Different Brow Treatments explained

At Beauty Vibes we have a variety of on-trend brow treatments to transform even the thinnest, patchiest of brows into beautifully defined eyebrows that really can transform your face entirely.

No matter your brow shape or budget we have the brow treatments solution for you so whether you’re looking for a quick fix or a long term solution understanding exactly what the different brow treatments available to you entails and the benefits gained by these different brow procedures will help you to decide what the best brow solution for you will be to help you to achieve your best brow shape ever.

From the outset, a good eyebrow shape will have a wider body part and a tail-end tapering to a pointed end with a connected brow line top and bottom without any gaps in between. This basic brow rule is the standard guideline we follow to help you achieve your desired eyebrow shape.

 

 

Eyebrow Thread & Tint

Eyebrow Thread & Tint – Basic Brow Shaping

Eyebrows are perfectly shaped and defined using threading technique (or waxing if you prefer) followed by tinting.  A suitable colour tint to match the undertone of the natural hair is applied.  Tinting gives the illusion of fuller looking brows and enhances the overall brow shape evening out the brows covering any greys and gaps in the brows.  The tint stays on the brow hairs for up to 4 weeks. *Treatment time is approximately 15-20mins.  Regular maintenance appointments will be required every 3wks

 

Henna Brows

Henna is a longer-lasting alternative to tinting and generally is used to create ombre powdered brow effects.  Because it’s so highly pigmented Henna stains the skin for up to 2 weeks making it the perfect choice to use for very sparse and gappy brows to achieve fuller-looking beautifully, defined eyebrows.

Before application perfect eyebrow symmetry is achieved via precision eyebrow mapping and shaping.  Once henna is applied it is left to dry on the skin for up to 20-25 minutes to allow the Henna pigment to effectively stain the skin and colour the brow hairs.  Results of Henna last up to 6 weeks on brow hairs.  *A 48hr Henna patch test is required prior treatment. *Treatment time is approx. 30-40mins.  Henna Brow maintenance will be required every 3 weeks for sparse and gappy brows  and 4-6 weeks for fuller natural brows

 

Brow Lamination

Brow Lamination with Tint– alternatively known as Brow Sculpt

If your desire is to have big brows but nature gave you naturally thin eyebrows then Brow Lamination with Tint is the perfect solution for you as this particular brow treatment allows you to achieve fuller brows with results lasting 6-8 weeks.  The procedure allows brow hairs to be brushed up thus achieving wider more volumised looking eyebrows.

Brow Lamination is also a great choice of brow treatment to have for those with unruly, bristly curly hairs as the lamination procedure tames disruptive brow hairs allowing them to be groomed into perfect placement for up to 6 weeks.  *Treatment time is approx. 45mins -1hr depending on brow hair texture. Maintenance will be required every 6-8 weeks

*Nouveau Lash Brow Conditioning Serum is recommended to use twice daily following this treatment to nourish and maintain healthy hydrated brow hairs between treatments

 

Microblading

Microblading- semi-permanent brow hair strokes and optional shading effects

The single best solution to achieve transformational symmetrical beautifully defined eyebrows. Results last 12-18 months. Before microblade semi-permanent hair strokes are drawn in eyebrows are numbed and perfect eyebrow symmetry is achieved via precision eyebrow mapping and shaping.  *24hr mandatory patch test and consultation is required pre-treatment

*Treatment time is approx. 2-3 hours.  A touch up will be required 8 weeks after treatment followed by annual touch up if required

 

 

 

April 29th, 2020|Blog, Brows|

What are the best Dermalogica products to achieve optimal skin health?

For optimal skin health two fundamental factors are key;

1)  A daily regimen that involves cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising

2) Using suitable products for your skin type.

*In addition balancing a healthy lifestyle will visibly improve your skin’s quality and tone.

Taking Dermalogicas vast range of products into consideration the below cleansing regimes are a simplified approach towards achieving optimal skin health.  The selected regime according to skin type should be done twice daily, (morning and evening) the morning regime include protecting spf formulas whilst evening time formulas work to heal and repair and hydrate skin.

From the outset Drier skin types benefit by using richer formulations enriched with antioxidants. In this way dry, dehydrated skin feels adequately nourished and hydrated without adding excess oils to the skin. The multivitamin and antioxidants in a richer formulation may be more suitable for nighttime, but can also be used daily with the added protection of a broad-spectrum sunscreen. It’s important to choose a noncomedogenic formulation since the texture is richer in this case. *Dermalogica products are non-comedogenic, free of artificial fragrances and colours, paraben-free, vegan, gluten-free and cruelty-free!

Whilst for Oily skin types – the key ingredients to look for in your products will include exfoliating agents eg, Salicylic Acid + Vitamin A.  Clay masks and Sulphur help to absorb excess oils whilst Tea Tree provide antibacterial benefits.  Niacinamide improves skin texture and water-based products are essential for oily skin types to help hydrate and rebalance skin.

*If you are unsure of your skin type why not get in contact to arrange a FREE Skin Consultation 

The key Dermalogica facial skincare products as detailed in the individual regimes below when used daily will effectively treat specific skin types in particular normal/dry skin, menopausal mature skin and oily acne skin conditions.

