Woman Power

Kelly spent the day at Facebook HQ in London yesterday after being invited to sit on a panel of guest speakers from businesses across the UK.

About 80 members of the Facebook team quizzed Kelly and the panel about their use of Facebook, marketing challenges and advertising, etc., to gain their views and help them to help businesses grow!

This follows on from The Barn being invited to join their SME council back in May.

We are super proud of Kelly and all of Team Barn!


Recipe for great skin

Even the most skin-savvy girl would agree that the sheer number of skincare products available can be overwhelming.

Then you start delving into their ingredients = mind blown. From antioxidants to retinol; peptides to AHAs; what do they do? Do they work? Are they right for your skin type?

We like to be helpful at The Barn so we’ve compiled a handy list of the most common skincare products ingredients.


Antioxidants protect your skin by defending it against pollution and environmental damage. You can’t see it happening but your skin takes a daily beating from pollution and environmental stressors, which can lead to sagging, wrinkles and dull skin tone.

Antioxidants in skincare products can do a lot for the health and appearance of your skin. They not only help combat the elements responsible for the visible signs of ageing, but can also calm skin, help reveal a more youthful appearance and revitalise dull-looking skin.

Just like your body needs a mix of healthy nutrients, so does your skin; it’s your largest organ after all.

Tip: Look for ingredients such as green tea, white tea, flaxseed oil - all super antioxidants!


Retinol is simply another name for vitamin A. It works to increase cell turnover, stimulate collagen and elastin production, fade hyperpigmentation, and help skin stay hydrated and glowing without irritation.

It helps even your skin tone, tighten your pores, plumps and smoothes the surface of the skin as well as fading fine lines.

Tip: Retinol is best best applied at nighttime because it can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. This means it’s important to put an SPF on in the morning too!


Many AHAs are derived from organic sugars. They prevent the build up of dead skin cells, so they're great essentially as an exfoliant to smooth the skin’s surface. They also stop pores from being blocked and can help brighten your skin tone.

AHAs remove the need for harsh scrubs in those that prefer to avoid manual exfoliation. Particular ingredients to look for on product labelling are glycolic acid or salycic acid.

Tip: AHAs also increase photosensitivity so make sure you wear a sunscreen daily (see below).

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Peptides are the building blocks of proteins. The most commonly known proteins in the skin are collagen, elastin and keratin, which are responsible for our skin’s texture and tone; making the skin plumper, smoother and firmer.

Different types of peptides have different effects, from smoothing wrinkles or repairing barrier function to increasing firmness and hydration.

Tip: Peptides tend to be found in leave-on products, usually in the anti-ageing range.


Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the human body and is also produced synthetically for use in skincare.

Hyaluronic acid is renowned for its ability to retain moisture, making it a common ingredient in hydrating serums and moisturisers. Since it can absorb up to a thousand times its own weight in water, it has the ability to instantly plump skin and smooth wrinkles, as well as helping skin repair itself more quickly.

It’s a great everyday product for achieving smooth, plumped, hydrated skin.

Tip: Hyaluronic acid is a great way to hydrate oily skin without clogging pores, whilst it is gentle enough for sensitive skin types.


There's no question on how important sunscreen is. Being in the sun without the right protection, or long exposure to the sun, increases the risks of skin diseases and guarantees early skin ageing.

Tip: Choose a moisturiser that contains SPF as UV is present even on a cloudy day.


While you may be getting enough vitamins from your fruit and vegetables, or from supplements, you may not know the benefits of having these nutrients in your skincare regime.

Certain nutrients are essential for preventing and reversing many signs of skin ageing. For example, Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant with UV protective properties. It also helps to protect and repair the skin, boost collagen and reduce pigmentation.

Vitamin A is also a great multi-tasker - it boosts collagen, reduces inflammation, reduces pigmentation and helps to control oil production (sebum) and spots. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps to hydrate and rejuvenate the skin. Vitamin B is great for healing… we could go on.

Tip: You really are what you eat. Think of your food as part of your skincare routine for more radiant, youthful skin.

So Barnies, hopefully our guide will help you next time you are choosing skincare products. If you need any further advice or tips, ask one of our incredible skin therapists.

What did your cleanser leave behind?

Everyone knows to cleanse their skin twice daily, but most people don’t realise that a single cleanse still leaves behind a layer of oil-based debris, such as sunscreen, long-lasting make-up, pollution and your skin’s own sebum (oil).

This is because your usual cleanser simply cannot fully penetrate the barrier this oil-based debris creates, resulting in dull, congested skin.

So, what is double cleansing?

Double-cleansing is simply the act of removing your make-up and SPF, excess sebum and dead skin until all grime and build-up are removed - then you can get down to actually cleaning your skin.

