brasteds Norfolk

Pampering and canapes

Imagine spa in Blofield, Norfolk are hosting a pampering and canapes night at Brasted's restaurant in Norwich in aid of East Anglian children's hospices. Looks like a great night planned with fizz on arrival, beauty treatments and canapes.

Book early to avoid disappointment.

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13mm eyelash extensions

Why most people can't have the longest lashes possible

A lot of clients say they want "the longest lashes available please"! However, in reality, they are not very likely to last and don't always look that flattering in my opinion. I am a lover of the enhanced natural lashes look and not the full dramatic thick fake look! Lash extensions are very personal and reflect your own style and personality. However, it's the job of the eyelash technician to help guide their clients to get a look that not only suits them but will last. Placing a very curly D curl on a straight natural lash or an insanely long extension will last only days and not weeks. Ending in disappointment for both you and your client.

Never apply a false eyelash extension more than double the length of your natural eyelash. It simply won't last very long. As there won't be much contact between the extension and natural lash to anchor/ hold it in securely in place. Not only will the fake eyelash extensions not last, but it's also not good for your reputation as a lash technician.

My personal tip as an eyelash extension technician for demonstrating this to clients is to simply take one 13mm fake lash, I normally use thickness 0.20 and take a photo holding it up against their natural lashes. Once the client sees this photo they will understand what you mean. Also, explain that the fake extensions will touch their reading/ sunglasses and become very annoying.

I believe the longest lashes you can buy are 20mm, but I have never seen anyone suitable for these!

13mm eyelash extensions

 

If you find your lashes are falling out prematurely it's always worth checking with your doctor. Poor skin and hair growth might be a sign on something else going on. A healthy diet and drinking enough water will improve your lash growth.

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Beauty and Skincare YouTube Channels to Fall in Love With

Beauty and Skincare YouTube Channels to Fall in Love With

Yesterday's generation was raised on glossy magazines and celebrity billboards telling them the latest trends. But in the age of YouTube, 
a new sector has elevated content creators to popular influencers — some amassing millions of followers who religiously keep track of their next favourite lipstick. But who can blame them when many of these vloggers are adding much-needed diversity and personality to the mix? Plus, there's the assurance that these beauty vloggers are more or less just like us, building their skincare science and working on improving their craft for all of us to observe and learn from.

From new make-up mavens and Korean skincare gurus, to the pioneers who have been around since YouTube's ad-less days, these are the vloggers changing the beauty world. Try a tutorial or two at your next "ladies night in," like we previously suggested here on Elizabeth Smith Beauty. There is no better time to finally perfect that wingtip eyeliner. 

Ruth Crilly

Having been a model for more than 10 years, Ruth Crilly is no stranger to make-up and beauty. As such, this fashion-model-turned-vlogger has made herself an authority when it comes to knowing which products look great on camera.

Don't let her glamorous model lifestyle intimidate you, though. Crilly's recommendations come from all ends of the price spectrum — whether it's her £45 Aromatherapy Bath Oil guilty pleasure, or her favourite £7.99 Bourjois drugstore foundation. 

Image credit: A Model Recommends

Michelle Phan

Michelle Phan remains a household name in the industry, despite being in the beauty vlogging game for over a decade now. Lottoland describes the YouTube star as one of the platform’s best success stories, with Phan one of the first to earn millions from her beauty channel. Now, she is a renowned entrepreneur and make-up expert with three book releases to date. 

Fans love her relatable and natural approach to skin care. The one ingredient she swears by? Olive oil. 

Image credit: TIME

Manny Gutierrez

Dubbing himself "the boy beauty vlogger," Manny Gutierrez makes an art form out of reinventing himself using make-up. Creating unique and dreamy looks for his viewers, Gutierrez's tutorials are made for standing out and making a statement. His boldness and quirky antics have caught the attention of not just over five million subscribers, but also Maybelline executives. The global beauty giant has since made him their first ever male ambassador.

Image credit: Teen Vogue

Caroline Hirons

As a qualified facialist and brand consultant, Caroline Hirons' reviews are a fountain of skincare knowledge. Her approach to her YouTube channel has always been a no-holds-barred, no-nonsense look into how to take care of your skin well. She has since launched her first skincare product in collaboration with Pixi, and is the founder of the non-profit initiative Give and Makeup, which aims to provide everyday essentials to victims of domestic violence.

Image credit: Caroline Hirons

Dasha Kim

Korean skincare can be intimidating, but Australian-based Dasha Kim breaks everything down in ways that connect with everyone and will have you wanting to buy everything — from snail mucin to birch sap moisturiser. Just let her perfect, glass skin speak for itself. 

