I’ve been trying to get away for a relaxing weekend since the end of August but life keeps getting in the way and I haven’t really been able to squeeze in a long drive or train journey so when The Marriott Bexleyheath asked if I wanted to come down for a bit of pampering and an evening away I of course said yes.

I really know nothing about the area but that really not why I chose to stay there, I chose to stay there because it’s a reasonable drive away and because I knew that I would spend the time relaxing instead of exploring the area which is what I usually do when I go away.

It was easy to get there and when I did, I changed into my robe and I made full use of their great spa! Most excitingly I had an incredible back, neck and shoulder massage as well as a fab Decleor Express Facial! The spa has a steam room, pool, gym and sauna as well as some treatment rooms offering the usual you would expect from a spa. It was all really relaxing, the massage was one of the best I’ve had in a while and my skin looked really healthy and glowing after the facial too!

It was great to then be able to pop into my room and spend the rest of the evening eating, watching TV and relaxing. I even had a long soak with my Neals Yard Bath Oil which I’d packed and which left me even more incredibly chilled.

I need to make some more time for relaxing and this is such a great way to go about it although you can book to use the spa without staying in the hotel if you’re just looking for some pampering without staying away from home.

A little while ago I was send a few products from Canadian brand St Grape to try, the range is made up of natural skin care products which are hand made using ancient processes. St Grape brought luxury spa-like products to my bath room… but they’re still pretty affordable.

Exotic Soaking Salts £15– The exotic soaking salts are in a plastic bottle which although I don’t think looks as luxurious as a glass one does seem a little safer especially in a wet bath. The pink salt has a variety of oils making it smell amazing. I love a generous hand full of these in the bath but they are also great to use in a foot bowl or they also recommend placing in a muslin cloth bag and massaging over tired muscles. The pink salt are quite small and therefore dissolve quickly in the bath if you are looking to relax.

Aqua Bliss Bath Scrub £12– The Aqua Bliss Bath Scrub is the best selling product from St Grape and I can see why. Although it isn’t too abrasive it left my skin perfectly smooth and smelling great! I actually don’t exfoliate my body as much as I should but I have been reaching for this pre self tan as I find it helps with the application. It’s also free of nasties so perfect for those with sensitive skin.

Ancient Foot Scrub £25– The St Grape Foot Scrub comes in quite a large 500g plastic tub although I would say it still looks quite luxurious. It is filled with sea salt granules and natural essential oils such as coconut and lavender. This is a great treat for winter feet and the salt really helps to soften any dry skin on the feet.

Invisible Skin Massage Oil £25– Although the bottle seemed full when I received it, it left the box a little oily so I think a little escaped before I received it. I’m often a little scared of oils but this one sinks into the skin beautifully to hydrate the skin although I would still save this for a treat after a long bath. This has a real spa scent and is super relaxing, I also think it looks quite nice in the bath room.

Although it seems that the range may not have been fully developed yet the products are great, luxurious, well priced and multi-purpose.

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Last weekend I spend a few days in the British Country side in North Yorkshire at the most amazing hotel. We drove up from London which although was a 4 hour drive seemed pretty reasonable to Helmsley. Helmsley is an adorable market town in the North York Moors National Park and the hotel lies just on the edge.

We arrived a little early for our room so grabbed a burger for lunch in the hotel restaurant. Just after 3 we were shown to our room which was at the top of the building tucked in the corner. I think we got a Spa Suite which had an enormous and extremely comfortable bed in what was a large bedroom with a desk, wardrobe and TV. We had a separate living space with a sofa, desk, table and TV. The bathroom was also extremely spacious with a double ended bath and a shower. The room also has a balcony looking out on to the pool.

I usually only get to stay in hotel’s in cities meaning they are usually quite small but this one had very generous sized rooms. The attention to detail was also great- they provided a selection of magazines, books and DVDs, a real size hair dryer and a good range of toiletries. The Do Not Disturb was the cute little sheep which you can see on the bed. The towels and robes were all super soft and there was lots of them which is always nice. When we returned from dinner we also found someone had come to give our room a quick tidy, open up the bed and draw the curtains.

