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

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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

Laser Hair Removal & LVL Lash Lift - Julie's Diary - Week 8 & 9

Julie's Diary Blog

Week 8 & 9

Hey again everyone! πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹

Hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and New Years πŸŽ…πŸŒŒ

I had a really lovely one myself spent with family πŸ’—

As a florist, work was super busy and I had loads of fun arranging gorgeous bouquets and arrangements for our lovely customersπŸ’ but I was lucky enough to pop into Mint to get my Pre-Christmas prep sorted... yay!! πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

My first appointment was with Sheila for my on going laser hair removal treatment on my underarms. Mint use the Candela Gentle Max Pro which is the most up to date machine used in the country. 

My hair isn't very dark on my under arms but even after my first treatment a few weeks back, I have definitely noticed a difference already on the amount that has grown back. It's much much lighter!

When Sheila carried out this treatment, it was super quick and easy. She marked out my treatment area and then began using the laser which felt like little mini bursts of warmth that were a little tingly but they were followed each time by a cooling puff of air so that was really soothing πŸ’¨πŸ’¨πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜Š

She finished with some cooling gel on the area, gave me my aftercare advice and then I was done!! πŸ‘

It's important to get the timing right between treatments as there are different phases of hair growth so sessions are done normally every 4weeks or so in order to be most beneficial.

If you have any queeries on any areas of concern for you, feel free to contact Mint and ask for Sheila. She is so lovely and so passionate in what she does that you will be in the best hands!! πŸ’—πŸ’—

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My next appointment was with the fab Maighread for gelish removal and New colour application. I went for a fab glittery red of course, given the festive week that was in it! πŸŽ… 

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Then I popped downstairs with the lovely Nadine for a brow thread and tint. It makes such a difference when I get my brows done as they are naturally very fair and when the are shaped and tinted they really frame my face. Nadine done a fab job on them. I was so happy!! 😊

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Next it was on to the New LVL LASH LIFT by Nouveau Lashes with Nadine also. I wasn't sure what this would be like or what kind of difference it would make to my lashes but all I could literally say afterwards was "WOW".... like honestly.... WOW!!!!! πŸ˜„ 

This treatment is making headlines across the beauty industry! 

It works by adding length, volume and lift to your own natural lashes without the use of extensions. it's honestly like magic πŸ’–

Nadine was so precise during the treatment, ensuring every lash was done perfectly πŸ‘Œ

When we were finished my lashes were lovely and dark, the looked so much longer and my eyes looked bigger and brighter! βœ…βœ…βœ… 

Bubye eyelash curlers!! lol

As with most treatments like this, a patch test is needed prior.

Take a look for yourselves on Mints Facebook or Instagram to see some before and after pics of the LVL LASH LIFT and if you have a any queries, give the girls a call.

Trust me, you won't be disappointed 😊 

I can't stop fluttering mine lol!! 

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After all this amazingness, I topped it off by trying out Neom's "Science of scent" therapy range in Mint with the salons manager Sarah 😊 

It was great fun smelling all the amazing scents and seeing which one I was drawn to the most. I picked "tranquillity" from the scent to sleep range. They say that whatever one you are most drawn to is the one you need most at the time so I must be lacking rest with being so busy in work lol πŸ˜„

Sarah sent me home with a beautiful hand balm from the range which I've been using every night before bed since! I warm a little amount of it in my hands and massage it in, then I cup my hands around my nose and mouth and take a deep breath in through my nose for 7 seconds and out through my mouth slowly for 11 seconds, taking in all the wonderful natural essential oils like lavender, sweet basil and Jasmine.... it's just amazing πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

I can honestly say, I'm sleeping like a baby since. It has such a relaxing effect on the mind and body 😊 

There's loads of amazing products to choose from in the Neom Organics range. Pop into Mint and treat yourself xxx

Hope you enjoyed my little insight...

Bye for now πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹

Julie πŸ’— xxx

Dermaceutic Milk Peel - Julie's Diary - Week 7

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Hey everyone!!! πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹

It's week 7 as #faceofmint and its time for my second milk skin peel in my course of Dermaceutic peels.
You get brilliant results from them and they are so quick and easy!!

There are different peels available at Mint to suit different skin types, but the milk peel is the one best suited to mine and my needs.

My skin was dehydrated with fine lines and patches of dryness and almost rough in parts. No matter how long I spent on my make up, it just didn't look right as my skin was so patchy underneath..... Nightmare! πŸ™ˆ

The milk peels are the mildest available and effectively help with deep exfoliation that works by breaking down the bonds that attach skin cells to each other. It can be really helpful in tackling textural issues like roughness or dry patches or even superficial pigmentation like light sun spots.

