Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Ingredients to avoid!

We all have skincare products right? So i thought id share some ingredients that you should look out for which you should really avoid! So lets begin!

Mineral Oil (Petrolatum/ paraffinum Liquidum) 
Used for 
 The slip and slide effect 
● Adheres to the skin surface 
● An emollient 
Reasons to Avoid -
 ● Gives a greasy after feel 
● Sits on the skins surface 
● May be a comedogenic 
● No real skin benefit 
Use instead -
● Vegetable oils 
● Rich in essential fatty acids  

Lanolin (sheep sweat) 
Used for -
  A Wax 
Lip Balms 
Emollient properties 
Reason to avoid -
● causes allergies 
● Comedogenic 
 May contain carcinogens 
Use instead
● Silk Amino acids 
● Squalane oil
● Vegetable oil 

P.A.B.A ( Para - amino benzoic acid) 
Used for
● Sun screening agent 
● Anesthetic properties on the skin 
Reasons to avoid - 
● Causes allergic eczema in sensitive skin 
● Prickly heat 
Use Instead - 
● Natural physical filters
● Titanium Dioxide 

Used for - 
● Bleaching and pigmentation agent 
Reasons to avoid - 
● Toxic
● Banned in Europe 
● Theories of being linked to cancer  
Use Instead - 
● Arbutin - lightening gel 

I hope you find these useful! I know i did, i use to always think why do i keep getting blocked pores, until i looked at what was in my moisturizer that i was using and it was a product that causes blocked pores! 

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Monday, 26 October 2015

Insight of being a Beauty Therapist

So if you think of a beauty therapist, what instantly comes into mind? painting nails all day? sat down doing facials all day? Well let me enlighten you a little more of what we do and how things happen in the day to day life of a beauty therapist!

First thing first, i think any beautician has become immune to anything with a smell! Fake tan, nail polish, acetone you name it we probably smell of it because we can no longer smell it on our self, so we don't actually realize what we smell like (this can never be a good thing) 

More than likely we feel like an idiot giving skincare advice! We all have our problems with our skin like having a little collection of spots or maybe we are just growing a new head on our head? If we as therapists haven't cleared our skin up, how can we help yours!? We advise on things you should be doing but 9 times out of 10 we are not doing them ourselves! 

Being a therapist means we have a time schedule to stick to, we don't have time for you to faff around with the nail colours, you should have thought about this before you came in for your appointment and not waste 10 minutes of my time asking me 'oh will this colour look nice?' Yes! just pick it and lets start the treatment! (we all love the clients that just know what they want! unless they pick french) 

The term 'beauty therapist' should also have more to it, such as a counsellor, relationship adviser, friend and generally just someone to talk to. The amount of clients who just come for a chat because they have no one else to talk to is just unreal! They ask our advice on what to do on everything and they really open up to us! so much so that they start crying on us (yes this has happened quite a lot)

The waxing part of this job id actually say is rather fun, its like a stress relief and somewhat therapeutic! Until you are covered in wax and sticking to absolutely everything! I've even left work with wax stuck in my hair... at the back of my head! how it got there? i have no idea! But wax does get everywhere!!  All so as a therapist you have to pull the strip of wax off rather fast, and we all know that feeling of not fully committing to a wax strip! Its quite happy where it is thank you, half removed, half still attached to the skin, and the client wondering why it hurt a lot more that time. Brilliant. 

At the start of every treatment we explain to you what clothing items you need to remove, where to put them and how to lie on the massage couch, so when we return we can crack straight into the treatment! We presume you heard all of it because your nodding and agreeing and sometimes you say it back to us! So how in those very short minutes do you forget everything!? Clothes and shoes are all over the floor (mainly where i need to stand) so i have to spend time putting them in the correct place instead of giving you your treatment, and you have lay the complete wrong way? If your in for a facial please do not lie face down! i can not give the back of your head a facial! Same goes for the disposable paper g - strings, wide part at the front and the thin part at the back, why would you even thing it was the other way around!? 

All in all we do enjoy out jobs! You test us and stress us out but we enjoy meeting people and making friends with our clients! Our job wouldn't be the same if all these things didn't happen! 

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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

5 Tips on how to save money

Saving money can be the bane of a lifetime,  some find it easy and some struggle. so i thought it would only be right to share and give the tips i recommend. 

