A change of Name, A change of heart and a new start!

A change of Name, change of heart and a new start, love heart glass

I decided that after a year and a half it’s more than time to say goodbye to diamondsandfaith.com and start a fresh chapter. It is something that has been on my mind for a while now and the name just … Continue reading

Blink and Go lashes

I had my Blink and Go lashes done at the Zen Lifestyle beauty networking event on the 4th of April. I need to be honest, I have always been unconvinced in trying anything more permanent than strip lashes. I’m a picker you see, constantly fidgeting with my eyes, rubbing them, picking off mascara. I also didn’t think I could pull off the whole essex lash look on a daily basis.

So what exactly are Blink and go lashes?
Here is a quick description from Zens website –
The great benefit of Blink & Go lashes is that they are quick – 20 minutes for a full set. The result is a stunning, full lash mascara’d effect. Blink & Go lashes last one to two weeks so they are great for holidays, the party season and special occasions. You can find their full details here – Blink and Go
My thoughts on the treatment: My Treatment therapist Ellie was fantastic (please let me have her name right, if not im sorry). A full consultation reassured me that I would have natural looking lashes, similar to mascara.

Blink and Go at Zen lifestyle

Before and after

The finished look was a strong but natural result (not a hint of Essex in sight). For me the best bit about the lashes was that I couldn’t feel them at all, they were super lightweight, even lighter than some mascaras. The lashes lasted me 5 days. They would have lasted much longer, maybe about 7-10 days but I’m sorry and ashamed to confess that the temptation was too much and I couldn’t help picking at them – slaps own wrists! In my defence I was very careful and loosened them with some oil beforehand. Please if you have them done make sure you go back to have them removed correctly.

I’m not sure i would have my lashes done again but I did really love the results. I just can’t be trusted not to pick.

Website : http://www.zen-lifestyle.com
Twitter: @zen_lifestyle
Facebook: zen lifestyle

Zen_Lifestyle Beauty networking event

Zen lifestyle, goody bag, murad cleanser, anti ageing

Last Thursday evening (April 4th) I stepped out of the cold and into the beautifully refurbished Zen Lifestyle spa at Teviot Place, Edinburgh. I was invited along to their beauty networking event and couldn’t wait to see what the evening … Continue reading

How do you book yours? (salon appointments)

Edinburgh, sunset, arthurseat

Ok so I have clearly had far too much sugar and I couldn’t resist the cheesy cream egg themed title. When in need of a Hair or Beauty appointment how do you book? In person, text, call, email or online? … Continue reading

Spa at home – best bits

That’s me reached the end of my spa at home reviews. We had such fun trying out the range of products and discovered new must have beauty essentials. Each of our favourites are listed below: Leanne – Neal and Wolf … Continue reading

Milkshake Conditioning Whipped Cream

Milkshake Conditioning W hipped Cream – Part of my spa at home reviews.

What they say: this leave in conditioner is made with the finest natural ingredients. Perfect for those in a rushh and with ingredients including Milkshake Hair Product’s amazing milk protein it leaves your hair soft, shiny and with natural vitality. (Info from Milkshake Hair)

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Yvonne looking happy (before realising the cream was for hair and not to eat)

What we say: Leanne and I both tried out this product along with my sister who often steals things from my room. We like it, it leaves hair feeling and looking good. Milkshake Whipping Cream Detangles hair in an instant and leaves a salon shiny finish. I am sure my hair also took less time to dry when using. It smells good enough to eat and according to my sister and Yvonne it doesn’t taste all that bad, not exactly good but not awful (eating is not recommended). It is the perfect quick treat for hair, providing great results for a night out. The only thing we would say is be carful not to apply too much or you will need to wash hair again.

You can buy the product Here it retails for £14.79 for a more than generous size.
Website: http://www.milkshakehaircare.co.uk
Twitter: @milkshakehair

Anatomicals Mud mask and Hair Pack

Anatomicals Mud mask and Hair Pack – Part of my spa at home reviews.

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What they Say: This tounge in cheek brand offers a full range of beauty products.
Fairwell my scarlet pimperhell Deep Clensing mud mask – Is perfect for a weekly treat. This deep action treatment purifys skin, boosts circulation and cleanse pores. Leaving skin feeling refreshed, smooth and glowing.

