Low maintenance hair colour?

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Balayage has been around for quite some time now but its one of the most popular hair colouring techniques today. There is a lot of people wearing this but Sarah Jessica Parker is the queen of this colouring technique.

What is Balayage?

It is a French word meaning sweep or to paint. It is a sun kissed natural looking colour for your hair, the principle idea is less is more! This can all be done freehand without foil or meche. A lot of celebs are wearing this hair colour technique, its all over the place even catwalks and red carpets. Balayage works for all lengths except very short cropped hair.

Does it require a lot of maintenance?

No, very little actually! It grows out beautiful and naturally so there is no obvious growth line which can be worn longer between appointments. Balayage isn’t all about the blondes, it can be any colour you want! (red heads, brunettes, crazy colour tend, ANY!) To protect this style hair using a colour protection shampoo and conditioner really helps, I recommend Wella SP Colour Save, Regular treatments and heat protection when styling the hair. For blondes I would recommend Wella SP Silver Shampoo to clean up the blonde and get rid of any brassy tones. This hairstyle can be worn both straight or curly!


Heres a look through a few I found on Pinterest and see if you find one you like 🙂 –>

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Balayage example! Check out me out on Instagram @nicctastic:

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Glove Your Body


Hello Everybody,

A few weeks ago I attended the Deise Blogger Event and Glove Your Body was one of the brands that had sponsored the goodie! We were lucky as Glove your body kindly gifted us the trio pack; Glove Your Body Dual Tanning Mitt, Scrub Your Body Exfoliation Mitt and The Scrub Your Body Dual Cleansing Pad. I couldn’t wait to use these and tell you my verdict!

Glove your body is an Irish company and have come up with these amazing ideas! The company itself was set up by the fabulous Valerie Brown.


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I love fake tan, to be honest I think most Irish people do (milk bottles)! And fake tanning is the best and healthiest option for our skin but when coming from a bottle it does have its downsides; streakiness, dry patches and stained areas mostly hand or even underarms! These products seem like they could help with these issues making fake tanning so much of an easier process!




                                      Scrub Your Body Dual Facial Cleansing and Exfoliating Pad

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This is a genius product the Dual Cleansing Mitt was designed with a dual option which has 2 sides allowing us to exfoliate and cleanse without having to use cleansing wipes, cloths or cotton pads. It is made of a muslin cloth which cleanses your skin and removes traces of make-up, oil and dirt. The muslin cloth side was so soft on my skin , there was no reddness or irritation left on my skin. The handle which can be switched over to the opposite side is great as it holds the pad on your hand and prevents it from slipping off. I thought it would happen when swiping across my face but no, it stayed in place!

This cleansing pad can be used with all types of cleansing gels or lotions. I have tried both a gel and Micellar Water and was amazed with the pad. For more stubborn or even waterproof makeup use a cleansing product. Also perfect for getting tan off around your neck area.This machine is machine washable!  This product is He and well worth it! It really is a multi purpose product.


Scrub Your Body Exfoliating Mitt

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Scrub Your Body Exfoliation Mitt is another gem of a product! Exfoliation is key when it comes to tanning! It removes dead skin cells leaving your skin smooth and prepped for application. Its most important to exfoliate knees and elbows to prevent your tan looking dry. This mitt was designed to eliminate old tan and dead skin cells quickly and leaving your skin looking radiant, smooth and ready for moisturiser or even further tan application.This scrub mitt can be used prior to tan application which will reduce the possibility of an uneven tan and streaks.

The mitt is more like a glove its easier for the process. I noticed that once this glove was immersed in water it did shrink which gives it that coarse feel which activates the exfoliator into a scrub.The mitt does the job itself you don’t need any creams or scrub. This can also be washed to reuse so it will last forever. It is perfect for removing stubborn, uneven and patchy fake tan that wont wear off easy. This exfoliation  that has changed my life costs €9.99.

                                          Glove Your Body Tanning Mitt

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The Dual Tanning Mitt feels amazing on the skin because of the soft fabric its made with. This mitt makes tanning a lot quicker and easier as the tan will just glide on with no effort at all! It also means you don’t get stained hands ( OH YEAH!!) I have always used ordinary tanning mitts and lets be honest they are crap and prone to tearing! They also slip and slide everywhere. This tanning mitt is going to be a lifesaver!! There are finger sockets inside the mitt to allow easy application and the glove will not side off your hands. What makes this amazing is it can also be machine washed meaning it will last you ages! Mine has been through numerous gentle washes and still comes out looking brand new! The bag the glove comes in is a handy travel bag, it can be resealed and has a little handle, which is a great idea as I hate when traveling your always worried if it will come out and destroy your clothes!

