Event Preparation - Vita Liberata Rapid Tan & Gelish Nails - Julie's Diary - Week 27 Part 2

Hey Everyone!!!

My diary is in two parts this week. You may have seen my first one about my treatment with Brian Kennedy which was so interesting. Of course as always in Mint there was more ...

This week was also busy with some obligatory pampering in the form of tan and nails .....yaaaaay!!! 😁😁

My appointments were with the lovely Laura and we started out with nails πŸ’…

As always, nail prep is done by removing any old colour and then it's onto the cuticle work and buffing and filing.

For the colour, I chose an absolutely GORGEOUS neutral colour called "primrose and proper" from the gelish range and added a little gold glitter on the ring finger for some sparkle πŸ’–

It was such a beautiful colour.....
Perfect bridal nails for a wedding πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘°
Or even for an elegant tidy look for everyday 😊

Next it was onto tan! πŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

Who needs "2 weeks in Torremolinos" when you can get a Vita Liberata Luxury Rapid Dry Spray Tan in Mint!! πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ‘πŸ‘ I went from being pastey pale to beautifully bronzed in the space of a few hours... Yaaaaaaaaaaas!!! πŸ™Œ

I had my spray tan done at about 5pm in the evening... had a shower about 4 hours later, just before bedtime and voila... Hello there bronzed goddess πŸ˜‚πŸ˜™πŸ˜™

I had just put fresh sheets on the bed the night before, but didn't have to worry about them getting dirty because there was no need to leave the tan develop overnight... So, there was zero mess!! ....perfect!!!! πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

I really love this tan! ....it took so well to my skin and lasted aaaaages and wore off evenly πŸ‘Œ
It's totally organic and gives a great result, whether it be a spray tan or self tan you use from the Vita Liberata range 😊

In the days leading up to my spray tan, I made sure to exfoliate and moisturize in order to get the best and longest lasting results, but on the day of my spray tan, I didn't use any moisturizer as this can act as a barrier to your tanπŸ‘

I don't know what it is, but I always feel so much more confident with a little colour 😊

That's all for this week guys and gals...
Hope you enjoyed this diary entry and found it helpful 😊

See you all soon!!!
Bye for now πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹
Julie πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—
#faceofmint

Auricular Acupuncture, Sports Injury Massage & Dry Needling - Consultation & Treatment with Brian Kennedy, Physical Therapist - Julie's Diary - Week 27

Hey all!!!! πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹

It's week 27 as #faceofmint and I'm back in Kilkenny for a seriously jam packed morning!!!

Today marks the first day of Brian Kennedy N.M.T's physical therapy and sports injury clinic for #MondaysAtMint and I was really looking forward to meeting with him and having a chat about some recurring little issues that I sometimes have with my back and posture.

Having met with Brian, I immediately felt at ease. He has a very calming and kind manner.
We chatted for a while and he asked some questions to get a better understanding of where my issues were and what needed to be treated.
I explained to him that from time to time I can be prone to sciatica, which starts in one side of my lower back and shoots down my leg causing sharp darts of pain and discomfort.
It can be very painful and frustrating as nothing I do can seem to ease it, bar strong pain killers and to be honest, I'd prefer not to have to resort to that.
So, Brian showed me some fantastic stretches that will really help to release it if I do get it again πŸ‘πŸ™Œ

I often suffer with tension in my back, especially in my shoulders...
So Brian started with a deep tissue massage on the affected area using the techniques he would use in sports massage.

Generally, Sports Massage is the use of massage for the treatment and prevention of sports injuries but it is an overall deep tissue massage that targets problem areas and it is also used all over to help with on going flexibility of the body!
Sooooo, not only is it good if you are unfortunate to have an issue with an injury or whatever it may be.... It's good to note, that by having a sports massage regularly, it can also help to prevent you becoming injured in the first place! πŸ‘πŸ‘

It helps to speed up injury recovery by releasing unwanted muscle tension, increasing blood circulation & lymph flow, relieving swelling, reducing post activity fatigue aaaaand it increases performance by promoting flexibility and helping to prevent future injuries.

Definitely something to keep in mind for the fitness fans out there, or if you're "footy mad" like my other half πŸ‘¨βš½πŸƒ

Sports Massage Can Help With: 

Ankle Injury βœ…
Back Pain βœ…
Groin Injury βœ…
Hamstring Injuries βœ…
Knee Problems βœ…
Muscle Tears βœ…
Muscle Weakness βœ…
Repetitive Strain Injury βœ…

As I said before. This is not only for sports people.... It is also a targeted deep tissue massage. So if you feel you may have a repetitive strain or are carrying a lot of tension etc... Then this could work wonders for you too πŸ‘Œ

During my massage, Brian could feel a lot of tightness and a build up of tension in both my shoulders so he suggested the "dry needling" treatment would be beneficial for me.

Dry needling involves the insertion of an acupuncture needle into what is known as a β€˜trigger point’ or area of tightness in the muscle. It is different to Traditional Acupuncture as the needle is inserted directly into the muscular trigger point and often results in a β€˜twitch response’ in the muscle followed by relaxation of thebuilt up tension.
Sounds promising right????

Now.... I'm not gonna lie.... Even with the prospect of any kind of relief, I was a little nervous about it πŸ™ˆπŸ˜―
I hadn't got a clue what was involved in it and to be honest, the words "dry needling" didn't sound very appealing, as you can imagine lol! πŸ˜‚

BUT..... I was willing to give anything a try if the end result would be pain relief and released tension 😩😩

Brian was so reassuring andprofessional and he focused intently on using the dry needling technique in the problem areas that I had in both my shoulders.
I could tell immediately when it reached the right area.
It almost felt like a little jiggle/vibration in my muscle followed by a very short tingling pulse going through it.
All of this was completely bearable and you can almost feel the release and relief in the area straight away.... Almost like the tightness just fizzled away!?!? πŸ™ŒπŸ‘πŸ™ŒπŸ‘

I did feel a little stiff for about a day after..... But after that, all I can say is WOWZERS!! The difference in my mobility in my arms, back and shoulders was unbelievable!
I wouldn't think twice about having this done again if needed!! 😊

During my session with Brian, he also used a technique called Auricular Acupuncture.

Auricular Acupuncture (or Ear Acupuncture) is a specialised therapy where points on the ear are treated through acupuncture.
There are over 200 acupuncture points on each ear πŸ‘‚πŸ‘‚ ...who would have thought it eh?! πŸ’­

The outer ear acts like a switchboard to the brain, where each acupuncture point being treated, triggers electrical impulses from the ear via the brain, to the specific part of the body being treated.

It's honestly amazing in how it works!! πŸ‘
Each point treated releases endorphins which block pain receptors, in turn elevating levels of adenosine, which is a completely natural local pain reliever.

Auricular Acupuncture is amazing for the natural treatment of physical and psychological problems, such as;
Anxiety
Addictions
Depression
Migraines
Obesity
Musculoskeletal disorders
Menopause
Thyroid problems
Menstrual problems
Digestive issues
Allergies and skin conditions
Neurological and vascular problems
Pain relief

So.... This, used in unison with deep tissue/sports massage, dry needling etc, can help to ensure that full pain free movement is restored-and maintained.

If any of these treatment above might be something that you think might benefit you, then it would be worth making an appointment for Brians clinic in Mint and have a chat about what the best solution for your needs would be.
There is nothing to be nervous about when it comes to dry needling or acupuncture.... I've found that out for myself. The benefits out weigh any nervousness you might have... Believe me!! 😊😊 xx

Brows for Barnardos, Gelish Nails and homecare including Vita Liberata & Dermalogica Pure Light - Julie's Diary - Week 26

Hey all!!! πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹

Hope you're all keeping well 😊 xx

It's week 26 as face of Mint....
And I'm getting my brows done!
Hallelujah πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™πŸ™
I literally had nare a brow to my name as you'll see from the before and after pics lol! πŸ˜‚πŸ™ˆ

As always, I couldn't wait for my appointment with the #browgenius that is Mints head therapist, Marie πŸ’š

And this week was extra special because Mint were taking part in "Brows For Barnardos" which is a great charity event that runs countrywide, where selected salons and spas participated by offering 20% of the cost of an eyebrow treatment, like plucking, tweezing, waxing or threading, to Barnardos.

Barnardos works directly with children and families who need it most, providing services and support in 40 centres around the country. They also campaign for the rights of children in Ireland and provide training, knowledge and resources to childcare professionals.

What a great cause!!! ❀❀❀
You can visit www.barnardos.ie to learn more.

As always, Marie began with tinting my brows a lovely deep warm brown and then shaping them to perfection using the threading technique.
I love threading as I feel it's less pull on the skin and it gives great precision when shaping! πŸ‘Œ

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Next it was onto nails with Lesley πŸ’…
Lesley began by removing my old colour and then tidied up my cuticles and done all the necessary filing and buffing.
I felt like having something bright and fun to match the fab weather so I decided on a gorgeous fruity hot pink called "Tahiti" in the Gelish range and we added just a little sparkle to each ring finger ✨✨

I love the colour! Perfect to brighten your day 😊😊

When I got home, I decided to try out the Vita Liberata luxury self tan... This, along with other gorgeous Vita Liberata products are available to buy in Mint πŸ’š
I applied the tanning lotion all over, using the tanning mitt. It spread very well and the tinted colour allowed me to see where I had covered so that I didn't miss any spots 😊
I left it on overnight and rinsed it off the following morning 🚿
I was left with a lovely warm, natural looking colour... no orange in sight 🍊🚫
...no smelly biscuity fake tan smell πŸ™…πŸ‘ƒ
...no streaks!!!
Woohoo!! πŸ‘πŸ‘
I LOVED it.... It is officially my fave!!!! πŸ™Œ

I made the most of the fab weather by getting out and about when I could! πŸŒ…
I went for a gorgeous hike up the Comeragh mountains and enjoyed the sunshine at the food festival in Dunmore East ....all the while, making sure my skin was protected slathering on the suncream!! This is soooo so important and is the BEST anti-aging tool you can use! (Prevention is key!) And being a red head with pale skin, I burn very easily so I really have to be careful!
I used Dermalogicas "Pure Light" spf50 on my face. This stuff is amazing, because not only does it work as a barrier to the suns nasty rays.... It also has a skin brightening agent, so that when used daily, you will see a big difference in your skin tone and appearance of sun spots/age spots.
Plus, it contains a complex of wonderful hyaluronic acid which is super hydrating and helps to battles those fine lines.

