Jade Stone Ritual at Ushvani Spa

We are seven weeks into the year and already I’m feeling like I need a holiday, or an entire week dedicated to catching up on sleep. If you too are feeling hungover from the sheer length and chill of January, I’ve got just the remedy… the Jade Stone Ritual at Ushvani Spa.

Ushvani Spa

This was my second visit to Ushvani Spa, and I only love the retreat more after trying out their newest, ultra relaxing treatment.

The Chelsea spa is tucked away among the grand Edwardian backstreets of the King’s Road, a few minutes walk from Sloane Square tube station. Once you have found the discreet front door you will be whisked inside and taken complete care of. I left my shoes and coat at the door and let the staff pamper and sooth me; work and emails became a distant memory.

Ushvani Spa

This day-spa has a Malaysian theme with ornate Asian design, charming Malay artefacts and accents of burnt orange throughout the interiors. The treatment rooms are found downstairs, where there is also a small hydrotherapy pool and steam room for guests to use.

Ushvani Spa

The Jade Stone Ritual is a deeply relaxing and therapeutic treatment that Ushvani have introduced to celebrate Chinese New Year. In traditional Chinese medicine, Jade is used to aid health issues and to increase positive energy, so it seems a fitting material to use in this Chinese inspired massage.

For 120 minutes the highly trained therapist used hot and cold Jade stones to relieve tension and stress in my muscles. The contrasting hot and cold temperatures take a little while to get used to, but are an effective tool to stimulate circulation and help the lymphatic system. Along with the stones, the therapist uses Balinese massage techniques to ease aches and pains, and my therapist was very happy to concentrate on the areas I felt needed most attention.

The final part of the massage was perhaps the most relaxing, as my scalp and face were massaged and moisturised with nourishing oils.

Ushvani Spa

My second visit to Ushvani ended just as my first had… sipping hibiscus tea in the luxurious tea room and wishing I didn’t have to leave this heavenly place.

More information and book a Jade Stone Ritual at Ushvani here. Available until Saturday 30th March 2019.

The Ultimate Beauty Stocking Fillers

Beauty products are the perfect little luxuries to fill stockings with at Christmas time. This year I have picked out some of the best products for winter-worn skin and hair, to get you through the colder months feeling moisturised and healthy. On this list of seasonal essentials there is something for everyone, from cosy scented candles to revitalising haircare, nourishing lip balms and refreshing toners.

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DiptyquePine Tree of Light Candle (£53)

Diptyque is my favourite scented candle brand so I always get excited to see their annual festive range. This Pine Tree of Light candle comes in lovely sparkling green packaging, and inside the candle has a warming fragrance of pine and fir trees. I can’t think of a gift I’d like to find more in my stocking this year!

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OuaiVolume Shampoo (£22) & Conditioner (£20)

Jen Atkin’s successful haircare brand Ouai looks super chic in the bathroom and works wonders on all hair types. The Volume range is great at this time of year, replenishing moisture whilst also adding natural volume to fine and limp hair. I find it’s great for controlling my static strands! This duo would be a stylish and useful addition to any Christmas stocking.

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GlossierLip Balms (£10 each or 3 for £25)

The iconic American beauty brand Glossier now ships to the UK… making it the ideal time to buy for Christmas. Just £10 each, these little tubes are perfect for filling up stockings. The hydrating and long-lasting balm is multi-purpose and can be used to repair cracked and chafed skin. Available in a variety of flavours, my favourite is the ‘Birthday’ balm, inspired by Milk Bar (in NYC)’s birthday cake, it has a lovely subtle shimmer.

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RENReady Steady Glow Daily Aha Tonic (£25) & Perfect Canvas Skin Finishing Serum (£50)

This easy to use tonic is a quick daily miracle worker. With natural bio-active ingredients it is good for all skin types and brightens and refreshes skin instantly. Use with the Perfect Canvas serum to leave skin looking smooth and feeling strong even in the harshest weather.

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Living ProofRestore Mask Treatment (£37)

At this time of year my hair needs extra love and attention. The Living Proof Restore Mask can be used once a week with the Restore Shampoo and Conditioner, to restore hair cuticles and protect the hair from future breakages. The whole range is lovely as a Christmas present, but I always think it’s nice to fill stockings with those special products you wouldn’t indulge in yourself, and the mask treatment fits this brief perfectly.