The tanning mitt itself although bulkier than the normal mitts you pick up in the pharmacy is really easy to use. The glove is suitable for right or left hand users, this is a big deal. The mitt looks lovely (Its leopard print, which I love!) and it is also warm, we all know that feeling when your standing naked in the room freezing your butt off!  It was very easy to use and I used a tanning lotion and went on easy and smoothly, the result was lovely. I have not been able to put this down, I want to wear tan the whole time now! This costs €14.99 which is well worth it as it reusable. If you think of how much you pay for the useless mitts!

The mitt has some unique features:

  • Finger sockets inside the mitt – stops any slipping around or off the hand.
  • Streak Free application
  • Works with self tan, bronzers and tinted moisturisers
  • Suitable for left and right handed people
  • Machine washable
  • Luxury fabric – Baby soft feel to the skin
  • Fast and easy to use
  • Has own Travel bag.


I am so happy with these products and cant recommend them enough! Head over to here ,    you can actually get all three in a trio pack for €25 which is a bargain! you save yourself €10! The trio pack is perfect all you ladies (or men) that self tan often !

Have you tried any of the Glove Your Body items?




Introducing Nioxin!


One of the things I most enjoy about being a hairstylist is always getting to try the new products!

Firstly I will start with a little inside on the brand Nioxin. When founder Eva Graham experienced thinning hair after giving birth to her first child, she began to investigate the idea of treating the scalp with skincare methods to promote hair growth. This is when Nioxin came to origin. To define Nioxin, it is the hair care product specially invented for thinning hair solution. As we do facial on face, similarly our Scalp requires attention & care and Nioxin works on scalp health providing strength and nourishment which results into hair thicker & fuller look.

This brand is:

  • No1. globally selling salon brand for thicker fuller looking hair.
  • Winner of the stylist Choice Award for “Favourite Thinning Hair Care” since 2002Claims_d
  • Most awarded brand for thinning hair in the US
  • More than 25 years of dedicated research
  • More than 70%  of users notice thicker, fuller looking hair in just 30 days.


At The Salon@Georges Court Waterford City, we have the full range of Nioxin hair care systems to match and treat your hair issue, giving your hair growth the boost it needs. Nioxin is not just for woman it is unisex!

Strong and healthy hair begins below the surface of the scalp. Follicles can easily be clogged with sebum, hardened collagen and layers of dead skin cells. If follicles are clogged, strands cannot grow from them. The more follicles that are blocked, the fewer strands of hair that will grow. This is what makes the scalp noticeable and gives the impression of balding. Hair that does manage to grow will be weak which means hair will break easily, and they will thin out.

At the salon we offer a consultation using a Nioscope, a specialised magnifier to study the scalp, we take a very close up look at the scalp, magnified to 200%. We can show clients before and after images of their scalp so that you can see for yourself how the salon treatments are producing results. Unlike any old microscope, a Nioscope projects the view onto a monitor so clients can see their own scalp on a screen. A dermabrasion treatment is then carried out.


Dermabrasion treatment is a facial for the scalp. This is an in salon treatment and what it does is it removes dead skin cells & product build up, increases circulation and excess sebum to renew scalp skin to provide the perfect foundation for Thicker, fuller looking hair.This would be the first step and recommended to get done every 4-6 weeks than you are set to start the subscribed 3 part system which is an at home process.


Nioxin system has 6 different treatment based on the type of hair of an individual. Everyone have different kind of hair ranging from thin ,length, natural, highly dense, coloured ,straight ,curly ..oh this list could go on & on without an end. So that is why Nioxin came up with six parts based on type of hair . You will be provided with best suited category of Nioxin product ranging from 1 to 6 to suit your hair, but whatever you do, DO NOT pick your own number out as using the wrong number will be no benefit. You will need to wash your hair every day to see a quicker result.

In your 3 part system there is:

  • Cleanser – This is your shampoo it removes follicle clogging sebum and environmental residues from the scalp skin and hair.
  • Optimise – This is your conditioner it is very lightweight and helps provides moisture, balance and helps the hair by reducing hair loss due to breakage. With this conditoner you massage into the scalp.
  • Treat – This is your scalp treatment it increases the diameter of each hair strand. Helps provide a refreshed scalp.Some users report redness of the scalp, which generally disappears after a week or two of continued use.  If the redness persists, try using either less frequently and/or in smaller doses.


