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.

Before coming away on holiday I decided to book in for a few pre-holiday treatments, some essentials and some were just little treats.

My first one was at the Clarins counter in John Lewis on Oxford Street, they have a great little section off the shop floor where you can choose from facials and massages, they are each 30 minutes and cost only £25 which I think is excellent value for money and great for anyone that doesn’t have much time. I went for the Get Glowing Facial which was excellent but I am very tempted to go back for a massage once I am back in the UK.

A holiday essential is waxing, I went to Wax in the City which is a walk in salon offering only waxing and based on the Kings Road. I would say it was the least painful Brazilian wax I have ever had and I’m a real baby when it comes to waxing. It’s a great place to go if like me you always forget to book before hand but I also find they’re real experts in waxing and it far less painful.

For my mani/pedi I turned to PRIV an app which allows you to book treatments and beauticians to come straight to your house/office. I’m still not 100% sure if I would want a massage in my own house as I think it may almost take the luxurious and spa like feeling out of it but it’s perfect for a manicure/pedicure, especially in the winter when you want to get your toes painted as you won’t need to put your shoes on to get home after. My mani/pedi was by Anna and she done a really great job, have it at home meant I didn’t have to spend time travelling to and from the salon which was great as I hadn’t finished all my packing. I got shellac on my finger nails and normal polish on my toes, as they are mobile they’re colour selection isn’t enormous but it was enough and I love the colour I chose.

At Heathrow Terminal Two I also made the most of World Duty Free’s free mini treatments which are available to everyone. I had a neck and hand massage from Elizabeth Arden, a skin consultation from Khiels and had my makeup done at Nars, they’re all really great if you have some extra time to kill before your flight and are looking to try some of their brands. I also picked up a few items in World Duty Free but I have a haul coming soon.

Back in the UK tomorrow so hopefully normal blogging will return shortly, sorry about the lack of posts but theres just not good enough internet in the middle of nowhere in Portugal.

Before I went on holiday I was invited to Brent Cross for a bit of a pamper day… and how could I say no?! Brent Cross is one of my favourite shopping centres as it has just the right shops (wish it had a Primark though), is a decent size and you don’t pay parking!

 Although usually I head to Brent Cross for shopping it was nice to spend the day there getting pampered and theres a lot of choice all under one roof. You can have your hair, fake tan and nails done or pop by for a massage and facial. I was lucky enough to have a facial at Decleor in John Lewis, a treatment and blow dry in Toni & Guy, my makeup done at Nars (John Lewis) and a finishing hour spent with their personal shopper.

I hadn’t had a facial in a little while so the Decleor one was much appreciated. John Lewis has a variety of rooms around for private treatment for different brands which is nice as you can get your facial from one company and massage from another if you wish all whilst picking up a new dress and shoes. I also had a mini massage to go along with it which was bliss!

I then headed over for a blow dry at Toni & Guy which was nice as my hair was a little messed up from the facial (which is to be expected) with a really lovely stylist (if only I could remember her name!) but after that it was straight to Nars for Makeup which I was desperately in need of.

At Nars I met with one of their makeup artists who done the whole of my makeup and taught me so much. I wasn’t a huge Nars lover before hand but Nars has now well and truly made it into my makeup bag (I’m sure I’ll share lots within the next few weeks).

Lastly I met with Gayle Rinkoff who is Brent Cross’s personal stylist. I didn’t have a full on experience like you would if your were to personally to book Gayle Rinkoff as I had already bought all my holiday clothes and wasn’t looking to spend too much money. However Gayle Rinkoff helped me buy a great new denim shirt which I had been searching for for a while. We actually found it in GAP and it was perfect but I very rarely shop in GAP so probably wouldn’t have found it by myself. Gayle showed me what she does with her clients and it looks perfect if you feel you have lost your way a little or simply need a little help updating your wardrobe. I also think it would make a great present for someone who has possibly been struggling a little with their style or as a nice treat to someone who just needs some retail therapy!

I then went of for some quick lunch before heading home fully pampered and ready to go on holiday!

Brent Cross is a great place to head for a full day of pampering! Park your car outside and head inside where you can pick and chose what treatment you want and from which brand. Great to indulge in some food and shopping too!

