Cosmetic surgery

cosmetic surgery

Cosmetic surgery is unlikely to change your life; it merely changes your outward appearing to others. Cosmetic surgery can be very successful, but it is not risk-free; although there are laser cosmetic surgery poses fewer hazards than invasive surgery. After selecting and had met with physicians for your cosmetic surgery, you will have to pick the one that fits your budget and personality. As people grow older, certain things play a big role in constructing skin looking wrinkly and age-old that cosmetic surgery cannot correct. Although cosmetic surgery is progressively becoming ever more within everybody’s financial range, the thought of everyone getting plastic surgery is not really good.

Cosmetic surgery can be a benefit to those that want or need it in their eyes; but like all surgeries, there are hazards involved. For many patients of today, plastic surgery actually works by making them feel better about themselves. Varying one’s appearance is something that doctor’s do in the practice of cosmetic surgery, but sometimes expectations cannot be matched to the patient’s longings. A tummy tuck is also known as abdominoplasty and is thought of as a major surgical procedure within the practice of cosmetic surgery. Laser cosmetic surgery poses fewer hazards than invasive surgery, but it is not risk-free by any means.

Some people think about having cosmetic surgery after certain lifestyle changes, a divorce, a brand-new job or merely a brand-new self image that can be comfortable with a cosmetic surgery procedure. Opting the best cosmetic surgeon with the most specific, honest datum. Opting a cosmetic surgeon for breast implants can be a period depleting experience. Because cosmetic surgeons can be intimidating they speak their own language. Some may seem to seem to live in a different world in regard to the technical jargon. The degree is there are practical is why one surgery middle offers better rates than another and it may have something to do with belonging values and real estate

The following are the most popular cosmetic procedures that are being performed today. Most of these have already even payed prevalent nicknames.

* Abdominoplasty: Likewise known simply as tummy tuck, this is the reshaping and firming of the abdomen.
* Blepharoplasty: Many would prefer to call this as eyelid surgery, wherein the methods used aims to reshape the eyelids or apply permanent eyeliner.

* Mammoplasty: Procedures of mammoplasty anxiety the tits. Breast augmentation, or tit enlargement, involves the use of fat grafting, sline, or silicone gel prosthetics to stir the tits bigger. It is more commonly known as a boob job. Breast reduction, on the other hand, is the removal of scalp and glandular tissue that are intended to stir the tits smaller( specially for those suffering from gigantomastia and gynecomastia ). The tit hoist, or mastopexy, involves hoisting or reshaping the tits to stir them less saggy.

Other well-known cosmetic surgical procedures are liposuction; chin augmentation, cheek augmentation, and more. The number of people searching cosmetic surgical therapy grows with each extending year. There are even those who would go to other countries where surgical procedures expenditure less. Plastic surgery is performed mainly for the purpose of rectifying impairments and abnormalities in the body. These would include specifying up ignites, bone fractures, physical abnormalities, infections, and removing cancers or tumors. People can avail of surgical procedures for a cleave cheek surgery, tit reconstruction, or for creating an ear when there is none.
For more information go to Plastic Surgeons Denver

Skincare Routine Part II – Face (Dehydrated/Sensitive)

With a recent birthday I suddenly realised, in the blink of an eye I have jumped from the 20’s to 30’s skincare spectrum to the 30 to 40 spectrum, how did that happen so fast?!

Anyway if you have a similar skin type to me, I thought I’d share what is working for me at the moment.  I use a Clarisonic on my face daily and my God did it work hard this past week after some partying at the weekend. My savior has really been a big glass of water daily and Decleor Aromessence Serum under my La Roche Posay moisturiser.


Makeup Removal: I don’t wear a lot of makeup normally but when I go out at night I like plenty of eyeliner and lip colour and when I fall back in the door I want to get it off quick.  I use Inglot AMC 77 black gel liner, it’s the best I’ve found for staying put so I need a serious remover to get it off and my [Garnier] 2 in 1 remover is excellent.

Cleansing: Clarisonic once a day with LRP Physiological Cleansing Milk.
Toning: Garnier Soft Essentials Comforting Toner.

