Looking, feeling and being your best!

Ulster Tatler’s Joanne Harkness speaks to Alex Best, author, TV personality and ex-wife of the late George Best about her non-surgical facelift treatment with Cosmetech in their Holywood branch.

Catching up with Alex, 24 hours after her treatment, I would not have been aware that she had been through a procedure at all – she was in good spirits and looking as fresh and glamorous as she always does. She emphasised the lack of downtime needed with this treatment. “There is no anesthetic required, the only thing used was some numbing cream. It was just like going for antiwrinkle injections, you could even go back to work after! I woke up this morning with no bruising, just totally back to normal.”

“I noticed the difference straight away.” Alex Best says of her recent non-surgical facelift treatment with Cosmetech in their Holywood branch.

The PDO Thread-Lift is a non-surgical facelift, with zero downtime With the session only lasting 30-60 minutes, you could be mistaken that it would take a bit of time to develop but this was not the case according to Alex.

Alex was also thrilled with the quality of service and attention to detail that she received at Cosmetech. For further information, contact Cosmetech, Maypole Clinic, 5-7 Shore Road, Holywood, BT18 9XH. Tel: +44 (0) 2890 423200. www.cosmetech.co.uk

For more coverage, see our January issue out now!

Enhanced Hair System

Alexandra Natzke was last year’s winner of Enhanced Hair Studio’s life-changing competition and was fitted with an Enhanced Hair System. We decided to ask Alex a few questions to see how she’s getting on with her new hair.

When did you start losing your hair?

I first lost all my hair when I was 15 after having chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment. Most of my hair grew back after treatment but I was left with a bald patch at the top of my head which never grew back.

How did losing your hair affect your confidence?

At the start I was very self-conscious when wearing wigs and hair pieces as I felt it was obvious that I was wearing them and that’s all people would look at. When my hair started growing back, I would always wear it up in a ponytail as I was paranoid that people could see my bald patch. This was especially frustrating when going on nights out or any special events.

Since wearing your new Enhanced Hair System how have you been getting on with it?

I love it! I’m finally able to wear my hair in different ways and not be so self-conscious about wearing my hair down. My hair looks much fuller and the best thing about it is that I don’t feel like I have any hairpieces attached so it’s much more comfortable compared to wigs and clip on hairpieces. I think it’s also more natural looking than wigs.

Is your new system easy to style and manage?

Yes, it’s so easy! The hair piece is human hair, so I can straighten, curl and style it just like normal hair. It is also very handy as you don’t have to wash it as often. I found with wigs and clip on pieces I spent so much time trying to position the hairpiece in the right place to make it look natural so it’s less time consuming as you don’t take the system off.

Would you recommend Enhanced Hair Studio to anyone suffering from hair loss?

Definitely. The ladies at Enhanced Hair Studio are experts at what they do. They are very approachable and willing to answer any questions. At the consultation they show you the hairpieces and explain how the system works. Everything is kept confidential. They also have a variety of different colours, lengths and styles to match your hair. I have tried a lot of different things to try to cover my area of hair loss, but the Enhanced Hair System has been by far the best so for anybody suffering from hair loss I would recommend booking in for a consultation.

If you or anyone you know suffer from hair loss or alopecia, support is available through Alopecia UK. If you would like to find out more information about the Enhanced Hair System please visit www.enhancedhairstudio.com or email info@enhancedhairstudio.com to book in for a free consultation.

Ian Sansom’s Double Book Launch

Professor Ian Sansom has had not one, but two books launched recently in December. The Reading Room is a playful and provocative collection of 365 extracts sourced from the British Library’s collections. The Redstone Diary, edited by Ian Sansom and Julian Rothenstein, celebrates Europe in this, its 32nd edition. The launch took place in No Alibis bookshop, Belfast.

For more coverage, see the January 2020 edition of Ulster Tatler, out now.


QUB RFC Celebrates 150 Years

Queen’s University Belfast Rugby Club, the oldest continuous club in Ulster and the second oldest in Ireland, recently celebrated their 150th anniversary with a Gala Dinner in the Whitla Hall. During its rich history, Queen’s has won the Ulster Senior Cup a record 23 times, lifted the Ulster Junior Cup on the most occasions with 15 wins and won the Bateman Cup (All Ireland Cup) three times, which is more than every Ulster club combined.

For more coverage, see the January 2020 edition of Ulster Tatler, out now.

‘Careless Love’ New Season Programme Revealed

‘Careless Love’, the Spring-Summer 2020 programme launched recently at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast, sees masterpieces and returning hits take centre stage. From the ‘Careless Love’ of warring husband-wife in Cole Porter’s hilarious musical masterpiece Kiss Me Kate (1-22 Feb); the search for less careless love that Shirley Valentine pursues (27 Feb-15 Mar); to the Lyric Drama Studio’s production of undead love in Dracula (23-27 June).

For more coverage, see the January 2020 edition of Ulster Tatler, out now.

Rosemary Jenkinson and Jimmy Fay
Pamela and Michael Cameron and Libby Smyth
Oisin Kearney and Rachel Leitch
Martin Lynch
Rebecca Mairs and Walter Sutcliffe

Methody PTA Ladies Fashion Show

Guests recently turned out in style for the Methody PTA Ladies Dinner and fashion show in the Great Hall, Parliament Buildings. The evening was hosted and styled by Rebecca McKinney, and Rebecca shared her latest picks from high-end, high street and boutique retailers, showcasing outfits for every budget, occasion and taste.

For more coverage, see the January 2020 edition of Ulster Tatler, out now.


NI public smash ’Stuff A Bus’ toy target for local children this Christmas

The annual Translink and U105 Stuff A Bus Toy Appeal, in aid of The Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul, has smashed its target of 20,000 toy donations. Thanks to the generosity of the NI public thousands of children living in poverty will receive Christmas presents under the tree this year.

Now in its third year, the public transport provider and broadcaster joined forces to support The Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul’s Christmas Family Appeal. With toy donation points in bus and train stations across the country, Translink passengers, staff, local businesses and the wider public responded with exceptional kindness, helping to stuff a double decker Translink bus with over 20,000 toys.

The gifts will be delivered ahead of Christmas Eve to families who need it most, ensuring thousands of children wake up to a present on Christmas morning.


Pauline Brown, St Vincent de Paul, Jacqueline Wright, The Salvation Army, Peter McVerry, U105 and Ursula Henderson, Translink.


Chris Conway, Group Chief Executive, Translink thanked everyone for their efforts:

“A massive thank you to everyone who supported the Stuff A Bus Toy Appeal. Every year we wonder if we can beat the last target, and year on year thousands of people visit our stations to donate and make a positive difference for families who are going through very tough times at Christmas.

“If you’ve been tuning into U105 you will have heard moving stories about the families that St Vincent De Paul and the Salvation Army look after. It really brings home the need for ongoing support to tackle the serious issue of poverty across Northern Ireland.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the kindness of everyone who has supported this year’s appeal and I would like to wish them all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

Last minute gift ideas: Black Bush and Single Malts

If you are looking for that last minute gift for your loved one, look no further than the Black Bush and Single Malt collection from Bushmills. With something for a range of budgets, they can make the perfect gift this Christmas.


Bushmills Black Bush is a premium blended Irish whiskey that combines a uniquely high proportion of malt whiskey matured in Oloroso sherry casks with a sweet, batch distilled grain whiskey. An independent, spirited and confident whiskey, its silky texture floats across the tongue to deliver dark, velvety fruity notes right through to the long finish with robust flavours of dried fruits and nuts. This premium blend, made in small batches with passion, great care and supreme craftsmanship, is the ideal gift this Christmas for new and discerning whiskey drinkers alike.

Bushmills Black Bush is available in all retailers and off-licenses across the country, RRP £25/€33.




