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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Salon Treatments For Less

I've been using a free website called Salon Guinea Pig UK for a couple of years now and highly recommend it to anybody who likes beauty treatments, but doesn't have the money to treat themselves. As a mother, the money I earn mainly goes on my children and I naturally feel guilty about spending money on myself. When I came across this website, I discovered a whole other world of glamour and beauty for a fraction of the prices and sometimes free. This is a handy site as it volunteer models with trainee beauticians, hairdressers and aesthetic delegates all over the UK. (This also in turn allows you to help the people that are training to pass their courses under supervision). I sometimes travel as far as Windsor, often go to London and manage to find a lot of treatments in Essex. It's worth the time and travel as I have managed to get treatments that I'd never dreamed of, such as SPMU, botox, lip filler, non surgical face lift and fat freezing. You can even get life changing non surgical treatments such as breast reduction!  Here is the link for anybody who is interested www.salonguineapig.co.uk

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!

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

The Non Invasive Face Lift at Aquavie Spa by Elizabeth Caroline

I recently went to Aquavie Boutique Spa in Tonbridge to try The Non Invasive Facelift.

Elizabeth Caroline looked after me.  She is so lovely, beautiful and calming.  She is a really interesting lady - a Buddhist.

My skin was first cleansed and toned and then a special skin cell renewal moisturiser was massaged onto my face.  The Elizabeth began to use the machine which uses nano currents.  These nano currents lift, tone, renew and boost skin cell function.  A quote from the website "Clinically proven to boost the ATP (adenosine triphosphate) in skin cells by 500%. ATP is a macromolecule that acts as the power centre of your cells, healthy levels of ATP help enable your skin cells to function, renew and repair. Clinically trials have also proven that a treatment can boost the immune system by improving protein synthesis within the cell membrane. The current used is so controlled, that it's in natural harmony with your body's electrical system. The Alift is doing far more than simply healing your skin, it's working together with your body to achieve natural and effective regeneration."

It felt so relaxing and didn't hurt at all.  It didn't feel odd or uncomfortable.  Then Elizabeth explained that she would do some lifting around my eyes, jaw, chin, cheeks and mouth.  I actually felt the lifting, tightening effect!

After the treatment I felt really happy and relaxed.  My friends told me that I looked rested, tighter and refreshed.  It even carried on working for a time afterwards as I also used the Dermatude Skin Cell Reactivator moisturiser and serum afterwards by Elizabeth.

I would totally recommend this treatment to anybody wanting to smooth and tighten areas without pain, scars and downtime.  To get a more obvious result you would need to get this one or twice a weeks for around 6 weeks. 

I have been told by Elizabeth that she regularly treats Celebrities such; Millie McIntosh and Sadie Frost.

Elizabeth has her own range of skin products and also her own range of Buddhist inspired jewellery.

Enter the world of deep healing and inner peace at:
Aquavie Boutique Spa
126a High Street
Tonbridge
Kent
TN9 1AS
01732 353233
9:30-17:30
info@aquavie.co.uk
www.elizabethcaroline.co.uk
www.aquavie.co.uk
www.facebook.com/pages/Aquavie-Boutique-Spa
https://twitter.com/AquavieSpa

Elizabeth also has a clinic in Harley Street: "
Elizabeth, a-one-of-a-kind, and a facialist to the stars, is the owner of Aquavie, and also sees clients at the prestigious no1 Harley Street clinic, where, amongst other things, she practices her “Elementals” treatments.
In addition to her signature “Elementals” treatments, Elizabeth also offers traditional, clinical facials designed to give a superior aesthetic feel which are more results-based.
To compliment her treatments, Elizabeth has developed a skin care range that can be personalised to suit the individuals needs, harnessing essential skin care requirements with emotional well-being. 
Elizabeth is available on Thursdays at Spa Illuminata, Mayfair, Fridays at Harley Street and on Saturdays at Aquavie. For more information on Elizabeth's London services and booking please contact Aquavie direct on 01732 353233 or by visiting Elizabeth's personal website.  If you wish to see Elizabeth at her spa in Kent on Saturdays, you can also book online with her here (scroll down to Elizabeth Caroline Treatments)."








