Fundraising Events (incl pamper evening) for The Norfolk & Norwich Association for The Blind

Donna Minto (Events & Community Officer) from Norfolk and Norwich association for the blind has recently email me asking me to share some of their fundraising events. She has also sent me a list of their challenges coming up that look fab!

If you are a local beautician and want a table at the pamper event, then please contact Donna directly.

donnaminto@nnab.org.uk

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Quiz & Chips

Thursday 14th February - Virgin Money Lounge at 10 Castle Street, Norwich, NR2 1PD, are supporting the NNAB this year by giving us a London Marathon place & raising funds for the sponsorhip.  The first event planned is a Quiz & chips night on valentines day beginning at 6.30pm until 9pm.  A great night out for friends and family with a fun quiz to suit all ages.  Teams of up to 8 can take part & tickets are available from the Virgin Money Lounge during opening hours of 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday or Sunday 10am to 4pm. £10 includes food, soft drinks & the quiz.  Feel free to bring a bottle!

Any questions please call Donna on 01603 629558 or email: donnaminto@nnab.org.uk

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Gin Night

Friday 22nd February at 6.30pm - Following on the success of previous evenings our Gin Night is back again to delight and entertain you with special mixes, new gins and cocktails created by Van Vina.  Join us for a taste bud tingling, fascinating whirl around the history of gin whilst raising funds in support of people with sight loss in Norfolk.

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Tickets - £30 includes all drinks & snacks.

Venue - The NNAB Bradbury Activity Centre, Beckham Place, Edward Street, Norwich. NR3 3DZ

Tickets can be purchased here 

Tel: 01603 629558 or emaildonnaminto@nnab.org.uk

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Spring Pamper Evening

Friday 3rd May - An evening of pampering taster sessions, including massage, facials, reflexology, haircuts, hopi ears, reflexology & much more.  Prices from £3 to £15 for us to 40 mins of treatments.  The tea rooms will be open all night selling wine, homemade cakes & other refreshments.  Entrance is £3 on the door or to reserve your tickets call 01603 573000.

Venue: The NNAB Bradbury Acitvity Centre, Beckham Place, Edward Street, Norwich. NR3 3DZ.

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Personal Challenge Events for 2019

In 2019 step out of your comfort zone and sign up to one our adrenaline fuelled personal fundraising challenges. To register your interest in any of our incredible events please contact jeremygoss@nnab.org.uk or donnaminto@nnab.org.uk   

Be part of something special and live the adventure!

 

The London O2 Climb

Date – April 25th 2019

The London O2 Climb takes you on an exhilarating 90-minute climb over the roof of the world’s most popular entertainment venue. Marvel at the 360° views and when it’s clear you can see landmarks up to 15 miles away. Discover a different side of London, historic Greenwich, The Olympic Park and Canary Wharf.

The NNAB are looking for 20 individuals to join them on this high adventure experience.

Individual cost - £50

Individual fundraising target - £200

 

Zip Wire Challenge

Date - May 18th 2019

Prepare for a truly unique and exhilarating experience; the fastest zip line in the world. Soar over Penrhyn Quarry, North Wales, where you could travel at speeds of over 100mph while you take in the breath taking views and feel the freedom of flight.

The NNAB are looking for 20 individuals to join them on this zip line experience.

Individual cost - £50

Individual fundraising target - £250

 

Tandem Skydive Experience

Date – Saturday 15th June 2019

Make a tandem skydive from two miles high! Securely harnessed to your tandem instructor, you will be in free fall for 50 seconds at speeds in excess of 120 mph. This a guaranteed thrill of a lifetime!

The NNAB are looking for 20 individuals to join them on this skydive experience.

Individual cost - £195

Individual fundraising target - £250

 

The NNAB Blindfolded Run

Saturday 13th July 2019

To many running 5k (3 miles) is not a problem but what about completing this distance blindfolded! The NNAB are staging a blindfolded run at Eaton Park in Norwich to prove that having any degree of sight loss is not a barrier when it comes to sports participation. Come along with a friend and experience blindfolded running and at the same time raise awareness and funds for the NNAB.