The first cleanse should remove make up, bacteria and dirt from the skin. The second cleanse should target your skin care needs to deeply cleanse and care for the skin, as well as prepping the skin for your serums and moisturiser to maximise their absorption.


The Barn recommends...

We recommend Dermalogica PreCleanse, which is now available in both an oil and balm form. PreCleanse melts the layers of oil-based debris on your skin because the oil molecules bond to each other, unlike the water molecules in your usual cleanser.

These oils then emulsify when you add water, encapsulating and removing the trapped debris, and allowing your cleanser to penetrate further.

Your second cleanse should be with a cleanser that is tailored to your individual skincare needs. A skin consultation will identify what you should be using to give your skin the best results.

Take advantage of our August 30-30-30 offer and start your #30DaysToFitSkin journey.

Today is our 9th birthday!

We’ve achieved so much in the last year, all of which has been made possible by the unwavering support of our lovely clients. Thank you!

We have grown from a one person business to our current team of 14. This year we have expanded further with new additions to the team, new treatments and more awards!

The whole team has achieved either specialist or expert status from Dermalogica proving we’re a bunch of skin geeks!

We’ve had a few firsts this year:

  • We had our first Barnie bride - Briony got married!
  • We hired our first Barnie boy - Piotr, our first male therapist, joined us in February!
  • We set up our first client WhatsApp group so you can keep in touch with us better!
  • We recruited our first marketing manager to help the business grow further - Leah joined us in June!

So much has happened in the last year:

  • We introduced a number of new treatments, including the exclusive Super Charged Skin Treatment (only available at The Barn) and the Advanced Skincare package.
  • We welcomed Comfort Zone to The Barn; a broad range of holistic treatments and incredible products
  • We won the 2017 Muddy Stilettos ‘Best Beauty Salon’ award
  • We were chosen to join the Facebook SME Council - out of 2.4 million small businesses on Facebook in the UK
  • We improved our website and online booking system to make it easier for you!
  • We broadened our events programme, hosting two wellness events at Backwell House
  • We celebrated Eleni as she won ‘Apprentice of the Year’ at her college awards
  • We affirmed our commitment to supporting other small businesses - local florist The Blossom Parlour are now our go-to florist for interiors and events
  • We launched several new Dermalogica products including Nightly Lip Treatment and Stress Positive Eye Lift (both fab!)
  • We retained our Dermalogica Circle status for the fourth year running! Yay to us!
  • We built a new office and laundry room - hooray! (It’s very important, OK!)

Here’s our year in numbers:

  • We attended 125 training courses, to make sure we’re always at the forefront of whats happening in the industry
  • Kelly did makeup for 44 weddings
  • We performed over 8000 treatments
  • We gained 900 new followers on social media
  • We attracted 1000 new clients!

We have exciting plans for continued growth and our commitment to excellence is ongoing. We are so grateful to our band of loyal Barnies and are always delighted to welcome new clients!

So, a big shout out to you all - happy birthday Barnies! Let’s celebrate!

Introducing PreCleanse Balm; the perfect companion for healthy, glowing skin

It’s been four hard days of trying to keep quiet Barnies, but finally we can reveal all; Dermalogica’s latest innovation is the PreCleanse Balm!

We had a sneak preview of the balm on Monday and we’ve all fallen in love with it.

Ever wake up in the morning to find last night’s ‘look’ smeared across your pillow? You’re not the only one. According to Dermalogica, more than half of us ladies (54%) will see make-up all over their bedding because they simply haven’t cleansed properly.

Luckily, you now have the PreCleanse balm, so no more excuses!

What does it do?

PreCleanse Balm cuts through buildup in just one application. The oil-based formula gathers grime like a magnet, so long-wear lipsticks, waterproof mascara, sunscreen and pollutants don't stand a chance!

Ideal for all skin types, especially dry, the PreCleanse Balm appears solid at first, but transforms on application into a rich, skin-conditioning oil, that melts through build-up easily without stripping the skin’s protective barrier, clogging pores or causing irritation.

It’s a water-activated, balm-to-oil version of the top-selling oil cleanser PreCleanse. It deconstructs layers of excess sebum (oil) waterproof makeup, pollution and residual product build-up on skin.

Cleansing mitt

It comes with a clever little double-sided, ergonomically-designed mitt, for enhanced cleansing and exfoliation to leave skin super clean. It thoroughly cleanses any debris from your skin’s surface, allowing your recommended cleanser to get to work and deliver better results!

On first sight you might think the mitt looks too rigid or tough, but it’s surprisingly smooth and comfortable on the skin. It fits over the tube to dry and store too - we love the design!


The balm is more travel friendly than its companion PreCleanse as it’s a solid form!

What’s in it?

Lots of lovely ingredients; apricot kernel oil to tone, firm and balance moisture; citrus and lavender essential oils to relieve mental and physical fatigue and energise skin tissues; and a natural biolipid complex to help reinforce the skin’s barrier function and preserve hydration.

