The Beauty barometer February

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Stress. We have had our first practical mock exam - dun, dun, DUN! The conditions were the same as the real thing, where we would be marked on things such as hygiene and keeping our station tidy (why does everyone shoot me a knowing look when I explain that part?)

Our brief was to create a makeup look for the theme Alter-Ego, incorporating a few of the special effects techniques that we had recently been taught. To throw a spanner into the works (I think our tutor, Faye gets a kick out of doing that), we had to design two looks on one face. Think half man, half women or part human, part creature.

Honestly, my mind went blank. I spent days trying to come up with ideas - even one would have been good - but nothing came. Talk about writer’s block, I had makeup block. Faye told me not to panic because something would come to me when I least expected it.

So, I was watching Iron Man 3 (LOVE Robert Downey Junior) when the idea of creating a superhero came to me. Not hard to see the link here really, is it? I wanted to create a woman, who was normal during the day, but at night her alter-ego came alive and her superhero spirit would show itself. Now that I had a plan, I started to get excited. I booked the beautiful Cristina to be my model. Just one look at her and I had to adjust my design. Her day persona would be a supermodel: it was easy-peasy to design that section of her face. Now for the superhero; I wanted her to have a birdlike feel, as one of her powers would be to fly. After hours of researching exotic birds (I now know enough to become a twitcher), I settled on a parrot. A blue beak parrot to be precise. I felt the blue would be the most striking against her skin tone. I added feathers, scales, dark contouring and bird-like lashes to my design. Now I had to make it come to life.

The week before the exam I spent most evenings trying out different special effects on myself. It became the norm for me to answer the door, half painted blue with lumps coming out my head. No, I am not showing you the photos. I really wanted to create 3D ridges on my forehead with moulding wax, however no matter what I did I looked like I had stuck tadpoles to myself. I didn’t have time to order already formed latex pieces so I had to just go with painting on liquid latex scales, which, once painted, would create a textured surface that would pop out from the rest of the makeup.

Spain being the nightmare that it is to get pro makeup products, I couldn’t find blue grease paint anywhere on the Coast. After running round El Corte like a mad woman covered in various shades of blue, I bought two pots of Aquacream from Makeup Forever, one in a turquoise, the other peacock blue. On the big day itself, it all started off smoothly. I began by painting liquid latex shapes all over Cristina’s face, to create the 3D scales and continued this down her arms and chest. I then blocked out one of her brows with spirit gum, rolling them as flat as possible. While waiting for everything to dry I moved over to the supermodel side. I opted for the smoky look on her eyes, winging them out for a catlike effect. Yes, I know cats and birds don’t mix, just go with it please. Wanting to try out my new Chanel products, I applied Rouge Allure 217 Radieuse, a subtly cool-toned pink, to Cristina’s lips; stunning. I had bought the most natural lashes from MAC for the Supermodel’s eye, but Cristina’s lashes were so long, they only needed a slick of mascara. So far, so good.

Then disaster struck. At the last minute I decided to borrow Faye’s blue greasepaint. MISTAKE. Never change your ideas last minute. It came out a very wishy-washy blue and I simply didn’t have the time to keep building it up to get the colour I needed. Panicking, I whipped out the MUFE turquoise shade and started to smear it all over Cristina’s face. I had opted for the lighter blue, thinking that, as I already had a blue base, the peacock blue would be too dark. Wrong again. I ended up with a Smurf, not a superhero. By now I had turned a nice shade of blotchy red and was starting to sweat. I dumped my brushes and used my hands to apply the peacock blue, this is a big hygiene no-no, but all rules had gone out the window.

Now I had the right colour but because the makeup was three layers thick you couldn’t see the latex scales and, to top it off, the cream makeup had started to react with the grease paint and crack. Now I only had 20 minutes left and the other girls had already finished. I glued on the ENORMOUS feathery lashes from Makeup Forever to her superhero eye, lined the inner rim in yellow to make it look more birdlike, contoured with black shadow and plaited her hair clipping in feathers as I went. I felt like I had done five rounds with Mike Tyson. The other girls had really outdone themselves (although only three of us turned up for the exam - tut, tut girls). Zoe created a cheerleader who had been burnt in a fire and Katie went for full-on androgyny. My model loved her new look and sped off to show her other half his new superhero girlfriend!

