Thursday, 12 January 2017

Beauty & Go Drinks

'Beauty Drinks' have always interested me. I remember when Fountain and Collagen Shots debuted a few years ago and, even though I never actually got round to trying either for myself, I was admittedly a bit intrigued by the whole concept. I totally get that a healthy, balanced diet can play a huge part in the appearance and resilience of your skin, hair and nails - but can a dedicated product developed to target specific beauty concerns actually make that much of a difference?
That's where Beauty & Go comes in - each drink (there are 5 different ones) has been blended up using ingredients known to help out with various specific skincare needs.

With names like Skin Revive, Skin Brilliance and Skin Vitality, you'd be forgiven for thinking that these are topical face creams or serums. but the claim goes much deeper than that, quite literally, as the drinks are designed to make improvements to your complexion from the inside out. The drinks contain 'MacroAntioxidants' which are powerful antioxidants derived from orange peel. These MacroAntioxidants are proven to be an effective anti-ageing ingredient and contribute to healthy looking, glowy skin.

I've tasted and tested 4 out of the 5 Beauty & Go drinks available:
Skin Revive - Improves skin elasticity, Firms, Reduces Wrinkles
This is the 'red one' and has a lovely, refreshing taste you'd expect from a juice made from red fruits. Skin Revive contains Pomegranate, Raspberry, Collagen, Persimmon, Hyaluronic Acid, Orange Fibre, Manganase, Vitamin C and Vitamin B6.

Skin Detox - Detoxifies, Purifies, Cleanses
This green drink with a slightly tart taste claims to kick-start the metabolism so is probably best chugged down in the morning. It contains Persimmon, Spirulina Algae, Pineapple, Apple, Artichoke, Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, Orange Fibre, Dandelion, Zinc, Manganese, Melon Extract, Vitamin C and B6.

Skin Brilliance - Illuminates the Skin, Hydrates, Glowing Effect
The pink one and probably my favourite in terms of taste, Skin Brilliance contains Red Grape, Pomegranate, Persimmon, Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, Orange Fibre, Aloe Vera, Citrulline, Olive Fruit Extract, Resveratrol, Zinc, Manganese, Apple, Cherry, Melon Extract and Vitamins B6, B12 and C.

Skin Vitality - Revitalises the Skin, Anti-Fatigue Effect, Invigorates
This is the citrus-y one and doesn't taste dissimilar to something you'd drink at breakfast at the hotel buffet on holiday. It contains Mandarin, Mango, Persimmon, Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, Orange Fibre, Ginkgo Biloba, Pantothenic Acid (also known as B5), Manganese, Guarana, Melon Extract and Vitamin C, B6 and B12.

The 5th Beauty & Go Drink is 'Winter Skin Protector' and is designed to strengthen the immune system and skin at the same time. It contains Blackcurrant Extract, Royal Jelly, Echinacea, Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid. Although I didn't try this one, i'm sure it's just as palatable as the rest!

As I tried the Beauty & Go Drinks only once, I can't really comment on whether or not they made any improvements to my complexion but I am impressed overall by the taste and ingredients list of each drink. Every drink is gluten free, but rather surprisingly not vegetarian. This is due to the addition of collagen which in this case has been derived from cows. It's also worth mentioning that the drinks do not contain any added sugar and are sweetened slightly with Stevia.
The drinks are designed to be consumed daily and I believe 30 days is the recommended time frame to see visible effects - if I had to choose which one to drink every day for a month it would definitely be Skin Brilliance because I really enjoyed the sweet combination of red grape, pomegranate and persimmon.
Beauty & Go Drinks are £2.99 each at Selfridges and you can find out more at Beauty and Go online.

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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

How to piss off a Hairstylist

Hairstylists spend a large number of hours in the salon and on their feet, working hard to help make their clients look and feel their best. They politely listen as clients ramble on and on about their lives and they proudly do it with a smile on their face. You’d think that there’s nothing that can get to these selfless hair magicians, but that notion is actually far from true.

To find out what truly irks them, Rosy Salon Software surveyed busy salon professionals and asked them to come up with their worst client offenses. Read on to find out if you are guilty of any of these cringe-worthy salon no-nos.

Late to the Party
The most common issue with surveyed salon pros involves clients who are always late. We’re not talking a single unavoidable situation but the habitually late-every-time person who is oblivious to the issue. That 10-minute tardiness in the beginning of the day can easily turn into being an hour or more behind by the end of the day.

Taking Their Time
One salon pro explained that they have a few clients who think it’s acceptable to wander in 10-20 minutes late for their appointment. Or have ones who take their time as they wander over to the salon chair, which delays the stylist from getting started on their hair. What’s worse is when they get upset when the service can’t be finished in what they feel is a timely manner.

The worst possible offense is to book an appointment and not show up, or to call last minute to cancel. It can be considered insulting to the stylist and is likely a financial burden to the salon owner. Most salons schedule their clients based on specific increments of time and a cancellation or no-show means that they now have unbookable spots and lost revenue.

Personally Speaking
Clients can sometimes get a little too personal with their conversations while sitting in the chair. Many have admitted to torrid affairs, some asked for dates and /or made unwanted advances toward their stylists, while a few actually wanted to spark up a fling, despite the fact that their wives were also clients.

Rude ‘Tude
There’s always that one client who feels that the world revolves around them. They talk too loudly, push their beliefs and opinions on others, and don’t care if they offend anyone else in the salon. Don’t be THAT person! The entire salon thanks you!

Get to the Point
While over-explaining what you want can be unnerving, arriving to your appointment unprepared or having stacks of opposing hairstyle photos may make your hairstylist’s head explode. Instead, go for a quick, to-the-point description and just a few photos.

Expect Much?
Some clients can be very unrealistic with their hair expectations. everybody wants to look like their favorite celebrities but coming in with overly retouched pictures of thick, perfectly-placed tresses does not mean that your thin strands can or will look just like the picture.

In other cases, clients want to remove years of dark hair color and take their saturated strands to a pure platinum. What’s worse is that they expect to do it in one sitting with no yellow, or breakage! Oh my!

One stylist explained that a client was upset when they realized that root had to be touched up every several weeks and that the touch up service is not free!

One salon scenario involves a client coming in with a sample of hair for the stylist to use to color match, a common practice for color services. When asked where the clippings in the baggie came from, the client promptly pointed to her nether regions.

Oh My!
Taking pleasure from a great scalp massage at the shampoo bowl is one thing but moaning like a porn star is a definite no-no. It makes the situation very uncomfortable for anyone in earshot.

Overt Control
If you really want to piss off a seasoned hair pro, tell them how to do their jobs. Things like what tools to use, how to use them, how to layer hair or cut wispy fringe, etc. Oh, they so love that!

Expressive Encounters
Bouncing like a bobble-head doll or chattering away on your cell phone while sitting in the salon chair can really irk a hairstylist. When they are working on your hair, they need for you to remain somewhat still, otherwise your cut, color, eyebrows, or whatever, may not turn out quite the way you wanted. Nobody wants that!

No Thanks
Hairstylists thrive on positive feedback and hope that happy clients will express their satisfaction. Unfortunately, far too many stay silent or don’t leave a decent tip, or one at all. Just keep in mind that a hairstylist won’t be too eager to take another booking for you if you don’t at least say thanks.

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