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Welcome to the second issue of January has been a long, wet and pretty miserable month, but it’s been made a bit brighter due to the amazing response and feedback we’ve had from the first issue of Modern Spa Magazine. We’d really like to say a huge thank you to everyone who’s taken the time to get in touch, leave feedback or contribute in any way. We really appreciate it. On to this month’s content, and the business tips for this issue come from Resense – a spa consultancy company that has achieved great things since its creation in 2009. Turn to page 20 to read Chief Executive Kasha Shillington’s predictions for the spa industry in 2014. We also receive expert advice from six nail industry professionals as they give their views on how to tackle the problem of unqualified technicians, and their tips on achieving naturally healthy nails. (Page 50). If, like me, you’ve found that you can’t walk into a card shop without being hit in the face by a wall of heart-shaped helium balloons, you’ll know that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. It’s definitely an occasion that offers fantastic retailing opportunities for your spa, so in Spa Boutique this month, we take a look at a few gift ideas for you to think about stocking up on, just in time for February 14th. (Page 56). Additionally, as the warmer months are nearly upon us, we look at the best in-spa and at home skin saviours for creating a gorgeous ‘spring glow’ on page 44. With so many wonderful products and treatments around, I review my most loved of the month, in a feature that is imaginatively titled, ‘Aimee Loves’. Turn to page 40 to see which five products get my seal of approval this time. Although we always want to be covering the very latest in treatments, techniques and products in each issue, we’ve realised that the spa experience can often be so much more than this. The leisure industry as a whole is an amazing and exciting world to be a part of, and we want to cover as much of it as we can. Over the coming months, we’re really hoping to push Modern Spa Magazine a lot further with regards to what we’re covering and who we’re targeting. Please get in touch if you have any ideas or contributions; I’d love to hear them. Enjoy the issue,
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PRODUCTS & EQUIPMENT February sees the launch of Expert Eye Duo from Jane Scrivner Natural Skincare; two beauty products which together rejuvenate tired eyes and help mask the appearance of fine lines and dark circles. The Ultra Hydrating Eye Masque for daytime use is formulated with oatmeal, white birch, eyebright and shea butter to help nourish the delicate skin around the eye area. The Eye Firming Concentrate, formulated with organic apricot, calendula and eyebright, firms, tones and ‘feeds’ the skin. Used in conjunction, the products promise to hydrate, firm and brighten eyes to conceal the effects of tiredness and stress. RRP £72.00 www.janescrivner.com www.twitter.com/janescrivner www.facebook.com/JaneScrivnerNaturalSkincareRange
New for February are CARITA’s ideal serums. Inspired by the latest developments in mitochondrial research, CARITA has created the INNERGY™, a technology exclusive to the brand which works to reactivate and boost the energy potential of skin. Common to the three new serums, INNERGY™ comprises kombu extract to protect mitochondrial DNA from environmental damage and boost cellular oxygenation, plus sweet orange flavonoid to protect cells from harmful free radicals to leave the complexion radiant and protected. Each serum has been developed to address common skin concerns. Ideal Hydration works to boost hydration levels in the skin, Ideal Douceur soothes sensitive skin types whilst Ideal Controle helps purify and rebalance oily to combination skin types. RRP £62.00 each www.carita.co.uk www.twitter.com/UKCarita
VitrA has just released its Nest Trendy range, a modern and upmarket collection of bathroom furniture created by the acclaimed Finnish studio, Pentagon Design. With its unfussy, contemporary and clean lines, this range personifies the Scandinavian look and would help create a sophisticated setting for pampering and relaxing. It includes the usual brassware and accessory options with several washbasins in different sizes and fittings, and wall-hung furniture including washbasin units, tall units, mirrors and base units. www.vitra.co.uk www.twitter.com/VitrAGlobal www.facebook.com/VitrAGlobal
Industry Update Decléor release the Aroma Lisse range in March, a set of five anti-ageing products with light and energising textures, which offer a unique sensory experience to the prevention and correction of lines and wrinkles. Mandarine essential oil stimulates the activity of ‘youth protection’ in two ways, helping to protect and detoxify cells from damage caused by free-radicals, and repair DNA damage caused by UV radiation. Galanga extract works to boost hyaluronic acid synthesis in the dermis to plump the skin and deliver lasting hydration, while ginseng extract revitalises the complexion. The range consists of: Aromessence Mandarine (RRP £49.50), Aroma Lisse Energising Cream (RRP £52.00), Aroma Lisse Eye Wrinkle Eraser (RRP £32.00), Mandarine Night Balm (15ml, RRP £33.50 and 30ml, RRP £57.00). www.decleor.co.uk www.twitter.com/DecleorUK www.facebook.com/Decleoruk
TransGenesis is the new luxury age management crème from DMK. Its formulation uses the world’s most potent and anti-ageing ingredients and has taken over 40 years of research to perfect. These ingredients include red caviar enzymes to deliver a smoother, more refined texture to the skin, tripeptides and oligopeptides to stimulate fibroblast cells and collagen production, and glycosaminoglycans to provide plumper, fuller looking skin while reducing fine lines. TransGenesis has never before been released to the public; a single release has been made available exclusively for DMK clinics. Trade Price: £110.00 plus VAT / RRP: £240.00 www.dmk-uk.com www.twitter.com/dmkuk www.facebook.com/pages/Danne-Montague-KingUK/120188534805739
REM has launched a new addition to its Nail Bar range this month. The ‘Infiniti’ is available with or without the storage tower and comes complete with the successful Advanced Air Filter system as used on the REM Concorde unit. This easily installed unit is available in a variety of colours and will make an appealing addition to any manicure area. January has also seen the launch of REM’s new dual purpose manicure/pedicure chair. The Natura unit is ideal for spas and salons looking for a low cost entry into the pedicure market as it does not require expensive plumbing or links to mains services. The Natura features a reclining backrest, adjustable height footrest and generous working areas on each arm. It is available in a choice of finishes from REM’s extensive swatch range. Infiniti costs £795.00 (£570.00 without storage) and Natura costs £1425.00 www.rem.co.uk www.twitter.com/remuksalons www.facebook.com/REMSalons
HOT OFF THE PRESS The 2014 Beauty Shortlist Awards are due to take place on Friday, March 7th. Shortlisted brands in the main categories will be announced late February, with the winners and finalists revealed in London on the day of the awards. Brands that have not yet entered and wish to do so have until Friday January 31st 2014 to complete the online entry form at www. thebeautyshortlist.com and submit samples to Amazing PR, the London agency handling entries on behalf of The Beauty Shortlist. For the first time, the Awards will be presented in association with five beauty brands: Luxury London home fragrance brand Ancienne Ambiance, Boutique online retailer A Beautiful World, Therapie, founded by Vogue Top 10 aromatherapist Michelle Roques-O’Neil, 001 Skincare, and Italian biodynamic hair care range Naturalmente. More information on this year’s Awards Sponsors and the official entry form can be found at: www.thebeautyshortlist.com/2014-beauty-shortlist-awards www.twitter.com/BeautyShortlist The official spa partners for the 2014 BRIT Awards have been announced. Five leading brands will be backstage at the awards to give the artists and VIPs a last minute touch up before going on stage at The O2. Revlon are Make-up and Nail Partner this year, creating five bespoke nail designs inspired by the most influential music genres of the past five decades. VO5 will be backstage creating hairstyles with celebrity stylist Aaron Carlo. For the fourth year running, Decléor are working with the BRITs, previewing their new Aroma Lisse range. Vita Liberata will be in charge of giving performers and nominees a gorgeous golden tan, using their stunning Capture The Light Collection, and for the first time, The Organic Pharmacy will be involved as the official Organic Beauty Spa Partner. Beauty Seen PR have been in charge of bringing these names together. Visit www.beautyseenpr.com for more information. Kallima Spa at Hilton London Syon Park relaunches this month with a brand new concept and name, becoming Kallima Club and Spa. Working in collaboration with Comfort Zone and introducing a team of experts, the Kallima Club and Spa will incorporate relaxation, fitness and nutritional advice, providing a holistic approach to wellbeing. Just a stone’s throw away from central London, Kallima Club and Spa is located within the peaceful surroundings of the Syon Estate, part of the Duchy of Northumberland. It is the perfect urban retreat for both visitors and hotel guests looking for allday indulgence, as well as health club members embarking on a longer-term journey to fitness and wellness. www.londonsyonpark.com www.twitter.com/LondonSyonPark www.facebook.com/londonsyonpark
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TITANIC SPA Nestled deep within the natural landscape of Pennine Yorkshire sits the multiple award winning Titanic Spa. The UKâ€™s first eco-spa sits within a beautifully restored textile mill and offers state-of-the-art health and well-being facilities. Each year, the spa continues to go from strength to strength. This month, the Spa PR Company explain how its eco-friendly strategies and renewable energy resources play a huge role in its success.
The UK’s First Eco Spa Destination Voted the UK’s Best Day Spa at the prestigious Spa Traveller Awards, the spa has also recently been awarded a Certificate of Excellence 2013 by Tripadvisor. But perhaps most importantly, Titanic Spa boasts eco credentials like no other. With Solar power to generate electricity as well many green initiatives and investments, the spa has even tapped into the geological riches of the area by creating its own private borehole 100 metres below the earth’s surface to provide pure Yorkshire water that is filtered into the spa – this was the original water source when the building was working as an Edwardian textile mill. Today it provides fresh drinking water, and bathing water for the spa’s plunge pool, salt regulated swimming pool, showers and ice experience. Titanic Spa has had low U windows fitted to virtually eliminate draughts throughout. Thermal mass means that the spa doesn’t overheat in the summer and retains a comfortable temperature during the winter months. Energy efficient lighting and appliances are also installed throughout the building.
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“A spa that cares for everyone’s mind, body and soul.” Also now available in Titanic Spa’s car park are two electric car parking stations, ideal for eco-friendly guests with hybrid cars. The spa has recently taken delivery of its first electric car, a Renault Fluence Dynamique, as part of the company’s continued mission to operate in the most sustainable way possible. The Titanic Spa Eco Car simply plugs into an electric recharging point at the side of the Titanic Mill building and is available to the Mill’s residents and spa guests. Other electric car users will be able to make use of the electric recharging point subject to a charge and prior arrangement. Ethics do not end there however. The founders have also taken steps to ensure Titanic Spa and its Heat Experiences are inclusive for those with disabilities, providing a hydro-pumped chair for pool access, wide corridors, waterproof wheel chair covers and audio loops for therapists. A mud chamber has also been installed which is 100% natural, and the spa’s bistro sources organic and fair trade ingredients where possible, choosing locally sourced, in-season produce.
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Spa facilities include an extensive heat experience area which is based on the ritual of bathing, where the body is heated and then cooled by a series of experiences with the ultimate aim of inducing deep relaxation. Guests are also able to make use of ‘Club Titanic’ which includes a TechnoGym™ gymnasium, 15m salt regulated swimming pool, hydrozone and steam and sauna rooms. In between enjoying the spa facilities, guests can choose from a wide range of treatments from the team of attentive therapists, ranging from results-driven facials and toning body treatments to hydrotherapy and alternative therapies. Product lines available include NEOM Luxury Organics, Decléor, Elemis and Carita; a combination of brands to ensure there is something suitable for every guest. NEOM Luxury Organics is the most recent addition to the spa. Warrick Burton, Managing Director, said of the partnership: ‘It was a pleasure to introduce the NEOM Luxury Organics brand to the Titanic Spa product family. It was very important to us that we found a product range that aligns with our values, and we feel NEOM’s organic philosophy is a perfect fit for us. We think NEOM Luxury Organics sits nicely alongside our current spa skincare brands and we look forward to working with NEOM for a long time to come. NEOM Luxury Organics offer exclusive signature treatments to Titanic Spa, the ‘Titanic Organic treatment’ includes a full body massage, a body scrub and top-to-toe treatment that combines the two.
The spa offers 20 treatment rooms, all with first class facilities; there is even a Spa VIP Suite for two people where you can enjoy treatments together. All treatment rooms are furnished with solid oak flooring, bespoke walnut vanity units, top of the range treatment couches with heated blankets, soft lighting, tranquil music and a personal shower cubicle. The inspiration behind the design was to create an atmosphere where guests feel comfortable and at ease, so they can fully immerse themselves into their treatment and really reap the benefits. The building boasts 30 luxury eco apartments situated within the original Mill which are spacious and fully fitted with modern appliances. They also have their own balcony and panoramic windows, offering stunning views of the surrounding countryside. The apartments are fully serviced daily, and sleep up to eight guests. Not only is the spa surrounded by idyllic views of the Pennines, but Yorkshire was recently named as one of the top places in the world to visit in 2014 and it’s not hard to see why. With its history, charm and stunning beauty there is no reason not to indulge in the area whilst visiting Titanic Spa.
“Titanic Spa boasts eco credentials like no other.”
