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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

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The ultimate treat

beautyspotblog_laiafarrangravesAs the weather changes, you might find that your skin does too. I tend to get more dryness and sometimes the odd blemish when the weather gets warm, and I’ve always found that having a facial at this time is a great way to manage those changes and give your skin an extra boost, to ensure it’s glowing for the summer. I treated myself to a facial from Environ, one of my all-time favourite brands. Using natural ingredients and the latest scientific developments, their products really, really work and – in my experience – their treatments show results after just one session. I tried the Environ Hlaiafarrangraves_beautyspotScreen Shot 2013-04-23 at 14.37.01ydra Boost facial at Swiss Cottage’s Skin 3, a great salon worth checking out (it’s a very friendly environment, which is also spotless and really efficient) and it really was a fantastic treatment. After a skin analysis consultation (where your face is scanned using hi-tech imaging equipment to reveal the condition of the skin below the surface – quite scary but I didn’t do too badly!) I was taken to a beauty room to relax and have the treatment. The treatment was so relaxing that I almost fell asleep, always a good sign! And as Faye, my therapist, talked me through each stage, explaining to me what she was using and why, I knew I was in very good expert hands. This treatment turned out to be the perfect antidote to dry skin: based on Hyaluronic Acid, this intensive treatment deeply hydrates while plumping and firming your skin, helping to reduce fine lines caused by dehydration and increasing overall plumpness. Half way through, a current is applied onto the skin to help distribute the active ingredients deep into deeper layers. The result is actually visible once you finish, revealing a fresher more rested complexion.

If you can treat yourself to a facial this month, I would strongly recommend that you try the Environ Hydra Boost facial. The 85min treatment is priced at £80. For more information go to skin3.co.uk.