Our pick of the best futuristic beauty products….
Oxygen facials continue to remain the buzz words in anti-ageing and when skin cries for help in January. This new at-home, two-step treatment by top dermatologist Dr. Fredric Brandt cleverly pumps skin with radiance you thought was long lost following festive over-indulgence. A thin layer of the foaming facial masque gets skin glowing as the delicate oxygen spheres mercifully sinks in. Rinse off and pat dry before you apply the protective detoxifying cream to purify and protect.
Dr. Brandt Detoxygen Experience, £63.
Available at Space NK and Selfridges stores.
The namesake may transport your mind to a popular box of chocolates but in fact, this sweet treat is for the feet. You will watch in marvel as some 500 Crystallised Swarovski elements are individually applied to drip your toes with a decadent rock edge. Nail art is set to be a micro-trend in beauty for the year ahead and this deluxe pedicure by Nails Inc. is sure to be a bit beauty hit.
Black Magic Crystal pedicure by Nails inc. £120.
Available at South Molton Street (020 7491 1155) and Harvey Nichols (020 7235 5000).
This is the world’s first serum with plant derived EGF – Epidermal Growth Factor, a biologically active protein that stimulates cell renewal. Previously extracted as a protein from animals, scientists in Iceland have discovered how to develop cellular activators made from plants (barley) and include it in their skin care. You only need 2-4 drops of this highly concentrated serum to improve skin cells at a deep level and help reverse signs of ageing, improve complexion and moisturise. Popular with the Scandinavians, this is definitely one to watch in the world of scientifically advanced skin care.
BioEffect EGF Serum, £125.
Fast Forward Fragrance
British perfumer Michael Boadi has created his own collection called Illuminum, which will certainly set the fragrance world alight. Described as ‘‘luxurious minimalism,’’ his scent Cashmere Musk beautifully matches the softer, understated style elegance of fashion trends to come. Imagine top notes of coconut and fresh greens and it sounds like a tropical salad, but then purple hyacinth, cashmere wood and amber soothe it into a sweet, light and wearable wonder.
Illuminum by Michael Boadi, £80.00 for 5ml.
Available exclusively at Harrods.
Burlesque beauty and dramatic theatrical looks are set to take centre stage. As all the new movies, shows and art pop up, you may want to steal a little of the limelight. If you want your inspired look to stay sophisticated with lavish glamour, try these premium hand-crafted false lashes designed by Eyelure. We love Selene, which is inspired by the Titan goddess of the moon. It features spotted cockerel feathers, moonlit Dorado crystals and the lash base is painted with 22 carat gold leaf for a fluttery, exquisite eye.
The Collection Opulence by Eyelure, from £125.
Available exclusively at Harrods.
Bold, bright pop art shades are hot for spring/summer. We predict the ‘‘it’’ colour this summer to be fuschia and have fallen for the latest Yves Saint Laurent collection. For a fast spring clean to your make-up kit, invest in the Rouge Pur Couture Le Fuschia Lipstick, Creme De Blush in No5 / Fuchsia Temptation, or No3/ Silky Praline to neutralise brighter tones used elsewhere. For a little shimmer, try the Touche Brilliance Sparkling Touch in No3 / Pink Quartz.
Yves Saint Laurent, from £21 per piece.
What a slick ingredient! The myths about oils causing greasy skin and spots have recently been debunked and we’re now embracing the beauty of them more than ever. Liberally apply them to your face, body and hair whenever it feels a little thirsty for total moisture lock-in, nourishment and repair. Dehydrated parts will soak up the benefits of using the Kerastase Elixir Ultime as a treatment and serum on the hair and Barefoot Botanicals Rosa Fina Secret Essence drops on the face and décolletage.
Kerastase Elixir Ultime, £32.72. Barefoot Botanicals Rosa Fina Secret Essence, £26.95.
Beauty on the inside is in and to realistically achieve this without being surrounded by temptation, you may need a quick escape to a well-being retreat. The Yeotox break at Yeotown in Devon, set on 50 acres of organic farmland, may be just what the detox doctor ordered. Here, you rejuvenate physically and mentally and get stuck in to vigorous outdoor activities such as coastal walking, combined with restorative tai chi and yoga sessions. To keep your body aches at bay while working out so hard, you receive daily massages and regular private consultations with Yeotown’s nutritionists.
Yeotox breaks at Yeotown, from £2,108 for one person in shared accommodation for 7 days.
Tel: 01271 328 581