How to use

Apply - work dry - emulsify! (We learnt that on Monday!) Put an almond-sized amount onto the mitt (or directly to your hand if you prefer) and massage into dry skin using circular motions. Add water to emulsify, then rinse and follow with your cleanser. So simple but super effective.

Available from The Barn Thursday 7 September.

New Dermalogica product coming soon...

The girls have been at the Dermalogica Training Centre in Exeter today for an exciting new product launch.

The product is not officially launched until September, but we'll be able to tell you more about it this Thursday (17 August).

Charlotte, Leah and Briony got a sneak preview of the product today; here's what they had to say about it!

Charlotte said: "I think Barnies are going to love this product; it will complement your skincare routine perfectly."

Briony: "I love the smell and texture of the product and the results were brilliant when they showed us a demonstration!"

We really wish we could tell you more, but not long to wait Barnies!


Tropical daydream - the new Mii Cosmetics range

The new Mii Cosmetics range has arrived - and we love it!

The new range features two gorgeous Mii Passionate Lip Lover shades; Sunblush – a pretty pink, and Sunburst – a cute coral.

A Wide Eyed Liner in Innocent is ideal for highlighting the inner corners of eyes and for swiping across the upper and lower waterline, while the Celestial Skin Shimmer completes the mix.

Ideal for adding warmth to cheeks and temples, the Rose Quartz compact features six subtle shades that blend into one when applied in a circular motion, offering an irresistible glow for day or night.

Available at The Barn now.

Why your skin should be your biggest investment

The first thing people see when they meet you is your face, so why wouldn’t you want to take care of it?

Personally, I love buying new makeup, handbags and whatever the latest trend in fashion is (I’m currently the owner of 432 Bardot tops), but I also invest in my skin. After all, you only get one face in this lifetime…

Here are a few reasons why you should be investing in your skin:

It’s important for your general health

Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so just like your body, it needs looking after too. It faces challenges such as harsh abrasion, pollution, sunlight and detergents, so it would seem silly to do anything other than care for it with a consistent skincare routine.

Your future self will thank you for it

As well as improving the appearance of your skin now, your future skin will thank you for looking after it! Having regular skin treatments can help prevent against premature fine lines and wrinkles as well as dehydration.

Regular use of appropriate skincare products (particularly ones with an SPF) and treatments will also help protect your skin against environmental damage, slow down thew signs of ageing and ensure your skin looks its best in the future.

Look good and feel good

If you invest in your skin you’re going to look good and feel good. Simple. Your skin will look brighter, healthier, more vibrant, plumper, more evenly toned… shall I go on?


Good skin = confidence. With a clear and bright complexion, you’re bound to feel more confident and comfortable in yourself. I know when I’ve had “bad face” days in the past, nothing has worked; my hair; my clothes… urgh. The compliments about your new, glowing skin will definitely give you a boost!

Makeup works better

It’s important to remember that makeup will only look as good as the skin underneath. With good, hydrated skin, makeup sits more evenly, looks flawless and more healthy. You may even need less makeup once your skin is at its best!

Consistency leads to visible results

You have to be patient. Dramatic improvements don’t happen overnight. With a tailored routine you will start to notice small changes quickly, but it’s your commitment to your skincare regime that will really pay off.

You’ll understand your skin better

You don't know what’s best for your skin until you become better acquainted with it. There is a huge range of products available to you, and yes, it can be overwhelming, but that’s why having a prescribed regime is so helpful! Knowing what your skin needs and can benefit from is what will lead to healthy, glowing skin!

It’s important to remember that no approach to skin care can be the same; long term it’s the advice from the experts that will see your regimen go from skin-care-novice to beauty-authority.
— Vogue

Skin health at The Barn

At The Barn, we recognise that everyone’s skin is different. We use Dermalogica’s revolutionary Face Mapping skin analysis technique to provide insight into your skin’s needs. This eliminates the guesswork when selecting products which will give you the best results. We will also prescribe a targeted home care regime for you.

Take advantage of our 30-30-30 offer this month; receive a 30 minute skin treatment and a 30 day skin kit, for just £30! Book here.

My journey to fit skin

I started my Dermalogica journey in February this year.

Previously I was a ‘facewipe-in-the-evening-if-I-remembered’ kinda girl, slapped on a bit of moisturiser (any!) and that was that. I had no obvious skin issues; a few fine lines here and there (well, I am 35!), a bit of dryness, but no real complaints.

However, each time I visited The Barn I was met with dewy, luminous skin - and I wanted it. What made their skin look so healthy and glowing? The answer was Dermalogica.

As Kelly says: "There's no reason why anyone can't have great skin!” No matter what your skin type or condition, there are products in the Dermalogica range that will work for you.

