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Beauty news, interviews and how-to’s straight from the Urban Retreat experts

  • Olivia Cox
    Sunday Service

    An easy way to create a fishtail plait

    - 21 November 2014 -

    Plaits are no longer confined to the playground and have graced the catwalks season after season. A fishtail plait can be fiddly but looks so effortlessly elegant and laidback we had to know the secrets to creating this perfect braid. With the help of Urban Retreat’s salon Director Josh Rees Hole and blogger Olivia Cox we learn some insider tips and tricks that will keep your plait looking chic all day…

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  • Olivia Rubyn
    Sunday Roast

    Interview with Olivia Rubin

    - 18 November 2014 -

    I usually use Sunday evenings to pluck and perfect my eyebrows for the week ahead. It can be a time consuming process!

    Olivia Rubin

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  • Sara Davison
    Sunday Roast

    Interview with Sara Davison

    - 18 November 2014 -

    I am proof that it is possible to turn your situation around and be happy again

    Sara Davison

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  • Antonia O'Brien
    Sunday Roast

    Interview with Antonia O'Brien

    - 11 November 2014 -

    I think it is of paramount importance to be open minded and appreciate new ideas - fashion is supposed to be fun and free.

    Antonia O'Brien

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  • Ask UR

    I have extremely oily skin and I can’t find a transfer-free foundation even when set with powder my foundation still starts rubbing off, help?!

    - 11 November 2014 -

    Finding the right foundation for your skin type can be tricky, even with the amount of oil-free foundations available today, finding the perfect match can still be difficult. There are a few different ways to ensure your foundation stays put, determining what works for you can take some time, but achieving a long-lasting base with the right products is well worth the effort. Two brands who have really great make up products for oily skin types are Laura Mercier and Cover FX. Recently Laura Mercier launched Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide, this is an innovative foundation perfect for both combination and oily skin types. The Bi-phase formula is made up of two parts, the colour formula and reflective waters, making it super lightweight. Completely oil free, this foundation is an excellent choice if you want to stop shine, but isn’t too matte either, leaving a natural finish that won’t feel too heavy. As it is oil free you can use this product on its own, although if you do have very oily skin...

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  • creme de la mer
    Features

    Crème de la Mer’s Seasons Greetings

    - 7 November 2014 -

    With the festive season fast approaching, the time to indulge your loved ones, or more importantly yourself, is definitely upon us and Crème de la Mer’s stunning Christmas collections make for the perfect gift!

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  • Ask UR

    I am getting married on New Year's Eve and I want to ensure I look my very best on my big day! I have heard that having a facial right before is a bad idea in-case I purge and have spots on my wedding day. What is the best thing to do?

    - 7 November 2014 -

    Firstly Congratulations, what a wonderful way to begin your New Year! When it comes to wedding skincare prep, it’s important to keep your routine as regular as possible. Many brides in the lead up to the big day will be eating differently, embarking on a new exercise plan, as well as organising everything for the celebration, this can cause stress and a change in hormones, two factors that can cause breakouts. Facials are a great way to draw out toxins and leave skin glowing, if a regular facial is already a part of your skincare routine then a week to 5 days before the wedding I highly recommend an indulgent facial! However, if you have never had a facial before then it’s better to stick with your regular routine. If your skin is not used to receiving an intense cleanse then the facial will draw out toxins which may result in spots. There are two ways you can ensure your skin is luminous and close-up ready for your wedding.

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  • Ask UR

    I have super-fine hair. Can you recommend a static-fighter product which won't make my hair greasy or dull?

    - 7 November 2014 -

    During the colder weather fine hair tends to become flyaway and static, it can be maddening, especially after wearing hats! Those with finer hair can find it difficult to manage as many products applied to it tend to make it heavy, dull and greasy. Everyone’s hair will react differently to products so it’s a good idea to experiment and see what works best for you, however I will give you a few a pointers and recommendations to set you on the path to sleek, winter proof locks.

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  • Finished Style Sophie
    Sunday Service

    How To Create Dazzling Screen Siren Waves

    - 7 November 2014 -

    This 40’s inspired look is a classic red carpet favourite, this vintage hairstyle oozes confidence and femininity and is a perfect look for the party season . Urban Retreat’s Senior Hairstylist Diana Bakane shows us just how simple it is to add a little glamour to your tresses, with an exclusive step by step guide on how you can achieve this look at home… so get ready to unleash your inner femme fatale!

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  • essie winter 14
    Features

    Urban Retreat launches The essie Nail Bar

    - 7 November 2014 -

    Here at the Urban Retreat, November is one of our favourite months; filled with fireworks, perfect beauty gift planning and the start of festive celebrations. This year, November is even more exciting with the launch of the House of Colour by essie counter in Urban Retreat at Harrods.

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