2018 is All About the Brows

When they say “your brows are the one thing you can get into shape without exercising” they aren’t wrong! This month I took the plunge and FINALLY got my eyebrows microbladed after months and months of deliberation.

What is Microblading

Microblading is a form of semi-permanent make up used to enhance or correct facial aesthetics.

My Why

I have always had a pretty good shape to my brows but I loathe filling them in and I am atrocious at it. I wanted to wake up with brows and go to bed with brows with never having to worry about them being “on fleek” or not.

What Microblading Process

I decided to go with the Phi Brows process of microblading.

Phi Brows use a bespoke golden ratio tool to get a precise and acurate map of each and every clients eyebrows.”

I love that the colour pigment used would be picked to match my natural eyebrow colour and that my brows would be completed in line with my facial shape rather than a generic template.

The Phi Brows Process

So I booked my consultation with Rebekah Ward Cosmetic Artist to hear a little more about the process, have my patch test and book my appointment.

On the day, I completed my consultation forms and read up on my aftercare. The process was started by Rebekah drawing on the shape for me to check before she started.

One round of microblading was completed on each brow before anesthetic was applied and another round completed. The process involes using sterile, disposable tools and it feels like “scraping” on the skin – it is in no way unbearable.

The whole process took around an hour but only 15/20minutes of that was the actually microblading!

Aftercare

Rebekah was fantastic in giving me simple to follow step by step aftercare for the next 7-10days which involves applying vasaline and keeping them clean.

My Results

I am in awe of my results! I still can’t believe how incredible they are after one treatment. I wanted them to look natural but full and that is what I got.

I’ll go back to Rebekah in 4-6 weeks time for my top up as I know 10-15% of the strokes can be lost after the 1st treatment but for now I can’t wait to see what they will look like when they settle in a weeks time.

You can check out Rebekah’s incredible work here: https://www.instagram.com/rebekahward.cosmeticartist/

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Beauty Review: Lip Plumping Balm

So, I’ll let you in to a little secret. I HATE NEEDLES. Totally despise them and always have! So when I see everyone getting their lips done or botox I am seething with jealousy because I couldn’t do it.

For that reason I was buzzing when I came across this product; the Lip Plumping Balm.

The balm automatically creates a tingling sensation when applied to your lips and it is this that helps to give them an instant boost to perfect your pout. The balm is nourishing to help keep your lips soft but it also contains a hint of a pink tone rather than a clear gloss, so you can wear it alone or on top of your favourite lippy!

The lip plumping balm is now my go to lip product and I have one in my handbag as well as in my main make up bag!

You can see my before and after results below…

Pain free, hint of colour & immediate results – what’s not to love?!

If you have any questions about the balm just send me a PM on Facebook or Instagram. Remember, if you want to purchase the balm quote JAH when mailing me for your personal discount code!

A New Beauty Series: My Top Beauty & Hair Salons in N. Ireland

I love finding a new hairdressers/beauty salon that just ticks all your boxes. Don’t you? Somewhere you can relax, unwind and come away feeling pampered and rejuvenated. For that reason, I thought I would do a new series, sharing some of my favourite hairdressing and beauty salons in Northern Ireland.

I have been lucky enough to work with some incredible beauticians and hairdressers through my blog and my wedding planning work but if I haven’t worked with you previous and you think you have what it takes to be considered then please get in touch! Likewise, if you have a salon that you love and think I haven’t heard of it then let me know and I will definitely check it out.

I can’t wait to share my favourites with you and my top 5 reasons why I love them!

Beauty Review: AP-24 Toothpaste

I love pearly white teeth and always have. It always attracts me to a person when they have beautiful, pearly whites. However, I hate having to wear my mouthguards for my teeth whitening – I am a woman after all, so as my husband says there is no pleasing me!

That is until I came across the AP- 24 Fluroide Whitening Toothpaste. This was one of the first products I tried, in the company I am now partnered with, and it was one of the key reasons I signed up to be a business partner.

