A blog was born…


Perfectly Imperfect

A little intro to our blog

When we began to design our website, we decided that we wanted to provide a platform where our clients can enjoy catching up on all of the latest trends and beauty secrets passed amongst ourselves in salon on a daily basis.

We are extremely lucky to spend most of our waking hours talking to our clients, covering a wide range of topics. If there is anything we ever need to know; we can guarantee that one of our clients will have the answer. Not to mention being a team of 9+ girls, there is very rarely an occasion when we’re not discussing our latest beauty find, planning outfits for an upcoming event or sharing our latest recipe or diet plan. This is part of what we love about our industry.
So we thought it would be cool to share this with our online community, take all of the fab ideas we get from our clients and combine these with our expert advice, to provide useful, honest opinions and advice on all things beauty and lifestyle related. And so, our blog was born…..

Our blog will be our salon journal, where we share anything from beauty tips, skincare advice, healthy recipes and home décor projects as well as useful hints and tips on how to organise your busy schedules and insights into building a career in the beauty industry. We may even do a blog with tips on how to write content for a website, as this has been a challenge!

We don’t profess to be the best writers out there, and we certainly can’t promote a product or idea if we don’t believe in it. We don’t endorse any products and don’t get paid to advertise anything that we choose to write about. We simply write because we want to share our findings and we love to provide advice with our expertise in the industry. So welcome to our perfectly imperfect blog, where we hope you will find some honest, reliable little gems of information.

So here’s to sharing and helping others, dreaming big, laughing when we fail, rejoicing when we succeed and embracing life’s imperfections. We hope you enjoy the read and we look forward to hearing your comments.

RJ Team xxx

If your feet are happy- You’re happy


If you're feet are happy- You're happy

When your feet need some pampering and you don’t have time to get to the salon …. We found the perfect home pedicure solution for you!

Ok, so this may not be the most glamorous of posts, and let me tell you, my feet are far from glamorous. However, this little gem of a product that I stumbled across, does exactly what it says on the tin!

If your anything like me, you’ll totally understand, it’s hard to fit in any kind of pampering into our busy schedules and as our feet don’t tend to be on show much, they are the last thing to get seen to.
But after a very long shopping trip at Westfield shopping Centre, trying on dresses for Sarah’s wedding, my feet were feeling extremely tired, not to mention the burning sensation I was experiencing from a build up of hard skin on my heels and the balls of my feet. So it’s not surprising that as our last stop was Superdrug, I headed straight to the foot care section to see what goodies I could find to pamper my neglected feet.

I picked up the Footner exfoliating socks and was instantly sucked in by the caption ‘for baby soft feet’

(I am an advertisers dream customer! Especially when vulnerable) So ignoring the slightly high price tag, I think around £20 in Superdrug) I was Sold!
As soon as I got home that night, I eagerly proceeded to put the plastic socks on, and sat doing some work for an hour whilst the cooling liquid (I now know was a dermatologically tested acid solution) did it’s thing. I must admit, as usual, I didn’t fully read the instructions, thinking ‘what’s so difficult about putting my foot into a plastic sock’. So when I removed the socks after an hour, and washed the liquid off, I thought my feet felt better and far less sore, but they weren’t particularly ‘baby soft’. And so I continued with my evening and after a few days totally forgot about the whole experience.

Until day 8! This is when the magic happened!

Without wanting to sound too gross here, I looked down to my feet and noticed a large, thick sheet of skin peeling away from the soles of my feet! Over the course of the next few days, the whole of my feet had shed at least 5 layers of skin, the hard lumps of skin on my third toe had disappeared, even the build up of skin around my cuticles had peeled away and my feet literally felt baby soft!
I was totally amazed at the results I got from these powerful little exfoliating socks and can highly recommend this product if like me, you struggle to find the time to get to the salon for your monthly pedicure.

I’ve since done a further treatment (3 weeks later) and my feet feel softer than they have done in years.

