2020 has been a rollercoaster (to say the least). Prior to Lockdown 1.0 Ametrine Aesthetics was based across three fantastic venues,

  • Humphrey and Wilson in Heaton
  • Babydoll Beauty in North Shields
  • Monroe Beauty in Consett.

It was great running clinics in all of these fantastic salons and studio spaces, but when the opportunity arose to set up our own space, I jumped at the opportunity!


Having been tattooed at the phenomenal Blind Tiger Studio, the space that Studio IX is based is just along the corridor! In fact the studio space was once rented by our fantastic logo designer @weareincahoots.

May 2020 came and the challenge of putting together a studio during lockdown! 😂

Here I am making sense of a very empty space.

I wanted to create a space that made you feel like you could sit, chill and have a coffee or a cocktail. The space needed to be functional as well as have clinical aspects too.

The challenge came when I set about sourcing furniture and fixings for the space. I am passionate about recycling and sustainability, so I aimed to use as much second hand and vintage furniture as I could.

Best Lockdown Buys

Mid Century Teak Cabinet.

I nabbed this baby from a man in Darlington on Facebook Marketplace.


Wicker Vintage Peacock Chair.

I wanted a feature piece for the ‘waiting area’, and this smaller peacock chair fitted perfectly. I found this on Gumtree.


Green Treatment Bed

I couldn’t believe my luck ben I found this guy! The shade of green was exactly what I was looking for the Studio.


I was so pleased with the progress I made over LD1.0, the most challenging part of setting up the studio was climbing the 5 flights of stairs with the majority of the furniture and fixings. That’s my excuse for not working out during LD!

I am always so pleased to hear that patients and clients feel calm and reassured when they visit the clinic. It is integral to Ametrine for anybody to feel welcome our space.

COMING SOON: We are working on our disabled access policy. At present, Carliol studios has a disabled accessible toilet and there is also a lift, however this is code protected. This is hopefully going to be manageable by 2021.

If you have visited our Studio and have had a 10/10 would recommend to a friend experience, pop a little review on our Google page.


This week I have been thinking about ‘wedding season‘ as it would have been three months last year till my wedding.

There have been a number of our clients that PL (pre-lockdown) were building up to the biggest day of their lives- their weddings.

I got married last summer, and around May time was when it all became very real, and I can’t imagine how devastating it must feel to have everything postponed.

We had to place our wedding back one year, and at the time it felt like the worst thing ever, but actually once the decision is made (or made for you), taking a step back and realise what marriage is all about, and focus in on enjoying the experience and the day is integral.

Aesthetic Wedding Preparation

Every client is different! Below is an insight into what treatment I opted for.

If you’re at all unsure about anything, what would suit you or any concerns not raised below make sure you contact us to arrange a consultation.

What skin treatment would you recommend before my wedding?
  • Micro-needling with PRP

This medical grade treatment penetrates the deeper layer of the skin with thousands of tiny micro channels to stimulate the body’s own repair process. The use of PRP (platelet rich plasma) increases the efficacy of this treatment.

Good for:

  • Skin Irregularities
  • Scarring – Especially Acne
  • Pigmentation
  • Fine lines and wrinkles

How soon before my wedding should I have micro-needling with PRP?

Microneedling and PRP therapy can take a little while to show results with sever cases of scarring or pigmentation. So we reccommend 12 weeks prior.

What facial aesthetic treatment would you recommend before my wedding?

  • Tear trough augmentation

Getting married can be stressful! I found that my sleep was affected, as well as exercising more, I began to look tired!

Tear trough treatment made me look more awake, alert and bright. (Also the lights from the camera can be a little unforgiving later in the day) . I was so pleased with the results and they have lasted for 9 months!

Good For:

  • Loss of volume around the eyes
  • Can help with dark circles under the eyes.

How soon before my wedding should I have tear trough augmentation?

  • We recommend at least 6 weeks prior to wedding.

