Therapie Clinic

I recently visited Therapie Clinic in the Overgate Centre and was very impressed. Therapie Clinic in Dundee opened earlier this year and offers various clinical beauty treatments. This is a very exciting time for beauty in Dundee. It is about time that we got some new beauty treatments to keep up with the bigger more cosmopolitan cities.

Background

Therapie Clinic is a family-run business which originated in Ireland. They now feature stores around the United Kingdom. The clinic believe that beauty is more than just skin deep and use non-surgical procedures to enhance people without changing them.

At Therapie they specialise in providing fantastic visual and measurable results. They strive for top class customer service which the company is widely known for. Therapie Clinic are very much focused on creating a clinic that has payment options to suit everyone which is important within the current economic crisis we are facing today. All employees are fully trained and specialise in treatments so no need to be apprehensive as you are quite literally in safe and professional hands.

Initial thoughts

The store is very well lit and has a good location being right in the centre of Dundee. I like the layout of the store and was really impressed with the clutter free furnishings. Keeping the units clutter free instantly drew my attention to what products that were available. The products were displayed in an eye-catching way and were available to purchase. Having the products displayed neatly really was a pleasant experience and I felt not overwhelmed as I have done in previous situations where products were packed back to back with no room for picking up without knocking something over. The store has a professional feel about it and uses top quality products for their clients. The size of the store is very deceiving from the outside. Behind the reception desk there is a seating area which is perfect for customers who don’t like to sit in full view of passers-by, which I felt was a practical idea. Especially for the male clients who may not want to be seen.

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Appointments

Arriving into store for my first appointment I was very excited yet somewhat nervous as I didn’t know what to expect. I was feeling anxious as to what they might think of my skin and if I was doing enough to keep it in a healthy condition (I have never been confident with my skin). The staff greeted me with smiles and kindly asked me to fill in paper work to get to know me and my concerns etc. I was offered water and given more than enough time to fully read the documentation and to fill in the important information. The whole team were very welcoming and didn’t rush me throughout my time in store. I was made to feel important and treated the same way. The treatments were extensively explained for myself from the initial chat and documentation to the process itself. As previously mentioned, the staff are all trained to a high standard and this reflects when talking with them about the treatments and their experience in the industry. I found myself learning more and more about skin care and I really enjoyed it.

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The clinic has so much available that it can feel somewhat over whelming but the staff are very skilled at recommending specific treatments suitable for you which is fantastic and saves time and money. It allows you to invest your time in the treatments that will work for you and see results from day one.

My skin has always been an issue for me. I have struggled with sensitivity and spot prone skin for years. I’ve always tried to maintain a skin regime, but I have found that my day to day life has become so demanding and my time is becoming less and less each week. This has affected my routine and unfortunately my skin isn’t in it’s best condition that it could be. Good skin care is very important and if you look after your skin you will feel and look so much healthier. I need to force myself to keep this in mind.

Treatment

On this visit I was lucky enough to be given a facial with Environ skin care products. I have had previous facials with this brand and can honestly say that you feel the results straightaway. My skin was very dehydrated and required some moisture to go below the top layer of skin. These products are widely known for achieving great results and are not harsh on the skin. I have always enjoyed having a facial and was looking forward to getting started with Therapie to try and improve a more radiant and healthy skin. Achieving this would allow me to feel more confident with myself and in my skin. The staff were amazing with the consultation and making sure I was understanding the process and getting everything, I could out of the treatment.

The facial itself was so relaxing and the therapist talked me through what was to happen, what products would be used on my face during the treatment and recommended a skin care regime solely beneficial for myself to tackle my problem areas and skin concerns.

The therapist knew how much pressure to apply to my face and this allowed my skin to get the full benefit of the treatment it was requiring and without seeing my face I could feel how clean and fresh it felt. It’s the same feeling you have when your hairdresser washes your hair!

After the facial I felt so renewed. My face was glowing, and I noticed that straightaway. My skin felt so hydrated and it looked more healthier which is amazing and just shows how quickly these products get to work. I couldn’t have been any happier with the results and this was just after one facial. I can’t stress how impressed I am with Therapie as a whole. I would be very confident in recommending them to everyone.

I am very much looking forward to my next appointment. I would like to thank the whole team at Therapie. Stay up to date with my blog and social media channels as there is so much more to come with this company.

https://www.therapieclinic.co.uk/

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The Vintage Beauty Box

Hello and welcome to nicspicknmix. On the blog today I will be writing about this little gem which has had a makeover and a new addition to the team. The vintage beauty box based in ST Andrews has been growing from strength to strength that the need for expansion was a must.

