Beauty Lunch Break: ‘Auricular Acupuncture Treatment’ 15-minute booster session at 58 Lifestyle

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‘Beauty Lunch Breaks’ series continues and this week, it’s all about holistic healing …. beginning with your ears. 

I’m very excited for ‘Auricular Acupuncture Treatment’ at the swanky 58 Lifestyle  on South Molton Street, London.  

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‘Auricular Acupuncture Treatment’15-minute booster session offers a solution to  calm the busy mind, body and soul.  I’m more of a grab-and-go lunch-kind-of-business-women as my mission is to maximise my work week  lunch hour with treatments that will re-boot and recharge to avoid sluggish afternoons.  

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58 Lifestyle is known for an oasis of calm where treatments are holistic to achieve optimal health for mind, body and soul.   There is range wellbeing luxurious products (cruelty-free),  all thoughtfully made.   Products include 100% natural ingredients scents, hand care & body care. 

Described as ‘House Of Experts,’ 58 Lifestyle offers a wide array of holistic treatments for even the most demanding beauty enthusiast.  While in London working at the KLEEN HQ,  58 Lifestyle has really been my work-week go-to sanctuary to stay focused and help to cancel out  ‘noise’ from the high pressures of leading a start up mobile tech company and finding a balance as a young mum. 

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‘Auricular Acupuncture Treatment’ 15-minute booster treatment led by Andre Zitcera, a Somatic Experienced Practitioner & Acupuncturist at Journey Malibu Treatment Centre.  He started with applying earthly top notes include green Mandarin, Jasmin, geranium and coriander on my inner wrists. 

The theory behind ear acupuncture is that the whole body can be mapped out on the ear so it is possible to treat the whole body just by inserting needles into points in your ears. This protocol focuses on five acupuncture points in the ear. These five points affect body functions and are concerned with cleansing the body.

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The theory behind ear acupuncture is that the whole body can be mapped out on the ear so it is possible to treat the whole body just by inserting needles into points in your ears. protocol focuses on five acupuncture points in the ear. These five points affect body functions and are concerned with cleansing the body. Andre Zitcera

 

I felt this release and sense of calmness. as Andre continued to insert the needles into each ear – the needles used are made of stainless steel, are sterile and disposable (they are used only once).  

Continuing to breath in the all-natural balancing scents of aroma therapy oils, Andre talked me through auricular acupuncture points and thought to share the knowledge: 

AURICULAR ACUPUNCTURE POINTS

SHEN MEN: Translated as “Spirit Gate”. This point serves to alleviate anxiety by creating a relaxing effect and balancing heart rate.

SYMPATHETIC: Relates to the emotional nervous system. This point helps to alleviate stress, diseases of the digestive system and aids the respiratory system.

LUNGS: Organ most abused by inhalants such as marijuana, cigarettes, etc. This point helps with breathing and balancing the life force.

LIVER: Responsible for detoxification and blood purification. This point helps with anger and overall confidence.

KIDNEY: Cleanses damage caused by drug and alcohol abuse. This point calms fears and removes insecurities and strengthens the nervous system.

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And just like that – ‘Auricular Acupuncture Treatment’15-minute booster session was all over.  I felt energised and ready to continue my afternoon. 

While walking out of the quite halls of 58 Lifestyle Molton Street, my phone rang.  I was obliged to answer as it was my 2pm scheduled conference call from Zurich.    But this time, I was bright-eyed and ready to power through my conference call and the rest of my afternoon, with zero caffeine. 

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The Radiant Glow Now – Omorovicza new Midnight Radiance Mask

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Best for radiant glow

radiant glow with this brightening overnight mask

Blended with Sand Lily and Salicylic Acid, Omorovicza’s thick, cooling gel quickly dissolves into the skin while gently exfoliating, promoting cell renewal and fighting hyper pigmentation. Hydration is delivered via red algae and hyaluronic acid, while dead skin is sloughed away thanks to black willow extract and salicylic acid – you can nourish and exfoliate all at once.

