One way I really love treating myself every now and again is whiling away an afternoon in the salon or spa. Previously, as a student, this was a luxury I couldn't really get away with except for the odd spa day with my mum. Now I'm a working lady, I like to book in treatments semi-regularly - though I'm definitely not high-maintenance by any means! The best part about doing this is the time I'm setting aside purely for myself and no-one else; time that I can lie back and forget any stresses for an hour or two or have a natter with my favourite nail lady. Um, some people like escaping by playing video games, some like reading books and then there's me... So what do I like having done? Nerd up below.
1. Shellac Manicure
Ah - the classic Shellac mani. If there's only one treatment I had to choose to get for the rest of my life, it would be Shellac. First brought to my attention as an intern for a spa group a few years ago, I'm now a convert. But I'm not someone who can live with just the basic one-colour-all-over mani... I like 'em glittery. Or foiled. Or, uh, ombréd. The sparklier and girlier the better!
The best thing about Shellac - when it's done correctly by a skilled therapist - is the lasting power. I love having perfectly preened shiny nails for 2-3 weeks, so I don't have to worry about a chipped nail when I'm busy at work. It also means my natural nails get stronger and longer whilst the Shellac is on - an excellent benefit! Although, for anyone prone to picking at their nails, Shellac probably isn't for you - it's damaging to pick off the Shellac so please soak them off in acetone or get them soaked off professionally in-salon!
See my last Shellac treatment here.
2. LVL Lashes
I recently got my first LVL Lash treatment and the results blew my mind. Long fluttery lashes, be mine! The treatment involves applying a setting serum and eyelash tint in stages, lasting 45 minutes. It would probably be a bit difficult for someone who doesn't like being unable to move/open their eyes for what feels like forever, but it's worth it for the results. I opted for the biggest curl as my lashes are long but quite straight naturally, and it makes the world of difference! Will definitely be back for more as soon as possible.
See my LVL Lash results here.
3. The Facial
Last week, I had two facials... what!? I'll admit, that never ever happens (and it would be a bit intense for someone with sensitive skin!), but I'd booked a spa day at Stobo Castle with a friend a while ago, and then had another spa day down south with a friend on the Sunday. In an ideal world, I'd have a facial every month - but it's usually every 3 months or so. The reason I love it so much is because of the simple fact that it forces me to lay there and have someone really work skincare products in - getting all that crap out of my pores and massaging to promote that glowy post-facial complexion. Oh, and bonus points for the fact I fall asleep 99% of the time...
4. Back Massage
As someone with a desk job, getting someone to work the knots out of my right shoulder is practically a necessity these days. I feel like a new woman when I get massages - with lots more flexibility and less wee aches and pains. I've had good massages across Edinburgh and in destination spas - it depends what you're after in terms of pressure. I like a medium pressure massage - not quite a firm massage fan! However, for anything more serious than the average aches and pains, it's not a fix-all - I am actually planning to go to a chiropractor soon to sort my lower back out!
5. Balayage Hair Colouring
I thought I'd finish off with the hair treatment I get semi-regularly. I spend a small fortune on my hair admittedly, but luckily only every 6 months due to the nature of the colour. I've had balayage colouring techniques used on my hair for the past 5 years, and it still feels very *me*, so I don't see this changing any time soon. I tend to go for the softer ashier blonde tones when I get my colour re-done, and it goes really well with my natural brunette roots.
What are your favourite beauty treatments?