How To Master The French Braid
The ‘magical’ Intraceuticals machine is used to pump LWM Hyalunronic Acid (which can hold up to 1000 times it’s weight in moisture) into the skin followed by essential vitamin serums to plump and lift the skin.
Fans of the brand: Include Katy Perry, Eva Longoria and Justin Timberlake. Madonna and Victoria Beckham are thought to love it so much that they have purchased their very own Intraceutical machines…
The Low Down: I could easily become addicted to this facial. It has instant results and leaves your skin looking plump and lifted. For me, a complete revelation in non-invasive skincare! Results last around a week to 10 days.
Loved and trusted by the A-list (I can see why, he’s got kind eyes – the sort you trust) Joshi has been a prominent figure on the holistic side of Harley Street for years (he used to treat Princess Diana). The Joshi Clinic offer a complete ‘life overhaul’ using a bespoke combination of diet, holistic and alternative therapies.
Joshi’s fans include: Gwyneth Paltrow and Ralph Fiennes.
The Low Down: As a sufferer myself I’m reluctant to recommend anxiety treatments but after a 30 minute taster of anti-anxiety acupuncture I did leave feeling a lot more relaxed. I may need to investigate further…
Top session manicurist Trish Lomax is the number one ‘go to’ for A-listers and luxury brands wanting the ‘perfect natural manicure’. Her bespoke treatments include a consultation, sanitization, file and cuticle prep followed by a nail replenish then polish and finish. She uses a combination of top brands such as CND, Essie, Mavala and Dior and Chanel. Her treatments are always completed with an intensive anti-ageing or nutritive Sisley hand massage.
Trish’s fans include: Uma Therman, Penelope Cruise and Marion Cotillard.
The Low Down: I left with perfect naturally manicured star-standard paws and very relaxed and rejuvenated hands!
Hari’s quirky buzzing Kings Road salon is a fave amongst beauty editors, fashionistas and celebrities. He’s teamed up with one of my favourite brands, Aromatherapy Associates, to create an intense glossing hair treatment. The treatment includes a hair mask, aroma steam, relaxing back and shoulder massage and a wonderful bouncy and silky-smooth blow-dry.
Hari’s fans include: Sienna Miller, Jemima Khan, Goldie Hawn and Catherine Zeta Jones.
The Low Down: Completely de-stressed with glossy bouncing locks, I left feeling like an A-lister myself!
Brow shapes really can give an ‘instant lift’ to the whole face. Thanks to ‘the perfection that is Cara D’, bold groomed brows are huge right now. Cara’s brows are so loved that they have their very own Twitter account. Blink Brow Bars are scattered across the country but the stars choose privacy at the Blink VIP bar in Selfridges. The Bold Brow Treatment includes a thread, tint and perfecting finishing pencil. They also teach you how to create the perfect eyebrows at home.
Fans include: Emma Watson and Patsy Kensit.
The Low Down: Not as perfect as Cara’s (that would be impossible) but a clean arch, well-groomed and heavily penciled brow certainly created a ‘Cara-esque’ look.
In the waiting room of Linda Meredith’s Knightsbridge salon the walls are packed full with signed photos of her A-list clients. It’s no surprise that her N-Tox treatment is said to be the most popular alternative to Botox on the market today. Teamed with the Haute Couture Facial she’s created a complete anti-ageing treatment.
The Low Down: The lines on my forehead dramatically reduced but started to sneak back within a few days. I may have to purchase her N-Tox cream as it did seem to have a positive effect…
Linda’s fans include: Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Rosamund Pike, Kate Beckinsdale, Julia Roberts, Renee Zellweger
Dubbed The London Lip Queen and a regular face on our TV screens Dr Rita looks even more incredible in the flesh! Her most popular non-invasive treatment is The Hydra Facial. It uses a gentle exfoliation to remove dead skin cells followed by antioxidant serums to reduce fine lines and tighten the skin.
The Low Down: I tried this treatment on my neck and decolitage and it did have a wonderfully tightening and lifting effect. Again, it wore off after a few days but a course of six treatments is recommended for a longer lasting effect.
Dr Rita’s fans include: Amanda Holden, Karen Brady.
The Primrose Hill set don’t like to venture too far from their hood. Luckily Teresa Tarmey has a serene space for them to stroll to - just up the road in Belsize Park. After a consultation and skin assessment- using top brands such as Skin Ceuticals and Priory, she creates ‘skin specific’ bespoke facials. A perfect ‘one stop shop’ for the stars she also offers Laser Hair Removal, LED, Lymphatic Drainage and I’ve heard she also does a mean massage!
Fans include: Carey Mulligan, Eliza Doolitle, Daisy Lowe, Freida Pinto.
The Low Down: Feeling a bit puffy I opted for Lymphatic Drainage and was actually amazed with the instant results. My skin felt lighter, smooth, fresh and glowing!
The number one man for the perfect tan - James is in high demand from his celeb clients and the fashion crowd. He’s the number one ‘go to’ on speed dial when A-listers and designers are in need of an emergency tan. As well as his flagship salon in Harvey Nics, he has a ‘tasting menu’ at Agua at The Sanderson in London. James travels the world working on fashions shows and shoots and does special home visits for his A-listers. He’s renowned for creating a natural healthy glow.
Fans include: Rosie Huntington Whiteley, Lady Gaga, Gemma Arterton.
The Low Down: What it says on the tin! Left me with flawless and natural looking glowing tan.
OK, OKaaay, this isn’t strictly ‘a treatment’ but, Sophy - dubbed The Nail Queen - does such fabulous designs that I thought I’d share.
Fans include: Paloma Faith, Kate Moss and Alicia Keys
The Low Down: I haven’t tried this one but I’ve seen her creations and they are fab!
Lisa Stokes of www.the-spa-spy.com is back with her latest blog on all things pampering...
It’s no secret that the A-list are super-preened and airbrushed to perfection on the billboards and covers of the glossies. But, to be honest - in my experience as a celebrity make up artist - most of them are pretty well-prepped canvases. It’s clear they invest time enhancing their smooth skin, glossy locks and manicured paws, but where and by whom?
Unless they’re endorsing for the mega-beauty-bucks it’s almost impossible to get the low down. So, because I believe we’re ALL worth it, I took to the streets of London to investigate. I found that trends in treatments are on the turn. Celebrities are moving away from the syringe (thank the Lord), embracing the wonderful, ever evolving, non-invasive alternatives and taking a more natural approach to their beauty regimes. ‘N-Tox’ is the new black. ‘Sombre’ is the new coral.
Click through the gallery above to see my top ten beauty haunts, products and treatments loved by the stars.
Words: Lisa Stokes
You May Also Like
How To Master The French Braid
7 Ways To Use Coconut Oil
WIN ELEMIS Spa Treatments Worth Over £375