We’re going to profess to know what women want in this article…and we’re going to play the card…we know, because we’ve got a lot of women on our team, all ages, from all over the world, with lots of different life experiences. So…our team view is that we expect our loved ones to go the extra mile on special occasions! I mean…c’mon who doesn’t right? It doesn’t always need to be a huge spend or even monetary but in the main, we all want a little extra TLC on the old Hallmark days.

The month of March kicks off with International Women’s Day (March 8th), and finishes with Mothering Sunday on the 31st, so if there ever was a time of the year to impress your wife, partner, sister, mother or grandmother this month is it.

What do Women Want? Quality Time

As women we’re always juggling a million things at the same time, because we can, and we’re just better at it than men (science says so, not us, fact!), but sadly that leaves us with little time, to plan quality time, with you, the men in our lives. So we really really appreciate it when you make the effort to organise something for both of us. Everyone loves a lunch or dinner out and that’s always a good idea, but how often do you take us to afternoon tea? Mother’s Day or Women’s day is the perfect excuse to try it if you haven’t done so already, and here are our favourite places for afternoon tea in London.

Afternoon Tea:  The Dorchester, The Langham, or Claridges. The setting is elegant, the scones mouthwatering, and the atmosphere absolutely charming. We recommend booking at least a couple of weeks in advance to secure your table. 

Fancy a day out in nature? You can plan a picnic or a hike or why not both? Our favourite picnic spots are near the Peace Pagoda in Battersea park or near Kenwood House in Hampstead Heath which has unbeatable views of London. Just a short drive out of the city is Box Hill which has quite a few family friendly hikes to choose from.

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It’s no secret that we all enjoy a bit of pampering once in a while, and no, you rubbing our feet for 5mins does NOT count as pampering. We’d much rather have a professional do that, thank you. And we know the beauty treatment menu can sound like Chinese to some, so we’re perfectly happy getting a pampering gift card so we can choose our own treatment. With a range massages, mani/pedis, facials, and other beauty treatments, USPAAH can deliver instant bliss to your door, and you can book same day too (for those who tend to do things last minute;)).

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The organic beauty industry is growing fast. Currently worth £61.8 million, the non-toxic ingredients are on the rise! In the same way that people are rethinking what they put IN to their bodies, they’re now questioning the products they use ON their bodies – leaning towards using products that are natural as well as mindful of not only the body, but the environment too.

Organic products = no GM, no toxic chemicals, no parabens, no synthetic fragrances, no nano particles, and certainly no animal testing. To celebrate this positive movement, here are some of our favourite organic beauty brands; scroll down to see the products you’ll be filling your bathroom cabinet up with in 2018.

JURLIQUE

Jurlique

Giving the big guns like Dermalogica a run for their ‘water mist’ money, is the Rosewater Balancing Mist (£18) by Australian brand, Jurlique. One of the natural brands bestsellers, the facial spritz combines antioxidant properties and rose water to leave you with perfectly hydrated, and fresh smelling skin. Super pretty bottle for your dressing table too! The brand grow and extract most of their ingredients at their own organic and biodynamic Jurlique Farm in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia, if that’s not dedication to the purity of skin care, then we don’t know what is!

MV ORGANIC SKINCARE

MV Organics

Want super smooth skin like Britain’s sweetheart, Emma Watson? Now’s your chance! Emma swears by another Aussie brand MV Organics Rose Soothing & Protective Moisturiser (£80). We quote “It’s extra hydrating and smells of roses, which is heaven”. Founder Sharon McGlinchey is a pioneer in the world of organic skin care, developing her collection to help those dealing with skin sensitivities such as eczema and rosacea. Her formulas encourage your skin to function at its optimum efficiency as a long-term anti-ageing investment… pretty pricey? Totally worth it. *Adds to online shopping basket*

MAULI RITUALS

Mauli

Mauli is a celebration of love, nature, tradition, a sacred red thread known as ‘mauli’ forms an integral part of India’s blessing rituals which is given to friends and family as a symbol of protection, connection and wellbeing. With that in mind, organic brand Mauli instruct that their intention is to ‘offer exquisite products created with your wellbeing in mind’. We’re suckers for anything that leaves you with that just-left-the-spa type of feeling, and Mauli’s Reawaken Hand & Body Lotion (£29) does just that. Infusing blood orange to firm the skin, and frankincense to boost immunity, it’s literally like wellbeing in a bottle.