You see, the products are results driven. We want to see results (hence the before & afters) and it is these that often sell the product and the reason people buy – they know they will get the results.

I am 2 weeks into my newest tube and at least 6 weeks since my last teeth whitening treatment and these are my results….

Incredible right? Check out my husbands…..

No bleach! Just day and night brushing our teeth!

If you have an event coming up and would like whiter teeth or are a business and would like to stock the products send me an email to jennaanniehill@gmail.com to purchase or PM my Instagram or Facebook!

Lashes for days

Do you ever find a beauty treatment and wonder how you ever lived without it? For me, it was my lash extensions! Being a busy mum I barely have time to apply make up and I hate the tired eye look (who doesn’t?!) but finding the Nouveau lash extensions has solved that problem.

I have had my lashes applied twice now in Beauty Boulevard, Lisburn and both times I have had between 3 and 3.5 weeks out of my lashes which I think is fab!

It takes around an hour to apply the lashes and one of my favourite parts about them is how bespoke they can be. With different lengths and curls you can move from a soft, natural look to a fuller, more vibrant look with a stronger curl.

With working full time and managing a 9 month old it is hard to still feel glamorous (think baby sick, leggings and baggy jumpers) but the extensions have helped reinstate so glam back into my appearence, perfect for weekdays and the weekend. Thankfully they are also manageable with needing little to no maintenance as I just apply my Nouveau Lash & BrowConditioning Serum daily.

If you don’t want to worry about mascara anymore but still want awake eyes then definitely check out my before and after.

Beauty Review: He Shi Pro Advanced Spray Tan Collection

Can you believe it has been a week since Belfast Fashion Week? Me neither! I was delighted to be invited along with some of the leading ladies in fashion in our capital city but I have to admit, with only a few days notice I didn’t know how I would get ready in time.

Thankfully the lovely girls from He Shi invited us to try out their new Pro Advanced Spray Tan Collection (this was a definite blogging perk!). He Shi promote themselves for only using high quality and scientifically balanced ingredients, and after hearing some rave reviews from other bloggers I knew I was in safe hands.

I headed to their head office for my spray tan the night before the West Coast Cooler high street show and was over the moon when I had the choice between 3 colour percentages 8%, 10% & 12%. I like a deep colour from my spray tan so I decided to go all out with 12%. The new Smart Tan Technology in the Pro Advanced range means it has advanced absorbing agents giving you that deeper tan with longer lasting results.

I was shocked by how quickly the tan was absorbed by my skin with my legs being pretty much dry by the time I was leaving. I loved the caramel tone to the tan which gave me an instant, beautiful colour making me excited for checking out the colour pay off the following morning. Thankfully there was no horrible smell to the tan something we regular tanners hate and my tan faded beautifully so no need to pull out the exfoliating scrub & mitt.

Belfast Fashion Week was awash was beautiful spray tans across St Annes Cathedral last Friday night and I am now a He Shiconvert. I have even been using their Rapid tan at home since (see below).

Have you tried He Shibefore? What are your thoughts?

Beauty Review: My Beauty Boulevard Back Massage & Scrub

What do you do to relax? People often look at me like I am crazy when I ask them. For some, their Friday night Gin might help them relax or their Saturday morning hockey session might help them blow off some steam but for me, it has always been relaxing beauty treatments.

From massages to facials, I love nothing more than switching off, breathing in those aromatheraphy scents and drifting off. It helps me think clearer, switch off my mind and just take some “me” time.

Thankfully the lovely girls from Beauty Boulevard invited me down for a back massage and scrub at the weekend – my perfect Saturday afternoon. I have been visiting the girls every month since Christmas for my nails and waxing so I knew I was in safe hands. They never fail to warmly welcome you and everything is done to the highest standard.

The entire salon is immaculately decorated throughout and the friendliness from Camille & Carolyn is evident from the minute you walk in.

Right on time and armed with a cup of tea I was ready for my massage.

