Every so often something comes along which is a little bit different and gets you a little bit excited. Today was that day. I love pampering, but I don’t like the time it takes or the money it costs… I know, I know, I want the world. The last time I properly got ‘made over’ was my prom where I went to about five salons, each one of which poked and prodded a part of me, eventually culminating in a ‘reveal’ that could challenge Britain’s Next Top Model. But as a lady of the world, my time is precious and I can’t afford to spend a whole day getting ready for a night out – you’re lucky if I can pull myself away from The X Factor to get ready between advert breaks on a Saturday. This is why today I had a ‘hoorah’ moment, because Filthy Gorgeous has been launched and I’m sure it will bring much pleasure to all.
Filthy Gorgeous is a ‘beauty service, apothecary and retail emporium’ which brings everything you could possibly ever want together in one place. Located in Debenhams, Oxford Street, London (right at the back of the beauty hall if you’re interested) it brings together a homely salon experience with an accessories boutique and an apothecary of goodies to take home with you. The layout of the store is quirky and unique, with everything from the Union Jack chair to the giant silver chest is a one-off piece selected specifically for Filthy Gorgeous. I hate going into a salon and feeling like I can’t move or touch anything – here you’re encouraged to go and have a play, explore and find new things.
Filthy Gorgeous offers such a wide variety of salon treatments that you need not go anywhere else. They offer manicures, pedicures, waxing, tinting and even temporary tattoos, hair pieces and airbrush root touch-ups. The prices are exceptionally reasonable knowing that you’re right in the hub of London’s shopping district and any other salon would double their price list – you can get a manicure or brow tint for a tenner, an airbrush tattoo is a fiver and even the dry shampoo/curl do starts at a tenner too. You couldn’t get cheaper. But cheap doesn’t mean rubbish… I had my brows waxed and tinted and I’ve never had so much care and attention paid to my follically challenged eyebrows. My beautician spent at least 45mins shaping, waxing, plucking and tinting, making sure both she and I were 100% happy with the result. (And I was, they look bloody fab – I have eyebrows for the first time in years!)
What I also love is that they stock a great range of products that will give you something amazing to take home with you, most of which are uniquely sold in the UK through the salon. They’ve got bath salts, candles, lip balms, mineral shadows, scrubs, hand creams… I could go on and on and on. Not only this, they stock a range of corsages and jewellery from two up-and-coming London based designers that will add that ‘something-something’ to your outfit. You can literally go in looking rough and come out looking like a pampered (and very stylish) princess. While you’re at Filthy Gorgeous you feel so at home and relaxed you don’t see the time going… before you know it it’s practically time for the shop to shut so you have to shuffle yourself out. This is one place I’m so pleased to see pop up in London Town and one place I’ll be going back to again and again.
For more info and to book: http://www.filthygorgeouslondon.com/