The Meeting Place

Gill Meets Kazu Namise of Phylia de M.

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Kazu Namise is the Founder & CEO of Phylia de M., which is based on the philosophy, science and life’s work, of scientist and her godfather, Dr Dick Miyayama.

When did you first decide to create products founded on Dr Miyayama’s research?

I’ve been using the formula since I was 19 and it immediately made a big difference and has continued to improve my hair ever since! For about seven years following university, I worked for my godparent’s brand in Japan, and during that time, I dreamed of one day branding my favourite selects of their formula range. I left for a few years to get experience in marketing and about two years ago now, I started to feel something inside of me pull me back to their work. In December of 2011, I made the decision to start development of my own line and they gave me their blessing! And voilà, Phylia de M. was born! I am so happy and honored to be able to share the wonderful formula now!

What is your life philosophy?

I’m all about Quality Control – in our most basic needs! Food (what you put both in and on your body), Clothes (the types and style of fabric you wear), and Home (keeping a clean, cozy, and inspiring environment). I believe that being conscientious of the kind of products we put both in and on our bodies is an investment into our best selves, which allows for harmony in self and in community.
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Why is it so important to have well groomed defined brows?

Defined eyebrows give you a manicured look, structure to your face and accentuates the effect of the eyes. If there is one aspect of your appearance that you maintain, it should always be your brows. They have the ability to make a big difference to the way you look and how confident you feel.

How can the shape of our eyebrows transform our look?

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Gill Meets Norman Waterhouse

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Heal Gel was launched by Heal Care Products in the mid noughties by five of the world’s leading plastic surgeons, and a renowned biochemist.

GS: There are many ‘doctor’ brands out there. What makes yours different?

NW: Really, we simply wanted to ensure that our patients were taking the best possible care of their skin after treatment. Many of our patients divulged that they were using products that we knew to possess only placebo value. Looking at what was then available, we identified a need that was not being met; a single effective treatment for post operative skin. We spent three years refining the formula, to address all forms of compromised skin conditions. To begin with, it was used exclusively by our patients, but we became progressively aware that it was being applied for all kinds of complaints from blemishes for teenage skin to rosacea, which as you know is often difficult to treat. Read More…

Temple Spa

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Temple Spa is a total lifestyle brand that seeks to beautifully fuse product, philosophy and spa. Liz and Mark Warom are the co-owners and founders of Temple Spa. Product gurus with a long history of managing some pretty major international brand names, this savvy couple were well placed and connected to finally create and establish their own brand-baby Temple Spa.

Having spent a year long sabbatical and research time mainly in the Mediterranean, they returned to the UK armed with a heap of energy and a strong raison d’etre for their new brand concept. Enthused by the culture, inspired by the landscape and strengthened by the diet of the Mediterranean, they prepared the script for a compelling skin-spa brand. Read More…