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Invisalign Express – My Smile Journey

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Fun fact: your lower jaw never stops growing.

Your mandible (lower jaw) continues to grow forward throughout your entire life. This forward growth, while slow and small often results in your lower front teeth bumping into the upper front teeth from behind causing your upper front teeth to space out or lower front teeth to overcrowd becoming crooked.

By no means am I a perfectionist but as someone who endured two rounds of braces (once at 16 then again at 21) it really irked me that my teeth were still slightly crooked. I’d dealt with the pain, cuts in my mouth and the perpetual 16 year old fear that if I disco pashed another boy with braces we’d end up caught.

So I wasn’t ready to accept that after all that I just wouldn’t have straight teeth.

In an Instagram world full of the quick fix veneer which wasn’t a path I needed or wanted to go down. It was important for me to keep my teeth in their natural low maintenance state.

For two reasons:

1. My teeth were perfectly fine as they were with a good natural shape and no over crowding.

2. It would have been a real slap in the face to my parents who spent thousands on orthodontics over the years.

So when Dr Dee from Vogue Dental Studios suggested I give Invisalign’s newest Express format a go it was the perfect fit.

Invisalign Express in a nutshell is an orthodontic treatment that works in the same way as traditional Invisalign – just in a shorter duration requiring less aligners. It is an ideal option for people with minor crowding or spacing issues.

So, this one’s for the folks that just need a little tweak to their smile. If you’ve had braces before and suffered an orthodontic relapse or haven’t worn your retainer consistently #guilty.

Treatment plan:

My Invisalign Express treatment plan Consisted of 7 Retainers that were changed at intervals of 10 days. Note: treatment plans are determined on a case by case basis, which will determine the duration and number of aligners.

The Process:

Having experienced braces I found my Invisalign journey to be such a carefree and smooth process. The alligners were virtually undetectable and I was even able to wear them at work while on shoots. I experienced minimal discomfort when first starting a new retainer and only had a slight lisp that was picked up on by one close friend. The retainers are very discreet and I wore mine 24/7 only removing at mealtimes.

The Results:

As you can see my changes are very minimal. The bottom teeth were straightened and my smile was slightly widened overall.

Express Invisalign isn’t for everyone, in particular those who require a large amount of movement and correction. The team at Vogue Dental studios offer a wide variety of treatment plans that will be specific to each individual.

My opinion:

Honestly I couldn’t be more happy with the results. The short treatment plan, ease of the aligners and great results make this an easy recommendation for me. My treatment concluded with a few rounds of Zoom Whitening at Vogue Dental Studios leaving my smile Euro Summer ready.

Sez xx

Spring Racing – Race Day Clutch

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Just like that spring racing is nearly upon us.

Outfits sorted, hair/makeup done, innersoles-placed firmly in heels.

Now all that’s left is to pack the all important clutch.

With minimal space to spare it’s important to pack smart and condense down to just the necessities.

I’ve done the hard work for you and come up with a list of my top beauty picks and must haves for your race day clutch.

Consider this your spring racing survival pack which ensures your race day glam stays on-point from champagne breakfast until the very last race.

Lip Colour touch up- I’m yet to come across a lip product that could withstand 8 hours of race day eating and drinking. Whether you’ve opted for a bold red or a subtle nude it’s important to always have your touch up bases covered. Mecca offer a great range of Mac Cosmetics mini lipsticks that will fit snugly into your clutch when space is an issue.

Mini Mac Lipstick 

Powder- Spring Racing Carnival is the time to let your outfit shine, not your forehead. While I love a subtle highlight, too much shine is something we want to avoid. I love the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder as it helps remove oil residue without flattening the skin. It’s the best powder I’ve found for creating luminous skin and comesin travel size.

HourGlass Ambient Lighting Powder 

Eyelash glue  With the growing trend of cateye liner and volume lashes, all day maintenance is of utmost importance. Rushed mornings to gettrackside often mean eyelash glue might be missed in the corners causing them to lift by midday. Carrying a small tube of lash glue ensures you can reapply if needed and will probably make you very popular in the ladies’ bathroom around 2pm.

Model Rock Lashes 

Sunscreen- We’ve all seen the photos of those poor girls’ post-race day sporting some heftybright red tan lines. Although many of us use makeup with SPF we often neglect sunscreen application to the rest of our body. With shoulders and arms often exposed to direct sunlight it’s important to reapply every 2 hours. If you’re worried about white residue, I love the Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte™ Physical Daily Defense SPF 30. It blends seamlessly into most skin tones leaving behind a glowy finish, making it the perfect addition to your race day glam routine.

Drunk Elephant Sunscreen 

Sunglasses- Nothing ruins a makeup look fasterthan constant squinting and frowning from sunglare. If youre in direct sun for most of the day opt for a pair of sleek shades that compliment your race day look. These are also a fool proof safety net in case your makeup doesn’t last the day. 

 

Hydration- I guess this one isn’t exactly an obvious beauty related tip and a water bottle may be too large to fit into your clutch. However, this is a gentle reminder to hydrate yourself prior,during and post-race day. This will ensure your skin is glowing, and help you feel a lot better the next day especially after a few champagnes.

Happy Racing Ladies

See you trackside!

Sarah x

Boxing Day Best Beauty Buys #SezSays

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I’m going to keep this one short and sweet…

Because it’s Christmas time, presents need wrapping, roasts need roasting and ain’t nobody got time to be sitting around reading essays.

With the impending Boxing Day Sales I thought I’d share with you all my personal faves and the products you’ll find routinely used in my own make up kit.

While I’m a advocate for and user of drugstore brands, I do have my selects at a slightly higher price point. Many of the brands are rarely ever on sale with the exception of Boxing Day, so what better time to splurge with the Christmas money you got from Nana.

1. Charlotte Tilbury – Light Wonder Foundation


This is my go to when I need a foundation with a little more coverage than a BB cream but still want to retain radiant dewy skin. It also contains SPF making it ideal for day to day wear. Shop Here

2. BECCABacklight Priming Filter


If you love a dewy finish, then you’ll love this primer. I’m a recent convert after receiving a sample to try and I can say it’s my favourite primer yet. It even works great on its own to give skin a natural boost and glow and also pairs great with my drugstore foundation. Shop Here

3. Charlotte TilburyHollywood Flawless Filter


I love a product with multiple uses especially if it’s at a higher price point then I can justify it #BangForYourBuck. CT Flawless Filter is that for me. First introduced to me by a Makeup Artist friend this can be used on the face alone, applied before foundation, mixed in with foundation or even used to highlight key areas of the face. I have it in a range of light and darker shades and use accordingly throughout the year. Shop Here

4. NARS – Liquid Laguna Bronzer


2018 was a big year for me, it was the first time I stepped away from traditional Bronzing Powders and tried a liquid for the first time. What I love most about the Nars Liquid Laguna is that it allows you to create more definition. It’s not too heavy but is also buildable making it perfect for use both day and night. Shop Here 

5. Charlotte TilburyBrow Lift


Please excuse me while I get sentimental here for a moment.. but this was my first Charlotte Tilbury purchase and what made me fall in love with the brand. Powders have never really been a favourite of mine for brows so I always stick to pencils. I find the CT to be an incredible cream pencil that glides on well, and the triangle pencil shape mimicks fine brow hairs perfectly. Shop Here

6. LancômeGenifique Yeux Eye Cream


Good skin starts in the prep work. I’ve noticed in particular this year by regularly using a nourishing undereye cream my foundation glides on seemlessly and I require far less concealer. Genefique is my top pick for its gel like texture that your skin just drinks up. Shop Here

7. Giorgio Armani – Luminous Silk Foundation.


Luminous silk in my opinion is the absolutely OG of foundations. It glides on to skin to cover imperfections without flattening. I find my skin still looks like skin but at its absolute best; soft, supple and dewy. I could rave for days about how much I live for this foundation but it does have one draw back.. the price point. I guess you can’t skimp on quality. Trust me I’ve tried all the dupes but nothing can replicate this formula. So if you find this baby with even a subtle discount Boxing Day, jump on it (also please slide into my DM’s as I’m all about stock piling).

8. James Read Gradual Tan H2O Tan Mist


Sun Protection is my numero uno skin care tip and as a result my face never sees direct sunlight. SPF 50+ and Caps make sure of that, they also are responsible for my face permanently retaining a ghastly pale white shade. I adore subtle colour and find tanning mists to be ideal for the face. My current fave is the James Read; it smells phenomenal and can be built up over time, making it ideal for Summer through to Winter. Shop Here

9. NARSRadiant Creamy Concealer


Another holy grail favourite this concealer is one that has no replacement. It’s a unicorn among inadequate concealers and to date the only one I’ve found that covers and conceals without caking. I save it purely for special occasions and use cheapers ones day to day.  So I can say it’s worth the splurge. Shop Here

10. BenefitGimme Brow


For the perfect brushed brow look I can’t go past this beauty by Benefit. Used sparingly it adds a subtle colour, while setting brows making it the ideal finish for any brow look. Shop Here

Scents to splurge on.

