Going Blonde at Gro London (+ Vlog!)

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I’ve gone blonde. Some would say from brunette to blonde, but realistically I’ve gone from ginger to blonde. With a bit of ginger left in. A blonde balayage, to be specific.

Though I hadn’t been blonde for a good number of years, scrolling the socially-shared images of Gro London instinctively dared me to make a colour change (you have to look at their rainbow hair work). On top of that their six salons are all situated in the suburbs of London – the Hamsptead location being a convenient walk around the corner from my best friend’s house in Finchley Road.

From the second I made my appointment with Serafina, I experienced a level of customer service that echoed through my entire visit. Before going in, we exchanged a few inspirational images (thank you, Pinterest) and discussed the current state of my hair so we both knew exactly what to expect when appointment day arrived.

And because looking at hair is so much more interesting than talking about it, I filmed the entire experience to share with you in the vlog below. As you’ll see from the video, the experience went perfectly from start to finish; from proper discussions and colour examples to complimentary lattes and the most welcoming environment you could expect, I wouldn’t change a thing. It also doesn’t hurt that the blonde balayage is bangin’.

From this point, I’ll probably go a little bit blonder once my hair recovers from the lightening process (though, to be fair, a mix of Oribe and coconut oil has left me with no breakage or problems since the first home wash).

Stay tuned for more Gro London adventures…

The Dead Sea Salt Glow at Gina Conway

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Now that I’m a good two months into my crazy eye-bleeds-laser-surgery fiasco, I have become obsessed with everything sensual and tactile. Especially in regards to beauty treatments.

Having taken something of a visual vacation, I have become rather critical of my other senses and have found myself pursuing a range of physical experiences. The best of which has been the Dead Sea Salt Glow treatment at Gina Conway.

For a demure-looking Chelsea salon, their underground spa is an absolute haven. As soon as I descended the staircase and entered the dark, plush treatment room, every stress (and trace of city-smoked chaos) melted away.

Obviously, the Dead Sea Salt Glow didn’t hurt the cause, either.

After undressing, laying down, and inhaling a variety of flower and plant essences, I chose my preferred fragrance (to be mixed with Pure Dead Sea Salts) and allowed myself to be lulled into REM while the customised concoction was smoothed over my body.

While this is particularly good for exfoliation, hydration and circulation (see ya, cellulite!), the following shower and customised cream massage was the icing on the cake of my mini staycation from the real world.

5 stars.

New Beauty: Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush

Though it seems like less than a week before the seasons last changed, I think it is safe to say that we are truly on the cusp of Winter. I am not sure if the same happens for everyone, but every time the weather shifts my skin tends to do the same. From Winter to Summer, there are obvious changes (like adding SPF to your skincare regime) but from Autumn to Winter, it is not quite as straightforward. For me? This is the time when exfoliation becomes a real necessity; not only to stimulate my skin, but to make sure any additional moisturisation is able to penetrate through thicker skin barriers.

When the Clinique Sonic System Cleansing Brush hit the shelves I was intrigued but dubious. Any beauty lover will be well aware of the leading cleansing brush in the market – we shall call it the Shmarasonic – and the similarities between the two had me thinking that a newcomer might simply be a half-assed jump on the bandwagon.

However, an extensive look at the Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush’s reviews had me neuralize those thoughts (five points for anyone who gets the movie reference). Like all Clinique’s products, it is dermatologically tested (imperative for such a tool), it utilizes sonic technology (which means it is gentle on the skin while cleansing deeply), waterproof, and has two bristle types for targeted cleansing in hard-to-reach, contoured areas of the face where dirt hides.

I have yet to make the investment, but I have certainly tickled my own fancy. Have you?

Advertorial.

The One New Change Pampering Spree

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The second I walked through the glass-cased shell of One New Change, I knew I had left it too late. While I was well aware of its status as the only shopping centre of its size in the City of London, I had no idea how beautiful it was from the inside (and, as you can see from the photos, the very tippy-top).

The day before London Fashion Week SS15 reared its chaotic head, I scheduled a few hours out of my 60+ hour week for a few treats and trials.

First stop? Strip for some ‘fun’ (ahem) with their famous So Berry lycon wax. While waxing may not be every woman’s idea of a pampering sesh, Strip’s sensitive vanilla extract-packed wax is a treat for any Brazilian-having babe. The staff – who are extremely welcoming and professional – are also second to none.

For a more traditional treat, I then pranced around the corner to Hershesons and Dermalogica for a luxurious blow dry and facial. That special duo of pampering that turns your brain into a happy mush of rainbows and sunshine.

There is something hyper magical about One New Change.

Less than two hours after walking into One New Change, I left my final ‘appointment’ feeling as though I had exited a Pretty-O-Meter. My sensitive skin – which flares fire-red when I am under any sort of stress – was calm, hydrated, and picture-perfect enough to take me straight through to a makeup-free champagne lunch at Searcy’s.

I kid you not.

While an indulgent lunch of caviar, champagne, salad and sandwiches would call for a vampy red lip (at the very least), the results of my morning store visits left me feeling hyper-confident and happy.

After soaking it all in (bubbles included), The Manfriend and I decided to work off our lunch by strolling around the eager city lunch-breakers, super-coiffed shoppers, and ended the excursion with a rooftop wander through the fog as the city buzzed below.

One New Change is home to 60+ high-street stores & restaurants and is open 7 days week, making it the perfect place to socialise, and pick up your fashion and beauty must-haves.

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Interior Design: My Home Tour

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Welcome to my home tour (if we weren’t chatting through a screen, I would offer you a drink).

To set the scene: The Manfriend and I moved in roughly two months ago. Moving out of a rather enormous house and into a two bedroom apartment meant we came up against a few space issues, but I am altogether incredibly happy with the way our small time interior design projects and investments have come together.

It is not my dream home – far from it – but it is amazing value for renting in the centre of Leeds and a stone’s throw from the station, which means easy commutes to and from London while working in dual cities.

Let’s take you around…
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