Welcome 2018!! Last year I can honestly say was one of the worst years I have ever experienced. But, it is a shiny new year, with a little rebrand and some amazing things coming soon! Stayed tuned for some of the latest, greatest, craziest and most bizarre things going on in the world of beauty and aesthetics. Plus more diet, fitness and general masochistic abuse of my body in the name of vanity and weight loss!!!
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Like any busy mum I find it hard to incorporate a solid beauty routine into my already jam packed day. That’s why I appreciate products that have multiple uses. So, discovering DermaEraze Miracle Oil was an absolute boon! This little bottle of fabulousness can be used on the skin and hair. Although it is an oil, it absorbs like a lotion. So, it is the perfect primer under my make-up for my dry skin. I use it at night as a moisturiser and absorbs so quickly your skin feels soft and smooth from the first use. But, it can be used over the whole body and is particularly good for scars and stretch marks. I obviously have extensive scars over my entire body due to plastic surgery and have noticed a visible difference in the last three months of use.
Created by world renowned Skin Repair Specialist Lorena Öberg, This formulation is made from the purest Olive, Almond and Avocado oils. The healing properties of the oil make it an ideal product to use alongside aesthetic procedures such as micro-needling as it aids the skins ability to repair itself.
The Miracle Oil has done a beautiful job in keeping my hair extensions in great condition. I use it prior to straitening and any other heat treatments as it keeps my ends smooth and shiny. Again because it absorbs so well there are no issues with it causing the extensions to slip or the bonds to break down.
This is certainly a product that will remain a staple in my beauty routine.
Coming soon I will be revisiting Lorena in clinic to try her world famous DermaEraze Stretch Mark Removal Treatment. Just in time for bikini season!
Click here for more information on the DermaEraze Stretch Mark Removal Treatment.
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I’ve heard people talk about something called sleep. I believe it’s something I used to do before children and the weight of the world got the better of me. I try my best with make-up and what can only be described as industrial grade concealer to hide the stress and lack of sleep that has taken residence under my eyes. With bags big enough to hold all my luggage and dark circles that would be the envy of most raccoons there is only so much a mere cosmetic can be expected to do. I have tried all the light reflecting magic, miracle potions out there and don’t get me wrong they can make a difference up to a point. But, the 24/7 hustle of being a working mum who’s building a brand, writing as well as 9 to 5’ing takes a toll.
I am obviously very open minded when it comes to aesthetics and plastics. So, when I learned about the use of fillers to treat Tear Troughs, the area around the eyes, I was more than intrigued. Now, don’t get me wrong the idea of having a filler, in this case Teosyal injected into the eye socket sounds a bit frightening. However, I was incredibly lucky to have had a Teoxane Trainer carrying out my treatment.
Dr Linea Strachan is trained dentist, but has been doing aesthetics for nearly 10 years. She is the clinical director of A&L Clinics, which is one of the best and busiest cosmetic clinics in Suffolk. Luckily for me she has recently started running a clinic from Harley Street. She is the teacher for intermediate and advanced filler techniques for Teoxane UK. Dr Strachan is an award winning practitioner having won in two categories in facial aesthetics in the Aesthetic Dentistry Awards 2016.
I met Dr Strachan in Harley Street on the day of the treatment. As a rule of thumb people will often tell you that the best way to judge someone’s aesthetic skill is by looking at them. Well Dr Strachan is certainly an amazing advert for her work. She is as brilliant as she is stunning. Following in intensive consultation and taking a set of before photos she explained that she would be using a new bit of technology for the treatment called a Teosyalpen. It is basically an electronic dispenser that distributes the filler into the area being treated. Dr Strachan first put in a small cannula which was then attached to the Teosyalpen. I have had filler on many occasions and even with a numbing cream there is often a sting. Not overly painful but usually enough to cause the eyes water a bit. But, with the pen there was literally nothing. I did not have any numbing cream and the only thing I felt was the tinniest scratch when the cannula was put in and just a bit of vibration as the teosyal went into the tear trough. This was hands down the least painful treatment I have ever had. It took no more than 15 minutes per side and the results were instant. Because of the technique Dr Strachan uses there was no bruising and I couldn’t even see the entry point from the needle.
Following the procedure you look like you have just come out of a week long nap! I was in awe of the difference. There was minimal swelling which was pretty much gone within the week. No down time whatsoever and a result that lasts up to a year. Seriously, what’s not to love?