Thats when I fell for the Leader of the (Hair) Pack Deep conditioning Hair Pack – This deep Conditioning Hair treatment gives you glossy looking hair. Developed to leave hair feeling shiny, glossy and healthy again.

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What we say: With catchy names and fun slogans the Anatomical products are great for a girls night in. The face mask works quickly and leaves skin feeling soft. Its great fun pretending to be shrek or a swamp monster (no maybe just me). The hair mask is thin in consitensy but still delivers smooth managable hair. The products are budget range and a very good price. We would absolutely buy these again for a fun night in. Some of the girls recieved a rose scented shower get by anatomicals in their Glossy Boxes and rate it very high. With the brand tag line ‘we only want you for your body’ being possibly the only time you will be thankful for the sentiment.

A range of anatomical goodies are avalible to buy on ASOS here. Also avalible in a range of supermarkets, selfridges and superdrugs. The masks retail for around £4.99 for a pack of 5.

Website:www.anatomicals.net
Twitter: @ukanatomicals

When the going gets tough… The girls go to Stobo

Case packed … goodie bags ready… The horn beeps…
It’s time to go! Four excited girls heading for an overnight stay at the renowned Stobo Castle in Peebleshire. The car journey was full of chat including “where’s the nearest pub”, “I’m going for a 6am swim”, “lets dance the dragon”. Might I add dancing the dragon is a fitness class that Stobo offer, it is not me being nasty in regards to the other girls dancing skills. An hour and zero wrong (who says girls can’t navigate… Oh iPhone I love you) turns later we have arrived into the sweeping driveway. I strongly resited the urge to call ‘honey I’m home’ throughout the whole building as I opened the front door. We were welcomed by a lovely lady and given an introduction to the spa. The only comparison I can make is to the scene in Anne when she is welcomed into daddy warbucks house. Fortunately i didn’t burst into song. A choice of three dining rooms, for breakfast and lunch we were welcome to dine in our robes, for dinner we must dress. A reading room full of current newspapers. A delightful covered courtyard area doubled as the spa reception and waiting area. All checked in and ready to go.

Castle lodge bedroom

Castle lodge bedroom

Classic bathroom with individual toiletries

Classic bathroom with individual toiletries

Ritual Mudroom Treatment

Ritual Mudroom Treatment


Covered in mud and clay mask

Covered in mud and clay mask


Wash it off

Wash it off


Courtyard Reception

Courtyard Reception

Dessert!

Dessert!

Evening outdoor hot tubbing

Evening outdoor hot tubbing

Needless to say we were tucked up in bed for 11pm thoroughly relaxed and although someone’s plans of visiting the nearest pub were dashed there was still hope for a 7am (yes i know, previously 6 but the pool opens at 7) swim.

Minus the disturbance of the room radio alarm going off at 1am I had a delightful sleep. So much so that the 7am swim was half an hour later than planned.

Panoramic views

Panoramic views

After breakfast I enjoyed two treatments, my first ever reflexology session and a half hour back massage. I had a little time on my own in-between treatments and took the opportunity to relax in the reading room. Wrapped in my robe, curled on the sofa in front of the open fire I had the room all to myself.

Reading room

Reading room

Gosh I felt like a princess in my very own magical castle. My peace was quickly shattered as two ladies loudly entered my tranquil moment! I could have put on my best posh Edinburgh accent and requested ‘please ladies…hush’ but rather than make a scene I shot them my best not impressed look and headed off to my massage.

Treatments done and all packed ready to go, we settled the bill and headed for lunch. I was slightly disappointed that we needed to be out the rooms and settled the bill by 12noon although we were given a slight extension due to treatment times and lunch was served after bills were settled.

After an amazing three course lunch and failing to convince the staff to let us move in, we even offered to live in the shed! it was time to head home.

3 bottles of bubbly down we headed home feeling relaxed, pampered, talking about the great time we had and wishing we had booked two nights.

I asked the girls to sum up the experience in three words. “Worth every penny” “extra special pampering” “no kids allowed” #peace “amazing. Hilarious. Unforgettable”. My three words are “I’ll be back!”

We booked the 1 night stay at the amazing price of £109pp based on two sharing for dinner, bed, breakfast,lunch and full use of facilities. Treatments were added on top, a full treatment menu is available on the website.
Website: http://www.stobocastle.co.uk/
Twitter: @stobocastle

Basking in the sunshine!

Basking in the sunshine!