Monthly Archives: March 2018

My experience at Button Beauty Academy

If anyone didn’t know one thing about me is that I am a qualified Nail Technician (as well as many other things).  After I qualified in 2013 my former tutor Amber Button decided to open a beauty academy (she is the best tutor I have had the pleasure of learning from).  So after nearly five years I figured that it was time my nails got dealt with (they were not in the best of shape!)

Now I have tried other nail salons before but my nails always ended up weak, thin and brittle.  So I decided to contact Amber and see what she could do with them.  The academy is very easy to find as it is situated on Park View in Whitley Bay and, as the atmosphere and welcome are very warm and friendly.  The salon is fantastic and I love how the nail salon is at the front of the building.  The technicians who work there are very friendly and very helpful.







Now my experience has been nothing short of brilliant.  I decided to get acrylic extensions with gel overlay and they are fantastic.  The only issue I had were with the gel overlay chipping which was purely down to my nails.  However they were very quick at fixing them and I was very impressed.  I will point out one thing out the issues I had were purely down to my nails and 100% no reflection on Amber or her technicians.

The extensions have survived three whole weeks intact even though I will admit I have put them through enough that would normally have damaged my normal nails  but these have stayed in put!!

Three weeks nails


After infills


The prices are very reasonable and if you want to check out Amber’s academy I will leave a link to her website below:-

If you are over in the North East of England on holiday and thinking where can I get my nails done for a reasonable price please check out her website.  All her prices are listed on there for your information.

This blog is not sponsored and all the opinions are mine and mine alone.

Hope you enjoy and check her website.


Lizanne-style xoxo

Review of the Origins Original Skin Range

While I was shopping in John Lewis in Newcastle upon Tyne a couple of weeks ago I visited the Origins stand to enquire about what exfoliator they would recommend for someone who has combination skin. They suggested I try their new micro-dermabrasion exfoliator (a review on this will be coming soon) and I asked for a sample as I would want to try it before I went ahead and bought the full size item just in case my skin reacted to it.

Whilst there I booked in for a quick facial and the lady who did my facial was fantastic. She used their new Original Skin range and the new exfoliator and I will admit I was sceptical about the exfoliator as my skin at the moment is not at its best!!! I was pleasantly surprised that the exfoliator didn’t irritate my skin and it felt so soft and clean afterwards. The item I was really impressed with however was the new Makeup primer (yes Origins is delving into the makeup industry!!).

The primer is fantastic is keeping my oily T-Zone under control. Normally as I walk around Newcastle I tend to get very oily in my T-Zone and when I wear make up it appears to slide off by the time I get home which is usually 1 – 2 hours after I have left the house. However, this primer kept my oils at bay all day (I didn’t have any make up on that day but it still worked as a moisturiser).

The one thing I will warn you is that if you are not expecting a cooling primer then be prepared as this is has a cooling sensation which for first thing in the morning will be more than welcome!

The primer contains Willowherb which is used for reduction of redness. This is a brilliant product which does come out slightly tinted but you will not able to see it on the skin. It also has the consistency of a mousse which is gorgeous and light. My only complaint about the product is that after I bought it and took it home I was only able to get one swatch out of it before the pump broke (this is an aerosol can so be warned). However, when I took it back to John Lewis yesterday I made sure that I had the receipt and the lady at the Origins stand was really helpful and immediately replaced it for me. So thumbs up to John Lewis and Origins for fantastic customer services!!!!!

This is what the bottle looks like and I will let you guys know how it keeps my makeup looking for more than two hours (I will be giving it a good six hours of wear time on Thursday as I will be attending an event so you can expect a good six hours of wear).

Hope you guys like this review and expect more reviews in the future as there will be probably be lots of new releases coming out in the next few months.

Happy reading guys and remember to comment below what blogs you want to see in the future.


Lizanne-style xoxo