This year I turned 31. 31! I KNOW! It makes me laugh whenever I see other young bloggers getting scared about turning 25. Well, wait and see how you feel when you pass the 30s barrier and still have no clue of what you want to do with your life *smiles*.
Anyway, I decided that if I was going to start getting old, I had to try and age with some style. I wanted to get away from the hectic lifestyle that London sucks you into. As Rihanna sings, all we do during the week is Work, Work, Work; SO after doing some research, I managed to find this wonderful place in Wilmington, Kent called Rowhill Grange Hotel & Utopia Spa.
God, what a fantastic idea this was! I was lucky to be upgraded to one of their master suites called Groombridge. The room was amazing! Spacious, with lots of natural light coming through the skylights and decorated with great taste. There was also a seating and dining area, a Nespresso coffee machine and an Ipod decking station, which for me is always a bonus. I could not survive without music. Then there was this staircase, which I decided to call the Stairway to Heaven.
I close my eyes now and can hear Led Zeppelin playing while climbing up those steps that would take me to paradise. Because, let me tell you, the bathroom at the top of those stairs was AWESOME!
Strawberries and chocolate, along with a bottle of champagne were waiting for me next to the biggest bathtub I have ever been to. There was a large range of L´Occitane toiletries available every morning and a flat screen TV that you could enjoy watching while having a relaxing bubble bath. The price for this room ranges from £339.00 to £480.00 a night, so definitely not cheap but for a birthday treat, that’s OK.
Whilst I was there, I also had a range of treatments done in their UTOPIA Spa. I know that these usually depend on a lot of things (age, skin needs, special requirements, etc.) so obviously I will talk about my personal choices:
For my facial treatment, I decided to go for the Tri-Dosha Supreme Results – Shilajita Mumiyo. This costs £85 and lasts for 55 minutes. I usually have a Dermalogica prescriptive facial because, well, I LOVE Dermalogica products but also because they give me everything that I need to leave my skin feeling radiant and healthy. When I saw the name of this treatment I had absolutely no idea what I was going to get so I was a bit nervous about it.
I shouldn’t have worried, as it was a great experience! The beautician was lovely, the room was cosy, the music was relaxing. And here is when I discovered this wonderful face mask that I would like to recommend to everyone on this planet! Purification deep cleansing mask. It is great for oily skin like mine and does miracles with those nasty blackheads. It feels very light and because it is made with marine mud and natural extracts it leaves your skin feeling refreshed and so smooth. You can purchase it online at this website and it costs £25. Seriously, this is one of the best purchases that I have ever made!
Another product that I discovered after having my facial treatment was the All Talk Moisturising Lip Balm. It has a citrus fruit aroma, flavoured with orange, thyme, lemon and lime, which is very refreshing. It gets to work immediately and leaves your lips feeling completely hydrated and soft. Its price is £6.50. I normally use it when I am at home. However, when I spend a lot of time out and about, I tend to carry my Nivea Lip Butter in my handbag. The ones that I like are “Vanilla & Macadamia” and “Coconut” because they smell delicious! They can be purchased at Sainsbury´s for £2.00 so are great for carrying around on a daily basis.
I also had a manicure and pedicure at the spa, and so I want to talk about two products that have become essential for me. These are the AVOPLEX nail & cuticle replenishing oil and the NAIL ENVY nail strengthener by OPI. I have a tendency to wash my hands several times during the day, especially if I go on the tube or the train. I know… you could say that I am a bit paranoid but I caught a nasty infection in my eyes a few years ago called Keratitis and the ophthalmologist told me that it was likely that I caught it in a place like that after having my hands dirty and touching my eyes! Ewww… Anyway, going back to the nails, as you can imagine, with all that washing they tend to break quite easily. But these two products really do wonders for them. It´s a great way to pamper your nails at home! I recently saw that you can buy them in a packet called Dream Duo, which actually works out a bit cheaper (£19.50). You can find them here.