Friday, 26 April 2013

Mind Body Spirit London Festival opens on 24-27 May 2013

Mind Body Spirit London Festival opens on 24-27 May 2013

If you want to go to a festival that is a little bit different, then you should go the Mind, Body and Spirit Festival at Earl’s Court on 24-27th of May 2013, now celebrating 36 years of inspiration and exploration into consciousness and wellbeing.

I think beauty and wellbeing wise there is always some interesting products and new techniques to make you feel calm. There are lots of seminars and gurus that you can talk to. Nothing is intimidating, just friendly and you can see what you like without feeling you have to take it all in. Best of all is the Mantra Lounge which offers a sanctuary of calm in the centre of the most amazing cities on earth. Healing sound and meditation sessions will be hosted FREE.
The bi-annual Mind Body Spirit Festival is the UK’s longest running holistic festival celebrating personal empowerment, self-improvement and ancient and modern spiritual practices through live music, workshops, seminars, yoga, mantra, dance and movement, meditation and contemplation.
It’s a full-on love fest that brings together 20 thousand spiritually oriented audiences from across the world all uniting together in a safe atmosphere of belonging, self-exploration and self-improvement.
For four days in May the Mind Body Spirit Festival in London’s Earls Court plays host to over 120 cutting edge exhibitors, stage performers, workshop leaders, wellbeing professionals, yogis, shaman artists and musicians from across the globe. Visitors will experience different types of yoga, meditation, and a whole range of healing practices from reiki to aura reading to mantra singing.

The Workshop leaders for 2013 include: Shazzie (UK Raw Food), Diana Cooper (UK Angels), Yogi Ashokananda (UK/India), Nicole Daenone (USA), Jonathan Cainer (UK), Graham Hancock (UK), Ed McGaa (USA) Barefoot Doctor and John Parkin (UK) Birkan Tore, Jamie Catto, Meir Schneider and many more.
FREE Live stage artists will include: Parvatti, Bob Hillary and the Massive Mellow, Chloe Goodchild, Tim Wheater, Jahnavi Harrison, Charlotte Kelly, Anne Malone, Rebecca Cant, Jonny Cope to name a few.
The Mind Body Spirit Festival has over the years been a life changing experience for hundreds of thousands of people.
24th, 25th, 26th and 27th of May 10-7pm
ADVANCE TICKET PRICES: Fun Friday Special - £8 :: One Day Ticket - £10 :: Concessions - £8


Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Imagine Day Spa in Peterborough Review

Last weekend I visited the luxury Imagine Day Spa and Health Club at Orton Hall in Peterborough with my partner for our anniversary. We wanted some relaxing time as well as a chance to unwind together for our celebration.

We picked this spa as it looked like the ideal place to get away from it all. It is a treasure, hidden in 20 acres of mature parkland in the village of Orton, Longueville. The A1 took me all the way there. I work in PR and often find that London Day Spas often feel like I am working and all the chill out time gets taken away by the underground train journey. The treatments that we booked were the couple’s room for a Raindrop Massage each and access to the spa and Serail Mud Chamber.

The spa is easily accessible and only about 45 minutes from Essex or Hertfordshire. They also have a hotel that you can stay at called Best Western Orton Hall Hotel and Spa, which I didn’t stay at but looked really cosy, country pub-like and full of character. It used to belong to the Marquesses of Huntly, so definitely worth a visit if you want to team it with the spa as it has romantic 4 poster beds and a lovely Huntly restaurant. There is also a pub called the Ramblewood Inn if you want to have a well-deserved glass of red or tasty home-made food after your treatments beside the spa and hotel.

Best Western Orton Hall Hotel and Spa

The Product House that Imagine Spa use are BABOR, which is a high quality spa brand from Germany. I love the way BABOR transforms cutting edge science into skincare. A key hallmark of their range is the respect they show to nature and its precious active substances. They use raw materials that are obtained from controlled organic cultivation and are based on renewable resources. They don’t use any PEGs, Synthetic silicone oils, mineral oils that irritate the skin, paraffin derivatives or animal-based raw materials. The creams and oils just sink into your skin so easily. This brand was used in our Raindrop massage.

