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The Wax Bar Newcastle

With only a few more days until Christmas, party season is well and truly upon us.  If you’ve let your party prep fall by the wayside then fear not as I’m about to tip you off with a brand new beauty offering you’ll want to add to your little black book.

What we’ve lacked in Newcastle for some time now, and you’ll know this because of my endless rants about it, is a dedicated wax bar.  Somewhere that specialises in the art of hot waxing, from eyebrows to intimate waxing and everything in between, it’s something we’ve been in need of for a long time.

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Brand new salon The Wax Bar aims to address that.  On upmarket St George’s Terrace in Jesmond and with free parking right outside the door, the salon is perfectly situated for fly-by appointments.  With salons in Edinburgh, Fife and now Newcastle, The Wax Bar is an established brand that’s rapidly expanding largely because of their expertise and quick appointment turnover.  Founder & Head Therapist Nicole Peterson is a graduate from the Mary Reid International School of Beauty; an institution with a reputation for being the best of the best in the beauty industry, and those high standards are reflected in The Wax Bar.

From its signature charcoal and white colour schemes complemented by fuschia pink branding, The Wax Bar prides itself on being sleek and minimalist, much like its signature Hollywood wax. 🙌🏼

I arrived for my appointment and was greeted by two smiling faces and a salon that smelled like fresh grapefruit.  The place is gorgeous, pretty damn near perfect in fact.  Smart, slick and very clean, there’s a nail bar in the main reception area too.  I was introduced to my Therapist Gemma and taken through what to expect from my Hollywood wax (£38) in a well equipped room in keeping with the theme of the salon.

The Wax Bar favours hot waxing and uses Lycon wax throughout, if you’re not already familiar, here comes the science:  Lycon is the market leader in hot waxing.  Used with an oil prep,  Lycon wax shrink wraps around the hair to remove only the hair and not the skin, reducing the pain caused by waxing to almost nothing.  Because of this, the area can be re-waxed to remove stubborn hairs, something you can’t achieve with strip wax.

Aside from the gorgeous, simplistic colours scheme and genius branding, one of the best things about The Wax Bar is the speed at which they can turnover an appointment.  With over ten years experience in the beauty industry and a flair for waxing, these girls have got mad skills and it shows.  With no rushing, but also no waiting around, it’s the perfect appointment –  done and dusted in a cool 20 minutes including changing time – perfect for days when you need to be in and out with minimal fuss and with online booking the process is streamlined from start to finish.

Obviously you all know by now that I’m a bit of a waxing connoisseur and after living in London, I’ve come to know where to find the best Wax Therapists in the UK.  The Wax Bar definitely makes the cut.  With a mission statement similar to Strip in London, although the salon also offers additional sought after beauty treatments such as LVL Lashes, HD Brows and nail services, the focus is firmly on the waxing with a full, diverse treatment menu dedicated to the sticky stuff.

img_3034Uncomfortable about intimate waxing?  Don’t be.  There’s just no need, yes there are places out there that may make you feel uncomfortable, The Wax Bar isn’t one of them.  These girls eat, sleep and breathe wax, it’s their lifeblood and their job is to make you feel at ease, which they excel at.  It’s a virtually pain free process, (yes, you read that right) and there’s a wickedy  loyalty scheme to boot.

If you’re an intimate waxing virgin and are mildly intrigued, then man up and book an appointment, it’ll change your life.  If you’re not brave enough to opt for the Hollywood wax then The Wax Bar offers a full suite of waxing treatments including eyebrows (£10), underarms (£15) and legs (£30).  If you’re quick you still have time to grab one of their Festive Offers including a Half Leg Wax & Hollywood Wax for £40 instead of £56 and I’d stake my kid on the fact that you’ll be back for more….

Pixie xo

Millionaire Hair

You all know the struggles I’ve had with my hair and about three months ago and a course of Viviscal later, it started to show a bit of promise.  My hair has always been thick, shiny and lustrous.  It’s always been my crowning glory and I took for granted the compliments that people gave me on my super thick hair.  That is, until it all snapped off after a horrific bleaching accident.  Nutshell version:  Too much bleach = unwanted haircut.

I went from having hair that could cover my nips mermaid style, to having hair that barely covered my earlobes.  Bummer.  It’s surprising how much it actually affected me, your hair is often the first thing people notice, and it can be an armour.  But when you’re faced with an unintentional hair disaster, it knocks your confidence.

