NEC Competition – part 2, taking part!

Lauren's BlogPosted by Lauren Mon, May 23, 2016 10:00:25

NEC Competition – part 2, taking part!

Now before I begin its so important to say how amazed I am with everyone involved, to our models who sat and smiled, our local small businesses who really stepped up and of course Kerry , now you may think were used to working under pressure doing wedding hair and makeup, but this was a whole different kettle of fish! For those that don’t know, I’ve been on X Factor and sang in front of 13 thousand people….. This felt worse!

We expected more people, but we were a little shocked. It felt like double from last year!

And everyone involved brought their A game, homemade dresses, head pieces, one lady had a beard! (yes I know, but special effects is an outrageous category!)

We also seemed to a have double the judges, so it really was impossible not to be nervous or be worried we were breaking any rules!

They were so complementary of mine and Kerry’s work; they kept stopping to ask questions, put Kerry especially on the spot and encourage us too, and I think a few seemed to recognize us from last year!

So our first category was winter bridal, and of course Sammie looked amazing, our mood board seemed to be to standard (and nobody seemed to notice my spelling mistake- or where too polite to say haha!) and the dress from soar valley brides and shrug, headband, earing and broach from I do wedding gifts really rounded off and finished our overall look , Kerry’s makeup was just stunning – im defiantly no makeup judge or expert but Sammy lip, eye colour and entire makeup was bridal perfect !

Along with the snowflake hair band (I do wedding gifts) the flower studio very kindly gave us some gyp , these little snowflake like flowers are one of my favoured things to use , and although Sammie has very thin, fly away hair a good set and products soon made it easy to manage (Root Boost from Beever Hair Care gave it some much needed grit and body, and Gloss drops added shine and helped control the fly-aways)

Our overall look

Our second category was work inspired by a book, the Art or Makeup – now your encouraged to put your own spin on things, so for us we choose Great Gatsby and put a classic bridesmaid twist , and oh my gosh, the beautiful Laura looked so elegant and like shed just fell out of a movie, again out bold royal blue dress from soar valley brides was perfect, black shrug, long gloves, art deco feather earing, necklace and hair slide was perfect, and I had so many people complement the peacock feather slide in the back and once again the look just couldn’t have been created without those small businesses, Kerrys makeup techniques caught the eye of a few judges , and possibly the sweatiest group of lady’s who decided to be our unofficial cheer leaders , the makeup was beautifully bold and I defiantly need to get some of the red stick tips! (how does she do it!?)

Along with the two feather hair slides (one peacock) and blue ‘skrew in’ hair jewels , I decides to set curl, pin curl and roll the hair, this was a bit of a challenge in two hours but im pleased to say we managed it! I used Beever hair cares argon oil to give shine and help keep the ends in a good condition and spritz fix for that set and shiny finish.

Our overall look

Now a few days before this competition I was talking to my nan about it, I said were just going to join in, try and maybe feel a little inspired to push ourselves and I’m proud to say we did that!

But im still a little overwhelmed to say we did a little better than that due to our amazing team work I was able to take home first prize for bridal hair!

None of us actually expected to win, so you can emagen my shock! The lady giving the award actually styles hair for strictly, and bless her she gave me the biggest cuddle and told me I’d done fantastic (there were tears im not going to lie!) I think just random letters came out of me, im not sure I actually made any sense (so if you ever find this and read it, I think I was trying to say OH MY GOD THANKYOUUU!) (haha)

When the awards had finished another judge got back on stage, and said he’d just got off the phone as he’d rang head office- he wanted to give another award for hair artistry and skill, but as one didn’t exist nether did a prize (but he would be in touch – eekkk!) , now I know he was pointing at me and asking me to come up on stage AGAIN, but I couldn’t quite believe it, thank goodness for Laura and Kerry snapping me out of my shock and getting me to go up! (yes, more tears… this time was ugly crying) and again, bless him, he shook my hand and told me not to cry, as I deserved it, I think my reply was ‘but I don’t win things.’

To win frist place was amazing, but to have an award created for me – its still not sunk in! im unsure if it ever will!

I was lucky enough to get time with a judge to as for some feedback, she came and looked at my hair styles, she was so complementary about the look we had created and how we worked together, she said my hair was well thought out, neat and balanced, I asked her for some nasty criticism… and this is when the REALLY ugly tears appeared because she said there wasn’t really much she could say! And it was ‘perfect’, they all said they were really impressed with my skill.

I’m unsure if any of it really sank in, but before I knew it I was back on stage having photos with the judges!

I have to say to be so supported by each other and all you lovely lot on Facebook honestly made the whole day a bit surreal – we were all knackered, nervous and totally In heaven, and I cannot thank the girls enough Laura, Kerry and Sammie-

It would not have been possible to win without you! It was such a team effort, and I honestly wouldn't have won without your support and talent!

