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Christmas is Coming!

Why not treat yourself to a natural enhancement over the Christmas holidays! It’s the perfect time to have your eyebrows/eyes/ lips enhanced because you may have the time to allow them to heal before going back to work.  You might have been thinking about it for a few years but never quite plucked up the courage to go ahead with a consultation. Get in touch if you are interested and have any questions! Email me on perfectcreations4u@hotmail.com or call on 07886 574124 and I will be happy to ask any questions you may have – Sparkly eyes, defined brows and renewed lips are yours for Christmas !

 

Cosmetic Tattooing – Questions Answered

Does it hurt?

The pain is minimised as much as possible by using a topical anaesthetic. The client can then relax and this allows proper insertion of the pigment. You will feel a slight discomfort, similar to tweezing the brows.

How long does it last?

It depends on the depth of the pigment used and the lifestyle of the client. We take into account that in order to keep the pigment looking fresh, a colour boost is required 12 – 16 months after doing the initial procedure.

How many appointments will i need?

You will need 1 appointment initially. This will include a thorough consultation where we will need to take photographs and check all medical details. The second appointment is a control procedure. Any imperfections that may have occurred during the healing period; due to the skin coming away etc, are rectified for the final time.

How long does it take to heal?

The skin will heal at different rates according to the strength of your immune system, your lifestyle and the care you take with your new enhancement. As a general rule two weeks is the amount of time it will take for the skin to stop flaking and itching. However a minimum of four weeks is required before coming back for a refill, as the dermal layer needs time to recover.

 

Semi permanent makeup is cosmetic tattooing, with coloured micro pigments being implanted into the upper dermis layer of skin, giving the appearance of makeup or a natural correction of missing hair, shape or pigment.

 

How long does cosmetic tattooing last ?

After the initial visits to give the result you wish to achieve, you should expect to do annual top ups to keep the colour looking fresh.   Without further top ups the colour will fade away, but some will remain for many months or years. How long permanent makeup lasts is very individual, it depends on the colour used, how much colour was used, the persons skin, lifestyle and more. Most people find the effect lasts 9 – 18 months before needing the colour topped up. If the colour is not topped up it will over many months, or years, fade away and in some cases can leave a slight residue of colour permanently.

The colour the pigment fades to during this time cannot be predicted, nor how long it will take to fade completely. For this reason you should always choose to visit with someone who will create a good long term eyebrow shape for you.  If Perfect Creations ever creates a fashion style of eyebrow, with colour implanted beyond what will ever be the clients natural shape, the client will have been advised of the long term implications.

Why do eyebrows sometimes fade orange, pink or grey ?

Eyebrows use brown pigments, and brown is made up of many colours.  Just the same as when we colour our hair, and it fades over time, everyone holds on to certain elements of brown differently.  Some people hold on to the warm tones, others the cool ones.  This is not a problem as returning for your annual top up, a corrector colour can be added to your original colour, will help correct future fading.   It has to be seen how you fade a colour, to see how to correct it for future years of good colour.

 

Why does the pigment fade?

Permanent makeup is also called Micropigmentation as it uses micro pigments.  Because they lack size, they also lack density of colour, so the colour fades quicker.  Were the pigment molecules bigger, the colour would be more dense and more permanent, just like normal tattoo pigment.

Permanent Cosmetics (also known as Semi Permanent Make up, Micro pigmentation and Cosmetic Tattooing) allow women of all ages, and a growing number of men, to enhance and define their natural features creating a beautiful finish which will compliment or even replace the use of conventional make up.

Why not use permanent ink ?