Things to do in the area: Take a hike Titanic spa itself is nestled on the edge of the glorious Yorkshire Pennines which has an infamous walking trail. The Trans Pennine trail is an exciting route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders linking the North and Irish seas, passing through the Pennines, alongside rivers and canals, and through some of the most historic towns and cities in the North of England. The Trail from coast-to-coast between Southport and Hornsea is 215 miles (346Km) long. http://www.transpenninetrail.org.uk/
Visit the National Coal Mining Museum The National Coal Mining Museum for England provides a great day out with a unique opportunity to travel 140 metres underground, down one of Britain’s oldest working mines. Situated in a rural setting, it offers an unusual combination of exciting experiences, whilst providing a genuine insight into the hardworking lives of miners through the ages. The museum is free to visit and is open daily from 10am until 5pm. http://www.ncm.org.uk/
Sample the local cuisine The Olive Branch Inn restaurant in Colne Valley is highly recommended by locals, offering a warm and friendly approach to modern English cooking. Using fresh, local ingredients and an extensive collection of wines, The Olive Branch ensures a truly memorable experience. http://olivebranch.uk.com/
Visit Salts Mill Salts Mill is an art gallery, shopping and restaurant complex in Saltaire. It is inside a former mill built by Sir Titus Salt. Check the website for the latest exhibitions and offerings. http://www.saltsmill.org.uk/
Key Credentials at Titanic Spa • Titanic Spa is the UK’s first Eco-Spa • Titanic Mill has invested £1.5 million to create a carbon neutral building • The CHP (combined heat and power) unit provides heat and electric. This unit takes chippings from sustainable trees managed over a controlled time period. The trees also extract similar volumes of CO2 that are given out during biomass woodchip production • A 15m salt regulated swimming pool • Photovoltaic solar panels to catch the daylight all year round • OTEX laundry system providing significant financial and energy savings on their laundry • Their very own bore hole, 100m below the earth’s surface that provides vast quantities of pure Yorkshire water to the Titanic Experience and Apartments • Product Houses with authentic green statements • Electric car and two new electric car charging stations A spa that cares for everyone’s mind, body and soul… now that’s something to get excited about.
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TALKING SENSE WITH RESENSE This is the month when everyone is talking about spa-ing, whether thatâ€™s due to a new regime or the muchanticipated Spa Finder Trends report. With the recent Global Wellness Tourism Economy study revealing Wellness tourism now accounts for about 14% of all domestic and international tourism expenditures and is projected to grow by more than 9% a year from 2014 to 2017 (nearly 50% faster than overall global tourism), the eyes of the world are truly focused on the spa industry.
Kasha Shillington, CEO of spa consultancy, Resense, shares her insights into spa trends for the coming year.
Age adapted spas: We should expect to see more generational spas, adapted to the needs of specific age groups. This will be particularly true for the retirement market. In the future, retirement homes will start to resemble destination spas. Treatments such as massage will be offered in residentâ€™s rooms. The spa menus will focus on water-based treatments that incorporate rehabilitation and prevention of age related diseases such as osteoporosis.
Advanced cosmeceuticals: Driven by the enduring obsession with youthful looks and wellness, advanced cosmeceuticals will continue to be big news in the spa industry. Anti-ageing, noninvasive treatments that will preserve good looks and youthful looking skin are what the market will always want. Advancements in ingredients technology will continue to create more innovative and effective products that are non-invasive and this will become the standard, rather than a special offer.
Silence: Not to take anything away from the soothing effects of spa music, but in some cases silence may be the most powerful therapy you can provide for your clients. This is especially true in urban spas, where the underlying
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Nutrition as the foundation for all health: Susie Ellis references ‘Healthy Hotels’ in her top 10 global spa and wellness trends for 2014. As more people travel regularly for business or leisure, they will be more inclined to keep up their usual fitness and dietary routines and will start to expect the places they are staying in to support this. Gluten-free and lactose intolerant options will no longer be special requests, but will have to be provided for as standard. Guests increasingly demand ‘instant results’ but equally there is a growing consciousness of the benefits of a consistent approach to wellness,
considering diet, fitness and lifestyle. Hotels and spas that ignore this will be missing the market.
More than just body housekeeping: As we see a rise of high street salons specialising in cheap manicures and waxing, spas will have to incorporate additional touches and ‘go the extra mile’ to create an experience, not just a service to keep a loyal client base. Spa managers will recognise that their guests are looking for personal care combined with an authentic and luxurious experience, and are happy to spend a little bit more to receive this.
About Kasha Shillington, CEO: With a background in property economics, finance and investment, Kasha was appointed a director of $2bn international property company Multiplex at the age of 27. Her achievement lies in the consistent delivery of highly successful developments across market sectors, underpinning dynamic ideas with a keen understanding of the financial imperatives that drive property development. She is a former director of the Australian government-owned Stanwell Corporation, a $300m energy provider, and was a founding director of Brisbane Cruise Wharf Pty Ltd. Kasha has always been fascinated by healing and its impact on everyday life. She strongly believes in the benefits wellness can bring to people, so when she met Rosamond FreemanAttwood, Chairman & Founding Director of leading luxury spa consultancy Raison d’Etre, she was persuaded to join the company as co-owner and managing director. ViceChairman of Resense Spa SA since its inception in 2009, Kasha became the company’s CEO in February 2011, and is applying her strategic design, marketing and analytical skills to the development of Resense Spa SA brands around the world. Kasha is based in Resense Spa’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
http://www.resensespas.com About Resense: Arguably the fastest growing global spa company, Resense has hit the ground running in 2014 with three new contracts signed, and enquiries coming in nearly every week from hotel & spa owners. Since its launch just five years ago, Resense is already out-performing its competitors and now has 41 long-term spa contracts currently signed and 19 of those spas in operation. Under two brands, Resense operates 18 Kempinski spas in 16 different countries and will open its first Resense Spa – The European Spa in Accra, as well as Beirut, Riyadh and Cairo during 2014.