Thankyou again Beautiful You MUA , for your makeup wizardry and general loveliness (you did yourself proud!)

Oh and of course Tom, who put up with weeks of mood boards, earing dilemmas and who got up at 5:45 to help me load the car and made me pancakes.

Lauren from

#muaawards #hairuk16 #beautyuk16 #firstplace #hair #dyslecisblogger #uglytears #thankyou #bridal #winterbridal


- makeup Beautiful You MUA

- Hair Plaits and pin curls

- jewls/accessories I Do wedding gifts

- dresses soar valley brides

- flowers flower studio

- hair products Beever Hair Care

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NEC Competitions part 1 – prep

Lauren's BlogPosted by Lauren Fri, May 20, 2016 19:58:43

NEC Competitions part 1 – prep

So im very pleased to say Kerry from Beautiful You MUA and I are going down to the NEC to compete in the beauty awards, I was very excited to be asked along again and out some of our knowledge from last year to help towards this year’s judging,

Now before I start I need to say how overwhelmingly complementary the judges where about Kerry’s work! She is of course amazing, and unfortunately there’s no prize for 4th place but we were told we would have taken it if there was! So win or lose Kerry was ASKED to return by a judge, and that’s an achievement in itself – now this year the competition will be bigger, as it’s a makeup and hair award this time, although my hair was counted towards the overall look, I wasn’t being individually judged like Kerry , this time is different! We will both be timed, watched, marked and judged!

So let me take you through a little of the prep!

We are entering two category’s; Winter Bridal and Great Gatsby (I know perfect, but lets not count are chickens!)

We will lose marks if Kerry uses her hands, are seen to have a messy station, if hand sanitizer isn’t used, if we are not seen to be behaving correctly or looking/working professionally (yeah, pressure!) and that’s just a few ways we can be marked down!

We are also judged on the ‘overall look’ so it’s not ALL hair and makeup , we are both in a fashion industry after all, having beautiful hair and glamorous makeup may not make such sense in jeans and a hoody , so this is where I need to make my thankyou’s – I Do Wedding Gifts have truly gone above and beyond to lend us a huge selection of jewellery and accessories (the peacock feather hair slide has especially won my heart, and is beyond perfect for Great Gatsby) - Soar Valley Brides is always supportive of myself and other little local businesses, and once again she’s gone out of her way to lend us very stunning gowns, and the train on the winter bridal gown is a definite show stopper!

Along with the overall look we also have a mood board to do a little talking for us, and I have to say, there a lot harder than I realised to create! I kind of thought, sure just stick stuff onto a board… but no. the bloggers of this world helped me out! There advice of using buzz words to capture attention, to use lots of different materials, colours and pens , mind maps seem to be loved by all and to be clear on the subject by having a title and using the subject words over and over may sound simple but trying to fit all this information onto A3 was actually a challenge! (One I hope pays off, but you never really know what exactly the judges want to see, and what may impress one ; may seem boring or predictable to another!) I decided to put a personal twist on the board by printing photos of the trials, dress fittings , jewellery and even a few conversations between myself and Kerry to show the time and effort put in!

So its needless to say it will be a EARLY start on Sunday, and there will be a lot of talent to contend with, im sure I don’t need to say how even coming in the top 5 would be a huge achievement to both of us (we are from such small villages, and many others competing will have hired professional models, brand new designer/catwalk gowns and may even be being sponsored by some well-known names, salons or beauty parlours )now we don’t want to give to much away (that will come in part 2) But we do want to say thank you to out two extremely gorgeous and lovely models who have agrees to give up so much time to support out businesses (not just an entire Sunday , but trials and fittings two!) it’s not going to be easy being stared at but you’ll both be amazing!

And obviously the small businesses that helped us, I find it amazing these small businesses took the time to lend us things so important to their business just to help and encourage us the gowns and accessories may not sound important to a hair and makeup comp, but it actually may be make or break!

And of course all or friends, family and clients, all those likes, shares and good luck’s have made us feel very loved J

We will be nervous, but were doing what we love, and win or lose the feedback will help us improve out trade- and that’s extremely valuable

Oh and my last one for Kerry, thankyou Beautiful You MUA for inviting me – lets do this!!

blog by Lauren at - #NEC #weddinghair #weddingmakeup #comp #prep #winorlose

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Small Buisness Photoshoot

Lauren's BlogPosted by Lauren Tue, February 16, 2016 18:05:19

I am always a lover for Supporting Local or Supporting Small Business.

Well a few weeks ago a bunch of talented women in business got together for a fantastic photo shoot and the outcome is just a little amazing!