I really do love this product for so many reasons. Mainly for its natural ingredients and minerals from the healing Hungarian thermal waters. The benefits?  The gel-based formula melts into skin with a refreshing cooling sensation, delivering an instant moisture boost with Red Algae and Hyaluronic Acid helping restore elasticity levels and create a plumping effect – revealing a youthful dewiness.

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The cooling gel texture soothes as it slowly melts into the skin. Leaving skin firmer, more supple and younger-looking. And – it nourishes while helping makeup
glide on effortlessly.

The-Mask-Factor MIDNIGHT RADIANCE MASK

Multimasking is the way to achieve your best skin.  I often multimask once a week including a few of my favourite beauty brands – all at the same time and achieving the results in half the time.

Multimasking is simple, instead of using just one of your favourite face masks, you use three, four, or if you’re feeling brave throw in a fifth.

I always use MIDNIGHT RADIANCE MASK when multi masking as the natural ingredients of  Sand Lily works to treat dark spots and brightens in half of the time.

 

Gloss & Go Blow Dry | DryBy Salon

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Best for hair blow dry 

Having a good blow-dry can transform your entire look and for this reason, blow-dry bars are heaven sent – speedy, functional and expertly executed.

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What I love about DryBy, they offer a speedy makeover with a capsule collection of five blow-dry styles that will take you across the globe – from a classic London look, to beach-ready Rio waves and back to the sleek and chic Upper East Side.  I chose the ROME. 

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Channeling my inner Sophia Loren and my passion for big hair and volume.   I thought it was best suited for a Monday – setting a strong tone for the week ahead right?

The gloss-and-go transformation at DryBy make lacklustre hair look fresh again due to the products used Original & Mineral ( O &M ),  an indie Australian botanical brand I am now crazy about.  The O&M products to “maintain your mane” made easy in even the most hottest summer months of the year while living in a city like London where humidity runs quite high.   Oils of Evening Primrose and Macadamia seed combine in a mild moisturizing everyday formula that cleanses the hair and scalp. Antioxidants and amino acids in Banksia Flower protect, helping freshly washed hair stay healthy.

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O&M hair productsThe result? Hair immediately looks refreshed, healthy and shiny.  Plus, it’s located on Mortimer Street right next to spin studio mid day hair emergencies.

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The 35-minute blow-dry is accompanied by a coffee or sparkling wine so you can disconnect while gloss-and-go transformation make lacklustre hair look fresh out the door quickly.

DryBy Blow-dry, £35, Dryby.co.uk

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Scarf  | The Furla Savana scarf (Furla)

Shirt | Italian cashmere short-sleeve T-shirt (J Crew)

Sunglasses | Miu Miu

Glow For It | FaceGym

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Best for instant facial glow  

It’s Wednesday and I just landed in London for business. Often I feel that I am re-living the American film,  Up In The Air a frequent flyer and secretly always counting my air miles.

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With a few hours to spare before my catch-up meeting with one of my favourite client, I thought a little “glow” this afternoon would add nicely to my polished appearance.

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With FaceGym flag ship studio on Kings Road, I jumped in an uber and booked their new The Party Face (55 mins) online in 3 easy steps.  The treatment promises to tighten and brighten with 24karat gold and silver workout. I chose the gold. The benefit? Gold boosts collagen for the ultimate pre-party radiance. Although I wasn’t planning to attend a party afterwards, I definitely needed an ultimate pre-party radiance to boost this afternoon.

The Party Face (55 mins) included a combination of FaceGym’s unique electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) device that emits mild, yet forceful electrical waves to stimulate muscles and restore skin’s elasticity with the famous 24 karat gold mask from Mimi Luzon for an immediate lift and radiance.

My skin looked flushed, dewy and healthy and my cheekbones more prominent.  It’s ideal way of de-puff and brighten your skin after even a short flight from Zurich.

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FaceGym founder, Inge Theron, “Our new FaceGym revolutionises the beauty scene. Pairing natural products and techniques with state of the art technology, we are able to offer customers non-invasive treatments that help sculpt, lift and tone.”

