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Crunch-Time – Does Lipo-Sculpting really work?

Can you believe how quickly the last four weeks have gone? It seems like yesterday I was writing to tell you about being offered a revolutionary inch-loss treatment at Bellaze in Belfast, and suddenly my four weeks of treatments are up and I am being measured up for that all important inch count.

When the treatment first began, I was having the Lipo-Sculpting Laser work and lay thinking to myself, wow! This is easy! I don’t feel anything and I can expect to lose lots of inches. Well obviously that was only part of the treatment. Not that the other parts weren’t easy. Basically all you have to do is lie on a treatment bed and pick which channel you want to watch, the rest is done for you.

bellaze inch weightloss clinic

After the Lipo Laser comes the Electrolite and Thermoshape. These are done simultaneously. You have the electrodes placed on your muscles (in my case I was having them on my abdomen region), followed by the Thermoshape wrap. The only way I can think of to describe this is that it’s like having a really strong electric blanket wrapped around the area you are having the treatment on. This in itself was so relaxing. I am a little bit of a heat-junkie, I find it so comforting.

In my first session, I must say I felt like a bit of a wuss. The Electrolite system goes up to level 8 and I managed to get to about 1.5 – See! Told you I was a wuss!  I am happy to say that you definitely build up muscle strength and the ability to go to higher levels each time you go. I think I managed to get to number 6 or 7 by the end. I may have only got to number 7 for 5 seconds, but hey! I still did it.

In all seriousness though, the treatment has had an even more positive effect for me than just the inch-loss. Due to numerous open surgeries on my abdomen, I had lost all muscle tone in my tummy area. I have been attending physio for a couple of months trying to build up core strength in my abdomen to lessen the sciatic pain I have been experiencing caused by over compensation of my back muscles. Even after two treatments (one week), I attended my physiotherapist and she was able to feel a very noticeable improvement in the muscle tone in my abdomen. In fact, my sciatic pain has reduced from being an ‘every-minute-of-every-day’ type of pain to an ‘occasional-pain-when-I’m-bold-and-do-too-much’ type of pain. It has had a remarkably positive effect on my sciatica, which for me is a wonderful result in itself.

laser lip sculpting inch weight lossOkay! Okay! I can feel you urging me to get to the actual nitty-gritty of the situation. Does it actually work? and I can safely say YES! It most definitely works. I was noticing changes the whole way through my 4-week treatment. I have received a lot of comments about how flat my stomach and waist is looking. I would like to add for the record that I have been healthy eating for months now, so although this may work if you continue with a so-so diet, you are best looking at your eating plan to get the best possible outcome.

Over the 4-week treatment plan, I am VERY pleased to say that I have lost a huge 11-Inches in total!

My specific loss was in the following areas:

  • Hips – 5 Inch Loss
  • Waist – 4 Inch Loss
  • Diaphragm – 2 Inch Loss

This is not to be confused with mud wraps etc which draw out the water from your body to make you appear thinner, I have genuinely moved in 4 notches in my belt in 4 weeks.

The staff at Bellaze are really professional and friendly – They make the treatments so personal and I really did look forward to going. I was so sad when I realised that today was my last session.  The clinic itself is extremely clean, hygienic and has a very welcoming feel. There is always ample on-street parking every time I was there.

So whether you have a wedding coming up, have trouble shifting inches off stubborn problem areas or need to fit into that little black dress for an occasion, Bellaze’s Inch-Loss system is guaranteed to help you drop down the sizes. They even have special Bridal and Beach Body packages available.

It was a total pleasure having my treatments at Bellaze and I would definitely consider using them again should my belt notches ever start expanding again. I will write again in another 4 weeks to let you know if the inches have stayed away for good.

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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’

Thank you for the nominations!

I have just been told that we have been nominated for the Best Beauty / Fashion Blog Award on the in the Blog Awards Ireland 2013!


The Beauty Cloud is growing fast and it is such a lovely surprise to be nominated for this award!

So to whoever nominated us, a big THANK YOU! You have made our day!

Top 5 tips For Travelling Light This Summer

We’re all guilty when it comes to over packing for our summer holidays. From sun cream to shoes, it’s difficult to fit it all in without going over your allocated weight limit (which in our opinion is never enough).  Here are our top 5 tips for packing like a pro and squeezing everything you need into your suitcase this summer…..