To create my Alter
Ego Look Supermodel

Primer – Make Up For Ever (MUFE) HD
Foundation – Chanel Vitalumiere 40
Concealer - MUFE HD 340
Powder - MUFE HD
Eyeshadow – Ombres Matelassees De
Chanel Charming
Eyeliner – Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Espresso
Blusher – MAC Trace Gold
Eyebrow – Shavata Eyebrow Pencil
Lip Liner – MAC Soar
Lipstick – Chanel Rouge Allure 217 Radieuse


Scales – Kryolan Liquid Latex
Eyebrow Blocking – Kryolan Spirit Gum
Blue Base – MUFE Aquacream 20
Blue for Scales – MAC Lipmax Blue
Blue Diamantes - MUFE Strass Multicolors
False Lashes – Artistic Eyelashes - 110
Feathers and blue extensions – Claires Accessories

If you want to join me in learning about the world of makeup or fancy learning a new skill in beauty, take a look at the MBA’s latest offers.

  • Beauty Therapy - Feb till Jan - 700€ Discount
  • Body Massage - Feb till June - FREE Indian Head Massage Course
  • Fashion & Photographic Make-up - Feb till June - FREE MAC Gift
  • Hairdressing - Feb till July - FREE Nail Course
  • Skin Treatments - Feb till June - FREE Lash Extension & Perming Course
  • Advanced Skin Facial Electrical - Feb till June - FREE Lash Extension Course
  • Body Spa & Electrical - Feb till June - FREE Indian Head Massage Course
  • Nail Treatments - March till June - FREE Gel Polish Training

Marbella Beauty Academy Tel. 952 817 632/ 693 507 267

Feel Good Factor - Is your smile ageing you?


Sparkling white teeth convey health, youth, and beauty. However, over the years, coloured foods, coffee, tea, colas, red wine and tobacco products cause stains to build up on our teeth. The Nail Place is now offering Amazing Smile, a professional, cosmetic teeth-whitening treatment that is a quick, gentle and safe way to remove years of stains from your teeth in only 20 minutes.

Endorsed by the renowned Mark Dental Clinic, Amazing Smile 20 minute PRO ZERO 3 treatment is the fastest, most effective teeth whitening possible. Why? Because it gives fantastic professional results with no pain or sensitivity and, best of all, no hydrogen peroxide. This product is also three to four times faster than the old style laser used by most companies.

L E D whitening is now the first choice for most dentists, as the results are simply unbeatable. The Amazing Smile unique gel formula that is hygienically pre-filled into the mouthpiece was specially formulated to respond to the exact wavelength setting on the stateof- the-art meticulously calibrated BB Cool L E D ADVANCED light. By using this revolutionary treatment for optimal activation the entire teeth whitening process is accelerated and can be completed in just 20 minutes.

The other great news is that by choosing products containing nil per cent peroxide you will never have a problem with sensitivity or pain during or after the procedure. You will simply be left with a beautiful whiter smile between two to eight shades lighter. The average results last nine months to a year, depending on lifestyle, but following after care procedures will give long lasting results.

Now that you have something to smile about, why not take advantage of the other treatment on offer at The Nail Place? Try a modern take on the traditional French manicure; the New Year is all about a clean, fresh start, so now you can have the nails and the teeth to match.

Amazing Smile is only 119 euros.
The Nail Place
Tel. 952 818 636

Feel Good Factor - Lose Weight The Easy Way


Hollywood actress Jessica Alba is the latest A-lister to join the i-lipo fan club. This celebrity endorsed, state-of-the-art treatment offers inch loss, body shaping and contouring for men and women with no pain, no needles and no down time and is now available at Costa Cosmetica Beauty.

