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Record Woman: It's time to make up, girls, and have a party... a good old-fashioned beauty party, that is.

WHO didn't envy Frenchie and her friends in Grease when they got together for a good old-fashioned girlie beauty night?

Back in the Fifties, girls liked nothing better than a few hours talking hair, make-up and boys.

Well, grab your mascara wands, girls, the make-up party is set to make a come-back - and we have Richard Branson, of all people, to thank.

The party plan make-up night is back, courtesy of Virgin Direct and Virgin Vie beauty and make-up salons.

It is proving to be a hugely popular initiative and Virgin Vie now boast more than 100 home visiting consultants around the country.

This week, we visited the salon in Glasgow's Buchanan Galleries to check it out.

Make-up artist Nicola Garrett was a more than willing guinea pig and soon got chatting with salon manager and beauty therapist Lisa Radcliffe.

The salon offers a whole range of treatments, including a special hen day for prospective brides and their maids.

Lisa said: "The whole crowd can come and have a full day of pampering.

"It costs pounds 72 per person, with 10 per cent deducted for three people.

"The guys can have The Full Monty at pounds 60, where the grooms can come to the salon and have a full body massage, Indian head massage, manicure and pedicure for their wedding day."

Lisa treated Nicola to a sample make-up lesson. It may sound like teaching your granny to suck eggs, but Nicky found Lisa's approach very professional.

She said: "I didn't feel that she was trying to sell me Virgin products, which can sometimes be the case when you get make-overs.

"And I was really pleased with the result, which is the main thing."

This means that, when the make-up lesson is over, you leave the salon knowing you can repeat the process on your own at home.

Nicola's make-over took 30 minutes and cost pounds 10. If you have more time, you can book in for a treatment called Face - a one-to-one make-up lesson that takes 90 minutes and costs pounds 40.

To find out about a party night or book treatments, telephone the Virgin Vie salon, Buchanan Galleries, Glasgow on 0141-353-2210.
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Author:Craig, Terri
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 31, 2000
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