CLEANSING ROUTINE FOR NORMAL / DRY SKIN

PreCleanse

PreCleanse: This oil based cleanser which turns milky when emulsified with water removes surface daily grime and makeup and prepares skin for thorough skin cell second cleanse.
How to use:
Dispense into dry hands. Massage over dry face and eyes to dissolve surface oil and dirt. Concentrate on areas of congestion or stubborn debris. Wet hands and continue massaging to create a light, milky emulsion. Rinse away with lukewarm water or use dampened cotton discs to remove.  *Use daily morning and evening

Special Cleansing Gel

Special Cleansing Gel: This refreshing lather thoroughly removes impurities, without disturbing the skin’s natural moisture balance. It gently rinses away toxins and debris to leave skin feeling smooth and clean.
How to use:
Following the removal of PreCleanse, gently lather a small amount of gel in moistened hands and apply to dampened face and throat to thoroughly cleanse skin. Rinse with warm water. *Use daily morning and evening

 

Daily Microfoliant

Daily Microfoliant: Gentle but effective this iconic pulverized ultra-fine powder, when mixed with water it micro exfoliates to safely remove dulling surface debris from skin and when used daily skin feels smoother and looks brighter
How to use:
Dispense about a half-teaspoon of Daily Microfoliant into very wet hands and create a creamy paste by rubbing hands together. Apply to face in circular motions, avoiding the eye area. Massage gently for one minute, then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. *Use daily once a day.

Tip– If short on time mix second cleanse i.e. Special Cleansing Gel into Daily Microfoliant paste to save time

Or,  for drier flaky skin types use an alternative exfoliator i.e:

Gentle cream exfoliant

Gentle Cream Exfoliant: This cream based exfoliator on application feels gentle on skin however it is infact a true powerhouse exfoliator containing a combination of enzymes (papain) and sulphur and alpha hydroxy acids (Lactic) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (Salicylic) that effectively detach surface dead skin cells bonds and resurface skin.
How to use:
Apply like a mask to full face avoiding eye area or concentrate on areas of congestion and dry skin areas. Leave on skin for up to 10-15mins. *Use once or twice a week.

*Exfoliating is a key factor in treating dry skin. Once surface dead skin cells are removed moisturiser can penetrate deeper and work better to nourish and hydrate skin

total eye care spf15

Total Eye Care SPF15 –An effective day time eye cream that really ticks all the boxes. Contains light-reflecting mica and Lactic an exfoliating, hydrating active ingredient that helps to keep the delicate skin eye area smooth. In a nutshell it conceals, brightens, exfoliates, hydrates and protects

Or, for drier skin types use;

Intensive Eye Repair– targets dehydration lines and dry skin around the delicate eye area . This ultra-rich hydrating cream works to repair premature aging and damage around the delicate eye with Vitamin A, Wild Yam Extract and Pro-Vitamin B5. Help increase resilience and smooth skin texture with phytonutrients and botanicals of Cucumber and Arnica, as vitamins C and E plus Grape Seed Extract shield the delicate eye area against further environmental damage.

 

 

 

Prisma Protect SPF30

Day Time Moisturiser: Prisma Protect SPF30: On application achieves all day luminous dewy skin hydration and protection.
How to use:
Apply a generous amount to face and neck, preferably 30 minutes prior to sun exposure and as the final step of your morning cleansing regime for all day protection and hydration.

Skin Smoothing Cream

Night Time Moisturiser: Skin Smoothing Cream: Formulated with Active Hydramesh Technology this cross-linked hyaluronic acid vitamin-enriched formula best suits fatigued, dehydrated skin infusing it with 48 hours of continuous hydration.

solar defense booster

*Tip – can also be used by day with a layer of skin booster spf50 mixed in for added skin protection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or, for drier skin types use alternative moisturiser

Intensive Moisture Balance

Intensive moisture balance: Ultra-nourishing BioReplenish Complex moisturizer restores lipid balance to dry, depleted skin for optimal barrier performance. Clinically proven to deliver nourishment 10 layers deep. *Tip – can also be used by day with a layer of skin booster spf 50 mixed in for added skin protection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLEANSING REGIME FOR MATURE DRY SKIN

PreCleanse follow by

Skin Resurfacing Cleanser

Skin Resurfacing Cleanser: Cream based Alpha Hydroxy Acid – chemical based cleanser (*chemical means smooth i.e. no granular, grainy textures in the formula)
Achieve smooth, ultra-clean skin with this highly-active, two-in-one cleanser and exfoliant. Lactic Acid concentrate helps retexturize skin suffering from visible signs of aging by removing dulling surface debris and helping to accelerate skin cell turnover. Antioxidants condition skin while Rose Flower Oil refreshes the senses. *Use daily to dramatically improve skin texture and properly prepare it for maximum penetration of AGE Smart products.
How to use:
Following the application of PreCleanse, lightly lather in hands and apply to damp face and throat morning and evening, massaging with light, upward strokes for at least 30 seconds, avoiding the eye area. Reduce to one use per day if any sensitivity develops. *Follow with Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50 when used in the morning.

Or, alternatively after Precleanse can use physical exfoliator (i.e. slightly granular)

 

Daily Superfoliant

Daily Superfoliant: This highly-active resurfacer delivers your smoothest skin ever, and helps fight the biochemical and environmental triggers known to accelerate skin aging. The advanced powder formula activates upon contact with water, releasing powerful enzymes, skin-smoothing alpha hydroxy acids and anti-pollution technology. Activated Binchotan Charcoal purifies the skin, helping to adsorb environmental toxins from deep within the pores, while Niacinamide, Red Algae and Tara Fruit Extract help guard against the damaging effects of pollution. Not recommended for users of medically-prescribed exfoliation products.
How to use:
After cleansing, dispense about a half-teaspoon into very wet hands and create a creamy paste by rubbing hands together. Apply to face in circular motions, avoiding the eye area. Massage gently for one minute, then rinse thoroughly with warm water. Use daily once a day. For more sensitive skin, apply on alternate days until skin acclimates.

Antioxidant Hydramist

Anti Oxidant Mist: – refreshes, firms and hydrates and protects skin
How to use:
After double cleansing spritz directly onto face and neck, avoiding the eyes. *Tip – ideal to use as a refreshing spritz over make-up throughout the day.

