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Say Goodbye to Mascara with a Lash Lift

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A lash lift is a treatment that defines your lashes and lifts them from the root, making them point towards your eyebrows. This makes your lashes look fuller and longer, and it doesn’t damage your natural lashes.

What does the treatment involve?

Silicon moulds are adhered carefully and gently to your eyelid, and then a gel is applied to the eyelash roots that lifts them upwards towards the eyebrows.

How long does the treatment take?

It usually takes around 45 minutes to an hour to do a lash lift, and longer if you decide to add any treatment like a lash tint to further enhances the look of your lashes.

How long does a lash lift last?

The treatment lasts for 6-8 weeks, and this can vary. Some things can cause the lashes to drop more quickly, such as swimming, or using harsh products or heat on your lashes.

What about wearing makeup?

You can wear makeup, but leave your lashes bare for at least 24 hours after the treatment. You will probably find that you won’t need mascara anyway. If you do want to wear mascara, wear a non-waterproof one, as waterproof formulas are harder to remove and can weaken the lash lift.

Why your clients will love a lash lift

  • It makes the eyes look brighter and more awake instantly
  • The lashes look lusciously fuller and longer
  • A lash lift is a great alternative to eyelash extensions; you get fuller, longer lashes without the maintenance
  • The treatment doesn’t damage the natural eyelashes

Why should you sign up for our lash lift training?

The treatment gives clients such fab results, they will become addicted to having it done, and because it lasts for 6-8 weeks, that means repeat bookings; great news for you and your business!

All our courses are taught in small groups which makes for a relaxing learning environment where you’ll get all the attention you need. Steph, our academy director and trainer, has over 20 years’ experience in the industry so when you book a course with us, you’ll be perfectly prepared to be the most successful therapist that you can be.

For more information on any of our courses, call Steph on 07825337342

The Secret to Beautiful Eyelashes

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They say the eyes are the window to the soul, and who doesn’t yearn for beautiful, long eyelashes? The secret to beautiful eyelashes is to care for the lashes you’ve got, and if you want more of a flutter, you can always fake it!

Caring for your lashes

The first step to getting beautiful lashes is to look after what God gave you.

Moisturise your lashes

This can prevent them from breaking and help them become stronger and healthier. Apply a tiny bit of natural oil like sweet almond oil to your lashes every evening before bed. Take care not to get any in your eye! This will condition them nicely.

Choose a good mascara

There are some mascaras that contain vitamins and other ingredients that claim to condition your lashes and help them grow. Why not give them a go? high street mascaras are getting better all the time.

Treat your lashes gently

Don’t rub your eyelashes too much or pull on them as they can break. Eyelash curlers can cause them to break if you use them too often, especially the heated ones.

What if you want to fake it?

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If you aren’t blessed with naturally long fluttery eyelashes, there are a few options for you. You can fake it with falsies, which to be honest, have come a long way. The downsides though, are that sometimes applying them can be fiddly, and some eyelash glues on the market can cause irritation of the eyelids. Or you can try eyelash extensions.

How are eyelash extensions applied?

Lashes are applied on at a time, using a semi-permanent glue. There are 3 types of lashes; synthetic, silk, and mink.

How long does it take to apply them?

Applying a full set of lash extensions usually takes around 2 hours. You can also get a half set of lashes, which can be used to make your natural lashes look fuller.

Can the glue get into your eyes?

This is unlikely as your eyes will be shut during the application. However, some glues can cause irritation in some people. If you experience a burning sensation, or any discomfort during the application, this is a definite sign that you might be allergic to the glue.

How often should you get lash extensions done?

Your natural lash growth cycle is around 6-8 weeks, and this is roughly how long a set of lash extensions will last. You might need a bit of maintenance every 4 weeks to maintain the fullness of your lashes.

Do lash extensions fall out?

Each extension is fixed to one of your own eyelashes, so they will naturally fall out as your natural lashes grow. Avoid picking at them or pulling them if you want to keep your extensions looking good for longer.

Is there anything I should avoid after having eyelash extensions?

