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  1. Windows

    Couldn't tell you, I use Mac. A quick google suggests most windows block UVB but not UVA
  2. SMP and lighting??

    @RazorsEdge42 you are spot on, I've seen my smp via mirrors in sunlight or under strong artificial light and been impressed and very happy with how it looks and surprised at how visible it remains under strong light............however if I take a photo of myself in these conditions, even if I take a photo of the reflection of myself in the mirror that my eyes see using any of my devices: iphone or either of my 2 decent cameras Sony & Nikon they all fail to capture the smp well, the human eye is indeed far superior to the highest end cameras, they're great at some things but no matter the lens, resoution, filter, settings etc they cannot capture smp in strong natural/artificial light anywhere near as good as my eyes can. They all struggle with the light levels & reflection on the scalp and as a result the smp is almost non existent (in the photos), this is obviously a problem if having your photo taken under strong light but in real life when others see you under the exact same strong light situation(s) through their eyes and not a camera the hairline/smp will be visible. Those pics of Matt Damon show his hair is difficult to see in the light but I would bet if you were there in person seeing him in that light through your own eyes and not a picture taken from a camera his hairline would still be easily visible to the naked eye.
  3. New Pics 9 Days Post 2nd Session

    Looks really good.
  4. Looks real nice, it suits you, thanks for sharing pics. Enjoy.
  5. Full heads of shaved hair

    Another one from the Daily Mail, James McAvoy shaves head for X Men....... Full article http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3131748/James-McAvoy-barely-recognisable-unveils-freshly-shaven-head-sneak-peek-new-X-Men-film.html
  6. Peter Thomas Roth Anti-mattifying gel

    So I use it 4-5 days a week. I always use it when on holiday/during summer to protect the smp from the sun. The main things that will fade smp are most likely: UV from the sun & also your immune system, whilst ingredients of creams, shower gels etc may contribute to fading they won't have a huge impact on smp. Not much we can do about our immune system response so the only one left to worry about is sunlight therefore sun cream is a must, and vichy just happens to have an amazing matte effect as well as sun protection. I've had smp for over 5 years now, had my 1st top up session last year, I've tried many creams for matte effect and for years now I've been using Vichy as it is in my opinion the best by some distance. At night after washing off the Vichy I apply either argan oil or jojoba oil to my scalp to keep it in good condition, I also prefer a good foil shaver such as a Braun/Panasonic because for me they cause zero irritation and help keep my head looking its best. Everyone has different opinions on razors, creams etc but for me this is what works after years of trying various approaches for maintaining smp and keep it looking its best. A typical day for me: Morning - shave with Braun series 7, apply Vichy if I want it on that day. Night - wash and then apply 10 drops of argan/jojoba oil to scalp to keep it in top condition (the oil also makes shaving the next morning even quicker) That's what works for me it's quick, no shine, no cuts or irritation etc The cost of all this per month I'd say is roughly £22 based on..... Every 2 months I replace the foil/cutter on my Braun shaver @ £25, so per month £12.50 Every month I use just under a bottle of Vichy so per month £7 Every month I use a quarter bottle of argan/jojoba oil so per month that's about £2.50 Hope that helps.
  7. Peter Thomas Roth Anti-mattifying gel

    I've posted on this topic before a few times, in short I've tried everything from the cheapest to the most expensive and for me there is a clear winner, it is vichy ideal soleil spf 50. It is a sun cream, it comes in 50 ml bottles (usually costs around £15) it gives an amazing and long lasting matte effect while also protecting smp from fading due to the sun, ptr doesn't come close and most of the others I've tried look matte at first but after 1-2 hours becomes shiny, vichy lasts all day, just put a small amount on your head and your good to go. The cheapest places to buy it are usually either pharmeden or escentual, it's currently only £8.62 per bottle from pharmeden, escentual are £16 per bottle but now and again they sell it for half price. When I buy it from pharmeden.co.uk it is sent from Holland and takes about 5-6 days to arrive in the U.K I order 3 bottles at a time which costs £5 postage to UK mainland, these 3 bottles last me over 4 months I use it all year round not just as a sun cream, it's the only matte cream I'd recommend for smp and I've tried them all. Here's the link for pharmeden (currently 50% off) http://www.pharmeden.co.uk/suncare-c8/women-men-c29/face-c146/vichy-vichy-ideal-soleil-spf50-face-velvety-sun-cream-50ml-p881 It also come in spf 30 but I have only ever used spf 50. It is more expensive on amazon (£12.42 per bottle) but I'll leave this amazon link here as there are nothing but positive reviews on there for it https://www.amazon.co.uk/VICHY-SOLAR-EMULSION-FACIAL-SPF50-50ML/dp/B007FNUIJI/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1464790568&sr=8-1&keywords=vichy+spf+50 Honestly this is the only cream for us smp guys who want a long lasting matte look, protection from sun/fading, value for money etc trust me you will love this stuff.
  8. The Black Journal

