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AD. Our Couples Spa Day At The Spa Experience, Welwyn Garden City

A few weeks ago I was kindly asked if we would like to review The Spa Experience in Welwyn Garden City. With Oscar and Archie both in full time school now and after almost ten years of always having one of the boys at home with me during the day, Greg and I have been making the most of doing things together as a couple whilst the boys are at school. We even managed furniture shopping and lunch last week and it was actually stress free and enjoyable. So when I received the invitation to The Spa Experience for a couples experience, I knew it would be a lovely day out for the two of us.

We drove to the The Spa Experience in Welwyn Garden City which is only just over 20 miles from us and as our massage appointments were at midday we arrived at 11am to use the thermal spa. There is 3 hours free parking on site but don’t forget to display a ticket from the machine, 3-4 hours is only £2.

On arrival we were given a spa pack each which is really well presented in a Spa Experience tote, with branded flip flops, robe and a towel inside. We were each shown to the changing rooms and given a combination lock to use on our locker which saved hunting around my bag for change. The changing area is huge, with separate changing rooms, showers, hairdryers, make up stations to get ready again afterwards and a machine to dry your swimwear in. I got into my swimwear and met Greg on poolside in the Thermal Spa.

The pool area has relaxation beds around it where we left our robes and flip flops. Firstly we went into the Indian Blossom aroma steam room which smelt absolutely amazing, then into the Laconium which is a dry sweating room. The heat radiates evenly from the stone walls, floors, seats and benches. I really loved the Laconium as the heat isn’t as intense as a steam room or sauna but still has great results. We then sat in the sauna, Greg’s favourite! I could only handle 5 minutes so went back out and laid my the pool and waited for Greg. Using the thermal spa has huge health and well-being benefits. The combination of heat followed by cold can help to destress, relieve pain, relax muscles, detox your skin and aid respiration and blood flow. As I am sitting here writing this evening after our visit today I can already see and feel the results on my skin.

The hydrotherapy pool is lovely! With multiple jets, jacuzzi’s and seating in the pool it was so relaxing. The jets in the pool work on different muscle types and help to relieve tension and fatigue.  You can book just to use the hydrotherapy pool and thermal spa area for 3 hours and different spa locations have different therapies to choose from. Some locations have Hammam, Plunge Pools, Monsoon Showers, Ice Fountains, Turkish Baths and Saunas. You can check which locations have which facilities HERE. The Spa Experience have nine locations across London, in Hertfordshire, Surrey and Northern Ireland.

About 15 minutes before our massage treatment time we dried off and then headed to the relaxation room. The relaxation room had comfortable loungers, magazines and refreshments and we relaxed until we were collected by our therapists. Both Greg and I had chosen a 50 minute well-being full body massage. My therapist was Amber and Greg’s was Gabbie who were really lovely girls and made sure every part of our treatment was perfect. The treatment rooms themselves were lovely and warm and smelt lovely. My massage was amazing, it was so relaxing and beforehand Amber asked me if there was a specific area that needed treating and as I started my marathon training last month my calves have been playing me up, so she added more focus on that area. They feel ten times better now!

After the massage we were given a glass of water and shown back to the relaxation room. You can go back into the hydrotherapy pool and thermal spa afterwards but we both laid down on the loungers in the relaxation room and woke up 40 minutes later!!

We had such a lovely day at The Spa Experience doing something nice as a couple and its highlighted to me how important it is to have time like this and make sure we make it a regular thing. Feeling the benefits this evening from taking some time out to relax and unwind proves how important it is to have some ‘me’ time and how great the benefits are on your health and well-being! We will definitely be visiting again soon!

Disclaimer: We were gifted our couples spa experience at The Spa Experience. We had an amazing time and all opinions are honest and my own.

 

 

Our NumNoms Smoothie Movie Night

Last night we had a lovely chilled evening after school. The boys had pizza for dinner and then a bath and then came back downstairs for our very own NumNoms Smoothie Movie Night. We were sent a lovely package last week full of goodies for the perfect movie night. The boys snuggled under their new fleecy throw, tucked into their sweeties and we downloaded The Greatest Showman as we hadn’t watched it before.

