Beauty Tips For The Budget Conscious


It shouldn’t come as much surprise that ‘beauty’ comes with a high price tag. Those who wish to enhance their looks like cosmetics and makeup will know that it can be quite an expensive process. However, there are a few steps you can take to cut your spending whilst ensuring you still look great.

Change where you buy your makeup from

You don’t have to purchase the top-of-the-range makeup to look good. There are more than a few budget alternatives that are just as effective. If you tend to buy from high fashion brands, where you will be spending much more money, you may wish to consider getting your beauty products from somewhere like Boots, Superdrug, etc. instead.

Buy your makeup in bulk

If you have a particular brand you always favour and always return to, it would be much cheaper to buy it in bulk than have to return to the store every few weeks. This is not only going to give you a better value for money but also reduces your trips to the shops.

Make it by yourself

Making great makeup isn’t rocket science. In fact, some simple things can easily be done. All you need is a little practice and the right products, which you can usually pick up off the market for a small amount of money. It might take a little time and work to get right, but once you have perfected it you could easily cut your makeup costs right down.

Think about where you store your makeup

Keeping your makeup in the bathroom could significantly reduce its lifespan. It makes them prone to airborne germs and bacteria, not to mention the steam from your sink or shower, and can therefore do damage to the products. If you keep your makeup in a dark, room temperature location instead (say, for example, a drawer or cupboard) it will stretch your money further.

Heading to Beauty School: ‘What Can I Specialise In?’

If you’re aspiring to head to beauty school, you may be overwhelmed by all the possibilities ahead of you, which can determine the direction of your career.

The truth is there are many varied areas of beauty you can specialise in; some of which can overlap, but overall remain pretty distinct. It helps to know the different areas of expertise and have an idea of what you might like to start out in as this will prepare you for any other qualifications you want to might gain in the future.

Its also important to know where your chosen specialty is taught; whether it is bundled with any other skills; the exact qualifications you will gain; whether there are any qualifications required to do the course and how much it will cost.


Up until recently, barbershops had been seeing a large decline in demand over the past few years; however, with some up-market chains reviving the classic barbershop with a reformed look, they’re now becoming a growing trend.

The art of barbering will involve you shampooing and giving hair treatments; cutting and styling men’s hair; shaving, beard trimming and facial treatments; scalp treatments and maybe hair piece fittinghair styling.

Hair Styling

Hair styling is a larger industry than barbering and there is probably a wider plethora of skills and treatments to perfect. Shampooing; cutting and styling, and hair and scalp treatments will all be the norm…as will colouring, perming, relaxing, permanent waving and wig styling.


Esthiology involves everything to do with proper skincare – probably one of the largest and most diverse beauty areas. It includes not only facials, but temporary hair removal techniques (such as waxing and sugaring); lash and brow tinting; brow threading and lash extensions.

It might also include exfoliation treatments and chemical peels.


Electrology is the art of using lasers to remove hair permanently from the body; as well as alleviate the appearance of scars or unwanted marks on the skin.

It is usually for those already accomplished in esthetics, who are looking to gain skills in medical esthetics. Along the way they will learn about the treatment of various skin conditions and skin rejuvenation techniques.

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As a make-up artist, you will be required to apply make-up for a variety of occasions and purposes, such as weddings, photo shoots; television; theatre productions or even movies.

As a result you will get to learn a diverse set of make-up styles and looks, gathering knowledge of how external factors such as lighting and environment can affect the desired result.

Manicures & Pedicures

Manicures and pedicures cover the delicate needs of the hands and the feet, paying close attention to skin and nail health.

You will not only learn the surface treatments of filing, buffing, polishing and nail extensions; you will also be trained to perform deeper treatments such as skin and cuticle conditioning, exfoliation, and maybe even hand and foot massage.

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Spa treatments involve the art of aromatherapy – getting to know essential oils and their properties and uses – as well as treatments for body care and relaxation.

These include body wraps and exfoliation; deep tissue massage; hot stone therapy; lymphatic drainage skin techniques and Indian head massage.

Extra Tips

Many courses will be paired together by your chosen school, or broken down into smaller ‘chunks’ of learning. For example, the Chill Out Beauty Training school offers separate courses for various massage therapies (hot stone, Indian head etc.), whilst offering joint courses in specific practices such eyebrow and eyelash treatments, facial massage and skincare.iStock_000005793923_Small

Its important to find out everything there is to know about your chosen school and talk to an enrollment representative to discuss how you will progress.

It might also be helpful to find out other aspects of the courses, such as:

  • What previous graduates have gone on to do
  • How much access you’ll have to equipment and facilities
  • What you may need to provide yourself (and its cost)
  • The tutor to student ratio.



What You Need To Know Before Starting Osteopathy


For those struggling with a musculoskeletal problem, osteopathy is one of the most common solutions. We take a look at what the procedure involves and what you need to know.

