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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

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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

 

 

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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!

 

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Decleor HydraFloral Anti Pollution Active Lotion: Tried & Tested

I was asked by Newcastle Hair & Beauty Clinic to mix things up a little this month and instead of the usual treatment review, to take a salon product, try it out at home and then report back with my findings; a good, solid, tried and tested review so that you Voyeurs, can make an informed decision before you buy.  This is something I’ll be doing more of in the coming months.

This month’s Beauty Product On Trial is the amazing Decleor HydraFloral Anti Pollution Active Lotion.  A tricky product to define and a tongue twister to say, it’s a moisturiser with a big difference; when dispensed, it’s a clear fluid, similar to a toner and when applied to the skin it drip feeds the skin essential moisture throughout the day as required to keep skin in tip top condition.

“Enriched with Moringa Olifeira extract providing protection against pollution particles, it reveals a beautiful skin texture. Skin feels plumped, with dehydration lines appearing smoothed. Skin glows and feels fresh.”   Decleor 

In short, it’s a revelation, a wonder product, a bathroom essential!  As we know daily stress and pollution take their toll on our skin and can cause dehydration and other visible skin defects, Decleor Anti Pollution Active Lotion combines the freshness of a cosmetic water with the hydration power of a cream delivering continuous hydration, trust me, I’ve used it and I’m a convert!

I recently came back from vacation with flaky, congested skin from dehydration, changes in temperature, and using sunscreen.  I had one Microdermabrasion Facial at Newcastle Hair & Beauty and followed this with Decleor’s latest addition to the HydraFloral range.

Skeptical at first after seeing the consistency of the product, I kept the faith and used it twice per day for three weeks on my face and neck.  Decleor advise “Apply 2-3 drops into your hands (no cotton pad needed) and massage into a cleansed face and neck” sounds easy right?  In an age where we use space age serums followed by moisturisers with SPF and oils it really is, That. Simple.

On a morning I’d ‘pat’ it in to my skin which felt immediately hydrated and ‘springy’.  On an evening I’d apply the water-like lotion and let it soak into my skin and then “seal” it in with my usual facial oil and my skin improved dramatically within just four days.  It’s light and doesn’t clog pores, (I wish I’d had it before I went on vacation!) and it really feels like skincare stripped right back to the basics.  Fresh, easy and effective; just how skincare should be.

Want to try it out for yourself?  Newcastle Hair and Beauty Clinic will have Decleor HydraFloral Anti Pollution Lotion as their Product On Trial in the salon, pop in and give it a go with no obligation but be prepared to be hooked, this one’s a doozie….

Pixie xo

Decleor HydraFloral Anti Pollution Active Lotion 100ml £40

 

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Decleor Aroma Blend Transformation Ritual

When I was invited by Newcastle Hair & Beauty Clinic to road test the brand new Aroma Blend body treatment from Decleor, I said yes without hesitation, and also without really knowing what it was…

Decleor are well renowned for their ‘plant power’; their awesome oils and botanicals feed the mind as well as the skin and the scents from their home use products are divine, it didn’t take a lot to know I’d be in for a treat.  It turns out that the Aroma Blend treatment is a brand new and bespoke treatment which will be added to the Decleor Signature Collection.  Sound a little hazy?  Let me explain….

Billed as a Transformative Ritual rather than a standard treatment, Aroma Blend is Decleor’s foray into the private blend market.  By working with each client to assess their needs and expectations, a tailored blend of oils is created and mixed, and used with a specific set of massage movements and rituals over your entire body.  This isn’t your average Full Body Massage however, so I headed off to the clinic to find out more.

I arrived at the clinic and was greeted by Danielle, a self proclaimed Massage Enthusiast.  Having trained and worked in spas all over the North East, she’s now firmly rooted at Newcastle Hair and Beauty Clinic and is loving being in the city centre.  She tells me that massage is her absolute favourite treatment to deliver so I know that I’m in good hands.

Danielle begins by telling me a little about the treatment and what it aims to achieve; there are four professional rituals to help with firmness, slimness, revitalising legs and flatten the stomach, each with four key benefits: firming, sculpting, stimulating and drainage.  The results according to Decleor?  Emotions are balanced, and body durably remodelled. 

Danielle asks me a series of questions and marks the responses on a client card, she tells me that these answers will advise how my particular Aroma Blend fusion should be created.  We decide to go for something energising rather than relaxing, and in terms of the massage movements used, we decide to use Refining, rather than Firming.  It’s all very prescriptive.

