It’s Blue Monday and it’s supposed to be the most depressing day of the year according to a British holiday company who did the calculations in 2005. And whilst the sums may tell us to be down I can’t help but think perhaps they got it wrong. After all, isn’t January supposed to be the month when we really focus on ourselves? New year resolutions, detoxing, the 30-Day Shred – you name it. There are so many reasons to be feeling better than you probably did during the hangover season of the Christmas party season.

For me, one of the reasons why I’m feeling good in my skin is my new found beauty routine which I’m determined to not let slip as the year progresses.

Before Christmas I was asked to review QMS Medicosmetics’ new Classic Collage Set …

QMS Medicsometics

I started 2016 hitting the ground running with work and my personal life, potty training being the next big thing to deal with in our household – when it hit me that my skincare beauty routine was pretty much ad hoc at best.

Seeing QMS Medicosmetics’ bottles in my office and remembering Dr. Schulte’s wise words that “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,” I knew I needed to get my act together.

There is plenty of science behind this pioneering collagens range but in essence this innovative line is designed to “deliver an even greater effectiveness in targeting premature skin aging, stimulating cell renewal and providing intense hydration across more layers of the skin.”

The collagen sets also include either an Exfoliant Fluid or a Debrassive Gel, which remind me of the fruit acid and enzyme exfoliation that always do wonders to my skin when I go for a facial at QMS Medicosmetics.

I had been planning to write this review in reference to giving my skin a January MOT but when I saw my skin in the mirror this morning – looking shiny and healthy despite the central heating being turned up at home and the cold winter weather outside – I felt I had already conquered Blue Monday and that I knew the secret to feeling good. It’s simple: look after your skin, look after yourself.

Chelsea Girl

It’s all in the detail any Virgo will tell you and today I decided to address this need for some colour in my day, especially after yesterday’s post.  So as I made my way along the King’s Road – having popped into Waterstone’s …

King's Road Waterstones

… to pick up Amelia Freer’s much anticipated cookbook – (I’ve pretty much bought most of the healthy cookbooks and apart from Honestly Healthy’s, Amelia Freer’s Eat. Nourish. Glow. has been the only book I’ve been really into. And until today I’ve been longing for a recipe bible to be published. It was only by chance I discovered Cook. Nourish. Glow. when I popped into Waterstone’s to have a browse. I’m so so excited to try out her recipes. 🙂 … ) ….

Amelia Freer Cook Nourish Glow

I digress.

And so after the serendipitous find, I headed to The Nail Boutique inside Chelsea Farmers Market to have my nails done.

The Nail Boutique

The sign of a good place are its regulars and The Nail Boutique has plenty, which is one of the reasons I like popping in here. The cash only payments have only caught me out once. And as well as good manicures that come with relaxing hand massages, the friendly staff too, it’s just another excuse to step into one of my favourite Chelsea nooks: Chelsea Farmers Market.

The Nail Boutique

After my nails were done and as I headed back to the office, my thoughts started to riff on how I spent the last hour: in order for me to feel good, I wanted to make sure my nails looked good. And in order to have the capacity to look good, I needed feel good in the first place.

That’s something I picked up from Amelia Freer’s last book in a roundabout way. Going for the quick fixes (in terms of coffee and sugar binges) when I’m in need of a quick energy boost really doesn’t work. Carefully choosing the right ingredients on the other hand does work. Otherwise it becomes a vicious cycle of highs and lows with little energy for not much else.

It’s only day two of not drinking coffee or grabbing a sugary snack but I’m already astounded at the amount of extra energy I seem to have. It now means I can keep on top of looking after myself because right now – just past 9.30pm and after a busy day at work and running around after Little Man – I still feel full of beans.

I can only hope it lasts.

Chelsea Girl

A few weeks ago I was walking along Cadogan Gardens when I noticed the absence of QMS Medicosmetics. Thankfully I ended up learning that QMS hasn’t moved far, to Grace Belgravia and it is also more central at Liberty, which is great news because I love this brand.

QMS Medicosmetics at Liberty

So yesterday I paid a visit to Regent Street to experience one of QMS’s new homes.

QMS Medicosmetics at Liberty

When you walk into Liberty’s beauty department you can find QMS’s products on display. QMS are at the forefront of skincare innovation and this range is a veritable treat for the skin.

QMS Medicosmetics at Liberty

When I arrived, I met Nicole who took me downstairs into one of Liberty’s treatment rooms. I was to have an 80-minute facial, which would include the following:

  • Deep cleansing
  • Freshening Tonic
  • Exfoliant fluid
  • Day collagen = In my interview with the founder of QMS, Dr. Schulte talks about the importance of collagen when you step into your thirties.
  • Night collagen
  • Activator mask – of which I am a huge, huge fan. Great for rehydrating your skin and bringing it back to life. A Godsend for tired skin really.
  • Advanced intensive eye care
  • 24 hour cream
  • Hand care = I am also a massive fan of QMS’s hand cream and have no reservations recommending it.
  • Neck and more cream

QMS Medicosmetics at Liberty

One of my favourite steps was the algae mask, which I had to capture. It’s really interesting when you take the mask off, you can identify the driest parts of your face by feeling the inside. My skin felt a lot fresher as a result and the mask was surprisingly light when it was on.

