Monday, 20 October 2014

The Best Therapy Ever: Reflexology.

I've always wanted to try reflexology. I've heard so many great things about the benefits that I felt it really was the right relaxation therapy for me. So on Saturday I took the plunge and tried out reflexology.

It took me a little while to decide where to go, but as I was in Manchester I thought I'd book somewhere in the city centre. I used Wahanda's website to help me pick my salon, which was a really great way to find the best place for me. Wahanda kindly gifted me a voucher to choose a therapy of my own choice, which luckily lead me to a little salon named Paloma's Beauty, in the Northern Quarter. Wahanda allows you to see past reviews of salons, without having to Google it and as Paloma's Beauty had 5 stars, I knew I had to try it out for myself.

 I arrived at the cute little salon ready for my treatment and was greeted by two lovely ladies. Grace was my therapist who took me through and asked me to complete a health questionnaire to ensure it was safe to go ahead with the therapy. I was then taken through to the therapy room, which was a gorgeous smelling, quiet and calming room with some peaceful music, perfect for relaxing. Grace gave me a few minutes to get myself ready and onto the bed, then popped back to begin my therapy. 

As I've never has reflexology before, I was a little unsure of what to expect. Grace began by giving me heated aromatherapy pouches, which she placed either side of my neck, one on my stomach and one over my eyes. These smelt incredible and had already taken me off to some relaxation paradise. The therapy began with a foot wash, then continued with the reflexology. Grace concentrated on one foot at a time and massaged and used pressure in the correct areas and up my calf. Grace uses a Balinese technique for massage, which is slightly more pressure than a Thai massage but feels incredible afterward. After working on each foot and lower leg, Grace put pressure on my upper arms, shoulders and around my neck to loosen any tightness. I then had smelling oils placed over my nose and encouraged to deep breath in the scent, which was a gorgeous calming, clearing aromatherapy, which was then massaged in to my temple and scalp. Finally the session finished with warm towels placed at my feet and legs to help remove any excess product and warm my muscles up a little.

After the half an hour session, I felt like a new woman. Grace was so calming and friendly and completely put me at ease. I don't know a great deal about complementary therapies but I do reflexology is targeted to help those that suffer with anxiety, stress, digestive problems, headaches/migraines and problems with sleep. I certainly left Paloma's beauty feeling relaxed and content. I also slept like a log the night after. 

If you even a little bit curious about reflexology, I would 100% recommend you give it a go. Paloma's Beauty charges £25 for 30 minutes, which is an absolute bargain in my eyes.

Katie xx

*Wahanda paid for this treatmetn, all opinions are my own

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Ysl Black Opium.

YSL have done it again. They seriously never fail to impress me and the new Black Opium* perfume is no exception. Lets just take a few moments to appreciate the beautiful packaging. YSL have packaging design down to a tee, from lipsticks to perfumes I'm always impressed by the thought and sleekness of their products. This bottle in particular comes in a black GLITTERY(!) bottle with rose gold font on the lid. It's seriously any girly girl's dream. I adore the translucent centre too, where they give you a sneak peak of the perfume.

Moving onto the main show - the scent. YSL describe this as 'Black Coffee, White Florals and Vanilla' and if I'd ever smelt that combination of things together before, I'd probably agree. I'm really not a vanilla lover, so don't let that put you off. It's the tiniest subtle hint of sweetness, which goes so well with the other tones. I'd describe this as an ultra sexy but sophisticated fragrance and certainly one to use on date night. It feels really grown up without being too 'old' for me and it's much more luxurious than some of my other scents.

 For me this a night-time fragrance and I kind of feel it's been marketed that way. The black bottle and seductive scent suggest this is a fragrance to be spritzed for a romantic dinner or a cheeky night on the town. I'm off for date night tonight and I will be certainly adding a little sophistication with this fragrance.

You can pick up YSL Black Opium from Fragrance Direct here.

Katie xx

Thursday, 16 October 2014


Today I was having one of those days, where I found everything possible to do to avoid doing work. I actually can't remember the last time I felt like being creative and doing some drawing. I am by no means the world's best drawer but I've find putting pen to paper really therapeutic. Unfortunately I didn't have any thing other than a bit of old card and a pen and pencil, so I thought I would take a photo and do a little editing on my phone. I used the app Color Effects and A Beautiful Mess to edit these pics and really enjoyed playing around with the colour and filters.   

A bit of a random post today, but I thought it was something fun to share.

Katie xx