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In-Store Offer: Christmas Party Package

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With Christmas and the New Year celebrations coming up we’ve created the perfect beauty package that not only saves you money, but should keep you going throughout the party season. Treatments such as our new Shellac nails and Lash Perfect semi-permanent eyelash extensions last for a matter of weeks, not days.

The Christmas Party Package – which lasts for three and a half hours – is available throughout the whole of December and includes:

  • Full body Sienna-X Spray Tan
  • Full set of Lash Perfect Semi-Permanent Eyelash Extensions
  • Express Minx or Shellac Manicure and Pedicure (including cuticle work and file).
  • Bikini Wax
  • Underarm Wax
  • Eyebrow Wax
  • We’ll even treat you to lunch and coffee or cake and tea from our award winning deli!

All this for £110 – saving over 20%.

Bonus: Upgrade to a Brazilian or Hollywood Wax for an extra £10 – saving a further £10.

So, get ready for the mistletoe this year and book your appointment by calling us on 0113 242 9217 or arranging in-store.

Yorkshire Bloggers Needed!

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UPDATE 30.11.2010: Due to being incredibly busy we are having to push back the date of the event. A new date has not been set but as soon as we know we will update the post. In the mean time, if you are interested please add your details to the comments below. Natalie.

On 2nd December* we will be officially launching our new beauty rooms (sneak preview) and celebrating the stores 2nd birthday (more information about the event coming soon). There will be all the usual – free samples, bubbly, cake, goody bags, etc – but also live demonstrations of our newest and most exciting beauty treatments. So we are looking for a couple of people that would like to come along and receive a free treatment. If you are interested, please get in touch either by posting a comment on this page or by tweeting us and let us know which treatment you would like to try. So that people who visit us on the day can find out how you got on with the treatment, it would be great of you could also blog about it.

Although we have not formally decided which treatments we will be showcasing on the day, it will most likely be one of the following:

*Date to be confirmed but most likely Thursday 2nd December. Demos will take place from 5.30pm – 7.00pm.

November In-Store Beauty Offer & Exclusive Voucher

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In-Store Offer

Throughout the whole of November we are offering 20% discount on all manicures. This treatment includes cuticle work, hand and nail moisturising, hand massage, file and paint. This offer is also valid on two of our latest treatments:

  • Minx Nails – Extending Fashion to your Fingertips and Toes.
  • Shellac Manicure – 14-Day Wear. Zero Dry Time. Mirror Finish.

Watch BellaSugar’s review of the Shellac Manicure:

Exclusive Voucher

Simply sign up to Millies and receive a free Lash Perfect top-up treatment worth £25. Find out more about this treatment: Lash Perfect – Professional Semi Permanent Eyelash Extensions.

Lash Perfect – Professional Semi Permanent Eyelash Extensions

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Lash Perfect semi-permanent eyelash extensions are perfect for daily wear, so you are not limited to just special occasions. They are waterproof and durable so you can shower, swim and sleep in them. With regular maintenance you can enjoy having beautiful, thicker lashes for up to 8-12 weeks at a time. There is no need for mascara and each lash is naturally curled so there is also no need for an eyelash curler either!

Our specially trained and certified resident therapist will make your lashes thicker and longer by applying each individual eyelashes directly to your own natural eyelash. This is done with a specially formulated bonding agent. Like your nails and the hair on your head, individual eyelashes grow out on a continuous cycle of replenishment. This means you will increase the time you can keep your lashes with 2-3 weekly top-ups.

The initial application takes 1 hour 30 minutes (it’s so relaxing and comfortable I almost fell asleep!) and cost £65. Additional top-ups are £25 and take around 30 minutes.

See our full list of eyebrow and eyelash treatments.

FAQs

How long do the lashes last?
Generally Lash Perfect eyelash extensions can last up to 3-4 weeks from application. The lifetime of your lashes depends on your hair growth cycle and lifestyle. A regular maintenance programme every 2-3 weeks can extend the life to 8-12 weeks.

Can I wear normal make-up?
Yes, with recommended mascara and eyeliner. As some brands of make-up have high oil content, it is not advised you use waterproof mascara.

Are the lashes good for holidays?
Yes, perfect! You can swim and shower with no problem. Your eyes will always look glamorous and give the appearance of wearing mascara.

Can I use my normal skin care products?
Yes, providing you avoid the eye area as any product containing oil will loosen the lash adhesive.

