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Autumn has arrived and soon there will be winter any time soon, time to look and feel sensational by getting up to speed on the latest beauty trends. When the weather and season change, so should your beauty routine too. It’s always fun to try out something new and add the latest beauty purchase into your beauty cabinet. Here, I am giving my audience a demonstration exploring the latest unisex beauty trends. While it’s so cold outside, I am delighted to share all the beauty tip while keeping myself warm at this stunning Hotel Cafe Royal Suite.
As I go through all the latest products with you, I am enjoying this stunning suite at Hotel Cafe Royal with a wide-open view of iconic Piccadilly Circus, where tranquil meets “touristy” all in one location. My own bathroom at home is nowhere near as beautiful as the suite’s bathroom itself, which is more perfect in harmony. Let me get all the products out one by one, are you ready?
Let’s start, as all beauty routines should, with skincare. It’s so important to maintain your skincare as your skin is your body’s largest organ. It serves as a protective barrier between your insides and the rest of the world, helps regulate body temperature and acts as a filter. Skin exists in a constant state of growth, with old cells dying as new cells are forming.
Recently, I have discovered the latest skincare, called Skin Laundry, where laser and light therapy has left the doctor’s office and arrived in a Liberty treatment room. Skin Laundry treatments refresh and deep clean the skin, improving its general quality over time, and leaving you looking instantly refreshed. Unlike many laser treatments that are expensive, time-consuming, and, frankly, painful, Skin Laundry’s signature is offering the opposite. The spa, which has multiple locations in the US, the UK, and Hong Kong, uses a combination of YAG laser and intense pulsed light (IPL) to help clear breakouts, even tone, and brighten skin. Skin is instantly left glowing, super bright, clean and clear.
KEY BENEFITS INCLUDE:
An increase in cellular turnover, aiding the natural deep-down exfoliation process
Diminishes fine lines and wrinkles, for plumper, smoother skin
Improves breakouts and excess sebum
Gives an instant glowing and supremely bright complexion
Skin Laundry Laser & Light Carbon Peel (30 Minutes) is available exclusively at Liberty London
IN THE LONG-TERM, SKIN LAUNDRY’S TREATMENTS HELP TO:
Reduce sun damage and early ageing
Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
Even out the texture of the skin
Reduce scarring, hyper-pigmentation, sun spots, age spots and melisma
Diminish broken capillaries
Stimulate collagen and elastin production
This treatment is available to book at Liberty’s beauty on the ground floor. And there are a few other brands which I have picked up from Liberty’s if you are looking for something more quick, affordable and/or different.
Sand&Sky’s Porefining Face Mask is a cult skin treatment that utilises oil-banishing, pore-purifying Australian pink clay as its main ingredient. This four-in-one miracle mask champions detoxifying Australian pink clay infused with all-Australian botanicals, including organic liquorice and old man’s weed to stimulate and even-out the complexion. Organic aloe vera and pomegranate soothe, tighten and refine pores, while kadaku plum, kelp and organic mangosteen provide an intensive vitamin C hit and act as an enhanced natural defence barrier. It looks even prettier when it turns to pink on your skin, just fab!
Take it from the professionals in plant oil-based skincare – feeding the skin with the right natural ingredients is a whole lot more healing than drying it out. Exclusive to Liberty London, Votary delivers a revolutionary range of facial oil treatments developed specifically for blemish-prone skin. This Clarifying Facial Oil is enriched with clary sage and peach to keep skin clear and healthy. Essential oils of clary sage, bergamot and rosemary are nature’s ultimate purification tool, offering a gentle, delicately fragranced solution for a compromised and oily skin. Goodness, their scent is heavenly.
I already have my favourite scent from their collection, Santal 33, but now it’s even better when you can let this shower gel cleanse your body and mind with your favourite fragrance. Experience your signature scent day in and day out with Le Labo’s Santal 33 shower gel, which channels the perfumer’s mastery into luxury bathing. It stays on your skin all day long and I am often asked what perfume/aftershave I am wearing when, actually, it’s the body wash that stands out!
