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Skincare tips for Autumn with Bek Woodbine

posted by Teagan West April 4, 2014 0 comments

As we head into the cooler half of the air (read: Brisbane’s half-hearted attempt at autumn and winter) we caught up with Rebekah Woodbine, owner of Perfectly Smooth, to talk about her top-notch salon and discuss all things beauty and skincare post summertime.

Perfectly Smooth, located in Albion, has a jam-packed service menu and specialises in everything from IPL hair removal, skin rejuvenation, facial treatments, peels and microdermabrasion to general beauty and waxing. And, with a close working relationship with cosmetic physician Dr. Hung Nguyen, Botox and filler services are available at the salon using only the most advanced injectable techniques.

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Bek said, “Botox and fillers are my number one treatment here, followed by skin rejuvenation and then peels, facials and microdermabrasion.” She said these treatments are especially popular, and crucial, at this time of the year after our skin has been exposed to the sun and heat for months on end.

Bek recommends that “after being in the sun you’d be looking at doing some sun treatments” to help protect and restore your skin.

“Coming into autumn and winter is a great time to do skin rejuvenation for skin pigmentation and also hair removal for legs because you’re not in the sun.”

She said it is also a very good time for IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments, performed with the best IPL machine on the market, the Cutera Solera Opus, which is a favourite among doctors to rejuvenate the skin. The IPL treatment is best if you suffer from pigmentation, uneven skin tone, open pores, redness, rosacea or broken capillaries and is great for brightening and plumping.

At Perfectly Smooth skin rejuvenation treatments are aplenty, with seven treatments available to target your problem areas and transform your skin. You can choose one (or more) from the extensive list that includes full face, face and front of neck, décolletage, face and neck, neck and décolletage, hands, full arm or half arm.

Bek said, with our humidity “people complain about oily, sweaty skin so the LED light is really good just to brighten and plump and helps with pigmentation and that sort of thing.”

“If you are going to have skin rejuvenation or try and get rid of pigmentation it’s a really good time to start on some retinoids and some products that prevent pigmentation development.”

Don’t know where to start? Book a free 15-minute complimentary consultation appointment at Perfectly Smooth and find out what treatments are best for you, if you are applicable to a certain procedure and get expert advice from Bek herself.

And if you just want a bit of pampering don’t overlook this welcoming, professional salon! Facials are an important part of the business at Perfectly Smooth and are widely popular, with two of the most coveted services being The Perfect Mini Facial and The Mini Light Facial, for $55 and $59 respectively.

Bek said, what happens with the mini facial is, “you come in and we do a little treatment and we do an enzyme peel that is quite generic and many people can use it.”

“Or we do a blueberry smoothie peel and scrub combined so we can get a really good look at the clients skin. That is massively popular here.”

The Mini Light Facial is a deep double cleanse, skin prep and serum that is place on the skin before 20minutes under the LED light.

The LED light is actually a NASA developed light that works on 5 different modalities. You know its good when Bek says Zoe Foster-Blake (THE Zoe Foster-Blake) raves about the light and used the treatment in the lead up to her own wedding. Talk about a beauty endorsement like no other!

As well as in-salon treatments Bek said, “product is really important from summer to winter. You might just have to change your cleanser or change the moisturiser…that’s always really important.”

Bek speaks highly of the Aspect Dr. skincare range and other brands that are stocked at the salon including Cosmedix, GeneSkin, SkinMedica, Xen-Tan, Christian Eyebrows and Erin Bigg Cosmetics, all of which Bek says are great products and are available in the salon and via the Perfectly Smooth online store.

So, what do you need to do to restore your skin back to its pre-summer glow and prepare for the colder days ahead? Call Bek and her team at Perfectly Smooth and schedule an appointment for any one of their various services to keep you looking perfectly smooth inside and out, all year round.

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For more information visit the website www.perfectlysmooth.com.au or call Perfectly Smooth on 3161 8408

 

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Brooklyn Beauty Bar

posted by Teagan West March 28, 2014 2 Comments

Attention ladies…I have news for you! I’ve found THE perfect beauty salon for you lovely lasses who enjoy a good time, champagne and of course being pampered.

It’s called the Brooklyn Beauty Bar, it’s located on the corner of James and McLachlan streets in Fortitude Valley and it is amazing, both aesthetically and in its beauty therapy treatments. But Brooklyn Beauty Bar isn’t like everywhere else, and they take pride in the fact that they are completely and utterly unique. And the best part? Brooklyn Beauty Bar specialise in group packages where you can indulge in one of the salons party packages with a bunch of girlfriends in tow.

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Brooke Jesberg, owner and founder of Brooklyn Beauty Bar, said that they have found their niche and honed in on it by creating a beauty salon that is made for the cosmopolitan woman without intimidating the men in our lives who, like us, want assistance in their grooming from time to time (in fact, Brooke said there are many husbands and boyfriends who feel very comfortable coming into the salon for any of their men’s services).

Brooke said many people come into the conveniently located salon on their lunch breaks or between errands, while others stop in for a treatment or service en route to an event. That’s the atmosphere that Brooklyn Beauty Bar has established and the reputation it upholds.

