We are hiring!

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We are looking for an experienced Beauty Therapist to join our hardworking team.

We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality treatments performed by dedicated and passionate therapists. Mint offers a full range of Spa Services including Dermalogica, Decleor and Germaine de Capuccini Facials and Body Treatments and a variety of Massage treatments. Our clinic department specialises in Candela GentleMax Pro Laser Treatments, Rejuvapen and Alumier MD Peels. Our Beauty department offers Lycon Waxing, Vita Liberata Spray Tan, OPI Gel Polish, Nouveau Lashes and Threading treatments.

Mint has a commitment to training and upskilling all team members, however the following attributes and qualifications are essential and applications will only be considered from candidates with the following:

·         CIDESCO, CIBTAC & ITEC Trained

·         Minimum of 3 years’ experience

·         Flexible

·         Dermalogica Trained

·         Advanced Waxing experience (preferably Lycon)

·         Strong Team Work ethic

·         Excellent Communication Skills

As we specialise in a variety of treatments the following training and experience would be desirable:

·         Threading

·         Decleor

·         Advanced Skin Treatments: Peels & Rejuvapen

·         Laser & IPL Training and/or experience

If you would like to join our team, we would love to hear from you! Please send your details and cv to Lucie Dowling, HR Manager at lucie.dowling@pembrokekilkenny.com

Laser Hair Removal Top-Up's - Julie's Diary

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Hey all!!! 👋👋

In back at my fave Medispa, Mint Kilkenny for week 36!! 😊😊

For today's treatment, I had my appointment for laser hair removal with Sheila 💚💚
This has been an ongoing treatment for me for some time now.
In the beginning, I would have it usually once a month as it can take a couple of sessions to see long-term results, whereas now it's really just "top up" treatments which are few and far between as I have barely any regrowth thanks to the success of the treatments 😊

If I'm going to be honest....I really wasn't expecting any results at all being a "redhead".

Being realistic... How many of us lovely gingers/blondies/fair-haired people have been turned away for laser before?? 👎

I know this from my own experience a couple years back. I actually rang a clinic enquiring about laser hair removal. The first thing the girl asked me (over the phone I might add)  was "what colour hair do you have"? To which I replied...red 😊

Then she basically said, nope... It won't work! She then ended the conversation, without even asking if I'd like to come in for a consultation 😔

I was a bit disappointed as you could imagine but possibly it was down to the machine that that clinic used at the time, I'm not sure. But I thought that I was destined to live a life of buying endless razors 🙈

Anyhooooo...Fast forward to Mint Kilkenny and my whole opinion of laser was turned on its head!!! 💫

For one, they have the most state-of-the-art, efficient and safe machine when it comes to hair removal, no matter what your hair colour. But they also have an amazing and knowledgeable laser expert in the form of the lovely Sheila 😊

When I first began my Mint Journey, Sheila sat down with me for a full consultation on laser to see what would benefit me most.

She assessed my hair and decided on a treatment plan for me. Luckily, for my underarm hair was a good candidate for it to work well. And I can certainly vouch for it, that it has and I couldn't be happier!!! 😊

Sheila specialises in the use of Mint's state-of-the-art Candela GentleMax Pro machine, which is used for the most efficient laser hair removal, but also it targets pigmentation, thread veins and fungal nail issues ✔✔✔✔

Sheila also specialises in microneedling, rejuvapen and AlumierMD skin peels 👍

For my appointment today, Sheila firstly allowed me time to get settled, then cleansed, sterilized and marked out the treatment area.  Both underarms usually take approximately 5 mins altogether to treat, I always chat away during it so it's always over before I know it! 😂

The concentrated laser pulses give off a tingling sensation and are followed each time by a cool puff of air on the skin which is a really great added benefit to the treatment making it completely manageable and pain free 👍

The Candela GentleMax Pro is the gold standard in laser hair removal so it is well worth booking in for a consultation if might be something you are interested in trying.... especially if you are fed up of bumps, nicks and ingrown hairs caused by waxing or shaving.

It’s suitable for both men and women, so if you have any queries on it at all, just give the girls in Mint a call and they will be more than happy to help with any information you need 💖

Now is the perfect time before holiday season to start your laser treatments too 🌞🌞😎😎

That’s all for this week guys and gals.....

Hope you enjoyed my little diary and found it helpful 😁

See you all next time,

Bye for now 👋👋👋

Julie ❤❤❤

Mint Signature Facial - Julie's Diary

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Hey everyone!!! 👋👋👋

I'm baaaaaaaaack!!!!!! 🎉🎉🎉

Woohoo!!! 🙌
I'm so excited!!!
(You'd never tell with all my exclamations!!!!!!! 😂😂 lol )

It feels like forever since I've been up to my FAVOURITE salon!
It's been so busy with work and family over Christmas and January.....
And what better way to get over those January blues (longest month of the year btw 😩)
than to book into Mint Kilkenny for some serious TLC 💚💚💚

Not gonna lie....I was rough 😂🙈 lol

I had a face fuzz to rival Tom Selleck 🙈🙈 ...yep! I sad that 😂

My poor eyebrows were literally non-existent 👀🔍
#nareabrow

I had fallen off the "good skin routine" bandwagon, forgetting/being too lazy to remove my makeup every night 😬🌃

