Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Starting My YouTube Channel

So guys, I have a bit of a different post for you today. It's not my usual ramblings about all things beauty and makeup, I thought i'd do a post letting you know about my plans on starting a YouTube channel. I have been saying for ages how I would love to start making videos and I think i'm ready to unleash myself into the scary world of YouTube.... ahhhh!!

So what should you expect on my channel? Well, I've been a beauty therapist for the past 5 years so I really want to bring you all my professional beauty tips and tricks as well as monthly favourites videos, tutorials, product reviews etc. I must say, putting myself out there for the whole world to see wasn't a decision I made lightly. It still feels very scary but the beauty industry is something i'm really passionate about and i'm very excited to start my YouTube journey :) 

Obviously I will still be blogging! My blog is my little baby and where my online beauty ramblings began, sometimes it's just a little easier to watch and follow a video rather than a blog post.

So, i'm thinking of filming my first video in the next few weeks and I also need to get my head around the editing software too (i'm not the biggest computer whizz), therefore I'm hoping to have my first video up in about a month or so, but I will update you all on when my first video goes live via Facebook and Twitter.

Lastly, I just wanted to say a BIG thank you to everyone that takes the time to read my blog, it really does mean so much!! You will soon get to put a face to the blog :)

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Tracie Giles Champagne Brunch

All photos courtesy of Lucy Dartford PR

Hi guys, so a couple of weeks ago I visited Tracie Giles' new beauty clinic in Knightsbridge, London. I was one of the lucky runners up in a competition she held in December last year, which I entered to win my Mum some semi permanent eyebrows. As a runner up I was invited to visit Tracie's new clinic for a champagne brunch, which my Mum and I was very excited about.  

If you didn't already know who Tracie Giles is then where have you been!! Tracie has done A LOT of celebrity clients including Katie Price, Charlotte Crosby from Geordie Shore, the TOWIE girls including Lucy Meck, Lydia Bright and Jessica Wright and many more. Tracie has over 25 years experience and is a leader in the aesthetic permanent makeup industry, she has appeared on Channel 4's Embarrassing Bodies and ITV2's The Only Way Is Essex.

My Mum and I hopped on a quick train journey to London to enjoy a morning of girly time. All of the runners up arrived at Tracie's salon at 11 o clock where we were greeted by Tracie's daughter Charlotte who was so lovely!! We started with champagne and cupcakes before Tracie performed a demo of her famous semi permanent makeup. Afterwards, we had a good old girly natter and quizzed Tracie on her work and salon. One of Tracie's regular celebrity clients, Chantelle Houghton popped by to see us too, which was a lovely surprise! 

I would like to say a BIG thank you to Tracie and Charlotte for having us at your beautiful salon. My Mum and I had a lovely time and we will definitely be back for some new brows soon!!

Here is a LINK to Tracie's website if you wanted to take a look :)

Monday, 4 August 2014

Current Skincare Rountine

Hello lovelies, today's post is all about my current skincare routine. I love to swap and change up my skincare products all the time but there is always one trusty brand I always go back to which is Dermalogica. I have been a beauty therapist for the past 5 years and I trained in Dermalogica in 2010, I've got to say the training was absolutely amazing! Not only did I learn about the products and treatments, I learnt about the science of the skin in great depth. 
Dermalogica as a brand are dedicated to skin health rather than putting money into fancy packaging, their products really do work and are 100% worth every penny! The 500ml size Essential Cleansing Solution cleanser which retails for £48.50 lasted me over a year which works out to be about £4 per month, so even though the products are a little on the pricey side they are great value for money and last ages!

Here are the current skincare products I am using from Dermalogica and a little information about each one...

Cleanser- Dermalogica Essential Cleansing Solution - LINK
As I have quite dehydrated skin my favourite cleanser to use from the Dermalogica range is the Essential Cleansing Solution. It is a rich, creamy cleanser that removes impurities whilst replenishing the skin and maintaining moisture levels. I use this morning and evening as part of my skincare routine. 

Exfoliator - Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant - LINK
This product has got to be one of my favourites from Dermalogica, I think a lot of other people agree as it's one of their best sellers. It's basically a powder based exfoliant, once mixed with water it activates and releases Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes that gently polish away dead skin cells and leave the skin looking smoother and brighter. This exfoliant is gentle enough to use everyday and is great for anyone that suffers from sensitive skin as it's not abrasive to the skin. I use this product once a day, usually in the evening so products penetrate deeper and i'm not applying makeup straight after.     
I have spoken about this 'hero' product in a previous blog post, if you would like to check it out then click HERE :) 

Toner - Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner - LINK
A lot of other toners from other brands are very astringent and alcohol based which strips the skin of its natural oils, but the reason I love the Multi-Active Toner is because it's really hydrating, refreshing and like a drink of water to the skin. You simply spritzer it all over the skin, then apply your moisturiser. I use this morning and evening.

Moisturiser - Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream - LINK
This is a medium-weight cream that helps to smooth, hydrate and protect skin from environmental assaults and pollution. It also helps to combat dry skin and and reduce the signs of premature ageing. I use this moisturiser as my day time and night time moisturiser.  

Day Time Eye Cream - Dermalogica Total Eye Care SPF15 - LINK
I absolutely love this product. It has an SPF to shield the skin from UVA rays and it also has a very slight tint. This helps to diffuse light and help hide dark under eye circles. This is a really gentle formula which is great for anyone with sensitive skin or contact lens wearers. I apply this in the morning before my moisturiser, blending inwards from the outer eye. 

Night Time Eye Cream - Dermalogica Intensive Eye Repair - LINK
As I have previously said, I have quite dehydrated skin; therefore this can lead to premature ageing and fine dehydration lines if i'm not using a great skincare routine. I used to suffer from dehydration lines under my eyes and this eye cream really helped minimize this. This ultra-rich cream helps to improve dehydration lines, elasticity and smooth skin texture. I apply this every night before my moisturiser. 

I really hope you enjoyed this post guys!

Click HERE to find out what products you should be using, or alternatively leave me a comment below about your skincare problems or if you would like me to recommend you some products and I will do my best to reply to everyone :) 

What are some of your favourite skincare products at the moment?