The massage movements themselves are very different to what you might be used to, There’s light ‘pinching’, standard muscle manipulation and pressure point release in addition to the standard effleurage and petrissage you’ve come to expect from your regular massage.  There’s also a lot more hands on and off the body rather than constant contact and a lot less product is used.  This means that rather than gliding effortlessly over slick skin, the treatment is more friction focussed and I find that I quite like this, particularly on my tired legs.

I should explain that the night before I had this treatment, I fought in a big exhibition boxing match for charity so my body was craving some sort of muscle focussed attention.  Normally I find to pretty difficult to switch off and relax but with this treatment, it happened voluntarily, the quick, sporadic movements seemed to confuse my brain into switching off entirely and I found that my muscles were receptive to the treatment, I definitely sat up afterwards feeling a lot more relaxed than I was expecting.

The ritual is absolutely a full body treatment, even the tummy area is massaged and there are breathing exercises to go along with this part of the treatment.  Sound daunting?  It really isn’t and it’s pretty effective.  The movements have been tailored to aid digestive transit and without going too in-depth, you can literally feel it working.  Fingers and toes are manipulated to stretch out the joints and your back is heated using friction before being stretched at the base of the spine, it’s a peculiar, but effective treatment and one that you have to try out to know whether it’s for you.

Personally, I enjoyed it.  I love massage, I suffer from chronic Fibromyalgia, have early onset arthritis in my right shoulder and I’m a boxer so with all of that thrown into the mix, massage is like therapy for me and it’s something my body responds to, and craves.  For me, if it delays surgery then I’m in, it’s an absolute no-brainer.  If you’re a person who enjoys massage type treatments then it could swing either way for you - if you like constant contact and long sweeping strokes then alas, this might not be the treatment for you.  But if you’re open to something new and innovative, love divine scents and are willing to put your reservations to one side, then book in, try it out and let me know how you feel afterwards.

It’s a treatment which is very new to the market, in fact, there aren’t that many Decleor salons offering it, certainly not in the North East, but I think that it’s something that will become a staple treatment for the brand.  They’re known for moving with the times, bringing new and innovative techniques to the beauty world and this is one such treatment.  Get booked in Voyeurs and give it a go.

Pixie x

Decleor Aroma Blend is £30 for one area or £60 for a full body treatment.

Newcastle Hair & Beauty Clinic is at 52 Northumberland Street, Newcastle, NE1 7DF.  To book call 0191 232 2800 or email enquiries@newcastlehairandbeauty.co.uk

 

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Decleor Time Precious Facial

If you’re a time starved beauty freak who loves a discount or an exclusive offer then I’ve got something that you’re going to LOVE…..

You’ll know by now that Decleor are one of the leading innovators in aromatherapy skincare and have been for over forty years, what you might not know is just how accessible it is on the high street.  With a huge range of products and treatments to choose from, Decleor is trusted by the world’s best beauty professionals, offering specialist products and exclusive massage techniques and treatments to deliver the ultimate in skincare results and professional care.

Combining nature’s purest and most potent active ingredients, Decleor scientifically selects and masterfully blends premium essential oils to deliver for each skin need, targeted and proven skincare solutions. Understanding that beauty and well-being are intrinsically linked, Decleor offers a unique sensorial experience that visibly enhances the skin’s natural health and radiance.

We all know a facial, if delivered well, is a relaxing experience that not only boosts skin radiance, but also gives your sense of wellbeing a kick up the backside and Newcastle Hair and Beauty Clinic on Northumberland Street are famed for both their facials, and their knowledge and expertise of Decleor products - in fact, they house the North East’s only Decleor Training Academy on their third floor.

Anyway, getting back to all of you time poor beauty lovers out there…..

Newcastle Hair and Beauty Clinic are offering Voyeurs a corker of a deal on the Decleor Time Precious Facial.  Basically this facial does exactly what it says on the tin: it’s a slimmed down version of the regular Decleor facial crammed into 30 minutes meaning that you can fit it in on your lunch break or whilst you’re out shopping, and here’s the best part, there’s no redness or irritation afterwards, just fresh, radiant, luminous skin.  So for £30 you get a facial from a brand and a beauty clinic you can trust and it’s great as an introductory facial too if you’re not familiar with the range.

Actually, if you thought that bit was good you’re going to really love this, if you book a Decleor Time Precious Facial at Newcastle Hair and Beauty Clinic with Danielle on Thursday 14th or Friday 15th April the £30 cost of the facial is redeemable against any Decleor products from the range.   So to put it in perspective, If you buy two products you’re effectively making the facial free and we all love a freebie!