Image credit: The Klog

Lewys Ball

At just 17 years old, he has amassed more than 300,000 subscribers for his gender norm-smashing approach to make-up. If that's not impressive enough, he is also the first male face of major cosmetics company Rimmel London. In their campaign video, he is quoted saying, "Anybody can wear makeup, no matter who you are."

Image credit: Teen Vogue

 

Credit to Shayne Cook


straight lashes

Picking the correct curl for dead straight natural eyelashes

For straight natural eyelashes, I would recommend using a curl very similar to the client's natural lash. The J curl is normally the best match for straight lashes and needed when applying eyelash extensions to dead straight lashes as more of the natural lash will be in contact with the false extension.

If you have been using an extension with a strong curl it's very tempting to use more glue. However, in my opinion, this never works. Less is always more when it comes to glue!

It's important to pick a fake lash which resembles the natural straight lash as much as possible, so they last longer. Having said this the modern glues are very good, so still get OK retention. I have laid out the three most popular curls below and hand drawn on a straight lash to show you the retention. The yellow highlight on the drawing is how much natural lash is in contact with the fake extension. It's near impossible to get all of C curl to attach all the way up the natural lash meaning it's only attached at the base.

straight lashes
The three most popular curls are C, B and J.

 

An alternative to eyelash extensions is having a lash lift. This is great if you are allergic to the glue or simply just find you don't get on with eyelash extensions. A lash lift doesn't add thickness, so most clients still prefer wearing mascara with it. A tint can be done alongside a lash lift to darken the natural lashes. Ideal for holidays where you are in the water a lot.

Any additional comments or tips please tell free to add them to the bottom of this blog post. I welcome all comments.

Straight eyelashes


volume lashes

How to do Russian volume lashes

The idea of volume lashes is to use four to six 0.07 thickness lashes and get them to hug the natural lash. This leaves them looking even fuller, as each natural lash holds multiple extensions. Please don't use a heavier weight or more than six lashes with these type of eyelash extensions, or it can lead to damage to the natural lash.

volume lashes

Ideally place the hand made fan on top of the natural lash with the natural lash in the middle. Please don't buy pre-made fans. In my opinion they are too heavy as they already have glue on them, and you need to add additional glue to stick them to the lash. If you are making your own fans, you can use the same spot of glue to both stick the fan together, and to the natural lash. Once you have mastered the art of creating hand made fans you will truly understand why it's a form of art and why you need to charge more for them.

volume fan lash
My clip art skills aren't great, but you can see from this image of a volume fan that the brown natural eyelash is in the middle with the six 0.07mm fake extensions evenly spaced on top around it.

It's extremely difficult to pick up four to six really fine lashes when you start out! I personally pull/ lift the four to six lashes slightly apart keeping the base together on the sticky strip before releasing them completely from the strip. As demonstrated on the image below. This does take time, don't rush. I use Noir volume tweezers available from Amazon.

creating volume eyelash fan

Once you have started to master picking them up without dropping them it's time to concentrate on getting the perfect fan.

Here are some tips:

  • Gentle grip. If you press tweezers together too tight the fine lashes will fly everywhere!
  • Even gaps between the six 0.07 eyelash extensions and keep the gaps the same for all the fans you make. Consistency will make the final look perfect.
  • Deep V shape between each false lash
  • Hug the natural lash. I place mine on top of natural lash, but some people do under.
  • Symmetric - three 0.07 on each side of natural lash.
  • Tiny amount of glue, if not too much glue is drawn up the fan and closes it!
  • Thin base hugging the natural lash.

 

5d volume lash
Thin base hugging the natural lash.

Please feel free to comment on this blog post with your own suggestions and recommendations.

Tips for doing volume eyelash extensions


glass bead steriliser

How to sterilise beauty tools at home

Glass bead sterilisers are perfect for eyelash extensions and manicures. They reach temperature in 12 minutes and only take another 3 minutes to sterilise. As you can see from the photos it's only one third of the tweezers, which is getting sterilised, so personally my tweezers go into barbicide first for disinfecting. Please don't get sterilising and disinfecting in a muddle, they are very different things. You need to sterilise tools to destroy bacteria and viruses. Disinfecting isn't enough on it's own.

This machine has it's limitations though. I personally use the temperature probe to check before using. The machine is filled with glass beads. The temperature is lower at the top of the machine, so don't over fill and make sure tweezers go all the way to the bottom of the chamber. These table top sterilisers are very affordable at around £25 on Amazon. They are a must for hair dressers and beauty salons.