My Grandad has always said even when I was little I would return home with more money than what I left with (no I didn't rob anyone) even if I returned home with only a few pennies more. 
So here's how 😊

1. Difference between a want and a need. 
The very first thing you need to understand and understand fully is the difference between a want and a need. I think I have always understood this and from a young age. I valued money and the hard work behind it, so whenever I was handed money from my parents (before I started earning my own) I never really thought of it as mine so i didn't want to spend it.
Whenever I did go shopping and seen something I did like, I always stepped back and thought do I actually need it? And most of the time I just wanted It. I think if you really realize the difference  between wanting something or simply just needing it you could save a lot just by that! I all so think its just a better way of looking at things, a different perspective. 
2. Give yourself a target
Another way I like to save money is to have a target, set yourself a goal of what you'd like to save and stick to it then when you have reached your goal, it gives you a sense of achievement, and I always feel like I want to beat my goal so I keep going and set myself a bigger target.
3. Set up a separate savings account
Set up a separate savings account, one without a card so your not tempted to spend! I always leave myself some money for the month in the account that i have a debt card to in case I need fuel, and to pay my phone bill, or anything in case of emergency, and  everything else goes into a savings account! There's something quite satisfying about watching the bank balance increase each month!  I personally never want to see the balance stop growing! 
4. Save them pennies!
All them pennies that you let the cashier have, STOP! They are your hard earned pennies! Save every single one of them! And before you know it you'll have loads of them and you'll have a lot of extra money as well! Go get them changed into notes and put away into a saving tin or go and put them straight into your savings account! You'll realize how much money you throw away when you start saving them!

5. Take your lunch to work/school
I always watch people buy their lunch everyday at work, and always think the amount of money they spend on lunch over a month is just crazy! If you leave your money at home then you cant buy anything! Just take a packed lunch, because in the long run its cheaper making your own sandwich than buying one (Least you know its been made with clean hands if you make it yourself) 

So there are my five tips on how to save money! I hope this helps or gives you a new perspective on things, especially understanding the difference between a need and a want, that (dare i say it) changed me. 

Let me know your tips on saving!

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Monday, 19 October 2015

Halloween Nails

As its October and Halloween is fast approaching i thought id get a little bit more into the spirit of it all! so i opted for some Halloween nails! I love painting my nails to go with the event! either Valentines day, Easter, Halloween, Bonfire night, Christmas you name it i'm sure I've decorated my nails to match at some point! In this post i shall be telling you how to get this look using normal polish i shall be doing a different blog post on how to do konad gels very soon! 

What i used  - 
-An Orange nail varnish 
- Konad special polish 
- Konad stamp and scraper 
- image plate 
- Top and base coat 

In this image i used gel as i have my own gel machine at home and do not have the patience to wait for it to dry! So heres what i used - 

In this image you have the - 
Konad Stampe  which i brought for i think it was roughly £6 it included the stamp, scraper, two image plates and 3 mini konad special polishes 
Image plate Which is from bundle monster holiday collection 

In the second image i have the gel polish that i used,

Please note this gel polish is not the official Gelish!
Although i think it is just as good as the professional gelish as i have made this gel polish last up to 4 weeks without chipping and its very very very very similar as gelish colours as i work along side gelish at my job, i have compared them and no one can tel the difference! I personally love this brand of gel polish because you can get it for next to nothing! 

I buy my gel colours off ebay for the small price of £2.69! Yes you read that right £2.69! 

and heres the link, your welcome! 
We also have the special konad polish in the black, personally i think if you were to use the image plates you need the konad polish, ive tried using other polishes and it doesn't work at all really, the konad polish is much thicker than normal polish so it can transfer better (i wouldn't use konad polish all over the nail as it may take a lot longer to dry) 

So lets get started now we have everything, first thing first i always shape the nails first to the desired shape! i just find it easier to do this step first! I have always found a lot of people pick things up on their nail shape when they have more time to look at them so if i do this step first and then all the cuticle work, by the time i have finished the cuticle work they will have picked up on something if they are unhappy, were as if i do shaping last and paint straight after they notice it when the paint is on! and my god that's irritating! hehe so i always do this step first!! 

Secondly i like to push back the cuticles, always push back cuticles when they are wet! this doesn't mean you have to soak them in water for ages, i just like the get some cleansing spray on a cotton pad and wipe the nail, hey presto the cuticle is wet! 

After that we can go ahead and paint the base coat! Top and base coats are so so important! i get many questions asking why are my nails discolored and why are they chipping so fast, Base coats help prevent nail discoloration and top coat adds shine and seals the colour in.

Now we are ready to apply our first coat of colour! Now please don't worry if the first coat doesn't completely cover the nail plate we want a nice thin layer (if too thick it will take so long to dry!) Once you have painted your first coat of colour on all nails, go ahead and paint another coat! :) if you get any on the skin you can go around the edges with a cotton bud soaked in nail polish remover. 

