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This year has absolutely flown past, between work and trips, it feels like I’ve been pretty much non-stop. So, when Stobo Castle got in touch, asking if I’d like to try their new Celebration Spa Day, the timing couldn’t have been better. On a rather rainy Monday morning, we headed through to Peebleshire to have a day chock-full of r&r!

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Just over an hour’s drive from Edinburgh, Stobo Castle feels like it’s a million miles away from everything – perfect for leaving any stresses behind! This year marks Stobo’s 40th anniversary as Scotland’s only destination spa, and to mark the occasion, they have launched their Celebration Spa Day. Available until 31st December 2018, the days are perfect if you’re in the need for a little break away.

The Celebration Spa Day is the perfect choice if you’re looking to really relax and unwind. We arrived at the Spa around 10am, where we were given a tour of the facilities, and allowed to change into fluffy housecoats and slippers. At Stobo, everywhere apart from dinner is housecoat-friendly, so you can float around to your heart’s content!

The interiors of Stobo are absolutely glorious – Chinese ginger jars and beautiful artworks bedeck hallways, and the whole building it devoted to relaxing. The Celebration Spa Day includes a fabulous Top to Toe Face & Body Glow. The treatment includes a complete body exfoliation and mini facial, using Stobo’s own products.

fullsizeoutput_2584Lasting 40 minutes, the treatment was absolutely blissful, and left me feeling absolutely brand new. There was then time to laze around the pool for an hour or so, before it was time for lunch.

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Lunch is served in a duo of stunning dining rooms. With views stretching over the gardens and on to nearby hills, it was an absolutely gorgeous spot (where phones aren’t encouraged – hence the lack of photos). You can opt for a buffet lunch, or choose from a la carte options. We picked the latter, kicking things off with a glass of fruit juice, then moving on to chicken curry, served with rice, raita and mini popadoms.

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Dessert was a couple of scoops of the award-winning Taylor of Biggar ice cream – after all, this was a treat day!

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After an hour or so catching up with some reading, it was time to head to the brand new cocktail lounge. This is a completely new addition to Stobo, and to say I’m obsessed with it is an understatement. Scotland’s chicest Tiki bar, there is a fabulous choice of cocktails on offer, and whether you’re after something gin-based, or perhaps some fizz, there will be something for you!

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We opted for virgin Moscows – a delicious blend of ginger beer, mint and lime. It was a perfect spot to relax in – windows overlook the pool, so we sat and chatted whilst getting to people watch.

The whole day was exactly what was needed, and we’ve already discussed return visits!

If you’re in the mood for a spot of total relaxation – a Celebration Spa Day is just what you need! The packaged is priced from £99 per person, and can be booked here

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For me, September always marks the start of autumn. The mornings and nights are already getting darker, and I’ve been rather greedily looking out cashmere jumpers for the past fortnight. As much as I love a lazy summer, there isn’t anything quite as beautiful as a forest full of golden leaves. Another perk in the change of season? Longer nights mean more time to enjoy hot baths and good books, and really, is there anything more heavenly?!

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I’ve been loving Being by Sanctuary Spa’s Salted Caramel and Macademia Bona Bombs. Each pack holds ten mini bath bombs, so depending on how luxe you want your bath, you can add as many bombs as you want! Since I like mine smelling sweet – I tend to use three or four of the bombs per bath. The scent is super-sweet with hints of caramel and vanilla which feel perfect for this time of year! The bon bombs leave skin feeling soft and softly scented – they’re the perfect accompaniment to a great book, and a must-have for winter evenings!

Being by Sanctuary Spa salted caramel & macadamia bon bombs are priced at £12 and are available here (UK) and here (US)

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As hobbies go, blogging is a pretty fantastic one! Over the course of the years I’ve been doing this, I’ve been able to meet some incredible people, travel to some marvellous places, and try products which have literally been life-changing. Through all of this, there have been a few products which I’ve always kept on-hand. They’ve never been bettered, and as a result, I keep a stash of them on hand at all times.

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One of these Holy Grails, and possibly the first, is Clinique’s Take the Day Off Eye Makeup Remover. A dual formula, I pour a little of the formula on a cotton round, and not even the most waterproof of mascara formulas stand a chance. This cuts through every formula I’ve ever tried, and it’s incredibly gentle on skin and eyes too – there isn’t a hint of stinging or irritation – just super clean skin which is ready for a bit of moisturiser and bed!

Clinique Take the Day Off Eye Makeup Remover is priced at £17 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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Winter skin, I always feel, is the worst skin. However tempting it is to forgo the moisturiser each morning, my skin never feels better than when it’s treated well. Despite the fact that I’m going to be swaddled in knitwear from now until mid-April, I’ve been on the hunt for a great everyday option which leaves skin looking and feeling soft and smooth. My current cream of choice is Hempz Milk & Honey Herbal Body Moisturiser.

Packaged in plain,  quite utilitarian bottle, complete with pump, what this moisturiser lacks in glitz, it more than makes up in formula. Fortified with 100% Pure Natural Hemp Seed Oil, the cream itself is lightweight, and sinks into skin within a minute or two, meaning it’s great for morning use. When first applied, it does have quite a strong, sweet vanilla scent, but it dies down relatively quickly, so it doesn’t interfere with any perfumes I want to wear.

From the first time I used the moisturiser, I’ve seen a real improvement in my skin – it’s not greasy or sticky, instead skin is left feeling velvety soft, and super smooth. It tackles rough skin like an absolute pro, so elbows and knees are well taken care of – ideal if you’re looking to moisturise pre-fake tanner!

Hempz Milk & Honey Herbal Body Moisturiser is priced at £21.99 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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Congratulations – we made it to Friday! Is it just me, or are the weeks absolutely flying past at the moment?! Between work and general life, I feel like I haven’t been able to take  a breath for a while, and it doesn’t feel right that tomorrow is September – this year is just going by far too fast! To try and take it down a couple of notches, I’ve been making an effort to head to the gym each evening, and work off some excess energy in a productive way (sitting at a computer all day will never feel right) and although I’m feeling a lot more energetic each morning – my muscles have never felt tighter. So when I was perusing Temple Spa’s massage oil section earlier this week, I could resist popping their Work it Out body oil into my basket. I’ve spoken before about trying to get that spa-level of relaxation at home, and it’s something I stand by. I might not have time in my schedule to nip out for a massage for a few hours, but I can play a podcast, and treat myself to a little TLC in the confines of my bathroom.

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Work it Out is one of three oils on offer from Temple Spa, and promises to alleviate knots and tension, flush out toxins as well as improving circulation. It pretty much checks every box, and I’ve been using it every night this week along with my BabyBelle (blog post blast from the past here). Straight out of the shower, I apply a liberal slosh of the oil, massage in a little, then get to work with the buffer. I cannot even begin to tell you how much of a difference this has made to loosening everything up! The scent comes courtesy of an expert blend of 21 Mediterranean essential oils including juniper, clove, cypress & thyme, renowned for their muscle soothing and detoxifying superpowers. Not only this, but the base oils include  sesame, avocado, jojoba, kukui, grapeseed, soya bean & grapefruit to thoroughly nourish and moisturise skin. It’s an absolute life-saver of a product, and if you’re in the mood for a little luxury – there has never been a better time to indulge – Temple Spa are offering free shipping on all orders until midnight tonight!

Temple Spa Work it Out Massage Oil is priced at £25 and is available here.

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