Jessica GELeration Pedicure at the Chewton Glen Spa

I love shellac or gel colour, especially for my toes. I find a good, pro gel colour lasts me a good 4-6 weeks (or even longer, with sneaky top-ups of any chips with a matching colour!).

So, it was a real treat to try the Jessica GELeration pedicure treatment at the Chewton Glen Spa last week.

Jessica Geleration Chewton Glen Spa review

After some (much-needed) cuticle work, dry skin blitzing and nail shaping – for fingers and toes, going as short and neat as possible keeps things easy to maintain and polished-looking – I picked out the gel colour: Pink Explosion, a new and gorgeously glossy hot pink with a vivid edge that really makes the colour pop!

Jessica Geleration Chewton Glen Spa review

Just what’s needed now, don’t you think, while we wait for things to heat up?! At least our toes can!

And the super-luxe surrounds of the spa was a wonderful treat in itself. Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa is located two hours by train from London on the outskirts of the New Forest. It offers a full range of day spa packages and cheaper Twilight spa options, £80 per person at the time of posting, from 5-10pm and on selected evenings, in which you can make full use of the facilities, including a beautiful hydrotherapy pool and outdoor hot tub, so you can soak and chat under the stars!

Celebrations are afoot, too, as this year Chewton Glen is marking the big 50 (in style)!

Jessica Geleration Chewton Glen Spa review

Every changing room should have one …

Jessica Geleration Chewton Glen Spa review

The biggest challenge was making sure I didn’t drop my phone into the foot spa.

I highly recommend the Jessica GELeration treatment as a great way to start the new season feeling polished and raring to go!

Natural wonders: Seascape Island Apothecary and Jason

A couple of lovely, natural goodies today!

In the sweet, cleanly packaged Seascape Island Apothecary range – handmade in Jersey using locally sourced, all-natural ingredients – I’ve been using the new Soothe Body Mist (£16) as a fresh, anytime pick-me-up. Continue reading Natural wonders: Seascape Island Apothecary and Jason

How to get glowing, in less than 60 seconds

This summer, I’ve been approaching my fake tanning strategy differently.

After decades of dedicated, traditional self-tanning and gradual tanning (I think I started aged 14, with a can of Sudden Tan …), I’m taking a break and going for wash-off tinted formulas. Quick and easy to use just where you need them, no self-tanning smell and easy to blend without fears of staining your hands or streaky ankles. Continue reading How to get glowing, in less than 60 seconds

Possibly this summer’s most perfect bronzer …

Hold the homepage! I think I’ve found my favourite bronzer of summer 2015.

I absolutely love this limited edition Bobbi Bobbi Brown Face & Body Bronzing Duo (£34) in Elvis Duran and Telluride. I’ve been sweeping it everywhere (pretty much) since it arrived for the weekend and I promised I’d review it on Instagram! Continue reading Possibly this summer’s most perfect bronzer …