The Vampire life at Orchard Facial Procedures…
Well, the real name isn’t quite that.
However, when you enter the calm neutral interior and meet Sarah she instantly relaxes you, no need to be scared!
Based in the leafy Vale of Glamorgan, Sarah is half an hour away from Cardiff, and it feels like a completely different atmosphere to the bustle of the capital city.
I had the treatment last month (it takes around three weeks to kick in, I promise you I really would have posted this sooner if I could have) and as the autumn sun streamed through the large Georgian windows, she talked me through the procedure…. Actually; procedure is a kind of formal way to say it as it was pretty relaxing to be honest.
If I’m honest, if you are squeamish, stop reading now.
The vampire facial, or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), it involves extracting a couple of dessert spoons of the patient’s blood from their arm and spinning it in a centrifuge to separate the plasma – the fluid part – from the red and white blood cells. At this point I need to highlight the fact that Sarah is a qualified medical professional and to be fair on her part my blood was not in the mood to take part in the facial.
We got there though, my veins I’d like to describe as deep and meaningful, anyway…
Let me describe the surroundings, I know I sound like I’m going a bit off course, but I’m a full believer in the whole experience and it makes such a difference. The treatment room is softly lit with a tasteful combination of traditional white furniture and medical equipment.
The concentrated plasma, which is rich in platelets – the part of the blood with growth factors and this is what Sarah extracted from the test tube of blood that had been spun (the blood is spun in a centrifuge, which separates the platelet rich plasma from the blood). Whilst I was waiting for the numbing cream to kick in.
Yes that’s MY blood
“PRP therapy is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation treatment with quick recovery time, and is designed to stimulate the body’s natural collagen production. The treatment actually involves the use of two procedures, micro-needling and PRP done consecutively.
Microneedling works by stamping the skin with multiple micro-needles that are contained in a sterile disposable head. The needles create micro injuries, which trigger the stimulation of collagen and creates mirochannels that allow active ingredients to penetrate into the skin.”
PRP contains highly concentrated amounts of natural growth factors that promote the regeneration process of soft tissues. The PRP is applied directly to the skin following the microneedling to further stimulate the natural healing process and creation of collagen, this is not as it looks when you google it (I can guarantee you will get a picture of Kim Kardashian)
After the treatment, your skin will be slightly pink and feel slightly sunburned. It doesn’t look that bad, for the first few days I didn’t wear makeup, I’d suggest a heavier face cream (I love Thalgo, this is perfect). For most people, your skin will completely recover in 24-72 hours and it does.
I found my skin felt rather dry, Your body’s collagen production usually takes about 4-8 weeks, so you will continue to see improvements over this time.
I also swear by using a collagen supplement, I highly recommend Gold Collagen as an addition to your skincare routine as well.
Contact Sarah at www.orchardfacialprocedures.com to make a booking and for more information.
can’t tell you how excited I was when I asked Carla at Bellisimos Hair if she would turn me blonde.
Bellisimos Hair is the latest addition to Bellisimos Aesthetics, sharing the same clean lines and white interiors and just a handful of steps away.
You can see they have the same attention to detail here too. Pristine quilted white chairs face full length mirrors with the latest Dyson Hair dryers and GHDs are either side in their city centre salon, creating a calm and polished atmosphere, just steps away from the bustle of the shops and bars.
Naturally I’m dark… very dark (taking after my father in more ways than one!) with dark thick hair, sadly I didn’t inherit the olive skin.
So, with a pale freckled complexion I felt on times it was a bit of a stark contrast. Four years ago, I lived in London and then Essex. I did the whole bleach blonde extensions and fake tan thing; not exactly my most natural choice or the healthiest to be honest.
So a return to dark brown ensued after an over enthusiastic encounter with a London salon that will not be named and grey toner and complete aversion to dying my hair full stop in attempt to rectify the damage for three years, thus ending up with very long very dark hair.
Anyway, enough of my hair, Back to Bellisimos Hair and what they do best. For a start they use Keune products. This is a massive plus if you are going for a big change or even considering it. Keune is a family business that was founded in the Netherlands in 1922. Even after 65 years with the company the founder’s sons still turn up to work every day. From their HQ in Soest in the Netherlands they export to 70 countries.
So what better partnership to form? Bellisimos’s ethics are the perfect match for a company that cares for their clients and their hair, the perfect addition to their already thriving aesthetics clinics in Cardiff, London, Dubai and Marbella.
Carla decided to turn my dark hair blonde in two stages to protect my hair, a mix of dark and light blondes to begin with (I’ll put it out there, this is not a quick process). To be honest considering how dark it was to begin with, it was a bit of a pleasant surprise that it was so light the first time. Due to the Keune products used my hair felt a lot softer than I thought it would too; albeit three inches loss of split ends, so after my first appointment I left a lot lighter with a choppy fringe and a blunt cut.
