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Sunday, 4 October 2015

Something for the kids...Thomas The Tank Engine Movie

In the summer for my daughter's birthday, I was invited to the premier of Thomas And Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure at The Odeon at Leicester Square.  It was a fun day.  Stars with their children included Stacey Solomon and Sophie Ellis Bexter.  We were just outside the Capital FM radio station.  We were given free popcorn and water and there was some entertainment via The Fat Controller for the children.  Very well catered and organised. 

The movie itself was cute and captivating and not too long, just right for little-uns.  It was lovely to see so many happy little faces.  The movie itself taught a moral of being helpful to your friends and asking for help when needed.  This cute little movie is now out on DVD and I recommend it for little-uns.


Friday, 2 October 2015

DIY Anti Ageing Treatment

I recently tried a few non invasive anti ageing treatments which actually left me looking fresh.

The first thing I tried was DIY derma roller.  You can buy derma rollers and topical hyaluronic acid to mix in with your favourite moisturisers and use after you have treated your face with the derma roller.  Hyaluronic acid is naturally present in your skin and depletes with age, it plumps the skin and moisturises from underneath.  The derma roller is a small hand held roller device which you roll across your face with some pressure in one direction and then the next.  This pierces the upper epidermis and superficially damages it so that it is forced to repair itself.  The skin will then begin to produce collagen to repair the damage, this is another natural component present in the skin that depletes over time.  It is a good idea to look for creams containing collagen.  If you are afraid of pain, it is advisable to use a numbing cream before completing this step.  Then you can remove the numbing cream if you have applied and start to apply your serum of cream which will absorb more efficiently due to the damage made by the derma roller.  You skin will sting and appear sunburnt for around 20-30 minutes after the treatment.  The next day the dead skin may begin to peel, so a gentle exfoliator is recommended along with a high SPF sun screen.  If you want to speed up the peeing you can get an AHA cream, use lots of moisturiser.

This treatment can be used one a month or once every two weeks, depending on how sensitive your skin is and you can get different needle lengths on your derma rollers.  Always start small and build up.  Not only will this treatment improve the appearance of fine lines, but it will also help with blemishes and acne.

As seen in the Havering Post delivered all over Havering on Thursdays and available online e edition on Fridays.

Lashes at Heavenly Beauty and Tanning

I was invited by Maria Hayller of Heavenly Beauty and Tanning to have an eyelash treatment that I had never had before.  (I have tried individual semi permanent eyelash extension before that looked great, but ended up damaging my own eyelashes).  This is a perm and tinting treatment, enhancing what you already have.  Even the shortest lashes will look longer.

Rachel is the best at this treatment at Heavenly.  It wasn't unpleasant at all and Rachel was a lovely lady to talk to.  It only takes around 45 minutes.  I of course took before and after photos, but believe me, I didn't need them to know the difference this treatment made,  I was so thrilled at the result!  It actually made me look fresher and younger and it looks as if I have had lash extensions of I'm wearing a super duper mascara.  It made my lashes look thicker, longer and bolder and made my eyes open up and really pop.

Some clients at the salon were looking at me afterwards and wanted the same treatment.  There is no damage to your own lashes and it lasts for up to 3 months.  I totally recommend this treatment and then when you actually put on make up with mascara it really shows!

Check these links for prices and details:
Call the salon to book on 01708 371871
(Based in Harold Hill - RM3 9PH)

As seen in the Havering Post delivered all over Havering on Thursdays and available online e edition on Fridays.

Friday, 11 September 2015

It's all About Coconut Oil!

Well!  It seems that coconut oil is all the rage, so I gave it a go!  so far the results are good.  My skin is supple and my hair is glossy.

Firstly, this product can be used to rejuvenate from the inside out by consuming it.  You can buy virgin coconut oil from super markets and health stores to cook with, add to smoothies and even add to coffee.  If the taste is too overpowering for you, there are brands with a less potent flavour.  You can also get hold of coconut oil supplements from health stores and coconut water is also nutritious, along with coconut milk.  This will all help to give you more energy, supple skin, glossy hair and a more balanced nutrition.

Of course pure coconut oil can be used directly on skin and hair too.  I find it a fabulous moisturiser and like to use it a s a night cream, (I blot the excess residual oil before going to bed).  With hair, I wouldn't recommend on coloured hair.  Bleached hair can be very porous and coloured hair could be stripped of the colour.  On natural hair it can be applied half an hour or more before washing for a deep condition.  coconut oil can also be used on lips for balm and lashes and brows to encourage growth and ensure good condition.

