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Monday, 15 August 2016

Massage and Facial at Moroccan Rose Spa and Salon Hornchurch

I have passed Moroccan Rose Spa Salon a few times in Hornchurch and always been a little intrigued, it looks very classy.  My blog posts about local salons and clinic are uploaded to www.hornchurchlife.co.uk and Andy Wilkin the founder of Hornchurch Life recommended me as a blogger to owner of Moroccan Rose - Michaela Johnson.  Michaela opened her spa/salon when she was at the tender age of 23 after years of studying and experience at a well known spa in London.  Michaela is now 27 a you being and very capable entrepreneur who knows her stuff.


When we met, I told Michaela of my medications and illnesses and she suggested a massage and facial package tailored for my needs.  Arabian Escape is a back, shoulder, head, leg and foot massage combined with an in depth facial which lasts for approximately 1 and a half hours.  I told Michaela that the pressure on my lower left back needed to be reigned back a bit due to a prolapsed disc causing sciatica and chronic back pain.  I also told her of my history of Metatarsalgia in my feet and the fact that they cannot be touched due to the sensitivity and pain.  Michaela suggested that we swap the foot massage for a hand massage and as I use my hands often for writing this was a very satisfactory swap for me.


I chose an oil that was relaxing and uplifting without too over powering.  Michaela's pressure was just perfect.  I could feel all the knots melting away under her pressure.  I have had a few massages in the past and you can just tell that Michaela is expert in her field.  After my neck, back and shoulder had been manipulated into deep relaxation, Michaela started on my facial.  First of all massaging with Argan Facial oil and then cleansing, exfoliating and using a face pack before moisturising.  As I have combination skin with an oily T-zone, specific products were chosen to suite my skin needs.  A Black Soap Cleanser, Sugar Cane and Prickly Pear facial scrub, Argan Oil face mask mixed with Argan Day Cream.  Honey Rose and Ginger Mask and Brides Elixir Skin Tonic, followed by Carrot Face Oil Serum which is packed with vitamins.  All products used by Morrocan Rose are natural, organic and contain no chemicals, parabens or nasties.


Whilst my mask was setting, Michaela massaged my legs and my hands.  This is were I really  felt the tension go - in my hands as I am always using them on my laptop.


Once my massage and facial was finished I felt so relaxed I could have fallen asleep!  In fact if I wasn't so busy chatting with Michaela, I think I could have quiet easily fallen asleep during the treatment, it was that relaxing.


As well as spa treatments, Michaela offers beauty treatments; nails, waxing and tinting.


What a find Moroccan Rose is!  I will definitely visit Michaela again and also buy some vouchers for Christmas presents, as I know one or two people in need of this kind of chill out!


www.moroccanrosebeauty.com
https://www.facebook.com/MoroccanRoseBeautyHornchurch
202 High Street
Hornchurch
Essex
RM12 6QP
01708 912568

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Lip Augmentation with Dr Tran at Hornchurch Healthcare

I have admired Alex Tran's work for a while now.  We have mutual friends too in the aesthetics trade.  I found him on Facebook due to our mutual friends and had a lovely chat with him, he invited me into Hornchurch Healthcare Ltd for a consultation and treatment on my lips.  The last time I had a lip was augmentation was last November using Perfectha filler and it was the first time in 3 years I'd had lip filler, so my lips were in need of some more volume.  I was very pleased that Alex uses Perfectha Derm filler for lips as in my opinion it is the best product on the market at the moment, leaving lips silky soft and lump free, very natural looking and feeling.


Dr Alex has been a GP for many years and is extensively trained in body and facial structure biology and has intensively trained in aesthetics.  Here is a statement from Dr Alex Tran about his aesthetics work "I have been doing aesthetics for five years now.  My approach to aesthetics is aiming for natural results, with an emphasis on affordable, safe and effective treatments."  In the consultation Alex and I talked about other services he offers such as Silhouette Soft thread lifts and anti wrinkle injections.  I felt very comfortable with Alex and felt I could trust him as he is ethical and cares about what he does.  Alex noticed that I have small lips and a small face, so he advised against "big lips".  I agreed that I wanted to look natural and have a subtle improvement with my lips to suite my face.  He also explained that the effects can vary on age, face shape ect.  A younger person has more gum and bone to support the lip structure, so an older person will not have exactly the same effect as a young person.  I understand this and don't have unrealistic expectations.  It's always important to manage expectations in a consultation to avoid undue disappointment.


