I’m back to work this Bank Holiday Monday (what job do you have to be in to actually get all these days off?), but I thought I’d share what I did on the weekend.
There’s not many things that’ll drag me out of bed and into town for 9:30 in the morning on a Saturday but I couldn’t resist the thought of Spa in the City. Taking place over the weekend and on three site – St Andrews Sq, West End and Grassmarket – Spa in the City offered free treatments from top retailers and beauticians around Edinburgh, all for free. You simply register in the morning, the earlier the better, and book yourself into a treatment. St Andrews Sq had a wide range of options from up do’s at Toni & Guy to the ultimate smoky eye at Smashbox c/o Boots. We were lucky enough to be booked into a treatment at the Lush tent.
I had a hand and arm massage using the gorgeous Tender is the Night massage bar which contains Jasmine and Shea Butter. During, the therapist told me a little bit about where the raw ingredients come from – I’m always impressed at the level of knowledge Lush staff have and how truly passionate they are about the company. There’s no doubt that their products are amazing but it’s the staff that make the company and the Edinburgh staff are exceptional. (OK, Lush love in over).
Next we learnt about Gorilla Perfumes and the origins of some of their products. The founder had synesthesia and used fragrance to make sense of what he was experiencing and feeling. This has led to really unique fragrances such as Dear John, based on the search for his father and Lavender Hill Mob, inspired by a showing of community spirit during the London Riots.
Lastly we were given the chance to make our own Butterball, a really fun experience and I’m really excited to use my own handmade bath bomb.
Next I headed over to the Grassmarket to enjoy some Hula smoothies (my favourite!) and have a skin care consultation and makeover from Youth Heart Juice and Caroline Stewart Makeup Artistry.
I was a bit nervous when she mentioned a smoky eye, contouring and an ombre lip but as you can see she perfectly tailored it to my minimal daytime look. I’m now totally sold on the Illamasqua foundation and the Tom Ford Contour kit – I guess I have expensive tastes after all!
Finally, I had my nails done by Marce at Sublime. She is really passionate about people caring for their natural nails and I enjoyed chatting to her and picking up some tips on how to stop my nails from weakening and splitting. The colour I went for is Essie’s Ole Caliente.
For someone that’s more used to DIY pampering I can definitely now see the appeal. It was really fun to just indulge for a morning and get a sample of all the treatments that are on offer around the city.
What did you do with your Bank Holiday weekend? Hope it was a good one!