As a client it's really important to ask how your eyelash technician cleans their tools. Lot's of infections such as pink eye AKA conjunctivitis can very easily be passed from client to client. Sadly beauty salons aren't regulated, so you need to trust your beautician knows and has a cross-infection policy in place.

Other forms of sterilising are autoclaves. These heat up to 120 'c under pressure. These are the best form of sterilising tools for beauty salon and foot clinics. Ideal for foot files as the machines are much larger. However they are priced at around £2000. These machines are typically used in hospitals and dentists.

After your beauty tools are clean please remember to store them in a dry sealed container. No point in cleaning your tools and then leaving them laying about.

glass bead steriliser

 

glass bead steriliser

Sterilise beauty tools


gin Norwich

What's going on over at Imagine Spa in Blofield this June

The lovely Kelly-Anne from Imagine Spa in Blofield has asked me to share their latest offer and news.  I love Imagine Spa. It's a great very personal spa in the middle of the Norfolk countryside. I always come away feeling refreshed and truly relaxed.

The new cocktail created through a staff competition looks great, and I am looking forward to trying it!

ImaGINe

  • Pink Gin
  • Splash of Fizz
  • Lemonade
  • Fresh Berries
  • Mint Garnish

£6.00 per glass or £15.95 for a jug!

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Our June Offer

Join us this Month for our ‘Saint or Sinner Spa Experience’

Treat yourself or a loved one for some June Pampering!

Your Spa Experience includes:

  • Half Day Fire & Ice
  • A Robe, Towel and Slippers to use
  • A Welcome Drink
  • Main Meal
  • 45-Minute Treatment - choose from either:
    • Saint = Green Tea Detox Scrub and Full Body Application with Green Tea Infused Lotion (includes fruit skewer), OR
    • Sinner = Chocolate Drench Full Body Wrap and Coconut Scalp Massage (includes Gooey Brownie)

All for £70pp Weekdays & £80pp Weekends

(Can be used throughout July as we are having a refurbishment of the Spa from Monday 18th June – Friday 29th June)

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5 Spring Beauty Trends Models Love

5 Spring Beauty Trends Models Love

Spring is officially here and, with it a new sense of clearing everything out and starting fresh. This mindset certainly should extend to your makeup bag, as the start of a new season is the ideal time to renew your beauty look.

That’s because changing up your look doesn’t simply mean exploring new ways to rock your outfits. Sometimes, the most transformative looks emerge from exploring all the hair and makeup styling possibilities out there.

Whether you are looking for something innovative to do with your hair, your blush palette, or your lips, and whether you want something subtle or a distinct new image, you can always count on models to inspire you.

Seen on favorite models on the runways at New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks, here are five spring beauty trends models love that you can try out now.

1. Glitter Here, There and Everywhere

Seen on the runways of all four fashion weeks (New York, London, Milan and Paris), sparkly, shimmery and shiny accents are the look of the moment.

Different from a festive party look, the makeup looks were more ethereal, with pale pastel colors delicately sprinkled over eyelids and cheekbones.

From glittery eyeshadows at Topshop to stick-on gems and jewels at Dries Van Noten and Givenchy, and even glittery lips at Shrimps, this is the season to embrace your inner glitter girl.

2. Blunt Fringes

While beachy waves have been the preferred model look for a few seasons, the times have changed, and now a blunt fringe is the hairstyle du jour. These straightforward cuts with clean lines and minimal layers look incredibly refreshing and are perfect for those who want a seasonal change.

There are enough looks to go around. At Prada, you saw choppy, blunt fringes. At Tom Ford and Fendi, sweeping side fringes. You may prefer a chic bob or just a thorough trim to clean up any old layers.

One of the benefits of this hair trend is that these cuts are incredibly easy to style — giving you more time to focus on other things, such as your model- inspired body. If you have ever wondered how to become a model in Dubai, this is a good starting point.

Book yourself a hair appointment with the trusted hair team at your location and see if the new ‘do will suit you.

3. Exaggerated Blush

Thanks to its magic ability to brighten one’s complexion and awaken tired eyes, blush has always been a much-loved product for models. However, this spring, the love is being taken to another level as models are increasing its placement from just on the apple-of-the-cheek to also going up to the eyes and along the cheekbones.

In addition to the exaggerated shape, makeup artists in Dubai are doubling the intensity of the look with colors such as poppy fuchsia and electric neon pink.

4. Neon Eyes

One of the most "out there" makeup trends for spring, neon eyes have become mainstream. Shown on the runways of House of Holland, Missoni and Marni (to name a few), models' eyelids were decorated with neon colors such as acid blues, greens, orange and pink.

