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SCISSOR’S PALACE REVIEW

THE SALON

I was kindly invited by Dorothy Majcher, whom I had spoken with by email, to visit her salon in Holland Park called Scissor’s Palace. This salon was unique because not only could you get your hair cut there, you could get your whole beauty routine done. All of that in just an hour. The perfect concept for a big city like London where everyone is busy. You can basically walk in at your lunch time and walk out looking like new. Not only do they have a beautiful hair saloon, they have a whole area upstairs for all the other beauty treatments. Nails, massage, facials, waxing, you name it! You will have several people working on you at the same time which cuts the time in half.

In addition, I really liked that they have private rooms that are complimentary which you can request to get your treatments done. I do find that sometimes, especially at peak times, a hair salon is not very relaxing and I think a private calm area in those kind of moments is very much appreciated.

THE HAIR

When I walked in I was greeted by the lovely Dorothy and Lau, the hairstylist that was going to cut my hair. Lau brought to the room at the back where you get your hair washed and explained to me the haircare line called Joico that she was going to use on me. It is a hair system that will reconstruct and strengthen your hair. The products smelled great and my hair felt so healthy afterwards. Lau was really gentle while washing my hair and gave me amazing hair massages, which is always a plus. Adds to the whole relaxing experience. Then we headed upstairs, where she could cut and dry my hair while I started getting my nails done.

THE TREATMENTS

The lovely Anju was the one who did my nails. She was very nice and talented. Never seen someone apply nail polish so perfectly! She gave me a manicure and pedicure and made my nails look all shiny. During that Lau, cut my hair just the way I wanted and respected the length we had agreed on, which I find very rare with hairdresser, and she then gave me a beautiful blowdry.

Once my hair was done, Anju brought me to the beauty treatment rooms were I would get my facial. My facial was very nice and relaxing. She did a series of cleansers and face masks. Again she also was great at giving a head and shoulder massage. My skin felt hydrated and plumped immediately after the treatment.

I want to thank Dorothy for having me in hair salon and the very nice staff for taking such good care of me. It was a very pleasant experience that I would recommend to anyone who’s looking for a nice and professional salon. The scissor’s palace really stands out because it is a place where you can get all your treatments done in one place. It really is a hassle to make an appointment here for nails, then her for facial, over there for hair…also very time consuming. I love the idea that I can just go to one place and get everything done.

Please find below Scissor’s Palace informations:

Scissor’s Palace

https://www.scissorspalacelondon.com

122 Holland Park Ave, London W11 4UA

020 7221 4004

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MY HAIRCARE ROUTINE

Maintaining good hair is hard. I completely think that the quality of your hair depends on your health and therefore your diet but apart from that there are a few things that you can do with products to help your hair. I have experimented with the color of my hair and had the “ombre effect” done a few years ago. It has been a big hit and miss with the hairdressers and I’ve learned a lot about my hair so I thought I would share.

I knew I should start slow with the bleaching process so I started with just a few blonde highlights and then progressively added more. However, I had a very bad experience where a hairdresser completely bleached the ends of my hair yellow. She fixed it afterwards with hair dye but the problem with bleached hair is that it doesn’t grasp to permanent colour as well as normal hair does. So as you wash your hair the dye comes off progressively and the yellow starts showing again. This is why I haven’t bleached my hair since a year because I have been trying to work with what I already have and I finally found a technic that works great. If you want blonde highlights or balayage what you have to be aware of is that you will have to do things to maintain the color as it will not remain the same.

SHAMPOO

The trick with blonde is not letting it turn to brassy blonde. This is why you first need to do your research on the Hairdresser you’re going to. Instagram is a great place because you can see the results, the comments etc…Basically you have to dye the hair quite light for it to not be brassy. If you dye it to that medium bleach, the hair naturally will look orange especially with time. The second trick is toner. This is what saves my life. At the hairdresser ask for a toner which can make the blond the shade you want (ashy blond, warm blood etc…) This is great for eliminating orange tones however like I said bleached hair doesn’t keep pigment well so we will have to maintain it at home. This is where Silver shampoo comes in. I have been loving the Proclere Blue Frosting Silver Shampoo for at home maintenance. You have to use it as a normal shampoo but of course make sure to wash the ends of your hair well. Leave it on for 10 min and rince. Silver shampoos have a blue/purple tint which neutralise orange tones. I also love the John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Shampoo which is a lot more accessible and just as affective.

Another big downside of bleached hair is dryness and dry ends doesn’t give the appearance of healthy hair. Washing your hair too often will dry and damage it out because your scalp naturally produce oils that nourish and protect your hair. Shampoo strip away that oil and therefore will contribute to drying your hair. I like washing my hair a maximum of 2 to 3 times a week. In between I have been using dry shampoo which is a powder, just like talc that absorbes the excess oil. Therefore if you have greasy hair all you need is to spray it on your roots and massage it in your scalp. I love the Batiste Dry Shampoo in Medium because it is lightly tinted brown which doesn’t leave a white cast on my hair.