My nails were crying out for slick of polish 💅

As you could imagine....
I was badly in need of this overhaul!! 😱

Sometimes life gets in the way and we forget to take care of ourselves, so I was so glad to finally get the time to make an appointment for some overdue "me time" 💗

My first appointment was with Mairead 😊
I LOVE Mairead.... She's so lovely!!!
Aaaand, she is AMAZING at threading!!!
She's so good in fact, that I barely felt a thing...
And now, my previously fuzzy face bits are now silky smooth 😍
Yaaaaaaaaaasss!! 🙌
As you might have read from my previous posts, you'll know how much I love the threading technique!!
I feel that it's so much better than waxing as it causes less pull on your skin, it removes multiple hairs at one time and it gives such perfect precision in shaping 👌

I also had my brows tinted... Being a red head, my brows are naturally so fair. I can't begin to tell you how much of a difference that a tint and brow shape makes to my face!!! 😲

With all of that done, it was onto my next treatment with Mints therapist Gosia....
This is the one I was looking forward to most!!! 😍😍

Mint's Signature facial.....

Aaahh yes... 60 minutes of pure bliss!! 💆🌌💖

This beautiful Germaine de Capuccini facial combines Royal Jelly, which not only smells like heaven!!! 👃😍 ...It's also a seriously luxurious, natural, nourishing elixir.
This helps your skin by forming a barrier to protect itself and recover from the damage of everyday external stresses like pollution, cold, artificial heating etc...

It also contains a powerful ingredient called  Poria Cocos extract, which packs a serious punch when it comes to anti-aging 👊 helping to restore the skin back to good health and making it more resilient 👍👍

It's suitable for all skin types whether you are dry/dehydrated like me, or combination or oily.

It's the perfect all rounder to get the nourishment back into your skin and all of the products feel so luxurious!! 💗

So ideally, it's the perfect facial to gift someone with if you're unsure of their skin needs!

The signature twist in this facial is that an amazing Indian head massage is done whilst your lovely face mask is on.

This part of the treatment was soooooo relaxing and it's when I literally nodded off on the cosy treatment bed... I think I actually woke myself with the snoring lol 😲 💤💤 (it wouldn't be the first time! 😂)
Definitely the sign of a good treatment though... Complete relaxation! 😊

The Indian head massage was amazing! Using essential oils and focusing on pressure points and massage, it was the perfect addition to this facial 👌 (side note: a cooling foot mask is usually included but you can opt for a head massage instead!)

When I eventually peeled myself off the treatment bed (I honestly could have stayed there for the day! lol)

It was time to get my nails done
...and time to say "bubye" 👋👋 to the remnants of sparkly glitter on my toes from the Christmas party season
....and to say "oh hey guuurrrrllll" 😙😙 to some beautiful fresh spring pastels and nudes 🙌💗

I chose to go for a gorgeous taupey mauve colour on my toes from the Gelish polish range called "Taupeless Beach"

And a soft nude called "Tiramisu for two" on my finger nails, also from Gelish 😊

I absolutely love them!

All that talk of Tiramisu was making me hungry!!! 😁

So much so, that when I popped out for lunch and a catch up with Mint's Manager Sarah/girl boss/nicest person EVER! 😍😍😍
We had to have Tiramisu for dessert too!! lol 😋🍫☕
#treatyoself

Anyhooooo....
That's all for this week guys! 😊

Hope you enjoyed the little read xx

I'll be back soon,

Until then,
Bye for now 👋👋👋
Julie 💗
#faceofmint

Decleor Ultimate Vitamin Glow Facial - Julie's Diary

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Hi all!!!! 👋👋👋

It's week 34 as face of mint 💚
And this week, it's PAMPER TIME!!!! 🎉⏰🙌💆
Yaaaaaaaaaasss!!!

Me and my lovely mammy were up in Kilkenny for some serious girls day pampering and retail therapy of course 😉

And what's super exciting is that Mint has just launched a gorgeous new brand in the form of DECLEOR!! 💛

Decleor is a long established, famous French brand of skincare which offers treatments that are renowned for the use of the best of natural ingredients and wonderful essential oils, making their facials a beautifully scented, unforgettable experience of pure indulgence and relaxation.....
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Decleor is used in some of the most high-end salons and spas in Paris 🗼
Sounds pretty un-freakin real eh?? 😍😍

While my lovely mammy was whisked away for her own bit of pampering with Mints therapist Lesley.....

....For my treatment I was going to be one of the first lucky people at Mint to try out Decleors, Multi-Vitamin Power Glow Facial.

