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Saturday, 26 October 2013

Wish Upon A Star

There is nothing as beautiful, or that makes you feel good as helping others. Now it is that time of year and and one charity that I hold close to my heart is "Wish Upon A Star " Helping making poorly and terminally ill kids dreams come true.

Star Jon  Lee from S Club 7 sings and is on hand as a volunteer  on a previous year for Dream flight  to Lap Land 

I am asking all my readers and friend's to send even a fiver to help a kids dreams come true and go and see Santa in Lap-land.  It could be some of the children's last Christmas below is my experiences with the an amazing charity as they travel to Lap Land. Please note that this is something that i wrote a few years ago but gives you a flavour as to why it's worth donating .

`Wish upon a star 

ITS is three thirty on an icy bitterly cold morning actress presenter   Denise Welch her son Louis, ‘Dancing on Ice “ hunk Matt Evers, are all wrapping in their winter  clothes, and joining five other celebrities on the route from Humberside airport  to the magical winter wonderland land of Lap- land .
Me Denise Welch , Carol McGiffin  in Lap Land 

For once however the soap stars and celebrities were not the main attraction on this journey. It is the children and parents who’s dreams are about to come true thanks to the “When you wish upon a star” charity and the hard work of local ladies Joanne Heywood  and Pat Wright, who help the dreams of ninety sick and terminally Ill children come true.

But mother nature has not been kind this year to our travellers and our plane can not take off from Humberside due to ice on the run way, so they have to start their journey by coach travel two hours away East Midlands.

This does nothing to dampen the spirits of Denise Welch who leads them all in a sing along.  This is the Loose Woman’s fourth year volunteering with the Charity and she would not miss it for the world .This is the first year she had brought her youngest son Louis aged nine, Louis like may of the children  on their way to lap land was born poorly , he suffered from Hirschspurg disease. This is when the nerve ending  in part of the bowel don’t form, after two operations by the age of two , he is no well .” I know what it is to have sickly child, my heart goes out to all the parents and children here today, I move hell and high water to make sure I can be here each year for the kids” 

Also joining her this year is all American ice-skating star Matt Evers, Denise’s partner in Dancing On Ice

 For Emmerdale actress Sophie Powles who plays Holly Barton the trip is a welcome contras from playing  the drug addicted  character . Not only has the actress had to dye her normally spectacular blonde hair dark to fit in with the rest of the family, but  in real life people are starting to think  she is the character she was recently  chase down the road by an angry man who thought she was getting money from a cash machine to buy drugs. The 22 year old is spending New Year in South Africa, but  when she lands in lap Land  she can not believe it will top her experience .

Its is her first time here with the charity “It is as if I have stepped into Narnia I feel like I am in a   dream”     Sophie gasps

 She is over whelmed by the joy on the children’s faces “ if she can make any difference in these kids day there will be no keeping me away.”

 Many of the children can be isolated for months at a time, in hospitals or at home television can be one of their only outlets, and Soap and other stars become like friends so they get so excited  about meeting them and it adds to the excitement of the day.

Celebrities turn out to support Wish Upon A Star with main man Santa 


   Waterloo Road teenage heart throb Will Rush second time here in lap land 
“ I am really excited to be here again” he tells me travelling this year with fellow Waterloo road actress Darcy Isa,  

The charity fulfils the wishes of children with life threatening and terminal illness. The charity started by Barbara White in 1990 herself an M. E, sufferer. Each year its charters four planes to take 400 kids to Lapland to meet Santa in person

“ Its always a huge up lifting experience meeting the kids and their parents. Its sad but sometimes at the last minute, a child can be too ill to travel, or even worse they pass on before they get to fulfil their dream, you have to take a big breath and keep going for the kids who are there”  says Denise Welch

Once at the airport even the weakest of child confined who is confined to a wheelchairs face is a picture and when the announcement that the plane to Lap-land is ready, the cheers of excitement could fill a football pitch.

On hand is a team of medics, doctors, and volunteers to make-sure the whole day runs like a military procedure. And just to make double sure, there are team leaders from the army and fire fighters to help any child who needs a lift up or helping hand. There is even a Christmas fairy with magic dust to make sure the journey goes with out a hitch.

 Despite having a three-hour flight, there is such an air of excitement when we touch down in Lap Land none of the kids are tired. Despite loads of fresh snow ha it is minus four and the whole place look like a white blanket. Our first stop was the ‘Enchanted Forest’ the kids can hardly wait to play.

 Greeted by rabbits Trolls and other creatures from the forest, into an magical clearance full of snow and magic. Husky dogs and reindeers wait to take everyone on a ride through the forest. There are sledges, ski’s, tobogganing and snowball fights.