Tina and Izzy (our only male!) from Tina Claire.Art (our brilliant photographers) where taking snaps of our stunning models all morning (and believe me when I say it was an EARLY start!) From the stunning outdoor views of Quorn Grange Hotel to the more quirky corners most would have walked past my favourite including an old rustic door and huge bay window along with the Bridal Suite! I know our models where feeling a little nervous to begin with but Tina and Izzy put them at ease so quickly, they really have an eye for beauty and where even nice enough to get a snap of me working...without my epic concentration face (apparently having my tongue sticking out helps me do hair? haha)

Getting the models ready was a lot of fun, with the help of Luanne (Beauty by Lu) who is just a pleasure to work with! I Know Jessie (our brunette model) had never had her makeup done professionally ever! so it was a new experience for her, and they both looked STUNNING with lots of pinks, peaches and glowing faces (So very Bride) I stuck to Natural loose curls, real flowers and a stunning hair piece's from Dolls Mad Hattery for the first hair look and Feathers, bouncy waves and Bird cage veils for our second look , the hair pieces from Dolls Mad Hattery and all hand made hair pieces that are just so unique, I had a few weeks before sent a 'doodle' to Amy of a hair piece that I had dreamt up ( I would like to point out now my terrible drawing skills!) and she took my 'design' and came up with something brilliant, it was so bright and full of different flowers, colours and textures and bloomed in Karen's hair! The hair pieces matched the beautiful bouquets perfectly and added so much personality to our little shoot (thanks to Daisy Chain in Sileby!)

Karen and Jessie our Beautiful models managed to grin, smile and say cheese at 7:30 am and in the cold and rain! Jessie even brought along her (very proud) Mother! (who was so helpful I don't think I thanked her enough, so thank you again!!)

When organising the shoot I had a lot of ideas rolling around in my mind, In the end I wanted to produce something stunning but simple, something a Bride can look at, fall in love and be able to actually achieve, by using local and small business's it promoted a talent you may not have had a chance to see before! (and us girls like to stick together!) You wont see any extensions, fake scenery or million dollar dresses. The flowers where hand chosen and tied , hair pieces hand crafted and makeup applied bit by bit to our natural beauty's.

The dresses where not decided my myself (although I was on hand for advice, who doesn't love dress shopping!?) The lovely Ladys at The Gorgeous Gown Shop let the Brides loose to find whatever they felt amazing in, we were lucky enough to have two dresses for each lady, and all four suited each girl the dresses where actually chosen by the models themselves with the lady's from the shop to help!

Im so excited to see the rest of the photos from Tina Clair,Art , these sneek peeks are just amazing, and Quorn Grange hotel was just the most beautiful setting !

everything you see in the shoot from dress's ,hair, makeup, hair pieces and photography is all from little local business's that... well... just rock! the work was so personal, unique and the whole day was full of giggle's and talent (and trying to get Karen out of the bath tub with a huge dress on!!) and im so thankfull for all the business and both models for giving up their Sunday of for my little idea.

aren't small business's wonderful!? I don't know many big brands that would have done the same and been such good company too!

Thankyou Girls (and Izzy! :p)

#photoshoot #hairdresser #weddinghair #supportlocal #dyslexicblogger #thanks

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Born A Hairdresser

Lauren's BlogPosted by Lauren Thu, November 26, 2015 15:58:02

So I get asked a lot- When did I start hairdressing!?

Realistically I got my first Job at 15/16 so I happily say over 9 years, but my mum will say a different story (one I love to hear, so hopefully you will enjoy reading!)

When I was in Primary School my mum was both a Home Hairdresser and a T/A at my primary school (Highgate) I used to watch her Cut and Colour and offer 'Tea' to her clients (being to little to reach or use the kettle this was normally a tea bag in a mug with cold tap water, what lucky clients!)

During my first year my Primary School teacher began to get a little worried that I was picking up things a little slower than others, I struggled with everything.

They started looking into Dyslexia from quite early on, a way to test this with little children is to get them cutting and sticking! I think the rest of the kids 'got it' in two or three weeks, after a month my primary school teacher (Mrs Booth) got my mum from her class and asked her to watch- I was not getting it, and soon they would be moving on to other things!

so my mum grabbed a chair in the back and watched...

she was soon in chuckles of laughter

Mrs Booth was very confused and thought Mum was not understanding how serious this may be, or could be- she asked her to look again.

Turns out mum was laughing because I was cutting like a hairdresser!

normally people cut with their thumb and 'pointing' finger.

hairdressers cut with there thumb and 'wedding; finger! (have a look at your next appointment!)

[[it balances the scissors and helps be more exact!]]

My mum decided I'd be fine from then on, and brought me a modelling doll head for my birthday and decided to save her hairdressing equipment (some of I still use!)

Everything I struggled to 'get' in school I picked up quickly with my mum hairdressing, my dyslexia was diagnosed quite young , yet the (very nice) woman who was testing me was totally shocked to see me plait my dolls hair yet spell my name wrong!

so I am happily now saying I have 24 years experience! I just may have to start counting from my birthdate!

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