C12 pure bright serum

 Targeted Treatment
C12 Pure Bright Serum: Lightweight and easily absorbed. This highly active advanced formula treats hyperpigmentation (brown spots, discolouration and uneven skin tone) helping to increase skin luminosity.
How to use:
After cleansing, apply directly to areas of uneven skin tone. Allow one minute for product absorption follow with moisturiser. *For best results, use daily morning and night.

 

 

 

 

Multivitamin power firm

Eye Treatment: Multivitamin Power Firm –A powerful firming complex combats visible lines around the eye area. Vitamins A, C and E, plus organic silicones promote elasticity and improve smoothness.

Or

Biolumin-C eye serum

Biolumin-C Eye Serum: Lightweight serum delivers a highly-bioavailable Vitamin C complex to the skin around the eyes to dramatically brighten and visibly firm.

How to use:
Apply chosen eye cream under the eye and along the orbital bone morning and evening. Keep out of eyes. Use daily day and night

 

Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50

Day Time Moisturiser: Skin Dynamic SPF50: Help minimize the appearance of skin ageing with this Antioxidant medium-weight, emollient daily moisturizer with Broad Spectrum spf50. This unique polypeptide help improve the appearance of photoaged skin. Active sunscreens protect against UVA and UVB rays. Blends smoothly over skin for a perfect finish.
How to use:
After cleansing and toning, apply a generous amount to face and neck, preferably 30 minutes prior to sun exposure.

 

Skin Perfect Primer SPF30

Skin Perfect Primer SPF30: Protective primer for flawless looking skin – smoothes out fine lines, brightens & protects achieves visible luminosity, radiance and more even skin tone
How to use:
Wear alone over your moisturizer, or after moisturizer application and before foundation, to help decrease the appearance of fine lines for a lasting make-up finish.

 

 

 

 

 

Night Time Regime;

Ultracalming cleanser

Cleanser: Gentle cleansing gel/cream for reactive skin. This pH-balanced, non-foaming cleanser helps calm and cool reactive, sensitized or overprocessed skin. Delicately fortifies skin’s protective barrier without leaving an irritating residue, and easily rinses away or wipes off, making it ideal for sensitive skin.

Eye Treatment: Age Reversal Eye Complex: 

Age Reversal Eye Complex

Advanced, microencapsulated Retinol helps smooth away the signs of skin aging around the eyes. Microencapsulation technology optimizes Retinol potency and absorption to help reduce the appearance of fine lines. Microencapsulated Niacinamide and Ash Tree Bark Extract maintain hydration and reduce visible dark circles. A powerful Age Reversal Firming Complex works synergistically with antioxidant Vitamin C, powerful peptides and botanical extracts to fortify and smooth skin.

Super rich repair

Night Time Moisturiser: Super Rich Repair: Deeply nourishing skin treatment cream for chronically dry, dehydrated skin. Heavyweight cream helps replenish skin’s natural moisture levels to defend against environmental assaults. Powerful peptides and an acid-free smoothing complex support skin resilience and tone. Shea Butter and Oil of Evening Primrose help replenish and hydrate, while antioxidants help defend against free radical damage. Store at room temperature.

 

 

 

CLEANSING REGIME FOR OILY SKIN

PreCleanse: This oil busting emulsifying cleanser which turns milky when emulsified with water removes surface daily grime and makeup and prepares skin for thorough skin cell cleanse using the prescribed second cleanser.

Clearing skin wash

Adult Cleanser for oily skin: Clearing Skin Wash – Foaming cleanser helps clear skin and reduce visible skin ageing. Salicylic Acid, a Beta Hydroxy Acid, stimulates natural exfoliation to help clear clogged follicles and smooth away dullness that contributes to visible skin ageing. Menthol and Camphor help cool the skin. Contains extracts of Balm Mint, Eucalyptus and Tea Tree. Skin is left clean and prepped for optimal absorption of Active Clearing treatment ingredients.
Please be aware that this product contains highly active ingredients *Contraindications: If skin experiences sensitivity or dehydration from daily use, reduce use to 2-3 times per week. Discontinue use if irritation occurs. Use as directed. For external use only. Keep out of eyes. Please note that product packaging may vary. How to use:
After cleansing with PreCleanse work a pea-sized amount of clearing skin wash into a lather in wet hands. Apply to dampened face and throat, massaging in circular motions while concentrating on areas of congestion and oiliness. Avoid eye area. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Clear Start breakout clearing foaming wash

Teenage Cleanser for oily skin; Clear Start Foaming Wash: This breakout fighting, foaming wash clears away dead skin cells, dirt and excess oils that clog pores and cause breakouts. Use on your face, back, neck…wherever skin requires deep cleaning and pore clearing for fewer breakouts.
Clear Start™ is tough on breakouts, gentle on your skin: potent active ingredients and naturally gentle botanicals deliver your clearest, healthiest skin ever.
Or alternative use a combination of products;
How to use:
Morning and night, lather a small amount in damp hands, then rub over face, neck, chest anywhere you want to wipe out dirt and breakouts. Keep out of your eyes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

 

 

 

Age Bright Clearing Serum

Targeted treatment for breakouts
Age Bright Clearing serum – This active two-in-one concentrated serum containing salicylic and niacinamide targets breakouts, clears & brightens skin
How to use:
After double cleansing skin apply a thin layer and allow to dry. Use all over the face and under your recommended Dermalogica moisturizer twice a day, as needed.