The NNAB are looking for teams of two to enjoy this unique running experience.

Individual fundraising target - £100

 

The Tour de Broads Cycling Event

Sunday 18th August

Experience the unique country roads, quiet villages and picturesque scenery that the Norfolk Broads has to offer, in a safe, well-supported, friendly cycling event. There will be a choice of four routes (25 miles, 50 miles, 75 miles and 100 miles) and a family ride.
All routes are fully signposted.

Team NNAB are looking for 30 individuals to join them on this cycling experience.

Individual cost – Free entry

Individual fundraising target - £300

 

East to West Extreme Cycling Challenge

Date – 5th September 2019

On the 5th September 2019 a team of NNAB cyclists will embark on a journey which will result in the completion of 2 extreme fundraising challenges.

West to East Cycling Challenge

A team of NNAB cyclists will attempt to cycle from North Wales to the East coast of Norfolk in 3 days covering over 370 miles. This gruelling cycle challenge will include pedalling 120 miles on day 1, 120 miles on day 2 and 130 miles on day 3. A tough endurance test and one which only attract competent cyclists.  

Velocity 2 Zip Wire Challenge

As a warm up to this major cycling challenge the team will ride the fastest and longest zip line in the world! Based in Bethesda, close to Bangor, the one mile long ‘Velocity 2’ zip line is an experience of a lifetime and is the closest thing to flying where you reach speeds of up to 118mph!

The charity is looking for up to 15 competent cyclists to join them on this unique challenge

Individual Cost - £400

Individual Fundraising Target - £1000

 

ABSEIL the Orbit

Date – Wednesday 2nd October 2019

Experience the highest freefall abseil from the UK’s tallest sculpture – the ArcelorMittal Orbit based at the Olympic Park in London. This is the most adrenaline-fuelled way to see London at 262 feet above the city.

 

The NNAB are looking for 20 individuals to join them on this abseiling experience.

Individual cost – £100

Individual fundraising target - £300

 


Norwich domestic training for hairdressers and beauticians

Norwich domestic training for hairdressers and beauticians

Chloe Smith MP of Norwich North has informed me that Norfolk county council are providing a free workshop on domestic abuse for hairdressers & beauticians whether violent or verbal, it's good to recognise the signs. I am planning on going along to this event. Who else is going?

Please email da.change@norfolk.gov.uk  to book your place.

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Norwich domestic training for hairdressers and beauticians

Norwich domestic training for hairdressers and beauticians.

 


date products

New year, better habits - Do you date your beauty products?

If you work in the beauty business then dating your beauty products is an absolute must.  Personally, I simply use a black marker pen and write the date I opened the product on the bottom. However, on some products, I have to use micro tape and then write on that.

  • Products like tint perform less efficiently every time they are exposed by opening the lid. After 6 months of opening and closing the screw lid the tint will hardly have an impact on dyeing hairs.  You will often then find yourself googling: Why is my tint not dyeing the hair? or What is the best tint for brows? Also bearing this in mind the first client once you have opened the tube reduce the timings!

 

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  • Products are containing less nasty ingredients now, which is great! However, a lot of the ingredients such as alcohol were used to preserve them and give them longer shelf life once opened. I have recently found one of my lovely cream moisturisers turning into a watery consistency making it no longer usable. On this note try and reduce the contents of your bathroom cupboard! You don't need six open bottles at once!hand cream
  • Another great reason to date the products you use is for working out if the treatment is cost-effective? For example, I used to offer express lashes, which aren't individually isolated they are just placed on top of your lashes for a night out and then removed a couple of weeks later as a temporary option to eyelash extensions. However, after dating my eyelash glue I realised that I had done two sets of express lashes within the 3 months which is the recommended lifespan of their glue. At £30 a bottle it was meaning the cost for each treatment was costing me at least £15 plus meaning I was working pretty much for nothing.
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  • Products like mascara and eyeliner sadly can come into contact with bacteria from your body when you use them.  Therefore these products have a shorter lifespan. Tips to reduce this are to never use your finger in cream pots and use a spatula every time. Wash brushes very regularly. Keep products in a cool/ dry place.