Is it uncomfortable to have them applied?
Not at all, in fact most people enjoy the experience of relaxing for the hour and a half!

Do I have to keep them maintained?
Maintenance is not necessary if you are having the lashes applied for a special occasion or holiday. The lashes will fall gradually, and eventually over time you will be back to your own lashes.

What is the maintenance program?
Many people like their Lash Perfect eyelash extensions so much they want to continue wearing the lashes indefinitely. This is achieved by visiting us every 2-3 weeks to top-up any of the lashes that have fallen out naturally.

How long can I wear the lashes for?
You can wear them for as long as you want. The only recommendation is that a fresh set is applied every 10-12 weeks.

Can I have them if I wear contact lenses?
Yes. Although Lash Perfect recommend you remove contact lenses before having the eyelash extensions applied, just for the duration of the treatment.

Leeds City Centre Beauty Salon Opening Hours:
Monday – Friday: 10:00am – Late
Saturday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 4:30pm

Appointments: 0113 242 9217

Millies, Vicar Lane, Leeds, LS1 6PJ

Silica – Healthy Skin, Hair & Nails with Qsilica

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Free Qsilica Skin + CoQ10 Masque worth £19.95 when you buy any Qsilica product.
Available in-store at Millies, while stocks last.

Silica is a naturally occurring mineral most often found in sand and quart. It is important for the health of our connective tissue, skin, hair, nails, bones and joint cartilage and plays a key role in the production of collagen in our skin.

Colloidal silica is different to most other silica supplements, Qsilica contains particles of suspended mineral silica. The size of the silica particles is important as smaller molecules are usually more easily absorbed by the body. Qsilica can assist in achieving smooth and flexible skin, strong and healthy hair, nails, joint cartilage and bone. It can also help to support and maintain strong bones and teeth by playing a role in the metabolism of calcium in the body.

Available in gel and capsules, we have the following available in-store at Millies:

Qsilica Colloidal Silica Gel
Mineral silica in highly dispersed, colloidal gel form.
Qsilica Capsules Colloidal Silica
Convenient capsules of mineral silica in highly dispersed colloidal form.
Qsilica Skin + CoQ10
Reduce the physical signs of aging such as age lines and wrinkles.

Both the gel and capsules do not contain gluten, yeast, dairy products or soy. All products are suitable for vegetarians.

If you’d like more information about Qsilica, why not call in and see us for a chat.

Free Makeover From Professional Elysambre Make-up Artist

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On Friday 16th July we’re teaming up with Elysambre and one of their professional make-up artist to give you a free 30 minute makeover! This is a great opportunity for you to find the colours that suit your skin tone and the correct products for your skin type. Also if you are sensitive to many make-up brands you can experience how natural make-up feels on your skin. It’s not just about looking good, but protecting and repairing your skin while you wear it.

Gem (@gemstgem / Biography of a Beatific Beatnik) received a free makeover in April and had this feedback:

Had a lush free makeover with Elysambre, I loved it! My fave was the foundation, I have dry/sensitive skin so I was a bit wary about it, but it was amazing. Felt like I wasn’t wearing any but gave great coverage. I was also really surprised about the range of colours available – I thought they’d be quite neutral but I was pleased to see they had loads of party-tastic shades. The make up artist pampered me with purples and I went out that night feeling ace! Thanks Millies! xx

Makeovers are available 11am – 4pm and last 30 minutes. They can be arranged by calling us on 0113 2429 217, in the store of contact us from the site, Twitter or Facebook.

Elysambre is a natural and organic cosmetics brand which is notable for its eco-friendly products and packaging. A line of natural, refillable make-up which combines natural ingredients and up-to-date technologies while respecting quality, the environment, human relations and animals. Elysambre offers a natural make-up line made mostly of organic and cruelty-free ingredients which enable customers to enhance their beauty whilst respecting their skin and the environment.

Elysambre cosmetic formulas are 100% natural, with organic and Fair Trade ingredients where possible. Ingredients include grape seed oil, shea butter, sunflower oil, soy, red tea, apricot oil, karanja oil, arctic blueberry extract and vitamin E. The face, eye, lip and nail Elysambre cosmetics are free from parabens, mineral oil, phenoxyethanol and PEG.

Instant Youth from Barefoot Botanicals

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Instant youth is a bold claim I know, but from the reactions of our customers over the last few months, there is definitely something about this product. It has become one of them “can’t live without” products. So if you’re not quite ready for Botox, call in and sample some of Barefoot Botanicals Instant Youth Serum!