Charcoal rescue masque

Charcoal Rescue Mask – detoxifies, purifies, controls sebum production, smoothes and mattifies skin
How to use:
After cleansing, apply generously to face and throat, avoiding the eye area. You may experience slight tingling. After 5 -10 minutes, lightly massage with very wet hands to enhance exfoliation properties during removal. Rinse thoroughly. Use 1-2 times a week or whenever skin needs detoxing or mystifying. Follow with recommended Dermalogica moisturiser

 

Oil-Free matte spf30

Day Time Moisturiser: Oil Free Matt SPF30: Broad Spectrum sunscreen helps prevent shine and skin ageing on oily, breakout-prone skin. Lightweight, ultra-sheer formula contains an advanced blend of Zinc Gluconate, Caffeine, Niacinamide, Biotin and Yeast Extract. Oil-absorbers help maintain an all-day matte finish, preventing shine without any powdery residue. Sheer formula provides defense against skin-ageing UV light.*please note packaging may vary

 

 

Active Moist – oil free

Night Time Moisturiser: Active Moist: Sheer, easy-to-apply. Oil-free, water-based ‘Active Moist’ formula contains Silk Amino Acids and a unique combination of plant extracts that help improve skin texture and combat surface dehydration.

How to use:
Apply over damp face and throat with light, upward strokes. *Best when used following Multi-Active Toner to enhance moisturizer absorption.

 

April 27th, 2020|Blog, Dermalogica|

New ‘Retail Product’ available at Beauty Vibes – ‘Nouveau Strip Lashes’

Premium quality, lightweight & reusable strip lashes!! 

The following range is now available to purchase in-store at Beauty Vibes

*During quarantine – email: patricia@beautyvibes.co.uk for further information or to request purchase order

 

Natural Range

Natural Flare £5.00

Fuller lashes cat-eye effect £5.00

Add length – Wispy Clusters £5.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volume Range

Strong Lift, Curl & Volume £5.00

Elegant £5.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glamour

Wow Factor Kim K lash look £5.00

Strong volume at the root delicate flare at the tip £5.00

 

Most Elegant Glamour £5.00

April 7th, 2020|Blog, New Product|

How to achieve fuller-looking lashes instantly

Strip Lashes

Ta dah – Strip Lashes of course!

If fuller-looking lashes have always been your thing then Strip Lashes/Falsies are your new best friend to see you through these days of quarantine.

With strip lashes ranging from natural to dramatic to more extreme in both length and volume,  if you are new to the idea of wearing DIY falsies then know from the start that whatever your eye shape or preferred lash look there is a suitable pair of strip lashes out there to flatter your eyes!!

Compared to salon semi-permanent classic and volume lashes that can take up to 2 -3 hours to apply and require infills every 3 wks, strip lashes, on the other hand, provide instant enhanced lash effects however the adhesive used to apply them is not semi-permanent and therefore they will need to be removed and re-applied after a day or two.

The premium quality, lightweight and re-usable strip lash range by Nouveau Lash (*also retailed at Beauty Vibes) range from natural to soft volume to more dramatic glamourous lash effects.  They come with latex-free adhesive and have a flexible lash band making them easier to apply.  *To view the range available to purchase at Beauty Vibes click the link here

Step Guide – How To Apply Strip Lashes 

Before you start you will need the following items;

  • Mirror
  • Tweezer
  • Toothpick (or something similar to precisely apply adhesive to the back of the lash band)
  • Small scissors (*If using Noveau Strip lashes there should be no need to cut lashes to fit)
  • Eyelash curler
  • Mascara (*recommend Nouveau Lash Enhance)
  • Eyeliner (gel or liquid)

Step 1 – Removing from the box – Be very careful when first taking the lashes out of the box as they are secured in there with a strong tack at the back of the delicate lash band.  Removal must be slow and delicate and best removed from the box using a tweezer to prevent causing accidental damage to the lashes.  *Strip lashes are re-usable so keep the box for lash safe keeping storage afterwards.

Step 2 – Check if the lashes will need trimming – Measure the lash strip against your top lashes and assess if they align perfectly.  If they extend past your outer lashes cut them down so they fit exactly to your top natural lash line.  *Cut lashes from the outside only!!

Step 3 – Eyelash Curlers – Curl lashes

Step 4 – Mascara – Apply a coat of mascara to the natural lashes.  *Mascara provides grit for a better blend of the falsies to the natural lashes

Step 5 – Adhesive – Squeeze out a small amount of adhesive onto the back of your hand.  Either slide the back of the lash band across the adhesive (*less is more) or use a toothpick to transfer a very thin layer of the lash adhesive all the way across the back of the band i.e. corner to corner (*ensure the lash corners have glue on there this ensures no lifting!!)

Step 6 – Hold and wait – 10-20 seconds – this allows for the glue to get a little tacky

Step 7 – Mirror – Place it so it’s under your chin almost and looking down into the mirror ensure you can see clearly your top lash line

Step 8 – Lash Placement – Place the strip lash onto your eyelid as close as possible to your top natural lash line

Step 9 – Press – Start to press in the middle then out to the corners.  Use your thumb and forefinger to press the lashes onto the top lash line

Step 10 –  Second Eye – Repeat process

Step 11 – Eyeliner –  Apply the liner to the upper lash line to conceal the lash band and any glue residue.

Step 12  – *Optional – Apply a single coat of ‘Enhance’ mascara to bind and blend natural lashes to the strip lashes

Removal

Use eye makeup remover eg Dermalogica Precleanse to remove eye makeup and dissolve the adhesive follow with pressing a dampened cotton disc, over the eyes and then slide away the lash strip from the eyelid

*If you prefer to wear strip lashes for a day or two remove eye makeup with an oil free makeup cleanser

Strip Lash Cleansing & Maintenance

Use a cotton bud dipped in a little micellar water and gently cleanse over the lashes to remove traces of glue and make-up. Follow by gently brushing through the lashes with a spoolie brush and leave to dry before putting them back into the box.

