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Best Local Businesses in Battersea: V Clarke Makeup Artistry


V Clarke Makeup Artistry

V Clarke Makeup Artistry

We are always on the lookout for exciting new local businesses and James Pendleton  Estate Agents’ Battersea team have heartily recommended V Clarke Makeup Artistry. Providing skilled makeovers and friendly informed advice in a fully mobile service, Clarke’s 17 years’ experience with make-up has given her real expertise, which is backed up by an engaging, helpful and enthusiastic approach and a genuine desire to build a business which fits around her clients’ lives.

Vanessa has lived in and loved the Northcote Road area for over ten years and has worked with make-up since the age of 16.  While working full time as a teacher she often spent evenings and weekends helping friends, family and an increasing network of contacts to prepare for special occasions, and her eagerness to meet and help people has stood her in good stead in establishing her business.

“I launched V Clarke Makeup Artistry three months ago and while I have a huge amount of makeup experience I have found the administrative side of setting up a business a real learning curve” says Vanessa of her experiences so far.  “I knew I had to hit the ground running so I researched extensively before the launch but nothing can prepare you for the adrenaline and pace of the work itself.  While setting up the company has been a challenging experience it has also been immensely rewarding: I’ve met so many people who’ve shown real support and have found that if you work hard and with a positive attitude others will react in kind ”

Vanessa’s focus is on the needs and wishes of her clients and V Clarke Makeup Artistry is most definitely designed to fit around a lifestyle.  While visiting a salon is undoubtedly pleasant, a mobile therapist provides an added level of convenience and intimacy.  Having worked extensively with a wide range of products and brands, Vanessa is perfectly placed to make a recommendation and a convivial, relaxed setting means freedom from some of the pressures of salon life: you can relax, chat and test different products in the knowledge that the next client isn’t waiting in the foyer.

Having worked with wedding parties for years Vanessa is adept at handling the many small crises that can affect a bride’s big day.  Delayed deliveries, late arrivals and high expectations can make a wedding morning as tense as it is exciting and having a dedicated, experienced beautician on hand can make all the difference. That said, V Clarke Makeup Artistry is not solely tailored to wedding parties; working collaboratively with a freelance photographer as well as with numerous other independent local businesses, Vanessa’s network of contacts and eagerness to learn means she is uniquely placed to handle projects large and small.  Whatever your makeup needs you will surely benefit from a conversation with this thorough, experienced and thoughtful new business.

Parents in particular find V Clarke Makeup Artistry a breath of fresh air; with two small children herself, Vanessa appreciates the importance of time out, pampering and conversation, and as a mother and former teacher has a healthy respect for learning, teaching and the holistic approach to make up. “When people aren’t comfortable with the make-up they’re using they can feel both uncomfortable and overwhelmed.  It’s my job to remove doubts or worries and to use each client’s style and personality to inform their make-up choices.”

The female contingent at James Pendleton Estate Agents in Battersea branch have worked with Vanessa and don’t hesitate to recommend V Clarke Makeup Artistry.   The future most certainly holds exciting things for this energized, enthusiastic and ambitious new business.  If you would like to find out more about this beauty therapist in Battersea take a look at her Facebook page or contact her on 07834 835 462.

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Best Local Businesses: Escape with Beauty, beautician in South West London

Escape with Beauty: beautician in South West London

Escape with Beauty: beautician in South West London

With over twelve years’ experience as a beauty therapist, Nicky at Escape with Beauty carries out a wide range of treatments with expertise and having met her James Pendleton’s Marketing team can vouch for her warm and friendly personality.  Escape is a mobile service and brings luxury treatments such as massages and special occasion makeup to homes across South West London, as well as more everyday necessities such as waxing and tinting.  Prices are reasonable and Nicky puts a great deal of energy into sourcing and creating the right products and creating an elegant and comfortable experience in the comfort of your own home.

1. How long have you worked in South West London, and how do you feel about the personality of the area/your neighbourhood?

I’ve loved working here for the past 2 years, I’ve found it to be such a welcoming community and people want share new or favourite things going on in South West London, everyone is so interesting and each little area seems to have hidden gems. I enjoy living and working in the area so much and feel very lucky to be a part of South West London life.

2. What is your favourite aspect of your job?

My favourite part of the job is definitely the people I come into contact with.  I couldn’t do my job properly if I wasn’t interested in getting to know my clients and quite often their families. I feel that building a genuine rapport with the people I treat means I can offer them the best possible treatment and service.

