Intrepid reporter Julia Rebaudo hits the beauty beat yet again in the name of all that is beautiful and beautifying for CB Beauty Blog. This time, she finds her face in the merciful hands of skin guru Louise in The Wyndham Centre to sample some of London's best in alternative therapies: "We’ve all been for disappointing facials. You know, the ones where your face is smoothed over with some cream and a facemask and... what’s that?! On your way, then, madam, as you reluctantly part with your hard earned cash. And, of course, then there are the really nice pampering ones that leave you relaxed and glowing, in the wake of which (just a few days later) your skin is back to it usual troublesome self.
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Otylia has officially been in her new location for a few weeks now. Thankfully, it's at street level with big windows. Her previous location was in the basement and as the best beauty therapist for waxing in London, she shouldn't be in the basement of another salon. After all, she is the one who brought the Brazilian wax to the UK. She uses that great peel-off hard wax (like that used at Strip) and gets right in there with tweezers for missed hairs at the end, although, believe me, there are few, if any, missed hairs. When they grow back, ingrowns are few and far between, and a wax from Otylia seems to last much longer than waxers I've had elsewhere (which leads me to believe that most others just break the hair where she really does pull it out, follicle and all). And it's, on a relative scale, less painful than other Brazilian waxes I've had.
Otylia Roberts Beauty Centre, 23 George Street, London W1U 3QA (0207 486 5537, www.otyliaroberts.co.uk)
Vanda Serrador's famed Urban Skin Clinic has a new home. After 2 years at Natureworks they're moving to Neville Hair and Beauty and will be open for business from Monday 2 February. The Urban Skin will be located in the beauty loft on the second floor.