Keep water away from your extensions for up to 24 hours after you have had them done, as water can weaken the glue. It is recommended that you avoid using any oil-based products on your lashes for the same reason, and don’t use waterproof mascara as it increases the likelihood that you’ll pull your extensions out when you try to remove it.

If you want to wear mascara, apply it to the tips of the extensions only, as applying it at the base of the lashes can look clumpy.

Will lash extensions damage my natural lashes?

As long as your lash extensions are applied properly by a trained therapist, they shouldn’t cause damage to your lashes. But you have to make sure that you avoid rubbing your eyes or pulling on the lashes, as this is what can cause damage.

If you would like to learn how to give your clients eyelashes that flutter and make them look extra glamorous, sign up for our eyelash extension training course, which covers everything from the initial client consultation, to lash application, aftercare, and removal.

All our courses are taught in small groups which makes for a relaxing learning environment where you’ll get all of the attention you need. Steph, our academy director and trainer, has over 20 years’ experience in the industry so when you book a course with us, you’ll be perfectly prepared to be the most successful therapist that you can be.

For more information on any of our courses, call Steph on 07825337342

How to Prepare Your Skin for Waxing

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If you just can’t do without your regular wax but you dread the pain, here are some tips and tricks to show you how to prepare your skin for waxing so that it’s as easy and (relatively) painless as possible.

Top tips to prepare for waxing

Before your wax:

Let the hair grow

You need at least ¼ inch of hair growth for an effective wax, if you have any less, you won’t get a good result and it will be more painful generally.

Exfoliate

Before you go for your wax, exfoliate to scrub away any dead skin and free any hairs that might be trapped under the skin. The less dead skin there is, the less pull there’ll be when the wax strips are removed and it will feel less painful.

Prevent ingrown hairs

The best way to prevent ingrown hairs is to exfoliate regularly and keep your skin as hydrated as you can by moisturising when you get out of the shower.

Think about pain relief

30 minutes to an hour before your appointment time, try an over the counter pain reliever like ibuprofen to slightly take the edge off the discomfort. Generally, avoid getting a wax just before your period, as you tend to be more sensitive to pain.

Inform your therapist about any medication you’re on

Some medications can cause skin sensitivity, and some can even make it dangerous to get a wax! These include:

Oral and topical antibiotics

These cause skin sensitivity. Wait until you’re off the medication to get a wax.

Over the counter topical products containing Retinol

Stop using them a week before your wax

Accutane (for acne)

Don’t get a wax for a year after you have used the treatment

Any medications for acne or topical steroid creams are likely to make your skin thinner and drier than usual. This can cause skin lift which can leave a mark or burn on the skin and leave it vulnerable to infection.

After your wax:

Soothe the skin

Applying aloe vera gel or something similar to the skin after the wax to calm any redness or irritation.

Give the sunbathing and sunbeds a miss

Your skin will be sensitive and it needs time to calm down. It will also be a lot more prone to burning and the heat will cause irritation. Getting a spray tan is also a no no, getting a spray tan on waxed skin will result in stinging and a patchy tan!

Skip the workout

After a wax, your hair follicles are open, so your skin is more vulnerable to irritation from sweat and even infection. Wait 24 hours, then you’re good to go.

Get a regular wax

Your hair grows in cycles, so having a wax roughly every 4 weeks is ideal.

Wear loose clothing

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Don’t wear tight-fitting clothes after your wax, especially if you have had a bikini wax, as it can cause friction and discomfort.

Waxing is a very popular treatment to offer clients, and waxing products are getting better all the time. Why not do one of our waxing courses and help your clients feel ultra groomed all year round?

 

The Benefits of Massage

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Massage is a technique that involves pressing, rubbing, and manipulating the skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. There are many different types of massage, and it is often considered as a type of complementary or alternative medicine. It is commonly being used alongside other treatments for different health conditions as its benefits become more well-known.

