Vintage Inspired Make-Up

Glamorous and stylish


Remember when you were 14 years old and you’d sneak into your mum’s bedroom and experiment with her Max Factor?

As the years roll on by, it’s easy to let your make-up get into a bit of a rut, so why not experiment a bit. Here we’ve got some inspiration for a classic vintage look.


vintage style make up



Have a look at this Smashbox video and you’ll also pick up some top tips for flawless skin.





Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)


Photographs: Click on the image for further information about individual elements.









Christmas Nail Art Tutorials

Easy tutorials for perfect festive nails


We sent regular guest blogger Victoria off to get creative and give her nails a Christmas make-over. Follow her easy tutorial to recreate this look to welcome the beginning of the festivities. She’s also rounded up her top three Christmassy tutorials to give you even more inspiration.


Over to you Victoria ……



Christmas is all about decoration!

Not just putting the tree and tinsel up around your house but also adding some colour and festive sparkle to your nails.

We have an easy tutorial for snowman themed nails inspired by Disney’s latest film release, Frozen, that your children will love showing off to their friends.



nail art montage



Step 1


Apply a base coat to the nails – clear or white work best.


Step 2


The next stage is to add some sparkle.

Here I used a Barry M in white from their new glitter effects range. For full effect, apply two or three coats and leave until completely dry.

The sparkles and pieces of glitter in this nail varnish really help in creating the desired effect of snow.


Step 3


Now that the nails have dried completely, it’s time to get creative.

A nail art pen works best for this part, as you need a fine point in which to draw. Again, I used a black one from the Barry M range.

Start by drawing on two big eyes, and then add smaller circles in a semi-circle to form the mouth. Leave five minutes for this to dry before moving onto the next step.


Step 4


This is the penultimate stage in making your snowman come to life.

You will need a bright orange nail varnish to create his carrot nose. To form the right shape, you are best using an angled tool – such the pointy end of a cocktail stick.

Dip it into the paint and wipe off any excess. Proceed to gently press the paint-covered end onto the middle of the nail.

I only added the snowman to one nail, but if you want the complete look, repeat the previous stages on each nail.


Step 5


Your festive nails are now complete! But don’t forget to seal the deal with a clear top coat to avoid chipping.



My top 3 Christmas Nail Art tutorials on the web







Santa hats








Victoria x


Pictures and videos: Victoria Hepworth, MissJenFABULOUS, cutepolish, Julie Ventura.


Other articles by Victoria:

Children’s Christmas Fancy Dress Outfits

National Days December

National Days November

National Days October

National Days September

Places to see Santa in Manchester

Mumpreneur of the Year

Vintage Manchester Awards Best of 2013

A-Z of Vogue’s Fashions Night Out

Top 10 places to go and see animals

Top 10 family adventure days out

Top 10 picnic spots










A-Z Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out

Your guide to what’s happening on a night of high fashion


Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out is the ultimate shopping extravaganza. The UK event is normally held in London – but this year it’s coming to Manchester!

So put Thursday 10th October in your diary and start planning your outfit!


Vogues Fashion's Night Out

Here’s a map from Vogue (available at stores across the city centre) showing who and where FNO fun is happening.


Map Vogues Fashion's Night Out

There is so much going on during the evening, we asked fashion fan Victoria to put together an A-Z Guide to help you glamorously enjoy all that the city has to offer.


Over to you Victoria ……



Fashion’s Night Out hosted by Vogue is a shopaholic’s dream.

With over 30 events already confirmed, it’s enough to send you into a shopping spree induced coma.

Even just writing this article has sent me a bit woozy and made it even harder than usual

to resist the temptation that comes with the devil that is online shopping.

Cupcake Vogue Fashion's Night Out

Well it is the best excuse you’re ever going to get to buy a new outfit to impress.

Stretching from Spinningfields, right across to Manchester’s Arndale Centre, designer and high street shops aplenty are offering something unique and special for FNO visitors.

I hope that our A-Z breakdown will make it a little easier to comprehend. All that’s left for me to say is that I look forward to seeing you in your glad rags for the most glamorous shopping expedition of your lives.


Agent Provocateur

There will be cocktails, champagne and canapés, a ‘special guest’ DJ, prize draws and goodie bags for all customers. In addition there will be models in the window showcasing the Agent Provocateur AW13 collection from 6.30 to 9pm.



Lounge around with champagne in hand. DJ to be confirmed.



Channel your inner WAG for the night with a visit to Chanel- certain not to disappoint. Seize the opportunity to get a complimentary manicure in the FNO colours and browse the A/W collection.



Crombie is on hand for when the October weather finally takes its toll. A visit to Crombie’s Warm party will leave you feeling nice and toasty after some hearty food and warming drinks. That’s without mentioning the luxurious coats you can try on and have your photo taken wearing.



