There’s nothing like a bit of pampering to make you feel better, or like a princess, even.
I’ve mentioned this before, but I am pretty bad at keeping a routine with my beauty lifestyle (I tend to forget!). However, if there is something I love doing is NAILS!
Whether that is a night in at home watching SATC while choosing between the gazillion of colours I’ve got in store or a visit to my local beauty salon, either way, I love it. And as I love colours, I also kickass nails, so I thought I’d share with you my fave London spots for it!
London Grace: This was one of the first nail bars to provide “a beauty experience” rather than just removing & adding nail polish and off you go. If you book a spot at London Grace, Nails, coffee and cocktails you’ll get! The chain provides offers for party bookings and has a great selection of beauticians doing a marvelous job. They do regular mani pedi and also shellac, but no nail art!
WAH London: A lot of women power going on at this Soho beauty bar! They claim to have brought the nail art scene to London and I don’t blame them. They do amazing stuff. A little bit on the pricer side (more than the Chinatown options below) but worth the price for a little treat!
Le Nail Salon: Located in the heart of Chinatown (19, Gerrard St), this underground venue provides both great nail art as well as regular mani pedi (with or without gel). For being in Chinatown it is rather on the pricier side (~£40 for a gel mani) but it is open everyday of the week from 10.30 to 8.30pm, you can’t beat it!
Rosy Beauty Salon: Currently located in opposite of W hotel; however a bit difficult to find on your own! You may need to contact them through their whatsapp phone number to book or to exactly locate their venue but these beauticians are kicking ass with their nail art, and at a very decent price.
Coco Rachel Nails & Coffee: Pretty self explanatory! The owner loves attention to detail, which we particularly loved, and everybody here is very friendly. Location is also hard to beat, only “drawback” as such is they don’t do much of nail art, if that’s what you are after! Regular and gel mani & pedis are fabby! And the whole venue is super instagram-worthy ;)
Girls Nail Den: Another instagram-worthy nail salon, this time in the eart of East London. Everything is pink, girls!! They also offer other services such as waxing and tanning.
DALSTON/ STOKE NEWINGTON
Sheer Bliss: This is definitely my staple in London. You may be put off from its looks on the outside but this beauty emporium couldn’t be any better. The cleanest place I’ve ever been and service is top notch for a very affordable price. Don’t miss it! They also have waxing, hairdressers, tanning and massage!
Elysium Nail & Beauty: as I am moving to Stokey, I thought it was about time to find a new beauty salon to call home. I think I found it! Elysium is once again extra clean and their service is as good as Sheer Bliss, if not better. They do outstanding nail art for only an extra fiver. BANG!
Of course, these are only a few options, but really, a seriously good few.
Now go #treatyourself!
Ok, maybe I am being a bit of a hypocrite saying I can't spend hundred quid on make up and then mention my favourite concealer and make-up base are Chanel. I GET IT! I am a spoiled brat. It is also true that my everyday beauty fix range varies a lot in terms of cost. I may wear Chanel for some bits, but also Tony Moly for other, which is inexpensive.
Now cutting to the chase. I've you've watched my #barbielife youtube video (where even my voice is annoying) and have seen something you liked, have a look at what's below, as I've listed the details of most of the products I talked about, plus others that are truly core in my day to day life and may have forgotten mentioning.
Stay lush babies!
With very little details.
For better results, always use the YSL Foundation brush // Literally changed my life
How are you feeling today? Cause I am certainly feeling fresh as I write this, and so is Sarah, the pretty blondie sitting next to me. We just visited the new flagship of Duck & Dry in the West End and we are feeling like princesses!
It is Thursday night, we just finished work, and really needed an up-do before heading to a gallery opening in Soho. So we thought, why not try this out? I am so glad we did. This was #TREATYOSELF paradise, in capital letters.
First of all, the customer service could not have been better. We had the beauty salon for ourselves and were greeted with a refreshing bottle of prosecco, which after such a tough week, was much needed.