Life span and dating your beauty products.


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6 boots to take you from winter through to spring

6 boots to take you from winter through to spring

 

One of the best things about winter dressing is that there are no limits when it comes to the styles of boots you can wear. That said, the fun doesn’t always have to stop as the warmer months arrive. Here are 6 different styles that are perfect for making the transition from winter to spring wardrobe.

 

Statement ankle boots

 

Whether it’s metallics or prints, a vibrant, statement ankle boot adds instant wow factor to any outfit. They may be perfect for the party season but how can you make the most of your fancy footwear as the spring months are approaching? An easy way to ensure your ankle boots work well in warmer weather is to pair them with a midi dress. Calf length styles will help show off your boots without baring too much leg if that winter chill hasn’t fully retreated. Go for floral styles to create a show-stopping day time look. If you need some inspiration why not take a look at the Jimmy Choo sale for some eye-catching options?

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Classic combats

 

Keep it cool and comfortable in 2019 by turning your combat boots into spring must haves. There are countless ways to make your favourite combat boots work in warmer weather so get experimenting with what looks best on you. Think jeans and a leather jacket or give your outfit a more feminine edge by choosing a knit dress and oversized trench.

 

Sock boots are staying put

 

The closer they fit to your ankle, the better they look. As the popularity of sock boots grow so do the variation of styles, patterns, fabrics and heel heights they come in. The beauty of these boots is the sleek silhouette they create so if you’re looking to wear them in the warmer months make sure you go for more volume on top. Think loose-fitting dresses and oversized thinner knits for a look that will make a lasting impression.

 

Western details

 

Cowboy boots were everywhere on the Autumn/Winter 18 catwalks and they aren’t going anywhere soon. Western-inspired styles are probably the easiest boots to transition into spring. Try them with a floral tea dress for a cute day time look or pair them with your favourite high-waisted shorts for that classic cowgirl style.

 

Knee-highs for nights out

 

Knee-high boots are a staple of any winter wardrobe but how can you make them work for spring too? Whether you prefer black or lighter shades, it’s important to let them do the talking. Pair them with a simple shift or slip dress for instant glamour. Alternatively, you could team with a plain white t-shirt and jeans for a more laid-back look.

 

Keep your kitten heels

 

Kitten heels have often proved a point of contention in many a fashion debate. That said, this season they seem to have returned with a vengeance. From black suede to animal prints, the boots popped up across catwalks and must-have lists for Autumn/Winter 18. Fortunately, the low-heeled style also makes them the perfect transitional piece. Why not wear yours with your favourite cropped jeans or statement skirt?

 

 

Inspired by : Luisaviaroma


spa day for Christmas

Christmas at Imagine Spa in Blofield

ChristmasDecember offer- Festive Bubbles and Bliss Spa Experience at Imagine Spa in Blofield.

Including a Festive-themed Afternoon Tea and Fizz!

Join us this Month for some pampering with our ‘Festive Bubbles and Bliss’ Spa Experience!

Forget about the Christmas list for a few hours as you enjoy:

  • Up to 4 hours relaxing in our Thermal Suite and Spa Facilities
  • A robe, towel and slippers for your comfort
  • A glass of Fizz
  • A delicious Festive-themed Afternoon Tea
  • A 60 minute Treatment of your choice

Just £80 per person Monday – Friday

Just £90 per person Saturday – Sunday

Call 01603 712550 & quote EOM-12-18

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Imagine Blofield Heath, Norwich

Imagine Spa is located at Willow Farm in the small village of Blofield Heath just east of Norwich, Norfolk. Our stunning rural location makes us a perfect getaway from the stresses and strains of life’s busyness.