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“I developed an interest in Hammam culture through my various trips to Marrakech,” Miller-Chalk explains. “My aim and desire as a result of these vacations was to bring the charm of Morocco to London through spa culture that is almost a mandatory cultural activity out there.” The ‘charm’ of Morocco is brought to Dolphin Square through a combination of ancient therapies, authentic products and contemporary spa philosophies. The cleansing and purifying benefits of the popular Hammam, Rhassoul and Salt Infused Steam Rituals are complimented by four other Moroccan signature treatments; the Arabian Back, Face and Scalp Ritual, Moroccan Rose Indulgence, Moroccan Majorelle and the Moroccan Scalp Ritual. Ingredients such as rich honey, Rhassoul lava clay from the Atlas Mountains and exotic Moroccan fragrances are combined with Arabian influenced massage techniques to revitalise and rejuvenate the body. Another highlight of the spa’s offerings is the 23 Carat Gold Body Ceremony; a luxurious treatment using precious
oils and gold minerals that results in youthful, radiant skin. When establishing this treatment menu, the reality of opening a Moroccan inspired spa in a busy, western city proved to be a challenge. The modern day needs of every type of client had to be catered for without deviating from the original concept. It was also important to the spa’s creators that the business would appeal equally to both sexes. The final menu is a diverse mix of the traditional rituals, indulgent massages and contemporary salon style beauty treatments that caters for every type of spa-goer, with express services particularly ideal for the
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rushed city professional. “We attract men and women of all ages,” says Miller-Chalk. “We have seen a great surge in men visiting not just for male specific treatments like wet shaves, but increasingly for aesthetic maintenance work like pedicures, manicures and hot oil hair treatments. Group spa-ing has recently increased too, with parties of more than five enjoying using the Moroccan wet facilities, relaxation rooms and tepidariums. Our clientele are people who like to come to a spa and feel pampered and totally relaxed.” The selection of the spa’s product houses was an important consideration when deciding on the treatment menu. “We wanted our product houses to compliment the tradition and authenticity of Morocco,” says Miller-Chalk. “Example product skews include La Sultane de Saba that use ingredients such as argan oil and shea butter which have been passed down through generations in Moroccan spa culture.” This French based brand was exactly what the spa required in terms of embracing their Moroccan influence, but three further brands were chosen to complete the lineup of key partners to bring diversity to the menu; Comfort Zone for their results-driven skincare, Aromatherapy Associates for massages, facials and body wraps and Dr Murad for semi medical treatments. Additionally, innovative Moroccanoil products are used to deliver nourishing hair and scalp treatments.
The relaxing experience on offer at Dolphin Square is heightened by the spa’s surroundings, where the décor has been carefully considered to reflect the fusion of Moroccan tradition with western culture. Designer Hilary Levy from the London Furnishing Company was in charge of creating a space that is influenced, but not dominated by Morocco. Deep reds, burnt oranges and soft brown tones are the main colours of choice, while rose gold, bronze, and copper touches add to the feeling of opulence. A particularly important aspect of the spa’s design was the lighting, with MillerChalk wanting to highlight the best of traditional Moroccan craftsmanship. Beautiful brass lanterns and lamps have been specifically created for the spa, with intricately carved details that exude a calming, soft light and delicate shadow. The spa’s obvious popularity can be measured by its positive acknowledgment within the industry, having been commended numerous times since opening its doors. “Turning just two years old in October 2013, we have achieved a plethora of successes including six globally recognised awards, from the five bubble accolade from The Good Spa Guide, to ‘Best Hammam of 2013’, courtesy of The Spa Traveller Awards,” says Miller-Chalk. Most importantly, he adds, the reaction from customers to this truly individual business has been incredibly positive. “Our clients feel that they have been transported to another world and can leave their busy London lives behind,” he explains. And ultimately, this is what the spa experience is all about. http://www.dolphinsquare.co.uk
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AIRE ANCIENT BATHS NEW YORK
Located on Franklin Street in the Tribeca neighbourhood of New York, this month’s worldwide inspiration comes courtesy of Aire Ancient Baths; a spa that brings ancient bathing rituals to life with a stylish, modern twist. Opened in May 2012, this is the fourth premises of Grupo Aire, and the only one to date that is situated outside of Spain. Founded 15 years ago, the company was born after a group of Spanish friends chose to purchase a 16th century palace in Seville, where Roman baths once stood. “The south of Spain was an area with many baths in Roman and Greek times and they disappeared through history,” explains owner and co-founder, Armando Prados. “We always talked about how nice it would be to resurrect a tradition that was lost. When we found the building in Seville, in a street called Calle del Aire which now gives the group its name, we realised it was the perfect place.”
AIRE ANCIENT BATHS Aire Ancient Baths has since opened its doors in Barcelona, Almeria and most recently, New York. When thinking of opening their first American premises, the group’s first task was to find the perfect historic building with enough space and character to do justice to such a project. A former textile factory dating back to 1883 was chosen as the ideal location. The complex task of renovating the space was given to Spanish architectural studio Alonso, Balaguer Arquitectos Asociados. “All materials and finishes are according to the original building’s design,” says Prados. “An accurate demolition process revealed the original materials used at the time the building was first conceived, and it took us two years to renovate. The result is 16,000 square feet of calm and serenity.” It’s easy to see why guests are drawn to this spa, both in terms of its treatment menu and its setting. Laid out over three floors, the main spa area is situated underground in a large, dimly lit space, but the spa journey begins in the impressive and inviting reception area. The high ceilings give the room a light and airy feel, while the centennial columns and exposed brick walls make a striking first impression. Tasteful and neutral in decoration, the somewhat masculine look is softened by numerous elegant touches. Dark, wooden floors are scattered with candles, while beautiful chandeliers hang from the original, industrial looking factory ceiling. It’s clear that all aspects of the spa’s design have been carefully considered to maximise the client’s experience. “We looked into every detail to make sure we recreated the ideal relaxing ambience,” explains Prados. “We have brought several unique pieces of great historical relevance to help visitors connect with the history of the ancient baths. The solid white marble counter tops used in the dressing rooms come from old country houses in the Costa Brava area of north-east Spain. The water fountains that are located in the main lobby come from a 16th century palace in Granada in the south. The clay pitchers are from Seville. All the lanterns, both the terracotta and the metal ones, come from Marrakech.
All these elements are key to making sure the users are immersed in this walk into history that will make them experience ancient baths and find the peace of body and mind in this historical Tribeca space.” As guests venture below street level and into the spa, they are met with more exposed brick walls and white marble floors, with rustic wooden furniture illuminated by low hanging lights. A large glass cube in the centre of the space houses a steam and relaxation room, offering aromatherapy treatments using eucalyptus, jasmine and peppermint oils. The main reason that New Yorkers are drawn here however, is to indulge in the rejuvenating benefits of the baths. Reminiscent of the hedonistic ritual that began at the end of the 5th century, the 90 minute thermal experience includes a round of several pools at different temperatures, including an ice pool (7.7°C), cold pool (16°C), warm pool (36°C) and hot pool (39°C). One of the highlights of the circuit is the flotarium, a salt water pool that’s particularly sought after due to its ability to induce complete relaxation. The body floats motionless in the water, resulting in the sensation of both physical and mental rest. The benefits of this thermal circuit are of notable importance in this particular location. According to Prados, “In a city like New York, with so much stress, and where it’s so hard to disconnect, our clients have found in Aire an oasis to escape the city and lose sense of time.”
