Top 10 Beauty and Skincare Products for Winter skin

Bridal beauty winter skincare

Every winter my skin struggles with the different changes in temperature, central heating and the cold winds wreak havoc on my skin’s moisture balance. I try to keep it as hydrated as possible and because having great skin is one of my top priorities i try lots of different things to get the best skincare products in my opinion that do work!

If your getting married in summer this year you should start pampering your skin now. Bridal make up lasts longer on hydrated and nourished skins. When your skin is too dry and flaky make up will just soak straight into it.

Brides to Be should treat their skin to a monthly masque and a daily hydrating skin treatment during the winter months.

My top 10 Must Haves for winter skincare routines

 

Skin brightening

Dermalogica daily microfoliant

 

Skin nourishing masque

Dermalogica MultiVitamin Power Recovery Masque

Hydrating mist water spray for skin

Avene thermal water

Bridal Beauty eye cream

StriVectin SD eye cream

Skincare serum

Dermaquest Essential b5 hydrating serum

Skin repair cream and primer for dry skin

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

Overnight skin serum

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial

Lip treatment for brides

Dr Paw Paw

Effective dry skin treatment

Weleda Dry Skin Food

Nourishing body cream

Laura Mercier Crème Brulee  Soufflé Body Crème

Here are all the stores that i use to purchase my products!

  • Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant –  info
  • Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque –  info
  • Avene Thermal Spring Water – info
  • StriVectin SD Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles –  info
  • Dermaquest Essent B5 Hydrating Serum –  info
  • Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream –  info
  • Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial –  info
  • Dr Paw Paw – RRP info
  • Weleda Dry Skin Food – info
  • Laura Mercier Crème Brulee Soufflé Body Crème – info

*** I use all of these brands for personal and professional use. I am not affiliated to any of these companies and i have purchased all products myself ***

Thanks for Reading 

Joyce xx

Botox or Dermal Fillers – What should you choose?

Botox or Dermal Fillers? What should you choose? – Guest Post from Dr Michel Lauzel

Dermal fillers

How the ageing process affects our skin

As we age skin loses its smoothness, fullness and elasticity which leads to the appearance of lines, wrinkles or folds. The natural ageing process results in a:

– Loss of volume (fat)

– Loss of hyaluronic acid

– Loss of hydration

– Loss of collagen

– Laxity of muscles

The effects of the ageing process on the skin are increased by a number of environmental factors such as the sun (UV damage), gravity, smoking, alcohol, poor diet and hydration and sun beds.

Modern society is less accepting of signs of ageing – particularly the face we present to the world.

Due to a culture of youth, in the media and in the workplace, there is increasing pressure on women in particular to look younger for longer.  Are there things we can do to improve the signs of ageing and hold back time?

What are the treatment options?

Amongst the different rejuvenation treatments available to counter the ageing process, cosmetic creams mostly don’t live up to their promises mainly because they can’t penetrate far enough to reach the deeper levels of the skin. And for most people surgery seems like a step too far.

There is however an effective middle route with anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers. These treatments are injected directly into the skin and offer the best option to restore a firmer, toned, healthy looking skin and smooth out lines and wrinkles.

Anti-wrinkle injections

Better known as ‘Botox’ these injections temporarily block the contraction of the muscles below the skin and by relaxing these muscles they effectively iron out and soften the lines and wrinkles caused by smiling, frowning and other facial expressions.

Anti-wrinkle injections are mainly used in the upper face to treat three areas where expression lines appear and typically provide a fresher look:

1. Crow’s feet

2. Frown lines

3. Horizontal forehead lines

They can also be used to treat other lines and wrinkles including bunny lines, smoker’s lines and to create a brow lift.

These injections have been used safely for medical treatments for over forty years, and can also be used to treat excessive underarm sweating. The treatment is relatively painless and the effect typically lasts between 3 to 6 months.

Dermal fillers

Dermal fillers consist of a smooth gel which is injected to replace the loss of volume in the face resulting from the ageing process and they lift the skin, improving the wrinkles and sagging.

The latest generation of fillers (such as Restylane or Juvederm) contain Hyaluronic acid, a natural substance present in the skin which bonds with water molecules to increase deep hydration and add to the plumpness.

