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Wake up to Make up

- Wednesday, April 12, 2017

 The Monday morning routine to freshen up the week. 

1) By applying moisturiser, you are priming the skin and giving it what it needs to stay fresh all day. We recommend the Environ AVST range, which has active vitamin A to help naturally exfoliate, produces collagen and elastin and balance oils. 

2) Conceal away any dark circles, or unsightly blemishes to give the skin that perfected look. We recommend M.A.C Studio conceal and correct palette, which contains colour correctors for redness and dark circles and 4 concealer colours allowing you to get the perfect colour match. 

3) Applying foundation will help to even out skin tone and cover any concealing you have done. Make sure you get your foundations colour matched to your skin to avoid any unwanted foundation lines. We recommend YSL Touche Éclat foundation, for a light but flawless coverage. 

4) Apply setting or finishing powder will ensure that your make-up does not move around during the day, and reduce any natural oils in the skin. We recommend Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre, it is lightweight, long-lasting and good for all skin types.

5) Applying bronze or blush will add colour to your cheeks and help to make you look fresh and awake, and with such a wide range of colours and brands available you will be able to keep your look fresh and fun all year round. We recommend Bobbi Brown Brightening Brick, they come in a range of 6 shade so your guaranteed to find one to suit you.

6) Liquid eyeliner can seem daunting; however, it helps to open the eye area up making you look more awake and alert, and that can only be a good thing on Monday morning. We recommend Bobbi Brown long-wear eyeliner gel with the ultra-fine eyeliner brush, these two together make applying liner a dream rather than a scary nightmare! Applying mascara will also help to open the eye area and the best on the market has to be Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real, with its comb like brush to make the lashes look fluffy, fuller and longer.

7) The worst kept secret for a bright fresh look… Highlighter! This will help to give you a healthy, youthful glow to the skin, making Mondays seem a little less dull. We recommend Benefit Cosmetics High Beam for that ultimate spotlight glow! 

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Hot Highlighters of 2017

- Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The new make-up ‘must have’ is definitely highlighters and with so many different options to choose, how do you know which one is right for you.

Here is our Beautec tried and tested top 6 list for highlighters of 2017

Bobbi Brown – Brightening Finishing Powder – Porcelain Pearl


This all-over powder instantly illuminates and gives skin a healthy-looking glow. You can use it all over the face or to highlight the cheek bones, brow and nose. 

Tried and Tested: This is great for a day time glow, it’s subtle but still pretty. It’s not the cheapest on the market at £42.00, but does comes with a cute little mirrored case.


Sleek Make-up – Highlighting Palette – Cleo’s Kiss


This palette is versatile and good for all skin types. It has a mix of both cream and powder highlighter, enabling you to build up the amount of shimmer required.

Tried and Tested: This is an affordable palette at £10.00 and allows you to control the level of highlight. Although isn’t more is more with highlighting!


E.L.F Cosmetics – e.l.f Studio Baked Highlighter


As value for money goes this highlighter provides exactly that! At £5.00 a highlighter and available in all 3 colours it’s tempting to have all three! It has some great ingredients with Vitamin E and nourishing fruit extracts to keep the skin moisturised.

 Tried and Tested: This highlighter is great as a blusher and highlighter, giving you cheeks something special. Its great on combination to oil skin.  



Benefit Cosmetics – High Beam


Say hello to the mother of all highlighters! If there is one highlighter to rule them all High Beam is it! Its full shimmer effect comes in a light-weight liquid and can be built up for a full effect. This is a great evening make-up product, with its powerful pop.

Tried and Tested: You can wear this product in those key highlighting areas, such as cheeks, brow, nose and cupids bow creating a striking highlight effect, or another great way to wear it is to mix it with foundation for an all-over glow, making it subtler. Another good thing about high beam is its great value for money, at £21.50 it will last for ages.


Kat Von D – Alchemist Holographic Palette



Who said a highlighter was only a highlighter (no woman ever), however we are serious when we say this product does it all! It is amazing on all skin types; the pigments are out of this world and it took 7 years to make!! 7 years… it must be special!

