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Face Off

Now that you’ve packed away your Hunter wellies for another festival season, perhaps you’re in the mood for a more holistic type of shindig.
Face Off

The Emma Hardie bunch certainly is, which is why we’ve teamed up with Urban Retreat at Harrods for their Festival of Facials this autumn.

A celebration of the most innovative, effective and luxurious facials out there, the event offers diehard facial fans the chance to sample a limited edition facial at the hands of a star facialist. For those booking in with that means a turbo-powered version of her trademark lifting facial with an added sculpting and stress-busting dimension. Have you ever wished your facialist would take the opportunity to unpick your knotty neck, shoulder and chest muscles as she massages cleanser into the region? Yes, us too. So the new Deluxe Lifting and Destress Facial Emma has created for the festival does just that.

"I have added a15 minute upright back treatment to the original facial in which we work down the neck and into the chest and shoulders," explains Emma.

The best news is that it doesn’t just feel great: it also has a cosmetically enhancing effect. "It boosts the whole facial as loosening the muscles around the neck and jaw helps drain toxins away from the face. It also really tones up sagging jawlines which are a telltale sign of ageing." It is a lesson our chic French sisters have been telling us for years: the rejuvenating benefits of keeping your décolleté in check as well as your facial skincare regime are not to be underestimated. Couple that theory with Emma's unique techniques for chiseling the skin and underlying tissues into their former perky proportions and we reckon this facial could well be a headlining act.

Deluxe Lifting and De-Stress Facial, £150 with Emma; at Harrods Urban Retreat’s Festival of Facials from 17th October until the end of the month; 020 7893 8333.

Skin Clinic
As a meticulous sunscreen wearer, my face is looking horribly pasty after a summer smothered in spf50. Is there a way to boost my skin so it has a sun-free sparkle without resorting to face tan?

"When the skin is overloaded with spf, not only are you lacking sun exposure, but the natural exfoliation that keeps skin looking fresh process is impeded," says Emma. "The first step is to tweak your cleanser. I’ve just discovered that if you mix the Foaming cleanser into the Moringa Cleansing Balm, the brightening ingredients in the foam, combined with the stimulation action of massaging the balm into the skin really enliven the skin. You can even add in a few moringa seeds to slough off dead skin cells that make the complexion appear drab." Once you have prepped the skin, avoid wearing make-up that is too heavy. A tinted moisturizer that includes spf such as Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser (£33; www.spacenk.co.uk) should do the trick. And for ultra dewy luster, apply it over the top of a smidgen of moringa balm used as a moisturizing base.

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While we’re limiting our caffeine intake, we do love that one quality cuppa a day and feel at least a little more virtuous for the fact that we’re now enjoying it from an eco-friendly reusable KeepCup (www.keepcup.com).

Latest news update Following on from her win at the summer CEW (Cosmetic Executive Women) awards, Emma has been shortlisted for the CEW UK Members Achiever Awards. Meanwhile, we’re hoping that more people that ever will be able to experience the benefits now that distribution has expanded. From September Emma Hardie Amazing Face products are traveling far and wide and are available at Arnotts in Dublin, John Lewis (www.johnlewis.com) and Urban Retreat (www.urbanretreat.co.uk). And to get up to speed on how to get the most from them, tune into QVC on 16th October for a one hour show hosted by Emma. The Emma Hardie Amazing Face products will also be available online from www.feelunique.com.