beauty favourites
beauty favourites
Fragrance Direct for Beauty
Fragrance Direct has always been trustworthy for, well, exactly what it says on the tin. It was only in the last month, however, that I realised what a haven it could be for beauty loot of the unfragranced variety. Their inventory of discounted beauty products reads like a beauty junkie’s Christmas list MAC, Bobbi Brown, Rodial et al. The highlight of my initial haul was the Rodial Instaglam Eye Tint in Aspen, which was a massive £9 off its retail price. Th brightening concealer contains hyaluronic acid (a hydrating wrinkle-killer) and works a treat underneath the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit in Sand (£3 off through Fragrance Direct) which features a long-lasting powder to set concealer and stop it from sinking into any lines or wrinkles.

Other favourites from my cost-efficient haul include MAC Frost Lipstick in Tanerama (£2 off – an incredibly ‘club girl’ nude on pale skin but stunning when paired with a dark lipliner as it creates a much more dynamic and shiny hue), MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Bordeauxline (£1 off – the most flattering eyeliner for green eyes), and Bobbi Brown Brillant A Levres Lip Gloss in Hollywood Red (£3 off – a botanical and brightening soft red gloss with aloe extract & avocado, jojoba and chamomile oils).

MILK Beauty Massage
I have been travelling, working, and working out so much over April and May that my body has been in slight revolt. Muscles off fleek.

Thankfully, I had booked in for a coconut oil massage with mobile beauty service MILK Beauty just before I left for three weeks and it completely transformed my entire body. With each massage, your therapist arrives with towels, essential oils, a super soft blanket, music and a massage couch to set up a perfectly serene space bespoke to your schedule. I decided to ‘host’ my masseuse in my kitchen as it is one of my largest rooms and has a floor to ceiling window (sunshine is very peaceful, to me). Sixty minutes later, my coconut oil-kneaded body felt brand new; knot free, awake, and ultra moisturised. This is a perfect post-flight treat.

Dermalogica Prescription Facial and Gluttony Manicure at PEINT
Post-massage, I began to realise a few additional body parts were becoming ravaged by travel. Like many people, faux-oxygenated airplanes make my skin feel dull and dry. Something needed to be done before heading to Belfast’s chilly air (a personal skin irritant of its very own). I found reaolve in PEINT‘s Dermaologica Prescription facial. Knowing Dermalogica have worked miracles on my sensitive skin on previous occasions, I booked in with the small salon’s lovely ladies for the one-hour treatment and managed to fall asleep before she was even half-way through.

The facial combines a tailored consultation and assessment of the skin to target your treatment where you really need then. In my case, bringing everything back to life; a relaxing orchestration of cleansing, exfoliating, steaming, messaging and topical treating to result in skin so fresh it looked like foundation.

Seriously. They put a #nomakeup photo on their Instagram and I look no different when I’m caked in cosmetics.

When awake, I wrapped my time at PEINT with a Gluttony manicure. The real indulgence, of which, is the parrafin wax mittens and the face-to-face therapist time (the ladies at PEINT are honestly some of the sweetest around).

mandara spa london

Mandara Spa, London


CACI Lift & Sculpt at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge’s Mandara Spa
As Summer creeps up on us, so do the shorts, skirts, and – most intimidatingly – swimwear. Knowing it takes a certain level of confidence to bare thighs with pride, Mandara Spa recently extended their range of CACI treatments to include the Lift & Sculpt. As an alternative to surgery, the electro-massaging Lift & Sculpt helps tighten, lift and smooth the leg and bum area with zero pain. There is a slight discomfort during the treatment (comparable to a quick but soft pinch), but immediate results after only one session. In fact, if you ask the therapist to do one side of your body before the other and take a photo, you almost look like two bodies joined in the middle.

For the best results, a session of six or more is advised but if you’re looking for a confidence boost before baring your bikini body, a day at the Mandara Spa (one of London’s most sumptuous underground retreats) will not go to waste.

Tip: you aren’t advised to work out directly after your treatment so I would suggest utilising Mandara’s neighbouring gym and pool beforehand so you have nothing but the Balinese relaxation area to think about post-treatment.

Mythic Oil treatment at The House of RUSH
Mythic Oil is one of very few hair oils that make a difference in my unruly, flaxen mane so I was thrilled to find out that The House of RUSH (the brand’s Piccadilly flagship) had introduced a Mythic Oil treatment. Though my recent re-introduction to hot yoga has done wonders to my body and mind, my neglectful non-use of hear protectant or hair oil has left my mop…well…moppy.

Under the care of my Canadian goddess of a hairdresser, Mythic Oil brought my curls and colour back to life. After a wash and treatment with their products, the oil was applied, I sipped on a cup of branded tea (featuring many of the oil’s natural ingredients) and watched as she blasted out the best and healthiest feeling blow-dry of my life. All in under one hour.

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london blogger
For the 90s kid…
…round up your peers and get yourself to Goosebumps Alive. The new immersive theatre experience has taken our favourite childhood horror series from R. L. Stine and turned them into a 90-minute spectacle. Under the ground in Waterloo’s Vaults, you explore seventeen rooms filled with demonic masks, haunted electronics, killer scarecrows, and much more; storytelling has never been so eerie or enveloping.

good ship benefit
For the beauty guru…
…nothing makes more sense than the Good Ship Benefit. The beauty brand have recently taken over the R.S. Hispaniola (the docked ship across from the London Eye) and turned it into a San Francisco-themed attraction coated in all things pink and fabulous. There is a bar, brow lounge, boutique, restaurant, secret underwater lounge, and even yoga classes on certain days!

