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.
The Liberty Best of British open call has been championing British design since 2009. Ahead of the next event this Saturday, catch up with some of the success stories from previous years.
Do you have a unique and innovative product you dream of seeing stocked on the renowned shelves of Liberty?
The British Design Open Call offers upcoming designers and entrepreneurs the chance to present their designs to our expert panel of judges, and if they’re successful their designs will be chosen to be stocked in our hallowed halls. The 6th of its kind to take place at our Regent Street department store, it is a unique opportunity to show products directly to Liberty’s Managing Director, Ed Burstell, his esteemed buying team and industry experts – including top names from press and fashion retail.
Want to know what to expect from the day? Watch our video from previous years to discover more >
Over the past six years we’ve had many success stories from our open calls; several of the designers we uncovered are still stocked at Liberty. Here are a few of our bestselling brands:
Vicki Murdoch’s kitsch collection was discovered at our 2011 open call. Her hand drawn prints take inspiration from nature for a playful and whimsical take on classic home accessories. Vicki uses traditional, intricate and very time-consuming pen and ink techniques, evoking imagery that is both otherworldly yet reassuringly familiar.
“Best of British was incredible for my brand, it allowed me to show my work to an amazing store and wonderful buyers, and then to be stocked there was a dream come true and the best possible platform for any brand to start from.” – Vicki Murdoch
Read our interview with Vicki Murdoch from when she was first discovered.
Discovered at the Best of British Open Call in 2013, Maia Franchesci’s collage-inspired scarves caught our buyers’ attention thanks to their surrealist edge.
“The best thing about being stocked in Liberty is being able to connect with people through a story, an object, a symbol, a particular colour… The exclusivity I am given allows me to do this.” – Maia Franceschi
Menswear designer Christopher Raeburn was picked up at our very first open call in 2009. His designs are recognised for their re-appropriation of military fabrics and iconic outerwear created from de-commissioned parachutes. You can still shop the Christopher Raeburn collection in-store in our menswear department today.
“A menswear order was made at Best of British which gave us a lot of credibility. We were also able to do an installation which had a lot of impact on press and buyers globally – the resulting changes really helped to grow our business.” – Christopher Raeburn
The Brim Label
We discovered this unique hat label in 2013. Designer Emma Cheape is the creative force behind the peaks, sourcing her fabrics from vintage markets in London and creating very individual styles of headwear.
“I took along a range of about 10 hats in different styles, colour ways and fabrications on the day. Taking a broad selection is good because it shows the buyers everything you can do/offer which I believe is important because you can never really know what is going to appeal to them.” – Emma Cheape
Image by Abi Green
After being spotted at Open Call in 2011, Alexandra Mann’s brightly coloured wash bags have been a must-have in the Liberty bath shop. Having just completed her first collection in Liberty print, Mann is developing the line with new fabrics and textures.
“I presented my bags to Liberty Beauty and Accessories Buyer, Gina Ritchie, and guest judge Susie Bubble who wanted all the make-up bags as clutches. The next minute I had Kate Brindley, Head of Communications, MD Ed Burstell and Beauty Buyer Sarah Coonan, all stood around the table having a full on discussion about my bags and what to do with me. I met with Sarah two weeks later and she placed a substantial order.” – Alexandra Mann
Draw In Light
Discovered in 2010, design duo Draw in Light have not only had their screen printed fashion stocked in Liberty, they also designed a print for Liberty fabric in 2014.
“What we love about Liberty is the consortium of stock and heritage. We try and visit at least once a month to buy presents and check on our rail.” – Polly Wilkinson
Launched in Liberty after being spotted in 2013, Bare Biology fish oil is the concentrated Omega 3 oil with an environmentally friendly conscience. Made to boost your skin’s health from within, this great-tasting oil is now a must-have in the Liberty beauty hall.
“I queued for about four hours on the day but it whizzed by – the atmosphere was incredible, the energy, nerves and excitement were palpable. When it was finally my turn, I was shown to the table and I did my pitch. I couldn’t believe it when they both said they loved my product! When they told me I should be very proud of myself I nearly cried because, as a 41-year-old mum who’d been out of the workplace for 8 years, it was an incredible confidence boost.” – Melanie Lawson
Peter Wilkin Organics was discovered at the last Best of British open call just seven months ago. Now stocked as one of our Beauty Must-Haves, the naturally derived formula boasts innovative ecological and cultural principles.
“Best of British enabled my product shelf space in the highly competitive world of luxury cosmetics, without having to compromise on the product quality or the brand values of organic and natural ecology. I have moved into a new laboratory and have been able to focus on developing new products. Being stocked in Liberty has also given me the opportunity to begin to work with other British businesses and suppliers while I am still a small company.” – Peter Wilkin
The pocket square is making a revival. This small piece of cotton, linen or silk adds more than just a touch of detail to your suit – it’s a punctuation of style and individuality. Watch our guide on how to fold a pocket square three ways – you’re not fully dressed without one.
