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Thursday, February 4th, 2016
There’s nothing like the smell of an amazing perfume when it comes to creating romantic memories. Whether it’s the scent you wore on your first date, or the one you wear every wedding anniversary, a favourite fragrance can be incredibly meaningful. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’ve compiled a list of the 7 most romantic perfumes that could become your next signature scent…
1) Dior – Forever and Ever Dior
Fall in love forever and ever with this fresh, floral fragrance that combines notes of freesia, Indian jasmine absolute, Bulgarian rose, and white musk. Everything about this perfume is gorgeously feminine, from the chic packaging to the ballerina-pink liquid – if you’re a fan of Miss Dior, then this could be your new luxury favourite.
2) Jo Malone – Red Roses
You can’t get more romantic than the smell of red roses, and this cologne marries together seven of the world’s most exquisite types of rose. While the scent is predominantly floral, top notes of lemon, and base notes of honeycomb work harmoniously to create the perfect balance of citrus and sweet. Plus, as it’s Jo Malone, you can buy the fragrance in the form of a candle, a bath oil, a body wash, fragrance reeds.. the list goes on.
3) Chloe – Chloe EDT
For red roses we had Jo Malone; for white, we turn to Chloe. A lighter take on Chloe’s signature eau de parfum, the eau de toilette has the soft and delicate fragrance of white rose at its heart, while gentle hints of magnolia and musk make up the top and base notes. Effortlessly elegant, this perfume exudes sophistication.
4) Jean Paul Gaultier – Classique
This evocative eau de parfum is undeniably feminine, and full of delicious notes. It blends sensuous top notes of rum and star anise, with rose, orchid, orange blossom, and ginger at its centre, and sweet base notes of vanilla and amber to offset the floral heart. If you’re looking for a lighter, fresher take on the scent, Classique also comes in an Eau de Toilette.
5) Viktor&Rolf – Flowerbomb
This iconic grenade-shaped bottle houses a fragrance that practically explodes with floral notes (see what we did there?). At first spritz, you’re hit by fragrant bergamot and tea, while at its core lie Centifolia rose, cattleya orchid, jasmine, and freesia. As it settles, the woody patchouli base note leaves a lingering musky finish. Opulent but not over-powering, this scent is one for women who want to feel grown up and confident.
6) Ralph Lauren – Romance
A timeless classic if ever there was one! Chamomile and freesia top notes yield to lily and lotus flower at its heart, while musk and oakmoss provide a subtly spicy finish. With its beloved formula unchanged since the 90s, Romance is clean and fresh enough to wear during the daytime, but romantic enough to spritz on before a first date – or even a wedding…
7) Chanel – CHANCE
No list of romantic perfumes is complete without Chanel. Playful and sweet, CHANCE includes flirty notes of pink pepper for an unexpected opening, while the more traditional scents of jasmine, iris, and hyacinth fill out the body. Vanilla, white musk, and amber give a warmth and sweetness to the fragrance which makes it easily wearable from dawn till dusk.
Monday, February 1st, 2016
Red lipstick is to makeup what the little black dress is to fashion – find the perfect one for you and you can wear it for years. However, sometimes it can be tricky to find the perfect lipstick for you. If you’re struggling to find The One, it may be because the lipsticks you’ve tried don’t flatter your skintone, or are too intense a colour. Give our handy guide to finding the perfect red lipstick a read, and you could find your match!
Before you do anything, you’ll need to know your skin’s undertones, i.e. whether you’re warm or cool. If you have more pink in your skin, then you’re cool-toned; if you have more yellow, you’re warm-toned. If you can’t work out which is which, there are a couple of tricks you can try. Take a look at the veins in your wrists – if they look blue, then you’re cool-toned, and if they look green, then you’re warm-toned. Alternately, hold gold and silver jewellery up to your skin and see which suits you more (try to ignore your personal preferences!). If silver looks best, then you’re cool-toned. If gold looks best, you’re warm-toned. Sorted! Now you can find your perfect red…
Cool-toned skin, blonde or red hair
You suit soft, blue-toned reds that might even look slightly pink. Subtle reds are a lot more wearable on your paler skin, but if you love a dramatic and intense red lip, make sure you balance it with dark mascara and liner to stop it from overwhelming you. Our lipstick recommendation: Clinique Chubby Stick in Mightiest Maraschino.
Cool-toned skin, brunette or black hair
Your contrasting colours mean that you can pull off brighter and more dramatic reds than blondes – so rock a Hollywood pout! Stick to blue undertones, but experiment with different finishes to find one that really pops. Our lipstick recommendation: MAC Ruby Woo.
Warm-toned skin, blonde or red hair
You suit punchy reds with a little more orange in them to match the warmth of your skin. If you want something subtle for daytime, choose a coral-red shade. Just avoid brick or brown reds, which can be too heavy for your complexion. Our lipstick recommendation: NARS Heatwave.
