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A DAY IN HEAVEN ¦ THE SPA @ BEDFORD LODGE HOTEL

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A DAY IN HEAVEN ¦ THE SPA @ BEDFORD LODGE HOTEL

22:10:00
You know that feeling of needing complete relaxation & an escape from the real world? Finding a spa experience can sometimes be the complete opposite so I thought i'd make it a little easier for you and tell you about the spa that everyone needs to visit. For my birthday this year all I wanted was a day of relaxing and after hours and hours of scanning through different spas online I came across the Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa and all I can say is this spa was an absolute dream.




I visited with my boyfriend after purchasing the 'couples retreat' package which was listed among so many good offers that you could use for mothers day, a friends birthday present or simply a general spa experience with whoever and whenever you fancy.

We headed up for around lunch time and were greeted by a really friendly staff member who directed us to the spa lounge for a light lunch and glass of champagne, before giving us our locker keys, shoes and a brief overview of our spa experience we had ahead of us. It is a completely tranquil environment from the moment you step through the door - white walls and the soft scent of lavender.





After our lunch we were given a tour of the spa facilities and then we were free to use whatever we wanted which of course started with the hydrotherapy pool. The first thing I noticed was how clean the facilities, changing rooms, toilets - everything was. Apart from myself and my boyfriend there were only 2 other couples using the facilities so we didn't feel as though we were in the way or had to use each part of the pool very briefly and then move on, we just took as long as we wanted and after a while we started to get prune fingers which we decided meant it was time for the sauna and steam rooms.





For me the steam room is not very enjoyable as I tend to feel very claustrophobic but in this one I was okay as the rooms are a pretty decent size and with it being quiet in the spa itself we managed to use them when no one else was. I haven't been to many spas but one small detail that I really liked about this one is there are water stops based all around so you can stay hydrated no matter what area of the spa you're in.





As well as an ice shower and hydrotherapy shower there is also a hot tub with spaces to actually lay down in it in the small outside area upstairs which of course we took full advantage of until it started to rain.

Before we knew it hours had gone by and it was nearly time for our massage so we headed to the upstairs lounge area which was full of comfy chairs and loungers where you can chill without any distractions and dry off before your treatment as no one wants a damp bikini when laying on a massage bed.

The couples massage was unlike any massage I've ever had, I left feeling fully 'at peace' and relaxed. Although it was a couples massage we were both sat down by our masseuse who discussed with us if we had any problem areas that we wanted them to focus on, before giving us the choice of two oils. We weren't told what the oils were beforehand, they asked us to smell and see which one appealed to us the most before placing it in a large bowl of boiled water beneath the whole in the table so we were able to inhale it through out the massage as well. The only oils they use are ESPA and I chose the Restorative Oil which is 'A re-balancing body oil to comfort and calm the senses. Sweet Orange, Rose Geranium and Lavender help ease anxiety and calm, while Palmarosa helps tone and Sweet Almond Oil deeply nourishes for beautifully soft, supple skin.'

Once the massage was over I can safely say I was relaxation level 100 so they took us to their relaxation room which was a medium sized room with dimmed lights and a selection of different sofas with soft blankets which I could've quite easily fallen asleep on. I didn't ever want to leave and I am already scanning their website for different offers and treatments available so I can go back as soon as possible. The masseuse explained to me that I had a lot of knots around my shoulders so I should look to have a massage at least once a month and well I'm not one to ignore an experts advice!



The whole experience was a dream and the perfect amount of TLC so if you are looking for a spa day/experience I would highly recommend checking this place out, a link to their website is here.


4 Beauty Handbag Essentials

21:15:00
As indecisive as I am when it comes to choosing an outfit and the perfect bag to match - one thing I am always sure of is that these 4 beauty essentials are coming with me no matter where I'm going.