100% PURE

100 Pure

We love discovering new beauty brands that are natural and organic, and we love it even more when they’re must-have’s of our fave celebs. Shailene Woodley supposedly swears by the makeup products from 100% Pure, which was founded in a Napa, California farmhouse in 2005 and now based in Silicon Valley. This brand focuses on providing healthy skincare, colour cosmetics and bath and body products that are free of all harmful toxins. Must have product? Their Fruit Pigmented Ultra Lengthening Mascara in Black Tea. It’s. Just. Everything.

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Those are just a few of our ultimate brands to watch out for in 2018. We’ve included a few more brands that you have to try out. New Years resolutions made easy huh?

RMS Beauty (Miranda Kerr loves it – say no more), Axiology (great for vegan lippy!), Patyka (indulgent but worth it), Neal’s Yard (Londoners, we’re looking at you).

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2017 has proved to be an exciting time for the beauty industry –to embracing eco friendly products, to long awaited UK launches, and finally welcoming beauty brands to suit people of all colour (hell-yeah to Fenty Beauty!). Along with the highs, came negative press surrounding various publications and campaigns altering images of women’s natural beauty; it’s been a diverse year to say the least. Keep scrolling for the most influential and controversial beauty moments of 2017.

KKW BEAUTY CONTROVERSY

KKW Beauty

June 2017 saw Kim Kardashian release her beauty line ‘KKW Beauty’, describing it as the ‘highlight’ of her career. Internet users compared the campaign images to blackface – something the selfie Queen strongly denied. “I would never in a million years be disrespectful and do that,” she said of the images on an episode of Keeping Up. Luckily for Kimmy, the controversy didn’t do much damage – her products sold out in less than three hours the day it launched, bringing in an estimated $14.4 million.

WELCOME GLOSSIER

Glossier

Finally, after years of waiting from die-hard British beauty fans, the New York based beauty brand launched in the UK in October. After a successful pop up store in July, Glossier announced international shipping to the UK, and Emily Weiss (Founder & CEO) became a modern day Mother Teresa. With their ethos being ‘skin first, makeup second’ – the products are truly fitting with the healthy and natural trend that 2017 has brought us, and we’re oh so excited to see what’s in store for 2018.

BYE BYE MICRO-BEADS

Microbeads

The government announced in July that it was banning micro-beads from all products, with effect from early 2018. Think toothpaste, body wash and face scrubs – Michael Gove broadcast the ban in his first speech as Environment Secretary. With a direct correlation being found between micro-beads to what’s found in the ocean’s, the ban is a major step forward for the beauty industry, and the world.

FENTY BEAUTY BOSSES IT

Fenty

After three years of rumours, Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty finally launched at the Harvey Nichols. Using some of the most diverse faces in the media from Slick Woods to Leomie Anderson, the tagline screams boldly “The New Generation of Beauty”.  Dissimilar to SO many beauty brands out there, Rihanna and her team brought 40 different foundation shades to the Fenty table – offering products suitable for albino skin to the darkest of tones. When Ri Ri does something she does it WELL, and don’t Fenty’s competitors know it…

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It’s that time of year again – Movember. Whether you just fancy keeping your face a little warmer this Winter, OR you’re doing it for the greater cause of Movember, you may find it a little tricky to not look like an overgrown version of yourself! So if you’re new to the beard game or need some fresh products for your ‘tache/beard, we’ve selected our top beard grooming products.

Mr Natty Famous Beard Elixir

Mr Natty Elixir

Facial hair tends to draw moisture from the skin, which may leave you with dry flaky patches underneath and within your new friend (the Mo’ of course). Make sure you hydrate the area with regular moisturising and hydrating sessions, and not just with any old moisturiser. It’s time to bring in the big guns. Mr Natty’s Beard Elixir is combined with the finest of essential oils, and thankfully subtly scented too (trust us, neglected hair can develop a bit of an odour guys!).