Eyes: LRP Hydraphase Intense Yeaux – a light, watery gel for the light, delicate skin around the eye area.  I prefer this gel to eyecream which I find only give me millia (little white dots of trapped keratin cells under the skin) and if it’s a rich cream it tends to drag the skin.  This eye gel is cooling and containing caffeine will help prevent puffiness.  I’m lucky yet that I don’t have many lines to speak of so this just offers me the basic hydration that I need.  The three main ingredients being Hyaluronic Acid (a moisture magnet excellent for dehydration whether you’re dry, sensitive or oily), Caffeine (for puffiness) and thermal spring water.  But if you’re looking for something to sort out lines look into retinol products, with caution using SPF will then be very important.

Face: I have inherited a rather rosey complexion that flares up from time to time through tiredness, excess and especially stress, stress goes straight to my face so I cannot live without my Aromessence Rose D’orient serum by Decleor. Scandalously expensive in recent times but I have been using it since first introduced to it by a family member back in my teens, you only need 2 or 3 drops and it’s so instant at soothing and cooling my skin to the touch.  It’s the most expensive skin care product I own but I have my current one for well over a year and I’ll never give it up.  I was dubious about putting oil on a warm face but it really is amazing every time and my skin loves it.

After serum I apply my Hydraphase UV Intense Riche moisturizer from La Roche.  It has an SPF of 20 and I prefer to keep my SPF to my skincare rather than my foundation. I love this product, it’s a fantastic moisturizer for dehydrated skin.  It’s not for everyone I’m sure because the smell is strong, it is like rubbing sun-cream on your face but it leaves my skin is so soft and I love the smell of the SPF, it reminds me of the beach!

All of the products mentioned are listed below and can be purchased from Boots or Tesco and the prices were right at time of purchase.

Face Products:
Garnier Simply Essentials Soothing 2 in 1 makeup remover (Tesco €3.99)
La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Milk (Boots €14.99)
Garnier Soft Essentials Comforting toner (Tesco €3.99)
LRP Hydraphase Intense Yeaux – ANTI EYE-BAGS   (Boots €18.50)
Decleor Aromessence Rose D’Orient Serum (Shaws €59) !!!!
LRP Hydraphase UV Intense Riche moisturiser (Boots €23.50)
LRP Physilogical Ultra Fine Scrub – once a week for exfoliaton (Boots €12.60)



Skincare Routine Part I – Body

Keratosis Pilaris (Dry/rough skin)

This is part one of a two part skincare post and I have started with the body because I have always had extremely dry skin on my arms and legs and I have especially hated my legs and kept them covered up for the most part.  But now that we have finally come out of our spell of winterly weather I have amped up my top-to-toe routine because I’m on an assault.  I refuse to hide my legs this summer, especially after the gorgeous weather we got last year.

I always felt they looked like they had permanent goose-pimples!? I used to look at other girls and wonder how come they’re skin is so smooth and clear and I was especially envious of the glossy legs on models in magazines.  Well whilst training as a beauty therapist I discovered I had a condition called Keratosis Pilaris. I also found out that actually a lot of people have it and in mild forms.  It’s most commonly found on the legs, thighs, buttocks and arms.  I have it on my lower legs and the back of my arms.  It’s not a concern it’s just a dry skin condition and it usually disappears as we get older.  I have yet to find a treatment so other than keeping it exfoliated and intensely hydrated to improve the appearance that’s about all I can do.  Great ingredient to look out for are Lactic Acid which helps eliminate the buildup of keratin cell’s that clog follicles and Glycolic Acid for it’s ability to dissolve dead skin cells.

What is it?
Tiny bumps usually found in large expanse on the legs, thighs, buttocks, forearm and back of the arms. On the arms you can notice it straight away by a change in skin colour, usually a large patch of high colouring in one area with tiny red or white bumps.  For some people it can itch in cold weather when skin is dryer and in some cases it can even feel like sandpaper.  I don’t have it that bad but some people probably don’t even know they have it or that there’s a name for it.
Here’s a pic of the back of my arm back at the beginning of March, it looks so much worse close up!  And a pic of my arm now!




