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Saturday, 7 July 2018

Style Diary | Holiday in Gran Canaria

Well it's back to reality after a blissful week in the sunshine. My boyfriend and I were in desperate need of a break and some relaxation, and that's definitely what we got in Gran Canaria. 
We stayed for 7 days, all inclusive at the Hotel Riu Vistamar and it was paradise. We had a stunning view of Amadores beach from our balcony and no matter where you were in the hotel, you could always see the sea. This was both of our first times visiting Gran Canaria, so naturally I did a lot of research before we arrived, but I still wasn't 100% sure of what to expect. However, I do not have a bad word to say about our hotel; the food was outstanding, all three pools were beautiful, the room was clean and modern and each and every staff member was friendly. 
Amadores was absolutely breathtaking! We took a boat ride to Mogan and walked along the cliff to Puerto Rico and both areas were also gorgeous. 
We spent several days just chilling by the pool, making the most of the all inclusive drinks (of course) and working on that summer tan. We also took a boat to Mogan for the Friday market and went on a peddle boat on Amadores beach. We had a tournament at three different mini golf courses throughout the week (I lost unfortunately) and I took part in karaoke in our hotel.Overall, we had a wonderful holiday and would certainly re-visit in the future. If you were thinking of visiting Gran Canaria.....don't hesitate. 

With that being said, I figured that for today's post I would share with you a selection of my outfits from this trip. It took a good few shopping trips to put together my outfits and personally I love to see what other people wear on holiday. So without further a-do, here is my style diary for Gran Canaria....

Playsuit- River Island
Sandals- Topshop
Sunglasses- New Look

Dress- Asos
Hat- Zara

Dress- Newlook
Shoes- H&M

Jumpsuit- Bershka
Shoes- H&M

Top- River Island
Shorts- River Island
Sandals- Newlook
Bag- A Spanish boutique??

Top- Miss Selfridge
Shorts- Topshop
Sunglasses- New Look

Top- Topshop
Shorts- Topshop
Sandals- New Look
Sunglasses- New Look

I hope you all enjoyed this post! Have you been to Gran Canaria before? Also, let me know your favourite outfit in the comments below. 

With love, 

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops | Review

As Summer approaches us, there is nothing that gives you confidence like a glowing tan. I have tried every method of tanning such as self tan products like; lotions, gradual tanners, mousses and sprays. I've also had regular sprays tans and used sun beds however no-matter-what the tan never seems to work or stay in place on my face. 
After struggling for years to find the perfect facial tanning product I discovered the Isle of Paradise drops. These have been raved about on social media, so I decided to purchase the product and try it myself. I bought mine in store from Boots for £19.95, and on first impressions I like the overall appearance of the bottle and the price isn't too extortionate. The product is dispensed with a pipette and you simply add 1-12 drops (depending on the darkness you wish for) into your normal moisturiser and apply to the face. 

Isle of Paradise are a vegan, organic and cruelty free brand which I know appeals to a lot of people. The tans are formulated using ingredients such as chia seeds, avocado and coconut oils which makes them kind to the skin unlike other tans which can personally sink into my pores and break me out. They use colour correcting technology which is something I’ve never seen before in a tanning product. I use the Purple bottle for a dark tan however you can also get Peach for a light tan and Green for a medium colour. There's a flowery scent to this, which makes a pleasant difference to the usual biscuit smell.

Before my first application I made sure to exfoliate my face to buff away any dead skin and allow for a smooth application. I decided that I wanted to apply the product in the morning so that I could watch the process and see how quickly it develops. Although, the bottle does suggest to apply it before bed and allow it to develop overnight. I applied 8 drops into my Liz Earle moisturiser and mixed it together in my hands before applying directly onto my face. I know people like colour guides, which is something this product doesnt have but once you get used to it, it’s easy. This particular moisturiser needs a bit of help absorbing and rubbing into the skin so I made sure to be careful as i didn't want to risk getting streaks, especially on the neck. Lastly, I thoroughly washed my hands to avoid orange fingers

