Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Laser Lipo - The Start of the Course

Which of us doesn't look at our body and find faults?  Too fat, love handles, jelly belly, thunder thighs, back fat, bingo wings....I've probably got all of these and more.

However, I've now lost a stone and with a stone and a half to go, I'm utterly bored by the whole process.  2012 was meant to be the year I lost all the weight I wanted to and 2013 is meant to be about the actual shape and condition of my body - firmer, more defined - you know the drill.

So, not having quite achieved the target set in 2012, I've moved onto 2013's target as it might give me the impetus to lose the remaining fat.

December is a tough time to start a body reshaping programme but in past years I've used this month as an excuse to start indulging in treats as early as possible before the party really starts.  Not this year.  If I'm to print reviews of treatments in January, they need to be completed before Christmas.  So here I am, starting my first Laser Lipo treatment with the lovely Teresa at
Not me, my stomach is so bad I can't bring myself to put it up here, but it gives you an idea.  On the left, before, on the right, after a course of 8 treatments (4 weeks)

Laser Lipo claims to be able to sculpt arms, backs, thighs, bottoms and stomachs without surgery but there is a downside, you have to put in some work.  You have to do fat burning exercise and the more you do the better the results.  You also have to be pretty sensible on the diet front, but it's not completely restricted, just very sensible.  Not much really after 6pm and no carbs after 5pm.  I'm unconvinced on the science of the no carbs thing, but I'll go with it for now.  What I do know is that eating late is bad for you.

So, after the humiliating photos in pants and bra (so awful I can't tell you) I'm on the couch, a belt is strapped around me, two pads placed on the problem areas and two much smaller ones on my groin (to help drainage into the lymph glands) and each area is blasted for 10 minutes.  So gentle is this treatment that I don't even know it's happening.  After 40 minutes (4 different areas), I'm taken off the machine and popped onto a PowerPlate for 10 minutes.  I'm now in bra, knickers and trainers...vibrating...a lot.  My husband and best friend laugh until they're nearly sick at the image when I tell them.  The PowerPlate is actually pretty unpleasant at first, but a walk in the park compared to surgery, so I keep this thought in my head.  At the end, I'm red all over from the circulation boost and Teresa tells me that my metabolism should be revved up but I need to get back and do some interval training for 30 mins.  She may have said more than 30 minutes, but 30 mins is the blast I'm giving it.

So, currently, I've lost 4 cm's off the stomach/hip area, but what it has told me is that I've got complacent with my exercise.  I need to seriously ramp it up for 2013 in terms of intensity - oh good...

The science behind Laser Lipo is quite good and there are no side effects, no potential of being burnt as you can with lasers during IPL (hair removal with lasers).

Here's the bumpf from the Laser Lipo website:

"Cell Breakdown
The breaking down of the fat cells starts when the laser penetrates the skin and makes contact with the fat cells. Pores form on the cells causing them to 'sweat'. The water, Glycerol and free fatty acids emerge from the cells and then occupy the space beneath the fatty layer in the skin.

"Lymphatic Drainage
The fat cells reduce in size and the lymphatic system then removes the fatty liquids through the venous system, where they are processed in the same way as fatty foods that are digested. Not only is the procedure quick, safe and pain-free, it is also healthy.

"After Care
After Care advice encourages clients to follow a sensible health and exercise routine. The Laser Lipo procedure does not harm the body in any way and will still maintain its ability to store fat in the areas where the work has been carried out. This is an important health factor as it prevents the fat being stored in different parts such as around the heart or other vital organs. If clients eat sensibly and regularly, combined with exercise, the body shape will retain the effects of the Laser Lipo treatment."

Treatment number 2 on Saturday - I'll let you know how I get on.

Saturday, 24 November 2012


It’s time.  Christmas lights are in the shops, I’m a Celebrity is back on TV and the family debates about who’s going where for Christmas lunch are in full swing, so dig deep and make a start.  This week, here are my favourite presents for Christmas.  Next week gifts under a tenner – enjoy.

