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Why we all need to facial…

You know your list… we all have it… the “one day I will…” list? Well on my list somewhere between catch up on Game of Thrones so I can join in on conversations in society and learn how to make Jerk Chicken the authentic way, it said, “get a facial”.  Why? Because I never do. Not because I don’t believe in them, on the contrary I have seen first hand the difference they can make (I’ll get to that part later). But because I used to think I would just manage with skincare and a balanced diet.  But my clients are always asking me to recommend facialists in Sydney and so I thought I better try for myself first. And then I had a facial. The MOTHER of all facials. Like your best friend who can’t keep a secret, let me fill you in on why I gave it a million out of ten and like your other best friend who talks to everybody, enjoy my chat with skincare gurus behind the facial and the products, Natasha and Jess from Vigour Skin Therapy.

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Graphic courtesy of fashion illustrator Aaron Favaloro as commissioned for Vigour Skin Therapy.

I booked for my facial with Natasha Duarte Skin at her beautiful Gladesville treatment room. I was treated to tea and a full skin consultation before we commenced treatment. As someone who used to work in hospitals in the medical health industry, I was very impressed by the level of detail in the consultation and by Natasha’s knowledge of skin health and body wellbeing. I immediately knew I was in good hands and couldn’t wait to try her signature facial using products from her organic skincare Vigour Skin Therapy range.

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Images courtesy of Vigour Skin Therapy

My facial was SO relaxing I didn’t want it to end. Not the kind of relaxing that only lasts for 5 minutes until you get up and life slaps you back in the face. The kind of relaxing where you are floating on air for days afterwards. Really. I never expected the stress relief and relaxation component of the facial to be as powerful as it was. After my treatment not only did my skin glow (literally, I went to an event that night… sans foundation!) but I felt like I had just discarded excess tension and nervous energy I didn’t even know I was carrying around… oh and my skin glowed and it looked really amazing… did I mention that part?

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Who else used to watch this show? I do love Lucy!

A veteran of 15 years in the beauty scene, it was inspiring and refreshing to learn from Natasha.  I learned things about my own skin and how to better take care of it and so I decided to feature Jess and Natasha in this post because I think what they do is wonderful and we could all do with a dose of wonderful in our lives.

Also I ask some pretty honest questions in the interview- the stuff we all want to know but may get overwhelmed by all the misinformation out there. Makeup artists, brides-to-be, models, awesome friends who read my blog and everyone else- listen and learn!

 

Why do you think it is important to have regular facials?

In healthy skin, cells turnover roughly every 28 days. So approximately after one month, the cells that have been treated and improved by the professional applications and processes during the facial and are able to come to the surface where the nucleus dies. 

Treating the skin to monthly exposure of a professional service creates a permanent maintenance that doesn’t allow the cells to regress and slows down future damage. It also teaches the skin how to fire at all cylinders, igniting the functions within the skin to work at their optimum. Basically, home care is your diet and we are your skin’s personal trainer!

“Home care is your diet and we are your skin’s personal trainer…”  Brilliant!  Wish someone had told me this years ago.

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What is the one key skin myth you wish people didn’t believe?  How do we set them straight?

TASH: One of the biggest myths is that the more expensive or the more notoriety a product has the better it is. Not true! It’s all about the ingredient content and the percentage of those ingredients. You want a high amount of good quality content that is specific to your skin type and conditions with minimal chemicals. There is no one wonder in a jar. What’s good for one skin can actually be a hindrance to another. So get a consultation if you’re unsure!

JESS: A lot of people ask why they need a serum if they are already using a moisturiser? My easiest explanation to help people understand what the difference is: serum is like fertilising the garden implanting deep slow release nutrients and moisturiser is like watering the garden quenching the soil with hydration.

So the take home messages:

  • Know your ingredients and which ones your skin needs/doesn’t need… Big budgets don’t necessarily equal big results; and
  • Use a serum. It’s like fertiliser for your skin while moisturiser is your hydration.

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What is your favourite product from your Vigour Skin Therapy range and why?  

This is a hard one because we love them all but the Organic Jojoba Oil Cleanser really deserves a special mention.