What one other treatment would you recommend before my wedding?

  • Treatment for Excessive Sweating

My wedding was on August the 10th, and i was really worried about getting super warm, wearing a heavy dress and lots of general running around and getting sweaty. Not so angelic….

I had toxin treatment in my underarms to combat this, and honestly, I was so so pleased with the results! Not a drop of sweat from my underarms! It was amazing, and lasted for about 6 months after treatment.

Good For:

  • Sweating under armpits
  • Sweating on palms of hands

How soon before my wedding should I have tear trough augmentation?

  • We recommend at least 3 weeks prior to wedding.

*Prescription only treatment.

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“A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life” – Coco Chanel

Why did I shave my head?

I have wanted to shave my head since Christmas. I was inspired by meeting one of my clients who was rocking a shaved head. My hair previously was very damaged by bleach and heat damage, I had cut it to a lob, and dyed it peach, but for me it was still really damaged. I yearned for a shaven head!

It was my thirtieth birthday at the end of March, and I finally made the decision to shave. I figured, if I couldnt shave my head when turning thirty and in #lockdown2020, when could I?


  • Would I have a weird shape head?
  • Would I look like a boy?
  • What about my grey hairs?
  • Would I get cold ears?
  • How long would my hair take to grow back?

At the point where the shavers were approaching my scalp, all the reservations vanished, I no longer cared what people thought. I was shaving my head for me.

I loved it.

Immediate Findings:

  • My head shape is fairly round.
  • My ears feel cold.

What have I found since?

It has been one month since I dared the shave. I have found the following since.

1/Aesthetics: Having more bone structure on show, It’s made me thankful for my facial aesthetics.

  • Cheek and Tear Trough: These treatments give me more confidence in my appearance, I feel I look more alert and my cheek enhancement gives me lift and definition and provides soft tissue support for my tear troughs.
  • Lip Enhancement: My lips were last treated in July last year (!). They have kept their shape and definition, and for me, lips are a part of my appearance that I like to maintain to give me confidence.
  • My Nose: My non surgical rhinoplasty was the best treatment I have ever had. I have always hated my nose, I hated to hump in the middle, downward facing nose tip and the size! I could not believe the difference, and such a small amount of filler needed!
  • Wrinkle Smoothing: I also had my own wrinkle smoothing treatments at the beginning of March. I have had toxin treatment to treat three areas on my forehead, frown lines, crow’s feet, bunny lines and under my nose to top the tip from pulling down when smiling.

2/Skin Care: My face feels more open and ‘on show’ so I have taken a step with upping my skincare regime. Here are my three favourite products.

  • Squalene Cleanser The Ordinary: Beautiful cleanser removes all traces of make up, and squalene infiltrates the pores and emulsifies sebum which can lead to breakouts.

  • AHA and BHA Peel The Ordinary: Once a week I lie in the bath and put this on. AHAs penetrate the top layers of the skin and exfoliate to reveal radiance, and BHA goes deeper into the skin to clear the pores.

  • Mineral SPF The Ordinary: SPF, wait what? We’re living inside? SPF should be worn every 👏🏻 day👏🏻. The UV rays from the sun have UVA and UVB. UVA is pumped out all year long, and gets through windows! UV is one of the main leading causes of ageing, protect and prevent!

3/ I don’t care what people think: This is generally my motto anyway, but as a woman I think we are under a lot of pressure sometimes to be a certain way. Hair plays a huge role in this. Hair is often considered a symbol of sexuality and beauty. The act of shaving it all off, as a woman, is very exposing. However, I perhaps would feel more judged if #lockdown had ended. As a dentist

What will I do after lockdown?

Don’t get me wrong, I love entirely natural face, no make up and no cares. However, as a practicing dentist, I do feel a pressure to ‘be’ a certain way in a professional arena. When meeting patients for the first time, there is an element of judgement within the first few seconds, this is not a generalisation, this is just what I feel having been treating patients since 2008. So in light of this and all things beauty the following are what I will be doing, once #lockdown is over.