The Vintage Beauty Box is owned by Aileen ho has vast amounts of knowledge both as a professional make up artist and as a skin specialist. They specialise in customer satisfaction and will do everything to make you feel comfortable. The treatments that are available are tremendous they offer a wide selection from waxing to wedding make up. With the relaunch comes even more variety. They now offer vita liberate spray tan. I had never heard of this brand before but was intrigued to find out more. I don’t often spray tan due to being very pale and I’m not a fan of the tango look. Aileen recommended this brand to myself as it is designed to avoid the orange tint and that nasty I’ve just been tanned smell. So I’ll definitely be trying this tan out and share my before and after results with you. If this is right up your street Aileen currently has a great offer on, Tan Thursday any appointment made between 2pm-8pm will be discounted to £15 instead of £25! Just in time for the weekend prep. If tan isn’t your thing then why not opt for some nail treatments from their shiny new nail bar. They also offer make up applications and lessons at their glamorous make up stations. The Vintage Beauty Box loves students, in fact they have two days dedicated to them on a Mondays and Tuesdays where a discount of 10% is available.

I was invited along to attend the relaunch of the beauty salon which was very exciting. The salon is situated in the heart of St Andrews which is a fantastic location. Parking is a little difficult but there is on street and other places nearby to park which means the salon is in walking distance. On arrival at the salon I was very impressed with the new layout. I was so excited to see all the new add ons and what the new beauty room would be like. They have still kept the very essence of the calming, clean and natural colourings as before which I am a fan of . The atmosphere is still very relaxing – in fact I felt relaxed just being there which was a lovely feeling. They now have two beauty rooms and a tan room which means more availability. I have attached images of the beauty rooms and tan room for you to get a feel of the set up. I will also include links to the websites and social media accounts so you can all check out the treatments .

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I am really excited to see what else is in store for this beauty salon and look forward to booking myself in for treatments. Please do check them out.

Thank you Aileen for inviting me to the relaunch. The websites are here:

The Vintage Beauty Box website

The Vintage Beauty Box Facebook

The Vintage Beauty Box twitter

If you have any questions or need further information regarding the Vintage Beauty Box please do get in touch. I am more thank happy to help.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed reading about the relaunch.

Much love

Nicole x

liebster Award 2

Hello and welcome to nicspicknmix.
I am delighted to share with you all my second blog award. I have been nominated with the Liebster award (2). It's over whelming to have been nominated again. As the saying goes 'hard work pays off'. And this is a saying that sticks with me.

I was nominated by Mika Yoshimura from the blog A shade of mikachuu. Where she specialises in fashion blogging. I really enjoyed reading her posts and feel she grasps what we want to see from a blogger. I would like to thank her for taking the time to read my blog and for nominating my blog , it's such a boost when you see that your work is being enjoyed. I hope her blog grows in strength too.

I am required to give two pieces of advice to new bloggers. So I will give my opinion on what I felt would have helped myself looking back.

1) Find the time to blog regularly. This is something that I struggle with and an area I'm working on still. This is very important as you want to be as active as you can be to gain exposure. Once you get your theme and topics you'll be raring to go. You need to spend a lot of time researching what's important to include and having content that's relatable your followers. Making time will become much easier once you establish a routine around your other day to day priorities.
2) pick one social media platform which you are comfortable using and stick with it. Link it to your blog so your followers can read your posts . By using only one social media platform you gain knowledge of what works best for you. The best times to post on that platform so you gain more exposure too. The more active you are on that social platform the more interaction you will gain . Your audience will know where to find you online.

All in all, blogging is great, can be fun and really rewarding. Stick at it!

If you would like anymore advice please do get in touch . I am more than happy to help.

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The fifteen bloggers I have chosen are:

1) Nicki Paul and Kellie Harley: utstrollergang.com
2) Nadja Hofmeier :nadjaloves.com
3) Cissie Hubbucks: bleachedbimbo.blogspot.com
4) Antonio Rozich: syetastories.wordpress.com
5) Allen Raimundo: thetraveler196.com
6) Ashley Jenell: mypainmedz.com
7) Komal Karniani: zistboon.com
8) Prasnavani Pasuvalingam: silentgabber.wordpress.com
9) Rainbowteek Crystal Lei Pinzon: how-to-mama.com
10) Stephanie Vazquez: lifespiceandparadise.com
11) Jessie Mandel: dinnertableforfive.com
12) Hannah Karanja: softskillstipsandtricks.com
13) Christopher Maver: trendablaze.com
14) Ankur Chopra: digadvice.com
15) Michelle Grubb Blackwood: healthiersteps.com

LIEBSTER AWARD 2

There are a few steps you have to take as you accept this award:

1.Include who nominated you and a link to their blog

2.Nominate 15 the bloggers for the award

3.Write a post about how and why you started your blog.

4.Give new bloggers two pieces of advice/

5.Notify the bloggers youʼve nominated about the award and a link to the post

Thank you for the taking time to read my blog. I hope you'll be back soon to read more. Please follow me as I would love to interact with you all.

Much love

Nicole

Blogger Recognition Award

Hello and welcome to nicspicknmix. I am so excited to share with you all that I was nominated for the blogger recognition award. This is my first award and I am so pleased to have been nominated . It actually means so much to me and shows that my blog is being enjoyed and read by people. It has encouraged me me to keep blogging and to push even harder.

How did I get the award?
I was nominated by Sophie Buchan of the blog trafottoz . She specialises in reviewing films, TV and restaurants in Glasgow (her hometown) and sometimes whilst abroad. I would like to thank Sophie for taking the time to read my blog and for believing that my blog was worth the award. I am over the moon.