Aromatherapy Associates Ultimate Collection of 9 Bath & Shower Oil blends, is a real treat that will last for months.  Expensive, but club together and she will love it!
Price:                                    £50.00 

L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Hand Cream is a best seller and not just for Nana’s.  This set contains three 30ml tubes, each just a joy.
Price:                                    £20.00

Anything from Jo Malone will ensure you are let off the washing up, but try this beautiful Fragrance Layering Collection - bath and body heaven.
Price:                                    £38.00

Caudalie’s Premier Cru Ultimate Anti Ageing Gift set is luxurious enough not to say, “we can see your wrinkles”, but rather “we love you enough to give you these beautiful, clever products”.  Created using the Polyphenols from wine production, this is fantastic skincare at a great price.
Price:                                    £49.00
Stockist                        SpaceNK or

This is an absolute no brainer.  Purchase any Jimmy Choo 60ml Eau de Toilette fragrance and get this beautiful Jimmy Choo shoebox as a free gift with purchase.
Price:                                    £44.00
Stockist:                        Nationwide, subject to availability

Kim Kardashian Miniature Kollection has just hit the shops.  It includes 4 of their best selling fragrances in miniature making them perfect for handbags.  
Price:                            £19.99
Stockist:                        Debenhams

Molton Brown’s Lyra Gift Set will set Grandad up a treat.  Over excited kids, chefs on edge and having to play with new fangled toys – all of this will fade into the distance as this three-step deep-sea regime washes, soaks and soothes his skin.
Price:                            £49.00

Not many dads retain their hair after seeing the bills for Christmas, so help him save money with this fantastic grooming tool to maintain a short haircut at home.  Easy Cut has unique rotary blade technology and a surround comb guide making it foolproof to use with a perfect even finish.
 Price:                                    £40.00 
Stockist:                        08705 133191

Cowshed’s Bullocks for Men Duo Gift Set features a Bullocks Bracing Body Wash and a Bullocks Soothing Moisturiser.
Price:                                    £28

Bulldog for your Mug is the perfect gift set for a teenager.  Natural ingredients to help keep skin in tip top shape and a mug in which they can bring you tea (you can but hope!)
Price:                                    £8.00

Monday, 12 November 2012


The billion pound beauty industry wants us to buy the latest, most exciting, most marketed products they have.  However, canny girls have been finding beauty bargains for years and these days there are more to be had than ever.  If you’ve more beauty demands than dollars, here’s where to look to maximise your hard earned cash with genuine product that’s just calling to you from the stores.

Location:  Bognor Regis, Crawley, Horsham, Worthing
Savers specialise in mass market branded goods such as Olay, Radox and Eylure, but if these are your beauty wardrobe staples then rush to Savers as you can save a fortune.  They have amazingly priced beauty box sets for Christmas too.
Olay Regenerist Eye Derma-Pod is a 3-in-1 anti ageing eye product.  A little squeeze resurfaces skin's appearance, fills in lines and wrinkles and reduces puffiness.
Size: 12 ml
RRP:£ 29.99
Savers Price:  £5.99

Online portal with very genuine stock. However, they don’t buy it until after the sale, which means you can place your order and then be disappointed, but that’s the risk you take to get a bargain.  Brands include Tweezerman, with up to 50% off RRP.

Online store, similar to Brand Alley hosting fashion and beauty bargains.   At the time of writing, Bellapierre Mineral Make Up is up to 60% off but just keep a check on the site, big brand names unload here regularly so there are bargains to be had.
RRP:£ £12.99
Secret Sale Price:  £6.00

Location: Crawley, Horsham
Poundland negotiate hard with their suppliers, but the benefits are all yours.  Look online to find their current beauty bargains including Schwarzkof, Alberto Balsam and Johnson & Johnson all at just £1.
Johnson & Johnson Baby Moisturising Bath
Size:  200ML
Poundland Price:  £1.00


Location:  Horsham, Worthing
Brand driven, TK Maxx only buys quality products and gets a great price for their consumer.  The beauty buyers are driven by quality and this store consistently delivers.  However, once it’s gone it’s gone.  Current bargains include Chanel Cristalle EDT Fragrance.  One of my favourite Chanel fragrances, Cristalle is fresh with citrus and floral tones making it the perfect everyday fragrance.
Size:  100ML
RRP:  £64.99
TK Maxx Price:  £49.99

If you’re after a spa day treat, here’s where I’d start.  You need to choose the “50% off spa days” tab and none of the West Sussex spas are currently offering deals, but there are other spas not too far away that would make a great girlie day out, so dive in.
West Sussex Spas:  Alexander House, Ockendon Manor, Park House Hotel

Mainly a travel site, I found my spa bargain of the year here.  I got an overnight stay in a beautiful 5 star spa, supper, breakfast and a treatment for two for just £59.00 in January this year– bargain of 2012!