Throughout the day I continuously asked my boyfriend for his opinion on my facial tan and I gladly got his approval. After about 9 hours I washed my face and found myself not overly satisfied with the colour. So, when applying my night cream I decided to add a couple more drops (which took me up to 10 drops). In the morning I woke up to find the most dark and glowing tan of my life, so I just washed my face, applied some mascara and headed off to work. I will happily admit that I have never gotten so many compliments on my tan, almost every customer asked me if I had been on holiday. I take that as a compliment! Approximately 5 days later I found the tan to have faded completely which I believe to be a great amount of time considering the skincare products that I am constantly applying to my face.Before my next application I will follow the same steps by exfoliating beforehand just to ensure every trace of the tan is removed.

Overall, I am extremely happy with this purchase and recommend any fellow-facial-tanning-product-addicts give this one a go! 

Have you tried the Isle of Paradise drops? Let me know in the comments and share your opinion. Thanks for reading! 

With love, 

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Beauty Therapy Course- The Trilogy

When I first started my journey into becoming a Beauty Therapist, a blog post like this would have been so helpful! So, I decided that after 3 years of hard work I could talk you through my journey to hopefully inspire and most importantly, educate any aspiring Beauty Therapists out there to know exactly what this course involves. So sit back, get a snack and prepare yourself for a long post....

It all began by applying to College through my Secondary School and I knew that I needed a grade C in English and Science to achieve a place on the course. I attended an interview date to meet my future tutors and it allowed us to get to know each other a little better. I remember being extremely nervous as I’d never had an interview before and went in not knowing what to expect. She asked me a few questions such as- “Tell me about yourself” and “Why do you want to be a beauty therapist?”. A few months passed, I had finished my GCSEs (with the grades I needed) and I had to order my uniform and kit online. When everything arrived it finally felt real and I was very much looking forward to this next chapter in my life.

I don’t have any memories of my first day of college but I know I was the most nervous I had ever been. I had bought myself a giant folder for any handouts that were given, a pencil case full of pens and felt tips and a diary to note any assignment due dates. On the first day I’m sure we would have focused on getting to know everyone in the class and spoke about what the course consists of.

 The treatments I learnt during level 1 were; Basic Manicures & Pedicures, Skincare, Themed face painting, Makeup and Creating an image. I attended college 3 days a week and had a mixture of 3 hour practical sessions and theory classes. I knew straight away that this was the career for me as I picked everything up so easily- the practical lessons were educational yet fun, the theory was very interesting to me and I loved writing assignments. It also became apparent that this course was difficult, the work load was plentiful and it involved a lot of creativity. One of my favourite things about level 1 was moodboards. We had two ‘Create an Image’ assessments- I did an 80s Bridal look and a Fairy. It allowed us to use our creativity to plan an outfit, hair and makeup look for our chosen theme. We also trained in face painting, which was something different that I didn’t expect from beauty therapy. It was messy, entertaining and quite hilarious to make my friends look like spider man or a mythical tiger.  This year we had a week for enrichment which involved training in extra courses which was a great opportunity to fill up our CVs. I chose to do a makeup artistry course and gel nails.

In order to achieve a Level 1 Beauty Therapy Diploma we had to put together a portfolio which had paperwork for every practical assessment we had gained. We would have pre and final assessments and our final assessment grade (pass, merit or distinction) would be the overall grade on our certificate. We did not work with many 'real' clients during level 1 as we mainly practiced on fellow students, so going into Level 2 I was nervous to know that all assessments had to be done on paying customers.
Following the completion of level 1 I attended an interview to progress to the next level of Beauty Therapy. In this interview two of the lecturers asked a series of questions regarding why I wanted to continue training as a therapist and what my plans for the future were. I expressed my love for the industry and that I hope to continue on Level 2 and 3 and eventually have my own business in the future. A few days later, in the post, I received my offer of placement for Level 2 Beauty therapy and I couldn't have been happier.

After a fabulous summer it was time to go back to college and begin my second year of studies. We had a new uniform and a kit with all new products and tools. I arrived at class with my perfectly neat bun and a makeup look I had spent an hour on, ready to show my tutors how excited I was for this new year.
During level 2 we studied; Manicure, Pedicure, Facials, Eye Treatments (Brow & Lash Tint, Lash Extensions, Brow Shaping) Waxing (Bikini Line, Half/ Full Leg, Underarm, Forearm, Lip and Chin, Eyebrow), Create An Image and Makeup Application.

