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Spa-tacular prizes! Champs Elysees Day Spa


Supporting local businesses, collaborating as we move forward and, of course, making ourselves feel fabulous, are the touchstones of this extraordinary winter. Champs Elysées Day Spa is leading the way with a wonderful new promotion which brings all three concepts together.

 

 

Ten gorgeous brands are joining forces to share products and services for their mutual support and our marvellous advantage.

This exciting competition offers a prize pack worth $2000 dollars, comprising gifts from Armstrong’s Christchurch, The George Hotel, Dyrberg Kern, Fashion Society, Occula, Issimo Shoes, Merivale Manor, Jenny Burtt Florists, Maison de Crêpes, Matis, Russley Golf Club, and of course, Champs Elysées.

Every booking you make with Champs Elysées in July and August to the value of $99 or more generates an entry to the $2000 prize package.

And, as if that were not exciting enough, each partner business will also be running a competition in-house, with a $150 Champs Elysees voucher to be won.

In addition to the competition, Champs Elysées is running a scavenger hunt: each partner business will display a poster at their premises and in the bottom right hand corner will be a unique letter.

To enter, you need to visit each business, locate the poster, note down the unique letter and once you have collected all 10 letters, assemble them to discover the secret word.

Happy hunting!

Send your entry containing the secret word via Champs Elysées’ Facebook Messenger or Instagram direct messaging.

Each of your individual entries gains you two extra entries, plus an entry to win a bonus $150 voucher to use at the day spa.


 

The art of spa: Beauty Progress


In these strange times, stress is a reality and manifests in so many ways, not only psychologically but physiologically too.

 

 

Indefinite business closures, self- isolation, not seeing loved ones, hit with constant conflicting news stories – it is common to feel totally overwhelmed and, while we are all different, the effect is apparent in our body and skin.

Skin fatigue affects around 75 percent of people from the age of 25 as the metabolism slows, triggering a delay in the regeneration of the cells.

The skin is less able to recover, becomes less resistant, and shows this through uneven complexion, sleep wrinkles, drawn features, expression lines, and tired eyes – all signs of premature skin ageing.

At Beauty Progress, their unique methods counteract internal deficiencies, ensuring vital nutritional elements (vitamins, trace elements and amino acids all skilfully measured) enter by cutaneous penetration, helping to improve organ health which enhances the aesthetics of the face and body.

GERnetic have developed a whole new SPA approach which combines comfort and relaxation with health and beauty, treating the internal problems and the external effects they cause.

The SPA BLISS package, combining a full body scrub with Sea Salt and Essential Oils, Body Massage with Aromatherapy body oil, plus a Marine Facial, will keep you looking fresh and stress free, while you are blissed out for three hours of total relaxation, wellbeing and health.

Meanwhile, Thai Therapeutic Massage, either Deep Tissue or Swedish is available for any length of time slot you have available.


 

Makeup Movers: KSSM


A great environment, friendly faces and a passion for practice are what make for a perfect place to carry out study.

 

 

A love of makeup is the reason that in 12 years the Kristen Stewart School of Makeup has seen more than 500 diplomas awarded to eager students, some of whom have attained prestigious roles in the industry throughout New Zealand.

Speaking to Kristen herself, it’s evident that the makeup connoisseur lives and breathes what she does.

She was excited to announce that they’ve now moved premises. “It’s nice to be in a space I’m really excited about. I’ve always wanted to provide a cool space with a nice vibe.”

The school offers “a good opportunity for people to kickstart their career. The main diploma happens four times a year for eight weeks and the part-time option, which involves two nights a week between 5-8pm, is great for people working or students in their final year of school who want to get ahead,” Kristen says.

There is also a great community of students past, present and prospective that showcase the KSSM name.

“We instill professionalism in our students and make sure they’re work ready. But when they leave the doors don’t close, we’re always here. They are all like family”.

Thinking of picking up the brush?  The next diploma starts 20 July, followed shortly by the part-time option commencing 21 July.


 

Winter Skin School: Face Value


Winter is arguably the worst time of year for our skin; the combination of central heating plus the harsh weather conditions makes for dull, dry complexions. But it’s not all bad news – winter is the best time of year to try non-invasive skin treatments.

 

 

Face Value clients love the latest addition to the suite of services on offer; the Aquapure hydrafacial. A non-invasive dermabrasion treatment that delivers clearer, more hydrated, refreshed and younger-looking skin, Aquapure is ideal for all skin types as it targets uneven skin tone, oily/congested pores, dehydrated and dry skin, fine lines and wrinkles, and is the perfect companion treatment for other skin therapies.

Winter is also an ideal time to treat yourself to IPL and facial peels.

The reduced risk of sun exposure before and after such treatments optimises the outcome and is the perfect time to tackle pigment, tone and texture changes associated with sun damage.

Winter skin can look dull, so a professional treatment every three to four weeks is ideal – that’s how long it takes the skin to move through the full cycle of cell growth.

A superficial peel or exfoliating treatment will clear away dead skin and enable better absorption of active topical skincare. Regular facials will help to keep your skin clean, clear and hydrated.

Your everyday skincare regime may need tweaking during winter as the skin becomes drier and more sensitive.

Face Value offers a complementary skin consultation with a skin therapist to make sure you are doing all you can to achieve perfect skin health.

Book your complementary consultation now, phone 03 363 8810.


 

Let it glow


We’ve long paid heed to a ‘more is more’ aesthetic when it comes to our makeup cabinets after all, a girl can never have too many products, right? And while that may certainly be true, luminous skin has become a trend of its own and, rather than adding layers of makeup, the pared back look is making a serious return.

 

 

Less truly is more when it comes to achieving a luminous glow, so it might be time to ditch the heavy foundation and contouring palette and dig out your illuminating products. We’re all about soft, shimmery highlights with a hint of bronzer on a base of flawless, hydrated skin for a radiant, dewy look.

HIGHLIGHTS
Until recently, contouring was the hottest thing in makeup. Now we’re all about the highlights. While they both have the same end goal, highlighting is all about giving lift and dimension to the skin. This is done by using illuminating products a shade lighter than your natural skin tone on the high points of your face – think cheekbones, bridge of the nose, cupid’s bow, brow bone and the upper centre of your forehead.

RISE AND SHINE
Keeping shine at bay can be tricky, especially when using highlighting products on the skin. If you have oily or combination skin, using a mattifying product on the T-zone or switching to a powder foundation will help to keep the centre of your face from becoming greasy. However, if dry skin is your Achilles heel, a hydrating primer with a pearl radiance will glow through your base.


 

Amazing Greys


Going grey? Don’t conceal it… flaunt it! It’s time to embrace the grey! We’ve pulled together some of our top tips for making a mane of grey your greatest asset.

 

PART WAYS: When growing out your greys, it’s recommended not to have a strong parting. As you can probably guess, having a straight even line makes the roots look more obvious. It’s best to try and allow for your hair to fall at its natural position, then style it however you wish to blend in the baby greys with your other colour.

GOOD THINGS TAKE TIME: If you’ve previously been dying your hair to hide the grey, then the process of going from faux-do to silver fox won’t happen overnight. If you’re ready to grow out your greys, then there will be a six to 12 month growth period of ‘awkward’ greys, as your new natural starts to grow in. Why not lob it off and rock a bob or pixie cut so that the grey blends into your dyed or natural hair colour? Better yet, why not chat to a silver grey specialist like V For Hair?

EMBRACE IT! Going grey is all a part of the natural process! Women shouldn’t hide their signifier of a long and hopefully happy life. Everyone lets their greys grow for different reasons; maybe it’s too costly, too time-consuming or you’re just over the harsh chemicals. For whatever reason you’re jumping ship from the hair-dying days – it’s time to embrace it!

DON’T FORGET TO WASH: There are shampoos on the market specifically designed for silver and grey hair. Their job is to cleanse the hair, remove any brassy tones and strengthen your luscious locks against the harsh environment. L’Oreal Professional serie expert silver clarifying shampoo is an excellent product. Of course every head of hair is different and requirements in a shampoo and conditioner are unique to each individual.


 

Buzzwords of Beauty


Buzzwords are the latest and greatest of things to hit an industry and, when it comes to beauty, there’s no shortage of products and concepts that are set to revolutionise our skincare regimes. We’ve pulled out some of the latest lingo that’s bouncing around the beauty world

 

 

Gender-fluid: Makeup has long been seen as a feminine practice for women to flourish in. The industry targeted women to buy their products and rarely threw their bone to the other ’50 percent’. Thanks to male influencers like Jeffree Star, James Charles and Manny MUA, the world of makeup has had a shakeup. And we can’t forget the transgender queens; Nikita Dragun, Gigi Gorgeous and Nikkie de Jager, big names which are helping to blur the lines and push the boundaries.


Multi-tasking: Despite having 24 hours in the day, a lot of the time it feels like we have next to no time to do anything. That’s why products that can both simplify and shorten our skincare routine are worth investing in. The idea of a product that can multi-task and offer a 4-in-1 or a 3-in-1, is something worth getting behind.


Clean cosmeceuticals: Not everyone will read the back of the label from start to finish with a list of ingredients of what’s inside. So, it’s good to buy from a company you can trust and have a reputation for creating quality products. There’s this belief that natural-based beauty is not as effective than its synthetic alternatives and that’s not the case. Naturally-derived skincare measures up to and in some instances beats out its competition.


#sponsored: It’s hard to be on Instagram or any social media platform and not be aware of what an influencer is… they’re everywhere. They’ll usually be busy showing us a highlight reel of their life, telling us about their new dog, boyfriend or makeup launch. But it’s the #sponsored hashtag that they have to add to their paid posts that is what makes things interesting. Obviously they can choose who they collaborate with but it can be hard deciding if they really ‘can’t live their life without a certain product’, or if that’s the dollar signs talking.


 

Time to relax! – Beauty Progress


The universe seems intent on ensuring that we Cantabrians never have a dull moment as we hurtle towards the third decade of the 21st century. While on the plus side of the ledger we are never twiddling our thumbs, wondering what to think about, or searching problems to solve; the pace of change and the idea of a future very different to one we had planned takes a toll on our wellbeing.

 

 

Stress and anxiety, or perhaps simply the mechanics of a jerry-rigged home office on the dining table is having an effect on the way we hold our neck and shoulders, setting us up for pain and stiffness.

At Beauty Progress, an extensive menu of authentic Thai massage therapy is available from trained Thai masseuses Anne and Orn, to help you regain full range of movement, reduce pain and completely relax.

Owner and Beauty Therapist Wendy Barker can help you choose the right massage, and if dry skin or breakouts have been your lockdown issue, Wendy selects from the incredible range of Gernétic therapeutic products to create a facial that is tailored to your skin and its issues.

Gernétic skin care products work at cellular level, stimulating the natural healing capabilities of the skin.

At Beauty Progress hygiene is always a priority.

“Under normal daily routines in our clinic we use absolutely the best practice cleaning and sterilising routines, however during this time we are following our beauty industry guidelines for sanitising within the clinic. You can rest assured that you are in safe hands,” Wendy says.


 

Beauty is back in business…: Lovoir Beauty


We know a lot of you have been missing your beauty services, so we caught up with Teresa Sime from Lovoir Skin Body & Beauty, which recently celebrated its first birthday, to give you your much needed beauty world updates.

 

 

How did you spend your lockdown period? What were some of your beauty routines?

“Our staff have been upskilling during this period with online training; it’s been the perfect time for this with everyone having ample time on their hands. It has not all been work though. All this extra time made way for the usual house reorganising, family time, exercise and food!
“I incorporated soaking rituals from our organic skincare range into my normal highly active cosmeceuticals regime. I have absolutely loved it, not only for my skin but also my mind. I think now more than ever we could all do with some mindfulness and self-love included in our normal daily routines.”


Did you see or hear of any crazy quarantine beauty trends?
“I saw plenty of waxing fails with interesting results – they mostly looked painful and full of regret! We have also had plenty of messages from clients who could not resist having a go at their eyebrows. It is fair to say there’s a lot of fix up jobs to be tended to!”


What are some trending treatments that you’re offering?
“We utilise skin needling, LED, cryotherapy and infusion technology to create bespoke treatment plans for our clients. LED Light Therapy (Light Emitting Diodes) is one that we absolutely love. Originally the technology was developed for NASA. Scientists are learning more all the time about this amazing technology which uses specific light energy to stimulate different responses in the cells. For the beauty industry we use it for anti-ageing, reducing pigmentation, inflammation, healing the skin and effectively treating acne. I think that this technology will become a lot more widely used and utilised in the coming years for entire body anti-aging!”


Do the levels effect how your customers can come and see you?
“Now that we can open again we are doing everything that we can to keep Lovoir’s atmosphere the warm and inviting place that our clients love. We have sourced an amazing antimicrobial surface protectant, skin sanitiser and laundry treatment to ensure that every angle has been covered, whilst maintaining our pampering experience!”


 

Botox but not as we know it: Face Value


Widely celebrated as the wonder drug of the cosmetic medicine world for its effectiveness in preventing and erasing lines and wrinkles, and improving appearance, Botulinum Toxin (or Botox®/ Dysport® as we know it) has many other uses in medicine.

 

 

Dr Philip Frost discusses some of those non-wrinkle related uses commonly carried out by him and the team at Face Value.

Excessive sweating:
Also known as hyperhidrosis, this condition can occur even without the usual triggers of heat, stress or exercise and can cause embarrassment and anxiety and impact on clothing choice. Even the strongest roll-ons, powders and various other topical products often have little or no effect on severe sweating. Botulinum injected into the skin using a tiny needle can significantly reduce sweating of the underarms, palms ‘and face by temporarily disabling the sweat glands in the treated area. This substantially reduces perspiration for around nine to twelve months. Many of our clients describe this treatment as “life changing”.

Teeth grinding:
By injecting small doses of Botulinum Toxin directly into the masseter muscle (the large muscle that moves the jaw), the muscle is weakened enough to stop involuntary grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw. This significantly relaxes the muscle and reduces the wear and tear on the teeth due to grinding. Damage to the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and headaches can be reduced or eliminated as well. Voluntary movements, such as chewing and facial expressions are not affected.

Migraine headaches:
Many different medications are used to treat migraines, however often regular treatments with Botulinum injections can help prevent and reduce the severity of migraine headaches. Clients are delighted to have fewer headaches as well as fewer wrinkles!

Blepharospasm:
Clients who suffer from eye muscle twitching or spasm can also benefit from having regular Botulinum injections. Injections into the muscles around the eye can lessen their ability to contract voluntarily.

For more information on any of these treatments call the team at Face Value for a free consultation, 03 363 8810.