This Signature Spa facial literally mmmmmelts away stress..... ( Aaaaaah yes 😊😊)

It's packed with tonnes of vitamins and anti-oxidants and it combines a rebalancing Essential Oil elixir and a warm, decongesting mask that leaves your skin purified, perfectly replenished and glowing ✨✨

This sounds like a real treat.....!!
I really couldn't wait to get down to my treatment room and get snuggled up on a nice cosy bed ❤

My therapist for this treatment was Nadine. I knew I would be in good hands as Nadine is so so sweet and an amazing therapist and an absolute perfectionist in everything she does 💎

The great thing with every Decleor facial is that is starts with the nicest back, neck and shoulder massage.... And as you can imagine, this really helps you to completey relax before your actual facial even starts 👌.....Uuugh, it was soooooo lovely!! ❤😴

After I was all relaxed, Nadine began the facial treatment.... 😊
What I loved about this facial was the beautiful scents that came from the essential oils in the products...
You could really tell that the ingredients were really rich and nourishing as they went on your skin 👍

There was one amazing product after another being used and the facial felt like it went on and on.... It was just absolute BLISS!!! 😍😍😍

I was so relaxed that I nodded off  for a few minutes.... Ok maybe more than a few.... lol 🙈😄

When the facial was over.... I can only describe my skin best as GLOWING 😍

It literally felt so soft and dewy and SMOOOOOOTH .....I honestly couldn't get over the smoothness!!! 😲
The texture of my skin was just gorgeous ❤

I was so happy with it and I will most definitely be booking in for another one soon and I'll telling all my friends about it!!

My mam was back from her treatment just after me, looking like she was floating on air lol.... and said that "it was the nicest facial she ever had and was the nicest salon she was ever in and couldn't stop raving about her lovely therapist Lesley lol 😊❤"

I think it's safe to say they she will be back!! 😄

If any of you guys are interested in learning more about the Decleor range, feel free to give Sarah and the girls at mint a call. If you are looking for a bit of well deserved pampering and relaxation, then this is the facial for you! 👍 #treatyoself

It's the perfect gift even for Christmas 🎅🎁🎄

That's all for this week guys!

Hope you enjoyed my little insight into Mint Kilkennys new brand launch 😊 xxx

Bye for now 👋👋👋
Julie ❤❤❤
#faceofmint
Xxx

 

Alumier MD Glow Peel - Julie's Diary

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Hi all!! 👋👋👋

It is week 33 as #faceofmint and there's a SUPER exciting new treatment on the cards 😁😁

Brand new to Mint Kilkenny is ALUMIER MD skin care range and Face Peels 💆🙌

After my consultation with Sheila, She advised the the AlumierMD GLOW PEEL would be of benefit to me as I can suffer from dry skin and hyperpigmentation/sunspots.

This treatment was customised, just for me and it includes an exfoliating peel treatment, brightening enhancement, followed by prescriptive target serums which reveal a more radiant, soft, and luminous skin............. Ehhhhhh???? YES PLEASE!!!! 😍😍😍😍

Alumier MD products, both professional and home care, are known to deliver outstanding results, while being free of parabens, sulfates, petrolatum, mineral oil and dyes..... Can I get a hell yeah!! 🙋🙋👍👍

The Glow Peel combines lactic acid, salicylic acid, and resorcinol which creates a multipurpose resurfacing solutution which is AMAZING for minimizing the appearance of fine lines, pores, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation issues like age spots, discolouration, and uneven skin tone 👌😲😍

It works by deeply exfoliatiating dead skin cells which in turn, stimulates cell renewal 💫💫
Yaaaaaaaaaasss gurrrrrrl!!

The Glow Peel can be customized by strength by the numbers of layers thay are applied by your trained therapist. This will be tailor made to suit each person through your initial consultation 😊

It works great on all skin types, wether it be dry, normal, oily, dehydrated, acne prone, hyperpigmentation or ageing skin...... Even all of the above together!!??? 😂

Because, let's face it.... It's that time of year when the summer is well and truly over... The cold weather is most definitely making an appearance...

(oh my god I'm such a perisher 😨😨.... The only upside is cozy cardigans and jumpers and the excuse for a new winter wardrobe 😂 yay!!)

...which in turn means central heating is on and fires are lit....So basically, our skin is all over the shop and probably crying out for a bit of help 😩

And that's where Alumier MD and Mint Kilkenny comes in!! 👊

To describe the process of this peel. It starts out with a cleanse and as I said before, a skin consultation to determine how many layers and treatments would be necessary to achieve the result you need.

After this, the peel is then applied all over the face and left to work it's magic for a minute or so, depending on your skin type etc...
While it is on, Sheila was so lovely and was always checking with me to make sure I was comfortable 👍💗

The sensation of the peel on the skin was a progressive warm, tingly feeling.... It was a little strong in scent, but absolutely fine 😊

It was removed thoroughly with cold water, which instantly cooled the skin.
Then the most gorgeous, post peel recovery balm was used on my skin with the most soothing ingredients which included the likes of Aloe Vera, Shea butter, jaboba oil and relaxing lavender.... and that was it! I was all done.... It's such a quick process 😊😊

Sheila explained my aftercare routine and what to expect in the coming days and I was sent home with my Alumier MD home care products, which included:

1.SensiCalm Cleanser.
2.Recovery Balm ( that's the lovely lavender scented gorgeousness that Sheila used on my skin, post peel).
3.Sheer Hydration Broad Spectrum SPF40 Sunscreen (it's super important to use a good sunscreen as you need to protect your skin after the treatment!
This particular sunscreen from the Alumier MD range is a real Break through in sun protection!!! 👏👏
The reason being is because it is a "physical sun protection" ...so in other words, you have to "physically" remove it in order for it to stop doing its job!! #GAMECHANGER 👍👍
So it's not like other creams that lose their protection strength and break down after a short time and have to be reapplied constantly!! 👎👎)

