Feel Good Factor - The Rock star of Nails - Golden Tarts

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Manicurist to the stars, Liza Smith, whose client list included the  likes of Miley Cyrus and Queen of Style, Mrs Beckham, is now working with Golden Tarts to bring celebrity nspired treatments to Marbella.  When it comes to nails there is no higher authority than Liza Smith. A CND Education Ambassador and British Nail Professional of 2009, she has more than 25 years of salon experience and was nicknamed The Rock Star of Nails by the  one and only JLo. Come on - how cool is that? 

Liza can be spotted working backstage throughout Fashion Week, initiating future trends on campaigns such as those by Tom Ford, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Burberry, while her work has been  seen on the covers of Vogue, Tatler and  Harper’s Bazaar. As for her client list,  let’s tick off the heavyweights: Jennifer  Lopez, Kylie Minogue, Naomi Campbell  (who said, “I want to thank Liza Smith for  always giving me ‘beautiful nails’ - noone  

“Liza spotted something in us,” explains owner Sarah, AKA Golden Tart. “We will be her face in Marbella. Liza has been giving the GT team one-on-one training, passing on her lifetime of knowledge and skills. Not only can we now offer celebrity inspired CND treatments, she has also taught us how to produce show-stopping nails in a very short time  frame. As we know, celebs want to be in and out of treatments in as little time as possible, yet still expect high-end results.  We can now offer them a superior service.”  While Liza was training the Tarts this month, she took time out of her hectic schedule to give SOCIETY MARBELLA an exclusive interview.  What have been your career highlights?  Being voted Nail Salon of the Year three times in the last three years and being voted Best Nail Care Specialist by Vogue. Another was attending the Oscar Lounges this year, and working with Miley Cyrus during the European leg of her tour. Now that was fun!does nails like Liza”), Kate Moss and  Sarah Jessica-Parker to name but a few.  With many of her celebrity clients spending time in Marbella, and not being able to be in 10 places at once, Liza wanted to find a talented team of  therapists who she could take to the next  level. She wanted peace of mind and the knowledge that they could provide the same standard of service. After scouring the Coast she found the perfect match; a salon that was setting trends,  producing beautiful ‘in vogue’ nails and  offering exactly the style she was looking  for. Hence the collaboration between Golden Tarts and Liza.  inspired treatments to Marbella.  When it comes to nails there is no higher authority than Liza Smith. A CND Education Ambassador and British Nail Professional of 2009, she has more than 25 years of salon experience and was nicknamed The Rock Star of Nails by the  one and only JLo. Come on - how cool is that?

 Favourite celeb clients?  I enjoy working with many clients, though Victoria Beckham is always a particular joy to work with.

 Future nail trends?  The nail look of the season from A/ W14, was Sister by Sibling (now just called Sibling). It was a huge hit with the press. We created medium-length almond nails, painted them jet black, then applied a matte top coat. Lastly we used a blood red to paint a glossy  French tip. The contrast of the matte and gloss finishes epitomises the A/W14 trend for clashes of textures. As you would expect, autumn trends sway toward rich tones and I predict rich reds and teal  and olive green being the colours of the  season.

 Why did you decided to collaborate with golden tarts?  We were looking for a dynamic brand to take our nail service forward.  Golden Tarts is on trend and fashion forward, therefore complementary to the LS Nail boutique, as we both share the same vision.

 What will golden tarts now be able to offer the general public?  The Tarts will be able to offer celebrity inspired treatments exclusive to their salon, providing a luxury service and  specific looks inspired by current trends  on the catwalk.  So where is Liza off to next? Touring with Miley Cyrus. Of course she is!

