HD Brows vs Hi Brows

So since I blogged last time, I have now done my HD Browscourse. I was recently trained with Hi Brows and did wonder by training in HD, was I wasting my time and money and surely it is just the same thing. How wrong I was…

I trained in Hi Brows over 2 years ago, I went to London, it was one day and the kit was included. The training was ok but one thing that gave me alarm bells was we were not patch tested beforehand and we were practising on each other. Also a friend of mine trained with me who had no NVQ qualification, but was expected to just tint (had never done it before). I returned back to my salon  The Ezina Sanctuary notfeeling that confident but thought well practice makes perfect! Hmm!

I had always wanted to do HD but unfortunately my funds didn’t stretch that far! So finally 2015 saw me save those funds and fulfil my goal.

Firstly the lead up to the course was very informative, and a patch test was sent to me . I was super excited the day before so went to bed early! Set off early in the morning to the training centre at Milton Keynes. On arrival I was greeted with smiles and lots of welcomes and breakfast, YUM! The course took place over 2 days, lunch, drinks were offered throughout the day and I was amazed we were practically on a one to one basis! We were all asked if patch tests had been completed and what level of training had we had: NVQ2?/NVQ3 etc… All the trainers were in uniform and well presented. The centre was lush also.

So not divulging too much information, did I come away feeling confident, absolutely yes! There is also a Facebook group where we can ask for help/advice and in 3 to 6 months I have to go back for a refresher day to make sure I am ok with everything. After my training I look at brows in a totally different light and am as obsessed now with people’s brows as I am nails! Lol 

So my question is was it worth it? Absolutely and most definite yes! I now cannot wait  to get my hands on everyone’s brows! 

Below is my 3rd set of HD Brows since training, what do you think?  

 

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Always wanted a Face Lift but cannot afford one? Then there was Faith!

Until recently I was very happy with the skin I was in! But with the big 40 approaching fast I have started noticing the fine lines, the wrinkles and the saggy bits! Since starting out in the beauty industry I have always been very interested in how to slow down ageing signs but in the most natural way. So no going under the knife and no Botox injections. When studying at college my most enjoyable topic was facial, how the skin worked and what we can do on a regular basis to aid ageing.

I then came across Faith, a non invasive, non surgical, relaxing face lift and at an affordable price for consumers, especially at a time when money is so tight…

So what is Faith? Well it claims to be:

“a non surgical facelift system that gives dramatic results your clients will love even after just one treatment”

“Faith Lift non-surgical facelift gives dramatic results in an instant, it lifts, tones and firms leaving the complexion refined and radiant giving you a younger fresher look”

And recently has been a hit with Sienna Miller!

So I had to give it a try and pop along and visit me at The Ezina Sanctuary. The treatment is very relaxing for the client, it starts with a double cleanse, tone and a deep exfoliation, the Faith Lift mask is then applied and left for 30 minutes while your client is wrapped up warm and relaxing with calming music playing. At this point I do incorporate a hand massage and foot massage. Bliss! After 30 minutes the mask is removed with hot flannels and Faith cream, eye cream and lip cream is then applied. See a models resu

Results can be seen after the first treatment however it is recommended that a course of treatments are booked, 5 in total, 2 in the first week, then 1 a week for 3 weeks. After that it is advisable you have one facial a month to top up.

Faith Lift is an easy-to-use mask that works to gently stimulate circulation and increase blood supply to help restore the skin”s muscle tone and elasticity. It leaves the face looking and feeling firmer with a fresher, brighter and more youthful complexion.

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LVL lashes

LVL lashes created by nouveau have recently arrived to The Ezina Sanctuary beauty salon in Witney. What are LVL Lashes you might ask. Well the treatment involves lifting, volumising and lengthening your own lashes without the need for eyelash extensions. The effect lasts from 6-8 weeks and is relaxing and non damaging tithe natural eyelash. They are low maintenance and there is no frizz unlike eyelash perming. You don’t need to wear mascara but can emphasise them further if needed.
See before and afters below:

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New Shellac Colours Autumn 2012

Yes at last they have arrived at The Ezina Sanctuary, the new shellacCND colours for 2012, plus the two limited edition for Christmas.