Opening Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday: 9am – 5pm
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9am – 9pm

  • Imagine Spa,
    Willow Farm,
    Field Lane,
    Blofield Heath,
    Norwich,
    Norfolk.
    NR13 4RP
  • 01603 712550
  • blofieldheath@imaginespa.co.uk

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Christmas in Norfolk, UK.


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Launch party at Bourgee in Norwich

Last night me and my good friend Emma attended the launch party of Bourgee in Norwich. Their great PR company Edencancan  had a great evening laid out for us of Champagne and canapes. No expensive spared we had our glasses top upped throughout the night with Taittinger. The atmosphere in there is great. It's a real gem in the centre of the shopping area in Norwich. Upstairs is an exquisite bar with terrace over looking Timber hill. The upstairs bar has a great 'clubbing' feel to it with a lively vibe of great music and cocktails. This restaurant most definitely shouldn't be over looked as just a restaurant. The bar upstairs is something this part of Norwich is missing. I would meet friends here for evening drinks, gossip and dancing!

Both the owners Mark Baumann and James Welling were social butterflies and made sure they introduced themselves to everyone. They are an Essex based family-run company branching out into our lovely Norwich. They are extremely passionate about delivering great food. They even had their families with them last night. It's great to see the whole family including their kids supporting them.

They cater for everyone. From romantic evening meal, afternoon tea, and even a Sunday roast with your family!

I particularly liked the look of their bar snacks. Great Asian twist of sticky beef, gyoza (dumplings), lobster and steamed bun with kimchi and fries.

I can definitely see myself enjoying many good times here!

The castle mall is forever changing and keeping up to date with what their customers want. This is a great area of Norwich now, which previously would have been over looked. There is a great selection of places including The Murderers and Cocina which are attracting more people here.

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pamper night

Lovely evening with Imagine spa at Brasted's

Great night in aid of East Anglian's children's hospices jointly hosted by Brasted's and Imagine Spa Blofield.

There were Hand/arm massages, makeup demos, canapes, Adnams gin tasters, welcome drinks, and also great opportunity to look around Brasted's.

Imagine Spa in Blofield have some great Christmas boxes they are selling this year. Including their twilight spa offer. 3 hours of relaxation on either Wed, Thurs or Friday evenings. Which is just £20 each.

Brasteds and Imagine spa have also teamed up to offer a day spa and hotel package at just £149 for two people.

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Pamper evening with Imagine Spa at Brasteds.

 

Restaurant at brasteds, Norfolk
The Snug at Brasteds
Rooms at Brasteds
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£20 twilight spa Christmas gift box set.
Adnams gin
Joint offer - Also more than welcome to order take-a-way for your room that night.

6 Tricks to Ensure the Long Wear of Your Makeup

6 Tricks to Ensure the Long Wear of Your Makeup

There is no doubt that a lot of people have amazing makeup know-how. They can create gorgeous looks with any makeup palette. They skilfully combine vibrant colours together and really transform the face.

However, what sets professional makeup artists from people who are just “good at makeup” apart is their ability to make any type of makeup last for a longer time.

Their makeup application skills and techniques prevent caking and breakdown, even if they just use drugstore makeup brands. With their unique approaches, they can outwork the performance deficiencies of cosmetic products.

‘Want to know some of their tricks for makeup longevity? Rounded up below are six of them:

1. Start off with skin care products formulated for your skin type

Wash, tone, and moisturise your face with skin cream and/or other products intended for your skin type. Having this as a base can contribute to the long wear of your makeup. It will complement and reinforce the texture of your skin-compatible foundation and concealer.

Also, exfoliate regularly. This will get rid of dry patches that look quite obvious when you put makeup on. These dry patches can create a flakiness that can make your makeup disintegrate easily.

2. Use a primer

Apart from creating a smoother canvas for the rest of your makeup, primer also makes sure that the colour pops. It makes pigments adhere better, preventing fall out.

3. Build up slowly

Avoid slopping on your liquid makeup (which a lot of Instagram makeup gurus tend to do).

 

Always start out with just a small amount and gradually build up coverage by pressing in the product with a damp makeup sponge. This is a tried and true strategy in preventing caking and breakdown, especially around the oily areas of your face.

