeover in the style of Veronica Lake and other 1940s goddesses. The beauty of Blow is that it really is designed for the modern woman who may have just a short period of time to get their hair/nails done etc before moving onto the next task. So blow dries can be done on dry hair, but there is also the option to have your hair washed beforehand if you wish.

I had washed my hair that morning and was on a strict time frame due to another event that day but was pleased that my hair was totally transformed in 25 minutes. And when I say transformed, I mean transformed. My usually poker straight locks was a mass of film starlet curls in the style of Marilyn Monroe, it was totally unrecognisable from when I went into the salon. The 25 minute no wash blow dry costs £25, which makes it an affordable treat if you have a special night out planned.

If you want to find out more about Blow Ltd, their salon and their mobile services, visit their website here.

 

 

Beauty Ideas for November

As we enter November, and get ever closer to the festive season, it is time to get ourselves ready for all those parties, events and excuses for dressing up that Christmas brings. Hair, skin, nails and teeth, we want them all to look their best, matching the sparkling new dresses and shoes that we are sure to be buying. Fortunately, there is still time yet to get looking your best, and lots of beauty treatments and services that can give nature a helping hand.

Teeth

A sparkling smile is often the most attractive feature of any man and woman, and smiling in general speaks wonders of an engaging personality. There are lots of ways to help your smile, from whitening toothpaste and the popular charcoal treatments. If you feel you need to look a deeper into treatments that are not temporary, quick fixes, then cosmetic dentistry, of the type offered by the Whitby Dentist,is no longer so expensive that it is just confined to Hollywood stars and the super rich. If your confidence is suffering because you hate your smile, this could be a worthwhile investment in you.

Blow Ltd

Blow Ltd is a new service in Birmingham that has been called the Uber of the beauty world. For people living in and around the city, you can know enjoy treatments like manicures, pedicures and blow dries in the comfort of your own home. Perfect if you are preparing for a big night out, perfect also if you have mobility issues, perfect if you just want to be pampered, whilst still wearing your pyjamas and slippers. Blow Ltd works through an app and is basically brilliant.

Skin

If you are looking to get your skin Christmas perfect, it may be worth taking a look at your current regime and trying some new products. Christmas is a great time to indulge in some new brands, as stores like Boots, and brands like Kiehls launch some gift sets that contain full sizes at discount prices, or launch limited editions that are highly sort after. One of my current faves is the Kiehls Christmas hand cream set that is such a good buy at less than £20, and is a fabulous idea for anyone who suffers from dry, chaffed skin on their hands during the colder months.

 

Work+Play at Malmaison – A Girly Night In

Last week I was invited to enjoy a girly night of food, pampering and cocktails at the very stylish Malmaison. It was strictly ladies only as we were treated to manicures, blow dries, makeovers and arm massages, whilst the prosecco flowed and food was served in the guise of the new Malmaison menu. If all this wasn’t bliss enough, we also had the chance to create a special cocktail that matched the colour of our nail polish.

Malmaison is home to the lovely La Petit Spa, a haven in the heart of the city where you can enjoy full spa treatments, as well as manicures, pedicures and make overs. On the evening espa were offering hand cocktails that left your skin smelling divine and feeling silky smooth and soft. There was also the opportunity to have a manicure using the new CND Shellac and Vinylux colours, adding a nail colour of your choice. My nails were in particularly bad condition, but they were shaped beautifully and my trademark red shade was added – it proved to be very popular on the evening.

Once the paint on my nails had dried it was time to create a cocktail to match the colour. Thankfully, there were no Bloody Mary’s in sight as I opted for a raspberry martini styled cocktail that contained a lot of vodka, including Absolut Raspberry. It was very sweet, totally delicious and it looked amazing too, although, as a Mojito fan, I did wonder whether I should’ve opted for a green shade, just to create my favourite cocktail of them all.

Cover FX make up, who you can find in both Harvey Nichols and Selfridges in the city, were on hand to find your perfect foundation and also introduce their brand and hero products. I love the fact that their custom enhancing drops can be added to your moisturiser or foundation to create a new dimension to a base product, whether it be to add a metallic glow, a sunkissed look or even to highlight your cheekbones. Custom FX really is a brand of beauty innovation, a brand I was not familiar with, but already love.

With nails and make up sorted, hair was next on the menu, with blow ltd on hand to create the perfect express style look. Blow are sometimes referred to as the Uber of the beauty world, as they will come to your home and sort all your beauty needs. On the evening we were looking at the fast beauty to go menu, and I was so pleased with the beachy waves that I was treated to.

 

And, of course, there was food. I loved the chargrilled chicken breast and crunchy Thai salad – a perfect summer dish, whilst the desserts were to die for, particularly the fresh red berries and vanilla marscapone (pictured below) and the warm steamed summer pudding. I love a good dessert and these rated really highly on the pudding-o-meter.

I left Malmaison feeling totally relaxed and pampered, with gorgeous hair and shiny nails. It was a wonderful night in a fabulous destination.

*With thanks to Malmaison and East Village PR for the invitation.