Last week I had the pleasure of attending a special beauty evening at the Heals store on Tottenham Court Road. The Sleeping Beauty event saw speakers Sarah Stacey and Jo Fairley, of Beauty Bible, joined by Geraldine Howard of Aromatherapy Associates. Between them, they discussed the link between a good night’s sleep and good skin. They illustrated how, aided by AA’s cult Deep Relax products (‘knock out drops’, according to Jo) and the best apps, it’s possible to ‘sleep clever’ – blocking out the day’s stresses and sleeping deeper, resulting in better looking, younger skin.
One of Jo’s favourite apps is the Brainwave Dream Inducer by Banzai Labs(69p on the App store). With this app you can set your own music or listen to pre-programmed soothing sounds, while the app sends gentle pulses to your brain to help you relax and enjoy a deep sleep and vivid dreams. Definitely want to try that one out!
Unlike so many press events, I really felt that the evening struck the right chord. The speakers were witty and friendly – and quite importantly succinct so the evening didn’t drag on. We were free to stay and chat as long as we wanted, have hand massages courtesy of Aromatherapy Associates using their heavenly rose scented serum & lotion and peruse products. During my massage I got talking to one of the AA beauty girls about aromatherapy, which honestly I’ve never really considered an essential in my beauty arsenal. She explained how simply sniffing pure frankincense oil can interrupt nervous anxiety or even a panic attack. Suffice to say, I bought a bottle!
One of the most interesting and ‘aha’ moments I had during the evening though was when talking to Sarah about my skin concerns. Thinking she was going to recommend me a cleanser, she in fact explained how the skin is simply the gut on the outside and if I don’t take care of that then I can’t expect my skin to improve. Showing me a green juice recipe from one of the Beauty Bible books it was clear that these women live ‘wellness’ and it made me stop and think about what I’m doing to my body and how to take better care of it. Easier said than done, but definitely worth investing in.
I’m a total nail varnish freak and since I lived in Berlin for a year I’m all agog whenever cult Berlin-based cosmetics brand uslu airlines brings out a new nail varnish collab. This time it’s with street artist SUPERBLAST.
The brand always names their shades after a destination, specifically, that destination’s three letter airport code – for the collab with SUPERBLAST it’s TRU – Trujillo in Peru.
Miller Harris has opened a Xmas shop on Bruton St. There’s nothing better than the smells of Christmas – fig, cinnamon, orange…
They have lots of lovely pictures of their Christmas shop on their blog. Those candles in red boxes are irresistible.
Plus Brit homeware brand Thornback & Peel has opened a pop-up furniture shop in Liberty. Their illustrations are really pretty – they’re quirky without being too twee. They have some beautiful gifts, such as a robin tea towel or a box of old school hankerchiefs printed with animal illustrations.
Perhaps it’s down to British Vogue’s recent article on taking care of your armpits or perhaps it was simply curiosity at seeing the product on the shelf, but I’ve found that using a moisturising cream makes me feel that I’m taking better care of an oft overlooked area and that I’m, well, more odour-free. There’s no going back now.
Makes you think doesn’t it? This reminds me of my adolescence – when I’d complain of bad skin my mother would tell me to let it rest and breathe for a day by going au natural. I could think of nothing more repulsive.
I absolutely adore these short films. It’s not only the visuals but the way they’ve both used a kind of disjointed affect/stop animation. Plus the music is so funky. (In Prada, the music is Ratatat’s song ‘Mirando’)