I received this lovely letter from Wahanda the other day.
I am very honored that I have been named one of the top rated businesses on Wahanda. Thank you for all of your support and lovely reviews. There has been a lot of change with MoniqueHBeauty throughout the years but by receiving lovely comments and reviews keep me going.
As a thank-you for your support over the past 6 years I would like to offer a complementary back massage or mini reflexology treatment when you book in for your next treatment.
To keep you up-to-date with where you will find me…
I am at Motcomb Street in Knightsbridge on Tuesdays & Fridays.
I do mobile treatments on Monday evenings and all day Saturdays. Group bookings are available! I can organise a team of therapists and hairdressers to come to your house to prep you for a night out or if a girly night in, hen parties, special birthdays or bridal parties. Please get in touch to discuss your get together!
The festival season is just about to start so I have come up with a few must have beauty products to get through the weekend.
I have been to a few camping festivals in the past including Glastonbury last year. I asked a few experienced festival goers – what essential products should you take to a festival?
The first thing I worried about was what would I be eating. It was a long journey from the car to the campsite so I knew I needed to pack lightly. The food was relatively cheap with some quite healthy but with that extra drinking (if that applies to you) or fast food it’s always good to have some extra supplies.
This is my saviour product especially if by mistake you drink more than you ought to. Have a couple of shots of this before you sleep. It’s very high in antioxidants so it will help kill off any free radical damage and I found that I would wake up feeling well. This is also great for those who have a low immune system – it will prevent you getting ill.
I have heard some of these festivals are now providing a big choice on healthy foods. This is a great shake to have first thing in the morning preventing that hunger feeling. It will also provide you with all the nutrients you need for the day.
The pot this comes in is quite big to carry, so best to empty the amount you need into a plastic bag that will seal easily.
You may be tempted with face-wipes as the ideal travel make-up remover, however they do contain a lot of chemicals and I know for myself I have sensitive skin so I can come up in a rash. I also find they leave a residue and so your face is not totally clean.
A great tip is to buy a few muslin cloths, decant your cleanser into a smaller bottle so it is not too heavy to carry, massage into the face and wipe off with a cloth it maybe a little bit more pricey but you can keep and re-use the cloths afterwards.
Everyone I asked this was in their top ten must-take items! Batiste is a common favourite, however if you are looking for a more gentle formulation. I would recommend Klorane which contains soothing oat milk.
If you are on a budget You can also use cornstarch as this is the main ingredient in some of the products being sold it helps soak up the grease.
This is my favorite eyeliner of all times. I would recommend the MAC pro longwear pencil. You can feel confident that it will last the whole day and won’t smudge under the eyes if its rains – this is especially good news due to the lack of mirrors in the toilets!
This is a light powder which give great coverage. Mineral based powders do not block the pores so its ok if you forget to remove your makeup before you go to sleep. It also contains a spf 15 with titanium dioxde which will protect your skin in the (hopefully!) sunny weather.
If you have any other top tips or must take products – please tell me in the comments box below!
Give dry skin a boost with these deeply nourishing Environ® products. Purchase a Hydrating Serum and a full size pot of Hydrating Oil Capsules and we’ll give you a limited edition, complimentary C-Quence Travel Pack worth £42.70
Available while stocks last. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.
Free C-Quence Travel Pack contains C-Quence 1 (5ml), Cleanser (5ml), Toner (20ml), Eye Gel (5ml).
To order please contact Monique 07984351859 or email@example.com
NEOM Luxury Organics candles are made using only vegetable wax and pure essential oils rather than synthetic fragrances so they burn without releasing harmful
pollutants, toxins or soot. They work as powerful holistic treatments as you breathe in the scented air so it is best to burn them for between 2-4 hours at a time. These smaller travel candles are great to use in smaller rooms such as bathrooms, or for trying new scents.
Each candle has 1 wick and burns for up to 20 hours (30% longer than standard premium candles).