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It is the first step within the vigour rituals, removing the day, rebalancing the skin and allowing you to take a moment whist you massage it in and warm compress it off. Jojoba oil is the closest to our skin’s own natural oil (sebum) which means it is able to regulate a breakout prone skin, protect and strengthen a sensitive skin and/or nourish a dry skin. It will give you the deepest clean you’ve ever experienced as its emulsifying properties are second to none, being able to even remove water proof mascara.

It can also be used for purposes other than cleansing…. Including as a oil press in the evening (especially in the winter), a cuticle oil, as a nourishing weekly oil application for the scalp prior to washing and to apply before body brushing to name a few. We love it so much it is an ingredient showcased throughout our range of products.

The jojoba cleanser was used in my facial and I luuuuurved it! A nicer alternative to over-priced mineral oil cleansers and I love the fact that it’s multi-use.

 

FOR PRO MAKEUP ARTISTS, which product do you think is key for us to carry in our kits and why?

The Repair Conditioner

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This product is an all-in-one for both skin prep and setting and refreshing makeup. 

It can be used to on-the-spot to cleanse the skin by spraying onto cotton disks and wiping across the face. Repeated, this step really helps to minimise the pores, wipe away grime, excess oil and surface dead skin whilst boosting the skin’s hydration and antioxidant levels. It leaves the skin really clean and hydrated. Due to it being laced with chamomile it is extremely calming and anti-redness. Once makeup is applied, it can be lightly spritzed over the top to set powder. It’s also great for the artist to spray over their own face during long days on set and onto their brushes.

I bought this Skin Conditioner after my facial as I was looking for a great setting spray (that wasn’t just water in a can!). I used it on myself then it went straight into my pro kit (then back into my bathroom then back into my pro kit!). I now have ONE product that I can use to cleanse and hydrate skin during skin prep and to refresh and set makeup with. It smells amazing and I also love the fact that it works on even the most sensitive of skins. WINNING.

I also love the Organic Lip Slather as it is multiuse- a lip balm (non-sticky!), highlighter, skin sheen where needed.

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FOR BRIDES, which product do you think is key to invest in and why?

Renewal Mask & Exfoliation Hybrid

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Prepping for any special occasion can be a busy time let alone the “big day”. The exfoliating hybrid is a bit of a multitasking superhero and that’s just what you are after when in the midst of organising a wedding. This product instantly brightens, exfoliates, hydrates and deep cleanses all in one. It’s a perfect twice weekly pick me up to keep the skin healthy and in check as well as quickening the cell renewal cycle to create that beautiful bridal glow. This product creates an instant result after just one application but with regular use it will chip away at the conditions of the skin that are trying to be eradicated, creating the perfect canvas especially for makeup application on your day.

Brides- get on it!!!

 

FOR MODELS (who regularly have makeup applied and removed and re-applied throughout the course of one day), which product do you think is key to invest in and why?

A triple answer is required here…

1) Revive Treatment Cleanser
2) Renewal Mask & Exfoliation Hybrid

3) Radiance Elixir Marine Collagen and Seaweed Extract Complex

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They definitely should invest in a good cleansing routine. The Revive Treatment Cleanser will remove day-to-day build up quickly and can be used conveniently in the shower or in between looks if a sink is available. Exfoliating is paramount for keeping the skin smooth and ready for makeup application to provide the perfect canvas. Just prior to a shoot our radiance serum will brighten and hydrate the skin and can be used around the eyes to dissipate puffiness and dark circles as well as naturally plump up the lips with its star ingredient collagen.

And finally the question I like to ask everyone who appears on this blog…

What is your favourite part of your job?

Unlocking someone’s knowledge of their own skin so they can then continue on the path to ultimate skin health long term. It is not just the on the spot result but healing the skin from within. We are all about creating escapism and wellbeing. Each facet of the facial is a sensory journey making sure mind body and spirit (and skin!) all leave feeling rejuvenated.

Mission accomplished ladies!  Thank you so much for sharing your products and knowledge with me.  I can’t wait to see you for my next facial!

Vigour Skin Therapy products can be purchased online at the website.

To book a facial with Natasha in Gladesville, you can contact her via:

Mobile: 0410 378 070
Email: hello@ndskin.com.au

And to book a facial with Jess in Balmain, you can contact her via:

Mobile: 0411 357 162
Email: hello@vigourskintherapy.com.au

If you wish to know any more about the products, treatments or facials offered by Natasha and Jess, please leave your questions or comments below.  Also feel free to let me know your best facial experience and we can compare notes.  Now I’m off to watch that last GoT episode!

