When I won the Readers Choice Award at the Irish Beauty Blog Awards this year, one of the prizes I received was a voucher for Ealu Spa Therapy and of course, I waited until the very last minute to avail of it! As the voucher expired this month, I decided to finally book an appointment and treat myself to a much needed spa session. The voucher I won included a hot stone massage, a half-hour on a relaxation bed and a facial.
I should start off by mentioning that the only beauty treatment I have experienced, is waxing. So, it is safe to say my experience with beauty treatments has been pretty limited and also, slightly painful! Needless to say, I was really looking forward to a bit of pampering!
The Ealu Spa I chose to attend was in Naas, Co. Kildare. I will admit that it was a little awkward to find the spa but the kind locals were very helpful and directed me and my Mam (who was also booked in for some treatments!) to the narrow archways that lead into a small market area where the spa was situated. Once we arrived at the spa we were greeted by two lovely young ladies, who took us up to the top floor where the beauty treatments are carried out.
First up was a half-hour on the relaxation bed, which is a for of heat therapy that aims to help relax the muscles. The lady who was looking after me was named Keelan (awesome name, right?) and she informed me that a half-hour on this special bed equals the equivalent of three hours sleep! Apparently this treatment is ideal for anyone who is suffering with anxiety, stress or sleep deprivation. The best way I can describe this treatment, is that it is like lying on a warm waterbed.
When the bed is activated, it sinks down and warms up, the bed molds itself around your body so all your muscles feel like they being gently massaged by the comforting heat. It was incredibly relaxing and I couldn’t help but wonder how great it’d be if this was my actual bed! Imagine how refreshed we’d all look like in the morning if our beds were like this!? I felt like Homer Simpson in that episode of The Simpsons where he says “Ah, I’m just a big, toasty cinnamon bun. I never want to leave this bed”. I highly recommend this treatment if you’ve trouble sleeping or have muscle pain.
Next, I moved on to another room to have a Hot Stone Massage, which I highly recommend everyone treats themselves to at least once in their lives. My beauty therapist used hot, smooth stones to target certain areas on my back. I have been suffering with some lower back pain recently and the massage really helped relieve the tension in my muscles. I’ve never had a massage before, so it was a totally new experience for me. It was a little strange at first to have a total stranger massage my back but it was also incredibly soothing and relaxing.
The last part of my treatment was the mini facial! The products used in the facial were all by Glotherapeutics, which I was happy to learn are a cruelty free company. The first thing I noticed about these products was that they smell absolutely amazing, seriously, they smell so damn good. During my facial, my beauty therapist used a Pumpkin Enzyme Scrub on my skin, it left it feeling smooth and even. The exfoliating scrub was my favourite product used during the facial.
By the time I had availed of all the wonderful treatments I had at the spa, I was practically floating out the door! It was a great experience, the staff were friendly and the spa itself was clean and relaxing. I will most certainly be booking myself into the Ealu Spa again in the future!
Kiera Rose is a YouTuber from the UK, who has a wonderful sense of style and happens to be a good friend of mine! I really enjoy her casual style and the hints of girly glamour she adds to each outfit. Kiera makes videos documenting her life, cruelty free beauty and speaks from the heart about many topics such as mental health and many other struggles people face in their daily lives.
I love how her style reflects her lifestyle and personality! She wears clothes are fashionable yet comfortable and she knows how to accessorize her looks to add an element of glamour and style to everyday looks. She has her own online shop named Little Doe, where she sells beautiful necklaces, plugs and tunnels. You can sometimes see Kiera wearing some of her own designs in her videos but she also wears a pair of simple black tunnels that go perfectly with every outfit.
Kiera is a fan of comfy flannel shirts and loose fitted vest tops, she usually pairs simple key items of clothing with pretty accessories to create a really nice dressy casual look. To transform a day time look to a night time look, she sometimes will pair a statement necklace with a vest top, along with a faux leather jacket to create a a stylish yet wearable look. Kiera gets a lot of inspiration from nature, so her preferred colour palettes for clothing usually include a lot of earthy tones. She also loves clothing with pretty patterns inspired by nature and animals such as deer, owls & bee’s.