  • 1ml Lip Enhancement – Top up the shape, volume and definition.
  • Micro-needling– Improvement in skin texture and address areas of open pores.
  • Lashes: My vice! I love not having to wear mascara, as I am normally very badly behaved with make-up removal. I visit Monroe Beauty for lashes and a therapy session too.

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Given the current situation (let’s not dwell), I have been thinking quite a bit about self care this week.

I think that being forced to stop can be daunting, worrying and lonely for a large proportion of people. However, this is a time to rediscover you.

I have found that in the last few weeks my stress levels have slowly decreased, and have been the lowest they have in years. I think when we are forced to stop, it is an opportunity to take a step back and rediscover ourselves.

You are worth the quiet moment. You are worth the deeper breath. You are worth the time it takes to slow down, be still and rest.

Morgan Harper Nichols

At Home Self Care Kit

I’ve put together the things that I do to provide myself with time to unplug, relax and take stock.

It can be hard, at times, to focus on yourself. Some feel, like me, they are being selfish, or self indulgent by having sixty, thirty or ten minutes to totally focus in on yourself. This is not, however, selfish, it is self-survival.

Time to quiet the mind, zone in on who you are and what your body needs. I also have found whilst writing this, that these lessons we learn in this time, are ones we can take with us when things do get too much and we lose focus on ourselves.


Since lockdown, I have found the healing properties of yoga. I have been trying to keep up with ‘At Home With Adriene’. I find that being lead through thirty minutes of controlled breathing, tuning into your body with simple movements is so refreshing and soothing.

DIY Mindfulness

You can take this tool anywhere. If you’re in the car, waiting in a queue or in a bath. Concentrating on your breath is one of the most powerful relaxing tools to have.

  • Take a long deep breath in through your nose for the count of three.
  • At the ‘top’ of the breath, hold for three.
  • Then slowly release the breath for the count of three.
  • Repeat up to 10 times.

Aroma Diffuser

My husband, Joss, bought me one of these three years ago, and I still use mine every evening, I have mine set up next to our sofa and allow the fresh vapour to envelope me during the evening.

DIY Version

Find a clean ceramic dish or bowl.

Fill with boiling water. Be careful, this will be hot!

Place a few sprinkles of your favourite essential oil, or a few sprigs of herbs from the garden.

Allow the steam to enter your nose and breathe!

Essential Oils

My go to essential oil is ‘Calming’ by Natural by Nature. I picked it up in T K Maxx, where they tend to have a great selection of various essential oils every time I pop in.

This oil is lovely, it has mixes of cedarwood, mandarin and geranium. It calms and relaxes the mind, and uplifts at the same time.

I use the oil in my bath, or in my diffuser.

DIY Oils

Go out into the garden, or for a walk around the neighbourhood and see if you can find sprigs of rosemary or lavender. Always ask permission to take if it’s from a neighbour!

Place the herbs in a mason jar or an unused jam jar.

Fill up with either witch hazel and water, or grape oil.

Leave to infuse for 24-48 hours.

Take out the herbs and the remaining liquid will smell like the garden!

Herbal Tea

I am a huge coffee drinker, so during the day , my caffeine levels are usually sky- high. Caffeine can double the amount of adrenaline and cortisol in the body, increase blood pressure, and generally prepare the body for fight or flight. Therefore, when trying to wind down, try to avoid caffeine.

My favourite is ‘ Woman’s Tea’ from Yogi teas, (Joss likes it too, so its not just for the ladies!) It’s really warming and soothing to sit and enjoy. And you can reuse the teabag!


Fresh ginger root, chopped
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 lemon
Pinch of powdered cayenne pepper (optional)

Place either in a tea strainer or empty out a regular teabag, place a thread through the top and pop in a cup and enjoy.