As well as our movie night treats we were also sent the new Num Noms Snackables Silly Shakes Maker Play set. Archie was so excited when he opened the box and the play set smelt amazing! The set is made up of a sweet kitchen where you can mix up slime shakes. You use the mixing bowl to put the jelly base into and then add your choice of scented colouring and glitter or sprinkles. Archie then slotted the mixing bowl back into the kitchen and mixed up his slime recipe.

You then pull out the oven shelf tray and transfer your slime mix into the plastic shake dispenser. This rotates and you can fill the dispenser with all different coloured slime shakes. The set comes with three mini silly shakes cups and you then use the the special dispenser to fill up your shake cup.

Its a great play set to get involved in ‘messy play’ and Archie loved making different shakes in different colours and then starting all over again. The pieces are easy to clean as everything slots in and out of place to keep your set looking great.

If your children, like mine love making and playing with slime this would make such a fantastic Christmas gift. Archie also plays with it along with his other NumNom toys when were not making the slime shakes. All of the NumNom toys make the playroom smell amazing. The Num Noms Snackables Silly Shakes Maker Play set has an RRP of £39.99 and includes everything you need to make your slime shakes. You get the jelly base, two glitter toppings, two colouring tubes, three shake cups plus a special edition NumNom.

We were also sent a NumNoms light surprise in a jar, which has a gorgeous smelling NumNom plush inside and a light surprise edition NumNom inside too. A great stocking filler at only £12.99.

Archie is a big fan of NumNoms and has been since we went to a special event back in April and he has played with them ever since. He loves how each one smells different and whenever were in Smyths Toys we always pick up a mystery pack to add to his growing collection. Again the mystery pack or the starter packs would make great stocking fillers.

We had the best Smoothie Movie night thanks to NumNoms UK!

 

We were sent the above mentioned products so we could have our NumNoms Smoothie Movie night and for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and my own.

My Daily Skincare Routine & The Products I Use

In under 7 months I am 30! I remember on my 21st Birthday Greg saying to me that my 20’s will fly by and that is exactly what has happened! Obviously a lot of amazing things have happened since then but never the less I can’t believe I am nearly 30. One thing I have always tried to do from an early age is look after my skin. I am one of those people that am worried about ageing and always try to take good care of my skin. This is a first for me as my blog has always really been based around the boys but I want to start writing about being a Mummy too and what I like and what I do. So I thought I would start my telling you a bit about my daily skincare routine and what products I use.

Me at 21!

A lot of the products that I use have been recommended to me when I go for a facial or I have read great reviews and decided to give them a try, loved them and stuck with them.

My Morning Routine

When I get up in the morning before I put my make up on I cleanse and tone my face using the Guinot Lait Hydra Fraicheur Refreshing Cleansing Gel Milk and the Guinot Lotion Hydra Fraicheur Refreshing Toning Lotion with cotton wool pads. They are £19.50 each and probably last about 4-6 weeks. I also use these in the evening along with their eye makeup remover as the cleanser and tone cleanses and removes your make-up, freeing the skin of all impurities. It also softens and refreshes the skin, leaving your skin feeling super soft.
I then wash my face using the Dr Russo SPF30 sun protective day cleanser. You simply wash your face leave then massage the face wash in for a couple of minutes and then rinse off. This then gives you SPF30 protection which is so important to keep your skin healthy and looking young. Up to 80% of premature ageing is due to sun damage and even in the UK where you might not think the sun is damaging you, it still can. I also have the SPF30 sun protective moisturiser which is great and really light too so you can use it and then continue with your usual skincare routine. The protective day cleanser is £52 for a 100ml tube and the day moisturiser is £95 for a 50ml tube.


I then use the Guinot Longue Vie Yeux Eye Lifting Cream. It is really good and I use a small bit around my eyes and in between my eyebrows in a figure if eight motion. The eye-lifting cream eliminates visible wrinkles & fine lines and firms the skin around your eyes for an instant lift. It also soothes away dullness & puffiness which I need as Archie still wakes up sometimes four times a nigh and gently calms & hydrates the eye areas. I have tried lots of different eye creams before but this is by far one of the best.