So, I began my Dermalogica journey...

I started with the dry skin kit (the contents of which have changed slightly since) containing the Essential Cleansing Solution, the Multi-Active Toner, Intensive Moisture Balance and the Intensive Eye Repair. I quickly got into a routine; as our lovely skin therapists say, "It can be done in an ad break!”, and I soon began to see the benefits.

My skin felt cleaner (no wonder!), refreshed and seriously more hydrated. It felt softer, plumper and was more luminous. More so, I enjoyed the routine and felt like I was making a positive difference to my skin.

Months on and my routine has essentially stayed the same. I’ve added a few products here and there, and I continue to try new products as they launch as well as listening to the advice of the experts around me. I really care about what I put in and on my skin now.

Adding some new AGE smart products to my regime has really boosted my skin (thanks Briony!) Lately friends whom I haven't seen for a while, comment on my skin when they greet me! And I know my skin is better; it’s more hydrated, it’s softer, it’s firmer. I can feel it and I can see it.

Here’s my new daily skincare routine:


Essential Cleansing Solution

Your skin is hard at work overnight, detoxifying and regenerating, leaving a layer of dead cells on the surface of the skin. Urgh. So yes, a quick wipe over of this in the morning is a must!

Multi-Active Toner

A few spritzes of this ultra-light, hydrating toner follows. Using a toner allows for better moisture absorption; getting your skin ready for all the goodness on its way. It’s so refreshing and not remotely uncomfortable on my skin as previous toners have been.

Dynamic Skin Recovery

This is a super hydrating anti-ageing product. I added it to my regime because it has an SPF in which my previous moisturiser didn't. I really want to protect my skin. It’s lightweight, silky and smells lovely.



I'm slowly adding to my Derma collection and recently bought Precleanse. Precleanse is the first step of the Dermalogica Double Cleanse regime. The oil grips hold of makeup, suncream, sebum, any dirt and pollution on the face… Adding water turns it into a milky residue which lifts the debris and leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean!

Essential Cleansing Solution and Multi-Active Toner (as above)

Super Rich Repair

Super Rich Repair is a thick, heavyweight cream that tackles dry, dehydrated skin whilst you sleep and replenishes your skin's moisture levels. A little goes a long way! I absolutely love the way my skin feels in the morning after using this; soft, super hydrated and plump. It's delicious!

Nightly Lip Treatment

I only have a sample of this at the moment so haven't been using it long, but already I can see that my fine smile lines have disappeared! I suffer from dry lips and this product is divine; it’s tingly (in a good way), super moisturising and non-greasy - I’ll definitely be buying it!

Age Reversal Eye Complex

A grain-of-rice-sized amount completes my routine. Slowly improving my dark circles; a super gentle and nourishing cream.

So there it is - my new skincare routine. Looking at it, I can’t believe how different my routine is now. It may seem like a lot of work, but it really isn’t. It doesn't take me any longer than five minutes - honest! And as Dermalogica say, I’m making an investment in my future skin.


Start your journey to fit skin by taking advantage of our 30-30-30 offer. Only available until the end of August 2017.


This month's offer 30-30-30

This August discover your best skin ever with our amazing Dermalogica 30-30-30 offer!

Receive a 30 minute skin treatment and a 30 day skin kit, for just £30!

Our professional Dermalogica Skin Therapist will perform a Face Mapping® skin analysis to discover and advise how you can improve your skin's health, plus a high-impact treatment to target a specific concern.

Your treatment can include:

  • double cleansing
  • exfoliation
  • treatment masques
  • therapeutic technology
  • re-hydration

We’ll then provide you with a 30 day skin kit to suit your skin; Meet Dermalogica, AgeSmart, UltraCalming, All Skin Health and MediBac.

If you’ve never used Dermalogica before, this is a great way to try the products, and to receive a tailored skincare regime.

This offer is available until 31 August. Start your #30DaysToFitSkin journey today!

Book online or call to book your appointment.

Mineral makeup - changing the face of beauty

Experts are saying that mineral makeup is changing the face of beauty; that it is kinder to our skin and provides a flawless finish.

Kelly Hooper, Makeup Artist and Director of The Barn, tells us why every woman should try mineral makeup.

It’s healthier for your skin

Conventional makeup contains chemicals, oils, fragrances and other additives that can either irritate sensitive skin or cause unnecessary breakouts. Mineral make-up is non-comedogenic, meaning it doesn't seep into and clog your pores.

“Mineral makeup lets your skin breathe while still offering protection. Containing only natural minerals, the benefit for the health of your skin is immense!” says Kelly.

It’s suitable for all skin types

Dry, oily or combination skin; mineral makeup works well for every skin type. If you’re prone to acne or sensitive skin, mineral makeup is perfect for you. “Dermatologists and skincare professionals often use mineral makeup to help protect their clients’ sensitive skin” says Kelly.

