Work+Play at Malmaison – A Girly Night In

Last week I was invited to enjoy a girly night of food, pampering and cocktails at the very stylish Malmaison. It was strictly ladies only as we were treated to manicures, blow dries, makeovers and arm massages, whilst the prosecco flowed and food was served in the guise of the new Malmaison menu. If all this wasn’t bliss enough, we also had the chance to create a special cocktail that matched the colour of our nail polish.

Malmaison is home to the lovely La Petit Spa, a haven in the heart of the city where you can enjoy full spa treatments, as well as manicures, pedicures and make overs. On the evening espa were offering hand cocktails that left your skin smelling divine and feeling silky smooth and soft. There was also the opportunity to have a manicure using the new CND Shellac and Vinylux colours, adding a nail colour of your choice. My nails were in particularly bad condition, but they were shaped beautifully and my trademark red shade was added – it proved to be very popular on the evening.

Once the paint on my nails had dried it was time to create a cocktail to match the colour. Thankfully, there were no Bloody Mary’s in sight as I opted for a raspberry martini styled cocktail that contained a lot of vodka, including Absolut Raspberry. It was very sweet, totally delicious and it looked amazing too, although, as a Mojito fan, I did wonder whether I should’ve opted for a green shade, just to create my favourite cocktail of them all.

Cover FX make up, who you can find in both Harvey Nichols and Selfridges in the city, were on hand to find your perfect foundation and also introduce their brand and hero products. I love the fact that their custom enhancing drops can be added to your moisturiser or foundation to create a new dimension to a base product, whether it be to add a metallic glow, a sunkissed look or even to highlight your cheekbones. Custom FX really is a brand of beauty innovation, a brand I was not familiar with, but already love.

With nails and make up sorted, hair was next on the menu, with blow ltd on hand to create the perfect express style look. Blow are sometimes referred to as the Uber of the beauty world, as they will come to your home and sort all your beauty needs. On the evening we were looking at the fast beauty to go menu, and I was so pleased with the beachy waves that I was treated to.

 

And, of course, there was food. I loved the chargrilled chicken breast and crunchy Thai salad – a perfect summer dish, whilst the desserts were to die for, particularly the fresh red berries and vanilla marscapone (pictured below) and the warm steamed summer pudding. I love a good dessert and these rated really highly on the pudding-o-meter.

I left Malmaison feeling totally relaxed and pampered, with gorgeous hair and shiny nails. It was a wonderful night in a fabulous destination.

*With thanks to Malmaison and East Village PR for the invitation.

3 Reasons to avoid plastic surgery procedures

Many are obsessed with improving their looks and will not stop their efforts until they are successful. In fact, more and more people are choosing to alter their natural features by undergoing surgery and other life-changing therapies in an effort to be the “perfect” person. While there are beautiful models, actresses, and superstars all over the world that appear to be what society dictates as “perfect,” many forget that what makes these people perfect is the airbrushing treatments or photoshopping that has been done to photographs to make the person appear a certain way. In reality, everyone has flaws and nobody is truly perfect. This article will discuss several reasons as to why you should avoid plastic surgery procedures at all costs.

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  1. You are beautiful the way that you are. Believe it or not, many people that have gone under the knife to have a plastic surgery procedure done often go back for more procedures. The truth is that while they may have “fixed” one area that they were not happy with, there are more likely other areas that they want to be “fixed” as well. The true challenge is that the person is struggling internally with some sort of inadequate feelings and may not ever be truly happy with their body and overall appearance. The best remedy for this dilemma is not surgery, but doing some work on the inside so that the person loves who they are and can appreciate their flaws as unique traits.

 

  1. Health reasons. Plastic surgery procedures can be detrimental to one’s health and overall wellness. This is not discussed openly very often but there have been many instances when people have died from plastic surgery mishaps. For example, Joan Rivers died of complications due to plastic surgery which could have been easily avoided had the surgery not taken place. While not everyone experiences a health complication, it does take a significant amount of time for people to recover after having surgery. It could take several weeks to months to be back to normal and be able to be fully functional.

 

  1. Money. Plastic surgery can cost a great deal of money. In fact, each surgery costs thousands of dollars and can easily drain your savings. In addition to paying for the surgery, you will likely be out of work for some time which will also come at a cost. Before you determine the best course of action for beautifying yourself, consider your long term budget and how you would pay for your care if something bad was to go wrong. It is imperative to have a large chunk of money set aside so that you are prepared for anything.

 

There are many ways to improve your looks without having to experience plastic surgery. There are natural remedies on the market that can enhance and accentuate areas of the body so that you will be more satisfied with your looks overall. Read more about how people are choosing to enhance their bodies naturally and avoiding risky health decisions by having surgery.

 

Make Up Solutions with QVS Beauty

A wise old saying goes that ‘a workman is only as good as his tools’, and for me the same is true when it comes to cosmetics. So many people buy expensive, exquisite brands of make up, only to apply it with the same old, let’s face it, rather manky make up brushes and tools they have been using, and probably not cleaning, for years. QVS Beauty, who make a brilliant range of affordable make up tools recently found, in a survey, that only 61% of us clean our brushes once a month, so imagine the build up of make up, grime and bacteria as we use the brushes again and again without cleaning them.

If this is you, then maybe it is time to treat yourself to some new tools. And once again, I am turning to QVS Beauty, a brand you may have seen in on your supermarket travels as they are stocked in Asda and Tesco. QVS Beauty brushes start from just £5, and they also stock a range of beauty essentials that range from exfoliating gloves to tweezers and eyelash curlers. Each tool comes in a clear packet that can then be used to store the tool, and also has good instructions for the use and care of the tool.

The brushes in particular are very good quality. They have wooden handles with metal casing, and the brushes are super soft, with the foundation and blusher brush having nylon bristles, and the powder brush having natural bristles. The brushes are lovely, and a very stylish addition to any make up bag or dressing table.

QVS have a really good and affordable range that extends beyond make up brushes. This includes both slant and square edged tweezers and a set of eyelash curlers that come with an extra set of silicon pads and yet cost less than a fiver. I also love the exfoliation gloves that are super quality and work so well with a salt scrub.

To find QVS Beauty products, click here to visit Asda.