My morning routine for the following 5-7 days was to use the cleanser, recovery balm and sunscreen....
And then just the cleanser and recovery balm before bed.
It's good to follow this regimen for the best results 😊

The day after my peel, I could feel my skin was a little tighter and very smooth.... The days following after, my skin started to flake a little in places bit by bit....
Now, when you are deciding on a peel.... You know that this is going to happen. It has to in order to reveal the gorgeous smooth skin beneath, so the few days of a few flakes here and there are TOTALLY worth it!!! 👌👌👌

But if you feel you might be a little conscious about this then it's best to plan your peel on a week that you don't have any big events or parties etc 😊

While I'm writing this, as of today, I'm about a week and a half over my peel and I am IN LOVE with my new skin!!!! 😍😍😍

I've already been complimented by friends and even customers in work.... 💗  I'm being told that I have 'beautiful skin"... Or that my skin is "glowing" which is ironic as it is the "Glow Peel" from AlumierMD that I had done 😁😁
So it literally does exactly what it says 😂👍

I'll be doing a course of these peels and I'm looking forward to keeping you guys posted on how it goes so that you can keep track of what I'm up to, if you are interested in trying it for yourself 😊😊 Xxx

I'll be doing another little feature post shortly on some of the other Alumier MD products that I'm using too! 😁

That's all for this week!
Hope you enjoyed my little post,

Bye for now 👋👋👋
Julie 💗💗💗
#faceofmint

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Launching at Mint - AlumierMD Skin Peels and Homecare Products

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Hi Everyone,

We are delighted to be the exclusive Kilkenny stockists of AlumierMD medical skincare range. We carefully considered the next skincare range that we would add to MInt and after thorough research and numerous training sessions with AlumierMD, we made the decision that this was for us. There were many factors involved in this decision but most importantly the science and research along with the countless clinical papers and experts that are involved in this brand meant that we needed to know more.

AlumierMD develops clinical products with ingredients at the exact dosages needed to provide a result with enhanced delivery systems meaning your skin absorbs and uses all of the ingredients. All of this whilst being a Clean Science brand that doesn't use harmful ingredients, parabens or chemical filters in their SPFs means that AlumierMD is at the forefront of skincare innovation. 

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As a team, we were so lucky that Victoria, AlumierMD's clinical trainer came from the UK to spend a few hours with us last week and we learnt so much. In particular, there was so much to learn about AlumierMD's hero ingredients:

  • Hinokitil - a Super hero ingredient that is Anti Bacterial, Anti Fungal and is used in their Acne and Rosacea products
  • Matrixyl Snythe 6 - a powerful anti-aging peptide
  • Micro-encapsulated Retinol - allows Retinol to be drip fed in to the skin and is a sophisticated way of delivering Retinol to the skin  

AlumierMD pride themselves on their SPFs. They are the only company in the world to use physical only SPF filters. There are many SPFs to choose from including Clear Shield and the fabulous tinted Moisture Matte.

All of Team Mint are lucky enough to be using their products for the last couple of weeks and so far some some of our favourite products are: For those of us that suffer with Pigmentation - Eventone Brightening Serum, Intellibright Complex. For our hydration and anti oxidant needs their newest product Alumience AGE Serum is a bit hit. For the Rosacea sufferers Calm R has proved to be a superb product. We all agree that their SPFs are brilliant. 

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Alongside the homecare products we are introducing the peels to our Clinic menu. AlumierMD offer light to medium depth peels for progressive results. The peels available at Mint are:

  • Glow Peel - AlumierMD Signature Peel - suitable for Aging skin, dehydrated, acne prone and pigmentation 
  • Vitamin A Boost - Acne. Aging and hyper pigmentation
  • Detox Clear - Acne and congestion
  • Radiant 20 / 10 - Acne, Hyper Pigmentation, Uneven Skin Tone, Oiliness and Congestion
  • Radiant 30 - Lines & wrinkles, dull skin, hyper pigmentation and uneven skin tone
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The beauty of these peels is that they are hyper customised by your skin specialist to target your specific needs. Find out more by visiting: http://www.mintkilkenny.com/skincare/peels/ 

We are really looking forward to showing our clients all of the benefits of adding AlumierMD peels and products into their skincare routine.

Interested? Find out more by calling us on 056 7712579 or email me directly sarah.millea@pembrokekilkenny.com

Bye for now,

Sarah

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Dermalogica Prescriptive Facial with Skin Mapping, OPI Icelandic Nails & Threading - Julie's Diary - Week 32

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Hey all!!!  👋👋👋

It's week 32 as face of Mint!!  💚

I'm booked in with Iza for a DERMALOGICA Prescriptive Facial 💆

Dermalogica is my go-to skincare for when I'm at home...
It always seems to do the trick in keeping my skin on good behavior 😌
I love the idea of a professional prescriptive facial as it is tailor made to suit your skin needs. 

The treatment started out with getting nice and cosy on the treatment bed 😌
Iza then began with a soothing eye and lip cleanse and then double cleansed the face,  finishing with an ultra calming mist toner.

