Archive: April 2014

Blush-ing Win for Zoe

24 April 2014

Luxury bridal boutique, Blush, situated on the stylish Lisburn Road in Belfast, has unveiled the winner in the search to find the face for its 2014 advertising campaign. Lucky bride-to-be Zoe Nicholson, from Kilkeel in County Down, fought off fierce competition from all around Ireland to be crowned the Face of Blush 2014.


The gorgeous Zoe, who judges felt best encaptured the essence of the Blush brand, now walks away with an incredible prize to enjoy in the run-up to her big day. The lucky bride-to-be gets to choose the wedding dress of her dreams, along with all her accessories to complete her wedding day look. Her mum also benefits in choosing her perfect Mother of the Bride outfit from the stunning Blush collections.


Primary School Teacher Zoe will also be featured on Blush’s advertising campaign for the next twelve months following a one-on-one photo shoot with renowned fashion photographer Khara Pringle. On the day itself, when she will tie the knot with Mark Hanna, Zoe will benefit from having her hair professionally styled by Lynette Murray from Blue Hairdressing and make-up by award-winning make-up artist Caoimhe Curran. Also provided for this year’s winner is a cosmetic treatment by facial specialist Dr Martina Collins, which will surely add to the experience of Zoe’s fairy-tale wedding.


Speaking about her win she said: “I am totally over the moon. I did not think in a million years I would ever win. It is such a privilege and honour to represent Blush Boutique. The 'Blush' girls have been amazing at advising and helping me choose my dream wedding dress for the most important day in my life. Winning Face of Blush will make the day even more special for us and I can't thank them enough.”


The judging panel that were faced with the difficult task of choosing from the 18 finalists included Belfast FASHIONWEEK Director Cathy Martin, make- up artist to the stars Paddy McGurgan and celebrated photographer Khara Pringle, but when they heard Zoe’s story that made it all the more easier.


Zoe isn’t only a teacher she’s also a volunteer with a charity called New Beginnings Charitable Trust which helps vulnerable and neglected children in Uganda. For the last number of years, Zoe her fiancé Mark and her family have been very involved with this project.


Of her work Zoe said: “We’re very excited that we will be spending a week of our honeymoon at the village in Uganda celebrating this very special day with precious people. Plus, we’re currently making the final preparations to have my family’s sponsor child at the wedding as my bridesmaid. My mum and dad sponsored Namande Christine over 12 years ago. She was just a little girl then and now has grown into the most beautiful young woman who has made us very proud as her sponsors, and our wedding would not be complete without her there.”


Director of Blush, Aileen Wilson said of the winner: “We are absolutely thrilled that Zoe will be the face of our advertising campaign for the next 12 months. She has shown such enthusiasm and a real sense of professionalism in any dealings we have already had with her so I am really excited about working with her this year. A Blush bride can be any woman of any age, so we were delighted to receive entries from both older and younger entrants. Zoe captures the spirit of our store perfectly – she has grace, poise, a sense of fun, kindness and is brimming with love, as every bride should be. We believe that Khara will capture this spirit in her forthcoming shoot.”


Judge Cathy Martin said: “We were really overwhelmed with the standard of entry and the judges had a very tough decision in choosing a winner.


“I cried listening to many of the girls’ stories, but meeting Zoe and listening to her presentation really blew me away with the work she does in Uganda, and including the country and the children that she helps with the charity New Beginnings Charitable Trust in her wedding is such a wonderful thing. Having Namande as her bridesmaid, tipped it over the edge for me. The love and kindness that Zoe has is certainly what we’re looking for in the Face of Blush, plus her natural beauty all adds to this as well.”


The application process kicked off last summer and saw hundreds of hopeful fiancées from all over Ireland vie for the prestigious title for this sought-after store which sees women travel hundreds of miles to view their exclusive collections.

