#MondayManicure Gel Nails & Minx Mix

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Just had to share with you beautiful lot the results of me playing and pampering a lot yesterday, this is my Manicure Monday! I love it I keep looking at my super bright shiny nails and smiling!

So these are OPI Gelcolor Nails mixed with Minx both a professional only product, I’m fortunate to have trained I’m both. The gel colours are Pink Flamenco and I Carol About You and the Minx is Gotcha designed by nail artist Limit Kyees, it’s one of my absolute Favs!!

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What do you think? what nails you rocking this Monday gorgeous?

All That Jazz, Nail Polish Review

Morning!! So my youngest had me up at 5.30 this morning so I thought what better time to paint my nails and try out the new All That Jazz Nails polish I got from the pick and mix at the Antonia Mariconda workshop a few weeks ago.

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I am always sceptical of new polishes the last one I tried I couldn’t even blog about it was that bad I ended up painting my toes as well as my nails it was so gloopy (and I’m a professional!). So I was over the moon when this beautiful glittering purple shade called Montanas-Jealous of My Clique? gave beautiful results and a nice even coverage after just one coat.

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I don’t know why I expected anything different the founder of All That Jazz Nails is Jazz Smedley, her mum George Smedley the director of Nail Harmony and one of the elite professionals in the industry, (I’ve been a model in one of her training classes so know the standards in which they set are high). Its clear to see Jazz has continued that elite, professional standard when creating her range of products.

I’m always hesitant of glitter polishes and some are super chunky meaning you have to work to evenly distribute the glitter.  This glitter did look really glittery in the bottle however is like a dusting of beautiful sparkle across the vivid purple, that is produced after just two coats. The polish is even and brush makes it easy to apply, no gloopyness or running although I did dash my toe slightly when my one year old tried to climb through my legs!

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The finished result is beautiful I love this polish, there is a huge range of colours to choose from, and at £9.98 for a professional polish and result, you can purchase here. From nudes to neon they have nailed their colour collection and now have 38 polishes that match the nail harmony gelish range.

I now have a list of “I wants” from this gorgeous range. Have you tried All That Jazz polishes? What’s your favourite? I’d love to hear in the comments below.

How To Be Your Own PR, Antonia Mariconda Workshop

Every so often someone comes along who inspires you, who pushes you and makes you want to strive for brilliance. That’s what Antonia Mariconda does to me, it’s just the effect she has, she makes me want to better myself, my blog and my business. Not to mention this ladies repertoire of experience and social media presence, if you want to see I think the basics are covered here.

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Today I attended my second workshop led by Antonia and a team of experts. I wanted to gain as much knowledge as I could about How To Be My Own PR. I wanted to learn about being featured in the media – called on as an expert, I wanted to learn to build influential relationships within the industry, I wanted to find a way to share my passion and experience (all 11 years of it) with confidence and conviction. And I did.

I arrived slightly early at the Soho Hotel in London, it didn’t matter that I had been here before, I still got lost and walked round in squares on the London streets. If you haven’t been to this hotel my description of the decor would not do it justice it’s exquisite and I recommend you visit.

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I got to sit at a table with some lovely ladies I already knew, which was nice particularly the lovely Emily Byrne of StyleImprint Blog. We had befriended one another at the last workshop and her bubbly personality made me feel confident and comfortable immediately today.

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The workshop itself was 3 packed hours of knowledge, wisdom and expertise. I learnt about the core concepts of Public Relations, the importance of strategy when it comes to PR (not something I’d considered in my marketing plans), the different platforms – how they are driven and influenced, how to utilise them and knowing what ones appeal to me most.

I got to hear from other experts that included Charmiane Harris and Jenny Pabila. Both with a lot of klout when it’s comes to the beauty and pr industries, I loved having the opportunity to ask them specific questions and hear their stories and experiences. Then Antonia brought to the front someone like me, (well different story but same drive and passion) Melissa Foreman is a true example of a polished diamond who is really making it. Sharing her journey as a blogger, as someone I’d briefly heard chatting away at the first workshop I’m in awe of how her success has rocketed, she is still so kind and down to earth and was more than happy to help me and answer my questions when I made a beeline for her after the workshop had finished.

