Thursday, 30 October 2014



The Hoxton Hotel: An Unexpected Journey

East Londoners, it has finally happened. After years of corporate brands moving into Shoreditch, boutique hotel, The Hoxton Hotel, has ventured into the realm of West London, by opening a new hotel in Holborn.

If like me, you swing both ways, and travel from East to West, then this is officially your new hangout - and its right in the middle of the Central Line! AMAzing right?

Located in that desolate stretch between Holborn and Oxford Street, you will find the Hoxton Hotel, and most importantly, CHEEKY Parlour


If you're ever running around town, and looking for somewhere to get your makeup or nails done, whilst sipping a cocktail, this is the place for you. The brand is the sister company Cowshed, which you know I love, but Cheeky has a completely different, fun vibe, and the neon signs will still make you feel like you're in some basement bar on Kingsland Road! Cheeky has its own nail polish collection (30 in total) and also a range of 19 freshly scented products across body care, hair care and cosmetics.

Beauty products...


I also got my nails 'did'... couldn't resist!

So ladies, no more excuses for doing your makeup on the tube... head to the Hoxton Hotel now, and leave your boyfriends in the bar, they wont be disappointed either.

For more information, go to Cheeky Parlour, Holborn 
Manicures start from £12, and make-up £25 

*Open seven days a week, is also available for private hire and group bookings.
Online and walk in appointments are available 

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Say F**k it to ageing...


I met an old friend for dinner last night and she told me I looked younger. I love my friends. Seriously, it's the best thing I have heard this year. I admit, and have to agree, I do look, and feel like I have lost a couple of years.

This was not the case a few days earlier, however, when I suffered from a mini meltdown. It was Sunday night, and officially Autumn. It suddenly dawned upon me that it's November next week - two months until the new year, which means, two months until my next birthday! 
I felt super old. 

Luckily, another very nice friend helped me snap out of it by making me realise that I shouldn't really be worrying about the inevitable. I can defy ageing by looking after myself, using the correct products, and most importantly being happy. 

So today, I live by saying F**k it to ageing!

Cowshed Anti-Ageing Perfecting Serum


Getting your beauty sleep is not a myth. It is one of the most important factors to prevent ageing, and it's free. Try it tonight! While you sleep, every cell in your body regenerates, so applying the correct products during this time will boost cell renewal, and make a huge difference to your skin.  

For about a month now, I have been using the Cowshed Anti-Ageing Perfecting Seruman all-in-one serum and oil hybrid, which promises to reduces fine lines and hyper-pigmentation, balance oil production, sooth and calm sun-damaged skin and provide intense hydration.

Does it work? 

YES. It is probably the best night product I have used in a while. Even for someone like me, who gets very little sleep, it works wonders. Its like 8 hours in a bottle! Each night, I look forward to taking my makeup off and lathering my skin (upwards) with this magic potion. 

It smells and feels amazingly relaxing, like a comfort blanket for my face and neck. It's packed with botanicals such as Rosehip, Evening Primrose, and also a bespoke fragrance note Actiscent®, which combats sagginess, supports elasticity, and fights damaging free-radicals. 

This is combined with natural extracts of Sandalwood, Green Tea and South American Copahu to give an aromatherapy feel, making you feel sleepy.

Apply onto the face and neck by massaging into the skin. This works on your lymphatic system to invigorate cells, assists in penetrating the nutrients to your skin, and drains any toxins.

Since using it, my skin feels so soft and hydrated, it feels firmer, and looks brighter. It has also improved my skin tone, and the texture. 

Combine this with happiness, Kale juice, and yoga each morning, and watch the years fall away...

Available from Cowshed

**Also, If you're near a Cowshed Spa, you have to try the Skin Perfecting facial that comes along with it, which is incredible.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Pavan Henna Bar Selfridges


Happy Diwali everyone! 

Image taken from Instagram @PAVAN_HENNA

If you're a henna fan, and want to get into the festive spirit, head down to Pavan Henna Bar in Selfridges where one of the team will embellish your hands, feet...or any other part of your body, with their beautiful designs.

I went one morning a few weeks ago and got this amazing glitter tattoo. Pavan is the worlds fastest Henna artist, so it took seconds to create, and lasted for days.

They are perfect for weddings, parties, and any festival - even the summer ones where you dance around in a field!

