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Massage recommendations. Where can I get a massage in Norwich?

Massage treatments in Norwich- Where to book

Massage is not only a great way to relax, but also essential for people who suffer with back pains whether it's due to an accident or stress. Often bad habits can cause pains for example carrying a heavy bag on one shoulder or not sitting correctly at your computer desk. I would always advise seeing a specialist who can give you advice you on how to care for your body.

The massage I offer at my Norwich beauty salon are facial massages as part of a facial treatment. I no longer offer Swedish message or any other type of massages. However I have put a list together of a few Norwich masseuses below:


If you would like to recommend someone to be added to this list please feel free to comment on the post. It's always great to have more recommendations especially if they have helped relieve you from pain.

When pregnant, massages can be adjusted to work around the bump. Many doctors don’t advise massage in your first trimester of pregnancy. For pregnancy massages I always hear the same name being recommended and that is the lovely Jackie Heffer-Cooke from the Orange Grove. Jackie is great for de-stressing you during pregnancy and helping with those aches and pains associated with carrying the extra weight.

If you are in pain or have been in an accident within the last 6 months many beauticians will request a note from your doctor to say it's OK to massage affected muscles.

If you are suffering from extreme aches and pains or have a specific injury you are trying to treat then I would recommend seeing a sports massage therapist who specialises in this on advice from the doctors.

Osteopaths in Norwich:

I personally see Martin Booth the osteopath at the Norfolk clinic for any pains. He is very professional and normally gets me out of pain within a couple of appointments. He never tries to sell packages of treatments and aims to get you out of pain with as few appointments as necessary. He is retiring this year, however his daughter Verity also works there and I have heard amazing things about her too. Other osteopaths I recommend are Felicity Hancock who is Norwich based and Olly Bell based in Aylsham.


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Where to get a fake tan in Norwich?

Fake tan salons in Norwich

What is fake tan?

Fake tan is the application of chemicals to the skin to produce an effect similar in appearance to a suntan. Application can be done by hand or spray.

A spray tan isn't something I personally offer but have put together a list of people who do. Fake tan pamper parties are extremely popular prior to special occasions like weddings. If you would like a fake tan party I can put you in contact with people who offer them.

Fake tan Brands:

  • Sienna X
  • Fake bake
  • st tropez
  • Crazy angel
  • nouvtan
  • Sunless Solutions

Places to get spray tan in Norwich:

  • Leigh-Ann at Bella Angels in Hellesdon - Sienna X
  • B dazzle - fake bake
  • Urban Angel Beauty - Crazy Angel

If you would like to be added to this list, just simply comment below.

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When going for a fake tan remember the following:

  • wear dark loose fitting clothing.
  • leave jewellery at home.
  • remove all makeup, deodorant, and do not apply moisturiser.
  • Disposable underwear is provided but you may wear a bikini/black strapless bra.
  • fully exfoliate the night before.
  • Never use wax, shave your legs or use cream hair remover in the 12 hours before the application.

Aftercare for fake tan

  • Don't moisturise until after your first shower, which should be at least 8 hours after having spray tan.
  • If you don't follow the aftercare given by beautician you could be left with a streaky uneven tan.
  • Try not to exfoliate too much after application of fake tan and be gentle with your skin.
  • Pat your skin dry after having shower.
  • Moisturise morning & night following your fake tan.
  • Don't exercise to the point of causing excessive sweat as this could affect the fake tan while it's developing.
  • No swimming and avoid hot baths/ showers.
  • It's normal to see some of the colour wash off in the shower after fake tan
  • Avoid harsh soaps

Fake Tan Removal

Should your fake tan go terribly wrong and you hate it the best way to remove it is to moisturise with lots of baby oil leaving it on the skin for a few hours. Follow this by a hot bath and exfoliating with a mitten or similar using exfoliating gel.

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Who does wedding make-up in Norwich?