Think of the old saying “Why would you want a tattoo, what’s it going to look like when you’re 80 ?”, and if you’re thinking that’s only because you might regret the design you chose, that’s not the entire story when considering how a permanent tattoo will age

Pigment, whether permanent or not, changes colour over time, especially when exposed to the sun.  Black pigment goes grey, green or blue, brown can go pink or orange.  You can accept that for a body tattoo, but your eyebrows ?  or as eyeliner ?  Yes you can top up a permanent tattoo to keep the colour fresh, but you’ll never be able to change the shape without lasering off the unwanted bits.  Why would you want to change the shape ?  …Does skin stay tight forever ?  Do people have or need brow lifts ?  If you’ve chosen a fashion style of brow to be tattooed on permanently, how much do styles change, and your style, will you want those eyebrows when you’re 80, grey and wrinkly ?

That’s the colour and shape dealt with, but how well does permanent pigment stay crisp and clear in the skin ?  If you’re looking for a tattoo with lots of fine detail, the tattooist will always ask you to go large or cut out having so much detail.  Well you’ve seen old tattoos, and tattoos on old people, they blur.  Fine detail goes and the edges smudge, I’ll put the thought back in your head about the splodge of green tattoos that used to be crisp black lines.  Why does it become smudged ?  Skin changes and thins as we age, some colour is absorbed by the body, and some pigment remains, without its crisp edge.

Is cosmetic tattooing safe ?

When it’s carried out by a fully trained and experienced technician, yes very.  The pigments Perfect Creations use are from known sources in France and supplied by Natural Enhancement.  They are hygienically prepared and packaged, created from natural minerals, specifically selected for their safe, non-toxic, hypoallergenic properties.  These cosmetic tattoo pigments are quite different from conventional tattoo inks.  With conventional tattoo ink the colour is more opaque and can be implanted in clean dense lines with a single pass.   It is not advisable to have cosmetic tattoos using permanent pigment, would you want that same style and colour of eyebrow when you are 80 ?

Permanent make up is the art of using pigments, in the form of natural iron oxide to the dermal layer of the skin in almost any colour the client chooses. The results derived from permanent cosmetic enhancements are a convenient ‘quick fix’ with long lasting results – appropriate for today’s busy life styles.

 

Do I need an allergy test ?

An allergy/patch test is available, and a test can be carried out a minimal 2 hours prior to a tattoo to see if there is any sign of an immediate allergic reaction. Pigment allergy tests are inconclusive and will not guarantee you to have no future reaction, they are more for your piece of mind rather than any result. Allergic reactions to pigments and numbing creams are exceedingly rare, so tattoos are carried out at the same time as the consultation unless the client asks otherwise

 

Does having a cosmetic tattoo hurt ?

As the face is such a sensitive area cosmetic tattooing is carried out with your comfort in mind.  Numbing creams are used making the process quite bearable, and the highly advanced cosmetic tattoo machine and needles Perfect Creations uses causes minimal skin damage, meaning less pain with easier, quicker healing.  I’m very mindful managing your pain expectations, so the areas you want to have cosmetic tattoos won’t be as difficult as you could imagine.  Afterwards the area may be a little sore, for eyes and brows this settles quickly, lips a little longer.  Aftercare packs and healing advice are given for each treatment area

Can I bring someone with me ?

Yes you can bring one person with you, it’s quite nice to bring along a friend, family member or partner and they can stay in the room with us, or leave for a time.   Please let us know if you are bringing someone along.  I reserve the right to ask the guest to leave if the session is becoming distracting.  No one under 18 years old is allowed during a tattoo appointment

What happens after the treatment ?

Afterwards the area tattooed may be a little swollen and red, this is very individual.  The colour will appear darker and more intense, this lasts for several days as the area begins to heal.  Aftercare advice and balms will have been given to make this initial healing more comfortable.  Complete healing can take 2 to 4 weeks, during this time the pigment will mature into the skin and its true colour will emerge.  Top up visits are after 4 weeks.  Having had all these procedures myself, I am able to explain the healing process and how soon you’ll be back to normal

 

Health & Safety

Perfect Creations uses the Natural Enhancement branded Cosmedic digital machine, and like medical equipment this is safe by design against cross contamination. Perfect Creations use fully disposable ‘single use only’ applicator cartridges, and the pen like device used for the procedure is digitally controlled,  and without deep vibration. Perfect Creations has both public and professional liability insurance to offer Permanent cosmetic tattoo treatments.