My initial visit was made to get a private introduction to Benefit’s Cheekathon palette (exclusive to House of Fraser) – an incredible palette of five full-sized Benefit cheek products including cult favourites like the CORALista blush and Hoola bronzer. Initial…but not my last.

good ship benefit

For the London escapee…
Of course, if you’re still feeling restless after all of the above it might be time to get away. In preparation for an upcoming trip to Birmingham (before jetting off to Lanzarote!) on Wednesday, I came across 50% off Virgin Rail breaks on VoucherBin.co.uk as well at 40% off deals with Etihad, business class vouchers and more. If you’re needing a little break from the city, you might as well save yourself some spending money for your destination, eh?

angel wing tattoo

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Getting a Tattoo

1) Can I commit to this design for life? Both of my tattoos have very important meanings to me and were designs I thought about for a long time, considering their permanence, designs I decided I would be happy to have on my body at 97 years old. They are easy to conceal (should I be in an environment that asked for it), black and white (because I wear a lot of colour), and represent nothing ‘fleeting’ – just an artistic expression of my happiness.
2) What is my pain tolerance? Tattoos are no cake walk. You are essentially, scarring your skin with ink and that doesn’t come without pain. If you have a low pain tolerance, you may want to start small.
3) Will this tattoo improve my life? Tattoos are expensive, painful and permanent. There are many other ways to express yourself (fashion, art, etc) if your concept doesn’t seem to be ‘worth’ the aforementioned!

If you’re still game…

Find a tattoo artist!

Hands down the most important part. At 18, I went to the most renowned tattoo parlour in my local town and looked through their portfolios for hours before choosing my artist. I actually loved my artist so much I returned to America – six years later – to get my second tattoo done by her. Since my last tattoo, Instagram has become an absolute haven for discovering tattoo artists (showing real time portfolio updates) – I recommend researching for at least a few weeks to decide who is best for you and who might be able to bring your concept to life in the way that makes you happiest. The right artist, regardless of style, will always be open to any questions or queries you have beforehand. Including design work-shopping. Don’t settle for anything less.

Test your tattoo out!

Before the final step, it is absolutely worth testing your tattoo design on your body. While this can be done with henna or temporary tattoo pens, Londoner’s are in for an absolute treat this weekend when Lenovo launches its Illuminated Ink Tattoo Parlour in Soho. From the 22nd to 23rd of April (11am-5pm), Lenovo is pop-upping the UK’s first projection tattoo parlour powered by the YOGA Tablet 3 Pro, with its in-built projector in collaboration with renowned tattooist James King. The tattoos are mapped directly onto skin using nothing but light and the event is completely free to attend, so worth a trip even if you’ve decided temporary tattoos are as committed as you’ll get!

Where: 15 Bateman Street, Soho, London, W1D 3AQ

As always, I’m happy to answer any of your questions – tattoos and otherwise – on Twitter (@lelalondon), Snapchat (lelalondoB), Facebook (@lelalondon), and Instagram (@lelalondon)!

* Photo from this outfit post.

mermaid hair
As the red toner faded from my most recent hair experiment, I couldn’t get the idea of My Little Pony Hair out of my head. With a bleached mane and the availability of hair God Jason Collier in my favour, I booked in at Smooth You.

As silver is the most ‘unnatural’ colour I have subjected my hair to, I knew I couldn’t be in safer or more talented hands than that of a man trusted with the manes of Victoria Beckham, Sienna Miller, Eva Longoria and more.

With Smoothie – the salon’s gorgeous resident Maltipoo – on my lap, a flooded inbox on my phone, and a night’s mask of argan oil on my locks, the process began. A two-hour dance of root maintenance, bleach bath and rinse before separately-ombred sections of pastel pink, baby blue, and silver.

As you can see, the result was utter My Little Pony Hair perfection. Beautifully muted and expertly blended creative colour with very little – if any – damage to the condition of my curls.

I have never felt more like myself.

before and after mermaid hair

Before and After

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floral spring edit
I may be an exceptionally excitable human being, but I have seen very little get my friends ‘Lela Excited‘ before unleashing the new Häagen-DazsLittle Gardens‘ collaboration with Liberty London on them.

We’re talking Level Ten Lela Excited, ie “I’ve just seen a baby bunny become best friends with a baby unicorn and build a house made of glitter!”

The reason? Not only are these limited edition flavours (Lychee Raspberry Rose and Apricot Lavender) deliciously mood-boosting, but they come in gorgeous packaging specially designed by Jardins de Babylone – a team of botanical artists from Paris.

In keeping with the Häagen-Dazs quality gold standard, both varieties are made from a base of only 4 kitchen-friendly ingredients – fresh cream, real milk, sugar and free-range eggs. The soft and fruity florals are added naturally – real lychees, raspberries, Moroccan apricots, Turkish rose extract and lavender.

The flavours will be sold exclusively in Liberty London from next Monday (April 11th) for a limited time alongside a Carnaby Street window takeover designed by Rebecca Louise Law (her previous projects have been featured everywhere from New York;s Times Square to the Royal Academy).

To celebrate the launch of Little Gardens, I’ve compiled a special Dazs & Liberty-inspired floral Spring Edit for you to enjoy before you check out the range in store next week…

It’s time to get Lela Excited!

Shop the Spring Edit
The Floral Ice Cream: Häagen-Dazs
The Floral Cut-out Boots: Marni
The Floral Umbrella: Totes Isotoner
The Floral Dress: Dorothy Perkins
The Floral Skirt: Romwe
The Floral Top: Rare
The Floral Heels: Steve Madden
The Floral Fragrance: Miller Harris Rose En Noir Eau De Parfum
The Floral Sunglasses: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
The Floral Bath Bomb: Sex Bomb from Lush
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