My Experience with Tear Trough Filler

My Experience with Tear Trough Filler

*this blog post contains information regarding a cosmetic treatment. It is important to remember that I am by no means trained or skilled in this area, and this whole blog post is just about my personal experience. For any advice regarding a treatment, please contact a clinician directly, or Tallulah via Instagram.

Since in my very early teens I have always been extremely insecure about the hollow and dark circles under my eyes, that don’t go away despite getting a full night’s sleep each day. This is something I have inherited from my mother, who inherited it from my grandfather and so on. It is something that I have never quite been able to get over, despite trying to make myself feel better each day, so was very keen to find out more when I found out about Tear Trough filler. I myself have never had anything done like this before, and no one I know has ever had this specific treatment done. Therefore I was a little dubious at the beginning.

Deciding that I wanted to do something about this insecurity I started searching locally to me for clinicians who were able to carry out this treatment, with lots of experience. After a while of searching and multiple conversations with different clinics I finally found someone in Clifton who I felt I trusted a lot. I had my initial consultation, where I could learn more about the treatment, as well as the lady herself and instantly felt relaxed and in good hands. It was at this moment that I decided to go ahead. I would also like to mention that this is in no way a partnership with the clinic; I sourced Tallulah myself and am paying full price for my treatment. I wanted to share this experience as someone who has never tried anything like this before, sharing every detail and the results that I got from it.

Since booking the treatment I had a few weeks to wait, so as you can imagine I was starting to get a little nervous. Not because I was worried about it, just because I am not the best when it comes to needles. But as with anything in life I did my best to put it out of my mind and simply get on with it.

The treatment.

So, the evening before my treatment I started to feel very nervous. I obviously had all the facts, and it is totally self-inflicted, however anything that involves a needle does make me anxious. I tried my best to put it out of my mind and eventually fell asleep. In the morning I was feeling a lot more positive and relaxed about the treatment, which I think really helped me when I got there as I was in the right mindset for it. Tallulah was nothing but sympathetic and patient with me and made me feel totally at ease from the minute I expressed my nerves. When I got to the clinic, we went into the treatment room and went over all the details of the treatment again, including the process, what can be expected afterwards and the aftercare guide for me to follow. We also looked at my eyes and Tallulah carefully showed me where the filler will go, how it all works and the look that I should get afterwards. I felt a lot more reassured at this point and happy to go ahead. Tallulah applied numbing cream and I could rest on the sofa for 15 minutes with my coffee whilst we waited for it to do its thing. A very weird feeling having numbing cream on your face… not bad, just bizarre!

The next part of the treatment, the actual filler, was very quick. My under eyes were completely numb and the needle only goes a tiny bit under the skin, so I felt very reassured. Tallulah kept me in the loop with everything she was doing, and I have to say I barely felt a thing. I had two needles for each eye, where Tallulah inserts the needle and the filler, but then uses her finger to disperse the product into the hollow areas to give me the look I desired. As it is a small area you can only have 0.5ml maximum under each eye by law, then if you want more you have to go back in a few months. In all honesty though, I don’t see why you would need more than that. My left eye needed a little more than my right, as the tear trough was naturally a little hollower than the right.

The whole process was quick and easy, and I did not experience any pain whatsoever. In my left eye where I had a little more filler, towards the end it was slightly uncomfortable, but by no means unbearable. What was also really nice was that once Tallulah had done one eye, she let me see in the mirror the difference between that and the other. Oh my gosh… it was amazing! So yes, the treatment itself took around ten minutes and the results were instant.

In terms of results and aftercare, I couldn’t wear any makeup on the area for the rest of that day to prevent infection, as there obviously is an open wound from the needles. Apart from that, I didn’t experience anything that some people can, such as puffiness under the eye or bruising. I have to say, I think I had an easy ride. The desired look was created instantaneously, and I didn’t experience anything bad afterwards. The numbing cream wore off within an hour, which felt a little odd but again not painful.