As I said, this was my second peel so I knew exactly what to expect.
The lovely Sheila in Mint is an expert in the Dermaceutics range and she done the peel process with me. First she cleansed my skin with the foamer15 cleanser from the Dermaceutic range and she then applied the milk peel solution which was left on the skin for no more than 2 minutes. Like before, it felt like a warm tingling sensation and Sheila gave me a little cooling fan to use during it. Then it was removed before I knew it.... Some super nourishing KCeutic repair cream was applied to my skin and I was done!! πŸ’«
Super quick, super easy and super results!!! βœ…βœ…βœ…

After my first peel, I had a bit of peeling/shedding in the first couple of days after on parts of my forehead and chin, which were my problem areas.
After my second peel there wasn't as much at all but I can feel my skin smoother, more taught and my pores, around my nose especially have definitely gotten tighter! .....hallelujah!!! πŸ‘πŸ‘

For best results, it's good to stay makeup free for the rest of the day after it. Then do a gentle cleanse the next morning. Then after that it's back to your normal routine and of course, not forgetting a good high factor Sun protection for your face EVERYDAY!! This is so important and should be part of everyone's skincare regime anyway. Its the biggest form of anti-aging when you think about it as it helps to block the suns harmful rays from damaging our skin. I'm using a fantastic one in factor 50 from the Dermalogica range 😊

If you do feel your skin is a little dry post peel, the Kceutic cream is brilliant to keep it hydrated... It's really only after 2weeks that you really start to notice the benefits and difference in your skin and I honestly notice a difference in mine. It's like it's been given an overhaul and I now have this lovely smooth canvas to work with... Even my makeup goes on better now! πŸ’„I'm delighted!πŸ‘Œ

It's definitely worth looking into, if like me... You just need a bit of an overhaul.... Which we all do from time to time!!! πŸ˜‰
Ask any of the girls in Mint for a little information on the skin peels and other treatments available and start your own little #mintjourney 😊😊

Hope this has been a helpful little insight! Xx

That's all for now,
See you again next time πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹
Julie xxx πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

Party Prep - Spray Tan, Make Up & Gelish Nails - Julie's Diary - Week 6

Hey everyone!! πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜Š

It's week 6 as #faceofmint and its "glam squad" time πŸ’„πŸ’… woohoo!
Every year, all the ladies in my family head to Cork for the weekend for our traditional annual shopping trip (and general divilment πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰). Of course I wanted to look and feel my best so the lovely girls in Mint were on hand to help me out!

On Thursday last, I popped into Mint to see the lovely Nadine to get a new colour on my nails. I was looking for something with a little sparkle so I chose "let's get frosty" from the new Gelish Christmas collection... It's a gorgeous silvery gold shimmer and glitter and will go perfectly with any outfit!! πŸ‘—πŸ‘ 
There are some other fab sparkly colours in this range too so have a look and see what you might like 😊

It was onto spray tanning next and Mint use Vita Liberata....
Vita Liberata is the world’s first completely non-toxic tanning brand, free from parabens, perfume, alcohol, sulphates and all other chemicals of concern. Its choice of organic and natural skincare extracts are key to its formulas so its more than just a tan treatment!!

Having had this done before, it is definitely my favourite brand, wether it be in the form of a professional salon spray tan or a self tan that I would use at home... I just couldn't go past it!
And with celeb fans like Gwyneth Paltrow, Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding and Sofia Vergara raving about it, if it's good enough for them... It's good enough for us! 😊🌟

I had prepped my skin the week leading up to my spray tan by exfoliating all over and moisturizing dry areas especially. On the day, I had my shower as normal but didn't moisturize as this can sometimes cause a barrier for your tan.
During the treatment, Nadine was so thorough and made sure she covered every part perfectly! I went for the full body spray tan. You are given your "gorgeous" disposable undies to wear πŸ˜‚
It may feel a little daunting standing there getting it done but its not like the girls at Mint havnt seen it all before! I was so comfortable with Nadine and she was so professional! 🌟 so there's absolutely nothing to be worried about ladies 😊 treat yourselves!! I personally feel so much better and confident in myself and in my clothes with a little tan. The Vita Liberata turned out perfect... A really nice warm natural glow.... No dreaded orange in sight!! πŸ‘ŒπŸŠπŸš«
Mint have fab little gift packs in salon too, they would be perfect to pick up for a little Christmas Pressie or stocking filler! πŸŽ…

On the Friday morning before heading to Cork I had my appointment made with the very talented Maighread who is Mints Makeup Artist... This girl is amazing 😍
We went full glam with with a gorgeous Smokey eye with a few extra individual lashes and finished with a red lip πŸ’‹
She kept my foundation really beautiful and dewy but with a nice coverage and went for subtle contouring. Well......I only LOVED IT!! I was beaming walking out of Mint!! πŸ˜„πŸ˜„ It literally lasted me all through a day's shopping and into the night with only needing to re-apply my lippie 😘🍷 Maighread used Buff Make up which is an Irish brand and its also sold in salon too. Buff have so many beautiful products in their range... I can't wait to have it done again!!