Wedding Make-up artists in Norwich

  • Danielle Locke wedding makeup & hair - who did my wedding makeup and hair
  • Clare Alexandra Barberk Clare did the make-up for a friend's wedding in Norwich and she was thrilled with the results.
  • kristianne - make-up artist based in Wroxham, Norwich
  • Love Moi Makeup
  • Lynn Turton in Taverham. I personally know Lynn and she is lovely. Trained by the famous pixiwoo.
  • Melissa Abel make-up artist. Has own studio or does home visits.
  • Flamingo Amy - make-up artist in Norwich
  • Amanda Steed - airbrush make-up
  • Melissa Bennett - over 10 yrs with the brand M.A.C
  • Laura Dossett - bridal make-up

Choosing someone to do your make-up for your wedding can be a pretty scary task. There are hundreds of websites that come up when you google and there is always that worry that you will end up with the drag queen look at the end of your trial! It's important to find a make-up artist that you can trust and ensure you get the exact look you want, especially for something as important as your wedding.

I don't personally offer make-up at the moment, but I am considering training up before my own wedding in Norwich next year. In the meantime, I have put together a list of artists who currently offer wedding make-up in Norwich, which can be found at the end of this blog post. Danielle Locke (or her Facebook page) is a Norwich based make-up artist who recently did the bridal make-up for Leslie, a client of mine, and she was absolutely thrilled with the results for her wedding.

Danielle also does hair, so she can offer the full package. For this client of mine, I did the semi-permanent lashes and Danielle did her wedding make-up. Leslie knew exactly what look she was after for her wedding, and luckily me and Danielle achieved that for her. Danielle offers a bridal package for wedding make-up and hair at her Norwich beauty salon. She has full details of these bridal packages on her website. Danielle is a very relaxed patient person and her make-up treatments reflect that.

Danielle qualified at Norwich City College and holds Diplomas in Face and Body Painting, Make Up Artiste, Fashion / Photographic make-up, Cosmetic make-up, and Theatrical and Media Make-Up. So she is well qualified to consult with on pretty much any occasion, I'm sure you won't be disappointed with what she offers.

Wedding make-up by Danielle Christina 

Danielle Christina make up in Norwich

When booking any make-up artist always check their portfolio of bridal make-up they have done in the past and their cancellation policy. Also, have a good read through their recommendations as I have heard too many times of brides being let down at the last minute by their make-up artist cancelling. Also remember cheap isn't a good thing! For a day as special as your wedding, it's worth making sure you have the best you can afford, even if it means spending more than you usually would. Many cheap make-up artists would have only had one-day training, or sometimes none at all. Always check they have insurance. If someone is cheap then poor infection control comes with that. Danielle disinfects her brushes and equipment thoroughly after use and also uses disposable items that can not be disinfected efficiently like mascara wands. The last thing you want is to catch a nasty eye infection at your trial before your wedding day!

Many of my Norwich brides also book a pamper party to get their nails done and their closest friends and family the day before the wedding. These pamper parties are great for getting everyone together before the big day. Remember it's never to early to book in wedding treatments.

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Make-up and hair by Danielle. Eyelash extensions by Elizabeth Smith Beauty
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Make-up and hair by Danielle. Eyelash extensions by Elizabeth Smith Beauty


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If you would like to add someone to this list of make-up artists based in Norwich or have a recommendation then Please comment below. Alternatives to getting a makeup artist in to do your bridal makeup on your wedding day are:

  • The make-up counter at Jarrolds, Benefit at Debenhams or similar places. You often get a free makeover when you buy over a certain amount of products.
  • Go on a day course for home application. Then do it yourself for your wedding. Use pinterest for ideas.
  • Ask someone who is in training, if they want to use your bridal make-up for their portfolio. You might get a really good deal for your wedding this way.


If you're also looking for a wedding photographer, please check out my husband's website to see if his style suits your needs. Andy Dane - Norwich Wedding Photographer

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Make-up & hair for Weddings - Proms/Parties - Special Occasions - Fashion/Editorial - TV/Film based in Norwich


Where can I get eyelash perming done in Norwich?

Eyelash perming in Norwich


UPDATE: I now offer lash lift treatment here at my Norwich beauty salon, which is very similar to an eyelash perm. Look at my treatment page for more information. This is the same as LVL lashes. LVL is the brand name.

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Rods used for perming lashes


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The shield used for lash lift.