Completing the experience is the propeller jet bath; perfect for attaining the relaxation that prepares the body for one of Aire’s unique massage offerings. Their three hour treatments include the Kerela ritual; a package that involves a private soak in red wine, champagne, milk or citrus, followed by a 30 minute warm candle wax massage and facial. The owners have chosen to use Barcelona born brand Natura Bissé for all facial products, with Vitamin Indulge and Vitamin Boost treatments available to reinvigorate and restore luminosity to the skin. Another Spanish company, Matarromera, have been chosen for their ESDOR spa line of wine products for the red wine ritual. Although only two years old, Aire Ancient Baths New York has a solid, yet varied client base. “We are lucky that we have an amazing clientele who keep coming back,” says Prados. “We have people that come along for relaxation, people who do it for wellness, but also people who do it romantically, people that just want to share an experience. We get mums and daughters, corporate events and groups of friends. Many people also come because they love to be in contact with a historical building of the city,” he concludes. “It’s a very special connection to New York and a unique experience for all five senses.”
LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE
When planning the layout, choosing the furnishings and deciding on the overall scheme of your spa, the lighting is an aspect that canâ€™t be ignored. Often a somewhat overlooked element in the initial stages of a project, it really should be considered an essential part of the spaâ€™s design. Aside from the obvious practical reasons, the correct lighting is important due to its ability to add character, accentuate the mood, and ultimately, transform a space. The purpose of the lighting, how it will work within the room, and its relationship with the surrounding materials should be considered when incorporating it into the scheme. Here we have showcased two UK companies that are offering the best in contemporary lighting:
CHANTELLE LIGHTING Chantelle Lighting works closely alongside a multitude of designers and architects to provide spectacular pieces that will brighten any room. They boast a team of highly skilled, artisan craftsmen and women, who use their expertise to create jaw-dropping lighting which can be found in hotels, bars, restaurants, large retail outlets and homes throughout the country and beyond.
Clockwise from left: Circular Wooden Driftwood Pendant, 3 Tier Brushed Nickel Chandelier, Chrome Stand and Ball Shaped Shade http://www.chantellelighting.co.uk https://twitter.com/ChantelleLight https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chantelle-Lighting/599005686779589
Furniture Focus DARKLIGHT DESIGN Darklight Design is an internet based designer lighting store with over 20 yearsâ€™ experience in the designer lighting market. They stock collections from many of the worldâ€™s leading brands including Deltalight, Omikron, Nemo, Flos, Artemide, DL Design, Vibia, Lumina, Santa&Cole, Louis Poulsen, Brick in the Wall Lighting and many more. They are continually looking to be at the forefront of designer lighting with new collections arriving from many of the best European design houses.
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Pendant Lights Pendant lighting is perfect for illuminating a larger area, and can act as a much softer alternative to a spotlight. Both functional and eye catching, a strategically placed single pendant light can be a stylish and useful lighting solution. Alternatively, pendant lights of different styles or measurements hung together in groups or pairs can make an amazing, lustrous focal point.
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Aimee Loves... Code Beautiful VLM Mascara One of my aims in life is to learn how to attach false lashes properly so it doesn’t feel as if I have a small animal clinging onto my eyelid. While I’m figuring this one out, I’m permanently on the hunt for the perfect mascara. I’m quite lucky in that my lashes are pretty long, but let’s face it, they can never be long enough. VLM Mascara by Code Beautiful is an amazing product that lifts, lengthens and adds volume without smudging or flaking. I’ve found that it gives a really noticeable curl, so much so that when I use this mascara, I don’t usually bother with eyelash curlers. Best of all, on those evenings when you want to go straight from the office to the pub (or straight home to watch TV if you’re cool like me), it can be layered on top of the morning’s mascara without clumping. This is a big plus when you hate the ‘four fat eyelash’ look as much as I do. A really versatile product for creating both day and night time looks. http://www.code-beautiful.com https://twitter.com/codebeautiful https://www.facebook.com/CodeBeautiful
Collin Paris Resultime Smoothing Resurfacing Mask Having been quite lazy with skincare in the past, it’s something that I’ve vowed to improve as I hurtle towards 30. I was really excited to try this mask, and so far I love it. It leaves my skin so soft that I physically have to tell myself to stop stroking my own face. The scent is fresh and light which is a big plus, and it leaves me with a lovely, luminous glow. I’m looking forward to finding out what (no doubt) excellent longer term effects it’ll have on my skin.
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Tried & Tested Leighton Denny Crystal Nail File This is quite simply the best nail file I’ve ever used. I’ve generally always bought the cheap emery boards that are sandpapery in appearance, which lose all of their sandpapery qualities after about five uses. This product makes the process of filing my nails super easy, weirdly enjoyable and turns unwanted nail to dust in around three seconds flat. It also looks really lovely and comes packaged in a neat little case to keep it protected from the mint humbugs and coppers* that are languishing in the bottom of my handbag. *2p pieces, not policemen. http://www.leightondenny.com https://twitter.com/leighton_denny
Sunjunkie Dark Self Tanning Mousse and Bodymist My complexion is more Casper the Friendly Ghost than bronzed Goddess, so I don’t tend to leave the house unless I’m at least lightly covered in some sort of tanning product. I have to admit that I’ve never been loyal to one brand; I’ve tried many high-end and cheaper alternatives with varying success, and I’m always open to trying a different make. This month I decided to try Sunjunkie’s Dark Self Tanning Mousse and I’m incredibly impressed. For a relatively low price, it gives a lovely golden colour and doesn’t settle into my open pores like most other tans do. It’s also one of the only tans I’ve ever found that works very well on my legs, even though I stupidly only shaved them about ten minutes before applying it because I’m unorganised. Alternatively, for the spray tan lovers, the Bodymist is also a great product. I don’t tend to favour mist tans due to the fact that it collects on my feet and makes me look as if I’m wearing orange socks for a week, but I highly recommend this for a quick, last minute colour boost. http://www.sunjunkie.com/index.php https://twitter.com/SunjunkieUK https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sunjunkie-
VOYA Time to Shine Body Buff I’m mildly obsessed with exfoliating my skin and am a huge fan of body scrubs that are quite gritty. This seaweed based lotion with ginger extracts and almond oil is a great product for lovers of organic skincare that I’ve really enjoyed using. I’m sure it works perfectly well if applied with the hands, but I tend to go for the buff and exfoliating glove double whammy, which leaves my skin feeling unbelievably soft and smooth. The smell is quite distinctive and strong; the Modern Spa Mag team unanimously decided that it reminds us of fruit cake. And I can definitely think of worse things to smell of than fruit cake. http://www.voya.ie https://twitter.com/VOYAbeauty https://www.facebook.com/pages/VOYA-Organic-Beauty-from-the-Sea/89673660820
With the cold weather and dark days taking a toll on your clients’ skin, we look at the in-spa treatments and the ‘do it yourself’ products, ideal for preparing them for the warmer months ahead.