Sometimes, looking after your hair can take even longer than your skincare. Especially when it comes to wash, blow-dry and styling. Good news, recently Liberty’s has shown me their new brand product for the hair. The Legend from Løre Originals is an intelligent dry hair mask that conquers all. Designed to rebuild the core integrity of any hair type, this intensely restorative, deep-penetrating treatment is packed full of nourishing natural ingredients and smart scientific compounds. Follow with Løre Shampoo and Conditioner for best results. Use this unisex, universal formula once a month on dry hair to reveal your shiniest, healthiest locks. Just as if you are coming out of a top salon.
The more good news is that they have recently launched some exciting promotions in store. They are offering triple points on all beauty products and treatments, as well as the offers below which sound like a perfect autumn beauty shopping opportunity for you, or perhaps up and coming shopping for Christmas :
Spend £50 in beauty and receive a £5 beauty voucher
Spend £100 in beauty and receive a £10 beauty voucher
Spend £250 in beauty and receive a £25 beauty voucher
This masculine product comes in a sleek first green bottle, finished off with a dash of gold lines and cream label to give a clean, yet elegant, look. Nowadays, in the booming beauty industry, men want great, fuss-free skincare that looks good, feels good on the skin and smells good too. They want simple skin solutions that do the job. Men also look for items that are well designed and finely crafted – quality artisanal design matters. Enter Heath London, fusing tradition with modernity and pioneering formulations that deliver fast results without fuss.
Looking for something quick, easy to apply and less complicated on your face? Heath London is an antidote to the urban sprawl, as men look to a more natural environment for headspace. And that includes their grooming choices. So, Heath has been formulated with high potency natural ingredients and new-generation actives (derived from naturals) in a range that’s ideally suited to the daily skin concerns of the modern urban man. They have sourced the most current, forward-looking and effective ingredients they could find. Key actives in their products are derived from nature, and every ingredient has been chosen for its specific tried-and-tested benefit for men’s skin – paragon free, sulphate free and microbes free, Heath smells quite earthy with fresh hints in it. This is the perfect brand for those looking for a more straightforward, easy routine and it’s quite affordable too.
I am sure some of you will have heard of Frederic Malle, a French perfume designer born into a French family of artists and perfumers, Frédéric Malle was raised with fragrance in his blood. 25 years later and a fully established huge name in the fragrance industry, Malle and his collaborating troupe of exceptional noses from across the globe are to be thanked for some of the world’s most iconic avant-garde perfumes, home fragrances and scented candles – a line-up that includes the now cult Portrait of a Lady.
I had the opportunity to test out the latest products from their collection. A body wash which is an overdose of the refined essence of bitter orange (or “bigarade”, as they say in Provence), embellished with cardamom and pink pepper on a woody base of hay and cedar, heralds a new generation of “eaux” leaving your skin feeling soft and replenished. Also, there is a shaving cream that comes lightly scented with Vétiver Extraordinaire, which leaves one with the sensation of immaculate freshness. A magnetic field of woods, an unprecedented dose of Haitian vetiver essence, sandalwood, cedar and cashmeran, are bound to the skin by oakmoss and musk and lifted by pink pepper, bergamot and bitter orange in a whiff of captivating freshness.
VOYA is well known for seaweed baths. Imagine relaxing into a luxurious steaming bath of fresh seawater and wild, an organic seaweed which leaves you completely rejuvenated. Their seaweed comes from all their products, which are organic treatments, especially recommended for those who are overworked, stressed or simply seeking an effective natural detoxifying process for the skin. VOYA will delight and relax the soul while enhancing the mind and body. Most of their products come from a natural source in Ireland and provide many health benefits which can be found here.
This is a classic skincare brand which everyone knows about. The original seaweed ‘superbrand’, La Mer is synonymous with super-premium skincare – an iconic range of potent, moisture-rich products working to effectively renew and restore the complexion.
There are three products to try out, however the most recent one that La Mer has produced is the Treatment Lotion Hydrating Mask. This innovative sheet mask is infused with a full 30ml of The Treatment Lotion’s energising vitality in each application. With Japanese skin-hugging technology and millions of micro-fibres that deliver a concentrated surge of renewing hydration, this mask visibly plumps and energises for a healthy-looking glow in minutes. And it’s so quick and easy to apply.
This luxurious cream mask infuses skin with serum-strength power. Enriched with the legendary renewing energies of Concentrated Miracle Broth and the potency of the new Concentrated Lifting Ferment, it tightens, firms and refines the look of the face and neck. Skin looks more uplifted and rejuvenated, resilient and restored. Yes, La Mer is quite an expensive product but after applying for a few weeks, you will see the difference and agree that it is well worth every penny.