Spend a hundred pounds or more in store and you will be walking away with your very own personalised tote bag. A live illustrator will also be in store providing sketches for the event.


Emporio Armani

Vogue fashion editor Fancesca Burns will be hosting the Emporio Armani event and will be on hand to off her style expertise to guests. The Maccabees will perform a live DJ set between 8.30pm – 9.30pm and there will be canapés and drinks by Birra Moretti and Aperol. The official FNO t-shirt in association with ‘Save the Children’ will be available to buy in store.


There is a real star studded opportunity to meet and greet fashion famous designer Matthew Williamson who will be located in the Spinningfields store. He can offer you style tips and provide you with all you need to know about the new season trends.



Fossil will be holding events in both their Arndale and Trafford Centre stores. Join them from 6pm for some American Cream Soda, vintage-style sweets and some oh-so-sweet cupcakes! Come to either store to hear all about ‘The Stack Is Back’ competition, where you will also have a chance to win your very own Fossil Arm Party (one lucky lady and one lucky gent will each win a watch and three bracelets).


The Stack Is Back 2013



All customers can get their teeth into some proper American grub. There are prizes to be offered for the best dressed too- those who best pull off the cool American style will be shortlisted and sent to St Anne Street to be papped by a street style photographer from The Mancorialist.


Harvey Nichols

Give Your FNO T-shirt a Designer’s Twist. Roksanda Ilincic will be in Harvey Nichols customising FNO T-shirts.


Roksanda Ilincic



Hermes will pay homage to Fashion Night Out with a Sporting Chic evening.


Hervia Bazaar

All Fashion’s Night Out visitors to Hervia Bazaar will be in with a chance of winning a £500 fashion, food and drinks prize. Now I’ve got your attention, there’s also some fabulous cuisine and beverages to enjoy as Yang Sing, Whitley Neill Gin, Tsingtao Beer and Tequila Rose collaborate for one night only.



You won’t be able to miss Hobbs, as it will quite literally have a black cab parked outside the store full to brimming with lots of fabulous products to give away. At eight o’clock, if your name is drawn, you get to travel home in the cab with all the great goodies inside!


Black cab in front of Hobbs


House of Fraser

The Deansagte store is celebrating its new shoes and accessories store with discounts and exclusive offers. Get a keepsake in the form of a photograph following your Dior red carpet treatment. Visit the ground floor pop up bar for an exclusive cocktail by Bem Brazil and don’t forget to sample the delights of The FNO café, controlled by award winning restaurateurs Chicchetti.

For one night only the Chicchetti restaurant will be taken over by celebrity chef Aldo Zilli and will boast a unique menu. For reservations call 0161 839 2233. For avid readers of Vogue, like myself, don’t miss out on the opportunity to view a collection of the most iconic cover stars before embarking on an unmissable Fashion Treasure Hunt (the best kind if you ask me) in store!


Hugo Boss

Any purchase of womenswear you make in Hugo Boss will be accompanied by a special present. You can also enjoy live music from Princess Julia and get your very own fashion illustration to leave with by talent Clym Everndon. Official FNO t-shirts can also be purchased in store.


Jo Malone

Make the most of the delicious treats on show and roam the couture dresses behind the inspiration of the Peony & Blush Suede collection as an expert milliner creates bespoke pins.


Kurt Geiger

Shoes! The part I have been waiting for. KG are offering exclusive discounts in store and gifts with purchases. There will be a 90s soundtrack to the night and mini manicures by Nails Inc.


Kurt Geiger Shoes

LK Bennett

While we may be praying for the rain to stay off, LK Bennett are hoping for the exact opposite as they celebrate the night by playing homage to the Great British Weather. Visit the store for cocktails and learn more about the inspiration behind their Autumn collection.



Exclusive offers include a Fashion Night Out gift with all purchases over £35 and an exclusive tote bag with every purchase. Luxury services such as a pampering hand massage ritual will also be up for grabs.


Louis Vuitton

Are you a folder or a roller? When it comes to packing, Louis Vuitton is the man in the know. Get some tips and learn more about the art of packing your luggage most appropriately for your journey. If you are lucky enough to have swiped yourself a LV number, you can also get it hot stamped in store.


Packing luggage.



Home of the after party for that post store closure pick-me-up. At Malmaison low calorie cocktails can be sipped and a late night DJ set annoyed. Visitors to the Hotel will be entered in a prize draw to win dinner, bed and breakfast and a 30 minute spa treatment.


