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.

Documentation

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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Growing up and looking after yourself.

Ubersonic

Winner of Red Dot Design Awards 2016

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I’ve always had a love hate relationship with my skin since my early teens. I noticed a huge change in it and it gradually became worse over the years. I tried going to the DR and all I was given were tablets and lotions that aggravated my skin. The lotions dried my skin right out and made my whole face very tight and sore. My skin was very red and inflamed. I began to lose confidence and became very upset with my appearance due to tother girls being very mean and calling me names. I was referred to Dermatology but they didnt really give or do anything for my skin concerns. I was told to try a foundation to cover the redness and that I would eventually grow out of it. I thought by covering it up it would stop the problem but it only made it to look worse due to the dry areas that clung to the foundation.

Over the years my skin went from getting worse to almost clearing up and repeated this sequence on and on throughout my teenage years. Nothing seemed to help and I just gave up trying to find a solution. I felt that no one was there to help and I got very frustrated. Becoming a teenager is a hard experience as it is let alone feeling more down with the state of your skin and having no one to give you advice. It wasn’t very pleasant to look at and I hated to look at myself in the mirror so I tried to avoid them at all costs. It did affect how I felt about myself and it got me down a lot. I didn’t like the way I looked at all. It felt like I was being punished for something. It made me feel that it was just myself feeling this way. Every other girl in my class and school seemed to have perfect skin and looked flawless.

When I started modelling it was here where my skin care journey kicked off.  I had no previous knowledge or no one I knew told me the importance of a good skin care regime. I was working with beauty and skin care professionals who took at interest in my skin and gave me advice on what products to use and foods that will help. I was educated on the type of skin I have and how best to keep it healthy. I began to feel more confident again and enjoyed being a teenager.

As your skin is the largest organ of the human body its very important to look after it. Over time I have seen my beauty product collections change and grow. This is important as your skin renews every four weeks. So by changing products is a good things to do . It is important to add that you might not see a difference straight away with your skin. Don’t every feel down or lose interest in your skin or never give up hope. Keep educating yourself on new treatments and products until you find what works for you.

I really enjoy pampering myself these days with new products and see my skin so differently. It is true what they say, “What you put into your body is what you get out”. I’m a huge believer in drinking lots of water to help clear up your skin from impurities. I also enjoy using face masks and having facials done to make sure my pores are as clean as they can be to ensure no breakouts.

Just as important are your teeth. We only get one set of teeth so keeping them clean and healthy is so important. I have really thin gums so finding a tooth brush that isn’t too rough or big has always been an issue for me. I find the soft manual ones don’t clean as well yet the medium cleans but it also is causing me to brush too hard. My dentist recommended using an electric tooth brush as they clean more effectively and stop you from pressing too hard against your gums. Which is a good way of keeping your gums from getting damaged. I did some research into what ones are good and value for money. I also didn’t want a noisy toothbrush or one that was too bulky for taking on holiday.

I came across the brand Ubersonic which is  a new brand that I hadn’t heard been aware of until now. I was excited and intrigued to learn that this tooth brush is made from the same material as an Iphone! How Cool! Not only that but it is the world’s first aluminium tooth brush which is very cleaver. From reading more about this product I decided I’d love to try this toothbrush for myself. It not only looks good but it’s very easy to use and it is not bulky at all which makes this product perfect for me. The tooth brush is not noisy either which is a bonus. The tooth brush is so lightweight and easy to manoeuvre about your mouth without it rubbing or causing any unnecessary bleeding. The bristles are soft yet still give your teeth a good clean which is another requirement I had been searching for.

This product lasts ages without needing charged up. There is a red warning light that flashes to alert that it is needing charged which is a good visual aid to have. I am very impressed with this product, I even take it with me when I go travelling as it is easy and convenient to pack. It even comes with a travel safe clip which is really handy as nothing will bump into it. This company really have designed a fantastic product that is one of a kind. The best part is it only costs £19. Go check out the website: Ubersonic .

I am really happy with this tooth brush and have actually enjoyed cleaning my teeth. I am so glad that I found this company. I have been using this tooth brush for over three months and hand on heart won’t change brand.

 

Thank you for reading.

Nicole xxx

 

Period charity project (Period Friendly Project)

Hello and welcome to nicspicknmix. Today I am introducing you all to something completely different to what I normally blog about.

I put myself forward to spread the word about an amazing charity project, which helps homeless women to overcome certain obstacles in their lives. The Simon Community Scotland charity helps over 500 women. They aim to help women to gain control of their lives and to be given emergency accommodation to keep them safe and off the street through their street team. The Simon Community Scotland along with the street team are now launching a Period Friendly programme to help these women to maintain their dignity, to show that there are people who care and services to both support and listen to them. We need to stand together and make a change as no woman or girl should ever have to be in the position to have to make a D.I.Y tampon or towel, wear the same pair of pants for days on end. No woman or girl should ever have to change behind a bin either! He Simon Community Scotland makes a good point that “the smallest bit of generosity can go a long, long way” and I couldn’t agree more’!

