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London beauty school praises student’s commitment during Adult Learners’ Week

June 18, 2015

It’s Adult Learners’ Week (June 13-19) and here at Beauty Training Harrow we’d like to share our story about Russian beauty student Olga Brennand’s incredible commitment to learning! 

A LONDON BEAUTICIAN has been praised for her dedication to learning after coming to the capital from Russia to become an expert in facials.

Olga Brennand

Facial specialist Olga Brennand

The first hurdle for Olga Brennand, who left her nursing career in Russia in 2010, was to learn to speak and write English. She then started her Level 2 NVQ Facial at Beauty Training Harrow in north-west London. After successfully completing this, Olga gained insurance to enable her to work in salons in the UK.

Her first role was for the international salon brand Carol Joy at Harrods where she was part of a professional team delivering Harrods’ renowned facials using ‘Golden Millet Oil’. Olga’s knowledge and skills are so professional she was recently headhunted to work for Harvey Nichols. She also works part-time for a skin clinic in London’s prestigious Harley Street.

Olga, aged 48 from Harrow, says: “I never thought that I could progress in my new career so quickly in London and I definitely think this is largely down to the training I received at Beauty Training Harrow – with Yvonne it feels like you’re learning in a live salon environment. She is knowledgeable in all the latest trends and treatments needed in salons today.”

Olga never stops learning. She has just embarked on her Level 3 NVQ in Electrical Facial at Beauty Training Harrow. Yvonne Sullivan, owner and beauty educator at Beauty Training Harrow, says: “Olga has been such a passionate student, she loves what she does, and all those years of hard work have paid off.

“She is constantly evolving by regularly attending extra-curricular workshops to increase her knowledge, and to be the best facial therapist she can possibly be. This includes SkinCeuticals, acid peels, ZO Medical by Zein Obagi, Glow Aesthetic Training in Dermaroller, Guinot and Estée Lauder, Dr Murad to name but a few.

Yvonne Sullivan and student

Beauty educator Yvonne Sullivan (left)

“Upon successful completion of her Level 3 Facial, Olga already has her next challenge set to complete her Anatomy & Physiology Level 3 certificate. Olga has to be the perfect role model for a beauty student during Adult Learners’ Week.”
                                                                       
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Make-up tips for summer 2015!

May 31, 2015

If you’re looking for a fresh, natural look this summer then with the right products, textures and colours you can still look and feel your best. Here are our top 6 ideas to help you look sizzling for summer 2015, without having a meltdown in the sun!

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Follow the Fitzpatrick skin type chart to work out your sun factor. Smokey eyes and black eyeliner are trending this summer.

The Fitzpatrick skin chart works out your sun factor. Smokey eyes & black eyeliner are trending.

  1. Sun Protection factor is a ‘must’
    If you’re off to a summer event then it could mean hours in the sunshine, so your skin should be top priority. Use a good sunscreen to protect your skin – it should be 15-30 SPF, depending on your Fitzpatrick skin type.
  2. Primer/Foundation
    As a general rule of thumb you apply primer first and then your foundation. Your foundation type can be tinted moisturiser or the ‘new must’ have product to take the beauty industry by storm – BB cream! It will last and look more perfect, and for a longer period of time.
    If you want your make-up to last all day in the heat then cream formulas look more natural and more ‘second-skin’. This gives you a flawless, dewy, healthy glow rather than a cakey, heavy look to your make-up.
    Keep the foundation lightweight – some of the best are the cream gels, they feel weightless on your skin but give you great coverage e.g. Dermalogica ‘sheer tint’ or Mac studio sculpt foundation.
  3. Eyeliner
    Black eyeliner is trending this season and ranges from cat eyes to dramatic smokey eyes. When it comes to the type of eyeliner, think about a gel because they glide on gently and don’t tug and pull at your skin. They also last longer!
  4. Bronzer
    If you’re aiming for a sun-kissed look, when applying bronzer swipe under your cheekbones in the shape of a tick. Then brush the sides of the nose, along the jaw and across the top of the forehead. Blend seamlessly into your skin with a contour brush. For summer, try a cream bronzer as the colour will melt into your skin, setting naturally and adding the perfect contour.
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    Before and after images of bronzer application. Mac and Dermalogica are among the best lightweight foundations around

