Friday, 10 July 2020


I love a gel facial wash and this one from LA ROCHE-POSAY is my new favourite!
I have been using it for around six months now, I love the feel of it on my skin it actually feels soft as you apply it to your skin.
I take a large pea sized amount into the palm of my hand lather it up with warm water and apply to my face in gentle circular movements rinsing off well.  It removes all traces of makeup leaving skin feeling refreshed and gently cleansed.
This is great for anyone who has sensitive skin as it is hypoallergenic, suitable for normal/combination intolerant and sensitive skin and is ph 5.5.

Interesting facts!

*Toleriane is the first skincare range to be given the Seal of Approval by Allegy UK

*9/10 Dermatologists would recommend La Roche-Posay for sensitive skin

RRP £12.50 150ml

Saturday, 4 July 2020

Super Supplier Saturday! Personal Trainer James Lenaghan

This month's Super Saturday Wedding Supplier is James Lenaghan, Personal Trainer at New Mission in Harpenden, Hertfordshire.
He began his career in the late nineties and since then has built up a wealth of knowledge and experience as a health and fitness professional. He constantly updates his knowledge  by training with various experts in their fields as well as combining his own ideas to achieve optimum results with his clients.
New Mission is an extensively equipped fitness suite with an onsite treatment room set in an exclusive and private environment, the perfect place to help you reach your personal fitness and weight loss goals.  Packages are tailored to suit each individual.

James Lenaghan Q&A:

How do I find the right trainer/training regime for me?

Do your research. Use a personal trainer to define exactly what you want to achieve for your goal set.  Rely on referrals. Results speak volumes. 

How long will it take me?

Each goal is individual & timescale dependant. Get some guidance don’t wing it. 

What do I eat? 

A nutritionally balanced diet to suit your profiling.  
Get sound advise and be careful what you read. 

When should I purchase my dress with my target weight in mind? 

Be smart 🤓 &...

Tips for brides to be?

Take Time - enjoy the journey and try not to leave it to the last minute.. 

What does New Mission offer brides to be?

Clear goal setting 
A Training programme & Nutritional profiling to achieve your own specific goals for your special day
One to one PT with access to all NM classes

To keep up to date with James at New Mission see links below:

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

June Update!

June has been spent mostly practicing hair styling, doing lots of painting and drawing, working with brides on postponed weddings and prepping a lot of hygiene and PPE for when I am able to return to work.

Firstly, yes, for one day I was THAT person... I made lemon drizzle cake and chocolate brownies although I forgot to photograph those.  

What changes have you made during Lockdown? I would love to know so do comment below.
Change is always good! If life is not going as you want it to make a change, nothing will get better staying in the same funk!
I start most weekdays with pilates and meditation to me keep me fit, in a good mindset and calm.  Although pilates is not a new thing for me except I am doing my own sessions at home during Lockdown whereas I used to go to classes.  
I have made some Lockdown changes though and I do think they have made a difference.  I have started meditating each morning on weekdays to calm me and put my head in a good space for the day ahead.  I drink green tea occasionally now which I could never stomach before lockdown so this is a big change.  I have been cycling occasionally too with my husband which I haven't done since being a child when I was always on my bike.  I am also being more mindful of my thoughts, feelings and behaviours and making more time for me to just do the stuff I love to do like drawing and painting.

I started my Etsy store in 2018 when I had a creative patch and then didn't do anything with it so lockdown has been great to get back into creating some illustrations and paintings to add to my shop.  I also love painting pebbles which I find is both fun and therapeutic, these make great paper weights and keepsakes.

I have spent my whole career working from the back of my hand as a palette this has to change! I have brought this clever little palette that attaches to your hand and now I have to practice working a little differently form now on.

Following so many postponed 2020 weddings as well as new bookings being taken 2021 is looking to be a very busy year.  Do enquire and reserve your wedding date with me soon if you are interested in booking me.

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Tuesday Tip! Double-Duty Beauty!

If you are pulling in the purse strings or just partial to a beauty trick I hope my favourite 'double-duty' beauty tips can help you!

BB cream, this is great to apply to legs to banish any imperfections.

Bronzing powder, my favourite trick is to use bronzing powder as an eyeshadow or to blend through the eye socket to add definition.

Concealer, if you are out of foundation you can always use a small amount of concealer mixed with moisturiser to give you a base.  This can also be used lightly over the lips as a primer before applying colour.

Creme Blush, will easily double up as a great lip colour simply pat lightly onto the lips for a subtle colour.

Eyebrow Pencil, this can double up as an eyeliner. Warm the tip of the pencil in your palm before application to soften, this will stop it dragging the skin as eyebrow pencils will be harder than eyeliner pencils.

Lipbalm, can tame flyaways, smooth brows, hydrate dry skin patches, highlight skin and moisturise cuticles.

Lipstick, apply a dot to each cheek and blend out well with your finger tips for a complimentary flush of colour to your lipstick of choice.

Mascara, paint onto a separate eyeliner brush to apply as eyeliner.

Mini shampoos, use left over travel size shampoos or hotel freebies to wash your makeup brushes.

