Introducing our new Beauty Expert….

Posted by Emma ♥ - January 12th, 2012

Having spent a lot of the Christmas break thinking about what exciting new posts I would like to introduce to Military Wedding Discounts, I was suddenly transported back to my own wedding day and the nightmare I had with my make up (or lack of it I should say!). Thankfully I had Tasha at hand with her emergency kit to make me look beautiful (a blooming tough job!) but it got me thinking that others might not have been so lucky!

I am a complete novice when it comes to make-up! In fact, I will let you into a little secret and tell you that I very rarely actually wear make-up (only on special occasions) so although I think it would be great to have regular Beauty posts on the site, I don’t feel that I am in any position to be writing them and  needed to find someone who could which leads me to the exciting news for today!

To ensure you are given as much help and guidance as possible when it comes to choosing/applying make-up, your pre-wedding skin care routine and all the other little bits we have to do to make sure we are looking our best on the day, I have only gone and bagged you guys a real treat!!

Introducing MWD’s new ‘Beauty Expert’………..

Joyce Connor of Brides and Beauty!

Joyce Connor is a highly qualified and skilful beauty therapist who owns the successful Reading based company, Brides and Beauty. She has 15 years experience in the beauty industry. Her regular clients range in age from 12 to 87 years old, showing that beauty therapy and make-up are important to self-esteem for all ages. Joyce is passionate about all aspects of her work, being determined to promote excellent and appropriate beauty care for every type of skin tone in the UK.

Joyce set up Brides and Beauty in 2006. Joyce has built Brides and Beauty’s reputation on offering a friendly and specialist service for all people, men included, providing expert help and advice on treatments, make-up brands and application techniques as well as styling and makeovers. She specialises in weddings, and enjoys making the bride, and often the entire bridal party including the groom, feel at their most attractive on their special day.

Continual training is essential to keep Brides and Beauty ahead in the beauty therapy industry. Joyce regularly attends professional training classes and during the last 15 years she has attended the Professional Beauty London, International Beauty Show in New York, Afro Hair & Beauty Show, Dermalogica Congress Istanbul (August 2008), MAC Make up Masterclasses at BAFTA, Salon International at Excel and Cosmetic News Expo.

Joyce passionately believes that every woman in the UK, regardless of their skin tone, should have access to professional skin care, beauty advice and treatment. Her aim is to champion the cause of skin care and make-up in the UK, so that all women can enjoy suitable top quality products that are easily available in high street shops and which are manufactured to high standards specially to suit their needs.

In the last year Joyce works as a volunteer for the charity Look Good feel Better to help women with cancers that are being treated with chemotherapy. She also set up her blog A blog to give tips and let others know about new beauty products all tried and tested by Joyce. In 2011 Brides and Beauty was shortlisted in the Wedding Ideas magazine awards and received a highly commended award nomination.

Brides and Beauty have set up a successful Facebook business page and has had their Twitter beauty quotes printed in national women’s glossy magazines.

Joyce regularly appears as a beauty expert in newspapers, magazines, online and on BBC Radio Berkshire as part of the Lifestyle panel and commenting on the Royal wedding make up. Recently she has been writing for Salon Magazine, Vitality Magazine (BABTAC) and Lime magazine (London).

How blooming exciting eh!! I had the pleasure of meeting Joyce a couple of weeks ago and I can confirm that this lady is as lovely in real life (if not more!) as she is on Twitter (@BridesandBeauty) and I am really looking forward to working with her over the next few months.

So what with the website revamp, Military Musings, MWD Newsletter and Joyce joining us, February really is looking to be a fab month!

Muchos love,

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