So, on my quest to grow back my thick, once beautiful hair, I tried most things, including the crazy remedies (castor oil and coffee grounds anyone?  Yum).  It seemed that my hair had gone into hibernation and then hit the snooze button.  It literally refused to grow.  I measured my root regrowth at the starting point up to this very morning and in just over 21 months, it’s grown almost an inch.  ONE. INCH.

I did however have a recent breakthrough.  I was sent a bottle of JKB Argent Millionaire Hair Mist which promised to be “The ultimate pick-me-up for dull, tired and lacklustre hair, it nourishes and transforms your locks from the inside out for incredible light reflecting, dazzling shine!”

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Everything about Millionaire Hair mist oozes quality.  From the sleek and simple packaging to the decadent, weighty glass bottle that was made to be displayed.  First of all, the product is versatile, it can be used in place of dry shampoo, as a styling aid, as a blow-dry protectant or as a detangler.

Millionaire works by penetrating the hair cuticle locking in moisture and smoothing the surface.  Unlike other hair oils that simply coat the hair, this oil works from the roots within solving your hair problems and preventing the singe you can get from using regular hair oil.  Simples.

“I tried everything other than oil to nourish my hair. It was only when my mum said in her wise way “have you ever wondered why women in the Punjab have long healthy thick hair?” The penny dropped. Its all in the oil, but I didn’t want hair that looked greasy. No way. And that’s when I began developing Millionaire Hair Mist.”  Jas Braich, Founder of JKB Argent

Because Millionaire is packed with organic ingredients, it has a shelf life of 8 months but trust me, you’ll develop and addiction and it’ll be long gone before the use by date.  The smell alone makes it worth its £35 price tag.  Founder Jas produces blends for herself, her family and friends and with a career honed in the retail pharmacy business, Jas understands what works effectively and the best way to deliver that without the use of harsh chemicals and parabens.

One of the best things I discovered whilst using Millionaire, is that my hair became more dense and thick pretty quickly.  When I looked into why this could be, it turns out that the ingredients in Millionaire are proven to slow down hair loss resulting in thicker hair.  Winning.  I used it after every wash – Jas advises that whilst occasional use is good, Millionaire is like skincare and it’s benefits are longer lasting and more visible with routine use.  With regular use, borderlining on addiction, my bottle lasted around 3 months, pretty damn good compared to high street products in the same genre.

There’s a reason Millionaire is garnering so much attention right now, with Harper’s Bazaar and Grazia naming it as one of their top picks, it’s definitely a must have item in my bathroom.  Wanna join the Millionaire Hair Movement?   Head to JKB Argent to grab a piece of the action, and with Christmas right around the corner, this would make an awesome gift.  Just saying…

Pixie xo

INGREDIENTS:

Organic aloe vera leaf juice: smoothes, creates shine, attracts and seals in moisture

Organic Blackcurrant extract: a great antioxidant that helps to combat harmful and damaging effects of the environment gives great volume

Pomegranate extract: high in antioxidants which help bring life to damaged hair

Argan oil: provides essential fatty acids oleic and lineoic that benefits dry and dehydrated hair, will restore, regenerate, reconstruct and strengthen

Sage essential oil: imparts shine, intensifies colour and nourishes

Ginger essential oil: aids in stimulating hair follicles to promote hair growth

Castor oil: high in vitamin E, minerals and proteins, omega 6 and 9, replenishes the scalps natural oil and undo some of the damage of harsh chemical hair products

 

 

Voting Open for the 2017 UK Blog Awards!

Well Voyeurs, you did your awesome thang and I’m super proud to say that for the first year ever, I’M NOMINATED IN THE UK BLOG AWARDS!

The next stage is voting.  A shortlist has been compiled – I’m on it – and voting opened at 8am this morning.  The voting process is exactly as it should be; quick, easy and with minimal fuss.  It takes less than a minute and I promise to love you forever if you take that one minute to vote for me in the Fashion and Beauty category.  You can do so by clicking HERE or by using the long link at the bottom of the page, you know if you wanna share it and garner me a few extra votes *wink wink*.

Obviously I want to say a huge, big, massive thank-you to you guys, my Voyeurs.  Without you there wouldn’t be a nomination, or a place on the shortlist and I appreciate every single one of you.  You stick by me when things are rough, you connect with me and share my posts via social media and you make me smile with your comments and emails, especially the ones about my outfits!

Guys, you’re awesome, now stop reading and go vote in your droves….

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Pixie xo

 

Black Friday 2016 at Newcastle Hair & Beauty Clinic

Listen up Voyeurs, if you’re a beauty devotee then this Black Friday deal is one for you.  Newcastle Hair and Beauty Clinic are known for bringing pioneering new treatments to the centre of Newcastle and as a Decleor training centre for the North, they’re pretty damn good at their jobs.

