New from Sweet Squared’s lash brand, Lashus Extensions will give techs the opportunity to create both classic and full-volume looks using a range of individual lashes and pre-made fans. The pre-made volume fans are heat bonded at the base, which Lashus says makes them lighter and easier to apply than fans made by gluing individual lashes together.
As with the original Lashus Lift products, the brand’s new Extensions Adhesive has been developed with as few ingredients as possible to make it gentle without compromising on bonding and long-lasting adhesion.
The treatment is launching with two courses: Straight to Volume, suitable for beginners and conversion, and Amplify, for trained lash technicians. Both offer a full day of training with more than four hours of practical. The treatment will launch in November with workshop dates due to be announced soon.
This month we tried… Mesoestetic mesotherapy
The lowdown: After writing a feature on skin needling for our July issue, I was keen to try mesotherapy for myself. I contacted Mesoestetic to arrange a treatment using its MCT Injector gun, and the brand booked me in to Thérapie Clinic on Wigmore Street in London. The MCT Injector uses a super-fine needle to deliver a cocktail of vitamins, hyaluronic acid, plant extracts and enzymes to stimulate collagen formation in the dermis, deeply hydrate from within and address any underlying issues. My therapist, Surabhi Kadel, needled to 1.5mm on me, and the treatment took around an hour including consultation.
The experience: After having a look at my skin and talking to me about my concerns – the beginnings of fine lines and general dullness – Kadel decided on Mesohyal DMAE, one of the mesoestetic intradermal products for use with the device. DMAE is formulated to firm tissues and is loaded with hyaluronic acid and organic silicone. She started with a double cleanse then sterilised my skin with an alcohol wipe.
Kadel started with the gun on my cheeks to gauge how comfortable I would find it, as these are the most fleshy and least sensitive areas of the face. The needle felt like a tiny pinprick and was barely noticeable, although I do have a fairly high pain threshold. Kadel worked around my face in small movements, finishing on my upper lip, and then applied a post-procedure gel to soothe the skin, followed by antioxidant serum and SPF50 moisturiser from Therapie’s product range. The verdict: My skin felt slightly prickly immediately after the treatment but this quickly went down. There was no redness and I was impressed with the visible reduction in the fine lines in my nasolabial folds. I’m confident that if I had a course of treatments – Therapie recommends four to six sessions spaced 15 to 20 days apart – it would really start to address my textural issues and signs of ageing. Business benefits: Mesotherapy is a very comfortable treatment and while it treats slightly different indications than microneedling with a roller or pen, it’s a good alternative for younger clients with early signs of ageing or dullness caused by pollution. Tried by Georgia Seago Thérapie charges from
IllumiFacial is the next generation of Lynton’s photofacial treatments and uses a combination of specialist skincare and IPL technology. Designed to target the visible effects of ageing and harsh environmental conditions, IllumiFacial is a customisable treatment focused on improving skin tone. It can be performed using Lynton’s 3Juve, Excelight, Lumina or Luminette Advance, in combination with its Facial Cleanser, Tri-Fruit Acid Peel, Light Soothe, Stem Cell and Light Protect SPF skincare products.
The facial begins with a deep cleanse, after which Tri-Fruit Acid Peel is applied to resurface skin texture and stimulate faster cell turnover. IPL is then applied to stimulate collagen and target any discolouration such as freckles, sun damage and broken capillaries. The treatment is then completed with the trio of specialist serums to soothe, hydrate and protect the skin.
This month we tried… Moka & Sarah lash extensions
The lowdown: New lash extensions brand Moka & Sarah is officially launching to market with distributor Re:New Beauty, formally Biosculpture UK. Headed up by Moka Kanai and Sarah Darnley, the brand trains lash technicians in its combination of Japanese and exclusive techniques developed by the brand itself. When researching for the company, Kanai visited 32 countries to create techniques that work on the hair and lash types of different ethnicities. One of the brand’s USPs is its use of tape work instead of gel under eye pads to protect the lower lashes. The tapes have a waterproof barrier and are used both to be more comfortable for clients and so as not to distort the upper lash line, making the technician’s job easier.