Three weeks later I literally skipped into the salon, super happy from the new colour, excited for the next colour change and it was two days before my best friend’s wedding…. No pressure!
In my wisdom I wanted to be lighter again for her big day and in my own typical style; I’d only tried the bridesmaid dress on with dark hair (it could have been interesting).
So, whilst sipping on a glass of champagne with my laptop at hand I settled into my chair and Carla started the second transformation…
Using Keune products, my hair was lightened again and finished with a conditioning treatment, an hour and a half later I left the salon a LOT blonder.
As you can see by the images, it has been a big change and not a quick one either. It’s always so so important to choose a good salon. Social media doesn’t help to be honest, with images of dark hair transformed to white blonde (a lot of the time these ‘transformations’ via celebrities are wigs too) I can’t stress enough how important it is to visit a salon like Bellisimos Hair, even if you are just thinking of a change, let alone going ahead and doing it.
Serious bit over. It’s been such a great change and I’m so happy with the outcome. The service at Bellisimos Hair was above and beyond.
Was it worth it? 110% yes, it’s just as healthy as before when it was dark.
Elegant Touch… and my not so elegant self
Ok, so it’s now pretty obvious what would I like to look and what actually happens are two completely different things.
Since moving from London back to the mother country, I’ve crept slowly into my own version of sports luxe (gym kit and lashes anyone?).
Therefore on the subject of polished v pull-ups has only one answer for me, and it’s a resounding NO.
Wall ball in the face before a black tie dinner? yup that’s me. Head first off my bike… oh, that’ll be me.
So my craving for fashion and beauty are slightly at odds with my methods of keeping fit. However, never one to let the side down….
I was super happy to receive these beautiful nails from Elegant Touch and I cannot recommend them enough.
Stylust meets Showdry
After a productive morning of meetings last thursday, I popped into SHOW Beauty for a signature blow dry on my way to my investor meeting and a catch up with my gorgeous friends in Notting Hill. As you walk into the salon, you can feel and smell the brand that Tamara Ecclestone has created. from Leila and her team of stylists to the beautiful vanilla, amber signature scent of SHOW products and dyptique candles, it feels warm luxurious and
stylist Giovanni blow dried my thick wavy hair perfectly, I flicked through online magazines via the ipads that are in front of you, whilst sipping on a super healthy green smoothie. All in 45 minutes …. perfect!
www.showdry.com 173 Westbourne Grove London W11 2RS 0333 006 8888
MADAM LA LA …. THE PERFECT TAN
So this time a few winters ago, I was sitting on a beach in Oman, however this year has been all about focusing on my business and more importantly spending time with family and friends.
That hasn’t stopped me cultivating a beaut of a tan though. Ever the fan of independent labels, I’m totally in love with Madame LA LA.
An exclusive indie beauty brand and self-tanning celebrity favourite inspired by LA, Malibu beach, the Hollywood lifestyle, wellbeing, slimming and of course, the anti-ageing rule – delivering the ultimate LA Glow! A combination of Coco Water and hydrating skincare benefits infused into a beachy coconut fragrance work to bronze, smooth and slim whilst emulating a quintessential ‘LA tan’ with style. Celeb fans include…Olivia Palermo, Blake Lively, Gigi Hadid and Vanessa Hudgens.
Founded by American-Brit Nicole Dash Jones, a British born beauty entrepreneur and artist/songwriter who has spent a fair bit of time living in LA.
Madame LA LA is the first beauty brand to launch a DD self tan to recognise the benefits of Coco Water within skincare. The range is a ‘dynamic do-all’ face and body tan, infused with a Hollywood must have Coco Water.
“The hydrating and detoxing self tan mousse combines many natural anti-ageing ingredients such as Aloe, Green Tea and Vitamin E to ensure a long lasting natural tan and glowing skin that is well cared for. Madame LA LA Tan and Light provide an instant year-round LA look that develops quickly and fades naturally, with smoothing and skin finishing benefits to compliment an iconic sun-kissed glow all the way from LA LA LAND. The combination of ingredients enables the quick-dry tan to instantly colour correct, reducing the appearance of cellulite, lumps, bumps and uneven skin tones. The tan is a streak-free modern formulation.”
As well as the above, I’m totally obsessed with Madame LA LA Bronzing Ball, a 180°colour cosmetics twist-up cream bronzer – no makeup brushes needed! Bronzing Ball achieves an easy year round bronzed glow in effortless strokes – one shade suits all. Infused with Vit E & Coco Water hydrating properties the luminous and glimmering shade with a 180° dome applicator is easy to use for bronzing, contouring and highlighting the cheeks, lips and eyes.
Visit my instagram account @miss_stylust for more feedback or click on the following link to purchase at www.madamlala.com