As Perfectha is fairly new to the market and has as yet no anesthetic combined with the injectable, Alex felt that a dental block was necessary to manage pain and discomfort.  He did everything to make me comfortable and talked to me to keep my mind off the needle entering my lips.  After the dental block took, Alex concentrated on expertly injecting my lips with the filler.  We both agreed that I did not need any fillers to shape my vermillion boarder as I had SPMU lip liner tattooed for shape and wanted the result to look as natural as possible.  First the top lip, right and left and then shaping the cupid's bow.  He took time to massage the product, rolling my lip between his thumb and forefinger gently to ensure it was spread evenly and not lumpy.  Alex always stepped back to inspect his work and see if any tweaks were needed.  Then he started on my bottom lip, just a little in the middle and middle sides to shape my bottom lip to match the volume of my top lip.  After lip massage and final tweaks I was finished and I was very happy with the results.  No pain and pouty lips.  I used ice on the was home for swelling, took arnica and massaged my lips daily for a few days with arnica.   With Perfectha filler the results are instantaneous and my lips did not feel rubbery or lumpy compared to a different filler I previously had for lip enhancement.  My husband certainly notices the softness difference on kissing!


I have recommended Alex Tran at Hornchurch Healthcare Ltd to all my local friends and will be happy to return myself in the future.


www.hornchurchhealthcare.co.uk
Free no obligation consultation, appointments are available in evenings or weekend by calling:
0208 133 7783
https://www.facebook.com/dralextran
58B Billet Lane, Town Centre, Hornchurch RM11 1XA

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Aesthetics Advice

I have some very good advice for all considering using aesthetic medicine to improve their appearance, whether it be botox, fillers, natural alternatives ect.  Look at this process as improvement not change.  Try to look like your younger self, but not somebody else.  When going to a consultation, bring a photo of your younger self - mid to late 20's and aim for that sort of improvement as wanting to look like somebody else is to high an expectation and can bring disappointment.  Any self respecting, ethical aesthetics Doctor would not want to drastically change somebody to look completely different.  If you want this, things could go horribly wrong and you could end up looking quite bad.  Always research your Doctor, look for their qualifications and background and if they're registered with a medical body. 

Never go to a NVQ3 qualified beautician for injectables.  (I was once offered Carboxy at a London Clinic to rejuvenate my eye area.  It was essentially injecting CO2 gas around the eyes.  This raised alarm bells, so I did some research.  Carboxy is not FDA approved in the UK.  When I asked the Clinic Director for the name of the Doctor or Nurse injecting to research the qualifications and experience, she told me that she was the injector and she was NVQ3 qualified as a beautician.  I politely declined her offer.  Firstly it was dangerous; she was not a qualified injector and I could have been blinded if she hit a blood vessel, secondly; it was not FDA approved in the UK, even if she argued it was in Italy so essentially it was illegal.  I of course asked opinions of Doctors and they totally agreed with me, in fact they had never heard of Carboxy until then!)


So the key things to think about when considering the aesthetic route are; choose somebody qualified in aesthetics and medically qualified to inject such as a Doctor, Nurse, midwife ect.  Research your chosen expert for qualification, background, experience and any medical body they belong to.  Also ask to see examples of their work.  Always have a consultation before having a procedure and don't have unrealistic expectations as trying to look like somebody else will not work.  Try to bring a photo of your younger self and aim for improvement instead of drastic change.  Things like the nose can always be improved with fillers to straighten and PDO threads to slim.  PDO threads can be used on the face, jaw line and body too.  Botox can be used to relax muscles and smooth wrinkles, but always aim for some movement to keep it natural.  (The frozen, shiny look is not a good one!)  Fillers can be used to lift and fill hollowness, but don't overdo it as a pillow face is not an attractive look!  Lip fillers are good if injected correctly and if you are aiming for fuller lips, little and often is better than bigger straight away as you do not want to stretch the skin and end up with saggy lips.  Research your fillers and use ones for the correct areas.  Hyaluronic acid fillers can always be dissolved, but it advised to get them injected correctly in the first place as dissolving agent can also have an affect on your own collagen.  I also think that preparing the skin with a course of machine facials to stimulate the body's own collagen is a good thing to do to prepare the skin before and fillers or threads and I recommend using a collagen supplement too.  If it is a facelift you are looking for, a thread facelift is good.  I recommend Silhouette Soft threads as it lifts and stimulates your own collagen, there is no cutting effects can last up to 18 months.  V threads are good for a brow lift.   Only do one thing at a time to evolve over time to make your transition to your younger self a smooth and natural one.  Be prepared for any downtime and follow aftercare instruction to the letter.  My belief is to always try a more natural route such as aesthetics instead of surgery which can go horribly wrong and will always leave scars from cutting the skin.

