The Make-Up Store Has Landed

The Make-Up Store Has Landed

I am SO EXCITED about a new shop I visited today - walking through the door was like falling facefirst into my own dreamland paradise.
The shop is called The Make-Up Store, which, as cryptic as it sounds, might be a clue as to what it sells. You guessed it: make-up!
To set the scene, it's all black interior is lined with row upon row of make-up covering every inch of wall. There were colours I had never even seen before, in textures and formulas so exciting and new I literally had to prod, poke, scribble and smudge absolutely everything I saw. Talk about kid-in-sweet shop syndrome!
Highlights for me included hologram nail polishes (honestly, wow, you have to see it to believe it), lustrous highlighting balms, feathered lashes and superfine eyeshadows in electric shades.
The prices are great too - think MAC but a little cheaper. For instance their best-selling mascara is £11; I'm trying it out today and so far, not a smudge or flake in sight.
I'm particularly excited about their teaching ethos. As fun as this company is, they are on a mission to guide customers on how to find the right shades for your skintone, how to apply a flawless base and how to create any kind of make-up look, from a soft, natural bridal daytime look to a wild, striking hen party creation. In the coming months, they'll be hosting masterclasses and group teaching lessons so I'll keep you posted on these as soon as I get more info.
In the meantime, go forth and unleash your inner make-up queen inside this veritable party playground, and remind yourself that creative make-up like can be incredibly empowering, inventive and exciting, and why sometimes it's just so damn fun to be a girl.

www.makeupstore.co.uk
32 Carnaby Street, London
Westfield Shopping Centre, Shepherds Bush

A Real Treat

A Real Treat

Go two floors below the magnificent Connaught Hotel in Mayfair and you'll find an unexpectedly tranquil space at the Aman Spa. Opened in December last year, the gloriously serene spa with its luxurious, candle-lit treatment rooms, fitness centre and heated indoor pool is still a relatively well-kept secret - though surely not for long. Choose from an enticing menu of spa treatments and healing therapies based around Aman's worldwide resorts in China, Thailand, India and the Americas. For example, the Inspired by India experience aims to be deeply meditative and includes a "chakra balancing treatment" using essential oils and crystals, while Inspired by China employs the Chinese dry (i.e. without oils) massage method to vigorously drum, sweep and gently pinch your body into submission, stimulate the energy lines of the body and restore your natural Qi (vital energy). While this may all sound a bit New-Agey, leaving the spa feeling somehow lighter, more refreshed and energised and ready to tackle the day ahead is of huge value in modern life. Although you could take some real time out and book yourself into one of the Connaught's elegant rooms upstairs. All Aman Spa Experiences last two-and-a-half hours but shorter treatments, from a full body wrap to an express pedicure, are also available. Aman Spa Experiences, £280 call 020 3147 7305/6 or see www.the-connaught.co.uk for more information.


Farewell Frizz!

Farewell Frizz!

It's getting to that time of the year when the warm weather determines our morning beauty rituals, from perfume flavours to make-up textures and hair styling products. The latter can now be deleted from your list thanks to the brilliant Permanent Blow-Dry, which I've tried a couple of times and loved.
Imagine it as the reverse of a Perm, where a straightening solution is painted onto the hair, sealed with flat irons then left for three days to 'marinade'. It's then washed out and blow-dried, leaving you with sleek, silky hair for approximately three months. Every time you wash your hair it dries without frizz - you can quite literally wash'n'go without blow-drying or straightening. It's not like that other treatment, Yuko, which removes all volume and life from your locks - this one is a lighter version that lets your hair retain some volume and body.
Many salons do their own version of the Permanent Blow-Dry, but since it takes two hours it's a good idea to head somewhere cool and fun where you can be pampered a little (and read this month's glossies, not last year's). Although it costs upwards of £100, it's a brilliant treatment to have before a summer wedding or hot honeymoon to avoid the dreaded humidity halo. It's also worth it for the time off you have from straightening irons and styling tools as after a three-month break your hair will feel and look a whole lot healthier.
Here's a little snap of our magazine's Publisher, Camilla, having the 'NanoKeratin System' treatment at Paul Edmond's salon in Knightsbridge, London. In her words:

"Paul's treatment has literally changed my life! My hair always took a minimum of 45 mins to blow-dry, having to go over and over the frizzy sections in a desperate attempt to straighten them out. Since having the treatment my hair is now glossy and smooth, and blow-drying is now a quick 5mins. The best part for me: no need to dash for cover when it rains as my 'Jew-fro' frizz is now firmly under control and the hair does not react to climate humidity or rain. For thick hair with a tendancy to frizz I cannot recommend it highly enough."

Praise indeed! So, what are you waiting for?

NanoKeratin System Treatment, from £150, at Paul Edmonds; www.pauledmonds.com  

Hair Colour - The Commitment-Phobe's Solution!

Hair Colour - The Commitment-Phobe's Solution!

Want a subtle hair colour change but don't want to commit to something permanent? Book yourself in for the Colour Plus treatment, just launched at Mahogany salons. There are eight shades to choose from, which act like a transparent film over your own hair whether you want to take your flat blonde tresses a little honeyish, or rusty red hair more fiery.
They last for around 8-12 shampoos, so we recommend you give one a try six months before your wedding to check you like the results, then another a the beginning of your wedding week for the freshest effect.

Colour Plus Treatment, £43 for 2 hours, at Mahogany London, Oxford and Manchester, head to www.mahoganyhair.co.uk for more information.