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UK beauty consumers set to make their own perfect skincare in science labs

September 23, 2014

UK BEAUTY consumers are ready to provide their own blood, skin and hair samples for specialist laboratories to make skincare products to match their skin. Customers aged 40-60 and in pursuit of the perfect skin could soon have the chance to buy individualised skincare. According to analysts, they do not mind waiting up to a month for their own product.

Growth in in-store skin consultations leads to personalised skincare in science labs

Growth in in-store skin consultations leads to personalised skincare in science labs

With in-store skin consultancies continuing to grow, the demand for more personalised skincare products is set to become the biggest new trend in the beauty industry. A new survey by market analyst Canadean found that 45% of UK beauty consumers would consider choosing a laboratory over a department store beauty counter if it meant they could find a product to perfectly match their skin.

Individual skincare made in labs would carry the customer's surname

Above: Nivea’s ‘Face Facts’ campaign included customer skin consultations for women aged 40-60. Below: Individual skincare made in labs is set to carry the customer’s surname

Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 12.48.32Of these, said they would pay a premium for the product, 54% said they would provide their own blood, hair and skin samples and 51% said they would give a DNA swab sample.

Canadean now values the global market for personal skincare to be worth $12.2 billion. Many brands already offer consumers an individualised skin consultancy in-store to detect their skin type and match them with the right product. But now personalisation has been taken to a new level as customers will be offered a more scientific attitude towards skincare with laboratory tests and individually labelled products.

Veronika Zhupanova, analyst at Canadean, said: “Over 22% of skincare consumption by volume globally is driven by individualism, and with the development of new technologies, manufacturers have opportunities to take it to a whole new level. Factors such as allergies, genetic predisposal, nutrition, climate and exposure to the sun are all individual needs perfect for tailoring.”

Explaining how personalisation works, Zhupanova said: “Companies such as Dermalogica, Clinique and Nivea have a set of products and then guide their customers on which one will suit them best. However, I think that we will see more brands taking this trend even further with more niche products made one-to-one in a lab where the cost and waiting time is higher.”

Nivea's Face Facts Campaign toured the UK with a skincare booth to allow women to seek individual advice about their skin

Nivea’s Face Facts Campaign toured the UK with a skincare booth to allow women to seek individual skincare advice

The skincare lab service is being offered in Russia already. Customers are invited to I.C. Lab where their skin is tested and product made specifically for their skin is ready in a few weeks – it also features their surname on the package. An eyecream costs around £50 for a 15ml pot.

The trend is also picking up slowly in the UK. In July, Nivea launched its ‘Face Facts Boutique’ for the new Cellular Anti-Age range. The rolling booth was set up in a number of UK shopping centres providing skin consultations using a new skin technology to analyse the customers’ skin, to advise on the best skincare routine and to answer any skin-aging questions.

Reacting to the new market trend, Professional Beauty Magazine said: “Personalised skincare will have a heavy influence on the future of the beauty market.”

This article is brought to you by Beauty Training Harrow, which teaches fast-track beauty NVQ and VRQ courses in London: facial, manicure-pedicure, facial electrics, massage, waxing, advanced waxing, eye treatments, Swedish & Thai massage, threading, blemish removal, electrolysis, cosmetic tanning, make-up and health & safety.

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Thinking about a London course in Level 3 Facial Electrics?

August 22, 2014
On our Level 3 Facial Electrics course you will use galvanic and high frequency machines

On our Level 3 Facial Electrics course you will use galvanic and high frequency machines

TO GAIN EMPLOYMENT in most skincare centres throughout the UK it is a compulsory requirement to have Level 3 Facial Electrics.

If you already work in a salon but are looking to enhance your facial skills then you’ll already know that your clients are keener than ever to improve the condition of their skin and to reduce imperfections and blemishes in their quest for perfect skin!

It is proven that using electrical machines, for example, High Frequency or Galvanic can help them to achieve optimum results.

