Mask the telltale signs of a busy festive season with these wonderful products - be-cause staying in is simply not an option!
SEE THE LIGHT.
To remove the dark circles from under your eyes, use this illuminating concealer. The best concealers for dark shadows will even radiate light to increase brightness on the face, keeping your peepers looking bright and awake all day. Try Avon Invisible Light Concealer.
Dark Circle Corrector.
Dark circles are unavoidable, no matter how many hours of sleep you are getting. Camouflage is your best bet; use Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Concealer Kit. Go a shade lighter than your foundation for a brightening effect.
Run an off-white eyeliner along the inner rim of your eyes; it will not only make your eyes appear bigger, but also brighter. You can also give your eyes a boost with Optrex Eyedew Dazzling Eye Drops, which contain a hint of blue, to counteract the redness of tired, irritated eyes.
GET HER LOOK
Create a smouldering smokey eye with Urban Decay’s Naked Pallete. Use MAC’s Hue to create a nude lip and top it off with a high shine gloss like Dior Addict. For this type of look why not try Cheryl’s Eylure lashes. I love the shape of these lashes, they start off lighter in the inner eye and then thicken to a strong lash line.
The Vampire Facial
Why Botox is so 2014
Most people’s immediate response when confronted with a photograph of a face covered in human blood would be to scream and run away. When that person’s face belongs to global style icon Kim Kardashian, everyone wants to know what she is doing and where they can get one.
I’m personally not the biggest fan of the new Mrs Kanye West but if there is one thing I can credit the celebrity for it’s her ability to look so flawless 24/7. Well, I have news for you - I know her secret.
Those of you who regularly peruse Kim K’s Instagram account, will know she is partial to the ‘it’ skincare treatment of the year – The Nytox Vampire Facial. Admittedly, it does not sound too appealing, which is why I jumped at the chance to watch the procedure being carried out at new cosmetic clinic, Aesthetic Solutions Spain.
Lisa Doran, top of her game in aesthetic procedures and one of Europe’s leading scalp micropigmentation specialists, has recently opened up a brand new clinic. Located next to the Top Car garage, just outside Puerto Banús, this chic clinic is light, bright and contains a subtle touch of glamour. The Vampire Facial is just one of the many services offered here, as well as tattoo, scar and burns removal, scalp micropigmentation and cosmetic eyebrow tattooing.
The Vampire Facial basically involves the removal of plasma from the body and its reapplication to the face. The treatment began with Lisa taking some blood from the female 50-year-old client who lies on a bed in one of two state-of-the-art treatment rooms at the Clinic. “I have Botox probably twice a year”, she tells me when I ask her why she has opted for the Vampire Facial instead of other cosmetic surgery options, “but I thought I would try this out as a less toxic, potentially more effective alternative.” It’s true that many people are attracted to the Vampire Facial since it does not involve injecting external substances into the body, but uses part of one’s own blood.
Lisa places the three test tubes containing the patient’s blood into a centrifugal device. “This will separate the plasma from the rest of the blood,” says the surgeon, “It’s the plasma we want because it contains all the regenerative cells that will stimulate collagen growth in the skin and make the face look younger and more radiant”. The plasma, once massaged into the skin, also helps to improve pigmentation and scarring.
Lisa then uses a dermaroller on the patient’s skin. This puts small pinpricks into the surface of the face to ensure the plasma and all its healing properties can penetrate the skin more deeply. This is the part of the treatment that I can imagine hurts quite a lot, but to my surprise, the patient tells us “It’s not painful, more just slightly uncomfortable. It’s creating a tingly sensation on my face”. The plasma goodness is then rubbed into the surface of the skin, which creates the signature bloody effect seen in the photos as it mixes with the tiny pricks of blood created from the dermaroller. It’s almost a bit of an anti-climax. After seeing the gory faces of those women who have tried the Vampire Facial, I must admit I envisaged something much more gruesome!
What this innovative treatment mainly has in its favour is the incredible results it generates without involving any unbearable pain or lengthy surgical procedures. Within one hour, the plasma has been rubbed onto all areas of the face and Lisa tells her patient she needs to wait six hours before washing it off.
“In many cases, results are almost immediate,” Lisa replies when I ask how long it will be before the effects start to show. “Certainly by the next day, the person should see a noticeable difference although I do recommend having the facial three times for maximum results”. The lady leaves the clinic, albeit rather sheepishly because of the scarlet face mask she dons, but quite pleased with her decision to follow in the footsteps of Kim Kardashian and other celebrities such as Bar Rafaeli in opting for the Vampire Facial. She departs with no bruising, often an inevitability when receiving Botox and no pain, aside from a faint feeling of warmth and tingling.
Aesthetic Solutions Spain is the ONLY licensed clinic for the Nytox Vampire Facial. For a glowing start to 2015 why not get in touch with the highly professional Lisa Doran for this star studded treatment? Trust me, you’ll never look back.
Aesthetic Solutions Spain
Centro de Negocio Puerta de Banus, Local 38 Puerto Banús
Tel. 952 929 326 aestheticsolutionsspain.com
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!
This month Beauty Editor Liza shares her top pick moisturisers, which will nurse you (and your skin!) through the cold winter months.
