Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Lush Spa : Sound Bath Treatment

Yesterday afternoon I had a little walk to one of my favourite shops in Leeds - Lush

Now I know Lush can be either a 'love it or hate it' affair; some people find it a tad overbearing but some love the forwardness of the staff. Personally I just love the products, the ethics, the smell and a happy staff member never turns me away!

One thing I didn't realise however, was that tucked away underneath all the hustle & bustle is one of the cosiest Spa's I've ever seen. As soon as you open the door, you are greeted by what looks like someones kitchen. A setting that's actually based on the kitchen of the creator of Lush; so that you feel like you can just come in and make yourself at home. I really loved that it was so homely, so far from the clinical image you may have of many other Spas. This theme clearly runs throughout and gives the whole experience a very personal feeling.
The therapist, Jo, who greeted me and did my treatment was so friendly and welcoming. She had a lovely personality that wasn't overwhelming or 'in your face', but very relaxing and calming. I filled out a short questionnaire while Jo talked me through all the things that were about to happen in my 'Sound Bath' treatment. This includes ear candles, tuning forks, singing bowls and a wonderful facial & head massage. 

Prior to this I'd never heard of anything remotely similar to a Sound Bath - a sixty minute meditative treatment, that cleanses your mind & releases body tension, leaving you able to listen deeper within yourself. So, I was naturally very excited to get started, this had come at a time when I had a lot on my mind and this sounded like the perfect treatment for me. 
The treatment room was just as cosy as the reception area, with wonderful lighting, invigorating scents and a comfy, heated treatment bed, it was hard not to feel instantly relaxed! Jo showed me how the tuning forks would work - one which recreates the 'Om', and the other pair, which when used together recreate 'the perfect note' which all help in making you feel calm and centred. She also explained the order in which things would go and the music that I would be listening to, which is all, if not a big part, of the experience. You can listen to some snippets and even purchase the CD here - which is something I'm very interested in, I've never heard such a blend of wonderful, calming & spiritual melodies. 
I don't want to give away too much of the treatment as there are so many pleasant surprises & I wouldn't want to ruin that for anyone considering booking in for a Sound Bath! However I will say that the hot and cold stones were incredible, the ear candles felt like you were sleeping next to a hot, crackling fire and the head massage was the best I've ever had...

I wouldn't expect anything ordinary from this Spa treatment, it is truly unique. It left me feeling extremely relaxed & enlightened. I didn't want it to end!

If you are interested in a Sound Bath, which I would highly recommend - if you can't already tell, you can book here or even treat a loved one to a voucher!

Would you have this treatment done? 
Have you ever visited a Lush Spa?

*pr sample - my opinion is completely my own & 110% true!

Friday, 13 September 2013

Autumn Inspired Make Up

Summer has been and gone; lets face it. 

A sudden cold few days has me realising it's very nearly time to get all my jumpers and long sleeved tops back out of storage and accept the fact that it's highly unlikely there will be anymore sunshine! (Sorry, Summer lovers!) I actually love Autumn, so I'm welcoming it with open arms - no more hayfever, no more over heated greenhouse-esque apartment and no more fear of unpainted toes to put in sandals. It's a win, win situation.

Anyway, I woke up this morning with an urge to experiment with some Autumn colours in my makeup. Golds, deep reds & bronze was the plan and this is what came out...

Products Used : 
Yves Saint Lauren Teint Touche Eclat Foundation in BD40 // Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer //
Mac Omega for eyebrows & Woodwinked as eyeshadow, Coffee eyeliner, Soft & Gentle highlighter, Creme in Your Coffee lipstick // Benefit Hoola Bronzer // L'Oreal Rosewood Blush // Maybelline Falsies Mascara

I'm so head over heels for the YSL foundation; it's the perfect amount of coverage for me and gives such a luminous, dewy finish. Creme In Your Coffee is also a long time favourite and one of my most used lipsticks - ever. The L'Oreal blush is a new discovery but one I'm very happy with, it's a great autumnal shade and has lovely pigmentation for a highstreet brand - the packaging is a little 'clunky', but I can forgive that. 

I can definitely see me wearing this combination throughout the next few months!

Oh & my top is from Fat Face (£35)... If I could buy everything from there - I would!

Have you had an Autumn makeup overhaul? What have you been loving?

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