Beauty Babble with Tessa from Beauty Assets
Not so long ago, Tessa and I went live on my social story to talk all things beauty - Things you need to know about taking care of your bridal glow in the lead up to your big day, which we all know goes far past what we do topically to our skin! Tessa is now an official part of the Christchurch Weddings directory, and I am so excited to bring to you what is essentially part two of our chat. Read on to get to know a bit about Tessa, her take on weddings, and all things beauty.
Talk to us about your background and how you came to be Beauty assets?
I am a beauty therapist of 12 years and have had the pleasure of working with lots of various brands in Australia and London, after working for others for a long time I found I had enough clients to make the leap and go out on my own. If you put two and two together, you'll see Beauty Assets actually is Tessa spelt backwards - so it really is Tessa's Beauty!
What makes Beauty assets different from other beauticians around town?
I operate a home based salon that has a high professional standard but my prices are affordable as I don’t have as many overheads as a huge salon. My clients love to walk into the salon environment & feel comfortable with every treatment they have done. I also consider myself very lucky to partner with one of the best skin specialists in Christchurch, The Transform Clinic. If there is something that I’m unsure of I will refer you there, and together we will work with you to achieve the best results possible with your skin.
What do you specialize in?
I specialise in Feather touch micro blading, spray tanning & anything skin related
What do weddings mean to you?
Weddings mean sooo much to me, I get warm fuzzies every time I hear that word, it brings me back to my wedding day memories and wanting every little detail perfect, and that’s why I love what I do. I get to help brides and grooms look their best on their special day.
What were your own beauty rituals in the lead up to your big day?
Regular facials became a religion, then I made sure all waxing was done, my brows were waxed and tinted, and I also opted for lash extensions so no mascara was needed in case I was to shed a tear! I then had a gel mani and pedi to top it off, as well a my tan. Whether it be natural, medium or dark, I highly recommend having a tan to even out your skin tone.
Tell us about the best part of your wedding day?
Hmmmm my favourite part was in the morning getting ready with my girls. It was just so special and you just feel so beautiful with everyone fussing over you. The next best moment was walking down the isle with my dad and seeing my future husband standing there beaming.
The biggest pieces of advice you can give a bride or groom in the Beauty department?
I would say be organised leading up to your wedding day with regular appointments. Make a plan and then you know what you're having done, when, and it gives you something to look forward to.
Your say on skincare?
If I was to keep it short; If in doubt ask your beauty therapist, they will help you achieve the best results for your skin type and budget.
The question I find on a lot of ladies minds is "what is a cosmetic product and what is a cosmeceutical?" So here's my two cents, and a little education!:
A cosmetic product can only be applied to the outer surface of the skin and so it cannot directly treat a specific disease. It cannot pass through the dermal-epidermal joining, which is the area between the epidermis and dermis. However, it can maintain, protect, clean, add fragrance to, and change the appearance of any area of the epidermis’ surface that it is applied to.
In contrast, cosmeceuticals are able to penetrate the epidermis. The active principles are able to pass through the epidermis and act deep within the dermis. Although, due to its composition, a cosmeceutical product is not classifiable as a drug, despite being formulated with highly active principles.
A product classified as a drug is any substance or combination of substances that has the ability to cure or prevent a specific disease. Its main purpose is to restore, correct or modify the physiological functions through pharmacological action.
So in a nutshell, you can buy a tonne of different skincare in plenty of stores, but if you have issues you would really like to treat then please seek advice from a professional. Cosmeceutical products are only able to be brough from a registered business and professional.
What would be some of the top treatments (or Top 5) you’d recommend for a bride or groom to be and when should they get them?
- Depending on your needs, microdermabrasion/peels or derma-needling months before hand
- Mani and pedi the week of
- Lash extensions the week of
- Eye trio/ brow henna the week of
- Tan one to two days prior
I went to Avonside Girls High School, but left early to pursue my beauty career.
You treat men too, what’s your two cents on that?
Men love being treated as much as women, and even more I think at times,! They love to achieve results and have many concerns too just like women, and they take the time to chill out and forget about the outside world for a bit.
It really is true that what you put in to your body is what you get out, don’t you think?
150% definitely, that goes without saying! The food, drink and supplements you put into your body are vital to the success of ANY workout routine. Why wait until you're engaged to invest in your future self, especially if you have the mindset that you'd love to be in the best shape of your life on your big day! Start now, experiment with different foods and ways of exercising and really monitor the results your body is giving you so when the time does come you'll be able to safely understand and put in place the best course of action to get that wedding body you've dreamed of.