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Tom Ford For Men

"Fine grooming is the mark of a modern gentleman. It is the way a man presents the best version of himself to the world.”

So says Tom Ford. And far be it from me to question the man who has brought us so many beautiful things both in the world of fashion and laterly in the world of beauty. And no longer are his products the remit of women because recently Tom Ford launched his male grooming collection -Tom Ford For Men.

Tom Ford For Men

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The Scottish Beauty School

As beauty schools go in Scotland, The Scottish Beauty School is one of the most established and long-standing. Opened in June 2004 by Glasgow-based Liz Klineberg, some 8000 students have its completed beauty courses. And with courses in everything from acrylic nails and gel overlays to waxing and spray tanning, the school is the ideal springboard for those looking to enter the beauty industry in Scotland.

Scottish Beauty School

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The school's founder, Liz has 40 years of experience in the industry from operating and running her own salon to opening The Scottish Beauty School and over that time Liz has seen how the beauty world has changed. She says,

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The One Spa Edinburgh - All Wrapped Up spa package

I’m floating in water, overlooking the Edinburgh Conference Centre, my body submerged in the balmy waters of the Hydropool at the Sheraton’s Escape at One. As blissful days go, this has been right up there, time has stood still and this is the final section of what’s been a five star pampering journey.

The One Spa Edinburgh - All Wrapped Up spa package

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It began earlier in the day with the All Wrapped Up spa package at the One Spa. Back after a booked out season last winter, it offers people the chance to treat and pamper neglected and winter weary limbs with a trio of treatments before soaking away stress in Escape at One – the area of the spa that includes two different saunas, the Hydropool and much more. But more on that later.

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How to solve skin concerns with a facial

Hyperpigmentation, sun damage, wrinkles, blemishes and redness – different skin concerns usually means different treatments and products. But what if there was one treatment which could tackle all of these at once? Well, form an orderly queue people, because it might sound like the stuff of science fiction but those days are here thanks to the HydraFacial.

How to solve skin concerns with a facial

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The facial features a four step process, each using the HydraFacial machine. Different attachments are swapped for the different stages allowing you to get a variety of benefits. It also uses something called Vortex-Fusion - see what I mean about sounding sci-fi? Totally pain free, this is the latest in non-laser skin resurfacing with no recovery time and the ideal alternative to invasive procedures.

Currently, and exclusively, available in Edinburgh's Harvey Nichols, I was lucky enough to get the chance to test the HydraFacial. And looking at the HydraFacial machine, with its illuminated blue section, screen and different attachments, it feels like a prop from Star Trek so I'm hoping this is going to be Warp Speed for my skin.

How to solve skin concerns with a facial
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Creme de la Mer facial in Edinburgh Harvey Nichols

The sound of waves is all around, soothing and relaxing.  The ideal way to unwind and de-stress, it’s helping me drift off in a cocoon of contentment. In addition, the music is in keeping with the essence of the brand behind this treatment, luxury skincare brand, Crème de la Mer – home to some of my favourite skin care products.

The Crème de la Mer story is the stuff of true skin care legend. It was made by Dr Max Huber, who, following an accident in his laboratory, was covered in severe burns. The way he dealt with these terrible injuries was to develop a product that would help. Some 12 years afterwards, and 6000 experiments later, he honed a skincare product which we now call, Crème de la Mer. And today, the brand has been credited with giving people like Jennifer Lopez their famous A-Lister glow.

The sea features prominently in this brand, both in its ingredients and right to the heart. All the skincare products now contain the Crème de la Mer Miracle Broth, a blend of potent ingredients including sea kelp, iron and calcium: all of which work to transform the skin.

Recently Edinburgh’s Harvey Nichols welcomed a new Crème de la Mer counter in the well-stocked ground floor beauty hall. It is also the first counter in the capital to have the brand’s new express treatment: a 30-minute voyage of luxury pampering. Such is its speed this facial can slot into a lunch hour before heading back to work. And no-one need be any the wiser as eye makeup and lipstick aren’t removed for this treatment either, because the focus is on the skin.

Creme de la Mer facial in Edinburgh Harvey Nichols

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