‘A good friend of mine asked me to get involved with the charity, and it’s a must each year for me “ Denise tells me while pulling a reindeer ride along. 

“ You might think something like this would be upsetting.  it’s up lifting and humbling , all the kids are so happy, and unbelievably well behaved. They aren’t upset, so I can’t be. I would urge anyone to join in something like this, it’s a real reality check, you’ll come away feeling lucky, I think about my nephew back home and thank my lucky stars he I  well “  Matt tells me who is heading back to Jersey for the holidays to produce a show and then one to  the Vaile Colorado for  another, before heading back to lead Denise on the ice.

 Then it is off to Santa’s village for some shopping.  Santa Claus lives in the Artic Circle for many reasons, but primarily reindeers need snow. Though Lapland is in darkness for almost most of the winter, daylight flickers at around ten and goes by two o’clock.

 Once in Santa’s village,  Kerry  buys some reindeer slippers for ha friend  and then they all go and meet Santa and pose for a group picture. Julia leads us all in a charge down the ice slide. James  goes backwards.  .

 Organiser Pat tells everyone its time to head home. Once at Rovaniemi airport the plane is on time. Any delay can mean bad news  last year  the plane froze  and it looked like they may have to stay the  night. That’s worrying, as many of the kids would have to be hospitalised.

Amazingly almost three hours later they managed to get the plane going and they headed for home.
 This year everyone is in high spirit as its on time. Once on board the flight the kids get presents from the Christmas fairy and we all sing carols.
Everyone agrees they can’t wait to come back next years. Once we arrive at Humberside airport there is just one more job for the celebrities they hand out one last present as carol singers greet us.

  “ Some of these kids today will not be with us next year. If we have helped make what little time they have left a little happier, we would walk from London through the night to get here. You cannot believe the joy these kids have brought us too”  Kerry tells me  and Elaine tell me emotionally.

There is even a tear in  Lisa’s  eyes

“ I promise not to cry it’s just been so moving and life changing experience, I so want to be here every year. It’s a joy to have helped today. Pat and Joe who organise this each year should be
on the honour list, they and the children are the stars, not us. I hope I get to come next year again.”

Cheques payable to:  When You Wish Upon A Star, 53 Pretymen Crescent, New Waltham, Grimsby, NE Lincs DN36 4NU

 Charity number is : 1060963
Telephone/Fax1472 821186/ 01472 827100
When You Wish Upon A Star
53 Pretymen Crescent
New Waltham
NE Lincs
DN36 4NU
Telephone: 01472 827100

Copyright Steven R Smith 

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Men's Fashion.

Get ready for Winter
It was just brilliant working along side some really exciting models last Friday, with the amazing Angel Sinclair on hand to direct from Models of Diversity and Simon Barnes photographer to take the outt standing pictures.
 The mens coats where supplied by Debenham's and really can not beat the high street store for style and price.
Handsome  male model Frankie Holloway was on hand to give one of the Debenhams   coat a real Italian flare

We where joined by model royalty Victoria Eisermann and stunning Jana Forster.  It was a brilliant day and we really learnt a lot about fashion photography . Thank you Angel Sinclair  for the opportunity to be part of Models of Diversity
 Some of the amazing Models of Diversity , on my left Model Royalty Victoria Eisermann ,  on my right hotly tipped to be a huge name next year Frankie Holloway , and stunning Jana Forster .

Thank -you everyone .
Copyright Steven Smith

Clarisonic facial/body brushes tested

Julia Champion has her hands full - not only is she a busy mum of two, she also runs her own business, Champion Talent, which looks after many of the UK's top celebrities. She has to think on her feet and needs to look her best at all times, as she's frequently called on to attend glittering showbiz events and red carpet parties.

I asked Julia to try out a beauty product I've been hearing about - the Clarisonic Facial Brush - which they say is the ultimate weapon to give your skin the star treatment. Louise Redknapp is among those who rave about it, giving the brush the thumbs up on Chanel 4's How Not to Get Old. With such endorsements, I couldn't wait to hear how Julia got on with the brush.

Julia gave the Clarisonic Facial Brush full marks - 10 out of 10

Julia tested the brush whilst having a facial at her local salon. "I loved the way it felt," she says. "It was like having a massage, it made me feel relaxed and my skin felt really great." But she wondered whether using the brush on its own, and not whilst having a facial, would have the same effect.

It did - right from the start of her trial, Julia felt a difference and other people noticed too. "When I dropped my kids off at school, some of the mothers told me that my skin was looking great and that was after I'd used it only once."

The brush came with a charger and gentle Hydro cleanser. There are several cleansers and serums that you can be used with the brush and replacement can be bought online.

