Christmas party season is here and what better way to get in the swing of things than booking some pre-party beauty treatments? Whether you’re attending a Christmas party or a family get-together or if you just fancy a spot of pampering in time for all the festivities, see our recommendations. And let’s not stop at party prep treatments; why not indulge in a recovery massage at Cowshed to detoxify and renew for the New Year celebrations?
The skin prep
In a quiet residential street in Chelsea, you will find one of London’s best cosmetic and aesthetic clinics. Mallucci London is only a year old and already has a long list of clients. They love the discreetness of the location, not to mention the array of treatments on offer. Whether you are in search of a subtle tweak with cosmetic surgery or a non-surgical facial that delivers results fast, Mallucci has it covered. Global Blue’s online managing editor Kirsty Welsh tested out the Hydrafacial and can safely say she will be back again next month. This is a great detox for your skin, shredding dead skin cells and unclogging pores. You’ll be blackhead free by the end of the treatment and your skin will be glowing with health ‒ think a fresh dewy glow, not that usual post-facial redness you expect from extractions. This is the fastest way to radiant skin
Mallucci London, 13 Crescent Place, London SW3 2EA, +44 (0)20 3915 7400
The precision haircut
Don’t be fooled by its small size, this hair salon delivers beyond all expectations, providing the most precision of haircuts we’ve experienced. The stylists are expertly trained and have worked for some of the world’s leading brands and fashion publications. Their knowledge about hair is refreshing and they know what cut is best suited to your hair type, rather than suggesting a style that is too fussy for everyday maintenance. We highly recommend a session with Emmanuel who not only will deliver the cut of your dreams but the blow dry to cause serious hair envy‒ think cool girl beach-esque waves without the overdone factor. Having visited Salon Sloane we now know why it has such a celebrity fan base; it’s a secret London beauty spot for insiders in the know.
Salon Sloane, 186 Pavilion Road, London SW3 2BF, +44 (0)20 7259 0068
The ultimate manicure
House of Lady Muck
Move over Dryby, there’s a new super-stylish nail bar in town. This one has all the plush pink chairs you could want, along with neon lights, plants and perfectly displayed nail colours ‒ basically all the Instagram material you could hope for. It is perfectly positioned in the basement of Topshop at Oxford Circus and here you will find professional nail technicians who will clip, buff, trim and paint their way to your best manicure yet. Expect gel manicures, CND seven-day polish, pedicures and nail art with a wide range of designs to choose from. Whether you are opting for a festive look or wanting ideas you must give their Instagram account a follow for some serious nail inspiration
House of Lady Muck, Topshop, 214 Oxford Street, London W1C 1DA, +44 (0)20 7927 7674
The recovery pros
Cowshed off Carnaby Street
There is no place quite like Cowshed off Carnaby Street for some of the best beauty treatments going. The moment you walk in you will feel a deep sense of relaxation thanks to the expertly designed interiors and the array of Cowshed products on display. New to the Cowshed treatment menu are Bespoke Body Therapies for which a therapist will tailor a treatment according to your specific needs on the day. Perhaps you are feeling sluggish after a month of Christmas festivities, in which case you may like the detoxifying treatment or a nourishing treatment for parched winter skin. Your bespoke treatment will start with dry body brushing to boost circulation, followed by a full body exfoliation, and then by your detox or nourishing massage using Cowshed’s much-loved body oils.
Cowshed, Foubert’s Place, London W1F 7QG, +44 (0)20 7534 0870
The make-up pros
Chanel at St Pancras
It wouldn’t really be Christmas without a little bit of Chanel beauty in your life. Whether you want a quick make-up touch up, or are looking to create smoky eyes or statement pillar box red lips, Chanel is a one-stop beauty boutique for all your pre-party looks. The latest Libre collection is one to get excited about, especially the lion-embossed gold highlighting powder that adds a subtle golden sheen to the skin. We tested this out in the store, teamed with striking red lips which our make-up artist colour-matched to our skin tones and we were Christmas cocktail ready in no time.
Chanel, Unit 37D, St Pancras International Station, London N1C 4QL, +44 (0)20 3479 8958