Party season is just around the corner, and while the winter chill makes it tempting to join our hedgehog friends and hibernate, all that champagne won’t drink itself!
So, let’s focus on getting into the party spirit. Party prepping can be the best part of the evening – the excitement, the anticipation, unleashing one’s creativity and sense of fun. Whether having a pamper party with friends or performing a miraculous transformation by yourself, allow me to be your Spa Spy Fairy Godmother…
You’ve just got home, it’s dark: all you want to do is put your slippers on and watch trashy TV. The best way to get your blood flowing is to hop in a hot shower. Grab your loofa-as-mic and crank up the Christmas tunes - the party starts here, people!
ESPA Pink Mud Hair and Scalp Mask £33 for 80ml – If your hair lacks lustre, pop this on for 20 minutes while you paint your toes, then rinse. Scarlett Spy swears by this: it has a sweet earthy scent, she says, and it worked wonders on her damaged locks, giving her hair a noticeable lift too.
Caudalie Thé Des Vignes Shower Gel £9 for 200ml – The floral scent and green credentials will lift you out of your winter funk and drop you in a meadow full of flowers. Your skin - and conscience - will love you.
Spongelle Shimmer Collection £13.95 – It’s a glittery body buffer – what’s not to like? Hold it under the shower for a few moments to activate, then buff away. The glittery molecules rinse off, but a sparkling glow remains. Skin feels alive and zingy – a perfect pre-party pick-me-up.
Temple Spa Body Truffle £60 for 150ml – Savant Spy says this is a must for little black dress season, an instant luxury spa treatment for legs, arms and décolletage that may not have seen the light of day for a few months. It is packed full of hydrating ingredients alongside diamond, gold and silk for shimmery decadence, and cashmere for softness.
Comfort Zone Tranquillity Blend £48 for 50ml – Lower your pre-party stress levels by applying this deliciously comforting blend of essential oils to your stress points (behind the ears, on the wrists). It smells musky and sexy, so could double as perfume. Gorgeous flowery packaging would make a lovely gift for your hostess or best friend, too.
The Aromatherapy Associates Rose Exfoliating Cleanser £30 for 100ml – Fine jojoba beads gently exfoliate the skin while essential oils nourish and hydrate the skin. A little bit goes a long way so this glow boosting cleanser will be your best friend right through Spring.
Natural Spa Factory No 79 Pearl and Gold Renewal Peel Off Facial Mask £9.30 for 50g – What says party more than a gold sparkly face mask that makes you look like an emoji? This fun and results driven mask is perfect for that pamper party with the girls. Mix up half the sachet with some warm water and apply a thick layer to the skin, making sure the edges are thick and it’s away from your luscious locks. Peel away and discover an even skin tone and smoothed out fine lines.
Elemis Pro Collagen Hydra Gel Eye Masks £47.50 for 6 – These little miracle workers are an essential investment, giving a noticeable instant pick-me-up to the under-eye area, creating firmer, fresher and more vibrant skin. They're perfect for the day after the party, too!
Comfort Zone Sacred Nature Eye Cream-Gel £28 for 15ml – This cooling, lightweight cream-gel hybrid is supremely hydrating and plumping under the eyes. The coffee extract and brightening fruit extracts help if you need a hand looking like you've had a full eight hours sleep. Pop the tube in the fridge before you leave and apply to your post-party peepers for an extra special treat.
Thalgo Absolute Radiance Concentrate £39.50 for 7 x 1.2ml – Half a vial of these little miracles instantly makes your skin look clearer and smoother, thanks to a trio of gentle acids (malic, citric and glycolic). For the perfect party prep, treat your skin to half a vial for the week running up to the party for impressive glowing results.
For that final supermodel skin step, gently massage the Niume Skin Reformer over your skin. This thick, yet light moisturiser is fast absorbing and non-sticky, making it the perfect base for your make-up to glide upon.
Kissed by Mii Instant tanning Lotion, £16.95 for 200ml and Effortlessly Easy Tanning Mitt £6.75 – The colour is subtle even on the fairest complexion and the healthy glow lasts all night long with no transfer. Scarlett Spy dubs this: “an confidence boost in a bottle for this sun-deprived Brit.”
Jessica Phenom Precious Gift Set with Gold Vermeil £24.95 – Let Christmas take a metallic turn this year. Gold Vermeil is a classy and understated gold shade. It is quick drying and long lasting, taking you from the office to the party.
Cinderella, you shall go to the ball!
The Spa Spy
11th November 2016
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