Mr Natty – Beard Brush

Beard Brush

So now you have a nourished and clean beard, but you’re still looking a little Zach Galifianakis(Alan from The Hangover, say no more). We recommend using Mr Natty’s Beard Brush to help achieve smoothness, keeping all your random beard hairs in place. Brush in the direction of the hairs to keep it looking neat and wait for it, it can promote growth direction making beard growing simple and stress-free.

Moustache and Beard Wax

Beard Wax

You’re a few weeks into Movember and your facial hair’s actually looking quite impressive. Now, it’s time to perfect the moustache. Once you’ve tidied it up with mini scissors and a razor, it’s time to unleash the magic – moustache wax. Describing their product as ‘an extra firm moustache wax that puts the handle in your handlebar’, The Brighton Beard Companies Jevington Jigg’s Jasmin & Lemon Extra Firm Moustache Wax is perfect for creating mighty shapes with your mo’. Simply apply a small amount with your finger tips, otherwise you might end up looking a little Freddie Mercury circa 1981.

Bye Movember, Hello December

Bye Movember

Like they say, men and their gadgets… and this is going to be one set of tools you’ll not be able to live without after Movember is over. It’s all well and good turning to the bearded/’tache life, but if you look like you’ve been living in the outback for a month then its time to give yourself a little trim. Try BaByliss 6-In-1 Facial Grooming Kit which includes an array of tools ranging from a moustache trimmer to a nose and ear trimmer this kit has everything you need to keep looking sharp and stylish.

If your skins feeling a little dry and neglected after a month of Movember hair growth, a little TLC wouldn’t go a miss. We recommend USPAAH’s 1 hour Pure Skin Facial.

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We’re all over this ‘no makeup’ makeup trend that’s been hitting the runway this season, there’s just no denying that fresh-faced beauty is having its moment again. Perfect for the humid summer season, and on days when you’ve snoozed the alarm all too many times – this could just be the Florence Nightingale of all trends.  So we’ve pulled together our favourite makeup and skincare tricks that will give you that gorgeous glow-from-within look. Need to be ready in 10 minutes? Good job we only need 5.

BARE FACED

Bare Faced

Prep your skin with Charlotte’s Magic Cream by Charlotte Tilbury (£70). Moisturising your skin is one step you should never miss out – yes, really! Containing hyaluronic acid, it works to lift your complexion and intensely moisturise your skin. Yep, it really is magic.

LASHED OUT

Lash out

There’s something a little cooler about an ‘au naturel lash’. And by au naturel, we mean makeup that doesn’t look like makeup of course. Curly lashes are the best for opening up your eyes, and our favourite curlers are these must have’s by Shu Uemura (£21.50). Then, try Estee Lauder’s mascara primer (£20), which doubles lash volume and sets lashes, meaning less, if not no mascara is needed (depending on how brave you’re feeling ladies!).

CHEEKY

Cheeky

For a natural looking flush, brush on a little bit of the Gina blusher by Nars (£23)  – the micronised powder ensures for a soft blendable application, this could even be a ten second job, I kid you not.

POUT AND OUT

Pout and Out

Before you rush out the door (or whilst you’re on the tube, lets be honest), give your lips some much-needed nourishment with Dr Lipp’s Original Nipple Balm (£12). Famous for it’s fast acting and long lasting effects, Dr Lipp formula is free of additives and fragrances, it’s designed to hydrate, nourish, and plump out all types of skin. Loved in the industry by celebrity make-up artists, this pocket size product will leave people wondering what your secret trick is.

For natural looking day makeup, or purified skin from the inside and out, download the USPAAH app today and get booking your appointments.

Wimbledon Prep

Wimbledon is one of our favourite events of the year, for many reasons. It’s one of the perfect fashion events that set’s the tone for the rest of our summer social calendar, and with the possibility of bumping into old friends, celebrity A-listers (Bradley Cooper we’re looking at you), or even appearing on TV for a whole millisecond, Wimbledon preparation is certainly needed! It’s time to indulge in underdog victories, manicured lawns, and non-stop coverage. Below we’ve listed our biggest style and wellness tips to give you a little boost.

