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Seven Steps To Spa Heaven At Home

Stop Press! It’s National Spa Week

It’s that time of year again. The week where we prioritise self-care, put relaxation before the rat-race and take time to reinvigorate body and mind. 

If you’ve never taken part in National Spa Week, there’s no better time to start. It begins on September 16th, but at allbeauty we believe that practice makes perfect, so we like to get a head-start! The best part? Having a week dedicated to spa treatments needn’t cost you the earth. Whether you want a full-body scrub or a hydrating facial, we’ve got everything you need. 

Seven steps to spa heaven… at home!

1. Scrub

The best place to start your spa week at home is with a good scrub. As well as being a great way to remove dead skin cells and stimulate blood circulation, a body scrub is a symbolic way to wipe your slate clean.

Our customers particularly rate the L’Occitane Exuvberant Verbena Exfoliating Pulp, which is a light, fresh formula that includes menthol as a key ingredient. If you want to step out of the bathroom feeling invigorated, this is the scrub for you!

A personal favourite, this time from French brand Caudalie, the Crushed Cabernet Scrub brings spa-quality luxury right into your own home. As with all Caudalie’s products, grapes are a dominant ingredient, with this scrub containing both grape seed oil for hydration and grape seed powder for exfoliation. 

2. Soak

What’s a spa without a good long soak? After scrubbing all the stress away, the next item on your spa week agenda is to submerge yourself in a hot bath. Now, while the heat alone will do your body good, for a true spa experience there’s nothing like a bath oil or foam to up the luxury factor.

The Aching Muscle Super Soak by Elemis contains antioxidants and works to restore tight and aching muscles. With ingredients including juniper, thyme and rosemary, it smells amazing too.

If you find that your skin needs more attention than your muscles, look no further than The Ritual of Ayurveda Holistic Bath Foam by Rituals. Indian rose and Himilayan honey combine to create a bath foam which not only smells like an exotic summertime garden but nourishes and moisturises dehydrated skin.

3. Candlelight

The lighting within a spa adds to the atmosphere, creating a muted glow which encourages a relaxed state of mind. This is incredibly easy to recreate at home using candles, but seeing as it’s spa week, why not opt for something a little more special? 

Using 100% natural ingredients, the Neom Organics London Scent to Sleep Candle makes an ideal companion during an evening soak. The candle’s oil has been designed to be used on the body, so after you’ve enjoyed the fragrance of English lavender, sweet basil and jasmine, use the warm oil to replenish your skin.

Elemis needs no introduction, and their Life Elixirs Sleep Candle is a firm favourite with allbeauty customers. Combining 12 pure essential oils including patchouli and palmarosa, this candle has been designed to encourage relaxation and aid sleep – the perfect accompaniment for a pre-bed spa treatment.

4. Deep Breathing

Scent has a remarkable impact on your state of mind, so why restrict your spa fragrances to the evening? Whether you want a fragrance tailored to the time of day, or a gentle background perfume to elevate a room, we’ve got just the thing.

Molton Brown are well known for their exquisite hand soaps and luxury bath products, but their diffusers bring fragrance to new areas of the home. The Molton Brown Ylang-Ylang Aroma Reeds create a multi-layered fragrance with elements of ginger, tangerine, vanilla, and of course, spa favourite – ylang-ylang. 

The Neom Organics London Essential Oil Blends contain four bottles of thoughtfully created scents to take you from day to night. The oils can be used in a variety of ways, either through the Neom Wellbeing Diffuser Pod, dropped into a shower or bath, or simply rubbed into the skin. 

5. Face Mask

An at-home facial is an absolute must during National Spa Week. Whatever your skin type, a well-chosen face mask can bring new life to dull, tired skin.

A favourite amongst those with dry, dehydrated or sensitive skin is award-winning Moisture Surge 72 Hour Auto Replenishing Hydrator by Clinique. This gel textured formula has been designed to use as both an ultra-hydrating moisturiser and a face mask and boasts hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture.

From Bomb Cosmetics comes the French Kiss Clay Mask, a cleansing mask that uses white kaolin clay as the main ingredient. Ideal for all skin types, the light exfoliating nature of clay will leave skin refreshed, while rosemary and geranium essential oils stimulate circulation and tighten the skin.

