Naomi @ Blush Beauty Boutique

I created this blog to offer advice to my clients about beauty treatments, skincare, tanning and brows ect ect :) if you've any questions please feel free to pm me :) naomi

<p>****The Perfect Brow****</p>

<p>Eyebrows are the picture frame of our faces and the first thing the eye is drawn to. Some people have chosen throughout the years to follow different brow trends, for example, “The Pammy Brow” existing of one single line of only a couple of hairs side by side, “The Cindy Brow” existing of a fuller thicker body almost on the verge of untamed and more recently, “The Jolie Brow” – perfectly arched and in proportion. Some people have found “The Jolie Brow” to be unattainable but I am here to tell you it’s possible! The perfect brow varies from face to face and it’s simply the perfect brow for you and your face. In the past the beauty industry has used the entire face to determine the shape of the brow, going on the method of the 6 face shapes (oval, round, long, square, heart, diamond). In my experience the simpler method of measuring the brow to the eye is a more accessible method that everyone can do! So let’s do this…. Cleanse your eye area to reveal your true brows – yes, this can be done in the privacy of your own home. Look at your bare brows. Are they full enough? Are they long enough? Are they too light or dark in colour? What would you like to change? Now the technical bit. Get out your ruler. 1st (A): Measure the ruler along the side of your nose, from the base of your nose straight up to meet your forehead. What are we looking for? We need the brow to meet the ruler as it comes to the bridge of your face. Does it? If it is over the bridge and longer than the ruler the brows need a bit of tidying. If the brow isn’t meeting or coming up short of the ruler the brows need a bit of growth. 2nd (B): Keep the ruler at the base of the nose and move to a 30 degrees angle (this is approximate as every eye varies). If positioned correctly the ruler will run through the centre through the pupil. This is where the brow should or will eventually arch. So look again at your brows. Have you an arch? If not, is the brow too thick or thin to give definition? If it’s too thick we can take the hair away revealing the arch. If it’s too thin we can encourage your natural brow to grow or we can fill it out. 3rd ©: Keeping the ruler again at the base of the nose move it to a 45 degree angle. As like before this measurement will vary face to face and eye to eye. Let’s check we have done it right. Does the ruler skim over your cheek bone and far edge of the eye socket? Where do your brows stop? Do they come down past the ruler? If so they are too long and will need tidying. Do they come up short to the ruler? If so we need to let them grow or can fill them. So, now you have gathered your results, it is only natural that you will probably need a bit of tweaking. My first piece of advice is to go to a professional to get a second opinion and armed with your new found knowledge you will know exactly what you want. Always be clear and decisive about what you want. These are your brows and will effect your face, but also think of your therapist as your guru. Listen to any advice you may be offered and make sure you follow it as it will benefit you … yes, this rule is for the pluckers, you know who you are! Think of your brows as “off limits”. Work with your therapist. I ALWAYS know if there has been plucking! If your brows exceeded the ruler at any stage the hair will need removed. This can be done by waxing, threading or plucking. The choice is entirely yours as it will need to match your budget. Waxing (expect to pay from £5.00 – £15.00) Benefits – the hair is removed quickly from the root, not expensive Drawbacks – can be painful, can cause ingrown hairs if not done correctly, can leave skin reddened  Threading (expect to pay from £10.00 – £20.00) Benefits – the hair is removed from the root , gentle on the skin, very accurate, quick Drawbacks – can be painful, more expensive Plucking (the one off price of your tweezer – BlushBeauty recommends Tweezerman) Benifits – hair is removed from the root, gentle on skin, inexpensive if you DIY Drawbacks – very slow, painful, downy hairs are left If your brow didn’t quite measure up at any stage to the ruler the hair will need grown or filled in. Again the choice is yours! Options are as follows: Brow tinting – patch tests are required (expect to pay from £5.00-£15.00) Benefits – the hair is deepened in colour, looks fuller, adds definition, glossy  Drawbacks – can wear off quickly depending on the hair type or cleansing routine Eyebrow pencil or powder (expect to pay from £5.00 – £20.00 depending on brand) Benefits – can colour match perfectly to your hair colour (opt for a creamy formula, dab through the brow using a angle brush, preform small brushstrokes to mimic natural look of eyebrow hairs) Drawbacks – if done incorrectly can look false (avoid waxy eye pencils when filling in brows as they can leave the brows looking very sharp and unnatural) Top tips for using a powder Go to your eyeshadow palette with your angle brush. If your hair colour is: Fair – use a light grey, beige Dark – use a dark brown (NOT BLACK) Auburn – use a light – mid brown To finish our brows use a clear or coloured brow gel (this is like a mascara but its holds the brows in place). To condition the brows skim your brows at bedtime with some Vaseline or castor oil. This helps them grow! I hope these tips will help you in your quest to find your perfect brow! Need some advice? I would be delighted to hear from any readers. Feel free to e-mail (blushbeautyboutique@hotmail.co.uk) or phone me (02890655000) to discuss your brows. I hope you enjoyed my blog post. I can’t wait to share more with you next month. Please leave me a comment and let me know if this was helpful.  Lots of love naomi</p>