Babor Skincare Brand used at the spa

Light airy reception area

Upon arrival you go to a friendly reception team to check in and then take a seat in a lounge where hot refreshments are served. I liked the way the receptionist actually came over to us to explain the treatments and take the time to go through our contraindications form with us. It was more personable then being called up by name to go through.

Informal reception

From there, we were introduced to our two therapists Jessica and Chloe. They showed us the changing rooms and told us to relax in the lovely spa area before being called to our massages.
The changing rooms have an allocated locker if you have booked a treatment, with a coin already in it to lock it. The lockers are large and spacious if you want to bring a large bag down. There is a fluffy white robe for you to get into, as well as a lovely fluffy white towel to use in the spa. I would recommend though that you take a pair of flip flops to walk around the wet pool areas. The changing room has hairdryers and mirrors at the sink for your make-up. It is quite small so if you come in a large group, it might be better for some people to get changed in stages.

Handy large locker with towel and dressing gown
In the spa area we chilled out in the relaxation lounge area that had comfy lie back beds, herbal tea drinks and plenty of magazines. There is also a sauna that is very spacious so you can fully lie down and a steam room that cleared my head. There is a Jacuzzi that is full of fun bubbles and large enough for six people. It was so warm and soothing on my sore back that I didn’t want to get out for a while. The swimming pool is a large size for swimming some stress relieving lengths. The water isn’t too cold so you can pop in and out of the pool at your leisure.

Large pool area with plenty of loungers and seats

Kids pool and entrances to Steam Room, Sauna and Serail Mud Chamber

Spacious Jacuzzi


Steam Room

The Raindrop Massage
This treatment is an exclusive to Imagine Spas. I booked a double massage with my partner and didn’t expect them to put us in a double treatment room which was great as he hadn’t had a full body massage before and wasn’t sure what to expect. It meant that we were not worrying about whether the other person was enjoying it or not and brings you closer together as when we were on the beds we could touch hands if we wanted. We had the Roses room, which was decorated in romantic red covers on the beds with roses and beautifully lit to calm you.

Roses Room for couples

Once we had both settled into position we were both asked by our therapists which fragrance out of three, we like the smell of the most. There was an energising citrus smell, a woody uplifting smell and a relaxing Lavender smell. We both felt drawn to the Lavender scent as I need to wind down and be calm when I have a massage. I must tell you that night I slept like a baby so it worked a treat. My therapist Jessica (although extremely petite), had really firm, magical strong hands to click out my back tension. (I asked for a deep tissue massage to get rid of my knots and they will ask you what pressure you want). Ask for Jessica if you want some tough love, as she managed to find tension in my back I didn't realise was trapped in the area it was in. She seemed very skilled in knowing where to massage an wasn't afraid to get stuck into the tough areas. 
Close enough to hold hands
The Raindrop Massage is a warming, relaxing treatment that will leave you feeling as good as you do after walking through tropical rainfall. Jessica slowly dripped the Lavender essential oils along my spine and backs of the legs before performing a full body 60 minute relaxing massage and applying warm compresses. The massage was then applied on the front half of my body as I lay on my back and finished with a scalp massage. The massage is particularly appropriate if you suffer from backache. I actually had to try and wake my partner up after the massage as you can see below he was totally gone. I think he is not as tense as me physically but in mind he finds it hard to switch off and his therapist Chloe was perfect for a first time massage as she was very gentle. See below for treatment price as this was included in our Enrich Experience Package. 

I am trying to wake my partner up here

Serail Mud Chamber
We decided to combine our massages with the Serail Mud Chamber at the spa. As it was Easter, the idea of the Chocolate mud for your body and Vanilla mud for your face that you could apply yourself sounded divine. Really original, this treatment is best with a loved one or a friend you feel really comfortable with. I would feel a bit uncomfortable on my own as I wouldn't be able to apply the muds on my back and it would seem a lot of waiting for the steam if you were alone.

