August 30 2014

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Valmont Shows Off Its Star Power


Most people who come to Cannes for the film festival prefer to stay on La Croisette—the “strip,” if you will, which is dominated by Art Deco hotels like the Martinez, the Majestic, and the Carlton, but there’s something charming and awesome about Radisson Blu 1835 , which is located a few miles down the tourist-packed promenade. The charming bit stems from its location, situated as it is on the city’s marina and beneath the medieval Cannes castle, which is perched atop a rocky cliff overhead. As for the awesome factor, that’s mostly due to the exclusive Les Thermes Marins de Cannes , an ȍber luxe spa with a gorgeous thermal bath at its center overlooking the Mediterranean sea. Swiss skincare brand Valmont couldn’t have picked a better location for its pop-up Spa des Stars. The temporary primping destination’s highlight is its signature Vitality of the Glaciers treatment, an hour-and-a-half toning and radiance-boosting facial designed to help actresses and the occasional hip-hopper (Busta Rhymes did in fact have an appointment today) get red-carpet ready.

The service begins with gentle cleansing and exfoliation, followed by a 30-minute massage administered using the brand’s Renewing Pack, a tingling rebalancing treatment mask. That’s right—a whole half hour is dedicated to micro movements that are intended to restore luminosity to your complexion by increasing circulation. A collagen mask is applied as a finishing touch for an even more plump, revived-looking effect. I had the pleasure of testing the service out today after a long night of, um, working, and I have two things to report: 1) I definitely passed out once the massage got underway, and 2) despite minimal amounts of shut-eye, my complexion was so glow-y and dewy that I eschewed my usual concealer for the walk back to the Martinez, where the risk of being accidentally snapped by paparazzi is pretty high. Oh how disappointed they all seemed when, despite my petite frame, dark brown hair, and oversize sunglasses, it became abundantly clear that I was not Salma Hayek.

Photo: Courtesy of Le Radisson Blue 1835