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My views on Fake Tanning Products

Fake tans had a bad reputation in the past. But everything changed in recent years. I have tried and worked with lots of different Fake Tans over the years, Clarin’s, St Tropez, Fake Bake, and finally Sienna X Spray Tanning. The last one is my absolute favorite. It looks natural, smells good, and doesn’t leave you feeling sticky.

How can you have a Spray Tan done at home?

Having a Spray Tan done at home is simple. The Therapist will bring a pop up tent which you will stand in. Its quick, clean and easy and the whole process which includes setting up, appying a barrier cream on the hands and feet followed by spraying of the tan and taking down the tent takes a total of 20 Minutes.

Tips for keeping your skin youthful

Did you know that once we hit 25 our skin is actually classed as mature? This is when we start to lose collagen and we should start taking extra care of our skin to slow down the ageing process. Read my Top Tips for keeping the skin looking younger for longer.

Beauty Salon Versus Mobile Beautician

Most women these days have some kind of beauty treatment done weekly or monthly. How do you decide what's best for you with regard to getting a Mobile Beauty Therapist round or going to your local salon? Let me help you to get some clarity. Read my thoughts on both approaches.

How you can treat adult acne

This is a subject I know a lot about. I suffered from Acne from the age of 22 on and off for over 6 years. After trying all the usual products at the chemist, spending hundreds of pounds on lotions and getting nowhere, I moved to treatments that need a prescription from a doctor. I was consistent and lucky enough to find a drug that delivered long-lasting results for me.

What foods can you eat to boost the skin from within during the winter?

In cold weather, it’s more important to take care of your skin. Cold wind and central heating all play a part in dehydrating the skin and reducing radiance. Some foods will nourish your skin from within and help you keep your skin in top shape through the cold winter months.

My tips for looking your best whilst exercising

Working hard at the gym usually means getting a little hot and breaking a sweat. The last thing you want is makeup running down your face, this isn't a good look, and it's not good for your skin either. Here are some tips I would recommend to give you a more natural look whilst exercising.

Environ Accumax Info – supplements for break-outs and problematic skins

Skin Accumax is a nutritional supplement that contains a combination of vitamins A, C, E, and DIM, an active nutrient complex found in broccoli, to support skin health. Regardless of whether you’re only occasionally unhappy with your skin, or if you have ongoing concerns you can take Skin Accumax. It’s suitable for males and females, as long as you’re over the age of 16.

Tips for keeping your skin youthful

Did you know that once we hit 25 our skin is actually classed as mature. This is when we start to lose collagen and we should start taking extra care of our skin to slow down the ageing process.

My Top Tips for keeping the skin looking younger for longer.

  1. Drink plenty of water. Have you ever noticed after a night of drinking alcohol the next day you look older? Also having the central heating on full in the winter also causes dehydration. Dehydration lines are very ageing, everyone should be drinking 2 + litres a day to prevent this. If you dont drink any water then start by drinking a pint a day, after a week up it to two pints a day and just keep upping it until you reach the amount you should be drinking. If your skin is dehydrated aswell as drinking water you can use some rehydration products like Clarin’s HydraQuench Serum, Clarin’s HydraQuench Mask and Clarin’s HydraQuench Moisturiser. All of these products will put lost water back into the skin making it look more youthful and radiant.
  2. Wear Sun Screen. UVB & UVA ray’s are responsible for 90% of ageing in the skin. You should always wear a sun screen, especially in hot weather and obviously avoid sunbeds. If you feel your skin needs abit of colour then try Clarins Radiance Plus which is a moisturiser with a hint of fake tan in it or try a Sienna X Spray Tan.
  3. Avoid Smoking as it starves your skin of oxygen and increases harmful free radicals which are ageing for the skin and can cause illness.
  4. Eat foods rich in Antioxidant’s. Antioxidant’s fight free radical’s in the body which destroy and kill our cells causing illness and ageing.
  5. Alternatively you can take an Antioxidant supplement or drink a Antioxidant Juice. Vitamin A, C and E are all Antioxidant’s aswell as Acai, Betacarotine & Goji Berries. See holland and Barrett.
  6. Get a good skincare routine. Never sleep in your make up and use high quality products. My favourite products are Clarin’s, Environ and Dermalogica.
  7. Have regular facial’s. The massage in a facial detoxify’s the skin and stimulate’s fresh blood and nutrients to the skin making it look younger and fresher. The products used in a facial like the scrub and the mask will help with the dehydration lines.
  8. Try and get lots of sleep, the minimum should be 6-8 hour’s. Your skin repair’s itself while you sleep. Lots of late nights will age your skin.

Ok so realistically none of us are saints and we all sometimes drink to much, eat the wrong things and have late nights ect. So to repair some of the damage after these occasions I would highly recommend Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. After cleansing or washing your face apply a think layer and leave it on for a minimum of 15 mins. There is no maximum time you should leave it on for, I sometimes sleep in it. This product is truly amazing and removes all signs of fatigue once you have washed it off just moisturize as normal. If you are going out again then mix a pea sized amount of Beauty Flash with your normal foundation and apply to the face. It makes such a difference. The other thing you can do is have a Berocca which full of Vitamin’s and Antioxidant’s. They are available from Boots and I find if I have had a late night that drinking a Berroca makes me feel and look a lot better. It can also be taken to boost your immune system.