MANI MANIA

Mani Mania

Our favourite “trend” for summer events like Wimbledon is simply, nude, natural looking nails. Apostrophes needed around the word “trend” because nude, natural nails are always in. Always. For fair skin, you should probably lean towards creamy, mauve-based ballet pinks like Essie in Brooch The Subject or Allure. For darker and olive skin types, something with a touch of peach or beige will be the most flattering , so try our obsession Samoan Sand by OPI.

MIDDLETON MAKEUP

Middleton Makeup

We’re often crushing on K-Mid, who isn’t? When it comes to her hair, makeup, and styling she’s always on point, so lets all take inspo from this royal babe. Wimbledon calls for the beautifully barefaced look, and because it actually takes some makeup (and maybe even a few false lashes!), you might want to get your face painted by one of our talented Sparistas. I mean, it would be silly not to right? We imagine K-mids skin might have a lit-from-within glow naturally, but a few dabs of a highlighter, like Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator, will also give us mortals the same result.

PRETTY LIKE PIPPA

Pretty Like Pippa

Its not just about Kate Middleton though, we’re pretty sure the whole of the UK has fallen in love with Pippa Middleton too, right? Not one to falter in the style stakes, Kate’s little sister gives us both hair and tan envy all in one! If you’re partial to a sun-kissed look like this bronzed babe, a USPAAH spray tan is the answer! If not, we’ve mentioned before that we love St.Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion, perfect if you’d prefer to build a tan over-time. Hair wise, Pippa is never seen without a blow dry – when would shiny, bouncy hair ever not be a thing? If you’re strapped for time, try a low, no fuss, ponytail. Create the illusion of width by adding texture; pull layers out near the front, and holding an iron vertically, curl them outward. Regardless of face shape or hair type, it’s actually surprisingly easy to master the look, just like our lovely Pippa!

MORE MASSAGE

More Massage

If the sporting season has got you all fired up, and you’re about to kick-start your fitness regime all over again, we recommend you invest in a massage… or three. We’re all about wellbeing and health, mind, body, and spirit. Getting active can often cause a little strain on your body (especially after BBQ’s and copious amount of Aperol spritz!), so a deep tissue/ sports massage is the perfect reason to start working out again!


Got questions? Simply contact concierge@uspaah.com or call 020 7101 3534

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If you’re heading to The Royal Ascot this weekend, here are our top fashion, hair and beauty suggestions to get you ready for five days of pageantry, and Pimms!

Frills and flutes

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This years Royal Enclosure style guide will tell you that strapless, off-the-shoulder, halter and spaghetti straps are a no-go. Luckily, the fashion favourite this racing season is the statement sleeve; we’re talking frills, flutes and lots of fun. Straps aside, the dress code has entered modern territory this year, with trouser suits and jumpsuits both now welcome attire in the Royal Enclosure – this navy Reiss all-in-one is perfect for a day out in the sun!

Head Pieces

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Expect the unexpected – gone are the traditional emblems of Royal Ascot headgear, and in our neon-pink tie-dye effect feathers, and voluminous headpieces in kaleidoscopic, hand-painted abstract prints. Designer Noel Stewart translates high fashion into occasion wear from his small studio in cosmopolitan Dalston, stating “Royal Ascot is one of the few occasions where you have an opportunity to do something daring, and to express your personality. I like making people feel like a more brilliant, exciting, chicer version of themselves.”

Bring the Beach

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This year, it’s all about ‘natural’ waves (with a little help of course!). Artfully tousled, just-off-the-beach hair can be yours with a little help from Oribe’s Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray, containing a mix of oils and plant extracts that provides a lustrous shine and a sultry, wavy texture perfect for wearing underneath a hat or fascinator at the races.

Naked Nudes

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When it comes to makeup on days out during the summer, dewy soft skin and natural hues are a must. Charlotte Tilbury’s Instant Look In A Palette is a great go-to compact for a fresh-faced look on-the-go. It features seven glow-giving shades, including the iconic Swish and Pop blushers and signature Eye Smoke.

Colour Splash

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If you want to add a colour pop, a vibrant orange is always a fun shade to try, and it works well with brighter summer hues. If MAC’s creamy ‘Morange’ lipstick isn’t a summer staple of yours already, then it will be after today!


