“HIP hip hoorah, I can get my nails performed as we speak” have been the phrases I awoke singing yesterday morning at 5am, prepared for my intensive day of hardcore beautification.
After 4 weeks of lockdown and a number of other months of pandemic stress, on the age of 38 my look was akin to the Ghost of Christmas Previous — not best for the so-called celebration season.
After a second lockdown and pandemic stress, Lynsey wanted an intensive day of hardcore beautificationCredit score: Olivia West – The Solar
Working from residence whereas taking care of my three kids — Jacob, six, Olive, three, and seven-month-old Ivy — has positively taken its toll.
Fortunately, I had managed to slot in a reduce and color simply earlier than the second lockdown, however my arms, toes, pores and skin, brows, lashes and physique hair wanted some severe preening.
Determined for a post-lockdown makeover, I booked a babysitter for all the day and scoured the web to seek out salons and cell beauticians who might match me in.
All my native salons have been both booked up or not open to make appointments once I tried them a few weeks in the past so I booked a cell beautician as, in England in all tiers, they’re allowed into your private home.
Lynsey regarded fabulous and prepared for the celebration season after her transformation
I admit I used to be a bit of cautious however when my beautician Sarah turned up at my door wearing full PPE — a face masking, visor and overalls — I used to be relieved.
It was a pleasure to get knowledgeable bikini line job after one other month of DIY. I had struggled with residence wax strips and resorted to shaving, which had left the world trying slightly bumpy and unattractive.
It’s fabulous to really feel tidy downstairs once more.
Throughout lockdown, Lynsey did her eyebrows with tweezers
I’D actually misplaced the form of my brows through the second lockdown. I discovered the little residence wax strips too fiddly so I’ve been going at them with tweezers to keep away from a monobrow.
My cell beautician did a very skilled job. My brows actually body my face now, it’s an enormous enchancment.
I’VE not painted my fingernails since March. I had a child in April at the beginning of the primary lockdown and it appeared like an excessive amount of faff.
I’ve stored them brief, however they’ve grow to be brittle and actually wanted some consideration.
She opted for a festive crimson for her nails
This £22 gel manicure by Sarah was simply the ticket — and she or he wore disposable gloves all through. An prompt option to really feel extra glam with out breaking the financial institution.
WITH not an ideal deal else to do, I’ve performed numerous strolling throughout lockdown.
It was an effective way of catching up with family members outside, however it has taken its toll on my toes, leaving me with brittle toenails.
I went for a festive crimson and actually hope I get the possibility to indicate them off in some glam sandals sooner or later this month. If not, I’ll be going barefoot on Zoom.
LOCKDOWN has not been type to my pores and skin. I’ve suffered with zits breakouts since we have been advised to remain residence at the beginning of November, and a few areas are very dry.
I’ve not slept brilliantly and I’ve drunk extra alcohol than typical, which doesn’t assist.
This stress-free, 60-minute therapy, which I had at a Saks salon in Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent, is supposed to enhance wrinkles and it actually rejuvenated my pores and skin. The high quality traces round my eyes improved and I regarded much less gray. A deal with after a month indoors.
BACK to my residence, the place Sarah returns to do my lashes. It’s my first time attempting falsies and was a slightly painstaking course of as they took over an hour to get on.
They appear superb and actually change my eyes however I’m undecided whether or not I’d use them once more.
The lash extensions look superb and actually modified her eyes
I discover them a bit of uncomfortable, however I’m hoping they’ll calm down a bit by tomorrow.
I’D often attempt to e-book per week away within the winter solar to present myself a Christmas glow, however that wasn’t to be this 12 months. I’m paler than I’ve been in years.
Lynsey obtained a pretend tan as she hasn’t been in a position to go away for a Christmas glow this 12 monthsCredit score: Olivia West
I gave myself a superb exfoliate and utilized lashings of moisturiser the evening earlier than in order that my tan would go on evenly.
For this, I booked one other cell dealer — Julia, a make-up artist. She used he-shi Fast 1 Hour Tan (£15.28, lookfantastic.com) and took an hour to expertly apply it by mitted hand. She was additionally sporting ful PPE, after all.
MY hair is sort of skinny and these clip-in extensions made it really feel actually full and luscious with numerous physique.
Clip-in extensions made Lynsey’s hair t really feel actually full and luscious with numerous physiqueCredit score: Olivia West Commissioned by the Solar
I liked them and will certainly have these once more for an important day. They took round two hours for Julia to use, however have been properly value it.
I BLOWDRY my hair each day however there’s nothing like a salon end, which my cell dealer might give me with out me having to go to the native hairdresser’s.
Due to the cell dealer she might get a blowdry with out going to the hairdresser’sCredit score: Olivia West Commissioned by the Solar
In lower than 20 minutes, my hair was reworked and regarded full and voluminous. I want I might make it seem like this each day.
WHILE we’d not be doing as many events this 12 months, what’s flawed with sporting a fab gown round the home at Christmas time?
I ordered this cowl-neck, velvet midi gown in a festive crimson from boohoo.com.
I WAS solely staying at residence afterwards, however the post-lockdown makeover actually perked me up.
I used to be reworked from a mum caught in a rut of faculty runs and feeds to a glamour puss, prepared for an evening out.
Lynsey purchased this velvet crimson gown from boohoo.com for the eventCredit score: Olivia West
Sadly, I’m dwelling in Tier Three so nowhere is open for me to indicate off my transformation, however nothing is stopping me from having a date evening with my husband Nick, 41, or a kitchen disco with the children.
Trying on the photographs I can hardly imagine it’s me.
I perceive that some folks is perhaps nervous about transmission however all through my expertise, I felt fully comfy with my Covid-safe magnificence squad.
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