How did I get into blogging?
I started of working in the fashion industry as a model and an actress. I have always had an interest in fashion and would experiment styling my own outfits and found that I really had an eye for it. I enjoyed seeing and wearing the different outfits on shoots and felt that I could express myself creatively through both fashion and make up. I have always been a creative person and felt by blogging this would allow me to keep being creative and hopefully inspire others through my work. Being petite has always brought barriers my way, be it getting trousers/ dresses etc to fit properly or being too small for certain modelling agencies. I wanted to stay working in the fashion industry and through blogging I feel I am able to achieve my dreams.

What advice would I give to bloggers?
Please don’t go into blogging if your only wanting to be famous or receive “freebies”. There are lots and lots of bloggers out there and some have been working hard for years and only now have they got to where they have aimed for through hard work and dedication. Blogging requires time,patience,a creative eye and determination amongst many more requirements.
You need to stand out from the crowd. Never copy other bloggers as that’s not going to help you anyway shape or form. Do lots of research on what’s current. I’m. It saying that being old school/vintage isn’t great but keeping up to date in your blogging area is crucial.
Don’t ever give up!

I am now required to nominate ten other bloggers who I feel deserve this award. It’s always really hard to choose by chosen bloggers are as follows:
1) Carly Philips : hicarlymarie
2) No serendipity: stylishmaze
3) Chr Marcel:kostantin
4) Cassidy Slockett : cassidysadventures
5) Wasifa Ahmad Hasan : sifascorner.
6) Curtis Roscoe : curtisluke
7) Media Verna Bector: hoppingfeet
8) Ellis Ellis : blackellis
9) Chanette Bing: chanettebing
10) Stephanie Omogun: melaninwonder

Here is What You Need to do now:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select other bloggers you want to give this award to.
6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated and provide the link to the post you created.

Thank you for reading. I hope you are looking forward to seeing and reading what I have coming soon. Lots of exciting things coming.

Much love
Nicole xx

Liz Earle

Hello and welcome to the blog. Today I am to be discussing one Skin Care brand that is a national treasure. This brand is none other than that of Liz Earle.

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My Liz Earle must haves

 

 

Liz Earle is a British beauty brand which was founded by friends Liz and Kim in 1995. Liz Earle originated from The Isle of Wight. Liz Earle is a daily beauty routine that uses natural and the best ingredients that nature must offer. Liz Earle pushes the importance of living well to help your skin to be at its best. They do stress that beauty is from deep within but from research with lots of women has revealed that having healthy and happy skin boosts our confidence and self-esteem.

It is important to add that this beauty brand is not expensive and is a great way to pamper yourself and give your skin the nutrients that it requires without breaking the bank. Not only does this brand do skin care products but the range has expanded and now includes body care, hair care and make up – so there will be something within the range that you will absolutely adore. As I have mentioned previously about the brand using only the best ingredients but these ingredients are active which is why the products work straight away. This brand caters for all skin types and ages which is great. They also have products that are just for men- no need for the men in your life to steal your products! Everyone of their products are fuss free which is beneficial since many of us live busy and sometimes complicated lives so at least our skin care regime doesn’t add to that.

Liz Earle has eight key factors which are very important to them: ingredients, responsible sourcing, our environment, animal testing- Liz Earle doesn’t test their products on animals at all. They are certified under the Humane Cosmetic Standard by Cruelty Free International. I strongly agree with their beliefs as in this day and age we surely have better ways to test our products rather than putting animals through unnecessary pain and suffering.  They also take this a step further and do not use any animal ingredients in their products. They do however, use animal friendly ingredients such as beeswax and manuka honey. One other important aspect to mention is that all their products are suitable for vegetarians. They use plant oils, extracts and preservatives -some formulas are completely free from preservatives all together whereas others have very little. Lastly, the packaging is very important, Liz Earle uses packaging that doesn’t damage our environment. Another great aspect of this company not only do they produce natural ingredients but they want to nourish our planet too.

As I have mentioned, Liz Earle likes to have a fuss-free skin care range and uses naturally active botanicals to leave your skin looking and feeling healthy. I am going to be taking you through a few of my skin care must have.

 

I was introduced to this brand back in July 2016. Previously to this I had never heard of this brand before and I am quite picky when it comes to my skin due to having sensitive skin and eczema. I was getting pretty fed up with the skin care regime that I had so was keen to try something new. Liz Earle offer complimentary treatments in stores that sell the brand. I feel that this is great service to offer as some people like myself are happier to try before they buy. I opted to have a facial. The Liz Earle employee made me to feel very relaxed and took a genuine interest in both myself and my skin. They went through the process with me and explained what would happen and what product to use when and what ones were suitable for my skin etc. I was given the full works of cleanse, tone and moisturiser.  The products were very light and did not cause any irritation in fact I felt a difference straight away with my skin. I could see a difference which was unbelievable. My skin was very smooth and felt so clean.

