Where To Get The Best Massage in Harpenden

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People often do ask where I as a massage therapist go to get a massage and in Harpenden I truly do have one favourite place.  Sabrina.

It may not be the most flashy salon in Harpenden but they have what matters, a secret weapon, amazing therapists!  In particular the amazing Amy!  She honestly gives the best massages.  Concentrating on any areas of concern she covers the whole body, including the jaw and scalp, where I hold a huge amount of tension.  I always leave feeling revived, relaxed and like I can’t wait for the next one!


If Amy isn’t there then you may get to have a massage from Sabrina herself, equally wonderful.

Although I am yet to try anything else, Sabrina offer a whole host of Beauty treatments, Hair dressing, Wigs, Tanning… plenty to keep you looking and feeling wonderful… what to try next?!

Happy relaxing x

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Breathing Space Spa, Harpenden & ESPA Review

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Walking into Breathing Space, you walk into a busy cafe selling delicious healthy juices and meals, with a buzzy reception desk and people heading to Yoga or Pilates in their studio but as you walk upstairs you are transported into a wonderful calming haven.  Large sofas with luxurious throws.  Dark, beautifully carved wooden furniture that looks like it has just arrived from Bali.  Dimmed lighting and  the obligatory calming music means you could only be expected to do one thing, relax.

I hunted out Breathing Space because I am in love with ESPA treatments.  I don’t mean the products (which I also love) but the actual treatments.  ESPA have very specific training and way of doing treatments they expect all therapists who use ESPA to keep to.  Having trained in them myself when I worked The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental in Knightsbridge, London, I really do know just how fantastic they are.  One of my favourite things is their philosophy that a treatments should be holistic and dedicated to you.  Their treatments are also very effective but non-invasive, a perfect combination.  I could go on and on about how fantastic ESPA is, but I think you get the point.

As with all things, an ESPA treatment is only as good as the person giving it.  I had a massage and facial and both were fantastic.  They upheld ESPA’s high standards perfectly and my skin felt and looked radiant afterwards.    The therapist took an interest in what I wanted to get from the treatment and could adapt the treatment to make sure that was what she focused on.  In the massage that was a lot of extra work around my shoulders.  In the facial, using regenerative and hydrating products and doing a lot of draining and massage on my face to help clear the layers underneath the skin and tension I hold in my jaw.

I do think Breathing Space is quite expensive, but I do think that you are paying for quality and in this case, it was worth every penny.

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 28 – Aveeno

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Deliciously smooth skin

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 28 – Aveeno

This is my absolute beauty product of the moment.  It was actually prescribed for my daughter who has eczema but I had to buy my own before I stole all of her as it made my skin so lovely.  Aveeno is Oat based (most moisturisers are petroleum based) and just leaves you skin feeling gorgeous.


Definitely my hero product of the summer.

Happy Moisturising x

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 22 – Super Soft Feet

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Get those feet ready for sandals.

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 22 – Super Soft Feet

As the weather is starting to get nicer (not today but generally), it’s time to start thinking about getting our feet out of hibernation in our chunky socks and shoes and into flip-flops.images-7

This tip comes from my friend and Spa Therapist extraordinaire Nikki Myers…

For dry, cracked or corse feet;

  • Scrub then using Sea Salt mixed with a little Olive Oil.
  • Rinse off
  • Massage in lots of Vaseline
  • Cover with socks and leave for an hour, or ideally over night
  • The voila!  Super Soft Feet

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Spring Health & Beauty Tip 18 – Honey Mask

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Yummy Honey

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 18 – Honey Maskimages-1

Honey makes are great mask as it helps reduce and prevent wrinkles & softens the skin.  Plus it couldn’t be easier.

  • Cleanse your face so lovely and clean
  • Rinse with warm water to open your pores
  • Smoother your face in lovely Honey
  • Leave for 10 or 15 mins and wash off.
  • Admire your lovely honey skin!

Happy masking x


Spring Health & Beauty Tip 17 – Eyebrows

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Tame the Brow

UnknownSpring Health & Beauty Tip 17 – Eyebrows

Use a tiny touch of vaseline to sculpt your eyebrows into shape.  Particularly useful if you have an eyebrow hair that won’t go the way you want it to!  The more you do it, you maybe able train the hair to grow a certain way.

