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Last week Boots had a great make-up gift set as the Star Gift of the week, this week it’s the turn of Champneys with the Complete Home Spa kit at just £24 (usual price £50) and it contains some of my favourite Champneys treatments.

This spa-at-home collection includes:

  • Citrus Blush Body Scrub (200g)
  • Citrus Blush Body Lotion (200ml)
  • Skin Comforting Shower Cream (200ml)
  • Skin Comforting Bath Milk (300ml)
  • Skin Comforting Body Butter (175ml)
  • Body Polisher
  • Drawstring bag

It is so nice to indulge in and contains delicious ingredients like coconut, mandarin, lemon and sweet almond oil for glowing skin.

If you know someone who would love to receive the Champneys Complete Home Spa on Christmas morning then head to Boots from today or visit to purchase the item at this bargain price (maybe get one for yourself too!), but hurry as the offer is until 29th November and only available while stocks last. Don’t forget you can also bank points on your Boots Advantage Card.

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There are a few beauty products I’ve been using recently so I thought I’d do a round-up of some key favourite:

Oribe Fiber Groom (£37)
Yes, that’s ‘fiber’ – the American spelling. Cast aside this ‘negatory’ (arf!), this is a luxurious but brilliant styling product to shape your locks whether it’s short or long without the sticky residue most gloopy hair products leave you with. A very tiny amount is needed, rub between your palms and go crazy. I use it to give my short bob a little lift and I’ve woken the next day with my hair still feeling soft and manageable. It has UV protection and is colour and keratin treatment safe too. Available exclusively from Space NK.

Champneys Distance Shores Collection (£12)
This pretty in pink gift box contains travel sizes of spa Champneys’ new range. It comes with 4 items: a shower mousse (45ml), body butter (50ml), bubble bath (50ml), body polisher (50ml) and all of it smells lush – passion fruit, mango extracts and citrus oils. I’m going to stock up on full size ones and currently Boots have 3 for 2 deals on gift sets.

Collection from Next (from £8)
Last week I was invited to Next’s bloggers’ event, showcasing their range of beauty products hitting their stores. The ones which caught my eyes and nose was Collection – a series of reed diffusers, scented candles, perfumes and body cremes in 4 unique scents named after fashionable cities: London, Paris, New York and Milan.

Designed and developed in the UK these are so reasonably priced and look so stylish and elegant. My favourites are Paris (vibrantly fruity with a woody base) and Milan (a floral bouquet fusion of jasmine and orchid with amber tones). London is a floral composition with citrus bursts and a musky base, and New York is a white floral fragrance with jasmine and orange blossom. Prices range from £8 – £12 and are already available online or in-store.

Vaseline Pink Bubbly (£3.49)
Vaseline is the mother of all lip balms and the limited Pink Bubbly is the newest in its flavoured range of handy lip palm pots.

Last month Vaseline launched this flavour exclusively in Selfridges before it was rolled out to Boots, Superdrug and other stores nationwide.  It’s very girly, decadent and has a lovely light pink hue and sweet scent. Pink Bubbly is available until January 2013.

Bourjois’s Queen Attitude Kohl Kajal (£6.69)
This brilliant cone-shaped kohl kajal is paraben-free with a natural wax content and is highly pigmented for an intense jet black liner. A decent kohl liner is one item I don’t like to leave home without and this one is perfect to slip into the handbag. The packaging is beautifully designed and secure too. Available in Boots, Superdrug. Tesco and Sainsburys from 30th November.

Do you have any personal favourites?  Let me know!

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Champneys Spa Break


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Recently Champneys, the luxurious spa retreat, celebrated 30 years at Henlow Grange in Bedfordshire.  To mark the milestone, Champneys teamed up with Wahanda by releasing 30 overnight spa breaks for two at only £30 per person.  Not surprisingly, these were snapped up within an hour of the offer going live from midnight and I was thrilled to bag a deal.

The one night spa break included full use of the spa and gym facilities, dinner and breakfast and Henlow was only 35 miles from me – this was going to be a winner.  I’d been longing to visit a Champneys spa for quite some time, particularly as I love using their products at home so last week on a crisp, sunny Sunday afternoon, my friend and I trotted off to this famous spa for some serious unwinding.

