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Holding my breath for a ‘Summer’ tan in October

15 Oct

“Do you want to try our new ‘blast-tan?” inquired the beauty-salon owner, who looked like she’d just stepped off a plane from Barbados.

“I do!” I said, not fully understanding what I was getting myself in for.

The ‘blast-tan’ is a spray-on tan which involves standing naked inside a porta-potty-shaped chamber and holding your breath while spray-guns attached to various parts of the chamber shoot fake-tan onto your body, in much the same way a car is spray-painted. An alarm buzzes every few seconds to remind you to turn, or lift your arms, or shoot a leg forward. After a few minutes you will be transformed into a bronzed goddess.

The last thing the salon owner said to me before I stepped into the chamber was, “try not to breathe, hold your breath if you can because it can be a little nauseating if you inhale.”

So, I couldn’t take in oxygen while trapped in a metal chamber. No biggie. A minor last-minute disclosure. Nothing to panic about, I told myself as the door shut firmly behind me.

Something else she’d forgotten to tell me, it was quite dark inside this thing.  As I heard the motor rumbling into gear, getting ready to blast me with coloured dye I began to panic a little. For starters, what if I wasn’t able to open the door to get out?  Would anyone hear me scream?  Just then a cold liquid shot out onto my back with a lot more force than I was expecting, I glanced around and the spray-tan squirted directly into my eyes. So now even if I wanted to get out I couldn’t because I was temporarily blinded. At which point the machine started spraying my front.

Just hold on for a few more seconds I told myself, there’s no point in having the back of my body tanned and the front white, even if I am blind.  Now what did she say about turning right or was it left after the front was tanned?  Was this the point I was meant to lift my arms up? The instructions were swirling around inside my head like a jumbled mess.

I took in a much needed gasp of air. And then I knew what ‘tan’ tasted like. Blinded and choking, I decided if I was going to get out of this thing alive I had to do it now.  I fumbled around for the door handle and as I stepped out of the boot the tan-guns sprayed again sprinkling the floor outside the chamber.

I wiped my eyes and looked down at my tan. I was about 550 shades darker than before and bronzed in places you don’t need to be, however the sides of my legs and arms were still pasty white.  My ‘look’ gave a whole new meaning to the expression ‘streaky tan’ and let’s not even talk about the fact that I forgot to put on the shower-hat provided. Bronzed high-lights to match my mahogany striped skin.

I spent the next ten minutes skating around the wet tanned floor trying to clean it. Then I dressed, exited into the lobby where the salon owner admired my ‘gorgeous’ tan. I shot her one look of my blood-shot racoon eyes and she said my ‘treatment’ was on the house.

So from now on I’m just accepting that I’m from the northern hemisphere, I’m meant to be white.

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What products Jennifer Aniston uses to get the Californian Beach Babe Glow

2 Sep

The Californian Glow

To achieve the California glow on her face she uses Chanel Bronzing Powder in Desert Corail, but be warned, this works best on those with an olive or tanned skin, not so great on us Lillie Whites and if we must bronze then apply lightly.

Sun-kissed Hair

She get regular Baby Blond Hairlights. Her colourist mixes shades of blond with more natural sandy tones for a California beach girl look to bring out her green eyes.

Skincare.

She’s a fan of the Epicuren skin care line which is made with a natural, pure ingredient that deliver antioxidants and enzymes, both essential for rejuvenate.

See www.epicuren.com for stockists.

Facials.

She also enjoys a weekly session with her highly trained facialist, alternating between seaweed and oxygen facials to maintain and improve elasticity and texture.

Please pop back for our review of the oxygen facials which Eva Longoria told InStyle magazine she was addicted to!

A weekend at The Royal Spa, Budapest. Independent review

29 Aug

Ambience

Budapest is an incredible city, the only thing that competed with its many wonderful sights was this extraordinary hotel and spa, and I don’t say that lightly.

Spa

The spa included a sauna and steam bath, six therapeutic treatments room, a dry floating bed,Vichy shower, fitness room, drinks bar and some fun extras such as a Niagara bathtub, a tropical rain shower and an electric wellness bed.

Quality of the experience.

The Sea Essential Facial Treatment took 70 minutes (€109) and began with a deep facial cleanse and polish which felt healing rather than stripping my face, as often seems to be the case, then face creams were chosen which were ‘packed with marine ingredients’ and these were massaged into my skin. It was a simple facial which I didn’t expect to make much of a difference, however when I looked in the mirror afterwards my skin was glowing and looked visibly refreshed as if I’d had a couple of days of sleep.

The prices for spa treatments have increased from when I last visited in 2008, though the service was still excellent and the spa surroundings was breathtaking – imagine an palace fit for a modern day queen. It certainly deserves its five star status.

Food and drink. There are more than 600 varieties of Hungarian wine on offer in the hotel bar and every other drink imaginable. We paid for use of the executive level, it cost an extra 40 euro per night but was worth it as it includes breakfast, lunch foods, afternoon tea and an all-day desserts selection. Beer, wine, other alcoholic beverages and soft drinks were also on offer and worth it because they’re incredibly expensive in the hotel bar.

Price

€151 incluing tax through the hotel website, though it’s worth shopping around for better deals which include use of the executive lounge.

http://www.corinthia.com