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Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

IPA – Strictly essential for the salon

While IPAs are getting a lot of press lately, we’re not talking about the style of beer, but in fact, another kind of alcohol…

Rubbing Alcohol, also known as IPA, has been keeping salons and spas clean and fresh for years. If you’re in the beauty business and want to stay in business, you’re no doubt aware that hygiene is probably the most important part of your business. It doesn’t matter how creative your nail, beauty or hair creations are; if cleanliness isn’t a priority, your clients will notice and go elsewhere.

The great thing about Strictly Professional rubbing alcohol (IPA) is that it is a quick and easy-to-use product that can clean and sanitise in a wide range of environments and on a variety of surfaces.

IPA 500ml and 1 litre refill

In the salon/spa: Use IPA to clean your till screens, as well as all keyboards, tablets and phones used by your team and/or customers. Did you know that the average person touches their phone around 3,000 times per day? Yes, you read that right. Suffice to say, cleaning your mobile phone needs to be a twice a day event, more frequently when you’re working in a client-facing industry.

IPA is also ideal for cleaning most other surfaces around the salon – it’s perfect for removing hairspray residue from mirrors and even sticky wax residue from salon surfaces. Bonus tip: use it to remove those annoying marks left behind by sticky labels.

On the beauty counter: Sanitise your makeup products in between clients, thin out nail varnishes and re-hydrate dried-out mascara and cream or gel eyeshadows with this wonder product.

Revive dried out eyeshadows

You can also bring broken bronzers, powder eyeshadows and blushers back to life with IPA. Although they might not look the same, they’ll work exactly the same! Simply apply a few drops of IPA to the product surface, mixing it in gently with your finger so it appears smooth. Then apply a few more drops and leave it to dry to a creamy consistency – about 10 minutes or so. Then, using a butter knife, smooth the surface over. Next, take a piece of kitchen towel and, pressing down with a firm object such as a lid, smooth over the entire product and it will be almost as good as new!

For general use: There are so many ways to use IPA in the hospitality world: from cleaning counter tops, work surfaces, cupboard doors and light switches, to disinfecting metal door handles and fixtures and removing fingerprints and water marks from chrome and ceramic sinks. It’s also great for removing marker pen scribbles and for removing strong food smells from hands!

If you’re not using it already, try it today and see for yourself.

NB: Test before use on porous materials. Keep out of the reach of children.

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

Coming up roses

Rose has long been known as an ingredient that instantly calms and soothes the skin. Learn more and find out which SP products contain this beautifying skin lover…

Rose flower

A rose water-based toner will suit any skin type, because it’s so gentle. Whether oily, dry, sensitive or normal, anyone can benefit from using rose in their toner as it’s a natural anti-inflammatory. What’s more, you can mix our Rose Water into your clients’ favourite face mask, instantly adding a prescriptive soothing dose to any treatment.

Using a scented wax acts as a great distraction for clients who feel less than comfortable during their appointment. Encourage your client to breathe deeply and focus on the delicate rose fragrance, while you carry out the treatment with our calming all-over Luxury Warm Wax with Rose. For strip-free waxing try our rose-scented Flexi Wax Pellets.

Luxury Warm Wax with Rose 425g

Eau de Cologne
During the warmer months, there’s nothing like a refreshing spritz of our Eau de Cologne to revive flagging spirits and muscles. A delicate blend of rose and orange waters, this soothing scent also contains moisturising properties. Apply after treatments such as massages, manis and pedis, or just spritz as necessary!

Essential Oil
Our sister brand Nature’s Way Aromatherapy has a wonderful Rose Absolute oil that instantly soothes and relaxes the mind. Add it to your favourite carrier oil to stimulate poor circulation, or blend into a detox mask to ensure it keeps skin calm. Remember; never use undiluted essential oils on the skin!

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Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

Spoil hands and feet with SP

Summer is that time when even those with the most basic skincare regimes take note of the little things, mainly, fingers and toes! Check out the SP range of mani and pedi products that will have clients feeling pampered and pool-ready.

Super soft hands…
It’s a well known fact that, aside from our faces, it’s actually our hands and necks that are the biggest giveaways when it comes to aging. Ensure your clients’ hands are soft as butter by making their manicure appointment a real treat.
Soak: with our foaming and super refreshing Manicure Soak, enriched with melon and soothing lavender oil. This will help soften the skin ahead of the main treatment, plus it smells amazing!
Nourish: with our Manicure Mask; it contains camphor, which allows the mask to warm the hands on contact, increasing circulation, which improves the appearance of texture. Leave on for 10 minutes before washing off with warm water and sealing in moisture with our Hand Lotion with Vitamin E.
Finishing touch: encourage your clients to carry a bottle of our best-selling Cuticle Oil around with them; it’s the perfect way to keep dry cuticles at bay.