Coconut oil can also be used to clean your teeth!  It's called "oil pulling and removes stains and bacteria without harm.  You need a teaspoon of coconut oil, (or maybe a little more).  Let it melt in you mouth and swish for 20 minutes or more.  Spit into the toilet, (not the sink as it will contain bacteria), then rinse with warm salt water and brush thoroughly as usual.  It's simple, effective and a good night routine before bed.

As coconut oil is all natural it can do no harm, just good and I highly recommend it!

As featured in The Havering Post 09/09/2015

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Waxing and Tinting as a Model at Havering Beauty Academy

I was recently invited by Katie Newman Manager and owner of Havering Beauty Academy to be a model for Leigh who was finishing her beauty training.  Leigh will be going mobile now that she is fully qualified.

I opted for waxing and tinting.  I had eyebrow, lip and chin wax, which was done very quickly with warm strip wax and painlessly.  (I'm not a very hairy person!).

The eyelash and eyebrow tint didn't take long at all and I was very happy with the professional result.  I opted for black lashes and dark brown brows.  The black lashes really make a difference to my eyes and make them pop.  Along with the brow wax and the tint, my brows stand out more and have some depth to them.  (As I don't often wear make up, it's important to me to have tinting along with SPMU.  It really makes a difference and prevents me from looking washed out).

Leigh was very professional and friendly.  She always consulted with me about my preferences, That is very important to the client.  I would recommend her highly to anyone.

Havering Beauty Academy have a model list and you can simply call Katie or Karen on 01708 472727 to get onto the waiting list providing your mobile number.  The Academy provides exceptional training in all aspects of beauty including SPMU.  They also offer treatments as a salon and pamper parties and their is a hairdresser too.  Everything under one roof and great prices and offers for professional beauty.
Havering Beauty Academy
142 Hornchurch Road, Hornchurch, Essex RM11 1QH
01708 472727

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Bee Venom-An Alternative To Botox! Heaven skincare By Deborah Mitchell

A good friend of mine Donna Oulton and head of Heaven Skincare PR based in Liverpool recently kindly sent me some generous beauty/skin samples to blog on from Deborah Mitchell's heaven Skincare range and I must say that I absolutely love them!

I got an array of samples; sachets of masks, cleansers and creams containing bee venom, a jar of silver bee venom mask and a pump tube orange flower cell renewal gel.  Of course, I decided to use these in conjunction with my trusty derma roller which helps the skin to absorb more of the product.

You can actually feel the bee venom working, tingling, bringing blood cells to the surface of the skin to help with renewal and collagen production. 

The silver bee venom mask can be used once or twice a week and washed off and it can be popped over your usual moisturiser for an extra helping hand to your skin.
The ingredients of the silver mask include; Manuka Honey, Shea Butter, Rose/Lavender essential oils and Bee Venom which works to control the facial muscles for immediate lifting, tightening and firming, whilst getting to work on frown lines and wrinkles.  (A great alternative to invasive botox!).  All ingredients are purely organic.

I must stress that no bees are harmed during the process of the venom collection as this You Tube clip demonstrates;

This scented toner rejuvenates and heals tissue. The ingredient that regenerates cells is clinically used in hospitals to repair scar tissue in patients. The key ingredient is AHA which helps dissolve old skin cells on the surface.  This toner is a great anti ageing product.  use day and night after cleansing and before moisturising.  (I sometimes add it to my moisturiser to save time).

I also really like the Divine Cream which increases collagen & elastine.  This can be used as a mask three times a week.  The product can be used on the neck and bust area as an all round body moisturiser.  Divine Cream includes the ingredients; Manderine and Orange essential oils.

The packaging and presentation of these products are really professional and attractive too.

I have been using these products for two weeks religiously now and can see a real difference.  I look fresh, my skin is tighter and brighter.  My husband and friends have also given me compliments about my improved complexion.  As a former botox and dermal filler user, I can whole heartedly recommend this range as an alternative to invasive anti-aging treatments.

There is a whole range of treatments for skin and hair for "him and for her".  The skin products also focus on skin conditions such as Psoriasis and Eczema. 

Deborah Mitchell is famous for providing anti ageing skin treatments to celebrities such as; Danni Minogue, Victoria Beckham, Emilia Fox, Katie Price, Michelle Pfeiffa, Josephine Markham, Melinda Messenger and Paul Sculfor.  Deborha's website also has handy tips and addresses for salons who practice her treatments;  You can also follow Heaven Skincare on Facebook and Twitter

Thanks to the fabulous Donna Oulton, you will find plenty of PR out there in magazines, tabloids and on the internet to support Deborah's range and educate you of the positive effects.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Captain Fantastic Children's Entertainer

In the summer holidays of 2012, I met Tommy Balaam at a children's party.  He was the entertainer - Captain Fantastic.  I was so impressed with him that I got his details and since then we have become friends.