Make-up wise Kiera always keeps it fresh and simple. On days when she doesn’t want to wear much makeup she applies Superdrug CC Cream in the lightest shade on days when she doesn’t want to wear much makeup, she then uses Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade to fill in her brows. To accentuate her lashes she curls them with an eyelash curler and applies Gosh Double Precision Mascara Black and uses the Sleek Face Form Palette to add some colour to her cheeks!
You can check Kiera’s cruelty free makeup tutorials and beauty tips on her YouTube channel!
I think it is safe to say that Kiera’s favourite beauty product of all time is Coconut Oil! Kiera uses it as a moisturiser as well as an effective makeup remover. You can buy Coconut Oil in all good food shops, I suggest buying an organic based coconut oil as it more natural to use on your skin. Kiera Rose is cruelty free vlogger, so all the products she uses have been sourced ethically, she loves cruelty free companies like Lush, Dr. Organic and Barry M.
Today I have been inspired by Lady Gaga and her call to action for a Emotion Revolution.
Gaga recently spoke at Yale University about how society has become almost inept of expressing emotion. We live in a world where social media rules our everyday lives, we claim to connect with people now more than ever, through mediums like Twitter, Facebook & tumblr but do we really?
I think it’s important to be able to connect with our emotions and with others. We live in a society that yells men to “man up” whenever they want to share their feelings and tells women that if they dress in a way that provokes a negative reaction that “they were asking for it.”
Self expression is something we need as humans, it’s so important and we need to share our feelings with others. It’s time we destigmatized the thought that emotions mean we’re weak, being able to express your emotions to another person is brave and isn’t something to be ashamed of.
Emotions make us human.
Social media can be a dangerous place in many ways, it’s a shark pool of trolls and haters but not only that, it can create a false world where we don’t connect with people on a one to one basis anymore. It can create solitude and limit our self expression in many ways. Don’t get me wrong, it most certainly has it’s perks but in a world where social media is our main form of connection, how can we get back to basics and connect with people in a more pure and simplified manner?
Four simple words: Random Acts of Kindness.
Being kind to others and yourself is a wonderful way to spread joy and connect with people on a deeper level. Kindness is one of the purest acts of self love a person can send out into the world, it creates a ripple effect and it only takes one drop to create a ripple.
- Give someone a genuine compliment, you might make their day
- Call your parents/grandparents or anyone you love for that matter
- Put your phone away when speaking to someone, it’s usually much appreciated!
- Take someone you love out to lunch for a catch up
- Hold the door for someone
- Smile at a stranger
- Buy a homeless person some food or a warm blanket
- Genuinely ask someone how they’ve been lately
- Text an old friend and reconnect with them
- Make someone a handmade gift
- Plant a tree or some plants to help save the worlds bees
- Send someone a hand written letter or postcard
- Stand up for someone who is being bullied
- Encourage people when they are passionate about something
- Give someone a hug
- Tidy the house for your parents or wash their car
- If you see someone alone at school/a party etc. talk to them
- Support a friends blog or business by sharing it with other friends
- Write a note telling a loved one that you appreciate them & leave it on their desk or pillow
and sometimes we need to be kind to ourselves.
- Run a hot bath, use your favoruite bubble bath and relax
- Curl with in a blanket and read a book
- Treat yourself to a hair cut or a facial
- Learn to say “no” to things that don’t serve you
- Say “yes” to things that excite you & inspire you
- Spend time with your loved ones
- Take a walk in nature and connect with yourself again
- Listen to your body and take a rest when you need to
- Watch your favourite comedy and laugh your ass off
- Take the time to ask yourself what are you thankful for
- Tell a friend how you are feeling and get things off your chest
- Join a class you’ve always wanted to try out or learn a new skill
- Only hang out with people that lift you up and don’t drag you down
- Listen to music that makes you happy and dance like no one is watching
- Tell yourself that you are strong and that you can get through the though times
- Watch videos that will restore your faith in humanity like Zion’s Story
There really is an unlimited number of ways that you can be kind to yourself and to others.
Let’s reconnect with ourselves as humans and get back to spreading kindness and joy, instead of feeding into negativity, be it online or in real life. Change is not possible without action, we must actively make the effort to change, to express ourselves and to be kinder to one another.
Watch Lady Gaga speak about the emotion revolution at Yale University: