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A few weeks ago I met Charlie McCorry and Claire Aggarwal who own a mobile beauty company called Perfect 10. We were at an event at Monica Vinader on Duke of York Square when they told me about their company, which left me very intrigued to find out more.

After all, being a hands-on mother of a toddler whilst running my own business and training for a relay-duathlon means my day is determined by priorities. And well, when it comes to finding the time to step into a nail bar, I usually call around to see who can fit me in when I think I have time between the office and picking up Little Man from the nursery, if I’m lucky.

So when I was invited to try Perfect 10’s services, I jumped at the chance. And whilst the sensible option was to enjoy a beauty treatment one evening in the comfort of my own home, I decided to do what most mothers apparently seem to be doing with Perfect 10 and to see if I could squeeze them into my day.
Perfect 10 Mobile Beauty

The beauty therapist (I feel bad that I’ve forgotten her name because she was so lovely. She was both friendly and very professional.) arrived on time, having parked somewhere close to my office. And when she arrived, we hit it off straight away. I was booked in for a manicure and some threading, all of which I was very happy with. The hand massage with the manicure was also a real treat, especially as I knew I wouldn’t be going anywhere for a while after it had finished.Perfect 10 Mobile BeautyDuring my treatments I asked about the type of clients Perfect 10 seemed to come across and the variety is wide. From mothers squeezing in some pampering time whilst the baby is sleeping to other worker bees enjoying some time-out when in the office. You can also find Perfect 10 at hen parties, any parties, and even festivals. Their cross-section of clientele is impressive.

As for me, I’m really pleased to have finally discovered them. I think they’ll make my life a lot easier now because not only do they save on travelling time but they are also reliable and friendly. A 10/10 all round.

Chelsea Girl

Last week I had the privilege of meeting the founder of QMS Medicosmetics, Dr. Schulte. If you’ve read my posts on QMS Medicosmetics, you’ll know why I am a big fan and why I was excited about the opportunity to ask some probing questions about skincare.

Dr. Schulte - QMS Medicosmetics

Being inspired in his work by his role as a father to three daughters, I wanted to first seek some sage advice about the different stages of skincare which women go through in life.

Dr. Schulte explained that as teenagers, the most important factor of skincare is sunscreen. This is because the skin has a memory and every sunburn gives a pre-aging impulse to the skin. So, it is important to never go out into the sun without protection. He also explained the fundamental difference between the different sunscreen filters: UVA which protects the skin from ageing and UVB which allows the skin to tan. And he recommended factors 10 to 15 to protect the skin in daily outdoor activities.

Other elements to consider with skincare as a teenager include free radicals which also destroy skin cells and causes skin ageing as well as keeping the skin clean and not with soap, which clogs pores.

When you hit 25 years old, moisturising your skin is something to be taken seriously. It’s important to try to keep the skin in a balanced state and again, to keep your skin protected against free radicals.

From 30 years old onwards, it’s time to think about collagen which starts to decrease in quality and quantity because at this stage our skin starts losing the capability to retain moisture. Before I had discovered QMS Medicosmetics, I had always associated collagen with cosmetic surgery but that practice belongs way in the past and now you can simply rub the collagen into your skin.

Reaching 40 years old, if you have done everything right you should be very happy with your skin. And in the meantime, it is worth taking note of the differences between skincare products. There are passive products and there are active products. Those with an active role work to change the skin for the better and in the case of QMS Medicosmetics’ stem cell products, they work to boost skin cell renewal.

I had plenty of questions for Dr. Schulte: about the difference between men and women skincare, other skincare procedures such as exfoliation and Dr. Schulte’s travelling around the world in search of new ingredients to work with.

But there was one questions I had to ask. It was about QMS Medicosmetics’ Body Performance Duo pack. I wanted to know ‘the science’ behind its effectiveness. I wanted to find out how it worked because after using it during my pregnancy I was left with no stretch marks at all. A miracle!

QMS Medicosmetics

Dr. Schulte explained that pregnant women are advised to rub oil into their skin, which ultimately works to weaken the skin tissue and cell walls. Instead, the exfoliator in the Body Performance Duo pack acts as an invisible micro peel. And going back to the idea that the skin has a memory, this process creates an impulse in the skin to tell the body to regenerate younger skin. There is also a moisturiser in the pack which also helps to plump up the skin. And from experience, this theory completely works.