Dermal fillers are mainly used for:

  1. Smoothing out and softening lines and wrinkles mainly in the lower face, ie. nose to mouth wrinkles/folds, smokers lines, marionette lines etc.
  2. Enhancing the lips and their contour
  3. Restoring volume to areas of the face such as the cheeks.
  4. Revitalising and improving skin elasticity, hydration and smoothness for the face, hands and decolletage area.

These hyaluronic based fillers have proven to be very safe, based on the experience of millions of patients treated worldwide.  Generally the effect lasts between six and nine months.

Working closely with your practitioner, treatments can be used to create a natural, more youthful look.  The aim is to look better not ‘done’ and retain your own facial expressions and personality.  We can’t avoid ageing but we can soften its effects and the face we present to the world.

What should you expect during the treatment itself?

1.    Make you sure you have a detailed discussion with your practitioner and you are clear about the effects you can expect from your treatment. A visual examination of your face, its movement and lines should be conducted by the practitioner and prescriber of the botulinum toxin.

2.    Make sure your medical history is discussed in full, and that you have no underlying conditions which could make you unsuitable for treatment. You may find that your practitioner will always ask you to sign a consent form and take photos before (and after) treatments. This is completely normal.

3.    Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and remember it is a medical consultation and don’t feel pressured into having the treatment if you’re not sure about it.

4.    No topical anaesthetic will be used for anti-wrinkle injections such as botox, although sometimes you may be given an icepack to place on the area prior to treatment.  The area to be injected will be wiped with antiseptic and then using micro needles, tiny amounts of the botulinum toxin, will be injected into several points in the areas to be treated. For most people this is entirely painless and just feels like a ‘pinprick’.

5. Dermal fillers requite a topical anaesthetic, which is normally applied to the area to be treated 15 to 20 minutes beforehand. To make the patient experience  even more comfortable, some fillers also have anaesthetic mixed with the filler inside the  syringe.

6.    Less is often more, and a good practitioner would prefer to see how you react to the treatment on your first visit, and offer a follow-up visit two weeks later with a ‘top-up’ if necessary.

7.    Repeat treatments are normally needed around every 3 – 6 months to maintain the effects of the treatment.

8.    The treatment and consultation usually takes no longer than 30 minutes and you are usually able to drive immediately afterwards and carry on with your day. It is not recommended that you lie down within 4 hours of the treatment, or embark in strenuous exercise on the day of treatment.

9. Following your anti-wrinkle injections (botox) you will not see any change for 2-4 days, with the treatment taking full effect between 7-14 days . The results last on average for 4 months. With fillers, the results are immediate, although it is advisable for the initial swelling at the injection site to go down to see the final result. It is not advisable to have treatment too close to a special event as some patients may experience bruising.

10.  Anti-wrinkle injections such as botox are normally priced per number of areas  treated. Eg  Forehead lines classed as one area, crow’s feet (both eyes) a second area etc. Dermal fillers are priced per syringe  which vary in size.  To give an accurate cost of your treatment for dermal fillers- your practitioner will need  to assess  in person how much filler will be required for your  specific treatment, and therefore the price.

Important questions to ask your practitioner

1.    Are you a healthcare professional registered with the General Medical Council, General Dental Council or Nursing and Midwifery Council?

IMPORTANT: Always, always, always visit a reputable trained aesthetic healthcare practitioner who is experienced in facial injectable treatments. Ask ‘How long have you been trained in this area and do you have a certificate of accreditation?’

IMPORTANT: It is vital that the aesthetic healthcare practitioner has been trained to administer facial injectable treatments. Great results achieved with wrinkle relaxing injections are dependent on the technique of the practitioner – training and precision are essential when carrying out such delicate procedures. Don’t be afraid to ask for proof of their experience and training in facial injectables.

2.    What products are you recommending to me and why?

IMPORTANT: If you want a specific product, ask for it by name. If you don’t have a particular brand in mind, then your practitioner should always provide an explanation for the brand of treatment they intend using.