Thanks for reading,


How you can treat adult acne

Ok so this is a subject I know alot about. I suffered from Acne from the age of 22 on and off for over 6 year’s. As a teenager I suffered from the odd one or two spot’s nothing major then in my early twenty’s I had a big emotional shock and literally woke up the next day with Acne. Acne is classed as more than one spot but I would have up to twenty on my face at any one time. It was awful.

So after trying all the usual products at the chemist first and getting no-where the first thing I tried from the Doctors was Dianette. Dianette is a contraceptive pill that also helps with your skin. Its quite a potent pill and the doctors don't like you to be on it for long periods of time without a break. I took it for about 8 months in total and it did work really well for me, my skin cleared up within 6 weeks which was great. However it gave me another problem and that was I put on a lot of weight. So I stopped taking it and my skin did stay clear for 6 Months or so but then gradually the Acne came back. – Dianette

The second thing I tried was Homeopathy. I am a big fan of Homeopathic remedies. I tried Homeopathy years ago when I used to suffer from Migraines and it worked amazingly, completely cured me infact. But with the Acne it definitely helped my skin, and reduced the spots but it didn't clear it up completely


The third thing I tried was Chinese Medicine in tablet form. Apparently the tea form is better and works more quickly but realistically there was no-way I was going to be getting up 45 minutes earlier everyday to boil herbs and what looks like tree bark to make a drink that taste’s hideous so I went for the easy / realistic option, the tablets. Chinese Medicine was amazing. At the time I started taking it my skin was at it’s worst and within two weeks my skin was completely clear for the first time in year’s. I couldn't believe it. I took the Chinese Medicine tablets for about 3 month’s. Each month represents a year you have had a problem / illness so if you have had Acne for 3 years you will need to take Chinese Medicine for 3 Months. My skin stayed clear for over a year once finishing the course but then once again I started suffering from break outs. They still weren't as bad as before but they were still bad enough for me to stress about them so once again I took Chinese Medicine but this time it didn't really seem to work.

The fourth thing I tried was anti-biotics. Once again my skin drastically improved, I still suffered from a couple of spots every month but nothing major. I took anti-biotics for 18 Months, I did try to come off them several times but my skin always got worse as soon as I stopped taking them.

During all of the above things I always had regular facial’s / facial treatments. Micro-dermabrasions were great for improving skin texture and refining the pore’s. They used to cost around £60, I used to get mine done at a Dermatologist. I also had N-Lite Laser which again is great for healing the skin, killing all the bacteria as well as helping with scaring, this was also done at Dermatologist and it would cost around £80 to get my jaw area done. I always had Advanced Clarin’s Facials to hydrate and deep cleanse and stimulate fresh blood to the skin. The products I used at home were Dermalogica Anti-Bac Skin Wash and Clarin’s HydraQuench Day Cream.

The fifth and final thing I did after 6 years of suffering from Acne was take the drug Roaccutane. After reading about all the horrible side effects I was really scared about taking this drug. The possible side effect’s are depression leading to suicide, extremely dry skin, redness, irritation, chapped lip’s, ache’s and pain’s due to dry joint’s and headache’s. They also say due to the potency of this medication you aren't supposed to drink alcohol as it’s too much for your liver. I have to admit I did actually drink but I definitely drank more moderately and ALWAYS drank two pints of water when I got home to rehydrate. This drug is also very harmful to unborn babies so if you were to fall pregnant you would have to have a termination. The side effect’s were pretty horrendous, I got all of them accept the depression. I would have to say that taking this drug is one of the best thing’s I have ever done with regards to treatment for my acne.

I stopped the course is April 2009 and my skin stayed completely clear for about 18 Months. I do still get the occasional breakout usually if I’m burning the candle at both ends or feeling a bit stressed. If my breakout last’s for longer than a couple of weeks I sometimes take anti-biotics to clear it but my skin has never been as bad as it was.

I would highly recommend anyone who has Acne to take the roaccutane. I spent hundreds of pounds on lotions and treatments and roaccutane is free on the NHS and it really does work. I wish I had done it year’s ago. Have a look at this photo diary I found of someone taking Roacutane  so you can get the idea.

Some good products to use whilst on Roaccutane are Dermalogica Ultra Calming Cleanser and Clarin’s HydraQuench Day Cream for Dry Skin or Clarin’s Multi Active Day Cream for Dry Skin. You really need to use products that will deeply moisturize your dry skin and help with the flaking and peeling and Carmex is great for the chapped lips.

My dermatologist said a small number of people need more than one course of roaccutane so there is a chance my acne will come back but fingers crossed it won't.

These days if I do get the odd breakout the first thing I use is Quinoderm which is about £3 from Boots and its great. If they still have completely cleared up then I will have a couple of sunbeds. I don't agree with having sunbeds usually but for serious skin conditions I would have to say they do work.

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What foods can you eat to boost the skin from within during the winter?

In this cold weather it’s more important to take care of your skin. Cold wind and central heating all play a part in dehydrating the skin and reducing radiance. There are some foods that will nourish your skin from within, heres just a few I know of.

1. Sweet potatoes. One of the best natural sources of beta-carotene, which your body turns into vitamin A to nourish your skin, sweet potatoes provide you with what your skin needs to stay looking great. Up to 262% of your daily Vitamin A needs can come from one single baked sweet potato. Bake Sweet Potatoes with the skin on to preserve the nutrients and taste. Sweet potatoes also have anti-inflammatory properties that can help sooth skin battered by the chilly winter wind.