Miracle Balm is something pretty new to my essentials as usually my trusty Carmex/Pawpaw would be in it's place but I haven't been able to put this one down. A lip balm of some kind is a must in my handbag and this one from Purple Tree is beautifully scented and leaves my lips feeling really soft for hours without needing to constantly re-apply it. I have also found if i'm out and my eyebrows are looking a little crazy I can apply the tiniest amount of this balm onto my finger and slide them straight back in line. It's also lovely alongside hand cream if you suffer from really dry patches around the knuckles, again the smallest amount and the dry skin is smoothed. Miracle Balm is vegan friendly, cruelty free and only costs £3.99. There are so many dreamy scents available like coconut, watermelon and papaya etc so I will definitely be getting some for my car and my bedside table - you know the drill.



Invisible powder is another staple whether I'm wearing a full face or none, throughout the day my skin gets oily over time and I'm all here for the glowy look but greasy-looking is a no from me. This one from Topshop is a great way to keep your skin looking healthy and smooth, I find that the pearly finish it has to it leaves my make up looking fresh, dewy and not gross. You can't feel it on the skin which is great with a full face on as otherwise I find my nose goes cakey with any other powders. Also when you've decided to go make up free the last thing you want to do is apply a heavy matte powder that's going to clog your pores and make your skin feel gross - this one totally doesn't. (If you like a completely matte finish I wouldn't recommend this one as it does have a pearly look to it)



A lipstick for all occasions - I have fallen in love with the Fenty Beauty Lip Paint in 'uncuffed'. It is the most gorgeous coloured lip product I have ever come across and it's perfect for day and night - I can't imagine a make up look that this shade wouldn't go with. The pigmentation is incredible as well, you only need to apply one swipe over the lips and you have full colour payoff.




Hand cream - another necessity. I go through Body Shop hand creams like there is no tomorrow. They're the perfect handbag size and are all beautiful. I suffer from quite dry hands so I tend to apply hand cream quite regularly and I cannot stand when a cream leaves my hands greasy because I can't get on with whatever it was I was doing before hand until it fully absorbs. These ones simply nourish and leave your hands smelling delicious so you simply can't go wrong.



What are your handbag essentials?










*This post contains a gifted product, all opinions are 100% honest*

Beauty Sleep Essentials

22:08:00
Beauty Sleep.. something I find myself getting a lot less of since entering the world of adulting. Whether it's due to late nights, busy schedules or just simply putting sleep to the back of the queue for whatever reason - without a good nights sleep we're unable to function at our full capacity and eventually it is physically noticeable in an individuals appearance when they're not resting as much as their body requires, hence the term 'beauty sleep'. Don't get me wrong i'm no social butterfly and my bed is my best friend so I do try to get to bed as early as I can but it is more often than not that my sleep is interrupted and it is usually due to my brain not shutting off properly so I will find myself tossing and turning, not being able to drift off into dreamland which means I struggle the following morning and lets just say - there's nothing that can cover my eye bags.

Over the past few months I have made small changes around snooze time that have made a noticeable difference to me when it comes to falling asleep. They are 4 very simple steps that you'll probably think Aimee come on.. these don't really help. Trust me - THEY DO.



Starting with the obvious and that is... coming off your phone or any form of technology that is going to keep your brain moving and pick up a book. I'm totally not a reader but once you find something you're into, it makes it so much easier to wind down. There's something soothing about the sound of a book page turning - it really helps me to relax.



If coming off your phone early isn't always possible and I know sometimes it's not due to different circumstances, I find blue light glasses make a HUGE difference. They simply block any blue light that is produced by any phone screen, laptop or TV etc. Blue light is thought to boost attention and reduces the production of melatonin which is otherwise known as the sleep hormone as it controls your 'sleep-wake' cycle. I got mine from Quay and there are so many different styles available here.



Before Christmas last year I had never tried a sleep spray as I just thought they were a myth and a waste of money. I got one in a set and I have never been so thankful for a gift and the difference it has made to my quality of sleep. With sleep sprays it;s important that the scent actually appeals to you otherwise it'll just act as a distraction from sleeping, however once you find a scent you like it adds a real 'spa-like' feel to the air around you which is why I find it so relaxing. I adore the Champneys Calming Mist and would highly recommend this one if you like lavender, geranium and chamomile type scent. To me it smells like rose petals too but you get the idea - it's floral and spa inspired. A few spritz's of this on my pillow and I am out like a light.