A staggering 87 per cent of women hate their thighs

It’s a new year and, for many of us, losing weight is the number one resolution, especially after one too many mince pieces during the holidays. Making this your goal is easy - the hard part is actually doing it. You could diet but, frankly, for most of us it’s hard enough work staying the size we already are. Exercise? Many people hate it and find running depressing or boring as hell. Classes and gym memberships can be expensive and time consuming. So what other option is left? We may have the answer; i-lipo caters to the busy individual who needs quick results yet can’t have down time. It is the latest body contouring system manufactured in the United Kingdom and is the European leader and winner of the prestigious ‘Victoire de la Beaute Award, Slimming Treatment of the Year, Paris’.

Christelle Thuillier, a fully qualified beauty therapist and the beauty manager at Costa Cosmetica Beauty, trained with i-lipo in London. Fluent in Spanish, French and English she is passionate about the results that can be achieved with this award winning machine. “It is the secret behind many celebrity bodies,” Christelle reveals. “Instantly the skin looks incredibly taut and there is no downtime, which is why it is so popular before the Oscars. This is a fat busting device that can help dissolve unseemly belly bulges, love handles and back fat. Clients literally urinate out the metabolised fat.”

So how does it work?
i-Lipo targets specific problem areas. Laser pads are positioned on the targeted areas such as the upper arms, chin, abdomen, or thighs. Instead of exercise reducing overall body fat, i-Lipo can reshape individual problem areas. The low level laser used in i-lipo creates a photobiomodulation effect, altering the cells’ chemistry and triggering a release of a lipase enzyme that can break down triglyceride molecules into fatty acids and glycerol molecules. This process now makes them small enough to exit through your pores and be used as fuel by your metabolism. Naturally, your lymphatic system carries the cell contents and removes them. i-lipo maximizes the body’s lymphatic flow through stimulation of the nodes in your treatment area. Exercise is recommended following treatment in order to metabolize the newly released fatty acids and glycerol in order to remove them completely from your body.

The course of treatment should be eight sessions, performed twice a week so body reshaping can be complete in four weeks. Only one area is treated per day in order to maximize the burning off of the contents; results can be seen immediately following treatment. Typical results are a two to four centimetre loss in abdomen circumference after every treatment. Once a patient has completed a course of treatments they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle to maintain their shape.

“When a client asks me how long the results last I tell them it is like any type of weight loss; it lasts for as long as you decide to keep it off. If you stick to a healthy diet and increase the amount you exercise, you will remain the same size. If you decide to run off with your newly slim stomach and binge-eat at McDonalds all day, you’ll start to gain weight once more. The choice is up to you. In short, i-Lipo is a great way to shift a small to medium amount of weight in record time. And, when used in conjunction with a healthy diet, you’ll lose weight even faster.”

So whether you’re looking to kick-start a slimming plan or target a few stubborn inches you can rely on i-lipo to deliver instant results that will keep friends and family wondering how you did it.

1 session = 80 euros
8 sessions = 500 euros

Costa Cosmetica Beauty
+ 34 951 703 304

Feel Good Factor - A dynamic Approch to Fitness


SOCIETY MARBELLA has arrived at the conclusion that Dynamic Gym really is in a league of its own after being invited to take a tour of the newly refurbished site this month. It is hard to believe that, despite opening just four years ago, it has already undergone three major refurbishments. The most recent makeover has helped Dynamic establish itself as not only one of the largest gyms on the Coast, but also the most innovative and forward thinking.

For example, the revolutionary Electro Muscle Stimulation device has been introduced to the Gym and is proving highly popular. The individual wears a fitted vest that sends electrical impulses to muscles of the body, helping to reduce fat, fight cellulite, improve blood circulation and increase endurance. You train on a one-to-one basis with a qualified personal trainer in order to achieve your goals quickly and easily.

The more traditional exercise facilities are also offered at Dynamic Gym. Since the August 2013 refurbishment, the gym boasts a vast floor of brand new exercise equipment sourced from premium German sports equipment manufacturer, gym 80. This top level of the gym is divided into weights and cardio areas and a stretch/abs section to enable you to engineer a complete gym routine from start to finish. The whole floor is flooded by natural light, which also adds to the experience of exercising there.