 Puerto Banús  Tart-Phone: 952 811 820  22-23 Calle Jesus Puente,  Puerto Banús  La Cala  Tart-Phone: 952 493 768  Nº4 Jardin Botanico, La Cala De Mijas  goldentarts.com          

Feel Good Factor - Loving that natural feeling by Sofia Saide from Pure Skin Beauty

BEE VENOM_POT_50ml_Beethis a subject very close to my heart and something I truly believe in. What you put on your skin eventually ends up in your body. Certified organic and natural beauty products are made with ingredients that are grown free of synthetic pesticides, herbicides and genetically modified organisms. They also don’t include harmful additives such as petroleum waxes, fillers and artificial chemicals. Simply put, they are completely healthy and natural, synthetic alternatives are not. Gone are the days when you had to wade through an incense-filled fog to get your hands on natural beauty products, which didn’t work as well as high-tech potions. Nowadays, most high-end natural brands on the market have evolved from patchouli oil and hemp seed, incorporating luxurious new formulae which provide results without sacrificing your health.

Here are my recommendations:

Oskia - Georgie Cleeve founded OSKIA after witnessing first-hand the skincare benefits of MSM, more commonly known as the ‘Beauty Mineral’. A natural form of organic sulphur, MSM boosts collagen production, promotes circulation and helps decrease inflammation for a brighter, younger looking complexion.

Bedtime Beauty Boost - Luxury in a jar. I love it because it’s light, yet rich in nutrients. Containing vitamins and age fighting ingredients such as apple stem cell and hyaluronic acid as well as milk peptides, it brightens and improves the appearance of pigmentation, which is a common problem when living on the Coast.

Get up & Glow - A deliciously lightweight, revitalizing and energising serum which increases cell respiration and ATP energy to brighten and enliven skin. This serum is so rich in nutrients that it can be used on its own in the summer. It can also be used on top of make-up, which is why it can be found in many pro make-up artist’s kits.

Renaissance Mask - Designed to increase cell turnover, boost radiance and packed with OSKIA’s trademark blend of beautyboosting nutrients, this luxuriously-textured exfoliating mask leaves the complexion smoother, more refined and illuminated. 

Prtty Peaushun - Created by celebrity Make-up Artist Bethany Karlyn, Prtty Peaushun has graced the bodies of Hollywood’s A-List elite. This luminous, PETAapproved, skin-perfecting potion is a celeb essential. Available in five shades, Prtty Peaushun suspends light reflective particles in an ultra-nourishing, base, to refine limbs and diminish the appearance of bruises, blotches and the dreaded ‘orange peel’ effect.

Kure Bazaar - Glossy, long-lasting hues bring digits to life without such questionable elements as formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, and toluene. This product combines the ethics of an eco-natural formula with the vibrant colours of fashion. The brainchild of Brazilian model, Kartika Luyet, her good nail philosophy promises us all healthier nails day after day by preserving nail vitality. As we are now in flip-flop season, cracked heels are a big no no. At Pure Skin weincorporates Kure Bazaar’s organic foot mask booties into our pedicures, filling tootsies with their mask which is packed full of natural extracts - barley, aloe and avocado - to plump skin, hydrate cuticles and nourish your nails in just 15 minutes. They can also be bought from us for home use. Hand masks are also available.

Heaven - Heaven by Deborah Mitchell offers you the potent power of nature in perfect harmony with the latest breakthroughs in beauty technology. The range has been developed for a radiant, flawless complexion and to help heal skin conditions from blemishes to eczema.

Bee Venom Mask – Loved by royals Kate and Camilla, this is a definite MUST HAVE in my beauty regime. Nature’s alternative to Botulinum Toxin, the first product of its kind. This unique product has been specially created using natural and organic ingredients, combined to work in synergy for an instant anti-ageing effect.

Bee Venom Eyes - Containing Manuka Honey, renowned for its soothing and healing properties, it works to control muscles around the eyes for immediate lifting, tightening and firming.

After Soother – A universally soothing product: apply after waxing, electrolysis, shaving, bug bites, and sunburns. Leaves skin silky smooth and hydrated.

