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Foundation – A cover up or chemical waste 24/10/17 
 
Do we need foundation or is it a waste of time?, a bottle or tube of chemicals mixed to paint a ray of hope onto our faces without making anything or anyone look better? 
 
Personally, I love foundation, it can hide the bags under the eyes created by one too many cosmopolitans from the night before, it can hide the breakout from untimely hormones and it will create a beautifully even and balanced complexion that can be the canvass of an extraordinary stunning portrait of a simply natural face. 
Let’s consider one of the most iconic beauties of modern history, Marilyn Munroe, what did she use? 
 
“Beneath the makeup and behind the smile I am just a girl who wishes for the world.” 
― Marilyn Monroe 
 
So true… I wish for James Bond to drive up in his Aston Martin DB10 and carry me off into the sunset whispering….Ohh! Sorry about that back to the blog! Where was I? Oh Yes!... the man behind her famous visage was Allan "Whitey" Snyder. He was an American Hollywood make-up artist, they met when Monroe had her first screen test at 20th Century Fox in 1946. So much in love with this man’s genius, Monroe asked Snyder to prepare her face if she were to die before him. This was a promise that he fulfilled, after her death in August 1962. Snyder was also a pall-bearer at her funeral. 
 
It may surprise you to know that one of her beauty tips was to use Vaseline as a staple make up product with her foundation. “Whitey” would use it as a primer, undeniably it does seal in moisture that is held in the skin and can help dry skin, but we could never use it today, after all it is heavy, greasy and can be shiny. Sure, if we were like Marilyn being filmed and constantly photographed it would work as a highlighter on eye lids and cheekbones, nowadays I’d use it as a lip balm to give gloss and help with chapped lips. 
 
The brands that Marilyn used were Elizabeth Arden Pat-A-Creme foundation and foundation from Erno Laszlo, she also used the Erno Laszlo Duo-Phase Face Powder, of which these items can be bought today. 
Like the Pat-A-Crème foundation Marilyn used , the first commercially available foundation was Max Factor’s Pan-Cake. Originally developed for use in film, actresses like Marilyn were so taken with the results that Max Factor was overwhelmed with demand for the product for their personal use. 
 
Foundation makeup has developed and is no longer the exclusive product of film stars, we can all use it to our advantage. We have choice: Colour, application, coverage and formulation. No longer is it pancake but we can have mineral, water, oil or alcohol based foundations. Foundation has many different applications and construction, there is more choice, we can choose more colours and shades and degrees of thickness. 
 
I appreciate that some of you won’t like using foundations, and I ask you? Are they too heavy? Do you have a line around your jaw that is a different colour to your neck? Does it take too long? Do you feel like you are wearing a mask? If you answer yes to any of these then you are either choosing the wrong foundation and/or applying it badly. 
I recommend you take a makeup lesson from a professional and not a youtube “Wannabe” The problem with studying social media films is that they aren’t working on your face, they don’t know you and your skin, they are generalising and talking in simplified terms to engage with as many people as possible. And you are not like anyone else, you are unique and so is your skin. Go and make an appointment for your first and last makeup lesson and say hello to your face. I guarantee you’ll be very happy with the results. 
 
I run makeup lessons at £30, this is the equivalent of a bottle of cosmetics foundation, when you come and see me I ask you to bring your favourite products and we skin match and colour tone your products. If you don’t wear makeup often I recommend you buy the cheaper brands to start with, as all products have a lifetime and you don’t want to waste your money. If you wear makeup regularly I would recommend the higher priced product as they will give you consistency and quality. For instance, I love Estee Lauder Double Wear. Estee Lauder staff will skin match you before recommending your specific foundation shade. 
 
What Marilyn had in her personal makeup artist Whitey is available to you too. Look and consider the uniform colour to your complexion, ask do you want to cover flaws or, sometimes change the natural skin tone. Do you need a foundation that also functions as a moisturizer, sunscreen, astringent or base layer for more complex cosmetics? 
 
Have fun and build a foundation with your unique foundation and the beautiful you will appear like a budding rose. 
 
Till next time B Beautiful 
 
 
!Police your Polish 11/10/2017 
 
Nail polish was invented in China roughly 5,000 years ago, around 3000 B.C. Royalty through the ages would wear polish of specific colours to signify wealth, power and opulence. During the Zhou dynasty, the royal house preferred the colours gold and silver. And now in the twenty first century we can create a feeling of luxury and decadence with well-maintained hands and glossy lacquered nails. Who doesn’t feel like a queen when our hands are moisturised, soft with elegantly painted nails! 
 
Today we wear nail polish for lots of reasons, mainly for vanity, the choice of different colours to match outfits and our moods. We can choose from a myriad of colours, add patterns and even adornments to our nails using polish.First impressions are made in less than 30seconds! People notice eyes and they notice your hands/nails. We make immediate decisions about the grooming rituals of each other, so don’t let your hands be your embarrassment. It takes very little to maintain good nails and polish is a vital element to help you get and keep attractive nails. Even if you are the next Charlie Dimmock and love getting into the garden you can still have beautiful hands and nails. 
 
