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How to: Look good in your 20’s

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How to: Look good in your 20’s

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Some of the tips that we share with you in this blog will be relevant to most ages but what we are trying to say is that it’s really important to start these tips and habits sooner rather than later!

1. You’ve read, seen and heard this a million times BUT drink lots of water! Not just any water though, read more HERE Part one and Part two HERE.
It is really important to be taking care of your beauty from the inside out. If you can’t cope with the bland taste of water alone, the blog has a few tips on various ways of keeping hydrated. We also recommend the beautiful range of elixirs from The Beauty Chef, there are a few tasty flavours that target varying areas:
Hydration, Inner Beauty Boost, read more HERE
Collagen, Inner Beauty Boost, read more HERE

2. Be bold! Your 20’s is a great time to experiment with different makeup and hair looks. But try not to wear too much foundation/coverage. If you’re covering something up, now is the perfect time to be correcting any skin concerns you may have. That bag? It can wait!

3. Do not over pluck your brows. Keep them under control. HERE are out four steps to perfect brows

4. Quit smoking!!! It’s a bad habit that greatly impacts the health of your skin. It restricts the supply of blood to the skin and not to mentioned “smokers” lips! As you age smoker’s lips will become more prominent.

5. Take lukewarm water showers over hot showers. The heat from hot showers dry both your hair and skin. As we age the natural oils on the scalp will decrease, try washing your hair less frequently to preserve the oils. Two words, dry shampoo.

6. Don’t neglect your neck and hands. We see a lot of patients who took very good care of the skin on their face but completely neglected their neck and hands. You’ve been warned.

7. This one may just be a beauty myth but we don’t think it is. Drinking from a straw gives you wrinkles! A lot of people drink from a straw due to teethe whitening BUT any kind of repetitive movement does cause wrinkles.

8. Be kind to your skin and take some preventative measures. Read more here INSERT LINK WHEN YOU HAVE CREATED THE BLOG

That’s it, try and keep to these key rules and you’ll be cruising into through your 20’s and straight into your 30’s in confidence. Don’t be surprised if you hear “Really? You only look 21!”.

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Blade Runner: Proper Shave

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Blade Runner: Proper Shave

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The final shave before your wedding day is probably one of the most important shaves you will ever have to complete.

Before we continue, if you have a beard don’t feel the need to shave!
Probably not the best time to be trying out a new style. We do have a little advice for the bearded man, make sure you have some oil and a comb with you on the day, you will be photographed all day and you want to make sure your beard is in fine form, even if you’re not aware or ready for a photograph to be taken. Read our blog about maintaining your beard HERE

On that note let’s move on to shaving…
If you generally shave and you’re not happy with how your skin appears it’s really important to take care of your skin, it will only get worse with further irritation.

As the ladies have a hair trial, have a trial facial hair trial about 3 weeks before your wedding day. Pop on the full suit and tie and trial a clean-shaven look, a little stubble or a full 5 o’clock shadow. Take a couple of snaps in daylight and see which look you prefer, looking in the mirror and taking pics are very different so make sure you take some happy snaps outside in daylight.
Take note of how many days it took for the perfect amount of stubble to grow.

It’s often a great idea to make time to have a professional shave. You will want to trial this process also so you can monitor and trial the growth of hair.

If you do opt to shave yourself and you are using a disposable razor, make sure it’s a fresh one each time you perform a trial shave and the final shave, that way you know you will achieve the same result each time. A disposable blade should not be used more than 5 times, at this point the blade will become blunt and cause the skin irritation.

If you generally use the same bar of soap front to back and top to bottom, then we can’t ask too much of you, we know BUT we strongly suggest you book in sometime for the Face Plus Medispa “Groom the Groom” package.
We have allocated two weeks for this program but you are only required to come in once each week. The first week, for your muscle relaxants and the second visit will be for your facial.
Your muscle relaxants don’t give you the frozen look, we promise, see before and after below

 

 

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We believe that it’s imperative for men to still have movement to ensure they still appear masculine. The muscle relaxant appointment will be approximately 4 weeks out from your wedding day.
The facial appointment should be no more than a week out from your wedding date. Check out the full package HERE

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Make up tips: Bridal

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Make up tips: Bridal

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If you’re beauty obsessed, you have probably thought and taken all our Make up tips: Bridal, dos and don’ts into consideration. But for those who fear they haven’t thought of everything here are our Make up tips: Bridal –

Everyone knows they have to have a makeup trial before the wedding but when is the best time to do it? It’s about three weeks before the big day but no more than that. If you intend on faking tanning for the wedding, make sure you have the exact same fake tan on for your makeup trial.