If you’re thinking about trying Decleor for the first time, or if you’re already a fan of the brand, there’s no better time to book a facial as you’ll be taking home two salon quality products, with a facial thrown in for good measure.

I had one today and my skin looks and feels amazing so if you see me and I’m glowing, you know why!

Pixie x

To book a Decleor Time Precious Facial click here

 

 

 

 

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Lava Shell Massage

Ok Voyeurs, you know by now that I’m a fitness freak and that I don’t do things by halves.  I like to box, play roller derby and lift weights and all those crazy intense sports take their toll on my body.  If I’m not bruised and battered from boxing, then I’m grazed and bruised from playing roller derby - and that’s just the visible evidence.

I actually have a chronic condition called Fibromyalgia which has an effect on my joints and muscle groups causing widespread pain blah blah blah, it’s not interesting, nor is it something I usually discuss but I promise there’s a point to this reference and it’s kind of relevant.  Putting my body through extra stress by choosing to play sports and participate in gym classes is something I have to manage and my weapon of choice for this is massage and muscle manipulation.

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There’s nothing better than waking up to a major case of DOMS and knowing that you have a massage booked to work some of the stresses away.  Lately I’ve been road testing the exotically named Lava Shell Massage at Newcastle Hair and Beauty Clinic and the benefits have been immense.  The treatment has been featured in Vogue magazine having been dubbed “the new hot stones” and it was the most requested training for Beauty Therapists in 2015.

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My Therapist, Gemma, is small and mighty, don’t be fooled by her tiny stature, she certainly packs a punch and more over, she enjoys massage.  Gemma says there’s something satisfying about working out knots, although she tells me I’m literally the stiffest person she’s ever worked on and that I’m “like a rock”.  Gemma makes each Lava Shell massage bespoke to the individual - if there are areas which need manual manipulation she’ll work this into the treatment and then use the heat from the shells to soften the muscles.  The treatment also benefits the Therapist, reducing the risk of RSI - so, wins all round.

Similar in style to a Hot Stone massage but way less messy, Lava Shell massage is a type of heat treatment that uses smooth Tiger-striped clam shells as a massage tool.  Rather than using water to heat from the outside in as with a Hot Stone massage, the heat is produced by inserting a ‘lava gel sachet’ and ‘activator liquid’ into the shell and then sealed in order to heat from the inside out.  The heat is retained for around two hours, easily enough time to deliver an insanely good treatment.

If, like me, your muscles are harder than sheet metal, Lava Shell massage can be hugely beneficial.  Obviously the heat helps to relax tense muscles, but the shells also give off calcium ions when heated, these ions transfer to the skin and can help to firm and tone the skins appearance, not one of the published benefits, but a benefit none the less.

Skin is prepped with oil like in a regular massage and your Therapist will identify any particularly tense areas, (for me, that’s literally every inch).  The shells can be used in different orientations to give a different effect, the smooth surface is used for all over massage and transferring heat to weary muscles and the narrow edge is used to work tense shoulder blades and calves.

The great thing about this treatment is that you have the option of a focussed, tailored back massage, or a relaxing full body experience, it’s bespoke to your needs and less generic than other similar treatments.  It’s administered in a darkened, candle lit room, it’s a struggle not to fall asleep but if you can, it’s worth it as this is such a pleasant treatment.  If you’re a fan of massage, or if you’re a sports fanatic then this is one for you to try as it’s fantastic for relaxing and unwinding; I have an encapsulated shoulder and I’m trying to put off impending surgery as long as possible and I truly believe that this treatment is helping with that.  I’d highly recommend it for sports injuries or long term conditions, or just as a treat to yourself after a long day and a real bonus is that after having this treatment I sleep way better than I do on a regular night and it’s worth it just for that. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz……

Pixie x

Prices start at £28 for a Lava Shell back massage at newcastle Hair & Beauty Clinic and appointments can be booked here.

There’s a cheeky discount available for Voyeurs too, quote #FashionVoyeur or Pixie Tenenbaum when you book and you’ll score £5 off a back treatment and £10 off a full body treatment - don’t say I never give you anything! (Discount available until April 16th)

 

 

 

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Gangsta Wrapper - Universal Contour Wrap

A little while ago you’ll remember that on the recommendation of two very high profile Victoria’s Secret Angels, I dabbled in a Universal Contour Wrap at Newcastle Hair and Beauty Clinic.  Well, after chatting to staff in the clinic I discovered a little beauty hack that might just blow your mind…..

