Its all in the eyes…

Hello , it’s been a while but today I thought I’d do a post  about the one  thing I’m probably asked about the most…

No, no not how I manage to pull off bag lady chic on a daily basis … but my eye makeup / eye care routine.

From a young age I got complimented on my green eyes and my long lashes. I had crap skin … something had to go in my favour.

I liked the compliments (of course) but mostly I got embarrassed because that’s what 14 year olds do.

I would blush tomato red. I never knew what to say. So I just grinned at them like a simpleton.  I could never  accept a compliment something I still struggle with today. Continue reading

Collagen Wave…My Appointment with A Fairy Godmother

Wednesday night I met my fairy godmother.

You’ve maybe met her before as she is the angel of a lady who rescued Tracey’s brow’s a few weeks ago. Tracey has raved about her every day since. I was lucky enough to meet her in the flesh and let her wave her magic wand on me too.

Wendy had kindly offered Tracey a Collagen Wave session to review, which Tracey obviously jumped at the chance of having. Unfortunately for Trace but luckily for me (in the kindest sense of the word – and I’m honestly not gloating), she was unable to have the treatment due to her having Cataplexy.

Selfless Tracey who had obviously seen my wrinkles and sagging skin, recognised my need and immediately put me forward for the session instead…such a pal!!

My natural nosiness got the better of me – I grabbed my computer and Googled to see what it was that she had volunteered me for. Collagen Wave is a treatment that combines radio frequency and ultrasound waves to heat up the deeper layers of the skin and helps to encourage the production of new collagen. Apparently an effective way of long term skin tightening and lifting. A kind of microwave for the face!! Hhhmmm…sounds intriguing doesn’t it?

So last night I followed Tracey down the M1 to a suburb of Sheffield and was introduced to the very glamorous, very bubbly and very wonderful Wendy Mordue in her little ‘boudoiresque’ salon. With the warmest of Yorkshire welcomes, she greeted us, settled us down with a cuppa and explained the treatment in full.

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All settled on the couch and with Tracey in situ taking photos, Wendy got started and removed the remnants of my day’s makeup. She then placed a large metal plate down the back of my dress which was attached to an ultrasound machine behind me. It sounds uncomfortable doesn’t it but I can honestly say that I couldn’t feel it at all. I was then laid back down while Wendy explained what she would do next.

I seem to have unknowingly matched my outfit to the salon…

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My face was smothered in a gel which would help Wendy slide the probe around my face. I was told that I would feel the probe (which was also attached to the ultrasound machine) heat up but if it got too hot, just to let her know and not to pull away. For 40 minutes, she firmly but gently slid the probe across my skin, paying extra attention to my areas of concern. I actually found the whole procedure very relaxing and therapeutic…not at all painful – even when she turned the heat up!

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With the gunky gel all washed off and a Dermalogica moisturiser smoothed in, I finally got to look in the mirror.

I had been a bit sceptical so was delighted when I saw the results. I kind of expected to look like a cooked chicken with the amount of heat that was applied but no, not a frazzled hen in sight. My jowls, while not quite of bloodhound proportions, had been saggier than I would have liked, however they were the first thing I noticed when I looked at my reflection. A complete lack of jowls…yipppeeee!! On closer inspection my cheeks looks more plumped and my brows (despite already being not as droopy thanks to recent Botox) appeared higher too.

My god it works.

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Wendy doesn’t really agree with courses of treatment as like she said, everyone’s face and skin reacts differently to the treatment, however it would be beneficial to have a few consecutive sessions and then maintained with a treatment maybe only once or twice a year. The results are long lasting and should give noticeable improvement over a period of time.

I’ve already booked in for a 2nd session next month….Tracey is not being left out next time either – Wendy is going to be doing a new face peel on her.

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 As this is the only salon in Yorkshire to offer Collagen Wave and Wendy is also busy with HD Brows and permanent make up, appointments fill up fast. To book your appointment with our fairy godmother, call Wendy on………..07788 921990

So its day 2 of ‘brow gate’ …

So its day 2 of ‘brow gate’ and my boyfriend is getting far to much pleasure in finding ways to make fun of me. Last night he decided to refer to me as Jordan at any given opportunity. Today I’m a flipping Thunderbird. I have to laugh because I know the exact puppet charactor he is referring too. Parker the chauffeur! Its a good job I can laugh at myself, otherwise I might have been in tears. I suppose having being bullied at school and working in a predominantly male environment I’m geared up for it! Heck I’ve dealt with a lot worse.

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The good news is I only got up 3 times in the night to check my new brows. D kept groaning ‘they’ve not gone anywhere Jordan’. He thinks I couldn’t hear him giggling. Ohhh revenge will be sweet.

Work was better than I anticipated; the men didn’t seem to notice or they did but didn’t know what to say so pretended they hadn’t. The ladies loved them even in the state they are currently in. Darker than they should be, quite hard looking and just starting to go crispy. I sound delightful don’t I – I actually sound like a blinking Findus Pancake?

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ABOVE: An hour after I’d been browed…

Every time anybody entered my office I kept my head down and tried not to make any eye contact, which reminds me of the time I had a fruit acid peel. My head swelled up to twice its size, my face turned bright red and my skin looked tight and sore. It proceeded to then shred. I looked horrendous and like today I kept my head down – though a paper bag over my head would have been more appropraite! The general consensus in the office was that D had beat me up!

So back to yesterday…the procedure itself was fairly straight forward. Luckily for me I was in the safe hands of Wendy who has years of experience and came highly recommended. I think its really important that if somebodies going to draw on your head in permanent ink , that you fully research them and feel comfortable . I can’t reiterate this enough. If your technician bodges up its bodged up on your face for a long time.

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ABOVE: My brows this morning. Darker and crispier !

I do however tend to get a feel for somebody on first meeting and knew straight away that Wendy would be great. Wendy was the one. She’s such a warm, friendly lady who has no airs and graces it would be hard not to like her and her portfolio of work spoke volumes.

I won’t bore you to tears, but in a nutshell the brow was drawn on in pencil and tweaked until I was happy with the shape and style. I then laid down and let Wendy work her magic. The shape was marked out and then filled in. I wanted a fairly natural look so went for hair strokes rather than full on powder finish. I wont lie to you its quite scratchy and slightly uncomfortable but nowhere near as painful as the dentist! From start to finish it took just under 2 hours, with lots of nattering in between. As I was nervous Wendy also kept giving me a peak of my brows , some thing they don’t always do.

On the final reveal I loved the overall look but I was slightly taken aback by the colour ; they looked a lot darker than I had envisaged. This is normal apparently as the colour is darker on application. The brow scabs over , the scab falls away and you are left with a beautiful natural looking  brow which is 30% lighter than it is now. PHEW. This can take anything between 5 to 7 days. Great I’ ve got 6 more days of this yet. I have a feeling things are going to get worse before they get better.

I will let D milk it for a few days – it looks like I’m going to have to get used to being a Thunderbird for a while yet! Did somebody say ‘Yus,M’Lady’

I will report back in a few days, scabs and all…

Tracey Parker ! x