Every Black Friday they come up with a series of offers tailored towards their most popular treatments and products at the time, and based on what you, the client, want and need as part of your beauty regime.  This year it’s bigger and better than offer and with deal stacking, it’s about get real over there.  Oh, did I mention that these deals run right through to Saturday November 26th?  So if you’re nursing a Black Friday hangover, you know exactly where to head on Saturday morning….

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3D Lipo Med

So, here we go, first up, you already know about the 3D Lipo Med taster offer which runs until this Saturday, but if you’ve already tried it and would like to continue, then you might be interested in this:

 6 x sessions of 3D Lipo Med for just £599, that’ll save you £400 on the full list price.  Yes, it’s a pricey treatment and it requires some commitment, but it’s medically backed and if it’s something you were already considering, then this should make the deal even sweeter.

you can also add the optional Cryolipolysis Fat Freezing treatment at a discounted cost too, you can freeze one area for £200 or two for £300.  Again, a costly process but if you’re searching for treatments in this arena, you have to weigh up the downtime, with this there’s none.

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Staple Beauty Treatments

If it’s regular beauty treatments you’re interested in, the stuff we do every week that make us feel human, then this one’s right up your street:

This deal works on anything classed as a beauty treatment, from an eyebrow wax or tint, right through to HydraFacial and Caci.  if you purchase 5 of the same treatment, you’ll be given 2 absolutely free. – If, like me, you tint your brows every fortnight then this is well worth a punt.

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Decleor Products

If take home products are more your thing, then I’m sure you’ll be interested in this deal on Decleor products for home use.  The offer is simple:

Purchase 1 Decleor product & get 10% off

Purchase 2 & get 20% off

Purchase 3 & get 30% off

Purchase 4 or more & you’ll bag 30% off and a free gift.

The great thing about this particular deal is that is includes those amazing Decleor Christmas gift sets that Instyle magazine have been raving about.

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Gift Cards

If you’re stuck for gift ideas and want to pamper somebody special, or, you want to take advantage of the Black Friday deals but have no idea where to start and don’t want to miss out, then gift vouchers just became your best friend:

Spend £50 on a gift card and receive an additional £5

spend £100 and receive an additional £10

(Gift cards are valid for 3 months from a date of your choosing)

So, now you’re armed with some awesome in clinic deals, go forth and beautify!

Pixie xo

3D Lipo Med Offer at Newcastle Hair & Beauty Clinic

Well Voyeurs, today I bring you good tidings and joy, quite literally.  How do you fancy a 3D Lipo Med Taster Treatment for £40?  Then read on as I’ve got a deal and a half for you….

I’ve just come home from a beauty event hosted by Newcastle Hair and Beauty Clinic showcasing their brand new treatment; 3D Lipo Med.  The treatment is as high-tech as it sounds and is a step away from beauty staples such as facials, HD Brows and waxing treatments.  This is a medical grade body treatment with real, measurable results.

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So what is is?  Good question!  3D Lipo is a non invasive treatment, there are no incisions, no nasty bruising and no downtime.  Designed to “blast” stubborn areas of fat on any part of the body, decrease body circumference & tighten the skin, it’s a very bespoke treatment and no two 3D Lipo Med clients are the same.

Now before you go saying you’ve heard it all before, the 3D Lipo Med machine is different, magic even.  It’s the only one of its kind backed by medical professionals and endorsed by both Dr Leah Totton & Lord Sugar – pretty cool right?  Well tonight I got to see it in action and it’s pretty damn fascinating….

If you have a stubborn area of fat that you just can’t seem to shift, or a ‘mummy tummy’ you’d like to see the back of, then this is for you. If you’d like to work on your inner thighs or bingo wings, then this is for you. If you have a hanging or double chin then yep, you guessed it Voyeurs, this treatment is for you!

Basically it’s a treatment with several available options and outcomes depending on the needs of each individual client. Using a three dimensional approach 3D Lipo is broken down into four options: Cavitation, Cryolipolysis for fat reduction, Radio Frequency for skin tightening and Dermology for cellulite reduction. Clients can choose to have one, multiple or all of these options as part of their treatment course depending on their preference and needs.