AT THE SPA ... GLAMGLOW The award winning GLAMGLOW formula tightens, tones and lifts the skin, providing spas with the perfect rescue treatment to keep clients’ skin fresh through the cold winter months. Key ingredients including TEAOXI™, volcanic minerals and French sea clay ensure the skin is instantly awakened; reducing puffiness and dark circles around the eyes and softening the skin’s texture to reveal a radiant complexion. Recommended to be used in spas as either a 20 minute express facial, or a full 45 minute luxury treatment. http://www.glamglowmud.co.uk/glamglow https://twitter.com/GLAMGLOW_UK https://www.facebook.com/GlamGlowMud
Éminence Herbal Cellulite Treatment Give your clients a head-to-toe glow with the Éminence Herbal Cellulite toning body wrap. This energising treatment leaves skin soft, supple and cellulite free; the perfect pre-spring preparation. Ivy tightens the appearance of pores, while paprika, stinging nettle and honey extracts invigorate, revitalise and moisturise the skin. This treatment is suitable for all skin types, but is especially effective on skin with the appearance of cellulite or with a lack of elasticity. http://theskinsmith.co.uk https://twitter.com/EminenceOrganic
Spring Glow YUMI Lashes YUMI Lashes is an advanced technique that boosts, lifts and tints each individual lash without the use of harmful chemicals. Instead of the traditional perm that simply curves the lashes, this revolutionary treatment turns the eyelashes upwards, giving them length, height and volume. With results lasting up to twelve weeks, this is the perfect non-surgical way to enhance the eyes and freshen up the face - the ideal finishing touch to your clientsâ€™ spring look. YUMILash is currently offered at Urban Retreat at Harrods, Regis salons and Shavata Brow Studio. This is an excellent express treatment for spas and makes a lovely add-on to facials. For staff training opportunities and pricing information, please visit: http://www.yumilashes.com/home.php https://twitter.com/YUMILashesUK https://www.facebook.com/YUMILashes
Sothys Energising Intensive Treatment with Siberian Ginseng This intensive treatment uses Siberian Ginseng to recharge the skinâ€™s cells with energy and help banish wrinkles and dull complexions. It delivers immediate and long lasting results, restoring luminosity and radiance to the skin, and makes an ideal treatment to prepare the skin before a course of hydrating or anti-ageing intensive treatments. http://www.sothys-uk.co.uk https://twitter.com/SothysUK
AT HOME... Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel (50ml, RRP £29.50) This high performance treatment exfoliator combines the renewing properties of papaya and pineapple, with the anti-oxidant protection of active seaweed extracts to leave skin soft and smooth. The creamy, non-abrasive formula effectively dissolves dry and dead skin cells without over exfoliating, making it the perfect choice for mature or delicate complexions. This 10 minute treatment leaves skin nourished and vibrant, with that ‘just-had-a-facial glow.’ http://www.elemis.com https://twitter.com/Elemis https://www.facebook.com/elemisltd
MitoQ Serum (50ml, RRP £79) MitoQ’s scientifically proven formula leaves ageing skin looking younger, rejuvenated and vibrant, while reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, scars, brown spots and skin discolouration. The product works by targeting mitochondria within the body’s cells with special antioxidants, strengthening the structure of the skin to leave it looking firmer and healthier. Skin will feel noticeably softer after three days and with continuous use will help restore the youthful glow to skin. http://www.mitoq.com/uk/skincare https://twitter.com/mito_q https://www.facebook.com/Mitoq
Xen-Tan Mist Intense (148ml, RRP £23.99) Once skin is buffed, prepped and polished, a golden tan is the final step in achieving the perfect glow. Xen-Tan Mist Intense provides a deep, natural looking, olive toned colour that lasts up to seven days. The quick drying, pleasantly fragranced formula is the same that is used in the Xen-Tan salon range, making it the perfect item to retail as a top-up to the professional spray tan. http://www.xen-tan.co.uk https://twitter.com/XenTan_UK https://www.facebook.com/XenTanUK
Spring Glow Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm (50ml, RRP £32.00) More than just a moisturiser, the proradiance illuminating flash balm from Elemis hydrates the skin while delivering the optimum amount of sheen and luminosity for a healthy, vibrant glow. The key ingredients of purple orchid, acai and noni extract keep skin moisturised, fight the early signs of ageing and help combat free-radical damage. Additionally, silk mika, a light scattering, skin-beautifying miracle ingredient, helps to soften away imperfections. http://www.elemis.com https://twitter.com/Elemis https://www.facebook.com/elemisltd
Éminence Youth Shield Redcurrant Exfoliating Cleanser (125ml, RRP £28) Infused with Éminence’s exclusive Youth Shield Antioxidant Complex, comprising redcurrant, elderflower and magnolia bark, this delicious smelling cleanser fends off free radicals and promotes elasticity for soft, hydrated skin. Featuring tea tree oil to keep breakouts at bay and finely ground olive seeds for gentle exfoliation, this is the ideal product for washing away winter skin woes and revealing revitalised and fresher looking skin. http://theskinsmith.co.uk https://twitter.com/EminenceOrganic
THE PERFECT QUICK FIX Carlton Beauty Facial Masks (RRP £3.30) Carlton Beauty & Spa has recently lunched the ‘Functionality Series’ range of facial masks in a soft, paper like material. Cut in the shape of the face for ease of use and application, these cutting edge masks are impregnated with dehydrated product and then packed in serum. The combination of powder and serum on the skin results in maximum efficiency and greater absorption. Ingredients including bamboo charcoal extract, deep sea water extract, green tea, aloe vera and camomile help reduce fine lines, minimise enlarged pores and leave skin luminous and glowing. http://www.thecarltongroup.co.uk
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TECH-TALK With ongoing advancements in techniques and products, the nail business is booming, and rightly so. But unfortunately, some customers are still looking for a quick and cheap alternative to the professional manicure. Untrained, unqualified and uninsured nail technicians are performing treatments incorrectly, often using inferior products from overseas that don’t comply with UK regulations. Clients can be left in pain, with damaged nails and unsightly infections, with qualified technicians being left to pick up the pieces. We speak to six industry experts to find out what problems they face and the steps they take to deal with the issues, along with their product recommendations for achieving beautiful, healthy nails.
