June 2016

Stop Wishing...Start Doing…

Let the lifestyles of the fit and fabulous inspire you to achieve that life you’ve always wished for...

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June Inspiration Board

This month’s board was inspired by one of my readers, Wendy Thomas. Wendy has supported the magazine from day one; every month when the photo and video shoot were released, Wendy would always comment on how fabulous I looked and how it would be a dream come true for her to have a makeover and photo shoot.

Making A Dream Become Reality

Making A Dream Become Reality

I remember checking my Facebook notifications one morning and reading one from Wendy. She had shared my latest video, commenting on how much she enjoyed watching it and how she would love to be transformed. It got me thinking - how fabulous would it be to actually make that happen? I talked to my fabulous ‘Glam Squad’ Jenna Kelly and Hilary Jones; they were definitely on board for this little adventure! Next up was THE phone call to Wendy. How did it go? Well she screamed. A LOT!!! And then she screamed some more! I don’t think she could have been any more ecstatic than if she had just been told she’d won the lottery! And I don’t think I could have asked for a more amazing reaction. When she eventually calmed down (many days later!) all the plans were put in place.
Wendy Thomas

Wendy Thomas

Wendy Thomas or ‘Wendy Party Plan’ as most people know her as, has been a friend of my family for many years; always the life and soul of the party, she was so much fun to be around. A few years ago Wendy met her ‘Silver Fox’ Roger and so began the next amazing chapter of her life. Their life was suddenly turned upside down when Roger was diagnosed with cancer, with the next two years spent in and out of hospital where Roger underwent gruelling treatment in the hope that his cancer would go into remission. Wendy says they were always laughing even with everything that was happening to them; she wouldn’t allow herself to cry in front of him and would only cry in private, always wanting to be strong for him. Sadly, after putting up a fierce fight for almost two years, Roger lost his battle with cancer and Wendy fell to pieces at the loss of her ‘Silver Fox’. She lost her confidence and her way as she tried to cope with the overwhelming grief that had become her life. Getting through the day was an achievement in itself. Slowly, with the help of family and friends who gave her lots of comfort - especially her children Neil, Sian and Lloyd and her sister Linda - they also gave her tough love (predominantly Sian), to help her start to live again. Wendy returned to work and is now trying to build her confidence as she embarks upon another new chapter of her life.
Hair Makeup

Hair Makeup

With Wendy comfortably seated in Pimped Up Pins hair salon, I finally revealed to her and Hilary what I envisaged and what I wanted us to achieve. A 50s film star, bombshell look. And who better to take inspiration from? The one and only Marilyn Monroe! To say Wendy was excited is an understatement. She was adamant we would never pull of that look in a million years! Really Wendy? I always achieve everything I put my mind to; and this assignment was no exception! After showing Hilary photos of the hair, she got straight to work, creating exactly the look I wanted. She always delivers! Wendy had a quick peek - her expression was priceless! If she was excited before, she was now in overdrive. With Hilary’s work done, we moved on to the studio, where Jenna was waiting for us, ready for phase two. I had already briefed Jenna as to the look I had envisaged for Wendy. She took my vision, soon turning into a reality. Is there any look this talented lady can’t achieve? I don’t think so!
The Big Reveal

The Big Reveal

The moment we had all been waiting for. The big reveal. With her eyes closed, positioned in front of the mirror, on the count of three Wendy opened her newly made-up eyes. How did Wendy react? She actually collapsed in mine and Jenna’s arms and was shaking so much we had to hold her up! After the utter disbelief that this really was her, she started to cry, as did we. I cannot believe how emotional everyone became. It was a very humbling, moving and special moment, one I don’t think any of us will ever forget. Wendy’s reaction was incredibly powerful. She looked absolutely stunning. Having known Wendy most of my life I can honestly say I have never seen her look more beautiful, or that stunned into silence. Anybody who has ever met Wendy will vouch that she never stops talking, so to see her totally lost for words is a very rare occasion!
The Photo Shoot