If you like an industry backed treatment then the testimonials and endorsements speak for themselves with many of the cast of Made in Chelsea calling it a pre-holiday essential. 3D Lipo Med has also won a prestigious Aesthetics Award for Treatment of the Year, that’s pretty high praise right there. 🙌🏼

As with everything, a treatment that promises results like this doesn’t come cheap and averaging at around £1000 for a complete course of treatments, it’s definitely an investment.  I chatted with clinic owner Susan this evening about seeing the machine in action and we’ve come up with a Voyeur-tastic offer so that you can get in, have a go and see whether this is something you can get down with.

Ready Voyeurs???  Ok, starting right now and until Saturday November 26th you can get yourself a half hour 3D Lipo Med  Taster Treatment for just £40.  Yep, you read that right, £40 to try out this groundbreaking treatment.  If it’s something you’ve considered, or like the sound of, then this is the best way to get  piece of the action before parting with your cash.

So Voyeurs, what are you waiting for, pick up your cellphone, call Newcastle Hair and Beauty Clinic and book your 3D Lipo Med Taster treatment quoting Fashion Voyeur.  Christmas is right around the corner and I know I’ll be needing all the help I can get!

Pixie xo

Catch Up on the The Tyne & Wear Lifestyle Awards 2016

Missed the Tyne & Wear Lifestyle Awards on TV?  How could you Voyeurs?!

You’ll know by now that the Newcastle Discovery Museum played host to the inaugural Lifestyle Awards Ceremony recently which produced an honours list for North East business.  The best of the best, as shortlisted and voted for by you, the North East public.

Made TV broadcast the entire event live with a live edition of The Lowdown as a prelude to the big event itself, looking at red carpet dressing, fashion trends and prepping for the awards.

Why should you watch it?  One word: ME!  No seriously, you should watch it because the Lifestyle Awards is your essential guide to what’s hot in the North East in 2016/17.  You’ll discover the hottest nightspots, the best places to eat and maybe even a hidden gem or two that you weren’t already aware of.  What’s really awesome about these awards is that they don’t just focus on Newcastle – an undeniably awesome city – but there is so much more to Tyne & Wear than just our Geordie Hub.

So, this of this as your second chance, your saving grace….. I’m giving you the power to watch the entire show at your leisure, as many times as you like using the following links.  Although I will say this, you might want to just skip ahead to part two, that’s the best bit, I’m told it’s because I’m in it but I can neither confirm nor deny that*…… (*It’s absolutely true Voyeurs)

So here you go, knock yourself out Voyeurs…..

Tyne & Wear Lifestyle Awards 2016 – Part 1

Tyne & Wear Lifestyle Awards 2016 – Part 2

Tyne & Wear Lifestyle Awards 2016 – Part 3

Tyne & Wear Lifestyle Awards 2016 – Part 4

Tyne & Wear Lifestyle Awards 2016 – Part 5

Tyne & Wear Lifestyle Awards 2016 – Part 5

 

The Tyne & Wear Lifestyle Awards 2016

Last week businesses and fashionistas from all over the North East gathered at the Discovery Museum in Newcastle to celebrate the inaugural Tyne & Wear Lifestyle Awards, broadcast live on Made in Tyne & Wear.

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With twelve categories, the ceremony toasted a whole range of businesses, ultimately compiling a guide to everything that’s awesome about the North East in one handy list.  I swept up the train of my Claire Pettibone Romantique dress and sped over to the Discovery Museum to bring you the lowdown….

Our venue for the evening, The Discovery Museum is an imposing, red brick building which houses treasures from all over the region and as an event venue it’s pretty special.  As we make our way up to the Grand Hall hidden away in the roof space, the internal metal structure exposed, this truly is the jewel in the museum’s crown and the perfect place for a Geordie knees up.

I bumped into fellow Blogger Anth May wearing a fitted TopMan suit and he instantly became my designated date for the evening.  After being interviewed for a live edition of The Lowdown about red carpet fashion and new season trends (Did you catch it Voyeurs?) we were seated for a three course dinner inspired by North East delicacies including pease pudding and even a stottie. (High five whoever shoehorned that on to the menu).  We shared a table with North East favourites Donna Petch from North East Hub and Joe Sexton from cookery show Fit in the Kitchen.

Pre-show entertainment came in the form of a comedy-fest from Britain’s Got Talent favourites The Mimic Men and as the entire night’s proceedings were broadcast live on TV, the audience were given a jovial reminder on etiquette for fucks, buggers and See You Next Tuesdays before the show got underway.

Our hosts for the evening were trio Peter, Mel and Hazel –  you’ll recognise them from The Lowdown, who provided the links, glamour and humour between awards, all whilst looking more dapper than ever.  The girls wore aqua blue embellished evening dresses and Peter looked uber handsome in a black dinner suit, (you’ve set the bar high guys, remember, you’ve got to better this next year!)