Level 3 is a requirement for most skincare centres in the UK

Level 3 is a requirement for most skincare centres in the UK

On our Level 3 Facial Electrics course you will use a variety of methods and machines to enable you to treat your clients for a range of advanced skin problems.

Level 3 machines include: Microdermabrasion, Milia extraction, Galvanic, High Frequency and Faradic.

If you are progressing from NVQ Level 2 it is worth noting that you can ‘cherry pick’ the units of Level 3 that you prefer to learn e.g. Facial electrics, massage. These can be taken as standalone units. They are still regarded as a valid Level 3 qualification, fully recognisable within the beauty industry and fully insurable.

Course requirements:

Call 020 8206 2930 for more information or visit our website for more details of all courses

Call 020 8206 2930 for more information or visit our website for more details of all courses

To upgrade to Level 3 in Facial Electrics you will require a Level 2 NVQ certificate in Facial.

Level 3 in Facial Electrics at Beauty Training Harrow runs 1 day a week for 5 weeks and dates can be tailor-made to suit you. We have a maximum of 2 students per Level 3 class at Beauty Training Harrow.

We have a no-nonsense approach to our training here with emphasis on practical results, ensuring you leave our centre with confidence in your new skill.

Beauty Training Harrow is delighted to announce that we have also received “excellent” for our training for the 8th consecutive time from the UK’s official beauty training body the VTCT.

Course fee: £329 plus VTCT fees

To find out more about our Level 3 Facial Electrics course please call us on +44 (0)208 206 2930 or email:

Or, contact us via our website where you can also learn more about all our courses.



9 reasons why your beauty regime should begin with your morning cuppa

August 15, 2014

I SPEAK to my clients a lot about their everyday beauty regimes and so many have told me recently about the benefits they find in tea.

Green tea can help maintain a healthy weight

Green tea can help maintain a healthy weight

The simple cuppa provides so many incredible advantages to your inner health as well as keeping your skin looking great and it is worth considering making tea a permanent part of your daily beauty program.

One client, a new mum-to-be, told me that she found that chamomile and white tea helped clear the problem skin she had when she first became pregnant. A bride-to-be, who told me she wasn’t eating properly during all the stressful preparations for her wedding, has been drinking peppermint tea to help with digestion.

It’s great that the British cuppa is now regarded as a “super-drink” – not only does tea contribute to losing weight, fighting disease and boosting energy, it also reduces stress. Personally, I have found chamomile and green tea have both benefited me, so in dedication to the powers of this wonderful beverage my blog today lists 10 great reasons to drink tea!

1. Tea can help maintain a healthy weight

An obesity study has recently found that mice who were fed a high-fat diet were also given compounds found in green tea – they gained weight at a slower rate than mice who were not. Experts believe therefore that these compounds in green tea interfere with fat formation in the body.

2. Tea that helps your eyesight

Green tea may also help you see better. The eye suffers from oxidative stress making it prone to disease. But components in green tea positively affect retina tissue of the eyes.

3. Great for your skin

White tea is great for skin and helps keep joints young

White tea is great for skin and helps keep joints young

White tea can help you look younger because health experts have found it has a very high polyphenol count. A recent study shows that extracts in white tea inhibited wrinkle production by strengthening elastin and. White tea also helps keep your joints younger.

4. No more stress!

Stressed out? A cup of black tea could be what you need because it’s been found to reduce levels of stress hormones. Black tea also has a benefit on blood pressure. As stress goes up, blood pressure does too, putting us at risk for developing a heart attack or stroke. But a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that six months of black tea consumption actually lowered systolic blood pressure.

5. Helps cure stomach disorders and insomnia

Although it has been consumed for thousands of years, chamomile tea is now seen as a herbal remedy. As well as being a delicious alternative to your average cuppa, it helps with several heath-related concerns such as intestinal and stomach disorders, anxiety, insomnia and mouth ulcers. And it has countless beauty benefits.

