Careway Pharmacies offering free skin analysis to help you choose the right skincare.

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It was an interesting & fun evening with health/beauty press & bloggers finding out the latest news from Careway Pharmacies.

My background is in skincare so i found this event particularly interesting. The focus was on skin analysis by testing the well being of your skin & what it needs at any stage of your life for men & women.  It’s really important to know your type of skin as it’s the largest organ of the human body and needs caring & protecting for the long term future from outside influences including sun protection.  It takes around 2omin for this FREE advice ( it’s possible to have a shorter test if you’re very busy) & you will receive a print out of the analysis on hydration levels, collagen & other skin concerns. I saw it in action and it offers an independent shortcut to knowing more about your current skin’s condition without having to see a Dermatologist, Doctor (unless you feel it’s more serious ), a Beauty Therapist for a facial & then sold products they happen to stock. There’s no pressure to buy anything on the spot and gives you time to think about the independent advice given on skin & suncare.

Important advice from Dr Emma Wedgeworth, Consultant Dermatologist & British Skin Foundation Spokesperson,   ” So much skin disease we see is partly due to excessive sun exposure. We are now living longer and travelling more widely than ever before, so we need to make sure we keep our skin healthy for the duration. Get into the habit of using a daily sun protection on your face, some of the new formulations are so good that you can use them almost as a primer or bb cream. For your body, use a high protection, reapply regularly and don’t over expose your skin to sunlight.

It’s extremely important advice for your skin’s long-term health & wellbeing. The products below can be found in a Careway Pharmacy & will help to protect your skin’s health all year round.

Left to right Riemann P20 SPF50, protects from UVA & UVB up to 10 hours & has no parabens, preservatives or added fragrance. UV Buddy Bracelet  that will let you know when to apply your sun cream &  finally a Nivea Lip Balm with added sun protection. Keep Safe!

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Keeping it Simple #AboutFace for the sensitive skin in winter.

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I’ve always liked Simple and have given products like these to my beginner make-up students in the past.  They are really great value, suit most skin types and cater for the very sensitive.  Here’s some products you should certainly look out for this winter to add to your routine and possibly make-up kit.

Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Wipes £2.99.

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Simple_Kind_To_Skin_Moisturising_Facial_Wash_150ml_FO_5011451103870Simple Kind to Eyes Eye Make-up Remover £3.29.

Simple Kind To Eyes Eye-Make Up Remover £3.29Simple Kind To Skin Soothing facial Toner £2.99.

Simple_Kind_To_Skin_Soothing_Facial_Toner_200ml_FO_5011451103856Simple To Kind Skin+ Illuminating Radiance Cream £8.99.

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Skin care is essential to keep the skin healthy. Starting out with a simple routine with some of the products above is a really good idea especially if you wear make-up. In winter the weather can be quite brutal to your skin so you need to protect and look after the largest organ of the body especially if it’s sensitive.

The Illuminating Radiance Cream £8.99 SPF15 is very new to me (the most expensive of the line up!) It does give a wonderful light reflective glow and feels creamy and nourishing on application, feels like it seals the moisture and at the same time brightens any skin tone.

Simple online and available at Boots.

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Avon’s Beauty Bus visits Hanover Square in London’s W1.

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The Avon Beauty Bus visited various locations in London parking up to show off the latest in make-up, skincare, fragrances and gift sets for the Christmas season. One thing about Avon they really keep up with all the trends offering the customer good value and good products. If I were just starting out in my professional life I would certainly take a look for some key products. If you’re buying for someone special I’m sure they would be extremely happy to unwrap any of these gifts.

In order of the images these are some great suggestions.  Planet Spa Heros Gift Set £5 great for teachers and work colleagues, Avon Master Make-up Collection £28, Glitter Stardust nail colours usually £6 now £3 online, Luxe eye shadow compacts £10, fragrances Luck and Cherish £15, nail creations gift set £12 and COLORTREND Glitter Pots £3 to add a bit of sparkle to your nails. All perfect for sisters, friends and mothers. For more information and the Avon shop Twitter @Avon_UK

Avon are running their campaign Shhh #wallofsilence post a selfie and the text #wallofsilence #selfie Domestic Violence for every pic uploaded @Avon_uk give £1 @womensaid & @refugecharity

Click the link to see the posts! #wallofsilence

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Interview with Angela from Catalonia Weddings Boutique UK

Karen Beadle, Celebrity Make-up Artist

18 Nov 11:30

Karen Beadle is not just an amazing and versatile professional but also and more importantly she is a great person. With years of professional experience beautifying the stars, she has a real talent for personalizing looks. As the prestigious “The Secret Quintessentially Weddings Guide” quotes: “Bridal make-up, after all, is a demanding art: it needs to stay put through tears and flashbulbs – yet look totally like “you”. Luckily, Karen’s way with brushes that sculpt, enhance and highlight combined with a masterful understanding of skin types ensures that this is a given; and that fabled “bridal glow” doesn’t go amiss either.”