2. Turnip greens. People shy away from eating turnip greens simply because they don’t know how to prepare them – but it’s a trick worth knowing. Turnip greens contain over 158% of your daily Vitamin A plus a variety of other skin-healthy vitamins and nutrients. To prepare turnip greens, rinse them well, remove the center stem, and then add them to your meals.

3. Walnuts. The anti-oxidants found in walnuts are essential to skin regeneration and elasticity, but walnuts also include chemicals  that help boost circulation, bringing oxygen and nutrients to your skin cells quickly. Just four walnuts a day will provide you with all their skin-protecting benefits. Try adding to Salads or cooked vegetables, or roast them at low heat for just 160 degrees for a tasty, healthy snack.

4. Acai Berries. The acai berry is a fruit from the Amazon rainforest, is one of the best sources of antioxidants you can get. Try frozen acai berry pulp, found in your grocer’s freezer section. The thick, rich, almost chocolaty-tasting paste can be mixed into smoothies or yogurt for a delicious treat that will make your skin glow.

5. Hemp. The single best source of vegetarian Omega fatty acids, ground hemp seed is a guaranteed win for your body and skin this winter. Omega fatty acids strengthen the membranes of your skin cells, making it stronger and allowing your skin to hold in all the moisture and nutrients you’re offering. Adding just two tablespoons of ground hemp seed – which contains 300 mg of Omega-3 and 850 mg of Omega-6 with GLA – to your diet can even help restore your skin . You can add this light, nutty powder to smoothies or salads.

If you struggle to eat healthy snacks everyday that will help your skin then I recommend taking a good multi vitamin like Berocca. This will boost your immune system and reduce fatigue in the face like sluggish skin and dark circles.

Thanks for reading

Environ Accumax Info – supplements for break-outs and problematic skins

Skin Accumax contains a special combination of vitamins A, C and E, which support skin health. It also contains DIM, an active nutrient complex found in broccoli. These ingredients have been carefully formulated in a specific ratio for maximum results.

Accumax frequently asked questions

Who is Skin Accumax for?

Regardless of whether you’re only occasionally unhappy with your skin, or if you have ongoing concerns you can take Skin Accumax.  It’s suitable for males and females, as long as you’re over the age of 16.  It has been specially designed to address ALL levels of problem skin.

How soon will I see results?

This will vary from person to person however we recommend that you initially take Skin Accumax for at least 14 weeks. Most people will start to see results by then, and skin may continue to improve with continued use.

How long should I take Skin Accumax for?

Once your skin has regained its balance, you can discontinue taking Skin Accumax. The results achieved are likely to be long-lasting, but if the problem recurs then you can start taking the supplements again until your skin concerns have been addressed.

Can men take Accumax?

Anyone over the age of 16, male or female can take Skin Accumax.

Is there anyone who can’t take it?

If you’re breastfeeding, pregnant or planning a pregnancy or taking prescription medication containing retinoic acid or tretinoin, then Skin Accumax™ won’t be suitable for you.  If in doubt, please ask your doctor.

What happens if I forget to take it?

Just continue taking the recommended daily dose as normal, there is no need to compensate for missed pills.  It is okay to take all the capsules in the evening if you forget in the morning.

Are there any additives? 

Skin Accumax has no added dairy, yeast, artificial colourings or flavourings and no wheat or gluten-containing ingredients. We only add ingredients that help to protect and encapsulate the nutrients.

Can I take it with another multivitamin? 

The Recommended Daily Dose (RDA) reflects the minimum levels of nutrients to stay healthy.  The Upper Safety Limits are much higher and are listed below.  We recommend taking a multivitamin as long as it doesn’t exceed these levels when combined with Skin Accumax™.

  • Vitamin E  300mg
  • Vitamin C 1000mg
  • Vitamin A  3000 mcg
  • There is no RDA or Upper Safety Limit for DIM

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What is Environ Skin Care?

Environ is a cosmeceutical range which basically means pharmaceutical and medical science has been used when formulating the product. Environ contains the maximum permissible level of Vitamin A in a cosmetic product.

Environ was created over 20 years ago by Dr Des Fernandes who is a plastic surgeon in South Africa.

Environ is designed to put Vitamins back into your skin, particularly Vitamin A.

Vitamin A is present in all skins but is lost daily through light and free radical damage. This leads to ageing, dry skin, pigmentation, breakouts and sun damage. Also most common skin cancers are associated with low levels of Vitamin A.

So what will Vitamin A do for your skin?

•    It will repair your skin cell DNA by normalizing the skin cells.

•    It will stimulate cell turnover which means your skin will naturally exfoliate itself.

•    It will smooth and compact the top layer of the skin creating a healthy barrier to protect the skin.

•    Over time it will thicken your epidermis so will have a plumping effect on the skin so will help with lines, ageing and wrinkles.

•    It will stimulate the blood flow to and from the skin which will in turn detoxify the skin and also bring fresh blood and nutrients to the skin.

•    It will normalize your sebaceous glands (skins natural oil) so if you suffer from extremely dry skin or extremely oily skin it will normalise this for you.

•    It will stimulate the skin collagen. We start to lose our collagen once we hit 25 and this causes us to age so it’s important to boost the collagen where we can.

•    It will lock in your skins natural moisture. This is important to prevent the skin becoming dry.

•    It will boost your skins immunity so in-turn will prevent skin breakouts and infections.

•    It will repair cell melanocyte damage so helps with pigmentation.

