Spa Day at Mercure Hotel, Bristol

I was lucky enough to be invited to go and review the spa at the Mercure Hotel in Redcliffe, Bristol. I took along blogging buddy, Megan, so that we could both enjoy a day of relaxation and rejuvenation. We arrived bright and early, even though our treatments weren’t booked in until midday, we were able to take advantage of all the facilities including the pool and gym.

Bristol Blog Mermaid Gossip Spa Day at Mercure Hotel

When we arrived we were greeted by spa manager Rhea, who was incredibly attentive and showed us straight to the changing rooms to find our robes and slippers. Once changed Rhea showed us to the relaxation room and offered us a large selection of tea or coffee. I’m a bit of a coffee snob so I was impressed by the quality of coffee on offer and told we could help ourselves to as much as we liked throughout the day.

Bristol Blog Mermaid Gossip Spa Day at Mercure Hotel

Unfortunately, to use the swimming pool, we had a mad dash across the car park in our robes and slippers back over to the main part of the hotel. The spa is currently situated in a separate building to the hotel and we weren’t made aware of this until we had already changed. Although, there are changing rooms within the pool area, so if you are planning on making a day of it and don’t want to go out in the cold in your swimming costumes, be sure to plan this in!

Bristol Blog Mermaid Gossip Spa Day at Mercure Hotel

Having said that, the pool area, although a little on the small side, was a lovely relaxing space. It was lovely and warm for the cold dash to soon be forgotten. Although not advertised, I would have expected a spa and pool to also boast a hot tub and steam room, but we were later told the hotel has big plans for 2015 to combine the spa and pool facilities making improvements and updating it a little. Hopefully we will be invited back to test out the new environment next year.

Bristol Blog Mermaid Gossip Spa Day at Mercure Hotel

We enjoyed a lovely swim in the pool before heading back over to the spa building to be greeted by Laura who would look after us for the rest of the afternoon. Laura was lovely with a really friendly face and made us feel totally at home. She took us up to the second floor to show us to our treatment room (after offering us more coffee) and took some details from us before we started our treatments.

Bristol Blog Mermaid Gossip Spa Day at Mercure Hotel

We each thoroughly enjoyed a cleansing and purifying back massage, a tranquility head massage and a discovery facial. Each treatment was so relaxing and the products smelt amazing. I have so many knots in my shoulders so Laura worked those a little harder. The facial was my favourite and I would definitely consider going back for one every other month. Laura used a product which removes all your dead skin without scrubbing it raw, and my skin was so unbelievably soft after. I wish I did a before and after photo, as you could definitely notice the difference.

Bristol Blog Mermaid Gossip Spa Day at Mercure Hotel

Once our treatments were over we were guided back over to the main hotel to enjoy a spa lunch which included a glass of wine (or any drink but we opted for wine, obvs) and a sandwich or wrap. Both Megan and I went for the pulled pork wrap. It was so delicious, it came with a little portion of hand cooked crisps and a shot of hand made soup. The quality of the food matched the service we had experienced all day and was really a lovely way to end the day.

Bristol Blog Mermaid Gossip Spa Day at Mercure Hotel 18 Bristol Blog Mermaid Gossip Spa Day at Mercure Hotel 18

If your looking for some relaxation before you hit the Christmas sales, or perhaps your looking for a gift for your friends and family? I would definitely recommend booking in for a few treatments for a day of chilling out in some great company.

Check out the Video!

Bristol Blog Mermaid Gossip Spa Day at Mercure Hotel Bristol Blog Mermaid Gossip Spa Day at Mercure Hotel Bristol Blog Mermaid Gossip Spa Day at Mercure Hotel Bristol Blog Mermaid Gossip Spa Day at Mercure Hotel Bristol Blog Mermaid Gossip Spa Day at Mercure Hotel Bristol Blog Mermaid Gossip Spa Day at Mercure Hotel Bristol Blog Mermaid Gossip Spa Day at Mercure Hotel Bristol Blog Mermaid Gossip Spa Day at Mercure Hotel Bristol Blog Mermaid Gossip Spa Day at Mercure Hotel Bristol Blog Mermaid Gossip Spa Day at Mercure Hotel Bristol Blog Mermaid Gossip Spa Day at Mercure Hotel

