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

I woke up this morning with a bounce in my hair and a spring in my step thanks to yesterday’s visit to Clo & Flo on Old Brompton Road. It was my first visit to this family run hair salon where two sisters called Chloe and Florence are starting a new chapter that continues on from their father’s work who had run the salon under the name of Belissima for years. And I absolutely loved meeting them and finding out more about their story.

Clo & Flo Old Brompton Road

I’m not sure if it’s because I’m now a mother or because I have friends who have taken over their family business. Or it could be because of the strong community feel around South Kensington and the different nooks in Chelsea but when I was speaking to Chloe and Florence I could see why they fit in so well into the area.  They grew up round here, went to schools nearby for starters so the switch between speaking in french and english is seamless. Customers also walk in and are greeted on a first name basis. There’s a friendly atmosphere here that makes the salon a relaxing place to be. And as for my blow dry? I was very happy with the results that gave my hair a well needed lift. Clo & Flo Old Brompton RoadLooking at their website I also love that they do private parties and children’s parties: Blowdrys, updos, mini manicures and drinks to kick off the evening sounds great, especially when you have Boujis, Ramusake and Eclipse down the road.

Normally I get my hair cut a few doors down from me because I always tend to walk in last minute on a Sunday asking if they can squeeze me in. But I think I’m going to try to organise myself a bit more so I can take a walk down the road and try Clo & Flo for my next haircut because in a nutshell, I really like their vibe.

Clo & Flo, 55 Old Brompton Road, Kensington, London, SW7 3JS

Disclaimer: My blow dry was complimentary for the purpose of the review. But I will gladly return as a paying customer for another visit.

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