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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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30% off Make-up Courses

- Thursday, February 09, 2017



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Acids and what they can do for your skin?

- Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Chemical or acid peels are now becoming more popular within the beauty industry, but for clients beginning their journey to younger more radiant skin, the word acid can send them running for the hills.

So how much do we as therapist know about the world of chemical peels and the benefits they can have for our clients.

So what should we know first? Well our skin is naturally slightly acidic, with a pH between 4 & 5. So acids are actually great for our skin as we recognise them. If our skin becomes too alkaline, this is when our acid mantle layer (protective layer made up of 50/50 oil and sweat) is broken down and our skin is left open to infection. People suffering from acne need more acidity within the skin to help rebuild the acid mantle layer and to stop break outs from occurring.


Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) are water soluble meaning they dissolve in water. These acids are great for exfoliating the skin and reducing pigmentation and fine lines.

Beta hydroxy acids (BHA) are lipid soluble meaning that they dissolve in oil (or fats). These types of acid work better on oily skins to help purify and break down excess oil. Over use of beta hydroxy acids, can have an adverse reaction and cause the skin to become dry and flaky as a result.

Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) are molecules which attract water and are essential for the skin to lock in moisture.

When a cell goes through oxidation its structure starts to break down. Antioxidants are molecules that stop the oxidation of cells helping to prevent them from diminishing.

Free radicals are external environmental factors that contribute to premature ageing. Free radicals include UV rays, pollution, alcohol and smoking. These start to diminish the cellular turn over on the skin and start to make us look older quicker. We are able to fight free radicals through use of antioxidants and sun protection.



What is it?

What does it work on?

Skin type best suited to?

Glycolic Acid

Glycolic acid is derived from sugar cane and is an AHA.

It has excellent capabilities at penetrating the skin and is used with in skin care products.

The most common of which is chemical peels using different concentrations of glycolic acid, ranging from 20% - 70%.

The pH of glycolic acid ranges from 0.6 to 2.5

Exfoliates the skin

Reduces fine line and wrinkles

Reduces dark pigmentation and age spots and evens out skin tone.

All skin types can benefit from glycolic acid.

Great for fine lines and wrinkles.

Do not use Vitamin A prior to using glycolic acid as the skin can become sensitive.

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is a BHA and comes from plant extracts.

They use the metabolised cells that are responsible for growth, transportation and photosynthesis). It is used in a low concentration in many cosmetics and also is present in aspirin.

Clearing pores

Treating break outs

Building collagen and elastin

Combination skin

Oily Skin

Skin prone to break outs

Acne and problematic skins


Hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid is a little gem in the acid world as it can hold 100 times its own weight in water, making it a key molecule in skin moisture. It is a glycosaminoglycan naturally found in the skin and when working at its best it is capable of plumping the skin. Hyaluronic acid is also crucial for skin healing and acts as an anti-inflammatory.

Helps to plump and lock in moisture into the skin, by drawing water from its surrounding environment.

All skin types and highly beneficial for dry skins

Good for acne prone skins.

L-Ascorbic acid

L-ascorbic acid is a pure form of vitamin C and a great antioxidant.

It is derived from organic material and is a natural exfoliant.

Helps to prevent UV damage.

Works as an anti-inflammatory.

Helps to exfoliate and brighten the skin.

Stimulates collagen.

Good for all skin types, however be cautious with acne prone skin, as high levels of vitamin C may irritate it.

Ferulic acid

Ferulic acid is an antioxidant that is found in the seeds of fruits like apples.

It fights free radicals that contribute to ageing.

Enhances retinols (vitamin A)

Promotes healthy skin

Prevents sun damage

Fights free radicals

Protects collagen

All skin types


Citric acid

Citric acid is an AHA made from fruit extracts.

It is a weaker acid making it more commonly used within cosmetic products.

Speeds up cell renewal

Balances the pH level of the skin

Helps to brighten and lighten the skin.

All skin types except sensitive skin.

Highly beneficial for darker pigmented skin.

Lactic acid

Lactic acid is an AHA and naturally occurring from milk sugars.


Naturally exfoliates

Speeds up cellular renewal


All skin types, especially those with acne scarring.


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