Does using advanced digital equipment really make a difference ?

Yes, to the speed with which the pigment can be implanted, the level of skin trauma, pain during the treatment and the ease of healing.  Less advanced and cheaper rotary pen machines tend to scratch the skin surface until the pigment is accepted, this causes the body to swell and produce lymph fluid which forms into scabs.   You may have especially heard of this bad scabbing with eyebrows, it really needn’t be like that

Using  an  advanced digital  machine and  a single use needle cartridge manufactured to ISO 9001 quality standards, clients experience  noticeably  less  discomfort,  minimal lymph fluid, less  anxiety, and less  swelling  than they  do with any rotary pen machine

 

The pigments I use are hypoallergenic emmollient-free and non-reactive  to achieve a natural cosmetic enhancement and benefit from:

  • Larger looking eyes with thicker, darker lashes – (Eyelash enhancement or Eyeliner)
  • Younger looking, fuller lips
  • Perfectly shaped eyebrows – (Hair by Hair Simulation)

Permanent make up fades away and so colour boosts are required 12 – 16 months after in order to refresh the original enhancement.

Having perfectly placed, fresh looking make up all the time is not only a boost for your self esteem but Permanent make up for the eyebrows ends the hassle of drawing brows evenly/ correctly everyday, or worrying if you have just wiped one brow off once you have been swimming or been caught out in the rain! You will benefit from having a shape that suits you perfectly and that frames your eyes beautifully! You will never have to worry that your eye brows are uneven or that they are the wrong shape for you

Permanent make up for eyeliner puts an end to irritated eyes from topical eye liner, smears, watery eye streaks, and residue collections in the corners of the eyes. How many times have you

Permanent make up for the lips ends the unwanted transfer of lipstick colour onto objects and people. Clients who suffer with visual impairment, and unsteady or arthritic hands find it difficult to apply topical cosmetics and so can benefit greatly.

What must I do before and After my treatment?

If you are prone to coldsores it is important that you take an ant-viral medication before having a lip enhancement. As a general rule 3 days before and 3 days after should be sufficient. Your doctor can prescribe Acciclover tablets for you. The procedure does not cause cold sores, but if the virus is lying dormant in the skin it can irritate it and can cause an outburst.

If you have had an eye procedure and you are prone to eye infections, it is advisable that you purchase an antibiotic eye cream that contains Chloraphenical such as Optrex Eyes or Golden Eye. You can find these at any Chemist. They will prevent and treat any unwanted infections. Please apply a healing balm to the enhancement 3 times a day to keep it from drying up and flaking off. Vaseline is fine, but it must be a new pot and applied using a clean unused cotton bud to prevent cross contamination. Do not pick, peel or touch your new enhancement and allow it to heal naturally on its own, taking care to follow your after care guidelines.

Pre Procedure Advice

Prior to your permanent cosmetic enhancement think about the look that you wish to achieve. As an expert in the field of colour analysis and makeovers, I will ensure that the correct colours and styles are chosen for you, however you are part of the decision-making process.

Permanent cosmetic enhancements normally require multiple application sessions. To achieve the best results you will be required to return for at least one control procedure, four to six weeks after the initial application.

Be prepared for the colour intensity to be significantly sharper and darker immediately after the procedure. This will subside and become softer as the skin heals. This process can take up to fourteen days.