    Before and after images of bronzer application. Mac and Dermalogica are among the best lightweight foundations aroundMatte lipstick

    Matte lips
    This year it’s out with the gloss and in with matte lips. When it comes to colour, deep shades are in this summer. Typically, berry coloured lips are for winter but with matte lips, and makeup in general becoming bolder, we can expect summer make-up to look dark too.

  6. Less is more …..!
    For those of you craving a little bit less this summer season then you could opt for a makeup break. The minimal makeup look, especially for daytime, is the choice of more and more women. Try the ‘Bear Minerals’ collection of lightweight minimal look make up products. They not only look truly wonderful on application but are also very kind to the skin.

Hope you all have a wonderful summer …………… look and stay healthy!

This blog is brought to you by the Yvonne Sullivan Beauty Salon and Beauty Training Harrow.

For more details on our professional London beauty courses in make-up, waxing, manicure/pedicure, as well as advanced NVQ courses in electrolysis and electrical facials, please visit our website. You can also call +44 (0)208 206 2930 or emails beautytrainingharrow@hotmail.co.uk.

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Electrical facials: the buzzword in beauty

May 7, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-04-28 at 15.25.53BRITAIN’S GOT Talent judge Amanda Holden is one of a number of celebrities shying away from Botox injections in favour of ‘non-surgical facelifts’.

Better known among beauty therapists as ‘electrical facials’ these treatments offer a safe way to achieve youthful looking skin without invasive procedures.

Your clients may ask for either microdermabrasion or micro-current therapy. Microdermabrasion is essentially a deep exfoliation treatment to reduce the appearance of dull and rough skin, sun damage, hyper pigmentation, fine lines and acne scars.

There are many machines on the market, although Carlton Diamond is considered to be among the most reputable.

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Men find their inner beauty in BB creams

March 27, 2015

BB creams, the new “must-have” in the male grooming market, have shot to record success with £9million of sales in UK department stores. But what are they?

BB creams have multi-functional benefits

BB creams have multi-functional benefits

BB creams are multi-functional products, otherwise known as beauty balms or blemish balms.

BB creams correct uneven skin tones, minimise oiliness, reduce wrinkles and inflammation. The creams also have whitening properties, cover up blemishes and offer an extra UV protection. Once upon a time men used sunscreen and an oil-control gel, and maybe a wrinkle cream to smooth over their face and make them look healthy. However the BB cream promises to do it all in one tube. BB creams act like a thicker version of a tinted moisturiser that enhances the skin and make it look healthy. It’s a very effective product and very easy to apply.

BB creams are multi-functional

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Step aside mani-pedi, now it’s the mani-mani!

March 13, 2015

The mani-mani. It’s the New York beauty therapist term for the male manicure-pedicure and it seems it is here to stay in the UK. Male grooming is on the rise and thousands of men now pay a weekly visit to their local salons for their regular beauty rituals.

Picture: Instagram

Picture: Instagram

A recent survey shows the average man now spends six minutes longer than a woman to get ready and claims that a man will spend £75,030 on his appearance over the course of his lifetime.

Debenhams has seen a 24% increase in sales of male grooming products while male skincare is now worth an estimated £600million in the UK alone.

But far from being a recent trend, archaeologists recently discovered that one of two male bodies dating back 2,000 years ago in Ireland coiffed up his hair with an ancient from of hair-gel in a bid to look taller. So nothing new there then!

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Pamper Mum this Mothers’ Day!

March 3, 2015
Spoil Mum rotten this Mothers' Day!