The benefits of massage

Several studies of the benefits of massage have found that it can be effective for reducing stress, pain, and tension in the muscles. More research is needed into what the wider benefits are, but there is evidence to suggest that it might also be helpful for:

Anxiety

Digestive problems

Fibromyalgia

Headaches and migraine

Stress-related sleeping problems

Are there any risks involved with massage?

Most people will benefit from a massage, however, getting a massage might not be appropriate for you if:

  • You have a bleeding disorder or you take blood-thinning medication
  • You have burns or other skin wounds
  • You have a fracture or severe osteoporosis

People who have cancer, or pregnant women, should discuss massage therapy with their doctor.

What to expect during a massage

Before your massage, your therapist will ask about any health conditions you may have. They will then leave the room so you can get undressed. You will only need to undress to the point where you feel comfortable, and you will be asked to lie on the massage table and cover yourself with a towel or sheet that is provided.

A massage session can last up to 90 minutes, depending on the type of massage you have. Don’t be afraid to tell your therapist if you prefer less or more pressure. Sometimes, if you have a knot that needs working out, it can feel uncomfortable, but if anything feels too uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to say so.

The different types of massage

There are many different types of massage you can get but let’s look at a few of the most common types that clients love;

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is one of the most well-known types of massage and it forms the basis of other types of massage that you’re probably familiar with, including deep tissue massage and aromatherapy massage.

If you are new to massage, or you don’t get one that often, a Swedish massage is a good place to start.

What to expect 

When you have a Swedish massage, the therapist will use oil and perform different types of massage strokes to warm up the muscle tissues, release any tension and work out any knots. The therapist will usually start working on your arms, move to the front of your legs, then the back of your legs, and finish with your back.

Swedish massage should generally be very relaxing, but remember to tell your therapist if you would prefer lighter or stronger pressure.

Hot stone massage

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Hot stone massage is a special massage, where the therapist places smooth, heated stones on the body. The heat is very relaxing and it also helps to warm up the tissues so the therapist can give you a deeper massage.

What to expect

The stones will have been heated before you arrive. You will usually lie on the massage table face down, then the therapist will start working on your back. The therapist will warm up the tissues with a Swedish massage, then they will massage you while holding a heated stone. As the original stone cools down, it is replaced with another. Larger stones are used on bigger muscle groups, while smaller stones are used on smaller muscle groups.

The therapist might also place some heated stones on certain points along your spine, in the palms of your hand, on your stomach, or even between your toes, which is believed to improve the flow of energy in your body.

Always tell the therapist if the stones feel too warm or the pressure is too much.

When to avoid a hot stone massage

A hot stone massage is not appropriate for you if you are pregnant, you have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or if you are on blood thinning medication.

Indian head massage

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An Indian head massage is a relaxing treatment that uses acupressure massage on the head, face, neck, and shoulders. This type of massage has been practised in India since ancient times, and it’s geared towards encouraging balance and healing throughout your entire body.

As well as this, the massage can relieve aches, pains, and tension in your neck, back and shoulders, relieve stress and help you sleep better.

What to expect

The massage can be quite firm but you’ll feel so relaxed afterwards.

The day you get an Indian head massage is not the day to have your best hair do. You will most likely have oils massaged into your scalp so your hair might look like an oil slick! Just plan to do nothing but relax afterwards.

Tell your therapist if:

You are, or you think you might be, pregnant

You have any medical conditions, or you are on medication

You have any skin allergies

Why not train with us?

Who doesn’t love a massage? Why not join one of our massage courses and make your clients feel like they’re walking on air? A relaxed client is a happy client!

All our courses are taught in small groups which makes for a relaxing learning environment where you’ll get all of the attention you need. Steph, our academy director and trainer, has over 20 years’ experience in the industry so when you book a course with us, you’ll be perfectly prepared to be the most successful therapist that you can be.

For more information on any of our courses, call Steph on 07825337342

 

 

How to Get the Perfect Eyebrows

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Nothing makes a difference to your face like well-shaped eyebrows. They frame your face and can give it an instant lift. Brow fashion does change, and we’ve gone from the thin pencilled look of the 1990’s to today’s fuller brow with a prominent arch.

