Monday, 30 July 2012

Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm - Review

Omorovicza is based on the mineral-rich healing waters found in Budapest's thermal spas. I'm obsessed with all things mineral and love a range based on proven historical benefits as opposed to big corporate money.

Ethos:
Omorovicza is made without:

  • Parabens
  • Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
  • Petrochemicals
  • Silicones
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfates
  • Synthetic colors
  • Synthetic fragrances
They do not test on animals and they do not retail in China at the time of this post.


What's in it?
Acerola, Apricot Seed Oil, Beeswax, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Copper Gluconate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Jojoba Oil, Magnesium Aspartate, Moor Mud, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 20, Squalane, Stearyl Heptanoate, Sweet Almond Oil, Tocopherol, Virgin Plum Oil, Zinc Gluconate.


Acerola is plant based and hugely beneficial to the skin due to it's high vitamin C content. Copper, magnesium, zinc, calcium, selenium and manganese all form Omorovicza's patented Mineral Cosmetology and are used throughout the range to soothe, repair, neutralise free radicals, support the skin's infrastructure and promote cell regeneration. Sweet Almond Oil cleanses without stripping and Hungarian Moor Mud removes impurities and decongests pores.


What's good about it?
Unlike some cleansers, you feel the benefits on the skin when you use this. It is very clearly full of 'good' ingredients and the skin is left feeling very calm and hydrated. It feels like a treatment.
It's perfect for a second cleanse in the evening or a quick cleanse in the mornings.


What's bad about it?
It's not cheap. And if I had to use it to remove my makeup I would need to use too much to warrant the price. For that reason I tend to 'save' it and use it as previously mentioned. It may sound silly but it feels almost too good to use on a first cleanse.


Verdict:
I love this cleanser. I use it as a treatment cleanser when my skin is in need of help - whether because of acne breakouts, redness or just looking a little dull. It's a perfect morning after cleanser if you have over-indulged the night before - it feels detoxing without stripping. I have friends that use it as their cleanser of choice - as I mentioned before, I wouldn't use it as an everyday makeup removal cleanser - I'll stick to my oil remover and then go in with this - I want the properties of this to hit my skin, not remove my makeup. 
Perfect for a slightly older skin that needs a boost.


Packaging: 4/5 - glass pot - which seems to be appropriate for the ingredients - I couldn't picture this in a tube
Texture: 4/5 - works across the skin very nicely, non-foaming (joy) and absorbs slightly on application due to the clay - which I love
Performance: - 4/5 - does what it says on the box
After effects on the skin: - soft, comfortable, clean, cool and calm


Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm is £46.00 for 50ml and is available from omorovicza.com



*PR Sample

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Beauty Bazaar Harvey Nichols

Well I hinted earlier this week that I had seen something amazing in my meeting with Harvey Nichols and WWD broke the story this morning so I've been given the all-clear to discuss.

Harvey Nichols' are launching the first of their new stand alone beauty stores called Beauty Bazaar in Liverpool this November. And it is GORGEOUS. And in my homeland. Amazing. I've never understood the reluctance of some beauty outlets to hit Liverpool - it's a beautiful, thriving city with huge potential.

WWD - in their translation confusion between the English 1st floor and the American 1st floor (ground floor) got their facts wrong - covering 22,000 sq ft - it spreads over 3 floors in Liverpool One - ground floor being home to the expected traditional beauty hall including brands such as Tom Ford Beauty, Jo Malone, Mac, YSL, Laura Mercier and NARS. 
The second floor is home to the Champagne Bar, Beyond Beauty, Beauty Mart - the exciting new concept from Anna-Marie Solowij and Millie Kendal, Aveda, Origins and The Organic Pharmacy amongst others with a beautiful nail area. 
The third floor is treatments galore - Beyond Medispa, STRIP waxing, tanning (fake!), beauty rooms and others - all hidden discreetly off a central reception so that if you bump into a friend - she'll never know what you are there for....they've really thought it through.