3.    Can I see the original packaging so I am assured of receiving the genuine product?

IMPORTANT: You may see the original packaging of the injectable treatment you are receiving. However, if it’s not visible to you, just ask to see the packaging so you know you are receiving the authentic product you have either asked for or been advised you will be receiving.  Ask for the patient information for the products as well.

4.    What are the possible risks or complications with these treatments?

IMPORTANT: Your practitioner should talk you about the risks of the non-surgical treatments in detail prior to treatment.

5.    What level of aftercare will I be entitled to following my treatment?

IMPORTANT: Most professional aesthetic healthcare practitioner should offer a complimentary follow-up appointment, particularly on your first treatment.  This will be a good opportunity to highlight any concerns you may have.

BIO:

Dr Michel Lauzel is a French fully qualified medical doctor specialising in non-surgical aesthetic treatments (Harley Street trained). He is registered with the GMC in the UK. He runs a number of successful clinics at salons/spas in Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Hertfordshire and Middlesex.

For more details you can contact Michel at Rejuvenate Your Skin  Call : 0845 095 7033

 

The True Cost of Bridal make Up

When I meet a bride for the 1st time I do a consultation. Asking here about her skincare, how much make up she normally wears on a day to day basis and what she would like to achieve for her wedding day make up! Then a trial bridal make up is done with the wedding hair style at the same time if possible. Once the bride to be is happy with her look. This is what i will use for her wedding day.

I decided to write this post so that brides can see a breakdown of what I use to create their bridal make up. Here is a photo of a bridal model and below the image I have listed everything I used to create the look.

Make Up Artist in Reading Berkshire

The prices are based on middle to  high end high street brands. The same longevity of make up colour would not be achieved by the lower end brands. The brands i would use are professional brands and I use them because of the high pigment colour in them and they stay on the skin longer so the bride won’t need her make up touched up for at least 12 hours (apart from the lipstick).

Skin

Cleanser – £20.00

Toner – £25.00

Moisturiser – £30.00

Make Up

Primer – £30.00

Foundation x 2 £30.00 each

Concealor – £14.50

Powder – £20.00

Contour Powder – £20.00

Blusher – £15.00

Eyeshadows x 3 £30.00

Eyeliner Pencil – £10.00

Eyeliner gel – £16.00

Brow Pencil – £10.00

Mascara – £15.00

Strip lashes – £8.00

Lip Balm – £6.00

Lip Pencil – £10.00

Lipstick – £15.00

Lip gloss – £15.00

Make up setting spray – £17.00

Brushes

Foundation brush – £25.00

Concealor brush – £15.00

Powder brush – £25.00

Contour/blusher brush – £18.00

Brow Brush – £12.00

Eyeshadow brush – £15.00

Eyeshadow Blending brush – £15.00

Lip Brush – £15.00

Disposables

Tissues – £2.00

Cosmetic Cotton buds – £1.00

Mascara wands – £1.00

If someone has skin issues they made need more products. Hydration for dry skin. Blemish cover for breakouts or high colour on skin. These products used are for a blemish free skin and its the minimum i would use for a bridal make up.

Thanks for reading this!

Joyce xx

Summer Make Up For Darker Skins

Last year I found a brand of make up that I had never tired before and having darker skin myself I find the high street brands are too ashy once applied onto darker skin. I tried the French brand Make Up Atelier Paris and was extremely happy with the results! They have a foundation shade for every skin tone and it blends really easily on the skin, plus no ashy after effect. The great thing is its now available in the UK too. I use this make up personally and professionally!

 

I did this make over using only Make Up Atelier products

Make up in berkshire

 

No make up

Make Up Atelier Paris

Make up for darker skin

Dark skin make up using make up atelier paris

Products used 

  • T-Zone gel
  • Foundation – TN2 and TN3 (TN5 for contour)
  • Concealor – PN2
  • Powder Compact – CPM
  • Brows pencil – 07 ( Dark Brown) and 10 (Black)
  • Eyeliner pencil – 10
  • Brow Bone pencil – 09
  • Lips Pencil – 01
  • Lipstick – Petal
  • Eyes – Palette T23
  • Busher – AIRM1 (Mandarin)

All products are available to buy from Make Up Atelier Paris in the UK

My Favourite Beauty Finds of 2011

I love all things make up and beauty. Here are some of things that i will be using for a long time to come. They are not only amazing but they are part of my daily routine or make up kit!