Time for a safety lecture and some words of caution about this and all aesthetic treatments. A tear trough should not under any circumstances be administered by a non-medically trained practitioner! Now I realise there are a number of people who are happy to be injected with any number of things by beauticians, I am not one of them. Every single one of these procedures have the ability to cause serious and life altering side effects in the wrong hands. Prior to any procedure an extensive consultation should be carried out to ensure you are suitable and safe to have the treatment. In addition the person injecting you should have the training to deal with complications should they arise. I know a “bit of filler” seems like no bid deal. But, if you were to have an allergic reaction to it does that beautician injecting you in the backroom of a salon have the medical training to deal with an anaphylactic shock? Will basic life support even be something he or she is trained in much less the injection of adrenaline in an emergency. I say this as a nurse not just a blogger. These are things you need to consider when undertaking a “bit of a tweak”. Beauticians are amazing at their jobs and in no way am I putting down their skills for “beauty treatments”. Injecting chemicals into the skin though done for non-medical reasons are still medical procedures and should be respected as that. I believe that aesthetic treatments should be regulated in such a way as to make it illegal for anyone other than medically trained professionals to inject them. With the treatment of your Tear Troughs in particular the experience and education of your practitioner is absolutely your number one priority.
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Cellulite!! Ugh! It is not even a pretty word. A bit like moist, every time I hear it I just cringe! First of all everyone has a bit of cellulite at one point or another. But, unfortunately I have it all the time. Primarily because I spent the majority of my life morbidly obese, cellulite is the price I have to pay for my years of gluttony. Although I have lost a huge amount of weight and have had reconstructive surgery for loose skin, the cellulite in one form or another remains.
I have tried lotions, potions and various notions. Short of voodoo I have yet to find a miracle. Now I am sure you have heard of the various anti-cellulite tights and leggings. There are several companies that make them, all with very ambitious claims about “impregnated” fabric and that they sacrifice a live chicken in the factory to ensure your positive results. Ok, I made that last bit up!! But, you see where I am going. There are some very grand claims out there for what is often a very mediocre product. As some of these products are very expensive, the last thing you want is to spend £200 on what ends being a pair of lazy pants you wear on the school run.
I am very much a believer in finding those special treasures in places you would not normally look. I love the idea of trying something from a lesser known company as often they have something super special, but perhaps the world hasn’t discovered them yet. I met this amazing and very inspiring entrepreneur Fabia Santos at a plastic surgery conference. Her company called Yoga Compression Garments was not one I had heard of before, but her belief and dedication to her products hooked me right in. I wasn’t sure why at the time, but she was definitely someone I wanted to know better. There was the added bonus I suppose because it is a Brazilian company I thought if anyone in the world is going to know how to make your ass look good, it’s going to be them!
Over the course of researching the products what I learned was that in addition to the leggings which I will get to later, Fabia has dedicated herself to helping women going through reconstructive surgeries. She attends hospitals herself to ensure post surgical garments are fitted properly and educates medical staff on the importance of garment fitting in the healing process. I suppose this resonated with me because I have been in the position of trying to get myself into post surgery garments that in retrospect did more harm than good. One very ill-fitting corset I had following abdominoplasty I referred to as “the juicer”. The second I put it on my clothes were soaked with the excess drainage. So, the work she does is an integral part of the healing process for women that are already feeling quite vulnerable following life changing operations that are not always cosmetic. As a professional Fabia is someone who really “walks the talk”.
The leggings are called The Yoga Emana. They absorb heat from the body and return in the form of “long infrared rays”. The rays are then absorbed into the skin and stimulate circulation and cellular metabolism. The leggings contain bio-active crystals and so these properties are not lost when they are washed. Amongst the many benefits that are purported:
Increased cellular metabolism
Increased skin elasticity
Reducing the appearance of cellulite
Reduction of muscle fatigue
So, with my magic leggings in hand I was off to try them myself in hopes of conquering these beastly dimples! Putting aside that they are meant to benefit you by wearing them, as a product they are beautiful and really flattering. The instructions are that you are to wear them 12 hours a day. I must say this was easy as they go with everything and really give you a beautiful shape. They are so comfortable, yet hold everything in as well as pushing that excess junk in the trunk up perfectly.
The initial trial is meant to show results within weeks. As I have particularly bad cellulite I took before pictures over six weeks. The results were everything that was promised. There was a marked difference in the smoothness of the skin and I definitely found the dimpling in my upper thighs in particular to have reduced.