It's long lasting

Mineral powders stay put! You won’t find them running off your skin in the heat or water, and they are completely smudge-free! “The pigment lasts a long time and a little goes a long way. With mineral foundation, using very little can give a basic coverage” says Kelly.

It’s a natural sun screen

Used alongside your daily SPF, mineral makeup foundation can actually help defend your skin against the sun. There are two types of sunscreen; physical and chemical (the type you buy). Physical sunscreen contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide; the two minerals most commonly found in mineral makeup.

It’s versatile

“When mineral makeup is done right, it is much more versatile than most makeup” says Kelly. “You can mix the mineral foundation with water, moisturisers and cremes to make a liquid foundation consistency if that's what you like. You can conceal with it or just use it as a light coverage.” she adds.

Loose powder mineral pigments can turn into anything you can think of; eyeshadow, eyeliner, body shimmer, blush, etc. When working with the pure pigment it blends with almost anything.

Mineral makeup is cruelty-free

We use the Mii cosmetics range” says Kelly. “None of their products nor raw ingredients have ever been tested on animals. They have, however, been tested on a panel of willing beauty lovers!”

It has a longer shelf life

“No-one likes having to throw makeup away because it’s gone past its best” says Kelly. Mineral makeup has a very long shelf life because it is super simple; it doesn’t harbour bacteria because there is no organic material in it for the bacteria to grow.

Mineral makeup at The Barn

The Barn stocks the full Mii cosmetics range. Mii cosmetics are only available in selected salons and spas.

What is micellar water and does it really work?

This week our lovely Briony has been using the Comfort Zone micellar water as part of her daily skincare routine.

She's been chatting about it in The Barn, so we thought we'd ask her what the deal is... what is micellar water and how does it work?

Micellar water is a multi-active water for cleansing the face, eyes and lips in one go.

Designed to be wiped away with a cotton pad rather than rinsed off, micellar water is made up of cleansing micelle particles suspended in soft water. These tiny oil particles draw makeup (including waterproof mascara), sebum and impurities from the skin without the need for harsh chemicals.

Briony said: "I struggle with traditional eye makeup removers; they're either too harsh and make my eyes feel sensitive, or they leave an oily film.

"Comfort Zone micellar water isn't specifically aimed at sensitive skin but it's worked really well for me. It removed all makeup (without the need to rinse) and left my skin feeling really fresh and super hydrated!"

"I'd never used a micellar product before but I would definitely recommend this one!" added Briony.

We know that trying to keep up with trends in skincare can be challenging. From exfoliating to cleansing to toning and moisturising; it can be hard to know what you’re supposed to be doing and when. However with micellar water proving a firm favourite with supermodels and Briony, it might just be the next thing we add to our routine!

Comfort Zone's Micellar Water is available from The Barn, priced at £24.

Everything you need to know about intimate waxing

We’re in the midst of holiday season and some of you may be considering having your first-ever Brazilian or Hollywood wax.

We understand that the idea of being half naked and having every hair removed from your nether regions may be a bit intimidating, so to ease your mind we’ve pulled together a bit of a rundown of how we do it at The Barn.

Yes, you will be half-naked

Firstly, yes, you will have to remove your bottoms. Underwear/ disposable undies just get in the way for the Brazilian and Hollywood, and we want to make sure you have the best results. We’ll leave you to remove your bottoms and tuck yourself under a towel on our super comfy beds. When you’re ready we’ll come back in and make a start.

Everyone feels a bit self-conscious

Remember, our therapists are professionals; they've seen it all before and perform these waxes every day. Whilst we appreciate that being half-naked can be uncomfortable, and you may think you’re the hairiest person in the world (you’re not!); to us it’s all very normal and your worries are totally unnecessary.

Yes, we do see your butt!

The Brazilian and Hollywood remove a lot more hair than your average bikini wax. The Brazilian typically leaves just a landing strip/ small triangle of hair at the front, and all hair removed down below and yes, round the back! The Hollywood is total hair removal,front to back. As we said; we've seen it all before...

No downward-dog here

We’ve very much about preserving your dignity and we want you to be comfortable; we won’t ask you to lie with your butt in the air. For the majority of your treatment (15 - 20 minutes) you’ll be in a standard waxing position; one leg bent up at the knee and the other bent flat on the bed at a right angle, exposing one side of your bikini line.

And then?

After the top and side sections, we’ll move on to the more intimate area. Yes, there is some waxing of the labia involved, and we may have to adjust you here and there to get your skin taut. It's not quite as awkward as it sounds, but we think it's important to know, and it is to ensure you get the best results!

For the last bit (yes, the butt bit) we’ll ask you to lift your legs and hold them up. Thispart takes approximately 5 minutes, and then you’re done!