Why might I need an osteopathy session?

People see osteopaths in order to cure various types of musculoskeletal problems that may be causing hurt. These most commonly include things like neck ache, back pain, posture problems and sporting injuries. Therapy in order to ease or solve the pain will take place over nine sessions spread across three months and will include diagnosis, management, treatment and . There are several techniques that osteopaths will use in order to achieve this including massaging, stretching stiff joints, short and sharp muscle movements (like cracking knuckles). You should not experience pain during these sessions, although a mild level of discomfort is to be expected.

How do I prepare to see an osteopath?

Appointments with osteopaths are generally self-referred. There are clinics around the UK in every city – Manchester, London, Edinburgh and Liverpool osteopaths. Although a GP can arrange for you to see one if, having diagnosed you, they feeling it would be beneficial, usually sessions are arranged directly. You can take someone with you to the appointment for support if necessary and it is recommended that you wear comfortable clothing. Therapy sessions generally cost between £35 and £50.

What will happen in your first session?

Before any therapy begins, your osteopath will determine what kind of treatment you need. In order to do this, they will need to discuss the full history of your symptoms with you in which you are expected to give full explanations of the pain and how it is affecting you. You may be asked about your lifestyle and diet in order to best determine what therapy you need. Your osteopath may also ask you to remove some items of clothing during this first session (this is where the aforementioned comfortable clothes are useful) in order to examine the areas in which you are suffering pain. In total, this first session should only take up to an hour in length – twice as long as any subsequent sessions which will regularly take around 30 minutes.

The Top Beauty Schools In The North West Of England


Training courses are the best way to get into the beauty industry. Many people have successfully completed these courses and embarked on an exciting new career – starting their own businesses, working with industry professionals or taking their talents on cruise liners. However, with so many training courses to choose from in the north west of England, it is often a difficult decision for budding beauticians. We have listed our top schools in the region for your consideration.

North West Training Academy

The North West Training Academy based in Prescot, Merseyside is popular for its intimacy. Generally, class sizes are kept to just five students at a time. This means that you get the kind of face-to-face tutoring that is rarely available elsewhere. One of the other perks of the North West Training Academy is its price. Not only will it match the price of any other course in the north west region; it will undercut them by 10 per cent. Courses include make up training, spray tan training and eye treatment.

White Rose Beauty

White Rose beauty has managed to develop six centres of excellence across the north of England in its 25 years of business – proof of its enormous success in the region. Locations can be found in Leeds, Huddersfield, Sheffield, Nottingham, Derby and Manchester. White Rose Beauty’s popularity stems from both its links with employers and the cutting edge facilities it has on hand. Full time and part time. include body therapy, beauty therapy, nail services and more.

Lillian Maund

Lillian Maund is the best place for beauty training in the region if you have just left school and are between the ages of 16 and 18. They have a range apprenticeship schemes that will allow you to work in a salon while completing an NVQ – providing you with hands-on experience that will set you above the rest. Lillian Maund, which can be found in Bolton, boasts a whopping 100 per cent achievement rate and has been providing training for over 40 years.

Chillout Beauty Training

Part of the award winning Chill Out Spa and located within the beautiful Knowsley Hall in Liverpool, Chillout Beauty Traning is one of the top choices in the region. It offers a huge range of make up courses Liverpool including hair styling, beauty therapy, nail decoration and many more. Students are also provided with many industry-standard facilities so you can put what you learn into practice. Training at Chillout Beauty is delivered by people who are professionals in the industry.

About Hot Stone Massages

hotstonesHot stone massage is a special form of massage when the therapist uses smooth stones that have been heated as either an extension of their one hands or by putting them in certain places on the body while they massage other areas. The heat emitted from the stones can have two main benefits, the first being that the feeling of them is deeply relaxing and the second being that they can actually help to warm up any tight muscles so that the therapist can work them deeper and quicker.

What Are The Origins Of Hot Stone Massage?

Originally, the Native Americans would use hot stones that had been warmed by their fires to treat their aching muscles, but the revival of this treatment in modern times is typically credited to Mary Nelson, who is native to Tucson, Arizona. Her style of hot stone massage is known as LaStone Therapy and has a component relating to Native American spiritual practices and requires training and a certificate.

Generally, most spas tend to offer their own version of hot stone massage, usually given another name, such as lava stone massage, river rock massage or warm stone massage for example. There is a lot of skill required to do a hot stone massage correctly and the therapist needs to be particularly sensitive.

How Does A Hot Stone Massage Feel?

A hot stone massage will feel different for each person, mainly due to the fact that every therapist will do it in a different way. The standard of the treatment will come down to how skilled the therapist is, how much training they have been given and if they enjoy giving it or not. Some therapists don’t enjoy giving the treatment purely due to the temperature of the stones, as this makes them difficult to handle.