Here comes the fun bit....
Now it was time for "dermalogica face mapping and skin analysis"

This is where the therapist thoroughly analyzes the skin,  revealing it's condition in order to choose the products that would be most effective in the treatment 👌

It turned out that my skin was a little sensitive and dehydrated with a little hyper pigmentation over all and blocked pores around my nose and chin.

After Iza explained the products she would be using and why she chose them for my skin, she began with exfoliation. 
The best thing about Dermalogica is that so many products can be used together when getting a professional facial...  So they really pack a punch in delivering the good skin health that we all hope for!! 👊 🙏

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Iza mixed the multivitamin power exfoliator with exfoliant accelerator 35 which is prescribed for hyper pigmentation/sun spots. This not only helps to exfoliate the skin,  but it helps to brighten it too 🌌

After this...  It was onto extraction of those pesky blocked pores and blackheads 😷
Not the most fun part of the facial lol....  But so beneficial to the skin!  Iza made sure to seal the pores after this.

Then it was onto relaxatioooooonnnn!!!  Aaaah yessss!  😍😍😍
Massage cream and calming botanical mixer were used for this and it smelled DIVINE!! 
It was so so relaxing and such a treat!  💗

Next step was the mask.
This was custom made for my skin,  using the sebum clearing mask on my nose and chin with the MediBac complex in order to help tighten my pores and for the rest of the face we used the collocoil, multivitamin power recovery mist and age smart complex. 

Last on the list was moisturizer in the form of Intensive moisture balance ( my fave!  ❤)  followed by Pure Light spf50 which is not only amazing for sun protection,  but it also brightens the skin too!  🌞

And of course we can't forget the multivitamin power firm eye cream...  For keeping those ever increasing little wrinkles at bay 😉

And then we were done!
Iza was so professional as always, she wrote out my skin analysis for me and gave me so much great information on the products and what would be good for my home routine.

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I often suffer from from dehydration (I'm so bad at drinking water 🙊)  and my skin can suffer from flakey patches from time to time.
Out of all the amazing Dermalogica products I have used so far...
My Dermalogica "skin hero" has to be the Intensive Moisture Balance Moisturizer that I've been using for soooo long now and it literally does what it says and intensively moisturize's dry and dehydrated skin!!  👌

If you have skin that is in need of a bit of help...  It's definitely worthwhile making an appointment in mint for a skin Analysis.  With the right products and healthy skin it can completely change your confidence!!  Not only making you look good on the outside,  but feeling good on the inside too 😊❤

While I was up at mint I also had by brows threaded and tinted my Mairead!!  I love Mairead...  We always have so much fun 😊 I was so happy with how they had turned out. 
From my previous blogs,  you'llknow how much I love threading!!  🙌 it just gives such a great finish to the brows.
It had been a couple of weeks since I had them done so the were in a bad state as you could imagine! 😂 lol
But thankfully,  Mairead saved the day and brought me back to #browsonfleek 😘

I also had my nails redone.  I just couldn't resist the new Icelandic range from OPI!! 😱😱😱😍😍😘

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GORGEOUS new shades,  perfect for Autumn 🍂🍂

I went for "Aurora Berry-Alis"..... A beautiful dark and warm dusky pink shade.
Emma done a fantastic job!!  👏👏

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All I need now is the autumn wardrobe to go with them.....  Any excuse to go shopping!!  😂😂😉😉 xx

That's all for this week guys...
Hope you've found it fun and informative.
If you have any questions on anything,  just give the girls in Mint a call 😊

See you next week,
Bye for now 👋👋👋
Julie 💗💗💗
#faceofmint

Lip Fillers with Dr Niamh Gormley - Julie's Diary - Week 31

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Hi all!! 👋👋👋

Its week 31 as #faceofmint

This weeks treatment is sooooooo exciting!!!!!!!! 

I was booked into see Mints Dr. Niamh Gormley for,  wait for it......  Wait for it..............  Lip Fillers!!!!  💏💏💏
Yaaaaaaassss guuuurrrrlllll 💁
Woooohoooo!! 

Now,  to be fair,  this isn't just something I decided to do on a whim.  Its something I've had alot of time to think about because I wanted to make sure I was making the right decision for myself.

I've never been super super self conscious about my lips.  I know that they are small...  and my top lip basically dissapears when I smile lol!  😂
BUT, I am comfortable with the way I look (it's taken a while... It must come with age 😉)

I have a kind of heart shaped face,  in that I have quite a high forehead and a tiny chin ( we always see our own "flaws")  and was just so curious to see the difference that it would make to the symmetry of my face and I thought it would be something to tick off the bucket list as its always been something that was in the back of my mind ✅

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The thing that I like about the lip fillers that Dr.  Gormley uses,  is that they are not permanent and they will dissolve naturally over time,  so you are not left with something permanent if you were a bit nervous about it. On average,  depending on the type,  the can last between 6-9 months.

I was excited to try it out. I didn't want to make a huge difference,  just a subtle plumping and possibly a fuller top lip.

On speaking to Dr. Gormley,  we chatted thoroughly on the look that I wanted to achieve and she talked me through the different types of fully certified fillers that would be suitable to use to get the best result. 

