Skincare During Lockdown

The last few months have no doubt been an emotional roller-coaster ride of many changes and unknowns. In a matter of weeks, Australia was brought to a stand-still in our fight against the global Covid-19 Pandemic. The hairdressing industry was very fortunate to remain open for trade while others weren’t so lucky. Nails and Beauty were among the trades that had to shut shop and for Jax that meant pausing her beauty services for a while. Fortunately, our efforts have paid off and our daily tally of infections have remained low. Restrictions across the country are beginning to ease and we are pleased to announce that from June 1st, Esstudio is back on for all things beauty once again! We couldn’t be happier to be back.

With hygiene measures put into place and social distancing at play, you can now come in for that facial you’ve been needing and finally treat yourself! However, if you still feel unsafe to come into the salon, or you’re still stuck at home for whatever reason, we have come up with an easy 6 step facial you can do in the comfort of your own home! Jax and Elena show us exactly how it’s done.

Double Cleanse

The DIY Dermalogica Facial starts off with their double cleanse. Why Cleanse twice? Well you would be surprised at how much dirt and sebum is left on your face after only one wash! Fine particles from makeup, sunscreen and the pollutants in the air need to be broken down first before being washed off. Dermalogica have specially formulated two cleansers; one oil-based, to melt through waterproof makeup, sunscreen and excess sebum, and a water-based face wash that allows for deeper cleansing action without over-drying the skin.

Jax starts off her facial with the Pre-Cleanse, massaging the balm in circular motions into her skin. She then rinses the cleanser off with warm water before proceeding to use the Special Cleansing Gel. Repeat with the second cleanse, and you’re ready for the next step!

Rapid Reveal Peel

This is where the magic begins to happen! Dermalogica’s Rapid Reveal Peel is a professional grade chemical exfoliant that promotes cell renewal and firmer, smoother skin. It gently buffs away the dead skin and debris without over-drying the skin, diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. A potent formula of Lactic acid, Phytoactive AHA extract and fermented Plant enzymes work to smooth, tighten and lift skin! Some of the natural active ingredients include: Pumpkin Fruit Enzyme and Rice Bran Extract which promote cell renewal, evening out the skin tone. The addition of Australian Caviar Lime Extract smooths and brightens skin for a more glowing and youthful complexion.

Each retail pack contains 10 applications (8-10 weeks worth) of the peel at $129. It is recommended that you start your regimen with a three day “kick-start phase” where you use 1 full tube once a day for three days before spacing it out to once a week.

Here, Jax squeezes out the full contents of the tube onto her fingertips before massaging the gel into her face, neck and decolletage in circular motions. She lets it activate for 3-7 minutes. Some tingling is normal during this step. Rinse with cool water after time is up, and pat dry.

Phyto Nature Firming Serum

Dermalogca’s Phyto Nature Firming Serum is a dual action formula that reduces the appearance of ageing and restores and preserves the nature of young skin. This Serum is powered by Biomimetic Peptides and Nature’s vast botanical plant-extracts to lift and firm skin. Hyaluronic Acid, Amazonian Camu Camu, Moroccan Rockrose and Madagascan Green Coffee Bean are among the luxury ingredients that will noticeably brighten and reduce the appearance of fine lines in the first application and smooth out wrinkles by the fourth! Jax, dispenses 2 pumps into her hand and mixes the 2 serums together before gently applying to her face.

Smoothing Cream

Dermalogica’s Smoothing Cream provides skin with 24 continuous hours of hydration. This cream also locks in any serums and treatments applied to the skin and serves as a barrier for environmental stresses such as sun exposure, dry wind and air. Use this cream as a primer underneath your makeup for a smooth, clean canvas! Elena applies the Smoothing Cream in sweeping upwards stroking motions to her face.

Biolumin-C Eye Serum

Loaded with Vitamin C, the Biolumin-C Eye Serum protects and vitalises the delicate eye area against ageing caused by environmental stresses and daily eye movement. This lightweight but potent formula firms and brightens skin around the eyes. Chia seed oil and Arjuna Tree Extract rich with poly-phenol, re-hydrate the skin, promoting elasticity and minimising the appearance of fine lines. The Tramella and Poria Mushrooms as well as micro-algae provide nutrients to the skin to lock in moisture and boost the skin’s natural brightness. Jax, finishes off her at home facial by rolling the eye serum gently under her eyes on her orbital bone.

Don’t forget to make this a relaxing pamper for yourself by putting on some zen music, or lighting your favourite scented candles! Maybe unwind before your facial with a hot bath and your favourite bath-bomb! Be sure to take your time massaging the products into your skin to boost blood-flow and tighten the skin and muscles!

…and that’s a wrap for Jax’s easy lockdown Facial! All of the products mentioned above are available at our online shop, or in store at our Chippendale salon, and soon at our Parramatta salon! Stay tuned for the release date! Remember that great skin starts from within! Make sure to stay hydrated throughout the day and eat quality, nutrient-rich foods! Stay safe, happy and healthy, and until next time!

love, Esstudio x

Introducing Beautytube

 

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Hey Guys,

We’re ssooooo excited to introduce Beautytube to you all. It has been an emotional ride getting this dream to reality. To think it was once a thought, but we have now developed an easier way to produce and film content for all things in the beauty world for women to enjoy and learn best use of tools, right application of products and some great tips & advice from professionals.  A huge thanks to all those who collaborated on this journey for all your time and efforts, all the knowledge that was passed on to us, “We could not of done this with out you all!!! So thank you again and happy beautytuben…

In October 2015 we were so proud to finally release the first video of  Beautytube . After so many hurdles and an endless roller-coaster ride developing a format for Beautytube was hard.  But with lots of  photo-1testing and grinding we have nailed it, you can expect to see quick 90 second tutorials on all things beauty, including hair, beauty and nail-art, lots of creative colour, learn to style your hair, do your own makeup, tips on nails and do a manicure on yourself. Stay up to date with the latest trends, quick tricks for best eyebrows, eye makeup, splash on some eye shadow make those green eyes pop. Tutorials on long hair to short hair, to tell you the truth we are going to cover it all. We will be keen to hear what you would like to see next…

Find our channel on Youtube.  With a weekly release, the playlist grows on, with product giveaways across beautytube’s facebook and instagram
You can slow that motion down to pictorials on our pinterest page.  Dont forget to subscribe on our Youtube channel which we are forever adding to our library of beauty videos.