The Photo Shoot

With hair and makeup complete and accessories in place it was time for the photo shoot with Adrian. If Wendy was nervous she didn’t show it, quickly getting into the swing of things. She is an absolute natural in front of the camera and we already had the ‘money shot’ by the second photo! We used two beautiful scarves to create texture, colour and drama - one black, one white - alternating with black or white backdrops to create a classy, chic and glamorous feel to the photos. As for Wendy, all she could hear were excited yelps from Jenna and me as the images appeared on the monitor. Shot after shot, Wendy nailed it. And we did show her one image to have an idea of what to expect. Again, she was lost for words.
The Impact

The Impact

When Wendy first sat in the makeup chair with Jenna, she confessed that she needed to save for an eye lift, botox and fillers. You can imagine how dismayed I felt that she thought this was her only option to look and feel better. As my philosophy is to make the best of what Mother Nature gave us, by looking after your skin with the right products, finding a good hair stylist, a talented makeup artist for special occasions (and to learn from them how to do your own daily makeup), and learn which clothes suit your body shape while eating and exercising well to make sure you have the best possible lifestyle. When we revealed Wendy’s look in the mirror she said that the realisation of my philosophy hit her hard. Yes, you can look beautiful without resorting to nips, tucks, botox and fillers. Yes, you can transform yourself with a different hairstyle and well applied makeup and YES, YOU CAN LOOK FABULOUS! Wendy’s first thought when she saw her reflection was “She is beautiful”, followed a split second later with “F**k it’s me!” She says, “I just wanted to jump in the mirror, grab hold of that person and say - Look at you, you look absolutely beautiful! I’ve always thought my looks to be very average; that I don’t stand out in a crowd. I’ve always been told my personality outshines my looks. BUT, when I looked in that mirror I saw a beautiful woman there. You made me realise I could look beautiful and that it is achievable. I’ve always wanted to be Marilyn Monroe and now that’s happened. It was a magical experience. I felt as though I was drunk on champagne. I was euphoric. On a natural high! The whole experience was amazing. It’s boosted my confidence and was the kick up the arse I needed! I did ask myself, why did Emma choose me? But I believe in karma and if you do something nice you’ll get it back. Emma’s magazine inspires and uplifts me and I always make sure I tell her that.”

The Ministry of Glamour

Ministry of glamour

Wendy’s experience and reaction was the catalyst to creating ‘The Ministry of Glamour’. For some time I have been thinking of offering readers the opportunity to be ‘glammed up’. Jenna reaffirmed my thinking when she said “Let’s do this again”, along with the idea of sending them for a fabulous meal at the end of it. I put this to Hilary. She too was enthusiastic about repeating the experience. So with my thinking cap firmly on, ‘The Ministry Of Glamour’ was born.

I am proud to present to you, the first member of ‘The Ministry Of Glamour’, Wendy Thomas.

Please step through the door to see her in all her glamorous glory...





All you need to do is tell me in no more than 150 words why you deserve to be the next member of M.O.G.

You need to send your entry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 14th August 2016. And the winner will be contacted the following week.

You will be booked in for your makeover and photoshoot; followed by a meal for two, with a bottle of wine, at Coast Italia, High Street, Swansea.

We will then interview you to see how you enjoyed the experience which will be featured in the September Issue of emmaheaven.com

Let us make your dreams become reality!

Tara HammettHurricane Tara - A force of nature!

‘You are what you eat’

Tara recipePancakes don’t have to be unhealthy, laden with sugar and unnecessary calories. Here is a great recipe for a savoury pancake, that will keep hunger at bay for hours.

1 egg
1 egg white
1 tbsp psyllium husk / milled flaxseed
¼ cup coconut/almond milk



Mix the egg, husk & milk and cook like a pancake in a hot pan on both sides.
Fill with the following:

1 slice good quality ham
1 sliced tomato
1 tbsp grated cheese

Who said eating healthy had to be boring?
Eat amazing... because you ARE!

‘Feel the fear - but do it anyway’

How many times do you think I've received this message in my inbox?

'Tar, I've been meaning to message you for ages"

But until now, none of them have...

I hear it time and time again...

So have you been meaning to message me to see what I could do to HELP you?

Advise you on what to do to lose weight?

Point you in the right direction?

If so, I'm giving YOU the opportunity to tell me what you struggle with.

Imagine all those people out there who MEANT TO get in touch... .if they did ask me for help 12 months ago... or 6 months ago... or even 7 days ago...

What did you do over the last 7 days to get great results?

