Harley Academy Clinics

I recently visited the Harley Academy Clinics near canary wharf (i visited the one within Lyca Health - they have several locations) after a friend of mine reached out to let me know about the clinic. 

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I was instantly intrigued by their professional and educational approach to cosmetic treatments; their ethos is centred around ensuring that only medical professionals perform cosmetic injectables by providing a safe and regulated environment for their postgraduates to hone their skills.


It is alarming that at present there are actually no legislation's in regards to who is permitted to perform these procedures, in simple terms training providers will accept anyone (most commonly beauty therapists & aestheticians) onto courses to learn these techniques with no prior medical backgroundI understand that for some people the significantly lower cost in going to some of these establishments may be tempting however the potentially dangerous consequences could be both physically and mentally damaging. An in depth understanding of the human anatomy and vascular system only achieved by being a trained medical professional is indisputably of higher importance than cost when choosing a practitioner for your cosmetic treatments. This is something that is not guaranteed if you don't get a medical professional to perform these treatments for you and this is where Harley academy clinics bridges the gap between the two, by providing a safe & professional environment for clients to attain affordable treatments in return for your participation in the training of their graduates.

The Set Up / My Experience

The clinic has a large reception area as soon as you walk in so you are quickly seen to. The clinic is spacious and clean with several large treatment rooms which look pristine.

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From start to finish i felt very comfortable in the hands of my doctor who after a polite introduction first asked me to discuss any concerns i had. 
We then got into a facial analysis, a process where the doctor looks at your face in thirds and discusses potential treatments that they feel may be suitable to achieve your desired look/improve any facial asymmetries present. This process felt natural and definitely not pushy or impersonal.I particularly enjoyed this as the doctor really explained in detail possible causes for the concerns i raised; for example explaining that lines around the nose could be improved by a subtle cheek enhancement where someone could have initially assumed they may need their smile lines filled. Or sleeping on a particular side of your face could result in flattening of the cheek. 

After we completed the facial analysis a treatment plan was constructed with a strong overall aim of maintaining a natural look to the face. With every step of this interaction the doctors really involve the graduates and get them to ask their own questions, ensuring that they are a part of the process as much as you are,i think that this is an excellent form of hands on training.

The doctor proceeds with the treatments that you both agree to, a consent form is signed making you aware of every possible side affect and ensuring that you are informed on exactly what is being used ,what is being treated and why. 
The graduates observe and perform part of the procedure themselves, for example botox could be administered in one area by the main doctor and another by the graduate.

After your procedures are completed they provide you with in depth after care information to ensure you attain the best results.

Described bellow are some of the popular treatments they provide:

Tear trough treatment
The filling of the under eye area to improve darkness caused by shadowing from the loss off fat under the eye. This procedure is performed using filler to lift and improve any depression under the eyes, resulting in a smoother look decreasing the appearance of darkness. (This does not work as well for those who have significant bags under the eyes) 
(my personal results photos)

Cheek Filler
If you lack volume in the mid section of your face i have seen fantastic results from people who have had cheek enhancements. This provides a youthful lift to the mid section and a gorgeous contours to the structure of the face.
Images obtained from Harley Academy Clinics website

Relaxes muscles that form wrinkles & lines. This treatment results in a refreshed and smoother look to the face. Particularly popular around the eyes and forehead. 
Images obtained from Harley Academy Clinics website

Lip Filler
To improve lack/loss of fullness. This is perfect for those wanting to enhance the plumpness of the lips or restore volume caused by factors such as ageing or smoking.

Images obtained from Harley Academy Clinics website

To conclude i have had such a positive experience i couldn't recommend this clinic enough, i have already recommended them to friends and family. I love their in depth consultations and their strong ethos towards educating both their graduates and clients a like.

You can register to be considered for being a model here for a reduced rate of £100 per ml filler / syringe of Botox.

(Please bare in mind this offer is in acknowledgement of the fact that you will have graduates perform (part) procedures on you. Only be in touch with them if you are 100% comfortable with this - rest assured you are in safe hands - for further information read here

Fresh Spring Look With Glossy Skin

With spring in full swing i was inspired to create this fresh dewy look with hints of peach and a focus on glowing skin.

