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Bring back your glow with our Top 5 skin detox treatments

April 24, 2016


Screen Shot 2016-04-24 at 18.07.52IF YOUR busy lifestyle is playing havoc with your beauty regime and you want to get it back on track then a skin detox could be the quick fix you need.

There are tons of ways to kickstart a skin detox and drinking more water is one of the easiest things you can start with.

However, if you’re looking for a go-to product when skin looks lacklustre and in need of a helping hand then check out these five high street buys. They will not only rehydrate your skin but bring your natural glow back in time for summer!

1. Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque, £33

I’m a huge fan of Dermalogica and if you ever visit my salon you’ll see why! Not only is it one of the most effective skin ranges but it is also free of artifical fragrances and colours. Dermalogica’s Recovery Masque is an antioxidant-rich masque applied after cleansing and is a cooling, revitalising remedy. Botanicals help soothe and calm stressed skin while vitamins A, C and E help repair skin damage.

2. OXY Deep Calm Balm, £5.99

This skin-clearing product uses seaweed to keep skin soft and hydrated and clinical studies show that it keeps spot-causing bacteria and redness away. The range is alcohol, paraben and SLS-free.

3. Pravera Organic Anti-Blemish Treatment Gel, £22,

Screen Shot 2016-04-16 at 00.40.30This natural gel tackles skin problems fast as it dries out spots while at the same time healing and soothing irritated skin.

4. Liz Earle Clean & Polish, £13.75

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love Liz Earle and having tried her Cleanse & Polish myself I certainly felt and saw a difference. This product lasts for ages and comes with a muslin cloth – just massage the polish into your face and wipe clean with the hot, moist cloth. You’ll feel fresh and look glowing!


5. Murad Eye Lift Illuminator and Murad Eye Lift Protector, £27 for the pair

Screen Shot 2016-04-16 at 00.47.06If you’re prone to dark circles under your eyes then never have them again with this pair of eye treatment pens. One has a violet tone cream to neutralise darkness while the other contains a light reflecting concealer. A handy pair together!

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♫ It’s all about wet shave, about wet shave ♫

December 9, 2015

AS THE demand for male grooming increases in double-digit figures in Britain, beauty therapists need to keep up with changing trends. And if recent statistics are anything to go by, the wet shave is enjoying a timely renaissance.

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Miss Moneypenny gives James Bond a wet shave in Skyfall

There is now a 50% rise in men now asking for wet shaves across British barbers and salons. It’s now trendy for males to go to the traditional barbers for a hot towel shave.

Both Harrods and Selfridges have gone one step further and introduced a Gentlemens’ Lounges in response to the increased demand of this service, and of male grooming in general.

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 20.20.35The lounge at Harrods comes complete with a rare whisky bar for men who want to indulge themselves after a luxurious facial treatment, which includes a wet shave.

For the above reasons, but especially because I am always striving to improve my professional skills, I recently took a wet shaving course. My cut-throat wet shave course was a Level 3 ITEC and I had so much fun.

The goal was to learn to wet shave to a professional standard. We had hands-on practical experience on about eight models throughout our two days at the London School of Barbering in central London. The professional course is fully insurable and qualifies as CPD (continuous professional development) in the beauty industry.

Hot off the press: we now offer wet shave at Yvonne Sullivan Beauty!

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 20.20.22I am delighted to say that if male clients wish to come for a facial at Yvonne Sullivan Beauty we can either offer you a wet shave before or after your treatment. Our new treatments are:

Yvonne’s Classic Wet Shave
A hot towel, cut-throat shave using Murdoch London products made in England. This 30-minute treatment comes with a cologne of your choice to finish.
Price: £30

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 20.24.58Yvonne’s Luxury Wet Shave
In this 1-hour five-star treatment you can completely relax before or after your Classic Wet Shave experience with an express facial treatment.
Price: £45

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SPECIAL SALE of nearly new beauty equipment, DVDs and books – all for £200!

December 7, 2015

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Here’s a fantastic offer that you won’t find anywhere else – a set of beauty equipment, training DVDs, books and other great essentials for beauty therapists. All for just £200!

One of my clients has decided to join the music industry so is selling all of her nearly new and brand equipment, products, books and training DVDs.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a new beauty therapist who wants to start out in the industry to get started. Please call Ann on her mobile:
+44 (0)7716 729 567.


