Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Christmas Nails!!!

Hey Ladies,

'What's A Christmas Gram, I Want One' (from ELF) is possibly my most frequently used sentence at the moment, what can I say it feels right. Apologies for lack of blogging with my dot com currently broken i've had to buy the dot co dot uk for the time being! All I can say is I hate google with a passion now, I will do a post if it ever gets sorted so if it happens to anyone else it may help!

I wanted to post on this particular nail polish as it's nearly Christmas & I am not in any festive mood lately (my to-do list is 3 pages long) so need all the help I can get.

Deborah Lippmann - Razzle Dazzle
I got this mini Deborah Lippmann nail polish in this months GlossyBox & it is amazing, just Christmas in a bottle.

It is a sheer black base with tonnes of deep red glitter, on coat number one you think to yourself 'this is going to take about 5 coats to get enough coverage' but somehow on the second coat it is opaque & your nail is covered in glitter! A Christmas miracle!! Not only that but this stuff has some lasting power! I really need to buy more of the Deborah Lippmann polishes.

Sorry for a slightly boring post, i've been so busy trying to get my dot com sorted & sort out my online shop I've not had time for anything not even done any Christmas shopping yet! I hope you're all well, I have to say I LOVED this months GlossyBox, give me some glitter & you win with me!! I will attempt to do another post before Christmas but if my hands drop off (you never know) I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!!

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Crystal Clear Microdermabrasion Review

Hey Ladies,

I had a facial done a while ago & I kept meaning to post about it because I can't recommend this treatment enough, so when Wahanda approached me to write a post about their site I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to review a treatment I love.

'Microdermabrasion offers a safe, controlled method of skin exfoliation and allows superficial peeling of the Stratum Corneum reducing its thickness through mechanical abrasion of the dead skin cells.
A flow of crystals impinges directly on to the skin surface and the speed of the crystals together with their abrasive nature will gently remove the epidermal cells layer by layer.
Used crystals and dead skin cells are drawn away through the vacuum action, allowing for the controlled exfoliation of the Stratum Corneum.
The gentle vacuum action also achieves an immediate lifting effect on tired muscles and stimulates the blood supply to the skin's surface to help promote new collagen and elastin formation'

I decided to have this treatment as my skin was looking a little congested and dull so I chose microdermabrasion rather than a regular facial as it is much more targeted at clearing out your pores than a regular facial as the machine literally removes a layer of skin & then the vacuum pulls all of it off the your face as well as drawing blood to the skin which plumps it all.  It feels very strange at first as your therapist navigates your face with the wand (i'm calling it a wand because it's magic! ... or I can't think of the correct terminology) but after a minute you do get used to it.

The normal treatment starts with make up removing & cleansing of the skin, I personally always try to find salons that use Dermalogica in their salon as I know it doesn't break me out. Then the therapist will start with the machine, as I said it is a slightly strange feeling but not unpleasant and will go over your face and then concentrate on any problem areas for me it was my chin & cheeks, this takes normally about 30 minutes. A face mask will then follow, if it is a Dermalogica facial they mix it up & its a peel off mask which is lovely & cooling on your face as it feels quite warm after the machine. During this mask setting phase you can have a kip or if you're me check your emails/twitter/facebook whilst your therapist judges you for not relaxing (I've actually had my phone confiscated on occasion). Once the mask is set it is removed & then your face gets a nice moisturiser applied & you get a neck & shoulder massage.

Then you can get up & admire the results, what you can expect to see is brighter clearer skin and what you feel is silky soft smooth skin, the difference is immediate and worth every penny, if you opt for a course of them the effects are amazing but for a quick pick-me-up it does the trick of improving the look of your skin immediately, perfect for this time of year when you need to look good for parties but your skin might be letting you down due to the weather, fatigue or over indulging.

If you have dull or congested skin this treatment is perfect for you, I personally wouldn't recommended it for people suffering from acne as it might just irritate your skin or sensitive skin may struggle but the treatment is adaptable with the level of exfoliation, I told my therapist to whack it up to the max for me, as I have had it done before.

The prices do vary depending on the salon you go to but on average I'd say it was about £45, I paid a little less as it was on offer at my local salon, you can always find deals on Wahanda for the treatment & a perfect Christmas gift would be the Wahanda Spa Gift Vouchers.

This is a sponsored post - although I am being sponsored to write this post, I paid for the treatment and the content of the post was entirely my decision as I love microdermabrasion so used the opportunity to tell you all about it.