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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.

This blog is brought to you by Beauty Training Harrow 020 8206 2930.


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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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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