Monday, 29 August 2011

Musical Style

Samantha Ria caught up with emerging singer/songwriter Joel Culpepper in London's trendy Carnaby Street.  He proved to be quite the style setter.

Photographer: Samantha Ria   Jacket: Victorinox

Check out Joel Culpepper on the web:

Colour Clash Splash 2

Dress: Beyond Retro   Tights: Topshop   Shoes: Carvela   Headband: Butler and Wilson

Creative Director and Stylist: Samantha Ria  

Hair Stylist: Kayleigh Jane

Make Up Artists: Gia Quesada and Allison

Fashion Assistant: Isabella Eckett

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Colour Clash Splash

Jacket: Vintage,  Sequinned hotpants: Bershka,  Tights:  Topshop

Creative Director and Stylist: Samantha Ria  

Hair Stylist: Kayleigh Jane

Make Up Artists: Gia Quesada and Allison

Fashion Assistant: Isabella Eckett

Friday, 26 August 2011

It's T shirt time!

Need a 'cool' T shirt?  Best place is !  They have every print imaginable!  And they are a steal at only £20!  (Prices do vary)

Check out a few of my favourites below! 

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Behind the scenes - Shooting MA.STRUM product AW11

On Friday Phase 1 of the AW11 MA.STRUM collection was shot for their e-commerce website: 

The product looks great, and will be available for purchase early September.

For more about MA.STRUM visit their website (, Twitter @MASTRUMofficial, Facebook MA.STRUM Official.

Photographer: Benjamin Glean:
Stylist and Coordinator: Samantha Ria:

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Fash 'n' Clash

Sometimes outfits that are oh so wrong, can turn out to be oh so right ..

Model Lyvia,  Top: Miss Selfridge   Skirt: Primark   Tights: Marks and Spencer

Model Samantha Ria,   Jacket: Vintage   Sequin hotpants: Berska   Tights: Topshop

Creative Director and Stylist: Samantha Ria 

Hair Stylist: Kayleigh Jane

Make Up Artists: Gia Quesada and Allison

Fashion Assistant: Isabella Eckett

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Vintage Revival!

Breathe fresh air into vintage clothes by bringing them into the year 2011, and wearing them with a modern twist!

Fabulous vintage evening dresses can be picked up in Beyond Retro for as little £20!

Model Lyvia,   Dress Vintage,   Hat Vintage,   Tights Marks and Spencer,   Pearls Stylists own

Model Rosario,   Dress, Beyond Retro   Tights, Urban Outfitters   Bow, Sonia Rykiel for H&M

Creative Director and Stylist: Samantha Ria 

Hair Stylist: Kayleigh Jane

Make Up Artists: Gia Quesada and Allison

Fashion Assistant: Isabella Eckett

Monday, 15 August 2011

Enhance your nails!

On Saturday I went along to London College of Beauty Therapy's Salon.  The treatment of choice this week; gel nail tip enhancements.

Given this is the first time I have had false nails, it was a surprisingly relaxing experience.  Although the treatment took 2 hours, this went by swiftly, and before I knew it, my nails were long (and glamourous)!

Being a college salon, the prices are extremely reasonable, and the quality of treatment is that of a normal salon.  I highly recommend it and am very impressed with the service I received.

The below are the nail treatments on offer at LCBT Salon (excluding pedicure):

  • Mini Manicure 30 minutes £5.00 - This includes a file and paint, file and buff or a file and hand massage
  • Basic Manicure 45 minutes £10.00 - Including a file, paint, cuticle work, exfoliation and hand and arm massage
  • Deluxe Manicure 45 - 60 minutes £12 - As the basic manicure plus thermal gloves, paraffin wax or foot mask treatment
  • Natural Overlay 75 minutes £10
  • Natural Overlay Maintenance 90 minutes £7.50
  • Nail Enhancements 120 minutes £14 - Including Silk or Fibreglass
  • Acrylic with tips 120 minutes £14
  • Acrylic Sculpture Enhancements 120 minutes £16.50
  • Gel with Tips Enhancements 120 minutes £14
  • Gel Sculpture Enhancements 120 minutes £16.50
  • Nail Manitenance 90 -120 minutes£12.50
  • Nail Art (per nail) 5 minutes £0.50
  • Nail Art (full set) 30 minutes £4
  • 3D Nail Art (per nail) up to 20 minutes £1
  • Airbrush Nail Art (both hands) 45 minutes £4
  • Removal of Enhancements 60 minutes £5.50
For more about LCBT Salon, visit

Friday, 12 August 2011

Brad Smith on Beauty Therapy

It has been a year since Bradley Smith won the London College of Beauty Therapy (LCBT) 2010 Student of the Year Award, and left college as a qualified Level 3 Therapist. LCBT caught up with him to see what life is like post LCBT and how he has found being a male in such a female dominated industry.

LCBT: So Brad what have you been up to in the past 12 months since you left LCBT?