The product that caught my attention due to it be very different to anything I have used before was the cleanse and polish Hot Cloth cleanser. The awards that this product has won speaks for its results. This product has won one hundred and twenty-five to date and is still winning more! It has been described as the foundations to fabulous skin and the preparation for the next step in your beauty regime. Beauty experts from around the world love this product and I personally can see why. So, what is in this miracle product I hear you asking me? This product consists of cocoa butter to soften, smooth and moisturise, rosemary, chamomile and eucalyptus to tone, sooth and purify. This product is suitable for all skin types. The cleanse and polish is a cream based formula which deeply cleanses to instantly remove daily grime, pollutants and make-up. This product is also great for removing fake tan. It is like a cloth eraser- it’s like the ultimate cloth defeating stubborn dirt super hero! After use your skin feels very comfortable, balanced and exceptionally clean. Your skin doesn’t feel that horrible tight and dry way that you get from other harsher face washes nor did mine have any redness. I was really impressed with the pure-cotton cloth that is used to exfoliate your skin. This technique lifts away dead skin cells to reveal smoother, clearer and bright-looking skin. It’s very easy to use you massage the cleanser onto your face and neck- no water is required at this stage, you then rinse the cloth under hand-hot water, rinse then wipe off the cream. It is that simple. The next step involves instant boost skin tonic.

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This tonic is non-drying and revitalises, soothes and brightens the skin. This product is so gentle and is also alcohol free. It also adds a layer of moisture to the skin. All that is required are two cotton wool pads and then sweep over the face and neck. If using cotton wool isn’t for you then there is the spritz spray version which you can spray directly onto the face. With the spritz spray you are also able to use this whenever you need it. It can even be used to cool you down. This is the option that I use. Again, this product is suitable for all skin types. I like how light and non-greasy this product is. It also smells so good.

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The last step is the moisturiser which has two choices: Skin repair or Super skin. For those of us who need more moisture or have aging skin then it is recommended to use superskin. I use skin repair as my skin can get oily therefore I don’t want heavy products that will clog my pores and cause more oil production. It is here to highlight that this cream comes in different skin type formulas E.G Normal /combination. Therefore, with this moisturiser it is full of naturally active avocado and borage plant oils which work alongside your skins essential oils and it also contains vitamin E. Which is really helpful in replacing moisture. From using this moisturiser, I don’t feel that my skin is every dry or too greasy. It sinks into my skin brilliantly and not just sitting on the surface. By following these three daily essentials day and night you and your skin will feel great.

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I have only touched the tip of the iceberg with all that Liz Earle has to offer but please do have a look for yourselves. There are so many helpful products that you will be spoilt for choice.

I have found more confidence in my skin and it’s all down to my new skincare regime. It has taken me years to find products that work for my skin and I am glad that I have.

 

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No make up on at all

If you have any questions or need advice regarding the range, please do not hesitate to get in contact with myself. I can easily pass you on to the Liz Earle team.

 

I would like to thank  Liz Earle for kindly sending out products and allowing me to promote this unique and effective brand.

Thank you for reading and I hope you have enjoyed learning about this brand. I would appreciate any feedback and comments.

Liz Earle Homepage

Liz Earle Facebook Page

Liz Earle Twitter

Liz Earle Instagram

Overgate Shopping Centre: Instagram Takeover

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Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I am talking about my time taking over the Instagram account of the Overgate Shopping Centre in Dundee.

When it comes to blogging there are so many opportunities which keeps it so exciting. As the saying goes every day is a school day – especially with blogging. When I was asked if I would be interested to do a Christmas gift idea take over on their Instagram account, I was over the moon!

The Overgate Shopping Centre in Dundee is one of the coolest places for shopping and even although we only have a small selection of shops we certainly do have a good variety. The Overgate is the only single-sided shopping centre in Europe- that is quite remarkable! The Overgate Shopping Centre hasn’t always looked the way that we see it today due to the rebuild which took place from 1998 to 2000.

The Christmas period is a very stressful yet fun time of year. Shopping for presents for your loved ones is so exciting yet it can be very tiresome too. I always laugh when people say that they prefer shopping for themselves as they know what they like. It is a true saying and one that many can relate too. I often find myself becoming stuck in a rut when it comes to ideas for presents for loved ones and will go for the safest options instead of trying out new gift ideas. So when I was asked to give gift ideas I thought this will be a great challenge for me and to push me out of my comfort zone which is a refreshing thing to do from time to time.

When the day arrived I was so eager to get started. I honestly felt so excited and happy to be doing something different with my blogging. On arrival at the Overgate Centre I signed into their account on Instagram and firstly introduced myself, who I was and what I was to be doing today. It felt funny being on someone else’s account as I am so used to my own layout and contacts. Yet it was a challenge that I was happy to overcome and showed to me that I can be flexible and adaptable. The shopping centre was very busy with customers searching for the perfect gifts for their loved ones and there was a great buzz about the place.

At first I went to a few shops that I don’t normally go into, I thought this was a good idea as it would push me to try new things. I was pleasantly surprised and found so many possible gift ideas. I thought it would be a good idea to post a few of my favourite ideas up as not to overdo things and make people to feel overwhelmed. I made sure that I had a mixture of ideas for him/her and for the kids. I tried to take into account different price limits and to remember that different ages will be looking at what I posted up.