I then use the ESPA Tri-Active Advanaced Instant Facial which is £58 for a 30ml bottle. It smells amazing like all of the ESPA range (I am obsessed with their soothing candle and diffuser, they are all over my house) and feels absolutely amazing on my skin. It is an advanced age-defying 3-in-1 serum, essence and treatment oil to instantly smooth and hydrate while brightening the complexion, for skin that is revitalised and glowing. The spa I go to Mulberry’s in Beaconsfield use the Espa and Guinot products and I have never been disapointed. The Antioxidant Macrolage Cell Extract in the cream helps smooth the appearance of fine lines, the White Truffle Extract helps boost elasticity, while Coconut, Jojoba and Avocado Oils help nourish and strengthen skin’s moisture barrier. It really is an amazing cream and I think worth every penny.


I then use my ESPA 24 hour replenishing moisturiser on top to moisturise my face for the day. It is £46 for a 55ml and leaves your face feeling soft and supple ready to apply your makeup. I then apply my makeup which I will write up in a different post. It smells amazing too!


My Evening Routine

Before I get in the shower I use my Guinot eye makeup remover and the cleanser and toner to remove all my makeup and cleanse my skin. Every other evening I then use the Guinot Gommage Eclat Parfait Perfect Radiance Exfoliating Cream either in the shower or take off with a warm cloth which is £32.50 for a 50ml tube. When I went for a facial sometime ago I went through my skin care routine with the therapist and she couldn’t believe I didn’t exfoliate. Basically unless you exfoliate a few times a week then all the great products you use on your skin do not work properly as the exfoliator removes all of your dead skin cells allowing your moisturiser in to your skin properly. Ever since then I use it every other evening.

                      Guinot Gommage Eclat Parfait Perfect Radiance Exfoliating Cream 50ml

After I get out of the shower I use either my Guinot eye cream or my Elemis pro-collagen eye renewal cream if its been a long day and my eyes are puffy. It firms, smooths and nourishes the skin around your eyes and I have noticed it is especially good at soothing your eyes. It is £63 for 15ml but you only need a small amount and it will last for ages.


Also another great product that I use from Elemis is the Hydra-Boost Serum. This is great if you have been out in the sun or haven’t drunk enough water that day as it replenishes the skin and instantly hydrates, softens and nourishes the skin. I love it! it is £45 for 30ml.


I then use the Creme De La Mer The Moisturising Soft Cream which is the best moisturiser ever! When you wake up your skin feels as soft as baby skin. It is on the pricey side as it starts at £115 for a 30ml pot all the way up to £1500 for a 500ml pot. I have the 30ml pot and you only need a small amount. I expect it will last about 6 months. It’s advanced Moisturising Sphere technology allows this luxurious formula to penetrate deeply, replenishing moisture and strengthening the look of skin. Skin appears renewed and energised, youthfully radiant. As they say you get what you pay for and this cream is an example of that!


My Going Out Skin Care Routine

If I am going out my skin care routine is exactly the same except in the shower I would always use my Glam Glow Flash Mud Brightening Treatment. It is £39 for a 50g pot. It leaves your skin instantly vibrant and when you apply your makeup afterwards just gives you that extra glow. It is a multi-sensorial quick results brightening treatment. Powerful & Innovative multi-brightening complexes help to create the brightest, lightest & luminous perfect skin. The Teaoxi Technology in it is White Birch Leaf. It delivers natural Betulin, Betulinic Acid & Ellagic Acid to create an improved color balanced skin tone. WhiteEnergi  is a brilliant fusion of powerful natural actives to create intense bright & even results. Flashlucent™ is a combination of skin translucency optimizers featuring 3 levels of exfoliation to drive ingredients into the skin for luminous younger looking skin. Reflectrum™ is a blend of brightening ingredients boosted with diamond photoluminescence to increase the reflecting level of the skin and make it appear radiant & more attractive.

I would then use one my eye creams and the Espa Tri Active Instant Facial cream, its really smooth and doesn’t leave a residue once you have put on your primer and foundation.

I hope you have enjoyed this post as it’s a slightly different one for me. 

