Men forced into treatments

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I will start with a bit of back ground information. One of my regular ladies who comes the first Friday of every month for her facial without fail, and at the end of the treatment she always tells me I have magic hands and do the best facials. Books her brother in for a facial with me today. So I am expecting him to be quite similar chatty, friendly and over enthusiastic.

What actually happened was something quite different. In walked my regular lady followed by the man I presumed must be her brother, I say hello and she answers but no reply from the brother, I don’t read to much into it. I ask if she is going to wait while we do the facial and see if she would like a cup of tea.

I take my client upstairs to the room where we will be doing the facial, on the way I ask if he has ever had facials before knowing full well that he has because his sister has told me before I’m unsure what his answer was because his accent is so unusual, growing up in South Africa and now living in Glasgow, I know this because his sister has told me before so I smile and nod politely. We get to the room and I ask ‘how do you find your skin normally?’ This big tall man looks nervously back at me shuffling from foot to foot, trying to avoid eye contact “well pretty normal for a man” is what I catch then he slaps his face with one hand and I think he then said something along the lines of “my sister sends me all this stuff from here to put on it, sometimes I do but if I don’t I just go to work” I smile and nod politely.

He’s not giving me much to go on so I explain I will leave the room to let him get changed that he needs to take his shoes and jumper off and get on to the couch. He replied “what my t-shirt?” I smile and nod replying because a facial includes a shoulder massage. I leave the room.

I tap gently on the door and walk in. Men have this weird way of covering them selves over with the blanket that is on the couch for them to get under. Where as women will bring it right up to their neck men leave it just below there nipples, which is always slightly awkward, so I place a towel over his chest and folded arms. All the time he watches me with scared eyes, you would think I was about to operate on him. I try to make a little general chit chat to try and make him feel a little more comfortable, which doesn’t seem to work.

I sit on my chair and have that awkward moment in my own head. Do I or don’t I put a head band on? He has hair but not a lot, I decide I will but as I lift the side of the head band to Velcro it round his head, he too lifts his head, I wait for him to put it back down but he doesn’t until I release the head band. So I change my mind : no head band.

I begin the facial, by placing damp cotton discs onto his eyes. He practically jumped out of his skin. I then cleanse and again every time I touch his face he jumps, if I go any where near his eyes he screws them up really tight, I presume he thinks this will stop product going into his eyes. This goes on for the rest of the facial, the longest hour of my life.

I did contemplate asking if he wanted to stop half way through, but decided against it as I would probably be the one who would have to tell his sister.

At the end of the facial I quietly say ‘ok all finished’ he sits bolt up right and I think he said thanks. I leave him to get changed and say I will meet him downstairs.

His sister asks me ‘did he enjoy it?’ I smile and nod replying ‘I think so’ No! Don’t waste your money again

He comes down the stairs sheepishly and stands behind his sister, while she pays. I say bye to both of them she replies but he says nothing and they both walk out the door.

That is just one case of a man being forced into having treatments he really doesn’t want.

An unfortunately jinxed client

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Every beauty therapist has one client that, for some unknown reason, treatments go wrong on. I like to call them the jinxed client.

In a rare gap between clients the four of us, one who is a fairly new therapist, were sat having a cup of tea out the back. The conversation turned to clients and funny treatments from when we first started, it went something like this:

Me: “I think the funniest thing was when I was tinting a ladies eyebrows. She told me that her eyebrows needed to be left on for a bit longer than normal because it takes longer for the dye to take” Being new I had listened to her and waited a longer than normal to wipe off the dye. When I eventually did wipe it off, I saw the colour and thought ……….. She’s right they don’t seem very dark…….. To tell the truth they had come out a bit of an odd colour, so I keep rubbing to make sure that I remove all the dye before handing over the mirror for her to check them over. She sat up and looked in the mirror …………..Silence……..her first words were ‘Are they grey?’ ……..Silence……… In my mind I think O MY GOD, THEY ARE GREY! PANIC!!! my actual answer “No, I don’t think so. I like them, you wouldn’t want them much darker than that” Surprisingly, she accepted it. So while she was getting her things together I started to pick up all the tint equipment and suddenly spotted that I hadn’t use brown on her eye brows I used black! Thank god I didn’t leave it on any longer!

Annie: “When I did my first spray tan without guidance, I got the client all ready paper pants, sticky feet, hair net, moisturiser on hands, feet, elbows and knees. I remembered the whole routine. Then I left my client to dry off and get changed. While I was standing outside the room feeling pleased with myself for remembering everything, suddenly a little voice calls my name and asks if I could come back in for a minute. A little puzzled I went back in to find that the client had lifted off the hair net to reveal a white forehead! I hadn’t checked that it was far enough back so now she had untanned skin from her eyebrows up and was brown everywhere else. PANIC I had to get her to hold a tissue up to her face and respray just the forehead area! Put it this way I always double check the hair net now.”

This reminded me of another incident of mine. I did a Hopi ear candle a few weeks back, a treatment I have done countless times before. I get everything ready, the client is prepped, then I light the candle and am about to place it in the ear when I suddenly realise I have set light to the wrong end PANIC I quickly blew the candle out and after a few seconds of searching my brain I decide what to do. I cut the end off, thinking it couldn’t make that much difference, then lit the other, correct, and end carried on with no issues. The feeling of panic was just subsiding when suddenly the fire alarm went off. In a peaceful salon it seemed ridiculously loud. To make matters worse not only was I doing a relaxing treatment, which requires holding a flame over someone’s head, but the lady in the next room is also having a nice relaxing massage. PANIC How was I going to stop it? I didn’t have any of the usual equipment (i.e. tea towel) to wave around and I couldn’t exactly let go of the already prematurely shortened candle. Thankfully it stopped after a few seconds. But it went off another three times in a 45 minute treatment!

Jen my boss: “That happened to me as well when I did candling the other week and the same women had a reaction to the oil I used in her massage! She’d had no problems with it before, so we sent the oil back and it turned out to be a faulty batch”

It was then that we realised that all of our horror stories had happened to the same client! She must be the worlds unluckiest women.

It was then that the new therapist Kim piped up: “I have her this weekend” with a rather panicked look on her face.

So turns out that all of us have the same jinxed client. So maybe I should rephrase my first sentence to ‘every salon has a jinxed client.’ I never did find out how our new therapist got on with her I must ask.

Why this poor women keeps coming back I’ll never know.

The Funny Side of being a Beauty Therapist

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I was inspirered by a friends blog, to start doing some posts on working in the salon and the funny things that go on.

It was only the other day that one of my regular clients asked me if I had any funny stories from doing this job, we spent the rest of the treatment laughing about the silly things that myself and clients have done during treatments.

So of course I can tell you what happens in the salon and hopefully they will make you laugh, but client confidentiality will always be important, so no real names!

Over the years there have been clients falling off the couch, fire alarms going off during treatments, and a few sticky wax situations.

I have a lot of old stories to share and I’m sure a few new one still yet to happen.

The general public never fail to surprise you!

VINYLUX by CND

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VINYLUX

This is the new polish from CND. Our first bottle arrived at the salon today so we had a little play and I must say I am quite impressed so far.

So for those of you who have no idea what VINYLUX is the website describes it as:

VINYLUX™ is a breakthrough polish system that endures a week of fashion perfection…without a base coat! Exposure to natural light secures the patent-pending Pro-Light technology, creating an enduring, long-lasting polish. While ordinary polishes become brittle and deteriorate over time, VINYLUX dries naturally to a flawless finish and strengthens its resistance to chips over time. VINYLUX is available in 62 fashion-forward polish colors and 47 colors that match popular CND Shellac™ shades.”

How I would describe it is:

Magic polish that is meant to last a whole week! And dries unbelievably quick.

As I’m sure you can tell, at the moment I am loving it but I have only had it on for about 3 hours. although that is longer than normal polish usually lasts!

Application
No base coat!
Just wipe nails with CND Scrub Fresh or acetone
Two coats of VINYLUX Weekly colour
One coat of VINYLUX Weekly top coat
Done.

You can touch it straight after application. I wouldn’t say it is dry straight away but certainly much dryer than any standard polish. I think after 10 minutes I was doing things as normal, which is one of the reasons normal polish doesn’t last on me! It has a great shine like CND Shellac and good coverage but does require two coats. Another great thing is that the colours match those of the CND shellac something my clients are always asking for. The real test will be in 7 days – will it still be on?

The colour I have on is ‘Dark Lava’ a deep shimmery purple brown.

Lip Drink!

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A product that has been in the Jane Iredale range for quite a while, but is one of the newest in my make up bag.

Lip Drink is a lip balm, as the name suggests it is a super moisturising lip treatment. With an SPF15 which I love to have in a lip product because the lips are always somewhere which we forget to protect. It also leaves a light sheen on the lips.

I have tried many lip balms and treatments over the years none of which have given the same results as this. You get a really deep moisturising feel, that is long lasting, chapped lips are a thing of the past. Apply your lip colour over a thin layer of lip drink and you get a brilliant smooth finish.

Another great product from Jane Iredale!

ESSIE! At Pro Beauty Excel London

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I’m back to the blog again after a little break, and starting by going to Pro Beauty at London Excel was a great way to get a few new ideas and see all the latest products.

I was literally in heaven surrounded by nail varnish, lashes, products, and new treatments the list is as long as my arm!

My first post is all about Essie Polish I got 6 new colours at the show, which I felt was very restrained!

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This picture is only some of the polish from the stand.

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The new six! (left to right)
1. Mambo
2. Peach Daiquiri
3. Need A Vacation
4. Bond With Whomever
5. Dive Bar
6. Damsel In A Dress

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1. Mambo
A pale nude colour. Nice for days when your nails look a bit sorry for them self and need to not draw attention but look well manicured.

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2. Peach Daiquiri
The name makes your mouth water in the same way this colour does. I would probably describe it as a pink coral nice for summer with a good tan.

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3. Need A Vacation
Soft pastel pink, with good solid coverage.

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4. Bond With Whomever
Pastel purple very on trend this season. So I have been told with lots of pastel colours at the oscars this year. This I can see being my favourite colour this summer.

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5. Dive Bar
I LOVE this colour! Out of all six this is by far my favourite. The picture doesn’t do it justice, dark navy with a deep green turquoise glitter. This is one of those colour which when you look from different angles you see more colours.

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6. Damsel In A Dress
Dark purple shimmer. Another deep rich colour dark purple with purple shimmer a lovely dark but one where you are still able to see the colour.

Which is your favourite?

Strawberries!!!

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Ok so I know strawberries are not very Christmassy but I thought these needed a quick post anyway.

Base colour is 2 layers of OPI ‘Red Lights Ahead Where’ the little green leaves are OPI ‘Green-Wich Village’ and the black spots are OPI ‘Morning Glory’ from the skullicious collection.

A really simple design to do I think it would also work well just having one nail as a strawberry and the rest red.

Dotty Polish!

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Two new colours and a new attempt at some nail art.

OPI ‘Did you ear about Van Gogh’ from the Holland collection which is a really lovely neutral beige colour needs two coats to get full coverage but lovely colour. I used this and the main base colour on all the nails except two, on the other two I have used it for the dots.

OPI ‘Miami Beet’ is not quite a plum coloured as I was hoping but a little more on the red side of plum but still a nice colour. This is colour I have used for the spots on all the nails except for two where it is the base colour.

I was really pleased with this design nice a simple but effective.

Graduated Nails

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I have seen a few of these nails around recently so had to have a try and it is actually quite easy to do.

I’m pleased with the outcome with the two different colours the green is Essie ‘Pretty Edgy’ one of my favourites as you already know, the pink is Essie ‘Rose Bowl’ another lovely rich redish pink. The white which was added to graduate then colour was Essie ‘Blanc’.

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Liebster Blog Award

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I am very pleased to be writing this post, for being nominated for a Liebster Blog Award by the lovely Bad Mani. It is so nice to know people have been reading and enjoying my blog. Thank You x

So what is the Liebster Blog Award?

It’s an award that was reputedly started in Germany in order to give smaller , up and coming bloggers recognition for their hard work. You receive this award from a fellow blogger that feels your blog is both worthy & important to them. So inspirational!

The rules are:

1) Post eleven facts about yourself
2) Answer the questions the tagger has set for you and create eleven questions for people you’ve nominated
3) Choose eleven people to give this award to (with fewer than 200 followers) and link them in your post
4) Go to their page and tell them
5) Remember, no tag backs

11 Facts about me:
1) I love Marmite
2) I am a little obsessed with the colour Green!
3) I am a serious chocoholic
4) I once dyed part of my hair pink (bad idea)
5) I am allergic to Gluten :-((
6) I can’t go to bed with eye make-up on
7) Very scared of spiders
8) I can’t do a hand stand as much as I have tried.
9) I hate ironing
10) I can never not have my toes painted.
11) I have never broken a bone

11 questions from BadMani
1. What recipe do you cook when you want to impress?
Delia Smith’s Basque Chicken it’s yummy you should try it.

2. Flats or heels?
Flats I can’t walk in heels :-((

3. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Untidy eyebrows there is no need people

4. Read the book or watch the movie?
Watch the movie then read the book.

5. What was your favourite childhood toy?
Barbie isn’t that every girls!

6. You can be a superhero or a villain for a day. Which one?
Superhero they can normally fly!

7. Which film makes you cry?
PS. I Love You, I’m welling up just thinking about it.

8. If you could live anywhere, where would you live?
NYC love that place.

9. Coke or Pepsi?
Neither I don’t like fizzy.

10. Morning person or night owl?
Morning it’s the best part of the day.

11. What do you hope Santa brings you for Christmas?
New GHD’s mine are broken seriously fizzy hair at the moment!

My 11 Questions:
1) One thing you couldn’t live without?
2) Right or left handed?
3) What is your favourite film?
4) What was your worst holiday experience?
5) The best present you have ever been given?
6) Sweet or sour?
7) What was your first pet?
8) Your favourite cocktail?
9) What is your favourite colour?
10) Do you go to the gym?
11) What did you want to be when you were younger?

11 Lovely Blogs I Have Found:
I’m not to sure how find out how many followers people have so I have picked a few blogs that I love reading and that inspire me, and I apologise if you have more than 200 followers.

http://nailpolishgalore.wordpress.com/

http://marlboroughroadbakery.wordpress.com/

http://chrystalovevintage.wordpress.com/

http://thesilvernail.wordpress.com/

http://polishmeplease.wordpress.com/

http://callmejagi.wordpress.com/

http://nailartforfunn.wordpress.com/

http://justbglam.com/

http://maesbeauty.wordpress.com/

http://polishalcoholic.wordpress.com/

http://mylucitedreams.com/