Hi HELLO! magazine wedding hub!
Ooooohhhh The Excitement!
Hi I’m Gina Akers and you are probably reading these blogs on the HELLO! magazine wedding hub because you are spilling over with excitement for a big day – your wedding day. I have to say I am excited too as I am extremely pleased to be writing blogs for Hello! magazine online and sharing my wedding advice and bridal beauty knowledge. It is fabulous to be involved and possibly helping you to plan your special day and make your wedding wonderful.
You may not know of me so I’ll give you a bit of info which may be useful as an insight to what kind of blogs to expect from me. I am an experienced TV Presenter and Beauty Writer and considered possibly the most qualified Beauty Therapist in the UK and one of the UK’s Best Known Beauty Experts.
I have over 24 years experience in professional hair, beauty and make-up, and for the past 15 years have become a popular Resident Beauty Expert with TV, Radio and magazines. I am considered one of the most qualified experts in the UK hair, beauty and make-up industries. I am a beauty presenter on ITV’s This Morning, the UK’s most popular daytime TV show and have presented beauty and image on ITV’s Alan Titchmarsh Show. I am the beauty, make-up and image expert for BBC One and Two show Fake Britain. I am a Fashion Expert Presenter on Ireland’s RTÉ One Television channel and was on Channel 4 TV’s The Salon with around 2.5 million viewers.
I hold the equivalent of 5 degrees and 10 A’Levels including a BA Hons Degree from Oxford Brookes University. I was the first person ever to be awarded CPD accreditation from The Hair & Beauty Industry Authority for Beauty Therapy and also the first person to receive the same award for Hairdressing. I am a qualified Further and Adult Education Lecturer and NVQ Assessor, beauty therapist, make-up artist and nail technician. I am an Ambassador for the government appointed Hair & Beauty Industry Authority (Habia) who are the standards setting body for the hair, beauty, nails and spa industries. I am the spokesperson and figurehead for Habia’s ‘Professional Register’ for beauty, nails, make-up and spa professionals.
Having been established as a beauty, fashion and lifestyle journalist for over 15 years I have contributed to many titles and created regular beauty columns for national magazines, online publications and blogs. In addition to ITV and BBC shows my TV presenting experience includes live and pre-recorded shows on shopping channels and I can regularly be seen presenting beauty on the QVC Shopping Channel. I have also presented on Ideal World TV, Ideal Vitality TV and live radio including expert features on BBC radio and LBC radio, I have also reported on celebrity image, fashion and weddings for Sky News.
I have been an expert consultant to Discovery Health’s Fakeover series (which was my own TV show idea they commissioned), BBC Radio One Newsbeat, Sky One, Channel 4 and Channel 5. I have also been the Resident Beauty and Image Expert for several radio stations and co-present and produce a live drive time radio show and a topical talk show.
I have been an expert celebrity judge for PRS for Music’s ‘salon’ Sound Makeover competition, The Professional Beauty Awards and Scratch magazine’s ‘Scratch Stars’ Nail Awards. In addition to being a qualified Beauty Therapist, Nail Technician, Hair Stylist and Make-Up Artist, for 10 years I ran my own 5 Star awarded hair, beauty, nails and tanning salon.
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