What you want to do now is wait for these to dry! Go grab a cuppa tea, watch some tv, read a book or wave your arms around the air helping them dry faster whatever you want to do, go do it! let them dry! 
Now for the next stage we want to be quite fast when picking up the image from the plate to applying it on the nail! Otherwise it will dry and you wont be able to either pick up the image on the stamp or stamp the image on the nail (this can take a little practice) We want  to get the image plate, find the image you want to apply to your nail (i personally would get some newspaper or something underneath as it can get messy!) and with your special polish just paint the polish over the image on the plate, give it a nice thick layer, now find your scraper and scrape over the image taking away the polish (then you will see the polish is a thin layer in bedded into the image) with your stamp simply press the spongy part over the image give it a little welly and then release and hopefully you should have your image on the stamp! (you might not get it all the time and probably wont get it the very first time, it does take some practice but once you have got the hang of it, you've got it) quickly check over the image making sure you have picked up all the image. 

Now find the nail you want to place the image on, line it up along side the nail and slowly ROLL the stamper over the nail from left to right or right to left whatever way suits you, do not just place it on the nail as the image wont apply correctly and HEY PRESTO! you should now hopefully have the image on your nail!

Once you have rolled your image and got the image where you want it to be and you are happy, using konad special polish top coat apply a thin layer of top coat! You can use other top coats but i just find they pull the design and smudge it so i like to stick to konads top coat leave to dry and you have just done your own nail art stamping! i hope you feel proud of yourself! If you want to know how to combine nail stamping with gel nails i shall be doing a post soon!

If you have any more questions about this process feel free to ask! My emails and twitter links are in the 'about me' page! I hope you have found this usefull and apologies if i rambled!
Much loves :) 

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Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Complexion Sponge

I know i am a little late jumping on the band wagon but i finally jumped on and so glad i did! I've heard so many people rave about how good these sponges are to blend in foundation, i always thought a sponge surely cant be to much different to a brush, How wrong was i!? 

I don't know if it was just coincidence but when i first used the sponge or beauty blender (as some like to call it) i had a lot of people commenting on how good my skin looked, they said it didn't even look like i was wearing foundation and that my skin looked amazing! We all love a good compliment i know but weather it was down to the sponge, who knows? But for now i shall say yes, yes it was down to the sponge. 

When i first started using this complexion sponge i just thought it was going to soak up my foundation into the sponge but surprisingly it hasn't! When applying the sponge on your face, oh my its soft! There is nothing worse than applying a brush or something on your face and its rough and makes it generally feel like i'm taking a layer off my skin if i apply it with a cheap makeup brush, but using this sponge its like applying silk to your face (not quite literally silk

Overall i am extremely happy with my purchase and would highly recommend this sponge to everyone! I actually look forward to applying my foundation in the morning (sad i know) and not having to worry about those lines that brushes leave! the dreaded lines! 

I purchased my complexion sponge from superdrug at £5.99 

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Monday, 12 October 2015

Soothing Gel Cleanser

Okay so i'm a skincare fanatic, if something sounds good i have to have it and to me this sounded perfect! Quite recently i have been crystal clear skin care trained and i had to get my hands on some sort of product!! 
I brought this product for £25 which gave me a bottle of 400ml! i do beleive this size product shall last me quite awhile! (heres hoping) 

If your rather lazy when it comes to taking off your makeup at night and just want to get all snug into a nice warm bed, the thought of brushing your teeth, taking your makeup off, taking your hair down etc can just be too much! 

I for one just want to hop into bed and don't want to think about anything.

This product id say is for those who want to just get the bed time routine over with.

Soothing gel cleanser is a foaming cleanser, if you have a lot of makeup on id suggest cleansing twice using 2 pumps at a time and adding water to foam it up.

It has replumping properties with cucumber extract which you can use as a general cleanser, eyemakeup remover and best of all you can use it as a shaving gel!! (Handy or what!?) There is also no need to tone afterwards!
Although i do recommend you use the revitalizing tonic afterwards (next to be purchased) to give best results! 
This cleasner is good for all skin types including sensitive and is soap free, what more could a girl want!? 

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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Garnier Summer Body!

Hello everybody! It has only just dawned on me that its October! Time of the year for cosyness, hot chocolate and warm clothes! Summer has gone and so has our tanned summer skin! (If your not in the UK of course! because we don't really have a summer!). 

So here is my solution to keep the paleness at bay! 

This is a gradual build up tan, you don't need a mitt to apply this because you can apply it just as a moisturizer all over your body! So i guess your in control of what colour you want to go, if you want to go really dark then keep applying this beauty! I personally only want a little tan just to take away the paleness edge! I find it does give a very natural glow to the body and with it being a moisturizer it goes on easy and turns out even! (Nothing worse than a patchy tan). 
It smells amazing, if i was to put something all over my body then it has to smell nice and this fits the bill perfectly! Also this seems to be on offer most of the time also! I brought 250ml for £2.99 and it has lasted me a long time as i only put it on the areas of my body im showing such at my arms, face and neck. 
When first applying this you cant see where you have applied it because it absorbs into the skin and then within a few hours you will notice a colour change, so when you are happy with the colour you have gone, you might have to apply it once, twice or three times! i find twice is satisfactory but not straight after each other, i normally apply this in the morning then night and im happy with the colour, once i have done that i find it lasts for quite awhile on my skin before i feel i need to re apply! So this is perfect! and for the price you just cant go wrong! Im always getting compliments of my skin tone when i have this on! 

check out the product in superdrugs or visit the site -Superdrug Garner summer body

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Monday, 5 October 2015

Drugstore to high end Brows!

