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August 29 2014

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3 posts tagged "Harvey Nichols"

A Beauty Bazaar Grows…in Liverpool?

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U.K. beauty talk might be squarely focused on London right now, as Olympic athletes’ prospective on-the-field hair and makeup looks are already making headlines—when people aren’t talking about Covent Garden’s new Chanel Beauty pop-up shop, that is—but once the members of the international sports community have decamped back to their respective countries of origin, glances may shift due North of the British capital. This Fall, Harvey Nichols will be opening its first-ever “Beauty Bazaar” concept store at the behemoth Liverpool ONE shopping center, an impressive state-of-the-art facility for all things primping and the first of its kind worldwide. Loosely modeled off Harrod’s tremendously successful Urban Retreat, which has boomed so much under the aegis of manager Tracey Woodward that it is now the biggest salon in Western Europe, Harvey Nicks is upping the ante with 22,000 square feet and three floors of pure preening and priming pleasure. The ground level of the spectacular beauty playground features a multitude of makeup, skincare and fragrance offerings from global giants like Chanel, YSL and Estée Lauder as well as cultier lines, like Escentric Molecules, NARS, Tom Ford and Laura Mercier; one flight up is an open area outfitted with Mark Woolley’s Electric Hair Lounge, a Blink Brow Bar and a lash and nail bar (there’s also a champagne and cocktail lounge for those in need of refreshment); while the top floor is home to more private treatment rooms for unisex waxing, spray tanning and the Beyond Medispa, which offers Botox and teeth whitening on site, amongst other things. Are you reading this Bergdorf’s and Barneys? You can come in for a new foundation, and leave with a blowout and some Botox. Now that’s customer service.

Photo: Courtesy of Harvey Nichols

Perfume, Not Botox, To Fight Aging

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Feeling up to eight years younger is as easy as a few spritzes of Ageless Fantasy, or so fragrance manufacturer Harvey Prince and Co. is hoping you’ll believe when its new “smart scent” goes national with a televised QVC debut on November 15. The perfume, which launched at a few drugstores in New York this summer, was created under the pretext that smells can trigger some kind of antiaging reflex just as easily as they have the ability to create a sense of calm or excitement. Ageless Fantasy is thus heavy on the grapefruit, a smell that’s believed to have the opposite biochemical effect of rose, which focus studies and the entire fragrance industry have deemed “the scent of old ladies.” The patent-pending elixir also boasts hints of jasmine, musk, mango, and pomegranate, as apparently, tropical flavors have been known to bring on a feeling of comfort often associated with positive childhood memories. There’s already a wait list for the pink bottle at Harvey Nichols, according to London’s the Daily Mail, which also reports that the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago has been working on a spicy floral fragrance that makes men see women as up to 12 pounds lighter, as well as a eucalyptus, camphor, and menthol combo that supposedly increases empathy. (Truth serums and love potions are no doubt also in the works.)

Photo: Courtesy of Ageless Fantasy

Victoria Beckham Does Fragrance With A Twist

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The world’s most famous WAG was looking prim and proper on the purple carpet she reportedly insisted Harvey Nichols roll out for the launch of her new fragrance in Manchester, England today. Sweeping her usually angled bob into a conservative French twist (fastened with an equally tasteful hair accessory), Victoria Beckham was pure class—save for a bit of a heavy hand with the ol’ bronzing brush. Of course, that could be a natural glow, seeing as how she is an L.A. native these days.

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