They have different types of scented candles I chose this blend as I love Jasmine and sweet basil, they also come in a bigger size if you want it to burn for longer
It is such a reasonable price compared to other top brands and you know you arent inhaling chemicals just a lovely Aroma
Experience Pukka’s naturally active organic skincare. At its heart is Ayurveda, an ancient Indian philosophy of health and wellbeing, which advocates skin detoxification and nutrient replenishment in the quest for a vital, radiant complexion.
Experience a complete skincare routine inside this collection box. They come in mini sizes So this is a great way to try out the skincare products without spending too much
Gentle Cleanser 10ml Organic Rosewater & Green Tea Skin Purifying Formula Uplifting Toner 10mlOrganic Rose & Orange Flower Skin Firming Formula Radiance Serum Organic Aloe Vera & Manuka Honey Revitalising Formula Deep Moisture Day Cream 10ml Organic Neroli & Shea Butter Deep nuRture Complex Nourishing Night Cream 10ml Organic Frankincense & Avocado Total Repair Complex Firming Face Oil 2ml Organic Starflower, Arnica & Rosehip Mature Skin Formula
Light Relax Bath & Shower Oil, from the Aromatherapy Associates Collection, £37.00
Aromatherapy associates is a highly effective and powerful blend with therapeutic levels of essential oils. They have many different blends of oils live de stress, revive but I love this Relax blend with lavender, ylang ylang and petitgrain. It is expertly blended for gentle relaxation to help combat the everyday stresses of a busy lifestyle, this delicate preparation can help to ease tension headaches and uplift your senses. It will help to restore you mentally and physically and will leave your skin feeling beautifully soft and supple.
The Relax range gives a little respite at the end of a busy day. Use these soothing blends for gentle or serious relaxation.
All the make up is organic, suitable for vegans Certified Halal and cruelty free, And last very well
You can get this set from a website called Amayra they also do some very nice gift boxes too. The postage is quick.
Hard working hands, £45.95
This is a beautiful gift set to revive and replenish hard working hands and is suitable for all skin types. This collection contains three organic hand products especially created to help nourish your skin.
This set contains:
A zingy, refreshing organic lemon and cedarwood hand wash which cleanses thoroughly without drying hands out, and has great anti-septic and anti-microbial properties
A soothing organic hand lotion which gently moisturises without feeling greasy or just sit on the skin . We have used organic fair-trade shea butter and quenching organic cocoa butter to help your skin to feel lovely and supple. Organic sunflower oil assists in nourishing the skin whilst organic rosehip oil restores the moisture balance to your hands quickly .
An ultra-soothing organic hand cream which has been carefully created to help replenish and restore hard working hands. This contain Geranium which is my favourite and avocado oil which will help moisturize
If you buy any of these products then please let me know what your mother thinks of them
Gift vouchers are also available
For either a treatment or Value
Treat your mum to a lovely Massage, Facial or a lovely Manicure.
As the days are getting colder and duller we find ourselves inside more with the heating on and you will probably find that your skin maybe come more sensitive due to the change in temperatures.
I have found some lovely products which will help protect your skin and keep you hydrated over the next couple of months.
Here are some of my favourite winter rescue remedies…
I really love the Barefoot product range as it helps soothe sensitive skins as well as keeping it hydrated. It does all this without you feeling as though you have a thick cream on your skin – as its doesnt sit on the surface. They have a range of organic products which are suited for sensitive skins, but a must have this winter is their SOS cream.
You can use this on your face and body and is great for eczema and psoriasis sufferers
This balm contains Lactic Acid which helps improve the condition of peeling and chapped skin while Prebiotic Oligosaccharides and Antileukine from Ochroleuca Seaweed Extract protect the skin against inflammation. Chamomile and Pink Violet help to calm redness and soothe minor irritation.
It is great for dry, very dry, irritated, chapped or peeling skin and is especially suitable for dry areas, such as hands, elbows, lips, knees and any area where extra TLC is needed.
