Ready Set Glow with Rachel Read
It’s Easy Being Green
You know how it is… you wait ages for one cool green beauty brand to arrive, and then six come along at once! Lane Crawford has curated a highly covetable Let’s Live Better edit of natural, organic and eco-friendly skincare brands, many of which can’t be found elsewhere in Hong Kong – and we’re having a hard time deciding which to try first. As I sit writing this at 3am, cult British brand This Works’ Deep Sleep Night Oil and Pillow Spray are sounding like particularly good ideas, but I’ve also got my eye on synthetic-free targeted serums from high-tech French range Codage, pure botanical goodies from Edible Beauty, and the incredible-sounding Cryo Facelift Ice Cube Treatment from Aussie wonders Vanessa Megan – stick them in your freezer, then rub over your face and neck until completely melted for a rapid radiance boost… super cool, right?
This Works products range from $115-540; Codage $260-$1,090; Edible Beauty $305-$600; Vanessa Megan $125-$1,130. Available online or at Lane Crawford IFC, 8 Finance St., Central, 2118-2288, www.lanecrawford.com.hk.
One sure-fire sign your hotel is part of the luxury super-league is when it gets it own swanky spa – and The Langham Hong Kong’s new Chuan Body + Soul wellness sanctuary definitely delivers. This 604-square-metre hideaway features serene treatment rooms, saunas, showers, a rooftop swimming pool and split-level health club. Its pampering body treatments are based around the traditional Chinese five elements philosophy, and it will be the only place in Hong Kong offering results-driven facials using Heaven by Deborah Mitchell, an award-winning organic skincare line developed by the renowned aesthetician. We can’t wait to try the Bee Sting Facial Therapy, which uses Mitchell’s patented bee venom products… often known as nature’s Botox.
Treatments range from $580-$2,280. 15/F, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2132-7880, langhamhotels.com/hongkong.
Head Over Heels
Divine shoe designer Christian Louboutin turned his attention to beauty a few years ago, and now there’s a brand new, ultra luxurious cosmetics concession in Lane Crawford Times Square. Be sure to check out the gorgeous new Eye Collection of calligraphy-inspired mascara, liquid liners, kohl pencils and brow definers. While anyone with eyes can appreciate how drool-worthy Louboutin’s killer packaging is, you might be more surprised to learn just how many eco points the brand scores: their polishes are all “Big Three-Free” (formulated without chemical nasties toluene, formaldehyde and DBP); their lipsticks are made without parabens and phthalates; their mascaras are (deep breath) silicone-, fragrance-, triethanolamine- and polyethylene glycol-free, and they don’t perform or sponsor any animal testing across their entire beauty range. Who knew?
Nail polishes $450, mascaras $610, lipsticks $800. Available at the Christian Louboutin Wyndham Street boutique or Lane Crawford Times Square, IFC and Canton Road counters. asia.christianlouboutin.com.