It's really light on the skin with a gorgeous fresh scent and it absorbs into the skin immediately, so your not left with that sticky feeling like some suncreams leave behind πŸ‘
So really and truly, it's a great daily moisturizer with a high spf... It's a great multi-tasking product... What's not to love!!

They say it doesn't have to be a sunny day to need suncream....
For as long as there is daylight and you can see your hand in front of your face, you should be wearing an spf πŸ’

So make sure you are protected when you are having fun in the sun 🌞🌞aaaaaand on the cloudy days too β›…β›…

That's all for this week guys and gals 😊

It was a quick little visit this time, BUT ....there's something SUPER exciting coming next week.
Soooo stay tuned!!!!!! Eeeeeek!! πŸ™ˆπŸ™ŠπŸ˜€

See you all soon!!!

Bye for now πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹
Julie ❀❀❀
#faceofmint

Gelish Nails & Vita Liberata Spray Tan - Bloom Preparation - Julie's Diary - Week 25

Hey all πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹

It's week 25 as #faceofmint
Yaaaaay!!! πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ‘πŸ‘

I was so excited for this week!
Me and my lovely mammy were heading up to the Bloom garden festival in the Phoenix park, Dublin!!
As you could imagine, with me being a florist... This was like heaven to me!
And with my mam being a florist too, well..... We were basically in our element!! lol πŸ˜„πŸŒΈπŸŒΌπŸŒ»

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It was a proper girls day out! πŸ‘­
We went up on the train nice and early to make the most of the day... We wandered round all of the beautiful gardens...we had a little vino πŸ·πŸ˜‰, listened to music and had some seriously good munches on the food stalls πŸ˜‹πŸ“πŸ…πŸ©πŸ•β˜•
Absolute bliss!!

We even bumped into the gorgeous Sarah, Mints manager 😊
Sarah was there on behalf of Kilkenny tourism, giving information on places to stay and all the great amenities and things to do in our lovely city and county 🐱

.....Of course, we couldn't miss out on this chance for a selfie!! lol πŸ“·πŸ˜™

......And thanks to Sarah and the fab girls in Mint, I felt "selfie ready" πŸ˜„

The day beforehand I had popped up to mint for some beautifying!

I first had my appointment with Lesley to get a new colour gelish on my toes.
We picked out a nice blue colour called "one cool cat"  And Lesley got started by removing the old colour, filing and buffing the nails and doing any necessary cuticle work 😊

When she was done with the nail prep, she applied the colour and I was delighted with how the turned out!! πŸ‘£

My next appointment was with Nadine to have my gelish redone on my fingernails. As usual, Nadine done all of the nail prep and then we decided on what colour.

Now because, I was going to be going to bloom, I really wanted to do a mixture of nice bright colours to reflect the beautiful colours that I would be seeing up there! So I went with blues, bright orange and gold on different fingers ........and they were fab!!!!!!
The gelish colours used were: "one cool cat", "I'm brighter than you"  and "All that glitters is gold"
I just loved my Bloom inspired nails πŸ˜ŠπŸ’…

Next it was on to the spray tan! Yay!!!
I just love having a little colour. I myself just feel a little more confident with a tan and feel, even my clothes look better on with a little bronzed help πŸ˜‰
Mint use the Vita Liberata range and I have had it done here before and I have to say it is by far, the best tan I have had and used!!

Vita Liberata is the world’s first completely non-toxic tanning brand, with spray tan solutions free from all those nasty parabens, alcohol and chemicals.

It uses advanced Organic Technology "Advoganic" and natural skincare extracts that are key to offering more than just a tan. So not only does it give you a great colour, it's actually super kind to your skin too πŸ‘πŸ‘

This tan is is Hollywood's best kept skin secret!!
First off, it's odour-free, natural looking and gives lasting skin enhancing results.
It has a host of celebrity and A-List fans, like Sofia Vergara, Sienna Miller, Emma Watson....... AND.... it was also Victoria Secret approved, being used to create the natural glow on the the likes of Gigiand Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner!! 😱

Well if it's good enough for Victoria Secret Angels, then it's good enough for us!! πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

I went for the medium spray tan. It dried in super quickly and I wasn't left feeling sticky for ages after βœ…

I left it to develop overnight and rinsed it off in the shower the next morning and I was left with a gorgeous caramel colour 😍 ...no smelly fake tan odour πŸ‘ƒ  ....no orange in sight!! 🍊🚫

I was absolutely thrilled with it!!

Of course bare in mind, it is important to prep your skin before a spray tan by exfoliation all over in the days leading up to it to get the best results βœ…
And to prolong your tan, you should keep it hydrated daily with a body moisturizer and that's about it 😊😊

Victoria Secret runway, here I come!!!!!!!!! lol πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜™πŸ˜™πŸ˜™

That's all for this week guys,
If you'd like to get Summer ready, give the girls in Mint a call 😊

Bye for now πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹
Julie πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—
#faceofmint

Swedish Massage & Germaine de Capuccini Timexpert Rides 'Enhanced' Facial - Julie's Diary - Week 24

Hey all!! πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹

It's week 24 at face of Mint and yes... I'm a lucky girl!! πŸ’—πŸ’—

I still can't believe I'm getting to try out all of these amazing treatments that Mint have available and I'm so so grateful 😊

For todays treatment, I was with the lovely Lesley for a relaxing full body Swedish massage.
As you can imagine, I was soooooo looking forward to this!

Lesley brought me down to my treatment room where there was a nice cozy bed waiting for me, warm lighting, soft music and a beautifully scented Neom Organics candle burning. I was in heaven already!!! πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

For the massage, Lesley used the Phytocare Tonic Oil from the Germaine de Capuccini range. This luxurious dry oil is packed with some amazing ingredients and properties.

Its main ingredient is ethically sourced Baobab seed oil which contains a high content of omegas and vitamins.
This prestigious oil has powerful anti-oxidising and regenerating effects whilst boosting collagen production and the skin’s elasticity.

Main Benefits

Increases collagen production βœ…
Increases skin elasticity βœ…
Has a toning effect on skin βœ…
Reduces appearance of stretch marks βœ…
Hydrates, nourishes & protects the skin βœ…
Ideal and safe for use during pregnancy βœ…

So not only does it smell amazeballs!! πŸ‘ƒπŸ˜, it's actually SUPER good for your skin and it continues to nourish even after your massage πŸ‘πŸ‘

Thanks to Lesley, I was so relaxed, I felt like I actually melted into the treatment bed... And may have nodded off once or twice lol πŸ˜‚πŸ˜΄πŸ™ˆ

But hey... Isn't that what it's all about... Total relaxation and taking time out for yourself 😊😊

As always, when booking your massage, you can express to your therapist what kind of pressure you would prefer, if you would like a massage for relaxation or if you would prefer a deep tissue massage 😊

Mint offer a whole range of holistic and massage treatments.
From Swedish, soothing or deep tissue massage, to Indian head massage and more πŸ‘Œ

I'm looking forward to the next one already! πŸ™Œ

A couple of days later, I was back at Mint for the Germaine de Capuccini Timexpert Rides Facial πŸ’†

Now I've had this facial just a little while back, as you might remember from one of my previous blogs (week22),  but since then it has gotten even better!!!! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ (I honestly didn't know how that was even possible, but keep reading below πŸ˜‰)

They have combined it with an out of this world beauty ritual called "kobido" which is based on ancient Japanese beauty techniques πŸ‘
And little did I know, how much of a treat I was in for!!! πŸ’—πŸ’—

Germaine are known for their innovation in anti-aging treatments. 
Timexpert Rides is inspired by the latest advances in plastic surgery and in the skin's own "self-regenerating" mechanisms. It is an avant-garde approach for working against expression lines and wrinkles.

It contains an exclusive blend of peptides with a specific anti-wrinkle effect that regenerates, fills in and inhibits facial expression lines and wrinkles.
Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaasssssss!!! πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ
Perfect for you if your not quite ready to go down the facial injectables route just yet 😊

Today, I was being looked after by Laura 😊 I love Laura!! She's super nice and always has so much information on treatments and products... She's an absolute gem! πŸ’Ž

To start off my facial, as usual, I got myself nice and cosy on my heated treatment bed and Laura began with part of the Kobido technique.
Now I really don't want to give too much away as it is such a treat! But let's just say, it allows you to totally relax which in turn sets you up for an amazing facial 😍😍

Different Kobido techniques are used throughout the whole facial, combining aromatherapy, massage, stretching and pressure points 😍😍 In fact, at one stage... Laura used pressure points from my head, all the way down to my toes πŸ‘£ and its not often that you would have that in a facial so it was a real unexpected treat as it relaxed my whole body.
It was really simply amazing!! 😴😴

For the facial itself, Laura began with a double cleanse and exfoliation. She used a lovely granulated scrub that smelled of peppermint and left my skin feeling really clean and fresh and ready for all the gorgeous Germaine de Capuccini products 😍😍

After my skin prep was done, it was onto the peptide gel ( This is the stuff that is packed with all of those super powerful anti-aging ingredients πŸ‘Œ) which was spread over my face, neck and chest. 