3. Do you feel that working as a mobile therapist brings an added level of comfort and relaxation to your treatments?

I think that the majority of us feel most comfortable and confident in our own homes and familiar surroundings. Because of this I feel that the mobile service I offer adds a deeper level of relaxation to treatments. It’s also hugely convenient for my clients; there is no need to rush about or worry about finding a car parking space, which means more time can be dedicated to fully enjoying what should be a relaxing treat. I work with a large number of clients with children and the mobile service means they can have a pampering treat during nap time or while the children are playing with their toys!

4. Which of your treatments do you most enjoy performing and which do you most enjoy when you are ‘on the bench’?

I’m very lucky to have such a varied and interesting job, and even more so in that I enjoy doing all of the treatments I offer; waxing, manicures and pedicures are satisfying as you see instant results, but massage and facials are equally rewarding as you see the long term benefits.

5. Are you looking into any new treatments or products?

I’m currently working on a couple of new products which include eye pillows and heat packs to give an extra level of relaxation to my treatments and have teamed up with a fantastic holistic therapist Victoria Thomas who creates wonderful blends of massage oils.

6. Do you have any handy beauty tips for our readers?

I think one of the best tips for this time of year is regular exfoliation for the face and body. With the extreme cold weather and with central heating in constant use our skin can become quite dry and by exfoliating once a week you can really brighten dull winter skin.

Learn more about Nicky’s treatments on her website: Keep checking our blog to see our latest local business recommendations and don’t hesitate to pop into one of our offices to find out more about life and amenities in South West London.



Best Local Business-Orao Hair Studio

James Pendleton reviews Orao Hair Studio, Balham

James Pendleton reviews Orao Hair Studio, Balham

The James Pendleton staff have only good things to say about Orao Hair Studio in Balham. The team at Orao fuse modern styling with outstanding craftsmanship to produce a wide range of innovative and classical hairstyles.

The salon’s fusion of elegance and edginess perfectly suits the vibrancy and diversity of their clients. What’s more, the team are known for their friendly and considered customer service, and their thorough consultations help to make the styles their clients want become reality.

We interviewed Artistic Director Liliana to find out more about what motivates Orao Hair Studio:

  1. What would you say your Studio is best known for?

I’d say we are best known for styling hair for weddings both nationally and internationally.  In the studio, dip dying is very popular at the moment.  We provide our clients with all types of hair treatments from cuts to restyles and are known locally for our stylish elegance and honest, friendly approach.  

2. What advice do you have for someone who’s unsure of what hairstyle they’d like?

First and foremost we ask our clients what they absolutely would not like-this is the best way to find them a style they are sure to be happy with.  The hairstyle you choose will stay with you day in, day out, so it’s important to go for something you’ll be comfortable with and will find easy to maintain.  If you do want to go for something fashionable but high maintenance, we will gladly advise you on how to style it at home.

3. How have styles changed in Balham over the past years?

Recently, textured and voluminous hair has overtaken sleek, straight hair in the popularity stakes.  Our clients today favour curling tongs over straighteners, and we have seen fewer people asking for sharp lines-it’s all about creating an effortless and versatile style suitable for both home and work.

4. What is your experience of Balham and South West London?

Balham is getting funkier all the time-there is a great mix of young professionals and creative people in the area which means we see plenty of innovative styles pass through our door.  I’ve also noticed a lot more men experimenting with their hair in recent years, which is fantastic.

5. What one piece of haircare advice should everyone know about?

It’s vital to choose the right product-men should not wash their hair with shampoo every day as this removes protective natural oils from the hair.  Similarly, too many or the wrong type of product can damage the hair and accelerate hair loss.  For women, particularly those with long hair, I would recommend treating your hair as you treat your skin-moisturise and refresh regularly and trim off dead and dry hair often, just as you would exfoliate your skin.

6. If Balham was a hairstyle, what would it be like?

If Balham was a hairstyle it would be a combination of trendy and classic; a style that looks good without too much maintenance would be perfect for the busy and sociable people of Balham!

7. If you could sum up Orao in 3 words, what would they be?

I would say we are elegant, yet fashionably edgy.

Orao Hair Studio:
020 8675 9259
153 Balham Hill SW12 9DJ