****The Perfect Brow****

Eyebrows are the picture frame of our faces and the first thing the eye is drawn to. Some people have chosen throughout the years to follow different brow trends, for example, “The Pammy Brow” existing of one single line of only a couple of hairs side by side, “The Cindy Brow” existing of a fuller thicker body almost on the verge of untamed and more recently, “The Jolie Brow” – perfectly arched and in proportion. Some people have found “The Jolie Brow” to be unattainable but I am here to tell you it’s possible! The perfect brow varies from face to face and it’s simply the perfect brow for you and your face. In the past the beauty industry has used the entire face to determine the shape of the brow, going on the method of the 6 face shapes (oval, round, long, square, heart, diamond). In my experience the simpler method of measuring the brow to the eye is a more accessible method that everyone can do! So let’s do this…. Cleanse your eye area to reveal your true brows – yes, this can be done in the privacy of your own home. Look at your bare brows. Are they full enough? Are they long enough? Are they too light or dark in colour? What would you like to change? Now the technical bit. Get out your ruler. 1st (A): Measure the ruler along the side of your nose, from the base of your nose straight up to meet your forehead. What are we looking for? We need the brow to meet the ruler as it comes to the bridge of your face. Does it? If it is over the bridge and longer than the ruler the brows need a bit of tidying. If the brow isn’t meeting or coming up short of the ruler the brows need a bit of growth. 2nd (B): Keep the ruler at the base of the nose and move to a 30 degrees angle (this is approximate as every eye varies). If positioned correctly the ruler will run through the centre through the pupil. This is where the brow should or will eventually arch. So look again at your brows. Have you an arch? If not, is the brow too thick or thin to give definition? If it’s too thick we can take the hair away revealing the arch. If it’s too thin we can encourage your natural brow to grow or we can fill it out. 3rd ©: Keeping the ruler again at the base of the nose move it to a 45 degree angle. As like before this measurement will vary face to face and eye to eye. Let’s check we have done it right. Does the ruler skim over your cheek bone and far edge of the eye socket? Where do your brows stop? Do they come down past the ruler? If so they are too long and will need tidying. Do they come up short to the ruler? If so we need to let them grow or can fill them. So, now you have gathered your results, it is only natural that you will probably need a bit of tweaking. My first piece of advice is to go to a professional to get a second opinion and armed with your new found knowledge you will know exactly what you want. Always be clear and decisive about what you want. These are your brows and will effect your face, but also think of your therapist as your guru. Listen to any advice you may be offered and make sure you follow it as it will benefit you … yes, this rule is for the pluckers, you know who you are! Think of your brows as “off limits”. Work with your therapist. I ALWAYS know if there has been plucking! If your brows exceeded the ruler at any stage the hair will need removed. This can be done by waxing, threading or plucking. The choice is entirely yours as it will need to match your budget. Waxing (expect to pay from £5.00 – £15.00) Benefits – the hair is removed quickly from the root, not expensive Drawbacks – can be painful, can cause ingrown hairs if not done correctly, can leave skin reddened  Threading (expect to pay from £10.00 – £20.00) Benefits – the hair is removed from the root , gentle on the skin, very accurate, quick Drawbacks – can be painful, more expensive Plucking (the one off price of your tweezer – BlushBeauty recommends Tweezerman) Benifits – hair is removed from the root, gentle on skin, inexpensive if you DIY Drawbacks – very slow, painful, downy hairs are left If your brow didn’t quite measure up at any stage to the ruler the hair will need grown or filled in. Again the choice is yours! Options are as follows: Brow tinting – patch tests are required (expect to pay from £5.00-£15.00) Benefits – the hair is deepened in colour, looks fuller, adds definition, glossy  Drawbacks – can wear off quickly depending on the hair type or cleansing routine Eyebrow pencil or powder (expect to pay from £5.00 – £20.00 depending on brand) Benefits – can colour match perfectly to your hair colour (opt for a creamy formula, dab through the brow using a angle brush, preform small brushstrokes to mimic natural look of eyebrow hairs) Drawbacks – if done incorrectly can look false (avoid waxy eye pencils when filling in brows as they can leave the brows looking very sharp and unnatural) Top tips for using a powder Go to your eyeshadow palette with your angle brush. If your hair colour is: Fair – use a light grey, beige Dark – use a dark brown (NOT BLACK) Auburn – use a light – mid brown To finish our brows use a clear or coloured brow gel (this is like a mascara but its holds the brows in place). To condition the brows skim your brows at bedtime with some Vaseline or castor oil. This helps them grow! I hope these tips will help you in your quest to find your perfect brow! Need some advice? I would be delighted to hear from any readers. Feel free to e-mail (blushbeautyboutique@hotmail.co.uk) or phone me (02890655000) to discuss your brows. I hope you enjoyed my blog post. I can’t wait to share more with you next month. Please leave me a comment and let me know if this was helpful.  Lots of love naomi

