Well hello, I hope you have all been engaging in wonderfully pleasant activities since we last met. I say that because I feel minutely guilty that I have been reeaallly taking care of myself this week. Although I don’t actually feel guilty at all because we each deserve to look after ourselves in whatever form that may take.
So, you all read my first ever hairdresser experience? Well since that I have been treating myself like I’m the business. On Wednesday I went to visit one of my dearest friends. His name is Ryan and he is amazing. We knew each other from my bar hopping days by sight alone but we fell in love when we saw each other at the opening night of Madonna’s Sticky and Sweet Tour over in Cardiff. If you have been following my Twitter you will have noticed much Madonna this week. You’re welcome. Anyhoo, he saw I’d been a tad down in the dumps and came to the rescue with a suggestion of “Madanna Cancerts on the sofa” round at his.
Ryan is the most dedicated Madonna fan I know and our afternoon was AMAZING. He is also completely dedicated to his friends and I am lucky enough to be one of them. He introduced to Malbec wine which was a surprise bonus, as was the Madonna T-Shirt I am expertly modelling in the candid shot above. He works at Made In Belfast in the Cathedral Quarter so you should all definitely go there and show him some love.
Then on Thursday I went back to my newest favourite place Raw Food Rebellion on the Lisburn Road with The Mighty Spalison and her littlest bub, Teddy (who was exceptionally well behaved, he must not take after his mother.) They have changed their lunch menu and oh, how we dined. I got the Spanish White Bean and Tomato Stew (which was to die for) and the Snickers Cheesecake. Both courses were seriously gorgeous and tasted better than the majority of the processed food I have been forcing down my neck for 35 years. I had to steal the pics from RFR’s Facebook because I ate so quickly there was no time for photos.
Ps I was back again today and had mega lols with Emma and Bronagh. The food is gorgeous and the staff are so lovely. I don’t know why we are all not there on a daily basis tbqh….
So now we come to the biggie. Today, I had my first ever facial. Yes, once again at 35 years old I have never had a facial. I have had the same skin care routine since I was about 15 which involves face wipes and not much else. The horror.
I decided to try The Beauty Company on Montgomery Street just around the corner from The Garrick (I can generally place most venues by the closest bar.) I knew I needed a proper initial facial so I asked for info via their contact form on the website and got a super speedy and detailed response that filled me with confidence so I booked an appointment. When I went in I was greeted by the lovely Hannah who made me a brew (extra points) and asked me to fill in a skin questionnaire which was extremely detailed which I was happy to see. I mean, this is my FACE. I can’t hide it from view if things go tits up.
The facial room itself was SO gorgeous. Pardon the awful picture but I was so relaxed I could hardly lift my phone. I would have been happy enough to just pay full whack to lie there for the hour but no, I was all about experiencing a facial.
Hannah explained what she needed me to do which was ensure my shoulders up were uncovered and get into bed (I know, I was SO HAPPY.) I knew I had made the right decision from the minute the treatment started. The Dermalogica oils and creams were divine on my skin and the hot towels were absolutely immense. Also included was a facial, scalp and shoulder massage which were well and truly needed. After the treatment ended Hannah explained that she would write out my prescriptive facial treatments and that I had a choice to purchase the products. At no time did I feel under pressure to buy anything but the facial was so good and left my skin feeling amazing so I bought myself a cleanser, toner and moisturiser and booked myself another appointment for 6 weeks time.
So I think we can all agree that this week has been super successful in the Treat Yourself department. I know we can’t do it all the time, but I have discovered that it is so important to take some time out for yourself. Do the things you love, with the people you love. Oh, and if you don’t know whether or not you love something but think you might if you tried it? Then GO FOR IT.
Let me know how you like to treat yourself. I need some new ideas as I am slowly conquering my pampering fears….