Laura then began to massage it in using Germaines facial machine which is a little hand held machine that has a small, rounded metal disc on the end which produces heat. When this is moved across the skin, it creates the most warming, relaxing sensation!! 😊 And of course the heat helps all of those amazing ingredients penetrate deeper into the skin helping to tighten the skin, in turn reducing fine lines and wrinkles....✨ πŸ’†βœ¨

Then it was on to the hydrating mask. This was super luxurious!! 😍
It was left to sit and soak into the skin for a good 10-15mins and you could literally feel how hydrating it was. My skin felt as if It was packed with moisture!! πŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

All the while, in between the different steps of this facial, all of the different kobido techniques were used and all I can say is WOW!!!
I really thought this facial was amazing before... But Mint have really taken it to a whole new level of amazingness!!! lol πŸ™Œ

You have the benefits of total relaxation of mind and body, coupled with innovative anti-aging skincare....
Seriously!!?? What's not to LOVE about this!!! πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

When the treatment was over, my skin felt so hydrated and more plump even...
It looked so lovely and dewy 😊
And my mind and body were so relaxed.
I really felt like I switched off and took atime out for myself πŸ‘

I would really really recommend this facial! I think, out of all that I have tried so far... It might just be my favourite!! (Ssshhh πŸ˜‰)

That's all for this week guys,
Hope you enjoyed the little read 😊

If you have any queries on any of the treatment, the girls in Mint will be happy to help you.

Bye for now πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹
Julie πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—
#faceofmint

Buff Make & Nouveau Lash - Product List & Details - Julie's Diary - Week 23

Hey all!!! πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹

It's week 23 and I'm back in Mint to get all dolled up for my lovely friends birthday celebrations πŸŽ‰πŸŽπŸŽŠ

Mints head therapist Marie was on hand to transform me from glum to glam lol! πŸ˜‰ yaaaayyyy!!! 😁

As I propped myself up at Mints fab makeup bar, myself and Marie chatted about what colours I would like to go for and what I was thinking of wearing on the night.

((Now, I had two outfits planned but I hadn't tried them on... And you know when you have it pictured in your mind and then when you eventually try it on at the last minute that night and it all just goes horribly wrong and doesn't look right at all at all....!! 😩

So you then proceed to tear apart your wardrobe in a panic... Hangers and heels flying everywhere!!  πŸ‘ πŸ‘‘πŸ‘šπŸ‘—πŸ˜‚
Until you finally find something that your happy with! lol πŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

Well... That's pretty much what happenedto me πŸ™ˆ
Sooo, as I tottered out the door that night, leaving a path of destruction behind me πŸ˜‚
...My poor bedroom resembling something that had been hit by a tornado.... Or #hurricaneJulie πŸ’¨

All that aside, I was still super happyand confident in knowing that my make up was on point and my lashes were on fleek!! πŸ˜™πŸ˜™ yaaaaaassss gurrrlll! lol
And this was all thanks to Mint Kilkenny 😊))

Right.... Let's get back to the glam! 😊
Because I was unsure about what I would be wearing, Marie suggested a colour palette that would suit both outfits.

All the makeup used for this look was BUFF MAKEUP IRELAND which is a leading Irish brand that is very quickly gaining a cult beauty following πŸ‘πŸ‘
The selection of products from this brand are vast and the choice of colours are endless! Their powders and shadows are highly pigmented and just super fab in general!
I might just be their No.1 fan!! πŸ™Œ

My absolute favourite product from Buff has to be their "Sheer Glo" luminating lotion which can be mixed with your foundation to give a glowing, dewy effect on the skin, or just blended over your foundation to highlight certain areas. It's honestly soooo good!! ✨✨

Marie started with a little concealer and then built up my foundation base, using a little of the sheer glo to highlight.
She then shaded the brows to give better definition.
Then it was onto the eyes πŸ‘€
Now this is where it gets exciting!!
The colours Marie used were GORGE!!!

A super bright orange being one of them! When she had finished blending, and and adding more colours, and a little liner and mascara and basically working her magicπŸ’« ....my eyes just popped! And the Orange blended base looked amazing!!! 😍😍😍

For the finishing touch we decided to go all out glam and added NOUVEAU LASHES IRELAND Strip Lashes in Natural Style1. These... Are... AMAZING!!! 😱😱
They felt so light weight that I didn't even feel like I was wearing them, but they made such an impact on the eyes πŸ’—

Marie then finished the overall look with some light contouring and a pop of bronzer.
She ever so slightly overlined my lips to give the illusion of more volume and finished them with a beautiful lipstick πŸ’„

And that was it, I was glammed up and ready to go and I literally felt amazing and so confident leaving the salon πŸ’—

The Buff Makeup used on eyes:
Rice
Fig
Berlin
Tropicana
Blackout

Lips:
Sand liner
Taupe lipstick

That's all for this week,
Hope you enjoyed reading my little blog 😊

If you have any enquiries about makeup application at Mint, or if you are looking for more information on any of the products used, you can contact Mint and the girls will be happy to help.

Mint is a stockists of both Buff Makeup and Nouveau Lashes and these can be purchased in salon 😊

See you guys next week!
Bye for now πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹
Julie πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—
#faceofmint

Hot Pink Gelish & a visit to her 'Brow Genius' - Julie's Diary - Week 22

Hey all!!! πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹

It's week 22!! ....( I know...😱 Where is the time going at all!!??) 😊

It's just a quick stop this week for nails and brows with the lovely Marie, who is Mints head therapist and all round gorgeous, super sweet, super gas lady! πŸ˜˜πŸ˜„β€

I just LOVE my treatments with Maire! I'm always guaranteed to walk out with a smile and its all down to her professionalism, dedication to perfection and lovely personality 😊

We started off with gelish removal. Then, nail prep, cuticle work, filing and buffing.

Because it was such a dreary rainy day outside, we needed some cheering up, so we thought it would be a nice idea to go for a bright colour to brighten the day...... Until the lovely sunshine decides to come back! 🌞🌞 (fingers crossed lol)

The Gelish colour that I chose was a SUPER bright and girly pink called "Tokyo A Go Go" and I absolutely LOVE it!!!! πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ’…πŸ’…

Next on the agenda were brows!!!

Of course I'm in great hands with my #browgenius 😁

Marie applied a nice warm brown coloured tint to suit my complexion. Once that was removed, it was onto shaping.

Marie used the threading technique which is my favourite!!
There are such great benefits to threading...
It causes less pull than waxing βœ…
It removes hairs at follicle level βœ…
It removes multiple hairs at a time βœ…
It allows more precision in shaping βœ…
It's great for people with sensitive skin βœ…
It can be used for hair removal on the brows, sides of face, chin, lip etc βœ…

When Marie was finished with shaping, she lightly shaded my brows to add even more definition and that was it.... I was done and I was back to having #browsonfleek yaaaaaaaaas!!!! πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

Before I left, I had a little catch up with Mints Manager Sarah (aka superwoman gorgeous girl boss πŸ‘Š) lol 😊😊

Sarah gave me some top secret insider scoop on the most freaking exciting news!!!! πŸ˜±πŸ˜±πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

#newtreatmentalert 🚨🚨🚨

And boy oh boy is it gonna be a good one!!
Eeek!!! πŸ™ŠπŸ™Š I'm so excited!!!!!!! πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ
I even got a sneak peak 😁  sssshhh!

Keep those eyes peeled πŸ‘€
And stay tuned to Mints social media in the coming week to find out more....
Trust me, you won't be disappointed πŸ˜‰

That's all for this time,
Short but sweet πŸ˜„ lol 😘

Bye for now πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹
Julie ❀❀❀
#faceofmint
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Germaine de Capuccini Time Expert Rides Advanced Facial & Laser Hair Removal - Week 21 - Julie's Diary

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Hey all!! πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹

It's week 21 and I'm back at Mint Kilkenny for some serious pampering in the form of the amazing Germaine de Capuccini Timexpert Rides facial.... Yaaaaaaaaaaassss!!!! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

I was super excited for this as it is Mints most popular facial and I was looking forward to seeing what all the fuss was about 😁😁

They key feature in this facial are that it is praised for "Strengthening the skins architecture"

Hmmmm..... Ok, sounds great so far!! πŸ‘

Germaine are known for their innovation in anti-ageing treatments and this one doesn't disappoint. It contains an exclusive blend of peptides with a specific anti-wrinkle effect that regenerates, fills in and inhibits facial expression lines and wrinkles.

Wowzers!! All of this amazingness, wrapped up in a super relaxing facial πŸ’†πŸ’« 

To start of my facial, I got myself nice and cosy on my heated treatment bed and the lovely Maighread explained what she was going to do. Then I just switched off and.... Relaaaaaaxed!! 😊😊

Maighread started off with a double cleanse and then onto a facial exfoliation. I really loved this part as you could really feel that it was getting rid of the rough/dead skin cells. It was a lovely granulated scrub that smelled of peppermint and left my skin feeling really clean and fresh. ... Even "Minty" if you will lol! 🌿 

After my skin prep was done, it was onto the peptide gel which was spread over my face, neck and chest.
This is the stuff that contains all of those super powerful anti-aging ingredients πŸ‘Œ
Once this was on my skin, Maighread then began to massage it in using Germaines facial machine.