Clarins Instant light - Lip protector
I have chosen to recommend Clarins Instant Light, as it’s a fabulous two-in-one product for this winter, which will help protect and smooth your lips as well as add the perfect lip-gloss shine. It helps even out lip tone, making them look perfect and pink. It’s almost like a BB cream for your lips! It’s a must have in my make-up bag and I never go anywhere without it. It is a very hydrating lip balm with a perfect hint of colour and shine and it’s not sticky at all. I just love this product and its packaging; it’s sleek and elegant and the applicator is a soft sponge tip which allows you to spread the product evenly. Regardless of the lack of colour, the consistency is good and it’s definitely one of my best beauty bits.
Loreal ‘ age perfect
Mature skin needs an extra boost of nutrients to stay strong and supple. Treat it to deep hydration and intense nutrition with the new Age Perfect Ultra-Nourishing Moisturizer. Probably the best moisturiser I’ve ever used. Only need a little bit and your skin feels like silk - pure luxury. When you do apply it on your face it looks and feels greasy but soon drys into the skin leaving your face looking flawless and with an incredibly silky soft touch. Perfectly suited for dry skin.
Biotherm baume Corps
I just love, love, love this product! This lotion not only smells delicious, fading to a soft apricot scent that doesn’t fight with other fragrances, it is deeply moisturizing and hydrates well. It has a great texture - perfect to put on after shower as it absorbs quickly. If your skin normally feels dry due to extreme temperatures, this product makes the skin feel plump, nurtured and radiant looking. Worth every penny. Go on - spoil yourself!
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour® Cream
It’s no surprise that this award-winning product is so highly regarded and guaranteed to be found in every Beauty Editor or make-up Artist’s kit. It protects the skin from drying wind, central heating and air conditioning. This skincare multi-tasker also soothes, restores, calms and helps relieve minor skin irritations, including roughness, redness, chapped, cracked or dry skin for up to eight hours. It can also keep eyebrow hairs in place, restore shine on the legs, lips and eyelids and smooth cuticles for perfectly manicured nails. Another reason why you need this MUST HAVE product is because it soothes sunburned skin, which is likely to come in handy during those summer months on the Costa del Sol. The reasons why you must own this product are endless - go get yours today!
Estee Lauder Hydrationist Maximum Moisture
This ultra-comforting cream feels soft as it spreads across the skin. Made with a blend of powerful ingredients, this product works over time to help skin build up naturally and maintain a strong moisture barrier. The unique moisture complex helps skin preserve its own internal moisture for a deep, long-lasting and sustainable hydration. The formula absorbs easily and is designed to leave a feeling of deep hydration, comfort and suppleness. Available in Dry Skin, Normal/Combination Skin. Not suitable for oily skin.
Kiehl´s Creme de corp
I am getting a bit addicted to Kiehl’s products lately; although pricey they work extremely well and last for ages. A little goes a long way and my skin definitely feels softer and smoother after using this product. Kiehl’s body cream is fragrance free with a thick creamy texture that absorbs nicely into the skin, keeping it feeling hydrated all day.
Welcome to your YEAR
The start of every new year brings the promise of an unwritten story, a new adventure. Twelve months, 52 weeks and 365 days lie before us waiting to be filled with love, laughter and happy memories. But first and foremost, it is important that you set an internal balance within, body and mind so that they can function in complete harmony.
Most people share the same resolution at the beginning of each year: “Go to the gym”. Even if we start with the best intentions, the gym is usually forgotten about by the end of January. At Glow Wellness & Fitness, we have the best formula to avoid this happening and here we share with you our 10 simple steps so you can achieve all of your New Year’s Resolutions.
1. Be realistic
Don’t set yourself an impossible goal like going to the gym seven days a week. Our schedule at Glow is very flexible; we have many class options to accommodate any lifestyle. Start with a couple of days a week, anything more is a bonus!
2. Surround yourself with professionals
Health must be always a priority, so you should always put yourself in the hands of people you trust. At Glow we have the best trainers in each specialist area and we work with renowned, award winning professionals. Here, you’ll find the people who will help you to achieve your goal.
3. Be part of a team
Going to the gym doesn’t have to be a solitary activity. We would love you to come with your friends or family. There are plenty of activities for groups as well as individuals.
4. Freshen up your wardrobe
If you are embracing a new routine and a new way of life you will also need new clothes! Select the outfits that suit your body type and that make you feel comfortable. Come and see our exclusive boutique at Glow for outfit ideas, we only work with the highest quality materials and designs.
5. Have fun
Take “gym time” as a moment just for yourself, disconnected from work, phone and stress.
6. Dare to be different
Participate in activities you’ve never tried before - belly dancing, flamenco, hiphop, zumba… Get out of your comfort zone, have fun and learn while you’re at it!
After all the calories consumed throughout the Christmas period, you will need a foamy cappuccino, a fresh juice or a bowl of seasonal fruits. Enjoy all of these tasty, nutritious options at Glow Café.
8. Reward yourself
Be submerged in one of our hydro-massage bathtubs or have a relaxing hour-long massage. We have the most exclusive treatments to spoil you after your hard training.
9. Share your experience
Glow Fitness is a big family and we are always connected through our social media accounts. Share your moments with our community: check in via Face-book or Instagram a photo of your post-work out proud face!
10. Be Happy!
The simplest and most important advice of all is to look for the happy moments in every step you take and every goal you achieve.
The Glow Team
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?
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.
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