Sunday, 7 February 2016


Hello everyone!

In THIS post I mentioned that was going on some training and I was saying how I wanted to finish reading the Scorch Trials, which I somehow managed by the end of the week, but unfortunately not by the end of Sunday! My training was with a company called iiaa (visit their website HERE), the International Institute for Anti-Ageing, and I was on the Professional Skincare, Stage 1 course which lasted 5 days. This focused on a brand called Environ and the training gave me knowledge of all of the products, what the products do, what's in them and now I'm fully qualified to carry out facials in the salon after passing both of my exams!

 I decided to drive down to the training each day, and it was supposed to be about an hour and ten minutes drive literally right at the bottom of the M1. The first day took me around two and half hours, oh gee thanks Monday morning, so I just made it there for half nine. Surprisingly, Friday was the quickest journey and I was there at 8:15, so a little early but hey, this girl had time for a toasted bacon sandwich and that's more important.

I had to leave the house by 7 each morning, which was definitely a massive struggle for me 'cause I had to wake up at around 6 which is crazy. But after the first day I didn't bother with putting any make-up on apart from a lil bit of bronzer because I'm sooo pale and a bit of brow gel to keep those little guys in shape, and we were practicing the facials and it would have been taken off anyway so I decided against that and allowed myself to have an extra 20 mins in bed... priorties right?!

I'm actually really proud of myself (blow your own trumpet, why dontcha?!) because not only did I manage a 120 mile round trip without crashing every single day, I also didn't freak out about the training. Before it was a massive deal, I was worrying about what it was going to be like, whether I would find it, what the people were gonna be like... and ohmygod I haven't done proper exams since my GCSE's so what happens if I fail?! and I was just worrying about everything. But as soon as it came to Monday morning I was fine and actually feeling quite confident, a little bit excited, and I nailed it. And I passed with 97% on both exams, so you know, there's that!

I'm not gonna bore you with what I learnt in the training because unless you're a beauty therapist then you probably just won't care haha. But I am gonna do a post-haul because who doesn't love £200 worth of products?! My bank account definitely doesn't love £200 worth of products or me for buying them...

 Just a little note about Environ products: Unfortunately you can't buy these products off the shelf or offline, they are professional products and you do need tohave to have a consultation with a therapist before purchasing and this is due to the high concentrations of some of their products! But it's deffo worth it, trust me.

So here are the products that I bought to help me with my skin...

Alpha Hydroxy Cream

I currently use this around 2-3 times a week, just on my nose because I have a lot of congestion there, oh hey ajazillion black heads, how ya doing?! At the minute I haven't seen major improvements, but it takes time and everyone's different, so maybe three months down the line I won't have any blackheads (please?!!) but I'll let ya know.

Environ AVST 3 Moisturiser

If you read my January faves HERE, you'll know I love this product, a lot. AVST Moisturisers range from 1-5, and I started at 1 just under a year ago and now we're here, all the way to number 3. The level of Vitamins A + C + E increases with each moisturiser which is why you can't jump straight ahead to number 5, but I'm working on it. I would recommend this to anyone because I love it, so many of our client's love it... If you don't have a skincare routine or aren't too bothered about your skin I would suggest starting with AVST 1, just moisturise twice a day and I promise your skin care life will change - this is coming from a girl who studied beauty therapy and still used make-up wipes, trust me on this.

AVST Moisturising Toner

I already had a cleanser and a moisturiser prior to starting my training, so I thought why not just buy a toner aswell. It completes my collection so now I can say that I cleanse, tone and moisturise, and it's hydrating!

Super Moisturiser +
I got this moisturiser because it was recommended to me when I had my skin scan (they literally take pictures of your skin and show you the layers underneath and things such as areas of pigmentation and sundamage and I thought, why not? There's no vitamins in this product so it's suitable for everyone, but I use a pump of this along with a pump of my AVST 3, because who doesn't love some Vitamin A?!

C-Quence Eye Gel

I heard a lot of good things about this eye gel, and after using it for about a week now I can see why. It's the mother of all eye gels, it's packed full of peptides (help to slow down ageing), anti oxidants (which protects) and vitamins A, C + E, so it's reduces the appearance of lines and helps to hydrate and protect. This is expensive for the little bottle you get but you really don't need that much product, I don't even use a full pump. This is definitely going to stay in my skincare routine for like ever.

Revival Masque

I've only used the masque once so far, but this product should be used to 'perfect the art of creating visibly luminous, radiant, smoother, younger and revitalised skin'. I put it on for 10 minutes and then took it off after, but I working up to sleeping with it on overnight which is a four week step up process. It made my skin feel soooo good, and a mask is a very new thing to my skin care routine, but this one was super easy to apply and remove.

I hope you enjoyed this post and that it gave you all the skin care happiness in the world, lol. If you ever wondered what my skincare routine is for the forseeable future it's basically all of these products, plus a cleanser of course! 

If you wanna know more about Environ, you can find more information on the iiaa website HERE, but honestly, if you have any skin care concerns or wanna start looking after your skin, you can always message me for advice on literally any social media and I'll help as best as I can. 

Also, guess who has to back to training for Stage 2 next week?! Sorry in advance bank account...

See you soon,
 Danielle ♡

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