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Beauty Call Welcomes Berkshire and Oxfordshire Franchisee Takeover

The UK-based wedding hair and makeup agency is proud to announce that one of its popular franchisees will be relocating to a new region in 2013.

Brides in Reading, Berkshire and Oxfordshire will soon be able to book highly experienced beauty specialist Kim Laney to help them prepare their hair and makeup on the day of their wedding.

Kim has been transforming nervous brides-to-be in the South East of England on behalf of the Beauty Call franchise for some time and has picked up hundreds of appointments in the Portsmouth, Southampton and Bournemouth postcodes. She originally trained with prestigious makeup college Brushstrokes before turning her hand to numerous TV and film projects with FilmFour and working to help produce ads with designer clothing powerhouse Levi’s.

It has recently been announced that Kim is to move a little further north to take over long-standing franchisee Danielle, who has decided to move to Australia to pursue further career opportunities.

The company’s Marketing Director is sad to see such a talented member of the team leave his books but wishes Danielle the very best of luck for the future.

“We have developed great relationships with our franchisees and can safely say that Danielle will be very much missed. We would like to take the opportunity to thank her for all her hard work during her time with Beauty Call,” he says. “She raised a great deal of awareness of our company in the local area and has always been highly praised by her large client base, so we’re sure she’ll be a blinding success down under too.

“Though we’re sad to see Danielle leave, we’re more than happy to hand over the reins to Kim, who already comes highly recommended by her previous clients on the South Coast,” he adds.

For images, customer testimonials and general information on any of the franchisees currently working on behalf of Beauty Call in the UK, please visit the company’s ‘Artists’ page. Those interested in learning more about becoming a franchisee for the agency are encouraged to email the team directly.

Beauty Call delivers wedding make up and bridal hair in Hertfordshire, Essex, London and across the UK. The company employs a wide network of freelancers that service hundreds of towns and cities up and down the country. Contact the company by calling the team directly or visit for more details.

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Pink Sands Glows As Official Sunless Tanner For Miss New York USA 2013 And Miss New York Teen USA 2013 Joanne Nosuchinsky Crowned Miss New York Usa 2013 And Nikki Orlando Wins Title Of Miss Teen New York USA 2013

Pink Sands congratulates Joanne Nosuchinsky of Hell’s Kitchen as MISS NEW YORK USA 2013 and Nikki Orlando of Long Island as MISS TEEN NEW YORK USA 2013. The ladies were crowned during the special event held January 20th in New York and will now go on to compete in the MISS USA 2013 and MISS TEEN USA 2013 pageants. Pink Sands provided many of the 205 contestants with the perfect sunless-kissed glow at the 2013 MISS NEW YORK USA and 2013 MISS NEW YORK TEEN USA pageants held in Harrison, New York.

“Pink Sands was honored to be chosen by the MISS NEW YORK USA organization as the official sunless tanner for 2013,” said Pink Sands Founder and CEO Jan Roeg. “We would like to congratulate Joanne and Nikki and welcome them as the new MISS NEW YORK USA 2013 and MISS TEEN NEW YORK USA 2013. All the contestants looked radiant in their custom-blended tans.”

The Pink Sands tanning system, Infinity Sun, is a revolutionary multi-treatment, and custom-blend skincare delivery system. This breakthrough technology is sought after by Hollywood’s elite and ideal for pageants and competitions of all levels. Clientele are among Hollywood’s elite and used exclusively on Britney Spears’ Circus Tour. Celebrity fans include Jessica Alba, Giselle Bündchen, Paula Abdul, Adrien Grenier, Mandy Moore, David Beckham and many more. The tanning system delivers healthy, radiant, bronzed skin in just five minutes and will stay vibrant for 7 to 14 days. Contestants had the opportunity to customize their sunless tan to obtain their ideal look and enhance their unique beauty. “K2 Productions, the independent state producers of MISS NEW YORK USA and MISS NEW YORK TEEN USA, was thrilled to partner with Pink Sands this year,“ said Keylee Sandars, Style Expert and Co-Executive Director of K2 Productions. “Together we share a common goal of helping women feel beautiful— and thanks to Pink Sands our contestants received flawless tans and confidence.”

Pink Sands’ highly skilled airbrush tanners provided the ladies with custom tans at its salon in Midtown Manhattan and off site during the week prior to the pageant. The MISS NEW YORK USA 2013 and MISS NEW YORK TEEN USA 2013 pageant took place at The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College in Harrison, New York, on January 19th and 20th. Pink Sands Airbrush Tan & Salon is located at 829 3rd Ave., New York, NY 10022 (212) 588-0111. For more information on Pink Sands, visit:

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Return to Glory Increasingly Popular with London Brides for Wedding Hair and Makeup

Glamorous in home or at venue hair and beauty treatments from Return to Glory allow brides to take the stress out of looking their best.

