Posts in Spas

The Mineral Spa Hepburn Springs Fireplace

Since moving to Melbourne in May I have done little exploring of my new city or the state of Victoria. I’ve known about Victoria’s “spa country” for a few years but never managed to travel there in past visits to Melbourne or during the couple of years I lived here previously. When I was invited to visit The Mineral Spa I jumped at the opportunity to get away from my desk for a few hours and experience what the fuss was all about.

In my review I detail the unique offerings of The Mineral Spa and which treatment left me too relaxed to drive. Continue Reading

Red Door Spa Union Square

I went to New York to bring you some beauty street style during the glitz of Fashion Week, but at the end of it all I thought I deserved a little time out. Whether you’re travelling for work, play or purpose it’s important to take some “me” time because even holidays can be stressful. It’s in these situations that I love to head to a spa and get a relaxing treatment. For this trip to New York I wanted to tick off a very important spa that has been on my bucket list for a few years, the Red Door Spa.

The Red Door Spa by Elizabeth Arden is the iconic gem in the empire. If you didn’t already know, Elizabeth Arden was a pioneer in the day spa industry having opened her first on Fifth Avenue in 1910. Now there is over 30 Red Door Spa locations in the USA but their newest is located at Union Square, New York. While it’s new and shiny, I had to go give it a good run through to see if it’s up to scratch.  Continue Reading

The Spa at Sheraton Melbourne

When it’s cold outside and your back is giving you grief (probably because you are huddling next to a heater most of the day) there is nothing more relieving than a trip to a day spa for a massage. A spa is the perfect place to unwind, warm up and get pampered. During my staycation at Sheraton Melbourne I made sure I booked in for some R&R at The Spa. Did the massage treatment deliver what I needed? Read on to find out.  Continue Reading

Liangzi Health Oasis Meeting Room

I think feet are one of the most annoying, disgusting and painful body parts. I have quite severe pain caused by a bunions that formed as a child. They get worse and worse each year but the thought of touching my feet creeps me out too much to do the recommended exercises (yes, I’m trying to get over it!). Strangely though, I don’t mind having a foot massage and I find it eases the pain for a while if done correctly.

I decided to try out Foot Reflexology at the newly opened Liangzi Health Oasis in Sydney. The holistically focused spa marries East and West therapies for a complete wellbeing experience. Here’s my review of my recent treatment.  Continue Reading

Le Meridien Serenity Spa

The whole purpose of my holiday in Bali was to do nothing, and least of all to do work, but reviewing spas is one of my most favourite past times so I allowed myself to do just one. That is fair, isn’t it? Picking one wasn’t easy but when I heard from the team at the shiny new Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran about their signature treatments I couldn’t pass up the chance to give them a try. I selected the Cradle & Expand Treatment based on this interesting blurb in the menu:

The cradle-and-expand massage is performed to one guest by two of our therapists working in a rhythmic harmony method inspired by traditional Thai massage. Engage through the power of deep breathing and stretching to lengthen your spine and relax the tired muscles.

It is definitely not a regular treatment you would expect to see in a spa menu, so in my eyes that makes it the ultimate tester for this spa. How did I go? Read my review to find out!  Continue Reading

Best New Beauty October blog post

You’d think October would be exclusively reserved for Halloween themed beauty but nope, Christmas is wiggling it’s way in. The best new beauty October products are mostly dominated with Holiday collections but I’ve tried sticking to just the solo new products that really thrilled me. I will be posting separate gift guides a little later on for all those cool Holiday collections.

For now, discover the best of the best with my Best New Beauty October round-up. Continue Reading

Beauty Blog Hop Giveaway

Want to win the gorgeous new Tarte LIMITED EDITION Buried Treasure Eyeshadow Palette? Read on to enter and find out how you could win 35 other beauty prizes in this MEGA Beauty Blog Hop Giveaway! Continue Reading

Best Vegan Skincare Brands

Everyone has their own opinion on what skincare should do and be, but for me it’s all about aiming for perfection. I don’t want skincare that does the bare minimum and let’s me age gracefully. I only want to use skincare that WORKS – constantly improving my skin and getting it to function at it’s very best. That’s why I’m sharing with you the best vegan skincare brands.

People often confuse my choice to be vegan as somehow meaning I don’t care about my aesthetics any more. They couldn’t be more wrong! My strict standards for top performing skincare isn’t lessened by my cruelty-free choices. If anything, it makes my standards even higher.

There’s a misconception that cruelty-free and vegan skincare is unable subpar; that they’re less effective than animal-based skincare formulations. While this may have been the case decades ago when vegan skincare exclusively meant “natural” products with little to no scientific basis, skincare development has come a long way since then. Don’t get me wrong, there are still hundreds of natural skincare brands out there that do exactly what I don’t want – they don’t improve your skin, they just make it feel and smell nice – and there is a market for those. Not everyone is deathly afraid of aging like me. However, if you strive for clear, healthy and progressively improving skin despite the years passing us by, than I have exactly what you need.

My list of top performing skincare brands will introduce you to the changemakers. The hard-working, highly efficient skincare that allows you to take charge of your own aging appearance. And it just so happens they’re also the best vegan skincare brands too!  Continue Reading

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