There are many ways to find out how good a therapist will be at hot stone massages. If they have an onsite training facility along with a spa, like Chillout Beauty Training in Liverpool, you could look at the course description to see how in depth they train their students, as this will give you an idea of the standard you should expect to receive.

Another way to find out is to ask a member of the front desk team at the spa of your choice, as they should be able to recommend a specialist staff member. If you are a regular spa user and have a favourite staff member, you can talk to them about where they did their training and how long they have been offering the service, if you wish.

What Makes The Stones Special?

The stones are usually made form basalt, a volcanic rock, that is usually black in colour. This is the best type of material for stones used for this kind of treatment as they absorb and retain heat particularly well and have usually been made smoother by the natural forces at work in the sea or rivers.

Are Hot Stone Massages Expensive?

It is more expensive to have a hot stone massage than a basic Swedish massage, purely because its requires a longer period of time, due to extra preparation, clean up and generally tends to last longer. There is no set price for a hot stone massage, but they are typically more expensive at resorts and hotel than spa’s.

Who Would Not Benefit From A Hot Stone Massage?

It is not recommended that you have a  hot stone massage if you:

  • Are diabetic
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Suffer from any diseases
  • Are taking any medication that thins your blood
  • Are pregnant
  • Have sunburn

Common Uses for Osteopathy

Osteopathy has played a long-term role in helping people recover from a range of injuries and conditions related to bone, muscle, ligament or joint problems.

As it doesn’t involve the use of drugs or surgery, iankle-spraint is a very non-invasive solution that treats physical conditions with the gentle manipulation, stretching or realigning of the affected area.

Many people find it to be appealing for this reason, though the benefits are usually best felt after a series of sessions with a skilled osteopath.

Here are some of the common conditions that osteopathy can treat.

Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is defined as an ache, tension or stiffness in the lower back. It is common for people who have largely sedentary jobs, whether working, studying, driving or simply sitting. It can also be caused by poor posture, lifting incorrectly, or bending uncomfortably for a long period of time.

Lower back pain rarely has a more serious cause, but is sometimes diagnosed as sciatica if it affects the lower pelvis, buttocks and/or legs. It can be treated or controlled with specific exercises done regularly; taking ibuprofen to remove any inflammation, and adjusting one’s posture. An osteopath can help with this.

Neck Pain

working-officeNeck pain (or a stiff neck) is very common and not usually anything to worry about. It can be caused by something as simple as sleeping in an awkward position; using a computer for too long, or from sitting in a drought. It can also be a symptom of anxiety or stress.

This condition can normally be treated at home by taking painkillers, using an anti-inflammatory gel or heat pack on the area, and/or gentle neck exercises. However, if the problem persists or keeps returning as a result of bad posture, it can be useful to visit an osteopath to see what they could do for you.

Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is often a symptom of another problem such as poor posture; a frozen shoulder; shoulder instability; osteoarthritis (see below); a broken or fractured bone in the surrounding upper body, or a rotator cuff disorder (common in older people).

It can be treated with ibuprofen/paracetemol and applying heat or ice packs to the affected area, and it advisable to avoid any activity that may irritate the problem. Osteopathy can very often help to treat shoulder pain by manipulating/stimulating the area. In severe cases, surgery or cortico-steroid injections would also be options.


There are two types of arthritis, the most common of which is osteoarthritis. This affects around 8 million people and is a result of the weakening of the cartilage lining in the joint(s).rheumatoid arthritis

The other type is rheumatoid arthritis, which affects more than 400,000 people nationwide. This is caused by the body’s immune system attacking the cartilage of certain joints, which leads to pain and swelling.

There is no cure for arthritis, but the onset of the condition can be slowed down with medication; regular osteopathy/physiotherapy, and generally staying active. In severe cases, surgery may be available on the NHS including joint replacement and bone re-alignment.

Sports Injuries

sports-coachingSports injuries are the reason many people seek osteopathy and are caused by straining muscles during training; overtraining; not warming up properly before exercise or pushing oneself beyond one’s fitness level.

The injury can be sudden (resulting from a strain or an accident) or develop over time. The latter is known as an overuse injury and is caused by poor technique or training intensively over a long period of time.

Osteopathy is usually used to treat overuse injuries, or from tired/aching muscles that bring chronic pain or discomfort. Severe or sudden injuries such as broken bones, fractures, dislocations or head injuries will require emergency medical attention.

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Liverpool Osteopaths believe that many conditions or ailments are caused by underlying problems in other parts of the body.

The benefits of osteopathy in the ways outlined here can therefore also be used to treat problems such as:

• Recurring headaches/migraines
• Severe period pain
• Digestive disorders
• Colic in babies
• Restricted mobility
• Insomnia
• Restlessness/muscle twitches.