With the soothing sounds and lavender scent in the background, my massage was the perfect method of relaxation this weekend. The treatment was totally tailored to me from the aromatherapy scent in the treatment room to the type of oil used (I chose a detox oil). Carolyn made me feel right at ease, checking in with me on pressure and comfort, leaving me extra time to relax post treatment and giving me my aftercare advice.

Beauty Boulevardoffer a range of treatments from acrylic nails to waxing, massages to facials and each treatment I have had has been as good as the last. If you are in the Lisburn area I would highly recommend them!

Trialing the iMantara by Thai Square products

On a night like tonight you really need no excuse to relax. What else is there to do with Storm Emma & The Beast from The East rattling outside? My ethos for 2018 has solely been on taking more “me” time and relaxing more so I was over the moon when I was kindly gifted some of the iMantara range recently.
iMantara by Thai Square Spa was created to allow customers the opportunity to bring the authentic Thai spa experience to their own home with their opulent products.

Relax, restore and revive with expertly blended formulations that harness the potent natural power of botanicals, oriental essential oils, herbs and spices.

I was gifted three products.

1. So Sen Uplifting Jasmine Body Oil
This luxurious body oil, created from a blend of the Thai Jasmine flower extract, is intensely hydrating but more importantly hugely rejuvenating. Being on my feet all day, I flop into bed most evenings but this oil encompasses energy that helps to lift both the body & mind and is a firm shelf favourite of mine now.

2. Sublime Living Jasmine and Rachawadee Room Spray
Since the first spritz first burst into my home, people have commented on the scent showing me the natural power of the formulation. iMantara by Thai Square describe the scent as regal and they aren’t far wrong, close your eyes and you won’t think your in N.I.

3. So Sen Uplifting Jasmine Body Wash
The older I get the more I want to nourish my body and treat it kinder and the Uplifting Jasmine Body Wash helps me do that. It has helped treat my skin using the Coconut Extracts and Olive oil whilst being incredibly soothing.

We are so hard on our bodies and I think 2018 is only the start of me taking better care of myself. We focus so much on health and fitness but not on treating our bodies but the iMantara products have allowed me to do so, having a positive effect on my mind as well as my body.

If you fancy treating yourself, spritz your bathroom with the room spray, run a bath, use your body wash & apply the oil when you get out. I promise you will feel relaxed and rejuvenated afterwards!

My Current Skincare Regime: January 2018

If you are anything like me you love a good nosy around other peoples make-up bags and skincare shelf. I love seeing what products others love or loathe and ultimately trying the products they rave about!

Since having my Plasma Lift with Skin Medi Spa (you can read about it here) I have been much more strict with my skincare. Pre-January 2018 I was very laxidazy about cleansing before bed or applying my moisturiser daily but now I am religious about it and I can really see a difference.

With that being said, here are my favourite skincare products sitting on my bathroom self at this moment in time…

1. Image Ormedic Balancing Facial Cleanser

The Ormedic Cleanser from Image is definitely my favourite cleanser at the moment. It is a mild cleanser which aims to restore the skins balance. I find it very soothing on my skin, reducing redness and leaving it feeling lovely and soft.

Currently I use this as my night time cleanser.

2. Image Clear Cell Salicyclic Gel Cleanser

I use the Image Clear Cell cleanser every evening. It is a refreshing cleanser which foams upon meeting water to create a lather. It is this lather that is meant to “remove excess oil and sebum without stripping moisture from the kin.” The Clear Cell Cleanser exfoliates the skin using salicylic acid – salicylic acid has become well known in the past year through skincare specialists such as The Skin Nerd for being an acne fighting agent. This cleanser is one of my favourites as it helps to reduce block pores which I would suffer from around my T zone but also leaves my skin feeling soft rather than tight or dry as some cleaners with salicylic acid do.

3. Image Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Masque

This masque exfoliates the build up of dead skin cells but it is mild enough to use everyday. I use it once or twice per week (depending on my time) and remove it after around 30 minutes. It is nourishing to the skin in providing it with antioxidants and vitamins.