I really did enjoy visiting the shops and trying to come up with unusual gift ideas as well as the safer options too. There were a few customers who wondered what I was up to and kept watching me taking images of things which kept things interesting. As I posted my ideas on the Instagram page it was amazing to see how powerful the use of social media actually is. My posts were not up for long before there were “likes” and comments which was so inspiring and made me glad that my ideas were being accepted and hopefully, they were helping some people to find ideas of their own. I wanted to show that it is really the thought that counts instead of how much money you spend. After all, I feel we do get caught up in thinking that we need to spend so much on one another rather, than simply enjoying special moments together.

I have included some of the gift ideas that I came up with below:

 

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I would like to thank Metta for her continued support and for allowing me this fantastic opportunity. I look forward to working with her and the Overgate on future campaigns and projects.

Thank you for reading my blog and I hope you enjoyed reading. Please do get in touch/leave comments/share my posts .

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Nicole x

 

Environ

 

Hello and welcome to the blog. Today I will be writing about my skin care consultation with Gemma (IIAA) Aileen (The Vintage Beauty Box, St Andrews based in Sophie Butler Hairdressing).

First of all, I will be giving some information about a South African brand called Environ. There are so many skin care products out there and easily accessible but what makes Environ different from these?

Environ has been created through science, beauty and care. With the use of science, Environ have created products that do make a huge difference to our lives. Most importantly helping to keep skin looking at its healthiest. Environ aim to keep skin beautiful for life.

Since 1990 Environ has been developing scientific beauty solutions and now they have over 140 products that sell worldwide. Their innovation has led to recognition and recommendation by industry professionals, film stars and supermodels. For example, many members from The Only Way Is Essex trust and use these products.

Environ was founded by DR Des Fernandes a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons at Edinburgh. He pioneered using vitamin A in cosmetic products to help counteract the harmful effects of the environment, pollution and stress. Vitamin A works to revitalise damaged or weaned skin giving a more healthier look. This development was discovered through extensive research.

Environ believes that skin has a life and in order for it to look beautiful and healthy it requires vitamin A. They have combined vitamin A with other essential skin nutrients such as antioxidants and peptides. This skin science helps your skin look and feel healthier.

In order to assist skin in becoming more comfortable with increased levels of vitamin A Environ created the vitamin step-up system. This is a gradual process where products with increasing amounts of vitamin A are used as the process progresses. Studies have shown that 98% of women in the United Kingdom are depleted in Vitamin A. Vitamin A also known as retinyl palmitate is essential for the growth of new and healthy skin cells.  Environ has been clinically proven to treat the epidermis to treat the living skin cells far deeper than ANY other cosmetic available on the high street.

Environ has a range of products for various requirements. The results from the skin care consultation are used to tailor the Environ products specifically required for the individual. In addition to the skin care products Environ has a range of instruments and devices that can be used in conjunction with the skin care products to further improve your skins overall look.

Through my modelling work I met Aileen Wallace-Edgar, a professional makeup artist and former trainer for the IIAA. She has worked within the beauty industry for over 10 years based within various salons and five star resorts. She has worked at London Fashion Week and at the BBC. She can now be found working in The Vintage Beauty Box located within Sophie Butler hairdressing, St Andrews. As you can see Aileen has a lot of valuable experience and insight knowledge of Environ having worked for the brand and also met the founder. Aileen personally invited me to come to the salon and experience the brand Environ. I honestly was so excited and really looked forward to embracing a new brand. This would also be my first time having a facial done with a machine! Various thoughts and feelings crept into my mind but all very positive ones.

When I arrived at the salon I was met by both Aileen and Gemma for my skin care consultation. Gemma and I had an informal chat about my skin and lifestyle to form part of the skin care analysis. This is an essential part of the process to gain and understanding of your skin.

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I was a little bit nervous about the next stage as it involved my skin being photographed in various ways. This included the three layers of the skin (The epidermis, the outermost layer of skin, provides a waterproof barrier and creates our skin tone.The dermis, beneath the epidermis, contains tough connective tissue, hair follicles, and sweat glands.The deeper subcutaneous tissue (hypodermis) is made of fat and connective tissue).

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The Three layers of the skin.

The process itself was painless and involved me not having to move from the comfort of my seat. All I had to do was place my jaw on the jaw rest and make sure that my eyes remained closed (as there was a bright flash). It is also important to add that you are not allowed to wear any make up for this procedure. It was crucial for you to remain as still as possible only for a few seconds. Even although I was apprehensive as this procedure was new to me I did however find the technology very fascinating. Instantly the results were in and in front of me. Now my nerves were beginning to kick in- what were they going to find? Surprisingly I shouldn’t have been worried as my results came back better that I had expected. See images from my actual consultation below.

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Visia analysis in progress

 

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Texture: blue dots =dehydration   yellow dots:Oil

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Green lines= wrinkles

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UV Spots- Damage to the melanocyte cell from UV exposure resulting in pigmentation. Important note to add that it doesn’t take freckles into consideration.