I’d recommend soaking your feet for 20 minutes before applying the socks, to soften the skin to allow the liquid to penetrate quicker, and take a couple of baths instead of showers the week after to speed up the shedding process. Once most of the shedding had occurred, after around day 10, I used organic shea butter to replenish my feet and help remove the last of the dry skin. I have also found them slightly cheaper, at £14.00 a pair on Amazon. I’m now not too embarrassed to allow our lovely Kim to perform a nice relaxing OPI pedicure on me as an extra treat for my feet before my hols. (ps, I would recommend doing this no later than 2 weeks before a holiday, as it takes around 2 weeks for feet to go through the full shedding process)

Footner exfoliating socks

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Footner-Exfoliating-Socks-Callus-Remover/dp/B00P9OFGGK/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1466622935&sr=8-1&keywords=footner+exfoliating+socks

 

I hope you found this useful, and we will be researching more into home pedicure solutions in the future, If you have found any products to be particularly good, please feel free to tell us in the comment section below. Happy pampering guys!

Rebecca xxx

Cute Cuticles- DIY


Cute Cuticles

How to make your own, homemade cuticle oil

I find, especially during the winter months, my cuticles can get so dry and dehydrated. I spend time on having my nails beautifully manicured, or take the time to pick the perfect colour, but seem to totally neglect my cuticles. When my cuticles look dry and scruffy, it doesn’t do my nails justice one bit.

Although we do sell our chosen cuticle oil in salon, if you have the time, there’s something really special about creating your own homemade version, and it is so easy and in expensive. It can also make a perfect gift idea if you’re strapped for cash, or if you fancy putting a bit of love into your gift ideas.

So here is our blog on how to make your very own cuticle oil.

You will need-

  • 20 drops of frankincense essential oil
  • 20 drops of orange essential oil
  • 4 tablespoons of Jojoba oil
  • 1 tablespoon of vitamin E oil
  • A small, dark tinted glass bottle with dropper
  • Pretty ribbon or accessories to decorate your bottle

Why we chose these oils in particular-

  • Frankincense oil– promotes cellular health, as well as calms and soothes the skin. It also has a high vibrational aroma, which helps to relax and balance mood swings. One of it’s most popular uses is to apply a couple of drops to your finger nails to help strengthen your nails. Which is why it is a perfect ingredient for our homemade cuticle oil.
  • Orange essential oil– not only does it smell amazing and has an uplifting effect on your senses, but this oil has many properties, including being an anti-inflammatory, an anti-depressant, diuretic tonic and many more. If you have any cracks or cuts around your cuticles, orange essential oil can help avoid bacterial or fungal infections occurring, due to it’s antiseptic properties. It is also very good for maintaining healthy, smooth and glamorous skin.
  • Jojoba oil-This is our chosen carrier oil. When using essential oils on the skin, it is essential that you mix them with a carrier oil, diluting the potency of the oil to avoid adverse reactions. Jojoba oil, unlike most vegetable oils, closely resembles human sebum, so it’s uses and benefits to the skin are amazing. Since it has a very low melting point, it practically remains in the liquid state all of the time, making it a perfect carrier for our cuticle oil. (no messing around having to heat the bottle before you use it, as with coconut oil).
  • Vitamin E oil– we chose to add this as a little extra loving for your cuticles. Vitamin E is a nutrient to the skin, it’s also an antioxidant that helps neutralize free radicals which damage cells. Although it wouldn’t be super beneficial on it’s owns, teamed with these other powerful ingredients, it will have a fabulous effect on the skin around your nails.

And the method-

Simply mix all of the above ingredients into a small bowl, stir, and use your dropper from the small glass bottle to transport the mixed oil from your bowl into your bottle. Tie a nice ribbon around the bottle and label it if you wish, and Voila! You have yourself a powerful, beautiful smelling little cuticle oil, that will last up to 2 years if its stored in a cool dark place.

Feel free to swap out the orange essential oil for lavender or lemon, whichever you like the smell of the most.

We hope you enjoy making this handy cuticle oil, and would absolutely love to see your creations, or hear any of your own recipes for making your own skin care!

RJ Team xxxx

LOVE THE SKIN YOU’RE IN


 Image skincare- clear cell

How I managed to get clear skin for the first time in my life- this is what worked for me.

I had suffered with oily and acne prone skin from the age of 18 until the age of 28

and I remember it really got me down at times. My skin was so oily and shiny all of the time, to the point that I didn’t dare wear a moisturiser as it felt far too heavy mixed with the amount of oil I was already producing. But I knew I was getting older and needed to start wearing moisturiser as my skin was dehydrated. I was clueless as to what to do to combat this, and had tried so many expensive products on the market.

