The best facial in London
The beauty rooms at the top of the Liberty department store in Soho are a well kept secret. Frequented by discerning fashion and beauty editors who pop in from nearby Vogue House and Hearst Magazines during their lunch hours, this is where those who are serious about skincare come for serious results – and the most sought-after treatment? The QMS facial. There’s an interesting story behind the brand, as founder Dr Erich Schulte is an ex-surgeon, who was working in the fields of trauma and cosmetic surgery when he began developing his own collagen products in order to help patients with significant scarring. He went on to create a full range of scientifically founded serums, masks, cleansers and treatments, and today these are used in all manner of ways in the Liberty facial, as well as sold in store and online. Including everything from moisturising collagen and exfoliating dermabrasive gels, to a nourishing clay mask and an oxygen gun to plump and freshen skin, the pop-up facials happen every season, and usually sell out within the first few hours. Now’s the time, then, to get April 23rd-29th in your diary and start loitering around the QMS counter in the cosmetics hall. Just don’t tell everyone else...
Marie Curie Garden of Light
A immersive new art installation has sprung up this month to mark the start of Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal 2017. Comprised of hundreds of man-made daffodils, The Garden Of Light opened in Paternoster Square on 1st March. Freeto visit, the outdoor horticultural design will feature precisely 2,100 daffodils; one to represent each and every Marie Curie nurse. Each plant will be illuminated in the dark and members of the public will be able to criss-cross the pathways for a closer look at the flowers. There’ll be audio stories from those who have benefited from the charity’s end-of-life care as well as an opportunity to post messages for loved ones on the ‘Visitors Wall’. Of course, the charity hopes visitors make a small donation to buy one of their daffodil pins.