 

How to get great LVL Lash Lift results at home using 3 simple products

Salon LVL Treatment – After Results

When it comes to DIY beauty at home, safety is key!

In salon an LVL consultation and a 48hr mandatory patch test is performed prior treatment the purpose being to assess the health of the natural lashes and to test for potential sensitivity to the different LVL solutions and ideally to prevent a possible adverse reaction to treatment.  The procedure itself is an eyes closed process from start to finish and for health and safety reasons LVL is always best performed on you by a trained practitioner and it is never ever advised to consider to use an alternative DIY Lash Lift kit system at home.   *There is however a safe and easy alternative DIY solution to achieve similar effects to that of a salon LVL Lash Lift with tint using just 3 basic products i.e.

  1. Eyelash Curler – lifts & curls lashes
  2. Waxy Black Eyeliner – darkens the lash roots gives an illusion of longer lashes
  3. Black Mascara (for tinted and added LVL lash effects i.e, Lengthen, Volumise, Lift & Separate

Alternatively foran LVL Lash Lift without a tint effect use;

  1. An Eyelash Curler – lifts & curls lashes
  2. Nouveau Enhance Triple Lash serum (£29.99) or Nouveau Lash & Brow Conditioning serum (£19.99) – achieves glossy, healthy fuller looking lashes! *Apply serum daily from root to tips

*Both these serums are available to purchase from Beauty Vibes either in-store or request order via email to arrange purchase and delivery.  Email: patricia@beautyvibes.co.uk 

Method LVL Lash Lift with tint – 3 easy steps

Step 1 – Waxy Black Eyeliner

*Makeup Tip  – Achieve a quick top lash eyeliner effect by coating the spongy inside rim of the curlers using a black pigmented waxy eyeliner pencil (*Clean the curler afterwards with dampened cotton or soaked with a little micellar water) 

Stpe 2 – Eyelash Curler – Clamp the lashes with the curler 3 times with a count of 10 on each clamp.  Clamp the eyelashes from root to the tip.

Step 3 – Black Mascara – Apply 3 coats from root to tips – top and bottom.  *Recommend Nouveau Lash Enhance Mascara

 

Enhance Mascara £19.00

Enhance Mascara (*also retailed at Beauty Vibes) unique formulation is gentle on even the most sensitive eyes and not only gives glamourous volume but also *helps support natural lash growth, whilst nourishing and strengthening properties promote healthy lashes.

*Enhance mascara is also suitable to be used with Classic – Individual Lash extensions and Strip lashes without affecting the adhesive bond and can easily be removed with just warm water

*If interested to purchase this product you can email direct to request purchase order patricia@beautyvibes.co.uk

Note – As opposed to the salon LVL Lash Lift treatment where results last up to 6-8wks the DIY alternative is a daily routine as effects dissolve with makeup removal.  *More descriptive details about the actual in salon LVL treatment can be accessed via the LVL tab on the grey description box over on the pricelist page.  To visit that page click the link here

*Makeup Tip – Alternative LVL effects using waterproof Mascara

*Choose a waterproof mascara that lifts, separates, lengthens and volumizes i.e. 4 n 1 mascara.  Available from Boots website recommend;

Maybelline – The Falsies Instant Lash Lift Look Lengthening Volumizing Mascara 

 

£9.99

or

 

*Recommended effective Eye Makeup Remover for waterproof makeup

Dermalogica Precleanse 150ml £39.50

Formulated with skin fortifying Borage Seed, Kukui and Apricot oils as well as conditioning Rice Bran and Vitamin E oils this gentle blend offers an effective makeup removal and deep cleansing ideal even for oily skin conditions.

How to use: Dispense into dry hands.  Massage over dry face and eyes to dissolve surface oil, dirt and makeup.  Wet hands and massage again to create a light, milky emulsion.  Rinse with lukewarm water. For overall facial cleansing follow with second cleanse using your prescribed Dermalogica cleansers.  *If not sure what is the best second skin cleanser suitable for your skin type email today to request your FREE Skin Consultation.

*All Dermalogica products are available for purchase at Beauty Vibes or also can request order via email: patricia@beautyvibes.co.uk

 

Top 5 tips on How To achieve better DIY Eyebrow Shaping at home

 

Overgrown Eyebrow

In the current climate of uncertainty and salon lockdown, it’s now perhaps a case of “desperate times calls for desperate measures” and in particular when it comes to maintaining some sort of a beauty routine at home.

The guidelines set out below will hopefully pre-empt and prevent any at home ‘DIY ‘brow shaping disasters.

Something to consider before attempting your DIY brow shape is to know from the start that.. *When it comes to hair removal two fundamental factors are key;

  1. Great stretch on the skin for the area you are working on and,
  2. Great technique

With this in mind here are my;

Top 5 tips on – How To achieve better DIY Eyebrow Shaping results at home;

Ideal Eyebrow Shape outline

Tip 1 – Assess the overall eyebrow shape

Look at the shape of your eyebrows and imagine their ideal brow shape outline and draw with a pencil the outline of your eyebrows as indicated in the pic i.e wide body shape and tapered tail end

*A good eyebrow should have a wider body shape from inner nose area to arch point and a tail-end tapering to a point. The overall outline shape of the brow should look like a consistent line top and bottom without any gaps.  

Brow Shape prep outline

Tip 2 – Know what hairs should be removed 

The hair growth outside the brow line area (as indicated in the pic) is considered brow hair overgrowth and does not contribute to the overall eyebrow shape. *This is the brow hair that can be removed via threading, waxing or tweezering methods for a better and improved overall eyebrow shape  (*See Method procedures below) 

Tip 3 – Before attempting to remove hair, Stretch the skin!

