MIDWEEK MANTRA

YOUR WEEKLY DOSE OF INSPIRATION,POSITIVITY AND IDEAS TO LIFT YOUR MOOD AND TAKE YOU TO YOUR HAPPY PLACE.

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LAUGH OUT LOUD

Now a new era is dawning it is time to start laughing again.

So today your task is to make a list of the things, places and people that make you laugh then choose at least one to arrange a date with. I promise you even the act of making the list you will have a smile in your face.

When was the last time you really had a good belly laugh. When we are children we do this several times a day but we forget how to do it as we get older and responsibilities take over.

As I have designated this National Laughter Day, even if you don’t feel like laughing try faking it until you make it ! Sound HA HA HA HEE HEE HEE HO HO HO until you break into spontaneous laughter and releases endorphins into your brain and body. Your day will fill lighter. I challenge you to turn around any errors that occur today and see the funny side.

Keep on giggling !

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXX

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: Next time you are in a restaurant have a look around you to see how much laughter is taking place. Practically zero ! So let us start a new trend LAUGH OUT LOUD !

BEAUTY:THE TRUTH ABOUT MORPHEUS 8

SPENDING MY MONEY…….SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO

Morpheus 8

After being bombarded with pictures of Judy Murrays “remarkable transformation” to her skin on various media platforms I started to think , like many other women maybe I should give it a go. Especially to target my lip lines as , regular readers will know is my nemesis….nothing works (and a non smoker !!!). Even though I could see her make up and lighting in the latter pictures were completely different. Apparently Amanda Holden and Kim Kardashian are advocates. But be aware some celebrities are paid to endorse without even having the treatment !

However if you google this treatment there are scores of positive promotion on line, but look closely these are nearly all clinics who offer the treatment or seem lie genuine clients but their sites are linked to the clinics ! Even magazines seem to have avoided the Morpheus 8 debate. So i thought i would do an honest appraisal of my own experience and a few friends that genuinely also had the treatment with mixed results.

This treatment does not come cheap £500 per session, although I am aware of many clinics charging up to £1500 per session. A minimum of 3 sessions is, of course recommended. So I booked my first session in a reputable clinic in Knightsbridge.

WHAT IS MORPHEUS 8 ?

This treatment combines micro needling and infra red. The needles are 7mm long to penetrate extra deep. It targets the dermis and sub dermis to remodel collagen by localised heating.

Ensure you have not used any retinol or peels on your skin two weeks before and also no fillers or botox during this period. Anaesthetic cream is applied to the skin for 40 minutes prior to the treatment, so take a magazine with you as salons no longer supply them during this time. Apprehensive with the amount of anaesthetic cream required, but the treatment was bearable just a little uncomfortable. Although the neck was slightly more painful . Like hundreds of electric shocks with a soldering iron. All over in 20 minutes.

There is an alarming smell of burning flesh and when I look in the mirror afterwards I understand why . A rather sunburned face is staring back at me . Back to the 1970s after a week in Ibiza with just a slather of olive oil on my face. My face literally feels fried and I even have the small oblongs on my skin of the deep fat fryer !

I can’t possibly get on the tube like this. So I called “the bodyguard” to pick me up outside the salon. Directly outside. Well never have I been so pleased to be wearing a mask but even as I ran to the Range Rover I managed to scare the life out of all the people sitting in the coffee shop next door. or perhaps they thought I was a celeb in my mask, dark glasses and baseball cap !

AFTER THE TREATMENT

I was assured by my therapist (the one that did my treatment not the one I have had to have counselling with following the treatment) that the redness would disappear within 24 hours and certainly on line it does state minimal downtime. THIS IS NOT TRUE. It has taken at least two weeks for the burns and welts to disappear and even a month on even though there are no visible signs my skin still feels scalded.

I did actually feel like a burns victim it was hard to sleep, my skin was sore and tight, was this the tightness benefit they meant ? What do we do to ourselves as women in the name of beauty. If it was not in the name of beauty we would have GoFundME pages set up for injuries like this?

Neck After One week Post Treatment

Surely sunburn is based on the same principles UVC damages the upper layer, UVB penetrates the epidermal layer and UVA rays damage the cells even deeper causing the cells to fight back and are stimulated to heal through collagen being stimulated. How do we know until many years later the real damage these machines are doing to our deeper layers until it is too late ? Do you remember the Isolagen scandal about 10 years ago with the promise of youth taking skin cells from your face and centrifuging them before injecting the cells back in a month later, at £5000 a pop. Found to be totally untrue and a court case ensued with many women claiming damages.

In the interest of fairness I have had three other friends try the treatment two are of the exact same opinion as myself but I must say that one of my friends is delighted with the treatment, she is not sure if she has seen a difference to her skin but her therapist did show her a 3D image of the improvement in her subcutaneous layer………

I am not convinced until I see a difference in the mirror and results on the promises I was sold. Even though I have only had one treatment apparently I should still see SOME results although It was made clear that your results are clearer after three. One month on I have seen NO differences and I did take my own photographs as clinics know the art of photograph before and after treatments. NO difference. Even worse I can’t help thinking I have actually damaged my skin.Will I book my next session…….NO…….maybe another week in Ibiza……..minus my usual 50+ sunblock !!

NOTE: This article is my own personal view and is clearly unsponsored. However like many beauty treatments/products this may work for you but it did not work for me. But I hope it at least gives you pause for thought.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO. XXXXXXX

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: I REALLY DISLIKE THE WAY AS WOMEN WE ARE PREYED ON BY THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY WITH PROMISES OF MIRACLES. BUT SOMETIMES THE ONLY WAY TO KNOW IF IT IS GOING TO WORK FOR YOU IS TO TRY IT. I HOPE MY HONEST APPRAISAL OF MORPHEUS 8 JUST ARMS YOU WITH A BIT MORE INFO ….THE BITS THEY DON’T TELL YOU.

