The Brazilian Blow Dry theory:
The Brazilian Blow Dry process:
The one used on my hair is ‘Nanokeratin System Hair Therapy Treatment‘.
The one used on my hair is ‘Nanokeratin System Hair Therapy Treatment‘.
*This is part 2. You may want to read part 1 first*
You have to wait the four weeks for the full colour to come out, so here is a ‘before stage two’ picture, with the anaesthetic cream taking affect and the lovely cling film in place. As you can see my lip line is nicely defined and I have the blush look I wanted, which is basically the liner colour blended into the lip colour. I have to say, I love it already. It’s very natural looking, but at the same time my lips are ready to go, without any effort at all. I’m really looking forward to getting the final result four weeks after stage 2.
So, back to cling film. I saw a few people find my stage 1 blog post from searching the web with questions about the cling film stage.
So, why cling film? I asked Helen, so I could report back and the cling film is put on the lips to starve the skin of air, so the anaesthetic cream and the pigment are drawn (sucked) in to the skin more.
First was the lip liner, which uses a smaller head on the tool. Here’s a picture of the tool itself and below is a picture of the tool in use.
A bigger head (below right) is then used when it comes to the ‘blush’ (blending the colour from the lip liner, into my natural lip colour). Helen kindly kept me nice and clean for the pictures, but if you do look at yourself in a mirror when you are mid procedure, you could panic. The good news is, it’s not blood all over your face, it’s the pigment. It’s quite a messy business, but easily wiped clean.
As you can see from the pictures, Helen works on one lip while the other has the anaesthetic cream and cling film on, and then she changes that around, to work on the other lip for a while, while the anaesthetic cream is again left to do it’s job. That alternating continues a few times throughout the procedure.
Helen was surprised too, but I actually nearly fell asleep for the second half of this stage. The anaesthetic had worked wonders and the buzzing of the tool was helping me drift off. I really had to fight it. I do also have to be honest and admit, I am massively sleep-deprived and could probably sleep standing up on hot coals right now.
One thing, I didn’t go into much in my stage 1 write up was the immediately after phase. Both times, once the anaesthetic had worn off, my lips were really uncomfortable. They felt like they are burning.
Here’s a picture and if you look you can see they are pretty angry looking. You can see a red line outside of my lips, which is nothing to do with the treated area, it’s just the product of being very sore. I actually popped into a shop and got some ibuprofen this time.
The great news is, this is very temporary and as with stage one, after two hours, I was aware of the pain easing off. A couple of hours later, I started applying Bepathan (nappy cream) as you need to keep the area moist and protected.
I had this stage 2 treatment late in the afternoon and, as you can see below left, by the next morning they were no longer looking angry. They look a bit odd, as the Bepathan is a creamy colour, but they look calmer. They were still a little sore and sensitive, but the painful bit really was just that first two hours each time.
I’m sure if celebrities have this done, they manage to hide away for a few days, but for me, there was no such option, so life as usual continued, I just felt rather self conscious about my very over the top lip colour. As I mentioned in my stage 1 write up, until the lips are healed and the scabs have gone, the colour is about 50% stronger, than the end result will be. It was very much a case of ‘here’s my lips and the rest of me is coming’.
I don’t know about you, but I have this ridiculous need to explain things. I could kick myself every time, but before I knew it, I was apologising for my strange looking lips, which to me seemed HUGE. Reality is, no-one probably even noticed, until I started prattling on about it.
Anyway, by Saturday (above right) you can see my lips were looking a little darker as the scabs had formed.
When Sunday came, the scabs were on the move and you can see here (below right), some have come away already. I did spend the day looking like this, so I would highly recommend anyone having this done, aim to have the treatment at a time that means days 4 and 5 will be days you can avoid seeing too many people. (When counting, day one is the day of the treatment)
You have to keep applying your aftercare cream, but as the scabs form, it’s more tricky to apply it carefully without disturbing the scabs, which you MUST NOT knock, pick, or wipe off, before they are ready to come off naturally, as it will affect the look of the end result.
The great news is, by Monday all but a tiny bit of scab had gone (below left), so I was much more able to take my 2.5yr old to nursery without feeling like a circus performer.
I really couldn’t recommend it enough. I love how they look already, so I’m excited to see what the final result will be in four weeks.
I will of course update you then, so keep a look out!
In the meantime, if you are reading this and you are in the UK (ideally the South) and you are planning to get some semi-permanent makeup done, I couldn’t recommend Helen at Evolution Skin Studios more.
She was filming the day after seeing me, so you might even see her on the TV sometime soon. Oh and just so you know, Helen is understandably a lover of semi-permanent make-up herself. In this stunning picture of her, the only make-up she has actually applied is mascara. She has semi-permanent eyebrows, eyeliner and lips.
Now, if that isn’t an advert for everyone to have it, then nothing is.
So, to summarise, my tips for you, if you have semi-permanent lip colour done are:
As I said, I’ll be back to show you pics in four weeks, so you can see the final result, but in the meantime, if you are local and fancy boosting your confidence, reminding yourself how sexy you are and having a lot of fun along the way, you need to get yourself booked into a Foxy Burlesque dance beginners course. For course dates click here. x
To say it has been an eventful week, would be a bit of an understatement.
It started with my first post on this blog and lots of great feedback from people, which was lovely and also reassuring!
So, sticking with the theme of never having time to do my make-up and needing quick solutions to allow me to leave the house looking ok and feeling good about myself, I decided to bite the bullet and have the semi-permanent make-up on my lips, that I have been promising myself for a long time.
Well, the big day was Wednesday!
I have to tell you at this point, that I have had semi-permanent make-up on my eyebrows for a long time and it’s BRILLIANT!
I’ve not used powder and brushes to deepen the colour and strengthen the line for a very long time. It’s enlightening!
So, off to see Helen Porter at Evolution Skin Studios in Canterbury. She is the only person I would allow perform such a treatment on me. I found out about her when I asked a specialist at a beauty show, who they would have do theirs. She said the only person she would let do hers was Helen. I think she was a little put out when I then asked for Helen’s details, but I’m very glad I did.
One shocking picture is above already, but I’m now going to put my pride aside and share with you some more really rather horrendous pictures of me, with no make-up on, so you can see step by step, how the procedure is carried out.
Before anything, the area has to be numbed (see above). A large amount of anaesthetic cream is applied to the lips, then cling film placed on top. I can’t even start to describe the look on my 2yr old daughter’s face when she saw me like this. It was priceless and extremely hard not to laugh the cling film off my lips!
Next, the colour has to be selected and mixed.
The bizarre part is the colour you start with is much stronger and in the healing process reduces by 50% to give you the desired colour. The final colour result is present at around 4 weeks after treatment.
After checking and tweaking the line slightly, the treatment got underway.
I opted to have a lip liner and ‘blush’ (colour blended in to the lips), rather than a full colour.
Well the skin is scratched, to break the surface and pigments are then implanted. Much like having a tattoo.
…and below is the immediately after shot! Good lord, I look like Pete Burns!
Helen kindly reassured me that the swelling would go down pretty quickly, thank goodness.
So, armed with my aftercare cream and rather swollen throbbing lips, I headed home.
I have to confess the journey was a nightmare and was not at all improved by the soreness I was experiencing. That said, by around 2hrs later the pain was starting to ease and the swelling had reduced significantly.
I decided to not mention a thing to my beginners and they were very polite and didn’t ask about my slightly different look to usual, but there was no hiding it from my intermediates, I had to tell them what I had done. Needless to say, they were very intrigued, which is the reaction I get the most when I talk about it. Hence telling all on here.
When I got home from dancing, I decided to apply some of the aftercare cream before bed.
Oh my goodness! ‘OUCH’ doesn’t even start to cover the pain I was then in. My lips felt like they were on fire, but there was no way of taking the cream off, so with eyes watering, nose running and ibuprofen taken, I went to bed, a little frightened about what I would look like in the morning.
Fortunately in the morning my lips felt fine, but there was no way I was putting that cream on again.
I called Helen and because I’d had a bad reaction to the cream, I moved over to using Bepanthan instead. No pain! Woohoo! Just looked a little freaky though. Scabbing lips are not pretty. Can’t believe I’m gonna add this picture, but here goes:
Yep, far from pretty!
BUT, I only looked like this until Saturday when all the scabs started coming away and by the end of the day, they were completely gone.
So, I still have to apply lots of cream, but my lips look normal again (below) but with the added bonus that they look as if I have put on the lip liner I took with me for colour matching.
In the next 4wks it will have reached it’s ultimate depth of colour. Very exciting! At that point, I go back and have the process repeated.
Well that’s all I can tell you about it for now. I shall of course let you all know how the next stage goes, but the good news is, so far, I am very happy with the results.
If you have any questions about my experience, don’t hesitate to contact me and if you decide to give it a go, good for you! I hope you will also be very happy with your always made-up, hassle free, beautiful lips! x
* To read part 2 (4 weeks on) click here
I’ve decided to stop dithering about. No more trying to decide the best thing to write about for my first blog post. I’ll just get on with it and get straight to the point! So, I’ve decided to share with you my most recent revelation. Prior to becoming a Mummy, I very rarely left the house without my make-up on, but I now have two very little people to care for, my business Foxy Burlesque to run, a new (in fact very old, 1839) project house to makeover and a ridiculously high maintenance dog to manage, so to say my time for make-up application is sparse, would be an understatement. It doesn’t help that I am a perfectionist. I don’t do anything unless I’m doing it properly, therefore a decent amount of time is required. BUT, I have found a product which has changed my life and allows me to have the old ‘me’ back without taking up time I just don’t have. I get to have a clean, matt, complexion, perfect for my burlesque make-up look, with so little effort!
I’m in love! The sponge comes in a compartment underneath the foundation and as you would expect it has a mirror in the compact, so it’s wonderfully easy to grab and use on the go. It goes on amazingly even and smooth and that’s it, base is done. No faffing with brushes, concealer and powder. It does the whole job in one little compact! So ladies, I highly recommend you get yourself to the nearest Bobbi Brown counter and ask them to pop some on for you, so you can see for yourself. So, there it is. My first Secret Sexy Society blog post. How exciting! x