We all know that when we meet someone we instantly judge, we cant help it, its just what we do even if we say we don't judge anybody and it only takes approx 3 seconds to decide if you like them or not. During those 3 seconds were most probably looking at their face and one of the things i certainly look at are eyebrows! I feel like over the last few years eyebrows are officially a 'thing' and its a 'thing' everyone wants the best of! 

So without further ado i shall get on with the aim of this post! (before i go on rambling about pointless stuff) i have found a product and a cheap product i shall add that makes brows look AMAZING! it is none other than a collection 'work the colour' eyebrow kit !

Collection work the colour eyebrow kit £3.99

I got my little kit from superdrug as i was looking for something cheap when i first started filling in my eyebrows and its perfect! It has 3 different powders which you can mix together with the brush that is supplied within to find your perfect eyebrow shade! Once you have found your eyebrow shade apply it with the double ended brush, i personally find the angled side is easier to apply because i like a nice crisp line or if your really not bothered then you can use the other end which is a standard brush id say. Once you are happy with the look you have created it also comes with a gel to secure it all in place!

If your eyebrows are anything like mine then they never like to stay where i want them to! So with the help of the gel it stays in place!  I have solidly used this product for about a year or so and it doesnt even look like ive touched it! Fair to say this product will last a very long time and for the price well you just cant beat it! 

Or if you dont mind spending a little more on your eyebrows, lets face it everyone notices eyebrows!! Then you can try out this bad boy! 

Chelsea Boutique £35

So i only came across this product because i was testing it for work, if i liked it then we would get some to sell to our clients. 
It does come with a price tag of £35! But within the box you get a very nice eyebrow brush which to be honest does feel amazing to hold (weird i know) but it just fits in the hand nicely and the bristles are so soft! (Its all about the bristles) It also comes with 6 eyebrow stencils! so if your no good at drawing eyebrows on then you can just simply find the stencil you like, place it over your eyebrow and fill away with the powder! 

When choosing this product you must make sure you get the correct colour for your eyebrows, they come in a range of colours but you only get one colour per pack, which is easier if you don't want to faff mixing your colour!

I found this eyebrow kit very long lasting! It definitely does what it says on the tin! Smudge proof and water resistant! it did take some scrubbing to free my eyebrow of powder which on a busy or hot day this is perfect!! Plus you get a set of tweezers! who doesnt want some tweezers!! They are a life saver! 

Let me know your favorite eyebrow products! Im open to all suggestions! 

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Friday, 2 October 2015

One of my Favourite skin care brands!

Now i can imagine not many have heard of this brand! but my god i can not express enough how much i love it ! The amazing brand is called Pevonia Botanica! Its an American range so in the UK no one has heard of it! 

You cant buy this product on the high street as its to 'active' for people who don't know the brand to buy, you have to be recommended  by a pevonia trained therapist (such as myself). Active ingredients in product just means that it will change the skin in certain concentrates, in simpler terms you will notice a change to your skin straight away using all pevonia products.

I would honestly recommend this brand to everyone! Now being only 22 i find my skin very dehydrated, therefore it feels very tight and uncomfortable if i don't moisturize, I've used other high street brands and none have made my skin feel so comfortable as pevonia dry skin cream has, the feel on my face when i have applied this product is oh so fab! I personally have to love the way a product looks in its packaging to be more interested in it, the packaging for pevonia products i find are perfect, they come in perfect sizes and they feel great to hold (i think i'm in love). 

This brand is defiantly not a 'cheap brand' and i am not one for 'splashing out the cash' i try to avoid big price tags and use the cheaper brands but if you want something that will work then pevonia is the one! If you suffer with rosacea, oily or hormonal skin then pevonia is worth looking into! when doing a facial on my clients using pevonia rosacea products i have never seen such a massive difference in all my life! my client came in with very red looking skin on her face and when she left the treatment room an hour later all her redness has gone and better yet she could take away her clay mask of her face as a little token of her time with me! 

check out more products :

Youll love them all! ♥

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Starting out!

Welcome!  I have been reading many many many blogs and thought what a fantastic way to put my opinion and views into the world of the web! so that's when English Rose was created, i'm English, my middle name is Rose, hey presto there it was! I love all things beauty, skin, hair, home, so everything basically! I am fully qualified in Hair and Beauty, choosing Beauty as my main 'Profession' so id like to hope this blog shall be mainly beauty inspired! but i cant rule out anything else id like to ramble on about! 

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