I really felt completely at ease.  Niamh is such a wealth of information and she really knows her stuff!  👌

After our consultation and when I was happy and comfortable about what we were going to do,  we got started 😊

First of all,  numbing cream was applied to the treatment area and left to work while I filled in my details and treatment history details etc.
Numbing cream is usually used on the lip area as it can be a little more tender,  compared to the eye/forehead area,  when getting botox,  I literally barely felt a thing!  😊

Once Dr. Gormley was happy with everything,  she began the filler treatment. 
I was nice and relaxed on the bed and she started with the outer line of the lips,  defining the shape of my cupids bow and line of my bottom lip.
I was a little nervous naturally 😬
But I can honestly say,  it was completely bareable.  Niamh talked me through every step of the treatment and allowed me to look at the results in the mirror each time.
She then plumped a little in the middle of the top and bottom lip,  making sure everything was symmetrical 👍
I could barely feel anything on the outer lip during it...  And just a kind of zingy tingle when she was treating closer to the middle.
Personally,  I found it absolutely fine 😊

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For this treatment,  I went for the 1ml filler but we only needed to use about 7.5 of the 1ml because I was happy at that. 
You can go more or less.  Its absolutely your own personal preference. 
Dr. Gormley agrees,  that it is better to build gradually to achieve the look you want so its not always necessary to use the full amount.

After the treatment,  there is some swelling which is normal due to it being such a tender area.
Do keep this in mind during your treatment as this will go down over the few days afterwards. 

There are different options and different ways of treating,  depending on the overall look you would like to achieve,  wether it be subtle enhancement or a full cushion lip or cupids bow definition.  Its up to you 😊

If you are curious about it,  feel free to give the girls in Mint Kilkenny a call for more information and you can book a consultation with Dr.  Gormley to see if it might be for you.  She is so professional,  you will be in such good hands and you won't be disspointed!!  👏

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I am absolutely thrilled with my results!!!! ❤❤❤
They are subtle.... But perfect for what I wanted to achieve 😊
Some people don't even realize that I've had it done,  but notice something "different" about me 😄  I've gotten loads of lovely compliments about it them!  😊 I can honestly say that it has boosted my confidence 👍

To give an example...  I tried on a pair of on trend oversized sunglasses the week before...  and felt conscious that I looked like an alien 😂 👽 🙈 All because I felt they were completely out of symmetry with my face.  Then a week after having my lips done,  I tried on the same pair of sunnies and they looked good and I actually felt confident in wearing them!? 
I was delighted!!  😎😚
Perhaps,  part of my new found confidence is in my head lol...  But having my lips done...  Even though they are subtle...  It has made a big difference for me 😊

Will I have them done again?? 

Who knows?!  lol 😉 

Thats all for this week! 
Hope you've enjoyed this little blog entryand found it helpful...
I really enjoyed writing it 📝

Until next time,
Bye for now 👋👋👋
Julie❤❤❤
#faceofmint
 

Nouveau Lash Extend - Semi Permanent Lashes - Julie's Diary - Week 29

Hey all!!!!!  👋👋👋

Its week 29 as #faceofmint and I'm SUPER excited for today!!

I'm booked in for "Nouveau Lashes" extend semipermanent lashes.

The best thing about this lash treatment is that each single extension is placed carefully, one by one between your natural lashes by your lash technician,  leaving you with an end result of gorgeous, long, full, natural looking lashes 👀
They are so light weight that you forget you even have them!!  👌

At mint, I was having my treatment done by the gorgeous Nadine... 💚
Nadine is Mints lash pro...  and an absolute perfectionist when it comes to them! 

The treatment can last from an hour and a half to 2 hours depending on the effect you want to achieve and you can literally snooze your way through it!!  lol 😂💤

Nouveau lash extensions have been developed to the highest standards, combining softness with durability and strength. They are beautifully curled and tapered to imitate natural lashes and have a multitude of different lengths and curls allowing your technician to choose the perfect extensions to suit your own natural lash....  leaving you with a flawless look 😚😚
A specially developed, latex free lash adhesive is used to give you the best result and most comfortable treatment experience 👍

Every lash treatment starts out with a consultation in order to achieve your desired look,  weather it be long and natural or full on glam! 😊

I'll be returningto Nadine in Mint for a professional top-up every two to three weeks to ensure my lashes look their best for longer and I'llkeep you guys updated on how it goes 😊😊

Take a little looksie at the lash pictures that were taken after my treatment at Mint......

I LOOOOOOOOOOVE THEM!!!!! ❤❤❤❤

If you would like to inquire about any lash treatments that Mint have available,  Just give the girls a call and they will behappy to help or suggest a treatment that's right for you 😊

Definitely something to look into if you have an event coming up,  like a wedding,  debs or party 🎉 🎉 🎉
Or even if you would just like fabulous full lashes for everyday!!!  lol ❤

That's all for this week guys,
Hope you got some helpful insights into lash extensions.

Until next week,
Bye for now 👋👋👋
Julie ❤❤❤
#faceofmint

Eyebrows, Nails and Laser Hair Removal - Julie's Diary - Week 28

Hey all 👋👋👋

Its week 28 as #faceofmint and I’m back in Mint Kilkenny for some more fab treatments!!!! 🙌🙌

Lucky is an understatement at this stage!! 🍀🍀

Anyhooooo..... We kicked off the day by starting with the basics.

