BATB

BEAUTY. FASHION. LIFESTYLE


"From time to time escaping reality is probably one of the best things you can do, but when reality is as dreamy as this, the last thing you want to do is escape. "


ESCAPING THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE

I was recently whisked away to Gran Canaria where I stayed at one of the GC wellness resorts, The Sheraton hotel. The perfect place to unwind and have some down time, whether its on your own, with a friend, a loved one, or even family, there is something at this secluded haven for everyone.

Picturesque views are one of the first things that will take your breath upon arriving at the Sheraton resort, the tranquil but luxury surroundings and friendly staff are probably one of the best combinations you could ask for.

RELAXATION
Most days my friend and I made it our mission to be up super early so we could grab a bed or lounge by the pool. All beds are free or you can reserve one for 30 euros, this also comes with a bottle of champagne and snacks, so its definitely worth it if you want to secure yourself an area for the day and ensure nobody else can steal your spot.

Aside from chilling by the pool with a glass of bubbly we also visited the night spa. I still need to know what concoction I was exfoliated with because my skin has never been so soft! As we visited the spa at night there was only us and three other people, which was total bliss. We spent some time in the sauna and steam rooms before chilling out in the Oxygen room for a while, which I needed as I was still carrying my annoying cold with me! after that we headed down to the heated pool area where my friend swam, and I just chilled on the jacuzzi chairs because unfortunately I still cant seem to grasp how everyone does this slow motion breast stroke with their head above the water! none the less, I still had an amazing evening and literally fell into bed straight after.


CUISINE
There are a number of restaurants that can dine in at the Sheraton, or you can dine in their main restaurant where they serve breakfast lunch and dinner daily, this is probably where you'd be dining if you had an all inclusive stay.

The food is insane! everything from breakfast to dinner is cooked fresh in front of you, and if you're a foodie like me you will be spoilt for choice. Every morning I made a b- line for crepes and fresh fruit and in the evening my plate consisted of different cuisines from around the world...don't judge me you would honestly be the same. Don't get me started on the deserts, I basically lost weight for holiday to put it all back on.



HOTEL GROUNDS

The Sheraton is pretty huge as its also a golf resort, they have many different types of rooms and suites to cater for everyone, and separate pool areas for children. I loved that the hotel was surrounded by tropical plants and foliage, it made me feel like I was a lot further away from home than I actually was and gave me plenty of instagram photo opportunities!

Exploring the grounds is probably one of the best things you could do if you ever plan a visit, as there are always places to discover, from the bars to the secret pool...yes it really is a secret as I couldn't find it.

The view from our room was incredible, as you can see below.

EXCURSIONS

If you can bare to pull yourself away from serenity for a couple of hours, you can take a trip into the local town or even check out the sand dunes like we did. Its not a place where you'd spend hours and hours but its worth checking out especially for photo opportunities, I've never seen anything like it.


Leaving footprints in the sand was one of the last things we did, and every time it rains in fun fun London I wish I was back in Gran Caneria. 

GC wellness offer a range of hotels, packages and treatments which you can check out below, I really enjoyed my time at the Sheraton and I would not hesitate to go back.

BATB RATING 10/10





STRIP IT BACK TO BASICS

Good makeup starts with good skin, and i'm a firm believer of tackling the basics
before moving onto skincare products and anything else.

DRINK DRINK DRINK! I can not stress enough how important it is to drink water, I get it, to some 
its bland and boring, but you can shake it up a little by adding your favourite fresh fruits or even some cucumber or lemon. Water flushes out all the toxins our body doesn't need, so if you want that glowing skin...girl you better drink up!

Exercise be it a little or a lot, do something to get that blood circulation going. I recently started running everyday and noticed a huge difference in how my complexion looked, alongside chugging as much water as I could. 


LOVE THE SKIN YOU ARE IN

Moisturise moisturise moisturise! One thing my mother always drilled into my head was to always moisturise no matter what. I've always thought of my skin like the soil of a plant, if its not surged with moisture then it will become dry, and dry soil definitely has cracks in it, which I translate as wrinkles and nobody has time for that!

Be it a high end or drugstore product, never let your skin dry out!

THE POWER OF THREE

Its super easy to get caught up in a lavish skincare routine, but truth be told after applying 3-4 products on your skin, you will begin to cancel out the benefits of anything more, and you will essentially just be diluting products applied. I'm a firm believer of keeping things basic so that you can reap the benefits of all your favourite products.

