My Laser Pigment Removal Experience

For the last few years decade I have noticed increased pigment and discolouration on my face and décolletage. I have been pretty great with sunscreen but not enough for me to travel back in time to 1990 and avoid suntanning.

My pigment and discolouration was easily minimised with makeup but on weekends I’m usually makeup free and thought about how nice would it be to see a slightly less patchy face in the mirror looking back at me.

So, my latest beauty experience at the Brisbane Anti Wrinkle & Skin Studio is laser pigment removal.

My Laser Pigment Removal Experience

When I mentioned that I was off to get this done, most people pulled a pained face or assumed I must be getting treated for hair removal on my face and chest. The pained face didn’t concern me too much because I have a pretty high tolerance for anything beauty related.

About to go in. Makeup free and excited. I was expecting a little pain and was completely okay with it.

My Laser Pigment Removal Experience

Was it painful?

Since it was my first session they started off on a pretty low setting. It was uncomfortable but completely manageable. There were moments of a slightly higher pain (like a muted, quick burn) but it was for very brief moments. Followed by a feeling of being sunburnt. This hot sunburn feeling lasts for about 30 minutes and then fades away. They recommend Skintitut Laser Aid to cool and sooth, which felt amazing. I then forgot about the treatment until my shower that night, when the area felt more sensitive to heat, so I turned down the shower and applied Laser Aid afterwards.

Appearance

Immediately afterward the treatment you look red and patchy, almost like you are having a reaction to something. As you can see, my chest reacted more than my face. The technician applied Laser Aid and Age Defence 50+ SPF Sunscreen, so you look a bit shiny as well as red, but you are good to get to your car or even go grocery shopping.

My Laser Pigment Removal Experience

Day Two – five

The red fades within hours and when you wake up the next day the brown patches have arrived. For the next few days your pigment will be darker than before but I didn’t feel any discomfort at all. I just avoided low cut tops and wore my normal makeup. No-one seemed to notice the darker patches, or they weren’t interesting enough to comment on.

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Week one – two

The brown fades and takes a significant amount of pigment and discolouration with it. My décolletage saw the most obvious results, probably because it was the most damaged. I was amazed with the results after just one treatment and I can not wait to see the results of a second treatment with a higher setting.

Laser Pigment Removal

Would I recommend it?

Yes, seriously excited about the results and I have already booked in for a second round.

The Details

Time: The entire treatment only took 30 mins for face, neck and décolletage.

Cost: Prices starting from $36 and the full face, neck and décolletage is $248. PS: if you buy a pack of 3 you get a 15% discount.

Place: I went to the Redcliffe clinic of the Brisbane Anti Wrinkle & Skin Clinic and highly recommend their team. They lovely, informative and gentle. You can find them at 1/73 Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe and their number is 07 3361 8174

If you would like to read about other treatments – you can read about Laser vein removal here.

Invisalign – Sponsored Post

My teeth are probably the one thing I receive the most compliments on. It’s probably because I’m usually talking or cackling laughing and they are right in your face plus a few years ago I had them improved with Invisalign treatment.

I’ve have always thought that nice, white teeth is one of the best ways to look healthy and youthful and a genuine smile instantly makes you more attractive and approachable.

My Invisalign treatment

Growing Up

Growing up, my teeth were slightly overcrowded. Sure they were strong and white but the front teeth overlapped a little and the bottom row was crooked. I was always self-conscious about them and usually had a tight, little smile to keep them covered. One person even commented that I always looked like I was sucking on a lemon. Nice!

My Invisalign Experience

About 8 years ago I decided to look into doing something about them. I didn’t want traditional braces and I was thinking of porcelain veneers but once reading about them I changed my mind pretty quickly. My dentist mentioned Invisalign treatment. I had no idea what it was but when I looked into it I was very excited. It was exactly what I was looking for, something that didn’t jeopardise the health of my own teeth, was virtually invisible and, even better, was removable. I could still go to corporate events and not have to worry about wearing braces. Perfect!

After a consultation with my Orthodontist, they took moulds and created amazing online before and after images. There was no way I could resist after seeing them! It took about 7 months of switching my trays every two weeks and I ended up with the teeth I had always wanted. Reviewing Invisalign

Now my daughters are at the age where I’m looking into teeth options for them. They had plates as their teeth were growing in but in the near future, they might need a little more work. Hands down Invisalign treatment is my number one choice for them too. They love the idea and are particularly excited that they can just remove their tray for selfies with friends. Perfect for the modern teen!

To find out if Invisalign aligners are suitable for you – click here.

Beauty: Feather Stroke Eyebrow Tattoo

I had been thinking for quite a while about feather stroke eyebrow tattoo. My natural eyebrows are pretty ordinary and completely different from each other. I usually spend a lot of time each day filling them in and evening them up. It’s boring and time consuming. Waxing and tinting is excellent and they always look amazing when I leave the salon but quickly revert back to their ordinary, sparse brows within weeks.