 

 

Sunday, 21 September 2014

CBeebies - I Was Invited To The Premier Of "The Furchester Hotel" Hosted By Alex Winters!

Wow! Well! I had an email from Karen Williams of CBeebies inviting my little family and I to a premier of a new CBeebies programme featuring Sesame Street characters called "The Furchester Hotel"  I actually had to read it twice and of course I jumped to RSVP!  (The reason I was invited is I am a lifestyle blogger that heavily supports CBeebies and I feature on Netmums).

My children could not believe it and I even got the husband to come and guess what?  He actually enjoyed the whole experience!  The event was held at Vue in Leicester Square London. 

There were complimentary refreshments and entertainers in the bar area, as well as Alex Winters who was meeting and greeting with genuine warmth and enthusiasm.  It was all organised really well indeed.  We also managed to chat with Dr Ranj from "Get Well Soon".  Dr Ranj works as a consultant in a children's hospital and also appears on "This Morning", "Embarrassing Bodies" and other programmes from time to time, interesting guy.  I had the honour of meeting Alex's family and lovely wife too, who were all incredibly proud of him.  Alex was really excited, (as we have all grown up with Sesame Street).  The kids were so thrilled to meet the characters and the presenters alike.  There was a fabulously talented entertainer there called James Mitchell who juggled and joked.  The children really loved him!  http://youtu.be/83eBDVujfw8 www.jamesmitchellactor.co.uk https://twitter.com/jamitchell126
After he finished I had the unexpected pleasure of meeting comic actor John Thompson!  I love "The Fast Show"!  Iconic!  I also met with "The Apprentice" contestant and TV presenter Saira Khan, lovely lady.

We were seated at the front of the cinema and Alex introduced the occasion, thanking all that were involved in CBeebies and "The Furchester Hotel"  We watched a short trailer of some great CBeebies moments over the past year and then we had the fabulous opportunity of watching two episodes of "The Furchester Hotel" on the big screen.  My children were so enthralled with the show and it was heart melting to watch their happy little faces. 

After the show we were introduced to the characters (puppets) and the puppeteers.  I have to say that my favourite was The Cookie Monster although many others favoured Elmo.  There was a Q&A session in which Rufus Hound, (in the audience), asked a question concerning Jim Henson which provoked some emotion.

Then we were back in the bar meeting and greeting again and my children were interviewed about the show by a roving reported puppet on camera for You Tube.

All in all, it was a great day and I am so glad we went.  I look forward to future events and look forward to seeing the rest of the series on "The Furchester Hotel" with my little ones.

"The Furchester Hotel" series first airs on CBeebies Freeview channel 121 at 5pm on Friday 26th September and will continue on Fridays.  My little family and I highly recommend it!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/mediapacks/thefurchesterhotel
http://t.co/XOjRbTwZMV

Sunday, 1 June 2014

SPMU with Natural Enhancement

I recently presented as a volunteer model for SPMU with a lovely student called Holly passing her last assessments on semi permanent make up brows and eyeliner.  I of course got a discounted price for this as it was for training.

SPMU can make such a difference and looks so natural.  I opted for brows as mine are very thin and eyeliner as my eyes are small and the natural outline makes my eyes pop.  As I am a busy mum and have constant school and nursery runs in between work I don't get much time to look after my appearance, so SPMU is ideal.

Numbing cream is always used and there is a little discomfort as with any tattoo on a sensitive area, but I assure you that it is well worth it.  (Holly was very gentle and at times I actually felt myself dosing!)

All the ladies at Natural Enhancement are really lovely and make the clients feel comfortable and at ease.

I have had my lips done there too in the past and will again one day, but I don't go as often for this treatment as my lips are very vascular and tend to bleed and scab.  (However, they always look fabulous and full when healed).  Of course not everyone has this problem and I can recommend lip liner and blush to really accentuate your lips and make them look fuller.