But whatever is in fashion, you should think about which brow shape is best for your face and go from there.

Here’s how to get the perfect eyebrows:

Leave them be!

Step away from the tweezers! If you over pluck your eyebrows it can look unflattering and it will be all the more difficult to get them into a lovely natural shape. Leave them alone for a few weeks at least, no matter how tempted you may be to pluck them, and go and see a beauty therapist for a professional shaping. You can then just remove the stray hairs in between salon visits.

Don’t fight what nature gave you

Don’t stray too far from your original eyebrow shape, so no shaving bits off or making them look too different with makeup, because your natural brow shape is the one that will complement your face shape the most.

How to work out your ideal brow shape

Where should your eyebrows start?

Draw an imaginary straight line from the outside of your nose to your brows. This is where the eyebrows should start on most people. If you have a large forehead, avoid removing too much hair from in between the brows as this can make the forehead look bigger.

How to shape an arch

Place a ruler, or anything straight on the tip of your nose, and place it on a diagonal so it crosses the pupil of the eye. The point where it lies on your brow should be where the arch of your brow is.

Trim the brows if necessary

Once you have determined your ideal shape, use an eyebrow brush or comb and brush the hairs upwards. Carefully trim any excessively long hairs.

Tweeze any strays

It’s a good idea to use a white eyeliner or concealer to highlight any stray hairs that fall outside of your ideal shape so that you don’t over pluck.

Use makeup to enhance your natural brows

Use an eyebrow gel to tame unruly hairs, and use a pencil or powder to fill in any gaps. Always use a light touch. If you have very light eyebrows, choose a colour just slightly darker than your natural shade, or try eyebrow tinting.

And nobody should be using a black pencil to fill in their eyebrows, even ladies with very dark hair. Use a dark brown pencil or powder, as black eyebrows are likely to look too harsh.

Enlist the help of a professional

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Find a beauty therapist to help you determine the shape of your eyebrows. They will use techniques like waxing and threading to help you achieve your best brows ever. They will be able to help get your brows fairly symmetrical too, which is quite difficult to do on your own.

Having nicely shaped eyebrows can make such a difference to someone’s face, why not learn how to be a brow expert by doing our brow shaping and tinting course?

What is Reflexology?

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Here at the academy, we teach students how to do treatments that will help a client to look and feel amazing. But feeling amazing comes from not just looking good on the outside, but feeling good from the inside out.

That is one of the reasons why we teach holistic therapies, such as reflexology, which is not only relaxing, it’s great for your general wellbeing.

What is reflexology?

Reflexology is a form of complementary therapy which involves using massage and applying pressure to reflex areas in either the hands or feet.

How does it work?

There are points on the hands and feet which are connected to certain organs and parts of the body, through energy channels.

By applying pressure to these areas, any energy blockages can be removed which can then bring about health benefits. The right foot is related to the right side of the body and the left foot corresponds to the left side. The whole body can be treated through the feet.

Here are some examples of reflex areas and their corresponding body parts:

  • The tips of the toes are related to the head
  • The ball of the foot is related to the heart and chest
  • The arch of the foot is related to the liver, pancreas, and kidneys
  • The area towards the heel is related to the lower back and the intestines

Why might someone get reflexology?

People might get reflexology for a range of conditions including:

Stress

Tension headaches and migraines

Digestive problems like constipation

Arthritis

Insomnia

Hormone imbalances

Sports injuries

PMS

Back pain

The research behind reflexology

Surveys carried out by The British Reflexology Association found that people who had conditions like stress, insomnia and IBS benefitted from having treatment.

A review published in 2015 in the Integrative Cancer Therapies journal found that reflexology was effective for relieving cancer pain, especially post-operative pain.

What is a reflexology session like?

A typical treatment is 30 to 60 minutes long. The therapist will ask you to fill in a form about your health and lifestyle, and this information is used to personalise your treatment.

You will then be asked to remove your shoes and socks and get yourself comfortable on the massage table.