Got questions? Simply contact concierge@uspaah.com or call 020 7101 3534

Wedding Countdown

As Craig David once crooned way back when, a lot can happen in 7 days! With just one week to go until the big day, we’re hoping that your beauty prep plan is set in stone. Even so, we’ve listed a few top tips that will help you be the best version of yourself that you can possibly be.

DAY 7

Diet

Add that extra bit of HIIT training to help you burn fat in a short space of time! You must try one of our favourite cycle classes by Psycle London, offering high intensity, low impact, head to toe workouts on a bike – believe us when we say you’ll leave their studio on an exercise HIGH!

DAY 6

Facial

Why not try our Anti Age Facial, a treatment that purifies, nourishes and tones the skin? If not, we love the Bio Lifting Mask by CHANTECAILLE. Often described as a face-lift in a jar, the revitalising and cooling formula virtually irons out your face! If you have sensitive skin however, stick to calming facials before you try out new products so soon to the wedding.

DAY 5

Food

Step away from the G&T! Cut back on alcohol, salt and other foods that make you bloat, and incorporate green juices to maximise on de-bloating and antioxidant consumption/ digestion. If you don’t have time to prepare everything yourself then try out celebrity favourite, Plenish Juice Clease, a premium delivery service offering fresh, juice cleanses – they even have specialised Bridal packages to help boost energy levels, achieve glowing skin, and lose a few pounds! Food wise, think veggies, healthy fats like avocado and fatty fish like salmon, loaded with skin-glowing antioxidants, they’re perfect for pre wedding day prep.

DAY 4

Brows

You must have planned your waxing and threading for around now, but why not give eyebrow mapping a try? Experts determine exactly where your ideal brow should start, arch and end #eyebrowenvy. We’re so into this treatment, take a look at Benefit’s free of charge brow-mapping service, and see what a well-shaped brow can do for your face!

DAY 3

Massage

What the bride wants, the bride gets 😉 Destress with one of our Deep Tissue Massages… any excuse!

DAY BEFORE

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Mani and Pedi time! Check out OPI’s amazing range of Nudes and taupes to suit your skin tone here. Choose from best-selling beige tinged taupes like ‘Berlin There Done That‘ or try a taste of sweet creamy nudes like ‘Dulce De Leche‘ to achieve the look of naked nails.

Nails

Take a moment to step back and relax. All of your hard work, (tantrums) and excitement have all been leading up to tomorrow; now it’s time to enjoy the best day of your life. Promise.

If you want to book in for some of your favourite treatments in the final week before your special day, then Contact USPAAH on 020 7101 3534 or email concierge@uspaah.com.

It’s not long until you make it official with the love of your life, and no doubt you’re full of excitement and butterflies. It’s the beginning of a new chapter in your lives together, and you’ll want to cherish every moment of it. Amongst all of the madness (and excitement!), it’s easy for you to forget about the small, yet not so small details you need to consider before the big day. Our guide will ensure that you look every bit the blushing, glowing, beautiful bride when the day arrives, so keep scrolling if you don’t want to risk any fake-tan fiascos or makeup disasters.

HAIR AND MAKE-UP

Makeup

By now you should have narrowed down the two or three styles you like, and preparation is key if you want to look your very best, K-Midd style. If you’re going for your hair down, we particularly love the versatile Dry Texturizing Spray by Oribe, which adds lift at the roots, texture and volume, and is a clients favourite. Luckily, it also comes in a travel size so that you can keep this with you all day!  Whether you’re going for the natural I-woke-up-like-this, or a full blown Kardashian look, feeling comfortable and beautiful is a must. Minimum fuss, maximum impact.

BODY

Tan

Obviously you need the best of the best for your Wedding Day, and we’ve got the secret to a bronzed glow to rival Jennifer Anniston’s! Sienna X and Vitavita Liberata tanning products are both celeb favourites in the industry, no streaks, funny smelling fumes and they’re incredibly long lasting. Hey – you could even stretch your tan out until the honeymoon! If you’d prefer to build a tan over time, we recommend this St.Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower LotionLeading tanning expert, James Harknett, shares his tanning tips for brides: “There are finishes on the skin that compliment all complexions and occasions.” 