Natural Enhancement have a Facebook page which has regular updates on model training days; https://www.facebook.com/natural.enhancement.3?ref=stream&hc_location=timeline
Natural Enhancement are based in Chiswick London - all details are on the website: www.naturalenhancement.co.uk
They are also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/NaturalEnhance

Natural Enchancement and also other SPMU training companies around the UK advertise for volunteer models on www.salonguineapig.co.uk which is a free website, free membership and free use which will match volunteer models around the UK with trainee beauticians and training companies for hair, beauty, SPMU and even botox abd fillers,.
https://www.facebook.com/SalonGuineaPig?ref=stream
https://twitter.com/SalonGuineaPig


Salon Guinea Pig a free website for beauty lovers!

My friend Ruth Mills runs a website called Salon Guinea Pig www.salonguineapig.co.uk which is a free service that matches volunteer models with trainee hairdressers, beauticians and aesthetics delegates nationally.

The students need models to pass their last assessments under supervision and offer heavily discounted or free treatments in return for the models' time.

Ruth an IT geek and beauty enthusiast developed this site some years ago and it's gone from strength to strength.

I was suffering PND in 2011 when I found the site and decided to join to see if I could get free and discounted treatments to cheer myself up and feel better about my appearance.  I indeed had lots of treatments and as a beauty salon virgin, I found the whole other world fun and interesting.  I started blogging and then met the founder of the website on a beauty forum.  She learned of my blogging and we got talking on Facebook.  Shortly after that Ruth employed me as Marketing Researcher for Salon Guinea Pig and was very understanding of my position with my children, allowing me to work flexible hours from home.  Ruth is now a very dear friend to me.

In the past 3 years I have had around £5k of free and discounted treatments thanks to Salon Guinea Pig, including botox, fillers and semi permanent make up.  I appeared on a documentary last year called "Something For Nothing" to promote SGP and it really worked.  I also got SGP onto Superscrimpers twice.  The website crashed under the entirety of members joining up.

The revenue comes from advertisers - £12 per month for and advertisement on a rotating banner on the site, (which is very reasonable).

In this age of debt and unemployment, this website is a godsend for the strapped for cash people who want to look and feel good.
 
If you are interested in joining Salon Guinea Pig simply register for free with gmail to www.salonguineapig.co.uk

We are on Twitter https://twitter.com/SalonGuineaPig and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SalonGuineaPig?ref=stream

If you would like to place an advertisement with us please email admin@salonguineapig.co.uk

Thursday, 15 May 2014

No Reasons - A Star Studded Bristish Movie Shot In Essex

No Reasons is the story of a missing girl and the family left behind. Over the course of 18 months the story follows Paul (Marc Bannerman) and Sally (Lucinda Rhodes) Bryant, as they struggle to come to terms with her disappearance. No Reasons plays out like an old fashioned whodunit, there are clues, mysteries, revelations, and shocking secret that everyone wants to keep.

No Reasons also stars Lorraine Stanley (who currently is shooting Suffragette with Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham Carter) as Simone a woman so terrifying she puts Glen Close's performance in Fatal Attraction to shame. Vicki Michelle an actress known to millions for three decades thanks to her role in Allo Allo. Roland Manookian star of The Business, The Football Factory, and Goodbye Charlie Bright. Anna Karen best known for her performance as Olive from 70's smash hit comedy On The Buses. Stuart Manning of popular teen soap Hollyoaks. Dexter Koh runner up of of 2013's Big Brother. Jessie Williams children's TV icon with successful shows The Dumping Ground and Tracy Beaker returns already under her wing for several years at the age of just 15. Jazz Lintott star of BBC3's The Real Hustle, and the controversial thriller Airbourne. And last but no means least Daniel Peacock (Quadrophenia, Only Fools And Horses) as the bungling private investigator Maurice.