For those gym members who prefer to participate in exercise classes, once again Dynamic ticks all the right boxes. Zumba, yoga, pump, combat, abs express and butt express classes are available every day of the week and take place in spacious, mirrored studios. For the more hardened gym-goers there is also the spinning room, which offers high intensity classes morning and afternoon. The spin class is one of the most popular of those offered at the Gym because individuals can use the pressure knob on their bike to adjust the intensity of the cycling. The trainer also teaches the class as though spinners are cycling in the countryside, meeting various hills and obstacles along the way.

Another facet to Dynamic Gym is located downstairs at the Martial Arts Academy. A whole host of classes take place in this section of the building, including Brazilian jujitsu for adults and children, kickboxing and mixed martial arts. Three personal trainers work within the academy and offer private lessons as well as larger classes.

After a work out you can head downstairs to the spa at Dynamic, which boasts a sauna, Turkish bath and ice machine to help clients cool down. Massages are also available to members including reflexology, osteopathy, lymphatic drainage and quiromassage.

A shop selling protein shakes and martial arts uniforms, a coffee bar and a sushi restaurant are also part of the Dynamic Gym family. The small kitchen crew have designed a menu to suit all types of gym members; perhaps a freshly squeezed kiwi, strawberry and orange juice is the perfect start to your gym session and you can finish your visit with some red tuna sashimi. Whatever your preference the café and sushi restaurant aim to provide a healthy, fresh array of products and are open every day of the week.

It is clear to see why Dynamic Gym is such a popular choice for many people living in the region. Its staff places client satisfaction at the heart of everything they do, consistently looking to improve and remain bang up to date with pioneering methods of sports and exercise.

Ctra de Istan, Km 0.900, CC. Le Village
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Tel. 952 775 021,

Feel Good Factor - The New Hair Rules


Pick of the crop

Short hairstyles are very much having a moment. Nothing generates headlines like a celebrity chopping off their hair and the pixie crops debuted by Jennifer Lawrence, Pamela Anderson, Beyoncé and Rihanna were no exception. It takes courage to undergo such a drastic transformation. But would you do it? When actress Emma Watson had her shoulder-length hair cut off she described it as “liberating.” A crop is a powerful look for a strong, independent woman.

A splash of colour

Judging by client requests and everything I’ve seen on the red carpet and runways, the ‘it’ colour of 2014 is going to be platinum with a capital blonde. Celebrities like Elle Fanning, Miley Cyrus and even Kim Kardashian are the lightest they’ve ever been. Virgin blonde will also be a key trend, an ashy, soft-beige blonde that looks like the hair that you were born with, i.e. silky, uncoloured, naturally perfect.

There will be a new, darker take on brunette, perfectly in sync with this season’s moody hue and like bitter chocolate with a hint of black. It needs to have warmth in it too, to ensure that it’s flattering and wearable.

Last year’s rich, warm copper has been brightened for 2014. It’s not cherry red or mahogany, but a more subtle, warm auburn with a twist. Think of cinnamon sticks with a slight hint of ochre.

Long hair will never go out of fashion, of course and extensions are more popular than ever. Block colour with flashes of a brighter hue are the perfect way to update long locks this year. If you are blonde, opt for flashes of a pretty pastel shade, reds can go for blonde and brunettes look great with cerise or reds coming through. Colour flashes add depth and tone to any look.

Smooth operator

The latest interpretations of the ponytail will be super sleek, super shiny, and always falling from the area below the nape of the neck. Even at Vera Wang, a higher ponytail received the newest styling, being coiled into a sculptural loop before threading through a headband and forming its length down the back.

Crowning Achievement

Braids won’t be as big a story as they have been in the past few seasons, but they won’t vanish entirely. My favourite interpretations? Coiled about the head to create a look fit for a queen.

The final touch Hair accessories were all over the catwalks: Dolce & Gabbana’s crowns were showstopping, while Vivienne Westwood and Louis Vuitton’s statement mesh and feathered headpieces made a serious impact. Hair accessories for 2014 will range from gold barrettes to sprinklings of stars, while the use of leather evokes a mix of old-world elegance and modern toughness. Headbands and leather ties are a key statement to make for the season, allowing that little something extra to be added to any hairstyle.

