Pamper, Shop

Posted on July 13, 2017 by Lisa Piddington

Now’s the time to get working on that pre-summer prep. LISA PIDDINGTON from HARVEY NICHOLS BIRMINGHAM reveals her must-haves to leave you preened and pamper in time for your summer sojourn.

With the holiday season fast approaching it’s not just your packing that needs your full attention. It’s time to lock yourself away in the bathroom and pamper your skin and hair ready for the big get-away.


1: Elemis Exotic Cream Moisturising Mask, £39: A light, creamy mask that leaves skin super-moisturised and enriched. For optimum penetration, leave on overnight.

2: This Works Perfect Legs Sculpt & Shine, £29: This innovative roll-on illuminator fuses precision sculpting with skincare benefits for bikini-ready legs.

3: Sisley Sisleÿa Anti-Ageing Concentrate Firming Body Care, £290: The power of a sculpting serum, combined with the hydrating elements of a cream, it helps firm skin in just four weeks.


4: Pixi Overnight Glow Serum, £26: Exfoliate and soothe skin as you sleep and reveal a brighter complexion in your for your flight.

5: Moroccanoil Original Treatment Oil, £25: Use as a conditioning, styling and finishing tool to detangle, speed up drying time and boost shine.

6: Institut Esthederm Bronze Impulse Pre Tanning Spray, £43: This help strengthen your skin’s natural defences against the sun. The perfect prepping product, what’s not to love?

All products featured are available from the Beauty Hall at Harvey Nichols Birmingham, The Mailbox, or online at


Pamper, Shop

Posted on July 13, 2017 by Lisa Piddington

We all yearn for the perfect tan but with warnings ringing in our ears, the only safe way to go from pale and uninteresting to bronzed Adonis is to fake it. LISA PIDDINGTON from HARVEY NICHOLS BIRMINGHAM, reveals how men can achieve a realistic summer glow.

Whether you are jetting off to far-flung lands or planning a summer closer to home, the one souvenir we all hope to bring back from our holidays is sun-kissed skin. Despite men being a little gung-ho when it comes to sunbathing, none of us can ignore the warnings about the damage the sun can do and so the sensible option is to cheat your way to a golden glow.

Fake tans have certainly come a long way in the last decade, and more and more of guys are not afraid to experiment. No longer associated with a tell-tale stench and a give-away orange hue, bronzing products really are a man’s best friend. Here’s my guide to getting the best out of your self-tan.

1: Get the perfect coverage by giving yourself plenty of time to moisturise, apply and, most importantly, dry off. Make sure you apply the product as evenly as possible over knees, elbows, wrists, ankles, feet and hands … these are the real give-away areas when you’re faking it.

2: Work from your feet upwards to avoid smudging and when you get to your face go right into the hairline too. Wipe your hair once finished to so there’s no tell-tale staining.

3: You only need a small amount of lotion as a little really does go a long way. Apply two thin coats for a darker look rather than going for one thick layer.

4: Give the impression of sculpted limbs by using an aerosol tan for an extra layer along the sides of legs, arms and chest to create shadow and shape.

5: Try not to get wet or sweat too much for at least six hours after application. Opt for loose fitting clothes to minimise streaks and white marks.

6: For a slower build-up to a natural look, choose an everyday gradual tanner.

Here’s the Harvey Nichols edit for self tanning stalwarts:

menstanning1 Elemis total glow bronzing moisturiser, £30, Lancôme flash bronzer self-tanning face gel, £26, He-Shi express liquid tan, £21.50.menstanning2

La Mer gradual tan face and body, £75, Rodial Brazilian tan airbrush, £46, Sisley Phyto-Touche tinted body sun glow gel, £72.

All products featured are available from Harvey Nichols at the Mailbox or online at

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