One of my favourite products is the Renewal Oil for morning and night. This new silky, multi-faceted elixir infuses skin with a look of youth and inspires endless possibilities. Miracle Broth™ – the legendary sea blend at the heart of La Mer – and sea-sourced actives help to renew and energise the look of skin. Soft and ultra-smooth, skin glows with a look of new vitality, perfectly protected as the weather changes from hot to cold and staying refreshed and moist.
I had never used Sisley Paris before, but when someone told me about this skincare, I thought I would give it a try. There are two products, one of which is a Gentle Cleansing Gel with Tropical Resins. As you probably already know, you should never use soap on your face as it hardens your skin, so I would recommend you swap to a cleanser which boosts this delicate area with a much softer touch. The gel cleanses and purifies the skin effectively, whilst fully respecting the epidermis. The purifying and softening actions of the Tropical Resins are enhanced by the moisturising properties of the Marshmallow extract. Perfectly clean, the skin is able to “breathe”, impurities and excess sebum are eliminated and the pores are cleansed. The complexion’s freshness and luminosity are restored. Soap-free. Use it daily it comes with a hint of tropical scent on your face, heavenly!
Also, they have another cleanser called Buff and Wash facial gel which can be used for day and night. The gel cleanses and buffs away dead skin cells and impurities in a single motion, with its gentle exfoliating particles. Natural plant extracts (lemon) along with essential oils (exotic Verbena and Lavender) invigorate the skin and create a sensation of comfort and freshness. Its ultra-gentle formula respects the skin and is ideal to be used 3 to 4 times a week. I tend to opt for an evening cleansing to remove all the dirt/pollution from a day in the city. Also, the relaxing lavender scents boost a good night’s sleep and leave a nice touch on your skin.
While all this is mostly about facial skincare, the body is quite important too. During the summer, I had the chance to explore the latest Eaux De Chanel and you can read this blog here. However, they have just released the latest shower gel and body lotion.
I’ve picked my favourite scent, Deauville, because of its wonderful freshness. With scents inspired by the landscapes along the Normandy coast, this shower gel and body lotion lather its perfume delicately and creamily on the body, with a fresh and radiant trail, defined by a duo of Sicilian orange and basil. A perfect feel of freshness throughout the day when you are looking for something of a lighter fragrance rather than a heavy scent.
Here are a few more products, which may interest you, like this amazing product below –
who have recently launched Overnight Reset Serum for an evening and contains one highlight ingredient, Immortelle Oil Extract. L’OCCITANE’s iconic and powerful antioxidant, it stimulates skin microcirculation and increases collagen synthesis for firmer, smoother skin. Finally, a satin smooth finish leaves instant hydration without any greasiness or residue.
Energising powder cleanser instantly purifies and invigorates dull, tired skin. The water-activated formula lifts away pollution and impurities. Natural exfoliates gently buff skin smooth.
This is my perfect to-go wear after my gym session which gives you an extra lightweight touch on your face. A gel moisturiser instantly energises skin with 12 hours of anti-fatigue power.
Hydrates refresh and brightens. Cooling roll-on gel instantly re-energises and brightens tired-looking eyes. Instantly hydrates and comforts with humectants that bind moisture to skin and absorbs quickly.
There’s always been a lot going on with Glam Glow in the past few years, and now it brings even more exciting news. Glam Glow Instamud only takes a minute for perfect pores. The formulation of the treatment is a foaming mask that instantly refines pores and evens skin tone, leaving skin smooth and soft in only 60 seconds. With bentonite and kaolin clays, witch hazel, aloe vera, and licorice root, the micro-bubbling mud activate on contact to energize and invigorate while it perfects your complexion. Go and have fun with Glam Glow, the perfect product for a pamper night in with friends.
I think I have scoured enough skincare brands for you to know and, hopefully, you can try out any of my recommendations over the next few months. If you do wish to try them out, you can always book a consultation in-store and sample a few products to see which best suits your skin. Most importantly, water is the best natural source for your skin, so be sure to drink plenty of water during the day.
Soon, I will be doing a separate post for fragrance, hair and makeup, something more fun to apply. I wish you a wonderful Autumn and Winter season ahead and be sure to wrap up warm too.
Photos by Victoria Metaxas