The therapist will assess your feet and apply pressure to certain points to find any areas which might be tender. Massage might be used to warm the feet, then finger and thumb pressure is then used to carry out the reflexology techniques. The sensitivity of people’s feet varies from person to person and the therapist will understand how to apply the correct pressure. The massage should not feel uncomfortable even if you have sensitive feet, and don’t worry about being ticklish; the therapist uses firm pressure.

How will I feel afterwards?

Most people will feel calm and relaxed after a reflexology session. You might notice that you feel sleepier than usual.

How safe is reflexology?

Reflexology is generally safe but as with any treatment, it’s not suitable for everyone. Make sure you give the therapist an accurate picture of your health, and if you aren’t sure about whether the treatment is suitable for you, it might be a good idea to ask your doctor before trying it.

If you have foot ulcers, a recent injury, any foot or ankle wounds, gout, diabetes, osteoarthritis in your foot or ankle, or a heart problem, reflexology might not be appropriate for you.

Reflexology is usually safe in pregnancy, after the first trimester. If in doubt, see your GP for advice.

Fancy giving it a go and really making a difference to the wellbeing of your clients? Do your reflexology training with us! Check out our full range of holistic courses here.

 

Top to Toe Holiday Beauty

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If you’re heading off somewhere sunny this autumn to escape the approach of the colder temperatures, you don’t want to be hitting the beach with pasty skin or a stubbly bikini line. Everyone wants to look and feel their best on holiday, and why shouldn’t you?

Here’s our guide to top to toe holiday beauty to get you beach ready.

Hair

Get your hair cut and coloured

Have your colour done and your hair cut around a week before you go away to give it time to settle. It takes around 48 hours for the hair cuticle to close and lie smooth again, so if you immediately go out in the sun, there’s a chance your colour will fade.

To protect your colour when you’re sunbathing or in the pool, use a hair conditioner, and wear a hat if you can so the sun doesn’t leave your hair feeling parched.

Face

Lash & eyebrow tint or lash extensions

Get this done at least a few days before you go away, as this gives the dye a chance to fade slightly so it looks more natural. Tinted lashes will make you look made up without the need for mascara and panda eyes that happen in the heat and the pool.

Lash extensions are waterproof and they will look the part all day, whether you’re swimming or partying. Always use an oil-free make up remover on your eyes though as products containing oils will weaken the lash bonds and the last thing you want is a lash line full of gaps!

Learn how to tint lashes and brows, and how to do lash extensions to make your clients feel super glam on holiday on our lash and brow tinting and lash extension courses.

Body

Exfoliate

Get into a routine of buffing your body before you go away and it will help your tan last for longer and you’ll hit the beach with beautiful smooth skin.

Waxing

For smooth legs, armpits and bikini lines, waxing is the way to go. You don’t want to waste valuable tanning or sangria drinking time shaving! Exfoliate before you get waxed to avoid ingrown hairs, and if you are having a spray tan, wax a few days beforehand, then have the tan the day before you go away. Waxing after a tan can remove the tan and make it look patchy.

Why not sign up for our waxing courses so you can send your clients away on holiday all happy with baby smooth skin? Our courses cover all aspects of waxing, including intimate waxing, preparing your client, and aftercare.

Moisturise

Getting into the habit of moisturising your skin if you don’t already is a great way to make sure your skin is baby soft and glowing when you hit the beach. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water too, to hydrate your skin from within.

Hands and feet

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Manicure & Pedicure

Make a manicure and pedicure your last port of call before your holiday, then it’s less likely that it will chip before you jet off.

Either visit the salon or treat your feet at home. Use a foot scrub, file, or pumice stone to slough off dead skin, then trim your toenails with nail scissors, or use nail clippers. Trim or clip nails as straight as you can and don’t cut them too short as this can lead to ingrown toenails.

The skin on the feet is around 10 times thicker than it is on the rest of the body, so use a rich foot lotion, then pop on a pair of cotton socks to help it absorb. Sandal pretty feet, here we come!

As for your hands, try to get a manicure as late as possible so there’s less risk of chipping your polish, or why not try gel polish? It’ll last 2-3 weeks and it protects your natural nails and promotes healthy growth.