My next QMS Medicosmetics review will be on their Advanced Intensive Eye Care, which I really can’t wait to try because …

QMS Medicosmetics… after meeting with Dr. Schulte, I’ve discovered an individual who is not only passionate about putting the best products on the market but he really does know what he’s talking about.

QMS Medicosmetics, 43 Cadogan Gardens, London SW3 2TB

Since I gave birth in July, life has been pretty busy. When you’re your own boss, there isn’t such thing as maternity leave and each day with a newborn is a steep albeit very rewarding learning curve. People say nap when the baby naps but that theory goes out the window as a working mother; a term that feels all grown up as I write it.

So when I was invited to review the treatments at Mermaid Maternity Retreat which is located on the King’s Road, just opposite the Town Hall, I leapt at the chance. I had been invited to their press day a couple of months back but that was also the day when baby boy decided to come into the world. The irony of the retreat’s opening on the King’s Road and baby boy’s arrival at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital wasn’t lost on me. It all seemed like perfect timing! And how zeitgeist with the royal birth and a few other celebrity announcements.

On the page, the Mermaid Maternity Retreat seems like a good idea. But in reality it is a godsend. The concept for this centre is to help new mothers in their first few months with their baby. Services include picking up the mother from hospital and taking her with baby as well as partner to the retreat. The retreat offers rooms for mothers to stay in with their babies where there is round-the-clock expert care on hand. Imagine a health spa for new mothers. Sounds blissful, doesn’t it?

Mermaid Maternity Retreat

There are also drop-in services at the retreat: from beauty treatments to post-natal (as well as pre-natal) workshops on offer, which I am planning to write more about in future posts. But for now, I’ll focus on the post-natal massage which I can confidently say was one of the best massages I’ve ever had.

The purpose of the post-natal massage is to help the body along in its post-natal recovery, mostly in the name of drainage. Needless to say during pregnancy and birth, my body took quite a battering and now it needs a little assistance to get working like it used to. But aside from the technical benefits, this massage was also pure magic when it came to relaxation. Priscilla was amazing! By the time I walked out of the retreat I actually felt like the last several months hadn’t happened. I felt that good, as I wheeled baby boy in his pram along the King’s Road. I felt like I had gone on holiday and was now arriving back.

It also helped that during my massage, baby boy was left in the expert hands of the Baby Room where a wonderful midwife seemed to have cast her spell on him. I had turned up to the retreat with a grisly and hungry baby who probably didn’t fancy being parked elsewhere whilst his mummy went off for some pampering, or that’s how I saw it when I reluctantly left him behind. But when I returned to pick him up, I found a very content baby in his cot. He looked so happy that I had to ask the midwife, ‘what did you do to him?’

It was at that point that I completely understood Mermaid Maternity Retreat. Whilst baby boy comes first in all that I now do, what I was reminded of is that mummy has to look after herself too. And guess what? The world isn’t going to fall apart if mummy takes an hour out of her day for some pampering. In other words, that old adage ‘a happy mummy is a happy baby’ can be true.

I’ll be returning to the retreat a few more times over the next month when I will be reviewing the retreat’s nutrition, exercise and routine workshops, because not only does this mummy want to get back to feeling yummy but as I’ve discovered, the key to a healthy work/life balance is routine.

See Mermaid Maternity Retreat’s website for more information on their services.

I am so excited about writing this post – one just for the ladies! If you fancy feeling spoiled for an afternoon and spending quality time with your girlfriends, then you must read on.

Bar Galante Sunday Sanctuary with Bliss SpaThe venue is Bar Galante, which some of you may know is one of my favourite bars in Chelsea and this free women-only event includes treatments from Bliss Spa, who are normally located across the road. You can see their front door from the bar if you sit by one of the windows.

When you arrive, you receive a pair of slippers which you can wear in the bar (a lot of girls did) as well as a goodie bag with Bliss products.

Bilss Spa Goodie BagDuring the afternoon, the Bliss staff are on hand to provide massages and manicures with Essie polish.