Going, going, gone

While it seems ombré isn’t completely over, it is definitely transitioning. Obvious ombré with hard lines and defined rings of lightness is definitely a no-no. Modern ombré is about having depth at the roots that fade into lighter tips, with subtle gradations and a soft haze between shades.

Wood Salon
Tel: + 34 952 771 791/ +34 645 089 399

Feel Good Factor - The invisible line of alcoholism


One glass of wine at lunch. A beer after work. Meeting up with some friends for a night out. For most people, drinking is an opportunity to relax, have a good time, while the biggest reward is the feeling of freedom from any worry or troubles. At this stage, drinks mean conviviality, companionship, pleasure and fun. This person is in control of his/her alcohol use.

Something very different happens when the invisible line between controllable drinking and alcoholism is crossed. Crossing the line means a fundamental change in the relationship. Alcohol is now seen differently, as a way to bridge the difference between you and yourself, you and the world. It has the power to change how the person feels and functions: it is used as self-medication, to escape from emotions and reality. At this stage, there is no control over the consumption of alcohol. The craving is overpowering, alongside the mental obsession. In metaphorical terms, imagine having a radio tuned only to one station – the “alcohol station.” The station plays only the drinking song and transmits instructions like, “You need a drink”, “Only a drink can alleviate this agony.” In fact, the person who has the radio stuck on this channel feels completely powerless. They did not request that song and have no idea how to change the channel. Every time they try to listen to another tune the result is the same, no matter how hard they try: they hear only the drink song, which leads to another drink. He/she is trapped, has no control and sees no way out but to carry on drinking. The dilemma is that alcohol, even though it stops the song temporarily, makes the problem worse, so much so that it will take more drinks to stop the song, as the situation progresses over time. Such is the nature of the disease of alcoholism.

Alcoholism is a chronic and progressive disease. It rests upon the pathological changes in the brain, which are longlasting and leave a scar on the systems that regulate both the drive to obtain natural rewards (food, sex, social interactions) and the drive to obtain alcohol and addictive drugs. From a clinical standpoint, the core features of the syndrome of alcoholism are coupled with reduced motivation to respond to the biological stimuli that ensure survival.

It is strikingly ironic that alcoholics start to pursue alcohol because they want to feel free, because when the line is crossed and addiction takes over, this freedom disappears and the individual loses control over their behaviour; they see themselves trapped in a cycle in which they can no longer exercise their will.

The New Year is always a difficult time for someone suffering from an addiction. Many will make the resolution not to drink again, as they do not yet realise that it is no longer a choice for them. The only ‘choice’ for them is recovery, to get help and learn to understand their addiction.

This is why Cortijo Care is running a sixweek Drug and Alcohol Addiction Group at the end of January. This group will help people who are in denial or those who think they have an issue but have no idea what to do about it. The sessions would not only benefit anyone suffering from an addiction but also the family members or co-dependents of an addict. Alcoholism is often a family disease, meaning its effects are not self-contained or isolated to just the affected person. In fact, for every individual living with alcoholism six or more people are also impacted by the disease. Loved ones can join the group and learn more about the disease, how to help, seek advice or simply air any concerns. Remember you don’t have to wait until you hit rock bottom; you can make a change at any time and Cortijo Care can help you take your first step in the right direction.

Cortijo Care Marbella
C/ Joaquin Turina, Cortijo Blanco, San
Pedro de Alcantara, Marbella.
Tel. 952 780 181
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Cortijo Care would like to invite you to join us for a sixweek Drug and Alcohol Addiction Group starting on Thursday 30th January: Recovery and How to Live a Fulfilling Life without Drugs and/or Alcohol.

The group will be led by Addiction Specialists Gemma Wood and Alex Madureira.

The group will run for 1.5 hours starting at 6pm. The full cost of the six-week Group will be 330 Euros payable upon reservation (that is, 55 Euros per group).

Please note that any enquiries made are always treated in strictest confidence.

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