Triple distilled from 100% malted barley and matured for a minimum of 10 years in bourbon casks, Bushmills 10 Year Old Single Malt whiskey is an approachable but premium Single Malt. A delicate, floral and quietly confident spirit, it has aromas of honey, vanilla and milk chocolate with crisp, fruity notes to taste. Carefully balanced by Bushmills Master Blender Helen Mulholland to ensure its precise flavour, it is the perfect Christmas gift for a discerning whiskey drinker.

Bushmills 10 Year Old Single Malt is available in all retailers and off-licenses across the country, RRP £32/€45.





Bushmills 16 Year Old is a premium whiskey aged in a combination of Oloroso sherry and bourbon seasoned casks, before maturing for several months in Port Wine barrels. This unique maturation process imparts distinct, up front and punchy notes of juicy stone fruits, nuts and spice in the whiskey, as well as giving the spirit its depth and hint of ruby redness. The whiskey lover’s whiskey, Bushmills 16 Year Old is the hero of the Bushmills Single Malts range, and is ideal for Christmas gifting.

Bushmills 16 Year Old Single Malt is available in select retailers and off-licenses across the country, RRP £89/€99.




Named Irish Single Malt of the Year for 2020 by renowned whiskey expert, Jim Murray, the rare Bushmills 21 Year Old Single Malt is in scarce supply, with only a limited number of casks in the warehouses of the Old Bushmills Distillery. A whiskey of considerable depth, its taste interweaves notes of dark chocolate, toasted raisins and caramelised toffee, with a sip that clings to the palate. Sure to be the jewel in any whiskey enthusiast’s collection this Christmas.

Bushmills 21 Year Old Single Malt is available in select retailers and off-licences across the country, RRP £129/€188.


Banish the ‘big-question’ nerves with your very own Proposal Planner

Lough Erne Resort has the perfect proposal for those planning to ask the all-important question during the festive season – the resort introduces its very own Proposal Planner.

Just as a wedding planner takes care of all the details, big and small, in the run up to the nuptials, Lough Erne Resort’s skilled and experienced team of Proposal Planners are on hand to help nervous or unorganised romantics. Helping them consider how and where to ask their loved one for their hand in marriage.

As part of the service, the five-star resort has launched a ‘Proposal Package’ to ensure the gesture is unforgettable. Once booked, guests will coordinate with their very own Proposal Planner to create the perfect setting to pop the question.

Lough Erne Resort offers an array of stunning locations to stage a dream proposal, from the natural beauty of the surrounding Fermanagh Lakelands, the scenic Collop Walk and the handcrafted pavilion overlooking the lake. For a more intimate experience, guests may opt to get down on one knee by the cosy open fire with the backdrop of festive décor, or for a more private expression of love, arrangements can be made to decorate a suite to any requirement.

As a truly unique offering, the Proposal Package can be curated to each individual taste and can include a photographer to capture all the important moments, a luxury suite for two with complimentary champagne, rose petal turndown, locally made chocolates, indulgent room-service breakfast, couple’s spa treatment at the Thai Spa and romantic private-dining by Executive Chef Noel McMeel.

For more information regarding bookings and individual prices please contact Lough Erne Resort on 028 6632 3230 or visit our dedicated proposal webpage – https://www.lougherneresort.com/Proposal-Ideas-in-Northern-Ireland.html

Northern Ireland Shoppers Have a Dashing Good Time at Lidl Trolley Dash

£97,678 raised for NSPCC as Lidl shoppers dash through the aisles to win their Christmas shop

One lucky shopper from 38 Lidl stores across Northern Ireland took part in the Lidl Trolley Dash on Saturday 14th December. With two minutes on the clock, shoppers dashed around their local Lidl store to grab as much of their Christmas shopping as possible – all to raise vital funds for NSPCC.

All proceeds from Lidl Trolley Dash ticket sales went directly to NSPCC, resulting in an incredible £97,678 being raised.

Across Northern Ireland, 38 lucky shoppers took part in the Lidl Trolley Dash and bagged their favourite Lidl Christmas products, including festive treats from the premium Deluxe and Favourina ranges.