Personally I often use mascara instead, I find the brush helps me move the eyebrow hairs to exactly where I want them and saves using an eyebrow pencil.

Happy brushing x


Spring Health & Beauty Tip 13 – Extra Fabulous Curls

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Another fabulous tip from Essex

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 13 – Extra Fabulous Curls

This tip was given to me by Joel, one of the hair stylists at Chloe’s Beauty Bar (as in Chloe from TOWIE).

Firstly – Spray your hair with hairspray just before you curl it, that way the heat from the straighteners will dry and stiffen the hairspray, helping you to keep those lovely curls.

Secondly – Joel recommends using straighteners for the best curls, wrap the hair around and pull through the hair.  The big tip is to pull the straighteners really slowly to get the best curl.  Pull to quickly and it will just pull it out.

Happy curling x

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Bring on the TOWIE – Chloe’s Beauty Bar Opening

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Last week I was invited to Essex for the opening of Chloe Sims Beauty Bar and meet the lady behind the venture.

Chloe came across as a sweet, genuine woman with a real passion for what she is embarking on.  Years of personal experience have brought her to a place where she is able to open something that, even in an area surrounded by beauty salons and hairdressers, stands out as something unique.

So what makes Chloe’s Beauty Bar unique?

It’s a one stop shop to look completely fabulous.  Chloe has deliberately and successfully pulled together chic and glamour to let men & women look their best.  There are no lengthy treatments lists and detailed price structures.  Easy, affordable fabulousness is all you will have to worry about at Chloe’s.

Achieved with a Look Book of 5 different Make-Up looks and 5 different Hair Styles for you to choose from.  Such a fabulous idea, because sometimes you know what you want but can’t explain it, this way you can just look at the book and choose, perfect.  And they are all one price, none of this starting at…. and you have no idea what you are going to end up paying, it’s upfront, nice and easy.  Obviously Chloe’s skilled stylists and make-Up artists can do different looks if you want but its a great starting point.  And the Hair Stylers don’t just have to work with your own hair, they have a whole host of extensions and pieces to get the look just right for you, no matter what the length or thickness of your hair is.

It doesn’t stop at Hair & Make-Up…  

The theme of looking gorgeous continues with Nails including Gel Treatments, 1 hour Spray Tans (yes one hour, no more waiting overnight and all that drama – Godsend), which are both available from Chloe’s own brand Starship. Eyelashes & Brows and the necessary evil; Waxing!

The Beauty Bar itself…

This feeling of chic glamour is not just in her treatments and products but within the space itself.  With its beautiful white drapes and subtle gold sparkle  and even a bar Chloe has achieved a beautiful space that anyone will feel decadent within.  Chloe told me that she did have an Interior Designer to create the look but it was her vision and ideas that were brought to life.

One the day, we were treated to a treatment…  

I had a VIP hairstyle and even my straight as a ruler hair was transferred into beautiful curls.  My lovely friend Emma tried the 1 Hour Spray Tan using the product from Chloe’s Starship range and we were so impressed with the results.  I took this picture of her tan line about 30 minutes after her spray and I think anyone who has had a spray tan will think that’s amazing.  The Spray tan has been especially designed to work with your skin to bring out your natural skin tone in the tan, avoiding that awful orange look that can put many of us off spray tanning.

One of my favourite things about Chloe’s Beauty Bar…

Is the ‘reveal’.  I’m sure we all know that feeling.  Sat in front of the hairdressers mirror for however long under unforgiving light and uninterrupted scrutiny meaning that even the most vain and confident amounts us will start to pull themselves apart and see faults that no one else will notice including every tiny spot or wrinkle.  I seriously hate that but none of that at Chloe’s.  The mirrors are covered with beautiful white curtains and then at the end you get a real ta-da moment when they pull the curtain back.  As Chloe explained;

photo 3 copy“It can feel a bit uncomfortable staring the mirror, I do it all the time, sit there thinking ‘I wish I had put my make-up on’, but once all your hair and make-up is on, then we reveal it at the end, everyone should feel really good.  You never see what you look like until the end.”