Rosa Fina Supernatural Instant Youth Serum

We used the most up-to-date plant technology to create this ‘instant lift’ flash balm with its velvety matt finish. Intensive plant extracts visibly and rapidly relax and blur wrinkles and expression lines, while retinol-rich Rosa Mosqueta oil and potent antioxidants protect and rejuvenate long term. Whether you want to make a stunning impression on your night out, or your complexion feels tired and saggy the morning after the night before, Rosa Fina instant youth serum ensures your skin looks radiantly smooth and rested. Who needs Botox?

Use Rosa Fina Supernatural Instant Youth Serum daily to:

  • Visibly soften wrinkles and expression lines within 15 minutes (lasts 4-6 hours)
  • Develop brighter, fresher, younger-looking skin
  • Give an instant ‘face lift’ to tired, dull, sagging skin
  • Ease expression lines, fine lines and wrinkles
  • Prepare your skin before make-up or moisturising
  • Help fade blemishes and scarring (use in combination with Rosa Fina Face & Décolletage Oil)
  • Reduce appearance of Rosacea and redness
  • Diminish appearance of enlarged open pores
  • Enjoy the fresh summery aroma of Persian rose, mandarin and frankincense

Win a Free Makeover with Millies & Elysambre

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On Friday 28th May 2010 we’re teaming up with Elysambre and a professional make-up artist to offer free 30 minute makeovers! This is a great opportunity for you to find the colours that suit your skin tone and the correct products for your skin type. Also if you are sensitive to many make-up brands you can experience how natural make-up feels on your skin. It’s not just about looking good, but protecting and repairing your skin while you wear it.

Gem (@gemstgem / Biography of a Beatific Beatnik) received a free makeover in April and had this feedback:

Had a lush free makeover with Elysambre, I loved it! My fave was the foundation, I have dry/sensitive skin so I was a bit wary about it, but it was amazing. Felt like I wasn’t wearing any but gave great coverage. I was also really surprised about the range of colours available – I thought they’d be quite neutral but I was pleased to see they had loads of party-tastic shades. The make up artist pampered me with purples and I went out that night feeling ace! Thanks Millies! xx

Makeovers are available 11am – 4pm and last 30 minutes. To enter, simply send us a message on Twitter, Facebook or contact us with the times you are available (2pm-2.30pm, 2.30pm-3pm, etc.). We will then select the lucky winners.

Elysambre is a natural and organic cosmetics brand  which is notable for its eco-friendly products and packaging. A line of natural, refillable make-up which combines natural ingredients and up-to-date technologies while respecting quality, the environment, human relations and animals. Elysambre offers a natural make-up line made mostly of organic and cruelty-free ingredients which enable customers to enhance their beauty whilst respecting their skin and the environment.

Elysambre cosmetic formulas are 100% natural, with organic and Fair Trade ingredients where possible. Ingredients include grape seed oil, shea butter, sunflower oil, soy, red tea, apricot oil, karanja oil, arctic blueberry extract and vitamin E. The face, eye, lip and nail Elysambre cosmetics are free from parabens, mineral oil, phenoxyethanol and PEG.

Bespoke Beauty Gift Hamper

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Yorkshire Hampers, Fine Food Hampers and more available at shop.milliesleeds.co.uk

Below is a hamper we put together for a lady looking for a special gift for a good friend that had just had a baby. It’s one of our Beauty Hampers and features natural and organic cosmetics, plus a few other goodies, including:

  • Barefoot Botanicals Rosa Fina Lifting & Firming Body Lotion (great for for stretch marks!!).
  • Barefoot Botanicals Rosa Fina Anti Ageing Hand & Nail Cream.
  • Elysambre Nail polish.
  • Elysambre Free powder.
  • Elysambre Retractable Free Powder Brush.
  • Chocolate Box full of chocolates from Choc-Affair.
  • 3 x Pukka Tea’s.

We also threw in some Dr.Hauschka trial sized Cleansing Milk, Cleansing Cream, Facial Toner and Rose Day Cream.

We have a wide range of hampers available in store to fit all tastes and budgets, such as Fine Food Hampers to Cheese Hampers, Gluten Free Hampers and more. We also create bespoke hampers from anything in our shop, so if you’re looking for a gift, call in and see us!

Yorkshire Hampers, Fine Food Hampers and more available at shop.milliesleeds.co.uk

Dr. Hauschka – Limited-Edition 3 Step Daily Care Programme

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Dr. Hauschka have brought out their most popular products in new limited edition sizes. They include the Cleansing Milk and Facial Toner in 30ml and the Rose Day Cream and Quince Day Cream in 12.5ml. These sizes are perfect for new comers to Dr. Hauschka as you can try out the 3-step face care programme for just £27. This will give you enough time to see how radiant your skin will be before committing to the standard size products. They are also ideal if you already use these products but are travelling, or you may want to keep the Facial Toner on your desk at work throughout the summer as an instant refresher throughout the day.

If you are interested to find out how Dr. Hauschka can work with your skin, call into Millies and speak to one of our in store advisors.

Cleanse
Cleansing Milk

Dry sensitive skin requires extra gentle cleansing.

Cleansing Milk contains conditioning Jojoba and Almond oil, fortifying Anthyllis and special cereal extracts that gently cleanse the skin, without disturbing its natural hydro-lipid layer. At the same time, the skin receives fortifying treatment that enhances its natural elasticity.

This cream, tenside-free cleanser also gently dissolves away make-up, making it easy to remove.

The result is a soft, supple complexion.

Size: 30ml
Price: £8.50

Tone
Facial Toner

The fortifying action of Dr. Hauschka Facial Toner stimulates the skin’s natural powers and hydrating processes. Witch hazel and Anthyllis enhance its invigorating properties.

Sprayed on the face, neck and décolleté after morning and evening cleansing, this toner helps maintain the skin’s natural balance and promotes a youthful radiance.

Size: 30ml
Price: £8.50

Moisturise
Rose Day Cream

The special properties of Rose Day Cream offer ideal protection for normal, dry and sensitive skin, as well as skin that is prone to dilated capillaries (couperose). They also promote the skin;s natural capacity for regeneration. Sumptuous Rode oil and extracts of wild Rose hips harmonise the skin’s functions. while Shea butter, Rose petal wax and Avocado extract prevent it from drying out.

Size: 12.5ml
Price: £12.00

Quince Day Cream
Environmental factors can weaken the natural defences of the skin, even at a young age. Quince Day Cream contains Quince wax to envelop the skin protectively without hindering the skin’s natural processes. Extracts of Quince seeds and medicinal herbs retain the skin’s moisture. The skin can better protect itself from external influences and its intrinsic powers are reactivated.

Size: 12.5ml
Price: £10.00

Sienna X Natural Spray Tan

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We’re extremely pleased to be offering Sienna X spray tans. Sienna X products contain natural active ingredients meaning they are paraben, alcohol and SLS free.

Sienna X is associated with high profile TV shows, such as Strictly Come Dancing, Gladiators and How to Look Good Naked, as well as receiving ongoing mentions in glossies, the national/local press and trade magazines.

Ideal for nights out, holidays and special events such as weddings, proms or birthdays, our treatments include:

Sienna X Spray Tan

Look fabulous with a full body tan.

Price: £20

Sienna X Spray Tanning For You & A Friend Saving £10

Perfect for a night out, you and a friend can save money and get a spray tan each. Saving £10 on the full price.

Price: £30
Saving: £10

Sienna X Spray Tan & Preparation

This includes a full body exfoliation and spray tan. This helps maximise the effectiveness of your tan.

Price: £30

Sienna X Colour Perfect Saving £30!

A perfect start to your holiday, an important night out or event. This treatment is split over two separate appointments, 3 days apart and includes:

  • Half leg wax.
  • Bikini wax.
  • Under arm wax.
  • Lip wax.
  • Eyebrow shape.
  • File and paint hands and feet.
  • Full body exfoliation.
  • Full body spray tan.

Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes over two treatments
Price: £65
Saving: £30

Fake Tan Prep & Tips

Full body tanning takes 10 minutes spraying time and 10 minutes drying time. We recommend you leave your tan for 6-8 hours to develop before showering, or you can leave it on over night. Your spray tan will last 5-7 days depending on your skin care routine.

Skin preparation and after care is essential for getting the best and long lasting results of your tanning treatment.

To prepare your skin for your tan all hair must be removed the night before. Also a full body exfoliation is necessary to allow the tan to be deeper and darker. Skin preparation will  help avoid streaking and dry patches on the skin when tanning. The day of your appointment its best to shower and use no products on the skin, so avoid moisturisers, deodorants, perfume and make-up.

After tanning it’s best to allow your skin drying time of a good 6-8 hours without touching your skin at all. This included showering, heat treatments and exercising. It’s key to bring flip flops and wear old baggy clothes and bring a bikini top.

View our current prices for spray tans.

Pedicure For Tired Feet!

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I had a day off today and needed some pampering after working all weekend. So I told kindly asked our resident therapist Emma if she could fit me in for a few things, including this:

Nail Art

Each toe has a little jewel on and my big toes have nail art. Should be getting a manicure on Friday ready for a Halloween party!

Body absorbs 5lb of make-up chemicals a year

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Make-upOur skin plays a key role in protecting us against pathogens, but skin cells are permeable and substances can seep through and end up in our blood stream with ease. Just think of the nicotine patch which takes advantage of this to release chemicals into the body. It is estimated that the body absorbs 5lb of make-up chemicals a year. If your skin care products contain harsh or toxic ingredients then your skin will absorb them. Therefore we only stock products that contain mainly natural and organic ingredients.

Women who use make-up on a daily basis are absorbing almost 5lb of chemicals a year into their bodies, it is claimed.

Many use more than 20 different beauty products a day striving to look their best while nine out of 10 apply make-up which is past its use by date.

Dependence on cosmetics and toiletries means that a cocktail of 4lb 6oz of chemicals a year is absorbed into the body through the skin.

Some synthetic compounds involved have been linked to side effects ranging from skin irritation to premature ageing and cancer.

Richard Bence, a biochemist who has spent three years researching conventional products, said: “We really need to start questioning the products we are putting on our skin and not just assume that the chemicals in them are safe”.

“We have no idea what these chemicals do when they are mixed together, the effect could be much greater than the sum of the individual parts.” Mr Bence, an advocate of organic beauty products, believes that absorbing chemicals through the skin in more dangerous than swallowing them.

He said: “If lipstick gets into your mouth it is broken down by the enzymes in saliva and in the stomach. But chemicals get straight into your bloodstream, there is no protection.”

Warnings over using out-of-date lipstick and mascara have also been issued by the Royal College of Optometrists which believes such items are a “hothouse” for harmful bacteria.

Clio Turton, of the Soil Association, said: “Many women are using over 20 different products a day, bombarding themselves with hundreds of different chemicals. They should be asking themselves ‘is that eyelash conditioner really essential?’ ”

Among chemicals under scrutiny are parabens (para-hydroxybenzoic acids) which are preservatives used in products including soap, shampoo, deodorant and baby lotion. Traces of parabens have been found in breast tumour samples, although its link to the development of the cancer is disputed.

Body absorbs 5lb of make-up chemicals a year.

Our staff are on hand for free advice on our entire range of natural and organic body care products and make-up, including Dr Hauschka, JASON, Elysambre, Barefoot Botanical, Burts Bees and more.

Burt’s Bees – Natural Personal Care Products

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Burt's Bees

Burt’s Bees is the latest natural personal care range at Millies. These truly natural products are wonderfully effective at cleansing and moisturizing your skin and hair, and minimize the environment impact. The products are carefully crafted from time-tested, proven recipes using ingredients that are the best nature has to offer: beeswax, botanical and essential oils, herbs, flowers and minerals. These safe, effective ingredients have withstood the test of time.

As the products are made from as many natural ingredients as possible, it makes sense that most of the packaging is created from recycled materials, or has been developed with recyclability and re-use in mind.

Burt’s Bees are just one of the body care ranges available at Millies, along with Dr. Hauschka, Elysambre, JASON and many more you will be able to find a natural product that is suitable for you. Please feel free to call in and speak to our staff about the benefits of these products.

Giovanni Hot Chocolate Sugar Scrub

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I’ve been dying to test this one out and I’ve not been disappointed. It smells exactly like chocolate and feels fantastic!

Giovanni Hot Chocolate

Giovanni Hot Chocolate Sugar Scrub sweetens your day as a gentle body exfollator that polishes skin’s surface, removing cellular debris. The richly scented formula contains the exclusive Giovanni PureOrganic Technology™ blend, an advanced essential oil complex to soothe, smooth and regenerate skin all over. What an intoxicating experience.”

Giovanni Cosmetics uses formulas that incorporate vitamins, herbs, minerals, proteins, nutrients and the purest of essential oils.

If you would like any advice on skin care or would like to find out more about the Giovanni range of cosmetics, or any of our other ranges including Dr Hauschka and JÁSÖN please call in or contact us.