General Pre Advice

  • Since delicate skin or sensitive areas may be swollen or red, you are advised not to make social plans on the day of your enhancement.
  • Please wear your normal make-up to your enhancement appointment.
  • Do not take aspirin or Ibuprofen 2 days prior to and after your enhancement.
  • Do not discontinue any medication before consulting your doctor.
  • Keep alcohol intake to a minimum 2 days prior to and after your enhancement.
  • A sensitivity test will be performed, unless waived upon request.
  • Do not use Retin A skincare products close to the enhancement area 1 month prior to and after your procedure.
  • Do not use AHA skincare products close to the enhancement area 2 weeks prior to and after your procedure.
  • As with electrolysis the National Blood Service does not accept donations of blood for 1 year after a permanent cosmetic enhancement.

Eyebrow Enhancement

  • Waxing treatments should be performed no less than 3 days prior to your enhancement.
  • IPL laser hair removal should be performed no less than 2 weeks prior to your enhancement.
  • Electrolysis treatments should be performed no less than 5 days prior to your enhancement.
  • Eyebrow tinting should not be undertaken for 2 weeks prior to and after your enhancement.

Eyeliner Enhancement

  • Eyelash tinting or eyelash perming treatments should be carried out no sooner than 1 week prior to or 2 weeks after your enhancement.
  • Do not wear contact lenses during or immediately following your enhancement procedure. Remember to bring your glasses. You may resume wearing your contact lenses 24 hours after the procedure.
  • You may have mild swelling after your enhancement procedure. As a safety precaution you may wish to have someone drive you home.

Lip Enhancement

  • If you are prone to coldsores it is important that you take an ant-viral medication before having a lip enhancement. As a general rule 3 days before and 3 days after should be sufficient. Your doctor can prescribe Acciclover tablets for you. The procedure does not cause cold sores, but if the virus is lying dormant in the skin it can irritate it and can cause an outburst. You are also advised to use Zovirax for 5 days before and after as an extra precaution.
  • IPL laser hair removal should be performed at least 2 weeks prior to your enhancement.
  • Lip wax or bleaching treatments should not be undertaken for a 2 week period prior to and after your enhancement.

Therapist vs Self Help skin care……

Each person’s skin ages differently. When a skincare routine is customised by a therapist, individual concerns will be identified. For example, if skin is sensitive, it needs to be strengthened, and hydration levels may need to be improved. Only then would you move on to superceutical-strength skincare to address issues such as wrinkles or sagging, and after that, put the client on a maintenance program.

Above all, it’s important to listen to your skin and make sure it has all it needs to function correctly. Illness, stress, changes in lifestyle and medication can all have an impact on the skin. A healthy skin is like a happy woman – it likes to eat, drink and communicate!

Learning how to Have A.C.E Skin at the International Institute for Anti-Ageing

I am currently on a training course at the International Institute for Anti-Ageing. It is a one week course where I am learning about Environ which is a Scientific skin care range and an Advanced Nutritional Program that really makes a difference.  Having trained up in many different product ranges in the past I am happy to say that this range really is results driven and works deeper than a cosmetic product. The Skin care range which you apply topically combined with the Vitamin Supplements that you ingest work together by feeding the skin and fortifying it from the outside and in.  It renews and repairs the skin cells whilst also protecting them and slowing down the ageing process.

80 percent of the product contains Vitamin A which is naturally found in our skin but is lost daily through light and free radical exposure. Free radicals are basically baddies from poor diet, pollution, computer screens, Sun, smoking, medications and even excessive exercise that break down the skin cells health and proper function.  The depletion of vitamin A in our skin leads to pigmentation, lines, wrinkles, rosaecea etc. Environs aim is to replenish these lost nutrients – putting back in what we are losing. Vitamin A is the Skins Normaliser it ;

  • Repairs and generates skin health
  • Stimulates cell turnover
  • Protects skin from environmental attack
  • Plumps the skin
  • Feeds and detoxifies by stimulating blood circulation
  • Balances oil secretions
  • Stimulates your collagen and elastin
  • Hydrates at a dermal level
  • Supports the skins immunity
  • Evens out the skin tone

Another Key ingredient in the product  is Vitamin C.