To give you an idea as to what this is like, your therapist uses the hand held machine that has a small, rounded metal disc on the end which produces heat. When this is moved across the skin, it creates the most warming, relaxing sensation!! 😊 And of course the heat helps all of those amazing ingredients penetrate deeper into the skin....
Win win βœ…βœ…

After this, it was on to the hydrating mask and my gosh was it hydrating!! It was left to sit and soak into the skin for a good 10-15mins and you could literally feel how luxurious it was. It was PACKED with moisture!! πŸ’¦πŸ’¦
While the mask worked its magic, Maighread treated me to a lovely little head massage... I literally nearly fell asleep πŸ’€πŸ’€

When I was all done, my skin felt amazing and it actually looked like it was more plumped and hydrated.
I have to say... It was really really great and I can see now why it is Mints most popular facial and it's one I will definitely be trying again πŸ‘Œ

While I was up in Mint, I also had my Laser treatment for my underarms with Sheila. I'm getting on really great with the laser.... Even though my hair is quite fair, I am noticing a difference in the amount of regrowth and I am having to shave much much less often than before so we will see how things go with the rest of my course and I will keep you guys posted on the results.

Mint use the Candela Gentle Max Pro which is the most state of the art machine in laser hair removal. It also can be used to treat Pigmentation, thread veins, redness and fungal nail issues.

I find the laser hair removal treatment itself is easy peasy.
Sheila is super professional and will always put you at ease.
The treatment area is sanitized first and marked out. Then the laser is used on the area, which does give a warm tingly sensation, but each pulse is followed by a little puff of cold air to cool the area and it's all over before you know it 😊

If you are curious about laser hair removal, or any of the other options, you can have a consultation with Sheila where she may carry out a patch test on the area and she will be able to determine if the treatment will be suitable for you and you will know what kind of results you might expect.
Something well worth doing for yourself! πŸ‘

Ok guys, that's all for this week 😊
Hope you enjoyed the blog and you got some insight into some of the lovely treatments available at Mint.

I'll see you all next week!!
Bye for now πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹
Julie πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—
#faceofmint

Brows, Callus Peels & Gelish - Julie's Diary - Week 20

Hey all πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹

It's the big Two Zero 😱
Yup, it's week 20 as Face of Mint!! πŸ’š

Time flies when you're having fun, and I can honestly say that every visit I've had up here has been just that and more!! πŸ’–

Sarah and the team in Mint have been so welcoming from day 1 and I can't thank them enough for this amazing journey that I'm on. I'm learning soooo much and experiencing amazing new treatments and everything in between. Even doing this little personal blog on my #mintjourney is something completely new to me and something that I didn't know I was capable of, but I have to say, I'm enjoying it so so much!!! πŸ“

I really hope that my experiences on different treatments have given you guys a better little insight into them, from a regular girl's perspective 😊 That's what it's all about at the end of the day.... So thanks to you all for coming along on my journey with me ❀❀❀

And so onto this weeks treatments we go.... 😁😁😁
With the hints of sunshine trying to break through the clouds and the odd "warm" day lol.... I decided it's time I start getting my footsies ready for Summer πŸ‘£πŸŒž

Mint do a fantastic "Foot Callous Peel" that is great for softening and getting rid of the worn hard skin that can build on the soles of our feet over time.

We can all be guilty of not giving our feet the same attention in the colder months because they're never on show and usually wrapped up in nice cosy socks 😊 

So , when the good weather starts to come around, they deserve a little TLC and that's where the callous peel is great!
The lovely Laura was looking after me for this treatment today πŸ‘πŸ˜Š
As I relaxed on the treatment bed, Laura applied the peel to my feet. Layers of gauze were placed on the hard skin areas. And then my feet were covered in little bags and left for about 15-20 mins. In this time, you can catch up on some πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€, snoop through social media, or like me.... Have a read through Social & Personal.... I LOVE that magazine!!! Definitely one of my faves!!! πŸ’›

Anyhoooo, after my time was up, Laura returned and removed the peel. She then finished by buffing my feet and when she was done, they were like a new babies!!! Sooooo soft!!!! 😍 They really felt great and it gave me a little confidence boost for when I'm wearing my sandals 😊 Bubyeeee winter feet πŸ‘ŠπŸ‘£

To top it all off we went with a gorgeous natural pink colour in Gelish on the toes..... #toetastic !!! πŸ™Œ lol πŸ˜‚

For my next treatment, I was having a brow tint and thread with the lovely Marie 😊
Marie is Mints head therapist and in my opinion a #browgenius!! Yaaaaas!! πŸ‘πŸ‘
And girls... We all need a brow genius in our lives, am I right?? πŸ‘

My brows are so fair naturally, so it's super important that I have them tinted and shaped as they really do define your face and make such a difference.

My favourite way of having them shaped is by threading. As I've said in my previous blogs.... Threading is great as it can remove multiple hairs at one time, it's less pull on the skin than waxing or plucking and it gives much more precise definition and shape... You can't go wrong! πŸ‘πŸ‘

When Marie was finished with the tint and shape I was thrilled with how they turned out.... I now have #browsonfleek for another while lol πŸ˜„

That's it for this weeks blog,
I hope you guys found it helpful 😊

See you all next week,
Bye for now πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹
Julie πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—
#faceofmint

Dermalogica IonActive Power Treatment, Nouveau Lash LVL & Gelish - Julie's Diary - Week 19

Hey all πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹

It's week 19 at Mint Kilkenny and what a beautiful sunny day it is in the marble city! 🌞

The first of today's treatment was with the lovely Iza for removal and application of gelish. After getting my nails into a nice shape and doing all the necessary cuticle work, We picked out a gorgeous light blue colour and Iza accented it with a thin glitter strip going down the centre of the nail..... FAB!!! πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™
And perfect for Easter too 🐣🐣

(Easter hint: don't buy your chocolate eggs for family too far in advance... Because you WILL end up eating them yourself πŸ˜±πŸ«πŸ˜‹πŸ™ˆ #ihavenowillpowerwhenitcomestochocolate πŸ˜‚)

Right, onto the next treatment!
Off I go with Iza, downstairs to my cosy treatment room and I get myself ready for my DERMALOGICA Ion Active Power Facial. I had this amazing facial once before at the beginning of my #mintjourney and I loved it!
What's so good about it you say??

Well for a start, it's a treatment that's designed personally to you and your skin needs πŸ‘Œ
A thorough face mapping and skin analysis is carried out by your dermalogica expert therapist. Wether it's skin conditions such as premature aging, acne or dehydration that you suffer from, your therapist will be able to determine which key "active concentrates" will be applied to your skin to get the best results 😊

(Now... Here comes the big fancy word sciencey bit πŸ’πŸ˜‚)

Some of the different active concentrates that can be used are:

Retinol: This firms and reduces visible signs of skin aging.

Niacinamide: This controls and prevents adult acne breakouts.

Hyaluronic Acid: This relieves dehydrated sensitive skin.

Oligopeptide: This brightens hyperpigmentation/age spots for a more balanced skin tone.

Because my skin was a little sensitive and dry, Iza used mostly used "hyaluronic acid" all over my face, which is jam packed full of hydrating ingredients, but she also used a little "niacinamide" around my nose and chin where I had a little congestion and pesky blocked pores! This made the treatment really tailor made for my skin 😊

After these "actives" are applied, they become supercharged when massaged into skin. You can feel warmth or cooling on the skin, depending on products used... It's a lovely sensation! 😌
Iza then used the ion active machine which literally resembled an iPhone for all the world πŸ˜„ ...As Iza moved this across my chest, neck and face, it gave off little soothing vibrations as it worked it's magic πŸ’†

The scientific technology in this little magic machine really helps the super ingredients to penetrate faster and deeper into the skin than a regular facial would...... Fanfreakintastic!!!! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

After the treatment, my skin felt really soft and refreshed and looked brighter ✨
I'm looking forward to seeing even more progress over the next few treatments 😊

Right, onto the next treatment we go lol!!
I'm a busy bee lol 🐝🐝
For this treatment, I was with the lovely Nadine for my Nouveau Lashes LVL Lash Lift..... Yaaaaaaas!!!! πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ
This revolutionary treatment is taking the lash industry by storm and definitely something worth trying!

I've had this done at Mint once before and I was seriously gobsmacked by the difference it made to my eyes and lashes πŸ‘€ πŸ‘€
I love this treatment because it enhances your natural lashes without the need for extensions or even mascara!

The LVL treatment is different from eyelash perms as it straightens from the root of the lashes and uses gentle products that don't cause damage βœ”
When done, it gives the effect of longer fuller lashes and brighter eyes βœ”
Aaaaand, there's also an eyelash tint included in it which leaves your lashes with the effect of having mascara on βœ”

The whole treatment takes about 45 minutes and can last upto 6-8 weeks. And it's all carried out while the eyes are closed so you can just lie back and relax πŸ˜ŠπŸ’€
As always, Nadine is such a perfectionist and I was delighted with how they turned out! 😍

If any of these treatments float your boat, be sure to give the girls in Mint a call for more info πŸ’š

Hope you guys enjoyed this weeks blog...
See you all next week.

