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How the latest technology can help you get salon

Given that we’re more clued up about our beauty regimes than ever before, it’s no wonder the smart technology once only available in the salon has finally evolved for clever, at-home use. From gel nails to laser hair removal, armed with the knowledge – and now the tools – to achieve professional results for a fraction of the cost and in a lot less time, more and more of us our tackling a range of treatments from the comfort of our own home.

A new survey conducted by Braun Beauty has found that 66 per cent of us are forgoing salons for the DIY approach as appointments are too expensive – with half saying the price takes away our enjoyment of a salon trip. In fact, 97 per cent of women revealed they could save up to £1,200 a year by doing their beauty maintenance themselves. And with 69 per cent of those polled seeing salon treatments as a luxury, spurred on by the possible savings, it’s no surprise so many are taking back control of their beauty regimes.

Of the DIY beauty treatments out there, hair removal was reveal as the most popular with nearly three quarters of those questioned (71 per cent) choosing to do this at home and 26 per cent saying it saves them the most money against salon prices. But how do you get the same results at home?

The Braun Silk-épil 9 SkinSpa with New Body CelluMassager pad (£179.99) combines advanced epilation hair removal with massage and exfoliation heads to offer five outstanding treatments from one device. As well as removing hairs as small as a grain of sand, the exfoliation brush options ensure skin has an ultra-smooth and soft finish. An added deep body massage pad stimulates blood circulation and massages deeper than a standard body brush, visibly improving the skin’s appearance.

Silk-épil 9 SkinSpa with New Body CelluMassager pad, £179.99, Bra

Given that we’re more clued up about our beauty regimes than ever before, it’s no wonder the smart technology once only available in the salon has finally evolved for clever, at-home use. From gel nails to laser hair removal, armed with the knowledge – and now the tools – to achieve professional results for a fraction of the cost and in a lot less time, more and more of us our tackling a range of treatments from the comfort of our own home.

A new survey conducted by Braun Beauty has found that 66 per cent of us are forgoing salons for the DIY approach as appointments are too expensive – with half saying the price takes away our enjoyment of a salon trip. In fact, 97 per cent of women revealed they could save up to £1,200 a year by doing their beauty maintenance themselves. And with 69 per cent of those polled seeing salon treatments as a luxury, spurred on by the possible savings, it’s no surprise so many are taking back control of their beauty regimes.

Of the DIY beauty treatments out there, hair removal was reveal as the most popular with nearly three quarters of those questioned (71 per cent) choosing to do this at home and 26 per cent saying it saves them the most money against salon prices. But how do you get the same results at home?

The Braun Silk-épil 9 SkinSpa with New Body CelluMassager pad (£179.99) combines advanced epilation hair removal with massage and exfoliation heads to offer five outstanding treatments from one device. As well as removing hairs as small as a grain of sand, the exfoliation brush options ensure skin has an ultra-smooth and soft finish. An added deep body massage pad stimulates blood circulation and massages deeper than a standard body brush, visibly improving the skin’s appearance.

Silk-épil 9 SkinSpa with New Body CelluMassager pad, £179.99, Braun

There’s also the Braun FaceSpa with SkinVitaliser pad (£89.99) – which combines facial epilation, cleansing and revitalising systems. With six treatment options available, it offers effective cleansing, a deep and sensitive exfoliating brushes, precision epilation and a beauty sponge head that can be used to apply make-up or skincare products. There’s also a new SkinVitaliser pad with micro-vibrating silicone tips to help boost blood circulation as it gently massages and peels.

FaceSpa with SkinVitaliser pad, £89.99, Braun

Both the Braun Silk-épil 9 SkinSpa with New Body CelluMassager pad and Braun FaceSpa with New SkinVitaliser pad are available at amazon.co.uk

here’s also the Braun FaceSpa with SkinVitaliser pad (£89.99) – which combines facial epilation, cleansing and revitalising systems. With six treatment options available, it offers effective cleansing, a deep and sensitive exfoliating brushes, precision epilation and a beauty sponge head that can be used to apply make-up or skincare products. There’s also a new SkinVitaliser pad with micro-vibrating silicone tips to help boost blood circulation as it gently massages and peels.

FaceSpa with SkinVitaliser pad, £89.99, Braun
Both the Braun Silk-épil 9 SkinSpa with New Body CelluMassager pad and Braun FaceSpa with New SkinVitaliser pad are available at amazon.co.uk

 

Beauty bag

Whether you’re gearing up for a spot of sweaty yoga or a calorie-blasting cardio class, high intensity exercise does a great job at making you feel amazing. But, your hair and skin can often look less than gorgeous post-workout, leaving you in need of some serious freshening up.

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When it comes to your gym beauty bag, you’re pushed for both space and time, but having the right products can make all the difference. The solution? Simplify your pre- and post-exercise beauty regime with essentials that promise to work just as hard as you do, and in half the time.