 My hand, and Pavan (Right)

 You can go for the traditional tattoos which are created using Mendhi (Henna Paste) containing clove oil, and eucalyptus to enhance the colour. This option will last a couple of weeks.

You can also combine with glitter, gems, and bindi's, to create the ultimate Diwali Diva (a beautiful sparkly candle, not Mariah Carey) look!

Prices start from £18.00

Love, Light, and Happiness!
Happy Diwali 

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

All Hail the Snail!

Dr Organic Snail Gel Range

Would you like your skin to age at snails pace? Well, now you (literally) can, with the new Snail Gel skincare collection from Dr Organic.

...also, did I mention, it's made out of snail slime?!!!!!!!

Is Snail the new Kale?

This unusual and unlikely beauty trend, which has taken over Hollywood (sales were up last year by 700%) was discovered by Chilean snail farmers who noticed minor cuts and scars on their hands were healing unusually quickly.

The Dr Organic beauty product line exclusively uses the unique ingredient, Helix Aspersa Muller (slime, to you and me) which the snail uses to quickly regenerate its own shell and skin when damaged. 

Luckily, its blended with a number of bio-active, natural and organic extracts to leave your skin feeling hydrated, smoother and firmer with a more youthful glow. 

I have them here with me now, and can assure you that all of the products feel, and smell great. 

The range consists of The Snail Gel Cream, and Serum, Hand and Nail Elixir, Eye Serum, and Snail Gel Moisture Mask.

Review coming soon.

Available from Holland & Barrett

Prices start from £1.99

*Please note, no snails were harmed when producing this product

Friday, 3 October 2014

Cowshed Skin Perfecting Facial


Like any alchemist, I'm on a quest in search of gold, and the elixir of life.
But in my case, it's for glowing skin, and the best moisturiser for eternal youth...

While you wait for me to enlighten you, it is possible to achieve goddess-like, Jennifer Lopez skin with makeup, however, I have discovered the most amazing facial which will give you a luminous glow from within, The Cowshed Skin Perfecting Facial.

The Cowshed Skin Perfecting Facial is an all-in-one anti-ageing facial treatment for a firmer, brighter, and smoother complexion. It starts with a cleanse, steam, and exfoliation, followed by a facial yoga massage to stimulate blood flow, and finished off with the application of the Cowshed Anti-Ageing Perfecting Serum, which I am currently testing out (review coming soon). 

Even for me, this is pretty indulgent, but the other day, I looked in the mirror, and didn't even recognise myself! My holiday glow had disappeared, whilst my regular routine of my hectic London lifestyle had started to sink in - a 3 hour daily commute, lack of sleep, and also a three week flu, had left me feeling drained of energy, and actually quite sad. 

I had the facial on Wednesday night at the Carnaby Spa, which is a perfect Central London location for those wishing to escape Oxford Circus for a quick manicure, facial, massage, or even a nice cup of tea and cake. For me, it was 20 minutes away from my phone, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp. Heaven!

The whole experience was so great. I was greeted by my super friendly facialist, who offered me a cup of tea before I started my treatment. The candlelit room (Cowshed products of course!) was so soothing, and tranquil, allowing me to slip away from my troubles, and to-do-lists. The massage itself was beautiful, she used all Cowshed products to cleanse my face, and neck, steamed my face with a hot towel, and gave me the most amazing massage. I would tell you which products she used, but I was so relaxed, I didn't care to ask! Sorry! I do know she used the Anti-Ageing perfecting Serum because it was so good, I had to buy it.

The results are beyond incredible. Today, my skin feels so amazingly soft, I don't even recognise it as my own! The colour of my face looks different, it's definitely glowing from within, and not from makeup, and my face looks more symmetrical, which must be due to the Facial Yoga. 

Facial Yoga, has become super popular recently as it's a non-invasive alternative to Botox and surgery. It helps to increase blood circulation, allowing more oxygen and more nourishment to reach the cells of the skin, which therefore stimulates collagen and elastin production to lift, firm, tone and reduce wrinkles. The result is a clear, healthy complexion with a beautiful glow which has less toxins and has a better ability to absorb moisture. 

Any gym addict like me, would know that this makes total sense, and clearly works. It also seems that the endorphins have kicked in too, as I feel less stressed, and back to my normal happy self.

Namaste ;)

Prices start from £15
Skin Perfecting Facial £85 (75 mins) and Speedy Facial £42 (30 mins) For more information go to Coweshed Online