4. Image Prevention+ Daily Hydrating Moisturizer SPF 30+
I have never been a moisturizer lover as I find them very greasy on my skin but I don’t find this with the Image Prevention+ Moisturizer. It is light weight, easily absorbed by my skin and hydrating. I apply this in the morning after cleansing and applying my serum.

5. BIOEFFECT EGF Serum

I use the BIOEFFECT EGF Serum night and day after cleansing. It is on the pricier side compared to the other products but I definitely think it is worth it as my skin appears hydrated and healthy after application.

6. Image Vital C Hydrating Repair Cream

I use this as my night cream i.e. after using my Clear Cell cleanser and BIOEFFECT serum before bed. “This rich, reparative crΓ¨me quenches dryness, soothes redness and comforts irritated skin.” My skin feels nourished and protected when I apply this to my skin and it is the perfect night cream to apply before jumping into bed.

My experience of the non-surgical face lift

Good evening! After Christmas I had been so poor on the blogging front, mainly because our house was struck down by the dreaded cold, not once but twice! It’s safe to say if I see another runny nose, teary eyes or pile of tissues it will most definitely be too soon.

I always find after I have the cold my skin suffers really badly. As if the dry nose from blowing it too much isn’t enough (attractive eh??) but my skin always plays up for around one or two weeks after. After my first cold in December I really felt like I needed a pick me up. With the Christmas parties looming I did not fancy going with gloomy, dull skin so I was over the moon when Judith from Skin Medi Spa offered for me to have the Plasma Lift during a demo at her Christmas party.

If you have followed me for a while, you will know of my love for Skin Medi Spa and Judith in particular. You can read all about my Arvigo Maya Massage treatments with Judith here and here. So I knew I was in safe hands letting Judith perform the Plasma Lift.

The Plasma Lift is promoted as being the non-surgical face and eye lift. Its benefits also include anti-ageing and acne treatment. All without using surgery.. sounds great right? Being 25, I am not interested in invasive surgical procedures (just yet anyway) but I want to see results. Being a mum I want a quick and easy treatment with little to no downtime, so I knew the Plasma Lift was the perfect solution for me.

So how does it work?

Using nitrogen plasma technology (aka a machine in Skin Medi Spa) it works at, and below, the surface of the skin to generate new collagen and elastin fibres in order to improve skin tone, texture and laxity. The treatment is meant to bring clinical improvements immediately and overtime, perfect for me who always wants instant results and has no time to waste!

So what happened during the treatment?

It was surprisingly comfortable and pain free! I have to admit, I was apprehensive watching a previous demo and figured it was going to sting but not at all. The machine is linked to a small doppler (that’s what I am calling it anyway!) which moves over the surface of the skin performing heat blasts to each area. Overall it took no more than 20 minutes and afterwards a calming cream was applied to my skin to help reduce redness and the small burning sensation, which felt no more than sunburn.

What did I have to do?

Show up, have the treatment done, keep make up off my skin for 24 hours and moisturiser off for 72 hours. Not bad at all for a non-surgical face lift!

The results?

Instantly, my skin appeared slightly red and where the doppler had applied the nitrogen bursts was evident across the skin surface. My skin felt hot but no more than when I have had sunburn in the past. Around 3 days after the treatment my skin became very dry and parts began to peel but this is a positive aspect of the process and I knew this would bring around better results.

One week later – my skin was still a little dry but much less than 3 and 4 days post treatment. My skin appeared firmer with a slight change in tone.

Two weeks later – the difference in my skin was crazy! Tone had improved drastically with no dryness left. My skin appeared brighter and tighter.

The Plasma Lift definitely did give me instant results which I loved. I am a hugely impatient person so I loved being able to see improvements to my skin immediately and within days. The procedure was pain free and the burning sensation manageable meaning the benefits for me definitely outweighed the negatives. Would I have it done again? Definitely.

A huge thank you to Judith from Skin Medi Spa for inviting me to have the procedure done. You can check out Skin Medi Spa’s website here.