Some foundations and concealers already have amazing opacity and you do not need a lot to achieve the coverage you want. So, work with small amounts and slowly add more until you’re completely satisfied with the opacity of the product.

4. Use a setting powder

If you want your makeup to stay put through sweat and even rain, do not skip setting your face with powder.

In advanced makeup classes, setting powder is the key to the long wear of the most complex makeup looks (such as drag makeup). It is the tool for “baking,” which is a technique that really locks makeup in place.

It is important to note, however, that setting powders are not created the same. If you want the best performer for creating a smooth finish and achieving longevity for any look, opt for finely milled setting powders like Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder, Ben Nye Luxury Powder, and Hourglass Veil Translucent Powder.

When applying your setting powder with a puff, do concentrate on areas where you normally get oily. Proper application of setting powder in these areas will keep shine away and maintain your makeup look for longer.

5. Use a setting mist

This is another step you should take to lock makeup in. However, spritzing your face with a great setting mist does not only keep your makeup in place longer, but it can also create a dewy finish.

After setting with powder, your makeup can look quite matte or flat. A generous misting of MAC Fix Plus or Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray will restore dimension to your face by creating the look of moisture.

A special tip to make setting mist even more effective is to fan your face dry. This has been proven to keep makeup intact throughout the day.

6. To finish off your look, get rid of excess moisture

One of the makeup tricks makeup artists who prep models for a runway show is to use a facial tissue to blot out oil. But, they do not pat the tissue on the skin to avoid moisture. Instead, they place the tissue against the face and use a fluffy makeup brush to “sweep up” sebum gently for the tissue to absorb.

This effectively gets rid of excess oil without disturbing your makeup.

Top makeup pros swear by these tricks.

So, if you want your gorgeous “face paint” to look fresh until you are ready to take it off, these are the tricks to learn and implement.

AUTHOR BIO

Toni Malt is the Middle East's leading international editorial makeup artist and the woman behind the highly anticipated Toni Malt Makeup Academy in the heart of Dubai, now training the next generation of key makeup artists. From minimalistic looks to freestyle artistic creations, Toni's creative work has been published in top international fashion magazines around the world including VOGUE, ELLE, L'Officiel, Marie Claire, Harper's BAZAAR, Grazia and Cosmopolitan.


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Pampering and canapes

Imagine spa in Blofield, Norfolk are hosting a pampering and canapes night at Brasted's restaurant in Norwich in aid of East Anglian children's hospices. Looks like a great night planned with fizz on arrival, beauty treatments and canapes.

Book early to avoid disappointment.

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13mm eyelash extensions

Why most people can't have the longest lashes possible

A lot of clients say they want "the longest lashes available please"! However, in reality, they are not very likely to last and don't always look that flattering in my opinion. I am a lover of the enhanced natural lashes look and not the full dramatic thick fake look! Lash extensions are very personal and reflect your own style and personality. However, it's the job of the eyelash technician to help guide their clients to get a look that not only suits them but will last. Placing a very curly D curl on a straight natural lash or an insanely long extension will last only days and not weeks. Ending in disappointment for both you and your client.

Never apply a false eyelash extension more than double the length of your natural eyelash. It simply won't last very long. As there won't be much contact between the extension and natural lash to anchor/ hold it in securely in place. Not only will the fake eyelash extensions not last, but it's also not good for your reputation as a lash technician.

My personal tip as an eyelash extension technician for demonstrating this to clients is to simply take one 13mm fake lash, I normally use thickness 0.20 and take a photo holding it up against their natural lashes. Once the client sees this photo they will understand what you mean. Also, explain that the fake extensions will touch their reading/ sunglasses and become very annoying.

I believe the longest lashes you can buy are 20mm, but I have never seen anyone suitable for these!

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If you find your lashes are falling out prematurely it's always worth checking with your doctor. Poor skin and hair growth might be a sign on something else going on. A healthy diet and drinking enough water will improve your lash growth.

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