Does it hurt?

We use Lycon wax; with its low temperature it provides a much more comfortable treatment and is 50% less painful than traditional waxing. Every client is different though and there may be some areas that have more of a sting than others. There’s no tweezing involved as Lycon gets every last hair!

Most of our clients are surprised to find the area around your bottom doesn't really hurt and they love the final result!

Waxing is one of our most popular treatments. Find out more.

Sublime skin deluxe lift

We’ve been prepping for our next client who will be enjoying the sublime skin deluxe lift from Comfort Zone UK.

This treatment softens the visible signs of ageing, as well as resurfaces, re-densifies and lifts. Combined with exclusive active lift massage, it stimulates cellular renewal, creates fullness and redefines the volume of the face.

This is obtained through a renewing double peel, followed by an innovative lifting and firming mask.

The sublime skin deluxe lift is particularly recommended for mature skin with visible signs of ageing (uneven skin tone, wrinkles and loss of tone and volume).

Find out more about our Comfort Zone treatments.

10 reasons to have a professional make-up artist for your wedding day

1. Get your best skin

When it comes to wedding skincare and make-up prep, you need an expert. With Kelly, you not only get a professional make-up artist, but also a certified skin expert with over 17 years’ experience. She can analyse your skin and help you adopt a tailored skincare routine to ensure you have the best possible skin on your big day - clear, healthy and glowing!

2. You’re worth it!

You’ve probably spent a lot of money on your dress, your photographer, your venue… so why skimp on your face? You’ll be looking at your wedding photographs for the rest of your life so make sure you look your very best.

3. Be stress-free on your big day

Your wedding day is sure to be busy and you may be feeling nervous or stressed out. You don’t want to spend time worrying if your foundation is perfect or if your eyeliner is straight… Hiring a make-up artist will allow you to sit back and relax and let someone else pamper you on your special day. Kelly will listen to your concerns, your goals and make you feel at ease. She will come to a location of your choice (travel within a 20 mile radius is included).

4. Colour selection

Make-up artists study the art of colours. From lipsticks and eyeshadows to choosing the right foundation; they know how what will work best for you and your colouring. You may want to try a bold lip for the big day but don't know which shade to choose, or you may want a barely-there, glowing skin look… Kelly has been perfecting the art of wedding make-up for over 10 years and has created stunning, original looks on over 800 brides.

5. Be camera-ready

You may do a great job on your everyday makeup, but make-up for photography is totally different. For example, light bouncing off of make-up changes the way it looks; foundations with SPF in reflect bright white making you look ghostly… A professional make-up artist knows this and how to avoid it. Kelly will have you looking gorgeous in person and in photographs.

6. Make-up that lasts

Make-up artists use high-quality products that will last all day and all night! You wont have to worry about your make-up wearing off. By using specialty products like primers, setting sprays and powders, Kelly will give you a long-lasting makeup look for your special day (lipstick/gloss may need to be touched up due to all that smiling and kissing!)

7. Professional products

Since make-up artists apply cosmetics for a living, most have a kit stocked with high-quality products, designed for wearability and flexibility that you may not own or never thought to try! Not to mention products are professionally applied. Using a broad range of the best cosmetic brands, including MAC, Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown and Tom Ford, Kelly has achieved stunning, original looks on over 800 brides.

8. Knowledge is power

Professional make-up artists know all the tricks to help highlight your best features while disguising any imperfections. Kelly knows how to do your brows to best frame your eyes. If you want to pull off a bold lip colour, they’ll pick the right shade for you. If you want your eyes to stand out, she’ll make it happen.

9. Your bridal party

As well as pampering you, a professional make-up artist can create a unique, yet uniform look for your entire bridal party. Kelly will take into consideration each bridesmaid's colouring and personal style. She can do a full wedding party up to about eight people's make-up on the wedding morning.

10. The experience!

It’s one of the biggest days of your life - sit back and enjoy the experience. Having your make-up done professionally is one of life’s best treats. You’ll feel relaxed, pampered and super confident - and best of all, you’ll look stunning!

**Contact us to book a free wedding make-up consultation. **

Scrubbing up nicely

Proper exfoliation is essential for healthy, glowing skin, but overdoing it, or choosing the wrong method or product, can really damage your skin.

Clients often ask us, “How do I get glowing skin?” Here’s what we tell them: exfoliate!

Your skin regenerates itself constantly, producing about one million skin cells every 40 minutes. As new skin cells move towards the surface, older cells harden, lose moisture and detach from the skin.

However, things like age, pollution and weather play a role in dead skin cells not shedding themselves naturally, so they can often sit on the surface of the skin, alongside microscopic bits of dirt and pollution. Urgh.