    That looks great, suits you nicely also the comment you got at work, I've had similar experiences people think it's shaved hair which is exactly what I wanted. Thanks for posting.
  9. Hi all, I'm going to the states next week so I ordered a few bottles of my usual Vichy, just thought I'd post that it's on offer at Escentual this month (33% off) it's really good as it is not at all greasy or shiny. I usually buy it from amazon for £16-£18 but it's currently £11 for the next 10 days. Hope it helps someone else. http://www.escentual.com/vichy/vichysuncare06_01/?cu=GBP&gclid=CPu5_qDsnMwCFQuNGwodejgPaw
  10. False teeth

    Looks great, nice post. I have only told a few people.
  11. Fever after SMP?

    Just like Xander_Cage for me the lymph nodes below and behind my ears were swollen for a few days after my first ever smp session, I've had 3 other sessions since then and none of those sessions caused them to enlarge.
  12. Eyebrows

    You're right Ed, I was just reading about this poor woman on daily mail who had 'eyebrows' done using tattoo, terrible Full article http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3415332/Woman-bullied-Facebook-posting-selfie-tattooed-eyebrows.html
  13. Both practitioners I had originally have left and started their own smp business, they probably can make a lot more money this way for doing the same job, completely understandable and reasonable, I don't think there's anything wrong with HIS. I did my apprenticeship with a company and a couple years after it finished I decided to work on my own and set up a small business, doing the exact same work and getting much more money for doing it, it was a no brainer, like trades I can see how smp practitioners would decide to do this. When I went back to HIS for my touch up I got a less experienced practitioner who did an excellent job so I'll be using HIS for any future smp rather than looking for my original practitioners. Competition is always a good thing for customers, HIS have a solid reputation using others is taking a gamble imo. if it pays off great, if not oh dear.
  14. In summer or on holiday I use Vichy spf 50 they also do a spf 30, it has a very good & long lasting matte effect, http://www.amazon.co.uk/VICHY-SOLAR-EMULSION-FACIAL-SPF50-50ML/dp/B007FNUIJI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452988156&sr=8-1&keywords=vichy+spf+50 There may be better sunscreen without alcohol. Here's one I've never tried that is Oil, paraben, alcohol and silicone free. http://www.lookfantastic.com/avene-cream-spf50-50ml/11117626.html?utm_source=googleprod&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=gp_bodycare&affil=thggpsad&switchcurrency=GBP&shippingcountry=GB&gclid=CKv63ujEr8oCFYu4GwodO_4MhA&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CM7Z_ejEr8oCFWICwwodO0IJkQ Ingredients of Vichy mattifyng face - dry touch spf 50 from their website, probably some not good for smp here but I don't use it often due to the shitty weather where I live 95% of the time: Composition AQUA / WATER - HOMOSALATE - SILICA - ETHYLHEXYL SALICYLATE - ETHYLHEXYL TRIAZONE - C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE - BIS-ETHYLHEXYLOXYPHENOL METHOXYPHENYL TRIAZINE - DROMETRIZOLE TRISILOXANE - BUTYL METHOXYDIBENZOYLMETHANE - ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE - OCTOCRYLENE - GLYCERIN - PENTYLENE GLYCOL - STYRENE/ACRYLATES COPOLYMER - POTASSIUM CETYL PHOSPHATE - PARFUM / FRAGRANCE - CAPRYLYL METHICONE - ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER - ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE - CAPRYLYL GLYCOL - CINNAMOMUM CASSIA BARK EXTRACT - DIMETHICONE - DISODIUM EDTA - INULIN LAURYL CARBAMATE - PEG-8 LAURATE - PHENOXYETHANOL - POTERIUM OFFICINALE ROOT EXTRACT - STEARIC ACID - STEARYL ALCOHOL - TEREPHTHALYLIDENE DICAMPHOR SULFONIC ACID - TITANIUM DIOXIDE - TOCOPHEROL - TRIETHANOLAMINE - XANTHAN GUM - ZINGIBER OFFICINALE ROOT EXTRACT / GINGER ROOT EXTRACT ra