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Wedding Day Lipsticks (that won’t ruin your first kiss)

The first time your husband-to-be will see you on your wedding day is a moment you will treasure for life. I always think it’s nice to keep a memento of that occasion (in addition to the photos). Being a make-up artist, naturally I’m going to suggest that this souvenir could be your wedding day lipstick. Every time you use the lipstick thereafter, you will always be reminded of your wedding day (good for so many reasons!). So here are my top pick of lipsticks that have good staying power AND are also kiss-conducive. You can kiss and have great lipstick that stays put too!?… Oh 2015 how divine you are.

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The lipsticks I’m going to recommend are all a satin finish which is fancy-speak for a lipstick that has less pigment in it than a matte or cream lipstick with a sheer finish. I like to think of them as a hybrid of between a lipstick and a gloss: the staying power of a lipstick with the texture of a gloss (but more balmy than sticky!).

You can always swap to a matte or cream lipstick for the reception if you wish to go for a bolder shade and I’ll do another post with those suggestions later on.

When shopping for satin textured lipsticks, please note that satin/sheer lipsticks have a high oil component so they appear darker in the bullet than they are once applied. Don’t be put off and swatching is always advised.

Ok so the satin lipstick roundup includes:

Chanel “Rouge Coco”

  • Impressive range of colours (neutrals, pinks, reds, berries & orange)
  • Infused with mimosa, jojoba and sunflower plant butters
  • Great staying power
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Chanel Rouge Coco in “Olga”

The colour range looks like this:

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Image courtesy of Chanel

Available from: Myer, David Jones and a few stand alone Chanel beauty and fragrance boutiques.

 

Lipstick Queen “Lipstick Saint”

  • 20 shades mostly catering to pinks and nudes
  • Only 10% pigment so a really great option if you like your makeup minimal
  • If you layer enough you can actually build the colour intensity
Lipstick Queen "Saint Lipstick" in Bare Nude

Lipstick Queen Saint Lipstick in “Bare Nude”

The colour range:

Lipstick Queen Saint Lipstick colour range

Image courtesy of Mecca Cosmetica

Available from: Kit Cosmetics and selected Mecca Maxima stores.

 

YSL “Rouge Volupté Shine”

  • Hyaluronic acid microspheres seal in moisture & Vitamin E conditions lips.
  • Also with an SPF15 so great for outdoor weddings.
  • Great range of sheer bold colours
  • Can’t beat that packaging!
YSL Rouge Volupté Shine in “28- Rose in Time”

YSL Rouge Volupté Shine in “Rose in Time”

The colour range:

YSL Rouge Volupté Shine colour range

Image courtesy of YSL

Available from: Myer, David Jones, Mecca Maxima & Sephora.

 

Chantecaille “Lip Chic”

  • Brilliant longwear formula (once the sheen wears off you’re left with a beautiful stain of colour)
  • The shape of the bullet makes for precise application (no brush needed!)
  • Are shea butter based so your lips feel nourished the whole time
Chantecaille Lip Chic in Tea Rose

Chantecaille Lip Chic in “Tea Rose”

The colour range:

Chantecaille Lip Chic colour range

Image courtesy of Nordstrom

MAC Sheen Supreme

  • Super hydrating
  • The finishes vary between being pearlescent and creamy
  • Small hint of fragrance
Mac Sheen Supreme Lipstick in "Zen Rose"

Mac Sheen Supreme Lipstick in “Zen Rose”

The colour range:

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick colour range

Image courtesy of MAC

Available from: Myer, David Jones & stand alone MAC stores.

 

My top tip:

Keep the Transformulas LipVolume on your lips for the whole morning of your wedding while you are getting ready.  The treatment balm will keep lips hydrated and plumped while the peppermint makes you feel minty fresh.  You can keep a light layer on before adding your wedding lipstick too!

Transformulas LipVolume lip plumper

If you enjoyed this post, you might like my other pre-wedding advice that you can download here.  Other bridal inspiration posts can be found here.

If you would like any more information about the lipsticks reviewed here, please leave your questions below and I’ll get back to you.  In the meantime, happy kissing!

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