Missoni Hotel: Valentines Perfect Partners Treatment*

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The Missoni Hotel in Edinburgh was one of those places which I wanted to check out, but had never really gotten round to going to. So, when I was invited to check out their new Valentines package I jumped at the chance. The spa use Eve Lom, Natura Bisse, and Aromatherapy Associates products, so I knew I would be in for a good time!

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The hotel is situated in ‘Old Town’ Edinburgh – think castles, medieval streets and shops which sell impressive amounts of tartan, so parking was a little worry for me, but the hotel provides a valet service, which was most appreciated as it was really disgusting weather when I drew up. The doorman, complete in Missoni kilt greeted me at the doors, and knew my name (always impressive!) and was super lovely, showing me up to the spa on the hotel’s second floor and taking my keys. The hotel itself is super fun – the lobby is all graphic stripes and bold colours – not like anything else in the city.

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I was a little early, but Zoe, my therapist was ready for me, and talked me through the treatment and let me change into one of the fun housecoats and slippers which were waiting in the changing rooms. The decor of the spa isn’t like anything I have seen before – like the hotel itself, Missoni stripes dominate, with bright greens and blues, but don’t worry, it makes for a surprising but fun experience. Before and after treatments, guests can make use of a relaxation room with drinks, snacks and magazines on hand allowing you to linger and fully relax.

So, onto the treatment itself. I was led into the smaller of the treatment rooms which was filled with candles, lovely and cosy, and sat on a stool whilst enjoying a foot soak and foot and leg scrub. The products were chamomile and spearmint scented and left my legs and feet soft and moisturized, then it was time to hop up on the (heated) massage table.

Asking for a hard massage, I was not disappointed – this is one of the best massages I have had – ever. Using Ylang Ylang and Rose oils (this is a Valentines treatment after all) I was kneaded into submission. Not knots were left out in the full body massage. It was blissful. Starting on my neck and back (my tight spots) and then moving onto my legs and arms, there wasn’t a bit of me which felt neglected. And after the main event, Zoe moved onto an Indian head massage using Jasmine oils on my face and neck. This meant it felt as if I had a bit of a facial as well, as all the oils felt thick and luxurious, and left me feeling moisturized rather than sticky, which is sometimes the case.

After 90 minutes I was in heaven, and basically asleep. I floated back into the relaxation area and enjoyed some cucumber water then (reluctantly) got changed. You see, the experience doesn’t end here. As I was leaving I was given the cutest gift, an Aromatherapy Associates box with essential oils for day and night – these are usually reserved for couples which book the treatment together, and are a really adorable way to continue the experience. Not only this, but there is a cocktail which is included in the package – white chocolate and vermouth, which I had opted to have down in the hotel bar. As I got down there the bartender apologized for not having one of the cocktail’s ingredients – to be honest this was probably a good thing, I was basically comatose from the massage, and I’m not sure vermouth is a tired girl’s best friend when trying to negotiate Edinburgh’s crazy road system.

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Instead I opted for a non-alcoholic option – to be honest I can’t remember the name – but it consisted of fresh peaches and yoghurt, and it was a yummy way to end a wonderful morning of pampering. The hotel is definitely the city’s trendiest spot, and the staff were all really accommodating and helpful.  As for the Valentines package – grab a partner and run to the spa – seriously! It was genuinely one of the best massages I have ever had!

Louise Galvin Sacred Locks*

Louise Galvin Sacred Locks*

Louise Galvin is a product which I have always been interested in – they are natural and the all important eco-friendly, but also promise volume and moisture for my processed ends.

First off – these products smell amazing. Not a regular “this is a nice smelling shampoo nice”, but an “Oh my god let me bathe in this forever” kind of a smell. It’s the mandarin which sets the scent apart. Online the brand also sells body lotion and hand and body wash – these are now on my list to try.

Ok, back to the shampoo and conditioners – I love, love, love the packaging – super sleek and easy to use, these perk up my shower room. Both products have pump dispensers which stops wastage and lets me control how much of each I’m using.

The shampoo is slightly thinner than my regular (Kerestase Bain Satin) but 4 pumps and some water and I’m good to go. The conditioner is about 6 pumps as I whack it on from ears to ends.

The results are great – soft hair, more volume and that to-die-for scent. What’s not to love?

Louise Galvin Sacred Locks shampoo £22
Louise Galvin Sacred Locks conditioner £24

Both are available for purchase at www.louisegalvin.com

Laura Mercier Arabesque

Laura Mercier Arabesque

Heading into spring, I am pretty desperate to shed all the heaviness of winter, and Laura Mercier’s newest collection seems like the best way to do it.

The ballet-inspired shades are chic and wearable, and I can see myself reaching for all three of her newest offerings well into spring. The perfect pink is a hard thing to come by, but I think I might just have found mine.

Dolce and Gabbana Velvet Desire

Dolce and Gabbana Velvet Desire

Within their Velvet Collection of perfumes, Dolce and Gabbana created a range of perfumes inspired by Renaissance Italy. The scent is definitely one which makes a statement.

Before we go any further, I have to admit – I am a gardenia perfume fiend – Chanel, Annick Goutal and Estee Lauder’s Private Collection have all featured on my dressing table, and I consider the flower somewhat of a signature scent.

Dolce and Gabanna’s offering is up amongst my favourites – the scent is heady and luxurious. This isn’t a bottle I splash one before running out the gym. Nope – this is a full-on grown up choice, best worn when dressed up and heading out to somewhere fabulous.

The notes are predominantly gardenia, although tuber rose is also featured prominently in the line-up. Despite the statement the perfume makes, it’s super clean smelling, and has become my go-to throughout the wintry weather.

The perfume is priced at £165.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Guerlain Kajal Khol

Guerlain Kajal Khol

This eyeliner is literally life changing; ok, not life changing, but it is pretty great!

Guerlain brings these out every year, and yes, they are expensive, but these things last for months and months. The colour payoff is great – a silky, inky black which rims the waterline really well! The crayon format of the liner means that the line is smooth and soft looking, making it super-easy to create a smoky eye.

Not only do I love the product, but the packing is sublime. I buy these year after year, and the ribbon and decorations change, but they are the most glamorous eyeliner around

The eyeliner is priced at $36 and available at Sephora.com

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