Guest presenters from all over the region and further afield dished out awards to the best North East businesses, as voted for by the public.  I was asked to present the award for Best Fashion Retailer which went to Gosforth boutique Have To Love and owner Kate Walton told me she was ecstatic to have won.

At the end of the evening, a special Tyne & Wear Legend Award was given to Colin Burgin-Plews, otherwise known as Big Pink dress, for selflessly dedicating his time to innovative ways of raising funds for Cancer Awareness charities.  Kudos Colin, I think you’re pretty damn awesome.

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Once the awards were concluded there was just one thing left to do, party the night away.

For one night only, the best of the best in the North East assembled under one roof, just like the Avengers did – although they did it on a plane – and danced the night away.  And if there’s one thing we don’t need an award for in Tyne & Wear it’s partying, we’ve got that one covered….

Pixie xo

Missed The Lowdown live from the Lifestyle Awards?  Fear not Voyeurs, you can catch it, and me, right here

Tyne & Wear Lifestyle Award Winners:

Best Coffee Shop – Mister Woods

Best Pub – City Tavern

Best Fashion Retailer – Have To Love

Best Hair and Beauty Salon – Patrick Forster Barber and Shop

Best Hotel – Malmaison

Best Bar – The Botanist

Best Cultural Attraction – National Glass Centre

Best Restaurant – River Beat

Best Club – House of Smith

Best Fitness Facility – Model Health

Best Live Experience – Great North Run

Tyne & Wear Legend Award – Colin Burgin-Plews (Big Pink Dress)

 

 

 

 

Decleor Christmas Gifts at Newcastle Hair & Beauty Clinic

Yup that’s right Voyeurs, I’m busting out the ‘C’ word already. Boom!  We’re in that transitional phase of the year between Summer and Fall where we find ourselves on the Christmas slide.  it’s not quite on our radar but we have those well known milestones of Halloween and Bonfire Night which let us know it’s not actually that far off….

So, if you’re thinking about prepping and you’re a beauty addict then this post might just float your boat.  You’re all familiar with Decleor right?  A skincare company with big beliefs rooted in Plant Power and natural botanicals to heal skin from the inside out.  IN a nutshell, Decleor make products with no added nasties, everything is natural and the upside is, it smells amazing.

Every Christmas Decleor unveil a range of seasonal beauty boxes just like most other brands, and the Christmas 2016 collection is the best yet!  With their biggest range yet, there’s likely to be something for everyone amongst this festive range of delights.

I was invited along to a special private preview evening at Newcastle Hair and Beauty Clinic to see the full collection in all its glory and man is it good.  Most Decleor stockists will have the Advent Calendar but Newcastle Hair and Beauty, as the official Decleor Training Academy are the only stockist outside of London to carry the full range.  so what’s in it?  Good question……

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  • First up:  The Decleor Advent Calendar.  £60.00 You may have already seen this in Red and Stylist magazine as one of the top picks for this Christmas.  We think it’s the perfect way to see in Christmas and with 2 full size products, 19 face products and 6 body solutions, you can guarantee amazing skin by the time Christmas and New Year roll around.

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  • Neroli Scented Candle: This one is a real treat for the senses and perfect for creating a chic and cosy atmosphere during the festive season at £25.00 it’s a steal!14390966_10153759450667026_1682249943427104762_n.jpg
  • Surprise Christmas Bauble with intense Nutrition Lip Balm:  This has to be one of our favourites!  super nourishing for the lips during the Winter season and smells divine!  A perfect gift, if you can manage to part with it!

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  • Decadent Christmas Cracker with Nourishing Hand Cream:  Another lovely small gift with an excellent price point, or as something different we recommend adding these to your Christmas table as a luxurious gift for guests.