Obviously you know that the Universal Contour Wrap is not a magic weight loss method. You’re not going to lose anything other than toxins and water, and of course reap the benefits of amazing, velvety soft skin.  But, did you know that if you combine three wraps over a course of three weeks, you could see combined total inch loss of 18 inches?!  Mind. Blown.

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It’s no secret that I had a pretty crappy New Year and add to that being diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, failing my medical for my next boxing bout and just generally having done everything to excess, I was neither looking, nor feeling my best.  I booked in for a course of three Universal contour Wraps each taking place seven days apart at newcastle Hair and Beauty Clinic (who, incidentally have now seen me naked exactly the same number of times as they’ve seen me clothed).

Now, if you’ve read my earlier post about this treatment, and I’m assuming you have, you’ll know that it takes place in a warm room where you strip down to your underwear and are wrapped neck to toe in warm, clay soaked bandages before being packed into a NASA worthy space suit.  The whole process is weirdly relaxing (and now second nature to me), it’s not uncomfortable or intimidating, these girls work in beauty and trust me, they’ve seen everything and are completely unfazed by it, in fact it barely registers any more.  If you’re nervous about your body and that’s the only thing holding you back from this really great treatment, don’t be.  Step through the door, get to know the staff and trust me, you’ll be standing in your underwear chatting about the school run and what you’re planning for dinner in no time.

My particular “Wrap Girl” Kayleigh, is amazing, funny, upbeat, attentive and has a killer laugh.  She guided me through the treatment and how the course of three differs from the one off;  at your first appointment you’ll be measured pre and post wrap, you’re marked up with little points so that the measurements are taken in the exact same place.  At the second appointment there’s no measuring at all so you’re straight into the bandages and relaxing in your space suit in minimal time.  By the time the third wrap comes around on day 21, you’re measured post wrap and your inch loss is unveiled to a fanfare. (Ok, maybe there isn’t a fanfare but it’s still pretty exciting.)

Now I feel that I should add a disclaimer here, I fractured and dislocated my thumb boxing somewhere between December and January and once the injury was discovered, I was ruled out of any gym / boxing training and that included the entire three weeks that I was ‘wrapping’ meaning that I wasn’t exercising at all - something new for me having come from doing an average of nine training sessions per week.  However, I was still pretty damn shocked and delighted to discover that from first to third wrap, I had lost an incredible 15 inches globally.

Now these inches can come from any of the many measuring sites and hugely depend on where you store toxins and water.  So, for one person losing inches from their abdomen, another will lose it from their thighs and butt.  Similarly it can be lost from ankles, wrists and ribs etc. the treatment is so individual, you can never base your expected results on those of someone else.  What you can absolutely guarantee though, is an inch loss result and that guarantee, from Universal Contour Wrap themselves, is iron clad.

So, it got me thinking.  You could be overweight, injured, recovering from surgery, in need of a pick me up, or even in the case of Karlie Kloss, have the perfect body, but we’re always striving for better; and personally, I never settle for complacency.  Not the type of treatment I’d usually advocate, but this one, I believe, is a little bit special.  Like a detox from the outside in, skin is left glowing and silky smooth, a feeling which lasts for days after and that really does affect how you feel about yourself.  I have a holiday coming up in June and if I can train to get into fight ready shape and also help myself out by indulging in this treatment then goddamn it there’s nothing wrong with a helping hand!  15 inches with no training, right after new year is impressive. Fact.  Just think how that would make you feel if there was a special occasion on the horizon, Valentines Day, an Easter City Break, a Summer holiday……..

Yes, it’s not permanent but it’s visible, it’s evident and you’ll feel it in your clothes.  If it gets you through your prom / big date / wedding / *insert super important event here* and leaves your skin glowing, then it was worth it right?

So go, book up, shed your inhibitions and try it….

Pixie x

One Universal Contour Wrap at newcastle Hair & Beauty Clinic is £55, or a course of three is £145.  Voyeurs can book online or by phone 0191 2322800

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Black Friday at Newcastle Hair & Beauty Clinic

As you know Black Friday is almost upon us and I’m sure you’ll be subscribed to all sorts of sites which scour the web for deals (Ashleigh Money Saver anyone?)  Well, while you’re looking out for big deals on electronics, gadgets and toys, have you thought to look at what discounts there are to be had on hair and beauty?

Our good friends over at Newcastle Hair and Beauty Clinic have a stellar offer on for Black Friday and guess what?  it’s not just a day of deals, it’s a whole week crammed full of festive goodness and an offer not to be missed.

