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

Tips on Age cheating!

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Want to learn how to cheat your age like Gwen?  Can you believe she is 42!  Amazeballs!

From your hands to your lashes and brows there are a multitude of small areas that will give away your age!

When cheating on your age, it’s important to pay attention to the small details.
We tend to forget about our hands when going in the sun or just out and about.  If you drive its usually this side that is worse!  The sun is the devil when it comes to aging.  Surely if I had know back in my school days I would have worn my gloves and hat when my school teachers bellowed at me to do so!

old handsSadly, the way to draw attention to your less-than-youthful-looking hands is to have a remarkably fresh face. The contrast immediately draws attention.   Your hands can tell your age more than your face these days! Check out Madge and Sarah.. YIKES!

Thankfully, it is reasonably easy to rejuvenate them. Age spots can be zapped away by Jax and her IPL machine. You will only need a couple of these to make your hands look 10 years younger!  IPL will not only remove the pigmentation it will also stimulate collagen and elastin and make your skin super soft!

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Once you have the back of your hands looking younger, you may want to show off your fingers – not so easy when your nails are also showing the effects of ageing, including dryness and uneven surfaces like ridges and splits.

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Have a Deluxe mani that will exfoliate and moisturize your hands as well as your nails.  This will also fix the ridges by buffing them out and making your nails super smooth!  Clipping all the dry cuticles off will work wonders!

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Makeup – the trick is to appear as natural as possible and not too heavy on your eyes as this will highlight those wrinkles!  One of the latest craze is semi-permanent eyelash extensions. They will last providing you care for them properly, which includes brushing them and not using oil-based anything on your eyelids, you’ll still look great without any other eye make-up at all.  Its recommended to have regular 2 week infills to keep them looking perfect.  Check out our previous post on lashes!

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Eyebrows – Sadly the hair does get less as we age!  One of my elderly clients quotes “the hair from my brows fell to my chin” haha. These days there are heaps of products out there that will help with this.  You can purchase products that actually can help your brows and lashes grow!  Then there is makeup to help.  Draw your brows in with a similar colour pencil while brushing with  a clean mascara brush at the same time.   This will help smooth out hard lines from the pencil.  You can also fill in with shadows.

So here are a few tips to help with aging… There are many many more too!  Why not come in for a facial and I can give you some tips!

Jax xox

 

 

What shape are you?

Going to your average nail bar you don’t really get a choice in nail shapes, usually you go to a nail salon and just get asked what shape do you want round or square? And maybe they talk to you or maybe they don’t!

Sometimes these shapes don’t suit your nails or hands and your never really that happy with what you’re getting done but sometimes it’s just convenient.

Here are some shapes you may or may not have tried.

 

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A few months ago I went into a nail bar on my day off, ( I use to get my acrylic’s done every 2 weeks) and I asked the lady who was doing my nails can she do a particular shape and she huffed about it cos it takes longer to do. LOL!
While I was getting my nails done she was really rough and I felt so uncomfortable. I’ve been working in the hair industry for nearly 10 years now and that’s just unheard of treating a client like that… I guess you get what you pay for!
Heres a hilarious video check it out!

Check out our menu for all your nail lovin’s!

Some common shaped nails are

Square rounded nails (scround)

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Oval nails

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Mountain peak nails (claws!)

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Rounded nails

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Almond nails

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Square nails

 

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Kim xx

 

Bridal Series Part IIl: Makeup

ivanka-trump-bridal-makeupWhen it comes to bridal makeup, its all about enhancing your natural beauty, and making your best features pop!  So before we get to the makeup, have a look at our previous post on how to prep your skin for your big day, beautiful makeup starts with beautiful skin.

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First thing to ask yourself is, what is the weather going to be like? This is very important because if your day is on a hot summers day, by the time your ceremony is finished your face would have melted off and we don’t want that do we now. NO!  So applying a  oil control foundation primer such as Becca Mattfying Primer will allow your foundation to stay on longer.

wedding-makeup-looks-naturalNext thing is complexion, before you choose a foundation you should already know what you skin type is so you can get a foundation with the right formula for your skin type to achieve that flawless look, a favorite of ours is Nars Sheer Glow/Matte, its a sheer to full coverage. To set the foundation  you want to use a translucent to hold that foundation so it wont move an inch! Ben Nye Banana Powder is a little paradise in a bottle, unlike other translucent powders that give you that white cast in photos.