But these were tattoos on my face! I needed to consider it carefully and find the right technician.

I obsessively researched, read reviews and googled ‘bad eyebrow tattoos‘. More evidence not to rush into anything and find the right person.

Feather Stroke Eyebrow Tattoo

Marina Veronica operating from Devine Serenity in Scarborough was highly recommended to me, so I met up with her for a consultation. All my concerns blew away and I knew this chick was the right one. She was highly experience, recommended by clients and had her own before and after photos to show me.

We made an appointment for a month later.

The ‘needle’ is actually a disposable hand held micro blade. It’s a series of small cuts implanted with dye. The technician will use a numbing cream to start with, then use another anaesthetic during the procedure. This isn’t pain free but bearable.

The below photos show the before and after, the after is on day two. I had a slight reaction to the waxing due to sensitive skin, but unlike my brows, this is only temporary.

Beauty: Feather Stroke Eyebrow Tattoo

The questions most people have been asking me…

Cost

Marina charges $560 for feather stroke eyebrow tattoo and $495 for powder style. Don’t shop around for price, only shop around for the best technician you can find.

Time

This actual appointment took about 2.5 hours. Marina is a perfectionist

Pain

Yes, there was a little pain, and it got worse towards the end. It was bearable and Marina is aware of the discomfort and reapplied the anaesthetic during the procedure.

Appearance after

My brows looked full and slightly red tinged but the redness faded by day 3. You can’t wear makeup and have to let the brows recover. No one really noticed unless they knew already. But I understand my brows are going to go through a few stages and complete healing will take about 4 weeks.

Follow up

I have an appointment in 6 weeks to see how they are settling in, fading, colour and make any adjustments. This is included in the price

Generally

I love them!! It’s funny waking up with brows but it’s wonderful not needing to fill them in. My makeup time has halved. I feel like I should have done this years ago.

This is a photo from day two. You can see the red tone

Would you consider eyebrow tattoos? Have you done it?
Feather Stroke Eyebrow Tattoo

Not sponsored but of your info:

Marina Veronica  0404 058 288 – instagram @mv_cosmetictattoo

Devine Serenity 0401 028 686 –  95 Landsborough Avenue, Scarborough

Brisbane Anti Wrinkle Clinic in Redcliffe

Glowing, clear skin is something we would all love. Some lucky people are blessed with it, others have to work harder to achieve it plus it gets harder and harder each year!

Many things can affect your skin like the sun, age, dehydration and air conditioning. Makeup can do wonders covering up what’s going on underneath, but it’s much preferable to start off with a great base.

I’ve just signed up to be an Ambassador for the Brisbane Anti Wrinkle Clinic in Redcliffe. Over the next 3 months, I am going to be trying out some of the great treatments and products they offer and sharing them with you. We are going to to be looking at dealing with pigmentation, pores, texture, veins, ageing and whatever else we come across. I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to this!

This week I met with them in my lunch break to come up with a basic plan, start a skincare regime and sneak in a quick microdermabrasion treatment.

I didn’t leave with any redness and, 4 days later, my skin still feels amazing and smooth.

Brisbane Anti Wrinkle Clinic in Redcliffe

Skincare Regime

I love beauty products but l’ve become pretty slack with my skincare. It’s an eclectic mix of products that I have stumbled upon, or that have stumbled upon me. Not really products that are recommended for my skin type, age or made to work together.

Knowing this, the lovely therapist at the clinic created a Skinstitut regime just for me. She creates a unique 5-a-day regime, perfectly matched to your skin. Have you tried these products? I was really impressed with the products, generous sizing and excellent pricing. Any 5 products are only $149!

That is insane.

Brisbane Anti Wrinkle Clinic in Redcliffe

What’s your current skincare regime like? 

Quick Messy Summer Hair

Quicky messy hair is my go-to hair style. I don’t have the patience or the skill to do anything else. Lucky, a few years ago I taught myself how to do easy beachy waves (you can see the easy video here), else my go-to-do would be a top knot.

Quick Messy Summer Hair

I start with frizzy morning hair. I realise I would get a better result with a blow dry, but I don’t want to damage my hair further with extra heat and this saves time. Before I go to sleep I put some styling product in my hair so it’s ready for styling in the morning, then I give it a spritz of ghd heat protector.

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then I grab my ghd platinum copper luxe to give some loose beachy waves – tutorial here.

ghd platinum cooper lux premium

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Let the waves cool, then run your fingers through to break them up and look less like ‘sausage curls’

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Then because I have very fine hair and not much of it, I will only need one bobby pin. Feel free to grab a few more if you’ve been blessed with a gorgeous mane.

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I create a messy 1/2 up do by wrapping my hair around the pony, then loosen it out and give it a good spray with hair spray.
#glitztheseason
Effortless.

What’s your go-to-do?

