Beauty Experiences | Wax in the City

wax in the city - dublinfichtestraße 12Waxing – one of life’s very necessary evils. The words boring, time consuming and painful come to mind. But after recently discovering new waxing studio, Wax in the City I think the three previously mentioned words will be a thing of the past for as long as I keep returning!

With popular stores already gracing the streets of Berlin where it was founded, Vienna, Dublin and Zurich it was about time that Wax in the City set up shop in London and where better than Kings Road? There’s nothing more annoying than having to put your plans on standby because of an appointment so the quick and easy walk-in system makes it ideal to fit a wax into your busy schedule. Whether it’s after lunch at one of the many cafes on Kings Road or just before work, the Wax in the City ladies (or Depiladoras as they’re aptly named) will get you waxed in no time.

Moving on to the most important stuff, it seems that the team at Wax in the City considered first impressions when launching as the super sleek and modern decor makes you forget what you’re there for. A wax. That might just hurt. It’s definitely a far cry from the usually intimidating waxing rooms in salons. And first impressions only get better as your Depiladora takes you downstairs into your own booth and gets to working. This isn’t your usual waxing experience where your therapist knows no mercy. Not at all. There are no strips involved and it’s just simply hot wax made made in their own factory back in Germany from natural beesewax which is known for its calming, soothing and nourishing qualities. What you get is a super quick and painless wax that’ll have you wondering just how it doesn’t hurt and why Wax in the City didn’t come to London any sooner. You could have avoided all of those painful waxing memories…

Liquid Liner Line Up

liquid eyeliner110000 BC and 2006 are years that couldn’t be more further apart, but the former is the year eyeliner was said to be invented and the latter being the year I discovered liquid eyeliner. Amy Winehouse-esque eyes were big at the time so during break my friends and I would congregate in the school bathroom perfecting our technique, although not quite as garish. But I’ve since been through my fair share of liquid eyeliners, from Collection 2000′s Fast Stroke Eyeliner for a cheap as chips £2.99 to a reasonably priced Super Liner Perfect Slim from L’Oreal. The two still get a thumbs up, but the past few months have seen me test some new contenders below:

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Brown*

Superdry Eye Marker*

NARS Eyeliner Stylo in Koala

Wild About Beauty Line and Define Liner Pen*

If I Were To Have Just One Beauty Resolution…

makeup brushes…it would be to wash my makeup brushes more often! The time, effort and ability to induce insanely high levels of boredom earn cleaning makeup brushes a lofty position on my list of worst things to do in the world. It’s a task I just don’t care to do and I always put it off for as long as possible. But when I recently realised how long I’d been leaving the brushes between washes, disgusted wasn’t the world. For someone with skin prone to breaking out I need to do better so now I’m vowing to give my brushes a regular clean – once a week.

When I do wash brushes, I prefer an emulsifying cleansing oil like DHC’s Deep Cleansing Oil* or Shu Uemura Ultimate Cleansing Oil as they latch onto makeup and are clean in just one go. But, when I’m looking for something gentle yet super effective the Dr. Bronner Castile Liquid Soap gets my brushes clean in no time.

Comment and let me know what your beauty resolutions for next year are!

The Beauty Business | Veer Singh – Founder of Vana Malsi Estate

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These days India is abuzz with its growing urban landscapes and thriving cities, but tucked away near the border of Nepal is a little piece of quiet. Far, far away and over the mountains lies Vana, Malsi Estate a spa and wellness retreat in Dehradun, Uttarakhand province. The idyllic estate sits in the foothills of the Himalayas, sprawls across 21 acres and is surrounded by lychee and mango orchards. It boasts two restaurants, 69 rooms, 17 suites and 55 treatment rooms. The offerings include yoga, traditional Ayurvedic treatments, detoxes and Tibetan healing. 

The Vana, Malsi Estate has a specialist team of nutritionists, Ayurvedic doctors and fitness experts to help create your custom itinerary based around your needs. A world away from the tour guides beaten track and gap year explorers intending to find themselves, this is an authentic experience of traditional Indian healing. Travel is changing, and people want more like a deeper cultural experience with something tangible, and Vana meets that.

I recently got the chance to sit with Veer Singh, founder of the retreat over lunch at London’s Nopi restaurant ahead of Vana‘s opening on the 4th January 2014.

Where did the idea for Vana come from? Destiny beckoned! On my return from Spain where I had spent time working to become an organic farmer. On returning to India and not finding my feet in farming, I took over a family project to create a resort on this land. My past experiences and the land itself led me to then transform the vision to make it a place of wellness. This is how the idea for the retreat was born.

What was your vision for Vana been from inception? And what have you done to ensure you meet it? The vision statement of Vana Retreats, ‘our lives will be an expression of our core belief to be of service and enhance wellbeing’ is a reflection of my commitmentWe are the only retreat of its kind in the region, perhaps in the world if you take all the elements that make it into account. The sheer breadth of our wellness offering, and the obsession for quality are truly unique. Our sincerity towards every nuance of wellness, our commitment to ensure pure, holistic wellness makes us unique. Our design is a departure from anything in India. We have stayed away from the usual Indian clichés. And yet, we have showcased elements of India in a contemporary format that nobody else has done. Our USP is that we are a place of wellbeing, in every sense of the word, and all aspects of the experience at Vana matter to us.

Vana Retreat

One of the things that Vana is centred around is Ayurveda. How important is Ayurveda to Vana and why? At Vana we offer Ayurveda in its most complete and pure form under the guidance of our Ayurvedic doctors and therapists. Our treatments are completely authentic, and all products used are selected for their therapeutic value.

Ayurveda treatments and consults are offered in Vana, Malsi Estate’s spacious Ayurveda Centre, which has two consultation rooms with 12 treatment suites. The services offered include the full spectrum of Ayurveda, including consultations, therapies and supplements and the team of Ayurvedic practitioners and therapists are led by Dr Avilochan Singh. Dr Singh is a fourth generation Ayurvedic physician with 15 years’ experience.

What kind of treatments can we expect to see in Vana? The treatments offered encompass each of the seven modalities – Ayurveda, Tibetan healing, natural healing, fitness, aqua therapies and spa treatments including aromatherapy, classic Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, Vana signature massage, Lomi Lomi, scrubs, wraps, facials and a salon service.

Who is the ideal visitor to the retreat? Discerning travellers with a keen interest in wellness and wellbeing – anyone over the age of 16.

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