FaceGym has always been my go-to brand when in London as it offers a healthier alternative in maintaining innovative techniques to stretch and strengthen our 40-odd facial muscles.  A personal trainer (basically a masseuse for your face) uses various knuckling movements and whipping strokes to stimulate blood circulation and collagen production to give the illusion of having had a face lift without the needles.

The Face Gym is available at Selfridges and also at its flagship on the King’s Road.

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Blouse | Silk floral print silk blouse (Valentino)

Shoes | leather sing sandals (Marni)

Insta-worthy brows | Nails & Brows Mayfair

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Best for naturally styled brows in minutes  

 Brows can add structure to the face and offers a more youthful appearance. It’s Monday and an important week ahead.  I realised that I am in dire need a quick tidy, shape and enhancement.  This week, with only 30 minutes to spare, I visited West London’s affluent area Nails & Brows.  Their newest innovative treatment, called the ‘Audrey Brow’ styled by  The Beauty Edit Mayfair  products.

A modern take on Audrey Hepburn’s iconic eyebrow shape, which focuses on the modern women’s signature brow. Sherrille Riley, UK’s leading brow connoisseur with a client list of both celebrities and fashion elite, created an arch – less shape tapering out towards the temple. The result? An instant lift in the eye area.

The Beauty Edit Mayfair has perfected the art of speedy threading. Painless and a quick pick-me-up for tired eyes.

Plus! Walking up to the 2nd floor with white marble, copper and lots of natural lighting was calming and allowed me to disconnect throughout my treatment.

An edited range from leading expert brow Sherrille Riley from founder Nails & Brows newest innovative treatment, The Beauty Edit Mayfair combines her colour of technology, with her expertise in brow architecture to deliver bespoke brow express grooming that fits into a busy schedule like mine.

The products are formulated with an exclusive conditioning complex of castor oil, pro vitamin B5 and vitamin E that promotes the health of hair and encourages growth for stronger, fuller brows. The creamy, non-waxy formulas mean Beauty Edit Mayfair brow pencils are easily applied and aim to achieve a natural, defined finish.

Celebrity brow expert and founder, Sherrille Riley has created an exclusive collection of brow styling solutions created to deliver natural effortlessly defined brows, with pure pigmented colours. The edited collection comprises of ten products, including essential brow tools with pencils and highlighters coming in three shades, blonde, brunette and dark brown. All products are formulated with a conditioning complex of castor oil, pro-vitamin B5 and vitamin E.   Beauty Edit Mayfair will be available to purchase in-store and online from 21 June.

 Her collection neutralises brassiness, redness and ashy undertones to suit a full range of clients.  The collection, which comprises of brow styling solutions created to deliver natural, defined brows, includes Brow Filler (Natural Blonde, Taupe & Dark Dahlia), Brow Lift (Brow Muse, Natural Lift & Pick Me Up) and The Brow Setter which is a clear gel with added cucumber extract.

Plus! Beauty Edit Mayfair offers a brow kit that you can purchase and create a naturally defined look at home.

For more information and appointments, nailsandbrows.me

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Pearls | Tiffany Akoya Pearls

Blazer | STELLA MCCARTNEY Melissa Blazer

Supercharged Facial at Gazelli House

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Why Gazelli House townhouse on Walton Street is London’s best kept secret? There is no formal-looking reception desk, just sumptuous armchairs and wooden tables adorned with products, flowers and oriental tea pots.

The skincare range developed by Dr. Zarifa Hamzayeva, you can expect the therapies offered at their sumptuous new HQ to go way beyond the surface. Membership to their beautiful townhouse on Walton Street comes with their two signature diagnostic treatments. Whether you go in for a facial or a body treatment, each session is completely bespoke and might include anything from microdermabrasion to radio frequency.

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This morning I was pleasantly surprised when a package from Gazelli Skincare arrived.


I was thrilled to
experience Hydra-Radiance Face Mist and Illuminating Perfecting Skin Polish from their award-winning Triple Youth luxury skincare range. Offering the best do-it-yourself skincare products that will help you get a luxury spa experience in the comfort of your own home. 

Last week I travelled a lot for work and as a result, my skin became very dehydrated and dull (even in the summer seasons). Gazelli Skincare uses only the highest quality organic compounds and natural extracts blended with the exclusive and precious ingredient Gazelli White Oil™. 

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The result?   Hydra-Radiance Face Mist helped transform my skin into a natural dewy glow. Above all, this light mist is extremely versatile: used as a toner, applied over make-up and can even be spritzed over your body for a beautiful glow (refreshing aroma). The unique blend of Gazelli White Oil™, Grape Seed Oil and Black Mulberry Extract protects, hydrates and tones the skin with powerful antioxidants, Vitamin E and Omegas. 

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Illuminating Perfecting Skin Polish is a gentle, exfoliating skin polish evens out skin tone and thoroughly clears pores. I have even applied a small portion on my elbows (helped with the dry patchy areas instantly). The result?  The micro-granule Rice Powder lifts dead cells to reveal fresh, softer skin with a more youthful appearance. Red Grape extract locks in moisture and lightens skin tone, while the regenerative Gazelli White Oil™ deeply nourishes, rejuvenates and protects the skin for a luminous and healthy complexion. 

Founded by mother-daughter duo Dr. Zarifa Hemzayeva & Jamila Askarova, this luxury skincare brand, proven to rejuvenate, protect and nourish the skin, is based on the healing powers of a natural oil found only in Azerbaijan.

www.gazelliskincare.com

15-minute LED treatment | The Light Salon

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Best for facial lift and glow on the go

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While on a business trip to London this week I visited The Light Salon located at Harvey Nichols Beauty Room. It was in the neighbourhood where I was scheduled for my meeting pitching my marketing presentation (that I was already excited and anxious about) and thought I needed an extra “glowing confidence” from Knightsbridge’s best kept secret – skin rejuvenation bar.  And so, I ventured out before my marketing meeting at noon.

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My session was a quiet moment of bliss – calm, relaxing and reinvigorating. Sitting comfortably in the white designer lounge chair, the Express LED Rejuvenation (Yellow light) begins. While closing my eyes (protective eye mask applied), I couldn’t help but start to enjoy my lunch break.

I was instantly able to disconnect, while soothingly warm near-infra-red light (the opposite of damaging UV) was silently working away to boost, hydrate, brighten, plump and glow while stimulating collagen and accelerating healing.  The results?  With just one treatment were impressive: my skin immediately looked decidedly more even and radiant.

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Temperature-wise, I never felt too hot while the light was being applied—the brightness is far more noticeable than any heat. In terms of immediate results, co-workers who didn’t know I’d had a facial said my skin looked “fresh” when I returned to work (always a good sign).

After The Light Salon

With no downtime and immediate results, light therapy is fast becoming a popular alternative to traditional facials.  The Light Salon delivers supercharged ExpressLED facials that give you naturally radiant skin, it’s the non-invasive route to a younger looking skin giving you an instant glow that will last for two to three day.

Co-Founder, Laura Ferguson, “As somebody who’s suffered from problem skin in the past, I know how it can feel – like there’s no end in sight. So, when I discovered LED treatments in my thirties, it was like the curtain had been lifted, and my skin showed dramatic improvements. For me, it’s so important that we make this technology accessible to everyone, because everybody deserves to be their best self.”

The menu also includes add-ons such as Microdermabrasion Buffs, smooths, decongests (15mins) or the Express LED Acne Treatment (Blue light) anti-bacterial, deep cleansing, corrective (25mins).  It’s the ultimate boost to your skin’s natural radiance, and just the thing for targeting problem areas that naturally boosts the skin’s collagen production, correcting and healing.

Due to popular demand, The Light Salon treatments are now also available at Cowshed Selfridges, either while having a manicure and pedicure or simply on their own.

The Light Salon at Harvey Nichols and Cowshed Selfridges, from £35 a treatment.

www.thelight-salon.com

 

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Earrings | Pinko

Dress | Pinko

Nail Colour | Crush On You (The Ned, Cheeky Nail Bar)