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Monday, 25 September 2017

Aqua Sana at CenterParcs Elvedon Forest

It's a bit of a tradition in my family to head over to the Center Parcs resort in Elvedon Forest once a year for a bit of R&R. We normally go at the start of Autumn, which personally I think is the best time to visit, as what could be better than sinking your teeth into a great book whilst relaxing in your cosy cabin the heart of the forest on a cold, crisp evening... I'll wait.

As we do every year, we headed to the Aqua Sana Spa located at the edge of the complex, away from the hustle and bustle of the village. I was particularly excited as I was away travelling last year so had missed the occasion to visit- and my how it was good to return. I think this is probably one of the best spas I've ever had the pleasure of visiting - and trust me I've visited many, as a bit of a spa fanatic you can usually find me scouring Groupon for spa deals. 

For a 3 hour session at Aqua Sana its £36 which may seem a little steep, however with that you do get a robe, use of over 6 different hot rooms, the outside hydro-pool, the relaxation beds and an unlimited supply of rather tasty apples. I think what makes this place special is the variety of steam rooms and saunas to try, from the authentic Indian steam room to the quirky relaxation room, there are so many different options you will find yourself darting from one to the other in a bid to try them all.

I think my favorite has to be the Turkish Hammam steam room, not only does it give out an incredible amount of steam, but the scent which accompanies it is so relaxing and soothing, and masks that sweaty body odor smell you sometimes find in a steam room. One thing I will say about this spa is that they definitely consider everyone needs and offer some rooms which aren't as hot or overpowering, for those who cant take the heat - although I do prefer a stronger steam room myself.

The Hydro pool which is situated just outside is also a favorite at the complex, we visited the spa at night this time which was so lovely, especially as it was a clear night. I will say that the temperature of the pool could be a little higher, but maybe that's just because I'm use to super hot baths so anything under scorching just wont cut the mustard.

At 8pm we retreated to the restaurant situated just outside of the spa where we enjoyed a glass of Prosecco, they opened a new bottle which is always a treat- no one wants a flat glass of bubbly!

At 9pm it was sadly time to depart, so we headed back to the changing rooms which are wonderfully designed and so spacious and clean. On the way out we of course made a B-line straight to the skincare testers, offering skincare brands such as Elemis & Decleor, this means you can finish of your spa experience trying out all their lovely oils and creams to really give your skin a bit of a treat.

For more information on Aqua Sana, click here

Thursday, 21 September 2017

My fave street style looks of LFWSS17

London Fashion Week is a weekend long powerhouse event which sees the fash-pack comprising of fashion editors, bloggers and influencer's coming together to watch designers showcase their latest collections. One thing I love when fashion week rolls around, especially September fashion week, is seeing the different street style looks and the quirky fashion sense of young fashionistas. This year did not disappoint, and below you will find some of my favourite looks from this year in London – as you can probably tell millennial pink made quite an appearance this year, which is no surprise considering the colour is everywhere at the minute.

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Monday, 18 September 2017

Microdermabrasion Facial at Kensington Skincare

Last night I went for my first ever microdermabrasion facial in Kensington, London. Having not had many facials before, let alone a micro-derma facial it’s safe to say I was a little nervous after watching YouTube videos of the procedure. Just for anyone out there who is wondering what the hell  a micro-derma facial is, here it is summed up pretty well...

Microdermabrasion is one of those cosmetic procedures that most people have heard of, but don’t really know much about. Even if your skin-obsessed friend swears by it, or you’ve seen it listed on spa menus, the procedure is still one of those best discussed with a dermatologist.

Allow us to clear up any misconceptions. Microdermabrasion is a procedure that exfoliates and removes the superficial layer of dry, dead skin cells. According to licensed medical aesthetician Maria Barry at Union Square Laser Dermatology, microdermabrasion machines can buff and polish the skin using a stream of fine crystals or a diamond tip. Some systems have suction to vacuum loose skin cells from the face.

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After a year of travelling, and probably quite a bit of sun damage and dry skin, I knew that this type of facial was definitely needed. I visited the Kensington skin clinic which is located a short 10 minute walk from Earls Court station- the actual salon is quite small, but it seems to fit everything in as it does hair, nails & skincare. I headed down the stairs for my facial which was much quieter and decorated really nicely, so a good first impression.

The salon offers many different facials for different problem areas at varying costs, being a bit of a savvy shopper I actually booked my facial through Groupon and got it for £19.00 when the actual price on the price list was £55 - so a bit of a bargain if you ask me, however you can see why I was a bit skeptical of the procedure. My worries soon vanished when I met my facialist who was the loveliest lady ever and made me feel very comfortable, she answered all my skincare queries and gave me some really detailed advice on minimizing pores and tackling problem areas on my skin.

The actual facial lasted for around 30 minutes, and it was a bit of an experience. Firstly, she took any left over makeup off of my skin with some lovely scented cream and cotton pads, and then began applying a pre-gel for the procedure. Due to the fact that this is literally a hoover type machine rubbing crystals all over your skin to literally scrape the dead skin cells off – it wasn’t the most comfortable half an hour of my life, It did hurt a tiny bit on some areas where the nozel was going over the more delicate areas of my skin, however nothing horrific.

The lady doing my facial told me all about the crystals, and the fact that they were imported from Italy – so it seemed that no expense was spared in terms of the brand and actual products. When she finished the actual dermabrasion, she then applied a few different creams to my skin, and then applied a really lovely chamomile cream mask and a cold compressed flannel onto my skin to decrease the redness and swelling.

After the procedure, I must admit my skin felt so so smooth and looked amazing, even my flat mates told me I was glowing. It just seemed as though it did what it said on the tin as it were – my skin looked healthier, felt smoother and generally looked more radiant. The facialist told me to make sure I thoroughly hydrated my skin over the next few nights, and to return in two weeks for a follow up procedure, as with this it generally works much better if you go for 2 or 3 procedures within 2 months, but she told me for my age and because my skin isn’t too bad I only needed the 2.

Overall I would say I am very happy with my experience at the spa, and am more than happy to go again and tell friends to visit- plus for £19.00 it really is a bargain. One thing I really took away from the whole experience is that as women we spend so much money each year on creams and serums that tell us they will minimize our pores and make us look more radiant, but I’ve now realised that it is much better value for money to just get a few facials a year instead, as these actually work! So I will definitely be starting to look after my skin a lot more by making regular visits to skincare salons.

If you would like to book this facial, click here or keep an eye on Groupon for skincare offers. 

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