Daniella Rinaldi, Group Concessions and Beauty Director says:

'Harvey Nichols has long held a reputation for delivering innovation within the beauty arena; we were first to the market (in the UK and Europe) with M.A.C, Shu Uemura and Trish McEvoy, all game-changers who fundamentally impacted the cosmetics industry. The concept of' 'Lifestyle Beauty' was also borne via Harvey Nichols with the launch of both Aveda, the first of its kind, and Harvey Nichols' own Beyond Beauty – a concept which introduced to the UK customer exclusive derma and skincare brands retailed alongside their more natural counterparts. Harvey Nichols continues to pioneer the niche fragrance market with exclusive launches of Tom Ford, By Kilian and Escentric Molecules, that are now so successful for us as a business and within the industry in general.
Beauty Bazaar, Harvey Nichols is our latest innovation and will transform the beauty landscape. It will redefine luxury beauty and be the antidote to the commoditisation of beauty. The concept will allow customers the opportunity to be pampered and preened with the very best top-to-toe treatments available and provide access to the most important brands available in beauty.

It will be glamorous, exciting and energetic – a compelling beacon of beauty for all.'

With further stores around the UK planned for the subsequent months it's a very exciting time for beauty in the UK.






Tuesday, 24 July 2012

A couple of days off!

It's my birthday tomorrow. I'm considerably older than in the photo below of the four generations - me being the youngest sitting on the lap of the eldest.

I'll mostly be eating nice food, sunbathing and hanging out with the family.

*turns out of office on*




See you soon.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Jo Malone London does Christmas and something for right now....


Yep. It's that time of year again. Summer. Or as the beauty world knows it - Christmas.

Jo Malone had a preview of their Christmas offering this week. Held at the Connaught Bar in Mayfair, it was the perfect showcase for this year's Christmas theme - The Connaught is also mentioned in India Knight's Comfort and Joy - set around Christmas - so it worked perfectly for me. I understand that this bears no relation to Jo Malone's Christmas - but its a bloody good read.

Anyway:

There is a large selection of newness and old favourites being brought back in different sizes and Limited Editions. I'll preview it properly before Christmas but its nice to have a peek no?




If all this Christmas talk JUST as the sun breaks out over the UK is making you think 'Oh DO ME A FAVOUR' you can always pop along to selected Jo Malone London boutiques and pick up one of these hand-drawn boxes from their artists in residence when you make a purchase.


Beautiful eh? If this is what the Olympics brings to London beauty retail - bring it on.

All information on Jo Malone London can be found on http://www.jomalone.co.uk/

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Acqua di Parma launch Iris Nobile Sublime


Last week I was invited to the launch of the latest Acqua di Parma fragrance, Iris Nobile Sublime. 
This new addition to the range was showcased at the Arts Club in Dover Street and was a beautiful appropriate setting for an elegant scent.
There are fragrance bloggers who will no doubt have in-depth intelligent ramblings about the notes, the dry off and the history. 
Not me. Clearly. I can talk about pores, masseter muscles and skincare at any level - but I love ADP because it reminds me of my first job in beauty in Harvey Nichols in the 90's. Fragrance is all about memories for me - and I love nearly every one that ADP has made (I can give the Blu Mediterraneo a miss). 


But for those of you that DO want a little more detail - this has top notes of Italian Neroli, Italian Mandarin and Ylang Ylang....


Middle notes featuring absolutes of Italian Orange Flower, Rose Centifolia, Jasmine Sambac and of course, Italian Iris Pallida...


and base notes of Patchouli essence, Musk, Cedar and Birch Wood and Acacia Wood Accord.

For a far more eloquent review I highly recommend you head over to my friend Katie Chutzpah's site. If we were on twitter I would say ----> what she said.


Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile Sublime launches exclusively in House of Fraser stores in August and is priced £82.00 for 75ml. It is available nationwide from September.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura - first look



I'm fussy about makeup - but I love Shu and I know a lot of you do too - so here,  to wet your appetite are the first released pictures of the new Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura range. It launches in October - and won't last long. Get yourselves ready.








All photography courtesy of Delphine Achard and WWD.

On counter October.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Weekend posts/Clinic Updates

Hey everyone.

There's no Clinic this weekend - I've only just finished last Sunday's - (which serves me right for falling asleep before I closed comments!) and I'm out all weekend seeing these chaps.

I'll see you on Monday. Deaf, no voice, soaked through to the bone and deliriously happy.
Have a great weekend.

Decleor Sunrise Treatment - Spa Illuminata


If you're reading this from outside of the UK you may be unaware that we are in the middle of the wettest period EVER. And I for one, have had enough. I need some sun. Desperately.

After seeing the forecast for well, more rain forever, I recently took myself off to Spa Illuminata to have a Decleor Sunrise Treatment. I had to do something.