April !

I use La Roche Posay ISO Urea Lait. Description: “For sensitive, dry, flaky skin in adults (arms, elbows, legs) – suitable for skin with psoriasis, and for the skin of people with diabetes. This body milk helps to gently remove the skin surface cells and decreases the granular aspect of the skin and smoothes the skin roughness of the body. Melts into the skin without leaving a greasy finish.”


When I realised what it was, I also realised that run-of-the-mill body lotions weren’t going to cut it so I tried this stuff and it’s excellent! The Urea in the fluid helps to gently remove the skin’s surface cells.  My routine is in this order: dry brush the skin in circular motions towards the heart to get the blood circulating before I pop in the shower and moisturise straight after and use my moisturiser every single day.  I have on occasion completely covered my legs thickly in moisturiser, popped on an old pair of leggings and jumped into bed.  Like a pair of cotton gloves over moisturised hands, this works the same way and I awake to lovely smooth legs and the goose-pimple look is almost instantly cleared but you have to keep on top of it, it’s constant.  I always wax my legs which in turn is excellent for exfoliating, revealing the glowing smooth skin being hidden by dry, dull skin.

So … coming into the Summer (I hope and pray we’ll have one!) it’s going to be great to show off glowing and smooth arms and legs that are finally all one colour.  Goodbye denim legs and hellooooooo juicy legs!!! heehee x

Available from Boots: €14.95 200ml



So .. what if you’re Mum of the Bride or Groom?

MakeUp brush

I had the pleasure of doing a makeup trial with a lovely lady recently who is Mum of the Groom. Most of my bookings are of course for the Bride and her mum and bridesmaids.  She has booked me to come to her house on the morning of the wedding and do her and her friends’ makeup.  The wedding day is not only important for the bride, it’s also important for her mother.  And not to be overlooked, if you’re the Groom’s mum you are standing front and centre also.  You are just as much part of the journey and it’s a day that both mum’s will never forget so of course you want to look you’re very best too and receive some star treatment!

The main concerns I get from a lot mum’s when deciding to get they’re makeup done are: ‘don’t make it too dark’, ‘I don’t like a lot of makeup’ or ‘I don’t want to look too done-up’. Well there’s no need to worry, layering on thick foundation is never the answer, that is why my kit contains an array of foundations suitable for all skin types and I understand the needs of more mature skin.  I also use airbrush foundation which is perfect for creating great coverage but with a really light feel on the skin.

A great face of makeup starts with radiant skin.  My focus is on making sure your skin is well hydrated and glowing thus making your foundation glide on and look fresh faced and flawless also with need for very little.  Eye’s are always natural and defined to help your natural beauty shine through.  A neutral, earthy palette is best and avoid a lot of shimmer that only highlights any little imperfections around the eye area.

You should be religious with your skin care routine in the months prior to the event.  Exfoliate once a week to slough dull or dry skin.  Cleanse daily, drink water every day and Eyecream’s, Serum’s and your Moisturiser are going to be you’re best friends from now on.


Should I choose Airbrush Makeup?


If you’re considering airbrush make-up for your bridal beauty look, here is some information to consider:

Well firstly, what is it?
There are two types; Silicone based and Water based.  Airbase Airbrush makeup which is what I use is Silicone based which tends to give a dewier finish than water based foundation.  Airbase has seven blendable, light-diffusing foundations which are atomised onto the skin (like a spray tan) using a portable, airbrush compressor. The foundation settles creating a smooth, even appearance that lasts without touch-ups, minimising shine and concealing blemishes, spots and tattoos with ease.  It will cover those dark circles and discolouration like the swish of a magic wand.

Silicone is very forgiving on texture and fine lines and as it is heat-resistant the makeup is not going to budge once applied.  As we know it’s found in most primers.  Airbase also contains added vitamins that nourish the skin like Vitamin A, an ingredient that is proven to improve elasticity and Vitamin E, an anti-oxidant that moisturises and repairs and helps to deactivate free radicals that age the skin.