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  • Merry Oils Gift Box: £89.90 Purify, nourish, enjoy. This hand picked selection of luxurious oils is the total Christmas indulgence. ideal for head to toe pampering as a treat for yourself or a gift to someone else.
    Box includes:
    – Aroma Cleanse, Micellar Oil, 150ml
    – Aroma Nutrition, Satin Softening Dry Oil, 15ml
    – 1000 Grain Body Exfoliator, 50ml
    – Aromessence Néroli, Hydrating Night Balm, 15ml

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  • Fabulously Smooth Gift box: £52.00 The perfect gift for a skincare fan.  Designed to leave skin looking youthful and fresh.  With some of our hero products and top skincare tips hidden inside, Fabulously Smooth will leave skin feeling soft and revitalised.
    Box includes:
    – Aroma Lisse, Energising Smoothing Cream, 50ml
    – Aromessence Mandarine, Smoothing Oil Serum, 5 ml
    – Phytopeel, Smooth Exfoliating Cream, 50ml

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  • Calm Headspace Gift Box:  £48.00 We know that delicate skin needs particular attention. This Christmas treat skin to a total pampering session with some of our greatest soothing and moisturising products to leave you feeling silky and smooth, head to toe.
    Box includes:
    – Aroma Confort, Moisturizing Body Milk, 100 ml
    – Aromessence Rose d’Orient, Soothing Oil Serum, 5 ml
    – Harmonie Calm, Soothing Light Cream, 50 ml

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  • Wonder of Youth Gift Box:  £71.00 Featuring some of Decleor’s most iconic products. This is the perfect present for youthful looking skin and the ultimate in home pampering.
    box includes:
    – Prolagène Lift, Lift & Firm Eye Care, 15ml
    – Aroma Confort, Moisturising Body Milk, 50ml
    – Aromessence Iris, Rejuvenating Oil Serum, 5ml

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  • Beauty Power Nap Gift Box:  £45.00 Short nights, late dinners, jetlag. Survive this year’s party season with Decléor’s Beauty Powernap.  Skin appears fresh and awakened with  hero products and beauty secrets.  The perfect antidote to the party season!
    Box includes:
    – Aroma Cleanse, 3 in 1 Hydra Radiance Smoothing & Cleansing Foam, 50 ml
    – Aurabsolu, Intense Glow Awakening Cream, 30 ml
    – Aromessence Néroli, Hydrating Oil Serum, 15 ml

 

With all this concentrated goodness I don’t think I could choose just one but my top pick from this lovely lot is definitely the Neroli Candle – a scent that’s just amazing, I’ll be buying these in bulk (they’re only available as part of the Christmas Collection), the Lip Balm Bauble, and of course, the amazing Advent Calendar because how could you not?!

Pixie xo

 

 

Newcastle Skin Clinic: Putting Aesthetics on the Map

When it comes to aesthetics and enhancement we’ve learned from the media that it pays to play it safe and do your research before entering into any non-surgical procedure.   Luckily, here in the North East we’re blessed with some of the best practitioners in the UK.

Newcastle has become something of a hub for boutique aesthetics and is home to some big players making waves on the scene.  One of these is Luisa Scott of Newcastle Skin Clinic, which serves clientele from all over the country and sometimes further afield.

I’ve come to know Luisa pretty well and there’s barely a week goes by that we don’t hang out.  We meet regularly, drink cold brewed coffee, gym and chat; but this time, she’s more excitable than usual….

“I’ve been told I’ve been nominated for an award but I need you to search for it and tell me if it’s for real” she says loudly.  After a bit of searching, a bit of questioning and the obligatory screenshot as evidence, we establish that it is definitely, very real.  Luisa / Newcastle Skin Clinic are nominated in three categories of the prestigious “My Face My Body” Awards (Best Customer Experience, Best Aesthetic Clinic North & Best Non-surgical Makeover), which are decided by a combination of public vote and industry specialist panel.  She’s also been shortlisted for The Institute Hyalual Award for Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner of the Year in the big one, The Aesthetic Awards;  this she tells me, is the Oscars of the aesthetic Industry.  She swiftly follows this up with “I won’t win”, which I answer with an eyeroll.

Let me give you a little background:  Newcastle Skin Clinic is a relatively new player on the aesthetics field and at 35 years old, Luisa is the youngest Chair of the BACN but she’s earned her stripes.  After practicing as Harrod’s Medi-Spa’s Lead Aesthetic Practitioner she returned to her hometown to set up her own clinic offering standard and bespoke treatments based on demand and thus, Newcastle Skin Clinic was born.  She’s become a firm favourite of many of the Geordie Shore cast with Marnie Simpson recently saying that she trusts a select few practitioners with her face, Luisa being one of them.

 

Luisa tells me she chose aesthetics as a career for two reasons: the first is making a difference to people’s lives and the second is freedom.  “So I can still work on my music” I laugh at this, picturing the time she dressed as Kylie Minogue for a costume party.  Seriously though, Luisa is also a pretty awesome DJ and it’s something she doesn’t want to give up. “This way I can do both” she says.