As the January boom in wedding bookings takes effect, brides to be throughout the UK are planning their very special big day. One of the most important factors for the bride is getting their wedding hair and makeup right, and feeling like a calm princess throughout the event. That’s why more London brides than ever are choosing Return to Glory, to help them look and feel their best.

Over 350 Weddings Last Year

Renowned as one of the fastest growing mobile massage and beauty providers in the capital, Return to Glory have a specialist team of trained wedding hair and beauty specialists. But there is much more to their service than hairspray and lipstick. They know that when a woman feels great, she looks it too; and they endeavour to take the stress out of perfecting every woman’s individual look.

Removing the Stress

With Return to Glory wedding hair and makeup services in London, the bride to be can approach her event with confidence. Our luxurious bridal services are designed to take many of the stresses and strains out of the engagement.

The bride will enjoy a wedding trial, which can last all day, during which an expert makeup artist will explore different styles and find the perfect look for every face. Customers will notice the difference that an experience magazine makeup artist can make, with a range of extra special finishing touches, including individual lashes, hidden liner and a light, invisible, flawless finish. By the time the big day arrives, each bride will have their own hair and makeup arrangement tailored to their features, and ready to be applied with a minimum of fuss.

Since wellbeing is so important to the bride’s finished look, Return to Glory also offer relaxing and rejuvenating beauty and massage treatments in the weeks leading up to the event. They have known their beautiful vouchers to be put on the wedding list! Why? This period can be extremely stressful to the lady at the centre of the whole affair, but a massage or spa treatment can be a real boost. Calming, and therapeutic, these sessions can help the bride, or groom, to enjoy the run-in, almost as much as they enjoy the wedding day.

Confident Dancer?

Surprising, another of the very popular services offered through Return to Glory are in home Dance Lessons. Couples enjoy first dance lessons in the comfort of their own home, to gain even greater peach of mind, knowing everything will run smoothly at the reception. Men especially find the lessons in their home far less intimidating.

Return to Glory wedding hair and makeup is available across North London, North West, East London, South London and West London. In some circumstances, the company have also travelled across South East England, the rest of the UK and have travelled to France, Italy and Spain upon request.

Pay a visit to the Return to Glory website today and find out more about all of the wedding hair and makeup London services available. They offer a simple, transparent pricing structure with no hidden charges, but customers should act now because appointments won’t be available forever.

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Revolutionary Dry Skin Treatment Successfully Overcomes the Problem of Eczema

Revolutionary Dry Skin Treatment Protects Your Skin From the Itch of Eczema

What is the underlying cause of eczema?
Eczema is a chronic skin disease characterized by dry, itchy, inflamed skin caused by an allergic immune response with in the skin. While there is no cure for the condition, understanding the causes and finding the right dry skin treatment product can greatly reduce the occurrence of symptomatic outbreaks and how to rejuvenate skin.

Could you be suffering from a damaged skin barrier?
Nearly 80 percent of eczema is due to contact with harsh chemicals and environmental irritants. If you have damaged dry skin your skin’s barrier is impaired and no longer properly functions and an increase in water loss having dry and cracked skin. Besides an increase in water loss, a damaged skin barrier makes your skin more susceptible to irritants that create an increased risk for dry skin conditions such as eczema. “As a dermatologist with many years of experience treating skin problems, I can tell you what the major causes are,” says Dr. Lisa Benest, “one of them is exposure to irritants and chemicals in the everyday environment. We live in a much more toxic environment today and our skin bears the brunt. When we are exposed to harsh conditions in the environment it can have a very negative effect on our skin.”

Shielding Lotion: A Revolutionary New Dry Skin Treatment that is the Best Lotion for Dry Skin
Traditional moisturizers are simply add artificial moisture to the surface layer of your skin and do very little to heal or protect your skin. Many even contain harsh chemical ingredients that damage the integrity of your skin’s barrier leading to more skin problems for you. Realizing the need for an entirely new approach to skin care, 21st Century Formulations put together a team of leading doctors, dermatologists, and cosmetic chemists who spent six years working together in developing Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion. Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion duplicates your skin’s own natural functions and strengthens your skin’s ability to protect against toxins and irritants resulting in healthier softer skin. Dr. Lisa Benest explains: “The reason shielding lotions are so effective is that they replace the protective barrier and allow the skin to heal from within. A shielding lotion bonds with the outer layer of the skin and protects it from outside irritants and chemicals, so it will prevent skin conditions from developing or it will help an existing condition to heal.”

Join the millions throwing away their old creams and lotions for Skin MD Natural: It’s the only lotion that can truly treat severe eczema and is a real dry skin treatment. Go to or call 800-540-4790 for more information.

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Get 40% Off Laser Hair Removal!

Leading cosmetic surgery provider The Harley Medical Group is currently running an excellent offer on selected laser hair removal treatments, which can see patients saving up to 40% on a range of packages. However, the offer is only available until midnight on Thursday 5 April 2012, so those interested are advised to book now!

Laser hair removal is one of the most popular non-surgical treatments in the UK and can be carried out on both men and women. It can be performed on many areas of the body and the Harley Medical Group’s offer includes some of its most popular packages.

Eight and four treatment packages for specified body areas have been included in the offer, as well as other multiple treatment packages. For instance, the eight treatment package for laser hair removal for the female chin was £600 and has been reduced to £450 for a limited time only. Similarly, laser hair removal for the full male back is now £1,250, down from £1,590.

In terms of multiple treatment packages, patients can save an astonishing amount – the female full body treatment was £4,225 and is now just £2,770. It includes four full laser hair removal treatments for the arms and legs, along with treatments for the bikini area, navel pubis and underarms.

“Our current offer on laser hair removal will only be available for the next couple of weeks, so those interested should act quickly to make the most of it,” said Lisa Littlehales of the Harley Medical Group.

“Anyone that would like to book a treatment at one of our nationwide clinics can find the current laser hair removal prices on our website, and can book via our online form, specifying which treatment they are interested in.”

To find out more about the treatments available, visit now.

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Huffman Family Dentistry Vow to Put the Shine Back into Anyone’s Smile

Wanting to change the confidence levels of even the world’s biggest smilers, Anchorage dentist, Huffaman Family Dentistry, have announced their flagship smile makeover service.

The cosmetic dentist Anchorage, AK service will come as a saving call to the millions of Americans who are not happy with their smile. Those living in the Anchorage area will be the lucky ones – finally able to change things for the better.

The process begins with a consultation – allowing patients to discuss what you like and dislike about their smile with one of Huffman Family Dentistry’s experienced dentists.

The dental professional will then perform a detailed examination to determine the level of oral health – allowing the dentist to then explain the options available to each patient.

The team at the clinic understand the needs of their patients:

“At Huffman Family Dentistry we accept the responsibility of providing you and your family with the best care that modern dentistry has to offer. Our dental professionals never stop learning. They continually update their skills to remain on the leading edge of dental technology and allow you to benefit from new discoveries” they say.

The service is sure to be the pride of local people – with such a comprehensive and cost effective service being available exclusively to them.

“Of course, we’d love to expand and stretch our services across more of the United States” says the Practice Manager. He continues “However, Alaskans have a special place in our hearts, and we are proud to be on hand to help them, and them alone”.

To find out more about the company and book your smile makeover today, please visit:

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Oregon’s Apple Dental Shock the Dental World by Offering Best Deal Yet

Having already won the confidence of individuals and families in the North Bend and Coos Bay areas of Oregan, local dental clinic Apple Dental has further shocked the dental world – by offering a dental examination and X-Ray for just $49.

The clinic, known as one of the best in the region – with North Bend dentist and Coos Bay dentist offices, offers a full range of services including dental extractions, dental implants, Dentures, IV Sedation and a whole host of other Family Dentistry services.

Representatives of the company are proud to be offering such a great deal, and encourage anyone looking for elite dental care to contact them and take advantage of it:

“We are offering our best deal ever. We are targeting new patients that need dental care in North Bend and Coos Bay. We encourage all new dental patients to take advantage of this special promotion!” they say.

The clinic has already built up a sterling reputation for their focus on client relations – namely through the employment of highly qualified and friendly staff, who understand the needs of everyone.

Mike, who has been a patient at the clinic since it first opened, cannot speak highly enough of the service that they offer:

“I’ve had virtually everything you could image done at Apple Dental, including the extraction of two teeth, dental implants and most recently the fitting and development of some excellent dentures. The service they offer really is first class, and this $49 deal they have going on is not to be missed!” he says.

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Dr. Just Smile Vows to Bring Smiles to Cincinnati – as the Ultimate Family Dentist

Bringing years of experience to the dentist chair, Steinmetz Michael S DDS and his team at Dr. Just Smile are proud to announce the launch of their new website.

The major web overhaul is set to position Dr. Just Smile as the dominant family dentist in the region, as well as poise them as the ultimate cosmetic dentist Cincinnati has to offer.

The clinic offers everything from elite dentistry services through to laser dentistry, cosmetic dentist services, Pediatric services and many more.

“We are deeply committed to providing our clients with convenient and accessible dental health screenings and procedures that will leave them and their family with confidence and the healthiest smiles possible” says Dr. Michael Steinmetz – who owns and operates the practice.

Among their many services, the team at Dr. Just Smile place a special focus on dentistry services that the whole family can benefit from – as Dr. Michael Steinmetz explains:

“We regard our own team as a small family, so certainly know how to treat our patients the same way. Every patient knows out names and we’re always available help and assist with any questions or concerns that they may have. We want everyone to smile together!” he says.

In all, there’s an impressive range of services available to patients of Dr. Just Smile, positioning them as one of the most experiences family, emergency and pediatric dentist Cincinnati can boast.

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Alaska Center for Dentistry Launch Gleaming (Just Like your Teeth!) New Website

Wanting to make an impact in the world of online Dentistry, Anchorage-Based Alaska Center for Dentistry has launched a brand new website.