So that's all for week 6,
Thanks again for reading guys πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ’—πŸ’—
If you have any queries on the products or treatments I've had, feel free to get in touch with Mint where Sarah and the girls will be more than happy to help πŸ’š
Stay tuned to see what I get up to next week....

Bye for now πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹
Julie xxxx

Interested in our massage treatments? Find out in Julie's Diary - Week 5

Hey everyone!!! πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹

It's week 5 as face of mint... Yay!! 😁
I swear this salon is the busiest most fun salon in Ireland lol πŸ˜‚
There's always something fun and exciting going on!
On Black Friday... Or should I say,  #mintfriday πŸ’š it was Mints official 1st Birthday πŸŽ‰ ...the launch of their brand new SNRS Germaine de Capuccini facial. This facial is brand new and exclusive to Mint in Kilkenny, Mint are the first salon in Ireland to be lucky enough to have it! It's said to be like a liquid facelift πŸ’†
There were also some very lucky ladies who won Mints "sex in the city' style competition who got to be the first to try it out and were there getting pampered and spoiled for the day πŸ‘­πŸ‘­
....Aaaaaand KCLR 96fm were broadcasting live in the salon and reporting on all of the excitement!!! 🎧🎀
There's not much more that could be squeezed in lol! 😊

It was such a brilliant morning... There were representatives from Germaine De Capuccini and Dermalogica there and each Mint therapist and Mints manager Sarah were interviewed live and gave a little insight into what they specialise in, whether it be facials, laser, microneedling, massage, peels, makeup, spray tanning, threading, waxing, lash extensions and brow treatments and loads more about the all the amazing products they have available in salon. They all sounded absolutely great!! πŸ‘πŸ‘
The presenters on KCLR were having so much fun and there was hilarious banter back and forth between them, John even got his eyebrows threaded live on air by the lovely Nadine and he looked fab after it lol! πŸ˜‚
After the lucky winners of the competition had all finished their SRNS Germaine de Capuccini facials they all looked amazing! They were raving about it and the difference it made to their skin and how relaxing it was. (I really can't wait to try this out myself πŸ’—) after all that pampering, its easy to work up an appetite so a beautiful breakfast which had loads of yummy smoothies, sambos, pastries, cakes and other tasty treats like poached eggs and caviar no less, was laid out for them πŸ˜‹ they then sat down to get their nails done πŸ’…  with "pembrokepolitan" cosmopolitans.... What more can you ask for!!! 🍸🍸🍸🍸 that's doing it in style 😍 After all this, they popped in next door to Stathams bar and restaurant for some yummy lunch πŸ˜‹ what a day they had! Well done ladies xx

It was my turn then to be interviewed and I got to talk about my experience as #faceofmint and what I'm getting up to.
It's such a hard job trying out all these amazing treatments... But someone has to do it! lol πŸ˜‰

The whole salon was buzzing and it was such a great atmosphere up there πŸ’— Between bookings, treatments and #mintfriday special offers.

I have to say, all the girls in Mint are just soooo nice and are like a little #mintfamily. They say that "teamwork makes the dream work" and Sarah and these girls are the definition of this quote!! πŸ’—

After all the fun of the day, it was time for me to wind down and I was lucky enough to have booked a relaxing back, neck and shoulder massage with the lovely Nadine D. I was brought downstairs to a super cosy room and heated bed 😍 Nadine used Germaine De Capuccini Phytocare massage oil and it smelled DIVINE!!! It contains lots of nourishing ingredients including Baobab oil which is derived from the seeds of the Baobab tree from the East and South Africa and has been part of the skin care in Africa for centuries... Yep, CENTURIES! so it's definitely doing something right! πŸ‘Œ It has firming and toning properties and nourishes the skin and helps to bring back suppleness and softness to the skin..... I literally almost fell asleep during it πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€ This was exactly what I needed after a busy day and I'll definitely be back for another πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

My next treatments are before my annual girls weekend away to Cork.. I'm really looking forward to this as I'm doing full glam! Spray tan, nails and make-up. I can't wait 😁😁😁