Private Serail Mud Chamber
You are taken to a private room away from the spa area that has its own warm shower and mini steam room with heated tiled seats. We were told to shower and then apply the muds to each other and wait for the steam and showers. Because it is private, you can feel more comfortable with things like applying the mud to your areas you might not get out if a whole poolside were in view such as your stomach or cleavage area and men can go for gold applying the mud and not have to worry about looking silly. We all know men secretly love a beauty treatment and nick our face masks!
Chocolate Mud for the body and Vanilla Mud for the face
The whole treatment lasted about 45 minutes. We had about three sessions of applying the mud, relaxing in the aroma steam seats an then being showered by the light rain blast of water that came down. The combination of the muds and chalks, steam cleanse the skin leaving it really soft days after, my skin felt so smooth an baby soft, plus I started seeing a lot of deep down blemishes on my face come to the surface and then disappear. This treatment would be great if you were doing a detox as it penetrates your skin deep down. I have only seen this kind of treatment abroad in places like Turkey, so it is great to know you can now get this sort of thing here in the UK now.

Breakdown and pricing of treatment-
One person treatment (45 minutes) £45
Two person treatment (45 minutes) £80

This is a wonderful treatment that is most enjoyable with a friend or partner. You will apply healing mud, chalk, cleansing salts and mineral oils to your body before you enter the two person serail chamber. During the initial relaxation stage the pleasant healing herbal warmth in the room enables the ingredients to cleanse the skin fast and accelerate toxin removal. The music and gentle lighting ensures you are totally relaxed and after a steam bath, a warm shower removes all the mud to complete your treatment. Your skin will feel as soft as silk and you will feel completely chilled. 

The Imagine Spas are located in different locations around the UK. They offer a range of massages, facials, body wraps, exfoliations and of course the complete look treatments such as manicures, pedicures, make-up lessons. Some of their spas offer waxing, tinting and St Tropez tanning so it would be great for a bridal or group booking. What is different about these spas is that they base your treatments around bespoke time slots catered for your needs so you get the most out of your stay. 

You book minute time so you can pick and choose what treatments you want as the therapist is booked for all of your allocation time. Their spa packages come in either a half or full day option. 

Treatment and Spa Price Packages:
You can pick from a Discover Experience, which is ideal for a first time spa goer as you have a 60 min treatment and 420 mins to spend in the spa- Full Day at £99 Weekend (WE) or £89 for Weekday (WD) or a half day, which is a 30 min treatment and 210 mins in the spa. £49 (WD) or £59 (WE). 

The second package is the Enrich Experience, which helps you make use of both the spa and treatment time by offering you 90mins of treatment and 390 mins in the spa. Full Day is £109 (WD) or £119 (WE). Half Day is 60 mins of treatment and 180 mins in the spa. £79 (WD) or £89 (WE). This is the one that we opted for as we wanted to try the Serail Mud Chamber in the spa as well as have our full hour treatment time. 

The third option is the Indulge Experience which is only available for a full day at 120 mins treatment and 360 minutes in the spa. £139 (WD) and £149 (WE). If I had more time, I would love to come back for this one.

All in all, I really enjoyed this day spa as a quick hideaway I could escape to, with really down to earth staff, a clean spa area that was not overcrowded and the down time to relax properly without feeling you were being sheep herded. I also loved the original elements of the Raindrop Massage and Mud Chamber that made you feel special and treated. I will be back very soon and would like to try the Cambridgeshire Imagine Spa which I have heard is also lovely. 

On their website they have deals every month so do have a look. There is even a fab 25% discount on your first treatment on their website if you sign up for enews.

Spa Address 
Imagine Spa,
Best Western Orton Hall Hotel
The Village,
Orton Longueville,
Telephone: 01733 234245
Opening Hours
Week Days: 9am-9pm
Weekends: 9am-6pm


Saturday, 6 April 2013

Dry Hand and Body Relief- Bakewell Soap Company Restorative Hand & Body Balm Review

Restorative Hand and Body Balm with Hemp and Chamomile Extract

This balm is my absolute handbag must have and does so many things in one product. I have tried many hand creams and balms for my dry hands and nothing has soothed them as well as this product. I only use a tiny amount and warm up the balm in my hands. The balm is not greasy at all and sinks straight in. Best of all, you only have to reapply once a day and the balm sinks in deep to keep your hands or body hydrated all day.

