Sunday, 30 September 2012

Imagine Day Spa

I had never been to a spa before for a full day before, the only time I've been in the past was Runnymede spa for a teen facial ages 16 where I didn't get to use any other facilities, so when a deal came up on Groupon, my Mum and I decided it would be lovely to book a day together for her birthday.

The spa in the deal was the Imagine Spa at the Hilton Heathrow Airport Hotel. It is a '5 star luxury day spa' as quoted on the website and I found that it definitely lived up to this.

We had a treatment booked in the Serial Mud Chamber, but we were able to use the facilities alongside this. There were many different facilities to choose from and they were all located around a central hydrotherapy pool. The facilities included a mineral grotto, which wasn't very warm but had special minerals in which were suggested to relieve headaches and colds, a sauna, which was eucalyptus scented and a steam room which was chamomile scented. This area was much smaller than I had imagined from reading the website, and at times there were lots of people around and not enough seats, but it was highly relaxing and there were many things to choose from.

Upstairs was mainly a chill out and relaxation area, and this was also the place in which we had our initial consultation and our lunch (croissants with brie, ham and tomato chutney - amazing!). Up here you could also order herbal teas and iced water at no extra charge. 

The treatment itself was really relaxing. We had to cover ourselves in mud, and then sit through a series of steam, mist and rain to help the mud soak into our skin and to really relax us. I found the experience highly relaxing and it definitely has made a difference to both my Mum's and my skin. My skin is so soft now, and the feeling has lasted a long time so far!

I would definitely recommend this Spa! With nothing to compare it to, I feel that it was a lovely experience. My Mum suggested that it wasn't as relaxing as other spas she has been to because it is quite busy, but neither of us thought this business affected us, as we were together it was nice to have other people around. Yet if you were going on your own, maybe you would prefer to be somewhere a little quieter. It was a lovely experience, and I definitely would go back!

Has anyone else got any good recommendations for spas in the UK? I am desperate to try out some more now! (If I can find good deals...) 
If you are interested in the spa, follow this link.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Virginia, USA 2012

All my blogging seems to be so late as I got back from my holiday over a month ago, but as I said I would be doing this post, I didn't want to forget about it!

Lots of shopping bags! (Not all mine...)

I have been to the USA a few times before and often stay in Virginia as I have family there, and this time was extra special as it was my cousin's wedding. We had such a great holiday and the wedding made it even more special. 

The beautiful Russian Orthodox Church

Edible Confetti! So pretty. 
I went will all my family and we stayed at a hotel called Hyatt House. It was absolutely lovely, with really nice staff and such nice facilities. There was a pool and a gym, and there was also a dining area which provided complementary breakfast and dinner which was a bonus!

Comfiest bed ever...

The weather was great whilst we were out there which was really lucky as although it is usually hot it can get very stormy sometimes. As well as staying in Virginia, we also spent a little time in West Virginia which involved lots of barbeques, enjoying the sun and general relaxing out of the city. Whilst in Virginia, aside from the wedding which was just beautiful and such a great day, we managed to fit in lots of shopping, lots of sitting by the pool and a little sightseeing in DC. We had an open top bus ride which was great and highly recommended, and we also went to a few museums, including the Holocaust museum and the International Spy Museum. I thought both of these were really good.
West Virginia sunset
Swimming pool in WV on the side of a hill!
Overall we had a really lovely holiday and I can't wait to go back to America as soon as I can. I just love everything about being in America!

Washington D.C.

Sorry this is such a late post! Hope you enjoy the pictures,

Saturday, 15 September 2012

USA Buys Part 2

This is the second part of my buys from America, most items were bought from Tysons Corner, but the Elf items were bought from target. 

  • Abercrombie Stripy Top $10.14
  • Hollister Burgundy Jeans $35
  • Elf Makeup Brush $3
  • Accessorize Heart Necklace $3.10

I couldn't believe how cheap all the elf makeup was! I usually order it on the internet when I'm in the UK, and had never seen it being sold in a store before, so I purchased a few bits really cheaply.

  • Daily Brush Cleaner $3
  • Blusher $3
  • Eyebrow Kit $3
  • Zit Zapper $1
I will try and do reviews of these products as soon as I have had the chance to properly try them out. 

On my last day of shopping I decided to purchase a few last items, including doubling up on flip flops and shorts.

  • Abercrombie Long Sleeve Top $17.15
  • Hollister Jumper $12
  • Flip flops $7.75
  • Shorts $9.75

So overall I am very happy with my buys! I'm glad I managed to buy so much for so cheap!
But now the spending ban in definitely in place to stop myself spending any more money!