Why not become a manicure and pedicure pro on one of our courses and give your clients pretty hands and feet for their holidays?

 

 

 

 

Top Tips for Beautiful Bridal Makeup

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It’s that time of year again, wedding season!

Every bride wants to look stunning on her wedding day. After all, you’re the centre of attention and you want amazing photographs, because you’ll have them for a lifetime. You should aim to look like a more radiant and polished version of yourself, but at the same time, wedding makeup needs to last for hours and it needs to stand out on photos.

Whether you are having your makeup professionally done or you are doing it yourself, follow these tips for perfect bridal makeup on your big day.

Back to basics: Perfect your skincare routine

Don’t start using new products or having facials the week before your wedding in case any breakouts or sensitivities occur. Start a skincare routine a few months before your big day.

Cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise

Cleansing removes dirt, excess oil and bacteria from your skin which will help to keep your pores nice and clear. Use a toner to remove any residue from the cleanser, but avoid using anything too harsh which can strip your skin of its natural oils.

Exfoliation gets rid of any dead skin cells which can clog the pores and cause breakouts. Use a facial scrub either once per week if you have dry skin, or twice per week if your skin is prone to oiliness or breakouts.

Whatever your skin type, use a moisturiser to hydrate your skin. If you have oilier skin, try a light, water-based moisturiser. Remember to hydrate from the inside too by drinking plenty of water. This is one of the best things you can do for healthy skin.

Before we get on to the makeup…

Be true to yourself

If a more natural look is your thing, don’t ask for bold makeup, because the chances are you won’t like it. Plus, the bolder the makeup, the more retouching it will need. Go with what makes you look and feel amazing, because you still want your groom to recognise you at the altar!

The problem of flash photography

Flash photography is an issue most brides have to deal with. But while it’s true that make up generally needs to be stronger for the camera, it doesn’t need to be caked on. Instead, focus on adding definition around the eyes, lips, and the brow bone. Make sure you have some colour on your cheeks too so you don’t look washed out on photos.

Start with good foundations

Your wedding day is a long day, and so your makeup will have to work extra hard, and last through nervous sweats, tears, and outbreaks of shine. So you need a good quality foundation. Apply a primer underneath to make your foundation last and to create a smooth base for your makeup. For a flawless finish, use a foundation brush and blend it with a sponge.

When choosing a foundation, be sure to test it in natural lighting. Apply some to your jawline and blend it in. The right shade will disappear into the skin. Don’t check the shade on the skin of your hand as it is almost always a different colour from your face.

There are many different types of foundation, so choose one which best provides the coverage you need. Liquid foundation generally gives a light coverage. If you are opting for liquid foundation, look for one with a slightly matte finish so you don’t look shiny in your photos.

If you want more coverage, cream to powder foundations are a good choice.

Apply concealer

Apply a concealer over your eye lids and under your eyes to keep your eyes looking fresh. Apply concealer after your foundation so you won’t wipe it off when you put your foundation on. Set your foundation and concealer with a loose powder, which will banish shine and make your base last. Keep a compact powder handy to touch up any areas that get shiny through the day.

To tan or not to tan?

If you are thinking about getting a spray tan done for your wedding day, make sure that your foundation and powder match your tanned skin, or your face will look too pale on your photos.

Add A flush of blush

Add shape and colour to your face with blusher. A cream blusher is good for a dewy look, but a powder blusher is longer lasting in general. Concentrate the colour on the apple of your cheeks for a healthy glow.

The eyes have it

Shaping and defining your eyebrows can have a dramatic lifting effect on your face, and good eye makeup adds definition to the eyes and enhances your eye colour. A smoky eye can look glamorous, and it doesn’t have to be in a dark colour to look effective either. And the most important point about your eye makeup; wear waterproof mascara!

A perfect pout

If you have thin lips, use a lighter shade of lipstick. Don’t underestimate how strategic application of lip liner and gloss can give the illusion of a fuller pout.

