Beauty 411: Mor Cosmetics’ Dianna Burmas
It’s brands like Mor that make it hard not to judge by appearance; anyone who has ever laid eyes on the brand’s ornate, unabashedly feminine packaging understands why. The brainchild of Aussies Dianna Burmas and Deon St.Mor, the luxury apothecary line uses modern technologies to breath new life into time-honored ingredients. The result? Gorgeous covetables like the Belladonna Soapette, which comes housed in a tiny decorative tin, or the sweet Lip Macarons, a coterie of sheer glosses in pot form. London-based co-founder Burmas clearly has a keen eye for all things lovely, so we were eager to find out some of her own favorite beauty destinations and personal primping go-tos. Read on below.
The Friendly Facialist: Caroline Hirons
“I’m so fortunate to know Caroline, a London-based industry expert, facialist, and beauty blogger at Beauty Mouth. I like to regularly indulge in her signature facials that incorporate her renowned flannel cleansing techniques, moisture-drenching face foods, and best of all, her uplifting facial massage.”
For more information or to book a private, in-home visit, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Zen Destination Spa: Como Shambala
“Como Shambala Estate and Spa is truly one of the most enchanting places on earth. It’s located in the heights of Ubud, Bali, amongst verdant jungle and terraced rice fields. The ultimate treatment is the Balinese Cleansing Ceremony, which includes bathing in the curative, purifying, holy waters of the Tampak Siring Springs situated at the ancient Temple of Tirta Empul. The holy priest of the inner temple completes your cleansing ritual with a ceremony of blessings and prayers.”
Como Shambhala Estate, Banjar Begawan, Bali, Indonesia, 62-361-978-888, www.cse.como.bz.
The Queen of Color: Jo Hansford
“Jo Hansford is responsible for my balayage locks when I am in London. She is the absolute queen of color!”
48 South Audley Street, Mayfair, London, 44-020-7495-7774, www.johansford.com.
The Mani Hot Spot: Lilia
“My favorite nail salon is Lilia in Soho, London. They never fail to impress me with their flawless finish on the manicures and pedicures.”
Lilia, 3 D’arblay Street, Soho, London, 44-020-7434-4087, www.liliabeautysalon.com.
The Natural Store: La Grande Herboristerie
“Walking into La Grande Herboristerie, situated in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, is like stepping back in time. Dr. Jean-Pierre Ravenneau concocts everything from personalized tea blends to herbal tinctures, natural medicines, and essential oil blends. It’s incredible.”
La Grande Herboristerie, 87 rue d’Amsterdam, Place de Clichy, Paris, 33-01-48-74-83-32, www.pharma-concept-fr.biz.
The Fleet-Footed Fitness Routine: Running
“I like running through Regents Park and stopping for a 20-minute meditative break in the Inner Circle of the park to take in the redolent scent of Queen Mary’s Rose Garden. It is a heavenly place, especially in the summer months when thousands of rose blossoms grow over festooned ropes and arbors. Aromatic intoxication at its best!”
For more information, visit www.royalparks.org.uk.
The Vacation Destination: Le Sireneuse
“I’ve stayed in many hotels over the years but nothing has quite matched the beautiful Le Sirenuse in Positano and the romantic ambience of the La Sponda restaurant situated in the hotel run by chef extraordinaire Matteo Temperini.”
Le Sirenuse, Via Cristoforo Colombo, Positano, +39 089-875066, www.sirenuse.it.
The Pro Tools: Makeup Brushes and Curlers
“Inside my Mor makeup bag you will always find top-notch equipment. Bobbi Brown makeup brushes are my mainstay, but the Eye Sweep brush is my all-time fave for applying eye shadow. Shu Uemura eyelash curlers turn my boringly straight lashes into butterfly wings.”
Available at www.morcosmetics.com, www.shuuemura.com, and www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com.
The Full Body Fix: Personal Picks
“I can’t live without my Mor Kale & Watercress Soap, Italian Blood Orange Hand and Body Wash, and Cassis Noir Lip Macaron. In the summer months I use Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Or, which is a moisturizing, shimmering body oil that I use to highlight my face, shoulders, legs, and even my hair. And I love La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Luxe Cream for everyday use.”
Available at www.morcosmetics.com, www.nuxe.com, and www.laprairie.com.
The Healthy Snack: Seaweed
“I eat sheets of nori seaweed because it is super-rich in omega-3s and is excellent in reducing redness due to its anti-inflammatory effects.”
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The Holistic Healer: Roger Moore
“It is no wonder that Roger Moore (not as in James Bond!) has been voted one of the top 10 therapists worth traveling the world to see. He is a visiting consultant at Six Senses in Phuket, Thailand; I can only say his sessions are quite extraordinary, to say the very least. Roger employs various modalities in his healing techniques that will literally astound you. I highly recommended him.”
For more information, visit www.sixsenses.com.