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Strobing – It’s nothing new!!!

If you are a social media whore like myself, you’ve probably noticed a bit of buzz around the word ”Strobing”? What the fook is strobing though? It kind of sounds like something you might do while on E. Well, apparently, it’s the new contouring darling. Except, it’s not really new. I’ve been strobing for years… I didn’t even know I was so on-trend. Sad face.

Strobing

The good news is, it’s a lot easier and takes less time than contouring and it’s also a lot more natural. Instead of shading ourselves to within an inch of our lives, we just highlight certain features with a glow. If you’ve been a client of mine before, lucky you(!), you’ll know I enjoy a good highlighter. You will allow your skin to breathe a bit more as you’ll have less layers on it.

Strobing focuses exclusively on highlighter, applied where light would naturally hit your face – your cheekbones, brow bones, the centre of your forehead, down your nose, on your chin and above your cupid’s bow.)It’s all about popping and less about hiding and totally changing your face… beyond recognition in some instances!

Here’s my top products for you to ”strobe” with:

1. Mac’s Strobe Cream

So, this baby is technically a base product and it’s a brilliant one too. But it can also be used as a highlighter thanks to it’s iridescent particles. It will enhance your complexion and take your skin from to dull to glowing in an instant. You can pick this up for €33.50 for a 50ml tube.

Strobe Cream

2. Mac’s Mineralise Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle

One of my favourite highlighters of all time, Mac’s Soft and Gentle gives you a fabulous glow. If you wet your fingers a little, this will enhance your glow. It sweeps beautifully onto the apple of the cheeks. I have this product in Lightscapade too and it’s just as good. It’s €30.00 but it’s worth every pretty penny!

Soft

3. Botanics Radiance Balm

Botanics Radiance Balm can be used all over the face for an even and perfected skin-tone. It can also be used to give you a ”wetter” looking glow. It will definitely look less matte than the powder highlighters but you will be getting a shimmer that will dazzle. It’s a very good dupe for Mac’s Strobe Cream and it’s only €3.99 from Boots.

Botanics Radiance Balm

4. Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick

This Boots product is another great multi-tasker and it’ll help you achieve the look easily. It can be used as an eyeshadow too. The lightest colour in this shimmer brick will give you a nice gentle glow. This is perfect for anyone who might be a little afraid.  Oh, and it isn’t pink like the tube suggests either and the best part is that you can pick up this product for €3.99.

Instant

5. Phloof! Eyeshadow from Mac

A great eyeshadow to have to hand as it doubles up as a highlighter too. Hoorah. You can get this as a refill for €10 or a stand alone shadow for €16.50. It has been favourite of mine for years and it looks fantastic under the brow area.

mac-phloof-eyeshadow-bubble

I thought I’d write this piece to keep you all informed that you don’t have to rush out and buy a load of new products to be in with the Strobe crew, you probably already have it at home and you might even already be doing it, if you’ve been following my tips 🙂

May the Strobe be with you,

The Girl Pout Town x

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Botox Facial??!! – Juliette Armand Skin Boosters

”Your appointment with plastic surgery is postponed” is the tagline for these Juliette Armand Skin Booster facials. And you know what? They are right!

I jumped at the chance to try out the non-invasive treatment at Creative Spa as it’s a popular subject with my clients. People are so afraid of botox now after hearing a number of horror stories about the wrong stuff being injected or allergic reactions. So, a facial that offers similar results to botox was right up my street. Plus there’s not much I’d say no to except maybe a colonic irrigation off an enemy.

Now, I am not saying I am an old leather bag, yet(!), or anything but I am definitely starting to see the signs of aging. My eye area, around my lips and even my forehead. I definitely laugh way too much, and I kind of smile like the mask from the Saw movies.

Saw

The one giveaway sign of way too much botox, I feel, is a big shiny forehead coupled with the lack of movement in said forehead or general facial expressions.