Midnight swim – a beautiful navy shimmer
Pretty Poison – a stunning emerald green shimmer
Faux Fur – dark chocolate brown
Vexed Violet – a lush dark purple/violet
Overtly Onyx – graphite grey amazing
Sugared Spice – a bronze shimmer

Ruby Ritz – a deep red sparkle
Tinsel Toast – a golden sparkle

Gorgeous colours which when layered will give endless colours!

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Shellac

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To all Shellac customers – make sure you are getting Shellac and not another brand!

I felt I had to write this as I have now had two of my clients come to me saying they got Shellac done elsewhere but on receiving the treatment said the bottles were not Shellac even though they were advertising the service Shellac.

I will tell you about my most recent experience.  One of my ladies who comes to me regularly for a shellac pedicure every 4-6 weeks visited me a couple of weeks ago, she ony has a pedicure as she is in the medical industry and sadly is not allowed to wear Shellac on her fingers. (I have done it on her on one occasion when she was going on holiday). So she does know all about Shellac and gets on very well with it.

Anyway the other weekend a friend of hers said her sister was practising with Shellac and would she be a model to practise on, my client said no problem she was having some time off so it would be fine to have it on her fingers. This took place on the Saturday, anyway along my client went and as this other person went through the process my client realised this was not Shellac being used, her nails were buffed to take off the shine, the UV lamp was on continuously, the colour didnt even represent any CND Shellac colour!! She didnt want to say anything, after all it was for free so she just went along with it and left it at that.

My client was then coming to me on the following Wednesday (4 days later) for her SHellac pedicure. Anyway we got chatting and she was telling me about how she was lead to believe it was Shellac treatment she was getting but realised by the look of the lamp and bottles that it wasnt but had gone along with it anyway as she felt too awkward to say anything. She showed me her fingers and she asked me if i could remove it as every finger had chipped and one had come off completely removing some of her nail plate with it and causing peeling on the nail plate. I gladly said I would remove it after her pedicure.

I finished her pedicure and consequently wrapped her nails in magis wraps and acetone (dsolve) to remove the unknown brand of Shellac copy. Well all I can say is one hour later, after having wrapped her fingers 5 times in foil and acetone I revealed her very dry, dehydrated, peeling nails. I smothered them in solar oil and cuticle eraser and gave her some CND hand cream.  I said to her if she didnt know me and if she hadnt had first hand experience of the REAL shellac, how would she rate it. She said if she had only had the other treatment, (the not real thing) she would have never had it again and wouldnt have recommended it to anyone.

So here is my advice:

to all customers out there when having a shellac manicure, check all the bottles are branded “CND Shellac”, secondly make sure the lamp is CND, the curing of the shellac under the lamp is very important and will determine how long it lasts, and thirdly check the salon or beauty therapist has a shellac certificate (see photo). Beauty salons/therapists are selling Shellac as a concept using other products and not as a BRAND.

People think they are getting Shellac but they are in fact NOT, they are getting a cheaper brand and then experiencing problems such as peeling and chipping giving Shellac a bad name and putting people off having it done again. To all of those who have experienced this, go to a certified salon, go on to the CND website, they list these and try it again, I can promise you, you will not be disappointed.

Exfoliators, Your Skin’s Best Friend

Exfoliation should be made part of our everyday Skincare routine, Eve Taylor exfoliation scrub can be used daily without damaging the skin. http://www.ezina.co.uk

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Beatta: I am a huge fan of exfoliators, and you should be too. Why do I love exfoliators? Because they make my skin look smoother, clearer, and brighter; my skin actually has a rosy glow. So here’s the skinny: exfoliators help remove the dead skin cells that build up on your skin and make it look dull and lifeless. Exfoliation is a process that occurs naturally, but as we age our skin cells don’t renew themselves the way they did when we were young (ever wonder why kids have such amazing skin? That’s why). Sadly aging slows everything down, so exfoliators are there to help promote skin cell turnover; they also stimulate circulation, which leaves your skin looking smoother, and clearer. There are two main types of exfoliators, physical (such as scrubs) and chemical (such as a peels or alpha hydroxies).