Coupled with this exciting new website launch are a range of special offers for new patients, making high-quality and elite dental care even more affordable.

The center’s Practice Manager explains more:

“We have launched a large promotion targeting new patients in need of quality dental care at affordable prices. With that, we are offering some rather large special offers including free teeth whitening for new patients” he says.

The Alaska Center for Dentistry has two locations – One in Wasilla and another in Anchorage, allowing the company to stretch their dentistry services over as wide a range as possible.

The center is also supporting the community over the Holiday season, and last month collected donations for the Food Pantry at their Wasilla office, and donations for the Food Bank of Alaska at their Anchorage dentist location.

During December, toy donations will be made to the Mat Su Special Santa at the Wasilla clinic, and for Toys for Tots in Anchorage.

As the practice say, beyond their excellent value services and high-quality care, dedication to the community is important:

“We feel it is vital to give something back. We’re doing extremely well with our two clinic locations and flashy new website as well as our IV Sedation Anchorage service– so we felt it necessary to help others at the same time” they conclude.

To visit the new website and find out more about the Alaska Center for Dentistry, please visit:

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Anchorage’s Mint Dental Offers New Patients a Whopping $150 off Services

Mint Dental, known throughout the Anchorage region as being the only Anchorage Dentist to positively welcome emergency treatment, have blown a huge hole in the local dentistry world by announcing a great new promotion – $150 off their services!

It’s all in an effort to celebrate the launch of Mint Dental’s new website, as well as the opening of their new office at 3606 Rhone Circle in the city.

“Our staff is of the highest quality you will find in Anchorage. We offer more services than most dental practices, allowing our patients to get more done in a single visit rather than going somewhere lest for other needed services like root canals” they say.

Of course, all of the services above as well as the myriad of others listed on their website can now be accessed by new patients at a fraction of their original cost.

The clinic is certainly an attractive prospect for anyone needing dental treatment – they offer same day appointments, are open on Saturdays, bill directly to insurance companies, offer IV sedation to nervous patients and even offer extended hour appointments.

Interested parties are asked to turn their attention to their new website for more information. The new dentist Anchorage portal, which has been developed recently by a team of online development experts, offers an expansive wealth of information on the clinic, its staff and even details of special offers and location maps.

It can be found online at:

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The Harley Medical Group Busts Cosmetic Surgery Myths

The UK’s leading cosmetic surgery group, The Harley Medical Group, have today revealed research findings which bust some of the industry’s biggest myths and uncover what motivates people across the UK to have cosmetic surgery.

In the first ever survey of its kind, conducted across the Group’s 31 clinics nationwide on over 20,000 patients, the results challenge many of the longstanding myths that surround the cosmetic surgery field revealing over 85% of UK patients opt for surgery due to a confidence issue and that 95% will think about having a procedure for more than two years before they go ahead.

Lisa Littlehales, Lead Nurse Counsellor at The Harley Medical Group, says: “Patients who are looking into surgical options have lots of questions about their procedure and it is important that they are properly informed.

“We decided to do the survey as people often people have assumptions about cosmetic surgery, which in reality are completely untrue. One of the biggest myths is that cosmetic surgery is purely about vanity, when in actual fact it is most often a confidence issue which the patient has not been able to resolve through other means.”

Top Myths Revealed by The Harley Medical Group

All facts are according to The Harley Medical Group

Having cosmetic surgery is addictive and most people go on to have multiple procedures after their first.

95% of patients will only have one procedure that they’ve been thinking about for several years. It’s a confidence thing with many people.

Women who have breast enlargement surgery look fake and just want to have big breasts like Jordan.

Most women only go up by one or two cup sizes and the average size is a C cup. Women are now wanting a more natural look opting for a tear-drop shaped implant rather than the traditional round high contour.

Cosmetic surgery is now so commonplace; most people view it as just another beauty treatment.

Research shows that on average patients think about their surgery for two to three years before going ahead with it.

More men are now having cosmetic surgery than women!

There’s been a huge growth in men having surgery, but they still only make up 17% of patients at The Harley Medical Group.

People have cosmetic surgery to stand out.

Most cosmetic surgery patients don’t have a procedure to stand out; they have treatment to help them fit in.

Most people that book in for surgery are young girls who are over critical about their appearance.

45% of all female patients who enquire and have surgery at The Harley Medical Group are mothers looking for treatments to help combat the effects of pregnancy and regain their confidence. The Harley Medical Group have also seen a 17% increase in patients over 65, across their 31 clinics, in the UK and Ireland, between 2005 and 2010.

Plastic surgeons can make you look like your favourite celebrity.

Each patient is individual and a surgeon will work with a patient’s existing factors in order to produce a desired result – it is not possible to make one person look exactly like another.

If you are overweight you can just have liposuction to make you slim

Liposuction is not a weight loss technique and produces best results on patients that have lost weight and are looking to remove small pockets of stubborn fat. Also, it’s not just women that opt for Liposuction, 25% of Liposuction patients are male.