Stay tuned to see what I get up to on my #mintjourney πŸ’š

Thanks for reading,
Bye for now,
Julie xxx

What exactly is a skin peel? Find out in Julie's Diary - Week 4

Hey everyone!!!! πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹

Its week 4 as face of Mint and what a week it's been!!
Mint had a fantastic open evening on the Thursday and it was brilliant πŸ˜„ From dermaceutic face peels to rejuvapen/microneedling treatments, to anti-wrinkle injections!! Very exciting stuff altogether!! πŸ™Œ

Before it all kicked off, I had booked in for an appointment to get my nail colour redone. Marie, one of Mints head therapists was looking after me and we had loads of different shellac and gelish colours to choose from!!! Seriously... It was so hard to make a decision πŸ™ˆ but we finally decided on a new colour called onyx. It's a gorgeous dark shiny charcoal colour. The name of this colour caught my attention as I have an onyx stone at home, which has a meaning to it, in that its supposed to give you strength πŸ’ͺ I often gave the stone to my dad when he was unwell and he was convinced that it worked lol! At least we'd like to think it did 😊 so for that reason, I was delighted with my colour choice.... My nails turned out so fab! We put some white speckles on my ring finger too just for a little bit of fun... I absolutely love them!! πŸ’…

After this I popped in for a little bite to eat in Stathams bar & restaurant in the Pembroke Hotel next door... The Cesar salad wrap was unreal by the way!!! πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜‹

Mints manager Sarah and some of the other girls were busy bees getting the salon ready for the open evening 🐝
It was a really fun atmosphere up there!  As people were arriving, they were greeted by the lovely mint girls and treated to glasses of bubbly and yummy macarons... πŸ˜‹ Very fancy! lol πŸ˜„

The night started off with a demonstration ofa Dermaceutic peel which I happily modeled for 😊 The lovely Carly is a dermaceutic specialist and before we started the treatment, we went through my history and previous homecare routine. I had been using the dermaceutic "Foamer15" cleanser every 3days with the last 2-3weeks to prep my face for the peel. This is really important to do as it works as an exfoliant, so when you do the right prep, then you get much better results as the peel can penetrate deeper into the skin πŸ‘Œ We decided that the best treatment for me would be the Milk peel which helps with fine lines, dehydration, enlarged pores and problem oily areas.

As everyone at the open evening took their seats around the treatment bed, Carly began by first cleansing my face and explained what I would feel when she would apply the peel. When she began to apply it, I started to feel a tingling sensation and a little warmth in my face but nothing too intense. I gave the feeling a 5 on a scale of 1 to 10. I was given a little fan to use while the peel was on which gave a nice cooling effect and Carrie was always reassuring and asking how it felt and if I was comfortable. It's a very quick process andonly lasted less than 2minutes. The second that it was removed, the tingling stopped and she put a lovely cooling moisturizer on my face which felt lovely and almost like a balm. It was called K Ceutic cream and its great as it has a little tint in it helps reduce the pinky colour and soothes and hydrates my skin after the peel. And that was it... I was done! 😊 And my skin was glowing after it and I can honestly say I even noticed a slight difference in the fine lines on my forehead straight away. For a day or two after it, there were some dry patches that eventually shed but that's all part of it and you honestly won't mind once you see the difference it makes to your complexion. As I'm writing this, it's the fifth day after the peel and my skin is waaaaay brighter and smoother, I actually feel confident not even wearing make-up!!..... Yes that right... You read it right lol!!! and that's a big deal for me πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ Apparently you see the best results after 2 weeks so it could even get better... Whaaaat??!! πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ
To get the best out of the treatments I'll be doing a course of 4-5 peels altogether and I'll keep you guys posted on how I get on. It's definitely worth looking into and its suitable for all ages really. The girls in Mint will be happy to do a consultation with you and see what suits best 😊

One of the other demos on the night was microneedling/rejuvapen. This is something I really can't wait to try!! This little "gem of a pen" uses microneedling to stimulate the collagen in your skin and literally "wakes up πŸ‘€" all those deeper lying skin cells that tend to get a bit lazy & fall asleep and stop working as we get older lol! πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€  It's the future of younger looking skin!!! Eh... Yes please!! πŸ‘πŸ‘
It has a range of benefits like:
Minimises pore size
Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
Lifts, tightens and rejuvenates skin
Improves appearance of stretch marks
Improves the appearance of scars
Improves the appearance of acne scarring
Seriously!! What's not to love about that... It does so much!!

First of all, numbing cream was applied to the lovely Iza's face and then removed and the rejuvapen was used over her areas of concern which were around her mouth. Because of the numbing cream, Iza didn't feel any stinging from the treatment, she just described it as being like an electric toothbrush brushing over your skin. Easy Peasy! 😊 Take a look on Mints Facebook page for a little video clip from the night of this being done!

