Its all about the base- Why you need a Skincare regime

Its all about the base- Why you need a Skincare regime

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Since my teenager years I have always been interested in my skincare regime. I ventured into the beauty industry before my makeup artistry studies which helped me thoroughly understand how the skin works and what it needs.

Looking after your skin is essential, not only to have healthy radiant skin but also gives you a flawless base for your foundation. This is a factor that most women and men don’t understand. Do you ever question “why is my foundation not lasting”?.  Makeup needs a fresh clean base, to adhere the products.

The skin constantly produces new cells but as we get older the process slows down so we need to work with our skin and give it some help. A build up of cells on the skin can give a rough texture with a flakey appearance.  For radiant glowing skin new fresh cells are needed on the top layer of the skin.

First of all know your skin type, there are so many skincare products out there to suit each type of skin. Believe it or not using the wrong products for your skin can be more damaging then not using any products at all.  Skincare products do not have to be expensive. I have found some great high street brands that work wonders so search around, boots do fantastic ranges suitable for all ages and price range.

  1.  Bin the face wipes – Please do not use wipes to cleanse your face everyday. Wipes are too abrasive for the skin and do not give the skin a deep cleanse.
  2. Cleanse -cleansing the skin will remove  dirt on the surface of the skin.  Cleansing the skin should be done twice daily every morning and evening. Cleansers come in many different forms lotions, creams, balms and oils.
  3. Toning- Helps tighten the skin and pores, removes trace of any cleanser on the skin and refreshes the skin. Use every morning and evening.
  4. Exfoliate- Helps to remove dead skin cells. Exfoliation should be done twice a week for oily skin and once a week for normal to dry skin.
  5. Mask- Helps penetrate the skin with ingredients suitable for the skin type. Apply once a week.
  6. Serum – serums are lighter in texture than moisturisers but contain more active ingredients. More suitable for mid twenties upwards. I wouldn’t recommend for teenage skin. Apply only every evening.
  7. Moisturiser -Helps keep the skin soft and hydrated and acts as a barrier to protect the skin. Apply every morning and evening.
  8. Eye cream- Helps keep the eyes hydrated apply every morning and evening around the eye socket.
  9. Spf – Apply every morning

 

Hope this helps

Melissa x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why HD brows are a girls best friend.

Why HD brows are a girls best friend.

Hey Guys here is a little review on my experience with HD Brows.

I love a good structured brow and over the past few years , brows have become huge. HD brows are the first company of the High Definition Brow although there has been many companies who has brought out their own signature HD treatment. Is HD the best?  Does HD brows live up to their standard?

As a qualified beauty therapist  in the industry for over 9 years I always do my own brows . I’m very fussy with my brows but sometimes you need to step back and let another therapist reshape them. I popped in to vist Sinead from Stockholm in Carlow to get a HD brow treatment. Sinead has worked in Australia and also in top branded salons in Ireland  including Therapie laser clinic. Sinead specialises in Brows having trained as a Master HD brow technician, she is the only Master Brow technician in Carlow. Is there a difference being a Master technician you ask? Yes.  Beauty therapists trained in waxing but to specialise in brows you undergo in dept training as a stylist and then advanced training as a master stylist like sinead. Its the same as a beauty therapist and a Makeup artist with regards to Makeup application. Makeup artists train specifically to use their knowledge and skills to a client which you don’t learn in  specific detail in beauty therapy. Sinead is amazing at brows I was so impressed I don’t think I will ever do my own again.

I personally think a lot of girls get freaked out by the term HD brows, they are not big scary brows I swear . HD Brows are designed to suit your individual preference, if you like them natural or more defined. So don’t be scared they are so worth it, not only do they frame your face they can take years off your appearance.

 

 

Here is my brows a few days after treatment with no product on them, Literally takes 10 minutes off my makeup routine.

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The treatment – what to expect

Before treatment begins Sinead will have a little chat with you about your ideal brow shape and what you are comfortable with regarding colour and style.