If you’re standing in the supermarket queue, chances are someone in that queue has had cosmetic surgery of some sort.

Only about 1% of the population have had surgery.

Most people go abroad for surgery because it’s cheaper.

Many people feel uncomfortable about travelling so far away from home when having a major operation and feel it’s more risky.

You’ll only meet sales people when you go to a big cosmetic surgery provider.

Reputable providers only use medically trained staff. Patients should always meet with a medically trained professional nurse counsellor to discuss their procedure and will always meet their surgeon before the operation.

Cosmetic Surgery Industry will be one of the first things to be hit by a credit crunch as it’s a vanity led industry and not essential.

Most patients think about and plan their surgery for many years. They are unlikely to want to put it off and instead consider it an investment. The Harley Medical Group is currently reporting a 29% YOY increase in demand for surgery, defying the credit crunch.

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Kraff Eye Institute First In Illinois To Offer Laser Cataract Surgery

The most commonly performed surgical procedure in the United States, cataract removal, is now being performed at the Kraff Eye Institute using the latest technological advancement; the Alcon LenSx® femtosecond bladeless laser. This latest advancement, which provides unprecedented precision to cataract surgery, is offered at Kraff Eye Institute. With the use of a multifocal lens or the correction of astigmatism there is NO additional cost to the patient for the use of the Alcon LenSx femtosecond laser.

The FIRST laser of its kind in Illinois and the only laser approved by the FDA for cataract surgery, the LenSx bladeless laser arrived in August of this year at the Harlem location of the Kraff Eye Institute.

LenSx utilizes a femtosecond laser which has been used to perform Lasik surgery since its FDA approval in 2001. By using this latest advancement of ophthalmic lasers, the surgeon and patient have an alternative to the mechanical cuts used in traditional cataract surgery while ensuring the highest-precision surgical incisions. This technology brings both safety and precision to the surgeon and the patient. (See Fact Sheet for additional details.)

Dr. Manus Kraff, the founder of the Kraff Eye Institute, has been performing cataract surgeries since the 1970’s. He now offers the LenSx laser procedure to cataract patients who meet specific criteria for the surgery. Since August of this year, Dr. Kraff has performed numerous successful cataract surgical procedures with the aid of the revolutionary Alcon LenSx femtosecond Laser.

“We are proud to offer the most advanced eye care technology in Illinois and the world to our cataract patients,” states Dr. Manus Kraff. “By adding computer control to the three steps of cataract surgery, the LenSx Laser ensures the highest-precision surgical incisions. The LenSx Laser is unquestionably the most technologically advanced option for cataract patients.

“We are thrilled to have this new technology available to us. Prior to this, cataract surgery was performed by hand with blades or needles,” he explains. “With the LenSx Laser, we are able to perform surgeries to more exacting, individualized specifications not attainable with other surgical methods. Most importantly, patients recover quickly and have great satisfaction with the outcome,” concludes Dr. Kraff.

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Established in the 70’s, the Kraff Eye Institute has been one of the foremost authorities in ophthalmic eye care. Drs. Manus and Colman Kraff have pioneered surgical procedures like phacoemulsification, intraocular lens implantation, Lasik vision correction and now the LenSx Laser cataract removal. Both Dr. Kraffs have spoken at major universities and conferences worldwide on cataract and laser refractive surgery, served on numerous medical advisory panels and boards with Dr. Manus Kraff having served on the medical advisory board of the LenSx Laser Corporation since its inception.

With two offices in the city, the Kraff Eye Institute has been bringing the very best in eye care to Chicago for over 35 years. For more information about the LenSx procedure or to schedule a consultation, call: 773-777-4444. Visit

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Sit-Ups Won’t Give You A Six-Pack And Could Leave You With A Pot Belly

There are still many popular misconceptions about how to lose weight or tone up stomachs, bottoms and thighs – with exercise routines left over from the days of ‘go for the burn’ aerobics and Jane Fonda-style videos.

Sit-ups have traditionally been thought of the best way to tone stomach muscles – but this might not be the case. Firstly, lots of sit-ups or crunches alone won’t tone a flabby belly – you need to combine any exercise with other exercises as well as eating a balanced diet. Sit-ups also target the most superficial ‘six-pack’ core muscles, but too many of these will cause the tummy to bulge out, leading to a pot belly.

Those trying to lose weight often believe that exercising for longer periods of time will lead to increased weight loss. But exercising hard for a long time will produce excessive amounts of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, which begin to break down muscle tissue.

High-intensity exercise is good for heart health, but not effective for fat loss. Studies have shown the best way to burn fat is by carrying out moderate to light-intensity exercise, such as a brisk walk.

Those who are finding it hard to shift stubborn fat, should come for a consultation with an expert surgeon at The Hospital Group.

The Hospital Group offer a range of cosmetic procedures to help people achieve the perfect body, including tummy tucks and liposuction, as well as weight loss surgery, including gastric bypasses, balloons and bands.