Set in acres of breathtaking countryside, Henlow Grange is an impressive Georgian mansion, which was once occupied by Cistercian Monks.  There is a river that flows through and a beautiful waterfall.  It truly is a spectacular and tranquil sight.  Even in the winter the views are stunning with the last hints of autumn peeking through.

The spa likes to boast about the high-profiled celebrities who have escaped here for peace and quiet though judging by the signed photos adorning the walls, it must have been a good 10 years ago when Emma Bunton and Matt Goss were here.  Also it would appear the entire cast of Eastenders had visited Henlow Grange around the era of Rickkaaay and Bianca before the rejects off Big Brother bizarrely intervened…erm, Nikki Graham?  Who…is…she?!!  If you didn’t know, Eastenders is filmed in Elstree as is Big Brother, which is about 30 miles from Henlow Grange.  I’m guessing everyone whose signed photograph graces the walls of Champneys was either appearing on Top of the Pops in the 90s or in Albert Square.  I should know, I was a member of the TOTP audience many times when it was recorded in Elstree…

Checking in was no problem and our luggage was delivered to our room.  I had booked a twin room which was very basic and a tight squeeze but neat.  The flat-screen television was seriously the smallest I’ve ever seen for a hotel room (about 20 inches) pinned on a big wall, making the rest of it look rather sparse.  Also provided was a DVD player and you could rent DVDs from the reception at £4 each but you’d have to leave £40 deposit in case of damage.  It seemed like too much hassle.  Mind you, judging by the limited selection available, they were all chick flicks (so you could tell mostly women in their mid-30s and upwards stay here).

Keen to try out the spa facilities, my friend and I grabbed our bathrobes and swimming costumes.  There is a grand swimming pool that awaits you with loungers at the side and a whirlpool too.  I took a dip in the pool before attempting to enter the whirlpool.  This was a challenge in itself as I couldn’t see how to get into it!  Basically there aren’t any steps to lead you into the pool, you have to hoist a leg over the bar and watch your step that you don’t slip off the seat.  The size of the tub is quite pokey with six people occupying it at the most.  I think this design risks health and safety as most spas now feature hot tubs that are easy access with safety handles and steps to lead you in.

The pool and hot tub are the only areas that are mixed.  The steam rooms are single sex only, which is a bit of a dampener if you want to spend some time at a spa with your other half but have to be separated for some of it and there isn’t a sauna either. 

I had also noticed the majority of the people using the spa area were women with the few men present sticking to the gym although I spotted one couple in the spa area (kudos to the mister for braving a spa full of women).

We skipped dinner as the menu was very dull and not substantial to fill the hunger pangs and instead went to the Crown pub around the corner (heartily recommend this place).  I would categorise Champneys as a health farm more than a spa. The emphasis is on healthy living and eating with gym facilities, bikes, classes and healthy eating.  We had planned to book some treatments but never got round to it.  To be honest, I am glad we didn’t as I’m not sure it would have been worth the money.

Despite the reputation its built its name around, Champneys in Henlow Grange is very tired looking and in desperate need of a facelift.  It is not in line with the high standards and quality of other spas in the country, some of which actually cost much less than Henlow Grange.  Even gyms have better spa facilities, of which many have stopped using chlorine in their swimming pools which is something Henlow Grange could look into upgrading to.

Now I don’t wish to come across all hotel inspector like, but I also noticed wallpaper in corridors had peeled off not to mention the chipped paintwork and the tea room conservatory looked battered and old.

Considering how much Champneys usually charges to stay at their spa (from £129 per night), I would feel extremely short-changed if I had to shell out that much.  Breakfast, although healthy, was not filling at all (a few slices of toast, juice and coffee with the option of yoghurt and cereals).  Thank God for the sandwich shop at the end of the road (Nice Baps – honestly, that is what it’s called!)  I am only relieved it only cost me £30 on this occasion.  Even then I don’t feel inclined to return.  The whole thing was rather lacklustre.

To find out more about Champneys in Henlow Grange, click here.  Champneys also features spas in other locations in the UK which can be found at


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