My favourite thing to do, as well as drink soy chai tea lattes, is to have some me time. Real me time doesn’t actually happen too often, as I’m always getting my head caught up in other not-so-fun ‘adulting’ things.

As much as anyone else, I had been craving some serious TLC and nothing better than a good old spa treatment to cheer me right up and get me feeling back to my old self.

You may have seen on my socials that recently I was very kindly treated to a spa treatment of my choice by Sanderson in their agua Spa, one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever visited in London.

The quirky 5-star West End boutique hotel is located just off of Oxford Street on Berners Street, and honestly you’d never think it. Just one step onto the road its located on, you’re surrounded with peace and quiet, and it really doesn’t feel like you’re smack bang in the centre and hustle and bustle of the city, which is how I think it should be. A hotel stay is all about peace and relaxation isn’t it? Then, if you do want to be back in the busy streets and shopping heaven, it’s literally a 3-minute walk back onto Oxford Street, so a pretty ideal location if you ask me. And, you get the best of both worlds.

Anyway, enough about that, you’re here to read about the beautiful spa indulgence right?

I was in two minds as to whether to go for a massage (as I seriously need it) or a facial. But, as soon as I saw there was an Eve Lom Facial Experience, I was pretty much sold. I’ve been using the Eve Lom Cleanser recently and was dying to try out more. The cleanser makes my skin feel incredible so of course I wanted to know what a whole facial using the products would make my skin feel like.

When I walked out of the lift into the agua Spa, I instantly felt zen. There was nothing but quietness, I’m pretty sure you could probably hear a pin drop. We were greeted and sat down in their chill out zone, a room of made up of white lengthy chaise lounge chairs, tall ceilings and beautifully thought out flower decor. I now have the idea that I want a huge still water piece with floating petals on the top, just like they did. It was so calming to look at and made the most gorgeous centrepiece. Everything was so intricate, still and peaceful, I never wanted to leave.

The changing rooms were the same. Quiet, glamorous and full of lush white decor, just how a spa should be.

What I loved most and made me feel like I’d died and gone to heaven was the ‘walls’. I say that in inverted commas as they weren’t real walls but white mesh fabric curtains hanging from ceilings to separate each room, and they are so high you can hardly see the top. It kinda felt like I was floating on the clouds, especially after the treatment.

As I say, I went for the Eve Lom Experience, a 90-minute facial including a décolletage, neck, shoulder and arm massage. I can’t put it into any other words than to say it was pure bliss. 90 minutes of solid relaxation that I would love to relive right about now.

Before the facial my masseuse, Sandy, talked me through what the facial will include and talked me through the Eve Lom products she will be using. When she said the treatment involved a hot wax peel I think my eyes lit up. I’ve never experienced anything like it. It was like getting a new layer of skin, one without dry patches, blemishes and dullness.

The treatment began with an exfoliation of the face and décolletage area with the well-known Eve Lom Cleanser. This product is so gentle on the skin; it almost feels like a fine sugar scrub and is infused with Egyptian Chamomile Oil, Clove Oil and Cocoa Butter that smells so delicious and fresh.

This was then followed by the hot wax treatment as mentioned above and then the extraction began. Quite honestly, I didn’t think I’d enjoy this part. I’m a bit squeamish with spot popping squeezing any kinda junk from the face (excuse the tmi), but it was so enjoyable. After the treatment my skin felt 99% spot and blackhead free, which I don’t think I’ve ever felt before. I seriously want to get extraction done more often now, it’s amazing what a difference it can make.

After the hot wax and extraction Sandy moved on to the décolletage area, massaging the top of my chest followed by my neck and shoulders, and then my arms and hands for a good 15 minutes or so. I believe this is what sent me into that sleepy mode that happened not long after the cooling facemask was applied. When the cooling mask was applied to my face, I was left for around 5-10 minutes to relax and let the goodness soak into my skin. Although I say 5-10 minutes, I have to admit, I was so relaxed I fell asleep whilst the mask was on. The masseuse came back in the room and I didn’t realise until she started to remove the mask with warm cloths. I mean, that’s a sign of a good facial right?

Each time a new product was removed, it was taken off by the most amazing cleansing sponges which I now regret not asking about. They were almost fluffy in texture whilst exfoliating at the same time.

It’s honestly so hard to put into words how amazing the treatment was. I don’t know why, it’s just I need people to experience it so they can understand the true meaning of relaxation.

After the treatment I was taken to a relaxation pod, where I was soon greeted by the staff and brought some delicious food. I chose the Supergrain Salad with chicken and the Super Greens smoothie. A very green lunch indeed, but it was the perfect choice after such a peaceful treatment.

