We spoke to florist and owner of the luxury fragrance candles, Timothy Dunn, during his table arrangement master class at Get Creative about creating a home ambiance, his new scented candles, and his favourite things about Liberty.
As we tend to spend a lot more time indoors during the autumn and winter months, it’s important to create a beautiful and inviting home ambiance that you want to be in. Timothy says,
“I try to create warmth in fragrance, so you want something that’s really cosy.”
Having been driven inside by the poor weather, you want it to be cosy and smelling delicious. Timothy suggests his all-time favourite candle: Samarkand. Filled with a bucketful of aromatic flavours, Samarkand is essentially a fragrance of spicy wood with exotic tea including cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon, enveloped in Madagascan vanilla with musks, frankincense and more. As you can see from listing just a few of the ingredients, a lot of time and precision has been put towards choosing these exotic elements to create each desired aroma.
Expert advice on picking your luxury candle:
“Everyone’s got different tastes; I always look at the interior and décor of people’s places before I would decide what they’re going to go in with. It’s personal, I’m biased of course; I think you should have one of my candles in your house.”
Timothy has a new luxury candle coming out around Christmas time that will also be available all year round called Myrrh Imperial. It’s dark amber base with myrrh oil, black violet, crystal musk and dark truffle to name a few, create a scent that is desirably edible.
“It’s so beautiful; it’s one of those fragrances that you would like to eat it with a spoon.
(Myrrh Imperial) is very, very different, very warm. It’s one of those fragrances that you’ll pick it up and you’ll love it, it’s not one that grows on you. It’s like Marmite, you either like it or you don’t.”
However, besides the deliciously edible scent, this candle features a precious metal covering over the glass encasing, in this case copper. It’s an addition the company have been perfecting for the last two to three years and include gold, platinum and rose gold.
Timothy Dunn have another candle made in collaboration with Take That singer, Gary Barlow, that is yet to be launched. It’s called 220, after the flower shop Timothy owned in Fulham where his career began.
It’s important around Christmas to bring light and warmth into your homes, and the natural scents that jump to mind are orange and cinnamon, but Timothy’s suggestions are to embrace new flavours all year round, particularly at Christmas.
“Everyone thinks that Christmas is cinnamon and orange, and that’s so boring. We’ve got so many more ingredients that are available to you, you just need a little bit of imagination, to come up with something that’s slightly different.”
We wanted to know what was on Timothy’s wish list from Liberty and his immediate response was, “Well I don’t wear them but I love your scarves.” But ultimately, Timothy would love to do a Liberty candle, encompassing the ethos of the store, from the building and the time it was built, to create a candle for Liberty.
“I wanted to take an iconic Liberty print and cover the box in the print and the glass as well. Unfortunately, there are a lot of things we’ve got to get by (for this to happen).”
After further discussion, it seems Timothy can’t get enough of Liberty!
“The key for me, Liberty, compared to a lot of other people, and people that know me: is the staff, you’ve got great staff.
But I’m in love with your fragrance section downstairs actually, and I love the tea room, but I just love the general atmosphere of the whole store
You talk to people in America, everywhere; Liberty is, for a smaller store, it’s not Harrods or one of those big machines: it’s a store for everybody. It’s never changed from the day it opened: it’s still got that same feel about it, still got that same look, and their ethos of what they do is the same.”
During the table arrangement class, Timothy discussed floral arrangements and centring your perfume candle. Try pairing musky and spicy flavours with warm-coloured flowers, and vanilla and rose with white flowers.
After the class, winners were chosen at random to take home the arrangements!
Keep an eye out for Timothy Dunn’s new fragrant candle, Myrrh Imperial, in-store later in the year, and 220, made in collaboration with Gary Barlow. You can also browse Timothy Dunn‘s range in-store or online.
We meet the woman behind Liberty Beauty’s latest organic skincare brand.
New to Liberty Beauty is the renowned organic skincare line from Susanne Kaufmann. Formulated using natural ingredients, her collection is rooted in the Alpine tradition of passing down botanical healing remedies that work wonders for your skin.
Susanne was brought up in the family hotel business in the beautiful Bregenz Forest in the valley of the Bregenzerache, Austria. The surrounding botanic life lead her to develop her own line of effective skincare products derived from these Alpine plants and herbs.
We caught up with Susanne Kaufmann to find out about her new products, her favourite treatments, and what the biggest mistake you can make with your skin is.
For those of us who are new to Susanne Kaufmann, can you tell us about the collection?
“We have two new products released in summertime. The first is an Oil-peeling season oil. It’s very nice because it’s actually 2-in-1. You apply onto dry skin, no water, then shower and it runs off like milk; like body lotion. The other is an Anti-cellulite cream. It’s very important to use before it starts, not when it’s already started – good tip! These both work very well together.
How long have you been working on this new range of products? Does it take awhile to formulate new, innovative products?
