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No time to beautify? We’ve got it covered

beautyspotblog1-26 at 15.03.53So you want to look good, and you’re desperate for a manicure or pedicure but there aren’t enough hours in the day –  and you don’t really want to go in your lunch break because you can’t relax…so why not get them to come to you?
I did exactly that a few weeks ago and it was genius. I wanted to catch up with a friend and also get some beauty treatments done, so we called CitySwish and booked them to come to us (killing two birds with one stone so to speak). One of the main benefits they offer, is that it’s all done online: you book your treatment, your time and date of choice and you pay. Done. The other thing that was great about CitySwish, was how flexible our therapist was – as it was two of us, in essence she said we could use up our time fluidly, so we felt very relaxed, which in turn enhanced our experience. We were treated by Francesca, who arrived promptly with all her stuff (from towels to nail varnishes and a massage bed!), and after a short introduction started with the first treatments: a pedicure for me and a manicure for my friend (who had amazing navy nails done!). laiafarrangravesIt was very professional and we were both very happy with the results. Then, as a complete treat, we both had a short massage which I have to say was FANTASTIC. Francesca placed some hot water with essential oils underneath the massage bed below the head before starting, which was a wonderfully relaxing touch and proceeded to do such a good job that I stopped talking 😉 Once she completed all the treatments, she tool all her bits and pieces and left, leaving us feeling blissfully beautified.
I’m sure the experience would’ve been just as enjoyable had I been on my own, but having a shared experience with a girlfriend made it that more fun. You need to live in London’s zones 1-3 for them to come to your house, but if this is the case, check them out. You won’t regret it!

For more information go to Cityswish.com. Their prices are:
Beauty: £45 per hour
Massage: £60 per hour
Massage & beauty: £55 per hour

Piccadilly’s best kept beauty secret…

laiafarrangraves-beautyspotIf you’re in central London and fancy some time out in an opulent setting, head to The House of Rush in Piccadilly, for a great urban spa experience. This fabulous beauty spa is a real on-stop-shop: it has a hairdresser section and an extensive menu of beauty treatments, ranging from facials and skin rejuvenation treatments, to massages and hair removal – and it even has a men’s designated beauty menu tailored for those metrosexual men amongst you. I decided to have a pedicure (given that the warm weather is finally here) to check out the spa, and was pleasantly surprised at how quiet and calm it was – once you’re inside – given that the address really couldn’t be more central.

The room where I was shown to was comfortable and simply decorated,  and I was asked to sit on a reclining chair – it was so inviting I could’ve easily fallen asleep! – while classical music played in the background. The treatment itself was also very relaxing: it starting with a light foot and leg massage and exfoliation followed by a nail tidy-up and finished with a gorgeous rouge-noir high gloss varnish application. I was offered a drink and some pretzels while my nails were drying and my therapist Mel kept me company whilst she put everything away.

If you’re in central London and have time to spare, it’s the perfect hideaway and pampering salon. The atmosphere is friendly and the surroundings are stunning. What more can a girl want?

For more information go to thehouseofrush.co.uk. Pedicures start at £45 for a 45 minute treatment. The House Of Rush is located at 200 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HU. Tel: 020 3642 5782