  • Hydrates
  • Heals
  • Brightens and lightens
  • Calms
  • Protects

And of course Vitamin E

  • Protects from environmental attack
  • Reflects UV
  • Hydrates
  • Heals

The AVST range stands for Advanced Vitamin Skin Therapy and is a step up skin care system that allows your skin to gradually get used to the high level of active vitamin A and C as the concentration increases as you work through at a sensible speed.

I am excited to learn more and looking forward to tomorrow.

High End on the High St – Top Dollar Products that really work!

 

So aside from the beauty tips that cost nothing at all like getting your beauty sleep (the hours before midnight!) taking your make up off before crashing out, drinking lots of water and never tanning. There is of course one more thing PRODUCTS and some don’t come cheap.  The most lavish moisturiser ever known “La Creme” produced by  the Japanese beauty line Cle de Peau Beaute as a limited edition in September retailed at £8,440 per 50 gram jar. More than 5 times more expensive per gram of gold –  How much you decide to spend on your products is up to you but a high price tag doesn’t always mean it will work miracles, here are some of the best and let’s say slightly more realistic high rollers on the high street.

Elemis Pro-Intense Lift Effect Night Cream is a lifting and firming night cream, formulated with a powerful blend of gardenia stem cells, arjuna and lupin. It will help to reduce the appearance of sagging jowls, cheeks and chin. And facial contours will appear shaped with a visible improvement in the texture of your skin.

£95.00

 

 

Order online from

 http://www.feelunique.com/p/Elemis-Pro-Collagen-Oxygenating-Night-Cream-50ml

 

 

 

Decleor Prolagene Lift is a Lift & Firm Day Cream for Dry Skin and acts to help rejuvenate dry skin it will boost, protect, prolong and add radiance to skin. Free from mineral oils and colouring agents, this rich and creamy moisturiser sits very comfortably on the skin. High and low molecular weight Hyaluronic acids help to fill in wrinkles on the surface and deeper down.

£69.50

 

Available at The Lavender Rooms – Kings Mills – Tel 01481 258 882

Or Feel Unique online.

Jan Marini Bioclear Cream is a remarkable product that targets a number of multifaceted concerns uniquely experienced by adults. Bioclear Cream utilizes a combination of Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid and Azelaic Acid for exceptional benefits ranging from adult acne and acne discoloration to the appearance of texture/fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring, discoloration from sun damage, and enlarged follicles.

Bioclear Cream provides dramatic resurfacing and retexturizing benefits on any skin type resulting in measurably smoother, clearer and younger looking skin.  £50

 

Available at Selected Clinics only please call 02088684411 for stockists

Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery

 

My Fave ! Achieve absolute hydration and help defend against the internal and external causes of skin aging with this medium-weight, emollient daily moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF30. Contains AGE Smart® ingredients to enhance the skin’s natural ability to fight skin-aging free radicals (Reactive Oxygen Species), help prevent the signs of aging caused by sugar reacting with proteins in skin (AGEs) and regulate the formation of collagen-degrading MMPs brought on by UV rays. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colours. Smells divine.

£60.70

Available from Beauty Essence website   http://www.beautyessence.co.uk/index.asp

 

 

Environ Cosmetic Roll CIT

Environ Cosmetic Roll CIT is the latest breakthrough in skin care treatments, allowing for improved penetration of vitamins into the skin layer. The Cosmetic Roll-Cit consists of “micro-needles” that puncture the horny layer of the epidermis. Once the epidermis has been breached, the active ingredients in your skin care products can reach into the depths of the skin exponentially more effectively than simple topical application, thereby assisting natural repairing of fine lines and wrinkles.

The higher the levels of vitamin A and vitamin C that can penetrate into the lower layers of the epidermis, the more collagen can be made. Therefore allowing natural collagenesis to occur.

The Cosmetic Roll CIT help restores skin tightness, smooth fine lines, reduces pigmentation, thickens thin skin, softens scars and reduces dilated blood vessels. Skin needling is not painful, does not damage the skin and can be used on all areas of the body.

