Sunday, 24 September 2017

Getting my Zen on with Spaseekers and The Westerwood

When SpaSeekers invited me along to the Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld, for a Spa Day, I absolutely jumped at the chance. I think stress is in my nature, and without realising it, I was in desperate need of finding my Zen.

On a bright Sunday (before the rain hammered down) I was dropped off at The Westerwood by Steven and his dad, who used this opportunity to squeeze in a round of golf at the hotel's 18-hole course while I was at the Spa - a win win for us both! I was welcomed by the lovely Elaine, who handed over my towel, plush robe and goody bag filled with an array of miniature ESPA products. I was then given a tour of the spa and leisure facilities before meeting fellow bloggers Eilidh and Lisa for afternoon tea at The Grill restaurant.

I'm all about finger food, and the fayre did not disappoint. After checking our individual dietary requirements (strictly no mayonnaise for Lisa...) we were treated to a lovely selection of miniature sandwiches and cakes. Naturally, having no self control, I sampled ALL of the sandwich options (the coronation chicken was my fave!) and still had some room to squeeze in a few cakes. The scones were definitely my highlight - freshly baked and still warm from the oven - what more could you want?!

After tea, it was time for our treatments. Beforehand, we were given the choice of choosing either two 30 minute spa treatments, or one 60 minute signature spa ritual (these options are available when booking through Spaseekers). I opted for the Fit For Business Back Ritual, carried out by my lovely therapist Linda. The treatment involved a back cleanse, exfoliation and deep massage followed by a purifying back mask and a tension relieving massage to the legs and feet...delightful! Being butt naked (except for some netted pants), in an unfamiliar place with a stranger in the room made ya gal a little nervous, but Linda made me feel so comfortable and at ease the whole time - giving me time to change and get comfortable on the bed in private before coming in to begin my massage. 

Now, I'm theeeee biggest chatterbox, and although this was supposed to be some quiet down time, Linda and I nattered away for the majority of my treatment - she was just so friendly I couldn't help but have a good old gossip with her! About half an hour in, I was so relaxed that I started to drift off - the ambiance of the room, along with the scents and spa music were so peaceful, and it was the perfect opportunity to practice some much needed mindfulness. Before I knew it my treatment was over - Linda left me to slip back in to my swimming costume and robe, before showing me the Rasul Suite (something that came up earlier in our conversation) - a mud therapy suite ideal for couples. 

Afterwards, I met up with Eilidh in the Relaxation Chamber (our treatments were at the same time - 2pm, whereas Lisa's was an hour later) which was the perfect place to chill out and recuperate after our treatments. The room was filled with cosy beds and fun little pods, and we were offered ice water and a selection of complimentary herbal teas. After some chill time, Eilidh and I headed to the pool. We arrived during "children's splash time" meaning the pool was filled with families, so we opted for a poolside photoshoot (#bloggerlife) and dip in the jacuzzi. Back in the changing area, we bumped into Lisa which gave us all a chance to say our goodbyes before we headed off on our separate ways. 

All in all, I had a fantastic day and left feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and, well, ZEN! I had no clue there was a spa so accessible to me - I'd normally go through to Glasgow or Edinburgh for a spa day, but it's amazing that I've now discovered a great place that's less than a 20 minute drive from my house! Now I know if I loose my zen, I know exactly where to go to find it!

Until next time, 
S.B x

My spa time, treatments, afternoon tea and gift bag were complementary, courtesy of SpaSeekers, however all opinions are my own. Swimming pool, relaxation chamber and treatment room photographs were supplied by the Westerwood Hotel.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Fenty Beauty | First Impressions and Review

Guys, I'm joining the hype. Fenty Beauty is here and it did not disappoint!

When I heard Rihanna was launching a beauty line, I was one of the few who wasn't initially going insane. I like Rihanna, but I'm not a die hard fan, and as with all celebrity beauty lines...I was skeptical. BUT...I'm prepared to hold my hands up and admit I completely pre judged and I was SO wrong!

Whilst in Harvey Nichols, I picked up a few bits from the collection and I won't lie, when I saw the counter, I was HYPED. I left with a foundation, 3 Match Stix and a Killawatt highlighter duo. I've had a good old play and been wearing the products every day for the past week. Here are my thoughts.

Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation
Anyone who knows me will know I am NOT a matte foundation gal. I am all about that dewy glow - and even with a slightly oiler completion I like my skin to look wet! So when I saw that the only foundation option was matte, I panicked. BUT, I must say, if I was ever going to fall in love with a matte foundation, this would be it. Although it's matte, it isn't overly thick, or drying, and still leaves my skin with a nice glow. The finish is gorgeous (I'd say it's more of a satin finish than truly matte)- not powdery or cakey and the coverage is fantastic - medium but could definitely be built up to full. 

I'd say I got about 8 hours of wear before I felt like I had to touch up, but it wore well throughout the day without going patchy or crumbly. Although this will be a great everyday foundation for some - I think this will be saved as a night out foundation for me, purely because of the thicker consistency and matte finish. Overall, this product gets a massive thumbs up!

Match Stix Matte Skin Stick

Designed to contour and highlight the face, these little gems are such a DREAM. On appearance, the sticks look hard and dry, but I was so surprised at how creamy and blendable they were on the skin. I'd go as far as saying this is the best cream contour product I've used. The wide range of shades is also ideal. With contour, there is such a fine line between too ashy and too muddy - finding the perfect shade is hard, but with 20 different shades, RiRi makes it easy! 

I am so impressed with how intense and long lasting both the contour and highlight sticks are, once set with a powder/bronzer, these didn't budge from my face ALL DAY. I apply the contour shade with the portable highlight brush (also from Fenty Beauty), and blend the highlight shade under my eyes and cheekbones with a beauty blender - dream combo! If your a newbie to contour and highlight, I honestly think these products are a great starting point.

Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo (Mean Money / Hustla Baby)

Highlight of dreeeaams! This duo is absolutely stunning. Both of the powders are finely milled, so no chunky glitters or sparkles. The duo I picked out has a warmer tone, because personally I don't like a chalky/ashy highlight - I prefer something still striking but with a more natural finish. Hustla Baby is the more intense colour of the two, definitely a bold HI LOOK AT MY CHEEKBONES THEY'RE GLOWING type of look, where as Mean Money is a lot more subtle, almost like a soft sheen on the skin. If I'm being honest, I reach for Hustla Baby much more than Mean Money, but I love that the duo caters for both those who love a bold highlight AND those who prefer a more natural finish for everyday. Like the Match Stix, the formula of the highlighter duo is extremely long wearing (after a full day of wandering Edinburgh AND a 30 minute intense workout, this stuff was still on my cheekbones...sorcery!) I definitely want to try out more colours from the range.

Okay, those are my thoughts. Have any of you tried Fenty Beauty? What do you think? Are there any products I haven't mentioned that you think are real stand out products? Let me know.

Until next time,
S.B x