Stretching the skin on the area you are working prevents against any unnecessary nicks or bruising of the skin and ensures hair is pulled out from the root.

Tip 4 – Always work against the growth of the hair

Combined with Tip 3 (stretch the skin) this technique ensures effective hair removal from the root, first time!

Tip 5 – Do Not overwork the delicate eye skin area

All hair removal is a form of skin exfoliation by adhering to methods specified in both Tip 3 & Tip 4 will avoid over traumatising the delicate skin area.

Finished Eyebrow Shape

Finishing Tips

Brush brow hairs up and using a brow scissors trim hairs extending over the top brow line

Always follow any hair removal process with a soothing application of moisturiser preferably containing SPF to protect the area against harmful UV damage

 

 

Hair Removal Method via Tweezer

  • Hold the tweezer in your dominant hand and use the other hand to stretch the skin.
  • Always focus on removing hair growth outside the natural eyebrow brow line area only *(Refer to Tip 1 above)
  • Tweezer against the hair growth to effectively tweezer out hairs.

*If done correctly the hair tweezered out should reveal the hair bulb.  This means the hair has successfully been plucked from the root.

*If done incorrectly the hair will snap and break and the overall tweezering effect will reveal what looks like black dots in the area.  If this happens do not overwork the skin but do leave the hair to grow longer before attempting removal again

  • Trim any long brows hairs extending over the top brow hairline and finish the treatment with an SPF application to further protect the skin against harmful UV damage

Hair Removal Method via Facial Wax Strips 

  • Use a scissors to cut the wax strips into smaller more manageable brow strips
  • Apply talc powder to protect the delicate skin area
  • Apply the small wax strip focusing on the hair growth outside the natural eyebrow brow line area only (Refer to Tip 1 above) *Work in small sections
  • Working against the hair growth, stretch the skin and whip off the wax strip in one swift action
  • Do not work over the same area twice!! *The skin in this area is very delicate any remaining hairs can be tweezered out
  • Using a brow scissors trim any long brows hairs extending over the top brow hairline
  • Finish with the oil-based moisturising pads provided in the pack this also effectively removes any remaining wax residue. *Follow with a protective layer of SPF

How To ‘Fix a broken split nail at home’

What you will need

Unused, dry and clean teabag

Nail glue

Nail file

Nail buffer

Topcoat nail polish

 

 

Step Guide – How To Repair a Broken/Split nail

Step 1 – Gently buff over nail area with the split

Step 2 –  Cut open the clean and dry unused tea bag and empty out tea contents.  Cut out a small square piece of the bag just enough to cover the length of the nail split and place it exactly over the split

 

Step 3 – Apply a little nail glue on top and wait to dry

Step 4 – Apply a second coat of glue over the repair and wait to dry

Step 5 – When completely dry use a soft grit emery board/nail file to file away any overlapped edges

Step 6 – Gently buff over the surface of the repair to smooth it out. *Be very gentle as too vigorous buffing will lift the repair and you will have to start over again

Step 7 – Wipe away any surface dust and apply nail polish topcoat to the entire nail to protect the repair

Step 8 – Wait to dry apply cuticle oil (*Apply cuticle oil, daily to nails.  Click the link here to read nail benefits of using cuticle oil)

Note

If the repair starts to lift, use a soft grit file to remove it completely or, file the repair work down to smooth lifted edges and reseal using the same method as specified. *Always file over product only careful not to file over nail enamel

 

 

How to ‘Safely & Effectively’ Remove Gel Polish at home

What you will need;

  • ‘Acetone’ nail polish remover
  • Cotton discs cut into small squares
  • Tweezer
  • Tinfoil cut into small squares
  • 100grit (hard grit) nail file
  • Soft grit nail file
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Cuticle oil
  • Hand Cream

 

Method

 

  • Gently remove the shine from all gel polish nails using a hard grit nail file. (This will crack the seal and allow for efficient acetone penetration to start an effective gel polish dissolving process)

  • Pour some acetone solution into the cork screw (bottle lid)
  • Using a tweezer pick up a single cotton square and dip into the acetone solution. *Make sure it is fully saturated.
  • Place acetone saturated cotton square onto nail plate. *Focus on placing it exactly over the gel polish
  • Wrap a tin foil square securely around the nail
  • Repeat all 10 nails
  • Wait for 15 mins
  • Apply pressure to the nail and slide away both foil and cotton from nail
  • If all the polish has not come away use the cuticle pusher or a wooden orange stick to gently lift away polish residue. *If the gel polish does not readily come away, re-apply another acetone soaked cotton square foil wrap for another 2 mins
  • File and shape all nails using soft grit emery board/nail file
  • Apply cuticle oil liberally to all nails and rub in to nail plates and cuticles, follow with hand cream application

*For further information about the amazing nail benefits of cuticle oil click on the link here

Tips

  • Never pick or peel off gel polish!!
  • If finding the above gel polish removal method frustratingly fiddly – (it is fiddly by the way!) suggest to first work on the non-dominant hand and make a start with 3 nails on each hand (pinky to middle finger) and then move on to index finger and thumb or try,

Alternative Method;

  • Pour enough solution into a small glass bowl to cover all 10 nails and soak for 15-20 mins (*Remember to remove surface gel polish shine first)

Note

The featured ‘Boots’ – ‘Nail polish remover extra strength product will effectively remove gel polish and ordinary polish/nail laquer.  *Other brands are available but this particular one is easy to source locally and will do the job perfectly!!

*This product, however, is NOT recommended for removal of ‘Acrylic Nail Extensions’.  For effective removal of Acrylic nails you will need a pure acetone solution.  This can easily be purchased online via Ebay.  Alternatively, acrylic can be filed off using a 100grit file (hard grit file).  *However this is time-consuming and causes a lot of friction on the nail so manual hard grit filing the nail is NOT the recommended way!

