New friends – Like going back to school!

One of the main things that I wanted when moving out to Dubai was to make new friends. The thought of this is actually quite scary, going to Meetups and having to keep introducing yourself over and over. Its really funny, you know exactly what you will be asked out here:

  • Where are you from?
  • How long have you been living here?
  • Why did you move here?
  • What do you do?
  • Where do you live?
  • How long are you going to be here for?- well for me this question is irrelevant as I have only been here for one month and I never plan my life like that and never will put too much pressure and timelines on myself.

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You do, however get used to this and you can answer quite quickly and then ask them the same.

Recently I went to a female Meetup group and I went with the intention to talk about Project beauty and would hope some of these women would be open to become friends and get to know each other. When I arrived everyone was very warm and genuinely interested in hearing your story and getting to know you.  I felt like I was going to school for the first time, an felt relaxed once I arrived so it was not as bad as I imagined. I’ve never had a huge problem in meeting new people as I used to do it for work  regularly so I know how to prevent those awkward silences etc.

Since this networking event I have already met up with four of the thirty girls that I met and I hope to meet with some  more and create a strong friendship group. One of the girls I have met a few times is from LA and called Nancy (very funny and has a fab personality) she recently invited me to go to Abu Dabi next weekend, cant wait!

So ladies… and gents, go for it. If you want to meet different people outside your working environment I suggest you download the ‘Meetup’ app and you can also create your own group. This is very important to learn and grow as a person and surround yourself by people from all different back grounds.

Enjoy your weekend!

 

xoxo

Think Positive- Be Positive

I recently had quite a few people ask me about my journey out to Dubai. So I thought it would make sense to use it as my ‘subject’ in my next Vlog and in my blog.

So let me take you to where it all began back to December 2016….

I was working as a business development manager for a new skin care brand (I wont name names) and to all my family and friends it seemed like I had finally made it, earning a very large salary and driving a BMW. Far from it!

There was a major thing missing, that we all look for in life…. Happiness.

For me having a nice car and a well paid salary didn’t cut the mustard and it didn’t give me fulfilment. I hope this doesn’t sound like I was ungrateful, this job just wasn’t for me and I learnt that, what I actually wanted was to feel happy in myself. Being in the beauty industry you are surrounded by beautiful people but you can also meet people that will be fake and just out for themselves. I made a promise to myself this year (my 30th) to cut ties and contact with anyone that didn’t bring the best out in me. When I did this it felt so good and I felt that I was back on track and ready for bigger and better things.

The Job hunt– I needed to be in different surroundings and meet different people. Most importantly I wanted to feel the sun on my skin and the sand in between my toes. I started looking at positions in the Caribbean as I looked at working on Necker island  as a therapist for a girl I knew. Unfortunately the positon became unavailable as the girl that was leaving decided to stay. I had many interviews with lots of different places Greece, France, Italy, Dubai (for another positon) but none of them stood out or made me feel excited. Finally I receive a call for a spa manager role to set up and run a chain is different beauty concepts- Now your talking!

I really wanted this position so much that I started doing my affirmations (check out the link if you don’t know what they are) I would do them consciously and unconsciously and then I received a WhatsApp confirmation that I got the job. I was over the moon and couldn’t contain my excitement so called my favourite person in the world, my mum.

In the final weeks leading up to moving some of my friends and some family were telling me ‘oh you wont be able to drink’ and ‘no public nudity and you will get arrested if you are’ (also for those that don’t know me I don’t streak in public in the UK either)  these comments made me angry and frustrated. I ignored them, they were ignorant and had just been based on ‘what they heard’ and not on actual experiences as they haven’t been here to be entitled to make a comment!

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Since I have been here my attitude is more positive than before and I have met mainly positive people!

If you have something that you have always wanted to do and have been too scared to do it. Step out of your comfort zone and go for it, you don’t want to wake up old and grey and full of regret.

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Thanks for reading,

See you soon

 

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Eye patches and Charcoal mask review

Hello All!

There has been so many posts on social media of the charcoal mask and I wanted to see what the fuss was about..

Having only used spa or professional medical products, I always turned my nose up at high street brands and especially cheep products because I’ve always thought they are  cheep for a reason. I’m conscious of ingredients they put in the products so I managed to find a clean low price brand in Boots today.

Product no 1- Yes To Cucumber  2 step eye mask- No Paraben, SLS or silicones (£4.99)

This must be a fairly good quality product then?  Nope not at all! It didn’t have any effect and I also struggled to even put it on. Packaging also a nightmare to open not easy at all so I gave this product 2 out of 10. I was disappointed that it didn’t feel like jelly

Product no 2- Yes To Tomatoes– 2 step mask- No Paraben, SLS or silicones  (£4.99)

Once again doesn’t contain any nasty ingredients  and is 95% natural. I also found this hard to open and just a really odd product in general. I was expecting it to be a rubber tight mask but it didn’t stay on very well and had no impact on my blackhead or pores at all! Also going to give this a 2 out of 10.