1. The right luggage is everything
Selecting the right suitcase for your trip is essential. Be sure to choose a case that is lightweight and has a number of compartments to store smaller items and toiletries. The lighter your case before adding your clothing, the better – and we highly recommend purchasing a hard shell lightweight case to keep all your items protected. TJ Hughes have a great range of affordable lightweight suitcases perfect for your travels this summer, we love this great Revelation Murello Grey Luggage, starting from only £34.99.

2. Double check your weight! 

Revelation Murello Grey Luggage £34.99

Revelation Murello Grey Luggage £34.99

Hand-luggage varies between airlines so be sure to check your weight limits before heading off to the airport, you don’t want to miss out on an extra 5kg! Along with weight, the size of your carry-on also varies with some airlines – so be sure to double check this on your airlines website prior to travelling.

3. Know your limits
For your carry-on bag; make sure you know your limits. UK regulators restrict liquids to 100 ml and sharp implements are banned from carry-on. We suggest investing in 100ml bottles for your toiletries and essentials. We love this great travel set from Marks and Spencer which includes 3 x 100ml bottles and a handy travel case, perfect for travelling. You can view all UK regulations on the official UK Government website:

Red Hot Mini Straightners £4.99

Red Hot Mini Straightners £4.99

4. Downsize
Why not swap your favourite essentials for smaller gadgets to maximise your luggage space this summer. Swap your favourite paperbacks and magazines for a slim lined Amazon Kindle, and even downsize your beauty products – these miniature straighteners are great for looking great on the go, at the bargain price of £4.99.

5. Pack the right way
Be sure to utilise all the space in your suitcase and hand luggage to accommodate your necessities. Swap folding your clothes for rolling, filling gaps and pockets with essentials such as socks and jewellery. Pack all of your inflexible items such as shoes first, and fill the surrounding space with your clothing, also filling pockets and shoes with your clothing.


Some of Northern Ireland’s best known sportsmen, models, actors and musicians are up for the now-coveted Glamour Awards this week as Northern Ireland’s most anticipated social event is set to take place in Belfast’s City Hall. The annual Glamour Awards, hosted by celebrity and social monthly IN! Magazine in partnership with Danske Bank, will see over 350 of Northern Ireland’s glamorous and glitterati watch well-known faces such as Darren Clarke, Ian Botham, Eamonn Holmes and Terri Hooley take the stage.

Liam Neeson

The event, hosted by stunning TV presenter Zoe Salmon in the decadent surroundings of Belfast’s City Hall on 03 November, is now in its fourth year and will see glamorous guests from across the UK and Ireland take to the red carpet for an evening of gourmet food and of course, glamorous awards. With some of Northern Ireland’s most popular sporting legends like Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy, as well as Northern Irish actors like Liam Neeson and Seainin Brennan all nominated, the country’s brightest stars will be lighting up City Hall.

Eight loved up couples will be vying for the title of ‘Most Glamorous Couple’ sponsored by The Outlet, Banbridge, including recently-hitched power couple Alison and Darren Clarke,

Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard, sporting stars Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki, and Paddy Kielty and Cat Deeley, among others.

Gmac and Kristin

Other nominees for the main awards include both the current Miss Ireland Rebecca Maguire and Miss Northern Ireland Tiffany Brien, as well as former Miss UK Lucy Evangelista and Magherafelt modelling sensation Jayne Higgins.  And representing the males are world-class athletes Paddy Barnes, Michael Conlon, and Brendan Rogers, Belfast punk legend Terri Hooley, and Oscar-winner Terry George, among many other well-known faces.

Not only will the event announce the deserving winners of each of the regular seven principal categories, which are sponsored by businesses including hugely successful Northern Irish tan brand Vita Liberata, sport drink Powerade, Yacht Masters, The OUTLET, Belfast beauty mecca Skin Medi-Spa, Ticketmaster DV8, Shannon’s The Jewellers, and Perfect Night formalwear, but this year’s awards will also feature the introduction of the Breakthrough Designer category, sponsored by Hairdresser Andrew Mulvenna, where Northern Ireland’s upcoming creative talent will be recognised for its massive strides in the fashion industry in recent years.  Finalists among nominees for the award include Lisa McCabe’s Nor Lisa line, Shauna Fay, Emma Logue, Ruedi Maguire and Susan Black.

Nor Lisa A/W 2012 Collection

A full list of the eight award categories and the shortlisted nominees can be found in the October edition of IN! magazine which is on sale now as well as online at

There will also be a prize for ‘Most Glamorous on the Night’ sponsored by chic Lurgan eveningwear boutique Perfect Night, as well as an exclusive spot prize for one of the lucky guests in attendance.