Posted 193 weeks ago
<p>Have you noticed your skin doesn’t quite look as good as it did?<br/>
Is it drier not as plump as before..?</p>

<p>YOU can help your skin in such a major way~ forget super expensive lotions & potions or the Botox. By simply cutting down or (if you can) cut out refined sugar.. You will look& feel so much better! </p>

<p>More and more studies are confirming that refined sugar accelerates the ageing process by adding inches to our waistlines and wrinkles to our faces.Not exactly what every girl wants) It also damages the skin~ scary. </p>

<p>Sugar in its natural form can be rich in vitamins and minerals, but refined sugar contains no nutrients at all!! </p>

<p>Here comes the science( Stay with me) <br/>
Refined sugar enters the bloodstream rapidly, causing and contributing to lots of health problems. <br/>
*diabetes<br/>
*heart and circulatory disorders *gastro-intestinal disturbances<br/>
*premenstrual syndrome<br/>
* reflux problems. </p>

<p>Now for the part about WRINKLES~</p>

<p>High sugar intake adds to wrinkles.. How you say?? <br/>
Well as sugar enters our bloodstream it attaches to proteins and forms harmful new molecules through a process called glycation~ this is the (bad guy). Collagen and elastin, two vital proteins that form the skin’s structure~ give us that youthful plump look, are particularly vulnerable to damage from glycation. When these two proteins are damaged the result is that signs of aging, including lines and wrinkles, begin to show. Once damaged it is very difficult to repair. </p>

<p>As we age we produce less collagen. High sugar intake rob the remaining collagen of its ability to maintain a smooth skin texture= ageing&wrinkles.</p>

<p>Top tip.. Sugar has been compared to cocaine in terms of its addictiveness so we will have to slowly cut it out gradually or we will fall of the wagon.. </p>

<p>This worked for me.. Monday to Thursday (Friday feels like a treat day so I haven’t quiet managed that yet) stick to your regular meals no snacking on “treats” and just think about what your eating before you eat it. By all means have fruits, nuts etc but have a wee read on the packet to see if there are hidden nastys. Then as you slowly lose the love for sugar when you are “allowed” it at weekends it doesn’t taste so sweet after all and I find you go off it, especially chocolate (it tastes quite synthetic~ never thought I would admit that as I love chocolate) try it and let me know! </p>

<p>Names sugar goes by<br/>
glucose, <br/>
fructose,<br/>
corn syrup, <br/>
dextrose, <br/>
sucrose <br/>
lactose. <br/>
Tip to look for~ high-fructose corn syrup sounds not so bad but is hidden in many seemingly ‘healthy foods’, including some fruit juices.</p>

<p>***The only thing sugar is good for is topically applying to skin with coconut or olive oil as an exfoliator***</p>

<p>Other ways to maintain healthy skin to prevent ageing.</p>

<p>*Get plenty of sleep so the body can regenerate the skin. <br/>
*drink plenty of water to flush out toxins.<br/>
*eat your water.. Foods with high water content will go directly to the skin cells.<br/>
* cleanse your skin properly at night( I only cleanse once a day as I want to leave all the natural oils on in the morning~ just splash your face with water. <br/>
*serums, eye creams, dry oils and moisturise daily always helps to.<br/>
*use SPF..</p>

<p>For any more advice about your skin I’d be happy to help. Remember don’t let your skin get you down we can always sort it. </p>

<p>Naomi xx</p>

Have you noticed your skin doesn’t quite look as good as it did?
Is it drier not as plump as before..?

YOU can help your skin in such a major way~ forget super expensive lotions & potions or the Botox. By simply cutting down or (if you can) cut out refined sugar.. You will look& feel so much better! 

More and more studies are confirming that refined sugar accelerates the ageing process by adding inches to our waistlines and wrinkles to our faces.Not exactly what every girl wants) It also damages the skin~ scary. 