*For nail extensions that have been sculptured with a ‘hard gel’ these cannot be soaked off, they can only be filed off!!  This is done in salon usually with an e file (i.e. electronic file) a process not recommended for home use if not a trained nail tech.

*If the nail extensions are lifting they should be removed immediately to prevent moisture and bacteria forming on the nail. *Whilst salons remain closed during Covid-19 lockdown your options to remove them efficiently remains limited and as detailed above.

*Word of caution

  • Do not over file your nails
  • Always make sure you are gently filing
  • Work on product only not enamel!
  • Always follow the removal process with a daily nourishing application of cuticle oil

Got a broken split nail?? Click the link to access – An easy at home DIY method on ‘How to fix a broken split nail’

 

LED Light Therapy

Provides skin healing benefits – Restores, Revitalises, Rejuvenates

LED Light Therapy is usually applied at the end of the facial treatment as a resting phase of the facial providing enhanced skin benefits.

LED works by emitting different coloured infrared lights at different wavelengths which penetrate the skin at different depths and prove beneficial to treat different skin issues such as acne causing bacteria, sagging skin, fine lines & wrinkles, pigmentation etc.

Depending on your skin condition LED Light Therapy provide varying healing benefits as follows;

Red LED Light  – Rejuvenates premature & ageing skin

Boosts cell activity, collagen and elasticity production, improves blood circulation providing overall enhanced results for firmer more dewy, radiant skin results

Blue LED Light  -Anti Bacterial

Neutralises acne causing bacteria and inflammation provides overall enhanced results for clearer skin

Purple LED Light – Skin Rejuvenation for acne scarring

Improves PIH (Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation i.e.-Acne pitting marks)

Green LED Light – Skin Balancing

Improves cell metabolism, normalises oil gland secretions, helps to even out the complexion for more even toned skin, lightening and brightening skin effects

Cyan & Yellow LED Light – Redness Reducer & Skin Soother

Provides calming and soothing skin healing benefits for irritated and sensitised skin types and inflammation from Rosacea and supports in reducing the size of swollen capillaries

White LED Light – Skin Whitening

Skin Whitening removes freckles

LED Light Therapy is included in the advanced facial treatments available at Beauty Vibes or  *consider a 10 minute LED Light Therapy optional add on with any alternative facial treatments available at Beauty Vibes for enhanced skin results

 

 

January 26th, 2020|Blog, General Info|

Advanced Facial Technology explained

Confused about advanced technology and system formulas used in beauty treatment rooms lately?? The following Q&A has been put together to help clarify why stepping up to advanced technology can really help to enhance skin results from your facial treatment..

How does Ultrasound work to improve skin?

Ultrasound works by emitting sound waves into skin which create cavities in the cellular layers thus allowing the small molecule peptide nutrients rich formulas to be pushed deeper into the skin for improved absorption.  This process has a skin re-energising effect on skin and triggers new collagen and elastin formation and improved blood circulation has beneficial anti inflammatory effects on the skin for improved texture and tone.

What is Radio Frequency?

Radio Frequency energy is used to repair skin tissue and tighten skin and treat skin ageing concerns such as sagging loose skin, fine lines and wrinkles.  RF energy feeds deep into the sub dermal layer of the skin, generating heat that cause collagen fibres to contract and in effect stimulates production of new collagen and elastin and tightens skin.  *Great for anti ageing however not recommended for red sensitive skin types, diabetic, rosacea, dilated capillaries as the heat generated in the skin from RF may trigger further inflammation.

What does Iontophoresis mean?

Iontophoresis produces an electrical current and when used in conjunction with IonActive serums stimulates facial muscle tissue to lift and tone skin and also make skin cells more permeable to better receive ionized active nutrients being pushed into the skin as far as possible. The IonActive serums selected in treatment treat specific skin concerns such as oily, breakout and acne skin problems, pigmentation, dehydration and crepid skin conditions. *Iontophoresis is NOT suitable for anyone with metal implants, or pacemakers or similar devices.

How does LED Light Therapy benefit skin?

LED Light Therapy emits different coloured infrared lights at different wavelengths which penetrate the skin at different depths and prove beneficial to treat different skin issues such as acne causing bacteria, sagging skin, wrinkles, pigmentation etc.  The most popular use are the Red & Blue.  Blue has a sterilisation effect on the skin beneficial for acne/breakout skin types and the Red LED provides anti ageing benefits for collagen stimulation and general skin revitalising and skin regeneration. *For more detailed information about skin benefits from various coloured LED Light Therapy click on the link here

 What is an Oxygen Hydra Facial?

A Hydra Facial also referred to as Hydra-dermabrasion is a technically advanced facial gentle on skin yet achieves enhanced results within the given time to thoroughly deep cleanse, nourish and rehydrate skin for an improved and healthier skin function.

Aqua vortex vacuum suction via unique spiralized treatment tips is used alongside active chemical peel cleansers to effectively remove surface dead skin cells, excess sebum and extract impurities with little or no trauma caused to the skin.  A stream of high pressurized oxygen infused with moisturising botanicals, vitamins and minerals effectively detoxifies and hydrates skin.  This occurs by the oxygen absorbing the nutrient enriched moisturising agents into the skin thus promoting a dewy healthy skin glow.  In addition and depending on specific skin concerns the use of selected thermal modalities such as Ultrasound, Radio Frequency, Iontophoresis and LED Light Therapy are also used in the hydra facial treatment and they provide sub dermal layer moisturising,  skin healing benefits, replenishing skin and restoring skin structure for enhanced hydration and firmer skin.