Let’s keep it simple. Always use a base coat before you apply colour. So many times, I have seen the nail plate discoloured and stained by polish because the client has not applied a base coat. Base coat is important and very useful. It dries quickly so there is no waving your hands around or potential smudging. It can be depending on the brand you buy, a conditioning/hydrating layer for the nail plate. And by using a pale pink or opaque coloured base coat you can balance out the pigment of the nail plate so that the coloured polish you apply will have a uniform affect. 
 
Next you require your colour. You will fall in love with a specific colour and that has to be the first decision you make, then you must decide on the degree of strength and the amount of colour density you require, and by that, I mean how many layers do you want to apply and how concentrated do you want the colour to be. Usually the cheaper brands will require multiple applications, you will notice the lighter colours will most certainly need extra coats to attain complete colour coverage. 
 
Strength of the coloured polish has a couple of definitions that you need to appreciate. Firstly, traditional nail polish may last less than a day, it will chip easily and wont necessarily stand up to the rigours of a busy girl’s life; work, home, family, children, pets, hobbies as well as the chemicals found in the detergents of cleaning products. The plus side is traditional polish is very affordable and can be taken off with a non-acetone nail polish remover and reapplied with a new colour quickly at home. Regardless of the cost we need to understand that no matter how long you have taken to apply the colour, you must let it dry….it takes time and you cannot fool yourself into picking up your mobile or diving into your bag to gingerly pluck out your keys…it takes time to dry ladies. The finished look is only as good as your patience. 
 
Secondly for strength there is no better product and application than Gel Nail Polish. I live and die by this polish, it is a long-lasting variety of nail polish made up of a different chemical compound of traditional polish. It is painted on the nail in exactly as other polishes, and there the similarities end. This polish requires its own brand of base coat prior to colour and for every coat of base and colour it needs to be cured, it will not dry naturally. 
 
Curing is done by placing the wet nails/fingers under an ultraviolet lamp. It takes 60seconds per coat, a total of 4 minutes per hand. In contrast to 20minutes of waiting for traditional polish to dry this is a great option for the busy girl. I can’t promote this polish enough, but I will. While regular nail polish formulas typically last one to seven days without chipping, gel polish can last as long as three weeks with proper application and home care. I have clients who tell me they find the growth of their nails “annoying”, it’s hard to hear clients complaining of beautiful long nails, but that’s a real reaction to the strength that gel polish gives nails. And let’s not forget once cured you can immediately use your hands, dive into a bowl of cotton wool and you will not pick up any fluff, your nails are glossy, dry and ready to work for you. 
 
Gel polish can be more difficult to remove than regular nail polish and should be done by a nail technician, it’s not difficult but you do want a healthy polish free nail and a professional will help you maintain that. I do this for free but some salons will charge, I’d recommend you shop around, if they want your repeat business they’ll do it for free. It is usually gently pushed off often with a wooden stick after soaking the nails in pure acetone for eight to fifteen minutes. 
Beautiful nails need a little help and a little patience. I appreciate that my preferred choice of Gel Nail Polish requires a regular treatment/application and so I have created a loyalty card, have four treatments and the fifth is free. This acknowledges my clients loyalty and they get a free appointment of their favourite treatment. 
 
And remember till next week, B Beautiful! 
 
Next week - Foundations, Coverup or chemical waste! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
YOUR ZEN OF BEAUTY 03/10/2017  
 
Buddha said “If you propose to speak, always ask yourself is it true, is it necessary, is it kind” 
 
This blog will be here for you, to help and support you when booking your beauty treatments…I will slightly rephrase what the Buddha said when I say ......“Is the treatment/service you are being sold, completely true and transparent in its description, is it necessary and is it kind to your body and wellbeing” 
 
So welcome to a world of beauty treatments, myths, gossip and advice. I am a woman of a respectable age and qualified beautician. I have insight into the beauty world from the inside as a practitioner and from the outside as a consumer. 
 
I know you want easy, clear and simple beauty advice, and so it’s a shame when we are dealt poor service and then handed a fat bill for the pleasure. Ask yourself when has a beautician offered you a cheaper or less invasive treatment? Or when has your beautician worked on your beauty problems over a serious of time with you? I bet not often. 
 
This blog will discuss the beauty industry and treatments so that you have a professional opinion that reflects the real world, your world. 
 
I will be discussing treatments that include nails, polish, facials, manicures, pedicures, massage techniques, waxing, eyelash extensions, makeup and much much more. 
 
I will add to each post weekly and share updates by Instagram, facebook and twitter, so sign on now to get the latest news and advice. 
 
You can send me with your questions on our contact page here at any time. I would love to hear from you.  
 
Till next time!  
 
B Beautiful  
 
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