When there’s a big event coming up like all girls I just love the excuse to shop for a new outfit and then enjoy every minute of the beauty prep to look fabulous and ready to enjoy it.

I’ve been looking forward to the Milton Keynes Food & Leisure Awards for weeks and now the weekend has finally arrived.

For my outfit I knew early on that I wanted to wear something red and after I fell in love with a red Lindy Bop skirt it was decided. The top I chose to go with it is from Monsoon and is an off-white sleeveless top with a diamante neck detail. Shoes are my beloved Red or Dead black glitter heels and an extra pop of colour was courtesy of a purple wrap I was going to wear around my shoulders.

Outfit sorted. All that was left was the beauty prep.

I was excited to be invited to check out Project Sparkle MK, a beauty salon based in the home of Kym Carter, a beautician with 9 years professional experience.


Kym works by day in a professional beauty salon but with her own wedding looming she has set up at home and now offers her skills for clients to visit with perhaps more convenient out of work appointment times.

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Personally for me I think I am more suited to the home beauty set ups. Not only is it supporting local talent who are so obviously committed to their craft but also when I look after a toddler full time, it’s much easier for me to visit someone later on in the evening when Mr LouBou can take the reins or a Grandparent can babysit.


Once I turned up at the cute house on Emerson Valley, I received a warm welcome from Kym and then was invited upstairs into her beauty room. It’s beautifully pink. Pink towels, pretty pink flower storage boxes and curtains. A girlie haven. As it was a warm evening the window was open and the relaxing sound of birds tweeting right outside gave me instant calm.


Down to business. Nails first.


Kym is a CND Brand Specialist which in layman terms means she’s fab with applying Shellac gel nails. Shellac are the first and foremost brand when it comes to gel nails. I trust them and even had Shellac on my wedding day. What draws me to them is that they don’t chip and they last in a perfect finish until they grow out enough that you need to replace or fancy a change in colour.


An absolutely perfect choice for a busy Mum like me that simply doesn’t have the time to be fixing chipped nail varnish every few days!


I chose to have a French manicure shellac with added glitter tip for sparkle. I felt my outfit for the awards was loud enough and didn’t want to add even more colour with a bold nail colour. Demure? Sophisticated? Maybe… but I can never refuse a touch of glitter. My inner magpie is always drawn to what sparkles.


After my nails were beautiful it was time for another essential beauty treatment. A good old leg wax! Do I really need to say how waxing is the best method for keeping legs super smooth and ready to go? Super good value for money and keeps you smooth for weeks. Perfect. This is what Kym specialises in and you can tell. To the point, fast and tons of confidence, she made short work of my legs with no fuss and no after problems.

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Then it was time to leave. I could’ve stayed the night! I much enjoyed the pampering, the setting and the good girlie company and recommend you check out Kym at Project Sparkle MK. A pro with a relaxed attitude, no frills and no air of grace that some salons can intimidate with. A little bird told me if you mention my blog to her you’ll get 10% off not only your first treatment but your second one too! WINNING!

Beautiful and ready for the MKFLA 2016. Happy LouBou.

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