MY ROUTINE

Of an evening I tend to wipe away as much makeup as I can with a makeup wipe, my favourites are the Nivea Micella wipes. I follow this up with a cleanse, then I apply THIS must have holy grail! and then my night serum and eye cream. If I want more of an intense treatment I'll skip the serum and go wild on moisture in the morning. 
Do bare in mind that I will only use liquid gold 2-3 times a week, so my basic routine consists of wipe, cleanse , serum. and eye cream.

The morning is pretty basic too, I lightly cleanse, then ill whack on my favourite face cream but ill only massage it in 90%, letting my skin drink the rest, then I'll pat on my favourite eye cream.

In between my basic routine ill exfoliate if needed, and ill use my favourite face mask.

My holy grail products
(free delivery)

TREATMENTS ON THE SIDE

There are some things you just can't do at home when it comes to skincare, so from time to time I branch out and seek salon help. 

The first treatment I can not get enough of is:
The collogen boost lipofirm facial
 Available at Tips n Toes Ricksmansworth
Tel - 01923 371 283

This treatment is the next best thing to a face lift, since posting images of my face half lifted by the treatment on social media, you guys went wild for it. It tightens skin, stimulates collogen reproduction and evens your skin tone. 

I get this done weekly and my cheekbones now pop into 2020!


The second treatment is:
The brightening peel
Available at the Peel boutique 
Cost £75
Contact - thepeelboutique@gracebelgravia.com

                A non toxic lactic acid skin peel that will leave your skin glowing to the gods. This peel naturally exfoliates the skin and encourages cell renewal. There is no down time, and you will be blown away by results, especially the next day. 


So there you have it, my skincare secrets. My routine doesn't really change, if its not broken I don't believe it needs fixing.

I hope this answers all of your questions, if you have anymore feel free to leave them below.


In Partnership With SKII

There are some things in life that you may feel nobody will ever understand, chapters in your life that you may never speak of, and words you may feel are better left unsaid.  I myself have been guilty of the latter, but today I'm going to share with you a chapter in my life that I recently closed. 

Ever heard the saying "You have all the time in the world" but as you grow older you suddenly feel like time is running out? We always seem to set ourselves goals in life that we wish to accomplish by a certain age, and a lot of the time if we don't hit that target we beat ourselves up instead of finding another option to work towards what we want. So many of us do it whether it's intentional or not, but what we need to remember is that we do not expire.

I'm the first to say "but I haven't got this yet" when someone is praising how far I have come. I eventually realised speaking this way doesn't get me any further, instead it hinders me and puts me in a place of struggle, a place where I'm not at my best. Eventually I realised it's me who has the power to change things. If I keep putting these expiry dates on myself I'm deeming myself unworthy of greater things to come. So what if I fall behind, it doesn't mean my dreams won't happen, or that I wont ever smash my targets.

-YOU ARE NOT ALONE-

Millions of women feel pressured to achieve things by a certain age, some even feel they are expired in other peoples eyes if they don't, and this is something the amazing people at SK-II have decided to spotlight with their worldwide campaign titled "The Expiry date".

Uplifting and motivational at the least, this hero film will take you on a journey from self doubt to self love. I think it captures the essence of what I've experienced perfectly, and will hopefully help others who still feel shadowed by this issue.




Its easy to set a goal or write a list, but most women find it even harder to praise how far they have already come.

My advice to you is not to beat yourself up nor put yourself down, but to always remember how you got to where you are today. You hold the reins to your life, you have the ability to change things and you will never expire. 




DEAR VALENTINE, THIS YEAR LETS TRY SOMETHING NEW....

The usual roses on Valentines day are beautiful and will leave most ladies happy, but lets face it....they die! and since when should valentines day be defined by a single date? why not give our loved one a signature scent that, one that you feel represents them and your love for each other. Whether its something sweet and playful or something subtle and floral, the gift of scent is one that your loved one can take with them wherever they go, with every spritz resulting in a thought of you. If you haven't got a valentine this year.... hell who cares! treat yourself!


























- A TOUCH OF FLORAL-

Some things are best kept simple. This signature scent by ChloĆ© is perfect for a girly girl who loves her floral notes.

Everything down to the retro-esque instagrammable bottle(very important haha!) will have your lady smiling from ear to ear. 

If your relationship is fresh and flirty, this one is definitely for you. 


- SWEETEN THINGS UP- 

If your relationship is more on the playful side, then Jimmy Choo L'EAU is for you. This scent is a representation of the dynamic, alluring and adventurous woman.

"The fruity and floral notes are ground by base notes of cedarwood and musk, embodying the sensual yet sweet contrast at the heart of the Jimmy Choo woman." 


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- KISSED BY CARTIER-

Created by Mathilde Laurent this sweet scented perfume is wild at heart. This scent quickly became one of my favourites. 

With irresistible notes of orchid, this will linger on the skin like lipstick to a collar.

- POUR HOMME-

We cant forget about the man in our lives, and there's no better way in saying "I love you" than with a touch of class. Issey Miyake is world renowned for his breathtaking scents, and Noire Ambre is no exception. 

This is the type of fragrance that will have you lost in a moment.


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-L'ENVOL-

Cartier L'envol is not one for the faint hearted man, soft yet intense, it will leave your senses yearning for more.

"The fragrance is an uncompromising and contrasted eau de parfum, a unique oriental-transparent scent. Both soft and intense, it quivers with freshness, a misty cloud of musk, before becoming more rounded with a powerful and masculine gaiac wood, with its honey notes and balmy facets."


So whatever you decide to do this valentines day, be sure to mark it with something your loved one will never forget. 





Some of you may know that a few weeks ago I stayed at the lovely K west spa and hotel , and if you follow me on snapchat (beautyntheblog) you would have seen me document a treatment that changed the appearance of my bust after one session.

I originally planned to get the Efficy treatment, but due to me not being able to remove my fresh ear piercings, I had to opt for the next best thing. Insert the Medi- spa "Bust Intensive." 

WHAT IT DOES

The Bust intensive is a 50 minute treatment performed using the Efficy machine. Be warned, you do have to get your puppies out, but the results are definitely worth it. 

The treatment tightens the skin, and leaves you with firm supple boobies! could you really ask for more! I must stress that the treatment does not lift your boobs, but I've been quite lucky that my boobs have defied gravity and stayed quite pert, so that for me wasn't a big issue. For reference I have medium sized boobs and wear a C cup.

The Efficy machine is one that I wish I could have in the corner of my bedroom. It pushes products applied to the skin 90% deeper than standard application, so this means it penetrates through the dermis to leave you with optimal results.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE TREATMENT?

First of all shout out to the lovely Shannelle who carried out my treatment, she was amazing, request her if you can.

So for this treatment you simply lay back and are covered up to your bustline, you are then given a massage, followed by another massage performed with the Efficy machine. Oils are applied to each breast, and then the machine is used in circular motions back and forth for four minutes at a time. The treatment lasts about 50 minutes.

WOULD I DO IT AGAIN?

I would do this in a heartbeat! Id probably try the actual Efficy treatment itself as I can remove my piercings now, and that treatment had a whole load of interesting stages, and results are meant to be even better than the bust intensive. As you can see from the image above i'm only in my sports bra and its safe to say the cleavage is looking a firm 10.

 I was advised that for best results its best to go once a week for 4-5 weeks, then once every months to maintain the results achieved. 

you can book the treatment here, £99 for 50 minutes, and if any of you have Shannelle, do tell her hello from me!





Must Have Beauty Items

So Friday Is everyone's favourite day, but this time its not just because its the weekend, this Friday is BLACK FRIDAY. 

Beauty Bay will be having a whopping 30% off across beauty, skincare and accessories, so I thought I would share with you my top picks to kick start your shopping spree.

Liquid illumination

You all know that I am a HUGE fan of kevyn Aucoin, and a love of highlight, so this product is fool proof. Available in 3 captivating shades, this illuminator with give your skin the glow it deserves. I picked up the shade Sunlight, which is a golden bronze with warm undertones. For a subtle glow, go for the shade Candlelight.

20% off

AVAILABLE HERE

HIGHLIGHT YOUR LIFE

Another highlight for my collection which is perfect for the festive season, suitable for all skin types, this powder will leave you with a red carpet worthy glow.

Available in a selection of shades to suit all skin tones, I went with shade Audrey...

 "A luxurious, reflective champagne gold, that delivers a radiant glow."

30% off

AVAILABLE HERE


LIQUID GOLD

If there is only one thing you pick up in the black Friday sale, let it be this! Alpha H Liquid gold is a coveted product amongst beauty junkies, and this is why...

"An intense skin treatment created by the experts to firm the skin, diminish wrinkles and reduce pigmentation. Infused with glycolic acid, the innovative formula also works to brighten and tighten the skin's surface for a rejuvenated finish."

I can not rave about this product enough, and the reviews speak for themselves. you can see a difference in your skin after first use, and it only gets better. I noticed results in less than a week, no more under skin bumps or open pores, my skin has never looked so smooth.

You can pick this up on its own or in a trio, I obviously went for the trio, because this is not something you want to run out of.

25% off with 10% off giftsets

AVAILABLE HERE


what will you grab?...


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