If you’re beautifying for the festive period then consider this: You can choose any three treatments from the above menu for the all inclusive price of £40.  If you have work Christmas parties on the horizon then this is not to be sniffed at!

The salon has been completely Christmassified and will be putting on festive food and drink throughout the week and I’ve even put in a request for some Christmas music because it’s not really Christmas without Mariah and Shakin’ Stevens right?

To book call the salon on 0191 2322800

Don’t say I never give you anything.

Pixie x

 

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The Best Wax in Newcastle…..

You know by now that I’m a bit of a connoisseur when it comes to waxing, particularly that of the intimate variety (Sorry if you’re reading this Dad but this is real important stuff), so when an opportunity crops up to try out a new place then provided it’s using hot wax rather than strip wax, I’m absolutely in.

I’ve favoured the “Hollywood” (that’s everything off folks) since the 90’s (talk about jumping on a beauty trend right?!) and living in London I shared my amazing Brazilian waxer with Victoria Beckham, Sienna Miller and countless other celebrities, indeed Otylia Roberts was, and still is known as one of the best hot waxers in the world.  When I relocated back to the North East this left me with a bit of an issue, largely existing as a six weekly trip to London for my fix.

Fast forward to right now and the North East is all over the Brazilian / Hollywood waxing “trend” with dedicated waxing salons opening up and existing beauty salons adding the service to their treatment menu’s.  When Newcastle Hair & Beauty Clinic invited me to  road test their Lycon Hollywood wax, they didn’t have to ask twice……

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I arrived at the clinic and was introduced to Alex, my therapist for the afternoon.  After being shown to a super cute and kitsch floral treatment room, Alex gave me instructions usually reserved for the OBGYN clinic: Undress my lower half and cover up with the towel provided.

Now for anyone new to this type of procedure, this is totally standard; you have to understand that to get a perfectly clean finish, you have to be sans underwear, it’s just that simple.  Alex is an absolute pro - she understands that clients often book this particular appointment with trepidation and she instantly makes you feel at ease.  There’s no awkwardness, it’s not uncomfortable at all, she tells me that she’s done it for so long now it’s the same as doing an eyebrow shape or a leg wax, it’s all about precision and providing the best service possible.  So far so good.

Lets pause for an interlude; the wax Alex is using today is Lycon wax.  If it’s not on your radar or already part of your beauty regimen then familiarise yourself with it because you’re going to like this one - It’s very different to traditional strip wax, where the wax is applied to the skin and a cotton strip is used to remove it, removing the very top layer of skin cells with it.  When it comes to intimate waxing, strip waxing can be tricky, the same area shouldn’t be covered twice meaning that if the hair isn’t removed in one go, you’ve got a problem….

Enter Lycon Precision Waxing.  Using only the finest resins, natural ingredients and aromatherapy oils, Lycon delivers superior performance, removing stubborn hair as short as 1mm.  The area being waxed is treated first and then the hot wax is applied directly to the hair, the wax then shrink wraps around the hair meaning that only the hair is removed and not the skin.  Once set, the wax is pulled away from the skin without the need for fabric strips, it means that large areas can be done quickly and because Lycon Hot Waxes can be re-applied to the same area many times there’s no skin trauma or irritation and I can honestly say that it’s relatively pain free.

So, back to Newcastle Hair & Beauty Clinic, as Alex gets to work, she chats the whole time about anything and everything, from tattoos to dungarees from Topshop, we could be in the line for the checkout at Tesco it’s so relaxed and within a mere twenty minutes I’m done.  On a whim I decide to have my legs and underarms waxed whilst I’m there and before long I’m smooth all over and feeling inspired to book a holiday.  There’s no stickiness or residue that’s often associated with waxing treatments and no redness so I’m good to go.

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If you’re a regular hot waxer, a current strip waxer or a wax virgin just looking to take the plunge then I’d highly recommend Newcastle Hair & Beauty Clinic for several reasons:  1. It’s an uber professional service, there’s no awkwardness, these girls have seen it all before and just want to make you comfortable and give you the treatment you booked in for.  2. Situated above Superdrug on Northumberland Street, it’s a central location in Newcastle city centre meaning that you can be in and out in between hitting the shops and sipping an Americano, no biggie.  3. This is the clincher: This is without doubt, the best hot wax in Newcastle, if not the North East - trust me, I’ve done the research and even had the bruises to prove it.:-/

So, if you want a piece of the action, get yourself booked in with Alex but don’t go telling everyone, it’ll be our little secret, right?

Pixie x

To book an appointment at Newcastle Hair & Beauty Clinic call 0191 2320411