Beach Body
Finally – some sun! I have been back in London just under a week and have spent all but one day in traditional British Summer weather (rain and/or cold and/or wind). When the lovely people at The Chelsea Day Spa invited me to test out some new technology in tanning, you better believe my unwillingly sun-detoxed skin was wailing “yes! yes! yes!”.

Said technology? The Vita Liberata tan. Organic and paraben free, the nourishing spray tan takes about ten minutes to be applied and can deliver anything from a light glow to a Hawaii-esque colour.

Unfortunately, even after waiting twenty minutes longer than I had scheduled after the tan, I had to brave a monsoon-like Kings Road upon leaving. Any spray-tan alumni will know that you should never exercise/swim/shower for roughly 8 hours after your treatment or you will become streaky and patchy.

Cue Lela London running – braless – down the street as the top layer of her tan is literally running down her arms and legs onto both her dress and Balenciaga city bag. Even better? The drippy hour-long commute that followed. I thought it was over. I was mentally planning a wardrobe of full bodysuits for the week ahead.

Miraculously, as I toweled off and rubbed tons of moisturiser in roughly two hours later, the streaks disappeared. Vita Liberata not only turned into a stunning glow that was complimented multiple times over the next few days, but it didn’t streak in a rainstorm. Miracle treatment.

Luckily, The Chelsea Day Spa has combined the customizable tanning treatment with two other A-list delights in a new signature package called “BBB – Beach Body Beautiful“. The make-over combines Vita Liberata with underarm, bikini, eyebrow & full leg waxing and a New York manicure & pedicure. All for only £99. To book an appointment, either call 020 7351 0911 or visit www.thechelseadayspa.co.uk.

hot mess makeup heat protection proofAs stunning as it is to have a face full of runaway, wet pigments – we all tend to look a little bit better if we go for an aesthetic a bit more polished and a bit less Courtney Love. Summer weather means we may have to add a step or two to a daily routine to keep things from mindlessly shifting across our faces. Let’s face it, tinted moisturizers and lipbalms won’t be a sufficient replacement for the Glamourpuss’ relationship with their favourite MAC eyeshadow or DiorShow.

Eyes:
Switch out your mascara for something waterproof. They typically can’t provide the nourishment of non-waterproof mascaras so it’s a great idea to rub a small amount of shea butter or a similar moisturizer on your lashes beforehand.

Lips:
Fill your full lip in with a lipliner. Whatever the colour is you want to show, a matching shade will be available in stick-form. Avoid the scary outlines and get it as close as possible to your lipstick/gloss/balm of choice – the adherance it provides will save you the hourly re-applications.

Primers:
This is esentially where you can’t go wrong. There are primers for everything you can think of – face, eyes, lips – specifically designed to remain best friends with whatever you apply afterwards. Concealer works as a great swap for primers if you find yourself without.

Hairspray:
Turns out it’s not just for hair! While it’s a somewhat unorthodox practice, spraying a light coat over your finished face will keep everything from budging. Just promise not to breathe in while spraying.

Besos,
Lela