Next on the agenda were anti-wrinkle injections from the wonderful Dr. Niamh Gormley 😁😁😁  Before the demonstration, Niamh explained everything you would ever need to know about it and I really learned soooo so much. I never really looked into anti wrinkle injections before and had a preconceived idea of it in my head. She explained it all so well. And showed its many benefits and how subtle and effective it can be 😊 The lovely Lucy was modelling for this and had a consultation with Niamh beforehand and went though what areas she would like to improve on. Dr. Gormley then assessed her face and decided on what amount to use in each area to give the most effective yet subtle effect. All in all, there were 15 small injections in total and Lucy said herself that she didn't even feel that many and it was over so quickly. There's a little video on Mints Facebook of this too so take a little look and see it being done on the night 😊

All in all it was such a brilliant night!!! One lady was even lucky enough to win a course of face peels πŸŽπŸŽ‰πŸŽŠ
Everyone learned loads and some even started their very own #mintjourney

See you next week,
Bye for now!!!! πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹
Julie xxx

Christmas Gifts @ Mint

We'd like to provide you with a little bit of Christmas Shopping Inspiration by giving you an insight of the lovely Christmas sets we have at Mint. We are going to go through them brand by brand and you can see if any of them take your fancy as gifts or indeed a little to me from me present!

Firstly, we have the beautiful Spanish Spa brand Germaine de Capuccini which is exclusive to us in Kilkenny. There are so many gorgeous ranges in this brand that have advanced formulations and give great results. Their Christmas sets are exceptional value. For the price of the moisturiser, you receive a Free Full Size Eye Cream. These sets start at €60. 

Secondly, we have the amazing gift sets from the well know skin care powerhouse that is Dermalogica. These gift sets are exceptional value with the Body Buffing Set priced at only €19.90. The Skin Brightening Duo includes the Dermalogica Heroes Pre Cleanse and Daily Microfoliant and is priced at €68, saving you €30 on the regular products. There is also a gorgeous Skin Health Trio Gift with Purchase for all clients spending over €50 on Dermalogica. 

The Christmas sets from Neom Organics are simply fabulous. They start at €18 with the beautiful 3 Nights of Peace Set which would make a fantastic teacher's gift or stocking filler.  

The Vita Liberata Gift Sets are just beautiful. They start at €28 with either the lotion or mousse along side a complimentary wash off body bronzer. Then there is the Fabulous Glow Rose Gold Bag containing the lotion and the hero product body blur for only €37.50, this bag contains a saving of €44.50. 

Buff Make Up is exclusive to Mint in Kilkenny and they have the most beautiful blush, shadows, lip glosses and so many more gorgeous products. Buff Make Up have a beautiful Christmas Offer called Sheer Ho Glow where you will receive a complimentary bottle of their cult Sheer Glow worth €32 with a purchase of two or more Buff products.

Call in to us for some more gift inspiration!

#teammint 

First up we have our Flagship brand, Germaine de Capuccini. This brand is a beautful 

Face of Mint - Julie's Diary - Week 3

Julie’s diary
Week 3

Hey everyone!!
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Its week 3 and i’ve been back in Mint Kilkenny to get my first set of Nouveau Lashes applied.
Semi-permanent lashes are something i’ve been really wanting to try for a long time and i’m so happy that i’m finally getting around to doing it. Now, my natural lashes aren't really sparse or anything, but even though I have them tinted regularly to keep them dark, they can be a little on the short side, especially when i’m not wearing my trusty mascara!
The girls at Mint recommended I went for the Nouveau Lashes Extend, which add length without being too clumpy. This sounded perfect as I wanted them to look natural but a little glam at the same time lol! Something to bring me from day to night without having to use mascara.

When I arrived at mint on Friday, I got to have a little catch up with Mints Manager Sarah.
This lady is like superwoman when it comes to her job, she’s an absolute star and so so lovely. πŸ’—We both got so excited talking about all the lovely treatments I have ahead of me… coming into the holiday season, there will be lots of nights out and plenty of glam to come!! I can't wait!! Make sure to keep an eye out for what i’ll be getting up to. πŸ’„πŸ’…πŸŽŠ

When I was finished chatting with Sarah, I was greeted by the lovely Nadine who is a Nouveau Lash Extensions Expert and she brought me downstairs to my treatment room. Nadine is an absolute little gem! SπŸ’Ž he explained everything to me about the lashes that she would be applying and chose the ones that would suit me best. As I had just had my own lashes tinted by Iza a few days beforehand, I was all set to go.

