2012 will be the year of "higher maintenance" for my beauty regime ...or rather, lack of. I tend to stick to the routine of cleanse, tone and moisturise. When I'm feeling really daring mascara and a red lip is as much as I can handle (although I did badger Kay Montano to teach me some new looks. Check out my Rio Glow, Doll Face and Red Line)
To kick off the new year and my new beauty resolution, I needed a clean slate, a perfect glowing blank canvas, all the better to experiment with colour and textures. That's what led me to the sanctum of Vaishaly's salon. I'd passed the discreet entrance off Marylebone High Street many a time, noticing over the years how it went from one door to two. Mental Note 1: Something good must be going on inside for her to expand in such a short period of time.
I booked an appointment with Vaishaly herself and she came to greet me at reception with the kind of glowing unlined covetable skin her reputation would lead you to expect; a reassuring sign of what I hoped I would emerge with. Despite her rapidly expanding empire she makes time to perform facials herself. Her business is tightly run to ensure the highest quality and consistency; she very carefully picks her small team of facialists who perform her signature facial on Vaishaly herself so that she can assess their hands and technique to ensure they are up to her standards.
The facial consisted of around four or five stages: I'm afraid that I fell asleep at one point so my recollection is a little bit woozy. There's, deep-cleansing, extraction, micro-dermabrasion (with what I can only describe as a baby vacuum cleaner for your face - terrifying yet satisfying when you see all the dead skin cells she's managed to suck off), a massage and then closing of the pores using a high-frequency tool that has the added benefit of killing any unwanted bacteria in the skin. All very sophisticated and high-tech but the most heavenly part is Vaishaly's facial massage which lulls you into the deepest state of relaxation, nudging all those tense muscles to let go and give in to absolute serenity. Reluctantly waking up and having to face the world I decided to arm myself with a potion. I'm a recent convert to facial oils as moisturisers and left with the Night Nourisher from Vaishaly's own carefully developed range of beauty products.
At £450 with Vaishaly and the Vaishaly Signature Facial £120 with her team of experts, it is an investment but a highly worthwhile, effective and above all a pleasurable one that will leave your skin looking amazing, radiant and smoother for a good four-six months.