Tommy is an accomplished actor, entertainer, comedian, singer and musician.  His company Captain Fantastic specialises in children's parties, he also has CF Discos which are for older children and also adults.

Over the years, I have booked Tommy time and time again, I also got a play booked at my children's local school "Captain Fantastic and the Chocolate Planet", and I took my son to Little Stars a couple of times.

Tommy has a number of Captains and has also introduced new characters such as Pirate Pete, Pirate Polly and Princess Aria.  I am also friends with Ricky and Lisa who have main roles in the company and are great Captains.

I can't recommend CF Parties enough, my children and all their friends always enjoy Captain Fantastic, the Captains are fun and friendly and drum up audience participation getting right on the children's level.  Entertainment includes; magic, balloon animals, puppet show, disco, bubbles, games, foam and a theme tune.

These parties are ideal for a hired hall or even the back garden!

1) OUR MAIN TWO HOUR CAPTAIN PARTYOur popular 2 hour Captain party includes a magic show, balloon modelling, puppets, singing, dancing, parachute games, Punch and Judy show, a tea break and an interactive disco including bubbles, snow, talent show, musical quiz, Captain Fantastic theme tune, classic games and much more.

2)PREMIUM CAPTAIN PARTYWe also have the premium Captain show from our award-winning entertainer Tommy Balaam. This show includes a snow animator, levitation trick, animatronic puppet and a superb lighting rig and large LED backdrop.

Join Pirate Pete or Pirate Polly on their adventure, transforming the children from cabin boys and girls to professional pirates. This party includes magic, puppets, games, activities and balloon modelling. The children will meet Jolly Roger, walk the plank, hunt for treasure and try to avoid the curse of the black spot! Lots of treats and surprises along the way.

Hosted by Princess Aria, the children become part of her magical fairy tale adventure. This party includes magic, puppets, games, activities, singing and dancing. Together the children help Princess Aria as she races to get to the ball. With the help of Freddie the frog the children must pass the obstacles such as the wicked witch and the field of sleepy flowers to live happily ever after!

On weekends main time slots are between 11-1, 3-5, 4-6pm and evenings.

Tel: 020 8245 9019


Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Panto Time! Sleeping Beauty at The Queens Theatre Hornchurch

I managed to get hold of some press night tickets for this year's must see panto in Essex - Sleeping Beauty written by Nicholas Pegg and directed by Matt Devitt at The Queens Theatre Hornchurch last night.

What can I say?  We loved it!  My children were transfixed, it was so lovely to see their little faces light up with such happy expression.  (Even the husband enjoyed himself).

The set was fabulous, there was glamour and glitter galore, a rotating stairwell and a giant dragon so realistic that my daughter was genuinely scared.

The writing and music were also as fabulous with funny jokes for adults and an enchanting modern story for the children.  Melodic and robust songs that make you want to join in.  The Choreography was energetic and elegant.

Glamour was the theme with the costumes, sequins, glitter, bold colours and frills.

The cast were fantastic.  Really great acting and singing.  Great comedy timing and the characters really came out at you as large as life.

Sam Pay (Silly Billy) and Simon Jessop's (Nurse Nelly) characters reminded my son and I of Mr Tumble with a dash of Reece Shearsmith!  The husband was quite taken with Claire Storey as the American Fairy Carabosse.  The beautiful Princess Arora (Rachel Dawson) and pretty good Fairy Primrose (Megan Leigh Mason) were enchanting and Arora's father King Ethelbert The Unsteady (Fred Broom) was very funny.  As for the hero of the story Tom Clutterbuck (Thomas Sutcliffe) the kitchen boy in love with Arora, well......swoon!  He was my daughter's favourite as the hero and I have to say my guilty favourite too!

My children tend to go to a few Cbeebies show's and they loved this panto just as much as those shows.  They thoroughly enjoyed their evening (and so did we!).

Get your tickets for Sleeping Beauty at The Queens Theatre Hornchurch, which is showing until 10th January 2015. 
01708 443333

Writer: Nicholas Pegg
Music and Lyrics: Carol Sloman
Director: Matt Devitt
Musical Director: Carol Sloman
Choreographer: Donna Berlin
Cast: Thomas Sutcliffe, Claire Storey, Rachel Dawson, Simon Jessop, Megan Leigh Mason, Sam Pay, Fred Broom

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Non Surgical Breast and Tummy Reduction with Cool Contours.

Being a voluptuous lady and having chronic back pain due to a damaged back a breast and tummy reduction have always been on my agenda.

Since having my children via C-sections my tummy hasn't looked it's best and my breasts have grown larger in size due to breast feeding.  I'm only a little lady of 5ft, so I feel extremely self conscious of my ridiculously huge breasts.  (I've had stares from both genders and lots of unwanted comments from men).  Also outfits that are not designed to be raunchy tend to look so with my huge chest provoking judgement, (mainly from other women).