I also enjoyed Nicole feeding oxygen into my face towards the end of my facial. The purpose was to stimulate the collagen and creams that were applied to my skin but I also found it very relaxing – like a soft breeze being blown onto my face.

So even though QMS has moved from being just off the King’s Road, I’m so glad it’s still around in London. Loyal clients from Chelsea continue to visit QMS in the West End and I’m really not surprised that they do.

QMS Medicosmetics, Liberty, Regent Street, London W1B 5AH

Chelsea Girl

Disclaimer: The facial was complimentary for the purpose of the review but this hasn’t influenced my opinion. Rather I’m going by my skin at the end of the treatment. It was simply glowing.

 

Last week I paid a visit to One Aldwych, a five star luxury hotel located minutes away from Covent Garden …

OSKIA facial at One Aldwych

Image courtesy of One Aldwych

OSKIA facial at One Aldwych

Image courtesy of One Aldwych

The reason for my visit was to enjoy a dip in this very lovely pool with its underwater sounds and uber-relaxing visuals and …

… it was to try the 75-minute signature glow facial from OSKIA, which I absolutely loved for many reasons.

Firstly, the nutritional value of the OSKIA products really impressed me. Whilst I’m not a beauty expert I do know what my skin likes and the more natural the product, the happier my face is.

The basis for OSKIA’s skincare are natural ingredients with the healing value of sulphur being an influencing factor in the starting up of this brand. And when my skin was being cleansed, steamed, treated and massaged, the entire experience felt soothing and very relaxing – so much so I felt like a brand new person stepping out of the hotel.

OSKIA facial at One Aldwych

Image courtesy of One Aldwych

Sometimes when you have a facial you feel the tingly sensation of the ingredients working on your skin. In the case of the OSKIA facial, you feel like your skin is being nourished and brought back to life. I actually mentioned during the facial that I felt my face was getting more nutrition than the rest of my body has been for a long while. It was 75-minutes of absolute bliss and not because it was me being horizontal for over an hour without my two-year old jumping on me.

After the facial, I stepped back into this gorgeous lift and headed upstairs to the bar. But of course. 😉

One Aldwych Bar

In fact, there were plenty of gorgeous details in this hotel and whilst I haven’t seen the bedrooms – I’m a sucker for beautiful flowers.

One Aldwych Bar

In the bar …

One Aldwych Bar

… where I took time out to check my phone as I waited to meet up with blogger pal Mayfair Office Girl, somewhere else in Covent Garden …

One Aldwych Bar

… I thoroughly enjoyed the vodka-based cocktail called Rose de Mei, which was inspired by the OSKIA facial I’d just had. Throughout the facial the aroma of rose lingered, which I loved. So to savour one of my favourite scents in a cocktail glass moments later was heavenly. A couple of the other ingredients included Coco Kanu coconut rum and lemon. With layers of different flavours, this was a great cocktail.
One Aldwych Bar

One Aldwych’s Sip & Spa ticks all the boxes for me. It was a wonderfully indulgent time out and I left the hotel feeling a million dollars. My skin was very very happy too.

Disclaimer: My experience at One Aldwych was complimentary for the purpose of the review. But if you know my blog, you’ll also know that I like to think I know what a good cocktail is. As for the facial, my face was truly glowing and that is why I recommend it. 

Chelsea Girl

I don’t know how many times I’ve walked past Wax in the City on King’s Road. I’ve lost count. It’s somewhere I’ve been curious about for some time. But for one reason or another, I’ve never given myself time to pop in. Until recently …

wax in the city

… when I paid it a visit for a press/bloggers evening. The irony about this place is that for some time now I’ve been trying to figure out an alternative to threading. With time feeling so precious at the moment, the fortnightly need to visit a threading bar is something I’d rather not think about. And this is where Wax in the City comes in.

Wax in the City

Image courtesy of M+M Management

Not only is waxing a monthly appointment but Wax in the City is actually a gorgeous place to visit. Both the upstairs and the surprisingly spacious downstairs with a dozen booths are stylish and great spaces to be in. There’s a sense of serenity that makes tidying up the eyebrows and other facial areas feel like quite a treat, as opposed to the very public experience of threading. It’s less painful too. A lot less.

All in all the great thing about the whole evening was that I went along thinking I was merely popping in for a look around. What I ended up discovering was a sanctuary that is going to make looking after myself a little bit easier.

Wax in the City, 370 King’s Rd, London SW3 5ET

Chelsea Girl

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