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Local Makeup Artist Celebrates New Studio With Empowering Event

County Armagh professional Makeup Artist Aisling O’Connor hosted an afternoon to remember at the Seagoe Hotel in Portadown to celebrate the launch of her new Dream Beauty Studio.

The all-female event, ‘Look Good, Feel Fabulous’, took place on November 14 and showcased empowering motivational speakers, a Fashion show featuring local boutiques, a live makeup demo, a cocktail reception and afternoon tea.

During lockdown, Aisling hosted a “Makeup and Mindset” Zoom makeup tutorial alongside guest speaker Claire O’Hanlon which focused on strengthening the mindset – something Aisling based her own event on. 

Launching her own business in 2018, with a website and new branding launched 2020 before the pandemic began.

Aisling spent the majority of lockdown developing her brand and then launched her custom beauty space, Dream Beauty Studio in September 2021.

Aisling said: “The main concept underpinning my business is that of ‘The Lipstick Effect’, the psychological phenomenon where putting on your makeup is proven to increase self confidence, and boost self esteem.

“I just love what I do and love empowering women to feel better about themselves.” 

The mum-of-three is a strong advocate of encouraging women to use makeup as a powerful tool to enhance self-confidence which was the inspiration behind her in-person event.

“My main goal was to get a room full of women and have them leave that afternoon feeling uplifted, encouraged and above all, realising that it’s ok, and in fact of extreme importance, to put themselves first every once in a while.” she said.

The sellout event featured an impressive lineup of inspiring speakers including Life Coach Michelle McAuley, personal stylist Samara of Evolve By Samara and fashion blogger Caroline Currie of ‘Principal of Fashion’ who hosted the uplifting masterclass. 

Besides giving confidence, on the day £1000 was raised through raffle prizes for Little Forget Me Nots Trust, a local charity dedicated to helping families cope with child loss.

“I advocate strongly supporting local and female owned businesses. I believe in empowering others, which is what sets Dream Beauty apart. It’s more than just makeup, it’s all about leaving you feeling like you on a really good day.”

Currently, Dream Beauty studio offers a variety of beauty and cosmetic treatments including makeup, brows, nails, lashes, sugaring, tanning and massages and the studio is also big enough to offer group workshops and lessons.

To book a visit to the Dream Beauty Studio go to https://www.dreambeautybyaoc.co.uk/ or Follow @Dreambeautybyaoc on Facebook and Instagram.

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Rushmere Shopping Centre Adds Four New Retailers Ahead of Christmas

Rushmere Shopping Centre has signed up four new retail outlets just in time for the busy Christmas season.

Home-grown make-up brand BPerfect leads the line-up, taking up a prominent unit near Dunnes as part of its continued expansion across Northern Ireland.

A further three gift-friendly retail outlets – Sense Aroma, Calendar Club, and Customised Gifts – have also signed up for the run-up to Christmas, taking prominent positions in Rushmere’s main shopping mall, bringing even greater shopping choice for the Christmas season.

One of Northern Ireland’s largest and most successful retail and hospitality destinations, Rushmere recently added local self-serve frozen yogurt specialist Spoon Street and 10 new jobs to its mix of big and small name outlets which includes TK Maxx, Dunnes Stores, Matalan, Boots, Next, New Look, H&M, JD Sports and DV8.

Supermarket chains Sainsbury’s and Iceland are also located at Rushmere.

Welcoming the new retailers, Rushmere Shopping Centre manager Martin Walsh said:

“We’re working hard to make this year’s Christmas shopping experience the best there is in Northern Ireland, with even greater choice on offer for every budget and need. These four new retailers will add to the festive magic, ensuring that we can make everyone’s wish list much easier to achieve.”

One of the UK and Ireland’s most popular fragrant in-store retailers, Sense Aroma indulges in selling aroma diffusers, essential oils, salt lamps and indoor water fountains,

Diary and calendar specialists Calendar Club adds to the line-up from Tuesday 26 October, while Customer Gifts – offering a big choice of products including photo frames, engraving, pet toys, mugs and more – opens on 3 November.

Rushmere Shopping Centre is advised by leading lettings specialists Osborne King and Savills.

Earlier this year, Rushmere Shopping Centre reported record daily visitor numbers for a May Bank Holiday weekend, when more than 136,000 customers made the trip.

Out-of-town retail centres and parks have performed relatively strongly compared with high streets and city centres in the last year and are recovering faster than any other type of shopping destination, according to a recent Springboard analysis.

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Stay Ahead of the Game with Council’s Coach and Club Development Programme

Pictured at the launch of council’s 2021-22 Coach Education and Club Development Programme, Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Alderman Glenn Barr and Chair of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Sports Forum, Edith Jamison.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is offering local sports clubs and coaches a range of specialised training opportunities as part of its just launched 2021-22 Coach Education and Club Development Programme.

Delivered in partnership with Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon (ABC) Sports Forum, the Programme will include a mixture of online and in-person workshops, covering topics such as safeguarding children and young people, designated officer, emergency first aid and mental health in sport.

Speaking at the launch, Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Alderman Glenn Barr said: 

“I am pleased to officially launch our 2021-22 Coach Education and Club Development Programme. As a council, we recognise and value the important role local clubs and coaches play in guiding and inspiring lifelong participation and success in sport.

“Through this year’s Programme – which offers both online and face-to-face training opportunities – we are committed to supporting the development of clubs, coaches and volunteers at all levels to ensure the borough’s sporting community continue to excel.”

With workshops taking place from September 2021 to March 2022, the Programme also offers training opportunities around club development planning, income generation, attracting and retaining club members as well as provides participants with the chance to attend practical-based workshops such as creating great sports environments for children, and disability inclusion training.

Chair of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Sports Forum Edith Jamison said:

“With such a wide range of workshops on offer there is something relevant and innovative for our clubs, coaches and volunteers at all levels to support their ongoing development. I would encourage all clubs, coaches and volunteers throughout the Borough to get involved and benefit from the great programme on offer.”

Varying per workshop, costs are heavily subsidised and are payable upon registration.

Affiliated members of ABC Sports Forum can avail of these workshops free of charge and will receive separate booking instructions and voucher codes. To find out more about the content of each workshop or to book your place, visit here or download a copy of the brochure here.

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