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

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

Floppy Flat Hair

All the fine hair ladies put your hands up!!

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Thats me!! seriously I have like cob webs on my head.. I’ll let you in on a few secrets I have up my sleeve to  show that limp hair of yours a thing or two!

Ok look, yes yes we all want soft shinny hair, but if you have fine hair, soft and shinny actually means floppy, flat non co operative waste of time hair! am i right?! Right!

So here are your options fellow limp ladies…..

Add some texture into your hair with colour.
Adding pieces of colour into fine hair to add texture with a contrasting colour can really lift and give the illusion of more voluptuous hair.
Let me enlighten you with some visual options:

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Now lets look at complimenting your contrasting texture highlights with a chop…
short hair for fine hair = thicker fuller hair.
here are come examples:

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But if your like me and you like to pretend you can grow hair like rapunzal well get this! We can actually trick people into thinking we do have longer thicker locks with a few simple chopping techniques!
Tell your stylist you neeeeeeed to have slight slices and layering added into your hair with out taking too much length from around the face area then vualla !! You will look like this!

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Now styling, forget that myth where you can’t wash your hair too much, flip that myth the bird!! Why you ask ?! Cause its your god dam hair that’s why!
Wash it as much as you like! I wash my hair every day! Why again you ask? Cause its fine and limp!! and i can’t re create what I did the day before because after I have slept on it, its so flat and in-cooperative it makes me want to cry!
So what do i do , I wash it and blast dry it every day to add extra body and volume and that’s how I tell my hair who is boss!

Tips on how to style that super fine hair are as follows:
Blowy dry blow-dry blow-dry- you have to get air and body into the few and far strands  you have so it bounces and builds!
Before blow drying I looooooooooove Mouse!! Especially mouse that gives body and hold but doesn’t make it stiff and sticky- I really love the (Sebastian whipped creme) not only does it work, but it smells amazing and is so pretty when you squeeze it into your hand it actually does look like whipped cream, it really does look good enough to eat!
You can then add a few waves or kinks in your locks with wands, straighteners etc whatever you have to give movement
Then to finish, powder. yes that’s right i said powder! I am so obsessed with this stuff I would line up to buy it like a 12 year old girl lining up for tickets to see one direction! That obsessed!!!
(the rock star powder lightest hold and Alfaparf VintageE for a Stronger hold)

These powders add texture and grit with hold but moveable hold and that look of sex hair (not bed hair but sexy sex hair) with a mix of “my hair is so great I just woke up like this’
Make sure you ask your stylist about the powder!!

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So there you have it ladies ! Blow that fine hair off your head with these tips and tricks and you will be bouncing and boosting your hair to a better life! Pop into Esstudio for a personal consultation on what you could do with that fine hair of yours.

Sarah x

TOOLS OF THE TRADE – FOUNDATION

spongebrushWhen it comes to applying your foundation you have three options – a foundation brush, a foundation sponge and your fingers. Let me start by telling you to avoid using your fingers at all costs. Using your hands to apply your foundation can mean losing up to 50% of the product on your hand. Not cool.

Then we have the foundation sponge. The Beauty Blender has taken the industry by storm because of its egg-shaped ‘no edges’ design. This leaves a perfectly airbrushed complexion behind. A tip to prevent your sponge from absorbing too much product is to wet the sponge down with water first and then squeeze it all out before dipping into your foundation.

A stippling brush is perfect for foundation. The brush is made up of shorter natural bristles and longer synthetic bristles. The dual-fiber brush is used for buffing and stippling foundation into your skin. To ‘stipple’ foundation for an airbrushed look, dip just the very tips of the bristles into your liquid foundation and gently press it into your skin.
Need a tutorial on makeup?  Have a personal 1 hour tutorial with Jax at Esstudio for just $80.

CHOP SHOP

I don’t know if it’s the heat of the Aussie Summer or what, but lately the salon has been overrun with ladies looking to lop off their luscious locks. It’s a super easy way to beat the heat, cut styling time down by like a billion percent AND if you have Virgin Hair* that is 20cm or longer, you can donate your hair to organisations like Pantene  Beautiful Lengths to be made into a wig for women undergoing cancer treatment.

shorthair *Virgin Hair is hair that has not been coloured or chemically treated.