Monthly Archives: March 2014

Laser Lipo – Does it really work? Join me on my 4-Week Journey with Bellaze Inch-Loss Clinic and we can find out together.

I recently received an invite to a brand new, non-invasive inch loss clinic – the first of its kind in Northern Ireland – which has arrived in Belfast with ambitions to give the city a leaner, more svelte silhouette. Bellaze, situated on Donegall Street in the city centre, uses the renowned Body Sculpting system from inch loss expert Tina O’Doherty’s clinics in Scotland. Since opening her first clinic in Scotland ten years ago, a total of over 500,000 treatments have been completed on over 40,000 clients, with each losing an average number of 8-12 inches.

bellaze inch weightloss clinic

So needless to say, I was offered the chance to try out their Body Sculpting System, I jumped at the chance. I had a trial today and really loved it, but when I was told that they are treating me to the 4-week Gold Plan, I was absolutely delighted!

The Bellaze Body Sculpting System uses 3 main methods:

Lipo Sculpting – A laser beam is targeted on the area of the body identified to be treated.  The cold laser beams penetrate the skin just deep enough to reach the layers of fat. When the light hits the fat cells, a rapid chain of events take place. Firstly pores form on the cells and this causes the water, Glycerol and Fatty Acids contained within the cells to spill out.

This is then removed from your body through the lymphatic system and processed in the same way as fatty foods are digested. The remaining fat cells are significantly reduced in size. This process does not affect any other part of your body such as skin, blood vessels or nerves.

Electrolite – Used originally for healing of muscles and surrounding tissues, it became apparent that the visual effect of this treatment was the improvement of the body contours. It was also noted that this was happening quickly and comfortably to the patient.
The equipment has since been modified enabling therapists to use it in the Beauty industry. It has replaced the original muscle stimulation treatments (commonly known as Faradic) that although were effective, took longer to achieve goals and were limited in use. However, there is Microcurrent equipment that incorporates Faradic type current. This is the choice of each individual manufacturer.

Microcurrent offers quick results in lifting and contouring. Cellulite conditions will improve as the cells become healthier and waste products are eliminated. After a course of treatments, (normally recommended are courses of 10 or 12 treatments), a maintenance programme will be followed to carry on the effects achieved.

Thermoshape – This treatment is carried out at the same time as the Electrolite treatment and uses relaxing therapeutic heat. Heating the muscles produces an increased blood flow similar to that seen during exercise.

My 4-week treatment plan starts on Tuesday 1st April, I am going to share my journey over the month with you to let you know the answer to the all important question you are asking, does it actually work? Follow me over the next 4 weeks to find out.

In the meantime, why not check Bellaze out on Facebook or Twitter ‘@Bellaze’

Built to withstand the challenges of the Professional Makeup Artist – Life is a breeze with Beauty-Boxes

I am often asked by Makeup Artist, Hairdressers and students, where I get my makeup trolleys? Which are the best to get? How much to pay? What do I look for when shopping for cases and trolleys.

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I have tried trolleys from a few different companies (whose names I won’t mention) which I really wasn’t impressed with. They are overweight, extremely bulky and go out of shape very easily, meaning their lids don’t close properly, which then in turn means that it is extremely risky lifting the cases by the lid with your kit tucked inside.

A company who I would highly recommend for great quality and affordable cases and trolleys is Beauty Boxes. You may recognise them from my previous post about their great Professional Make-up Brush sets.

I am often asked by Makeup Artist, Hairdressers and students, where I get my makeup trolleys? Which are the best to get? How much to pay? What do I look for when shopping for cases and trolleys. I have tried trolleys from a few different companies (whose names I won't mention) which I really wasn't impressed with. They are overweight, extremely bulky and go out of shape very easily, meaning their lids don't close properly, which then in turn means that it is extremely risky lifting the cases by the lid with your kit tucked inside.  A company who I would highly recommend for great quality and affordable cases and trolleys is Beauty Boxes. You may recognise them from my previous post about their great Professional Make-up Brush sets. They offer a wide range of cases and trolleys suitable for all uses and kit sizes. They are perfect for Nail Artists, Hairdressers, Make-up Artist, Beauty Therapists and even just beauty enthusiasts. They are the only trolleys that seem to withstand the abuse that my multiple kits get. As a freelance artist, these cases are packed full, they are up and down stairs plus in and out of my car on a daily basis. The have been dropped, bashed and bruised and still work perfectly.  A big deciding factor for me is the weight. I once had my heart set on a set of trolleys, they looked amazing. I was sold (foolishly!). However, when the cases arrived, they weight 15KG empty! .... Yes! You're eyes are not misleading you, 15kg EMPTY! So you can just imagine by the time you put your kit in, I couldn't even lift them. Then when you take into account that you lift your case by the lid, the handle and locking hinges is what takes all the weight. I ended up having to buy another set just to split my kit up so that I could actually lift them. I still get constant compliments on how gorgeous they are, but let's face it, they break my back every single day, so I am not their biggest fan anymore. I have a few of the trolley's from Beauty Boxes for a couple of months now and they are brilliant. They have to be the most solid and sturdy trolleys I've ever had, they are super lightweight, they lock perfectly every time and haven't changed in shape at all. Another thing I love about them is that they inside of the cases are easy to wipe clean, which any professional in the beauty trade can tell you is a much needed aspect. So if you are wanting to invest in trolleys or cases that will last you a long time, make sure to check out www.beauty-boxes.com.

