From manicure, pedicure, waxing and nails to eyes to facials, massage and Reiki: let Alison of Beautiful You enhance your natural beauty or simply capture a different side of yourself!
It is easy to feel guilty for taking time out but it is important to make time for yourself for both mind and body.
Alison, an experienced therapist offers a wide range of treatments to enhance your natural beauty.
You may wonder where to start, in which case let Alison gives free consultations to discuss the areas you would like to improve and which treatments might benefit you.
Heading to a beauty salon can be daunting and difficult to fit around work, children and family so Alison will come to you. She brings everything needed including the couch, you just need to choose where you'd like her to put it!
Not sure which treatments might suit you or indeed what the treatments are? Perfect! Alison is delighted to offer a free consultation, looking at where you are with your skin and body and talk about how she can help to improve and maintain and make the most of the beautiful you.
She will be more than happy to help you to make the most of your looks to make you feel more confident and feminine - but even if you want just an eyebrow shape or your legs waxed that's fine too.
As Alison says for most people the skin is an important starting point for a beautiful you - both for what you see in the mirror and how you appear to the world.
This amazing little contraption, the magnifier, is the means by which Alison is able to take a really good look at your skin and check its state of health. Gently and diplomatically she will then report back!
A general discussion might then take place about the benefits of good skincare and how to fit this in to a busy lifestyle possibly by doing it in the shower.
You might also be interested in Alison's recommendations about how much you need to spend on skincare products: she's a big advocate of totally natural products which don't contain petroleum (which creates a barrier) and allow the goodness of the moisture to soak properly into the skin.
Eyebrow shaping and tinting, eyelash tinting and perhaps "lifting" too - are all treatments which can make an immediate difference to how you look and how you perceive yourself.
If part of the plan is to have a tint, a patch test will be taken at this stage too.
So now here are a few examples of beauty treatments and their benefits...
Having a regular pedicure can ensure that you keep hard skin to a minimum and toe nails are trimmed keeping your feet in good condition for the rigors of life. Having a pretty colour of your choice added and a leg massage all help to ensure you feel you are walking on air. This treatment is available as a quick tidy and polish or with a more thorough soaking with a leg massage and a deep moisturising heat treatment for very dry feet.
Keeping fingernails looking neat and tidy with a regular manicure, tidying up cuticles, filing the nails into shape, removing dry skin then moisturising and finally applying a nail polish (including gel if you like) in a colour of your choice to complement your mood or the season is a complete win win - every time you look down you see your lovely shiny nails it definitely helps you feel a million dollars, let alone what others may think!
This is becoming very popular and for good reason. Eyelashes are often quite straight and can become more so as we age, lashes also become paler on the ends so appear shorter than they are. A lashlift puts back a natural looking curl allowing the lashes to stand taller giving a more open eye look, tinting the lashes makes them darker so they look fuller and frame your eyes. This can be like having a little eyelift: helping to look younger and brighter eyed. The Lashlift and tint lasts approx. 6-8 weeks. Benefits also include not needing mascara if you are going away on holiday!
Brows frame your eyes and give the face shape. The small brow hairs can become bleached by the sun and change colour, length and position as we age. Tidying up and shaping the brow and then putting colour back into them, to suit your hair colour and skin tone, puts shape and form back into your face.
Skin is delicate, it’s the largest organ of the body, it changes its function at different times of the day and is affected by the seasons and different times of life. Our faces are our window to the world and if you wish to be looking fresh and youthful having a facial or even better a regular facial and a good skin care routine (which doesn’t have to be long and arduous) will help to hold back ageing and improve the skin's texture and feel.
All Alison's facials are bespoke and tailored to suit your skin and the time you have available. She has a menu of choices that can be adjusted your requirements and the time you have available.
Sugaring is an ancient form of hair removal which can use the same method as waxing - applying a layer of warm sugar paste to the skin and then removing either by hand or using a strip, removing the hair by the root giving a much longer regrowth time and smoother skin. Sugar is completely natural and looks a bit like golden syrup, the residue can be wiped away with warm water. It is generally agreed that it is more comfortable than waxing. Sugaring can be used on the underarms, legs, bikini line, lip, chin, eyebrows etc. If hair is regularly removed (aprox every 4 weeks) longest regrowth times are achieved.
With the change of life, facial hairs can start to grow on the chin and around the lip area, sugaring can be used to remove these unwanted hairs in the methods described above. This lasts approx. 4-6 weeks between treatments but regrowth times do vary from person to person.
This is a very popular part of Alison's work.
Having a make-up artist and hairdresser for the morning of your wedding helps manage the time, ensures the morning is calm and everyone is ready on time. To give the best service within the tight time constraints of a wedding Alison concentrates on the make-up and work with the hairdresser to ensure everyone looks their best.
Having worked as a bridal make-up artist for over 15 years, she has put together a collection of make-up ranges that provide the staying power to enable a bride to look fresh and radiant from morning to the end of the evening.
While each member of the bridal party including mothers and bridesmaids will have individual looks, having a professional creating the makeup ensures that all the bridesmaids will fit the look and style chosen by the bride.
If time allows a trial is recommended, giving the bride and Alison the opportunity to discus the plans for the wedding day, the colours and any themes that are important. Guidance with a good skin care routine in the lead up to the big day will also help to give longevity and radiance to the make-up. A full make-up can then be tried, matching a foundation and trying out looks for eyes and the all important lipstick colour. This all takes around an hour and half and enables the bride to leave wearing the look that she will have on the day.
On the wedding day Alison meets the bride and wedding party at their chosen venue and recreates the look agreed at the trial, this often will include make-up for bridesmaids, flowergirls, mothers and any others to ensure they all look and feel their best.