 

£69.99

Available from Beauty Essence – call 020 7248 0127

 

 

Guinot Instant Brightening Mask (7 sachets) (Masque Révélateur Lumière)

Thanks to its concentration in Melanoxyl and stabilised Vitamin C, the Brightening Mask illuminates the skin with spectacular renewed radiance. Its shape is designed to allow the high penetration of active ingredients and it really does give an instant brightening effect.

You’ll find that the complexion appears brighter and brown spots are reduced.

£64.00 available from Beauty Essence call – 020 7248 0127

Latest Training Day

My latest Advanced Refresher Course was so beneficial that I thought I would share my experience online.  I worked on 2 models the First Lady was a rare case – a Chinese lady who had her brows done originally in China. But they had gone red possibly due to the poor legislations in china making the pigments impure.  The iron oxide in our pigments is much purer so therefore it doesn’t discolour as much due to the European resolution legislation of 2003/2008 which states that all manufactured and sold pigments in Europe have to by law fit the requirements. I used a 1 point needle and went over very slowly in hair by hair strokes very close together using just the tip of the needle with five drops of dark cool brown and 3 drops of darkest cool brown not forgetting my 2 drops of cool brow neutraliser. We were pleased with the end result.

The second client I had was for the lips and I used a pigment I have not used before – burgundy chocolate – you should only ever use 2 drops and always with the blue lip Rec. I mixed it with 6 drops of nude soft rose and 1 drop of blue lip rectifier because one drop was enough as she was not showing any blue in her lips and we were only going to use a light pressure. I used the 3 liner as the line because the 7 power are not in use and the 5 power did not give enough precision . The 3 liner is another word for the 3 round. It’s good because its round so you don’t have to worry about the angle you use it with. My first two passes were of the line and then for the blush I did small oval circles where the needle was facing towards the line followed by large oval circles in a fluid manner and a constant pressure/rythym. I enjoyed my day but it was incredibly intense as ever.

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Areola and 3-D NippleTattooing?

What is 3-D areola tattooing?

Nipple Areola Complex simulation (NAC) is an area of medical tattooing that requires advanced education, training and experience. This procedure is a highly specialized practice of tattooing that restores the natural looking color and shape of an areola after breast reconstruction. This can be done in conjunction with surgical nipple reconstruction. If there is no nipple, a 3 dimensional nipple can be created with light and shadow, to give the “illusion of protrusion”.

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How Regularly do I need a Colour Boost?

The maintenance of your permanent make up is extremely important in order to maintain the fresh look that you originally had. Most clients require a colour boost every 12 – 18 months. During the Colour Boost appointment the very first thing we do is ascertain the amount of work required in order to produce the original results that were once there.

As a general rule, one colour boost appointment is all that is needed. The client should have of course been protecting their enhancement on a daily basis with sun protection. I recommend the Elizabeth Arden 50 plus , 8 hour protection stick which retails at £12 and can be used every morning. Excessive exposure to the sun will result in fading and the need for more colour boost appointments.

During the colour boost appointment we don’t generally need to change the original shape or design of the enhancement. The client will possibly want to slightly thicken the brow or lengthen it in some instances this can be possible.

The colour choice is normally the same as the original one unless a colour correction is required due to overexposure to the sun or hyper pigmented skin. In these cases we would need two appointments, the first to neutralise the colour and heal and then the second to add the original colour.

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Our stomach produces acid to digest the food that we eat. This is a regular and natural process. Whenever we eat, cells within the lining of the stomach pump acid to liquefy your sumptuous dinner, from mash potatoes to a slab of steak.

Problem occurs when these cells produce large amount of acid, more than your stomach needs. When this happens, you will suffer from stomach acidity. You would know if you were suffering from stomach acidity if you feel a burning sensation just above the stomach, or right below (the hollow part) your breastbone. This is the most classic sign of acidity. … Read more →