Tried and Tested: Well not us personally as it’s currently not available here until 2nd May! (We are already in the que however). It is available in the USA and we hear that these individual powders can be applied over everything and anything; lipstick, eyeshadow or just applied as a normal highlighter! We can’t wait to try it out! In the States this will cost you $32.00, we will update pricing on the UK release date, which is exclusive to Debenhams!


 NYX cosmetics – Hydra Touch Brightner



This nifty little highlighter is a perfect pop in your pocket product. It subtly brightens your completion whilst giving a cooling sensation upon contact with the skin.

Tried and Tested: This is a great little pick me up product to use throughout the day and because it is water based is great on all skin types. We loved the choice of colours and how easy it was to use!... And at £7.00 it’s a bargain!

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Qualifications Uncovered

- Tuesday, April 11, 2017
There are many different kind of beauty courses available now-a-days and finding the right one for you can see a bit daunting sometimes.
Here you will find all the information on different types of qualification, what you can do with those qualifications and the differences between them, so you know that your choosing the right course for you.

The main differences between beauty qualifications is whether they’re nationally recognized or accredited. Nationally recognized qualifications include NVQs, CIDECO, BTEC, VTCT, ITEC and many other national awarding bodies own certificates. These qualifications allow you to work nationally without needing to gain personal liability insurance in a salon, as you will fall under the salons own insurance. They also allow for you to work as a self-employed therapist with your own personal liability insurance.

Accredited qualifications are not nationally recognized, but you are still able to gain personal liability insurance to work as a self-employed therapist. Accredited qualifications can usually be upgraded to a NVQ unit of credit, making that individual unit nationally recognized.
So now we know what the different types of qualification are, how do we decipher all the different options. Fast-track, full time, part time, short courses; with all the choices it’s hard to know what will suit you best.

Now fast track courses tend to be designed for mature students looking to fit a course around their busy work/home life. With fast track courses, they tend to range from 10 weeks up to 6 months and can be one to two days a week. These courses allow you to gain you qualification faster and usually have smaller, more intimate classes. Some fast track courses will be full classroom based learning, whereas others will be home study. Make sure when enquiring you find out how the courses is taught and be aware of how much help you may need. Like with any course you will be expected to complete homework away from class, so be prepared to complete this in your own time, as well as practicing your learnt skills. This type of qualification is great for anyone looking to gain their qualification fast and fit it around their personal life.

With Full time Further Education college courses, they usually last around 30-36 weeks excluding school holidays (this adds up to about 1 academic year). These courses tend to be around 3-5 days a week and more tailored to school leavers. Classes for mature students tend to be mixed with under 19 year olds and classes are usually around 25-30 students. This course gives you a lot more practice and revisiting skills and knowledge multiple times. This course is much more suited to students that have just left school or people who feel they need more time in the classroom. However, they are not so good for fitting around a busy work/life schedule. Further Education colleges usually run part time/evening courses but over a longer period of time for those who need to work around their studies.

Short courses are usually 1-2 days and give you a certificate of attendance or accredited certificate allowing you to gain personal liability insurance. Some colleges and academies will give you the option to upgrade the qualification to a nationally recognized certificate, but not all private academies have approval to carry out NVQ qualifications. These courses are great for anyone wanting to introduce themselves to the beauty industry or fully qualified therapists wanting to expand on their current skills with advanced beauty courses. 

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Top Tips for Choosing the right Beauty Courses

- Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Research different options
Make sure you are aware of all the different types of courses available to you. Whether you’re looking to do a specific subject or a broader beauty course, do thorough research to know what it is your looking for.
Check the qualification
Always check what kind of qualification you are getting. Certificates of attendance will not allow you to work as they are not insurable, accredited qualification allows you to gain insurance to work as a self-employed therapist and NVQ or equivalent qualifications are nationally recognized, allowing you to work freely in the industry under any insurance.
Check what is included in the price
Make sure you know what you will be getting from the course. Is a kit included, what type of content does the course cover and is a pack provided on the day? These are all good questions to ask to ensure you have all the correct information.
Get to know the team
You want to feel welcome before booking the course. Are staff able to answer your questions and give you the correct and relevant information.
Ask about the venue and facilities
You want to know before you book that you are getting the best experience from your course. Is the academy your looking at able to accommodate your needs on the course?

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