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MuradHydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence (£65)

This luxurious product is a special treat for a beauty-lover’s stocking. This product has won numerous awards for its visible results, with 100% of users commenting that they “instantly saw smoother, silkier and more supple skin texture”. The weightless serum should be used morning and night and will leave your skin feeling soft and plumper throughout the winter months. For extra effect use with the Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisturiser.

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Perricone Intensive Overnight Moisturizer (£129)

A pot of this magic moisturiser will make anyone feel special this Christmas. I have been using Perricone skincare my whole adult life and swear by the range. This intense overnight cream is velvety rich and will ensure you wake up with firmer skin that has more elasticity and glow. Use with the Deep Crease Serum (with a vitamin F blend) to see even better results.

Another fun Perricone product for Christmas is the ‘No Makeup Mascara’ cracker gift (see above).

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Davines – The Let it Go Circle (£8)

This stocking-filler sized sachet is exactly what your hair craves in the colder months. After washing and towel-drying apply the mask to your hair and leave it to work its magic for a minimum of 10 minutes, before washing out. As well as leaving the hair softer and smoother it will also moisturise and hydrate the scalp, thanks to the genius mix of grey clay and brahmi oil.

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Anne SemoninExpress Radiance Ice Cubes (£50)

Ideal for party season these convenient sachet ice-cubes will refresh and brighten faded winter skin. The cubes should be stored in the freezer (for a minimum of 3 hours) before being applied onto the face. Your face will instantly look radiant before make-up application, the perfect pre-party treatment or jetlag remedy.

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Malin & GoetzRecovery Treatment Oil (£66)

The Malin & Goetz range of haircare and skincare are both fun and effective. I love the delicious-smelling haircare which is sulfate-free and great for colour-treated hair. But at this time of year the Recovery Treatment Oil is the must-have product. Ingredients include evening primrose, argan and jojoba oil, which all contribute to improving tone and moisture of the skin. I loved how quickly this oil is absorbed into the skin, leaving your face feeling softer and brighter. The Malin & Goetz products are good for all ages, a fun present for any stocking.

Richard Ward Salon, Chelsea

Tucked away amongst Sloane Square’s most desirable shops is one of London’s best known hair salons, Richard Ward.

The slick salon is full of confident expert hairdressers who have studied under Richard Ward in the company’s rigorous four year training course, so it is no surprise that so many celebrities (including Kate Middleton) choose this venue as their salon of choice.

Richard Ward

I stopped by last Thursday afternoon for a summer refresh. First for a colour with Leon and then a trim with Ryan. Though the entrance is discreet, the first floor salon is huge with separate areas for colour, cut and other beauty treatments. I was particularly impressed with the colour department, which has bright natural-style lighting to ensure exacting standards are met. Things were a little slow to get going, but once Leon had found me he was attentive and enthusiastic, with the perfect recommendations for my hair type and colour. We decided to redo my roots, to cover any grey hairs, with subtle balayage through the lengths and round the face. He promised me this would look natural and summery, and he was completely right. Leon worked quickly and methodically through my hair ensuring the highlights were evenly spread.

Richard Ward

Next came my favourite part, the hair wash. At Richard Ward the sink area is fully kitted out with reclining massage chairs. I almost fell asleep as a student washed and massaged my hair and scalp (with Shu Uemura volume shampoo) and toned the colour.

The cut was much more speedy. Ryan, though young, seemed to have extensive knowledge about hair and styling. He answered every question I fired at him with ease and clarity, offering sensible solutions to my hair dilemmas. Keen to keep the length but remove the flyaway layering, Ryan gave me a striking blunt shoulder length cut, which suited my face shape and gave my hair more volume. After a natural wavy blow dry I was ready to go.

Richard Ward

Before visiting Richard Ward I was in a real hair rut… I always wore my hair up as I didn’t like how it looked down. The last few days however I’ve enjoyed wearing my hair down and showing off my new summery style!

More information and book an appointment at Richard Ward Salon here.