Warm-toned skin, brunette or black hair
A fiery red is the ideal match for your earthy colouring. Choose tomato or rust reds for a more wearable lip, or go dramatic with deep shades of burgundy and bordeaux. Just remember to stick to wine shades rather than berries. Our lipstick recommendation: Tom Ford Leonardo.
Friday, January 29th, 2016
2015 saw us embrace the brow, contour like clowns, and put glitter in places we’re not sure it was ever intended for. Now that we’re into the second month of the New Year, it’s time to wave a cheerful goodbye to some of last year’s questionable trends (we’re looking at you, #KylieJennerChallenge), and say hello to the beauty looks that will be filling up your social media feed this year. Read on for our top 2016 beauty trends…
Brushed up brows
We’re pleased to report that strong brows don’t appear to be going anywhere in 2016. However, excessively stencilled ‘Instagram brows’ are, thankfully, a thing of the past. Put those brow pencils down, and opt for a more natural feathered look by brushing brow hairs up using a brow brush. Use a brow gel to help tame pesky hairs and give your brows a little more lift.
Dark chocolate lips
Don’t be a slave to the season! Dark lip colour doesn’t have to be restricted to the winter months, as proven by the 2016 Spring Summer catwalks which saw countless models wearing bold lip shades. To truly nail the trend, try a deep chocolate pout – we predict that brown lipstick is going to be everywhere in 2016! (Blame Kylie Jenner again.) If you’re not a fan of chocolate shades, try a rich oxblood lip instead – just keep it matte for maximum sophistication.
We’ve always been a bit wary of blue eyeshadow, preferring to stick with more neutral tones to avoid that straight-out-of-the-80s look. But blue is making a comeback for 2016, so it’s time to get on board. Chanel featured models with Zorro-like masks of blue eyeshadow on the Spring Summer fashion runways, but for a more wearable, day-to-day look, try a sweep of cobalt blue eyeliner across your lids.
Everyone got a little carried away with contouring in 2015, but in 2016 the trend is going to be all about a super glowy, highlighted look. Think strobing on another level. Enhance your skin’s radiance with a glowing primer or strobe cream, and then apply a finely milled powder highlight across the tops of your cheeks. Or for a quick fix, dab some Vaseline across your cheekbones, on the bridge of your nose, and underneath your brows, and then bask in your glowy goodness.
Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
Want to know how the professionals treat those stubborn skincare dilemmas? We spoke to the lovely Dr Saira Vasdev from London’s Waterhouse Young clinic to get her opinion on everything from spots to sun damage…
Adult acne is a common complaint in premenopausal women and is also problematic for men who suffer with excess sebum production. It is important to treat active inflammatory acne, as if left uncontrolled it can lead to scarring and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation in later life.
At Waterhouse Young we provide a bespoke treatment plan depending on the type and grade of acne you have. This may include a combination of topical and oral agents to control excess oil production, bacterial overgrowth and inflammation. A course of HydraFacials tailored to acneic skin are beneficial as they detoxify and hydrate the skin whilst blue and red LED light therapy work to downregulate oil and bacteria, and calm inflammation. In more advanced cases the VI Peel Purify may be indicated to resurface the skin and control breakouts.
Sun exposure is the biggest accelerator of premature skin ageing, and manifests as uneven skin tone with pigmented spots as well as textural changes. At Waterhouse Young we perform a computerised skin analysis to assess the depth and extent of sun damage and use targeted therapies to correct the visible signs of photo ageing. Hyperpigmented lesions or “sun spots” respond well to combination topical Vitamin C and Retinoic acid, which act to accelerate the skin cell renewal process and exfoliate the skin. A skin resurfacing treatment such as the VI Peel (a medium-deep chemical peel) or energy-based treatment such as Radiofrequency fractional skin resurfacing (FSR) may be indicated to improve the tone and texture of the skin as well as boosting collagen production.
Rosacea is a common inflammatory skin condition and is characterised by a persistent redness or flushing of the skin. It may also be associated with acne-like pimples, dilated spider-like veins, roughened texture and discomfort. It usually appears in women in their 30s and 40s, and is a common cause of distress due to its unpredictable nature. Following consultation regarding lifestyle factors which may exacerbate symptoms (i.e. sun exposure, alcohol, spicy foods), treatment may include topical antibiotic therapy, which acts to dampen the inflammatory process. Antioxidants and SPF are key to stabilising symptoms as they act together to protect the skin from environmental triggers such as UVA and UVB rays.
A prescriptive medical facial such as the exclusive Waterhouse Young HydraHeal™ is excellent for restoring hydration, improving texture and calming inflammation using red LED light.