If anybody needs advice on such issues, I am always willing to help as much as I can on my Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jen.justjenny and Twitter https://twitter.com/JustJennyEssex and there are Doctors that I can recommend.

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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Sesderma Micro Needling Facial

Dr Giogia Ratta invited me to her clinic in the new Harley Street location to be a model for Medi Derma Nanopore Micro needling facial by Holly Jennings of Sesderma.  (Dr Giorgia and I have become good friends over the past few months as we clicked together really well and she trusts my judgement and reviews on all her new treatments, as I trust her as a doctor to do the best treatment and most natural looking improvement for me).  Dr Giorga offers an extensive range of treatments including; lip fillers, nose correction fillers, tear trough fillers, facial fillers, chemical peels, medical facials, anti wrinkle injections and Silhoutte Soft thread lifts.  Giorgia is a former dentist so has trained extensively in medical facial biological structure and intensively in many aesthetics procedures.


Holly took me through a presentation about the Micro needling treatment and the Nanopore products, I was impressed with the technology.  The needle used in the machine is encased and the depth is from 0.25-1.5mm in length, the speed is adjustable from 50-150 pulsations per second.  It has a horizontal motor to prevent vibration and reduce pain.  This machine with the serum creates micro channels in the dermal matrix, releasing growth factors in the cells and creating collagen via natural skin repair.


First of all my skin was cleansed with Sensyses RX cleanser and a 14% Ferulac skin peel with repairing enzymes to repair DNA damage was applied, twice to get rid of dead skin cells and prepare my skin for the treatment.   A lubrication serum was used before Holly went to work on my face with the micro needling machine, (no numbing cream is required as there is less pain and the treatment is quite quick).  We agreed on a 0.5mm length needle and a high speed of 150 pulsation per second, as I am used to treatments like this.  (The higher the speed, the less pain, although somebody with more sensitive skin and less used to these treatments may need a smaller needle and to slow the speed on certain areas).  Retises Nanomeso Solution was mixed with Mesocit basic serum and micro needled in with the Nanopore stylus device. Holly started first on my right cheek and then on my left cheek spreading the lubrication serum as she went along.  I felt only a tickle on my cheeks as there is an abundance of sebaceous tissue on the cheeks and fatty areas are less uncomfortable or painful.  The nose was a little uncomfortable, but totally tolerable and the head and chin did not hurt at all.  All the while Holly was ensuring my face was lubricated with the serum.  It didn't take long at all and there was no blood.  After the treatment was finished c- peel delivery serum was applied.  SPF 50 UVB/UVB sunscreen is a must after this treatment.


My skin looked pink and glowing straight afterwards.  The next day it looked and felt soft.  The day after it started to lightly peel.  (I had this treatment on the Thursday and by the time the weekend was over, all of the peeling was out of the way).  I started to see great results after 10 days, my skin was smoother, glowing and less congested.  (I have oily skin and sometimes suffer the odd hormonal breakout). 


You can have the treatment done every 14-30 days at 0.5mm a course of 6 then have a 2 month break before starting all over again. This is good for; flaccidity, cellulite, stretch marks photo aging, dilated pores and pigmentation.   It's minimally invasive, quick, effective and has very little down time.


Sesderma is a worldwide company founded by Spanish Doctor, Dr Serrano.  There are an expanding range of products for skin care, hair care and body care. 


www.sesderma.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/Sesderma-UK
https://www.facebook.com/DrGiorgiaRatta

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Monday, 25 July 2016

Successfully Treating Bruixsm/Teeth Grinding at Vie - Southend

I have had a teeth clenching and grinding problem for a few years now due to anxiety and sinusitis. Recently I was made a night mouth guard and my front teeth were rebuilt by my dentist as I damaged them significantly with the night grinding. Then I had a problem with impacted wisdom teeth and had to have three out all at once in surgery, cutting away some of the jaw bone. It was very painful afterwards and especially with the night grinding.  I read somewhere that jaw botox is effective against teeth grinding/bruxism.  I decided to see Dr Liakas at Vie Aesthetics for injections.

This was so quick and easy and relatively painless. As I always say, Dr Liakas is an expert injector and knew exactly where to inject and how much of the toxin to use. Within 48 hours the grinding had lessened significantly and so had the pain. I also noticed less headaches and neck pain due to this. Another factor I noticed was that the shape of my face has changed slightly too to give a softer jaw line where it was once slightly square, as I was working the jaw muscles constantly at night. Many of celebrities are going for this treatment to give an angular effect to the shape of their faces and it is a great medical alleviator for teeth grinding and clenching.