For those who suffer from dry flakey skin, remember that the flaking skin is dead skin so no matter how much moisturizer you use on it – it’s not going to help – you have to remove the dead skin before moisturising.
I am always telling people to invest in a good exfoliator. There are many exfoliators on the market but you need to be careful to choose a good one. Many contain quite coarse granules and it may look and feel as though it is doing a good job but what you will not see is that the coarse granules will actually be scratching your skin and making it more sensitive.
I am a ‘HUGE’ fan of the Trilogy exfoliator I may have mentioned it a few times now but it really is the best one I have come across in years. As well as being moisturising you can really feel the granules but without it irritating the skin.
I have recently started using the Arbonne exfoliator. I would recommend it for those with very sensitive skins. You can only slightly feel the granules and you can leave this on like a mask. It has a lovely fresh smell and the results are great – leaving your skin clean and glowing.
To purchase this product you need to contact a consultant
* A great tip is to use the exfoliator on your lips – this will help soften and smooth the lips and help with any flakeyness!
Oil it up
Oils are fantastic for dry skin – you should be using them all year round or if you have kept one stored in your beauty box – this is the time to bring it out! They penetrate a lot deeper into the skin than creams and really moisturize the skin.
Which one to choose?
I have recently been taking Optimum blend oil from Holland and Barratt. This is one of their organic oils which I love. Ok I know this is a supplement – but trust me it also works as a fantastic face oil. I came across this as I had run out of face oil and that day I had been talking to another therapist about piercing Vitamin E capules and applying the oil to the skin. As I was taking the Optimum blend oil as a supplement – I thought I would see what it was like as a face oil- and I was very pleasantly surprised with the results the following day. It had helped reduce a rash I had on one cheek and my skin looked fantastic.
The oil contains Omega 3 and 6 – as Omega helps with inflammation it is also great for ezcema and you can use it anywhere on the body. A client of mine found it worked great on her hair line. The only drawback its that it smells a bit like cooking oil (thankfully not fish oil ) but an easy way to get around this is to buy organic essential oils such as rose, lavender or camomile and mix the two – although use no more that 10 drops of essential oil.
A few other brands
Here are a few other brands which I would recommend as a winter wonder.
Environ hydrating oil capules. These are easy to carry around with you especially if you travel a lot. (I am an Environ stockist so please get in touch to order).
The majority of people find that their lips become dryer in winter. I personally don’t use lip balm that often as I found I kept needing to apply more and more – I then discovered that it was all to do with certain ingredients they have put inside.
I have tried many organic balms but quite a few are scented with essential oils which I really didn’t like the taste of. However my favourite so far is – Balm Balm with Rose & geranium.
I have decided that each week I am going to share with you one of my favorite products that I am currently using.
This week my favourite pick is…
With so many colds and flu’s around I have started to protect myself from those nasty germs that I face on a day to day basis. My life consists of using public transport (tube, trains) almost every day and being in constant contact with people.
I started using Silver Shield by Natures Sunshine last year and noticed that I hardly became ill at all, especially when everyone around me seemed to be suffering from colds. So I highly recommend it, especially if you work with a lot of people, or around children.
I have spoken to the company and found out that this is safe to use on babies and children. They always pick up so many nasty colds and I always find that when you catch a cold from them it always seem ten times worse. It is great that you can use this product as a prevention from illness – as over the counter cold remedies are full of chemicals and contain lot of sugar and flavourings.
Silver shield is a natural antibiotic and has many other uses. It is an excellent disinfectant and can be used to clean surfaces. A tip from a client is that they take this on holiday firstly to prevent catching illness off the place. They also take it before eating to prevent an upset stomach.
If you have a food allergy such as wheat and dairy – take silver Shield before eating and you wont get as bad side effects.