Take a look at some of the results that have been achieved with Environ are some online reviews idea is the more Vitamin A we get into our skin the healthier it will be but Vitamin A must be introduced slowly. There is an easy to follow step up routine to suit all skin types. The great thing about Environ is as our skins are made of Vitamin A no-one can be allergic to it. If you are concerned with ageing, acne, pigmentation, oily skin, dry skin or maybe you just want to maintain a healthy skin then I would thoroughly recommend Environ.

To hear more please contact me as I can order products for you.

Environ AVST range – What is it?

Environ AVST face creams are designed to put vitamin A back into the skin Please read my last blog to see the benefits of vitamin A for our skin. AVST stands for advanced vitamin skin therapy. It is designed for all skin types and all ages. The product is made of vitamin’s A & C aswell as anti-oxidants and flavinoids. The idea is the more vitamin A we put back into our skin the better our skin will be but the vitamin A must be introduced slowly and gradually.

environ AVST face cream

The contra-indications to vitamin A are roaccutane users and clients that have been using retin A (very high level of vitamin A).

AVST 1 – It has very low levels of vitamin A, it is for first time users of vitamin A. The benefits are it will normalise and repair your skin, it will protect from free radical damage, it will protect from UV damage, it will hydrate and heal, will combat the signs of ageing by stimulating the collagen in the bottom layer of your skin and is anti bacterial. Use 1-2 bottles then progress to AVST 2.

AVST 2 – It has mild levels of vitamin A, it is for users who have been using AVST 1 for 1-2 months. It has the same benefits. Use 1-2 bottles then progress to AVST 3.

AVST 3 – It has medium levels of vitamin A, It is for users who have used AVST 1 & 2. It has the same benefits. Use 1-3 bottles then progress to AVST 4

.AVST 4 – It has high levels of vitamin A, It is for users who have used AVST 1,2 & 3. You should use this for 6-12 months before progressing onto AVST 5. When progressing onto level 5 it is a good idea to use AVST 4 in the morning and AVST 5 in the evening so you are introducing it slowly.

AVST 5 – This has the highest levels of vitamin A. It has the same benefits but at this strong level this is when the vitamin A will really start to work on your pigmentation, wrinkles, lines and scaring. After AVST 5 we can progress onto Retinal 1,2 and 3 or Ionzyme range.

How we use AVST cream – Apply morning and evening to a thoroughly cleansed face and throat in an upward movement including the eye area. It is advised you must use a sun screen every day on top of the AVST.

AVST Pre cleansing oil -  removes make up, oil and debris from the skin to facilitate the penetration of active ingredients. It inhibits skin surface water loss, its hydrating, soothing and calming. Apply to face and neck then massage in with damp hands to form a milky emulsion. Remove excess with water then follow with appropriate cleanser. Eye make-up can be removed with pre-cleansing oil as well.

AVST cleansing lotion – Hydrates, removes excess oils, make up and impurities whilst maintaining the natural PH of the skin. Apply to face and neck, massage well and remove with tepid water or damp cotton wool.

AVST moisturizing toner – Mildly exfoliating, evens skin tone and texture, hydrates, protects from free radical damage and is a penetrant enhancer which means it will prepare the skin for your AVST cream and help with the penetration of the active ingredients in the cream. After you have pre cleansed and then cleansed apply the toner to a cotton pad and wipe over the face and neck. Follow with appropriate AVST cream

.AVST Eye gel – Very low levels of vitamin A, repairs skin cells, protects from free radical damage, heals and hydrates, stimulates collagen, firms and tightens. Apply am and pm around the eye area after you have done your cleansing routine before you apply your AVST cream.

AVST Moisture gel – The lowest level of vitamin A in a face gel, lower then AVST 1. Most people can start on AVST 1 but if you do get a retinoid reaction to AVST 1 then the moisture gel is another option. Use 1-3 bottles before progressing onto AVST 1.

Possible side effects to vitamin A - When using products that contain Vitamin A your skin can develop a retinoid reaction. The symptoms of this are dryness and flakiness, redness and sometimes a break out of pimples. This can happen when you first start using the products or when you are using a level of vitamin A that is too high for your skin. If you get this when you first start using Environ if the reaction is slight then you can continue to use the products and wait for the phase to pass usually anything from 2-6 weeks. If the reaction is more severe it is recommended you go down to a lower level of AVST like the moisture gel or even the AVST body oil. If you get a severe retinoid reaction when you go up a level on the AVST it is recommended that you go back to your previous level and introduce the higher level again once the reaction has cleared up but introduce slowly like once a day every other day. If your skin is struggling with the acclimatization to vitamin A  you can take vitamin A capsules orally to help.

To order your Environ Skin Care please call me for a consultation 07534898872

Cleansing questions?

Are pre-cleansers really necessary?

Pre-cleansing is a vital part of a two step cleansing process. Its first in-line to provide deep, specific cleansing and helps to to lift off surface debris that can cause break-outs and dullness. This should be followed with facewash or cleanser for complete cleanliness. Environ oil based pre cleansers are help you achieve a clean healthy skin with a double regimen that melts off the layers of unwanted sebum (skin oil), make up, pollutants, sweat and grime that build up throughout the day. A mineral based pre-cleanser such as B-Active sebu prep with soothe and improve problem skin whilst cleaning and unblocking the pores.

Certain cleansers leave my skin feeling tight. How do I know which one to use?

The right cleanser will leave your skin feeling comfortable and relaxed. A soap free foaming wash is great for a normal skin. Dry or sensitive complexions need gentle and hydrating formulation that wont strip your skin of natural oils. Oily or problematic skins need a mild foaming gel cleanser to keep excess oil at bay. Environ do a full range of cleansers and foaming washes for all skin types.

Why shouldn't I use soap to clean my face?

Regardless of your skin type or age soap is definitely not recommended. Your skin is naturally acidic and soaps are alkaline which means they strip your skin of your natural oils and acid mantle which is there to protect your skin and maintain your natural moisture levels. Using soap will strip this off leaving your skin dry and flaky, soap is way too harsh for the skin.

AVST Cleanser, AVST Pre-Cleansing oil,  Sebu Prep, Sebu Wash,  C-Quence Cleanser

I can recommend the right cleanser for your skin

Toning Questions

Are Toners really useful?

Toners are often undervalued in a beauty routine when in fact its your toner that completes your cleansing routine. If excess oil or make up is left on the skin it will clog your pores, mild alcohol free toners will remove this and prepare your skin for to absorb your moisturizer ect. The best toners wont strip your skin of its natural oils and will leave it feeling energized and fresh.


I have oily, acne-prone skin, do I need to use a toner?

An acidic toner will be beneficial for oily skin- It will pick up any leftover residue after cleansing and assist in maintaining the PH balance of the skin, which will reduce the risk of infection. B-Active Sebutone is great for extremely oily skin or acne prone skin, helping to degrease with lactic acid and disinfect with T- Tree oil. I love Environ Toners, AVST Toner, C Quence Ionzyme Toner & Sebu Tone. Give them a try!

What is Eyelash Perming?

Eyelash perming is a treatment that makes the lashes permanently curled for a period of 4-6 weeks.

The process involves putting a small roller across the lashes and applying a low percentage perming solution for 15 minutes followed by a setting lotion for another 15 minutes. The whole process takes around 40 minutes. You can also make the lashes darker for the same period of time by getting them tinted.

Eyelash perming has been around for over a decade and is considered to be very safe however a patch test should always be carried out prior to an eyelash tint.

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LVL Lash Lift - Staines Upon Thames Surrey

The Nouveau LVL lash lift is the revolutionary treatment that lifts by your own natural lashes so you do not to use eyelash curlers or extensions. This treatment will create the look of longer, fuller lashes that make your eyes appear more open and youthful as well as saving time in your morning routine.

What are LVL Lashes?

  • LVL, which stands for lift, volume and length. It works by lifting the lashes at the root giving a voluminous, lifted and wide-eyed effect.
  • The treatment process is similar to the Eyelash perm. Your eye lashes are stuck to a rubber shield, which allows us to lift the lashes straight up.
  • The innovative Nouveau Lash formula containing hydrolysed collagen & oats to promote enhanced lash health and strength is used on every client. The treatment is finished off with an Eyelash tint boost.
  • If you would like a full root to tip Eyelash tint including top and bottom lashes then we recommend getting it done more the 48 hours in advance prior to the LVL treatment.
  • You can view 47 second clip of the process here on our instagram account - Instagram LVL Video

What you need to know about LVL Lashes

  • LVL lash treatment takes anything from 45 minutes to 60 minutes maximum.
  • If you would like to have another treatment such as a pedicure, shoulder or scalp massage or a bikini line wax or leg wax whilst the lash lift is taking this is also possible.
  • LVL Lashes last anything from 4-10 weeks with the average being 6-8 weeks.
  • Low maintenance compared to Eyelash extensions.
  • Much cheaper then Eyelash extensions.
  • Before we can book you in for this treatment a patch test must be carried out in advance. We can pop this in the post to you with clear instructions, its very easy to do.
  • If you have any medical eye conditions please email us & ask for advice before booking.

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What to do when your lashes go frizzy after LVL lash lift

I went to a clients house recently to give her an LVL lash lift and this is what her lashes looked like before we started the treatment. Sadly as her lashes were in this state we could not do the treatment. When the lashes end up being frizzy it means that they have been over processed.


So your probably wondering why has this happened and more importantly what can we do about it? Here are the reasons it happens.

Reason 1 - You are only supposed to apply the lash products lifting serum & setting serum from the root of the hair to half way up the lash (eg not root to tip) none of our girls would ever apply from root to tip as we did our training with Nouveau. If you go from root to tip you run the risk of over processing.

Reason 2 - It can happen if the LVL lash product is left on for too long during the treatment, everyone has different thickness and different lash lengths and we have a rough guideline that we follow for example if your lashes are super fine we would do the minimum time approximately 10 minutes, if your lashes are of medium thickness then around 12-14 minutes and if your lashes are super thick and strong we would leave on for the maximum time of approximately 16 minutes. If you ever get your lashes done and they look frizzy straight away or go frizzy within a couple of days you do need to tell your therapist as maybe it was left on a minute or two too long.

Reason 3 - Everyone has a different lash cycle, your lashes fall out every day and new ones come through without you noticing. For some people the lashes renew within 6-ish weeks but if your lash cycle is quite long for example more then 8 weeks then sometimes the lashes might dry out a bit towards the end of the cycle after an LVL.

Reason 4 - Sometimes your lashes can be left a tiny bit dry after an LVL and if you go on holiday and your in the sun and in a chlorine swimming pool that might dry them out more.

Reason 5 - If you get LVL done with your lashes are already still a bit curled after the last lash lift its like doing a perm over a perm and your lashes can go frizzy or break off. That is why it is so important to leave enough time between lash treatments, if you still have curled lashes do not get another LVL done until they have all grown out.