I had a follow up in 2 weeks to see how the jaw has settled and if any tweaks were required as Dr Liakas aired on the side of caution by giving less than usual as it was my first time with jaw botox.  On my check up, my jaw was fine.  I wish I found out about this treatment years ago! It may have saved my teeth from damage!


www.vie-aesthetics.com
Toni & Guy
01702 617176
Unit 23, The Royals
Southend-On-Sea
 Essex
 SS1 1DQ

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PRP "Vampire Facial" with Dr Gabriela of Harley Street

I was invited to see Dr Gabriela Mercik at Harley Street to be a model for the Angel PRP Facial.  PRP facial is a non surgical procedure for the skin that is formulated from your own blood.  Blood is taken just the same way as a blood test and then taken to the Angel machine to separate the plasma containing platelets.  This plasma/serum is injected back into the face or body to stimulate cells to renew tissue and to stimulate new collagen to plump and rejuvenate skin.


A thick layer of numbing cream is used, the area is sanitised and the injections are really fast.   I had my checks, under eyes and around my mouth areas injected.  After the procedure a specially formulated Molecular Water serum was applied to heal and moisturise and then an advanced molecular facial mask containing apple stem cells was placed onto my face to cool, nourish, calm and hydrate.  This mask also encouraged my skin to absorb the molecular water serum quickly and effectively.  This cutting edge molecular water range of skincare products are exclusively only from Dr Gabriela and cannot be copied. I took a peek in the mirror afterwards and was pleased to see that my skin already looked plump with a healthy glow. These effects continued to increase over days and weeks, giving my skin a youthful look.


Depending on the patient's skin and for on-going and optimum results, it is recommended that 1-3 facials are carried out within a 6 week gap. Results last up to 18 months and top up maintenance treatments guarantee on-going effects.
Dr Gabriela is an expert in aesthetic injectables and PDO threads as well as fat reduction, skin tightening, scar, mole and loose skin removal, hair loss treatments, stretch mark removal, skin treatments, IV treatments, lip enhancement and facial fillers. Gabriela has a natural approach to aesthetics, aiming for improvement without the "done" look. This approach is increasingly in favour with celebrities now.


Dr Gabriela is on my top list of aesthetics Doctor's and I highly recommend her.


www.drgabriela.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/drgabrielaharleystreetclinic
​56 Harley Street
London
W1G 9QA
0845 303 1155

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Monday, 18 July 2016

SPMU Brows with Ruth Kane Hornchurch- Discounted as a model in Training.

Ruth Kane and her daughter Elizabeth Kane were SPMU training at Havering Beauty Academy in Hornchurch again and needed a model for brows for a lovely lady called Lauren Carter who is a self employed SPMU artist and Adams & Co in Bristol; https://www.facebook.com/laurencarterspmu - https://www.facebook.com/adamsandcosalonbristol/


This for me was a maintenance top up as I have had SMPU brows many times over the years.  In the consultation whilst wearing numbing cream, we went for colour Billion Dollar Brown from Finishing Touches and decided to make my brows look slightly thicker and just slightly longer.  After removing the numbing cream and measuring up, Lauren drew on the brows that she thought would suite me naturally and I was pleased with the result so she went to work.


It wasn't painful at all, just a little tickly as the numbing cream is really good and brows are the easiest of SPMU treatments to bear without discomfort.  Firstly brush strokes were used for a natural look and then a lighter powder effect was used to fill, (as I do already have this effect from many passes of SPMU brows over the years).  It didn't take very long at all, I felt no pain and no discomfort and after a couple of passes on each brow I was finished.  The whole procedure was supervised by Ruth and assisted by Elizabeth who will become a fully fledged trainer by the end of the year.   All were impressed with the pretty results, especially me!  I also had some nice comments from friends afterwards.


I have been to Ruth now for brows twice in training and for professional lips and I am always very happy with the results and in fact I had a friend who sent her mother for SPMU brows as a her eyebrows were very sparse and had good feedback on that too.


Ruth and Elizabeth work from their own treatment room in Hornchurch on professional SPMU procedures and from Havering Beauty Academy for training.  Prices for professional SPMU and training courses are on the website - www.ruthkane.co.uk .  Ruth also offers medical SPMU procedures. Examples of Elizabeth's work is on her Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ElizabethKaneBeauty/  To be a model for SPMU at a reduced rate of £75 per area please contact Havering Beauty Academy on 01708 472727 to get on the list or text Ruth on 07974 754410.  Elizabeth who works out of various salons in Essex can be contacted on 07866476983.  If you are based in or around Bristol contact Lauren on 07821 043330.