Julia used her Clarisonic twice a week and it;s safe to be used in the shower or the bath. "I felt as if I was giving myself a little facial each time I used it," Julia tells me.

Celebrity Agent Julia Champion uses Clarasonic Facial Brush

After two weeks, the improvement in Julia's skin became even more remarkable .     Julia began to notice significant differences in her skin  the tiny white heads (Milla) she  would have to pay and extra £20 in the salon to have removed, where barely noticeable. Julia also noticed her skin had a much fresher appearance. "Another great bonus was that both my day and night moisturisers seemed to absorbed so much better after using the brush, I could really feel them soak in," she says.

The Clarisonic was developed by scientists and engineers in the US. They were determined to use technology to transform skin and, three years and 40 patents later, they came up with the Clarisonic skin system, which was launched in 2004.

Julia says she would not hesitate to recommend the brush. And, she says, "I already have the Clarisonic body brush on my Christmas list."

Julia Champion 5 little beauty tips

1. I love BaByliss 2777U Big hair Rotating Styler. It gives me a look that is nearest thing to a professional blow-dry.

2.  I love Shellac nail polish. It's long-lasting and keeps my nails looking good for up to three weeks. It costs around £25 but doesn't harm the nails and is well worth it.
Hollywood nails   O208 7615738

3. Relax in the bath. I love having a long soak when I have time, there's nothing more relaxing. I fill the bath, pour in some Sainsbury's Sleep Moment foam bath and ban anyone from disturbing me.

4 Always have a set of false lashes in your make -up bag , that way if you are called to a last minute event or dinner you can quickly glam  up you day make-up and give your-self a fab new look.
How to by Sue Moxely

5. I love the Garnier night and day cream, and their under eye concealer  is as good as some of the expensive ones i have used .

Copyright Steven Smith

Saturday, 5 October 2013

"I want to tell you a secret " Five Top Beauty Tips by Nicole Gibson

Nicole Gibson tipped to be a  Super Model 

At the kick off for London Fashion week, there was one models name on everyone's lips Nicole Gibson , as she sashayed down the run way on September the 6th at the WaterLilly venue London  wearing a vintage  Couture gown  for Models of Diversity , the fashion world would never be the same as  that  night had given birth to  what promised to be the first openly transgender Super Model .  Everyones eyes where transfixed on the Brighton beauty and the worlds press can just not get enough of her style honesty, beauty  and down right courage  

Despite  her hectic  schedule i asked her for her five beauty tip she was more than happy to  oblige  

Tip one Smile  

When I am brushing my teeth in the morning I always give me lips a brush as well, it removes the dead skin and gives them a bee stung look. Then on goes the Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream ( a must when your flying long hall ) this gives my lips a long lasting gloss. I swear by it  so does Robbie Williams and host of celebrities. 

Tip 2 Spots 
I can be a naughty girl and not always take my make-up off before bed, as we know thats a cardinal sin.This can result on the odd break out of spots. A tip i picked up from my sister was to put a little tooth paste on the tip of your finger and apply to the spot , leaving over night By the morning the spot should be dried up and just add some concealer

Tip 3 Eyebrows
It is so important to have great eye-brows i pluck the odd one when i am doing my make-up in the morning. But i favour having them threaded or waxed . Threading the ancient art of hair removal from the Eastern world , it gives a great shape.
Threading the ancient art of hair removal 

I recommend heavily pencilling your desired shape in so the beautician can see the shape you want. A little tip always take your sun glasses so you can hide any redness after the treatment . When putting your face on i recommend a brow powder instead of a pencil and go a few shades lighter than your hair.

 Tip 4  Liquid Flick
I don not leave the house without a winged eye, I start from the middle of the eyes , and take it to the outer corner , repeat to get to best  required thickness .Then go finely from the inner corner and meet in the middle . And finally to achieve the wing effect I go from out to in, it seems to give me more control  A lot of people avoid liquid as it can be tricky, practise makes perfect  well worth the effort.

BeautIful Nicole Gibson .

 Tip 5  less is more .

I don't spend a lot of money on make- up. I get all my beauty products from the High street. I don't have any MAC, NARS etc. in my make up bag. You can find exactly what you need in Boots. I get mine even cheaper in savers... Shhhh! Depending on the time of year my complexion changes so I tend to buy both sides of my foundation match so if I've been in or out of the sun I can mix them to achieve the perfect colour. And if with mascara or liquid eyeliner they brush isn't as good in the cheaper ones, just use the brush of your old posh one. 

Nicole let me into a little secret she is about be shot by world famous  photographer Jeany Savage the lady that  launched Kelly Brooks and Katie Price. watch this space. 

Nicole  Gibson and  Jacqueline Hooton back stage at CatWalk 4 Change with me/
Copyright Steven Smith