  • First the Tint is applied to achieve the desired colour. HD has a special formulated tint  different to regular Brow tints which is only left on for 1 minute no longer.
  • When the tint is removed waxing, threading, tweezing and trimming  steps are done to the brow area.
  • Sinead will tailor the brow to suit your face shape.

How long does treatment take

30 mins -45 mins depending on what shape and style you require.

 

How often do you need to get done

Every 6 weeks If you have strong hair growth some people can get longer

 

How much is it for HD brows

HD brows are €35

 

 

Sinead Is based in Stockholm in Co. Carlow . If you would like to contact her for a treatment visit B- beautiful.

 

Hope you Enjoyed.

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Melissa Clarke xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wow Brown Defintely Has The Wow Factor

Wow Brown Defintely Has The Wow Factor

Most of us girls and men of course like to be sun kissed and bronzed. Why not, Not only does tan make us look like a million dollars, it gives us confidence and a feeling of positivity about ourselves.

I have been on the hunt for The perfect Tan. I have tried Mousse, lotion, creams and oils.I have found some good products but Wow Brown is Just Wow.

I was over the Moon when I received Wow brown Tan ,it arrived just in time as I had an event that weekend.  I had two options of wow brown tan to choose from DIY medium/dark lotion or Ready to glo dark tanning liquid. I decided to try the medium to dark lotion and here is how it went.

 

 

The texture:

The tan is a coloured lotion which makes it very easy to see the application on the body. The consistency of The tan is a thick liquid. It spreads very well over the body and allows you time to blend into the skin.

 

Drying time:

It Dries fully within 15-20minutes.

 

Smell:

I detest smelly tans and I was delighted that wow brown had minimal tan smell during and after application

 

Lasting time:

The Tan lasted me about 1 week and it wore off gradually after the week, this was the most impressive aspect of the tan, it wore off non patchy and didn’t have a dirty appearance.

 

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Overall rating – 9\10

I was very impressed overall with Wow brown tan. I absolutely loved the colour, I had so many complements on it. I was also really impressed that I had no tan transfer onto my clothes as I find sometimes even after washing off tan this can still happen which bugs me.  It wore off 100% which was a massive plus for me . It has been my favourite tan to date.

Wow brown can be purchased here: wow brown

 

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Enhance your eyes with Baby Doll lashes

Enhance your eyes with Baby Doll lashes

Lashes are a must have in my kit when creating makeup looks. They can intensify the eye makeup and can give the illusion of a bigger eye shape.  Lashes come in different lengths, thickness and styles. I have always found it difficult to find the perfect lashes, the brands would lack in a selection of styles or the band of the lash strip were too thick and are difficult to apply to the eyes.

I Have finally  found the most spectacular lashes.  Baby Doll Cosmetics are an Irish company who launched in 2013 at the RDS. They have a wide range of lashes in different lengths and thickness to suit all individuals.  I have been using BAbydoll lashes for about a year now and I still love them as much as day one., the quality of the lashes are amazing they are lightweight and easy to apply.

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The lashes

My favourite are the 870 lashes, they are an average length with a demi wispy effect. The lashes are natural but yet still achieves fullness of the eye.

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If you prefer more length and minimum thickness the 795 are the ones for you. I get asked so many times, what lashes i’m wearing when wearing these beauties, the 795 they are light enough for daytime use. They are perfect if you naturally have thick lashes but need to add that extra length.

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If you like the full dramatic look the 807 are your dream lashes, they have amazing fullness and are super dark, perfect to add definition to the eyes.  Great lashes for party nights out perfect for  a bold make up look.

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You can purchase The lashes at http://www.babydoll.ie/ , hurry up and show off them lashes girls. There is also new lashes just been added to the Babydoll family  704 and 711 super excited to try them. I am wearing 870 lashes in this makeup look.

Flutter them lashes

Melissa xx