New Year Fireworks

Spa spa sparkle for New Year’s Eve! The ultimate party pampering guide

New Year FireworksRight, are we all done with Christmas now? As if last week’s all-American spa hotel round-up wasn’t enough, we’ve grilled the great and the good from luxury hotel spas near and far to ensure you’re the prettiest, perkiest and most polished partygoer from top to toes this New Year’s Eve.

Here’s our mammoth pick of their finest beauty tips and tricks for transforming your looks in a flash (and hiding that hangover afterwards).

Now all you have to do is worry about what to wear…

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URBAN ESCAPE AT THE METROPOLITAN LONDON
Metropolitan London spa Urban EscapeComo Shambhala manager at the Urban Escape spa Samantha West

What are you doing for New Year’s Eve?
Hosting a house party in my flat in central London with close friends and neighbours. We’ll have canapés, champagne, fireworks, and lots of dancing!

Pre-party pampering tips?
Sleep, lots of water and a healthy diet. I’d exercise the day before to release endorphins, improve circulation and enhance general well-being. Don’t exercise on the day of a party, as there’s not enough time for your body to recover. Body scrub is a must; self-tan; luxury pedicure; relaxing massage; facial; and hydrate your skin all over with a good body lotion.

False eyelashesInstant makeover?
False eyelashes or lots of mascara with a natural make-up base and lots of lip gloss.

Favourite beauty products?
Lots – I’m a product junkie!

What’s cooking at 21212? Quickfire Q&A with chef Paul Kitching

Paul Kitching at 21212 in EdinburghHere at Smith HQ, when we’re not living, breathing and loving boutique hotels, we’re drooling over delectable dinners in London, long lunches in Languedoc, superior coffee in the capital and wine-tasting events – even wedding cakes made of cheese. (We take our ‘tastemaker’ title quite seriously, you see.) Typing is mainly practised one-handed, to enable a non-stop snack stream to pass unhindered into our greedy (but still oh-so-selective) bellies.

In short, we’ve decided to put more foodie posts on the blog menu, and resurrect our series of interviews with the food world’s Michelin-starred great and good (see our previous interviews with the awesome Alain Ducasse and mighty Michael Caines).

Since we’ve been knocking around in Edinburgh recently to update you on this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, we thought we’d make our first port of call 21212, to check up on maverick chef Paul Kitching (above right).