Feel Good Factor - For all your beauty needs this Christmas - Reflections Hair, Nails & Skincare

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With an array of the finest hair and beauty treatments Reflections Hair, Nails & Skincare Salon can take care of you from head to toe. 

‘Tis the season to stress. Not only are we expected to arrange everything from decorating the tree to roasting the turkey but the pressure is also on to look fabulous every step of the way. You need a bouncy blow-dry for the works do, you want bang on trend cherry red nails for the girls’ festive drinks and you would LOVE a facial to combat the effects of those one too many eggnogs - how on earth are you going to fit it all in? Take a deep breath and relax – Reflections caters for women on the go and will have you looking party-pretty in no time.

BOOK IN SOME ‘ME’ TIME

Reflections offers an indulgent combination of superlative creative hair styling and the very best well-being treatments. It always stays ahead of the curve by sourcing the best techniques and products, new and old, from around the world. Anti-ageing facials, muscle melting massages, Jessica luxury manicures, radiance boosting Redken hair treatments, bespoke colour and cutting services - drooling yet?

THE REVAMP

Showing how Reflections refuses to diminish and fade away due to other new salon kids on the block (the team will be celebrating its 20th anniversary next year and, in Marbella, that is saying something),

the salon has recently undergone a face lift. Due to numerous requests from clients wanting their hair and beauty treatments done at the same time, the salon has moved everything under one roof.

THE NEWBIES

Reflections has recently welcomed two more members to its talented team. Paul MacFarlane, an Essex lad through and through, guarantees excellence from his cut and styling to colour and conditioning.

He already had a loyal following from his time at The English Cut, and his confident and personable manner has made him very popular indeed with the clients.

If you have been trying to track down your favourite stylist from Lorena Morlote, then look no further. Alex Hecquet, who is fluent in French, Spanish and English, is known for his long-lasting blow-dries. His ever growing male clientele adores his style of cutting and he is brilliant with children, putting them at ease before working his magic.

PUMP UP THE VOLUME

Get ready for a stampede; celebrity hair colourist, Jonathan Yeadon and the finest hair cutter on the Coast, Gerry Tona have now turned their hands to hair extensions.

“We have been trying to find a great extensions technician for a while, so finally Gerry and I decided to bite the bullet and take it on ourselves and I am so glad we did,” admits Jonathan. “Now that I have trained in Great Lengths I can’t believe it has taken me so long to jump on-board. Being a colour specialist I can blend and match colours to make it look completely natural.” 

“I was getting frustrated when trying to create the perfect style for my clients but being limited by their hair density, so for me this is a match made in heaven,” explains Gerry. “With my precision cutting skills I can blend the extensions into the natural hair so that you won’t be able to tell it’s not their own hair.” 

If you fancy a new look for Xmas you better book in fast because there is going to be a HUGE waiting list for this talented duo.

THE GIFT OF BEAUTY

Reflections stocks the chicest beauty gifts to give - and request - this season. The latest addition is the Germaine de Capuccini skincare line, whose prestigious formulas are packed full of active ingredients. Their Timexpert Lift Gift Set is flying off the shelves and it’s no wonder why. Purchase the Timexpert Lift Perfect Volume Emulsion and receive the Timexpert Lift Eye Contour Cream (15ml) and Bi-Phase Make-up Remover Lotion (50ml) FREE. This Diamond Collection comes beautifully boxed, retails at 56€ but is worth 106€, saving you over 50€.

MERRY CHRISTMAS from Reflections Hair, Nails & Skin Care Salon

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Feel Good Factor - Holiday Ideas by Liza Mayne

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Under the Mistletoe

Tis the season to shine so add a metallic eye shadow for the ultimate party look. Try Urban Decay in Half Baked for extra festive sparkle.

Pop the lips with vibrant colours such as DuWop’s Private Red for those under the mistletoe moments.

Let it Snow

Use highlighting and contouring techniques to create a glam, pearlised look. Use Sleek Precious Metals Highlighting Palette to emphasise the cheekbones.

It's Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas

Mix two bold colours together for a dramatic look. Try Mac Caliente.

Make a statement wearing the perfect red lipstick!


 
This Month’s Favourites

The Beauty Blender

The beauty blender is a revolutionary sponge make-up applicator that has no sharp edges, unlike a traditional triangle sponge. When used properly, I find it blends your foundation flawlessly and seamlessly into your skin more effectively than a foundation brush or your fingers. I’ve had my makeup airbrushed by make-up artists in the past for various events and the beauty blender is the closest thing to achieving that same professional finish.

So, as you can tell, I love it!

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KIKO – Rock attraction

The collection comes in a range of six shades - look out for 01 Pearly Rock if you want to achieve a highlighting effect. It has a silky smooth and comfortable texture and can be applied extremely easily, leaving your skin feeling super soft. This product can be built up until you feel you have reached the desired look and has a high concentration of pigments and pearls that help sculpt facial features and give an instant glow.