 

Skyn Iceland, Glacial Cleansing Cloths, £13, Cult Beauty

It’s important to cleanse your skin before and after a workout in order to prevent clogged pores and breakouts, but busting out your full cleansing routine at the gym just isn’t going to happen.

Instead, invest in some ultra-delicate cleansing cloths that will help to detoxify your skin on-the-go. We love Skyn Iceland’s Glacial Cleansing Cloths that are infused with soothing Icelandic glacial waters, coconut oil, oat and amino acid-based surfactants to eliminate dirt and make-up residue.

Eyeko, Sport Waterproof Mascara, £10, Space NK

If you prefer to workout with a slick of mascara, you’ll want to avoid panda eyes by investing in a waterproof formula. Luckily, Eyeko have upgraded their award-winning mascara with a fibre-enriched waterproof formula that creates plumped-up, dramatic lashes that promise to see you through your workout and beyond.

Dry shampoo is an absolute must-have for any gym bunny and our favourite comes from the award-winning team at COLAB. The brand’s new Paradise fragrance gives hair an instant wow-factor even after a serious workout and leaves your locks with a totally tropical, coconut scent.

Spray the quick-fix formula into roots to absorb oil after brushing and you’ll feel effortlessly refreshed in an instant.

 

​A facial spritz is the perfect way to refresh and re-energise after a sweaty gym class as it’s great for hydrating skin and minimising stiffness. Our favourite is Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir which acts like a vitamin shot to the skin giving it an instant burst of radiance.

It also smells amazing thanks to a concoction of extracts of grape, rosemary, orange blossom, rose, myrrh and organic balm mint that also help to minimise your pores.

The last thing you want to do after a sweaty session is load your face with products so if you’re after a bit of coverage on those rosy cheeks opt for a CC cream, BB cream or tinted moisturiser instead.

For a formula that hydrates as well as covers, we suggest investing in By Terry’s Cellularose Moisturising CC Cream. Available in four shades, it adapts to your skin tone, blurs imperfections and also includes vitamin E to protect your skin from ageing environmental factors.

Dress power player

François-Henri Pinault, the chief executive of Kering, the French luxury conglomerate that owns Gucci, Saint Laurent and Brioni, wore a stretched-out zip-up hoodie. So did Mark Pincus, the founder of Zynga. Ron Meyer, vice chairman of NBCUniversal, wore a Mr. Rogers black cardigan and baggy black shorts. Ivanka Trump wore an oversize white shirt, untucked, and skinny jeans. Omid Kordestani, executive chairman of Twitter, wore a Patagonia puffer. Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, wore skinny cargo pants and a cardigan the color of dried mud.

These were some of the outfits modeled at that ultimate showcase of mogul leisure wear formally known as the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference 2017 and more colloquially called “summer camp for billionaires.” It may have ended Sunday, but its style preferences will resonate throughout the rest of the season.

If you want to know how to dress down like a power player during the coming vacation period, there is no better case study, thanks to the distillation of entrepreneurs, executives and influencers brought together every July by the event’s founder, Herb Allen, the better to deal-make and elephant-bump in the rarefied altitudes of the Idaho aerie.

Officially, there is no dress code at the conference beyond “relaxed” — or “humble,” as a regular attendee once told me — though name tags (humble!) are encouraged, along with the gift gear passed out to all attendees: navy or cherry red fleeces, hoodies, vests, polo shirts and baseball caps, so marked by the neat “SV17” logo over the left breast. And while the “no press” policy means less imagery emerges from the event than from, say, red-carpet happenings, enough snaps of schmoozing lords of the universe exiting their cars on arrival or taking the air between meeting sessions get released to provide fairly good intel on how they define off-duty dress.

Which can best be characterized as “calculated schlubbiness.” Or “Who can give the impression they care less about what they wear than the next guy?” Apparently, when you’ve reached the top of the mountain, literal and professional, it’s really about the smarts, people, not the suits

Stacey Bendet, founder of Alice & Olivia, wore her brand’s best looks, including flared jeans, a periwinkle message T-shirt with “Eye Candy” spelled out under black lashed orbs and a matching long lace coat.CreditDrew Angerer/Getty Images

At least as far as the male attendees go. The women, fewer and farther between, seem less inclined to pretend they haven’t thought at all about what they pack. See, for example, Diane von Furstenberg in a perfectly twisted scarf and suede jacket one day, a coordinated navy number and matching trousers the next; Mary Barra, the General Motors chief executive, in a cropped black leather motorcycle jacket over a white T-shirt; and Stacey Bendet, founder of Alice & Olivia and the wife of Eric Eisner, modeling her brand’s best looks, including flared jeans, a periwinkle message tee with “Eye Candy” spelled out under black lashed orbs and a matching long lace coat. Also giant shades with a doppelgänger tote bag and, once, a floor-length red lace dress with picture brim hat. Though in her singularly fashion-forward finery, she was the exception that proved the rule.