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The trick to getting a striking yet subtle eye look, less is more. Stick with neutrals and colours that compliment your eye colour. Stay away from a harsh black liner, as black liner tends to look very harsh in photos, especially if they are black and white. If you want to give your eyes a shape then use a brown black liner and smudge it slightly. We recommend  the Mac X15 warm/cool Neutral Pallette as it has a wide range of neutral colours that will suit any style of makeup a bride could want.

495daebeb752adeca4453c057f6ca280As mentioned ealier about bridal makeup, less is definitely more and we couldn’t stress that anymore when it comes to your cheeks.  A slight amount of blush is enough as I’m sure you will naturally be blushing anyway! To complete your look, apply nice nude lipstick that is very close to your natural lip colour, you can always change the lip colour to a  sexy bold red lip as you get ready to get down on the dance floor! Be sure to choose a long lasting lip colour.

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Round up lots and lots of images of your favorite makeup looks.  Make a pinterest board.  Or check out our pinterst make up boards. Then do trials so you can see which is best for you.  You may love a certain look but it may not suit you!  So do a couple of trails so you and your makeup artist can find the look for you.

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Chrissy 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bridal Beauty Part 1

So you got the rock, firstly yay! (insert squeal here!) secondly where the heck do we start!?

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Bridal beauty has to be sectioned into 2 parts- hair and beauty. Why? Cause its a mammoth of a job!! But totally fun in the lead up to your big day!

Never again will you be able to get away with “what? (my future to be husband that put a ring on my finger so your basically stuck now) I need to have a facial every second week to get my skin glowing for our magical day where we say I do” or
“what? (my adoring future husband that knows a happy wife equals a happy life) I need to see my hairdresser every two weeks in lead up to our special so my locks are looking silky and smooth and in perfect condition for my perfect up do”

All jokes aside, your hair and beauty regime should be ramped up to the lead up of “The Day”

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Firstly Skin:  The point is to get your skin in as good shape as possible so your makeup looks fantastic, stays in place, behaves as it should, and you need less of it. And even the most close up shots of you, hours into the event, are lovely.

So here is what we recommend, A fortnightly facial: we have many different facials at Esstudio to suit time and budgets.   This will feed your skin with nutrients and get it healthy.
IPL treatments.. If you can afford these they are the gold!  Its advisable to have at least 3 treatments at 3 week intervals.. IPL removes sun damage and pigmentation, refines pores and stimulates collagen and elastin.  You skin will be like a baby’s bum!
Call us for a free skin consult.
Now the work doesn’t just stop in the salon, it is advised to continue at home..
La Clinicas GlyC range will get your skin looking fabulous for your wedding.

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At least six weeks before, use a powerful, do-it-all, rejuvenating serum each night under a hydrating cream, Jax recommends La Clinica’s Caviar and Peral serum from their firming lift range, get a thorough exfoliation (this might mean a few peels (Esstudio’s GlyC miroderm facials will do the trick) and skin-boosting nourishment from traditional facials in the final month.

And lets not forget your brows, lash extensions and  paws and claws! All things that can be up kept at Esstudio.
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Sarah x

P.s stay tuned for part 2 to follow….. Bridal hair!!

The point is to get your skin in as good shape as possible so your makeup looks fantastic, stays in place, behaves as it should, and you need less of it. And even the most close up shots of you, hours into the event, are lovely. – See more at: http://www.fruitybeauty.com.au/fruitybeauty/2013/01/my-wedding-part-1.html#sthash.5CGR431W.dpu
The point is to get your skin in as good shape as possible so your makeup looks fantastic, stays in place, behaves as it should, and you need less of it. And even the most close up shots of you, hours into the event, are lovely. – See more at: http://www.fruitybeauty.com.au/fruitybeauty/2013/01/my-wedding-part-1.html#sthash.5CGR431W.dpuf
The point is to get your skin in as good shape as possible so your makeup looks fantastic, stays in place, behaves as it should, and you need less of it. And even the most close up shots of you, hours into the event, are lovely. – See more at: http://www.fruitybeauty.com.au/fruitybeauty/2013/01/my-wedding-part-1.html#sthash.5CGR431W.dpuf
The point is to get your skin in as good shape as possible so your makeup looks fantastic, stays in place, behaves as it should, and you need less of it. And even the most close up shots of you, hours into the event, are lovely. – See more at: http://www.fruitybeauty.com.au/fruitybeauty/2013/01/my-wedding-part-1.html#sthash.5CGR431W.dpuf