Brooke said she wanted to concentrate on creating a salon that catered for the cosmopolitan woman who wants to feel like they’re at a day spa without having to clear their schedule for the day. In doing that the team are focused on “old fashioned customer service,” which is noted as soon as you walk in the door and are greeted with a smile before being handed a chilled glass of water with fresh lemon.

Whether your there for tanning, waxing, eyebrow threading, nail beauty, a makeup session, I.P.L or skin treatments such as the Glow & Go facial, the Mini Herbal Peel and Collagen Stimulation Facial, you will instantly feel the warmth of the salon and appreciate (and perhaps fall in love with) its old school charm. And you know your in good hands as the salon only uses the best equipment, technology and brands, including O.P.I nail polish, Dr. Spiller skincare, St Tropez and Vani-T tanning products and the best I.P.L technology from France.

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And while they have back-to-back appointments in any one of their 4 luxury treatment rooms, it’s their famous party packages that clients love the most.

There are four packages to choose from – the Manhattan Mani Party, the Queens Pedi Party, The Brooklyn Experience and the Bridal/Party Package – all of which include a glass of champagne from the in-house bar (Brooke said they are one of the only beauty salons to have a liquor licence!).

Brooke said their unique party packages have become so popular that the salon has been renovated three times already to keep up with the demand of up to 8 parties a week, sometimes more.

Each party group is treated to intense luxury as they sit at the beautiful wooden bar, the long bench underneath an impressive portrait of the Brooklyn Bridge or in the super comfy pedicure lounges, making any one of the packages perfect for a unique gift, a birthday celebration, a hens or bridal party or as an addition to your girls day out.

Irresistible right?! Brooklyn Beauty Bar is open from Monday to Saturday by appointment only. Be sure to check out their website here or pop into the salon to experience their old school Brooklyn charm first hand.

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Relax, recharge and get pampered at The Lily Lounge

posted by Teagan West February 28, 2014 0 comments

Have you had a busy start to the New Year and craving some much needed “me” time? Look no further than The Lily Lounge, where waxing, facials, massages, hand and feet treatments, nail services, eye solutions, holistic approaches and heavenly packages are awaiting your arrival. We know you want to treat your body inside and out!

Nestled in the busy streets of Highgate Hill, The Lily Lounge is a place you can’t help but feel relaxed in as soon as you open the door. Wooden floorboards, clean white walls, fresh flowers, chill music and an inviting sofa welcome you immediately, making you feel comfortable and relaxed before you even make it to the counter.

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Mary, the lovely owner of The Lily Lounge said, “it’s about being a welcoming, accessible environment” that doesn’t define beauty as just an aesthetic.

“We want to do inner and outer beauty,” she said.

And that they do, with an energy healing program available at the salon once a fortnight and other complimentary therapies being added to their repertoire.

“We’re sort of growing the holistic side of it as well, to give people the opportunity to use more than one service here,” Mary said.

On the physical beauty front Mary said, “it sounds a bit cliché but it’s just to make people feel good about themselves because I think that when we feel good about ourselves we feel more beautiful.”

“It’s less about making everything perfect, of course (as women) we strive to do everything as well as possible however it’s pretty much impossible to have perfection. You have to embrace imperfection to stay sane, so that’s the main thing we focus on.”

Talk about a good approach right?

With top-notch treatments and supreme services there’s no wonder The Lily Lounge has established a loyal band of clientele who sing their praises for the local salon.

Mary said that people appreciate her approach to beauty and feel comfortable in her hands, allowing her to establish what she describes as “a really good solid base of regular customers.” She said the clients also feel the community atmosphere of the area and like that The Lily Lounge is “not adhering to what every other salon does.”

One thing that sets them apart is their emphasis on using only the most natural and local products, like the wax that Mary proudly changed over to a product with no added artificial colouring agents, titanium dioxide, petroleum based ingredients or artificial fragrances when she bought the salon.

“The wax is actually an important part of my service… To use something that is more natural,” she said.

Another is the stocking of skinstitut, an Australian owned and made skin care product that is not tested on animals, doesn’t contain any animal derived ingredients, is a cosmetic grade of skincare, has good active ingredients and is so simple.

Mary also said, “It’s a good price point, it’s $45 per product and it works! It ticks all the boxes.”

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On top of the skinstitut range Mary is also looking for something better and more natural like the wax the salon now uses and said she would “like to offer something organic and compliment the skinstitut range with something more natural.” No chance this natural beauty crusader is letting down any time soon!

If that’s not enough, Mary is completely honest and genuine with her beauty and skincare recommendations and is far removed from the hard sell approach.

“I guess I’m more truthful as well. I’m not a hard sell person at all; it’s just about honesty. Which probably isn’t always the best for being a business woman but I think that creates a better relationship and I can sleep at night and you know everyone feels good about it.”

I don’t know about you, but that’s what I want in a beauty guru! So pop in and get pampered by Mary and her team, and be sure to say hi from us!

 

Visit The Lily Lounge at 13 Gladstone Road Highgate Hill or call 3844 4492