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 (She was not the only attendee implicitly promoting her own brand-by-association, however. Ms. Trump wore a pair of Ivanka Trump Evia block-heel mules, currently available for purchase. Originally $99, they have been marked down twice on the Bloomingdale’s website to $55.44. Guess even though she is no longer officially associated with her brand, she still likes to shop there.)

But it is the men, in their “what, this old thing?” rejection of the tailored sartorial culture in which most of them spend their days (the tech crowd excepted), whose attire is the most instructive. The predominant ethos being either the gym clothes shoved in the bottom drawer or back of the closet and then pulled out to meet with the personal trainer in the private gym look, or the “polo and baggy jeans on the back deck where no one can see you” style.

Indeed, the only branded area on the body was really the foot, where Nikes were impossible to obscure, and the bridge of the nose, where the Persols, mirrored aviators and Oliver Peoples rest.

All of which made the few attendees wearing the traditional casual Friday uniform of jacket and shirt seem uptight and prissy (and even worse — old-fashioned) in comparison to their peers.

Even Jared Kushner, of navy-blazer-and-flak-jacket-combo-in-Iraq fame, seemed to have learned one thing from his experience and swapped the blazer for a beige crew neck and jeans. Still, he blended into the crowd better when simply wearing a dark long-sleeve athletic shirt, having traded buttoned-up for loosened-up (or at least as if he were about to head off for a chest-thumping hike up the mountainside).

But that was nothing compared with the extreme relaxers, most notably the tech crowd, for whom dressing down is a natural form of camouflage — obvious thanks to the fact that their T-shirts and jeans actually fit them. (They are the Silicon equivalent of the tailored suit.) The best examples were perhaps Nick Woodman from GoPro in a faded black T-shirt with a playing-card bunny on the front, or Jeff Bezos in a black polo, sleeves straining around his biceps.

Indeed, aside from navy, there was, it’s worth pointing out, a lot of black on display, including on Harvey Weinstein, Daniel Ek of Spotify and Ms. Barra — possibly as much as there is during fashion week. Which is interesting.

There was a lot of black on display, including on Harvey Weinstein. CreditDrew Angerer/Getty Images

You can understand it. After all, this isn’t really “off-duty” at all; it’s faux off-duty. Family may come along for the fun, but attendees are still dressing for one another. To pretend otherwise is disingenuous. And that means that to a certain extent what they wear is being chosen to send a message, and define an attitude.

That being: Who can seem secure enough in their position to look fully unguarded? To not need any of the armor of power — aides or clothes or lawyers or polished shoes. To expose their soft underbelly (or loose underbelly as the case may be), the better to appear open and uncalculated with their peers.

Of course, if the rest of us adopted the same strategy, we might just look sloppy. A better takeaway is simple: Truth is, when it comes to casual clothing, we are all as subject to the effects of peer pressure and herd instinct as we are when it comes to professional clothing. It’s just at the opposite extreme.

The boyband staple

The latest in a long line of 90s comebacks – think belly-baring crop tops, chokers and Calvin Klein undies – hair highlights for men are in the midst of a revival.

Once considered a boyband staple, ‘frosted tips’, more commonly known as ‘guylights,’ were the look du jour for some of the most eligible men of the moment – we’re looking at you, Justin Timberlake – but recently, they’ve been cropping up all over the place.

And, what’s even more surprising is that we don’t particularly hate it

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Similar to highlights, this style is achieved by bleaching just the ends of hair strands, leaving the impression that one’s hair has been ‘frosted.’

Most recently, the look has been adopted by the likes of Chris Evans on the cover of L’Uomo Vogue, John Mayer, Niall Horan and YouTube sensation Alfie Deyes.

But just because it looks good on them doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll suit you.

Instead of looking directly to 90s heartthrobs for inspiration, stylists believe that the highlight resurgence is a reaction to more severe hair trends that have dominated for the past few years such as grey, platinum and structured barbershop locks.“For a while, everything was bold and demanded attention,” Tyson Kennedy, co-owner of Cutler Salon in NYC told GQ.

“We had slicked-back undercuts with shiny pomades and tight fades, lots of really strong looks.”

As a result, this new trend allows guys to emphasise their strands without going too OTT.

Still not convinced? Well you’re not alone because ‘frosted tips’ appear to have completely divided the internet.

While some say that they would definitely give it a go, others beg for them to be left where the belong.

“Saw a young boy with frosted tips today and y’all for about .2 seconds I thought about getting frosted tips,” one person tweeted.

While another added, “Why are frosted tips coming back, keep that s*** in 2001.”