Meet: Ellie Budgen, skincare therapist

PUBLISHED: 10:45 05 January 2016 | UPDATED: 10:45 05 January 2016

Ellie Budgen

Ellie Budgen

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Make-up artist turned skincare therapist, Ellie Budgen on enjoying a healthy lifestyle and her work at Illuminate Skin Clinics

Tell us a bit about you

My name is Ellie Budgen and I’m 23. After leaving Heathfield Community College I was fortunate enough to earn a place at The London College of Fashion to study Make-up Artistry. I live with my boyfriend of five years, Sam, and my absolute love, Stanley my border terrier.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

Growing up I was sure I wanted to be in front of the camera but I soon realised that my talent was behind the scenes. After graduating I continued to pursue my love for make-up, working for ITV as well as a variety of other projects. Over time I began to develop an interest in the skin and in particular how good skincare provides not only a better base for make-up but also creates a healthy, youthful glow.

Tell us about your job at Illuminate Skin Clinics

I have been a member of the Illuminate Skin Clinic team based in Churchill Square, Kings Hill for a year now. My role is that of Clinic 
Co-ordinator and Advanced Therapist.

I am trained in procedures from advanced medical grade skincare to CoolSculpting, Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peels.

There is no better reward than helping a patient overcome an insecurity, and watch them grow in confidence over a course of time.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I always strive to be the absolute best at any task. I enjoy working alongside Dr Sophie Shotter and her team at Illuminate and am fortunate enough to be fully encouraged to develop my skills through training with the best in the 
industry.

I am part of a team that includes inspirational people I can learn from. When I look to the future I see my role within Illuminate growing as the company continues to expand and we take on new and innovative procedures.

What do you like best about Kent?

If I’m going out for drinks with friends I tend to head for Tunbridge Wells where there’s a great selection of bars and clubs. I am a girl who likes to shop and I particularly enjoy the independent boutiques found in Tunbridge Wells.

What I love about Kent is that it really has everything; great shopping, fabulous nightlife, restaurants, bars, theatres, easy access to the hustle and bustle of London, beautiful countryside and also only a short hop to the beaches. My favourite place to eat in Tunbridge Wells has to be Giggling Squid, as Thai cuisine is my favourite.

Do you have any hobbies and interests?

Nutrition and exercise are a passion. While enjoying a healthy lifestyle balance is 
paramount to me, so is socialising and shopping with my girlfriends, as are evenings snuggled up in front of the TV.

I enjoy attending aesthetic conferences and beauty shows as well as taking part in webinars to look for new products and innovative ways to improve my skills base.

What music do you listen do?

James Bay is my favourite.

Are you a Bright Young Thing?

We are looking for talented young people in Kent under the age of 25. To apply, please email: editor@kent-life.co.uk with brief details and your daytime telephone number. w

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