A word about Decleor. I pretty much love everything they do. Yes, I need and use a lot of hi-tech chemicals in my routine - but everyone needs a mixture of both hi-tech and natural plant-derived hi-tech, which is what Decleor do brilliantly. For example - it's pretty hard to go wrong with anything on this page of Aromessences



The treatment takes an hour and comprises:

1. Starting with the back, the body is exfoliated using Aroma Cleanse Exfoliating Body Cream, then you turn over for the front
2. Facial using Aroma Cleanse Cleansing Milk, Aroma Cleanse Tonifying Lotion and finally Aroma Cleanse Phytopeel – Natural Exfoliating Cream
3. Shower to remove lotions - blissful
4. Dry areas of the body are moisturised with Aroma Confort - System Corps Nourishing Body Milk
5. Lastly, Self Tanning Milk Natural Glow is used all over the body and face.  On the face the tan is mixed with Hydra Floral – Flower Nectar Moisturising Cream to ensure a natural glow.



The results of this time were pretty perfect. And it lasted for a couple of weeks before it started to fade. I supplemented with the Systeme Corps Gradual Glow Body Milk which gives you the best gradual colour and lasts for ages.



The Sunrise Treatment is £60 nationwide and £95 in Spa Illuminata (which is like a marble palace - beautiful).

More Decleor loveliness can be found here and - there is a sale on at the moment. Just so you know.


*I was a guest of Decleor for the treatment. I bought the Gradual Glow myself. No affiliated links. Just being helpful. I have no business links with Decleor.









The Fabulous Miss Mercedez

If you live in London and like me, don't always have the time or inclination to visit a salon, or it is just your preference to have someone come to your house, you need Mercedez on speed dial.

Last week she gave me one of the best pedicures I've ever had. Actually it's between Mercedez, Beata at Beauty Works West and the little Thai place in the Bronx, which is a blog post all in itself. I digress.

She has tended to the talons of many - including rock stars, royalty - and well, me. She champions a healthy, natural nail - although she does do all the gel-tastic stuff too.

She rocks up to the house, does her thing and sods off leaving you with perfect purdy toes.

And it's her birthday today.

Happy Birthday Merx!

Miss Merx Mani's can be found here.


Friday, 13 July 2012

Things I say over and over again in the Clinic - OR - things the Clinic has brought up - OR - A Friday rant.

  1. You are obsessed with your pores. They do not open and close like doors. You say they are HUGE - then send me a picture and I can SEE NOTHING.
    We CANNOT see your pores. The only person that can see your pores close-up is your opthamologist - or your boyfriend. Your opthamologist is looking at your eyes. Not your pores. And if your boyfriend is thisclosetoyou and notices your pores? He's gay. Or not attracted to you. Or at best, rude. Rethink the entire relationship.
  2. You overuse the Clarisonic. A lot of you. A LOT of you. You can use it - you're just not meant to use it every time you brush your frigging teeth.
    Step away from the trendy facial tool and wash your bloody face properly.
  3. Nothing good ever came from scrubbing your face with a peach kernel. There's a reason they are 99p. Step away.
  4. In general, foaming is what you want Fairy Liquid to do. Not your cleanser. And to the brands: I am unapologetic. 
  5. Freckles are cute. At any age. You will do damage to your skin trying to get rid of them. Leave them alone. Embrace them.
  6. Stress is the key to most flare-ups, whether they are acne, rosacea or eczema. Practise relaxation. And not in some hippy-dippy way. Seriously. See the bigger picture. Chill.
  7. Inflammation is the root of all evil. Eat less sugar, take more fish oil supplements. A lot of fish supplements.
  8. Natural doesn't mean you won't react. Essential oils are one of the biggest triggers for skin.
  9. 'Dupes' belong in makeup and nail varnish. There is no 'dupe' for a high quality, years-of-research-behind-it skincare product.
  10. Spend your money on supplements, skincare, foundation and concealer and scrimp on the rest. You will look fabulous.
  11. If you would spend more on shoes, handbags, lipstick, jeans or fashion in general than you would on high quality skincare - you will be a sixty year old woman (and man) with a vintage wardrobe and a face like an alligator.
Well this has been enjoyable. Same time next week?

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Clinic is Open. CLINIC IS CLOSED.

Thank you everyone - Closed now!