Bye for now πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹
Julie πŸ’—
#faceofmint

Event Prep - Gelish Nails, Vita Liberata Tan, Nouveau Cluster Lashes & Buff Make Up Application - Julie's Diary - Week 18

Hi all!! πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹

It's week 18 at Mint Kilkenny and I had popped up for a full on glam package..... Wooooh!!!! πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

Of course it needed to be done (any excuse πŸ˜‰) I was going out on a girls night with my besties! Yaaay! πŸ’— It was really more like a reunion because it's been soooo long since I've been out on the town with these lovely ladies!!! πŸ‘­πŸ‘­ You know yourselves, between work, kids and a busy life in general, it's sometimes difficult to get everyone together, so it was a special occasion which deserved a full glam squad session at Mint Kilkenny lol!! 😊😊

Right, let's begin..... πŸ˜†πŸ˜†
Nails, lashes, tan and makeup!

We started off with nails πŸ’…
After the lovely Laura had removed my old colour, sorted out my cuticles and buffed and filed my nails to perfection....
Mairead then took over to do the paint. I went for a nude coloured base in the GELISH range and a little golden sparkle on top. My finger tips were like little pots of gold at the end of the rainbow lol ✨✨ I love a bit of glitter so I do! πŸ˜„

Then it was on to tan with Nadine. At Mint they use VITA LIBERATA spray tan which is definitely my favourite out of spray tans I've used before. You can choose to go light, medium or dark.
I asked for one layer of the dark just because it was for a night out. I would normally go for a medium for a natural sun kissed glow πŸ˜„πŸ˜™

This tan is fab!!!! No biscuity smell...πŸ‘ƒβŒ No orangey undertones 🍊❌

To prep for it, I exfoliated and moisturised everyday for a few days beforehand to give a clean fresh canvas for the tan to go on. This helps to prolong the life of you tan and helps it to fade naturally.
Do any shaving the night before so that your pores/follicles aren't open and just a quick rinse the next morning, using no moisturizer after as this can act as a barrier and stops the tan from sticking.

For the aftercare, just rinse it off lightly with water the next morning and voila!!!!
You're a golden goddess!!!! βœ¨βœ¨βœ¨βœ¨βœ¨πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

I like to use a nice scented moisturizer after my shower too 🌸
What's great too is the "at home range" from vita liberata which contains the "body blur" tan.
This can be used on its own or along with your spray tan too. It's great for the legs to give a real airbrushed look... Perfection!!
Even the lovely Pippa O Connor/Ormond raved about this stuff and its available at Mint Kilkenny πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ

Next it was onto the lashes with Nadine.
Now, Nadine it the resident lash expert at Mint and is an absolute perfectionist when it comes to them!
Mint use the NOUVEAU LASH range and offer semi permanent individual lash extensions, cluster weekend lashes, strip lashes and the wonderful LVL lash lift... I've tried all of the above and loved them!! πŸ’—πŸ’—

Because it was just for a night out, I went for the weekend cluster lashes. They added length and volume and really defined my eyes πŸ‘€ and they were super light and comfortable πŸ‘
I couldn't stop batting my lashes lol! πŸ˜‚

The following day, I returned to mint to get my make-up done.
Mints head therapist Marie was on the job for this one and after we chatted about the (full glam) look I was going for, I gave her free reign of my face πŸ˜†
I didn't even peek once until the end πŸ™ˆ
And boy was I delighted with the finished result!!!! When I looked in the mirror, immediately my eyes just popped!! πŸ‘€ All I could say was WOW.... over and over! When she said she was taking me to the "dark side" she meant it and I'm never going back lol!! πŸ˜ˆπŸ˜‰ Marie used all BUFF MAKEUP which is a fab Irish brand that's quickly gaining a cult following.
She went for luscious Smokey Brown's and charcoals on my eyes, a dewy finish for the foundation and done subtle contouring, finishing with a dark lip... Something I'm not used to but I LOVED it!! 😍😍😍

Of course, it's absolutely up to you, whatever look you want to go for, wether it be natural or full glam or somewhere in between. The girls in Mint are so great at what they do, they will find the perfect balance for you 😊😊
You can see the full Buff Makeup range retailing at Mint Kilkenny.

So that was it for me for week 18 😊😊

I hit the tiles that night with my girlies, sipped Prosecco 🍸and danced and laughed the night awayπŸ’ƒ, all the while feeling absolutely fabulous thanks to Mints amazing Glam Squad!!! πŸ‘­πŸ‘­πŸ‘­πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

Hope you enjoyed this week's blog and I'll see you all soon 😘😘😘

Bye for now πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹
Julie
#faceofmint
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Germaine de Capuccini SRNS Global Anti-Aging Facial - Julie's Diary - Week 17

Hey all!! xx

It's week 17 and I'm back at Mint to try out their renowned Germaine De Cappucinni SNRS Facial..... Yaaaaaaaaasssss!!!! :) :) :)

Mint Kilkenny were one of the very first salons in all of Ireland to Launch this Facial which is an Anti-Aging face and eye treatment based on "epigenetics".

Now.... What the heck are Epigenetics you say???

Well.... here's the science bit! (I always wanted to say that lol)

Right! So every day, thousands of our little skin cells are damaged by lifestyle and environmental aggressions like central heating, pollution and lots of other nasty stuff and over time, the gene structure within these cells becomes unable to repair itself and stops producing essential proteins that naturally slow down the ageing process. 

Well the great thing about this facial is that it is scientifically tested and proven to reactivate these dormant/sleepy genes and boosts cellular regeneration and skin renewal using β€œEpigenol” and β€œZinc-Glycine Complex”. (very scientific altogether!)

So in a nutshell, this facial is a SUPER powerful all-round anti-ageing treatment that provides firming, wrinkle reduction, revitalisation, improved pigmentation and hydration.

Absolutely BRILLIANT!!!

I've heard so much about it and i've been dying to try it out!!

My therapist today was Iza. I love Iza as she is always a wealth of information and knows her products and all of their properties inside out. She is so passionate about what she does and carries out her treatments with such precision and care!

As always, i was cosied up in my lovely warm treatment bed and the facial started off with your normal double cleanse and exfoliation, followed by relaxing face and decolletage massage with very different twist! Iza used specially shaped metal spoons that were chilled in iced water, along with the heat of her hands to carry out the massage all across the decolletage, neck and face. The chilled spoons were especially soothing around the eye area which can often be tired and puffy. This treatment gives great relief from this!

After the massage was finished, it was onto the mask which is what I was most excited about! Iza applied it to my neck and all over my face, covering my mouth and my closed eyes. This was so so different from any face mask i'd had before. I could breath easily through my nose, And because my mouth and eyes were closed, I felt I was just able to completely disconnect from the busyness of the outside world and I just completely relaxed whilst all the amazing ingredients worked their magic.

And work their magic is exactly what they did!! 

When Iza peeled the mask off, my skin felt so nice and cool and revived. I know it sounds a bit corny but its absolutely true! 

I couldn't get over how fresh and dewy it looked and it was lovely and soft to touch. It literally felt like it was packed with hydration and I was floating on air after it. 

I really took it as a little "time out", which we all deserve from time to time. I felt like i was really able to switch off during the treatment. 

I will definitely be having this facial again and i cant rave enough about it!

It's definitely worth trying out, mostly for the great benefits it has on your skin and how you feel after it but also for the actual entire experience of the whole treatment.

It would make the perfect treat for yourself, for a loved one or even for our lovely Mammy's for Mothers Day this weekend.

I cant wait to bring my own mammy up to Mint to try it out, I Know she's going to love it!

That's all from me for week 17,

I hope you guys enjoyed this weeks diary entry,

See you all next time,

Bye for now,

Julie xxx

#faceofmint

Buff Make Up Masterclass with Maighread - Julie's Diary - Week 16

Hey all πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹

Its week 16 yipeeeeeeeee!!! πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

I’m up in Mint again, I know... I may as well move in at this stage lol πŸ˜‚πŸ‘

Anyhoooo.... this weeks appointment was gonna be FUN!!! πŸ˜„ I was booked in for a Mint Make-up Masterclass with Maighread (yes that’s a Mouthful of MMMMM’s πŸ˜‚)

I decided to do the masterclass as I was looking for some hints and tips on how to do my own makeup and wanted to get up to date on the most recent trends.

As I settled myself in to Mints fabulous makeup bar, My jaw was literally on the floor with the huge selection of products that Maighread had laid out for us to play with.... serious excitement!! 😱

Mint is a stockist of Buff professional Makeup range. Buff is a fantastic multi award winning Irish company which is fastlygathering a cult following having picked up an IMAGE beauty award, Irish Tatler award, RSVP magazine beauty award and the Social and Personal best buys..... Fab!!! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

After I had finished drooling over all of the amazing colours πŸ‘…, we got started on an everyday daytime look. Maighread explained in detail as she applied the amazing Buff products to my face, stopping from time to time to allow me to do it myself, under her guidance. This way, I really get a feel for what to do and by practicing it myself, I was able to remember all the tips so much easier for when I went to do it at home myself. πŸ‘πŸ‘

For the daytime look we used the Buff HD foundation to suit my skin tone with a little β€œSheer Glo” liquid highlighter (which is aaaaaamazeballs by the way!) to give a natural dewy look, we filled in my brows a little and then smudged just a little black pencil on the upper lash line and used a GORGEOUS brown shadow called β€œHefner” (this is literally my new favourite!!!) on the lid and a little on the lower lashline. We finished with a little bronzer on the cheeks, a swish of mascara and some subtle lippie and we were done. This look will be a super easy one for me to re-create myself. πŸ‘ŠπŸ‘Š

Next it was on to the night time look and we really amped it up for this one!! Maighread started by building up the colours on my eyelids and blending it out. She loves colour, so we went for a twist on the smokey eye and used a fab cranberry coloured red in the crease and wow did it make my eyes pop immediately!!! πŸ‘€

