National Treasures: Millie Kendall Recommends the Best Beauty Buys London Has to Offer

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Beauty, business, relax, repeat: It’s all in a day’s work for British Beauty Council CEO Millie Kendall, MBE.

Subtle Tweaks
I totally rate Dr. Jules Nabet for tweakments. He is based at Omniya in Knightsbridge. He is a hormone specialist as well and really understands a woman’s face. Dr. Alexis Granite at Mallucci London is pretty incredible, too. I have watched her work and she is extremely light-handed if you want subtlety.

Freeze Frame
My favorite facial would be with Su-Man Hsu at the W Hotel. She is Taiwanese, a former dancer and lives near me. She has really become a friend. Su-Man has the most unique massage technique—it is like your face wakes up after having been asleep for years. I can top up my facials with a Bioeffect rejuvenating facial at Apogii in Notting Hill. They also have a cryo clinic and it’s a double-chambered one. Call me a sucker, but three minutes at minus 110 degrees Celsius can do wonders for your body. Plus, it is large enough so you can take some friends in with you for moral support.

Charlotte Tilbury, of course, the darling of British Beauty; Pat McGrath Labs, the mother of British Beauty; Aromatherapy Associates is simply my favorite bath and body brand. Deep Relax is divine and the most recognizable, but equally unique, scent.”

Destination: Relaxation
My favorite massage is a deeply relaxing Aromatherapy Associates full body with Rika at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The spa is just so chic.

One-Stop Shop
For workouts, I have a personal trainer, but I love the Reformer Pilates classes at Frame. I go to the one near our offices on Berners Street. There is a Hershesons hair salon above it, so you can get your hair done afterwards—and you can also choose from one of the many amazing additional services, like DryBy nails, SumanBrows, Ministry of Waxing, etc. It is literally a mecca. Then, around the corner is Nicola Clarke for John Frieda; Nic has been coloring my hair forever and I visit there on a very regular basis for a top-up of blond.

Gut Check
If you want nutritional support or a colonic, see Kaori Murphy at the Hale Clinic. She is amazing at getting your gut health on track. She is extremely strict with you, but gentle, too. I saw her for months at one point—every Friday morning I had to go see her. She honestly changed my life.

“Arabella’s Votary skin-care range is so loved by makeup artists—probably because her oils are really light and wearable; The frankincense line from Neal’s Yard Remedies is amazing, and their farm and manufacturing facility are spectacular; Sam McKnight’s Cool Girl Barely There Texture Mist makes you look and feel like Kate Moss; I love anything from The Body Shop— the original renegade brand; There’s a new British hair-care brand based on Ayurveda called Chāmpo, which is the Indian word for shampoo.”

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