Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Lush Spa Edinburgh / “The Good Hour” Treatment Review


Just before Christmas I had the pleasure of trying out one of the amazing Lush Edinburgh Spa treatments. The experience was out of this world and I definitely wanted to share it with you guys.

At the Lush Edinburgh one-year anniversary, bloggers and I got a VIP tour of the spa and got a sneak peek of all the amazing treatments they offer.



I have been to quite a few spas in my time but nothing was anything like the Lush one; and straight away I knew I had to try of their amazing treatments.


What differentiates the Lush spa treatments from most spas is the fact that they offer you a complete experience; from the moment you walk in until the moment you leave, you feel like you are in a different universe. 

Demo of “The Spell" treatment

According to the creators of the Lush spa, they wanted the spa area to feel like a cozy, welcoming home. From the big wooden table to the comfy couch, and even the vials on the wall and candles; the room feels really welcoming and rustic (to think that just a few feet up we have one of the busiest shopping streets of Edinburgh).

Demo of “The Comforter" treatment

Out of the eight different treatments they offer, I chose to go with The Good Hour- a deep tissue massage to fix aches and pains.

At first glance, it sounds like it is a plain, ordinary deep tissue massage; but it is SO much more.

The Good Hour treatment took inspiration from the seaside to create a treatment where knots in your body are untied, and you feel free and ready for your next adventure.

Prior to the treatment, Lizby- my therapist for the day sat down with me and she explained in detail how the treatment would work and which products would be used. We then went back to the upstairs shop and picked out the best products for this specific treatment- lots and lots of calming massage bars.

When I entered the treatment room, I was speechless. From the soft layer of smoke on the floor, the faded blue/green lights and the deep-sea soundtrack, it all made me feel like I was on a ship or near a beach. It was a transcendental vision.


video

When I first lay on the bed, I was quite tense and anxious but the combination of the music, dimmed lights and the lovely work from Lizby, I instantly felt comfortable and relaxed.

She massaged my whole body but focused on the tense points around my lower back and shoulders.

At the end of the treatment, I genuinely felt that I had just been on a voyage and my body got revitalized. All those aches and pains were gone and it took me a few minutes to get accustomed to my “new body”- without the normal aches and pains.
The treatment was very relaxing and it actually got me feeling quite sleepy.

Still on a high from the massage and all the beautiful aromas from the spa, I took a seat on the outside waiting area and got offered some lovely tea with a pinch of rum (this is a sea life treatment afterall- arrrrrr) and some biscuits.


This little down time was perfect for me to reconnect with the real world. Lizby sat with me and shared my points of tension and no surprise there told me I should try to relax more.
This experience definitely opened my eyes to the world of spas, especially the Lush Edinburgh one because not only my body left feeling revitalized but my mind was for once calm and stress-free.

If you have been thinking about going to a Lush spa, definitely go for it! Even if you have been to other spas, like me, the Lush one is totally unique. The qualified professionals, beautiful scents and unique music creates a magical experience

Follow their twitter @lushedinburgh and Instagram @lushspaedinburgh

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Sunday, 2 February 2014

New Blog Sale

Some information you should know:
- This blog sale is open world wide!
- All items will be stating whether they have been used, just swatched or are unused.
- I have tried to estimate how much product there is left so you can have a clear idea but keep in mind that it is just a estimation not the exact quantity left.
- All products have been sanitized and cleaned.
- I have not included swatches so if you want to get a better idea of what the product looks like when swatched just look it up on google.
- All items are 100% authentic and I bought them myself from their actual shops.


How it is going to work: 
- If you find an item you like, all you have to do is email me at: linemelanie@hotmail.com or leave a comment on this post with the product you are interested in, where you are from and your Paypal email.
- What will happen next is I will be sending you an invoice through Paypal charging you for the amount of the product (+ postage)
- You will have 24 hrs to complete the payment. If you fail to pay in that time span, the product will go back for sale.
- If more than one person is interested in a product it will be “first come, first serve”.

Important: Once your item is posted, I have no responsibility if your item gets to you damaged or lost in the mail. I will be packing every single item with bubble wrap and in the best way so it doesn’t get damaged in the process of getting to you.

Postage:
- All items will be despatched from Scotland, UK using Royal Mail
- UK postage is £2.60 for each item and +25p for every additional item with no tracking
- Items within the UK should take around 4 days for your items to get to you.
- Outside the UK postage is £3.50 for each item and +50p for each additional item with no tracking
- For outside the UK, it should take around 5 days for your items to get to you.