In no particular order:

Model in A Bottle – I absolutely love this product. Its the best setting spray ever. If you want your make up to last all day then this is for you. I use it on myself and its part of my kit:

Model in A bottle

www.victorialovesbeauty.com

Zaggora – Back in the summer i came across a new company called Zaggora on Twitter. They had a products called Hotpants that claimed to make you lose 2 jean sizes in 2 weeks. I thought i would enter their competiton and see if i could win a pair. When they arrived i wore them everyday for 2 weeks and to my amazement i lost 7lbs in 2 weeks! Its stayed off too! I was over the moon to be part of their advertising campaign as well:

Zaggora hotpants

www.zaggora.com

Niki’s Organic Balm – I have had a bad neck and back for years which comes with my chosen profession. I don’t complain, but i have discovered an instant cure for it. It comes in the form of a balm so i can take it with me everywhere. Within minutes of using this balm i could turn my head which i hadn’t been able to do for 2 weeks.

Organic balm

www.nikisbalms.co.uk

M2 Beaute – When i started using M2 Beaute eyelash activating serum my eyelashes grew so much that people noticed the difference. I have to say despite the price tag this is the best eyelash growth product i have used. As a contact lense wearer it is the only lash growth product that didn’t sting my eyes when i used it. Its a must have!!

M2 beaute lashes www.harrods.com

Sephora Jumbo Liners – These are like eyeshadow in the form of a pencil. They are sold as jumbo eyeliners but can be used for eyeshadow too. These are great for speed and quick touch ups. Its such a shame we don’t have a store here in the UK! I have used these when i’m in a hurry and love them for that. They fit easily in your handbag too.

eyeshadow pencil - sephora

www.sephora.com

Glossy Box – This is a great way to trial new products without paying out for something you might not like. You pay £10 per month plus P&P and you get a gorgeous gift wrapped box of delights. I haven’t had anything i don’t like so far in mine. The Christmas box was red they are normally pink ones.

Glossy box

Glossy Box

www.glossybox.co.uk

Make Up Atelier Waterproof foundation – I have tried out so many foundations and love them all but i have to say i really do love this one. It really is waterproof and stays on. It still has a really dewy look to it when its on too.

Make Up Atelier

www.love-makeup.co.uk

If you have a beauty find for 2011. Please leave a comment so i can check it out!

Happy reading!

Joyce x

Urban Decay – 24/7 Glide on shadow pencils & Ink for Eyes

I haven’t had much time to get out and about in town lately so I used the bank holiday to get in for a peek at the make up counters. I may be a bit behind in whats new but I do try to see whats going on. My best find of the day was Urban Decay.

I was so impressed with the Urban Decay – 24/7 Glide on shadow pencils. Purple is one of my favourite colours so I was over the moon to see they had a dark purple which is so hard to find. The purple shade is called ‘Delinquent’ but they have lots more to choose from

I had a chat with the counter girls and they were very helpful. I was a bit disappointed that when I asked them to put it on me they said that I could do it myself. Not the sort of service I was expecting. Anyway that aside. I decided to put it on and walk around for another hour or so to test its staying power.

Not only did it last for that hour but 12 hours later it was still perfect.

Ink for Eyes The ink is gorgeous and in a compact thats very stylish. I use it all the time and it comes with its own brush. Its like a gel that goes on easily and dries fast. The brush is double ended, one end thats angled for application and the other for smudging. The black shade I chose is called ‘Zero’ I love it.

I’m definitely going to try more of the products!

24/7 Glide On Shadow Pencils ( £14) and Ink for Eyes ( £15) are available from selected Debenhams and House of Fraser Stores.

M2 Lashes Before and After

I have had a lot of requests for a before and after image of how M2 Lashes will look! The image below shows how much longer the lashes grew after 6 weeks use. She only used the product on one eye and you can tell that there is a remarkable difference!

Left eye after 6 weeks use of M2 lashes

M2 Beaute Lashes is available at Harrods RRP £123.00


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