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Heightened Sense Of Smell May Cause Overweight To Struggle With Diets And Weight Loss

New research has found that some overweight people have a greater sense of smell for food which may cause them to struggle with diets and weight loss.

Carried out by the University of Portsmouth , the study found that those who were overweight, or had a high BMI, had a far heightened sense of smell for food compared with slim people.

Volunteers took part in the study where they were asked to join in with a series of mini experiments that tested their smelling ability.

The results revealed that most people are better at detecting food odours just after they had eaten rather than when they were hungry with experts citing this as one of the reasons many people continue eating long after they are full up.

Scientists believe this new research could help explain why some people struggle to stay slim or stick to a strict diet.

Lead researcher Dr Stafford, said: “It could be speculated that for those with a propensity to gain weight, their higher sense of smell for food related odours might actually play a more active role in food intake.

“Hopefully this research will stimulate more work in this area with the potential to help those who struggle with their weight and those who treat people with weight problems.”

Those who are worried about being overweight should book a consultation with an expert bariatric surgeon at The Hospital Group.

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Report Says Breast Surgery Still Top Of The Ops

The Harley Medical Group has reported a rise in breast augmentation surgery, which maintains its title as the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure requested by women. The increase has been driven by a boom in post baby surgery with mums now accounting for 60% of all breast augmentation patients.

Angela Fry, 38, from Maidenhead had a breast augmentation after she had her fourth child. She said: “After each birth my shape changed dramatically and my breasts sagged and lost their shape completely. For me, having a breast augmentation wasn’t about getting bigger breasts but getting them back to the shape and size that was right for my figure. Having the surgery has made me feel more feminine and given me much more confidence in myself.”

Breast augmentation surgery was first performed in 1895 and is today the most popular surgical cosmetic procedure for women. During the procedure an incision is made in the crease of the underside of the breast and the implant is inserted into a pocket created by the surgeon. The result is fuller and more evenly shaped breasts. The treatment takes around one hour to perform and a general anaesthetic will be administered to the patient.

Breast reduction is popular surgical option for women wanting to achieve more proportionally sized breasts Breast reduction surgery usually takes three hours to complete, depending on the size of the breasts. The operation is carried out under general anaesthetic, and patients stay in hospital for one to two nights. Breast reduction patients are required to wear a supportive bra for up to three months to keep the breasts well supported whilst healing takes place and ensure the best possible results.

About The Harley Medical Group
The Harley Medical Group is the UK’s largest cosmetic surgery provider, performing more procedures and with more clinics than any other cosmetic surgery provider. The Harley Medical Group is renowned for introducing and pioneering most new surgical and non-surgical techniques to the UK and Irish markets, such as Aesthera PPx, breast enlargement, laser hair removal, breast uplift, silk touch laser, collagen for lines and wrinkles. All new treatments and techniques are first thoroughly researched and tested before they are submitted for approval by the Group’s Medical Advisory Committee, as being suitable for application by the group’s fully trained and specialised plastic surgeons, doctors and treatment nurses.

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Salon Produces Video On A Better Haircutting Experience For Children Suffering From Autism


Snip-its (, the fastest growing franchise of children’s hair salons in the U.S., is very proud to announce a partnership with the non-profit organization Autism Speaks. This partnership has produced the publication of a nine-page “Haircutting Training Guide” booklet as well as a “Tips For Successful Haircuts” video, which gives both parents as well as Snip-its stylists tips on how to give autistic children a wonderful haircutting experience. A digital version of the “Haircutting Training Guide” booklet and a copy of the video are currently featured on the “Family Services-Community Connections” page of the Web site.

“We are very proud that we can work in conjunction with a great non-profit charity like Autism Speaks,” says Christine Mudd, director of franchise development for Snip-its. “We hope that our booklet and video can help families give children with autism a better experience in the salon.”

The “Haircutting Training Guide” is an easy to read, nine page booklet which was created by Snip-its in conjunction with Autism Speaks and Melmark New England. The booklet outlines tips for both stylists and parents on how to best make haircuts a easy and stress free experience for children suffering from autism and gives stylists tips on how to speak and interact with these children while giving a haircut. The booklet also features a large section of tips for parents on how to alert management and stylists to your child’s individual needs pre-haircut and how to make their child comfortable throughout their haircutting experience.

The “Hair Cutting Tips for Children with Autism” video puts the tips outlined in the “Haircutting Training Guide” booklet into an easy to follow video format. At Snip-its we take pride in giving children the best haircut, and the best experience possible. While a haircut involving a child with autism might be a bit more challenging, by following a few simple steps, we can assure both the child and the parent that they will experience a quick and enjoyable haircutting experience.

Autism is a complex neurological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person’s lifetime and effects 1 in 150 individuals. This makes autism more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined. Autism knows no racial, ethnic or social lines and affects four times as many boys as it does girls. It impairs a person’s ability to communicate and relate to others and is associated with rigid routines and repetitive behavior. Symptoms can range from very mild to severe and while steps can be taken to make a autistic child more comfortable in society, no known cure is available at this time.