I think that Level 2 was a great year and I made some wonderful friends in the class. Much like Level 1 we had a portfolio with all of our practical assessments and exam results/ assignments. This year there were many more practical assessments and an exam for each subject, so I knew that I had to work extremely hard.  Most importantly, we had to work on 'real' clients. I had always been quite a shy, timid girl therefore having to work on clients was a little daunting to me. Nonetheless, I took on the challenge as I thought eventually it would become second nature, which it did. I wanted to do every client possible as I loved pampering them and getting good feedback after my treatments. I loved doing manicures/ pedicures, eyebrow/lash tinting and facials however I must admit that most students weren't looking forward to waxing as I think we were all a little bit reserved. I completely loved facials, still it did take me a while to learn the full massage routine and my hands did ache for the first few times practicing it.

For my Create an Image I chose a Unicorn. I spent ages creating a moodboard, I bought bright pink spray on hair dye and a unicorn headband. I had a pleasant time creating my look this year as I felt my makeup skills had improved greatly and I had so much more confidence in myself as a therapist. This year for enrichment I picked Sienna X spray tanning and Eyelash perming which again were great additions to the CV.
When it came to exam season I was apprehensive to say the least. Exams had never been my strong point and the hardest part was revising and not knowing what questions they may even ask. I think I passed half the exams and ending up doing written assignments for the ones I failed. I didn't mind though, as I love writing and assignments were quite enjoyable for me. 

At the beginning of the year I was concerned about finishing the course in time, knowing how many practical assessments we had to complete, however I got through them rapidly (because of my eagerness to take clients) and ended up being the first to finish. That allowed me to sit and revise ready for Level 3.

I attended my Interview for Level 3 with two of my tutors and unravelled that even though I hadn't been offered a place yet, truth be told I had already been revising. At my college there were three different routes to Level 3. It was either; Electrical, Spa or Media Makeup Artistry. I spoke to a variety of the previous Level 3 students whilst modelling for them during my second year as I wanted advice to which route I should choose. I had always had a huge passion for skincare and facials therefore the Electrical route seemed the obvious choice. When speaking to one of the students she explained how thankful she was that she chose the electrical route nevertheless she made it evident how difficult the course was. Now finishing the course I can also accentuate how strenuous and demanding the course can be, although It has been my most favourite year out of them all.

The treatments were studied were; Electrical Facials (High Frequency, Microcurrent, Microdermabrasion, Faradic, Galvanic, Vacuum Suction), Electrical Body Treatments (Microcurrent, Faradic, Galvanic, Vacuum Suction, High Frequency), Body Massage and Electrolysis. As you can see, that meant a whole lot of learning and training for these new electrical machines. It seemed impossible at the beginning of the year, yet after hours of work in the library I am now knowledgeable and trained to perform every one of those treatments and I couldn't be prouder. This year we were lucky enough to have 4 three hour practical sessions, one of those being time to perform and perfect our level 2 treatments. I found this to be beneficial to enhance my quality of treatment ready for going out into industry. We also had a theory class in which we learnt all of the anatomy and physiology however that simply was not enough time to learn it all, which indicated the importance of home study. My portfolio this year was as heavy as ever with all of my practical assessments and in the same way as before we had exams for every single topic. I can contemptuously say that I have passed every single exam and I could not be more thrilled after how diligent I have been. It truly shows how hard work gives results. I believe that after three years at college, my self-confidence and assertiveness has boosted and I am ready to start my career in the beauty industry and continue to grow and learn as a therapist.

  • Practice at home to enhance your quality of treatment 
  • Take every opportunity to work on clients 
  • Organise and take pride in your portfolio 
  • Take satisfaction in your personal presentation and feel proud to wear your uniform
  • Revise & make sure you're educated so you can provide the best advice to your clients 
  • Practice and try different selling techniques to sell products 
  • Create aftercare leaflets for clients and pre-prepare your consultation cards
  • Be passionate and explain the treatments fully to your clients
  • Continue learning and growing as a therapist

Congratulations if you've read this far! Thankyou for reading and I hope you found this post somewhat informative or helpful in any way possible. If you have any questions feel free to comment below or sent me a tweet -@jodielbeauty.