The biggest message that resonated with me and where I know I need to grow is confidence, polishing this diamond into something brilliant. I know going forward I need to first be more regular with my blog, Twitter and Facebook (I also really want to start a vlog but one at a time). I need to create a snapshot of myself and my achievements, to drive forward with strategy and opportunities allowing people to see my passion and conviction for an industry I love and most of all to get over that niggling fear of failure to push through and forward with my ideas.

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Next blog… To tell you all about the amazing goody bags and the Beauty Pick & Mix!!

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On my way to London for my second Antonia Mariconda workshop!

Been ages again right? Its all to do with rebranding and tons of work on my business but thats all to come in another post this week! At the moment im sat on the train heading into London wearing my happy face…

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Im on my way to my second workshop with the jaw droppingly beautiful and hugely talented Antonia Mariconda, you guys might remember this blog from back in October where I attended the first of her awesome blogger workshops.

Today she is sharing her wisdom, running the workshop How to Be Your Own PR.  Having just renamed my business and really wanting to be in a position to share my knowledge and experience to empower women to feel beautiful, i really feel this workshop could give me the extra push i need to really get my brand out there and in a totally kick ass, wow kind of way.

I have tried not to watch twitter too much as i know there was a workshop this morning but there was a few little sneak peeks that got me my usual bubbly cheesy grin excited!

#WearItBeatIt OPI Red Nails to help fight for every heartbeat supporting The British Heart Foundation

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I just wanted to shout about a fabulous Friday! Through my business Sweet cheeks beauty, I was able to paint nails red and support the British Heart Foundation in the #Wearitbeatit campaign at Gravesham Women in Business. With over 40 local business women attending hosted by Hatten Wyatt Solicitors & Bretts Business Recovery it was a great morning and £120 was raised for the BHF to help fight for every heart beat.

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I used my collection of OPI polishes with over a hundred in my collection I had lots of reds for the ladies to choose from, supporting the charity by wearing red February the 6th and with a number of events going on throughout February 2015

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Sorry for my missing FOTDs…

This time it’s not that I’ve forgot, I have an allergic reaction when I consume too much salt or when I cry. It goes minging, dry, blotchy, and even my normal products irritate my skin.

It’s really annoying and when it’s particularly bad like at the mo I can’t put anything on it so I have had 5 days of no make up and tonight I actually managed to apply product. So as I sit chilling wearing Akane night Mask, I’m hoping it means I’ll be able to put my made up face on again tomorrow!

xoxo

Wednesday’s FOTD I’m running behind

Ok so a day behind still but here you go yesterday’s make up…

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Took a pic of all the products and I’ll update with info later have a million and one jobs to get through today including blog catch ups, sorting traders for my upcoming Indulgence Night, planning the looks for the Autumn Winter Workshops and confirming dates with the venue, scheduling in tons of meetings for next week, stock orders (I’m not complaining my stock is beauty products for the beauty room – this is not hard work it’s a joy!) and getting Finley all ready for a sleepover and taking the baby for a hospital checkup! Phew!!! Best get cracking none of that seems a chore all blessings come from hard work xoxo

Monday Morning Motivation

Okay so this week Monday morning motivation comes in the way of an invitation. Now you all know I like the chance to share happiness and positivity where I can and so this week I invite … No…. I challenge you to partake in the #100HappyDays with me.

I kept seeing this hashtag and not really getting it but you need to check the website out here to get the full details and also the amazing benefits sharing just a little happiness each day can bring.

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So I begin today you can follow my #100DaysHappy on twitter
Post where I can see yours in the comments below I wanna share in all your happiness too!
xoxo