If you’re looking for a quick and slick way to update your blazer jacket, then the pocket square is certainly an indispensable piece for defining a gentleman’s sartorial credibility. You needn’t have it match your tie or your shirt, simply choose a design that compliments both their colour combinations and mood.
Learn how to create the perfect fold, three ways: the Formal, the Dandy and the Three Point, with a step-by-step video guide below, demonstrated by an expert in occasional dressing, Louis Matthewman – Liberty’s Marketing Projects and Events Officer.
“A great rule of thumb to follow is to pick a colour or pattern from your tie, dickie or socks to accent in your square. If you prefer an open shirt, pick one that contrasts your suit or shirt.
My only two rules are: A matching tie or dickie bow with a square is a sartorial faux-pas and never wear anything other than a white square with black tie dress code.” – Louis Matthewman
Guest blogger Kirsty Cleverly from Bonjour Quilts used to live in France before moving to Australia, which explains the her French hinting blog name. Kirsty began blogging as a way of documenting her travels and craft projects. If you’re looking for a small sewing project to work on and decorate your home with? Kirsty shows us how to make an appliqué embroidered wall hanging. This appliqué-and-embroidery project offers a way to showcase your favourite Liberty fabrics which you can see and enjoy every day. Kirsty tells us more about herself and how she found her love for sewing.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I’m Australian, a wife, a mum of four and quite mellow for a redhead. I’ve enjoyed crafty endeavours for as long as I can remember, starting with a Knitting Nancy (French knitting) at nine years old. These days I stick mainly to quilting and embroidery and love helping others to exercise their own crafting skills.
I enjoy all the stages of making things by hand. The design stage has me full of hope and energy (although sometimes an empty wallet). The actual sewing is calming and mindful and helps me unwind after a day of work or child wrangling. There’s nearly always a lesson in perspective, flexibility or determination when the project inevitably doesn’t turn out as I planned. And of course, there’s the joy in the final product.
How long have you be sewing and what was your first project?
My love of sewing began with cross-stitch when I was around ten or twelve I didn’t start machine sewing until I was a newly wed (aged 24) and my mum gave me her old machine. Those days I only sewed garments. When I was pregnant with my third child, for some reason the nesting urge compelled me to sew a quilt. I haven’t stopped sewing them since!
You dabble in a bit of everything from quilting to embroidery, do you have a favourite way of working?
Quilting is definitely my one great love, but we all need a little space sometimes. I enjoy hand sewing (English Paper Piecing or embroidery) for a change, and it’s also nice to have something small to work on when sitting on the couch with my husband.
How do you come up with new ideas and where to you find your inspiration from?
Pretty much everywhere. There are the obvious sources of inspiration such as home decorating magazines and Pinterest, but there’s also architecture, patterns in nature and landscapes – even advertising flyers in the mail. Sometimes just taking half an hour to play and sketch can yield some fun ideas, too.
Are you working on anything special at the moment or do you have something in the pipeline?
More quilts! I have my first pattern going on sale very soon and hope to back it up with another as soon as possible. I’m also planning more tutorials for my blog and some free block patterns that I send out in my newsletter. There’s so much I’d like to do – the problem is finding the time!
8 inch embroidery hoop
Liberty fabric scraps
Double sided fusible adhesive
Water soluble pen
Paper and pencil
Take your pencil and trace the inner circumference of your embroidery hoop onto paper. Using this template and your recurring shape of choice (in this case, one inspired by Moroccan tiles), sketch how you intend to fill your hoop space.
When you have settled on a design, use your pencil to trace the required number of shapes onto the paper backing of your fusible adhesive. Be sure to use pencil as pen will melt and run under the iron. Once complete, cut the shapes apart into rough squares and then iron them onto the reverse side of your Liberty fabric scraps, according to the adhesive’s instructions. Once cool, you can cut the shapes out as per your pencil marks.
Use the water soluble pen to trace the inner circumference of your hoop onto your ironed linen. Remove the paper from your Liberty shapes and arrange them on the linen as per your paper design.
Once you’re happy with the layout iron them in place.
Embellish your fabric shapes with the embroidery stitches of your choice – this is not only decorative but helps to further secure your shapes to the linen. In this case I sewed along several of the edges of my shapes, and for my single red tile I carried the stitches out further onto the linen.
Once your stitching is complete clean away the soluble pen circumference (I used a damp kitchen sponge) and iron face-down on top of a towel (to prevent flattening your stitches). Then simply remount your linen in your hoop.
Your piece is ready for display as is, but if you’d like to wrap your frame as I have, you can visit my blog to find more instructions on how to do this.
And there you have it – a beautiful piece of handwork to show off your favourite pieces of Liberty fabric.
We love to see all your crafty makes, so why not share them with us on Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram using #SewLiberty