1. Get a full body scrub before your fake tan appointment! This will allow your tan to go on smoothly and evenly. The last thing you want is spotty tan on one of the most important days of your life. Read about the treatment we offer HERE

2. Start gathering some makeup inspiration for your trial. It’s also a great idea to analyse the images and pick out what you like about the particular image you have collected. Test a few shades at home during the day and night, this will allow you to see if it’s appropriate for the whole day. It’s not the day you want to be adventurous and try something new!

3. Don’t get caught up in current trends! These images last a lifetime.

4. Wear a top that matches the colour of your wedding dress on the day of your makeup trial. This will allow you to determine if the colour of the dress matches the overall look your makeup artist has created.

5. It should be daylight when you have your makeup trial.

6. Bring your veil or try on a veil at your trial! How does the makeup feel with the veil and how does it look? Don’t forget the veil sits very close or on your face, you need to determine if your lashes will bend into the lower lashes from the weight, are your lips rubbing up against the veil? Take a little walk around, stand there with something in your hands to see how it feels and if the veil changes shape on the face.

7. Make sure your makeup will last the day if you don’t think you’ll want to reapply throughout the day. You will need that lipstick so make sure you have the shade available for reapplication.

8. Take lots of pictures, including with flash photography! This will allow you to see how your make up will capture on the day.

9. Take note of how long your trial makeup takes, you will need the same amount of time if not more. On the day, there are many distractions and you want to make sure you allow enough time to get your hair and makeup done before the rest of your bridal party.

10. Finally, if you want your makeup to look perfect on the day it comes down to one thing… PERFECT SKIN! Read about our “The Works” bridal skin and face package HERE 

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40 and over: Perfecting your look, the secret

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40 and over: Perfecting your look, the secret

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As you get older you need to come up with tricky highlighting techniques and putty to ensure the makeup doesn’t crease into those lines that seem to be getting deeper daily.

One the most important things that must be included during the makeup application process is PRIMER! There are many primers available on the market but as you age it’s important find one that is suitable for your needs.

Our Bondi Beach location stocks the beautiful Curtis Collection By Victoria Curtis, Hydra Primer ($79). This particular primer would fall into the “Cream Formula Face Primer”, this wouldn’t not be suitable for everyone as it usually has a thicker consistency and would be most appropriate for those with dry skin.

We highly recommend a “Silicone-Based Face Primer” for mature skin as it has a smooth and silkier consistency, when applied to the skin it leaves a velvety finish. Some will find that a silicone based primer may dry the skin, prior to applying you must ensure you have used a rich moisturiser.

For mature skin, we highly recommend the Dr Spiller, Collagen Cream ($126). The Collagen cream will provide the skin with long lasting anti-ageing protection. You can read more about the Collagen Cream HERE

As your skin begins to thin as you get older your skin will begin to appear duller and paler. A hydrating liquid foundation formula is a great way to add colour and depth to your complexion.

We encourage you to use warming colours, this will help balance out any redness that might be present on the skin.

Eyebrows are a very important part of your overall look. If they have grown sparse or faded with age it’s important that you use both pencil and powder to fill in the thin or balding areas. You can read our step by step, four step guide HERE

Loss of collagen causes your lips to breakdown, which is why they shrink and get dry. A little gloss will give them the appearance of plump hydrated lips! Applying a matte lipstick will also prevent the lipstick running through what is often called “smokers lines”, you can apply the gloss over the lipstick.
Read how dermal lips fillers can add back the lost volume and elasticity to your lips HERE

And finally, do not make the mistake of applying powder over your whole face. Simple apply it on your nose, forehead and chin, avoid your cheeks and under area, which is where the powder tends to cake, fall and settle into those fine lines.

Don’t forget to trial the makeup look yourself! Maybe event take some selfies to see you are happy with the colours and the overall look and feel.

Follow the above tips and we guarantee you will feel and look beautiful in those wedding pictures.

Varying make up ranges are available across all three clinics. Call you nearest clinic for more information:
Bankstown: 02 9796 7007
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Bondi Junction: 02 9386 4411
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Bridal Diet: Eat your way to beautiful skin

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Bridal Diet: Eat your way to beautiful skin

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A large percentage of brides often opt for a Bridal Diet months leading up to the wedding, more often than not this turns into an unhealthy diet due to stress surrounding the wedding.

We often see a lot of clients visiting our clinic prior to the wedding with inflamed and stressed out skin.  Emotional states such as stress and anxiety have the ability to impact gut flora. Clear skin starts with a healthy gut!

The Beauty Chef Cookbook was specifically created and designed for those seeking healthy, glowing skin!

The over 150 recipes found in the book are gluten free and mostly dairy free, feeding your skin and gut.

Pre-planning your meals by following this book will ensure you’re eating a healthy diet whilst feeding yourself the foods that are not only better for you but your skin!