Along with being slightly lazy when it comes to my skincare routine, and never fully having faith in the products I was using, I opted to stick to using gentle face wipes to remove my makeup and only using water to wash my face with, in fear of causing any further breakouts.

Until I came across Image skincare!

This came about around 4 years ago, when I went on a training course to further my journey into the aesthetics side of the beauty industry. I had no intention of finding a new skincare product, and in fact, was extremely sceptical about the whole course before I got there. I had never, until that point believed that you could change your skin from what you put on it, I thought I was just born with bad skin.

The training course was incredible! A real eye opener for me, and I learnt so much about skin over those few days. Everything I learnt about skin was so interesting, and for the first time ever, made a lot of sense to me.One of the main things that I learnt, was that there are 3 different levels of skincare, cosmetic, cosmeceutical and pharmaceutical.
Pharmaceuticalproducts require a medical prescription due to the side effects that these products can cause.
Cosmeticsare the products that we can buy over the counter. Because consumers can “self diagnose” and choose a skincare product that’s easily accessible from a department store, or chemist, they need to be made safe, resulting in the fact that they contain little or no amount of ‘active ingredients’. So they will feel and smell good, but won’t have a deep affect on the skin or skin health.
Cosmeceuticals (this is the category that Image skincare products fall into)- bridge the gap between cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. In order for a product to be classed as a cosmeceutical, it must have scientifically proven levels of concentrations that have an effect on the skin. The ingredients must also be in a delivery system that ensures the active ingredients can penetrate the skin, which means, they have the ability to bring about real visible changes in the skins structure. Cosmeceuticals are real, results driven products, ad although they often smell and feel great too, their main focus is to correct skin complaints and produce the results we are looking for.

For more info on these different types of skincare, visit this blog which explains in more detail- http://www.debraspence.com/cosmeceuticals-vs-cosmetics/

So with this new found knowledge, and after trying a chemical peel on the day to which I had no reaction whatsoever ( after leaving it on for 10 minutes) due to my skin being so clogged up through years of using the wrong type of skincare (the chemical peel could not penetrate through the top surface of my skin) … I decided I would give these products a chance! And I was excited to see the results.

I decided to choose the Clear Cell cleanser and the Prevention Plus moisturiser to begin with.

As I knew how rubbish I was at sticking to a lengthy regime, I thought this would be simple enough to follow. Luckily, the clear cell cleanser contains Salicylic acid, which works as a liquid exfoliator, as well as having its own built in toner, so I figured I was doing 3 steps of my routine in one hit, bonus! I was wary of the moisturiser as this was the first time I had ever used one, but chose the Matt SPF 30 version, to help keep shine to a minimum. (this moisturiser also contains zinc oxide, which I later found out is the essential ingredient to protect your skin from premature ageing)

After 2 weeks, my skin was already starting to feel better.

I had experienced a bit of a breakout at first. This was caused by the active ingredients getting to work on a deeper level, and de-clogging my pores, pushing all of the buildup of dirt up to the surface. It’s also common to experience some initial dryness with this product, as the liquid exfoliator (salicylic acid) helps to shed layers of dead skin that had been building up.
I decided to try another chemical peel, to test out my trainer’s theory that my skin had been too clogged for the peel to penetrate my skin the first time I had one. I couldn’t even leave it on longer that 2 minutes! (I’d managed over 10 minutes the first time) I experienced the tingling sensation immediately, which was all the evidence I needed that my skin was thoroughly de-clogged, giving me the motivation to carry on using my products.

Within 4 weeks, my skin was totally clear!

Breakouts had stopped occurring, it wasn’t dry, but I had become addicted to using the moisturiser and wouldn’t go a day without it. My makeup was going on so much nicer, and I had finally got a handle on my skincare routine. Only using a cleanser and a moisturiser, I found it incredibly easy to stick to, and have been converted ever since.

I can honestly say, in the last 4 years, since using these products, I haven’t had 1 single breakout.

And  I often have comments made on how clear my skin is. As the structure of my skin has changed, and I no longer produce excessive levels of oil, I have been able to switch to the ‘Max’ range, which targets the prevention of ageing, and have added some serums and an eye cream into my routine (when I remember to use them)

These products have made such a huge difference to my skin and my confidence, and I hope they can work for you too. If you have any questions about our chosen product range ‘Image skincare’ feel free to call our salon or comment below. We look forward to helping you and your skin 🙂

Rebecca xxxx