Brad: I started my Foundation Degree in Salon Business Management in Birmingham last September and I’m really enjoying it! I came back to LCBT for a few weeks to do some work experience, but now I am employed as a Temp over the summer holiday which is great; although it is a bit strange being the other side of the fence!

LCBT: What has been your favourite part of your new course?

Brad: I’ve really enjoyed learning more about the business side of running a salon. LCBT gave me all the practical skills I need as a therapist, and the Level 4 Foundation Degree adds a new dimension looking more in depth at management, marketing and business development.

I also have a job working at a hair and beauty salon in Birmingham along side my studies.

LCBT: You have obviously come a long way since you started studying at LCBT when you were 15! But how have you found it being a male entering such a female dominated industry?

Brad: It can be really challenging at times, but it does feel like each year it gets a little bit easier as the industry becomes more accepting and open. I have found it difficult at times as some female clients feel uncomfortable with a male therapist. It is also difficult sometimes working in an all female environment as there often aren’t facilities (like changing rooms) set up for male employees or students.

I would definitely say that finding a job in Birmingham was a real challenge as many salons hadn’t ever heard of a male beauty therapist and couldn’t believe that I was already a qualified therapist looking for a job! There is definitely a long way to go before the industry is totally accepting of male therapists.

LCBT: What advice would you give to other men thinking about entering the beauty industry?

Brad: The best advice I could give would be to make yourself the best therapist you can be. You have to stand out as a male therapist so make sure you have as many skills as possible by completing lots of short courses outside of your formal qualification. If you are a good therapist it wont matter if you are male or female…. And don’t give up!

LCBT: You work in a hair and beauty salon at the moment. Do you think there are differences in the two industries?

Brad: Definitely, the majority of my colleagues are men as they are hairdressers, but there are no male beauty therapists where I work. The beauty industry has a totally different feel to it; it’s much calmer and therapeutic too!

LCBT: As there are fewer men in the beauty industry do you have any role models that have inspired you?

Brad: Andy Rouillard is definitely an inspiration to me. He is a world renowned male waxing trainer, and I was really lucky to meet him when he came to do a training session at my salon. He is definitely my idol within the industry!

LCBT: So what do you love most about the beauty industry?

Brad: I love that there is so much more to the beauty industry than meets the eye! It really is like a hobby and way of life to me. There is a real community with amazing beauty trade shows and magazines which I love!

Bradley pictured above at LCBT, performing a manicure

For more information on studying at London College of Beauty Therapy visit

Words by Claire Winstanley.

Colour Clash Shoot - Part 1

Colour Clash Photoshoot: Location, Southbank Skate Park.

Creative Director and Stylist: Samantha Ria 

Hair Stylist: Kayleigh Jane

Make Up Artists: Gia Quesada and Allison

Fashion Assistant: Isabella Eckett
Model Lyvia   Hat, Vintage   Necklace, Stylist's own   Dress, Vintage

Model Lyvia   Hat, Vintage   Necklace, Stylist's own   Dress, Vintage,   Skates, Toys R Us

Model Samantha   Cardigan, Vintage   Leggings, H&M   Skates, Toys R Us

Model Rosario,   Dress, Beyond Retro   Tights, Urban Outfitters   Bow, Sonia Rykiel for H&M

Model Rosario,   Dress, Beyond Retro   Tights, Urban Outfitters   Bow, Sonia Rykiel for H&M   Shoes, Carvela

Model Samantha,   Dress, H&M   Jacket, Victorinox

Model Samantha,   Dress, H&M   Jacket, Victorinox   Shoes, Miss Selfridge

More images coming soon!

For more information on the styling, please leave a comment and I will get back to you.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Beauty Therapy isn't just for girls!

Big Brother Star visits LCBT Salon before Prizefighter Boxing Match

Big Brother 2010 finalist, JJ Bird visited London College of Beauty Therapy’s (LCBT) Salon for a relaxing full body massage in preparation for his Prizefighter boxing match on September 15th.

JJ has been training hard for the upcoming fight so felt it was time for a bit of pampering at LCBT Salon. “I do so much training and get really tired and stressed. A full body massage is great to get rid of all the tension; I think it helps to focus you too” said JJ about his treatment at LCBT Salon.

LCBT’s training Salon based in the heart of the West End offers top quality beauty treatments at budget prices. All therapists are completing their training to become qualified beauty therapists before entering the industry. JJ said, “I know how hard it is to get to where you want to be by following your dream, so I think it’s great to be able to help students gain new skills and qualifications. I’ll definitely be back!”

JJ Bird with his LCBT Level 3 Therapist Kayleigh Jennings, 19 from Dagenham

JJ’s Prizefighter fight takes place next month at York Hall, Bethnall Green, London. Tickets are available via his website: or from Matchroom Sport for £35 unreserved, £60 ringside and £100 VIP by calling 01277 359900.