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I recently came across an old sleek palette that i had in my palettes draw and thought that the rose gold and peach tones would work perfectly for this look. Adding shimmer and warmth to the eye, a combination that works perfectly for this season. 
To add that extra glimmer i added a sweep of MAC Studio eye gloss in Pearl Varnish for an ethereal feel.
I paired this up with Lancome Teint Miracle foundation as it has a gorgeous finish with just the right amount of coverage for a look like this.

To keep the skin fresh i left it un-powdered to retain that dewiness.

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To prep the skin i started with MAC Peachlite strobe cream followed by the Lancome foundation. 

As i wanted to add definition to the face without it being too visible i opted for the cream contour palette by Sleek. The texture of this product is very smooth and blend able which when applied properly results in a gorgeous discreet sculpted look
I popped a touch of Lancome's My Parisian blush in corail de ville (sadly an old limited edition) on the apples of the cheeks and then added a touch of my trusty Dr.Paw Paw balm on the high points of the face to polish off the skin and give it that skincare glow.

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To frame the eyes i used my NYX Cosmetics eyebrow cake powder palette in dark brown with an angled brush to define the brows, finishing them off with a slick of the control freak clear brow set.

Finally on the lips i loved rediscovering 'barely there' lipstick by Sleek. The texture is divinely creamy therefor doesn't highlight any texture on the lips.
It has the most gorgeous balance of coral & nude; suited to a lot of skin tones. (particularly medium - medium tan complexions) & at only £4.99 you cant go wrong.

Here is a link to the synthetic sigma brush set i used for the eye look - very important to me as i am allergic to natural hair, i also find that synthetic hair brushes are less prone to staining and easier to clean. 

Enjoy a 10 % Discount off the entire sigma website by using the code : GINAFARIA

As always thanks for popping by & i hope you liked the look,

Reverse Liner Look

Today's post will be detailing the key products used to create the look i posted on Instagram today.

With polished dewy skin and a muted pink lip the focus was kept on the bright blue liner.

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For the eyes i started with applying a thin layer of concealer to even out the tone of the lid. I then started by lining my waterline, lower lash line & then sketching out the liner design with the Indigobird liner, cleaning up when necessary with a small concealing brush dipped in makeup remover to achieve a crisp edge. 
I then blended the edges of the pencil with the E30 Pencil brush blending this into the Nebula shade from the Smokescreen palette to create a subtle gradient & add a touch of shimmer.

To complete the eyes and add that 'pièce de la résistance' i applied the Pearl Varnish Eye gloss by MAC with the E58 brush in long firm sweeping motions - application technique is key with a gloss to get a nice smooth appearance.

I have found a >Brush set< on the Sigma website that actually includes all of the brushes i used for this look which is super handy. The reason i love this brush set is that it is all synthetic hair - particularly important to me as i have an allergy to natural hair brushes. I also find them easier to clean and less prone to staining. Synthetic brushes are also suitable for liquid and cream product as well as powder unlike natural hair which is only suited to powder products.

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To highlight the skin i have started steering away from powder highlighters recently, opting for my new favourite product by MAC - Shine mixing medium. This product gives the skin a gorgeous healthy skincare sheen which looks a lot more natural than a powder highlight. 
Those with Dry or mature skin may prefer a product like this to a powder product that they may feel enhances any texture present on the skin.
The only place i lightly powdered was my under eye - which is essential to prevent concealer creasing.

I always like to keep my brows looking polished and defined, for this i enjoy using the eyebrow cake powder duo (in dark brown) by NYX Cosmetics to fine tune my shape using an angled brush, i then finish them off by applying their clear bow set using upward strokes to help add texture to the brows.

To add definition to the cheeks i opted for the cream contour palette by Sleek  (in medium) This product is not only easy to blend but because of its creamy texture it helps preserve the dewy appearance of the skin.

For the Lip i quickly lined my lips with Whirl lip liner by MAC and then patted on Rosette Lip Eclipse by Sigma - a gorgeous full coverage comfortable gloss.

