As a girl, we have a lot to do to keep ourselves looking preened to perfection. I don’t think the boys realise just how easy they have it! Life is a constant cycle of hair, nails, lashes and the more intimate treatments that not only make us look good, but feel good as well. I spend a lot of time and money on my hair and especially now I have limited movement, I need someone else to help keep my hair looking at it’s best, so more frequent trips to Barn//It in Manchester will be occurring. I have three other beauty treatments that I keep on top of frequently and I don’t feel myself if I don’t have them done.
I’ve been wearing acrylic nails for decades and I’m not 100% sure what my actual nails look like and would be like if I left them to grow on their own. I don’t like my hands without wearing acrylics as I feel that they make my fingers look longer and slimmer and they are a lot more hard wearing than my natural nails. As my nails grow so fast, I have my nails done around every 2 to 3 weeks, and I’ve not had a new full set for quite sometime as my infills have been of such good quality that they’ve literally grown through the tips and are now just acrylic. I have a special blend of acrylic powder using a blush, nude and white for a really clean nail colour and although I usually wear them bare with just a clear gloss top coat, I sometimes like a change. I loved the tinkerbell fairy wings sparkle that I had done at Top Notch Salon in Eccles. It got so many compliments and looks so pretty with my choice of jewellery. Top Notch Salon is a favourite salon of mine, and Jacquii is the most accommodating owner. With a range of beauty treatments available from hair, tans and waxing, there’s plenty of choice to suit your needs.
I go through phases with my lashes and I either love them au naturel, or hate them and want either lash extensions which generally get on my nerves after the first week and I want to rip them all out. A treatment which I’ve had before is the Nouveau Lashes LVL Lashes which is a lash uplift and curl. Since LVL Lashes are becoming more and more popular, other brands are bringing out their own lash lift products. I tried the EVL Lashes by Lisa Ryan at Escape Spa and I’ve loved them. Using lash shields which are more gentle than perming rods, a perming solution is applied to the lifted lashes before a tint to give lashes that lease of life. I was really impressed with just how lifted my lashes were and over a month later, they still have a very definite curl. In fact, they are so curled that I’m having problems getting my false lashes on properly!
I go through phases with my legs and most of the time I end up succumbing to getting the razor and whipping off the hair in the shower. Just before I went away on holiday, I settled for a leg and under arm wax at Spa Satori, based in the Northern Quarter in Manchester. A relaxing and beautiful little salon that also happens to be across the road from the Cat Café. It was a pretty nippy February day when I went in for my treatment, and being offered a hot drink and given a heated pillow for my neck to relax me when I went in was just fabulous. The wax itself took around 45 minutes with the legs being done using the tea tree wax strips and a hot wax for underarms. I think the thought of waxing is more painful than it actually is, and I didn’t really have any discomfort whilst it was being done. My under arms were quite sensitive for a few days afterwards which is to be expected considering it’s a sensitive area. It’s been 6 weeks since I’ve had my wax and with the current situation with my back, I haven’t actually been able to shave my legs and I’m currently sporting a more natural leg. Good news is, there’s not a great deal there. They have grown back a little bit darker, and a little bit haywire but I’ve had no ingrowing hairs or problems with regrowth. However, I am in desperate need to get them done again. The shame!
Have you any must have treatments? I’m always looking to try new things – what should I try next?
*Treatments provided FOC, all opinions are my own