Is the pressure okay? You know the masseuse is going to say it, but are you brave enough to answer the question honestly? After an early twenties of being terribly British and polite about the whole thing, I've spent the last five years unequivocally asking for a firmer massage. Until I found Flint + Flint’s bamboo version that is.
Call it what you like. Oatmeal? Biscuit? You can call it taupe if you're feeling fancy. I'm calling it beige and rejecting any snoozefest associations. We won't be able to avoid it this summer and that's good news for us all; beige works hard for day and night time lewks. Just don't call it bland.
MetroSpa, my fave sparkly new spa in Edgbaston, is offering Letterbox Birmingham readers the chance to buy one spa treatment* and get the second one half price. The offer applies to the spa treatments, so that includes facials, manis, pedis or massages. And whichever treatment you choose, the second one’ll be half price. Sounds good to us.
The beauty industry churns out new must-haves every other minute with some eyebrow-raisingly impressive claims. But there are some tried and tested products that have stood the test of time. They deserve the hype and a place in your bathroom cabinet.
Getting on a flight somewhere gorgey and hot soon? However many hours of recycled air you have to sit through, cleanse, moisturise and spritz your way to a positively hydrated glow on touchdown.
Confession time: we knew nothing about L.A. skin care peeps Murad until they announced their £10, 30-minute facial pop-up. Though loyal to our particular skincare regime, after reading some pretty bold claims, we booked in to see how much difference half an hour could make to our perhaps a little too sun-worshipped visage.
Maybe it was ol' uncle Attenborough and The Beeb, maybe it wasn't, but in 2018, plastic became a dirty word. Rather than banging on about our increasing levels of guilt on the rare occasions we do end up using a 5p bag or disposable cup, let's talk about what our city is doing to help the enviro, and the little changes you can make to get on board.
The hype for Rihanna's Fenty Beauty launch last September was intense. As is the norm with celebrity brands, it seemed everyone on social media was talking about Fenty and when it came to launch day, there were queues outside of Harvey Nichols - the exclusive stockist - around the country. But is the hype justified?
Lord knows we’re big into relaxy, natural, new age spa treatments. But we’re also recent converts to Flint+Flint’s ‘anti-spa’ concept — dark salons with neon lights and fancy skincare science that actually works.
Set back into the grounds of Hampton Manor, exists a haven of relaxation that feels more like a dreamy Cotswold spa than a location fifteen minutes by train from New Street. And you really wouldn't know Hampton Clinic was there unless someone told you. So as is customary, we're stepping up to the job.
Hey. We’re not completely heartless. We’re not begrudging anyone the chance to celebrate love. But for those of us that are reluctant to pay over the odds for red roses and a set meal at a crazy busy restaurant, we’ve got some alternatives for spending the 14th either with your bestie, your valentine-phobic better half, or your sweet, sweet self.
It’s September. You might not be back to school, but summer hols are done did'd, and you’re probably firmly re-installed at your ol' faithful desk. The recycled office air, fluorescent lighting and excessive screen time aren't anyone's friend. Go beyond a trip to the water cooler to get a little work happy.
Skincare brands promise a lot. Like the promise of eternal youth, a lot. So it was with a cynical heart that I read the benefits of the Environ Active Vitamin facial.Radiant, they said. Younger-looking, they said. Nourished skin, they said. But hang on one serum-slathering minute; they might actually be on to something.
Birmingham has a combined total of 17.5million H&Ms and Paperchases. And hey — they have their place. But we're all about shining lights and words and twinkles on the little (wo)man. The independent scene is on the up. Online or fo' reals, here are the loveliest places to spend your hard-earned cash money.
Oil fragrances last longer than their alcohol equivalents, are less likely to be irritating to skin and bring more parfum for your pound. In short, roll-on scent is the answer to all of life’s great questions.
Dear Shower People, bathing has actual scientific benefits. Uplift that long-overdue soak with these botanic, organic buys. Sincerely yours, Bath People.