Nadine began by cleansing my eyes and lashes and then started the process of carefully applying each individual lash. All in all it takes maybe an hour, to an hour and a half to apply a full set because it is literally done β€œlash by lash” and not in clumps. This is what makes them look so good and so natural! Nadine is really fantastic at what she does and is a real perfectionist πŸ‘Œ You wouldn't even know she was working away above you. It’s almost so relaxing that you could even fall asleep during the treatment but I was too busy chatting away as usual lol. πŸ™Š
As it was my first time getting this done, I explained to her that I was a little nervous of them looking too bulky or over the top looking as I had this issue with some shop bought strip lashes that i’ve used before. They were often heavy and even uncomfortable to wear. But I knew I was in good hands 😊 When Nadine was done and happy with how they looked, I opened my eyes and expected them to feel heavy but i swear, they felt just like my normal lashes… light as a feather! Then when I looked in the mirror I just couldn't get over the difference! They were still subtle but beautiful and long and dark…exactly what I wanted and I just LOVE them!!!!!! I couldn't stop looking at them!!!
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When I finally dragged myself away from the mirror, Nadine explained to me about my lash aftercare. She gave me the Nouveau Lashes Coating Sealant which I apply in the morning and before bed to keep them in good condition and I'm also using the Nouveau Lashes eye make-up remover which is an oil free cleanser and helps extend the life of your lashes also. These lashes can be worn during sleep, showering and swimming as long as you keep up a good aftercare regime. 

I'm so delighted with these lashes. They are absolutely beautiful!
I’ll make another appointment with Nadine for 2-3 weeks for in-fills if I need them and as it's coming close to the holiday season, I may just get more added to go a little more glam for my Christmas nights out…
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I’m happy to say that I am now officially part of the Nouveau Lashes #lashgang and my lovely therapist Nadine is a #lashlegend lol!!
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Go on… give Mint a call and treat yourself!!
Bye for now, 
Julie xxx

Face of Mint - Julie's Diary - Week 2

Hey everyone!!! πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹
And so we're on to week 2... I'm having a great time altogether! 😊

On arriving in Mint on Friday I was given a warm welcome by the Mint girls.
I was a few minutes early so I checked out some of the "Neom Organics Range" that they have in the salon. The range is full of candles, essential oils, creams, mists and more that come in different, beautiful scents that aim to help with your well being by using the "science of scent therapy"
There are four main scents to choose from...
Happiness, De-stress, Sleep and Energy.
Each of these can help to uplift your mood whether it be through the need for relaxation, a little de-stress or down time, or a bit of invigoration or energizing!
I think my favourite is the Happiness candle.... It actually smells happy haha
πŸ˜„ and I think everyone deserves a little happiness in their lives πŸ’— I also liked the Energize candle. That had a nice zingy fresh scent. Everyone is different and depending on how you're feeling on the day, you might choose a different scent.
If you are passing Mint, definitely pop in and see which one suits you. They make lovely Christmas pressies too
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When I was done sniffing all the lovely scents that Neom had to offer, the gorgeous Iza lead me downstairs to my cosy treatment room where I got settled in for my Dermalogica Prescriptive Facial with added on extractions. After checking my previous notes and carefully looking at my skin, Iza planned and explained which Dermalogica products she would use that would work best for my skin type. As everyone's skin is different, the best thing about this facial is that it's specifically "prescribed" to you! πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘Œ
For example, I'm prone to excess oil, blocked pores and congestion around my nose but at the same time, I can be a little dry/dehydrated in other areas. So a different exfoliant was used in each area. During the facial, Iza took great care to soften my skin, especially around my nose as it makes it easier to remove the blocked pores/blackheads.
Okay... So the extractions aren't the nicest part of the facial, but hey.... It's so worth it!! In all honesty, it was absolutely fine and Iza was so good. She removed about 70% of my congestion. Of course there were a few stubborn ones, but that's normal as some of my pores were quite tight so they will need a little extra exfoliation which I can do in my homecare routine and then we can tackle them in my follow up facial.
After extractions, Iza followed on with the most amazing facial massage which litteraly almost put me to sleep
πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€ such a nice treat!
She then finished with a really nourishing face mask to put back some of the hydration and moisture in the skin after the extractions.
When we were done, Iza recommended I use the Clearing Mattifier from the Dermalogica mediBac clearing range for my nose area to help reduce excess oil and help to minimize pores size around my nose. This also works great as a primer under make-up for those oily areas too... Bonus!
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I'm really delighted with the results of this facial as I'm a little self conscious about my pores but even after one Dermalogica Prescriptive facial, I actually couldn't believe the difference! My skin is so much clearer. It's such a brilliant treatment and I learned loads about my skin from it 😊