6. Foot Mask

At this time of year, our feet are often hidden away and shown little love. During National Spa Week celebrate your feet and give them the attention they deserve with an at-home pedicure. 

For feet that need a total reset, these Exfoliation Socks from Iroha Nature are a godsend. Wear for 90-120 minutes and within a week the calloused outermost layer of skin will peel off to reveal baby-soft feet.

The key to keeping your feet in good shape is regular hydration and the Rosy Toes Instant Pedicure from Seoulista Beauty provides just that. Infused with rose oil, aloe vera and beeswax, this 3-pack of pedicure booties will nourish your feet to keep them soft, supple and sandal-ready. 

*Please note: DO NOT hydrate your feet during the treatment days, even if they are dry. It would slow the exfoliation process. After 5-10 days the dead skin will begin peeling off, don’t remove skin harshly, it will gradually fall off itself*

7. Massage

Whether you have an in-house masseuse (we’re looking at you Mr. allbeauty) or not, indulging in a little massage is the perfect way to wind down after a long day. If you don’t have someone on hand to provide a back massage, get into a comfy position and give your legs a deep rub. Not only does massage relax your muscles, it stimulates circulation and improves the texture of your skin.

We’re all about products that have more than one use, so you won’t be surprised that the Neom Organics London Scent to Sleep Candle gets another mention on our list. Using ingredients such as soybean oil and cocoa butter, after 30 minutes of burning and two of cooling, the oil is ready to be poured over the skin. Fragrant and deeply nourishing, this is the ideal addition to any massage.

For a massage oil that is ready the moment you need it, this Huile Prodigieuse from Nuxe Paris comes in a handy spray bottle for easy use. Multi-award winning and with a host of 5* reviews from allbeauty customers, this comes highly recommended as a low-mess body oil option.


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For even more tips on how to prepare for a great night’s sleep, read our interview with Neom celebrating ‘Sleeptember‘.


National Spa Week Competitions

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**Full T&C: Spa Day T&C: All entries close 11:59PM 22/09/2019, UK only. 21 winners will be chosen at random from all entries received via the allbeautyHQ blog page. The first prize winner will receive vouchers for a Spa Day for two people, courtesy of Iroha Nature and My Spa Pass. Prize can be claimed at any UK Macdonald Hotels Ltd Spa, subject to availability. Prize valid for six months from date of winner announcement.  Spa day and treatment times must be booked directly with a qualifying Macdonald Hotels Ltd Spa. 20 runners up will receive Annual ‘My Spa’ Passes, entitling them to discounts from some of the UK’s most popular spas, hotels, treatment specialists and online retailers via https://myspapass.com . Valid for 12 months from date of winner announcement. All prizes are non-transferable and non-refundable.  In the event of loss of prize in the post, we regret no alternative is available. We reserve the right to re-draw a winner if we do not hear from you within 3 working days. Please note that the winner’s email and postal address may be passed on to a third party supplier of the prize for the purpose of dispatching the prize only. No details will be retained by allbeauty or the supplier.

DSquared2 Competition

WIN one Wood Pour Femme Collection and one Wood Pour Homme Collection! 

For us, the Dsquared2 Wood Pour Homme and Wood Pour Femme ranges mark the perfect transition between summer and autumn. As the vibrant composition of Sicilian mandarin and raspberry leaf (Pour Femme) and Sicilian lemon (Pour Homme) still keep the scents light whilst their woody base notes feel at home as the weather begins to turn.

So we’re giving away one Wood Pour Femme Collection (worth £142.50) and one Wood Pour Homme Collection (worth £143.00)!  To enter, simply tell us what top note scent Wood Pour Homme and Wood Pour Femme have in common!

DSquared2 Wood Pour Femme Prize:

1. Wood Pour Femme Eau de Toilette Spray 100ml

2. Wood Pour Femme Shower Gel 200ml

3. Wood Pour Femme Body Lotion 200ml

Wood Pour Homme Prize:

1. Wood Pour Homme Eau de Toilette Spray 100ml

2.Wood Pour Homme Shower Gel 250ml

3.Wood Pour Homme Aftershave Balm 100ml

More about the fragrances…

Both fragrances are designed around the characteristics of wood – strong and sturdy, with a complex structure that makes them truly unique.  