Toothbrush, use this to exfoliate lips gently, brush gently through lashes to separate and brush through brow colour to take out excess for a natural look.

I would love to know your double duty beauty tricks, comment below!

Friday, 19 June 2020

FRIDAY FAVE! CHANEL Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour

CHANEL Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour is my all time favourite brand of nail polish not only does it last incredibly well with high shine the packaging, colours and shade names please me immensely too!  Just knowing that you are wearing Chanel on your nails makes you feel good!

There is a great range of vibrant colours.  My favourite shades are 'Ballerina' for a natural look, 'Rouge Noir' a classic colour that needs no futher explanation and my favourite go to shade 'Arancio vibrante'! The range also includes a base coat, top coat, a gel top coat plus a nail polish remover at £15.00.

RRP. £22.00 13ml

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

TUESDAY TIP FOR BRIDES! Have 2 Bridal Emergency kits!

It is a great idea to have a couple of bridal emergency kit's on your wedding day to help with anything unexpected, which trust me will likely happen!  I have worked at hundreds of weddings now and these thing's in my recommended emergency kit lists below I have seen get requested time and time again.  Often they have been forgotten about entirely amongst all of the more important pre-wedding things to do.  I am sure I must get asked for a pair of nail scissors at every wedding I am working at!

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The first emergency kit is to have with you on the wedding morning whilst all of the fun bridal preparations are taking place with rest of your bridal party.

Kit One
Nail scissors
Nail polish remover
Nail polish clear or a nude shade
Nail file
Small deodorant
Travel toothpaste & spare toothbrush
Anti-histamine tablets
Bottled water & snacks
Tampons/Sanitary towels
Needle & thread/small sewing kit
Anti-bac wipes or gel
Universal phone charger

The second emergency kit is take along with you on the wedding day for use throughout the day.    Simply add the contents to a small bag and give it to a bridesmaid or mum to keep safe for you.

Kit Two
Hair grips
Small hairspray
Powder compact with mirror
Lip colour
Cotton buds
Safety pins and pins

The motto is 'be prepared', for example there will always be a hungry bridesmaid even if you won't be!

Happy wedding planning,

Niki x

Friday, 5 June 2020

Friday Fave! Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer

Finally Charlotte Tilbury launches the Airbrush Bronzer... oh this has been so long overdue for me I have been waiting for this product since the beauty range launched!  I have moaned to my mum, my friends, my clients and even messaged Charlotte herself on Instagram some years ago now asking for a bronzing powder.
I am overjoyed that finally it is here and I have it! Don't get me wrong, Filmstar Bronze & Glow is great in fact the bronzer is the best shade of bronzer around as far as I am concerned but I am constantly left with half used highlighters, and with no bronzer refills for this item it works out expensive and wasteful... I must have about eight in my drawer now all half used! At last I can just buy and apply the new bronzing powder and the best is REFILLABLE (refills launch in the summer)!!

At 16g it is a fairly large compact of bronzing powder suitable for face and body to give a matte natural sun-kissed glow.  The packaging itself is as always beautiful, it is literally a joy to behold!
The colour is great, I absolutely love it... definitely my new favourite bronzer!

Available in four shades for all skin tones fair, medium, tan and deep.  I purchased medium as this will be perfect for most of my clients (fair to medium skin tones), but for now it is firmly in my makeup bag and there it may remain!

Fast facts!

Smoothing and pore-blurring as it is Hyaluronic infused.

Fine-as-air finely milled pigments to blur the appearance of pores and smooth.

Silky mica treated with amino acids to impart a silky smooth, long-lasting feel on the skin.

Micro-fine perfecting powders deliver an invisibly thin, silky filter on the skin to add depth of colour and coverage.

RRP £39.00

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

May Update! Warning contains a lot of Dog photos!

A little late with my May Update as the days all merge together lately.

I have been doing a lot of painting and drawing during May to keep myself motivated and busy. Also taking lots of lovely dog walks in the marvellous spring sunshine we have been so lucky to enjoy.

I have also been looking at my current hygiene practices in preparation for when I return to work which have always been high priority for me but now will have to be increased even more where possible. I have taken Barbicide Hygiene training and Barbicide Covid-19 hygiene training, purchased lots of disposables, hand sanitiser, cleaner and disinfectant to use regularly in-between clients.  All clients will be made aware of how makeup and/or hair bookings will be taking place going forward via both direct email and social media.  I am planning a separate blog post on this as well.

I have become a founding member of The Association of British Wedding Businesses.  It is positive that the bridal industry now has an overall body and more importantly a voice.


I had lots of fun picking wild flowers which inspired me to do some hairstyling on my dolly head and accessorise the styles with flowers.

My little munchkins!  I warned you there would be dog photos! They are loving having us at home all the time... it is going to be shock for them when we have to go back to work.

Someone had a lockdown birthday! He is actually smiling here!

Desperately in need of a long overdue haircut...

Waiting in the car and got a little bored so I made us into a cartoon!

Before & after Haircuts!

My lovely Mum sent us a lockdown cake! It was yummy!

Art stuff keeping me sane on Instagram @nikicreates

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