I then chanced my arm at the gel eyeliner... now this normally scares the bejaysus out of me 😨 You know yourselves... when you’ve spent aaages trying to perfect your eyeshadow and then it’s time for the β€œdreaded eyeliner” and you end up with your line nearly up as far as your eyebrows by the time you finally get both eyes to look remotely similar lol!!! πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

But, with maighreads help I actually managed to get a half decent line! Yay!!! 😊

 She then done some contouring, a little blush and finished by lining my lips and giving them a slick of a gorgeous red lipstick called β€œLip Love” (another one of my favourites from the day!!) And that was it, I was all glammed up and ready to go!! πŸ˜™πŸ˜™

All of the Buff Makeup that Maighread used is listed below:

Highlighter: Sheer Glo

Foundation: HD N25

Concealer: C2

Brows: Bark

Eyelid: Hefner / Rice, Minx, Carbon

Crease: Red Revolution

Liner: Gel liner Black

Mascara: Black

Blush: Orgasmic

Powder: N2

Bronzer: Golden Goddess

Lip Pencil: Glacier Pink

Lipstick: Lip Love

My top 3 picks from the day are: Sheer Glo Liquid Highlighter, Hefner eyshadow in brown and the Lip Love lipstick in red..... I seriously need them in my life from now on! #beautystaples βœ…βœ…βœ…

I have to say, the masterclass is a brilliant idea and I really really enjoyed it! 😊 It’s a fun, one on one makeup tutorial that gives you a step by step guide on make-up looks and at the end of it all you are left with your make up done and you go home with lots of tips and a bit more confidence in doing it yourself. Whether you’re already a pro at it or if you’re just learning, you will definitely come away with something from it! πŸ‘πŸ‘

Ask the girls in Mint about it and they will be happy to help.

You can also book in as a group. Perfect for a girls day out!! πŸ‘­πŸ‘­

That’s all from me for this week,

Hope you guys enjoyed reading and I’ll see you all soon 😊😊😊

Bye for now πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹

Julie ❀❀❀

#faceofmint

Anti Wrinkle Injections with Dr Niamh Gormley - Julie's Diary - Week 15

Hey all πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹

I’m back at Mint Kilkenny for week 15 yaaaaaayyy!!! πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

And what a week this is.... it’s my very first consultation and BOTOX treatment!!!!!! 😱😱😁😁

I’m so frickin excited!!!!!!

I’ve always been curious about Botox and have been open to its advantages. I’ve always said it would be something I’d like to try out.
Especially now having passed the 30 mark (I swear my wrinkles appeared over night! I went to bed with nare a wrinkle and then looking in the mirror the next morning and there they were.... almost talking to me, saying.... oh hey Julie! πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹ Your an adult now and we’re just gonna sit here on your face and keep you company.... although?? that could be something to do with the amount of whisky sours I consumed and all the laughing I did at my party the night before lol πŸ™ŠπŸ™ˆπŸ˜‰πŸ˜†πŸŽ‚πŸΈπŸŽ‰)

All that being said.... those dreaded little lines were there and they weren’t going anywhere fast, uuuugh..... πŸ˜–πŸ˜– And two years on from that they have gained even more β€œcharacter” shall we say 😩

Now I know, by no means do I have deep furrows on my forehead or around my eyes... they’re more like fine lines or little crows feet wrinkles or β€œcrinkles” as I like to call them 😊 And certainly some of them can be endearing, like the little laughter lines but at the same time, I’ve been a little conscious of them and personally, I don’t see the harm in doing something for yourself that makes you happy πŸ‘πŸ‘

 When some people hear the word Botox you think β€œfrozen face” or β€œplastic”....gone are those days!

That is such a misconception.... The idea now is: β€œless is more”.
You can always go little by little to get the perfect result and if done in the correct way, with the right amount, by the right qualified practitioner/doctor, people will be wondering to themselves.... β€œJaysus, Mary down the road is looking so well!!” But they won’t be able to put their finger on it as to why lol.... πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰ because subtlety is key.
If done in the correct way, you will still have movement but those pesky crows feet will be gone!

Its 2 weeks since I’ve had my Botox treatment at Mint with the wonderful Dr. Gormley and the difference is huge!
In the days after the treatment, every morning I would wake up my lines would appear less and less noticeable.
I definitely feel my face looks much fresher and younger and less tired 🌞🌞

It doesn’t feel tight or frozen like I thought it might. I still have my expressions.... just, minus the crinkles.  I’m pretty blown away with the results to be honest πŸ‘πŸ‘

For my consultation with Dr Gormley, she greeted me with a big warm smile and made me feel so comfortable straight away.
We talked about my areas of concern and what I wanted to achieve with the treatment.
I wanted to still have movement and look natural but at the same time, reduce my frown lines on my forehead and crows feet around my eyes.
After she explained everything in detail and I filled out my consent forms we got started.

I have to say, I’m not a big fan of needles but thankfully, the excitement took over and it didn’t seem to faze me. I cleansed the makeup from the treatment area and Dr. Gormley started out by very thoroughly assessing my face muscles and their different reactions when I smiled or frowned or when my face was at rest, in order to gauge precisely where the Botox would be most beneficial πŸ‘Œ

She then marked out the treatment areas on my face and prepared the needles with the correct amounts for each area. Everything she used was new and sterilized in packaging βœ…βœ…

She then began the treatment and being 100% honest she had a couple of injections done without me even realising!!?? I literally did not feel a thing!! I was expecting a very sore pinch or stinging sensation like you would with most injections but nope!! It was a piece of cake 🍰 and over before I knew it. It literally could be done on your lunch break, it was that easy!

Dr. Gormley gave me my aftercare advice and I headed straight back to work after my treatment as there’s no real β€œdowntime” after it.

My skin wasn’t red or sensitive, it was great! 😊

During the couple of days after it you need to be sure to cleanse upwards on your forehead and outwards on the eyes until it settles and then that’s it..... You get to enjoy the new fresher looking you!! After about 2 weeks, you really start to see the difference #wowzers 😍😍😍

It’s especially great if you have a big event or even a wedding coming up where you know that you will be in photos and like me, maybe you are feeling a little bit conscious of your β€œcrinkles” 😊

While it might not be a treatment for everyone’s taste... and that’s ok.
It’s definitely something worth educating yourself on. It’s not β€œtaboo” and it’s not something to be scared of, so never say never. It’s a temporary procedure so it will wear of naturally, usually after about 6 months depending. So if it's something that you feel would give you a confidence boost for yourself then, get your information and why not give it a go 😊

Of course, while there are amazing spa and medi treatments available that are wonderful and can most certainly minimise the appearances of lines etc, some of them are just a little too stubborn and don’t want to budge so that’s where the magic of Botox comes in to save the day 😎😎✨✨

If you are interested or want to learn a bit more as to what’s involved, it is definitely worthwhile chatting to the girls in Mint about it or booking a consultation with Dr. Gormley to find out how it might benefit you. Dr. Gormley also administers Dermal Fillers which can be used for a number of things like, adding volume to your lips, filling in lines around the mouth, minimising a bump on the bridge of your nose or contouring cheekbones etc 😊

That’s all for this week,

Hope my little insight into Botox was helpful for you πŸ’–πŸ’–

See you all next time,
Bye for now πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹

Julie πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’–

#faceofmint 

Threading & Germaine de Capuccini Leg Massage - Julie's Diary - Week 14

Hey all!!! πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹

It’s week 14 as #faceofmint πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

Aaaaaaand another β€œsnapchat takeover” was underway at Mints salon in Kilkenny.

We have soooo much fun with snapchat during my treatments. It’s great for you guys too as you get to come along and join in on the fun while getting a better insight into treatments available in the salon 😊

Be sure to add Mint on Snapchat to keep up to date with all the news, new products and treatments, promotions and of course the snapchat takeover shenanigans!!

This week I was back with my #browgenius Marie, yay! πŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ πŸ’—πŸ’—

Marie started off with a nice warm brown coloured tint that suited my complexion and colouring. Then she carefully measured my natural brow arch and worked out the best shape to suit my face. She then began the threading technique. I LOVE threading!!! 😍😍

Basically, your trained therapist takes a thin cotton/polyester thread, doubles and twists it and its then, very skilfully rolled over the areas of unwanted hair with absolute precision,plucking the hair at the follicle level. Unlike tweezing, where single hairs are pulled out one at a time. Threading can remove short rows of hair making it way more efficient too. It originated in India over 6000 years ago and then spread through Asia, the middle east and then on to Europe.... so, being around this long and still going strong, it shows us that its tried and tested and it works! πŸ‘πŸ‘

The great thing about threading is that it can be used all over the face, be it your eyebrows, lip, chin, sides of face or neck and it’s a great option for someone who might be sensitive to hair removal creams or waxing.

As always, I was super happy with the finished result. My brows were really defined with a lovely, natural shape and the framed my face perfectly. It made such a difference to my whole face....πŸ˜™

Thanks Marie!! πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ’—πŸ’—     

My next treatment was with the fantastic Iza for my Soothing Foot and Leg Massage..... I just love Iza. She’s so nice and she’s an absolute fountain of knowledge!! β›²Win win!! πŸ‘

I was REALLY looking forward to this treatment as it wasn’t long after Valentines day and being a florist 🌹, you could just imagine how busy it was and I was on my feet for long hours at a time, so I was looking forward to a bit of pampering after it at Mint.

Iza brought me down to my cosy treatment room with a lovely heated bed, relaxing lighting and music and a gorgeous Neom Organics candle burning in the corner that smelled divine!! πŸ‘ƒπŸ‘ƒ

Something else that smelled divine was the oil that she used.... it was the Germaine De Capuccini firming body oil with Baobab oil. "Baobab oil" being the super ingredient in this. It has firming and tightening properties which are particularly good for use on the leg area, especially the thighs, as let’s face it...unfortunately I’m no super toned β€œbeyonce”  😜 although I wish I was! (dance moves and all πŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒ lol!!)  So, I’ll take all the help I can get on my jiggly bits, which alot of us are prone to.