 

What I wore: Watering the Garden

It was such a warm, sunny day yesterday that I threw on a dress for watering the garden and become one with nature. I was like a little chameleon, hidden against the background.

I adore long, light, printed dresses for Summer. They replace the denim that features heavily in my wardrobe the other 9 months of the year. I’ve already started picking up a few dresses in preparation of a gorgeous, hot Queensland Summer – like this one here.

What I wore: Watering the Garden

My most recent addition is this Privacy Please, cold shoulder, dress from Revolve. How gorgeous is the print and the sleeves!? So beautifully feminine and so easy to wear.

What I wore: Watering the Garden

What I wore: Watering the Garden

Don’t forget: Revolve’s new free Express Post shipping to Australia and they are offering friends and family 20% off. Be warned, this promotion ends on 3 October 2016

40 Plus Beauty: Creating a realistic Luminous glow

I love a little luminous glow, nothing will help you look as youthful as gorgeous, hydrated, illuminated skin. But it’s not going to come naturally from me. Life is working against me. Age, insomnia, sun damage, stress all give me a natural dull, matt, finish. It’s not the same.

So I have a few products I swear by to help create a natural, hydrated, luminous appearance. Natural is the key.

40 Plus Beauty: Creating a realistic Luminous glow

As boring as it is, start by drinking bucket loads of water and finding a moisturiser that works for you.

These are the 4 products I use daily …

40 Plus Beauty: Creating a realistic Luminous glow

In order of application:

  1. Klara Reset Glow. This in a new product to my routine and I promise my kit will never be without it. It’s so gorgeous and light and my skin loves it. I treat it as a moisturiser but you can also use it as a primer. You can get it online or at Priceline
  2. Erin Bigg Luminous Foundation. My favourite foundation. It’s even managed to kick Chanel off the top of my favourite list.
  3. Face of Australia Mineral Therapy Illuminator. I have owned this tube for years and years, it’s a bottomless pit of luminating goodness.
  4. Nars Orgasm blush. Seriously, this is everything you have ever heard and more.

40 Plus Beauty: Creating a realistic Luminous glow

Remember, less is definitely better with these products, too much and they will start illuminating the wrinkles. If you feel like to you need a little video to tutorial to demonstrate the products let me know.

What are your favourite products to create luminous skin?

Behind the Scenes: How I take an outfit photo

One of the questions I get asked almost daily is about how I take an outfit photo. When I started blogging, I would snap the photo in the mirror. This was fine, but I realised I already had the equipment and minions to take it to the next level.
How I take an outfit photo

Behind the Scenes: How I take an outfit photo

What you need:

  1. Camera that is remote friendly. I use a Nikon D40 with a Nikkor 35mm lens.
  2. Battery remote. I have a Nikon one but also bought a few extra ones from Ebay for about $2 each and these work just as well
  3. Tripod. Try to get one that is eye height. I use a Manfrotto that goes to about 165cm-170cm. I think it cost about $100 or $150. Very light and great for travelling.

This is so easy!

PS: One of my patient minions also gave me a lesson in iMovie. They are super handy!

 

Botox!

This is a shallow post. Back away now if you’re less shallow than me. This could be hard, because sometimes I’m pretty shallow.

I’m 41 years old. I’m pretty happy being me and where I am right now. I dye my hair, I wear make up and sunscreen. I love eye cream and hunt down wrinkle minimising creams and I get….BOTOX. I’m not afraid to admit that I hate my angry lines. Because I haven’t kept my botox a secret, people ask me about it ALL THE TIME.

It’s for these people I’m sharing this.

My Botox

I’m going to answer a few of the questions I’m usually asked.

When did I start?

It was a gift for my 39th Birthday from my husband because I asked for it. I realised I was only noticing two deep, angry lines between my brows in the mirror and in photos. I would play in iPhoto and PicMonkey. I’d erase those annoying lines and I liked it so much more. I was more than just an angry face.

My Botox Journey

Does it hurt?

No. I’ve never felt any pain. I could just be super tough but I’m fairly certain it just doesn’t hurt.

Where do you get it injected?

The first time I got it between my brows, and that is still were I get it. I haven’t graduated to a completely frozen botox look, I haven’t tried fillers or anything else. I’m happy to age…but age in a happy way. My laughter lines are from my spending years laughing with friends and family, and I want them to stay because I love them.

My Botox Journey

How often?

I probably get it twice a year. I time the injections it to work with Christmas and my Birthday. These are the most photographed moments and I want to see more than 2 angry lines in the photos.

The Price?

I would spend about $100 – $150 each time. If it was more than this, I’d probably hesitate or buy less groceries.

Would I do more?

I’m still not interested in injecting more areas. I’m very expressive and I need to be able to use them all. My hands can only do so much.

Where do you get it done?

I would never, ever go to someone that wasn’t recommended. I visit CozMedics in Racecourse Road, Ascot. (Not sponsored)

Would you? Have you?