There is another product called Diaboost which  is a leave in treatment used to increase the thickness of each exisiting hair strand for a fuller looking head of hair. This penetrates the hair and makes it manageable, full aswell as strengthening the hair at home. This allows it to grow longer and its as if you had up to 11,000 more hair strands. You apply this on clean damp hair directly on the root are to cover the scalp and massage in. Comb through hair and than blowdry and usual.


There is more products in the Nioxin range including more treatments and styling products. Information about these will be up in another blog post as these products are the main priority. If you look after your skin why not look after your hair!!

If you worry about thinning hair your not alone 😔
Thinning hair is a major issue, more than 50% of men & women suffer from thinning hair at some point in their life.


Blathnaid Murphy Masterclass.

Before I start I think everybody knows who Blathnaid Murphy is… and if you don’t WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN!!! I love this girl so much she is such an amazing and talented girl for 20 years old! She is by far my favourite Irish makeup artist. When I want inspiration for a makeup look Blathnaid is the first I go to. When I heard she was coming to Waterford for a Masterclass I needed to be there.. I was willing to camp outside for tickets, I wanted them so much.


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Crushin’ on Sarah Ashcroft!

This months favourite blogger/youtuber is British girl Sarah Ashcroft aka That Pommie Girl who is a gorgeous fashion blogger. I have been following Sarah for about 2 years now and l am obsessing over everything from her clothes, makeup, hair and her shoe collection!

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Her outfits are perfectly put together, co-ordinated well but with an edgy twist. She is a self-confessed shopaholic and loves blogging because it’s the perfect opportunity to “show off my clothes that hardly ever see the light of day“. This girl can never do wrong shes fabulous! She is my blogging goal can I just be her already!

Check her out on Instagram  Blog   Youtube

Snapchat: sarah_ashcroft

My Favourite Youtubers/Bloggers!

This months favourite blogger is another Irish beauty blogger,Youtuber and MUA to add to the list! and its none other than Grace Mongey, Known as Faces By Grace.


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I have been following Grace for over a year now but I just love her. If you have her on snapchat (facesbygrace23) she will keep you entertained for the day with her snapchats of food and her cat Sasha. She posts daily about her weight loss journey, her gym workouts, little tips and tricks for makeup application,skincare. Not only does she do these things but she is very open with how she struggled with anxiety and depression, I admire her for that! I met Grace at So Sue Mes waterford workshop (going mad I never got a picture!!)  but she looks amazing and just genuienly a lovely, down to earth person. She works for bare Minerals and also does freelance.

Check her out, Graces social media details:

Snapchat: Facesbygrace23

Instagram: Facesbygrace23

Facebook: Facesbygrace23

Youtube: Facesbygrace23

Website: facebygrace

Pennys Makeup Brushes

Pennys or Primark, which ever you know it as, have recently come out with these beautiful rose gold and black double ended brushes. They range from €1.50 – €2.50, you could not leave them there for that! I had time to try them the other day and here is what I think.


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Make up Brush Cleaning Time!

Cleaning make up brushes has been hated since my make up loving existence. My main problem with cleaning my brushes is that my fingers turn into prunes. Anyway, I am going to show you how I clean my make up brushes.

Cleaning your makeup brushes is SO important! Your brushes can last years if you treat them correctly, Ive had some of these brushes 5 years now and they are still as good as new.Its hard to believe how much bacteria collects up in your brushes, than that goes onto your face. Which than that of causes spots and unwanted bacteria on your face. So how often should you clean your make up brushes? I think once a week is ideal. You will need a gentle cleanser and you can also get a professional brush spray to use daily if you’d like to use in between your deep clean, this will ensure you’re getting rid of any bacteria gathered in your brushes.

Heres a step by step guide to making your brushes looking as good as new. You can buy make up brush cleaner i.e Mac Brush Cleaner but if you dont want to break the bank than all you need is baby shampoo.

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Makeup Revolution!

My Makeup Revolution palettes that I haven’t used yet and I bought them on holidays (Which is over a month ago) To be honest I kinda forgot about them! Today I played around with them and after using them I am extremely impressed with these considering how much they are, so affordable! There full of nudes, bright and sparkles and mattes, What more do you want! This make up can be bought online here.

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