Incredibly light weight the coverage can be built up with ease and you’re not going to notice it.  It does not clog pores, will not irritate sensitive skin and when the skin is prepped appropriately it will apply beautifully to every skin type.

But why is airbrush better than traditional makeup?
It’s not better, but airbrushing lasts up to 18 hours and most importantly, airbrush is ideal for creating a budge-proof base.  It’s flexible on the surface, fills in fine lines and it’s so fine it looks and feels like skin.

A bride faces the same scenario that film makers and TV producers face – the need for a flawless finish that lasts and doesn’t move! Airbrush make-up delivers a fault-less finish and is why it is used by professional MUA’s on high-definition TV. This innovative and stunning range of Airbase Airbrush make-up was designed by Oscar nominated make-up artist Anni Buchanan and created by St Tropez’s Judy Naake.

Check out my ‘Airbrush’ page to see me using it and If you’d like to try it for yourself, you can book an appointment here or just give me a call x


High Definition Airbrush Makeup now available at Mink!

As a professional Makeup Artist I accept nothing but flawless from the cosmetics I use, especially for my brides. It’s vital that I choose foundations and makeup products that meet the demands of a long day ensuring the longevity of my makeup so that it’s as fresh at midnight as early morning when it’s first applied. I can effortlessly cover those dark circles and nasty pimples with the swish of this magic make-up wand!
Airbrush makeup is high in pigment but thin in texture providing a flawless finish and a light weightless feel without compromising on durability. It’s also a perfect solution for corrective makeup, applied to the likes of vitiligo, acne scars, birthmarks and tattoos, the results are amazing.  Give me a call and trial this new way to wear makeup, you’ll love it as much as I do!


Sigma Spa Cleaning Glove

Sigma Beauty if you don’t know are a major player in the professional quality make-up brush market at the moment giving MAC and other high-end brand’s a run for their money.  They also do cosmetics and their pricing is very pocket friendly.  I compared their brushes to MAC in a previous post some time back.  I’ve been buying their brushes for my kit more and more and I’m really loving them.

Anyway, they brought out a product about two year’s ago called the Spa Cleaning Glove for professional’s or anyone that has a high volume of make-up brushes and who of course must deep clean them regularly. Tedious job but has to be done.  When it came out first alot of make-up guru’s on you tube trialled it and scoffed at how silly it was, calling it an oven glove and wondering what the need was.  It’s basically a silicone glove comprising of many different textures on both sides of the glove for different sized brushes.


Up to this point I was just using a household rubber glove to clean mine.  It did the job, saved my skin and the pattern on the palm aided the cleaning process well enough or so I thought.  But when I decided to purchase this guy my brush cleaning time reduced hugely and now I’m so glad I did. I actually don’t mind cleaning them atall now.  As a professional I have about 50 brushes in my kit alone and it was taking forever to clean them. Now I can have them all sparkling in 15 mins.  I was also really surprised at how clean they were after using the glove, I could never get them that clean with my old rubber glove or my bare hands.  All the hard to clean brushes for concealer, flat foundation and lips are now a doddle I’m amazed at how fast it is and how well they come up and the fact that the glove has so many different texture’s makes very quick work of any annoying make-up stains that get up on the sides of the hairs. The thumb also has grooves so you can place your rinsed brush head in there and squeeze out excess water after washing.


It cost me €33.95 from which is very pricey if you only have a few personal brushes but for any of you like me that has a large volume and needs to deep clean so regularly it’s an investment and the glove will last forever.  It also comes with a micro-fibre inner glove for nothing other than your comfort mainly but when the brushes are almost dry it’s good for re-shaping them without having to use your hands keeping them scrupulously clean. Totally recommend.

How I clean my fake lashes

Most fake lashes are re-usable and high quality fake lashes can be expensive so I thought I would share how I clean my own fake lashes ready for re-use.  What you will need: Cleanser, Toner, Cotton bud and a hard surface on which to clean like a plastic disposable plate or even in a bowl.  In this case I’m using my mixing palette as I can clean it and sanitise it afterwards.


