I hope that you all had a lovely weekend and looking forward to a great week.
Isn’t the time between the end of the working day and the evening frustrating? Your colleagues start peeling off home while you have no inclination to do any more work — but your plans don’t start for another few hours.
Then on top of that, you’re still wearing the clothes and make-up you threw on at 7am that morning. The glamour. Getting ready in the office toilets, though, is not a good look. Luckily, there’s no need to even think about the fear of bumping into your boss as you lean over the sink to apply eyeliner — London is full of speed treatments to fill your get-ready gap.
If you’ve got 15 minutes...
Miss Jones xxx
It’s possible to buy a whole new outfit for your night out in under 15 minutes. Shutl, an online shopping and speed delivery site — which includes clothes from the likes of Oasis and Warehouse — offers a “Now!” delivery option and holds the world record for speediest delivery: 14 mins, 58 secs. shutl.com
If you’ve got 20 mins...
Created with time-impoverished Londoners in mind, Windle and Moodie Speed Styling uses its hairdressers’ experience of working backstage at fashion week shows to get your hair party-ready against the clock. Prepare to be catwalk coiffured. £25, 41-45 Shorts Gardens, WC2, windleandmoodie.com
If you’ve got 25 minutes...
Have a Hammam
Wash away the grimy working day with a Hammam Ritual at Dolphin Square’s Moroccan-style spa. You’ll be doused in warm water and then exfoliated with crushed olives and olive oil infused with eucalyptus to be squeaky clean. £37, Dolphin Square, Chichester Street, SW1, dolphinsquare.co.uk/spa
If you’ve got 30 minutes...
Twelve hours glued to a screen does your skin no favours. If your complexion is grey, try QMS’s exfoliating Express Cleansing Facial Scrub to give skin an instant boost. £45, 43 Cadogan Gardens, SW3, qmsmedicosmetics.com
If you’ve got 35 minutes...
Get in relaxed evening mode with an Indian head massage at Neville Hair and Beauty. The head, neck and face are brushed and stimulated to make you feel energised. It also helps to clear any aches and pains following a frazzling work week. From £55, 5 Pont Street, SW1, nevillehairandbeauty.net
If you’ve got 40 minutes...
The spray tan at Debbie Thomas uses the SiennaX tanning system, to create golden colour that complements your natural skin tone, without a single streak. It is alcohol- and paraben-free and packed with organic ingredients to tone and care for skin too. £45, 305 Brompton Road, SW3, debbiethomas.co.uk
If you’ve got 45 minutes...
Give your peepers a Twiggy-esque look with some semi-permanent eyelashes at Blink, Harvey Nichols. A strip of falsies made of synthetic polyester is attached to each lid to create a groomed, curled, look — so you don’t need to bother with any other make-up. From £80, 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1, blinkbrowbar.com
If you’ve got 50 minutes...
Perfect your pins
Worried about baring yours? Then the Slender Cow legs treatment (never mind the name) at Cow Shed will leave you light-footed and ready for anything, especially getting into that party dress. It consists of an invigorating massage to tone and firm the legs. £65, across London, cowshedonline.com
If you’ve got 55 minutes...
Tips to toes
Get your feet ready for the dancefloor with Express mani and pedi Bliss treatment. After an express pedicure fingernails are treated to a hot cream manicure, finishing with a nail polish in a colour of your choice from either OPI or Essie. All the while you can snack on complimentary chocolate brownies, or a selection of cheeses quaffed down with a smoothie or herbal tea. £67, 60 Sloane Avenue, SW3 blissworld.co.uk
If you’ve got 60 minutes...
Make-up on the move
Caught out in the rain? The Makeup Station is just a step from the train. The salon has taken over a room in Clapham Junction station and can do hair and make-up in under an hour. Also available for five-minute makeup touch-ups, and fast threading, nails and hair. From £7, Brighton Buildings, Booking Hall, Station Approach, SW11, themakeupstation.co.uk