What makes No Reasons so unique is it's story, it covers a number of touchy and taboo areas not yet covered by British cinema. Compared already by industry players as a combination of Kitchen Sink drama meets A Serbian Film and The Human Centipede, and compared in controversial ranking by industry head Steven Woolley as on a par to Ken Russell's The Devils. It is also with a budget of just £25,000 one if the lowest budget British movies ever to be made with such an enormous cast of familiar faces. Director/writer/producer Spencer Hawken promises there has never been a British movie quite like this, and that is why so many known performers lowered their fee to be part of the action.

A Kickstarter has been launched to help boost the budget for much needed special effects:-
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/444022008/no-reasons-cutting-edge-star-studded-british-cast
All pledges are very welcome.

The film was shot in Havering and Brentwood, Essex with hundreds of people volunteering for roles, and to help put the film together. Big locations such as Romford's The Brickyard gave their venue to the films producers for use in the film. Other locations included Big Cars, The Havering Well, Brentwood Police Station, and dozens of private residences.
90% of the movie is complete! with the aforementioned special effects scenes being all that remains to shoot.
 
I am also in the film briefly as one of Sally's (Lucinda) closest friends!
 
The script was written by local film Director Spencer Hawken and the movie was produced by Actress Lucinda Rhodes.
 
Spencer and Lucinda also completed the film  "Death Walks" on zero budget in Romford Essex last year and are about to start "Road Rage" and "Godfathers Of London". 
 
The Hawken Rhodes team are also producing and directing other movies written by other script writers such as "On A Prayer" and "Blake 7"  All promise a star studded cast.
 
Any press and blog enquiries are welcome via my Just Jenny PR.
07804134803
I will be able to put all journalists, bloggers, podcasters, TV Executives, Radio DJs in touch with Spencer Hawken and cast to arrange interviews.
 

Saturday, 5 April 2014

L&Q H T PROPOSE TO PENALISE TENANTS FOR PARKING IN THEIR OWN FREE RESIDENTIAL CAR PARK

London and Quadrant Housing association are implementing a new parking scheme where residents will have to pay outside their own homes!  There is a residential car park with plenty of spaces which has been free for 50 years for residents to use.  We as tenants pay rent and service charge already.

If ticketed we will face fines and the company issuing tickets aim will be to  no make money.  An appeal process would be expensive, time consuming and futile. This was asked for some years ago by a residential group that tno longer exist and no longer live on the estate.

Current residents have not been properly consulted and London and Quadrant admitted to me in an unexpected meeting that they should have been more transparent and implemented a fair and diplomatic ballot to start with.  (As soon as I started publicly tweeting, they turned up on my  doorstep without an appointment!)

We will have to pay for visitors permits as well as our own.  In 50 years there has never been a problem with parking for the residents.  A focus group for the scheme are making all the decisions for the 500 plus residents on the estate which is obviously unfair. 

Many residents that I have spoken to are unaware of all this going on and will be shocked when they get their bill in.  I have been prohibited by L&Q from posting any notices regarding this on the residential notice boards to make residents aware.

I have an article in this week's Romford Recorder on page 18 about this issue.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

TOWIE

WELL!  I did TOWIE again last week.  The last time was in a bar/restaurant in Romford where the bar manager was really rude and called the extras vulchers, so I didn't go back for a while after that.  The TOWIE team and cast are great though.ook

This time filming took place at Headley Spice a very glamorous Indier an Restaurant in Brentwood.  The staff were all really nice, helpful and friendly.  I had a right laugh with the bar manager too.

The extras were a kooky mix indeed!!! I turned up with my friend Debbie Ellis, (we film together on the set of No Reasons a movie by Spencer Hawken.  Deb is lovely, very down to earth and funny.  I took a bit of a shine to Rafael Veyron, (he was ripped and very handsome!)  He is also very modest and has a lovely personality.   Rafael is a personal trainer.  There was a boxer called John Barnard,  John has been deaf since the age of two due to meningitis.  He was very nice.  Hayley Clarke, a Benefits Make up representative and trained actress/singer.  (She was quite a character!) Two regular (and very glamorous), extras called Aimee Le Tourneaue and Michelle Clancy from Wimbledon.  Stacy Roberts a sales consultant and Emma Burns who works at an opticians, (I should have known that as she had fabulous designer specs!)
There were many more, but I can't remember them all.  Some were people that were extras from the very first series and some were very young.  Some were huge - and I mean HUGE fans of TOWIE and the cast!!!  I witnessed a lot of swooning over the boys and heard a lot of admiring comments about the girls.

The cast as I remember were:
Bobby Cole Norris
Billie and Sam Faiers
Jessica Wright
Ricky Rayment
Gemma Collins
James Argent - Arg
James Bennewith - Diags
Danielle Armstrong
Fran Parman
Fern McCann
Tom Pearce
Grace Andrews
Georgia Kousoulou
Lewis Bloor
Jasmin Walia
Dan Osbourne

It was funny as during the eating scene after we all got our food as we were starving, Arg bowled up late!  He got his curry and sat with us.  I made him laugh, (he's always laughing!)  Funny as on TOWIE I used to find him quite annoying, but he is actually really funny!! I like him!  Then Gemma came up and BOOM!!!  They had a full blown row and it was REALLY FUNNY!!!  They weren't even being filmed.  Gemma is VERY feisty!!! Arg was just laughing.  I was really enjoying the entertainment to be honest!  Then Francesca who deals with the extras came over and handled the situation really well to calm things down.  Fran will be dealing with the cast next season, so it was good experience for her!

We all as extras had to wait a hell of a long time in between scenes in the back room, so we lubricated up and had a laugh!!!  Everyone was really funny!!!  We had to break the boredom.  When we were doing scenes, it was very interesting.  I have been on film sets and you have your "ACTION!" and "CUT!" instructions when filming, this is entirely different.  They are much more spontaneous with the filming and I can't remember hearing the work "cut"!

All in all, it was a great day and I will do it again if they'll have me!  We got a few huge group selfies with Arg, Diags and Fran too.

TOWIE - Wednesdays and Sundays at 10pm on ITV2



Thursday, 13 March 2014

No Reasons - A film by Spencer Hawken and Lucinda Rhodes

I am proud to be involved in project of a cluster of films by Spencer Hawken and Lucinda Rhodes-Flaherty.

The first film that was made was "Death Walks":
https://www.facebook.com/DeathWalksMovie
This is a horror movie, but nothing you expect filmed entirely Romford Essex and with a great cast including Lucinda Rhodes, Jessie Williams (Tracy Beaker) and Francesca Ciardi (Cannibal Holocaust).

This film "No Reasons" https://www.facebook.com/noreasonsmovie
There is a fantastic cast:
Lucinda Rhodes-Flaherty
Stuart Manning
Daniel Peacock
Roland Manookian
Jessie Williams
Marc Bannerman

Dexter Koh
Elisha Applebaum
Anna Karen
Vicki Michelle

No Reasons is a dark and dirty thriller about a missing girl and her terrible secret, but tastefully made.  That's all I can say about the film as it's confidential.  It's filmed in Hornchurch, Brentwood, Romford and Southend.

I will be helping with the PR aspect of these films and there are more to come.
So as I got a feeling for the film, I recently decided to be an extra in a scene at the Havering Well in Rush Green.  A scene with Lucinda Rhodes-Flaherty and Stuart Manning.  I played one of Lucinda's friends with two other extras.  Things are moving fast and furious with this film and block one is almost finished already.  I'm hoping to be part of the extras team again in the future to see first hand how it's all going.

Here are some Twitter links for anybody interested in being a local extra:
https://twitter.com/spencer_hawken
https://twitter.com/ViewsEdge
https://twitter.com/VicGegenbauer
https://twitter.com/JustJenny25
https://twitter.com/Noreasonsmovie