Manchester Arndale

It’s the home of all things high street and it’s certainly more than happy to welcome the avid shopper. Here you can enjoy numerous catwalks, pop-up beauty stalls, Mandy from Hollyoaks (Sarah Jayne Dunn) and the chance to win a pair of shoes every month for a year. That in itself is a sole reason to go (no pun intended!) There’s much more to be enjoyed including delicious mocktails and scrummy sushi. The list just goes on…


Sarah Jayne Dun Vogue's Fashions Night Out


Manchester Art Gallery

A vintage fair will be popping up in Manchester Art Gallery. Drop in for a mini makeover and photo shoot.


Mappin and Webb

The Manchester boutique will be the home for a luxurious Emerald and Diamond necklace worth £250,000 for the night for guests to admire. Customers can enter a prize draw to win a piece of Mappin and Webb jewellery worth £1,000.


Marks and Spencer

Did somebody say personal shopper? Not only that, but a Prosecco Bar and style presentations make M&S a must visit.


Molton Brown

Shoppers are treated to two free 50ml shower gel samples with any purchase made on the night. Get the full Molton Brown experience with a mini exfoliating hand an arm massage and swot up on the latest scents this season.



Get your nails seen to by the professionals at Essie or simply drool over the new collection, with an accompanying glass of champagne in hand.



Strike a pose in the Next photo booth, indulge in cake pops or get the VIP treatment by talking to some of the store’s top stylists.


Nicky Clarke

The icon himself will be in Manchester! He will be on hand to answer your biggest hair styling woes and enjoy some great prize giveaways. Nicky will be situated in the new location of The Avenue, Spinningfields. To RSVP please call the Nicky Clarke Salon on 0161 833 3555 to confirm your place for the evening which is sure to be a massive hit!



Office will be boasting a great experience whereby shoppers can have their look sketched by a team of stylists and have their outfit accessorised with the perfect pair of shoes from the new collection. The sketch will be sent straight to you via email and one lucky tweeter will win the shoes from their sketch. Make sure to arrive early as the first 100 shoppers will receive a goody bag crammed full of amazing fashion and beauty treats.


Office Illustrates for FNO


Radisson Blu Edwardian

Enjoy two complimentary tasters with every bottle of champagne purchased at the hotel on the night! There’s also fashionably infused cocktails to taste, which start at just £10. And for when all that shopping becomes too much and your ankles are starting to swell from all that totting around in stilettos, the Sienna spa is at hand with some relaxing treatments.



Cocktails from The Alchemist and a live DJ set are to be enjoyed at Reiss. Not to mention the discounts across full price products and numerous competitions to be entered.



Enjoy a makeup tutorial with the girls at MAC or get an up close and personal music experience by Radio 1 presenter and style diva, Jameela Jamil who will be taking to the decks in store. Every shopper who steps through the door will be given a mystery gift card- ranging in value from £1-£500. Don’t forget to take your Selfridge’s ‘selfie’ as a memento of your night. Oh, and take advantage of the canapés at the food stalls. Always take advantage of free food and booze.


FNO Vogue Manchester


Tommy Hilfiger

Here you can enjoy drinks and music while taking in all the details of the Runway collection show which will be digitally streamed into the store. There’s also the chance to get involved in a Runway inspired photo shoot with the best pics being posted on Instagram.



Prizes to be won, music to enjoy and advice to be taken about how to achieve those key A/W makeup trends.



Celebrate FNO by meeting members of the UGG creative council. Food and drink also gets creative at the Check On pop up restaurant.



Bags purchased from the new collection on the night will receive a complementary monogram service whereby your initials can be printed in a colour of your choice.


I’ll leave you to plan your night out to the very last detail. I don’t know where to begin….

For more information about Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out visit


Victoria x


Photographs: Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out, Map – Vogue by illustrator Katherine Baxter


Other articles by Victoria:

National Days September

Rita the Rock-n-Roll Waitress

Hard Rock Couture Exhibition

Top 10 Picnic Spots

Top 10 Places To Go and See Animals

Top 10 Family Adventure Days Out












Manchester Spa Hotels

Great spa hotels in Manchester for ladies on a mission to be pampered


As we all know, Manchester is a vibrant, cosmopolitan and exciting city.

From strolling down Canal Street, through Spinningfields, across The Northern Quarter and down to Castlefield (and many more), to spending a day being educated and entertained in one of our fantastic museums, Manchester provides an eye-opening experience for all that have the privilege in walking down our streets.

Yes it’s safe to say that with our world-famous football clubs, legendary music venues and enviable shopping, Manchester is a popular and thriving tourist destination. As a result Manchester is home to a myriad of hotels, which cater for all types of budgets and requirements.

Woman having massage

If you’re a lady looking for some serious pampering then Manchester is just the ticket.