January’s Must Have Beauty Product

I have been saying for so long now that I was going to write about my must have beauty product each month aka what I am obsessed with that month but I really never got round to it (we will blame Annie for stealing all my time!) but it is a new year so I am starting off strong and going to commit to telling you all about a favourite beauty product of mine each month. This month it is the Nouveau Lashes Lash & Brow Conditioning Serum. I was kindly gifted this product before Christmas. Lets rewind. So who are Nouveau Lashes?

Nouveau was established in 2005 by two powerhouse women Karen and Bridgette. 12 years later and they are the leading ladies in lashes gaining the Guild Awards of Excellence for the last four years in a row. Their revolutionary treatments including the LVL Enhance, Express, Extend, Russian Volume and SVS (you can read all about their treatments here). Nouveau also do a range of lash products to help your lashes along whether they are treated or natural.

So what is so good about the Lash & Brow Conditioning Serum?

When I received the Lash & Brow Conditioning Serum I knew it would be the perfect addition to my make up bag as I had recently had another LVL Lash Lift – one of my favourite treatments! The serum is meant to be the ultimate conditioner for your lashes and brows and is pipped as the perfect aftercare for post LVL treatments.

So how do I use the Lash & Brow Conditioning Serum?

I apply the treatment twice daily, in the morning before I apply my mascara and at night after my skincare regime. The serum also acts as a primer under my mascara! I apply it in the morning whether I am popping my mascara on or not as I know the multi-vitamins inside the serum will condition and nourish my lashes helping them to appear fuller but also protecting them. It is easy to apply and applied in the same way you would apply your mascara and and brow gel.

So what do I think?

I really like the Nouveau Lashes Lash & Brow Conditioning Serum. It isn’t harsh on my eyes which can be very sensitive and irritable and the condition of my lashes is improving as they appear fuller. My mascara also sits much better when applied and I am using less and less product than ever before.

A huge thank you to The Beauty School for sending me the product to try out – I am now hooked and officially a part of Nouveau’s #LashGang now! The Beauty School are a multi-award winning training academy as well as Ireland’sΒ leading provider of beauty industry education.

“We provide a portfolio of award winning products, brands and courses; High Definition Brows (HD Brows) and Makeup, Nouveau Lashes, MiniMi Inch Loss Body Wrap, Bellamianta Luxury Tanning, Gamax Nails, and much more. We offer training courses that are not available anywhere else in Ireland.” – The Beauty School

 

Review: Bellamianta Instant Tan

Since having Annie I am so disorganised when it comes to getting sorted for a night out. I don’t know whether it is the lack of time or the exhaustion but I never seem to be organised. For this reason instant tan has become my best friend and I needed it even more last week when I headed to Carlingford for our trip away (you can read all about our trip here).

I had been using a small sized bottle of the Bellamianta Instant Tan I got in a gift set until a few weeks ago when I drained it and realised I needed to invest in a bottle.

At Β£14.99 it is a little pricey compared to other instant tans but here is while I love it.

1. The colour is buildable so I can have a natural looking tan (see below) or a darker shade for any (very rare) nights out. 2. It doesn’t transfer. In the past I have used cheaper instant tans and they have transfered onto my clothes. I hate tan staining my clothes.

3. It gives me a glow and lets be honest. As a busy mum, the only thing I am normally glowing with is baby spew so this is a win win!

4. No smell. There is nothing worse than getting ready for a night out and Carl telling me I smell like a curry. A few spritz of my favourite perfumes and I am good to go!

5. It is called the “Skin Perfecing Instant Tan” for a reason. You can see from the photos above it smooths out my skin and gives a flawless coverage.

6. It is hydrating. My skin has been very dry since having Annie but the Instant Tan doesn’t dry it out. Bellamianta say that this is due to the coconut oil in it which is “intensely hydrating and an excellent moisturiser”

Life definitely does change as a mum but my beauty regime has changed a lot more. Now I am all about the quick and instant results when I have little to no time and Bellamianta helps me achieve this.