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NBG Attend Prestigious BABTAC & CIBTAC Industry Awards

Posted by Nadia Burgess on June 6, 2013

On Sunday 2nd June, Nouveau Beauty Group directors Karen Betts and Bridgette Softley attended the annual BABTAC & CIBTAC awards in London. This key beauty award ceremony was celebrated by holding a formal black tie dinner and dancing for 150 people in the elegant surroundings of Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington.  BABTAC & CIBTAC are recognised as the premier UK association for beauty and education as well as the longest standing and most influential bodies for beauty and holistic therapies.

The annual award ceremony recognises and rewards the very best in training and the beauty industry.  Award winners and attendees included salon and therapy members, students, lecturers and the industries leading experts.

Karen and Bridgette, were joined at the event by Nouveau Beauty Group’s Dave Hemingway (Director), Steve Douch and Sandra and Faisel Sheikh from iBrows etc Ltd who received a special invitation from NBG to attend the awards.

“I just wanted to say a big thank you for inviting us to the awards event.  We had a fantastic evening and we both felt very privileged to be part of such a fantastic evening as representatives of Nouveau Beauty Group” Sandra Sheikh, Director – iBrows etc Ltd.

Bridgette Softley, Director of Nouveau Lashes presented the BABTAC Beauty Industry Entrepreneur of the Year Award sponsored by Nouveau Lashes.  The winner of the award was Faye Fasan, from The Chelsea Day Spa, London.   A few more photo’s of the evening can be found by visiting the Nouveau Beauty Group Academy Facebook page – click here.

A-Lift Soap Award winner joins the NBG team at Beauty UK

Posted by Nadia Burgess on May 28, 2013

Following our previous Blog post from A-Lift Angel Soap Awards competition winner Lynsey Craig about her star studded weekend in Manchester, treating the nations favourite soap stars to a pre red carpet A-Lift facial, Lynsey travelled to Birmingham to join the Nouveau Beauty Group team at the Beauty UK 2013 show at the NEC.  Here is Lynsey’s blog about the show.

Lynsey was invited to attend the show with the team, following the fantastic social media and promotional work she carried out as part of the A-Lift Soap Awards competition. She gladly accepted and travelled to Birmingham after the Soap Awards to join the A-Lift team to perform treatments across the two days of the show.

“I have been really busy over the last few months since completing A-Lift training and introducing the treatment to my salon promoting A-Lift on Twitter.  This has lead to me following quite a few (!) NBG employees associated directly with A-Lift – including the MD of Nouveau Beauty GroupKaren Betts.

Tweeting my treatment results and having them re-tweeted by such employees made me proud that I was getting the results they expected from the treatment, and Beauty UK was my chance to finally meet everyone and finally put faces to Twitter names!

On arrival at The NEC in Birmingham, I was given a very warm welcome by a very friendly Nouveau Beauty Group team and they all made me feel instantly at ease. Having never worked on a stand at such an event, I felt a little anxious and unsure of what to expect, but I needn’t have worried!  As soon as the doors opened for the show on the Sunday (19th May), we were in business! I was carrying out treatments with one of my A-Lift trainers Amanda, and also had the pleasure of working with Kate, Lynsey, Lesley and the Brand Ambassador for A-Lift, Elizabeth Caroline. At the show Nouveau Beauty Group also had three other stalls for their other beauty brands, Nouveau Contour, Dermatude and HD Brows.

On the A-Lift stand, I was happily asked to perform the Miracle Moments express A-Lift treatment on salon owners/therapists who were at the show and had already heard about A-Lift and come to the stand to find out more.  This was a great opportunity for me to talk to people who were genuinely interested in the treatment and let them know how it’s worked for me in my salon and what I’ve done to increase brand awareness in salons local area.

We were non-stop with treatments throughout the day and it soon flew by, with everyone treated by us being impressed with their treatment and looking for further information. At the very end of the day, Frankie Essex and Bobby Norris (TOWIE) visited our stall and booked themselves in for a treatment the following morning and I got a fabulous HD Brow treatment from the eyebrow queen herself, Nilam Patel. Day two (Monday 20th May) of the show started at 10am and sure enough, Frankie and Bobby arrived for their A-Lift treatment when the show opened.  Frankie had her treatment with me and Amanda treated Bobby. Frankie was lovely and chatted throughout her treatment – mentioning that she had wanted to try A-Lift for a while as other Towie cast members have sworn by it before special events. Both Frankie and Bobby thoroughly enjoyed their treatments, and after a quick impromptu photo call, it was time to treat the Beauty UK visitors.  Throughout the day we were inundated with visitors wanting an A-Lift treatment which was fantastic as we were so busy and got to pamper and talk to so many people.

Across the show I had the opportunity to overhear Elizabeth explaining the technology behind the treatment to a Doctor and was so impressed with how in depth her knowledge and understanding of the treatment as a whole is, and how she has incorporated a nano-current facial into her more holistically based salon. I also had the chance to carry out a treatment on a very sceptical therapist, and thoroughly enjoyed changing her opinion completely on what the treatment is and isn’t before the end of the day.  At the end of day two at Beauty UK, my stay south of the border was over… And I didn’t want to go home!  Having the opportunity to attend two events as part of NBG was an incredible experience, and not once did I feel as though I didn’t belong there with them.

Initially, I entered the competition because of the tag-line: work backstage at the British Soap Awards but ended up meeting countless amazing people, and got to talk about a treatment which I love doing and am completely supportive of.  I also got to see how incredible Nouveau Beauty Group works as a team and how they all support each other and see how passionate they all are about what they do.

I’ve come back to the salon even more determined to spread the word about the A-Lift machine and its treatments.  I have had the pleasure of meeting such lovely celebrities who also love the A-Lift treatment (and standing within extremely close proximity to Brendan Brady) was just a bonus!