Stay picture perfect all day

Ask your bridesmaids to keep some key makeup items for you, like a compact powder and lip gloss, so you can touch up your makeup throughout the day.

Our 1-day cosmetic makeup course is the perfect way to learn professional makeup application techniques, skin care tips, and how to create different looks for your clients to make them look and feel amazing. It covers day to evening makeup, corrective makeup, and bridal makeup, so you will be well equipped to make any bride look beautiful on her wedding day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following My Dream: My Beauty Therapy Career

Following My Dream: My Beauty Therapy Career

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So many people come to do their beauty therapy training with me, and they lack confidence. They really want to be a skilled beauty therapist, but for whatever reason, they don’t believe that they can do it. Well I’m here to tell you that you can!

I wanted to write this blog to share the story of how I put aside all the knock-backs and started following my dream, to have a career in beauty therapy.

Humble beginnings

I remember knowing that I wanted to be a beauty therapist way back when I was just 12 years old. A teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, and without hesitation, I replied ‘a beautician’ (even though it turns out that I now hate this name!) I also added that I wanted to work on cruise liners.

This was ambitious to say the least, for the little girl who grew up in Ashington. I don’t even recall my parents having a car, so how I was going to work my way up to a cruise liner, I have no idea!

Computer says no

When I started high school, I still knew I wanted to do beauty therapy. Back in 1995, I was 15 years old, and I remember visiting the school careers advisor, who asked me questions like ‘are you confident with people?’ I replied no; I mean, how many people are at that age?

As he fed my responses into the computer and handed me a printout stating I wasn’t cut out for that career, based on my answers, I was crushed.

But I decided that I wouldn’t let what the computer said put me off. I enrolled at college, and I couldn’t wait to start my beauty therapy career. The tutor who conducted my enrolment interview warned me that it could involve long hours and very little pay, but it didn’t put me off. Everyone has to start somewhere, and I just couldn’t wait to start doing beauty treatments on clients!

From zero confidence to student of the year!

Before I knew it, my school days were gone, I was at college, and living the beauty therapy dream…or not. I hated it! I hated it because I had zero confidence in what I was doing and I felt like I lacked the skills to do manicures, pedicures, waxing, and makeup. I was struggling.

Looking back, I realised that it was the tutors that make the difference to how you learn and how you feel about what you’re learning. They either instil you with confidence or they don’t. I wanted to be the best that I could be, but my inner critic was telling me that I just wasn’t good enough.

I struggled my way through my first year of training, but I felt more confident and at ease in my second year. I trained in Electrolysis, and I took extra time to complete this as I lacked confidence that I was doing it right. It took me 3 years to finish my beauty training.

But you know what? I stuck at it, and my grit and determination led to me being named as Student of the Year! I was delighted and so proud.

Work experience

Steiner came to my college to interview beauty therapists who would potentially be working on their cruise liners. This was my big chance of getting my dream job, and I passed the interview with flying colours. But I didn’t accept the job. Why, you might ask? Well, I was in a relationship at the time, and didn’t want to leave. Young love never did make any sense!

In 1999, I went on to work at Linden Hall Hotel and Spa and I absolutely loved it. I remember thinking that there’s nothing better than getting paid for what you love doing. I spent my days using my skills, pampering clients with massages, facials, manicures, and pedicures, and my confidence grew. Training can only teach you so much, everyone develops their own ways of working when they start working with clients.

I left my job at Linden Hall as I couldn’t drive, and relying on lifts wasn’t the ideal way to get to work. So, I went on to work in a salon. I worked there for 3 years, and I gained so much experience during that time. I had a really inspirational boss; little did I know that this would set me up for self-employment in the future!

Following my dream

After a long-term relationship ended, I felt like it was the time to think about working on cruise ships like I had always wanted. A good friend I had worked with at Linden Hall gave me the details of a contact at Judith Jackson Sea Spas. This was my chance! I got the job and travelled all over the world to some dream locations; the Caribbean, America, Canada, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Mexico, and Jamaica to name but a few! The dream I had from when I was 12 years old had come true!

 

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Anything is possible!