As always i hope you liked the look but before you go i'll leave you with a discount code for the Sigma website in case you want to pick up any of the products used in this post :) please pop 'SIGMA2017' in the discount code box at the checkout to enjoy 10% off your purchase.

'Petrol Spill' Look

The inspiration for this look started with me playing around with a few items from the MAC Kabuki collection that came out not too long ago. The crystal glaze glosses in particular really caught my eye. 

Petrol Spill Lip Art, Galaxy Lip Art

I started by both lining & filling in the entire lip with Feline eye pencil, i then topped this with the 'overnight sensation' paint from the kabuki collection.

Next I layered the crystal glaze glosses in colours 'it's a great feeling' & 'ice follies' on opposite sides.

Ice follies has blue & pink reflective pigments that catch the light beautifully. 'It's a great feeling' is a red gloss with a warm orange pearl running through it; it creates a rich berry tone on top of the paint and black liner.

Petrol Spill Lip Art, Galaxy Lip Art

All of these colours work harmoniously and reminded me of the rainbow of colours you see in a petrol spill because of the way the glosses catch the light. 

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To keep the focal key the lips i decided to keep the eyes neutral with a touch of soft definition. To achieve this i used Rimmel magnif'eyes Pencil in 'Queens of a bronze age' I used the light shade all over the lid then the bronze shade as a soft liner by the lash line.

To amp up the look that bit further i added a generous amount of the ice follies gloss on top to get that gorgeous high shine.

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To keep the skin fresh i used a MAC face & Body water based foundation to give a beautiful glow to the skin. I team this up with their pro long wear concealer to boost coverage in problematic / oily areas, keeping the cheeks glowing but t-zone matte for a controlled glow.

For the cheeks i just wanted to add a bit of warmth with minimal blush, to achieve this i used Sisley powder gel bronzer onto the perimeters of the face whilst paying the most attention to the cheekbones.

I always like to use powder shadows to shape my brows as i like a soft but defined look.For this particular look i used NYX Dark brown eyebrow palette along side their clear brow set to lock the brow hairs in place whilst adding texture.


Finally with a heavy focus on glossy skin, eyes and lips. I thought a wet hair look would compliment this the best giving it more of an edgy feel.

As always thank you for stopping by. I hope the look has inspired you to try something new! 

Diffused Colour Pop Look

This Post will be a product breakdown of a look i created on instagram a while ago.The Inspiration for this look stemmed from a few images i had seen at fashion week of graphic blocked liner looks on the eyes.

As i didn't want a strong visible outline to the eye makeup i concentrated on diffusing the edges of the application to create a softer effect.Products used are as follows:


Prepped with Mac Cosmetics Peach Lite strobe cream, followed by the new foundation I'm trying at the moment Vichy Dermablend (A full coverage long lasting matt finish foundation). The strobe cream helps add a gorgeous radiance to this full coverage foundation so you still benefit from the fantastic coverage but with an added healthy sheen

As always i first correct my under eye circles with dermacolor concealer in DF2 (a peachy shade) i then follow this up with La Girl concealer in light ivory to conceal & brighten up the under eye area. I contour and add warmth to the cheekbones using the 'Beautiful Bronzeshade, i like to apply this straight from the applicator and blend in with a dense buffing style brush. 

The hollows of the cheeks are further defined with a shadow by Illamasqua called Heroine (a cool toned soft grey)


i start by applying Illamasqua liquid metal cream shadow in superior all over the lid lower lash line and squared off in the inner corner of eye. 

Touches of a few shadows from the Smashbox cosmetics photo matte eyes mini palette in the crease & on the lower lash line. Haze (blue-grey) & rosehip (rose light neutral)
I applied MAC 'Golden olive' pigment topped with a touch of their gold glitter on the lid and centre of lower lash line. To highlight I've used Vanilla pigment on high points of face and inner corner of eye.

To complete the look i applied lashings of my trusty Maybelline lash sensational mascara.

Cheeks & Brows

A touch of Loreal true match blush in peach . To highlight the cheekbone's I've used a cream stick by Smashbox LaLights stick in 'Hollywood&Highlight' topped with MAC's Vanilla pigment.