Suzanne: I have fairly sensitive skin, so I’m not sure about…

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Summer Time, Hammer Time

Couldn’t agree more, pedicures at only £22!

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Ladies it is summer! Which means that those toes are going to be out and, pedicures will be needed. No worries, if you can not afford to get a deluxe spa pedicure, you can always do it yourself. Most people don’t know that having unhealthy nails isn’t good. There are many cases where unwanted growths such a funguses live and grow under the nail surface. Don’t let it be you!

Keep your feet cleaned! Please don’t walk around with your shoes off! It is not lady like and you could step on a piece of glass! It is also unhealthy. Try to avoid walking around your home bare foot also!

Hairy toes? Remove that hair! It isn’t feminine. Try to wax or shave that unwanted toe hair.

Keep your feet moisturized! Lotion or olive oil should do the trick. Lotion or oil your feet at night and cover them in…

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Hygiene must be top priority in any beauty salon

Since I have opened my home salon called The Ezina Sanctuary, based in Witney, I have come to realise the importance of hygiene in the beauty industry. I trained at the International College of Beauty College of Beauty in Witney and I also trained with Kate Taylor from CNDCND Cheltenham, both of which emphasised the importance of health and hygiene and what procedures to follow.

I have only been running my salon for 10 months but have already had client who have come to me from other salons with lots of hygiene issues. I have seen what damage drilling a nail can cause, I have seen bacterial infection on the nail. Obviously these salons do not put their clients first.

I thoroughly clean my room daily, clean towels for every client, disinfect my files regularly, use CND Cool Blue on hands, wash my towels at 60 degrees, all disposable instruments are new and then thrown away, just a few simple rules, doesn’t take long but is very important.

Hygiene must be top priority in any beauty salon

Since I have opened my home salon called The Ezina Sanctuary, based in Witney, I have come to realise the importance of hygiene in the beauty industry. I trained at the International College of Beauty College of Beauty in Witney and I also trained with Kate Taylor from CNDCND Cheltenham, both of which emphasised the importance of health and hygiene and what procedures to follow.

I have only been running my salon for 10 months but have already had client who have come to me from other salons with lots of hygiene issues. I have seen what damage drilling a nail can cause, I have seen bacterial infection on the nail. Obviously these salons do not put their clients first.

I thoroughly clean my room daily, clean towels for every client, disinfect my files regularly, use CND Cool Blue on hands, wash my towels at 60 degrees, all disposable instruments are new and then thrown away, just a few simple rules, doesn’t take long but is very important.

The Importance of Removing Your Shellac Correctly

I run my own salon from home in Witney, my salon is called The Ezina Sanctuary and I specialise in nails mostly, CND Shellac being one of my most popular services. I am been professionally trained by CND to apply and remove Shellac and I cannot express more the importance on the removal of Shellac. CND have produced a retail kit that can be bought by my clients allowing them to remove their own Shellac at home, using, the CND wraps, and acetone, there is also a mini solar oil and orange wood included. All of my first time clients for Shellac are given an aftercare sheet which explains the importance of correct Shellac removal. Clients must NOT peel their Shellac off, even if it has chipped and looks ugly. By peeling off the Shellac, peels off layers of the nail plate, causing future damage to the nail plate such as peeling and splitting. When a nail starts peeling any future Shellac application is at risk of not lasting the 14 days. Regular solar oil applied twice a day is an absolute must also, conditioning both the nail and the cuticle. Following these simple procedures can leave you with beautiful, manicured nails!!