Celebrating Creativity and Excellence at the PANI Awards 2014 Launch

16 April 2014

The Publicity Association of Northern Ireland (PANI) last week challenged agencies and designers across the wider media and publicity industries here to ‘push the boat out’ as it launched its industry awards on the beautifully restored SS Nomadic in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter.

This year’s thirteenth PANI awards, which will be held on 17 October 2014 at Belfast City Hall and hosted by BBC presenter Colin Murray, will offer an opportunity to celebrate the best creativity in the industry and to showcase outstanding achievement on a national stage. 

Speaking at the launch, Chair of PANI Cathy Martin said: “Our awards are a cornerstone of the PANI organisation and are always a much anticipated date in the advertising and media industry calendar as they represent a vitally important opportunity to showcase a high calibre of work to both peers and clients. They also allow the industry to make a significant statement on the wider stage of Great Britain and Ireland, as to the quality of the work being produced in and for the local market.”

The judging panel, which includes highly experienced and often commended advertising executives from across Ireland and the UK, is made up of Billy Mawhinney, Mike Bersin, Graham Elliott, Mike Baker, Nick Tomlin, Jonny Maginn, Maeve O'Meara and Farhad Koodoruth.

This year PANI is celebrating both the past and the future with their ‘Past, Present and Possibilities’ theme. Over the last 50 years the industry has changed vastly - almost beyond what might have even been considered possible in the 1950s - and the next 50 years are something that PANI can’t even begin to predict!

PANI Awards Committee Chair,who is also Managing Director of People Power NI Lynne Doherty said: “I am both honoured and privileged to be a part of the 13th PANI Awards, in what is an increasingly changing market our aim is to showcase the creative talents of our local industry, by way of celebration of the past and anticipation of the future.”

This year’s awards are sponsored by Belfast Telegraph, Citybeat,Clear Channel, Downtown/Cool FM, Exterion Media, Irish News, JCDecaux, Mirror Media, UTV, U105 and WG Baird.

PANI Chair Cathy Martin concluded: “I believe the thirteenth PANI Awards will continue to play a major role in driving the health and confidence of the industry in 2014 and beyond. They recognise the contribution that our industry makes to the local economy and, with fifteen awards with Gold, Silver and Bronze awarded and over 400 guests expected, the event itself promises to be a successful night rewarding creativity and excellence in the Northern Ireland publicity sector.”

For more information on the awards or becoming a member of PANI please visit

Seainin Brennan returns to season two of The Fall

08 April 2014

Actress, Séainín Brennan has confirmed she will be returning in season two of BBC Primetime drama The Fall. The Irish actress will resume her role of Liz Tyler in the critically acclaimed thriller, alongside stars Jamie Dornan as Paul Spector and Gillian Anderson as Stella Gibson.

The first series of The Fall saw Séainín take on the challenging emotional role of bereaved mother and wife Liz who struggled to come to terms with the recent death of her only child. With little to no comfort from her husband, Liz sought solace in Paul Spector (played by Dornan), who, unbeknown to Liz, is the serial killer at large. Paul Spector, in turn, began to develop an unhealthy professional relationship with Liz in her most vulnerable state. Over the course of the five part series their relationship unfolded and Séainín is now about to start filming season two.

Speaking of her return, Séainín said: "I'm really excited about returning, and can’t wait to get back on set with the brilliant cast and crew of The Fall. Every actress wants a character they can really get their teeth into and I’m very lucky that I get to do that with Liz. Allan Cubitt is a phenomenal writer and I'm over the moon to be working with him again".

"I don't want to give too much away. So you'll have to tune in, but I will say that season two promises to deliver quality drama at its very best."

The shooting is expected to run over four months and there will be six episodes in the second series, with filming currently taking place on-location in Belfast.

Since filming the first series of The Fall it didn’t take Séainín long to be snapped up for her first movie role. Her film project, "DARE TO BE WILD", was based on the true story of Mary Reynolds, a young Irish woman who, in 2002 and against heavy odds, became the first Irish winner of the Chelsea Flower Show gold medal, which is considered the Olympic Gold of gardening.