Hi Everyone.
I'm opening up the Clinic this evening as I probably won't get time tomorrow.
As usual, please leave as much info as you can if it's a complicated skin issue and give me time to get back to you all.
If this is the first time you've seen these posts please do read back through some previous Clinics - they may answer your questions.
Also - please don't worry if your comment doesn't appear until the morning - I'll be getting in an early night soon and I have to keep approval on as I am getting spammed a lot on these posts.
That's it - fire away!
:)

Apivita Body Nourish Shower Gel - Review


I'll keep it brief. I was sent this for review months ago in what was obviously a very savvy pre-Marks & Spencer launch PR focus.

In short, it is really, really lovely.

What's in it?

Aqua**, Aqua, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Coco-Betaine, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Castoryl Maleate, Polysorbate 20, Parfum, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil*, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil*, Mel* Extract, Persea Gratissima Oil, Tocopherol, Phytosterols, Calendula Officinalis Flower* Extract, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Saponaria Officinalis Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana Leaf*, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Amara Flower Oil*, Glycol Distearate, Citric Acid, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Olivoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Panthenol, Coco-Glucoside, Glycerin, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Potassium Sorbate, Glyceryl Oleate, Glyceryl Stearate, Potassium Hydroxide, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Benzoic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol

What's good about it?

Beautiful texture
Beautiful scent - not overpowering
Doesn't foam too much, just enough to clean thoroughly
Plastic bottle - good for shower
Non-drying

What's bad about it?

It's £12.00 for 300ml. I'm notoriously cheap when it comes to my body products. I genuinely don't spend a lot - especially on shower gels. I save the moolah for my face.

Packaging - 2/5 - although it's not hard to use, I prefer a tube for showers
Texture - 4/5 - lovely
Performance - 5/5 - perfect
After effects on skin - 5/5 - non drying


If like me, you wouldn't normally spend that on a shower gel - add it to your present list. I'd gratefully receive something this lovely.

Apivita Body Nourish Shower Gel is available from M&S and is £12.00



Saturday, 7 July 2012

Most requested reviews - and why I haven't thus far..

There are a few products/brands that I am asked about regularly - whether it's for my opinion on Twitter or just to review. 
Here's the thing: I try, in general, to keep this blog about things I love - or really like - if I wouldn't use it - I don't tend to blog it. I love this industry. I love my work. I have no interest in being the Liz Jones of the beauty blogging world.

However, I am asked so often about these items below that it seemed to be worth rounding them up and explaining my thoughts on them.


Eve Lom Cleanser

Eve Lom is a Goddess in the skincare world. She is. You may not have been around pre-Eve - but I was
It was a dull minefield of tissueing off milk cleanser and soap. *shudders*
Eve came along, independently from any corporate input and said: 'You know what? Use this balm, wash your face properly, take it off with this cloth - use a cloth to wash your face, stop being lazy.' She got people washing their faces properly. 
She was the pioneer of muslin cloth cleansing. Years before Liz Earle who has openly said she copied Eve for Cleanse & Polish.

She is opinionated, decisive, slightly eccentric in the best possible way and stands her ground. I absolutely love her for that. 
The only reason I do not use or recommend Eve Lom Cleanser is because it is mineral oil based. And it breaks me out. That's it. 
There was a time in the late 90's when Eve Lom was the only thing to use. Other brands saw this and came along and made their own version. In my opinion they bettered it. I'm not the majority. Eve Lom Cleanser has been the best selling item in SpaceNK for well over 10 years - probably nearer 15. I have some of the newer Eve Lom products in my 'to try' queue and I'm sure most of them will make it to the blog as an approval. Just not, sadly, the original bestseller.
If you use Eve Lom and love it - and it works for you, perfect. Don't stop. It just doesn't work for me.

Which leads me nicely on to...

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish

Possibly my most requested review ever. I reviewed it briefly nearly 2 years ago - but it was in passing - and part of a larger post. So maybe it's an age thing. Either they have changed the formulation or my 40+ skin is suddenly rejecting it - whichever...
In the spirit of full disclosure, I used to work for Liz Earle. It was without doubt the single most miserable experience of my working career. Although ironically the most rewarding CV-wise. 
To be clear - that was absolutely nothing to do with the Liz Earle or Kim Buckland - both of whom are utterly inspiring and brilliant at what they do. It was more to do with the unexpected corporate environment, mixed messages from line managers and feeling 'hemmed in'. That and travelling to the Isle of Wight (or as I came to call it - Alcatraz) 3 or 4 times a week. *I digress*
I was the first person to put the products into a routine and trial a facial on both Liz and Kim. I left before the facials were launched. 
I love the Deep Cleansing Mask, Instant Boost Skin Tonic and Intensive Nourishing Treatment.