 

I was also very lucky enough to be giving a mini facial taster session. Aileen was very patient with me and explained everything that was going to happen during the facial. As this was my first time having a mechanical facial I honestly didn’t know what to expect. Again, it was the fear of the unknown that took over me but as a beauty blogger I am always open to new products and techniques. In fact, I was really looking forward to it at the same time. As any facial goes you are lying down and made sure you are comfortable (Aileen has a heated bed – which was simply amazing). All the products that were recommended to me from the skin analysis were used. Aileen used the mechanical instruments to let me get a feel for how effective it was having the facial done this way. It was such a great experience and one that I would definitely do again. Once you have it done this way a normal manual facial just doesn’t have the same effect. You can really feel the products working and going deeper into your skin. I would also mention that it feels more clean as you aren’t getting someone else’s fingers all over your face. I liked the various sensations you felt with this type of facial. From using the mechanical equipment on my face there were moments where you could feel vibrations which didn’t hurt at all and another time when my eyes were closed I could see flashing lights that had a strobe effect. Again, it didn’t cause me any side effects or discomfort. Aileen also mentioned that I might get a metallic taste in my mouth which I never experienced. Throughout the whole facial I felt very relaxed and calm. Aileen is a true professional and made my time at her salon a great experience.

After the facial, Gemma kindly did the 1 minute make up challenge with me using products from Jane Iredale. She wanted to show me how quick and easy it is to apply this make up which doesn’t block pores. The coverage from the makeup was good and it felt so light weight on my skin. Right enough it didn’t take long at all to apply the mineral based products.

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Jane Iredale mineral cosmetics

 

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one minute make over

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I found the images from the Visia analysis quite astonishing. It gave me a clearer understanding of my skin. I would highly recommend you all to undertake and experience this revolutionary process. Not only does it give a very clear and non-biased view of your skin but it also highlights what products are required to help your skin become more healthy.

For further information or to request an appointment please feel free to get in contact with Aileen or Gemma through the links below. I have also included a price list of all treatments that Aileen specialises in via The Vintage Beauty Box links.

The Vintage Beauty Box Webpage

The Vintage Beauty Box Twitter

The Vintage Beauty Box Facebook Page

IIAA Website

Environ Webpage

Thanks to Aileen and Gemma for inviting me along to experience Environ. It really has been a great opportunity.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and learning about Environ. If you have any questions or would like to work with me please do get in contact.

 

 

Girls Day Out Show- Glasgow

 

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Hello and welcome to Nic’s Pick’n’mix. On the blog today I will be discussing my time as a blogger at the beauty event of all beauty events, Girls Day Out Show.

 

For those of you who are not familiar with this event I will give you a little background as to what happens, who goes and what to expect. I will also discuss the initial experience (as believe it or not this was my first time attending the event and I am a huge fan and will defiantly be attending more of them).

 

Girls Day Out had their first event back in 2009 and takes place at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow (SECC). The duration is over three days during the winter season. It is held annually and has become known as one of the best ladies’ lifestyle shows that takes place. The event covers things such as the latest fashion trends to facials, the latest fine dining to fake tan – in fact you could say that anything associated with the modern women’s way of living can be seen at this event.

 

The Girls Day Out Show can be argued as the ultimate celebration of all things fun, fabulous and female and the greatest thing is that all of this can be found under one roof!

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If you like to try out the latest fashion and beauty treatments, then this event is for you. With over 200 exhibitors from the fashion, beauty and skin care industries you are guaranteed to find some new treats for yourselves or your loved ones. Not only is there the shopping opportunities but they have live fashion shows which feature the latest trends great for all the fashionistas that you may know! Plenty of cocktails which are available all afternoon for you to enjoy at your leisure. They also have a lot of discounts and offers that are available for the whole weekend (which is great as we all love a bargain). For all of us who love to learn new techniques there are top leading beauty professionals there who will be demonstrating live demos associated with makeup tips. There are also opportunities to have your hair styled on the day from top hair salons or have your nails done with the latest nail trends. If you enjoyed the Magic Mike film then you would not have been disappointed as Girl’s Day Out have their very own male dancers who performed over the weekend too.

 

 

As this event is always popular I would recommend purchasing your tickets early as to not be disappointed. For those who do purchase their tickets early you receive a good bag and also a couple of vouchers for the cocktail- bar- what’s not to like!  Ticket prices start from £16.00 which is really reasonable when you think of how much planning and organising goes into this event. From my brief overview of what you can expect from the shows there really is a lot that takes place over the three days. I would urge you to try and attend the show when it comes as the atmosphere is amazing. You get a real buzz from being there and surrounded by so many ladies who are all dressed up and having a really good time. I would stress the importance of getting their early so you are not stuck in queues to get in and feel stressed. The event is one to be enjoyed when you are not flustered. One criticism which is not a fault of the event itself, but make sure you take cash with you as not all of the exhibitors have the card machine option – I sadly learnt this the hard way and had to join a very long queue at the only cash machines at the venue which ate into my time at the event.

I treated myself to have my nails done by the fantastic Manhattan Nails- Shellac mermaid nails.

The venue itself is a great size for an event of this scope. In previous shows there have been over 18,000 women attending the Girls Day Out Show which just highlights how popular and busy it can get. The venue is set up with stalls which are all numbered and things are clearly sign posted which makes it easier to find what you looking to go and see.