Jo Shirley – Nail Harmony PhD Master Educator Amanda Anastasiou – Nail Harmony PhD Bachelor Educator Charli Jepson – Nail Harmony PhD Master Educator Gina Brooke-Wavell – CEO, NCO London Lynn Gray – Professional Manager, Mavala Nathaniel Hibbs – Sales and Education Manager, Leighton Denny Expert Nails
What are the most common nail problems that you come across, and what are the main causes? The most common problem I have come across in my career is incorrectly removed nail extensions. This can be caused by the client biting off the product, or worse, an inexperienced tech over filing the nail, leaving it thin and damaged. Clients need to know that there is a correct way to remove products, and a good nail technician will do this for a small fee. – Charli Jepson One of the most common nail problems we come across is peeling/flaky nails. This is normally due to changes in weather, your diet and dehydration. To prevent this I would recommend using Nail Harmony’s Nourish Oil twice a day. – Amanda Anastasiou Luckily we don’t come across many major nail problems in our salon. The odd split or broken nail and we simply replace or repair it. We offer a specialised toenail reconstruction service in our salon. The local chiropodist recommends their clients to us and the service is surprisingly popular! – Gina Brooke-Wavell
Fungal infections are on the increase due to cross contamination where hygiene procedures are not being followed correctly, or unqualified therapists have not recognised a fungal infection, treated the client, and then passed it onto the next. Also, a lot of clients are having acrylic nails or gel polish applied to cover up damaged or unsightly nails, unaware that they can be hiding a possible infection underneath. – Lynn Gray
What’s the worst case of nail damage that you have witnessed, and how did you deal with it? A child of 12 visited my salon with her parent asking me for help. The girl’s finger was completely damaged – the nail had lifted and cracked straight across the middle of her bed and was only hanging on by a small amount at the corner. When I said she needed to seek medical advice and go to the hospital, the lady was shocked. It still surprises me to this day that clients visit these types of salons for a quick service. – Jo Shirley
Troubleshooting The worst case of nail damage we have seen is probably from acrylic nail extensions done by an inexperienced technician. It’s very tricky to work on damaged nails because you have to be extremely careful not to cause the client any discomfort or make the nails any worse. It’s also very important to assess their nails before deciding what you can do. We would normally treat the client by booking them on an eight week course of Vita Gel by Nail Harmony. This works with Gelish to repair damaged nails which means they can keep their nails looking lovely while the Vita Gel works its magic. If the nails were badly damaged I wouldn’t attempt to do any buffing. I would also recommend them to use Nourish Oil. – Amanda Anastasiou Years ago, we had a client who had severe bacterial infections in both her thumbs. Another salon had been doing her nails and told her they were bruised! The nails were not bonded to the nail bed, so we removed the part of the nail that was not bonded, cleaned the nail bed completely and reconstructed two new thumbs. Luckily the natural nail grew back eventually in perfect condition. – Gina Brooke-Wavell The worst case I have ever seen made a national paper! Rebecca Mills went to an inexperienced nail tech for removal of gel and acrylic application. The damage the tech made by over filing left Rebecca with a huge amount of damage and pools of blood sitting underneath her newly applied acrylic. The extent of the damage was so appalling that the picture I took of her damaged nails reached well over 1000 shares on Facebook and horrified everyone that saw them. Rebecca now has lovely, long natural nails thanks to months of careful acrylic application. Firstly I applied a very short tip, then a thin layer of acrylic. This helped keep the nails covered and prevent infection. This also helped Rebecca carry on with simple day to day duties that she was unable to perform, such as fastening her blouse or putting her daughter’s hair up. She visited the salon every two weeks to check how the nails were repairing and eventually all traces of acrylic were removed to reveal a beautiful, repaired healthy nail plate. She now only has Gelish, and visits once a month for a new fabulous colour. – Charli Jepson We had a client visit us three weeks after removing a semi-permanent gel; the below is an image of her nails after removal. She soaked her nails to remove the gel polish as advised by her salon. You can immediately see that the nails are now showing signs of not only onycholysis and dehydration but also a fungal infection. She found that her nails were very sore, thin and sensitive. We recommended that she sought advice from her doctor regarding the fungal infection. We then prescribed an effective topical treatment program to restore her natural nails back to health. – Lynn Gray
How would you discourage a client from returning to an unqualified nail technician, even if they haven’t had a problem? I would ask the client questions, leading them to think for themselves as to whether or not the salon had insurance and had the correct sanitisation/ sterilisation in place. For example, “Does the salon you visited have their insurance certificate on the wall?” and, “Have you seen any certificates showing the staff are qualified?” Hopefully this would help the client to think for themselves and think twice about returning to the salon. – Jo Shirley It’s hard to explain to clients the reasons not to go to unqualified nail technicians, especially when you don’t want to come across unprofessional by putting down another business. The best way to do it is to show them what you can give them that maybe other places can’t. For example great customer service, creativity with designs or a customer loyalty scheme to entice them to return. – Amanda Anastasiou I’d explain to the client that without the necessary qualifications the nail technician will not be insured against any issues that may result from the treatment with them. Also, that the nail tech will not have had full training and therefore will not have the complete knowledge and understanding of not only how to perform the treatment, but how to protect against infection and damage to the natural nail. – Lynn Gray We would educate the customer on the extensive research into the combination of science and nature, to the ingredients that we have in our products. We look at how we can benefit the nails, skin and regeneration of new cells for a healthy natural nail that makes polish last longer, and hands and feet look better. Explaining the benefits by using the biology of the way our nails and skin work allows our customers to make an informed and unbiased decision. – Nathaniel Hibbs