Talking about her inspiration Chloe said…

“I visited a ‘Blow Bar’ in Los Angeles and I liked the way it was all clear with accent colours, here I have gone for gold.  I liked how they had clear price lists with a menu, because sometimes in Beauty Salons they have so many treatments with al different prices, your not sure what it is.  I wanted to keep it simple, 5 hair styles, 1 price that’s that. So that is what I have tried to bring to Essex.

Obviously a blow bar just does hair but I wanted to incorporate my hair, tanning, nail and make-up ranges to make it a one-stop-shop. I wanted it to be very relaxing so that when people come here they feel like they’ve had an experience and  a nice luxury treatment done.”

For my Cancer Chemo Superstars…

As well as just generally feeling better for having a bit of pampering I sussed out some specific treatments for all my Cancer and Chemo Superstars.

  • Eyelash extensions are in strips, perfect for if you’ve lost your natural eyelashes as they are attached to the eyelids.  You can have them applied in Chloe’s or you can purchase just the stripes and apply them at home.
  • Hair Pieces that cover a little over half the head, so when hair is starting to grow back they can do fabulous styles, using your natural hair at the front and a piece at the back.
  • Home Tanning because when you are feeling a little washed out a bit of colour can make you feel a thousand times better.  Chloe sells her 1 hour tan for home use – instant pick me up!

A few extra things from Chloe…

If she could have anyone visit it would be Rhianna or Kim Kardashian.

Her outfit was all high street (girl after my own heart) – Shoes & Skirt from Zara, Top from Rover Island, Choker from Top Shop and Handbag from New Look – but she still looked a million dollars.

If you love the sounds of Starship products but can’t get to Essex…

I have fab news.  A lot of Chloe’s products and hair pieces can be bought for use at home.  Very generously Chloe is giving me discount codes and links, to pass on to you lovely readers so keep your eyes peeled and I should have them up in the next couple of days.

I do have one very big complaint about Chloe’s Beauty Bar…

It’s not in Hertfordshire (where I live)!  This is honestly the sort of place that I have dreamed of.  Somewhere you can go before a big event and night out, walk in looking normal and come out a Goddess.  Chloe I gently urge you to start a chain and down right beg you to make the next one in St Albans!

I want to hear from you…

What’s your favourite thing about visiting a beauty salon or what do you wish yours had?  Leave a comment in the box below xx


Spring Health & Beauty Tip 11 – Sugar Scrub

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Exfoliate your skin in the sweetest way

Spring health & Beauty Tip 12 – Make Your Own Sugar Scrub

Exfoliating is great for your body as well as your face.  The fantastic news is that you don’t have to spend a fortune on fancy products, you can make delicious products at home.  I personally LOVE this recipe.

Mix some Sugar with a little Olive Oil into a stiffish paste.  Add a drop of Geranium essential oil (Lavender will work well too if that’s what you have).  And that’s it, a delicious Sugar Scrub.


In the shower, scrub, rinse, done!  You are all exfoliated and soft, no trouble!

If you prefer a Salt scrub, swap the sugar for Salt.  I personally find that Himalayan Salt has the best result and makes the skin feel best.  But I am assuming that you already have Sugar in the cupboard so may be best?!

Happy Scrubbing x

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Spring Health & Beauty Tip 8 – From Chloe Sims

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Today’s tip actually comes from the gorgeous Chloe Sims one of the stars of The Only Way In Essex who I had the absolute pleasure of meeting today at the launch of her Beauty Bar in Brentwood, Essex – obvs!

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 8 – From Chloe Sims – Use Sticky Tape to Remove Glitter from your Skin

Chloe told me that the night before she had amazing Glitter eyes but make-up remover can’t get glitter off.

Chloe Sims at the launch of her Beauty Bar - CHLOE

Chloe Sims at the launch of her Beauty Bar – CHLOE

So her tip was sticky tape.  Wrap it around your fingers and dab onto the glitter & it will stick to the tape.  Chloe also said, if the tape is to sticky and pulling on your skin, just dab it on the back of your hand a couple of times to take off the residue then begin.

So there you have it… true to life TOWIE advice for a very TOWIE problem.

Happy sticking! x