Here is one of our favourite BULK recipes.
Snack foods are always handy to have around check this one out:

CHOCOLATE & BLACK SESAME BITES

– makes 16

3 medjool dates, pitted
1/ 2 cup (125 ml) boiling water
1 cup (150 g) black sesame seeds
1/ 2 cup (75 g) sunflower seeds
1/ 3 cup (35 g) cacao powder
1/ 4 cup (25 g) desiccated coconut
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
pinch Himalayan salt
2 tablespoons coconut butter, melted
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 tablespoons cacao nibs, for decorating


RAW CHOCOLATE

1/ 4 cup (25 g) cacao powder
25 g cacao butter, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon maple syrup
3 teaspoons coconut oil


METHOD

Soak dates in the boiling water for 10 minutes, or until softened.

Meanwhile lightly toast the sesame seeds in a dry pan over low-medium heat for 2 minutes, or until they begin to smell nutty. Set aside to cool.

Place the cooled sesame seeds and sunflower seeds in a high-speed blender. Blend to finely ground. Add the cacao powder, coconut, TBC chocolate BODY powder, chia seeds, vanilla and salt and blend to combine. Transfer into a large bowl.

Place the softened dates and any remaining liquid, coconut butter and maple syrup in the high-speed blender. Blend until smooth. Add the dry mixture and blend briefly, until mixture begins to come together.

Transfer back in the bowl and mix well to combine.

Place the mixture on a large piece of baking paper. Press and shape into a compact square. Cover with another sheet of baking paper. Roll out to make an approximately 2 cm thick square. Trim the edges.

Leave on the baking paper and transfer onto a tray. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, or until firm.

Meanwhile to make the raw chocolate, half fill a small saucepan with water and bring to the simmer. Place all of the ingredients in a heatproof bowl. Take the pan off the heat and set the bowl over the top. Ensure the base of the bowl does not touch the water. Leave for 5 minutes, or until the cacao butter and coconut oil melts. Stir to combine.

Cut the set chocolate and black sesame mixture into sixteen squares.

Dip a corner of the squares on the diagonal into the chocolate. Use a knife to spread and coat half of the square making a defined diagonal line. Place back on the tray.

Sprinkle cacao nibs on the chocolate-coated top, to decorate.

Refrigerate for 30 minutes, or until set.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Alternatively freeze for up to 3 months.

The Beauty Chef Cookbook, $49.95

We have created special bridal packages just for you! Check them out in our package section HERE
Packages are available across all clinics.

Original recipe can be found HERE.

Call your nearest clinic for your very own copy of The Beauty Chef Cookbook:
Bankstown: 02 9796 7007
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Bondi Junction: 02 9386 4411
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Transition: From Summer to Autumn

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Transition: From Summer to Autumn

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We don’t want to be the bearer of bad news but Summer is well and truly gone, well the weather is still amazing but we are today, officially in Autumn.

Here is what you need to know in the beauty department:
Autumn calls for rich burgundies and matte metallics.

Enhance just one feature: Eyes, skin or lips (we vote the lips)
If you do choose to enhance the eyes apply the lip with bright hues like red and yellow, wear it almost like an accessory!

The no make-up look/clean minimal look is still in! Read a how to HERE
You can always add a richer flush of pink to the cheeks for the extra “rosy” look.

We’ve also noticed the 90’s creeping in, we told them they’re not welcome here but they insisted we introduce them… Bold blue and glitter! If you choose to participate in the glitter trend, this blog is a MUST READ

No matter what look you go for the overarching message is fierce and powerful female!

Key skin needs for the transition:
The cooler temps will mean you need a richer skin routine to ensure skin is adequately moisturised from head to toe.
You may need to transition from a gel cleansing to a creamier formula.
Your skin will require a deeper hydration so switch out your light weight creams for something a little thicker! If you’re using the Dr Spiller, Royal Jelly Cream you may need to transition to the Dr Spiller, Propolis.

Remember, you still need to exfoliate! As the temp starts to drop and the skin gets drier it’s even more important to exfoliate. BUT don’t over exfoliate the skin, 2 to 3 times a week is more than enough. Be gentle on the face and a little firmer on the body!
Please stop using grocery store exfoliators, these are too harsh on the skin. We carry a range of exfoliators including the Dr Spiller, Jojoba Peeling Cream and the HydroPeptide, Exfoliating Cleanser.

Dr Spiller, Jojoba Peeling Cream: $68

HydroPeptide, Exfoliating Cleanser: $69

Scent? Switch out your fruity perfumes for spicier scent.
Hair? Curls! Big ones too!

We hope we’ve helped with the transition. We look forward to seeing your Autumn looks!

Interested in a skin or cosmetic consultation to make sure you’re on the right track for the season? Call your nearest clinic for an appointment: 
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All yours: The perfect red for YOU

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All yours: The perfect red for YOU

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Everyone loves wearing red lippy but are you wearing the right shade for you?
There are also a lot of people who say “I can’t wear red lipstick”.
It comes down to finding the right colour and texture that is right for you!

