Let me introduce you to Urban Retreat; a one-stop shop for luxury hair and beauty treatments and premium beauty products. Their flagship store on the top floor of Harrods, houses a whole host of high-end beauty brands including Laura Mercer, Unite, NARS Cosmetics, Shu Uemura and Hourglass. And as I'm feeling a little indulgent, I thought I'd share my top six beauty picks from the Urban Retreat Boutique - notebooks and pens at the ready ladies!
The recently released Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit is simply beautiful. Who wouldn't have this at the top of their wish list? The compact contains a set of universally flattering Hourglass powders, blushers and bronzers. I'm a big fan of their soft-focus powder formulation and would go as far to say this is a beauty must have, especially if you're yet to try their best-selling ambient lighting powders.
The Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation is an old bloggers favourite and was reformulated last year and has been lingering on my wish list ever since. The squeezy tube promises a full coverage, long-wearing, photo-ready finish without the dreaded cake face effect. And as a devotee to Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturiser I have high expectations. Have you ever tried the LM Silk Creme Foundation?
With the cold weather wrecking my hair, I'm on the hunt for a hair mask to rejuvenate my stressed tresses. It can be hard to find a conditioning, yet lightweight mask, but Moroccanoil's Hydrating Mask Light promises to "deeply hydrate and condition while dramatically improve hair's texture, elasticity, shine and manageability" without weighing down your hair. And with nourishing ingredients including Argan oil, this mask might just be the moisture boost my hair is after.
The Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer may be a little pricey, but having read nothing but good reviews, I'm curious to pocket this mineral-based primer and give it a run for its money! The primer from Hourglass claims to "eliminate redness, minimizes pore size, softens fine lines and create a uniform canvas for flawless makeup application" whilst improving makeup longevity.
For many beauty addicts, this loose setting powder from Laura Mercier is their go-to. And it's not surprising as it contains the finest French cashmere talc resulting in a "extremely lightweight, silky, sheer setting powder that leaves skin with a flawless finish". The best seller from LM can be worn alone, or over foundation and concealer and even helps the skin to appear more even due to its light-reflecting silica.
I love a face mask. And award-winning mask mavens GlamGlow have a clearing treatment to target, prevent and heal problem skin including breakouts, discolouration, black and white heads, razor bumps and ingrown hair. GlamGlow Super-Mud is a "powerful, skin-clearing mud visibly draws out dirt and congestion while a proprietary six-acid blend dramatically brightens and softens skin. It works to magnetically draw out dirt and pores with Activated-X Charcoal, leaving skin smoothing and healthy-looking" - sounds good right?