No, I am sad, really sad… Can’t you tell?

nicole-kidman

The Skin Booster system is parabens free, propylene glycol free, mineral oil free and allergen free. It uses active ingredients to work deep down into your muscles in order to stop them contracting and causing wrinkles. Botox will just work on your muscle, where the Skin Boosters improve the appearance of your skin too.

Kim was my therapist for the day and she told me that my prescriptive treatment would be the Thavma facial. This facial is particularly good for Under 45’s. You can also opt into a Chronos or Opsis facial depending on your age and needs, there’s something for everyone. Thavma Therapy is based on the EFFECTOX ™(You know shiz is good when they trademark a name!!!) technology that inhibits the mechanism that is responsible for the creation of expression lines and wrinkles. But there’s more: it also offers protection from the main types of aging.

Thavma

The Thavma serum that is placed on your skin during the facial works deep down into the cells, it kind of feels like pins and needles all over your face. It’s not remotely uncomfortable though, in case you think I am signing you up for some sadistic acupuncture. As soon as this serum is placed onto your skin, it gets to work. It stimulates the blood flow to create new cells and to give your skin a more youthful appearance.

The cream that works on your lines and wrinkles specifically is in a syringe format but rest assured, it’s not a syringe. It’s a cream placed into the wrinkles of your skin to get to work.The Thavma cream smells lovely too, it smells like a Banana yogurt. Yes, the temptation to lick my own face was quite strong.

On top of all this, the hands that delivered the facial and the massage while the serum did it’s work were amazing. Kim is an exceptional masseuse as she even eased as out tension knot in my back. It helps too that’s she very funny and very clear about each step that she performs on you.

Thavma Cream

When I got home, my other half commented that my eyes looked bigger or ”lifted” and this is huge, as he usually says I look like Lucy Liu’s paler blonde cousin. My skin looked plump, fresh and youthful. I could see the blood had rushed to my cheeks too as it worked to produce new cells and I rarely change colour on my face, I’m like something out of Twilight. My cheeks felt plumper too and my forehead was smooth. I looked like I’d just come out of the womb!

The facial lasts 45 minutes and it’s €80.00. While you might think this is a little pricey, when you see the results you’ll gladly pay the money. This would be fantastic for a bride or anyone who is half tempted by botox but is scared shitless of the risks. A course of 10 facials are recommended for maximum results, but you can see a massive difference after three.

There are at home products available to use too if you just wanted one facial and then to use the creams. I think it’s time for me to invest in my face, so I am thinking of doing the exact same myself.

You can check out the Juliette Armand Skin Boosters at Creative Spa today, they are running special offers on their products and facials until Saturday. Call Aoife on 01-4295122 or check them out here.

For more information on Juliette Armand, you can check out their website here.

The Girl Pout Town x

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Personal Makeup Shopper Details

Ever gone into a makeup store and just freeze? Or you walk out with a load of products you didn’t need? Or with a foundation meant for someone three shades darker than you? We’ve all been there. Honest! But I can help you… Yes, I am a saint.

I can join you when you go makeup shopping and you can overhaul your makeup bag but also your general makeup shopping experience. Together, we can pick out products that will suit you and I won’t allow any products that won’t suit you to be purchased.

1 Hour Personal Shopping Experience:

-Includes a 15 minutes pre-shop consultation to find out what’s in your makeup bag and to check out your skin type and preferences. You will still have a hour to shop!

-I join you in your makeup store of your choice, or as many as you like within the hour as we give your makeup bag a makeover.

2 Hour Personal Shopping Experience:

-Includes a 15 minutes pre-shop consultation to find out what’s in your makeup bag and to check out your skin type and preferences. You will still have a hour to shop!

-I join you in your makeup store of your choice, or as many as you like within the hour as we give your makeup bag a makeover.

-I show you how to create a look using your new products.

Mail me at: asmakeup1@hotmail.com for pricing and for group bookings. This could be a great birthday gift to someone!

The Girl Pout Town x