The experience: Kanai created a full set of lashes for me at Re:New’s new HQ. We decided on a soft, fluffy look that tapered out slightly in the outer corners of my eyes to elongate the shape. She explained she’d be using the brand’s Japanese feathering technique with its sculpting and grafting application, whereby the extension is wrapped to the natural lash with 90% contact. Japanese feathering is used to create definition with soft split tips, and Kanai wove the lashes through my lash line using careful spacing to make the eyes appear slightly larger.
I couldn’t feel a thing throughout the application, and personally found Kanai’s use of tape far more comfortable than gel pads, as in the past these have irritated my eyes and caused them to water, affecting their adhesiveness. She worked efficiently but delicately and my eyes didn’t sting or water at all when she removed the tape and asked me to open my eyes.
The verdict: My extensions were slightly longer than I’ve had in the past, but because of the spacing and softness, they weren’t too dramatic. I got a solid four weeks’ wear out of them and found they came off easily using a home-use extension remover.
Business benefits: Moka & Sarah’s use of Japanese tape work is more cost effective and better for the environment than gel pads, though the brand does teach the use of pads in certain cases when they work better with the client’s bone structure.
Prices are set higher than the market average so that technicians don’t have to rush through clients to earn good revenue, and can instead take their time delivering a premium treatment.
Tried by Georgia Seago Moka & Sarah recommends charging between £120–£200 in London and between £30–£120 elsewhere in the UK. Call distributor Re:New Beauty on 03333 111555
3D-HydrO2 Facial and 3D-Ultimatepro
Aesthetics specialist 3D-lipo has developed two new machines. 3D-Ultimatepro is the next generation of its 3D-Ultimate machine, offering fat reduction, cellulite and skin tightening; while 3D-HydrO2 Facial is a completely new concept, designed to target hydration, oxygenation, anti-ageing, brightening, skin tightening and congestion
The new facial machine offers seven modalities within one device, meaning five different treatments can be offered to clients: Essential and Superior facials for anti-ageing, Essential and Superior facials for brightening, and the Essential facial for aiding with congestion. Each treatment combines all seven modalities:
Hydro Peel uses a combination of three solutions: one with AHAs to exfoliate, an rholigopeptide- 1 and acetyl hexapeptide-8- based one to hydrate, and a BHA solution to help with bacteria and inflammation.
Deep Cleanse allows oxygen to be drawn into the skin. The active ingredients used are kojic acid and retinol for hydrating and brightening.
Oxygenation involves a spray that creates a venturi effect, breaking down the molecules within the product to encourage product penetration and hydration.
Skin Lifting uses electroporation to increase the absorbency of the cell for product penetration. This, in turn, revitalises dull and lifeless skin.
Skin Tightening uses radiofrequency technology to increase collagen production. Hydration uses ultrasound technology for product infusion, using products from the 3D-Professional Solutions Time Defence Expression skincare range.
Cryo Facial is a handpiece that uses heat to open the pores, increasing blood supply and evening skin tone, as well as cold to tighten pores following product penetration.
“After the client’s had a condensed course of eight treatments, this is a monthly treatment so it’s good for client retention,” says managing director Roy Cowley. “We’re planning a major celebrity PR campaign towards the end of this year to get a buzz going, once we’ve secured a good distribution base.”
The 3D-Ultimatepro has been under development for a year, manufactured under ISO13485 standards. During the process, 3D-lipo consulted with customers to get feedback on improving the 3D-Ultimate platform.
The new device has been designed to be more ergonominc and comfortable to operate. It offers cryolipolysis, cavitation, radiofrequency and shockwave technologies.
Feature upgrades include medical-grade silicone duo cryolipolysis applicators, vacuum incorporated into the radiofrequency to improve contact and lymphatic drainage, and more robust connector points with a tidy wire and rack design.
3D-HydrO2 Facial and 3D-Ultimatepro will be officially launched to the market at PB North on October 13–14, where visitors will be able to view live treatment demos. Call the brand on 01788 220452 3d-lipo.co.uk