Playing a beautiful and fashionable doctor, Dr Jaqui Finch, Seainin’s role in the film is a very different one to her character Liz Tyler in The Fall, but Jaqui Finch has a few problems of her own. Séainín stars alongside “Shameless” actress Emma Greenwell and English actor Tom Hughes. The movie is due to be released later in 2014.

Séainín has recently been working on a new thriller set in a coastal town with Academy Award winner Oorlagh George. The Fall will air later in 2014.

Blaze Towards Your Inch Loss Goal with Bellaze´┐Ż

01 April 2014

A brand new, non-invasive inch loss clinic - the first of its kind in Northern Ireland – has arrived in Belfast with ambitions to give the city a leaner, more svelte silhouette. Bellaze, situated on Donegall Street in the city centre, uses the renowned Body Sculpting system from inch loss expert Tina O'Doherty's clinics in Scotland. Since opening her first clinic in Scotland ten years ago, a total of over 500,000 treatments have been completed on over 40,000 clients, with each losing an average number of 8-12 inches.

Michael Curran, the person behind bringing Tina’s number one products to Ireland said: “We know that there is an appetite (if you’ll excuse the pun) for looking and feeling slim. It really makes such a difference to a person’s health, vitality and quality of life, so to achieve a slimmer silhouette in such an easy and low impact way is perfect for those who have a goal such as a wedding or just a longer term game plan to get fit and lose the bulge.”

Lipo Sculpting is the first part of the treatment where a laser beam is targeted on the area of the body identified to be treated. The cold laser beams penetrate the skin just deep enough to reach the layers of fat. When the light hits the fat cells, a rapid chain of events take place. Firstly, pores form on the cells and this causes the water, glycerol and fatty acids contained within the cells to spill out. This is then removed from the body through the lymphatic system and processed in the same way as fatty foods are digested. The remaining fat cells are significantly reduced in size. 

This is then followed by Electrolite and Thermoshape treatments that use electrical impulses and heat to work various targeted muscle groups.

Electrolite was used originally for the healing of muscles and surrounding tissues, but it became apparent that the visual effect of this treatment was the improvement of the body contours. At the average intensity setting, the exercise value derived from this 20 minute session will be equivalent to 4000 exercise movements (such as sit-ups or push-ups). This all takes place while relaxing watching television or reading a magazine in the brand new, state of the art city centre clinic.

Thermoshape is also carried out at the same time as the Electrolite treatment and uses relaxing therapeutic heat. Heating the muscles produces an increased blood flow similar to that seen during exercise.

To get the most benefit out of these treatments, it is recommended that clients use one of the Body Sculpting courses available at Bellaze, which combine the treatments and maximise results.

There are three Body Sculpting courses available from silver to platinum all designed to achieve results, but all suited to different body types and budgets.

On average clients lose between 8-12 inches after completing a full four week course but individual results may be higher or lower. Plus, to retain the results achieved with Body Sculpting, consideration must be taken into the type and amount of food and drink that is consumed, along with the amount of exercise the client does. To help with this, an exclusive and fully specialised French diet programme Nutrisaveurs is also available to complement all the treatments at Bellaze.

Director of Bellaze Michael Curran said: “I am delighted to have opened the first inch loss clinic here in Northern Ireland using the renowned Body Sculpting system, from Tina O’Doherty’s clinic. The treatments work really well and I have seen some great results achieved, including on my own body, so I am very excited to be working with members of the public to create excellent weight loss targets here in Belfast.

“Already the interest in the clinic has been phenomenal, and we have clients well on their way to achieving their goal.”

For further information on how Bellaze can help with an inch loss programme visit or a free, no-obligation consultation and trial treatment can be arranged by contacting the clinic on 0800 470 3202.

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