What is perming eyelashes?

Eyelash perming is done by applying a very tiny sponge roller (called a rod) over your eyelashes and treating your eyelashes with a perming solution, allowing it to set for around 20 minutes. By doing this the perming solution changes the structure of proteins in the hair and forces lashes to mould over the rod leaving your eyelashes with a lovely curl. The results from eyelash perming treatments can last up to two months. Your eyelashes naturally fall out after 90 days on average, so this treatment isn't permanent.

Aftercare for eyelash perming:

Avoid excess contact with water for around 24 hours. You can also buy special solutions to apply at home to keep your eyelashes healthy. I recommend Castor oil.

Please remember if you have eyelash perming done this prevents you from having semi-permanent eyelash extensions done for 3 months. Some people can't tolerate eyelash extensions and feel the need to pick them off, so this lash treatment is a fantastic alternative. Combined with tinting your lashes this treatment avoids the everyday hassle of applying mascara. It's an ideal treatment just before your holiday when you are in and out of the swimming pool.

Beauty salons that offer eyelash perming in Norwich are:

Eyelash perming by Kayla Rust

Eyelash perming by beautique is hair and beauty salon run by Sarah-Jayne Johnson

Eyelash perming by Urban retreat

Eyelash perming by Silver beauty salon


If you offer eyelash perming in the Norwich area or have any tips please feel free to contact me or comment below.

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Pedicure- hard skin removal - callus peel in Norwich

Pedicure Norwich

Pedicure treatments involves callus removal, cuticle work and file/paint. Choose from paraffin wax / spa bath / pedicure mask / massage / callus filing / exfoliations / Gellux gel polish / OPI file and paint. You can pick your own bespoke pedicure to suit your needs!

Callus is the thickening of hard skin due to repeated friction. This can build up on your feet and become extremely nasty looking. I recommend regular pedicures to keep on top of this problem.

I offer a one and a half hour pedicure to remove this hard skin. The pedicure can offer various options from callus peel style treatment, which is a softening pedicure mask, paraffin wax bath pedicure, spa bath and gentle filing. I am pretty flexible on this appointment, I book you in for a one and a half hour pedicure so that you can pick and choose what you want in that time. If you have minimal hard skin you may choose to have Gellux gel polish on the nails. However, if you have a large amount of build up I would recommend having more callus removal treatments on your feet.

The foot softening mask I use to remove the callus contains tea tree oil, which is well known for its anti-fungal properties. This mask softens and soothes the skin, before I use a callus file to remove the dry skin.

You could also choose the spa bath to soak your feet. This is a wonderful treatment as the spa bath has a vibrating setting, which massages your feet during the pedicure.

Paraffin wax treatment has some amazing medical benefits. Check out more on wiki.

If you have severe callus build up and corns. I would personally recommend you see a chiropodist.  They are specialized in removing the hard build up and have some very effective tools for removing callus and corns.

There are many callus peel treatments on the market and they make amazing promises! Please note a lot of their promo photos take up to 6 weeks to get the results they are promising, it's not as instant as the marketing might have you believe. The pedicure mask I use is very effective and I give you lots of tips on how to carry up softening your feet at home.

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Pedicure treatment in Norwich by Elizabeth Smith Beauty.



Where can I get semi-permanent make-up in Norwich?

Semi-permanent make-up in Norwich

Semi-permanent make-up isn't something I currently offer in Norwich. However, I have put together a list of people who do offer semi-permanent make-up.

What questions to ask before booking

Remember when booking someone to do treatments like semi-permanent make-up you must always ensure they have lots of experience in the field, are correctly trained and qualified with insurance. Also, with this sort of treatment, you must check they have an autoclave sterilizer and are not just disinfecting their tools.  Autoclave's reach 135 Celsius in temperature and kill things like HIV and Hep B. It's always best to go with word of mouth and recommendation from someone you know who has had semi-permanent make-up before in Norwich.

If semi-permanent make-up isn't done correctly and safety it can cause your skin permanent damage, possible allergic reaction and risk of catching something if sterilization isn't carried out to a high standard.

Licence needed?

