The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Northamptonshire Edition

Category: Beauty

Home or salon – a Katherine Daniels facial will kick start a glow!

15 Mar 2017

I’d never heard of Katherine Daniels, but back in October I had an invite to an event in Corby for this relatively new skincare brand. For one reason or another, I didn’t get to the event, but the super nice ladies at the PR company asked me if I wanted to go for a facial at their head office instead. It was in Bedford, and I was thinking, hmmmm, can I afford the time for an hour and a half round trip, but after looking on the website and seeing the uber stylish products, I decreed, yes; yes I jolly well could make the effort (I think Muddy Cambridge is a fan too).

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Zone Face Lift – can you really take off 10 years in 12 weeks?

23 Jan 2017

Now I don’t know if the above promise is true, because I only had one session, but I’ve seen lots of good results from the Zone Face Lift, and if injections and fillers aren’t your bag, a course of these could be worth a go! I’m no stranger to Steve Hunt and his reflexology room in his house in Northampton, as I reviewed his facial reflexology last year (and slept like a baby that night). 

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Muddy tries permanent eyebrows (tattoos, gulp)

19 Jan 2017

I often get invitations to try out new treatments, but when Elizabeth Hopkins from Beauty Classics mailed me and offered me some eyebrow tattooing, I wasn’t overly enthusiastic (nothing against Liz). I’ve never injected or filled my face (I don’t judge people who do, it’s just a choice right now, which could change with bells on in a few years), and the thought of having something permanent on my mug filled me with fear.

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5 Reasons to Visit The Men’s Room – Market Harborough 

5 Jan 2017

No, it’s not some public loo over the Leicestershire border, it’s a very cool barbers; modern, with a classic twist and a specialism in hot towels (great at this time of year I imagine). Now we have quite a few male readers on Muddy Stilettos Northants, and I don’t think it’s really authentic for me to go and sit in the barber’s chair for a review, so on this occasion, help was on hand in the form of one of our Muddy team, Lauren Lawless and her very own Mr Muddy!

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Why December is a great time for facials!

30 Nov 2016

Blossom Beauty was winner of the Muddy Stilettos Award for Best Complementary Therapy, so who better to ask why this time of year is good to get a facial (quite frankly, I think all year round is a good time to get a facial; one of my fave treatments ever)! 

Ellen Zok who runs Blossom Beauty has glowing skin, always reassuring when you go for a facial. Her salon in Great Doddington is where she tends to lots of us Northants folk who need a facial revive, especially as our skin becomes wind chapped and dull from central heating (and also before the onslaught of December partying)!

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Plump me up buttercup – Muddy’s anti-aging experiment

14 Nov 2016

‘It’s a cult, I’m not buying from them.’ ‘No way, I feel pressured into buying the products from pushy consultants when I don’t really want to.’ ‘They’re all pyramid schemes, not for me.’ These are missives I’ve heard about network marketing companies like Arbonne, Forever Living, Utility Warehouse, and Avon (yup THAT Avon, the one your mum used to buy from, and which incidentally, has its head office in Northampton). I’ve been known to buy the odd beauty product from Avon (my bezzie is a consultant), but I’m not brand loyal and personally I like to see what’s on offer or buy what I fancy, when I fancy.

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Hot hair colours for the season – Muddy visits Seckingtons

2 Nov 2016

Every year without fail, the calendar comes around to October/November and I start getting itchy hair (like itchy feet, but hair, that demands a change to suit the leaves outside ; ) It invariably involves some red hues, which give that warmer feel to one’s complexion that can sometimes resemble corned beef in the lowering temperatures! This year I turned to Seckingtons on the Wellingborough Road, who a couple of weeks after I visited won the SME Northamptonshire Business Awards (obviously they’d heard about the Muddy visit)!

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Top Winter looks – Northants fashion stylist

31 Oct 2016

Winter fashion rules…no bare legs after Halloween, only long sleeve tops allowed, no white after Labor Day (Sep 4 to you, since we’re not in America). But rules are there to be broken and sometimes all you need to make a change to your wardrobe is the recommendations of a stylist who feels confident that she’ll make you feel confident. Heidi’s Boutique in Wellingborough is great in itself as an indie fashion outlet that isn’t samey, samey; but the real appeal comes with Heidi herself, and how she has an eye for what will suit her customer while also making them feel soooooo special.

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