“As we age, our cell turnover gets sluggish and we could use a little help” says skin expert Kelly Hooper. “Exfoliation accomplishes a few things at once: it reduces signs of premature ageing, decongests pores, brightens the skin, improves texture and allows other products (such as your moisturiser) to penetrate more deeply, thus being more effective.”

Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant is our go-to product for exfoliation. Its unique rice-based powder microfoliates dulling debris (or what we call dead skin and dirt) and instantly leaves the skin noticeably smoother and brighter.

“Daily Microfoliant is a white powder that you tip into wet hands and work into a creamy paste. It’s not scratchy; you can hardly feel the particles at all, so it’s gentle enough to be used every day - hence the name!” says Kelly.

Your exfoliation regimen is totally dependent on your individual skin needs. Our skin therapists can advise you on which products to use and how often to exfoliate. Contact us to book your free skin consultation.


What happens during a hot stone massage?

Hot stone massage is one of the most relaxing therapeutic massages available.

We asked massage king and Barn Therapist, Piotr, to tell us more about what happens during a hot stone massage and its benefits:

“Hot stone massage is used to help you relax as well as to ease muscle tension throughout your body” he says. “It can also be used to relieve everyday stress and anxiety, and to promote good sleep.”

During a hot stone massage, smooth, flat, heated stones are placed on specific areas of your body. The stones are usually made of basalt, a type of volcanic rock that retains heat.

“The heat of the stones penetrates deep into the muscle tissue allowing the muscles to relax around 4-5 times quicker than in a standard massage” says Piotr.

“We use Swedish massage techniques such as smooth, slow movements to release any knots or tension deep in the muscle.”

As well as being a deeply relaxing experience, the heat from the stones improves blood circulation, speeds up metabolism, and can have a positive impact on the digestive and lymphatic (immune) systems.

Piotr has appointments available this Wednesday from 2-8pm. Please call to book.

Full body (1.5 hours) - £75.00 Back and neck (30 minutes) - £40.00

Briony’s summer beauty tips

We asked the lovely Briony about her top tips for summer beauty and skincare. After all, this gal always has beautiful, glowing skin.

So, what’s her secret? (Other than she works at the best beauty salon in Somerset, obvs!) Here are her top tips for healthy skin this summer:

Wear less make-up

“I tend to wear less make-up in the summer. Make-up likes to move around when it's hot, so the best way to avoid that is to wear less of it” Briony says. “I use Dermalogica Sheer Tint in summer - it looks super dewy and natural!”

The lightly-tinted hydrating treatment provides an all-day sheer wash of colour, with, light-diffusing iron oxides for radiant skin. It also has an SPF built-in to protect from damaging UV rays. Awesome.


Your skin may be lacking moisture in the summer, whether due to the sun, travel, pool, or simple outdoor activities. Keep your skin hydrated with a quick spritz of Dermalogica multi-active toner.

“It comes in a travel size which is perfect for putting in your bag for daily use, or after air travel.” Briony says.

Lots of water and fresh fruit

Yes, yes… we all know we should be doing this anyway, but water accounts for 70% of the body, so as well as hydration, it’s also essential for keeping our skin’s elasticity, and looking healthy and glowing.

If your skin’s water content is less than 10%, it becomes dehydrated. Dehydration in the skin weakens its defence and creates skin sensitivity, irritation, and premature ageing.

Briony says: “The best way to get glowing healthy skin is simply to drink more water! I have a marked bottle at home to monitor how much I’ve drank.”

Fresh fruit restores minerals and vitamins in your body, and some can even reduce your body temperature.

Wear sunscreen

There's no question on how important sunscreen is. Sunbathing without the right protection, or long exposure to the sun, increases the risks of skin diseases and guarantees early skin ageing.

“I’m more religious about sunscreen in summer, naturally. I make sure my moisturiser contains an SPF and i make sure I cover my ears and lips - the places most people forget!” Briony says. Your lips are prone to damage as they only have 3-5 layers of skin, compared to 16 like the rest of your body.

Briony uses Sun Soul; the innovative range of anti-ageing, water-resistant sunscreens from [ comfort zone ] which boost the skin’s natural defenses and protect the skin’s DNA before, during and after exposure.

“I love the sun milk; it’s non-greasy and ultra-light - plus it smells amazing!”

Why faking it is better

Fake tanning is no longer about streaky legs, orange palms or feeling sticky, uncomfortable and smelling like biscuits. Nowadays an even, natural-looking glow is much more achievable.

If you want a gorgeous golden glow this summer, but don't want to suffer the risks of over-exposure to the sun, why not fake it with the help of The Barn and Vita Liberata.

Kelly Hooper, Director of The Barn, said: "Self-tanning is becoming the most popular way to achieve perfect, bronzed skin, and is the safest option.

