“YOU’VE given me my mojo back” – says Echo reader Wendy McDonald after winning a new face.
The 54-year-old looks – and feels – like a new woman after she won £3,000 worth of nonsurgical procedures to transform her face and make her look a decade younger.
We teamed up with Natural Contours clinic in Ashbrooke late last year to find a reader in need of a new look.
After penning a poem voicing her frustrations with her appearance, Wendy was chosen by aesthetic specialist nurse Susan Thursby, owner and director of Natural Contours in Douro Terrace, to win the prize.
Two months and four visits to the clinic later, Wendy revealed her enhanced appearance to friends and family.
To show off her new look, she was treated to a makeover by Donna Ganley from DG Makeup, a new hair do by Jekyll and Hyde in Barnes, and was whisked to the clinic in an Aston Martin Rapide, courtesy of Stratstone, for the big reveal.
Yes, she looks great, but what I’m most happy about is how it’s given her her confidence back.Wendy McDonald’s daughter, Fay
The Houghton mum-of-two said: “I saw the competition and thought it was just what I needed. It’s given me my mojo back.
“I remember the day I entered the competition and now I look back at those before pictures, I can’t believe how I used to look. I never used to spend time on my appearance, but this has given me so much confidence. Two major things have happened in my life recently: this and starting a new job. I feel like a new person.”
Wendy, who works as an accounts manager for Precision Printing, added: “Everybody comments, especially about my lips and eyebrows, which really frame my face now.”
Over the past few weeks, Wendy has had botox injected into her forehead, between the eyebrows and around her eyes, permanent makeup applied to her eyebrows and lips, and fillers in her cheeks and around her mouth.
She also had light chemical peels to close her pores and give her skin a smoother appearance.
Aesthetic nurse Susan, who administered the procedures, said: “I chose Wendy because she touched me with her poem and I felt like I could do a lot for her. I’m so pleased with the results and, most importantly, she’s pleased.”
Wendy’s husband Andrew, 46, said: “I think she looks amazing, she’s like a new woman. I’m younger than her in years, but I think she looks younger than me now.”
Daughter Fay, 20, said: “Yes, she looks great, but what I’m most happy about is how it’s given her her confidence back. She’s happy and positive about how she looks now.
“When she won the competition I was worried I wouldn’t recognise her by the end, but she looks a better version of herself.”