Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Truly the Best Manicure I've Ever Had and It Cost Only [Pounds Sterling]20

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Truly the Best Manicure I've Ever Had and It Cost Only [Pounds Sterling]20

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Byline: CHARLOTTE ROSS

WHAT'S OPEN: Boots, Beauty Base, Crabtree and Evelyn, Cuticles, Ginger Group hair salon, Holland and Barrett, Inglot make-up, Jo Malone, L'Occitane, Lush, MAC, Body Shop, Malika brow bar, Menkind, Neal's Yard, Rituals Cosmetics, Soap & Co, Superdrug, The Perfume Shop, Vision Express, Debenhams and House of Fraser beauty halls and treatment rooms.

WHAT'S NOT YET OPEN: Gym; MediSpa THERE'S no longer an excuse for poor grooming. At Westfield it's a challenge to walk 10 yards without bumping into a brow technician. But could I really go from scrub-faced scruff to urban sophisticate in a few hours? I hit the lower ground floor running with a visit to Destination Skin, a futuristic medi-spa in the basement of House of Fraser where you can deal with any imperfection so long as it's a non-surgical procedure from varicose veins to skin resurfacing.

Inside, a host of fresh-faced, crisp uniformed beauties placed me in front of a special camera where branch manager Sam took pictures of my skin for computerised analysis. Champagne was flowing freely in Westfield yesterday but I sobered up when Sam showed me images of sun damage, capillary dilation and wrinkles.

She recommended a course of skin peels to reverse the freckly sunspots, a dose of IPL an intense light-based therapy to even out skin tone on my rosy cheeks, possibly a little muscle relaxant (that's Botox) to deal with wrinkles caused by my "expressive" face.

Blimey. But that's not a lot, apparently, for someone of my age (late thirties).

Should I choose to go down this route, I can have most of it done in my lunch hour in the high-tech treatment rooms.

At a price, of course Botox starts at [pounds sterling]250. How long before this salon becomes west London's Destination Botox?

Next I dropped in at Malika to get my unruly eyebrows reshaped by Ritu, who's been threading brows for more than 32 years. …

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