Now that all the boring stuff is out of the way, here are the products I am selling:

Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation. Shade: Light 46
Condition: 98% left
£23


From left to right:
* OPI polish in “Significant Other Colour” £4
95% left
* Illamasqua polish in “Rare” £7
90% left
* Nails Inc Special Effects polish in “Way Sprinkles” £7
Swatched once. 99% left
* Seche Vite Top Coat £4
80% left


MAC metallic pigments in “Butterfly Party” £19
Unopened with box


From left to right:
* Makeup Forever blush/eyeshadow in #131 £8
Swatched once. 98% left
Covergirl eyeshadow in #500 “Aqua Paradise” £2
Swatched once. W/ foam applicator unused. 98% left
Nars eyeshadow duo in “Cleo” £12
90% left


Lily Cole for The Body Shop Puff on Radiance (Limited Edition)
95% left. £9


MAC lip and cheek colour in “Keep It Casual” (Limited Edition) £10
98% left


Living Proof Amp Instant Texture Volumizer
Condition: New (with box)
£12


Eve Lom TLC Cream
Condition: 90%
£9

NARS Single Eyeshadow in “D Gorgeous”
Condition: 99%
£9

NARS Single Eyeshadow in “Coconut Grove”
Condition: 98%
£9

(from left to right)
* MAC Pervette
Condition: 98%
£9
* MAC Pretty Please
Condition: 98%
£9
*MAC Cockney
Condition: 98%
£9



Sephora Lip Attitude lipstick in “Glamour”
Condition: 90%
£6

(left to right)
* Revlon lipstick in Fire & Ice
Condition: 98%
£4
* Revlon Matte lipstick in Pink Pout
Condition: 98%
£4
* Revlon Lipgloss in Lilac Pastelle (discontinued)
Condition: 98%
£5


Tom Ford lipgloss in Naked
Condition: 98%
£20

(left to right) 
* MAC mini lipgloss in Moth To Flame
Condition: New
£5
* MAC mini lipgloss in Star Quality
Condition: New
£5
* MAC mini lipgloss in Night Is Young
Condition: New
£5
(all 3 for £13.50)


Bare Minerals Pure Transformation Night Treatment in Clear
99%
£19

(left to right) 
* L’oreal Colour Riche in Violet Chiffon #175
Condition: 96%
£5
* L’oreal Colour Riche in Pink Cashmere #171
Condition: 96%
£5
* L’oreal Colour Riche in Pink Vinyl #183
Condition: 96% 
£5
(all 3 for £13.50)

(left to right)
* MAC Dazzleglass in Internationalist (discontinued)
Condition: 95%
£10
* MAC Dazzleglass in Money Honey
Condition: 96%
£8

(left to right)
*Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in “Galactic”
Condition: 97%
£9
* Illamasqua Sheer Lipgloss in “Mina” (discontinued)
Condition: 92%
£9
* Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in “Frenzy”
Condition: 90%
£7


(left to right)
* Laura Mercier SPF 20 tinted moisturizer in the shade “Porcelain” £15
85% left
* Soap and Glory Bright Here, Bright Now Instant Radiance Energy Balm £7
85% left
* Mini Snoxin serum by Indeed Labs (same company that produces Hydraluron) £3
Unopened



(left to right)
* Inglot lipstick in #413 £5
90% left
* Bourjois Rouge Edition lipstick in #2 £4
Used once. 98% left


(left to right)
* MAC mineralized powder in “Gentle”
Condition: 96%
£12
* MAC mineralized powder blush in “Warmth of Coral” (limited edition)
Condition: 98%
£14
* MAC powder blush in “Sur” (limited edition)
Condition: 96%
£10


* Illamasqua powder blush in Sin (discontinued)
Condition: 99%
£11


(left to right)
* Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in “Skinny Jeans” (old packaging) £6
80% left 
* MAC paint pot in “Half-Wild” (Limited Edition) £9
Swatched once. 99% left


MAC mineralized eyeshadow in “Dark Indulgence” (Limited Edition) £12
New, with protective plastic


MAC mineralized eyeshadow in “Smokey Ruby” (Limited Edition) £12
New, with protective plastic


(left to right)
* Buxom Big and Healthy Lipstick in “London” £8
98% left
* Limecrime liner in “Citreuse” £9
Unopened.


MAC powerpoint eye pencil in “Bordeaux” £5
80% left


Bare Minerals Eyeshadow duo in “The Flashback”
Condition: 99%
£9

Chanel Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Lagoon #44
Condition: 96%
£12

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Levres Glossy Stain in #10
97%
£14

Inglot 4 matte blush freedom palette.
(Don’t know the names/numbers for each colour)
Condition: 98% left
£21






Monday, 9 December 2013

Video: Lorde Royals Makeup Tutorial

I have recently been addicted to Lorde’s song “Royals”. Lorde looks absolutely stunning on the music video with a modern 80’s eye look.
I felt inspired to film a video attempting to recreate the look she wore on the music video.