Leg massage is often overlooked, with many of us opting for maybe a back, neck and shoulder massage, but alot of the time back pain can actually stem from stiff or tight leg muscles, so we should really be working from our toes up! πŸ‘£πŸ‘£

Plus many of us (myself included) suffer from the dreaded cellulite/Orange peel!! πŸŠπŸŠπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘Ž

Especially on the backs of my upper thighs, so regular massage on this area can help to get rid of any fluid retention, helping to disperse those nasty toxins and help to improve the overall appearance of your skin.

I’ll definitely be booking back in for another foot and leg massage in the future. Iza really did work out the tightness in my muscles and I felt alot better after it πŸ‘

So that’s all for week 14 guys....

Something SUPER exciting is coming for the next diary blog entry πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

Sooooo........STAY TUNED!!!!  Xxxx

Bye for now πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹

Julie πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

#faceofmint

Beauty & Medispa Treatments - All in One Visit - Julie's Diary - Week 13

Hey all!!!! πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹

I'm back at my favourite place in Kilkenny for week 13 as #faceofmint πŸ’š

I honestly have to pinch myself everytime I call into Mints salon... (Which, by the way always smells DIVINE!! Must be all those lovely Neom Organics products they have in their reception area πŸ’› I can't stop myself from sniffing them all every time I go there πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘ƒ) 

I'm so lucky and so grateful to be on this amazing journey! πŸ™Œ

This week at Mint was a seriously fun one because I got to do my first "SNAPCHAT TAKEOVER" πŸ‘ŠπŸ‘Š

It's safe to say there were plenty of bloopers and waaaaay too much laughing πŸ˜‚

So much laughing in fact, that I definitely gained a few extra laughter lines πŸ™ˆ

The first of my appointments was with Marie to get my lashes tinted πŸ‘€

With them being so fair and barely visible  naturally, I like to get a nice dark colour on them. I went for "blue/black" which leaves them with a nice dark gloss finish 😊 

It's so handy to have them tinted!! If you're ever rushing and don't have time for make-up... or if you're going to the gym or for a swim, its ideal as your eyes still look defined even without mascara πŸ‘Œ

My next appointment was with Iza at the nail bar! πŸ’…πŸ’…

Iza started out by removing my old colour and making sure to do any necessary cuticle work, buffing and filing. It's important to do this as it keeps your nails healthy and helps to prolong the life of your gelish or shellac.

Iza is such a perfectionist when it comes to her work, no matter what treatments she is doing, she always makes sure to give 110% and she took time to make sure that my nails were perfect! πŸ‘Œ  

I went with a GORGEOUS pinky/red gelish colour called "rendezvous" .....mainly because I liked the name and it sounded romantic, being Valentine's week! lol πŸ˜‚πŸ™ˆβ€ 

Next stop was with Sheila for one of my on-going milk face peels 😊 

I've had a few of these peels now and I really can't rave enough about them... I honestly think they are the best thing since sliced bread! 🍞 πŸ˜‚

The difference in my skin since my first peel is actually amazing!

No more roughness, no more dry flaky patches and my pores... especially around my nose have definitely reduced. My make-up goes on sooo much better and I can honestly say it's given me more confidence to go make-up free which would have been a very big no no for me before..... Oh no no no.... no!! πŸ™ˆ lol πŸ˜‚

This is what I love about Mint!! πŸ’š

Along with your general beauty treatments and of course, Mints signature luxury spa facials and body treatments, they provide fantastic medi treatments like my favourite Dermaceutic face peels..... ❀

They also provide:

Micro needling/Rejuvapen, which helps to re-awaken collagen that gets "sleepyπŸ’€" as we get older. This helps to bring  the collagen back to the upper layers of your skin, which in turn reduces the visibility of wrinkles and lines making the skin more plump and much fresher looking.

Candela Gentle Max Pro is a state of the art machine that not only is the most advanced in laser hair removal. It can also be used in the reduction in the visibility of stretch marks and treats fungal nail problems too... fantastic!! πŸ‘πŸ˜Ž

And of course, Botox.... For, well the obvious! 😁 Botox is the perfect answer to those pesky wrinkles that just don't want to budge! πŸ‘Ž

(I may be taking advantage of this after all the laughing from my snapchat takeover lol!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚) 

Dr. Niamh Gormley is medically trained and certified to administer this, along with dermal fillers which have a number of advantages too... from giving a little extra volume to your lips πŸ’ to adding some fullness to your cheeks, or even reducing the look of a bump on the bridge of your nose πŸ‘ƒ There are so many options and its well worth booking a consultation if you're curious about anything 😊😊

With all these amazing "MediSpa" treatments and more on your doorstep, you won't be short of things to #treatyoself to πŸ˜†

Hope you enjoyed my little mint diary this week πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š

Make sure to follow mint on snapchat to keep up with all the fun salon antics and updates on New treatments, products and promotions πŸ‘

Until next time,

Bye for now πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹

Julie 😊❀ xxx

Β 

An Interview on KCLR & a Germaine de Capuccini Body Treatment - Julie's Diary - Week 12

Hey all!! πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹

I'm back in Mint for week 12!! 

Woohoo!! πŸ™Œ

Had loads of fun this week!! πŸ˜„

First on the list was a trip to KCLR96fm radio station with Mints gorgeous manager Sarah, for a live.... Yes LIVE interview πŸ˜¬πŸ™ˆ  

But luckily, we were chatting to the very funny and very lovely John Masterson who made us feel at ease 😊 

We chatted (a little bit about Sarahs favourite band "take that" πŸ˜‚) and of course, about all things Mint... my Mint journey so far and all the great things we've been getting upto! πŸ’š

John asked me, how did I get chosen as the face of Mint and I explained to him, not in great detail (through my nervousness lol πŸ™ˆ) 

But I'll write a little about it below...

The whole meaning and purpose behind the search for Mints brand ambassador was to find a regular, everyday person with an interest and openness to beauty therapy and trying new things 😊

That's me in a nutshell really and I felt like I clicked with the girls in Mint straight away, but to be fair, it would be hard not to as they're all so lovely! ❀

When I first started my Mint journey, I was amazed at what I had available to me right on my doorstep!! πŸ™Œ

Not only do Mint cater for all your essentials and relaxing spa treatments like massage, advanced facials, body treatments, brow treatments, waxing, make-up, lashes, nails and much much more....

They also offer the skin clinic side which includes, state of the art laser hair removal, skin peels, Micro needling and rejuvapen etc.... 

PLUS, the wonderful Dr. Niamh Gormley who is certified to professionally administer those magical facial injections that are botox and dermal fillers, is also available by appointment to give advice, personal consultations and treatments in salon.

How amazing!!!!βœ¨βœ¨πŸ‘πŸ‘

Now of course it's normal for some of us to find some of these treatments a little daunting and you're probably thinking... What would be most suitable for you? 

Well, that's where I come in....

My aim is to make it all more relatable for everyone and to give my own honest thoughts and reviews on treatments that I have 😊 

I'm lucky enough to be able to try out loads more over the next coming months so I'll keep you all posted as to how I get on as #faceofmint so keep an eye out for treatments that you might be curious about πŸ’š xx

Who knows, from reading my little diary, you could find something that would interest you....

Wether you feel like you need a full skin overhaul or maybe just a pamper day, 

all of the girls in the salon are so so lovely and they are always more than happy to have a chat with you and help you create your very own #mintjourney that's personal to you and caters to your own needs 😊 xxx

Okay.... back to this weeks treatments!! 

Yaaaaas!!! πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

After we had finished in KCLR it was back to Mint for some serious pampering 😍😍😍

My first appointment was with the lovely Nadine. I made my way down to my cosy treatment room and I got settled in 😊

This week, I got to try out Mints amazing "Crystal Body Elixir"... Sounds unreal you say???

Well it was!!! lol πŸ˜„

This is a Germaine de Capuccini body treatment which consisted of a full body exfoliation and massage using extracts of precious stones and minerals helping to bring harmony, balance and energy to the 7 chakra points on your body.... BLISS!! πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’›

Now, I don't want to give too much away on this one as there are some really lovely little treats in it!! 

BUT... I will say that my skin was super soft after it and I was left with a gorgeous subtle shimmer on my skin from the extracts of the precious stones 🌌🌌  I really did feel great after this treatment! 🌌🌌 #glowing

This is definitely something you should consider treating yourself to πŸ‘

Or, seeing as its Valentines... possibly drop some "subtle" hints to your other half lol! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰β€β€

Next, it was on to see the lovely maighread at the nail bar where she carefully removed my old colour, and gave my nails and cuticles a little TLC  by pushing back the cuticles and filing my nails to the shape I liked 😊😊

Then we chose a new gelish colour in a lovely subtle lavender/mauve called "I orch-kid you not" and they turned out fab!! Swit swoo!! πŸ’…

That's all for week 12! 🌟

Thanks to Sarah and the girls in Mint once again for looking after me so well! Xxx

Hope you guys enjoyed this weeks little diary 😊

Until next week,

Bye for now πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹

Julie ❀❀❀ xxx

Mint by Pembroke Kilkenny - Medispa - Clinic, Spa & Beauty Treatments

Mint by Pembroke Kilkenny is a Medispa in the heart of Kilkenny City specialising in Results Driven Clinic treatments alongside Spa Facials, Body Treatments, Massages and Beauty services. 