Normally everyone who performs semi-permanent make-up needs a licence from their local city council. However Norwich has a bylaw which exempts this. I disagree with this and I personally believe they should be treated the same as tattooists. Due to this bylaw it makes it even more important that you check that the salon offering semi-permanent make-up has an autoclave and the have an infection control policy in place.   The list of tattooists is available at City council to check. (as of May 2014)

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What is Semi-permanent make-up?

"Semi-permanent make-up" isn't permanent. The colour/ dye is inserted into the dermis layer of the skin, so will fade over time and need touching up. Often beauty salons offer touch-ups at a cheaper price.

This can offer the defined brows look without applying make-up daily. Please ensure the person carrying out the treatment has plenty of shades and lots of photos to show you what look they can create with semi-permanent make-up. Also that they are used to working on your skin tone. It's always best to have an eyebrow shape in mind before visiting someone to have semi-permanent make-up and stay as close to your natural shape as possible.

Semi-permanent eyeliner is fabulous and gives your eyes an amazing definition. However, I don't advise going for a flick at the end because in time when your eyes change shape due to ageing the flick will drop and actually make you look older!

Semi-permanent lip outliner can add your lips definition and shape.

Treatments available:

Semi-permanent Beauty Spot
Semi-permanent Bottom Eyeliner
Semi-permanent Both top and bottom eyeliner
Semi-permanent Full eyebrows
Semi-permanent Lip outliner
Semi-permanent Top Eyeliner


Katie Rose Semi-Permanent Makeup

Wake up with makeup by Mandy Rimmer

Semi-Permanent Makeup by Lauren Spring 

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The cottage hair and beauty

Pampers beauty centre

Dale Evans at the willows

B hair and beauty

The lawns beauty clinic

Kendall Jarrett - Natural Perfection

Gemma Bee

Sally Simmons at Perfection skin clinic

If you offer semi-permanent make-up in Norwich or have any tips on finding someone, or I haven't listed you please free to comment below and I can add you to the list of Norwich salons.

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Short nails are in at Norwich beauty salon!

Short Nails Manicure


This year short nails are the new long nails for manicures, so Gellux gel polish is ideal! It's 15 days no chip or peel on average on your nails. Also, you can add some nail art to make them look really special. I have lots of glitter and nail pens to create some really exciting designs too.

I love having gel polish on my toenails as it lasts around 1-2 months on me without chipping. It gives a high gloss tidy finish which I love. I have over 30 colours available to pick from. I adore this pale pink in the photo for hands and love red on my toes. I would highly recommend having these if you are a nail biter as it prevents many of my clients from picking and biting their nails.

This gel is porous, so can be soaked off with acetone. I charge slightly less for my gel polish application as I give people the option of removing them at home. To remove them simply follow the instructions on my previous blog post on how to remove Gellux gel polish.

Gel nails aren't suitable for anyone with extremely damaged nails, as the gel bonds better to strong healthy nails. If your nails are peeling and flaky it's unlikely to last the full 15 days. If your nails aren't in great condition try OPI file and paint manicure instead.

Gel polish nails are very popular for pamper parties. I have done loads of these around peoples homes especially just before a wedding when a large group of ladies all need their nails doing. These are great fun as the host normally provides her guests with lovely food and drink. Also works well for celebrating a birthday, baby showers, proms etc.

There are many gel polishes out on the market like Shellac, Gelish, Orly, OPI and they all work in very similar ways.

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How long do gel polish nails last?

Gel polish manicure

Gellux gel polish is a gel that is applied like a polish over your natural nail length. They set under a UV light, so no waiting time for them to dry. These advertise as 15 days no chip or peel on average, so fab for a holiday or wedding. I have a lot of clients who manage one month without chipping them.

There are a small number of people who just don't suit gel polish. It's a porous product, so not as strong as the hard gels on the market. If you have an oily nail bed for example or have damaged your nail bed due to poor removal of gel/acrylic in the past the gel just doesn't bond as well. Also if you have a high impact job that involves you using your hands and nails regularly and/or contacts with chemicals you may suit the hard gel overlays instead.