About Snip-its
The Snip-its Corporation, based in Natick, Massachusetts, is a growing kids franchise designed to untangle the hair care challenges of children and their parents. It provides the best customer service and a guaranteed great time for both kids and parents. The salon franchise has served more than one million children annually in 65 locations. In 2007, Snip-its was named the 30th fastest growing franchise in the U.S. by Franchise Times Magazine. For more information or to learn more about kids franchise opportunities, visit or call 877-SNIP-ITS.

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New Designer White T-Shirt Project By Topman

Topman has launched the fourth in a series of projects which invites a handful of designers to create their ideal version of a staple wardrobe piece. This season sees the humble white T-shirt reworked by designers Richard Chai, Phillip Lim, Christopher Shannon, Juun J, JW Anderson and Henry Holland alongside the in-house Topman design team.


Both JW Anderson and Christopher Shannon have shown their designs with Topman previously through the MAN partnership with Fashion East which started eight seasons ago.

JW Anderson presented designs as part of MAN AW09 and is widely being hailed as one to watch. His design uses an eclectic mix of details: a long raglan sleeve finished with a shirt cuff, split shoulder button detail and a scoop back hem. The overall look is reminiscent of a traditional shirt.

Christopher Shannon has twice shown as part of MAN and is renowned for re-working sportswear. For the latest project, Shannon has designed a T-shirt using his trademark all-over print design. This design is available in two colourways; one a tonal white-on-white print and the other a black-on-white contrast print.

MAN has been the only on-schedule menswear show for a number of years and was the catalyst to this year’s successful AW09 dedicated menswear day. MAN enables a handful of young designers to show their collections during London Fashion Week.

US designer, Phillip Lim, has taken his inspiration for the latest project from Asia, using origami style folded pleats to create a bib front T-shirt design, a leisurewear piece that has transpired from a tailored shirt design.

New York based designer, Richard Chai, has gained a cult following as part of the new wave of American menswear designers. Chai has kept his T-shirt design simple using asymmetrical patchwork shapes to create a simple yet effective design.

Originally from Korea Juun J made his debut in 2007 at Paris Fashion Week, now he is a regular on their schedule. Juun J has produced a poncho style oversized hooded T-shirt design to create a distinctive streetwear feel.

Henry Holland, who is famed for his tongue in cheek slogan T-shirts has this time gone for a simple approach by producing a straightforward monochromatic T-shirt with a contrast ‘H’ appliqué which is complimented by a square neckline.

This time Topman Design has produced two design options to meet the project brief. The first is a boxy oversized T-shirt with a non-functional oversized pocket design. The second is a double layered T-shirt composed of two varying neck lines with a tubular folded hem.

The full range of white T-shirts from the new project are being made available from the flagship Topman in Oxford Circus London and New York stores as well as online at The range will also be available in New York, Sweden, Japan, Russia, Singapore, and Thailand.

About Topman:
Topman offers the latest in mens fashion, encompassing mens shorts, mens printed T-shirtsretro T-shirts and a range of styles to suit every shopper. Topman’s extensive mens clothing collection embraces everything from the latest fashion trends to classic pieces, and extends to mens shoes, accessories, mens underwear and formal wear. Topman also provide the simplest way to search for and buy mens clothing, placing it among the leading fashion retailers in the UK market today.

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Lighterlife Has Announced That It Has Been Nominated For The British Franchise Association (BFA) Franchisor Of The Year Awards, In The Brand Builder Category

The nomination recognises the huge marketing effort that has been a key focus for LighterLife over the last 12 months. LighterLife has launched a wide range of marketing initiatives. These include helping franchisees build brand awareness by providing them with an extensive range of tools and materials as well as significant financial support and comprehensive training. Combined with this activity, LighterLife has also implemented a range of successful TV, press and online campaigns.

Sara Jamison, CEO at LighterLife commented: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Brand Builder Award. We see this as recognition of the huge marketing and PR effort that has been a main focus for LighterLife in the last 12 months. As a result of significant investment in brand building initiatives we have already seen a dramatic increase in direct referrals for our franchisees. Winning this award would highlight the strength of our brand to both existing and potential franchisees, and would be testament to the hard work of everyone within our organisation.”

Sharon Barber became a qualified LighterLife Counsellor in 2008 and practices in South Sheilds. Sharon commented on her decision to become a LighterLife franchisee: “Whilst I was working for NatWest I joined LighterLife to lose weight. After successfully completing the programme I decided to take on a LighterLife franchise. Being a LighterLife franchisee is a great way to be self employed but still benefit from training, advice and the marketing advantage of a nationally recognised brand.”

LighterLife is a weight-loss and weight-management programme for people who are one stone or more overweight and with a body mass index of 25 or above.


