Saturday, 9 August 2014

First Time at a Spa: What to Expect | Guest Post


If you haven’t had a spa treatment before, why on earth not? Everyone deserves a break from normality sometimes, and there’s no better way for a woman to relax and be pampered than with a luxurious spa treatment. It’s understandable that, the first time you head off to a spa, you may feel a little anxious about what you can expect. Once you’ve been though, you’re sure to feel more confident about visiting again, and again.
Remember that every spa you visit is different, but the fundamentals remain the same. Whether it’s a posh day spa in a swanky hotel, or a trip to the local salon for a well-deserved treatment, a pampering session is a perfect way to feel rejuvenated and invigorated. But, what should you expect?
If you’re a spa first timer, you may think that you have to be in the nude to enjoy a massage or treatment, but this isn’t the case. Modesty is extremely important within a spa setting, and swimwear is the ideal apparel to wear. Take along one or two of the great value George bikinis available online and instore, so that you can keep the bottom half on when enjoying a back massage. You could take another one too, if you like, so that you can enjoy the pool, steam room and sauna facilities.
When you call to book your appointment, ask any questions that may be on your mind. You won’t be the first person to do so, and you certainly won’t be the last. It’s natural to have questions for something you haven’t experienced before, and the staff at good spas are more than happy to answer them for you. When choosing your treatments, ask necessary questions about them too, so that you can book in for a treatment that suits you and your preferences perfectly.
Depending on the spa, you will be given a robe and slippers upon arrival (or they’ll be in your locker, waiting for you). Sometimes, it can cost extra to use them – if this is the case, and you don’t want to spend the extra cash, take your own so that you can still feel comfortable.
Take the time to enjoy the other facilities that are available, as well as the treatments that you have booked in for. Steam rooms, pools, aromatherapy rooms, saunas – every spa centre  will have different facilities on offer which you can enjoy to make the most out of your experience.

Spas provide an incredibly nurturing experience. Bear in mind what you can afford and how much the various treatments cost and enjoy the experience as much as possible. Whether it’s a gift certificate from a loved one, or you just fancy treating yourself, your first time at a day spa is bound to be a nervous one, but once you have one visit under your robe belt, you will be counting down the days until your next treatment.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

The Best Beaches on the South Coast: Guest Post


The South coast of England has some fantastic beaches just waiting to be explored. Whether you're looking for something deserted and natural or a children's playground, packed with amusements and mile upon mile of sand, you'll find it here without a doubt. So treat yourself to a gorgeous new swimming costume from George at ASDA, pack the buckets and spades and head to one of these great beaches this weekend:

Dymchurch

Mile upon mile of glorious sandy beach can be found at Dymchurch. This tidal beach (meaning that by high tide there will literally be no trace of the sand you were playing on less than an hour before) is absolutely huge and, because it is completely covered by water at high tide, is the perfect kind of sand to build sandcastles with. You'll enjoy paddling in the shallows, building huge sandcastles, riding donkeys on the beach, flying kites and playing in the amusement arcades. There's even a small funfair which is hugely popular with the kids.

Botany Bay, Broadstairs

Named after the smugglers that were captured here and deported to Botany Bay in Australia, this glorious secluded little beach is a real hit with families wanting to get away from it all. It features some unusual chalk cliffs, which are almost like a mini version of The Needles in the Isle of Wight and there are some great rock pools to explore at low tide.

Camber Sands

Located just outside the beautiful historic town of Rye, Camber Sands has long been popular with families thanks to the excellent camping facilities just behind the beach, along with the huge sandy beach itself. Even at its busiest you'd be hard pushed to feel like you were on top of other beach goers as it really is that big, and when the tide's out it can seem like an awfully long way to the shore. Add to that the sand dunes to roll down and the little shops and cafes that are dotted about beyond the beach and you have the perfect recipe for a great trip to the beach.

Beer, Devon

Surely worth a visit for the name alone, the pretty village of Beer is home to a small cove. Perfect for a paddle in the summer and trying your hand at crabbing (catching crabs on a special line using bacon) or even picking up a whole plaice from the local fishmongers.

Ready Money Cove, Fowey, Cornwall

This pretty sheltered cove, just off the mouth of the River Fowey, is surrounded by cliffs, one of which is home to St Catherine's Castle and the other the medieval town. It's popular in the summer with locals and visitors to the area alike and kids just love to explore the rock pools left at low tide.

This part of England is literally brimming over with beautiful beaches just waiting to be explored. So head to George and stock up on summer essentials then get down to one of these amazing beaches for the perfect British summer.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara Review & Demo Pics


I am a big fan of Bourjois, so I was excited to try their newest mascara offering; Volume 1 Seconde. 

When it comes to lashes and mascara I am not a fan of the natural look, I love big impact, and Volume 1 Seconde gives just that. With one coat my lashes are fuller and thicker, and with two they are maximum impact. 

The brush with this mascara is thick and plastic which is great for volume, but I did find it tricky to use on my bottom lashes.

The mascara lasts all day on me without flaking or smudging and is easy to remove with eye makeup remover. 


Bourjois Une Seconde Mascara Review
top to bottom: bare lashes, one coat, two coats.

Bourjous Volume 1 Seconde Mascara on top and bottom lashes

Overall this is a great mascara for those of us who love big voluminous lashes. 

Gem x

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Date Night Ideas {Guest Post}



When you spend all day at work or with the kids and find yourself snowed under with housework and ironing in the evenings, it's often hard to find the time to spend with your partner, especially if you have children. But making time to really connect and enjoy each others company is something that is great for your relationship - keeping it fresh and making it about both of you again and not the demands of every day life.

If you can't stretch to a romantic weekend away every so often, why not have a regular date night together instead. Choose something you always enjoyed doing when you got together, visit the cinema and watch a film without a small person interrupting every two minutes, or go back to where you first met. Anything to put the focus back on the two of you. Why not try:

Go Dancing

Perhaps you loved hitting the clubs when you were younger or are particularly good at salsa dancing. Maybe you'd even enjoy learning to dance together. It's a great way to connect, laugh together and get some exercise while you're at it. Plus it's a great excuse to buy a new party dress from ASDA George's party dresses range.

Visit the Cinema

When was the last time you watched a film the whole way through without your child interrupting because they've woken up or need the loo? Treat yourselves to a night out at the cinema, snuggle up on one of the plush sofas in the VIP section and enjoy a huge bucket of popcorn while you watch the latest blockbuster.

Do Lunch

You don't have to have a night out, you could just as easily go for lunch together to a flash restaurant while the kids are at school. Enjoy a few glasses of wine and some amazing food while chatting about anything but the housework and the children for a change.

Going Bowling

Don those hideously unfashionable bowling shoes and hit the bowling alley with your partner for a night of bowling. You don't have to go on your own, why not enjoy a night with another couple in your circle of friends? Have a little friendly competition and a meal before heading off for a nightcap on your own on your way home.

Visit a Spa

It doesn't have to be a girly spa experience as you can easily find spa packages just perfect for couples and that cater equally as well to men as they do to women. Have a relaxing couples massage then head to the steam room or sauna and relax in the jacuzzi with a glass of champagne, before having a swim in the spa pool and reclining on the water beds. The perfect way to recharge your batteries together.

Of course you don't have to go out to have a date night. The key is to spend quality time together, so ban the mobiles for the evening and watch a favourite film, play games together or treat yourselves to a takeaway. There are no hard and fast rules here, just do whatever you enjoy and make the most of it being just the two of you.

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