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BEAUTY. FASHION. LIFESTYLE







-SHEER LUXE- 
Ok so, usually Id break up my images between text but the  Royal Lancaster was giving me all the aesthetic feels upon arrival, so I thought Id let you experience that with me. Situated on Lancaster terrace this hotel is not one to be slept on (no pun intended), boasting  luxury interiors and stunning views around London, your breath will be taken away no matter the hour. 

The Royal Lancaster also has several function rooms for weddings, parties, conferences and events, as well as newly refurbished restaurants for your choice of in house dining.

-COMFORT- 
The hotel comprises of 9 room options, I stayed in the studio suite. When I entered the room I immediately fell in love with the dark wood and plush blue sofas, definitely my vibe. 

I had literally landed from New York the day I checked in, so trust me when I say I was looking forward to a comfy nights sleep....but first I had a wonder around my room to see what was what. First things first...
  •  I didn't need a key to keep the electrics running in my room! whilst this might sound basic to some, I can not tell you how many times I've been in darkness until I've found my room key.
  • The lighting in the bathroom is a 10/10! I've been in a few badly lit hotel bathrooms and let me tell you something, trying to do your makeup in them and coming out looking ok is a big achievement. The Royal Lancaster DEFINITELY, have our backs. The crisp white marble interiors paired with integrated lights in the mirrors are nothing short from a dream.
  • Electric day & Night Blinds hugged the windows of my room, if the views of the London Eye are too much they can easily be blocked out at the flick of a switch, and if its too bright in the daytime you can opt for the day blinds. These switches are on your bedside so you don't need to worry about losing your comfy spot in bed.
  • Comfort level of the bed was a firm 10/10, as soon as I hit the pillow I didn't wake up until the morning, in fact I had to request a late checkout because I wasn't quite ready to give up the hotel bed for mine.
-In Room Dining-
Food glorious food! Room service is so important to me, everything from the menu to how long the food takes to arrive is such a big factor to me. 

The last thing I want to do is stare at a menu to see a plethora of dishes I cant even pronounce, sometimes you just need a burger.

The menu was amazing, it had a selection of sides and mains everyone would love. I ordered a chicken burger and fries...just because. I was hoping id have room for desert but the burger was enough to hit the spot, the fries were also amazing ( this definitely means a lot to any foody).

Come morning I ordered some french toast... STANDARD! but I also wanted to try something savoury so hello English breakfast! Again no complaints.

-SUMMARY- 
Would I stay here again..yes I would! Its so close to everything in London but out the way of all the hustle and bustle. The views are stunning, the staff are super friendly and the food and comfort level was a 10 for me, bare in mind I had just came from the Plaza Hotel in New york and despite its beauty I would give that a 7.

If you ever need a place to stay in London or even hold a function, Royal Lancaster would definitely be on my go to list.

Especially whilst its the festive season, as you are on Hyde parks doorstep, Hello winter wonderland!

Thank you for having me guys, I will definitely be back again.


DETAILS
 Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY
020 7551 6000



"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.

BOTTOMLESS BRUNCHING

If you are ever looking for somewhere to stop by on your brunch-break Asia De Cuba is the place to go,  
Located on St Martins lane in the hearts of the hotel, this Cuban spot will no doubt leave your tastebuds tantalised.

I swung by on a rainy afternoon for the bottomless brunch, which also includes a selection of bottomless alcohol may I add...I may or may not of had a Mojito or three *cough cough*
  
There was so much choice on the menu, and aside from selecting a main, the food literally just keeps rolling in. The mini selection of nibbles presented in a cigar box was amazing, and if you happened to find a favourite, you could simply ask for more.

There's something for everyone and  they went above and beyond to cater for Seyda, who is a vegetarian.
For my main I opted for pancakes with fresh berries, and Seyda opted for Salmon, avocado and poached egg, on fresh waffles. 

I'll give you a moment to take in the images below...



Service with a smile

The service in Asia De Cuba is second to none, the staff were friendly and it felt like they went out of there way to make everything perfect. Drinks were topped up without having to ask and the food was more than what I expected.

I will definitely be going back To Asia De Cuba whether its for brunch or for dinner.

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 Last week I was lucky enough to fly out with Religion clothing, In cojunction with their collboration with Carl Cox and the Techno Religion Tee. The experience was amazing to say the least and Im currently battling a severe case of Ibiza blues, but I thought I would share with you some of the places I went, and where I stayed, just  incase any of you are planning a trip there any time soo.

WHERE DID I STAY?

I stayed at Santos Ibiza which you can find here , the hotel itself was amazing with lounge beds galore, it also backed off onto the beach so the views were nothing other than idilic. The rooms were like little apartments and I loved that I could chill out on the balcony day and nght.  I managed to catch breakfast once (ha! dont ask) but I definitely filled up on croissants and watermelon. 

If, I mean WHEN I go back to Ibiza, Santos is definitely at the top of my list of places to stay.

LOCATIONS

Two of the most beautiful locations were Atzaro and Destino . 

We visited the  Atzaro spa and literally lounged for mot of the day. This place is like a gem in the middle of nowere, surrounded by greenery and flowers to bloom, its like a little piece of heaven.  Destno's was a blogger s dream, white, white and more white, dont even get me started on the views! These are two places you need to check out whilst in Ibiza.

We did so much, and I kick myself now for not vlogging! but at least I can still hold the memories.

All in all it was an amazing trip, I definitely left my heart in ibiza.





I recently paid Champneys Spa a visit with the lovely Seyda as we both required some down time. We chose the Forest Mere location as its tucked away from hustle and bustle and had a wonderful lake view.

We checked into a double superior room, which had traditional oak furnishings and our own patio that overlooked the courtyard. We were given robes and flip flops to spend our stay in...who can complain about that!

Dinner was served by menu, I chose the steak, followed by fresh fruit. The next morning, breakfast was served buffet style, they also had an accompanying menu, which was the same for lunch. The food was amazing, especially luch where we also had a chef cooking fresh noodles with ingredients of our choice.

Treatment time, I had two booked in. A detox body blitz and an aromatherapy back massage. The body blitz is something I could have done regularly. My legs and stomach were brushed, buffed , exfoliated and moisturised, before I was wrapped into a sausage and given a foot massage. My skin was left feeling soft and smooth, and definitely felt slightly firmer. The massage was also lovely, I was given a choice of 3 oils to choose from before the massage began. At the end I was given some advice and a sheet which informed me of where my problem areas were, which was good to know, and as a bonus I can use it as evidence when Im telling people I need to relax more.

All in all it was a lovely stay, I probably wouldnt go back with a group of friends, as it is a quite traditional setting, but it would be a great place to take your mum or recommend to family friends and couples. 
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