From red carpets to special occasions, Karen Beadle’s expertise is recommended through well established London-based bridal boutiques, such as Browns Bride, venues and hotels, hairdressers like Joseph Koniak, and wedding companies and concierge services such as Quintessentially. Additionally, Karen has written articles as a beauty editor/writer focused mainly on trends in skin care and make-up. She currently devises and runs make-up courses at Morley College in London.

So, after this brief introduction, if you do not have your make-up artist yet and you would like to have a flawless look during your wedding do not miss the following exclusive Catalonia Weddings Boutique interview! I am sure it will be very useful for you! Thank you Karen! 🙂

1) What do you think is the most important role of the bridal make-up artist?

There are many important roles requested of a make-up artist for a bride to be. As a bride you will be overwhelmingly the centre of attention on your wedding day. This means you will be under close scrutiny from your husband to be, friends and family and in the lens of the camera. So the make-up needs to suit you perfectly, be long lasting throughout the day and night. The application of make-up is just as bespoke to the individual as a hair style or style of dress.

2) On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is the make-up in wedding preparations?

Apart from providing a great service to the bride, it’s very important to be a great communicator, be patient and keep calm during the preparations before the ceremony. So it’s a ten for me and my clients.

3) Do you usually work with organic brands/products also on bridal make-up? Or they are not consistent and durable enough to last the whole wedding?

I work with many natural and organic skin care brands but not exclusively. My background in beauty allows me to advise brides on their skin care routines and any problems they may want to address before the big day. My run through helps the bride understand their skin type and gives me a chance to try the various make-up brands I have in my kit. I always work with the latest products and I am very aware of the majority of seasonal make-up trends. Your make-up needs to look good close up and translate well into the camera lens.

4) What are your top tips for having a flawless look?

My top three tips for a flawless finish are:
1. Choosing the right facial, skin care leading up to your big day.
2. Knowing your skin type so that the skin is prepped perfectly before any make-up application.
3. Choosing the perfect foundation for your skin type and tone.

5) You’ve been working as a make-up artist in fashion photography, beauty, films, weddings & music. From the make-up perspective, what do you highlight from each industry? What makes bridal make-up different from the others?

It’s knowing how make-up application works with different types of lighting, cameras, whether it’s film or stills. It’s conveying something to the viewer, whether it’s an actor’s character, a trend in fashion and beauty through the style, colour and texture of the make-up. People expect creativity in make-up for fashion and beauty shoots. Working with brides is very different and needs more personal sensitivity towards the client. They will be very nervous and feel stressed on the day after many months of planning, the bride needs to love how she looks, friends, family and husband to be will be scrutinizing at close proximity, and the make–up needs to last through the day and into the evening. The filmographer and photographer will pick up the detail in every way. Too much, too little make-up and the wrong type of make-up, nothing will appear in the wedding photos. So yes a great make-up artist is very important to get it right!

6) You’ve worked for many celebrities. How does it feel to have worked with so many different types of clients?

I feel the variety of clients and mediums for make-up keeps me on my toes creatively. Whether you work hands on, write about the industry or teach the art of make-up. It’s great to learn and understand all the different sides of the business. For me it’s the art of make-up and learning to create something different and unique for each and every situation.

Over the years Karen has worked with many brides. Below you will find a nice testimonial from the beautiful bride Erika Nilsson regarding Karen’s services and how she and her family felt about it (see pictures below):

“I am so happy having used Karen Beadle as the make-up artist for my wedding. She made me, my sister and mother look our absolute best! She achieved the perfect balance of looking made up but still natural. Karen gives a lot of advise but still listens to all your views, she wants you to get what you want. She has a lot of knowledge in her field and takes all the time needed to get to the result you want. I would highly recommend Karen to anyone that is in need of a make-up artist for a wedding or any other occasion.”

For more information on Karen Beadle go to:
www.karenbeadle.com
www.karenbeadle.com/blog
Twitter @karenbeadle
karen@karenbeadle.com

And many thanks to:
Wedding Dress – Browns Bride – Brownsbride@brownsfashion.com
Photographer – Especially Amy – Sally@especiallyamy.co.uk

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