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Ninety seconds: half a pop song; a Facebook check; a bathroom break. Or instead, you could learn how to style your own hair do your nails or slap on some makeup into a salon-worthy do. Hollywood glam waves, rockabilly quiffs, ombre nails, sexy sleek cat eyes are all just a click away with Beautytube’s new how-to videos.

 

LOOK GOOD – FEEL GREAT!!

Jax & Aleks

BT. Xx

Blush or Bronzer??? What do you use?

Let’s get ready!
First apply some primer then your regular foundation.  Now use a foundation colour to totally match your natural skin colour.. If you want a bit of the sun-kissed look or some colour to your cheeks.  This is where we would use blush or bronzer.
But which do you grab????  Your blush or your bronzer?

Tricky situation, right? You almost feel like you should use one or the other?  Or do you even own both?  Wowzez!! Break them rules!

But guess what! You can actually use both 🙂  But it must be down right.  Who likes that look of a orange face when used too much bronzer???  Not me!

Bad bronzing!
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Here’s a super-quick guide to work out the colour your cheeks should be sporting.

If you want to look like you have been to Hawaii.

Go for a little bronzer. The brown pigments will give your skin that I’ve-just-spent-a-week-in-the-Caribbean glow and if you choose one with some shimmer in it, it will give your skin an instant hit of radiance.

Apply your bronzer under your cheekbones, around your jawline, by your hairline and on your nose and chin. Lightly dust some on your neck, chest and décolletage for good measure and to make it all look natural.   Do not over do this step… sometimes bronzer can go terribly wrong!

Good bronzing.

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If you want to contour:

Reach for the bronzer or a darker foundation.  Powder or creme, but make sure its free from any shimmer or glitter. The natural hue will help bring out your angles while adding warmth to your face.

Starting at your temples by the top of your ears and draw a three and coming down just under the chin line. Apply the bronzer or creme in the hollows of your cheeks.  Blend blend blend into your foundation so there is no harsh lines.  You can also apply the colour on either side of the bridge of your nose and at your temples. Your skin will look fabulous after this!

The three rule.. (done in blue here.. just so you can see) 🙂 This is where you should contour.

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If you want your skin to look ‘awake’:

Blush time! Pink and peach blushes will help give your skin a wonderfully natural flush that almost looks like you’ve run all the way to work.  (without doing it) hehe

The key to a great blush application is to keep the colour light and not too brightly pigmented, otherwise you’ll lose that natural look.  And it will turn clown like!

If your face is round or oval, apply your blush on your cheekbones up towards your ears as this will help lengthen your face and add definition. For longer faces, apply your blush on the apples of your cheeks and extend the colour horizontally towards your ears.

Great Blushing!

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If you want an overall natural finish:

Use both!!  Wowzez… Who would have known. 🙂

Just make sure you don’t go overboard with how much you apply and make sure you blend the colour in properly.

Queen of Contouring

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There you go!!  Viola!
And if you are still unsure why not come in for a little makeup course and I can give you a few tips and tricks!

Email for enquires to admin@esstudio.com.au

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Jax xox

Pump those brows.

Bold fuller brows are so 2014!

Blame it on Cara Delevingne who I loveeeeee!

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But what are you supposed to do if you aren’t blessed in the brow department or you tweezed them all out in the ’90s because you loved Pamela Anderson or are you simply scared of augmenting your assets with a little pencil and powder action?

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I’m here to help and give you a few pointers. As I’ve had experience.. I tweezed way to much in the 90’s and therefore have to tend to my brows every day with love and care.  I’ve tried to grow them back over the last couple of years but it’s just not happening! 🙁

Tweezing

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The first step to your brows is tweezing and knowing where to tweeze.  Using your eyeball as a guide, line up the handle of the makeup brush on the outer edge of or your iris. Wherever it hits—that’s your arch. You should have a natural arch in your brows that you should follow. This is where you’ll take the most hair. But keep in mind that may only be a few hairs or a lot of blondies.. Depending on how hairy those brows are 🙂 Remember to also hold your skin tight with the other hand while tweezing.  This will help with the pain and also prevent the hair from breaking.

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Use this diagram as a guide.  But be careful not to take to much from the top and ends of your brows.  The ends are always the hardest to grow back.

Filling your brows in

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You can fill in your brows with a pencil or powder and an angled brush—use whichever one you’re most comfortable with. If your brows are particularly sparse, I suggest a two-step approach. First use a pencil painting wispy light feathery strokes to create the illusion of real hairs and create the shape then  a powder to soften the pencil with a small angled brush.  I also like to brush the hairs with a clean mascara wand during this whole process to smooth it all out even more.

Natural brow look but still drawn in.  Follow the instructions above.

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Heavy Brows…  Yes these are the fashion right now.
There is nothing natural about this look.. Be heavy handed.  Draw a square lines with that pencil or gel liner an accentuate the points.   Then fill it in with a shadow of a touch lighter shade.

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Don’t do this!
Do not in any way do something like this!!!

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Last of all if your having trouble shaping your own brows why not come into Esstudio and see me.  I can also give you tips on how to shape and draw them in!

 

Good luck!

Jax xx