So what can we do about it? The main thing you want to do is get your lashes done with someone who has trained to a high level with a company like Nouveau, when you get your lashes down let them fully grow out before you get them done again & once you have had your lashes done keep your lashes hydrated by applying coconut oil and vaseline to them once to three times a week. This should prevent them going frizzy in the first place & if your lashes do end up frizzy just keep applying coconut oil or vaseline to smooth them out.

Waxing Specialist - Hollywood & Brazilian Hot Wax - Staines Surrey

Hot wax is ideal for precision hair removal over small areas, such as the face, underarms and bikini area. It's designed to work best on coarse, terminal hairs so it's brilliant for removing stubborn chin hairs and unruly armpit growth.


Cirepil Hot wax (strip-less wax) for Brazilian and Hollywood Waxing.

French manufacturer Perron Rigot developed Cirepil stripless hot wax back in 1936. They are the pioneers of waxing and created the first hot wax ever made. These depilatory waxing beans are made of a special high quality patented polymer formula which shrink’s around each hair follicle so you can remove anything from thick coarse hair’s, fine fuzz & short stubble in a super quick and super painless way.

Lycon Hot wax for Brazilian and Hollywood Waxing.

Lycon wax is one of the market leader’s in hair removal wax. Using only the finest resins, natural ingredients and aromatherapy oils, Lycon delivers superior performance, removing stubborn hair as short as 1mm. Low temperatures and gentle formulas provide nurturing and conditioning benefits for extra client comfort, leaving the skin smooth and soft to the touch.

Female Intimate area waxing explained.

  • Standard Bikini Wax– This is the bare minimum bikini wax. The client would be wearing knickers (not G- String) and we would just wax around the sides.
  • Extended Bikini Wax – For this wax we recommend the client wear’s a G-String pair of pants. This is the sides and some of the underneath.
  • Brazilian Bikini Wax – This is everything from front to back & all of the underneath just leaving a landing strip or triangle at the front.
  • Hollywood Bikini Wax – This is absolutely everything front to back.

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Laura's Mobile Beauty Treats has a team of beauty therapist's based in South West London, North West London and Staines Surrey.

My views on Fake Tanning Products

With all the fake tan’s out there on the market now there really is no need to use a sunbed anymore. As we all know sunbeds are ageing for the skin and there’s always a risk of skin cancer. 10 Years ago we didn’t have the fake tan options that we do now, fake tans had a reputation for leaving you orange and streaky will not anymore I have tried and worked with lots of different Fake Tans over the years, Clarin’s, St Tropez, Fake Bake and finally Sienna X Spray Tanning.

I liked the Clarin’s self tanning gel, the tan was natural looking but if I’m totally honest the smell wasn't great and even after a shower there was still a strong smell. I really liked the St Tropez but the application was time consuming, incredibly messy and you looked like you had been rolling around in the mud. You really had to dedicate an entire evening to this and lets face it who has time to do that. Fake Bake was similar to St Tropez, the tan was nice once you had showered but straight after the tan application your left looking a bit muddy and with all the fake tans listed above you was always left feeling a bit sticky. You would have to put on some long PJ’s and sleep alone, again not always convenient.

Now recently I tried the Sienna X Spray Tan for the first time and I absolutely loved it. It genuinely smells nice, it didnt leave me feeling sticky, it does have a guideline colour so you can see where you are spraying the tan but it doesnt look muddy or dirty so I could leave the house with it on. I had it done in the afternoon and slept in it and it didnt come off all over my bed sheets. When I washed it off 10 hours later I was left with a streak free,  very natural tan. You get the choice of 3 percentages 8% is the most natural, 10% is medium and 12% is for Asian or darker skins or for those who like the fake look. The tan did fade slightly after 4-5 days but didnt completely come off for 8 days so you definitely get your moneys worth and everyone kept telling me how well I looked or kept asking if I had been on holiday.

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How can you have a Spray Tan done at home?

Having a Spray Tan done at home is simple. The Therapist will bring a pop up tent which you will stand in. Its quick, clean and easy and the whole process which includes setting up, appying a barrier cream on the hands and feet followed by spraying of the tan and taking down the tent takes a total of 20 Minutes.The tan I use is Sienna X and the Tan lasts around a week.

Beauty Salon Versus Mobile Beautician

Ok so most women these days have some kind of Beauty Treatments done whether its painting your nails, having a facial or removing your leg hair most of us do some kind of beauty treatment done weekly or monthly.

So how do you decide what's best for you with regards to getting a Mobile Beauty Therapist round or going to your local salon. Let me help you decide.

So the Pro’s of getting a Mobile Beauty Therapist to your house are

•    If your lacking in time then this will save you time. If you are having an hours treatment then you will only use one hour out of your day. You wont have to waste time getting to and from the salon.

•     If you have children and you time it so they are asleep for a relaxing treatment like a Facial or a Massage or if they are relatively well behaved then things like Waxing, Manicures and Pedicures you can have done while your kids are there and you don't have to worry about arranging / cost of childcare.

•     If you work long hours then your therapist can come to you for a time that suits you, either really early in the morning before work or late in the evening after work.

•    It will cost you less. You don't have to worry about the extra cost of petrol, trains, buses and parking tickets.

•    You wont have the stress of relying on public transport or traffic to make sure you are on time.

•    If your the type of person who doesn't like to be seen without make up on / hair done then having a Therapist come to you is the perfect solution.

•    You will remain relaxed for longer if you don't have to worry about getting home after your beauty treatment.

•    The therapist can do couples or groups of you which again is great if you have children as you can have a pamper party and take it in turns to look after each others kids.