Emily

x

Bristol Blog Lifestyle and Fashion Mermaid GossipBristol Blog Lifestyle and Fashion Mermaid GossipBristol Blog Lifestyle and Fashion Mermaid GossipBristol Blog Lifestyle and Fashion Mermaid GossipBristol Blog Lifestyle and Fashion Mermaid GossipBristol Blog Lifestyle and Fashion Mermaid Gossip

Quiz Clothing Sequin Dress & Foil Nails Combo

When I was made aware of this competition, to match your nails to one of Quiz Clothing’s dress range, I knew it was the perfect nail inspiration. Not that I need any help on that front. As soon as I saw this dress, I knew it was the perfect dress and nail combo for the festive season. When I told Kaycie of the challenge, she got very excited and her instant response was that she has the perfect foil to get the same effect that the sequins on the dress provide. Between us we came up with such an awesome nail design. Dontcha think!? If you want to get involved, you can find the details here.

Bristol Fashion Blog Mermaid Gossip Quiz Clothing and Nails ComboBristol Fashion Blog Mermaid Gossip Quiz Clothing and Nails ComboBristol Fashion Blog Mermaid Gossip Quiz Clothing and Nails ComboBristol Fashion Blog Mermaid Gossip Quiz Clothing and Nails Combo

What you will need

CND Shellac Black Pool 7.3ml Gel Colour UV3 polish
♥ NailStar™ 36 Watt Professional UV Shellac Gel Nail Lamp Dryer + 4 x 9W Bulbs Included and 120 Second Timer
12 Rolls Mix colors Nail Art Transfer Foil Set Nail Tip Decoration New Fashion
CND Shellac Power Polish – UV TOP COAT – 7.3ml

Here’s how to create this look.

♥ We used CND shellac black polish for a base and cured each of the two layers but we didn’t put the top coat on to seal it yet.
♥ We cut up small inch size selections of the nail foil in a selection of colours, teal, gold, Blue and green.
♥ Because the shellac remains sticky until you apply the top coat, it provides the perfect base for applying the foil. We dabbed on the foil which clings to the sticky shellac base and we layered up the colours.
♥ Kaycie of course added some sparkle on one finger with a beautiful Indian inspired gemstone arrangement to add some bling to the overall look.

Bristol Fashion Blog Mermaid Gossip Quiz Clothing and Nails ComboBristol Fashion Blog Mermaid Gossip Quiz Clothing and Nails ComboBristol Fashion Blog Mermaid Gossip Quiz Clothing and Nails ComboBristol Fashion Blog Mermaid Gossip Quiz Clothing and Nails ComboBristol Fashion Blog Mermaid Gossip Quiz Clothing and Nails ComboBristol Fashion Blog Mermaid Gossip Quiz Clothing and Nails Combo

Why not check out the video to see a step by step application to find out how you can replicate the look!

 

Emily

x

Bristol Blog Lifestyle and Fashion Mermaid GossipBristol Blog Lifestyle and Fashion Mermaid GossipBristol Blog Lifestyle and Fashion Mermaid GossipBristol Blog Lifestyle and Fashion Mermaid GossipBristol Blog Lifestyle and Fashion Mermaid GossipBristol Blog Lifestyle and Fashion Mermaid Gossip

LVL Lash Lift Review

Last week I went to see Kaycie at her salon to try out a new treatment that she has just added to the list of great beauty treatments she offers, which is an improved version of an lash perm, called LVL lash lift. Last year over the christmas period, I tried eyelash extensions, and although they look good when they are fresh I just didn’t get on with them for a number of reasons (namely I picked at them when they started to grow out and nearly went bald on one eye!) so I have been looking at alternative methods to achieve naturally long and curly looking lashes.

Bristol Lifestyle Blog Mermaid Gossip LVL Lash Lift Review

Kaycie suggested I tried LVL lash lift and I was intrigued by the new process, having never had my eyelashes permed I thought it was worth a go, and I felt like I could do with a bit of a pampering.

Bristol Lifestyle Blog Mermaid Gossip LVL Lash Lift Review

I’m no beauty therapist and I don’t know the exact process, but you can see some of the steps throughout the photos, which I was taking blind whilst lying on the bed with my eyes closed. It isn’t a painful process but it was a little uncomfortable, but it lasted about 45 mins, and in between whilst we were waiting for development times, Kaycie gave me a hand and head massage and we chatted through the waiting time. She also gave me an eyebrow wax and tint whilst I was in.

