The BAFTAs have passed, the BRITs have been and gone, but there’s one little award ceremony still to come – the Oscars. Yep, tomorrow will see the most star-studded of all the ceremonies unfold, and we’ve got inside access.
Enter Anna Grotkamp and Nathalie Eleni. Founder of B London Boutique – the ultimate in luxury swimwear – Ms Grotkamp’s clients include everyone from Mariah Carey to Jourdan Dunn, while beauty therapist Nathalie has tended to the needs of Carey Mulligan and Anne Hathaway. Dreamy double act, we know, and they’ll be taking us behind the scenes to see exactly what goes down in La La Land. Prepare to have your mind blown…
Day 1: Oscars Prep Begins
So we’ve landed in LA, super jet lagged and tired, but we’re excited so running on adrenalin and late night ‘In n Out Burgers’ – not very LA…
First things first, we headed straight to Pressed Juicery in Beverly Hills for some green goodness. Famous in Hollywood for their cleanses, and used by many an actress and model, we opted for the 1 day to revive our tired skin, give us a glow and hope to lose a final pound (or two) before Sunday.
Then we checked into our fave hotel, the Mondrian, known for its famous pool party before having a wander around the gorgeous shops in Rodeo Drive.
Just off Rodeo Drive, we went to see Dr Simon Ourian, Hollywood’s top Cosmetic Dermatologist who also happens to be the Kardashians’ Cosmetic Doctor and the man behind Kylie Jenner’s lips! We asked him for top skin tips and he recommended Epione Flawless Serum! Created by the man himself, it is a powerful daily serum that tightens and firms skin whilst reducing the appearances of lines and wrinkles. Radiant skin here we come!
Although we didn’t fancy getting our lips done a la Kylie, a close favourite of ours for lips just like hers is Ciate Lip Velvet in “Swoon”, Charlotte Tilbury Lip Pencil in “Pillow Talk” and Instant Effects Lip Plumper!
We’re off to get some beauty sleep now but tomorrow we’re heading off to Anastasia, Beverly Hills to get our brows done, Santa Monica for a spray tan, some lettuce at Ivy for lunch and then on to meet a surgeon in Orange County for a pre Oscar Skin Peel & Laser! Last but not least, we’ll head to Soul Cycle for some burn and tone!!
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So after a quick six hour sleep, we’re up and ready for a busy day.
Oscar fever has well and truly hit Tinseltown. Last night saw William Morris Endeavor pre-Oscar Party in Beverly Hills bring out all the stars!
Fresh, dewy skin was the theme with Jessica Biel, Alessandra Ambrosio and Chanel Iman all showing off healthy, glowing complexions enhanced with highlighting.
To recreate this look, we recommend mixing in an illuminator (our fave is MAC Strobe Cream) with your foundation half and half for an added glow.
For added highlights, apply Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow to cheekbones, centre of the forehead, down the bridge of nose and above your Cupid’s bow to enhance your lips.
Keep contouring extra soft with a light dusting of bronzer just under the cheek bone (suck in cheeks to find the perfect hollow).
We had a super healthy breakfast of berries and an egg white omelet and then headed down to Orange County to meet with Dr Thomas Barnes, Cosmetic Surgeon and Laser Specialist to the A-Listers.
He recommended a low level Photo Facial to plump up the skin for days, to give a natural, healthy youthful glow and decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Usually this would be used for brown spots and redness of the skin, but the low level approach is one of his lunchtime makeover secrets that celebrities use to get red carpet ready.
We then headed back to Beverly Hills, to get our brows done at none other than Brow Guru Anastasia’s Beverly Hills Salon.
The glow kit & contouring kits were our absolute must buys. Also, in our bag were the new liquid lipsticks, especially ‘soft lilac’, perfect for pouty spring lips.
We went slightly overboard, but were saved just in time by the lovely Alex! She waxed, tweezed, trimmed, concealed, highlighted and then powdered and set with a brow gel, for the ultimate Hollywood Brow!
Her prediction for Oscar brows was ‘full, defined and groomed’.
You can buy Anastasia products online.
Our top three alternative brow must-haves are MAC Brow Pencil in ‘Lingering’ or ‘Fling’, Rimmel Brow This Way & Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Gel.
Woke up and headed straight to Soul Cycle – a big favourite with models, actors and actresses, especially pre-red carpet.
Nathalie used a special red carpet gold mask on me, full of hyaluronic acid, which helps to plump up skin and make it more radiant, without being too stimulating.
After Nathalie did some lymphatic drainage, which is a type of massage. This is easy to do on yourself: take an eye gel or cream (or if you want to treat yourself use Skin Design London Sculpt & Lift) and using your ring fingers pat around the eye orbit from the inner corner outwards lightly for a couple of minutes, finishing at your temple which is a lymphatic drainage point.
We scrubbed, showered and shaved ready for our Chocolate Sun Spray Tan.
Loved by Hollywoods A Listers, it’s LA’s best kept beauty secret, giving a just off the beach bronze glow that’s mixed for your skin type – no orange here!
If you can’t get to their Santa Monica Boutique, they also have a great home use range.