•    If you work from home then you can have things done but still be checking your emails / working on your laptop at the same time as having your treatments done. For example you could have your legs waxed whilst being on a conference call.

•    As the treatment’s are generally cheaper with a Mobile Beauty Therapist if your on a budget it will be more affordable for you. If your not on a budget then you can have the treatments done more regularly then you would if you was paying Salon or Spa prices.

•    Salons can sometimes be noisy so if your having something relaxing like a Massage then having it home can be a more enjoyable experience.

•    I think if a Beautician comes to your home its abit more personal so you will build a better relationship with her.

The Pro’s of going to a Salon.

•    If your house is Chaotic with kid’s, pet’s and husband’s its sometimes nicer to get away from it all.

•    If you don't like the idea of a stranger coming to your house then a beauty salon might be a better option for you.

•    The rooms in Beauty Salons / Spa’s are sometimes have nicer, warmer rooms  then your own home.

•    If your going to a luxury spa it can feel like more of a treat.

So in a nutshell its more convenient, cheaper and you have less things to worry about if you just get a Mobile Beautician to come to you.

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My tips for looking your best whilst exercising

Ok so if your actually going to work hard whilst at the gym and working hard usually mean’s getting a little hot and breaking a sweat. The last thing you want is make up running down your face, this isn't a good look and its not good for your skin either. However I know some ladies may be a little self conscious about being bare faced in public, especially if your personal trainer is a bit of hunk.

Here's some tips I would recommend to give you a more natural look whilst exercising.

•    Get your Eyelashes tinted. This will make you look more bright eyed, like your wearing mascara. If you find your lashes still look a little flat you can always pop on a bit of clear mascara just to give them a bit of lift.

•    Another option is to get your Eyelashes Permed. If you tint / perm your lashes you really don't need Mascara. Once done by a professional this should last around 6-8 weeks.

•    Another option is Eyelash Extensions which need to be maintained every 2-3 weeks with infills.

•    If you really must wear Mascara then make sure its waterproof, I like Maybelline

•    To give the skin a healthy glow have a Spray Tan

•    If you really must wear something on your skin I really wouldn't recommend Foundation as its too heavy and will block your pores. I would go for something really light like Dermalogica’s tinted Moisturiser.

•    If you feel you need a little blusher again I would avoid powders that clog the pore’s. Go for something light and waterproof like Benefit Cheek tint.

Remember ladies you should remove the days make up off your skin before exercising. If you want something really quick then I recommend Simple Face Wipes. You can do your face and eyes in a minute or two.

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Things you can do to make the best of yourself

So most of us aren't blessed with the looks of Angelina Jolie. Obviously there are a few obvious things like doing our hair and make up which will improve anyone’s appearance but I think  there are a few key things that everyone can do to make the best of what we have been given.

Get your Teeth Whitened

I have had mine laser whitened when I was travelling in Thailand. I have also done the home kit and it makes such a difference. The laser procedure is very quick, it took approx 45 minutes but the result is instant and your teeth get whiter and whiter over the next 48 hours. In Thailand its really cheap but here you can expect to pay £500+ and it lasts around 5 years although I would say if you drink lots of red wine, tea or coffee it wont last as long and you may need to do a top up every 6 months with the home kit. Make sure you go to a reputable company because if its not done properly it can cause you health problems. The other option is the home kit which takes about 2 weeks and the result was pretty much the same, although it doesnt last aslong. For the home fit you can expect to pay around £150 to get your mouth trays made and around £20 per gel syringe. For a 2 week course you will use around 4 syringes of whitening gel. So the first time around it costs more but then each time you do it you just need to buy the whitening gel  so its approx £80 every 6 months which isnt too expensive.

Have your Eyebrows tinted and shaped

If your fair or if your Eyebrows are grey you can have them tinted to match your hair colour or to make them a shade darker to add definition to your face.  Well shaped Eyebrows make a huge difference.


Exercise will not only release stress & increase endorphins. It will make you look & feel better. If you feel better you will start to look better. I recommend getting in shape to everyone as for one its the healthy thing to do but also when you start to look better your confidence will increase. If you struggle to get motivated to exercise then I recommend getting a personal trainer as then its an appointment in your diary each week so its harder for you to not go. If you really cant bear the thought of it then find something active that you enjoy like walking, dancing, bike riding, pole dancing, horse riding ect. There are lots of things you can do to keep active and avoid the gym.

Look after your skin

Find a skin routine that suits you and stick to it. If your unsure what products to be using and then consult a Beauty Therapist who can advise you on a good skincare routine. I offer Facials and skincare advice.

Look after your nails

Regular Manicures and Pedicures will make a huge difference to the general health of your nails. If your not the sort of person who likes to paint there nails with colour then at the very least use a clear nail varnish that strengthens your nails. Nailtiques is 100% the best one on the market that I have used.

If your not very good at applying your make up properly then go for a make up lesson. I have had several makeovers with Mac and I’ve always been happy with the result.Have a spray tan. There is no doubt that everyone looks and feels better with a bit of colour.

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My thoughts on Teeth Whitening

I absolutely love Teeth Whitening and think it makes a huge difference to anyone's smile. I have had my teeth whitened 3 times in the last 5 years.