Here are some shots from the actual video that I used for reference when filming the tutorial:


If you haven’t seen my video tutorial yet, you can watch it here :)

I took some close up shots of the look I recreated. I was quite pleased with the outcome and think this look would be flattering on most people.


Don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube so you know when a new video goes up :)

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Monday, 25 November 2013

Favourite Blue Polishes

I have recently become a massive fan of blue nails. Especially the dark, deep shades (talking ‘bout those navys ya’ll!)
For that reason I decided to write up this post sharing my top 5 favourite blue nail polishes. I particularly love wearing them during Autumn/Winter.

                From left to right: Maybelline “Ceramic Blue”, Revlon “Midnight Affair”, American Apparel “Passport Blue”, Revlon “Urban”, OPI “Dating a Royal”



I will confess that on picture the 3 middle shades look incredibly similar but I promise that in person they look difference. The middle shade is a lot darker and deeper than the 2 Revlon colours surrounding it. Revlon’s “Midnight Affair” has a beautiful frost finish that sadly isn’t very visible on the shot. As for Revlon’s “Urban”, unlike the two dark shades, it has a purple undertone. 

Out of all those colours, I think my favourite would have to be the OPI one. Don’t get me wrong, I love all these polishes (or else I wouldn’t have added them to my favourite blue polish post, duh!) but I love the almost gelly like effect from the OPI polish. I would say that this shade of blue is in the exact middle of the spectrum of light blues and dark blues. Totally recommend it!

What are some of your favourite blue polishes? Let me know in the comments below!

Also, don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube videos for extra beauty fun! 

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Monday, 18 November 2013

Video: Lea Michele Eye Tutorial

I recently filmed a tutorial on the beautiful Lea Michele. I came across this picture where she is wearing this beautiful shimmery aqua silvery eyes - a perfect option for the holiday season!
I used this awesome FrontCover set called “Looks De Luxe” that comes with some gorgeous pigments, duo sided brush, shadow base and even a STUNNING holographic glitter.

If you haven’t seen the video yet, watch it here:


Here is the inspiration picture I used alongside a picture of the eye look I created.


I also took a couple of close up shots of the FrontCover set I used because I was thoroughly impressed with the products.


It would be a great gift to give to someone for Christmas or perhaps a birthday because you not only get the makeup but you also get a leaflet with ideas and tips of looks you can create using the products in the kit. It would be especially handy for someone that is just starting out with makeup ;)


I am currently holding a giveaway on my channel where I am giving away one “Looks De Luxe” palette to one of you guys. Make sure you watch the video to find out how you can enter.


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Thursday, 7 November 2013

Best x Worst: Mascaras

Mascara could arguably be the makeup product that makes the biggest different to an overall look. I definitely think so (along with concealer which, for us insomniacs is like water; crucial)
I am a big fan of Maybelline mascaras- The Falsies, The Rocket, among others - and I am a true believer that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a nice mascara.
With that being said, I am going to contradict my previous statement and add, that despite being a huge fan of Maybelline mascaras, my ultimate favorite mascara ever would have to be Makeup Forever Smoky Lash.
It does all 5 things I look for in a mascara:
- Adds length
- Adds volume
- Extra black
- Long lasting, yet you don’t have to scrub your eyes to death to get it off
- Holds a curl
But I guess it comes as no surprise that during my saga for the best mascara, I have stumble upon some very disappointing ones. Just recently, I picked up Collection Killer Curves. It had an hourglass wand that looked intriguing and it was cheap as chips.
I will admit I wasn’t that I wasn’t expecting it to be amazing but I also wasn’t expecting for it to look that bad.

I think one of the biggest problems I had with the Collection Killer Curves was the fact that there was barely any product coming out of the tube.
The product itself was new and still quite wet so it couldn’t be that the mascara was old and dry.
As with the Smoky Lash, you can see on the picture above how much product there is on the brush. But don’t be scared, it goes on smooth, easy and most importantly, the final product looks amazing.


You’d have to agree that side by side, the difference is pretty substantial.
I used two coats of the designated mascara on each eye and didn’t curl my lashes (to keep things consistent, ya know? ;))

I know the Smoky Lash is not as affordable as high street mascaras but you most definitely get what you paid for. The mascara doesn’t dry for ages and as time goes on, it almost gets better? (it dries eventually, of course... if only they could invent a magical mascara that never dries *sigh*)

If you haven’t yet tried the Makeup Forever Smoky Lash, I’m telling you: TRY IT! I have yet to meet someone that doesn’t fall head over heels for it.
As for the Collection Killer Curves, it is pretty self explanatory from the pictures but I’ll repeat; don’t waste your money on it. If you’re on a budget try Maybelline for mascaras and if you can afford to spend some extra bucks then go for the Makeup Forever.

What’s your favorite and least favorite mascaras? 
Let me know in the comments or on twitter @AlineSieks

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