BLOGGERS BRUNCH | CRYSTAL ROSE SKIN CLINIC



A few weeks ago, I was invited to an event at Crystal Rose Skin Clinic with my friend (Melissa - a fell blogger!). The event involved cocktails, mocktails and demonstrations of the CACI non-surgical treatments. The clinic is in a beautiful location, tucked away in rural Suffolk just outside of Ipswich which gives it a peaceful and retreat-like atmosphere. The interior is beautiful also and the clinic smells incredible! The clinic is led by the lovely Rosy Boulton who is registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and worked in the health service for over 10 years. Rosy combines her medical background with her passion for offering the latest in skin care technology and treatments in order for her clients to receive the best results. Crystal Rose Skin Clinic offers a variety of services and treatments such as IPL Hair Removal, IPL for Acne and Rosacea, Alumier MD Professional Peels, Anti-Aging and more! 

After the event, Rosy kindly invited Melissa and I to a Bloggers Brunch event at Crystal Rose Skin Clinic a few weeks later, and of course we accepted. Rosy had been so welcoming, professional and informative during the event that we were both intrigued to find out more about Rosy and Crystal Rose Clinic. 





Upon arrival, Rosy greeted us with a warm welcome, and then spoke to us about herself, the clinic and a few of the services and treatments on offer. We then had some delicious nibbles and drinks (tea and bubbly!) before Rosy started the demonstrations and treatments. 




First up for a treatment was Kerry(who I had met for the first time and she was so lovely!) Kerry had the Alumier Glow Peel. Kerry's skin looked amazing! It was so radiant and dewy. Some people are put off by the idea of Face Peels, mostly due to horror stories of peoples skin literally hanging off - but this should not happen if it is done properly and without the use of harmful chemicals. Before Rosy proceeded with Kerry's Glow Peel, she told Kerry to mark her 'pain' on a scale of 1-10 and throughout the Glow Peel, Rosy asked Kerry to mark her 'pain' (although it's not so much pain, but a pins and needles feeling as Kerry described it). Kerry marked it at a 6 at most and the pins and needles feeling pretty much calmed down as Rosy was treating other parts of Kerry's face! 





The Glow Peel combines lactic acid, salicylic acid and resorcinol which creates a multipurpose resurfacing solution which is effective in minimising the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation issues, discolouration and uneven skin tone. This formula exfoliates dead skin cells and stimulates cell renewal. The Glow Peel can be customised to suit an individuals needs, this is done by strength and by a number of layers.



Melissa then had her treatment which consisted of an Ultrasonic Peel, Microdermabrasion and Hydrating Facial Mask. Like face peels, people are often put off by the idea of a microdermabrasion. But Melissa described it as 'tingly' at most! Melissa's skin looked incredible afterwards! The microdermabrasion exfoliates and deep cleanses the skin which is combined with LED light (blue and red!) therapy for tissue repair and healing. Light therapy can also be used to treat sun damaged skin and acne scarring!

I then had my treatment which was the AlumierMD Express Facial. I am very self conscious of my skin to the point where I wasn't going to have a treatment but Rosy, Melissa and Kerry all made me feel very comfortable. The chair had a lush heated blanket and Rosy was so gentle (I almost fell to sleep). After Rosy had cleansed my skin she applied a face mask which smelt beautiful - notes of citrus and papaya! The face mask was left on for 10 minutes and during this time Rosy massaged my head (this is where I nearly fell to sleep). I thought that this was such a special addition to the facial! The facial only took 30 minutes which is perfect for those who need a deep cleanse but don't have a lot of time! After the facial was complete, my skin felt amazing and super refreshed!

I highly recommend Crystal Rose Skin Clinic. Rosy is so lovely and makes you feel relaxed and at home in her beautiful clinic.













YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH



More than ever, I have felt the need to constantly remind myself that I am good enough, in various aspects of my life. I feel like as I have grown up, I have lost my sense of self and I compare myself to others a lot (which makes me feel even more crappy) and to be candid, I think this is down to my usage of social media. Over the past few years I have become increasingly active on various social media channels. But I see this as both a good and bad thing. Although I do wonder, do the good outweigh the bad?

I am currently working on my dissertation (eeek!) which is on social media and body image. I have been reading articles and the vast majority have linked social media (such as Instagram) to eating disorders and mental health problems. It got me thinking how unhealthy social media can be and how consumed I have allowed myself to become. It is very easy to get hooked on the following, the likes, etc. but this can become very dangerous. It is also easy to get hooked on comparing yourself to others, I know I'm guilty of this.

I will not compare myself to strangers on the Internet

Social media is full of individuals from all walks of life, mostly sharing their highlight reel, the good stuff, the stuff that makes you feel as though you need to get your life together. I'm not saying that it is a bad thing as I do it also, what I am trying to say is that it is important to remember that what you are seeing is snippets of their lives, the great snippets. Even if I am having a crap day, I could post an image on Instagram or a share a Tweet, but that doesn't necessarily mean I'm having a good day. Someone may seem like the happy go lucky type on social media but this could be a persona that they are hiding behind when really, they are unhappy.

Comparison is the thief of joy


What you must remember is that you are good enough. Do not judge your own self worth on the snippets of a strangers life. You don't need to be a certain weight, clothing size, have the 'perfect body' (whatever that is?!), have the latest fashion trend, beauty trend, a big following or likes to be 'good enough'. You are fine just the way you are!

A rose can never be a sunflower, and a sunflower can never be a rose. All flowers are beautiful in their own way.

CULLY & SULLY SOUPS



During the autumn and winter months especially, I like to have a hot lunch before I head out into the cold. Cully & Sully is a brand which I recently discovered. I have had the pleasure of trying their soups and it is safe to say that I am a big fan. Cully & Sully's soups are perfect for those who don't have much time to cook but still want a nutritious, delicious and homely meal. The soups only take a few minutes in the microwave (or you can heat them up on the hob if you have time!) and they have a range of flavours to opt for! They are also Gluten Free!

REVIEW: PREZZO, IPSWICH

A few weeks ago, my friend and I decided to go to Prezzo for dinner and a catch up. A number of restaurants opened towards the end of last year in Ipswich, including Prezzo (being an avid foodie, I'm yet to try a few out which I'm very disappointed in myself for). Neither of us had been before so we were both excited to try it out. We were also swayed by their amazing set menu that they had on offer at the time - three courses for just under £15!

RECIPE: SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE

Spaghetti Bolognese is one of those dishes that I will never get tired of and it is a major comfort dish of mine. Before I joined Slimming World, I never used to make my own sauces, I would just grab a ready made jar from the supermarket. But since joining Slimming World, it has helped me to experiment and create my own sauces from scratch and I love it! Putting together different seasonings and ingredients to create a delicious sauce excites me so much (probably more than it should).

RECIPE: SPAGHETTI CARBONARA



Spaghetti Carbonara is one of my fave spaghetti dishes and a major comfort food of mine. The creamy, cheesy goodness swirling around in my mouth.... ah, heaven.

RECIPE: CREAMY TOMATO MEATBALL PASTA



Pasta is amazing isn't it? I love the variety of dishes you can make with it and the various shapes and sizes it comes in! This creamy tomato meatball pasta was absolutely delicious!