They offer a wide range of cases and trolleys suitable for all uses and kit sizes. They are perfect for Nail Artists, Hairdressers, Make-up Artist, Beauty Therapists and even just beauty enthusiasts.

They are the only trolleys that seem to withstand the abuse that my multiple kits get. As a freelance artist, these cases are packed full, they are up and down stairs plus in and out of my car on a daily basis. The have been dropped, bashed and bruised and still work perfectly.

monaco trolley makeup artist

A big deciding factor for me is the weight. I once had my heart set on a set of trolleys, they looked amazing. I was sold (foolishly!). However, when the cases arrived, they weight 15KG empty! …. Yes! You’re eyes are not misleading you, 15kg EMPTY! So you can just imagine by the time you put your kit in, I couldn’t even lift them. Then when you take into account that you lift your case by the lid, the handle and locking hinges is what takes all the weight. I ended up having to buy another set just to split my kit up so that I could actually lift them. I still get constant compliments on how gorgeous they are, but let’s face it, they break my back every single day, so I am not their biggest fan anymore.

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I have a few of the trolley’s from Beauty Boxes for a couple of months now and they are brilliant. They have to be the most solid and sturdy trolleys I’ve ever had, they are super lightweight, they lock perfectly every time and haven’t changed in shape at all. Another thing I love about them is that they inside of the cases are easy to wipe clean, which any professional in the beauty trade can tell you is a much needed aspect.

So if you are wanting to invest in trolleys or cases that will last you a long time, make sure to check out www.beauty-boxes.com.

 

 

Dress of the Month ~ March 2014

Right now I am slightly obsessed with our beautiful Boadicea gown from Charlotte Balbier! This is definitely not a typical wedding dress – this dress is super glamorous, sophisticated and very very sexy.

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She features a very pretty sheer lace bateau neckline which lots of our brides are loving right now.  However, instead of being a full lace look this gown features a fluid and luxurious satin skirt.

Boadicea

 

She is simply beautiful. But the most surprising part of this dress is the stunning sheer lace back! It makes a statement and is definitely a fabulous choice for a confident bride.

Boadicea

Breakfast: The Most Important Meal of Your Day

My last post was about how important your sleep is – hope you’ve all slept a little better after reading it.  This articles is going to focus on one of the first things we do after we wake up in the morning – breakfast.

Breakfast 1All my life I’ve been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and studies show that there is growing evidence that this is true. Unfortunately, when I was little my mother never had time to make breakfast for me so often my breakfast consisted of 4 home made donuts filled with huge amounts of jam and washed down with a glass of milk  – I must admit it was bliss.

Now I know what you’re thinking – gosh, that sounds very unhealthy.  Well… it might have been but I loved it. These food memories come from one of the best times of my life – donuts, 2 school dinners in the canteen and sports all afternoon – both during school and after.  This was my thing.

Throughout my life, I’ve never had a regular time set aside to eat breakfast or had something in particular that I’ve always eaten for breakfast.  My eating habits have generally varied depending on the type of job I’ve been doing, the weather and my appetite. Sometimes I found that that if I ate a heavy breakfast I would feel sluggish all day.

Increasingly, I’ve found that it’s crucial that I make time for a breakfast that consists of high energy, slow release foods and that it’s tailored to the day I will be having.  There are also some high protein, big staying power breakfasts out there that have been designed for those of you, like me, who are leading crazy, fast paced lives, always on the go.

Many of us grab breakfast on the run – a pot of porridge for the chain coffee shop near work, or get a pancake as we pass our favorite bakery or have got used to team breakfasts at work.  There’s nothing wrong with getting breakfast on the move but it’s important to make smart choices so that we are set up for the rest of the day.

These are my top five breakfasts for every occasion:

  •   1.   The Lazy Bliss: a home made Ulster fry: 2 steak sausages, 1 potato bread, 1 pancake, 2 fried eggs, fried scallions with vine small tomatoes and chili and jalapeno relish – the perfect weekend brekkie
  •   2.   The Early Riser: a pot of muesli filled with fresh fruit, drowned in hot milk and honey – something to put a spring back in your step during the early hours
  •   3. Sweet Memories: toasted pancakes with cheese and jam accompanied by glass of cold milk – a comforting breakfast
  •   4. The Energy Booster: a fruit smoothie made with special polish yoghurt (kefir or maslanka) or natural Greek yoghurt, fresh fruits (bananas, blue berries, black berries, straw berries, etc.) – this is a breakfast to help those little grey cells kick into action – to make it sweeter you can add small spoon of sugar or honey
  •   5. A Scrambled Adventure: as the name suggests, the main part of this breakfast is scrambled eggs but with a twist – I make them either with some of the following: fresh cream and onions; fresh tomatoes; polish ham, sausage, peppers, scallions and parsley; parmesan cheese, peppers, pumpkin seeds and onion.

Hungry?  I know I am! Remember, the most important thing is to be happy and to see a healthy breakfast as an essential part of your daily eating schedule.