Pre-party pampering

Heading to a fabulous party this Christmas and New Year’s eve? We’ve rounded up London’s best last-minute beauty treatments that will ensure you look head-to-toe gorgeous in no time at all.



Elemis Speed Spa

Mayfair’s super-friendly House of Elemis offers a brilliant range of super-quick beauty treatments in its dedicated Speed Spa. Each facial begins with a face scan, which defines areas of concern to allow for a targeted treatment – a really clever idea, and a trick that many facialists miss. The best pick for a pre-party beauty boost is the Sheer Brilliance technology facial, which uses an ultrasonic peel to pump skin cells full of nutrition, and galvanic current to flush every layer with active ingredients. You’ll leave with fresh, glowy skin, and not a hint of redness – all in an impressive 30 minutes.

Sheer Brilliance Facial, £45, 30 minutes. The House of Elemis Speed Spa, 2 Lancashire Ct, Mayfair W1S 1EX



Chances are, you’ve already heard of James Harknett: he’s the man responsible for many an A-list glow, and is famed for his ultra-realistic finishes. Currently in residency at London’s W hotel, James offers a specialist menu of tanning options, all performed in his luxe, spa-like studio. The London is a Kate Moss-inspired treatment, which involves a light dusting of tan with a subtle contour, while the Santa Fe is an homage to JLo’s famous glow: a maximum-strength tan combined with lifting illuminator.

James exclusively uses Sienna X products, which are fast-drying and completely void of any give-away smell – we promise! Moisturise with abandon for the first few days, and your new-found glow will linger for days after that big night out.

James Harknett VIP tanning, from £40, 30 minutes. W Hotel Away Spa, 10 Leicester Square, London W1D 6QF



MILK mobile beauty services

If you’re planning on preparing for your party with a group of friends, then MILK’s London-based mobile pampering service is a great way to make your night feel extra glamorous. From speedy waxing, relaxing facials and massages, to tanning and manicures, the team of professional beauticians can pamper you from head to toe, all in the comfort of your own home. They also offer gift vouchers which make lovely gifts for friends and family to enjoy at a later date.

Competition: Win your very own New Year’s Eve pamper party with MILK for 4 friends! The party runs over 2 hours with a 30 minute treatment for each person. Head here for more information:

MILK,, 020 8525 8991. Prices start from £5. £25 minimum spend for home visits.




 The Urban Retreat at Harrods is one of London’s largest spas, and it’s now also home to Andrew Barton’s Couture Styling and Cocktail Bar. Andrew has created six signature dry-styling looks that are created using Kerastase Couture styling products and also lovingly named after his favourite cocktails. Choose from a host of super-glam looks such as the sleek Classic Martini, tousled Sea Breeze or elegant Kir Royal. All styles take just 30 minutes and come served with a complimentary cocktail. It’s the perfect way to make a work-to-party transition or just make your evening extra special.

Andrew Barton Couture Styling and Cocktail Bar, £40.00 (includes your complimentary cocktail*) – 30 minutes Available between November 1st – December 31st *Virgin cocktails and soft drinks are also available. Full festive menu is here.

The Urban Retreat, Harrods, 5th Floor, Harrods, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL



The Face Bar, London

If your schedule is busy but you still want to look picture perfect before a big night out, Shoreditch’s newly opened Face Bar has you covered. It’s London’s first ever professional makeup bar and offers fashion-inspired looks in just 30 minutes. You can get a Fast Fix for just £20 or a full look for £35. They also offer exclusive makeup parties for you and a group of friends if you want to make it into a more social occasion.

The Face Bar, £25 Fast Fix, £35 Full Look. 63 Hackney Road, London, E2 7NX





Cat is the beauty-obsessed founder of the London Beauty Insider. She is a London=based writer and editor and also regularly contributes to the Telegraph, Metro, L'oreal, MATCHESFASHION.COM and Grazia Arabia.

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