All products are available from PURE Skin Beauty at The Wellness Studio Los Naranjos Golf Club Tel. + 34 951 134 983

Feel Good Factor - A view into Treatment at Cortijo Care Marbella


Treatment at Cortijo Care is individualised for every single person that comes into our hospital. Being able to offer outpatient day care and four-stage inpatient treatments allows the team to tailor a person’s needs and their stage of readiness for change. Recovery can start at any stage at Cortijo Care. If a person feels scared by the idea of entering full treatment for full recovery, that’s okay. As a team we can help either the sufferer and/or the family to start the process. Thinking about ‘starting to stop’ becomes a very important part of a person’s willingness and desire for change. Our therapy structure is moulded to what people need when they are with us, from creative treatment, music therapy and process work to educational therapy, yoga and meditation. Animal assisted support by the clinic’s dog (BEAR) and many more types of psychotherapy are also available to assist. The 12 steps are offered on individual need.

Hannah Rushforth, our Head Key Worker works very closely with each residential patient and becomes part of their everyday routine and support structure. She offers a depth of genuine honesty with all patients and helps them to develop skills in communication and trust. Hannah also assists in all the group work with the therapists, to maintain a deep understanding of each person. Hannah’s skills, empathy and genuine care for her patients and her job shines through


A testimonial from a patient was discharged after nine weeks in our care.

To the entire Cortijo Care team,

From the moment I arrived, I was welcomed with such warmth and kindness from everyone. Never had I felt so much compassion from a group of people who didn’t even know me. I started my journey here scared and desperate, but everyone made me feel so at ease and comfortable that I came to see you all as my family. You helped me find my inner strength, and for the first time in my life I feel ready to take on the world with complete confidence. You have shown me how to love and accept myself and for that I cannot thank you enough. You will forever hold a special place in my heart and no one can ever take that away, and I am truly grateful that I had the opportunity to get to know every single one of you. This has been an amazing journey for me, and I can’t imagine having gone through it anywhere else but here. I will forever think of you all every step of the way during this next chapter in my life, and I know I can reach my dreams and goals because of the strength you have given me. From the bottom of my heart I thank each and every one of you, and I genuinely love you all for showing me so much positivity, gentleness and love throughout my stay. You guys are a truly amazing team, and I am so happy my life brought me here to you. I wouldn’t have changed a thing for the world.

Mo Zaatar
Feel Good Factor - Glow Fitness and Fun for all the family

JOM 1282 We all know that we need to exercise if we want to stay healthy, but all too often our virtuous plans come to nothing, largely due to lack of time, but also because many of us feel more than a little intimidated at the thought of all that gleaming machinery and those buffed bodies.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a friendly place where the whole family could go to enjoy a range of healthy and fun activities? Fortunately there is such a place; Glow Wellness & Fitness on Puerto Banús’s famous Avenida Playas del Duque contains all the equipment that the dedicated gym bunny could possibly require, but also offers a fabulous range of general fitness activities from water polo, weight training and kick-boxing to Pilates, aerobics and flamenco classes.

 With most families on a permanent timesaving mission, the philosophy behind Glow is bound to appeal. Since a full range of professional trainers is on hand, why not leave the youngest members of the family in expert hands and enjoy some time out, either pitting yourself against some very hi-tech equipment or enjoying an aerobics class with some friends? With the whole family in the same place you can stop being a taxi service for a while and join in the fun.

 In the past few months the Glow team has been working to ensure that the gym provides a five-star experience to its clientele. The new pool and spa area also contains comfortable dressing rooms and a further touch of luxury in the shape of Turkish baths and saunas. The spinning room – an essential feature for most serious fitness fanatics these days – has been extended and fitted out with brand new TOMAHAWK bikes and equipment that can offer audio-visual sessions with 6.1 surround sound.In the past few months the Glow team has been working to ensure that the gym provides a five-star experience to its clientele. The new pool 

The Glow team has also developed a variety of fitness classes such as ‘Cardio Free style’, ‘Body Power’ and ‘Toning’. If that sounds a little too high impact, why not try an Aqua Tono session instead? This gives quick and effective results and is great fun. 