Designed specifically with relaxation, pampering and personal fitness in mind, many of Manchester’s hotels have extravagant spas where you can relax, unwind and experience the first-rate indulgence that you thoroughly deserve.


Take a look at the following great hotels in Manchester that provide some world-class female indulgence.


The Malmaison


The Malmaison’s ‘Le Petit Spa’ is the perfect place to wave goodbye to the stresses and strains of modern life and to retreat into a haven of calm-inducing treatments and therapies.

From exfoliating salt scrubs to full body massages with hot stones. From a Jessica deluxe Zen spa pedicure lunch with a glass of fizz and chocolate dipped strawberries to a regenerating facial with firming eye treatment, you’ll be spoilt into a heavenly state of ecstasy at the Malmaison Hotel (1 – 3 Piccadilly, Manchester).

For more information visit:



The Lowry Hotel



Situated a stones throw away from Manchester city centre,  just across the river in Salford, The Lowry Hotel has justifiably built up a reputation for top-notch quality and excellence.

The hotel’s spa offers a huge range of beauty treatments tailored for sheer indulgence.

You can rejuvenate your body and soul in this innovative spa while being served complementary hot and cold drinks, newspapers and magazines – sounds heavenly.

Treatments are carried out using advanced research and technology.


Includeing an effective tri-enzyme resurfacing facials, aromatherapy massages, musclease aroma spa ocean wrap and a Lowry Signature Total Body Care, to mention just a few.

To give your body the luxury it deserves why not book a spot at this leading hotel spa?


Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester Hotel


Many think this to be Manchester’s finest spa and with its fragrantly soothing aromas, soft lighting, peaceful sounds and relaxing environment, who are we to argue?

Known as the Sienna Spa, whether it’s your toes, face, back or whole body you want revitalising and relaxing, the Radisson Blu Hotel in Manchester will carry out your every relaxation whim.

The Sienna Spa offers various spa packages which combine therapist treatment with the opportunity to experience the hotel’s five-star spa facility.


Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa


Hot stone massage


This four-star hotel is located on London Road, next to Piccadilly Station.

In the hotel’s leisure club and spa, you can discover harmony and serenity by indulging in the deeply soothing Decleor products that are designed specifically for women


(there are Decleor products designed for men as well but they won’t be included in a women’s pampering spa package.)

Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa’s signature thermal suite features a hot rock sauna, an infra-red sauna, an eucalyptus scented steam room, a sensation shower and an ice igloo and heated loungers – now that’s what we call gear to mollycoddle!

For more information on this luxury spa visit:


If you are looking for a great, relaxing and memorable break in our home city of Manchester or any other city in the UK, Great Little Breaks search for the best short breaks in Great Britain. Whether it’s a romantic getaway, a break with the kids or for some first-class pampering with the girls, Great Little Breaks will endeavour to find you the perfect location and hotel.


Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)


Photographs: Free Digital Photos

This blog is produced in collaboration with our friends at Great Little Breaks. We occasionally publish blogs funded by commercial partners.









Indulge Fragrance Boutique

Promising a new boutique way to buy perfume


It’s been a while since I asked my husband to sniff me!

“Go on!” I urged “Give me a sniff – now what do you think it smells of?”

Perplexed he said “Hmm – very nice!”

“No – what can you smell?” I persisted.

“Vanilla, flowers ….. er ……..nice?”

I took my arm away from him and said “That – my dear is the smell of One Direction!”


One Direction Perfume


And therein lies the problem with perfumes. There is no world-wide vocabulary or measurement for smell. And there is no guarantee that two different people will smell things in the same way and at the same ‘volume’.

All of which conspire to me wearing the same perfume now that I was 10 years ago. I found something that I liked – I couldn’t face trying out a host of others that would frankly just confuse my nose. And the thought of running the gauntlet of ‘the squibbing zone’ in department stores leaves me cold.

Which is a shame as the sense of smell is so evocative. Because of the way it’s wired into your brain, a smell can transport you instantly back to a place, a time, a feeling!

Your fragrance should say things about you – it should finish off your outfit.


Choosing fragrances


Choosing fragrances, I’ve come to learn, is a bit like choosing wine, but with an additional dimension. Like wine you can list the aromas that you recognise – rose, musk, orange blossom. But with fragrances there’s the additional ‘tasting notes’ of the marketing!

A fragrance sums up a mood, or image.

Gwyneth Paltrow Boss Jour


Take Gwyneth Paltrow – if you want something clean, crisp, white, understated, fresh and structured (just like Gwynnies perfectly contained Germanic image) then you’re going to be attracted to Boss Jour.

Cindy Crawford Angel



However, if you want to make an impact, the deeper, powerful, dramatic, sensual, overflowing sight of Cindy Crawford advertising Thierry Mugler’s Angel might be what does it for you.