“Too much sun exposure, either from the sun or sun-beds, has so many possible risks; premature ageing, skin pigmentation as well as more serious effects such as cataracts and skin cancer.”

The Barn uses the multi award winning self-tanning brand Vita Liberata. Vita Liberata is the world’s first non-toxic and organic tan, free from parabens, perfume and alcohol, with certified organic ingredients that nourish and condition skin for the perfect self-tan.

Kelly said: “The Vita Liberata tanning collection offers a natural-looking, odourless tan result that replicates a natural suntan, as well as providing anti-ageing skincare benefits.

On Monday (26 June) Natalie from Vita HQ is visiting The Barn for a live demonstration on how to achieve the best tan at home. There will be a Q&A session, top tips and a free goodie bag.

Tickets are just £5 and redeemable against any Vita Liberata products you buy on the evening. Call to book your space: 01934 751217.

10 skin care tips to get a gorgeous bridal glow

When it comes to wedding skincare and beauty prep, there’s no such thing as starting too soon!

We asked Kelly Hooper, skin expert and make-up artist, for her advice on how to get your skin glowing for the big day. Read her top tips on how to guarantee that bridal glow:

1. Start early If you really want to get your skin in top form, we recommended you start a tailored skincare routine about a year in advance. It's OK if you don't have that long before the wedding day - just adopt good skincare habits and a tailored regime as soon as possible.

2. Skin consultation The key to using the right products and getting the right skin advice for you begins with an in-depth consultation. Dermalogica’s revolutionary Face Mapping skin analysis technique provides insight into your skin’s past and present, and allows the prescription of a targeted home care regime for a healthy skin future. It also eliminates the guesswork when selecting products for results on your skin. Skin consultations are free at The Barn.

3. Schedule professional facials A monthly facial will really refresh your skin. We recommend the Super Charged Skin Treatment. This is the ultimate in skin treatment, combining combining advanced Dermalogica products and bio-therapeutics such as microcurrent, wet/dry microdermabrasion, micro-penetration and LED light therapy. It’s a non-invasive skin treatment that will leave you with the most dramatic results. Only available at The Barn.

4. Clean your face properly It’s not rocket science, but many women get it wrong. They use flannels or muslin cloths, both of which can harbour bacteria. Instead, use just your hands or a sponge. Soap-free Dermalogica Cleansers lift impurities and address skin issues. Thorough cleansing is the most critical step in a successful at-home regimen. Every Dermalogica Cleanser is pH-balanced to protect the skin's natural moisture barrier; it’s the ultimate start to your healthy skin regimen. Buy here.

5. Deep clean with a mask “The right face mask can help hydrate skin, remove excess oils and help improve the appearance of your pores. They're also an excellent way to help pull out impurities” says Kelly. We recommend the [comfort zone] Hydramemory Mask which immediately hydrates and plumps the skin.

6. Eye-do No one wants bags on their big day. Kelly’s favourite under-eye product is the [comfort zone] Hydramemory Eye Gel, which provides relief to tired eyes with puffiness and dark circles. It instantly brightens tired eyes, leaving skin feeing plumper and super hydrated!

7. Hydration is key Kelly says: “Hydration is essential for keeping our skin’s elasticity, and for healthy-looking, glowing skin.” Dehydration in the skin weakens its defence and creates skin sensitivity, irritation, and premature ageing. “Look for a moisturiser that caters to your skin concerns. Ingredients such as hyaluronic acid help your skin maintain water” says Kelly. A thorough skin analysis will help you choose the right moisturiser for your skin type.

8. Pucker up Your lips probably have the most important role of the day between the big kiss and all that smiling. “We recommend the [comfort zone] Skin Regimen Juvenate Lip Balm” says Kelly. “It’s an intensive nourishing lip treatment, with hyaluronic acid and chia seed oil which will keep your lips hydrated and protected all day.” Regular use of this anti-ageing balm will get your pout ready for the spotlight. Available at The Barn.


9. Clean your make-up brushes! Every time you swipe a brush across your skin, you could be adding a layer of bacteria, dust and dirt to your skin. “We recommend the Mii Cosmetics Cleanse and Condition Brush Balm - a deep-cleansing treat for hard-working brushes which is super easy to use!” says Kelly. The balm contains coconut oil to dissolve makeup and Shea butter to keep brush hairs beautifully soft. Available at the Barn.

10. Get glowing “Sexy, sun-kissed skin is always in style - and looks amazing against a white dress!” says Kelly. Book yourself in for a pre-wedding Vita Liberata tan with exfoliation. Vita Liberata products are non-toxic, odourless, organic, paraben-free and bursting with natural extracts like hyaluron, pomegranate, yam and gingko biloba, designed to moisturise and hydrate the skin. This tan will last 7-10 days. Available at The Barn.

Ready to start your bridal beauty routine? Call us to book your free skin consultation.