Overall, I am over the moon with the treatment and results and am so happy that I decided to go ahead and not let my nerves get the better of me. This is the one thing about myself that I have always been so conscious about and wanted to change, so I am grateful that the technology is now here, and I could change it safely. Tallulah is very advanced in her field and I did really do my research before committing to the treatment. My biggest piece of advice would be to find someone you really trust and that is more than qualified for the job, having a consultation and asking all the questions under the sun to make you feel reassured. Then, when it comes to the treatment, to completely trust your clinician and keep very calm. If you are local to me/ live in and around Bristol, I really couldn’t recommend Tallulah any more. I also can’t stress enough that finding the right person is key – always do your research about the filler that is being used, and never go for someone purely because they are cheap. Like with anything in life, you get what you pay for, and risking something on your face because it is a ‘good deal’ is not going to necessarily end well. If you are committing to a treatment, do it properly.

 

In a few weeks I will be doing some Instagram stories as a catch up on the treatment. Make sure you are following me if you are interested in seeing that – @ladyhunterblog.

Where I had this treatment – Lulu Cosmetics

Instagram – @lulucosmetics_

Length of the treatment – 45 minutes, including numbing time and treatment time.

How often do you have this – Roughly once a year, however it is dependent on the person and the area being treated. 

Thank you to Tallulah at Lulu Cosmetics for this treatment and for the easy experience. This blog post is not in collaboration with the brand and all ideas, views and opinions are my own.

Summer Makeup Look 2019

Summer Makeup Look 2019

AD – this blog post contains products which have been previously gifted to me. However, I have not been asked to post this and have chosen to feature them on my own behalf.

Imagery by Hana Dallimore Photography

How quickly time is going at the moment, it doesn’t seem that long since I did a Spring edition makeup look. This very much seems to have become a natural seasonal blog post, so I couldn’t resist getting one in for Summer. I have been having so much fun with my makeup looks recently, using a range of different products and exploring new colour tones for my skin tone. I have generally always been a little boring when it comes to makeup, with even this being a little out of my comfort zone. Basically, anything with colour is daring for me! Recently I have been watching a programme on Channel 5 called ‘The Gypsies Next Door’, and I absolutely adored one of the episodes about a girl in the community who was an aspiring makeup artist. Her work was absolutely phenomenal, and I only wish that I could one day try a look as bold as that! What she did say in the programme which was interested was that any ‘gorger’ client she has does tend to be a lot more subtle than her gypsy clients. If you hadn’t guessed, ‘gorger’ refers to someone who is not from a gypsy background, like me. I really admired her work and, in a way,, the pinkie tone in this look we a little inspired by her.

The look in general is pretty much what you would expect for Summer; a dewy skin with lots of deep contouring, a bright and shimmery eye, as well as a natural looking lip that is comfortable and easy to wear through the warmer weather… if we ever get any.

Starting with my face, I am really not someone who can put the foundation away during the Summer months. I love my complexion cover up all year round, as every look I want to achieve always requires a smooth and flawless finish. At the moment, I am really enjoying the Revolution Pro Foundation Camouflage. This featured in my recent foundation test, so if you would like to know more about it, please click here. As with all my make-up looks, I also used my Revolution concealer which I just think is incredible. It is easy to apply with a beauty blender, has a lovely smooth creamy consistency and stays put all day long. To make it even better, it is an absolute bargain. For my complexion, I have been using an old Tanya Burr contour palette, as I adore the bronzer. It has a very shimmery finish to it and for me adds the perfect touch of colour. Unfortunately, this product is no longer available, however there are a lot on the market that are similar. I will link them below. To finish my skin, I use the Benefit Cosmetics Gold Rush Blush which for me doubles as a blush and a highlight. I use a large brush and sweep this across my cheeks for an instant Summer glow.