In order for this to happen and to give these women the help that they need, Simon Community Scotland are launching a brand new project on the 23rd August 2017 in Glasgow which has been called: Period Friendly Point (PFP). This is hoped to help homeless women to have ‘a period of dignity’.

So how exactly will this project work?
The Period Friendly Points are locations which are catered for the homeless. The project once it has grown overtime more organisations will hopefully be keen to help out. The PFP’s will have a display which will have free and easily accessible sanitary products, wipes, pants and disposable bags and information leaflets about the products. There will also be pregnancy tests and infection tests there to give women the peace of mind should these be required. Not only will there be products handed out but members of staff will be there to chat to should there be anything the women need to talk about.

Not only are they doing all of the above but the street team are to be handing out Period Friendly Pax which are discrete and compact bags for women who are sleeping rough. The bags include tampons, towels, pants, wipes and disposable bags. The perfect thing about these bags is they can be refilled by the street team or at the nearest PFP. There will also be information given in the bag about what this project is about and where they can go for help etc.

This project is a fantastic idea and one I am happy to be blogging about. Every woman experiences periods and we all know how expensive these products are to buy. Periods shouldn’t be seen as a topic that we don’t speak about instead we should be supporting one another through it like the Simon Community Scotland are setting out to do. Women should be empowering one another and by doing a small it it will make a huge difference to a woman or girl somewhere.

How can you help ?
It will cost the Simon Community around £15 for a five day supply which includes: 5 towels, 12 tampons, 3 pairs of pants, travel wipes, disposable bags and information. If you would like to donate please textPFPR28 to 70070 with the amount you would like to donate: £5 or £10.

There is another way that you can help, if you have have a couple of hours to spare a month or a week we’d welcome your help. What we need our P.F.Pals to do is:

Visit the period friendly points and restock their supplies

Collect and sort donations into Pax and refresher packs at our warehouse in Glasgow

Help raise funds and products to maintain the period friendly points and pax.

Support, promote and raise awareness of the issues homeless women experience.

Be a listening ear and a support to the women we reach out to.

I think you will agree that this is a fantastic project and one that is long overdue. I hope we can all do our bit to help and support to keep this project alive to help,our fellow sisters.

For more information please visit the web links below:

http://www.simonscotland.org/period-friendly

http://www.simonscotland.org/period-friendly

I would like to send a huge thank you to Kirstin and all the team at the Simon Community Scotland for all their hard work. I am honoured to be blogging about this project and I hope to help out more.

Thank you for reading and I hope you are able to help out in some way.

Much love

Nicole x

Charming Cherie Bumble

Hello and welcome to nicspicknmix . On the blog today I am delighted to introduce Cherie Bumble.

I am an avid gym goer and I like to keep both active and fit. I have always believed that going to the gym and wearing active clothing should be fun, comfortable yet still stylish. There are lots and lots of brands out there each having their own aims and having a go at being fashionable yet I still feel that they don't flatter my petite frame.

That is until I was introduced to Cherie Bumble. Cherie Bumble is based in the United Kingdom and specialises in luxury activewear which takes its inspiration from modern day fitness. Cherie Bumble offers on trend pieces which have many patterns, colours and technical fabrics to suit the fast pace of life. They aim to bring fashion-forward designs with a luxury touch at an affordable price. They thrive to meet the demands of fashion and fitness savvy women.

This brand is what myself and many other women have been looking for. I feel that Cherie knows exactly what is required of an active brand that actually does two things , keeps you from sweating and keeps you looking stylish. Cherie has great knowledge about what works for gym wear materials due to her partner being a professional footballer. I feel it is vital to have a sound understanding of this as you know what works and what doesn't work.

I believe it is so important to feel confident in your activewear and to be comfortable as well. Activewear needs to be flexible and adaptable as you never know what the weather can be like should you be outdoors. I find myself more than not wearing activewear be it lounging around the house or at the gym. I am always looking for activewear which can be worn at home and if I'm nipping to a shop without looking untidy- hence my admiration for Cherie Bumble. Wearing this brand made me realise how fantastic I felt and looked. I no longer needed to feel scruffy when out as these pieces are high end and eye catching.

Cherie Bumble has a good selection of styles to choose from . I like how the materials are all flexible and quick drying. This brand really can be used for any form of fitness which is very handy indeed. The designs are so cleverly put together and look well made. Any patterns that are on the pieces are so discrete which may suit some women who don't like much fuss on their clothing. The material is quite huggy but this is what you need whilst working out . This being said the pieces are a true fit so I opted for a bigger size than normal.