Although we had an good lunch and amazing breakfast at the hotel, we didn’t have dinner there. You need to dress all fancy and a tie is pretty much expected but sadly Mike didn’t expect that so only took some t-shirts and trainers. It wasn’t all bad as it gave us a chance to have a drive around and find a nice pub for dinner.

Whilst there I was also lucky enough to indulge in a anti-stress back therapy which is designed to release back tension and combat tight muscles. After a back, neck and shoulder massage a self heating mineral mud mask is applied all over the back to sooth any achey muscle (which I get a lot since my bags are too heavy!) Whilst that starts working the feet and lower legs are also massaged. I also had the chance to use their luxury heat experience which includes salt vapour room, monsoon shower, ice cave, hot tub and heated pool but I just loved the room too much to spend any time away.

A perfect weekend get away with friends or partner to just relax and unwind. I’d spend a whole week here if I could but it is on the pricer side. Although it does seem to be marketed to an older market I really enjoyed my stay, would highly recommend it and would love to go back! They offer great spa packages too which seem a little too hard to resist including the Mud Glorious Mud package which is for two people and includes lunch, Rasul treatment, Anti-stress back therapy and full use of the spa for £199.

I already want to go back and have added an enormous bed to my wish list.

Find out more about the hotel here and spa here

Have you been to North Yorkshire? What do you think of this hotels decor? 

Ps. I also filmed a vlog from this weekend would you like me to upload it to YouTube?
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I’d been wanted a colour for a little while so I quite excited when Colour Nation invited me down for a cut and colour. When I went in I wasn’t too sure what I wanted but after discussing my options with the stylist we settled for a few high/low lights a shade or two darker and lighter than my natural hair colour and a few inches of the ends.

It was the first time I’d had my hair professionally coloured but I just wanted something to add some movement to my hair. I lost a fair bit of the ends but I do think it’s important to get a good cut every now and then to keep hair healthy. Losing a few inches also makes my hair a little fuller as it means it isn’t weighed down. I left the salon with mid-length hair with a few highlights here and there, the hairdresser also kept my layers slightly longer than normal which I have been liking. All very natural but still makes a big difference to me. I’m very happy with my hair although I am thinking of going slightly warmer next time… we’ll see!

I really liked ColourNation as a salon clean, modern, easy to get to as it is located just off Oxford Street and with very friendly staff. Plus, they have those massage chairs at the basins which are always quite nice!

I haven’t done anything with my hair in the photos above just so you can see the cut clearly. I would highly recommend Colour Nation especially as it reasonably prices for a London salon!
What do you think of my hair cut/colour?
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 Another week another manicure Monday… I must admit I really look forward to these!

Today’s Manicure Monday is a little different as I was invited down to MichaelJohn Spa for a luxury manicure and how could I say no!? I went in on Friday and was so glad to get away from the horrible snow and be greeted by their friendly staff. I chose my Essie colour, Butler Please which is a beautiful electric blue.Although many of you may not agree I think it is one of those colours that goes with anything, as it is so bright it simply look like you have purposely clashed it. It needed two coats as well as a base and top coat (of course) but she was done I was left with a cup of tea and magazines to wait for it to dry.
I am always a little disappointed with colour choices in salons though as they always have very normal colours; pinks, reds, neutrals and only two bright colours but I am happy they had this!

 (This colour also matches the pole on the Piccadilly line exactly, which amused me a little)
The salon is really nice and calming, everyone is very friendly (even the customers which you may not expect in Knightsbridge) and we had a little chat about eyelashes, the horrible weather and nail polish colours. The manicurist was also really nice she filed my nails and removed my cuticles perfectly before painting my nails. I was interested to find out what was the difference between the luxury manicure and normal manicure is; apparently it is simply that your hands are placed in hand heaters in the luxury manicure which I think is a little unneeded and not worth the extra £10.

(above photo looks a little lighter than it really is)

But overall I really enjoyed it and would love to go back to the salon for another treatment (or manicure) and would highly recommend it! I just love finding a salon that I feel real is really friendly and that makes me feel welcome. They even charged my phone!

Butler Please is also very similar to Nails Inc Baker Street Review here
Check out the Michael John Website for more info (& to book for a great manicure!)
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