After this I had my eyelashes tinted in blue/black tint which is lovely glossy and dark.
Being a redhead, my lashes and brows can be quite fair so I always like to have my lashes and brows tinted. It's especially handy for my "no makeup days" or if you were going to the gym or for a swim and don't want to wear makeup or mascara. It makes such a difference!
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After finishing with Iza, I popped upstairs to Marie. Marie is so nice!!!! πŸ’— ...and as far as I'm concerned, she's a brow genius!
She began with an eyebrow tint in a nice medium brown colour, it wasn't too dark for me and it was the perfect shade to define my brows and a nice shade to suit my skin and hair colour. She then marked out a shape that suited my natural brows and used the threading technique to tidy and shape them. I love threading and in my opinion I feel it's less pull on the skin than waxing. Marie explained little tips on keeping my brows looking good at home and then showed me the finished product in the mirror. I LOVED THEM!
πŸ’— such a fab shape and they looked nice and full, considering my brows can be quite sparce in places. Brows are so on trend right now... And rightly so! They really do frame your face and help bring out other features and really do make such a difference. I'm so so happy with them... Yaaaay! 😁

Thats it for this week,
Once again, thank you to everyone for following me on my #mintjourney
If any of you gals or guys are interested in finding out more about any of the treatments give the girls in Mint a call or even check out the Mint website.

Face of Mint - Julie's Diary - Week 1

Julie's Diary

Hi there! 

What a whirlwind it's been since being named face of Mint! From the official announcement in the gorgeous Mint by Pembroke salon to an interview with the lovely Trish from beat 102-103, to chat about it all and what's in store in the future. Since then it's been busy busy busy and so exciting planning all the amazing treatments and pampering I have ahead of me! I mean... Wow! To say I'm so overwhelmed and grateful is an understatement!

My Mint journey started with me chatting with the lovely Sarah who is manager at Mint, and the nicest, easiest person to talk to. We ran through what was involved and all the extensive treatments that were available to me and we also complete a patch test for laser hair removal, waxing and tinting... It was all very exciting! What an amazing opportunity!

I could tell from first meeting Sarah and all the lovely girls in the salon that we would all get on so well and even form a great friendship during my time as the Face of Mint.

You get a great vibe as you walk into Mint. It's bright, warm and welcoming and the girls are so helpful in giving you the right information and helping you plan your very own "mint journey" that helps you to reach your own individual goals. Whether it be through skincare, peels, micro needling and facials, anti-ageing, body treatments and massage, laser hair removal and so much more... The list is endless!

It was really exciting learning about all the amazing treatments that Mint offer. Some of which I didn't even know were on my doorstep! I spoke with all the girls and we made a plan for my very own Mint Journey.
I was sent home with an amazing goodie bag to start my skin prep from the Dermalogica range. As my skin can be sometimes sensitive and a little dry, they recommended the ultracalming cleanser which I use day and night along with the intensive moisture balance moisturizer (amaaaaazing and so hydrating!)
And of course, the Dermalogica pure light SPF 50 sun protection... very important! They also gave me the Foamer 15 exfoliating cleansing foam from the Dermaceutic range which I use every 3 days to prepare for my skin peel which I'll be getting done very soon. It's important to do this little prep before your peel to get the best results.

On my first appointment As face of mint, I was greeted by the lovely Sheila who knows everything there is to know about laser hair removal. I was due to get laser on my underarms. As I was unaware of what was involved or how it would feel, Sheila was so nice and made me feel so at ease. During the laser treatment, it felt like a warm tingling sensation and there was a puff of cold air on the skin after each one so that felt nice and cooling. It was over before I knew it!


Being totally honest, it was a breeze and totally worth doing. My next laser appointment is in 6 weeks time.

My next appointment was with the lovely Laura with whom I got a lovely nail shape and Gelish polish in a gorgeous deep plum colour... Perfect for Autumn! Love it!

Laura who is also a Dermalogica expert then brought me downstairs to the coziest room and lovely warm bed. She assessed my skin carefully and begin my Dermalogica Ion Active Anti-aging Facial with Retinol to help with my fine lines. At first, she started with a cleanse and then went on to put a refreshing cream on my face with active ingredients in it and used a facial machine to massage the cream into my skin.
From what I can recall, the little machine resembled an iPhone and was moved around my face and gave off a little vibration as it worked in the very important active cream. It was actually a very soothing and relaxing feeling.
After this Laura put on a nice cooling mask and massaged this in with almost icy cold stones. This was something I'd never had done before and it was amazing! It was so cooling, soothing and refreshing and helps to desensitize the skin.
My skin felt amazing after this, so lovely and soft, fresh and glowing. I can't wait for my next one and to see the continued results.