Anastasia Beverly Hills lipgloss in 'Venom' dabbed on the lips to create a soft rose bitten stain effect to the lips.

Anastasia Beverly Hills dark brown eyebrow powder duo through the brows for definition, set in place with the clear brow gel.

As always thanks for stopping by & i hope you liked the look. 

Modern Christmas Look With A 60's Twist

Today's post will be a breakdown of a look i posted on my instagram a few days ago.

(created using the new MAC Christmas Nutcracker collection)


As i really wanted to focus on creating a gorgeous ethereal looking skin i prepped with the new PeachLite strobe cream to add that extra oomph. I followed this up with the Mineralize moisture foundation - a gorgeous medium coverage foundation with a dewy finish. i used the highlighting pens in the complexion shades (medium plus) to conceal under the eyes and add a soft brightness under the eyes and peaks of cheekbones to compliment the highlight.

Cheeks were warmed up using the BB compact cream bronzer in the shade 'Refined Golden' , i applied this with a #159 duo fibre brush to give a soft & blended yet defined look to the cheekbones and perimeters of the face. 
For blusher i used the gorgeous 'Sweet Vision' a delicate peachy shade with a soft gold sheen. To highlight the cheekbones,nose and brow bone I mixed the new extra dimension highlighter in Show Gold mixed with the PeachLite strobe cream to create an intensified glow- this mixture creates a paste that i dabbed on with my fingers.


As i wanted to keep the focus on the double winged liner i only applied a soft wash of colour (extra dimension eyeshadow in Smoky Mauve) to the lids using a #217 blending brush.
For the liner i used Prunella pencil eyeliner applied using a #266 angled brush to create a double winged shape to define the eyes & give a 60's feel to the look.


To finish off the look i applied the 'Prancin' Dancin' lip gloss from the nude lip gloss kit . Upon close inspection this lip gloss is a gorgeous soft neutral shade with flecks of gold and pink shimmer running through it that catches the light beautifully.

As always i hope you enjoyed the look & thank you for popping by.

Fresh Autumnal Look

Today's post will be a product breakdown of a look i posted on Instagram yesterday, focused around fresh highlighted skin and a statement two tone lip.

Key product breakdown of the look is listed below:


Firstly i prepped my skin with the MAC Strobe cream in 'Peachlite'. The new colour extensions are gorgeous, i was really excited to try them especially as the original would come up a bit too ashy on tan-deeper skin tones.
I followed this up by using MAC Face & body foundation in the shade C4 mixed with a touch of prolong wear concealer in NC42 applied down the
t-zone for 'controlled glow'. As i have an oily skin type i have to mix in a matte finish concealer otherwise face & body on its own is a tad too shiny and wont last.

My concealer routine is as usual, first i corrected my dark circles with the dermacolor corrector in the shade DF2 and then apply my LA Girl concealer in light ivory. I also use the shade beautiful bronze to add colour to the perimeters of my face and blend out using a dense buffing brush.

I set my skin with my Dermacolor fixing powder, this is a finely milled loose setting powder that you can pick up from the Charles fox store in covent garden. It comes in a variety of lightly tinted shades and truly helps your make-up last the test of time. I apply this with my beauty blender firmly pressing it into the skin, for this particular look i avoided powdering the cheeks to maintain the dewy glow.

On the cheeks is the MAC Versicolour lipstain in 'Constant Craving' dabbed on as a blush. To highlight i used Smashbox La Lights stick in 'Hollywood & Highlight' .


Firstly i prepped with a touch of the MAC Layin' low Paint pot blended all over my lids followed by a new pigment from the Christmas collection again by MAC called 'English Gilt'. Touches of a few shadows from the Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes palette in the crease & lower lash line for soft definition. (Grounded, desert & earthy)
To polish off the eyes i added lashings of my trusty Maybelline Lash sensational mascara.


For the lips i used MAC's Blue-Brown Pigment mixed with clear Lipglass to create a gorgeous two tone earthy autumnal shade. This colour reflects either brown or greeny/blue dependant on the light. I thought this created the most gorgeous unique lipstick that commands all the attention in this look.

I hope you like the look and enjoyed this post. As always thank you for stopping by, until next time.