Luisa is happiest when she’s learning; she’s always asking “why not?” and seeks out opportunities to pioneer new treatments to treat causes rather than symptoms.  Take her latest Eyedration treatment for example – it’s a standard Teartrough treatment that’s been tweaked and taken up a notch to amplify results.

Fast forward to 2016 and here we are.  Luisa is literally ecstatic at her nominations and can’t quite believe it; she tells me she’s in amongst some of her idols and that just being nominated is recognition for her.  She shows me pictures of the case study for which she’s been nominated, it’s a before and after picture of a patient who has been receiving a brand new treatment for the undereye area, a patient who had been considering a facelift, and the difference is staggering. “Great isn’t it?” she says smiling.

She’s also the woman behind my awesome (yes, I said it) eyebrows.  About a year ago she said to me “We need to do something about those eyebrows, I’m going to get you something” and long story short, I never actually realised how freaking awful my brows were until now.  See for yourself….

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Luisa offers a full suite of aesthetic treatments including staples such as Botox, Dermal Fillers, Lip Fillers and Eyelash Serum but the clinic is working on introducing a new range of seasonal treatments based on customer demand, the latest being Vitamin B12 shots and bespoke Vitamin Drips based on a cocktail menu.  Anyone familiar with the Clinic will know that Lip Filler is Luisa’s specialty.  Known to her clients as “Luisa Lips” she has an artistic flair recognised and acknowledged by Juvederm, the manufacturer of the filler she uses and her clients come back time and time again for her signature ApocaLips.  I should know, I’m one of them.

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In the aesthetics industry recognition is awesome, winning the award is another thing altogether.  So, if you’re a patient of Newcastle Skin Clinic, an admirer of their work, or you’re impressed by the case study that earned Luisa her nomination then please Voyeurs, go vote in the awards and keep your eyes on social media for the results.

Best Non-surgical Makeover

Best Aesthetic Practice North

Best Customer Experience North

Also, it’s worth noting that Newcastle Skin Clinic often host a late night clinic where they broadcast live treatments using the hashtag #NSCLive so if you’re fascinated by this kind of stuff, be sure to watch.

Pixie xo

 

The 2016 London White Party

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If you’re a Beauty Blogger, or you work in the beauty or Aesthetics industry, you’ll probably have heard of the Safety in Beauty campaign; launched in October 2013, the campaign seeks to facilitate and promote safe practice across the entire industry.  Masterminded by Beauty Blogger Antonia Mariconda, the campaign offers members of the public free medical and legal advice regarding procedures in the aesthetics and beauty arena.  Sounds good right?  Double right.  The campaign has amassed such success that Aesthetics Practitioners all over the UK have jumped on board pushing for safer medical practice and as such, the Safety in Beauty Awards were born, to celebrate the industry’s ‘Diamonds’.

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2015 saw the first Safety in beauty Diamond Awards and White Party in London, where excellent practice and education was recognised and rewarded.  So successful was the event, that 2016 marks it’s second entry in the aesthetics calendar and I was invited as a guest of Newcastle Skin Clinic to bring you all the deets.  First of all, why white….?

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Ok, now we have that established on to the venue: The Grand Connaught Rooms, Covent Garden.  Dressed to the theme with a (very lumpy and bumpy) white carpet running throughout.  Before you say “accident waiting to happen” yes, I tripped over it. Twice, and I wasn’t the only one.

The White Party is a big thing, but what it stands for and sets out to achieve is much bigger.  Everywhere you look, you’re reminded that the event is about Safety In beauty and that’s what comes first – before the party, the glamour and the cocktails, we’re here first and foremost to promote and recognise correctness, safety and medical excellence in the industry.

I should first explain, there are three of us in our party and we make a pretty fine bunch. You know me already Voyeurs, there’s Luisa Scott, Aesthetic Nurse at Newcastle Skin Clinic and Mark Summers, Mark has a very successful hair extension business and regularly tends to the tresses of the MTV Geordie Shore cast.  So, now you know a bit about this motley crew, on to the good stuff…

I wore a white Love Niche tuxedo dress accessorised with Love Niche hand harnesses and a hair crown, Luisa wore custom Pink Cherry Couture and Mark wore Zara Man with brogues.  We enlisted the help of Celebrity Makeup Artist Stacey Lincoln who visited us at our Notting Hill penthouse apartment, with instructions to give me the darkest black smokey eye, (to match my heart), and to give Luisa (my partner in beautiful crimes), the full drag queen treatment.  Mark required no makeup because he’s freaking gorgeous without it.