I did try to apply for surgical breast reduction and tummy tuck on the NHS, but apparently "Tummy tuck is no longer carried out on the NHS" and I am in the "Wrong post code" for breast reduction on the NHS.  Also, even if I lived in a postcode where much needed breast reduction is carried out, I would have to "jump though hoops" and it would "not be guaranteed" that I would get it.

I have known about Cool Contours for a while, (which is endorsed by Lucy Mecklenburgh), and their fat freezing procedure as I went to them to have my tummy reduced last year before a celebrity charity function.  It worked well and I actually got some very nice comments from friends and my husband.

I recently found out that the same fat freezing principle can be applied to breast reduction in both women and men.  I immediately booked myself in.  It took three trains and three hours to travel to Windsor, but it was well worth it.

My breast reduction was carried out first.  Two machines wee used at the same time on the top part of my breasts so as to avoid any glands.  The cups used suck the fat in and the machine freezes the fat cells.  (These froze fat cells then knock against each other, shatter and become liquefied.  They are metabolised through the kidneys and expelled through urination over time). It took about 30 minutes and it was very uncomfortable and slightly painful, but with no side effects, scars or downtime this didn't matter to me.  My tummy was done next with a larger cup and it took around the same time.  (I aimed for the middle part of my tummy as it also works on the surrounding areas). 

After the procedure, my tummy felt smaller, my breasts were bruised and swollen, (I bruise easily and it is obviously a sensitive area).  I followed the instructions to detox and drink plenty of water.  (I also decided to wear a sports bra and tight tummy control pants).  The next day I measured myself around my tummy and found out that I had lost five inches!  (My breasts were still very much swollen).  A few days later the swelling and bruising had gone from my breasts, (I think Epsom Salts baths may have helped).  My breasts are now a cup size smaller and look more pert!  My friends have all commented on my new figure and my husband has noticed the difference too!

I would definitely recommend fat freezing as a non surgical alternative to tummy tuck and breast reduction.  Cool Contours are based in Windsor, Bracknell and Richmond.  They also offer;
- ultrasonic cavitation to reduce cellulite, tighten skin and contour
- face, neck and chin lipo, using ultrasound liposuction and RF skin tightening
- diamond microdermabrasion, good for wrinkles, sun damaged skin, fine lines, acne,
   whiteheads and blackheads
- Dermaroller which stimulates collagen production and cell renewal, good for ageing
  skin and acne.

Price lists are on the website and courses of treatments are recommended for best results.  (Prices are reasonable too).

Also Cool Contours occasionally ask for models for training which means you would get a discounted treatment.  They advertise on which is free to join and also on the Cool Contours Facebook and Twitter;

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Derma Roller for Perfect Skin

I recently delved into the world of the Derma Roller!

I read so much about it and decided to try it at home.  I got an array of products from legitimate sellers on EBay - not bidding items.

I got two derma rollers 1.5mm and 2.5mm.  (A small roller with lots of needles).  I got topical hyaluronic acid serum, collagen gel,  collagen and hyaluronic acid cream, retinol a cream, cell renewal cream and  pure argan oil.

Once a week I roll my face, neck and chest in all directions with the derma roller, one area at a time and treat with all the serums and creams.  The derma roller pierces into the second layer of the epidermis allowing the serums and creams to sink into that layer underneath the upper layer.  The hyaluronic acid and collagen treatments should be used first, serum then cream.  (These ingredients are naturally occurring in human skin, but decrease with age). The retinol cream should be used second from last and then the cell renewal moisturiser and lastly the argan oil to seal moisture into the skin.  (Only use a pea size amount of the retinol a cream on face, this causes the dead skin cells to peel slowly away, so exfoliate each morning and use a good sun block to protect).

(You may draw blood if you have thin skin, don't panic!  This doesn't usually happen though and if you're squeamish about the pain with the needles, get a numbing cream to use before the treatment).

The skin looks red and feels sore for around an hour after the treatment.  Over time the skin boost kicks into renewing the small amount of damage made by the derma roller, thus increasing the production of naturally occurring collagen.  Skin may feel itchy and small flakes will appear when this happens.  Exfoliate and use good moisturisers and sun screen.

My skin looks plumper, my complexion is clear and peachy, my open pores and fine lines are reduced, my skin is also a lot tighter.  People have even commented positively and people who don't know my age guess that I am actually ten years younger!

A cost effective and physically effective treatment for acne, stretch marks, scars, wrinkles, fine lines, loss of collagen and elastin, dead skin cells, ageing skin and complexion patchiness.  This treatment can be used on any area of the skin.

I must spend around £20 on my skin per month at the very most and it is very much worth it!