The idea to make a new product, because we love to develop products, the idea’s not something you just get and say we need this or that. Some are quickly developed, but some need a year or two years, sun cream took about 4 years. It depends how difficult the matter is.
How did you get into creating beauty and skincare products? Are your family in the industry as well?
I’m running a hotel in Austria, there’s a long spa history. So we have a spa and in 2003 I run away to the spa. We have 14 treatment rooms; it’s quite big.
Back then I was looking for a natural cosmetic and luckily I found the producer who didn’t take something from the market so we did our own product and started a new line.
The Alpine plant?
Yes. It’s natural, we started to make a natural cosmetic which is very effective and has a modern technique to get out the best of the cream you can get. And we use a lot of Alpine plants and herbs.
What are your favourite products from your company?
A-line, eye cream of the A-line. I would never go somewhere without this little cream.
You can use it night and daytime, normally use in the morning and evening. You can use in the morning like a little mask if you go to bed late or partying. You put a little bit more on and just leave for half an hour then it goes in.
What types of products would you recommend for stressed/tired skin?
It’s a bit difficult because stressed skin you can handle, it’s if the person also has dry or oily skin. But one product for stressed skin which works well is the Face Oil. It balances the skin whether it’s more oily or more dry, so you get the balance, and it has a nice smell. It also makes you feel relaxed. I think that it would be a very good product.
What is the biggest mistake you see being made with people and their skin?
I think… the biggest mistake you can make is if you don’t clean your skin daily, and if you are in a city like London it’s so important to do the right cleansing. And not only cleansing milk, you really need the tonic to cleanse the skin. And here, I need the tonic twice. It’s very important to do a good cleansing, take everything away, before you put on the next make up and so on, because your skin needs to breathe.
Throughout your career, what is the most valuable skin lesson you’ve learnt to achieve healthy skin?
I mean there is not one but I think throughout the years, it’s also what we do in the spa treatment, the holistic way of seeing skin now. If you ask me what can I do to have perfect skin? Sure I can recommend you a product and say, ‘do the peeling and do the mask’, but still it’s the way of life and where you live. The different places you live and how the climate is. So this, and then what you eat, how much you sleep, if you drink alcohol, how much you smoke or if you have a lot of sun. So it’s the holistic way of seeing skin.”
Susanne Kaufmann‘s collection is now available in-store and online. Discover her bestselling products in this edit.
Have you booked in for you next facial? Well before you do, you might want to consider giving the new Repair and Rebalance facial by Aurelia Probiotic Skincare a try. Liberty Online’s Assistant Editor, Fiona Davies, reviews the new miracle treatment.
“Think back to the last time you had a really great facial. Within the last month? Maybe in the last year? Never? Well it’s certainly been a while since I’ve treated my skin to such a luxury. So when I was invited to try Aurelia’s new Repair and Rebalance Probiotic facial, I could almost feel my face jumping for joy at the thought of a full hour of pampering ahead. What followed did not disappoint.
My treatment began, as it should, with a quick chat with my therapist about my skin’s history before the first product of the treatment was applied. The wonderfully soothing Aurelia Skincare Miracle Cleanser all over my face and décolletage. I really love this cleanser, for its beautiful smell and gorgeous creamy texture. I use it often in my own everyday skincare routine and my skin seems to look undeniably smoother afterwards. The eucalyptus and chamomile are particularly great for calming the skin and treating blemishes.
Next the Refine and Polish Miracle Balm; this facial polish is absolutely genius. Like a typical exfoliator, but with tiny granules so it’s very gentle on the skin, it works to clear away any lingering dead skin and brightens your complexion. Needless to say, my skin felt like satin once it had been rinsed off.
But the facial really came into itself during the Cell Repair Night Oil facial massage stage – a deep massage routine with one of the most incredible natural facial oils I have tried. The therapist spent a good 10 minutes working the oil in with a skilful, targeted facial massage that had me drifting off to sleep more than once!
Post-massage, Aurelia’s Rose Mask was applied and left to sink in while my therapist massaged my hands with the oil, releasing further tension. Once the mask was gently removed, the massage was completed with the Revitalise and Brighten Eye Dew – a roller ball that cools the eye area while applying a light serum to reduce puffiness. Finally the Day serum and moisturiser were applied to seal the deal.
What I loved most about this facial was the breadth of the Aurelia range that it covers. You really get to see the instant benefits of the brand’s best products, and come out the other side looking like you’ve been on holiday in the South of France for two weeks. My skin felt rich, moisturised, and plumper and I was glowing. Moreover, I felt like I’d just had the best beauty sleep of my life. I highly recommend it, whether for seasoned facialists or novices.”
Aurelia’s Probiotic Repair and Rebalance facials are available at the Liberty Beauty Treatment rooms throughout the year. The next event is due on Wednesday 3 September. Find out more about the facial here, and browse our schedule of treatments here for future events.