The last thing everyone needs to incorporate into their sleeping routine is an eye mask. I cannot even explain the difference these make to the quality of my sleep - there's no light interruptions whatsoever. Whether that's a street light coming through the blinds or my phone lighting up the room from a notification every now and again - I am oblivious to it.

Let me know if you have any sleeping 'hacks' of your own as I am never one to turn down an opportunity for an even deeper sleep.














5 Steps to Glowing 'I Woke Up Like This' Make Up

21:48:00

As much as I love a full face of glam, when i'm on holiday that is the last thing I want on my skin. Over the years I have gradually quartered the amount of make up I take on holiday with me - 1. my suitcase always weighs enough anyway & 2. I used to pack a lot of 'might use' products yet I never used half of what I brought. Finally at the age of 23 I can say that I have got my 'holiday glow' products down to 5 (with a few added extras for if we're going somewhere a little more fancy). The goal when it comes to my holiday evening make up is moisture, glow and well just more glow. Although I am very strict with wearing factor 50 on my face, sometimes after one too many dips in the pool without re-applying and the added chlorine, my skin tends to feel tighter than it would back home so I like to add as much moisture as I can before going in with any products. Most evenings after my post sunbathing nap I want the quickest 'i woke up like this' naturally dewy look and these 5 products are perfect.


Starting with a little more moisture even after my moisturiser - I love to use the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer as it is so refreshing and hydrating but it doesn't feel like your wearing an added layer of product as it's water based not silicone. It's a lovely start to a flawless base for the products to follow thanks to it's 'soft focus' effect. Her hydrating primer is aimed at dry/normal skin and I can often get quite oily, especially in humid temperatures but it works perfectly so I'd still recommend this if you get oily.

The next two products are blended into one step as I like to use them together - of course you knew I was going to mention Charlotte Tilbury somewhere if i'm talking about dewy/glowy skin didn't you? Brightening Youth Glow and the Unisex Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturiser are beautiful together - on their own too - but together is just something else. I take a small pump of each on the back of my hand, lightly mix them with my finger and then apply it directly onto my skin using my hands to buff it in. The tinted moisturiser comes out of the tube a whitish colour and morphs to your own individual skin tone - along with a few tan pigments so I wouldn't go overboard if you're a similar skin tone to me as my face will drastically no longer match my neck if I do. With the colour correcting pearlescent youth glow and the hydration and tint from the tinted moisturiser you can already imagine how good this makes your skin look can't you? You don't necessarily need both the Laura Mercier primer and the Youth glow but like I said - on holiday I am all for the added moisture and their both such lovely & beneficial products for the skin.



No matter how rested I am on my holiday, my under eyes bags won't ever leave my side so of course my next must have is concealer. As the rest of the make up is so natural and skin-kind I don't like to go in with a heavy concealer as it won't sit nicely, instead I love the Primark My Perfect Colour Concealer - it's only £2 and brightens up my under eyes just enough to hide the circles without looking cakey or like it's even there. It contains Vitamin E and Aloe Vera so its beneficial for any slightly burnt bits on the face. In my case it's always my nose so I will pop a little on there to get the healing process going.



Just in case that wasn't enough glow, I then set it all in place with Mac Fix+ Goldlite as not only does it contain pearlescent particles which glow beautifully on the skin, it actually keeps the make up in place the whole evening. When I follow this routine at home I use the Rose Fix+ as it is just as hydrating and leaves the skin looking dewy just without the golden specs. I sometimes even spritz the Fix+ over my sunscreen before sunbathing/for a little refresh during the day to keep my skin hydrated. If I am aiming for the most minimal I will just finish it with some lip gloss, mascara and brow gel but if I am going for dinner or just want something a little more I will add some false lashes, and the bronze, blush and highlight from the Becca x Chrissy Teigen palette and i'm good to go. 




What are your holiday make up staples?