Moving on to eyes, the Naked Cherry has been my go-to in recent months. As with the foundation, I did a full review on this product which I will link herefor you to read. For this look I use the lighter matte pink tones, with a deep cherry in the crease of my eye. To add the Summer touch, I sweep the lighter shimmery pink over the top and blend it all together. This for me is a real Summery day look, ideal for so many occasions. To transition this into the evening, I would add a darker shimmer over the top. I then use the Benefit Roller Liner to create the thin line on top of my lid with the flick, as well as eye pencil on my water line to finish the bold look. The Benefit Roller Liner is a new product to the company, and I have adored using it. It is so easy to use and works every time. For mascara, I have been using the Nars Climax which is incredible. It adds volume and serious length to your lashes, whilst also not being clumpy. I really recommend this for Summer, mainly for its durability from day to night.

For lips, I am all about nude at the moment. I use a simple pink toned nude liner, which is usually ‘rosy’ from MAC, followed by the Kylie Lip Kit in shade ‘Bare’. I adore this liquid lip! When I apply the liquid lip stick, I let it dry for a few minutes, usually whilst doing my hair and then apply a layer of MAC lipstick in shade ‘Midimauve’. For me, this is the perfect pink toned nude for Summer, with a touch of shimmer.

Have any questions about this look? Ask me below!

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Foundation – Revolution Pro

Concealer – Revolution

Gold Rush – Benefit

Bronzer – Benefit

 

Naked Cherry – Urban Decay

Liner – Benefit

Mascara – Nars

 

Lip Kit – Kylie Cosmetics

Lipstick – MAC

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I have not been paid to feature any products, and all views and opinions are my own.

15 + 8 =

My Clarins – my new found favourite skincare.

My Clarins – my new found favourite skincare.

AD – I was kindly gifted these products from a private work client, however have subsequently repurchased.

When I first started this blog I wanted to discuss everything I am passionate about, from fashion to food, beauty and home. In the five years I have been running it, it has sort of started to develop in a different way, completely unintentionally. As I have grown and developed, it has followed me through these changes, shaping the way it is today. I think fashion will always be at the forefront of what I talk about, however in the last year, skincare has become a very prominent topic that I love to share. It is something I never thought I would ever be discussing, but in fact has become something that I am extremely passionate about. So, without further ado, I would like to welcome a new brand to my skin care collection, as well as reviews on this blog. This post is all about Clarins, and in particular, the new My Clarins range.

I have always viewed Clarins as a very traditional brand that uses and sells products aimed at a much older age range than my skin. The products are very high end, and have always seemed to promote results that my skin simply does not yet need. The new My Clarins range is the first items I have ever used, as they are designed for my skin type and have really shown that Clarins is starting to adopt new ways of doing things.

This entry level skincare range is like nothing else that Clarins has on the market. It is the first range from the brand that is vegan, containing natural ingredients, whilst also being paraben and sulphate free. All the packaging is recyclable, as it should be, and is ideal for anyone looking to start using a good and healthy skincare routine. The products also boast an incredible In&Out theory, which means they work to get all the bad things out of your skin, and then putting all the good back in. This all together is what can transform young skin, from what can usually be very problem prone skin, to glowing and healthy results every single day. Most importantly, the range is designed to work on all skin types, making the process of choosing the right products a lot easier. I have found in the past that this is something that can very much put me off a brand, when I am daunted by the amount of different things on offer.

From the range I have tried and tested the milk based cleanser, hydrating mist and dry formula moisturiser. These are the products that I use in my skin care regime every single day, so it was nice to just change them up and see how the My Clarins worked for me. I am going to review each product individually, as I think getting into a skincare regime is a lot easier to do if you introduce one at a time. I personally also think it is better for the skin as it gives it time to adjust.

So, let’s start with the cleanser. I have been cleansing my skin morning and night now for around four years. I have always enjoyed simply cleaning my face, particularly as I do like to wear quite a lot of coverage on my face during the day. I have never really suffered from massive breakouts of problematic skin, and I do really believe that it is because I have always cleansed my skin. When I see what comes off my skin after doing a double cleanse, it is incredible. To think that if you don’t cleanse, that just stays on your face all night long. So yes, cleansing is great. I personally enjoy using a milk/ cream based cleanser, just purely for the experience. I like the way I feel like I am adding hydration to my skin whilst also cleaning it. Although, for those who prefer a gel based, My Clarins have also brought out one of those in the range. So there really is something for everyone. The milk based cleanser is very gentle on the skin, with a wonderful scent from the floral extracts within it, and an instant freshness that you can feel when you first use it. It is a lovely light weight product, making it easy to use twice a day.

The hydrating mist is a product that I really believe in. I have been using another mist from a different brand for about a year now, and absolutely swear by it. I believe they are a very under rated product, as I can always feel the instant boost of hydration that they add to the skin. I use a squirt in the morning and a few at night, as well as a little throughout the day that just completely melts through my makeup. The My Clarins mist is very easy to use, as it is soft on the skin, melts in instantly and is the perfect touch of freshness that you need to really wake you up. I love it.

Going back on what I said before about the skin types, the moisturiser on offer from this range actually does have three variations. One for normal skin, one for oily skin and one for dry skin. I have been using the one for normal skin, and am really enjoying it. As with the cleanser, it is a very light weight product that nourishes the skin without it being left greasy. I love using this product in the morning as it is fresh and silky smooth in texture, and adds the perfect base ahead of my makeup.

Overall I am very impressed with the products, and as I mentioned at the beginning, I have already repurchased ahead of them running out! Without a doubt, my favourite is the milk based cleanser!

 

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Cleanser 

Moisturiser 

Mist 

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I have not been paid to feature any brands, and all views and opinions are my own.

 

How I Take Care of My Hair

How I Take Care of My Hair

Imagery by Hana Dallimore Photography

Today I wanted to share a post that I have been really excited about putting together for a while. My hair has always been something that I am very careful about, and I seem to have had this drive within me to take care of it. Up until a year ago I had only had my hair coloured once, and I made sure that I did it properly. I went to an AVEDA salon, as I had heard very good things about the brand, and she simply put a few highlights in to even out the colour. My hair is very blonde naturally, so I didn’t feel like I needed that much doing. A year ago, I did a blog collaboration with a brand called Material Hair in Bath, and I loved it. As I was there for the blog, I wanted to get something done that was different. So, the stylist and I opted for a very bleached blonde look, that was virtually white. I had a full head of highlights and a toner to achieve the look. I absolutely adored the finished product and have wanted my hair to stay the same ever since. After that treatment, I then went back to an AVEDA salon in Bristol a few times to top up the colour and keep it fresh. When I did have it coloured properly, I made the decision that I was going to invest in my hair care products and only use ones that I know are healthy for my hair. This is why my hair care collection consists of only AVEDA and one product from Phillip Kingsley.

For full transparency, I have not been paid to advertise AVEDA nor gifted the products, however at one-point last year I was working for a salon who used them. But I must say, I loved the brand before this and continue to do so now. I love everything the brand stands for and the results that are evident from my hair since using them. I often have a few followers asking me about my hair care and the products I use, so I thought I would pop it all in one blog post and tell you guys exactly what I use day to day to keep my hair healthy, shiny and happy.

So firstly, let’s talk shampoo and conditioner. I am very strict on how often I get my hair done and what products are used. I don’t want my hair to suffer as a result of getting it coloured, so as you can imagine, this can be a little more expensive. For this reason, I only use AVEDA shampoo and conditioner. Not only does it increase the health of the hair, but also it prolongs the colour. Cheaper, high street products have now been proven to strip colour out of the hair, essentially making it pointless to pay lots of money to get your hair done. I have been using my products for over a year and can honestly say that I get triple the amount of wear out my hair colour. Also, on first impression, the products are more expensive. However, you only use a small amount, so I have found that I get a lot longer out of a bottle and in theory it costs the same amount. You will never regret that initial investment in the products.

The washing products I use from AVEDA are from the Colour Conserve range, as for me preserving my colour is very important. I want to get the most wear out of it, and I can say these products work a treat. As well as doing wonders for the colour, they also keep my hair hydrated and healthy, and as with everything from AVEDA, they smell amazing! I only wash my hair now 2-3 times a week, as these products also have dramatically reduced how oily my roots can be.

The other conditioner I use is a purple conditioner, used to take brassy tones out the hair and keep the colour light and fresh. This is again an AVEDA product, for the reasons above! I only use this once a week, and a mix a little drop in with my normal conditioner to ensure my hair is still getting the care it needs. After using it for almost 8 months, I can vouch that it definitely works. After using it my hair is instantly brighter and all yellow tones have completely disappeared.

A treatment is a newer addition to my hair care regime, as I only started using it around six months ago. I do it probably once a fortnight, and I leave it on as an overnight treatment mask. I use the ‘Damage Remedy’ intensive restructuring treatment. I slather my hair in this, roots to tips, pop it up and sometimes will put a shower cap on purely to protect my bed sheets. I then wash it off in the morning, using a double shampoo to thoroughly wash it out and clean the hair. The results are amazing – my hair is always super soft and shiny, without being greasy. This for me is always an essential on a sunny holiday, as the sun really dries out my hair. If you don’t want to invest in the AVEDA product, the same can be done with more natural products such as coconut oil or olive oil.

 

The last product in my hair care basket is a heat protective spray for when I dry my hair. The one I use is from Phillip Kingsley, which was recommended to me when I got my hair coloured at Material Hair. Once I have washed and towel dried my hair, having brushed it out with my tangle teezer, I spritz this all over my hair, particularly the ends. It smells divine and is one of those products that you only really know it works when you don’t use it! A little like SPF on your face.

I absolutely love using all the products in my hair care collection and can honestly say my hair is the best it has ever been. If you have any questions regarding these products, please feel free to leave me a comment or send me an email: ladyhunter@abigailhuntermarketing.co.uk.

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Jumper – New Look

Shampoo – AVEDA

Conditioner – AVEDA

Purple Conditioner – AVEDA

Heat Spray – Phillip Kingsley

Treatment – AVEDA

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I have not been paid to feature any brands, and all views and opinions are my own.

Skincare Heroes | 2019 Edition

Skincare Heroes | 2019 Edition

AD – this blog post contains gifted products from Dermalogica and Tropic Skincare. I was gifted these products. However, all other products were paid for by me and of course, all opinions are my own.

I feel as if in the last year I have become a lot more adventurous with my skincare. I am trying a lot more brands, and from a blogging point of view, starting to work with some more brands. I absolutely love it and am seeing a big different with my skin. There are a lot of skincare brands on the market, however a lot of them do offer a variety of products and they do very much all have their own identity. The four brands featured in this blog post are ones that I have been using and loving for a long time now and have very much become staple pieces in my skincare regime. That being said, I am known to mix things up a little, and I do automatically reach for different products depending on how my skin is feeling/ looking at the time of use. Our skin changes a lot, due to many reasons, therefore the same products are not going to work all the time.

My favourite thing about all these products together is how easy they are to use. Not one of them is stressful, and they all make the experience of doing my skincare a lot more enjoyable. They all smell incredible and are most importantly kind to the skin, whilst also delivering on results.

In this range there are two products from Guinot, that I really couldn’t live without. They are probably the longest standing brand in my collection, as they are amazing for my skin. The Gommage Biologique is my favourite product ever. It is a gel-based exfoliator that I use twice a week. You massage a pea size amount into the skin for around 4-5 minutes until it is smooth and even. I then leave it on for another 5 minutes as a mini mask. Once removed with warm water, the results are breath-taking. My skin is baby smooth and feels so hydrated. As I always cleanse and tone before exfoliating, the next step is moisturising, which is another product from Guinot. I now have a lot of moisturisers in my collection that I love, but this one always takes the edge. It is light and soft on the skin, whilst also completely hydrating the skin. Honestly it is the most incredible product and my skin absolutely adores it. I do however only use it in the evening, as I prefer to use something a lot lighter in the day.

The next product that is a massive favourite of mine is the Dermalogica multi-active toner. I was saying to Kelly who owns the Barn a few weeks ago that I cannot believe how incredible this product is. I have been lucky to be gifted a lot of products from Dermalogica, but none of them stand out for me like this one. I spritz a few layers on my face morning and night and it just instantly freshens and revitalises my skin. It is also a very clever product that can be used in the day. It can be put on top of makeup and will just make its way down to the skin without ruining your makeup look. Unlike other toners I have used, it doesn’t sting, nor dry out the skin. An absolute must have in any skin collection.

In terms of masks, I don’t use them that much, mostly because I forget. However, when I do remember, the one I reach for is the white brightening mask from Rodial. You may remember my Rodial review a few months ago. In all honesty I wasn’t that impressed with the products, apart from this one. It is a clear mask, that you only use a very thin layer for around 10 minutes. It definitely brightens my skin, and when used with the other products, my skin is amazingly radiant. To add, it is also very sensitive on the skin, so unlike other masks, should not tingle or sting.

The last product in this review is the Tropic Skincare Cleanser. I have been loving this, and if you want to read the full review of this brand, click the link here. This cleanser stood out for me a lot as it is so easy to use. I am definitely more of a cream/ milk-based cleanser kind of girl, and this one definitely worked for me. A double cleanse in the evening and one in the morning leaves my skin feeling completely fresh and clean, with the perfect base being created for the rest of my products. These just work so much better for me compared to gel-based ones, and my skin always feels so much more hydrated.

Nars Climax & Naked Cherry Palette

Nars Climax & Naked Cherry Palette

Imagery by Hana Dallimore Photography

Do you ever get the urge to just throw everything in your makeup bag out and replace it all with shiny new products? I love new makeup and exploring what is new on the market. I am very much a trend hopper when it comes to beauty, and just want to try absolutely everything that I see being advertised on Instagram. The two products featured in this post are no exception to this, however I have had a good previous experience with both brands, therefore it is easily justified to myself. I love mixing up my makeup looks day to day, getting creative in the morning and matching it to my outfits when I feel like being super organised.

When I try out new makeup products, the real test always comes a few weeks later when the products have really been used and experienced different times in life. These two products have definitely been put to the test, and I want to tell you all about them.

Nars Climax

I first found out about this product when my favourite blogger, ‘Inthefrow’, went on the press trip for the launch of the new mascara from Nars. She seemed to love the product and I loved the ethos and thought behind it. I popped it on my Christmas list last year, and luckily for me, Santa delivered. I think the big thing that attracted me to this product originally was the beautiful red, clean looking packaging. I am a sucker for anything aesthetically pleasing. This mascara has been a joy to test out and I really have loved using it every morning. With any mascara I wear, I always use the Maybelline lash primer underneath, as well as a generous squeeze from the eyelash curlers. This definitely effects all mascara that I wear – it makes everyone last longer through the day and definitely increases the length of the lashes. My favourite thing about this mascara is the chunky brush, which adds a lot of volume to the lashes, as well as a beautiful length. It is rich in colour and holds all day. My one criticism of this product is that it definitely smudges under my eyes after a few hours if I wear it on my bottom lashes, which is very common. Due to this, I only use it on my top lashes, and use a thinner, high street brand to add a little colour to my bottom lashes.

Naked Cherry Palette

I think these beautiful palettes from Urban Decay have become a staple piece in all our makeup bags, for one reason… they are amazing! I have four of them now, including this one and just think they keep getting better and better. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this Cherry palette as it is such a girly, bold statement piece for any collection and I could think of so many looks you can create with it prior to getting one. I love how it can easily be taken from day to night with the variety of light and bright shades to darker, glittery shimmers perfect for any night out. The quality of this product is just as amazing as the others, each shade being very pigmented and so rich in colour. They all blend extremely well and work so beautifully together. An absolute must have for any makeup enthusiast! Also, any eye look created with this palette is complimented completely with the Nars Climax mascara.

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Nars Climax

Urban Decay Naked Cherry 

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I have not been paid to feature any brands, and all views and opinions are my own.