Fine Lines and Wrinkles
As we age, the skin loses collagen and elastic fibres which result in fine lines, wrinkles and sagging of the skin. Prevention is key, and skin health can be optimised with a proactive anti-ageing skin care regime to protect the skin from environmental damage and boost levels of collagen stimulation. A bespoke skin care regime combined with specific anti-wrinkle treatments will work together to provide beautifully natural and age-appropriate results.
In more severe cases, injections with Botulinum toxin A or “Botox” works to soften the contraction of certain facial muscles, which refreshes the face and prevents progression of fine lines to deeper more “static” wrinkles. Common areas that are treated include frown lines, forehead furrows and crows’ feet. Dermal fillers can be used to restore volume and contour to the face, restoring a youthful and revitalised appearance.
Men and women alike suffer from unwanted hair and most conventional treatments can be painful and time-consuming. At Waterhouse Young we use the Soprano ICE laser for a one-stop solution for safe and effective hair removal. Suitable for all skin tones including tanned skin, Soprano ICE is a time efficient and virtually painless method of removing unwanted hair on any part of the body.
Book in at Waterhouse Young for a medical consultation and test patch and start your journey towards beautifully smooth hair-free skin! Don’t forget, you can get £100 off any treatment at Waterhouse Young when you purchase a Harley Street Box.
Monday, January 25th, 2016
Hyaluronic Acid, Retinol, Antioxidants, Peptides, Polyhydroxy Acids, AHAs… sometimes choosing the skincare ingredients that are best for your skin can be a little overwhelming. We spoke to the experts at Exuviance to find out which clinically-proven ingredients they include in their skincare, and how they can benefit your skin…
1. Glycolic Acid
Best for: exfoliation, plumping and improving skin texture
This AHA, found naturally in sugar cane, is used in glycolic acid peels. Glycolic Acid exfoliates and normalises cell turnover to clarify pores, refine skin texture and break up dark pigmentation spots for a more even skin tone. At a deeper level, glycolic acid increases collagen and fills skin’s support structure so skin looks fuller, firmer and more youthful. Exuviance products are formulated to help control the release of AHA and reduce potential for irritation – so you can get all the effects with no nasty side effects!
Found in… Exuviance Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish
Best for… anti-ageing, filling and plumping
Peptides play a key role in the production of collagen and its surrounding support matrix. Replacing lost collagen can help fill and plump the skin so it appears firm, lifted and toned, with lines and wrinkles smoothed.
Found in… Exuviance Age Less Everyday
3. Natural Antioxidants
Best for: improving oxidative damage and protecting skin
Antioxidants are the best partner for an SPF (which should be applied daily and religiously), as whilst the SPF prevents future damage, an antioxidant works to repair existing oxidative damage. Multiple antioxidants such as Vitamins C and E, and super fruits, including pomegranate, blueberry and acai offer a broad-spectrum approach to neutralise free radicals from exposure to environmental stressors such as UV light and pollution.
Found in… Exuviance Antioxidant Perfect 10 Serum
4. Mandelic Acid
Best for: reducing oil
Best for oily skin types, Mandelic Acid is found naturally in almonds. Its unique lipophilic properties help reduce oiliness and optimise absorption. Mandelic Acid also has natural antibacterial properties, making it ideally suited for acne-prone skin, but without the stinging and drying that sometimes accompany acne medications.
Found in… Exuviance Matte Perfection
Best for: anti-ageing, sensitive skin
A PHA derived from corn sugar, Gluconolactone is clinically proven to provide powerful anti-ageing benefits without irritation, even for sensitive skin. This ingredient is ideal for anyone who seeks improved results in photo ageing, texture, lines and wrinkles without dryness and flaking that can result from other ant ageing ingredients, such as Retinoids. Gluconolactone is also a highly stable antioxidant that has been proven to inhibit elastase, helping to preserve youthful skin.
Found in… Exuviance Hydrating Eye Complex
6. Lactobionic Acid
Best for… anti-ageing, moisture, preventing oxidative damage
A patented PHA Bionic derived from milk sugar, Lactobionic Acid is a very potent antioxidant originally used to prevent oxidation and preserve organs for transplant! Because it combines the anti-ageing efficacy of Hydroxy Acids with inherent gentleness and ability to strengthen and moisturise skin, physicians recommend Lactobionic Acid to maximise and extend benefits following procedures such as peels, lasers and microdermabrasion.
Found in… Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex
Best for… plumping, lifting and exfoliation
Exuviance and NeoStrata’s powerful new ingredient NeoGlucosamine is a building block of skin’s own natural filler and hydrator, Hyaluronic Acid. Clinically proven to plump and firm the skin, NeoGlucosamine creates a smoother, less lined and more lifted look. This patented non-acid amino sugar also gently exfoliates to promote cell turnover, diminishing the appearance of dark spots from age or acne, reducing pore size and improving overall clarity and radiance.
Found in… Exuviance Age Reverse Hydrafirm
Find all of these products and more at exuviance.co.uk.