Hot on the Highstreet Week 100

One of my best friends swears by Dermalogica products, and her skin always looks divine so I wanted to try the range for myself. Previously I have had bad experiences with prescriptive skin companies, but so far Dermalogica has left my skin glowing and blemish free.

Before selling the products, this company insist on a face mapping analysis so that the beauty routine and products are personalised to your skin type and needs. There are Dermalogica outlets in Westfield and One New Change, conveniently placed in shopping centres. I went along to Westfield to have a mini facial to determine which products would be best suited to me. Lying in the middle of the shopping mall corridor was a strange sensation… having my face massaged and pampered whilst shoppers dashed past and the annoying muzak blared.

The therapist at Dermalogica was very complimentary and pleased with my skin (obviously those occasional moisture masks have paid off). Just a few areas were noted as dehydrated or a little irritated. She also mentioned the broken capillary problem and touch sensitive skin on my cheeks which I have been told about before.

I was given a lovely cleansing and moisturising facial and then given a list of products and instructions for the lotions and potions I should use. With my new cleanser, toner, exfoliant, moisturiser, masque, concentrated boosters, targeted treatments, eye treatments, day light defence and tinted moisturiser my skin has been revolutionised. The best thing about the Dermalogica range? It is quick and easy to use… so for busy Londoners Dermalogica’s are the ideal products. My two favourite items are the toner which is just spritzed on and the exfoliator which comes in a powder form and is soft and gentle on the skin.

I’m really looking forward to seeing the results as I continue with the Dermalogica routine, so far my face feels fabulous!

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Hot on the Highstreet Week 96: Spring Beauty Must Haves

The clocks have gone forward and spring is upon us… I have found and tried some of the best beauty products designed to prep, prime and plump your skin, face and hair ready for the new season.

I love the Shu Uemura make up range so it is no surprise that I found the ART OF HAIR care equally effective. These high end products are results driven and will not let you down… you can rarely purchase them in high street stores, instead the brand prefers to be stocked by the salons that use them and they can also be bought online. Shu Uemura hair care is expensive but worth every penny. The Silk Bloom restorative shampoo (£24) and conditioner (£32) are the perfect way to start your hair routine. Before blowdrying apply Satin Design Polishing Milk (£22) which will create a gorgeous shine and fluid movement. I also love the Shu Ample Angora (£16.75), a voluminizing light foam which adds a graceful wave to my hair.

For further styling, use your little black bottle of Nicky Clarke’s newest product, the backcombing dust ‘Tease Me’ (£14.50) to create a messy hairstyle with texture and volume. Simple apply to the roots and fluff up.

Thalgo is not a brand I’ve heard of before now. Leaders in marine beauty, they use active sea ingredients to create transforming skin products. I was very pleased to discover their Energising Vitality Cream (£33.20) which is ideal for my dehydrated skin providing an instant moisture lift and, thanks to the enriching vitamins, leave the skin dewy and vibrant. I adore the Thalgo Reviving Marine Mist (£24.50) too because it is so easy to apply and to use wherever whenever. It is a refreshing spray that will ensure your skin receives the therapeutic benefits of the sea, without leaving home.

The SUPER range by Dr Nicholas Perricone substitutes the toning step of your skin routine with activating. These revolutionary products use the power of superfoods to give your skin an essential boost, hydrating and ensuring a springtime glow. Displayed in stylishly simple bottles, I have tried the Brightening Activator, a treatment prep with Melon Carotenoids (£28.50), it gave my skin a healthy glow all day, and seems to improve with each day you continue to use it.

The most appropriate spring product though is Perricone MD No Sun Tanner (£54). This product naturally smooths, tones and develops sun kissed skin. The products promises to avoid the usual self tanning dilemmas – no stickiness, unpleasant odours nor streaks. Presented in a very smart glass bottle, it is a luxurious designer self tanner that will prepare your pasty legs for their first uncovered spring outing. I love the coconut smell and found after a few days of use I had a lovely sun kissed colour. This is my favourite spring must buy product.

I’m sure I don’t need to introduce you to the Philip Kingsley products, as this famed hairdressers range is known amongst beauty lovers as the vital hair products. Kingsley is a leading authority on hair health, his products have had miraculous effects on my bleach damaged hair. The carefully concocted products sooth and energise tired hair and scalp. The Scalp Toner (£17.90) is a particularly wonderful product which supplies the scalp with stimulating stringent and antibacterial benefits, hoping to promote growth. The leave in formula applied after washing has a relaxing effect. With my blonde hair I prefer to wear it curly, which is when the Philip Kingsley’s weatherproof hairspray (£9.50) comes in handy. This multi-purpose hairspray is perfect to prepare for unexpected spring showers and has a flexible lasting hold.

Geilly Green are one of my very favourite salons, offering wonderful treatments and their own range of luxurious products. I recently tried their natural hand and body wash, an indulgent grapefruit and cassis flavoured shower gel (£12) that will leave you feeling silky and smooth and smelling delicious.

These are just a few of my favourites for spring, I’d love to hear about what you use to prepare your skin and hair for the warmer months!