About Me-Fiona Polished Sligo (aka Fee)
Feeling good helps us to tackle everything the world throws at us. Looking good helps us feel good. To do this you need a combination of a talented hair & makeup artist, lash & brow specialist/ beautician aswell as glowing skin, a fit lean body, healthy hair and nails, and a confident happy positive mind set. You need to be nourished from the inside as well as the outside. This is what makes us look “Polished“. My aim personally and professionally through my work is to help you be the best version of yourself to survive in our increasingly challenging world. And this is the ethos for my company POLISHED.
So Who Am I?. Well my name is Fiona Brady Murphy. Im 40, a nutrition and gut health coach, hair & makeup artist, a beauty & skin therapist & a lash/brow/nail tech. I am married, I have 2 small children and I live and work part-time from a studio in my home in Carney, Drumcliffe, Co Sligo. I also do some mobile hair & makeup work in the premium wedding hotel venues across the north west. I was born in Dublin. My family were blow-ins to sligo and arrived here due to my mum getting a job in Sligo as a Public Health Nurse. I was reared in Ballygawley and went to Scoil Ursula and The Ursuline. I was good at school and I loved biology as well as art. I knew at 15 years of age I wanted to work with my hands, in beauty. For the past 9 years I have had this beauty business. Many of you may not have heard about me till now, because up to a couple of years ago I was only working evenings in beauty. I was also juggling a full time job, building a home, getting married and starting a family.
Why Do I Care So Much? I had very bad acne from 12 years of age and have spent so much time and money in derma clinics and beauty salons getting treated all over the country. Through my 20s i explored constant treats like getting my nails, my hair done and doing my makeup in ways that made me look and feel better about looking at myself in the mirror. Much of my interest in skincare and makeup stems from this and I love helping women find solutions to their skin problems. Through all the services I paid for and experienced, I often felt they did not really care about me, were largely unskilled/untalented, aswell as providing generally only middling customer service. (I do have very high expectations and am a perfectionist and I expect alot.) From all of this I knew it was in me to start my own salon, but my family did not have money to help me open me a business and because I was getting very good grades at school I was encouraged to get a degree and “a real job” and do beauty later. I did what they wanted, I did science in UCD, graduated in biochemistry and microbiology and spent 12 years working full time in various roles in hospital and industry in various laboratory type posts, in business development and in sales and marketing in the medical and pharma industry as a rep, travelling the west and midlands of the country. But I wasnt happy or fulfilled and i knew in my heart and soul I needed to be giving, helping and creating, in beauty. So 10 years ago I started training as a nail tech (alongside working full time as a medical rep) to fulfill my lifes ambition and very quickly I was running my own business, as sligos first mobile nail tech, called Feenails, which I did mobile, for a few years, then when we built our home in in 2010, I set up a room in my home and did manicures, pedicures and a lot of gel nails for my clientele at evenings and weekends. Did you know I was the first ever salon in sligo to bring in Shellac!
I am that girl who wants to be learning, “all the time”, and I wanted to know about every single treatment there was out there to enhance how women look so as when I was travelling over east with my day job as a rep I decided to do my beauty therapy training and further Skin Training in Dublin in 2011. After that in 2012 I trained in all the add-on services, spray tan, advanced bikini waxing, eyelash extensions, yumi lashes, makeup and HD Brows aswell as in teacher training, all in dublin part time. In 2013 I was doing makeup freelance in hotels and realised doing hair would be handy to have and also i really wanted to learn how to blowdry my own curly thick mane! so in 2013 i did an upstyling and blowdrying course and then realised it was high time to change my name. So Polished Hair and Beauty was born.I stayed in many hotels while working as a rep and often thought wouldnt it be so nice if someone could come to the hotel to do my hair! so thats where the idea came from for the other arm of the Polished business, our national mobile hair & makeup network. I got married in 2013, had my first child in 2014, in 2015 took redundancy from the corporate world, made the best decision in my life to get off the road and go full time in my salon and develop the Polished brand nationally, around family life. After my children were born my mum was diagnosed with dementia and alot of family stress made my ongoing health issues worse. After living 5 years living with a medically undiagnosed gut health condition and caring for my mum on an ongoing basis made me question and seek answers to the fundamentals of good health, underlying issues and ultimately the desire for women to look and feel good. My background as a microbiologist has helped fast forward my beauty business into nutrition and gut health consultancy. My personal life has made me see just how important self care is for every woman and mum.To make women sparkle on the inside as well as the outside is my passion in life and keeps me going everyday.Whether that’s getting your eyebrows done, taking some time to use that skincare, examine your gut health or learn how to keep the weight off is life changing. Upskilling, doing courses and continuous reading behind the scenes is a big part of who I am as a therapist and mum. My quest for answers, knowledge and excellance continues. For myself and for my clients.
Now that Its 2020, Polished is well up and running. When you get an appointment with me at our salon headquarters in Carney, I take your whole being into consideration. I am not just another hair & makeup artist or therapist. Aswell as the professional expertise, the treatments I do and recommend, the advice I give you, are all based upon my years of education, training and expertise in beauty aswell as in biochemistry & physiology, nutrition, sales & marketing of skin & medicinal products.
On top of that I give you:
Privacy 1:1 service in my home
Personal Service-You come in as a client, but leave as a friend.
Plenty of time at a time that suits you, out of hours can be requested (as I’m a busy mum myself so I know what you have to juggle)
What I Do?
GUT Health Consultancy & Testing (Biolab London). Nutrition Consultancy-Weight Loss
HAIR: Upstyling, Curly & Straight Blowdries, GHD Curls. I dont cut or colour hair. Retail Revlon
MAKEUP: with or without Individual Lashes & Makeup Lessons.
Retail: The Jane Iredale Make Up range
NAILS: Gel & Acrylic Nails, Manicures, Pedicures, Shellac, Gelish, Bio Sculpture Gel. Retail: The Bio Sculpture Polishes
BROW & LASH Bar Service: Waxing, Shaping, Tinting, HD Brows, Henna Brows, Semi Permanent Embrowdery, Microblading, Individual Flare Lashes, Semi Permanent Eyelashes, 3D -10D Russian Volume Lashes.
SKIN: Facials, Glycolic Peels. Prescription Skincare. Retailing REN, The Ordinary, Kinvarra Skincare, Glow Skin Beauty, Advanced Nutrition Programme Supplements
HAIR REMOVAL: Full Waxing Menu, Lycon Wax
TAN: Spray Tan. Crazy Angel, Cocoa Brown, SoSu and ORO tan. Retail Cocoa Brown & SoSu
The treatments “I do most of” and think I am best at are anything Gut Health, Nutrition, Skin or BROW related, HAIR Styling, MAKEUP and NAILS. I do alot of wedding and hen party work, see facebook page Polished Ireland and the gallery on www.polished.ie
How I Do It?
You are welcome to make an appointment to come see me for anything from a simple blowdry or makeup to an in-depth skin consultation and treatment protocol to get your skin or nails camera ready for your wedding day, new job or daughters communion. I havent any set opening hours, I work by “appointment” 086-8439979, contact me and we can find you a suitable slot. I am available 7 days. I take different days off each week depending on my clients needs and my event work and of course my childrens needs. I am contactable via watsapp and messenger as well as by phone and via our website www.polished.ie. Thank You For Reading and I look forward to meeting and treating you in my salon on out and about doing events with our team, the Polished girls.
Love Fee x
Fiona Brady Murphy, BSc Hons, MBA, DIP NUIT, CIDESCO, ITEC.
Founder & Owner of Polished (trading as Polished Hair & Beauty)