I have to say that I wear Angel – and I look just like Cindy Crawford (eh-hem!)

What that says about One Direction’s new fragrance Our Moment I’m not quite sure? It breaks the mould because it doesn’t smell of teenage boys, it actually smells rather nice. Though I’m deterred from actually buying a bottle because I think it would officially make me a cougar!


Indulge Fragrance


Indulge Fragrance, next to Victoria’s Secrets on the first floor of The Trafford Centre tells us to expect an altogether different fragrance shopping experience, with a greater emphasis on education, information and support to stop you from feeling overwhelmed and help you find the right fragrance for you.

Along with the ‘tasting notes’ of advertising along side the bottle, the idea is that you should browse, try and have all the information you need to make an informed choice, instead of a quick ‘spray and run’.


Indulge Fragrances

Indulge Fragrances


I didn’t get the opportunity to try the full fragrance boutique choosing experience at the launch – but if the staff are as informative as Will Andrews, a Principle Scientist in the Fine Fragrance R&D Team at Procter & Gamble who spoke at the launch event, then the ladies of Manchester are in for a treat.

It was fascinating to chat to him about how fragrances are developed for particular brands and how a brief for a particular fragrance from a client is interpreted and the fragrance developed. He really does have The Scent of a Woman!


Competition Time


I was given a very generous goody bag at the event, which I’m offering as four competition prizes.




  • Guerlain, La Petite Robe Noire Eau de Toilette. An exquisite fragrance. La Petite Robe Noire Eau de Toilette is utterly delightful. Rose, jasmine and orange blossom lead the dance, boldly escorted by cherry, apple, blackcurrant and a shower of green notes to intensify the fragrant trail. Finally tempting notes of white amber reveal themselves in a swathe of delicate, silky musk.
  • Giorgio Armani, Sì. Chic, sultry, intense and soft at the same time, Sì is a chypre scent reinvented, lingering on the skin and captivating the senses. It’s olfactory signature is rhythmic, elegant and unique. It combines an inflection of three accords: cassis nectar, modern chypre and light musky wood.
  • Hugo Boss, BOSS. A classic and entirely masculine fragrance, it is unmistakably elegant and stylish. The BOSS man defines his own meaning of success. He is confident and strong but won’t hesitate to reveal his more spontaneous and emotional side. The immediate BOSS fragrance experience is fruity and fresh, but soon develops into a warm woody sensual release. As timeless and sleek as the fashion house that inspired it, the fragrance is definitively Boss. Bottled.
  • Thierry Mugler’s A*Men. A woody dimension with a deep, powerful soul. A blend of peppermint and lavender, with patchouli and Atlas cedars. It also contains a fiery dimension where metallic purity and oriental warmth fuse together, with a final explosion of coffee and styrax which emerges from musk and tonka beans.

As you’ve probably guessed, I didn’t write these descriptions, and while I’m not quite sure what a tonka bean is – hopefully these descriptions will start you thinking a bit more about fragrances.


Competition question: We want to know what perfume you’re currently wearing?

Me? As I’ve already mentioned, it’s Thierry Mugler’s Angel. And it has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that the bottle matches my bedroom. Honest!

Pop it in the comments box below – but only one comment per person please.

So don’t be shy – tell us what perfume’s on your dressing table.

Good luck!


Alison x (your 4Manchester Women Editor)


Photographs: Indulge Fragrances, Alison Staples

Disclaimer: We were given a goodie bag containing four bottles of perfume which we are donating to the competition. We were not asked to write about the event and opinions are our own. 


By taking part in this competition you are agreeing to 4Manchester Womens Terms & Conditions for competitions and prize draws.

Competition closing date: 9pm Friday 20th September 2013. 


The winners will be the first name selected at random from all respondents. No purchase necessary. No cash alternative. The Editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Closing date is 9pm Friday 20th September 2013. The winners will be notified immediately. Only one entry per person. UK entries only. No automated entries. Supporting ThePrizeFinder – UK Competitions, loquax and  Competitions Time. If you are a lucky winner, your contact details will be forwarded to the providers of the prize, strictly for the purpose of fulfilling the prize and not for any other purpose.
Please note: Should you be notified as the winner, and you do not respond within 2 days of our notification, we reserve the right to re-draw the winner.


Previous competition winners (6 months)

Real Nappy Week – win a selection of real nappies (16th April 2013). Winner Sarah Fisher.

Stylish Summer Homes – win Next home goodies (6th June 2013). Winner Ann Calland.