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Night Workers

Wouldn’t it be great to have someone work on your beauty problems overnight to create a perfect canvas for the morning?  I’ve chosen some of the most innovative products on the market that work on specific tasks rather than simple night creams. 

Bare Minerals Pure Transformation Night Treatment
This dust-on powder works at night to visibly reduce pores, increase firmness and improve skin elasticity.  Interestingly, there are four shades to choose from so it’s a great excuse for “make up” in bed and it’s packed with vitamins to condition skin and Emblica Fruit to brighten your complexion.
Price £45.00

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair
We all know that skin works hardest to repair itself at night, so it makes sense to put the most powerful repairing ingredients on your skin before sleep.  This award-winning product works to repair the damage from pollution and lifestyle with proven Hyaluronic Acid, which is one of the best ways to attract and retain moisture in the skin.  Many, many people swear by it.
Price £45.00 for 50 ml

Renewal Lash Serum by L’Oreal
Lash serums are the perfect night worker.  Apply to the lash line at night, sleep and within a few weeks you have longer, thicker lashes – absolute bliss.
Price:  £10.99

Redken Argan-6 Hair Oil
Argan oil has been one of the big beauty success stories and this delicious hair oil contains omega-6 enriched oil that provides deep conditioning and lasting suppleness to intensely nourish dry, brittle hair. Apply to slightly damp hair to intensely soften hair overnight, safe in the knowledge that this oil is designed not to come off on your pillow.  In the morning, simply wash hair for super shine all day.
Price:  £24.95

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Jasmin Martin Makeover

Jasmin Martin, 20, has just been promoted to a new role at the West Sussex County Times.  Jasmin felt it was time for a makeover of her style and said, “I’m thrilled that I’ve been promoted to Reporter, but it’s meant a whole re-think of how I look.  My job now means instead of being behind a desk all day, I can be called away at a moment’s notice to report on local news.  One minute I’m in a muddy field, the next at an awards event so I felt I needed a makeover of my style to fit in with the demands of my new job.”

Jasmin’s regular style is smart/casual and she said “I like looking smart, but not too over the top.  Usually, I shop in New Look, H&M or Primark but I wanted to try different styles to see what worked.  My hair, frankly, needs smartening up and usually I wear very little make up.”

We sent Jasmin off to see Huw and the You by RUSH Horsham team to get some TLC for her hair.  Her stylist, Marcos Garcia, discovered that Jasmin wanted to maintain many elements of her current style, but also wanted to make the fringe more of a focal point.  Marcos proposed that keeping the length, but creating more shape around the face, to be softer and more stylish. 
 Jasmin’s hair was washed and given a Kerastase treatment specifically for her hair type to give strength, shine and conditioning.

Marcos said “Jasmin had a very definite idea in her head as to what cut and style she wanted which made my job much easier.  Through listening to her ideas and then combining them with my own we managed to agree on a haircut which not only kept all the length which Jasmin had asked for, but also created a much more fashionable style with the stronger fringe and looser curls.”

Jasmin’s verdict?  “Marcos was really friendly and I felt like I’d known him for ages.  He genuinely listened to what I said and has given me a fantastic cut that I can do loads with.”

We brought Jasmin into the studio after her cut and set about her make up with Karen Loraine of the Make Up Box Studio.

Karen chose to blend purple shadows with soft highlights on Jasmin’s eyes, adding soft pink lips, concealer and an airbrushed foundation and blusher.  She used a silicone primer before applying foundation in order to diminish the appearance of fine lines and a rose blush, to bring out Jasmin’s great skin.  Karen’s assistant Claire Cook applied Jasmin’s lipstick to finish the look.

Jasmin said, “I loved the make up that Karin Loraine did on me.  I usually wouldn’t spend that long on my make up and I wouldn’t try purple lipstick but her skills are fantastic and the result was brilliant.”

Jasmin was styled in a glamorous cocktail top from Georged√©, the Paris-based fashion house, with a flattering cut and trimmed with French lace and tiny sequins.  The lovely green and pink colours set off Jasmin’s beautiful skin a treat.

“I loved every minute of the makeover!  Trying new make up and a new fashion style were brilliant and pushed me outside of my usual choices and I think the results were great.  Thank you so much to everyone for their help, it was a wonderful experience!”
You by Rush Horsham 01403 887 713
The Make Up Box Studio 07810 848208