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We arrived at the Grand Connaught Rooms and were greeted on the door by iPad wielding hostesses who registered us for the evening before we headed to the bar for gin.  The first room housed the bar & a dedicated selfie zone with a Kimye-esque white (natch) flower wall, the second was set up for the main event with tables named after designers (we were Fendi), and a buffet dinner.  Before the event started we mingled with Lizzie Cundy, Arlene Philips and Abigail Clarke (who is an actual friend of mine, not just someone I spotted).

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With the boxing season about to start again for me I was under strict orders to drink no alcohol so of course I drank gin, amaretto and more gin (sorry Phil, I shall repent by jumping rope).  The food wasn’t so great – a sentiment echoed by everyone on my table and further afield, and the queuing system was most likely responsible for the late start.  In the days following the event, we were contacted by the Safety In Beauty Team to express their disappointment with the venue and how things hadn’t gone as promised.  It certainly didn’t spoil our night anyway!

Despite starting way later than planned, once the event was underway we heard real life stories of how the campaign has helped people and how most importantly, education for consumers is key.  If consumers are able to make an informed decision based on truth, then the campaign has succeeded in empowering them.  Awards were given out in a variety of categories after being shortlisted and critiqued by a specialist panel.

On to the reason for us being there, as the sole practitioner at Newcastle Skin Clinic, Luisa was shortlisted for the Nurse of the Year Award having been recognised for her reconstructive work and her cautious attitude towards injecting filler etc.  Sadly she didn’t win, the award went to Rachel Goddard who Luisa said was a “very deserving winner”.  The actual awards part of the evening was excellent, not too long like some of these events can be and not so short that it loses its effect.  Each category and associated award was compounded with a success story which made it relatable for the audience.  The full list of categories and award winners is below.

Nurse of The Year Award Winner
Rachel Goddard

Highly Commended
Claudia McGloin
Sue Ibrahim
Lindsey McEnroe

Doctor of The Year Award Winner
Dr. David Eccleston

Highly Commended 
Dr Patrick Treacy
Dr Tijion Esho
Dr Daniel Sister

Surgeon of The Year  Award Winner
My Breast Group (Patrick Malucci, Simon Withey, Norman Waterhouse, Peter Butler)

Highly Commended
Sabrina Shah-Desai
Nick Parkhouse

Clinic of The Year Award Winner
EF Medispa
 
Highly Commended
Medizen
Air Aesthetics

Beauty Industry Professional of The Year Award Winner
Tracy Giles

Highly Commended 
Lorena Oberg
Eryca Freemantle

Innovation for Pioneering Service in Safety Brand Award Winner
Accuvein

Innovation for Pioneering Service in Safety Individual Professional Award Winner
Norman Wright PAPPS

Training/Educational & Professional Development (Advanced Beauty) Award Winner 
Noveau Contour by Karen Betts

Training/Educational & Professional Development (Medical Aesthetic) Award Winner
BACN British Association of Cosmetic Nurses

Highly Commended
MATA
Society of Mesotherapy

Best Industry Safety Campaign Award Winner
British Association of Dermatologists for The Sun Awareness Campaign

Best Industry Media Outlet Award Winner
The Consulting Room

Best Beauty & Aesthetics Industry Show/Event Award Winner
Olympia Beauty

Outstanding Career Achievement Award Winner
Dr. Dawn Harper

People’s Choice Award – Most Inspirational Person Award Winner
Katie Piper

The White Party feels like an exclusive club, almost like the premiership for UK aesthetic practitioners and this is their Christmas Party.  It’s interesting to see how these people interact with one another; there’s no competing, no animosity and in fact, they all seem to be friends with one another, cheering for each other as names are called out during the awards ceremony.  As we leave the event, shoes in hand, Luisa tells me that she’s proud to have been in a room with some of her “heroes and mentors” and that makes me smile.  We hail a cab and head back to our apartment where we quickly realise that none of us brought any makeup remover….

“Thank you to all our amazing sponsors and guests attending, the glamour and style is always a pleasure to see, and the support The Safety in Beauty Campaign continues to amass yearly is simply humbling” – Antonia Mariconda, Founder & Creator

Roll on 2017, I can’t wait to see what happens next year!

Pixie xo

I also have to give special thanks to Newcastle Hair & Beauty Clinic for getting me event ready in the days before The White Party.  I paid them a visit for white Essie gel nails, Decleor’s Vital Eyes treatment for my tired eyes and Nouveau’s LVL Lashes which are the best I’ve ever had, in fact, the makeup artist we used said there was no need for false lashes because my own were THAT GOOD! So big love guys, you’re the best!