The Vegan Beauty Brands we Love

Vegan beauty and products that have been ethically produced are on the rise. With more and more consumers being more conscious of the products they use and the treatments they have, every salon and beauty professional should consider this market. In order to ensure you don’t alienate those who choose to use vegan certified products only, add a vegan range to your product selections to keep up with this ever growing market. Here are our favourite vegan beauty brands to consider… PHB Ethical Beauty Family run PHB Ethical Beauty are an award winning ethical beauty brand. Home to the world’s largest range of natural, vega, cruelty free and halal certified beauty products, each and every product is handmade in the UK, the brand do not test on animals. The extensive ranges include skin, hair and body care products, mineral cosmetics as well as male focused products and natural remedies for various skin complaints. At current the brand produce over 200 products, meaning you can hand pick the perfect collections to suit your clientele. Founded by Rose Brown, who is a vegan herself, for every sale of PHB Ethical Beauty products, 20% is given charity. Each product is also made with...
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How to select the perfect Beauty Uniform for Spa & Salons?

Sometimes finding great options isn't as hard as making a choice among them. And when it comes to spa or beauty workwear, making a choice only gets tougher! But not anymore. The uniform experts at Diamond Designs worked on a check list of parameters that a uniform must be measured against before you select it as your salon's or spa's workwear. We also did a video on this, and if you liked that then you would also enjoy our Infographic!
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How Instagram Influences Beauty Trends

With 500 million active users on Instagram as of June 2016, it’s safe to say the photo sharing platform is one of the most influential social media sites in the world. One of the most shared types of content on Instagram is images surrounding beauty, from product reviews, to new looks and elaborate art in the form of make-up and nail designs. Instagram is hugely influential in when it comes to shaping beauty trends. Today trends are driven by social media, then reported on by blogs and print magazines, and finally emerging in mainstream beauty. Instagram can help you stay ahead of the trends, and even become a leader in the industry, offering a hugely influential opportunity for your beauty business. Beauty trends shaped by Instagram… 2016 has seen a wide variety of trends emerge from Instagram, some of which have become mainstream, influencing the industry as a whole, while others are mostly left to be admired, due to their extremity and difficulty to achieve. Among the most talked about are: mermaid make-up, neck contouring, bubble eyeliner, ribbon eyeliner, rainbow eyebrows (which then sparked rainbow highlighter), intricate lip art and super-full lashes. The latest to hit Instagram is the crystal...
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9 Reasons Why you Should Wear a Beauty Uniform

There are so many elements that add up to running a successful beauty business. From the treatments you choose to provide and the products/brands that you use, to your team and the way that you run your business, sometimes being in the beauty industry can feel like you’re juggling a lot of plates. Everything adds up, and if one area were to slip, this could cause a decrease in profits. One thing you can easily ensure is always up to scratch is the appearance of team members. Creating a professional and stylish look for your salon team is key, and this can easily be done by choosing to opt for a stylish beauty uniform look. We know just how great professional salon wear can look. Here are nine reasons why you should choose to wear a beauty uniform….   1. Create constancy We are creatures of habit, and we like to feel reassured when seeking professional services. A great way to create a streamline and professional look is to choose to wear a professional beauty uniform. When a client has come in to see you, if you were wearing a stylish salon uniform the first time you met, it can...
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Profit Boosting A/W ‘16 Trends to Introduce in Salon

Staying one step ahead of the up-coming trends can make a huge difference to the success of your salon. Build a brand that your clients can rely on to be ahead of the game, and meet demand when trends become mainstream. From the treatments that you offer and the products you stock, to your salon wear and interior style, being one step ahead of the industry helps you develop an exciting and innovative business. Plan ahead for Autumn/Winter 2016 to meet demand, here is our full guide to incorporating A/W ‘16 trends into your salon, to boost profits… Treatment trends… Knowing exactly what will sell ahead of the season is a smart way to ensure you meet demand. Offering outdated treatments could cause a drop in bookings, whereas offering the latest naturally sparks excitement and demand. Here are the trends for Autumn/Winter 2016 to take note of: The Lip: Blackest Blackcurrant As seen on models at the Dior, Marni and Erdem shows, the biggest lip trend this season is a lacquered black-cherry pout. At the Dior catwalk show, the look was created with Dior’s Rouge Dior in Poison and coated with Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Bulle for a mirror finish....
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Q&A With Babs Forman

  We sat down with Skin Confident founder Babs Forman to find out her secrets to success! After several years of working as a lawyer she decided to follow her dreams to become a make-up artist. Read on to find out more about Babs' journey and her favourite Diamond Designs Beauty Tunic.... Were you always interested in a career in the beauty industry? Actually, I qualified as a solicitor and had a career in law before dedicating myself to skin camouflage! So it took me a little while to get there, but I always had a passion for make-up and never felt fully at home in the corporate law world. So I would say I was definitely always interested, but wasn't sure that I would be able to make it a reality. It took a bit of soul-searching and a mini mid-life crisis to take the leap of faith, and I'm very glad that I did. Tell us a bit more about Skin Confident Skin Confident provides skin camouflage for people who have skin concerns that go beyond what cosmetic make-up can conceal effectively. I see a huge range of different people and can cover anything from scars to vitiligo, birthmarks...
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