Eyebrows!!!!  😁😁
Now we all know that nowadays, there’s nothing basic about brows, but it has become part of most of our everyday routines to keep them looking #onfleekyaaasss guuuuurrrl!! 😚😚

So what better way to get those "on fleek" brows than with the #browgenius that is Marie, Mints head therapist 💚
Since starting to get my brow treatments with Marie, I’ve never been happier with the results I leave with every time... absolute perfection 👌

Marie starts out your brow consultation with a few questions to see what is your desired shape or colour. She then mixes and applies the brow tint which is left on for approx 10mins, depending on the shade you want.
Once that’s done, it’s onto the shaping. This can be done through waxing, tweezing or threading. Personally, I prefer the threading technique as I feel it’s less pull on the skin as it removes the hairs at follicle level and it removes multiple hairs at one time.

It gives your therapist great precision too which results in the perfect brow shape.

For any brow or lash tints, a 24hr patch test is required so feel free to call into the girls in Mint at any time and they will be happy to give you one and then all you have to do is book in for your perfect brows...... #browenvy 👀👅

Next it was onto nails!! 💅💅
I just love having my nails done every couple of weeks. It’s just such a treat and when your nails look well, you always look groomed and feel good 😊

Mint are stockists of OPI, Shellac and Gelish and they have endless colours to choose from making for some tough decisions because it’s so hard to just choose one lol 😂 🙆

Marie was looking after me for my nails and as usual, she started with nail prep by soaking and removing my old colour and buffing, trimming and filling to the shape I wanted. She also pushed back and tidied my cuticles👍

Next it was onto the fun part.... the new colour!! 💙💚💛💜❤

After debating for a while (I can’t make a decision to save my life 😲🙈) I decided on a fiery red from the Shellac range called “wildfire” 🔥  You just can’t beat a classic red. It will never go out of style.

I was absolutely delighted with how they turned out, Marie literally nailed it ❤ (get it lol.... “nailed it”.... apologies for the awful jokes lol 😂🙈)

For my next treatment, I had my appointment for laser hair removal with Sheila 💚💚
Sheila specialises in the use of Mints state of the art Candela Max Pro Machine, which is used for the most efficient laser hair removal, but also it targets pigmentation, thread veins and fungal nail issues ✔✔✔✔

Sheila also specialises in microneedling, rejuvapen and face peels 👍

For todays appointment I was due to have laser hair removal on my underarms.
I’m currently doing an ongoing course in this and although I’m not expecting miracles as my skin and hair is quiet fair ☺
Being a “red head” wouldn’t always be considered as the best candidate for it.

BUT.... I can honestly say that I am seeing results in the fact that there is definitely less regrowth and it is taking longer to grow back after each treatment which has reduced my need to shave as often so that is definitely a benefit!! 🌟


To start out, Sheila allowed me time to get settled and then cleansed, sterilized marked out the treatment area.  Both underarms usually take approximately 5 mins altogether to treat, so it’s over before you know it 😊

I usually chat away during it... you can never stop me talking lol 🙊

The concentrated little laser pulses give off a tingling sensation and are followed each time by a cool puff of air on the skin which is a really great added benefit to the treatment making it completely manageable 👍

The candela Gentle max pro is the gold standard in laser hair removal so it is well worth booking in for a consultation if might be something you are interested in trying.... especially if you are fed up of bumps, nicks and ingrown hairs causes be waxing or shaving.

Sheila will be able to judge by a consultation if it may be suitable for you.

It’s suitable for both men and women, so if you have any queries on it at all, just give the girls in Mint Kilkenny a call and they will be more than happy to help with any information you need 💚

That’s all for this week guys and gals.....

Hope you enjoyed my little diary and found it helpful 😁

See you all next time,

Bye for now 👋👋👋

Julie ❤❤❤

#faceofmint

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 💅

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 💖

It was such a beautiful colour.....
Perfect bridal nails for a wedding 👌👰
Or even for an elegant tidy look for everyday 😊

Next it was onto tan! 🙌🙌

Who needs "2 weeks in Torremolinos" when you can get a Vita Liberata Luxury Rapid Dry Spray Tan in Mint!! 😄😄👍👍 I went from being pastey pale to beautifully bronzed in the space of a few hours... Yaaaaaaaaaaas!!! 🙌

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 😂😙😙

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!!!! 💗💗💗

I really love this tan! ....it took so well to my skin and lasted aaaaages and wore off evenly 👌
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 tan👍

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 👋👋👋
Julie 💗💗💗
#faceofmint

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

Hey all!!!! 👋👋👋👋

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 👍🙌

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! 👍👍

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 👨⚽🏃

Sports Massage Can Help With: 

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

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 👌

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 ‘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 ‘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 🙈😯
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! 😂

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!?!? 🙌👍🙌👍

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 👂👂 ...who would have thought it eh?! 💭

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!! 👏
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!!! 👋👋👋👋

Hope you're all keeping well 😊 xx

It's week 26 as face of Mint....
And I'm getting my brows done!
Hallelujah 🙌🙌🙏🙏
I literally had nare a brow to my name as you'll see from the before and after pics lol! 😂🙈

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

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! 👌

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Next it was onto nails with Lesley 💅
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 💚
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 🙅👃
...no streaks!!!
Woohoo!! 👏👏
I LOVED it.... It is officially my fave!!!! 🙌

I made the most of the fab weather by getting out and about when I could! 🌅
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 👍
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 💁

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

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!! 🙈🙊😀

See you all soon!!!