Thank you so much to Karen Betts, Lesley Wilks, Nilam Patel and Nouveau Beauty Group as a whole for a phenomenal four days!”

Big thanks to Lynsey, for giving up four days of her time to travel down and work with us at the Soap Awards and Beauty UK and writing two Blog pieces for us.


Karen Betts to judge MyFaceMyBody Awards

Posted by Nadia Burgess on May 23, 2013

We all know Karen as the internationally acclaimed permanent cosmetics artist and trainer, beauty expert and Managing Director of Nouveau Beauty Group but Karen has recently taken up a new role … that of a glamorous Bond style special agent!

Tell me more you ask…

Karen has been selected to be a judge for the MyFaceMyBody Awards 2013 scheduled to take place in November.  The MyFaceMyBody Awards is the first consumer awards within the aesthetic, beauty and dental industry to recognise and reward brands for their product innovation and popularity.

As part of the role of being a judge, Karen was asked to play the role of a special agent in a spoof short film promoting the awards. Take a look for yourself and let us know what you think of Karen’s new secret agent role!
Click here to view.


Areola/Nipple – Permanent Makeup/Tattooing

Posted by Nadia Burgess on April 25, 2013

As the ‘trend’ or ‘beauty craze’ of nipple tattooing ( or ‘titooing’ ) sweeps the UK with women who want the ‘perfect breasts,’ renowned beauty and permanent makeup experts, Nouveau Beauty Group highlight the real reasons behind areola tattooing and why thousands of women have this procedure every day for reasons far from following a ‘trend.’

From cosmetic to medical – permanent cosmetics involve a range of complex procedures where technicians attain exact skin tones to mimic what is missing or camouflage scars / disfigurements. For many years there was a divide / void between cosmetic and medical permanent makeup but thanks to Nouveau Beauty Group and its Managing Director Karen Betts’ determination and pioneering work with cancer charities and oncoplastic surgeons, they have proved to their critics that the micropigmentation industry is not solely about cosmetic vanity – but also about restoring confidence to those who have lost it through no fault of their own often after devastating medical circumstances.

In response to the recent press re nipple tattooing. Nouveau Beauty Group absolutely support those who have tattooing on their breasts for cosmetic reasons however thousands of women have these treatments after suffering from medical conditions such as breast cancer – for these people medical tattooing can help provide a solution to their changed appearance. This treatment provides a replication of realistic looking areolae which creates the illusion of nipple protrusion for clients who have often had a mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery. People coping with illness or disfigurement often feel like they’ve lost their femininity, their confidence, their self-esteem so this treatment really can change their lives for the good – it helps restore appearance and confidence after having to deal psychologically with an altered body image, in addition to the effects of chemotherapy and surgery. This can be an incredibly emotional experience / procedure as it’s often the final step of a women’s journey post illness.

Whilst it has been reported that areola tattooing is becoming a ‘beauty trend,’ as above, women can require nipple and areola tattooing for a wide variety of reasons we wish to strongly emphasize that this is a treatment that many women have for medical reasons and not because it’s a ‘trend.’

Permanent cosmetics are incredibly popular and beneficial for cosmetic reasons but we as a brand wish to convey its place in the medical industry and insist that for many this treatment is a life changing medical necessity.  Permanent Cosmetic Elite Technician / Trainer Cathy Brown Comments On Behalf Of Nouveau Beauty Group: “Areola tattooing provides an artistic finish to compliment reconstructive breast surgery following a mastectomy. With careful colour selection, using a combination of micropigmentation techniques to layer pigment, a natural nipple areola complex can be created with the illusion of nipple protrusion. It helps to restore appearance and confidence after having to deal with an altered body image post – chemotherapy and surgery. For me as a medical tattooist, these procedures are filled with such emotion as it is often the final stage of their surgical journey.

To learn more about medical tattooing – click here.



Additional places added to the next Permanent Cosmetics Insight Day with Karen Betts

Posted by Nadia Burgess on April 19, 2013

Training in permanent cosmetics with Nouveau Contour is so popular at the moment that our last Insight Day with Karen Betts was fully booked and most of the attendees have already embarked on a new career with us at one of our academies.

Our next Insight Day is less that two months away and we have already booked 21 prospective students to attend.  Due to this overwhelming demand we have managed to secure a few additional places on the Monday 10th June at our Yorkshire Training Academy.

If you are currently considering training in Permanent Cosmetics, our Insight Days with Karen Betts provide the perfect opportunity for you to find out everything you need to know about the industry, and assist you to make the right training choice.

  • Come along and meet Karen.
  • Find out more about permanent cosmetics.
  • See our training academy and ask all the questions you need to.
  • You can even get a feel for tattooing by having a go yourself using one of our synthetic training models.

The day is designed around you; Karen will spend time talking about permanent cosmetics, training and the equipment as well as answering any group questions.  You will then be given the opportunity to talk to Karen individually and ask any additional questions you may have so you can see if you have got what it takes to complete the training successfully, helping you choose the right option for your career aims.


Places on our Insight Days are FREE and are limited so are strictly available on a first come,
first serve basis – to reserve your place either click here and complete the form, or call the office
and speak to one of our Educational Specialists on 0845 6443994.


Topics covered include:

  • An overview of permanent cosmetics in the UK
  • The benefits of training with Nouveau Beauty Group
  • Aftercare & Support (what  happens after I have trained)
  • Attractive and affordable financial options
  • What is the ideal training option for me?
  • How long will it take me to make a return on my investment?
  • Cutting edge permanent cosmetics equipment required to perform treatments Insight Day Dates 2013


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