However, if you don't feel brave enough to go all out at the moment, then start by updating your eyeliner to a neon color and merely swipe a thin slick of it at your lash line.

To combine several trends, take inspiration from the Chanel show, where models had a glossy red lip, exaggerated blush and turquoise eyes.

5. Long Eyelashes

Always ahead of the trends, models have donned eyelash extensions for a few seasons now — both on and off the catwalk. Eyelash extensions not only enhance the look of your natural lashes, but they are also more dramatic than mascara.

Imagine waking up in the morning and having your lashes look stunning, without doing anything.

It is a beauty game changer.

Long eyelashes are perfect for girls with sensitive eyes, those who wear contacts or glasses, and also travelers and gym rats. You can try them out for a special occasion, but there is no doubt you will be just as hooked as the fashion photographers in Dubai are.

After all, they save you time and money, and you will never again have to worry about panda eyes, clumpy mascara, or getting mascara on your nose, eyelid or any of the other random places it always seems to end up.

What trends are you excited to don this season? Have you already tried any of these? Let us know what products and looks you are enthusiastic about in the comments below!

 

AUTHOR BIO

Jessicka Bell co-founded the AgenC, one of the leading model/talent agencies in the Middle East, in 2014. After just three years in the market, the AgenC now works with most (if not all) of the heavy hitters in media and fashion, as well as represents over 1,000 talents ranging from international models through to cast, kids, creatives and photographers.


Skincare tip - bags under your eyes

Dark shadows under your eyes is such a common problem. It can really dent peoples confidence and can often result in people wearing too much make-up to cover it.

I am a strong believer in beauty is more about what you eat then what you apply to your skin. I know we all want the easy answer - take this one pill or apply this cream, but mostly it's about how much nutrients our bodies are getting from the foods we eat. I am educating my daughter everyday that you need to "eat a rainbow" of coloured vegetables and drink enough water for her body to stay healthy. 

 

  1. It can often be a sign of low iron in your diet. If you are feeling unusually tired I would recommend booking an appointment with your GP to take a blood test. Iron plays an important part in carrying oxygen around your body hence why you feel tired when you are low on it. I personally do not get on with the tablets GPs often give you, so instead use liquid iron as it's far gentler on my stomach. It's very important with skincare to really look at your diet and make sure you are eating a well balanced diet. Make sure you have protein, carbs and veg in every meal. I take mulit-vits as well as a balanced diet and have personally seen a great improvement in my skin's condition. I would go as far as to say it's worth booking an appointment with a nutritional adviser.
  2. Another common cause is dehydration. I would say very few of us actually drink enough drink each day. My tip would be always carry a water bottle with you. I personally don't recommend adding lemon or citrus fruits to your water as it messes the ph in your mouth making you prone to tooth decay. It takes the mouth around 20 mins for the ph to re-balance after eating food or drinking citrus drinks.
  3. Always remove your make-up at night and follow a daily facial routine.

I am always wanting to learn new things, so please feel free to comment on this blog with your own ideas.

Dark bags under eyes


box of fake lashes

What are eyelash extensions made of?

The fake/false eyelash extensions I use in my beauty salon are made of Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT) which is a type of synthetic polyester. It's properties include that it is a very stable material and unlikely to shrink. Also it's strong and very mould-able. They are heated and moulded into a tapered natural looking lash with different thicknesses and curls available to create individual looks to suit the client. It's also a very stable product, low water absorbent and holds colour pigment well.

So even though many eyelash extensions are referred to as "mink" it's the shape of the tapered lash not the material they are referencing to.

box of fake lashes

Can you get real mink eyelash extensions?

Yes you can. I personally don't use them and never have. The mink are kept in small cages and I worry about animal cruelty. Also people are more likely to have allergic reactions to the fur. Even if the company/mink farm promises that the animals are kept well and looked after it's very hard to know for sure, so I personally wouldn't recommend them. They are available at some beauty salons though.

Is the eyelash extension glue safe?

It's the same ingredients as they use in medical grade hospital glue to stick wounds together - Read more on eyelash glue on this blog post - eyelash extensions glue. People can have allergic reactions to this glue, so you should always have a test patch if you are going to have eyelash extensions professionally applied, if you are not offered one, demand one. Beauty insurance companies often don't cover you for carrying out the treatment if you haven't performed a test patch prior to applying fake lashes.

Over the last few years I have noticed more and more people are becoming conscious of what things are made of and asking more questions. This is great we should question things more and demand higher standards.

If you have anything to add on this subject or questions please feel free to comment below. I love getting feed back.