It doesn’t really have a taste so it’s a bit like taking water. Natures Sunshine recommends a teaspoon a day but if you are ill or going to be surrounded by ill people you can take more. If you are protecting yourself against food they recommend you pour some on your food or take it before you eat to kill off any bacteria
This product is definitely something you should have in your cupboard.
Firstly I wanted to say a big thank you for everyone’s help and support & loyalty especially to all her regular clients.
MoniqueHBeauty is very happy to have Celebrated its 5 birthday this month
My way of saying thank you is that I have designed a special offer from today: When you book your Signature or Deluxe facial you will receive a complementary back massage.
offer ends 15/12/2012
I have made a few changes and updated my blog page.
Have a look at what I have done
*I designed a new treatment menu still keeping th signature facial but adding new and exciting facial treatments Stronger peels, massage and body treatments, Mother to be treatments wedding packages and course are now available.
*You can now buy gift vouchers online through paypal. If you prefer to buy your friend of family member a treatment rather than the price I can design a different voucher for you which I can email or post.
As we get older, the muscles on our face, jaw, neck and chin sag. Unfortunately this a common complaint for all ageing women and men.
I am going to show you some techniques which will keep your skin looking beautiful and toned. You can use the techniques at any age and at any time, but I recommend you start from the age of 21.
I have written this as it is a common concern of ageing – it can also be useful if you have lost weight and want to get rid of that double chin without spending a lot of money on creams or surgery.
Certain products we apply to our face, can only penetrate to the superficial layers of the skin. They will keep your skin hydrated but you will find that it will not have an amazing effect on the muscle tone, as it doesn’t target the lower layers of the skin and deep into the muscle. To tone the muscles we need to do a bit of work ourselves through facial exercises. It is however, still a good idea to keep applying cream and use a good spf to protect against pigmentation which is caused from sun damage. I would recommend Environ AVST range as it contains vitamin A, C & E which are high antioxidents and Rad for the spf protection.
We all realize that as we get older our body muscles begin to sag, and so we go to the gym to tighten and strengthen them. It is exactly the same for skin and so we need to take a similar approach to strengthen and tone the muscles in our face and neck.
The most common thing I hear from clients is that they ‘dont have time’ ( I’m even guilty of saying it myself!) but if ageing is something that you are concerned about – make it essential that you fit these techniques in your life, just like we always remember to brush our teeth at night.
You can always do them while watching TV, or waiting for the kettle to boil, or even in the shower. A client told me that as you get older your ankles weaken, so she stands on one foot at a time while she brushes her teeth.
Here are some simple techniques to help strengthen the muscles on the neck, chin and jaw.
Here are a few simple techniques you can follow…
1. The big smile
Stand up tall, lift and stretch your neck up
Put your bottom lip over your top lip
Give yourself a big smile
Place your hands either side of your jaw
Massage up to your temples and hold for 5/10 seconds
Do this 5/10 times every day
The side chin lift
The side chin lift is a yoga facial exercise that engages the muscles of your neck and face.
Relax your shoulders and stand or sit with your back straight.
Clench the teeth gently and widen the mouth, as if in a loose smile.
Lift the neck tall and turn your head to the left.
Tilt your chin diagonally up toward the ceiling while pressing your tongue to the top of your mouth and hold for five to eight counts.
Bring your head back to the front and repeat the entire sequence on the right side. Do five to eight repetitions on each side.
3. Chew yourself beautiful
Sit up right and tilt your head up as if your looking at the ceiling
Keep your lips closed and start doing a chewing motion
You should feel your muscles work in your neck and throat
4. Stick your tongue out to those wrinkles
Sit up straight and look up to the ceiling
keeping lips relaxed
open your mouth and stick you tongue out
try and touch the tip of your tongue with your chin
Leave it in that position for 10 seconds
Return to normal
5, Jaw droppingly beautiful skin
Sit up straight and face forward
Keep your lips together
separate your jaw by dropping your jaw
Push jaw forwards
Hold for 10/15 seconds
Please let me know how you get on with these exercises – do you have any tips to share?