I will continue my career saga soon, but the reason I wrote this blog is that I want to get the message across that if you have dreams, and you’re willing to show commitment, and persevere, even when the going gets tough, you will find that anything is possible!

Choose the right place to do your training, the right tutor, and believe in yourself, and the world is your oyster! Watch this space for the next instalment…

Love

Steph xx

 

 

 

 

The Complete Guide to Summer Skincare

The Complete Guide to Summer Skincare

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In the summer, we all have more skin on show, but if the thought of baring your skin fills you with dread, you need to prioritise getting your skin summer ready and that involves having a smart skincare routine and undoing any neglect from the winter.

Here’s the complete guide to summer skincare, so you can have great looking skin to show off all summer long;

Changing your skincare routine in the summer

We all love the warmer weather, but it brings with it a whole new set of skincare challenges. Pores can get clogged from sweating and the skin produces more oil, which leads to breakouts. And then there’s the dreaded sunburn.

Summer skincare essentials for the face

Cleanser

Cleansing is the first step in any skincare routine, and as you will more than likely find that your skin is oilier in summer, you should switch to a gel or foaming cleanser. Cleanse twice daily and follow it up with a good toner. Don’t over cleanse though, even if your skin feels oily, as this will strip your skin of its natural oils and the glands will only produce more oil!

Moisturiser

Whatever your skin type, you should always moisturise. Use an appropriate moisturiser for your skin type, and in the summer, think about switching to a light water-based moisturiser. If you have a problem with acne or general breakouts, look for a moisturiser with ‘non-comedogenic’ on the label, which means that it won’t clog pores.

Sunscreen

Using a sunscreen and moisturiser with SPF is important year-round but it’s extra important in summer as you will most likely be spending more time outside, and the sun’s rays are far stronger.

Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. Apply it 20- 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply it every 2 hours, and more often if you are sweating a lot or swimming.

Facial scrubs and masks

Exfoliating can help to buff away dead, sun damaged skin cells. Choose a gentle scrub for the face, and use it once per week if you have dry skin, and twice per week if your skin is oilier.

Gel face masks will boost hydration but they won’t leave skin oily, and they are also great at soothing sunburn if they contain ingredients like aloe.

Summer skincare tips for the body

Exfoliate

This is the key to super soft skin. If you don’t buff away dead skin it can look dull and dry. So hit the shower, take a handful of a good body scrub and massage it into your skin in a circular motion, concentrating on the bits where skin tends to be rougher, like the knees and elbows. Use a scrub 2-3 times per week.

Hydrate your skin

Forget the thick body butters and invest in a light summery scented lotion, which will absorb quickly. Moisturise as soon as you get out of the shower to seal in moisture.

Get a summer glow

If you read my last blog, you’ll be an expert on how to get the perfect spray tan by now! But a sunless tan is the only way to get glowing skin without the risk of burning or getting skin cancer. Gradual self-tans are another good choice, and they have the added benefit of hydrating your skin too. Just remember that spray tans and self-tans don’t contain SPF, so they won’t protect your skin from the sun.

Treat your feet!

If you haven’t as much as looked at your feet since the winter, it’s time to assess the damage. Use a foot scrub or foot file to get rid of any hard skin, then choose a bold nail varnish. You can generally get away with brighter colours on your toenails, and polish tends to last longer. Apply a base coat, 2 coats of your nail colour, then a top coat to protect the colour and add shine. When your nails are dry, slather on a rich moisturiser. For extra soft feet when you wake up, moisturise before bed, and pop a pair of socks on. To learn how to treat a client’s feet the professional way, have a look at our pedicure course.

And it’s not all about products…

The best way to nourish your skin is from the inside, so take advantage of the warmer weather, and fill up on fruit and salads which are packed with antioxidants and vitamins for healthy skin. And don’t forget to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and your skin will thank you!

Knowing how to help a client to look and feel their best is the most important part of a therapist’s job. If you want to help clients to look and feel amazing, and build up your skills, why not consider doing our 6 Day Beauty Specialist Diploma, which covers beauty treatments from head to toe?