About LighterLife
LighterLife offers programmes specific to the obese and the overweight, showing them how to lose weight with the use of weight loss aids including nutritionally complete soups, shakes and bars combined with specialised counselling using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and transactional analysis (TA) techniques. Clients benefit not only from safe, fast weight loss but they also learn the behavioural changes needed to sustain it.

Founded in 1996, the LighterLife Programme was developed by three of its directors – Jackie Cox, Bar Hewlett and Rebecca Hunter. Over 100,000 people have successfully lost weight with LighterLife since 1996.

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Increasing Interest In Macrolane Procedures Reveals Surgicare

Surgicare, one of the leading cosmetic surgery providers in the UK, has revealed a growing interest by Brits in its Marcolane procedures.

March 2009 saw the highest number of enquiries and consultations about Marcolane since Surgicare began offering the service in April the previous year.

Macrolane is a non-surgical procedure that can help with breast reshaping or breast enlargement. The procedure consists of an injection and generally takes less than two hours to complete, with no need for an overnight stay. The results of Macrolane are instantaneous and can last for up to 18 months.

The number of enquiries in March rose by 111% on the previous month’s figure and 78% on the previous record – held jointly by January this year and September 2008. Consultations were also at an all time high – 60% up on February’s figures – and in keeping with the year’s average of a consultation for slightly more than every six enquiries.

Online searches for the procedure have also seen a huge boost since they were introduced in early 2007, peaking around March this year.

Mark Bury, chief executive officer of SurgiCare, said: “This recent rise in interest of cosmetic treatments, particularly the non-surgical procedures such as Marcolane, shows that despite the harsh economic times the public are still keen to look their best.

“Using Marcolane gives a quick boost to a woman’s appearance and is ideal to help boost someone’s confidence. It can be particularly useful for someone after childbirth, or after significant weight loss, who is looking to restore lost volume from their breasts or for someone who just wants to enhance their natural shape.”

Macrolane uses a smooth, non-animal based hyaluronic gel to help enhance breasts and leaves no visible scarring. Men can also benefit from Macrolane’s body shaping treatments by enhancing and refining body shape giving natural looking contours to the chest, as well as other areas including the buttocks and calves.

About SurgiCare
SurgiCare is one of the largest and most respected cosmetic surgery networks in the UK. SurgiCare was established more than 16 years ago by a leading professor of surgery, now its medical director, who also chairs its in-house Medical Advisory Committee.

As one of the leading UK specialists in cosmetic treatments, SurgiCare has the experience, latest therapies and the caring, professional staff to enhance a patients self-confidence by improving appearances. SurgiCare prides itself on providing an unrivalled aftercare service with all surgeons registered on the General Medical Council Specialist Register, to ensure every patient receives the best possible standard in care and results.

SurgiCare has helped more than 20,000 patients fulfill their dreams of looking and feeling their best. SurgiCare also specialise in weight loss surgery with a unique 24 month support programme and lifetime aftercare.

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Burton Launches Quiksilver Clothing Line

Burton, the men’s fashion specialists, has launched a new clothing line available online and in selected high street Burton stores f r o m Quiksilver, the surf and casual wear clothing company. 

Among the items in the new range of mens clothing f r o m Quiksilver are a number of printed t-shirts, including some featuring vintage designs, hoodies and zip ups and a full range of boardshorts, all boasting intricate designs.

Jaqui Murphy, Burton Buyer, said: “This Quiksilver range provides the Burton customer with a true feel of the surfing brand by including the original 1970s logos on vintage wash tees and classic hibiscus print boardies, while remaining relevant to a fast paced British lifestyle with brushed cotton hoodies and a comfortable range of easy to wear coloured tees.”

Quiksilver designs, produces and distributes clothing, accessories and related products for young-minded people and develops brands that represent a casual lifestyle driven f r o m a surfing heritage. Quiksilver’s authenticity is evident in its products, events and retail environments across the globe.

Quiksilver’s products are sold throughout the world, primarily in surf shops, skate shops and other specialty stores but the new clothing line will now also be available online at and in selected high street stores.

The Quiksilver way of life was born in 1969 when two young Australian surfers went to Torquay to live out their surfing dream. Their break through was creating innovative boardshorts made f r o m a durable lightweight fabric which dried rapidly. Soon other riders would do anything to get one of these elusive newfangled boardshorts. This was the birth of Quiksilver, the genuine, original, functional choice of the hard-core participant. Over the years Quiksilver has been propelled further by its constant innovation in materials, high tech fabrics and cutting edge graphics – this collection is the embodiment of the Quiksilver lifestyle.

About Burton
Burton has a long history in mens fashion, having been founded in 1903 by Montague Burton in Chesterfield. Burton now has over 400 outlets all over the UK and Ireland making it one of the country’s largest sellers of casual and formal menswear, including mens t-shirts, jeans, jackets, knitwear, mens shorts, shoes, underwear and accessories.

Customers can also shop online f r o m the website which offers free returns in-store or by post and fast delivery to their home.

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