I was very lucky to have been sent a huge selection of fabulous activewear pieces. Which I adore. Firstly, the Bella jacket which costs £60.00. This jacket is an eye-catching blue colour with a black zip. There is an air vent on the back to allow for breath ability and movement. There are thumb holes which are fantastic for comfort and as I am petite I feel this helps me to fit the jacket better. I have also found that these protect my hands when I'm lifting weights. The material is very lightweight and flexible. It's very well designed and features two spacious pockets which I always look for. This jacket is so fashionable I often wear it out with a pair of jeans for everyday attire. I feel it is an all rounder.


Next up is the Veve vest which costs £30.00. The design includes reflective panels on both the front and back-great for being outside for safety. I found whilst working out in this vest I stayed cool and this was to do with the cleaver performance technology that Cherie uses. I honestly didn't sweat much at all and especially didn't have that horrible clingy sweat that sticks to you after working out.

I was also sent the Lucia leggings which cost £45.00. The leggings are very clingy so perhaps ordering a bigger size will be a good idea. These leggings also feature the reflective panels on. It's side pockets and have a waist band that folds over. I felt very comfortable wearing these leggings. They are made from top quality material which again kept m body cool. They were not see through at all – like some leggings can be. These products are all very well made and you can see and feel the quality.

Lastly I also received the Jaguar jacket in black which costs £60.00. There is also a loose hood which is very handy for the Scottish weather I often face whilst out running. I also am a huge fan of the reflective panel on the back. This jacket is very stylish and goes with anything so it's great to match with other Cherie Bumble pieces.

I understand that this activewear brand is quite pricey but believe me when I say it's worth every penny. They use up to date cooling technology which helps a lot. The pieces as I've mentioned are very fashionable and unlike any other brand out there and are designed with women in mind. I am so glad to have been introduced to Cherie Bumble. Why not us my discount code NICOLE10 to gain 10% off your order.

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I would urge you all you gym bunnies and activewear lovers to check this brand out. Plenty to choose from and there really isn't another fashion cautious women specialises brand out there.

Thank you Cherie for sending these pieces to me and to be given this opportunity of working with you. I hope to work with you again soon.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I hope you enjoy Cherie Bumble as much as I do.

Much love
Nicole x

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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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.

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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.

 

 

Fortemsports

Hello, and welcome to my blog. Today I will be introducing you all to the sportswear brand Fortemsportswear. This company is based in the United Kingdom and specialises in both men’s and women’s gym and fitness gear. They take their inspiration from the American West Coast of dressing up but still having that laid back feel to the fashion. Fortem create, design and engineer a unique range of activewear, CrossFit and fitness lifestyle apparel and clothing. They aim to have ultimate comfort and truly limitless functionality. They also want you to feel able to do your best in the gear you are wearing and still look stylish.

 

I have been really impressed with this company –Kieran the founder behind the brand works extremely hard to promote his business. I found that his communication with myself was next to none and very quick. He was really happy to go out his way to help with any questions that you have regarding the gear. Which is brilliant from a customer’s point of view. Makes you really feel welcome and valued. You can really tell that he cares for his business and puts in the extra effort required to make it a success. And it makes me feel really privileged to be given the opportunity to promote this brand.

 

When the garments arrived I couldn’t have been happier with what was sent to me. Every item arrived just as described and really well wrapped. I was sent: Limitless 1/4 Zip Pullover – Black/Red, Pro Performance Racerback Tank – Black/Charcoal and Pro Performance Leggings – Charcoal. All of the outfit fitted me perfectly and it actually gave me a feeling of confidence to be wearing it. I felt that I was really smart and looked the part. Being petite I often find it hard to get sportswear to fit me and to look good on. I was really impressed with this brand. I liked the colours and the design of the gym gear. I also felt that the branding was just right – not too in your face yet you could really recognise where it was from. The quality of the material used in creating the products felt good and not cheap. I felt that I could go for a run or go to the gym wearing these pieces and not worry about it ripping or falling apart. I did feel free to move and not restricted at all in fact I could wear this brand all day every day.  When I was out wearing the pieces I could see people looking to see what the brand was and them taking a great interest. I like wearing brands other than the big names and feel that this brand will be one to watch out for in the future.

 

Here are some images showing the items I received.

 

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I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my blog post and I hope you enjoyed reading it. I would love to hear from you so please do get in touch. If you are a company who would be keen to collaborate please do get in touch.

 

A big thank you goes to Kieran at Fortemsportswear for giving me the opportunity and for introducing me to such a versatile brand. I am a new fan and I hope we can work together again soon.

 

Please have a look at the links and websites below:

Fortemsportswear website

Fortemsportswear facebook page

Fortemsportswear Twitter

Fortemsportswear Instagram