What is a Medispa?

A Medispa (Medical Spa) is a centre which offers both Medical and Clinical treatments along with Spa treatments such as Facials and Massage. That is exactly what Mint does with Beauty as an extra department to create a one stop destination in Kilkenny. 

There are so many treatment options at Mint so we wanted to explain all about them. We divide our treatments in to different departments. Our three departments are Clinic, Spa and Beauty.

Our Clinic Treatments

Mint is home to the Candela GentleMax Pro Laser which is a state of the art Medical Grade Laser offering: the gold standard in Laser Hair Removal for Men and Women, Laser Thread Vein Removal, Laser Pigmentation Removal and Laser treatment for Fungal Nail. For all of our Laser treatments we offer courses, payment plans and flexible payment options. 

Another of our Clinic treatments are Dermaceutic Peels. This French company are experts in aesthetic dermatology field and we offer the peels and the home care at Mint. There are three types of Peels: Milk Peel for fine lines and dull complexion | Mask Peel for oily skin, dilated pores and to regulate sebum | Mela Peel for pigment spots and melasma. 

Our new Dermalogica IonActive Power Treatment is part of our Clinic offering. We were able to introduce this treatment as a result of Marie and Laura becoming Dermalogica Experts last year and happily since then Iza and Emma have become Experts too. This treatment is problem focused and the Ions used are chosen by your therapist to help your concern. The concerns this treatment can target are: Acne | Dehydration | Hyperpigmentation | Skin Ageing. 

Rejuvapen is a very popular clinic treatment at Mint. It is a Micro Fractional Collagen Stimulation System and is an advanced form of Microneedling. The skins natural repair response is activated and accelerated and starts producing collagen and elastin as a response. There are many benefits to Rejuvapen including: Lifts, tightens and rejuvenates | Reduces fine lines and wrinkles | minimizes pore size. 

With all of our Clinic Treatments we recommend a consultation prior to treatments. For the best results, we would also recommend courses. All of these treatments can be built in to a tailored package which we call the Mint Journey for you. 

Our clinic also offers Medical treatments with our consultant Dr Niamh Gormley of Wrinkle Free Me who holds regular clinics with us. Dr Gormley specialises in Anti Wrinkle Injections and Dermal Fillers. For more information, please see: http://www.mintkilkenny.com/skincare/antiwrinkle-injections/ 

Our Spa Treatments

Our Spa treatments are based around our Flagship Spa Skincare brand Germaine de Capuccini. Germaine de Capuccini is one of the world's leading Spa brands and is available exclusively in Mint in Kilkenny. This luxurious and innovative Spanish brand's products and treatment protocols are stunning for both Face and Body. 

Alongside our Signature Facial using the Royal Jelly range and containing a Mint twist we also offer Germaine de Capuccini Advanced Facials including our number one best seller Timexpert Rides, the brand new Timexpert SRNS Global Anti-Aging, Timexpert Lift In and Timexpert Vitamin C AGE + Facials. 

Our Germaine de Capuccini Body Treatments include a Mediterranean Inspired Harmonising Renewal Treatment, a balancing and energising Crystal Body Elixir along with our signature Mint & Spice Ritual.

We offer a variety of Massage treatments including: Swedish | Hot Stone | Deep Tissue and Indian Head Massage. 

Our Beauty Treatments

Mint offer a full complement of Beauty treatments including: Lycon Waxing, Threading, Nails, Buff Make Up Make Up and Vita Liberata Spray Tan. 

Our team are highly skilled, trained and professional. We can tailor all of our treatments to suit individuals or groups. For more information about any of our treatments, please get in touch: hello@mintkilkenny.com or call 056 7712579.

Team Mint. 

Deep Tissue Massage & Eyebrow Threading - Julie's Diary - Week 11

Mint Diary,

Week 11

Hey all!! πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

This week at Mint was amaaaazing!! But then again, that's nothing new lol 😍 

My first appointment was to get my eyebrows done with the absolutely lovely Marie who is a head therapist at Mint (and in-salon #browgenius πŸ™Œ) 

Now... I hadn't gotten around to getting my brows done for a while and with them being very fair naturally, they were basically non existent on my face πŸ˜±πŸ˜‚πŸ™ˆ #nareaneyebrow

I couldn't wait to get them sorted because they really are such an important feature on your face (and in your selfies!! lol πŸ˜™)

Marie asked me how dark I would like to go with them and then mixed and applied the tint to my brows.

After the tint was done, she then began to thread those pesky unwanted hairs and created a beautiful shape that suited my natural brow.

I'm always amazed at how threading is done! It's so unique in that there's no wax... no tweezers...it's litteraly just a piece of thread! And in the good hands of a trained therapist, it can work wonders! Unlike tweezing, which only allows you to pluck one hair at a time, threading plucks the hair at the follicle level and can remove short rows of hair at a time. And opposed to waxing, it gives a much more precise control in shaping your brows and it has much less pull and is gentler on the skin which is brilliant in the long run! 😊 πŸ‘

When Marie was done and happy with the finished result she showed me in the mirror and to say I was delighted would be an understatement!!!!!! πŸ‘€

The colour, the shape... EVERYTHING was just perfect! I was so happy to actually have eyebrows again! πŸ˜‚

And I've been getting lovely compliments on them since 😊 

Next up was my appointment with the lovely Laura for deep tissue massage... I was really looking forward to this, as like all of us... the everyday wear and tear and sometimes lifes stresses can take its toll on us πŸ‘Ž All of this can cause a build up of tension in our muscles leading to stiffness and pains. This tension build up is also known as "lactic acid" which are like little crystals in your muscles that need to be broken down through massage.... and boy did Laura do that! πŸ’ͺ 

I just LOVE deep tissue massage!! The stronger the better for me. I love getting all those knots worked out bacause you really feel the massage has benefited you and done you good! 

Although, everyone is different and you can always tell your therapist your preference 😊

During my massage, Laura used the Daily Boost Oil from the Neom Organics London Range who h is available to buy at Mint. This oil has safflower, jojoba, spearmint, peppermint, mandarin and 5 other lovely essential oils, all chosen for their ability to boost energy and nourish the skin πŸ’›

The best thing about this oil is that it can be used as a facial cleanser, face oil, body oil and a hair treatment oil too which makes it soooo versatile!!! 

There's 3 yummy scents to choose from too, depending on your needs.

Laura finished the last part of my massage with lovely relaxing movements, so I got the best of both worlds and left the treatment room feeling refreshed and walking on air! ☁☁✨✨

That's all for this week.

Lots of exciting stuff lined up for next week!! 😁😁

Hope you enjoyed my little diary 😊

Bye for now πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹

Julie ❀ xxx

Mint Clinic - Laser Hair Removal & Dermaceutic Milk Peel - Julie's Diary - Week 10

Hey all!!! πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜Š

It's been a great week getting back into the swing of things in Mint after a little break!

First off, I was due to get my third laser hair removal treatment on my underarms. I'm finding this surprisingly effective considering my hair isn't very dark to begin with. 

As always, the lovely Sheila took care of me. She is an expert in using the Candela Gentle Max Pro Laser machine at Mint.

This machine is the most modern in its technology and has different settings for different skin types making it adaptable to everyone, so I would say to everyone that it's worth having a consultation at least and Sheila will be able to tell you if she feels that the treatment might be beneficial for you! 😊 πŸ˜„πŸ‘

As usual, the laser treatment was quick and easy... those who have read my blog on it before will know that Sheila firstly marks out the treatment area and then begins using the laser which is like concentrated mini bursts of tingly warmth followed each time by a cool puff of air which is super soothing. Then she finished with a cooling gel on the area, gave me my aftercare and I was done! πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘ 

Next on the list with the lovely Sheila was my 3rd Dermaceutic Milk Skin Peel.

I honestly can't rave about these enough!!! πŸ˜±πŸ˜±πŸ˜±πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ It's like I've found my holy grail! 

Yep!! ....Since starting my course of peels, my fine lines seem a little less noticeable and my pores especially have definitely gotten a little tighter! But the biggest difference overall is the brightness in my skin 🌞🌞

It's like starting again with a lovely smooth clean canvas and 0I just LOVE doing my make up now because it goes on so smoothly.... that's if I decide to wear makeup at all because the peels have honestly given me more confidence to (dare I say it πŸ™ŠπŸ™Š) go make up free a lot more ...it's win win!! βœ…βœ…

Sheila started out by cleansing my skin and then applying the dermaceutic Milk peel to my face and left it to work for approximately 2-3 minutes... then off it came as quick as a flash πŸŒ Sheila was super thorough through the whole process and to finish, she put an amazing balm called KCeutic cream on my face which has a high facter sun protection in it and creates a barrier for the skin while nourishing and healing it πŸ’—

Next stop was the nail bar with Nadine!! πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ’…πŸ’… I couldn't wait to get my new gelish colour done... and as much as I loved my festive sparkly red, it was definitely time for a change!!  So, out with the old and in with the new ✨✨✨

After removal of my old colour, Nadine buffed and shaped my nails while I sipped on a yummy coffee and I chose a lovely soft pinky nude gelish colour which goes perfect with everything and looks so tidy and clean 😊 I'm soooo happy with them πŸ’œ

That's all for this week but my next appointments are booked and i'll be updating you guys again soon.

I still can't believe how lucky I am to be on this amazing mint journey and will be forever grateful to Sarah and the amazing girls at Mint Kilkenny! πŸ’šπŸ’š

Until next time... Go #teammint πŸ˜„

Bye for now! πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ’—πŸ’— xxx