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Amanda Elias

Skincare Specialist, MD of Bravura London, Mammy to 3 Amazing Girls, partner to a Parkinsons Warrior.

Shortly after qualifying as a Beauty Therapist at the age of 18, Amanda opened her own beauty and make-up salon in Wales. Beauty already in the blood, Amanda’s interest in Skincare was sparked further by skin problems of her own, which led her to discover the benefits of AHA and BHAs for troubled skins.

With a vision to make an effective yet simple treatment safe and accessible to everyone rather than just those who could afford to pay for salon treatments, Bravura London was founded in 2003 as the FIRST company in the UK to supply chemical peels for use at home. Following the launch, fiancée Ryan Heslop left his job to work alongside Amanda as the brand’s director, taking the family-run business to new, flourishing heights.

A Mum of three, Amanda prides herself on the quality, effectiveness and competitive pricing of Bravura London’s products and their dedication to providing trustworthy advice to customers.

www.bravuralondon.com

Is Anti-Ageing A Dirty Word?

The word anti-ageing is being thrown around a lot these days and many people don't know how to feel about it. On one hand it's a dirty phrase, invented by skincare companies to shame women in to thinking lines and wrinkles make them ugly and undesirable, on the other hand it's there to describe products that may help to slow down the appearance of ageing on our skin.
10/10/2017 10:38 BST

Eight Tips For Shaving Sensitive Skin

My legs are hypersensitive, shaving, waxing, a blade of grass, anything can set them off - it's extremely frustrating. Here are my skincare tips on hair removal, which will hopefully stop, or at least dramatically reduce, the irritation you may experience. These tips are also useful for men who may experience sensitivity when shaving their face.
11/07/2017 13:38 BST

Chicken Pox, How To Soothe And Reduce The Chances Of Scarring

Here is what I did use. Her scabs were practically gone in a week, we're now four weeks on, and while she still has a few crusts in her scalp, her body only has the tiniest of pink dots left over, and as far as I can tell she has no indented scarring anywhere on her face or body.
16/06/2017 12:26 BST

I Met My Fiancé On His Stag Night - Parkinson's Awareness Week

I picked him up at Swansea station, he came in for a hug and as he always laughs, I jumped back. The reason I jumped was because I felt something I hadn't felt before, my body lit up, it felt like sparks were flying through me, that thunder bolt when two souls re-connect - it's true people!
11/04/2017 11:18 BST

When Is It OK To Laugh At People With Disabilities?

I get it, people don't understand Parkinson's, it's just a condition that makes you shake right? Wrong, sadly very very wrong. The thing with Parkinson's is that there is no one box fits all label, each sufferer will experience different symptoms.
06/02/2017 13:39 GMT

You Really Aren't As Unattractive As You Think You Are

I know I'm guilty of it, my 13 year old is guilty of it, heck I know my mother is guilty of it, we can't help it. This is something that we HAVE to work on, the TV isn't going to disappear, we can't avoid all of the glossy magazines
30/12/2016 12:16 GMT

No, Don't Eat The Cake! Stop Weight Loss Shaming!

Something I've seen a lot of on the old WWW lately, particularly Instagram, are some posts and images from women who are helping to empower other women by feeling confident in their own skin. This, of course, is marvellous.
11/10/2016 15:24 BST

The Hidden Danger of Fake Tan

I'm not saying that everyone should give up their tan, if it's fake, safe and makes you happy then by all means, carry on. The same could be said about things like make-up and hair colour, as long as we explain to our young ones that it's all about creativity and having fun rather than it being a necessity to look good in society, why not. But as influencers to younger people I do feel we should be conscious of our actions.
28/06/2016 16:10 BST

Celebrity Advertising, Annoying or Useful?

As a business owner I have tried many different kinds of advertising, from papers, to radio, to magazines (including Vogue) etc and you know what works best? Celebrity advertising.
26/08/2015 18:21 BST

How to Be a Beautiful Teenager

I know you think I'm strict but I do it because I love you and it's my job to protect you, remember you can talk to me about anything, ANYTHING. I can't always promise to contain my initial anger if you've really messed up, but I promise to always listen and try and help.
10/08/2015 12:11 BST

15 Skincare Tips for Teenagers

Although I was a teenager half of my life ago, I still remember the nightmare of acne, blackheads and nothing working to solve them, I also remember all the things I did wrong.
28/01/2015 14:30 GMT

Ten Tips for Gorgeous Skin This Winter

Central heating takes moisture out from the air; try leaving a dish of water near your radiators which will act as a humidifier to help replace the moisture that's lost - you can also add a few drops of aromatherapy oil to fragrance your room.
10/11/2014 09:50 GMT

Get Beautiful, Soft, Plump Lips...Don't Scrub Them!

Ok this is going to be a bit controversial because a lot of beauty bloggers give tips on exfoliating the lips, some skincare brands sell lip scrubs but I'm going to tell you why you shouldn't exfoliate your lips.
28/10/2014 12:57 GMT

Do You Have a Bitchy, Resting Face?

I lived in London in my 20's and quite often had comments such as "smile, it may never happen" or "cheer up love" and I didn't really understand, was I meant to walk around with a continuous smile on my face?
19/09/2014 12:33 BST

It's All About the Eyebrows

Eyebrows are extremely important, if you haven't seen the pictures of celebrities without eyebrows circulating then you definitely want to google it, if not just to laugh but to also see how annoyingly beautiful Jessica Alba still looks!
11/08/2014 15:37 BST

The Mythologies of the Beauty World

Dry skin causes wrinkles< - False, even oily skin can become wrinkled if you don't look after your skin. Avoid sunbathing and tanning booths, always wear an SPF, regularly exfoliate and cleanse and moisturise daily. I'm also a big advocate of meditation, it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile.
06/08/2014 13:26 BST