SKIN

Skin

Revive your skin care regime! Cleanse, tone, and moisturise every morning and night—and don’t forget to exfoliate twice a week. “Who cares if I don’t look radiant on my wedding day”, said no one, EVER. We also recommend that you book a facial… or three! To keep your skin looking plump and nourished between facials, try radiance treatment and mask, Good Genes by Sunday Riley; did someone say face lift in a bottle?

LAST BUT NOT LEAST… RELAX

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Wedding planning at this crucial stage is stressful, and don’t we know it! Book yourself a massage and enjoy a bit of relaxation and pampering to de-stress. Spoil yourself – you deserve it.

We offer Bridal Packages, as well as hair and makeup packages, starting from £92.


Want to make a group booking for you and a friend? Simply contact concierge@uspaah.com or call 020 7101 3534

As the invitations mount up and the lights go down, make way for a dash of glitz and a pop of glamour. Need a bit of help with your festive make up? Our professionals have picked out the best products out there to help you shine all day and all night.

Party Makeup – The Festive Edit

The power of party makeup can be considerable, as winter skin can look all over sun starved and dull from dehydration. So we’ve gathered the best new products on the block, designed to help you fake that glow, embrace your inner showgirl (if only for the night) and get your party game face on.

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Preparation is key so be sure to exfoliate with time saving multi-taskers such as Exfolikate by Kate Sommerville. A healthy mix of AHA’s, salicylic acid, vitamins A, C and E reveal a glowing, fresh-from-the-facialist complexion.

Potions to perk up tired, dull skin. We just adore Oskia’s Get Up & Glow; this energising serum is akin to sunshine in a bottle a sheer, a pearlescent almost duo-crome gel it works by boosting the skin’s oxygen uptake it’s stacked with skin plumping peptides and – yes it does actually glow!

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Prime: Long gone are the days when primers simply ensured that makeup lasted… new generation primers such as Charlotte Tilbury’s Wonderglow creates a light diffusing ethereal glow giving skin an instant “spotlight Effect”.

Base: Switch up your foundation for a more winter appropriate option, such as Aqua Glow by Stila. This ultra lightweight, water-based serum foundation helps to instantly smooth, hydrate and perfect the look of skin. It utilises multi-reflective colour pigments to optically bounce light off the skin.

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Highlight or Illuminate: Less is more – Our Pro’s picks: Becca’s Champagne Pop highlighter. Delicately blend over cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, over the cupids bow and across the upper brow bone for a subtle glow. Illuminate with Mac Strobe CreamPro Tip: Mix this into your day cream, foundation or pat over your finished makeup.

Cheeks: While in the summer your artfully applied cream blush can go from dewy glow to sweaty sheen in a matter of hours the cooler winter climate ensures a sweep of cream blush can be an effective short cut to a swish of lustre. Top Picks L’Eclat Cremeux by Kevyn Aucoin or get on trend with blush oils by the likes of LA beauty brand Milk.

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Eyes: Take this season’s cue from makeup legend Pat McGrath whose work has graced countless fashion catwalks. Pat’s latest collection Metalmorphasis is the ultimate in metallic sheen a collection of sublime molten metal shades, brighten eyelids, line lids, gild lips, and metalize shoulders with sensuous shine. P.S Our Makeup artist’s are ready and waiting if you would rather leave it to the pros?

Lips: Plump for deep gothic reds as seen in the patent glosses by Dior in the A/W shows or mat ruby stains keeping liner invisible. For nudes glisten up with a swipe of a golden gloss like Sephora’s ultra shine gel in Sand.

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Want full body dazzle? Apply Natasha Denona’s new body highlight powder “Glow” using a large fluffy brush to the décolleté, collar bones and limbs to make skin appear absolutely flawless. It’s all about bouncing off that light!

Finishing touches – get your party shoes on, a twist and a shake and your ready to go!


 

This season, we are offering a special Christmas Party Package. Get your hair and makeup done for £92. Pay an extra £5 to get eyelashes done and add on a manicure while you’re at it for a total of £131 (saving £15).

Take a look at our Special Christmas Offers and Book your dazzling Christmas Makeover via the app, website or email concierge@uspaah.com now.