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Girls Day Out Show had their own Snapchat filter too

I was so lucky to have been invited to attend this event as a blogger and certainly enjoyed myself. It was brilliant to see familiar brands yet I treasured the opportunity to learn about up and coming brands that were new to the industry. The live demonstrations are amazing- you learn so much and I can’t wait to try out new techniques that I learnt. The live demonstrators have so much passion and skill that you feel just as inspired and excited watching. I would also like to mention that each year Girls Day Out have special celebrity guests who attend the event as well. This year saw Mark Wright being present (I bet there were a lot of happy ladies). Girls Day Out also invites guest bloggers to attend and this year the sensational Jamie Genevieve was here. She was doing master classes and meet and greets. I felt this was such a great opportunity for all of those who are inspired by her work to actually get to see her in action and learn first-hand from the makeup guru herself. It also felt even more special as she is from Glasgow and had worked with one of the exhibitors -Urban Decay. All of her workshops were sold out which was incredible.

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I honestly couldn’t fault the event itself it ran with no problems or hiccups. You were not rushed around the venue and if you were tired or wanted a break there were plenty of seated areas for you to go to. Capital FM had the music sorted so sit back and relax and listen to the latest music. Other entertainment included singing and dancing. So you can see why this event really does cater for everyone.

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I would like to thank Claudia from Girls Day Out Show for giving me this amazing opportunity of attending this incredible event. I hope to work with you again. You and your team have done a fantastic job and it really is a huge success.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I hope you have enjoyed reading about this beauty event and I hope to see you there.

 

If you would like more information please visit the following websites:

Girls Day Out Show Webpage

Girls Day Out Show Facebook

Girls Day Out Twitter

SixPlus cosmetics make up brushes

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I am writing about Sixplus cosmetics make up brushes. This company provide make up lovers with good quality products at affordable prices.

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Sixplus 12 PCS Shining Handle Soft Horse Hair Eye Blue Makeup Brush Set: £35.99 Amazon

These brushes come in various sets and single options. Which is great if you are looking to try new brush options. They are not expensive yet the quality is of a high standard.  I like how there is a good selection to choose from. You can choose from various colours which I really do think works well. They are very professional looking and can easily be stored in the multipurpose make up bag which has individual spaces for each brush – perfect for storing.  The makeup bag is very sturdy yet is compact which is great for travelling. There are also instruction booklets in the makeup bag.

 

The brush sets are excellent value for money. In the twelve-piece eye blue brush set which I received includes:

Handle material: wooden handle +aluminium ferrule

Bristles material: horse hair +high quality synthetic hair

Brushes Length:15CM-18CM

Maintenance: after use, please make it clean and dry, can provide a better cosmetic effect.

  • Powder brush, apply with natural pressed powder products
  • Round foundation brush, apply with liquid foundation
  • Angled blush brush, apply with blush products
  • Highlight brush, apply products to eye or nose corner
  • Small highlight brush
  • Eyeshadow brush, with horse hair
  • Blending brush
  • Eyebrow brush, to have a tattoo eyebrow effect
  • Eyeliner brush, apply with cream eyeliner products
  • Lip brush, travel lip brush

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How the brushes are stored in the makeup case.

The box also shows you a diagram of what the brushes look like and are all numbered so that you can easily tell the brushes apart-great for those who are not familiar with the various brushes. There is also information on what each brush should be used for again this is really helpful and will allow those less experienced with make-up application to achieve the best results possible from using the correct products with the brushes. Each brush is very soft and does what it is designed to do. I felt that the application with these brushes was of a good standard and didn’t leave me with any brush marks like some brushes have done in the past. I felt that the finished outcome from using sixplus cosmetics brushes was really good and I have been using them ever since. They are my go to brushes and I feel they have made me to feel more confident in applying my makeup.

Another aspect that I am really happy with is the fact that the handles are not too chunky. I have very small hands and have found that some brush handles are far too chunky for me to get a good grip of but these brushes just fit my hands like a glove. The products look great and I like how they are kept very simple in terms of the logo. One thing that might be a good thing to add to them would be to have the number of the brush on the handle for those of us not so proficient with what brush does what area etc- again this is only a small thing I would add.

These brushes and all of the other brush set options can be purchased from eBay and Amazon. I would recommend that you give this company a try and I can honestly say that you will be very satisfied with the brushes. I was a bit hesitant at first as I do like my MAC brushes and Eco Tools but I love to try new companies and Sixplus Cosmetics have blown my away. I like how there is a good variety of brushes in each set and feel that they are a good investment to have.

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Finished result from using the SixPlus Cosmetics Brushes. 

 

To check out Sixplus Cosmetics please visit the following websites and Social media accounts:

SixPlus Cosmetics Website

SixPlus Cosmetics Facebook

SixPlus Cosmetics Twitter

SixPlus Cosmetics Youtube Channel

SixPlus Cosmetics Instagram

I would like to thank Brian at SixPlus Cosmetics for allowing me to review these brushes and for introducing them to me. I am very happy with them and can say that these are one of my favourite brushes that I have used.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog . I hope you enjoyed my post and I look forward to hearing from you.