MIDWEEK MANTRA

THOUGHTS,TASKS AND INSPIRATION TO LIFT YOUR SPIRITS TO GET YOU THROUGH TO THE END OF THE WEEK. OUR MIDWEEK MANTRAS HAVE BEEN GOING FOR SOME TIME NOW BUT DURING THIS TIME OF CRISIS HOPEFULLY THEY CAN GIVE YOU SOME REASSURANCE AND AN INJECTION OF STRENGTH.

SMILE BEHIND THE MASK

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OUR SPIRITS CAN BE SIMPLY LIFTED AND WE CAN GAIN MUCH REASSURANCE FROM A LOVELY SMILE FROM A FRIEND OR SOMETIMES MORE POIGNANTLY FROM A STRANGER WHO WE ARE SIMPLY PASSING IN THE STREET. BUT TODAY WE ARE BEING SUPER SAFE AND WEARING OUR MASKS WHEN WE ARE OUT AND ABOUT. THIS IMMEDIATELY REMOVES A LARGE PART OF OUR NON VERBAL COMMUNICATION AS WE PASS ONE ANOTHER IN THE STREET. YOU CAN STILL. OF COURSE SMILE WITH YOUR EYES !

MANY PEOPLE ARE GOING THROUGH MAJOR CRISIS AS A RESULT OF THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC AND MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS ARE INCREASING. SO PLEASE BE KIND WHEN YOU ARE OUT AND ABOUT , AND WHERE YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO WEAR MASKS IN EATERIES AND THE STREETS BE SURE TO FLASH A SMILE AT PEOPLE THIS IS SUCH A POWERFUL YET SIMPLE ACTION THAT CAN MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE TO SOMEONES DAY. IT PROBABLY HAS NEVER BEEN MORE IMPORTANT FOR US TO CONNECT NON VERBALLY AT THE MOMENT AS WE BATTLE THIS CRISIS TOGETHER.

SO TODAY MAKE SOMEONE FEEL WARM INSIDE AND GIVE THEM YOUR BEST SMILE THIS CAN BE DONE FROM A SAFE DISTANCE. I BET YOU GET ONE BACK !

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: SOMETHING YOU CAN SPREAD WHICH IS HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS……………..YOUR SMILE !

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXXX

BEAUTY: PERFECT LIPS

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Firstly it was all about the brows now it is all about the lips ! So check out this guide for the perfect lips to insert into your regular beauty routine

EXFOLIATION

Yes your lips need exfoliating as well as your skin. Lips can become dry with dead skin. Exfoliating can also make lips plumper. Dont forget your lip lines too. Use a toothbrush , even brush your lips when you brush your teeth ! You can make your own exfoliator by combining some sugar and coconut oil. Remember treat your lips gently don’t overdo it. Weekly is fine.

MOISTERISE

Moisterise for lovely soft lips. No need to buy expensive lip creams which seem to have flooded the market recently. Nothing beats vaseline especially the ‘rosy lips” small hanbag tins or even a slick of coconut oil. But for ease of application an inexpensive lip balm stick will suffice. Apply regularly throughout the day.

SUNSCREEN

Important to apply sunscreen to lips when in the sunshine. I know this to my detriment as I now possess a lovely dark age spot on my lower lip. Most brans of reputable sunscreens now contain a lipscreen too. Additionally many lip balms include an SPF make sure yours does.

PLUMPING

The current trend is for plump Kardashian like lips. There are some tricks to making lips plumper. Many products on the market now are geared to giving the illusion of plumper lips they work on stimulating the blood vessels enabling a rush of blood to the lips leaving your lips tingly. Try using some at home remedies combining peppermint oil or cayenne pepper with coconut oil and rubbing onto the lips. I have also used a slice of fresh ginger rubbed over the lips it seems to wok quite nicely but all these are temporary solutions.

Make up tricks to try is a sparkly lip gloss or shadow in your central bottom lip and a white pencil highlighter in the cupids bow area. But generally glossy lips tend to look plumper than matte lips . If you cannot find the perfect colour in a lip gloss start with a clear one over your favourite lipstick.

As a last resort lips can be plumped with hyaluronic acid like Juvederm. But do your homework and work on friends recommendations only. Start with 0.5ml until you get your desired look. For lip lines this is the most effective treatment . I have tried everything for those of you who are regular followers of my blog you will know my pet hate are my lip lines !!! I am now very tempted to try the juvederm filler in them. I have tried every solution on the beauty shelves for lip lines …. nothing works. Would love to hear from any of you that have any other solution for lip lines.

COLOUR

Always start with a lip liner the same colour as your lips or a neutral shade but feather it in toward your lips. No harsh lines. By feathering inwards it stops the lipstick bleeding. Glosses tend to work better on this front too as they have less propensity to bleed.

Remember to choose your colour to suit your own colouring. Refer back to previous blogs on discovering your colour to establish yours. If you have warm, golden tones you will tend to suit more coral and scarlett shades. Cooler colouring and pale skin will suit crimsons and pinky hues. Spend a day lipstick shopping as your true colour can really take years off your look. Even though matte lipsticks tend to be longer lasting they also can be very drying on a more mature lip so choose a moisterising glossy lipstick but just keep applying.

So there you have it your guide to beautiful lips, so get cracking to prevent cracking !

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JOJOS STYLIST TIP: VERY IMPORTANT STYLISTAS, TO ALSO EXERCISE YOUR LIPS……..WITH PLENTY OF KISSING. NOW WHO IS NOT GOING TO WANT TO KISS THOSE LIPS WITH ALL THE LOVEAND CARE YOU HAVE GIVEN THEM !!!

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXXXX