How to Look Good (When you feel like Crap)

We’ve all had those days.

You either wake up sick with a dreaded cold (totally NOT your fault) or you wake up on your boyfriend’s parent’s bathroom floor with a raging wine headache and hangover, not knowing the day or the time ย (hypothetically speaking……..) This one IS your own fault.

Regardless, you feel awful inside and out. While it takes time, meds and McDonald’s cheeseburgers to help the inside feel better, I have a few tips to help the outside look presentable when you actually feel like dying.

1- Water- drink lots of it and get a shower. Pretty simple. Drinking alcohol dehydrates you. You need to refuel and cleanse those toxins inside and out. ย Also if you can, try and remember to wash off your makeup the night before.

2- Depuff swollen and blood shot eyes with either cold spoons or teabags. Use some soothing eyedrops. Apply eye cream and a good concealer. Finish with Mascara. All these things will help you look more lively and less “Walking Dead like.”

3- Your face. Fix it. Apply concealer, tinted moisturizer or whatever to hide any imperfections. Then apply a nice pinkish blush. So even when your nausea makes you feel as white as a ghost, you’ll still have a little bit of colour in your face so you don’t appear see through.

4- Apply some Moisturizing Lipstick. Pink is probably the best bet here as well. Just enough to again, give colour to your Casper face. This part does wonders. Trust me.

5- Wear your hair neat and pulled back. Apply some dry shampoo and get it out of your face somehow. Neat ponytails and topknots can act as a face lift.

6- Invest in some Big, Dark Sunglasses. (Do not wear these indoors though. It’s a clear giveaway you’re hungover…or that you’re a big loser, Don’t be that person!)

7- Throw on some nice earrings. The bling will distract onlookers from your hot mess-iness.

8) This may be a little self explanatory but, brush your teeth and pop in a peppermint. Peppermint has natural properties that can sometimes help with nausea and in your case, beer breath.

If all of these fail to help with your appearance, just call it a day. Throw on some Netflix and hide in your room. Ha!ha!

-Nicole xo ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ps- I must say, I’m a big believer in making yourself look your best when you feel your worst. It may be hard to do for some, I understand that. But if you look a little better, I definitely think you feel better. ย Hope this helps anyone who may have ย had a little too much fun last night or plan to in the near future…*cough* Shauna *cough* ๐Ÿ˜‰

For the Fellas…..

Got a hairy back? Kind of like a “coat” under your actual coat?

A chest that resembles Steve Carell in 40 year old Virgin?

A set of talons for toenails? or perhaps heels that could cut your bed sheets to shreds?

I don’t know how many times I’ve had this conversation with people ( male or female)……

MEN NEED PAMPERING TOO!!!!!!

Looking after one’s self is not “girly” or “prissy” …..it is essential to not looking like a bum (unless you’re going for that hobo chic sort of thing?)

It makes you feel better. It makes you look better. A little trip to a salon/spa can do wonders!

You only have one set of hands, one set of feet and only one face. Why not look after it properly? Men’s skin and hands need love just as much as the lady’s do…maybe even more so?

I understand the spa can be an intimidating thing looking in from the outside….all the soft lighting… the smells…women chit chatting with other women who have so much metallic foil in their hair it looks like they could communicate with E.T….

Then there is the music that’s so calming it makes you want to go to your car and listen to death metal when you leave…(no? oh….just me then….)

Anyway….it’s a strange world. But….Women know what’s up and men should probably follow suit.

The majority of my clientele is most definitely of the female race. I do however have a few brave souls of men then come see me regularly and I see others that come to other Spa Therapists, Massage therapists and hair stylists.

I once had a very shy man surprisingly exclaim in the middle a joint facial with his partner that if he had known how great this would of been, he would of came in long ago!

Bam!!! One Man brought over to the dark side!!

Like I previously stated…you only have one face. Your skin needs to be looked after (especially if there are any concerns such as aging, acne, etc.) As a man, you probably have to shave that face…that can sometimes get irritated, dry or breakout. A facial is a perfect way to treat any or all of those issues and get to relax at the same time. And Lord knows, ย everyone can always use a little relaxation in out busy/hectic lives these days, right?

So now that I have convinced you to look after your face, lets work our way down to looking after that fur of yours. I’m talking back and chest waxing or laser hair removal.

Just like women, the trend this day and age is the less the hair the better…same kind of goes for guys. Sure you don’t have to get rid of all of it, but a little maintenance can go a long way.

Not going to lie at all here, this hair removal thing is probably going to hurt like a mother.

But if I see you on the beach looking like some sort of second cousin to Chewbacca, I’m going to contemplate handing you my business card.(and you should take it as a big, fat hint) Your wife/girlfriends can thank me later….saving them the time and effort of shaving your back will make everyone very happy!

Also, eyebrows. There should be two. I’ll let you contemplate that one.

Ps…I’m going to move on from the hair removal thing and skip over the whole “Man scaping…Man Brazilian thing”…that’s an entirely other post in itself and I’m not really sure I want to even go there…..Just take care of it gentlemen…that’s all I’m going to say…. K… Bye.

Next in line is your Hand and Foot care. If you are a business or white collar sort of fella, you are going to be dealing with people and trying to look professional. Nothing says I don’t give a rotten dam then gnarly hangnails and uber scaly skin. Get a “Man”icure. They aren’t just for housewives of Beverly Hills anymore. And for hard working Blue Collared Men, your poor hands deserve some TLC.

Keep nails short, clean and use a little moisturizer from time to time. Also, you would’t think it, but a hand massage is wonderful. People hold tons of tension in our hands and fingers, your digits will thank you.

This all goes the same for your tootsies. Keep toenails short, filed evenly, clean and get some of that callus buildup removed. Your feet will love you for it and so will whoever has to sleep in the same bed as you at night.

A pedicure and manicure DOES NOT mean you have to have pretty, pink polish! It is much, much more then that. Elderly men and men with any medical conditions (ex. diabetes) ย should really look after your feet properly. You have to walk on these things for your whole life, a pedicure is not a girly thing….it should be thought of as an essential life thing.

Next on the agenda, Massage therapy. If you have medical coverage, Please take advantage of this. It’s amazing. Get over the whole stranger touching your body thing and get a massage. We are hard on our backs and limbs, it is also great for the mind and relaxation. Can not stress the importance of this in living a healthy life.

Lastly I’m going to discuss something I know a little about….I’m not a hairdresser….but you should definitely be getting your hair cut by a professional. You don’t have to spend tons of money…but just don’t use those rusty kitchen scissors and bowl to achieve your style. It’s bad. Plus, once you’ve had someone else give you a scalp massage….you will be hooked. Promise!

So there you have it. Now get your wife, mother, sister, bff to book you an appointment at your local spa and salon. You can be brave and go it alone or perhaps take them along and have a nice little spa day together.

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-Nicole xo

spa room

No Makeup Monday reflections:

 Currently in my grubby clothes, messy hair and smudged mascara from yesterday. A real vision of beauty right here folks. It’s my day off and I have been feeling not so great these past few weeks, so don’t judge me!

  I was recently reading an article about people flipping over unretouched photos of Beyoncรฉ and also read some comments about Iggy Azalea in a bathing suit. It all got me thinking and I just started writing some random things down. 

-I don’t love the way I look but I don’t hate it either. Some days I feel really ugly, some days I think I look pretty good …vicious cycle. I’m sure others can appreciate this feeling.

-Getting older means becoming more comfortable with my flaws and means appreciating my favourite features! I love my eyes, my eyebrows, my teeth and even though I bitch about it daily, my thick hair! Thanks Genetics!

-Everyone has cellulite, even Iggy Azalea, and everyone has had bad skin days like Beyoncรฉ. We’re All human. And if someone makes you feel bad for it, punch them square in their face. No hesitation. 

-Photo shop has become my best friend on Instagram. But don’t use it to the point where you don’t even look like yourself in real life. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’ve ever erased a few blemishes or two..or twenty, whatever. Also a little teeth whitening never killed nobody.

-Working with women daily… All different kinds of women..gives me an insight into different levels of body confidence. It breaks my heart when people bash their own looks and own bodies. It’s crazy how some people envision themselves and how wrong they can be. Being an Aesthechian, my job is to make you look and feel better, so negative self talk makes me sad.

-It also bothers me when others poke fun at how other people look or dress. Sure I’m guilty of this shaming from time to time. I’m a girl… Girls can be catty. If you are on the other end of the shaming, don’t  take it to heart. When someone belittles you, it’s only a sign of their insecurities. I’ve been on both ends of this. Sucks either way. The negative comments stick with people longer then the positive ones. I’m pretty sure I can still hear the mean things said to me in Junior high by some loser, it’s okay though. I’m building my life, becoming successful and him, he’s still the same, a loser. 

Harsh, but true.

– I’ve always wanted to get plastic surgery ( rhinoplasty and breast augmentation) but I’d probably never do it. Too chicken, too broke and like I said, as I get older I care less. Push up bras and contouring makeup are my best friends sometimes.

– I wear makeup because I love it. I can also be very good at it, and getting better. I Love that I can change how I look from day to day. As I get older I use it more for creativity rather then a mask.  Makeup should be for enhancing your own beauty, not making you look like a different person. ( unless it’s Halloween, then by all means be whoever you want to be.) 

Hope I didn’t lose anyone in that random jumble of thoughts. Just wanted to write about something I feel strongly about.  Open to comments and opinions on this one! Let me know what you think, what you love about yourselves, even what you don’t. I can almost gaurentee,  I won’t agree with your negatives! ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

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-Nicole xoxo

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