Maybe, just maybe you have done NOTHING and you're thinking:


Maybe you're repeating the word CAN'T too much.

Well... let's change that into CAN.

Email me: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and tell me your struggles.

‘Knowledge is power’

Fad diets and what not to do

  • Do not go hungry.
  • Do not replace nutritious foods with shakes and pills.
  • Do not constantly weigh yourself.
  • Do not spend endless hours in the gym.

Ever been on the latest diet, got all excited, spent over £100 on a few shakes and bars, lasted 2-3 days,? Became so hungry you could hardly speak, then caved? Demolished every goody in sight and decided “Ah, that’s not for me, I’ll just stick to what I was doing”?

That’s the problem with fad diets.

Quite simply, they do not work!

They’re too extreme

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The Skin You’re In

Jodie groveJodie Grove is an Advanced Aesthetics Nurse prescriber. She is an expert in the field of Skin Health, Aesthetics and Advanced Beauty and is the creator of The Grove Skin Clinic, an extremely successful clinic in Gowerton, Swansea.

Let’s talk about skin

It’s the largest organ of the body yet most of us don’t give it the attention and respect it deserves. A good skincare routine is essential in maintaining our skin’s health, youthfulness and radiant glow.

Not only is our routine important, but the products we use play a huge part; and it is possible to look your best with a little effort.

I am going to share with you a few basic tips to keep your skin healthy.

A skincare routine should include basic steps of cleansing, toning and moisturising. There are hundreds of harsh exfoliators on the market and we have all most likely used them at some point, however exfoliating isn’t necessary and is actually damaging to our skin.

We need to naturally exfoliate and there are products which encourage this. What we shouldn’t be doing is aggressively scrubbing our skin and exposing the new fresh skin cells too soon.

This will increase dryness, redness and inflammation - especially with environmental changes and our seaside location - many of us take advantage of our beautiful Welsh scenery and coastline and spend lots of time outside walking our dogs or running.

It is vital we protect our skin.

Cleansing with Environs moisturising cleansing lotion will not only clean the skin, but with no harsh ingredients in it to harm the skin, it also has the benefit of vitamin A which is vital in any skincare regime. We will talk more about that in the future.

Toner. Most people I meet don’t see the importance of a toner, and I will admit neither did I until I became a skincare specialist. A toner plays a huge part in helping your moisturiser penetrate deeper into the skin layers, allowing it to work where it is really needed.

A toner shouldn’t sting, which this is usually down to a high (dehydrating) alcohol content. Environ offers a moisturising toner with no chemicals, no alcohol, no nasty ingredients; just the ingredients that work and are good for your skin, helping that moisturiser get right down to where it needs to its work.

Moisturiser. Apply a moisturiser, always. Choose a good moisturiser to keep your skin well-hydrated and soft. Moisturise your skin at least twice a day: morning and evening. Pay particular attention to all of the exposed skin - our neck and chest area are often forgotten.
Hands: these are not only exposed but are regularly in and out of water when washing, which increases the dryness.

With Environ moisturisers there is a step up programme, so you would start on number 1 and climb the stages, constantly increasing your vitamin A (that all important ingredient).

The last stage of your skincare routine should always be a sun protection factor (SPF). We need to protect our skin all year round. Sun and light sources are one of the biggest aging factors. If it’s windy and raining and we are heading out for a brisk coastal walk, is an SPF our immediate thought? Probably not! Let’s make it our priority to include it in our daily beauty routine.

Some of us may have particular skin complaints such as rosacea, psoriasis or eczema. Lots of walkers, and people who spend a lot of their time outdoors, have dry skin conditions and suffer with lots of facial broken capillaries, (those little tiny blood vessels that often appear around the nose and cheeks).

Extra precautions need to be taken and good skincare is even more important to you.

Here at The Grove Skin Clinic we have many products and treatments to help with all of these conditions and more.

I offer skin consultations where we take a full history and talk through the different solutions to your concerns.

With good advice and the introduction of some simple products, a lot of these concerns improve very quickly and easily.

Environ is a prescription skincare range developed by a consultant plastic surgeon, Mr Des Fernandes, whose practice is based in South Africa. It is distributed through the iiaa (International Institute for anti-ageing). You need to see a skincare specialist to start using it, with products starting from £18.

For more details visit thegroveskinclinic.co.uk

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