The balm is naturally anti-bacterial, anti-septic and soothing. Best of all, this must-have beauty product is only £8.95 for a large pot, but it is dinky and light enough for your handbag. I also use this balm on my lips, on my cracked heels, around dry tired eyes and even in my hair if I have a frizzy strand I need to tame. It worked especially well on a shaving rash I had, that seemed to magically disappear within a few hours.

The Hemp in this balm heals and the Chamomile soothes. A great combination of ingredients if you have really sensitive hands. Best of all, the smell is an uplifting, fresh and calming scent that soothes you. I think it would make a great present for a gardener, chef or someone who types away like me all day and needs something soothing in their handbag.

The balm is made by The Bakewell Soap Company who are famous for making handmade soaps and bath/body products by hand, using the finest essential oils and fragrances, botanicals and ingredients sourced locally and from around the world.  

The soap is made on the site of an old Victorian mill just outside of Bakewell
. I must go and visit them one day. All their products are available online at  and they sell to the UK and Europe. You can pay easily by PAYPAL or most credit cards. They have loads more fab
products that are really natural, using holistic ingredients.


About the Bakewell Soap Company:
We started out making soap in our kitchen in New South Wales, Australia several years ago. As a psoriasis
sufferer Dharma wanted to find products that were not only kind on the skin but therapeutic. She loved soap
but found most to be harsh and irritating and full of unknown or undesirable ingredients. So she started
making her own with natural and organic ingredients that were gentle on her skin.
They were such a hit with friends and family she started selling her soaps at markets and soon built up
a loyal customer base. After a move back to England we decided to rebrand and call ourselves The Bakewell
Soap Company, taking inspiration from our beautiful surroundings.



Friday, 5 April 2013

Oriflame Everlasting Foundation

 Porcelain         Fair                Nude                       
  Natural           Light              Warm 
   Beige             Ivory               Sand

EverLasting Foundation Review

Looking very much like the beauty competitor Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Foundation, this high-performance foundation is a better version. It has Patented Skincare Technology for multi-functional skin benefits. 
It is a great product for a reasonable price. I like a medium to full cover foundation that doesn't clog my pores or feel like a mask. This foundation was silky, almost cooling to apply and easily blend able. It was lightweight and non greasy to the touch, this is because it is made with a silicone base which makes it silky. 
I used Natural Beige, but you can use any of the other colours shown above to suit your skin tone. Remember that a lighter foundation will mean you can tone and highlight your skin more easily with the aid of blushers. 
I also found this foundation lasted all night and let my natural glow shine through. You can see in my picture that I wore it at a press night and it doesn't look too heavy. Apparently it is supposed to last up to ten hours- I worked eight hours and it still looked fine. It is clinically proven to be transfer-resistant for long-lasting flawless wear. It has a lightweight silicone base for velvety-smooth finish and perfect comfort fit. 
I liked the key ingredient of Lingonberry which is used to help build up antioxidants in your skin and it is known for its exceptional ability to protect against oxidative stress. This natural component is used alongside the SkinRenew Complex™, to help revitalize your skin, renew skin cells and protect against ageing. If you are looking for a great foundation to use in a busy day to night job then this is the one for you. I will definitely be using this foundation for my longer days where I need to look flawless. 
Medium to high coverage. 30ml.

Oriflame’s Everlasting Foundation will be available in a choice of 6 shades and will retail for £11.45 (30ml). It can be purchased in the UK via or through Oriflame’s nationwide network of Consultants. To find your nearest Consultant visit

About Oriflame
Established in 1970, Oriflame UK is a franchise of the international beauty company which sells direct in more than 60 countries worldwide. Its wide portfolio of Swedish, nature-inspired, innovative beauty products is marketed through around 3.5 million independent Consultants, generating annual sales exceeding €1.5 billion. Oriflame offers a unique business concept - Make Money Today and Fulfill Your Dreams Tomorrow™.
Respect for people and nature underlie Oriflame’s operating principles and are reflected in its social and environmental policies. Oriflame supports numerous charities worldwide and is a Co-founder of the World Childhood Foundation. Oriflame Cosmetics is listed on the Nasdaq OMX Nordic Exchange.
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