Lady Boys of Bangkok – win tickets (8th June 2013). Winners Rachel Fisher, Catherine A

The Cruise Show – win tickets (14th July 2013). Winners Kathy Cakebread, Karen Mckend, Claire Kelly

Sushi Making Masterclass – win a sushi making kit (30th July 2013). Winner Sarah Plant








Flashmob Fashion

On trend and En Vogue at Manchester Arndale


It was one of those – “I’ll understand it when I see it” type of things. So intrigued I mosied on down to the Manchester Arndale last Friday to see what all the fuss was about.


Flashmob Fashion .


It was actually all rather simple – and a brilliant way of creating a buzz in the Arndale for the whole weekend.



The Flashmob


From Friday through to Sunday at 20 minute intervals dancers appeared in one of four different locations around the Arndale.


Flashmob Fashin Manchester Arndale


Flashmob Fashin Manchester Arndale


Flashmob Fashin Manchester Arndale


Dancing to either Mark Ronson’s Stop MeDepeche Mode’s Personal Jesus or Blake Lewis Your Touch - it was all very cool!

Check out this video, which has been cut and set to En Vogue (one of my favourite tunes).

I must admit I was quite tempted to jump onto the revolving dance floor myself and recreate ‘Dead or Alive’s’ You Spin Me Round – but then I thought better of it. Memories of a drunken hen weekend in Newcastle in a night club on a boat ….. but that’s a different story!



Each performance was linked to a particular store. Decked out in their clothes, the dancers strutted, vogued and popped, while 25 envelopes were handed out to members of the watching crowd – one of which contained a rather generous £50.00 voucher for that particular store.


Happy hour


It was only once in the store linked to that particular flashmob that the winning envelope was announced – and for those who weren’t a winner (and for any other member of the general public) many of the stores then ran an offer for the next 60 minutes with up to 20% off!


Flashmob Fashion Manchester Arndale


How happy was I to discover that my visit coincided with a 20% discount happy hour in Monsoon – and me with a wedding to go to the next day and an outfit to buy! Now what are the chances of that!


Style Salon in Hallé Square


Meanwhile, Hallé Square was set out with hair, beauty and fragrance stations, from the likes of Bumble & Bumble, Hotel Chocolat, Body Shop and Lush. All completely free and all willing to transform you into your most glamorous self!

I plumped for Lush cosmetics and was treated to a spot of colour therapy. I was told to shut my eyes and imagine a white room – and then open them and pick the first three colours that jumped out at me.


Lush Colour Wheel


Each colour came with it’s own meaning and description. Seeing mine, it’s no wonder I managed to buy a whole wedding outfit in 15 minutes!


Lush Colour Wheel


Lush Colour Wheel


Lush Colour Wheel


Prizes were on offer too in The Style Salon – and along with pop up boutiques from Evans and Simply Be offering body shape consultations, it was all going on!





alstaples's FlashmobFashion album on Photobucket


I loved the whole concept – as did the crowds of shoppers who watched the goings on intently. It was a great way of livening up the Arndale and bringing fashion and style out from behind the shop fronts and to the shoppers.

I’m looking forward to the next one already!


Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)


Photographs: Alison Staples, Jason Lock Photography

This is not a sponsored blog post.










Exhibitor spotlight – Nail Creations

Showcasing our lovely An Oasis in the City exhibitors

An Oasis in the City round logo




at The Old Parsonage, Didsbury, M20 2RQ

11am – 4pm, Sunday 24th March 2013





Our exhibitor spotlight is shining on Natalie and Nail Creations today. Make sure you visit her in our Pamper Room where she’ll tidy your nails and make them look super glam. There are no kids allowed in the pamper room – it’s all about you!


Let’s meet Natalie ……



I’m really looking forward to meeting all you lovely Manchester Ladies at An Oasis in the City.

Our nails can take a real battering – what with washing up, gardening, typing on a key board or just general every day life.

Sometimes out hands and nails just need a bit of TLC!


I’ll be offering


  • File and buff
  • Hand/arm massage
  • Lace nail transfers


Nail transfers are really popular at the moment and are a great way to make your nails look gorgeous and funky!


Lace nail transfers


Top tips for perfect party nails


If you want to have a go at getting perfect party nails yourself – here are my top tips:


  • Remove any old nail polish, if any!
  • File nails to desired shape and length, file in one direction to avoid damaging nail.
  • Push cuticles back – soften first with oil or lotion and gently push back.
  • Exfoliate hands with hand scrub to remove any dead skin, then wash hands.
  • Moisturise hands then wipe each nail with nail polish remover to remove any lotion and oil.
  • Apply base coat, this protects the nails and prevents chipping.
  • Now for a splash of colour! Apply chosen colour, being sure to paint down to your cuticles, and into the corner sides of your nails. Try not to touch the sides, but don’t worry  if you do.
  • Wait two minutes between coats.
  • Lastly apply a top coat. This will protect the colour from chipping and give you a beautiful shine.
  • If any polish has gone on your skin, wrap an orange stick end with some cotton wool and with a little nail varnish remover gently remove the stray polish.