Bliss Spa Massage at Bar Galante

Bliss Spa Manicure This is the colour I picked.

Bliss Spa ManicureAnd as well as these spa treatments, there are screens placed around the bar with films playing …

Bar Galante - TV Screen… which you can listen to with the headphones provided. They showed Friends With Benefits and a Ryan Reynolds movie (sorry, I’m not sure what it’s called). In other words, a chick flick and eye candy were provided. 😉

Bar Galante Sunday SanctuaryWhen you arrive at the bar, you also receive a free champagne cocktail. And thereafter, there is a special Sunday Sanctuary cocktail menu which you can order from. The cocktails include Classic Bellini; Breakfast Martini; and Bloody Mary Martini (£10-£12), as well as non-alcoholic cocktails such as Strawberry & Basil Lemonade; Green Martini and Berry Blast (£4.25). I also saw groups of friends order bottles of wine between them. And if you’re feeling peckish, there is also a bar snack menu to order food from.

Bar Galante - CocktailsSome ladies were sitting around and chatting whilst others sat back and watched the movies. Others were enjoying their spa treatments, either listening to the music playing in the bar or whilst watching a film with their headphones on. The whole atmosphere was very chilled and indulgent. In other words it really was the best way to spend a Sunday afternoon in February.

If you’re interested in booking a table for you and your girlfriends, all you have to do is email RSVP@BARGALANTE.COM. There are two time slots: 1pm and 3pm and like I said, this is a free event. So I just have to ask, what’s stopping you? 😉

Last week ended with a Synaesthesia treatment at the Lush Spa on King’s Road.

Before I had been invited to try this 80-minute massage, I had no idea what to expect. I had watched the video on Lush’s website and read the rave reviews but still, I wasn’t too sure how such an experience could be available at Lush’s King’s Road store, which has one of Lush’s four spas in the country.

I had never stepped into the Lush King’s Road basement before Friday and if you haven’t either, believe me when I say it couldn’t be any different to the bright colours and bright lights of the shop floor.

The spa area downstairs resembles a kitchen in the country and the treatment rooms differ according to the type of feeling you are looking for as a result of the Synaesthesia treatment.

During the initial consultation, I had to choose the effect I was looking for from the treatment. I chose Mind Cleanser, which seemed ideal given the non-stop activity of my brain. With social media being accessible wherever we are and whenever we want, as well as the juggling of work, blogging and a personal life – it is usually difficult to switch off at the end of the day or during the weekend. So what better way to end the week than by clearing my mind?

Next, I had to choose a scent for the room. I chose ‘Hugs’. It was so cold outside and I wanted to feel wrapped up in something warm. I wanted a proverbial hug to make me feel snug.

The therapist filled the room with the scent of ‘Hugs’ and I lay myself on the table whilst specially designed music played in the background.

The 80-minute massage from head to toe also included the use of hot stones and the time passed quicker than I had anticipated, probably because I had fallen fast asleep during the treatment. I had completely switched off.

It turns out that 80-minutes was an ideal amount of time because it follows our natural sleep cycle, so it wasn’t a surprise when I woke up from my slumber that I felt completely refreshed.

After the massage, I was offered tea as part of the taste element of the treatment. But the charm of the Synaesthesia treatment didn’t really hit me until much later. True, I felt relaxed and my mind did feel clear but that night, I also had the best sleep in a long time. And on Saturday morning, I woke up with my mind completely clear. It didn’t matter that I had reached for my mobile, to check my Twitter thread as soon as possible: social media addiction self-admission. 😉

It also didn’t matter that there was as much going on yesterday as there usually is most days. My mind still felt like it had gone on holiday.

Two days later and on a Sunday night, I feel more ready for next week than I could ever expect to be. And now I wonder how I would be feeling if I had chosen one of the other words from Lush’s kitchen board: Ambition? Humour? Uninhibited? Perspective? How would these work with the treatment? I’m so curious now!

All I’m certain of is that I can’t recommend Synaesthesia treatment enough. I feel like I’ve got a new brain. It feels completely refreshed and clear: completely uncluttered. 🙂

More information on Lush’s Synaesthesia.