The first step is to find the right shade for your complexion. Need help figuring out what complexion you are? Check HERE

What’s your match?
Cool

Those who have a cooler complexion it’s best to wear classic blue based reads.

Warm
If you have a warmer complexion you will best suit reds infused with orange hues such as deep oranges and bright corals.

Porcelain
If you fall into the category of porcelain complexion with dark hair lean towards deeper shades of wine and berry reds.

Medium to dark
Medium to dark complexion can rock deeper classic reds!

Find that your shade doesn’t last the distance? Pop over to our “Last the distance” blog for lip care tips! CLICK HERE 

Read the original blog with product recommendations HERE

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Keep it clean: Cleaning your make-up brushes

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Keep it clean: Cleaning your make-up brushes

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There are many reasons you need to regularly clean your make up brushes. Here are the four main reasons why:
1. It will improve the performance of your brushes
2. It will prevent the growth of bacteria, oil build up and transfer
3. Cleaning the brushes will also extend the life of your brushes.

Ideally, you should be cleaning your brushes once a week. We know this is often difficult to do so aim to do it as often as you can!

Follow the below steps for squeaky clean brushes:

1. Saturate the hairs on your brush only. Don’t soak your brushes as this will ruin them.

2. Please a pea sized amount of a mind shampoo, into the palm of your hand and massage into the hair of the brush.

3. Rinse the brush thoroughly until the water runs clear.

4. You can repeat step three if necessary.

5. With your fingers, apply gentle pressure and remove the excess water, maintain the brushes shape.

6. Place your brush on a dry towel and lay it flat to dry. Never dry your brush in an upright position as it will loosen the glue that binds the brushes and lead to hear loss.

Final tip – Never place your brushes in a sterilizer, it will permanently damage it.


Jane Iredale, Botanical Brush Cleaner, $42

These handy tips, thanks to Jane Iredale, you can read the original blog here

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In the air: The Look of LOVE

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In the air: The Look of LOVE

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V-day is just one week away and it has us thinking about all the things we need to prepare for!

We’ve got the perfect look for that special date: The Look of Love (If you’re not already sing “The Look of love” by Nina Simone we suggest you play it whilst reading this blog).
Instead of going the traditional route this year with RED  why not try pink?

  1. Apply your base as normal, don’t forget to prime the skin!
    Curtis Collection by Victoria, Hydra Primer $57
  2. Brush some soft pink blush on the apples of the cheeks. You’ll have your date blushin’.
    Curtis Collection by Victoria, Mineral Matte Blush in Colour Baby Doll, $30
  3. Highlight the cheekbones, bridge of the nose and cupids blow. Shine bright like a diamond!
    Curtis Collection by Victoria, Radiant Glow Illuminator with Pink Diamond Drops, $45
  4.  For lip colour use a gloss or lipstick depending on your preference. Our favourites are:
    Curtis Collection by Victoria, Social Status Lipstick, $33

    Curtis Collection by Victoria, Super Paradise in the glosses, $33

Pop by and visit our onsite make-up artist to get “V-Day” ready or experience our colour matching service.

The Curtis Collection by Victoria is currently available from our Bondi Beach clinic:
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
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Lip Enhancer: Perfect Pout

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Lip Enhancer: Perfect Pout

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Lips, front and almost centre of the face and no matter what season it is, with age they begin to lose volume. Read more about that here

The HydroPetide, Perfecting Gloss Enhancing treatment will help restore fullness, volume and definition within MINUTES!

Let us first explain what peptides do and why we, at Face Plus Medispa love them so very much! Peptides have the ability to improve the skin without negative effects, this is what sets them apart from other active ingredients. Peptides are short chains of amino acids or protein fragments that act as a cellular communicator to signal to the skin to act in a healthier, younger-looking way.

Key Ingredients:

The Perfecting Gloss contains 4 peptides, they are plumping, warming and retinoic like. These peptides rebuild and stimulate collagen, increases circulation and collagen synthesis without irritation.

Triple action hyaluronic will address skin tightening and on three different level’s: skin elasticity, hydration and skin smoothing. They act instantly and offer long term skin tightening and hydration.

Meadowfoam estolide, hydrates and smooths lips all day without causing dryness or irritation.

Niacin increases circulation, providing immediate lip fullness!

The Perfecting Gloss will perfect your pout with refreshing, cool tingly sensation and a glowing gloss.

Collagen stimulating peptides help from below the skin’s surface to build youthful plumpness.

A great product to have handy, even if you have lip fillers. No one can ever get enough peptides!

The HydroPetide, Perfecting Gloss Enhancing treatment, $60

The HydroPetide range is available across all clinics:
Bondi Junction: 02 9386 4411
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Bankstown: 02 9796 7007

 

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