  • Heavy Duty Trolley with 3 shelves and lamp holder – very good condition
  • Mini Face Steamer – hardly used
  • Pedicure – Foot Spa electric – hardly used
  • Manicure – trolley/stool with 3 sliding draws – very good condition and a selection of manicure tools
  • Waxing Machine – Master Wax – BRAND NEW
  • 3 pots of gold crème wax and 1 Lavender crème wax
  • 5 packets of wax strips

Dermalogica Training DVDs x 6

  • European and Advanced International Skin Techniques
  • Expert Skin Analysis
  • Skin Exfoliation Techniques
  • Spa Body Therapy Herbal linen wrap/ Paraffin wrap techniques
  • Spa Body Therapy Hydro Pack Seaweed/Exfoliation Technique


Skin Care Beyond the Basics
The Skin Type Solution
Your Best Face
Physiology of the Skin
A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetics
Cosmetics Unmasked
Milady’s Standard Comprehensive Training for Estheticians (hardback)
The Official Guide to Body Massage
A Practical Guide to Beauty Therapy
Complementary Health

All the above for £200.00. Please call Ann on her mobile:
+44 (0)7716 729 567.


October 29, 2015

FACIALS are back in the spotlight in the beauty industry with Simon Cowell revealing that he has regular facials as part of his beauty regime. Now a revolutionary workout for the face is promising to bring your youthful look back – and it doesn’t involve botox!

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Inge Theron explains the concept behind FaceGym

FaceGym promises firmer, younger looking skin after just one session. The treatment is designed to de-puff and firm the skin through lymphatic drainage and muscle-stimulating exercises.

 FaceGym launched to rave reviews from UK beauty editors when it opened at The Beauty Project in Selfridges recently. The idea behind this new concept is that instead of taking your body for a workout at the gym, you take your face instead. It’s based on 16th century techniques that tighten the skin and boost blood circulation. Face ‘trainers’ work deep into the muscles around key problems areas such as jowls, eyes and foreheads. So far it has a proven success rate. This intensive face massage costs £35 for a 30-minute treatment.

FaceGym is now part of The Beauty Project at Selfridges

FaceGym is now part of The Beauty Project at Selfridges

Like a gym session it consists of a gentle warm up then a cardio session! The therapist uses advanced massage techniques that involves pinching, flicking and tapping the skin to warm it up before moving on to the strength section, kneading your cheekbones and jaw with quick, light movements around the eyes and hairline to lift and stimulate.

Inge Theron, the beauty journalist from Spa Junkie who created FaceGym, says: “There are around 50 muscles in the face and each of them needs as much toning and conditioning as those in the body if we really want to be looking our best.” Reviews are positive and back-up Inge’s theory that through teaching our facial muscles to do the work themselves, FaceGym can combat sagging skin, dull complexions and puffy under-eyes. At Beauty Training Harrow we love to keep up with the latest trends so we also ensure that we include up-to-date advanced massage techniques in our NVQs, which are VTCT and HABIA recognised. We offer NVQ Level 2 as well as Level 3 Electrical Facial.

On our Electrical Facial Level 3 course you’ll learn techniques such as Micro Current, Microdermabrasion, Galvanic, High Frequency and Brush Cleansing. Find out more by visiting our website.

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July 25, 2015

Beauty Training Harrow’s therapists have been given a fantastic opportunity to work September in Ibiza!

Fancy being Ibiza Weekender's beauty expert? Screen Shot 2015-07-25 at 10.44.07The film production company who make the show IBIZA WEEKENDERS are looking for holiday reps for their new series on ITV2 – and they would like a beauty therapist as part of their team!

Tash from production company says: “As a rep you will get the chance to spend September in Ibiza, making sure your holidaymakers are having the time of their lives – partying and relaxing alongside them…and, what’s more, getting paid for it!”

This year, Two Four would love it if one of their reps could also be a beauty expert, to help the guests look and feel their best on their holiday. So whether your speciality is make-overs or massages, tinting or tanning they encourage all applications – whether a qualified beautician or still a trainee.

Students at Beauty Training Harrow need to send an email to with your name, age, where you are from, the level of your beauty qualification and your area of expertise.

If this isn’t for you but you know someone who it may interest then do put them in touch with Tash at Two Four.

If you have any questions or you’d like to find out more, just call 0207 427 8424 or email

Tash says: “Look forward to hearing from you!”

Watch a programme of Ibiza Weekender here

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!

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