Sugar in its natural form can be rich in vitamins and minerals, but refined sugar contains no nutrients at all!! 

Here comes the science( Stay with me) 
Refined sugar enters the bloodstream rapidly, causing and contributing to lots of health problems. 
*diabetes
*heart and circulatory disorders *gastro-intestinal disturbances
*premenstrual syndrome
* reflux problems. 

Now for the part about WRINKLES~

High sugar intake adds to wrinkles.. How you say?? 
Well as sugar enters our bloodstream it attaches to proteins and forms harmful new molecules through a process called glycation~ this is the (bad guy). Collagen and elastin, two vital proteins that form the skin’s structure~ give us that youthful plump look, are particularly vulnerable to damage from glycation. When these two proteins are damaged the result is that signs of aging, including lines and wrinkles, begin to show. Once damaged it is very difficult to repair. 

As we age we produce less collagen. High sugar intake rob the remaining collagen of its ability to maintain a smooth skin texture= ageing&wrinkles.

Top tip.. Sugar has been compared to cocaine in terms of its addictiveness so we will have to slowly cut it out gradually or we will fall of the wagon.. 

This worked for me.. Monday to Thursday (Friday feels like a treat day so I haven’t quiet managed that yet) stick to your regular meals no snacking on “treats” and just think about what your eating before you eat it. By all means have fruits, nuts etc but have a wee read on the packet to see if there are hidden nastys. Then as you slowly lose the love for sugar when you are “allowed” it at weekends it doesn’t taste so sweet after all and I find you go off it, especially chocolate (it tastes quite synthetic~ never thought I would admit that as I love chocolate) try it and let me know! 

Names sugar goes by
glucose, 
fructose,
corn syrup, 
dextrose, 
sucrose 
lactose. 
Tip to look for~ high-fructose corn syrup sounds not so bad but is hidden in many seemingly ‘healthy foods’, including some fruit juices.

***The only thing sugar is good for is topically applying to skin with coconut or olive oil as an exfoliator***

Other ways to maintain healthy skin to prevent ageing.

*Get plenty of sleep so the body can regenerate the skin. 
*drink plenty of water to flush out toxins.
*eat your water.. Foods with high water content will go directly to the skin cells.
* cleanse your skin properly at night( I only cleanse once a day as I want to leave all the natural oils on in the morning~ just splash your face with water. 
*serums, eye creams, dry oils and moisturise daily always helps to.
*use SPF..

For any more advice about your skin I’d be happy to help. Remember don’t let your skin get you down we can always sort it. 

