A Message from Mandy...
Following the recent celebration of Indulgence Beauty Spa’s 10th year in Rhos-on-Sea, I thought it would be pertinent to introduce all of you to each of the members of my team. Some of you may have only got to know one or two of our therapists during your time visiting the Spa, others of you may have met all of us at some point. Therefore, I thought it would be good for each of the girls to provide a little more insight in to their favourite treatments, seasonal beauty tips, together with their hobbies outside of helping you to Indulge.
I’ve been working in the beauty industry for coming up to nearly thirty years (oh my goodness, how old am I!??) I guess that makes me a senior therapist here at Indulgence – scary!! I joined Indulgence in its infancy when it was just six weeks old. Prior to this, after I qualified from College, I went to work abroad in Hong Kong in a brand new five star hotel where I made a lot of good friends who made it really easy for me and all spoke in English!! On my return, I worked in a big hotel in Llandudno, then left there to work in a salon in Colwyn Bay for ten years. I am now approaching my tenth year working here at Indulgence and its’ own tenth Birthday. I really do love my job (sorry if that sounds corny!), but I do, and love making people feel more confident in their skin and how they look to the outside World. My top beauty tip of all time would be to drink lots of water. It is my absolute must and favourite drink (bar a Bacardi and coke!). It is the first thing I drink when I wake up in the morning and last thing I drink before I go to bed. Pure still water (with nothing added) as I believe this is the best. I adore carrying out the new Decleor Orexcellence Facial which includes the new facial workout for the skin – PILATES. The new products that accompany this facial are sumptuous and smell absolutely divine. Everyone that wants to give anti-ageing a hand, then this facial is a must. Also, I must mention the Carita Lifting Facial – this is the non-surgical treatment facial which gives fantastic lifting results! In May of this year I will have the privilege of undertaking some training with Fiona Brackenbury, who is the Training Director at Decleor. This will enable me to become an Ambassador for Decleor at Indulgence. One of my favourite treatments to have done would be a back & shoulder massage – BLISS!! I suffer with lower back pain as my posture isn’t the best. Also, my shoulders carry a lot of tension, probably due to my job destressing my clients!! My personal favourite product which I am never without is Decleor Harmonie Calm cream. I have sensitive skin and this is my top of the range product that calms my skin instantly. If I’ve been out walking on a cold or windy day my face always reacts, so as soon as I get in I apply this cream quite liberally almost like a mask to help to make it feel comfortable again. My seasonal year-round tip would be to apply SPF to protect the skin from the Sun at all times. Out of work my passion is football. I adore the game and still get a kick (excuse the pun!!) of going away to watch a live game. Manchester City rule!!
I have been doing beauty now for nearly a decade!! (Wow! I can’t believe that). For me, beauty is holistic, I really do believe that things are connected, i.e. – A stressful period in our lives, such as bereavement or redundancy, can manifest into physical signs like tension, breakouts, etc. Having said that, the way the beauty industry is making new advances with technologies all the time, such as LED and Laser, it never fails to amaze me. I can only imagine where we will be in twenty years time. So, I always try to have this outlook at the forefront when with clients. I definitely feel through my training in this area, that this has made me stop and look at how I spend my own time. Which brings me to my passions. Anybody that knows me knows I am mad about my poochies, they are my “fuildren” (furr children). Anything to do with nature, if it’s got a tail, flies or is green I’m all over it. So, beauty products have to be ethically and responsibly sourced for me, which I think more and more companies and consumers are now investing in these types of products. Steph’s top beauty tip… SPF, SPF, SPF… I cannot stress this enough people and no, it’s never too late to start. I have to say this would be my No.1 anti-ageing product. My other top tip would be EXFOLIATING. Exfoliating is great for so many reasons. When we exfoliate, we increase the blood flow to the area, which flushes the skin with fresh oxygen and nutrients. It removes dead skin cells, helps prevent blackhead, pimples and ingrowing hairs, helps reduce lines and dark spots. Thus, all resulting in a visible, finer more radiant skin. So, whether it’s grainy, enzymatic or professional exfoliating like resurfacers or peels, let’s get scrubbing girlies.