If makeup isn’t your thing, or if Santa already stocked you up then here are my top 3 fragrances of the moment! 

All available at David Jones + Myer renowned for killer Boxing Day bargains.


Dior- Miss Dior

A subtle scent with a combination of Rose and Rosewood this is my pick if you love something feminine.

GIVENCHYL’INTERDIT

A white floral fragrance cut with darker undertones. If I were a fragrance it would be this. The perfect combination of light with a subtle edge.

Jimmy ChooFever

My newest addition to the repertoire. With top notes of black plum and grapefruit tied back with sandal wood it’s a welcome spin on the Jimmy Choo signature collection.

I’ve linked based upon where I usually purchase these brands from but recommend shopping around to grab the best deal. Or better yet embrace the sales in person to experience true Boxing Day Beauty Madness 

Happy Shopping


Sez

Xx

Spring Racing – Spray Tan Edition

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Spring Racing is finally upon us, and with bright and bold colours on trend this year it’s important to carry this look through to your beauty routine. Nothing elevates a fashion look more than a golden natural tan. Unfortunately, unless you’ve been one of the lucky ones sunning yourself in Europe (not me) you’re going to need some extra help. Fake it till you make it… right?


For the perfect faux golden glow my current go-to brand would be Spray Aus. Their two-hour formula achieves the perfect natural looking tan. I find it just a touch lighter than other brands I’ve previously used, making it ideal for race day. For daytime events such as spring racing, it’s important to err on the side of caution and opt for something light, remembering you can always add more but it’s impossible to go back.


A two-hour tan works best in my opinion as it’s a great way to achieve a bit of colour without that obvious spray tan look.

 Almost as important as the tan itself is the preparation and aftercare. To regular spray-tanners these are common practice but can ultimately be the difference between looking like a golden goddess or someone who’s just rolled in a bag of Doritos.

DO:

  • Book your appointment 1-2 days out from your event.

I find that if I can get in at least two showers it helps the colour to settle and achieve a more natural looking flawless tan.
  

  • Thoroughly exfoliate skin.

I like to start this process a few days prior. Exfoliating ensures a more even tan with less build up or patches. For those who fake tan regularly this also helps to remove all previous tan from the skin.
 

  • Test patch skin

If trying a new brand for the first time this is important to ensure there aren’t any adverse reactions. If you are prone to skin conditions, it’s best to contact a dermatologist prior to any spray tan. It’s also handy to opt for a solution that is all natural or organic. I find Eco Tan to be the best on the market for those with sensitive skin.
 

  • Top up or use extenders to reach your desired colour.

As previously mentioned it’s far easier to darken a light tan than it is to go back.
Usually 2-4 hours is enough processing time for me. If after showering I feel I require more colour, I’ll use the Spray Aus Tan Extender (a moisturiser with a touch of colour that works as a gentle enhancer). I also routinely use the Spray Aus Tan Mist to extend the life of the tan on my face, as it tends to fade there first.

 

DON’T

  • Leave your tan on longer than required.

Remember that your tan is being seen in direct sunlight in the middle of the day, anything too over developed will look orange and obvious.
 

  • Use moisturiser makeup or perfume prior to spray tanning.

This can leave you with patches and an uneven tan overall. Arrive with clean skin and avoid using deodorant if possible.
 

  • Use soap or body wash when showering after a spray tan.

This will cause the tan to be removed in uneven patches. Avoid rubbing or exfoliating the skin as well and ensure you remove the solution in a gentle sweeping motion.
 

  • Wear tight fitting clothing.

This can remove the tan in areas before it has a chance to develop. Aim for loose baggy dark clothes to avoid the solution transferring and staining.

Leave your skinny jeans and white tank at home
 

Finally post tan make sure to use a hydrating moisturiser to help nourish your skin and pro-log the life of your tan. I absolutely adore the Coconut Balm from THIS IS RAW, it is super hydrating and smells incredible.


Follow these steps and your tan will be a sure winner race day. 

Happy racing 

Sarah

Xx