Beauty Notes S/S 2022
The latest innovations to help you look and feel great
Ancient Ayurvedic self-care routines such as hair oiling and applying a turmeric face-masks have long been used in Asian households. But these homemade concoctions are often lacking in luxury. Thanks to a flurry of new products that have arrived in the UK, you can now find traditional remedies made into modern formulas. We highly rate the newly-launched Ranavat range, which is inspired by the beauty rituals of Indian Royalty. The beautifully-packaged Radiant Rani Saffron Brightening Serum (£135, cultbeauty.co.uk) smells incredible and imparts an instant glow. India’s beloved brand Forest Essentials has also arrived on our shores. The products are packed with organic ingredients grown in the Himalayan forests. Try the colloidal gold, ghee and tulsi-packed Moisture Rich Body Milk Soundarya with 24 Karat Gold (£9, lookfantastic.com) for silky-smooth skin.
For stronger and shiner strands, try Fable & Mane Saha Scalp Amla Soothing Serum (£29, fableandmane.com). It’s brimming with conditioning amla, regenerating bakuchi and strengthening aloe.
The perfect scent can transform your wedding space and create a customised atmosphere and mood. Tom Ford Private Blend Lost Cherry Candle (£92) combines sour cherry and bitter almond with florals like Turkish rose, jasmine sambac and sandalwood ñ itís perfect for evening settings.
Great skin enhances your make-up. Stila’s new One Step Correct (£26) is a primer filled with three colour correcting pigments to even out the complexion. It also doubles up as a serum with added vitamins and minerals to diminish the look of pores and fine lines.
Ace Your Base
If achieving an even skin tone, without looking like you’re wearing a ton of foundation is your priority, you’ll love Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Foundation (£34). Its medium-coverage, buildable formula hydrates, covers blemishes and leaves you with a healthy-looking glow. Available in 30 shades.
SPA OF THE SEASON: The Club at Cottonmill, Sopwell House, Hertfordshire
This gem of a spa can be found in Hertfordshire’s Sopwell House, set in leafy St Albans. If rest and relaxation in lavish surroundings is on the agenda, you won’t be disappointed with this recently overhauled £14m facility. Access to Cottonmill is exclusive and limited to hotel residents staying in one of the glorious Mews Suites, or those booked onto a Club Spa Day or Club Spa Break.
You’ll find state-of-the-art facilities, including an outdoor Spa Garden dotted with several hot tubs, a massaging hydrotherapy pool, sensory showers, a panoramic sauna and a sea salt steam room.
When it comes to treatments, there are several to pick from. Elemis and Aromatherapy Associates are the brands of choice, while facials are carried out using the celebrity favourite iS Clinical range.
We recommend the Cottonmill Signature Inner Harmony, which features a range of massage techniques including oils, crystals, Swedish, neuromuscular and lymphatic drainage – all of which will ease away signs of tension.
The immersive deep relaxation room is a must-visit. Filled with sleep pods that gently vibrate, change colour and play soothing music, it’s the ideal place to wallow in post massage.
Mews Suites start from £529 per night and include complimentary access to The Club at Cottonmill Spa.