  • It has been found to have anti-oxidant, cleansing and moisturising properties
  • Chamomile tea accelerates the healing process of minor wounds and also disinfects the wounds.
  • Chamomile lightens your complexion and gives it a healthy natural glow
  • It is effective in soothing skin irritation and sunburns.
  • This powerhouse tea is full of antioxidants that help you fight acne and breakouts. And it helps eliminate acne scars. Nettle tea is also good for skin problems.

6. The wonder of nettle tea

Fennel tea helps promote milk production for new mums and can also help ease period pains

Fennel tea helps promote milk production for new mums and can also help ease period pains

Nettle tea stimulates the lymph system to boost immunity and has been found to relieve arthritis symptoms as well as symptoms of diabetes mellitus. It helps with menstrual cramps and bloating, menopausal symptoms and asthma sufferers say they also feel positive benefits of nettle tea.

7. Why tea helps pregnant women and new mums

Tea can also be of great benefit to mums. Nettle tea in particular has been found to help with nausea and to strengthen the fetus in pregnant women. Both nettle and fennel teas help promote milk production in lactating women and they have also been found to alleviate period pains and bloating. And last but not least, nettle has been found as a very natural way to relieve the symptoms of menopause.

8. Caffeinated tea also has benefits!

If you think decaf is the only solution to feeling healthier, how’s this for facts… it supports endocrine health by helping the thyroid, spleen and pancreas – and a study of caffeinated teas also found that caffeine in tea may help in reducing the overall risk of diabetes.

9. Love your tea, heart and soul!

Chamomile tea has natural soothing qualities and therefore great for calming problem skin

Chamomile tea has natural soothing qualities and therefore great for calming problem skin

Tea can make your heart stronger! Green tea helps improve heart function after consumption. However, resist the urge to add milk to your tea if you are drinking for better cardiovascular health. That’s because the caseins in milk could decrease the cardioprotective benefits you get from tea.

This blog comes to you from Beauty Training Harrow, which runs London NVQ courses in all aspects of beauty including facials, manicure-pedicure, massage and eye treatments. To find out more visit, email or call 020 8206 2930.



Top 10 Bridal Beauty Tips from Yvonne Sullivan Beauty

July 21, 2014

IT’S WEDDING SEASON! Whether it’s your big day this summer, or you’re helping a bride-to-be look her best for her very special day, here are 10 bridal beauty tips you won’t want to miss from Yvonne Sullivan Beauty.

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It’s so true that you are what you eat so focus on having a healthy, well-balanced diet. Lots of fruit and veg, cut down on saturated fats, sugars and salt, and try to get into the habit of treating your body to “five a day”.

Dresses by Katya Katya Shehurina

Dresses by Katya Katya Shehurina


Drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated as it’s especially good for reducing toxins and making skin glow.


Getting enough sleep is also essential before the big day to prevent your skin looking sallow.

Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 19.29.424. WEDDING MAKE-OVER

This should be booked well in advance of your wedding day. Even if you’re not having a professional artist do your bridal make-up on the big day, a trial run will really help you choose colours that work with you and the best cosmetics to make the most of your beautiful face. Remember to bring along a swatch of your dress if you have it.


Book yourself a skincare consultation with a specialist at least 6 weeks prior to your big day. The beauty counters at Selfridges, John Lewis, Harvey Nicks offer these and are the perfect way to analyse your skin’s health and find the right skincare products you need to keep your skin looking healthy and radiant.

Beauty Training Harrow's courses are in small groups so that students feel they have a personal learning environment to learn their skills professionally6. GOOD MAKE-UP BRUSHES

Invest in good make-up brushes to achieve a professional, flawless look. Lots of make-up counters in department stores sell them and Mac in particular have a really wide range that are suitable for a range of applications, including eyes, lips and skin. Always ensure you have someone to carry your lipstick and other essentials for necessary touch-ups throughout the day.


