Monday, 22 February 2016

Icy blue winter nails made with dry marble technique

dry marble nail art
 Even though we rarely get a proper winter with snow and ice here in the UK, it's a cool element to get inspired by for some wintery blue nails.

essie nail polish
 For this dry marble design I'm using cold hues of nail polish; light icy blue, silver glitter, white, pearl, and of course my favourite top coat from No7. 
Actually, before you even start trying to achieve a dry marble nail art, make sure you have a good top coat to hand - it won't work otherwise!

blue nail polish
I was actually inspired by Dolce & Gabbana's winter catalogue (seen in the background) for this swirly blue and white pattern.
To start with, I just painted my nails in one coat of plain blue polish, and I chose pearly white for my accent nail.

dry marble tutorial
Once the first coat had dried, I painted a second coat of blue - doing one nail at a time - directly followed by a few drops of the white and pearl polishes straight onto the still wet blue polish. Don't worry about the size of the "blobs", but just experiment as you go along. Just make sure that there's enough nail polish to spread out and swirl around your nail.

marble nail art tutorial
 With the help of a small-headed dotting tool I'm drawing swirly patterns on my nails in the wet nail polish. It does look VERY MESSY at this point, but believe me... it'll all get sorted out with some amazing top coat. Just let it semi-dry first.

marble nails
Here you can see the difference between having added top coat and not; the nail on my index finger is all nice and smooth whilst the others are still very textured and messy-looking.

how to marble nail art
With top coat on all nails and a coat of silvery glitter on my pearly white accent nail my swirly blue winter design is all done! 
Have you ever tried dry marble nail art yourself?
If not, I hope this post gives you some inspiration to do so.
It really is super simple!

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Posh dinner, posh attire... and a murder on the posh floor!

You may be wondering why Kristina from Mode of Style and myself are all dressed up, holding on to some very important-looking items such as a magnifying glass...
Well, we had received a very fancy invitation for an event at nowhere other than the posh Hilton in Leeds, where we had been asked to 'dress to impress'.
On top of that we had been promised an eventful dinner with some detective work!

 Although the cause was unknown, it seemed like the area was a crime scene already on our arrival, and had been investigated by the police.
What had we gotten ourselves into? 

 But when they presented us with some items a la Sherlock Holmes, and explained to us that we simply had to help out with an investigation, we could finally relax (and start enjoying the wine!)

 All the best private detectives wear a mustache and/or glasses, right?
Was Kristina a suspect in the crime which we were yet to be presented?

 We were about 30 bloggers that all sat down for dinner at three different tables...

 ...but before we had even stuck our forks into our starter, a man stumbled into the room and DIED RIGHT IN FRONT OF US! 

 Luckily, the ACTUAL SHERLOCK HOLMES (starstruck!) was quick to arrive, and to our horror he declared that there had been a MURDER!
But who was guilty to this terrible crime, and where would we even start our investigation of the #MurderOnThePoshFloor?

 Sherlock Holmes made us take an oath that we would truthfully and wholeheartedly put all of our efforts into helping out finding the murderer (although that was very difficult when there was delicious food put in front of us from time to time - extremely distracting!).

We were served a 3 course meal consisting of tasty soup, chicken breast with potato gratin and vegetables, followed by some sort of raspberry mousse with white chocolate. 
And in between the courses we were trying to solve the murder mystery in our different groups, which became very competitive. 

Luckily, we had Sherlock and a policeman to help us, and before we knew it they had found some evidence which we dusted for fingerprints, and BINGO! With the help of forensic reports, questioning of suspects, checking of criminal records, and warrants for pocket searches, we managed to solve the murder and arrest the perpetrator.

Thanks to Posh Flooring for such a fab event with lots of friendly faces and lots of fun! 
It was a true one of a kind dinner, and one I will remember forever!

Friday, 5 February 2016

Cryotherapy - The power of ice

Have you ever heard of Cryotherapy? 
Neither had I... until XS Hair in Leeds invited me to a demonstration at their fab event in Leeds last week. 
There were bubbles, pampering, and the power of ice!

I had a very special guest with me to the event (who I think got more out of it than me in the end!) - my little sister! She had come to Leeds for a visit, and I was so happy to get to show her "my" Leeds. She's only ever really been with my parents before, but I had a great time showing her around the younger parts of town.

But back to the event. 
When we arrived we were welcomed with a glass of bubbly, and the first thing we saw was a girl laying on a bed having some sort of treatment on her face. We were promised an in-depth explanation and demonstration shortly.
Having read the benefits on the leaflet I was handed on arrival I was very curious to what this miracle treatment was!

XS hair Leeds
So what is Cryotherapy?
It's a pioneering technology originating from Japan, which uses liquid nitrogen to cool down a concentrated area on your body, which in turn triggers a physiological reaction. These reactions have multiple benefits such as weight loss, tighter skin, reductions of cellulite, wrinkles and acne scars, and even pain relief. 
Or like the lovely ladies at XS Hair explained it in a more humorous way; the freezing temperatures basically tricks your body into believing it's going to die, so the blood rushes to the treated area and plumps up the skin and burns lots of calories.
It's a natural treatment with biological health benefits.

Next up to have a trial session of the facial treatment was Kellie from Big Fashionista.
She was covered in warm towels and had her makeup removed to start with.

big fashionista
Having done the treatment on just one half of the face (the one to the right in the photo) you can already see that her face looks smoother and plumper. 

blogger event
It was such a popular event, and lots of Leeds bloggers, journalists, and even a soap actor had come to see the wonder of Cryotherapy.

cryotherapy demonstration
My sister had a quick blast of Cryotherapy done on her chest since she had had a stubborn cough all week. This was followed by a chest rub. She said it was very relaxing. 
XS hair salon in Leeds
On top of this, XS Hair treated us to hair styling, and some advice from their hairdressers.
Here's Ally from Digital Diva having a consultation on her fringe, whilst Kellie from Big Fashionista is having her hair curled.

There was also a choice of having your nails done with Shellac polishes. 
Such a luxury event!

My sister and I had a great time learning about Cryotherapy and mingling with other bloggers.
Thank you so much to Cryotherapy UK and XS Hair in Leeds for arranging such a fantastic event!