A full interview with JJ Bird and more about his experience at LCBT Salon can be found on

For more information about London College of Beauty Therapy and their Salon:
LCBT Salon Booking Hotline: 020 7208 1302 /

Colour Clash Shoot - The preview after the preview!

Colour Clash Photoshoot: Location, Southbank Skate Park.

Creative Director and Stylist: Samantha Ria 

Hair Stylist: Kayleigh Jane

Make Up Artists: Gia Quesada and Allison

Fashion Assistant: Isabella Eckett

Model: Lyvia   Dress, Vintage   Hat, Vintage   Tights, Marks and Spencer 

Model: Samantha Ria   Cardigan, Vintage   Dress, H&M   
Skates and accessories are Stylists own.

Full shoot images soon to come!  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

London College Of Beauty Therapy: Make-Up Student of the Year 2011

This year London College of Beauty Therapy (LCBT) launched its first ever make-up competition to find its Make-Up Student of the Year 2011. The lucky winner was awarded the title at the annual LCBT Student Awards, which took place on 10th June. Not only that, but the winner also received a MAC Cosmetics Goodie Bag and the opportunity to showcase their talents to a wider audience.

This year’s theme for the competition was make-up through the ages. Entrants had to complete two make-up looks.  The categories were:
1.  The students favourite make-up style
2.  Historical make-up from Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome, the 18th Century or one of the decades from the 1920’s – 1990’s

All of the entrants were invited to a MAC make-up master class in order to prepare for the second round of the competition, where 6 candidates were short listed.

The lucky 6 finalists then battled it out by completing one of their chosen make-up looks and using hair styling techniques, wigs, accessories and costumes to finish the look.  Students also had to complete a 250 word essay about the make-up from their chosen era, with images to show the inspiration for their creations.

3 of the entries are shown below:

Chalene Scott, Events and Enrichment Coordinator (and former industry Make-up Artist) said, “We were really impressed by all 6 students work. They each submitted photos of their chosen make-up looks and thoroughly deserve to go through to the next round of the competition at the MAC Master Class”.

Representatives from MAC Cosmetics chose the overall Make-up Student of the Year and presented the award.  Congratulations to Ethine McCory who was chosen as the winner!

Ethine is pictured below with Journalist Eve Oxberry (Editor of Professional Beauty Magazine)

For more information about London College of Beauty Therapy, and the courses on offer, visit

Flying the flag for Britain..

Show your patriotism and help your community restore peace amongst each other! 

Photographer: Benjamin Glean
Stylist and Model: Samantha Ria

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Beauty Treatments on a Budget at LCBT Salon

Great quality beauty treatments on a shoe string are hard to find in Central London, but London College of Beauty Therapy (LCBT) has the answer. Their Student Salon offers ridiculously low cost treatments to suit every budget ideally located near Oxford Circus.

This August LCBT Salon are offering all pedicures half price when you book a manicure to ensure your nails look tip top for Summer. As if this wasn’t enough throughout August clients will be able to receive a free 30 minute electrolysis hair removal treatment when they buy a full price electrical facial or body treatment! Now is the time to sample LCBT Salon as part of your beauty regime.

Students at LCBT are assessed in the salon as part of their Beauty Therapy Qualification and are monitored by experienced lecturers so you can be assured you will receive a top quality beauty treatment at a below average price.

You can find the salon at the below address: 
47 Great Marlborough Street

Call to book a treatment on 020 7208 1302 or email at

For more information visit

Monday, 8 August 2011

Colour Clash Photo Shoot - A Sneak Preview

Below are some mobile shots that were taken behind the scenes at yesterday's Colour Clash Photoshoot, held at the Southbank Skate Park.

Photographer: Ann Charlotte
Stylist and Creative Director: Samantha Ria
Hair Stylist: Kayleigh Jane
Fashion Assistant: Isabella Eckett

Further information to be provided in the full blog!

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Arbonne International

About Arbonne:
"At Arbonne, beauty begins with premium botanical ingredients, innovative scientific discovery, and an unwavering commitment to pure, safe and beneficial products. Arbonne creates personal care and wellness products that preserve and enhance the skin, body and mind for an integrative approach to beauty. Working closely with scientists around the world and our Arbonne Institute of Research and Development (AIRD®) facility in Switzerland, we continually explore and develop scientifically advanced, botanically based proprietary formulas that meet our exacting standards for quality, safety and sustainability."

The Arbonne Promise:  "To deliver pure, safe and beneficial products in line with our botanical tradition"


Products range from skin and body care (lotion), to cosmetics (mascara, eye shadow), to well being (vitamins).  Unlike other brands, Arbonne is completely natural and also environmentally friendly.  The packaging, presentation, and customer service is level, if not superior, to that of luxury brands such as Chanel.  So why not take the eco-healthy-friendly option and check them out at

To order with 20% discount, contact Consultant Samantha Ria at: