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You glow girl!


This year ‘luminous’ is the hottest buzzword in the beauty world and we’re all about getting our glow on. Check out four ways to get your glow on.

  1. Healthy, luminous skin is more than just, well, skin deep. You’ve heard it before and it cannot be over-emphasised – water is your skin’s best friend… but plastic is not, so ditch the traditional water bottle and opt for glass or BPA-free plastic, at the very least.
  2. Maintaining a good skincare regime is key to fresh, glowing skin. Skincare experts recommend double cleansing before bed to ensure all makeup and dirt is removed. Don’t forget to tone, moisturise (AM and PM) and exfoliate too! Exfoliating two to three times per week helps to get rid of blackheads, dead skin cells and other skin impurities.
  3. Investing in a quality retinol serum will help banish breakouts, reduce wrinkles, stimulate collagen and promote cellular turnover – all the tricks in the book to get the glow of your dreams! Just remember to apply sunscreen daily (though you should do anyway) as retinoids increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight.
  4. Ahh, the trusty makeup product invented solely for glowing skin – highlighter! Liquid highlighters are picking up the pace in 2020 and it’s no longer just about the cheekbones… now highlighting begins with the base. Radiance drops and tinted moisturisers with a glowing finish are two such products that can be applied before makeup to give you the glow you’re lusting after.

 

Beauty trends for 2020


As a new decade dawns, the beauty industry is set to shift and evolve once more. So what are the beauty trends for 2020?

 

 

A healthy, glowing complexion is the new black when it comes to looking good – and not just for women!

In 2020 Skin Rejuvenation has more technology and knowledge than ever to help attain beautiful, healthy, luminous skin.

They can even improve fine lines or lift and tighten an ageing face.

Most importantly, this can all be done over a series of visits with little to no down-time, so you can continue with your busy life.

We’re also seeing more sustainable products and treatments on the market, something Skin Rejuvenation Clinic has embraced wholeheartedly.

All of the skin products at the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic are made from natural ingredients and even have a vegan tick of approval.

The treatments are also natural, using light, radio-frequency, water, ultrasound and cold temperatures to achieve impressive results.

Intense pulsed light is used to remove sun-damage and broken capillaries.

Radio-frequency lifts and tightens the skin (fabulous around the eyes).

Sterile saline water removes the surface dead cells and leaves the skin looking hydrated and fresh.

Focused ultrasound tightens up deep tissue – great for jowls and necks.

Cryolipolysis (cold) freezes fat causing the fat cell to die – great for mummy tummies, muffin tops, double chins and inner thighs.

Even Botulinum Toxin (Botox®) is a natural product, along with dermal fillers (used for lifting and plumping the face and skin), which are made from chains of Hyaluronic Acid that are present in our skin naturally.


 

2020: Your year of better skin!


If boosting your confidence is on your list for the New Year, take time to set some goals for your skin

 

 

Most of us would love skin that feels and looks a bit younger and, thanks to advances in technology throughout the past decades, there are plenty of treatments to boost your complexion, improve texture and reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles (without going under the knife!).

Viora Skin Tightening is one of the most popular anti-ageing treatments at Nicola Quinn Beauty & Day Spa.

It can help with tightening the skin on the face, particularly around the eyes and jawline, as well as on the body, such as loose ‘mummy tummy’ skin and cellulite.

The treatment works by using radio frequency to stimulate new collagen formation and facilitate the reduction of fat cell volume, resulting in improved and tighter skin texture.

Viora Skin Tightening is completely safe, painless and clinically proven, with no danger of skin response (unlike with laser treatments), and each treatment takes just 30 to 60 minutes.


 

New Year, new you!


It’s not only a New Year, but it’s a new decade, making makes 2020 the ultimate time to turn heads with a courageous new look.

 

 

What could be more courageous – and exciting – than being a silver siren?

Because today, going grey doesn’t mean letting yourself go, V For Hair and Beauty Master Stylist Vicki Ogden-O’Fee says. “We can give you a shimmering sexy blonde or cool iris sparkle, or many more.”

The V For Hair and Beauty team ‘gets’ silver grey hair and has all the latest techniques and products to make embracing your grey easy, with ongoing training keeping them at the top of their silver grey hair game.

Rather than leaving a harsh regrowth line, their techniques will disguise new growth with a soft, flattering look and easy maintenance regimes will keep your silver grey hair looking amazing.

Head in for a complimentary consultation and seize this exciting time to reinvent and trademark the new era.


 

Beauty for the big day


Brides will be letting their true beauty really shine through this decade, with makeup magic that has come a very long way.

 

 

Hailing from Christchurch, Charlotte Edwardes, a wedding makeup artist at Island Beauty on romantic Waiheke Island, makes up stunning brides from all nationalities.

Her number one tip: “keep it natural to radiate warmth from within – so you’re glowing from the inside.”

“A softer, natural look seems to be the trend, and products are now unbelievable in how they can achieve this. Contouring is less pronounced now – much softer – as there are too many high-definition lenses out there to capture any stage tricks!”

She says no particular trend reigns; people just like to look different to what they do every day at work.

Also, personality, skin tone, and what suits the colour of the skin and face shape matters the most.

“However, there are less nude-shaded lips now and more colour. Some brides really suit that classic matte red, especially for a Chanel ’40s look. Some with naturally rosy lips are opting for just gloss. They might want a pink lippy to match a pink bouquet for example. Soft corals, apricots and peaches are also featuring – glorious with an heirloom antique-lace dress. Pink undertones fair better than orange and brown for whiter-looking teeth, and a lip conditioner makes a big difference.”

Charlotte see brides of all ages looking absolutely beautiful for their big day.

“The latest formulas of powder-cream blushes are more forgiving for fine lines, and are best applied directly on the cheek. Pigments are now richer, sharper and a lot finer – and therefore more flattering. Gold-shimmered eyelids and bronze highlights can be sensuously subtle. Mineral foundations are perfectly lightweight for dewy skin at any age, and I use a high-definition setting powder.”

A highlight for the bridal party is getting glammed up together. “I recently made up a grandmother of the bride in her ‘90s. She was crying because she felt so beautiful.”

The eyes express all on the wedding day. Local eye-makeup influencer Nikita Rindel is all about eyes on her popular Instagram page Nikitahhx.

Over the past couple of years, she’s noticed brides and bridal parties wanting a more natural and simplistic look, rather than a defined contour and smokey eyes, and says 2020 will mark this exact trend.

“Brides will instead concentrate on enhancing their natural beauty rather than on the ‘creativity’ of the makeup. Fake lashes always make the eyes pop, so I feel this won’t go away anytime soon – but rather than rock a winged liner and daytime smokey eye, brides will opt for a light and more simplistic look such as a light shimmer and semi-dramatic lashes. Ardell offer the best bridal lashes in my opinion; lightweight yet dramatic enough to make a statement.”

Experimenting and trialling new products and different looks is always an exciting part of the planning.

Youngblood is a makeup line developed by former medical aesthetician Pauline Youngblood.

Its luxurious base of fine natural minerals avoids common irritants often found in makeup – imperative for a stress-free wedding day.

Feeling calm and serene in your skin ensures you will look it too.


 

Hair today, gone tomorrow


Laser hair removal is a pretty smooth way to sail hair-free through summer.

 

 

Who doesn’t wish for silky smooth skin every single day without having to worry about regrowth ever again?

Technology and science have come a long way and the process is generally a fast, safe, painless and permanent one – and definitely not as scary as its light-zapping title suggests.

However, it is vital to choose a well-trained, highly qualified professional that uses a medical-grade machine.

While the initial outlay maybe costlier than waxing, the savings in the longer term make it an affordable and far more lucrative beauty investment.

It also saves so much precious time!

No more maintenance. Another bonus is no ingrown hairs, or having to put up with regrowth in between waxes, just when you need it the least.

And as for the daily grind of shaving – need we say more?

A laser treatment is often over a series of 6-12 sessions, during the cyclic hair-growth phase, with breaks in between.

Some people notice a finer regrowth right from the beginning. Both men and women have seen the light and chosen a laser treatment to de-fuzz all sorts of body parts.

Laser uses a concentrated light beam which penetrates directly and deep into the hair follicle.

It is not to be confused with an IPL treatment, which uses a broad spectrum of light. The two procedures are very different.

The professionals will be happy to explain all the facts, debunk the myths, and recommend the best treatment for your skin and hair type.

Hairless summer days, here we come!


 

From bathroom to spa


With a little imagination, bathrooms and ensuites can elevate to spa-resort status. We look at how to create a spa holiday experience without leaving home.

 

 

  1. The fluffy towel treatment
    Invest in the softest, oversized white spa-towels and a basket of rolled-up flannels. A plush new bath mat, the kind to sink your toes into, is a must. White robes and slippers complete the pamper package.
  2. Plant purity
    Aloe vera, bamboo plants, orchids and peace lilies imitate exotic spa locations with the healing vibes of nature. Fresh, fragrant flowers will fill the smallest room of the house with their sultry scent.
  3. Peaceful hues
    Whites, soft neutrals and eggshell pastels are synonymous with serenity – and spa sanctuaries. Rather than bold and bright décor, choose shades that slow the pulse. If the bathroom is already black, just twist the theme to exotic.
  4. Under a waterfall
    Install a rain-head shower attachment for an under-a-waterfall feeling or a massaging showerhead for relaxing bliss. Let water be the beauty therapist.
  5. On display
    Fill glass bowls with bath bombs and pretty soaps, and adorn shelving with beauty products that look too lovely to use. Whisk away those much-less romantic everyday items to the top drawer. Streamlining equals stress less.
  6. Heaven scent
    Have a fragrant diffuser in a calming scent such as lotus flower or ylang ylang, or tie a bunch of lavender or lemon myrtle under the bath tap or shower head.
  7. Heat and light
    Add a dimmer switch to lights, or bathe by scented candlelight. Natural sunlight upon water is therapeutic daytime decadence. Warm the room beforehand to avoid noisy fan heaters spoiling the mood.
  8. Do not disturb
    Lastly, lock the door and switch your phone to the soothing sounds of a relaxing, lyric-free playlist.

 

New Year, Better Skin with Microneedling


Make 2020 your year of Skin Fitness!

 

 

It’s hard to believe it’s a new decade, which makes us all feel a little older.

While some of us love to embrace aging, there’s no harm in wanting skin that looks a bit younger and plumper.

If you’re after a less invasive alternative to injectables, Dermapen microneedling could be just your ticket to a glowing and more youthful complexion.

The treatment uses a pen-like device with tiny “microneedles” which make very small punctures in your top layers of skin (a fraction of a millimetre deep), which stimulates your skin’s natural healing process.

The result is a rejuvenated complexion of plump and firm skin, which will continue to improve for the next few months as your skin builds new collagen and elastin.

Nicola Quinn Beauty and Day Spa is a Dermapen Gold Authorised Treatment Provider, meaning you can rest assured you’ll be getting superior results and safety using only the most advanced microneedling device, the Dermapen4.

To find out more about Dermapen microneedling and the SkinFit buy three get one free promotion, visit: www.quinnbeautyspa.co.nz/get-skin-fit

 


 

Get your glow on


We’re heading into a new working year – it’s time to refresh, rejuvenate and replenish before we’re dragged back to the daily grind. How about a facial massage for a healthy glow? We explore the benefits.

 

Just like the rest of your body, facial muscles (all 43 of them!) require exercise to keep you looking toned, younger and healthier – and that’s why many beauty experts recommend incorporating regular facial massage into your daily skincare routine to maximise anti-aging benefits.

Facial massages primarily increase blood and oxygen flow to the face, which:

  1. Increases the production of collagen – your body’s own anti-aging ‘serum’.
  2. Allows the skin to work more efficiently, increasing the absorption of skincare products. Exfoliating before a facial massage increases this further. We recommend doing this before bed so the product can absorb overnight without any additional coverage (like makeup or sunscreen).
  3. Stimulates the lymph nodes, which flush out fluids and toxins that congest the skin and cause under-eye bags/dark circles.
  4. Relieves tension in the facial muscles, stopping wrinkles in their tracks. Focus gently on the soft lines around the mouth, eyes and eyebrows for maximum results.
  5. Can help to alleviate stress! According to a study in the journal Biomedical Research, facial massage activates the sympathetic nervous system, which reduces anxiety levels and uplifts mood.

TOP TIP: Always use upward circular motions – you want to work against gravity, so everything goes up!


 

All she wants for Christmas..


Hint: it’s not a home appliance, a quirky vase or yet another scarf.

 

If you’re looking for a guaranteed wow reaction from a special lady (or modern man) who doesn’t often take time for themselves (think your mum, sister or partner), look no further than a well-deserved luxurious spa experience at Nicola Quinn.

If they’re a hard worker or suffer from stress, a Swedish massage, Indulge Package or Ginger&Me Mindfulness Facial is the perfect ticket to relax both the body and mind, resulting in the ultimate zen.

If she loves a bit of pampering, a spa pedicure, facial or Bliss Package will leave her feeling gorgeous and glowing for summer.

Don’t panic if you can’t decide or if you’re on a tight budget, opt for a custom dollar amount voucher she can use towards her favourite treatment.

All gift vouchers are beautifully packaged, and the best part is you can skip trying to find a park and order online at quinnbeautyspa.co.nz.