As I'm writing this, I've already booked in to Mint to try out more fab treatments and can't wait to share my Mint Journey with you in my Mint diary.

I hope that my little reviews as just a regular girl will give a more personal insight into many of the treatments available.

There's sooooo much more to come!

Thank you for coming on my Mint Journey with me.... Who knows, you may even start your own.

Bye for now
Julie

 

Our trip to Germaine de Capuccini HQ

Sarah here from Mint with a little snapshot about our trip to Madrid and the exciting things that are on there way!

October 17th 2016 was a very exciting day for me! Firstly, we were featured in Social & Personal Magazine with our Germaine de Capuccini Timexpert Rides Facial being their treatment of the month. Secondly, I found out that I was a finalist for the Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce Business Awards in the Employee of the Year category. Thirdly and finally, I got to go on a fantastic trip to Madrid with Advanced Skincare and Germaine de Capuccini with my lovely colleague Lucie Dowling from Pembroke Kilkenny. 

Tracy, Dominick and Kathleen from Advanced Skincare are always a pleasure to deal with and we knew from the agenda that we were in for a fantastic few days. We were with a wonderful group of Spa Managers and owners from Ireland who were all deeply passionate about Germaine de Capuccini. 

Germaine de Capuccini is a Spanish skincare brand manufactured in Alcoy, Alicante that develop Advanced Professional Cosmetics. Their products include face and body, home-care and treatments and every product reaches an exacting standard. Mint have had this brand exclusively in Kilkenny since 2009 and all of the team are huge fans. A huge amount of research and development goes in to the creation of each product. The professional range of treatments provides a incredible array of facials, all with their own distinctive massage and the body treatments are simply amazing. 

Frederick from GDC was our host for our time in Madrid and looked after us exceptionally well. One of our days had a very early start as we got a high speed train to Alcoy bear Alicante to the factory so we could see every part of the process. It was fantastic to see the laboratories and the manufacturing process and all of the care, attention and efficacy involved. 

We spent the two following days at the Germaine de Capuccini Flagship Institute in Madrid training on the new Timexpert SRNS Global Anti-Aging Facial and gaining knowledge about the new SRNS 60+ cream and the wonderful Sleeping Cure programme. We will be bringing the SRNS Facial to Mint just ahead of our first birthday weekend 25th-27th November. This facial has to be experienced. The massage uses a special tool that makes it a multi sensory experience and the mask is amazing. It covers your eyes and mouth and you have no choice but to relax and take time out. We can't wait to introduce this to our clients. 

Timexpert SRNS FacialΒ 

Timexpert SRNS Facial 

We also got a chance to see the amazing Christmas sets which arrived whilst we were away. We want them all! We were lucky to experience a lot of Madrid and I have to say I can't wait to go back, it was an amazing city. 

Sarah & Lucie brought Germaine de Capuccini Skincare Gift Sets to Real Madrid's ground!

Sarah & Lucie brought Germaine de Capuccini Skincare Gift Sets to Real Madrid's ground!

Our love for this brand keeps growing! They are always bringing out new treatments and products and it makes our jobs very exciting. If you would like to know more about Germaine de Capuccini Facials, Body Treatments or products please call in and see us or get in touch:

sarah.millea@pembrokekilkenny.com

0567712579

Adios for now!

Sarah

#teammint 

Laser Hair Removal @ Mint Kilkenny

Laser Hair Removal Treatments at Mint Kilkenny

Mint is home to one of the only Candela GentleMax Pro lasers in Ireland and is only laser hair removal clinic in Kilkenny with one. Due to the dual laser wavelengths, the GentleMax Pro is the gold standard of laser treatments for all skin types. The GentleMax Pro combines two lasers in one, the Gentle Yag (ND Yag) and the GentleLase (Alexandrite). 

The unique patented Cryogen cooling system provides comfort for patients undergoing laser hair removal. This laser delivers pulses quickly to minimise redness and discomfort. 

Interested in Laser Hair Removal?

We offer a FREE no obligation consultation with Sheila, our dedicated Laser Therapist. During the consultation Sheila will go through your medical history to make sure that you are a suitable candidate for laser, she will then discuss the areas that you are interested in getting treated, answer any questions that you have and give you the price per session and course. Finally, she will do a few patch tests to test different levels of the laser. 

How much does Laser Hair Removal cost?

Prices start from €35 per treatment. We offer course options on all areas along with combined area course prices. We offer payment plans on all courses to make it easier to budget for hair removal.

How do you get started?

If you would like to find out more, please book a FREE consultation with Sheila online today, call 056 7712579 or drop into our laser clinic.

Laser Hair Clinic in Kilkenny