Pretty feet…
Give your clients the confidence to walk around with naked toes by the pool by adding these steps to your pedi service.
Soak: with our amazing foaming Refreshing Pedicure Bath. Containing lavender for relaxation, peppermint to refresh and tea tree to keep out bacteria, this is a great prepping treatment for tired feet.
Refresh: with our Refreshing Pedicure Mist – it gives weary feet a boost via the same trio of relaxing, soothing ingredients found in our Pedicure Bath.
Nourish: our Skin Softening Pedicure Mask is all about hydration. While lavender soothes the skin, it also stimulates cell renewal, which is vital to leaving skin soft and supple. Add to this the stimulating effects of peppermint and your client will be ready for post-pool drinks in no time! Finishing touch: while daily exfoliation is a no-no when it comes to the face, it’s totally called-for when it comes to our feet, especially with our Pedicure Exfoliant. Encourage your clients to use this regularly if they want to remove hard skin. Simply slather on this essential oil-laden creamy exfoliant, and when it’s ready to come off, use a warm towel or mitt to give it one final scrub.

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Monday, July 1st, 2019

Thicker lashes and brows – now!

Our Brow and Lash Tint is one of the top-sellers in the market; read on to find out why, and why every beauty therapist needs it in their kit!

Modern Brows

Brows are the frame for the face; they instantly give us a feeling that our face is ‘pulled together’. Today, we’re spending more and more on products that give defined eyebrows, and longer, thicker-looking lashes. Take a glance at any red carpet event, and you’ll see that this trend isn’t going anywhere; not only are lash and brow tints great for adding a dose of instant glam, they also offer the perfect solution for clients who travel a lot, or simply prefer to keep their beauty regime as low maintenance as possible.

A lash/brow tint works by giving colour and depth all the way along the hair, adding a few more millimetres of length, which actually makes a huge difference. (Head to our Instagram page to see the before and afters here). The transformation is even more stunning when you use a tint on clients who have fair eyebrows.

Recently there’s been a huge trend for thicker, natural-looking brows, and there’s been a move away from heavy makeup products being brushed over the brows; instead, women are looking for options that mimic the look of brow hairs. For those who are skilled in applying the tint, there’s also the option of using a blend of tones, to create real depth and texture in the brows.

When used on eyelashes, the tint can mean a client can go for weeks without applying mascara, giving them a tiny bit more me-time!

The Results

The Strictly Professional Eyelash Tint (also used on brows) is a professional product that gives real results when in the right hands. As if that’s not enough, we’ve also got an Eyelash Tint Stain Remover, an Eyelash Tinting Kit and an Eyelash Training Kit. Available in Grey, Blue/Black, Brown and Black, there’s a colour result out there for everyone. Get in touch today if you’re ready to add our tint to your beauty arsenal, and call +44 (0) 1543 416611.

Before and afters by: @beautybyleahb.x on Instagram

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Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

Feel the benefits

Every brand has its hero products, and our Body Lotion with Cocoa Butter is definitely one of ours! Read on to find out why.

Body Lotion with Cocoa Butter
Prod codes: 500ml = SPB0210
1 ltr = SPB0215

What’s in it?
Cocoa butter has been relied upon for centuries when it comes to giving dry skin what it really needs; hydration. The reason it does such a great job of keeping skin moisturised and smooth is because it consists of both emollient and humectant substances. Emollients are used to soften the skin and smooth down any scaly, dry areas while also offering a layer of protection, while humectants bond with water molecules to increase the skin’s water content – helping the skin to retain moisture and stay softer for longer.

As well as being an amazing moisturiser, cocoa butter is rich in natural plant compounds called phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are said to improve blood flow to the skin, leaving it smooth and glowing, and are also believed to protect against sun damage. While it’s known for its skin-defending qualities, for many years people across the globe have also used the purest cocoa butter to repair damaged skin; applying it directly to scarred areas on a daily basis has indeed been found to reduce rough skin texture and soften skin tone, making scars less noticeable over time.

It’s a fantastic product to use to hydrate skin before holidays and to keep tanned skin moisturised after a holiday. So, rather than asking yourself why you should be using our Body Lotion, it’s more a question of; why aren’t you?

Stock up on our Body Lotion today by calling us on +44 (0)1543 416611 or email sales@bellitas.co.uk

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