Bobbi Brown – Natural

If you’re looking to contour with ease, there is no better shade than Bobbi Brown Natural. The amazing contour colour has a natural red base so it won’t give you that orangey look, which you should especially avoid during the winter months. It can also be used in the summer with a shimmery bronzer for a warm glow. This product offers the most beautifully sculpted effect and instantly gives skin the look of a natural tan. Remember, a little goes along way so you only need a tiny amount - build it up slowly.

Benefit – High Beam

High Beam is a GREAT highlighter - it’s like applying liquefied pearls to your skin and really complements and adds a touch of glow to any look. It is easier to blend and looks more natural when applied over or mixed with liquid foundation. The satin pink colour doesn’t show up, instead a pretty, white, slightly opalescent shimmer/sheen is left on the skin. To achieve best results apply to cheekbones, eyebrow arches and cupid’s bow.

Kryolan – Pan Stick

If you want to achieve a stronger, longer lasting contour line, it’s best to use a cream based product. My favourite is the Kryolan - pan stick. Although thicker and heavier, this product provides full coverage to the skin and when blended gives a far more natural and dewy effect. Be careful however; if it is not applied properly you run the risk of creating a dirty, muddy, patchy look.

Make Up Forever Sculpting Kit

The Sculpting Kit is a set of two compact powders suited to reshape and alter the size of the face using a light and shadow contrast. It is the perfect choice for beginners trying to achieve the art of facial contouring. If applied on the right strategic areas of the face and blended accordingly, it really helps to create a more sculpted face. It’s long-lasting and blends well.

 
Feel Good Factor - The only way is Prenatal Yoga

prenatalWith an aching back and swollen feet, exercise might be the last thing on your mind during your pregnancy but earlier this year Mila Kunis was the latest celebrity spotted toting a yoga mat and showing off her baby bump whilst attending a pre-natal yoga class (which happened to be on her
birthday!) So what is it that makes so many expectant mothers turn to yoga?

Better sleep patterns, improved circulation, decreased stress levels and an easier labour and delivery
are just a few of the reasons attracting celebrity mums-to-be to the exercise phenomenon.

Yoga instructor Margaret Holland who teaches pre-natal yoga reveals, “The breathing and body
awareness developed through yoga helps women stay connected to their changing bodies. The gentle
stretching and postures help relieve back pain before, during, and after delivery. Plank and side-plank yoga poses will strengthen your core and back and help prevent pain from muscle contraction and posture changes. Plus poses that open your shoulders and that open and support the wrists can help alleviate carpal tunnel syndrome, a common pregnancy issue.”

“Yoga is of particular benefit in the second trimester,” continued Margaret, “this is the time to take advantage of your energy and empower your healthy pregnant body by taking part in activities
that focus on strength and wellness for you and your baby. As well as being an energised period of your pregnancy, the second trimester is also a time when physical discomforts including lower back
pain, abdominal muscle separations and leg cramps become more persistent. In addition to alleviating
pain and discomfort during the pregnancy one of the main attractions of pre-natal yoga is the labour preparation it offers. Prenatal yoga classes focus of specific muscle groups designed to aid the birthing process.”

Margaret started her training in Thailand with the Absolute Yoga Group in Koh Samui where she studied Hot Yoga before continuing her studies in Vinyasa Flow at The Power of Now Oasis Yoga and
Meditation Centre in Bali, Indonesia. She then went on to study Pre-Natal Yoga with the Yoga Education Institute. Margaret currently teaches Hot Yoga at Radiant Yoga in Nueva Andalucia but also offers group classes in Hatha Yoga and Gentle Vinyasa Flow on Marbella Beach in front of The Boardwalk Restaurant and private lessons within the comfort of your own home. Her prenatal yoga classes cater specifically to expectant mothers, and all of the traditional yoga poses are modified to ensure the safety of the unborn baby. “If you choose to attend a regular yoga class rather than a specific pre-natal class it is of vital importance the yoga instructor is knowledgeable in the safe
modification of poses to make them suitable and beneficial to pregnancy,” Margaret explained.

Gwyneth Paltrow was among the first celebrities to popularise pre-natal yoga and was regularly spotted
attended yoga classes in London during her pregnancy. Actress Jessica Alba is another famous face to
credit pre-natal yoga for her happy pregnancy and peaceful labour. “I have a bad back and bad knees, and it really prepares your body,” shared Alba. “The more limber you are and the stronger you are, the easier your birth. And isn’t that what everybody wants?”

Pregnant supermodel Gisele Bundchen described yoga as “moving meditation” that “feels so good” and revealed that her yoga practice helped her eat carefully and manage her stress levels, both key factors she credits in helping to regain her prepregnancy physique. Another A-list beauty to share her love of prenatal yoga is Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr, “It doesn’t matter where I am or what I am doing, yoga gives me the opportunity to switch off and focus entirely on my body and my breath,” Kerr explained. “I practiced yoga during my entire pregnancy, and I hope to practice for the rest of my life.” It appears Hollywood has got the memo… if its good enough for Mila, Jessica, Gwyneth, Gisele and Miranda it’s good enough for us!

To book a Pre-Natal, Hot Yoga or Vinyasa Flow lesson with Margaret telephone or text 647 025 839 or alternatively you can send Margaret an email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 
Feel Good Factor - Confessions of a Makeup Artist

Beauty Editor Liza Mayne gives readers a monthly update on all thing gorgeous. Keeping you up to date with all the latest Beauty bits for your makeup bag!

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Kiko - Ultimate Pen
This amazing fine pointed pen eyeliner is great for easy application and building and is one of my favourites. The tip is wonderful for doing thin or dramatic lines and it glides and stays on for hours, due to its long-lasting power. It creates a smooth finish and doesn’t smudge. Packaging is sleek, everything is of a professional grade, yet totally affordable - even for daily use. I use mine religiously.
kikocosmetics.com / La Cañada or Puerto Banus

Du Wop - Double Glow 7
Absolutely amazing product - gives a beautiful glow. The Double glow7 is a luminous face balm that will give your skin instant radiance and clarity. Although it can be worn under make-up,
I like to wear it over my foundation just to highlight; it really makes for perfect skin. Worn under make-up it acts like a primer, creating easy application for flawless foundation. I am constantly asked what I use when I wear it! You also don’t need a huge amount so this little tub will last a long time.
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Femme Fatale Lashes
Femme Fatale Lashes, the brainchild of Emily Lyons, CEO of Femme Fatale Media Group, is a new mink lash on the market. These handmade, 100 per cent mink lashes are just too beautiful for
words. The mink hair is very soft and shiny with a rich, deep black shade and looks very natural. The weft is extremely pliable and can be moulded to fit any shape of eye. The mink fur is hand-crafted
onto the weft, giving a more natural appearance with every lash style. No mascara is needed to blend these with your natural lash line and, due to the weft being strong and sturdy, these lashes are reusable up to 25+ times. Well worth the investment. Ordered yours now at: femmefatalelashes.com

Mac Pigments
Around the festive season, there isn’t just one colour I could recommend when it comes to the MAC
pigments - they are all amazing! Choose from bright, lively colours for New Year to warmer, richer
tones for Navidad. Pigment is a highly concentrated loose colour powder that contains ingredients to help it stay put. It can either create a subtle wash of colour if applied alone or you can intensify the effect when applied over a smoky eye. Easy to blend and long-lasting. the pot will last you a long time as only a small amount is need for every application.
maccosmetics.com / El Corte Ingles or La Cañada

Benefit - eye con
This is the only product, which noticeably reduced my dark circles. If you suffer from dark patches around your eyes, this is a fab product. Instead of applying layer upon layer of concealer, get rid
of them completely with this miracle cream. It actually fades the dark circles rather than just covering them up like concealers would. For best results just dab around the eye day and night.
benefitcosmetics.com / El corte Ingles or Sephora

 
The art of highlighting and contouring

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Ever since Miss Kim Kardashian graced our screen and reintroduced the art of contouring, I have found that it has become one of the most popular and demanded looks when working with private clients, brides and high fashion editorial and I am constantly asked how to achieve a contoured effect at home. Well, ladies, here are a few home tips for you.

Contouring is a technique previously reserved for runway models and high fashion photo shoots, but is now becoming part of our daily make up routine.

So what is it exactly? In a nutshell, contouring is giving shape to an area of the face, enhancing the facial structure through make-up. It is not supposed to be noticeable, more subtle definition - and I do mean subtle! In other words, It’s all about the artistry and illusion. This is not the time to find one of your darker shades of blusher or bronzer and draw a line under your cheek bone.

Highlighting is the process by which you accentuate the highest points of your face, such as the top of your cheek

bones, just under your eyebrows or the bridge of your nose. The product should be one to two shades lighter than your complexion. You can use both shimmery and matte products for highlighting.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to trying out the contoured look at home:

Contours should be matte, while highlighting is meant to have shimmer. Don’t get the two confused and, remember, texture is key!

A lot of people contour with their bronzer, but I’m against that unless you have tanned skin. You need to find something that creates the illusion of an actual shadow, so choose a shade one to two tones darker than your skin; these will typically will be shades of beige and brown.

If you’re using powder to contour, you’ll achieve a more matte finish. If you use creams the result will be more dewy. If you are a beginner, start with creamy products, since these will be much easier to build up and blend until you get your desired look.

Get an angled cream brush to hit under the cheek and jaw bones. Brushes are key to any good application of make-up! You should buy two, one for contouring and one for highlighting. Just about every make-up artist in the world swears by MAC #217. This will help with precision under the jawline and around the cheekbone for a flawless, airbrushed finish.

There is one rule to keep in mind when it comes to highlighting and contouring - hard lines are not elegant or chic. Use a regular foundation brush or a damp egg sponge and tap it into the contour to make sure there’s no hard obvious lines. You absolutely need to BLEND BLEND BLEND!

Once you have finished contouring your face, don’t forget to add some colour to the apple of the cheek and a bit of sheen to the cheekbones to enhance the complexion still further. A peachypink tone for a natural looking flush

always works best and adapts to most skin tones, then add luminizer just at the top of the cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose and a hint on the chin for super-fresh skin. My all time favourite is Benefit High Beam - its creamy liquid  texture is easy to apply and has long lasting results.

 
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