Bristol Lifestyle Blog Mermaid Gossip LVL Lash Lift Review

I was very impressed at the result. My eyelashes actually aren’t that long but after the lash lift, it was very similar affect to having extensions on, although just not quite as long. Such a small change makes such a huge difference to my eyes, it really opened them up. Having teamed the lash lift with an eyebrow wax and tint, my face was looking all around tidier and fresher without the need for make up.

Bristol Lifestyle Blog Mermaid Gossip LVL Lash Lift Review

I will be going back every 6 weeks to refresh the lift, I am tempted to have some lash extensions again but they are just such an up keep, so i’m sitting on the fence for the moment!

Bristol Blog Lifestyle and Fashion Mermaid GossipBristol Blog Lifestyle and Fashion Mermaid GossipBristol Blog Lifestyle and Fashion Mermaid GossipBristol Blog Lifestyle and Fashion Mermaid GossipBristol Blog Lifestyle and Fashion Mermaid GossipBristol Blog Lifestyle and Fashion Mermaid Gossip

How to quickly, simply and safely curl your hair

I discovered this little trick a few weeks back when I was just putting a few curls in through the ends of my hair whilst it was in a pony tail. It was so quick and rushed but when I took the hair bobble out and set my hair free, it looked surprisingly awesome!

Bristol Fashion Blog Mermaid Gossip Tuesday Treasures Floral Vixen

I got myself a curling wand, which is now a staple part of my weekly hair care routine. I wash my hair (usually on a Thursday or Friday) once a week, sometimes even once every two weeks. If I need it to look good that day, I blow dry and run through this method. (if I am not rushing out the house I try to limit the blow drying)

Note: because this is quick and easy it doesn’t last as long in my hair as if I spent time doing it, but it doesn’t matter for me because I can just top it up as and when I need.

Check out the video to see exactly how I curled my hair quickly and easily.

 

Bristol Blog Lifestyle and Fashion Mermaid GossipBristol Blog Lifestyle and Fashion Mermaid GossipBristol Blog Lifestyle and Fashion Mermaid GossipBristol Blog Lifestyle and Fashion Mermaid GossipBristol Blog Lifestyle and Fashion Mermaid GossipBristol Blog Lifestyle and Fashion Mermaid Gossip

DIY Tutorual // Pretty Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Make Up DIY

This week is a very special pretty halloween day of the dead sugar skull make up DIY Tutorial for you. I have teamed up with specialist MUA Grace Kingsley of The Kingsley Academy to show you just how to create your Sugar Skull make up.

We first saw grace and her team in action at the Weird and Wonderful Wedding World where she created fantastic day of the dead make up for the Beyond Burlesque bridal collection at the time, she has now taken the reigns in organising the entire show!

We met up at Graces salon last week to film a video tutorial which involves me sitting to have my make up done whilst Grace talks us through everything step by step! I took some photos too! So here’s what you’ll need:

Bristol Fashion Blog Mermaid Gossip Sugar Skull Day of The Dead Halloween Make Up Tutorial

 

Step 1

Use a white face paint to cover the face, repeat twice. Set with a translucent powder when dry.

Bristol Fashion Blog Mermaid Gossip Halloween Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Make Up Tutorial

 

Step 2

Draw your eye holes using a fine brush and smudge in from the edges. Then blend in a colour as you wish around your eye lids.

Bristol Fashion Blog Mermaid Gossip Halloween Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Make Up Tutorial

 

Step 3

Apply eyeliner to define your eyes. Add the petals around the edge of the circle.

Bristol Fashion Blog Mermaid Gossip Halloween Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Make Up Tutorial

 

Step 4

Add in your details, the hollow cheeks, your hollow nose and any other swirls.

Bristol Fashion Blog Mermaid Gossip Halloween Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Make Up TutorialBristol Fashion Blog Mermaid Gossip Halloween Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Make Up TutorialBristol Fashion Blog Mermaid Gossip Halloween Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Make Up Tutorial

 

 

Step 5

Put an amazing flower crown on!

Bristol Fashion Blog Mermaid Gossip Halloween Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Make Up Tutorial

Check out the Video!

Mermaid Gossip - Bristol Fashion and Lifestyle Blog

Bristol Blog Lifestyle and Fashion Mermaid GossipBristol Blog Lifestyle and Fashion Mermaid GossipBristol Blog Lifestyle and Fashion Mermaid GossipBristol Blog Lifestyle and Fashion Mermaid GossipBristol Blog Lifestyle and Fashion Mermaid GossipBristol Blog Lifestyle and Fashion Mermaid Gossip

Posts navigation

1 2 3 33 34 35 36 37