I left the Eve Lom Experience feeling as zen as ever with the softest skin, full of goodness and super happy. The signs of a much needed and successful pamper session I think.

Thank you so much to agua Spa and the Sanderson for having me. I will definitely be back!

You can check out this treatment as well as the others agua Spa have to offer here.

What would be your choice of a zen spa treatment?

Megan ♥

 

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Skincare Sunday may indeed be making a comeback. The past few months my blog has been a lot more focused on skincare as well as makeup, as I’ve been testing out so much more stuff and I do love a good pamper. Sunday Skincare will likely be based on skincare edits and favourites, but I’d love to know what you’d like to see more of! Lets get into it…

For cleansing balms my favourite type of formula is one that is quite thick and lotion-like, just like the Rodial Bee Venom Cleansing Balm*. I adore this range from Rodial and this has to be one of my favourite products from it as it gives that skin-quenching feel even whilst removing your makeup. The balm formula is just the right density and applies like a lotion balm, as its not super oily but is perfect enough to remove makeup as it cleanses at the same time as getting rid of all the makeup, so it’s quite a quick fix. I find it to be quite brightening to, so it is good to use as a morning cleanser as well. The bee venom is there to plump the skin whilst almond, jojoba and wheatgerm cheap amoxil online oils soften the skin and diminish an uneven tone. This is ideal for drier skin types or those looking to brighten their complexion.

If you like the really balmy texture then the Eve Lom Cleanser would be your pick. Its texture is balmy but not oily and removes all the dirt and excess oils from your skin without stripping or drying. Once your face is cleansed with this stuff, you’ll feel more radiant and it improves the texture of your skin. The best way to use this is to massage it into the skin so that your face can decongest and then wipe away with a warm wet muslin cloth. This product is suitable for all skin types.

The Korres Milk Proteins 3 in 1 Cleansing Emulsion is best of the three for makeup removal as its extremely gentle and is more lightweight with no oily feeling. This cleanser is rich in vegetable oils and milk proteins that cleanse, tone and moisturise to remove all makeup, even eye makeup. If you’re skin is dry or dehydrated and suffers with cleansing waters this would be a great alternative as its nourishing and kind to the skin.

What’s your favourite cleansing balm?

Megan ?

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Looking after my skin is fast becoming a priority, I admit I used to be not fully into it, or lazy for that matter. However, since the colder weather has bombarded us I’ve been more into skincare than ever before. My favourite part of my beauty routine is exfoliating my skin; both body and face, so here are my favourites.

More often than not I opt for a lighter scrub, one with a fruity scent and light exfoliation beads. My absolute favourite for this is the Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser, which is a super lightweight scrub that smells like citrusy heaven. For a more intense exfoliation, one for a pamper session or a long week is the Clinique Pep Start 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser. This has slightly larger beads that also work to break down makeup. Although the beads are larger, both are as kind to the skin.

For a soft cleanser and one to cleanse as well as take off your makeup is the Eve Lom Cleanser. Its formulation is super light and contains Clove Oil and Egyptian Chamomile Oil that work to encourage clear skin and soften and soothe. You can remove this with a warm damp muslin cloth or flannel. Takes seconds to break down your makeup. If you love an intense scrub then I love the Magnitone Full Monty Brush. This 3-in-1 skincare brush deep-cleanses, tones and buffs the skin (both face and body). This is fab for in and out of the shower, and leaves buy cheap accutane usa your skin super soft and clear. For my face I use this 2-3 times a week, and tend to use harder vibrations for those days my skin just isn’t doing its thing. This particular brush was part of their Limited Edition Summer Collection, but there are so many other beautiful designs and colours. The Full Monty comes with 3 brush heads and 5 modes, so you can have anything from a light to intense scrub.

Speaking of multi-taskers, I love the Lush Let The Good Times Roll Exfoliating Scrub. This is much more of an intense scrub with bigger beads, and you can use this anywhere on your face and body. If you love gorgeous smells, this is your winner. It smells like sweet popcorn and it leaves your skin smelling amazing as well as feeling refreshed. I love to use this and remove with a warm flannel when I’m giving myself a ‘Lush pamper night’. My favourite lip scrub of the moment is also by Lush, it’s their Sugar Plum Fairy scrub, part of the Holiday Collection. It’s a purple scrub enriched with Caster Sugar, Organic Jojoba Oil and Sweet Wild Orange Oil, which gives off the most amazing sweet scent. I use this daily as I’m an avid liquid lipstick wearer, and it makes your lips as good as new. It smells so good you could eat it.

What products do you use for a good exfoliation?

Have you also seen my Favourite Skin Quenchers post?

Megan ??

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