The Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar has been called ‘A Global Beacon of Beauty’ and I wouldn’t argue with that for a second. After the launch in London earlier this year, the concept store has now arrived at Liverpool One shopping centre, right in the heart of Liverpool. At 22,000 sq ft it offers three floors of pure indulgence.
The ground floor is jam-packed with enough high-end makeup to satisfy even the most hardcore beauty addicts including well-known brands such as Chanel, Tom Ford, MAC, Bobbi Brown and more. It’s a tight squeeze but if it gets a bit too overwhelming you can simply hop on the escalator upstairs to where the real magic happens. The first floor offers a nice mix of shopping and relaxation. On one side you’ll find niche brands such as Origins and Aveda and on the other there’s the Beauty Mart, an area that offers the best beauty picks from Anna-Marie Solowij and Millie Kendall. If you really want to unwind you can enjoy a glass of champagne at the very elegant and blinged out ‘Wow bar’. To add to the VIP experience you can sip bubbly wherever you are in the store, whether you’re shopping or having a treatment at the Nails Inc bar (OMG they have a Swarovski nail dryer!), Blinkfairy lash bar or Mark Woolley’s Electric hair featuring chairs fitted with your own iPad and headphones.
Finally take the express lift to the second floor where you’ll find a more discreet range of treatments such as waxing by STRIP (they use chocolate wax!), HD Brows brow shaping, tanning by James Read, laser hair removal and even botox. The space is incredibly elegant and tranquil so you'll easily forget that you’re in a department store.
The Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaarreally is a one-stop destination for beauty and quite frankly, I now want to move to Liverpool! I had a good look around on the opening day and seeing as Olivia Palermo was there to cut the ribbon (in a chic cream coat and leather leggings no less), it would have been rude not to ask her for her beauty tips!
Lily Pebbles: Which makeup items do you always keep in your makeup bag?
Olivia Palermo: I absolutely love YSL Touche Eclat and always have a powder.
Lily Pebbles: What’s your top winter beauty tip?
Olivia Palermo: Make sure that you keep your skin hydrated because with the cold weather you tend to dry out. Using a hydrating mask is great and Vaseline for the lips.
Lily Pebbles: Do you match your makeup to your outfit?
Olivia Palermo: Actually no, I’m quite simple in that my makeup stays the same colour and tone and in the evening it gets a little darker, but I like a fresh face, you know like a nude lip, but also going for the red lip like yours is quite nice.
Lily Pebbles: Which Autumn/ Winter 2012 beauty trends will you be trying?
Olivia Palermo: I like the darker burgundy lip but on my skin tone unfortunately it’s not very flattering so that one’s out. Other than that, probably just warm browns for the eyes.
Lily Pebbles: Who’s your all-time beauty icon?
Olivia Palermo: Ooh that’s a good question! Audrey Hepburn is pretty amazing and Monica Bellucci.
Lily Pebbles blogs at What I Heart Today. The Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar is open now.