Wood Pour Femme

Wood Pour Femme is a contemporary and vibrant composition with Sicilian mandarin and raspberry leaf expressing joy and vivacity, combined with lily of the valley and magnolia which add fresh ethereal notes.  The infusion of precious and seductive osmanthus and jasmine reveals intense femininity, whilst notes of white woods and cedar, along with the depth of ambrox, round out a Floral – Woody perfume with an unmistakable character.

 

  • Top notes: Sicilian mandarin, raspberry leaf, lily of the valley and magnolia
  • Heart notes: Osmanthus and jasmine
  • Base notes: Ambrox, white woods, and cedar

 

Wood Pour Homme

Wood Pour Homme is a powerful, distinctive and masculine fragrance that opens with the Mediterranean freshness of Calabrian bergamot, mandarin and Sicilian lemon and is enriched with elegant, sharp notes of ginger. Vibrant heart notes of violet leaf and cardamom contrast with the distinct sensuality of ambrox in the base, where a modern blend of white woods and vetiver rounds out this Woody – Floral fragrance. 

  • Top notes: Calabrian bergamot, mandarin, lemon and ginger
  • Heart notes: Violet leaf and cardamom
  • Base notes: Ambrox, white woods, and vetiver

 

 

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T&C: Entries close midnight 30/09/2019, UK only. Two winners will be chosen at random from all entries via the allbeautyHQ Blog Page. One winner will receive x1 Wood Pour Homme Eau de Toilette Spray 100ml, x1 Wood Pour Homme Shower Gel 250ml and x1 Wood Pour Homme Aftershave Balm 100ml and one additional winner will receive x1 Wood Pour Femme Eau de Toilette Spray 100ml, x1 Wood Pour Femme Shower Gel 200ml and x1 Wood Pour Femme Body Lotion 200ml. We regret no alternative is available. We reserve the right to re-draw a winner if we do not hear from you within 3 working days. Please note that the winner’s address may be passed on to a third party supplier of the prize for the purpose of dispatching the prize only. No details will be retained by allbeauty or the supplier.

Redken Competition

Win the Redken Frizz Dismiss Collection worth £133.15!

There is nothing quite as unpredictable as the weather. Now, however, your hair can be prepared (even if you’ve left the umbrella at home)! The new Frizz Dismiss collection from Redken provides frizz control, humidity protection and smoothing for all hair types in an instant, come rain or shine.

Frizz Dismiss Prize:

x1 Frizz Dismiss Shampoo 300ml

x1 Conditioner 250ml

x1 Mask 250ml

x1 Rebel Tame 250ml

x1 Instant Deflate 125ml 

x1 Anti-static Oil Mist 125ml 

To win the whole collection, simply enter below by telling us which product you’re most looking forward to trying:

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T&C : Entries close midnight 30/09/2019, UK only. One winner will be chosen at random from all entries via the allbeautyHQ Blog Page. The winner will receive x1 Frizz Dismiss Shampoo 300ml, x1 Conditioner 250ml, x1 Mask 250ml, x1 Rebel Tame 250ml, x1 Instant Deflate 125ml and x1 Anti-static Oil Mist 125ml. We regret no alternative is available. We reserve the right to re-draw a winner if we do not hear from you within 3 working days. Please note that the winner’s address may be passed on to a third party supplier of the prize for the purpose of dispatching the prize only. No details will be retained by allbeauty or the supplier. 

Spring Skin with MasqueBAR + Win a £100 Hamper!

 

Win a £100 Masque B.A.R Hamper!

 

WIN! Elemis x Misha Nonoo Limited Edition Gift Set Worth £65

WIN 1 of 5 Elemis x Misha Nonoo Limited Edition Gift Sets Worth £65!

Fancy getting your hands on a limited edition Elemis x Misha Nonoo gift setsworth £65? Enter down below for your chance to win!