I don't believe in buffing your natural nail bed in order to make the surface gritty. The Gellux fast bond is so effective this isn't needed and means no damage is done to your natural nail. I use alcohol (Gellux prep/wipe) to prep the nail bed, which removes any oils and allows better bonding. Alcohol also removes any bacteria from getting trapped under the gel polish which may cause an infection.

It's important to always follow my after-care advice carefully. Never use your nails as tools and wear gloves while using detergents. As it's a soft gel, and porous, chemicals can penetrate the gel polish causing it to lift. Which is great when you come to remove them as it can take as little as 15 minutes to take them off. It's extremely important for them to be removed correctly as it can damage your nail if they are picked off. I use acetone to remove the gel polish in my beauty salon, however gently buffering off the colour and leaving the base coat to naturally grow out is the ideal way. Never buff your natural nail.

There are a number of different gel polishes on the market like Harmony Gelish, Salon System Gellux, Orly, SensatioNail, Shellac, OPI, Sally Hansen, Mally, ibd. They are all the same type of product and applied the same way or very similarly, just different brands.

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How do I repair a broken toe nail?

Repair of broken toenail



This lady came into my beauty salon in Norwich with a broken toenail and wanted it repaired for her daughter's wedding.

Her daughter is getting married at the Oaklands in Norwich and the weather is set to be amazing! They are planning on having extra photos taken at Whitlingham Lake nearby. The lady broke her toenail recently by dropping something heavy on her foot while moving house. I don't think there is any permanent damage done to her toenail, it will just take 6 months or so to grow out.


We decided that the best solution for her would be using a full false nail. I prepared the nail bed by softening and pushing back the cuticles. Dehydrating the nail bed with alcohol and making sure it was clean to allow good bonding. The packet of fake toenails had several to pick from it in. We found the perfect size for her and shaped to before applying any glue. It's far easier to shape and reduce the length on a false nail before application. When placing the full false nail I positioned it close to the cuticle to make it look as natural as possible. Holding it in place with a hoof tool, so I didn't stick my own finger to the client!


We were really pleased with the end result and confident that it will not fall off halfway through the wedding! This is a great cheap temporary solution to repairing broken toenails. You can buy a pack of fake full toenails including glue from most supermarkets and chemists nowadays. This lady brought the pack of full false toenails in with her at gel polish manicure appointment as she didn't feel confident doing it herself and worried about the application of the toenail and placing it incorrectly.

If you have any question about the application of fake nails please don't hesitate to contact me.

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Repair of broken toe nail

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Damage caused by electric nail drill

Damage caused by electric nail drill

This lady had been having acrylic nails in Norwich for over one year. When it came to removing them or infilling them they used an electric nail file, which they used on her natural nail bed causing damage to the matrix of the nail.

It was extremely painful and caused permanent damage, which will never recover. She has already gone two years without them and the damage is still obvious.

It's advised when removing non-porous gel or acrylic to leave a very thin layer to naturally grow out. Never let anyone use an electric drill or buff on your nail bed to the extreme of causing pain. If electric drills are used correctly and people are trained to use them, they are a very effective and fast way of removing old gel or acrylic nails. I personally prefer to do it by hand as I feel I have more control.

If you do go somewhere that uses an electric nail file and it starts to cause you pain get them to stop immediately. This should not happen if it’s used correctly.


This lady was getting married and wanted a very natural look finish, so I decided to use Gellux hard gel to create very natural looking nail extensions for her nails. It took a while to do, but I slowly built up the nail bed with gel filling the hole used by the electric drill. We kept all of her nails very short, so they would be manageable with looking after her young child.

I am really pleased with the result and feel it has covered up the damage extremely well. I personally don't like the stick on white tips, so use foils under the nail to create a gel sculpture. I do minimal preparation on the nail bed by dehydrating the nail with alcohol first and cuticle work. I rarely buff the nail bed as the bonds on the market now are extremely effective without needing to do this.

On my own nails, I use Gellux gel polish, which lasts 15 days without chipping or peeling on average. This product is excellent as it causes no damage when removed correctly and dries under UV light. I charge slightly less for this manicure as I give people the option of removing it at home. To find out more about the treatments I offer visit my website or facebook page.

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