The reason I don't recommend  C&P is because when I use it, my skin goes redder than a postbox (an English RED postbox) and burns. I personally think its a mixture of the rosemary and eucalyptus - it's too much for me. And judging by the comments left on this blog over the last few months - a lot of you do too.

Liz Earle say - word for word - on their website: 'We only make one cleanser because this formulation works on every age and skin type, offering concentrated yet gentle cleansing power.' Erm. No. It doesn't. 

As approximately 70 billion (or thereabouts) are sold every minute - I'm sure I am in the minority. But I am not going to recommend something that makes me reach for aloe vera to soothe burns afterwards.
I'm sure Liz Earle can handle it.

Clarisonic

I can't remember a phenomenon bigger than Clarisonic in recent history. You can't move for celebrity endorsements, different colours being released, different versions being released - in short - a massive cashing in on a very big cash cow. 
I've had two Clarisonics. I gave one to a mate and used the other one as a giveaway. I was questioned by a savvy reader as to why I was giving something away that I didn't endorse - very fair point. I explained that it wasn't so much the actual Clarisonic, but the way it had become the be all and end all - kind of like a Chanel handbag of the beauty world and the way it still seems to be used without much guidance. If used properly, on the right skin, I'm sure it's fine. 
The reason I don't recommend Clarisonic is because it gave me the worst acne breakout of my life. It took me months to get my skin back to normal.
If you use a Clarisonic and love it, then I am seriously happy for you. Don't stop. Just don't overdo it .

Astalift

Astalift launched amidst much fanfare earlier this year and I am constantly asked my opinion on it. To be fair, I know it has received positive reviews from people such as Pixiwoos and Lisa Eldridge and there are few people whose opinion I respect more.
The reason I haven't recommended Astalift is because it did nothing for me. I tried. Genuinely I did. I used it exclusively until it ran out. It made no visible difference to my skin. And the texture made me stabby. It is literally like jelly - if you throw away the spoon that comes with it you are screwed. 
If you are using Astalift and enjoying it - and it is the best thing you've ever had on your skin - please don't stop on my account. I am very happy for you.
I genuinely think my skin is just too much like hard work for it. Maybe it's my age. Sorry. 


I trust that clears that up. 










OSKIA Perfect Cleanser


I blogged recently about the amazing facial I had with Abigail James at the OSKIA Spa. It and she were amazing. Part of the joy was the quality of the products used during the facial - one of which was their Perfect Cleanser.

What's in it?

PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) OIL*, GLYCERIN, SESAMUM INDICUM (SESAME) SEED OIL, DECYL OLEATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, GLYCERYL DIBEHENATE, TRIBEHENIN, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, GLYCERYL BEHENATE, HELLIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, COCO GLUCOSIDE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER*, AQUA (WATER), CALENDULA OFFICINALIS FLOWER EXTRACT, PARFUM (NATURAL FRAGRANCE), CITRONELLOL, GERANIOL, BENZYL ALCOHOL, METHYL SULPHONYL METHANE (MSM), ZINC GLYCINE, INULIN, ALPHA-GLUCAN OLIGOSACCHARIDE, ALEURITES MOLUCCANA (KUKUI) SEED OIL, ROSA CANINA (ROSE HIP) SEED OIL, TOCOPHEROL, DEHYDROACETIC ACID
 *ORGANICALLY CERTIFIED INGREDIENT
OSKIA's USP is MSM. (That's a lot of capitals - sorry) Methyl Sulphonyl Methane is a sulphur found in all living organisms and is crucial for collagen, elastin, cell renewal and crucially for me - it's anti-inflammatory. Really helpful when you have acne hormonal flare-ups.

This is a balm texture - but has the feel of a mild exfoliant, which is how I tend to use it. There is a video on their website showing how it emulsifies, but I never emulsify a cleansing balm. I prefer to apply on dry skin, massage myself to death and take straight off with a flannel. But that's just me.

What's good about it?

It squeezes easily out of the tube, meaning you don't have to stick your fingers in a pot - and a little goes a long way.
It lends itself perfectly to massage - for that reason I tend to use it either as a second cleanse once makeup is removed - or a primary cleanse on days that I am makeup free.
Contains zinc glycine that soothes irritation, aids redness and is antibacterial, omegas 3,6 and 9 for softness, elasticity and to increase lipid content (plump) and coconut as the cleansing agent.

What's bad about it?