Organiser and IN! publisher Lisa Harrison said:  “The event is in its fourth year now and we are back, bigger than ever, to continue our celebration of the talents and achievements of some of our best known and most glamorous personalities. This will be our most exciting and stylish evening yet, right in the heart of Belfast, with a programme of thrilling entertainment and gourmet food in what will be a star-studded evening to remember.”

Take 10 years off with these easy makeup tweaks!

This week I am focusing on all things anti-ageing! Why look older than your years when you don’t have to. So many women make the mistake of thinking that makeup will help them appear younger, and when applied correctly I agree it can work in your favour. However, so many times, there are little methods which women use which actually work against your primary concern of hiding the signs of ageing.

Why not check out these Top 5 Anti-ageing Makeup Tricks. Take 10 years off with these easy makeup tweaks! (Courtesy of Total

Avoid shimmery eyeshadow

“As you notice lines around your eyes, avoid frosted or shimmery shadows,” says New York makeup artist Troy Surratt. “The sparkle highlights wrinkles and crepey, crinkly skin instead of masking.” Instead use silky, matte shadows that will blend into your skin and camouflage fine lines. Sweep “a light shade of champagne or peach — universally flattering colours — from lash to brow to brighten the whole eye area,” says Surratt. But if puffiness, especially on your lids, is your problem, use a medium shade such as taupe.

Balance colour with neutrals on your face

Too much of anything is never good — especially with bright makeup like red lipstick, rosy blush and jewel-toned eyes, which tend to look old, says New York makeup pro Nick Barose. Colour is necessary, but keep it sheer and strategic — don’t wear it all over. Example? If you go with a translucent punchy red or petal pink on your cheeks and lips, keep your eyes neutral to balance it out, Kashuk says. The same rule applies if you want to wear a dramatic eye; keep lips and cheeks neutral.

Go easy on foundation and concealer

It’s tempting to pile on base to even your skin tone and hide dark circles or problem spots, but cakey makeup can seep into wrinkles and make them look deeper, Barose says. Yet too little coverage can make you look tired. “Always prep with a moisturizer before ap­plying foundation,” says Barbie Laurino, a global makeup artist for Laura Mercier. Then “to get the lightest, most sheer layer of coverage, use a damp sponge or synthetic brush instead of using your fingers,” Kashuk says. Finish by dotting concealer on the spots that need extra coverage.

Define Eyes

Know how your eyes look when you wake up? Squinty and slightly lower at the corners? While we’d all like to think going natural on our eyes looks fresh and clean, aging eyes will look too tired. If you must ditch a product, let it be foundation; eyeliner is low-maintenance and high impact. It makes eyes look full and wide open. “But dark black liners and mascara make eyes look hard, so consider switching to a subtle brown or brown-black,” Surratt says. And, use powder eyeliner instead of liquid — it’s a challenge to get a fine line with the liquid and too much can look retro, Barose warns. Also, never skip curling your lashes. This allows more light to get to your eyes, making them look brighter and less droopy.

Skip dark lip colours

Lips get thinner and drier with age. Dark lip liner and matte lip­stick draw attention to fine lines. “Lipstick usually has a longer wear than gloss,” explains celebrity makeup artist Sonia Kashuk, but gloss makes lips look more full. She suggests applying lipstick, then topping with gloss for a fresh, youthful shine. If your colour strays into lines, use a clear wax lip liner, like DuWop Reverse Lipliner to keep colour from travelling.



Welcome to my world!

I have finally got round to creating my blog! This is something I have wanted to do for some time now. With the recent New Year celebrations, I got to thinking about things I had wanted to do in 2011 but never got around to doing. So Ta-da….. here is my brand new blog for 2012!

I have various reasons for wanting to create this space. I am asked to contribute to a lot of articles for different publications, all of which are very official and matter of a fact. With that in mind I wanted to create a way to voice MY opinions and views on the topics and products I come across which are of interest to me, and believe me, I have quite a lot of opinions 😛 but most importantly to do it all in my own way.

Being part of the Fashion and Beauty industry, I get the opportunity to meet some very interesting and creative professionals. I am so passionate about this area and some of the people or things I come across really do touch my heart. So all that said I am really excited to get this up and running to share some of those things with you.

Feel free to leave a comment, ask a question or get involved in the different areas I write about.

If there is something you would like to know more about or a certain topic you would like me to write about, do me a message and I will do my best to do that aswell.