Firstly coat the lash in cleanser and gently clean it over the sink with warm water between your fingers until all traces of mascara are gone.


Secondly place it on your plate or in your bowl and soak in a small amount of Toner for five minutes.  After this time it should have loosened any glue on the lash making it easy to remove with a cotton bud.  Very gently pull away at the glue remnants with the cotton bud until all is removed.  You can also use a tweezers here so as not to risk pulling any of the hairs away too.


Leave the lash to dry for a while and start re-shaping it.  Always keep the box your lashes came in and when it’s dry you can place it back safely for use again.  Don’t worry if it looks a little mishapen, it will soon re-shape with a little mascara when you re-apply it to your own lashes.


My 10 Fake Tanning Tips for Brides


1)    It can be important before getting a spray tan to do a trial first, especially if you are a bride. Because spray tan develops naturally and individually on each skin type you’ll want to know whether you need a light spray or want to go a little darker. Of course, if you’re particularly sensitive I advise having a patch test too, to avoid any reactions. I’d start your ‘trialing’ a month before the wedding because once you’re tan is applied it’s going to last almost a week and it needs to be completely gone before you have another.

2) Get into a good exfoliation and moisturisation routine in the run-up to the wedding which will breath new life into your skin and make it incredibly smooth. I recommend using a body brush to exfoliate or exfoliating gloves as some body scrubs contain oils which will create a barrier between your skin and the spray solution diluting the result.

3) It’s important to make sure any previous tan is completely gone before you re-apply as it will only cause a patchy build-up.

4) If you are going to have a facial, do it a week before tanning.  This gives your skin the chance to settle down. If you do have any breakouts, apply a thick hydrating mask to your face the day before the tan to stop your colour collecting around the breakouts.

5) I recommend that you have your main tan two days before your wedding. This will give it a chance to settle down and look more natural and make sure any colour guide residue does not transfer on your dress. DON’T wear deodorant to your appointment or wax or shave on that day.

6) If you want a very light glow leave tanning solution on for 4-5 hours and for optimum colour leave on for 8-12 hours or sleep with it on, it will stop developing after this time anyway so don’t worry (not the case with the FakeBake 60min tan, please read precautions above).  The residue that run’s down the plug hole is just excess guide colour which allows me to see where I’m spraying.

7) After having your spray tan, make sure you wear loose clothing and avoid wearing your bra altogether.  Don’t wear knee high boots, jeans or leggings as they tend to leave a seam mark. leggings will absorb the colour before it’s had time to absorb into your skin. It’s also best to wear flip flops or loose boots like UGG’s.

8) Take care around water while the tan’s developing – always wear gloves.

9) On the day of the wedding, make sure you moisturise the body well as fake tan is generally matte and this will hydrate and give a dewy look. Rub loose transluscent powder under your arm pits to make double sure the tan does not transfer if you sweat.

10) Moisturise daily so your tan lasts as long as possible on your honeymoon and then after 3-4 days exfoliate so your tan fades evenly. I even add some more colour by mixing a small amount of gradual tanner into my aftersun and this give a slight pop. Also try using a waterproof SPF, this should stop sea water and chlorine from stripping your tan.

If you follow this advice, your tan will be gorgeous, golden and flawless x


Bourjois 1 second nail polish remover!

Why have I only found this now!  This is a great little idea from Bourjois.  It’s called Disolvant Miraculeux (how’s your french!) a 1 second nail polish remover.  Basically it’s a plastic bottle filled with sponge pre-soaked in remover.  The sponge has a small hole in the middle where you put you’re finger in and out, give it a little wiggle and voila! perfectly removed polish. It makes removing polish an absolute breeze with absolutely no mess even on dark colour’s and you don’t need cotton pad’s so no waste.



It’s great for travelling as you have minimal fluid sloshing around and the bottle has a tight screw on lid.  It’s Acetone free so you can safely remove polish from Gel or Acrylic nails, paraben free and contains my favourite for the nails, sweet almond oil to nourish.