It does contain shea butter - which can break out skins with a tendency to acne/blemishes. For that reason it's probably best used by a mature or dryer skin.
That's about it.

Verdict:

A lovely, hard working cleansing balm that will remove impurities, aid massage and not damage the acid mantle.
My preference is as a second cleanse. I wouldn't use to remove makeup.

Packaging - 3/5 - they could shrink wrap the tube and save on the big box
Texture - 5/5
Performance - 4/5
After effects on the skin - 5/5


OSKIA Perfect Cleanser is priced at £32.50 for 125ml and is available from www.oskiaskincare.com

*PR sample




Friday, 6 July 2012

Fortnum & Mason Bespoke Facial


I had an amazing facial this week. You may think Fortnum & Mason is good for hampers and tea - but their Beauty Rooms are a hidden treasure tucked away at the back of the second floor.

I saw Sarah Brown - their Salon Manager - and was not disappointed.


Sarah has been with Fortnum's since the Beauty Rooms opened and is my kind of facialist.

This is a proper, traditional, maintenance facial where you go to get your skin sorted. No whale music, chiming of bells *shoots self* or incense.

Sarah uses a mixture of Sisley, Aromatherapy Associates and own-sourced products for the treatment. She took a full history via a questionnaire and actually read it before the treatment - again - rare. She then asked every question I wanted to hear: How was the bed? How was the temperature (heated bed obviously..)? Was I happy with the music? Would I prefer it off?

The sequence is roughly as follows:

·         Sisley Cleanser with Sage and Grapefruit toner - beautiful.
·         Double Cleanse using rose exfoliator, contains damask rose and jojoba beads which gently remove dead skin.  Follow with toner.
·         Exfoliation using dermabrasion- very mild setting to improve skin tone, brightness and complexion.  This will assist with penetration of other products and improve texture - best dermabrasion I've ever had.
·         A layer of Aloe Vera gel onto the cheeks to protect capillaries and avoid sensitivity under the steam - added Lavender essence to the steam - took care of my face whilst making sure I had every opportunity to relax.
·         Gentle extraction over cheeks and nose. Sarah also removed my milia. JOY!
·         Cleanse to clean and refresh skin, remove excess crystals.
·         Apply Sisley eye contour mask to barrier the eyes whilst using oil to massage. Massage with Aromatherapy Associates supersensitive facial oil with chamomile - amazing - can't believe I haven't used this before.
·         Remove with hot mitts and lavender essence.
·         Apply Sisley express flower gel mask- during this she used high frequency over congested areas- this will have an antibacterial and germicidal effect on the skin to heal and prevent further break outs - spots dried up next morning.
·         Apply Sisley Sisleya firming serum , Ecologique moisturiser and All Day All Year Sun Protection. 


I'm regularly contacted by students or people looking into doing beauty therapy. Those of you in college or just starting out would do well to use the above as a 'How To'. It was pretty much perfect.


Her station was so perfect I asked her if I could take a picture of it to show as a 'how-to' for would-be facialists before I left.
Above you can see steam machine, immaculate trolley, high frequency and dermabrasion to give you the basics. Out of sight is the mag lamp, hot towel cabinet *bliss* and sink. You may think 'Why is she going on about this stuff?' Because it's important. Everything in that station is designed to give your therapist the best tools to work with to fix your face - at arms length.

I've had some dire facials recently - this was just what I needed to restore my faith.

Bespoke facials at The Beauty Rooms start at £85.00 for an hour. Go for the 90 minutes though. Trust me.

More info here.



* I was a guest of Fortnum & Mason. But I'll be going back. I've already booked in for Reflexology next week.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Neal's Yard launch Bee Lovely


Earlier today I went along to the launch of Neal's Yard Bee Lovely range in Covent Garden. Brought back by popular demand and extended from the original Hand Cream, the range highlights the decline of bees and is donating 5% of sales to charities that support awareness of the worrying disappearance of our very necessary pollinators (That just sounds rude - sorry - I need to step away from 50 Shades).

That would be Neal the Bee.




The new range comes with an additional Busy Bee Balm, Bath & Shower Gel, Hand Wash and Body Lotion.

As someone with a husband obsessed with bees - and with a window box containing 'bee attracting' flowers, I have long since stopped shouting 'THOSE BASTARD BEES' and slapping them towards the window - and embraced them wholeheartedly.

Please do the same.

As the sign says:

NO BEES
NO HONEY
NO WORK
NO MONEY


Everything you need to know can be found here. Prices start at £6.50.

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