Shrinking Violet Body Wrap

Shrinking Violet

Hello! I hope you’re all having a good weekend!

I’ve heard a lot about the Shrinking Violet body wrap and wanted to try it for myself! I had seen a lot of pictures on twitter of the results and they were amazing!

I got in contact with Lisa Barnes, who offers the service in Essex, and on Friday she came round to show me what it was all about!

To start with you are measured – everywhere! 5 measurements of each leg are taken, plus your stomach, back and arms. This is so that after the treatment you can see what difference there has been

After this Lisa dry brushed my body to prepare and then applied the Shrinking Violet oil. This smelt delicious, of lavender and all things relaxing! Then the fun bit starts. You are wrapped up in what is akin to a large roll of cling film! This feels slightly tight but not uncomfortable.

Once this is done you have to slide yourself in to the heated blanket and relax for an hour. I need one these heated blankets at home, I never wanted to leave!

Whilst the body wrap was on I also had a Faith Lift facial. Faith Lift is basically a face mask but it has amazing results, it is impossible to talk whilst on your face. It’s a struggle not to talk or laugh! This is left on for half an hour before it is steamed and cleansed off. The results of this alone were great. Although I don’t have great wrinkles yet I do have fine lines under my eyes, after just this one mask they were visibly reduced and my skin looked radiant! Lisa couldn’t stop looking at it!

Soon after the hour was up on my body wrap. I got out of the blanket, much to my dismay, and the wrap was taken off. Lisa then proceeded to remeasure me and find out the results.

Over all I lost 7.5 inches across my body, mainly from my legs. I was really impressed! The difference was noticeable in before/after pictures too, especially on my waist.

The Shrinking Violet wrap costs £60 and the Faith Lift facial is £20, but it’s totally worth it! Especially with a block of treatments you would see amazing results!

I do have before & after pictures but I’m not sure I’m brave enough to put them up!

The Dial Bar Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea

Whilst staying up in London for LFW I was lucky enough to go for afternoon tea for two at the Dial bar & restaurant in Covent Garden. This wasn’t somewhere I had been before, despite loving Covent Garden and afternoon tea, but I was pleased with my decision.

The restaurant itself was fairly quiet, which was nice, and I loved the decor of the place – really modern and clean. Once seated it didn’t take long before we were served a pot of tea each.

Shortly after our afternoon tea was delivered and as it arrived so did a smile on both mine and Matt’s faces. The selection was fantastic! With 8 sandwiches each, more than I have had anywhere else, we were suitably satisfied with savoury goods before moving on to the sweeter scones with clotted cream and Tiptree jam.

These scones were the perfect size and delicious too! After this we moved swiftly on to the dessert plate – a large selection of various sweets all with their own individual flavour. I especially liked the shot glasses of jelly and fruit!

I would highly recommend paying this place a visit and hope to sample their afternoon tea again!

You can buy this experience for £35 from ASDA gifts, perfect for Mother’s Day or as a treat for yourself!

Eco Tools Bamboo Buffing Brush

EcoTools Brush

Since discovering this brush I have realised how having the right tools can improve whatever make-up you might choose/can afford. Previously when using foundation I would find that my previous brushes would not give all over coverage, absorbed some of the product and my make-up just didn’t seem to last as long as I would hope.

However, things have completely changed since I bought the EcoTools Bamboo Buffing Brush (£9.99 at Boots).

The brush is super soft and has lost of bristles, unlike some other buffing brushes I have used. I tend to pump foundation on to the back of my hand and then transfer to my face wish the brush.

This gives a great, almost airbrushed look and my foundation is lasting much longer! I have a few other brushes from the EcoTools Bamboo range and I am really impressed with them all.

London Fashion Week Outfit

London Break

Hello! I hope you’re all well and loving London Fashion Week, those of you attending! It’s such a great atmosphere and I am totally in love with some of the outfits I have seen on the catwalk and in the courtyard!

Today we spent most of the morning wondering around Hyde Park and then headed in to Covent Garden for afternoon tea, which I will feature on the blog next week. It was really nice, especially as the sun was shining!

London Fashion Week Outfit

I bought this dress from ASOS last week and I love it! It’s really on trend with the monochrome colour scheme and fits perfectly too. I snapped the jacket up on a last minute shopping trip for LFW outfits. It was just £35 so I took it straight to the checkout, only for it to ring up at £25! Even better.

These boots ended up cutting and hurting my feet so I had to buy some new pumps from Topshop half way through the day, I know – any excuse, but they looked cute for the first few hours!

Jacket – Peacocks; Dress – ASOS; Boots – Primark; Bag – See By Chloe

London Fashion Week 2013

Mary Katranzou LFW

Last night I attended the Mary Katranzou show, organised by Vodafone. It was hosted by the stunning Angela Scanlon and Zoe Hardman (Take Me Out – The Gossip host) who both looked fabulous in pieces from the collection.

To be honest, except from the Topshop collection, I had not heard Mary’s name before. But from a little research it would seem she has become a major hit in a short space of time – and from the collection debuted last night I can see why.

Not only does she seamlessly blend digital prints in to fashionably gorgeous items of clothing, but she takes something like a pencil, garden or typewriter and the results are incredible. I can’t believe that a pencil could look so great on a top, but it really works!

The collection is bright and colourful, with dresses full of “swoosh” and trouser suits full of power but with their feminine detail intact. Their is great structure in some of the dresses and other feature embellishment that can do no more than leave you in awe of the skill and hard work involved!