Secondly, we had great hair advise on what to get done for the night, depending on our style, and their products worked fabulously for what we wanted. Finally, their quality-price is excellent.
Having said that, the venue itself is fabulous and immaculate. We were sat on the beautifully egg-shaped mirrors and while gossiping about what happened during the week with Sarah, we got our hair sorted.
Final touch? An insta-corner with a swing where to take a picture of your pretty results. I mean, do you need anything else?
If I were you, I’d book myself in for a session, cause what’s best than having a relaxing time after a shopping day in Oxford St?
Tease the season ladies. It is Christmas now, but ANY occasion should be good to wear a vibrant lipstick.
I am particularly into dark colors lately, but a good selection of passion red in your beauty box is always a must; hence the following list providing you with some of my favourites lip picks! After all, it is always shopping time, right...
Now, I could give you lots of different options, but at the end of the day there are only certain sticks that I use on my everyday life, so I would probably start there!
If creamy lipsticks are your thing, then Dior or Charlotte Tilbury are probably your kinda lipstick. They tend to stick with you for a long period of time, though be prepared to leave a mark on everything you touch (or kiss ;))
Favourite color palette would be Rebellious for Dior and Bombshell for CT. The latter does an amazing kit at the moment which includes a lip pencil (perfect for providing a bigger effect on your lips) and a lipgloss to finish with even a more shiny touch.
If you are more into something ever-lasting and less of a mess, then I would definitely suggest you getting a Tom Ford lipstick. They feel very luxurious and they are really good quality:price.
Also, I haven't tried it but apparently the new collection by Dior, Diorific, is meant to be pretty damn good
If you are one of those girls who do not care about wearing red any time of the day, then you should go for something comfortable. For that reason, I think in this occasion Lancôme is your best pick. My fave is Indecise from L'absolu Rouge collection.
THE DARK SIDE
I must admit, Nars is my all time favorite when it comes to this color sticks. It is always the right color on me and no matter what I drink or eat, the color stays with me.
I am particularly into the Liv tone lately, but the variety here is vast, so make sure you browse around!
But be careful, once you trespass to the dark side, is difficult to come back to safety...
The peeps from Estée Lauder were so kind to let us try their #HelloSexy GlamGlow mud masks on their re-vamp in the UK and here is what we thought of it!
Lots of bubbles, great company and new beauty products to try. My evening started pretty well!
I am not particularly a face mask person, I must admit. They usually take a lot of commitment, you have to remember to apply them every other day (if not daily) and wait for months until you see the results. DUH!
Glamglow masks? NAY. These are masks for instant results, which was what really attracted me at first glance. I mean, party ready and fully flawless? Who wouldn't want that.
Then, we got to actually try them. And I must say I was impressed! Applied for 10-15min and I already felt a bit different. I must say that if you have a sensitive skin though you need to be aware that these are 'chemical-peel' kind of masks, and therefore your face may burn a bit at first, but do not freak! Is just part of the process and will definitely make you feel like a barbie-doll afterwards.
Now, GlamGlow has a huge variety of mud masks, each one of them with a different objective. I am not going to bore you with all the details, just what got stuck in my heath and thought would be useful if you are thinking on trying one:
GlamGlow SuperMud (White) - Quick Fix Rescue
GlamGlow YouthMud (Black) - Pre-selfie
GlamGlow ThirstyMud (Blue) - Heart Pounding Hydration
GlamGlow GravityMud (Purple) -
Pre-make up contouring (plus you'll feel like in space with this on!)
GlamGlow FlasMud (Orange) - After flights
GlamGlow PowerMud (Green) - Power Detox
Now the question is which one should you go for if you had to choose only 1-2...TOUGH! Their White & Black muds are a classic, a must for exfoliating all that dirtiness from the urban city we leave in. But every exfoliation requires a good moisturizer and therefore I would also choose ThirstyMud. There, you have it!
Nevertheless, whatever your pick is, these peel-off face masks will make you feel powerful, gorgeous and SEXY, so don't miss out on them.
Photography By Rosalind Alcazar