Hi everyone, I’m Natalie and I have been a Beauty Therapist for over 30 years. I have been part of the Indulgence Team for the last four years and really enjoy a great rapport with all the girls. My favourite treatments are the Decleor Aromatherapy Facials as they are so relaxing and I feel they have such a feeling of wellbeing with the client too, which is wonderful to see. My favourite product is the Decleor Prolagene Gel as it is such a multi-tasking product used for treating damaged skin, such as burns, for improving the look of stretch marks and scarring as well as loose skin. This fabulous product contains an amino acid called Proline L., which is similar to plant collagen and helps re-build the skin's supporting fibres, which is why it is my desert island product. Prior to joining Indulgence, I have worked for myself in and around the North Wales coast, treating clients in the comfort of their own home. When I am not at work I enjoy walking, yoga and going to the theatre (along with the odd glass of Prosecco!) I also enjoy reading and spending time with my crazy, beautiful cat, Molly. That’s it from me for now, but I would just like to leave you with this quote from Audrey Hepburn, which I love… “I believe in manicures I believe in overdressing I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick”
My Passions… First, would have to be Beauty but not just Makeup and Nails, don't get me wrong, I Love makeup and nails, I always feel more polished/finished when they are at their best. I like a mix from HD brows to Reflexology, holistic and the latest craze keeps if fun and fresh, and most of all I love my clients’ reactions with it all. Secondly, my other passion definitely has to be fitness - I love the outdoors. This is mind and body for me – running is my ‘go to’! But this year I want to start mixing it up again… mountain biking, horse riding, surfing – anything that is FUN. Which leads me nicely to my top beauty tip for ME has to be body brushing! So simple and yet so easy and the results are amazing!!! No need for gadgets or gizmos with this one. But the problem is me, I have been super LAZY with it and I can see the difference when I leave my brush hanging, even though I try to be healthy and am very active. My stubborn areas – BUM, THIGHS and ARMS! They need the LOVE, they are dry and flakey, my circulation is sluggish which makes them look pink and uneven. I am very aware Spring/Summer is just around the corner (shorts & sleeveless tops)… I need to get focused and get BRUSHING. I know that with daily brushing even for just a week I will be able to see a big difference. Let you know how it goes! My top tips: Body brushing – this is so simple and yet so easy and the results are amazing if done daily!!! No need for gadgets or gizmos with this one. My favourite salon treatment – Decleor Slim Effect Localised Contouring Gel-Cream. I love this for its fresh and non-sticky texture and great results as it restores my skin’s firmness whilst hydrating it too. Home care – Decleor 1000 Grains Body Scrub – this smells divine as it contains Grapefruit Essential Oil and so easy to apply as it turns into an oil during massage. Secondly, I love Decleor’s Aroma Svelt Firming Oil-in-Cream. This has a lovely creamy texture which I use morning and evening concentrating on those body areas prone to sagging.
I joined Indulgence approaching four years ago now from a Secretarial background, and so was completely new to the Beauty industry. I studied for two years at Llandrillo College, their Private Secretarial Course, and from there worked in an Estate Agents for my first job, followed by PA to Director of Social Services at Prestatyn HQ. My favourite time of the year is Christmas! Christmas starts a lot earlier in our home than everybody elses. I absolutely adore this magical time of year even though my three girls are all grown up now, but we still go ‘all out’ to make this time of year as magical as possible, and my two eldest girls, who live away at Uni and College in the North East, love coming home to ‘Christmas Cottage’, as they call our home in Wales. My hobbies are making jewellery, my greenhouse gardening and my biggest love… baking with my 14 year old. My freshly baked scones and cakes are the tasty treats which you get to sample when you book one of our ‘Comfort Mondays’ at Indulgence. Since my time with Indulgence I have learned so much about the Beauty industry, its products and treatments, all of which I have been missing out on all of these years. My favourite treatment – Reflexology without a doubt! I find it very difficult to completely switch off and relax and so am not too comfortable with massage. However, after sampling Reflexology when Jessica joined the team, I discovered a whole new experience and a way of relaxing completely, not to mention the sense of well-being during the days following this versatile treatment. I would thoroughly recommend everybody samples this treatment once. My favourite product – Neroli Night Balm. This is my desert island item and I cannot be without it. What an amazing product of Decleor’s, as are all the night balms. I look forward to removing my make-up at night, even when I am absolutely exhausted, as I savour the application of my night balm, from breathing in the calming scent before I apply, to waking up in the morning with satin soft skin and that lovely bright complexion. Did you know?... Neroli Night Balm is also a great SOS product for insect bites, ingrown hairs/burns and even for nourishing the tips of your hair? Awesome product. My Seasonal Beauty Tips: Winter: DO pamper your hands – wearing gloves is a simple way to protect your hands from cold temperatures and dry air which can trigger Eczema. Gloves can also help eliminate cracked/splitting cuticles and nails too, so I’m never without mine. DON’T take long, hot showers as hot water can strip the skin of its’ natural elements, contributing to dry skin. Instead, use lukewarm water for a shorter period of time. Autumn: DO protect your lips and continue to protect against the Sun’s ultraviolet rays, but also start moisturising now to prevent dry, cracked lips this Winter. DON’T forget the sunscreen for your face! Spring: DO know your skin type and change your moisturisers – this really works! DON’t skip on exfoliation. Spring is the time to step up the exfoliation routine. Summer: DO take care of your feet – wearing sandals all Summer long, (as I live permanently in fit flops), exposes your feet to harmful sun rays, so when you apply SPF to your face in the Summer, remember your tootsies too! DON’t skip your moisturiser in the Summer months – your skin may not look as dry because there is more humidity in the air and natural oil on the skin – moisturise well – I never miss a day now!