Monday, 16 September 2013

Ellisons Directory and Caviar Samples!

Today was the day! I had my first day training to become a beauty therapist, and I loved it! Being the nervous person I am, I'm shocked at how happy I was with today. My tutor is so friendly, the girls in my group are lovely and seem genuinely willing to help and I went away feeling like I have learnt something already!

After having a little group introduction and meeting out tutor, we were given our tunics. Along with that, we were given a free Ellisons professional beauty supply directory, along with a few samples from an Italian brand named Gerard's, link here! A nice little note to start the day off with, who doesn't love free samples?! Especially when one includes a caviar facial cream! The thought of caviar on my face does worry me a little, but it just screams luxury!

After a morning of establishing rules and guidelines for working together as a group and doing a few citizenship activities.. we moved straight onto theory and practical of manicures - the first unit of our qualification. Yes, on the first day I was shown a basic manicure procedure and allowed to practise on my partner! I was so excited!

The next 8 months are going to be an exciting journey for me, and with the first day over with as a success, I can't wait to get into it some more!

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Preparing for the First Day!

I am writing this whilst sitting in bed, drinking a cup of tea, mooching around the Internet for little winter jackets! How relaxing?!

Tomorrow is the day before I start my NVQ - it has come around so quickly! I've been getting myself prepared over the last few days, making sure I have everything I need. So far, I have bought; a bag to hold all of my things (my kit, lunch etc.), a notepad, pens, a document folder, comfortable shoes, black straight-leg trousers and a few black tee's. I receive the rest of my training uniform when I start on Monday.

I have been so picky about the trousers and shoes I bought to wear for my course. We were told they needed to be comfortable enough to move in when performing treatments, yet formal. I knew I didn't quite fancy typical "black work trousers", the ones that are a boot-cut. I wanted to look a bit more modern. So, I bought this pair from Dorothy Perkins - link here! They are perfect! Paired with the cute ballet flats I chose from Next, link here, I think I will look quite put-together! The shoes are full leather, so very breathable for when I am stood on my feel all day during practical lessons.

 Finding a bag that will carry my small, yet heavy, kit bag along with my lunch for the day, notebook, purse and other things us girls manage to pile into a handbag, but is also cute, matches my training centres uniforms and is not too expensive, was proven to be a difficult task. After hours of searching through ASOS, Topshop and hundreds of other high street online stores, I finally found the perfect one at Cath Kidston. It's oilcloth too, so will be waterproof and unlikely to rip as my kit bag gets heavier over the period of my course! I love it, the fact its navy means it subtly matches our blue uniform tunics! Here it is, and the link.

I will post again after my first day on Monday, and let you know everything about it :-)
Thank you so much for my few new followers, I really appreciate it!

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

The Induction Day

So today was my first day at the training centre. The beginning of my journey.
I arrived on time at 10am when I was directed to the conference room. Here we were told all we needed to know about our future course; term dates, timetables, dress code, course modules - the lot.

Speaking to new people is nerve-wracking for me, however I managed to introduce myself to a few people in my class and I was put at ease straight away! Everyone seemed lovely! There are only about 8 girls in my class - with ages ranging from 16 to about 40. All very diverse.

We were given a few minutes to try on uniforms in order to find out our sizes to be ordered. They are dark/royal blue with our training centre's name embroidered on the front. Thank God we have been given decent uniforms, I felt the part straight away!

At the end of the induction, where were given information as to where to get our beautician kits from and how much they would cost. Ours (for NVQ Beauty Therapy Level 2) is very basic, and cost me £36. It includes; a case to keep everything in, 3 different types of tweezers, cuticle nippers, nail clippers, a foot rasp, nail scissors, a 10-piece makeup brush set and a cuticle knife. These will be our own individual tools for the duration of the course. Everything else we will need (such as wax strips, tint, polishes, facial products etc.) will be given to us from the dispensary in the salon.

The days I will be attending the training centre are Monday and Tuesday and Friday 9:30 - 16:30, with Fridays being the days we get to work within the salon at the training centre with genuine clients. Exciting!
So, that sums up my first day at the training centre. I begin my course officially on the 16th September 2013.

I look forward to keeping you posted, and if you have any questions, feel free to ask. :-)