Naomi xx

Posted 193 weeks ago

The perfect facial

The count down is on…. not just for Summer but for our skin cells, every day they are losing precious water which results in dehydration and ageing of the skin! Do not panic! Here at BlushBeauty we have the answers! It’s simple it’s relaxing and most of all luxurious.. If you can bear it, a fabulous exfoliating, hydrating, lifting, skin quenching, FACIAL!! This word to some may be that of a far of myth never to have been experienced, to some lucky enough it may be a monthly ritual or maybe its something people dream of receiving. I’m here to give you the sneak peek on what goes on, during the procedure&deep down in your skin but also to give you a few good reasons why a facial is important for our body, mind, soul and epidermis! When we are born our skin starts its ageing process and begins to lose water.. The cells of a new born are plump full of glorious water that gives the skin that beautiful fullness.. Some celebs have tried to mimic this look with fillers but failed miserably only looking bloated! Water as you know is the key to youthfulness so get yourself of your seat and go get a glass while reading this! This skin is considered our largest organ in our body, it protects our inside organs it is made up of many layers it is so complex and ever changing. It actually loses a layer of dead skin every 24 hours and renews itself about every 28days! For ladies in particular just after your menstral cycle when skin can be lacklustre, blotchy, pimply, definitely dehydrated and dull a facial helps restore the skin but also relaxes the body after the stress which your lady monthly can bring. If you are having a facial before your cycle be aware that the skin will be very sensitive and extraction of spots/pimples/ blackheads may be painful! I have included a picture on my blushbeauty Facebook page of where our face reflects our major organs this is very clever also useful if you have been suffering break outs in certain areas! See for yourself. Facials all vary, some are very sterile with strong chemical peels, some are full of beautiful scents and relaxing techniques but every facial differs it also depends on your product brand you have decided to go with and your type of facial! Never feel pressured into buying a course of facials it’s good to try one facial see how you feel after, access your skin in texture it’s complexion do you feel the benefits where you relaxed and most of all did you enjoy it! Facials are one of life’s treasures, a blissful ritual focuses on your skin, it’s your indulgence and retreat! In my opinion it’s all about touch,texture, technique and scents that transport you to that idyllic wonderful place of calm and tranquility! Before your facial talk to your therapist about your skin, be frank and honest don’t fib about what you use, if you use baby wipes and don’t take your make up of after a night on the razzle dazzle tell her, we are not here to judge but to do the best for you and your skin.. Talk about your skin in as much detail as you can, tell us when its good or misbehaving, what you do and don’t like about it! Honesty is the best policy! Before the facial procedure begins, I remind my clients that it is their time for relaxation, their time for indulgence. I do a few cleansing breathes which I have learnt from practicing yoga that help to clear and clam the mind and unburden it of any thoughts just calmness and peace, I do this with a beautiful orange tranquil oil to engage the senses from the word go! A facial procedure should be one of cleansing off the daily grime of life, work, makeup and stress, then the skin is re cleansed to ensure it is perfectly fresh&clean, during the cleansing the skin is lifted and massaged getting into every inch of your skin. The skin tightened with a toner(toners should not sting if this is the case you may be using too much product,going over the area too many times or simply it is too strong for your skin type. ) toners simply help to swipe away that dead top layer of skin off and speed up the skins naturally exfoliation procedure which leads us nicely into our exfoliation procedure. Exfoliators come in many textures, small grain, big grain, clay, thermal (heat up) but just always check its the one for or your skin type. This like the toner helps accelerate the skins natural ability to exfoliate the dead cells but its the hybrid version working deep into layer ensure no dead skin cells survive on the surface. This action brings the luminous effect to the skin as the new fresh cells are revealed during the facial your will feel somewhat rejuvenated and very fresh after this! I find a swipe over with the toner after the exfoliation tightens the pores up that bit more! Now comes the delicious facial massage where each facial muscle gets a loving lifting and rolling technique this brings fresh oxygen to the skin helping it feel more alive than ever and the essential oils trigger the senses and the body is really relaxed now. From this leads the masque which ever one that is apporaite for you will be selected and applied leaving the masque to develop I find this is the perfect time to massage the around the shoulders, stretching out the neck, smoothing the de colage, invigorating the scalp, massaging the arms and kneading the palms. You don’t realise how tense and uptight your body is until its worked on and released. By this time the masque should be dried and fully developed ready for removal. Then comes your neck,face and eye serum, which works deep down in the skin a definite must in the home care! Then the eye cream.. Applied with ring finger, from inner to outer beneath your as as a the corner of your eye there is a lymphatic glad behind the bone.. This is great to do if you suffer from puffiness. Then the hydrating lip balm and lastly your sumptuous cream to finish again apply to neck and face Any access apply to back of hands or bust. I like to finish my facial with a gorgeous hot towel around the shoulders, bust and neck, bringing back the breathes with the spritz and giving a comforting scalp massage before letting my client relax and the oils to sink in!! It is very important to drink plenty of water at all times but mostly after a facial as toxins are releases and needing flushed out of your system. If your are having alcohol remember it will hit you that bit quicker, but most of all enjoy your delightful euphoric daze you will be in after your facial and float on home to relax some more. * Top tip regarding the oil slicked hair, if you can leave it in after your facial it has fantastic nourishing properties & when washing it, another tip is to massage shampoo into hair then to apply water as we know oil is water resistant! * Cleansing routine in basics steps 1. Cleanse eye and face of makeup 2. Tone( simple swipe over area once) 3. Exfoliate ( depends on skin but general once a week) 4. Masque ( also once a week is Recomended) 5. Serum ( face, check if suitable for eye area) 6. Eye cream/gel ( inner to outer, gently) 7. Lip balm 8. Moisturiser ( day or night depending) If your are doing this in the morning add following steps 9. SPF sun and free radical protecter 10. Primer for make up if needs be 11. Make up. Regarding which Facial products to use they don’t have to cost the earth, but make sure they will be good to your skin. Beauty products should be natural and long lasting, with a dose of sensuality. At Blush Beauty Boutique we use comfort zone products. Comfort zone gives you the best of both worlds giving you the best treatment for ur skin with amazing results as well as the relaxation and comfort ur body needs. For a list of all our treatments including comfort zone facial and body treatments see our website or get in touch our experienced knowledgeable staff are on hand to help you make the right choice for ur specific skincare needs. If you or someone you know would like to have this idyllic experience at blush beauty with myself Naomi Davidson, feel free to visit my website www.blushbeauty-boutique.co.uk or call on 02890655000. Gift vouchers also available I hope you have enjoyed this facial blog if you have any comments feel free leave them we would love to hear your feed back!

Posted 193 weeks ago