See you all soon

Natalie x


Nail Creations Logo


Address: Creations, 207 Woodhouse Lane East, Timperley, WA15 6AS

Tel: 0161 973 2400


Twitter: @nail_creations



For more information about An Oasis in the City and our other exhibitors, please check out our events page.

An Oasis in the City flyer

Other Oasis in the City Exhibitor Spotlights:


Photographs: Nail Creations, Pampered & Polished 4Manchester Women & The Social Butterfly

This is a sponsored blog post.


























Exhibitor spotlight – John Lewis Beauty Retreat Cheadle

Showcasing our lovely An Oasis in the City exhibitors

An Oasis in the City round logo




at The Old Parsonage, Didsbury, M20 2RQ

11am – 4pm, Sunday 24th March 2013





Our exhibitor spotlight is shining on the Beauty Retreat at John Lewis Cheadle today. Make sure you visit their make up artists from Origins and Guerlain in our Pamper Room where they’ll be offering mini make overs to make you look super glam. There are no kids allowed in the pamper room – it’s all about you!


Let’s find out a bit more about The John Lewis Beauty Retreat, Cheadle ……

A spa for luxurious treatments or a quick beauty fix.


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The Beauty Retreat is a spa experience that offers you the chance to relax and re-energise with a selection of beauty treatments from:


  • Clarins
  • Liz Earle
  • Decleor
  • Elemis
  • Jessica nails
  • Blink


Conveniently located on the Ground floor of our Cheadle store, next to the Haberdashery department, it’s a million miles away from the hustle and bustle! It’s a haven where you can take some time out, relax, and enjoy being pampered.

It hosts a collection of trusted beauty brands, each with their own treatment room. There’s also a reception area where you can enjoy herbal tea, and browse a magazine while you wait for your treatment.

The video below shows you round the Beauty Retreat at John Lewis Reading. Take a look to get a flavour of what you’ll discover when you visit The Beauty Retreat in Cheadle.




Whatever you’re looking for, and however much or little time you have, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect beauty solution for you. There are treatments for nails, brows and lashes, as well as pedicures, waxing, tanning, make-up, facials and massages.

With the latest innovative treatments from the finest beauty brands, our Beauty Retreat is ideal for women and men. The unique environment and excellent customer service ensures it’s the perfect way to help you look and feel your very best.


We’re looking forward to making all you busy Manchester women look and feel gorgeous!


The Beauty Retreat x


John Lewis Beauty Retreat

Tel: Beauty Retreat reception 0161 491 8789


Twitter: @JohnLewisRetail


Web site:


Address: John Lewis Cheadle, Wilmslow Road, Cheadle, Cheshire, SK8 3BZ



For more information about An Oasis in the City and our other exhibitors, please check out our events page.


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Exhibitor spotlight – Temple Spa

Showcasing our lovely An Oasis in the City exhibitors

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at The Old Parsonage, Didsbury, M20 2RQ

11am – 4pm, Sunday 24th March 2013





Our exhibitor spotlight is shining on Laura McLaughlin today from Temple Spa. Make sure you visit Laura in our Pamper Room where she’ll be offering mini facials to help you feel gorgeous. There are no kids allowed in the pamper room – it’s all about you!


Let’s meet Laura ……

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Hi I’m Laura and I’m a Senior Lifestyle Consultant for Temple Spa.

I teach skin therapy classes in the Manchester and Cheshire area through our exclusive service, Spa2go.

Ladies, let me tell you, if you haven’t heard of Temple Spa, then you’re in for a treat!


Temple Spa is THE brand to be discovered. We currently sell our gorgeous skincare products in Harrods and Selfridges in London. But if you’d like to get your hands on them up here in the North, you can do so through me.


Temple Spa

Temple Spa purification


I’ve been teaching classes in the Manchester and Cheshire area for six months and the reception has been amazing. I’ve had fantastic feedback and my clients keep coming back for more and more!

Now it’s your turn to find out about this fabulous brand ……


Temple Spa has the most luxurious, anti-ageing skincare and spa therapy products to offer. And the best thing about them is that they actually do what they say on the tin…or bottle to be exact!

How many times have you visited the beauty counter and gone away with hundreds of pounds worth of skincare, only to find that it isn’t for you?


Temple Spa moisture matte

You’re disappointed that it doesn’t perform or that you’ve broken out in a nasty rash. So it just sits there in your bathroom cabinet. It’s money down the drain!

award winner Temple Spa



At a Temple Spa class, you invite eight of your friends and pour a glass of fizz.

