Tuesday, 28 July 2015

London 2015: part two

SHIRT: Equipment (similar HERE)  |  JEANS: Maurie & Eve (similar HERE)  |  BAG: Chanel  |  
HEELS: Guess (similar HERE)  |  RINGS: Vera Xane

Dinner at Sketch, one of my favourite London restaurants

ROMPER: Suboo (similar HERE)  |  HEELS: Guess  |  BAG: Chanel  |  BANGLE: Eddie Borgo

A couple more snaps from my brief London trip! Thankfully the weather cleared and warmed up majorly, allowing me to break out this delightful new jumpsuit for dinner at one of my favourite London restaurants, Sketch.

April xx

Friday, 24 July 2015

London 2015: part one

England's famous constant light drizzle ruined my hair on day one!

TOP: Seduce (similar HERE)  |  SHORTS: Equipment  |  BAG: Chanel (similar HERE)  |  SUNGLASSES: Chanel  |  WATCH: Chanel  |  SANDALS: Banana Republic (similar HERE)

Cinderella's carriage!

Oh Harrods, how I missed you.

Hanging with my gal pals in the toy department.

Beautiful decor at The Georgian

Visiting the street I lived on in Chelsea!

TOP: The Original Breton Shirt Company (similar HERE)  |  JEANS: Maurie & Eve (similar HERE) |  BAG: Louis Vuitton  |  SNEAKERS: Superga  |  CUFF: Herm├Ęs  |  SUNGLASSES: Ray-Ban

Cheerio, chaps and chapettes! I'm currently in Dubai for the first time, after a couple of days spent revisiting my old haunts in London! Not much has changed in the beautiful, rainy city, so I loved simply walking around, browsing shops and checking out one of the neighbourhoods in which I used to live. 
I have many more photos to share with you all, so be sure to check back and hit up my other social media channels via the links to the right!

April xx

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Travel essentials

Making sure I have the travel essentials ahead of my flight to London today! I lived there for a over a year circa 2009/2010, so can't wait to see what's new and catch up with old pals. Then I'm off to Dubai - I've never been before and am so excited (despite the restrictive Islamic dress codes, which have me stressing and sadly shunning all of the cute silk shorts and breezy dresses I'd hoped to pack)!
I'd love to hear from you all if you have any tips of where to go/what to do, so Comment below and keep up with me on Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook!

April xx

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Review: Fractional RF

Due to a medication-induced hormonal imbalance, I spent roughly three years with problem skin. I was so relieved to finally find a skincare routine that worked for me and cleared everything up (you can read all about it in this previous post). However, I was left with a little light scarring and enlarged pores, which nothing seemed to remedy. I've had wonderful experiences with the laser hair removal at Laser Clinics Australia (LCA) and was keen to see what they could offer me in the way of skin treatments. A five-minute consultation is free, so why not?
I met with an LCA technician who suggested peels, but having just calmed my skin down, I was not keen to attack it with something too intense. The other option was Fractional RF, which, being a big beauty nerd, I had already read about in US Vogue a couple of years ago, and was keen to try. 
Fractional RF can be used on the face or body and is designed to target concerns such as scarring, stretch marks, enlarged pores, fine lines, loss of skin elasticity and rosacea. The treatment combines radio frequency and dermal stamping to cause a micro-injury to the skin and generate the production of new collagen and elastin. Basically, a little block of tiny needles is stamped all over your face, while simultaneously delivering heat into the skin (it sounds scary, but it barely hurts!).
The process takes around an hour, 45 minutes of which involves you chilling out with numbing cream on your face and an elegant shower cap over your hair (see sexy photo above). Honestly, the numbing cream is my least favourite part of the process. I talk a lot, and while chatting with my technician, managed to get the cream in my mouth, numbing my lips and tongue and even swallowing some of it, meaning I could hardly taste my delicious lunch and felt like I was trying to talk with a parrot's beak for the next three hours. 
Once you're numbed to the point that your skin feels like raw chicken, the technician will spend around 15 minutes using the stamp on you, changing the frequency for different areas. So far, I've had two treatments (four to six are recommended, depending on your goals) and my first one was not  at all painful, while the second got a little ouchy around the sides of my nose (as the technician went deeper to combat enlarged pores).
Results last 6 to 8 weeks and while most people will only experience redness for the remainder of the day on which they have their treatment, I was unlucky - 3 days later, I developed itty bitty red scabs all over my face in a neat grid pattern. It was pointed out to me that my face would make a fun Connect The Dots puzzle, and that my forehead felt like the top of a skateboard.
I found I could mostly cover these areas with make-up, although it all looked a little dry and rough. After about 5 days, the dots started clearing up and smoothing out, when I noticed some deeper, dark red spots within some of the pores on my nose. These lasted about a week and kind of looked like freckles. I would advise going in for your initial treatment when you don't necessarily need a ***flawless face for the next 10-15 days, just in case you're one of the unlucky few like me.
I am currently in the freckly nose stage of recovery after my second treatment and have already noticed smaller pores and a gradual improvement in my skin tone, which is V exciting!
If you want to try Fractional RF out for yourself, now is the time to do it: from the 9th to the 30th of July, Laser Clinics Australia have a sweet deal offering a free skin consultation, 4 Fractional RF treatments and a Skinstitut Skincare package for $859 AUD (this usually costs $1745, so... dayum son).
And remember, if you are going in for a treatment, don't be a Chatty Charlie like me - keep that mouth shut!

April xx