The Old Course Hotel Caramelt Me Away Treatment*

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When I was invited to try one of The Old Course Hotel’s seasonal treatments, I jumped at the chance. In a town like St Andrews, where not too much happens, the hotel is a great place to spend time relaxing and enjoying yourself.

The Kohler Water Spa is the only one outside of the US, and comprises of a gym, swimming pool, water spa area, relaxation area, outdoor hot tub, and of course, the spa, and when booking a treatment, you can enjoy all of these facilities for as long as you wish. When I arrived I was greeted by the lovely receptionists, and taken care of by the wonderful Nadine, who could not have been more helpful. I was talked through my treatment, and allowed to unwind before it started.

So before I start on the treatment, I should confess, I am an exfoliation junkie – the thought of dead skin makes me nauseous, so the prospect of over an hour of getting scrubbed and buffed could not have made me happier. Ok – so back to the spa – I was led into a beautiful, and huge treatment room, and invited to hop up onto the biggest, coziest treatment bed ever. Seriously, this room felt bigger than my first apartment, and the heated massage table was a perfect touch. Shelly, my therapist, then explained the treatment process again, making sure everything from the temperature to the music was to my liking. This was a lovely touch, and it allowed me to fully switch off.

 

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First, a heavenly Farm House Fresh sugar scrub was massaged in; the product is American, and unfortunately not available for purchase in the UK, but I will be looking out for it on my travels. It had a wonderful thick consistency, and with Shelly’s expertise, I was well looked after. This was followed by being drizzled with a luxuriously thick moisturizing oil which smelt equally delicious. I was a little scared that all the smells of dessert would be a little much, but none of the products were overpowering, and instead I just felt supremely relaxed. To allow for all the product to soak in, I was then wrapped up in the heated blankets and enjoyed a mini facial. Using Carita products which are available for purchase at the spa, my skin was cleansed and exfoliated, and I enjoyed a scalp massage and eye treatment.

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After this, I was given time to shower (there is one in the treatment room) whilst the sheets on the table were changed, and allowed to hop back up. At this point I was treated to having a moisturizing caramel body milk massaged on. When the 80 minutes were up I was in heaven. My skin felt soft and smooth, and my face was glowing. To allow the relaxation to continue, I was led into a beautiful relaxation area which is away from the main reception. Filled with teas, water and dried fruit, you can sit and flip through magazines and put off re-entering the real world for a little bit longer.

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Once I had dragged myself back to the changing rooms, and changed I was invited to a lovely light spa lunch. From the menu, I chose some grilled shrimp with an oriental salad and spicy dipping sauce. It was a tasty way to end a lovely spa day, which left me silky smooth and super relaxed!

The Caramelt Me Away Treatment is available until 30th April and is priced at £82 and can be booked through The Old Course Hotel and Spa.

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Aromatherapy Associates Nourishing Face Oil*

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Aromatherapy Associates is a brand which has been on my radar for a while, and I have just been dying to try out some of the brand’s numerous offerings. With all of the crazy-bad weather we’ve been having my skin has become a little dry, and  since it’s sensitive at the best of times, I have to be super careful about what I can use.

Aromatherapy Associates’ facial oil is a great way to combat this quandary. The oil is thick and rich, and surprisingly yellow in colour – but don’t let this put you off! This little bottle is filled with a miracle product. A couple of pumps of the oil left my face and neck feeling nourished without any grease, and the scent is heavenly – a light floral courtesy of the evening primrose oil.

I woke up in the morning with skin which felt nicely moisturized and I had a nice glow. The oil feels super luxurious, and is a lovely way to keep my skin in tact throughout the winter months

Aromatherapy Associates Nourishing Face Oil is priced at £39.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Clarins Eye Quartet – Iris Blossom*

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My first review was about Clarins, where I mentioned that the brand had previously been pretty low on my radar, but I was not-so-slowly becoming one of their biggest fans. Well, the Spring 2013 offerings are no less impressive.

This eye shadow quad is a thing of beauty. A classy gold compact opens into four beautiful shades which can be worn wet or dry dependent on your preferred intensity. The colours aren’t the usual spring pastels, but a beautiful taupe, an inky black, a stunning iris purple and sheer glittery white.

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My love for taupe eye shadow is well documented, and this one is perfection. Sheer enough for day, I love a wash of this lined with the purple at my lashes, then amped for evening with the addition of the black as a liner and white highlighter.

The compact is really a thing of beauty – and is destined to sit pride of place on my dressing table. The shadows are decorated with an imprinted iris, which makes them almost too good to use. Almost. The colours are just too pretty not to wear!

The quad is priced £30

Eve Lom Eye Cream*

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For the past year I have noticed my interest in eye creams has increased dramatically. Yes I am in my early twenties, but I have noticed that a couple of friends (who will forever remain nameless) have been sporting the beginnings of crows feet.

I am not keen to sport similar markings, so believing in preventative measures, I sought out Eve Lom’s offering. A beautiful glass jar holds a wonderfully thick, moisturizing eye cream. It has no scent, and initially I worried that it would be a little rich, but, not to worry. It sunk in in seconds, moisturizing the area around my eyes.

You only need a teeny-tiny bit, and the results are impressibly visible: zero puffiness, and I suddenly look wide awake thanks to the elimination of circles. The cream feels wonderfully luxurious, and I find myself reaching for it morning and night!

Eye cream is priced at £48.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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