Lip balms have improved in leaps and bounds over the years. Some give gorgeous colour while others have an SPF of up to 35. Lip balm is essential for keeping your lips gorgeous and moisturised – it helps to prep the lips for a smooth, even application of lip colour. Using it as part of your night routine well in advance of your wedding will ensure beautifully moisturised lips for your special day.

Beauty Training Harrow runs professional make-up NVQ courses at times to suit you!

Beauty Training Harrow runs professional make-up NVQ courses at times to suit you!


If you decide to wear lipliner, it should closely match your lipstick. If it’s too dark, it will harshen your features. A medium-sized line, however, brings out lip make-up. Lipliners also extend the wear of lipstick and help prevent feathering.


All that laughter, tears and emotions you feel on your wedding day could make your eye make-up run so make sure your mascara is waterproof – it’s a beauty must! All the good make-up counters sell high quality waterproof mascara that won’t clump so shop around to see what suits.

10. HANDS!

NEW! Saturday courses at Beauty Training Harrow are perfect for those who can't commit to weekday coursesYour wedding ring will draw attention to your hands so have a professional manicure to make sure you show your ring off in its best light! Keep your hands beautifully moisturised before your big day with rich, luxurious creams that will leave your hands silky soft and lightly scented.

Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 19.11.32Check out our bridal beauty treatments at Yvonne Sullivan Beauty!

5 tips to avoid summer’s beauty blunders with Yvonne Sullivan Beauty

June 17, 2014

IT’S THAT time of year when beauty blunders are hard to avoid but here are 5 tips you won’t want to miss to get you through this summer’s biggest beauty challenges.

Keep naturally beautifully this summer with great tips to stay fresh

Keep naturally beautifully this summer

1. Face masque

In summertime your skin goes through many different variables like high temperatures and humidity. We respond by applying a lot of additional products to our skin e.g. sun protection.

But layers of products can clog your pores and make your skin look dull and lifeless. Applying a self-heating masque to your face will draw out dirt, remove dead cells and leave your skin looking fresh and radiant.

Look for masques with natural charcoal or Kaolin in them as they provide a really deep cleanse – for optimum results I would suggest that you apply weekly during this time of year.

2. Cucumber or teabags

Cool cucumber is one of the best treatments to perk up tired eyes in summer

Cool cucumber perks up tired eyes

A tried and tested winner to help with puffiness around the eyes – the tea from the teabags also helps combat dark circles.

It will save time if you put either cucumber or teabags on your eyes while you’re doing your masque – also a great opportunity to take a 10-minute lie-down to cool off from the summer’s sun.

3. Cooling cleansing wipes

Sweating is inevitable in summer and many of us feel embarrassed by it. As well as a good deodorant, cooling body cloths are great to wipe off any sweat if you’re on the go a lot, working out at the gym or wiping feet after being in flip lops all day.]. They fit perfectly in your handbag if you have a long road trip on a sizzling hot day or a tiring train journey into the city. Boots are offering 3 for 2 at the moment.

4. Hair serum & pony tails

Hair frizz is one of the biggest beauty mishaps during summer so look for a hair serum with sillicose because this key ingredient softens the hair and tames the frizz. Apply serum to hair while it’s still damp and then style as usual.

Ponytails are superchic this season. Once your ponytail is up, keep the hair back off your face so that you can show off your healthy skin. Use some nice feminine hair accessories to look & feel feminine and create a great glam-casual look.

5. Happy Feet!

Right foot first with these 5 great tips for summer freshness

Right foot first with these 5 great tips

With the trend this summer to have your toes out in sandals and flip-flops, don’t forget to put feet first!

Paraffin wax manicures are one of the best treatments to keep those feet in great condition.

Leather sandals will keep your feet healthy but if your feet are prone to a bit of sweat then investing in anti-bacterial soap will help keep them fresh.


Get happy feet with this sizzling summer offer!

Get happy feet with this sizzling summer offer!

Enjoy this fantastic Luxury Pedicure & Waxing offer at Yvonne Sullivan Beauty Salon…..