Although I was primarily trialling them in order to ascertain the anti-cellulite properties I did actually find that there was a marked difference in how my legs felt following a run when wearing them. So, there is definitely something too the claims about reducing fatigue. From day one I was able to pack more punch into a workout wearing my Emana’s. All in all the trial was extremely successful. I can’t recommend them enough. They retail for £95, which is a reasonable price for leggings that deliver the goods. They remain in my normal rotation as my go to workout wear as well as sneaking them under other garments as a much more comfortable option to your standard “suck in your gut” pants. An all around great product from a fabulous company.
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So, here we go again! First it was Kim Kardashian, face covered in blood wincing in pain whilst supposedly having a “Vampire” Facial. The procedure looking as gory as possible, the beautiful celebrity showing the blood, sweat and tears it takes to be beautiful, right?
This week the latest celebrity to endure this obviously barbaric treatment was Ferne McCann. Poor girl covered in blood looking like she had been glassed in the face after a rough night at the Sugar Hut. An apparent professional had done this to her in the name of beauty. Sounds dreadful, doesn’t it? But, the thing is a “Vampire” facial does not look like this. The actual procedure which I have had on more than one occasion does not involve injecting red blood cells into the face. I find it extremely disturbing that anyone would claim otherwise. Having had the treatment myself on more than one occasion I can say with certainty that I have never left a clinic with blood smeared over my face. To claim otherwise is ridiculous.
I have been treated by Dr Daniel Sister. Dr Sister is a pioneer in anti-ageing treatments with his method of Dracula Therapy™. This procedure involves taking a vile of your own blood and spinning it in a centrifuge in order to separate the red blood cells from the clear serum and platelets. Did you get that? Clear serum! The platelets are then injected into the face in order to reduce the signs of ageing. The injections encourage DNA repair thus, making the skin appear more youthful and rejuvenated. I have had these treatments with Dr Sister on my face as well as other parts of my body as Dracula Therapy™ is used to reduce the appearance of scars.
I assume a bloody face makes for a good headline. We are all talking about it, so job done. But, this does a huge disservice to the aesthetic industry as a whole. PRP as it is also known is a very effective minimally invasive treatment. It has a number of uses including treatment of scars, hair loss, osteoarthritis and the ground breaking work being done by Claudia McGloin and her Rejuvula treatment that uses Dracula Therapy™ for vaginal rejuvenation.
Dracula Therapy™ is an amazing treatment. It was almost erased my scars and left me with glowing skin. So, please give us some credit and leave the bloodbath for the cinema.
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The brief was quite extensive and very ambitious. Antonia Mariconda would be showing us how to manifest £250.000 worth of PR for our blogs and businesses. Not a small feat considering I was sitting amongst the current and future leaders in the Aesthetic and beauty industry. The atmosphere like all of Antonia’s workshops was electric, but with that special warmth that she exudes. Antonia is genuinely beautiful inside and out with an amazing energy that makes you feel like you can conquer anything! I have known Antonia for a couple of years now and have come to consider her as a great friend, mentor and Fairy Godmamma. She is the picture of glamour, but with an uncanny ability to deliver a huge amount of information without being repetitive or boring.
The workshop started dramatically with the lights turned down and lots of glitz on the tables. She talked about finding your niche and looking within to catch your inner star. I was privileged enough to share my own story of success at both the morning and afternoon sessions. I have attended her previous workshops; “Build a Blog” and “Twitter for Success”. I had started blogging as a way to support others and satisfy my love of writing. However, with Fairy Godmamma guidance and a lot of hard work I managed to parley my little story into one of transformation and become a serious player with a high level of social media influence. Without Antonia’s fairy dust I would be just another blogger looking over the fence wishing I was part of “the club”.
Being your own PR is daunting and not for the meek. But, with the steps layed out by Antonia I left feeling like I could do anything. She is super savy and in every way someone who worked for everything she has accomplished, truly a self made woman in every respect. To say this workshop is essential is a massive understatement. The information encased within the glossy packaging was hardcore and all business. This was a jargon free way to teach PR without relying on old clichés to make a point. Most “how to’s” are nothing more than a repackaged dictionary definition of what Public Relations are. This teaching was on a much deeper level, putting the onus on us, to really think about what makes us special and how to work it. We were forced to stop and reflect on finding your own way of getting noticed and how to sustain it. This was not about being a one trick pony, but more about a robust media strategy and finding new and innovative ways to market yourself.
I left this workshop knowing that anything was possible and that once upon a time a lump of coal became a beautiful diamond that will continue to shine bright.
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