Liberty celebrates Diptyque’s most popular perfume of fig-scented candles and perfumes, Figuier and Philosykos.
This summer we’re celebrating the iconic Parisienne perfumer’s best-loved fragrance, Diptyque Figuier scented candles and Philosykos perrfume. The fig-based scent is one of the cornerstones of the Diptyque classics range, thanks to its fresh yet sweet scent. Conjuring up feelings of warm and exotic locations – the Figuier/ Philosykos collection is the perfect scent for holidays and warm, sunny days.
Philosykos is the quintessential summer fragrance: when I smell it, I am transported to the Mediterranean Sea – Julie, Diptyque Counter Manager
Meaning ‘friend of the fig tree’, Philosykos is an ode to the entire tree, while Figuier sits among the range of Diptyque candles as a fresh, fruity fragrance intensified by white cedar.
Diptyque Philosykos came about when one of the founders, Yves Coueslant, transported scented fig leaves back to Paris from Greece and found that they didn’t lose their scent, even after some years.
What I like most about Philosykos is the light and fresh scent which reminds me of a sunny day in Greece – Elizabeth, Sales Associate
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Liberty Beauty Buyer, Sarah Coonan spreads her beauty tips on choosing and applying the right foundation for a flawless, expert finish.
Foundation is probably the most important step in any make-up routine. The wrong foundation, when poorly applied, can be really ageing and look mask-like. Luckily, finding the best foundation is much easier than you think and application doesn’t need to take hours. We’ve pulled together some of our favourite makeup tips and tricks to help you achieve an enviably flawless base.
Step 1. Find the perfect colour
Foundation should match your skin as closely as possible, and I recommend visiting a make-up counter for advice. Always test it on your skin and ideally in natural light. If you don’t feel confident the colour is quite right ask for a sample and try it at home. There’s nothing worse than investing in a great foundation and then not using it because the colour is poorly matched.
Step 2. Take a lesson
Nothing beats a one-to-one tuition with a great make-up artist. Pop into store for a lesson and you’ll pick up a handy arsenal of tips. The assistants on our beauty counters are make-up artists too and many of them do freelance work so they really know their stuff. Don’t automatically head to the brand you always use, have a look round and only seek advice from someone with flawlessly applied foundation. If theirs isn’t applied well I find it hard to take their advice seriously.
Step 3. Cherry pick
I’m a firm believer in finding the very best product you can, rather than buying everything from one brand. They may have the best foundations but if their primer or brushes aren’t up to scratch you aren’t going to get the best results. My make up bag is a big mix of products and the best ones for you will vary depending on your skin type, the time of year and what look you want to achieve. For me, I love Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation, Trish McEvoy Correct and Brighten for under the eye, and Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage for any blemishes. I’m not keen on an overly powdered look so my go to products are either Chantecaille HD Powder or Hourglass Ambient Powder.
Step 4. Tailor your products
Depending on the look you want to achieve, you will need to use the right products. If you want dewy skin, a mattifying primer is going to work against you, so either skip the primer altogether or use something like Laura Mercier Radiance Primer. For velvety skin, I swear by Hourglass Veil Fluid Make Up and if you want a really natural look and don’t need too much cover you really can’t beat Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturisers.
Step 5. Find the right tools
Now you have the perfect products, you need to make sure you’re applying them correctly! Much of this is down to personal preference, but certain tools will help you achieve a really precise look. For an airbrushed finish, a damp Beauty Blender is a godsend. It’s quick, totally mistake-proof and gives the most beautiful coverage using just the right amount of product. When it comes to brushes, quality is the key. This doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune, but do your research first. My favourites for foundation are: Trish McEvoy’s Sheer Mistake-Proof Brush, Hourglass No. 2 (the most versatile brush you will ever use) and London Brush Co. Pyramid Brush.
Step 6. Learn from the professionals
YouTube is an amazing resource where you can get advice from great artists and real people alike. Some of our favourites are Pixiwoo, Wayne Goss and Lisa Eldridge – and the beauty is you can practice while you watch. This is also a great way to get completely impartial advice about which products to use. Wayne Goss has some really great videos about foundation and applying it. His advice is super easy to follow and he is always brutally honest about the products.
Three Tips from Our Artists
Abida from Trish McEvoy
For an airbrushed finish use Trish’s Sheer Mistake Proof Brush to stipple on foundation. Using fast circular motions to blend gives you a really light, even coverage that you can build up.
Anastasia from NARS
I like using my fingers to apply foundation as the heat really helps to melt the product into your skin leaving a really natural finish. Alternatively, I like to use a Beauty Blender slightly wetted.
Yen – Shu Uemura
A good base to even out skin, correct pigmentation and bring down redness is essential for a flawless look. The key is to use a great primer of base product like our UV Underbase. Also, don’t overcompensate with foundation to cover up blemishes. Less is more!