For just £20 you can enjoy a luxury pedicure plus £10 off any waxing treatment at Yvonne Sullivan Beauty.

The Luxury Pedicure includes cut, file, shape, cuticle removal, exfoliation, massage with hot stones, paraffin wax application, hot towels, mask and colour polish application*.

Offer available from July 1st to July 31st. *French polish application additional £3.

Salon opening hours:

Monday – Thursday 8am – 8pm

Friday 8am – 6pm

Saturday 8am -1pm

To book, call: 020 8206 2930 or email:


Screen Shot 2014-06-12 at 19.00.34Don’t forget we also sell Gift Vouchers for birthdays or a special treat! All gift vouchers are valid towards any course at Beauty Training Harrow, and also for any of our treatments at Yvonne Sullivan Beauty Salon!

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We welcome male therapists into the beauty industry

May 26, 2014
I thought I’d dedicate my latest blog post to the rise in male beauty therapists coming through our doors! There’s been a recent boom in the male grooming market and it only looks set to grow.
The male grooming market is set to grow by 18% by 2018, says Mintel

The male grooming market is set to grow by 18% by 2018, says Mintel

I’ve been a beauty therapist and lecturer for 20 years and run my own ‘Fast Track’ beauty school offering NVQ Level 2,  3 and 4 beauty qualifications.

My main demographic of students have been mostly women, 19-55 from varied backgrounds.

However, I have seen a marked increase in male therapists coming to me to train and this is in line with new data from the market analyst Mintel. It says the “male personal care” market will increase by 18% by Dec 2018.


Why are men more attracted to beauty?

Other male grooming experts say that for men, it’s not just about men wanting to look “pretty” – they want to look “clean and distinguished”. So they’re coming to beauty therapists like me, not just to get polished up but to train themselves in how to give treatments. This has become a new clientele for me and a few trends I’d like to share are:
  • Many men are changing careers from professional jobs that they have trained years for, while some of my clients are from overseas
  • Men are mostly looking to train in threading, Thai massage, waxing, facials and pedicures. 
  • Male clients want pedicures because more and more are opting to wear flip-flops in summer and are concerned about their nails looking nice. Also, many of my female clients tell me they are very happy to be seen by male therapists.
  • I also teach a new Level 4 course in skin tag and blemish removals and this is the biggest upward trend in male treatments that I am seeing. Men hate skin tags! As well as giving skin tag treatments at the training centre here at Beauty Training Harrow, I also teach this advanced skill to both male and female therapists.
Men want nice feet for their summer flip-flops!

Men want nice feet for their summer flip-flops!

I would be interested in hearing from anyone else who has observations on the growth of male therapists and why they’re changing careers.

And if you’re looking to change careers and become a male therapist, or you’re looking for advanced courses in beauty therapy, please see our courses here.
Keep training!
Call +44 (0)206 2930 or email to find out more about our fast track courses!

5 easy steps to having hygienic make-up!

April 3, 2014

WE’RE ALL guilty of it and now Hollywood A-lister Jennifer Aniston has admitted it – she keeps make-up for 10 years! The star of Friends and Horrible Bosses admitted she even has clothes that are 20 years’ old that she just can’t part with.

Keep your products cleaner for longer with our 5 easy steps

Keep your products cleaner for longer with our 5 easy steps

In her interview with, the down-to-earth actress said: “I’ve had make-up in my drawer for ten years that I should probably get rid of. I just cleaned out my make-up drawer. I mean, I do get new mascaras and things like that. But I also have this weird thing (about saving).”

She added: “Like even my jeans from my 20s that I can’t get rid of. They’re high-waisted and short. I thought it was awesome. I still have red loafers from ‘Friends’! I can’t get rid of them. I have a nostalgia about them.”

I love that Jennifer is so refreshingly honest about her make-up and if you, too, keep make-up for a long time then here are 5 tips to keep some of your make-up collection in tip-top condition! Read more…


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