With love,

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Brighton | Weekend Away

This Easter weekend my boyfriend and I took a trip down to Brighton. I have wanted to visit Brighton for many years now and It didn't fail to disappoint me. The weather started out rainy on our first day however it got better gradually, and we ended up getting some photos in the sun. I am so glad that I managed to take lots of photos so that I can remember what a brilliant time we had together, and I thought It would be nice to select a few and share them in a blogpost for you.

Brighton really does have everything you would ever need! The stunning beach, the pier, the lanes with so many independent and quirky shops, the array of restaurants and the shopping centre with all your high street stores.
We travelled to Brighton by train and on our first day we had a walk around to discover how easy it is to get lost. Brighton isn't very big but can get confusing at times. We had a lovely Italian meal that evening and then got a good nights sleep ready for the next day of adventures.
The next morning we went out for a big breakfast to prepare ourselves for a day of shopping. We ended up walking over 40,000 steps in two days so we certainly burnt off all the delicious food we had been eating.
The following day we ventured up the i360 which was a breathtaking and wonderful experience. The views of Brighton were simply stunning and I’m certainly glad we made time to do that. Finally, that evening we couldn’t decide where to eat- so, we went to three different restaurants for each course of our meal. We live a crazy life!
Overall, we had a wonderful time in Brighton and look forward to visiting again in the future.



With love, 

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Back to Blogging

It has been nearly a year since my last blog post and I’m at a place in my life where I am ready to open the laptop back up and update you on what’s been happening.
As you know I am a student and have been in my third year training as a beauty therapist. I knew this final year of studies would be difficult and I wanted to focus all of my down time on revision instead of blogging, which is exactly what I have been doing. I have gone through many note books and pens studying for my course. We had 9 new treatments to learn with all new machines, as well as all the theory and anatomy and physiology behind it all. I now only have five exams left and a couple of practical assessments and then I will be all signed off and looking for work in a salon. These past three years have been life changing for me, I have learnt a large amount and have grown so much as a person. If you would like to see a post on my experience studying Beauty Therapy then let me know in the comments, as i feel it could be very beneficial for the aspiring beauticians out there. 

This year i have put down the makeup and developed my passion for skincare. My college course includes electrical facial treatments and I have found studying the skin and the benefits these treatments have extremely interesting. I have trained with Eve Taylor skincare through my college and that opened up my eyes to the world of skincare, aromatherapy and body care.

I am still working in the bakery part time however this year I have gained work experience in a salon. During my work experience I answered phone calls, booked appointments and was also able to demonstrate a handful of treatments on the manager to gain feedback. Working in this salon only made me more excited to begin my career as a beauty therapist and to train in as many treatments as possible. In the future I am wanting to extend my treatment list and specialise as a esthetician. I would also love to learn more spa treatments as my course doesnt provide that. For example, Body wraps, Hot stones and Indian head massage are all treatments I would love to train in. Overall, I am looking forward to the upcoming years so I can find my feet in the industry and start the rest of my life as a beauty therapist.

In other news, this year i have met my boyfriend. He and I have been to together for almost a year now and he has improved my life for the better. He makes me laugh, he has improved my confidence and makes me want to be a better person. We have been on many trips together this year, we have visited; Ambleside, Norfolk, Sherwood Forest, Brighton and we have just booked a holiday to Gran Canaria this summer. We met back in May 2017 and have been inseparable ever since. I have always had plans to open my own business in the future and it just so happens that he studies International Business at Loughborough University so i now have my business and life partner.

With all that being said, I have truly missed blogging and can't wait to begin writing again. In terms of blog posts I have many ideas of what I wish to speak about however your suggestions are always welcome in the comments below. I want to thank you all for reading this post and for sticking with me during this break I have taken. Here's to a new start!

With Love,