Bye for now 👋👋👋
Julie ❤❤❤
#faceofmint

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

Hey all 👋👋👋

It's week 25 as #faceofmint
Yaaaaay!!! 😄😄👏👏

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 😄🌸🌼🌻

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It was a proper girls day out! 👭
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 🍷😉, listened to music and had some seriously good munches on the food stalls 😋🍓🍅🍩🍕☕
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 📷😙

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

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!! 👣

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 😊💅

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 😉
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 👍👍

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!! 😄😄😄

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

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 👃  ....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 ✅
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 😄😄😄😙😙😙

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 👋👋👋
Julie 💗💗💗
#faceofmint

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

Hey all!! 👋👋👋👋

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

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!!! 💗💗💗

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

So not only does it smell amazeballs!! 👃😍, it's actually SUPER good for your skin and it continues to nourish even after your massage 👍👍

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 😂😴🙈

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 👌

I'm looking forward to the next one already! 🙌

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

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!!!! 👏👏👏 (I honestly didn't know how that was even possible, but keep reading below 😉)

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

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!!! 🙌🙌🙌
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! 💎

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 👣 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 👌) 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....✨ 💆✨

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!! 🙌🙌

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 🙌

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!!! 💗💗💗💗💗💗

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 👍

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 😉)

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 👋👋👋
Julie 💗💗💗
#faceofmint

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

Hey all!!! 👋👋👋

It's week 23 and I'm back in Mint to get all dolled up for my lovely friends birthday celebrations 🎉🎁🎊

Mints head therapist Marie was on hand to transform me from glum to glam lol! 😉 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!!  👠👡👚👗😂
Until you finally find something that your happy with! lol 🙌🙌

Well... That's pretty much what happenedto me 🙈
Sooo, as I tottered out the door that night, leaving a path of destruction behind me 😂
...My poor bedroom resembling something that had been hit by a tornado.... Or #hurricaneJulie 💨

All that aside, I was still super happyand confident in knowing that my make up was on point and my lashes were on fleek!! 😙😙 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 👏👏
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!! 🙌

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 👀
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 magic💫 ....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 💗

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 💄

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

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 👋👋👋
Julie 💗💗💗
#faceofmint

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

Hey all!!! 👋👋👋

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! 😘😄❤

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!!!! 😍😍💅💅

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 ✅
It removes hairs at follicle level ✅
It removes multiple hairs at a time ✅
It allows more precision in shaping ✅
It's great for people with sensitive skin ✅
It can be used for hair removal on the brows, sides of face, chin, lip etc ✅

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!!!! 🙌🙌🙌😄😄😄

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

Sarah gave me some top secret insider scoop on the most freaking exciting news!!!! 😱😱😁😁🙌🙌

#newtreatmentalert 🚨🚨🚨

And boy oh boy is it gonna be a good one!!
Eeek!!! 🙊🙊 I'm so excited!!!!!!! 🙈🙈
I even got a sneak peak 😁  sssshhh!

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

That's all for this time,
Short but sweet 😄 lol 😘

Bye for now 👋👋👋
Julie ❤❤❤
#faceofmint
 

Germaine de Capuccini Time Expert Rides Advanced Facial & Laser Hair Removal - Week 21 - Julie's Diary

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Hey all!! 👋👋👋

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!!!! 👏👏👏

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!! 👍

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 💆💫 

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 👌
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 ✅✅

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!! 💦💦
While the mask worked its magic, Maighread treated me to a lovely little head massage... I literally nearly fell asleep 💤💤

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 👌

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! 👍

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 👋👋👋
Julie 💗💗💗
#faceofmint

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

Hey all 👋👋👋

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

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!! 💖

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!!! 📝

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 👣🌞

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 👍😊
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 💤💤💤, snoop through social media, or like me.... Have a read through Social & Personal.... I LOVE that magazine!!! Definitely one of my faves!!! 💛

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 👊👣

To top it all off we went with a gorgeous natural pink colour in Gelish on the toes..... #toetastic !!! 🙌 lol 😂

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!! 👏👏
And girls... We all need a brow genius in our lives, am I right?? 👍

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! 👍👍

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 😄

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

See you all next week,
Bye for now 👋👋👋
Julie 💗💗💗
#faceofmint

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

Hey all 👋👋👋

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!!! 💙💙💙
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 😱🍫😋🙈 #ihavenowillpowerwhenitcomestochocolate 😂)

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 👌
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 💁😂)

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 😄 ...As Iza moved this across my chest, neck and face, it gave off little soothing vibrations as it worked it's magic 💆

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!!!! 👏👏👏

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!!!! 🙌🙌🙌
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 👀 👀
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 ✔
When done, it gives the effect of longer fuller lashes and brighter eyes ✔
Aaaaand, there's also an eyelash tint included in it which leaves your lashes with the effect of having mascara on ✔

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 😊💤
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 💚

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

Bye for now 👋👋👋
Julie 💗
#faceofmint