For families who are especially adventurous there is plenty to do outside the gym as well, from kayaking to paddle surfing. These sessions take place at Puerto Banús and are suitable for all ages. It’s the perfect opportunity to spend some time together outdoors and enjoy the best of the summer weather.With the beginning of the summer holidays particular attention has been paid to the youngest members of the family. In July and August Glow will be offering intensive courses for children in areas such as swimming, dance and kickboxing, so when the inevitable cries of, “I’m BORED!” start, there is an easy solution.

Glow also has its own shop, where you can pick up the right gear for every activity from aerobics to Zumba, plus everything in between.

 The newly revamped cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner to eat in or to take away and the menu has also had a makeover, with new products for sale, including healthy artesanal breads (some of which are gluten-free) containing nuts, cereals, olives and seeds and homemade and bespoke cakes.

Why not drop in and see for yourself how you could achieve that inner and outer Glow this summer?

 Tel: + 34 952 908 507 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it glowplayasdelduque.com

Feel Good Factor- Cortijo Care Marbella presents: A view into a Patient's Journal

It is an honour to be introducing what will be an ongoing diary, giving you an insight into the recovery of one of the bravest women I have ever had the privilege to meet. When I first met Claire I was shocked. What was this beautiful, highly intelligent woman doing here? When will I learn to stop judging a book by its cover? Underneath it all was someone to whom we can all relate. Someone who was struggling to cope with everyday life and needed professional help. The most incredible thing is that now that Claire is on the right path; this amazing woman wants to help others by sharing her story with you.

If you had told me three months ago, when living in the UK, that today I would have been putting a deposit down on a rental apartment in Marbella, I would have thought you were crazy. Not because, “It’s the start of the season and prices will double!”; it was because three months ago I was admitted to the Cortijo Care Centre feeling like no-one could feel as low as me.

 After struggling for so long with depression, extreme anxiety and, subsequently, the eating disorder bulimia, my life had become unmanageable. Not that I acted like it was; no one else had a clue. I had become a pro at acting like everything was just great. I had the dream job, dream car, dream handbag. Yet, beneath my perfectly blow dried locks was a person who felt unbearably low and suffered horrible panic attacks. I felt like a fraud. The appeal of suicide was growing within me and the anti-depressants the GP had hastily prescribed did nothing.

A psychiatrist, recommended to me by a friend in strictest confidence, (she practically whispered the details over the phone, as if the subject of mental health was not fit for polite discussion) gave me two choices: Ignore how utterly helpless I felt, or Enter into psychiatric, residential care.


So, full of fear, I flew to Málaga to check into the Cortijo Care Centre. I expected a sparse hospital environment but, instead, found a building that looked like a beautiful home and a welcome I’d only expect from friends. The professional team there worked together to get to know the real me. Even I wasn’t even sure who I was; I just felt like a walking illness.

After my stay I’m moving to Marbella because I’d like to continue finding out about who I am, whilst being near the ongoing support offered by the centre. It’s amazing how first class therapy and psychiatric support can make you realise that recovery is possible and the world awaits. Maybe this part of the world will offer me a great new start?  

Being able to offer someone a moment of happiness, can end up offering them a lifetime of hope.

Gemma Wood, is the Head of Counselling & Psychotherapy at the Medical and Psychological clinic, Cortijo Care, based in San Pedro.

 The opportunity to be part of Claire’s journey has been an honour and a privilege for all of the team at Cortijo Care. Today is an especially proud moment to start to share her story, as she reintegrates into society. When Claire arrived at Cortijo Care three months ago, we witnessed a brokenhearted lady who had been suffering in silence for a long time. The team was able to offer her intense in-patient care, psychiatric support, medical assistance and many forms of psychotherapy groups, one-to-one sessions and eating disorder care. This was the beginning of Claire’s journey with us. As a team, the first stage of care consists of two main areas: • Building a relationship of trust with the individual. • Helping to nurture the willingness of each person to be open to what we offer and to assist them with their own process. For weeks Claire was not able to hear nor accept that the improvements she was making were due to her own ability, believing that it was down to the Cortijo Care team. Only three weeks ago, Claire accepted her own journey, efforts and, most importantly “this walking illness” as she described it, was not who she IS. Claire’s acceptance of being ill has evolved over time but she has also accepted that her illness is only PART of her. She has discovered that she has many other facets that will help her in the future. In order to record her progress Claire kept a diary during her stay at Cortijo Care.

TUNE IN ON AIR On Thursday 3rd of July to listen and speak directly to Gemma and Claire

Cortijo Care Marbella: C/ Joaquin Turina, Cortijo Blanco, San Pedro de Alcantara, Marbella. Tel. 952 780 181 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it cortijocare.com

Next month, see how Claire’s journey began...

The Bold and the Beautiful

Want strong, on-trend brows like Cara Delevingne? Learn how to get statement eyebrows with this brow-tastic guide

IMG 0171_new_3Long gone are the days of ultra skinny, overly waxed eyebrows (think Pamela Anderson in her Baywatch days). From French fashionista Carine Roitfeld to Hollywood actress Jennifer Connolly, you can’t open a magazine, or turn a street corner for that matter, without seeing big, beautiful brows staring back. Full, groomed eyebrows are flattering and youthful, can add structure to the face, make you look polished and tie the whole look together. However, not everyone can take a bold brow; for example, if you have a petite face or if your brows are close to your eyes, a strong brow will not be for you. “When your brows are close to your eyes, it can close them off and make your eyes seem even smaller,” explains HD brow guru Amy Carter from Golden Tarts. “The shape of your brows completely depends on the shape of your face. For example the trend at the moment is for sharp lines, straight edges and a higher arch, but if you have a round face, this style won’t work for you. You need a softer, rounder arch.” Ready to start your bold brow journey? First step is to visit a brow expert. If you want to venture into a statement strong brow, you may want first to see an aesthetician, who can set you on the right path and help you to determine the right shape. “It is difficult to shape your brows yourself or see the shape that they should be,” Amy points out. ”With HD Brows you can readjust the shape of the brow, creating the ideal shape for you, rather than just working with what you have.” One thing that you have to accept is that growing in fuller brows will take time. Been tweezing your brows? Sadly, you won’t be able to rock a bold brow anytime soon. If you’re starting from scratch it can take anything from three to six months to grow in your brows, but the end result is worth it. AND, if you are an eyebrow virgin, Amy has the following advice: “For my first timers I always start off with a lighter tint colour and a softer shape than I would usually create. It’s easier to go over the colour and darken it, rather than go full on straight away and have the client screaming they look like Groucho Marx” Now you have the shape, here is how to finish them off. For a more natural look use an eye shadow that is one shade darker than your hair colour. Applying eye shadow – such as Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo - to the brow area using a slanted brow brush is a great way to shape and give your face some drama without looking overly made up. If you want a stronger look for the evening, switch to a pencil such as the MAC Cosmetics Eyebrow pencil (great for filling in gaps). To make them look even more sculpted, use a concealer and outline outside the brows and blend it out. Finish with a highlighter on the brow bone such as Benefit Highbeam. And if that hasn’t sold it to you, a properly shaped eyebrow is like an instant facelift and can knock about ten years off you. Yep, I bet you raised a brow to that, didn’t you?

Top Tips

  • Remember, your brows should be sisters, not twins. Don’t struggle to try and make them exactly the same, as you’ll never achieve it; no-one’s brows are 100 per cent symmetrical.

  • Tweeze after your shower, as warm water opens the follicles and softens hairs, helping them to slip out more easily.

  • Opt for a sharp, slanted pair of tweezers. Unlike pointy versions, they grab tiny strays quickly and won’t pinch your skin along with the hairs. We love Tweezermans.

  • Always use a regular mirror and avoid magnifying mirrors. The up-close view encourages overtweezing.

  • The front of the brow should align with the upper bridge of your nose.

  • Your arch ought to peak just above the iris of your eye, and then continue out until the brow ends at a forty-five degree angle from the outside of your eye.

  • Use a cottonwool ball to apply witch hazel or a very gentle moisturizer to soothe the skin that might be irritated around your brows.

  • If you change your hair colour by more than two shades, you should alter your brow colour too, but only subtly.

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