Sounds good so far doesn’t it?

I assess your skin type and prescribe a facial that’s tailored to you. You apply a cleanser, mask, toner, moisturiser and special attention products so that you can see how they feel and what they smell like.


That way, you know exactly what you’re buying, and that it’s going to work for you!

It’s a great girlie night in – and you learn little hints and tips about skincare on the way too.

At Temple Spa we believe you should make time for YOU.

Why not? You’re worth it!


Temple Spa


Temple Spa Gifts for Mothers Day


We know you’re busy and your life is hectic but with our products, you don’t need to go to an expensive health farm or check in to a posh hotel for the weekend. You can recreate spa rituals in the comfort of your own home.

Turn that phone off, light a candle and relax in a bath full of essential oils.

Doesn’t that sound like bliss?

Come down to An Oasis in The City and sample the delights of this award-winning brand with a relaxing mini facial. Forget all the stresses and strains of day to day life and indulge in a bit of me time. You deserve to be pampered!


Temple Spa


I’ll be on hand to give you skincare advice and talk you through some of our fantastic products.

Book a class with me on the day and I’ll treat you to a lovely free gift.

I’ll have some great offers on during the event too!

I’m looking forward to seeing you there!


Laura x


Temple Spa Logo


Web site:


Facebook: templespamanchester

Twitter: TempleSpa_MCR




For more information about An Oasis in the City and our other exhibitors, please check out our events page.



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Photographs: Temple Spa, 4Manchester Women & The Social Butterfly

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Simple steps for the perfect smile

Top tips from the dentist to help make the most of your natural smile


I’m delighted to welcome one of our advertisers back onto the blog today. Wendy Smythe Dental Practice is a private dental practice in the heart of Hale village.

Last time she gave us some great tips for keeping our children’s teeth healthy. Today it’s all about getting a great natural smile without having to resort to extreme measures.


Over to you Wendy ……


Wendy Smythe


In this age of plastic surgery and artifice it’s easy to become used to media images of tiny Hollywood noses, paper white teeth and broad identical smiles.

When I watch television I am amazed by the rows of over whitened teeth, so obviously crowned and veneered to an appearance far away from anything nature may have intended.


I find the whole thing silly and very unattractive. Am I alone in mourning the loss Bowie’s irregular smile and Tom Jones’s important nose?

Too much perfection is very dull and rather odd to look at.

When we look in the mirror our teeth may look yellow, irregular and imperfect by comparison to media images.

The question to ask is, are we looking at teeth which are in reality very good, but which could be tweaked a little to give us what mother nature intended only a little better?

I believe that we often have what suits our faces and with a few tiny changes we can have something altogether more attractive and more perfect without resorting to cutting down the teeth and covering them with porcelain.




So where do we start?

Brilliant white teeth are a mistake but clean shiny teeth with healthy pink gums are just lovely to see.


Visit the hygenist

The first thing to do is to find a practice with a good hygienist and visit regularly to keep the stains off and the gums healthy.

Any dentist worth their salt will attend to this before even thinking about any cosmetic changes.


Next have a look at the symmetry.

A symmetrical set of teeth is very attractive and slight irregularities and chips can be changed quickly and easily by placing little composite additions to the teeth to fool the eye. These changes are inexpensive, reversible and best of all, don’t involve cutting into good teeth. The technique is called composite bonding and can be surprisingly effective.

The other little trick with symmetry is to check the gum line. Often a little adjustment of irregular gums can make for a much improved smile and can be done in minutes with electrosurgery. These changes are often enough to transform a less than perfect smile.


Repair and replace

There will always be a place for orthodontics, tooth whitening, veneers, crowns, bridges and implants which will achieve more dramatic changes. These are wonderful to move teeth around or to repair and replace damaged teeth and can look perfectly natural when they are carefully done.


Discuss it with your dentist

The key is to find a dentist who will discuss it all with you and make sure that you feel your needs have been understood and the options explained.

As with most things in life, good communication gives good results. Dentists enjoy getting their patients involved with planning their treatment so find a dentist you get on with, ask lots of questions and get the smile you really want.


Wendy x



Wendy Smythe Dental Practice logo


Our reputation is built on excellent dentistry in a relaxed and friendly environment. Special interests are cosmetics, gums and the care of nervous patients.

Address: 118 Ashley Road, Hale, Cheshire, WA14 1212

Tel: 0161 928 1212

Web site:


Twitter: @WendySmythe


Photographs: Free digital photos, Wendy Smythe Dental Practice

This is a sponsored blog post.




Other articles by Wendy:

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