Check out my Vlog so you can see for yourself

My first blog and the ‘firsts’

Trying to go more with the trends and put myself out there more so I made a promise to myself that I will just go for it…. no matter how silly or stupid I  might feel or be made to feel. I try to live by the motto “No Regrets” maybe I should have it tattooed? Hence writing this blog.

I turned 30 in February and this year and  I made some big decisions that will change my life quite dramatically.

I was working in a job that I really started to hate and it was making me feel deflated and anxious all the time and even over the Christmas break. I then decided a change needs to happen and a big one at that. I handed my notice in and made the decision to work overseas and use it as an opportunity to ‘find myself’ and cheesy as that sounds. So within a week the huge weight and black cloud started to lift off my shoulders. I made the mature decision to find a temporary position whilst I look for a role as I knew it would take some time and I wasn’t in any real hurry to jump ship straight away.

I called a good friend of mine who I actually saw a week before  I had finished work late, I was really stressed but tried to hide it all by making out that  it was all fine and dandy. I think she knew I wasn’t happy and was not surprized when I asked for a therapist position in her spa. Phew! she could accommodate a position for me so I was delighted and since I have been working there it has made it clear that I love the beauty industry and has given me my passion back.

Why will my life change?

A few weeks ago I was offered a position to run a trendy day spa in Dubai!

This will be the first time I have lived and worked in another country and also the first time that I have been to Dubai and the Middle East.

 

I am now in the process of organising my medical and visa and due to leave mid to end of May. I’m also trying to spend as much time with family and close friends before I depart but as you would imagine a lot of them will be visiting me soon.

 

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This picture is of me in Amsterdam at the W hotel living it up. This was a very fun day and weekend I spent out there with some close friends of mine.

 

Until next time

Bex

xoxo

Fresh Insight from A Beauty Insider

Since finishing my GCSE’s I fell into a bit of a cross roads in deciding what career path I should take. My ‘Plan’ was to stay in education and complete A levels in social care and physiology. However after speaking to a career adviser, ‘Beauty Therapy’ seemed like the right match for me. I signed up for the three year course on a bit of a whim only to find it was the best decision I’ve ever made!

Twelve years later here I am…

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I have to say that my passion lies in skin care as I’ve had many issues with my skin including horrendous acne and eczema. Having studied the skin when doing my course it really opened my eyes to all various treatments/ brands that do exactly what they say on the bottle.

We’ve all tried our own home-made remedies like toothpaste on your breakouts, etc..

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Does it really work?

Yes, it has an anti- inflammatory effect on the spots but doesn’t stop them from re-appearing. I would suggest looking at the cause of the problem i.e: diet, stress, poor skin care, and heavy makeup-my pet hate: you use heavy makeup to hide the problem but you are not treating, because in some cases this will cause congestion (blackheads) and MORE breakouts.

In my opinion its a vicious circle…but, you don’t need to worry, as there are solutions that have been created by masters of science.

First thing: SKIN CARE BASICS

Cleanse & Remove Makeup – this is VERY important. You need to have a clean canvas for all serums and creams to penetrate to the deeper layers of the skin. Try Cleansing Water by Caudalie.

Tone – Often a product missed out by many due to high amounts of chemicals added to ‘high street’ brands. They tend to have alcohol as the first ingredient…why??? All this does to the skin is strip it of its natural oils. Please don’t try this at home! Check this toner out: Moisturizing Toner by Caudalie.

Exfoliate – Another product missed. Most of my clients say it’s because they don’t have enough time. Why not mix with your cleanser once or twice a week they you have killed two birds with one stone. This makes a massive difference to the skin as it removes all the dead skin cells and accelerates your serum and moisturizer. One of my favorite ways to exfoliate: Gentle Buffing Cream and Instant Foaming Cleanser by Caudalie.

Mask – Often looked as being quite old fashioned and something we only do when we have ‘pamper sessions’ with friends. Hands down, its the most effective part of your skin care routine and a big obsession of mine as I love the wow effect they give to the skin, and don’t just use the same one all over your face. You can Treat various areas of concern with different masks, as a spa therapist would, but right in the luxury of your own home. I generally tend to sleep with them on for the best results. Four I really like are from Caudalie: Moisturizing Cream Mask, Purifying Mask, Glycolic Peel Mask, and the new Instant Detox Mask.

Eyes – Always the first place to age, treat with caution as its the thinnest part of skin on the face. Depending on your concern if you have puffiness always opt for an eye serum and for hydratation and lines go with a cream. Never use your skin moisturiser over your eye area! You need to use a specific eye product as the formulations are different. So, for the best of the best when it comes to your delicate eyes, try: Premier Cru Eye Cream from Caudalie.

Serum/Moisturizer – to put it simply you have two layers to your skin, the top layer (Epidermis) and bottom layer (Dermis) your serum will absorb into the deep dermal layer and and your moisturizer will work on the surface epidermal layer. Basically this is your skins shampoo and conditioner, you wouldn’t shampoo your hair without conditioning it, would you? To finish your at home daily treatment, check out: Polyphenol C-15 Serum (which is an anti-wrinkle defense serum) or Premier Cru The Elixir both from Caudalie.

If  you stick with these basics you can’t go wrong!

Until next time,

Xoxo Bex