Have you been to Brent Cross for more than shopping?
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Yesterday I went in for my first lash extensions ever. I have been ooing and ahhing over them for about a year now but was never too sure if there were right for me and I didn’t want to end up with bad ones. After doing research I found that Asma at Boudoir Lashes is one of the best, they are quite pricey but sometimes you get what you pay for really.

I spent some time googling Asma and Boudoir Lashes before agreeing to get it done. Although lash extensions aren’t permanent I want to make sure it was something that wouldn’t ruin my lashes and that I would be happy to have for at least a month.

I went done to Boudoir Lashes new home over in Shoreditch and although she is still setting up it looks like it’s going to be really nice.

After filling in a consent form and having all my questions answer (I always have a lot of questions), I was led downstairs to the treatment room where Asma prepared me for the lashes.

She explained that different peoples eyes and lashes require different extensions, I said that I usually like quite dramatic eyelashes and how natural they looked wasn’t really a big issue for me. I like that I was made to feel super comfortable with a cusion for my legs and a blanket as I often get cold lying in treatment rooms.

Asma cleansed my lashes and combed through them so they were prepped for the extensions. By far the strangest part was getting my bottom lashes tapes down, it’s a really strange feeling and although it is uncomfortable at first it’s not too bad after a little while. It is also quite difficult to keep your eyes closed in a very bright room but essential as she must see where she is placing the lashes.

The actual process is pretty easy although at a few times I did find it slightly uncomfortable but never painful but I have quite sensitive eyes anyways so that could be why. It took about an hour and a half for a full set as each eyelashes is individually glued on and after that I was free to gently open my eyes. The lashes are applied to your own lashes rather than to your skin and therefore fall out when your natural lashes do.



First thoughts
Compared to strip lashes they are quite natural but I love how comfortable, curly and natural they look. I just look like I have amazing lashes! Wearing no mascara is a plus too, as I honestly spent an extra 10minutes in bed this morning! As you can see from the pictures it looks like I am wearing a very good mascara but it has more of a curl and is more fluttery.

The thing that is a little annoying is that you have to be very careful with them. No water or even steam on them for first 24/48 hours, no oils, moisturisers, mascaras, cleansers or anything like that on them-ever! (well for as long as they last) and no rubbing as doing so will shorten the lifespan.  You even have to be careful not to sleep on your front!

This is day one and first impressions but I’ll check in sometime next month for a full review!
For more info check out the website here: http://www.boudoirlashes.co.uk

What do you think of Lash Extensions?

EDIT: Boudour Lashes is offering my readers 50% Off a full set of lashes making them just £65! T&C’s apply- Please contact Asma for more info
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Just before I went on holiday I was invited down to The Chelsea Day Spa on the Kings Road. I had heard it was popular with some of the Made In Chelsea gang and as I love the show I was pretty excited to also visit the spa.

I booked in for a New York Pedicure on a weekday morning, the salon itself was pretty easy to find if you know what you are looking for. It is a little door on the street corner, once there you go up onto the first floor where the actual salon is based. I waited a short while before attended and being taken to the nail rack to pick a colour from the Jessica range. The Pedicure itself was quick and of a high standard although very little buffing of the foot takes place. The pedicure consist of soaking your feet, removing polish, shaping the nails and a polish.

There were a few things I was a little disappointed with although I think I had high expectations. I was a little surprised to see that the room was so small, while I was there there were four people getting manicures or pedicures as well as a facial going on. It all looked and seemed a bit cramped and although I quite like to take to the beautician I felt this wasn’t possible as I didn’t want to disturb others especially the lady getting a facial. I was also disappointed with their colour choices, there were just very normal and boring colours- I really wanted a crazy neon but had to settle for a bright orange.

With all that said I would still return as the price was very good! A pedicure is £20 and a manicure is £15- although it is a special offer it has been on for quite a while. It is such a good price for a mani and pedi in London! Spa Menu here

Overall it wasn’t as great as I expected but would still recommend for a simple manicure or pedicure. I wouldn’t go for anything else as I wouldn’t want a facial in a noisy room (saying that I think some treatments such as waxing are done upstairs, however I can’t comment on it as I didn’t leave the first floor)

Where is your favourite place in London to get a manicure or pedicure?

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