Spoil Mum rotten this Mothers’ Day!

It’s Mothering Sunday on March 15th so what better way to make your wonderful mum feel special than to totally pamper her! At Yvonne Sullivan Beauty we’re offering a fantastic Mothers’ Day Special with a very special price to match!

For just £50 we’ll treat your mum to Yvonne’s 60-minute Deep Cleansing Revitalising Facial and her totally gorgeous Luxury Manicure. This fantastic offer is available till March 31st.

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5 reasons to be excited about the Professional Beauty London 2015 show

February 22, 2015

IT’S THE UK’s biggest beauty industry show with over 800 leading brands exhibiting over a two-day period in London (Feb 22-23). Professional Beauty London is when the whole industry comes together, providing plenty of opportunities for networking and catching up on the latest trends. So here’s 5 reasons not to miss it!

Leading brands in action on the live demo stage

Leading brands in action on the live demo stage

1. Seminars and advice

Don’t miss out on the amazing seminars that offer great business advice, topical discussions, product news and cutting edge trends.

2. Talk direct to brand owners

Talking to an array of exhibitors will give you up-to-the-minute news on what’s current. They can offer you new inspirations as well as different trainings for you to update your skills and increase your salon offering.

From airbrush make-up and gel polish to high definition brows and staff management, leading industry brands will be presenting their latest courses. Those offering training (special prices if booked at the show) include: Airbase, Finishing Touches, HD Brows, Lash Perfect, Nail Harmony, Nouveau Beauty Group and Guinot

3. Skincare

Network, get advice and speaking direct to the brands you love at #PBLondon

Network, get advice and speaking direct to the brands you love at #PBLondon

Professional Beauty London brings all the latest innovations under one roof.
So whether you’re looking to expand, improve your client offering or just want excellent savings, there are 12 separate areas to the show: skincare, make-up, advanced treatments, nails, organic & natural, equipment, hair, training, retail, spa/wellness, holistic treatments and tanning.

For me the skincare section is a must because it has the most comprehensive range of professional skincare brands under the same roof.

Dermalogica is my personal favourite because of its innovative products that get skind results fast. Other big names to talk to about their products are: Aromatherapy Associates, Clarins, Decléor, Elemis, Guinot, Environ, Heaven, Phyotmer, Sothys and Thalgo. All these products will be in action on the Advanced Treatments live stage.

4. Nails

You can benefit from exclusive show offers available at the show only, or simply stock up on your favourite products, especially nails! Brands include: CND, OPI, essie, Jessica, ORLY, Cuccio, Gelish, Mavala, Morgan Taylor, NSI, Nubar, and IBD. One springs to mind for me.

OPI's new stand at Professional Beauty London

OPI’s new stand at Professional Beauty London

OPI has launched a new stand at Professional Beauty London (look for stand I12). This will showcase OPI professional systems and treatment, allowing visitors the chance to experience the full OPI range. The new stand will also hold exclusive previews of new collections and product innovations.

They are inviting visitors to the “OPI Experience”. Their treatment zones will focus on each OPI System by offering demonstrations from highly knowledgeable OPI educators and sales staff.

5. Make-up

We all know that in beauty it is vital to stay on top of the latest looks, techniques and product innovations so look out for Airbase, Artdeco, Clarins, jane iredale, HD Brows, Mii Cosmetics and Nouveau Contour at the show.

But you can also learn as well so look out for the Warpaint seminar programme, which will give you an insight into the world of make-up ‘artistry’. There are free live demonstrations held on the PB Live Stage.

Professional Beauty London will host the Warpaint Make-Up Competition catering for both students and professionals. Entering competitions is a great way to help raise your profile and gain industry recognition.

Enjoy the show!

Yvonne Sullivan is a beauty educator and founder of Beauty Training Harrow, which specialises in fast-track training in NVQs and VRQs in a wide range of beauty courses from Level 2-4.

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