About Time: You Made a New Year’s Beauty ResolutionBy Roberta Lister
As much as we hate the whole ‘New Year, New You’ cliché, we’d be lying if we said there weren’t a few bad beauty habits that ought to be broken in 2016. Whether you’re promising to put down the straighteners or to leave behind the gel nails, we’ve got your New Year’s beauty resolutions covered. Read on for our advice on where to go for the best help in the business…
What: Olaplex treatment (from £28)
Why: With the festive party onslaught finally over, it’s time to stop with all the hot hair styling and face the damage. When it comes to hair-repairing treatments, Olaplex is the ultimate. A game-changer in the industy, this brand-new three-step concept uses a single active ingredient to reconnect broken disulfide bonds (the things that give hair elasticity and strength) and prevent breakage. Add into a bleach or balayage, or simply use the treatment solo to reverse past sins. Book in at Libery’s shiny new Taylor Taylor salon now, and you’ll have long, healthy locks in time for the summer.
Where: Locations here
What: Back to Wow package (from £60)
Why: Apologies to anyone who plucked with abandon in their younger years, but big brows are still huge news in 2016. The truth is, nothing can enhance your bone structure quite like a pair of perfectly sculpted arches. If yours need a little help on the road to recovery, head to Benito Brow Bar – the Uk’s biggest brow bar chain – and sign up for their Back to Wow course – a bespoke service, where an expert therapist will nurse your brows back to their former glory over six weekly sessions of tinting, threading, and nourishing.
Where: Locations across the UK.
What: Fragrance combining service
Why: There’s something so glamourous about the idea of having a signature scent, but it doesn’t come without its risks. If you’re going to commit, you need to find something that mirrors your personality, and works beautifully on an everyday basis. Trust the olfactory experts at Jo Malone to guide you through the process- their brand-new Regent St store offers masterclasses in fragrance combining, helping you to idenftify the notes that speak to you, and layer them in a way that smells incredible, too.
Where: In-store at locations across the UK.
What: Bobbi Brown make-up lessons (complimentary with purchases)
Why: Fabled for her flattering and natural beauty looks, make-up queen Bobbi Brown is the first to admit that, when it comes to make-up, no one shade suits all. A signature beauty look is an extremely personal affair, and a session with one of Brown’s expert artists is the easiest way to discover yours. Book in for a one-on-one session and learn about the products that are right for you, the shades that suit your skin, and the tricks that will enhance your best features. Whether you want you master the art of contouring, learn the secret behind a perfect smoky eye, or discover looks that work well with glasses (one of the brand’s most loved tricks) this is the way to go.
Where: Select London locations. Click here to book.
What: IBX treatment (£30)
Why: Whether it’s the winter chill, gel polish, or nervous chewing that’s damaged your nails, 2016 is the year to bring them back to life. Natural nails are the way forward, but they need to look great to forgo the fake stuff. Urban Retreat’s brand-new IBX treatment is your secret weapon in the battle against brittle nails: it’s an extremely innovative concept, which infuses the nail with keratin to protect and strengthen deep within. Think of it as a keratin blowdry, for your nails. Finish with a traditional file and polish, and you’ll have super-healthy nails in no time at all.
Where: Urban Retreat, 5th Floor, Harrods