I keep a bottle in my desk and the Red Fruit and Vanilla ingredient’s give it a very pleasant smell not your usual varnish remover smell that is quite strong and although this doesn’t bother me, working in an office with three men it bother’s them hehee! They’re fighting a losing battle though, sorry guy’s, but I should be able get away with this one

I also love the fact that if you chip one finger, you only have to dip that finger in and you’re not ruining the manicure on you’re other hand by holding a soaked pad.

The only downside, and I don’t recommend trying this is when it comes to your feet!  I’d probably only get my big toe in there .. hmmm….. Anyway! if you haven’t tried it yet either, it should be available in any outlet that stock the Bourjois range, I paid €6.99 in Boots for mine, the price is mid-range as they’re are two other’s available. The first is Pretty Quik for €3.00 much, much smaller and the other is Nails Inc. Express, also Acetone free and is €8.00.

Clarisonic Mia 2

Many beauty guru’s, make-up artist’s and skincare professional’s have been raving about a sonic facial cleansing brush called Clarisonic, how it is revolutionising skin cleansing and will give us flawless skin. Well I have lusted after it myself for a few months now and I finally got my hands on one … here’s my experience.


Skin background: Dry/Sensitive.  I purchased the Clarisonic to exfoliate my skin, combat texture and to get rid of the bumps underneath my skin especially along my jawline that annoy me from time to time.  Normally I have to layer my foundation across my cheek area and the bridge of my nose to hide my thread vein’s and unfortunately if I don’t use a primer all this foundation highlight’s the visible pores on my cheek’s. So I had a little bit of work for it do, but I was cautious of how this sensitive area would behave.

What they say: “Cleansing is the essential first step in a healthy skin care ritual. The patented Clarisonic Sonic Cleansing Brush uses a sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to deeply cleanse the skin far more effectively, yet more gently, than traditional superficial cleansing or simple rotating brushes. The result is noticeably smoother, more radiant skin”.

Out of the box:  The Mia is a rechargeable unit and is waterproof so you can use it in the shower. It has two speeds Low (for delicate or compromised skin) and Normal.  With it you receive a Sensitive brush head, there is however a choice of five on the Clarisonic website including a Delicate head, but either of these two are the safest one’s to start with no matter what your skin type.  You also receive a sample of their cleansing gel.  The charger attaches magnetically and you also get a moulded travel case so you can take your Mia everywhere.

How to use: After first charging for 24hrs it’s ready to go. Remove your eye makeup first with makeup remover in the normal way because you can’t use this around the eye area.
Wet your face well and apply your cleanser of choice.  Start on your chin & nose area, no need to use extra pressure or you will over-exasperate your skin.  The machine will pulse when it’s time to move to each area of your face – 20 sec’s on the chin and nose area, 20 sec’s on the forehead, 10 on either cheek and your done!



The Clarisonic has really helped my skincare regime. My visible pore’s around my nose and cheek area are much less visible, my broken capillaries are still there  (that’s a review for another time) but it didn’t make them any worse. I have been using it now for about seven week’s and at first my skin broke out after two weeks of use in my case, but this is pretty normal with any type of facial as it purges all the ‘nastie’s’ to the surface and after a while you’re away with beautiful skin! I use it with La Roche-Posay Physiological Cleansing Milk (Boots) and I use the sample cleanser included to wash the make-up residue off the brush head after use.  It’s massively improved my skin texture.  I’m using less foundation because my skin’s more even in tone and my base is so smooth that my makeup application finally looks smooth.


Me without make-up! after week 4. I used to get red blotchiness on my cheek’s and bumps on my cheek’s and jawline.

If you buy it, use with caution as it will change your skin’s behaviour. I used it on the low setting for the first four weeks to see how my skin reacted and then increased to the higher setting without any breakout’s or skin changes and so far so good.  Personally I love it, it goes everywhere with me and 60 seconds for a sub-surface cleanse! … how easy. x

I purchased mine from Debenham’ for €149 gaining free standard delivery and I had it within two days.  It’s also available in Brown €149, std delivery €3.50, xpress €5)