Blink Brow Bar

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I will be discussing the award winning business called Blink Brow Bar. I am so excited to be able to write about this fantastic business and introduce those of you who are not aware of it and to give you some information on a new line of eye brow products that I was very lucky to have sent to me to try and write about.

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Beautifully presented

 

Vanita Parti is the founder of the Brow Bar which has grown into a very successful business throughout the world. Vanita wanted to bring the ancient Indian technique of threading into the 21st century and it is now a very popular form of eye brow shaping technique. In 2004 saw the launch of the very first walk-in brow bar in the United Kingdom. Now in 2016 there are over twenty-five walk-in bars throughout the United Kingdom and another opening in SAKS in New York! This year also sees the launch of Blink Brow Bars own beauty products. The brand can be purchased in stores such as Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Topshop, John Lewis and SpaceNk. All the employees who work at Brow Bar are very passionate about their jobs and are very much perfectionists when it comes to creating the perfect eye brow looks. They keep up to date with all the beauty trends which is very important when the beauty industries styles change loads over the years.

 

I have been very lucky to try out their new beauty range (Brow Essentials Kit) which includes; 1x Brow Definer, 1x Clear Brow Gel and 1x Brow Highlighter. The Brow Definer comes in the following shades:

  • Mysore Sandalwood (light blonde)
  • Cinnamon Spice (dark blonde)
  • Indian Chocolate (brunette)
  • Jasmin Morga (ash black)
  • Cardamom Pod (black)

 

I like how there are a few options of shades to try and they are closely linked to as much as possible everyone’s hair shade which is great. I often do find it hard to find the perfect match for my eye brows due to the fact that I have dyed my hair quite a bit over the years and my eye brows are quite dark. I also have the problem that I sleep on my left side which has caused my eye brow to thin out, so again getting the correct shade is very important so that I don’t look silly. As beauty lovers we all know how important well-groomed brows are for framing our face, balancing our features and defining our eyes. This is why I was very interested to try and review Blink Brows new products as they are the experts with years of experience and work very closely with beauty treatments daily. The team at Blink were very keen to create products that allowed us to have beautiful brows quickly, simply and as naturally as possible which I feel is very important in this day and age. Time is precious for us as many of us don’t have much of it anymore from working long hours and commuting etc but we still want to look at our best.

I do love trying out new beauty and make up products but some days I just want to put on the bare essentials which for me is mascara and making sure my eye brows look on point so to speak. I chose shade Indian chocolate (I like how they have named the shades and not just went for light brown, dark brown etc). The products are beautifully presented with minimal illustrations or logos which I feel was the perfect branding option for these products as it allows the actual item to do the talking. Each item is clearly marked in purple text -again very eye catching and if in a makeup bag will be easily found. On the packaging there is also information telling you what to do with each item -again is a great idea. Many of those using these products will be familiar on how to use certain products and where to use them but it is handy for those of us who don’t.

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How the products are packaged.

 

The eye brow definer is a great shape and easy to hold -not too bulky which is good when wanting to get into the areas where little or no hair are. The tip of the eye brow definer is so soft and allows you to follow the shape of your eyebrows really well without it smudging or going out with your natural shape. The finish is matte which looks amazing and it really does keep your eye brows looking very natural but glamourous at the same time. The product is very easy to use and perfect for building up coverage without it looking over done! The highlighter is also very soft and easy to apply to the arch. And it gives such a beautiful glow to the look. This product does give the eyes an instant lift and compliments the definer really well. The product is dual-ended as it comes with a blending sponge that can be used to even out the application to create a soft and subtle glow to the eye. There is also a built in sharpener which is handy to have as it is sometimes really difficult to find a sharpener that fits most items. The highlighter is also water proof (great for our wet weather) and retractable. The clear gel has nourishing and strengthening ingredients (Panthenol -vitamin B5) so not only are you going to look and feel good so will your brows! That is a winning reason to use this brand. The Brow gel is great for keeping hairs in place and also it helps to define the eye brow shape and keeps the brows to look glossy.

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My finished look and the products used to achieve this look

 

When I used the above products I found them all very easy to apply to my eyebrows. I had no itching or allergic reactions to the products and enjoyed applying them. I felt like a professional and really did like the finished outcome. Yes, it was only three products for me to use which is nothing compared to some eye brow brands out there. I liked the fact that less was more. I felt that I was still myself with my eye brows on and not hiding behind a mass or products. The finished look really did look professionally done and natural which this company does aim to achieve. I feel that these products are really well designed and put together. I would urge you all to go and check them out and try for yourselves. It really is very easy to use and the results are instant. Once you try these products there will be no turning back. You will feel like a movie star (I know that I did).

 

Please go and check out this dedicated company through the links below:

Blink Brow Bar Website

Blink Brow Bar Facebook Page

Blink Brow Bar Twitter

Blink Brow Bar Instagram

 

I would like to thank all the team at Blink Beauty Bar for giving me this opportunity. I really have enjoyed learning about the company and the products and feel that I will be purchasing more from them in the future.

I do hope you have found this review post useful. Please do get in touch if you have any questions or would like to work together.