PROTECT

Just as important as maintaining your hair is protecting it. Of course like I said diet is very important but going to swim in the sea will dry your hair whether your eat a healthy diet or not. The environment, the air and the pollution all contributes to damaging a lot of things in our body including our hair. I think it’s very important to apply a good oil to the ends of your hair, especially if you are bleaching them as it will provide more moisture and help protect it. I like to apply the L’Oréal Elvire Extraordinary Oil  to the ends of my hair everyday. When I wash my hair I apply twice as much oil (around 5 to 6 pumps) just because when your hair is wet the follicules are open and it will absorb much better, I then let my hair air dry as it cuts down the amount of heat I use on my hair and I find that blow dryers makes my hair too fluffy. Otherwise on most days to avoid it looking greasy I just apply 2 to 3 pumps. Sometimes I will even do hair oil masks before washing my hair. You can do this with the L’Oréal oil or with olive or coconut oil. Just smear it on all your hair, tye your hair up to avoid putting grease everywhere and leave it on for 20 to 30 mins and then wash it off. This will really nourish your hair and make it shiny.

Another great protection, especially if you like to style your hair with hot tools like straightener or curlers is heat protectant. I’ve been using the L’Oréal Elnett Heat Protectant which works well at creating a barrier for your hair against the heat. Of course the best thing is to avoid putting heat on your hair completly but we all know this is not always possible for everyone, including for myself. I have very stubborn baby hair that just like to curl over night, what can I say!

STYLE

And finally styling your hair. Yes the quality of your hair is important but what fun is it if you can’t play with it afterward. Like I said I like to straighten my hair but sometimes I like to curl or blow dry my hair. Even though my baby hairs like to curl the rest of my is pretty much stubborn straight. Meaning it doesn’t hold curls very well which is why a good hairspray is important. I like the L’Oréal Elnett Satin Hairspray because it is the OG of all hairspray, been using it since I was little. I have yet to find a great hairspray though because like I said my hair is very stubborn and it still doesn’t hold curls great. It is also great if you want to do a very sleeked back hairstyle like a bun or a sleek pony tail or it’s great to tame fly aways. Just spray it on a unused toothbrush and smooth the flyways.

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THE ULTIMATE LIQUID LIPSTICK REVIEW

Liquid lipsticks are very trendy at the moment and I completely understand why because I love the look liquid lipsticks give me. I have always been a fan of matte lipstick so when liquid lipsticks came out it was for me an enhanced version of my beloved matte lipsticks. However, they have one major inconvenient which is that they can be extremely drying and uncomfortable on the lips. Some of them also don’t last as well or fade awkwardly. This is why I decided to share with you the best liquid lipsticks I have yet come across.

THE BEST LIQUID LIPSTICKS

Let me start with my favourite which is the Jouer lip crème in noisette. I got a very weird experience with the Jouer liquid lipsticks, I talked about it on my snapchat which @helenefauran you can add me for mini live reviews, because I also had purchased the shade cabernet which has a totally different formula. The cabernet shade is absolutely horrible, very drying and patchy, it comes off in little bits on your lip, just really bad. But the noisette shade is so beautiful, one of the best formula I’ve ever tried, it’s very thin on your lips and what I like about it’s that it applies very evenly and stays on your lips all day unless you eat a very greasy meal. Grease is the enemy of all lipsticks

My second favourite is the Stila Stay all day liquid lipstick, I have the shade Patina. This one is little bit thicker than the Jouer so it gives off a little bit less of a natural look but it applies great, doesn’t dry too quickly so you have time to work with it and again lasts very well throughout the day.

Armani Lip Maestro is another great lipstick. It’s more on the higher end but I think it’s worth the price. I have the shade 502 which is a deep purple. It is a little bit more drying than the Jouer and Stila one but it applies like a dream on the lips and it stays very nicely throughout the day.

Sephora cream lip stain is another great find, super inexpensive and the quality is really good. You don’t feel it on your lips and it lasts quite well, if it starts fading it won’t be the weird fading which you can sometime get when it’s so drying it grips to the dry patches on your lips and leave you with a very uneven lips.

Kat von D everlasting liquid lipsticks are the OGs of liquid lipstick and there’s a reason, she knows her stuff. Very nice formula, absolutely love the shade Lolita I and II. I find it a little bit more drying but nothing too uncomfortable.

Lime crime Velvetines are another great option. The formula is definitely the weirdest of them all because it’s very liquid. I find that the performance varies with the shades because I bought 3 shades and the darker shade is not as nice as the others. Because of their liquid formula they apply very nicely on the lips but they do dry relatively fast.

Lastly, another OG of liquid lipsticks which is Anastasia liquid lipstick. This was sold out in every sephora and people were wrestling to get to the makeup stand so I had to get mine from nice and peaceful internet! I have to say I don’t really get the hype over it because yes it is a very nice lipstick but compared to others it’s not the best. The colour did last a very very long time but it wasn’t as smooth and as even as I had expected for that price point.

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