To coincide with the allbeauty Elemis sale, we’re giving five lucky readers an iconic Elemis x Misha Nonoo gift set for themselves or a friend! This gorgeous set worth £65 includes:

1 x Frangipani Monoi Shower Cream 50ml
1 x Gentle Foaming Facial Wash 30ml
1 x Pro-Collagen Marine Cream 15ml
1 x Papaya Enzyme Peel 15ml
1 x Biotec Skin Energising Cleanser 50ml
1 x Misha Nonoo Toiletry Bag

Enter right here on the blog of over on our Facebook page, and don’t forget to shop the Elemis sale over at allbeauty.com!

 

WIN! Moroccanoil Essentials Set Worth £65

Win 1 of 12 Moroccanoil Essentials Sets worth £65!

Our  Moroccanoil Essentials Set  giveaway is open to the UK only. 12 winners will be selected at random, from all entries received on the blog and via our social channels. You can enter as many times as you like across all platforms, but only once here on the blog.

We’ve teamed up with Moroccanoil to give 12 – yes TWELVE! – lucky readers the chance to win a Moroccanoil Essentials Set worth £65! Each kit contains:

Moroccanoil Treatment allbeauty blog

 

A cult industry favourite, more than three liters of Moroccanoil Treatment has been sold world-wide, and has won more than 120 awards globally!

For your chance to win, simply enter down below or over on our Facebook page! You can also shop Moroccanoil at allbeauty.com 

Good luck!

 

Savvy Shopper Quiz – Your Chance To WIN!

Think you’re a Savvy Shopper? Take our quiz to find out then enter the competition at the end of this post. You could win a £50 voucher to spend at allbeauty.com!

Please note: the Savvy Shopper quiz is for entertainment only, to enter the competition please put your details into the form at the end of this post.

THE COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

Thanks to everyone who entered – the lucky winner was Paula Middleton.

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T&C: Entry closes Sunday 25th September. One winner chosen at random from all entries, winner will be notified directly by email and announced on the competition page. See competition page for full details. Your name and email address will only be used to contact you in the event you’re a lucky winner. Voucher can be used to purchase any items on-site excluding gift vouchers. See allbeauty.com for full T&C on gift vouchers. Please note: allbeauty.com doesn’t do junk mail, however we do work very hard to bring you special discounts and fantastic one-off deals on some of our favourite beauty essentials. If you aren’t receiving our email newsletter, you’ll never know about them! You can sign up by CLICKING HERE (opens in new window).

WIN A Set of Matrix Biolage SugarShine Worth £50

We’re giving away a complete set of new Matrix Biolage SugarShine, worth over £50! (enter below)

Matrix Biolage SugarShine is the new haircare system that captures the power of sugar. By removing impurities from the hair and adding a glossy, nourished finish, you can have gorgeous shiny hair.

 

How Does Matrix Biolage SugarShine Work?

1. The pre-shampoo scrub uses water soluble sugar crystals to remove impurities and leave your hair softer, sleeker (and most importantly) shinier.

2. Next comes SugarShine shampoo – both silicon and paraben free, it gently removes impurities that are leaving your hair looking dull. A dedicated conditioner then nourishes and adds moisture.

3. After conditioning there’s the optional step of adding SugarShine Laquer, a 5 minute deep treatment to give you the ultimate gloss!

4. Finally Illuminating Mist is a multi-tasking product that tames fly aways, adds heat protection from styling tools and gives your hair the glossy finish you’ve been craving.

The Matrix Biolage SugarShine system is available now at allbeauty.com.


WIN A SET OF #SUGARSHINE

For your chance to win a complete set, just enter your details below.
Entry closes Midnight Sunday 17th July 2016 – good luck!

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Competition T&Cs:

Entry closes Midnight Sunday 17th July 2016. I winner selected at random will win a set of Matrix Biolage SugarShine as follows: 1 x pre-scrub, 1 x shampoo, 1 x conditioner, 1 x illuminating mist, 1 x laquer. No alternative available. Winner will be notified directly by email and announced on our social channels. No purchase necessary. Subscription to our newsletter is optional. UK entries only.