On Skincare and Aging

Since turning 30 and having that panic last year, the one thing that I still wasn’t great on was my skincare. I’m pretty lazy with my skin, to be honest. I was invited to the launch of S-Thetics at 58 Queens Square and was interested to learn more.

The founder of S-Thetics, Miss Sherina Balaratnam explained to us about what the iS Clinical treatments that they used involved, and demonstrated a Fire and Ice facial treatment which uses different temperatures to resurface the skin. At the clinic, they have this odd looking machine…

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…which is a Visia skin analysis machine. You put your chin on the bottom rest and rest your forehead against the upper rest, and you have photos taken in different lights from different angles so the computer can analyse your skin and do things like count your wrinkles and see how sun damaged your skin is. I went back a week or two later to have my own analysis done, which was a bit of an (expected!) eye opener. You can see my results below…I know, I look pretty glamourous here!

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After the event, we were given a goody bag which had samples of the different products recommended, which I have been using since. My skin is usually very reactive to most skincare things that I’ve tried, but it’s been pretty happy with this regime, and I would recommend at least a visit if your skin is as grumpy as mine with most things!

The Best Nail Varnish

Whenever I paint my nails, it’s kinda pointless, because I just know that the nail varnish is going to chip off within 12 hours. Even if I go to bed with perfect nails, I’ll wake up and nothing will be left.

But then I found a brand that works for me, and I have pretty perfect nails for a few days.

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There’s a ton of colours, and the colours have a base coat built in (although I like to use China Glaze base coat) then you use the top coat to lock it all in.

Boots sells it for £7 a bottle, but it’s usually on a 3 for 2 offer

A Catch Up Over Chicken

Things have gotten really busy lately. Turning 32 last month kinda caused a little panic and I’ve ended up signing up to do my CIMA certificate (I only have one module to do to get the certificate, then I can start CIMA properly. Why did I wait so long to do this!), I’ve started going to the gym again (which I forgot that I really enjoy, and especially when I have a colleague come with me after work!), I’m seeing a personal trainer twice a week (which is actually awesome – when I went to the gym previously, I just went on the treadmill, cross trainer or bike – now I get to do weights!) oh, and there was a house purchase in the middle too. Blogging has taken a further back seat than before and meeting up with everyone is even further back!

TGI Fridays offered me some vouchers to head over to the Cabot Circus branch which seemed like a great opportunity to catch up with Sophie and spend lots of time talking about, well, everything.

We had a great waitress (who didn’t mind tooooooo much that we spent more time gossiping than choosing our order…!) who brought over our first cocktails – a classic mojito for Sophie and a “skinny” blackberry margarita for me – apparently, with less than 100 calories, but this just meant it was a little less sweet than normal – still very easy to drink!

Neither of us had been to TGI’s very much in the past few years, so we both ended up going for fajitas – I went for the Jack Daniel’s crispy duck, and Soph went for blackened chicken. We also chose a portion of sweet potato fries which disappeared quickly (more places should have them as a side dish!), and the Texan Toothpicks which were…interesting. They were like thin pieces of onion and chilli that had been deep fried – they’d be great as a topping to a burger, but weren’t the best side dish.

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The rest of the meal was delicious though! Probably the only time we stopped talking was to eat – my duck was much larger than expected (I expected a breast but it seemed like half a duck!) which came with a little pot of my favourite JD sauce (when I worked for a chain owned by the same company, I’d use my staff card to persuade the waiters to bring a jug of the sauce with my meal!) and came with cucumber and spring onions. Sophie’s blackened chicken looked just as delicious with a salsa on the side and the usual dips you’d expect with fajitas.

After dinner, I went for a royaltini which has raspberry vodka, blackberries, apple juice and a bit of fizz and Sophie went for another mojito while we carried on talking about literally everything in the world. I know that some people dislike chains but I think they have a place for meals where you need to cater for lots of different people and with the vouchers and deals that are around, they make an easy place to get together with friends.

Thank you TGI’s – I need to come back soon to tackle the Warrior again!

I was provided with vouchers to visit TGI Fridays Cabot Circus. This post has not been reviewed by the brand or PR company, and no links were requested as part of the review. All links provided are to make the post more useful!