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Friday, 15 July 2016

Beauty Lodge Hornchurch

I have been exchanging messages with Emily Ainsworth of The Beauty Lodge Hornchurch for a while on Twitter.  Emily has a beauty business offering nails, eyelash extensions, spray tans, waxing and tinting.  As summer is coming, I decided it's time for a spray tan and I haven't had my nails done in so long.


Emily is situated in Hornchurch near the Town Centre.  I decided shellac in Tutti Frutti Pink and SiennaX mid colour tan.  Emily was friendly, easy to talk to, quick and efficient.  I stayed for a chat afterwards as we had a great rapport together.  My nails look perfect and glossy, a week later they are still in tact.  My tan is also still in tact, no streaks, no orange undertone and I was complimented on my colour by friends too.


During the summer Emily plans to offer packages and offers.  Shellac both hands and feet, plus spray tan £35, (usually £45).  Individual eyelash extensions with spray tan and shellac hands and feet £65, (usually £85).  Prices for all individual treatments are on her website https://sites.google.com/site/beautylodgehornchurch/.  Very reasonably priced if I say so myself!  Emily also offers; waxing, tinting, manicures, pedicures and other nail treatments and is looking to train to extend her treatment range.  I fully recommend Emily Ainsworth as a beautician offering a friendly, affordable and professional service.



https://www.facebook.com/beautylodgehornchurch
https://twitter.com/BeautyLodgex
Beauty Lodge Hornchurch
92 Abbs Cross Ln, Hornchurch RM12 4XW

Hair Makeover At Halls Of Ivy- Hornchurch

Recently the sun bleached all the colour from my hair and it really needed a good cut as it was becoming shapeless.  I was so impressed with the NVQ3 Level student last time at Halls of Ivy in Romford when I had a choppy bob and caramel highlights, I booked in again.  The student this time was Paulo who works at the Stylers in the High Street - Romford.


I explained that I wanted dark brown hair with vibrant red slices and a choppy bob.  After we discussed the colour and chose from the swatch, Paulo got to work with the foils for the red slices and then the dark brown for the base colour.  The colour only took 20 minutes to take and was washed out and then Paulo expertly blow dried my hair.  Once my hair was dry, he finished the cut by make it more choppy, giving my bob more shape.  I must say that he was rapid, expert and professional.  I am extremely happy with the end result.  It seems to have taken years off me.  It has the two colours going through it, making it striking and it is glossy and shiny.


Halls of Ivy are great for 16+ year olds as they have teamed up with the local college to offer discounted hair, barber, holistic and beauty courses and apprenticeships.  They even offer administration apprenticeships in the office for school leavers.


I have had many beauty, holistic and hair treatments at Halls of Ivy over the years with students at a discount.  They have appointments during school hours on week days for models for students all at discounted prices.  Ideal for people who would like to treat themselves, but cannot afford salon prices and you will be helping a student to pass their course in the process.


www.hallsofivy.co.uk
01708 766395
https://www.facebook.com/Halls-of-Ivy-Hair-Beauty-Academy
191 South St, Romford RM1 1QA

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Professional Skincare By kim Jay Heavenly Spa Essex

Heavenly Salon in Harold Hill have recently recruited Kim Jay a skin specialist who has worked with Doctors. Kim offers various facials, dermapen, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, brows and professional make up.

I opted for the Caviar Facial as I have never had that one before. The caviar serum and mask contains Omega fatty acids and is calming and a good anti ageing treatment. Firstly my face was cleansed, gently exfoliated and prepped, then a mild chemical peel was applied and neutralised quite quickly. After that the caviar serum was massaged into my skin a caviar mask was applied to calm and soften. This was left for 5 minutes whilst I was given a relaxing hand massage and then cleansed away with water. After this hylauronic filler serum was massaged in, then anti wrinkle caviar cream hyaluronic acid serum was massaged into my face and then a sunscreen was applied to protect my skin.  In fact came away with some lovely Caviar samples too; Anti Wrinkle Cream, Antiage Eye Cream and Hyaluronic Acid Serum

When I felt my skin it was baby soft and when I looked in the mirror it was clear and glowing. This is a good facial to have before a night out for that perfect skin look. Usually a course is recommended for optimum results for relief from dry skin, tired skin, open pores, congestion and fine lines.

Kim Jay 07739 329891
https://www.facebook.com/kimjayskin/
Heavenly Beauty and Tanning
102 Petersfield Avenue
Harold Hill
Romford
Essex
RM3 9PH  01708 371871

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