How often do you think nail professionals should update their training? Every six months at least. I always put my tips in a jar and spent them on training as soon as I could with top professionals. I feel it’s important to have a mentor in this business, someone to strive to be like and someone who has time for you. I am always there for my students, whatever time of day; I feel this is an important part of being an educator and businesswoman. – Jo Shirley At least once a year. We actually offer free Trade Open days at least twice a year for all our students, old and new, and also welcome new customers. We have staff on hand to demo products, offer advice and give expert tips on how to run a successful and profitable nail business. Unfortunately there are many ‘qualified’ nail techs out there who have done short courses with companies that offer no after-advice or help. Anyone who has completed a course with us is welcome to advice at any time. – Gina Brooke-Wavell At least every two years. The business of nails is booming right now, and new products are launching all the time. It’s our job to know what’s out there and what the absolute best is for our clients. If you start using a new product then train in it! Educators are there for a reason, to teach you the best and most up to date way of using these products. Use their knowledge; it is absolutely invaluable. Remember that your educator has needed training too, and they are willing to share their knowledge and help you deliver the ultimate service in your salon or spa. – Charli Jepson We offer a comprehensive training course to all technicians and will not allow them to carry out our treatments unless they pass. We then update this every 6-12 months. You can never have too much knowledge! – Nathaniel Hibbs
Does your brand have any campaign in place to fight against unqualified therapists/unsuitable treatments? Please include any valuable tips for improving the health of the nail? Yes we do, Nail Harmony has a campaign called ‘Gelish Bites Back’. The idea is to help stamp out poor nail services and product use with the help of correct education. The campaign highlights the importance of a good quality service, professional products and well trained nail technicians. – Amanda Anastasiou In 2014, Mavala is embarking on a Natural Nail Tour across the UK. Our aim is to educate and update our accounts in both professional and retail areas. Going back to basic natural nail care, looking at nail types, nail problems, why there’s an increase in damaged nails and how to achieve optimum natural nail health. With educating our accounts, we hope they will be able to advise the general public against having treatments with unqualified therapists and how to care for their natural nails without the need for any enhancements that may cause damage. – Lynn Gray We are always reviewing our procedure and urge people not to use harsh chemicals or sharp tools, and not to unnecessarily cut cuticles as this can be more damaging. Instead, we have developed a product called ‘Remove and Rectify’ that uses fruit enzymes to naturally break down the dead skin. We continue to educate customers, technicians and colleges alike. We always recommend our ‘Bio-Build’ treatment regime to strengthen the nails; enriched with bio-active glass and argan oil, it penetrates the nail and seals in the treatment serums. – Nathaniel Hibbs
For further information on training opportunities, please visit the following: http://www.mavala.co.uk/ http://www.nailharmonyuk.co.uk/ http://www.nconails.com/ http://www.leightondennyexpertnails.com/ http://www.izabellehammon.com/
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LOTS OF LOVE Majestic Microfibre Fleece Robe RRP £19.38
This elegant robe will leave a loved one feeling warm and cosy, and makes the perfect gift for luxurious pampering sessions at home. The soft and lightweight Microfibre fleece comes in medium, large or extra large, is quick to wash and dry and comes with two pockets for complete practicality. Available in aubergine, white, bitter chocolate, black, cream and navy. http://www.majestictowels.co.uk https://www.facebook.com/MajesticTowels
Éminence Rose Collection Tube RRP £50
Displayed in a gorgeous wooden gift box, the Rose Collection Tube from Éminence is a wonderful introduction to the benefits of using Éminence Organic Skin Care. With a floral rose scent and beautiful pink shades, it’s the perfect gift to leave a loved one feeling and looking special this Valentine’s Day. Contains: Five travel size products; Sweet Red Rose Cleanser, Rosehip and Maize Exfoliating Treatment, Sweet Red Rose Whip Moisturiser, Rosehip Whip Moisturiser. One full size product; Couperose C-Serum. http://theskinsmith.co.uk https://twitter.com/EminenceOrganic
Valentine’s Spa Boutique Christian Eyebrow Kit RRP £22.15
Available in eight different colours, this clay based semi-permanent make-up is ideal for creating the perfect eyebrows at home. Each kit includes three different stencils of varying shapes and thickness, making it easy to create the perfect shape instantly. The powder is unique in its ability to cover grey hairs and sparse areas in the eyebrow, and will last all day. It comes in a practical and stylish black and gold case that is ideal for any handbag. http://www.christianeyebrow.com https://twitter.com/ChristianEyeUK https://www.facebook.com/pages/ChristianEyebrow/148450951833648
Elemis Top-to-Toe Beauty Skincare Collection RRP £55.00
Elemis has brought together a beautiful collection of its award winning face and body bestsellers, just in time for Valentine’s Day. The limited edition Top-to-Toe Beauty Skincare collection covers every step of cleansing to leave skin nourished, glowing and incredible to touch. Presented in a luxury lilac Elemis vanity bag, this set of hero products makes the perfect gift. Contains: Pro-Collagen Marine Cream 30ml, Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser 30ml, Papaya Enzyme Peel 50ml, Frangipani Monoi Body Oil 35ml, Skin Nourishing Shower Cream 300ml. http://www.elemis.com https://twitter.com/Elemis https://www.facebook.com/elemisltd
Rêpechage Sea Spa Bubble Bath RRP £24.50
With a unique blend of Ascophyllum Nodosum and Laminaria Digitata Seaweeds, this soap and sulphate free formula helps to ease tension and relax muscles with no signs of dryness or irritation. Eleven essential oils including orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, sage, lime and clove combine to leave skin smooth, soft and hydrated. http://www.repechageuk.com https://twitter.com/RepechageUK https://www.facebook.com/RepechageEurope
Flirties Eye Lash Enhancer Serum RRP £39.95
Applied along the lash line, this serum leaves sparse and fine lashes looking fuller and longer within weeks. The non-oil based formula can also be applied when wearing semi-permanent mascara or lash extensions, making it versatile for all. http://www.beautytrix.me https://twitter.com/Beautytrixme https://www.facebook.com/beautytrixme
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The Tantruth kit bag contains a trio of tanning essentials, ideal for creating the ultimate professional looking tan at home. Prepare the skin with The Perfectionist Exfoliating Body Scrub (250ml), an effective, mineral free exfoliating scrub designed with silhouette refining technology. Tan with The Ultimate Self Tan Lotion (195 ml), a luxurious self-tan lotion enriched with shea butter and avocado, which glides effortlessly onto the skin and contains a colour guide for ease of application. Protect with The Prolonger Tan Enhancing Body Moisturiser (250 ml), a luxurious daily moisturiser designed to nourish, rehydrate and prolong the life of the tan. http://www.tantruth.co.uk https://twitter.com/TantruthTan https://www.facebook.com/TantruthTan
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Oriflame Love Potion Sensual Massage Oil RRP £8.95
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This celebrity endorsed wonder product protects, refreshes and hydrates the hair while infusing it with a fresh, long lasting fragrance. Key perfume notes including Italian bergamot, midnight orchid, rose, white jasmine, lily, vanilla, sandalwood and musk combine to create a sophisticated and uplifting scent. Used between washes or as a finishing product for all hair types, Herra Protect Hair Perfume shields the hair against everyday stresses and assists in reducing colour fade without being heavy. The chic black packaging accompanied by the gorgeous glass bottle makes this the ideal gift for a sophisticated modern day woman. http://herra.com https://twitter.com/HerraHC https://www.facebook.com/herrahair
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