Beauty School Pop Up: Crumlin College of Beauty

I haven't been one for much of the "self-care" lately since the arrival of Little Miss and with Little Man starting school. And my skin has definitely suffered as a result of all those pregnancy hormones and the lack of time for a thorough skincare routine. So, when I was very kindly invited out to Crumlin College of Further Education's School of Beauty to visit their pop-up salon, I gratefully accepted.

Crumlin College of Further Education have an excellent reputation for their range of full time and part time courses, including IT, Tourism, Fitness & Sports Therapy, Business & Administration, Culinary Arts, Fashion, Hairdressing and Beauty.

Their School of Beauty runs courses in Beauty Therapy, Beauty & Retail Sales and Makeup For Fashion & Media. The pop-up salon which started earlier this month (December), is run by the current Beauty Therapy students and allows them to practice the skills they've learned in a practical setting with clients - in addition to the work experience which is also part of their course.


The range of treatments in the pop-up salon included massages, facials, manicures, makeup applications and eyebrow and eyelash tints to name a few. I decided to book myself in for a facial which to be honest was much needed!

When I entered the college, accompanied by Little Miss, I was met by one of the teachers, Angel, who brought us up to the treatment room. Immediately I noticed how calming and relaxing the room felt, despite the fact that there were a number of students/therapists in the same room. Relaxation music played in the background and fairy lights were dotted all around. Everyone was so quiet that I was actually petrified that the little one would wake up and roar but thankfully she was obviously soothed by the environment too and snoozed away!

I opted for the "basic" facial which took one hour and didn't involve the use of any special machines. My therapist for the facial was Caitlyn, who did a quick consultation with me before deciding on the right Thalgo products to combine to best suit my skin type. Thalgo products were only introduced at the college in September - they also work with Dermalogica products - and I had never tried any of the brand either so I was curious to try out a Thalgo facial.

The products used on me were from Thalgo's Eveil a la Mer range and Thalgo products are known for their marine infusions and seaweed-based ingredients. The treatment started with a superficial cleanse, eye makeup removal and following that, a deep cleanse using their Cleansing Foam. As my skin can be quite sensitive and she had discovered this from her analysis of my skin - literally I was in the spotlight -  Caitlyn chose a gentle exfoliator, and to combat the dryness, used an ultra hydrating mask. The next product to be used was their Source Marine serum, and then finally an ultra hydrating moisturiser.  I was totally pampered with shoulder, arm and hand massage while the mask was left on my skin to do its magic. Not only did I feel totally chilled afterwards - a rare thing these days - but my skin was glowing and felt so hydrated afterwards.

Genuinely, the entire experience was as professional as any treatment I have had in any salon, and this is testament to the hard work and talents of both students and tutors. I'm sure they were up to ninety before hand and very busy during the pop-up but you would never tell as a client and they all treated their clients very professionally. If I had been able to have this kind of experience during my time studying makeup artistry, I think it would have benefited me and the other students hugely - in terms of gaining experience and confidence too.

I would definitely recommend Crumlin Beauty School's pop-up salon for anyone else who is in need of a bit of self-care. On this occasion, the pop-up ran for a limited time of two weeks, but if you are interested in finding out about future pop-ups, keep an eye on their Facebook and Instagram pages for updates.


And if you are considering a career in Beauty Therapy, Hair, Makeup in particular or any of their other courses, their open day is in January 2019 so do check out their website www.crumlincollege.ie  for more information. All of the Beauty School courses are QQI Level 5 or 6 and the majority are ITEC certified also.

Thanks so much to Angel and all the girls for having us in the salon, and I wish all the student therapists the very best in the rest of their studies and in their future careers as the next generation of beauty professionals!

Bye for now,



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