Deirdre Ryan, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Lidl Ireland and Lidl Northern Ireland said:

“The annual Lidl Trolley Dash is a real highlight in the calendar and is a major fundraising initiative for our charity partner, NSPCC. For the past two years we have supported the charity to continue its vital work across Northern Ireland and Lidl’s Trolley Dash is a huge boost to our fundraising efforts.

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Lidl Trolley Dash has generated an amazing £97,678 and we would like to thank Lidl customers across Northern Ireland for their support. Lidl’s Trolley Dash is also an opportunity for us to give something back to our loyal customers and we’re delighted to reward 38 lucky shoppers with their Christmas shop on us.

Thanks to our customers, we’re able to help NSPCC bring a brighter Christmas to children, young people and families across Northern Ireland.”

For more information about Lidl Trolley Dash and for competition terms and conditions, please visit www.lidl.co.uk.

Black Santa Night Time Bazaar

Christmas visitors to the Cathedral Quarter this year will be able shop for unique seasonal gifts while being entertained and supporting those less fortunate.

St Anne’s Cathedral Belfast will open its doors to a stunning Art and Craft Bazaar this Christmas in aid of the Black Santa Charity.

The Black Santa Night Time Bazaar runs from 5pm to 10.30pm on Saturday December 14.

Set to be a magical night, the event will see more than 100 stalls of the best art and crafts, vintage and food.

A woodland walk through the crypt will lead to a stunning stretch tent packed with artisan food vendors and Live Djs

The Jazz Bus is making its first appearance this Christmas, where you can sip a craft beer, cocktail or a hot drink and listen to stunning live jazz. There will be seasonal music from local choirs with special guests and the best DJs in the city.

The bazaar is a fully family-friendly evening with lots of surprises.

Organiser Caroline Baker of Little Fox Events says there will be something for everyone – and that’s no exaggeration.“From entertainment, music, drink and food, to the best artisan and craft items available, there will be plenty to see, do and buy.

“As well as helping the Black Santa charity appeal, you will also be supporting small, local, independent businesses and keeping the carbon footprint down! So, get into the festive spirit and make it a date to come down to Belfast Cathedral and join in the fun.”

The event is supported by the Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District initiative and Belfast Music City Council.

CQ BID manager Gareth Neill says it’s an exciting new development for the Quarter over the Christmas season.He said: “Everyone involved in the BID is looking forward to the bazaar which is the latest offering in the area.

“It involves small local businesses, entertainers and musicians, artisan food makers, crafters and best of all, while people are shopping and having fun, they can donate and support those less fortunate at this festive time of year – what’s not to like?

We hope people will come out in their droves to support the bazaar, and the Black Santa charity, as people have been doing loyally here for many years.”


Women in Business NI Shine a Light on Business Leaders

Women in Business NI presented the Spotlight on Success Conference at the Crowne Plaza Belfast as they welcomed a host of inspirational guest speakers.

In association with Power NI, this unique half day conference brought together business leaders from across the corporate and entrepreneurial world who passionately spoke about their successes and provided words of encouragement and motivation.

Stepping into the spotlight to share their personal success stories with delegates were speakers including Tracy Meharg, Department for Communities, Jackie Henry, Deloitte, Marie-Therese McGivern, Belfast Metropolitan College, Dr Wendy Austin MBE, Fiona Tierney, Member of the Board of eir, and Isabel Jennings, Queen’s University Belfast.

Marie-Therese McGivern, Chief Executive and Principal at Belfast Metropolitan College spoke of the importance of forever learning, stating, “Learning is not a process it is an attitude”, and Fiona Tierney, who has recently been appointed by Government to ‘Better Balance for Better Business’, exclaimed that “We women are on the move.”

Followed by a Leaders networking lunch, the Conference was a perfect opportunity to gain invaluable, first-hand knowledge ensuring those important connections were made.

If you are interested in upcoming Women in Business NI events visit the website www.womeninbusinessni.com

For more information contact Louise Carson at louise@aikenpr.com or Grace White at grace@aikenpr.com