 

 

Dr Russo Sun Protective Skincare

For the last month I have been using the moisturiser and the face wash from the new Dr Russo Sun Protective Skincare range. The full range consists of a 30 SPF 100ml sun protective day cleanser, a 30ml night repair serum and a 100ml night repair exfoliating cleanser and a 30ml protective day moisturiser.

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Dr Russo is renowned internationally for his revolutionary work in reversing sun damage and premature skin ageing. He has pioneered the combined use of Thermage, Fraxel, Zeltiq, PRP and Stem-Cells in Europe and for over 20 years, has been the secret weapon behind some of the world’s most famous faces, having built a reputation as the doctor who makes people look and feel younger.

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When I get up in the morning I have been washing my face with the Dr Russo SPF30 sun protective day cleanser. You simply wash your face leave then massage the face wash in for a couple of minutes and then rinse off. It doesn’t leave your skin feeling like you have an SPF on and leaves you feeling clean and refreshed, yet protected at the same time.


This then gives you SPF30 protection which is so important to keep your skin healthy, protected and looking young. Up to 80% of premature ageing is due to sun damage and even in the UK where you might not think the sun is damaging you, it still can even on a cloudy day. This really is a game changer in the World of skincare using utilising proprietary, patent-pending technology, this moisturising day cleanser has been specifically formulated to gently cleanse the skin of impurities while providing SPF 30 protection from UVA/UVB exposure.

I then use the SPF30 sun protective moisturiser before applying my make-up which is great and really light too so you can use it and then continue with your usual skincare routine. The protective day cleanser is £52 for a 100ml tube and the day moisturiser is £95 for a 50ml tube. Over the last few years I have upped my anti-ageing skin care routine and knowing I now have a moisturiser that is great for anti-ageing and protects my skin from the sun too is great and I wouldn’t use anything else!

The Dr Russo Sun Protective Skincare range is now available to buy online at FeelUnique.com 

Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer Review

When Greg asked me in December what I would like for Christmas, the Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer was at the top of my list. I had seen some amazing personal reviews and really really wanted one.

On Christmas Day I opened up the wrapping paper to reveal my gorgeous new Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer in the Fuchia/Iron colour combination. It is also available in White/Silver and the Fuchia/Iron limited edition which comes in a special Dyson Supersonic™ Limited Edition Box which is slightly move expensive.

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The standard edition retails for £299.99 and the limited edition with the case is £349.99. A lot of people that have asked me about what I think of the hairdryer have always said “but its £300 for a hairdryer!” and “is it worth the money?” Well the answer is yes! I absolutely love the Supersonic and cannot fault it. It drys my hair in literally half of the time as my old Parlux hairdryer, which at the time I thought was an amazing hairdryer. The Supersonic makes an Air flow that travels at 105 mph for quick drying. My hair feels so soft after drying and when I use the smoothing nozzle it leaves my hair looking shiny thanks to the intelligent heat control, super soft and smooth and all I have to do is run my straighteners quickly over the ends. My drying and styling time has been cut easily in half.

The hairdryer itself is small and light to use, its almost as light as a travel hairdryer. It has a sleek and modern design and stands out in the ground! As the motor is in the handle it doesn’t feel top heavy like an ordinary hairdryer and you don’t get arm ache when blowdrying your hair.

While other hairdryers can get too hot, the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer works differently. It measures air temperature 20 times a second, preventing extreme heat damage to help protect natural shine. This also means less breakage which is music to my other half’s ears as he hated it when my hair got everywhere before when I have dried my hair.

The hairdryer has three precise speed settings; Fast drying, Regular drying and Styling and four precise heat settings; 100°C Fast drying and styling, 80°C Regular drying, 60°C Gentle drying, 28°C Constant cold. I use the constant cold for a few seconds when I have finished drying my hair to cool down the hairdryer to put back in it’s box.

In the box you get the hairdryer itself, a smoothing nozzles, a styling nozzle, a diffuser, a non slip mat and a storage hanger. It all packs back neatly in the box for easy storage.

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To summarise, this is by far the best hairdryer I have even owned/used! It drys your hair in minutes, keeps it sleek and smooth, protects your hair from damage and looks great too! In my opinion it is worth every penny, especially as it gets used so much!