How is the Oxygen Hydra Facial different to Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion provides a skin resurfacing treatment only (i.e exfoliating only) and also the type of exfoliation is what is known as a ‘Physical’ exfoliation meaning it is an abrasive skin resurfacing mechanical device using fine salts and suction to resurface the skin.

The Hydra Facial provides a full facial treatment to cleanse, exfoliate, extract impurities & hydrate skin.  The exfoliation process is classed as a ‘Chemical’ exfoliation meaning the consistency of the chemical cleansers are not abrasive but are a liquid form of Alpha & Beta Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic, Lactic & Salcylic).  These acids combined with the vortex vacuum suction are effective skin brightening and detoxing exfoliators yet very gentle on the skin. Plus the oxygen vitamin-enriched infusion followed by LED Light Therapy and use of electrical thermal modalities make the Oxygen Hydra Facial far more advanced than Microdermabrasion in it’s efforts to provide enhanced resurfaced and replenished skin results in the given time.

Who is an Oxygen Hydra Facial for?
It is great for all skin types to help improve overall skin health and also excellent for the following:

  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Elasticity and Firmness
  • Skin Tone Evenness and Vibrancy
  • Skin Texture
  • Hyperpigmentation/Photo Damage
  • Oily/Congested Skin
  • Enlarged Pores
  • Advanced Signs of Aging

What are the Pros of an Oxygen Hydra Facial?

  • It’s a more targeted results-driven facial
  • Less time required to achieve better results for clearer, brighter, smoother skin
  • Achieves deep cleanse and elevated hydration levels and healthier skin after just one treatment
  • Painless vortex vacuum suction extraction compared to painful manual extractions
  • Aqua vortex suction coupled with active hydroxy cleansers gently and more effectively resurface skin without cause for skin trauma or discomfort
  • Mechanical thermal energy permeate deeper for better healing and skin regeneration
  • Thermal modalities used in the facial feel very relaxing on the skin
  • Great for those who find it hard to relax and prefer a less hands-on approach and prefer less facial massage techniques to be applied during treatment

Is there any negative to having an Oxygen Hydra Facial?

The only thing to consider is that as it is a Hydra mechanical facial the oxygen hydra facial is not a silent treatment as the vortex vacuum suction produces sound and both the aqua vortex vacuum peel cleansing and oxygen vitamin infusion part of the facial deliver a controlled wet sensation on the skin that initially may feel like a very different facial experience compared to traditional facials

Who would NOT be suitable for a Hydra Facial?

It is not recommended for sensitised skin with active acne lesions, rash, broken skin, sunburn or sensitised rosacea conditions.

It is also not recommended for anyone that prefer a more manual hands-on soothing and relaxing massage type facial, in this case, the Dermalogica ProSkin60 Facial would be a good alternative or a Karin Herzog Facial also available at Beauty Vibes.

Other conditions considered as to whether suitable to have a hydra facial treatment include, epilepsy, pacemaker, hearing aids and pregnancy.

Can I have a Hydra Facial if I have Botox or Fillers?

Yes but wait 2 weeks or have the Hydra Facial pre Botox/Filler treatment

What’s the difference between chemical peel cleansers and a chemical peel treatment e.g. Pro Power Peel?

The liquid chemical cleansers (i.e. Alpha [Lactic & Glycolic] and Beta [Salicylic ] Hydroxy Acids) used in the Oxygen Hydra Facial are far less concentrated.  The advanced exfoliation results are achieved by use of both the chemical hydroxy acid cleansers and the hydra vortex vacuum suction.

A Chemical Peel, on the other hand, is an advanced exfoliating peel treatment using potent peel formulas (Lactic, Glycolic & Salicylic) that do not require any additional vortex vacuum device technology or other to effectively peel the skin as they are highly active and concentrated and once applied to the skin will take the PH of the skin from its normal mildly acidic 4.5-5.5 PH balance down to 1.0-2.5.  At this more acidic level the exfoliating agents (Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids +) in the peel cause a superficial shock to the cells causing old skin cells to be easily shed.

*It is worth noting that it is recommended that the skin has become acclimatised to a less concentrated formula from both a physical and a chemical exfoliating process prior a pro power chemical peel treatment and for this reason, a 24hr patch test is recommended prior a Pro Power Peel treatment to test skin tolerance and sensitivity to the individual highly active peel formulas.

For optimum peel results consider having an Oxygen Hydra Facial or ProSkin60 first to decongest the skin and boost hydration levels as the better the condition of the skin the better it will receive the efficacy of the chemical peel and deliver faster-desired results for clearer skin radiance.

*For more information about Pro Power Chemical Peel available at Beauty Vibes click the link here  

What’ s the difference between a 30min Hydra Facial and a 30min Chemical Peel?

The 30min chemical peel treatment focuses on resurfacing the skin only and uses highly concentrated formulas to exfoliate the skin to encourage speedy skin cell renewal thus improve acne, ageing and hyperpigmentation skin conditions. Whilst a 30min Hydra Facial is a mini facial treatment that focuses on deep cleansing & decongesting skin and provides general hydrating skin conditioning benefits for an overall improved smoother, hydrated and healthier skin function

What are some of the skin benefits can I expect after an Oxygen Hydra Facial?

  • Improved hydration levels,
  • Improved texture and tone of skin
  • Improved barrier lipid layer
  • Healthier skin
  • Clearer, smoother looking skin
  • Skin more balanced – oil & sebum production regulated
  • Deconjested, purified skin
  • Reduction in pore size
  • Buffed out fine lines and wrinkles
  • Firmer looking skin
  • Dewy & Radiant, Glowy Skin

Note

* A bespoke treatment plan and recommended products to use at home will guarantee the best possible results and maintenance!!

To access info about the different Oxygen Hydra Facials available at Beauty Vibes click the link here

January 26th, 2020|Blog, General Info|