The first technique I had was Laser. I had it done while I was in Thailand so I don't know which laser it was but you could feel heat when the laser was on. My mouth was clamped open and a thin line of gel was applied along the line where the gum meets the tooth. A laser was held over my teeth for 4 rounds of 30-60 seconds. Each round was a tiny bit more painful, it wasn't unbearably painful but it was uncomfortable and the heat felt hotter and hotter with each round. I paid £140 but in London you can expect to pay around £500+. Initially I thought the treatment hadn't worked but over the next few hours my teeth got whiter and whiter and but the next day they were gleaming white. I was thrilled with the result. The only side effect I experienced was I would get a second of sensitivity every few hours over the first 24 hours but that was it. Coloured food and drink should be avoided for 48 hours after the laser. They told me the laser should last 5 years but after 3 years my teeth became a bit dis-coloured again so that's when I did the home kit.

When I did the home kit I had to pay approx £100 for my mouth trays to be made then you pay approx £20 per syringe of tooth whitening gel. Its recommended you use 4 syringes over a 2 week period. During this time coloured foods and drinks should be avoided. The gels come in different strengths I think I had a 10% and a 16%. Your dentist should recommend which percentages to use as it all depends on your tooth sensitivity. Again I was thrilled with the result, teeth were gleaming white. I was abit sensitive over the 2 week period and the result lasted maybe 6 months before I needed a top up. The good thing about the home kit is once your trays are made you only have to buy the gels every time you want to repeat the process so that works out about £80. I used the Polar Light brand and was very happy with it.

The 3rd technique I used was the cool laser. The process was pretty much the same as the other laser but accept the laser is held over the teeth for 5 rounds of 4 minutes and you couldnt feel any heat. This is definitely the least comfortable way of doing it. They put a bleach on my teeth which smelt really bad like really strong chlorine and you feel like your breathing it in. My gums were red and sore after and my teeth werent any whiter. It was a complete waste of money. If you do see a cheap laser deal online then beware as its probably the cool laser method they use. Before paying for anything I would ring the company and ask what laser is it they use and do they apply a bleach first that smells like chlorine.

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Exfoliation Questions

Is exfoliation a vital part of your skincare routine?

Yes and no. Pre-cleansing helps you to double-clean skin but if it still looks tired and dull, a gentle exfoliation will help. Exfoliation should be as gentle as possible so you don't damage the skins surface protective layer. You shouldn't over exfoliate as it will strip your skin of its natural oils as well as take off the top protective layer of skin which will make your skin more flaky in the long run. If you need a gentle exfoliator I like AVST hydrating exfoliating mask, C- Quence Energising Mask, B-Active Sebumasque, Intensive Alpha Hydroxy Cream & Intensive Alpha Hydroxy Gel. These products will melt off your dead skin in a very gentle way.

I have sensitive skin do I still need to exfoliate?

Its best not to exfoliate a sensitive skin. They need to maintain a healthy layer of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin (known as the horny layer) in order to prevent excessive water loss. It would be better to clean your skin with a pre cleanser then rinse off with water. If your skin is super sensitive take Vitamin A Capsules or supplements to try and rebuild and thicken your skins protective layer. Also a vitamin enriched cream is a good idea.

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What's the best product to strengthen your nails?

I have always had thin, weak, peeling nails that never grew very long without breaking. That was until I discovered Nailtiques. Nailtiques are protein formulas for the nails and come in 3 different strengths.

•    Formula 1 – Maintain a healthy nail

•    Formula 2 – For thin, weak, peeling nails

•    Formula 3 – For hard, brittle nails

This Nail Strengthener is the the only one I have used that actually really works.  Within 2 week of using Nailtiques I had nails and within 6-8 weeks they were long and strong.What you should do is buy Formula 2 or 3 depending on what your nail type is and then once your have your nails in the condition that you want move onto Formula 1 to maintain your nails. If you over use Formula 2 it will have an adverse effect as over proteinising your nails will also make them break.

You can get Nailtiques off Amazon or Nail Recovery.

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Self Care in a Pandemic Massage Safety FAQs

We all need a chance to unwind right now. With everything that’s going on in the world, especially the pandemic, stress is at an unhealthy, unmanageable level all across the country. According to The Lancet, mental health in the UK took a significant hit due to COVID-19. We all need a healthy dose of self-care to make this time less miserable. Getting a massage is an excellent way to boost your spirits and release pent-up stress. Laura’s Mobile Beauty Treats lets you get that massage in the comfort of your own home. But you might be wondering: Is it safe right now? We’ve broken down the answer to that question and more.

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Self-Care in a Pandemic: Massage Safety FAQs

Q1: Is it safe to get a massage?A1: As in all things with COVID-19, safety is a relative term. Any time you’re interacting with someone outside of your household, you increase your risk of catching or spreading COVID-19. However, with mask usage, temperature checks for client and masseuse, and by scheduling your massage in your own home, you can keep risks relatively low.

Q2: Who shouldn’t, and what are alternatives? A2: If you’re at high-risk for developing serious complications from COVID-19, you’re likely being extra cautious. Fortunately, there are plenty of alternative ways to give yourself a break:

Q3: How else can I lower stress right now?A3: Ultimately, the best thing you can do for stress is to pursue a healthy lifestyle. Spiritual practices, hobbies, and finding safe ways to socialize are great, too. If all else fails, or you just want extra help, you should look into working with a mental health pro.

Focus on using whichever methods of self-care are safe and effective for you right now. More than ever, we all have to learn how to prioritize our personal wellbeing along with the wellbeing of those around us. When we make use of stress-reduction techniques, we make ourselves healthier and happier!

Looking for a way to get a massage or beauty treatment without leaving the house? Check out Laura’s Mobile Beauty Treats for services that come to you!

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